golden years

Monday, March 2, 2015

san francisco with the skullcandy crew

i really blew it on catching up on my blog in february. which i feel like i've been perpetually trying to do since australia. and it had made blogging start to feel like a chore, so i just quit doing it for a minute...but i think i've officially caught the bug again and actually feel like getting this space up to speed with mah life! so let's go back to january...

the entire skullcandy art team rented a massive van and we road tripped out to san francisco to get away from our computers, see the sights and get inspired (a pretty awesome excuse for a work trip if you ask me). aaand we did just that! we went to a lot of cool shops, toured some design studios and the airbnb headquarters (which were AMAZING), ate some good food, saw a keith haring exhibit at an art museum and just wandered around the city. good times with good people.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

a book a month / the goldfinch

for january's (yes, january, even though we're 3 weeks into february and i'm only posting it now...#oops) book i read the goldfinch by donna tartt. i didn't know much about the plot of this book before reading it, but i had really wanted to read it based on the recommendation of other people, aaaand the cover art. i really liked it. and am fully guilty of judging books by their cover. aaalso, fun fact, one of the guys i work with knows/used to work with the person who designed it! so that was cool. 

aaaanyways, after reading it, i kind of realized why i didn't know much about the plot. it's a hard one to explain without giving anything away. so all i'll say is that it follows the life of a boy from new york city and tells his coming of age story, with some major heartbreaks and set backs along the way. the characters are all flawed in their own ways, which i liked. it makes it feel real. and you still fall in love with these people despite their imperfections and you find yourself rooting for them.

another thing that made it an interesting read was the protagonist's naturally pessimistic disposition. i think i find it interesting to read books from this perspective, because i'm a naturally positive, glass-half-full person for the most part, but those pessimistic parts of me still exist. i just work to not let them drive my mental state. and for some reason, that i'm now realizing i'm really bad at explaining, i like putting my shoes in other's people's (or fictional character's) minds and learning how they battle their demons.

i have no clue if these ramblings will make sense to anyone else out there and/or my future self, but just know that i liked this book. there is some heavy, uncomfortable material in there, and it's not exactly a thrilling page-turner for the most part. but it's an interesting and thought-provoking one.

and, as usual, here are a few favorite quotes from this book:

"and as much as i'd like to believe there's a truth beyond illusion, i've come to believe that there's no truth beyond illusion. because, between 'reality' on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there's a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is the space where all art exists, and all magic."

"sometimes it's about playing a poor hand well."

"sometimes we want what we want even if we know it's going to kill us."

"whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important: whatever teaches us to sing ourselves out of despair. but the painting has also taught me that we can speak to each other across time."

"we looked at each other. and it occurred to me that despite his faults, which were numerous and spectacular, the reason i'd liked boris and felt happy around him from almost the moment i'd met him was that he was never afraid. you didn't meet many people who moved freely through the world with such a vigorous contempt for it and at the same time such oddball and unthwartable faith in what, in childhood, he had liked to call 'the planet of earth.'"

"we are so customed to disguise ourselves to others that, in the end, we become disguised to ourselves."

"caring too much for objects can destroy you. onlyif you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn't it? and isn't the whole point of thingsbeautiful thingsthat they connect you to some larger beauty?"

Monday, February 2, 2015

february / mixtape

animal collective | my girls
generationals | spinoza
beach fossils | what a pleasure
wampire | the hearse
dum dum girls | coming down
the war on drugs | best night
yellow ostrich | neon fists
beirut | postcards from italy
surfer blood | swim
led zeppelin | misty mountain hop
mgmt | weekend wars
tom odell | can't pretend
band of horses | window blues
fleet foxes | sun giant
the shins | new slang
ariel's pink haunted graffiti | baby
yuck | get away
superfood | bubbles
alex turner | stuck on the puzzle
the national | pink rabbits
sufjan stevens | a little lost

listen here :)

Friday, January 30, 2015

across the sydney bridge

on our last, full day in australia, nicolaus, my cousin, brendan, and a family friend, sven (actual name kevin, but he was politically incorrectly dubbed sven since he's from sweden), and i walked across the sydney bridge. not over the bridge, like you can see the people in jumpsuits doing in some of the photos, but just across it, then up the tower at the end of it. i did walk over it once, back in the day, about 7 years ago, when it was a-hundred-and-something-dollars. and now i would love to do it with nicolaus but they have raised the price to four-hundred-and-something-dollars. which i think is absurd. it was a pretty cool thing to do, but not four hundred dollars cool. i'd rather fly to hawaii or something. ha, aaaanyways, walking across it was a lot of fun! we got some fresh air and pretty views and i had never realized you could walk up the towers at the end, so i really liked that (minus the queasiness i felt from the height).

afterwards, we walked into the city and ate at pancake on the rocks, before doing a bit of shopping then heading home for our last family dinner. our entire trip was so incredible and i'm already feeling homesick (is it possible to feel homesick for somewhere that isn't your home??) for it just looking back at these photos..

