Design and Travel

July 14, 2011

Last night I went to a Barnes & Noble for the first time in ages and had the opportunity to browse through several design books I’d read about online. I do a lot of online shopping, but it really helped seeing the real deal because I was able to choose a favorite (I didn’t buy it yet because of the whole being unemployed thing). I looked at:

Decorate
Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design
Modern Vintage Style
Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic
Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: From Wreck to Ravishing
Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces
The French-Inspired Home
Simply Scandinavian

…and many, many others. I would love to have them all for a wide variety of inspiration and resources but I came back to The Vintage Modern Home several times. I’m not sure what set the it apart from all the rest for me (especially very similar titles, like Modern Vintage),  but after several flips through, the pictures just spoke to me the most, and the tips looked helpful too, not that I spent much time reading.

In unrelated news, I visited my best friend in Pensacola, Florida last weekend and absolutely loved it there. We went downtown on Friday night and spent a long Saturday watching the Blue Angels and hanging out at bars on the beach. I’d have loved to have spent more time there. I was in ultimate beach town vacation mode.

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Pensacola

Rise and Shine

June 27, 2011

I am still “in transition” and will be for a long time to come. Life is crazy right now. Watching the sun rise is a good way to feel peaceful for a few minutes.

Beach sunrise

Beach sunrise

Beach sunrise

Beach sunrise

Beach sunrise

I have a job interview with an organization I would be very happy to work with, in the location I want, but I think it may involve extensive travel (driving), and I’m still a baby beginner driver. So it may very well be an impossible fit, but I’ll find out. I’m trying to stay relaxed about the job hunt. I’ve had enough responses to my job applications (not many, but enough) that I feel comfortable waiting until I find one that’s right for me. I could handle a few more months of searching before I really get worried (read: desperate). Still, when I start thinking about things like getting a car, a new apartment, replacing the things I didn’t keep in the move, and paying “adult” bills soon, it’s pretty scary.

There is so much other stuff going on and yet I have nothing cohesive to talk about, at least not here, for now. In fun news though, I may have a camping trip, a Britney Spears concert, a Cirque du Soleil performance, a day at Universal Studios, and/or a weekend visit with an old friend coming up.

In the Yard

June 19, 2011

Backyard

Backyard

Backyard

Backyard

Backyard

Squirmy Hermy

Squirmy Hermy

So Long, Florida

June 8, 2011

…for a few days.

At the beach

At the beach

I’m at the airport. Love free wireless!

So Close, Yet So Far

April 28, 2011

ft lauderdale

christmas break

la playa

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Ft. Lauderdale May 2010

bikes on the beach

One Year Ago: September 08

Edited versions

Summer 2010

Summer 2010

outside dali

Hollywood Beach, FL

Travel Edition: Key West

April 14, 2011

In honor of all travel bloggers I’ve been raving about lately (seriously, My Beautiful Adventures puts me in a good mood first thing in the morning), I thought it was time to put up pictures from my Key West trip in July 2010 that I somehow never posted. Very unlike me, I know, but it was while I was away for an internship and only had my netbook with me–that was not a fun summer for spending time at the computer. I haven’t mentioned this because I don’t feel like dwelling on it (yet) but my desktop computer recently crashed and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get my documents off of it. I have uploaded many of my photos to Flickr, thank goodness, but I panicked thinking I’d lost my Key West pictures forever, since I was having trouble finding them. Luckily, they’re there, I just never put them in a set.

For someone who has lived in Florida for, oh, 12 years, it’s sad that I’ve only been to Key West once, but at least I finally made it. I owe it to Patrick’s amazing family and can’t thank them enough for bringing me on such a wonderful trip.

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We stayed at the most adorable bed and breakfast, the Marquesa. I haven’t been on many official “vacations” in my life (I grew up visiting family in Michigan in the summers and that was about it) so I felt incredibly pampered here.

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A Year

March 22, 2011

As I struggle to finish the written component of my Master’s project (which I’m doing in lieu of a thesis), why not take a look back at what I was doing a year ago, in March 2010?

Ah, I was eating delicious food from the farmer’s market that I can no longer go to because it only happens once a week while I’m in class.

Farmer's market bounty

Admiring my pretty new opal ring that is still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. I was not wearing nail polish then, but I hadn’t sworn it off yet. (Yes, I’ve sworn off nail polish.)

Ring!

No words. Just oohing and awwing.

Herm sleeping

Oh hey, my house was cleaner than it’s been since last summer.

Clean house after a party

Aw, and I went to St. Augustine. I’m glad I got to spend the day there while my friend looked at wedding venues over this spring break, because I realize I’ve been to St. Augustine every March for years and that’s a tradition I’d hate to break. It’s so lovely.

Spring Break 2010

Spring Break 2010

Spring Break 2010

A month. I have less than a month left of classes and then a little longer after that to finish up writing (and grading) some papers. And then I graduate! Assuming I pull off this Master’s project, that is. Which reminds me. Better get back to it.