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Last weekend my BFF-and-fellow-typography-nerd Beth and I went to the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown (incidentally where my dad has worked for years as an old-building restorer and general Pete-of-all-trades) for their Letterpress Weekend. The Farmer’s Museum is a living-history museum, set up like a farming village from the 1840s. There are some houses and barns, a church, a tavern, a general store, a newspaper and printing office, an apothecary, and so on and so forth. And animals, obviously.

Also, a giant carousel honoring the Great State of New York.

Oh, and a giant stone statue guy someone used in an elaborate hoax before the internet was a thing. Just go read the website, ok?

Now, I’ve heard that there were demonstrations and speakers and whatnot in the printing office, but, by the time we got there at 3 pm on Sunday, all that had pretty much wrapped up. But we got to fondle some Garamond and stroke some cotton paper, so we were happy.

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “E”.

E!

And by the letter “g”.

g!

And by the letter “A” (in Caslon, in case you were wondering).

A!

The Garamond typeface was developed by Claude Garamond in the 1540s. We all know I like ’em old.

Garamond!

That’s Beth!

BRS

That’s me!

AJW

horse

book

old book porn

setting type

This lovely was quite friendly, and I contemplated bringing him home, but he didn’t relish trying to get into the back of my Honda Fit.

horse

Herrow.

sheep

Don’t ask me why these woolies were pressed up against a fence together when there were perfectly good shade trees all over the pen.

snuggling sheep

I’ve always thought Barred Rock chickens were the prettiest chickens.

chickuns

Maaaaay we help you?

sheeps again

This little goatlet was super adorable, even with its creepy, square eyes.

bebe goat

And, right before my camera battery died, I got one decent shot of the carousel. I’m not sure what’s up with the bear devouring the American flag, honestly.
Terrorist bear.

bear

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Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

This is one of my favorite days, sometimes I think the anticipation of Christmas is even better than the actual day. Also, Thomas proposed a year ago today. So yay for that too 🙂

Thomas claims to hate Christmas, but I came home from work one day to find him hanging candy canes on the tree. I didn’t even suggest it. Also, he’s the one who bought tiny, fuzzy-trimmed stockings for the cats.

The boy’s all talk.

Anyway, on to the festivities!

white owl

I love owls.

colorful owl

I like owls on crack, too.

seahorse

Also, seahorses.

Now, this ornament has a story attached to it. I was homeschooled, so I didn’t really get a chance to go to dances or anything in high school. When I was at community college, I saw a bunch of posters advertising the SNO Ball and I got all excited. So I talked a couple of my friends into dressing up and going with me. We got all dolled up in borrowed bridesmaid dresses and prom gowns and set out for the “ball”. When we arrived, everyone there was clad in what I would call “formal business” attire. Like, nice suits and things. It turns out that SNO stood for Student Nursing Organization, which we didn’t actually figure out until they started handing out nursing text books for door prizes. We didn’t even KNOW anyone in the Nursing department. We fled as soon as we thought we could leave without being noticed. It was not a large party, you understand. We ended up at the movies in our finery. So, now you know that I’ve always been awesome.

I am awesome

I am awesome.

station

This was a wedding gift. It's the train station where we got married.

sparkles

Sparkles!

More sparkles

More sparkles!

from the stairs

Here's the whole tree, shot from between the slats of the railing at the top of our curvy stairs.

view from the living room

And here's the view from the living room couch.

pix

Pixel is very helpful. Someone's got to hold down the tree skirt.

ornaments

Also, I have a bowl of ornaments. Because.

And that’s how Christmas looks at Galvin Manor. How did you decorate this year?

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Weird Sex

I was going to make a “Thirty Before Thirty” kind of post, listing 30 things I want to do before I turn 30, but I’m having trouble developing any ambitions that don’t involve fitting into smaller jeans, so in the mean time, you get this list!

Don’t tell Thomas.

