Wednesday, June 23, 2010

busy little bee

Okay, so my blogging habits are sporadic... but I've been keeping myself quite busy as of late. Photos from my travels to Chicago and Boston are slowly making their way to Flickr. I am also trying to scan some film from my TLR, as well as some old family photographs. This could actually take forever. But hey, it's fun.

Unsurprisingly, Justin and I are busy being students. I just finished a draft of my first PhD manuscript which covers the research our group did in Hawaii a while back, plus subsequent experimental work. This will be the first of many, many drafts, so I expect this to keep me out of trouble for some time! I am also trying to find appropriate sampling sites in a new field area that I will visit later this summer. Justin (my trusted sidekick, as always) will be my field partner.

Additionally, I've been working on several projects around the house. Justin's little bro recently moved out, so his old room is my new "art room" (and guest room). It's coming together nicely. I just finished sanding and staining the bed frame that will live in there (I love power sanding. Really). Once the bed is set up, I can finish the space and start using it. Woohoo!

For the most part, I'm just trying to catch up on all of the little things that needed to be addressed. Still important, though. I cleaned out my closet and donated a bunch of stuff. I designed a nightstand that I will build so my books and glasses (eep!) don't end up on the floor every night. I sorted through piles of paperwork that had accumulated and taken over my desk. I gave my dog a bath and now he kinda smells like kiwi, but in a fake sort of way (yet still pleasant). I also repaired a ceramic fish platter that my brother gave me for Christmas about 10 years ago...


You knew it was a fish, right? Really, this was just an excuse to play with a new wide-angle/macro lens. :)

I've also been reading a lot, and I'm loving it... and now I will leave this blog post to return to Charlotte Brontë's Villette. Good night, Dear Reader!

Monday, June 14, 2010

genetics

I just returned to Albuquerque after spending a few days with the family back home in Chicago, and then another few days with my dear friend Ingrid in Boston. Good people, good times. I needed it. Photos and stories will follow shortly....

In the meantime: genetics. Why, you ask? Well, time with mom, dad, and brother always make me think about who donated what and whether or not it's fair ("Why did my brother get the thick eyelashes??? Why did I get these goofy teeth???"). Additionally, I covered the basics of genetics and Punnett Squares during my last week teaching 7th grade science... and it was super-awesome.


Alien insects are invading!!! Coins were flipped to determine whether or not the bugs possessed dominant or recessive traits, and they were constructed accordingly. In the end: masterpieces.


 Spending time with the kiddies and funky science projects was a great escape from lab work and research last semester. I will miss it.

In the end... I may have goofy teeth, but at least I don't have antennae.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Since I can't finish anything I start these days, I will show off someone else's talents...

So, I have Jane Eyre Egg Art in the works.... and it's such a little thing, and I haven't put the finishing touches on it yet, and it's maddening that I am so slow to finish these things (I can hear my middle school art teacher hovering over my shoulder: "Work faster!"), but that's just the way it is. Also, I am moving my art table to the new spare room/Leah's art room (woohoo!), so my art space is in transit and not so user-friendly right now.

I have decided to take this opportunity to show off the work of an Etsy artist I found, since some of it is definitely Eyre-ish (and generally fantastic).

If you haven't yet, check out the work of KMStitchery! All clothing is recycled (in new condition), all stencils are hand-cut, the inks are water-based and non-toxic, and every piece is one-of-a-kind! Show off your favorite feminist!

I fell in love with the Currer Bell print (Charlotte Bronte, for those of you who aren't familiar with her pen name). I love my shirt so much, it makes me do a goofy little happy dance...


Additionally, the artist behind KMStitchery is part of a "feminist dark literary chamber rock band" called The Great Confinement. You can check out their music here! The lyrics are fueled with imagery from Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and others.

Now, Dear Reader, get your Eyre on.