Monday, February 23, 2015

Romantic

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I feel like this sweater was created for the month of February, the fact that Valentine's Day is over already, be damned! It has been so cold (in the D!) lately that I have been living in jeans and thick sweaters. I actually just cleared out about half of my closet to donate, because I keep wearing the same things over and, over. It actually pushed me into project mode, so I am planning on redecorating the whole closet now. You know, after I get around to finishing the other 8 million projects that I've started. I am a terrible idealist. I have these perfect visions of how I want everything to pan out, but carrying these ideas out takes time. Where's the Doctor when you need him, eh?

In other news: I have been left alone at work for an entire week! It is awesome having the entire office to myself, but that also means that I have to be responsible and actually answer the phone once in awhile. Despite the fact that everyone has been pretty cranky due to the cold weather, I have actually liked work lately. I made a huge dent in my never-ending pile of paperwork, sorted out a giant billing mess, and have been prepping a few little projects for one of the interns. That was just today. Then I came home and cleaned the house for four hours straight. I have made so many lists for this week, and have everything prepped. If anyone needs me, I will be over here kicking ass, and taking names!

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Earrings, Coat & Headband-Forever 21
Jeans-American Eagle Outfitters 
Heels-Modcloth 
Purse-Target
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Reads: Comics!


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My dad used to have this giant box of old comics that my brothers and I would paw through whenever we felt inclined.I was particularly fond of Black Orchid, and soon started a small collection.  I had Wonder Woman comics, Catwoman comics, and of course, Archie comics. Later, when I started watching BTVS, I accumulated both Buffy, and Angel comics, but I never really, really collected them, as they were more of an after-thought as far as reading material went. That, and in high school I was pretty skint (even more so than I am now, shockingly), so if I couldn't pick it up at the library, there was a fat chance that I wasn't going to be able to read it. 

Fast-forward to a few months ago, and I came across Meg's post on Shutter, and I became intrigued. I value Meg's opinion on most geek things, because we have very similar taste in fandoms. I picked up the book, read it in one sitting, and went back to the comic book store to get the most current issue. Since then, I am currently reading three different comics, as well as a huge stack of borrowed ones from my friend Nicole. 

Guys, I am hooked. 

Anyway, I thought I would write a tiny blurb of why I like the ones that I am currently reading, so that's what I am going to do!

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Shutter, Image Comics- Kate Kristopher is a famous explorer and photographer on an Earth much more awesome than this one. Ten years after she quit that life, she soon discovers that she has siblings, and lots of them. One in particular is after her maybe-not-dead father, and Kate isn't overly fond about any of this. Shutter is my absolute favorite out of the comics that I am reading. I love the fantasy aspect to the story, I love how the characters are developing in each new issue, and the artwork, the artwork is just beautiful. Oh, and Alarm Clock Cat! I want an Alarm Clock Cat tattoo, add it to the never-ending list of tattoos that I want. 

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Bitch Planet, Image Comics- A futuristic world, where non-compliant females are sent to an off-world penitentiary, commonly known as Bitch Planet. I discovered this comic by way of Joe Keating writing about it in the back of one of the issues of Shutter. Since I am very OCD about reading things in order, and making sure that I have access to said things. I am not going to lie, it took a bit of effort trying to track down that first issue. The fine folks at Comics & More, and Detroit Comics were super helpful though, and even though I eventually had to get that first issue via the interwebz, I was able to pick up both the second and third issues from said locations.  Anyways, a feminist comic about strong, kick-ass women vs, the patriarchy. As I said, a necessary comic, and it is EVERYTHING.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, Titan Comics- New adventures with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara! Okay, you guys already know my mad, undying love for Doctor Who, so this one really should not come as a surprise. However, I did not intend on reading it, mostly because I did not know that it existed. When I was at Comics & More last month looking for Bitch Planet, I got into a conversation with one of the employees, Chris, and I admitted that I really did not know shit about comics. He was really helpful, and since I mentioned Doctor Who, he showed me the new series that just started up with the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, and since I am now a huge fan of 12/Clara, I caved. 

