Thursday, December 28, 2006


it's been a very merry christmas. the stack of clothing waiting to be shortened, repaired, taken in, and altered will finally receive some attention.
my apartment will soon be a happy little sweatshop.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

the first time i saw audrey i was in elementary school, sleeping over at a friends house. her character was a parisian aristocrat who falls in love with who she believes to be an art thief. she wore enormous sunglasses, had a beautiful accent, tiny features and was an absolutely straight line when standing sideways.
i was in love.
after that it was charades, sabrina, breakfast at tiffany's, my fair lady, paris when it sizzles, funnyface...
undeniably the best by far.
she transforms from a naive little stringbean into a bitter wife and i loved every second of it.
also the blame for the awesomeness of this movie is albert finney, who you might remember as the dying dad in big fish. he's just as ugly young, but in a grouchy sort of attractive way.
i guess this movie is like what "the story of us" was based on. but this one is wayyy better and who really likes bruce willis?
so netflix it now.

Monday, December 18, 2006


My love of clothing and d.i.y. have collided into a splendid. joyous union.
I'm going to start posting some items for sale on Etsy once I have a collection together, but for now, here is a preview.
My concept is to begin with a piece of clothing that's already cool in its own right. A vintage calvin klein button down perhaps, or a cheerful turtleneck covered in tiny hearts. Things that are already wear-able, just lacking a bit of fun. Then I add something that makes it one-of-a-kind, in this case an embroidered vespa, a "zipper pin" heart, or a handmade felt bird.
hope they make you happy.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


entertain yourself by entering names of people you are suspicious of until you run out of names and start entering everyones including your parents and siblings. por example: "judy once text messaged someone 'u r teh bomb' ". ha. she wishes.
it's fun to read completely made up crap about celebrities- and FUNNER to read made up crap about people you ACTUALLY KNOW.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

planning ahead...

it occured to me today that in order to keep new years from being an overwhelming disappointment, i should probably start planning now.
my ideal december 31st includes:
a killer outfit
fizzy alcoholic drinks
happening location
fun people
and an excellent, non-committal new years kiss
with a handsome, sarcastic stranger.

i'm working on the outfit, the rest is gonna have to come outta thin air.

Friday, December 8, 2006

ten days of perfect tunes.

the last few days i have been listening to the same song continuously. it sounds boring, but it's not. first of all, it's a great song, second of all, there's like 40 versions of it found here:
there's this enya-y version...jose gonzalez, and the original by the knife.

along with some crappy techno and some other band that doesn't really relate.
just click "listen" and this little player pops up and you can listen to your hearts content.
this designer from brooklyn used it in her runway show, and now i feel fashion-y listening to it.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

and also

the apple of my heart is returning from her semester-long voyage to discover herself, grow creatively, absorb cutlure, and makeout with foreign guys. come home safely my sweet!

that's right folks. a december dandelion.

green thumb, weak heart

i've got these houseplants-
3 of them,
tropical-looking grassy trees.
They are dying
They are not dead-
But I no longer water them.
I obtained them from a neglectful boyfriend
Who was not giving them enough attention.
It didn't work out with us either,
we just weren't made to take care of each other.
We talk still
months later,
I told him his plants were doing really well.
He didn't care...and really
Why should he have?
Now the plants aren't doing well at all,
Poor little raggedy stray dogs.
My roomate asks me to throw them out,
but I can't- to me, they are still alive.
I told her she can throw them if she wants.
I came home one day to find them outside our door,
on the stairwell landing.
I guess she just wanted them out of the house.
Neither of us have paid them any attention,
But they just. don't. die.
If all the leaves fell
The branches dried up
Fruit flies started hovering...
I would be fine to haul them into the dumpster.
They're in this weird half-living state.
He calls every now and then,
Nothing has changed,
it would never work.
But it just won't die,
and I can't throw it out.

Monday, December 4, 2006

just thought you should know

every morning i see her
short little lady
a mess of cropped white hair
clutching her walker
furiously pacing down chestnut street
up and back

this morning is so cold
the metal zipper on my boots
feel like icicles on my calves
when i get inside
my nose gets drippy
and my cheeks feel raw and scraped

yet there she is
hunched into the wind
racing towards...
a longer life?
a healthier heart?
maybe her own death perhaps, pneumonia?


