“Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy–one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty jumbled.

In terms of reading, I’ve been switching off between Tender is the Night, Infinite Jest, and the Harry Potter series. I’ve never read anything besides The Great Gatsby and a few short stories by Fitzgerald, and somehow I am only just noticing how insanely gorgeous his writing is. Maybe I was reading too fast before?

I was planning to focus on IJ after I finish Tender is the Night, but I’m realizing now that after an hour or so, it sometimes puts me in a weird trance that I don’t like to stay in very long. It’s too early for me to really say anything about the book itself, besides that reading it makes me feel like I’m back in school and man does it feel good. (No sarcasm…I really do miss homework. A lot.)

Since summer started I have been having a difficult time finding a creative output… I’ve started a few projects (including begging Christian to help me with a picture book about a dead fly), but I just can’t seem to follow through (maybe a good thing in regards to the fly).

My friend Liz suggested an inspiration book, so I’ve been trying to do that lately. Just pasting pictures and water coloring and writing a little. That way I can get whatever I’ve been thinking about that day out on paper, and maybe go back to it later when I feeling more motivated.

The bedroom situation pre-inspiration.

It’s going alright, but I still feel pretty pent up. I’m sure that’s a common feeling…part of it due to the fact that summer is so temporary, so it’s hard to commit to things, even creatively.

In an effort not to be a complete couch potato after work, I have dragged my family on a few day trips lately. Our small adventures have been a fun way to make sure all these summer weeks don’t just blend together in a unproductive blur.

A picnic in Evanston…as you can tell, health is a priority.

Father’s Day dinner in Geneva.

on the Prairie Path.

California Weekend

June 7, 2012

Just a few pictures from a lovely weekend in Huntington Beach with Christian’s family, celebrating his graduation two weeks ago.

We rode bikes to the beach, relaxed in the hot tub, ate In-N-Out (twice! it was a dream), and Christian and I got to take his family to our church in Newport. Our last night there, Christian’s mom surprised us all with tickets to Cirque du Soleil! It was AMAZING.

The graduate!

Christian’s housemates after one of the moms begged them to “do something crazy.”