Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another Year

You can buy a copy of this print here.

I have much to be thankful for and to celebrate this year. 

Good wishes and happiness to you and yours in this coming New Year.

Or as my family says in Korean, sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gilt and Glitter

Apologies for the crappy cell phone pics.
 
My nails are ready to party.  I used these Salley Hanson Salon Effects nail polish strips last night and am feeling a wee bit conspicuous working with disco glitter nails.
 
I tore through my closet last night trying to decide what to wear for this weekend's New Year's party.  The subsequent pile of clothes that was added to the "I just got back from the holidays and am not really unpacked" pile of clothes is threatening to take over the bedroom.  The only serviceable item I found was a skirt.  That's it.  Obviously I need something to wear on top but I didn't like anything enough to wear to the party.  I don't know why I do this to myself every year.
 
Someone recently told me that they truly dislike New Year's Eve because of all the pressure surrounding this holiday.  There's so much energy put into planning and outfits and dates and making it a spectacular event.  It's sometimes almost a forced celebration.  I understand what they're saying but for me this is truly one of my favorite times of the year.  I've been lucky enough to spend past New Year's fetes with Jon as well as my brother and sister-in-law and this year will be no different.  I've decided I'm not going to worry about what to wear to the party.  I'm just glad I get to be there with everyone to celebrate this very amazing year with the people that I love best.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Home

This was at the front door of my parents' home waiting to greet us.

Back in Brooklyn.  I miss Jon and my family and friends already.  I'll be back for a quick trip this weekend for New Year's so thankfully I won't have to miss them for too long.  Anyhow, some photos from the trip back to Ohio.

Cats in clothing will always be funny.

Jon made some gift tags.

So did my brother.

The dapper Kim men (and my dad in his traditional Christmas outfit).

The Kim family!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Heading Home

From my neighborhood, an Asian Frosty.
 
I head back to Ohio very early tomorrow morning for the holidays.  There are many plans already made for time with friends and family but, as always, there never seems to be enough time to see everyone that I want to see. 
 
There are plans for church, twice (!!!) this holiday weekend.  My brother and sister-in-law will be with me and, as Jon pointed out, this year I'll be attending with an extra piece of jewelry so some of the usual questions will avoided. 
 
But then again, what holiday wouldn't be complete with the nosy questions of the ajummas at my parents' church? 
 
Enjoy the holiday! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Like You Maude + Steve Burns

 
Do you remember Blue's Clues?  Do you remember the very charming and wide-eyed host from the show, Steve?  I certainly do thanks to a part-time preschool teaching gig in college.  Steve was the one thing that kept me sane when the children insisted on watching this show. 
 
He eventually left the show and released a pretty good album (of course I bought it) called Songs for Dustmites in 2003.  I hadn't heard what he was up to after the album was released until recently.  Tonight he is the featured story teller at the monthly storySLAM held at Park Slope's Tea Lounge, I Like You Maude.  The event starts at 7:30 and is FREE.  Come out if you can.  Should be a good time.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday

Photo courtesy of Carlos M Silva

My dear friend threw a 1940's themed holiday party.  We ran out of whiskey (twice!) and danced up a storm - salsa, cumbia, bachata and merengue.  My friend and I also got down with some serious swing dancing.  Such a great party with some awesome people.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Weekend

Me and Jon at Top of the Rock
 
This week has been filled with finishing up holiday shopping and getting healthy (read: online shopping in loungy clothes with the cat on my lap and getting as much sleep as possible). 
 
I finally read this book and now have an extra big girl crush on Mindy Kaling
 
I also spoke with two of my very talented friends and did some major wedding planning.  I've known them both for almost 10 years (holy crap) and trust them completely.  I know what you're thinking.  Two conversations and what, the wedding is planned?  Not entirely, but with their help and advice some big decisions have already been made.  They are so good at what they do as well as extra reassuring.  After talking to them my initial anxiety and dread about planning a wedding is gone.  Jon and I are getting really excited.
 
