Syracuse Summers

Syracuse summers are no joke. They are hot, sticky, and long. After moving into my new apartment (and meeting my roommates’ cats!!!), I have escaped to my boyfriend’s house in Oswego because:

a) He has air conditioning

b) He has wifi

c) I also love him


Actual photo of me in the Syracuse heat

It turns out that air conditioning and wifi are essential to post grad life here in Syracuse. How else can I search for jobs, watch Netflix, and be comfortable? Even though this might be one of the snowiest cities in America, it has (imo) the hottest summers. This is coming from a girl who grew up without an air conditioner in my house (for 22 very long years). I’m very used to the heat, but I can’t stand it up in Syracuse. There is something so draining and unappetizing to the humidity here. The thing is outside and my apartment are still going to be hot. I cannot run away to the air conditioning (and my boyfriend’s house) forever.

Maybe the key to post grad life is learning to stand the heat long enough to get an ‘air conditioner’ (excuse my terrible analogy). My new job is just around the corner. I just have to have faith that it’s coming. I’ll keep applying and calling and working the random odd jobs until I finally get something full time with benefits. I guess that’s the American dream.


Packing up my Childhood Room… Is it Time to Start Screaming Yet?

I’m currently packing and getting ready to move in to my new apartment this coming weekend! (I’m screaming and crying at the same time.) And of course that involves the typical things like job hunting, changing my address on documents, and packing up my childhood room.


It’s a very weird feeling that I will no longer be living at home. Even while I was away at school, I always came home in the summer and during breaks so it was still my room. This time around, I’m actually moving into a place. I signed A LEASE. It’s only for a year, but still. I have lived here for 22 years of my life. Even though my room was dirty and I always kinda of hated it, I had a place to come back to.

I have stuff from many, many obsessions over the course of my childhood: Elvis, Harry Potter, The Cheetah Girls, The Jonas Brothers, The Royal Family. The feeling of nostalgia is so strong. I’m so thankful for growing up in the Hudson Valley, that my parents let me be obsessed with so many random things, and that I had a happy childhood. This is sad, but it also feels amazing to finally get rid of everything I don’t use or need. A little girl (or boy) out there is gonna be so excited when they see all the stuff covered with cheetah prints and princesses. I’m obsessively hoarding all of my Harry Potter memorabilia because I want to show my kids the series and let them use the stuff.

Moving out is a part of growing up and I’m excited for the future. Plus my new apartment is so pretty!!

(I’ll add some pictures of my room and me as a child when I get the chance)

Reboots and Riverdale

I’ve been gone for so long! I found a job on Craigslist and survived. I stood around a Walmart for about 39 hours for a marketing company. It was terrible.

Okay, I love reboots! If done correctly, (i.e. The Mummy and Spider-Man: Homecoming are incorrect), they are one of my favorite things ever.

Correctness is determined by several factors: demand and originality. For example, there was literally no demand for The Mummy reboot. Brendan Fraser is so good and the original has such a sense of adventure. No one asked for Tom Cruise’s action remake. Originality is also very important for a remake. No one wants to see the same movie with different actors (I’m talking about you, Spider-Man: Homecoming.) And I get it the whole one big Marvel universe thing, but it’s a bit much. (Also Tobey and Kristen will always be my Peter and Mary Jane.)


Onto to Riverdale!! This show is so interesting because it uses the idea and characters created by Archie Comics and gives it a Twin Peaks- esque style. Instead of being a wholesome 1950’s high school drama, Riverdale is a modern teen thriller.


Riverdale is a small town where usually nothing bad happens. Over the summer, one of the popular high school students drowns in the river. This rocks the Riverdale community to its core. Betty and Jughead are determined to figure out what happened. Archie is preoccupied with girls and the choice between sports and music (Troy Bolton anyone?) Veronica is worried about fitting in and her dad’s ponzi scheme. The story is not only dramatic, but honestly compelling and continually has me guessing what’s going to happen next.

The great thing about this show is the little things they do to pay homage to the original comic books. Style is one of the biggest things that references the original. Betty and Veronica are styled in the classic archetypes: good girl and bad girl respectively. Veronica’s darker hair and more revealing clothing is contrasted with Betty’s high pony and pastel sweaters.


My favorite part about the show so far is the dream like sequence that actually emulates the original Archie Comics. It’s so cool!!!


The second season is now filming and I’m so excited for it to come out next summer!

The Money Problem

So I have an apartment and two amazing roommates. Now I have to figure out how to pay for it.

I started taking surveys on those sketchy websites and signed up to be an online mock juror. I’m pretty sure that most of these are scams and probably not worth my time, but I’m trying. I did try the more legitimate route of babysitting and other odd jobs, but it literally got me nowhere. Apparently no one wants to hire a college grad with her own car who is legitimately amazing with kids.


