Watching this video, in the words of Vimeo, “over and over as I look on as a proud parent.”
I’ve been feeling a great push to make a short film ever since I saw this one last summer by my friend Elizabeth; more recently Sarah’s reflections on her time studying in South Korea have been mega-inspiring. I decided late June to get over my idleness and teach myself a little about what it takes to make a video, starting by taking a few clips each day and then sitting down one afternoon to put it all together. I am super happy with the final product and have decided to make the project a year long; in celebration, one could say, of being 20.
I’m very excited and itching for the end of this month so I can edit footage again! Until then I’ll just be over here takin lil’ clips and watching my own video on repeat 😉
Last Sunday Mike and I drove to D.C. so I could put in a visa application for my semester in Spain (!). We were in the city for less than 48 hours but managed to fit in some delicious meals, crazy long walks, and aggressive museum going. I haven’t been for more than 10 years and it was extra special to spend some brief vacation time with him.
Day 1: Rooftop view + dinner at Sprig and Sprout. I wanted to see the monuments so we walked down through Georgetown to the Lincoln and WWII memorials-crowded but worth it.
Day 2: A cupcake for breakfast at Baked & Wired (I’m still dreaming of that thing, I swear) and fresh-made guacamole for lunch at Oyamel. We visited the Freer + the National Museum of African Art + the National Gallery, a collectively spectacular experience. I particularly enjoyed this photography exhibition & the sculpture garden. We took a long walk back and ogled the embassies along the way, lots of which were gorgeous.
Overall, a super fun and active trip. I’m happy to keep traveling over the next few weeks and excited to leave for Spain in a little more than a month.
It’s Friday! Here are some things that made this week:
PACKING: for a week at the beach, leaving tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to swim and lay in the sand and hear the waves and smell the air, and sit on the porch swing reading with morning coffee. I’m hoping to fit in a few runs and also wake up one morning for the sunrise. Mmmm.
LISTENING: to alllllllll the podcasts on nightly walks with Lucy. Most notably Mortified (found via A Cup of Jo), Note to Self, The Moth, but lots of others too.
DRINKING: lattes. Iced. Preferably with a side of crumb cake.
READING: Euphoria & Not That Kind of Girl. Euphoria was a gift from my grandma for my birthday and I read it like wildfire in two short days. It was fascinating and beautiful and made me want to learn lots more about Margaret Mead. I found Not That Kind of Girl on the dresser of the lady I babysit for and have been reading it while hanging out at home with the kids all week. I haven’t seen Girls but this book makes me a solid Lena Dunham fan–it’s smart and funny and all of the other wonderful things people have said about it.
PAINTING: flowers & scenes from my trip to Boone with Mike last week. Hoping to keep it up at the beach and going forward. I haven’t painted things from sight for a long time and it’s lots of fun to stretch my brain like that.
HANGING: out with two goobers. Every day I’m more grateful to be getting to know these kids this summer–even if Eloise beats me at chess every time + Sammy steals things from my room every time he comes over.
THANKING: the universe for wonderful friends to chat with and wonderful boyfriends to bring sunflowers and a wonderful garden to pick lots of sungold tomatoes and make delicious fresh pesto from. Happy to be home and looking forward to a very busy few months.
Some photos from the first week of summer vacation–I have several more rolls developed and several others waiting to be shot.
Hiking the Eno with Julie.
Late afternoon at the Green Bean, writing.
Boba tea with lovely hilarious people.
Walking, walking, walking, usually the same paths to the same places but more often now with the company of a podcast.
More hiking, more walking, more chocolate and laughs.
Candles before bed.
He doesn’t love posing but I love taking pictures and this one is lovely.
I think every roll I take I love a little bit more. This first try was new for me because I’d never shot in color before and I was still figuring that out. It’s amazing to me how differently my brain works when trying to capture an image in black & white–I think it requires an attention to different elements and an awareness of unique capabilities. I wish I could develop these myself (I miss the process so much), but dropping them off at Walgreens is more efficient + accessible + works just fine.