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Things Are Changing

I know I said I was back a few weeks ago and that was only half-true, but I promise I am really back now. I can’t believe that summer is half over already; in my head it’s still the beginning of June! I haven’t had that many summer adventures, but for 4th of July a few of my friends met in Boston to celebrate and were treated to one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen.

I’ve also been thinking this summer about how things are changing. It’s been a year since I graduated from college, which is weird. It used to be that any sentence starting with the phrase “a year ago…” meant that I rewound my memory to college. It’s funny to me that a year ago I was sitting in the same apartment, at the same desk. There are no more mandatory changes in life. No one is going to force me to graduate and move on. Whatever changes come are now our choices. There have been countless tiny changes over the past year, but the two biggest changes recently are:

1. A few months ago I changed jobs, which has been fantastic. Not to mention that working from home is the best.

2. I’m moving at the end of August. My fantastic current roommate is moving to Brooklyn, so I’m moving with my other fantastic friend from high school. As much as I hate the logistics of looking for apartments and dealing with brokers (are there any who aren’t complete sleaze bags???), I do love looking at different units and trying to picture my furniture in the rooms and my clothes hanging in the closet. Of course, in Manhattan I rarely see a closet that can accomodate all my clothes, but that’s a different story.

As summer winds down, expect more posts from me!

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Hello, Stranger

Dearest Readers,

I’m so sorry I have completely disappeared from the blogosphere for the past month. I have switched to a new job (more on that later) and been on vacation in Europe (more on that later too). I’m back in Manhattan now, all caught up with work, completely unpacked, and ready to resume my life on the internet.

xo,

Alyx

Varenna on Lago di Como

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Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

I mentioned some of my current favorite summery music yesterday, but since then I listened to Free Energy’s new album Stuck On Nothing and I am telling you it is my new warm weather essential. Formed in 2007, this five-member band from Philadelphia released an EP last year and Stuck On Nothing this year on DFA Records. They sound like a happy combination of Weezer and OAR. It makes me want to throw on my bikini and dance around in the sun. You can listen to them on their MySpace page.

{Free Energy’s website}

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Hello Summer, is that you?

Today is the first day to remind me that sometimes it can be too hot outside. It’s not too hot outside now, but after winter I think that warm always equals better and can’t conceptualize the sizzling, too-hot heat. Anyway, it kind of almost feels like summer now and this makes me think of several things.

1. Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises is one of my favorite books and for whatever reason I have an urge to read it every summer. I’m also just finishing up A Moveable Feast right now and if you haven’t read it you need to immediately. I know some people don’t like it, but I love Hem’s prose. Maybe it is the way he writes that makes me associate him with summer. It’s so simple and solid;

2. Outdoor markets. Europeans really have the market thing nailed. There are great markets in New York and elsewhere, but I am always impressed with the ubiquity and quality of European markets. My parents took me to Western Europe every summer as a child, so when the weather starts getting warm I always want to go find one. I want fresh mozzarella from a friendly cheesemonger, tomatos that smell like a farm from a happy, wrinkly old woman, flowers from a happy-go-lucky young Italian boy… you get the idea.

3. Summer jams. Some music is just more summery than other music. Warm weather often reminds me of high school favorites like O.A.R. and Dave Matthews Band and those big, lazy summer concert tours. Right now summer has me thinking about these two albums: Discovery’s LP (no really it’s called LP) and Surfer Blood’s Astro Coast. LP came out last July and is a great, short summer album. Discovery is composed of Wes Miles from Ra Ra Riot and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend (two of my favorite bands). It’s definitely more experimental than either band’s other work, but it’s not so experimental that you can’t enjoy it while flipping burgers or as you sink into a nap on the beach. Astro Coast is actually a winter album, released this January, but I am late on the bandwagon and am just listening to it and it feels summery to me. They are a little bit Weezer, a little bit Vampire Weekend, and a lot of something new. The music makes me want to roll down the car windows and crank up the volume. You know… if I had a car and lived somewhere where it’s pleasant to drive.

Also:

4. Tan lines.

5. Navy with white polka dots.

6. Getting drunk on the beach.

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