2017 Birthday Wishlist

by Jamie Sanford on November 15, 2017

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It’s that time again! My birthday is in a few weeks. Birthdays aren’t as exciting as I get older, but since Will and I have birthdays that are 2 days apart, we generally just celebrate each other with a swanky dinner and a day off from our jobs.  I do love a wishlist though, so here we go with 9 things I would not mind receiving for my birthday.

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My Favorite Tom Petty Song

by Jamie Sanford on October 3, 2017

Rest in peace, Tom. Thank you for the music.

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Crunching Leaves Mix | Fall 2017

by Jamie Sanford on September 1, 2017

We are a few weeks shy of the first day of autumn, but the temperatures in New Jersey have suddenly dropped by 5 degrees and I’ve launched into full fall mode.

Things that I am ready for include:

  • Appropriate temperatures for eating soup
  • Apple cider
  • Interest in being outdoors for extended periods of time
  • The smell of damp, decomposing leaves
  • Any and all things Halloween
  • Candles that have something to do with apples or spice of some kind
  • Opportunities for layering clothing and outerwear

I don’t care about Pumpkin Spice lattes though, so I haven’t gone full Basic Bitch just yet.

In related news, I associate certain songs with certain times of the year. This connection goes back to middle and high school, and many years later, those associations cannot be stopped. Here’s my new Spotify playlist for the fall of 2017. Lots of throwbacks, some random newer stuff, all songs that I love. Enjoy, and leave a comment or tweet me with your suggestions for additions.


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I have 2 previous posts with images from Florida Southern College: Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College – William H. Danforth Chapel & Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College – Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

I have been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast for many years. Not only was Frank Lloyd Wright a genius, but his life was entertaining and scandalous, to say the least. This Ken Burns documentary about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright is completely worth the watch time.

I was very excited to take an informal tour of the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, at Florida Southern College, while visiting Lakeland, Florida, back in February. Here’s my final post with images of the campus.

A network of esplanades was part of the original design and were built in the first phase of construction.

In the high heat of Florida summers, these are surely a welcome addition. These lead to the Polk County Science Building.

The Carter, Walbridge and Hawkins Seminar Buildings are also part of the initial phase of building.

A view of the other side of the Polk County Science Building.

The Roux Library and the water dome were included in the expansion of the original build.

The Watson-Fine Administration building , just to the left of the view in the last image.

I love when the buildings are signed.

A wider view, including the doorway.

If you turn away from the door, you can see the reflecting pool and the angular detail of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design.

A different view of the reflecting pool.

Lastly, a look down a long, partially-covered corridor leading away from the Watson-Fine Administration Building. It’s very reminiscent of the porch at Kentuck Knob, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in western Pennsylvania.

Once again, I definitely recommend a tour of the Florida Southern College campus if you are in the Lakeland area. Next time, we will definitely take the official tour so that we can see the insides of the buildings!

Happy trails!

Hilton Hotels

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January 20, 2017

by Jamie Sanford on January 20, 2017


What a contrast to a message of hope, and togetherness, and progress that it has been an honor to support.

Let it be known that I do not consent to this.

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