asking for plastic bags, but only to save and reuse them.
getting excited when said bags don’t have any holes.
saving up for ski passes.
accidentally buying a nice bike.
accidentally ordering WAY too much on Etsy.
splurging on plastic tampons, as opposed to cardboard.
learning about Omega-3s, anti-oxidents and kale.
drinking protein shakes and kombucha by the mason jar,
and counteracting all that goodness with a healthy dose of craft beer and Franzia.
realizing a BA isn’t good enough.
eliciting that an MA is too good.
starting a blog.
starting a podcast.
starting a band.
working with kids.
In a world without concerts, merch tables, or even talking about bands over a drink, I was fortunate to discover artists like Kim Petras on the internet. First, I recognized her as an amazing, talented pop writer and singer. Then, I found that she is transgender. Discovering Petras in this way got me thinking about LGBTQ representation in music and the power it holds.
It’s a strange year for the holidays. My partner and I, among our other roommates, decided to celebrate unconventionally, in hopes of fending off COVID for our families’ and essential workers’ sakes. Instead of risking going home for the holidays, we booked an air bnb and headed west.
And let me tell you that Moab, Utah in the winter is a truly unique sight. You’d think you were on Mars if it weren’t for the dustings of snow, desperately lingering Trump signs, and 40,000 Watt Christmas spectacles. Oh yes, we are on earth after all.
No matter the season, Moab…
After rising well before the sun, my crew and I stumbled up a nearby mountain. Nederland, Colorado may only boast a few thousand residents (does 1,541 count as a “few thousand”?) but it bursts at the seams with adventure. The snow, stark wind, and thin, open air cleansed my internet-soaked, quarantined soul.
That was hours ago. Now, back below tree line, the wind no longer claws at our soft faces. The wet snow is finally packed in the relieving shape of a trail.
The sun is now high in the sky, and casts long shadows off of ponderosa pines. My…
The American left has one of the biggest battles of its life coming up in just a few months.
To many, this upcoming election rests on a precarious edge: swayed left, and we have a chance at making meaningful climate, international, economic and social change. Swayed right, four more years of catastrophic, political absurdity of a global degree.
We need to be critical of every move made in this drag race. In this context, Umair Haque’s piece, “How Identity Politics Destroyed the Left,” caught my eye.
I too have seen the discussion around identity politics get harsh, to say the…
Everyone works 15 hour days right?
…without a nap?
As I drive through the snowy canyon, I fight to keep my eyes on the road. I’m 30 minutes in, and I’ve become quite savvy at locating the salty spots, and tread marks to follow. Through the cold darkness, I catch sight of what I call “15-minute rock”: A boulder reminiscent of an ice burg that marks being close to home.
The cascading snow clouds my vision and thought process alike until I pull into our driveway. …
Let’s start with the small stuff:
I’ve been sick in three different ways since the new year. Sure, ONE of them was a hangover and totally self-inflicted, but you get the idea. I’ve been house-ridden, buckled over, sneezing and squinty-eyed.
Life happens. People get sick. This wasn’t too much to handle.
Moving on: my toilet overflowed this morning. A lot. I caught myself venting to the dogs, hands stretched to the sky, from my soaked-towel surfboard.
Lucky for me, only the dogs heard my rant. This, again, wasn’t too much to handle.
I was in the midst of a dull season at a temporary job. Between emails, my scrolling seemed to reveal every tropical destination ever posted. I started to pass the time daydreaming about leaving home with just myself and a backpack.
Ever since college, I had tried and failed at solo travel. When I scrounged together enough money to go to Ireland, my parents bought a ticket last minute. They had always wanted to see Europe. No further comment.
As I hopped around the continent, I stayed with friends who showed me around first hand.
Each time, what would start…
“What are so many straight girls doing here?”
Promptly, I look. Just as I had guessed, the tall drink of water with a buzz cut is looking back at me. Dead in the eye, she raises her pierced eyebrows; she purses her lips.
How do you reach out to someone you haven’t spoken with in years? Since college?
Do you leave a “hope you’re doing well” on Facebook Messenger? This of course leaves room for a mirrored, static response.
Or, do you ask “how are you doing?” risking a lukewarm, disinterested reply.
God forbid I pick up the phone, and pull a straight Adele.