Monday, May 25, 2015

this and that, here and there

A very dear friend helped me move out to Colorado. Between taking two-hour-naps and unpacking a whopping one box a day, somehow we managed to fit in some fun. Although nothing we did was necessarily exciting enough to warrant its own post, here are a few bits and bobs from the past week or so in the centennial state. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

transitional tunes

We did it folks! Albert and I are officially graduated, packed, and moved. And with a B in statistics, might I add (that was more my effort than Albies though). In the space of a week I took two finals, enjoyed a going-away party lovingly thrown by one of my very best friends, packed up my entire life into a set of boxes, graduated Summa Cum Laude, hosted a slew of family members for graduation celebrations, and then made the drive from Omaha to Fort Collins. Needless to say, it's nice to finally be here and have some time to breathe, although there are mountains of boxes still to be unpacked.

As always, I'm having my good moments and my bad moments during this transition. I fluctuate between excitedly picking out new cafes to try and boutiques to check out and trying to ease my painful longing for Omaha. Moving isn't easy in any situation, but now that I've graduated university, I've found myself spinning with more unease than usual. I had a strange realization the other night: at times, this move to Fort Collins has felt more uncomfortable than my move to Ireland last year. I puzzled out the reason why. There's no "end" to this adventure, no countdown until my flight home and a return to normalcy. I've started real life, which is exhilarating and terrifying in the same moment. 

I'm looking forward to taking the summer to myself. In a few short days, I'm happy to announce that I'm heading back to Europe. I'll start off the trip in England, work my way through a hike across the Cotswolds with my father, and then cap off the festivities with a trip back to Cork. !!!!!!!!!!! is how I feel about that. 48 hours after I return in mid-June, I jet set off for a week with Meg in D.C. Finally, I'll be back in Colorado to enjoy the sun, fresh air, host some out-of-town guests, apply to grad school, and just generally love the season. 

Thank you all for being so patient with me during these past few months. I'm already feeling so inspired by new surroundings and upcoming travels. I can't wait to get back into the swing of blogging and share this new chapter with you here. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

spring cleaning (an announcement!)

Earlier this week, we had spring in Nebraska epitomized. The morning started out with an opaque mist blanketing the city. By 1 p.m., it was drizzling. When I left my statistics test at 5:30, a thick, heavy snow was falling steadily, coating our freshly greened grass with pillowy flakes. I closed my blinds at 8:30, after enjoying a sweet-smelling, warm, and sunlit evening. 

Winter and summer remind me of home. As soon as the days start getting shorter and the winds more bitter, I'm brought back to Sidney, to coming home in darkness at 5 pm, a warmed dinner waiting for me after ballet class. When the evenings are finally warm enough to discard even light jackets, I find myself longing for nearly endless drives on crumbling dirt roads. There's something in the air that just brings me home. 
But autumn and spring are Omaha seasons. Autumn is an obvious one--the start of a new semester, the smell of fresh pencils, the gentle rain of colorful, dead leaves that falls throughout October. Spring does something different to me. It's a season of anticipation. Spring leaves me with a sense of wonderment. In the weeks waiting for summer vacation, I find myself reveling in the fact that I've managed yet another year on my own. It's a time of unique reflection I fall into when driving past memorable streets, restaurants, bars, parks, or whatever throughout the city.

The ninth marked one month until graduation. 
This week marks one month until I leave.

Following graduation, I'm excited to announce that Albie and I will be packing our bags and heading west. I've decided to make the move to Colorado for a little more fresh air, to be a little closer to my family, and to have a big change of scenery. I feel as though one of my strong points is making a new space my own. I can't wait to spend the summer getting to know my new digs and picking out new favorite coffee shops, bookstores, parks, and hikes.

And so this spring is a time for special reflection as I get set to say goodbye to Omaha. As easy as the decision to move was, it's been surprisingly difficult to come to terms with now that the end is approaching so quickly. Omaha is such a beautiful, community-oriented city that I've been proud to call home for the past four years. I know amazing things will continue to come out of this area. It won't be an easy transition--I know as soon as I put the car in drive, my heart will be aching for all of the wonderful people, places, and experiences I'll miss (I'm looking at you, Three Happiness Express).

I promise to be documenting every minute of adjustment here (promise to the best of my ability). As always, thank you for reading along, and I'm can't wait to share this new journey with all of you! xoxo! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

march's most loved

Here are just a few of the bits and bobs I found myself falling in love with throughout the month of March.

1// Charlotte Gainsbourg 
WWCD. What Would Charlotte Do: my new mantra. (See also: WWCW. What Would Charlotte Wear.) 

2// Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum 
Even though I know it's wrong, I'm the sort that judges a book by its cover. I picked up Hausfrau at the store after eyeing it's glossy, art piece of a cover and have not been disappointed. The story of Anna, described as "a good wife, mostly" from page 1, is loaded with the sort of juicy symbolism, metaphor, and attention to detail I can't get enough of. Anna's attempt to rid herself (or perhaps bury herself further in) her apathy through a series of scandalous affairs is captivating. 

3// Wax Buffalo candle in 'sweet tobaco' 
I actually don't burn this candle often because it's just too delicious smelling and I'm already afraid of using it up too quickly. Wax Buffalo is a local (well, made in Lincoln, NE) company that crafts soy-based candles, all of which are beautifully packaged and smell incredible. 

