Because I have a billion other things to do...like sleep...

Thanks to Squid and Tense Teacher, here's a taste of what's in my iTunes party shuffle:

  1. Rudi, A Message To You - The Specials
  2. She's Automatic - Rancid
  3. It's My Own Fault - John Lee Hooker
  4. Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
  5. Headlock - Imogen Heap
  6. If Your Mother Only Knew - Rahzel
  7. Portland, Oregon - Loretta Lynn
  8. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys
  9. Is That Love - Squeeze
  10. Rental Car - Beck
  11. Suck My Kiss - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  12. In Heaven - The Pixies
  13. Hung Up - Madonna
  14. Out In The Park - Sarah Slean
  15. Refugee - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  16. Deep - Pearl Jam
  17. Grass - XTC
  18. Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
  19. Come and Get It - The Beatles
  20. Kid A - Radiohead
  21. Path of Thorns - Sarah McLachlan
  22. My Doorbell - The White Stripes
  23. Mozart Serenade in B-flat - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  24. The Weight - The Band
  25. My Favorite Plum - Suzanne Vega
  26. Sanctified - Nine Inch Nails
  27. Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo - The Bloodhound Gang
  28. A Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
  29. Spiderman - Tenacious D
  30. Mr. Ambulance Driver - The Flaming Lips
  31. Flappin'my Pie Hole - Rodolfo Wehbba
  32. Tenderly - Oscar Peterson
  33. Thunder Kiss '65 - White Zombie
  34. Clinically Dead - Chad VanGaalen
  35. In Repair - John Mayer
  36. Honky Tonk - Brian Setzer
  37. Chilly Will - Spank Rock
  38. Space Lord - Monster Magnet
  39. A Satellite's Return - Ammoncontact
  40. Lookin' For Love - Karen Ramirez
  41. Summer Turns To High - R.E.M.
  42. Gonne Leave You - Queens of the Stone Age
  43. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
  44. All We Are - Fischerspooner
  45. Losing California - Sloan
  46. End Theme - Zero 7
  47. Best of You - Foo Fighters
  48. Boomin' Granny - The Beastie Boys
  49. Falling Elevators - MC 900ft. Jesus
  50. Yellow Sun - The Raconteurs
  51. The Marshalls Are Dead - Bloc Party
  52. Heavy Metal Christmas - Twisted Sister
  53. You Wouldn't Like Me - Tegan and Sara
  54. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
  55. Folkloric Feel - Apostle of Hustle
  56. Dear Confessor - Immaculate Machine
  57. Way Down in a Hole - Tom Waits
  58. Blow at High Dough - The Tragically Hip
  59. Sugar - Ladytron
  60. Boy From School - Hot Chip
  61. It's All You - Sebadoh
  62. What Sarah Said - Death Cab for Cutie
  63. Valerie Flames - Starlight Mints
  64. Fistful of Steel - Rage Against the Machine
  65. Never Give Up - Common
  66. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
  67. Anniversary Song - The Cowboy Junkies
  68. Demon Days - Gorillaz
  69. Out of Egypt - Sufjan Stevens
  70. Oh Shooter - Thicke
  71. Cubicle - Rhinocerose
  72. White Fang - Bill Frisell
  73. Lacrimosa - Regina Spektor
  74. Just Friends - Charlie Parker
  75. Better Off Dead - Death From Above 1979
  76. Ghetto Rock - Mos Def
  77. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
  78. Angel - Massive Attack
  79. All Hail Me - Veruca Salt
  80. Cruisin' for a Bruisin' - Reverend Horton Heat
  81. Rough House Blues - Buck 65
  82. Funtime - Iggy Pop
  83. Try Honesty - Billy Talent
  84. Legs - ZZ Top
  85. Silent Seven - Controller.Controller
  86. La La Land - Green Velvet
  87. SOS - Rihanna
  88. Louie, Louie - Toots and the Maytals
  89. Boyz-In-The-Hood - Dynamite Hack
  90. Sexy Ladies - Justin Timberlake
  91. Feelgood By Numbers - The Go! Team
  92. Glorious Day - Weezer
  93. Get Back - Ludacris feat. Sum 41
  94. Sunday Morning - K-os
  95. King Without a Crown - Matisyahu
  96. Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
  97. You Gonna Want Me - Tiga
  98. Bro - Goldfinger
  99. The Police and The Private - Metric
  100. Memories are Made of This - Johnny Cash


our dog of perpetual motion

Oscar, originally uploaded by 35mmMonkey.


