Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Look, Urban Outfitters, I'm all for creative legwear but isn't this taking it a bit far?
Snakeskin tights that make the model look like she has leprosy?
And another pair for when she wants her legs to look like horse manes?
Or maybe she's just growing out her leg hair in the back...
Just ew.

I can't believe I'm dating a freshman.

Today was Tyler's first day as a freshman grad student at ASU and my first day as a senior undergrad. We had lots of fun wandering around campus together on our break, despite the madness of the MU. It took a good ten minutes of walking around the crowded halls before Tyler decided to get some Papa John's from the MU grocery store.

Then I took him to the secret garden.
I almost lost him on the way there when he didn't see me turn into the building.
I'm so glad that the painted arrows on the sidewalk are gone now though.
At least now we can all pretend that it's secret.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Underwater Wedding Love

When I spotted this post, it immediately reminded me of the end of the
balcony scene in Romeo + Juliet.
How incredible are all of this couple's wedding pictures on photographer Jessica Peterson's blog?
Now if I only I could escape the urge to plug my nose while swimming and open my eyes underwater without goggles...

... maybe then I'll come close to this couple's awesomeness.

Poladroid Fun

Thanks to Kristine for the link to Poladroid! What fun software!
This is a picture from last Sunday when Tyler and I got breakfast at the Coffee Shop in Gilbert.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Perfect Meal + Fashion is Danger

Today I
took Brett to school,
exercised to an old pilates dvd,
made paper cranes,
ate hummus and pita chips,
cleaned my room,
went to work,
made more cranes,
and then decided to put
strawberries on my bagel with cream cheese
for dinner.

The only other highlight of my day was when I was listening to NPR on my commute and
Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords came on for an interview.
Here's a clip from their new season.

Things at work that amuse me.

1. When little French ladies think that I must be Russian since the name Katrina is of Russian origin.

2. When parents come in and can't figure out if I'm French or American at first glance.

3. When I think a kid must be from an American family and am dumbfounded when their foreign parents pick them up.

4. When the kids walk through the hallway as silent as mice and then turn into a pack of howling, screaming monkeys upon stepping one inch outside of the door.

5. When little girls write "No Boys Allowed" in chalk on their section of the sidewalk - in FOUR different languages.

Friday, August 21, 2009

How to put together your favorite childhood puzzle

Step 1: Find favorite childhood puzzle.
Step 2: Dump pieces onto kitchen table.
Step 3: Separate edge pieces from middle pieces and
sort middle pieces according to subject matter.
Step 4: Put together edge pieces.
Step 5: Put together easy parts with the writing on them.
Step 6: Work way up puzzle even though you really want to jump right into character pieces (though I suppose the magic carpet is still a character).
Step 7: Put together characters' pieces.
Step 8: Complete miscellaneous pieces
even though you think that a piece must be missing.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Busy busy busy.

I started my new job this week! I love it there. The kids are great, the hours go by fast, and I don't have to clean anything. And of course I get to use my French.

The first day was crazy because we weren't sure which kids were staying for the after-school program, but every day we get more and more kids. We start the day with free time playing with blocks, coloring, and playing games and then get them washing their hands and eating a snack by 4 o'clock. After that, they play outside, come inside for craft time, and then we close up at six. It's a nice short day and most of the parents pick up the kids before we even come back inside.

I have a few favorite kids already -- one little boy that always brings a giant Pound puppy stuffed animal and a little girl that never talks but always wants to play with me. Fun kids.

In other news, Tyler will be moving into an apartment tomorrow! I'm so excited for him and am happy to have a place to crash during the school year when I have breaks between class and work. There's no way I'm driving all the way back home before work when I have to commute to Scottsdale. I want to help pick out furniture and decorate, but I'll have to restrain myself and not pick anything too feminine such as...

a headboard made of old books found at apartment therapy

Design Sponge

Urban Outfitters (and for the rest of the items as well)

I love this shower curtain with the French vocabulary written all over it.
Tyler needs to learn some French anyway.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Francoise Hardy Obsession

A couple of years ago, my dad wanted the family to sit down and watch Grand Prix, a movie he used to watch over and over and over again when he was little. It ended up being a pretty good movie but what interested me the most was the awesome French girl, Francoise Hardy. Though she has a very small part compared to the rest of the cast, I became obsessed with her style and even contemplated cutting bangs like her. She's one of my favorite French women and though she does not sing in the movie, she is better known for her work as a singer.

Align Center

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


This has been on my list of "homework"
for over a year now -- sharing some of my videos
from my past two summers in Europe.

They're nothing too exciting, but it's fun for me to reminisce.

That's not a horse.