Thursday, August 28, 2014

you must always

from: catbirdnyc.com
Always be brave, even when you're not feeling it.
As an introvert, many of my interactions, particularly at school, require some level of bravery. Even just the simple interaction of talking to my adviser about my ideas can have me wracked with nerves. Trusting yourself can be difficult.
So, I often remind myself to just be brave: even when you feel like a kitty cat -- you can be a lion. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

garden summer


The truest sign of summer: more tomatoes than one can consume. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

wilderness

The Needles: Cayonlands National Park
"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders." 
-Edward Abbey




[I'm back! -- hopefully regularly. Stay tuned.]

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

snaps of my life

Lately, my life has been looking a lot like this: 

Latte, at my favorite coffee shop.

Which isn't so bad, considering that's a delicious warm drink. 

It's also had a bit of this: 

French bread, recipe from the excellent Bread Baker's Apprentice

Which is also pretty great, considering that's some delicious bread, which I got to make myself! 

Plus, there is some of this: 

Epic barber (often comes with great haircuts).

And some of this: 

My fluffy best friend.

 And most of my days end like this:

Candles and fancy matches, holiday gifts from a great
friend, from the wonderful catbird.

Which is a great way for things to conclude.

So, as you can see, things are going pretty well.
Things are crazy sometimes, and I spent a lot of time on the computer coding and a lot of time off the computer thinking about math -- but that's how it is, sometimes.
And with all these other wonderful components, that's not so bad.

Should be back with some more regular updates.
Hoping so, at the very least!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

true feeling...

"True feeling is always circular -- either circular, or paradoxical -- simply because its cause and its expression are two halves of the very same thing! Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together in love." 

Just finished the absolutely brilliant second novel (and Man Booker Prize winner!) of Eleanor Catton. The Luminaries is absolutely phenomenal -- to the point where, after 800 pages, I was still wishing there was more to read.

Wanted to share a little bit -- because I hope that everyone I mention it to, even for a second, goes out and reads it!
Who wouldn't want a story about love, stars, and dreaming -- all set among "hatters, whores, and diggers"? 

Friday, November 22, 2013

wedding photos

I got married about eight weeks ago -- and have been so excited to get the pictures ever since.
After the wedding, I was pretty much on a moon of cheer (except for all that school stuff that I had to get back to), but man, was I excited to get the pictures!

We finally got a sneak peak on Facebook at the beginning of the week, and I thought that it might be nice to share some of them here.
I'd like to thank my ridiculously amazing, kind, and fantastically fun photographer Dana Siles. She was so much fun to have around, not to mention incredibly talented (as I'm sure you'll see below). Plus, for someone who doesn't like to have their picture taken (me), she made it pretty much a dream. You should check her out here, if you're in the New England area, and need some fantastic photos!

(side: I just noticed that most of these are black and white -- even though most of the total photos are in color. Weird coincidence -- but regardless, enjoy!)

Flowers -- can you see the succulents in there?

MOH and I, hanging out outside the church before the ceremony.

Husband and I, all smiles.

After the ceremony, on the way to the reception.

MOH and I, enjoying our dresses.

Siblings -- enough said. :-) 
I think my favorite thing about Dana's work is how organic everything seems. Rather than a bunch of posed photographs, our wedding photos really seem to be a commemoration of the day and everything that was going on. It makes me feel like I'm there again -- which is really what I want!
Now, I have to decide what I should do with all of these fantastic pictures. Any tips? How many wedding photos is too many to have up in the house?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

not much to say, but lots to do

Busy week, busy week.
Well, not so much busy, as I have an exam on Thursday -- so spare moments are considerably less bountiful -- as I constantly feel like I should be studying.

My days have been spent, largely, in my favorite local coffee shop, with a big cup of tea and a calculator.
When I'm not there, I'm at my house, still studying.
We got some snow last night, so at the very least, I don't want to go outside -- which, in a strange way, makes studying more appealing! I'm probably the only person in the world who isn't excited about the first snowfall -- but I'm all right with that.


So, right now, as I'm taking a study break, I figured I would drop in quickly, and say hello!
Hopefully will be back later in the week, with some non-study related comments, and maybe some questions about new glasses!