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Buzzed! =oD [Oct. 27th, 2009|10:50 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |South Park Halloween Episode Marathon on Comedy Central]

I buzzed my head last weekend, and I LOVE EET. I'm so fuzzy! Both sides are the same, but the hair on top is so long that it covers one side.

Buzzed 01 Buzzed 02

Two more.Collapse )

Also, feel free to snicker at this dorky YouTube clip of me semi-drunkenly "performing" Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Hong Kong Garden" at my co-worker's "Ultimate Lip Sync" party. A friend of mine secretly took this with his flip-cam and sent me the clip at work. =oP

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Happy Six-Year Anniversary [Oct. 2nd, 2009|12:27 am]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |groggygroggy]
[Current Music |"Death" - White Lies]

...This was the perfect way to start year seven, no? Love you, Christopher. <3

Side Note: Anyone in NorCal looking for a good hotel getaway, check out the Inn Above Tide in Sausalito--SO worth the extra cash for the "Bay View" room! You get your own private deck facing the San Francisco bay, and you can spend all day and all evening watching the pelicans dive for fish.
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Internet Cleanup/Updating! [Sep. 15th, 2009|08:36 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |artisticartistic]
[Current Music |South Park]

I started to feel like there was too much of me scattered across the internet; so I deleted all of the accounts I'm not using anymore (namely, my old-ass Angelfire website, my ancient Elfwood page, MySpace, and my sad, short-lived Etsy shop) and did a massive cleanup of my existing accounts. The cleanliness feels gooood, and I've now got this renewed desire to post things--new art, new photos, new comments on other peoples' stuff... Exciting! =oD

New on Flickr:
The Blood & Vinyl Shoot!
Blood and Vinyl Blood and Vinyl

The Hooker Shoot!
Hooker Chic Hooker Chic

New on deviantArt:
(Click to view larger version.)

Since I closed the Etsy shop, I decided to make prints available on deviantArt. I make less money that way, but it's a lot more convenient.
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Crap, crap, crap... crap. [Aug. 8th, 2009|03:07 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]
[Current Music |Mom singing along to Gretchen Wilson while she cooks in the kitchen. Adorable.]

So the relaxedness from last night has somehow turned into irritating, unexplained anxiety and panic today. My stupid, fluttery heart will not slow down.
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Oh, that Jenn, all she ever posts is photos... [Aug. 7th, 2009|08:20 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |The Daily Show]


I went with my nerd-boy to see Joe Rogan at Cobb's Comedy Club, and we were pretty that night.

My rats are fucking cute.

Look at Buffy's fingers! HER FINGERS!!!! HEEEERR FIIIIINGEEEERRRRSSSS!!!!!@@#$!@#$!!

Sniffle made a little nest out of Chris's t-shirt in the printer cubby of our computer desk.
Here's another photo, to give you a better idea of where she was.Collapse )

Jess made me this bomb-ass breakfast last weekend. YUMMMM.

Also last weekend, NEDDA GOT MARRIED! Congrats, mushroom-head!

More of the beautiful wedding here!Collapse )

I just got this preview shot from my most recent photoshoot--blood and blood and more blood! So fun! So tasty! =oD
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Recent Summer Adventures [Jul. 14th, 2009|03:58 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |mellowmellow]
[Current Music |"We Close Our Eyes" - Oingo Boingo]

What I've Been Up To:

Waded through a dense crowd of lovely gay people at the San Francisco Pride Parade... ...where I oggled as many naked boobies as I could.Collapse )

Visited the San Francisco Zoo with Chris... ...where we were rushed by this incredibly intimidating creature.Collapse )

Went to an Independence Day barbecue at Chris's mom's house... ...where a brave family friend painted Chris's disgusting toe-talons. *Shudder.*Collapse )

Other Things:

- I dyed the front part of my hair dark purple for a photoshoot on Sunday, and now I miss the blue tremendously. Blue's just felt right for months and months, and as soon as this stuff fades out, I think I'm going back to it for a very long time.

- Said photoshoot was fun. Part of it served as my first real lingerie shoot. Hopefully, I'll have photos to post by early August. (This photographer tends to take a while to send me the files.)

- I've been battling this... thing, lately. I don't think it's real depression, but it's a general discomfort and dissatisfaction with life. Except for one legendarily bad night I had in college, I don't know if I've ever felt lonelier. It hurts, and I cry at totally random times. Not sure what to do about it. Get a new job? Make new friends? I haven't come up with any really appealing or realistic solutions yet. =o\
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"Good-bye zipper!"* [Jun. 29th, 2009|09:15 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |lonelylonely]
[Current Music |"Nashville Parthenon" - Casiotone for the Painfully Alone]

A few months ago, I was browsing the shelves of a small bookstore in Berkeley when my rat-momma eyes zeroed in on a thin paperback manufactured to look like its pages had been gnawed on by a rat. As a rule, I buy almost anything rat-related I happen to come across; so I purchased it without a second thought. Judging from the adorable packaging, I was expecting a Ratatouille-esque story--something "cute" and at least mildly enjoyable for a rat-lover like me. What I was not expecting to find was a genuine piece of Literature, with a capital L. Funny, touching, and tragic, Sam Savage's Firmin is my new favorite book. I'd like to think that means a lot, considering the fact that I've never been able to pick a single favorite book before. The first time I finished reading it, I was riding the train on my way to work, and I bawled my eyes out in front of everyone (I'm talking non-stop tears, raking sobs, and globs of snot, here). I've read it twice more since then and cried again both times.

