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We’re back! Ryan and I were so excited to be able to spend the weekend in Florida with John, Peggy, and Ryan’s cousin, Katie. It was a short trip but so worth all the travel time. This is about where we were— a little south of Sarasota on a key.

So, as we came to find out, Siesta Key’s claim to fame is their beaches. Apparently, the sand is ground quartz which makes it some of the whitest sand in the world. And, as an added bonus, it doesn’t get hot under your feet.  I think Peggy put it best, she said, it feels like you’re walking on flour! And, she was exactly right. Here’s Ry testing out the sand.

Here’s Katie and Ry at one of the beaches. It was packed!

My favorite part of the trip was actually kayaking (jaw drop!). There’s no pictures of this because I was pretty sure I would capsize my first time out, and I didn’t want my camera to drown with me. I had never been kayaking before so it definitely took me a good while to get adjusted and get into a rhythm, but once we were out on the water it was the best. We went through a little lagoon– the water was only two or three feet deep– and we were eye-level with pelicans and egrets, and we were tinier than all of the bushes and vegetation. The water was so serene and the vegetation so untouched that it felt like you were in a different world. We even saw a baby manatee swim right under us!

Ry and I also got to go out on a boat one afternoon which was really lovely. Fortunately, the owner of the boat was eager to take some pictures of us, so we actually have some of us together!

The owner of the boat also assured us that there were lots of celebrities who own properties in Siesta Key… Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Tom Cruise (or his mom, I believe), Stephen King, and everyone’s favorite, Jerry Springer! So, we did spend a good bit of our car rides speculating about where different celebrities might live.

So far in this blog, I think I’ve mentioned way too many ‘tivities and not enough about food! We definitely took in some of Siesta Key’s best restaurants like Ophelia’s, Bella Roma, and Turtles. My favorite meal was probably at Bella Roma where I got Caprese Salad and Fritto Misto and Ryan got Carbonara with homemade pasta. And, we finished every meal with key lime pie from Publix.

With all that we tried this weekend, there is still a lot of Siesta Key yet to discover. We did not get to try kayaking with alligators… which I thought sounded like a deathtrap… but Peggy assured us was very safe. I think we might let Katie and Peggy try that one first and let us know how it goes! Oh well, back to the grind now! Thanks Peggy and John for such an amazing trip!

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Have you guys heard the predictions of orange being the hot color for spring? I sure have… and I’m kind of loving it. I suppose orange has an unusual place in my life, being the dominant school color of both my high school and college, and I should be tired of it by now, but I’m not! In fact, when I think about orange, I don’t really think about the ruddy 70’s orange of Monacan high school nor do I think of the carefully selected, perfectly replicated, highly saturated orange of U.Va. athletics. I’m loving the idea of blues and oranges together: navy and clementine, aqua and coral. Here’s how orange has been capturing my attention (and imagination) recently:


Around the kitchen.


In old sheet music.


Around the house.


I don’t know what I’m going to do with all this inspiration— maybe we’ll have to throw some kind of party so I can decorate!— but I figure it’s not a bad idea to compile the images that inspire me and draw upon them when I need them. I know a lot of people have look books or inspiration books, but I stole my idea directly from Ryan’s company, Filament, who prepared inspiration books, in tandem with the video and lighting design,  for Tim McGraw’s 2011 tour. I thought the idea of showing an inspiration book to a very high-end client was so unexpected and kind of genius. It’s risky, because done poorly, it could end up looking like a magazine photo collage on a 13 year old girl’s bedroom wall. But, done well, it can convey the entire feeling of tour, without the dreaded corporate, power point presentation or nervous blabbering that often accompanies such power points.

As for me, though, a more practical application of my orange inspiration might be in my wardrobe! Lord knows it needs some help. I found these cute orange finds this morning at bananarepublic.com.

I have to say, though, silk?!? Seriously, I am so sick of silk. I’m sure Stacy and Clinton would slap me if they could hear me (though, this would require them knowing that I exist), but seriously, who wants to go to the dry cleaner that much? I love silk tops but I end up wearing them about twice a year because I wear them once and then they sit in my drying cleaning pile for months, so I never get any use out of them. So, here’s hoping my orange inspiration will bring some nice, cotton, orange tops my way this spring.

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I can hardly believe 2010 is nearly half-way through. I am definitely in the camp of people that never really takes new year’s resolutions to-heart and before January has even ended, I’ve forgotten what I thought that maybe I might do. But for some reason, July comes up and always kicks me in the gut. It reminds me that the clock is ticking… in a glass-half-empty kind of way.

But, I feel like I do enough worrying about the future every day. So, this July 1, I want to look at everything we’ve accomplished in the first-half of the year, which I’m hoping will inspire me to look at the rest of the year in a glass-half-full kind of way.

Let’s start with Ryan.

On top of managing the operations of a small business day-to-day, Ryan and a few colleagues own and run an iPhone application company. It’s a project that the four busy owners work on after-hours, before-hours, in-between-hours… basically whenever they aren’t doing their day jobs. Right now, the company has three apps out that are doing really well: DMB, OAR and Tim McGraw. Recently the DMB app reached more than 100,000 downloads (read: awesome!!). Though the company has been working on the apps for a couple of years now (back when most people had never heard of an “app”… you know like in 2008), it’s really been in the past six months that the app has taken off and is garnering national attention. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad or iTouch, support Ryan’s company by downloading the apps in the iTunes App Store.  And, if you’re so inclined, you can check out the Spot Trot website to learn more.

And as for me, I’m still trucking along at this music thing… which is an accomplishment in itself. Last night I played at an open mic at the Crozet Mudhouse (where I’ll have a show later this month). It was both a victory and humble reminder that I’ve got a long way to go. A year ago or six months ago, I couldn’t have done what I did last night which is significant reason to keep moving forward. However, playing to a room full of middle schoolers (there to see their friends sing cool “vintage songs” like Smashing Pumpkins “1979”) will humble you like nothing else. No obligatory applause, no respectful attention… it kind of reminded me of… ummm, what it’s called again… oh yeah, the real world. But, middle schoolers and all, I did it. And, I’m probably better for it, so that’s reason enough for me to keep going.

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