Being a bad blogger

Man, I SUCK at keeping this updated.

Here are a few lists of things I have been thinking about:

Tower.

THINGS I HATE ABOUT TEXAS
cockroaches the size of a tennis ball
mosquitoes everywhere
mosquito bites
the itching that goes with mosquito bites
the swelling that goes with mosquito bites
smelling like bug spray & SPF 50
forgetting to put on bug spray
forgetting the bug spray at home

Yessssss!

THINGS THAT ARE GOING PRETTY OK
I don’t have a dishwasher and I am doing ok at doing dishes every week!
I don’t have a washer/dryer and I am doing ok at hand washing everything I own every week!*
I have actually been going to the gym 2X a week!
I am not completely sucking at being a student!
I really like the BBQ here!
I worked** a football game and had a FIELD PASS and that was pretty okay!
I have been DRIVING in AUSTIN and that is AMAZING OKAY REALLY
I also made spaghetti last night and that was great
I have been going to happy hours with class mates and I have met some really really awesome people
I got an ENORMOUS couch and it is gray and I have yellow throw pillows and I love it.
I have been decorating my house and it is really coming together and I love my apartment so much. ❤

*minus jeans, slacks, and bedsheets, but you can't win them all.
**By worked I mean I stood on a corner and Looked Official and then went home. It was GREAT.

No, really, Texas is fantastic. And I’m not only saying that because I haven’t had a cockroach in my apartment for five whole days now. Count them. F-I-V-E. I’m sure I just jinxed it and there is now a spindly icky enormous cockroach wriggling its way into my apartment right now and that when i come home it will probably be somewhere terrible, like my bed, but whatever. I’m on a heckuva good streak right now and that is basically the best.

Classes are good. I’m in the midst of a multi-week series of Giving Presentations Every Five Minutes and that really sucks but it’s do-able… even though I am already reverting into being a Terrible Student again and I need to find a way to focus even though I feel burnt-out and braindead.

Like I mentioned earlier, this weekend I was a staff member at the UT v Baylor football game and while losing really sucked, it was fun to be on the field, watch the game happen live, and also to stand in front of Bevo the bull and wish with all my heart that I could pet his nose, just once.

BEVO!!!!

ISN’T HE ADORABLE!??!?!?!

In semi-related news, I have yet to invest in any form of taxidermy while I’m here, but I still have time. I’m somehow going to get me a set of long horns even if it means I don’t get to eat for a month.

But really. Things are great. While I’m still occasionally overwhelmed by how distant everything I know is, I’m doing awesome and having a fantastic time. I’m thankful that I have Thanksgiving & Christmas break to look forward to, but in the mean time, everything’s coming up longhorns. Or roses. Or something.

pop quiz

  • What the heck have you been up to lately?
    Man, I don’t even have any idea. In February I had LASIK surgery, which was amazing and super cool and if you’re thinking about doing it you should go do it right now, what are you waiting for. In March I was devoured by tax season, in April I was still being chewed up by tax season, and now work has slowed down to a crawl that reminds me how frustrating I find having a job that goes from 0 to 60 to 0 in less than a three week span.
  • What have you been buying lately?
    Lipstick. So much lipstick. I have too many lipsticks and I want to buy more. Someone, give me more money so I can buy another purple or black lipstick.
  • What did you do this weekend?
    This weekend I went to my parent’s house and cleaned out the remainders of my childhood bedroom, attempting to create some space for the books and trinkets I’ll be leaving behind when I move. And then I came home and cleaned my apartment. I think tonight warrants my fourth closet cleanout in as many weeks. Yeah, I’m going kind of slow, but right now I have a little time to shed excess in slow motion.
  • Are you REALLY moving to Texas?
    YES YES YES I AM MOVING TO TEXAS I AM QUITTING MY JOB AND I AM MOVING OUT OF MY APARTMENT IN JULY AND AAAAHHHHH
  • When are you moving to Texas?
    Oh man I have no idea, don’t ask me D: D:
  • What have you been reading? I just finished reading Jeff Smith’s Bone graphic novels and those were wonderful! I’m still slowly working through my Harry Potter re-read, currently about 1/3 of the way through book number 5. I took a break to read the first two books in Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive and hoooly cow those are epic and awesome and they almost never end. Can’t wait for the rest of the series, even though I have at least another year to wait for book 3. Not sure what’s next, though I have many many suggestions.
  • Anything else?
    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no, nothing really to share. Hopefully now that I’m bored at work 89% of the time I’ll update a little bit more.

2013 book challenge finale!

Hey all, it’s no longer 2013!!

And I finished my 100 book challenge for 2013, ending up with a grand total of 101 books. (Way easier to explain than Dalmatians, for sure).

The first half of my 101 book list is here!

