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.

So Long, Florida

June 8, 2011

…for a few days.

At the beach

At the beach

I’m at the airport. Love free wireless!

I’ve taken pictures around these blocks a hundred times. I’m already starting to miss this neighborhood, as I approach the last few months of my time in this town. Perhaps the prettiest neighborhood I will ever occupy in my life. I’m too shy to take pictures of many of the homes; when I see people, I point my camera clearly in the direction of the trees or the ducks, lest I creep my neighbors out. Maybe right before I move out I’ll get up the courage to take some better ones. I’ve never used film around here either. There are a bunch of adorable little shops I want to document too…it’s like what towns must have been like before Wal-Mart. A small business devoted exclusively to vacuums. Another to lamps. There is one that sells only trophies, one that sells fireplaces. Seems rare these days.

I’m also really going to miss living next to two public parks.

Duckpond in March 2011

Duckpond in March 2011

Duckpond in March 2011

Duckpond in March 2011

Duckpond in March 2011

Duckpond in March 2011

Duckpond in March 2011

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Expensive and Tropical

February 26, 2011

Warm weather dress

Hooray, an outfit picture! If you can call a dress an outfit. I believe it was in the 80s here in Florida today and I pretended I was on a tropical vacation while I ran errands. It’s been so pretty out all week.

A Pretty Saturday

A Pretty Saturday

This weekend, however, has been stupidly expensive. Yesterday I took my dog to the vet because I was convinced he’d eaten the dark chocolate bar I remembered leaving on my bed side table–I’m talking 85% cocoa. Alas, after paying my vet the big bucks to induce vomiting in my poor pup, it turns out I had simply moved the chocolate to another spot in the house and left the wrapper near my bed (why? no idea). My angel of a dog did not touch it. As I should have known. He doesn’t ever do stuff like that–no chewing on things that shouldn’t be chewed, no stealing food, no digging in the trash, no messes, nothing. Sigh <3

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Today I bought of a bunch of other stuff, some out of necessity, and the rest…well, you know. I ended up with:

  • a new phone because mine was breaking down and the touch screen no longer worked (it will be free after a mail-in rebate, oh how annoying mail-in rebates are, but whatever)
  • some proper exercise clothes since I think my body is mad at me for getting all sweaty in the lounge clothes I had been working out in
  • a watch, mostly to keep the time when I’m running
  • a shoe rack since I keep all my shoes in a big messy box
  • some underthings, because, well, it was time to re-stock
  • two belts and a purse at a garage sale, for no justifiable reason except that they were cute and being sold at garage sale prices
  • a single serving blender that is also a portable cup so I can drink my smoothie from where I make it (I hate using my big blender and usually avoid it because it’s such a hassle)
  • groceries, cause girl’s gotta eat, though girl could probably spend less on groceries than girl currently does
  • oh, and I had Panera

Whew. I just feel drained from shopping–and from spending. I am really glad I didn’t succumb to the shoes I was looking at on Zappos yesterday, or the clothes calling to me in Target this morning. Upcoming expenses outside of paying the bills and buying groceries include going to a 3-day music festival (not TOTALLY my cup of tea but my best friend invited me and I never see her, plus, okay, it could be really fun), possibly getting contact lenses and/or a second pair of glasses, a few business clothes, not to mention hopefully plane tickets, a passport, and I’m going to stop here because I am just tired of thinking about money, honey. Here are some more pictures from my day instead:

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A Pretty Saturday

A Pretty Saturday

A Pretty Saturday

A Pretty Saturday

A Pretty Saturday

A Pretty Saturday

Paynes Prairie

October 17, 2010

What this weekend has lacked in productivity, it has made up for in life-affirming time outdoors. Screw school, work, and chores :)

Pictures from my afternoon walking La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie.

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Gainesville Photo Contest

September 30, 2010

My entries into a city of Gainesville photo contest, held, conveniently enough, on Flickr. They couldn’t have people in them (other than those I know) because I don’t have photo release forms! So no “urban” pictures worked (haha, as if Gainesville is urban). Oh well. Here are some pictures I like that still represent Gainesville to me.

A Fairytale House

Breathless

Protecting the Duckpond

It’s been fun looking through the other entrants’ pictures. ETA: Gah. I just realized someone else submitted a photo of what looks like the same three geese in the same location! Oops.