Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Max Miedinger Would Be Proud

I look for the same things in a partner as I do in a font; must communicate well, be straightforward, be bold when necessary, not need much kerning, and stand the test of time. In other words, I'm still searching for my Helvetica.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Par For the Course

On the way home from work last night I was behind a Jeep with a McCain/Palin sticker on the back window. The driver was signaling right but turned left. Sounds about right.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Off The Hook"

I was rummaging through my old Myspace blog when I found this entry from December 10, 2004, and decided it was worth a re-post here in my "real" blog.

So, Wednesday night Alyssa and I drove to the Lyrics Born / RJD2 show in Denton. As we are walking to Hailey’s, this guy starts looking at us, and we both get that “he’s going to talk to us" vibe. (Just to preface, he reminded us scarily of a tall version of the stoner in "Dazed and Confused.") Sure enough, he excitedly says “Hey, are you guys going to the RJD2 show?”

Us: “Yeah.” (Still briskly walking towards venue.)
Guy: “That shit’s gonna be off the hook, you know that, right?!”
Us: (laughing) “Oh yeah?”
Him: “Are you excited about Lyrics Born?”
Us: “We haven’t heard them.”
Him: “Now THAT shit’s gonna be off the hook.”
Us: (Laughing and shooting glances at each other.)
Him: “Where do you guys go to school?”
Us: “We don’t, we graduated.”
Him: “When?”
Me: “2001”
Alyssa: “’02”
Him (shockingly): “2002!! You guys must be like, 25 or 26!!!?” (Apparently he missed the 2001 statement.)
Us: (laughing) “Yeah…25”
Him: “No shit…where did you go to school?”
Us: “TCU.”
Him: “Are you from Denton?”
Us: “No, we’re from Dallas”
Him: “No shit, you guys drove here all the way from Dallas for RJD2?”
Us: “Um, yeah, we drive here for shows from time to time.”
Him: “This show’s gonna be off the hook!! You two are pretty hot to be driving here from Dallas.” (What does that mean?)
Us: “Umm…ok…”
Him: “Oh, you guys are with me, right? You can come up here with us.” (As he cuts in line and joins up with some friends.)
Us: “Oh, uh, that’s ok.”

During the show we see our funny guy up front, tall and lanky, with his broken arm-in-a-cast and long brown hair, waving his hat around (I have to give him credit--the shit really was off the hook). As we leave, we see him sitting on the railing outside. He looks at is with recognition and says “good show, huh?” I say “yeah, that shit was off the hook.” He replies with “Yeah it was! After party at our place—3 kegs and free chronic” (or something along those lines—he mumbled the last part). We politely declined, as we had to drive back to Dallas and go to work in the morning.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Today before work I...

-Turned the compost pile, and shrieked when a snake darted from inside. It's a sign that my compost quality is good, but still started me.

-Used A/C runoff water collected in a trash can to keep compost nice and hot.

-Watched as Maggie threw up ALL over Clive, who was lying on the kitchen floor.

-Cleaned up kitchen floor, and Clive.

-Dremeled Clive's nails and have him a good brushing.

-Did two loads of laundry.

-Found a flea on Clive while he was outside.

-Dusted diatomaceous earth all over Clive and Maggie, their beds, and the carpet to kill any fleas.

-Made a few phone calls for things that needed to be taken care of.

Basically, I did almost nothing on my list, other than laundry and the compost pile.
Seriously, dogs are like children.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

United As One...

Call me crazy, but I always thought the whole "two people becoming one" part of the marriage ceremony was metaphorical. However, judging by the amount of "co-blogging" (I may have just made up that term, I'm not sure) going on these days, clearly I was wrong. ("We posted a new blog entry!" "We have a busy weekend coming up!" "We just cleaned our bathtub together!") If getting married also includes losing all sense of myself and not even being able to have MY OWN SEPARATE BLOG where I can have MY OWN SEPARATE THOUGHTS AND IDEAS then no, thank you. I pass. Co-blogging must be part of that "for worse" section of the vows.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just Another Generic Blog Post...


–adjective Also, ge⋅ner⋅i⋅cal.
1. of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.
2. of, pertaining to, or noting a genus, esp. in biology.
3. (of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women: a generic pronoun.
4. not protected by trademark registration: “Cola” and “shuttle” are generic terms.

