A Little About You

A Little About You

The Introduction
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Halfway between cutting limes for tequila shots and finishing the imperative work presentation for the next morning, I had an epiphany. As If the lightbulb had just gone off in my head, I slung that tequila shot back, bit into an incredibly sour lime and said to myself, “Emma, you are the problem, it wasn’t them, well... maybe it was a few of them, but you are definitely part to blame.”

Looking up at the glass I see myself in the mirror across the room of my loft, currently being lit up by the skyline of Seattle. I only bought the place for the window views, I realize that sounds swaggering, but it’s just me here, so I splurged. I walk closer to the mirror, leaving the bottle and laptop with the presentation still there needing to be done.

I stand and stare at my reflection. I see a tall, simply skinny, 32-year-old woman with long wavy strawberry blonde hair and bright green eyes. I believe that I am laughable and confident. I’ve always been great at making others smile and I’ve always kept in mind what I bring to the table. I scoff and shrug, turn around and walk back to focusing on my presentation. After all, it is 2 a.m. and I have to be up in three hours.

After a long, laser-focused 45 minutes I was finished with my assignment and eager to get as much sleep as I could before the morning alarm would ring again. Crawling into bed, I sat up looking at the empty space next to me in that California King bed. Feeling defeated, I sank back down into the comfort of the dozen or so pillows I had surrounding me. I spent the next few minutes thinking about all the past relationships I had and how they all ended up to be a waste of time, space, and feelings. Quietly thinking, I wondered, “Then why did I find them attractive them at all?"

Surely, there had to have been something that attracted me to all these crazies. Affirmingly nodded while saying, “Let’s start at the beginning" before snuggling more into bed.

It was my freshman year of college at The University of Washington in Seattle and I was moving into my dorm room. I was born and raised in Washington, just south of here in Renton, but it was going to be moving out into the big city by myself which I couldn’t be more excited about. I was ready for a change of pace and I couldn’t wait to live the city life. Being so ready to conquer Seattle, I mistakenly dropped my guard for the one and only, bad boy Brad.

Brad was handsome in a dark, soldering kinda way. He has dark eyes that latched onto you. Brad was far from perfect, I would soon learn that knowing him would be the same as always being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Brad also had a troubled past which I tried to be empathetic about, but at the end of the day, your past doesn’t dictate your future unless you allow it too.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Dumas

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17 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes To Remember When You're About To Have A Final Exam Panic Attack

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."

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Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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