Thursday, November 27, 2014

I'm thankful for...

...my family, near and far, whom I miss everyday. Especially Mom, Dad, Boo.

...my friends, old and new: you know who you are,  you are keeping me sane, and I looove you.

...my health being better than it's been in years.

...my teachers, past and present, and my students.

...being here, in Tempe, at ASU, doing things that I love doing.

...technology, for keeping me in touch with all of you (and the people who don't read this blog).

...my camera, for helping me capture little memories.

...snapchat. I'm not kidding, snapchat is the best.

...having a job.

...my kitten, for giving me unlimited snuggles and unconditional lovin's.

...being a woman, being on my own, and being successful (so far).

...fulfillment.

...a year of change. And the fact that this year of change is almost over.
 Happy Thanksgiving. I love you.
xx

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hello, Goodbye // New Jersey

I'm finally getting around to this. I know, I'm sorry! But I've never been so busy in my life and frankly I think it's pretty damn impressive that I didn't have a break down last week.
If you haven't guessed, these are some photos from the few days we were in New Jersey, celebrating and commemorating my Grandma Lillian. Below are some family photos and photos of the service.
Boo, just being beautiful. Ya know, as per usual.
THIS! Now this is the coolest ever. When my Dad's oldest siblings were young, his parents lived in Israel. My Dad's father was a pilot. A famous photographer, Ruth Orkin, spent some time photographing their daily lives. The shots are so precious and my favorite set of photos ever. They were also in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1952 (I think that's the right year, but don't quote me on that).
^ cousins ^
^ siblings and cousins ^
^ us, unintentionally but awesomely matching ^
^ Moonitzes ^

I cried so much but I am so glad I could be there. 

Now, off to Las Vegas (yes, you read that right) with Dad for Thanksgiving! I'll be back.
xx

Friday, November 21, 2014

Instagrammed Life + Happy Friday!

I never mean to go MIA on this page for so long, but it does seem to happen, doesn't it? Considering I've never been so busy in my life, it's not surprising. I'm hanging in there, I have photos from New Jersey to edit, my dad comes in town tonight, I have one million rehearsals, and work, but here are some Instagrams to hold you over until I get around to those photos from the weekend. (sorry, no pictures of Joon today)
In the words of my Aunt Susan, Grandma Lillian was totally "a knock out". This board of old photos is my favorite thing ever. If I ever get scans of these photos, rest assured I'll share them.
In other news, off I go to shoot with film in a very real camera for the first time!!!! Special thanks to Dr. G for teaching me how to use this camera and shoot film. Stay tuned.
xx

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy B, Boo!

I got into New Jersey last night. My Dad picked me up from the airport, and I was so happy to see him I almost cried. I didn't. But when we picked up Mom and Bec, I sobbed. I was crying and laughing and it's pure luck that it didn't turn into one of those really ugly cries because I was just so overwhelmingly happy to see them. My family. My family all here, together, when just earlier that day I had still been on my own in Tempe (well not alone, but with my "Tempe family").
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS FOLIAGE?! I've been ooh-ing and aah-ing almost constantly. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Also it snowed/slushed last night, which was pretty funny.

Today is Bec's 20th birthday. My best friend, practically my twin, the person who knows me better than anyone. She made me a sister! She is the best present I've ever gotten, although no she wasn't really a present, per-say...
Happy B, Becca Boo. I know we're all together under sad circumstances, but I'm glad we could be together for your B. I love you!!!
xx

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Grandma Lillian

On Saturday, my Dad's mom, my Grandma Lillian, passed away. She was 94 years old, and the sweetest grandma. Rebecca and I didn't get to see her nearly often enough, and when we'd call or visit she'd be so overwhelmingly happy to see us that she'd hold our hands tightly and just smile and smile.

I have fond memories of her old house in New York (most recently she was living in New Jersey, near my Aunt), with a fake grass door mat. We'd play in a red wagon in front of her house, and go out to the diner in her little red car. She always had hard candy in a bowl, in true grandma fashion. She exclusively wore white, off-white, and beige, and she ALWAYS wore small pumps.

I lost it when my Mom called me and told me. I had just gotten to school for an evening recital, and I had to turn around and drive back home. The thing is, it's hard to be so far away from family on a good day, but especially when something like this happens. Sadness from losing someone you love, plus homesickness, plus not being able to be there for the people you love who've also lost this person...is a lot to handle.

I'm flying out to New Jersey on Thursday for the memorial on Sunday. I'll be back in Tempe on Monday evening. I've re-scheduled, cancelled, and moved things around because this is currently my priority. The only silver lining to this situation is that I'll be able to be with my family through it, rather than two thousand miles away.

Thank you to my cousin Allison for this photo of her (I love the salutation in the bottom corner).We miss you, Grandma.
xx

Friday, November 7, 2014

Slices of Life + Happy Friday!

What a week! I'm definitely sleep deprived, is there every enough sleep in grad school? We've had some lovely weather in Tempe, too, by the way. Sunny days with cool breezes, it's the best.

This week I: went to a bunch of concerts, played in one of them (band), went to one million rehearsals (still have one million to go), filled out paper work to start my new part time job, drove all over Tempe, snuggled my cat a little bit, ate a lot of pop tarts. I had a swanky lunch with Spring and our studio guest (being a grad student is sometimes very cool). Also my coffee intake tripled, and I got in some quality Rachels-and-other-friends time, too, which is the best. One of my students asked me this week, "wait, aren't all of your friends named Rachel?" (the answer is technically no, just most of my friends ;) )
xx

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Arizona State Fair

I hadn't been to a state fair since maybe middle school? The main points are: fair people are strange, everything is overpriced, but fried food is awesome. It was a fun time.

Apologies for this woefully belated post. This week has been, and will be for the rest of it, insane (in a mostly good way).
xx

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Ladies

Last night for Halloween, me and my blonde Rachels went out! Left to right: me as Annie Hall, Rachel as a cheerleader, and Mints as Khaleesi. KHALEESI! I mean how could she not, being as blonde as she is? And being as geeky as I am, I was so excited about it. Although yes, most people assumed she was actually Elsa from "Frozen".
Rachel suggested Annie Hall to me a few weeks ago, and I got pumped about it because I didn't have to buy anything, I could make do with things I already owned. Win! I borrowed the tie from Zach (thanks, dood) and though I looked for a vest at the last minute, I couldn't find one anywhere. In the end it didn't matter because some people knew who I was, and some people didn't, and that's basically just how Halloween goes.

I like being fully clothed and a portraying a sassy, cool-ass lady character. This was my favorite costume ever and also I kind of want to wear a tie all the time now? Diane Keaton is my new style aspiration.
The party we went to was fun and everything was fun and now I have an enormous bag of Twizzlers that I bought for slightly cheaper than normal and overall Halloween was a whopping success in my book. I hope yours was, too.

Happy November!?
xx
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