helikedmyshoes: (bsg + laughter is the best medicine)
Hmm.

I feel like I should update, but I don't really have anything to report. The hot days of summer are melting away into the dog days of summer and I'm just not ready for this to be over. I love summer, I love the heat and the humidity and the sun and late nights drinking wine on the deck and being able to just walk out the door by slipping my feet into my flip flops and my finger into my key ring.

I am not ready for fall. It was mostly dark when I left class last night at 8, and it hit me that it's only going to get worse from here on out. Soon I'll be heading to class in the dark. Maybe that's why winter always seems so long, because I exist so much in darkness.

I'll certainly be busy this fall, though. I've got my photography class on Wednesdays from 1-4 starting September 15th and going to the end of October, and pole on Wednesdays from 6-8. I'm waiting on my schedule from work, I don't think it's changing a whole lot but my Saturday shift may be moved earlier. I've got a wedding in DC on September 11th which will be a blast, Adam and all our friends will be there so it'll be three days of partying in a hotel and drinking too much and getting to play dress up. I've got another wedding on October 11th, one of my best friends from college, which means I finally have no excuse not to get to NYC for a few days. I plan to be there from Sunday to Wednesday, it's been 2 years since I've been to the city to see my friends so I pretty much cannot wait for that. I should look into tickets...

Aside from that, I hope photography will take up a lot of time, and I'd really like to read those things they call books again. I'm working my way through Eat Pray Love and thoroughly enjoying it. Adam lent me Stephen Fry's The Hippopotamus, so maybe I'll read that next.

I want an iPad. I want a lot of things, actually. I've been pretty bad with money lately...spent a ton on makeup at Sephora, bought new clothes from Guess (they were having a sale! :D), bought my pole (!!!!). There's also a new lens for my camera that I want, a 50mm, and Urban Decay is coming out with a new Book of Shadows (I am a tad bit obsessed with makeup lately. I've been watching videos on YouTube and everything). Plus it's my sister's birthday coming up, and my mom's, and then my parents' anniversary, and then my birthday...September is a very expensive month in my family.

So yes, I did in fact buy my pole. It shipped out on Wednesday, apparently. I'm a little worried now though because I didn't actually check for support beams in the ceiling first, so I hope that I can get access to a ladder (waiting on the landlord for that) and figure that out in the next few days. It would be pretty tragic if I bought the pole and then couldn't actually put it up. The boys reassure me that the ceiling is plaster and will hold it anyway, but that's not really enough for me since I'm the one who's going to be hanging upside down from the thing.

Boot camp has been kicking my ass. I had it yesterday, then class afterwards. I AM SORE. My whole body hurts. This is good though, I've been pretty lazy lately. And eating like shit. And drinking a lot. Ahh summer.

Let's see...Adam and I saw Scott Pilgrim the other day and now I very much want these boots:



And I'm spent.
helikedmyshoes: (bsg + galactica gun show)
Things I am currently obsessed with:

__tea tree oil. Seriously. I can't get enough of the tea tree oil smell. I rub it on my chest and arms every night before I go to bed so I can fall asleep smelling it. MMMM it's so delicious.

__Lady Gaga. Don't ask me why. Poker Face is awesome. Acoustic Poker Face, with just Gaga on the piano, is brilliant. Stop looking at me like that, it IS. Go to YouTube and see for yourself. I want to take a ride on your disco stick. FUCK YEAH.

__my body. Not in a good way. I let myself go a little after being so good about eating well and working out. I'm slowly getting back to where I want to be but it's a process.

__spring. How come on my days off it isn't sunny and 80? I get 50 and rain. Over it.

__the perfect dress for Stacy's wedding. It's out there. I must find it.

__summer movie previews. Terminator Salvation looks AWESOME. Transformers 2 looks decent. Star Trek looks sick. Harry Potter makes me giddy. GI Joe looks pretty awesome. Public Enemies looks fan-frakkking-tastic. Give me stuff that gets blown up and I am happy.

__Neil Gaiman. I am simultaneously Sandman Vol. 4 and Fragile Things. He is just brilliant.

__pop music. Somebody stop me.

__Starbuck and Apollo. What else is new? Oh PILOTS. You can frak on a table anytime.
helikedmyshoes: (bsg + k/l + no takebacks)
2. WHAT I AM NOT

My brother and I used to play a game. I'd point to a chair. "THIS IS NOT A CHAIR," I'd say. Bird would point to the table. "THIS IS NOT A TABLE." "THIS IS NOT A WALL," I'd say. "THAT IS NOT A CEILING." We'd go on like that. "IT IS NOT RAINING OUT." "MY SHOE IS NOT UNTIED!" Bird would yell. I'd point to my elbow. "THIS IS NOT A SCRAPE." Bird would lift his knee. "THIS IS ALSO NOT A SCRAPE!" "THAT IS NOT A KETTLE!" "NOT A CUP!" "NOT A SPOON!" "NOT DIRTY DISHES!" We denied whole rooms, years, weathers. Once, at the peak of our shouting, Bird took a deep breath. At the top of his lungs, he shrieked: "I! HAVE NOT! BEEN! UNHAPPY! MY WHOLE! LIFE!" "But you're only seven," I said.

