Monday, May 16, 2011

city girl, country girl.

well, i think i've held you guys in suspense long enough. i still have some photos of the listen closely project to share, but i couldn't hold in my exciting news any longer, so those will have to come later. i'm headed back to the farm for the summer, and could not be happier. james and i scouted out apartments in the city last week and we're going to become brooklynites by june. lots of things to do between now and then so posting might be light for awhile, but i wanted to let you know what i've been up to and get you excited for lots of city girl, country girl posts! xo.
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Friday, May 13, 2011


flowers, slate fireplace
flowering quince, slate
more flowers, slate
just got back from a few days away, spent trying to prepare for a pretty exciting change. more on that when everything's firmed up. for now, a few outtakes from flower arrangements i made for the listen closely project. flowering quince is so beautiful it makes me nearly weep. you?
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Monday, May 9, 2011

listen closely: stories of a lifetime.

coat here
take one
silence, please
have a seat
face me
dining roomwear there
sit here_pink
this weekend marked the culmination of a project my friends and i have been working on since september. in 2007, 100 pairs of rhode islanders sat down to record stories with the national storycorps project. the center where we do our graduate work houses the collection of interviews and we were tasked with finding a new way to present these stories to the public. over the past eight months we've listened to stories, edited sound clips, strategized our choreography, wrestled with wireless speakers and ultimately, we successfully planned a guided audio tour to feature stories from the rhode island collection. we staged our performances in the historic nightingale-brown house and stamped out instructions for our intrepid participants on manila tags. the most important instruction? just to sit back and listen. {more photos from the performances to come}!
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Friday, May 6, 2011

my week in objects (mostly).

five little things that made my week.

1. this magnolia
fleeting magnolias
{because set against the building where i take all my classes, it couldn't be more beautiful. i'm going to miss this place}.

2. these tags.
{and all the other last minute details it took to make our opening night go without a hitch. two more nights to go. a post to follow}.

3. this little guy.
little guy
{because my mom gave him to us for luck. so far, so good}.

4. this little pile of driftwood.
{because i brought it home in my pocket from the beach. the perfect accessory for my desk}.

5. this valentine.
lost love note
{because it arrived yesterday, after being lost in the mail for nearly three months. awesome, no}?

what little something made your week?
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

cinco de mayo.

tortillas cut, oil
chips, sea salt, chili powder
a few weeks ago james and i came home after a long day out and all we really wanted was a little snack. we didn't have anything in the way of store bought treats, so we decided to make our own, quickly. corn tortillas, cut into triangles, brushed with a little bit of vegetable oil, sprinkled with sea salt and chili powder, and baked until crispy. it was just what we didn't know we wanted and ready before grumpiness set it.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

since 1920.

aunt carrie's
{aunt carrie's, narragansett, ri}.lobster roll
{season's first lobster roll}.
view of point judith from aunt carrie's
{the view of point judith from aunt carrie's}.

nothing says new england summer like a hot lobster roll smothered in butter and devoured in minutes. after our day on block island last weekend, my friends and i stopped into aunt carrie's in narragansett. we brought cold beers and ordered a basket full of crab cakes to start things off right. aunt carrie's has been serving freshly caught point judith seafood since 1920. the beachy atmosphere and abundance of red and white paper baskets overflowing with fried seafood reminded me of my days in high school as a waitress at the clam castle {a clam shack in my hometown with dreams of grandeur}.

i've got some exciting news to announce which will mean a new england summer isn't in the cards for me this year, but in the meantime james and i are trying to squeeze in one last trip to the beach. james will mostly surf and i will mostly eat crab cakes.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

markets of new england.


photos by christine chitnis.

last summer, christine had the kind of new england summer that i'm busy only dreaming about. it was filled with ice cream cones and freshly caught lobster, sunburns and farmer's markets, and most of all, lots of writing. in markets of new england, just launched today, christine chitnis catalogs her experiences at fifty different artisan and farmers' markets across new england. i've had the pleasure of getting to know christine through her blog and over a cup of coffee, and i cannot wait to get my hands on this tiny volume. if you're planning your own new england summer {or just hoping to live vicariously}, i'd suggest starting by taking a peek at christine's book. the photographs alone will be worth it. get your own copy,  here.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

blue and gray and green.

block island hotels
stone wall
point judithpoint judith
the colors of the sea. i don't remember the first time i read sarah, plain and tallbut these words from have echoed in my head ever since.

this weekend, a trip to block island for a conference. we went by ferry and cruised up and down the island's hills by bus. i'm not sure when it'll happen, but i think i'm destined to live on an island eventually. i've spent time on islands, but only for a few months at a time, when the romance of the place hadn't worn off by the time i had to leave. but still i think island life might be exactly what i need: everything i need in one place. the sea to lull me to sleep at night and to keep me company in the sunlight.

what do you think? could you make it on an island?
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