well not yet, but soon. in the first week of january 2011 we will be visiting this charming city and gallivanting about. team soulpancake will be presenting at google, apple, twitter and possibly facebook HQ. will we mix and mingle with the tech overlords? i sure hope so. will i want to hide under the desk of a google employee so i can stay there forever? chances are high. will i forget all sense of decorum and beg an apple employee for an ipad? you betcha. will i feel like i know ALL about facebook because i watched the facebook movie? oh yes. yes i will.
we will also be doing a signing at a san fran bookstore. so, SFers, hope to see you all there!
in other news, this photo/idea/everything is beyond awesome.
photo credit: shelby tanner
today i started a 3 day raw food extravaganza. i was calling it a ‘diet’, but it’s not a diet in the traditional lose-5-pounds-sense. it’s a LIFESTYLE. did you roll your eyes at me just a bit? :)
i find it funny that i’ve gotten so many questions about whether certain foods are ok on the raw food extravaganza – i mean, it’s not a very complex concept. ask yourself is it RAW? if so, then it’s ok. if it’s been cooked, roasted, boiled, grilled, fried in batter it’s NOT raw anymore.
i guess it gets tricky when you get to dairy products because most of them are pasteurized and then there are tricky foods like honey which you assume are raw, but most store bought honey is in fact pasteurized also. i did buy some raw honey and it tastes like rainbows. yep, like actual fragmented light particles dancing in raindrops. that’s how good it is. considering the price i paid, it better taste like rainbows. yep…i’ve found out that eating a diet of raw organic foods is not cheap – unless you have your own vegetable garden, bee hives, milking cow etc. my landlord won’t even let us have a plant indoors, let alone a milking cow. so inconsiderate.
“you know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams” – dr. seuss
i’d like this dress please.
i love that it rained all day today and yesterday and the day before. i feel like LA becomes more of a ‘regular’ city when it rains. the rain dilutes some of the gloss and hype and just makes everything in this frenetic city more manageable and a bit quieter. even la’s inhabitants seem more beautiful as they scuttle around under umbrellas.
i also love the rain at night because it makes the pavement glitter under the street lights. and glittery anything is awesome.
shout out to my kindred sister ash who also revels in rain and all things that glitter.
i was catching up on postsecret and saw this one. it made my heart hurt a bit.
watched the banksy doco ‘ exit through the gift shop‘. adored it. fascinated by it. and inspired.
when nicole kidman named her daughter ‘sunday rose’ my mum was a bit concerned it sounded too much like ‘sunday roast’ (an australian traditional meal). this continues to make me smile.
i went to erewhon today which is like the disneyland of natural foods. it was my first visit. i was overwhelmed by it all. mostly by the incredible variety of dehydrated kale snacks on offer. the store is packed full of delicious and healthy food options and our visit was part of the preparation for the 3 day raw food extravaganza we’re starting tomorrow. unfortunately, because i have little restraint, i’ve already eaten through about half the supplies i purchased. the good news is that raw cheese is delicious once you get over the whole ‘raw’ thing.
sidenote: not sure why the idea that something like cheese being ‘raw’ disturbs me.
one day i plan on doing a whole series of photos based on puddles.
photo credit: Ri Pizzo
photo credit: homemade
and this one which is an all-time favorite (that i don’t know where i found so i can’t credit – sorry.)
since we’re (sort of) on the topic of pavements, an awesome reader of my blog (hi lauren!) sent me a link to a BBC profile on ben wilson, an artist who creates miniature paintings on…wait for it…discarded chewing gum on london’s city streets. supposedly one time he nearly was arrested by the police for “criminal damage” but he defended his actions saying that the criminal damage already had taken place by the person who had spat out the gum on the pavement.
hooray for creative activists.
we had a quick disco dance party before we left for the rink. it looked something like this.
i just was just sent a post about mono tasking (thanks simon grigor!). and i realized, i don’t really know how to do this anymore. to drive without talking on my phone seems almost awkward. like i’m wasting time or missing an opportunity to play catch up. when i wait in a line at the check out i play words with friends. as dev & i drink our morning coffees we check our emails. we basically multitask our waking minutes away. and maybe that’s ok. i mean, there’s a lot to do. but the more i think about it, the more i want to carve space to just do any one thing. and that thing alone.
which reminds me, i don’t remember the last time i READ a book. and that makes me feel sad. and now that i think about it, i wouldn’t even know what book to pick up if i decided to make time to read. it’s almost overwhelming. like when you’re gearing up to talk to a good friend you haven’t spoken to in years and you are apprehensive because there is so much ground to cover.
so there’s that.
