Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I'm an Auntie!!!

Bennett Kai

November 7, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Top 5 time-bleeding activites

I've been so busy since I came back from Penland! Ironically, I do not have a lot to report despite finding less and less time alone. However, I assume since you are reading this, I must have some pull of interest, and if this be the case, humor me, and read on.

1. United Way

I have volunteered to be the official United Way Volunteer liaison in my office, aka United Way cheerleader. Rah rah! Yay, United Way. I'm actually quite enjoying it. The UW of Story County is an amazing organization helping to improve the quality of life in my community. They provide financial support to organizations that provide housing to low income families, food to pantries for those who cannot afford a meal, immunization for young children whose parents cannot afford it, and so much more. In my office, I've organized weekly bake sales, a recycling can drive, a silent auction, and a food drive to raise money and awareness for the United Way. I'm loving my new cheerleading role!

2. Painting

My friend Jaci and I are taking an acrylic painting class at the ISU Workspace. Although this is a beginner level class, I love that I have taken time out of my week, to sit down, be creative and spend time with my baby. She and I have been friends for four years now, ever since I met her at The Café, September 2006; she was only 18! Whoa, that's crazy.

Ken, climbing out of the cave.

3. Climbing

I climb every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday if I can. After my foot surgeries, it was tough to get motivated to return to climbing. It's not that I didn't want to, it's that what once was an easy route, was and is a more difficult problem for me. Since July, I've been slowly working my strength and pain tolerance back to it's prime. It's been a slow journey, but I was recently able to climb out of the cave 3 times in one trip. That's huge for me.

4. Shows

Last week Brandon and I went on a double date with my friends Anj and Marty to see Built to Spill. All music evokes feeling in me, but this is one of those bands that isn't just one feeling. I could listen to them on sunny days or rainy days, and both can fit my mood perfectly. Favorites include: Else, Strange, Center of the Universe, The Plan, In Your Mind, The Weather. Upcoming shows this week? Local Natives and Band of Horses. Unbelievable. Best week ever.

5. Website?

So I think you all have seen my website. And if you have, you know that it simply must be updated. Well I'm workin on it. Since I first landed my gig at the ISU Alumni Association in 2008, I haven't touched it. It's time for a change, new projects, new look, the whole shebang. It's time consuming and difficult, especially when web is not my specialty. However, I'm enrolled in a one day seminar in Minneapolis, Oct. 7th, that should help. I'm looking forward to the workshop. I'm really motivated for self improvement lately. Workshops, classes, anything to become better. I hate to think that I'm not enough, but when I see the amazing things my colleagues have done with the same degree that I achieved, I wonder "What am I doing?"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Aren't we cute?!

Penland Letterpress 2010 Top: Karin, Amy, Virginia, me, Beth, Jessica, Phil; Bottom: Alan, John, Miranda, Kathy, and Mary Ellis.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Last minute print.

I decided last night I wanted to do a second poster to pair along side my XO poster. I thought perhaps since I started with a mushy hugs-n-kisses theme, the second in the series would be the opposite of mushy: heartbreak. If you've ever listened to Elliott Smith before, you know how he encompasses tragedy. I fittingly picked the song named "Waltz #2 (XO)." This song appeared in my music biography around 2004, when I was breaking up with my long-time boyfriend, Jonathan. I listened to the song again just to make sure it pulled on the heart strings a little bit. It did.

Set type on the #4 Vandercook.

Linen text paper! I LOVE linen paper.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


LISA: the girl twin: A 5x7 typographic study.
I created one for each member of my family.  
Linocut and letterpress on Rives BFK.

 I made 10 sets of four greeting cards.  
Linocut and letterpress on laid paper.
PRINTED BY: Yours truly.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dear Letterpress, xoxo!

Here I am setting my type on the Vandercook #4.
And here is the final result! What do you think?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Update, Ly

1. Sheng is completely moved in. It's tight, but homey.

2. Brandon's finally back from Kansas City. He's had a successful internship at Bernstein-Rein, and I couldn't be prouder.

3. Leaving for North Carolina in less than 13 days. I'm sort of not ready but also feeling completely ready, if that makes any sense. I want to get out of here, run away for a while, and work on myself; I feel a little bit lost. I thought this letterpress workshop was going to be a good move for my career and creative spirits, but moreso, I think it will be a good spirit awakening.

