Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Look what I gots for X-mas!

That's right! My very own rope! And it's fuschia! Thanks, Shengy!

Monday, December 28, 2009

I heart...

1. This Wedding poster. By W+K Studio.

2. Being honest.

3. Cuddling.

4. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron and Wine.

It's been a long time since anyone has treated me so well. Thank you.
Your welcome. You deserve it.
Are you sure you're okay? Happy tears?

{nodding} I'm perfect.
I know.
This is pretty awesome.
I know.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Belated Merry Christmas!

As per my usual, I designed the family Christmas card this year. And as usual, I procrastinated til the very week of Christmas. :) I'm pretty sure everyone got it prior to the day of celebration, but you'd think I'd have a better handle on this, seeings how it is always the same date. :) Somehow I never learn.

Poem by Sheng. Design by Lisa.

So, I'm totally sporting a 'stache in this picture.
A while back I blogged about an outdoor wedding where the guests and wedding party had fake mustaches. Recently, at my sister's wedding, I purchased just enough for the whole family. :) The pictures turned out great! What a great night.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Diggin on the past.

Nostalgic, I never regret any of the decisions I've made. Although many results ended poorly, I followed my heart, and how can I be mad with that?

As I come upon another decision, I weigh the options.
I have awful genetic bunions. (Thanks Dad!) For the most part, they only hurt when I work long days at The Café, 7 hours on my feet with no rest. After a long brunch shift, my feet will throb so bad that I have to keep my feet under cold water, ice them and am bed ridden for hours. Worse case scenario: feet throbbing so hard it keeps me from falling asleep. Yesterday I went to a podiatrist to hear my options.

Surgery is probably inevitable unless I decide to become a pile and never do anything physical to irritate it further. Recuperating time after surgery is 6-8 weeks sedentary, 3-4 months away from climbing and yoga. Serious. Let the tears commence.

My other option is to wait until I'm older, and it gets worse. The procedure though rather intensive is fairly common among older individuals. Two of my coworkers at Iowa State have already gotten this done in the past year.

While chatting with my bro, I finally figured out my reluctance: depression.
This one surgery will cut out all my current hobbies: The Café, climbing and yoga.

My bro, like the good brother he is, encouraged me to look on the bright side. I'd have all this time to...
1. paint
2. learn flash and html
3. read
4. learn guitar
5. start that project of the story of my family
6. and update my portfolio

Still. I sigh. And rather than think about all this: I watch this...

Soooo freakin good!

Monday, December 21, 2009

For the one who is so far...

I'm pretty sure you know who you are.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fringe benefits!

I cut my bangs, AKA fringe in hair lingo. Ya dig it?

Scene: Café Sunday brunch hustle and bustle.
Picture 9 servers running amongst 30 tables, a crowd of about 15-20 people waiting for tables, another 5 waiting for coffee or bread from our bakery, add 3 hosts, a manager, oh and another 6 or 7 guys on the line running the kitchen and you get the madness that ensues for seven straight hours at The Café's Sunday brunch. Amongst all this...

Chef Kurt: What's different about you?
Me: Hmmmmm, nothing.
CK: Noooo, your hair's different. You cut it?
Me: Mmmm, ish.
Kurt proceeds to give me eyes.
CK: You styled it.
I smirk, eying him back.
Me: Ish.
CK: You look good.
Silence just staring at each other as Kurt slides in real close up to my ear and whispers: Meow! I burst into a fit of giggles right then and there.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Don't you wish you were climbing right now?

Also, can't get enough of Matt and Kim today. I love "Daylight" and "Lessons Learned". After work I will promptly buy this CD.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

12-16 Inches!

Yesterday's snow day was awesome!
I slept in until past noon, some wonderful boys shoveled my car out of the snow, I decorated my Christmas tree (thanks Mama Zimmerman), a wonderful boy made me dinner, and then I met my dearest friend Anj at DG's Taphouse. Our Wilson house friends joined us later, and the evening was full of laughs. I can't wait for the Saturday evening, Wilson house dance party!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


I just realized I forgot to pay rent. I'm not too worried, Ben's pretty awesome.

No, You're a Hot Toddy!
I stayed at The Café til almost midnight last night working on the hot toddy menu. Oh the things I do for that place.

Somebody please help me; I can't stop shopping this site. I have an addiction.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Paid paid vacation.

