Monday, September 29, 2008

i like making lists

Three things i miss about new york. 
  1. Transportation. Yes, the subways were hot, crowded, sticky, the air was thick down there underground, and it was the home of countless frightening hobos. But I hate driving. I hate it very much. It makes me nervous and sweaty. The subway was convenient (most of the time) and you didn't have to worry about paying for gas or being too tipsy to drive home. Also, i liked walking places. That was my main form of exercise. I probably walked miles but it didn't feel like it because it went block by block. Walking to dunkin donuts here doesn't work. 
  2. The city. Museums and amazing shopping were only a hop, skip, and a subway ride away. Not much going on in the way of those things here. The natural history museum was my favorite - i like the animals. I'm not sure about any amazing museums around here - although the international cryptozoology museum is in portland. I'd like to check that out but it's in some guy's house, so i ain't goin' alone. As for shopping, really there's only the mall. Not so many options.
  3. Bagels. This is probably what i miss the most. Oh those bergen bagels! Big, thick, hot, cream cheesy goodness. I'm sure maine has good bagels somewhere, but i haven't found them yet. Somehow dunkin donuts bagels just can't even come close to comparing. They appear to be toasted, but they are neither hot nor soft. And maybe enough cream cheese to cover both halves would be nice. 
Three things i don't miss about new york
  1. Lack of nature. I like trees. I like grass. I like little critters running around. NY has little critters running around, but they are usually in the form of cockroaches. Not the kind of critters i like. And yes, NY has central park, which i like very much. But it's not quite the same. 
  2. Trash day. Trash day in NY was never a good day. Walking past mountains of leaking, rotting bags of garbage always makes you a little sick. Plus it's a little scary to see groups of homeless people digging through the trash right outside your apartment building. 
  3. General things. Crappy apartments, car stereo systems so loud that they set off car alarms when they drive past, dumb pratt kids being loud at 2 in the morning when you're trying to sleep, subway construction, costliness, waterbugs, all around dirtiness, crowds of people on the streets, competitiveness... 
Sometime i want to go back to NY and do all the things i miss. But for now i'll go about my quiet life in maine. There's nothing wrong with a quieter life. 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

top model

Wow, tyra threw us a curveball last night and eliminated two girls. Sorry AG, you're out. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

highland games

This past weekend i attended the NH highland games. Now i am brimming with scottish pride. The Armstrong clan representatives, however, decided not to show up. That figures. 

We were up in the mountains and it was very pretty. 

We ate massive amounts of shortbread. 

The clans all lined up during the opening ceremony. Minus the Armsrongs of course. 

We went on ski lift rides. 

You had to look out for the feral haggis. Luckily it stayed in it's pen.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

that was a close one...

Another girl sent home. And it was almost my girl! Jeez analeigh, gotta step it up there. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

new project

Here is my newest creation. I don't know if it'll sell, but it was fun to make and i already have two more figures started. The first attempt at something like this was a birthday present for a friend close to my heart and i tried to make it as ridiculous as possible. I toned this second attempt down a bit. 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

new chubbikins!

At some point today i'll be adding these little guys to my etsy store. My cryptid chubbikins! Yaay. I have sasquatch, yetis, loch ness chubbikins, and mothmen. I also have some giant (or maybe colossal) squids, but i haven't photographed them yet. We'll see if they make it on my etsy page in time for my main showcase spot tomorrow. 

Thursday, September 11, 2008

two down...

The first model that someone picked has left us. 

Saturday, September 6, 2008

new stuff at etsy

Just thought i'd let you know that i've added some new prints to my etsy shop. It's my second kite series - please check them out because they are are awesome possum!

I'm hard at work on my cryptid chubbikins. I've got several loch ness chubbikin skins and a few sasquatch and yeti skins waiting to be stuffed. Exciting stuff!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

art stuff

This is my first attempt at a new line of cryptid Chubbikins. I present to you the Loch Ness Chubbikin. I think he looks a little bit like a whale. So my next one will have spikes down his back. I think that will help him look more monster-y. 

Monday, September 1, 2008

labor day

Before. This is how my feeder looked before i attacked it with a trowel. A mini garden i guess. 

After. Here is the feeder taken over by a gang of mourning doves. They stop by a lot. I can't tell if they chase off the other birds, or if the other birds just fly away when they come over because they don't like them. 

I saw a school bus drive by the other day. I had many unpleasant flashbacks. I had to remind myself that they weren't coming for me. 

Happy labor day.