Monday, September 30, 2013

PB&J For All!

PB&J For All! by chloe & ivan
PB&J For All!, a photo by chloe & ivan on Flickr.
Working out my submission for these guys,
By now they probably think I will never get them a proper series of photo instructions about how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. No worries.
Remember the story by Leo Leonni?
I used to work for someone who said I would circle the job, before I did it.
Circling the job.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Went to Jerry's for some red meat. With garlicky potato salad and homemade pickles.

Actually I was out to look at magazines and there are no bookstores near me so I jumped on the bus after work and filled up my eyes with a pile of magazines and then I was starving so I walked far up Ventura Blvd and was shocked to find out some of it was not paved near Coldwater Canyon but continued on and saw the friendly Jerry's logo and stopped to eat.
This rye bread is so good

Cucumber seeds

Cucumber seeds by chloe & ivan
Cucumber seeds, a photo by chloe & ivan on Flickr.

Seed music. Seed mysteries.
I didn't even know how to find or save the seeds before.
I didn't know that the seeds were hiding in the dried flower things.
They are so precious!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oh man. How to not make a PB&J.

This post will probably clarify a lot about why I am underemployed.

I think I will complete their photo assignment.
One thing.

No Mother in the world puts peanut butter on both sides of the bread.
Are you kidding me?
If you put peanut butter on both sides of the bread, the jelly (which they specify jelly in the assignment) will all ooze out. I mean jelly will be everywhere except in the sandwich.

Can't take their photos tonight with these bad directions because they want natural light.
Natural light does make food look better. But won't stop the ooze.
Oh man, I only have jam. Jam is not jelly.

But if they don't know how to make a peanut butter sandwich, do they know the difference between
jam and jelly? Huh? Huh?

Who are these people?
They don't know about the soak. The jelly has to soak into the bread.
The jelly cannot soak into the bread if there is peanut butter on both sides.
Thinking about if the budget will support a photo prop purchase of Welch's grape jelly.
I prefer jam. But the assignment for the oozing sandwich says jelly. Cut diagonally.

I love peanut butter with a lot of flavors.
The classics are Welch's grape, or strawberry. Knott's strawberry.

More about this later....♥ Chloe

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Sketchbook. Always seems so momentous to start a new sketchbook.Tiger Dreams.

Tiger dreams.

Oh man, I left everyone hanging with the brandied peaches

All gone now!
I made pancakes with cottage cheese in them to stand up to the brandy and hold down all the sugar.
What a way to start the first Fall morning! 
btw, the leftover cottage cheese pancakes are delish even cold late at night. Real butter, that's why.

Happy Fall! Even though listening to the wind whip through palm trees is kinda weird for me. 

Yeah, we homeschooled for a long time. Kids turned out alright.

Sharing this because I know this experience this family had. Good article.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Continuing my Japan-centric year

Just watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi. So good.
Speaking in tongues good.
Fuck me good.
Really good.

Dog Shopping

Reminded me of years working with dogs in an animal shelter in a medium size city on the other side of the country.

Volunteers do a lot of good work, all over the country. My friend saw this sweetie Terrier. Yep, cute.
I do not have a dog life. So cannot consider getting a dog.
So many cute ones!
Pick me!

Cat testing. Dog OK - cats yeow!
Hug testing ♥
Walk testing. All good!
Smile for the camera testing ; )
Good work. Adopt a dog if you need a dog. 
♥ Chloe

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hello again!

Back again. It has been almost a year! Good grief.
My main goal is to find a new job.
Not much has been accomplished in the apartment.
Fairies did come and put an IKEA Tarva together, that's something.
Break the job down into small bits.
Fairy wisdom.
Woodland Fairy says "Just kick it."
Getting things done.
The thing did get done. IKEA Tarva.
Now I want another one to put next to it.
Got a shelf with posts for the towels hung up in the boring bathroom, snaked electricity out onto the balcony,
put up a pole going across to hang curtains or whatever, grew green beans and tomatoes and cucumbers,
made (1) single kinda lousy painting, hung up 2 chalkboards, and bought a new red pot to replace the one I left behind in Rhode Island.

So a few things got done, barely a dent. It is very slow and discouraging. 

I have been thinking about Tiger dreams.
Even when tigers are stuck in the zoo, they still have dreams.
Fierce tiger dreams.