56. The Curse of the Thirteenth Fey by Jane Yolen
57. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro (dnf)
58. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
59. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
60. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
61. Beyonders by Brandon Mull (dnf)
62. Johnny Wander Vol 1: Don’t Burn The House Down by Yuko Ota & Ananth Panagariya
62. Johnny Wander Vol 2: Escape to New York by Yuko Ota & Ananth Panagariya
63. Johnny Wander Vol 3: Ballad of Laundry Cat by Yuko Ota & Ananth Panagariya
64. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
65. Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook
66. Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
67. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
68. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (dnf)
69. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddigns
70. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
71. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
72. The Pirates! Versus the Scientists by Gideon Defoe
73. The Child Thief by Brom (dnf)
74. The Shattering by Karen Healey
75. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
76. Aegypt by John Crowley (dnf)
77. The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
78. The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
79. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus (dnf)
80. The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones
81. Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory
82. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
83. Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
84. Six-Gun Snow White by Cathrynne Valente
85. The Serialist by David Gordon
86. Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey
87. Eve by Anna Carey
88. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
89. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
90. Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
91. Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
92. House of Many Ways by Mercedes Lackey
93. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
94. League of Somebodies by Samuel Sattin (dnf)
95. Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey
96. River Marked by Patricia Briggs
97. Winds of Change by Mercedes Lackey
98. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
99. Winds of Fury by Mercedes Lackey
100. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (dnf)
101. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

My Top Recommended for this year:

The Seance by John Harwood
Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory
Six-Gun Snow White by Cathrynne Valente

I’m actually kind of surprised I made it to 100 books! I barely made it. Once I moved and lost my daily 2 hour commute, my reading time has gone seriously downhill. Right now I am running through the entirety of the Harry Potter Series, I’m about to re-read book 3, and I’m loving this re-read.

For 2014 I’m setting a goal of 50 books, instead of 100. I’m curious as to how long it will take me to get to 50, as well as looking forward to accomplishing this goal relatively early on in the year.

I also intend to finish all of the series I have started:
The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

And continuing to enjoy reading at a breakneck speed!

future dogs

Hi, I love dogs. I always have. I’m not sure why.

OH WAIT NO, I TOTALLY DO KNOW WHY.

It’s because they are hilarious.

Stupid.

Silly.

Cool.

And by personality, they typically love you.

I have spent most of my childhood and adult life daydreaming about the dogs I am going to own and what I am going to name them. Now, I know, I know, once you are presented with a living, breathing animal, names and intentions and personalities tend to throw all expectations out the window. But seriously, a girl can dream, right?


(photo by Chris Mallon)

If I ever bring home a Great Pyrenees, I’m naming him Aslan.
Or, possibly, a variation of ‘Tiny’.


(photo by boushh2187)

If I ever bring home some Mastiffs, I’m naming them Romeo and Juliet, because why not and also LOOK AT THOSE FACES OMG.


(photo by 5of7)

If I ever bring home a Great Dane, he’s being named Ferdinand (as in Ferdinand the Bull).

My list of dogs and names can go on and on and on and on, but the most important one to me, is my future pal:


(photo by Rayya the Vet)

Y’all, I really love Bull Terriers. I love their cocked ears and giant noses and silly eyes. I dearly await one day having a white-furred bully buddy of my own. My favorite name for a bull terrier is probably Gus-Gus. So cute! We would go on walks and he’d dig in the dirt and I’d constantly have to pull white hairs off of all of my black clothes, but man, someday, I will, and it will be great.

Rampant Consumerism

Remember my “Stuff I want to buy” post ?

Well, this is a related post. This is ME reminding MYSELF that even though I FEEL LIKE I have been good and not gone impulse shopping and spent a ton of money on silly things that I want… that I have still gone shopping, albeit restrained shopping.

Things I have bought in the five weeks:

  • A fantastic pair of fake rough crystal (?) earrings
  • This beautiful kitschy purple cow creamer. She vaguely reminds me of the cookie jar my Grandma Mary had when I was growing up.
  • Walt Disney’s Robin Hood on DVD/ Blu Ray. Disney’s Robin Hood happens to be my sister and I’s favorite childhood movie. It is probably the most worn-out of our collection of Disney VHS’s. (Followed closely by Bedknobs & Broomsticks!)
  • Some antique dishes!

    One of my dreams/desires for when I have my own, tiny, dishwasher-less studio, is to use stacks of mis-matching and beautiful china instead of a standard collection of plates. I picked up three of such plates this weekend and they are all beautiful! I love looking at racks of china, though I don’t have much use for fancy sets just yet.
  • A little tigerseye tiger

    (This is not the tiger I bought, I’ve had this chubby guy for awhile now.)
    I found another stone tiger last week! My zodiac sign is the tiger, and tigers are also my favorite animal, so double-whammy on the awesomeness scale, right? (Although honestly I do not have many non-favorite animals….) I have a small collection of wee stone tigers (now three) and I love all of them in their teeny tiny goodness. He measures about 2 inches long and has a great little stone face! I haven’t bought a new tiger in ages and he fits in my slightly-Japan-themed corner of my room quite nicely.
  • A lovely teal coffee table

