Currently Reading: Bill Bryson

Every so often (okay, okay, so a lot more often than not) I read things that are unrelated to my dissertation. Bill Bryson always makes me lol. (From Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe) If you aren’t familiar with Bryson, or the obvious fan that I am, I’d recommend starting with The …

the BIG move

Well, it has been two weeks. The first week, I spent getting oriented to my new home (re: dorm), the area (re: South London), and being back in school (re: a ton of reading and almost as much writing). Last week, I spent reading (see definition of graduate school) and …

on the eve of my 30th birthday

There’s been a lot going on, like my recently launched smear campaign against Mary Jean* at my local post office, but also visiting friends, a short-term career at UPS** (I’m absolutely the worst person in the world to not even give a glimmer of a schedule. If I don’t have …

#thestruggleisreal

When I was packing to leave Zambia, I had a few rules for my clothing: I brought nothing back to the US that had spots or holes. This narrowed my wardrobe by over half and crippled my ability to actually make a clothing choice. I’ve never considered myself to be particularly …

perfectly unsafe

Do you ever have moments when suddenly, the thing that you have wanted seems much, much more daunting than you realized?   I think you probably have. Cause I wanted to hang out with those lions real bad… right up until the moment when I realized I would actually have …

changes are a comin’

People tell me a lot that I don’t post enough. Or at least that I’m not super consistent. And if you are a closer follower (and I will assume you are because you are reading this now) you will see that it has been over a month since my last …

the big things

Most of the time, it is the small things that make 8,500 miles feel like such a huge expanse. It is the lack of peanut butter m&m’s and doublestuf oreos. It is missing out on a game of Settlers of Catan or this Needtobreathe/Ben Rector tour. It is knowing that …

footing it

My car is broken.   Over the past few months, the car that I drive every day has been rebelling against me in a serious way. It started slowly, sometimes not cranking immediately, but then sometimes the engine would purr like a contented cat.   And now, sometimes the car …

gold

I have a pair of gold sandals. These sandals are the literal opposite of special. They are Target brand flat sandals with fraying threads at almost every seam. They are Target brand sandals that I bought at a thrift store – in 2009. Back then, I committed the cardinal sin …