Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Summer Bubble

"Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt." - Kurt Vonnegut
That's how the summer bubble feels. No school, work, going out a lot and spending a ton of time with your favorite people because you can. My summer bubble was a golden two months (it started in finals week, if we're being honest), filled with all of those things. So much laughing. And I am sad to see it end, with friends parting ways this week until we come back in August.

Of course, it's not ending per say. How could one say that going to Europe is the end of something good? No, that's absurd, I know, it's just a change of course. The "end" is the separation of friends, and the fact that when we come back to together, things will be different out of necessity. We'll start school again, and teaching, and work, and stress. And we'll have to adjust. But we will, and it will be lovely in a different way than it was in the summer bubble. And that's beautiful, too. It's almost too good to be true, really.
One of my best friends from high school, Brittany (you've seen her on this page before, of course), recently got a job with Fox Sports Arizona and moved to Phoenix! This is a beautiful thing because she lives a ten minute drive from me and we have never lived so close to each other, even in high school. I LOVE IT. And my friends love her too, of course. About a week ago, she got Dan and I tickets to the Diamondbacks game (they actually won, so, yay!) and it was really really fun.
We've been swimming a lot; it's hot as shit in Phoenix so you do what you can to stop the sweating (thanks again for the swim suit, Kristi). I also baked a blueberry cobbler from the easiest and most delicious recipe (DOMESTIC!) (thanks, Ms. Gayle!), and Messy and I discovered PALETAS.
We need to talk about these paletas. They have a bunch of locations, one of which is right on Mill Ave. We walked by en route to get sandwiches and knew we had to stop because, again, it's hot as shit in Phoenix. NOT DISAPPOINTED. Messy had blueberry lemonade (delicious, but a tad too tart for my taste) and I had blueberry pineapple (actual chunks of pineapple!!!), it was amazing. 10/10 Olivia's would recommend, to quote my Instagram.

The summer bubble has been top notch this year. Best summer bubble yet, I'd say. I'm excited for what the next month and a half of summer holds, too. One happy Olivia, over here.

One more week until Europe and I have to move apartments and work 20 hours at Loft! Go team! (pray 4 me)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Card DIY

In a pinch for Father's Day, and my strict rarely-if-ever-buy-special-greeting-cards policy, I recalled reading a blog post elsewhere about personalizing cards for special occasions. I'm not very crafty so I wasn't about to make something cute as hell from scratch, but what I can do is write nicely and make it look fancy, so that's what I did.
These succulent cards were a birthday gift from one of my favorite people, Sophie. Already coming in handy, so basically the perfect gift for Olivia.
And now I never have to buy cards again, mwahaha! Don't be surprised if you get one of these puppies in the mail.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Over the Weekend // San Diego, CA

So Dan, Tyler, and I went to San Diego to see Cherokee last Thursday night! And to escape the heat of Tempe. But mostly for Cherokee, which was one of the most fun shows I've ever been to. This is how excited we were:
 ...very excited, we just hid it well. Photo creds to Tyler, and, the real hero of the weekend, Snapchat.
We spent Friday walking around the pier and napping and eating a LOT.
(This is how one fails at using a selfie stick that one sees at a kiosk, but ends up with a great photo anyway)

On Saturday we planned to leave. And we did, but only after LEGOLAND. AND BEACH. It was awesome. My friend Kate is working at Legoland this summer, and her boyfriend Robbie is a master Lego builder (yes, I am serious, it's extremely cool) and they got us in! Go team!
Legoland is very much for children, but we had a good time walking around. Later in the day, Robbie explained a bit to us about Miniland, the subtleties involved, and what he does at Legoland, which is basically amazing.
Thanks to these random people, you can tell how large the Lego displays are (VERY).
Infamous Star Wars Legos: The Death Star and Naboo. And below, the actual set of the Lego Movie.
Left: me with a Lego lady character named Olivia (no joke), Right: me with Kate, looking fab in her Legoland sun hat, Below: Robbie showing us his workspace in the Model Shop.
These little Lego people are kids from Make A Wish. They come in (if that's their wish), make themselves into Lego people, then are placed in Miniland forever.
And then us, with Darth Vader.

THEN Tyler decided we were going to the beach, so we went to the beach. It was Dan's first time at the Pacific Ocean and we could not have picked a more random and beautiful beach.
It was a great one. Coming back to reality (and 110º+ weather) has been blegh, but it was worth it.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Slices of Life

Photos of two ladies left home alone too long on a day off from work (and a good hair day).

Lately I've been...
playing around with aperture. 
going to Target way too often. 
planning for Europe. 
eating everything in sight when I'm home alone. 
avoiding alone time.
missing the out-of-towners.
worrying a lot. 
blushing a lot. 
working a lot. 
smiling a lot. 
laughing a lot. 
being happy a lot.
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