Holiday preparations

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tom and Tricia in the studio

Tricia has been starting to help out with official Wire & Twine business, and Tom and I are all the better for it.

We’re gearing up for Crafty Supermarket this weekend and the holidays in general so it’s time to get things in order.

Supreme Styles

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Supreme Styles Barbershop

Mental note: I need to add Supreme Styles on the Northside Map, along with a slew of other updates in the neighborhood.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Merry Christmas, embroidered

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Merry Christmas embroidered

To say I was obsessed with this embroidered wall-hanging growing up would be an understatement. I kept it in my room year round to marvel at the playful type, patterns, and texture.

My nephews have been in care of this for years, and I drove out specifically to take a snapshot for holiday cards. And even though it has an element of tacky I didn’t remember, I still consider these stitched letters a significant influence in my design aesthetic.

Maury’s Burger Night

Monday, November 16, 2015

Maury's Tiny Cove

I’ll stand by the burger deal at Maury’s Tiny Cove on Mondays. In addition to the solid meal, you get to see an interior for the upcoming movie Carol, and you might run into ladies from the Red Hat Society; which, how great is their charter?

“We are a global society of women that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness while supporting Members in the quest to get the most out of life.”

Yes to all of that.

Suds cocktail

Sunday, November 15, 2015


I’ve stopped using the dishwasher for cocktail glasses. Too many casualties.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

SNES, bourbon, cat butt

I went to my storage closet, the place where I keep:

  • Christmas decorations
  • tools
  • camping stuff
  • seasonal clothes
  • wrapping paper
  • binders full of compact discs
  • bulk items from Costco I’ll dole out in small parcels (toilet paper, paper towels)
  • boxes for electronics
  • memorabilia
  • old videogame systems

Lately? I’m keenly aware of all that stuff, and it freaks me out. So I’ve started making piles of things to keep and things to let go.

It’s an exhausting process for some odd reason, so I broke out the Super Nintendo, had a bourbon, and played some old games that looked pretty bad up-rezzed on an HD tv. Also? Donkey Kong Country is exceedingly frustrating, but also addictive.

Another also? Edie eventually curled up next to me and offered her paw (this is really rare for her). I’m not sure if this was in helpfulness, solidarity or an overt nudge to put the controller down.

SNES controller

Sufjan Stevens

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sufjan Stevens

I didn’t take this photo. My friend Bob did. After the usher came down to let us know photography wasn’t permitted, I looked down at my camera only to see the message “NO CARD” on the screen. Which is fine really, because then I was able to just sit back and enjoy Sufjan Stevens go through the rest of his set for his latest album “Carrie & Lowell.” And man, was it good. Like, really really solid.

I’ve listened to this record more times than I can count.

I might mention my music buying patterns of late:

  • First, listen to music on a streaming service (currently Spotify)
  • If I dig it immensely I get the MP3s from the artist’s website or Amazon.
  • And if I really love it? I buy it on vinyl. Essentially my record collection is my personal “best of” for any given year.

This album is so heartbreakingly good, I got it the record proper after a few listens.

The live show was even better. With the band switching up instruments from time to time, adding twists to live interpretations that expanded the music in wonderful ways. The background video screens added just the right of mood without overpowering what was happening on stage. By the end of the first act when the disco balls were revealed with a sonic catharsis, I sort’ve wished my camera had a card.

But sometimes you just have to let go and be present. I’m really glad I was.

Strong winds


The trees outside the laundry room were a vibrant yellow, holding on to their leaves and providing a nice backdrop to the smells of fabric softener. But alas, the past few days have been filled with pretty darn strong winds. Though sometimes annoying, I figure it’s nature way of leaf blowing. Or something.

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