Friday, September 30, 2011

Dear ________,

summer weather... so glad you decided to make an appearance here in northern germany! go you. and thanks so much for doing so after i packed up all my (unworn because it was too darn cold) summer get-ups. you're a gem.

diskotek down the street... sorry to burst your bubble, but september only has 30 days in it. you've scheduled yourself one day too many, dear sir. please fix that sign. p.s. disko is dead.

dreams (that i have whilst asleep.)... why you are about my elementary school at least once a week is beyond me. also, dreams including exes, even if they were only my love at the age of sixteen, is enough to make me cringe. why we gotta live in the past, dreams? why?

fate/happenstance... you crazy.

mom & pops... thanks for not selling me to the gypsies. especially now that i know how frightening they are.

angus and julia stone... thanks for this ditty. it makes cooking noodles way more hippy chic.

emotional bag check... you might be my new very favorite interwebs discovery. yup. i play favorites.

september... you've been pretty ok. smell ya later.
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get your giggles on friday part II.

i love me some will arnett. even more than i love him (if possible) i love me some new sitcoms. up all night is original, brilliant & and made me pee my pants a little. on three different occasions. (yeah. i'll admit it.)

also, the new girl (with the ever-adorable zooey deschanel) is pretty great as well. mainly because i relate to the main character on a freakish level.

example- in the episode last week she yells at her ex: 
"no we can't rap it out! we're not together anymore- it's not the same!"
- i feel like i've said something obnoxiously similar to an ex before.

yes. yes i have done that.
this too.

happy weekend!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A breathtaking Scandinavian apartment.

i found this beautiful space on tumblr listed under the title of "Charming Scandinavian Apartment." in my opinion, i have yet to see a single scandinavian apartment that isn't crisp, modern and exceptionally charming. but then again, i'm a huge fan of design out of northern europe. ; ) swoon. p.s. that nursery? holy cuteness.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

my favorite kind of to-do's.

1. find the perfect shade of autumn red lipstick.
2. buy my ticket to Copenhagen & take notes from this rad city guide (!).
3. pop for these darling (affordable!) pairs of oxfords.
4. save my pennies for feist's new album. (and  maybe, if i'm lucky, a ticket to her concert in berlin on october 22- fingers crossed.)
5. read volume one of beautiful Kinfolk magazine from front to back. and then again.
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i miss him so.

[Patrick. May 2011.]
Dogs and angels are not very far apart.” 
— Charles Bukowski (The People Look Like Flowers at Last)

it's the truth. 
i miss this pooch too much for words. 

but i'll seem him soon enough. at least via skype! ; )
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

lyrics that bring you to your knees.

Adele - I Found a Boy 
 listen here.  
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Monday, September 26, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

-ira glass via.

i want to print this & keep it in my purse or pocket everyday for reference. yes, i will do just that.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

get your giggles on friday.

because my love for marshall eriksen is right up there with a certain mr. jim halpert.

and because i truly think the best way to bring in the weekend is with lots and lots of giggles.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

the time Oprah told me to get bangs.

[one a.m. thursday, september 22, 2011.]

i was skyping with my dear friend Kim last night when we started talking about being adventurous. i told her about my urge to do something "out of the ordinary" in lieu of my current adventures. we talked piercings and tattoos but i replied to both with immediate "heck no!" (don't get me wrong- i love a quirky tattoo and i've always wanted to get my nose pierced, i'm just far too indecisive for something so permanent.)

so when i mentioned my current obsession with bangs, kim said "why"

so a google search later -- with me thinking that something along the lines of "don't do it" would surely come back as a search result -- gave me the ultimate sign:


Oprah popped up in the results with a "how to trim your own bangs" tutorial.
(which, i realize, is not the same as a "how to give yourself bangs" tutorial... meh, minor details.)

"Anna, are you going to do it?"
"Kim, Oprah said it's ok. I think we should."

and five minutes later, after a few attempted explanations from Kim on "vertical cutting" (which i still don't get)  i looked down into a sink full of long, beloved locks. and when i looked back up into the mirror i saw myself with bangs for the first time in years.

and you know what? i don't hate them. (maybe because i know they are super pin-able and will grow back soon...)
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

nostalgic beats.

