Sunday, July 31, 2011

What stereotype?

Meekus and the tasty chicken from Lee's 
[via text]
Pa: Tiondra just walked in the back and said out loud: "I smell chicken." Me: It's me, my sister went to this place in Richmond and I brought it to work...I ate it all. Tiondra: You can't bring chicken around black people!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Poached egg over slow-roasted tomatoes with fresh oregano

Party predators

[via text]
Steph: Do you have a +1 for Nasreen's wedding? Q can't make it so I told Thribbys we should all ride together. 
me: Nope, flying solo! The three of us going to the wedding together will be so much fun!
Steph: Yayyy. I think Jojo's going too! I wish all of us and Mariam and Alex could take a party bus to the wedding. 
me: That would be fun too! Too bad none of us owns a van hahah. 
Steph: Because we're not shady child predators. 

And then everyone said, "Jabroni!"

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

You're the one I adore

Goodnight, my darlings.
Bed before midnight.
A good night indeed.

Wednesday Morning

sounds like: the washing machine, construction work on Old Bridge Road, new Spirit Animal musics, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and The Importance of Being Ernest

tastes like: vanilla yogurt with peaches and pecans, coffee, radishes (ah, I wish I had some butter and sea salt), turkey on whole grain with dijon and clover sprouts and cherries. I think I'm going to sear some tuna for dinner. Oh, and kale! Kale and I have become the best of friends. 

feels like: sweltering heat, freezing studio. Filling out paperwork and converting Adobe Illustrator files to Adobe Photoshop slices. Productivity like a boss, son. 

smells like: humidity, air conditioning, lemon perfume, sunblock, and peaches. 

photo via The Blue Hour

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Where is Clarissa Explains It All?!

Stephanie: Why are there five Nickelodeon Channels?
me: There are five?
Stephanie: Nickelodeon, Nick Toons, Nick at Night, Nick jr, and Teen Nick. What do they think they are, tumblr?

Monday, July 25, 2011


[via gchat]
Stephanie: My coworker is hilarious. She knows Mike Isabella from Top Chef, like she texts him for cooking advice. Last weekend she went to his restaurant with her dad and got kind of tipsy. She was like "Oh hey, do you need an intern?" and he goes, "yeah sure." He emailed her this morning and asked her if she had a chef's coat, knives, and clogs and she says, "Uh oh, I'm deep in it now. I can't show up with one knife and street clothes." So I said, "hmm show up and 'watch what happens'?"


Stephanie: My coworker said she just text her other friend who is also a chef and he said, "yo, just bring the knives you have. Who made them?" And she said, "um...Rachael Ray."
me: hahahahhahahahha!
Stephanie: DO NOT BRING THOSE. He will eat you alive!

(I was working in the design studio during this conversation and had to leave the room since I couldn't handle trying to laugh silently any longer.)

Speaking of Graffiato: 

I'm not sure which I find worse: the promise of pluralization of sole chicken thighs or that Mike Isabella is famous for a sauce made of puréed pepperoni. That is some Domino's pizza shit right there. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011


via Married to the Sea


Justin: (holding two bags of frozen vegetables) vina, do we want organic foursome or soycutash?
me: foursome.
Justin: That's my kind of girl.

Justin: vina! What am I going to eat? If I go home, I'll defrost those vegetables.
me: You have that pizza.
Justin: No! Too many carbs! I'm already getting my little potbelly back! I had abs for like, a day and a half. Until I ate cheese.

You poor little vegetarian boy.

Justin: You know what I do miss? Buffalo chicken. Buffalo tofu is just not the same. Sometimes, I eat buffalo sauce out of the bottle. It is not that good.

I'm not internationally know but I'm known to rock the microphone.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Hipster Dictionary

[via text]
me: (via I was just wondering about Facebook's new chat system) Wtf is this shit on the right hand side of my Facebook?
Collin: That thing on Facebook is a new thing. "New things are cool until more people know about them." - The Hipster Dictionary.
me: Oh no, hipsters have a dictionary? Is it sponsored by Moleskine?
Collin: Yes. And Natural American Spirit cigarettes.
me: Of course.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

We are party animals, part two: Return of the Auto Correct

[via text]
me: Not that I've done much today but I could totally take a nap.
Steph: I'm about to nap! Babysitting a oily is exhausting lol

(five seconds later)

Steph: Puppy not oily!!!

We are party animals.

(en route to the henna party)
Stephanie: It's been a really rough week. I'm so glad it's the weekend. I think I'll drink a soda!
me: omg, me too!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My levels of procrastination have hit an all time high

  • Design typography about procrastination. 
  • Take photo of typography about procrastination. 
  • Blog photo of typography about procrastination. 
Side note, "The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life" = blogging, eating, and taking photos of what I eat to post on my blogs.

