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Fri, Oct. 17th, 2008 04:51 pm

tara posted this and it may be my favorite video yet of this election season:

my friend ellie sent me this one:

just heard word that eliza purse-onality and i just got into renegade craft fair holiday. whee!

Current Location: work soon to be home!
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: the condom song above!


Wed, Oct. 8th, 2008 05:19 pm

anyone want to apply with me for the bust holiday craftacular in NYC? it's saturday, december 13th. only $10 to apply. after jurying, if accepted, it's $250 for one person, but $300 if you are going to split a table. you will get tons of hits from your ad on bust's website alone which is why it's more $ to split. i would prefer to apply with someone who doesn't primarily make paper goods. :) soo...any of my friend peoples want to apply together? :)


Current Location: work soon to be NOT!
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: the clacking of keys


Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 02:18 am

I forgot to say that the first night of the two Hollywood Bowl Radiohead shows I met Bradley Cooper who played my fave character Will Tippin on Alias. He was absolutely rocking out to Radiohead, singing along to every song, closing his eyes, taking photos, etc. Just amazing. He was SO sweet. I am pretty sure he was also high, but so sweet.


Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 02:04 am

Originally uploaded by madflowr
Okay, so pretty much I wrote huge entries on each of my photo of the days if you want to read about my epic trip of meeting my birth mom and my extended family, going on my Radiohead road trip with Brianne, eating lots of delicious foods, seeing Colleen, Dan Balki, Jeremy, Nancy, Max, Michael Pop and Lindsey, April, Jenny Song, Susie Ghahremani and her bf Michael, and Jose. I am probably leaving stuff out, but wow, what a whirlwind. I am exhausted from such an amazing trip. I am so so so glad to be back, but the trip was epic and awesome. If you want to read all these adventures, click on this picture and then click the right photo on my Photostream. WHEE!

Here is me with my birth mom Laurie:

Current Location: 948 living room
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: my eyes closing


Thu, Aug. 14th, 2008 08:11 am


Whee! Hedgehog parade in my living room! Cards, onesies, and pieces of fabric to be made into little stuffies.


TEXT INSIDE: I quilly love you.

Current Location: 948 z's office
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: The Duke Spirit - My Sunken Treasure


Wed, Aug. 13th, 2008 04:57 pm

too much really to re-cap everything.

i made a ton of stuff for DEPART-ment at pitchfork july 18th, 19th, and 20th.
i went to yelp around the world at the dank haus on july 24th.
jason turned 30 july 31st.
i saw radiohead at lolla august 1st thanks to ginny getting me a vendor wristband for $25.
laini would have turned 30 on august 2nd.
i saw she & him august 5th.
i saw the sneak preview of handmade nation august 7th.
hoggle met mindi & ethan's hedgehog napoleon, but mostly they just avoided each other august 8th.
niko came to visit august 9th and 10th.
i was rejected for my first craft fair so far DIY TRUNK SHOW august 11th.
sei jin turned 35 august 12th.

those are the biggest things i think.

the diy trunk show news was a bit of a bummer since i loved that fair and i had applied with eliza and i was hoping we'd get in. yeah, i'm doing renegade chicago and crafty bastards and i am psyched for those. i had a new card idea yesterday and i thought i was finished but today i made some more tweaks to the design and hopefully tonight i will print it.

other craft fairs i have applications out for:
handmade arcade (pittsburgh, pa) - november 8th & 9th http://www.handmadearcade.com
craftland (providence, ri) - december 5-24, 2008 (set up like a store) http://craftlandshow.com

my fingers are crossed. i want to do some xmas shows, but the renegade chicago holiday application is $210, so i'd only apply if i could split it three ways. too expensive doing this kind of stuff on my own.

Current Location: work soon to be home
Current Mood: myarg
Current Music: the clacking of keys


Mon, Jul. 14th, 2008 04:45 pm

this weekend in my awesome friends' lives:
- Shelly, sister in sha-sha-sha-shaw, got married to Ed
- C. made mozzarella (this is just blowing my mind) from scratch: http://flickr.com/photos/45739100@N00/sets/72157606147904331/
- Christa and Sarah Coyne both got amazing tattoos

in my life:
I worked doors at shows I had booked at South Union Arts (Friday: The Protomen/The Auramatics and Saturday: The City on Film/Slithering Beast/State Champion/Brett Saxon). I burnt myself out on the not fun part of crafting; the packaging. It was all I was doing the last 5 days or so. It felt like all I had done was work work work since Tuesday when I'd gone to see Wanted with Reba and Rachel. I had a breakdown and just started sobbing uncontrollably before I was leaving for SUA Saturday night for the show. I do take on too much. It's proven.

this is what my world has looked like the past week, but with different projects on the desk:


