Mighty Life List
Feb 25 2014

Young Adele Singing Sam Cooke

Doesn’t Adele just make your throat ache wishing you could do that too?

Feb 23 2014

Penny Peonies, Made from Carnations

Hey look! I made fake peonies from carnations I got at the grocery store. If you miss Spring, or just can’t afford to pay $6-$10 for a single flower, this is a surprisingly satisfying solution.

I actually love carnations just how they are, so I got this big bunch of them at the supermarket for about $12 total.

I made a little work station by cutting off the wrappers and spreading them out. You’ll need floral tape, or masking tape if no one will be inspecting the flowers too closely.

This is how carnations come, so you’ll need to use the scissors to separate them into individual flowers. Once you have a good stack, take the fluffiest one for the center of a “peony,” then add five or six more carnations in a circular pattern around the centerpiece.

Once you have a bunch that’s the right size, pull at individual stems until there are no gaps between the flowers and none are sticking up when you hold them in a tight bunch near the flowers’ heads. Carnations are basically weeds, which means they’re super hardy, so don’t worry too much about bruising them.

From the top, it should look something like this. Once you have the right shape, wrap the stems tightly in floral tape all the way up to the bulbs just below the flowers.

They should look like this.

The amount of flowers I started with will yield you about six Penny Peonies, though half of them will have much shorter stems than the other half.

Whabam! Try this, it’s relatively easy, and will make you feel like a genius. Which, you obviously are.

Feb 21 2014

Links

Mrs. De Florian left her Parisian apartment in her twenties, just before WWII broke out, and never returned. When she died at 91, her heirs unlocked a time capsule. I cannot get enough of abandoned places.

Trying out Gratitude 365 to record all my luckies. Do you keep a gratitude journal?

I want this desk, but where would you hide the cords?

A bunch of great tattoos: My heart in your hands, petals, Atlas, wheat.

This photo of a woman voting is so charming.

I just found out about Tippi Degré. She’s a French girl raised in Namibia, and there’s all sorts of incredible photos of her playing with wild animals. Watch the video at the bottom where a wild leopard playfully bites her shoulder. Amazing.

Feb 19 2014

Esquire’s What I’ve Learned


Photo from Firstlook.org

I’ve always looked forward to Esquire’s What I’ve Learned interviews. Once a year, they come out with an issue that has several of them. The best parts from this year’s:

Keith Olbermann

“Your anger will cool into hardened passionate insight if you wait a day. Most of the things that make me angry, I try to let them sit. The heat that remains will be sufficient. The stuff that evaporates is the stuff that would have simply offended or made it histrionic.”

“Don’t assume that anybody above you actually knows what they’re doing. And if you find somebody who does, stick to them like glue. Because the further you go into our career, the more you will discover to your absolute horror that you are the adult.”

Glenn Greenwald

“Ultimately the reason privacy is so vital is it’s the realm in which we can do all the things that are valuable as human beings. It’s the place that uniquely enables us to explore limits, to test boundaries, to engage in novel and creative ways of thinking and being. Only if we feel free of the kind of judgmental eyes of others are we able to try different things out, to experiment, to evolve, to free ourselves of mores that are imposed on us or conventional orthodoxies about how we’re supposed to behave and think. And that, ultimately, is what is most valuable about being human: to be able to create new ways of thinking and being.”

“Surveillance breeds conformity.”

“There are different ways that kids who are gay take on the rejection and alienation they feel. The way I dealt with it was to say, You know what? You’re imposing judgments on me and condemnations, but I don’t accept them. I’m going to instead turn the light on you and see what your flaws are and impose the same judgmental standards on you.”

“If you’re gonna challenge people in power, you have to be ready to be attacked in effective ways. That’s the nature of power…”

Tina Louise

“You’ve got to get yourself in the proper state of mind to be useful to the universe.”

If you liked this post, I did another What I’ve Learned recap in 2010.

Feb 18 2014

I Miss You, Old Glee


Glee Cast “Push It”

I think this was the first episode. Hold me close, first episode.


Glee “It’s a Man’s World”

Unwed pregnant teens performing an anger ballet. I hope the choreographer lies awake mentally revisiting this glory again and again. (This video starts in Spanish, but switches to the original recording when the music kicks in.)


Glee “Slave 4 U” Ft. John Stamos

Heather Elizabeth Morris in a red pleather catsuit. It seems like an unfair thing to do to other women, and yet my affection remains constant.

What happened? What happened to this impeccable show?

Feb 13 2014

Nom Nom Nom

I made a new Pinterest board, It Wants to Eat Your Young.

If you like this, you might also like:

Little Tiny Animals on Fingertips board
Girls Pretending to Play Sports board
Break into Blossom board

Feb 11 2014

Up Yours, Valentine’s Day: A Gift Guide

No one is sending you flowers. No one is coming home with a heart-shaped box of chocolate. But screw it. You know where to get flowers, and you’ve been working out anyway. This Valentine’s Day, you’re taking care of your own damn self.


Hand-engraved F*** Off Heart Locket, $30

Finally, a piece of heart-shaped jewelry you can get behind.


Jersey Sweater Night Onesie, $65

For a short while you’ve got no one to impress but yourself. Let’s do this.


Smudge Trio, $12

What the hell. Couldn’t hurt.


“I’m surrounded by assholes.” French Mug, $12

You’re not alone. You’re particular.


I’m Fine T-Shirt, $22

What? The invitation said “wear red.”


Don’t Care Tote, $12

You’ve got your own stuff, man.


Key Bottle Opener, $12

Your key ring, and your soul, are so much lighter without the extra apartment key. Let’s make better use of that space. Cheers, Valentine.