Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dreams and Zombies

But not dreams of zombies. Last night, my sister and I were looking for something and stumbled across our other little sister's notebook in which she wrote this about zombies:

So I am sure you read books about vampires and werewolves but what about zombies. You probably have seen the Hollywood version, but we really aren’t that creepy. I mean, we are probably the most human like monster.

Anyway, zombies look ordinary, act ordinary, an nobody but other monsters can tell we are what we are. The only thing is we live or “eat” on human happiness.

Yeah, so I guess you could say we kill people by making them so depressed.

I will tell you this, if you know my sisters it is not the one you think. She also had an entry that talked about how everyone in our house hates her except, "My kind loving sister Kirsten." So sweet!

Then I fell asleep on the couch while watching The Bishop's Wife, and had the strangest dream. I was with one of my friends and we were maybe temporarily homeless or something, because I had a crush on this boy (I think he was a celebrity, but can't remember who) and we kept sneaking into his house so we could brush our teeth and were trying not to get caught breaking in.

Then my mom is trying to drop me off at my cousins, but I don't want to go and we end up going to the mall instead where the salespeople are being extremely aggressive with their advertising. I am getting frustrated when my mom says, "Advertising causes people to buy, just as lack of sleep causes..."

And then I wake up at 3:30 AM in the basement, fully clothed where I drifted off to sleep.

Again, our minds are fascinating things.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Saturday is a Special Day

Even when it's not Christmas. But today was extra special. I got a pair of button up pajamas that are just like Slughorn's from Harry Potter, and I learned how to polish shoes. Truth be told, I have always wanted to know how, especially since my dad has this shoe polishing kit that used to be my Grandpa's.

(Sorry the picture is backwards, but I used photobooth since my camera is still broken, but I bet you can figure out what it says--and there is my shoe on the right!)

I fell in my purple leather booties on my way to Church, when I was at school many months ago (Geneva should remember the fall and the resulting purple streak on the sidewalk). I scuffed the shoes pretty badly and kept meaning to ask my dad if polish could cover it up but never did.

I asked him tonight, since my sister wants to borrow the shoes, he took one look at the shoes and said, "Yeah, that's cordovan."

Baffled, I said "No, they're purple."

My dad then explained that mens shoes come in three colors: black, brown, and cordovan (which is a rich shade of burgundy--kind of purple). I love that my dad knows all about these things, and it demonstrated one of the reasons I love menswear so much, it has so much history. While women's fashion changes quite rapidly (also most women wear mainly sportswear these days) but menswear has changed very little, and especially having made a mens dress shirt I know that quality mens clothing is very intricate and interesting.

My dad also told me how when he was a kid his dad would pay him 25 cents for each shoe he polished.

I now know all about shoe polishing, my shoes look great, and I love this shoe brush. I couldn't get a good picture because I was using Photobooth--but it is metal and looks like it could be from the 1800's.

If you need me to polish your shoes let me know, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

It came

without packages, boxes or bags.
But I stayed up way too late wrapping and finishing these anyway. Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Telescope

Here are some close-ups of the newspaper I did for the 826 Seattle Newspaper club. It was a lot of fun but crazy, since I put together a lot of it in only a couple days. I had to blur out all of the names but one, can you spot me on the front page?

Also, my first interview is up on the Colette blog, {here}! You should go check it out and comment so it's not so lonely. This first interview was with Lady Danburry of dear Provo, and in the near future you can expect to see interviews with: Kate Towers, Dace, Malinka, Janessa Bautista, and Emerson Made.

Now, I have to get back to crafting some last minute Christmas presents!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

For Cheltsy (because I love dedicating posts to people)

OK, this first part isn't really for you Chelsey, but I'm pretty positive you will get the part that is meant for you when it comes up.
1. See the fruits of my labor at 826 Seattle! A newspaper called "The Telescope" for the newspaper club. This is the first issue and it went to print today! I basically put the whole thing together, and it was a lot of fun! The PDF is corrupted, so I don't have close-ups yet--but here is a teaser!

2. I keep seeing advertisements for the Rat City Rollergirls, and some roller derby competition, and guess who just picked 826 Seattle to be a sponsor for said event?

30. Who are you?,

I am Kirsten, I am dark, I am light, I am a song unsung, a story untold, an enigma shrouded in a mystery, the loneliest chime in the house, I'm a picker, I'm a grinner, I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner. And I'm going to stop this before I break into song.

Because really I can't tell you who I am, and I think this was not a good question to end on. I am going to make one of these up myself and spread it around, and it will be awesome.

I liked the question from yesterday about something I've learned, because I think you find what you look for. So today I looked, and saw that a tagger has left his mark all along my bus route. The graffiti just says "urself", and I wondered all the way to work what he or she meant my that. It feels like there should be another word in front of that--but who knows, they could have meant something else by it.

