NO SCHOOL FOR 5 DAYS. i’m in raptures to say the least, partly because i’ve had some vin blanc, and partly because i’m exhausted, but it’s so nice to know that i don’t have to worry about homework, about exams, about awkward situations, about waking up on time. i can busy myself with trivial concerns like what should i pack for the holiday? when should i bake the cranberry currant tarte? what should my weekend consist of? the more trivial, the better i believe! i ought to express my sincere apologies for the lack of blogging on my end (but truth be told, i’m not too sorry). lately my life has been consumed with occurrences, with new people, new places, new emotions. i can’t say that i’d want it any other way, and to put it frankly, the upcoming times won’t allow me too much time to blog. i’m not saying this is the end of floating over babylon. BY NO MEANS is this the end. i just can’t commit to posting every few days anymore, but at the same time, i do promise that i will do as much as i can. i’ll jump the gun now, and tell you what the purpose of the post is. ONE: recent happenings, TWO: TSA bullshit policy, THREE: reflections, FOUR: lookbook.
tonight was perfect. i woke up and it was misty and mild, walked all the way to school and listened to noah and the whale and typhoon (good AM combo), finished the day, ran home, slept for five hours, ate some hummus, TRAVELED TO FIGA, and had a wonderful last meal with A. we ran into some wonderful english teachers and spent a while engaged in a fulfilling conversation with them, and also chatted a great deal with an older couple who sat next to us. we indulged in sev crusted scallops, wild boar rendang, tandoori chicken, meatloaf, a trio of creme brulees (lemongrass, orange cardamom, and chocolate espresso). this past weekend i spent some much needed time with my little brother, ate a lot of cherry garcia, went roller skating, worked and decorated and produced/composed my first ever window display (GO LOOK AT IT), and had a movie marathon. tomorrow: yoga, cranberry currant tarte, train to boston, family dinner, etc. etc. did i mention that i’m so incredibly happy?
screw the TSA. i’m not one who travels too far during the holiday season ( thank god for new england ), but for the past three nights ABC news with diane sawyer has focused on the measures the TSA is taking this holiday season. of course it’s wise to take precaution, especially since the threat of terror has been increased as of late, but the extent they’re taking it is RIDICULOUS. this won’t be the most eloquent opinion i’ve ever put forth, but i need to get it out, so here goes nothing. pat downs have existed for a very long time in the world, and ever since they were first used, nobody has enjoyed them. but the new version of pat downs being used by the TSA are appalling. they encroach on groping, and when a TSA employee is groping an 8 year old child, you know something is wrong. they are invasive, and time consuming. in addition, a TSA employee should be able to use their instinct and trust their intuition about a person. surely it’s not common for a 65 year old woman is not a terrorist (then again, it is possible, but how many 65 year old women have you heard about that are terrorists? i can say i’ve never heard of a single one). the lack of common sense in regards to the TSA’s new policies is what bothers me. it’s both time consuming and overly cautious. of course the safety of all should be put above convenience for a single person- but in other news, when has utilitarianism ever been important to the USA before now? let’s just use common sense and not strip an 8 year old girl down in the middle of an airport because her barrette set off the metal detector. plus, who wants to be groped at any age? pas moi.
so as i mentioned, i am incredibly happy. ridiculously happy that my head hurts, and that i can’t even figure out how i’ve gotten to this point in my life. everything is right, everything makes sense. i’m appreciating what i have, not thinking about what i don’t have. my family is healthy, my friends are sane, and i’m being treated like i should have been a long time ago. of course the only thing wrong is that i’ve been sleep deprived for the past three weeks or so. but that’s curable. sort of. there are always hills and valleys in life, and currently, i’m walking up one of those really high hills that is promising and rewarding. i’m flourishing in this new environment, and i’m thankful for all i have, for all i know, and for all to come. connections are undeniable, emotions are not hindered, rather they are facilitated. i’ve been able to cook, i’ve been able to clear my head. i’ve just entered this new stage in life, and i’m so glad that it’s come now, rather than sooner or later.
i’ll leave you with this video- because it’s so good and you should watch it. OH YEAH. i’m reviving my lookbook, so get your hype on. i’m sorry about the bad news in regards to a small amount of posting, but hopefully soon i’ll get my act together and update frequently. i’ll make it clear when that will happen- perhaps 2011? a hiatus is sort of needed to be frank. HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HOLIDAYS.
enfin smiles love and hugs.