Friday, December 12, 2014

friday flashback: summer nights at the fair

I hate winter. Like, pretty much I hate everything about it (except for Christmas, fiiiine). I'm a summer girl through and through—I love California, love beaches and picnics and bike rides, love the month of June. So, because I'm stuck in Michigan at the moment freezing my tuckus off, I thought I'd reminisce about summertime. :) These photos are from when Henrik and I rode our bikes to the fair this summer. Town fairs are the best! When summer rolls around again, check your town paper to see if any are around, and then go! This one was in the parking lot of a high school here in Ann Arbor. :) It's a cheap, fun date, and who can say no to cotton candy and popcorn??

green figure skater dress: American Apparel | lace collared blouse: vintage | glitter Juju jelly sandals: ASOS
smiley hologram bag: Sway Chic

Thursday, December 11, 2014

home for the holidays: how to pack for holiday traveling

It's finals week just about everywhere right now, which means soon folks will be traveling for the break. Some people are lucky enough to live a stone's throw from their parents/grandparents/assorted relations, but a lot of us aren't. As someone who has lived far away from my family for about 4 years now, I've gotten the hang of this whole "fly in from another state and stay for 2 weeks in your childhood bedroom" thing. There's a lot that goes into traveling this time of year, from booking flights to packing sweaters and gifts to surviving winter weather delays. (Curse you, polar vortex!) I thought I'd share some general holiday traveling tips for making this Xmas season go as smoothly as possible—I can't control what your nutty uncle says after too much eggnog, but I can at least help get you there to witness it.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

'Tis the season for festivities! Though Henrik and I are in the middle of Finals Week Hell (I believe it's in the 5th circle of Dante's inferno—wrath), we're putting aside time to gaze fondly at our tree and eat sweets and buy presents—because it's Christmastime! 

I made a pledge this year to shop locally or from small businesses, and each of my loved ones is getting at least one book. I asked my students earlier this semester how many books they had in their dorm rooms (not counting required textbooks), and many of them said none! As in zero books! What madness is this?! I don't even have enough room on my bookshelves for all the books I own—they're stacked up against the walls in teetering, hip-level columns. As a writer, I feel an obligation to support other writers by buying and giving away books whenever possible. As an educator, I also feel an obligation to encourage reading all the time. So, this Christmas: books for everyone. What do I recommend?

1. For the sensitive, reflective person (or someone who needs a little more calm in their life): Jane Hirshfield's Given Sugar, Given Salt [indiebound | amazon]
2. For the thinker: Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams [Graywolf Press | indiebound | amazon]
3. For the reluctant reader: Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York [indiebound | amazon]
4. For the activist: Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric [Graywolf Press | indiebound | amazon]
5. For the artsy teen/twenty-something: Tavi Gevinson's Rookie Yearbook Three [indiebound | amazon]
6. For the scientist/animal lover: Eugene Linden's Parrot's Lament [amazon]

Happy early Christmas/finals time to you all! I'm going to continue procrastinating by playing Smash Bros. and chasing Sylvia around the apartment.

And for your viewing pleasure, a bunch of pictures of me forcing Sylvie-the-Grinch to get in the spirit.

jeans: Urban Outfitters (similar) | sweater: vintage (similar) | glasses: Firmoo


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