Oh Joy! Birds, Pups and other Monsters!

11th July 2013

 A friend of mine in New York wakes up before dawn to take the subway. He said that, one day, he sat on the sparse subway cart of early morning commuters, when he noticed a pigeon roam into his cart before the doors closed him in. He stood very still and patiently waited for the next stop, where he got off and found himself on a completely different outdoor platform.

The next morning, he took the same train and noticed the pigeon bobbling onto the cart again. At this point, my friend tried to shoo him out so that he didn’t get lost again. The pigeon reluctantly left only to rush into the nearest subway doors before they closed. My friend watched the pigeon that he thought was trapped on the subway, the previous morning, and saw him in a different light that day. He noticed the pigeons beak nearly touching the closed doors, waiting for them to open at his stop. He acted just like any other normal subway commuter in NY. As if no one would notice that he was just a little gray bird.

He got off at the next stop, that day. He got on at one stop and off at the next for as long as my friend took the same train.

I love the idea of animals doing human things. I love that pigeons really are just a little lazy and a little determined at the same time.

Heres some other things I love about life, lately:

 Jumping out of happinessohjoyGetting real mail Having lunch with friends When dogs breathe through their mouths, because it makes them constantly have a smile on their face Tiny everything; When you can follow plane shadows on a flight

 Coffee and doughnuts When dinner is made into a dessert Being humbled every so often East coast sunrises Getting coffee and lessons on how to create monsters from this handsome hunchback
 Getting prepared for Comic Con!!!

MENTIONS

  • Watching episodes of Black Mirror for the first time. I wish I could see them for that first time, all over again!
  • My little Ikea striped throw blanket that helps keep me warm when AC feels a little too cold
  • Impromptu picnics under shady trees
  • Seeing how happy dogs get to put their head out the window of a moving car
  • Running around in my sprinklers, whenever I start to miss the rain
  • This quick lunch recipe. I have big plans on making it everyday, based mostly upon its simplicity
  • Alexs new movie poster
  • MT’s Scandinavian summer collection of some of my favorite illustrators work
  • Marinating every meal in miso paste
  • This fun beautiful classical Hungarian song

How Tuesday: Make Chia Seed Pudding

9th July 2013

How Tuesday

One day while drifting through Whole Foods I came across a free sample booth that had a lady handing out what looked like tapioca pudding and going on about all the things you can do with chia seeds. It was reminiscent to Bubba Blue giving that never ending speech on shrimp, in Forest Gump. I couldn’t get her to fess up on how she made this delicious pudding I was trying, so I grabbed a bag of these seeds, headed home, and began experimenting on how to make it. I’ve tried it using all different kinds of milks, sweeteners, and extracts and I think I’ve finally made my favorite one. I’ve illustrated the recipe so that you can make it too!

ingredients

It’s best to leave this mixture in the refrigerator for, like, 12 hours to get the best pudding consistency. Right before serving it, I like to top mine off with a little extra teaspoon of agave.

Independence Night

7th July 2013

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I love all of the different ways I’ve been able to spend this holiday though out my lifetime of being American.

Tumbling down grassy hills in Florida and itching my legs the entire rest of the day.

Listening to my Electric Ladyland cd over and over again as I rode in the back of an open truck through Massachusetts.

Catching fireflies in Riverside Park and naming each one before letting it go.

Hula hooping on my rooftop in Brooklyn, watching the fireworks surround NYC.

Trying to blow up solid object with bottle rockets in Atlanta.

Driving into Portland waiting for the perfect moment to ignite a tiny firework in the shape of a monster truck.

 I’ve spent many Independence days in many different parts of this country and am grateful for every year that I’m able to travel an experience something new. This year I spent it in my new home with some friends, a pup, and many sticks full of fun colorful smoke. 

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*All other photos were taken by me with my Samsung NX300 camera!

Insta Grand Color Scheme

5th July 2013

Instagram Roundup

I struggle with the square format that Instagram wants their users to stick to. Basically, its what liquid eyeliner does for women and what salt does for foods. It crops many incredible photos into something that looks pretty ok, and it makes really crappy ones look pretty ok too.

What I do like about the formant is being able to use it to showcase something against a solid background. Its fun to have something to take a photo of, and look around my rather bland surroundings, in order to find any colorful thing to set it against.

Heres a couple of my favorite colorful photos that I’ve posted on Instagram, recently.

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Fostering Friends

3rd July 2013

I’m part of a pet rescue group that is dedicated to poodle adoption. Being part of the NorCal Poodle Rescue is something in my life that makes me really happy. I get to go up to the hills and play with them, feed them, and then know that they get placed with local people who are able to take care of them and rehabilitate them of whatever little quirks make them a little less perfect.
 A couple of months ago, a shy little black poodle mix was surrendered by someone who couldn’t take the fact that he barks at other dogs and men. His name is Charlie and he was so cute that he got swooped up almost immediately! But soon, the next woman had the same complaints about his barking and apparent boy hate, and brought him back.

I got to spend some time with him at a recent adoption event, and kind of fell in love. I took him on a couple of mini walks that day, and after some time and discipline and treats, he was able to bark less at dogs that came by. His adoption webpage says that he would do best with an older person, so that he doesn’t have to leave the house and be around those elements that scare him. But he’s only 18 months old and I feel like he just needs to be introduced to these things he barks at. So I  asked if he could stay with Alex and I, and partake in our life until someone adopts him.

 Now we’re foster friends of this adorable little pup! Having Charlie around has been great. We wake up at the crack of dawn and go for 3 mile walks around the lake full of other dogs that he barks at a little less each time. 

 It took Charlie less than 5 minutes to realize how rad Alex is, and now loves hanging out with him. He’s kind of a sissy looking pup, so Alex has been working extra hard to keep his tough guy edge, lately.

He’s picking up on tricks really fast, he walks really well on a leash, has never shown any sign that he wants to attack anything, keeps our house clean, and sleeps really well in his crate. His only problem seems to be that he’s just too damn cute for his own good, so everyone wants to come up and pet him, and he gets scared and barks.  I’ve been watching lots of Dog Whisper episodes, and applying my new dog behavior knowledge onto Charlie so that he can find a good home in the near future. In the mean time, we’re happy that the weather is nice enough to permit all of use to go out and eat together and take long refreshing walks.

*All images in this post were taken my new Samsung NX300 camera. Samsung asked me to participate in their Imagelogger project. So if you’d like to see more photos that I’ve been taking with my new camera, just follow the hashtag: #Imagelogger on my Instagram

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