October 6, 2015

Mixtape No. 16

1. Brandi Carlile // Heart's Content
2. Frank Turner // The Way I Tend to Be
3. Langhorne Slim and The Law // Past Lives
4. Ryan Adams // Wildest Dreams
5. The Avett Brothers // Famous Flower of Manhattan
Taylor Swift // All Too Well
Mumford & Sons // Ghosts That We Knew
8. India Arie // The Heart of the Matter
9. Shovels & Rope // After the Storm

These are all songs that remind me of all (this year and otherwise).
Bonus points if you know what soundtrack #8 is from-- no cheating!

September 30, 2015

checking in || the end of september

feeling // Quite loved. I had an amazing birthday weekend and I'm happy that I was able to spend it with some of my favorite people*. I feel like 29 is going to be a good year-- or maybe I'm still on a sugar high from all of the cookies and cupcakes I've had over the past few days. Time will tell!

*The Avett Brothers -- oh, did you think I was talking about you? :)

craving // Soup! I plan to finally make some this coming weekend. It's been too hot the past couple of weeks, but according to the weather, we're not going to see above 45 for the next few days. Praise Jesus Hallelujah, it's finally fall!

watching // Gilmore Girls! I must say, I'm loving the show so far (I'm on season 4). But the music? All of the "la la las" between segments? HELP. It's driving me insane.

listening // Ryan Adams' 1989 cover album, and you should be, too! Start with "Wildest Dreams" and then brace yourself for "This Love" and "How You Get the Girl" - two songs I didn't love on Taylor's album, but I'm really digging on the cover album.

drinking // Coffee without sugar, still. It's just...I mean, it sucks. It does. But I'll survive and hopefully learn to like it.
reading // Twilight! DON'T SHAME ME. Or, shame me...whatever. It's the 4th or 5th time I've read it and I love it and shut up, don't shame me.

cooking // Uhhh, one guess. It rhymes with shamcos.

thinking // That I was going to have a break from being so busy in October, but that won't be the case. All good things, of course-- and even a few days in New York City for work. I'll keep y'all updated on my shenanigans.

September 15, 2015

Stream of Consciousness

I lit my first fall candle over the weekend, and even though it was a small candle, the scent managed to make its way into every room of my house. I could not be more excited for this upcoming season.

And because of that, I need new clothes. Like, desperately. Not in an I shouldn't get this, but I'm going to! kind of way-- but rather this shirt and these pants are going to fall apart if I wash them one more time kind of way.

With my birthday and Tiff's visit both around the corner, what better time than now to go shopping and treat myself to a new fall wardrobe?

Or at least a pair of jeans and a few new sweaters.

And new boots.

And new scarves.

But, the shopping will have to wait until Friday night, since that's the only time I have to go this week. Busy doesn't even come close to describing September.

Over the weekend a friend of mine asked me to come over for drinks and my honest to goodness answer was, "How about sometime in October?"

I'm watching Gilmore Girls for the first time ever (just started season four) and it's bringing back so many feels about being in high school and the early stages of dating and all that crap that I haven't thought about in years.

I dated a guy on the football team ~classic girl move~ who was so dumb, but so cute, and also dumb with no personality, and while that's part of my history, I wish I could go back and tell myself, "DON'T DATE THE FOOTBALL PLAYER!"

Speaking of dating-- I'm actively not trying. That's what people always say to do, right? Sure.

Lately I've been switching my glasses up and wearing different frames based on outfits, or just how I'm feeling that particular day. But two pairs of glasses is not enough for me, so I jumped on the Warby Parker train (a year late) and I'm awaiting my at-home trial pairs to see which one(s) I want to add to my collection.

If I'm going to be four-eyed, I'm going to be four-eyed in style.

Speaking of eyes: has anyone else seen these adult color books? Like the ones with crazy patterns that make your (my) eyes hurt? How are they supposed to help you unwind? I don't get it! To each their own I guess, but I don't know how coloring a picture that looks like a Magic Eye image is going to help you relax.

What's new with you?

