May 2008 - Posts
i guess it's been awhile since i've done an online quiz for the sake of this blog, but that's just because the ones i usually run across seem boring. but you know what i love more than almost anything else? of course you do--books! so when i saw the "what literary work are you?" quiz i couldn't let the opportunity pass me by. the funny thing is, i just finished reading this book a couple weeks ago and have been proselytizing it's greatness ever since. although i found some of the explanatory notes less than fitting, i can only say i am nonetheless thrilled to be associated with this fine fiction.
You're The Sound and the Fury!
by William Faulkner
Strong-willed but deeply confused, you are trying to come to grips
with a major crisis in your life. You can see many different perspectives on the issue,
but you're mostly overwhelmed with despair at what you've lost. People often have a hard
time understanding you, but they have some vague sense that you must be brilliant
anyway. Ultimately, you signify nothing.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
cheap thrills has finally reached its tenth anniversary! we will celebrate with chocolate cupcakes! this is probably my favorite free thing to do:
make up an occasion that calls for celebrating!
the truth is, once you get yourself in the mindset of a celebration, the celebration itself becomes the special occasion. get creative! make yourself a treat, invite friends, and have so much fun you forget why your get-together was called to begin with! here's a great cupcake recipe to start you off:
ingredients you will need:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/3 c warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
before you get going, make sure you have a tin for a dozen cupcakes either lined with cups or individually sprayed or oiled
preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit
as far as method, it's as easy as 1,2,3,4.
1. sift the dry ingredients together.
2. combine the liquid ingredients separately.
3. then mix the two. don't worry about lumps, just give a few good strokes.
4. fill the tins and bake around 20 minutes. when they smell delicious, they're done (test with a toothpick or butterknife).
as far as frosting, i'll leave that up to you. i usually forgo the frosting in favor of turning them into little cupcake-ice cream sandwiches before i devour them. whatever you decide, enjoy!
this is a good time of year to start thinking of cheap thrills that involve air conditioning. everyone knows about hanging out at the movie theater to beat the heat, but did you know you can go to the movies on the cheap? you can, with
the dollar theater!
if you're anything like me, a spontaneous trip to the movies can turn into a real budget-wrecker. first there's the admission--while some theaters have discount prices for matinée showings and/or certain weeknights showings, even with this discount or a student discount, the ticket alone puts you over half way to $10. then there's the popcorn, because to me, without popcorn, there's almost no reason to go out to a movie to begin with. but if you're going to have popcorn, you have to have a drink, because popcorn was scientifically developed specifically to create thirst where none previously existed. by then even with discounted admission you're well past $15. granted, you can finagle the snack situation to your advantage by bringing them with you (which is practically illegal) or going for the large popcorn and splitting it. but, i know of a better way. it's called the dollar theater, and it's just north of the tallahassee mall on monroe street. i believe it's called the sharer road something plex. in fact, the nickname "the dollar theater" is a little misleading since some of the movies cost more than a dollar. but still, if you're willing to wait for the movie to trickle down to the incorrectly named dollar theater, for $10 you can get the movie, the popcorn and the drink--with no sharing!--and you'll even get change back.
straight from my email inbox to my blog with no additional commentary other than this: scroll down past the description to find even details for showtimes, ticketing info and the like.
APALACHICOLA RIVERKEEPER HOSTS THE WILD AND
SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR
Fundraiser at Tall Timbers to include award-winning films, seafood fest for
children and families ~
Fla. – Patagonia, Inc. presents and the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper will host the largest environmental film
festival in North America at the Tall Timbers Research Station on May
10, 2008. The special event is a fundraiser to further the
efforts to protect and preserve North America’s
most biologically diverse river.
“Each year, the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper looks for unique opportunities to provide education,
entertainment and a festive occasion for people of all ages to get
together,” said Andrew Jubal Smith, Executive Director of the
Apalachicola Riverkeeper. “The tour brings together a selection of
award-winning films about how people are creating solutions to protect our
natural resources and wild places,” says Smith.
The roster of movies will
include a special children’s matinee featuring “Rita”, Best Family Short at the
Boulder Adventure Film Festival. Rita
tells the story of the friendship between two seven-year-old girls, one from America and one from Nepal
who embark on a wild and touching adventure over an 18,000 foot pass near the
base of Mt. Everest. The children’s matinee
also includes “Antarctica … the
End?”, winner of Best Youth Environmental Film at Telluride
MountainFlim, “Carpa Diem”,
Best Short at the Vatavarn Film Festival, “Feed the Worms”, “Hawaii Reef Etiquette”,” Not
Just Mine: Kids and Plovers on the Beach”, and “Water Loving Doggies”.
Two other screenings will
feature “Oil and Water”,
Best Environmental Film at Taos MountainFilm, about two kayakers who embark on
an endless summer venture from Alaska to Argentina in a retro-fitted Japanese
fire truck, which runs on just about everything except petroleum, and “Gimme Green”, Best Documentary Short
at the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival. Gimme
Green is a humorous take on the American obsession with residential
lawns and the effects it has on our environment, wallets, and outlook on life.