Thursday, November 30, 2006


had yoga today at 1:00. my favorite part is at the end, when we are all laying down in shavasana. the instructor is telling us to relax our hands and ankles and foreheads and i feel like my body is melting into a puddle on the floor and while my eyes are closed, the instructor turns off the lights. when i open my eyes i see the darkness of the room and the wood panels on the ceiling. it's really nice. for 5 minutes, everything is in slow motion until it inevitably returns to fast forward.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

stay in and watch movies

got "sweet bird of youth" out of the library this week, and surprisingly, liked it. i just never know whether or not i'll like vintage movies, but this one was pretty good. the characters have sort of predictable names- the rebellious goodlooking main character is "chance," his lover is "heavenly," and the prententious movie star is "alexandria del lago."
annoying at times, but overall a good paul newman flick. have you seen "cat on a hot tin roof?" not a bad one as well. i think i dated that character, minus the alcoholism.

Friday, November 10, 2006

one of the top five coolest things to happen to me.

i've been a little down lately (as demonstrated by my previous post), but I really shouldn't be because:
Today I got to look at, hold, and gently sniff the pages of the magazine in which I am now published.
You may not recognize my byline, I used "abigail" instead of "abby."
I don't understand why I am so enormously lucky.
I'm not gonna say which magazine...I don't want to talk about work in my blog cause I don't want to get dooced. But I'm pretty sure no one reads this anyways so I think I'm safe. And everyone who knows me knows where I work cause I'm pretty sure it's the coolest thing about me.
So anyways, here I sit. With two published clips to my name and more on the way.
thanks, God. I really needed that.
it's that time of year again...
i was doing so good too.
now every morning there's this struggle to
flip the blankets off and get in the shower.
when i was a kid
my mom would sing to us to wake us up.
it wasn't cute, or sweet, or animated...
it was annoying.
we would wake up so she would stop...
if we were really stubborn she would dance.
i still get teased for changing my clothes
completely under the covers,
it was the warmest way.
now, mom-less in my apartment,
i have to annoy myself to wake up.
i'm not even tired, it's just that constant
"impending doom" feeling
that traps me in my room...
makes me late for work
makes me antisocial
makes me love netflix
and all of this comes from that underlying truth,
that rarely leaves my brain:

it's so cold outside.
and months until spring.

and i'm starting to understand why people like bars,
because they are somewhere warm to go
and drink things that make you feel warm
and have warm conversations
with warm strangers.
but i still won't go
because i am a lady.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

learning experience

this weekend i went to ohio for a wedding.
-there is a "sugarloaf township" in pa.
note to self: start saying sugarloaf more.
-lemon flavored rum is delicious
-chagrin falls has some nice falls.
-ohio is cold. colder than pa. ohio kind of sucks.

so nice to be home.

Monday, October 2, 2006

come home darlin, come home quickly

hard to find my life inspiring after reading this:
actually it's not, although i'm severely jealous and very irritable without her around.
i've been very craftly lately and hope to post some pics of projects. i woke up at 5:30 this morning to clean my house- and no, i am not a clean freak, but it was a mess and no fun to be and when my house is clean, it is my favorite place to be in. every corner holds something i love. i used to want to be a designer but i'm not so sure now. everything in my house is so personal. i made our artwork, i've been collecting vintage kitchen linens since i was little. i bought my red teapot the day i signed the lease. i don't know how i would bring that out of clients, and i wouldn't want to project myself that much.
doesn't matter anyhow, i have a lovely job now.
and it's getting cold out! i love summer all green and yellow but i'm ready for the warm oranges of fall. it makes my heart pound a little bit just thinking about it. i'm excited for something, that's what fall does to you.
check back here in a few months for my take for the depressing trauma that is winter.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

good luck in kentuck

just a lofty day of travelling and i am in a whole new world. there are babies all over the place and i sleep on the couch. i sleep in. i overhear conversations while i'm standing in line and they're all drawn out with dips and pauses. when i buy iced tea at a coffeehouse i have to clarify - unsweetened- so i don't end up with sickeningly sugary "sweet tea." i don't wear makeup and i haven't looked in a mirror in days. i go for ridiculously long walks and don't wave to anyone because i don't know them. it's great.
i come home at night to a living room full of babies and grownups, dancing to gnarls barkley. i sit outside in a brightly colored hammock with the baby chewing on my arm.
i heart the bluegrass state.