Oops. Not keeping up too much of my ‘write more on the blog’ new years resolution, but if you (whoever you are), would like to know where I actually am, you can check out my latest class blog: carolinedigital. There’s not been a post in a little while because I can’t quite figure out how to post a video that I created in Flash. When I figure out how to upload the animation that I’ve been working on, I will. I’m proud of it, so far!
I’m also in the process up revamping/updating my personal website: www.carolinewurtzel.com so you can ch-ch-check it out as well. More to come!
This morning I got a cheerful e-mail from Tumblr wishing me and my blog (are we one entity?) a happy fifth birthday. As I stood on the Subway platform and read this e-mail I spent a minimal, but kind of intense amount of time reacting to this tidbit of information. Five years?! Five years since I went abroad?! No way. And I was right! No way! You were wrong, Tumblr. I started this blog in August 2010. Not sure where you got 5 years from, but I still have time to have a full-blown omg-it’s-been-five-years-since-abroad-that-means-it’s-been-four-years-since-graduation reaction. But, the e-mail was a lovely little reminder of this blog (after all, wasn’t that the purpose of the e-mail anyway?), and that I’ve neglected this blog more in the past six months than I have in it’s 3 year 4 month life.
So, I’m back! At least for now. I had been cheating on this blog with Wordpress (gasp), at the behest of my Color Workshop class. You can check out this blog, here if you so wish. That blog is over & done with for now, but it was kind of nice to write a blog alongside a class…I’m contemplating doing it for future classes throughout my grad school career. It helped me reflect more on the process of my assignments through writing and photography. However, next time I cheat on this blog with an academic one, I’ll post it here.
Anyway, I kind of came back to post some New Years Resolutions like every other blog on the Internet (do we still capitalize that word?). For me, posting my resolutions is a completely selfish endeavor aimed at actually trying to keep the resolutions by putting them in writing. I’m not evengoing to explain them because they’re pretty self-explanatory. Here goes nuthin:
So, there they are. Let’s see if I can keep ‘em. I think they’re all pretty do-able and I’ve already started on some of them. Also, I make it a resolution every year to stop picking my cuticles (yeah, it’s a gross habit), but that never seems to work. It’s in the back of my head, though. I plan on painting my nails tonight..not sure if that counts as helping the cuticle problem, but I’ll tell myself it does.
So, that’s that. Hello again, Tumblr & the 3 people who still read this blog! See ya soon.
Gray to light in one, two steps. Splash cold water to rid an anxious dream and a puffy face. Type and scroll until hungry.
Crowds chatter about “last night” while they order “a plain bagel with cream cheese and lox. Cucumbers on the side, please.” Everyone favors the tan, pony-tail man with the Ray-Bans and orange t-shirt. They make his coffee right away, even though three people are still waiting for their own small/medium/large.
Slow subway ride. Realization that headphones are in another bag. Switching purses is always tricky. A girl talks too loudly about herself; it is too loud to read. Come above ground and it’s bright in a good way. Squint to look out the window and see the view, but the train dips back underground. But, the designated stop arrives above ground, and that’s nice.
Everything in the park is green: the grass and the trees and the water. There are bees in the grass but they don’t really bother anyone. Good company talks about an array of things including tattoos and swans until it’s time to fold up blankets and tapestries.
Air conditioning while dipping french fries into Frostys is nice. A little girl holds open the door on the way out.
The subway ride home is faster. Going above ground, over the bridge, is still bright in a good way.
"What is your religion?" said Dorothea. "I mean — not what you know about religion, but the belief that helps you most?"
"To love what is good and beautiful when I see it," said Will. — Middlemarch, George Eliot
Rules: Pretty self-explanatory. Say two truths, and one lie about yourself, so that people can get to know you. So, two (doodle) statements below are true, and one is a lie. Guess which one! This shouldn’t be that hard… I just felt like trying new things (ie: doodles) on this tumblr space!
1) I watch Downton Abbey because it’s emotionally cathartic.
2) I am a natural redhead!
3) I prefer iced coffee to hot coffee, any day, no matter the temperature outside. [Side note: This isn’t depicted in the doodle, but I’d stretch this sentiment toward milkshakes vs. hot chocolate, if those can be compared in a hot/cold kind of way, and if they can’t, then I still choose milkshake > hot chocolate any day. Brr.]
The end! These are probably 3 extremely easy examples for the game, so I probably won’t post the correct answer, or whatever. But, I think I’ll continue the game for doodle’s sake, and because it was fun to do on a cloudy Sunday.
Embracing the self-representational GIF, especially if it is Judy Funnie.
Today is Valentine’s Day* and I am thinking of Arthur the aardvark. Yes, that Arthur. Every year around Valentine’s Day, I am always reminded of a particular episode of the Arthur television series when the gang has the post-holidays blues. The episode begins with the group sitting in some sort of diner, their chins slumped into their hands, elbows resting between milkshakes, mourning the end of the holidays when one friend (I forget who) realizes that Valentine’s Day is only days away. I forget, admittedly, the details of this episode, but I remember their scramble to properly celebrate Valentine’s Day – creating Valentines for friends, heart-shaped decorations, etc. They realize that Valentine’s Day is a perfectly timed holiday; right when you’re really feeling that post-holiday lull (we’ve all felt it right. Aren’t we all a bit cranky this time of year? I know I am) – you get another holiday; an excuse to be festive and to be nice to each other (Hey, what a wonderful kind of day, if we can learn to work and play, and get along with each other! – thanks Ziggy).
I won’t play dumb, lots of people hate Valentine’s Day. I can’t say I always have the best Valentine’s Day, but I do always like the festiveness around it (this does not include Facebook bragging of relationships, but rather the in-person generosities that Valentine’s Day can bring out in some people). I always got Valentines from my parents, doled out those Valentines you’d buy in CVS to friends – the ones with the latest and greatest TV craze (Spongebob, Rugrats, whatever), and over indulge in chocolate. I have always liked the festive spirit around Valentine’s Day. It’s an excuse to wear pink or to paint little hearts on your nails, or do whatever you do. I always tried to look ~romantic on Valentine’s Day – maybe I’d twist back part of my hair and stick a false flower in my hair tie, or wear some sort of gauzy shirt (gauzy always makes me think of romance, couldn’t quite tell you why). I like being festive, and I like any excuse to be festive – just like the Arthur kids.
So if you have a Valentine or not, join me in eating lots of chocolate today, being a little festive (I might not be wearing any pink today but I honestly couldn’t resist some pink lipstick), and hanging with ones you love: for me, today, that means friends, happy hour and a (large and cheesy) pile of nachos.
*According to my blog archives, which I comb through more than I should let on, I have blogged on or about Valentine’s Day every year since I’ve had this blog, so I didn’t want to leave today hanging.