Some Updates

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The wife and me

Because this ain’t my first time at the summer-in-NYC rodeo, I haven’t felt like I’ve had a ton of blog-worthy updates. But of course, that isn’t true. My summer has been pretty different — well, more like entirely different — than last summer. So if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this time around, read on! Continue reading

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Cheers, Oxford! Hello, New York.

teaI start too many posts by saying it’s been too long since I last wrote. In this case, it really has been much too long. Since my previous post, I finished my year at Oxford, and though I wasn’t doing a lot more than I had done in other terms, Trinity was very hectic, mostly for personal reasons. Since I’m still processing the experience, as it’s a big one, I intend to write one or two post-mortems about studying abroad once I’ve settled in a bit more. There’s a lot I want to say–I just have to find the time to say (write) it. For now, I’ll focus on my adjustment from Oxford to NYC. Continue reading

Les Petites Victoires

It’s the little things that make a big difference, right? As I become more and more accustomed to living on my own, I’m beginning to notice the small things throughout the day that make me feel satisfied, independent, like a “real New Yorker,” etc. Although I’ve technically been on my own since leaving for college, this summer is my first prolonged period of time in which I’m completely responsible for myself. No RAs, no house chef, no parents. In learning how to adult (the lite version of adult, mind you), I’m learning to appreciate the little victories. Read on for a few of my favorite moments/feelings! Continue reading

Little Girl, Big City

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Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn

I’ve started thinking about this blog of mine as a book, or maybe a film series. No, I’m not trying to say that my life is exciting enough to constitute a bestseller or a film adaptation. What I am trying to say is there are distinct “movements” in my life at this point in time and there are lulls between them. Chapter 1 was freshman year, chapter 2 was sophomore year (and one of those lulls), and now I’ve gotten to chapter 3: summer in New York City. Whereas I had a specific goal for chapter 1 (document my freshman experience), I have a few specific goals for my blog this summer. As cliche as it might be, if my life were actually a film series, “Little Girl, Big City” would definitely be my title of choice. Continue reading

Summer Goals

SUMMER GOALSI’m a list-maker. A compulsive list-maker, actually. Since 7th grade, I’ve written out my goals for the year–some trivial like “Get new phone bumpers” (throwback to my Sidekick days) or “Pimp out my locker” circa 2008, some abstract like “Forget the little things” or “Do what I want to do” during my senior year. So, naturally, I decided to define some goals for this pivotal summer of mine: the bridge between high school and college. I want to get things done. Everything I’ve been wanting to do, I’ll make time for. Here are a few of the things I’d like to accomplish before I leave for college in the fall… Continue reading

Memoirs of a Geisha

Source: impawards.com
Source: impawards.com

I’ve seen Memoirs of a Geisha on bookshelves for years and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it after picking up a $2.00 copy at the Half-Price Books Clearance sale (see the complete list of buys here). Throughout the first half of the novel, I was honestly pretty underwhelmed. By the end, however, I was blown away. The plot is unpredictable, the voice is distinctive, and the romance is anything but ordinary. Continue reading

Half-Price Clearance Haul

Why haven’t I heard of this before?!

Half-Price Books has this amazing annual clearance sale where everything is $2.00 unless marked as less. WHAT?! This is what Half-Price should be like all the time! Instead, we’ll have to settle for once a year–when they round up the surplus from all of the HPBs in the metroplex and cram all the books onto tables in a convention center. Anyway, here are the books I took home from the Arlington sale.

All for $21!
All for $21!

1. Possession by A.S. Byatt

2. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

5. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

6. The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

7. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

8. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

9. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

10. Room by Emma Donoghue

11. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

12. Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman

13. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

14. Bossypants by Tina Fey

All in all, this haul cost me just $21.00. You can barely get two books at Barnes & Noble for $20! 7 of the 14 books were $1.00 and the other 7 were $2.00. There were also DVDs and CDs on sale, but because of time restraints I could only clear the Fiction section and segments of History and Entertainment. Even though the entire room was filled, there were still many unloaded boxes and the staff said they restocked each night (as well as throughout the day).

It was like Christmas. But more magical.

~Natalie