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When you’ve been gone for so long, it can be difficult to come back. But I figured, let’s just dive right back in!

Well, it seems like I just can’t quit this blog yet. Every time I think I’m ready to let go, something just holds me back. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I missed writing and having this creative outlet.

So, I’ve written a new post for the first time since January. I can’t promise that I’ll stick to any sort of posting schedule, but I do have a few ideas circulating for new posts. For example, I enjoy writing down my thoughts about the books I’ve read and having those reviews to look back at. I’m working on writing reviews for all the books I read since my last books post, and plan to share those on the blog in the coming weeks (check back on Friday for the first one!).

Listening: Ever since I heard it on Insecure, I’ve been listening to it nonstop: “Make it Out Alive” by Nao (feat. SiR).

Watching: I just binge watched all of Sharp Objects this weekend and holy cow. It was so good. All of the acting in that series is superb, but Amy Adams just really blew me away. The raw emotions she portrays in her character, Camille, are simply heartbreaking. And that final episode had me shook. I read the book several years ago, so in theory I knew how it was going to end. But I didn’t remember all of the plot, so the ending totally caught me off guard. That was really excellent television (beautifully shot and edited), and it’s well worth a watch.

Reading: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton. It’s about a woman named Louise, who lives in NYC. She meets a beguiling young woman named Lavinia, who invites Louise into her rich and glamorous world. Louise and Lavinia’s friendship is fast and intense, and they may not both make it out alive… I’m enjoying this so far. I understand the kind of person that Louise is, so I’m really curious to know what happens to her.

Eating: I’ve been working on changing my eating habits and trying to eat healthier. I tried the keto diet for a couple weeks, and I’m working on a whole post about that because it was quite the interesting experience for me. Do you guys have a resource you use for easy, healthy recipes?

I’d love to hear about any life updates that you feel like sharing in the comments below. Also, does anyone have any upcoming trips planned? I’ve got a couple things cooking on the backburner, but still need to finalize some plans.  I definitely have the itch to take another trip or two soon!

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The morning after the election, when I saw the results confirming that he’d won, I was in shock. I called my dad in tears that morning because, when I don’t know what to do, I turn to my parents. I felt ill, drained, and afraid.

I felt the same way on Tuesday night when I came home from work and read about Trump’s press conference. I read about Trump doubling down on his statement about there being “many sides” to the violent white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend. I shouldn’t be surprised at this point, right, because we knew that Trump was racist. Yet, a small part of me still is. Maybe I’m more of an optimist than I thought. Or maybe it’s because he’s not even trying to hide it at this point, to deny that these horrible beliefs are his beliefs.

It’s hard not to lose all hope in these moments. If Trump’s remarks on Tuesday made you feel small, like you didn’t matter at all, you’re not the only one. But then I remembered what my dad told me on November 9th: “We have to keep going.”

I’m going to hold on to the good things. Actually, I’m going to seek out the things that bring me joy, because there is a lot of doubt, fear, and uncertainty in the world right now, and not enough joy.

When you were in grade school, did you ever have to make a time capsule? I did, and I remember taking great care when selecting the items that went into my collection. In that same vein, I’ve titled this post “Capsule” because it captures a few different things that are on my mind at this moment in time.

In the spirit of keeping on, I thought I’d share a few links that I’ve enjoyed recently. I hope you find the articles interesting and if you’ve made it this far, I want to thank you for reading my ramblings (always, but especially today).

Food x Film

You’ve probably seen those short, food video tutorials with a bird’s-eye view (usually on Facebook, right?). Well, food stylist David Ma took that concept one step further and imagined what these food tutorials would be like if directed by famous directors. The results are absolutely delightful and spot on. I hope he adds more directors to his series!

All About the Stars of Insecure and Queen Sugar

I’m an avid watcher of both Queen Sugar and Insecure. There is so much heart in the Bordelon family in Queen Sugar and I see some of myself in the character played by Issa Rae in Insecure. Here are some really great profiles about the actors on these shows, including this article on Kofi Siriboe, this one on Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly on Insecure (did you know she was a comedian first??), and this one on Issa Rae.

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This article about the various styles of online laughter is so interesting. It’s fascinating to consider how formatting really changes the meaning of the laughter. Now I’m wondering when I started using “lololol” instead of “lol.” What’s your preferred style of laughter online?

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS, TO HBO’S CONFEDERATE

Ta-nehisi Coates has done it again. His article on why we shouldn’t give HBO’s Confederate a chance, even though it hasn’t aired yet, is well worth a read. After the events of this past week, let’s just say that I’m less interested than ever in watching a show about an alternative history in which the South won the Civil War.

TARGET LOVE

Target is debuting a new clothing line and a new home decor line this fall, and the goods look good. I should probably just start setting aside a portion of my paycheck now… I’m excited about the home decor products in particular because I think I’ll soon be working on another round of decorating my apartment. I’ve been in my place for over a year and the main wall in my bedroom is still completely blank!

(image by Walid Berrazeg on Unsplash)

An English Wedding

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A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend my cousin’s wedding in the UK. She’s the first of the cousins to get married, so this was an especially big deal!

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In Nigerian culture, it’s actually common to have two weddings, which is what my cousin did. Her first wedding was a traditional Nigerian wedding, and a week later she had a Western church wedding. I wish I could have gone to both, but I was only able to make it to the second wedding.

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The wedding was held in town called Burton upon Trent (isn’t that name so British?!), which is a few hours north of London. I flew in on a Friday morning, my cousin picked me up from the airport, and we drove straight on to Burton. That night, we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to work on a few last-minute wedding details, and then woke up to a beautiful and sunny day.

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Everything was so conveniently located. We were able to walk from the hotel we were staying at to the church, and after the ceremony, we walked over to the Town Hall for the reception. Then it was dancing, drinking, eating, and general merriment for the rest of the night.

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I just have to take a moment to gush about how beautiful my cousin looked on her wedding day! Actually all of my cousins, both the bride and her twin sisters, looked stunning.

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Ahhh, going to the wedding of a close family member or friend is simply the best. Congratulations again to the newly-wedded couple!

Garden Retreat

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People often ask me if I really do like living in New York City. I had some family passing through town yesterday (visiting from the Chicago area), and naturally, they commented on the hustle and bustle of the city. Then, one of my younger cousins asked that frequently asked question, and my response was “Yes, I do love it here.”

One thing I love about New York is that you can walk or take the subway to a different neighborhood, and suddenly it does feel like you’re in a completely different place. A couple of weekends ago, on a warm and sunny Sunday, I took the train uptown to the Conservatory Garden. I’ve been once before, and the garden was just as quiet and peaceful as I remember.

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It’d been quite a while since I took my camera out for a spin, and I wanted to get some practice in before my trips next month. For a while, I wandered around, snapping pictures of the various blooms. Then I just sat on a bench, watching people pass by, enjoying the feel of the sun on my skin, thinking, listening to the various sounds, and dreaming.

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