Thanks for all the lols, 2012

Holy cow, y’all. What a year. I mean really. Just a stupendous amount happened.

I started the year off in a beautiful new house, full of happiness and relief to be leaving the shittiest shithole that was ever shat in. Turns out I’ll be leaving the beautiful new house again much sooner than anticipated, but I’ll get into that later because it PERTAINS TO THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Next, I met the best person in the entire world, only I didn’t understand it right then and we wasted a bit of time “getting to know each other” and “being friends.” Pff, whatever. We’re totally shacking up together starting in February, so that’s what “taking things slow” gets you.

After/during all that, I adopted a cat, changed jobs, started actually dating previously stated love, had to give my cat away, was told our house was being sold, decided to move in with the fella, ate a lot of great food, met some great people, had some great parties, read some great books, saw a lot of movies [see “getting to know each other” and “being friends”], had some good naps.

After enjoying this year so much, I am enthusiastically looking forward to the next one, which I expect to be filled with much more of the same, only less of the “being friendly” and more of the “being in love.”

My friends had babies, got married, got engaged, got pregnant, got books published, broke up, lost family, lost friends, learned about themselves.

A million happy, sad, important little events occurred that make the time we spend here on Earth worth it. We re-elected our President! We landed a robot on Mars! We published books and learned more about our planet and inspired hundreds of thousands of people to do good things for each other simply because they should.

I love being human. I love my fellow humans. I wish all my planet-mates a safe, healthy, happy new year full of the very best ups and downs that life has to offer.

And hopefully a few more naps. One can never have too many, you know.


Why does she need two lights?

The contents of my bag. Blog post with explanation to follow.

I was trying to find something this morning and ended up dumping out my bag to look for it.  Well, I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I decided to do one of those “This is what is in my bag” picture posts, because I know I am always deeply curious about the contents of everyone’s pockets.

So… here it is.

Going roughly clockwise from the upper left-hand corner:

-The bag in question, covered by:
– a wool knit cap
– a hairbrush
– my iphone case standing in for the iphone that was taking the photo [I have another one in LCARS. Gotta represent, y’all.]
– my kindle [in the green leather case, by Oberon Design.]
– some sweet shades
– two wallets [one for holding checks and other stuff I rarely use, and the other is a mens bi-fold for holding the good stuff that I can throw in my pocket (or let’s be real: my bra.) when I don’t want the whole bag.]
– a graphic novel
– 4 mascaras [it’s possible I have a problem.] [the clinique water-proof is my current day-to-day favorite, but I prefer the wand for the too faced lash injection and the organic wear is great for really dramatic eyes. The define-a-lash is my old day-to-day brown, that has been replaced by the clinique and I haven’t taken it out yet.] [what.]
– book light [the purple thing]
– pepper spray
– inhaler [better not get those two mixed up!]
– purell
– zantac
– re-wetting drops
– chapstick
– pocket knife
– flashlight
– keys
– reusable bag
– another graphic novel

And that’s all for the moment.  Normally there’s a notebook and a plethora of writing instruments, but I was using them at home the other day and I forgot to put them back.  Cool story, bro.

Happy Things – On a Tumultuous Day…

It’s been an emotional day, and I think I’ve said all I want to say about it so far on my twitter. So let’s jump in with some Happy Things.


What else do you need, in the end?

Happy Things – Crap, I Skipped a Few Months.

Oops! Let’s just get right to it.

teeny binder clips.
alcohol swabs.
coffee coffee coffee.
homemade plum gin.
flan in a cup.
sassy hair.
ribbons in sassy hair.
the color green.
my iPod.
my pink scarf.
the TRON: Legacy soundtrack.
making up stuff.
canned air.
giant fluffy akitas.
the letter “V” vivacious, voltage, various, vivid, vacant, vexing, verisimilitude, verdigris.
blue mugs.
the sky:


Happy Things – January times

Alright, let’s just dive right back in here with a Happy Things list!

new bed frames.
clean sheets.
smelly candles [but only cinnamon, vanilla, or eucalpytus spearmint.] [maybe sometimes gingerbread.] [chocolate is nice, too.]
snowman pencils.
wild hair.
small children that shake hands when being introduced.
calvin and hobbes.
brand new journals. [I have a journal problem.]
my dog. [he’s been huddling into a nest on my bed every morning when I leave for work.]
herd immunity. [whatever, you all knew I was a nerd.]
ramen noodles.
my kindle.
my family.
my friends.
cherry coke.
sweet-tea flavored vodka.
new tattoos:


you all. <3

Happy Things – September Edition

Alright, y’all, let’s get physical positive!

