Things About Me 2013

Yeah, so I’ve been exceptionally chatty lately. Blame it on being socially starved at work.

I just realized, going through my blog archives, that there are a lot of things about ME (my favorite subject) that I have not explained on my blog, even though I have mentioned bits and pieces of it throughout the years.

So uh, here we go:

1. I work as an administrative assistant in an accounting firm and know nothing about math or taxes.
2. I read at least a book a week.
3. I have stupid joint problems, but they are manageable.
4. I have a B.A. in English and would like to get an M.A. in………something.
5. I LOVE food carts and local businesses.
6. I am an extrovert, but I wouldn’t say I am seriously outgoing.
7. I find great joy in picking out ugly objects and threatening to give them to people.
8.
I take a lot of self portraits.
9. I take a lot of photos of things besides myself.
10. I spend a lot of time on Twitter.
11. I have three roommates.
12. Their dog hates me, their cat is ambivalent.
13. I am single, and trying the online dating thing, and it is awful.
14. I have more social commitments than I should.

Music I like

  • Wubs
  • Skrillex
  • Skrillex
  • Deadmau5
  • 90’s Country
  • Terrible pop
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Metric
  • Bad club music
  • Fall Out Boy
  • KPOP
  • Gorillaz
  • Skrillex

Things I am only slightly obsessed with

  • antique deer
  • tigers
  • Flower tins
  • weird things
  • ugly things
  • dragons
  • cloisonne
  • teal things
  • hot pink things
  • Chinese pottery
  • foo dogs
  • red cap mushrooms
  • maps

Now you know… 90% of everything about me!

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What’s on my mind- 4th week July

  • This article from Forbes discusses the meaning of work-life balance, and finding the right balance for your life with some really awesome life-evaluation questions. I really think that it’s good to take a moment, sometimes, and really think about this sort of thing. I know it helps me out, and I have a super crazy life.
  • I might need this as a tattoo:

    Pet all the Dogs by Nation of Amanda
  • Did I mention that I saw Pacific Rim? AND THAT IT WAS FANTASTIC?! Because it was. Fun, not convoluted, great special effects, good angles, decent acting. The point of the main relationship was to save the world, not to make out, and that was also awesome. Sure, it’s not going to win any Oscars for Best Drama, but you know what? I hate movies that win Oscars for Best Drama. So, uh, yeah, I mean, keep that in mind. However, it is incredibly fun and I suggest you give it a try. I really loved it.
  • Here is Pinky dancing the flamingo flamenco:

    You’re welcome.
  • This article is what the Perfect Women’s Magazine would look like. And you know what? I totally agree.
  • This week I read The Blade Itself and whooooa talk about amazing new fantasy series to read. So much action and intrigue! The fight scenes are written very well and Joe Abercrombie writes morally gray characters with style. I would definitely suggest it to anyone looking for a new fantasy series.
  • I took a photo of a flower basket that I thought was pretty and realized that I am turning into my mother. (which is ok! 🙂 )

See you next week, lovelies!

Extroversion, and not being daring

As my life is a never-ending series of self-revelations I learn to articulate, this week I realized that I am extroverted, but not outgoing.

Is that possible?

Experience and knowledge of labels and how nebulous they are tells me yes. But this is difficult. Most of the definitions these words use the other to describe their meaning. This makes it nigh impossible to truly articulate WHAT EXACTLY I mean when I say this.

But I can try!

Outgoing: Sociable and responsive to others; friendly (thefreedictionary)
Openly friendly and responsive. SEE ALSO: Extroverted (merriam-webster)

Extrovert: “a gregarious and unreserved person” (merriam-webster)

One could say that I am definitely both of these things. I prefer to be out in a crowd or with someone one-on-one than alone at home (though my alone time is very important, too much of it gives me the sads) and really enjoy learning about strangers and meeting new people!

About.com actually has a fantastic article on the meaning of Extrovert:

    Most people believe that an extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing. While that may be true, that is not the true meaning of extroversion. Basically, an extrovert is a person who is energized by being around other people. This is the opposite of an introvert who is energized by being alone.

In a way, I lose brain power on my own. I’m a blob, a lump of jelly, a single-celled organism that can only think about reddit and puppies. I think OUT LOUD and am straight up not motivated to turn cogs without someone around to throw ideas back at me.

If I have a friend over, I’m much more likely to improvise stir fry, bake cookies, suggest an event, or look for something fun to do than if I’m alone. I live for (at least, I really enjoy… and HOPE that I live for) moments when I can make someone else smile, or give them something new.

But people assume (often, all the time, constantly) that because I am extroverted, I am game for things that are daring! They are shocked and appalled when I decline, often pointing out that Person B, who is VERY SHY, is totally willing to do said daring thing! Why wouldn’t BrittNeigh! BrittNeigh who totally will corral a group of 25 women in public! BrittKnee, who has no problem singing songs from Oklahoma while walking down a highway! BrittNooo who makes friends easily and has social plans almost every night of the week!

Introversion & Extroversion don’t really apply here.

