We barely practiced. We were just having fun. This is one of the first times Martin and I sang together. This song is about breaking up. hahah.
All the Chino Hillians freezing in the Chicago winter snow of 2007. Mildly candid expressions.
…but who’s that guy in the back right?
Happy Birthday, Martin! I love you. Thank you for everything that you are, and everything that you do. You have the biggest heart and inspire me to love others just like you. You’ve made me so happy and I’m excited for all that the future holds. I’m sure a lot of people can agree that you make people better and always give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m so lucky to have you in my life.
Happy birthday babe, you’re the best.
Picture taken in New York City, Ferry to Statue of Liberty. Nov, 2010.
so we meet again
This is officially my 48th post. Can you believe it? Apparently, WordPress was super excited to greet me as well. Go figure.
It’s been almost 4 months of blogging! I really enjoy it, but I wish I could get more free time to do the things I want to do with this blog. But time escapes me everyday. I hope to write on a more consistent basis and hopefully do some new interactive things in the upcoming months. I really want to have my own etsy account and sell some of the cool things I find at thrift stores or stuff that I make (if anyone would actually buy them!). Actually that was one of my new year’s resolutions – to start and sell ONE thing on etsy in 2011. I hope I make it. Haha.
I wish I can do all of the cool things my sister does in her blog. She’s so creative, and her blog has really been growing! I wish I was as motivated as she is. Or one of my other good friends, Tracy. She does this cool 30-for-30 where she posts 30 different outfits for a whole month! I’ve always been jealous of her style.
But with all of this working and stuff, I rarely find the time to make/blog/sell/shop for things anymore! Don’t you wish there were more hours in a day? So this week, I’ll try to post more. That’s my goal. So far, I’ve been pretty good (one everyday this week, minus Sunday…ha). Hopefully, I can keep up!
I want to offer some of my favorite photography pictures for today’s post. These have inspired me to live better, feel prettier, be nicer, and hope further. I found these on Pinterest: my favorite online inspiration board site. It’s highly addictive. If you’ve been on there before, check it out. You’ll love it.
This awesome splatter paint engagement shoot by grosgrainfabulous :
Sideways art from jonaspeterson:
These pictures make me happy. There’s something about lighting, angles, and composition that make every picture better. I’ll always appreciate great photography. Take a look at my favorite photography blogs:
I’m currently on the hunt for some new awesome blogs! If you have any cool ones, share! I love to look and explore new ideas.
That’s all for now!
Last year on Valentine’s Day, Martin made me this suuuper cute video. :) He is the sweetest guy. He makes me feel like I am the only person in the world.
He’s been playing music since he was a little kid. He started with the piano, but has learned and mastered various musical instruments including the drums, bass, beat machines, tahitian drums, and the guitar. He can’t read notes, so he just hears and recreates the sounds…which I think is more rare. Not that many people have the ability to listen to a song and be able to play it back.
Pi, the main singer, is amazing. I’ve always loved Pi’s voice…and I think she sings this song better than the original! Her and Martin were in a band called Palindromes back in 2006. We weren’t dating back then, but I remember going to many of his shows at the Glasshouse, and Chain Reaction. Weird, my brother played keys in the same band along with our friend Jim, the bassist (who in now in Martin’s current band Love, Resonate).
I love him :)
Hi everyone! Martin (the boyfriend) here, for this week’s MM.
Sæglópur Sigur Ros
This is one of my all-time favorite songs. The video’s beautiful, but I’ve always felt a connection with the musicality of the song. I feel like it takes you on a journey, from its quiet opening piano melody to when the rhythm section kicks in (as the focal character fully submerges into the water), finally into it’s orchestral, contemplative final section. Sometimes you don’t need to know exactly what the lyrics are – they sound like words, feel like words, and given how Sigur Ros’ singer just takes each melody and somehow connects its notes into their proper place within the arrangement, like a musical jigsaw puzzle – it just, fits. It’s in these rare kind of songs where the music comes first and it’s not just someone talking to you about their opinions or beliefs or even poetry – this is rhythmic poetry, and you just can’t argue with its beauty.
Earlier I said that I wanted to post some of my inspiration pictures for gardening, including some ideas I had on what I want. Today is the day, my friends! I’ve been so excited to start working on my garden – I’ve been to Home Depot more times this week than my whole life combined. I just wanted to look around, get some ideas, and buy some small pots and plants. Martin took me and bought lots of flowers and pots for me. Yaaayy! I love him.
On Saturday, we went to Armstrong Gardening Supplies to get some ideas and it just so happened to be across from our favorite dinner place, Honda-ya. We found a lot of cool stuff!
Isn’t this planter cute attached to the wall?
I hope I can get a fountain!
I want tons and tons of pots too:
A walkway kind of like this:
And succulents just like Anthropologie:
I’m so excited! I need some of my friends to come and garden with me, I promise it’s fun! And I’ll even let you eat one of the strawberries from my garden! But there’s only like 3 right now…so first come, first served! Hah.
Hi Paxie-readers – today’s maaaannnic monday features John Mark McMillan, Christian musician and the songwriter of How He Loves (such a beautiful song). For more behind the story of the song, go here.
“The love I’m singing about in that song is…really, not a pretty claim, not some Hollywood hot-pink love…it’s a kind of love that is willing to love things that are messy, and willing to love even the difficult and sort of, you know, ‘gross’ kind of things.” -jmm
As I mentioned before, I took a trip out to Arizona for my little cousin’s Confirmation and First Communion. I was honored to be her sponsor! :]
Martin, my mom, and I set out for the 6 hour drive to Prescott, Arizona:
After the ceremony, we set out to Sedona, which was another hour past Prescott.
It was beautiful:
It was one of the best trips I’ve been to. Although it was short, we were able to do and see a lot of different things :]
I love my family!