12 Lists: Make A List of Your Favorite Smells

Wake up and smell the roses!

Wake up and smell the roses!

Okay, I’m pretty sure those aren’t roses. Any who, I was catching up on one of my favorite blogs a few days ago — Mini Penny and I found out about 12 lists! It was started by Chez Gillian and Clear The Way. It’s a monthly series of lists for 2015 based on interesting facts about you. I have five months to catch up on, so here’s the first! Make a list of your favorite smells:

  1. Fresh paint
  2. Fresh wood
  3. Leather
  4. Jasmine oil
  5. Fresh rain
  6. New books
  7. The smell of outside when the windows are open
  8. Incense
  9. Anyone who has just walked out of a 7/11
  10. The inside of a new car

Next up? Make a list of things that make you feel confident.

PHOTO: Streets Alive!


There’s this event in Ithaca called Streets Alive! The premise is to get people outside and having fun– biking, walking, running, dancing — everything fun, but outdoors! Imagine that? ;)

I’ve always wanted to do a lot of volunteering, so I recently signed up to volunteer for a bunch of events and this was one of the first.

It’s a super cool event and if you’re ever in the Ithaca area when it’s happening, it’s not something you want to miss out on. I’m glad I had the opportunity to take pictures while there.

MUSIC: Jimi Mbaye – Noone Yi

Mamadou “Jimi” Mbaye is a Senegalese guitarist best known for his work with Youssou N’dour. Mbaye has developed a unique Senegalese guitar style in which he makes his Fender Stratocaster sound like local instruments such as the kora or xalam. – Wiki

This is one of my favorite songs right now — introduced to me by a friend, who seems to really be into international music. Even more so than I! :)

Fun fact: Jimi’s stage name is inspired by Jimi Hendrix.


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I have a confession. I was never allowed to dress up for Halloween as a kid. Boooooo, right? Though this was my second year dressing up, we’re going to forget the Nicki Minaj costume thing ever happened. In case you were guessing, I was CLEOPATRA, last year!

Next year? I’m thinking Shana Elmsford from Jem & The Holograms!

Good Read: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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As I mentioned a few posts back, I first heard of Chimananda Ngozi Adichie on Beyoncé’s “Flawless”. The song used an excerpt from Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” Ted Talks speech.

I looked her up and found out she wrote a book I’d heard a lot about. I impulsively purchased “Americanah” maybe a year later? Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down!

It’s a love story. But not a mushy story. It essentially explores what life is like after moving to another country and how you’re perceived in your home country (and how you perceive your home country) after learning so much about the culture of another country. On the parallel, it follows that same experience for a childhood love interest of the main character.

I really enjoyed this book and spent a lot of my time jotting down different foods, phrases, music artists, etc. from the book and researching them.