Saturday, May 31, 2008

I Heart New Orleans (part 1)

We arrived back to NY yesterday
and the bf and I are already planning
our next trip to the crescent city.

We had such a great time, 
ate amazing food, and I became
somewhat addicted to one of their
local beers. The Abita Strawberry.
It's so magical, if you can find it
I suggest you try it.

I'm thinking the topic of New Orleans
is going to be a 3 part post.
This one will be devoted to randomness, 
the next will be for food, and the last 
will be for haunted places.

Here are a few pictures from our trip.

This is us at the Gazebo Cafe, where we
drank our Abita's and listened to live music

This is the view of Jackson Square, which 
is quite a lovely place to hang out.
But the church kind of made us feel like
we were taking our picture by Cinderella's Castle
in Disney World...

This was my favorite building..I'm a sucker 
for balconies. and this city is full of them!

This is my favorite picture!
We visited the aquarium, and this is 
my new friend. I said hello to many of 
the fishes and animals there.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dear Diary, Jackpot.

The latest edition of the Time Out NY
food awards has come out.
So the bf told me to pick a place to eat
from the best of's.

After scouring the pages I decided on
Fette Sau. Because, to me, a good BBQ place
beats out any kind of gourmet fare.

Let me say that Fette Sau did not disappoint.
We arrived to find it totally packed, yet
we were still able to find seats (score)
The daily meat menu is written on a chalkboard
and you buy your meats of choice by the pound.
This system is also used with the side dishes.

Our choices were 1/2 lb of pulled pork
1/4 lb of brisket and a small order
of german potato salad. You also receive 2 slices
of potato bread per person, thus enabling you
to create the most delicious pulled pork smamich ever.
(i wish i had taken a picture of our platter,
but i had to steal one from google images. wah wah...)

The sauces are available on the table,
and the sweet sauce is amazing.
For beverages you have a nice choice of beers,
locally made sodas, and whiskeys.

I loved this place so much, I'm thinking
that I may have my 25th birthday dinner here. haha.

In other news the bf and I are leaving
for New Orleans tomorrow!!
I am so excited to stuff my face with good food!
I'll take lots of pictures and post when i return!
Have a good week everyone

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hello Sunshine.

Yesterday was the first friday 
in a very long time, 
where the sun was shining all day.
It was glorious!

Yesterday was also fun
I had lunch with my friend Avia,
and while we were stuffing our faces 
with large chocolate ice cream cones,
I was approached by a woman and a photographer
who were wondering if they could take my picture
for french Glamour.
Random right?
Naturally I agreed, and they said that it would
be in the August issue! woo!
The guy who photographed me also gave me his card
and he does a very cool fashion blog.

I had a lot of time to kill be
fore work
so I stopped in at the old job and said hi to everyone.
Then I did something that I haven't done in ages.
I wandered in and out of stores.
This rarely happens because I am so broke
and I often find it hard to restrain myself 
when I see items that I feel I must own.

Luckily I am fully aware that I have no money.
And I simply enjoyed browsing.
I stopped in at
-Dinosaur Designs (I LOVE this place)

I am kind of obsessed with this bracelet from
Dino Designs, if they have it in gold
I think I will have to go into debt for it...

oh! and there was this great store on 10th 
possibly between 1st and A,
that had a wonderful collection of cacti.
I will definitely be back there buying some.
you know, when I have money someday..

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A few things...

Yesterday I hit my 100th heart on etsy!
and I thought that was pretty cool.
So, in honor of 100 people liking me
I am adding 10% off everything in my shop
until Sunday 5/25. yay!

#2: A Note to Mother Nature.
Dear Mrs. Nature,
You are driving me crazy.
One moment it is raining, 
next its blue skies and sun.
Make up your mind, 
and by make up your mind
I mean send us some summer weather...

I created a new sketch for a gocco print
and this is it.

Sweet Steven Jenkins napping with Fluffy J Bunny,
Fluffy J is dreaming of cupcakes,
while Jenkins dreams of human limbs....
so sweet and so deadly.
Once these are made I'll be posting them on etsy.

Here is a photo of the painting for the bf
it's almost finished!

I'ts been a very long time but I plan
on doing another Etsy Fav post soon.
I've been finding lots of cool sellers and items.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What Nots

Today started out so beautiful.
The sun was shining, it was warm enough
to leave the jacket home....
and now it looks as dreary as it did yesterday. 
what is going on!?!

I'm about to take a much needed nap
(i'm still feeling semi-lousy)
but I wanted to post my newest gocco cards
featuring my squid and his best friend.
When the sun decides to shine through
my window again, I will take better pictures
and post them on etsy.

