Being a nanny is the best thing I've come across.

Me: "Nani, what would you like to accomplish today?"
Nani: "I would like to build the Eiffel Tower out of legos."

And so it was.

What else? Umbrella forts, climbing fences, chewing mint leaves, and reading aloud during lunch. I am loving my days with the two newest additions to my schedule: Milo & Nani. The most wonderfully wreckless and adventurous pair of littles I know.


Sometimes, when I get overwhelmed

and feel a rush of anxiety as people begin to ask, "So, you have your college degree...now what?", I have to stop and remind myself to breathe because I AM SO YOUNG.


Things I am excited about, in no particular order.

The incredible weather we're having.
Slowly acquiring a tan and some new freckles.
Friends; living in community.
My city.
Spending 40% of my time in parks.
The eucalyptus sauna at my gym.
God's outpouring of grace and understanding.
Having sweet time with Dad & Mami on the phone.
The books I'm reading.
Earnestly investing in my future.


"When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears. Like that sky.
It's rain and sun both, noon and midnight...I think of the lips I've kissed, and of the wretched
child I was, and of the madness of life and the ambition that sometimes carries me away.
I'm all those things at once. I'm sure there are times when you wouldn't even recognize me.
Extreme in misery, excessive in happiness--I can't say it."

-- Albert Camus, A Happy Death


Post Script

And also Monday night Bible studies are the bee's knees.


It's been far too long!

Because I have been enjoying my summer with everything I've got.

Some notables:

Tia's two storybook weeks in Seattle
Turning 21
Graduating college
A southbound road trip to shame the rest
Experiencing San Francisco, Big Sur, & the stretches of the 101 I hadn't yet touched
Summer in Seattle (just beginning!)

(Photos courtesy of Tia Totoiu, Cynthia Haan, & Natalie Alfaro, because I am too uninspired to upload my own.)

Today Cynthia & I ventured to Capitol Hill for some Molly Moon's ice cream and sweet time in the sun at Cal Anderson Park. A sure sign that we were, indeed, in the edgier part of town: a plethora of shirtless, tattooed men laying out in the sun (fedoras screening their uv-sensitive faces). Oh, I love that park and the strange people scattered across the wide, grassy knolls.