Thursday, April 26, 2012

Looking' good.

Most days I love my job....

Today wasn't necessarily one of those days. Though I do love my boss, who braved the bedbugs with me.

I am not "crazy"

The other day I had a really lovely afternoon in the park with some of my girlfriends, discussing bell hooks' Feminism is for Everybody and talking through some of our own experiences with sexism. I realized that there is a lot I need to work through, a lot of insecurities, shame, and confusion that I have experienced often as a result of being female in a male-dominant society. I know it sounds silly and ridiculous to most people, and a lot of folks are probably rolling their eyes while reading this... But if you want to know why I feel this way and why it is important for me to understand who I am as a woman (rather than despite being a woman), you should read this article about the portrayal of women as being "crazy". The article is written by a man who is very well-spoken, respectful, and responsible with his status as a male. I actually cried while reading this article because it illuminated a lot of the insecure ways I act- apologizing before I speak, qualifying everything I say, being scared of disagreeing with others, being fearful of showing my emotions too obviously.

I love being a woman, don't get me wrong about that. But I don't love how my sex is portrayed or treated in the media and, unfortunately, in every-day life. Particularly upsetting is seeing the ways that women have internalized so much of this sexism and treat one another in demeaning or sexist ways. We have to realize how we have been conditioned by society to feel about ourselves, and then we have to figure out how to realize that our voices are so much more powerful, meaningful, and important than society would have us believe.

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
-Gloria Steinem

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Oh, Rufus Wainwright. How you continually steal my heart. I've been obsessively listening to his new album, Out of the Game, which releases May 1st. NPR is featuring a "First Listen" of the album, which has been streaming all day at my office. Thank you, Rufus, for writing another brilliantly beautiful album.

Let's be honest, if Rufus was straight & I was single.... well, y'know.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Laugh Out Loud.

This video is seriously one of the funniest things I've ever seen:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Drumroll, please....

And, our "big" announcement.... we're MOVING! Hurray! (everyone who reads this blog already knows this. whatever.)

We'll be moving next Saturday into our beatiful new home (well, not "ours" in the ownership sort of way... we're still renting) in the Woodbine community. It's lovely. Want me to tell you why? Here are the amazing features of our new home:
  • hardwood floors. YES.
  • 2-story, with the master bedroom, bathroom, & walk-in closet on the top level.
  • fenced-in backyard.
  • huge front porch with a porch swing.
  • balcony out of the upstairs bedroom.
  • lovely kitchen & dining nook.
  • walking distance to the library, park, & community center.
  • in a neighborhood, meaning we can actually go for walks.
  • dogs allowed. hallelujah.
  • living room, office, & tv room downstairs.
  • hardwood floors.
  • and, did I mention?... hardwood floors.
I'm so ready to get the packing & moving all done with. And of course now I'm dreaming of all the new things we want/need for our new home. Especially this amazing desk/shelving unit from Ikea.

And, of course.....

Friday, April 13, 2012

Best Friend Birthday(s).

Happiest of birthdays to my dear Stephanie. We've been friends for, what, 4 years now? It's been a wonderful ride, and I feel so blessed to have such a strong, beautiful, courageous, and caring woman as my friend. She cares so much for others and has a passion for bettering the world. She stands her ground for the things that are most important, which is hard to come by these days. My friendship with her is one of my most cherished relationships, and I have learned so much from her. We've been through a lot together and, I daresay, have taught each other a lot about friendship.

Steph, happy 23rd birthday! I love you!

One of my favorite photos from the wedding.

And, I'd like to add a belated birthday post for another best friend, my wonderful SD. Sarah's birthday was mid-February, and I was in a weird selfish funk & missed my chance for a birthday post. So Sarah, happy belated blog birthday. SD has also been my friend for 4ish years now, and we've been through the thick & thin of college together. I love Sarah, and she brings so much joy and sunshine to my life. She is one of those people that legitimately makes a room glow whenever she enters. Her joy is infectious. She is so caring, empathetic, talented like you've never seen, beautiful, and intelligent. I should've said all of that to her & on my blog back in February. Sorry for the belatedness, girlfriend.

me, Steph, & Sarah this past summer.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have girlfriends that stick through life with me, even when I definitely don't deserve it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Playing along

I'm playing along with Stephanie's and Ashley's posts about their favorite things. Their lists are great... you should check them out! Thanks for letting me play along, ladies. I like having an excuse to list off all of the things I love! :-)

My favorite letter is S.
My favorite number is 24 (only because those are my two favorite numbers to write).
My favorite color is teal.
My favorite flowers are wildflowers.
My favorite place is Oxford, England.
My favorite animals are otters.
My favorite smell is lemon.
My favorite season is early-spring.
My favorite food is asparagus.
My favorite show is Downton Abbey.
My favorite candy is white chocolate.
My favorite movie is Princess Bride.
My favorite time is 10:00am on a Sunday (sleeping in, duh).
My favorite band is Iron & Wine (I know, I know... technically not a "band").
My favorite drink is margaritaaaaaa!
My favorite book is Harry Potter/Sense & Sensibility (they're just so different).
My favorite word is indubitably.
My favorite thing is a nap.

