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“For though we may be the Earth’s gardeners, we are also its weeds.  And we won’t get anywhere until we come to terms with this crucial ambiguity about our role – that we are at once the problem and the only possible solution to the problem.”

Michael Pollan

I’m currently reading Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, by Michael Pollan. It’s a very soothing read, and I’m loving it.  I’m obviously not really a gardener (minus my little pot of slowly growing basil), but when I was little my mom had an amazing vegetable garden in our backyard. (It actually made it into the newspaper once!) We worked in it all summer long, and my sister and I planted, grew, and picked everything from zucchini, to corn, to tomatoes, to sunflowers. 

Reading this book has really helped me remember how good it feels to work in the earth with your hands, how satisfying and intimate it is to grow something from barely anything, and most importantly, the relationship that people have with this world, and what we need to do to nurture it. 

Even if you don’t know anything about gardening, I highly recommend it. Pollan’s style of writing is pure perfection. I don’t know how he comes up with his constant stream of hilarious but intelligent analogies! I truly admire him and his perspective of the world. I feel like he’s someone who truly understands how to enjoy life through simplicity. 

Found via my friend Mel.

I like this. It’s really hard for me to stay in the present moment. I’m always thinking about the befores and afters. It’s easy to get lost in that.

This is like a reminder to be alive.

I want to stay eager. 

xo

My summer wishlist…

Warm weather has officially hit the Bay Area. I spent most of the weekend in the sweltering heat of Tiburon and Los Gatos. I had a bloody mary on the deck of Sam’s, picked fresh herbs from my mom’s garden, and even got some new freckles on my shoulders! It was heavenly. And Sunday night, for the first time in a loooonnnggg time, I was able have a comfortable evening stroll in the Marina, wearing nothing but shorts and a t-shirt.

Isn’t there always something kind of romantic about summer? Something about late night ice cream runs and sundresses just makes you want to be in love, you know?

Needless to say, the overdose of Vitamin D has got me daydreaming about a few summer staples that I can’t wait to purchase:

1. Weck Leftover Set from Heath Ceramics

I’m totally copying my co-worker with these, but they are fantastic. I’m kind of a tupperware fiend (ask my poor boyfriend), but I’ve been trying to make the switch to all glassware for a while now. These are not only ADORABLE and from Heath, but they’re super affordable! I want to buy at least two sets — one to make my fridge look pretty, and one to bring my lunch to work in. 

2. Tiny Pinwheel Earrings from MXM Jewelry

I feel like I might have blogged about this company before, but oh well. MXM Jewelry has the cutest and most elegant yet affordable jewelry ever. I love the idea of turning every day objects into little wearable works of art. These pinwheel earrings are my favorite! I need a new staple jewelry piece, and these are very fresh and summery feeling. 

3. Rose Geode Scarf from Shabd

Sadly this scarf will probably be on my wishlist until the end of time because it’s rather expensive, but sigh… I love it so much. I have always been a big tie dye/bohemian fan (as anyone who knew me senior year of high school could attest), and could not have been happier when hippie-chic started to come back. These scarves are soft, sleek, and can be worn with anything. My favorite part? The patterns were inspired by photos from the Hubble telescope!

4. Cuisinart Classic Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream/Sorbet Maker

A cute, colorful machine that makes ice cream, sorbet, AND frozen yogurt at the touch of a button? Need I say more?

5. Ash Texas Wedge Sandal

These shoes are just my style — simple, with lots of neutral/natural materials. I’ve been in need of some new wedges for quite some time. I have literally had mine since high school graduation (Don’t judge. They’re still cute).

Happy Summer loves! 

xo

Do you ever have one of those moments when you just love life?

{When you feel so incredibly happy in one moment that you never want it to end?}

I’m having that right now.

It’s almost 80 degrees outside. Our windows are open. We’re wearing shorts and our feet are bare.

We’re buzzed off free wine from an art show and eating a pear and gorgonzola salad that I threw together in a moment of desperation.

My boyfriend is talking to his grandma on the phone about how to play Words with Friends, and his voice has that Yamhill County lilt I love so much.

