16 June 2012

colorado

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It was magical to return to Boulder, Colorado for Memorial Day. The constant blustery wind, the way the Flatirons looked different depending on the time of day (gray, hazy blue, brown, fiery rose pink), the sprawling markets and carnivals in town for the weekend, and the charming, plant-filled home of our friends made it all seems like some dream vacation in another world. Maybe I can attribute the surreality to how dried out I felt (hey, altitude) — or, I mean, how could it not be surreal watching the car curve around roads without railings over such snow-capped peaks?

But besides a brain dazzled by beauty, what I came away with from the trip was a comforted spirit. I'm so happy the boy and I could spend a long weekend doing our favorite things — reuniting with friends we've missed so much, cooking scads of food together, exploring new landscapes, breathing fresh air. (Oh yeah, and catching up on Game of Thrones.)
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15 June 2012

things change

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A list of things my parents like that I thought were "gross" while growing up, but which I enjoy now, proving that to some degree I am indeed turning into my parents:

Black jelly beans
Brie cheese
Beer in green bottles
Playing the same song over and over again if it's just that good
Bluegrass
Tiramisu
Tuna salad
The color purple
Waffles spread with cream cheese and raspberry jam
Dark chocolate
Hitchcock movies
Cheese toast
Chili
The Beatles
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13 June 2012

h&m

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This week, Criterion is releasing a new special edition DVD of the film Harold and Maude. The cover and menu designs by cartoonist Jordan Crane are so cute (slash morbid, but one could expect nothing less!).

It makes me happy that Harold and Maude continues to garner fans and appreciation each year, with no sign of fading away. It's had a place in my heart since I was fifteen, and every time I re-watch it, I get something different out of it — lately it's the landscape that's been calling to me. When I discovered it was filmed in the Bay area, I became even more drawn to the hills of the west coast; someday I hope to catch one of the annual screenings in San Francisco, or visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and get a coin stamped "Harold Loves Maude."





(Beautiful screencaps via here.)
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