January 16th, 2013

Things That Remind Me of Home…

Cincinnati is a pretty rad city on the Ohio River. On one side you have Ohio, which is metropolitan for about 20 miles in all directions, and on the other you have Kentucky, which is mostly suburban (Florence, Independence), pretty country (uh…everything?) and kinda sorta urban (Covington and Newport). The music that comes from the collision of these two polar places is unpredictable, but I’ve noticed that the indie music there feels airy and light, and kind of like the romanticized Brooklyn on TV. This is perfect for subway listening.

Anyways, watch this video by DAAP Girls called “Weekend Girl” (my friend Erica is in the videooo):

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January 2nd, 2013

Favorite Corners of My Old Kentucky Home.

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My Christmas vacation is quickly coming to a close here in Kentucky/Cincinnati (yes, near where “Peeta” is from). It’s been super cold and snowy, but one thing I’ve missed more than Jay-Z misses Kanye being single is the space and the natural light. My tiny Brooklyn bedroom/apartment doesn’t really afford me any extra light or space, so it has been nice to stretch my little body out. Here are some of my favorite parts of my house:

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My mom had this really big “travel” and “vintage” period, and I love these quirky old suitcases because they are simply decor. They serve no purpose aside from making the house feel like a home.

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My mom has had these records since she was in high school. That peach box is real, it’s not some prop from Urban Outfitters. How cute?! I’m sure she doesn’t listen to the records anymore, but maybe one day we will.

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Between the first picture and this one, you can hopefully tell what my mother’s favorite animal is. She adores elephants. There are elephants in almost every room of the house

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This has been one of my favorite things since I was a kid. My sister and I used to pretend we were the two women in this tapestry and we would make up stories to go along with it. As an adult, I just love the Egyptian influence. Very swank.

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At first, being black, the idea of living in the woods seemed like we were breaking all of the horror film rules. After living here for a while I started to feel more in-tune with nature. Almost like Pocahontas but less hot. The two decks on the front of my house that overlook the stream and my mother’s plant habit bring the outside in at every turn. I’m going to start buying plants for my NYC apartment asap.

And there you have it! All of these lovely things that I just love and plan to miss about my home.

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December 19th, 2012

Put Up The F%#*ing Christmas Tree!

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If you’re like me at all, you’ve procrastinated until this very moment to put up the f%#*ing Christmas tree. Also, you’re going home tomorrow and you put it up because you selfishly wanted to sit by its glow for one night before you were whisked away to hopefully* a much bigger Christmas tree.

If you’re not like me and (a) you put it up like right after Thanksgiving like a super over-achieving jerk that makes the rest of us look bad or (b) you are super procrastinating or simply don’t care for the jolly holiday, well then uh, I don’t have advice for both of you. I can say, that if you can at least do something this season or if you already have, then I urge you to do so. I tried to decorate but my brick wall wasn’t having any of my paper snowflakes and the candy jar was conspicuously emptied like 3 times already. Bah humbug.

The diffused glow of candles, string lights (on windows or on trees) is super relaxing, and that’s all we need (but oh yeah I totally forgot to tell you about how I got an AMAZING job and how it’s allowing me to go home for 2 weeks). Sure I haven’t packed yet and I have to be ready to leave in like 8 hours, but come on—LIGHTS.

*hopefully meaning that I know my mom hates putting up the Christmas tree and last I checked we had minimal plans for the holiday. Mimosas and macaroni it is!

Toodles!

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October 5th, 2012

Recovering from Homesickness

"I never get a break. I never get time off to just relax!" is something I probably text my mother far too often. She always calmly replies, “Well you never stick around anywhere long enough to get vacation time!”

I have moved around a lot in the past few years, and because of it, I really don’t ever “earn” the time away from work. I finally got to go back home to Kentucky/Cincinnati last weekend and it was all I could have hoped for with the short time allotted. I spent time with my mom, saw at least 5 good friends, ate too much, shopped too much (H&M, HOW DARE YOU BE SO MUCH CHEAPER IN KENTUCKY?!), went to the zoo with my sister who’s pregnant and my darling nephew Mason, picked up tons of winter clothes for the freezing weather to come, and sat by a fire and talked about just about everything.

(but really, I don’t have any pets, why are there dogs in my yard?)

What never ceases to surprise me is the effortless continuity of going home. I always expect that it’ll be hard to adjust, but it never is. A really easy “throw-away” question to ask someone is what success looks like for them. Well right now, I’d feel very successful if I could make enough money by doing what I love — to visit home more often.

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