The crazy thing is we all will stop at nothing to get money. The world is obsessed with money. God bless celebs and the rich people in the world because they all have what we want. The obvious reason is that everything today requires money. There isn’t very much that is free (except you know love, family, health, and happiness.)

I don’t hate the Kardashians or anyone else who is lucky to have money. The Kardashian/Jenners are smart and created businesses out of nothing. They definitely deserve props for that. My problem is when rich people and celebs don’t acknowledge that their money gives them privilege. I can’t buy $250 Good American jeans.


Khloe Kardashian wearing a pair of jeans from her company, Good American

I can’t simply ask for a small loan of a million dollars from my dad. And this is where the gap becomes a problem. These people are selling a lifestyle that many of us simply can’t have or afford.

For now, I’ll just keep trying to make money and find a job. I don’t need those $250 jeans anyway.

Which comes first: moving or the job?

This is an ancient post graduate riddle. What come first: the move or the job?

So I’m moving back to Syracuse, home of Orange basketball (Jim Boeheim 4ever) and the Chiefs (no longer Sky Chiefs, people).


Jim BAEheim- Syracuse University’s basketball coach


I’m currently home which is the Hudson Valley aka farmland and malls. I literally live near two farms. And by no means am I a city girl. I like to keep my trips to NYC to day trips only. The abundance of choices short circuits my brain. I just want something that’s in-between the two- like Syracuse.

My current dilemma is which comes first: getting a job or moving to Syracuse. Cause right now, I’m set to move in July and I still have no job. How will I pay for this place and support myself? On the other hand, no one will give me a job if I’m not in Syracuse. I think the important thing is to choose something and stick with it. This is the start of my career, my adult life, and my attempt at being independent from my parents.

As of right now, I’m still moving and I can’t wait! The uncertainty is a part of growing up, I guess. That doesn’t make it any less hard.

Life updates and The Handmaid’s Tale

I spoke too soon in my last post because I got a job interview! (Cue the gasps and excited screaming.) We shall see how the interview goes because I’m dreading the salary question: “how much would you like to be paid?” I don’t think anyone ever knows the correct answer. It’s just an awkward guessing game of numbers and I’m not excited to play it.

So onto my most recent obsession: The Handmaid’s Tale. It feels really weird to be saying this, but Hulu is making some great television. If you don’t already have a Hulu account then mooch off of someone else’s.

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale is about America in the near future where an extremist right wing group has taken over and created a simpler, more traditional society. In this future, fertility is rare so the few fertile women are rounded up and forced to become handmaids (have children for the right wing leaders). The story follows June (Elizabeth Moss) as she deals with being a handmaid.

So first things first, Elisabeth Moss is perfect. Of course, I already knew this because of her fantastic acting in Mad Men as Peggy Olson. I could go on and on about the transformation of Peggy from season 1 as timid secretary to season 7 boss ass head copy writer.

Her acting in both series has a remarkable authenticity and truth. Especially in this newer series, that must be hard to create considering June is living in dystopian America where she is forced to have children and only men can own property and participate in government. (Though that is beginning to sound like the present in a very scary way.) I don’t feel as if I’m watching Moss act. I’m really seeing June deal with her “job” as a handmaid. Props to Elisabeth Moss for creating such an interesting and somehow relatable character in sci-fi chaos.

I love The Handmaid’s Tale because the viewers are not only getting June’s point of view,
but Nick and Serena Joy’s as well. We slowly learn that Gilead, the oppressive government, has made victims out of everyone. Nick, a driver, and Serena Joy, a government official’s wife, have the chance to be heard and understood. It adds a nuance and sophistication to both their characters and the show.

Serena Joy

The last thing I want to talk about is the coloring of the series. The muddy and dull colors create a stark landscape for The Handmaid’s Tale. All shades of browns, grays, and blues are included. The production designer has deliberately eliminated any bright colors. This creates a distinct difference between the present and flashbacks. June can be seen wearing a variety of colors in the flashbacks. In the present she is only allowed one: red. A sense of sorrow and detachment is ingrained through the whole society. No one is allowed to create close relationships because of the whistleblower aspect of their culture and this is reflected in their drab clothing.

The color chosen for each position, wife, ‘martha’ (housekeeper), and handmaid, represents their importance. The marthas wear grey because they are easily replaced. The wives wear teal because they’re higher class. The only ones who are cared for and cherished are the handmaids. They are, of course, dressed in red because they are important. They stand out starkly against the dull colors.

June in her red uniform with a ‘martha’

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on The Handmaid’s Tale. I really love it and I’ll be watching every week on Wednesdays when the new episodes come out!

Life as a college grad…

So here’s life as a college graduate:

  • no job
  • living with my parents
  • no car
  • currently obsessed with Sex And The City
  • a million in student debt to pay back

I’m trying to figure what I’m going to do with the rest of my life and it’s not going great. I’ve applied to countless jobs (feels like a million) and no one has called me back. (If you’re a future employer reading this: THANK YOU FOR HIRING ME.)

