Archive | July, 2010

Stay Classy, San Diego.

23 Jul



After NINE years since I was last there, I’m finally going back to San Diego! For a proper vacation, no less. Booked my flight and my hotel room yesterday for a 6-day trip in August, which according to the calendar, is delightfully around the corner. Cannot.wait. I intend to take full advantage of the trip–I’m renting a car and driving around and snapping pics and eating and visiting a few friends. Again–cannot.wait.

What is it about the place? Maybe the sweet ocean air…the painfully powdery blue sky…the Pacific Ocean…



Design Times. And Stuff.

21 Jul

The new design reminds me of my home in Florence, the one waiting for me, you know, when I finally get there. It’s all travel-y and awesome and I love it. Blogger finally added some new templates (I say finally like I’ve been stalking the site and waiting, which is so false, being that I update this thing as frequently as I go to the gym, which is once every leap year, apparently) and I happily took advantage of them. Yay.

Yes, time flies when you’re inundated with work and life and busy schedules and all that, which I currently am. I will no longer apologize for my once-every-leap-year writing, either. I’m taking a new laissez-faire approach to it, but I’ll carve out the time when I can. Take that, conscience and Muse. Also, and quite honestly, I haven’t have many concrete ideas lately. Time to honor my promise and get to one of the many local musems, and fast. Fast!

Summer continues to wind down. I will not complain about the heat. It’s summer. It’s hot. I get it. (Never mind that one day it was 65 degrees and the next day it was 97; never mind that the ozone layer went from calm and cool to angry and not going to take it anymore; never mind that the heat is UNBEARABLE; never mind all of those things, which are inconsequential, really, la la la). Soon, however, waiting patiently over the horizon, will come dear Autumn, which, if we look at Autumn’s past modus operandi, will last about 5 minutes here in Somewheres, VA. Sigh. The story remains the same.

New books: The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. Awesome, awesome, awesome. It’s a series about an 11-year old girl named Flavia de Luce who solves murders. If that isn’t a childhood fantasy coming alive on paper…in fact, I finished the first book and am currently in the middle of the second book in the series, The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag.

New movies: nothing. I haven’t stepped into a movie theater since some time ago; the last one I saw was clearly not memorable, being that I don’t even remember the title. But some new ones look interesting. More on that later.




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