Since I work for a state university, I got Thursday and Friday off for the holiday. I seized the opportunity to pick up some extra shifts at The Café. I mean, who doesn't like a lil extra extra for the holiday season? Friday I pulled a double and worked from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM and 5:30-10:30 PM. It was a long day, but so worth it. Not only did I make just about $200, I also did yoga in between shifts, and finally put away the clean laundry that had been sitting in my dryer for uhhhhhhhbout a week now. :)

Tonight I "Café" from 4:00-10:30 PM only to go home, sleep, and return from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Quite the weekend. If you're in the mood for some upbeat tunes, I've been listening to Coconut Records. A quirky, adorable actor named Jason Shwartzman of Rushmore and Darjeeling Limited fame is the lead of this band. I love his movies... and now his music.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Top 5's

My revamped top five daily sites:
1. Notcot
2. Steep and Cheap
3. Sartorialist
4. Apartment Therapy
5. Gmail

Top 5 Thanks this holiday:
1. My twin brother and his cooking skillz.
(Dear Shengy, thank you for cooking this year's Thanksgiving meal. Even though I don't like traditional T-day entrees, I still really appreciate the fortune to have one.)
2. My friends.
I am so blessed to have many friend circles in Ames. In any event, I always have someone to turn to. Last night in tears, I ran to Stewart after a dramatic fiasco at Alpha Copies. He knew just what to do: hold me tight and listen.
3. Talented people.
I am very thankful for all the talented people in the world today. I try to imagine my world without all the artists who visually inspire me, or musicians who I listen to all-day-everyday-non-stop, or the very food I consume at loved places like The Café, I just can't do a day without art.
4. Family.
:) They're the best. I am photo-editing images from my sister's Oct. wedding. They will be revealed in due time.
5. Climbing.
I never thought this would be something I could include in my repertoire. Ever. Who knew?

Monday, November 23, 2009

I heart Jason Schwartzman,

NPR, and the word awkward.

Also, Wes Anderson is a genius.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

He says he doesn't want to see me get hurt.

How does he, of all people, think he can say that to me? The past two years all he's done is hurt and use me. In one fell swoop he brought it all back; my heart sinks and all I feel is achy. It hurts, and my eyes are swollen. I...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

China Doll

For the second day in a row, my outfit has spurred a coworker of mine to tell me how cute I am in the context of a doll... I guess I'm okay with that. I did wear dresses both days. :)

In completely other news, not at all related to being Chinese or looking like a doll, watch this sweet video of climber, Matt Segal scaling "China Doll," a 5.14.

Matt Segal 5.14 trad from renan ozturk on Vimeo.

I suggest turning off the sound of the video and playing Plan B's "Backside Grind pt II" It's my obsession of the day.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Here I am.

Top 5 from the past two weeks.

1. Backbone.
A couple Fridays ago, Chris, Rob, Eric, Pohlman and I went to Backbone for a night of s'mores and camping, only to rise early in the morning for a full day of climbing.

Left to right: Chris climbing "Slot Machine" (rated a 5.8), Rob belaying, Alisha and Cory, me, Eric, Brie and her dog, Milo.

Last climb of the day. Here I am having my hand at "Monster Crack" with Pohlman belaying me. It is rated a 5.10a on a scale of 5.2-5.15. I didn't get much farther than pictured, but I had already climbed 4 routes earlier; I was exhausted and quite content with my day's work.

2. These United States.
Pohlman and I caught this show at the M-Shop this past Saturday night. These guys are way entertaining. Their opener was Frontier Ruckus, under the same label as the Avett Brothers, and their set was pretty decent too. What can I say? I'm a fan of the banjo.

3. Welcome Home Marty Yeah!
My friend, Marty moved back from SB, California. It will be great to have him around again. He's one of those friends that pushes me in thought; to be mindful of who I am, where I am going, what I strive to be. He pushes me to the brink of uncomfortable, because if he doesn't, who will?

4. Anj.
Really pretty Indian girl. She's my "wife". Enough said.

5. Gear.
Bought a friggen sweet 0 degree Northface Snowshoe sleeping bag.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Pretty sweet day.

Today was one of those amazing Fall days: the air was crisp with the smell of earth, the sun was shining just enough to roll that Fall chill right off your shoulder, and the clouds were fluffy and white. I didn't work today! That also made my day. :) I went brunching with Jaci, bike riding with Stewart, and then frolfing with Dennis and Stewart. It was amazing!

