Right, so I'm going to give it to you straight up.
I'm still obviously very much in the middle of a blogging rut, but I miss this space so much. Every evening, I tentatively open Blogger in the hopes that the words will start to flow, but nopity nope nope.
("Wait, you've been gone?" I can hear you ask quizzically. YES. Tell me you missed me, friends, tell me!!) I thought brain-dumping some of the things I have been doing when I haven't been blogging would be the best course of action for today, and so here we go. Slow and steady.
"You want a wand for your 23rd birthday present?" How dare my sister doubt my birthday wishes! The celebrations were a'plenty this year: from socks and In-N-Out to nightgowns to freshly baked cookies to fuzzy blankets and homemade noodles hand-pulled by my mama and a big ol' pink ice cream cake eaten while surrounded by my family at home in Houston, all I can say is: my people really know me.
And yes, my sister kind soul that she is, humored me with wandever I wanted and sent me to Hogwarts for a weekend which I HAVE SO MUCH TO TELL YOU ABOUT. Best day ever.
When the 3pm slump rolls around on a Tuesday, thinking of the weekend ahead is all that keeps me from running right on out of the office towards what can only be bad news. My homebody heart has overexerted itself for the past few weekends: birthday celebrations (for others I've deemed worthy enough to share my birthday month), driving to Berkeley to get our grubby hands on some Artichoke Basille crab pizza (which we first fell in love with in New York a couple of years ago), indoor putt putt, Los Angeles, Harry Potter World, happy reunions, it's been exhausting but so very worth it.
On deck: Los Angeles and Paso Robles!
Reunited, And It Feels So Good
Speaking of reunions, there have been quite a few for me in the past weeks!
To me, one of the happiest things that could happen is hearing from or seeing a friend you haven't chatted with in awhile. It's mind-blowing what a few weeks or months can bring in terms of life changes, perspective shifts, and new experiences, and you lose out on learning so much of what's happening in your friends' lives when you don't have a daily or weekly pulse on them.
I ran into a favorite friend from college (literally) (well, she was running) right outside of my apartment, had an impromptu meet-up with my Croatia crew from this past summer, and caught up with various college friends at birthday parties and bars and alumni events. Such a trip to see everyone so unchanged and yet so evolved in not even a year.
Facebook has also brought to my attention that 98% of the people I know from middle and high schools are maniacally 1) getting engaged or 2) birthing children. Fine, not 98%. It's more like... 97%. What is happening, make it stop.
That book you see making several appearances in this post is called Girl At War. It's become an inside joke with my friends that I've been managing to bring this book up in conversation no matter what topic we're currently discussing, but it's just that good, I promise. It's a fictional story about a young girl growing up during the Yugoslavia Civil War (which you know is a time and place I'm now obsessed with). I started it on my birthday while on an airplane and then once I landed, I raced home to finish it, that's how amazing it is. Heartwrenching yet hopeful, gut-punching yet beautiful. Read it.
In other 'Culture' news, I've been hooked on podcasts because #commute (and so repeated every millennial ever). Current favorites include 2 Dope Queens and Anna Faris Is Unqualified. Any recommendations?
One more thing: Medium. I love it, and have taken to starting my lunch break with a top article or two. What about you – are you on Medium?
Okay, wait, one more I swear: how is it fair that Broad City Season 3 ended a hot second after it finally returned? Broad City's one of those rare shows that manages to get funnier as time goes on, and I need it back in my life. ASAP. (I will accept the Gilmore Girls revival as a consolation prize if it would like to be released NOW.)
Work Work Work Work Work
...okay, and now that song will be stuck in my head for the next eight hours.
The majority of my time is spent at the office, and besides the fact that I do miss my daily naps and find myself drained at the end of the day, that statement doesn't scare the crap out of me like it once did. I love my coworkers, I find my job rewarding, I'm learning something new every day, aaaaand we recently added some office space, part of which is a skydeck that we've been using for happy hours and Taco Tuesdays and will be using as a sunny workspace all summer long! Can't complain!
Happy Mother's Day
Crazy how a $14 bedskirt can make my room feel 90x more grown up. Fact. I can cite my sources if you need me to.
Also crazy how putting that bedskirt on by myself can make me feel all I am woman, hear me roar!!!
I'm in need of a haircut. Badly. Desperately.
I've been frantically practicing my Queen Bey lyrics in anticipation for her concert next week, what what!!
Consider this brain, dumped. OK, hit me up. What's new with you? I want to know it all!