Recovering from Homesickness


“I never get a break. I never get time off to just relax!” is something I probably text my mother far too often. She always calmly replies, “Well you never stick around anywhere long enough to get vacation time!”

I have moved around a lot in the past few years, and because of it, I really don’t ever “earn” the time away from work. I finally got to go back home to Kentucky/Cincinnati last weekend and it was all I could have hoped for with the short time allotted. I spent time with my mom, saw at least 5 good friends, ate too much, shopped too much (H&M, HOW DARE YOU BE SO MUCH CHEAPER IN KENTUCKY?!), went to the zoo with my sister who’s pregnant and my darling nephew Mason, picked up tons of winter clothes for the freezing weather to come, and sat by a fire and talked about just about everything.

(but really, I don’t have any pets, why are there dogs in my yard?)

What never ceases to surprise me is the effortless continuity of going home. I always expect that it’ll be hard to adjust, but it never is. A really easy “throw-away” question to ask someone is what success looks like for them. Well right now, I’d feel very successful if I could make enough money by doing what I love — to visit home more often.


my mom asked me if I wanted to go check out the new church of scientology because she heard they have a bar in there.

There aren’t words.

I have a pretty standard - Midwestern/American/News/Sitcom accent, don’t you think?

Tumblr accent challenge!

Record yourself:

1. Your name and username. Where you’re from.

2. Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY.

3. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

4. What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?

5. What do you call gym shoes?

6. What do you call your grandparents?

7. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

8. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

9. Choose a book and read a passage from it.

10. Do you think you have an accent?

11. Be a wizard or a vampire?

12. Do you know anyone on Tumblr in real life?

13. End audio post by saying any THREE words you want


The Young And The Old by Bill Fultz (slakejustice) on Flickr:

In the upper left hand corner the recently completed Great American Tower, the tallest building in Cincinnai. In the lower right hand corner the northern pier of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which at the time of is completion in 1865 was the tallest structure in Cincinnati.

Beautiful photo of my hometown.