I’m 30, living in NYC...I love my friends & family. I laugh. I run. I try to break a sweat almost every day, it keeps me sane. I’ll never get tired of ‘that’s what she said’ jokes. This is my attempt to share my random thoughts, adventures, and inspiration.

August 20, 2014 at 5:46pm
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Love getting a haircut :) #humpdayhappy

Love getting a haircut :) #humpdayhappy

August 19, 2014 at 10:52am
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Today is my big sister’s bday! This picture pretty much sums us up, we were either in trouble together or one of us was in trouble b/c of the other! :P I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful big sis, we just had a 4-day sister vacation together…beaches, beers, and relaxation. It was awesome.
She’s a tough cookie & will give it to me straight, but she’s always, always there for me. I couldn’t imagine going through this crazy life without her! She doesn’t read this blog, but I’m still wishing her a happy happy birthday here too! Love her <3

Today is my big sister’s bday! This picture pretty much sums us up, we were either in trouble together or one of us was in trouble b/c of the other! :P I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful big sis, we just had a 4-day sister vacation together…beaches, beers, and relaxation. It was awesome.

She’s a tough cookie & will give it to me straight, but she’s always, always there for me. I couldn’t imagine going through this crazy life without her! She doesn’t read this blog, but I’m still wishing her a happy happy birthday here too! Love her <3

August 18, 2014 at 11:35am
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Ice Bucket Challenge Inspires Unprecedented Giving to ALS - The ALS Association →

Sometimes you have to have a fun event to raise money….hence all the walks, runs, and other fun charity events out there. & Yes, you are still supposed to donate if you do the ice bucket challenge. donate what you can & feel good that you did something fun, maybe made people say hmmm, what’s ALS? (When it wouldn’t probably come up otherwise) & hopefully got at least one other person to donate & educate themselves.

I have multiple family members with MS & if everyone decided to pour water on their heads for fun and at the same time raised a significant amount of money toward research and increased awareness of the disease, I’d be really happy.

10:58am
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mens-rights-activia:

Jesse Williams spits the unapologetic truth that CNN viewers have never heard.

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August 12, 2014 at 10:58pm
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Reblogged from oliviacirce

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

— 

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be.  (via oliviacirce)

When I lose hope in the world, I remember this poem.

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I’m really glad I read that.

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Between Ferguson, Robin Williams, and Lauren Bacall, I am a teary mess.

This made me cry for good reasons, so I thought I should share. 

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Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone

A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.

But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.

Years of tension have reached a boiling point

I haven’t posted about this yet b/c I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m at a loss. No matter who’s version of what happened is accurate, looking at both accounts of the incident, it’s easy to say that Michael Brown did not do anything that justified deadly force. This is heartbreaking and so angering. What do you tell your children? How is it okay that we still have to tell kids that depending on their race, the police (who are supposed to protect them) will treat them differently, may harm you without justification, may judge you (with severe consequences) for simply being you.

I can say I never feared the police and never believed that I would be harmed by them for being out late at night, standing up for myself if accused of something, or simply existing. It’s a sad and frustrating fact that most people cannot say the same. 

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2:12pm
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Idris Elba for Details, Septembar 2014 Issue by Mark Seliger

always reblog <3 

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August 11, 2014 at 5:10pm
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Nowadays I have no energy for things that require me to be someone I’m not.

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August 8, 2014 at 9:36am
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This view doesn&#8217;t get old&#8230; #especiallywithalltheIGfilters #eastriveresplanade  #intervalssuck

This view doesn’t get old… #especiallywithalltheIGfilters #eastriveresplanade #intervalssuck

August 6, 2014 at 5:48pm
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TMI - I&#8217;m having major tummy issues today, all the pain and bloating&#8230;I definitely just unbuttoned my pants at work. 
Thank god for offices with doors and long shirts.
A little Mindy Project for good measure bc nothing makes you feel that fluctuation more than the unbuttoning of pants :P 

TMI - I’m having major tummy issues today, all the pain and bloating…I definitely just unbuttoned my pants at work. 

Thank god for offices with doors and long shirts.

A little Mindy Project for good measure bc nothing makes you feel that fluctuation more than the unbuttoning of pants :P