This weekend there are parties and holiday bazaars to attend as well as some major cookie baking (these look amazing).  I'm really looking forward to see my friends before we all disperse across the country for the holidays.
 
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Traditions

Pardon the non-holiday themed picture.
 
My family doesn't make a big deal out of Christmas.  When my brother and I were younger they did the whole tree + Santa + presents thing.  It was great but the Santa thing died when we were really young and it's all my fault.  One Christmas Eve when I was about six years old I woke up to go to the bathroom.  On my way there I looked down the hall to the living room and the sparkly Christmas tree and discovered my parents wrapping the presents.  Naturally I had to wake up my little brother to show him.  We whispered about our disappointment and dismay to each other for a minute before going back to bed, promising not to tell mom and dad that we knew the truth.  We acted appropriately surprised the next morning but it was really never the same.  I think we told them a few weeks later that we knew the truth.  I remember them being very surprised.  The tree and piles of presents starting going away when we started puberty and cash was suddenly more desirable than toys.
 
Anyhow, we may not have a Christmas tree or tons of presents but honestly I prefer it that way.  It's clear that we have made the trip back home to spend time with each other and we do, without any pressure to set the perfect holiday tableau.  However, this does not mean that we are devoid of holiday traditions.
 
Every year when we roll up the driveway to my parents' home the four foot tall light up Frosty the Snowman is set up right by the entrance to the house.  This thing has been with us for a long time, long enough that I remember being the same height as Frosty.  I also remember one year when I positioned the thing right outside my brother's closed bedroom door.  When he opened the door and was met face to face with this large unnatural round head with eyes of coal he yelled and fell back, obviously scared out of his mind.  Naturally I found this hilarious and, I'm sorry to say, am chuckling about it as I write this (sorry Danny!).
 
We attend Christmas Eve service together at the Korean-American church of my youth and adolescence (yup, former church girl) where the ajummas come over and immediately ask me (in this order) how old I am now, if I have a boyfriend, and when I'm getting married.  All this while I give my brother and mother pointed looks silently pleading for help. 
 
But the best part of Christmas Eve service is this.  My dad wears his burgundy velvet blazer and vintage holiday tie every single year.  I will share a picture before the end of the year.  It's the raddest holiday outfit you will ever see and for me, it wouldn't be Christmas without it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Feeling Almost Normal

I know it's a mustache and they are played out but it was on the glass - what else is one supposed to do?

Hello!  

It's been an eventful week.  Jon and I talked about what we did during this most recent visit.  Here's how it went.

S: We got sick and haven't done anything.
J:  We went to the New Museum and went down a slide.
S:  We did noooothing.
J:  We went to the Gloggfest and Bar 4 to see our friends.
S:  We got sick and did nothing!
J:  You went skateboarding with your girlfriends.
S:  We did nothing because we were sick!
J:  We got engaged!!!
S:  WE GOT ENGAGED!!!!!

So there you have it.  We are engaged.  

And then we got sick and did nothing.  For almost the entire week.  I had to call off work for three days and hadn't been this sick in a long time.  I told Jon it was nice that he was here to take care of me but then he pointed out that I probably wouldn't have gotten sick if he hadn't come to visit.  That's probably true but all the time we spent together was totally worth the week's worth of illness.

More soon.  xo

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Short Respite

I'm taking a little time away from blogging as Jon is in town for the next week or so.  We've already done so much and his trip has only begun.  We've been to The New Museum and slid down Carson Höller's 3 story slide.  Jon braved the sensory deprivation tank.  We rearranged the kitchen and made plans for improvements to the rest of the apartment.  We stopped to take a look at the tree at Rockafeller Center, helped make Swedish open-faced sandwiches for our friends' Glöggfest, and had a very sweet and special walk by the East River in Williamsburg (more on that later). 
 
We have a lot more fun stuff planned for this week and a lot of celebrating to do.  So, I will see you in a week!
 
xo

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Waiting

I'm having a difficult time concentrating today.  Jon arrives this evening and every time I think of finally seeing him in person my stomach drops a little with anticipation and excitement.  I hate that we have 550 miles between us but I'm thankful that the excitement of being together hasn't lessened in the 1+ year we've been together. 
 
