Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Have you heard?

When NPR previewed She & Him's Volume Two on their website a week before the drop date, I was ecstatic, and listened to it a lot. I LOVE NPR! Then I bought it when it came out a week ago, and I'm pretty obsessed with it. As an album I like it better than Volume One - which is amazing. Way to avoid the sophomore slump Zooey & Matt!
If you haven't listened to this album yet, what are you waiting for??

Also, on Friday, the lame new karaoke DJ played an amazing song as interstitial music, Love on the Run by Galactic. It's from 1998, and I'm shocked I haven't come across it before, but there it is. Annie HATED it, so if 70's funk blended with early AIR isn't your thing, don't even bother. It is one of my things - I'm a fan.

karaoke friday

I figured since I told Becky, Shara and Annie that I would write about karaoke on Friday, I'd better get on it, now that it was 5 days ago. Since I don't want to be a negative Nancy, I won't dwell on the fact that the Cheerful Tortoise's new karaoke DJ is kind of lame - Brian, step it up, man. But I do want to share the fact that Becky and I encountered our SECOND Medieval Studies major in a bar. (Remember pretentious angry girl from the Mad Men trivia night?) I missed the first part of Becky's conversation with our new "friend" who was a few too many drinks in - maybe I shouldn't talk as I was polishing off my second coke - but Becky quickly informed me of his major, so I HAD to ask about Renaissance fairs. An excerpt of our conversation -
Molly: So, I have to ask you, do you frequent Renaissance fairs?
Drunk kid: No. Those people are just too in to it.
Molly: And yet that's your chosen course of study?
Drunk kid: They are just TOO in to it. Wearing costumes, traveling around. I mean I have collections of ancient locks and knights armor, but they are just too in to it.
Molly: What was the draw then, to Medieval Studies?
Drunk kid: I had to do it to feed my brain, my imagination. There's a world up there.
Molly: OK. Fair enough.
Drunk kid: So you went to Pacific?
Molly: No.
Drunk kid: PSU?
Molly: No. I went to BYU.
Drunk kid: OOOOHHHHHHH BYU! What did you study?
Molly: Media Arts - film.
At which point I was about through with our conversation, so I changed seats to "look at the karaoke binder".
Later, Becky remarked that it is that sort of patience that will get me into Heaven. I don't know about that, but how could I not try to understand a little bit about someone SO different from myself?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tabitha's Room.

I have always had a soft spot for Bewitched, but I'm kind of adoring this artwork Tabitha has in her nursery. Enchanting, wouldn't you say?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

To answer your question, Whitney

And everyone else who asked,

I am NOT going on a mission! I am going to Zambia and surrounding areas for three weeks in April to visit my friend Heather who started a school with Mothers Without Borders. Then, going to London, a place not requiring shots, for a week.

And when I return I'm starting a new venture, and will give you details soon!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

LOL out loud.

Two things have recently brought me to hysterics.

1. Recently, when my dad's neighbor emerged from his house wearing camouflage my dad said, "Oh Wayne, I didn't see you there."

2. After last night's Gossip Girl, I said, "I don't think I'm comfortable with what just happened here." to which Shara replied, "That's what she said." Oldie but a goodie.

Delightful to think of, especially on a day when I was shot 5 times, and by shot 5 times, I mean given 5 shots. Immunizations for my upcoming travels. So excited, even if I'm not feeling so hot today.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tony and Adrianna's Wedding crafts!!

Last night I went to Tony and Adrianna's wedding. It was a totally delightful time. Since they are off in honeymoonland now, I can FINALLY share some of the wedding related crafts we made on our crafty friend dates! All of these images are from my iPhone.

We painted a humongous H and made a cake gift card receiver, we stole the idea from the DIY section of that marvelous website, oncewed.

Then, my favorite things ever, oh my gosh.

Sure, the venue had table numbers, but who needs those when you could have these little beauties. I kind of loved them, especially the glorious font of the numbers. I was going to let Adrianna take all of the credit for those things, but she told everyone that I helped to make them. How gracious of her.

And finally, my gift to them,

I cut out their profiles, or a reasonable approximation of them, out of wood, painted them black and added a little hanger doodad on the back. Fingers crossed that they aren't freaked out by them. haha.

The Room.

The other day whilst getting my hair done, I was telling my amazing stylist about this horrifying movie I had seen about a month ago. And, because it is such a weird culty movie, I thought I should share a little bit about it here, to inform the ... masses ... hehe.

Until Britt and Joe posted about it on their blog, I had never heard of The Room. Then shortly after that I received an email from the aforementioned friends instructing me to see this movie as soon as possible.

I brought up this movie to my brother who said he'd heard of it, and tried to watch it once, but got twenty minutes into it and decided that that was not what he wanted to do with his day. Now, after seeing it, had I not watched it in an entirely delightful interactive theater environment, I would have vomited and thrown the dvd into the garbage and lied to Netflix about it. As it was, I did almost vomit anyway. I want to make it clear that I am NOT recommending this movie to anyone, that being said, I want to share what our viewing experience was like.

Before they started the movie, they aired the first 17 episodes of R Kelly's Hip Hopera "Trapped in the Closet." I had never heard of this before, because I don't get out much apparently. It was VERY... well, it happened. My hands down favorite episodes are 9 and 10. Yikes.

Then, they had a couple of trivia questions about the room, to win a bobble head of producer, writer, director, star, and all out crazy person with ill-fitting skin Tommy Wiseau. (One of the trivia questions had to do with the fact that one people who was part of making the movie has their name spelled two different ways in the opening and closing credits.) Then the disclaimer came, "if you've never seen this movie before, you're going to be pretty horrified by the first thirty minutes. The first thirty minutes are unlike anything you've ever seen, but if you can make it through the first thirty minutes, you'll be in for a treat. After the movie we'll show an interview with Tommy Wiseau because you're going to be wanting some answers, but you won't get any answers, only more questions."

