• Moving to Madrid

    The Visa

    I remember thinking that this must be so easy. It can't be that hard to move to a foreign country, right? You hear about people doing it all the time, especially in the TEFL world. How hard can it be? My friends, welcome to the world of PAPERWORK. Get comfy, you'll be here forever.

  • Moving to Madrid,  Travel

    Hello Again!

    Wow, I have neglected my poor, precious little dude much more than I anticipated I would when I moved to Madrid! I guess I could tell you that I’ve been too busy to maintain this blog—that I’m out there living my *best* life! Galavanting! Glowing! And, you know, in some ways, I have. Actually, yeah, sure. That is what I have been doing! But, do you know what living your best life and galavanting and glowing looks like in the first six months or so after moving to a foreign country? It looks a little bit like this: panicking grocery shopping making friends! a hangover looking for a job more…

  • Lifestyle

    Why I Quit My Curly Hair Journey

    I’ve struggled with my curly hair all my life. First, the challenge was coming to grips with the fact that I had curly, brown hair when every pretty pop star had straight, blond hair. Second, trying to tame it and figure out how to wear it: mountains of gel and hairspray for a crispy hold was the only look I could go for in the early 2000s. I have distinct memories of my siblings and cousins teasing me about my hair, of going swimming with friends and being too afraid to get my hair wet, of standing in front of the mirror crying until my mom blow-dried it straight. I…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    I’m moving to Madrid!

    When I visited Spain two years ago, I was captivated by it. It felt natural, it felt comfortable, it felt like home to me. I had never experienced this feeling while traveling before, and no matter how much I’ve loved a destination, I haven’t felt it since. I feel like some part of me knew that I’d end up back in Spain, I mean, just look at that cryptic-ass caption I wrote on the photo above—“Until we meet again…”—with a target emoji and everything?! It’s like my soul knew then that Madrid was the bullseye. But why would I give up my entire life in Southern California, which is basically…

  • Food,  Pasta

    The Most Honorable Way to Dispatch Tomatoes

    If tomatoes have souls, murdering them and offering them to the gods of marinara sauce is a totally decent thing to do. What an afterlife, right? Okay. This started weird.  Marinara sauce is one of those sauces that can be as easy to make as you want it to be, but there are also endless modifications you can do to really make it your own. There’s some debate over what a real traditional Italian marinara sauce is, the truth is, no one freakin’ knows. I don’t think Italians even know–there are different traditions in different regions and among different families. The point is, it’s fun to experiment with, and it’s delicious…

  • Food,  Pasta

    How to Succeed in Pasta Without Really Trying

    I don’t want to be dramatic; it would be very unlike me, anyway, but I do want to make this perfectly clear in the best way I can: pasta is the best food on any planet in the entire history–past, present, or future–of the universe. Pasta is like magic. It can be transformed into so many shapes, textures, and flavors, and making it is like art: creative, unpredictable, fluid. At least, it can be. Making pasta can be just a necessary thing: something quick, easy, and cheap to make a lot of. In fact, this is one of the reasons I love pasta so much: it was always there for…

  • Lifestyle

    The Artist’s Stroll

    There’s a time of night between sleep and consciousness when my brain runs wild. It’s a time where it feels like the world around me is wholly asleep, and it feels like I am the only waking person on this earth. It’s as if no one has ever even seen this time of day before but me.  For me, this time is somewhere between 4 and 6 a.m. It’s too early to get up and start my day, but not enough time to close my eyes again and get some meaningful sleep. I’m not exactly awake yet, because I’m completely aware of my real environment, but I’m not exactly asleep,…

  • Lifestyle

    Here We Go

    Well, here it is. The summation of months, no, years, maybe--of stopping, starting, starting over, forgetting, refreshing, and starting over again. This is maybe the, I don't know, eighth rendition of my "blog" the world has seen. It's never been quite right before, but now it is. And again, here it is! They say starting is the hardest part, so let's never start this again.