Moon Shoes

March 31, 2009

The Dude starts asking me if I remember a platform that you put your shoe on and strap into, that is held up by industrial strength rubber bands that are attached to a hollow oval.. thing that you bounce with. We figure out they're called Moon Shoes so I YouTubed them. He was SO excited when we were watching the commercial.

Haha he remembers little details like not being able to jump that high or they would "bottom out"* and how they'd always go sideways so your ankles would break? Bahaha what a weirdo. But it's cute.

"I got them shits as soon as they came out."

*So. I put "bottom out" in quotes and the Dude says something like, "Why'd you put it in quotes? It's a legitimate term. Have you never heard of bottoming out? You're fucked." I just figured it was something he said. So he tells me to Google it, so I do.

He had The Funniest expression when he saw the results. This is why I love him and why I am always laughing.

Oh the Dude.

This is my idea of beauty

March 30, 2009


The best part of our mini-roadtrip this weekend was singing this song at the top of our lungs. Yes, we listen to The Cranberries. Don't you?

Soo tired-Great weekend

It's 9:41am and I've been in the studio since 7:30 after climbing into bed at 2:30. I need a little bitty break.

- - -

Saturday afternoon, the Dude came to my studio with me to help me put a couple canvas' together. It was nice having a man around the studio to help me staple things together because I just can't do it. Well, I can, but it would've taken twice as long. We can out of staples during the second canvas, so we decided to leave things at that and begin our weekend.

We stopped at Papermoon to get some food before the 3 hour drive ahead of us. Everything we got had pesto:
marinated mushroom sub with goat cheese and pesto
pesto with mushrooms
tofu pesto salad

The Dude's friend, Larry, was having a graduation party somewhere in New Jersey. The house was Huge! I didn't even take a stroll around, but the whole "basement" (if you can call it that) was completely dedicated to toys and fun. We dubbed it "Larry's Fantasy Factory" but the Dude claims it was called "Larry's Fantasy Island". Anyhow, there were way too serious pool games going on, some basketball throwage, some hoolahooping competitions, hoolahoop backwards-spin-and-jump-thru contests, scooter contests, scooter time trials around the pool table, a sexy game of Twister, Ants in My Pants, foozball.. and so much more. The Dude found a sing-a-long piano book that he was into.

My favorite part was the vast array of pretzels, some of which were covered with gold! After all of Larry's guests left, Larry, Colleen, their two dogs, Ben, and I had a slumber party downstairs aka just passed out.

We woke up at 7am to start heading to Hackettstown, New Jersey for a contest. The contest was supposed to start at 10am, but it didn't start 'til about 1pm. Larry went to film an edit for Vital and I just went as moral support for the Dude. I really didn't know it was going to be that long of an affair. I imagined it to be 'til about 5pm or 7pm, but not 9! I was exhausted from doing nothing on five hours of sleep.

Two minutes before the "pro's" were about to ride, the Dude broke a crank arm. Poopie. Luckily, someone offered theirs, which was the "same" and even had the same pedal the Dude rides. So the Dude shreds and qualifies for the finals. Shreds again and ties for third. I don't even know who he tied or who came in 2nd, but baby Garrett Reynolds got first. Boo. The Dude got some loot and all in all, it was a good day.

We drove Larry back to Philly and got back to Baltimore at 2am. I wanted to go to the studio to work before my critique today, but I decided that it'd be better to sleep now for a few hours and go in early early.

So here I am. PB&J and an apple.

Shark Attack

March 28, 2009

Does anyone else watch Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory? "Shark attack!" Here are pictures from yesterday.


When I'm upset, I clean.

My apartment is SO clean right now.

DC again today

After DC, we went to the Dude's house and watched Animal Planet all night. So, when crocodile's are in defense-mode or whatever, they grab on to their prey and spin in a circle. A few guys were trying to move the mommy croc so they could take care of her babies and she got hold of some guy's wrist and started spinning. Then, the Dude's mom and dad thought it'd be a good idea to scare the crap out of me by poking a taxidermied crocodile head out of the side of the couch! At first I thought it was the Dude's dog, Coco, but after realizing what it was, I jumped three feet in the air and screamed. Everyone had a verry good laugh..

Don't shoot

March 27, 2009

I woke up this morning to the sound of, what a thought was, a machine gun. When I actually become coherent, I realized it was just a jackhammer.

My two-block radius will never be in peace. They were repaving the sidewalk on Charles St for months and now that they're done, they're doing the other side. The lot across The Pants (RIP) is being heavily constructed and now the parking building behind me is slowly coming down. It's madness I tell you.