You don't need to like rats to sympathize with the title character. In the basement of a Boston bookstore, Firmin is born the runt in a litter of thirteen rats to a drunken mother who only has twelve nipples. Shoved aside by his bigger, stronger siblings at mealtime, he soothes the ache in his empty belly by gnawing on the only other things in his environment--books. As he eats page after page, Firmin somehow absorbs the knowledge of the printed words and develops the ability to read. Soon, his literary consumption becomes more psychological than literal (though he continues to allow himself the occasional nibble around the margins). Unfortunately for Firmin, this newfound skill creates in him a deep longing for the human world. No longer a simple rat concerned only with self-preservation, Firmin yearns for connection and understanding--for someone with whom to talk about philosophy, art, fiction, history, science, and all of the other things he's learned from his precious books. But other rats don't understand those things, and he doesn't have the physiological ability to converse with humans. He is isolated, a small, seemingly insignificant creature full of burning passions, unequipped with any way to communicate them. Anyone who has suffered even the slightest bit of loneliness will be able to identify with Firmin. I did, and I do... especially these days. I seem to have so very few friends at this point in my life, and I'm quite thankful to have found a new one in Firmin.

If you love books, read Firmin. If you love rats, read Firmin. If you love me, read Firmin. It's really the most wonderful piece of art I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

*A Note on the Subject-Line: At one point in the story, in a desperate attempt to communicate with a human, Firmin tries to learn sign language. Without actual hands, the only signs he can easily manage are "good-bye" (an energetic wave of the forepaw) and "zipper" (a zipping motion of the forepaw up his belly). Thus, "Good-bye zipper!" becomes his chant--his greatest, most courageous effort at reaching out to others. I'm seriously considering getting the phrase tattooed somewhere.
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Highlights from Paris [Jun. 25th, 2009|03:56 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |"Strange Powers" - The Magnetic Fields]

Paris! Paris! Paris! It feels like a dream--a really long, crazy, beautiful, exhausting dream. TONS of photos this way!Collapse )
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I'm in Paris!!! [Jun. 12th, 2009|07:42 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

Be back soon, with many pictures to post! Love you all! =oD
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Semi-Old Photo Post [May. 15th, 2009|01:26 pm]
Rat Momma
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |"Can't Get You Out of My Head" - Kylie Minogue]

I've been meaning to post these forever and just never got around to it... They're all pretty small; so I hope you don't mind that they're not under an lj-cut.

First: Drag Queens!
Photobucket Photobucket
We visited the lovely creatures of Asia SF just before Jess moved down to SoCal. They are so mind-blowingly beautiful. LOVE them.

Second: Amazing Dinner!
One of the best dinners ever served at the impoverished Vinyard-Jensen household. Hot dogs and $6 pink champagne--fuckin' CLASS, y'all.

Third: Rats!
Buffy fell into a deeeep, deep, adorable sleep on our bed a couple of weeks ago, which meant that I had to take a zillion photos of her. My heart! She hurts it!

Sniffle preferred sitting in Momma's lap to napping.

Fourth: Voltaire Outfit!
I went to a recent Voltaire show in San Francisco, where two of my friends were supposed to meet me, but I got stood up by both! This left me feeling sad and lonely, although Voltaire made up for it by being extra charming and wonderful and remembering me from the last show. =o) Still, I went home and pouted and made Chris take a picture of me so that at least my LJ-friends could appreciate the awesome outfit I put together that night.

Fifth: Lovelies!
These two darlings stayed over at my apartment a couple of weekends ago (shyfayrie and her boy). Looooove you, Nedda! <3

Sixth: Zoe and Finn!
Zoe and Finn
My boss commissioned a drawing of his kids from me--my first real commission, with a decent payment and everything! I was very excited, and he was pleased. =oD Larger version at DeviantArt.

Other Stuff:

- LISIS!!! I just bought the book-version of Let the Right One In and am reading it now. I like it super-much so far! It's way darker than the movie is. Thanks for recommending!

- Have any of you ever gotten a fix-it ticket? Is there anyone else you can get to sign off on your ticket besides a police officer? The stupid police station in Burlingame closes at 5 PM, so I can't get back from work in time to go there, and I take the train to work, so I can't visit the San Francisco station, because I don't have my car when I'm there. Halp!

- In less than a month, I am going to be in freakin' FRANCE! Spur-of-the-moment, crazy decision... I'll be staying in Paris with my cousin Lannie for a week. I cannot wait. I can feel the baguettes quivering in fear of my voracious hunger.
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