Check out this sky behind Dennis and me!

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Less space, less things, more life."

Hearts to Apartment Therapy! It motivates me to make my small, cute apartment even more homey. Here are my favorites today:

Ode to Lacey.
A while ago an friend of a friend stayed with me for about two weeks. In that short time span she ruined my dining table, broke a set of blinds, and managed to piss off my downstairs neighbor. All water under the bridge, right? My dining table is still functional, yet not quite clean and modern with a ruined finish. I think the above idea will be an adorable mask. I can thrift some lacey doilies, perhaps a mid-century textile, then place plexiglass over the top. Instant DIY (do-it-yourself) for fairly cheap!

I'm not sure when I will do this project, as I've been investing in other hobbies as of late: climbing and snowboarding gear. I know this is oh-so-boring, but siblings, for Christmas this year, how about some giftcards to Backcountry or Jax? Or Hobby Lobby? I have a Van Gogh print from Amsterdam needing framing attention.

I also really like this stitched text, fitting for me. (Also found on Apt. Therapy)

Sigh. I have some pretty cute text's that would be adorable stitched.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Trick or Suite!

It's Halloween at work today! Our suite did a "Farmer's Market" theme.

Meet Farmer Ly. She wears pigtails and flannel, and bakes delicious pumpkin muffins at one in the morning for the masses.

This is her stand; she's a firm believer in eating fresh and local...

... but she has trouble keeping her office free of cobwebs!

I wish it was Halloween more often! Jeans and flannel for work attire? Heck yes.
PS. Taking votes on costume ideas for this weekend:
A. Lil Asian Kitty. MEOW!
B. Mulan?
C. Smurfette?
D. other?
Thoughts, anyone?

Monday, October 26, 2009

5 Things.

1. I love Travis and Pohlman!
I had absent-mindedly agreed to help Travis cover his Monday night shift, completely forgetting that is my favorite night to climb at Wall-Nut. I was anxious with anger Sunday morning when I realized my mistake. Pohlman smiled and shouted "Why do you do work so much and do this to yourself?" And I replied, defeatedly, "Because, I love Travis." Later that evening, when I went Pohl-manning for dinner, I found out they both had been looking for people to cover the shift I no longer wanted! Travis ended up finding someone, too. Aren't my coworkers great? :)

2. Great Lake Swimmers. I'm going to see these guys tonight with Jaci, Pohlman and Stewart!

I am very excited!

3. Tuesday.
New Café menu! I'm pumped! They're going to add a Café Plate appetizer including toasted crostini, seared and roasted pork belly with a port wine reduction, Moody blue cheese, figs, and mustard spread. It rocked my taste buds! Plus my favorite sous chef created it. Hearts to Jonny V!

4. Bar shift.
Tuesday evenings, I am Aaron's bar girl at The Café. It's one of my favorite serving shifts because I get 6 tables all to myself AND I get to work with Aaron and be feisty! He's so much fun. He's been mad at me because I've given up my shift the past month to go to Portland, be sick, or see my "husband" Scott Avett. I have a lot of built up feistiness for him, so I hope he's ready!

5. Falling for you. Part 2.
Another thing I love about Fall, is the seasonal pumpkin-everything! Pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin bread! I have to bake the later for a "Trick or Suite" at work. Tuesday will be a late night, but pumpkin bread is sooo worth it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Falling for you.

I love fall! Yesterday and today I raked the beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves that covered my entire lawn. It was sooo much work! I raked for a couple hours, then went to work from 4-11 PM, woke early, only to go back to work from 8 AM-3 PM, and then come home to bag the seven large piles of foliage. After two hours of bagging, I still didn't even get it all to fit! Crazy! I wish I'd taken a before shot. It was madness!

My landlord, Ben offered to pay me, but I just said it was a good workout!

PS. Tonight I'm Pohl-Manning with Jaci and Little Allison. :) That just means we're eating at The Café to keep our friend Pohlman company.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

OMG, I love this girl!

I'm sure I've posted these pictures before, but I am updating my website, and going through old images, reminiscing. Lacey and I got to hang out a little bit before and after the Avett Brothers show (AMAZING, BTW) and I've determined: I need to visit this girl more often. Why are you so far away? Lacey, let's move somewhere together! Colorado? California? Thanks for a great night last night! Hope to see you soon!

Lacey and I Spring 2007, Iowa City.