{via: tumblr.}

today i enrolled at my new university. it's temporary and it's quite spontaneous. a year ago i was not expecting such a change. a year is funny like that. full of surprises. twists and turns.

during this splendid adventure i keep hearing songs that take me back to different times. very different times.

in the grocery store. the radio. the train station.

it's funny. you don't hear a lot of hip hop or taylor swift in germany, but lately i've been hearing a lot of both everywhere. and every time i do i'm instantly taken back to vivid memories. good and bad.

i stop and listen for a minute. take everything in. 

i smile-- when it takes me back to happy moments-- while thoughts of "holy moly that was such a crazy-fun time" and "how i would love to be back there again. if only for just a minute" race through my head.

i sigh -- when it takes me back to broken, weaker times. fighting goosebumps and the lump that starts forming in my throat. -- and think about how much stronger i've become.  i sigh for the girl i was when that song was so important to me.

and allow myself to enjoy the moment. accept the present. congratulate myself on how far i've come. literally and figuratively.

and then.

then i get really excited for the future. because if this much can happen in one year, imagine how much will go down in the next ten years.

as for right now? i've got this neat beat on repeat. (oh yes. i did just accidentally rhyme that.)
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Monday, September 19, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

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Friday, September 16, 2011

I'm his Brandy Alexander

a new place for me to save all of my most delectable style finds.

Though I'd like to be the girl for him
And cross the sea and land for him
--title inspired by feist's brandy alexander

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

those days.

you know those days. the ones that sneak up out of what seems like nowhere? the type of day where you wake up knowing it's one of those days? today was one of those days.

one of those days where a song, especially one like this, can take you back to different times. amazingly different times. times that weren't any better or worse. just a time that your life was far from what it is now.

one of those days where nothing sounds delicious. until you think of the pizza place a few blocks away and you decide it's worth it. their pizza is worth the walk across town. in the cold. in the rain. their pizza sounds that good.

one of those days you look in the mirror and decide to just not even try. blergh. cue hair clip and one swift wipe of the washcloth over your face.

one of those days when you feel like you're crawling under the table, trying to pick up so many scattered puzzle pieces. endless puzzle pieces. everywhere. only to realize, upon returning out from under the table, these pieces are not fitting together. no matter how hard you try. you can't get them to fit.

one of those days you decide to just call it off. you climb back into bed, post-pizza and call your mom.

one of those days you only understand after the fact.

one of those days that was all part of the deal; in the cards specifically for you.

because once in a while you gotta let it go. all of it.

and instead, call your mom & listen to her laugh. oh her laugh. how her laugh makes everyday and everything better.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

to my sister, the day before she moves to baltimore.

[nieces Julia & Carolyn. June 2011.]
oh seester. i know you are probably pacing around, organizing the most obsolete things, and dying for a dr. pepper (hey, me too!) right about now.  you know how i know that? because we are seesters.

you're a lot like me & i'm a lot like you.

we are worriers. it's just what we do.

and if there's one thing i've learned, it's that worrying does impact the outcome of whatever situation you're doing said worrying about.(false.)

here are some things i'll worry about for you, while you're away.  
(you know, so you can make room for a whole bunch new worries.) 
gypsies on mopeds. the office lasting without steve carrell. getting bangs. projects we start. aforementioned projects getting finished. guilt. money; lack thereof. hippies. getting rad Christmas cards ordered. cleaning; lack thereof. 

see sister? i've got the basics covered for ya.

here are the things you really don't need to worry about.
mostly because i suspect know the outcome to be sublime.

you're new digs. they're going to rock. it's going to be exciting and something you all will never forget. hello room service!

you're new job. holy moly they're mighty excited to finally meet "you." the overachieving, perfectionist Katie that you are. and let me tell ya, you'll leave a legacy. if not for your outstanding work, your hot smile.

the new adventures awaiting you. oh man. you have no idea the crazy adventures that are in store for you.  they're going to be awesome.

being a bit homesick.  i get it. if there is one thing i get it's being homesick. but it comes in ebbs and flows and really, with the interwebs and all, we really all are connected as per ushe. plus, Imagine Thanksgiving 2012. The tales we will have to share. Think of all the "one-upping" opportunities we'll have! I am pumped. 

really. take a moment to breathe it all in. let every emotion you feel out. (tip: if you gotta scream, do it into your pillow.) don't worry about a thing.

but since you probably will, because that's just what we do, keep it to fun things to worry about: what should i eat for lunch? did i update my goodread's account lately? what should we get the prof for his birthday? what's our new blog name going to be? (but seriously. what is it going to be.)

because when it comes to worrying about the adventure ahead, it's not necessary. you're right on track.

