rebirth...with a challenge.

so, it's time to bring the blog back to life with a challenge! my personal creativity project challenge, which I have titled "operation creativity challenge yo - 2015!" whew, I just said challenge a lot.

so get ready for a really fun year...chronicled right here. 


time to retire...

it's time to stop blogging...maybe not forever, but for now.
i will still be over on pinterest and tumblr.


winter bleh...

i'm having some serious winter bleh AKA struggling with the cold/dark...and seem to be losing hope that it will ever be warm again. i know it will, but these frigid months are just dragging on and on. since i can't control the weather, i'm trying to think tropical thoughts AND i started my run training again. exercise is a good way to get warm...that and the sauna at the gym. i hope you are staying warm today!


gone fishing...kinda

i'm so busy and headed out of town this weekend...my poor blog is getting the short shrift. please enjoy this iconic image and accept my sincere apologies.


a picture & a poem: mark sanders

The Cranes, Texas January - by Mark Sanders
I call my wife outdoors to have her listen,
to turn her ears upward, beyond the cloud-veiled
sky where the moon dances thin light,
to tell her, “Don’t hear the cars on the freeway—

it’s not the truck-rumble. It is and is not
the sirens.” She stands there, on deck
a rocking boat, wanting to please the captain
who would have her hear the inaudible.
Her eyes, so blue the day sky is envious,
fix blackly on me, her mouth poised on question
like a stone. But, she hears, after all.
                                                           January on the Gulf,

warm wind washing over us,
we stand chilled in the winter of those voices.



ear candy: dr. dog!

i'm missing philly this week...so west philadelphia's own dr. dog seem to be the balm i need, which is good since the "random" function in my itunes plays them a lot. they are kinda awesome, so these black and white diamond slice earrings by lexluxe seem appropriately equally cool.


a picture & a poem: carlo betocchi

Summer by Carlo Betocchi
And it grows, the vain
even for us with our
bright green sins:

behold the dry guest,
the wind,
as it stirs up quarrels
among magnolia boughs

and plays its serene
tune on
the prows of all the leaves—
and then is gone,

leaving the leaves
still there,
the tree still green, but breaking
the heart of the air.
poem source


inspiration...blake cody rogers!

painter blake cody rogers creates pieces of art that evoke summer heat and vivid energy...to me at least. so beautiful! i love the pinks and i'm not usually a pink person.




friday fab/five: wishing for summer...

 it's supposed to be a high of -9 on monday (and a low of -22)...
how could i not be daydreaming about swimming and sandals!

1. bathing suits: i'm more of a bikini gal, but this one-piece from madewell is pretty cool!

2. sun hats: at the urging of my dermatologist i finally became a fan of wearing a
hat to protect my face from the brutal summer sun...now i feel very stylish.

3. sandals: it's probably time to break my addiction to flip-flops...
these cute red sandals from modcloth would help with the withdrawal.

4. swimming: i want to immerse myself in warm tropical waters...especially right now
as i wear 4 layers of clothes. this beautiful picture is of a cenote (a surface connection
to a subterranean water body) in chichen-itza, mexico.

5. sexy jewelry: gold on tan skin. need i say more. (rootsandwings jewelry is awesome)

images 2 // 3 // 4 // 5


ear candy: alt j

diggin' the digital sounds from alt-j....they're kinda like a mash-up of dreamy computer jams and cool vocals. these chevron earrings from scarlettgarnet seem naturally rhythmic to me.


a picture & a poem: shane koyczan

6:59 AM by Shane Koyczan
I’ve been told
that people in the army
do more by 7:00 am
than I do
in an entire day but if I wake
at 6:59 am
and turn to you
to trace the outline of your lips
with mine
I will have done enough
and killed no one
in the process.

poem source