My name is Larissa and this rhymes with Leesa, not Melissa. I could take out an ‘s’ or you could just trust me on this one.
I’m a native New Yorker and I spent a decade traveling the world (literally) before realizing that I belong on the East Coast, albeit below the Mason-Dixon Line.
A Texas throwback: I’m the lovable dork on the left giving the camera the thumbs-up. I kept my dear friend Greta in the photo because I always feel bad when I crop people out! Besides, look at us with our lace and pearls: so classy.
I reverted to Catholicism from militant atheism when I was nineteen. I know what you’re thinking: nineteen is such a young age to give up on rebellion. The thing is, with a lot of my friends, being a Christian makes me way more of a rebel than atheism ever did. Which is totally the reason I did it. Not because of Jesus Christ or anything. Just because I like to shake things up.
Now would probably be a good time to tell you that my writing on this blog leans heavily toward the tongue-in-cheek. I’m often ironic and, occasionally, out-and-out sarcastic.
A description of my early Internet journey would be saturated with nostalgic and now-obsolete terms like Expage, GeoCities and TeenOpenDiary. I look back on those days cringing but, with fondness. Suffice to say, I’ve been blogging since 2001. Fortunately most of that early stuff is lost forever and exists now only in my memory. You know, like how Rose felt about Jack in Titanic.
I’m a huge fan of social media and the sense of community that can be found within the so-called blogosphere. With a few notable exceptions, the most sincere, meaningful, and downright awesome relationships in my life are with people I met online.
This blog, Larissa Heart, has been around since 2012 though all posts are private pending site maintenance.
The “heart” in Larissa Heart? No story there, really. Just a lot of tiny meanings and one big one. Hearts have always been my go-to doodle. I tend to end messages with hearts. I make hearts with my hands a lot, though less than I used to. My second-favorite Southern phrase is “Bless [pronoun] heart.”1 My patron saint (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque) was the promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Plus, to take it literally, the circulatory (or cardiovascular) system is my second-favorite organ system!2
Hearts just serve as a general symbol of (and reminder to) love. Even if I can sometimes come across as snarky, in reality I try and see the good and find something to love in most everyone and everything.
What I do love (passionately, unapologetically, unconditionally), in particular:
- my parents (crazier than me, if you can believe it)
- my friends (need no explanation)
- my boyfriend (a man I call Tiger and others call Chris)
- parentheses (known across the pond as brackets [but come on, these are brackets!])
- storytelling (the universal thread amongst artforms)
- theatre, dance, music (once upon a time this was all I cared about but I still have a penchant for the theatrical)
- books and literature (they are my lifeblood)
- television and movies (I watch as much TV as I read–I just love stories!)
- science (chemistry, psychiatry, human biology, brain science; particularly what makes us tick within relationships–the science of love)
- food, eating, and cooking (culinary school dropout, long story)
- photography (I am never without my camera, except that one time)
- God (in case that got lost in my jest earlier)
For a longer list of my loves, go here.
I blog about a variety of things, mainly television recaps and my observations . If other people like it, that’s awesome! Stay a while.
Oh, and, don’t be fooled by my sometimes serious-seeming demeanor and tone; I’m secretly very immature. No, really. I watched Rugrats until they stopped making new episodes.
1My favorite Southern phrase is “I do declare,” which probably tells you that my Southern vernacular is firmly rooted in the antebellum era for reasons that can’t be entirely extricated from one Ms. Margaret Mitchell.
2My favorite organ system is the reproductive system. Get your mind out of the gutter; our bodies are amazing, birth is the most common miracle!