Wednesday, January 13, 2010

power of positivity

With all of the uncertainty that is permeating my life as of late, now that my somewhat unplanned Future is so quickly approaching, I am deeming this year the year of positive thinking. This way, as I apply for graduation, finish my last semester of college, agonize over white dresses, and ponder the possibilities of, you know, The Rest of My Life, I can at least stay in control of something, even if it is just my thoughts. And I'm kicking off this resolution, if you will, with this awesome Etsy print from the small object.

Doesn't hurt to have a reminder, right? Especially when it's so aesthetically appealing. Attitude is everything!

Friday, January 8, 2010

desk dreams

So, it's freezing cold here in Mississippi. And Jackson is, for all intents and purposes, a pretty boring place. (No offense Jackson, but I have seen a lot and haven't really been that impressed. Not that it's really your fault. Although those bellydancers at the Mediterranean place we went for dinner tonight were quite interesting.) But, being in the archives has been infinitely cool to say the least, and it's got me thinking about research. Research=lots of desk work. And in my currently design-obsessed mind, I've been dreaming about desk spaces that are functional, beautiful, would make hours sitting at a desk aesthetically pleasing.

I love, love, love the cool colors in this one.

Ooh, enclave..

This is just nice and lived in. Can't go wrong with natural light.

Real life inspiration: Eudora Welty's desk that I saw when I visited her house yesterday! Lovely view, huge windows, beautiful typewriter. It's actually in her bedroom, which goes against all those rules about keeping work away from where you sleep, and makes me feel better about me having my desk in my room. Clearly there will also be Pulitzers in my future.

Monday, January 4, 2010

southern gothic


Wednesday I leave on a research trip to Jackson, MS, to go to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to study some of Eudora Welty's letters. She's a Southern writer I really love, and I'm pretty excited about studying her more. Yesterday, I read this lovely review of folk singer Caroline Herring, who I also love, and who is also from Mississippi. The review talks about how her songs tell "Gothic tales of the Modern South," so I thought of Welty's stories, which are among the best of the Southern Gothic. And then I read that Herring's album is called Golden Apples of the Sun, alluding to (uninteresting) a Yeats poem and the myth of Atalanta, as well as (interesting!) one of Welty's most popular short story series, The Golden Apples. Love those Southern connections! Perhaps I will listen to Caroline Herring while I read Eudora Welty on the (10 hour, eek) drive to their homeland.