Yeah, I’m okay with introducing myself to a stranger, but it really doesn’t compare to launching myself off a cliff or jumping off a plane.

My experiences are definitely not yours, but I am kind of tired of people being shocked and nigh-outraged at my lack of desire to get on a roller coaster, or careen down a snow-covered hill at high velocity.

I enjoy being safe. Safety includes not traveling at high speeds and wearing a helmet & seat belt at all times. Safety includes staying on the ground and applauding as professionals do crazy stunts. Safety includes drinking hot toddies by the fire and keeping the cabin warm for when the rest of the crew comes back, wet and sore, from an evening out being cold in the outdoors. I am perfectly happy missing out on these fantastic events and being a spectator.

The alternative definition for outgoing is: Outgoing: leaving, departing. I kind of want to co-opt that definition and apply it to myself. I’m not good at leaving my comfort zone. I’m not that great at walking into a brand new group of people. I’m terrible at events or locations that are new to me, especially if they require any degree of athleticism (I’m looking at YOU, caving experience!) or social niceties (I am loud and often abrasive. When I’m anxious, I have a hard time not getting more so).

I’m not saying I cannot do these things. I am just not inclined to do them. Most of the time I will go out of my way to avoid them. Caving two years ago was a FANTASTIC experience! But I spent the entire time alone, in the back, scared out of my wits, trying to not have a panic attack. It’s not a situation that calls for making people laugh or baking cookies, and actually, it was a situation that made me feel socially terrible. I was such a drag! I didn’t make anyone laugh! I was too focused on being scared to be entertaining!! You have to balance and go within yourself to fully experience and enjoy it. Snowboarding? That would involve me, ALONE, CAREENING DOWN A SLOPED SURFACE. (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO)

I don’t really know what the point I’m making is, save the unfortunate fact that a lot of people misinterpret what “personality rules” determine about that person. I know a TON of people who are more introverted than I am who are 100% willing to skydive, ride roller coasters, and play paintball with a smile on their face. I’d just feel awful the entire time, it’s just not my type of fun.

But when you need a friend, man, you know who to call.

what I like about selfies

They are dumb.

They are goofy.

They’ve allowed me to actually SEE how I have grown up & changed.


I remember looking in the mirror and seeing that. I love thinking about how different I am now from that girl.

Everyone does them (don’t lie to me.) It’s a shameless pleasure.


I’ve been taking selfies regularly for almost 10 years now.

Why should you be ashamed of doing something fun, I ask?

My Saturday, in fake tweets

8am: Sleeping in is the best especially when you dream about being a part of PACIFIC RIM

8:30am: The only thing that sucks about feeding Max now is that he begs for his medicine & drools all over my hands.

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10am: Can’t get enough of My Little Pony.

11am: I would enjoy snuggling with Max more if he farted on me less.

12pm: PAAAAAACKINGGGG

12:30pm: Oh yeah I should probably do laundry I guess?

2pm: I only have like 12 bags that I packed for my week long dogsitting job. I pack too much.

3pm: Mike took me to the library! I had 10 books on hold… (already had 8 on loan)

3:30pm: Oh it’s so nice to come home to… growls from Frumples oh and also poop in the living room, hey that’s nice.

4:00pm: UNPACKINGGGG why do I have so much stuff.

4:10pm: Somehow I managed to wash all of my kleenexes while doing laundry.

5:00pm: BLEACH IS MY FRIENDDDDDDDDDD. And hey, less stinky chacos, awesome!

5:15pm: Hey, eating like five pounds of brownies sounds pretty great!

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5:30pm: Let’s refold everything in my dresser, that also sounds pretty great.

5:50pm: Why did I eat five pounds of brownies that was not great #iamsodumb

6:00pm: I feel sad and my bed is covered in brownie crumbs

6:30pm: Hey, since I’m home, I should write out all of my recipe cards!

7:00pm: My hands hurt. Going to read some Johnny Wander, instead.

7:15pm: Now I wish I drew regularly and could do slice of life comics.

8:30pm: Compromised and wrote a stupid blog post.

Don’t be jealous of my downtime.

What’s on my mind – Week three, July

  • I got sucked into the cycle of Buzzfeed earlier this week and am dreaming about my future pipe-legged table and also a cool geometric doghouse because of this article on Home Depot hacks.
  • Last month I bought a set of hot rollers and they are THE BEST. I need to buy a secondary set because I have so much hair, but I have really been enjoying having super curly fancy hair on a regular basis. I am lucky to have super pliable hair that loves to hold curl, so your results may vary, but if you have access to some hot rollers and a bottle of aqua net, they are super duper fun.
    2013-07-04 09.06.28They are like big, bouncy noodles!
  • My featured flickr contact this week is kingqueenknave. Kingqueenknave takes AMAZING photographs of Portland, Oregon. Most of them are landscape photography, but the subjects he chooses flavors Portland with an old-school feel. I love this photo stream, you should check it out!
  • I’ve started reading Forbes.com this week. It adds a nice change to my usual routine of Facebook, Twitter, Google News and Reddit. I keep finding fantastic articles on it, too! This article, “Rethink ‘Brand You’: Find Your Authentic Self” is really worth a read. It is part of an ongoing saga of “self branding” that I have been struggling with since 2001.
  • Me, if I were a cat:
  • Let’s all be honest: My house is totally going to look like this someday.
  • This week I read Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars. It was fantastic and pulpy. I loved it! And because of it’s glorious cover of John Carter holding a pretty-much-naked Dejah Thoris, I’ve been looking at a lot of pulp novel covers lately. This blog is pretty fantastic, you should check it out! I wish there were more novels with pulp-style covers these days.
    bat
    I mean, REALLY!
  • Me, whenever a random guy interrupts my train reading to hit on me.