Also on the billet are: “Against the
Current”, “Protecting New Orleans”, “The Story of
Stuff” and “Fish and
Cow”, Newcomer Finalist at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film
Festival, about a group of dedicated ranchers and biologists in Big Hole,
Montana who find common ground to save one of the last surviving populations of
Early in the evening,
attendees will enjoy fresh shucked and gourmet oysters, Wetumpka gumbo, savory
salads, bragging bread and other culinary treats. Finally, there will be
give-aways from sponsors such as Tom’s of Maine, raffle items and a silent auction.
Riverkeeper t-shirts, caps and mugs, photographs, music and DVDs will available
Schedule and ticket
3:00 – 3:50
Children’s Matinee - $3 (children under 12) $6 per adult.
4:00 – 6:30
Screening (15-minute intermission) - $3 (children under 12) $6 per adult.
6:30 – 7:30
Auction, Gumbo and Oyster Fest - $5 (children under 12)
adult. Cash bar.
7:30 – 10:00
p.m. Second Screening
(10-minute intermission) - $3 (children under 12) $6 per adult.
Due to limited seating,
it is strongly suggested tickets be purchased in advance to ensure
admission. All tickets purchased in advance will be entered into a
special prize drawing.
Tickets can be reserved
by contacting the Apalachicola Riverkeeper at (850) 653-8936. For additional information about tickets,
donating to the auction or volunteering, contact the Apalachicola Riverkeeper
or email staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Station - 13093 Henry Beadel Road, off Leon County Road 12 between US
Highway 319 and Meridian Road.
Café, 229 Lake Ella Drive,
Nursery, 1661 Centerville Road,
Ski, 2743 Capital Cir NE, 531-9001
Unlimited, 1505 Governors Square
Way, 4901 Woodville Highway,
Warehouse, 1355 Market Street,
And of course Apalachicola Riverkeeper,
before i start, let me say that this item is not as achievable to as wide an array of people as some of the previous cheap thrills suggestions. this item requires access to a musical instrument. however, even if you don't have one and don't plan to invest in buying one, don't give up yet--if you have friends, you can ask to borrow one! yep! it seems like a lot of people--especially people who are parents--have abandoned and neglected instruments, and in my experience, they're often happy to see them getting some use instead of just collecting dust in the attic. with that, item eight:
learn a new instrument!
a few weeks ago my roommate acquired a sweet banjo which he graciously shares with me. since neither of us had ever played a banjo before, we just started with you tube instructional videos. after a couple days we threw in a standard hal leonard beginners book, but the free internet lessons are really where it's at--you can hear what you should be mimicing! of course, the book is still a tried and true favorite of mine for developing good habits, practicing finger drills and learning chord formations.
it's really fun to look back on week one of practicing the scrugg's roll (the roll we started with) and how clumsy my fingers were and compare it to today, and for me, this is enough motivation to keep practicing everyday. i mean, who cares if all i've mastered is the chords of "clementine" or the melody of "aunt rhody"? it's more than i could do at the start, and all it took was a rote practice of 15 minutes a day, plus whatever additional time i felt like playing (that's the key for me: keep your sessions short and below the frustration point, and then just add on whatever you are in the mood for. there's no hurry--the whole point is to have fun!) but if monitoring your own halting progress isn't enough and you need more motivation, why not turn it into a social experience?
currently, my household has undertaken the project of hosting a weekly beginners practice session--between three or four people we have multiple guitar beginners, a couple banjo beginners, and an accordion beginner. we've had interest from someone who wants to learn the mandolin and someone else who wants to learn the ukulele. our plan is to occasionally recruit skilled players to sit in as guests and learn from them, and one of the participants is currently taking formal lessons. but even if we don't gain more traditional instruction, sharing the experience of learning puts individual practice into perspective. some other real benefits: learning to play with others from the beginning means you won't have to
make the leap from playing alone to with others later. using
the same learning tools, different players learn different skills at
different rates, and having someone show you what they know helps you
while showing them what you know helps them. and, having someone to practice with--perhaps especially when you're still making
lots of hilarious sounds accidentally--is fun!
with the end of the academic year, tonight's attendees at the art park might start missing big bend contemporary's recent role as a nexus for railroad square festivities, but on the upside, as we move into summertime, daylight and twilight stretch through the first friday hours. somehow, lingering outdoors as the sky darkens is often more relaxing for me than starting the night off in the dark.
but when i do head indoors to see what's new tonight, i am excited about stopping by the 621 to check out the sculpture of tallahassee resident ira hill. the theme over there tonight is "industry" and the trio of featured artists comment on various aspects from bioengineering to the environmental impact of land development. and as always, you can still get a dose from the fsu art studens' league in the adjoining nan boynton memorial gallery.
and if the show at 621 is a little too grim for your tastes (last month i had to devoutly avoid the vivisection photography) but you still want to see new sculpture? maybe tim eddy's paper craft--described "charming" and "whimsical"-- would be more your speed. it's on display at j. clinard studio.
finally, wherever you find yourself around the art park tonight, keep watch for blogiversity bloggers handing out blogiversity fliers--and be sure to say hello!
(need directions to the 'square or other info? visit the website here. or, contact the art park at 224-1308 or email@example.com.)