Tuesday, July 15, 2014

just me and my city

lately i've been having rather mixed feelings about living in the city (largely in part due to the conversation my brothers and i had about a zombie apocalypse and if we're in the city, face it, we're toast)
there are days when it feels a wee bit too crowded, when people are incredibly rude, and it's exceptionally noisy. it's in those moments when i long to be away from the city, away from people, and away from my busy life.
but yesterday, as i strolled through the streets after work on my way to the train station, i fell asleep with my city all over again. the streets weren't terribly busy because it was dinner time. no horns were blairing, no construction workers beeping. it was so, incredibly calm.
and when i hopped on the train these (what i presumed) punk, wannabe kids hopped on. i rolled my eyes, just wanting to linger in the silence, but they started talking to this girl sitting in the corner with her arms crossed. their pick-up lines were cheesy, but their spirits were light. their laughs were contagious (their pants a little to saggy) but they brought life to that train.
and in that moment i feel in love with my city all over again. the people, the buildings, the sounds. all of it.
the hustle and bustle may get annoying, but it's my hustle and bustle. the heartbeat of this city i so gladly call home.

(i apologize for my not-so-blogger-quality phone photos here... but it's what i had and it's enough)

Monday, July 7, 2014

general thoughts on summer

summer is for the hot sun on your back, and deeply tanned (or burned) skin
summer is for swimming pools, and splash pads, and getting wet. 
it's for the "wait, what time is it?" and the response of "agh, who cares!" 
summer is for the hot street below your feet, bike rides in the waning sunlight, and ice cream by the bucket. 
it's for movie nights on the lawn, sunglasses that make you feel like a star, and catching little frogs. 
summer is for porch swings and umbrellas and blurry photos and memories that don't need to be shared, but kept all on your own. 
i love you, summer.

Friday, July 4, 2014

shameless diary entry 3

i tried to keep a diary once. when i was in third grade. it had a giraffe on the front cover and lasted about four days. i can clearly remember writing in one of my entries: "i don't like any boys and the grinch is mean." i know, it's embarrassing.

a while ago we ventured up pike's peak. (we didn't hike it, but it was still a blast!)
i'm always amazed at the view from up there. especially since as you climb a mountain the view is incredible and i think to myself, 'there's no way this can get any better'. but it does! it's absolutely breathtaking.
as i was scrolling through my camera photos i found these gems my brothers snapped... it's a lovely series that captures zach well... perfectly. i love them.

^^i mean, just look at that face! pure joy. love it.