'Ello chap

March 26, 2009

Last night, I realized that I have chapstick EVERYWHERE. I was in bed getting ready to sleep and really needed to moisturize and saw some Carmex on the "shelf" next to the bed. I have Kiehl's in my day-to-day purse, strawberry Carmex in my school bag, Burt's on the coffee table, and another Kiehl's in my fancy bag. I also have the same kind of pen in each purse. Two vital essentials.


March 24, 2009

I downloaded a game on iPhone the other day and this popped up before the game:

Elliott Smith

Ugh. Sometimes, I drive by the wall he's standing in front of on the Figure 8 cover and imaginne what my world would be like if he was still here. Everything would be different.

Alien Pussy

by Chezia Thompson

"He gives me fever when he kisses
Fever when he holds me tight
Fever in the morning and
Fever all through the night"

kidnapped and
genetically enhanced by
black star power
with no thought
of limitations
Watusi tall
without spiked heels
She sashayed into the room
and stopped traffic
and conversation
with her Fischer body
(her intel mind was her secret weapon)
the Meow
scared them but they
figured she was just playing
He thought, "Maybe I'm not
too strange for her after all"
and tipped his gambler's hat over
his left eye
She saw his mouth first
the curvaceousness of line and the mole
that suggested he could kiss
and lick her clean on a sunny day
and her whiskers shivered
swishing that tail of hers
across the floor She danced
a Kat-sho-dou Kata
dropped on all fours
hunched her back and hissssssssed
the woman ran out of the room
He thought
"Maybe I got what she needs after all"
backed into a dark corner and waited
She saw his eyes in the dark
and in her segmented sequential vision

The Moon was already rising
past her planetary door
She had to get him to the ship
"Meow" she said softly
moving toward him
"I don't speak French" He said
leaning against the wall
She began climbing up his body
taking his pulse as she went
purring and smelling
purring and touching
till He grabbed her hands gently
looked deeply into her eyes and
said "I think I could like you
but this is a little fast for me
and I'm not sure I know what
to do with alien pussy."


My African Lit teacher wrote that poem, and we were analyzing poems in her book and presenting our own interpretations on the poem, emphasizing on the idea of beauty and ethnicity. So this guy in my class choses this poem, and writes his own version of them poem, which was hilarious. Then, we get to discussing Chezia's poem and how sexually charged it is, and she goes on to say that "pussy" meant "cat". She said she never even thought that it would mean vagina! Isn't that outrageous?
dropped on all fours
hunched her back and hissssssssed

I mean, really?! Come on Chezia.

It's literally about an alien pussy.. cat.

Riding today?

March 22, 2009

Today was another great day. The Dude, the Dude's bf, and I went to Mughal Garden for brunch. I don't think the Dude's bf liked it very much :/ Then I rode around with the guys all afternoon since it was soo nice out. Bye bye Ben Z, I'm sure I'll be seeing you veryy soon.
Garrett broke the spot.

Lately, I've been taking pictures with too many different little cameras. Digital, iPhone, 35mm, and plastic cam. So each day and every moment is scattered everywhere.

Robbie, Chad, Kristin

March 21, 2009

I miss you guys!

The Best Day Ever

so says the Dude about yesterday.

The Dude + The Dude's bf + The Dude's gf = A pretty damn good day.

The Dude and I took the train down to DC. We met the Dude's best friend there (who has the same name as the Dude) and the two of them got some siq ink from Mr. Koeplinger. I finally got to meet Chad's girlfriend, who is more beautiful and sweeter than I imagined. It's strange how after eight months of hearing about somebody, you meet them and it's as if you've known them for months.

After five hours at the shop and the largest slice of pizza I've ever seen, we went back to Baltimore with the Dude's bf. Then we three went to see The Cro-Mags at the Ottobar.

OD, as usual. But I'd have to say, it was a pretty good day.

Men I Love/Am In Love With (in no particular order.. maybe)

March 19, 2009


I don't watch Gossip Girl, but these photos are soo sexy.

I love Blake Lively.

Rain Rain Go Away

I left 80 degree weather for 45 degree rainy weather.

My stay in California was too short. Three full days and two half days is not enough to spend time with my family and the people that I love. It's to the point where I can't tell anyone I'm home for fear of disappointment. But I went for my momma's birthday, which turned out great, so I guess that's all that matters.

Natalie brought some of her friends from Austin with her, so I met that at Roman's during their dinner. I got downtown and didn't understand why there were hundreds of people and absolutely no parking. Then I realized I was sending Chase Happy Birthday wishes earlier that morning and that Chase's birthday falls on St. Patrick's Day. I don't think I've ever celebrated St. Patrick's Day the way "normal" people do. Everyone was dressed in green and some went as far as dressing up as lepricauhns. The only upside to going downtown Tuesday night was seeing Becky for a minute, and seeing Connie, who I haven't seen since high school, maybe even before that. She looks the same and I was surprised she even recognized me, as most people I went to high school with freak out when they see me.

