Category Archives: travel

A few more pictures of Hawaii. Then I promise I’ll stop.

So much green in Hawaii, non?
The blue sea I was expecting, the white beaches too. But for some reason, the plump, lush greens took me by surprise. I quite liked it.

My adorable co-hostesses, Shamar and Beka. Me in the middle.

These next two photos aren’t the most amazing, as I took them from the car. But dear God. Driving through Hawaii on a simple freeway is like driving through the set of Jurassic Park.

See what I mean? 
Here’s a more helpful visual:


The single coolest vegetable you will ever see in your life.

Question: What was your favorite color as a child?

Was it purple?

If so, then congratulations, because you and I were awesome together. Like you, I also loved purple, and wanted everyone to know its glorious hue. Purple was the first crayon I reached for, and the last dash of marker scribble I would have used to color your picture.

At age four, I wanted a pet chick with feathers dyed to be purple. At one point, I wanted to be a pet chick with purple feathers. There were no limits to purple’s potential, and to me, the fact that the words “purple” and “perfect” sounded almost exactly alike was not a coincidence. Not at all.

Well, it now appears that my childhood dreams are coming true! Because as of this week, I have learned that my favorite vegetable, the sweet potato, comes in a startlingly different shade. And oh, fellow purple lovers, it’s not orange.

Is this not craziest sweet potato you’ve ever seen?

I ate this on Monday, purchased from a tiny market in Honololulu. Beka said, “I think you’ll like this,” but she may not have realized the full extent of the miracle.

Now that I’m back in Austin, my rainy, pretty Austin, we’ll start talking about city stuff here in a moment. (Although I may force a couple more Hawaii photos on you.)

But I wanted to share the Okinawan Sweet Potato first, in case anyone else finds this as exciting as I do.


Snapshots from Hawaii.


I am Hawaii Eavesdropper right now, visiting my beautiful friend Beka.

This is Beka.

My family will be shocked to see this (me hiking, that is), as I am a notoriously unenthusiastic hiker. But we’ve been hiking every single day so far, and I am completely digging it! Yesterday, Beka’s friend Malia and I hiked down this rocky boulder-like piece of geography, and I didn’t fall once.

Here are some more random snapshots.

aloha nui loa!

More favorite New York pics.

This city.  In New York you can pretty much close your eyes, point your camera in a random direction and shoot something awesome. Here are some from Brooklyn and Greenwich Village.

Also…check out Hogwarts this scary castle-like building I shot! Not a touch of photo editing.

It freaks me out a little!


I Heart New York!

Last week, I traveled to New York for my jobby-job. In between meetings and professionalism, my buddy Stephanie and I ran around taking pictures!  That’s a several story-tall Carrie Bradshaw above, strolling through the sky in Times Square.

We found a delightful restaurant in Chelsea called, I believe, “La Bottega.” Isn’t it rather lovely? Steph and I think something big-time was being filmed there…we saw director/actor trailers, signs with arrows that said “TO SET,” and paparazzi.

Across the street, we had a meeting inside the Chelsea Market Building – truly one of the coolest spaces I have ever been in, with a small indoor waterfall. But with time to kill, we sauntered into this adorable cupcake shop, tucked away inside Chelsea Market Building’s long, brick corridors.

(If it weren’t for the meeting, friends, I assure you that I would have attacked one of these with my face.)

That night, we cruised down to Little Italy for dinner. On the way, we met up with Steph’s friend Rene, who took a picture of us underneath some Little Italy bling!

Times Square…Chelsea…Little Italy…there was only one thing missing. What was it? Ah yes: foam Lady Liberty hats.

I’ll miss you, New York.