true detective. the ending.

oh hey. i’m still here. just going to dive right into last night’s true detective finale for obvious reasons.

what i’m trying to wrap my head around right now is the fact that the beautifully written and directed series took the biggest turn i have ever seen a series take in the last 15 minutes. the character development during the entire season led you down an entirely different path – one that really pushed anyone watching the show to develop an infatuation with both mcconaughey’s and harrelson’s performances.

so, what is it about those last 15 minutes? i’ll tell you.

  • directorially, the show never slipped in and out of black screen transitions. in other words, the full story played out really well the entire series. yet those transitions broke up the story.
  • rust found religion, or at least understood it. at least that’s how i’m interpreting it (and it appears that the atlantic plus a handful of my friends agree with).
  • were we supposed to laugh that much during those closing minutes? it felt so wrong for a storyline drenched in child sex abuse.
  • i have so many questions about the conspiracy of the cult. i want to know more. and knowing that the way pizzolato wrote the story, season two will likely be an entirely different storyline with different characters in a different location. so, how do i get answers, yo?

are you satisfied with how the premiere season ended? come on, i want to know!

new music tuesday, february 11.

we’re only a month and a half into the new year and there have already been a few great album drops. today is no exception with the release of mark kozelek’s latest album under his sun kil moon name. hell, even pitchfork agrees, and that pretty much never happens.

sun kil moon. this album carries so much beauty. full of heart-wretching lyrics, truths, and the mindless lyric rambles kozelek is known for. like his other albums, the album wreaks of melancholy, a tone i’ve loved for as long as i can remember. he does manage to work in a few quirkier tunes with “dogs” and the closing track, “ben’s my friend.” i also love how he worked in panera bread into two separate songs (i’ll let you listen to figure out which two).

“carissa” kicks off the album with a somber tone, telling the story of his second cousin, whom he barely knew, but took a familial liking to, and her tragic death. and, like albums of the past, he’s tossed in the names of his friends like ben gibbard of the postal service. likely two of my favorite tracks are those he wrote about his mom, “i can’t live without my mother’s love” and his dad, “i love my dad,” which show a side of kozelek not often seen.

since my first listen of this album over a week ago, i’ve replayed it more times than i have fingers. and on snowy days or cold days, or even cloudy days, it’s the perfect album. probably one of my favorites, although i’ve nearly loved every sun kil moon and red house painters album.

favorite track(s)?: carissa, richard ramirez died today of natural causes.

grade: A+

when your snot freezes

yeah, i went there.

as i rolled out of bed this morning, i seriously debated if i should drive to work. the minus seven temperature that displayed on my app, or the fact that authentic weather was telling me that it’s “hypo fucking thermic” outside was enough to convince me that skipping standing at the bus stop was the route to go.


but, as the morning carried on, and i showered, took katy out for a short walk, and finished getting ready, the doom of paying $10 to park set in. or the fact that the roads are still crappy.

so, i bundled up as best i could, turned on the ipod, and set off for the bus stop. and, that second i stepped outside i couldn’t breathe. the brutal cold literally took my breath away. and, i’ll be honest, the snot in my nose immediately froze.

i was instantly transported back to my childhood, to snow days. snow days filled with sledding down art hill in saint louis, building snowmen in the front yard, and tossing snow at every friend within throwing distance. i found myself chuckling over the fact that as a kid, if the weather is cold enough, your snot would freeze. and how hilariously funny you thought it was.

as the bus pulled up, i’m pretty sure the other two people standing at my stop were wondering what the hell i was laughing over. if they only knew it was my boogers.

notes to yourself 24.

you’re not a morning person. you never have been and likely never will be. but, you’ll need to “fake it ’til you make it” because riding the bus to work (while fun and interesting) does increase your commute.

so, take care of yourself. go to bed a bit early whenever you can, so you can get to work a little bit early. after all, 5:30 yoga waits for no one.

travel everyday.

you know you work in the travel industry when:

  • it’s your job to read travel+leisure magazine.
  • your calendar contains every possible #twitterchat relevant to the industry.
  • your “next vacation” changes daily.
  • antarctica actually sounds like a fun challenge.
  • pretending you’re on vacation all the time is required of you, as you’re constantly responsible for content development.

let me remind you that i’m on day eight. yes, eight, and these are my early realizations. fantastic ones, nonetheless. and, also the realization that i thought i had a lot of passport stamps (which reminds me that i need to renew mine), when in reality i don’t have as many as i thought compared to the travel writers and bloggers out in the universe.

do you have a fave travel spot on your bucket list?


let’s talk about this film for a second.

i’ve seen many-a-comment discussing how “weird” or “strange” it looks. or just having an aversion to the idea of the film in general. and, it seriously breaks my heart.

because there is nothing weird or strange about this film. it’s beautifully shot. the set design and costumes are stunning. the use of color is perfect. scarlett johansson is stunning as samantha, and the amazing part is that you never actually see her in the film. but you can feel her.

the storyline is impeccable. its a beautiful metaphor for our relationship with people and technology. and, all this talking about the movie only makes me want to go see it in theaters again. it is most certainly a film i will be purchasing once available.

and, let’s talk about the score for a second, because, wow. it was produced by a few members of arcade fire, and is perfect. it adds the perfect element of emotion and feeling to the already beautiful storyline. and, you’re in luck, because you can stream it on 8tracks. it makes for great, mellow work music, bath and a glass of wine music, reading on the bus music, or if you’re just looking for something beautiful to listen to. so, go. and, listen. you can thank me later.

Spike Jonze’s Her (OST) from Kinceyk on 8tracks Radio.

my first bus ride.

don’t let the post title fool you. i’ve ridden the bus before. in middle school. in high school. when i stayed with my mom in london. hell, i’m pretty good at public transit, managing to maneuver around paris not knowing a lick of french.

but, why oh why is it so terrifying the first time you decide “it’s best i take the bus to work.”? i’ll tell you why — because you need exact change. and who carries cash these days? well, i don’t. besides those few rogue pennies at the bottom of my purse that magically replicate.

so, as i’m waiting for the bus this morning, i keep counting my cash in my coat pocket (concealed, of course, i’m not crazy), because the partial ocd in me wanted to make sure i didn’t lose that damn quarter. and, as the bus pulled up, i religiously stared at the number on the front to make sure that it was, in fact, the bus i needed to hop on (it was).

stepping on board all proud of my public transit decision,  i dropped my $2.25. yeah, i was “that girl” holding up the bus. but i hurried off to a seat, and quickly realized i’m glad i have an earlier stop and a later one to hop off at, because boy is the number 10 a popular bus.

and, as i hopped off, a block from my office, i quietly pat myself on the back (figuratively) and carried on my merry way with arcade fire in my ears.

a new gig.

so, i started a new job yesterday. working in a pretty sweet building in downtown denver. a mere block-ish from my favorite denver-based burrito joint. not that one, this one. although, chipotle is always a good choices.

the good news is that i get to continue making things happen in digital and social. the bad news is, well, there is no bad news. sure, i have to ride the bus to work, but hey, no more buying gas. you know, because filling up once a month was a hassle to begin with.

i’m down the street from some of my favorite people who work in the area (hello lunch dates). there are a million windows in this office. i can’t even. my last office had nary a window in sight, so this is magical. and, i get to work on a mac again. can you hear the angels singing?

okay, now i’m just bragging. but, the reality is, that sometimes one door closes in life for a reason. cliche, right? i know. but it’s true. my last job was a great experience. i was able to work for a fortune 100, on the “client side,” and can now tout some pretty cool work on my resume. but, due to reasons beyond my control, i was in the market for a new job. and, while this is day two, i’m in awe of how much i know i’ll enjoy this new chapter in my life.

if you had asked me if i would be here a year ago, i would have told you otherwise, because a year ago, i had different aspirations. but things change. people change. even in less than a year. so, yes, while things are different on this 21st day of january, it’s some of the best change i could ask for.

now, if you excuse me, i need to get back to work and figure out how to ride the bus to work tomorrow.

early oscar + movie thoughts.

– Her. I loved this film. The cinematography, the music, the script, Scarlet as Samantha. I already shared my sentiments on this film.

– American Hustle. Meh. It was a good film, but I think there are plenty of other films nominated that are better and more deserving of Best Film. I lived the soundtrack and the story, but didn’t love the acting or how the film dragged on.

– The Grande Bellezza / The Great Beauty. Incredible. Beautiful. Loved loved loved this film. I would happily see this again in theaters.

– Wolf of Wall Street. Great film. That 3 hours flies, and Jonah Hill is so good in this movie. Definitely over-hyped, but the story and cinematography is great.

– 12 Years a Slave. Beautiful. Seriously wonderful film. I’m really hoping for a Best Supporting Actress win for this film.

– Inside Llewyn Davis. Great film. Great music. A true Cohen Brothers film. The realism is great, and John Goodman is a good character.

– Nebraska. Ugh, so good. Will Forte is fantastic. And, June Squibb, who I’m pulling for in the Oscar fight. And, let’s not forget Bruce Dern! A must-see, and I love that it was filmed in black and white.

Still need to see (in theaters):
– Dallas Buyers Club
– God Loves Uganda
– Blue is the Warmest Color
– A Touch of Sin

And, rent:
– Blue Jasmine
– Mud
– Take Shelter
– Killer Joe

olive + chambray + purple.

the wind was ridiculous today, so i opted for layers, knowing that the wind would find a way to make me cold. not sure what’s up with denver weather lately, but it’s been 60 one day and 40 and wacky windy the next. most certainly not the worst of weather, but not ideal either.

cozy sweater, a hint of floral on the denim (channeling spring), and chambray to balance it out. warm and fun.

olive chambray purple sweater

sweater: madewell | blouse: madewell | denim: gap | shoes: madewell