Archive for September, 2009

34 will be a good year.

Posted in life in general, musings on September 25, 2009 by askthesky

Happy Birthday to me!  Yesterday!

I gave myself a pretty major present:

inkIt’s Orion, and I’ve been carrying around the drawing, and even drawing it on my arm in sharpie to test it out, for 13 years.

I thought it was high time to take the plunge.  Orion is kind of like a compass to me, in literal ways (as in, it’s easier to find than any other constellation, and if you follow the lines, you can easily find other major constellations), and more ethereal ones (I always would gaze at it when driving back to college from the town where I grew up, and it would keep me awake.  I also can’t usually see it in the city, so it sort of reminds me of home, too).  I also love that there have been more stories from more ancient cultures that explain this constellation- and they’re all so different!  There is an aboriginal explanation that talks about fishing for forbidden fish, and the fishermen and their canoe being part of the picture.

Tonight at dinner, Sage was asking me all about it.  She said, “that’s a cool tattoo, mom, what is it a picture of?”  I explained that it was stars in the sky, and that people a long time ago used to make up stories about the shapes they could see in the stars.  I showed her Orion’s belt, and she said, “no, that’s the necklace.”

If you look at it this way, you can see Sage’s bird:

sageinkAnd the belt, in this case, is the bird’s necklace.

I love this kid.

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Don’t do it.

Posted in Baltimore love on September 23, 2009 by askthesky

Perfect Day

Posted in musings on September 13, 2009 by askthesky

Forest hike idea shamelessly stolen from Mr. Agar Pony.

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Come, Labor On

Posted in gfcf diet, life in general on September 7, 2009 by askthesky

Happy day of labor! Or really, I suppose, happy day of rest from your labors? I’m doing some of my favorite kind of work today, in the kitchen, turning that bounty below into sauce. I am proud to report that while some of that lovely produce came from the csa, and the flat of tomatoes came from a generous neighbor of my mom, two of the peppers were grown in my backyard! I think while I run the sauce through the food mill to get rid of all the skins and seeds, I’ll listen to the cd I got as a present in the mail the other day from my friend Jennie Wayne- it’s so lovely, in a very Americana way- she’s on myspace and YouTube- just search on her name. You can buy her EP, if you have musical tastes of the highest pedigree, l have no doubt that you will, you can shoot me an email and I’ll fill you in. Sauce time!

Consumerism and Craft

Posted in musings on September 4, 2009 by askthesky

Originally, I posted this on the mafia blog, but I love it so, I wanted to stick it in over here as well.

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Image from The Small Object

I might be alone here, but I suspect I am not. Sometimes I lay awake at night thinking about the problems facing our environment, and how our pervasive consumerism contributes to them. It’s so difficult to balance the corporate nature of running a business (even a tiny indie craft business) with the strong desire to fix what is broken in our money-driven system.

One thing I love more that anything is when I visit one of my favorite blogs, and the writer has expressed my exact thoughts much better than I could have done. That’s what’s happened with this post, on the Small Object Steno Pad blog. I’m sure many of you have read this, but I wanted to share it and add my voice to the many who are commiserating with Sarah’s feelings about homemade, handmade, vs. giant faceless corporation made.

Thanks, Sarah, for making amazing things, and for getting into my head and articulating so well how I feel about these things… big high five to you.