Happy Stress Awareness Day, you sexy people. Make sure you take care of yourself today! Whether that means taking a mental health day, taking yourself out for lunch, or drinking pink wine in a bubble bath. I hope you take some time to relax today. Leave any tips for relaxing in the comments!

And yes, it’s Wednesday! That means that it’s time for the weekly photo contest. Today, I’m asking you to take a picture of something fun. Sometime today, take a picture and upload it to social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram are all fine). Be sure to tag me in it, so I definitely see it, and #uncustomaryart. At the end of the day, I will pick my favorite, e-mail you for your snail mail address, and you’ll get a little envelope in the mail from me! It’s pretty simple. (And yes, it’s open to non-US people.)

+ picnic time in DC at the Tidal Basin
+ guacamole cravings
+ catching up with Riley at Tsunami
+ driving around looking for joggers in beautiful weather
+ dyeing my hair auburn


By now, you probably know how infatuated I am with the organization Improv Everywhere. If I ever moved to New York City, it would be completely because that’s where they are based. So, obviously when their events come to DC I make it a point to attend (like the No Pants Subway Ride)!

This past weekend, Improv Everywhere teamed up with Vocus to bring DC one of their extremely interactive scenes: the MP3 Experiment. Basically, you receive a link to download an audio file onto your iPod, phone, or whatever. Can you listen to it? Sure, but you really shouldn’t. It’s way more fun to be surprised. Plus, if you need any props, they let you know in advance.

For this past weekend, we were supposed to wear a solid colored shirt in either red, blue, green, or yellow, and bring a single dollar bill and sheet of white paper. When you got the the National Mall, you were to find one of the volunteers in lime shirts and receive a prop from them. (I actually missed this part because 95 was a real piece of work, and they were out when I got there. The props were bright green capes that read “BE SUPER” on the back. If anyone has one they don’t want, I will pay you for it!)

We had all synced our clocks with theirs, and at 3:00 exactly, we collectively hit play. From there, the ominous voice of “Steve” guides you through a forty minute adventure with hundreds and hundreds of strangers. He instructs you to do fun and silly things, and the greatest part, if you haven’t figured it out already, is that the people nearby who aren’t involved have no indication of what’s coming next.


It’s extremely important to play, even as adults. Actually, especially as adults. As bad as I am with kids, I have a theory as to why they are generally happy: they play often.

I’ve talked about celebrating your weirdness before, but playing doesn’t necessarily have to be “weird”. It can be good for you to bring back activities you used to enjoy, that somewhere along the line you stopped doing because you became “too old”. There are actually very few things that have an age maximum. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Happy weekend, you lovely people! This morning I have burlesque class in Baltimore, then I’m hightailing it to DC so I can participate in the MP3 Experiment, sponsored by Improv Everywhere. Keep a lookout for more on that soon! Looking forward to a beautiful day full of amazing people.

Today, I’ve got a playlist for you to listen to! The songs are all based on a color theme, and that’s generally the only thing they have in common besides the fact that they’re all in my collection. I hope you enjoy listening to it, maybe while you’re working on your art journal, writing letters, or trying out a new hairstyle.

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This picture is the only photo on my laptop that is not categorized. I see it every day. It’s one of the more profound images to me, even though I don’t know how to explain why.

It’s 4 am right now (Sunday), and I’m not able to sleep. My whole body is nauseous, but not out of sickness. I feel like my needs are currently insatiable. But I also feel like that’s good, because what I want is experience. I want new things, even if I hate them after trying. I want to publish a book and pose as a live model. I want to learn how to start a fire and walk in heels without looking like a dinosaur. I want to bring back pigtails and not worry about sleep. I want to speak my mind and eat cake naked.

The word “ordinary” is my biggest fear. I’m finally realizing that. It’s not being in the same room as life-like wax people and mannequins or being forgotten. I’m terrified of leading an ordinary life. The good news, though, is that out of my fears, the biggest one is also the one that I actually have control over.


There’s a corner lot that I pass on my way to my friend, April’s, house. It catches my eye because there are these giant fruit sculptures near the sidewalk. There’s also some great mini murals on the building, and a tumbled-over basket of berries on the roof! How cute is this place? Apparently it’s a farmer’s market in the summer, and I’m excited to see the lot full of people in the coming months. Until then, though, I’ll just blast Ke$ha from my parked car and traipse among the giant berries.


Oh happy day, you gorgeous humans. I hope your week is going grand. Take time today to make note of what you are grateful for.  Everything around you is beautiful. Remember it.

And yes, it’s Wednesday! That means that it’s time for the weekly photo contest. Today, I’m asking you to take a picture of something full. Sometime today, take a picture and upload it to social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram are all fine). Be sure to tag me in it, so I definitely see it, and #uncustomaryart. At the end of the day, I will pick my favorite, e-mail you for your snail mail address, and you’ll get a little envelope in the mail from me! It’s pretty simple. (And yes, it’s open to non-US people.) Last week’s winner was Cara.

+ busting out my typewriter necklace
+ going to a professional happy hour and the first person to leave shaking my hand and saying “You’re bat shit crazy, I love it.”
+ the feeling of getting back to your car and not having a parking ticket
+ high-fiving Sean after we got answers wrong at trivia


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