Summer of Friendship: Part 1

Since I’m not going on vacation this year, I’ve basically been calling this summer “Summer of Friendship”. Why? Because I have so many friends popping in from out of town to visit! Some of them are coming specifically to see me, and others are just making time to hang out as they pass through. One of my favorite things about being more active on the internet, and I’ve probably said this before, it making so many new friends around the U.S. and the rest of the world. Hopefully, one day I’ll get a chance to meet them all!

My first friend in my Summer of Friendship is my pal, Kady. We met via internet over a year ago, fangirling on The Vampire Diaries and writing on tumblr, and became great buds. We met for real the first time, last April when she happened to be coming to Chicago for work. I said “hey, let’s hang out…would that be weird?” and she said “no, let’s do it!” Long story short, we got to spend a day and a half together and she even took me to a Vampire Diaries convention that was happening that weekend. It was fun!

The only sad part about the visit…Kady stayed by the airport in Chicago, which if you live here or know anything about the area, you’ll know that it is faaaaar awaaaaay from the city. She didn’t get to see any of Chicago. So this year, she decided to come back and remedy that, while hanging out with me on my birthday. We did A LOT of stuff. I think I wore her out a bit. But it was a fun week with one of my best pals 🙂

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We ate A LOT of food!!!

Pizza, Hot Dogs, Burgers…all of the food!

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We went to the Chicago Art Institute

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And of course, we took the stereotypical, must-do Bean pic.

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I’m in love with Chicago. Even if I bitch about the weather sometimes, and wish that there was a real, salt water beach nearby, I love living here. And I loved being able to show my friend the city. It was a great birthday present and a great time!

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Happy Father’s Day

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Here’s to fu manchu mustaches and a childhood watching WWF twice a week. Here’s to that weird Hulk Hogan cardboard stand-up in your room and Saturdays at home mowing the lawn. Here’s to being there at every single cheerleading event, church performance, school performance, and important moment growing up. Here’s to golfing on Sundays. Here’s to listening out for the clanking sound of your truck, waiting for you to get home from work, to say goodnight. Here’s to watching NCIS together and talking about the characters like they were real people. Here’s to talking about real things, that are sometimes difficult, but being able to be honest and unafraid. Here’s to McRibs and Malted Milkshakes and Red Velvet Cake and Steaks on the grill. Here’s to coffee and cigarettes and cowboy boots on occasions that required dressing nice. Here’s to teaching me to drive and letting me teach you how to use the computer. Here’s to the man who taught me to be myself no matter what and told me it was okay to go after my dreams, no matter what they were and where they would take me. Even if it was far away. I miss you. I love you.

I turned 26 and Chopped Off My Hair!!

If we are friends on Facebook or any other social media website, you’ve probably already seen the picture evidence of this. I chopped about 12 inches off my hair. The shortest it’s EVER been in my entire life. Decided to start out 26 with a new look. At first, I had a little bit of a freak out and it took about a day and a half to get used to.

I didn’t exactly mean to go that short, but the stylist kept cutting and I just went with it–an experiment that doesn’t always yield great results.

I like my new cut. It fits my personality, I think.

As my friend said, “You look like a hipster girlfriend for like, The Black Keys.”

So where is my cool, bass guitar playing boyfriend?

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TBT Tunes: The Distillers

Drain the Blood – The Distillers

I was listening to The Nerdist podcast this week, featuring Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age & Eagles of Death Metal fame) and he mentioned being married to Brody Dalle, lead singer and guitarist of The Distillers. Fact about me: when I was in high school, I secretly wanted to be Brody Dalle. Even though I was a cheerleader turned drama-nerd, I had this secret love of punk and a longing to dye my hair, pile on the black eye liner, and get a few piercings. I remember seeing pics of Brody Dalle in Alternative Press magazine (yes I totally had a subscription) and wishing that I had the courage to look exactly like that.  However, growing up in a small southern town, experimental self expression was not exactly encouraged. There were a few kids who went with the whole “punk” thing in my high school. In fact, if I recall correctly, most of them were labelled as “skater kids”. Not to mention, my parents, as liberal as they could be, would have had a straight up heart attack.

However, I did go on a tattoo/piercing spree when I turned 21. So I guess I did eventually achieve my dreams a bit. And I can sneer, just like Brody Dalle.

Anyways, love this song. It’s totally on my running playlist.

Happy Thursday!

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Brandon Graduated!

The past couple weeks have been SUPER busy for me. Lots of visits from friends, and my birthday happened (I’m 26 now!), and trying to keep up with writing and everything else…it’s been hectic.

So now I’m waiting for tonight’s Game of Thrones episode to come on (which will be super sad) and decided to take a moment to bring you up to speed on my life.

Tonight’s blog post is BRANDON GRADUATED!