September 4, 2015

How to Cheer Yourself Up

Make your favorite meal for dinner two weeks in a row. Eat leftovers every night and be grateful that you only have to take care of yourself,  and that there's no one to complain about eating tacos yet again.

Buy a new color of nail polish and when you realize you really like the way it looks, buy another color from the same brand. Invest in a top coat and watch in amazement how a simple at home manicure can look instantly professional(ish).

Instead of buying new clothes, try a different combination of clothes you already own. Mix up shorts with a different shirt, or pants with a tank top you haven't worn all summer. 

Go to Sephora and spray samples of perfumes that you can't afford on a handful of test strips. Put your favorite one in your purse so that whenever you open it, that's what you smell.

Give yourself a night off- from doing laundry, from emptying the dishwasher, from any type of cleaning whatsoever. Watch a movie you haven't seen in a while and find a new reason to love it.

Print out the quote "Good Vibes Only" and tact it to your desk at work as a constant reminder that other people's pissy moods should not affect you.

Do not allow your forward progress to be derailed by a Snapchat.

Spend 5 days mentally preparing for a trip to Walmart. Make a list on your phone of things you need and be sure to add a few items that you want, too.

Treat yourself to pizza afterwards because successfully navigating Walmart is no easy feat.

Begin to realize that you no longer have to tell yourself to be happy every morning; that you already are when you wake up. You've officially outsmarted the dark cloud was hanging over you...and just in time for your favorite season.

August 31, 2015

e. e. cummings

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel--
but that's thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling.
And poetry is feeling--not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know,
but not a single human being can be taught to feel.
Because whenever you think or you believe or you know,
you're a lot of other people--
but the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night
and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest
battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

An excerpt from A Poet's Advice

August 25, 2015

Mixtape No. 15

1. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus // Face Down
2. Taking Back Sunday // You're So Last Summer
3. Blink-182 // I Miss You
4. Paramore // Misery Business
5. Relient K // Who I Am Hates Who I've Been (Acoustic)
6. Good Charlotte // Movin' On
7. Brand New // Soco Amaretto Lime
8. Fall Out Boy // Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
9. Dashboard Confessional // Vindicated

August 21, 2015

9 Ways in Which I know I’m Growing Up

1. I’m in bed no later than 9:30 during the week. My phone is face down on silent on my night stand no later than 10.

2. I went to the DMV and settled all the paperwork for my new license almost TWO months before my current one expired. While I still procrastinate a lot, I’m making progress (or in this one very specific instance I am).

3. Soda is a treat. I don’t buy it; therefore it’s never in my house. And I’ll only order it occasionally when I go out. And that usually causes me to squirm because the carbonation HURTS, or is it just me?

Also, for the record, I’ve been diet soda/fake sugar free for n.i.n.e. months and feeling great. I’ve also been drinking coffee without sugar for about six months, and quite frankly, I miss it. But I’m getting used to it.

4. When my laundry is done in the dryer, I take it out right away and fold it. No more leaving clothes or towels in the dryer for days on end, causing those wrinkles that you cannot get out unless you wash said item again.

5. I check my mailbox every day. This—well, this might seem a little crazy. Like, why the hell haven’t I been doing this all along? My bills are paperless, so unless I’m expecting something in the mail, I only ever get junk mail. But that adds up, and quickly. So now I stop at the end of my driveway every night when I get home, check the mailbox, and grab whatever is in there.

I’m still working on getting the junk mail into the garbage right away, instead of letting it pile up in my car. Baby steps!

6. I have one of those pill containers that allows you to separate your pills for each day of the week. I bring it to work with me and keep it in a drawer next to my utensils, so that I always remember to take my vitamins and allergy pill when I eat lunch. I bring it home on Fridays and fill it up for the next week.

Remembering to take my pills on Saturday and Sunday still proves to be a challenge.

7. I have extra of things, like paper towels and bars of soap and salad dressing.

8. I clean my house before I go away because it makes coming home a little easier. 

9. I understand (and embrace) the importance of quality over quantity. Yes, it's nice to have a closet full of clothes-- but clothes that aren't going to fall apart in the wash is even nicer.