Friday, October 31

Since you asked...

Here's the outfit I wore today. Sweater: Fred Meyer; Skirt: Target; Tights: Target; Shoes: Frye.

I don't know why my photos keep turning out so blurry. I'm going to have to mess with my camera to get that fixed. Bloody technology!

I'm going out for Halloween tonight, even though I have no idea what I'll be doing! I suspect hanging at the usual place will occur, but who knows? Hopefully dancing will be on the agenda at some point! I'm not sharing my costume right now; I'll save that for later when I have pics of me and my friend whose costume corresponds with mine. Instead, here are some photos from Halloweens past:

I'll stop myself now, but I have soooooooooooooooooooo many more!

Monday, October 27


I found this skirt in the back of my closet! I've had it for 4 or 5 years and never wore it because I wasn't comfortable with the high waist. Whatever, new favorite skirt!

Sunday, October 26

Unprecedented third post in one day: trees!

As my friend Heather discovered a year and a half ago when I went to visit her in Portland, I can be happy for hours with a camera and some trees.

Throw in a water feature, and it's basically a party for Jenny.
So imagine my delight when I realized that the pond by my condo is surrounded by golden-leaved trees. Inspired by these photos of an adorable blogger girl in a Norwegian Wood, I snapped some photos right before dinner. Here are some that look like they belong on a record sleeve from the '70's:

Precisely why I didn't go...

from Leigh Ann-

What a night! We had 120-150 zombies this year, the turn out was fantastic!

However, there were a number of Zombies who did not follow the Zombie Walk Codes of Conduct introduced before the walk and handed out on the back of the maps.

The Co-op has complained to me that their patio was left a mess of baby powder, Zombie Apocalypse fliers and other garbage. There were bloody hands prints on business windows downtown (which is seen in the eyes of the law as destruction of private property).

There were Zombies that came to Donnie Macs and ordered waters and pops, and then just left. NO PAYMENT OR TIPS for the staff and establishment that was soooooo kind in letting us have our after party there.

The kicker for me, personally, was when I was walking back downtown along Grove Street, I kept having to pick up the wrappers from the Zombie cupcakes I slaved to make for all the zombies. There were wrappers littered all over the sidewalks.


I wish I could focus on the good parts of the walk...but this shitty attitude that a number of Zombies had has thrown me over the edge.

Therefore, I resign from Zombie Walk planning. Good luck in the future.

I agree! I spent the whole night yelling at people who were not following the rules. Constantly I had to stop people from slamming on business windows, crossing the street and stopping traffic when it was the cars right of way. Specifically, I got super pissed at the people who crossed into the grove and STOPPED heavy traffic, all walking zombie slow and not being respectful of those around them.

And, the mess at donnie mac's was maddening too. So many people that are so disrespectful. The community DOESN'T want us to do the Zombie Walk because they believe we are just terrorizing and vandalizing. We can't prove them correct! We want this event to be safe and fun to prove that our "counter culture" isn't just a bunch of immature twats that just want to disrupt a community.

-Julia Green
Zombie Sarah Palin

Stuff and stuff

Last night I went to a party for the lovely Ms. Kelly M, who was in town for a few days only. I've been inspired by all the fashion blogs I've been reading in the past few days, and here is a photo of me before I left the house, complete with caption:

Dress: Macy's
Top: Fred Meyer
Jacket: The Gap
Hat & Boots: Urban Outfitters

Here is a photo of Kelly and her lovely friend Cecelia, who will neither break your heart nor shake your confidence daily:

Kelly is rocking one of the cutest haircuts I've ever seen. Here is a pic of she and I with our similar sheer black tops. I don't know why my smile looks so goofy; I must remember not to make this face in the future:

I managed to talk the party's host out of a jar of homemade tomatillo salsa, as long as I promise to return the jar. Score! I loves me some tomatillo salsa! Now I just have to pull myself together and get my car, since I had a few G&Ts and had to cab it home. Hmm, I wonder what this post would have to say about that!

Also, please take the time to read Mambinki's post titled All About Poo. Educational and funny!

Saturday, October 25

My new favorite blog

Is this Finnish girl's fashion blog, cleverly titled Only Shallow. She's the cutest girl ever, with a close resemblance to Maggie Gyllenhaal, and she writes in English. She has links to oodles and oodles of other blogs about street style and vintage fashion. This supports my belief that Scandinavians are the most stylish people on earth; they're experts at rocking cool tights.