    You can barely see it under all the stuff piled on it! But it is TEAL and it was $14, and it fit in the back of Jessica’s car.
    This table is perfect! It is a style I continually admire (a rectangular coffee table with a smaller, raised rectangle on one side) and it is the in-color right now. It almost matches my teal bookshelves and really matches my sense of style. I put a gold deer and a coaster on it, and it fits perfectly in the nook beside my bed.
  • A new gray sweater. I found it at Goodwill for $2.49 and it is hella cute! Aww yeah, bargains!
  • At least 10 milkshakes The only thing I have wanted lately is milkshakes.
    Milkshakes! Peanut butter or chocolate or pineapple or raspberry. This is the summer of the milkshake. Hopefully this unhealthy craving diminishes soon or I’m going to have to increase my “bigger pants” budget.

In conclusion, SHUT UP, PART OF ME THAT FEELS LIKE SHE DOESN’T GET TO BUY STUFF.
Buying stuff isn’t all that there is. And you do enough of that already!

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.

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.

things that make me happy

I now have a Twilight Sparkle on my desk at work.

Yeah, I’m kind of a brony. And by kind-of, I mean, I adore the show. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s quick and entertaining. I love all of the characters and most of the episodes. My roommates and I collect the blind-box My Little Pony figurines and it’s becoming a serious problem. This is the first repeat I’ve gotten since December (we normally trade our repeats so everyone has an even collection) and she’s perfect for manning my desk when I’m not around.

I made a pinata.

I MADE THAT! If you’re not from Portland, or don’t know, it’s modeled after a quintessential Portland landmark:

While it’s not exact, the pinata turned out better than I expected, and was a huge hit at the surprise party I helped throw last weekend.
The hardest part was probably cutting the thick, heavy-duty cardboard into the shape of my state.

I’m going to have to make a smaller one, just for myself. I love Portland paraphernalia, and I love stags and pinatas.
It’s a perfect mix of some of my favorite things!
It’s also an excuse to cut more letters out of that fantastic gold paper. I don’t even mind getting covered in glitter because of it!

Frumples has a twitter account.

We’ve discussed Frumples, the dog who hates me, in the past. And I’m pleased to announce that my roommates and I are serious crazy people and also love his little hateful heart so much we made him a twitter.

Follow at your own doggy, hate-inducing risk.

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R.I.P.

Growing up I was so terrified of ghosts and skeletons that I would stop sleeping around Halloween and just hide under my covers in sheer terror at the thought of a skull-faced monster leering at me.

I’m a little bit better about it now.

I’ve embraced the fashion of bones and skeletons, and don’t hide under my covers anymore… unless I accidentally get sucked into a ghost hunter show while home alone and then have to frantically call up a bunch of friends to have them convince me that I’m not going to be… I don’t know, touched by a ghost or something? I don’t even get why I’m so terrified of the idea of a malignant spirit, but there you go! WHO SAYS I CAN’T BE IRRATIONAL.

On the subject of ghosts, though.

I really really really really really really hope I get to haunt someone. And that it’s just like being alive, only that you’re invisible.

Things I will do when I am a ghost:

  1. Steal all of your shoelaces.
  2. Go “WoooOOOoooooOOOOoooooooo!!!” a lot.
  3. Do loads of laundry when people aren’t home.
  4. Get the owners of my house to rely on me to do their laundry.
  5. Produce a red sock and dye all of their whites pink. (but only ONCE IN A WHILE)
  6. Make faces of dead Presidents appear in shower curtains, bathroom tiles, and pieces of toast.
  7. Rearrange vases, figurines, and photographs innapropriately.
  8. Produce ugly knick-knacks and leave them around the house for the owners to find.
  9. Make the walls shake when the owners get rid of my ugly knick-knacks.
  10. Write nonsensical phrases in the fog on the bathroom mirror. (“O’Doyle RULES!” / “Did you know that turkeys sleep in trees?”)
  11. Meow, periodically.
  12. Convince other ghosts to show up and inaccurately re-enact historical moments in the house, as if they occurred there.

I MEAN, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

boom boom boom boom

More than a month has gone by on thsi blog without a post from me. Here is what has gone on in my life in the meantime:

  • I hosted an epic NYE party.
  • I read about 10 books.
  • I had a birthday (my 25th!)
  • I thought a lot about what I want to do with this blog.
  • I thought a lot about what I want to do with my life.
  • I ate a few sandwiches.

I'm so hipster

This is me, being way too busy to write blog posts

I feel like this month of inactivity, while silly and annoying and kind of stupid, was pretty necessary for me. I thought very hard about pursuing a job 77 miles away from where I currently live, and decided against it. I ran into my old high school English teacher who suggested a new career path that I had never even thought about until now.

Tomorrow I go back to my University and talk to a career advisor about pursuing it.

In the meantime, I plan to start writing about my antiques and misadventures in more detail. I just need to commit to this blog for good!

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