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The Portrait Project!

I am a photographer. Phew–it takes a lot to even write that! So many nagging doubts (well you’ve never been paid to do photographs, or been published, or even really been critiqued by a teacher or taken a photography class) get in the way of taking the first step towards realizing a dream: speaking it aloud.

As a very beginning photographer, I’ve started a project that I’m just calling The Portrait Project, in which I rent out various fancy fancy cameras and lenses (from CSI Rentals in Chelsea, which is incredible and full of badass women) and then force my friends and loved ones to pose for photos. Practice, practice, practice! The main album/collection lives on facebook but I would be remiss to leave them off this site! So below are a couple snippets and you can see the rest by clicking here ( or by clicking “portraits” on the menu bar, above!

Any and all critiques greatly, greatly welcome. And if you or someone you know want to sign up to be photographed (please??), click here.

#001: My Dearest Friend

#002: The Editor

#003: The Fashionista

Go check out the rest! New portraits Monday through Wednesday, older 35mm Portraits on Thursdays!


Still waiting to hear…

…if I’m in off the waitlist at VCU!

In the meantime, T(ea) and I are planning lots of exciting things. First up, a trip to Toledo over Memorial Day Weekend for the wedding of our dear friend Kitsie! The following weekend, a visit from T(ea)’s parents and a possible trip to NJ. The FOLLOWING weekend, it’s finally time for my big race: the Run With Grace 5K!! The weekend after that, T(ea) is off to Montreal for a Radiohead concert and me and some friends are hitting up Sleep No More for the last time before it closes at the end of June. PHEW! That’s a lot of stuff. Some of you might also know we’re planning something else on Sept 15th…more details on that very, very soon.

Also yesterday we went to the beach and it was AMAZING:

(grainy Blackberry photos are the new Instagram y’all)


No News is Good News?

Dear Friendzies,

Just want you all to know that there’s still no update for you about grad school. SHEESH! Will announce as soon as humanly possible. And there’s also another announcement in the works…but it’s a secret for now!!

Nail-bitingly yours,

The Juice Fast!

This past week, Sea and I tried something a wacky – the juice fast. It’s what it sounds like, you just drink juice and no solid food.

Our friend (and neighbor!) Lulu is into them. She owns a juicer, and was going on about how they give you more energy, more focus, and they give you wings (or am I confusing things? No, that must have been Lulu). So on a lark, we decided to do it for a week, to see how it goes.

The idea behind it is that your body normally spends a lot of energy digesting food–hence that dominating food coma you had on Thanksgiving. When you stop spending that energy digesting food, it’s like you’re just shooting those nutrients right into your bloodstream. Gives your digestive system a break, and lets your body reset itself. Some people actually call it a “juice cleanse” – I prefer “juice fast” because it doesn’t so much bring to mind a cranberry enema.

We borrowed Lulu’s juicer and a couple Nalgenes to take to work, and loaded up on apples, pears, broccoli (yeah, you can juice that), carrots, kale, pineapple, beets, and sweet potatoes. We started last Friday, and are just weaning off it by tomorrow (Thursday). And, proud to say, we did it! No food for almost a week! Although oddly, a mouse ate one Ritz cracker and one chocolate chip from our kitchen this week, even though we’ve never had mice.

We drank a 16 oz juice in the morning, two at lunch, and another one at night. We also drank tons of water (unlimited water)! The first thing that I discovered about the juice fast is that it’s really hard to get as many calories as I was used to. And there is something deeply unsatisfying about not being to chew your food.  During the weekend, for all but a couple hours after the last “meal,” there was a bit of crankiness. We’d get off at our subway stop and wander through the grocery like bleary, angry zombies. The trick is to pick out enough fruit to sweeten up the green vegetables you’ve got to drink for your real vitamins/iron/etc.

The physical side effects? Pretty much what you’d expect: mild headaches, food cravings, a lot of #1 in the bathroom, almost no #2. Correction: Sea informs me that girls never poop, so that’s not really a side effect.

