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a few weeks of a photo-a-day in one big post

23 Feb

Dry Sap



View from the Ponti Building

valentine's day candies

night terror relief


Warm Rays

high tea



Be Mine.





my summer so far.

10 Aug

(The title of this post is a rip-off from the movie My Life So Far [1999], which is excellent and if you haven’t seen it, you should.)

Whenever I’m with my family, i.e. living at home, I feel like we are so busy doing the most mundane things to keep life afloat that there is never a moment of relaxation or enough of a respite for me to crack out my blogging fingers. So forgive me for not posting more but I feel like my life has been rather boring yet intense since July 16th. However, now that that has been said, there have been a few exceptions to the monotony.

The biggest adventure that I’ve gone on since I last posted, was a trip to NYC. Sidenote: as a musical enthusiast and a lover of RENT, every time I hear the words “New York City” I feel compelled to follow them with, “center of the universe.” Needless to say, I think this got old pretty fast for those around me.  Anyway, my mom treated me with a trip to the Empire city as a belated 21st birthday present.  We went for a long weekend and had an amazing time.  We had already done most of the “touristy” sightseeing in Manhattan when we went as a family over Thanksgiving in 2001 (that isn’t a typo) so on this trip we just did fun stuff that we wanted to do!  We stayed at a very nice hotel on the Upper East Side that was complete with murals by Bemelmans and elevator operators!

We saw two musicals on Broadway- Promises, Promises (starring Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth) and  A Little Night Music (starring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch)- both of which were EXCELLENT (although Elaine Stritch did flub her lines a few times, but I’ll forgive her considering she’s 84). We explored a lot of great restaurants and also spent a good deal of time at The Met and The Frick Gallery, which is a MUST if you enjoy art, and we even had time to visit a friend in Brooklyn. We were so busy the whole time that we didn’t do any shopping (except in the museum gift shops). But of course no matter how long you’re there, it is never long enough.  I could really see myself living there though. It’s so full of energy and you can feel the excitement around you <3

Sadly, all good things come to an end.

When we came home it was back to reality and back to work.  I’ve been hoping that I can be transferred from the shop in Des Moines to the shop in Denver when I return to school and so I’ve been working really extra hard lately. I’ve sold three credit cards in a week, which is more than I had done all summer so hopefully that says something.

On a health note, it seems like the little things are never going right for me.  Remember my tonsil infection and severely sprained ankle? Right. Well add eye infection and fluid in ears to that list. Yep. I went to my doctor for a physical and came out with some hardcore anti-biotics to fight fluid in my ears that’s been hanging out there since a trip to España in février. Sweet.

My chiropractor wasn’t happy to hear that I was on anti-biotics. He’s worried about my flora. So I’m trying to eat extra yogurt and pro-biotics to make up for it.  Anyway, thanks to this fluid, I’m now getting cracked twice a week again. Ugh! That’s faux irritation though haha because to be honest I love going to the chiropractor. I just feel so fresh and aligned after I see him!

Did I mention that I just switched to Daily contacts? I’m super psyched about them too. No more cases, solution, or eye infections (hopefully!). I also had lenses put into the frames I purchased in Rennes. And I am in love with them.  Enough of these tangents though.

I can’t think of anything else important off the top of my head (although I’m sure there are tons of things I’ve meant to share but have already forgot about) so forgive me because this post is the abridged and rambling version of what my summer has actually been like.  Luckily there are still several weeks left before schools starts for me to make it up to you.
Have you ever been to nyc? If yes, did you love it or hate it? What was your experience? If no, what have you been up to this summer? Have you done anything fun to shake things up lately? I want to hear about it.
gros bisous.

Traveling in Style

28 Aug


slash not.  By the time we arrived in Virginia last night, I was the most unpresentable I’ve probably ever been.  My mom was impressed that I didn’t even need a bobby pin to hold back my bangs anymore, because they were staying back on their own lol.

It was a pretty neat trip though because now I can say I’ve been to three states that I’d never been to before! Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania!  Although I’ve gotta say- Ohio and Indiana: get off your high “east coast” horses and just admit already that you are part of the midwest!  Like, seriously, you don’t need to be an hour ahead of Illinois & the rest of us.  Also, your agriculture looks exactly the same as the rest of the midwest!

Side Note: Pennsylvania is legitmately not a midwestern state.  The trees were so different and seriously they are the cutest things ever!  My mom had to be sick of me commenting on them by the time we made it into Maryland.  They look like some great being-mythical or not- like a giant, a wizard, or even God, took his pointer finger and thumb and pulled the trees upwards from the ground.  Seriously.  Go to Pennsylvania and tell me the trees don’t look like that.

Anyway, I digress.

I’m happy to be here, finally (remember how I said we were going to leave Tuesday?  Well because of that physical that I had to get we didn’t leave until Wednesday afternoon lol), even if it is just for a day.  We broke our trip up into two days and stayed in Rockford, IL for a night with my cousin.  The rest of the fam was on vacation at Lake of the Woods in Canada except for Miriam (who stayed home to work on projects for her fashion label) and Anna (who had to work).  Sadly we didn’t get to see Anna due to an unfortuneate series of events.  The first of which was a cocktail party (i think) for work that she had to attend, the second was a car accident :(  Total bummer.  At least she is fine though.  And although it sucked that we only got time with one family member, it was totally lovely overall.

&&& I got to meet their new(ish) puppy named Charley.  Cuteeee.  He is a chocolate lab and by now he is past the true puppy stage.  He is more in the gangly adolescent phase now. Presh! although a little naughty at times.  He did pee on my foot. lol. But it was sooo much fun to watch him and GiGi play.  They were vicious!  The teeth totally came out, but it was all in good fun.

Alrighty, well I have much to do before tomorrow’s departure (!) and so I must bid you all adieu.


p.s. scary thing- my computer logged me out of wordpress because I hadn’t been on in so long!! I promise to be better in the future!

p.s.s. I’m still working on the invisible header thing.  Hopefully it will be fixed soon!

p.s.s.s.  It rained almost the entire two day trip! I couldn’t believe it.  And now, it just started raining like nuts in Alexandria, VA!  What’s the delio, weatherman?

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