4. Church. Every year I go though a phase, where I'm all about it: I'm excited to go every week, I read the Bible, listen to songs from church,  I'm just in love. But also... every year, I go through a phase where I avoid it like the plague. That's what I'm in right now. It started in January when I had my foot surgeries and has continued through summer. I'm ready to start the other phase now. Please.

5. The Cafe. I've been back to work since May. I guess that means about 3 months now. I'm still a little uncomfortable. I'm not really sure why, but maybe this is a good thing. Perhaps my life in the restaurant world is over (suggested by my discomfort). I'm sort of reading it as a subtle sign, quietly hinting I should move on. Move towards the prime of my life... whatever that may be. The thing is, I don't know what my "purpose" will be... I just want to feel more fulfilled.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Just like home.

So, I'm well into my mid-twenties, decently successful, depending on your definition, independent and content, right? I make my own money, feed myself, pay my bills... What's next?

Why it would only be natural to move back in with your family, right?

Okay, perhaps this is not everyone's idea of next steps, but I think it's the right move for me. Well, let me clarify, I'm not moving at all. Rather my family is moving in with me. Sheng & Lacey, roomies, welcome.

So what is my motivation, besides love for the siblings? Well my ulterior motive is for Sheng to take over my lease, absolving me of permanent dwellings. Not only that, but I will save more money for my ultimate goal: moooooooving. I'm ready for a change. I have been for a while. Somehow I'm finally motivated to do something about it. I think the stars finally aligned: convenient sublet, saving money, happy to move boyfriend, motivation to update my website (still in progress), and... discontent. I'm 26 and I've been living in Ames, Iowa, for 8 years now! Time to move on, see new things, meet new people.

I'm feeling excited. Currently listening to "Ten Cent Pistol" by The Black Keys.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Max Wanger

I love this.

Also, I can't sleep.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Must be done.

You must really download Bedroom Covers by the Morning Benders.
Really. It's a must.
So sweet and melodic.
Perfect for an evening coffee-shopping...
editing vacation photos...
like my little marmot friend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


MMMMMMorning Benders cover Fleetwood Mac.
I want it to be raining when I hear this cover.
It's so chill. Thanks to B for finding it.

Also I have a new celebrity crush: John Isner.
All 6-foot-9 of him.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I heart vinyl.

Mayer Hawthorne has done it! 
Combined my loves: catchy tunes + graphic icon. 
Mmmm! Yes please!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mmmm... airplanes.

I know I've already posted this band, and in fact, this very song, but I was able to listen to the whole album recently, and I absolutely love it. Gorilla Manor is one of those albums I can listen to straight through. And so should you.

In other news, I've been away on vacation, so here's a little tidbit for you.

North Yellowstone.
Now don't you feel like you're on vacation?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

6 PM already?!

I've been "over-timing" at work this week. This happens every time I go on vacation. Coworker: "What you're going on vacation?"
Me: "Yes, I told you this a week ago."
Coworker: "I have to get you that thing, you know?"
Me: ...
Coworker: "Okay-great! Need that before you leave. Have a great vacation!"
Me: ...

At least I like being busy. The day goes by so much quicker. In other news, I'm loving the new single from Matt Pond's "The Dark Leaves." The song is called "Starting" hear it on their Myspace.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's on your mind?

Here's what is floatin around in mine:

1. Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

2. Facebook, I've retrieved my old password, but I have yet to log in.
I'm scurred!

3. Top Rope Anchor Class on my b-day.. oh May Day how fast you approach... 26 years of life. CELLLLLLL-LE-BRATE good times! C'mon! (In my head this sounds much better than if I were to serenade you.)

4. XHTML + CSS + website, will I ever get done with you?

5. I needs to works my body out... noooooooow!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Puppies, Origami, & Squash

Oh fluffy Emma, I wish you were mine!

via James Roper
How lovely would a bouquet of origami flowers be?

In the summer I like to eat colorful roasted squash!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The Local Natives

I'd like to be on one, riiiiiiiiiight now.
See ya!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Top 5, this April Monday

1. Mint.com
Trying to budget right now. Currently, I'm living beyond my means, as I am only working one job. I'm probably spending as much as when I worked two jobs, but I've also incurred some "unexpected" bills (surgeries, axels, taxes). That's life. However, I am looking forward to the following to ease pressure on my savings.
a/ May 24, I will begin working at The Cafe again.
b/ August 1, Sheng will move in, cutting my rent and all utilities in half. Woohoo!