4// NYX Creamy Lipstick in 'tea rose'
This lipstick is a dream for spring. When it comes to makeup, I tend to keep things as natural as possible. 'Tea Rose' is a perfect shade of pink-it brightens up any look without being overpowering. 

5// Sea Wolf's 'Leaves in the River'
I know, I know. This indie-folk album is practically ancient, but I've been listening to it nonstop. My favorite tracks: "The Cold, The Dark, and The Silence", "Middle Distance Runner", and "You're A Wolf".

6// Crop Tops 
I don't really know how this one happened. I wandered into H&M, test ran one on a whim, and left the store with three. Whatever, I'm into it. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


A few weeks ago, I needed to download Drizzy. It's this totally weird and awesome keyboard that is all Drake lyrics. I've been using it nonstop and it's the the best way. But Drizzy is kind of beside the point. 
In order to download Drizzy, I had to update my system and clear storage and yada yada yada. After I had cleaned up any useless apps I had clogging up my phone, I still didn't have enough free space. So I turned to my camera roll. 
Holy shit y'all. Some 2,000-odd pictures were standing in the way between me and my sweet, weird keyboard. I was prepping myself for a fight. As much of a minimalist as I dream of being, I tend towards pack rat. Part of that mentality means saving as many memories as I can via image. I anticipated a struggle to clean out my photos. 
After a few minutes of mindlessly scrolling through photos and sending them to their graves, I noticed so many of the snaps I had were pointless. My camera roll was filled with junk. All of your typical blogger-esque odds and ends: beautifully prepared meals (although I couldn't remember what they tasted like or who they were with), charming farmer's market flower arrangements (that aren't half as beautiful as the real deal just a few short weeks away), perfectly poured lattes on wooden tables (which certainly aren't giving me any extra boost of energy now), and God only knows how many meticulously staged images of notepads, lipsticks, books, and burning candles. 
I remember looking through a relative's vacation photos with my grandmother once. After the first couple of glossy drugstore-printed frames had flicked through our fingers, Grandma sighed, waved her fingers, and shoo-ed them away. 
"I don't want to see pictures of things, I want to see pictures of people," she exasperated. 
Maybe this is important, maybe it isn't. But I'm making a move to capture the important bits of life. Few pictures of lunches, green juices, and my desk; more pictures of the people I love most. I doubt that when I'm 80-something and reminiscing on my youth with my grandkids, they'll be interested in seeing pictures of what my clothes looked like when stacked on top of each other. 
What do you think? Who's with me?! (Although I'll always love a good snap of a well-curated charcuterie board and cheesecloth, or better yet, a fuckin' Diptyque candle :) 

Monday, March 30, 2015

my head + shoulders + knees + toes

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know I'm not one to make apologies/excuses/what-have-you for blog slacking. As per usual, I found myself too busy doing all the things I love (and things I don't love, I'm looking at you statistics homework) to sit down and type out my thoughts. This past month or so has been a constant go-go-go: work to home to school to parties to brunch to bars to dinners to fries to endless hours watching Nurse Jackie. 
But! I'm back now, so let's get into it. 

Spring Break 2k15 was last week and to kick it off, one of my best friends, Carl and I made plans to see a very favorite band. I discovered Sylvan Esso during my last few weeks in Cork. Their gentle and upbeat but deep electro-beats were the perfect compliment to the spring sun and fresh air as I wandered into the city centre to grab last-minute cocktails and dinner. My obsession never really stopped, so when I found out they'd be making a stop in Omaha, I bought tickets instantly. 

Amelia and Nick didn't disappoint. Their sound was just as fantastic live as it is recorded. The energy they exuded sent the audience into a trance. I danced until my feet hurt and my six Stoli-Citron-and-Sprites had warn into a warm fuzz in my head. Carl, who is essentially a concert-expert, insisted we get there extra-early to nab a good spot. Thank God for that Carl, because our front row digs made it super easy for Amelia to notice the selfie we were snapping with her. I've taken some cool selfies, but front row at a favorite band with one of the artists as they perform on stage? This might be the coolest of selfies. 
Feeling very emotional at this point (see: six Stoli-Citrus-and-Sprites)
And we made friends! And then went home and ate a pizza and gushed about how much we love Amelia + Nick and then watched Broad City. Because that is just the kind of thing you do after the coolest night ever. 
(shameless car selfie because I was feeling like a hottie, ok?????)

Thank you Sylvan Esso for such an amazing set. I can't wait to stalk y'all and find where you'll be next to drool and dance over your incredible beats again soon! 

Enjoy :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

the lizard girl speaks!: staying smooth in the winter time

Hello, my name is Zoe and I'm part-lizard. 
During the harsh, dry Nebraska winters, I go through sort of this disgusting human-molting phase. ...this is off to a really great start, isn't it? Anyway, I seem to be eternally dried out--the whole deal, raw, scaly skin, chapped, peeling lips, perpetual nosebleeds. It ain't pretty. 
But after a few years of trial and error, I think I've got my scaliness pretty much under control. I have a few tricks and products I swear by to keep my skin looking healthy and smooth during the winter. Read on for my favorite winter skin soothers.