Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Another interesting interpretation on art. 

via Core77
I backed this project on kickstarter today, pretty cool you should check it out. 

"Sprout is a pencil with a seed inside. When it's too short to use, it can be planted at home, at the office, or in the classroom." Plant it, pour some water on it—the capsule is water-soluble—and tend it for a couple weeks, and voilĂ : your pencil stub has metamorphosed into a happy, healthy vegetable or herb.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekend Photography : week 5 
(updates to come, just tired now)

 Visited the intrepid air and space museum 

 I really am happy, just trying to photograph myself is dificult

Some more building and signs

This has been my favorite gate that I've found around central park. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Closing thoughts on New York: 

Yes, I realize I still have two more weeks here, but the fact is, I am kind of done with this city. I think a lot of people look at New York with dreamy eyes, rosy with ambition and life changing hopes, but to me at least, New York hasn't been any of those things. Don't get me wrong now, I looked at this city once the same way. "To spend a summer in New York..." that's about as far as it got. A lot of people feel like this is the place that will make their lives better, that will change them, all their dreams will come true. That's just not the case. 
I have enjoyed my time here, but I don't think it has changed me as a person. It is convenient to have everything basically within walking distance of you. The trains run regularly, shopping galore, i've gotten used to all the walking (well, my feet have I should say), but it almost reminds me of the feelings I had my first visit back home after going away to school in Cincinnati four years ago. I didn't realize how much I missed the country. Space. Grass. Dark. Quiet. That's how I grew up, its what I've come to love. Only, being here in the city, a constant asphalt jungle packed with darting obstacles occupied with mobile phones or kids running every which way, it really starts to wear on you. I'm tired of being crammed into subway cars every morning rush hour and having to wait in line just to walk up the stairs. I'm tired of living in my tiny 12' x 12' room (though I am so grateful to have found the space). I just want to spread out and be surrounded by crickets and stars, summer bugs and my wonderful "woods", away from this constant stress and chaos. 
I didn't acquire the "New York state of mind" while I was here. Though New York tried, with its best efforts, in the end I'm still just the Midwestern girl that saves wounded birds from the street and questions why people here own bathing suits if they cannot swim... You can't take the country out of the girl I suppose. I'm saying country loosely, I never considered myself a country girl until coming here. I guess more accurately, everyone here considers me a country girl lol. But all in all, it has been a good experience. A good three months spent exploring and making new friends. Is this the place for me? probably not, but I am proud to at least a little bit call myself a New Yorker now :) 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weekend Photography : week 4

 intersection at sunset

 It was a good week for sunsets

 I finally walked through central park, theres so many places that feel magical, or enchanted, like places you read about it books.

Had a good time with the self timer on my camera phone

This tree makes me think of endurance

sometimes the camera phone portrait fails lol 

Hippos in the park! 

I got to work the Ironman US Championships this weekend to get some service hours. At least I got a beautiful spot by the Hudson to watch the sunset


...and to creep on some other people watching the sunset

These runners were insane, 2.4 miles swimming, 112 mile bike, 26.2 running. There were still runners on the course when I left at midnight. They started at 6am. I cant believe their bodies can take that all day. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

until my departure for New Zealand, 
I can't believe the time is coming so fast! 
I've got my packing list set, and what I need to buy when I get to the Midwest decided (much cheaper there than in New York City). After spending hours scouring travel blogs and reading about people who have travelled to New Zealand, backpacked through New Zealand, and lived there for a year or less, I think I have finally come up with the ultimate packing list (my ultimate packing list at least)

so its a bit scratchy working-version of my ultimate packing list... but this is what its including right now
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 pair khaki pants
  • 1 pair navy pants
  • 4-5 skirts
  • 14 tops
  • 10 tank tops
  • 2 weeks of socks & underwear
  • 4-5 skirts
  • tights
  • 2 pairs of flats
  • 1 pair boots
  • running shoes
  • fleece jacket
  • synthetic shirts
  • 2 mesh shorts
  • winter coat

So for anyone planning their own 3 month internship / adventure to New Zealand, I hope this compounded knowledge helps. I'm going with two weeks of clothes because here in New York, 2 weeks of laundry for me has been about 17ibs. We'll see if this all fits in my bags & under the weight limit :D 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I realized this morning at work that although I am now 23 years old, I still refer to myself as a teenager. I was uninformed of the LG US Texting Championships in Time Square yesterday and had to make a point of bringing it up to all of my co workers this morning. Being in the generation that started texting, the ones that grew up texting with numbers, not even the full keyboard, I feel like I could have given them young'ens a pretty good run for their money. After reading in the article that the oldest competitor was 24, I immediately felt old. But still. Us teens invented this sort of thing. ^_^ 

Full Article here

..I mean seriously people, 100 texts a day? I remember the days of using my entire 1000 text limit in a weekend. then getting in trouble thereafter... but the point is srsly, a $50,000 grand prize?  

Monday, August 6, 2012

Speaking of that other adventure, 

I've finally got my reading list set for my upcoming travels. 

Monday morning blues: 

Feeling a bit homesick, well, homesick isn't the right word for it.. more like, space sick. Open spaces and nature sick. This constant concrete jungle is wearing on me a bit, just being in the middle of so much going on all the time. There's no place to just sit and breathe, can't go out and just lay on the grass, can't be alone. So maybe a bit homesick, but really just missing the ability to spread out and not be so cramped. You can tell people weren't ment to live like this. 

A little collection of Ohio, 
4 weeks until I return

via google images

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Weekend Photography : week three

 waiting for the train... 

 Blury, but a sweet pic of the brooklyn bridge at night

 Apollo again, different light

These are pretty self explanatory.. 

Somewhere around Dekalb / Flatbush area