I'm teaching myself how to code my own web site. I'm pretty excited about this. I'm thinking about the url: www.lisaly.us. Currently it is www.lylisa.com which doesn't have the same ring to it. I learned "www.lisaly.com" is owned by a guy named Paul Ly. He's owned it since 2001, and at least for 3 or 4 years, and has never put anything on this domain. This makes me sad. :(

3. Reading
a/ HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions – A Web Standardistas’ Approach I'm learning!
b/ Graphic Design History collection of essays
c/ Drive Daniel H. Pink
d/ Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Al Franken

4. Friends...
or lack thereof. I've been pretty lonely lately. No one wants to hang out with me. Which is how I am getting so much done... I guess something good is coming out of it.

5. Blah...
I need to work out. Bad.

Friday, April 09, 2010


Where have I been?
No, where have you been?!
I miss you.
So here's my present to you: The Morning Benders' "Excuses"

Mmmm, so charming and sweet.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Snow again?

Not really. Iowa's had enough of that, but Miike Snow + KCRW = sooo good.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Little one.

Sometimes, I feel like a tiny child. Especially when...

1. I giggle uncontrollably because I'm being tickled
2. I twirl in dresses and skirts
3. the sky is very blue and the grass is very green
4. I read books I can't put down, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
5. I think about wearing one of these:

Do you know where I can get one?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I am reading a book titled "Drive" by Daniel H. Pink. The book questions the current business model (Motivation 2.0): carrots and sticks or in other words, rewards for good work and punishment for poor work. He says this business model doesn't address the third kind of human motivation, that is Motivation 3.0. This model addresses human desires for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. "It is devoted to becoming better and better at something that matters. And it connects that quest for excellence to a larger purpose."

He gives the example of Wikipedia to demonstrate. The free, online encyclopedia is completely self driven, "written collaboratively by the people who use it." Wikipedia defies the 2.0 model because the ndividuals aren't rewarded/paid for the writing they accomplish for wiki entries, it's completely for purpose. It's fun, not work.

I definitely have some motivation 3.0 itching to be used!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Miike Snow...

has a crazy manstache. Nice.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Top Five.

I've been awarded a full work study scholarship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina! For 2 weeks in August, I will learn the old-world craft of letterpress printing, that is my talent back before there were computers. I'm so excited. I've thought for some time, this might be my future: a letterpress studio creating and designing posters/wedding invitations/business cards/etc/etc/etc. I guess we'll find out soon.

The Power of Positive Thinking :: Norman Vincent Peale
I've been reading this book and enjoying every bit of it.

Extra Virgin
I am a HUGE fan of the tapas bar these days. I'm a small person, some might say miniature-sized :) I don't eat a lot, but I love food. Hence my adoration to the trend in tapas bars. They serve a wide variety of appetizers, or small snack-like plates. This style of dining is rooted in Spanish traditions; however, from what I understand, the idea has been Westernized resulting in whole restaurants designed where you order 3-5 different tapas plates to equal to a whole meal. It's sweet... and savory!

Color Me Katie
This girl is the most adorable girl ever. Ever! I'd like to be her friend.

Miike Snow
I love the song Animal. Listen. Right now. Doooooo it.

Monday, March 15, 2010


I'm recovering rather stress-free with this second and last surgery. I feel much calmer, perhaps as a result of experience. Who knows!? I'm just embracing.

Embracing and letting the excitement build. July 1st on my mind. Then I will finally be able to climb. Until then, I'm listening to She & Him, Volume Two,
out March 23.

Monday, March 08, 2010

A few things.

1. 2nd surgery, right foot, this Thursday.
Please wish me luck!

2. Axles.
I had to replace both the left and right axles in my little Honda Civic last Thursday. It cost me almost $1000... and let's please not forget I paid almost $2000 in income taxes this year. Money's getting a little tight!

3. First there's the Solera, then there's Hell's Kitchen.
Solera is a delicious tapas restaurant in Minneapolis. We ate delicious paella, and 3 kinds of tapas: pork belly, Spanish cured meats, and scallops. Then Saturday morning, post Avetts, I ate at an amazing brunch at Hell's Kitchen. They make the best homemade peanut butter..... MMMMMMMM!

4. The Avett Brothers...

were awesome Friday night. They can still be my husbands any day.

