Hamilton Pool Presevre

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Last week we had some friends in town and there is nothing they love more than the great outdoors. I saw the Hamilton Pool Preserve on a Buzzfeed article believe it or not and decided we should take a day trip down there to check it out. We left early on Saturday morning around 9. We made a couple of stops, ate some lunch, and ended up arriving around 2pm. We were nervous because the preserve only has the capacity for 75 cars at one time, so sometimes when the line is super long they just start turning people away. We were lucky, they didn't turn us away, and only had to wait in line for about 25 minutes before a spot opened up.

I wouldn't say that Michael and I are outdoorsy at all. We are most comfortable at home on our couch, but getting out in the world and seeing things like this motivates me to spend more time outside exploring. We spent three glorious hours swimming in the sun, floating under the water falls and hiking around. It was such a beautiful place and it is crazy to think that places like this just exist in nature. Mother Nature is rad you guys! My favorite part was the way that the light reflected off of the water up onto the ceiling of the cliff (canyon???).  Gorgeous.
More photos after the break!

Tom & Louise

I am not sure there are words to do these two people justice, but this is a blog and words are what I have. I met Tom & Louise (or maybe Louise would prefer that I say Louise and Tom) on a study abroad to Vienna in 2010. It was by far the best summer of my life. Louise and Tom were a huge proponent of that being true. They gave us the freedom we needed, but the guidance we craved. Louise taught us all about words and how it could be fun to keep track of who you are and where you are going. She's the reason that I journal today. Tom taught us about photography and made us keep a blog. He's the reason that I still blog today. These people, these vivacious, hearty, full people changed me.

Today I had the chance to catch up with them for a couple hours and it was such a treat. Louise was cracking jokes and Tom was keeping up. As soon as I walked in the door Louise said, "You're shorter than I remember," cracked a huge smile and pulled me into a hug. We covered all sorts of topics from babies, to old age, to Michael Jackson, to desserts, to boobs, to anything and everything in between. The one thing that I think I love the most about them is how honest they are. How important it is to them to have fun. I wish I could capture how funny they are but its pretty much impossible.

Some of my favorite quotes were:
"If you have left a chocolate dessert in the fridge all day obviously you don't want it"
"Was it Ale that broke up with the guy with the one testicle?"
"He would make them call in at 10pm, and I just thought that was from the Devil."
"Rules for photographing me: 1. Only photograph from the front. 2. Do not take a photo from the side, I have no chin. 3. No pictures of my Boobs. 4. No Full Body Shots."
"I need some adult diapers because no one wants to change their underwear every half an hour"
"That's a wonderful gift to be able to raise one eyebrow"
"If there is a God like this I am never speaking to him... "
"Jesus changed my tire last night"
"If you have a sprained ankle, and it's 100 degrees, up the hill is too far! So we go up and look at a castle that is BRAND NEW, it was where Maria Teresa had once had a castle, and they had tore it down and rebuilt it and we are looking at a brand new building there was nothing historical!"

Coolest names mentioned:
Obert Sky
Sweden Bee
Harley Buzzbee
Ima Hog

(Louise I guess you're going to have to tell me what I can or can't leave up?) hah.

I also wish I would've taken more photos of their house because it is the most charming thing in the world. You can catch up with Louise's blog here (it's one of the only ones that I read these days) and Tom's art here. They are cool and you should know them.


Lately I have taken up weaving as a new hobby. There is just something so gratifying about creating something with your hands. Taking a bunch of different pieces and making it become something else. Creating a new whole. I love the creative process because sometimes I will start with a specific idea in mind but then the process will take me somewhen else. Here are a few that I have made lately!

Lots of people have been asking, "Are you going to sell them? Are you going to open an Etsy shop?" the short answer to that is I don't know. It could be cool but at the same time I don't want it to become a business. Right now I just really love doing it when I can and doing it for the me. However on the flip side, I can't keep making these bad boys and keeping them around or else all the walls in our apartment are going to be covered.

What I know is I like using this part of my brain. My creative brain for creative sake. I miss my white walls from Chicago and wish I had someone to help with this whole photography situation, but on the whole I am happy with it.

Dallas Eats // Velvet Taco

Monday, April 6, 2015

On Friday I had a super intense interview. 2.5 hours, six different interviewers, right in a row. Whew. So despite the fact that we had just budgeted for April and really don't have any extra money to spend I was like, "Tacos?" My friend who lives in the Dallas area recommended this place and I have to say it was pretty  great. I mostly appreciated that parking was super easy. After moving from Chicago I am always surprised when parking is so easy. It feels like I am winning some sort of prize. And guess what? There is also one of these Velvet Tacos in actual Chicago. So maybe I could pretend I was just there?

Here's the Sitch
Place: Velvet Taco
Order: 5 Tacos, an order of tots, and cokes. My favorite taco was the Cuban Pig, pulled pork, ham and bacon with cheese and pickles, but I think the tots were my favorite menu item.
Price: Around $4 a taco, total for 5 tacos and tots and drinks it was 32 bucks.
Atmosphere: The people were super nice. It is an order at the counter and they bring it to you type of situation. It wasn't super crowded when we were there because we ate early around 5 so it was easy to find seating. Not sure what it would be like if it was super crowded. I liked it, but I don't know if anything about the atmosphere was super stand out. But it was good.
With: Michael Man.
Rating: 3.5

You Are Infinite

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The finality of mortal life juxtaposed with my soul longing for immortality has been weighing on my mind.

Struggling to internalize how the bills and monotonous tasks of the day to day add up to the totality of eternal potential that I possess.

While I know life is finite, it is the moments in which I feel infinite that I feel home.

I believe in something greater
In something good
In people
In love
In kindness
In beauty
In truth

I cling to these beliefs and in them is where my soul emerges, creative and true. Here I feel powerful and strong. Nestled in the idea that it is my purpose to create.

The moments of strength, true joy, and passion that cause me to align to my personal true north, take stock, recalibrate the goodness of the direction I live.

Looking for time amongst the day to dayness of this finite life that I lead to be honest.

I tell myself:
To live a simple life is enough.
To be unknown to the world is okay.
To create is enough.
You do not need fame.
You do not need validation.
You do not need to put on appearances.
Be kind.
Be patient.
Be better.

To be creative does not mean that you have to be the best or have the best product. It is the simple act of the creation where the purpose of the project lies.

Go and do. Don't be the best. Give yourself permission to create for the sake of creation. You can share but also, you don't have to. You are allowed to be private. Keep it close. You are allowed to get to know yourself and be honest about what you like and who you are.

These things are all ok. You are ok and you are infinite.