On Thursday we had a nice little group dinner at my house. I made a squash, apple, ricotta tart that I wasn’t sure about at first but it ended up being delicious. Laura, on the left, and Josh, on the right, are two of my roommates. Ciera and Mikey are roommates in another house.
Josh. Strangely enough, half my house, and half of Mikey’s house are from Michigan (myself included).
A foggy night in downtown Philly.
At home with a cuddly Rover. His allergies are really bad right now so he always wants someone to be petting him because I think it feels good on his itchy skin.
Working on commissions during some downtime during my nanny day.
This week I also got my contributor copy of a book that I have an essay published in. The book is called Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind and it’s by China Martin and Victoria Law. The subtitle is “Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities.” I wrote the essay for a zine of the same name back in 2008 and it was framed as a zine for radical parents and parent allies. Back then, we had spent a lot of time with the little kid neighbors at the group punk house I lived in. We set up a book reading day on our porch, invited them in to watch quiet bands, had a pumpkin carving party and provided pumpkins to the neighborhood kids, etc. But we tried to do it all without stepping on any parents toes and crossing any boundaries or appearing like the “fun, good guy adults.” and that’s what the essay is about. The zine was just collected into an anthology.
The only other thing of note from during the week was that I ordered kettlebells and they arrived in the mail! My poor postman. I can’t wait to start using them and having some weights incorporated into my home workout routine again.
On Saturday, a group of us went out to Linvilla to buy some pumpkins and have a nice fall day outside. Here’s Craig, my other Michigan roommate.
Karen, Peter, Mikey and Laura all went too.
I found a flower on the ground and put it in one of my button holes. It kind of mirrors my tattoo!
Mikey posing Laura for a group photo? Haha
This looks like some artsy pitchfork band photo where everyone looks a little awkward.
Trying to strong arm this pumpkin with one hand
Mikey looks good with pumpkins.
Wandering around at the farm. this looks strangely posed.
We made our way into a big bamboo patch.
Laura stole my camera and told me to give my best America’s Next Top Model face. This was my first reaction I guess. I’m not quitting my day job…
Then she told me about Smizing, which apparently is smiling with your eyes. So I tried that and wasn’t very good at that either.
Mikey tried to Smize too.
Here’s his best America’s Next Top Model pose, in which Laura instructed him to make interesting angels with his props.
Then we ate terrible and delicious food, like apple cider donuts.
and funnel cake, and kettlecorn and homemade french fries……
This would be my favorite photo if we were in focus because we look tough.
This would do if I wasn’t laughing and eating kettlecorn at the same time.
Craig smizing and smiling.
Later that evening, Mikey and I went over to Mike’s open studio. He just started an artist residency program where he gets a free studio space for a year. Jared was there too.
The artist in his studio.
Mikey looking at Mike’s work.
Mike really went all out on the name tags.
After the open studio was over, we walked over to the University Arts League where my nanny dad was having an opening. He’s a painter. He had work up with this woman, Jennifer.
Mike posed with her art. These ladders are actually 2 dimensional photos of ladders.
There’s my nanny dad explaining his work!
One of his pieces.
After art stuff, we went over and got Thai food for dinner. Jared’s thai iced coffee came with a weirdly fancy wrapped straw but he actually couldn’t get it off the top of his straw.
After dinner, I brought my new fire pit over to Mikey’s and we broke it in with his roommates and some of their friends, and Mike and Jared came over too.
Rover came as well and hammed it up.
It was a really nice way to spend a fall evening.
Back at home, progress for my little fall balcony garden, my lettuce and sugar snap peas are growing pretty fast. I don’t know if they’ll make it to full size before the first freeze, but we’ll see. It’s just fun to watch something grow from seed again.