Friday, July 26, 2013

Modular at Home

I saw a Chicago apartment tour online and really liked the simple modular furniture idea that the renters created. They have many wooden boxes on wheels, and use them throughout the apartment as shelving, a coffee table, benches, and even a dining table.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Garden Concert

I went to a fun outdoor concert at Duke Gardens last night with Mary. 
I really liked the setting and music, and this song in particular, which I noticed has a few lines from a Martin Luther King Jr speech.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Train Travel

I went up to DC last weekend for my Grandaddy's 98th birthday. Here are a few pictures:
Here he is with his yummy chocolate cake!
And posing for a couple pictures with my mom...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Visit to the Homeland

We took a trip to Wisconsin over the long weekend for Drew and Shahree's wedding. Their celebration was happy and beautiful and the weather in Milwaukee was perfection. 
Being by the lake, like being by the ocean last week, has been so great for me. I am calmed when I feel the breeze over the lake, or smell the salt of the sea water. My breath feels grounded in something so big and heavy and certain.
They did a really neat processional during the wedding ceremony - Drew was walked with his mom and Shahree's mom on his arms, and Shahree was walked down the aisle by her adorable son, Anthony. Then at the end, Drew, Shahree and Anthony walked out hand in hand, as a lovely little family.
Before the reception, we took some pictures while the wedding party did all of their formal photographs.
The post-ceremony festivities included feasting, dancing, and a heartbreakingly beautiful toast by Wyn. In the morning we had a delicious brunch (Door County cherry stuffed french toast!) in the historic Third Ward, and then Eli and I spent afternoon and night at his dad's house. 
 We went to an out-of-this-world dinner (I wish I'd taken pictures of the food, it was gorgeous) at a restaurant called Odd Duck, which I RECOMMEND IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS! and then continued to stuff ourselves by getting some famous frozen custard at Kopp's.
 We played with their hilarious dogs and Eli's stepmom got out some truly priceless photos of Eli as a kid.
We are glad to be home with the Darbs, but it was nice to be back in the land of my birth, and to see so many important faces in person. I'll be seeing my mom, cousin, and grandfather in a couple weeks in DC, so I will be all full of family love, which I will try to keep soaking up and storing away for the times I feel so far from loved ones. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

South Carolina Getaway

I had the awesome opportunity to go with Carrie to the beach, so this weekend I got to get out of town and take my first trip to South Carolina. The house we stayed in was full of kitchy objects, dried flowers, and retro details (the kitchen floor was so Mad Men). We went to a great nature preserve, walked on the beach, ate fresh peaches and seafood, made art, swam in the ocean, talked about social work/counseling, and learned about plants. It was really good to get away from things and take in some of the calm that the ocean is so good at offering.

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