Posts Tagged ‘erin’

something else.

March 22, 2009

I’m going to go about this another way. Maybe.

My therapist suggested I make a list of all the things that I am happy about. All the things that are going right.

Maybe this is that. small victories.

Fleeting Productivity

December 21, 2008

snow penguin, originally uploaded by sisterpuff.

It’s no secret that it takes a lot of effort to get myself to do even the things that I actually want to do. I didn’t want to lose my chance to make the first Snowman I’ve made in all recent memory so I paused the episode of Weeds I was watching, got out my gloves and a bottle of water and went to it. Unfortunately, the snow wouldn’t really pack and it took forever to make just the one “ball.” So instead, I made the first Snow Penguin I’ve ever made. Ever.

In the end, of the things that I actually manage to finish, maybe I like him best because he will melt. Also, crouching for nearly an hour was a great little work out.

What is an accomplishment anyway?

December 18, 2008

I did finish something before the last time I posted. Two somethings. Now, I just can’t seem to finish the incredibly insightful follow-up post I’m working on.

So instead, I will show you the two somethings.

The first is a wedding present for my cousin, and I’m reluctant to post it. The second is 10 years in the making, but I finally did it. I’m also reluctant to post that. Thing is, finishing the present is only the first step. I still have to get it printed, framed and sent, three things I’m notoriously terrible at. The second thing? That too is just a first step. Gee, I know I’m being vague, but I want to keep these things for after the cut.

First, I’ll build anticipation by listing some other recent and ridiculous accomplishments in order to encourage you to find pride in your own little feats:

  1. I thought of AND purchased an excellent Christmas present for my father, who never gets anything good because he doesn’t LIKE anything.
  2. I’ve been keeping my nails manicured and painted: I have not been biting them off!
  3. I finally unclogged my bath drain! (EW!)
  4. I watched seasons 1 and 2 of Californication, which I’ve determined is a) the most 90s show made not in the 90s and b) ‘Dream On’ if ‘Dream On’ wasn’t fucking wretched.

What I have not been able to do:

  1. Persuade Jen to write another post.

What I would like you to do:

  1. Browse the Wallpaper Graduate directory.
  2. Be grateful for the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping.
  3. Love the shit out of Blazers Basketball.
  4. Be kind regarding what’s after the cut…

(more…)

Don’t Hold Your Breath

December 11, 2008

Apparently Jen’s idea of procrastinating is not posting to this blog. Good thing she has a Blackberry to post all the around-town-goings-on. But really, she should be sending pictures to this blog as well. I guess food is much more entertaining than the desperation of writer’s block. No wait, I know it is.

So I’m posting. That must mean I finished something. And I did, but I’m not going to post about it right now. That’s right, this is a little post about nothing because it’s been so long since I have posted that I just couldn’t wait another second. But right now I need to shower and go to bed. So stay tuned. WHAT WHAT HOLLER.

Serious.

November 18, 2008

Your mom is serious.

I am having a serious moment.

Jen, how’s your novel coming?

Seriously, is this blog even helping at all????? Well, I guess if Brian is getting to express himself to the world through iPhone Photography, it must be.

Ok. Phew. So, I saw a therapist for the first time in over 3 years a couple weeks ago. He asked me to think about the answer to the “miracle question.” Basically, if all your problems miraculously disappeared, how would you go about living your life?

Like Jen and her 1000 words a day (I at least read HER posts), what would I do if I wasn’t writing this blog?

Well, I have a bunch of things I would like to do. Make a book, finish my portfolio, open a store. But I don’t think Mr. Therapist wants to hear about that. Well, maybe he does, he seems nice enough, and he’s getting paid for chrissakes, but I think he’s more curious as to how I’m going to go about doing that. And that’s where I’m still stumped. As much as I can say I’m trying, I’ve got little to show for it. Anyone who knows me already has an arsenal of things to give me a hard time about.

How’s your website coming?

How come you don’t answer my e-mails?

Have you gotten your driver’s license yet, you 27 year old freak?

Usually my answer is somewhere between, “Well, I started…” and, “Eff off.” It’s quite shameful really.

