Saturday we got out at sunrise and did some exploring. I didn’t take too many photos but I am pretty excited about the first two here. The third one is just cool to me because of what it is – a pool! Even if I wasn’t feeling the shots it felt good to get out. One of my favorite parts about exploring abandoned buildings is the adventure of it. Some of my favorite places I’ve been weren’t necessarily interesting inside but fun to get to. Climbing a tree to reach an opening, getting a boost from a friend, etc.
Bikes. Bikes. Bikes. I am 100% not sorry I talk about my bike all the time. I love this thing more than iced chai, more than orange chicken, more than nearly everything. I’m still going strong on my 30 days of biking challenge. There really couldn’t be a more perfect time for this challenge to be happening because its been the push I need to get out of the house. Fresh air will always improve my mood. Kinda funny to post the photo below and be like “what a baaaaad week” but that’s what my bike does to me, y’all! Smiles all around. More from that outfit post here.
I was lurking my own instagram and realized it was right around this time last year when I met Jesi. The first time we hung out was in the abandoned middle school which still holds the number one spot in my heart. I’ve posted a ton of photos of this place but these two outtakes might be some of my favorites. Jesi and I are hilariously awful at smoke bombs. In the first photo we’re laughing because we were choking on smoke and in the second laughing because she threw one directly at me “on accident”. These photos make me smile. I’m glad that girl is in my life, also so glad I never deleted these. See more posts about this school : here, here, here + here.
I know that I share photos of these guys all the time but seriously pets make everything better. I can’t imagine life without animals in it. It makes me happy to see how happy and comfortable they look. I think they might love this apartment even more than I do. And Professor and Squid laying that close? It melts my heart. They’re not enemies by any means, they just aren’t two cats that cuddle together.
This week I managed to finish up two skulls that I’ve had macerating since the end of last year. I was actually pretty sure they’d be ruined from sitting so long but to my surprise they were even more beautiful than imagined. The deer is my new pride and joy. I have wanted a deer skull with antlers, sometimes called a European mount, for so long. I don’t hunt, no one in my family does, and the chances of finding one dead with antlers in the woods was slim to none. I’ve seen deer in the woods with their antlers sawed off, and deer on the side of the road with their heads removed. Yeah…needless to say, people are super weird and obsessed with antlers. Anyway someone who works with my dad learned I collected skulls and has been sending home dead stuff with my dad. Totally awesome! I also have a beaver skull out on my deck in the very last stages of cleaning so that’s pretty exciting. It’s been such a long time since I finished up any skulls.
Other good things worth mentioning;
▴ I started shaving with coconut oil instead of shaving cream. Holy smokes. I hate everyone who ever withheld that information from me. My legs are stupid soft. I will never shave with anything else again. The best part is that I’m so pumped with the results I actually want to shave. PS. Trader Joes sell 16oz for $5.99 which is one heck of an amazing deal!
▴ I bought a new desk for sewing! I actually work on a glass top desk which freaked me out to be sewing on. I’m sure it’s way more sturdy than I give it credit for but I just imagine it shattering as I’m sewing. I also wanted a dedicated area to sew at so I wouldn’t constantly have to be moving my computer. I’m really excited about it looks in this room, and I’m even more excited to work at it. I’ve had the fabric for the next round of pouches for a week or so but was holding off until the desk got here. It’s on now!!!
I normally try to steer clear of super personal stuff like this, mostly because the majority of bad feelings are so fleeting that it seems silly to even acknowledge them. I do feel it’s important to share a little bit more from time to time though. I certainly don’t mean to sound all “woe is me”. Honestly, I feel better just sharing this, admitting that I’m having tough week for no darn reason at all and that it’s affecting my motivation, so much so that I’m sitting here thinking “should I even post this?!” Maybe the biggest thing that was bothering me was trying to pretend nothing was bothering me and just trying to power through it. Does that make sense? I dunno! But here’s to hoping next week is better than this one, and even if it’s not I’ll keep on trying my hardest to make it awesome.