I plant flowers that I forget about. Somehow I managed to keep a fleet of snapdragons, marigolds, dianthuses, geraniums, begonias, petunias, and whatever else looked too-charming at the greenhouses alive for an entire summer. I ended up putting most of the flowers in my hair. I’m thinking of investing in a cactus. I write poetry to keep my teenage-girl-tumblr-fans happy and poetry to keep my professors happy and I’m trying to tie the two together into a somewhat decent hybrid. I love the rain and getting paint on my hands. I love matcha. I love the time between right before sunset and before dark—when everything emits this soft, golden hue. I love good cinematography. I love finding new recipes on the internet and trying them because I have a cabinet full of spices I can’t pronounce. I also love Chinese delivery. I love driving at 5 am in the suburbs when everything is so silent, except for a few other headlights—a few sleepy drivers heading to work and it’s like you’re all alone in the world. I love the way the glow of the dashboard and the beams of your headlights and other drivers’ headlights and taillights make your cars seem like your own little worlds—your own little globes of light. I love picking raspberries and dancing with my macaw and feeding him things he will take one bite out of and then drop to the ground.
Movies: Cloud Atlas, Wes Anderson films, Woody Allen, Coen Brothers, The Big Lebowski, Miyazaki/Ghibli films, Almost Famous, Casablanca, Makoto Shinkai, The Hobbit series, Mamoru Hosoda, Her, Big Fish, Across the Universe, Star Trek, Star Wars, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Princess Bride, The Secret in Their Eyes, Bride and Prejudice (Bollywood!), The Lives of Others, Pixar, Scott Pilgrim
Shows: Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, New Girl, House, The Office, Downton Abbey, HIMYM, Girls
Music: All that folk/indie/hipster junk that’s so obscure, it’s probably in French--Coeur de Pirate, Yelle, MIKA. Bands like Imagine Dragons, The Killers, American Authors, Radical Face, Beirut, The Shins, Lumineers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sufjan Stevens, Bleachers, Walk the Moon, Mumford and Sons, Smallpools, Bastille, etc. Birdy, Matt Kearney, Matt Nathanson, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Jonsi, EDM. Dramatic movie soundtracks.
Food: Anything noodles. Lo mein, sushi, authentic ramen, Hawaiian pizza, fried chicken, Shake Shack. Matcha. Green tea ice cream. Green tea crepe cake. Green tea oxygen.
2. Films that make you leave the theater, stunned, still suspended in their grasp for a few more moments
4. People I connect with and can talk to
5. That instant you’re kind of shaken from the present moment and you realize how beautiful your surroundings are
6. Chicken Lo Mein