Sketchbook :

What I Ate When

I started a new project this year to draw little sketches of everything I eat. I’ve always gotten a huge joy from drawing food, remembering what I ate and drawing from memory. I’ve also been spending a lot of time cooking and getting better at making exciting dishes. I’m going to keep doing these drawings throughout the year, and collect them all in a little book. You can also follow the progress at whatiatewhen.tumblr.com. Here we go!

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What we wore: Winterizing

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Project Thrifty Winter is going better than planned. Originally I had NO idea how I was going to not freeze all winter without buying new sweaters, boots, hats, jacket and more. My big secret came from some initial planning: when I packed to move in July, I put all my old winter clothes and accessories in a big plastic container, and put that in the back of my new closet. I put myself on a winter budget for clothes, but I’ve been going to different stores and just hate everything out there. Even simple goals like “find a new hat” have left me unhappy and purchase-less. So, yesterday I unpack my box of old winter clothes, and I am thrilled at all the things I find. Now, it’s not like Christmas, but it’s more like sifting through your friend’s yardsale clothes and the happy feeling these clothes give you. They’re comfortable! They’re just your size and style! And I’ve never been more happy to see a silver beanie I thought I threw out last season.

So is this a thing? Even better than thrifting is thrifting through your own old clothes? Today I went to the farmer’s market wearing my silver hat, sunglasses I bought (and thought I lost) two years ago, a scarf I bought in London while I was in college, a red plaid shirt my mom gave me awhile ago, and my staple grey jeans, old leather jacket and (needing to be replaced) black boots. I still feel uncomfortable when I’m not in all-black, but I’m getting a kick out of blending in a little. Either that, or I’m slipping into hobo-chic.

A Love Supreme

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On Monday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Grace Cathedral for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of A Love Supreme, put on by the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church. I haven’t been to a church since I was a kid, and I only started listening to Jazz this year because Jay started playing me his massive jazz vinyl collection and got me hooked (listening to Coltrane while winding down from a long day is one of those treats I can hardly explain, it’s like a crackling fire, a whiskey and the best dinner you’ve ever had) and I jumped at the chance to go to this event. And let me tell you, we went to /church/.

I had such an amazing time, every detail inside the Grace Cathedral is stunning, and the massive choir took on ‘A Love Supreme’ with such passion! You couldn’t help but get swept away with it. I even enjoyed the sermon. The warmth and the positivity and the enormity and strength of that thing we can’t even explain,it was all there and I loved it. Dream of the world you want to be in, and make it happen.

In the morning, I put on “A Love Supreme” on the record player, practiced my lettering, and did a watercolor of John Coltrane, and felt swept away in it all over again.

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