Sunday, June 05, 2016

Sunday #14: Home

Neighborhood palm trees.

I can not believe it's already June.  You know how people say time flies when you're having fun?  I think time flies as you get old is a more apt way of putting it.  June is a packed month: I have a work retreat, a Portugal. The Man and Cage the Elephant show, a project to wrap up, and my birthday!  For the past few years, I've gotten excited for my birthday month because Orange is the New Black debuts a new season, but I also panic a little because OH DANG IT'S JUNE.
HOME.  I am officially moved in to the new place!  It's a big, roomy shared house of six people now and a lovely little dog named Stella.  I have a few things left to still get from my old place, but I turn in my old keys tomorrow.  I was at the house all the time before anyways so it isn't too large of a change except my possessions won't be divided between two homes anymore.

A musician & his Gibson.

MUSICIANS.  I now live in a home full of musicians.  There is always music being played or made which is good inspiration/motivation for me to practice on my guitars.  I actually got my first guitar when I was 19 and then sold it less than a year later.  When I moved out here for graduate school, I became friends with my current roommates/boyfriend who all play guitar.  I bought myself an acoustic guitar in my first year and - aside from a few $10 lessons - taught myself how to play.  I am nowhere near as proficient as my friends, but practice makes perfect, eh?  Or not too imperfect, in my case.

HOARDERS.  If moving out has taught me anything, it is that I am a massive hoarder.  I lived in a small two bedroom apartment.  How I accumulated so many possessions is beyond me, but I found myself throwing out trash bags of things.  This will likely continue for the weeks to come.  I have enough makeup to start a YouTube channel and enough outgrown clothing to hold a yard sale.  I ended up selling a lot of my old things through my school's marketplace.  "One man's trash is another man's treasure."  And in this case, I had a lot of trash.

UCLA.  On a more somber note, a school shooting occurred this past week that was particularly close to home.  I want only to say that I have colleagues who work at UCLA and are safe, thankfully.  It is a tragedy that the academic community lost a scientist and a family lost a father.  RIP Professor William Klug.  


  1. Congrats on moving into a new home! It must be an exciting time for you and your roommates + boyfriend :) I've moved multiple times in the past few years and I totally understand about the hoarding problem. I just don't understand how did all my junk fit inside my room XD Oh no.. I heard about the UCLA shooting earlier too, it's such a tragedy. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

  2. I'm not sure if I can live in a house with 6 roommates haha or even a roommate. Anyway, i miss playing my guitar. I used to play when I was still in Highschool, then I stopped when I moved to Bangkok. I do miss the sound of it, but I'm not sure if I can go back to it anymore. Being a hoarder sometimes gives you a mess to clean up haha I can feel you about the outgrown clothing. I still have mine, and its hard to let go even though I need to.


  3. I'm sure you will have an amazing time! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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    Tamara xxx

  4. Congrats on the move Alyse! Wow, going to a six-people home sounds like quite a feat, heh. I always find myself having accumulated all sorts of useless junk when it comes to moving. I couldn't even tell you how much I threw out when I hastily moved home to England! '... enough makeup to start a YouTube channel' made me laugh out loud! x

  5. Yay for the move, good luck with all the final logistics of it!
    I tried to learn guitar when I was 13, I had lessons and everything. Didn't work out, I'm just not musically inclined!

    Jane / deluminators

  6. Congratulations on a big change! And wow, I'm not sure if I would be able to live with 6 people in one house, haha :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  7. Congrats on the new move, it can be so stressful (especially living with 6 others!) I used to be a massive hoarder, clothes mainly, so every few months I do a clear-out. Makes room for more :) x

    Maya Not Mya

  8. Congrats on the move and the lovely summer ahead. I can't wait to watch OTNB soon!! So awful what happened at UCLA...

  9. Congratulations on your move :)

    Stephanie |

  10. Congrats on the big move! I was so sad to hear what happened at UCLA. They're my alma matar and since I just graduated last year, I know people still there. It was truly heart-breaking what happened :( I'm glad to hear all your colleagues are safe.

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  11. Congrats on moving to your new place! I probably need to go through some of my things and do a purge, because I've been accumulating a lot of stuff myself lol. If you do start a youtube channel, please let me know so I can follow you! ;)