And a big thank you to everyone that has 
kept baby joel in their thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


It's been nice to be home,
I spent the weekend with the bf.
We caught up on the Tudors,
had dinner at Quaint, stuffed our faces
with Chipotle, and saw Iron Man.

I wasn't sure that I'd like it, because
I don't follow comics so I was 
kind of clueless about the plot.
But I really enjoyed it!
I love Robert Downey Jr, I'm glad he 
got himself together, 
because he is such a good actor.

Oh and if you do go see it, 
stay until the credits are over.
There is a bit of a teaser at the end!
the bf knew about it so we got to see it.

Before the movie we were strolling around
the Virgin Megastore and looking at movies.
I finally found a movie I had been searching for
called  "Midnight".

Couldn't buy it because I'm broke
but I like knowing that I can buy it.

I found a few other movies 
that I had the bf netflix for me.
-The Red Shoes (Ballerina!)
-The Night Porter( it looks sexy)
-Le Samourai(curiouser and curiouser)

In baby news, little Joel is hanging in there.
and here is his first picture.

Friday, May 16, 2008

What a Week

I am finally back in brooklyn.
after the craziest week in new jersey.

So far my nephew is hanging in there,
we're taking it day by day and just praying
that he will make it through all this.

Meanwhile I had been playing "mom" for the week
and running the house. Let me just say,
that I have no idea how my mom does it.
By the end of each day I was absolutely exhausted.

It's nice to be in my own large bed,
I think before work I am going to take a very long nap.
The posting will get back to normal now!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Gone to Jersey.

This is just a quick update.
My sister went into premature labor
yesterday (mother's day of course)
and they had to do an emergency c section
and bring my little nephew into this world 3 1/2
months early.

So far mom and baby are doing alright.
I'm taking a train home today to see them-
and stay for however long.

So the blog will be quiet for a few days.
If you are reading this please keep my sister
and my little nephew in your thoughts and prayers!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I want to be her.

go here

your own, personal, New York.

As usual I started my morning off with a reading
of the Gothamist, to see what's happening in my city.

There was a link to an article about how
women are making pilgrimages to NY
to see the Sex & the City landmarks.
There are bus tours, and even a service
(a very expensive one i'm sure)
that will take you to the restaurants, stores,
and even let you get some botox.
All in the name of reliving this show.

If this is your obsession, and you have the $$
I guess, go for it.
However, the New York lifestyle portrayed in this show
is very different than the lifestyle of most New Yorkers.


I realize that Sex & the City is the new urban fairy tale,
but maybe instead of trying to relive something fictional,
you come to nyc to make it your own.

I have little spots all over the city, that I consider "mine".
My favorite place to sit in Union Square (near the dog park),
Favorite restaruant ('inoteca), favorite chinese restaurant
(yummy house aka hoes), favorite street (clinton st)
you get the point.

So I guess my message to these ladies
is to forget the bus tour.
get out there and find your own New York.

Life in this city can still play out like a fairy tale,
even if you are wearing 10$ shoes from kmart
and drinking 1$ PBR's.

Friday, May 09, 2008

rain rain go away.

it's pouring outside.

right now i'm in my bed
recovering from the trip 
to the post office and former job.
I say recovering because my pants were soaked, 
and with that came the inevitable freezing
of my entire body.

On the plus side I picked up 2 paychecks
and got my etsy order sent out.
Now I am inside until I have to
go to work around 5.15

I think I'll work on the bf's painting
which I will not post in case he reads this.
But as always I'll leave you with something.

Clips from the British version of The Office
which always manage to make me laugh.
Have a good Friday bunnies!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Hands off my buns!

I am proud to say that after hours
(literally) of preparation,
my cinnamon buns are in the oven!
This is what they looked like before going in

I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself.
Throughout the day I became a little more motivated.
I began painting the bf's drawing of the squid and owl, 
and actually made these from scratch.

Also, while sitting here waiting for the buns to rise 
and whilst i posted on the etsy forums, 
I got my biggest sale yet!
3  squid prints!
It really made my day.

Well! the buns are finally finished
and in about 10 minutes katie (my roommate)
and I will be feasting on them
I hope they taste as good as they smell!!

This is the final product!!

I could never live in Seattle.

When the sun is not shining
I find it hard to do anything.

I tried to sew. couldn't finish.
Tried to paint. hated everything I did.
Thought about baking something. 
cant find a good recipe.

It's cloudy and I am unmotivated.
This is one thing I do not like about myself,
but am not really sure how to fix.

I think I might get myself out of the house
in a bit, maybe to Barnes and Noble.
Maybe to pick up some baking supplies.
I really want cinnamon buns...

and after looking at that photo 
I'm thinking that I may go for it.