Who is Brandon?…some of your may be asking. Well, Brandon is my oldest and one of my dearest friends. We’ve been buds since the 6th grade and across 3 different cities. We’ve pretty much gotten to watch each other grow up and go from awkward teens to awkward adults. A couple weekends ago was very special because Brandon graduated from college!!

His family came up from Florida to visit and celebrate and attend the ceremony. We’re all super, super proud of him and all that he has accomplished. Brandon is an amazing artist and designer and one of the most ambitious people I’ve ever met. He always inspires me to never settle for less than exactly what I want. Love you Brandon!

Okay…so not exactly part of the graduation festivities…but a few days before we nerded out and went to see Star Trek 2. Spock and Kirk are totally the epic romantic couple of this movie, I don’t care what anyone else says!

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Me and Brandon circa 2005 at high school graduation and then together on college graduation day.

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After the ceremony we went out with his family for some awesome Korean BBQ.

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And then later on, toasted to his accomplishments and the next chapter of his life with some rooftop beers.

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So Brandon! If you’re reading this now, congrats again! Can’t wait to see what your future has in store! 🙂

And congrats also to all my other buds who graduated this spring!

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Where Have I Been?

Nowhere.

But doing stuff…and things.

Sometimes I find that I’m not 100% sure what to write on this blog, and have been trying to think of a way to focus it a bit. I know my title says that it’s “about me and the stuff I like” but sometimes I’m unsure what is interesting to other people. However, recently I noticed in a family email newsletter, my blog was included! So I thought dang, if family members are reading this, maybe I should start writing about myself more! Maybe I should write in general!

Plus, I have my fangirl blog over on tumblr for the super nerdy, fangirl stuff and then I recently started a YA lit tumblr so I can continue to explore my love of reading 🙂

So, what have I been up to lately. Well….

1. Watching Arrested Development

In addition to all of the other television things I watch, I’ve been doing a rewatch of Arrested Development. It’s one of those shows that I’ve watched in the past, but never all the way through, in spite of the fact that I think it’s genius and hilarious! I probably won’t make it all the way in time for the new premiere on Netflix to which I can only say… I’ve made a huge mistake.

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2. Re-reading The Great Gatsby

Which I haven’t read since I was 20 (I’m about to be 26). I usually like reading or rereading books before movies come out, so I can have some context for comparison. It’s getting to be more and more difficult since there are more and more films being made of books I like, but Gatsby is short and totally worth the time. Plus, Chicago weather is getting nicer, so I’ve been heading out for afternoon park reads on my days off!

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3. Catching Up with Old Friends

This past weekend, Meghan was in Chicago, visiting a friend and took some time to meet up with me for dinner. She’s someone I’ve known since I was VERY LITTLE. We grew up in the same town together and went to high school. I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen her since about 2007, but thanks to the internet we keep in touch a bit. It was nice to get some face time. Hope you enjoyed Chicago Meghan!

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4. It’s Almost My Bday!

I’m gonna be 26! AHHH!!!

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5. Running A Lot

So nice weather = running outside again. Finally! Although it’s been months since my shoes have hit pavement, so I’m a little rusty. But my body appreciates the exercise. I can’t tell you how much better I’ve felt lately now that I’m back to running three times a week. One of these days I’ll actually do a 5K race. It’s gonna happen.

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p.s. one of my favorite workout mixes right now on 8tracks

 

6. Starting a Thing I Can’t Talk About Yet

Secrets, secrets! A few of you reading might know, but the rest will have to wait. A new creative endeavor that I’m very excited about and can’t wait to share with family and friends, but until my ducks are in a row…you’ll just have to wait!

 

Wishing everyone a great rest of the week and a great weekend. My lovely brother from another mother, Brandon, is graduating on Saturday! So proud of him!!!

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Happy Sunday!

Good morning! So it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted. I’ve been working extra, which is great, but it means having to readjust my personal schedule to fit in with work.

Not much to report or share. Just wanted to check in and wish everyone a lovely Sunday. I think I shall grab a tea and go for a lazy stroll 🙂 Better enjoy the happiness before Game of Thrones comes along tonight and makes me cry.

A lot of crazy stuff has been happening in our world this week…Everyone has opinions and everyone has something to say. I saw someone on my twitter feed say something about praying for things in times of trouble and how it doesn’t really work, because weren’t there people on the opposite end of things praying that it did? While that may be true, and  it may be one of the great questions of the universe why, if there is a God or some higher power watching over us, he/she would let such terrible things happen. We may never know. Either way, prayer–true prayer–is born from positive energy. It is born from hope. Even if you don’t believe in God or a god or anything, I still think prayer is possible. Putting hopeful thoughts out into the universe generates good energy and makes the world a more positive place. Maybe not in ways we might ever see, but it works.

That’s my point of view anyway. 🙂

Happy Sunday!

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