I was expecting a really badly made movie, to say it is the most ill planned film ever produced would not be an exaggeration. (I can only think of Attack of The The Eye Creatures - their typo, not mine - as competition for The Room.) The dialogue is disjointed, confusing, and down right creepy sometimes, to say nothing of the actors who are all unattractive, creepy and highly annoying always. I don't think I could narrow down my favorite thing about that movie. Was it the fact that one of the actors was replaced mid way through without any sort of explanation? Was it that the mother character said, "the doctor called, and I definitely have breast cancer" and then nothing was mentioned ever again about it? Maybe it was all of the football tossing sequences, or showing the "Full House" house as an establishing shot. Maybe the fact that every time the camera found the little picture of a spoon that Johnny and Lisa have in their living room, everyone in the theater yelled spoon and tossed plastic spoons at the screen? Nope, it was the fact that in the interview Tommy Wiseau, master filmmaker, stated that the reason some of the shots were out of focus was because he used both a digital camera and a 35mm, because he didn't know they weren't compatible, and that he planned to make a documentary and write a book on the differences between the mediums.

If you feel the bizarre need to seek out this horrifying movie, don't watch it alone. You need lots of people around, because it takes a village to watch The Room. And if you drink, lots of alcohol.

And if you do watch it, call Joe, he does a dead on Tommy Wiseau, and every time I'm on the phone with Brittney, he steals the phone and does one of the bits from the movie and leaves me in stitches.

P.S. for a better, more complete rundown of the movie, so you won't have to ever watch it to satisfy your curiousity, check out Matt Singer's IFC primer. Delightful.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Drawing upon...

I just got home from my last drawing class of the term, and I'm super sad about it. Before this drawing class I could barely make a stick figure, and now, I can do a lot better than that, but I still need tons and tons of practice. One of the ways I've been practicing is by trying to draw other peoples' illustrations, mostly Garance Dore's - because she is amazing. Je suis obsessed avec her, c'est vrai absolument! So, while I practice, you can look at her amazing, amazing illustrations.

And, while we're on the subject, I found this amazing image in an old Sotheby's catalog, and I'm fairly obsessed with it too.

I've got a lot of practicing to do.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pillows ... oh snap!

First there was Lars and the Real girl, a delightful movie starring my Hollywood crush, Ryan Gosling.

Then, this photo was going around the internet:

Then James Franco was on 30 Rock, portraying a fictional (or so he claims hehe) version of himself who was in love with a Japanese body pillow he called Kimiko. It was hilarious, and is available on hulu for another 3 hours.

My dear friend, and source of so many quirky things, Ashley lead me to this video today:

YIKES. (As an aside, did you notice how awkwardly his pillow girlfriend is positioned on the pillow? And did you notice that on the back of the pillow is a redhead. If he did actually marry this pillow, I think he's not only a lonely weirdo, but also a bigamist.)

Then, there was a Huffington Post article about an Etsy seller selling pillow dolls of the Twilight actors.

And you can customize one, with a picture of your "ideal man."


I would like to state that eHarmony and sites like it are successful for a reason.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In my trunk.

today, as i got home from work, i had the strangest grouping of items in my trunk and i had to photograph it.

-1 spare tire
-1 pink sparkly hula hoop
-1 basket of car supplies - extra oil, tools, normal car things.
-1 blue sweater
-1 pink tool belt
-1 long board
-1 set of bongo drums
-1 balance board
-20 upholstery springs
-1 dismantled easel
-1 band saw
-1 unfinshed monster mask
-1 empty water gallon container
-1 pair of mud caked marc jacobs wellies
-3 books: the book of mormon, eating animals by jonathan safran foer, and the new york regional mormon singles halloween dance by elna baker

what's in your trunk right now?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Books and Sheep

A while back I was asked for a book recommendation from a long-term acquaintance. I had no idea what to tell him, not knowing his attention span, tastes, or where on the conservative/liberal spectrum he landed. (Although I'm never good with recommendations because my own tastes are so varied and I like just about everything. hahaha) So, I stammered and had nothing to say to this person, and left feeling like a total moron. Without any sort of plan for future encounters of that sort, I will share with you one of my favorite books. It is called, "Shellville High School: The Blade" by Don Novello, published in 1984, and now out of print. Since it is out of print, and since it's a fake high school year book starring sheep, I thought I should share a couple of images with you to inspire you to track it down at a library.

The caption on this says, "L-R: Betty Fulton

The caption: "In parachuting, waiting is the hardest part," says Skydive Club President Merv Moss. "Sometimes it takes hours for those strings to break."

This book is truly hilarious. I even carted it 3,000 miles to share with Ashley, because it is that funny.

I'm not going to go out of my way to like, hang out with a sheep, but I like them fine. I found this slide at an amazing repurposing store in Portland, called SCRAP, and I had to buy it because sheep aren't the funniest thing in the picture, but they sure are there in a major way. I tried to send it to Ashley via text, and it didn't work very well. So Ashley, this is mostly for you.

Why yes, that is a man posing with taxidermied sheep.

Want more sheep? Have you heard of Shaun the Sheep? It's kind of delightful. And it kind of reminded me of that Jemaine Clement sheep video, The Pen.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

101 reasons I love Reem, part 2.

Many, many moons ago I started a list about one of my favorite people. Today on my way home from church I was able to talk to my good friend Reem about my future plans, and she was enthusiastic and very complimentary, and an all around amazing friend. She also said, "I know you think I don't read your blog, but I do, so how about a shout out?" So, for my very supportive friend who reads my blog, here's a shout out, and another couple of reasons I to add to my original list. Thanks Reem, you're the best!