Thursday, August 25, 2011

Organizing my life

Have you heard of Wunderlist before? It's awesome. I've been back in school a week and I finally bit the bullet and started organizing my life again. I find that if I don't have a list, I don't get much done. Many times, it simply helps to spell everything out, even if I don't check my list again. Strange, I know.



My psychology teacher says that if we don't write things out, it adds extra stress because we have to keep remembering what we have to do. Similarly, he says that procrastination is counter-productive because we are not only not doing what we need to do, we are actually using energy because it's stressful to procrastinate. Two negatives in one. That's why procrastinating can be so draining.

Please note, this advice is solely for myself. Cause I really need it right about now.

Also, a few random pictures of where I will be spending a lot of time this year. I had my camera on the first day of school and my friend Marisa snapped this one while trying her out. And by her, I mean my camera. Cause she's totally a girl.



Our studio holds about 150 desks. It's about one whole half of the second floor of our building. And every single design senior shares the room with us. Yikes.


(Snapped on my phone, thus the poor quality. Don't judge, iphone users)

If there's one thing I love about our room, it's those windows. They're big and gorgeous. Pretty sure I'm going to start a garden on my desk, asap.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

We made these the other night. I'm trying to avoid canned food as much as possible, but I do enjoy tuna and it's cheap so I added this into our meal plan for the week. Someday, I'd like to make this with freshly cooked tuna.

Tuna Salad with Fresh Dill
Adapted from AllRecipes

Ingredients

2 (6 ounce) cans tuna
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill weed
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon prepared Dijon-style mustard

Directions


In a small bowl, add tuna, celery, dill, parsley, chives, mayonnaise, yogurt, and mustard; mix well.

For the tomatoes, hollow out the inside of the tomatoes (we did ours in the way you would for a pumpkin) and then stuff the tuna into the hole.



Aren't they pretty?

23

I decided having an August birthday is pretty lame. All the rest of my peers have already had their birthday so I'm one of the very last people to join their age group. This is especially true since Jason is 2 months older than me, so my new age is old news.

Nevertheless, I had a lovely birthday. Jason went above and beyond in making me feel special and I got a bit weepy on him at dinner. It was appropriate because I find that the older I get, the more likely I am to cry at sappy things. I do believe this is one thing no one ever told me about aging.

We kicked my birthday off early on Monday with a Death Cab for Cutie concert. Death Cab represents so many good things in my teenage and college years and it was surreal to finally see them in the flesh. I was a bigger fan in their early years, so I was a bit surprised to see how thin Ben Gibbard was. I was expecting a kind of shy, timid, chubby guy, but instead he was lean and limber and dancing all over the stage. I couldn't help but think of Zooey Deschanel the whole time. Does she like the way he dances? Do they dance together in their kitchen? Does he sing this song to her? Does he play the piano and she sings? What a fan girl I am.



Now I have to confess, my pictures are pretty terrible. My friend was borrowing my new Canon, so all I had was my ol' HP camera. Bless its heart, it doesn't shine during such low light occasions, but in a way, the pictures are more unique because of it. At least that's what I tell myself.

Benny boy at the piano


My hair goes through stages and right now, it is in the wispy stage. As in, I have a bunch of shorter hairs around my face that refuse to cooperate. I'm telling you all this to make you terribly, terribly jealous.




All in the all, the concert was really good. I wish they would have played more of their older songs, but watching Ben on the stage by himself playing an acoustic "I'll Follow You Into the Dark" was enough to make me a happy girl.

On my actual birthday, Jason made me breakfast, hid presents around the house throughout the day, and then took me to The Melting Pot for dinner. My husband, who wears socks with holes in them because he doesn't want to buy new ones, who orders off the dollar menu when we get fast food (which has thankfully been very infrequently lately), and who buys one pair of shoes every 2 years and wears them until they fall apart. Needless to say, it was a treat for both of us.

Here we are, in our little private booth.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Intern extraordinaire



I've been meaning to share these pictures for about a month or so. Oddly enough, I don't do this until the 2nd day of school. I'm so weird. (and YES, school started. There has been some drama with room changes and what not, but I'm so very happy to be back with all my classmates. I really really really love them)

This summer I was an intern at a design firm in downtown Phoenix called eeko studio (they're redoing their website so it's very likely that link won't work).

An internship was required to graduate. And it should be! Even though I was only at eeko for 2 1/2 months, I learned a lot about the real world and also about myself as a designer. I didn't learn everything I wanted to (no press checks, no client meetings) but it was still a wonderful experience.

This is the office space, named co+hoots. There are about 12 other small business all in this office together. The building is an old grocery store and still has the vintage typography painted on the outside brick wall (and of course I forgot to take a photo of that). My favorite part of the space is that telephone booth - people can use it for phone calls.


and this is eeko's pod of desks. The desks look messy... oops. Also, yes that's a big branch stuck in the middle! My coworker brought it in and hung paper mache birds from it.


