Friday, September 22, 2017

hey, guys! hi!

i know, long time no type but i'm gearing up to come back to the blog in october. 

until then, can recommend with big enthusiasm the pumpkin pie kit kats! surprisingly amazing especially when considering that this is an american flavor and not a japanese one! it's not overly sweet and has a big pumpkin pie spice hit right off the bat. 

i grabbed a bag of these at mariano's. i think they are also at target? keep an eye out, as these are limited time. so good for real!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

think i'm gonna take the rest of the summer off

no reason really. just...tired of the internet? yeah, that's pretty much it.

ig will be active-ish. see you in sept? oct? who knows? bye!

Monday, July 10, 2017

oh yes!

leff made a video about giardiniera and it is hysterical! 

kind of a slow week

the summer colds don't stop so it was slow around here last week. basically, just packages that contained the best beach blanket in the world lol

and lip masks.

they look hysterical when you use them but, damn, if they don't work.

oh yeah, also got a new pj shirt which is rad af. (but not really, it is just goofy.)

i was pokeballin on saturday when i got an ashhat pikachu.

the light that day was crazy. i only have this picture of it, however. oh well.

notable food:  chicken, cheese and garlic brats on the 4th.


berries that were supposed to be for pavlova until i realized that it's going to be too hot this week to bake (even at night).

but, best of all, READER I SAID YES!!!

see you next week!

Monday, July 03, 2017

first half of a long holiday

yesss! four day weekend!

so far it's been lazy. leff went to ribfest. we've been taking naps. we've also bought a few things. new pillows,


and some pokemon socks.

 but, mainly, we've just been lazin' around by the lake.

Monday, June 26, 2017

shave ice and urbs in horto

this weekend we hoofed it along the lakeside trail to lawrence. our closest asian grocery closed earlier this year so i wanted to see if it was possible to walk to the one on broadway. (it is.) 

while at argyle, we stopped off at immm for a snack. their shave ice with bread is SO GOOD!

i know that i said giving subq fluids was easier than we thought. it's still not an enjoyable experience. as such, neither of us have had much energy. so you get sky and flower shots.

dat lake tho.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

a bit easier than i thought

to date, it has been easier than we thought to administer subcutaneous fluid at home to the cat which is GREAT news. hopefully, i will be back up to speed next monday with new photos.

until then though, please enjoy leff's new short video about our trip to the end of the purple line! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

taking another break for a bit?

a lot is going on behind the scenes here at casarl. i'm crash coursing how to make geriatric cats comfortable. it's stressful. i'm tired. everyone at the vet knows me now. you...probably don't want to read more about it. so a break is in order, not only for you but also so i can focus on the little dudes. 

here are a few things that i managed to do between visits to the vet last week. the chris bradley show at mca.

a quick stop at water tower to check out a photography exhibit. here is one of the lions that lives inside.

got a really great key lime shake at m burger.

the interesting marks and tags of the week.

i fucked up a gudetama pudding kit by micowaving it too long. it was still tasty (and my jiji mug was salvaged. yay!)

and i still love the lake.

see you guys soonish. not sure how long i'll be gone? i'll probably be posting on ig sporadically if you need a fix. bye for now.

Monday, June 12, 2017

takashi murakami's the octopus eats it's own leg at mca chicago

ever since leff found out about the murakami retrospective at mca, we have, essentially, had a countdown clock running until the show opened. (longtime readers will NOT be surprised by this.) on saturday, we took the express bus downtown to bask in the superflatness. 

as i had promised on ig, i took ms ko with me. no worries tho, this was her only posed photo.

the show takes up the entire 4th floor

and includes, as is expected in a retrospective (der), some very early works. i didn't take pics of the very painterly, muted pallet paintings at the beginning but, i swear to you, i would NEVER have pegged those as early murakami! (even though thematically, it makes sense. the paint application was  just SO different!)

i am more accustomed to seeing superflat images. (used to subscribe to gr so, that is not surprising!)

mr dob is one of the real reasons why i got hooked on murakami. dobojite? well, look at the guy!

i never tire of dob. for that matter, i can watch "good morning"  for days cause of graduation bear.

here's the evolution of the flowers. from a whole wall (idk, circa 2010? maybe earlier?)

to this *gorgeous* piece from 2015.

but guys. guys. GUYS! around the corner from that painting is what could be described as a temple. and these two huge monsters live there, one on each end. i swear, i screamed and then hit leff when i saw the red guy peeking around the corner.

he casts quite a shadow.

his opposing blue friend.

and another shot for scale.

the sculptures would be enough but there are also massive canvases silkscreened with selective glitter. they GLOW like backlit stained glass! is it because of dark to light printing? idk. they are SUPER impressive. have some details.

i tried to get a long shot for you but it was crowded and, well, these are HUUUGE.

another detail.

leff and i got a membership to mca on saturday SPECIFICALLY to see this show again. lol (i mean, mca always curates so many interesting and diverse shows. it's not *just* for murakami.(although, yeah, it was. bwahaha))

and, double lol, we hit the gift shop. hard. (did not buy a $3500 plush dob tho. even though i'd love one.)

tickets came with free murakami temp tattoos which, if i hadn't been yearning for superflat merch since the early aughts (when i couldn't afford it), would have been enough. super cute!!

we *did* get (not pictured) 1) the show catalog 2) a show poster  (sorta pictured here) 3) two postcards 4) a show tshirt and finally (pictured) 5) two enamel pins.

remember that time i made superflat cupcakes? yeah, well, now i have the pin. i can die happy.

(oh! leff just reminded me that i also made some murakami flower cookies for the bake sale for japan!  (i swear, guys, i make so much stuff that i forget.))

so yes, long story short, if you are in chicago from now until sept 24, 2017 GET YOUR ASS TO THIS RETROSPECTIVE! it is so good.

it is SO good.