Sunday, December 19, 2010

Studio Log: Starweek Thirteen

  • Studio Disaster of the Week: Winter.
Winter view from my studio!

It's not really Chicago winter until your gate freezes and locks you out of your apartment where your pipes are frozen and bursting and leaking icy water through your kitchen down through three floors so you have to turn the water and heat off and use your cats as earmuffs in order to survive the 48 hour period during which your landlord is too busy Christmas shopping to call a plumber.

So it's officially Chicago winter.


As soon as you plastic your window, an icicle forms from your faucet... But if we didn't have horrendous winters then everyone would move here and then the rent would be too expensive. It's not a frozen tundra-- the frozen tundra is merely the BOUNCER keeping this city EXCLUSIVE. #crazyfromthecold

Movie night?  Every night.

  • Studio Outing of the Week (Because we were LOCKED OUT OF OUR HOUSE... DURING A BLIZZARD):
Bean Trip!
We went downtown to show our poor North Carolinian native houseguest around town, for lack of access to a warmer haven. Unfortunately, there was a blizzard that day. We had fun anyway. Here is Nelly, Nora and Amanda seeking temporary shelter from the gale beneath Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (known colloquially as "The Bean").

  • Studio Jam of the Week: Darren Chris(s) Colfer doing "Baby It's Cold Outside"

  • Studio Projects of the Week:
1. Holiday Decorations!

Burrow Holiday Decorations
Nora made us both Christmas stockings and snowflakes for the studio!

Festive House Elf
She also made one of our house elves a holiday scarf.

2. Plants: We repotted all our houseplants this week. They're much happier now.
Ripley Hates Gardening

Ripley HATES gardening.

Recycled Container Gardening
Some of our plants were overdue for real pots, as you can see.

The whole studio smells like Christmas tree and paperwhites!

  • Confusing Discovery of the Week: Cheap AND tacky? Sign us up!


  • Movie of the week: The King's Speech (All of your favorite british actors in the 1920s anglophone equivalent of a modern day bromance! Lovely. And we at The Burrow love a good stuffy British king crying frustrated tears).

  • Studio Munch of the Week:

  • Kitty Photo of the Week:


  1. Kind of want a house elf of my own. They're creepy...but in an intriguing, tantalizing way...

  2. Dare I even say it, but that looks like so much fun. We need a nice blizzard in Jersey---or I have to make my way over to Chicago!

  3. hey, the blizzard seems bad until you move somewhere with NO SNOW. Seriously, people here are weak & whiney. You need a good winter to make you tough.

  4. Does this mean you set your house-elf-head free?