Monday, June 28, 2010

In a word?


Happier than I've been in a long-ish while.

I went on an adventure today.
A biking adventure.

More information to come tomorrow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


what am I supposed to think?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dear Dad,

You are the greatest. I am so thankful to have a father like you. I'm grateful for your love. I'm grateful for your sense of humor. I'm grateful for the steadfast support you give me in all my endeavors. I'm glad we share the same taste in music. I love sitting up really late at night listening to songs on iTunes with you and discussing their quality. Remember when we watched those random Madonna videos from the eighties? That was a good day. I love you. Thank you for everything you do. Thanks for being my dad.

Your Oldest

check this out

So. Once upon a time, Carlie created a blog. She never updated it, but it still sat on her dashboard, waiting to be looked at, redesigned, perhaps revived. So she decided to go for it, and make it something completely different.


She already had a blog, which she loved quite a lot.

"What if," she wondered, "I had two blogs?"

Interesting idea, no?

So. Here's the other blog.

It will be different.

It will be interesting.

It will be an adventure.

It will (hopefully) last.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

concerning memories

Sometimes you can't just...stroll down Memory Lane 
at your own leisure.  

Sometimes Memory Lane
comes to you in the night 
and MAKES you go on a walk. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

day 7 {fly}

I would like to begin this post by saying...

the Scottish Festival was incredibly awesome. Awesome costumes, awesome bagpiping, awesome food, awesome date...I had a fabulous time.

I even went out on a limb and got a henna tattoo. Yeah, that's right. I'm a rebel.

{My dashing date wielding a sword.}

So, that being said, here's day seven..."fly".

There are so many things that apply to flying...your soul can fly when you hear a piece of beautiful music, or you can watch birds fly in lovely formation, or maybe someone wishes that they had the gift of flight. In any case, flying is somewhat of a mystery. It stirs something inside of you - doesn't everyone wish they could fly? Just sprout wings and take off, flitting from perch to perch, on top of the world...? Beautiful. I chose to capture colorful ribbons flying in the wind. They weren't completely free--they were attached to something grounded, but they weren't totally bound either. They were free enough to float in the wind, something I think applies to everyone. While the gift of physical flight was not given to humankind, gifts of spiritual flight were given - metaphoric flight. Though we cannot levitate from the ground, our minds can soar to enormous heights if we let them. (She waxes philosophical! Quick, listen up before it disappears!!) We can fly in our talents, our love, our passions...those things help us grow wings. Our families, loved ones, significant others - ideally, they all help us to fly. We can fly when our hearts are full, or when we laugh until tears stream down our faces. We do have the gift of flight. We just have to learn.

Friday, June 11, 2010

day 6 {fluid}

{see this on Flickr}

It rained all day today (and yesterday, and the day before that, and outside, I hear it raining still...) and the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that today's word was "fluid" was all that water puddling up outside my windows. Not very original, but extremely applicable.

Creativity Boot Camp is such an amazing summer project! It gives me a task; a purpose in the otherwise unstructered, lazy days of summer (which actually aren't unstructured or lazy at all...oh no, they're simply FILLED with online classes and ACT tests and such...blech. If only I could be completely lazy [without repercussions] for once...but if my summer was as unstructured as I wish it was, I would probably go insane anyways, so I'm going to stop this parenthetical tangent and continue with this post which was originally about fluidity...) I've lost my place.
Ah, yes.
 Boot camp.

So, as I was saying, boot camp gives me a task to do. It helps me let creativity take hold in a non-chaotic way.

I adore it.

P.S. Leave me a comment! Tell me whatcha think of this whole...creativity thang.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

day 5 {grow}

Daily prompt: "As you listen to the music of your past, begin to think about what your hopes and expectations for life were when you were young and the world was wide open. {If you are young and the world is wide open, get crazy and write your wildest dreams right now.}"

Some of my dreams don't feel very wild--they feel attainable. They feel...close. Almost too close. It's like I'm growing up so fast that I can't even gather my thoughts on the present. I'm done with junior year, I'm racing towards senior year, then graduation, college, moving out, living on my's all right there, in my face, yelling to be noticed, and it's so loud that sometimes I can't hear what's going on at the moment--my future is too distracting.