I also learned that there is a company called "Graffiti Busters" which was funny enough, but then I found this when I was googling it:

Now I guess I have to find other things to write about. T-minus 10 days!

Monday, December 13, 2010

29. In this past month, what have you learned

Just yesterday, I learned that Poinsettias are not poisonous--urban myth.
(Don't they look good enough to eat?)

Also, apparently there were cats at Jesus' birth. Because at the dinner table my cousins kids were deciding who was going to play what part in the nativity, and one of them said "I am going to be the cat, MEOW!"

Tomorrow is my last day of this, I guess it better be good!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

28. A picture of you a year ago, and now, and how you've changed

A year ago, I was spending a lot of time with Jack in her little yellow house with raised beds and a little white picket fence. Such a happy time! Here is me recently:
I think I have grown in a lot of ways, and have learned a lot of things about myself. But let's not dwell on that, because I have a long ways to go in the next year!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

27: Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?

Because I am bored and you are interested (words pilfered from Jack). But mostly because I am bored. I am in a new place surrounded by new people, and it has been nice some days to have these questions to think about, sometimes having questions in mind help you to notice little things around you that you wouldn't otherwise see.

Let me tell you about one of my first extensive Seattle exploration down on Fremont. It is pretty close to where I work, and I went there specifically to visit Lamb's Ear Shoes to try on some beautiful Rachel Comey shoes and am now in love with them. But let me tell you, the girl at Lamb's Ear was so nice and helpful! She was right there along side me gushing over the shoes and I could tell, she was a kindred spirit. I loved the experience so much I am tempted to buy the shoes there, even though I found them significantly reduced somewhere else (and that is a big deal for me).
Oh, and speaking of deals, after wandering around Fremont, for what seemed like forever (since I stupidly thought I would be find finding all the places I wanted to go without writing down their addresses) I found Les Amis. Les Amis, has a very Anthro-esque vibe. Just look at it:

And the clothes are just as beautiful: Rebbecca Taylor, Isabel Marant, Steven Alan, tons of cozy knits. And then I found them. Remember this post about classic dressing? Well, I found a pair of the exact same Trina Turk pants-- for 4 times the price! I'm pretty sure I did a little dance in the store.

After Les Amis I wandered around and saw a dozen places I wanted to stop and eat, before hanging with my pal, the huge Lenin Statue who was festively dressed with a Christmas banner and a blue star of David on his head. I was sad I didn't have my "Young Leninist" pin. Overall Fremont, reminded me of of some of my favorite places in Portland--urban, but not crowded.

Hopefully I will get my camera repaired over Christmas, so my future adventures will be more exciting!

Friday, December 10, 2010

25 & 26

Wow, this week has been crazy, but frenzied is my pace of choice though it has led to me being behind once again in my blogging.

25. What you would find in my bag.

Oh, hey let me show you:
This is my record bag that I take to work with me, and here are it's contents.
1. Waterbottle
2. A penny (this is just a small representation of the change found in the bottom of my bag)
3. One bobby pin
4. One York peppermint patty wrapper, from three Sundays ago
5. Sunglasses, just because it's winter doesn't meant he sun doesn't shine.
6. ipod, a bus essential (both so you can drown out other people, and also so you can pretend you aren't listening when you really are).
7. wallet/cigarette case which hold all my cards
8. book of bus tickets
9. In a similar vein, the bazillion bus transfers I never threw away.
10. Moleskin notebook
11. YSL lipgloss, Burt's Bees, and stick foundation for touch ups
12. Jack will not believe this so I had to put both of them in the picture--TWO pens!
13. Keys
14. Anna Karenina (as you can see it's well loved)
15. My draft of the 826 Newspaper that is being printed on Monday!
16. My little red bag, that has my cash and feminine essentials
17. Also, I had knitting, but it is a surprise so I left it out of the picture.

I liked this question, since it got me to clean out my purse.

26. What do you think of your friends?

I think that doing these questions in two's works better because every other question bugs me, like this one.

I like my friends, duh, if I did not like them they wouldn't be my friends. They would be people with whom I am acquainted, but do not have amiable feelings towards.

I think the only other thing I could say is that I am a firm believer that people come into your life for a reason, and I'm just glad that those people in my life had the patience to really get to know me, which I know isn't always easy, because I am so glad to know you. I am excited to new adventures with new and old friends to come.

