As winter continues on into it’s doldrums, you can do a nice thing for your houseplants and give them a shower! The dry air from heat doesn’t do these guys any good. A tepid shower fully hydrates them, gives them a nice dose of humidity, and cleans off their dusty leaves. They will reward you for your efforts with renewed growth and a little extra green, all of which helps when the days are very grey.
3 run home run!
World Series Champions
City Hall decked out in orange and black
a sampling from our travels on the hot coast
I was warming my bum at our heater and I found myself staring at our bookshelf’s row of artist books. Nestled in between was one of the first books I’ve ever made: The Painter. I think I was in 4th or 5th grade.
Here’s the story, spelling intact:
Once apon a time there was a little village inside a forest. Inside the village everyone was always sad and dreary.
One day a painter came into the village to paint. When he started to paint the people, he realized that they always had frowns on their faces.
The painter wanted to know why, so he would pick a dfferent spot each day, sit there, and watch the people.
Pretty soon he saw that there were no families, romances or friends. The painter wanted to end this, so he got to work.
He painted beautiful pictures about love and some about friendship.
Then the next week he picked a day and gave away all the paintings on one condition. The condition was that all the villagers had to give their paintings to someone else on the day after next.
He ran out of paintings that day, but that night he made some paintings. Before the day that every one had to give their paintings, the painter made sure everyone in the village had a painting.
On the day that everyone gave their paintings to someone else, everyone was happy. From then on they did this every year, except only with cards, and this was the begining of Valentine’s Day.
Sight School is a new project space run by Michelle Blade and (TPG #11 critic) Matthew Rana. The space began from a desire to create dialogue around new modes of living and being in the world in order to reveal connections between art and life. Thier first event is being held on this Friday, December 18th.
Sight School is pleased to host this one-night exhibition and public reading of Chicago-based collective Temporary Services’ newspaper titled, “Art Work: A National Conversation on Art, Labor and Economics.”
A handful of local artists, writers and curators including Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert, Lynne McCabe, Julian Meyers, Ted Purves, and Natasha Wheat will deliver public readings of texts directly from or related to the newspaper, while providing analysis and commentary in an informal reading-room environment. Readings will feature works by Chris Burden, Carolina Caycedo, Cooley Windsor & Futurefarmers, and the Guerilla Art Action Group (GAAG), among others. In addition, this event will serve as a distribution point for free printed copies of the newspaper. Participants will be encouraged contribute to the event and participate in discussion on how to build an economically viable arts community in the Bay Area.
This event will take place from 7-9pm on Wednesday December 16th.
Sight School, 5651 San Pablo Ave, Oakland CA
It started with Pear Ginger Muffins and Julia Child’s Omeletts (we ate them too fast to take a picture)
Yes. That is a pad of butter on my steaming muffin. Layer your pleasures people.
Here’s the recipe, adapted from Nigella’s Pear Ginger Muffin recipe:
-Preheat oven to 400.
-In a large bowl, mix 1 cup white flour, 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp of salt.
-In another bowl, mix 2/3 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 tbs honey (warm), and 2 large eggs. Fold into the dry ingredients.
-Fold in 1.5 cups peeled pears cut into 1/4 inch dice, 1/2 cup ground walnuts, 3 T minced crystallized ginger.
-Divide batter among 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle 2 tbs total brown sugar over tops of muffins and bake for 20 minutes.
*only comments would be that they still weren’t gingery enough for me – but that may be because my ground ginger was a little old, and I might try replacing the oil with something else – I don’t like the smell of oil in baked goods.
Then we used one of our Extended Freedom Days from City Car Share and drove to Point Reyes.
It always amazes us how rejuvenating hiking can be. We get so stressed and cooped up right around the release of a piece and we could just feel that *junk* releasing as we walked and breathed actual fresh air.
This picture captures the calm.
I just uploaded some photos and started perusing back a bit. This photo is of my nephew, Andrew, celebrating the most amazing sandwich that he has just made. Know what’s in the sandwich?
graham crackers, american cheese, farm animal shaped colored sprinkles, and hershey’s chocolate. I mean, you have to agree that it is a pretty amazing sandwich.
I want to be this excited about everything.
I have been making these Doughnut Muffins since high school. They are super delicious and quick and easy to make. It says in the recipe, “They are done when the edges begin to brown and the centers sink in.” But my centers never sank. They still tasted delightful and so it never bothered me much. But now, to my utter surprise, the centers have started to sink. I don’t recall doing anything differently, I don’t have any different equipment, they just work right now.
I read (along with half the nation) Malcom Gladwell’s, “Outliers” at the beginning of the year. In it, he asserts the theory that in order to become an expert at something, you have to work at it for 10,000 hours. I don’t think that I’ve spent quite that much time on these muffins, but maybe there is something to be said for there being a threshold of time at which you all of a sudden become better at whatever it is that you are working at. Maybe it’s a different amount of time for different types of activities. I don’t know, but somehow it makes me hopeful.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
Cream sugar and butter. Stir in beaten egg. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients. Do not beat. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. They are done when the edges begin to brown and the centers sink in.
So we’re up and running in Utah and it’s pretty nice. This morning we went on an early morning snowshoe before work. I thought I would give you a litte snapshot.
An early snowshoe and the muddy, muddy road that leads to our house.
We spent the past couple of days driving out to our new (for one month) home in Utah. Our country has a lot of space. And though some people complain about the 5, I personally love it in the spring. It’s a patchwork of different color blooming trees. And all the recent rain in California brought super green hills and wide swaths of blooming wildflowers in orange and yellow.
Oliver says that I seriously cut myself every six months. Seeems about right. Luckily, after last night’s tetnus booster I don’t have to go to the ER (hopefully) for another 7 years.
PS- it isn’t as bad as it looks.
From Wednesday night’s vigil and rally at City Hall, San Francisco
Ok- obviously not art related at all, but I’ve looked all over the internet and couldn’t find anything helpful so I thought it might be useful information to put out there.
As some of you know, we are using the car crash as a cue and trying out life without owning a car. Unfortunately, we are not people who don’t need a car at all and so we have been using City Car Share as well as renting cars about 3 days a month. We’re also renting a car for 5 weeks to drive to and around Utah.
We also just learned a couple things about renting a car in California:
1. It’s illegal to drive a car without liability insurance
2. Car rental companies here do not include any state-required liability insurance into the base price of their rental cars. Apparently, California, from what I have read, is the only state where this does not happen. So, if you live in another state and have been buying liability insurance through your rental company, you should know that what you are buying replaces and adds on to what is already included in your rate. I would still check with your specific company to find out if this is true, but it seems to be. We use our credit card for our collision insurance. Again, you still need to check with your credit card to find out what your terms are because they vary a lot. We use Amex Blue (which we specifically got for it’s good rental car coverage)
So- 5 weeks of buying insurance at $13 a day is a lot. What other options are out there, you ask? Well, there are Named Non-Owner policies. These policies are for people who drive either rentals or other people’s cars. It is an insurance plan for the person, not the car. However, you can only do this for cars that you do not own.
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This to That
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