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fairness May 27, 2011

Filed under: Crafty,Shopping — sendann @ 3:27 am
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After a super relaxed and soothing lake day with Louis on Sunday, I caught the last few hours of the Renegade Craft Fair, which DeeDee had alerted me to woo hoo! Knew that girl was a find. I had a blast wandering around racks of perfect, soft t-shirts and dresses with cute things on them, and teacups I had to restrain myself from. Because I am not in the market for more breakable tea cups a week out from a possibly endless trip. I’m not. But I bought possibly the most perfect pair of earrings I’ve ever seen, and I practically haven’t taken them off since. My face is annoying me right now, but here they are:

like a dream of earrings come true. Also, note the evidence of packing! allllllmmmoooooost done!

They’re from Early Jewelry. I love some of her other stuff, especially this Rrring.

and speaking of Rabers, my brother is having a baby within the next week! First of our family. I have never actually wanted to be in England before now.

I also got a really funny sock monkey from Tara George.

It's like this but with funnier eyes and brown. Technically it's a gift for a young friend, but I'm gonna go ahead and infuse it with love for a while first. It's only right, right?

There was this one booth at the fair I was in love with, but it was out of my price range for the day. It’s called Fernworks and it’s my Gawd. Look at these…

click on any of these to see the shop page

Like so many things at the Renegade Craft Fair, they have a touch of ‘put a bird on it’ going on, but in this case I was charmed — so to speak.

There was also this painting, which I saw at La Patisserie a few weeks ago while scarfing macaroons and tea. It reminds me of the Alot from Hyperbole and a half, and half because of that and half just because, I like it a lot.

click to see the artist's page. and oh mai goodness it sold! Yay!


there’s a will May 26, 2011

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Will Rosshirt is my super dependable rides to-and-from the airport friend. He’s also always good for tools and random garagy materials. I don’t remember what he did to deserve this toil, but everytime I need to go to or from the airport, I can ask my closest friends, fake boyfriends, family, but it almost always comes down to Will Rosshirt. It’s a nice chance to peek into his life, and he’s always got something going on. Will is also a pretty amazing painter. Look at this shot Erik took of him recently with one of his pieces — he has a whole series of these large scale, weird curtain looking canvases with…is that like, plants?

by erik

Here’s one he did based on a photo Merrickales took. I LOVE this.

Seriously, right? You can peep his work and browse prints here.


Confession time: I regularly hallucinate large, morose, cartoonish penguins on the side of the freeway while driving and it turns out to be a pile of carpet lining. May 25, 2011

Filed under: Climbing,Over-Shares — sendann @ 4:35 am
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not climbing makes the atx so boring, even with socializing and the internet and air conditioning. that stuff isn't that fun if I don't have climbing to come home to. i wish i had some garbage so i could get garbage drunk. OMG is that some over there? Is it? Nope, just a fat person. Sigh.

some lady took this picture click it for her flickr or don’t who cares good lord why did the rapture not come and make things interesting WHYYYYY?


i have a crush May 21, 2011

Filed under: Climbing,Over-Shares — sendann @ 5:57 am
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   on jason kehl

on facebook

and i kinda think it’s mutual

Back when I was married (which is getting to be a long time ago now, to the point that it sounds weird to me), it was fun and easy to think all the dudes I knew and met were totally handsome and innocently crushable. Now, not so much. Kinda the moment you aren’t devoted to and in love with someone else anymore, a formerly adorb guy world becomes a wasteland of loseratti numbskulls, guys who are jerks to their girlfriends, and jaded yuckster bachelors. Guys are scary and stupid to me right now, and look like walking testaments to why it’s good to avoid anything that might lead to falling for a guy. Sorry, I’ll lie later and say of course I don’t mean you, but I probably do.


But ya know, I might be coming around! Because I think I have a teeny tiny total crush on Jason Kehl.