5. Strengths Finder 2.0
I'm reading this book in my professional development book club at work. After a 30-minute assessment... they've labeled the following as my strengths:

1. Adaptability
People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow. ”They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

2. Harmony
People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

3. Empathy
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

4. Positivity
People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

5. Woo (Winning Others Over)
People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Any thoughts on my strengths? Accurate? Inaccurate? No comment?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I'm ready to grow up.

The past 4 years since college graduation, I feel I was chasing lost college youth. Upon graduation I felt I had missed out. Where had my four years gone? What rebellions had I imparted on society? May 2006, standing at the cusp of adulthood, I looked back at my education: hardly partying, studying more, but where it brought me was wishing I had better memories of the "college experience." Which takes me to where I currently stand: a quieter life. I wake, work, eat, work, evening activity, sleep. That's all. I've never been much of a party-er. My alcohol intolerance may have contributed to that. (Many people of Asian descent, although oddly not appearing in any of my siblings, experience an unusual flushing reaction after drinking alcohol — even in very small amounts. This is caused by a genetic disorder in which the body is unable to break down alcohol completely.)

All in all, my quiet, subdued life is okay.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dear Yvon,

I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture Tuesday evening at the Great Hall in the MU at Iowa State University. You've revitalized my interest in the human impact on Earth. I think little of the ways I can minimize my carbon footprint, sure, I use compact florescents and invest in reusable grocery bags, but what else can I do? Key points I'd like to highlight from your speech:

1. 97% Cure research, 3% Research of cancer causes
I was surprised by this breakdown of the Race for the Cure fundraising, nor have I thought so bluntly about it. Why aren't we studying the cause of cancer to help prevent the proliferation of such diseases? That 3% monies has discovered that we must be the cause of such disease because societies that are less modern and less "toxic" do not carry as high a rate of cancer as we do. Bluntly, cure research equates to money for the drug companies, whereas resolving the cause of cancer could mean the end of cancer and no money for drug companies.

2. Half of 1% of Patagonia's budget...
is used to advertise itself. That is impressive. This is a highly successful company barely advertising their own product. They are successful because they know their client, they make quality goods that last a long time. Not only this, but they stand by their product. They have a recycling program, for consumers to rid of their old clothing to be reproduced to new items in "green" fashion. But their philosophy and hope is that their products never get to the point of "recycle" but rather a lifetime of use.

3. How much money do we need anyway.
You're a non-business oriented, business man. Several times during your speech you eluded to this and even outright said it explicitly. I learned later you donate 30% of your income to charity. You're right, how much money do we really need in life anyhow. It's just money.

4. Flex time.
Your whole business philosophy considers how you live your life. When you first got into business, you were only innovating products because you, yourself were a climber and you saw the effects the designs were doing to the Earth. Over time you considered these things and instilled your thoughts in your employees so they understand. "Yeah, leading an examined life, I always say, is a pain in the ass. It adds an element of complexity to business that most businessmen don't want to hear about." Yvon Choinard

5. "I think I'd better end this soon."
What a great way to end a lecture. I too think I'd better end my raves for Patagonia. I'm a consumer everyday, and without even trying, you've convinced me to be yours, quite possibly forever.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I absolutely love this...

via Dolce Press

I think maybe, just maybe, I might want to own my very own letterpress boutique studio. I've never done letterpress, but I've always loved an articulate design on gorgeous heavy, textured paper. This may possibly be the answer to combining my desire to work with my hands with my love for graphic design. We will see, for now, I must work out.
<3's to you!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Sometimes, when I'm at work, I play with Photo Booth.
A lot of times, when I'm at work, I'm ridiculous. ;)
All the times, when I'm at work, I'm listening to music.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Livin life the only way I know how...

...and slowly learning along the way.

The year of 2009 was fruitful for me. Not only did I become passionate about rock climbing, but I also managed to get my heart torn up and become closer to God amidst working two jobs: one full-time at the university, and a second part-time at the wonderful and amazing Café. I certainly didn't need to continue working at The Café after having landed my first, real job, but I'd fallen in love. Sigh, as the story always goes with me ;) Yadda yadda yadda, 365 days later...

Lets just say, this Friday, with Sue from H&R Block, I'll be taking Taxes 101. Almost certainly I'll be writing a check, not receiving one. Such is life.

Recently purchased music:
Coconut Records :: Nighttiming
Kings of Convenience :: Declaration of Dependence

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Warm Fuzzies.

