a norwegian tunnel video

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Insert right here: a super-happy-that-it’s-Friday line.

What a whirlwind of a week! I’m so thrilled we’ve seen so many new students at the studio, but it makes for busy days. I’ve been making peppermint towels around the clock and it is amazing. I’m still reading the second Elena Ferrante novel, The Story of a New Name. For those of you out there who’ve read it, DID YOU EVER FINISH!? I love it, but every single night this week I’ve sat in the tub reading away and I still have a over 100 pages left…

I also found a random video on the computer from a time we drove through a super long, super creepy tunnel in Norway and thought I would share…this video could be a lot longer…that tunnel was LONG. Not sure we’ll ever get over Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence coming up on the iPod at that moment. Shuffle is psychic sometimes.

 

 

 

 

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how I brighten my days and if I could have any other job

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I’m not going to sugar coat anything. I’ve fallen behind on blogging.

There is more dog hair on my floors right now than I thought possible. I just threw a pile of groceries on the counter and they need to go in the fridge. The sink and counter is full of dirty dishes. The dishwasher is empty thank god. I have to be at the studio in less than an hour. And I still have to write yesterday’s and today’s post.

Like I said at the beginning of this challenge. Participation in any form is fine. So I’m going to keep it super simple.This week I’ve had to rely on yoga, gummy bears, red wine, and my fleece onesie to brighten my days.

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As far as if I could have any other job? That’s a tough one because I’m absurdly satisfied with the two I have. However, I’d have to agree with Laura and go travel writer...particularly for some fancy blog, website, or magazine that specializes in renting yurts like these in Big Sur.

top places I’d like to travel

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This photo was taken my junior year of college a few months before leaving for my study abroad.

Picking places I’d like to travel is not at all hard. There are only a handful of places I would not like to go. While I loved loved loved it, Europe is pretty much taken care of at this point.

So here’s my top three as of right now:

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I would love to go to the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. Not sure it will ever happen, but I would jump at the chance. I love this map from UK based illustrator Holly Wales. She’s great!

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Funnily enough, the next two destinations are right here in the US. I would love to see the many unbelievable national parks in Utah.

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And like I said a few posts back, I would love to see California.

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San Francisco, Big Sur, the Redwoods. All on my list.
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finally

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A new album from Imogen Heap. I’m not sure why, but her brings me back to certain spaces and places like no other.

I have been a huge fan of hers since Garden State featured her band, Frou Frou, on its soundtrack. Ah, that soundtrack takes me back to college like nothing else. However, she also had a solo career. Her second album, Speak for Yourself, was on constant rotation for the year of 2006 when I saw her live at The Orange Peel in Asheville. While it was just her on stage with several towers of electronics, I still say it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

I mean, this song. Overplayed yeah, but oh my, so good.

The music I listened to while living in Norway and Scotland is forever burned in my brain. On a typical day, I had headphones on at least 30% of my day. Waiting for the bus, riding the bus, walking to the bus stop, walking to class, walking to work, walking to the grocery, training for a half marathon.

You get the idea. It was a lot of listening to music while staring at everything around me. It was amazing. Imogen Heap’s next album, Ellipse, came out while we were in Norway. Every time I hear this song, I will always immediately be transported back to the summer of 2009, making this walk to work. Hopefully after clicking that last link you don’t lose too many hours to Google Street View Hyperlapse…I sure did. It’s about the craziest/most amazing thing ever.

Well, needless to say, I’m a little excited about her album that comes out today. Can’t wait to see what song I get hooked on next…it’s been too long!

Green Gazpacho

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I love love love love love gazpacho.

While studying abroad in Granada, Spain, my host family made the traditional tomato variety all the time. It was so refreshing. Which was good because there were several occasions I might have been sitting on a street corner, slightly under the weather due to too many sangrias…like in this photo I unearthed while packing yesterday:
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ANYWAYS…

While eating at Curate during my last trip to Asheville, I ordered their Ajo Blanco, or White Gazpacho, which was insane–chilled almond and garlic soup with cucumber.

I recently threw together a green gazpacho here at home. I’ve seen similar recipes around, but I made this one up. So easy. All the ingredients are to taste and texture, so just keep adding until it’s just right for you.

Green Gazpacho

Ingredients

ripe avocado
cucumber, seeds removed
baby spinach leaves
chopped fresh basil, dill, mint, and cilantro
couple heaping spoonfuls of greek yogurt (2% fat or full fat)
clove or two of garlic
kosher salt + coarsely ground black pepper
splash(es) of red wine or sherry vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
ice cold water

Throw all ingredients except for the oil into a blender or food processor. Be conservative on the amount of water you add in at first. You can always add more if needed. Blend. It should have the consistency similar to a smoothie. With blender or food processor running, begin to slowly drizzle in olive oil. This adds richness. I suggest maybe 1/4 cup for a blender full of soup. If the soup is still too thick for your liking, add more water.

Refrigerate for a few hours, season to taste, and then garnish with more fresh herbs.

 

a weekend in cities

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Our trip was great. Close to perfect. I did lug the camera and managed to get it out a few times, but I’m realizing that I’m not as eager to take photos while traveling as I once was. It becomes a distraction and kind of a pain (sorry). So my photos from this trip are lackluster at best. But thought I’d share anyway.

Andrew’s first time at the Guggenheim!

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Photo of people taking photos of Starry Night

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OOF! Kinda love this painting at MoMA.

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These were a little crazy. My first thought? Alex Porter would love those…and he did!

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The view from Meg and Matt’s roof deck in Boston…no joke!

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And the other side…Old North Church HELLO

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One NY highlight, Eataly. So FUN

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Ahhh…so wonderful.

Here’s the rest of the trip in instagrams:

 



 

I had a blast. However, the next time I’m in New York it will not be winter…period. Every time I’ve been in my adult life it has been during the coldest of times…I’ve had it. I can’t imagine how fun it would be to walk the streets in warm weather!

I love to visit big cities…so full of amazing people and things to see, but to live, Corydon oddly suits me perfectly these days. I never thought I would say that, but it’s true. I really love living in my hometown, despite it’s lack of decent grocery stores. Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

headed out!

Tomorrow morning we’re headed to the airport bright and early. NYC + Boston! So excited. Never been to Boston before! Can’t wait to see friends and visit a new city.

Blogging might be a little sporadic on here the next week or so. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be blowing up twitter and instagram so feel free to catch up on there!

Cheers!

How awesome is this cityscape illustration? Love Laurie Milden Hall….especially since her about page has a tree pose in it: