lake michigan. alan and i walk to this spot on the lake front almost every night. this night was especially blue and i can’t explain it but it changed so much in so little time that it almost felt like a song. like the tones had changed but the harmony remained intact. or something to that effect that makes a little more sense. i like sunsets in strange places, like cities or in the middle of kansas. when i was in fiji i remember thinking, “this is it? this is supposed to be the most beautiful sunset i’ve ever seen?” like i had been cheated. i don’t know why i thought it could stand its ground in the face of my unreasonably high expectations. isn’t that always the way. we’re most impressed by what we can’t see coming. blown away by the unexpectedly sublime. i like chicago and lake michigan. i like that the color of the water changes daily, that the chicago skyline sits quietly in the background, that i won’t know what it will look like tomorrow until i arrive. x.
i’ve seen Cate Blanchett on both the Best and Worst Dressed lists of the 2011 Oscars. my vote? clearly Best Dressed… clearly. i love the lavender and yellow color combination, outrageous and rich textures and bold shoulder cut. everything about this dress is cool. she looks like a warrior or an ancient goddess of the ocean.
On February 21st a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the south island of New Zealand. The quake hit around lunchtime in Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city, when offices and restaurants were very much occupied. Thus far, 65 people have been pronounced dead with a total of about 120 people rescued. Crews of firefighters, police and other officials continue to work nonstop to help locate others trapped beneath the fallen rubble. Prime minister, John Key, rushed to Christchurch just hours after disaster struck. “It is just a scene of utter devastation,” he said. “We may well be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.” I awoke to the news of this tragedy and was heartbroken. My heart and thoughts are with New Zealand.