Hello everyone! I’m back from my vacation to Black Rock City and what an incredible (crazy) ride it’s been. Burning Man was an indescribable experience (luckily I have a few pictures for a later blog post) which I would highly recommend to anyone. Really! Sure the eccentricity of the place can be a bit daunting, but the level of openness and caring displayed by the burner community really makes every person who attends feel at absolute ease in their environment. I can now say that I fully understand why some people leave the event calling Black Rock City their home.
Moving on from that, you may have noticed a few trickles of likes and comments from me as I got back in action! And what better way to celebrate my entry into September than by reliving my favorites things from August!
Passing my Technician Class Amateur Radio exam
To be honest, technical hobbies are not my usual thing, however, how cool is it that using radio you can talk to people all over the globe. I mean honestly. Okay so I guess we have cell phones, but there is a certain badassery that goes along with being able to transmit a message using a device you’ve properly rigged into working that cell phones just can’t surpass. But I digress, I got interested in radio through Eric by basically just watching and listening to him as he messed around with his devices. So I decided to give the exam a shot and am now the proud owner of the call sign KK6VZH.
Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses
In case you’ve not caught on – I am wholly and fully obsessed with the Legend of Zelda gaming franchise. Eric seemed to have noticed at least and bought us tickets to the San Francisco Symphony of the Goddesses for my birthday. It was hands down the most thoughtful, delightfully nerdy present he’s ever given me. And of course the first time I go to the symphony it’s surrounded by a gaggle of Zelda fans cosplaying and raucously cheering whenever a favorite song would begin. Yep, that sounds about right.
Grown-Up Coloring Books
I want to say that I first heard about grown-up coloring books on YouTube… but don’t quote me on that. Wherever I first saw them I immediately wanted one and – as luck would have it – stumbled into some while escaping the oppressive heat of summertime Ohio in a Hallmark store. I think these are brilliant for so many different reasons (really mainly two). First of all, the art is gorgeous. I bought Johanna Basford’s “Enchanted Forest” and am almost too in awe of some of the pages to put color to them. Second, these are such great stress relief ideas for adults. Why zone out in front of a TV when instead you could embark on an inky quest and get in touch with your creative side?
WoodWick’s Campfire Marshmallow, Gold Spun Sugar, Sand & Driftwood Candle
I try to buy candles as the seasons change, since each season seems to have it’s own distinct smell to me. Which now after typing that sounds a bit odd, but whatever I swear something in the air changes as the year goes by! Anyway, the scent combination in this candle wasn’t my first choice for summer (it seemed a bit fall-ish), but I’ve since changed my mind. The smell really spans any time you could be out in nature sitting around a bonfire with friends drinking whatever was on hand and roasting marshmallows. The smell and sound of this candle take me straight back to Midwest summer (okay, okay also fall) nights and I love it.
I am a sucker for paper products. I really don’t know what it is about them – the smell, the packaging, memories of buying fresh materials before school at the end of each summer – I can’t put my finger on it. Whatever it is, I am drawn to basically anything I can organize my thoughts inside – which basically means that “Back to School” time is a dangerous time for my wallet. I have come up with various ways to counter my need to buy all the things. For instance, I make a list of the items I will definitely use during the year and limit my purchases to that list. This year it consisted of: a new planner, an address book, a writing pad, and stationary. Additionally, I will not buy something if I’m not 100% in love with everything about it. So I’m pleased to say I have found nearly everything from my list, have already started using them, and didn’t go crazy purchasing everything I ran into this year. Whoo hoo!