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Staying connected

This last Saturday, I surprised my boyfriend by taking him to fly kites in Seaport Village- it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do in San Diego. Dorky, I know. We went to a toy store and got those cheapy cellophane and vinyl kites, and they worked awesomely. I love these kinds of little adventures more than anything else.

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The little adventure made me realize how important it is to keep going- keep doing things outside of technology, computers, our phones, etc. It might be a funny thing coming from someone in IT, but I think it’s so important to disconnect. “Disconnect” might not be the right word; maybe the right way to describe it is to connect with loved ones without distraction. It seems like I rarely get an opportunity to do this, but it’s so refreshing when I finally do.

I also got to see some of my ADPi sisters this weekend- it was so nice to see them and catch up on everything that’s been happening in all of our lives. It’s unreal that we all graduated a few years ago- it seems like the adventures that we had were just yesterday. It’s such a great feeling to know that no matter how far away you are from sisters geographically, the minute you’re back together and hanging out, it’s like nothing has changed. I miss these girls often, but I’m glad that there are planes and trains and ways for us to get together.

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There are a lot of things to be thankful for right now… everything from loved ones and friends, to music. I’ve been listening to this album by Vampire Weekend. It’s been one that I enjoyed and listened to on Spotify so much that I decided to buy the vinyl copy off of Amazon. Praise be to Amazon Prime and viva my record collection!

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Nobody knows what the future holds
And it’s bad enough just getting old
Live my life in self-defense
You know I love the past, ’cause I hate suspense…

If Diane Young won’t change your mind,
Baby, baby, baby, baby right on time

- Diane Young by Vampire Weekend

2014-04-07 21.33.06

Everything moves

Once upon a time, there was this sys admin, this girl, who decided to bring her blog back and regularly contribute to it with her nice run-on sentences… and then, BOOM… life happened. Similarly, in the spirit of the recent civil unrest in Santa Barbara it seems.

The past month or so has been another whirlwind. Friends coming into town, friends getting engaged, friends doing crazy things, friends being friends. There’s always that fleeting feeling that things will slow down to a point of a nice routine, but then things happen. See also: that feeling that you’ve had so much to do that you’ve forgotten something in the process.

I guess life isn’t really about getting cozy with things; it’s about finding solace in the moment. Slow your roll, life.

In light of recent events, I’ve had this song called Everything Moves by Bronze Radio Return stuck in my head for the past few days. Normally, that would be a real issue, a la #firstworld problems; it’s a nice song so I’ll deal.

Stumble in, fight the spin
If you don’t you’re falling on your face again
Tumble down, roll around
You know that everything is moving now

Lately I, can’t decide, run or hide
Oh and when I do, I’m sure I’ll end up moving too
Suit and tie, sell or buy, laugh or cry
What’s a guy to do, when nothing’s standing still for you
So many angles, so many lines
So many ways to see the sunrise

Everything moves, everything pulses
Everything lies in the eyes of you

Bonus content: Here’s a snap of Lucy in Palm Springs at the Ace Hotel. I got a chance to hang with my two best friends and the lover pup, “glamp” one night, and camp the other in Joshua Tree. The goal is more trips like that one, more quality friend time amidst crazy life business.

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A little Thursday inspiration

Channeling this kind of vibe today, even though it’s raining here in paradise…

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton
My boyfriend and I took Lucy to dog beach in Del Mar this last weekend. It was crazy to see her off the leash and exploring on her own, and swimming in the ocean for the first time. She didn’t shy too far away from us and made some nice puppy friends. After seeing how tired out she was and that she put herself to bed that night, I’m going to try and take her there once a week or so when I can. I wish I had more time for those kinds of trips, but I’m also thankful that I always have the weekends off.

More adventures like these make Colette a happy camper- I’m looking forward to camping again in Joshua Tree in a few weeks!