Sunday funday

Here begins another week. I’m starting my third week of classes and it feels less nuttier than the first. Maybe I am getting use to Burlington, the citizens, and the routine of Champlain? Hm. I had my fourth acupuncture “nap” Saturday morning, and I think she is going to make a new plan for me. The winter is affecting me pretty harshly–very tired, thirsty, and not sleeping so great.  It also didn’t help that I went out for beers with classmates the night before…oops. My four classes have upped the reading this go around. I had to buy about 8 paperbacks for one class last fall, and only read two. Pretty pissed. So, now I am getting my readin’ on.

I’m learning how to eat humble pie with my art class. Lots of talented 19/20/21 years olds in this elective class, and somehow I am surviving with my crappy drawing. I hope to look back in April and laugh with pride. We’ll see.

Here are some things I am looking at on the web lately:

Last week, I painfully read the post thatHeather and Jon are taking a break. Possibly a Ross and Rachel type break. I really hope for time to heal their wounds because they are a great family and original, hilarious people. I’ve been reading Dooce for a few years now, and I feel like they are a second family. Funny how you can become so close to people who you only know through photographs and blog posts.

The Avett Brothers, “Backwards in Time.”


I’m a little late in the Goyte boat, but, damn, this song. THIS SONG. “Somebody that I Use to Know.”


All this dog wants is a treat. You, human, are a jerk.

My rockin’ classmates, Rachel, Greg, and Cora showed my class this video during our Tuesday night class. If this doesn’t create a lump in throat, or makes you stand on your desk and shake your fist with inspiration, then you just suck. Charlie, you are the man.

Have you seen this commercial yet?

Want a book recommendation? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Read it. Love it. Devour it.

Mavis Staples is Memphis, and I smiled with childish glee when I watched this impromptu sing a round(I made that word up).




Here’s what stuck: First semester of MFA over.

Previously, I had written about my week of hell with school. So much was due in a span of three days PLUS speaking in front of the Burlington public that we had to put on all by ourselves. We made it through pretty well.

If you are interested in seeing my portfolio(which I had to cobble together, along with the final daily project, and the “Come Together” video), go here.

If you want to read about my semester in my Technology as a Disruptive Force class, go here.

Want to watch the Symposium video? Go here. I’m in the beginning of the video in a skit, and then again around the 40 minute mark. Wait for the video to completely load first.  I encourage you to watch it all to get a grasp of what I am studying, reading, discussing, and thinking about on a daily basis.

Here’s what I learned:

-No amount of planning can prepare you for making mistakes. I dropped the ball within a group project and I didn’t plan on throwing out an almost completed project to start over when it was due in 12 hours.

-A group of 12 people who are still learning from each other in the first four months of a graduate program can do pretty cool things under pressure.

-Project managing is a gift that I am hope to hone better this spring semester. I was originally assigned another project, but within a week of that assignment, I was assigned another, and it was baptism by fire. Champlain College is acquiring some pretty kick ass undergrads. I’m happy to have had them on our team.

-Yogurt, Dunkin Donuts hash browns, a shit ton of Starbucks chai lattes, and no sleep will produce some, uh, interesting art work.

-I realize that I am an art student, a design student, and a critical thinker. I’m not a perfect one, but I feel I can grow while I’m in Burlington.

-Asking for help and being vulnerable about your flaws is a trait that I need to work on a lot.

Spring semester 2012…here we go.

Friday Finds, October 21st, 2011.

Halloween has reached Burlington. Tons of posters of Halloween parties, bar specials, parades, and costume contests seem to envelop this town. No idea what I will dress up as in a week or so. Ideas?

Here’s what I’ve found this week…

-ABC’s new show, Once Upon a Time, is a must see. It starts on Sunday and you can watch the first episode here and follow on Twitter, @OnceABC…I realized earlier today that I tweeted about the wrong show. There is another fairy tale show on NBC, called Grimm. Whoops.

-I’ve started washing my face with products from Kate Somerville. You can get your own skin health evaluation for your own personal regimen.

-Amazing excerpt via Tumblr from The Long Goodbye by Richard Chandler. Have you found me on Tumblr? My school tumblr? Yes, personal promotion…

-A favorite from when the Disney channel use to show actual animations from the 1950s, and 60s. Happy birthday, Mary Blair.

28th bday V-log…

Yes, this is me in all of my super casual glory. I got the idea from my friend, Chris H’s blog, and since I have to make videos like this one in my graduate classes, why not? To me, the lighting looks bad(sorry professionals).

These are just my ramblings on turning 28…so, I’m a week late. I may do more in the future. With makeup on.

How To Be Alone

A few people on Facebook have posted this video, and it’s pretty thought provoking. “Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.” How I need to stop doing this exact thing when eating by myself.

The production of the video reminds me of “Juno.” I love the animations and the poet’s hats.

Happy late evening on this hot Monday.