dream house {the desert house}

 Oh Man! The weekend is already over! It took me all of Saturday to recuperate from the work week, and my apartment is nice and all, but it would have been great to spend the weekend in a private Nevada desert dream home.  Just crawl into the spring-fed deck-tub and take in the view.
This secluded home in Nye County, Nevada was featured in the New York Times back in August.  It's surroundings are so beautiful I just couldn't get it out of my mind, so I decided to make it my next dream home post.
I'm mean, come on! Look how beautiful that sky is!

The house belongs to a family from Italy and was designed by a German architect living in San Francisco. From start to finish the architect and client's only contact was through e-mail.  They never met or spoke to each other until the project was completed, and the family only came once to visit during construction. 
You've got to have a lot of faith to relinquish that much control over your home! And they should be glad they did, because the outcome is beautiful, clean, and serene.
 I love the small window in the shower, it frames the picture perfect landscape right outside, and the green tiles are a nice touch of color in the mostly white interior.
The floor to ceiling corner window and skylight above the bed lets in beautiful light in the day and provides a great view of the stars at night.
Although the desert would probably be too hot for me, I can't help but daydream about this house.
Especially when I read the last quote in the New York Times article:

                      “I had the sensation of being on a spaceship. This winter, we had a really 
                      strong wind one night — the house was almost shaking. And there were 
                      millions, billions of stars from everywhere, you were completely surrounded
                      by the stars down to the horizon, which in the cities or countryside you 
                      are not. Normally you see the stars above you, not around you. 
                      Yes, it was like a spaceship.”

The Desert House = A Dream House

weekend to do's

I made a pretty long to do list for myself this weekend . . .

It's highly unlikely I'll get it all done . . .

 . . .maybe I'll just focus on the bottom of the list 

what's this white stuff?

It's officially winter . . .boo.  The snow has come and hasn't really stopped, but it's ok because for Christmas I got some spiffy new boots:

2012 back in the saddle

Oh darn, back at work from a 3 day weekend.

But at least I got some glittery New Years Nails to entertain me!
I hope everyone had a great New Years!
 And here's to a Great 2012!!!!!


Ok, I know I said before that I wish I had gone to Portland a different weekend, but if I went later I would have missed out on something really great.  That something great. . .  TYPHOON!

Back in 2005 I went to see a few friends of mine play a show at the Clinton Street Theater.  Their band name then was Family Tree, we were all just out of high school and it was my first winter break back from the Windy City.  They opened for a band named Typhoon.  Both bands were really great, it was an awesome show!! (In one of the songs Typhoon played they used a huge chain as an instrument!)

Fast-forward to just a few months ago when my dad called me up to chat a bit while we're both bored at work.  Over the weekend he and my mom had found a fun shop called Tender Loving Empire where they bought a few CD's from local bands.  My dad couldn't stop talking about this band with tons of instruments and great music, he was so excited because just a few days after they bought the album, the band was on David Letterman! I hadn't watched Letterman since I still lived at home, but this "ton's of instruments" thing sounded familiar, I took a wild shot and asked if they were called Typhoon. "No, no, that doesn't sound right, I let you know when I get home, I don't remember their name, but I don't think that's it."  Oh, well, I thought, I guess it was a long shot.  Two days later my dad called, "Hey, it is Typhoon!"  We didn't have many plans for my mini vacation so when I saw that they were playing while I was going to be in Portland, I snatched up some tickets.  It was really fun to take my parents to a show of a band they had found completely by chance.

On Saturday night just a few hours after I got in, my parents and I went to Mississippi Studios to see TYPHOON for their early show (6pm).  It was crowded and standing room only, my parents started to get a little worried, but once the music started none of it mattered. TYPHOON was incredible.  My face hurt for the rest of the night because I couldn't stop smiling during the show.  It was one of those shows where everything else around you kind of blurs and the only thing you see and hear is the band.  Kinda like in a movie where a guy sees some hot chick for the first time.

(I uploaded the video my dad took to youtube.)

At the end of the show my dad turned to me and said "I think I have a new favorite band." It was such a wonderful experience to share with my parents.  And I'd go again in a heart beat! If you ever have the chance to see them live you need to go.

I hope they play a show in Chicago soon!!
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