Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I attended Camp Alleghany for girls in Lewisburg, WV for eight years of my life. Some of my most wonderful memories are from camp and I can't tell you how special my camping days are to me. It has been several years since I have returned yet I still find myself getting "campsick". Anyone who has ever experienced the beauty of summer camp knows exactly what I'm talking about. I still yearn for rest hour, floating down the river, lunch under the apple tree, assembly, the beautiful setting, I miss it all. One of my favorite "songs" at camp was the Rain Song. Although a string of rainy days was frustrating, I did love how much this song truly sounds like rain. Today, while "playing internet" I came across this video, and it is the rain song! If you take away the stage and fancy lighting and place yourself in an old play hall nestled in the Alleghany mountains with lots of smiling girls ranging from eight-year-olds to who-knows-how-olds, sitting on ancient chairs that have been written all over, then you are at Camp Alleghany. Oh how I miss these days...
For some reason, I can't upload the video, but click here to experience the rain song!
I just think this girl is so dang adorable. I'll be honest, when I first heard Our Song in the summer of 2007, I poked fun at its silliness, but I quickly grew to love it along with most of her other songs. I was a closet fan of Taylor's for quite a while and now I proudly embrace it, I even converted Evan who is the king of pop-punk. Taylor is a very talented young lady with a good head on her shoulders. I much prefer her to be the background of my 16 year-old brother's cell phone than some of these other Hollywood stars. I am excited to watch Taylor and her career continue to grow. She's the first female solo country artist to have written or co-written all the songs on her Platinum-selling debut and the album has since sold over 3 million copies. At only 18, she's set the world on fire, what will she do next?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
*the chair owner wanted the gold paint to look distressed
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Both my closet and drawers are overflowing with clothes, most of which I love, yet it seems that always have the hardest time finding something to wear. In the summer, I attribute it to Richmond being so hot and humid and me not liking to show a lot of skin. In the winter, I attribute it to all of my outfits looking the same, winter clothes being so much more expensive, I freeze all of the time, and no matter what, I feel bulky. Yet, each summer, I anxiously await winter to sport my winter fashions, and visa versa. So, how do I solve this dilemma of never knowing what to wear? The other day I was listening to the radio and heard the statistic that the average woman spends close to a year of her life deciding what to wear. OH MY GOSH! That is way too much time wasted! Yet, I found myself trying on 30 different outfits (an exaggeration) in the 45 minutes before my mom got here. Was I going to see anyone other than my mom? Nope, I just wanted to look and feel good... I'm not sure I'll ever solve this problem. Maybe I'll just walk around in my bra and underwear, but that would be mortifying! Le sigh. Any advice?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
"committed to being as low impact and as environmentally friendly as possible. Oh and [they] also take some pride in making unique, well crafted FANCY items."Being a woodworker (even though its been a few months), I have a deep appreciation for wood. I especially adore the organic form of wood grain. I so appreciate it when artists enhance or further highlight wood grain. Orange slice does just this with their incredible detail work (thanks to the help of a laser). The intricacy in each of these pieces is captivating. I may have to save my pennies for one of these beauties!
The Head is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has three members; Jack Shaw (guitar, drums, lead vocals), Mike Shaw (bass, keyboard, back-up vocals), and Jacob Morrell (guitar, drums, back-up vocals). They have played at parties, events, etc. Check out their myspace and enjoy their video!
Some pictures from my last Utah trip...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I'm moving up in the world of Volvo's! After quickly realizing that my poor old 1991 Volvo station wagon couldn't handle all of the driving I do here in Richmond, we decided it was time for an upgrade. We weren't looking for only Volvo's but it just seemed that they were popping up everywhere we looked... as of today I am a proud owner of a 1999 black Volvo s70! I can't wait until my mom drives it up Monday!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So now that I've rambled on I'm going to talk about Nancy Blum, an artist who has worked extensively with VCU Crafts graduate students. She has won numerous prestigious awards, has taught all over the U.S., and is well published. Her intricate work is truly beautiful, her attention to detail is truly breathtaking and you can't help but get lost in the beautiful patterns and very clean lines within her work. Check out her website, and I truly hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!
After several months of anticipating a summer in Paris, I'm bummed to learn that it's not going to work out. I spoke to the mother of the family who is moving to Paris last night and it turns out that receiving work visas, getting school, and a house lined up, and all of the other things that go into such a big move, are taking much longer than planned- so, by the time they get there, classes will have started for me. BUT- we are already planning a trip to France over my Christmas break in December! While I am bummed out because I feel as though I have wasted my summer away, I am ecstatic to experience Paris around Christmastime. It should be beautiful!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Please, please, please take a look at their website and myspace, I would HATE for you to miss out on them!
Serving up dirt-laden tales of substance abuse, lonely highways, infidelity, damnation, and redemption, Martinsburg, WV’s the Fox Hunt play a brand of music anyone can identify with. Their strong writing and instrumentation is rounded out by a raucous live performance, making them as comfortable in a rowdy punk rock bar as they would be on your back porch.
Singer/songwriter John R. Miller portrays an image of triumph over adversity. His writing plays on the failures and anxieties that exist in the hearts of human beings. Themes of defeat, loss, and missed opportunity abound in the apathetic wonderland his songs create, but by championing the underdog and reminding us that we are all human, his songs allow us to go on feeling more self-worth, unified in our shortcomings. Miller's characteristic doom-and-gloom writing style is countered by the band's creative contra positive, Matt Kline. While often times bleak, Kline's characters are optimistic and hopeful, and while he deals with such universally hard-hitting topics as alcoholism and abandonment, he often does so with forgiveness and an insightful tinge of humor. This emotional roller-coaster is bridled by the driving musicianship of Matthew Metz and Ben Townsend, whose musical influences range from string band music of the early 20th century to indie, and from D.I.Y. punk to arena rock. Utilizing the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle, the two emphasize both traditional and contemporary concepts to bring the songs to life.
Equipped with an interesting and eclectic sound, the Fox Hunt meld the bright harmonies and acoustic instruments characteristic of early country/folk with rough, smoky, rock and roll lyrics and arrangements. Their debut full length, Nowhere Bound, is now available at shows and through www.thefoxhunt.net, CD Baby, and iTunes!
Evan and our Australian friend, Rowan have been on a North Eastern U.S. road trip for the past week. They've been to many places, clocking over 30 hours of driving in a week! Their plans fell through for their stay in NYC, so after an impromptu trip to Philadelphia, they headed down to Lexington on Saturday for some relaxation in western Virginia. What a wonderful surprise! The Rockbridge Regional Fair was going on and Rowan must experience an American fair, so we spent some time wandering the premises checking out all the is America. As always, it was great and Rowan captured many great photos. Today we spent the day at Goshen (always beautiful) and grabbed some Sweet Things Ice Cream before we hit the road. Yum!
Such a great weekend with special people! I am now counting down the days until next weekend's Christening of "Sea Cure" the White's new boat!
Oh p.s. I've been wanting a fedora but have yet to take the plunge, and I'm not sure I have the guts to wear it. I took the plunge this weekend but will i wear it out? We shall see... thoughts? (i know, i know- my brother is pretty cute too)