And even though he has a partner-girlfriend-commitment-thing going on, and I heard a rumor that he might be a eunuch, and he’s into that creepy baby heads and skulls and devil worship thing, I kinda think he’s into me too. He’s always “likeing” my facebook stuff in this cute way. And ya know, as Consuela Bonita pointed out, he doesn’t do that for everybody. Plus, he’s way handsom without that high concept skullet hairdo nonsense. And … no actually that’s it. Goin with it.


Here’s a picture of me and Jason Kehl in a relaxed, low intensity atmosphere.

what man could resist my artful seduction style?


Because it’s fun to crush on possible eunuchs with girlfriends, and it can be a total step toward recovering my fearless affection for guy world. And maybe if you’re a possible eunuch with a girlfriend, it’s fun to crush on girls from Texas! In whatever way that works I don’t know I’m not a theologian.


But look out, I am comin’ BACK!


May 19, 2011

Filed under: Family,Music — sendann @ 6:26 pm
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me and miles


katie and dad

me and LO


Ann Raber’s 20 minute v4++ workout from jewish hell

Filed under: Climbing — sendann @ 5:25 pm
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My internet friend Tommy Tissue Tendons, who used to have a hilarious bouldering blog but now has sold out to spammers (how much did they pay?), asked me to elaborate on my tiny version of the v13 workout. We’ll call it the v4++ workout.

Now, I’m not a trainer, and I don’t know what I’m talking about, and I made this up, and after I did it I was convinced that I had given myself permanent tendonitis in all of my elbows, shoulders, lats, etc. I will never do this workout again. Ever. That said, here it is:

Ok, that v13 workout is a repeated circuit of 3 10-minute rounds of exercise, each round targetting a different kind of movement – push, pull, or hang. Ideally you do it 3-6 sets for a 2 hour session. Whatever. I also included my max-out points here, for time reference and so you can try to best me! (motivation!)
I did 5-minute rounds instead of the prescribed 10, because I found I could not do “things” “continuously” for 10 “minutes”.

I added a 4th category called “core” where I did floor and hanging ab-targeted stuff.

I could only do 1 set of 4 5-minute rounds, to the official 4 sets of 3 10-minute rounds. This workout takes 20 minutes.

Other issues:
All the exercises have to be done, for me, with perfect perfect super form. A form break (legs bending or pumping, arching my back, or favoring one of my sides, means max-out/failure)

A rest is about 1:30, with an additional :30 for setting up the next round.

I did this at a gymnastics gym, with no hangboard or climbing stuff. You could do it at a good workout park too, or at home on a rings/bar/hangboard.

Round 1 “push”

dips on parallel bars (can be done on rings i guess) to max-out (15 for me)
push ups to max (25 for me)
shrug ups (hang between parallel bars, do a deep shrug with my shoulders, then push it up to lengthen my neck) (10-15)
repeat, lowering the reps by 5 each time, and by the time you’re doing 5 or fewer of each, five minutes is almost up.


Round 2 “pull”

pull ups, regular chin-up grip, to max-out (15 for me)
pull ups, backward (palms facing) grip, to max-out
hanging shoulder shrugs
pull downs with theraband (tie a theraband around a table or doorknob, lie down with bent knees holding the band straight above your eyes in both hands and some slack in the band. Pull with straight arms, to the floor. Keep your spine on the ground and use the shoulder blades to do this one)

repeat, decreasing reps as you slowly die, for five minutes.