I think I mentioned this, but Jessee and I also applied for Crafty Bastards (9/28/08) together again this year. We don't know for sure that we'll get in, but I'm pretty hopeful. It's never good to be too confident about this kind of thing. Miss Alison and I are going to road trip out there together. My parents are going to be out of town, which is sad, BUT this does mean that any other crafty pals can stay with us. SRSLY, if you're coming, we should have a gigantic crafty nerd party on 9/27. Every rose has its thorn though, right? I already had a ticket for My Bloody Valentine at the Aragon 9/27/08 when I realized that Crafty Bastards was the next day and there was no way I'd be able to make it there if I were to go to the show. Trust me, I looked at flights. Sad face. Otherwise, I just need to give myself a life while still crafting rather than letting it consume my being. So, 10 cent wings at Cleo's tonight at 5:45 it is. Perhaps a $6 movie tomorrow night if I'm feeling like most everything is done. I've decided to wait to re-make the frisky fork and baguette bday cards because I need to stay sane. This weekend DEPART-ment at Pitchfork will be nuts. Ginny and my pal Dominic gets in Wednesday and the guest room needs to be guest-ready.

Current Location: work
Current Mood: spent
Current Music: secretaries giggling


Thu, Jul. 10th, 2008 11:52 am

i feel like i am going nonstop.

last couple days:

monday: cleo's, re-made seal later cards and a bunch of baby shirts with the seal on them

tuesday: wanted @ city north with rachel and reba, touched up imperfect seal later cards

wednesday: burned a mixtape screen that didn't work. :( re-printed piero-glee card fronts

thursday: got up and printed the text inside the piero-glee cards

next couple days:

thursday night: print pierogi on envelopes, BURN A SUCCESSFUL SCREEN of b-side to your a-side design and print

friday: work @ sua [ protomen / auramatics ], possibly make another card when i get back depending on how i feel

saturday: re-make frisky fork card?, work @ sua [ the city on film / slithering beast / state champion / brett saxon ]

sunday: photograph cards in sunlight, upload new photos to etsy, do more crafty projects, etc.

Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.

How does the world see me?
broken mouths - l'altra

Will I have a happy life?
usual way - super xx man

What do my friends really think of me?
these days (amanset keystroke mix) - american analog set

Do people secretly lust after me?
spellbound - secret shine

How can I make myself happy?
mars - lucksmiths

What should I do with my life?
multiball - heavy vegetable

Why must life be so full of pain?
where damage isn't already done - the radio dept.

How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
dr. pepper - american analog set

Will I ever have children?
sweeter - julie doiron

Will I die happy?
light the math - mirah

What is some good advice for me?
stop foolin' - dressy bessy

What is happiness?
makeout beach - superchunk

What's my favourite fetish?
the way that you came down - the brother kite

How will I be remembered?
in a beautiful place out in the country - boards of canada

i haven't updated my ipod much at all in the last couple years because i rarely use it these days. overall, i liked the answers better the last time i did this: http://madflowr.livejournal.com/299750.html

Current Location: work
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: fax sending


Tue, Jul. 1st, 2008 01:45 am


i made something i had the idea for 4, maybe 5 years ago tonight. it's not as awesome as i had really hoped it would be. it's meant to be used to put buttons of your favorite things on. like, favorite animals, favorite bands, favorite crafters, whatevs.

Me & Hayden

i saw hayden, one of my longtime faves at schuba's on saturday night. i made him blueberry muffins since i had leftover batter and after the band left the stage, i put them on the stage. he came back for the encore and went on about how terribly they had been eating and how nice it was. then outside i saw him eating one as i stood there waiting to say hi and someone asked him how it was and he said "good". when we started talking i said i had made the muffins and he said "oh thank you! i'm glad i said it was good!" sometime recently it had hit me that i had been a fan for over 10 years and that it had been just over 10 years ago that i saw him for the first time (and interviewed him). i mentioned this to him because wow, it's been 10 years, and he said something like "well, come on! i've seen you a bunch since then." come on hayden! nostalgia! we're getting old. he has white in his beard and i would be lying if i said it didn't look hot.

Rachel with my new bike

this weekend i bought a new bike from this bike guy kevin. it's a kulana moon dog. i think it's a men's frame, but i don't really care since i think i can transform it into a very leigh bike. rachel is totally the bike-iest person that i know and she has been very helpful. next to get a basket and possibly a new bike seat since this one is a bit too firm for me.


a couple weeks back i threw one of 700+ bake sales across the country organized by moveon.org to benefit their campaign to put barack obama in the white house called HUNGRY FOR CHANGE. mine was called "UKV IS HUNGRY FOR CHANGE BAKE SALE" and ran from 10-4 on a saturday right in front of my house and we raised nearly $1100. i made a ton of stuff, as did lots of friends and also people i didn't know. it was a great experience. if they do another one, i will do it again. having miss alison's tent was so very awesome since it did ran for a spell.

also to note in that picture: i have awesome friends. yes, things are good. hoggle is in my lap and it is time for me to sleep since he is very alert and ready to run in the wheel. also, i have been watching lost and i am loving it. wish i could watch it all day long to catch up.

