Saturday, February 28, 2009

Book VS Movie, Revolutionary Road

I was super anxious to see Revolutionary Road, the movie, but decided to read the book first. I sped through it and loved every page. I found it hard to put down and it even made me cry. I saw the movie yesterday. I think it was a pretty good translation from book to film, but having read the book I just felt like I knew way more about the characters than was presented in the movie. Their thoughts and feelings and what they wanted to say but didn't. I think the common belief is that interior monologue in movies cheapens it somehow, but I think it can add a lot sometimes. I mean how were we to know that Shep loved April until he told her so, when in the book that fact is made clear quite early on. I could nit pick this to death, but I won't. Overall I really liked the movie. The dialogue was pretty much straight out of the book and that is what I was hoping would remain unchanged. Also, who doesn't love Kate Winslet? And her really cute outfits! Definitely go see the movie but you should probably also read the book first.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Project

Someone really awesome told me that I should try to recreate my vector drawings with felt. I tried it, and it was really fun, and it turned out pretty great.

From this:

To this:

Now a couple of questions. Where can I buy Shadow box frames for cheap? and would you buy something like this from Etsy?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009


Originally uploaded by Meeshatron!

These pretty little flowers have started sprouting up outside my back door. I know they are just a tease of spring, as the next couple months will probably be really rainy, but these little guys sure do make me smile.

Friday, February 06, 2009

I can read!

I am going to start keeping track of the books I read this year. I always try to do this but end up only reading like 3 books the entire year. I have been doing a bit better but I am sure as summer arrives, I will probably read less and less or maybe I will just go outside and read. In any case, here are the books I have read in 2009 so far.

-Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I had read two of Margaret Atwoods books before this, one I loved (Handmaids Tale) and one that I didn't really care about much at all (Robber Bride), so I was never really itching to read more of her books, nervous about getting into a long book that I wasn't that into. A couple of my friends had mentiond this book to me more than once so when I saw the hardcover on sale for $8 I bought it and started reading it immediately. I really loved how I wasn't quite sure what caused this crazy futuristic world or where the story was going until almost the end. Usually this might annoy me, but everything in this story was interesting and I just wanted to keep reading it. I wasn't totally happy with the ending, but mainly I just wanted it to keep going on. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Snowman next and what became of the Crakers and the ending seemed a little abrupt to me. In any case, I really loved this book.

-Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Pahlaniuk. I had been wanting to read this book for a long time, but never got around to buying it. When I found it on the bookshelf at Matthew's house I borrowed it, Jessie read it, then finally I read the book in a few days. I already love Portland, but this book just made me love it even more. There were a lot of things in there I did not know about Portland and lots of quirky landmarks etc that I want to check out. Definitely would recommend this book to any Portlanders or anyone else for that matter.

-I am about halfway through Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, and sadly I am just not that into it. I put it down to read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates before I see the movie, and only 90 pages in I love it way more than Long Way Down. I am sure I will go back to it, but not till I finish Revolutionary Road.

What are you reading? Any recommendations?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Honestly, I am so fucking happy right now that I could scream from the rooftops. I fucking love my friends, Matthew is pretty much the best ever, Portland is amazing and I really am genuinely so happy that the only things I have to complain about are that it is a little bit cold outside and my kitchen floor is dirty. Honestly! SO fucking happy. Life is great.

xox M