Kyle also gets an honorable mention in this post. Detroit Comics is super close to my house, but Comics & More is closer to his work. Asking Kyle to stop at the comic book store to pick up my comics is the equivalent to asking most dude-bros to head to CVS to get tampons. I am actually considering doing the pull-service for Detroit Comics. There is a $20 fee, but then it is %10 off comics, so it essentially pays for itself. So far I only have these three comics down, so I think I should add a few more to make it worth my while. That being said, I will take suggestions! I am a little nervous about starting something that has been out for ages, but hell if it is really good, I will give it a go! So please, suggestions, I will take them. 

Alright, it is Friday night, and I am burning mix CDs for two of my friends, sipping a beer (or two), and cleaning out my closet. A much needed night in, and I am looking forward to the rest of it. Happy Friday!

Monday, February 16, 2015

CAH Valentine Gathering!

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Step one: Go get boozy brunch with your friends. 
Step two: Drunkenly suggest to your friends that you need to invest in a pack of Cards Against Humanity cards. 
Step three: Sit back in awe as your drunk friend buys a set, and all of the expansion packs, from Amazon, right then and there. 
Step four: Make too many plans for NYE and freak out when you cannot commit to all of them. 
Step five: Suggest a gathering on Valentine's Day, because Valentine's Day is for schmucks anyway.
Step six: Bake too many baked goods. 
Step seven: Buy a shitload of beer. 
Step eight: Invite everyone over!
Step nine: Drink! Snack! Play cards!

And there you have it: the correct steps to having a CAH valentine gathering. I do like Valentine's day, it breaks up the winter blahs, but what better way to celebrate, than have a bunch of your friends over to spend it with? Honestly, I had so much fun. Major props to my dad for bringing over the big table and all of the chairs for us to use. I am so excited to have space to have people over now! Tiny house be damned! No, really, I love my tiny house, but still.   

Oh and if you want to be a giant dick, force all of your friends to take prom-style photos in front of a wall covered in paper hearts. 

Because you can!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Little Bits: Bath Time

Sorry about the lack of posting this year guys, but I have been super busy these past few weeks. Lots of weekends out with friends, cleaning projects, oh, and that work thing. I switched up my diet thanks to help from my friend Anne, and I have been more motivated to go to the gym, so I have been hitting up that place 3-4 times per week. I have already lost five pounds since the photos in my last post were taken, and I am really excited to keep going. 

However, going to the gym, after working eight hours, sitting in traffic, running errands, then having to figure out dinner, clean, and get everything ready for the next day, isn't always exciting. So, I have been using a reward system by way of something beauty-related to keep me going. I like to do make something simple like the coffee face scrub, or the burning mask that I posted last week, but sometimes I will just paint my nails, or take a relaxing bath instead of a shower. ALL of the girly pampering!

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Okay, so, that being said, I had a pretty fucking awesome bath tonight, I am not going to lie. I dug out this great eucalyptus and spearmint epsom salt that I bought over the summer, and added some dried hops that my friend Anne gave me. My bath was suuuuupper relaxing, and my skin was soft, and smelled amazing after. 

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Oh, and sometimes I pour myself a glass of wine beforehand (then take three hours to drink it, because I forget about it), but since Kyle is home tonight, he suggested beermosas. We use Short's Soft Parade, and orange juice. I just split the one bottle between two wine glasses, then topped them off with orange juice, much yum!

Next, I dried my hair and put in some Velcro rollers. I was dawlding about on the interwebz, and discovered that if you have super fine hair (ahem,) putting it all up in rollers after you dry it helps to give it some lift. If you happen to come around my house at around 9 pm, I can safely say that I am rocking the sexiest look ever. Word. 

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I then decided to use a Mustard Face Mask tonight. It is exactly just that: 2 tablespoons of mustard, on your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse off with warm water, pat dry. I love this face mask because it is ridiculously easy, and it soaks up the oil that tends to collect near my hair line (I KNOW, so much sexy, make it STAHP). 