The flight to Baltimore was good. A very strange Russian mathematician sat next to me and was snoring and drooling in my direction. There was also this guy I recognized from my flight to LA. I distinctly recognized him because I thought he could possibly be a drag queen. Just the way his eyebrows were done and his manner.. I kind of had a hunch. But after watching RuPaul's Drag Race, you never know.

The Dude picked me up from the airport and we went to Carroll Park right after since it was 65 degrees out. It was the first time I saw Andrew since _________. He seems the same.

Happy Birthday Momma

March 17, 2009

I made a Red Velvet cake for the deserving lady.


A friend of my parent's opened a Japanese fusion restaurant in the area a few weeks ago and they have been raving about it since. We went last night as an early celebration from my mom's birthday and it was a-mazing.

When my parents favor a restaurant, they also favor a table. There are five tables that have "lounge" seating, which just means they have couches instead of chairs. My parents always reserve the one right in the middle. Since my dad had been there before, I left the ordering to him. I think we ordered about six dishes and ten or eleven showed up on the table. The owner lady kept coming to our table and suggesting dishes and sending out different things. The Dude knows I'm a salad girl, and they had The Best Caesar salad I've ever had.

The thing with Korean people: When it comes time for the bill, there is always a brawl. I've seen my dad play tug-of-war with his friends with the check. When the waitress brought over the bill, he pretty much pushed away the owner lady from trying to give us a free $200 meal. She also mentioned that she heard that my dad isn't easy to hook up, if that makes any sense.

I love rolling with my parents.

Today was optometrist day. I got a new prescription and new glasses. While trying on over two dozen different glasses, I almost thought I was going to have to leave with the same old pair, but then she pulled out three beautiful black boxes: DITA. I don't know why I wasn't shown these before. There were 36 fresh, never-been-worn frames. My mom has been coming to this guy in downtown Los Angeles for yearss, as have I, with her. I didn't think they carried DITA because it was never displayed. Had I known, I wouldn't have spend $$$ at that damn place in Costa Mesa.

"The March 15th Massacre"

March 16, 2009

My brother and I have officially dubbed March 15, 2009 as "The March 15th Massacre". Although it wasn't really a massacre, there was definitely blood shed.

We came home late this afternoon after a family outing and came home to this:

They completely ripped apart a poor squirrel. That piece of intestine, or whatever it is, got three feet up the wall. We're assuming they just went buck. I thought it was funny, mostly because I thought they got in a brawl with a coyote, so I was releived. This isn't the first time they've caught a squirrel, but it's the first time it has been this brutal.

United 307

The flight to Los Angeles was great. The middle seat was empty and the extra leg room was wonderful. The only problem was the man in the aisle seat that had some form of ADD. Since the moment he sat down, he could not stop fidgeting. He always HAD to do something and then do something else right after that. I would've loved to give him a sedative, but I doubt it would've worked because when it came down to beverage time, he got a coffee and a Coke with sugar. I didn't know people put MORE sugar in their soda's.

The first hour and a half I spent watching Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Conolly in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" which was TERRIBLE! It was actually sort of humorous in how terrible it was. I am usually quite fearful of movies about aliens, but this one was absolutely ridiculous. The rest of my time was spent watching Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, along with my continued one-shot contour drawings of the Dude that I've been working on. I'm using the photos in my phone for blind drawings of the Dude, and some of them are really funny.

Palak Paneer

March 13, 2009

Romantic dinner with the Dude tonight. We love Indian food.

Tonight, we continue our Star Wars marathon. We watched Episodes IV, V, and VI a few weeks ago, Netflixed Family Guy's Blue Harvest, watched Episode I a few days ago, and now are on Episode II.

The Dude and I have ridiculous conversations about how Anakin completely ruined everything, all because of a girl. And in the end, he doesn't even stay on the dark side. If it weren't for him being completely compulsive about Padme's death (which happened because of a broken heart!), he could've lived a life with two beautiful children. Even then, if he wasn't so darn confused and naive, he could've lived a wonderful life with Padme, Luke, and Leia.

How nerdy.

Little Dude

Stussy key chain: $10
SAG sports case: $50
NOOKA watch: $150
Little Dude: Priceless

Haha that was so lame.