But then I remember that even though it's creeping up on me quickly, I still have time to cherish here as a seventeen year old. I can't just blow things off and tell myself that I have oodles of time to learn and grow; I don't. I've had seventeen years, and soon, I'll be an adult. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that even though I can't view my future as afar off, I can still enjoy my life at present, while cramming in as much learning and growth as I possibly can before adulthood. But even when I reach adulthood, will I stop learning? Of course not! Growing is a neverending process. You might not grow in physical stature, but spiritual and personal growth never ends. I'll learn forever, and I can't wait.

remember how stop motion thrills me?

Thanks to Al Pal for posting this video...I was overcome with the giggles when I saw it. The dresses, the cultural references, the hair, the glasses, the glory...enjoy.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

day 4 {heavy metal}

Creativity boot camp?
I'm thoroughly enjoying myself.

And today was fantastic. Spendin' time with a few of my friends...laying in the grass, taking pictures of whatever struck my fancy, pretending to be cool, secondhand shops, $2.00 shirts, swimming, snocones...the second week of summer is proving to be just as good as the first.

day 3 {multilayered}

So, yesterday's word was "Multilayered", and I got the picture taken... it just took a little bit longer getting the picture uploaded...but here it is.
My mom made bread yesterday. The whole house smelled heavenly, and the bread tasted just as good. I layered my slice with sweet butter and peach preserves, and promised myself to learn how to make bread. The prompt from yesterday was this: name some of your biggest creative buzz kills, including a person or two, and disarm them!

Creative buzz kills? How about math? That didn't take much soul-searching. I am so utterly right-brained. I can comprehend logic and reasoning, it's just some of those algebraic expressions that are neither logical nor reasonable that give me trouble. No matter what you say, the letter X will never = seven! The letter X = the start of the word xylophone, or Xerox, or xenophobia...humph. So, buzz kill named mathematics: DISARMED. Creativity for the WIN!

A few asides: Yes, I did in fact take that picture...also, today is technically day four of boot camp, but as I said earlier, there was some trouble in the uploading of this a day four is coming later today.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

trying new things

Have you heard of Creativity Boot Camp? It's kind of a delicious concept. Each day has a word, and a photo to go with it, (or some other medium...lot's of people who blog choose photos, so I'm following the trend.) I'm starting a few days late, so it's really my personal Day 1, but since I'm feeling a little obsessive compulsive about keeping on the same track as everyone else out there in the blogosphere, I'm titling my first as Day 3. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 7, 2010

and so, the first week of summer ends with my 100th post.

Highly successful, I must say.

Monday: too far away to recall.

Tuesday: on the town, listening to great tunes, and making friendships stronger.

Wednesday, and Thursday: business plans with Blythe, and the start of a [potentially] rich-making summer. Also, randomly showing up on friend's doorsteps and watching funny YouTube videos.

Friday: stalking strangers with fabulous people, getting calls from delicious concert-goers, and balloon-splatter painting ventures.

Saturday: Doritos and lemonade in the cemetary with the best friend, and partying it up birthday-style.

Sunday: incredible yellow sky, post-apocolyptic driving, musical chats, Shakespeare memories, journal writing, and a good book.

New music, too. A lot.

And new perspective.

Highly successful indeed.

Friday, June 4, 2010

stop motion[2]

Mmmm. These videos...they just make me smile.

current obsession[stop motion]

The lovely Alison Sudol, of Fine Frenzy fame.

I met her once.

Stop motion...fascinates me. Once I start watching, I just can't look away. So many pictures to make a one minute video...but it's so beautiful when it's done! Ah.

This video* is true love.

It has such an Alice in Wonderland feel to it -
whimsical and pretty.

*PLEASE click on over to
YouTube to watch this so it isn't cut off.
You'll miss the deliciousness of the video if you don't.

{Update!! The new layout no longer cuts off videos that I, feel free to stick around and watch it here!}

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

and this is how I feel sometimes.

Sometimes like today.
It rained; the sun hid its head, and foolishness got the better of me again, even though I specifically banished it from myself.

Summer rules, but I miss my social life already.