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"I'm a fallen leaf who keeps her green."

Mar. 12th, 2009 | 10:47 pm
location: Seattle, WA
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Saltbreakers by Laura Viers

At approximately 11 AM tomorrow morning I will be flying down the I-5,
stereo blasting "Saltbreakers" by Laura Viers--on my way to pick up Kait.

This is going to be a good 6 days.

I will breeze through my exams, presentations, and puppet shows.
Before I know it I'll be in California again, flying down the polar end of the I-5 with Tia.

I don't usually have this much optimism the week before finals! Yea!
Let me tell you....the espresso is flowing non-stop. Third cup today?

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Plas du Palais

Mar. 8th, 2009 | 08:08 pm
location: Seattle, WA
music: Yann Tiersen

"Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong
Loving you dear like I do.
If it's a crime, then I'm guilty.
Guilty of loving you."

With its crackling, record-player quality, it has been the perfect accompaniment to this place.
This whole weekend I've spent tucked away in this corner of my house, 
Mugs of coffee sitting on the dresser, journals and books strewn about the bed...this has been the place.
Art happens here. 
A room with big bay windows and a view.
The windows let in the warmth of the long-awaited sun.
The view treats your eyes to the most breathtaking view of Northwest Seattle.
(The Aurora and Fremont Bridges, the Ship Canal, the snowy Cascades...
The "Montparnasse" tower, as I've named it. 
Hills covered in buildings and lights that twinkle at night.
Seaplanes take off and land on the water.)
Every so often a boat sounds its horn, warning the Fremont Bridge it's time to draw--
It commands my attention every time,
I watch the bridge go up and follow the top of the mast as it floats down the canal.
Catharsis happens here.
Bright blue sky and gigantic, feathery white clouds,
Turns to a pink, the vastness of the sky spread in thin layers of color
Dark, (?) no stars out, no moon
A whole day has passed this spot, and I've remained here
Content, unfazed--letting out a sigh every once in awhile

I think I'll visit more often.

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Step One!

Feb. 24th, 2009 | 09:16 pm
location: Seattle, WA
music: Mt. Wroclai (Idle Days) by Beirut

There is officially a plane ticket to Romania with my name on it.

Return TBA



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Sasquatch 2009

Feb. 19th, 2009 | 09:20 am
location: Seattle, WA

Memorial Day weekend. That gives me enough time to sell my belongings for tickets. 
Anyway, a girl can dream.

You guys, I can't even believe the lineup! 


Music line-up includes Jane’s Addiction (feat. all four original members), Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, Of Montreal, Explosions In The Sky, Devotchka, Peter Bjorn & John, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, Doves, Calexico, Grizzly Bear, M83, Girl Talk, The Gaslight Anthem, The Walkmen, Chromeo (dj set), Deadmau5, Mugison, Sun Kil Moon, Airborne Toxic Event, Blitzen Trapper, Shearwater, BLK JKS, The Wrens, Tobacco, Monotonix, King Khan & The Shrines, St. Vincent, Passion Pit, John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen, Blind Pilot, AA Bondy, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, The Dodos, Beach House, Arthur & Yu, The Submarines, Owl City, Viva Voce, James Pants, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Builders & The Butchers, The Dutchess & The Duke, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele, Fences, School of Seven Bells, Death Vessel, Horse Feathers, Hockey, Point Juncture, WA, The Pica Beats, Loch Lomond, Vince Mira & more to come.

Comedy line up includes Zach Galifiankas, Demetri Martin, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, God’s Pottery, People’s Republic of Komedy & more.

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This is how I wake up this morning.

Feb. 7th, 2009 | 08:58 pm
location: Seattle, WA
mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated

"Do you know that I'm good?"


"Yes, Lord. You're good."

And I carried that with me this week. Face-to-face conversations with God that make you awe at Him. He is so good, He is still good. It's simple, but I don't know. It's comfort.

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Look Up.

Jan. 27th, 2009 | 09:25 am
location: Seattle, WA
mood: calmcalm
music: Fools in Love by Inara George

It's snowing outside, and I'm sitting on my bed with a giant cup of coffee watching the tiny bits of snow stick to the neighbors' roof.
This calls for at least an hour more of being unproductive.

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The West and the World. I'll take that challenge.

Jan. 26th, 2009 | 12:09 am
location: Seattle, WA
mood: busybusy
music: Jumper by Third Eye Blind

I spend weekend nights memorizing names of countries and capitals like Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam and Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, leafing through pages of maps and studying them intently only to find that the ones with the longest names are miniscule islands.
I make up songs and inappropriate pneumonic devices, use ridiculous accents, do dances...whatever it takes.

All this, so I never have to be associated with whoever wrote down "Dazuh Strip (?)" as their answer on the quiz I graded last week.

G-A-Z-A STRIP. Start reading the news, good sir.

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2 Liters of ice cream.

Jan. 21st, 2009 | 12:36 pm
location: Seattle Pacific University
mood: disappointeddisappointed
music: Stars

I've been immersing myself in literature lately. Flaubert. Coelho. Irving. Whitman. Bauby. Their words have kept my mind turning lately, especially with regards to my current state. Even so, as a longtime member of "the club", I think I can speak as an expert on this topic. Here I go.

What it is it about unrequited love? What gives it such a tight hold on the reigns of the heart?

Somedays you have hope. Standing barefoot on the linoleum with a cup of coffee, you imagine him, wherever he is, and that is enough to keep you motivated for the day. You might feel as if you're walking on softer ground, and everything surrounding you is dressed in light. You find your mind wanders somewhere far away, to shared park benches and streets where you walk hand in hand. A place you've never been, a place you're not sure you'll ever go. Nonetheless, your thoughts are sojourners with long-term plans. They remain even as you move along in your daily routine.

There are other days, however, when one ambiguous comment or unsteady glance completely throws you off balance. That preexisting light has completely diminished and your mind picks everything apart. "What was I thinking?" crowds your mind, and you're exhausted. At the end of the day, you are left with an empty gallon of ice cream and tragic enthusiasm for a good night's sleep. (White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle)

So what is it? Why do we persist? Are we bipolar? Crazed?

Is it worth it? Your time, your love, the potential heartache?
Or maybe you don't lose by loving. Maybe it's rather that you lose by holding back.

I'll hold onto this:"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." This is the most romantic thing in the world.

Friends, we have all experienced this at some point. For those of you who are finally in love, I congratulate you wholeheartedly! I am by no means disheartened or stuck in a rut, just simply figuring out this place I've been in. It is good to finally break it down and put everything into perspective.

Gabby (in particular), we used to talk for hours about this, and nothing makes my heart happier than seeing you with Taylor. :)

I'll be on my way soon, too.

Also, I can't believe I'm posting this on livejournal.

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Good morning.

Jan. 20th, 2009 | 04:39 pm
mood: calmcalm
music: God Put a Smile Upon Your Face by Coldplay

I woke up today and thought of two things,

1. The earth is still the Lord's. (Psalm 24)
2. God's hands orchestrate beauty. Mine create chaos.

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Sundays are my favorite day of the week.

Jan. 19th, 2009 | 12:12 am
location: Seattle, WA
mood: goodgood
music: Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez

I missed the Seine today.
We sat by the canal, soaking in the sunbeams, watching the sailboats pass.
Lunchtime we were spreading "Fleur d'Aubris" on our bread,
talking about the "strange weather we're having"
(not that a sunny day is not welcome in January).
And then the pear. Oh the pear.
There will never be another like it.


"Here" because it is part of Hannah's project. Sound familiar, Tia?


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