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1. Chickens
When I was a kid we had a sort of hobby farm with pigs, horses and chickens and I have fond memories of them and of eating farm fresh eggs. A few years ago I found out you were allowed to keep up to three chickens within the city limits, providing you have a certain amount of outdoor space and a coop, or something and I became fixated on the idea of owning a city chicken. There is a community center in town that even offers an urban chicken class to teach you how to keep them. I still like to think that when I retire I will have chickens and maybe a goat. I love the idea of participating in the production of my own food too. It’s something that really clicks with me, although it is hard to do in an apartment, and I think this is a leftover effect from my farm upbringing.

If I had chickens I would give all my friends eggs and I would name one Henrietta after this book we had as kids. And yes I still eat chicken too.

2. Tacoma
I went to college in Tacoma and so spent some of my most formative years there. Tacoma gets a bad rap but I think it is super cool. It has a rad art scene (or it did when I lived there anyway); better thrift stores, two great waterfronts (Ruston and Thea Foss); a gigantic park with a big old growth forest, a logging museum and a zoo with polar bears and beluga whales, neither of which may be found in Seattle (Point Defiance); more of a preservationist attitude towards old buildings than Seattle; and is more affordable overall. You know the crazy-looking gorgeous hotel-turned high school in 10 Things I Hate About You? That’s Stadium High in Tacoma. I like that it is slightly dingier and less polished than Seattle. As Neko Case says, it is the dusty old jewel of the South Puget Sound! All-American City!

3. Pickling
I got into pickling this year as a good basic intro to canning. I like the idea of canning and stocking a pantry and being old-timey with my food (see chickens above). I made a lot fo jam when I was a kid so I thought this would be a good thing to try next. And who doesn’t like pickles, right? Well. I have a confession. The pickles we made did not turn out super awesome. They are all kind of mushy! I don’t know what I did wrong. I have to try again next year. Meh!

4. Poetry
I just saw Donald Hall read a couple weeks ago and he spoke of how at age 14 he chose to dedicate himself to poetry and never looked back. Well I wish I could share a similarly-romantic story but in truth I discovered poetry by accident. I always looked down on it as a forum for angsty teens, goddess-worshiping lady hippies in touch with the cycles of the moon and other overly-emotional overwrought writers. As a creative writing major I saw myself focusing on New Yorker-style creative fiction—you know, IMPORTANT writing. One semester I needed a writing credit and my friend was taking the poetry workshop. She assured me it would be easy—you only had to turn in a certain amount of work to get a good grade, the poems didn’t have to be GOOD. And it fit into my schedule. So I took the class. Turned out I loved it, it came fairly easily, and I was good at it. After college I took a class and got hooked into the scene, and did some readings. My favorite moment was reading my poetry at the opening of a city council meeting.

I am now in a poetry workshop group that has been meeting for about five years, and I am in a pretty frustrating writers-block phase where I am not producing much, and I’m not so involved anymore, but I still love poetry.

5. Fonts
I became interested in typography during college when I took a class called The Art of the Book, and learned all about type and letterpress printing. I am by no means an expert but I love learning about it and reading about it. I like how typography is almost a science in a way—it’s an art, but it’s so very exact and precise. I also like that it is the perfect combination of design and words, two of my favorite things. I had the opportunity to go to TypeCon a couple years ago and spent three days immersed in type talk. I also got to see the premiere of Helvetica the movie! Interestingly enough, one of the speakers was the man who owns the firm where I work. He has a special interest in typography, calligraphy and letters in general. I had no idea that my career would take me this close to typography but there you go.


If you want to do this meme post a comment and I will tell you five things that make me think of you.

Date: 2009-02-27 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-lotus.livejournal.com
Me please!

Date: 2009-02-27 11:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverfae9
My mom is planning on raising chickens and goats and maybe pigs when she moves up to Georgia permanently, and building a special building for canning and other larger-scale food production things. Their plan is basically to be as self-sufficient as they can.

Date: 2009-02-28 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nerdhaus.livejournal.com
Did you know I'm an alumnus of Stadium High? I love that building, and I loved growing up in Tacoma, but I'm glad to be out of there and living in the (sorta) big city now. Oh, and speaking of Neko Case, one of my best friends in high school had Neko Case as a roommate (and worked with her at Hunters & Collectors when she was dating Krist Novoselic).

Date: 2009-02-28 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j-coutts.livejournal.com
You got Five On It right here.

Date: 2009-02-28 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingopixel.livejournal.com
i like this! my friend stacey had three chickens in the city for a bit. one ran away, one got killed, and i'm not sure if she still has the third, but it is a really cool thing to have in the city.

Date: 2009-02-28 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dearanxiety.livejournal.com
i would love to do this meme. but also i would love to tell you how ian and i were talking, seconds before i read this, about how we both really want to have chickens. and how much better those eggs'll be than any eggs we have now.

meme too.

Date: 2009-02-28 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
My sister just got chickens (she's in West Seattle). I'm going to go visit them soon. Cait wants chickens, but I'm not sure if I'm up for it. A cat is work enough for me.

I do believe we've discussed typography and the merits of Tacoma before. I enjoy them both.

Date: 2009-03-01 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rmt.livejournal.com
my friend has chickuns!
she had a bunch and they kept getting kidnapped and pilaged!
so she got some more recently

do me!

did you heat up the vinegar etc or do it cold?

Date: 2009-03-02 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terrajen.livejournal.com
We had chickens when I lived in the Philippines! On my 9th birthday, my grandmother killed one and cooked it for a birthday party. That was the first time I've ever seen that happen. The chickens were just always there for pets, not food! Or so I thought...

Date: 2009-03-03 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squiggle.livejournal.com
some people in my neighborhood have chickens and they are really annoying! well mostly it's the ROOSTER that is annoying, can you guess why? :)
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