I can’t count the amount of times in my life where I’ve seen people taking photo with or of the sign for the exit to the city of Weed, in California. Every time, I get a little confused as to how just that word is compelling enough to get you to unsafely stop the car, get out on the side of the highway, and have the valiance to ask a friend to take your photo with this metal heap. That thought obviously doesn’t make too much of an impact on me, judging by how instinctually I ask to stop the car at any given speed or moment. The last time this happened, was when some friends and I were driving home from an event in the woods and I spotted a sign for South Leggett. In my bestworst MC Hammer voice I made an awesomelyawful observation that that sign was So Leggett, that it could’t quit. We all agreed to unsafely stop the car, get out on the side of the highway, and I valiantly asked out 5th passenger to take a very parent-loving 90′s rap group photo of us with this metal heap.
Sometimes when theres an opportunity to break up a mundane day with anything unique, its exciting to forget about caution and do a fly girl dance in front of it! I now love taking photos in front of metal heaps.
Heres some other things I love about life:
when someone asks a general group for the time, and you’re able to respond before anyone elsefashionable pets
walking dogs (thanks to Alex, for the lovely note that was on my desk when I got back from one of them)julienned kale saladshand-me-downs that end up becoming your favorite itemsfinding abandon roomsLlama fonts, for when you want to say it in llama…
I love going to comic conventions! Everyone dresses up like its halloween, theres mysterious lines that are always forming, and its a mecca of good finds for collectible items. A special part that I love about the San Diego comic con, is that its so close to the ocean, that I can constantly get fresh seafood! Heres some other things I love about SDCC (and life):
walls of legos
sitting on the same side of the table as your friends, at a big dinnersleeping on clean white linen sheets
gloomy skies on hot days. Its like natures shade!bounce houseswatching movies in empty movie theaters balancing you feet on different uneven thingsdrawings on things other than paperdrawing on paper is still really great, thoughbeing read tomaking faces inside of masksand outside of masksgiving out fun things for freespecial menus for special eventsrecognizing subtle public displays of affection finding a secret passage that makes it easier to S capehaving a safe place to leave your things while you’re walking aroundhaving someone run their fingers through your hairfrosty milkshakes on hot dayswhen you remember to replace a plastic bag with a canvas one when hotels put mints on your pillowsgoing to shows in old theaters
piggy back rides
wearing matching outfitsSeeing people dressed as cartoons (especially when that cartoon is Gravity Falls)tiny giantspups that look like other creatures, like this panda pupfinding a calm place in the middle of a hectic eventand doing some prime people watchingfeeling like you can ask a question without being judged
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 happinessGetting real mailHaving lunch with friendsWhen dogs breathe through their mouths, because it makes them constantly have a smile on their faceTiny everything; When you can follow plane shadows on a flight
Coffee and doughnutsWhen dinner is made into a dessertBeing humbled every so oftenEast coast sunrisesGetting coffee and lessons on how to create monsters from this handsome hunchback
Getting prepared for Comic Con!!!
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
I just got back from Utah, the other day. I love SLC and almost wasn’t ready to leave. It got down to a mere 5 degrees on our last day there. It was nice to have a warm car to run into and a warm house to go back to and a warm heat pack in my pocket at all times. I’m glad I got to play in snow, this winter. It makes me feel like I got my first real seasonal change in for the year!
To coincide with the first day of the independent film festival, Sundance. I went to Utah with my mega artistic friends to be part of the Scumdance art show. The Zerofriends crew does an annual show in Salt Lake, and I’m so honored to have been a part of the show this year. I loved overhearing people trying to guess what character I had made was supposed to depict and was super inspired to keep creating, because of it.
All of our art from Scumdance is up to be purchased, on Blonde Grizzly’s website, by the way.
Heres some other things I love about life:
Kids suitcases! They make trips to the airport instantly less drab. They’re also so tiny and unforgiving of stretch space that they tend to stop me from overpacking.
The gradual color change in glasses of Thai ice tea
Basements! Its like having an extra house under a house. And sometimes basements even include ping pong tables!
Alexs melty face
Crushed ice. It feels like eating clean snow.
Having a simple solution for “bad head days”
Having someone who wants to help you achieve your goalsPeople watchingHolding warm cups on cold days.
This song…or maybe the video. I actually don’t know what it is about it that I like, but I do. Probably because I’m white and don’t really understand rap music.