we are about to do some traveling. phoenix to nashville to la to san fran and back to la. i always get excited about trips but simultaneously i feel exhausted. when i was young there was nothing more thrilling than going on a plane to a new destination. i used to even pick out special ‘travel outfits’. now the amount of forethought that goes into my travel outfit is: what can i wear and still fold up like origami and block out the world? the results: hoodies and oversized tshirts and leggings and socks and boots. if you walked by my seat on the plane it would look like a mound of clothes escaped out of the dryer are navigating through the skies.
one of my favorite photos from our NYC trip is one is this one that i took with the paltry iphone camera. i don’t know why i like it so much. maybe because this guy was so still amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. or maybe i just like his red plaid scarf.
fact: if you live in LA and don’t have a vespa you are actually missing out on life. in a major way.
for some reason, i really like car wash signs. go figure.
david thompson is one of those heroes. i am so enamored with these drains that he decorated:
david thompson is so cool, in fact, that his business card is made of wood and you can pop out a mustache and rock it.
lately i’ve been fascinated by geometry. i never thought that sentence would be something i’d think, let alone type. but there it is. there’s something about form, function, lines, and the mathematics that makes it all connect, that intrigues and attracts me. so perhaps that’s why i’m drawn to these origami creature necklaces.
so there’s a tumblr blog devoted to people sitting alone at tables. of course there is. it’s aptly called ‘table for one’.
a few of the photos are poignant. some are boring. and many are poorly taken. but it got me thinking about how i rarely sit alone. and perhaps it’s important to spend some time each week sans company.
another great recent Q find is the street photographer matt stuart. according to his bio, stuart never leaves his house without his leica film camera. and obviously he has an eye for spying the outstanding amidst the ordinary.
these days the only things i want to wear are oversized t-shirts that are have one sequin too many, or are one geometric shape too loud.
and finally, in a perfect world, i’d own a ‘where the wild things are’ globe.
i love this ‘calendar’ where you can draw in your mood for the day. designed by these creative cats.
also really enjoying this advertising campaign created by the marketing company Y&R for a vintage clothing company.
i’m always enamored by geometric shapes and colorful line art so i was very excited to spy these illustrations created by amaia arrazola:
i also love her blog header image:
the way she mixes medias also makes me happy.
a store that i sourced a lot of my wardrobe from starts selling the book i co-wrote.
it also speaks to the power of intention, because from day 1, dev, shabs and i wanted the soulpancake book to be sold in urban outfitters. we ended up putting this wish on the back burner because we were told that special markets (boutiques, indie bookstores and clothing stores like UO and Anthropologie) don’t carry books until they’ve ‘established’ themselves in the market. but here it is. on sale. hellz yes.
i only wish this meant i could get a store discount.
i just spied this photo here and it reminded me how awesome henry was. when we live in an apartment that allows animals AND live plants AND high heels. i’m going to get a dog, balance a bonsai on his head and dance around him in 6 inch heels. and you will all understand.
so there was a few days when SoulPancake TV was consuming our every waking, and should be sleeping, hour. but we’re now gradually jumping back into regular routine programming which is nice because it means i no longer have an entire drum set and thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment sprawled on my couch. although we did inherit an old blue wheelchair which we used as a camera dolly, and have seemed to have formed some sentimental attachment to. we are considering adding it as an ‘extra’ chair to our living room, but nothing says unwelcome guest like ‘hi! please take a seat in the wheelchair and just make yourself comfortable. what was that? the breaks? yeah, just pull on them if you want to stop rolling into the kitchen’.
i finally imported all my photos from our SP book tour in new york. here’s a little glimpse into the dressing room for the guests on jimmy fallon. i loved the felt wallpaper. i also loved that jonsi was in the dressing room next door and ?uestlove was just down the hall.
no city does late afternoon golden light like nyc does. one day we will live in this city. even just briefly. i know it in my core.
dooce recently held a contest to win a canon 7d. the contest required that you create a photobook about whatever you wanted. most people created albums of their adorable babies or pets.
enter me and dev. the thing is, we want a canon 7d with a desperate wanting (well we actually want a canon 5d, but we’ll settle for the 7d). even though we only had 2 hours to get our entry in before the deadline we decided to give it a shot. those 2 hours were frantic and helter skelter but we got our entry in ONE MINUTE before the deadline and even though we didn’t win, we had such a blast creating our montage.
here are a few of the photos.
the past few weeks it’s rare that my morning doesn’t consist of leaping out of bed and jumping into action. in fact, i became really familiar with 4am last week during the SoulPancake shoot. and you know what? i’m still not a fan.
but this morning is different. there’s no meeting. no early morning task that needs my attention. so i laid still and i observed. i distilled every sound and tried to imagine what it was. a cutlery drawer opening as devon pulled out a teaspoon. i heard him shuffle through the mugs to find the perfect one for our morning coffees. i hear a car door shut and the rumble of a truck. birds singing. and a helicopter.
and in those moments i’m awed by how thankful i am to be here. to be healthy. to wake up in a place that’s cozy and safe.