Holy crap, so much has happened since I last blogged. It’s hard to believe it’s already September. The last two months have gone by so quickly. Where do I start?
July started off pretty quietly. A couple of days before my birthday, Boyfriend found out that he had a job interview in my city. Then a week later at the interview, he was offered a job on the spot! This happened right before I left for the field. When I came back from the field, it was already time to go to Boston. I had an afternoon to look for houses. We put in for a house 11 pm on a Friday, right before our 5:30 am flight the next morning. The rental market in this city is insane and we ended up not getting the house we first put in for. But it was meant to be. We found out we didn’t get the house while we were still in Boston, which was nice since it allowed us to keep our minds off of losing the house for a bit.
Boston was amazing, by the way! We stayed with Boyfriend’s aunt in Rhode Island, which was really fun. We walked along the Freedom Trail, saw whales during a whale-watching tour, and oh yeah…saw the Foo Fighters at Fenway Park. That show was amaaaazing. My brother was there with me and it was so much fun to rock out to a show with him there. I last saw the Foos in 2011 as part of their Wasting Light tour, and while that show was great, it just wasn’t the same without Patrick there. It’s just not a Foos show without Patrick. We had a really awesome moment singing along to “One of These Days.” We’re seeing them again in less than a month at ACL. I cannot wait!
When we got back, it was time to find another rental house to apply for. We put in for one a couple of days later and got it. I really like the house and the new neighborhood. I only live five miles away from my old place, but we’re closer to the center of town, so there are a lot more restaurants and things to do around here. So many amazing taco restaurants, guys! So many. I love it. The one thing I don’t like about my new neighborhood is the property crime in the area is a little higher than where I used to live. Also everyone parks along the street, so maneuvering around the cars is annoying. But these are small quibbles. I love the new house and neighborhood overall, and am so excited to be in the cooler part of the city, instead of in the suburbs where I used to be.
I’m not going to lie, the last month has been super stressful with moving, getting the house set up, and with Boyfriend wrapping up his graduate career. But it’s coming together now and is a little less crazy.
I’ve been keeping busy with my crafting. I took a skirts class last weekend and learned how to make a skirt! I love it! I also am slowly developing ideas for my own craft site. I’m nowhere near ready yet but have bought the domain name.
I’m keeping busy with running, too. I decided not to do a full marathon this year. There’s just too much going on and I’m not committed mentally. I’m training for some half marathons instead, which is more my speed right now. I just wrapped up the Rugged Maniac race with my coworker this past weekend. It was a blast. I totally did not train for it at all. I was able to get through just about all of the obstacles. I definitely needed help getting up the Warped Wall, because I totally sucked at that. I was about halfway through the Ringer before I lost my strength and was like, “Fuck it” and fell in. I skipped the Napoleon Complex, which I kind of feel bad about now, but I think it was the right decision. I didn’t have a problem with any of the other climbing obstacles at the course. But this wall had only two planks and would have been really difficult to ascend by myself, especially since I had just come from a mud pit and didn’t have any traction. I also had just pulled a muscle climbing over the last obstacle. It was the only obstacle that I didn’t feel like I could safely finish, and I listened to my gut (it helped that multiple people had the same concerns and were skipping it too) .
All in all, I’m glad I did it. I had been feeling super lazy about going before the race, but reminded myself that when I was a kid and watching my dad do adventure races, that I had always wanted to do one. And now I was ~living the life I’d always wanted~ or whatever cheesiness. It’s always good to put yourself outside of your comfort zone, and I definitely did with this race! Especially at the end, with the super steep slide. I was kind of scared before going down it, but glad I did, since it was a blast!
So that’s what’s been happening the past several months. Stressful but fun. I’m looking forward to when things slow down in a bit. For now, I’m going to take advantage of the long weekend and catch up on some movie viewing and crafting with the pup. Until next time.
I just have to say how elated I am over the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday. What a beautiful day for love and equality. #lovewins
What have I been up to?
1. Awkwardly meeting famous people. So I met Nick Offerman earlier this month at his book signing.
He was a really cool guy, but I was SO. AWKWARD. I cringe when I think of our conversation and how I seemed to have forgotten the skill of making basic conversation. It started off with me apologizing for buying three copies of his book. WHY WOULD ANY PERSON FEEL THE NEED TO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT? Like I’m giving him money by buying three copies of his book, and I felt the need to apologize for it.
I am too embarrassed to continue blogging about it.
2. Going to a badass show
My brother, friend, and I saw Bully this past Tuesday in concert. They were badass. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to feel that sort of raw energy at a concert. It brought me back to five or six years ago when I had just started going to shows.
We first went to short performance at Waterloo Records. This was the album release date, so it was pretty cool to be there for that. Alicia Bognanno, the lead singer, then signed albums afterward. She was so nice!
Then we went to the show at Emo’s later in the evening, which just left us buzzing with happiness and excitement and creative energy. It’s been awhile since I’ve been so excited by a band. Seriously, if you haven’t checked them out, DO IT. NOW.
Short rant – I was going to make an upload of the various crafts I’ve worked on since December, but (sigh), they’ve mostly been smaller cross-stitching items. I really had ambitions about making this space something useful, where I would post crafts, eventually tutorials…but honestly, my skill set is nowhere where it needs to be for me to be doing tutorials. When I think about where I want to progress with my creative life (starting a part-time Etsy business, creating pattterns and projects on my own, posting tutorials on blogs), I’m a good ten years away from doing that.