I keep going over all the things that we have planned for this visit.
 
Friday I am taking off work and we are heading straight to the New Museum in the morning to beat the crowds for Carson Höller's installation.  Later that evening we have our friends' annual Glöggfest (!!!) to attend in Bushwick and then a trip to Park Slope for another friend's performance of a live instrumental soundtrack to a silent movie at Bar 4 (event info here). 
 
We've RSVP'd for the New York premier of Girl Walk All Day, a feature length dance music video shot all over New York and set to Girl Talk's album All Day.  The premier is being held at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on December 8.  This event is free and there is a party afterward.  You can see the trailer for the movie here and RSVP for the event here
 
We have tickets for Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal's comedy show, Pretty Good Friends, at The Bell House on December 11th. 
 
I want to skate at this ice skating rink, go Christmas shopping at the Brooklyn Flea at Skylight One Hanson, and stay out all night dancing with my dude.
 
Just 10 more hours to go.
 
* Lisa's sister is visiting this weekend as well.  We figured out that she and Jon are on the same flight into NYC.  Lisa gave her sister instructions to yell Jon's name out at the airport and then run away to see if he notices.  I told him to look for someone who looks like Lisa.  We're picking them up together this evening. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Well...

There was a track fire on the G line heading north so no trains were running at all. I had to take the bus and it took twice as long to get home.

Well, at least now I know how to get home on the bus...

Girl Crush: Mindy Kaling

 
Mindy Kaling's new book is at the top of my "books to read" list. 
 
I think this girl is awesome.  I really, really do.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanks

My view at the orphan's Thanksgiving

Last night was my first Thanksgiving in Brooklyn.  My family called and texted throughout the day to tell me how much they missed me and I got to tell them how much I missed them.  I also had a weird exchange with my mom where she wanted to know where Jon was for the holiday.  When I asked her why she needed to know, her response was "Because I need to know!"  That was pretty cute.  

I got to spend the evening with my friends.  It was a really great night - lots of food, drinks, and music as well as a general feeling of gratitude to be in one another's company.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

People in My Neighborhood

My favorite boots - resoled, thus revived

These perfectly worn and distressed black boots were worn throughout this past fall, winter, and early spring.  I put them away when once, walking in the rain with Lisa to check out the shops in our neighborhood, I had to stop and stuff a plastic bag in the bottom of my shoe in order to protect my foot from the water that was seeping through the sole of my left boot.  These boots were sitting in my closet for a number of months until I finally decided to do some research to find a reasonably priced shoe repair shop in the neighborhood. 

I went on Yelp (of course) and searched for information about the shoe repair shop that I often pass on my way to the gym, right on Meserole.  I found out that the couple who run the shop are Korean and that they are also reasonably priced.  I went in last week and spoke to the ajumma in Korean.  I found it surprising how easily we were able to converse and felt that weird familiarity I get whenever I interact with older Korean people.  This past Monday I stopped by to pick up my boots.  I also got a chance to ask them where to find hodduk, per Jon's request.  The ajumma found it hilarious that my Caucasian boyfriend loved hodduk so much.  She said that had she known how much he loved it and had more time she would have made for us because she makes an excellent hodduk.  She also said that the more Korean food my boyfriend eats the more attractive he gets, right?  I laughed and agreed but didn't bother to tell her that Jon is the one in this relationship who knows how to make dukbokki and dakgalbi whereas I only know how to order Korean food. 

I know.  It's shameful.

So why am I bringing this up?  Well in the last month I feel as though I've had more interactions with Korean people than I have the entire year that I've lived here.  And it's happened out of nowhere.  For example, there is a fruit and vegetable store in my neighborhood with a really cute orange cat.  Sometimes if I'm passing by I'll stop in just to pet the cat (I know, ridiculous).  The last time I was in there I was looking at their selection of squash (while petting the cat) when I heard the women behind the counter speaking in Korean to each other.  I grabbed a squash and went up to make my purchase.  I asked them in Korean, "Are you Korean?"  They both smiled widely and said "Yes, we're Korean!" and we got to talking, mostly about how there are so few Korean people who live in the neighborhood.  Then last week I got a call in my office from one of the clinics asking me to come down and help a Korean woman fill out her paperwork.  I told them "Uh, I'm far from fluent.  You know that, right?"  Their response was to say that a little bit of Korean was better than no Korean.  I couldn't really argue with that.

