Entries from September 2010

The teepee fantasy

September 24, 2010

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The other day I was feeling especially overwhelmed (for no good reason) and coped by fantasizing about purging my life of all things and living in a teepee. Not a lot unlike my similar fantasy of getting a retro travel trailer and just exploring the world for a few years.

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I’ve been a little obsessed with the idea ever since watching a teepee being built at my friend’s Trout Lake wedding. It was fascinating and hypnotizing.

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A few glasses of wine later I was sharing this daydream with Jeremy – and helping him to visualize it on the chalkboard wall in our office. We started brainstorming the few things we would need and made a list of things we would need (as pictured on the chalkboard wall):
• A wood burning stove and a couple of pots
• An axe or hatchet
• A guitar
• A knife
• A tambourine
• Playing cards
• Layered kilim and ikat rugs
• A candle
• A first aid kit
• A lake, boat, fishing poles and tire swing
• A mountain

But then I was slapped in the face with reality just a few days later the power went out in our home and I had no idea what to do with myself. So… I think I’ll stick with the travel trailer fantasy and perhaps take a teepee vacation one of these days.

P.S. Check out this teepee post Hula Seventy just put up!

Tiny Teeth

September 23, 2010

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What do you buy a minimalist for her birthday? This is what I kept asking myself as Liz’s birthday approached (September 15, for those wondering). I had a couple factors to keep in mind:
1) Liz lives in a tiny space – so it can’t take up much space
2) She will throw almost all of her belongings away on a whim – so I needed to get her something special and lasting

I started my search in the Plaza District and found these tiny teeth paintings by Ruth Borum at DNA Galleries. I wanted to buy all of them for myself and decided one of these little paintings would be perfect for Liz. She loved it. Phew.

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I’ve been a fan of Ruth Ann Borum’s work since we were in art school together. She blew everyone else out of the water and had this strong point-of-view from the get go (which is kind of hard at 19 years old). Almost a decade later, I continue to see and follow her work around Oklahoma City and am always left speechless by her talent.

Here’s what she says about her teeth paintings:
These paintings of teeth are a spin off from my collection of human teeth. I was scouring eBay and saw that there were several listings for recently extracted wisdom teeth, for sale by individuals. This revived an idea i had once about an alter ego: “Cleveland County Tooth Fairy”. I made some business cards in order to get the word out to the community and received several neatly packaged submissions. Between friends, eBay, and “The Cleveland County Tooth Fairy” I have amassed quite a collection. These paintings are a sign of affection for expressive qualities of the extracted human tooth. (Oh look at the way it seems to be walking)

With eggs on top

September 22, 2010

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I’ve been asked a couple times why I must throw an egg on top of almost everything I make. Here are just a few reasons:
1) Eggs are delicious
2) I’m not very good at sauces – so an egg on top helps give a dish some depth in both flavor and texture
3) After working out hard I crave eggs. It could be a protein thing.
4) We get a dozen eggs every other week in our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) bag from our local farmer who only has happy heritage chickens. I wouldn’t dare let a single one go to waste.

After our 5k run I was craving breakfast for dinner. And as the growing season is winding down I don’t have a ton of veggies to choose from – so potatoes, onions and eggs it is.

I started out by slicing the potatoes about 1/8″ thick. From there I laid them single layer into some hot sunflower oil in my cast iron pan. I layered thinly sliced onions on top and sprinkled spicy taco seasoning on top. In hindsight – I wish I had added some mushrooms to the mix. It took about 10 minutes on each side for the potatoes to brown. Once they were close to being ready I fried some eggs to finish off the dish. Simple and delicious.

Our First 5k

September 21, 2010

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Last Wednesday we had a couple of our good friends, Micah (in the yellow headband) and James (in blue), over for dinner. When they mentioned running the 5k for AIDS I excitedly imposed and asked if Jeremy and I could run it with them. And of course, they said yes. And of course, I started sketching out our outfits.

Sunday afternoon we slathered on the sunscreen and in the hot hot heat we ran and ran and ran. We passed by a water boy and I dramatically poured it over my head and started dancing like Jennifer Beals in Flash Dance. By the time we got to the second water boy I had no more drama in me and it was a fight to breathe finish. I should explain that I’m not a runner. No way, no how. I’ll run every once in a while for a little exercise but it’s not something I do.

We crossed the finish line at around :33 minutes – and while I was a little disappointed and felt that I had slowed our team down, I was still excited to have finished my first (and probably last) official 5k. However, Jeremy is ready to move on to a half-marathon. If he does, I’ll be the best cheerleader and #1 fan you ever saw.

My Drawers

September 20, 2010

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Scooty Boots and Dinahsaur have a favorite place in the whole world – my underwear drawer. If I leave it open for more than a minute there is a kitty cuddle party happening in there.

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