Lacey and I at the 2007 Des Moines Arts Festival, Summer 2007.

Lacey and I, Thanksgiving 2008?

Lacey and I Spring 2009, Portland, Oregon.

And of course the most recent, Lin's Wedding. Fall 2009.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Avett Brothers Tonight in Iowa City!

Countdown over. Tonight, Jaci, Pohlman, Greg, Charlie, Travis and I will caravan east towards Iowa City for an evening with the Avetts at the Englert Theater. I am so excited! Woooohooo!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Weekend Update with Senior Correspondent Lisa Ly

Thursday October 15: a wet and soggy but highly-anticipated-and-without-disappointment evening with the wonderfully, talented Envy Corps. Later I sipped cocoa with the amazingly-awesome McClanahan duo, Dan and Alex and hung out with band drummer, Scott.

Friday October 16: Wall-Nut Creek Climbing Gym. An evening of rope-climbing with Nick and Ken. Climbed up the East wall's crimpy, jibby white route. Sweet!

Saturday October 17: Iowa State's 3:3 record gained one on the win side. Go State!

Sunday October 18: Brunchy brunch brunch brunch. As you may recall or not, I hate this shift, but I'm helping Kevin out so I can get Friday nights back. I'm sure I'll forgive myself for working 7 days a week when I'm old but have enough money to travel during retirement. Right!? Who's with me?

In other news:

Working on updating my portfolio to include some of my work over the past year. So stay tuned for that!

And finally an anecdote to end: last weekend I worked Saturday night and an older gentleman at one of my tables complimented my smile,"Why that's a pretty smile, I bet that cost Dad a pretty penny." I smiled even bigger and let him know I've never had any work done besides a good cleaning. He said it was my best feature. How nice to hear! :) These are the nights I love my job! So until then, smile and listen to great music!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Much better thank you.

My temperature is down to 98.2, I'm still coughing, but tomorrow I should be my usual feisty self.

Until then, more Oregon memories.

And yes, that is Sheng in the background. Of course it is.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

101.6 Degrees Farenheight

I am most definitely sick.
Cough, cough.

In place of someone to take care of me, I visited Target.
Purchased comforts:
1. large, king-sized feather-down pillow
2. 400 thread count pillowcases
3. Ramen noodles
4. hot chocolate
5. scented candles
6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 4

Jaci, I love you, but I definitely got this from you.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Oh My Goodness!

I might beat this till it's dead. But I can't wait for this show! My new favorite song off the new album I and Love and You, "January Wedding" by the Avett Brothers.

I will see youuuuuuu in a week and a half!

Also, my sister made me watch this, and I am ever grateful.
Hugh Laurie is soooo cute! I love House.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Broke down...

and bought the DELUXE.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to me... a little bit early. :)

Mmmm, I also ordered some quickdraws through Ash at Wall-nut Creek Climbing Gym. They're pricey!

I'm gearing up for winter... I'd like to buy some snowboarding outerwear: snowpants and jacket are on my list. I have goggles and mittens and I can rent the board and boots from Seven Oaks. I can't wait for the first big snow! Until then, more Oregon love:

Me and the siblings! Sheng, Bobby and Lacey

Me and my bros! Sheng, Bobby, and the newest addition, Denver!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Lovely Bride.

As you can see, I haven't quite mastered my photo editing skillz. They don't match!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

In Oregon.

More to come. :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

My fave local band.

I was introduced to The Envy Corps in 2006. I met the drummer, Scott Yoshimura (Yoshi) through my friend Matthew. Yosh is my Asian brotha from another motha. They are performing FREE at ISU's Homecoming this year. My thoughts?
Heck yes.

Photography: McClanahan Studio Design: Lisa Ly
This poster is 8 feet long by 3.5 feet tall. Sweet.

Photography: McClanahan Studio Design: Lisa Ly
This is a design for the Iowa State Daily, our campus newspaper.
There are 14,000 in circulation. Hot.

Other posters...

In other news...
This is probably pretty good.
Modeled after Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, how could it be bad?

Monsters of Folk is Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, M.Ward and Jim James.
Listen at NPR!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Yeasayer's Tightrope

This song is my slacklining anthem. :)

LaBlogotheque's version is great, too. Love that acoustic stuff.

Happy Friday! xoxo!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I just got cement thrown at me! Cement?