I’m often inspired by those who set a goal to create one thing every day, but that’s just not for me and not just because of my inability to put an end to anything I start. It’s mostly that, but I also don’t want to finish things for the sake of finishing them. And let’s be honest, if I started one thing a day, I’d have a lot more unfinished work. Thus, here’s my goal for this blog. Instead of doing one thing a day, I will finish one thing per post. I can’t post here until what I’m working on is finished. If I do, all of the imaginary people reading this will be able to add to their imaginary arsenal. Public shame in action.

Hopefully I will post something before the end of the year.

-This Gal

PS. Did you hear that we totally gay-married James Franco immediately following the Milk premiere? We didn’t know that it was going to be legal in all of America AND the world, or even that we were all actually gay men (including James), but it somehow happened anyway, and the next day, the protests worked and Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas got gay-married too and Bush and Ahmadinejad were both totally cured by the Care Bear Stare. See? Rainbows really are magic. The only person in the whole world that was sad was Sam Adams because we beat him to it.

PPS. straightsforgays.com

I ♥ Squirrel

November 14, 2008

One thing that always pisses me off, as someone who never gets anything done, are people who get things done. Even more so, people who get things that aren’t very good done, and then are praised for their prolific nature.

You see it all over the place: awful drawing, awful design, awful writing, awful coding, awful food,* all with a beginning, middle and end.

From individuals with incredibly misplaced self-confidence peddling their wares on the internet, to large companies where you wonder just how many people put their input into a final product that is hardly worth existing.

Today I came upon the redesign (or re-imagining, perhaps) of the I ♥ NY logo and started on a trek across the internet trying to figure out answers to questions like:

Did it REALLY cost $17 million for just the logo? (Yet to find an answer.)
Did New York State really need Saatchi & Saatchi to launch this campaign? (Probably not? Maybe?)
What is their yearly budget? (Cannot find the answer.)
What was Travel Oregon’s budget? ($23 million over 2 3 years, including Wieden + Kennedy’s award winning 365 website.)

And then the final question:

Who the hell am I?

EEEEEEEK.

There’s a point when the, “I could have done that!” argument is just as lame and misguided as the the, “My kid could have done that!” argument. Well, no, I couldn’t have. Unless New York State was looking for a semi-witty ex-pat with half a portfolio and a thankless job at a non-profit to launch themselves into the league of their most famous city, an agency like Saatchix2 was an incredibly logical choice.

But things like the I ♥ Squirrel+Butterfly logo do tend to stare back at you saying, “What are you doing with your life? You have ideas! You could work there!” And your pathetic reply is just, “No, I can’t. Professional agencies prefer when work gets finished.” (Wanh, wanh.)

When we birthed this blog over a *less than adequate mini-pizza masquerading as tart that was the product of someone else’s dream, Jen suggested we could use SHAME as a mechanism to get people (including ourselves) off of their asses. We are completely willing to publicly shame anyone who is willing to join us in this endeavor of ass-lifting, but we will need your name, so leave a comment. (Your astrological sign may also be useful.)

And now, I will start. Let this serve as my own bit of shame:

You can’t see it, but the butterfly is staring right through you.

Symptom or the Cure?

November 13, 2008

Last night, for the first time, I opened WordPress, entered the password and username provided by Ms. Jen and clicked “Write a New Post.” Then, just a few words into my first sentence, every thought that I had regarding procrastination and this predicament we currently find ourselves in disappeared. Unable to face the empty text editor box, I quickly closed the window as if someone had walked in on me looking at porn, picked up my computer and dragged it to my bedroom. I watched a movie (Waitress, fyi) instead.

This morning, I’m at work with a whole stack of things to do and a deadline of one tiny little hour. I have a headache and there’s a loud boisterous meeting going on next to my office. The text editor that once looked at me with judgment now feels comforting. Like a therapist awaiting my complaints, or an industrial-sized bottle of Advil.

My point?

  • When trying to write a post for the sake of writing a post: impossible!
  • Writing a post when there are so many things looming over my head: surprisingly easy!

Now all we have to do is somehow manage to make sure all of our avenues of avoidance are also creative outlets. It doesn’t sound too difficult, but at the same time, I think there are a few birthday messages I have to send on Facebook.

-erin