Monday, May 16, 2011

The smell of last year

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Blouse- secondhand  ::  Belt- Thailand  ::  Skirt- so long ago, since ... 9th grade! geez  ::  Sandals- TJMaxx  :: Lipstick- Revlon Lustrous Lipstick "Plumalicious"  ::  Horse- THE LAND OF EQUESTRIA
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Can you ever believe that this statue is made out of metal, not wood

Though I wore this shirt primarily for the practical reason to cover myself without collapsing into a pool of tired sweat, nostalgia managed to permeate my skin as soon as I put it on. I couldn't help but recall that around the same time last year, I wore this shirt (and sandals) on my first day out in a thrillingly new country. Just looking at the pictures I took back then make me smile. They remind me of the smell of frangipanis, the tropical flower that grew almost everywhere in fragrant clusters. 

Here, there are no frangipanis. But there are ... whatever these flowers are. I'm no botanist, so if anyone can kindly point out what flowers they are (I know they're not lavender, unless my nose is broken and I couldn't easily tell), I'd appreciate the extra bit of knowledge. These might not hold the same sweet scent, but they still had the sweetness to attract many bees. 

Wait, crap. That's not a fair trade-off, is it? Shit.

Anyway: is it weird that I find myself occasionally missing a place that isn't home? Have you ever found yourself in the same or similar position? Most importantly, will the bees leave me alone?

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This is the awkward position I'm left in when my mind goes OMGOMGOMGGUYZBEEEEES. Here's an accurate portrayal of the bees, true to size.
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I try to smile through my tears of near death. In hindsight, wearing a lot of florals.... probably didn't help.
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Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Missing a place that isn't home isn't strange at all. I know I'll miss San Diego -- even though I guess in many ways it has become my home. But I miss other places too, like the Grand Canyon even though I've only visited once. Something about that place was pure magic.

Dawn said...

I miss you and Purdue so much already. I get off the Interstate when I'm about 30 minutes from my house. As soon as I did, I turned to my mom and said, "You know, I'm kind of panicking. Mind if I go back?" Gosh, this is weird. You look very pretty in these posts. I'm sorry the bees chased you. Unfortunately, there are bees in Iowa, too.

Stupid bees.

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

your skirt is so cute :)

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Cammila Albertson said...

I know just what you mean. I constantly find that sense memories (the smell of spring, the feel of a jacket, the sound of a particular song) ALWAYS transport me to the last moment I experienced that particular stimulus, making me nostalgic even for hard times, or strange places.

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

SO CAHYOOOOUUUUTE. I love that skirt. What is the print? It's majestic.

And totally. I miss so many places. My hometown is ridiculously boring and I constantly long to go back to the places I've been lucky enough to visit!

Good luck with keeping the bees away haha.

Elaine said...

YES! I feel like that with the Philippines.

laura said...

That statue is metal? wha wha? And wow, the bees in your area a humongous!!!
♥ laura
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mc said...

such a cool sculpture! love stuff like that that celebrates nature and makes us think twice about the things we take for granted. so cool!

sundari said...

Very cheerful colors and beautiful sareeby Rev

zaras said...

cute dress and cool colors! Love the Dress! by Theee

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