Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Swimming with Dolphins

Full disclosure: I'd been dying to swim with dolphins for years. Before my dad's 60th birthday cruise, I had plenty of other opportunities to do so. I seems like this happens to me a lot (ahem* the life list item of waving from a trolley car photo that I never took while I lived in San Francisco for a year). I guess this time I finally had family who were equally excited so we all went for it.

Dad, family friend Kerrie, mom, and me
Our first quick pet of our new friend, a female teenage dolphin who's been training since birth

The facility that provides swimming with dolphins in Cozumel is top notch. The dolphins had huge tanks to swim and live in, plus they switched them out from time to time to give the dolphins rest. There were separate 'residence' tanks for the dolphins to relax at the end of their work day. Plus, it was open sea. When I see the poor sea life in salted tanks on land at places like Seaworld, it breaks my heart. These dolphins seemed to love people. They happily played around answering the gestures of trainers - doing an extra flip here and there - and swimming up greedily for a fish treat.

If you love all animals like I do, this is a must-do experience. It can be a bit costly, but SO WORTH IT. I'd swim again in a heartbeat. Just make sure you feel good about the facility and pay attention to how the trainers and staff treat the animals before you give them your money.

Also, I got to hang out with a walrus and feed him lettuce. Huge whiskers, grumbley, and everything a walrus should be. If you can add that in, do it.

Oh nuthin', just our secret dance

60? It's just a number.
Happy Birthday dad!

Monday, November 10, 2014


I love Halloween, totally my favorite holiday. Like every year, we had to organize and make something awesome happen. We are so lucky to have found an amazingly fun group of friends in the city. All because of a seat in the beer tent :) We had a Facebook event page and everything. And Kraig came up from D.C.! In the end we had a nice size group. 

As always, I gave my costume tons of thought. I really wanted to do something scary...but I knew we were going to a nightclub so I didn't want anything to cumbersome. In the end I decided on a voodoo doll. I did a bunch of research on real dolls from the New Orleans area and based my ideas there. I made my costume out of foam, skewers, felt, string, and paint. In retrospect, I think colored pins might have come across better. I wore every flare skirt I own and my special little tie around the waist that my grandma gave me. I just found it in her house and started wearing it around my hair. Next thing I know, she set it out on the bed with the other things for me to take home. Grandma's are the best. The only thing I bought for the costume was the tan top, $1 flowers from the dollar store (in my hair/mop), tights, and some craft supplies.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Always Sunny

This last weekend we took a bus to Philly. We've been trying to plan more trips to get out of the city, but it's a challenge without our own vehicle. I hadn't heard the best things about Philly in general, but we LOVED it! So much history! It's very walk-able, local vibes, American, and great cheese steaks, of course. Plus the east coast is just beautiful right now. I love when the leaves change. Living in Cali the last few years, I really missed the seasons. Needless to say, Philadelphia has a lot more trees to enjoy than New York City (at least in the BK hood and Times Square anyway).

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nous Poetikos: a little heart to heart

You know how some people say "everything happens for a reason"? I've been giving that a lot of thought recently. I'm facing a struggle at the moment, not one that people can see...not even one I'm allowed to share. I'm left here to figure it out on my own, as I usually am. INFJ, introvert, call it what you may, I'm a rare breed of independent. Every time I'm in a predicament such as this, I get really philosophical. It's my personal way of getting into the issue, ripping it apart...this way, eventually, I'll find the best way to re-situate my puzzle into something good: maybe a Santa with toys or a Monet painting (rather than the more Walking Dead-esque version currently floating around in my brain).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The rents in New York City

Somehow we managed to convince my dad to explore the big apple. This would not be such a big deal but for the fact that my mom packs in the fun and my dad likes to keep an even, relaxed pace. This dynamic is no easy task. Yet, we had such an amazing weekend. My mom's best friend since forever, Sonnie...my second mom...was along for the ride as well.

They arrived from Oklahoma just after I got off work on Thursday. We went right home to Brooklyn to drop luggage and relax. For dinner, we decided to keep it local and headed up Dekalb to our neighborhood sports bar, Black Swan. I think it was a bit loud for our group, but the food was shockingly good! We usually just go there to watch sports and drink beer.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vanity, excitement...and a few things.

Just some ramblings today...

So, they are making new Harry Potter movies. JK sent out an anagram tweet a week or so ago and got everyone pumped about something coming up. Now we find out "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is going to be 3 films! Scheduled to release beginning next year and stretching 4 or 5 years to the final installment. I guess it takes a while to make a movie! And they are set in New York City...in the twenties! I could seriously cry in anticipation. I thought the final movie was the end of the HP universe. I'm so happy to hear that all of us have something more to look forward to. Just a bit of Harry's world makes me feel so so happy! It's embarrassingly silly how much I love those stories.

Small and white, clean and bright

I walk on concrete
I walk on grass
I walk on surfaces made of glass.

