I'm still in Lausanne and thought I'd share the giant jack-o-lantern I came across on my weekend wanderings. Want proof it is enormous - check out the photo below - it is the size of a CAR. It was across the way from a club - so I'm guessing they held some sort of costume party over the weekend. It's been years since I dressed up, but I'm hoping for a little FaceTime chat with my niece and nephew so I can see their costumes. One thing I'm not missing is all the left over candy, which I promise myself I won't eat...and then I do.
How are you celebrating Halloween this year?
Duffy - I'm Scared
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I'm in Switzerland for a while in my company's offices while we work out the details for Istanbul, I don't know yet when I'm going, where I'm staying or how long I'll be there, but I anticipate spending most of the rest of this year and a good part of next year as well. I'm so excited to explore some place new.
When I started this blog nearly 4 years ago, my goal was to keep a record of my life in Delhi (I regret not having any real record of my two years in Rio.) I'm excited to get back to the core of that goal and use this blog to record my adventures and discoveries in a new place and culture. While, I've LOVED having a year at home and I adored last year and its opportunity to live and work in Lexington KY, I'm thrilled to once again be an expat and experience life in Istanbul.
Have you been to Istanbul/Turkey? I'd love to hear what places I should see and things I should do. I should have used the past few weeks to do research - but I haven't, I think I was afraid of jinxing things if I got to serious in my planning.
There is really only one song that can go on this post: Istanbul (not Constantinople) - this version is by They Might Be Giants.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
This year during the hunt I did manage to get my deer - although my version of "get" involves getting a few photos of one.
Given that the women in my family used the dear hunt holiday as a retail holiday where the only thing that got a work out was our credit card, I've decided this kind of hunting (with a camera) might just work for me. After all, this way I get pretty pictures and no big credit card bill when I'm finished.
Did anyone else get a school holiday for something as odd as the Deer Hunt? Or is it just rural Utah? Note, they called it Fall Break, so it wasn't quite as blatant as I make it sound.
I hope this little doe never finds herself in the headlights.
Owl City: Deer in the Headlights Pin It
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Have you heard the new Ryan Adams album yet? It is very much worth checking out. Lucky Now has me singing along.
Monday, October 17, 2011
I mentioned Friday I had spent some time at my parents cabin - and since my sister and her family missed out on the trip thanks to the flu, I thought I'd share what she missed. First up, the road to the cabin.
There have been some renovations and it looks better than ever, best of all - the new roof that made the balcony the best part of the cabin.
Grandma and Grandpa put up a tire swing for the little ones - they will love it.
My favorite grove of trees - the sun always seems to shine through these trees in the most beautiful way. We spent tons of time here when we were growing up, but adult life means it is much harder to get there - but every time I do I fall in love with it all over again.
When I think music and cabin I think of Bon Iver holed up in a cabin creating his amazing For Emma, Forever Ago album, including this song: Flume Pin It
Friday, October 14, 2011
- We are building a playlist of cover songs at Inspiration Studio, why don't you pop over and share your favorite with us.
- My master bedroom is finally finished, and was featured on one of my favorite design blogs, 6th Street Design School. Kirsten helped me with the planning for the bedroom and gave me the courage to take it in a new (but scary to me) direction.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Have you discovered any new artists lately? You know me - I'm always looking for someone new to fall in love with.
You can stream Dustin's newest album here: Dustin Christensen - Highway Lines
Monday, October 10, 2011
A few nights ago I took my camera out just as the sun was setting - I wanted to experiment with night photos. I learned two things. First I need a lot more practice. Second, it may be time to invest in a tripod. Do you have any recommendation on the tripod front?
This first shot is the view of the Salt Lake Valley from my neighborhood. That line of gray in the middle of the photo is the Great Salt Lake.
For some reason the moon was even harder to capture than the city view - every shot was fuzzy. More proof it is time to invest in a tripod.
Hope you had a great weekend. I had plans to be super productive. Instead I found myself in the middle of a Twilight marathon.What is it about those movies and the books that suck me back in from time to time?
Ten points to the person who can tell me which movie and scene this song comes from:
Iron & Wine: Flightless Bird (American Mouth) Pin It
Friday, October 7, 2011
I'm using the storm as an excuse to dig out Snow Patrol - with their songs coming through the speakers outside seems a little less dreary.
Snow Patrol - You Are My Joy
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Remember back in August where I forced you to live through post after post of my travel photos as part of August Break? I did that for a reason - I wanted to create a gallery wall at my house and fill it with photos from some of my favorite places. August Break and the gallery wall gave me a good excuse to dig through old files to find some of my favorite photos (and if you haven't done this in a while you should, it was so my fun revisiting those trips and memories.)
I finally got around to printing, framing and hanging the photos - and I have to say, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I even had enough photos to start a wall on the opposite side of the staircase and I hope to keep adding to my collection.
There are two prints on the wall that aren't mine - I purchased them on etsy (here and here), these prints define my travel philosophy making them a perfect fit:
Monday, October 3, 2011
I had a bit of a health scare last week - it all started with the stomach flu, which led to a serious case of dehydration, which caused me to pass out and have a episode of muscle spasms, which led to some cuts and bruises and a very sore head. I'm completely fine now, but last week reminded me how incredibly blessed I am and what an amazing family I have.
After my little episode I was sitting there, dazed and confused, honestly not understanding what had happened. But I kept hearing this still, small voice telling me I needed to call my sister (who lives nearby) and tell her what happened. I finally picked up the phone, she, of course, urged me to go to the doctor. I, of course, said no (I have a thing about doctors and hate to go.) I just asked her to call me back in an hour or so and check on me.
My sister got off the phone and this time she was the one who heard that small voice. This one told her that I was wrong and she needed to get me help. She put her work on hold, got my brother-in-law to come home and watch their kids and called me back and told me whether I wanted to or not we were going to the doctor. She even managed to track down my parents (which I thought was impossible since they were camping and out of cell phone range.)
My sister got me to the doctor and set there with me for several hours while they gave me IV fluids and my mom showed up soon after so I didn't have to spend the night alone.
I'm so grateful for the promptings we felt that day, and that we acted on them. I know that things could have been much worse if I hadn't gotten the help I needed when I did. I'm also feeling incredibly blessed to have the kind of family that drops everything when someone is in need.