a change


As you've all probably already noticed, I'm being a bad blogger. Yet again. I haven't read any other blogs in about two weeks and haven't even known what to post on here. There are definitely things going on in my life, in fact, more things than ever before. (Which might be just the reason that I feel such a disconnection from blogging - whenever real life starts to happen, I'd much rather live it than talk about it.) But seeing as I never tend get too personal on here, I don't really feel like writing about everything that's happening to me. The idea of talking about my life is exhausting, especially when I don't even know who I'm writing it for.

In short, I'm having very little motivation to continue blogging. I don't have as much free time as I did before I moved out here, and when I do, I'd rather be spending my time with Sean or reading or watching movies or getting out and exploring my new city. When I think of having to spend over an hour each day catching up on all the blogs I follow, it makes me put it off. And put it off. And put it off. Until one day it's been a few weeks since I last blogged and I force myself to catch up. I don't enjoy it as much as I used to and I rarely have any pictures that I'm very excited to post about anymore, my own or others'.

So, I'm seriously considering not blogging anymore, here on The Lighthouse Keeper or on my other blog. Which saddens me because I've really enjoyed the many inspirations I've received and the connections I've made and, at one point, it was such an integral part of my day. Though in reality, I can still keep in touch with those people outside of blogging, so it doesn't really matter. I don't feel anything keeping me here anymore.

Of course, I haven't completely made up my mind yet. If anything, I'll still continue posting to my photography blog, but it won't be very frequent. We shall see.


travel by constellation

Jillian Thoman, 2

Have a great weekend! I'll be spending mine at work, but that's alright. I'm actually in the midst of trying to land a second job. I really need it. Especially after just spending a few hundred dollars on photographic paper and inks for my shop. Yes, I'm a (struggling) photographer for those of you who don't know!


color crush



into the woods

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a french press method

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Yesterday I spoke of my Anthropologie Christmas gifts, but today I speak of my most favorite gift of all: my french press. My mom actually gave it to me for Christmas the year before but I never got around to getting coarse ground coffee or a coffee grinder, so I never used it. Until this year when she gave me an Amazon gift card which I used towards a little Bodum coffee grinder!

So I bought a tin of Illy whole bean coffee, ground the beans myself, and pressed my own coffee for the very first time a few days ago. And now I'm absolutely obsessed and don't want to drink it any other way! It was seriously the best cup of coffee I've ever had (even the dregs tasted good).

Of course, the pretty little design definitely doesn't hurt the whole "French" experience and I love how my tiny press is the perfect size to make one cup.

PS. If you want to learn more about the french press method, I highly recommend this post by the enormously talented Hugh and Sara.


tis the season

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Tis the season for Anthropologie!

For those of you who have followed the blog long enough, you know how much I lust after almost everything that Anthropologie has to offer. Well, this Christmas finally saw some of that lustiness come to fruition (wow, that sounds dirty). I received the awesome-est little tape dispenser from Sean's brother - a little wooden camera design that says "Poulain" at the top - which is a coincidental reference to one of my absolute favorite movies. Then my brother gave me these cute little spice jars. Then with some money I received from other people, I finally finally bought the much-lusted-after Seasons: The Best of Donna Hay Magazine, as well as a zinc letter "A" and a ceramic berry basket.

Sigh. I wish I could live inside an Anthropologie catalogue... But at least I finally live in a city that has an Anthropologie store that I can wander around in whenever I want...


happy new year

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Happy New Year, blog people!


winter wonderland


Bad blogger syndrome still hasn't left me... I swear after the holidays (yes, I count New Year's Day as part of the holidays, not sure if that's normal or not), I'll return to normal blogging mode! Or, as normal as I can while having a part-time job, looking for a second, and being distracted by my amazing fiancé now that I'm lucky enough to come home to him after four years of not being able to do so.

PS. Doesn't this picture look so cool with the snow on my blog?! It's not snowing here in San Francisco (so glad I moved somewhere that never snows), but I'm kinda liking it on the blog! I might keep it around for all of Winter!


happy holidays


I'm being a bad blogger again... I haven't read a single post in almost a week! Work and putting my apartment back together and watching movies has been taking up most of my time. And I probably won't post again until after Christmas (though I will try to catch up on reading your posts), so I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

PS. If you're still following the situation regarding my roommate's girlfriend, she is officially leaving! She's bought a plane ticket for the fourth of January! Yay! (Not sure why she doesn't leave sooner so she can spend the holidays with her family, but I guess you have to consider the source.) But yay! Finally!


the look


I bought a ton of leggings at Old Navy the other day in hopes of finally jumping on the legging/sweater/boots trend. However, I can't find any sweaters long enough! I'm sorry, but I won't be showing my crotch this winter; I need something longer! So... do any of you know where I can find some affordable sweater dresses (I've already tried Gap, Urban Outfitters and Old Navy)?

PS. And yes, though I love the outfit in the above picture, I am looking for something a bit longer. At least long enough to cover my bum!


sail away

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weekend recap


Well well well, what's new with me, you may be asking? Well:

1. Nearly three weeks after the fact, someone finally came to check out our apartment in regards to the mold situation (described here and here). They found a couple of hairline fractures and a falling light on the outside of the wall where we were having the leaking problem. They sealed them up but they were hoping to find something more obvious, so we still have to keep an eye out for more water.

2. One good thing about the leaking/mold problem is that it was an excuse to buy new furniture! Granted we just bought new furniture and a new mattress two months ago (which we should be reimbursed for), but new furniture is always nice in my opinion! So, we got furniture that can be pulled away from that wall and allows more air circulation in case the water comes back. Hence, our first real bed (I've only ever had a bunk bed, a futon, or just a regular bed frame, never anything with an actual headboard or footboard) and nicer, more grown-up night-stands (compared to what we had before). I still have to put together my dresser and then we'll move our bookcases into the bedroom and hopefully we can have the entire apartment put back to normal in time for Christmas.

3. Yesterday, I had my last day off work until Christmas, which I spent in downtown San Francisco with Sean. I love this place! I love being in a city and doing things that I could never do in my hometown! I often feel as if I'm in a movie when I'm walking around this city. In summary: we enjoyed a bite at Quizno's, a 30% off sale on the already-on-sale items at Old Navy (where I saved a hundred dollars!), a jaunt around The Container Store (where I bought extra hangers and an awesome LEGO box),  a viewing of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows which was rather good (though not amazing), and a walk around the Children's Creativity park where, ironically, Sean spotted my very first grey hair (which I kinda freaked out about)!

How have you been?


happy friday!


Sean has been dying to see the new Muppets movie, but with my work schedule and his class schedule, we haven't had a chance. Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do and there are quite a few new movies that look pretty interesting. Anybody seen any good movies in the theater lately? 

Have a wonderful weekend! 


wild woman

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moody botanicals


Wow. Just wow.