A little bit of kitty and a whole lot of city

Etc Jun 27

long hair vs short hair: the pros, the cons & that time i had a weird in-between thing going on

DISCLAIMER: This is not an open forum to share your opinion on which haircut looks better. They’re like children to me in the sense that I love each of them equally but differently. Be nice to my children, will you? Long hair, PRO*: Most guys like it. Okay, all guys. I genuinely wish this wasn’t true – apparently, Heath Ledger loved a great pixie – but in my highly scientific study of one, every single ex-boyfriend has requested it long. Cavemen, they are. *I present this as a hesitant pro – ultimately, you do you, ladies. Short hair, PRO: Bedhead looks purposeful. Long hair, PRO: I felt more feminine. Don’t get me wrong – I felt like a lady with short… Read More

Etc Jun 03

things i’m not worrying about anymore

The first one being, starting any posts with a proper introduction. Doing yoga. I’m sure it would be fantastic for me, super-energizing and healthy. I’m sure I would glow. Meditation would probably be swell, too. But how and when and why I relieve my stress is up to me and I don’t get all preachy to you about the merits of walking 30 city blocks while listening to Barry Manilow, do I? DO I? Being polite. Beyond common courtesy and general respect, of course. Being polite IS a good thing, mostly. What I mean by this, really, is making time in my life for people unable to see past themselves, past the short-term, past the me, me, me. Relationships are based on… Read More

Travel May 17

an aesthetically-pleasing alphabetical photo journey through costa rica

So Costa Rica was a trip. Both in the literal sense: a trip we went on as well as a verb, meaning, it was an intense, stimulating, and exciting experience. (Dictionary.com.) I’m not really in the mood to use my words right now (also a recurring problem when I was two years old), so forgive me and look at these jungle-y photos instead. (Spotify recommendation while you scroll: “Welcome to the Jungle,” by Guns N’ Roses.) I’ve done you the service of including alphabetical captions, so that you and children under 5 can follow along.   Apartments that include monkey corridors. I repeat: In Costa Rica, there are apartments for sale that include monkey corridors. Run, do not walk, to your nearest… Read More

Travel May 08

flying makes me overly-emotional and sweaty: one woman’s saga

For 26 years, I loved to fly. Then one flight from Houston, Texas to New York City changed it all. It was a series of botched “attempts” to land at La Guardia in the middle of the night, resulting in the roughest, craziest, is-this-plane-flying-sideways-through-Manhattan experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of, well, experiencing. (Also: did you know that up until the millisecond you land at LaGuardia you’re over water? Who thought of that cruel trick?) And let us not discuss the joyride from JFK to Boulder, where the plane filled with smoke upon takeoff and we were forced to make an emergency landing at Newark. (Quickest flight ever.) So, in short: I don’t do well on planes. I get all in… Read More

Travel Apr 01

i came to california and my headaches stopped

Really. They stopped. Magic. Or is it something in the West Coast air? Something a little…eerie, perhaps? Canoes have teeth. Sandals triple in size. Flowers morph into peacocks. Homes don’t shave. Canals sprout in homeowner’s backyards. Bananas exist outside of Aisle 3. Dara is capable of joy. I let someone else take my photo. New York taxis become lifeguard vehicles. (You cannot hail them, I tried.) Malibu is a place, not a Barbie. Zuma, also, a beach apparently, not Gwen Stefani’s child. Snow is sand. Food carts are beach-side shacks. Pigeons wear seagull costumes. Heathens are allowed into five-star hotels. Ceilings are tiled. Plants resemble green snowmen. Typewriters soar through the air. (More on that here.) Museums have putting greens.… Read More