Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The business of problem solving

Being a senior design student, we spend our whole year working on a senior thesis. The topic was given to us this year, and that topic is food.

Today, a group of us, from Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, and Graphic Design, presented on our topics to the group.

These seniors, still students, had some powerful projects tackling big problems in modern agriculture, factory farming, pesticides and growth hormones in food, fish farming, food advertising to children, and many more.

I could go on, but mostly I want to say that during the presentations, I felt hope. Hope for this generation of young people. We don't know all the answers, but we can solve problems, one step at a time. And I'm pretty sure this world of ours could use some solutions right about now.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Please know that I'm yours to keep



I really don't have anything to say, except that I love this song. A lot.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our neighbor Greg


We had a neighbor for a year named Greg. We didn't get to know him too well, but he was always very friendly to us. Once, I ran into him on a Saturday morning. Greg was doing laundry, and wasn't wearing a shirt. Greg was a big boy (he worked as a security guard) and after that incident, I wasn't ever able to look at him quite the same knowing that he had bigger breasts than I did.

But that's just a side story. Greg's most memorable scenes in our first year of marriage were much more entertaining.

One day, Greg came to our door. When Jason answered it, Greg smiled his toothy grin and asked how we were doing, and then dropped a rather unexpected bomb. Greg asked if he could borrow our plunger.

Jason and I were nearly speechless. We were shocked and that's always a good situation to catch someone in because then we're not thinking logically. We couldn't think of a nice way to say no, so we humbly handed over the plunger. Well done Greg, well done.

He brought it back after a very long 15 minutes. TMI Greg, TMI. Once he had gone back into his apartment, Jason quickly walked to the dumpster and threw the plunger away. We just couldn't hold onto that thing, knowing what we knew. Of course, I had to share the news on facebook and consequently laugh about it with classmates and coworkers.

The real kicker was when Greg dropped by for another visit about 2-3 weeks later, asking to borrow once more, you guessed it, our plunger. The discomfort was strong in Jason's voice as he said, "No man, no... we don't have a plunger anymore." I couldn't even look at Jason as he answered. The moment we knew Greg closed his door, we burst out laughing in fits of awkward giggles. How do you explain to your neighbor that you suddenly don't have that item they borrowed, for the very reason that they borrowed the item?

We were at Dollar Tree the other day, shopping for Operation Christmas Child, when Jason saw a plunger. For $1. If only Greg had known. We finally have a plunger again, after spending most of 2011 without one. It was a happy day indeed.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scattered thoughts on a Wednesday

I found this lovely video on the interwebs. The last shot kills me - the lighting is PERFECT. It's so romantic and the perfect way to end the movie!



We worked with videos during the first half of the semester. I was so afraid, but I ended up enjoying the work. I want to make more now! I have a few ideas in my head, we'll see where they take me.

Here's the last video I made. I was in a group of 10. We chose a topic, motion, and had to submit film and stop motion images. The next stage was to make a video with any of the footage except your own. So all of this footage was shot by classmates, but I did the editing.



Lastly, please watch this video and then buy me some pretty scarves!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sidewalk chalk

A few of our favorite lil peaches came to visit last Saturday, although only briefly because Jason and I had a very important assignment of walking in the homecoming parade.

Good thing the weather was perfect outside for their visit. The new cold-season grass in our apartment complex has sprouted a delicate, fluffy layer of grass that's a brilliant shade of green thanks to the few recent rain showers.



The sidewalks were begging for some happiness to match the weather.



We were happy to oblige. (Note the artwork - I think they like us)





Why just put chalk on the sidewalk when you can have it everywhere? (Not gonna lie, the OCD part of me was coming out when I saw the chalk everywhere. My poor children are going to be subjected to outdoor showers each time they want to come inside)







The younger squirts were too busy running around for me to get any pictures. Guess that means they'll just have to come visit again soon.