— Nicole Krauss

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This book is SO GOOD.

books 2008

Feb. 2nd, 2008 01:56 am
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Let's try this list again this year, and hopefully I'll be able to read more than 1 book a month.

1. Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut
2. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
3. The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (play)
4. The Beauty Queen of Leenane (play)
5. The Skull of Connemara (play)
6. The Lonesome West (play)
7. Sexing the Cherry, Jeannette Winterson
8. Proof (play)
9. The Passion, Jeannette Winterson
10. What Keeps Me Here, Rebecca Brown
11. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
12. Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
13. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss



Books I started and couldn't, or didn't, finish:
100 Years of Solitude (lost on a plane)
Ismael (lost on a place)
Timequake (lost interest)

bookworm

Jan. 31st, 2007 11:30 am
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Okay, this year I actually want to keep track of all the books I read, so this is my official books read post.

1. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
2. The Gun Seller, Hugh Laurie
3. The Other Boleyn Girl, Phillipa Gregory
4. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
5. A Confederacy of Dunces
6. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susannah Clarke
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling
8. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
9. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
helikedmyshoes: (ad + lindsay is a big ol' slut)
It's SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWING!

Also, freezing. And hailing at times. Winter sure is mad people thought it wasn't coming to the party this year.

I remembered an old Disney movie the other day that I used to LOVE as a kid...it was about two hats, a fedora and a blue bonnet (Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet! How adorable is that?!) who fall in love and then are separated when they're sold. Johnnie chases Alice all over New York City until finally they are reunited and live happily ever after. I could not for the life of me remember what it was called, and I googled it and found it and now I want this because it's on there and I know I'm never going to see it any other way.

*happiness*

For the hell of it...stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ashley

If My LJ Were it's Own Fandom...

a. Who would people ship me with?
b. Who would be my arch-nemesis?
c. What would a Mary Sue in my fandom be like?
d. When or how did I/will I jump the shark?
e. Write a one sentence summary of the story that would win the Best Fanfic Award in my fandom.
f. What would a typical badfic involve?
g. Who would be the BNFs in my fandom?
h. Why would my fandom end up on fandom_wank?


Adam is at Anna's because they all had to "talk." Yikes.

I bought A Condfederacy of Dunces and Atlas Shrugged today at Barnes and Noble after spending 2 hours wandering around finding a thousand other books I want. I'm hitting the used bookstore ASAP to find everything I want for cheaper. Also, I need winter boots.

I am so full...we met up with OtherAdam at Goose Island down the street in Wrigleyville for dinner and I ate a burger AND fries, very effectively negating all the exercise I did today on the elliptical. I want one of those yoga balls so I can do crunches and other fun stretches at home. Of course as soon as I get it it's just going to sit in the study so I'm holding off until I absolutely HAVE TO HAVE IT. And then I'm going to wait some more. Y'know, just so I can really make sure that I want it.

I think it's time to curl up in bed with a book under my down comforter.
helikedmyshoes: (vm + v + a pony!!!)
We had a pony when I was little for a few years, a pony named Raspberry, and for a long time horses were all I knew and cared to know. I lived and breathed riding, went to the barn every day after school to ride, spent weekends and whole summers taking lessons and playing with the friends I made there. It meant everything to me.

And I was downstairs just now talking to my neighbor, who mentioned that he's going to the Equestrian Center tomorrow because his friend, who happens to be a principal on Grey's Anatomy, is getting honored, and we were talking about horses, and I suddenly couldn't remember that chestnut is the name for horses with red hair. I could not for the life of me remember. And that just makes me feel really sad, that I lost contact with that sport and those animals and that part of my life. I miss it. So much. And look how far it has slipped from me.

Caroline lent me a self help book called The Courage to Be Yourself. I think it's time I let someone else in, even if it's just someone else's words on white paper. I keep thinking I've made all this progress, but I haven't. I'm still incredibly codependent, which is only dulled presently by the fact that I am so far removed from everyone. I have incredibly low self esteem. And I'm tired of it. And I'd like to change it. And I'm turning to self help books. Make of that what you will.

Still loving my layout.

I went to the gym before and did the stair master and listened to Sarah McLachlan because Elsewhere has been in my head for days and it's such a beautiful song and a beautiful album and I think maybe I just want to get back to then. Funny, that was right around the riding phase. Time for some serious self reflection.

Also gotta work on that honesty thing. With others, and with myself. I have the place to start. I just need the courage.

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