Saturday, October 26, 2013


There's a wonderful place down in the desert of very Southern California called Salvation Mountain.

I first heard of this place in passing conversation among friends, & then eventually in the film Into The Wild.  You can see a clip from that movie where the real creator of Salvation Mtn., Leonard Knight, talks about the importance of love here.  Or better yet, you could see the entire movie - it really is one of my all time favorites.  From that clip, I can just imagine Leonard talking to the real Christopher McCandless about love in a time of such immense desperation.

Any-who, on our trip down to the desert we made a stop off at Hadley's for their infamous date shakes & a bit of sustenance.  After having the date shakes it was really interesting to see all of the date palm farms along the highway & think of how unique of a crop that is.  Everyone associates palm trees with Southern California, but I wonder if many know about the abundance of dates we have down here.  I'm really quite honored to be able to partake in such tasty food that's both so naturally sweet & good for you!

There are so many shots from this trip that I had to break it up into a few groups, so here are some photos from that first little stop at Hadley's.

Chelsea & Gregory just need to stop with how good looking they are!

Along the top of the walls in the so-called dining area of this place there are signed photos of different celebrities who have visited since they first opened in 1931.  Since Palm Springs has often been a big celebrity vacation spot, there are a lot of second visits - I'm sure it's just for the date shakes & fun snacks that they sell.  Their pomegranate wine is another delicious take-home treat!

After we fueled up here, we hit the road again for another hour & a half to two hours of driving south to get to Salvation Mtn.  I'll catch you all up on pt.2 of the trip next time!  We also ventured past the mountain to slab city, which proved to be a very photogenic experience, aka pt.3.

Have any of you ever been to Salvation Mtn. or Hadley's?  Do you like dates?  I cannot get enough of them!

Friday, October 25, 2013


It's Friday, & I'm here to share with you all some of my favorite internet finds from this week.

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The newest single/video from The Head and the Heart has me beyond excited for their show in December!

Check out this American Mood Map & take the test to see which state you belong in!  Apparently I belong in Oregon, & I am perfectly okay with that.

With the new Carrie movie in theaters, someone decided to pull a telekinetic prank in a coffee shop - have you seen it?  

These Wes Anderson notebooks are killer!

Of course, anything Nick Offerman will get my vote of approval - even him making this ridiculous video in support of Movember.  If I was a dude I'd totally rock a killer moustachio!

These paisley tights from Emerging Thoughts, as styled by Katie from Skunkboy Creatures are a definite must-have for Fall.

Also, I cannot get over how much I'd love it if Frankie Magazine & Smith Journal were available here in California.  (I might have to try & convince Jonathan's dad to bring them over for me when visit from Australia.)

Lastly, I'd like to say congrats to my best blog friend, Vivs, on her beautiful baby boy!  Her little family is the cutest thing ever.

Is there anything you've found online lately that you'd like to share?
Have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


So, part of my career/degree in Communications has a little something to do with reviewing items.  While I can easily review my collection of Fossil purses, various lipsticks, or boozes, I figured I'd take it up a notch & review a few books.  

This is just a snippet of one type of book I'll be reviewing.  Along with graphic novels & comics, I'll also be reviewing my extensive collection of young adult literature (YA), & my ridiculously expansive collection of novels - both literary achievements & guilty pleasures.  

For the sake of blogging, I'll probably throw in a new album here & there, as well.

With midterms over, & application to colleges sent, I'll soon be well on my way towards what I like to call "big girl school."  Delving straight into the world of university level communications, I'm sure that practicing on this blog won't hurt - I'm hoping they'll at least sharpen my writing & networking skills.  With blogging also comes the promoting of your own space, social networking, connection making, & in more ways than one, practicing my "big girl job" on my own time.

I'm glad to be back in this thing full force.  I hope you stick around to see what happens over here in my little corner of the web.  & I'm finally remembering why I read blogs so often before.  You are all such inspiration to me!  Sharing your lives, & opening yourselves up to the world shows great bravery, vulnerability, & mad self confidence (even if you don't believe so).

Check back soon for my first review:  Mr. Stuffins.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


On September 14th Jonathan & I took a trip to Disneyland.  Since we have annual passes, this wasn't anything particularly special for us besides the fact that for once, we were able to go on our own.  

Little did I know, that lurking in the cargo pocket of his shorts, Jonathan had hidden a beautiful little gem - a surprise - a ring.  

Of course, he had it all planned out ... & of course, I would not go along with anything he suggested - not knowing that he had a reason for wanting to go on the Ferris wheel we fell for each other on.  

But in the end, everything worked out.  He asked.  I said: "Are you fer realz?"  & then there was this perfect ring on my finger.  

We finally got to go on the new Cars Land ride, getting popcorn while waiting in the hour-long line (the shortest it's been since it opened), without a care in the world ... because we were now engaged.  

