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

E

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

Worries

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.