Round 3, “Core”

hang from a bar, with some back wall support if you have it for these:

straight leg lifts, toes to the bar if flexibility allows, or to parallel (perfect form I can manage about 5 of these)
tuck lifts, same thing but keep the knees pulled in super tight to your chest, feet touch the wall behind you, repeat. these are easier, I can do about 12.

one-leg lifts, point one leg down straight, and lift the other up as high as you can, then circle it outward to go down (like you’re drawing a big circle with your toe), repeat with the next leg. then reverse it, circling up and coming straight down. these are weird. i do 5 on each leg, each direction.
straight leg lateral lifts – lift straight legs out to the side about 20 degrees toward the centerline, lower them down and up the other
side with total control and no momentum. I can do 3 sets without a form break, maybe.
tuck lateral lifts – tuck the knees to come up to the side, straighten the legs, move them across high, lower in a tuck, repeat coming from that side. I can do 2 sets, ug.
it should be close to five minutes now, if not, lay down and put your legs up the wall, butt up against the wall too, and curl up as high into a crunch as you can with hands behind your head and elbow wide, pulse until it’s time


Round 4, “hang”

hang from a bar (or board, although I only had a bar) in a locked off pull up position to max out
hang straight armed with an open palm on jugs or a bar in the tippy top of a shoulder shrug to max out
hang straight armed with an open 3-knuckle grip (or less, i was on a bar like i says) no effort below the hands to max out
hang from one arm, any grip, body super tight and still
hang from the other arm
cut off your arms and upper back
put in blender

So that was it. Let me know if those descriptions don’t make sense to you and you really, really want to do them. Also tell me if you do it and like/hate it! I’m curious.



Whackamaze May 13, 2011

Filed under: Cars,Climbing,The Past — sendann @ 7:06 pm
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Wow, what a whack week! A few difficult things, and some really amazing things, happened. Here are some:



I passed my Pilates Certification exam! Lots of ideas and early-stage dreams around what to do with it. For now, training and substitute teaching.


My 1-month old Subaru that I sunk all my independent lady money into and traded the Trooper for, died, most likely after a jiffylube guy accidentally drained the transmission fluid instead of the oil. Apparently on this particular car it’s a very very easy mistake. Either way, my front differential fell apart two days later, and the part costs just a little more than I paid for the car. What a total bummer.


This cool mechanic from my neighborhood might buy it and fix it and sell it. It would be nice to pass it on to someone in the ’21.


I got to go to the lake with Louis in his new boat on mother’s day, and we both climbed the Kwai, which I’d been working hard on last time I went.


I told my free-to-spray friend about it and he kinda dissed on Kwai, and said everyone does that climb.  I know I’m way sensitive when it comes to the loop and the lake. Still, that’s not the agreement. You can’t downgrade or wave off a send your spray-friend is psyched about. Just you and me now, blog. So hey I did the Kwai. Amazing.


Nate told Serena that I “hate” her, which Serena told Blair who of course told me. Awesome. What class. Can you imagine? I guess Nate said stuff like that to me before, that so-n-so was not so liking me, but it was absurd and clearly a personal insecurity thing.  I tried to clear things up with Serena, who I’m not close to but don’t feel hostile toward. But what can you do? I swear, things are going to be TOTALLY different when I’m in college. I’m also pretty sure Nate is secretly the vampire manager of jiffy lube.


I had my first Art of Feminine Presence class with, randomly but so sweetly serendipitously, John Garcia’s gf Lauren Sheehan.  I’ve been curious about her work ever since I peeped her on facebook, and I’m so thrilled to be taking part. It’s almost impossible to explain what the class is about, but it’s geared toward women who’ve been involved in mind-body, self-help, that section of the bookstore kinda work for a long time, and are reconnecting with their most powerful and feminine attributes and the core essential woman inside. Hard to explain. Learning a lot, having fun.

Whack & Amazing

I did a very small version of Brian Anathesdk@fh&ian’s v13 workout (page 12 I think). On Monday. It’s Friday. My triceps still hurt so much it’s hard to get comfortable even for sleeping.


I went on a date with a leprauchaun and he showed me where the gold is, and although I’m not feelin him per se, I got a new car. Calling it El Rav. It’s a rav4, blue and sparkly and the fanciest thing I’ve ever owned other than my wedding outfit, including houses. Pics to come. Arms too tired to raise camera. Damn ye, ba.