Archive for July, 2007

look at the birds of the air

I got a follow-up from a job I interviewed for on Friday. The hiring manager said they “are seriously considering me for the position” but he has another interview this week and will call me on Monday. It’s no offer, but in my experience any kind of follow-up from an interviewer is a good thing. No communication = kiss of death when looking for a job. Anyway, it seems like it could be a very cool position with a lot of potential for growth. It’s got terrific benefits too. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I also have a really good lead on a place to live. It’s a garden apartment owned by an older woman in Raleigh. The former tenant knows my Dad, heard I was looking for a place and put in a good word for me with the landlord. It’s in a nice section of town and is right in my price range. I’m going to go see it tomorrow before homegroup. Hopefully I’ll like it and she’ll like me and it’ll be a done deal. Hopefully.

Finding a new job and a new place have been the main things on my mind for the past few weeks so if these opportunities happen I’ll be sooo relieved. I almost don’t want to talk about them or get my hopes up too much because neither is even close to being solid, but honestly I don’t really care. For today, the hopes are up. If things don’t work out I’ll survive and figure something else out.

I was reminded of this passage several times today:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
– Matthew 6:25 – 34

July 25, 2007 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

Public Art

In my job I do come across some really cool stuff from time to time.

Bubble

According to it’s creators, “Bubble is an adaptable spatial pneumatic installation at an urban scale.” The artwork is essentially a space filled with large fabric bubbles that rise and fall, and inflate and deflate based on the movement of people within the space.

Finished installation

Helmick + Schechter have also done some very cool large-scale work. They’ve got a couple of pieces here in NC – one is a mobile at the NC Museum of Art, another was very recently installed at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Courthouse called Persistence of Vision. The sculpture is programmed for continual change, and each week a unique large macro portrait of a different community member will begin to form. The large portrait is comprised of hundreds of tiny bronze cast portraits of Charlotte citizens.

Persistence of Vision

The Exquisite Corpse is another one of my favorites. If you ever played the game growing up you know the reference. The art is composed of colorful stained-glass panels illustrating twice-life-size cross-sections of human anatomy

Exquisite Corpse

July 24, 2007 at 11:38 pm 1 comment

new art

I got this little book about art nouveau the other day and have just really started falling in love with the genre, so I thought I’d share. I love the combination of organic and geometric forms.

I’m specifically digging the work of Margaret MacDonald MackIntosh and her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh. That whole period seems to me to have been the beginning of modern graphic design and of commercial and advertising designs being seen as artwork.

Opera of the Seas by Margaret MacDonald MacIntosh

July 23, 2007 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

sick day

I’m at home sick today with an upset stomach. It’s been bugging me all weekend long. I hate being sick, especially with stomach stuff. Anyway, I’m sipping lots of orange juice and ginger-ale and munching on some toast.

I’ve pretty much got to go to work tomorrow though, no matter what…just too much to do. I guess if I’m not feeling better I’ll just bring a bottle of pepto and try to hang in there.

July 23, 2007 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

listen to it

The Trumpet Child is now streamable in full from Over the Rhine’s website. Go listen. It’s lovely. They’ve gone for a really jazzy feel on this one. Should make for a great show. I’m so there when they come to Charlotte in October.

I’ve heard a few of the songs live when I saw them on tour last year. Trouble is my favorite so far. How can you not love these lyrics?

Your sexy cocktail hour stubble is doin’ what it should.

If you came to make trouble, make me a double honey.

My pre-ordered copy is shipping from Raleigh so I’ll probably get it early. Yay!

July 20, 2007 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Apparently…

…my most recent post was not super-well received by the music snobbery crowd – you all know who you are ;). Yes, I listen to my fair share of indie-credible music, but you know…I truly do like a good pop tune. I do. And it’s summer and summer is the time for singing cheesy music really loud in your car and so I stand by my moderate endorsement of hanson and my use of a much-too-large image.

I do realize that my defense is pretty weak in that I’ve also recently posted a link to a Kriss Kross video and admitted that I’m totally diggin’ “U Can’t Touch This.” I can’t help it, it makes me smile. By the fall, I’m sure my playlist will look a little more “respectable.” I suppose y’all will just have to wait and see.

In other news…

I have Friday off. I’ll probably check out a few apartments. I also have another job interview in the afternoon. I might go see Harry Potter later in the day. I figure most of the rabid fans will be at the bookstore so the theater should be a safe bet by then. Tonight I’ve been really in the mood for Mexican food – specifically some good salsa and guacamole. If I’m still feeling the craving tomorrow I may make a stop at Los Tres Magueyes for lunch. Other than that I think I’ll just enjoy the day, listen to some music (All Hanson, all the time. Deal with it suckas!), watch some TV and hang out with the dog (who is currently snoring loudly on my bed, btw).

In other dog-related news my parents have asked me to sit this weekend for their puppy, Sophie. She’s also a Boston terrier so she and Gibs do pretty well together. I’m not extremely excited about the prospect of having her in my apartment overnight though, since she’s not fully house-trained. I really just hope she doesn’t pee on my bed again (worst way to wake up at 4:00 a.m., evar).

The two of them together do crack me up. Gibs is all about the toys and all about playing with people and Sophie is all about playing with Gibs. He’ll pick up a toy and push it into a person’s lap (or hand or foot or shin) and she’ll just stand behind him and bite his back legs to get him to wrestle with her. She seriously loves a good smackdown. Gibs will oblige for a while just so she’ll stop bugging him. Then as soon as she starts really ignoring him and focusing on something else he decides he actually did want to play and tries forcing the toy of the moment onto the top of her head. Along with the wrestling, they’re also big fans of chase and tug-of-war. The cutest thing is that when they get sleepy she’ll sit beside him on the couch and lick his head. He pretends not to like it by getting all pouty-faced and letting out an occasional half-hearted growl, but he totally lets her do it.

July 20, 2007 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Yeah, so…Hanson

I’ve been watching the video podcast chronicling the creation of their new album. You have got to appreciate the passion these guys have for music and for recording. They also put out an interesting documentary called Strong Enough to Break about their last album. It’s really fascinating to see how a pop album gets made – or not made.

As far as the music goes, it’s just good pop-rock. The melodies are incredibly catchy and their grown-up voices are really nice now-a-days.

July 17, 2007 at 11:17 pm 4 comments

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