I loved the floor. So many colors in the tile. Too bad I take blurry pictures. Sidenote: I saw these shoes on sale. Text Jason, "can I pleeeease get new shoes? They're on sale!" He replies, "do you need new shoes?" I laughed at his silly boy question and bought them. Please understand this is not a recommendation on how to act in your marriage.


This is my cute co-intern Chelsea. I was so glad to have her going through the experience with me! It would have been a lot lonelier without her.


And of course, some of the things I worked on. We did a poster series in collaboration with a few other design companies. Here are 4 of the posters I made. This was probably one of the most fun projects.


Also, this is really random, but apparently Jason Mraz bought the "Don't forget to be awesome" poster. Not sure how they know this, but if it's true, you are very welcome Jason.


One of our big projects was launching a Phoenix awareness campaign, to remind people that there really is some awesome things in Phoenix if you look hard enough. We worked on a website (still not done) but here are some info graphics for the site:




eeko is responsible for all the print work for a magazine called MASK. I got to design some spreads for the magazine, and here is one I did.



One thing I learned a lot about was photoshop. My skillz weren't so great, and they still really aren't, but I still feel a lot more comfortable in the program. So here's a silly picture that goes along with that. This was for the MASK magazine. The editors wanted a very literal picture for their article about moms and what they learn when driving their kids around for various events. My boss found this picture of a woman with kids and then I photoshopped that car into it. It's a ridiculous picture because no mom would have that many children all the same age, but we made it anyway. And then the editors vetoed it. Such is life.


And finally, I can't talk about my internship without talking about...

THE WOLF PUZZLE!

One of the guys from the PR firm, Ross, bought this at a yard sale with plans to glue it together and hang it over his bed. He and his roommate gave up on it, so he brought it in. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit Chelsea and I stayed late on multiple occasions to work on the wolf leader, otherwise known as Merlot Von-Noblefurr. He didn't get finished until after we left, but boy did it look marvelous when it was all done.

And with that... it's back to school for me! One more year until I have to get a big girl job. One more year with my design family. One more year to learn and grown and push myself as a student. One more year and I'm finally a college graduate. Let me tell you, it's been a long time coming.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

S that D. Shut it down

In the spirit of one of my heroes, Liz Lemon, I present some recent deal breakers (the friendship edition).

But first, please watch this clip. You life will be better for it.



Situation 1
I'm at work and I take a side eye peek at my coworker's lunch. A slice of white bread, a slice of bologna, a slice of American cheese, topped off with another slice of white bread. The bread alone was enough to call it.

Deal breaker!


Situation 2
I'm a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. At the shower, the matron of honor mentioned that she went to an awesome Kid Rock concert recently. Then she followed with: next time, we totally should all go together.

D-e-a-l breaker.

Please note that these are just for kicks and giggles. I am friends with everyone (er, at least I try to be)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dashboard confessional

We went to Thatcher on Saturday. Packed some bean burritos for the road, and once we got to Superior, we heated them on the dash.



Probably one of the better ideas I've had.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Green stuff and confessions

Confession #1: I had big plans for today and how productive I was going to be. Instead, it was a flop full of frustrations, so I ended up sulking on the couch eating too many butterscotch morsels watching SYTYCD. But there's always tomorrow, right?

Moving on....

Confession #2: I don't love vegetables.

I'm slowly starting to like them, but I still have to find creative ways to eat them. I really want my diet to be full of vegetables and I'm building up to that.

One recipe I tried recently was Mint Pea Dip. Isn't it an awesome thing to have a dip made of veggies? That you can dip other veggies in or smear on bread and crackers! The recipe is from My New Roots, which is a pretty fantastic blog, if just for the photography alone, with unique and healthy recipes.



Simple Mint Pea Dip

Ingredients

3 cups fresh or frozen green peas
zest of 1 un-waxed, organic lemon (Confession #3: I just used a plain ol lemon)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (approx. ½ lemon)
1 large clove garlic
¼ cup packed mint leaves
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1-2 Tbsp. raw tahini (optional, but makes the dip creamy)
¼ tsp. sea salt

Directions

1. If using frozen peas, leave out to thaw completely, or cook them in step 2. If using raw peas, skip over to step 3.
2. To blanche the peas (this enhances their sweetness), bring a pot of water to the boil, add peas and cook for 2-3 minutes (no more!). Plunge them into an ice bath or very cold water to halt the cooking process. Set aside.
3. Put whole clove of garlic in a food processor and pulse to mince. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high to puree.
4. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days, but try to consume as quickly as possible.

It's really fresh and yummy! Jason wasn't in love with it, but he ate it multiple days in a row. That's got to count for something.

Confession #4: The background in the picture above is my concrete patio. Glamorous, right?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Breakfast Club

Matt's Big Breakfast in Downtown Phoenix. Aaaaamazing.

Cups with cows


Fresh flowers and quirky decor


Happy patrons


AMAZING FOOD!






I didn't get any pictures of the toast with fresh blueberry spread, but trust me on this one, it was just as delicious as everything else.

Also, I found some free photoshop actions on Pioneer Woman. I used "Seventies" on these pictures.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monsoon time

A week ago, I went out grocery shopping.



I also got a free shower. Thank you, Arizona monsoons.