Life and Food Porn.


LifeUpdate!
February 28, 2011, 1:46 pm
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Man, have I been slacking on the blog front.

Ow.

Rock Hudson, about to find out what February feels like from James Dean.

Anyways, I thought I’d get a kick in the pants (or punch in the groin.) and write a little bit with onset of warmer weather. February seems to always have been the odd-month-out. I’m pretty sure something that comes with this month does something to the chemical balance in my brain, seeing as I always feel like I’ve been donkey-kicked in the chest by the end of it. Onwards and upwards, as I say! We shall not tarry here!

So, this all brings me to my next point. Seeing as my internship is coming to an end this May, I’ve decided to take it upon myself and adventure. I’ve called my friend Kasey in Hawaii, and (hopefully.) in the next couple of days I’ll be able to get a hold of her again. I’m going to give living in Hawaii a shot, and I’m going to try and live on a boat. (Or shoddy apartment, either way.) However, this might raise a few eyebrows for a couple of reasons:

  • I know nothing of boating. (except being on the rowing team in high school, but that doesn’t count.)
  • Odin needs to find some kind of employment whilst over there. (Blergh, I hate being an adult.)

So I might swing a job on the main island in the University of Hawaii, or just bum it out for a year or so. So far, my future is a bit of a blank check. Tentative plans all around, but adventures nonetheless.

 

Fortune.

Got to start somewhere, right?

On that note, I’ve also thrown in a couple of applications to LEGO in hopes of getting employment for their corporate site. (Since it’s been my dream to work with LEGO since, well, I don’t know, FOREVER.) This application is a bit of transition from the Hawaii idea, but it’s also a part of my new “get-up-and-go-adventure” attitude. I needed a jump-start, so I thought to myself “Well, I haven’t done anything ridiculous in a while, so this would be a good place to start.” I mean, why not learn a new language and work for an international company that makes creative toys? Hell, I’ve only been wanting to work for Lego since I became acquainted with them.

Anyways, so the idea so far is to throw in a couple of applications to get on Lego’s radar in hopes of becoming seen as an “interested” applicant. Meanwhile, I learn some languages (Spanish and Dutch primarily.) while I work on polishing up the ole’ resumé while I work a tech job here in Ohio for the next year or so. Fingers crossed, things will start pointing in the right direction. 🙂

 

Onwards!

Onwards!



Apartment living, Seattle food porn, and Winter Madness
January 19, 2011, 4:48 pm
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We all knew it was going to happen. One day, you’d walk into my little apartment, and realize, “Oh dear god. Odin’s finally snapped.” Granted, the signs leading up to this point can probably give hints to this conclusion.

  • It could be the fact that my attire, once I get home, has usually consisted of sweatpant shorts, my flannel robe, and gigantic cartoon slippers. (DAMN IT, I’M AN ADULT.)
  • The fact that I have a pet snake. (Which still boggles my mind, seeing as he’s very sweet and snakes are literally the easiest animals to take care of.)
  • The iPod that I have set up in my kitchen seems to play Andrew Bird and Radiohead on an endless loop. Also, my kitchen smells of baked goods. Too many baked goods.

All that aside, onto more storytelling!

In the past couple of weeks from my return from Seattle, I’ve been dreaming of grilling some fish. It’s a capital of fresh fish and produce up there, for certain. In the short time I was there, I headed up to the Pike Place Public Market. If you haven’t been there, and you live up in that corner of North America, shame on you. Seriously though, this place is an absolute trip. We had just about every single kind of food you could possibly think of could suddenly be at your fingertips. My brothers and I had our grubby little paws on just about everything. Crêpes, fish, the original Starbucks (!) Hell, I even had duck for the first time. (Hot DAMN was it good too!) All in all, it was pretty much straight up fresh food porn. That being said, let me decorate your brain with some images of what we saw.

While Pike Place was amazing, I think that some of the places that stuck out in my mind the most were actually over in Portland. Two places in particular, one of which was Voodoo Doughnuts. This place came to mind while I was looking up some food porn a while back. I had come across this picture:

Awesome.

What thus happened? I needed to find out where this little guy came from. It wasn’t a kind of “I want to find this thing on my off-time.” sort of deal. No, I dropped everything I was doing and went all crazy on every search engine I could find to figure out the origin of this sugar-coated fetish.

Portland.

I could find it in Portland.

So, to make a long story short, we went there, it was awesome, but they didn’t have any voodoo dolls. What did I have instead you ask?

 

EL DIABLO

Portland never ceases to amaze with items like this. I mean, come on. How much more hardcore is this doughnut than others? Much, MUCH more. Pentagram in icing, along with chocolate cake doughnut, chocolate icing, red cinnamon sprinkles, and chocolate chips in the middle. After eating this I was practically vibrating from all the sugar I had just consumed. That being said, I visited with my friend Erin Britt at the Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, and if you haven’t gone there to just chill out and catch up with your friends, well, you haven’t lived. It is one of the coolest coffee places I’ve ever been to, and the coffee was so potent, I’m pretty sure that I freaked Erin out with the my horrifying disproportionate ratio of words to breathing. (Something like 16 words a second. I am a terrifying human being.)

That all being said and done, I’d like to think that this would be the calm before the storm. I know you’re curious, so what might the next edition of food porn be?

BREAKFAST EDITION. HOME-COOKED STYLE.



The Unpacked Life: Apartment Living.
July 12, 2010, 1:57 pm
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Seriously, it's changed so little

This is an image of the apartment thus far. I'll get a better panorama, I promise. Click it if you want to see it a bit bigger!