Current Location: 948 living room
Current Mood: good
Current Music: cpu hum


Mon, Jun. 16th, 2008 11:42 pm

you can see me grab my drink off the table. eek! april understandish texted me out of the blue saying she was in town for billy bragg. she got me on the list. it was my first time seeing him and he was just an amazing performer. he really reminded me of jason anderson's live shows. yeah, awesome. it was great seeing my pal april. yay!

Current Location: 948 living room
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: watching giants & toys


Wed, May. 21st, 2008 08:16 am


the editors switched around some sentences and added the "somewhat ironically" which really doesn't make sense, but well, it's up. this is my first review for popmatters, but i have the julie doiron re-issue of loneliest in the morning up next.

Current Location: 948 z's office
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: off to work music


Mon, May. 12th, 2008 11:06 am

i had an amazing birthday. 29 feels good. thank you for your well wishes and for coming out and making the jubileigh super. oh, and gifts = whoa! i have really amazing friends. looking around the show was just incredible. i love sharing jason with people i care about. anyone who really wanted to make it but couldn't, thank you for the texts and emails and phonecalls. i love you dudes.

tonight i will finally get my permanent crown. i am afraid my dentist will not be happy with the current condition of my teeth. yarg.

regarding the small f-list cut i just made: it's nothing personal; really. i'm just too old for this. jason and i had a really poignant conversation about friendship and even he who is so pro-friendship knows when to say when. i've tried. i know who i truly mean something to. i am not longer going to settle for something less.

Current Location: work
Current Mood: good
Current Music: "inspiring and terrible, but mostly fucking wonderful..."


Thu, May. 8th, 2008 08:18 am

in case anyone forgot, the bday jubileigh is this saturday, may 10th @ south union arts. it will start 'round 9:30. kid, you'll move mountains have dropped off the bill due to some conflicts that arose. that just means a longer set by jason, so all is well. i hope you can come out. it really would mean a lot to me since i flew my fave singer dude/buddy out for the day and i can't think of any better way to spend my birthday than with friends seeing him sing (and eating cupcakes). also, i am turning 29, and seeing as, secretly, i have always been a little scared of 30, i may not be as celebratey with turning 30, you should really come out this year.



i made pins, shirts and then decided to make posters on construction paper with this design, which came from a doodle jason did at galaxy hut a few years back that i always loved. why not? i love making merch for jason. tonight z is taking me to bday dinner at atwood cafe, which i have wanted to try for years. exciting! tomorrow night is possibly dinner at jerry's, picking jason up from o'hare, and then saturday morning is mirah at the vittum theatre at 10:30 in the morning playing to little kids. me, ginny, and rachel are in. i have an extra ticket since jason is planning to sleep in. yes, it's going to be while my bloody valentine tickets go on sale, so sei-jin and zachary are out. :)

Current Location: 948 z's office
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: i have get up kids in my head?


Mon, Apr. 21st, 2008 02:28 pm

book, pg 161 (seen on christa's journal)

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Post the text of the 5th complete sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
4. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Use what's actually next to you.

"Perhaps nonexistent."

"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami.


for being from a murakami novel, what a short sentence i wound up with above. this weekend was great spending time with my 'rents and nancy. nancy actually took this photo, but i made it the photo of the day anyways. whatevs. it was a great weekend filled with activity and food and fun. it was rachel's birthday so we went out dancing on saturday night for soul night at the hideout. man it was awesome. what a good weekend. i am really, really exhausted, but jen and i are planning to walk back from work because it's been lovely today. i've really been journaling a lot IN my flickr photos of the day because i do those every single day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/madflowr/sets/72157603603991422/

Current Location: work
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: the sound of pants swishing walking by


Tue, Apr. 15th, 2008 02:15 am

when my head hits the pillow these days all i do is think, think, think, so i may as well put my nightowl tendencies to good use.


i really do love wordplay:

i finally FINALLY figured out a way to package up my mustache stationery AND thought up a clever name AND took pics AND listed sets on etsy. i attempted to google it and couldn't find anyone who had used my word play. i tried alternate spellings and everything. :D it feels good to accomplish craft goals well before my first craft fair of the year, depart-ment, and not have to rush to get everything done at once.

i hear hoggle eating, which means i should get some sleep.

tecalitlan tomorrow night @ 7:45.

Current Location: 948 z's office
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: i've had this los campesinos song in my head.