Thursday, August 18, 2011

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Here are a few interesting documentaries if you've got some time to kill.

A revolutionary tattoo artist:

London apartment dwellers. Wait for the sad quiet man tell his story at the end.

Italian teeth knocked out of Italian mouths:

Tattoos and prisons in Russia:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ghetto Home Fabulous: We Party Right

I loved the Lord of the Rings so hard when I was in high school, you guys. Probably a little too hard. For a while, my brothers and I had memorized every line of those movies, and we would recite them all as we watched. Last weekend I finally scanned this poster that I made for my little brother's birthday back in 2002. I would hole up in my bedroom every day after school, pop the Fellowship of the Rings soundtrack in my little CD player, and bust out the colored pencils....

(You can see a better version of this on my tumblr)

Anywho, because of my undying love for all things Tolkien/theme parties, I decided to make everyone dress up and watch movies for my birthday.

My friends are incredibly good sports who are always willing to make me happy by wearing ridiculous costumes.

Here we have Tom Bombadil, Gandalf, Arwen, an Entwife, Sauron, Galadriel, and Gregolas.
I made this wizard hat the Ghetto Home Fabulous way - out of paper bags, duct tape, and tempera paint.
I think Tom won the prize for best costume. Those are wooden weapons that he made himself when he was a kid.
For dinner, I made four cheese macaroni with fried ham. The recipe is from the Best Recipe cookbook - literally the best cookbook in the whole wide world. Also pictured is my most recent garden harvest. There are sooooo many tomatoes - I need to do some major blanchin' and freezin' tonight!
Here I am as the Dark Lord, canoodling with one of my sworn enemies. A beautiful elf with a beautiful ent <3
I promised a certain lady that this photo wouldn't be seen on the facebook, but I love it so much I couldn't help putting it up here. She was showing us what Liv Tyler's lips look like, haha.
And you know that if the Russian comes to your party, then it is indeed a special occasion.

Next up: First Ladies of America theme party (oh, I hope!)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tommy Toes

It seems like my long, sweaty hours spent in the garden this summer are finally paying off. Everything looked like it was on its vegetable deathbed for a while there. But almost every day this week I've gotten to walk home with my skirt pockets full of tomatoes - in all sizes and weird shapes. I eat them the way my grandma taught me, sliced up and sprinkled with onion salt.

This one was my favorite. I named it Gomer :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Laundromat Quotes: Part II

Snack Bar Lady: Oh, you got the bad one (washer). You just gotta smack it real hard for it to work.
Me: tap tap
Snack Bar Lady: No! Think o' somebody you hate. Now bang it real hard! Bang it!

Uhhh, in other news, a mighty storm came through town last night and totally ruined my plans for swimming fun with Iliana. Afterwards, we drove past downed power lines and broken trees laying on top of cars while I smugly explained "this happens aaaaall the time here- no big deal. We midwesterners are hardy folk." Ha ha hooooo.

Monday, August 1, 2011