An Injured Leg & National Parks

Today started out like any other day...until I took out a large chunk of my thigh trying to kill an ant. I swear, my injuries are so LAME. Last time I drew copious amounts of blood was when I sliced off my fingertip cutting cardstock with my guillotine paper cutter. I mean, that's not even cool. This morning I climbed on top of our old-dresser-turned-tv-stand to reach an ant on the wall and, when jumping down, didn't realize there was a drawer slightly open. I hopped down without looking and my upper thigh made contact with the solid wood corner, which dug in deep as all my weight came down on it. Ouch. I'd show you a photo and try to convince you it's a bullet wound, but it's really gross and you wouldn't believe me anyway since I just gave away the real story. And the worst part of it? I didn't even kill the ant.

In other news, I feel like a failure as a blogger. It's really hard to get back into blogging once you've been away from it for awhile, but I miss it, and maybe one or two of you out there miss it too. Part of the problem is that my crummy point-and-shoot camera is broken. Can't have a blog without fun pictures, right? A small part of me actually believes that I'll be a better blogger if I get a nice camera...but I don't think that's in the cards anytime soon, so I'll have to take a field trip to Best Buy and see if I can figure out what's wrong with my ol' Canon Powershot.

Once that's done, I'll get around to posting some photos of our humble apartment. Today I wanted to share some awesome vintage posters I dug up while searching for something to fill these empty frames that have been taunting me in the living room: 

We got them on sale at Ikea for $10 apiece and there they have rested on the couch frame with nary a nail in the wall since we're indecisive about what to put in them. Luke wanted to frame up some maps, but I wasn't feeling that 100%, so I scoured the interwebs for a cool variation of framed map art and came across this vintage California state map...

...and thought "Oooh. This could be perfect if I could hunt down Pennsylvania and North Carolina." (What is it with me and my obsession with home-states? I do not know.) Two problems: one, I couldn't find cool vintagey PA or NC posters anywhere. Two, although Cali is a nice tall state that works well as a portrait-oriented image, PA and NC are both short and wide. I want to hang the frames vertically side-by-side--probably not going to find any prints of our short, stubby states oriented the way I'd like. So I kept searching, and my hunt yielded these amazing vintage National Parks posters from the 1930s:


 Love at first sight. The colors, the images, the vintage lettering and quotes--they all called out to me. Not to mention the very cool story behind these posters designed by Dorothy Waugh, an artist of the New Deal era. President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented the New Deal to help boost the economy (and morale!) as America was at the height of the worst depression in history, and developed cultural programs in which artists were employed by the federal government! Now those are tax dollars I can be proud of. Waugh became the art production supervisor of the National Park Service. She designed these two particular posters and later went on to teach typography and design at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. That's my kind of woman! All this and much more gives me a whole lotta love for National Parks. I want to visit many of them with Luke in my lifetime. You never know, maybe having these hung on the wall will spur us on to future travels. So far he's been to Yellowstone, I've been to Acadia...what's your favorite National Park?