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going to new york

going to new york

^ packing, my floor

tomorrow we embark for new york city! artsy things, shopping, exploring, and catching up with friends. i will be on digital sabbatical until sunday. i am bringing:

* betsey johnson weekend bag

* clothes (1 dress, underwear, 1 pair of socks, sparkly hair thing)

molskine journal

* muji passport journal

* stickered envelope including google maps print-outs and ticket confirmations

* purse

* tide to-go pen

* black pen

* marvin the kindle

* beopig the iphone

* water bottle

* ear phones

* hair elastic

* contact lenses

* cosmetic case (ultrabland face cleanser sample, hairbrush, toothy tabs, toothbrush, lip stain, eye shadow, deodorant)

* [not shown] my nikon that was taking this picture, another set of clothes i’m wearing tomorrow


a daily slice of cake (or something)

^ a slice of lemon cake from the tate modern café (from months ago, not today. it’s just pretty.)

i have a sweet tooth. a sugar addict in recovery. the new thing i’m trying is to save delightful desserts for the end of the day and to only have one serving when i do indulge. the thing is, if i resolve to have one dessert per day and then have dessert after lunch, that’s a guaranteed broken resolution because dessert must always follow dinner (duh. okay alliteration time over i promise). therefore, save the slice of cheesecake (mmm. cheesecake.) for evening. i have a theory that it actually tastes better that way. well, *let’s be honest*, it will always taste good. but it does feels better. 

a portable library (aka my kindle)

^ my kindle (his name is marvin) and his case, by bertie’s closet

at first i was a bookhugging dissenter. the familiar arguments: i like the feel of books. (let’s be honest. i like the smell of books. especially american hardcover harry potter books.). but when it comes to being a traveling englishist, the kindle is a lifesaver. and as it turns out, my marvin is also an excellent cure for being an indecisive bookworm. (actually one of the awesome things about minimalism that people don’t really talk about is that it is *in general* an excellent cure for indecision. ditto vegetarianism.). there are also cool things like note-taking and text-searching (pause. when one is an english student, one hears “text” and thinks literature before, like, “txt”) and discreet word-looking-up-in-internal-dictionary-ing. and now i have my own personal robot buddy.