Morgan Freeman

Today's bus ride was very enjoyable, unlike yesterday's--which was in the pouring rain and my bus was 45 minutes late! The only issue was this creepy guy standing at the bus stop with me (I'm pretty sure he was peeing against the side of the building when I first walked up, but it was dark and I kept my distance). I really like the guy who drives one of the buses I ride, he's a familiar face now so that's nice, but he's also black and looks sort of like Morgan Freeman, he's even got the Morgan Freeman voice so when he says "Roosevelt and 15th" over the speakers it is so, so soothing--at least when I can hear it over my music.

I am so tired, but I guess I will probably catch up on my posts tonight!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

23 & 24

23. Something you crave for--less serious answer:


More serious answer: a role. Since I am done with school, and my life is pretty up in the air right now I feel quite a bit lost, like I don't know my place in this adult world yet.

24. Letter to your parents

Dear Mom & Dad,
Love, Kirsten

I don't want to seem flippant, but really this is pretty accurate of how I feel. I don't think there are words to describe how much I love my parents--they have given me everything. But at the same time it is easy to say that here on my blog and it's true, I have awesome parents, but we still fight like crazy.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

21 & 22

21. A picture of something that makes you happy
haha this picture makes me really happy in general, but Swedish Fish also make me happy, except when I eat to many of them, because I have sweet teeth!

22. What makes you different from everyone else.
My "freakishly short" legs (as my dad called them the other week).

Also, every tiny little thing that has happened to me up to this point in my life.

See this one seems like a trick question, because I can think of lots of things I do that not a lot of other people do, but I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I am the only person inside my head experiencing my life. So even though a lot of my experience falls into that typical of the arguably homogeneous middle-class white/LDS culture, the way I experience them is entirely my own--although the point of this question was probably just to talk about how unique you are.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Knight of Wands

It seems that interactive music videos may be the new "it" tool that allows musicians to connect with their audience, and I'm not complaining. A while ago I posted the Html5 music video Arcade Fire put our for their new song "We Used to Wait", and now Au Revoire Simone has release an "interactive comic book" music video for the song "The Knight of Wands" off their newly released record. "Still Night, Still Light". Here's my first attempt:
It's really fun, especially since some of the creatures and objects come to life when you color them. My only complaint against these types of videos is that their is no pause button--so if it needs to buffer you can't stop and let it load. But otherwise I'm sold! I will probably go back and do this again after I finish this, and it left me wanting to here more of the record. Mission Accomplished.

You can watch the video at:

ps. I just have to put this one up, because I love Scala & Kolacny Brothers, so haunting.

20. In which Kirsten answers a dumb question

Today's question is someone I could see myself marrying/being with in the future, hmmmm:

James Franco?
An Asian pop star? (Oh hey, Kyuhyun)
I think the only thing I could put down here with any kind of certainty is a puppy.

Only 10 of these left to go!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

19. Nicknames I have and why I have them

Kirs, Kirst & Sten--called by friends, because they are all abbreviations of my name

Kirstiebirstie--family nickname

Cracker--in High School my friend and I called each other "cheese" and "cracker", because we went together just like that.

Kirstie-von-bickerbocker--another family name, that only one of my uncles uses and I really don't know why.

Princess Smelly whomper--a childhood nickname from my parents.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

18. Plans/dreams/goals you have

First, tonight I had to bake Christmas cookies for enrichment, and I had a very difficult time deciding what to make. I thought long and hard about making sugar cookies because they definitely say Christmas to me, but I was not excited about it. But then I came across this recipe in Sunset Magazine and it is a new favorite. Allow me to introduce you to "Lemon Rosemary Buttons"

Yes, that's right, a lemon rosemary shortbread cookie with lemon icing and a sprig of rosemary on top! They are delicious, really easy to make, and are pretty too! Here is the recipe {Via Sunset} so you can try them! The recipe is part of a story in this month's issue where they take four basic doughs: shortbread, chocolate, sugar cookie, and gingerbread and then give you four twists on each--the result 16 delicious cookie recipes.

Time: 1 1/4 hours. Rich, buttery shortbread gets a subtle, savory twist from the rosemary.

Yield: Makes 32 cookies


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 32 small fresh rosemary sprigs


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Put flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the zest of 1 lemon and rosemary. Mix on low speed, then increase to medium and mix until dough is no longer crumbly and just comes together.

2. Form dough into a disk and chill 30 minutes. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough until 1/2 in. thick. Cut dough into circles with a 1 1/2-in. cookie cutter. Reroll scraps as needed. Arrange on baking sheets 1 in. apart and chill 15 minutes.

3. Bake until light golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and the remaining zest until smooth. Spoon 1/2 tsp. glaze over each cooled cookie, spreading with the back of the spoon; then press 1 rosemary sprig into center of each cookie.

--So, I had this whole awesome post typed up last night, and then blogger logger me out and this was all that remained. It was terrible, and I'm sorry to say that means you only get one goal and that is to someday watch the Northern Lights from here: