Wednesday, April 29, 2009


It is not much to look at now, but I have started a container garden out on the balcony. Last year, before I even knew him very well, I thrust a small variety of tomato plants on Eric, and for the entire summer each visit to his house involved wading through the vines and gorging myself on cherry tomatoes. Because apparently he doesn't even like them.

This year, I am doing it for myself, and I picked up four cherry tomato plants at the farmers market and re-potted them just in time for the massive heat wave of April 2009. Seriously, maybe I am just building myself up for future disappointment, but I cannot believe how much these dudes have grown already.

And do you see that! Right there! That pale thing! It's a flower bud...which will one day be a flower...and one day...after that...A CHERRY TOMATO!!!!!!!!!

Yep, I am taking care of my own damn garden this summer! And by garden, I know...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

me against the belly

I can imagine my belly-dance teacher using her best semi-offensive-fake-middle-eastern accent to announce "SHE DANCE LIKE AN AMERICAN!"and actually it looks a lot like the Bhangra workout video I have, so I don't know what she's doing. But that costume is basically exactly what I want to make. Love the harem pants.


Monday, April 20, 2009

why don't you

Joy: why dont you eat it

me: why don't you cook it

Joy: why dont you poop it

me: why don't you digest it

Joy: why dont you regurgitate it

me: why don't you masticate it

Joy: dang it that was my next one

arlington arts

On Friday after work I walked to the Arlington Arts Center for the Spring Solos opening. I think that when I move away I will regret not taking better advantage of the arts center. I mean, it is kind of dope.

While I was there, I made a fundred dollar bill. They have a little exhibition of the project there, and later a vegetable oil guzzling armored truck will come pick up all the fundreds and take them to DC, hopefully to exchange for real hundreds to fund lead removal in New Orleans.

more flowers

This is about what I've been up to lately. Taking walks. Looking at flowers. Taking pictures.

It makes me feel good.

Monday, April 13, 2009

grad school visit: penn

I almost convinced myself that I wanted to go to Penn until James Corner got all confrontational and asked me why I wouldn't go there. (I realize that most people would not be freaked out by this, but my big issue with design is the insane egotism involved.)

All in all, there were aspects I liked and aspects I didn't like and there you have it. I hemmed and hawed for almost a week and asked everyone I could think of for their advice.

Go Joy, Go!

cherry blossoms and forsythia

The weekend before last, we went to Dumbarton Oaks and saw the cherry blossoms and forsythia in bloom. The gardens were designed by Beatrix Ferrand. I am more and more excited about landscape.

It just seems like a good fit.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I spent Wednesday and Thursday at a Masonry Expo/Design Build competition.

I like this design because I imagined that you would have to do something really high-tech to work it out, when in fact the masons' approach was very low-tech.

grad school visit: virginia

I visited UVA on Monday, and of course the weather was so fabulous that it is impossible to imagine attending anywhere else. It is seriously the best place on earth in spring, when so many things bloom and my allergies get so terrible that I can barely keep my eyes open.

And, I finally figured out that you can actually see Monticello from UVA (this picture taken from Beta Bridge). Seriously? It took me this long to figure out where to look?