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And Then I Went Some Places

Posted in family, Graduation, home, photography, Travel, Vacation by Jules on 22 August 2010

I graduated! Then… moved to California, went to France with my mom, Camped at Quaking Aspen with my family, headed to upstate NY to the lake cottage with Sean’s family, roamed about NYC, and am now home.



Posted in friends, Life, love, Vacation by Jules on 7 February 2010

Sometimes I have a hard time expressing what is happening inside me. Especially when it’s big. Especially when it’s really big. When the beauty, and gifts, and thankfulness are so large, I cannot grasp their depth, it’s then that my words and feelings well up inside me, but cannot seem to find a way out.

I have no words of my own, no way to fully express or describe my weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley. I could give you a successful laundry list of what we did, how I felt, but I lack the talent, and ability to convey the fullness of the experience. Therefore, so as to not dampen the beauty that was last weekend, I will offer this quote. Because last weekend, being with Caitlin, and meeting those who love her, truly left me “richer for having known it.”

“The subjective response, however, when a … book has been finished and put aside is that, upon reflection, it does not seem so much that one holds the memory of a story; rather, it is the after effects of a poem rich in metaphor that seem to remain.

This I value, partly because it does defy a full mapping, but mainly because that which is left of a … story when the details have been forgotten is a thing which comes to me at odd times and offers me a feeling or a thought; therefore, a thing which leaves me richer for having known it.”

– Roger Zelazny


Posted in family, Life, love, photography, Vacation by Jules on 7 January 2010

Nieces. I like them. Even when they don’t like me. But I especially like them when they do like me. I also like when they’re only just 1 and they want to explain things like the ocean, and birds, and the moon to me.

Yesterday I finished The Brothers K, let it digest for a few hours, and then picked up my next novel Shutter Island. “The Orchid Thief” is on deck. After? Emma. And then? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Reading on break is like trying to eat a decent lunch in thirty minutes. Not enough time.


Posted in change, moving, photography, Vacation by Jules on 24 July 2009


I am finding some peace behind this new lens.


Wednesday Photo

Posted in love, photography, school, seasons, Vacation by Jules on 22 April 2009

Utah Desert - Arches National park


That one’s for you.

Finals mix is on the way.

Unintentionally Intentional

Posted in film, food, photography, Vacation by Jules on 27 March 2009



I am currently experiencing the bliss of mid-term holiday. You know – when you sit around avoiding what you need to do, not exactly enjoying anything because you’re not really on holiday, it’s simply pretend – a big farce, a ruse! Because you (the minion, remember – part of the hoi polloi) actually have a significant amount of work that must be completed by the time you return from said “vacation. ” Among other things, I need to write an unnecessarily long paper on a particular film (while also perhaps including fancy snippets and brilliant tie-ins from this film as well). I needed some help. ..In the form of popcorn. Typically I do not allow myself a leisurely cinema experience when watching a film that I am going to write about – in much the same way that one does not read a novel on holiday the same way one does “Literature” for a class. In essence they are the same thing – but in practicality, they occupy different universes.


The Great Popcorn Debacle of 2009.

In an attempt to make work a “fun” experience (which, subsequently, should never be done – it ruins the fun, and the work becomes sub-par) I thought I would enjoy a giant bowl of popcorn while re-screening the films, taking notes, developing brilliant and original thought/insight, etc. 

There were forces beyond my control. Vacation + Film Review + Paper Writing = Unrestrained Popcorn Eating

Now, popcorn eating, really – not a bad thing. Perhaps one could argue, even a healthy “snack.” However, unrestrained popcorn eating enters a different category. It has moved on past “snack” and plunged straight through to gluttony. In all truthfulness, it cannot be denied that there is really no UN-gluttonous way to enjoy popcorn. The entire premise of eating popcorn includes the rapid shoveling (literally) of food into ones mouth – to the point that you end up smashing your hand against your face, simply trying to shove in as many kernels as possible. Seeing as how I’m on vacation, I slept in, which really alters the daily meal schedule. Truthfully I needed to eat lunch, but because of this, our food-on-hand is a little short. After the classic opening of every cupboard (even those that don’t hold food, because maybe?), and opening the fridge and freezer a couple of times – I settled on popcorn. It seemed like a great idea. It was an awkward time to eat a meal (3pm) and I thought that perhaps this “snack” would get me through until dinner. Therefore I unintentionally intentionally ate an entire bowl of popcorn. Not a cereal bowl. A giant salad bowl size bowl. Then felt sick. Then tried to remedy this horrible feeling that I had inflicted upon myself by drinking multiple glasses of water (NaCl homeostasis and all..). And THEN decided that perhaps dumping some strawberry yogurt on the situation would help it improve. 

Needless to say, the only thing that can fix this is time – and waiting until the next meal. Hopefully one less ridiculous, and more balanced.

Dinner plans: Salmon, Couscous, Collard Greens. And all things not popcorn.