This story begins with a weary evening. I worked at The Café last night, very mediocre. Lots of "campers" (customers who stay at a table for hours, meaning you get less tables throughout the night and thus less tips), sub-par tippers (in general I've noticed people are not tipping as much), lots of women (I can say this and clearly not be sexist, but women tend to be needier, require more attention, and always desire separate checks, ugh, really just annoying!). I didn't get home until 11 when I proceeded to bubble-wrap all the fun wedding stuff.

This took an hour.

Around 12 AM I finally begin to relax, my day is over. I think about showering, perhaps reading, maybe interneting, or at the very least just washing my face, but it was so late it took a long time just to contemplate doing any of those things. I decide to shop the "Bikes" section on the Ames Craigslist. (I'm thinking about buying a top rack for my Honda Civic and possibly a road bike.) Around 1 AM I am finally in bed, but can't find my cell phone, okay, I will use my annoying alarm clock. At least I know it will wake me up.

6 hours later, I wake feeling exhausted and dizzy, but I ignore it; I have things to do, and the day must go on. I work for the better part of the morning, fairly efficiently thinking I will use my lunch hour to ship the last stresses of the wedding out of my possession.

This is where it get's good.

I go home, pack up the goods and awkwardly carry the heavy box to UPS. I go to the branch closest to my home, on East Lincoln Way, still a nice 10 minute drive through traffic. I get there to see that the branch closes during the lunch hour!: 11 to 3. What! Fine. I will drive across town to the the UPS branch in Campus Town. 15 minutes later I see that branch has shut down. Greaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Their makeshift signs tell me to drive to Northern Lights where they've moved.

Ohhhhhhh, Northern Lights.

Why that's up near my house... where I started! Ooooooookay, coming full circle, I drive past my house and realize I forgot to pack something. But then I think "Oh forget it, I've stopped at two places already, I'll just bring it with me on the plane." I finally make it to the 3rd branch of UPS. This one is open! And a nice man is kind enough to put down his 3 Snickers bars and carry my heavy box in for me. (He just might be the best part of my day.) I guess my packing wasn't good enough, UPS deemed it unsafe with all the glass things, so they offered to package for me... for the nice fee of $20. That will be an $80 total, plus $20 of bubble-wrap I did myself.

Whatever, I'm done with it...

Now I debate going back to work or just going home. Though it is only 1:30 PM, I have that headache and dizziness from this morning that I've conveniently ignored. On my drive back I contemplate work? home? work? home? work? home? At a stoplight I am surrounded by construction workers and blast my Girl Talk to drown out their hoots, hollers, and whistles for my attention. I thought, "maybe I should roll up my window," just as I didn't... a chunk of wet cement flies through my window and lands on my leg, sliding down all chunky and gross. My jaw drops. Did they really just throw cement at me?...

Verdict. Yes. They did in fact throw cement at me.

Today is stupid. I'm going home.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Not Eating...

A. because I want to look good at my sister's wedding...
B. just kidding, actually my dining table has been taken over by wedding!

Lin, it will be in the mail by tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday.

Friday, September 18, 2009

8-hour day.

7:19 AM
BZZZZZZZ. Whoa, this $2-plastic, 50s alarm clock from Salvation Army really works.

8:00 AM
Turns out I really can look nice in the morning if I wake up early and sleep 9 hours the night before.

8:02 AM
Ohhhhhhh there it is. Found my cell phone in the grass outside my house. Good thing it didn't rain rain rain on me.

8:24 AM
YES! Someone made a cake for their birthday. MMMM, banana cake for breakfast, that's totally healthy, right? What? It has fruit!

8:30 AM
Whoa? 20 work e-mails since 5:04 PM yesterday, what the heck?

8:53 AM
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
. I love this book! And now it's a movie. Awesome.

9:23 AM
Sweet, I collated a 38-page program booklet for Julie. We can make this in-house now, who knew?

9:44 AM
Jane Eyre. I love this book. And this is the sweetest cover design I've ever seen.

9:49 AM
Colorshow by the Avett Brothers.

9:59 AM
I love Explosions in the Sky.
This looks like an awesome book.

10:01 AM
Frank Gonzales. I need to paint more.

11:26 AM
Composing an e-mail, listening to Girl Talk, whilst cutting out 100, $20 Cybucks for work.

I made these to resemble our money, only using our mascot, Cy.