Sawyer is staring out the window at a barking dog on the street, and our little fan is humming softly in the background.

It just feels so perfect. We’re lucky people.

xo

{hello there}

I feel like I’ve been terrible about posting lately… I hate when that happens.

But, it’s all for good reason–I got two freelancing gigs! One for a magazine and one for a website.

So I’ll be a bit MIA again this week–holed up in coffee shops/my apartment, attempting to create something that people might actually enjoy reading.

Til then… know you’re in store for two fabulous posts next week. A letter to my younger self, and ten things that make me happy.

Oh! And a restaurant review. (Three posts. Woops.)

lovelovelove

“Remembering that you are going to die
is the best way I know to avoid the trap
of thinking you have something to lose.
You are already naked. There is no
reason not to follow your heart.”
-Steve Jobs

{All right. I realize it’s a little off kilter for my blog to have a quote from Steve Jobs}

But. This quote really made me think, and I thought it was worth putting up. Hopefully it’ll do the same for y’all.

I can definitely be an anxious person. Most of the time for no legitimate reason.  Negative experiences/memories/etc can make it really hard to step out, and just jump the gap.

This quote truly inspires me to remember (particularly at this point in my life) that I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Just thinking about that automatically helps me let go of all those worries … and just DO it. All those things–big and small–that I want to do.

{Why not, right?}

I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

PS: recaps on Valentine’s Day/Birthday dinners to follow!

xo

{A photo I found via a friend’s Facebook, snagged from this Twitter. Here, Christian Egyptians protect Muslim Egyptians as they pray. I just can’t get over this photo. Honestly, it chokes me up every time I look at it … it gives me such hope. Could something like this ever happen in the United States? I hope so}

I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for a few days now.

I keep coming back to it and tinkering…

I’ve really had a hard time trying to put into words exactly how I feel about the protests in Egypt.  I feel like these events have touched me on so many different levels. In a weird way, that makes me feel selfish–you know? I’m not there. I’m not courageous in the same way that these men and women have been for the past two weeks–it doesn’t seem fair that I should be so impacted, when I’m not even a part of  it.

But, it’s absolutely awe inspiring to me how fiercely passionate these people are about their country. Sadly, their loyalty to their country and countrymen is slightly foreign to me–I often feel like we Americans are more likely to bash on each other than stand up for our rights and quality of life as a nation.

They’re doing it for Egypt, and Egypt’s future… it’s hardly for themselves. These people are 100 percent ready to die for this cause.

Beyond all of that, it’s incredibly powerful what ordinary people can accomplish.

I had a conversation with a taxi driver in SF when the protests first started to build momentum, and he said “I hope that something like that happens here.”

It really got me thinking. Would it? It’s heartbreaking to me to think that complacency is usually the norm–and I can’t deny that I’ve been a victim of it.

But now, I’m inspired. It’s so moving for me to see people join together for a common cause. Human solidarity is such an unbelievable thing. There’s something about these movements that truly makes me want to hop on a plane and join in. It’s exhilarating–the cause is so wildly hopeful.

That’s all I can really put together right now … But I wanted to leave you all with an excerpt from one of Nicholas Kristof’s columns for the New York Times (besides Al Jazeera, he’s been my go-to for all things Egypt. He’s a genius, an absolute inspiration, and in my opinion–one of the best journalists of our time. Plus, he’s from Oregon! Went to the same high school as the boyfriend)

Maged, a 64-year-old doctor who relies upon a cane to walk, told me that he hadn’t been previously involved in the protests, but that when he heard about the government’s assault on peaceful pro-democracy protesters, something snapped.
So early Thursday morning, he prepared a will and then drove 125 miles to Tahrir Square to volunteer to treat the injured. “I don’t care if I don’t go back,” he told me. “I decided I had to be part of this.”
“If I die,” he added, “this is for my country.

I know this is a bit different than my usual posts.

But this is such a important, impactful moment in our world’s history–and it’s been such a point of interest for me lately, I thought drifting a little from the norm would be worthwhile.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
-Robert Kennedy