Not-Typically-Hot-Looking People I’d Totally Do if I Weren’t Married (in no particular order):
1. Thomas Hayden Church
2. Alan Rickman (or maybe I’d just make him read to me all night)
3. Kevin McKidd
4. Scott Patterson (or maybe I just mean Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls. That sexy lumberjack look will get me every time.)
5. Colin Hanks (and his dad. Maybe at the same time. Nevermind, that would be awkward)
6. Tom Hanks
7. Michael Sheen (vampire, werewolf, I honestly don’t care)
8. Jack White
9. Meg White
10. David Wenham
11. Stephanie Courtney (Flo from the Progressive commercials)
12. Giovanni Ribisi

And now, so  I don’t come off as a complete slut,here’s a list of

Typically-Considered-Hot People I’d Never Do Even If I Weren’t Married And They Were Totally Into Me:
1. Patrick Dempsey
2. Brad Pitt
3. Ryan Gosling
4. Heidi Klum
5. Adam Levine
6. The Guy From The Ralph Lauren Commercials
8. Bradley Cooper
9. R Patz
10. Taylor Lautner
11. Jon Hamm (He scares me. Not in a good way.)
12. Paul Wesley
13: Matthew McConaughey

Comment time! Do you agree? Disagree? Who are your weird crushes that you wouldn’t ever tell anyone about except now that I’ve flown my freak flag you’re feeling brave?

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Battle of the Puppy Names

We’re planning another attempt at adopting a corgi. This time we’re going with a freshly-minted puppy from a breeder in our area, so we can raise it ourselves and hopefully it won’t try to murder us in our sleep.

Yay for not being murdered in our sleep!

Anyway, we’re talking about names. I’m hoping that we get a little boy puppy, and here are the names we’ve come up with so far. All y’all should vote on the one you like best.

1. Wolfgang

2. Boba Fett

3. Alastair

4. Wicket Wystri Warrick (probably just Wicket for short)

5. Copernicus

 

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Watching The Vampire Diaries

Me: Damon reading a book while he’s driving. He hasn’t looked at the road even once in like five minutes.

Lobsterface: That’s ’cause he’s awesome.

Me: He’s awesome? Why is he awesome while he’s doing stuff like that, but when I try it, you freak right out and squeal like a little girl?

Lobsterface: Because he’s a vampire. And he’s on TV. And he’s not going to kill me. You’ll probably kill me.

Me: … I don’t consider that to be a valid argument.

Damon

Boy’s got a point, though.

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Sunday Floof

It’s Sunday and I’m feeling lazy and blah, so here’s a video of Corgi puppies discovering grass. This needs to happen at my house. Every day, if possible. Have you ever seen anything rollier or polier than this? Seriously, have you? I didn’t think so.

Now that I think about it, Sundays really need an injection of floof (or squee). This may become a regular thing.

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These cupcakes (a variation on my great grandma’s secret recipe) are so insanely summery and delicious, I would eat them every day. And then I would be very fat and not fit in to my slinky wedding gown. So YOU should eat them every day.

Charming cupcake

Ingredients:
2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c cake flour (makes them all nice and silky. You can even use all cake flour if you want)
2 c sugar
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
1 c water
1 c lemon juice
1 c vegetable or canola oil
1/4 c milk
1 t white vinegar
1 t vanilla
2 tubs cream cheese icing
raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, bluberries, lingonberries, gooseberries, snozberries…really any berries

First things first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a big bowl. A big bowl. I actually don’t have a bowl big enough, so I end up splattering my cookbook and counters with batter every time I make this recipe. I should probably just buy a bigger bowl…

The Dry Ingredients

Then, add the oil.
Adding the oil

Then the water.
Adding the water

Then the lemon juice.
Adding the lemon juice

Then the milk
Adding the milk

Then add the vinegar and vanilla. I forgot to take pictures of those steps, but I’m sure you can figure it out. You guys are smart like that.

Then, using an electric mixer (you can use a whisk, but I’m lazy and have no upper-body strength), beat the batter until it’s smooth. No lumps!
Batter!

Beat, beat, beat…
More batter!

So creamy…
Batter, batter, batter!

When it’s all mixed, make sure you eat a big spoonful of it before it goes in the oven. Really, cake batter is far superior to cake, in my opinion.

Once you’ve eaten your fill of cake batter, if there’s any left, pour it into cupcake-paper-lined cupcake tins. I like to spritz the inside of the paper liners with cooking spray first. This batter tends to stick to them. Maybe it feels like you need to work to consume the deliciousness. I don’t know.
Perfect little cups

Toss them in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until a fork stuck in the middle comes out clean. The tops of the cupcakes should be a little bit brownish around the edges.
Cupcakes!

Then, frost them with the cream cheese frosting and decorate them with your berries of choice.
Charming cupcake

I SUPPOSE you could use buttercream or whatever, but cream cheese is the best. Trust me.

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