Heeeeeey friends. How’ve you been? Did you have a good holiday season? I did, because I spent it with people I enjoy and also because my kitchen has gotten a few upgrades, namely this grill pan which I shamefully have not yet used y’all. Operation get back to clean eating, however, starts on Sunday so I imagine the grill pan will come into play. Also, speaking of clean eating, have you seen this great little Mark Bittman post where he gives lots of yummy, veggie-based, clean recipes? Those will be delicious, especially since I am full steam ahead clean eating because I am going to a wedding in late January and I want to look bangin’.
So I’ve been acclimating to my new job, which I still like although this week, as you can imagine, was mega-slow. I am resolving to go into 2012 with lots of optimism and enthusiasm, especially because I went into 2011 with a general sense of doom and a feeling of failure in regards to my career search. New job, new attitude, old cliches!
This will be a sort of scattered-about, catch-up post since I have been VANISHED IN JOB LAND (sorry y’all). I’ve been meaning to post about this trip I took home to Sarasota way back in November, but it clearly isn’t going to happen. Instead I’ll just post a few pictures of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, an international sand sculpture competition that was taking place the weekend I was in town. If any of you watch Sand Masters, most of those folks were present. The sculptures were only partially done when I saw them, but they were still 100% amazing. Here are a few of my favorites:
So that’s awesome right? PS if you didn’t already know, Siesta Key is an awesome beach in Sarasota that currently holds the #1 spot on Dr. Beach’s Best Beaches in America list. Siesta is famous for its white, pure sand that has the consistency of sugar. The beach is also incredibly wide. It is an unbelievably beautiful spot.
Anyways, RESOLUTIONS! Do y’all have any? Mine are pretty vague: MORE VEGETABLES, MORE BLOGGING, MORE SLEEP (I really need 8 hours guys I have to stop lying to myself), MORE GRATITUDE, LESS WHINING. I think that about covers it. What about you?
While you ponder your goals for next year, here are a few items with which I have been 100% obsessed lately:
1) Sand Cats. I didn’t know these guys existed. They are tiny, adorable cats that live in deserts in North Africa. They are THE BEST and I want one so much y’all.
Guysssssss we’ve reached the end! Our group of fourteen has been whittled to three: Sara J. Young Sun, and Kymia (who I want to win). Last week the final five were sent to a picturesque little town in the Hudson River Valley and they had to select a townsperson and do a portrait. Kymia won with her whimsical portrait of an antique-shop owning couple, and Young Sun came in second with his meta-portrait of an artist. Lola, Dusty, and Sara J. were in the bottom. Sara J. squeaked by with her portrait of an older firefighter, while Lola was eliminated for her portrait that wasn’t really a portrait at all and Dusty was sent home because of his candy-constructed and candy-colored portrait of a little girl. That was falling apart. Anyways, I totally agree with the final three (although I wish Michelle had stuck around, sigh) and I am super thrilled that Lola is out, I couldn’t stand her. As you probably realized.
This week: FINALE. The final three have three months to make art exhibits and then they will BATTLE IT OUT in the ARENA OF ART and guyssss I am so excited! I hope you are too!
9:00: YAY! FINALE! China says the artists have $75,000 and three months to make a giant exhibit to wow the judges. Each artist gets a little bio, starting with Young Sun. We see a montage of him on the show, and all the money he won, and his tendency toward politics. Bill Powers tells Young to leave the P.C. stuff behind when he returns.
9:01: Sara J. is next. She started strong, and then she had a breakdown in the childhood piece, and then she did better again! Yay! Jerry tells her not to be afraid of anything.
9:02: Kymia is nervous and anxious and emotional and I really hope she wins! Yay! The three artists pack up and leave the loft. They wish each other luck and say farewell–well, sort of, Young gets in a cab to go to the airport but Sara J. and Kymia live in NYC so, you know, they aren’t going anywhere. And CHINA’S STUPID DRESS FOR THE LAST TIME Y’ALL.
9:03: Two months pass. Simon drives a Fiat (duh) through Chicago to visit Young Sun. Simon sees Young’s apartment and meet’s his mother and boyfriend, Mark, who is a stock analyst. Mark says that Young is his “long term investment,” ha.
9:04: Aw, Young’s mom has been battling cancer and her husband passed away recently, and she’s been sad, but she is happy now because Young is doing so well! And now we’re at show and tell! Young Sun brings out his childhood art to show Simon. Adorable. Young and Simon then head off to Young’s studio to see his work.
