in the sun


What a fun music video!  I adore it.  Although I have to wonder, who on earth would ignore Zooey?  Well, certainly not Ben Gibbard!

Cutest couple ever...and that's that.

i want to be where your heart is home

Every once in a while I find myself on The Selby, scoping out the awesome homes.  This would be my ideal formula for my future home:

     this whole wood fireplace, nature, dog situation
     482349823749823 books and records
 +   bright-colored knick knacks and artwork
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     Yes please

today was a perfect spring day

I went to the movies with the family, then spent the afternoon reading until going out with my grandma Mimi.  I swear, I couldn't have asked for cooler grandparents.  Each one of them is unfathomably awesome.  Case in point:  We went to Mill Ave for the remainder of the day, scoping out the shops and enjoying the light spring air.  Aside from analyzing eachother's zodiac signs upstairs on a couch in the apartment section of Urban Outfitters, I found a book at the small used bookstore (I loved overhearing the old man who owned the store with his wife discussing a book with a customer from his comfy-looking armchair as I spotted a gray cat on a stack of books looking at me questioningly) and we scrambled through records at Zia.  And don't forget an ice cream cookie sandwhich from Cookiez!  What a wonderful way to spend a spring day.  Yes, I know it's not officially spring yet, but in my mind it started weeks ago.  Hooray for the beautiful Arizona weather!  I fall in love with life all over again this time of year.

volume two

To my surprise and utter delight, Volume Two, the She & Him record I preordered about a month ago, was waiting for me at the door when I got home from work today.  I've never preordered anything in my life (other than Harry Potter books to be picked up at the bookstore), so I'm not sure if it's normal that a week before the release date, I get my copy in the mail.  Regardless, what a lovely surprise!  I adore it.  Zooey's voice sounds very natural floating from my record player, although maybe this is because the album reminds me a bit (or a lot) of my Nancy Sinatra record.  This is a good thing though.  I am quite pleased with their retro sound.

today was a good day


Throw Me The Statue, "Lolita" from Thinklab on Vimeo.

I painted some pottery, read, went antiquing, took a half-nap, and watched When Harry Met Sally, which I had never realized I had never seen.  Of course I loved it and its obvious Woody Allen influence.  Gee whiz, way to be a movie snob, Kaylie.  Let's pretend that didn't just happen.

Anyway.  A good day.  And I couldn't help but be completely thrilled that the barista at the Coffee Bean commented on my dress.  The aura of mystery I tend to try to pull off with strangers backfired (as it usually does) when I gushed how much I appreciated the compliment because I finished the dress last night. We chatted and now the barista at the Coffee Bean knows about my New Years resolution.  I'm an open book!  However, at the antique store, when a couple of ladies told me they loved my dress, I was better equipped, simply smiling and saying "Thank you!" My subtlety was rewarded with one of them saying "How very retro!"  This added comment made my day, and possibly my whole haphazard, slightly shoddy sewing career.  Friendly strangers make life just snazzy, don't you agree?

I ♥ quotes

Back in the day, I used to spend a lot of free time (what's that, right?) on Brainy Quote reading quote after quote, being so darn thoughtful.

Luckily for me, it's Spring break, so I can revel in the Kaylie-ness I sometimes don't get the chance to humor because of, you know, real life. ( Because instinctually, I am a dreamer--not an AP student.)

So I've been catching up on my reading.  Reading!  For fun!  It's such a lovely thing, really.

And I've been sewing every day, keeping true to my resolution.  I even finished a dress today, thanks to the fabric my awesome friend Rachel gave to me for my birthday.

This all makes for a very happy Kaylie. 

Anyway, I think this quote continues to be my favorite (I'm a sucker for the Transcendentalists):

Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify. -Henry David Thoreau

it's that time of the year again

Friday was my seventeenth birthday.  As far as I am concerned, this has been my best birthday yet. I'm pretty positive each year of life just keeps getting better and better (even though it may not seem so at times).

As always, I went CRAZY and planned a party. I ADORE planning parties. Because Alice in Wonderland came out on my birthday, I decided to have an Alice in Wonderland party. Thankfully, my friends were nice enough to oblige. They're the best!







(Yeah, those ARE giant cards.)





































After the party, we went to see the movie.  I really loved it!  That's another post for another time though.  Right now I need to convince myself to leave Wonderland and start my homework.  What a bummer.  But I shant despair because spring break is near; how lovely a thought!  My goodness, I'm beginning to rhyme--that means spring fever is coming at full force.  Next I will be trying to substitute my homework with reading  Emily Dickinson.  (It takes a lot of effort for me not to succumb to Spring's invitation to lie in the grass to read and forget everything else.)

so

This week is a little crazy, man.  Way too many free response questions and multiple choice exams and 40 minute essays for my taste.  Yet this nasty specimen of a week will, in fact, make the weekend after it so, so good.  ESPECIALLY if Friday is your 17th brithday.  And so I am persevering.  And I think it's a good thing to be aware of the craziness of life, because then you can step back and look at it and say, Well, that's a little crazy, and commence to enjoy all of its quirks.

Because I know for a fact that in a year I will be thinking one winter day as I walk past the smelly mullberry tree outside the yearbook room, "Oh my goodness, I miss that day in AP Bio when we classified the plants around campus and Erin and I found out the smelly tree outside the yearbook room is a Mulberry tree."  And for this the free response questions will all be worth it, just for that moment of happy nostalgia (and for all the Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay we got to listen to during labs).  Because when you have a safe distance from the past, doesn't it look so attractive?  So why not have that mindset right now?  Sometimes it's hard; I know this.  But it's definitely worth the effort.

OR MAYBE I am a little crazy.  Maybe that's it.  But oh well.