1) I turned 25 this Saturday, and while I usually don’t make a fuss about my birthday, this year was a bit more of a production than most and it all went off wonderfully. I got the expected flood of well wishes on Facebook, (although a few people commented a week early and apologized for being belated, which was bizarre) and several e-mails, cards and other notes that made me feel warm and fuzzy. I also got some nice gifts. Bert got me a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure, because he know s it’s something I’d never get for myself. Stephanie got me an awesome Fat Pony ceramic figurine, and a t-shirt with a velociraptor dressed up as Sherlock Holmes. Tiffany and Seth got me a cool magnetic puzzle cube that has famous paintings on every side. Jenny, Leo and Isaiah got me a cool LEGO set. My parents sent me a generous check, which I will probably use to buy the complete series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and pay off some of my credit card bill, because I’m practical like that.
2) On Friday Night Bert, Stephanie, Paul, JJ, Tiffany, Seth, Max and I went to Andalous for dinner. Despite a scheduling mix-up by the restaurant we got our table and there was delicious Moroccan food and lots of wine and everybody paid for my dinner so I felt special. Then we went to my place and played a little Boom Blox and then Cranium and Max got ice cream from Walgreens and it was a delightful evening. I went to sleep warm and happy.
3) On Saturday Bert and I slept in and then he went on a mysterious errand while I lazed around some more and watched the latest episode of Lost (we finally got some dimension hopping!) and otherwise relaxed. Then we went up to his place and I did laundry while he finished watching Season 2 of Torchwood (poor Tosh). I finished reading A Long Way Down and then it was time for book club. After most of the people had arrived Bert brought out this incredible LEGO cake and they sang Happy Birthday and it took me three breaths to blow out the candles and I couldn’t think of anything to wish for because when you’ve got a boyfriend who is getting you LEGO cakes, what else could you possibly want?
Book club was good, I chatted with some guys I didn’t know very well and when I decided I was tired of being social I went into Bert’s room and laid down on the bed because it’s my birthday and I can sleep if I want to.
4) On Sunday, Bert let me use his car, I picked up Tiffany at her place and we went to the Blick’s at North & Clyborne to get some white clay, black posterboard and a hole punch. We stopped at that bagel place that I’d always seen when going down North but never been at. It hit the spot. At my place we spent a couple hours building geometric shapes out of LEGO to be the cityscape for our claymation. Krista’s storyboards were very helpful in coming up with the city. Then we set it all up and did a few overhead shots, which forced us to figure out the order in which the events take place. It was a very productive afternoon.
5) Rewinding before my birthday weekend, I had some delightful dinners this week. Monday Stephanie came over and we ate peanut chicken and watched the end of Arrested Development Season 1. On Tuesday I went to Paul and Stephanie’s and we had the cinnamon chickpea dish and watched the Doctor Who episodes about the Library and River Song. Wednesday Bert cooked salmon with basil pasta and spinach (very good and healthy) and we watched the pilot of Twin Peaks. Thursday he drove us to Smoque for some amazing barbeque. So a very good week.
6) I spent a good amount of time working on the Chapter 1 DVD. Got the projects laid out in DVD studio Pro and make some awesome label art. I’m hoping to have these out by the end of the month, I’ll be sure you let y’all know as soon as they are available.
7) I also spent a lot of time answering questions for a couple online interviews. The first is for the site that hosts the Streamys and is the primary news source for web television. I e-mailed them a couple weeks ago to let them know NNN exists and see if they were interested in doing a story. I got a very energetic e-mail back with a good set of questions. I spent a couple days writing up my answers and Stephanie was kind enough to help me edit them. The second was an unsolicited request from my friend Lindsay to be part of her Inspiration Collective series. Her questions were a lot more focused on me as an artist as opposed to NNN, so the interviews had very little overlap and it was a lot of writing about myself. And here are the finished interviews: TubeFilter - Inspiration Collective.
8) I finally bought some Animal Collective albums. I had a few songs on my itunes from various mix CDs I’d received and I listened to them a lot on Pandora, but I’d yet to really delve into their work. I started with Sung Tongs and have since expanded to Prospect Hummer and Strawberry Jam. Good stuff.
9) Spent most of my commuting time this week reading “A Long Way Down” for book club. When I first read the description I was skeptical, it seemed like it would be a very trite and shallow treatment of a pretty heavy subject (suicide). I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Maureen was definitely the heart of the book and went through the biggest change over the course of the story. Jess was also really well written. The two guys were pretty inconsistent though. I’d give it a B-
10) I started watching the first season of Twin Peaks. Wow. I can’t believe this aired on network television 20 years ago; it’s so quirky and creepy. The theme music does such a good job setting the mood and the crazy characters all play off one another very well. I don’t care that the acting is all completely over the top and melodramatic. I love how extreme everything is. I just got to the first dream sequence. “Lost” wishes it could be this weird.