Thursday, January 16, 2014

Currently




Reading:
The Last Night at the Viper Room - a must read for anyone who came of age at some point in the nineties. Based on the story behind the whole Phoenix family legend, but peppered with all kinds of other juicy hollywood details of the day - most of which highlight the high times at the famed Viper Room and all it's ragged young stars that helped fuel it. So far it's been a fast and easy read. I should be done this week and ready for my next pick.

This cute list a friend passed along recently. Yet another nod to life in the nineties that made my day because it brought back all kinds of teenage nostalgia. I mean, who could forget being doused in ck ONE, or circling every cheesy tee shirt in that Delia's catalouge. Or Jordan Catalono, or Sassy magazine, or the unfortunate fate of orange Sun-In highlights. The list goes on and on and each one is right on target.

Watching:
The Wolf of Wall Street. WOW - the most sex, drugs, and four letters words I've ever seen/heard in any film.  I'm sure you've heard about some of it? Leo is incredible, though, as always - his character this time hyped to insane proportions so much that it gave me a jolt of anxiety mid way through where I literally felt like I needed some kind of a quaalude of my own to get me to the end of those three wild hours.

This documentary a friend shared on FB recently about the rise of the 80's cult of Rajneeshpuram who set out to build their own version of a utopian society amidst a massive ranch neslted in Eastern Oregon. Crazy I never knew anything about this until now. It's a great way to spend an hour with your laptop (like I did on bedrest for those few days) if you find the time.

Wanting
This sage wrap dress.
*Though it appears 'sold out', so the reality of it will likely be lost on a Pinterest style board somewhere...

Hoping:
To share a brand new side venture that I have been obsessing about for nearly four months now. Another creative outlet here in blogland that I am dead set on debuting next month, God willing we can get it together, and up and running without any unexpected set backs. I can't wait to hear some feedback and see what you guys think. I'll keep the details posted here as they become more defined in the next couple of weeks.

Regretting:
The fact that our jeep - a car I've had and enjoyed for a few years now - is no longer suitable for a family of six. One of the major downsides of moving to four kids is that you are forced to move into one of two choices: a big awkward minivan, or a big gas hog of an SUV. Neither of which I know anything about, although the thought of searching for a new car, of the lot, or used, of any kind makes me want to burry my head, turn out the lights and call it day. I, HATE, shopping for new cars. And so does Mike, so it will be interesting to see how it actually comes to happen seeing that we really do need a bigger car, to get us to each of these listed summer destinations.

Planing:
1. Rex's fourth birthday party in early Feb. - a party, which, per his request, must involve a real life batman in attendance. Oddly enough, I discovered that craigslist is crammed with all kinds of professional superhero party crashers, some of whom happen to own so I suppose I'll be interviewing some of them soon *

2. Out our summer. Already? I know. . .
Other than our regular beach camp dates and a couple small weekend things, I hope to include one long road trip (fingers crossed it's Marfa in August?) and the Grand Canyon, at some point in early June. We planned it a number of times last year and never saw it through. Hopefully this time we're more determined**

Making:
These cookies from this website. I can't believe I'm just now hearing about this site, filled with all kinds of tasty recipes with super simple steps and a good number of gluten free options. Leon is loving this discovery, along with everyone else in the house.

Avoiding:
Caffieene and as much sugar as I can possibly manage being 6 months pregnant. With the kidney stone scare I've been forced to cut the coffee intake - from one, maybe two cups a day, to one, maybe no cups a day. And the sugar, it had to go too. Though I still indulge in a small bowl of trader joe's mint and chip ice cream here and there because what good is being pregnant if you can't enjoy some ice cream at the end of a long day?


* the things we do for our children 
** I think i've mentioned this particular trip multiple times here. We've got to get to Arizona!

