In the thick of it

June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been a bad non-blogging blogger as of late. I’ve be waist deep in the middle of developing this new documentary project that I have been working on. It’s kind of a big project. Overwhelmed does not even begin to cover my state of mind for the past couple of weeks, but I am also excited.

Details about the project will be shared later. There is still a lot that has to be worked out, and it might not even happen. But! If it does happen, then there is some serious travel in store for me in the next few months, which is great because I have a chronic case of wanderlust. I’ve been meaning to get it under control and I will…eventually.

Or maybe I won’t. Maybe I will spend my life adventuring and using whatever downtime I have to plan the next big adventure. Would that really be so bad? No. Probably not. I mean, I don’t know for sure…but this is only one way to find out, right?

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Mini Friday Digest

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure of how it happened, but this week got away from me. I feel like I was just starting out the day on Monday like…three second ago. Then I blinked and found myself in the middle of Friday, craving iced coffee and hearing Erato covering “Call Your Girlfriend” on loop in my head…again.

Suffice it to say I didn’t find the time to put together a real digest for this week, but I did stumble across something that I wanted to share.

I’m not what you would call a “runner,” but I think I could definitely get into it if I had a Wonder Woman running costume from The Princess Runs shop.Especially if I can get someone to drive very slowly behind me, playing the theme from The New Adventures of Wonder Woman the entire time.”Wonder Wooommmaaaannnnn!”

Happy Friday!

[via io9]

Father’s Day Pecan Pies

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I hope you all had a restful weekend. I spent a good part of Father’s Day making Maple Pecan Pies for my father and my grandfathers. Why buy a card when butter and sugar can say “I love you” so much better?

This week is shaping up to be quite busy. I’m hoping I can squeeze in a trip to Berkeley during the week, but I suppose we will just have to see what the week will bring.

Weekly Digest : June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I am trying out something new this week, guys. This is the first of what will (hopefully) be many weekly digests. Let’s see how this goes.

Last night The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl started it’s second season, and it was all kinds of hilarious. If you’ve never heard of or seen an episode of ABG then I suggest you start with Season 1. It will change your life.

Director Lynn Shelton’s latest film Your Sister’s Sister debuts today, and I hear it’s all kinds of amazing, but it’s not like I needed to be sold in the first place. Emily Blunt? Rosemarie Dewitt? Lynn Shelton? Why wouldn’t I want to see that?

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Tastes Like Summer: Mixed Berry Cobbler

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

One thing I love about the Central Valley in the summertime is the abundance of delicious and inexpensive berries. We grow a lot of them in the area, so around this time of the year grocery stores, farmers markets, and side-of-the-road fruit stands are overflowing with locally grown berries (especially strawberries).

So today’s installment of the Tastes Like Summer series is a simple mixed berry cobbler with a biscuit topping. If you have any adorable small children around in need of dessert, « Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmarked: Modern Hepburn

June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across Modern Hepburn and, I have to say, I think I’m in love. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to live inside a blog before, it’s so beautifully curated. I’m obsessed.

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Storytelling for Dummies

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Earlier this year, while knee deep in my last documentary project, I stumbled across this video by graphic artist David Shiyang Liu. It’s a segment from a 2009 interview with radio legend Ira Glass on storytelling and taste.

At the time I saw this it was exactly what I needed to hear (as corny as that sounds). I had all of this beautiful raw footage that I had collected for months. I knew what I wanted my film to be and what it could be…but there was so much I felt was lost in translation between my gut and Final Cut Pro. And I think it is an act of translation. Storytelling in any medium is a lot like learning a language within a language. You have those moments when you feel completely inept. Like you know what you want to say but when you open your mouth to say it a pile of nonsense just falls out of your mouth and onto the floor where it just kind of…lays there. It can be hard to remind yourself “I am not an idiot” when all evidence seems to be pointing to a different conclusion.

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