Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom!


For conspiring with me in my many harebrained schemes, instilling in me a love of conspiracy theories and Gilligan's Island, and for giving me the confidence to follow my passions, I am forever grateful. When I was 14 you told me, "Drop everything and do what's important to you." Although it's a lesson that's taken me over a decade to learn (a lesson that I'm learning still), those words continue to resonate along with your strength that I carry with me always.

Today and always, Mom, do what's important to you. Because you deserve it. 

Love, Baby Girl

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Favorites

Polar vortex-ing on Paris.

Here's what I'm loving this month!

1) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I am obsessed with everything about this movie. It's beautifully filmed, has an emotionally engaging and exciting story, and its soundtrack makes even doing homework feel like an adventure. If it's still in a theatre near you, I highly recommend checking it out. (Although be warned that it's not the Zoolander sequel you've been wanting since you were 13. Just me?) If you can't catch the movie, check out the soundtrack on Spotify. (The song "Dirty Paws" is my favorite.) You won't be disappointed. Seriously. 

2) Where'd You Go Bernadette?
I've been doing pretty well thus far balancing pleasure reading with my grad school responsibilities. (I'm enjoying it while it lasts.) Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is one of the best books I've read in months. Bernadette Fox, an eccentric-genius-architect disappears seemingly without a trace, and her 15-year-old daughter Bee takes it upon herself to piece together her mother's correspondences to find her. Lighthearted and witty, Bernadette is an absolutely wonderful and enjoyable read. (And this quote sums up my feelings exactly: "I miss it, the mountains and the water." Indeed.)

3) Clothing Swaps and Game Nights.
Every few months or so each of these things happen within my group of friends. And both are awesome. Clothing Swaps involve cleaning out your closets and getting to wear your friends' stylish hand-me-downs. And mimosas. Game Nights involve board games and dark humor. And mimosas. Win!

4) Plaid, plaid, and more plaid.
With the chilly temperatures and my tendency to assimilate into my hipster surroundings, plaid is the only thing I want to wear. And it's becoming a real problem. I need a plaid-tervention. 

5) Frasier
And of course this list wouldn't be complete without an outdated pop culture reference. The pretentious snark that is the Crane brothers never fails to make me laugh out loud and make me want to drink sherry. (What the hell is sherry, for that matter?) Thank goodness for Netflix its ability to provide a little comfort food TV on these blustery winter nights. 

Stay warm out there, friends!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Assignments Gone Wrong

This week, I had to record a video introducing myself to my Information Technology class. I spent Friday night recording practice runs. I think it's safe to call this particular run an outtake:

At least we know how to keep things interesting?

Happy weekending, friends.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Recent Developments

1) I love orange juice.
There are very few things in life that I just won't eat or drink. I'm very open and will try just about anything. But I hate orange juice. Until about a month ago. Now, I can't get enough. Perhaps with these frigid temps and nasty viruses flying around, my body is just desperate for vitamin C. Or maybe I'm just hooked on mimosas. Either way, bring on the OJ!

2) I have a new face. 
At least, it certainly feels that way. In the past two months, I've gotten both glasses and bangs, and have started experimenting with wearing bold lip colors. It's funny; when I look in the mirror I feel like the reflection is finally capturing who I see on the inside. I feel like I've been reinvented. 

3) I love my job.
Yes, seriously. Working in this small cafe has given me the daily autonomy and variety that I've so desperately craved. I love chatting with our regulars, recommending drinks, and choosing the daily specials. I'm content and comfortable in my position, and for the first time in far too long I don't dread going to work. Dare I say, I even enjoy it? 

4) I don't hate winter.
I never thought I would say this, but here we are! While gray skies and icy roads still cause stress, I'm actually enjoying this season of bundling and being cozy. I don't even mind the snow! (Although that Polar Vortex was no joke!) Perhaps I'm just subconsciously preparing myself for an imaginary move to Alaska.

5) I'm going to see Lily Tomlin perform in GR in March!
I've had a thing for Lily Tomlin since her voice graced my ears as Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus. As I grew older, I came to admire her comedic genius through Laugh-In clips, her stint on Murphy Brown, and her amazing role in 9 to 5. (And you guys, I could wax poetic for hours about my love for 9 to 5.) You could say that Lily Tomlin is my comedic idol and I'm beyond thrilled for the chance to see her perform at LaughFest!

FUN FACT: Lily Tomlin studied theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit, where I'm currently pursuing my graduate degree (albeit online). This pretty much means that we're best friends, right? RIGHT?!?!


So catch me up. What are you up to?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Embracing Apprehension

Staged reenactment of a nervous breakdown. 

Today is my first day of grad school and I'm terrified. 

I'm afraid of the unknown. Of failing. Of hating it. I'm afraid of being a terrible student. I'm afraid of the little voice that says, "Are you really sure this is what you should be doing?" 

Last week, I'd had a stressful day. I didn't feel well and the post-holiday, pre-grad school blues were just getting me down. I went to Target armed with a gift card, prepped for a little retail therapy. 

But it just didn't cut it. (Surprise, surprise.)

I left empty handed, still anxious, still with a tightness in my chest. But with a clear idea of where I needed to be. And so I escaped to the place that has always brought comfort: the library. After wandering the labyrinthine shelves and choosing a few precious books to take home, I found that I was breathing easier.  I also found a peace in my heart.

Despite the apprehension and nervousness, it's moments like these that confirm that I'm pursuing my passion. 

And if it turns out that grad school isn't for me? That's ok. Dreams change, but passions are steadfast. If I've learned anything in the past year, it's to follow your heart and to pursue what makes it beat quickly with excitement, in any way possible. 

So, I'm taking these feelings of apprehension and turning them into anticipation. I'm giving myself permission to take this semester, this year, this entire program one day at a time. I'm allowing myself to be open to possibilities, whatever they may be. I'm on this path for a reason, and I'm going to embrace it with joy and pursue it with hope.

On a side note, it is my intent to continue blogging while I'm in school. However, if life gets hectic and this little space gets quiet, I'd love to connect with you via Twitter and Instagram.

Have a good week, friends. Stay warm out there!