Sunday, June 21, 2015

5 Years Time

This little blog is coming up on its fifth year anniversary. I'm trying to pen down all my thoughts and emotions about this, but my brain is all over the place. Five years, really? Wow-wow-wow.

A friend recommended that I buy a little cupcake in celebration. Whoo, five years! In just five years time, I have started and finished college, joined a sorority, written a thesis, moved a handful of times, searched and found a job (thank goodness), made the BIG move to California, and traveled here to Yosemite and there to Prague.

Honestly, the posts and the photos sum it up. Come July 13th, 2015, I promise a more introspective look at what this all means. Probably nothing profound... but maybe something more cohesive. Cheers!

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Just for documentation:
June 5th: A wonderful serenade by Sufjan Stevens in Oakland. The show progressed like a story—I experience a recent Sufjan, a familiar Sufjan of old, a lullaby Sufjan for my fevered soul and body, an intellectual Sufjan who DID share profound yet simple truths, a Sufjan who shaped my music appreciation, and a Sufjan went a bit crazy and tried to explode the venue with sound. Wait.. didn't try. Succeeded.
June 6th: A hodge podge of artists performed for Lindy + myself, first-time blanket people at a music festival. Featuring the likes of Misterwives, Of Monsters & Men, Modest Mouse, Atlas Genius, Panic at the Disco, Yelawolf, Twenty One Pilots, Cold War Kids, Sheppard, The Kooks, Best Coast, and more. Coachella, who?
June 13th: I got an email requesting my presence in Napa... so to Napa we will go! Following brunch that is. Ventured out to the rolling vineyards with KK + Mattie, talked through the tough stuff, and found fried chicken on the way home.
June 14th: Church. Then brunch. Then epic tv+sports+movie combo day AS IN the Warriors played awesome basketball, then watched awesome dinosaurs in Jurassic World for a second time and then experience awesome (and not awesome) emotions during the Game of Thrones season finale.

That's it for a recap. Note to future reading Victoria: your life is busy and exciting, even if you don't always have a camera.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Go Nuts for Donuts!

Happy National Donut Day !!

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That's all, folks.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Very Full Memorial Weekend

I suppose it could be easy to segment my life into parts... but I also suppose it could be difficult to reconcile these pieces together. Houston vs. Austin, high school vs. college vs. workforce, Texas vs. California. Fortunately, I think the joy of having guests visit San Francisco, the joy of hosting and sharing adventures here and merging aspects of life before and after, makes me feel whole.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I had a lovely visitor and we made the most of our long weekend together. From breakfast at The Mill, we headed north on California 1 to Stinson Beach, further north through Point Reyes and then cut over west to Napa. On returning to the city after day one, we caught the sun setting against the Golden Gate Bridge. How do you top that?

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The following morning we woke up early, and hit the road south. Breakfast of pretzels and goldfish, M&Ms and Twix Bars, we passed through Monterrey, Carmel and hit the curving roads of Big Sur where the fog was a constant friend. His presence we viewed both fondly and forlornly. We found this famous waterfall or something, attempted a hike ill-prepared, and found a welcoming glass of wine in Carmel.

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"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... And some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man with imagination, nature is imagination itself."
— William Blake

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The weekend concluded with a return to The Mill because nothing beats four dollar toast, then a stroll along Land's End because everyone needs to visit the not-so-secret secret beach, and several orders of tacos because... tacos. All throughout the weekend, I had a very thankful heart for Allison's visit and our rich conversation. Also, got to see sweet Michelle, a much belated reunion.

At some point in the weekend, I shared with Allison — I think I am finally becoming the person I have always wanted to be. Getting to share that with Texas community folks helps me connect these two pieces of life... or really, the many millions of pieces. Hey you two, if you're reading this, thanks for coming to visit my home and thanks for letting me share adventure + freedom with you.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lost in the Fog

How about an adventure? Keep it simple + in the city. We trekked to the top of Twin Peaks, a spectacular mini mountain in the middle of the city, and there, we met a wall of fog. In all directions. No sunrise visions of the downtown skyline or hills of stacked house. Just white fog, a chilling mist and an endless void of gray. But we loved it and turned the blanket into a fort/cave and we told secrets and pretended to be stranded in the vast wilderness instead of a populated 7x7 city.

The fog and the gray is good here. And writing at 11 pm sans sleep and sanity is also good. I think.

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