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Winter: A Pointless Regional Survey (aka: Go home, winter!)

5 Mar

Recently, I moved from Greensboro, NC to Boston.

By “recently”, I mean that my lease started in January- which meant I moved just in time to experience Boston’s first cold snap (and the fourteen other subsequent cold snaps).

With all the insane winter storms Massachusetts has been hit with, I’ve gotten a number of texts from people outside of Boston telling me to, “Stay safe!” and that they “hope I’m okay!” which makes me think all of my friends picture me wandering outside in the winter snow, lost and confused.

I’m FINE! I have access to shelter, you guys!

(Also, I live within walking distance of a crepe shop. Life is pretty good.)

It’s different though. Having spent the last eight years in North Carolina, this weather is confusing and disorienting.

Once I came home, and there was a pillar of ice 8″ thick on the ground in front of my door. I naively wondered where it came from until I realized- IT CAME FROM THE SKY. Above me were icicles hanging off the roof the size of me. People in Boston don’t immediately understand why I’m half hysterical when I tell this story. It’s insane because in Greensboro, when there WERE icicles– THEY WERE ADORABLE! They accented the house. It was as if someone bought a string of them at K-Mart. Also, they weren’t able to kill me.

Bostonians are completely blasé about snow. There has been a “snow emergency” at least once a week for the past four weeks- but there seems to be absolutely no sense of urgency attached to the announcement. Other than the schools closing, it’s really just to let everyone know that they have to move their car.01 move asshole

01 everything is on fire

I’ve watched North Carolina deal with this winter from afar and the result hasn’t been surprising. North Carolina is the only place where it can snow and suddenly EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE. When it snowed in Greensboro, it was a cause for celebration. An inch of snow could bring the city to grinding halt. Kids would get school off and you would get an excuse to miss work (and the bars would remain open and be within walking distance).

Meanwhile, Boston has been under a perpetual foot of snow and everything has been fine. We have had some “warm” days, so it’s starting to melt (which basically means everything is either ice or a deep puddle of freezing sludge. Nothing in between).

This weather has been intense. While the Bostonians I have met are unfazed by everything happening around them, they are instantly apologetic once they hear I just moved here.

This is a conversation I’ve had several times:

ME: I’m from North Carolina, so this weather is… different.

THEM: Yeah, I’m sorry- it isn’t usually this bad.

ME: I forgive you.


Cross-country Adventures With Psycho Cat

14 Feb

I love my cat.

I’m not a crazy cat lady- I’m just crazy about my cat.

There is a subtle (BUT KEY) difference.

Recently, I had to move my cat (Tycho) 750+ miles and I was worried that such a massive change (combined with being in a car for 12 hours) would break his tiny little brain.*

(*This is a cat who used to flee in terror when he heard a toilet flush.)

So I did an extensive amount research in order to figure out how to get my cat to our destination without making all of his fur fall out.

But, naturally, every tip experts had was completely useless because Tycho is not a normal cat.

Below are tips for moving a cat cross-country (and if your cat is a total weirdo like Tycho is, there are also tips on how to move a Tycho cat cross-country).


*Tycho cat: Sure. You can try and stuff some sedatives in his mouth but it won’t matter*. Stress and anxiety will override the sedative. It WILL be adorable to see him try to walk in a straight line, though.

*NOTE: These were sedatives prescribed by the vet. I don’t just stuff pills into my cats mouth.



*Tycho cat: I mean, I did that and it might have helped- but he really seemed more interested in NEW scents… like the scent of my sandwich.



*Tycho cat: Naaaaaw. Let him wander throughout the car until he decides the safest place for him is underneath your feet.

ME: Tycho, that isn't safe! TYCHO: Yes, it is.

ME: Tycho, that isn’t safe!
TYCHO: Yes, it is.

I bought him a comfy new carrier for the trip. He didn’t hate the carrier- but he looked slightly panicked. To be fair, he had the same look before he was in the carrier so I think his panic stemmed more from the fact that he was drugged and that cats don’t understand what drugs are.

As soon as he got out of the carrier he crawled into my lap and looked up at me, as if to say, “DUDE, SOMETHING REALLY WEIRD IS HAPPENING TO MY BODY!”

And, yes, towards the end he would not move from beneath my feet and yes, I know that is super dangerous. He got spooked as soon as we started driving in New York and I can’t blame him. New York has so many potholes, it’s like driving on the surface of the moon. PAVE YOUR ROADS, NEW YORK. South Carolina has better roads than New York (and I’m pretty sure some of roads are just dirt paths).



*Tycho cat: Well jeez, he’s already wandering the car so this tip is kind of already completely pointless. His two favorite places: in my lap (SUPER convenient) and looking out a window. Apparently my cat is FASCINATED by semi-trucks. He loves them. We took a break at a rest stop  and were surrounded by them and he was overjoyed to see them in their natural habitat. 

(*The other thing that fascinated him: drive-thrus. He was momentarily perplexed that he couldn’t see who I was talking to when I was ordering- but then completely floored that said conversation resulted in food being shoved through the window. I think now he basically thinks I can speak to ghosts and they give me food.)



Tycho cat: But if he is confined to one room, how will he be able to explore the entire house?!

So, yeah- pretty much the most universal tip for moving cats into a new place is “keep them in one room.” When we moved him into our last apartment, that’s exactly what we did and it worked perfect. This time, however, “timid” little Tycho was keen on exploring everything. Immediately.

tycho in the kitchen

Tycho in his new kitchen letting me know how it’s gonna be.

The Best Responses To The Tragedy In Boston

22 Apr

 “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Last week, the news was pretty much dominated by everything going down in Boston.

After bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, there was a lot of chaos and confusion. The attack was savage and pointless. It was a dark and painful time for the people of Boston (and everyone holding Boston in their thoughts).

People rallied around Boston.

And despite everything, ultimately, people helped each other out.

With all the awfulness of the bombings, it was heartening to see.

Stephen Colbert’s cold open is a tribute to Boston (and their badass-itude)

Stephen Colbert addressed the bombing at the top of his show. He offered condolences to the people of Boston, but also declared his confidence that Boston would not be shaken by anyone:

“As the President said, we don’t know who did this, but they will be found and will be brought to justice. But whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sakes! Boston was founded by the pilgrims– a people so tough they had to buckle their goddam hats on!

It is incredibly moving… as well as incredibly funny.

(Jon Stewart also had some touching things to say about Boston.)

mr rogersMr. Roger’s tells us to “look for the helpers.”

There really isn’t a time where quoting Mr. Rogers would go amiss. The man was a beacon of kindness.

Anyway, in light of recent tragedies, this quote has been making it’s way around the internet (here is the actual clip).

In times of trouble, “look for the helpers.

It’s helpful to remember.

Patton Oswalt reminds us that “the good guys” are there… and they are badasses.

Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a statement that to echoed the same thing Rogers was saying.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.

  • People from around the world offer Boston their support…  [Buzzfeed]
  • Amy Poehler On Coping With Excessive/Violent Images (“I love you, Boston”) [Smart Girls]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts remained open to help Emergency Responders (because that’s how Dunkin’ Donuts ROLLS!) [Bostino]
  • There were a handful of runners who ran the Boston Marathon AGAIN to show how un-terrorized they are. [Buzzfeed]

How You Can Help Boston

Stephen Colbert’s Salute To Boston

17 Apr

As the President said, we don’t know who did this, but they will be found and will be brought to justice. But whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sakes! Boston was founded by the pilgrims– a people so tough they had to buckle their goddam hats on!” – Stephen Colbert

Watch the whole segment here.