Monday, September 15, 2014

To be fair

After finishing work up in New Mexico, I drove back to Lubbock, repacked, and immediately got back in the car to drive home to Albany. On Saturday, my mom, siblings, Keren, and I took a trip to the fair.

The fair is always fun, especially if you like spending an inordinate amount of money and don't mind feeling nauseated. It sounds like I'm complaining, but I promise I'm not. I had a great time riding rides and running through fun houses with my siblings, and gladly spent fifty dollars on giant turkey legs, fancy sodas, bags of cotton candy, and the best damn funnel cakes I've ever had. Seriously, I'd go back every night just for some more funnel cake.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dream Your Life Away

I heard Vance Joy's most popular song "Riptide" (video above) over a year ago and though I did not love it quite as much as my friends did (Melany listened to the song for four straight hours while writing a paper), I still liked it and really enjoyed his voice. I downloaded a few more songs from his EP God Loves You When You're Dancing, but had no idea an album was in the works. What a nice surprise.

His debut album Dream Your Life Away released two days ago. I found out about it an hour ago and bought it forty-seven minutes ago. Now I'm blogging about it so everyone else can experience the joy I'm feeling right now.

Upon first listen, "Georgia" is definitely a favorite, if not the favorite. I could literally feel my insides melting (okay, not literally). Other great tracks include "Best That I Can" and "Who Am I" and also every other song on the album. Treat yourself.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Few Things

Currently, I'm sitting in a hotel room in the great city of Hobbs, New Mexico (heavy sarcasm). I'm here for work-related things and, let me tell you, I'm ready for a day off. All in all, it hasn't been too bad though. Tonight is great because I got off early and found out Albertsons carries Ruby Red. Also, Golden Girls is on literally all the time. Partyin' in room 142.

Here's a few things you should check out:

01. Fall Out Boy's new single "Centuries" is fantastic. Listen here.

02. This comic lists 7 Signs You're Becoming An Adult and it made me literally laugh out loud (LLOL?). I guess I am becoming an adult because I related to all of these. Melany and I had an entire conversation (see: argument) about dish racks just yesterday.

03. Definitely teared up watching these transformations.

04. This couple is documenting their travels by taking pictures of each other taking pictures of each other. They call their project Lens Between Us and all of their photos are certainly fueling my wanderlust.
05. I'm a big fan of great handwriting, aesthetically pleasing signatures, and pretty things in general, so these 17 Coolest Signatures of Famous People Through History definitely caught my interest.

Hope the rest of your week goes smoothly! Here's hoping mine flies by.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Instagram Recap: Summertime

For me, the end of summer has always come with the end of August. This probably has something to do with being in school for the last seventeen years, but September 1st is Officially Fall in my books. (Even though it's not really Officially Fall until September 23rd, and even then doesn't feel like fall until the end of October, but whatever.)

So to send off the season, I decided to recap by sharing my favorite pictures from the last three months. It's been a pretty good one.

As fun as this way, I am always and forever ready for fall, and I have a feeling this one will be especially great. I hope you had a great summer as well!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This must be the place

Seen at Castle Hill, May 2014
This past weekend I went to Austin to look for apartments with Melany. It was stressful for a variety of expected and unexpected reasons, but we got everything figured out. We've applied for an apartment.

I'm so excited. I'm also terrified. I know it's going to be a tough adjustment, but if I waited until I was ready, until moving to a huge city wasn't scary, I would be waiting forever. Sometimes you've just got to do things. You've just gotta go.

I know there a lot of people who don't get it (namely extended family members and my mother's boss). Why do I have to move to Austin? Why would I leave my good job at United? There are a lot of reasons, but the main reason is Austin simply feels like home.

This has always been a little difficult to explain to people. I grew up in a town with less than two thousand people in it. How could a city of nearly 850,000 feel like home? Recently while skimming through a photo book in Waterloo, I came across a quote that articulates my feeling perfectly:

"When I was little I asked my dad why he went to Austin so much. I remember him telling me that his heart slows down a few beats here."

I got chills when I read that because that's exactly it. My heart slows down a few beats when I'm in Austin. It just feels right to me. I can't believe I'm going to be there so soon.

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