Now that that's done, back to web design!

Another one bites the dust

[via text]
me: Did you fall at Target?!
Steven: Almost. Almost. It was sooooooo close, but it was funny. 
me: What happened? 
Steven: Well, I'm wearing boots and these boots have metal loops at the top to hold the boot laces. So, the lace on my right shoe got caught on the left lace buckle and I was hopping around catching my step wondering what was happening. And I had a bag of chips in my hand so if I had fallen, that bag would have busted and I would have been super embarrassed. 

vina cava

[via text]
Russian Rachel:  If you were a biomed nerd, I would totally force you to start a blog called "vina cava."
me: Hahaha, I might start it and post nerdy facts and illustrations.
Russian Rachel: MMMYESPLEASE
me: Aww it's already taken.
Russian Rachel: DAMN.


Justin: I had a dream that you were really proud of me because I spelled your last name correctly.

Yes, because I carry popsicles with me on the regular.

[via text]
Ginnie: You never brought a blue popsicle to my place, have you?
me: Um, no? Weirdo.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Enabler! Enabler!

What happened to this? Hmm?

Sensourinh really loves her Coca-Cola.

Meekus, we have a wine!

You know a wine is going to be tasty when they describe it as jammy. 

The not dog

Steph: I love eating this not dog so much. I want to live in it.

photo via stephanie's phone


Frankly, I'm amazed we ever get anything done.

You mind telling your subconscious to take it easy?

Steph: I thought I was all genius in my dream, but then I was like "waaaaait I'm still dreaming!" But still, I remember being like, "the house is the self. You keep going house hunting. You're souuuuuuul searching!!!" but I was really dreaming that I had been dreaming I was house hunting. I haven't been house hunting dreaming more than once last night, that I know of, so it really was like Inception. 

me: Oh man, I had to read that sentence three times to understand it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

No friends but they have charcuterie.

[via text]
Boek: What are you doing tonight? We're at Eatbar in Clarendon if you wanna come. 
me: Sitting in sweats and designing things at Mason. (check website/menu). They have avocado butter and chicken & waffles! 
Boek: vina, why the hell aren't you here with us? XOXO, Sandy. 
          We have no friends. Chris. 

Just let your soul glow!

loving this poster by Matt Owen

She knows me so well.

me: Sorry I missed your call, what's up?
Lisa: I don't know. I forget now. Oh, I wanted to call you because I didn't know what to eat and, knowing you, you'd throw out a ridiculous amount of answers.

Ah, classical music humor humors me.

via Married to the Sea

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Yuppy greens

[via gchat]
me: I can't stop eating kale. It's just so good.
Yathrib: I know! Isn't it amazing? Joe teases me cuz kale are just "yuppy greens."
me: Psh, delicious yuppy greens.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

To clarify, no Discovery Channel Song or Rammstein?

[via gmail]
Dad: vina, can you compile some easy listening playlists for me to play at my friend's daughter's wedding brunch on the 17th?
me: Ok. What kind of easy listening? Oldies? Contemporary?
Dad: Mix them. You can include some new hits, old hits, they don't have to be wedding songs, so long as they do not scream sexual innuendos ...violence ... or dying.

James Dulce is one sweet artist.

(ooh, see what I did there?)

via James Dulce

va va voom

[via gchat]
Sohe: Have a wonderful day, viva vina. 
me: You too, simply sohe.
Sohe: Wait. Stop. That describes me. Let me think of a word that describes you. 
me: Vivacious. Vindictive. Vunderful. Very. 
Sohe: va-va voom.
me: Nice. If I get fit enough and become all whorey in photos, I am going to have a va-va voom vina tumblr. 


Yathrib: I can't stand it when clients want you to trace some bullshit that someone drew on a damn napkin. That's like a slap in the face. I've got 5+ years of experience and your'e gonna have me do some high school bullshit? I should just tell her to buy Illustrator and do it her damn self!

James Brown for miso soup. My life is complete.

via pinkrobotboogaloo

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Walking home. Flowers on the side of the road. HOW COULD I RESIST?

Side note, I want to thank Steph for turning me on to The Nerdist podcasts. I listened to the Donald (I got it right this time!) Glover and Danny Pudi episodes on the walk to/from the gym. Hilarious times. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

(on his Fourth of July wine picnic/second date)
me: What are you going to cook for your lady?
Adam: Haha I don't know yet. Something easily transportable.
me: Sandwiches, pie/fruit, and wine. Cute but not too pretentious.
Adam: Good call.
me: I know picnics.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Oh no, not the hipster apocalypse!

Everyday I'm shufflin'.


Russian Rachel: Everyone likes the musicians. I think it's a dedication thing; ohh he spends so long perfecting those chords, which means he must also spend as much time perfecting his heart!