I was rather ho hum last night after work; I didn't have plans last night and was unsure how to fill my time. After reading the latest Yoga Journal, featuring Sting and his wife, I felt fully recharged and had an especially fulfilling evening. One article emphasized RESPECT and the DIVINITY within us. Whether you believe in God or a god, to hold any god within us, deserves respect. The jist, as we all learned in elementary school: treat unto others, as you wish to be treated.

In this spirit, I...
1. shoveled my own and my neighbors walk
2. made scotcharoos and peanut butter krispie treats for my coworkers
3. wrote a thank you note to my boss for writing me a letter of recommendation
4. made a homemade valentine with my sewing machine and some sharpies
5. buckled down on a special Valentine's mix
6. and this morning woke early again to shovel the 3" that accumulated since last night on both our walks

Today, I have warm fuzzies... and it's not from the pink sweater I'm wearing that my sister bought me for Christmas. Plus I found this picture yesterday, and I have looked at it numerous times on my computer today. I can't look at this without smiling. Awwww, baby panda. Mine is the second one from the right, in the bottom row; I shall name you Peek-a-Boo.

Thursday, February 04, 2010


No, not the movie starring Keanu, but the event my coworker planned and executed. It was a speed dating event in Des Moines. Since I was working it, I wasn't participating, but I give my props to those who did! I'm not sure I would be gutsy enough to sign up for such an event. 2.5 minutes per person and definitely in the guys' favor; just about 2 to 1 ratio. The venue was pretty awesome too, Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in West Des Moines. They rocked the 80s tunes and it turned out that the bouncer is a guy I knew from high school. All and all a fairly successful evening for the participants and my coworker, great!

I might be pushing the limits on my foot though. It's a little sore, and leaked a little from too much flexing? The icy parking lot slip, surely didn't help either. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

5 things.

1/ Beach House special recording for Pitchfork. Loooooove it. Especially her little kick at the end.

2/ Just found Kutiman. Dig it.

3/ I'm applying to the Penland School of Crafts.
They offer an introductory 2-week letterpress workshop in the summer. I hope I get in, fingers crossed. I could use a North Carolina get-away. Goodbye Iowa, Hello Avett Brothers.

4/ Studio on Fire.
Maybe one day, I can open my own letterpress studio and design invitations, posters, business cards, etc. I think this is what I'd really love to do.

5/ Max Wanger.
I wonder if this guy has a screening process for clients. I swear, all the people he shoots are soooooo beautiful. Or, perhaps he's just that good.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Winter Depression.

In my kitchen. I've been spending waaaaay too much time in here.

Foot surgery, has been going well. At least as well as can be expected considering they cut me up and pieced me back together. The whole process has been pretty amazing to witness. I mean I'm up and walking comfortably after just 2.5 weeks. That's not to say this isn't without its hardships. I am depressed. Lately all I've done is eat. Eat. And then eat again. For someone who despises that full feeling, I've been feeling it all too much. In about 10 days, I will be able to do some light aerobic work. I can't wait! My plan is do the elliptical or stationary bike for at least an hour or so. Then perhaps I will hit the weight machines to try to rebuild my climbing strength. Why isn't it July 1?

My eyes are affixed to this date... On this day it will be 4 months after my next surgery. Then I will get to climb! I sooooo miss my climbing.

In other news, new glasses seen above. Thoughts?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2 Wks.

Bandage is off! Today Dr. Nelson pulled out some suture tails, and said I didn't have to wear the bandage anymore. She also said I am able to take showers again! Woohoo. None of this one-leg-in, one-leg-out, bath-time "fun". Top five for today?

1. Showers
Mmmmmm, showers.

2. Jim Cramer's Stay Mad for Life.
He's gonna help me "Get rich, stay rich... and even make my kids richer." I'm not sure I believe all this mumbo jumbo. I mean how can I trust a guy who let's the cover of his book look like an ad for McDonald's be telling me how to budget my capital? I guess we'll see.

3. MoneyWell.
A budgeting application I found and am testing. #2 is really making me think about ensuring my future is well-taken care of. Putting aside 2 to 4 grand a year, can make all the difference!

4. Davy:Coconut Records, IRM:Charlotte Gainsbourg, Transference:Spoon
I want to buy all these records, but Best Buy in Ames doesn't have the first two. I could buy them immediately on iTunes, but something about owning the actual art in my hands is just so much better. I'm an artist what can I say?

5. Plastic on my windows.
I didn't do this last year, and I paid for it. My January bill in 2009 was $140. This year, I only paid $78. I dig that. Thanks, Shengy, for doing this with me. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

1 Wk.

Hey hey! I made it! I'm still alive. :) 1 week down.

