What I’ve Learned About Blogging So Far

Well, first off, it’s hard. A lot harder than it looks. And secondly, I should start this by saying, I am in NO WAY, an expert on any of this,and just because I’ve been doing it for a handful of months, this is definitely a baby beginner’s how-to-blog post. 1. Blogging is Harder Than It LooksThat photo of the perfect cake on the marble counter top with just a sprig of mint that happened to be there. The girl (who looks more like a Victoria’s…

Winter Must Haves

Wait, so for real, it’s only like two weeks before Christmas and I’ve barely gotten any Christmas shopping done, there’s still baking to be left and New Year’s resolutions to be completed. Can someone just hand me the rum-spiced eggnog already? Whelp! Here’s the latest round of things I’m currently loving or in dire need of. Hint, hint Santa. 1 // The Martian // The novel is a gripping tale of an astronaut pretty much left for dead on Mars. It’s a definite page turner. 2 // Sweater…

Chicago Travel Diary

It’s strange how much I’ve forgotten what real weather feels like. And Chicago is no exception to “real weather”. In California, it’s dangerously easy to get used to living life in t-shirts and shorts all the time. It actually felt like winter in Chicago, what a concept! I got to escape to Chicago for a work trip and unfortunately only had a few hours to play tourist. I’d love to come back when it’s just a few degrees warmer! It was a brutal 26 degrees,…

What it Feels to return Home after Living Abroad

There, suspended by one hand between the baggage-car and the tender, with the other he loosened the safety chains; but, owing to the traction, he would never have succeeded in unscrewing the yoking-bar, had not a violent concussion jolted this bar out. The train, now detached from the engine, remained a little behind, whilst the locomotive rushed forward with increased speed. Carried on by the force already acquired, the train still moved for several minutes; but the brakes were worked and at last they stopped,…

Fashion Trend 2015: 5 Stylish Down Coats to Try Now

At one extremity the rope was unstranded, and the separate spread yarns were all braided and woven round the socket of the harpoon; the pole was then driven hard up into the socket; from the lower end the rope was traced half-way along the pole’s length, and firmly secured so, with intertwistings of twine. This done, pole, iron, and rope—like the Three Fates—remained inseparable, and Ahab moodily stalked away with the weapon; the sound of his ivory leg, and the sound of the hickory pole,…

Ethiopia: a Vimeo video

Upon waking next morning about daylight, I found Queequeg’s arm thrown over me in the most loving and affectionate manner. You had almost thought I had been his wife. The counterpane was of patchwork, full of odd little parti-coloured squares and triangles; and this arm of his tattooed all over with an interminable Cretan labyrinth of a figure, no two parts of which were of one precise shade—owing I suppose to his keeping his arm at sea unmethodically in sun and shade, his shirt sleeves…

The Art of Flower Decoration

Suddenly the foremost Martian lowered his tube and discharged a canister of the black gas at the ironclad. It hit her larboard side and glanced off in an inky jet that rolled away to seaward, an unfolding torrent of Black Smoke, from which the ironclad drove clear. To the watchers from the steamer, low in the water and with the sun in their eyes, it seemed as though she were already among the Martians. They saw the gaunt figures separating and rising out of the…

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A Quote About Design

Make Up Your Mind: a sound track by jakeetheridge

Seeing the favorable disposition of the warriors toward Tars Tarkas, as well as toward me, I grasped the opportunity to enlist them in my cause against Zodanga. I told Tars Tarkas the story of my adventures, and in a few words had explained to him the thought I had in mind. “John Carter has made a proposal,” he said, addressing the council, “which meets with my sanction. I shall put it to you briefly. Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, who was our prisoner, is…

How to Take Beautiful Landscape Photographs

Once the tumultuous upheaval of its dispersion was over, the black smoke clung so closely to the ground, even before its precipitation, that fifty feet up in the air, on the roofs and upper stories of high houses and on great trees, there was a chance of escaping its poison altogether, as was proved even that night at Street Cobham and Ditton. The man who escaped at the former place tells a wonderful story of the strangeness of its coiling flow, and how he looked…