Countdown to Zero: Day 31




Homemade wine

another traveller

A month from now, I will be flying from Bucharest to Istanbul to Boston to Toronto. It’s a simultaneously frightening and comforting thought that almost a year and a half of travel around the world is coming to an end.

To commemorate, I would like to share with you each day something from these tales of travels, these trials and tribulations that went on somewhere in the world in that time span (really, just my misadventures). This will be in addition to my daily travel posts and updates. Each day, I would like to reflect on a memorable experience I had during the last year and a half of travel – something I did for the first time, something I learned from, something humbling, something that made me feel accomplished, something that made me feel a way I’ll never forget, something that impacted me and left me with an impassioned…

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30 Mildly Irrational Things Every Anxious Person Has Thought At Least Once

A little different than what I would normally reblog but the accuracy of (most) of this hits too close to home to NOT share

Thought Catalog

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1. You die at the thought of using a public bathroom.

2. Your lips are always jacked up from you biting and pulling on the skin.

3. Sleepovers end with you wide awake far after everyone else has already fallen asleep, because you can’t relax.

4. You rarely raised your hand in school — and despite knowing the correct answer most of the time — because you were worried you’d get it wrong.

5. You watch the same movies and TV shows because you get inexplicably uncomfortable at the idea of watching something new. Why change a good thing, amirite?

6. You assume all nasty tweets and Facebook statuses are somehow about you.

7. You frequently plan out the conversations you’ll have at parties or other social gatherings in advance so that you’re not going in blind.

8. Any sort of message —…

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How to Care for Those Lovely Lilacs

Urban Gardens NYC

There's few things I love more than lilacs in the springtime. / Image: Peter Roome via Flickr CC There are few things I love more than lilacs in the springtime. / Image: Peter Roome via Flickr CC

“Now that lilacs are in bloom, she has a bowl of lilacs in her room.” – T.S. Eliot

It wouldn’t be springtime without the lovely aroma of newly blossoming lilacs wafting through the air. When I was growing up, my mother raved about this delicate, dreamlike plant – but we never were able to cultivate any at home. Instead, we’d go to local flower shops and arboretums, (or my grandma’s house) to take in the wonder of the lilacs. If you’re lucky enough to have lilacs growing near where you live, or if you have a large enough yard to grow a bush or two in, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum has some wonderful tips to help you care for them.

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Here’s some things you should…

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Watch the First Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer
By Kristen Hill
March 27, 2014 | 12:30pm

The time is drawing closer for the latest screen version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo are back in this live-action remake where they have to save New York City from Shredder and Foot Clan, who have a firm grip on government officials. Together the four brothers work with reporter April O’Neil (played by Megan Fox) and cameraman Vern Fenwick (played by Will Arnett) to rescue New York from Shredder.

The four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Raphael, Noel Fisher (Shameless) as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo.

Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for an Aug. 8 release through Paramount Pictures.