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//check, check, check!

2 Jun

lodging accommodations, check.

travel accommodations, check.

happiness & longing, check. check. check!

fiji & honeymoon, here we come! (pictures from pinterest)

(i’ve wrote enough “check’s” the word looks misspelled, is it?)

ps: if you have any fijian ideas… let me know 🙂

pps: i usually never spell check, i did today and good thing because i originally misspelled ‘mispelled’

 

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//it was the freakin’-weekend

2 May

“…and i had me some fun.” -r.kelly

sidenote: [2 weeks?! that’s how long it’s been. as my friends recognized my absence (2 of them) i didn’t realize until this moment how long it had really been. but my term is over, i have a couple weeks ’til summer session starts, and hopefully i’ll be back on the wagon- as they say.]

back to the post…

looking back, i had the best weekend i’ve had in a long time. friday, kyle & i finished registering… sort of. we had a delish bite to eat at kenny & zukes. and ended with a wonderful night of friends to celebrate our dear friend kev leaving for norway. because we can’t stand it any longer, kyle and i were planning to move up the wedding, but now we can’t since we must wait for kevin’s return 😉

photos BevAndSteve & babypicturethis

saturday most of my dreams came true. i don’t mean most as in quantity of dreams, but most like percentage of my dreaming bank. ballet takes up 85 percent of that lot and i finally started ballet. i have always appreciated (which means getting emotional, on the verge of tears/or letting them fly, while i watch) the art of ballet. not only is it beautifully graceful-i realize that sounds redundant-but it is also incredibly difficult, taking a lifetime to perfect, and the amount of discipline and energy that goes into a relevé, let alone the final product, is overwhelming whenever i get to watch a performance. so there i was, in my 3rd ballet experience wide-eyed and full of hope. everyone in the class was incredibly nice. my teacher had to correct me about every ten minutes (hands, high neck, pointed toes, hips forward, elbows up, thumbs down, shoulders back, taller, taller, taller) it was the hardest thing i’ve ever done, but loved every second of it.

photos flickr & pinterest

followed by the beginning process of invitation making!!! one of my favorite people in the world, rachel k. silva, designed an amazing invitation that will be screen printed almost 200 times. after boycotting walmart for the past 23 years raquel said we needed to go there to get some supplies. i will spare you the details of our trip and just say this: you know you’re at walmart when… you ask for help, they don’t know and walk away; get a top shelf bottle of wine for $8.47; get scorned and ridiculed for not wanting a bag at checkout. after almost flooding the basement, building a workshop, vulnerably singing with rach and alyssa, and all the work was done we could do we went to celebrate the birthday of my wonderful trainer: emily johnson. at floyd’s coffee shop in old town, super cute; great food by chef from andina’s, super delicious.

and dum, da, daa, duuumm: sunday. church-check. holy spirit-check. sunshine-check. groceries-check. picnic basket-check. blankets-check. pinhole camera-check. 35mm film camera-check. laurelhurst park-check. future husband-check. great friends-check. wonderful time-CHECK.

//which was a wednesday by the way

2 Apr

so i am, in fact, continuing with project phone photography. there has just been too much to do here. but we got to new york, way back (which was a wednesday by the way) and had a relaxing afternoon with some middle eastern food before a nap. a great night out with some of the best brussel sprouts i’ve ever had, and a lightly pickled golden egg-weird i know, but delicious! the night was nice and we knew rain was coming the next day, so we went to times square, since this is rach’s first time in ny we had to check it out of course.

//farewell nashville

31 Mar

tuesday was our last day in nashville. yeah, i’m a little behind. had breakfast with a heart attack. they happened to be filming, the best thing i ever ate.

one of my favorite parts to nashville is seeing the beautiful homes. and just so you know, these were on the lower end of their nice homes, they were just the ones close enough for me to catch driving by on our scenic trip with my cell phone.

stopped by jack white’s studio

we were treated to a homemade rhubarb beverage. then went to the most southern type restaurant i can think of. you sit down family style and there’s no menu, they just bring you food. delicious food. best fried chicken and corn bread pudding. and this was where tony bennett happened to be celebrating his birthday. we were at tony bennett’s birthday party! followed by a trendy-schmendy place with delicious drinks and amazing ice cubes. (their dress code? “preserve the sexy”)

//breakfast of champions

29 Mar

nashville day 3:

let’s just say we woke up at 11… rach and i joined chris, our host, and his friend for their lunch, our breakfast. it is amazing we slept that long, and more amazing our first stop was a near by burger place, where we enjoyed one of the most delicious burgers i’ve ever had… with pepperjack cheese and sweet potato fries, regular ketchup and spicy!

one of the only things rachel wanted to do this trip was to stop by some studios and hand out mini portfolios. simple, right? wellllllll let’s just say we made 3 stops to the print shop, and spent many a hours of labor. a little unexpected in terms of what we had planned for the day, but they turned out beautiful!!! success.

we also spotted this glimpse of beauty leaving the print shop (round 2) poking through an open garage. the sunset was much needed by this time in the day.

by 10, when we finished, we were starving. considering we only snacked since our “breakfast” that makes complete sense. we were borderline passing out. we went to a restaurant in a cute part of town, luckily made it in 10 minutes before their kitchen closed, and our wait for this meal was so worth it. we both started with a white bean, cabbage, carrot, onion soup, followed by a kale-arugula salad with peanuts, raisins, parmesan and some chilli gnocci to share, for dessert a chocolate bourbon cake. it was a perfect ending to the night.