I walk for hours
a lifetime it could be
the crack that shatters.

It happened like that, with no warning
the hope was gone.


Hollowed, relentless.
Silly, even.

Now, a new familiar.

Light shines through what's left empty.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Life Lately and a few things...

*Summer love, my favorite shoes on the Highline, boyfriend's favorite copper sky bridge in midtown, dance like no one's watching, hotel Ellie, a hole so big, sushi after work, Times Square is closed, "I'll meet you at the sun", 101 layers of lasagna, and crazy nails.

And just a few things from the net...

Totally bought this.
Battle finally won.
Mmm delicious.
Read once it's cheaper.
Sad but true.

xo, E

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our New York City Apartment

I'm sad to think I have no photos of most of the places I've lived. I always wish I did. It helps spark all the great memories in that space. So, new tradition! I will have photos.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Life Lately

*Boyfriend and I getting lost in Chinatown one evening looking for dim sum, pup in a pack ('nuff said), international friends, my favorite building in NYC, strolling with a camera, Cake Boss Cafe, Gryffindor sleeping with his head hanging off the bed, and some great local friends enjoying a Bed-Stuy rooftop :)

Some random stuffs:

Fell in love.
Some solid advice.
So annoying.
People of tomorrow.

It was a nice fall we had this year...yesterday (thanks New York)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh, opinions.

You may or may not know that my boyfriend is quite the arguer. We have a lot of fun (and competition) going back and forth about a whole slew of subjects. We argued about our government for something like 4 hours on a road trip once. Decidedly, we should go back to popular vote via the internet and rid the county once and for all of political parties. We argue about what is considered good or bad or just okay with anything. We argue about who does what more often or who's luckier in regards to things. Our arguments mostly inspire me, give me a fresh perspective. Him, forever rooting for the underdog. Me, working out a concrete reason for everything. We always have something to talk about.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Heartfelt and Helpful Song

I'm really proud of all the female empowerment efforts happening at the moment. Especially as it relates to body image. I'm 28; things are changing. It makes me warm and fuzzy to think about feeling just as comfortable in my aging skin as I did as a young person.

Congratulations, girls. You don't actually have to be perfect to be loved <3


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

20 Ways to Act More Like a New Yorker

We have lots of guests coming to stay soon. And I watched a classic buzzfeed video on how to piss off New Yorkers. So, in spirit of all this, here are my recommendations on how to act like a New Yorker...

1. Stay to the right. Example.

2. Pull out your metro card before you arrive at the carousel. This is a dead giveaway that you're a tourist. New Yorkers have it out and ready 2 blocks before the train entrance.

3. Things are expensive, but you should act like it doesn't matter. If it's too much, order water. But never bring it up.

4. On the flip side, discussing outrageous rent prices or talking about your apartment is a hot topic for New Yorkers. Want to talk to anyone in the city? Bring up something about the apartment/building/block/area/burough you live in or are currently standing it. Works every time.

Monday, August 25, 2014


It's that time again. Scary death and sadness time. I hate how that shit just creeps up all random. It's not my first time around the block, so it always feels like that annoying old friend that is too pathetic to be angry with but still rubs your last nerve completely raw. Gramps' cancer doesn't seem like no big deal these days. He has an infection, doesn't sound like a major one. It's not good news though. Boyfriend's uncle just passed...after like 3+ years of cancer I should say. He wasn't just a trooper...more like a ranger. Our friend (our age!) has cancer now too. His is the not-so-scary more-just-shitty kind, but still. Even I had a scary instance a couple years ago. What is it that's giving us all cancer? Can we get rid of that now, please? I know NASA, ebola, and wars are important and everything. But personally, I would appreciate a little more effort in the what-is-really-killing-us-all-off department.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flashback: A Fourth of July to Remember 2014

Ever since I watched the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest on TV in a casino in Vegas 4 years ago, I already had it in my mind that I want to see it live. It didn't take much convincing to get boyfriend on board. I love the Fourth of July. Actually my family always has a huge party and my dad goes crazy with fireworks. I'm used to doing it big on our nation's birthday. I always wish I were in Tulsa that day. My parents have a big property with a pool and basketball court. They always set up the lawn chairs in a big circle for the fireworks display. Their place is the best to just hang out. The 4th, and Thanksgiving - those are the days I miss them most.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Jazz Age, The Blue Note, & The Shining.

Summer is going by so quickly. This New York winter is gonna be a tough one - I already know. In May I was looking up things to do and discovered the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor's Island. Luckily, our two new friends wanted to go as well! We had picnic plans and decided to dress up. It was such a great day. Everyone looked amazing all decked out in Jazz Age gear. Our friend even brought props for our blanket! We had a blast taking photos. Next year I'll know to get there earlier. We only had time to dance for one song. It was a lot of fun just chatting with our new friends and snacking. They had old cars, fashion stalls, themed food and drinks, vintage photo set-ups, and a gigantic wooden dance floor.