So, the SONY Walkman is officially dead. They officially stopped producing it for sale in the US this week. The Walkman has been called the #1 most important breakthrough in music-listening in recent history. Or something like that. I can't remember the exact superlative that was used on the radio this morning. I know no one's used a Walkman in ages, but still. I have such mixed feelings about the changes over the past decade in the way music is acquired and listened to. I miss poring over liner notes, memorizing lyrics, absorbing entire albums as a whole. I wonder sometimes if that's a uniquely teenager thing to do. Maybe I wouldn't do that now even if nothing had changed since the days of cassettes. But I have to think the advent of mp3s and mp3 players has something to do with it too.
Anyway, I used to love making mix tapes for people. And I loved getting them. My friend Kim and I used to exchange a mix tape for Christmas every year throughout high school and college. I loved her mixes. They got heavy rotation in my Walkman. My most prominent Walkman memories involve bus rides to away games in high school. I always had my Walkman and fresh batteries and mix tapes. Almost as important for an away game as my uniform. I also distinctly remember practicing my dance moves in the kitchen after my parents had gone to bed with the Walkman and Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock.
Anyway, here's a mix I made in honor of all those tunes I used to rock out to, back in the day, during the heyday of the Walkman.
PS Check out www.8tracks.com to relive the joy of making a mix.
What are your favorite Walkman memories? Let's eulogize.
Hey everyone! It's reveal night over at Cocoa Daisy, starting at 9pm eastern. Please stop by and join us on the forums and see our pretty new November kit, Poker Face. I'll be hosting some games again this month and you'll be able to check out the DT galleries. I'm always amazed at the work my fellow DT members do with the kits. Here's another peek at my layouts for this month. Hope to see you there!
So, here's the end of my hallway.To the left is my living room and to the right is my bedroom. And in your face is my cat.
She's sitting on a vintage footstool I got years ago at an antique shop in Delaware. I hated living in Delaware but there were some decent antique shops there. I used to go antique shopping all the time. Ironically, much more than I do now that I live literally five minutes from Brimfield. Those are vintage wallpaper swatches. Another Delaware antique shop purchase. I cut them down to fit the frames and they've been part of my wall art collection ever since, in various arrangements. I like the way they are right now, all willy nilly. Also, one of my favorite things about my apartment is the color of my hallway. I painted it a color called Woodlawn Lewis Gold. It's mustardy and awesome. How often do you hear those two words in the same sentence? Actually, mustardy is a made up word, so probably never.
The swatches are all pale blues, greens, yellows and pinks. The lamp is either yard sale or Salvation Army. I can't remember. I picked up the shade recently when Liberty of London did that line for Target. I like that it's basically the same color palette, only bolder. I used these colors in my living room, too. I guess I kind of like them. What are your favorite colors for decorating?
On Saturday, H and I walked around the city a little. We passed through the Public Gardens and the Common. Walked down the Emerald Necklace for a while. Stopped for lunch at Cafe Jaffa - they have amazing falafel. I took a bunch of pics with the hipstamatic app for iPhone. The pictures come out so crappy, but for some reason they're so pretty to me!
Fort Point Channel
Boardwalk on the Harborwalk. A little shortcut between H's loft and the Summer St. bridge. Public Gardens
I learned that if you jostle the phone while using the app, it randomizes your setting for you. Apparently, this is a feature of the app because the first time it happened, a little message popped up saying yay! look what we just did! I don't know that I appreciate it. You're saying I can't run across the street without messing up my camera settings?
Anyway, we walked right past Anthropologie and I didn't even ask to go in. That's how hungry for falafel I was! Check out Cafe Jaffe if you're ever near it. So good!
I love the Emerald Necklace. It's a string of parks that goes through the city. It actually starts way out near the arboretum. We walked the entire thing once - it's like six miles long. H and I have had discussions about how this name sounds dirty to me and I know it shouldn't. He said I'm confusing it with pearl necklace. It bothers me that pearl necklace, and, by extension, emerald necklace have sexual connotations to me. Any kind of necklace? Really? Damn you, internet.
One of the many statues and monuments along the Emerald Necklace.
Back through the Public Gardens to Charles St. for a stop at Whole Foods to pick up groceries for dinner.
And back across the Fort Point Channel. Almost home.
I picked this up back in January. It's an interesting concept. Each page starts out with the words "this is..." and gives you some instructions to follow. That is, to interpret however you want, really. The whole point is to get you thinking outside the box. I've used it to try out different lettering styles and paint techniques, among other things.
This page's instructions were to completely cover up the page, I think. Since I completely covered it up, I can't really remember.
I turn to this book (for lack of a better word) when I'm stumped, blocked, lacking creative mojo, etc. I don't really worry too much about messing it up since there are no rules, really, and it's just for me. A lot of times when I'm in a creative rut, just messing around and trying stuff out will inspire me and give me some new ideas. Keri Smith has another, similar, publication called Wreck This Journal. Kind of the same idea as this one.
This Is Not A Book works really well as a source of creative prompts. If you're a scrapper or art-journaler, check it out. It may come in handy next time you're in a rut.
The half marathon is over now but I'm still at it. At least until it gets too cold out. My goal for now is to keep running about 30 - 45 minutes, three times a week. I want to make sure I keep the weight I lost off. I want to maintain my level of fitness. And I want to do another one in the spring. Maybe in Providence.
The weather right now is perfect for running. I love fall running. I'm not so big on winter running, though. I'll hold out as long as I can. But I might wimp out and join the gym again once the weather turns really cold.
I'm dreading the really cold weather. It makes me feel so sluggish, like I just want to curl into a ball under the covers and nap. I really want to stay focused and motivated this year. Anyone have any tips for staying motivated through the winter months? I could use them.
I'm really excited about our upcoming kit, Poker Face. It's pretty amazing. I've spent a little time playing with it this week and I'll be doing a lot more over the weekend. Just wanted to share a couple peeks at my first projects with it.
I really love the mix of papers in this kit. They work so well together!
And this alpha is just about the cutest ever. I love that little face.
Hope you'll stop by the site on October 28th for our big reveal. Heather Chandler would say "It'll be very." And you might win a prize.