Tuesday, June 28, 2011





grass orchestra


Teri and Travis always host the best bonfires. Birthday bonfires are no different! One of the best weekends I've had, full of marshmallows, Uno, friends and adorable puppies. This is why I love summer.

Monday, June 27, 2011


This weekend has been a whirlwind of work, girl time, Macbeth rehearsal and birthday bonfires! My thighs are burning and I'm exhausted, but all in the best way possible! You'll get a more coherent post from me a little later in the week, but here are some teasers of what I've been up to this weekend :)



Busy, busy, busy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

Fresh #strawberries from the festival!
♥ Sundays have been girls' night with Julie and April and large doses of TIVO-ed "So You Think You Can Dance?" Hilarity ensues. And despite being still in the audition phase, I'm already garnering my favorites for this season! Hero and Patty Anne impressed me to death last week!

♥ June means strawberry season and every year my family goes to Trax Farms for their annual Strawberry Festival. I've missed it the past two years, but my mum brought home a ton of bushels of strawberries nonetheless. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, strawberries right out of the carton? Yes, please!

Portal 2 - I bought it, I caved. It was on sale, then I had part of a gift card left over so I figured I had no reason not to. It's so worth it. GLaDOS's sarcastic comments still slay me every time.

little loves
getting all of my books from the library; I feel like I'm cheating the system ♥ sun-dried tomatoes ♥Billy Guerin is back in Pittsburgh! ♥ congrats to the Bruins, but is it time for hockey season yet? ♥ the lingering smell of bonfires on your clothes ♥ the river at twilight ♥ summer evening driving to Elliott Smith and The Smashing Pumpkins "Machina" ♥ nude nail polish ♥ the novel "Sunshine"

Saturday, June 11, 2011

link love

Stoneth's "American Outsiders" is a collection of photos of the
...poor and destitute on the streets; homeless or in shelters or drifting or on government assistance or such...
and is touching and stunning in every way.
♥ The Three Brothers/Deathly Hallows sequence from Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows part 1 is absolutely mesmerizing. The concept art is no different.
♥ Katy of Mes Aventures en Republique Dominicaine & France on returning from living out of the country - I can totally sympathize; as much as I love and miss Japan, coming home after three months abroad made me feel even more excited to be home in the US of A.
Vintage mugshots from the 1920's
♥ These mason jar meals are super cute!
♥ An Opera in Allegheny Cemetery. This is awesome.

What interesting links have you found?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer To-Do List

I've never been one for summer. I was the kid who got bored 2 weeks into summer vacation because I "didn't have anything to do". And then I remembered the little packets of summer activities my mum would make up for me to do; there was everything from fun little research projects, crafts, scavenger hunt-type things -- I remember thinking how cool it was! So to keep me happy and productive I've given myself my own little "activity"-list of things to accomplish this summer...

Mellow Yellow fields

♥ Play with my Konica Minolta - I don't even want to goof around with it until I've at least flipped through the manual. But I'm so excited to take pictures with it! I've been perusing the Konica Minolta flickr pool for inspiration and can't wait to get started. Manuals ahoy!

♥ Go biking - Last November I bought a bike. Why I assumed this was opportune timing for bike riding, I have no idea. So here I am, with a bright new shiny blue bike and am making plans for visiting my favorite Ghost Town Trail!


♥ Visit the farmer's market - fresh fruits and veggies? Yes, please!

Sewing projects - last summer I heard about Freckled Nest's Home Ec class which was perfect for getting me more acquainted with my sewing machine and some more complex projects (I can officially only make a scrawny tote bag xD But it's a start!). Nevermind that I was in Japan at the time and didn't have immediate access to any sewing materials. Since I've been home, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't made the time to start a single sewing project! But I've got my fabric lined up and ready to go!


Read, read, read! - I have a huge stack of books to read. And then I went to the store and bought "Anansi Boys" and "The Historian". This stack will never go away (and I'm ok with that!)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Theater with Poor Yorick's Players

If there's one thing I love about summer, it's outdoor Shakespeare productions! For the past three years I've been involved with Poor Yorick's Players "Shakespeare in the Park" productions. By the time classes are winding down auditions are starting up and I can't help but get geeked out for it!

I was a theater geek in high school (and proud!) and while I loved our many renditions of "Craig's Wife" and "Pride & Prejudice" I didn't think it was something I could maintain for fun after graduation. I was incredibly lucky when a friend of mine introduced me to a Shakespeare group that performed locally.

This season is Macbeth in the summer and I'm stoked to be one of the witches! It'll be great for some of my personal goals and development as an actor; I'll be sure to keep you all posted! To be working on Macbeth with such a great group, full of friends and newcomers, bonding over late-night diner dinners, notes and Hell Week and painting sets, and crazy shenanigans will make summer complete. And most of all, it's going to be a great show!

And, new this year, April and I will be blogging the whole experience over at Something Wicked This Way Comes! There will be some behind the scenes nonsense, images and videos of rehearsal, acting tidbits, interviews with the cast and loads more! We're still getting things up and running, but check back in a few days time.

There are epic battles!

And masterful eye-rolls/drama:

If you're in the Pittsburgh area, stop out, see the show (it's free! Free is good!) and come hang out!