Thursday, January 29, 2015

let's go surfing

the boys woke up before anyone else almost every morning to sneak in an early morning surf session. and nicolaus managed to get me out of bed one of the times to join them. and i do love tagging along on these excursions every now and then. there's something pretty magical about getting to the beach while the shoreline is still deserted and being bundled up in a hoodie and towels because there's still  that slight humid chill in the air.

i happened to come on one of the worst days of surf, but it was still nice to hang out, snap a few photos, sneak in a beach nap, see a million dolphins swimming by, and then fill up at my all-time favorite pie shop when the boys were out of the water. and if i'm being honest, the thought of the pie shop was really the main motivating factor that got me out of bed that morning :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

pinspiration / lately

i'm going to take a break from my australia posts, to insert a little post about the happenings of late. because it felt like we hit the ground running the minute our plane landed in salt lake, and i'm still trying to wrap my head around all the happenings. and what better way to organize your thoughts than divulging some of them in a blog post?
+ done some schnowboarding. unfortunately, for me, this also resulted in the worst nose bleed of my life. the only time i ever get nose bleeds are when i travel and go from one extreme altitude to another. which means that the moment i got to the top of the lift at brighton, the blood started coming and didn't stop until getting to the bottom of the run, using lot of tissues, gagging and coughing up a bit of blood (both disgusting and traumatic), and i may or may not have put a tampon in my nostril to gain some control over the situation. which may or may not have stretched my abnormally small nostril to the point of extreme pain. it was quite a disaster, but at least i made it out alive. the only real casualty was my face mask...
+ on a brighter and much more fun note, nicolaus and i got to help out a friend with a school project. she filmed us frolicking about in this video. it was a lot of fun to do, and even though i felt really dumb and dorky about it at times during filming, she was able to use her creative magic and turn out a video that i love watching and i think is so fun to have!
+ we've had a great time socializing and catching up with friends and family. amidst sunday dinners, weekends in syracuse and breakfast club with some of mah best lady friends, i have been managed to keep all sorts of busy.
+ every year i make it a goal to see all the movies nominated for best picture in the oscars, and every year i fail at it. but that did not deter me from making it a goal this year! so far i've only seen the grand budapest hotel and the imitation game, and i love them both! and plan on doing a lot more  movie-going with nicolaus in the near future.
+ besides from spending the majority of my time working full-time at skullcandy, they also stole me away for a weekend in san francisco! which i am not complaining about. it was my first work trip, and turns out, i am a fan of work trips. i'll be sharing more about that all in a later post...but for now i'll just be trying my best to keep my head above water, wittle down my to-do list and find some free time to catch up on what feels like a bajillion blog posts.

Friday, January 16, 2015

spiders love australia

australia may have been one of my favorite trips to date, but that doesn't mean it was all butterflies and rainbows. it was butterflies and rainbows scattered with the occasional SPIDER THE SIZE OF MY FACE. and that is barely an exaggeration. ha, the best worst spider is not actually pictured above, but it did nearly give me a heart attack one night. which we later found out is how they're known for killing people. not because of poisonous venom, but rather for inducing heart attacks.

we pulled into the garage one night, happy and tired, only for me to look over and see a massive spider right outside my window. i'm a pretty mellow person for the most part, but i really lost it when i saw that nasty creature. there was some freaking out and scrambling over car seats to get out on the other side..then deciding we didn't want to fall asleep in a home where that thing was lurking in the garage, we decided that we needed to kill it. but a shoe didn't seem sufficient. we found a 2X4 piece of wood and it took a couple hits from my brother-in-law to kill it. after he missed the first time, the spider started crawling towards him instead of trying to run away. needless to say, the whole thing was pretty terrifying and i'm glad we all made it out alive. except for the spider. that turned into the gnarliest, nastiest glob of goo i have ever seen.