It makes for a great distraction from the depressing economic news found everywhere else on the internet.

Sunday, October 19

Why October is the Best Month

The photo above is the tree directly to my left outside my window. It's like a gold wall. It reflects gold light into my dining room, living room, and kitchen.

Looking past the tree are...more trees!

Outside shot of same gold tree.

Gold tree, pine tree, and red tree with sliver of moon in between.

I've spent several hours today looking at photos of Sweden on this photo sharing site called TrekEarth. It's a really cool website. Everyone should check it out!

I also can't get enough of The Cardigans album Long Gone Before Daylight:
it's a more grown-up, mellower album than some of their older stuff; and the cover photo is beautiful. I want to live in that photo. The Cardigans are a band I've listened to continuously for over 10 years without getting tired of them, especially the albums Life and Other Side of the Moon. Their covers of Black Sabbath songs are awesome! In addition to The Cardigans, I've been obsessed with Scandinavian pop in general. My favorite playlist of late is one I named "Scandinavia Today," and consists of The Raveonettes, Jens Lekman, Peter Bjorn and John, and The Cardigans. (I know, I know, no Icelanders--shame!)

Whenever I listen to music, I always think about where the musicians are from. I don't know why, it's probably because I read a lot of music magazines in my early 20's or something.
(Ack, that hair!)

No, I think it's because geography influences music. I mean, listening to Sigur Ros you can really tell they're from Iceland because the surreal landscapes and atmosphere are reflected in their surreal music. And with The Cardigans' older stuff or Jens Lekman, the energy and happy sound of their music reminds one of the brightly painted buildings in Sweden that contrast the oft-gloomy weather, (I tried to find a photo of this, but all the good ones are copyrighted and I don't feel right about just stealing them. Look for some here.)

Hmm, I really don't have anything else to say right now, other than my favorite colors of late are gray, yellow, and white; so I changed the blog to those colors.

Thursday, October 16


My coworker just found this photo of Obama and McCain on the internet:

I'm trying to think of a caption, but I'm feeling too blah right now.


I've been having the hardest time not being super grumpy today. It's not like there's even anything to be grumpy about, really.

Last night I felt exhausted, so I begged off plans to see a movie and went to bed at 8. I woke up at about 2 a.m., and though I was extremely tired, didn't fall asleep again until approximately 30 minutes before my alarm went off.

I got up, eschewing the morning yoga workout since I'm still sore from the super-duper hour-long yoga workout I did on Tuesday night. I ate scrambled eggs and had some coffee, watched Headline News and farted around on the internet, as per my usual morning routine. I managed to wrangle my hair into an awesome 'do and put together a cute outfit. This is a good start to the day, no?

I didn't even feel grumpy or hostile towards other drivers on my way to work; it seems arrival at the office is what officially set me off. When I pulled into the parking lot, I found that someone had parked in the space I usually park in. This irked me, even though we don't have assigned parking. There's nothing that makes that particular space special, either--it's not next to the door or anything. I just didn't want to expend the mental energy to decide which other space to park in. When I walked in, I found my coworker at my desk checking the overnight messages on my phone. This is no big deal, but my first reaction was to snap at him, "what are you doing at my desk?!" Those were the first words I spoke to anyone today--not good!

When I went to eat lunch, I discovered I'd forgotten my book. I went to buy a pop from the other department, and we were all out of pop, (my company keeps a refrigerator full of soda for employees and customers for 35 cents each).

I just feel like I want to tear someone limb from limb and disembowel them, but I really don't have sufficient reason to be so irritable. I haven't even had any sugar today, which usually makes me insanely grumpy, followed by a light depression. I keep thinking maybe I should treat myself for dinner, but nothing sounds good to eat, and the Fred Meyer by my house stopped carrying the outstanding organic macaroni and cheese I used to get all the time. Hmph, I'll curse them next time I shop there (probably tonight or tomorrow) for sure!

Actually, a look at the calendar has reminded my why I'm feeling so irascible today: damn PMS!

Monday, October 13

This just cracks me up

My friend Polly just sent this as a Myspace bulletin, and I just felt like sharing:

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares of Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares of AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares of Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer,
then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.

It is called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year.

Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon!

Makes you proud to be an American!