Quiet Mornings

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I’m quiet lately because I’m in transition, and it feels uncomfortable, but that’s okay. I’m hoping it’s an awesome new pair of shoes that will eventually feel great and last for ages type of uncomfortable, and I think it will be. I’m just impatient, that’s all! Recently I’ve been walking more, thanks to the fact that June has been kicked out of daycare and the dog park for being a top notch asshole, so those easy energy releases are no longer options and hiking in fairly dog-empty areas at 6:45am is the only option (Will gets the more populated evening walk, nothanks). She’s going to see a behavioralist in a few weeks and I’m counting down the days til I don’t feel constantly angry and burdened by her insanity. But for now, hiking for an hour every single morning isn’t the worst when she behaves. That early, LA is quiet and the summer heat isn’t burning yet, the drought is troubling but makes for easy mornings. We’ve been seeing coyotes lately, on hikes and just sauntering through Pasadena like it ain’t no thang, and it’s interesting to watch June react. She quietly lies down behind me and stares with intense interest, not at all what she does when she sees a domesticated dog. We get home and I have a little over an hour of quiet alone time before I leave for work, drinking tea and making jewelry, reading the New Yorker and telling the animals how good they are not getting in each other’s faces (now that’s one progress I can happily report on). Not bad at all.

We went to Arizona for 4th of July weekend (the last photo is actually there, right before an amazing storm) to Will’s grandma’s, and found two wonderful old point and shoot cameras in a drawer that his grandpa has used while hunting. We brought them home and I just got some film for them, I can’t wait to shoot a roll as I haven’t touched a film camera in ages since my Mamiya battery exploded (ugh.)

In other news, I re-activated my Pinterest account. I’ve had a secret account for almost a year now and we use Pinterest so much at work for inspiration boards that I decided to jump back on board publicly. Pinterest let me use my old account so I just slid back in, terrible old pins from years ago and all. I still think there are some awful people saying awful things that are not constructive and that the social commenting piece of Pinterest is unnecessary, but I feel somewhat more mature about not wanting to punch people in the face and can hopefully just roll my eyes at stuff. Such is the internet, I suppose.

And thus concludes my terribly random post.

Weekly Music: July Mix


I’m in such a crazed adjustment period right now with work, so there hasn’t been a ton of time for even my beloved weekly music posts! But the past week I caught up on music and went through my Shazam list (so many WHAT IS THIS SONG?! moments in my life, what a wonderful technology) and KCRW set lists and saved albums on Spotify and made a little July playlist. Most are newish, most I’ve talked about here, but a few are things I’d looked up that were older, some excitement over the Nick Cave show we’re going to on Friday tossed in there. Because it’s pretty random I made it an hour-long flow of toe-tapping to winding down to almost lullaby-like.

Happy July! How is it July, can someone tell me?

1. Whocean Yesway
2. Could I Be Sylvan Esso
3. Can’t Do Without You Caribou
4. High Road Cults
5. Rising Son Takuya Kuroda
6. Master Pretender First Aid Kit
7. Just One Of The Guys Jenny Lewis
8. Hi Warpaint
9. Nothing Will Change Sharon Van Etten
10. We No Who U R Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
11. San Fran Moses Sumney

Listen on Spotify:

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Weekly Music


I think we’re at the tail end of all the crazy spring of new album releases so I don’t have any new music to share, but the ladies of First Aid Kit made this awesome Spotify road trip playlist for Nylon‘s blog that I’m super into. And on that note, I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about their new album, but it’s finally obsessively grown on me. It’s a sad break up album, but I’m a huge sucker for those regardless of my mood, and they just hit it so well. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the last album if I had to compare the two as a whole, but it’s still fantastic. You can read about their choices for the mixtape here.

For those of you who can’t use Spotify, here’s the tracklist to make your own:

“Here I Am” by Adam Green and Binki Shapiro
“Diamond Day” by Vashtie Bunyan
“Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent
“”The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III
“”America” by Simon and Garfunkel
“I Dream a Highway” by Gillian Welch
“I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash
“Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
“I Feel Just Like a Child” by Devendra Banhart
“Margins” by Amason

And as a side note, thank you all SO much for your response to my work post on Monday. I am so incredibly swamped right now I don’t have time to reply to everyone, but as always, the kind responses to personal posts like that remind me why I keep this ol’ blog up. I love you guys.