Wednesday, May 6, 2015

cover to cover

At some point a couple years ago I decided to read more books. I don't exactly remember when, but I e-mailed Katie and asked her for some good ones to start with, as she is The Book Queen. She sent me an excellent list, I put it in the Notepad app on my phone (way back when it looked like this, *shudder*) and I forgot about it.

And then magically, without even realizing it, I was checking books off the list. And then I was ADDING books to the list. IT WAS A MIRACLE, Dear Reader! A book reading miracle.

So with that I give you my List of Things to Read. It is presented to you exactly as it is on my phone: definitely not in alphabetized, possibly with some misspellings, added to whenever I hear about something interesting, read in no particular order, checked off with the emoji checkmark when I am finished. It's a crazy system but it works for me.

The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker ✔️
Seating Arrangements - Maggie Shipstead ✔
Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach ✔️
The Red House - Mark Haddon*
This Bright River - Patrick Sommerville
The Leftovers - Tom Perotta ✔️
Dare Me - Megan Abbott ✔️
The Newlyweds - Nell Freudenberger ✔️
Prospect Park - Amy Sohn ✔
Blood Bones & Butter - NF Hamilton
Swamplandia - Karen Russell 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
This is How You Lose Her - Junot Díaz ✔️
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn ✔
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
The Best of Everything - Rona Jaffe
Fin & Lady - Cathleen Schine
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Then We Came to the End - Joshua Ferris
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern ✔️
From the Mouth of the Whale - Sjón
Blood Will Out - Walter Kirn
The Vactioners- Emma Straub
The Marriage Plot - Jeffery Eugenides ✔️
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel ✔️ **
Wildalone - Krassi Zourkova
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
The Circle - Dave Eggers ✔️
Southern Reach Trilogy - Jeff VanderMeer (Book 1 finished, Book 2 started)
Commencement - Jay Courtney Sullivan
The Fever - Megan Abbott
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins ***
Wolf in White Van - John Darnielle ✔️
The Anatomy of Dreams - Chloe Benjamin
Delicious Foods - James Hannaham
The Country of Ice Cream Star - Sandra Newman
The Passage - Justin Cronin
The MaddAddam Trilogy - Margaret Atwood

If you'd like to start your own crazy list, might I suggest checking out NPR's Book Concierge? I got a tonnnn of additions to my list from wading through these great little widgets. Also sometimes a book gets added just because it has a cool cover. I'M NOT SORRY.

Moral of the story: GIVE ME YOUR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS. If you can't tell I'm all over the place as far as taste goes, so I'm game for pretty much anything.

*I started reading this book over Thanksgiving two years ago, left it in a hotel room in Ohio, paid the fine at the library and never picked up another copy to finish it. The memory haunts me still.

** My most recent conquest, now I only want to read dystopian novels and think about how terrible I would be at surviving in such a world.

***Just checked my LAPL account - I'm currently 696th in line to get a copy of this bad boy, which isn't bad considering when I placed the hold the number of people waiting was seriously more than 1,000.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Look, I tried my darndest to edit this thing down to 4 or 5 photos, and I failed. I FAILED OKAY?!

jk this is my blog I do what I want! And now I'm a married lady, so I can do even more of what I want, right? Huh? But really, before I talk about this marvelous day let me get it out there: Jonny Edwin is an AMAZING photographer and human being. Hire him for all your amazing photography needs.

Anyway, back to the whole wedding thing. Bryan and I have been together for 9 years, and it feels so awesome to have tied the knot. We celebrated with a small group of friends and family at the Salt Cave MPLS, W.A. Frost and finally finished the night at Alli's place where we danced our patoots off. I could go on and on and on about how wonderful it was and how amazing all our friends are, but I would go on forever and you might be a little bored.

p.s. you should get married at the salt caves too. LOOK. AT. THIS. PLACE.

p.p.s. Bryan designed our invitations and we had them printed by Dee & Lala - all of which will certainly be expanded upon at a later date.

INSTAGAM ROUNDUPPPPPP! Click the photo to find the photographer.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Good morning, internet! I made this animated gif for my buddies that threw me the greatest surprise bachelorette party known to man. I actually ended up having TWO bachelorette parties - one in LA (the surprise) and one in Minnesota, and they were both seriously the best. Pizza was ingested, karaoke was performed, bingos were gotten and friends were awesome.

