weekenders | Song for Zula

now my heart is gold, my feet are right  and I'm racing out on the desert plains all night.
this is a song about the way that love changes you, when it comes and when it leaves. it's both heartbroken and triumphant (and kind of reminds me of Bruce Springsteen a little bit?) 

weekend reading | On Input

(listen) Phosphorescent - Song for Zula (photo) on film | from the pool deck at the Joshua Tree Inn
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one night stay at the joshua tree inn.

When I went to Southern California last summer to photograph Grant and Taylor's reception, my friend Sam picked me up in LA and we took the long way to San Diego. When we arrived in Joshua Tree the sun was still blazing over head, so we waited out the heat of the day in a saloon down the street from the Joshua Tree Inn. We left around sunset and the dusky desert was just incredible. It took hours before it actually got dark. We sat by the pool in the fading light until after 10, drinking a bottle of Santa Barbara riesling that Sam had packed in his suitcase. When we tuned in for the night a dove named Emmy Lou cooed softly from the rafters. 

(photos) on ektar 100. I love that film, the colors are so punchy. it's absolutely made for the desert!
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OR vs. MA

Last week, I did my taxes (this blog post is off to a thrilling start, huh?) Big shout-out to Edward, the Junior accounting major who helped me at the campus tax assistance office. I have so much respect for the kids who volunteer for that program, preparing taxes for free! they are real heroes. The office was packed with about 100 people for the four-hour appointment window, half of them international students and all of us overwhelmed. I left feeling really grateful and with a headache. I filed returns for both Oregon and Massachusetts and comparing these two question (about tax credits) gave me a laugh: 

Oregon:
Did you lose any livestock to wolves this year?

Massachusetts:
Are you currently restoring a historic home?


I have such love for both the states that I call home!
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weekend away | Seattle

after I finished teaching on Wednesday, I headed straight for the Boston airport (Bob, if you're reading this: thank you for letting us borrow your car and saving me a 5 hour bus ride!) After a six hour flight - most of which was spent watching reality TV in the seat-back monitor - I arrived in Seattle. 

The University of Washington offered to fly me out for their PhD program's preview weekend, which in itself felt so crazy (... am I LeBron James?).  The campus was beyond gorgeous with all the gothic architecture and the camellias in full bloom. Best of all, I got to see so many people I love! After days spent on campus talking to professors, the itinerary included meeting with Oregon friends for oysters at Walrus and Carpenter. And, on Saturday my sister and Dad came-up and we were all spoiled rotten at the Alexis ... including Lily's new borardor puppy, Bear.

This week I have some big decisions to make about where I'll be going to school next year. I'll be sure to keep you updated, but for now I'm just reveling in a well-spent weekend on the West Coast.
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