Sunday, July 24, 2016

july (again) playlist

greetings!  here's a belated compilation of the music I've been listening to this month.  to be honest, I've been revisiting older playlists this month, getting all geared up to work on a new project which has its own little inspirational playlists. 

anyways, also here are some pictures from a nearby park, where a tree limb came down over a bridge and made it look kind of jungle-y.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

oddly correct + kc plaza

greetings, cheeldren.  allow me to introduce you to an excellent little coffeeshop in kansas city, oddly correct.  

oddly correct is one of those absurdly quirky places that would be totally insufferable if they weren't so darn good.  they don't provide cream and sugar, the coffee's that good.  my brother brought me here for the first time last winter, I think, so I can attest to the hot and cold brews.  there's excellent seating with big windows in case of people-watching, etc. etc. 

we also did some wandering around the plaza while we were in the area.  I'm surprised that most people don't know this, but our sister city is sevilla, in spain.  the city of fountains.  so the plaza in kansas city is just full of fountains, some of which are literal copies from spain.

brush creek runs through this area with nice biking/walking paths alongside.

if you're willing to brave the heat and humidity on a summer day, the architecture alone can be worth the trip, if you're nerds like us who appreciate terracotta roofing and hand-wrought iron... anyways, it was a brief excursion to make the most of a drive up there in the first place, and I thought I'd share these few pictures.  one thing I will say - so. much. available. parking!  wow.

peace out kids.  see you next week!

Monday, July 11, 2016

record feature: top gun soundtrack

hey hey.

quick little record feature for you guys today! having recently arrived home, I have acquired my father's teeny collection, so I have quite a few options to choose from, between the two of us.  it's all about what I find myself playing most at any given moment, so right now, it's been this.  I'm not a hundred percent sure why I love it, but I do.  it's...the eighties... love it or leave it, haha.  meanwhile, here's a short, fun article.

here's spotify's version of the soundtrack, which covers all the bases and then some:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

home again home again

back in kansas, but this post features a few pictures from ozone falls near crossville, tennessee.

I'm running around like a crazy person today, unpacking things and then collapsing, skyping into meetings and then whining through the portugal vs wales game, starting laundry and then forgetting to fold it... I'll go to writer's group tonight - first time in so long away - and read a dorky short story of mine that I never really finished satisfactorily.  it's about a fluffy young man of great fortune who is put upon by mother and honor alike to challenge a stable boy to a duel.

'Twas no light matter, a duel of the Gilligan Hugheses. 'Twas no light matter, the honor of the Gilligan Hugheses. It was mandatory, burbled Mrs. Third, that a solid breakfast was consumed without delay. 

in case anyone wondered whether I can drive without cruise control for twelve hours, the answer is yes.  it is debatable, however, whether I would have been able to achieve this feat without my sister and a plethora of excellent cds to which to listen.

real talk: stress does me in.  I'm doing some things these next few months to work on that, because what I'd really like is to be better at coping with stress.  I'm all right with changing my lifestyle to avoid it in order to stay healthy, and I have, but I'd like someday to have more options.  I'm in that dagnab twenty-two-year-old zone where I'm not interested in settling, but I want a more permanent trajectory to my career.  I know that the jobs and projects I'm working on now are a necessary limbo and only bound to last a year, but internally I'm saying "let's get going chasing x, y, and z!"  so pretty soon here, I'm going to be studying some new stuff in earnest.  we'll see where it goes.

I do want to say, I'm going to be trying to avoid screens for awhile now, so I think this blog may drop back to about once a week posting.  otherwise, it shouldn't change much.  you can still expect freelensed photos of my plants, various recipes, monthly playlists, and daytrip/excursion reports, though they'll revolve around the kc/lawrence area more often, odds are.  so there's a bit of a road map for us all.  meanwhile, chase what you want to chase, everybody.  later, kids!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I don't know about you but I'm feeling eighty-five

hello again from the road.  today is my birthday!  I'm turning taylor swift.

in kentucky we made a rhubarb pie with great success.  I'm not going to tell you how long it took me to arrange that lattice top though...and let's ignore how klopperei it is.  but it turned out great!

in tennessee now, and already sunburned.  I blame the fog this morning.  it put me off my guard.  anyways, happy long weekend everyone!  and save yourselves...wear sunscreen!