NYC: The Beginning
Yesterday morning at 4:30 a.m. I dragged myself out of bed, attempted to wrangle my various limbs into making some kind of combined walking/bag-carrying effort and somehow sleepwalked my way down to the bus station. After wolfing down some kind of breakfast burrito (it might have been a BLT? My brain didn't really register), I boarded the bus that was to be my abode for the next (supposedly) 11 hours.

The first portion of the trip (Toronto-border) I mostly slept, doing that special kind of contortionist's dance that one does in the unforgiving world of bus seats (thankfully I had two to myself so I could almost get comfortable). The border guards were brusque but let me through, and we proceeded on through Buffalo, Syracuse and onwards.

I had no idea that the bus trip would take me through three (yes, THREE) states - along with New York, we popped in to Pennsylvania (and visited a Burger King - oh the thrill!!) and motored through New Jersey on the way to the Lincoln Tunnel. We'd been on the road for nearly 12 hours by the time we emerged on the NYC side of the tunnel, and were just turning onto the road that would take us to the bus station when disaster in the form of a beige sedan struck the side of our bus.

Yes, a freaking CAR hit our BUS, which would have been bad enough, but then the driver (who might have been new) decided that it would be prudent to keep everyone on the bus while he waited for the police to arrive to sort out the accident. This whole 'being locked on a smelly bus after 12 hours of travel' situation quickly devolved into other passengers yelling and jumping out of emergency exits and the like until it seemed that only myself and this lovely couple from Providence were staying at all calm. Others were screaming out of windows at passersby and talking about 'hostage situations' and threatening to sue the poor (but misguided) bus driver. Oh, the drama!

After almost two hours of being stuck inside the stinking thing, the police finally arrived and ushered us to freedom. It turns out we were less than a block from the main entrance to the station the entire time, and I've never been so very happy to see a sketchy bus terminal in my LIFE.

Upon arrival I met up with my lovely host who proceeded to take me on what felt like a psychedelic trip down 42nd Street, where my poor, tired, possibly Stockholm syndrome'd to a bus brain could hardly take in all the flashing billboards and giant stores and is that a McDonald's with a sparkling light marquee?? Just as I was feeling like I was on some bad drugs, we mercifully turned off the main drag onto some lovely streets that instantly brought to mind (you had to have known this was coming) Sex and the City, all pretty brownstones with the requisite stairs and charming little restaurants. Our first dinner-pick was too packed, so we wound up at a bustling Thai place, where I satiated my extreme hunger (I'd been mainly subsisting on granola bars for the last eight hours of the trip, not being tempted by the greasy ick of our Burger King rest stop) with absolutely delectable chicken with peanut sauce on a bed of steamed broccoli. I mean, this stuff was manna from the heavens and I wolfed it down with pleasure.

Once dinner was done, Pamela took me back through the whirlwind of lights to the subway, and from there we chugged on out to Queens and arrived at her lovely apartment, where I gratefully washed off some of the bus-grime and collapsed on an extremely plush couch.

Now it's almost 8 a.m. and I've already been treated to homemade Indian-style tea by one of Pamela's roommates and am sitting in the sun shining in through the window as I write this first missive from the land of the Big Apple. Now I'll sit down and try to plan out my first day on the town, which judging from the sun will include Central Park. The roommate also told me that the Museum of Natural History might be free today, so I must look into that. Tonight is the Decemberists show as well, so I have that to look forward to as well.

Now I'm off to begin my great adventure - I'll be back soon with the second installment of NYC: The Big Sexy Trip of Awesome, by Jessica Bartram soon!


I'll do a proper entry 'bout it later, but it was everything I hoped it'd be - I saw lovely friends, met some strangers who said lovely things about my art, sold almost half of the work (10 pieces, including one of the big ones, which I totally wasn't expecting!) and was amazed by how beautiful the shop looked (I first saw it when it was still a grungy little hole-in-the-wall - the transformation into bright, beautiful gallery/retail space has been incredible).

So yeah, I kind of feel like a bit of a real artist now. CRAZYTIMES.

freaking myself out
I hope you're all sitting down for this one. I, Jessica Bartram, the Girl Who Draws Animals in People Suits, have drawn ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS.

I know, I know - crazy, right? I almost feel a little bit disappointed in myself. And by disappointed, I actually mean impressed. Because I've been bitching about how I can't draw people at all, and apparently all I had to do was use a few of Queen Victoria's respected ministers as reference material and I was THERE.



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Amble Hubode
I've been meaning to photograph the shit out of my apartment for a while, since it's creeping ever closer to the tchotchke-filled, colourful, cat-inhabited land of wonder about which I've always dreamed. The light was pretty great this afternoon, so I whipped out the camera and went to town (mostly in my living room, as it was the cleanest) - beyond the cut are 30+ photos that together make a love letter to my beloved 37-N. Enjoy.

Enter through the Deco...Collapse )

I hope to be able to photograph the rest of my humble abode soon. The kitchen/bedroom still need some minor tweaks and my bathroom has a hole in the ceiling and major water damage over two of the walls (the one downside to living in a building as old as mine/on the 3rd floor - leaks).

Coats and Arms

I love the Nunavut..ian? Crest-thingy. IT HAS A NARWHAL, PEOPLE. THE ARCTIC ROCKS.

That is all.



It's creepy and epic and has a crazy storyline and I AM IN LOVE.

Also, since I pre-ordered the CD in time I got a CD booklet signed by the whole band! I feel so special.


I might try and do a coherent review later, but for now, let me just say this: there is a chorus of undead children on one of the tunes. THAT IS OBVIOUSLY IS MADE OF WIN.

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Hmm...I feel as if I've done this already
But I'll do it again because I'm curious. But I wonder if this is actually a list from the BBC - it seems kind of random. I mean, how did they pick these 100 titles? What was the selection process?

The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

How do your reading habits stack up? [bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish]

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible (I've read bits & pieces)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read probably half of his plays, seen lots on stage)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (I think I've read the first three or four)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Ah hah - this is one of 'em)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (OK, I'm actually in the process, but I'm bolding it anyways)
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Not bad, self, not bad!

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought it might be entertaining to make some cards to give to my friends and loved ones. Then I thought it would be even more fun if said cards were kind of creepy and weird.


If you want to download a printable sheet of all four on one page, click HERE and go at it (and tell me if you do, 'cause I want to know who's getting creeped out by my anglerfish).

Sellin' Mah Touch
No, not that kind of touch, you perverts!

This kind:

Anyone interested? It's new (gotten in October but not used much since then, mostly just sat in a drawer) and quite shiny. I'm asking $200.

Want it?


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