25 comments:

  1. I think that cult thing you're referring to is the same one my security guard here at work was telling me about (he's a retired state policeman from that part of the state!) Now I'm going to have to check it out in more detail ;)

    When we went from 2 kids to 3, we upgraded our car to a Honda Pilot. The gas mileage isn't as guzzly as some of the bigger rigs, and though it's not as sweet looking at the usual cars your family has on deck, it gets us around, is safe, and accomodates 5 kids in the back when we pretend to be a bigger family and have my nieces or nephews in tow.

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    1. Thanks Cassie. Neither one of us care about how cool our daily driver looks. We only like neat old cars for our weekend drives, so this helps. I have heard great things about the Pilot so I'll give it some research now that you brought it up again. I don't think I realized it seated that many kids. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    2. I forgot to mention that it's also the perfect car for our weekend adventures into the desert. It has taken us up and down mountains and also is capable of pulling our little tent trailer along behind. Wishing you luck with your vehicle search :)

      Also, that list from the 90s? Thanks for sharing. I had more than a few good giggles.

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    3. yes! we need something that can pull trailers too. Sounds perfect.

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  2. Hi!

    I've sent an email to the email registered on your blogspot contact. I've been meaning to contact you to see if you'll be interested in doing a collaboration with Czarina's Project (czarina.bigcartel.com).

    I look forward to hearing back.

    If you don't allow this type of comment, on your blog, please go ahead and delete it.

    Thank you!

    Czarina

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    1. Thanks Czarina,

      I will take a look at it today! (I am so bad with email in general . . .)

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    2. Thanks!

      I've also stalked your IG feed (in a non-creepy way) @czarinasproject. lol!

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    3. haha! I think that's what IG is for. I do lots of stalking myself when I'm bored :)

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  3. I grew up in a family of four, and let me tell you, having a giant van was great. As a kid it always felt like an adventure when we jumped in the car. I recently took my parents' Ford Flex across the country, and it fit 5 adults comfortably. Good luck with the transition :)

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    1. Yah, the flex is great, but too pricey. And I agree - mini vans do seem like they offer adventure :)

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  4. That list from the 90's made me smile multiple times. Oh the memories. And no coffee is the ultimate sacrifice. Lucky baby.

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  5. Why'd you have to mention Jordan Catalono? Now I'm off to have some sweet dreams of Jordan... in Marfa... bow-chicka-bow-wow

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  6. The Wolf was seriously a crazy movie..i felt the anxiety and uncomfortableness as well but it was a good movie! I left not knowing how I felt..lol

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    1. it was good! Also, really funny. I laughed out loud. A lot.

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  7. Dude, I know SO MANY PEOPLE who were Rajneesh! We have a bit a thing for cults out here. Love your list. Happy rest days.Oh we're watching "Wild China" and loving it. Really awesome kid-suitable nature docs.

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    1. what?! that's crazy! you must get all kinds of interesting first hand stories then. As for Wild China, I'll be checkin that one out for sure. Sounds like a good watch.

      xo
      J

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  8. Oh, man. Such a great post. I'm just smiling like a big goofball right now... and I can't wait to hear about your new project!!! P.s.- We have a minivan and it's really really awesome. Just sayin.

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    1. I think we're leaning towards a minivan. So convenient, so spacious and very practical at this stage in life. Thanks for the input Lauren.

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  10. wow. lots of good stuff right here. i can always count on you for good recommendations/finds... ones that i will definitely watch/read/... thank you!

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  11. ps... always been intrigued by the phoenix family... can't wait to read this.

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  12. two things: 1) joaquin phoenix just did a cool, err...interesting interview on NPR's fresh air. Check it out. and 2) I'm currently planning a SW adventure myself in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In March... Fingers crossed! We should swap notes! ;)

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    1. I had a friend send me that interview link Myra! I plan on hearing it tonight while catching up on email. And, I am so jealous of your summer destinations. I will be in touch about it - curious about your dates. i'm almost positive we're doing Marfa TX, and we're still trying to figure out Arizona.

      Talk soon!
      xo

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