28 November 2012

My favorite plant

Oxalis Triangularis

A captivating purple shamrock with triangle-shaped leaves that close at night and open up again during the day.

I've had this particular plant since I moved to Springfield a few years ago. I transplanted it in May, it went into a short hibernation, then bounced back quickly and just keeps getting bigger. It has recently developed its first few flowers since the transplant, so that's been a happy surprise.

It seems to like indirect sun, moderate temperature and for the soil to stay moist. It's easy to care for, vibrant and interesting. I love my Love Plant.

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 Listening to: Shannon and the Clams
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23 November 2012

We took pictures of each other

Circa 1996-99. Travis and I at Miles Cemetery overlooking the Columbia Bottoms.

We used disposable cameras and took a picture of each other at the same time.



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Listening to: king khan and BBQ show
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22 November 2012

Get Your Life Together, says the Post-It

I sit on the floor at the foot of my bed to do my hair and makeup, which takes all of 8 minutes to apply eye shadow and mascara and then run some Beautiful Curls Shea Butter in my freshly-showered, therefore really wet hair. (I hate mornings.)

I blogged about this photo.

I've sat in front of the same mirror since I was a teenager, hence the Local H sticker...and all of the stickers, which are circa 1994-1996. At the top there's a neon orange flower sticker from Hullabaloo in St. Louis, MO, stickers for Ultrafink and Goldfinger, and a fish sticker because I was really into fish back then (the creatures which swim in water, definitely not Phish; I tried and tried, but never could get into them). 

"Get Your Life Together" is one of my favorite quotes from Shaun of the Dead. Shaun wakes up to those words he had drunkenly written himself and tries really hard throughout the movie to heed this advice. Often he makes mistakes but he still makes an effort to do the right thing and eventually, he manages to get his life together.

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Listening to: Mark Sultan - Misery's Upon Us


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20 November 2012

Quick Pics

Last weekend I visited my family and had a lot of fun just hanging out with my parents, brother and brother's basically-stepsons.

My dad showed off his thrifted boom box.
My Dad and his latest thrifting score

And I inherited this awesome radio because of his thrift find.
I finally have indoor am/fm radio!

My mom glued pennies to the floor.
Mosaic floor

My brother and I ran errands, visited Local Harvest and then ate at the Royale. We had such a great time that I never even had a moment to take pictures. 

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Listening to: King Khan & The Shrines - Land of the Freak
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13 November 2012

Scheufele Mosaic

After finishing the Vulture Mosaic (and that whole trade fell through...so now I'm not sure what's going to happen to that thing!) I immediately started on a commissioned piece for Chris Scheufele, but I had to keep it under wraps, as it was a surprise for his wife for their anniversary.

Here are a few progress shots, though more are available via flickr.

This was my original sketch and color suggestions from which to work from.
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After that, I got busy!

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The Scheufeles appreciated this mosaic much more than I expected and it feels really good to know they enjoy it.



04 November 2012

Jeannette-ically Modified Post

(Note: Prop 37 did not pass. Booo.)

I've been thinking of posting something, anything about GMOs for quite a while. But this blog is more of a creative outlet, an online journal, really. After years of this, it's morphed into a public way for me to share personal thoughts with my mom. I always think about her when I post. Per the news, I feel like I'm supposed to only post things with future employers in mind, but I just think about my mom.

While I do post about foods, I don't get too in-depth. I have another url for that though I have never used it. I have a vision in mind but I have never acted upon it. Maybe when I get a better computer...one that isn't so old that when I update firefox it suggests I "Get a new computer."

I digress.

I used to be junketarian. For fourteen years I didn't eat meat. Instead, I ate a lot of junk food. I rarely ever ate a raw fruit or vegetable. These days I grow my own fruits and vegetables!
I probably harvested my kohlrabi too late.

Nowadays I am more concerned about eating foods fit for human consumption than whether or not it's a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, or meat. I look at nutrition labels and it helps me avoid ingredients that are actually chemicals. But there is no label to tell anyone if the food or chemical they consume is based on genetically modified ingredients. Last weekend I visited my mom and when I mentioned GMOs, she had never heard of them.

At work I hand out a GMO pamphlet received from my Dr. Bronner's rep, which was published in part with the non-GMO project. Because it's after 8pm on a Sunday and I'm tired as heck, I'm going to just type some things from that pamphlet, and also paraphrase:

What are GMOs?

GMOs, or "genetically modified organisms," are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmer's and consumer's rights.

Are GMOs Safe to Eat?

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe and instill significant restrictions or outright ban production and sale of GMO products. For some reason, monetary reasons I am sure, the US government approves GMOs. They cite supportive evidence based on studies conducted by the same corporations who who create them and profit from their use.

Are GMOs Labeled?

No.

What are the Impacts of GMOs on the Environment?

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. GMO crops are responsible for the emergence of "super bugs" and "super weeds." GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture and are developed and sold by the world's biggest chemical companies. Long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown.

Which foods might be GMO?

The following foods are at risk for being genetically engineered.
Alfalfa
Corn (at least 80% of corn and corn products, like High Fructose Corn Syrup)
Flax
Rice
Sugar Beets
Yellow Summer Squash
Canola
Cotton
Papaya
Soy
Zucchini

The following foods are considered high-risk by the non-GMO project:
Milk
Meat
Eggs
Honey and other bee products

The more I learn, the more I realize that this information isn't complete, nor is it helpful. I mean, maybe it gives one a starting point to think - but there is a lot of food to fear. Most of the available foods seem to stem from science, not traditional agriculture. We're eating chemicals.

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