Things I Like About Being Home:

  1. Food, for the most part. Mom’s been on another health kick lately, so the refrigerator is full of almond milk and old oatmeal. This is a good thing, since my diet at school consists mostly of microwavable meals from Trader Joe’s (nom) and spaghetti. Being home also usually means that I’m going to visit family in the near future, which means I get to gorge myself on whatever that family member or the restaurant we decide to go to is serving. And that is usually quite good.
  2. Being able to see the stars at night. I think I kind of took advantage of that privilege when I was in high school. I never really noticed how amazing a clear night can be until I moved to the city where the night sky is constantly blank.
  3. My dog, Teddy. He’s kind of the best. If you ever have the opportunity to adopt a cockapoo (cocker spaniel and poodle mix), take it.
  4. Tea. And lots of it.
  5. My car. I really enjoy the freedom of being able to drive wherever I want. I love public transportation, but it’s very limited in Philly. Having the freedom to drive to the mall without worrying about walking through a sketchy neighborhood or getting dropped off five miles from your final destination is the best.
  6. Coffee shops galore! Sure, there are hundreds in Philly, some just a few blocks from campus, but again, they’re a hassle to get to. The ones in my hometown are easy to get to and I feel super comfortable working in them. Milkboy Coffee and the Gryphon Cafe are my two homes not so far from home.
  7. Netflix on my Wii. I don’t often watch Doctor Who on an actual television, but when I do, it is glorious.
  8. High school friends.
  9. My parents.
  10. My baby grand piano. I only really play it when I’m alone in the house (self-consciousness for the win), but I really love it. It looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, and is beautiful.

The Worst Return to Blogging Ever Written on the Face of the Internet

In the last 48 hours I’ve been reminded both of how awesome life can be and how much it can suck. Particularly, the very level of suckage it can reach.

One of my floormates passed away a few days ago, very suddenly and very tragically. Yes, I’m ok (for the most part), thanks for asking. I spent the last two days with my friends and my mom, going to shows, going out for meals, and just basically doing anything to distract myself. And it’s been really helpful and I’m so thankful for the wonderful people in my life.

If anything, this has been a lesson in immediacy. You know, just doing what you want to do instead of putting it off forever. You only have so much time on this earth, why spend it doing something you don’t want to do?

It’s more difficult than that, though, especially when you haven’t a fucking clue what you want to do. Life does take a fair amount of contemplation. You can’t fly by the seat of your pants forever.

As I’m writing this I see that it’s an utterly horrible way to return to blogging and that this blog (or at least the three posts currently on it) is totally depressing. That’s not what I wanted at all. I want this blog to be fun and upbeat, but still thought-provoking.

And not all about me, for God’s sake.

So, that is what it’s going to be. Although, I’m having trouble defining just how it’s going to be that. So, that’s where I need your help. What do you want to see from me?

I’d love to write more about travel and the arts and whatnot, even if it’s just local travel, or mind travel (eat that shit up, hipsters). So, how do I go about doing that? If you have any suggestions or any topic requests or anything at all to say, please let me know in the comments. I want this shit to be interactive, yo.