parting thought — quoidbach, gilbert, wilson

“We measured the personalities, values, and preferences of more than 19,000 people who ranged in age from 18 to 68 and asked them to report how much they had changed in the past decade and/or to predict how much they would change in the next decade. Young people, middle-aged people, and older people all believed they had changed a lot in the past but would change relatively little in the future. People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives. This “end of history illusion” had practical consequences, leading people to overpay for future opportunities to indulge their current preferences.” — The End of History Illusion; Jordi Quoidbach, Daniel Gilbert, Timothy Wilson

Irina Werning -- Back to the Future

Back to the Future photography project here | History Illusion article here (& NYT article here)

creative answers to the big question

The hubs and I have recently removed ourselves from our comfort zone and begun to put ourselves in some new social situations.   Because we seem to be nomads by nature, meeting new people is no problem for us.  But I’ve noticed over the last few years that I’ve learned to adapt how I like to identify myself, i.e., not by my vocation.

It’s the dreaded standard question that is the follow-up after exchanging names, “So, what do you do?”  And since I am someone who does not like define who I am by my 9-5, I’ve had to come up with some creative answers.  (Who am I kidding, I’m totally that obnoxious lady who won’t give you a straight answer!)


small world

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in the life of _________?  More than likely you will be able to fill in your blank with this documentary;  you will after all, have your choice of 8 billion different people.  Each person on this planet has a unique story, and it is the goal of 8BL to let us see each one.  With only 17 so far, they’ve got a way to go, but I’m rooting for them.  It’s a nice reminder that there are things bigger and beyond ourselves.   This ongoing documentary is for those of us with a healthy and insatiable curiosity of other bipeds…and maybe those of us who want to live vicariously, if only for a moment.


mushy-gushy stuff

in light of the upcoming hallmark conspiracy day, i remembered something from quite a while back that i filed away under “why didn’t i think of that?!”

garance dore, photographer extraodinaire, snapped this poor homely guy because she liked his swank blue jean shirt.  and in all of her adorable frenchy cuteness she tells the story of how he explains the best part of his shirt is yet to be revealed.  turns out his wife embroidered a little heart on the inside pocket!  i mean, come on!!  what a fabulous idea! so simple, yet so stinkin’ thoughtful.  and alas, it gets worse.  no only is he damned with tragic looks, but he’s french AND a photographer.  i have a little story going in my head about this fantastic little french couple and all their frenchy, pouty, insouciant, romantic-ness…

{photos via garance dore}

awww, flattery will get you everywhere…

My first award…granted to me by the always-kind OH!.  This lovely little thing is an inspiration award.  I am terribly flattered that anyone finds anything I might say or do inspiring.  I still find myself a bit perplexed as to why I’m even doing this ‘new, hip thing’ — blogging.  But for now it still tickles my fancy and I always enjoy seeing what others are doing in their lives and having a chance to learn something new.  So apparently I am to nominate 7 others for whom their works stand out from the rest.  Lately I can go to these places for inspiration:

marie antonette For Me, For You … for all around fabulousness
Katie at doodlesprouts has always got something going on and can get me to dust off my needles.  (check out her shop too.)
Scott Smith, a.k.a. The Sartorialist for capturing life on the streets
Mandi for doing some cool things with paper and embracing being 23.
Ez over at Creature Comforts for always having the prettiest layouts and pointing me to things I don’t always need, but always want.
Amy at Eggs on Sunday.  Food.  Need I say more? (Photographed so damn well too!)
And Kate the Great for kickin’ ass and taking names.  This lady has got whatever “it” is.  You’ll find visual and audio inspiration where she is.