I really miss being around Korean people.  I miss speaking Korean on a consistent basis and am wondering how I can involve myself with the Korean-American community here without joining a church.  I'm looking around for volunteer opportunities.  I've also promised myself to stop into the shoe repair shop and the fruit and vegetable shop at least once a week to say hello.  In Korean, of course. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tidbits and Some News

Scenes from last year's move
 
This weekend was great!  So great that I slept an ungodly amount of hours on Sunday.  Jon told me it was because my body needed the rest.  I told myself it was because I was reliving my old college days.  No no, I kid - none of that happened this weekend.  I think it was a case of me needing to have some deeply restorative sleep.  I felt like a slug for the rest of the day but it definitely did me some good to rest up.
 
Also, I think I may have lost my camera this weekend.  I'm kind of bummed because there were some sweet pictures from the weekend (including pictures of The Smiths cover band that we stumbled upon at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday - so weird!) but I'm secretly glad because now I can justify getting the upgraded version of that camera.  I'm going to search the apartment but I have a feeling it is gone.
 
Brian Bonz and the Major Crimes is your new favorite band.  Trust me.  I know they are for me! 
 
And finally, I've started writing for the brand new Girlish Zine.  I'm primarily responsible for posting to our tumblr.  I'll be posting three times a week including an advice column on Fridays.  If you have any questions (anything at all) you can send your questions to girlishzine@gmail.com or directly to me.  Seriously, ask me about anything. 
 
So that's about it for now.  More soon.
 
xo

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Weekend

 
I'm starting to get into the bad habit of drinking a second cup of coffee, except this one is normally consumed around 3 in the afternoon and not immediately after my normal morning coffee.  I know I should stop this habit while I can but dang it, I need the caffeine!  Especially tonight.
 
Right after work I am meeting one of my oldest friends along with his husband at Nizza for dinner.  Immediately after dinner I'll be heading to the Producers Club to see another friend perform in the opening night production of Summer in the City.
 
Saturday it's back to the city to see my friend play at The Mercury Lounge with Brian Bonz and the Major Crimes.
 
Sunday there was talk of seeing the newest Lars van Trier movie, Meloncholia
 
It's another very busy weekend.  I intend on getting out and having a run or bike ride (or maybe both) sometime this weekend.  I'm determined to get as much outdoor time as possible before the winter comes.
 
Enjoy your weekend!

Miranda July / It Chooses You

 
Miranda July has a pop up shop in Partners & Spade in NYC. 
 
Items include Japanese dolls sold as a set, a collection of 43 stolen oil paints, and a lucky pair of deer hooves given as a gift by a friend.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

One Year Ago


One year ago I was preparing to move east.  Tomorrow will be my first anniversary of living in New York.  I distinctly remember the conflicting feelings I had over moving.  Jon and I had recently met and fallen for each other, all the while knowing that the day I would be leaving Ohio was looming ahead of us.  We didn't know how we were going to make this long distance relationship work, only that it would because there was no other choice.  I remember wondering how I would adjust to a new city and how much I was going to miss my family and friends.  I also wondered about how my relationships would change with me being so far away.

I'm glad to say that this last year has been relatively easy.  Living in New York is in itself very hard.  Well, at least compared to life in the Midwest.  Living here is of course completely different from visiting but really, I love it.  Yes, I miss my friends and family and boyfriend but these relationships and emotional connections have managed to be maintained and to grow, even while factoring in the large distance between me and Ohio.  I've also made some friends here who are very important to me while also getting reacquainted with old friends who had moved to Brooklyn years before me.  And of course, having my best friend less than 5 minutes walking distance away from me has been a luxury that I have quickly become accustomed to.