He sent a text to my mom, pretending to ask for permission.  When she said: "Yes, of course!" - he said: "Good!  Because she said yes!"  Of course, that was cuter than anything - I "D'awwed!" all over the place.  He called his mom & told her how I had asked him to marry me so that I could level up my feminism ... she bought it, & I made him tell her the truth.  He gave me the run down on how he obtained the ring, "The Trials & Tribulations of Ring Bearing."  We put together a series of fake text messages to announce our engagement on Facebook, which I'm pretty sure a lot of people thought was how it really went down.  This amused me & made me realize how ridiculous people really think we are ... it may or may not be validated.  

In all, it was a great day!  

We're set to get married on October 11th, 2014.  I've got an awesome florist for a friend.  I'm pretty sure we're keeping things really simple besides having lots of pretty flowers & an amazing photographer.  Caleb John Hill is booked - his photography is stellar ... & he's a local bloke!  We're bringing back the wedding band with Honeypie, a friend of Jonathan's, whose music I adore!  I'm debating designing my own invitations ... any thoughts on that?  Basically, I'm stoked.  

There's still so much to do, but I've got plenty of time.  I'm really excited, & can't wait to see all the pieces come together!  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


"I want to lay in the snow as it falls over me."
She had never done that before.
Basked in the white rain of the most unique snowflakes in the world. Because each is just that.
The most unique, the most beautiful thing in the world.
She sighed with the clouded breath of cold.
Not the cold of a hard winter's day, but the cold of adventure, new beginnings, discovery, & infatuation.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


I haven't forgotten quite everything there is to blogging yet ... though, I have forgotten quite a bit.

It seems like just yesterday - I was blogging away, working out on the regular, reading books of my choice every night, going to yoga once a week, being completely here & now.  Now what am I but a machine that cranks out papers, reviews, essays, outlines, & speeches?  Yes, speeches!  I'm great at giving those now!  Who'd a thought...

But with all of this scholarly writing & researching, I seem to have lost the touch.  Simply putting words to computer is easy for me - it always has been.  Grammar & spelling are two of my best skills.  But blogging ... this is just something I wasn't ready for.  I seem to have lost my voice.  I know I have lost my audience, my family, friends, & blogging community, but to loose my voice is just entirely too profoundly sad for me.  I guess all of this studying doesn't help.  Having to use a voice other than my own for the sake of good grades prevents me from including any character or comedic aspect that I'd usually use here.  As I look back on all of the years I blogged freely, maybe even five days a week sometimes, I remember it being easier than it should have been - easier than it is now.  Writing, loading & editing photos, including a story, social networking for the sake of promotion, but also for the sake of friendship.  Because honestly, though I do have some IRL friends, the people I've met though blogging have changed my life & shaped me into the person I am today in some way or another.

It is you, my friends, who I am looking back on.  It is future friends who I will eventually look forward to.

Even now, as I sit here writing this, I am reminded of the hours chatting, emailing, tweeting, & reading one another's blogs that used to happen.  Even now, I pine for that connection.  Though my new IRL friends are more "up to speed" & social network inclined, I yearn for that special connection you get through sharing your life through a blog with friends you may or may not have ever met.  

So ... here I am.  Blogging for the sake of keeping this thing going, even if it is fizzling ... has fizzled.  Yet I am still optimistic for the future.  For a time where I can blog for the sake of blogging again, not just for the life of my blog, but for the livelihood of my life.  

The name.  Well, I'm sure there's no point in changing the name.  When I finally settled on Boardwalk To Eden it was immensely powerful.  It hit me where most phrases or sets of words don't hit.  I didn't start this blog to document my life at the time.  My life back then was a lot less interesting than it is now.  But with all that drama, that growth, that suffocation behind me, I can say that I'm glad I got it out in one way or another.  Even if it was through this very blog that is, in fact, meant to document a life of sorts now.  Sharing this space, & keeping the name will remind me of where I came from & why I began to blog - back when I was good at it.  

Maybe it will inspire me to be that blogger again.  Hopefully I will keep up with it as well as I used to.  Maybe I'll begin to feel that maternal blogging instinct again.  You know the one, where you feel like you've abandoned a child who can't fend for themselves.  Is that just me?  Oh well... Whatever it is, I hope to get it back.  I don't have a plan yet.  I might not construct one.  I think that's what fizzled me out in the first place - keeping too tight of a schedule.  But I will not let this thing die.  

I hope to see you back here.  Whoever you are.  Readers out & about in internet-land.  Feel free to say hi.  Please share your blog with me.  & ... um ... have a nice day?  Ugh, that's a horrible sign off.  

Oh, & about those pictures above ... there are some days when I remember to bust out my camera - that was one of those days.  & no, Turbo is not chewing on the blanket even if it looks that way.  He's noming on his elk antler, I think.  It's his new favorite toy, although it's dangerously small now.  He'll be fine...