What are your favorites?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fiero Photo Shoot.

I don't know how he does it, but Fiero is just always camera-ready. He is constantly striking an adorable pose. Honest to goodness, 80%+ of the photos on my phone are of Fiero, in moments of cuteness where there was no time to get the actual camera. Well, during these fun times of packing, when the apartment is full of boxes & trash (aka- the two best cat toys ever), he has not been lacking in cuteness.

For example:

I call this one, "My Cat, the Sorority Sister"

And then there's the classic "Sleeping Fiero":

And who could resist these:

Don't get me wrong, I love my Corduroy girl just as much as Fiero. But she's more cuddly-cute, not so much photo-cute. Photos of her mostly end up like this:

And I love my cuddly-cute moments with her that never get photographed.

I think I have the two weirdest cats in the world, but I love them so much for it. I hope they don't hate me when we get a dog.

Bed Bugs Suck.

At work next week, this will be me:

I'm serious. And no, they are not astronauts.... Unfortunately.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

10 Months

On this day 10 months ago, Nathan & I became husband & wife. I can't believe it's been that long.... But it also somehow seems like it's always been this way. It's hard to remember life before Nathan. I am so blessed to have such an incredible partner living life alongside me, there to share in my joys & sorrows. 10 months down, many many more to go.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Not a Pretty Girl

I am not a pretty girl
that is not what I do
I ain't no damsel in distess
and I don't need to be rescued
so put me down punk
maybe you'd prefer a maiden fair
isn't there a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere

I am not an angry girl
but it seems like I've got everyone fooled
every time I say something they find hard to hear
they chalk it up to my anger
and never to their own fear
and imagine you're a girl
just trying to finally come clean
knowing full well they'd prefer you
were dirty and smiling

and I am sorry
I am not a maiden fair
and I am not a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere

and generally my generation
wouldn't be caught dead working for the man
and generally I agree with them
trouble is you gotta have youself an alternate plan
and I have earned my disillusionment
I have been working all of my life
and I am a patriot
I have been fighting the good fight
and what if there are no damsels in distress
what if I knew that and I called your bluff?
don't you think every kitten figures out how to get down
whether or not you ever show up

I am not a pretty girl
I don't want to be a pretty girl
no I want to be more than a pretty girl

"Not a Pretty Girl" by Ani Difranco

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Tonight, Nathan & I watched a film I've been longing to watch: Ingredients, an excellent documentary about the importance of the growing local food movement.

I must say, I am so glad we finally watched it. This film not only pointed out the incredible injustices--economic, environmental, medical, etc--of the current state of food in our nation, but it also showed the hope available in local farming & gardening. Watching this film didn't necessarily teach me anything new... I already knew how unhealthy and inefficient our food system is in this nation. What this film did do is give me a sense of empowerment regarding what I choose to consume. Ingredients reminded me that I have the right to eat well, and with that right comes the responsibility to support my local farmers.

I am so happy that we are supporting a local farm & getting incredibly fresh, organic, sustainable, delicious produce in return... It's really a great deal. And Nathan and I are already planning how we're going to cultivate and support ourselves with the garden we'll have in a month or so. I must say, working in a garden/farm to grow healthy & beautiful food is one of the most rewarding and powerful experiences. Working with Nashville Food Project has been such a blessing, and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands dirty in my own yard.

One other thing I loved about Ingredients is that it acknowledges the financial constraints that making eating locally & organically so incredibly difficult for many Americans. And because our nation, government, and society have not deemed local, sustainable agriculture as a right for all Americans, it has become an upper-class luxury in some regards. But this film directs us toward how to make fresh food possible for all. It must be something that our nation deems worthy of focus. To me, it is vital. I struggle with how to live this out in my own life, when bills seem never ending, and take-out sounds easier than cooking. Yet, I know that I need to try as hard as I can to remember how much I owe it to myself to eat well, straight from the ground.

Also, I ate an asparagus straight from the ground yesterday & it was literally the most delicious asparagus spear I have ever tasted. It was tender, as if I had just poached it. And the flavor was almost unbelievable... It had a nutty flavor I've never tasted in asparagus before. That experience in & of itself alone justifies eating fresh from the ground.

Anyways, you should watch Ingredients. I hope that my generation can help refocus the national attitude toward agriculture. Here's to trying.

Do I sound like a hippie? I know, I know.