I'll report back later with my
cinnamon bun adventure.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Takin' it Easy.

Today was a nice day.

I filed for unemployment, ran errands,
snacked on watermelon, drew a sea slug,
watched the newest gossip girl (guilty pleasure),
took a nice nap, made mexican lasanga for dinner, 
and now i'm watching Enchanted (for the millionth time)
drinking peppermint tea, and fixing my cheetah squid.

I wish that I sold enough of my own stuff
to bring in some real income.
Because I'd love to have nice days like this, always.
But who doesn't?

This won't be a very long post because I want to keep working.
But i'll leave you with this walrus dancing to smooth criminal.
and let me say that I am totally willing to be his next dance partner.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What a Weekend...

So, this Saturday around 4:30am
I received a text informing me that
due to my extremely limited schedule
(which is only somewhat limited)
I was being let go.

so yeah...
I have a lot of time on my hands now.
Which I'm not sad about.
I used that extra time to make these cards today.
Say hello to the Nautilus.

The lighting is bad in my room right now
so I'll be posting them on etsy tomorrow.

In other news besides the freak firing occurence,
the weekend was pretty good.
My sister came to town for a visit
and we had an excellent time.
The bf and I took her to Central Park, 
Williamsburg, and Kenka for dinner.
This is her struggling with chopsticks
-though I will say that she has since improved.

Yesterday we hung out in soho and 
then spent the rest of the night in brooklyn.
This morning we just hung out in Union Square 
and watched the dogs at the dog park.

It was an excellent time.

This is another picture of her
where you can see her cute little belly.
When I took this she was stuffing her face
with Kinder Happy Hippos.
I think this is so cute.
I can't wait for Reggie to get here!!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

I like this.

I think this is totally adorable.
it makes me want to own a family of raccoons.
and can you blame them?
who doesn't want ice cream?!
this guy is mean for not sharing. fact.

A Visitor

Tomorrow my sister Nan
(the one having the baby!)
is coming to visit me.

I'm not really sure what we will be doing yet
It's supposed to be a pretty lousy day
weather-wise. And that usually means a day
of stuffing my face with good food!

No complaints here.
I think monday the bf and I will take her
to central park, whatever stores she wants to go to,
and buy her whatever food she has a craving for.

Here are some foods i'm craving at this moment,
and restaurant suggestions! haha.

Pork Buns at Ssam Bar
(i think i write about these all the time...)

Polenta at 'inoteca
(and everything else in this picture, 
'inoteca is my FAVORITE place to eat)

Spaghetti Carbonara at Crispo
(seriously the most perfect carbonara ever.)

Shrimp Tempura roll at Lure (job #1)
(no picture for this one. sorry kids!)

Hope everyone has a good saturday!!

Friday, May 02, 2008


Right now I am just lounging in bed, 
eating strawberry ice cream
and watching Monty Python
(I have a few Flying Circus dvds)

I don't have work until 6 today
so it's kind of nice to just
do nothing.

Well I'm not really doing nothing, 
I'm researching nocturnal animals
for my "night series" with my squid.
the owl and squid print previously featured
is #1 in the series.

I'll leave you with some python clips

Monty Python Ministry Of Silly Walks - The most popular videos are here

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hooray for May!

I'm finding it hard to believe it is May.
Where does the time go??
It's only the 1st and this month looks promising.
the bf and I are taking our trip to New Orleans,
the aquarium called and I go for an interview on Sunday, 
and my new hostess job starts tomorrow.
Things are good.
I've been gocco-ing as much as possible
and today I created these

It's birthday squid surprise!
I also made gift tags with him on them.
I've become a big fan of postcards rather than folded cards.
I can't really say why.
Soon they will be posted on etsy. 
$3 each or 4 for $10.

In other news, my friend Christina
sent me a link to a NY Times article
about a Colossal squid that was being studied.
In the article it linked to the researchers blog
and it is heaven. 
You can find it here, or in the side link bar.
My favorite is the picture of the huge beak!!
Just look at that thing! 
Totally terrifying but amazing.

The only thing that bothers me 
is that the title of the NYT article was
"Giant Squid has biggest eye in world, 
scientists say"
OK. this is not a Giant squid.
this is a Colossal squid.
You are probably thinking -
Jess, it's practically the same thing.

But it isn't.
Here are a few differences.

Colossal Squid-Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni
Giant Squid- Architeuthis

Colossal Squid- suckers with hooks
Giant Squid- suckers with small teeth

Colossal Squid-grows 39-46 feet
Giant Squid-33-43 feet

The NYT needs to get their facts straight.
Besides the title the article is interesting, 
but I encourage all readers to head to the
Te Papa blog. They have great pictures and 
interesting facts!