November 30, 2011
Running to get into a low, rumbling muscle car after buying a couple of 40-ouncers felt just like being a teenager again.
Our friend has been working for years on rebuilding his 1971 Road Runner, and while it’s still a work in progress, it’s finally back on the road. Just look at that gorgeous front end. I kind of want to marry it.
Posted by jodi on November 30, 2011 at 7.43am
November 28, 2011
(I KNOW. Haircut blogging. Yawn).
Posted by jodi on November 28, 2011 at 11.26am
November 21, 2011
Because I love it so much. I want to have this fabric in all the colours. You can’t see it here, but the pinstripes in the metallic gold version are white. Love! Lots of amazing new bandannas coming soon soon soon, y’all.
Posted by jodi on November 21, 2011 at 11.40pm
November 19, 2011
Arcade Fire :: The Suburbs
Cockney Rebel :: The Human Menagerie
Coeur de Pirate :: Blonde
Papa John Creach :: Inphasion
Dalis Car :: The Waking Hour
Divinyls :: What a Life!
Gang of Four :: Another Day/Another Dollar
Gorillaz :: Plastic Beach
Wanda Jackson :: Leave my Baby Alone
Judas Priest :: Point of Entry
Juicy Lucy :: Get a Whiff a This
The Klezmorim :: East Side Wedding
Meat Puppets :: Lollipop
Donny Osmond :: Alone Together
Peaches :: Impeach my Bush
Silver Convention (self titled)
Le Tigre :: Remix 12″
The Tubes :: Outside Inside
Bonnie Tyler :: It’s a Heartache
Neil Young :: Hawks & Doves
Various artists :: (Ronco presents) Get It On! (as seen on TV)
Posted by jodi on November 19, 2011 at 11.17pm
November 18, 2011
Moving on from the recipe used for the first three mustards, this one follows the recipe for Lombard Mustard found in The Forme of Cury. The recipe is as follows:
Take Mustard seed and waishe it & drye it in an ovene, grynde it drye. farse it thurgh a farse. clarifie hony with wyne & vynegur & stere it wel togedrer and make it thikke ynowz. & whan þou wilt spende þerof make it tnynne with wyne.
The modern version given to us by Edward fitzRanulf called for 1 cup mustard seeds, 0.5 cup white vinegar, 0.5 cup bread crumbs, 2 tsp. salt and 0.5 cup honey. Modifications for Mustard #4:
-blended yellow and brown mustard seed instead of using all brown, as usual; this was a double batch and we used all the yellow mustard seed we had, so the blend was something like a bit less than half a cup of yellow and a bit more than 1.5 cups brown
-substituted ground almonds for bread crumbs
-white wine vinegar (you are just never going to convince me that it’s a good idea to use straight up white vinegar for anything that isn’t pickles or washing windows)
-we used creamed honey softened in the microwave, but it occurred to me later that Edward probably meant for liquid honey to be used, because Americans don’t seem to use creamed honey like Canadians do: while living in Georgia creamed honey was difficult for me to find, and the first time I brought it to the studio one of my colleagues shouted, WHY ARE YOU PUTTING LARD IN YOUR TEA? So anyway, we’ll use liquid honey next time. The honey gave the mustard a grainy, sparkly quality that’s a bit odd looking, but on first tasting it was pretty nice, if still a bit strong.
The original recipe says to use vinegar AND wine, so for the next batch we’ll try a blend of wine vinegar and a dry white wine.
As for the first three mustards, #1 is finally settling down into something edible, and the strong bitter edge is all but gone. In fact, there seems to be little difference now between Mustards #1 and #2. We’ve used both in salad dressings with good success but have yet to try them on a sandwich.
Posted by jodi on November 18, 2011 at 8.13am
November 17, 2011
I’m sitting at the table cutting pictures out of old children’s encyclopædias and sorting them into 3 sandwich bag categories: dudes and ladies; animals; birds and bugs (because don’t ask), and tucked into one of the books was this adorable photo of some young cadets falling asleep on a bus trip:
The badge says “Royal Canadian Air Cadets 535 Leamington” (the book it was found in came from a yard sale in Leamington, Ontario). Somebody printed this themselves: the negative was scratched and dirty, the image is all crooked on the paper, and there are two little claw marks from where it was hung up to dry.
Posted by jodi on November 17, 2011 at 10.55am
November 16, 2011
This ugly old wedding dress is the raw material for a new project prototype: creating new and useful items out of what would otherwise sit folded in tissue forever, slowly fading, creases setting in permanently. You spent thousands on this dress, and possibly even dreamed of wearing it your whole entire life. Don’t store it under the bed where it’ll get knocked around every time you sweep the floor. Don’t store it in the basement where it’ll get ruined the first time you have a sewage flood! Instead carry the memory of your special day with you always, in the form of such practical items as: grocery totes. Placemats. A laptop case. Diaper soakers! (because after marriage comes the baby carriage, amirite?).
Any suggestions for practical and irreverent items (that people ACTUALLY USE) to add to the list will be welcomed and considered. I am especially excited about the grocery totes, but there must be something that can be done with all that lace. Kitchen curtains? Car rags? Ooh, car seat covers. Do people still use those?
Posted by jodi on November 16, 2011 at 1.56pm
November 13, 2011
The crux of my hoser costume this Hallowe’en:
Old stubby bottle fished out of the Thames River at Fanshawe Park 15 years ago (or more). I made this fake circa-1979 50 label for it and carried it around with me all day.
Posted by jodi on November 13, 2011 at 1.37pm
November 11, 2011
Subject: Rape culture, and how not to perpetuate it
In an item repeated in every news broadcast this afternoon, CBC newsreaders have referred to the situation at Penn State as a “sex scandal”. It’s disappointing to hear CBC Radio news continue to refer to rape as “sex”. Some better words that could be used include rape, abuse, assault, child abuse, child rape. You get the picture.
As rape is more a crime than a “scandal”, I assume that the scandal being referred to in the news item is not the rape or series of rapes specifically, but rather the failure of Penn State’s football coach to report those rapes and the possibility that the institution actively worked to cover up those rapes. In this case, the phrase “sex scandal” is still inaccurate in describing a failure to report a crime.
Every report framing this situation as a “sex scandal” acts to diminish the crime of rape.
Posted by jodi on November 11, 2011 at 7.55pm
November 10, 2011
An Adana 8×5 tabletop platen press. It’s in good working condition and has been well cared for, with a refurbished roller that looks new. With it we got a case and a half of large wood type (two different point sizes), a kilogram or so of various lead type ornaments and initial caps, four boxes of new lead type (mostly weird script typefaces but there’s one nice 8pt caps type I can see us getting a lot of use out of), half a dozen composing sticks, at least fifteen speed quoins, three quoin keys (I AM ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE THREE QUOIN KEYS, YOU GUYS), plenty of gauge pins, the wooden block that you use to gently tamp down the type before locking up a form (I can’t remember what this is called), a slug cutter, a Lassco corner rounder (so now I can have two, with different blade sizes, instead of having to switch the blades out all the time!). And when we had it all loaded into the car, the fellow we bought it from handed me a Bostitch saddle stapler and said, here, you can have this too. That gift with purchase alone will revolutionize my life, y’all. SO EXCITED.
Posted by jodi on November 10, 2011 at 8.21am