Monday, July 28, 2014

And life was complicated and messy and hard, but oh so rewarding and full. 

book review // Landline

Sunday, July 20, 2014

By: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 310
Genre: Fiction
Harley's Rating: 9

Give me all the Rainbow Rowell books. Her writing is what I could classify as magically mind consuming. The writing feels effortless and you just drift along in this happy floating state investing and reinvesting in her characters that you wish were your best friends. Before Landline I ready Fangirl and Elenor & Park, both of which were great. I'll take a moment to brag here and say that Michael saw Landline for sale on Amazon if you pre-ordered it, he knew I like the author, and then surprised delivered it to my work. Husbands! Win!

Now lets get down to business.

The main character of this book is Georgie, a middle aged women who has essentially lost her way in life. Blinded a little too much by ambition to pay enough attention to the important things in life. It juxtaposes the reality that is her life with the reality that was her life 20 years ago in such a smashing and imaginative way. You really root for her to figure it all out. And the whole book you're like WILL YOU JUST BUY A NEW IPHONE ALREADY.

It's a love story. Between a husband and wife, with both of them trying to figure out what went wrong and how they can make it right. If you're into grand romantic gestures (and who isn't?) then this is the book!

Favorite Line:

You'll see. It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one - and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you're right.

the laughing heart

Friday, July 11, 2014

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

-Charles Bukowski

3 6 5 Days of Journaling | May

Friday, June 27, 2014

Two in one day?! I am all caught up now. For your viewing pleasure, my May journal. Someone asked me one time if I worry about people blowing up the photos and reading my actual words and the short answer is no. I am trying to be more unapologetically honest so I think this is a good manifestation of that.

Best parts of May // Going to Denmark for the Michael's Brothers Wedding, made a little terrarium (that I have now totally killed... ), HARRY POTTER LAND

Have a great weekend!

3 6 5 Days of Journaling | April

Since next week is July I figured I should probably get around to posting my April and May journaling pages. Yay procrastination. Still loving this challenge. Getting a little lax, but that makes sense after journaling almost every single day for half a year.

Best parts of April // Jane coming to visit me, being brave about my career, going to Orlando, Michael finally coming home from NC

Does someone good at taking pictures want to come take them for me? I used Lightroom to edit these bad boys and if I am being honest I really don't quite understand how it works. I have no idea why i thought this shiny gold background would look good... insert wide eyed emoji here. I have lots of good ideas I'm just not so good at capturing them. Give me an iPhone and VSCO and I'm good, but a DSLR and Lightroom, heaven help us all! Happy Weekend you nuts.

a weekend whirlwind

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My dear Chicago friend Kristina was moving to DC and needed someone to make the trek across 5 states with her. I gladly volunteered as I really haven't spent that much time exploring the Midwest or the East coast and plus I kinda like hanging with my girl K-sos. Thus the whirlwind weekend began.

Friday after work some friends of ours wanted to go camping down in Nauvoo, Illinois. Michael and I had never actually been camping the whole time we've known each other, so I guess it was about time. We borrowed all of our gear, packed in a rush, and were on the road. Whenever I leave the city I feel one of two things, 1. "Wow, it's so nice to get out of the city every once in a while, see some open spaces," and 2 "Who the heck lives out here?" We drove about 4 hours from Chicago, talking dreaming, eating Noodles and Co, until we arrived set up camp and roasted some S'mores. Our friends in Chicago really are the coolest. They are our little Chi-Family.

Saturday we were supposed to explore Nauvoo, but ended up at an ER in Iowa. I had never been to Iowa before, check that bad boy off my list. We were playing a game that is just too complicated to explain (watch this video) and one of my friends got a little bit of a concussion, so we just needed to get her checked out to make sure nothing permanent was going on. As it turns out in the middle of no where Illinois the only thing open on a Saturday is the Emergency Room… in Iowa. Adding "Urgent Care centers always open" to one of my perks of living in the city. When we finally got back to Nauvoo we had time to check out the temple, play a few games, and see the Missiouri River (which is ginormo BTW). Then we drove back to Chicago, grabbing some mexican food on the drive home.

Sunday was a quick pit stop to sacrament meeting for Kristina to say bye to everyone, then we were off, with McDonald's in hand. We literally pulled up to McD's at 10:29. GLORIOUS I SAY. Our drive was uneventful. Through Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, finally ending in good ol' DC. If you can make it through a road trip that is 12+ hours with someone you're probably pretty great friends because you didn't kill each other. We just listened to music, talked, and drove. With a million Diet Coke/Bathroom stops in between. I'm sad that she's moving, but I am happy for her. City life is transient. People move on all the time to bigger and better and more suburban things. It's just a fact.

Monday we spent time as tourists. I went to DC last year to visit Jane and it looked mostly the same, but what a bummer they aren't offering free White House Tours. I demand to see the inside! I pay taxes! This time we hit up Shake Shack and all my jealous instagram Shake Shack rage was finally satisfied. They even regrammed my photo. Whhhhhatttt is life. We saw old friends that had also made the great exodus to DC from Chicago and soaked up all the Monuments the city has to offer. It's a pretty cool place if you're into that sort of thing. My favorite was the contemporary art museum. Partly because of it's amazing air conditioning, partly because of the killer photography exhibits. What blows my mind is how this giant bustling city only has tiny little buildings because nothing can be taller than the Washington Monument. That sassy lady keeping everyone in check.

Then it was time to leave and Kristina drove me to the airport in Maryland and away I went. I read Fangirl on the way home. Give me all of the Rainbow Rowell books ever. The jist is that I just went all over the freaking place. All in 72 hours. And it was weird and life is good.

Now for the PHOTO DUMP. MUWAH.

Road Trip to DC selfie!
Dreams do come true.
 Bye Adams family. Love you long time.
All photos c/o of my lovely little iPhone. How did we ever survive without them?