Dear work clients,

Contrary to popular belief, "generic" is NOT a synonym for "specific." Please make a note of this.



1) "I would like a generic Chrysler car..."
2) " generic medical caduceus..." (I AM proud that you properly spelled "caduceus.")
3) "...need a generic [picture of an] iPhone..."
4) "...generic picture of the California Supreme Court building."
5) "...a generic car...a Nissan car would be best."
6) show a "
generic United Airlines jet..."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sleepypasture's Super Amazing Salsa Recipe

Sleepypasture's Super Amazing Salsa Recipe
28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro
2 jalapenos, chopped (remove seeds from one of them)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Put it all in your blender or food processor and mix/pulse until blended. DO NOT LIQUIFY.

1 serving size = 162g
Makes 6 servings

Calories/serving = 47
Calories from fat = 3

Thursday, May 21, 2009

She's Crafty

It's no surprise that I love re-using and re-purposing household items. So when my ceramic dishsoap dispenser broke, I wanted to re-purpose something else instead of buying a new one. (I can't stand to have that ugly plastic dishsoap bottle sitting out on my counter all the time, no matter how well Method or anyone else designs their packaging.)

I had a few really cute glass soda bottles left over from various trips to The Soda Gallery sitting in my kitchen window that were too great for me to throw away. So on a recent trip to the Container Store, I found out that they carry these great pour-spout-dispenser-top thingies that you can use for olive oil or whatever. I bought them *hoping* they would fit into my cute Dr. Pepper bottle, and guess what? It totally works! I love its vintage flair. Tip - try using equal parts dishsoap and water for maximum pour-ability.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gettin' Some PRESS for Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff got some great press on Channel 11 tonight.

Check out the video clip here!!

Local Businesses Offering Discounts To Bicyclists

Want to be green and save some green? Some local businesses are offering discounts to bicyclists. "It's really a win-win situation," said Bike Friendly Oak Cliff member Andrea Roberts.

A group of Oak Cliff bicyclists are helping the environment and saving money. "Less cars on the road; that's a big goal of ours… less cars," explained Roberts.

Members of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff have convinced businesses around the Bishop Arts District to give discounts to anyone who uses a bike to get to the area. "We thought that it would be a great way to get people out-and-about, because obviously people like discounts, especially with the economy being how it is," said biking group member Heather Lytle.

So far, more than a dozen Oak Cliff businesses are participating in the bicycling program.

Some of the discounts offered to bicyclists include – the Green Pet store offering a 10-percent discount off all non-food products and Eno's Tavern giving the same 10-percent discount.

Eno's owner, Matthew Spiller, says offering the discount is a way of giving back to the community, and helping his business too. "We always try to support the local community that's around here and then also having a different parking solution, because we're tight on parking over here. It's a different method of transportation. It brings in a great crowd," he said.

Those rolling on 2-wheels say another benefit is that riders are encouraged to spend locally. "You always think of it [Dallas] as being a pretty car-oriented city, but there are lots of neighborhoods where you can get around on your bike," said Lytle.

Pet Peeve

When I send someone information about an event, and then they ask me to remind them about it later. Do I look like their personal event secretary? In my opinion, if someone is really interested they'll write it down, send themselves an email, or set a cell phone reminder.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Zero Dollars Per Gallon

Now that my hip surgery is over, I am in recovery and have not been allowed to exercise in months and months. My doctor told me to now bike and/or swim. So, I had to admit that my current bike was too small, as it's the same bike I have had since I was 13 or so. The Pink Schwinn. I have never ever ridden another bike, so I had no idea where to start or what kind of bike to get. But I knew I needed a BIGGER bike, and that I wanted to just bike locally, maybe to the grocery store and bike, stuff like that. I can't commute by bike to work because I work nights and have a 35 mile commute through some very dicey neighborhoods. So I did some research, tested out some bikes, and decided on a Specialized hybrid bike that I am enjoying very much.

But now that I found out about the new Bicycle Commuter Act, I am even more bummed that I can't commute to work. This new act, which started January 1 2009, entitles employers to reimburse their employees up to $20.00 a month to cover bicycle commuting costs, and was part of the Renewable Energy Tax legislation with the aim to give bike commuters similar compensation to people who receive credits for taking transit cars to and from work. Visit the League of American Bicyclists for more information!

And buy one of these awesome patches for your messenger bag.

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