This year went by so quickly.  I feel like I only just got here but at the same time I feel like I've lived in Brooklyn for years and years.  Time has a weight about it here.  I think it's because you try and cram so many things into a day.  The end result is a week feeling like a month.

People tell me the first year in a new city is the hardest and that it gets better from there.  My first year was pretty amazing and easy.  There were a few moments of home sickness and general depression but in all honesty it was one of the easiest transitions I've ever experienced.  I count myself very lucky and am very thankful for that.

I'm so excited to see what this next year will bring. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another Rad Sing-Along at The Bell House





I'm so excited!  Tonight The Bell House is hosting another sing-along.  This time it's for The Sound of Music!  (My 9 year old self just started squealing and jumping up and down.  My 32 year old self just rolled my eyes at my 9 year old self.)

From the event page:

"The hills are alive with the Sound of Music Sing-Along! In celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the opening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, it's a Sound of Music theme party where we'll be watching and singing-along with the Julie Andrews classic that reminds us all that we were once 16 going on 17. Now, how can we possibly know all the words, you ask? Easy! All the words to the songs will be up on the big screen, subtitled for your reading and singing pleasure. So, you can sing-along until it's time to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night.

Join us for a night of fun, singing and fleeing from the Nazis! We'll be celebrating with a few of our favorite things including:
-Dress up as a nun, put on your best lederhosen or just whip something up from your leftover curtains for the Costume Contest!
-Test out your lungs during the Yodel Off!
-Themed drinks including The Lonely Goatherd, the Von Trapp, Edelweiss and more!
-Tea with Jam and Bread!
-Sound of Music Trivia Competition!
-Pin the Tail on the Goat Contest!
-Interactive games and props to use during the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show style!
-Brown paper packages wrapped up in string!

It's cold out so don't forget your warm, woolen mittens!

** Please note this event will be mixed seated and standing, arrive early for best seat selection."

It's $8 to get in.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8.

This movie was a big part of my childhood and you better believe I'll be singing along to every single song.  There were a couple parts that always really bugged me.

Leisl's "WHEEEEEEEEE!!!!" after Rolf kisses her and then runs away.  Ugh.  Hated it.

And then the dance in the gazebo between Maria and Captain Von Trapp.  I thought that was weird.  Not romantic and sweet but weird.

I wonder what the movie's going to be like after a drink or two...  Could it possibly make it even more awesome?  I'll let you know.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Murmuration


This video is incredible and so very beautiful.  It made my heart leap with joy.

I hope you feel it, too.

Enjoy the weekend!

Skinny vs Strong

Strong is the new skinny
 
Today I read this article about what it means to be "skinny fat".  Basically, it means that your weight may be in the "normal" range but your body fat percentage is very high, thus having no muscle and lots of squishiness all over.
 
Hm, something to think about.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kitten Covers







Your most loved album covers.  With kittens.  

Things to Remember for This Week

Tonight, my friend is lugging her sewing machine down to the City Reliquary for a craft night.  I couldn't find any information on their website but did find the event details through The Corduroy Appreciation Club.  Tonight's craft event is part of The Eleven Days of Corduroy

From their website:

"City Reliquary Craftser in Residence, Anna Grant, leads a bow tie and fascinator-making workshop to keep you in line. Corduroy for crafting will be provided, as will the finest in Corduroy embellishments and Corduroy-inspired refreshments.

Suggested donation: $5. Or you could make it $11, if you are feeling wealthy and generous and have 11 singles or a $10 bill and a single."

Also tonight, the Secret Science Club has another FREE meeting at The Bell House.  They will present a live screening of NOVA's "The Fabric of the Cosmos" with special guest astrophysicist Summer Ash.  You can find all of the details for tonight's event here.  I suggest getting there early in order to grab a seat as these events are packed.  Doors open at 7:30pm and the event starts around 8:00pm.  Last month there was a line already formed before the doors open.  Once they let us into the space there was a mad dash to claim seats and space.  Within twenty minutes the entire venue was packed.  Consider yourself forewarned.