Love, your little seester.

p.s. to my other sister & my brother: you also get letters-- don't get all jealous. (ok, they don't even read this blog. who am i kidding. BUT THEY'RE GETTING LETTERS ANYWAY.)
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Monday, September 12, 2011

{Quote of the Week.}

{via: hidden hope.}
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

As we hold our heavy hearts

{via: flickr.}

and we always will.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Dear ________,

{via: tumblr.}

kindle... you are a true delight, you know that? everyday when i power you on my world just brightens, and it's not because you have a bright, no, you just make everything brighter by simply being you. i have resorted to using you while pandora does not work here in germany. but, really, we might have to call it quits sometime soon. you're way too filled with hipster hits that are from the future they're so unknown. for every good mix you have 27.5 just bizarre ones. 

millionaire matchmaker... you have a 99% success rate, which is legit, i'll agree, but why do 99% of the episodes i watch result in complete dumpster fires? i can't help but watch, i'll give you that. obviously you wouldn't want to show calm, normal dates. ok, got it. solid strategy. props.

europe... two words that will change your continent forever: ice cubes. as my wise friend JP once said, it is a win-win situation, you cannot lose in the decision to embrace ice cubes. we promise. 

project free t.v... you have united me with some of my most favorite television currently airing in the US. you've brought dreams to life and for this, i salute you.

kansas... i heard your cicadas yesterday when skyping with Katherine. they are beautiful. i really do miss you, kansas, but i think this time apart will do us each some good. 

pinterest... i have just as much fun naming my boards as i do finding things to pin. thank you for helping me waste away hours  upon hours.

skype... you're a champ.

hair... you're never going to help me achieve the milkmaid braids i've always adored, are you? yeah, that's what i thought. you are way too fine. (not to be confused with 'fine' as in 'damn, he's fine'... rather, the term used to described really, really difficult to manage hair.)

weekend... please be swell.

you... have a happy weekend & never ever, ever, forget how much you are loved.

infinite XOXOs, 
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recommended read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

I recently finished A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and loved it. Although it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it turned out to be a great read. I wish I would have read it when I was younger. It felt like a sincere representation of life in the early 1900s. Francie, one of the main characters, is a girl young girls should get to know.
"Look at everthing as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."
"People always think that happiness is a faraway thing," thought Francie, "something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains - a cup of strong hot coffee when you're blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you're alone - just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness." 
"I hate all those flirty-birty games that women make up. Life's too short. If you ever find a man you love, don't waste time hanging your head and simpering. Go right up to him and say, 'I love you. How about getting married?"
"I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding."
"It's come at last," she thought, "the time when you can no longer stand between your children and heartache. When there wasn't enough food in the house you pretended that you weren't hungry so they could have more. In the cold of a winter's night you got up and put your blanket on their bed so they wouldn't be cold. You'd kill anyone who tried to harm them - I tried my best to kill that man in the hallway. Then one sunny day, they walk out in all innocence and they walk right into the grief that you'd give your life to spare them from." 
"We'll leave now, so that this moment will remain a perfect memory...let it be our song and think of me every time you hear it." 
 P.S. Let's connect on Goodreads!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Le Love: let it in.

-Le Love.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

and we watched the sunrise on our walk home.

[august 23. 2011. Kiel, Germany]

a few weekends ago i spent my saturday evening
exploring the city with my new friends.

we laughed so much my stomach hurt
we danced so much my shoe fell apart.

we met less than a month ago
i already feel like i've known them
for years on end.

later when we were at a
british-pop-music pub
this song 

came on-
i squeeled
and then 
sang my heart out. 

my new friends?
they kindly listened to me sing

and even though a few people
gawked at the american girl
singing along with the music 
at the top of her lungs-

these friends-
they laughed,
tried to sing along.

when the song was over
they clapped
we all high-fived.

and that's when i knew:
these friends are going to be around for a long time.
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Monday, September 5, 2011

i love my fam.

because my family doesn't have "time" to skype me during their glorious three day weekend.
(happy labor day, america!) & simply because this video made me laugh aloud.

and because i totally miss them like crazy. 
(even if at times we all drive each other a bit crazy...)
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Of course, sydney's style never ceases to inspire.
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{Quote of the Week.}

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Your home.

rambling off street names.
reminiscing about where you first met.
suggesting the best places to dance.
helping strangers with directions.
knowing where to get the best grub at 2am.

these are the things that let you know:
You have made this place your home.
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