Maria : A Love Story With Tattoos

I have a request. I’ve been fascinated by tattoos for a long while. I’ve been drawing on my skin for years with gel pens, Crayolas, Sharpies—anything that could leave a decent mark. I’ve spent cumulative hours digging into my skin with cheap Bics and ballpoints, trying to eke out some sort of shape. My father … Continue reading

The Advent of the Dinahsaurus

So I’m pretty sure it’s time for me to stop wheedling like a whiny little shit and actually start caring about my body and how I handle my diet. Which is pretty much nonexistent so far. Thus, change. I’ve been diagnosed (on top of so many other glorious problems) with the dreaded acid reflux, destroyer … Continue reading

When I Grow Up, I Want to be Happy

Do I know where I’m going? That’s the question. Everyone’s been asking it. The answer is something like, “Well, not at all.” And it’s not uncommon. We’re supposed to know these things by senior year, but we don’t. We’re still so stuck on ‘What’s My Major’ that half of us still haven’t even figured out … Continue reading

Festivalpalooza

This past Saturday was certainly eventful. It’s a little intimidating to hear just how many festivals are going on in Atlanta at a time–and so close together! Anyway, I started the Saturday fairly early (at least for me) when my wonderfultastic roommate, Miss Tesla, crept in my room to pry me from my mattress. We … Continue reading

Things That Are Sweet

I’ve been having a nice, relaxing time so far. I’m getting ready to head to a writing retreat in Sedona with my mother, so there’s still quite a bit of packing to do, but I thought I’d share some of the little details in the meantime. 🙂 Before I left for Fort Lauderdale, I realized … Continue reading

Crying Games

Lining Up

“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.” – Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning I don’t even know how the conversation started, but suddenly we were talking about crying. It might have been about our fathers–we’ve both lost them, … Continue reading

5% Car Trouble by Volume – (And Not as Much Walking as I Thought.)

Let me start out by saying that I love and adore ‘Happy Accidents’. Buuuuut… Why does no one ever bother to put a disclaimer on certain days? Give me a heads up when I need to put on my Responsible Adult panties and figure out how to speak car problemese? The plan started out functional. … Continue reading

Walking Somewhere

Oh, I know I’ve been bragging about gaining muscle mass like a Roman god in Italy, but I’m not sure if it’s entirely true. Mostly, I’ve just learned to stop whining when my legs begin eating themselves. But I’ve signed on to go on the FAT Village Art Walk with a few friends tonight. The … Continue reading

Sour-Mouth Maintenance

“So, I heard she had a religious experience.” “…Again?” You wouldn’t believe the things you can hear—or worse, the things you’ll catch yourself saying. Examine any number of little gems—little silver casings rolling off of your tongue. Really think about what you’re saying. It’s a new effort for me. Linguistically and intentionally, I wonder, When … Continue reading

Limoncello – Italy – Day 1

[Photolabels coming soon. x.x] So it seems I’ve finally made it to Italy. It’s been a busy first day. My mother ordered a shuttle to take the five of us living in the same complex to Hartsfield-Jackson’s shiny new international terminal. My mother checked into the airport hotel first and dropped of her bags so … Continue reading

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