There you have it, a recipe for a great bath/pampering evening. I am super excited for tomorrow! It is weigh-in day, and I weigh myself at work on our huge drum scale in the warehouse, because it is accurate to a T, AND, two of the comics that I read are releasing new issues, huzzah! I am hoping to do a post soon on the ones that I have been reading, because you should read them too! You know, if you want. So, stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sara Bird

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In hindsight, wearing this hat and thick, black-framed glasses is grounds for ridicule. I have had "Hey Waldo!" shouted several times in the past week. Oy!

Anywho, there is a name I would much rather go by: Sara Bird. I was joking around on Instagram with Megan, and Nora of Two Birds about letting them count me as an adopted sister, and Megan said to just start calling myself "Sara Bird."I did not feel really "me" in this vest, but it totally reminds me of the Birds! I could fit in in Minnesota! Whenever I try to do a Scottish accent, I just sound like I am from Minnesota anyway. I love having brothers, and I love being the oldest child, because despite their better judgment, my siblings tend to listen to me. However, I really wish that I had a sister sometimes. When my mom called me on the way home from the doctor after finding out which sex Liam was, she told me that she was having another boy, and I told her to go back to the doctor, because she was wrong. 

Luckily I have since created a mini-me out of Liam (the poor bastard). He loves all of the same TV shows that I love, he asked for a copy of The Hobbit for Christmas, listens to Weezer, reads comic books, and although he does not have a huge interest in clothes, he does like to steal all of my jackets, because asshole. 

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Nothing new to report, other than Michigan got dumped on by snow Sunday night. These were taken Sunday afternoon, before everything went crazy. Liam had stayed the night after the Super Bowl, so I drove him home yesterday morning, only got stuck in the snow once, and was able to get out by myself. I was one of the very few people who showed up to work yesterday, Tony Spark FTW! Seriously, I had random people on the road cheering me on. I basically showed up to work with my tiny car to make everyone look bad, muwhahahaha! I only ended up working 4.5 hours, because there was nothing to do. I went to the gym, then met up with some friends for beers (too many) and burgers.  Adult snow days are fuuuuuuuunn. Now, it is back to work. Poop!

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Shirt-Forever 21
Jeans-American Eagle Outfitters
Purse & Necklace-Gift
Vest-Thrifted
Boots-Target
Mittens-Ebay
Hat-Free People
Glasses-Warby Parker

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January On Instagram

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Currently, I am worshiping at the house of java, it is snowing outside, it is beautiful, and I am trying really hard to keep from sticking my finger in my nose to play with the piercing I just had done yesterday afternoon. I am listening to some Americana playlist on Spotify, and soon Brian, Dan, and Liam will be over to watch the Puppy Bowl, and Super Bowl ads. The guys and I are looking forward to pigging out on chicken wings, and cheese sticks. Kyle is rooting for team Katy Perry, and I can't think of a more perfect end to January. 

This month has been the month of testing my boundaries, embarrassing the shit out of myself, and making some great friends.

Lessons I have learned this month: 

-Despite the enthusiasm of my drinking companions, the $2 drafts, and the charming bartenders at the WAB, I cannot stay out drinking until 11 pm on a Sunday without dying. 

-Puppies can, and will, eat all of your bras and underwear. 

Things that I am loving this month:

-Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear. I have played this album at least 1 million times in the past two weeks, many thanks to my friend Anne for that one. 

-Taylor Swift,  because happy pop music is the best thing to workout to. 

-The time when Dan, Kyle, and I all sang all of the lyrics to One Direction "You Don't Know You're Beautiful" in my car on the way to the bar (it was last weekend). 

-Snow, and winter in general. Everything is grey and not-grey, and quiet, and soft, and so clear. 

-This song. Hey, Asshole. 

-My nose piercing! I've wanted one for ages. 

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I had a wonderful month, even the not-so-fun parts. I have a lot to look forward to in February: a Valentine's day gathering, giving my closet a make-over, getting into another love/hate relationship with the gym, and a day spent in Ann Arbor. Plans! Things! Let's go!

1) I went full-on girly for a night out with friends, it was great. 
2) NOSE THINGS. 
3) I was hungover as hell last Monday, and spent the day on the couch. 
4) Taylor Swift! Never feel guilty for your pleasures. 
5) Mitten State Mittens!
6) My favorite coffee drink is not a PSL, it is a cold brew with a little lavender simple syrup. 

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