Category Archives : winter

winter treat

Two snow days in a row — I’m so happy I had the chance to get some work done (and also enjoy the beautiful snow outside). So here’s a little poetic treat on this winter night. It’s one of Nikki Giovanni’s from her newest collection, Chasing Utopia, and is one of my current faves: “Podcast […]

Happiness is…

…when one of your favorite hangouts starts serving hot chocolate. When there are fresh flowers on your table, even though it’s wintry outside. And when you get to sit in your favorite spot with the sun shining in your back and a small plate of cookies at your elbows. To top it off, you had […]

My Fix

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a warm cinnamon muffin, the warmth of a cup of mint hot cocoa, and the appeal of a fresh banana and good book to brighten my morning. It may be cold and gloomy outside (my favorite weather, actually), but I’m nice and cozy in my favorite bookstore’s cafe. […]

This is my life… 2

I’m sitting in the downtown Cup O Joe (a local coffee shop chain) in a swath of sunlight working on my diss. Yes, I’ve taken to calling my dissertation my diss because, well, it seems somehow appropriate. So here I am, and I look up from my table and realize how beautiful this particular coffee […]


It’s cloudy and gray outside, and I’m feeling like candlelight inside. Okay, okay, this could also be an effect of the Christmas music (hooray for Michael Bublé’s new album, Christmas) and the hot tea…but it’s probably not. It’s true: as the world grows cold and dark around me with the impending winter, I am more prone […]

holidays, winter, pretty lights

So Christmastime has come and gone, and the aftermath of the magic of the holidays has left me feeling a bit glum. The pretty lights have been taken down, I’ve left California behind for another several months, and the chill of Ohio has begun to seep into my soul. In an attempt to help improve […]

springtime, travel time, break time

*tick*   *tick*   *tick* Time is slipping away from me bit by bit. I’m working my way through my reading list for my candidacy exams, and it’s making the days disintegrate into slivers of time between classes, office hours, bus rides, and planned gym time. It’s like I’m living my life in snatches, but they’re […]

the land of plenty

This winter break has been fantastic. So far, I’ve hiked, walked, jogged, and just generally enjoyed the beautiful outdoors (something you can’t really do in Columbus in the winter). Soon enough, I’ll also be playing in the snow when I head up to Tahoe. This picture is one of my favorites so far — the […]