Things for/about which I am Happy:
peanut M&Ms [I am chomping on some RIGHT THIS SECOND].
clean drinking water.
my cutest ever puppy.
Joni Mitchell [times A MILLION].
Gigantic coffee mugs.
my rain boots
my new suede knee-high boots [they are SO AWESOME, y’all, I can’t even believe they’re mine].
action-packed movies [GIMME THE SPLOSIONS!!].
quiet tea times.
people that hold the elevator for you when your hands are full of flu vaccine.
people that care about other people.
lovely music.
pink post-its.
the letter “L”; language, longitude, lull, lariat, lollipop, left, lucid, loquacious, love, love, love.
Matt Smith: [bow-ties are so cool.]


the internet.

Happy Things – August Edition

After a very disturbing dream where I was performing unsuccessful spinal surgery, I decided to focus on the positive. And so:
peaches from the farmers market
poetry [i am not usually a big poetry reader, but Louise Erdrich has been making me happy.]
roommates [I started this list before they went completely crazy and started obsessing over ghost hunting shows.]
thorough dentistry
Scott Pilgrim
long walks
tattoos [I’m ready for my next one.]
the letter G. gorgeous, gregarious, gamine, gainly, gallant, grey, great.
paper stars
My sister and brother-in-law:
Katie and Vini

What about y’all? I need some good happy things this morning. Load me up!

Happy Things April Showers [for which I hope you have an umbrella…]

Oh hi there. It seems this blog is quickly deteriorating into a HAPPY THINGS ALL THE TIME blog. I don’t have a problem with that, do you? I didn’t think so.

Carry on:

  • Forearm tattoos on the Facilities Fellas. [Lots of ex-navy here at the JHH.]
  • Fancy pudding in the cafeteria.
  • Time travel. [I really love it, guys. I love it so hard.]
  • Ice cream.
  • Calendars.
  • Discount Easter candy. [Malted-milk eggs, guys. Nuff said.]
  • Veronica Mars. [MYSTERY.]
  • Space. [I know I say this basically every time, but really truly, I want to marry space. We would have the most adorable nebula children.]
  • Pearl-pink nail polish.
  • Avatar, the last Airbender.
  • My beard.
  • White cotton sheets.
  • Cinnamon gum.
  • Thunderstorms.
  • Soup. [this one is Lisa’s fault for making me want soup at 9:00 on a Thursday morning.]

Alright, I’ve got some STUFF TO DO this weekend. Namely, Friday night, My pal Penny is flying in from Seattle and we are going to see GOGOL BORDELLO with Devotchka opening. I am terribly excited. It will be my third time seeing GB here in Balmer, and they have never disappointed me. Last time, Man Man opened for them, and it was one of the most amazing concert experiences of my life.

Blah blah someone gushing about music. Anyway.

I’ve joined a writing group, and my first meeting with them is on Sunday. I am excited and nervous! I need to write a one-page story, and I think I will ROCK THAT NOISE because my forte is short and sweet.

Well, there could be blood, so maybe not so sweet. Whevs.

Moving right along: I did a massive clothing purge last weekend with the help of Rosemary, and I am getting rid of two lawn and garden-size bags of clothing. This is in addition to the several garbage bags I got rid of in October. I think I’ll stick to an October/April purge schedule. Seems to keep my wardrobe in check nicely.

Wow, this got crazy boring. I’m wrapping it up now with a big bow of LOVE. Just for you. Don’t throw it away, now, I made it special.

Happy Things – Take that, March!

In like a lion, out like a soggy lamb:

  • Juice. [Anything except grape, because it makes my teeth taste purple, and I dun like that.]
  • Criminal Minds [I want to pack Dr Reid lunch every day and write him little riddles on his napkin. WHAT. DON’T JUDGE ME.]
  • Dragons.
  • New friends.
  • Old friends.
  • Serial Comics on the Internet.
  • Tattoos.
  • My roof.
  • Baltimore Sky

  • Glass beads.
  • Other people’s babies.
  • The rain. [I soooo wanted to stay home and listen to it in bed today, but I made myself get up and go to work. Being an adult kind of sucks sometimes. But, other times, there’s cake for breakfast. So, I guess it balances out.]
  • The letter “F”. fortuitous, fragrant, fecund, favorable, flighty, free.

I might post something with actual substance soon, but there are no promises. I have the attention span of a toddler that missed its nap.

Happy Things – February edition.

Wot is making me happy, in no particular order:

  • Dinosaurs. All of them. [Except Raptors cos that shit ain’t no joke.]
  • Shaun White. [I want to invite him to a party and then maybe make out a little bit, but not in front of anyone because I am a Lady.]
  • Space.
  • Noodles.
  • Navel oranges.
  • The Doctor.
  • Mascara.
  • Sleep.
  • Paris:
  • bridge

  • People who apologize profusely when they step on your toe in the elevator.
  • The letter Q. quandary, quilt, quiescent, quirky, quixotic, quaint.
  • People to worry about.
  • Chopsticks.
  • My dog.

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