Tomorrow evening, another friend of mine will be reading some of his work at LaunchPad in Prospect Heights as part of their monthly (and FREE) Renegade Reading Series.   Twelve authors read their work every second Thursday of every month.

From the event page:

"Friends! I invite you all to the Renegade Reading at LaunchPad! The event will take place from 8 to 11pm. Readings start promptly at 9:00pm. The first - and hopefully last - hour will consist of wine drinking, cupcake eating, chatting, flirting, and general shenanigans."

I defnitely enjoy shenanigans, especially if cupcakes and wine are involved.  :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NYC Marathon

Marathon runners in Greenpoint!

The night before the marathon I stayed up a little later and made a sign.  Inspired by my friend Pete and his recent and very impressive High Five Running stint during the Columbus Half Marathon, I wrote in large letters "HIGH FIVES to Help You Stay Alive!

I woke up early the next morning and walked down to Manhattan Avenue.  Greenpoint was right at the halfway point of the marathon.  As I grabbed a cup of coffee I saw the elite women zoom down the street.  I knew this meant that the elite men's group wouldn't be too far behind.  I got a spot almost at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenue and kept my sign folded up as I figured the elite runners wouldn't want to pause for a high five.  The men's leaders ran by soon after I found my spot.  After about twenty minutes the throngs of runners from the first wave started coming through.  I unfolded my sign and immediately started high fiving people and stayed there for the next four hours.

Being a spectator for this event is an awesome experience.  I knew people would be tired and starting to hit a wall so I wanted to make sure to be there to help them rally.  I yelled encouraging things almost the entire time.  "You look awesome!" and "You're halfway there!  You can do it!"  I could see people reading my sign and then saw them smile.  Some people ran over to me from across the street for a high five.  Several people grabbed and squeezed my hand *hard* as they ran by.  Many people smiled and said thank you.  Two people who were walking by grabbed a high five and then immediately started running.  Speaking from my own experience, getting high fived while running makes me really happy.  I don't know how else to describe it.  To be able to make that connection with someone else gives me a boost of energy.  I hope I was able to do the same for the runners who ran through the neighborhood. 

A few things I noticed.

The French people who were running the race were SO HAPPY!  Every single one of them looked so thrilled to be running and passed by with huge smiles on their faces.

I saw about eight Koreans running the race and so of course I yelled at them in Korean.  Apparently my Korean has not deteriorated too much as they all enthusiastically waved and/or fist pumped in response to what I said. 

I need to work on my high five aim.  Thankfully, at one point an older Polish man stood behind me and started handing out high fives as well, thus catching those missed high fives. 

The North Brooklyn Runners are ROCK STARS.  I think I want to check out their Monday night beginner runs.

Looking forward to next year!   

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Weekend

I had my scarf looped around my neck a little tighter this morning on my way to the train.  It was a little overcast and more than a little windy.  That coupled with the crunchy dead leaves underfoot made it a decidedly fall morning.  I love it!

This weekend starts off with me working the door for tonight's Shambhala Dance Hall

From their website:

"This is a community dance, modeled after NYC's Barefoot Boogie and Boston's Dance Freedom. Come freestyle dance in Shambhala's beautiful studio."

Admission is a sliding scale fee, $5 - $10. 

Saturday my friends and I will be heading back down to Prospect Heights for an evening at the Brooklyn Museum for another installment of their Target First Saturdays.  I'm hoping that we get to check out any one of the new eateries that have recently opened in that neighborhood before getting lost in the museum.

