beach snobbery.


"oh the Outer Banks?  oh yes, hah hah hah [superior laugh], i summer there . . "
-me last weekend

ok ok ok, it was more like 48 hours of awesome-beach-house-with-the-bf's-family time.  but you get the picture.  in case you don't though, following are some ACTUAL pictures. ha!  oh man!

we arrived around midnight wednesday night/thursday morning.  somehow, i woke before anyone else to a completely amazing sunrise.  i didn't even mind that i was no longer sleeping and quite exhausted from listening to the dog get up and down and strain her ears (YES, this makes noise.  somehow) all damn night.  i mean, just look.

and the sun rose in my hairs.

and continued to blind a couple of Nelmans.

and then, to my great enjoyment, some children arose and proceeded to climb all over me.

then we took bouvie to the beach for the first time. i think she liked it. 
there's sand on her little pink mouf!

she left her temporary mark.

THEN we went to a beach where WILD HORSES [!!!] live and roam the dunes. we drove around for about an hour before seeing any. but it was totally worth the wait because there was a mom and her little baby horse walking together. then the momma decides "hey, i'm gonna lay down and roll around in the sand," and the baby is all, "ok, i'll walk/trot around in a circle while you do that," and a bird was like, "i'll fly by while you guys do that."  and 'lo, it was awesome.

then they walked over to join their other horse friends waiting for them by the water.  
and the crowd goes wild.

this really happened. this was real life. for 48 hours anyway.


my diddy.


my dad is a righteous dad.

my diddy and his diddy before him.

i am the person that i am today in large part due to my father.  he shares the spot at the top of my "List of People Who Have Most Influenced Who I Have Turned Out to Be (I Sure Hope I Made Them Proud)" with only my mother and brother.  they best the competition by a large margin.  in the spirit of Father's Day (this sunday, kids!  don't forget!), i shall now formally bestow thanks for the following:

  • teaching me how to take a compliment.  there is grace in this.
  • conveying the importance of proper grammar and how it is a powerful tool for making people take you seriously.  most paramount - DO NOT END SENTENCES IN PREPOSITIONS.
  • being raised in a musical house.
  • working hard his whole life to provide for his family.  especially the braces.  thank you so much for the braces.
  • leading by example.
  • the careful, noninvasive judgment reserved for some UNworthy boyfriends. you were right, dad. thank you for letting me figure it out on my own though.
  • indulging my lofty desires for dad-made goods.
    • exhibit A: the awesome make-up organizer i asked him to craft for me last year. i'm all "hey dad, do you think you can make this?" and he's all "um i don't know don't expect too much" then BOOM!  awesomely perfect awesomeness:
    • exhibit B: this ADORABLE wooden whale that sits on my desk and holds pens and pencils and post-it notes and even my phone!!
  • lastly, and perhaps most importantly, always being there.  being present. a full-time father who built me up and let me know there was never a moment that my dad was not there to hold my hand, stand behind me, and support me. 
    in conclusion, thanks for being all-round awesome, dad, and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!  i freakin' love you, ya dirty so-and-so!!