I agreed to accompany him to see a girl. We were sitting in a limousine with one of her friends and the girl was somewhere else. The whole time he's just talking about this girl. "There's something about her. She and I have a connection like no other." He goes on and on about her while I'm sitting there, listening to this. The friend tells us that the girl is in a car across the lot. He looks out the window, staring into the car. "She's looking at me, I can feel it." I walked out of the car in a fury, so angry at him, at her. He followed me, not understand why I'm upset, and I start to hit him. I hit him for hurting me for so long, for making this girl an issue to begin with. Then I wake up.

I couldn't go back to sleep for about an hour. I hate this girl so much.

- - -

Andrew Laumann attempted to kill himself, but failed. The following day, a bunch of my friends were hanging out at a Build-A-Bear type toy store with floors and floors of toys. My brother was also there. Rumors are flying everywhere that Andrew killed himself, again. It was supposed to be sort of humorous. Everyone kept saying, "Andrew killed himself!.. again!" Then I heard that my brother killed himself, and I lost my mind. I cried and cried and cried. A few hours went by, and I realized I forgot to call my parents and tell them that my brother committed suicide. I rush to call my dad, he picks up and asks, "Where have you been?"

I've had two dreams that my brother had been murdered. This was the first time he's ever killed himself. The previous times I've woken up crying out of control. This time, I didn't cry at all. Perhaps it was because I had cried a few hours before from my previous dream.

Last night was a terrible night of sleep with terrible thoughts.


March 12, 2009

Imagine this, but for 7 minutes straight. The Dude won't stop gleeking on my face.

Marty McFly Knows Good Housekeeping

So I saw this on a magazine rack, and upon posting this, the Dude says, "That's messed up." I knew Michael J. Fox had Parkinsons, I just didn't know it was this bad.

Well Balanced

This morning, I made spinach, mushroom, roasted garlic and veggie sausage omelets with cheese and paired them with some whole grain english muffins with raspberry jam for the Dude and I. Add a glass of orange juice and I'd say that's a well balanced meal, no? Lots of protein and vegetables, along with your dairy, whole grains, and some fruit. Then we had this.


I randomly found this cinematography reel Will Stroud made set to Teen Angst. It was weird because I recognized a lot of the clips from being with the Dude over the past year+, so I thought someone just swiped a bunch of the clips, then when I showed him he told me Will Stroud filmed the Odyssey and Levi's videos.

Then when I showed the Dude, he told me about a video he saw on YouTube set to Moonchild. It's pretty amazing.

If you don't already listen to M83, you should. I got the Dude and my brother into it, and my life has definitely changed since. In searching for videos of M83 on YouTube, I've come to the conclusion that I wouldn't want to see M83 live. It's just like Coco Rosie--the magic is taken away once you see how it's made.


March 11, 2009

Disney recycles animation

The New Craise

The Dude and I are all about Craisins as of late. And none of that little big stuff. We're talking about the 48 oz bags. We've tried the orange and cherry flavored Craisins, but it's not as good as the original. It's the perfect snack--a snack when you wake up, a snack after breakfast, a snack in the middle of the day, a snack during class, a snack before dinner, a snack after dinner, a snack late at night, a snack before bed. I'm just saying, get on it. Craisins are the new craise.

Jack Bauer's

March 09, 2009

real name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland.

The Dude's dad

has soo many cool things.

Run --- Run

March 04, 2009

My brother sent me this video. I definitely laughed out loud, but I don't know what's funnier--the dog, or the fact that whoever's filming named their dog after a certain 90's "rock"/"nu metal"/"white boy hip hop" band that is on the comeback.

Rule to Live By

March 03, 2009

Do not call it CALI. Call it California. Or just be specific, because California is really two (maybe even three) completely different universes.

Do say:
San Francisco
Nor Cal
The Bay Area

Don't say:

Do say:
Los Angeles
So Cal (maybe)
Orange County

Don't say:
Cali bro (The Dude!)
The OC

And I don't care about the 909, so call it "The 909"


March 02, 2009

Spanky and Jerry Hsu interviewed Patrick O'dell on the Slap site. It's not that interesting, but I've never really heard Patrick O'dell say more than a question/fact or two.

Photo: Patrick O'dell

Natalie Hershlag

I forget how amazing Natalie Portman is. She's only 13 in one of the Dude and I's favorite movies and she's amazing in Closer and the first three episodes of Star Wars. She's got strong values and a great sense of her own culture. I grew up with a few Jewish kids when I lived in Texas and always loved Judaism. Jaime used to make dinner for Rosh Hashanah and I was on this wanting-to-convert kick for a few years, just because Judaism is so freaking beautiful. Natalie Portman makes me want to be a Jew.

A Retrospective

A year in Photobooth with the man I've grown to love.