Bitches Ain't Shit…

…if not absolutely adorable. This is our hippie dog, Mehdwyn, enjoying the spring weather.

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(Instant) Kodak Moment

If you are old like me, then you probably remember that Kodak used to make instant cameras and film. In 1976, Polaroid sued Kodak for patent infringements. In 1985, Polaroid won their case and Kodak stopped production on instant film in 1986. Polaroid was not pulling a Thomas Edison on Kodak. Fujifilm has been making instant cameras and film since 1981 without any trouble from Edwin Land and his gang.

This photo was probably taken in 1981, when my family was stationed in Okinawa. As you can tell by the awesomeness of the wooden Sansui speaker and the badass wooden console television, my Dad embraced technology. He owned Kodak and Polaroid instant cameras back then. I thank him for my love of instant photography and my ever-growing collection of Polaroid cameras. I thank him for my love for my love of photography in general.

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I'm Not All Here


For the past week, I have been hiding under a blanket of nausea and whipping through Seasons 1 and 2 of Sons of Anarchy. Somehow I’ve been able to fit in tiny loads of hand-washed laundry, but for the most part, I’ve been completely useless. Allergy season is here. For some of us that also means migraines. Party!

Anyway, I’ll be back next week. In the meantime, enjoy these cute pictures of Morchella.

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Morchella Bella Bambini: Study Hard

The quarter finally came to an end, which was a huge relief. I am attending part-time, but with the kiddo, I can barely handle to work load. If I go more than part-time, I will definitely go crazy. I ended up with an “A” and a “B”.

My last final was on Tuesday, so I spent the rest of the week convalescing. The amount of time I spent with Netflix is a bit embarrassing, but I have also been enjoying my daughter sans homework stress. We have spent a lot of time cuddling and dancing to the credits of Grey’s Anatomy. Yes, I love that show. Don’t hate.

The other day, Morchella offered me one of her Ugly Dolls. As I was about to receive it, she pulled back and said, “Mine.” I held out my hand and said, “Mine,” then she gave it to me and said, “Thank you.” Now I know how to manipulate her into giving me something she shouldn’t be touching. Instead of crying because she didn’t get her way, she will thank me. If she gets ahold of something sacred, like a pen, she will most likely say, “Please, let go.” She is quite the polite little lady.

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Poormet: Nettles

Welcome to the first installment of Poormet! What is Poormet, you ask? Poormet is gourmet food for poor people, like me. Big Tall coined the phrase in 2007 when we were living off of our organic garden, free farm fresh chicken eggs, Grocery Outlet, and a few staples from the local food co-op: ie. we were spending only about $100 a month on food, but we did not let that get in the way of eating well. Actually going out and gathering food contributed to our poormet diet.

Nettles

In the Pacific Northwest, nettles are everywhere. My iron levels tend to get low, so nettles have been a godsend. Nettles are just good for you. Try them. They taste a bit like spinach when cooked. Not only are they a good source of iron, they are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K; potassium, manganese, and calcium. I read somewhere that nettles are good for hay fever, which is nice, because my allergies are killing me! I usually ingest nettles in tea form. Big Tall made nettle miso soup for me shortly after Morchella was born so that I could gain strength.

You can usually run into a patch of nettles while hiking. A word of advice for harvesting nettles: don’t harvest nettles along the hiking path for a dog has probably used that area as a toilet.

Big Tall recently informed me that nettles could be used in making pesto. I have made pesto out of many a green leaf, including spinach, chard, kale, cilantro, and beet greens, so I thought it would be worth a go.

Nettle Pesto

Here is a simple non-traditional recipe for pesto:

2 handfuls of greens of your choice (about 12 oz.)
1/4 cup of pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 cup of grated parmesan (not the kind in the evil green cylinder!)
1/2 cup of olive oil
a pinch of salt
3 garlic cloves chopped
pepper to taste (optional)
1 lb. pasta of your choice

If you choose to use nettles, you have to blanche them in boiling water for 1 minute or you’ll get stung. Toast the nuts by setting them on a pan over medium heat. Wait for them to hiss then move them around in the pan until they start to give off an aroma. Set aside and allow to cool before adding to the rest of the ingredients. This is very important because the heat will cause the cheese to melt! Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and grind until it gets pasty. Add olive oil. If you find that the mixture is not salty enough, add more cheese. If the garlic is too strong, add more walnuts. If you want a smoother texture, add more olive oil. Mix with pasta and enjoy!

Morchella eating nettle pesto

The verdict: Morchella approved big time. It tastes very similar to basil pesto, but with a zing that I have no idea how to describe. It’s not zingy like cilantro pesto. In fact cilantro pesto is so zingy, it’s gross. It just doesn’t jive well with nuts and parmesan cheese. Anyway, do you like nettles? Have any nettle recipes to recommend?

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Artwank: Art 115

I find it rather odd that my degrees in Multimedia and Web Development/Design do not require me to take classes in Graphic Design. However, my degree in Multimedia requires me to take a few art classes (the Basic Design series and Intro to Drawing), and, my degree in Web Design/Development requires me to take Multimedia classes.

Here is the course description for Art 115 from PCC’s website: “Black and white design foundations studio experience centers on creative problem-solving, developing perceptual awareness and understanding and establishing critical skills and personal artistic vision.” This is a sample of the work I did in Spring 2009.

Gradient Portrait of Morchella

Gradient Portrait of Morchella

For this assignment we used black and white gouache to create ten degrees of shades with “1” being white and “10” being black. I took a photo of my daughter and processed it with filters in Photoshop to create an almost topographical map of the degrees of shading. I printed it out, used it as a reference point for drawing the outline out on bristol, and painted away. This was the first time I used gouache. I obviously need more practice, but the fumes from gouache make me nauseous. Continue reading

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Lost & Found

I thought it would be fun to share a few of things I scored during my rabid thrifting years, most of which were either destroyed by cats or lost during a move.

It’s a little hard to see here, but I’m wearing a pillbox hat, which was probably one of my most beloved finds. I scored it at a vintage shop in Santa Barbara in 1998. It was made out of material similar to astro turf. I lost it when I moved from Oxnard to Olympia. I also really loved this dress suit, which I found at the Salvation Army in Santa Barbara. It was too big for me, so I took a chance and washed it in warm water, so that it would shrink. It worked but the lining came undone. It was eventually destroyed by a litter of kittens in the year 2002.

I found this grey wool coat at a Salvation Army in Oxnard circa 1998. It went through a lot. My old cat, Yoda, pissed on it. I took it to the dry cleaners, but they couldn’t take that bloody cat piss smell out of it, so I put it in the wash with Woolite on the delicate cycle, and, guess what? It worked! The bottom hem eventually came undone. I still have it…somewhere.

Here are a few vintage photos of me. I think it serves as a precursor to my obsession with kinderwhore fashion:

Vintage dreams & solid seams,

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