My mom has been on my back about trying to find a job. I feel like I’m back in high school especially since I keep wearing old clothes. I haven’t bothered to unpack anything so I’m wearing whatever I don’t bring to college aka anything  pre-2014.

The real reason for this post is Sex And The City. I was young when the show aired so I never got to see it. I never understood how people talked about it. I never got the references like “are you a Miranda or Samantha?”


Now that I am a graduate, I have time for “frivolous things” like Sex And The City and I love it!

It portrays the lives of very different women and validates each of their perspectives. No matter if you’re crazy about sex like Samantha or more traditional like Charlotte, your feelings and point of view is represented. There is no mocking, only gentle playful poking fun at each woman’s life.


The best part about this show is the fashion. When I watch the show, I can’t help but marvel at whatever Carrie Bradshaw is wearing. I love it because the outfits are sometimes so crazy but thecarrie-bradshaw-outfit-mavatar-19y’re so perfectly elegantly or cool. Carrie can pull off suspenders. I believe in her crazy outfits. They’re not just for this show… they’re realistic. In New York, you can wear whatever you want and Carrie pushes that rule to its limits. But in an amazing, fantastical, and inspiring way, of course.

And this is where I get my inspiration these days. No matter what’s going on with Charlotte, Miranda, Carrie, or Samantha, they always get through it and look fabulous!

I’m back!

I haven’t been on in a while, but I’ve been updating my blog with projects that I’ve been working on. Check out my menu tab to see two of them!

I’m in my last week of my college undergrad at Le Moyne College after taking classes on Mad Men, Fargo and the Film Noir genre (technically it’s a cycle). I went to the TriBeca Film Festival this year and saw Zach Quinto up close.  I worked on my second short film, Luddite, as head of the art department. I’m so happy with everything I’ve accomplished and all the things I’ve learned.


Julie Grossman and Phil Novak, my professors, and I

Los Zetas and The Beast

In class we are currently reading the book The Beast written by a journalist, Oscar Martinez. The book talks about the journey illegal migrants must make through Mexico in order to get to the United States. The migrants must travel over a thousands of miles of Mexico. There are many obstacles that the migrants must face including bandits, corrupt police

Trails through Mexico

Trails through Mexico

officers and the cartel, Los Zetas. Los Zetas is currently the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico and they only began in the 1990’s. Their extreme brutality and military structure makes them extremely lethal.

Los Zetas began in the 1999 when the leader of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, needed protection because of a major turf war. He recruited ex Mexican military special forces to be his personal body guards. These men are highly trained and organized. Los Zetas became a bigger part of the cartel taking care of extortion, kidnapping, and assassinations. They were the enforcers of cartel using brutality and intimidation to complete their tasks. They also

Map of Cartel Territories

Map of Cartel Territories (Los Zetas is in Red)

began trafficking cocaine for the cartel. As time went on, Los Zetas became more and more important to the cartel.

Los Zetas are now bigger than the Gulf Cartel and control the southern and western part of Mexico on their own. Their special forces training allows the members access to advanced technology. They are the biggest cartel in Mexico and have international connections most notably in America. They’re especially brutal and are known for massacres and decapitations of innocent civilians and migrants. Los Zetas are notorious and are considered the “most dangerous cartel in Mexico.”

Revolutions in Guatemala

Guatemala has long history of revolution and fighting for the rights of the people. Guatemalans believed in the people’s rights so much that they fought a 30 year civil war which resulted in extreme amounts of violence and bloodshed. This idea began with the Guatemalan revolution in 1944.

The indigenous Mayan people have long suffered abuse and hardship in Guatemala. In the early 20th century, the government took away their lands in order to cultivate the coffee industry which was in high demand. When Jorge Ubico became president he decreased the labor laws and wages by a significant amount. This created extremely bad working conditions for the lower class. Ubico also greatly strengthened the police force and gave incentive to crackdown on anyone who was ‘breaking’ the labor laws. This oppression was what caused the revolution in 1944.

The revolution caused a peace time called Ten Years of Spring (1944-1954) in which 2 presidents were elected who put

Jacobo Arbenz

Jacobo Arbenz

into effect major social reforms including one in literacy. The 2nd president Jacobo Arbenz implemented major reforms that compensated and returned the land to the Mayans that was taken from them in the early 1900s. Decree 900 redistributed land to around 500,000 people. The issue began when some of United Fruit Company’s land was seized. (United Fruit Company (UFC) was a major American company that traded in bananas). UFC went to the American government to fix their problems.

The American government ruled that Arbenz was a communist and that they had to remove him as leader. A covert CIA operation was put into place to replace Arbenz with Carlos Castillo Armas. The Coup of Guatemala began a series of military dictatorships.