The mental side effects? These are a little more interesting. The first three days, I don’t remember thinking about anything other food. But starting Monday, I felt really focused at work. No distractions, no bullshit, just getting things done. Robo-worker. This might be a result of depriving oneself of what is arguably human’s most basic urges. When my mind wandered, the first place it went was to food. What, can’t have food? Damn, back to work I guess. This week’s not going to be any fun, so I might as well get as much done in it as possible. By the time we’re ending it, I’ve actually stopped craving food so much: life’s just not fair.

It also made me feel a bit more Spock-like: able to look at life rationally, and not get bent out of shape about little things. When you force yourself to abstain from something that is so automatic, it makes you more self-aware. There may be something to the asceticism you see in lots of religions.

All in all, I might actually try this again. I didn’t feel like I had enough energy to work out at all this week, which probably defeats the physical benefits. But the mental benefits, after the first few days, were pretty nice. As body and mind are connected and all that hippy shit, it was a good experiment to play around with both.

Grilled Sea and Tea

New ideas abound. We’re not ready for a super big announcement… yet. But Sea and Tea need your help and creative juices.

If there was a food truck in Richmond VA that sold, say, grilled cheese, and ran on, say, vegetable oil, what would it be called? Some ideas:

  • Grillty Pleasures (includes deserts – like S’mores!)
  • Cheese Wizards (yes, this would involve wearing wizard robes while serving sandwiches)
  • Clustertruck (served with popcorn clusters)
  • The Grilled Cheese Truck (self-explanatory)

Can you think of something better? Or vote on one that you really like. (We’re not so subtly asking you to use the comment button here: Comment with good feedback (or criticism!) and you just might win a free grilled cheese someday=). Also, what kind of grilled cheese should be on the menu? What would you eat?

  • The classic – American cheese
  • ‘The Effie’ – Gorgonzola with figs and carmelized onions
  • Attack of the Killer Tomato – with lettuce, tomato and ketchup
  • Three cheese – which three? it’s a surprise!
  • The ballpark – swiss cheese with sauerkraut and brown mustard
  • Taco sandwich – pepper jack with refried beans and pico de gallo
  • Le Grilled Fromage – brie, apples and le honey.
  • The Goaty Pleasure (sorry, I couldn’t resist) – goat cheese with walnuts, cranberries and vinagrette.

Going on Vacation!!

As summer rolls into The City, we can’t help but think about a certain road trip we took way back in 2008–a crazy week of mishaps (car breakdowns, dry counties, and raccoon attacks) that we were certain would drive our then-friendship to its breaking point. But we made it through–with a handful of amazing tales to tell (free limo rides, a trip to the top of the St. Louis Arch, surviving raccoon attacks)–and now we’re going for round 2…with a catch.

Sea and Tea Road Trip 2011 will take place…on the West Coast!!

That’s right: we booked our one-way tickets to San Francisco on Labor Day weekend and will rent a car from there and head up the coast for a week of adventure. Among the places we plan to visit:

…and many more in between! So it’s time for you to chime in. Where should we go? What lovely things should we see? What fun activities are not to be missed? We’ve got four months to plan and need your help so comment away!

This Week: Getting Our Shit Together Part 1

After a couple days out of town (a trip to VA for Easter and a business trip to East Peoria for T(ea)), we spent the past weekend being outside and just generally enjoying the [early] springtime that completely blindsided pretty much everyone in NYC. Now that the week is off and running (how is it already Tuesday??) it’s time to get some things organized.

May is already pretty busy for us, with special guests C.D. and A.D. joining us in Brooklyn in a couple weekends, and then a pending camping trip with “The Boyfriends” from upstate (haven’t decided yet if we’re going here or here). On the 14th, we’re going to see Simone Felice at Rockwood Music Hall and then the rest of the Felices on the 18th at the Bell House! (Yes, my Felice Brothers Obsession lives on). Tuesdays have recently been claimed as Yoga days for me and a couple friends (at Yoga to the People‘s donation-based location in the East Village, score) and we’ve also applied to become cheap/poor members at the Chinatown YMCA (one of the only ones with a pool so T(ea) can get his swim on).

This upcoming weekend will see the progression of a photo-decor project in the hallway, new baking recipes, and a possible trip to the Catskills for some hiking and learning. Keep an eye out for more updates though…they are soon to come!

Until then, a photo to commemorate the sad sad passing of one of our favorite coffeeshops, Bluebird, which recently closed: