I’ve been actively trying to attract birds to our yard this year because the cats love watching them. But we’ve had a few struggles (we can blame it on our dog, our apparently too-clean glass, and holes in a bird nest situated above our front walk), and I now have a tiny bird cemetery in the front flower bed.
But things are looking up–there’s a nest with four baby birds under our front awning! They are so cute, and I love getting to watch the mom feed them several times a day.
Leonardo and Severus are thrilled. Joseph and I have to keep a ladder on hand so we can carry them onto the windowsill above the door to watch. Although today Sev tried (unsuccessfully) to jump up there by himself… from the floor.
I hate this tiny window by the front door, but it’s the perfect size for Sev to sit and bird-watch. Not to body-shame Leonardo, but his hips are a bit too wide to fit there.
We have birds in the backyard too, but they’re not quite as fun to watch.
I volunteered to make my friend Genevieve a baby blanket for the little girl she’s expecting (nicknamed gandersbaby), and she happened upon the perfect pattern! I’ve been searching for a pattern like this for ages, so it was fate! It’s a fun crochet, but Severus complicates things.
Severus is 10 months old and sometimes pretends to be an adult cat, but he’s not. Especially when he catches a glimpse of of the bag he knows I’ve been storing yarn in.
I’m often in the middle of a stitch when Severus leaps across my body and absconds with the skein I need.
But I can’t take it away–he loves it! (Plus, he attacks me when I do)
Once he’s done attacking the yarn, he likes to cuddle with the squares (which will eventually be crocheted together to make the blanket). Multiple times I’ve stayed up later than I intended because I didn’t have the heart to wake him up to put away the work for the night.
Gandersbaby is going to have a lot of cat hair in her blanket… unless Sev decides he doesn’t want to part with it at all. Life’s tough, baby.
This weekend my lovely friend Victoria, who I call Tilly, came to visit! We were best friends in high school, first united by our love for Harry Potter and then Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Strokes, and foreign films. Tilly and I are so similar. I’m pretty confident that we’re soulmates.
Although we hadn’t spent more than a couple hours at a time together in over seven years, it was completely natural being in the same house together for three days. I’m so sad she’s back home. It’s hard living far from friends, especially friends who wear the same size and have such great wardrobes.
We got brunch at one of my favorite places in Fort Worth on Saturday – AF+B. They always have wonderful cocktails and the most delicious pastries and scotch eggs.
You can’t visit Fort Worth without a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum. We just missed an exhibition that ended last week, but their permanent collection is incredible on its own.
We planned on spending Sunday in Dallas, but we had a full day on Saturday and felt pretty fulfilled with everything we did in Fort Worth: the best eating, shopping, museums, gardens. So we spent most of the day at home, though we went out for lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant Joseph and I love.
Severus and Leonardo both love Tilly. Sev was by her side almost the entire time she was here, and they both slept with her at night! Sev doesn’t even sleep with me most of the time!
We went into Dallas only once – to eat at Asian Mint. We initially wanted to go for their green tea ice cream cake, but we were so full after our meals (which were delicioussssss) that we didn’t even get a slice. Though by the time we were near home we were hungry again and made an ice cream stop.
Joseph and I took a weekend trip to Atlanta to celebrate our anniversary (7 years!), and we had such a good time! There is so much to do in Atlanta, and I’m dying to see the city during the warmer months, so I’m sure we’ll be making another trip some time.
First thing Saturday morning we went to the Atlanta History Center, which has a few pretty big exhibits, the Swan House, and the Tullie Smith Farm (sheep included!) on the grounds. A really nice place to spend a couple hours!
We took a tour of the Swan House, which was used as President Snow’s mansion in the Hunger Games films. We didn’t realize when we booked the tour that it was totally Hunger Games-focused. I like the Hunger Games, and it was really interesting, but my favorite part was looking at the preteen girls who were like so totally excited: “omg Jennifer Lawrence was here!!”
Inside the smith farmhouse. Joseph used to take a lot of photos of me where I look like a floating head, and we kind of make a joke out of it. This Extreme Floating Head picture is one of my favorite photos of me ever, haha.
That afternoon we went to the Museum of Modern Art and the High Museum, which were both wonderful! The High was HUGE and obscenely crowded, but we got to see the exhibitions I was really looking forward to.
Before the museums, we stopped for a bite to eat at Cafe Intermezzo, and I took a few photos with my cell phone. We ate seafood dip (which tasted a lot like the salmon cream cheese I eat by the bucketful in middle school), red velvet cake, and an apple crepe. And I had a blood and sand cocktail with Laphroaig 10 year (my favorite!!!). I almost exclusively drink scotch neat, but that cocktail was FANTASTIC.
That night we went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see it all lit up! We saw just about everything before the rain started pouring.
Sunday we met up with two of my internet friends I first met on a forum 10 years ago! It was so good to see them, and we had a great breakfast at Sweet Melissa’s in Decatur.
Then Joseph and I headed to Six Flags over Georgia! It’s a great park, and we picked the perfect day to go–we didn’t have to wait in line at all. We rode everything twice in just a couple hours! We road Goliath three times because I loved it so much. It might be my favorite roller coaster I’ve ever ridden! It made you feel like you were flying (so did the Superman ride, but I didn’t find that one as exciting).
That night we went to the Shakespeare Tavern, where we got to eat, drink a quart of wine (lol), and watch Merry Wives of Windsor. It was great!
Sunday was our last day, so we filled it with the typical touristy things–Fox Theater, CNN, Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coca-Cola. We flew out that night, and I went to work the next morning :(
Holding a torch from the 2012 London Olympics at World of Coca-Cola! This was a great tour, especially since I told our guide I’m an archivist and he totally catered the tour to me!
A couple weeks ago I went to Los Angeles to visit my wonderful friend Genevieve, who lives in Santa Monica (which is essentially paradise).
I love playing with the film camera my dad gave me a few years ago–the SLR he used for most of my childhood photos. I always want to take it with me when I travel, but carrying that camera plus my digital camera is just too much. This time I decided to leave my digital camera at home and take only film. Shooting film is fun, and I totally don’t mind that it’s a lot lighter than my digital camera!
Big “thank you”s go out to my dad (who happens to be my #1 blog reader) for trusting me with his old camera, Genevieve, who is a wonderful photographer I love handing my camera over to, and her husband Anders for hosting me!
First stop: Amoeba music! Joseph and I didn’t get to go to Amoeba in San Francisco early this year, so I’m really excited I go to go to the one in LA!
I accompanied Genevieve to a few of her photography sessions, including the early morning engagement portraits she blogged about here. After the couple left, we played around with my camera a bit.
Later that day we went to Santa Monica beach, and I got to see Genevieve and Anders on the rings!
My favorite part of my trip was going to Venice with Genevieve and the high school senior she was photographing. I had so much on this shoot, and the photos Genevieve took are GORGEOUS. Kate was a blast to hang out with for a few hours, and Venice is beautiful!
^ Seriously, look at these photos. Genevieve is amazing!