Friday, November 20, 2009

Buy HANDMADE this holiday season


Don't miss the fantastic annual event Craftmas Bizarre 4! For four years running folks have been doing all their holiday shopping at the fabulous Fake Gallery !

BUY HANDMADE! 100% lead free, not made in China.

Free Wassel & Free Waffle bar and crafty demos and lots of surprises.

Sunday December 6th, 12p - 5p

The Fake Gallery
4319 Melrose Ave (at Heliotrope)
LA CA 90029


Mention JJM Handcrafted sent you and you get in Freeeeeee other wise have your $2 buck ready.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If you want to cry

read my high school friend's blog. Today's entry is particularly heart-wrenching. When he posted the link on Facebook he suggested you have kleenex at the ready.

Background, so you know what you're getting into...

His lovely wife died suddenly while 6 months pregnant. His blog is dedicated to his and his children's heartache and healing. It makes me cry frequently.

I hope he doesn't mind my posting the address. But I think anyone who would read it would certainly have nice thoughts in their head for him and his family. I really do believe that the kind/warm things you think about someone far away, whether it is crying along with him or sending love via the waves of the internet, I know that energy helps.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chris Brown

I like Chris Brown's music. According to some of the more popular gossip blogs I'm supposed to stop liking him and boycott his music because he beat the crap out of Rihanna.

I'm pretty sure that he'll never beat the crap out of me and maybe I should feel more strongly about Rihanna thing, but I don't.

I really like his new song I Can Transform Ya. So catchy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New stuff for the Brewery this weekend

Drink in style with this glow in the dark skull flask

The unfinished monkey

Sea Monkey or See Monkey?

I debated a long time on the background. Put it out there for comments and the overwhelming response was GREEN. I extruded a variety of greens, and started some vines. The vines needed a little more punch so I added some color. Then my extruder broke. Tragic. It is the most important tool I use. So rather than continue with the strands of clay I filled in the background with solid pieces. First I did it in yellow, not good. Then I did it in cream, again not good. I settled on blue. It is a bit brighter than I like and it looks a little ocean-y. That's fine, he can be a Sea Monkey or maybe See Monkey.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Which FOX news program will be the first to interview someone from the Kopechne family? (fyi "the Chappadquiddick incident")

Why do torches from the hardware store come fully fueled and ready to go? And cost $16. And the professional kitchen torches come sans fuel and are double the price?

Is it because the hardware torch must sit upright whereas the creme brulee torch can be used perpendicularly?

Is Italy a good destination for the Christmas holidays? Specifically Rome?

If not Christmas, maybe Australia or Japan in January or February?

Friday, July 31, 2009


I know in my heart she is communicating to us it is time for us to let her go. We just don't want to listen.

She's 14 and a half years old. It isn't like she's going to recover from old age, one never does.

We just need to accept the signs and not wait to long. Waiting to long will be too painful. For us and for her.

I wish she would just die in her sleep, it would make it so much easier.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Up in the gym working on my fitness

For months my co-worker-friend Melina and I would bitch to each other about our figures and lack of discipline to stick with a workout routine. We decided to try working out together, hoping that would keep us motivated. And accountable. She lives in a hilly neighborhood, so we started out hiking up around the back hill of her house. OMG, straight up, just when you're ready to die, it flattens out for a few steps. That kept us interested for a little bit but at one point she mentioned The Bar Method. We both agreed to try a class.

We took our first class on May 23rd. The class starts out simple enough, deep knee bends with some arm punches. Then you pick up your 2 or 3 pound weights and you do arm lifts and variations arm lifts. After about the 3rd movement and 50th rep I gave Melina a look like what have you gotten us into. Had I only known what was to come.

My first clue should have been a conversation with a women in the lobby while we were waiting for the earlier class to end.

Door opens sweaty women pour out
Random Girl: Oh I bet their happy that's over.
Melina and I look at her with blank faces.
Random Girl: is this your first class?
Us: nodding yes
Random Girl: Oh then you have NO IDEA what I talking about.

The class is comprised of bar movements at the ballet barre, mat stretching and other various stretching between active muscle work, core work and but lifts.

Things like this:

At the barre out arms distance, with your hands resting lightly on the barre. toes and heels together, stand on tippy toes, tuck your butt up, suck your gut in, bend knees a foot. Little up little down x32, down down hold x32, pulse x32.

Second position (toes pointed out feet just at hip distance) tuck butt, suck in, put one leg behind you, hinge forward, lift leg to hip height and lift the leg up an inch down an inch x 32. Followed by little adjustments, toes pointed, flexed, knee bent..... x 1,000,000

Feet together, knees bent, ball between your thighs. Squeeze, tuck, up, down, tuck tuck tuck, squeeze squeeze squeeze.

All this butt and thigh work is rewarded with crunches. Followed by back dancing, as they call it. On your back, feet together butt tucked, squeeze..... right, right right... left, left, left

And on and on. Your muscles just quiver and shake. They really encourage the shaking, the more you shake the more your core muscles are working, it builds change that is repeated by all the instructors. The instructor walks around the room giving praise and encouragement, telling you how beautiful your shaking is, how beautiful you are. You do wonderful stretching in between, a itty-bitty break.

After that first class we took advantage of the trial offer of unlimited classes for 50% off for 1 month. The first couple days after that first class, I thought I might die. Melina felt the same. Our muscles hurt so bad, to sit, to stand to walk. OUCH.

We have stuck to it! I've gone to 13 classes! I'm still sore all the time. I have a really hard time with Arabesque movements, my lower back just burns, but less and less each time. I know if I stick to it, at some point I'll see it in the mirror.

Both Melina and I plan to sign up for 3 more months. I'm excited for results.

In the meantime, my legs hurt every time I move, so its just better not to move.