Look, I know it's Monday and you are not currently having your own bachelorette party (and if you are please reconsider your decision to read my blog when you should be living it up), but don't worry guys! YOU CAN DO IT. TODAY WILL BE GREAT. Think about pugs and flower crowns and animated gifs and WRITE THAT E-MAIL.

If this gif isn't enough, if your morning has been particularly morning-y, then let me recommended you google "flower crown dog" and let that take you away to a happy place. "Flower crown cat" also turned up some fantastic results.

Friday, April 24, 2015

pins & needles

Good morning! HAPPY FRIDAY GUYZ. I'm spending today in my studio (aka tiny corner of my apartment) working hard like this little lady above.

There's been some radio silence on the blog, as last week I totes got MARRIED. It was marvelous and beautiful and tasty and fun and I will most likely be sharing some photos next week because I can't help myself. 

But in the meantime enjoy your weekend and wear some bright colors for my hedgehog friend here. She told me my wardrobe has way too much black and grey and needs some sprucing up, but also knows that I never listen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

unlisted #8

Another set of items occupying my mind grapes - from the edible to the legible! Previous versions: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 7

bloodline | We were hurting pretty bad, TV-wise, after finishing House of Cards AND The Jinx in short succession. I love a good crime drama, true or fiction. After two episodes of this show I'm thinking it's exactly what I needed. Doesn't hurt that  Kyle "America's Favorite Coach/Police Offier" Chandler is in it.

korean bbq pizza | There's not a lot that can tear me away from a classic red sauce on a piece of pizza (I'm looking at you, white sauce- you have no right being on my pizza), but this recipe made me think twice. I'll admit, I was lazy and got a premade BBQ sauce from Trader Joe's, but they had this new sriracha kind and I really want to try it. Also I used premade dough too. No regrets.

myth, magic, and millennials | Usually when an article uses the word "millennial" in the headline I roll my eyes and go back to checking instagram while I drink my kale cold pressed juice. I KID I KID, but also not really. Anyway, this piece was actually really interesting and kinda hit the nail on the head for me.

good luck bar | After living within walking distance of this place for an entire year we finally made it over to Good Luck Bar to have some tasty tiki drinks. Of course, nothing holds a candle to Psycho Suzi's when it comes to tiki tastiness, but I definitely enjoyed my rum concoction.

the southern reach trilogy | I got the first book in Jeff VanderMeer's "sci fi" (if you could call it that and I still don't really know what to call it) trilogy from the library, and it so captivated me that the next day I ran out and bought the whole collected series. It helped that I'd seen the cover making the interweb rounds for quite some time and thought it was gorgeous and perfect, but really it's this weird/strange/gross/scary/beautiful story that got me so excited.

newpon | I follow two different rabbits on instagram. One of them is this fella.

Monday, March 23, 2015


I wonder what this little fella is dreaming about? Probably a nice slice of St. Andre (my favorite cheese) on a cracker, right? That's what I normally dream about. 

Now that it is officially spring I've started thinking about (a) brunch and (b) more brunch. And since we're on the topic of brunch I'm going to go ahead and remind you that I still have these super awesome invitations and stickers to download from last year - perfect for anybunny's (see what I did there) fancy brunch party!

Speaking of those little freebies, actually featured them on their VERY IMPRESSIVE list of Easter downloadables. Somebody needs to use every single thing on that list and have the MOST IMPRESSIVE Easter party ever. Do it, and send me photos.

I'm such a sucker for a fancy badge.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

magic hour

Another year, another witchsona! This one is a little simpler than last year's, mostly because I've been bonkers busy with fifty million things, some of which we should see come to fruition soon! EXCITING TIMES MY FRIENDS.

And yeah, I've got a magical avocado sidekick. When a witch moves to California it's only natural to pick up on the local culture.

Speaking of magic, my amazing friend Lisa is publishing a magical book of poetry (cover illustrations by yours truly). Look, even if you think you don't like poetry just give her work a try. It has a lovely underlying tone of dread and creepiness, which is right up my alley.