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All Wrapped Up

3rd January 2012

Happy new year! For me, 2011 was awesome! I got to travel and be introduced to so many amazing new people and new adventures and new music!

Some highlights (and photos I took) in 2011 included:

  • Walking around Chicago in the rain
  • Trying migas for the first time in Austin, TX
  • Jumping on tons of other peoples beds
  • Surviving the Rapture
  • Surviving Los Angeles
  • Having something I started in New York, get displayed all the way in Norway

  • Screaming until my throat burnt when Halloween came around
  • Having two of my photos put into a gallery show
  • Having my photo published in AP magazine
  • Teaching myself Illustrator enough to start playing with my food
  • Breaking my addiction to Puzzle Quest
  • Finally getting a big kid WordPress blog up
  • Creating the perfect cookie recipe

  • Learning the easiest and most efficient way to clean out a blender without a sponge
  • Finding fun things to make out of hand turkeys
  • Going to Disneyland twice!
  • Learning how to break open a sea urchin and eat its fresh delicious insides
  • Being introduced to Death
  • Learning how to curl my hair with a flat iron
  • Creating a fake religion
  • Learning how to let go of jerks

  • Learning to draw with light
  • Learning how to make .gif files
  • Embracing the humor from being sporadic and random
  • Being in New York for a hurricane scare, after having lived in Florida
  • Singing silly songs
  • Dancing silly dances
  • Videoing silly videos
  • Getting through hard times with the help of packs of cigarettes, whiskey, and Matt
  • Getting through my enjoyment for whiskey and chain smoking immediately after that
  • Renewing my passport
I’m SO excited about 2012. I’ve been compiling a list of goals for the year. Some are serious but most are silly. I did it last year and didn’t even realize that I not only accomplished almost everything I had written down, but I’ve become in love with the things I challenged myself to do.

One of my goals for 2011 was to order something off of a menu that I couldn’t pronounce. Because of this, I now LOVE guanciale! Now I always find myself ordering unknown things off menus.

Some silly ones for 2012 include:

  • Take at 10 photos with my 35mm camera that I’m really happy with
  • Try new teas
  • Make a new hoodie that fits me perfectly
  • Walk around barefoot in a place where I probably shouldn’t
  • Do a cartwheel in a different country
  • Make something fun with stop animation
  • Take pictures of intimidating strangers
  • Learn to use a pogo stick
  • Play hide and seek with a ton of people
  • Take part in an activity thats fun and will make it sweat profusely
  • Host an event that involves making invites and party favors

In 2011, I made a mix for myself every month. It consisted of new music that was shared with me, songs that I forgot how much I loved, songs that I could never get enough of, ect. The other day, I made 2 compilations of the music I pulled from those 12 individual mixes as an ultimate mix of songs that will remind me of 2011, to share with you!


1st December 2011

Being early and having your choice of where to sit

Little things that are only personal to you, hidden within something larger Treats that change the color of your tongue

gummi bears (especially the ones covered in chocolate)

House plants that outgrow houses

Finding ways to sneak pets into no-pet establishments

How much more lady-like a little bit of nail polish can make you feel

Seeing a friend I’ve made, mingle with new friends

Saying something that is just total sweet word vomit, to someone you care about, one in a while.

The burger from Northeast Kingdom. Its perfect; Playing cards with my grandma while listening to Glenn Miller; Supermarkets in New York being so cramped that they require special shopping carts; a coffee, tea, and pb&j for breakfast.

Finding time for a break during a ridiculously hectic day to keep your head groundedThis AMAZING painting of how I look when I take photos! (by the most magical marsh, Alex Pardee)

Guys with literal bluebeardsLadies too!

Dropping a Prince reference into everyday life

A Tom Hanks reference is pretty great, too!

Weird people looking curiously at other weird people

Trying to synchronize faces with 3 seconds and no conversation. Photo booths are so silly!

Using poster board outside of bake sales and middle school presentations

Pretending to have the posture of a ballerina

People/animal watching in the park, before it gets too cold to do so

when dogs smile

Honorable Mentions:

  • Wearing clothes right out of the dryer
  • Reserving seats for people you’d like to be at a restaurant with, even when they’re thousands of miles away.
  • Being complemented on my Spin Doctors shirt
  • My new silver and shark earring from Rachels shop
  • Looking forward to December like I did when I still believed in Santa
  • When my friends marry great people
  • Alex’s suggestions and descriptions of instant Netflix movies, for me. Some great examples:
  1. Naked Lunch: If you have ever tried reading William S Buroughs, and SUCCEEDED, then watch this. If not, like me, then put this on in the background if you want to every once in a while go “what the fuck is going on?”
  2. Outbreak: Just watch the first like half hour and then get really scared and move on to another movie.
  3. Weird Science: A documentary about teenagers who make a supermodel on their computer and it comes to life and makes them cool! Wait, it’s not a documentary. I think.
  • The thought of hand turkeys holding hands
  • Unexpected mail
  • Vanilla ice cream with Nutella
  • Being associated with the song Salt Peanuts
  • Having someone call to make me laugh and say good night
  • Watching my dog get increasingly excited right before she breaks the squeaker in a toy
  • Smo for just checking up on me every couple of days and always being there to talk to.
  • When my grandmother acts as my alarm clock/ morning paper by calling my and telling me the weather report for the day
  • Including my grandma in three way phone calls

Oh Joy! (The hiding from the heat edition)

22nd July 2011

Judging how hot it is outside by ice cream and not thermometer.

when friends walk their bike in order to stroll with you

hair so blonde, it blends with walls

Roaming around air conditioned furniture stores and making myself at home on couches that belong to no one.

Slushie beverages!making silly faces

walking silly walks

pups with beards!

insects that look like belly button lint

Tea loving tee-shirts!

Magazine shops. I hope they exist forever.
Ice coffee in individual lager bottles!

always moving onto better things

people who take a love for pizza very seriously

The color green

movies in the park

plays on words

comfy beds with white linens becoming a spirt animal. I think mine would be a tamagotchi.

Shops that look like someones giant closet

when work can be done shoeless in a park

when things look much worse than they actually are

seeing Torche play live. Torche rules.

Just ask Jay!

or this interesting conservative!

Honorable mentions:

  • Lime Perrier
  • projects that involve being on the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Finally getting to see Death From Above 1979
  • Taking boats instead of subways
  • Speaking in fake accents for extended periods of time
  • Planning trips to Texas based around BBQ’s
  • Eating chips in hotel beds
  • Sending a postcard anytime a business offers them for free
  • Animals named after other animals. I know a cat named Chicken
  • Fraiser marathons on tv
  • being able to perfectly peel off a price sticker
  • Endives and hummus as a snack
  • Text messages that make me laugh in public
  • Hopping down the last two steps of a staircase

All photos were taken by Chloe Rice

Before You Migrate To Google+…

14th July 2011

So, I recently submitted this photo to Chrome to win a new camera and a Chrome bag and I could use some help. Its a vote based contest on Facebook, so before you cancel your account for Google+, perhaps you could “like” my photo on this page.

If I win, I’ll post use the video function of my new camera to thank everyone while a slew of naked girls with small puppies dance behind me.

That must appeal to everyone, right?

Heres how it works!

Clicking here, gets you to the page

Click on the “this is my city” album

Scroll down until you see this photo of Gala splashed in color, say to yourself “goddamn, I love that photo!”, and “like” it….please?

I’d like to think I could win but this photo still has far more votes than mine.

My friend won something from Chrome for hula hooping and chugging a beer. Maybe I didn’t submit something mindless enough.

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