Monday, June 18, 2012

Soap Sellin' at 26th and Clinton

I meant to mention that a couple months ago Allie got hooked up with a new craft/gift store called Tangible Gifts. It shares space with Bluebird Real Estate on 26th and Clinton (the address is 2615 SE Clinton to be exact). We dropped off her soap there on a Saturday a couple months ago. Here's Cleme playing inside on that visit:


Here's the storefront with Allie and Cleme inside:


Here's a view of the inside, before it was fully set up:


Right now, the store is just finding its feet. It is open on weekends only. The lady who runs it is really nice and contacted Allie this week to let her know she could pick up money from her sales. We went out with Cleme this Saturday and were excited to see Allie had already sold 9 bars of soap--that's an average of one every other day of business operations. We used to sell Allie's soap at Guapo--that's obviously over, so it feels great that Allie has a new outlet for her soap.

After picking up Allie's earnings we stopped by Little T on 26th and Division to visit our friend Shea, who was on the clock. We indulged in drinks and a split pea and bacon pretzel which was delicious. After, we walked to Hawthorne where I had a chance to go record shopping. I got 7 awesome albums for only $13. It was a fun day and felt great to get out in the nice weather. Allie got a little sunburn--I forget how easily she burns--but we did have it together enough to put sunblock on Clementine.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Clementine Tunes

Before Clementine was born we were aware of "her" song - "Oh My Darling Clementine." When she was born, we sang this version to her, except with alternate, happy lyrics like, "Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine, you are such a little cutie, how I love you, Clementine." I've previously mentioned discovering the Jan and Dean version of the folk song. We also knew Elliot Smith's original composition "Clementine" both from his version and a cover of him by the Decemberists.

Last night, after finally getting Clementine to sleep around 10:45, we spent nearly half an hour looking up alternate Clementines. I played Allie the Johnny Cash "Clementine" which I had originally discovered earlier in the week, a random by-product of online window shopping for his albums.



We found a lot of great covers of the old folk song last night. Most surprising was the BRAND new Neil Young & Crazy Horse version, from their Americana album which just came out on June 4th.


There was also an original by Pink Martini, much less sad than the popular folk tune.


Will Clementine appreciate all the cultural baggage we've saddled her with? I hope so. Growing up I always wanted to see myself in pop culture but the only Jeremy songs were by Pearl Jam and Three Dog Night ("Jeremiah was a bullfrog") both of which annoyed me to no end. I guess time will tell how she feels. I personally think it's good for her to have a name so tied into our musical tradition.



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Teethin'

As we've mentioned to many of you, Cleme's been having a tough time with teething lately. Her first two teeth have popped out with more locked and loaded - I can see them lurking there beneath her gums! She's also been having some obvious brain development. Yesterday she busted out the sign for "change" which is her third official sign language word.

This morning, when Clementine was in a good mood, I took the moment to harass her and get Allie to snap a few shots of her little teeth. This definitely requires teamwork because she is very touchy and protective when it comes to her teeth - we usually only get glimpses when she is laughing, smiling, or screaming at us.



Last night she was so wound up from teething that she couldn't sleep. She stayed up until past midnight, mainly playing and having a good time. She did lose it for a while -here she is in a calm moment between fussing.


We got out an ice cube for her to suck on. Here she is holding the cube (in a mesh with a handle) and a teething "thing" as well.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Plus Minus, 6-3-12

I'm late posting this--and it is two weeks of "stats". Again I barely made my goal of getting rid of more stuff than I bought. Looking at this list below makes me feel like an out of control consumer. In my defense most of the stuff I got was super cheap. For instance the Wholphins were only $18 for all five (cover price is $100!), the Roald Dahl books were 69 cents each, the Le Tigre record was $1.99, and the Alan Moore comics were free. I'm also making it a point to actually use the stuff I buy. In the past I would buy more movies that I could even watch. I'm trying to fight this. You may notice another new Beach Boys product in the plus column. With their 50th Anniversary it seems like there's always something new to get--it is a great year to be a fan. My dad, Allie, Clementine, and me are going to see them live in July!

MINUS:
1.      POLO SHIRT
2.      POLO SHIRT
3.      POLO SHIRT
4.      POLO SHIRT
5.      BUTTON UP SHIRT
6.      KITCHEN TIMER
7.      CRYSTAR ACTION FIGURE (I owned this for 25 years!)
8.      ZOMBIE STUFF FROM GUAPO COLLECTION
9.      ELECTRIC BEARD TRIMMER
10.  A BOX OF CD CASES
11.  13 BURNED CDS (did not keep the mp3s)
12.  GUAPO SHELF

PLUS
1.      WHOLPHIN #2
2.      WHOLPHIN #3
3.      WHOLPHIN #5
4.      WHOLPHIN #6
5.      WHOLPHIN #7
6.      LE TIGRE REMIX 12"
7.      THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME BY ROALD DAHL
8.      THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX BY ROALD DAHL
9.      MAGIC CARDS
10.  1963 COMICS BY ALAN MOORE AND RICK VEITCH
11.  BEACH BOYS LIFE STORY MAGAZINE