This surgery has really slowed me down. I'm reluctant to do much. Lots of throbbing = a lot of time in bed. It has made me realize and appreciate my independence. I used to do what I wanted, when I wanted. Now I require help or assistance. I discovered it is hard for me to ask for help, wishing I could just do it myself. On the upside, I've had time to do other things!

On my todo list:
1. update my portfolio
2. draw/paint again
3. read more
4. search for new music
5. spend time with friends
6. ... (taking suggestions)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Whoa Surgery!@#

What an experience!
5 things worth mentioning:

1. Piercing.
They made me take out my nose piercing. I haven't done this since I got it, way back in the fall of 2004. I was mildly worried, thought maybe it would close up, and was about time to rid of my act of rebellion. But after the procedure it popped right in. :) Now I'm thinking it might be time to change the jewelry.

2. Dr. Fears.
He was my anesthesiologist. "Never fear, Dr. Fears is here." Yup, he said that.

3. Fuzzy little man peach.
Have you ever seen Old Greg? It's a skit from a British comedy show called The Mighty Boosh. When I finally made it back to my room post op, Pohlman was there waiting for me. I didn't have my glasses on, and I may have been a bit groggy from the anesthesia... squinting, I tried to reach for him and muttered the words "fuzzy." He reached out to my hand and I said "c'mere you fuzzy little man peach." :) Pretty sure he busted a gut, and I was none the wiser.

4. Very impressed with the Mary Greeley Medical Center.
My stay at the hospital was very nice. It made me nervous that so many hands were involved in my stay, but everyone seemed knowledgeable and concerned about my comfort. After I made it home, that evening the nurse called to make sure I wasn't feeling too nauseous. And the following day I received a wake-up call at 9:30 from my doctor checking up on me.

5. Drugs.
I'm on a couple different things. Hydrocodone for pain and Ibuprofen for swelling. Very thankful for drugs, but they upset my tummy.

Overall my experience was not bad. In the words of Sheng, "I'm halfway done."
I can't wait to climb again this summer!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm obsessed...

with Our Swords...

and oddly attracted to tall, slender men dressed in flannel with beards or the potential to grow beards as seen below, Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, and suggested in my infatuation with the Avett Brothers.

surgery at noon tomorrow.
Rather than flowers or get well wishes,
please deliver one of the aforementioned men.
Greatly appreciated. Please and thank you.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Charlotte n Beck

Heaven Can Wait

J'taime. Doesn't she look like a younger Feist?

I don't have to take care of her.
I get to take care of her.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

I love this.

according to findyourspot.com
my top 3 places to live include
1. Seattle, Washington
2. Portland, Oregon
3. Denver, Colorado


Friday, January 08, 2010

More Music.

Pretty excited about this. Pretty excited.

And Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Her voice is so airy. She is the love child of French pop artist Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birken who's worked with Feist before. Her latest album is produced by Beck. And who doesn't like Beck? Her song "Heaven can Wait" is awesome.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

We talk...


{Sigh} "Nothing."

[Insert confused look]
"No, you can't do that."

{I smile}
"There are no words to describe this...
It's just, sometimes when I'm with you,
I get this feeling. It runs throughout my whole body.
And it takes my breath away. Ya know?"

"Yah. I know exactly what you mean.

"Actually, that wasn't too bad."

"That pretty much describes it perfectly."
[He sighs with a smile]
"I think it's why we smile so much at each other."

{I smile}

We talk...
even when there are no words to say.

I like that.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Music 2010

Let this year's music hoarding begin:

Vampire Weekend
Happy. Hopeful. Chill. Vampire Weekend's Contra. In full, via NPR.
I am very much looking forward to this dominating my spring playlists.

The Avett Brothers
March 5. I've got a date, with the Avett Brothers! For Christmas Pohlman bought us tickets to their show at First Ave. in Minneapolis. This will be my third time seeing them. Pretty much psyched. Pretty much.

Timothy Seth Avett as Darling

As experienced below. Pretty much the best thing ever.

Beach House

Diggin their new song "Norway"

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Never much for resolutions,

but thought this was great! It's a resolution generator... b/c I'm so lazy that I can't think of my own. I actually thought my first result was very fitting for me.

Though I've never known myself to not listen to my heart.
I guess that's a good thing.

Sunday, January 03, 2010