dangerous compassions

I call you / from the comet's cradle

Monday, October 31, 2011

I heart greens

I was on the phone for a long time. Erik was cooking. I thought he was cooking tofu cabbage grill with kale instead of cabbage, but he was actually cooking it with collard greens instead of cabbage. Wow, how tasty.

more birding

Yesterday we went birding at Vic Fazio. I was on the phone most of the time, actually. But it was great to be out and see the butterflies and everything. The ceiling of the portapotty had tons of yellowjackets all over it, I noticed halfway through my bathroom process. Some dead ones were on the floor and I looked up.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

radish greens

Yesterday we went birding at Consumnes. We saw sandhill cranes and kingfishers. Those alone would be enough to make my day. But we saw black-necked stilts too. And lots more.

Then we had lunch at Loving Hut in Elk Grove. The food was okay. It's an entirely vegan restaurant, which is awesome. We had cheesecake, and it was heavenly. They served it with raspberry sauce and sliced almonds.

New CSA box yesterday. I like to saute radishes then saute their greens with garlic. I never even knew you could cook them. Getting a CSA is teaching me a lot.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

what Erik said

"It's like olives for you, and eventually you'll love Jimi."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Erik on his last backpacking trip

I want to blog this for your viewing pleasure but also because Erik wants to be able to rightclick on it and set it as his desktop.

Monday, October 24, 2011

my exciting life

I really wanted a pale blue cotton shower curtain. But they didn't have that at Target. I ended up with a dark beige polyester shower curtain.

Erik's doing yoga and we're listening to Jimi Hendrix. That is all.

what Erik said

"If I was friends with Of Montreal, I would be afraid of them corrupting me."

Friday, October 21, 2011


I forgot to say that there was an earthquake yesterday while we were at the museum. The building shook for just a couple seconds. A woman was sitting there drawing in a sketchbook. "That was lovely," she said.


Yesterday we bought molasses at Berkeley Bowl after weeks and weeks of being out. So now our oatmeal is extra-tasty.


Someone on freecycle was asking for olives to cure, and they said they wanted thumb-sized olives.

Someone moved the other apartment complex's dumpster in front of their parking lot's gate.

art questions

Something cool about the Oakland Museum of California is all the sketchbooks set out--each sketchbook has some words at the beginning including a question that you are supposed to answer. Some people ignored the questions. They were great to read! Especially what kids said, like "This is boring." Surprisingly, I didn't see any profanity. I remember one of the questions in front of a political art was something like, "Do you think political art belongs in museums?"

My question for Erik this morning is, "Does seeing art have a lasting effect on your brain, or only in the moment?" I hope the effect is lasting.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Today we went to the East Bay and had hecka fun. First I made photocopies of the new zine. Then we went to Indian-Pakistani food for lunch. Then we stopped by Berkeley Bowl where I got some nice tomatoes, our favorite salad dressing, and more. Our favorite salad dressing is Amy's Woodstock.

Then we went to Oakland for an afternoon at Oakland Museum of California. That museum is awesome. There's so much to see! And it's mostly wonderful. Then we stopped by Rock Paper Scissors Collective where we read zines in the zine library (they have functionally ill 7) and I bought a few cards. I really like it there.

Then we drove home. I talked to my bestie on the phone for a long time. At home I made avocado sandwiches on olive bread, and now I'm so sleepy. Goodnight.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Yesterday I received and read Marked For Life 7--loved it. Today I received and read Damaged Mentality 4. Loved it too. Both are by friends and got put on top of the zine pile. I hope to write reviews on my review blog soon.

Also I think I never said I read Kiss & Tell by MariNaomi. It's a graphic memoir of someone's romantic history through age 22. I liked it.

Monday, October 17, 2011


This work session is dragging on and on. Sorry I have nothing interesting to report. Last night I roasted beets, potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes. It was really good. I liked the potatoes best.

My best friend A and I were wondering how long it'd take for the tractor to wear off my tractor wallet. She said six months, so by April 16th of 2012. I say a year.

Friday, October 14, 2011

new box

This morning we got our second CSA box.

1. beets with greens
2. fingerling potatoes
3. lettuce
4. swiss chard
5. winter squash
6. three bell peppers
7. red grapes
8. gala apples
9. red pears

The pears are hard and delicious again!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

tractor wallet

I got a new wallet! My old one was falling apart.


Remember how I was so excited about making kale for the first time? I put some in the quinoa and it was tasty but subtle. Anyway, I looked at the piece of paper that came in the CSA box and found it wasn't kale at all--it was swiss chard. I am a dork.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Very Beautiful Women

There are some amazing poems here.


Sunday, October 09, 2011

Our Lives After Labels


This is a MindFreedom thing that interests me.


Today I went to the big supermarket across the street for garlic and ginger. It was packed, and I used the self checkout machine, which had me in tears. It was winter for a while, but it's warm again. I guess this is fall.


Today I put kale in our quinoa, and it was really good. I used about half the kale from our CSA.

Saturday, October 08, 2011


I thought I hated pears. But these ones are so hard and delicious.

Friday, October 07, 2011

eaten so far from the CSA

1. apple
2. pear
3. the beets
4. the potatoes

Not a bad start! Maybe tomorrow I'll try cooking kale for the first time.

work, CSA

Yesterday was the first SAT scoring day of the school year, which is our work year. I did great.

Something exciting happened this morning. Erik was leaving to work at an in-person job, and he almost tripped over something, which was our CSA box! We signed up for a every-other-week CSA box because we had a Groupon and because we want to eat more veggies. I need to get cooking.

But first I need to wash dishes and score some essays.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

how to say avocado

I was confused about how to say avocado in Spanish--I'd heard el aguacate. But those online flashcards were telling me la palta. Turns out there's a lot of story there, but in brief, la palta is a Quechua word. Trip out. And if you hadn't heard, avocado comes from a word that means testicle.


some internet flashcards

Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Poulenc

Did I tell you I've been studying Spanish? I have been making flashcards and learning vocabulary, which is pretty useless without the grammar, but why not. It's fun.

Today we went to the free Music At Noon concert at Westminster. It was two women playing two pianos. It was good. One of them wore a sparkly black shirt. The other had a sparkly black ornament in her hair. It was almost like they planned it. Maybe they did plan it.

Monday, October 03, 2011


I missed Durga puja last night--scheduling error on my part.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

my mini report

My favorite art yesterday at di Rosa was probably the flying angel. Here is someone's youtube video of it.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

di Rosa

Today we went to an art gallery / art preserve. Report tomorrow! Night, friends.