Jubilation

July 3, 2011

I went to see the Cirque du Soleil show Alegria last night. This is a little taste:

It was so amazing that I have a renewed appreciation for what the human body can do. It kind of makes me want to do some yoga, and at least get to the point that I can reach past my knees…

It was also a great excuse to dress up, but sadly, I didn’t get any pictures, except for this bad one of a delicious meal at a Mediterranean restaurant from before the show:

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Fried jibneh (cheese), falafel, and spinach pies

You can listen to the soundtrack here, which is awesome. The theme song reminds me a little of Lady Gaga, particularly the chorus of Alejandro. But this just might be my favorite. I don’t know. I can’t decide.

Alegria!

My Bed Bug

August 4, 2009

I brought my grandmother’s wrought iron headboard back from Orange Park to see if I liked it in my room, and I love it! I also put up the king and queen hippo art prints I bought on Etsy a while back.

New art and head board

New art and head board

Herman approves.

Cozy Herman

Cozy Herman

More of the Place

July 28, 2009

Are you getting sick of these yet? Almost done!

My Home

My Home

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Office/ “Guest Room”

July 27, 2009

It’s a guest room because it has a daybed. That’s about it. I’ll get some kind of art on that wall eventually.

My Home

My Home

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Feelin’ Good

April 30, 2009

Me on a couple of Isabelle’s business cards :)

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Pictures from her blog.

I finally signed up for a photography class, which will run for about six weeks beginning in June. I am so excited that I’m actually following through with a hobby I’ve wanted to learn more about for a couple of years now, even in the midst of grad school. It’s kind of empowering to take so much on. I really admire well-rounded people who are “jacks of all trades,” and I guess that’s a goal I have for myself. I always want to be learning throughout my life. I understand the need–and enjoy–having certain, long-term, focused career goals, but I plan on pursuing as many other creative outlets as possible; photography, foreign languages, cooking, yoga, writing, and other artistic endeavors.

All I have left for the semester is grading. Today I’m going to do a little cleaning around the apartment and then get to work, because tomorrow I’m going to South Florida for a long weekend! I’m really looking forward to having a relaxing few days in Ft. Lauderdale, especially with no homework to stress me out. I’ll probably even go to the beach. I love waking up on mornings when I’m about to take a fun trip; packing up the car, loading music on the IPODs, stocking up on snacks at a gas station, and hitting the road. Very few things make me happier, other than maybe heading off to the airport!

Stuck, Part II

April 24, 2009

I love cigar boxes and have been wanting to do something creative with them, but I don’t know what. I gave it a try but got stuck. I’m really no good with arts and crafts; it could have something to do with my total lack of patience.

Only about a week left until the semester is over, and if I can get my biggest paper done by Monday, things should be pretty smooth sailing. It’s the work I have to do this weekend that’s scary. Tonight, though, I’m relaxing. My brain doesn’t work on Fridays.

In more important news, which probably is no longer news since I announced it on Facebook days ago, I’m officially transferring to the University of Florida in the fall. Patrick will be doing his PhD there and we were both offered assistantships. I will miss the Women’s Studies Department at USF, but other than that, I hadn’t been in Tampa for long, and the change is for the best. At this point, I’m mostly thinking: Where will we live? I want to rent a house, even a tiny house, so badly, if only so I don’t have to walk Herman around an apartment complex at 4am when he needs to go out. It’s so creepy. But, ok, really I just want a little house because little houses are cute. Like this one, which is available in July:

I “jokingly” showed it to Patrick thinking he’d be completely opposed to the pink, but he didn’t respond too badly…

As a side note, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep my opinions on various matters to myself. I’m also a little sick of writing about home decor, maybe I’ll discuss something more substantial soon. Who knows? My blogging whims are unpredictable. Perhaps I’ll make make a list of things I’d like to do this summer. I’ve been writing summer lists since childhood–they’re better than New Years’ Resolutions.

Always Watching

April 3, 2009

Art by one of Patrick’s best friends. Inspired by him and him.