January 31, 2015

Listening To

Sword & Scale - Episode 14

I started listening to Sword and Scale on my way up to Connecticut and it is a Podcast that my handsome boyfriend listens to regularly. It's a True Crime series and since I was slightly interested in obsessed with Serial, I figured I'd continue on with the crime stories, as I find them fascinating anyway. I'm a little bit behind, so some of their news "updates" are more like yesterday's drama, but I started this episode on my second flight yesterday afternoon. Here's the overview:
"Usually we find the stories we want to talk about on Sword and Scale. This week the story found us, in the form of a cry for help from the surviving sister of Kimberly Renea Mabry, whose mutilated body turned up in a Rockford Illinois creek in 1995 and whose killer remains at large almost 20 years later. We bring you her story and ask for your help in solving this bizarre cold case that all but everyone has forgotten about.
We next travel back to 1935 for a bizarre case of extortion and attempted murder in a small rural town of American Indian heritage. This story, titled “The Tahlequah Coed Case”,  is a place and time where prejudice prevails against justice, and a need for attention would put in motion a case highlighting the dark underside of small town life."

January 29, 2015

Blizzard 2015

Due to circumstances that I'm not quite ready to discuss here, I returned last night from a short-notice trip to Connecticut where I have spent the last eight days running around like an insane person trying to wrap up some loose ends. I felt like a creep because, despite the fact that I was up to my elbows in necessary and important errands, I didn't tell anyone I was in town. Not the majority of my family, none of my friends and certainly not the internet. I did this in part because I didn't think it was worthwhile to tell anyone I would be around only to turn around and say that I would not be able to see them. I also didn't mention it simply for the fact that the ongoing issues are somewhat private and have taken up so much of my thoughts and time that I just didn't want to have to talk about it anymore. I didn't want to feel obligated to explain myself. So I kept quiet. 

And even though the trip was a far cry from a vacation and not a social visit by any means, it still made me feel crummy and I still feel the need to explain myself. So I'm sending out a big fat I'M SORRY to the friends and family that I didn't see and to the ones that didn't know I was home. Please don't take it personally. 

And because things generally do not go as planned, Connecticut up and had a blizzard while I was there. Not just snow - a blizzard. Sixteen inches and then some of frozen precipitate covered the yard, driveway and streets. Overall, not as bad as the blizzard we had a few years ago, which knocked out power for days and impeded the paths of emergency vehicles and plows alike, but still a nuisance because eight days is just not enough time when you have a very specific agenda.

January 19, 2015

Currently Reading Vol. 2

Annihilation - Jeff Vandermeer . This one isn't much my typical read, but was recommended by a coworker so we're giving it a go!

Here's what it reads on the back cover: 
"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything."


January 17, 2015

'Make Me Up Before You Go Go'

I desperately want to be Jaclyn Hill. She is what some refer to as a "make up guru" and has a YouTube channel that I am obsessed with. (You can check her out here and here among other places in social media). She has mastered the art of applying cosmetics in a way that I am sure is impossible for the average human (me) to achieve. I know little to nothing about make up, how to apply it, what kind of skin type I really am or if I'm a NW30 or an NW25. 

I don't even know what that means.

What I do know, however, is how to clean my make up brushes and arrange them to look nice on my bathroom counter. I only somewhat recently became aware that you're supposed to clean your make up brushes EVERY SINGLE WEEK, some of them EVERYDAY which, I am ashamed to admit, I definitely do not do. So while I was busy trying to decide if anyone will notice that my foundation is too dark for my face and that it is in no way properly blended, I realized that my beauty blenders and brushes all need a good bath. So I decided to do a little how-to on cleaning your brushes when you're on a budget and can't afford (or are too lazy to get out of your sweatpants to go buy) the specialty cleanser that's out there.

January 15, 2015

Listening To

I just finished the podcast Serial, which is put on by the same folks who produce the show "This American Life" and let me tell you, it is awesome. Not at all surprising that it is the top rated podcast right now. Highly recommended and free. Go check it out.

Also listening to T-Swift's 1989 album like it is my job. It's so fantastically good it's equivalant to musical crack. I just can't get enough.

January 8, 2015

Currently Reading Vol. 1

Someone I know (Hi Dinks!) mentioned on Facebook the other day that she had set a New Years resolution to read one book a week and had not only completed her goal, but exceeded it with an astounding 60 books for the year. Anyone who says this is NOT astounding is 100% wrong. She is a teacher. OF SMALL CHILDREN. I don't know how she keeps her eyes open after 3 PM much less read, on average, more than one non-school book a week.

So I decided to take on her challenge as my own. I already read a lot but have never actually chronicled the journey. Not to mention, now that I've said/written it out loud, I'm more likely to keep myself accountable. So without further ado:

#1 - Yes, Please - Amy Poehler

This book is hilarious and I'm almost done with it, which always makes me a bit sad. I laughed more in the preface of this book than most comedy-inspired literature I've ever read (including Chelsea Handler's My Horizontal Life or Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea, Ellen DeGeneres' Seriously I'm Kidding Or Tina Fey's Bossy Pants - all four of which are phenomenal books and highly recommended if you're up for a laugh or two). Somehow, Amy just takes the cake and despite the fact that its just really funny, it's also oddly inspiring in ways you might not expect. Have you read it? What do you think? Any books you'd recommend? I'm always open to suggestions!

You can buy it here:

Happy Reading!


January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a restful and lovely start to their New Year. I have made a list of resolutions; some to help me be better, some to help me be stronger and some to just make an effort to appreciate the little things in my life. I've got a number of new projects in mind that I hope to share with you, naturally with the intent to keep things interesting and sarcastic. I want to experiment with recipes and read a ton of books and write a few reviews and build things, make things, create things and break them and come back here to tell you all about it, and I hope that you'll be with me for the ride. 

That being said, I have literally none of those things for you today.

Instead, today the world celebrates the birthday of my personal hero. I've spent a lifetime looking up to this man and he's the guy that everyone I know turns to for support, for help, for a laugh. I've never known him to take a sick day unless it was forced upon him. He's known in his home town and in neighboring ones for his shining spirit and ability to light up a room. He's genuinely the nicest person I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and I would not be who I am today without him. He's everything I want and strive to be. His name is Rusty and he's my dad.

And I am so very, very lucky to claim him as my own.

Happy Birthday, Dad.
Love you always.



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