A Tale of Faithful Shoes

May 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

Today I officially lay to rest a faithful pair of shoes.

The past three years of my undergraduate/graduate career I have been moving around. A lot. I’ve gotten to be a bit of a nomad and I’ve loved it. The thing about being a nomad, though, is that you have to travel light. Which means the sum of all of possession could not amount to more than what could fit into my suitcase (and, ideally, under the standard 50 pound weight limit most airlines have). As a result I have not owned more than four pairs of shoes at a time for the past three years, which means they have gone through a considerable amount of wear and tear in a short amount of time.

I bought these black ballet flats while I was in California around Christmas of 2009. I was home visiting family during the year I was living in Paris. These shoes have been with through six months in Paris, six months in North Carolina, eight months in California, and a year in New York. I wore them practically everyday because they are basic enough to go with almost anything. Then they started to rip a little, and then those rips grew, and now…you get the idea.

Truthfully I should have retired them before I moved to New York, they were in bad shape then (I did a lot of trekking across dirt roads in North Carolina and spent a lot of time in the mountains in California).  I think the only reason it took me this long to retire them is because, on some level, I am afraid of hurting their feelings. Because, even though I am a grown woman who knows better, I still think of inanimate objects of having thoughts and souls, like in The Brave Little Toaster or Toy Story. Every time I thought about replacing them it was like I could hear them say to me “…but think of all we’ve been through together!” Then I would imagine them sitting lonely and alone somewhere, singing sad songs in Sarah McLachlan’s voice.

Still, I can’t keep wearing shoes that are falling apart on the off chance that they have feelings, right? (No, seriously, I’m asking.) I will find a nice place for them in the back of my closet in an old shoe box with old letters, student ID cards, and the little odds and ends that I have managed to carry with me.


home again

May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Well, it is officially official, I’m back in California! I arrived late Saturday night to surprise my mother for Mother’s Day (totally worked). Now I’m in the process of getting resettled. I’m glad to be home, but the whole process of moving/settling is always a bit stressful. There are so many things that have to be decided and planned for while getting  acclimated to my new/old surroundings. New York and northern California are two very different places with very different cultures. I wouldn’t call myself a New Yorker, I never earned that title, but I did get used to a certain way of doing things. While I still consider myself to be a delightful and pleasant human being I am a bit…gruffer than I used to be. It’ll take me a minute to remember how to live in California again.

In the meantime I will do my best to remain positive and relieve stress through baking, like I always do. The other night I made delicious S’More Brownies and, the day before that, Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip muffins. It was a bit of an experiment with one of my favorite banana muffin recipes. They turned out beautifully. I think next I will experiment with some kind of pie while trying to perfect my impression of Keri Russel in Waitress, complete a with southern accent and a pillow under my dress (” Dear damn baby…” ). If that doesn’t rid me of all of my stress, I don’t know what will. I’ll keep you posted.

All photographs were taken by me.

just a sec…

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Honey Jar will be up and running in a bit. I promise! Oh, and it’s going to be awesome. Summer is coming, baby! It’s so close I can taste it (it tastes like an ice cold summer cocktails and corn on the cob in case you were wondering).

So I hope you’ll come back in a little bit, because I have some pretty awesome stuff planned.

It’s going to be a great summer.

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