“Tea Time” | a #JaneDates comic

Unsure how to proceed, Barbie leaves Sammy, Jane, and Rogue at a loss.  This is going to be one awkward Christmas party in the Toy Box.

Source: “Tea Time” | a #JaneDates comic

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I’m trying to write something creative everyday for the rest of the year using writing prompts and I wrote a piece today from the perspective of a high school freshman in 1999 and I included a really catty detail about the reportedly slutty new girlfriend of a cute boy who dissed my protagonist.  I feel weird about keeping it in, but it’s also based on real life events.  I am now conflicted about that detail.

On the one hand, it’s how a fourteen year old girl would write about current events.  On the other hand it’s super catty and I don’t like that.  But on the other hand, fourteen year old girls, including myself in 1999, are really catty.  But on the other hand, I’m not fourteen anymore and I don’t want to encourage anyone to be casually catty like that.

I’m not sure what to do.

Is it true?  Do we funnel all of our creative energies into our blogs that we don’t create the real art we want to create?  Are we using it up in platforms such as these, crutches supporting what creativity we have, that there is none left when we go to create The Work?  We can’t all be Neil Gaiman, unfortunately.

Twinsters

Anais Bordier and Sam Futerman, twins separated at birth.

I posted about this documentary some months back, and today finally got to watch Sam and Anaïs’s journey starting from when they found each other.  It is very interesting that Sam decided to start documenting this so early after she first received Anaïs’s initial Facebook message and they were able to show so much of their story.

I’m still in the afterglow and don’t have anything articulate to say other than you should watch it.  It’ll make you feel things.

One of these days I’m going to write something that will trump the Becca Tiley post.

Not that I’m not proud of the Becca Tilley post, but, really?  Are people still interested in that?  This topic is no longer timely?

Team Taylor

Ok, so I am Team Taylor all the way (we know this about me), and I’ve never seen her perform live so I don’t really know what I’m talking about, and, quite frankly, fashion isn’t exactly my purview, but why is it that TayTay always seems to sport either a high waisted, longline bikini from the 1950s, OR some sparkly number she raided from a figure skater’s costume closet?  The photo links to Taylor’s Instagram (that’s where I swiped this pic from), check out her on stage wardrobe for yourself.

Also: the pic of her and Mary J. Blige is incredibly sweet.

“Coffee Stains”, an artist’s statement

I miss this. I’ve been wicked reclusive lately, writing, yes, but not traveling, not going anywhere. I’m excited to be returning to Rhode Island in a couple of weeks and have the opportunity to run around in a different place for a while. Maybe even a long while, if I get my act together. This sketchbook was a lot of fun to work on. As was visiting all those coffeehouses and writing this statement.

Love & Coffee
Bex

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My submission for this year’s Sketchbook Project with the Brooklyn Art Library: “Coffee Stains”.

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The following is my Artist’s Statement as written on the Sketchbook Project website:

My lifestyle causes me to move every few months.  Sometimes I’m returning somewhere familiar, sometimes I’m lucky enough to stay with friends and family, sometimes I go somewhere completely new.  Everywhere I go: I drink coffee.  When I chose the “Wanderer” theme I had the idea to chronicle my travels through drawings of cups of coffee in each location.  Then, I couldn’t find my sketchbook.

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On my travels went, though, and I found myself outside Portland, OR for two months, wherein I inadvertently found myself making what I called the “coffeehouse tour of Portland”.  I visited a different coffeehouse nearly every visit into the city, I sat there with my drink and wrote, or drew, and soaked in the culture of the coffeehouse.  At…

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Toilet Talk

This might sound strange, but I would love to have a clear tank on my toilet.  Simple devices they may be, toilets have been one of the biggest annoyances in my life.  We’ve all been there, am I right?  You’ve just dropped a deuce and the toilet isn’t flushing properly, and it isn’t even your house.  Panic sets in, you close the lid, remove all the knickknacks from the back of the toilet, take off the cover and start poking around like you’re Bob frickin Vila.  If you’re lucky it’s just that the chain came unattached from the handle and you’re up to your elbow in tank water, manually lifting the plug and hooking the chain back on.  Worst case scenario it’s the other end and you need a plunger.  More often than not, in houses it’s the former.  Your panic whooshes down with your piss and feces and you vacate the toilet feeling light and breezy.

I’ve lived in a lot of pretty rundown places where maintenance is either difficult or not a priority.  Because of that I’ve encountered a number of toilet problems and therefore have become proficient at plunging a toilet, jerry-rigging a flush handle, and holding down the handle until the tank empties completely.  I can’t help thinking there’d be fewer plumbing issues if toilet tanks were see through.  Not the bowl, the tank full of clean water with the spout and that balloon thingy that senses when the tank is full.  If it were see through we’d know the tank had emptied and that we can release the handle.  We’ve all been there, right?  Standing, awkwardly bent over, holding the handle like a boob because we’re not sure if it’s done flushing or not (this is assuming you close the lid when you flush like you should).  A clear tank would eliminate this anxiety.

So I looked it up: “toilet with a clear tank”.  And this is what I found:

Not what I was expecting.

In 2006 AquaOne presented the Fish ‘n Flush aquarium toilet tank.  No worries, the fish aren’t in the tank, there is a separate compartment that houses the fish.  The aquarium merely gives the illusion there are goldfish in your toilet.  The tank holds about 2.2 gallons while the aquarium holds 2.5 and can house pretty much anything except coral.  (Don’t you dare put any fucking coral in there.)  As long as it fits, it flies… er, swims.  And the kit came with everything one might need except water and fish.  Oh, and it glows in the nighttime due to strategically placed LED lights.

Unfortunately (fortunately?) this product is no longer available.  Although these people might still have some.  It’s hard to tell.  But don’t go looking at fishnflush.com, that domain is now owned by a guy who writes software code.

After perusing the aquarium option, I found this promotional video for a related product:

Closer to what I meant.  Although, I have zero interest in decorating my toilet tank.  That’s just weird.

Neither do I want a tank that is also an aquarium.  But I still believe a nice, clear, plexiglass toilet tank would make life easier and remind users to hold down the handle until the tank empties.  One day.  A girl can dream.