What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever read?

img_5557A few weeks ago I read this post from the blog ‘A Cup of Jo’ and it inspired my to think back on the many beautiful passages I’ve read over the years. Here are a few that have stuck with me:

“Probably for every man there is at least one city that sooner or later turns into a girl. How well or how badly the man actually knew the girl doesn’t necessarily affect the transformation. She was there, and she was the whole city, and that’s that.” –A Girl I Knew, J.D. Salinger

“I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars.” –The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony–Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?” – All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”- The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” –Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

So I’m curious, what is one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever read?img_1993

 

Five Things

img_55551. Christmas break cannot come fast enough. I’m not too stressed about finals this semester, but I’m just so burnt out. Senioritis is real.
2. It has been CHILLY and windy here lately. Ok, so that’s coming from a native Californian who thinks anything under 60 degrees is chilly but hey…
3. Have you seen my little Thanksgiving film?
4. Dreaming up plans for this summer already…is that bad? Europe is definitely involved ;p
5. Trying to figure out what to get family for Christmas is always tricky for me. Gift Giving is not one of my love languages haha but I always try to make my gifts a bit more personal.

Made me laugh

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This post “Women having a terrible time at parties in western art history” from thetoast.net cracked me up. The caption for the painting above is:

“hi hey
what are you doing over here all by yourself
i’m just
enjoying the view 
but you’re facing the wrong way
you’re not facing the party
you can’t even see me talking to you
i know”

There are plenty of other funny articles like this  on the site if you need a good laugh.

P.s. this article about female friendship in the show Broad City is spot on

A Little Thanksgiving Film

I stalked everyone like a crazy paparazzi this break, which resulted in this little Thanksgiving film! Even though they were probably annoyed with my incessant filming, I think they are ultimately grateful to have these special moments captured in perpetuity. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

img_5469How was your Thanksgiving? I’m still recovering from a food coma today. I had a great time with family friends, and someone brought the most adorable puppy (above) I’ve ever seen. We had fun taking way too many photos with it🙂 Below are ten things I’m particularly grateful for this year:

  1. Family- not being with my immediate family this year made me extra appreciative and grateful for them.
  2. Sunshine- yesterday was the perfect weather, sunny and 75.
  3. Girlfriends- they are the sweetest.
  4. Delicious food
  5. Brothers- miss my brothers!
  6. Dessert- especially cranberry bars
  7. A home
  8. The opportunity to attend university
  9. Gracious hosts and hostesses
  10. Photography🙂

Little Letter

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Dear Turkey,
Personally I find you dry. Sorry, I just can’t get on the turkey train. Does that make me un-American?
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Dear “The Great Gatsby”,
I am reading you for the fourth time right now. And honestly, you just keep getting better and better. It’s no wonder you’re a classic. You deserve the title old sport.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-43-53-am
Dear Wall Family,
Thanks for taking me in this Thanksgiving. You are my adopted family for sure! I feel so at home with you🙂
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Dear Parents,
I hope you’re having fun galavanting around Europe for your work conference. The pictures and texts suggest you’re soaking up every second of it. Can you take me in your suitcase next time please?

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Dear Gilmore girls,
Friday can’t come soon enough. Thank you for making four new episodes, you are golden.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-45-48-am
Dear Coffee,
Still love you long time, never forget.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-46-08-am
Dear H&M Jeans,
I wear you approximately four times per week. At least. You are fraying at the seams and your holes are ripping so wide they’re almost not fashionable anymore. But I love you dearly and can’t imagine life without you. Never leave me. I’ve peaked in the jean department, it’s all down hill from here.

P.s. a few photos from my ‘secret’ Instagram account

A poem for your Monday

img_1603Last year I used to post a poem of mine every once in a while. I was in a class that forced us to write poetry, but since it ended I haven’t written much of my own accord…and I intend to remedy that! Here is a poem I scribbled down quickly last night during a rainstorm.

One Evening

The rains came heavy from the north
In their little boats with tiny oars
barreling fast towards Earth.
But I stand still.
From the doorway I watch the trees sway,
A coffee in my hands,
as the drops make their way lazily down to the river
And out to some far off ocean somewhere.

And just then I think about my girlhood by the Pacific
Drenched in summer salt and more than a few tears, my slender shoulders browning up like batter, scared of the waves that threatened to soak my suit.

None of our clan lives by the sea now, we are scattered in the violent wind
like the rain that slants sideways into my new home.

And before long I notice water running
in swift rivulets down my cold, silent face.

 

P.s. Photo I took of the Malibu pier on Saturday night!

Saturday Night Formal Photos

img_1690On Saturday night, it seemed like half the school gathered on the Malibu Pier for photos before heading off to their respective sorority dances. While I’m no longer in a sorority, I went to take pictures of my many beautified friends and their dates! I was the press for the event, if you will. The sun was just sinking below the waterline and I was desperate to get in as many shots as I could before it disappeared completely. Below are just a few if you’d like to see!img_1606img_1613img_1628^What a beautimg_1632img_1634img_1635img_1639img_1643img_1645img_1647img_1650img_1653img_1657^Coincidence that they both wore purple dresses and black chokers? I think sister telepathy is more like itimg_1661img_1663img_1664img_1667^I was a thorn among roses, as they sayimg_1668^Didn’t get the serious memo…img_1671img_1694img_1698^Dear friends from Heidelberg Meredith and Alli!img_1703img_1707img_1715img_1717img_1725img_1689Hope everyone had fun at their respective dances!

A morning with my little ladies

img_1420Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, I babysit two little munchkins named Winnie and Piper. Winnie is two and Piper is three, and they continually surprise me with their humor and unending joy for life. Honestly, if you’re feeling down in the dumps, I would suggest spending some time with little kids! They are hilarious. I just want to bottle up their enthusiasm and take it home with me. Below are a few photos from our time together yesterday.img_1425Me: What are you doing Winnie?
Winnie: I’m reading this book of course.img_1428img_1429Me: Winnie can I read that book with you?
Winnie: No, Micah, I don’t think so.img_1445Winnie: Can I take pictures of you?
Me: (Hesitantly) Sure…img_1447img_1483Winnie: Oh my, I need to cook you some food! How about cucumber?img_1484img_1500Lazarus the cat has a love hate relationship with Winnie, who is ultra affectionate (and sometimes picks him up the wrong way) :pimg_1519img_1525We headed down to main campus to explore. Always good to get out of the house and have an adventure.img_1528Piper: It smells like Christmas!img_1529Winnie and Piper climbing on the George Pepperdine statue (the founder of the university)img_1532Piper: Why won’t he turn the page of his book?
Me: He’s a statue, he can’timg_1534img_1537img_1540img_1551^Probably my favorite photo of the day!img_1554img_1573img_1586Winnie: Look at all the Dori and Nemo fishies!img_1594Me: What do you want for Christmas Winnie?
Winnie: Pinkimg_1598img_1601What’s you favorite thing about Christmas Piper?
Piper: Grandmaimg_1602Have a great one friends!