Sunday, January 25, 2015


Hurrah for outside art!!
We saw this building from a distance and I was so intrigued by the men standing on the steeple, so we drove until we found it.

Chinatown rooftops.

Claudia's feet mid-air as she books it up the Rocky stairs. (Also, never seen that movie. And realizing lately that I've never seen most movies.)

The loveliest architecture.
The prettiest!

Doors that open up into midair!? Yes, please! (The only thing scarier is SINK HOLES.)

Whitney (roommate), and Claudia (Whitney’s co-worker/one of my favorite New York friends), and I decided we needed a last-minute getaway out of the city. (And thank goodness for friends with cars. I've learned that friends with cars are invaluable in this place.) We drove to Philadelphia on Friday and came back on Saturday. I love spending time with Claudia and Whitney because they are genuine, real, and substantial. I’m kind of picky about travel companions, but Whitney and Claudia are really great travel companions. We all go at about the same speed and love to explore, eat and not plan too much because wandering is one of the best parts of traveling.

We wandered into an old open-late used bookstore (this is totally becoming my Friday night jam), saw the Liberty Bell (woo!), visited the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed (yolo!) and walked through Chinatown. We ate pretzel-wrapped sausages, Amish-made doughnuts, baked apple dumplings and sampled all the food possible at Reading Market. On our way out of town, we drove through the cutest little neighborhood in West Philly to meet Whitney’s bff and her dog who is allergic to grass, which is kind of adorable. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015



Holy smokes. I’m going to blog again. I was just looking back at my blog and found this gem ( and if I hadn’t of posted it to my blog, I probably would have never ever seen it again. (That belly roll! His baby voice!)

Plus, I’m living in New York and sometimes it’s really dreamy and awesome and magical (especially at Christmas time) and sometimes it’s really sucky like today because it’s cold and I’ve been sitting in my bed (NOT sleeping, but reading, researching bike touring in Iceland and looking up Macklemore songs) since 4:00 pm. (It’s 6:41 now.)  I want to go to dinner with someone but my four New York friends are either busy or live in Queens. Woo!

This week, while teaching with another teacher, a student raised his hand and asked:

Student: “Is genitals the same thing as objects?”
Teacher: “Excuse me?”
Student: “Like, do genitals and objects mean the same thing?”
Teacher: “Uhh, no.”

Holy cow, I had to cover my face with a book. I was cracking up.

Also, today a student was going through my (personal) pencil case and pulled out a tampon (the kind sans applicator) and asked, “What is this?” And I was totally just like, “Uhh, um, I don’t know?” as I took it away from him. (Not that tampons are that awkward, but they ARE when your student is asking about it.)

My blog template is all wonky. I looked back at the notes I took when my friend was trying to help me with blog formatting and stuff, and here is an example of some of the notes I took, "Say I've made a circle, then make new image and that circle will save to the clipboard and then change width to make a banner!" (NOT HELPFUL.) ** Update: No longer wonky.

(Photo in the top left-hand corner was taken by one of my first NY friends, Brigham, after I had biked from Harlem to the Lower East Side to eat Chinese food and ice cream with him. Photo on the right side is a blurry shot of Celia and Benson's street in Washington Heights - my first NY home.)