Thursday, September 30, 2010

some thoughts for your night

+ mom and i just put a massive pot of applesauce on the stove

+ tracy jordan and the cash cab {the greatest merge of all times}! please watch tonight's episode of 30rock.

+ this vid of laughter yoga {i love it and wish that i actively pursued the practice or was bold enough to teach it. . . we did some laughter yoga in training and it was fascinating for me to go from feeling sorta awkward to feeling so happy/so joyful. you get to a point where you really cannot stop laughing}

+ junot diaz is out of his mind {currently reading the brief wondrous life of oscar wao and i went to hear diaz speak at davidson last week. he came on the stage wearing jeans, a hoodie, and tennis shoes, and reminded me of an awful lot of a dominican jacob calder. he was hilarious, talented, and informal.}

+ the ads that came up on the side of my facebook today were for: motorcycle car magnets, r.e.i., and tara stiles {a glam yogini}.

+ please take the time to look at all of nevada wier's photographs here {esp. the ones under the set shadows}

+ i still have no idea when i am leaving/exactly where i am going/etc. . . and i still have a massive list of things to start figuring out!

+ i miss my friends

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

a day in dover

nothing could have prepared us for dover's beauty.

after our train ride from london's victoria station and through the quiet english countryside, we found ourselves in dover. like most places in europe, dover was everything i had hoped it would be. dover, with its incredibly rich history, seems out of place in a way. it was not as touristy as i had expected and it seemed like everyone loves life there.

we were a little tired from lugging our packs through town, so we opted for a late afternoon snack on the beach. this was our first encounter with a pebble, more like rock, beach. although they are gorgeous, they are difficult. at first, getting out of the water was both challenging and painful, but by the time we made it to the french riviera, k and i like to think that we had mastered the art. {*note: we didn't actually swim in the english channel because we were wearing jeans and the water was frigid (i cannot imagine it later in the year!). . . but, we did wade through the water}

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a reminded us to think of this poem on the day before we left . . . we read it aloud together and it only helped us savor our day in dover.

"The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Agaean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night."

- Matthew Arnold

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{as always, if you want to see a picture more closely, just click on it. . . i need to redesign this someday, but as for now, i'm too lazy and confused}

Monday, September 27, 2010


i simply love this one of sydney running through the field on their farm. the way the light hits her hair is simply gorgeous.

many more pictures to come from the campanella family photo shoot.

{as always, click to see a higher resolution}


Sunday, September 26, 2010

a week of yoga asanas

a.) ustrasana, camel pose in my closet {a very peaceful, quiet, and surprizingly spacious place to practice}
b.) padmasana, lotus pose in ms. tracey and ms. betsy's house
c.) vrksasana, tree pose in the closet
d.) vajrasana, seated thunderbolt pose variation at work. . . {here i was busy at work on one of the many painting projects i have been up early in the morning}
e.) pandangusthasana, big toe pose in the closet
f.) reverse warrior pose on the balcony outside my bedroom.

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i know, i a missing a day in there, but i unfortunately forgot to take a picture yesterday. this project certainly brought about a certain rebirth of my home practice. in a way it forced me to practice and practice for a substantial period of time each day. still no teaching jobs, but i am at least working at my own practice a lot more than i had been. if anyone wants private lessons/group lessons - i'm here, just busy!

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if anyone has a suggestion of a challenge for me to try out, i'd love to hear it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

a tate modern visit

i fell madly in love with this museum. it is a renovated factory right along the river thames, so you can imagine a.) its popularity, b.) its enormity, and c.) its influence.

i decided to shoot only in b & w for this visit. . . it just seemed to fit the atmosphere.

also, thanks again to my lovely sister who let me take my sweet time.

for a few more images of the tate visit, check out my {rarely updated} art blog here.

have a delicious evening and weekend {k and alex are on their way home for the weekend and i cannot wait to see them.}

Monday, September 20, 2010

a few more photos for your night

sick of europe picture posts like these yet? . . . i'm still working through london people! be patient and even more great stuff is coming your way.

a week of small things

tambourine from india {i got it in my head that i just had to have a tambourine from india last summer. . . i found one, but. . . i still haven't found many reasons to pull it out!}

necklace from mrs. whitman. . . it reminds me an awful lot of something betty flinstone would have worn. that doesn't bother me much and i wear it just the same.

i finally found a singing bowl friends! i actually bought this little treasure in italy of all places. kelsey and i found this little stand of indian/nepalese/tibetan goods in rome and i simply couldn't leave without this. i have been looking for one for quite some time now and it is especially dear to my heart because of the sweet nepali man who sold it to me.

snack of choice: chocolate covered almonds from trader joes

fierce, thrifted, three dollar wedges. . . yes, sarah, these were a great purchase!

yet another necklace. it was once one of k's but she never wore it. . . so. . .

glasses. . .

Saturday, September 18, 2010

a chapel hill visit

it is still hard for me to believe that in a year, this will be my home too. after seeing everyone's smiling faces and experiencing some of the fab opportunities available for the students there [as alwasys}, i have to admit i am getting excited.
even though i had not originally wanted to go to unc, the more and more i know of it, i'm positive that i will be happy there!
the 5 things that most excite me about unc:
1. easily number one is. . . yo po !
2. all the amazing, talented, and beautiful people i know there and will soon meet
3. the classes {esp. the ones related to the arts, photojournalism, international politics, people of the world, religion, french. . . you name it!}
4. concerts!!! {sarah, andrew, evangeline, and i went to the sam amidon concert {for free people. . . i guess it pays to be late sometimes!} who knew he was that crazy, loveable, and hilarious.
5. yoga with carborro {this place is fantastic and thanks alex for coming with me}, rock climbing with andrew, and other sports/games with others.
for more pics of my three day visit, check out the food blog {here}.
have a blessed weekend everyone!