1:04 PM
Lunch hour. Actually, errand hour.
Home, take out the trash, start the dishwasher, water my dying plants, pay my Qwest bill, fill my gas tank, drink water and mascara my lashes. Didn't have time to run to Hobby Lobby. iPod shuffles to perfect song for the end of errand hour: Hang Me Up to Dry by the Cold War Kids.

3:27 PM
Still cutting out Cybucks. I had to take a break and went down to Shellie's office for a snack. She's got me figured out, I will do anything you want with a smile, if and only if, you bring me a snack. I'm partial to salty snacks or Reeses PB eggs (the big ones with extra pb, not the tiny ones). Today, she was gone, but left me pear Jelly Bellys in her absence.

3:38 PM
I'm annoyed that I'm still cutting Cybucks and that these pieces of hair didn't stay up.

3:56 PM
Done cutting Cybucks.

4:20 PM
Still nursing a cup of coffee, now cold, from 11:30 AM and currently editing a brochure.

4:35 PM
Deer Tick. Awesome!

4:58 PM
I'm out. Peace and love! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'm sad.

I just sold my ticket to Bon Iver for Saturday b/c I couldn't find anyone to cover my shift. Tears.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I would very much like this.

Gift unto me.
This guy's commentary is pretty humorous. My favorite lines are "introspective moments with mustache" and "pretty awes." I love the art, definitely the talented work of lead singer Scott Avett. So if you're feeling generous please contribute to the I-(and)-love-(and)-you-Lisa Fund.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sites I internet daily.

1. Notcot
2. NPR
3. Craigslist Ames/Des Moines
4. Gmail
5. Max Wanger. Great, great stuff.

Friday, September 11, 2009


So I drew this on the computer.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Top 5, Wednesday September 9

1. This packaging design. Simply lovely!
2. Priscilla Ahn. I've been listening to her all day and will buy her CD as soon as possible. I like her "Boobs" song.
3. Reading: The Chronicles of Narnia, in whole.
4. My Jaci buying me my favorite Café deli: the Italian sub on ciabatta, no cheese.
5. Working ahead in preparation for my Oregon getaway, 19 days and counting!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

This is sweet.

Pretty blue eyes and rugged facial hair! I think I've found another potential husband. Perhaps he's not married, like my other obsession, Scott Avett. :)

5 things:
1. Thinking about studying letterpress and bookarts.
2. I very much dislike doing laundry.
3. I very much love my friend Jaci(pants).
4. Today I was very lazy. Work. Napping. Reading. 1 Load of laundry. Blech.
5. Tomorrow I have to climb and yoga b/c today I was a pile.

Monday, August 31, 2009

I called it.

In Spring 2006, I ventured to San Francisco on a traveling kick. I was young and interested in doing design work for one of my fave magazines: Readymade, A hipster do-it-yourself glossy made for the wannabe innovators. I called up the creative director, Maili Holliman, to set up a time to chat about designing for a sweet magazine. She was pretty cool. The following years I noticed a decline in the artistic creativity of the page layout in the publication. I even stopped buying it. I couldn't figure out what happened. Then I found out Meredith Corps bought them. I'd studied with Meredith (publisher of Better Homes and Gardens) during my college years. They're based in Des Moines, just 30 minutes south of Ames. When I heard they bought my fave magazine, I understood why the decline in visually stimulating design. I just read this article today. To sum up, it's just different, and I called it way back when. But while we're on the topic, my friend Glenda thinks I'm San Fran material. I have "SF written all over me." And as much as she loves me, she wants me to grow.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Lately the drama has all but encompassed my life. I needed to get away. And fast. I wasn't scheduled to work Friday night at The Café this past week, a first in just about a year. To take full advantage of the free weekend evening, I also took time off from my day job and decided to go hiking at Backbone State Park, in northeast Iowa. I'd never been in the area and heard it was beautiful compared to the rest of the state. So off on my own I ventured, despite the pleas of my friends to take someone along for safety, I arose early and prepared for my day alone. It took three hours to get there. The drive was wonderful. I left Ames' gray, damp drama for sunlight and greenery to raise my poor spirits. Excitement building, music blaring, just me viewing the road and a beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds through the windshield of my little Honda Civic. Below are the winning photos of the day. Hiking in solitude, the quiet noises of nature, made me think of that philosophical riddle "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound." Do things exist if no one perceives them? Does this drama btw me and my friend exist if he never comes forth to tell me what is wrong and otherwise acts normal around me? My perception is that things are fine, but through grapevines I hear otherwise.