Let the record show that I was completely unhinged when I thought I’d be able to fit all that I needed to live in an apartment into a Honda Civic. Ridiculously unhinged. I thought about how I could make a bookshelf out of cinder blocks and wooden planks, and then suddenly realized, “Hey, if I’m getting a modest apartment, it’s going to be practically bare when I move there. Man up, get a truck, get some stuff in that sucker.

The Frog

This is how I feel about curtains.

Honestly, I hate it when that little voice in my head is right. Oh, man. Was that little voice right though. I’m glad I brought most, if not all of my stuff with me though. The most difficult of the entire trip had to be the books and my old, charcoal dresser. I mean, that little voice in my head did have a point, I mean, what’s the use of having furniture of your own if you actually never use it? Anyways, I have practically all of my stuff in this little apartment, and it still seems so incredibly bare. What I really need to start doing is getting some posters and artwork up on the walls. I would start writing on the walls, because I find that helps me write more often and get my thoughts out simultaneously, but I doubt my little landlady would like that. I do have one gripe about the place I’m in currently, and that’s the fact that the great Curtain Debacle of 2010 has taken over my little living room. One would think that this sounds ridiculous to have a grown man complaining about curtains, but I’m currently sick of the fact that I have curtains, and I can’t simply put them up like a normal person. It’s been a smorgasbord of events that have inhibited me from doing so. (The curtain rod won’t screw into the window, the rod is too short, ect.) I even tried just getting blinds, but even the blinds I got were too small! (Oh man, was that even more infuriating.) So, currently the only room I have curtains in is my bedroom, which is incredibly nice, but nothing in the living room. I can’t believe how I even took curtains for granted. Sheesh. Normal people don’t think about things like this, I swear. One day, I’ll get curtains in the living room. One day…

The place is nice though. I’ve got a little kitchen, a little bathroom, a slightly large living room, and a ridiculous bedroom. Like, I don’t know what to do with myself this place is so slightly big. It’s nice though, I like being on my own. Moving on from my little apartment woes, I’ll give you all food porn later today as well. You’re going to like this one, because it’s themed! Specifically, with SUGAR!

And thus, the process beings.



Bummin’ around.
April 18, 2010, 4:06 pm
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So, for those of you playing the home version of this blog, and don’t know me personally, I love to longboard. I’ve been skating around since freshman year in high school, but I have to chalk up my love of longboarding to Sam Van Fleet and Matt Yannie, two fine gentlemen I met while attending the College of Wooster.

Relaxin'.

Relaxing on the quad, done with I.S. (Photograph by Harrison Wilson)

Anyways, While Sam loves to bomb hills, I’ve always just liked to cruise around. I’m not one to pull any kind of tricks or bomb giant hills, I just like to cruise. I like to think that the whole experience is like surfing on pavement. For me, it becomes incredibly relaxing if you want to just forget your problems for a while. After amassing quite a collection of longboards, (I’m sure I’ll update my quiver on this blog sometime in the near future. Just hit double digits!) I have to say that various longboards that I own have become staples of urban art in my room. The design of the decals of these particular boards (I’m talking about my Sector Nine Waimea and Shipsterns, along with my Loaded Vanguard) are boards I find to be incredible as pieces of functional art. (Let it be known that Sam gives me constant hell for rarely riding a couple of my boards. I’m not going to NOT ride them! Come on, that’s just unreasonable Sam.)

So, I was just surfing around youtube, and I found a new video by the guys at Loaded Longboards. After watching the guys at Original Longboards go down to Puerto Rico and video record their adventures down there, I’ve been inspired to throw one of my boards in my car and drive around the US to simply cruise around various locations. I’ve been waiting to really start my own little adventure, and I’m pretty sure the deal was sealed with watching the Loaded video. I figured, why wait? This summer seems like the perfect time to indulge in a little cruise adventure!

So, in the coming weeks, I’ll be posting locations in where I hope to travel, and I’ll be eventually posting pictures of the places I end up going! Anyways, I suggest watching the entire series of the Original Longboard Crew in Puerto Rico, but also check out Loaded’s LongTreks series. I’ve posted the first two episodes of each series, but tell me what you think!



Sitting at the Airport.
March 20, 2009, 6:02 pm
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Well, I have to say, I’m still not a fan of airports. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, but I’d rather stick to my Green Machine for longer travel. (It’s a 2003 Sea Green Honda Civic. I love the car, but the color is harsh on my overall vibe.) Another thing about airports that I’m not sure I really appreciated is watching the latecomers sprint into a terminal. Currently, it’s my new five minute past-time. Nothing quite like watching two old people fight over a latte. One little fact I learned today is that last night Obama was the first president of the United States to be on a late night comedy show. He sure is setting quite a few standards for this country. I don’t really care where your own particular political standing is, you’ve still got to hand it to the guy, he’s got ‘some’ kind of gumption.

Oh well, I’m here about 15 minutes early. Hopefully Jen will be surprised to just see me. Granted, I’m in shorts and a leather jacket, but the weather in Cincinnati is ridiculous. It’s amazingly sunny outside, but maybe 45 degrees. If even. On with the day!



Diving into Urban Art.
March 20, 2009, 12:34 am
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Check out the awesome graffiti the Tangvald Boys found today! (Kudos go to Rainor and Baldur for taking me to such a cool abandoned factory.)

Blue as can be!