9:05: Young has found himself a beautiful studio–and thank the lord it is summer in Chicago. Young has been doing photos with this structural piece, moving the piece around and taking pictures of it in various locations. Simon calls it dry and boring and man, I totally agree! Wow. also, Young’s growing this totally ironic mullet, wow. Maybe it isn’t ironic?
9:06: in the meantime, Simon is drawn to some shirts hanging on the wall. They belong to Young’s late father and he has set up sort of an unintentional shrine to his father and it is WAY BETTER than the weird moving structure photo project. Simon suggests that Young should us that emotionalism and connection in his exhibit.
9:07: Young states that he thinks the judges are expecting something really fantastic from him (duh) and he doesn’t want to disappoint them. Simon returns to Manhattan to visit Kymia. We meet Kymia’s boyfriend, Devin; they met at a Turkish restaurant. They live in a nice apartment…but it is Devin’s parents’ apartment so, that makes me feel a little better, ha.
9:08: Kymia is of course freaking out but her boyfriend is trying to make her feel better. Good man. Kymia shows some family photos; her mother was gorgeous wowzers. She shows some pictures of a lake where her family used to jet ski; her father died in a jet skiing accident on said lake, and Kymia was there, that’s a bummer. Kymia and Simon head out to her studio to see her work.
9:09: Kymia has a cute little studio and she is doing some multi-media 2-d drawing-lookign pieces with afterlives and ghosts. She also has some creepy 3-D ghost figures that i find sort of lovely and eerie and whimsical and man I love Kymia so much. Kymia plans to have fifteen works in the show and has finished seven.
9:10: Simon likes some of her works but hates her sculptures. He even calls one of them, this girl with diamond eyes, horrendous. WOW. That’s harsh. Kymia of course freaks out and starts crying. The editors are really loving the tears this season, aren’t they.
Happy Chanukah or however you choose to spell it for one and all! I spent my first night/day of Chanukah making chocolate bark and dealing with someone making fraudulent charges on my debit card yay! (Don’t worry it is all taken care of now). Anyways I hope the days leading up to winter and Christmas and the the other holidays are treating you well! Happy everything to everyone!
Oh also here is a picture of my cats, JUST BECAUSE.
Once again it is Wednesday, and once again it is time for another amazing Work of Art episode and a hopefully amazing Work of Art liveblog. Just a refresher: last week we only had six (!!!) contestants, and the contestants were given what I found to be one of the most interesting challenges yet. Each contestant had to create a work of art that both sold on the street and translated into a gallery setting. The artists were paired up, and whichever team made the most money on the street was saved from elimination–oh, and they also won $30,000 what?! In terms of picking the winner the money was all that mattered, which is an interesting commentary on the art world. Young Sun and Sara J. won, mostly because of Sara J.’s quick watercolor portraits which sold for $10.00 a pop. The judges used the gallery work to determine the losers. Dusty and Kymia were one group, with Kymia doing well and Dusty doing not so well. Sarah K. and Lola rounded out the other group, complete with all the nudity and penises you tend to associate with Lola. Lola actually made a good piece (I know, it kills me to say it) and Sarah K., alas, did not. Sarah K. ended up going home. Farewell, Sarah K., we will miss your boisterous laugh and your large bosom!
This week, the artists leave NYC and are forced to consort with the hoi poloi in a small, quaint little town in the Hudson River Valley! They also have to create a work that presents an “undated vision of America” whatever that means. AWKWARD. DISASTER. I can’t wait.
Guysssss I’m late! My office potluck is tomorrow and when I hear the words “potluck” I immediately think “Oh, I need to make enough food to feed EVERYONE” rather than just bringing my one dish and call it a day. So I just spent the whole evening making a savory main and a desert, both of which will be entered into cooking contests, and I finally just put my desert in the oven to bake and I haven’t showered or unpacked my gym bag or ANYTHING and I got really sweaty at the gym today and I should really shower and finish cleaning up the kitchen so that I can recap for y’all in my best and brightest form. So, like, I’m gonna go shower now. So if y’all could wait a few minutes, that’d be great. I’ll be right back!
Okay! I’m back! I also repacked my gym bag (for tomorrow) and took my baked goods out of the oven so, you know, productive. I’ll be nixing the time stamps because it isn’t really a live blog anymore. Just a sort of live blog? FYI I am officially starting at 9:32, and will be skipping the commercials so, you know, do the math etc.