on-stories

Stories were different, though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by a flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lay dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change. They could take root in the imagination, and transform the reader. Stories wanted to be read, David’s mother would whisper. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life.

From The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Basically, if you recommend me a book about books or a book about stories, chances are I will love it and never shut up about it.

Crap I want to buy, a series

I’m not sure what to call this series. “Things I think I need”, “On my to-buy list”, “Useless items I want”, “BrittNeigh is frivolous”… insert your own title here.

So, without further ado, here is the current list… with some justifications maybe.

  • A dala horse.
    Specifically this yellow one: dala
    (eBay)
  • A taxidermy form (wolf).
    I love telling people that I’m going to buy this and just leave it at that. In reality, it’s a big part of a costume project I’d like to make, though it would be a HUGE INVESTMENT and take A LOT OF WORK and I am unsure if I will actually follow through with finishing in. But since I figured out that there was a way to make it happen… it is pretty much all I can think about.
  • A cast-iron pan.
    I think this one speaks for itself!
  • A new summer dress, or five.
    I just want to buy dressesssssss.
  • A new jacket and also this jacket:
    skeletonjacket
    (Modcloth)
  • My Mom would haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate it if I bought this.

  • The Deluxe Pop-up Flash Bounce from Photojojo!
  • A black woven belt.
  • A reproduction of the Nike of Samothrace.
  • A TON of makeup.
    I have about 4 or 5 things saved on my phone that I want to buy at Sephora, including NARS blush (which I don’t need), a tarte eyeshadow palette (TOTALLY DO NOT NEED IT), some benefit makeup (possible need but more of a want), Urban decay primer (actually do need) and more tarte lipstick in red (totes don’t need). Maybe if I can stick to my budget for the next 2 months I’ll let myself go and buy one or two of these items.
  • Like, 10+ things from the Pendleton store:
    baby blanket
    Including this baby blanket with the big dipper on it (Have we talked about how I love the dippers?) and also the Glacier Park blanket and a Chief Joseph blanket and also one of their wool patterned coats and also their beautiful towels omg look at their towels OMG.
  • Disney’s Robin Hood on DVD.
  • This Constellation Mug
    Hi, I love stars. And I don’t need another mug. But yeah, I want one.
  • A potted dahlia to grow in my room and be gorgeous.
  • Actually, a bouquet of dahlias would be fantastic.
  • Tune in next month for… more things… I totally shouldn’t buy, but have decided I want to buy. Along with an update of which of these things I most likely bought.

Lazy Weekends

Lazy weekends are the best weekends because you can do whatever you want.

Lazy weekends are the best weekends because you can lie in the heat and absorb life.

Lazy weekends make me depressed.

I can’t help it! I enjoy and prefer to be busy. Yes, I read a lot, but sometimes, man, I don’t want to read. Sometimes I’d rather be out looking at stupid things at Goodwill, or out on a walk, or talking to someone I care about, or eating a meal with someone new.

I have got to learn how to relax one of these days.

What’s on my mind – 2nd week of June

  • The PRETTY SNAKE Etsy Shop is amazing and terrifying and I need at least one of those cat t-shirts.
  • Since the weather has gotten nice, I go completely out of my way to avoid socks and shoes and to wear my Chacos.
    You guys, I am obsessed with these shoes. I got them last summer before my Hawaii vacation and wore them all over the island. While scuba diving, walking, hiking and lounging. They are the most comfortable shoes.

    I have gone through a few phases where the straps have been hard to adjust, but now that I’ve got that system worked out, they are the BEST shoes. They provide fantastic arch support AND give you the best tan line ever. The initial price on them is a bit hefty, but oh, they are so worth it.


    Yes, those are my feet.

  • The only reminder you have ever needed.
  • A few weeks ago, Black Prairie was featured in the iTunes music store and I downloaded their free single on a whim. I need to remember do to this more often- most of the time the music is super good, and this single has not disappointed.

    I love how melancholy it sounds! They are coming to the Rose Garden amphitheater here in Portland on August 6, and I am definitely going to try to attend.

  • My latest flickr contact is Alan Herbert, and his photography is beautiful, haunting, and terrifying.
  • So there is this book I just discovered, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher and I super duper think I need it.


    I mean seriously, how awesome is that?!

  • Berries berries berries berries berries berries berries.


    I had some internal debate this week over whether or not I can/should spend the money on fresh raspberries again this week but omg berries so good lose ability to talk om nom nom feed me.