Tasty!, originally uploaded by 35mmMonkey.

The second week of school is almost over and it's been pretty good so far.

Except now I'm considering changing my major.

To printmaking.


After only 2 classes. I'm working on some stencils. Photos soon.

It's FUN!

My printmaking prof is Jack Cassady, and of all my homework, it's the only stuff I'm at all excited about.

I feel a little insane.

I guess the thing about it is, is that I LOVE painting, but I guess I'm feeling that I already CAN paint. What's interesting to me right now, is learning new ways of getting colour on paper or canvas. I'm all about the HANDS ON work.

Anyway, the deadline's not until February 2nd. So I won't worry about it yet.

sigh. Why am I here again?



i start school in 8 hours and i can't sleep...figures...

I'm not sure how often I'll be posting while school's on, but I will try to stay on top of the blog and share more of my projects and stuff.

In the meantime, here are some super cute photos of my nephew, Kirk, who we visited in Kingston this past weekend.





Oh and here's two of the cat and dog together after spending the night apart. Usually they are fighting:



And here's a creepy croissant Kirk bought for me:


Oh! And some Christmas presents. My new mini mouse for the iBook and a GINORMOUS pepper grinder (IT WORKS!) from my brother.




twiggy the waterskiing squirrel

every time i do stuff, i plan to write about it here, or post pictures and then i end up doing something else, or not having my camera or whatever.

i wish i could be more committed to it.

here's some photos of my current painting in progress.





Happy 2007!


Ok, so I've stayed away from my computer as much as possible over the last few days. I was starting to get that weird carpal tunnel feeling, which could also be from the repetitious nature of shovelling food and chocolate and booze into my gullet over the last 2 weeks, but who can say for sure really. I think that's the only resolution I plan to make this year, to take better care of my physical self. I'm going to be 33 in a couple of months, and have definitely felt the lack of physical activity and overeating. Any resolutions of your own?

I did finish a painting finally (see above). Though, I'm not totally satisfied with it, I have decided to leave it for now. What do you think?

I also totally forgot to take photos of our little New Year's Eve soiree. The Melissas came over and we ate a roast chicken dinner that I cooked, plus the salad the Missys brought, and THE MOST DELICIOUS PUMPKIN DESSERT I HAVE EVER TASTED that Kirk made. We also drank 2 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of champagne, a lot of coffee and amaretto. We also played a game of Texas Hold'em with a $20 pot. I totall lost my $5.

How was your New Year's Eve?

In case any of you are interested, here are the recipes for what we cooked:

adapted from a recipe in The Conran Cookbook

1 chicken, preferably free-range
2oz butter
1 small onion
2 oranges
1 lemon
1/2 cup of Jack Daniel's
1 tbsp of black pepper corns
4-5 sprigs of dried marjoram or 1tbsp crushed marjoram
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375F.
Rinse the bird, then loosen the skin from the meat.
Slice 1 orange and 1 lemon, about 1/4" thick and slide them and half of the marjoram under the skin.
Quarter the last orange and the onion.
Stuff the bird with the remaining orange, onion and remaining marjoram, and pepper corns.
Put the bird in a roasting pan and spread the butter all over the breast and legs.
Pour the Jack Daniel's into the roasting pan, then roast it. It's about 1hr for a 3lb bird. Since ours was 6 lbs, it took just over 2 hrs.
Baste the bird often with the pan juices.

Use the leftover crusty bits and citrussy-jackdanielsy-pan juices to make the most delicious gravy ever.
Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup white wine and bring to a boil.
Add about a cup of water and simmer for about 5 minutes to evaporate the alcohol. Dissolve a tablespoon of flour into a bit of cold water and pour into the bubbling sauce.
Then whisk until it thickens to the desired consistency.

from The Winter Vegetarian

2lbs leeks, rinsed and sliced 1/2" thick, including some of the green part
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2" thick
1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup green lentils
1 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
Fresh ground black pepper

In a large saucepan toss the leek and carrot slices with olive oil.
Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned, then stir in the remaining ingredients.
Cover the pan and simmer the mixture for 1 hour, until the lentils are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
To keep the leek slices intact, do not stir.
Serve hot.

adapted from the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Family Favourites (don't bother looking for this, I got it from Kirk's mom)

1 cup cooking oil
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
20oz tin of pumpkin (we used a 28oz tin and put in a little extra flour)
2 cups pecans

Preheat the oven to 325F.
Mix all the ingredients together and bake for 1 hour.