//southern charm-ed

28 Mar

nashville day 2:

first of all i am going to ask for your apologies because there are too many photos to choose from for project phone photography. i’ll try my best but the day was full of aesthetically pleasing, adventure quenching photo opportunities.

yesterday, rachel and i went on a run as soon as we woke up. after we showered, we were presented with delicious coffee from nicaragua and a breakfast for champions.

our first stop of the day was the flea market. and let me tell you, i was one inch short of heaven. this flea market makes costco look like a 7-11. (i’ve been known to exaggerate, but this is not one of those times.) i wanted to furnish my whole [imaginary] house. every thing was not only adorable but cheap. from the few antique shops i’ve been to in portland, i’d guess that everything was 1/3 of the cost. southern charm is just so accessible. my purchases of the day: locket $10, boots $25, pipe $30, lantern $18 and some sugar and cinnamon roasted pecans, fresh & warm.

my favorite finds were a beautiful pair of lamps. and a cerulean blue with leather seats set of refurbished chairs. the best find was probably a chastity belt. yep! a chastity belt.

mary, our host, let us know about this marshmallow joint. that was our next step of the journey. it was in a cute part of town, probably most comparable to portland. and what did we find? a coffee shop dedicated to portland. we had to try it. the coffee was acceptable, but the most convincing part was all of the macbooks sitting out. however, the guy at the counter was anti-social, unknowledgeable and we felt no loyalty to this ‘portland’ so we left.

we spotted another coffee shop about a block away. on our way to it, we stumbled upon custom jeans shop and boutique. the interior was perfectly done. see for yourself! then just outside we got our marshmallows with some hot chocolate. and finally we made it to our coffee shop. a lovely atmosphere, with a loft for the dj and beautiful photographs on the wall. they made good coffee, which i have learned is a rarity in nashville.

i’m not exactly sure how this happened, but we ended up at a smoke house. and by smoke house i mean it’s like a bar or coffee shop except with delicious tobacco. cigars and pipes and dominos and chess and sports tv and really nice workers. they cleaned out our flea market pipes and let us sample some flavors. i am normally against this sort of thing but we had a really great time and hung out there for longer than i would have ever expected.

around the time we left it became nap time. we headed home and of course woke up to a wonderful dinner. we seriously have the best hosts ever. ever. some pasta with a spicy sausage andouille and some collared greens and rosemary bread. everything from the local farmer’s market. and let’s not forget, strawberry pie for dessert.

//project phone photography

26 Mar

i took a photo the other day, on my iphone, and was inspired to take interesting photos using only that. here she is. part of the effect was the tinting on my car window (hands free?). an unforeseen consequence but wonderful. 

so here i am, on my trip and going to implement project phone photography. a perfect opportunity for success or devastating failure. no slr? we’ll see.

nashville day 1:

(jet lag for sure. but it is so great to see some of the most wonderful hosts the world has ever known. and be with friends with the city’s offerings. and we may have had breakfast with mat kearny. well, near him. the photos will show my highlights of the day, marché: where i found my spinach crèpe with potatoes, bacon and a parmesan sauce, rachel’s asparagus, egg bruschetta, the holland house: which was described to me as cocktails at anthropologie and it definitely fit the bill. i did not order a drink seeing as i’ve been beverage-sugar-ed out with previous giftings from our hosts but had a tomato basil bisque, and we shared deep-fried cheesecake.) i am going running in the morning!

//leaving on a jet plane

25 Mar

in about 12 hours, i’ll be taking off! i am so excited to be going across the country to two of my favorite cities. first stop, nashville. second stop, ny. i really need to be finishing up a project right now, but i can’t stop day dreaming…

i really love how this was put together.

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sometimes kyle tries to get me to play airplane with him, i get scared.

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playing with scale; so fun.

aubreyroad.blogspot.com

i absolute love this shirt. i want it.

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the alphabet typography is my favorite part, figured i could sneak it in with those hanging planes.

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by far my favorite of all the pictures. a lot of photos are aesthetically pleasing, and enjoyable to look at. this one, is moving.

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//mardi gras

8 Mar

happy mardi gras! last year, around this time, i went to new orleans. and it must have infiltrated my mind… for the past month, i have this nostalgic feeling that makes me feel like i need to go back. in all fairness to my weak mind, it was one of the best trips i’ve ever been on. i am missing new orleans… siiigh.

side note: we were not there over the holiday, in fact we intentionally avoided bourbon street while we were there. but accidentally we stumbled onto it and those 8 minutes turned out to be the most interesting people-watching minutes i may have ever had. and it was on a weekday afternoon… i cannot begin to imagine the chaos during an actual celebration.

we did spend a lot of time in the french quarter. there were tons of musicians and artists and performers. there were, what seemed like hundreds, of people standing frozen in character (like these next two):

tons of beautiful masks, it’s hard to believe that all the shops stay in business selling the same thing. but in our short time we must have seen at least 15 shops or vendors within 10 block radius. mask shops must be like the coffee shops of new orleans.

i had my first beignet from the famous café du monde, and it was love at first taste.

but our most favorite place was outside all the hustle and bustle. maya’s. it may actually be my favorite restaurant in all the world.

i really love basically everything about this city. it had a lot of charm, some of the buildings were to die for.

everything we ate was phenomenal. if you’re looking for some shrimp po boys, i’ve never had better bread, then at pascal’s.

my pictures from march 2010

if i were there right now, i’d probably be wearing something like this:

dresses from modcloth

//ice ice baby

2 Feb

OK, confession… I cannot stop thinking about Iceland. It all started when I stumbled upon these beautiful photos featured on the blog: kris atomic. But seriously it’s on my mind non-stop. I know the warmest time of year, accommodations, shopping places, festivals, you name it. I’ve even been listening to Ólafur Arnalds in preparation and longing. I looked at airfare, about a thousand bucks. I looked at my travel fund… about zero bucks. I guess back to day dreaming for now.

[big picture]

[peter baker]

[weekend 2008]

[Dalla*]

[Berta]

[ystenes]