Heidi and I are up to something nefarious… and it smells of good old vintage fashion fun. More on this later in the weekend… sorry ’bout the iphone photos :s
Happy birthday to me! I am an illustrious 24-year-old today…and yes that is me in the sink.
My notable accomplishments in 24 years: took up running and lost weight, finished a degree (more to come someday?), kept 3 cats successfully alive, traveled the world (though never enough), gotten myself out of a bad long-term relationship, survived my parents’ divorce, bailed my father out of prison(with help) and weathered the ensuing legal shitstorm, got a legit painful adult job, fell madly in love, teaching myself carpentry and baking, and staying vaguely sane thus far. I’ve still not conquered the world or lived in a sailboat in Copenhagen harbor. Maybe I’ll get around to that.
I’m taking a day off today and heading out to Berkeley (camera in tow), I’ll try to bring you back something lovely!
(In other news, I finished my ottoman despite some mishaps, pictures to follow, and have a Finnish yogurt culture rye sourdough starter bubbling in my kitchen! I hope to bake with it soon… though sourdough breeding seems to be much more time consuming than I at first thought hahah.)
I’m afraid I’ve failed you all on the cool city pictures I promised. I had an amazing time at the Boxworks Seminar in SF this week, but didn’t even notice until the after party that I had no battery in my camera. Hahah… fail. So all I have to share with you are these little snapshots I took on my iphone.
Speaking of the after party at the Bentley Reserve, what little I saw/drank of it was the most amazingly swanky occasion I’ve been to in a long time. I had to run and catch the last metro out of the city before the band had a chance to start playing though. Sigh. So much for seeing Third Eye Blind :p
I met a lot of enormously funny IT people (IT Crowd anyone?) got my first ever convention swag bag, and was all around fabulous and competent in smart society…(hahah yeah right, that’s me standing in the elevator lobby pretending to check my email on my phone so as to avoid socializing…)
But best of all, they gave all of us all new Motorola Xoom tablets! I’m loving it, especially all the Google integration so I don’t need to sync all my random calendars/emails/readers/etc separately like on my iphone, it’s all there! Still <3 you Apple, I’ve not forsaken you altogether, I swear.
What you missed while I wasn’t blogging… long story short, it’s been an eventful spring.
I fell in love and gave up on applying to grad schools in Europe. I applied to only my top school, the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts (DKDS), and got rejected. I suppose I disappointed just about everyone in my family. Still don’t know what to do about that.
I got restless, I took sailing courses, wandered aimlessly alone around the Marin Headlands and Point Reyes looking for lighthouses. I found the California happy cows.
I quit my cubicle job and took up a new infinitely more depressing one with a slightly better salary. I took up bicycling, bought myself a decent racing bike and now bike the 14~15mi. to work over the wetlands once a week or so. I named my bike Charlemagne.
I spent time with good friends. We ate, we drank. I started going to antique and thrift stores, collecting and fixing old furniture. Most of it is ending up white. It is one of the few really fulfilling, productive and cathartic things I have found in a long time.
I found out for the second time in two years that my father is being sent to prison, and then deported. I attended sentencing in a federal court with him for two days, I cried until I fell asleep and then I cried some more. He and my brother live with me now, in two weeks he’ll be sent to Mississippi to sit his time. My apartment is afloat in furniture I need to do away with, and I’ve lost all confidence in any kind of American justice system.
I went to Finland, I forgot about things for a week. I somehow promised to move in with my mother this fall, despite what may be my better judgment.
I once again realized I have too many cats. I stopped baking (sad), I didn’t stop working out (proud). My roommate moved away and in the process I lost one of my best friends. I started a love affair with San Diego.
That’s about that. I’m currently addicted to Spotify and home improvement projects, seriously crushing on Amy Merrick and her work, and determined to somehow stop being so restless… now you’re all caught up.
I just went through and cleaned out about 60% of my posts from last year. Inspired by the amazing Amy Merrick and in an attempt to be less pithy of a person in general, I’ll give this blogging thing another try with less condescending gobeldigook and more things I actually do and care about. Hopefully some improved photography will follow as well. :) Here’s hoping.