Artsy Craftsy


Isn’t this index card journal the best idea? I assembled my own (the one pictured is from the original post. Obviously my photography isn’t that pretty). The description from the site:

“The idea is very simple — flip to the current date and at the end of the day, write down something that happened. Some days it is big things like “Annie took her first steps.” Other days it is small, like “needed more than one cup of coffee this morning.””

For mine, I used a recipe box I love (a gift from my BFF!) and filled it with index cards. I guess I should probably use a stamp instead of just writing in the dates as I go, but you know me. I’ve only filled out a few days so far but I already love it! Predictably, everything I’ve written is about food. I imagine it will be really fun once I get past the first year.

Check out the tutorial on Design Sponge!

Celebrity Crush: Young John Travolta

I’m aware that I’m going a little out on a limb with this one. It is all too easy to find weird-looking pictures of current John Travolta, because that would be all the pictures of current John Travolta. He is always either bald, or goateed, or reprising Divine’s role in Hairspray, or being in Wild Hogs. So, yes, I do know that he is now a slightly puffier version of his former self. But that former self? Can we just admit to ourselves that John Travolta was a very attractive man in the 70′s and 80′s?

He had a good smile and some great hair.

Lest we forget, Saturday Night Fever wasn’t really the lighthearted dance flick everyone makes it out to be. It was actually a pretty dark movie about class and gang rape and, okay, some dancing. But John Travolta was good.

We’re still working on making the white t-shirt a “look” for dudes, right, guys?

Young John Travolta was definitely at his hottest in a movie I love that no one else seems to care about, Blow Out. Seriously, am I the only one on the planet who hated Blow Up and loved Blow Out? Probably. Only one of them featured John Lithgow. But also, John Travolta’s hair!

He has a blinding smile.

Also, there’s this. While Saturday Night Fever was actually a solid movie, the “sequel,” Staying Alive, was just a straight up dance movie. I love this movie and I think about it at least once a day. I wish I was kidding.

And in case you need video proof…well, here’s the intro from Staying Alive. This is how the movie starts. It does not even waste any time with exposition or character development, because Staying Alive knows all you wanna do is watch Johnny dance! Staying Alive is the best movie ever made.

The Best Lines From The New Yorker’s Article on Carrie Brownstein/Portlandia


Maybe you don’t have time to read this whole article about Carrie Brownstein. I didn’t think I did, either, but then Lauren posted it on my wall and I was at my parents’ house, and, well…it’s a good read, you guys. I learned lots of things. In case you don’t get around to it, here are the best lines.

-”Brownstein and Armisen began building a friendship, but, given that they were living on opposite coasts, they decided that they’d have to work on something together. As she put it, when you’re not dating somebody, “it begins to seem kind of weird if you’re flying around the country to see him.””

-”Armisen and Brownstein text each other every night before bed. Brownstein says of their friendship, “Sometimes I think it’s the most successful love affair either of us will ever have.” Both claim that it wouldn’t work if they were romantically involved. “It would be colder, because we’ve both treated our romantic relationships in a cold way,” Armisen says. “Carrie and I are more romantic than any other romantic relationship I’ve ever had—that sense of anticipation about seeing the other person, the secret bond. But things don’t become obligatory. I’m not thinking, I’m doing this because you’re my girlfriend; I’m just thinking, I love Carrie.””

-”Bill Oakley, a former head writer for “The Simpsons” who had moved to Portland, has helped out on the show. He says, “I’ve spent a lot of time in writers’ rooms. They’re pressure cookers. In most cases, they’re heavily male. You work long hours and many of the people in them have a really negative view about themselves and life.” The “Portlandia” writers’ room, however, is collaborative and laid-back. Some meetings have been held in the loft of the director Gus Van Sant, who has become friendly with Brownstein. “Gus’s dog was wandering in and out,” Oakley says.”

-”In one sketch, Toni, played by Brownstein, reproves a woman who has written an appreciative account of her boyfriend’s sexual technique for the store’s “journaling class.” “I feel like it was a brag journal,” Toni says. “And what a journal should be is a document of misery.””

-”In the bathroom were posters seeking roommates for group houses, including this one: “We are into open and honest communication, dumpstering, crafts, music, raw/living foods, biking, natural building, permaculture, living in shacks and trailers and all kinds of fun stuff like that. We are a vegan house, except that some of us do dumpster dairy.” (When I mentioned this to Brownstein, she said, “If I were into dumpster diving, dairy is the last thing I’d dive for.”)”

-”When Miranda July tried to explain why she and Brownstein had stayed friends since their riot-grrrl days, she began to say the word “ambition,” but hesitated. Instead, she said that they shared “a steady focus on what we are going to do next. We’re always asking each other, ‘What’s the next project?’ And, that being the throughline in our lives, more than relationships, that becomes pretty meaningful, at a certain point.”"

-”It had taken a while, she said, for her to shed the sense that it was unseemly to “take credit for something you did. So Fred is so nice, because he never came from that scene. And it’s not about being self-aggrandizing. It’s just about taking a moment to be proud of yourself, that you worked hard and feel good about it.” Maybe, she mused, it helped that he was a guy.”

-”Brownstein mentioned how hard it was “to stay sharp on tour,” and said that she did a lot of reading. She had James Baldwin’s “The Devil Finds Work” and Hawthorne’s “The Marble Faun” tucked into her travel bag in the van.”

-”But Fred is someone whom I deeply trust, he’s already an extension of what I’d call family…We drove home late and I dropped him off at his hotel. Sometimes I get confused and think, Are we supposed to kiss goodnight? But, the truth is, I don’t want us to kiss, I want us to teach each other how good it can be to stick around.”

Okay, you’re welcome, now go read the whole article!