Sunday I'm planning on getting up early to cheer on the participants of the New York City MarathonBrokelyn has a great list of the best marathon watching spots in Brooklyn.  My lovely little neighborhood, Greenpoint, is on the list.  My plan is to post up right at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenue, get highly caffeinated, and yell encouraging things to everyone who runs by.  I'm hoping to be able to see a couple of my friends who are running the marathon so that I can give them a high five as they run by. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

On Missing Someone

Me and Jon at his brother's wedding this past weekend.
This past weekend was spent in downtown Detroit with Jon and his family for his brother's wedding.  I was able to meet his entire extended family for the first time.  Did I mention that his mother is one of ten children?  Yes, one of ten - five girls and five boys.  Needless to say there were lots of introductions and a few times where I whispered to Jon that I would never remember everyone's names.  (Apparently he had a hard time remembering everyone's names as well when he was younger so he told me I shouldn't worry about it.)
Nearly everyone lives close to where they grew up in Southern Ohio, right outside of Cincinnati.  Jon's grandmother, along with several of his aunts and cousins, told me how important family is to them.  This family is one that not only loves each other but genuinely likes one another.  That was pretty awesome to witness.
So, what does this have to do with me missing people?  Well, over the weekend I started thinking about my own little (by comparison) family.  My brother and I are very close and my relationship with my parents is the best it's been thus far in my adult life.  Sadly I won't be seeing them until the holidays in December.  Being with Jon and finding time for just the two of us amidst the insanity of the wedding weekend was amazing as usual but we won't be seeing each other for over a month as we are both trying to save money by lengthening the time between visits.  Knowing this of course made me sad.  Seeing photos from Halloween of my friends and their children made me miss those chilly fall nights we would sit and pass out candy, carve pumpkins, and share a whiskey or two by a backyard bonfire.  I think the fall weather is making me nostalgic.
The question of whether I would ever move back to Ohio came up a few times this past weekend.  The answer is yes, of course I would move back.  The question is not if but when - when would that happen?  I'm certainly not ready to leave New York.  I've only just gotten here and want to stay here for a long while.
But being happy in New York doesn't change the fact that I really miss those that I left in Ohio. 
It does make me appreciate the time we have together that much more.
But I still miss people. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MUJI Touchscreen Gloves

 
Just in time for the cooler weather, MUJI offers knit gloves that have a conductive material woven into the thumb and forefinger.  That means you can keep your fingers warm and still use your touchscreen devices.  Genius!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wild Flag

This made my riot grrl heart skip a beat.

Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (from Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), and Rebecca Cole (The Minders) are in a band.  And it's good, real good.  



Friday, October 28, 2011

The Weekend

This weekend I'll be traveling to Detroit for Jon's brother's wedding.  I'm looking foward to finally meeting his entire extended family, catching up with his parents and grandmother, and of course spending time with him.  Sadly, this means I'll be missing all the Halloween fun in New York but Lisa and I have made plans to watch the parade on Monday. 

Be safe and enjoy your weekend! 

Mornings

My morning coffee cart got some new to go coffee cups. 
I was talking to a girlfriend last night about moving.  She doesn't hate where she is but she definitely needs a change of environment.  I told her what I tell myself all the time.  If you love it more than you hate it then stay.  If you hate it more than you love it then it's time to go.  This kind of thinking can be applied to any location and any situation.  For a while I thought it only made sense for New York because even if you love it there are many, many things to hate about living here.

Like this morning for instance.  I walked out from my apartment and immediately turned around and went back inside to change into a heavier coat because it is COLD today!  A jacket just didn't cut it.  The reminder that winter is on its way immediately soured my mood.  My train came on time but for some reason it was completely packed, like doors having to open and close several times at nearly every stop because people were packed in so tightly.  It hasn't been like this in months!  And I get up early specifically to avoid dealing with a train crammed full of people!  Then, while waiting in line for my usual morning coffee, this middle aged white man steps backward to make some room for someone without checking to see if someone is behind him (and it goes without saying that you should always check around you because it's safe to assume that someone will be behind you no matter where you are in New York) and steps squarely on my foot.  I said "Oh my god!".  He turned and said "Oh."  Oh?  OH???  No apology?  No nothing?  Just "Oh"?  I wanted to shame him for not apologizing but instead glared at him a few times, unwilling to expend the effort in talking that early in the morning.  I was in such a crappy mood but that changed when my coffee was handed to me.  This morning it came in a classic New York coffee cup - blue, iconic, and a total surprise.  Funny how a little thing like that changed my entire mood.  


Oh yes.  And the caffeine helped, too.