Monday, October 22, 2007


i have been feeling rather down lately.

but i got mail today!
it was from truen.
it was a letter and a bunch of comics -- from both her and matt.

truly inspiring!
it turned my day around.

i then started to collage.

(inspired by truen's big city)

thanks both of you!!
much love.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


i just finished reading this book called the every boy.
i looked it up online to see what the reviews of it were like.
i noticed that the hardcover version has 224 pages.
i thought that was a weird coincidence.

i bought two other books at the half price book store today to read on the bart as i go to and from work:
i) saints and strangers: short stories by angela carter
ii) happiness: a novel will ferguson

i hope they are good.

also, i saw this when i was walking to the bart from aaron's the other day when the sun was rising:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

a week in the desert.

on a whim, the night before my friend eric took off for the desert, i decided to accompany him to the craziness known as burning man. without really being prepared and not knowing much about the event at all, i followed my companions into the desert.

i cannot really describe the experience fully.

it was a community. it was a party. it was an art exhibition.
it was a celebration.
it was harsh living conditions.
it was a task.
it was a joy.

i barely got to take pictures because i was constantly in awe of everything.
those that i did hardly gave justice to it.

in addition, i also got to experience/see ridiculous dust storms (lasting for hours), extreme heat and cold, a double rainbow, and a meteor shower.

the final burning of the man and the burning of the oil derrick was just amazing.
there are videos of the oil derrick burning that barely begin to touch on what it was like. look 'em up though. the mushroom cloud alone is worth it to see.

more pictures here.

Friday, September 7, 2007

the waters of santa fe

after taking off from colorado, i made my way south to santa fe.
i met up with my friend eric and hung out at his pad for a few days.

his friend paul took me to abiquiu lake, where we ate lunch to some pretty scenery and went cliff jumping.

we also went to some nifty mineral infused hot springs called ojo caliente. that was relaxing and soothing on my dry skin.

the next day, i crashed a wedding with eric.
i also helped him prepare to go to something called burning man.

i didn't know what that was so i watched a documentary on it and found it to be very intriguing.
eric offered me room in his camp if i wanted to come with..

.. so i agreed.

more about that to come.

pictures of santa fe, here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

rocky mountain high.

i am so behind on this travel journal.
i am now currently in a coffee shop in santa cruz, ca.
i will tell you about colorado, however, instead.

i spent a week in estes park, co with my relatives reg and judy guy.
they were amazing hosts and i had an amazing time.

we were located right next to rocky mountain national park so i got to go on some really beautiful hikes and see some great views.

reg also took me to a few random museums and to see the stanley hotel (the hotel that inspired stephen king's the shining and where they actually filmed some of the tv miniseries). judy also took me up trail ridge road and to the continental divide so that was sweet too.

also, having a week of home-cooked meals was divine.
judy and i dined on leftover gourmet manicotti for lunch a few days which was delicious. :)

more pictures here.


Saturday, August 25, 2007


so i'm actually now in santa fe, but i have still yet to tell you about yellowstone.

oh! yellowstone was amazing!
just driving into the park took my breath away.

i arrived a lot later than expected since the east entrance was closed (due to forest fire) so instead of planning out my next day, i retired in a private room and passed out almost as soon as i arrived (although it was already pretty much 11pm).

when i awoke, i transferred to a shared room, where i met dianna. she was a nice lady -- but she was an interrupter.
very interesting.

i headed into the park early and did the big loop -- stopping quite often for a good view or two.

i saw all the sites including old faithful, tower falls, the canyon area and mammoth hot springs.

after a long day, i went back to the hostel and fell quickly to sleep.
i awoke the next morning with what i assumed were mosquito bites all over my arms. it was horrible. and itchy.

i went into the park again and took a few short hikes, drove to see the tetons,

felt ill due to lack of water and spent the rest of the day back at the hostel reading and hanging out.

i met kristen (another girl in the shared room) that night and we had dinner together, talked about our experiences in hawaii and traveling by ourselves (she's 25 and traveling solo!), and had gigantic ice cream cones!

i left early (6:15) the next morning to get to estes park in time for gourmet italian dinner. i left in time to see the sun rise over yellowstone and to see the geyser steam at its fullest.

all in all, yellowstone was an awesome experience.

more pictures here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

strange things are afoot at the circle k.

i find myself disappointed that cameras cannot capture the beauty of a bright half moon and a vast array of stars against the backdrop of the rocky mountains.

.. so disappointed.

in other news,
i went to a circle k today and thought of bill and ted's excellent adventure.

Friday, August 17, 2007

rapid city, south dakota

well, i'm in colorado right now.. but i have so much to update you with so i'm going to do this in chunks.

i left madison on the 10th of august and drove 11 hours to rapid city, south dakota.
it was a long drive (especially through south dakota. that state gets very boring in the middle there) but i made it safe and sound. and early too!

my kind host, bill, took me for a hike on the first day around sylvan lake. we then checked out some native american art and chilled out at a coffee shop.

on my second day, anna and emma joined us on our adventures. we went to see mount rushmore,

crazy horse (this is awesome. the scope of this is just amazing.),

custer state park (we saw sweet rocks, mountain goats, buffalo, antelope and a ga-jillion prairie dogs),

and wind cave (the fourth longest cave in the world!).

eventually, i will upload all my pictures on webshots..
but i have stuff to do today so you, patient readers, will have to wait.

until then, i bid you adieu.

more pictures: here

Thursday, July 12, 2007

i just found

this site:

i think i like it.

Monday, July 9, 2007

fourth of july weekend

i had the opportunity to attend the annual fourth of july celebration in the finger lakes this year.
i was awesome to be able to go back to canandaigua after so many years of not.

it was great to see everyone (minus zach -- although the cayman islands are hard to beat)!

we did a lot of tanning, riding in the boating, reading and relaxing.

as always, i had an amazing time.
i look forward to being able to go again next year! :)

more pictures here

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

i ♥ ny

so here i am in new york city.
chillin on e. 100th street and lexington on the upper east side of manhattan.

i have been here since the 18th -- couch jumping between here and brooklyn.
i haven't been doing much sight-seeing. .. but i've been doing a lot of walking around and taking the city in.
also, i got invited to a weekend in the catskills with this awesome kid sam i just met the other day through garrett.

it was a amazing weekend.
we hiked, laid out on a raft in the pond, built and hung out by the fire pit, played bocce ball, had jam sessions, played wiffle ball (or, in my case, watched wiffle ball), and all sorts of awesome things.
thank you, sam, for inviting me. and for deciding that i'm not a raging bitch. :)

also, garrett has been showing me around his little niche in brooklyn.

all in all, it's been pretty swell.

i'm looking forward to seeing some museums and stuff with truen tomorrow.
and to spend some time with my dear friend austen this weekend. what a coincidence we are both here at the same time. :)

later, friends.

more pictures here

Monday, May 28, 2007


i am packing now.

i am packing everything i own into boxes. some will stay. few will come with me.
most will go to goodwill.

i am feeling pretty scared at this point.
but also excited.

my plans are falling apart.
but that just leaves room for new unexpected adventure.

next stop:
new york, new york!