So this weekend, my family and I are doing the Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend! What is this, you ask? Only an epic 6-leg relay from Mt. Bachelor to the heart of Bend! The race goes as follows:
Downhill Skiing – Jackson
Cross Country Skiing- Allyn
Kayak- Jesse800 M Sprint to the finish line- Charlie
And of course, the road crew- Mom, Dad and Ashley
Well, wish us luck and have a wonderful weekend yourself.
I’ve been gaining some momentum in my developing love for maps.
My Newest Map
Because when you think about it, what are maps? Really, maps are a pretty weird idea.
A promotional discount map
They are an abstraction of a place. They put dots to whole cities and are comprised of imaginary, invisible lines depicting borders- lines that people will go to war to protect, if necessary. Maps give order to an otherwise unbridled wilderness. They can guide you home or dare you to dream of travel. They can simultaneously comfort and confront you with the conflicting depiction of “home” versus “adventure”.
I like maps.
Oy, with the Poodles Already
Well, this website was a delightful distraction from my day! Deep into a Gilmore Girls stint lately.
Sometimes I step back from my work and am overcome with the realization that 6 year old Erin would have loved what I do today.
Yesterday was one of those days. Drawing pretty things on chalk boards is a pretty amazing gig.
And now, just like 6 year old Erin, I need a nap and a juice.
So as you can maybe tell from my sole post last week, I’ve been busy! But I’m back and ready to share.
Here are some silly pictures from the last week:
the perfect setup for backyard shenanigans and playing SpaceTeam.
My brand new hat for gardening and general outdoor pursuits.
Put up a hammock, spend all day reading in it. I live the life.
And here are some silly links for your week:
- Well, this makes me want to wallpaper my fridge.
- These are some helpful tips on typography.
- This philosophy on freelancing part-time has been my mantra for nearly a year.
- Pretty, pretty type.
- My favorite house diy-ers just bought a new place! Can’t wait to see what they do with the space.
It’s been pretty quiet around here lately.
Partly because I’ve been pretty busy- enjoying the sunshine, spending time with friends and family, and working. Mostly that last one. You see, in addition to my freelance work lately, I’ve been challenged and inspired and challenged some more at my other gig, working for a nonprofit.
Oh, you didn’t know I also happen to hold down a part-time position as Marketing Coordinator for a local nonprofit in the health care industry? That has been pretty intentional on my part- I like to keep a certain degree of separation between my other job and this space as a creative outlet. But now my worlds are mixing and mingling and the line dividing them isn’t so clear anymore.
So I’ve been going through some career growing pains.
The thing I keep coming back to is that I love my work. I get to do things that challenge and inspire me. And I’m so happy and unbelievably lucky to be doing them!
So I’ll be back next week with projects, witticisms (or attempts) and a dash of frivolity.
Hope you’re all having a wonderful sunny week!