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Cupcake Anyone?

Cupcake Anyone?
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I have a new best friend. His name is Jeff and he takes the best pictures in the world. Last night I went to meet him for a shoot and I was expecting good things but I wasn't expecting 108 amazing pictures that make me look like a freaking super model. The man knows what he's doing.

This is just the girlie girl baker with pretty cookies part of what we shot. The real reason I went to visit was to trade cookies for some head shots for my blog and then I traded myself in vintage lingerie and rope for his blog. I think we both won.
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Lookie Lookie

Super Cute Short Hair
Originally uploaded by circleoflight
Last Wednesday I cut off 22 inches of hair and have never been happier. Seriously, ask tandu, I haven't stopped smiling and dancing around since I did it. I feel like a totally new person. One that's thrilled with life and motivated to get shit done. I will be blog famous and on the West Coast by the end of the summer!

Hint: watch the Capital Times 77 Square this Thursday! Wee!
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Emily Surrounded by the Color Purple Enjoys the Nose on an Extremely Old Glass of Wine While a Hypothetical Naked Woman Investigates Her Book Shelf.

This was my attempt at trying to pretend to be merkley???(oh so not safe for work) but with less nudity and stuffed animals. Not bad for a crappy camera and no photoshopping.

This is my day off. Sleeping late. Playing with the camera. Getting tortured by another doctor. And of course pouring lots of Pinot later. Could be worse.
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Books Of 2009


Everything Is Illuminated

***The Girl Who Played With Fire

Girl In The Flameable Skirt

Laura Rider's Masterpiece

Between the Bridge and the River

Revenge of the Teacher's Pet

Smilia's Sense of Snow

***Infinite Jest



Jesus' Son

At The Gates of the Animal Kingdom




***Children Of Men

Wild Ducks Flying Backwards

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

Leave Before You Go

***Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing

The Very Precistant Grappers of Frip

The 158 Pound Marriage


Daughter's Keeper

A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You

San Francisco Noir 2

Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao

***Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Zoetrope All Fiction

You Shall Know Our Velocity

Brief History of the Dead

The Book Thief

The Art of Driving in the Rain

Model World

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

***San Francisco Noir

Best American Non Required Reading of 2008


***Gentlemen of the Road

Diary of a Bad Year

Final Solution

Let Me In



The Watchmen

Plough Shares: Spring 1999

The Escapist #3


Consider the Lobster

What It Feels Like

***Once Again to Zelda

Sociopath Next Door

Population 485

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

State by State

Ill Nature

Maps and Legends

Slouching Towards Bethleham

What Einstein Told His Cook

***Heat: Mastering the Kitchen at the Culinary Institute of America

Killing Yourself to Live

Sexual Metamorphosis

The Man Who Ate Everything

Eating My Words

Mr. Know It All

Best Food Writing of 2007
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Another reason you should be reading "Skinny Legs And All" right now...

"The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and the vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. Loving makes love. Loving makes itself. We waste time looking for the perfect lover instead of creating the perfect love." ~Tom Robbins

Found this quote written on a random piece of paper while I was organizing the office and thought it was perfect. Now can I put a vote in for some more sun pretty please?
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Warning Girlie-ness Ahead

So after talking about it for a month I'm finally going to do it. My hair is going bye bye as soon as I can find someone I might be able to trust to cut it off. Now I'm having another problem to bang or not to bang. Or for the Brits, should I get a fringe?

This is me last time I had hair about the length I'm planning on cutting this time. It's an old picture and yes that is how my face looked everyday when I was with my ex who also takes awful pictures but look at my shiny pretty pre thyroid meds hair!

And this is the hair cut I'm thinking of getting on someone with hair that acts the way mine does. Would I look like a 12 year old with long bangs? I can't decide. Maybe I should just go look at more pictures of Apnea until I don't care.

Help me lj in my time of need.
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Originally uploaded by circleoflight
I miss Portland already. If we're going to have Portland weather here I just want to be in freaking Portland already. Which is to say I finally uploaded all my pictures from the trip though I may never have the time to edit them all.

This was the world's coolest coffee shop and you should go there if you're ever in Portland. It's on Stark Street in the Ace Hotel right next to Kenny and Zuke's who have amazing sandwiches and an esoteric soda list to put most wine lists to shame.

I didn't take nearly as many pictures of this space as I wanted to because my camera was dying but if you google Ace Hotel you'll get an idea of the niftiness, all of the rooms in the hotel were designed by different artists so its all very modern and strange. The futuristic bathroom was the best part. Not to mention the coffee and the super hot male baristas. And yes there were a lot of stuffed cocks.
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Surely You Jest

It's finally over, for the first time in over 3 months I won't have to drag a 1079 page book with me and spend my free time looking up references in the OED. I don't know what to do with myself now; it's cathartic and mind bogglingly irritating at the same time. Now I have to find other things to read, and I've kind of forgotten how ones goes about doing that.

Infinite Jest was a great experience and I'm glad I did, it forced me to research a lot of things I never would have stumbled onto on my own and think about things I never wanted to think about. Jumping so far out of one's comfort zone to read a huge complex novel about drug addicts and tennis players and screwed up families was wild. It was totally worth the effort but at the same time I was expecting something more. An ending that would make my brain explode or make me laugh so hard at what I had just done that I would love DFW for life. Then I read the last sentence and almost cried in frustration. The book doesn't end.

Then I read the first page again and got the joke. You basically have to go back and re-read the book in order for the time line and subtleties to make any sense. It is a book about a form of entertainment so addictive you can't stop consuming it in the form of a book that you can't stop reading. It is literally an infinite jest. It's a loop that you could keep reading forever because it has no real beginning or end and that's the joke.

DFW wins. The bastard. I need a drink.