Once again it is Wednesday, and once again it is time for another amazing Work of Art episode and a hopefully amazing Work of Art liveblog. Just a refresher: last week we only had seven contestants, and it was our official product placement/sponsor challenge! Each contestant had to make a work of art using pieces from the Fiat 500. Sara J. won, and she won $25,000, which she will use for graduate school, good for her! Stunningly Kymia, Michelle, and Lola (okay not stunningly for Lola, HATE HER) ended up in the bottom three, and MICHELLE went home, which was shocking. I 100% thought they would get rid of Lola, who is terrible, and I fully expected Michelle to make it to the top three because she is hella talented. Oh well, that’s reality television for you.
This week: PUBLIC ART, but that people can buy, but that is also gallery appropriate?! SUCKLORD, it seems that you have missed out on your most-appropriate challenge. Alas, alack. Let us get to it!
8:58: I always catch the tail-end of Top Chef: Don’t Mess with Texas Bitches and I never have any idea what is going on, really. John Besh looks like he was on tonight, though. I guess Texas doesn’t have enough celebrity chefs so they have to get one from New Orleans to play guest judge? Padma Lakshmi is so hot also and I know that’s like the oldest news ever. Okay, ART NOW PLEASE.
9:00: THE CITY IN BLACK AND WHITE, with random colors, and our ladies return. Sarah K.’s boobs look amazing, wow, big-breasted girls ftw! She’s my sistah. Everyone hugs Sara J., who says she is on unemployment now, and $25,000 is great! Young Sun is all “I thought Michelle would be here forever” and Lola is all “wah Michelle is my friend.”
9:01: LOLA I WANT YOU TO GO HOME. She’s in the confessional now, talking a lot about herself, lord I loathe her. Blah blah, introduction, blah blah prizes, blah blah CHINA’S STUPID RED DRESS WHY. Ungh.
9:02: Hahaha, Young Sun is blow-drying his hair in a pinky-purple bathroom. I love him. Kymia, drinking a purple smoothie, talks about how she doesn’t want to make anymore shitty art. And then we see Young Sun and Dusty eating bananas. Heh. The artists leave their loft and walk to Tribec, it looks like such a beautiful NYC day. I want to go to there.
9:03: The artists find China and Young Sun in front of tables, with cash boxes. The artists will display their work on said tables, and they will try to sell their art on the street–and also display said work in the gallery. Dilemma artists! Sarah K. is pretty overwhelmed. But she won’t be alone! The challenge is a team challenge, and you get to pick your partners.
9:04: Sara J. won last week, so she gets to pick her partner. She picks Young. Kymia picks Dusty, because Lola is evil, and Lola gets paired with my boobtastic friend Sarah K. I need to note, here, that China’s outfit is so fluorescent, I can’t handle it. Anyways, the artists will have 5 hours to plan and create, two hours to sell, and it has to be physical art. The winning team gets $30,000 and cannot be eliminated, amazing!
9:05: The groups split to plan. Sara J. can do rapid watercolors and has created street art before. Young Sun is thinking t-shirts. Kymia doesn’t like the idea of selling out, and wants to make “donation” post cards for “supporting” artists. Dusty, who has t-shirt company called Dirt Shirts, wants to make shirts.
9:06: Sarah K. wants to make crafty feathery headdresses and also t-shirts! She’s talking a lot and really really rapidly and Lola is confused. And then Lola is all: “So I’ll take a picture of myself naked and write some stuff on it because people like sex and naked pictures!” Lola says “I don’t really want to get naked but i will do anything.” Girlfriend has no soul at all, I hate her.
9:07: Everyone runs to American Apparel to get some shirts and get some underwear and stuff. The artists can shop anywhere, and yet everyone runs to American Apparel to get some damn t-shirts.
9:08: Young Sun and Sara J. decide to get some tiny shorts. Young Sun says his boyfriend loves his round and petite and shapely butt and that his butt will sell t-shirts. Okay! They also arrive at the studio first and raid the supplies. I think the other artists have gone to Utrecht or some other stores?
9:09: Oh, right, Dusty and Kymia are at Utrecht. Sara J. and Young Sun are going nuts in the gallery and are creating REALLY rapidly good for them. Young Sun, of course, is painting men’s briefs to sell. I love him. Sarah J. and Lola finally arrive at the studio and are annoyed that Sara J. and Young Sun have already pilged the supplies.
9:10: Kymia and Dusty are in the van still and are freaking out because they only have two hours to create art and return to the park to sell their work. Actually, I take that back–Kymia is freaking out, Dusty is just looking exasperated. Aaaand commercial!