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Wild Detectives Bookstore

I don’t know if it has occurred to anyone else, but Dallas has NO bookstores.  Even the big box Barnes and Nobles seem to be phasing out into the abyss that is Amazon Prime.  I know I’m probably in the old-timey minority in that I actually still like to read real life books, but I love them.  Always will.  I’ve got stacks everywhere in my apartment and boxes full of books in my garage (waiting for the day I have a grownup house with a real library).  And I LOVE me the bookstore.  I tend to end up binge-buying 10 books at a time when I may have the time to read one.  I get overzealous, what can I say?  But there’s something about the physical book store that just makes you feel like the world is full of possibilities and adventure and knowledge.  I feel less romantic about my iPad, this is not the movie Her.  

Thinking about recent (ish) trips to San Francisco and Austin, it has occurred to me that there really are very few independent bookstores in Dallas.  Upon asking the Googles, it really seems to be mostly religious bookstores and Half Price Books.  I completely get that this is the digital age, but come on people!  So imagine my excitement when I find out that there is a new independent bookstore opening in the oh so cool Bishop Arts area of Dallas, called The Wild Detectives.  AND they have wine!!  It’s like this place was meant for me!  (Also, I feel like the booze is sadly actually how they will make their money since I’m apparently the only one that still buys books.)

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So, did I go to the bookstore on Friday evening cause I’m a huge dork?  You’re damn right I did.  The place is adorable, in a little house just a block off the main trendy strip of hot restaurants.  The book selection is small and curated (very well in my book snob opinion) – sorry, you’re going to have to order Hunger Games online – you’re not going to get it here (no judgement though, I’m on the second book now).  I got a glass of red wine from the bar and wandered around the little space.  Once it truly gets up and going (I think there will be readings and book clubs, etc.), it’s going to be such a great space.  The backyard (since it’s a house on a residential block) seems to be under construction and I can’t wait to see what they make of the space.  I bought Robert Bolano’s book The Savage Detectives, after which the store is supposedly named, so I will let you know what I think.  I’m actually shocked I made it out of the store with only one book, but I will definitely be back.  Wine + books = my happy place!

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Some Wanderlust

Hello, I am back after another extremely long hiatus.  Clearly consistency isn’t my thing.  The same goes with diet and exercise too apparently, but I digress.  I blame not blogging more on being super busy.  Which is totally real, BUT, it has occurred to me that I do watch too much tv.  Surely there are more productive uses of my time.  In fact, I do have a large task at hand.  My college roommate and I are looking into an exotic adventure this summer, and it is my task to do some research on where we should go.  I think we’re both agreed on a few things – we want to go somewhere interesting and maybe a little different from where everyone goes (she gets me!), no beaches/just laying around, and nothing to “scene-y” (her words).

So, here’s a little travel inspiration from my couch this fine Sunday.  Send me trip ideas!

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – This is inspired by my favorite photographer (more on that another day).  I mean, have you ever been anywhere that looks like this?

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Also, they have this lake:

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Cappadocia, Turkey – This is not actually on the list for my summer trip because my friend has already been here (jerk) but this is super high on my life long list.

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Pamukkale, Turkey.  Man, I have to get to Turkey.

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Infinity Pools, Ubud, Bali.  A little too honeymoon-y for a college roommate trip (MAYBE), but I could hang here.

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Derweze, Turkmenistan – Man made… not on purpose.  Ok, so we probably will not end up here.  But, how cool.

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Laos.  Vietnam’s cooler, less popular sibling.

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Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Wulingyuan, China

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Myanmar – I mean, come on!

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Friday is Here!!

Happy Friday!  It’s finally here, we’ve made it!  Hope everyone is celebrating something this weekend.  And if not… celebrate the weekend!  xoxo

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Welcome and 30 and a New Idol

Hello!  Welcome to my new blog (all two of you followers that might have come over from my previous one – thanks Mom!)  I’m a fickle creature and got tired of the name of my old one (don’t ever let me name your child, I’ll get tired of it and try to rename them something hip, like Dakota.  Or George).  Little did I know that everyone and  their cat now has a blog, and there are very few blog names available.  So you’ll have to bear with me.  Per usual, this will be a work in progress.

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The themes of this blog will likely be the same – a journal of my wanderlust – dreaming about travel, my future dream house and decor, shoes and bags I can’t afford.  Maybe some ranty rants (this is after all supposed to be my outlet for … whatever I want!)

In all fairness, I do feel like I must warn you.  I am turning the big 3-0 in a mere few months.  I’ve already (I know, right?!) been a little bit of a baby about it.  Which I’m aware is totally ridiculous.  Several friends sent me this article from Glamour today by Olivia Wilde (who is now my favorite actress – you’ll see once you read it).

Olivia Wilde’s Advice for Turning 30: Entertainment: glamour.com.

It’s so refreshing to find an actress that seems so … normal.  And COOL.  She’s freaking cool.  She calls it Hollyweird.  She calls 30 the “Cut the Bullshit and Go Be Awesome” stage.  I feel like I need to write that in lipstick across my mirror.  I hear you loud and clear sister – I am on it!  (Can we hang out?  If I do go to the tanning booth, do you promise you’ll hunt me down and slap me (so we can hang out)?)  Trust me, read it and you will worship her as well.  In the mean time, I’m plotting my Be Awesome stage of my life.  Get ready!

Yeah she’s super hot, BUT, even better, SHE HAS A BULLDOG.  We’re totally mean to be friends.  Call me!

Olivia Wilde's Advice for Turning 30: Entertainment: glamour.com

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