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?