Green Georgia

I just got back from the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit for the second time.  I thought that this picture of Jimson Weed on the left looked just like a flower in my yard!  It’s not the same, but it’s close! Pretty soon it will be getting dark early and I won’t be able to see my backyard until the weekends.

This exhibit was one of the best I have ever seen.  The audio guide is fantastic and has all of her own commentary from an interview she did in the 80s.  My favorite quote of hers was :

“I’ve been terrified every single moment of my life but I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

She actually had a ton of really, what seemed to be, contrary and stubborn statements.  She basically wanted to make her exhibition so “vulgar” so that no one would ever talk to her about her art again or ask her anymore questions.

Did I mention this painting above sold for $44 million?

🌈  Steph

Yellow Trousers Found!

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Today was a good day.  It’s not even over yet.  I decided to venture into the wonderful world of Muswell Hill charity shops.  Everyone says they’re the best in London, but living here, I feel like there is never anything for me.  Well, now, I totally recommend them because I set out to find a white blouse, but I found two!  Then I spotted these trousers.  They looked too nice for the charity shop so I tried them on and they fit perfectly.  They were £9.99.  When I got home and looked them up, they’re retailing for €135!  Score!  They’re kinda funky, but I’ve been wanting to try something different anyway.

When we were in Croatia, we learned about these two types of winds:  The Bora and the Jugo.  The Jugo winds make people grumpy and depressed.  The Bora wind is more violent and therefore gets rid of all the bad energy.  I swear that yesterday in London we had the equivalent of the Jugo.  It was one of those days when everything went wrong.  But today, everything is going right, starting with these new trousers!

🌈 Steph

Muswell Hill has over 10 charity shops in short walking distance from the main roundabout.  Check out this blog post about it:  Charity Shop Tourism

 

 

Orange tea

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It’s a lovely summer afternoon and I am reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles while sipping on a hot cup of Pukka brand Three Ginger tea.  I have three flavors in my cupboard right now due to the fact that I have given up caffeine entirely.  (But please don’t hold me to that and for god sakes, don’t say, ‘I thought you gave up coffee?!’ when you see me drinking it inevitably in December).

Oh my god, did you guys know how good classics are?!  I read Jane Eyre this summer and now I’m on to Tess.  What was I thinking in high school?  I swear I used to to try to read these, only to promptly give up and read the SparkNotes instead.  What was so difficult?  Perhaps as teenagers we have way too much going on in our minds and our priorities are a bit different.  I would actually look at the page and not comprehend a single sentence.  I wish I hadn’t been so stupid in High School.

 

 

Red, Ripe Strawberries…and chocolate

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I have been craving sweets lately, but we never buy them, so last night, whilst watching the gymnastics, I melted a bag of crappy chocolate chips and dipped some moderately good strawberries into the melted chocolate.  Then I refrigerated them for about 20 minutes and was delighted at the results.  It was the perfect Olympic snack.

I love watching the Olympics.  The weightlifting and synchronized diving have been the best.  The green pool has been the highlight of the whole games.  It’s so nice to have a standing date every night beginning at 11pm to watch what Rio has in store.  I’m bummed to miss the trampolining tonight in favor of real social interaction.