I spent the last two weeks (the first two weeks of my summer vacation) in Washington cleaning, organizing and packing up my grandparents home in order to help my sister and cousins sell it this summer.
It was insane.
First, my grandparents lived on a remote island in the San Juan's of Puget Sound, Washington.
Second, did I mention this is a remote island?
That being said, it is a beautiful place. Quiet and lush. Only 4 square miles, you can walk to the beach, or to the point to view the ocean and other islands, in an afternoon.
In between the times of insanity - truck axels breaking, running out of gas, finding multiple dead animals (birds and rats -yuck!) - I was able to appreciate the beauty and document it with these photos.
I also brought home all of my grandfather's slides and negatives and will be scanning them throughout the summer. So look for some reproductions of his work on the blog later this summer along with more from this trip!
When I wake each morning, wipe the sleep from the corners of my eyes, I am not sure quite how to greet the day.
The first thing I think, is how much I want to return my head to my perfectly molded pillow and sink back into a simple, dreamless sleep
I think about my dreams
what do I want to accomplish in my seemingly thus far, unaccomplished life?
It's eighth grade
but maybe today my future depends on this learning
Maybe today my life will begin
Maybe today my otherwise uneventful life will become
Today I may discover my calling, or perhaps I will discover that girls don't really like it when I say mean things about them.
Today I may find out that I really understand math, and that when I look my teachers in the eye, they appreciate it.
Or perhaps, I may find that I the pants I wore to school have a huge hole in an unsightly place.
But either way, maybe today
Maybe today my future depends on this learning
This learning may be grammar and syntax, or how to wink without closing both eyes
Sometimes I get into these spots in my life where I feel as if I have misplaced my soul. That's not quite as dark as it might sound, but it does get me into a funk. I have found however, that music tends to help me find it quite quickly. This weekend really did that for me. I had the honor and privilege of singing back-up for my good friend Ivan Paredes (aka Jahny Wallz). It was so much fun to be on stage doing something I love! Then, I got to see another friend perform for his new CD release. Kyle Williams has an amazing voice and extraordinary song writing talent. His new EP, "Stage Fright" is a beautiful expression of his ability. Below are a few photos from the EP release and one of me on stage! If you want to check out Kyle's music go to ILoveKyleWilliams.com.