Tuesday, April 14, 2015

10 Golden Years! A Pictorial Retrospective With Nostalgic Filters


(College Station)



(San Francisco)


(we were both in the same house at the same time I swear)

(Palo Alto)

Happy blogaversary to the best friend I ever both started and stopped blogging with! May our next decade hold as many Christmases, roadtrips, and wine downs as the last one did. xoxoxoxo

Happy blogversary! What's the traditional gift for 10 year of blogging together???

Our blog went live an actual decade ago today! Enough to fill 2 digits in our arbitrary base 10 numbering system. Behold, the glorious first post:

SO. COOL. Oh 2005! Remember when blogging was the only alternative to sending out mass emails? And we tried not to make our posts too image heavy so Katie's grandparents could load the page?

All hail Blog, our faithful chronicle of road trips, weddings, graduate education, post offices, pickles, singing, book blather, nostalgia, and other adventures in adulting. We don't come round to visit as much as we once did but we'd never abandon you. Here's to blogging into our golden years, as the header once promised ;)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time Warp Reading in Review 2011

This was the year I jumped on the e-book train, which was revolutionary for traveling/lunch breaks. Gosh I'm so nostalgic for those pre-smart phone days, when it didn't kill my battery to read massive tomes like Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention on my phone! These days I have a cheap NOOK.

First graphic novel, first Stephen King. New author crush: Rebecca Stead.

Rebecca's read2011 book montage

The World Without Us
The Sisters Brothers
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Gang Leader for a Day: Gang Leader for a Day
A Theory of Great Men
All Things Bright and Beautiful
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
First Light
Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century
Catalyst of Sorrows
The Last Dragonslayer
True Grit
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Hard Love
When You Reach Me
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Rebecca's favorite books »

Thursday, October 09, 2014

4 seasons in 4 pictures (with slight cheat because antipodean summer!)

Beautiful places I have proof of being during this long blog hiatus!

Devonport, New Zealand - Christmas Day 2013
Yosemite - spring break 2014

Lake Michigan -August 2014

Back to the glamorous library life...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to avoid the back to school blues

1) Don't look down. aka Don't stop working. But choose wisely. Go back and reclaim that sweet employee discount. Commute to the clean cut, strip-mall saturated, freshly bike laned burbs, surrounded by sane and friendly adults (the coworkers, not the customers, don't worry my rose colored retail glasses don't extend that far) instead of mobs of children. Lock up your library books, go back and play in dust filled boxes of cultural memory.
one of my favorite reads of the summer, plucked from such a box
2) Overschedule lots of weekend jaunts across the country. Enough time to hug your best and oldest friends and family and breathe some unfamiliar air, but not enough time to let summer relaxation kick in.
sucking up quality time with cuz 2 at wedding of cuz 1
3) Take a summer course, make poor academic choices, create ridiculous amounts of unnecessary stress compounding in a full blown breakdown during the denouement. Anything that comes after this will be a relief. ANYTHING.

what's that you say? 
this is the trailer for the fifth estate, starring benedict cumberbatch as julian assange? 
and not strictly relevant to my class on government secrecy? exactly.

OH HEY DID I MENTION SCHOOL'S BACK IN SESSION? It's my second year in the job, feeling nice and loose and overconfident! Talk to me in two weeks and you'll get a different story I'm sure. Also I never thought I would be SO RELIEVED to be taking a required research methods course. I chose a professor I've had before who is nice and competent. Everything is so predictable in my life right now and I couldn't be happier.

Wishing a smooth transition to all school-adjacent people, and to the rest of you: goodnight listeners, goodnight.