Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In Cabin'd Ships at Sea

In cabin'd ships at sea,
The boundless blue on every side expanding,
With whistling winds and music of the waves, the large imperious waves,
Or some lone bark buoy'd on the dense marine,
Where joyous full of faith, spreading white sails,
She cleaves the ether mid the sparkle and the foam of day, or under
many a star at night,
By sailors young and old haply will I, a reminiscence of the land, be read,
In full rapport at last.

Here are our thoughts, voyagers' thoughts,
Here not the land, firm land, alone appears, may then by them be said,
The sky o'erarches here, we feel the undulating deck beneath our feet,
We feel the long pulsation, ebb and flow of endless motion,
The tones of unseen mystery, the vague and vast suggestions of the
briny world, the liquid-flowing syllables,
The perfume, the faint creaking of the cordage, the melancholy rhythm,
The boundless vista and the horizon far and dim are all here,
And this is ocean's poem.
Then falter not O book, fulfil your destiny,
You not a reminiscence of the land alone,
You too as a lone bark cleaving the ether, purpos'd I know not
whither, yet ever full of faith,
Consort to every ship that sails, sail you!
Bear forth to them folded my love, (dear mariners, for you I fold it
here in every leaf;)
Speed on my book! spread your white sails my little bark athwart the
imperious waves,
Chant on, sail on, bear o'er the boundless blue from me to every sea,
This song for mariners and all their ships.

--Walt Whitman

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Emma's first birthday

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(It was a chocolate-all-over-your-face good day)

Yesterday my family and I celebrated my niece's first birthday at the park. It was such a gorgeous day with beautiful trees and a lake. It was super windy so it was prime conditions for flying kites. It made me really excited about summer. Even though I won't technically be on summer vacation, little day trips like these are totally doable (and much welcomed to break up the mundanity of work and school.) Too bad these two girls are leaving me in a couple weeks to move across the country (*shakes an angry fist at their parents*).  Maybe we can have a picnic over Facetime...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Things From Around the Web

Life and Death by Paul Cardall on Grooveshark

Photographer does photo shoot of daughter as inspirational women.

The Bluth brothers strolling the streets of NYC.

Beautiful abandoned places.

Hilarious door mats.

A book to inspire good deeds.

Awesome book ends.

Can I be here, please?

Steve Madden has a 25% off sale going on right now with the code FRIENDSFOREVER. Love these simple sandals.

Since May is skin cancer awareness month here is my story, again.

                                                      Have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hair Crisis


Looking back it feels like I've changed my hair style a million different times. Going through all my old pictures, on the other hand, showed me that my hair hasn't really changed that dramatically at all. But I think any kind of change, no matter how small, seems like such a big deal to the person that has to live with it that it feels like there has been more change than maybe actually occurred  What I've got out of these pictures is that I was blonde for a really long time, and you can see how I gradually got to a brunette ombre look. I also realized how my hair got so long: I haven't cut it in years. I've almost gone too long without cutting it. I'm afraid of turning into that person who doesn't know when it's time to cut their hair. I think I'm finally ready to get rid of it and go back to a shorter style. Of course both have their pros and cons. Here are some pros and cons of cutting my hair:

Pro: I won't shed long strands of hair that end up everywhere
Con: It will just be short strands of hair.

Con: I won't be able to do vintage Veronica Lake-inspired curls.
Pro: I couldn't do them anyway. (I've tried.)

Con: I love the beach wave look on long hair.
Pro: I hate how my hair looks any way other than beach waves.

I don't think I'm going to go as short as I used to have it, but shorter nonetheless. And I haven't decided if I want to go back to blonde or keep it darker or even ombre. Going back to blonde seems really boring to me, but it's starting to get boring how it is now. (I just can't win.) Clearly this is a monumental decision and should not be taken lightly. I gathered some inspiration of what I think I want it to look like. Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Help me!


Whatcha think?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Things From Around The Web

Today in 1869 the Transcontinental railroad was completed. There's something about trains that's so exciting and romantic, isn't there? I think it can be summed up in this Ports 1961 train station campaign from 2011.

The Clip Bag.

The Great Gatsby, condensed. (Contains spoilers)

Unrelated movies that are basically the same when described in one sentence.

Russian dash cams always catch cool things like meteors and people being nice.

Just watching the trailer of Honor Flight, a documentary about flying veterans to Washington, DC to see the WWII memorial, had me in tears.

Cute clothes for a good cause.

I want to make these bubble print cards.

Not Becoming My Mother: a book about learning from your mom.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and happy mother's day to all you moms out there!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

My parents bought me a Kindle Fire for my birthday last week so I finally had an excuse to ignore the piles of unread books in my room and buy a new book to read. I decided on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I'd already read Looking For Alaska by him and I'd been hearing good things about The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to give it a go. The above illustration pretty much sums up my experience with the book. It is sad and beautiful and truthful about how we deal with life and death. I was happy with it being the first book I read on my Kindle.
Is it weird to feel like I actually read faster on a Kindle? Have there been any scientific studies that have been done about this? I think it feels faster because 1) it feels like you're only ever reading the right page of the book, which I think I read faster in actual books. and because 2)it's lit up so my eyes never really got tired from poor lighting. I think both of these aspects (and the use of electronic note-taking) made my reading go smoother and faster. Maybe I'm crazy, but there really should be a study done about it.
Anyway, I still need to read things from the aforementioned piles of unread books in my room. Thinking of maybe adopting a read a Kindle book--read a real book--read a Kindle book--read a real book type system. What should my next book be? Thinking of picking one out of the 25 I haven't read on this list. I also have a whole pile of books set or published in the early 1900s-1920s that I put together after I finished Downton Abbey and needed literary supplement. I only got as far as The Great Gatsby (which also kind of ruined my life). So as you can clearly see, the weight of the world is resting on my shoulders. Any suggestions of books that I may want to start a deep, emotional and somewhat unhealthy involvement with? It would be greatly appreciated.
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Friday, May 3, 2013

The Getty

Yesterday my mom, my brother and I went the The Getty museum in LA. I've never been to an art museum (or any well-known museum, really) but I've always wanted to go. This was my first step in becoming a student of the world (my full admissions being in August after I graduate college). I think it was a good first experience (other than almost freaking out in the underground parking structure because I am not a coal miner and it's not natural for a living, breathing person to be underneath the earth's surface. And because it had a tram.) 

I will be the first person to admit that I know nothing about art, at least not technically. I've never studied art but can appreciate the beauty of it and the sheer talent it requires. But even as an art novice I couldn't help but be amazed as I stood in front of the paintings of Van Gogh and Renoir and Rembrandt and saw up close the intricacies of the strokes and colors and textures. So much so that one of the guards told me to back up, haha.

Here is the rest of my experience at The Getty.

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