Love Letter: I Got A New Toy

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A few weeks ago my mama surprised me with one of the best presents I’ve ever received. A brand new (to me) but old (to the world) TYPEWRITER. Yes an actual typewriter that types on a physical paper in front of you without a computer screen. CRAY-ZAY AMIRIGHT???

I am so in love with it it might be kind of weird. I’ve spent the past few nights doing nothing but typing up poems and letters on my new toy and being mesmerized by the click click click of the letters. My nerd out is full force.

One of my best friends was over the other night and asked me what it was about older things that I loved so much. My record player, typewriter, polaroid cameras, vinyls, basically everything having go do with my obsession of living in the 60s and 70s. I thought about it for a bit (and also remembered something that my beloved Taylor Swift said recently) and realized that I loved theĀ tangibility of all of these things. The fact that I can hold a vinyl record or a polaroid photo or a piece of paper from the typewriter in my hand and have it physically with me is what I love about them all. I love that listening to a vinyl record is an experience that the listener participates in by having to physically flip the record over to listen to the second half of an album. I love that as soon as you take a polaroid picture, you have the physical result of it in your hand. I love that when I type on my typewriter I see it happening in real time.

Being surrounded by technology and computers all the time takes away the thoughtful aspect of a lot of things in our lives. Sitting at the new craft desk in my apartment and typing up letters gave me the biggest feeling of pride and love knowing that my loved ones will be receiving letters that I took the time to type up. Anyone can send a text or email but those messages are such a part of our everyday life that we are almost immune to them. Getting a letter in the mail is something of a treat, and I can’t wait to send out a bunch of little treats over the next few weeks. (I still haven’t quite mastered the typewriter so if you are one of the people getting a letter from me, I apologize for the typos. Oops.)

PS the poem in the below photo is one of my favorite poems of all time. I’ve also talked about it once before.

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TwentySeven Things: December 2012

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I am a day late and a dollar short (but really I’m pretty broke), but here are the 27 things that have made me happy in the past month.

  1. Finishing college. THANK SWEET LORD BABY JESUS.
  2. Being home for the holidays.
  3. Getting socks for Christmas. Always a good thing.
  4. Catching up with old friends while at home.
  5. Watching an entire marathon of Lifetime movies.
  6. Using my mom’s new Keurig.
  7. Possibly having the upcoming July 31st be the best day of my young life. Stand by.
  8. Decorating my own Christmas tree for the very first time.
  9. Finishing my senior thesis and actually being really REALLY proud of it.
  10. Going to karaoke with my ladiezzz.
  11. Thinking Harry Styles followed me on Twitter.
  12. Having my professor take us out to a bar instead of having an actual final.
  13. Making peppermint bark. For the third time.
  14. Being delusional and loopy for finals one last time. Spontaneous 5 minute dance parties kept me sane.
  15. My mom sending me a Starbucks e-card as a “good luck on finals” gift.
  16. Watching “Scaring Maya” with my soul sista and actually laughing until we cried.
  17. Stealing a Christmas tree from The District. The only thing I’m sorry about is the fact that we forgot to steal the base to hold up the tree.
  18. William and Kate announcing they are having a child. A ROYAL BABY IS COMING.
  19. Ditching class to go to happy hour with friends.
  20. Finding this old Ed Sheeran song.
  21. Drinking sangria out of a mug. Living the high life.
  22. Getting chosen for vehicle inspection at LAX and having the police man find a creepy Hank Williams Jr. doll in the back of my car.
  23. One of the loves of my life coming back to the good ‘ole USA after being in Argentina for the past 4 months.
  24. Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man
  25. Finally watching Perks Of Being A Wallflower and wishing I was as cool as Emma Watson in high school.
  26. Watching my brother unwrap the Christmas gift that I wrapped 6 times just for him.
  27. Taking this graduation photo.

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