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monday mood

monday mood / aug. 4th


Listening to…
“Obvious Child” by Paul Simon / Gem Club’s Breakers / Jenny Lewis’s The Voyager / Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

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Well, today I head to O’ahu for nine days to visit family… so for my first Monday Mood post I thought I’d share some lush, teal-green hues that remind of me of the sparkling waters and sumptuous foliage of Hawai’i. What I like about these images is their general ambience—plant life is surrounded by clean, concrete spaces that seem almost constricting and lifeless. I honestly see a lot of resemblances between these images and my experiences in Hawai’i; O’ahu has its picturesque parts, but it’s also home to the state capital, Honolulu, which is a bustling, overwhelming, tourist-ridden city.

I used to find trips to Hawai’i as escapes from the middle-of-nowhere I considered my home (Napa Valley), but since I live in San Francisco now and get all the city I want, I see them as adventures in another culture. I go for the vacation that feels like a home away from home; for the oppressive embrace of humidity; for the chance to explore a side of myself and my heritage that seems so site-specific, but is always with me. It is this clash of nature and urbanity, of past and present, of familiarity and otherness that brings me back. There is something new to discover whenever I am there, and it inspires me to seek out the unknown in the commonplace on a daily basis.

Anyways, these posts will set the tone for my week, similar to a mood board… I’ll share what I’m listening to, what I’m visually inspired by, what I’m reading, etc. Enjoy post #1. I’m off to paradise!

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tuning in

Last week I enjoyed a relaxing visit at home for 4th of July celebrations, and in the midst of scheduling a haircut, camping out for fireworks, and whipping up delicious (instant) vanilla pudding, I picked up an assortment of vintage vinyl. An afternoon stroll around town turned into a hunt for gold as I discovered and subsequently sifted through dusty records in one of Calistoga’s consignment stores. I was in heaven as I pored over boxes and squinted at shelves full of rock classics. My favorite finds were Elton John‘s “Greatest Hits,” the Eagles‘ “Hotel California,” and Hall & Oates‘ “Rock ‘n Soul Part 1,” though the haul also included albums from David Bowie, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and the Rolling Stones.

I started a record collection a couple of years ago when I bought my boyfriend a turntable for Valentine’s Day. Though we don’t usually use it on a day to day basis (how would I accumulate last.fm plays?) it’s always fun to break out some tunes the old-fashioned way. There’s nothing quite like the hissing, crackling, and popping of vinyl on a turntable, and sometimes I leave the needle circling around for awhile just to listen to the sounds.

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