Saturday, June 14, 2008

7 Things

My home boy in jersey tagged me for the 7 things meme. "The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer."

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

10 years ago I was in 9th grade. I played the mellophone in marching band and got excused from gym everyday because of my chronic nosebleeds. I grew 12 inches and lost twenty pounds in about thirteen months and went from Jabba the Hut to spindley and awkward. I spent all of my free time in my room reading books on witchcraft and body piercing, listening to The Fugees, Bush and Eve 6, and talking on the phone for hours about boys.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
a. go to the grocery
b. read
c. knit the toe on my sock (it could happen)
d. go to a birthday party
e. draft proposal for exhibition

3) Snacks I enjoy:
- twizzlers
- cold chinese food
- pears

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
I would open hospitals and a school in Haiti, fund my nephew's college career etc. After that I would buy the house on Sedwick that used to be a rectory, then open a botanica in one of the victorian gingerbread storefronts on Armitage where I could sell my work, santos, cloth and fresh herbs.

5) Places I have lived:
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Richmond, Virginia
- Dallas, Texas
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Athens, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois

6) Jobs I have had:
- Regal Pets, an neighborhood pet shop that was open for 28 years before it sadly closed
- Apprentice then finally piercer at cool tattoo shop
- Piercer in a not so cool tattoo shop
- Assistant manager of now defunct bakery
- Piercer and manager of awesome tattoo/hair studio
- Line cook
- Collections assistant of a Video Art distributor

7) Friends I want to know more about (if you've done the meme, please disregard)

Hey there's more! So I've come across a minature internet phenomenon, Iyawo Blogs. Iyawos are newly initiated priests of Lukumi, Candomble and other Orisha traditions. The first year after their consecration they have to be dressed completely in white, observe dietary and social taboos such as no shaking of hands, they can't take or recieve anything from non-intiate's hands( i.e. money, purchases, flyers) no dirty jokes etc. They also have to observe a curfew of sundown for an entire year. Several iyawos have turned to blogging for their year in white in order to pass the time normally used for a social life, as well as to document their day to day experiences of navigating the modern world dressed entirely in white and observing West African spiritual traditions.

Here are some I've been reading. I'm spending all of my time trying to find more.
Candomble in the USA

Alafia, y'all

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Surely There's an Ointment for That

Life around these parts has been pretty docile as of late. There's been a lot of baking of bread. A Lot. I mean like everyday. I've gotten to the point where I'm really tired of eating bread but I just can't stop until I make a decent loaf. I'm getting there.

I also took advantage of summer by reading a non-school book, Chuck Palahniuk's "Snuff", which is about a porn star's attempt to break the gang bang world record (hint: 600). Read it before Oprah's bookclub ruins it with a raving endorsement.

And look! Yarn!

noro sock

The reasons I'm excited about using the Noro sock yarn are the same reasons many people hate it. I love crunchy wool yarn and the fact that it's single-ply makes me swoon. As always, check back when I have blisters running along the tops of my fingers and the yarn has broken for the 300th time.

Keep knitting y'all!

noro sock