So what really is the point of this blog then? When I was in my younger twenties, I envisioned myself as a blogger that would eventually get attention just by people being interested in “quirky ole me.” But you have to actually do interesting and exciting things to garner any kind of attention. I miss Vox. That was the best blogging platform. And I don’t have the need to share every detail of my life as I did ten years ago.
To the two or three people who are semi-interested in what I have to say – thank you.
Enough blog self-loathing.
So I tried making this kimono today. It was an easy no-pattern project from Mollie Makes that had my name on it.
…it’s really not my style. I’m going to try and reuse the fabric for a wrap skirt, if I can. I’d hate to waste the fabric – it’s so airy and pretty, even if jersey is a little more difficult for a newbie like me to use.
4. Upcoming Travels
I have field work next week here in town, and then at my site in a coupe of weeks. Then…BOSTON. And then in the fall…ARIZONA. I’ve never been to Massachusetts or Arizona, so I’m pretty excited. Even if it involves more plane rides. I hate flying, but I’m really working on getting over my fears because AIN’T NO ONE GOT TIME FOR THAT.
Well, that’s coming up next week. I’ll be 31!
Or rather, trying not to kill my plants.
7. Game of Thrones Geekdom.
So I have to say, the ninth episode of the last season emotionally scarred me and I have never cried during an episode of television like I did then. It was terrible. And a major storyline in the season finale was spectacularly spoiled by someone on my friend’s list who is NO LONGER MY FACEBOOK FRIEND (though I’m kind of sorry for my rude post I left him before I dropped him. Sorry not sorry).
So now that the show is caught up with the books, I’ve been indulging in book spoilers and theories now and they’re SO juicy – like R + L = J and Lady Stoneheart. I’m giving the second book a try and I’m a third of the way through it.
Well, that’s pretty much it. Hopefully I’ll update this more than once a month.
I’m just going to accept that I’m in the “Omg, how is it already (month/year here)” phase of my life here.
This has to be super short because I have to staff a hotline starting at 8 AM tomorrow and is it terrible that I consider getting to the office by 8:15 “early?” So the fact that I’m still awake after midnight means I’m LIVING DANGEROUSLY.t
It’s been a busy week. One of the projects I’m on is in the “ALL REPORTS MUST GO” phase, so I’ve been trying to wrap up this one particularly frustrating report that I’ve been working on, oh, for the past year (true and long story). And just when that report is miraculously wrapped up – more data comes in! In the form of seven or eight reports. So time to review those reports and add more data to mine, possibly changing everything in the process again.
I’m going to stop talking about work because no one cares.
We all moved to the first floor to make room for the other office to move in (since we’ve merged). I like my new space a lot. I’ve already added my pictures and knickknacks to my new cube, and it feels homey. I sit next to my team leader and my work buddy. I’ve thrown away a lot of junk that had accumulated in my nearly 7.5 years (!) of employment, so it’s so nice and freeing to have less STUFF. I’m trying to adopt this spring cleaning approach at home, too. My apartment was once big enough for just me, but now with a dog, a boyfriend who stays with me on weekends, and an alarming amount of craft supplies, I am starting to run out of space. It is a total first world problem, I acknowledge this wholly. So I’m trying to reorganize all my stuff so that I don’t turn into one of those people from Hoarders in twenty years or something.
EVERYTHING MUST GO.
I’m taking a good chunk of the day off on Friday and I am so excited. I am driving to see Boyfriend tomorrow if the weather holds up, and then we’re going to go visit our families on Friday. I don’t know if anyone has been following the weather in Texas or cares, but it has basically been like this for the last two or three weeks: “Chance of rain and thunderstorms. Oh, and some of these storms are going to drop like seven inches of rain so get ready for flash floods. And if you are in Dallas, there are gonna be tornadoes. Deal with it!!!”
I’ve already packed my craft bag. Like, why do I pack so many things? Am I really going to do watercolors, cross-stitching, and crochet all this weekend? Nope, but I’m going to pack my stuff like I am anyway.
I’m rambling and kind of exhausted-hyper if that makes sense.
Last weekend Boyfriend and I saw Rush. It was pretty badass. I wasn’t a huge fan of Rush for a looooong time, but in recent years have warmed up to them. It’s really because of Boyfriend; not like our musical interests always overlap, but hearing Rush always reminded me of him, even before we started dating (because the first time I met Boyfriend back in 2009 was after I watched him onstage performing with his band and they played a Rush song, AWWWWW). Also, Neil Peart is a badass. I’ve never seen anyone drum like him! He does the most badass technical solos ever and almost looks like he’s bored doing it. He was hands down the best drummer I’ve seen (I’m sorry Dave Grohl, you are still mah #1). His playing style is a huge contrast to Dave Grohl’s, which is basically “I’M GOING TO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF MY DRUMS UNTIL I GIVE MYSELF CARPAL TUNNEL.” *
I’m just saying that air drumming along to the “Tom Sawyer” solo was pretty awesome. It’s definitely a check off my musical bucket list, like singing “NA, NA NA NANANANANANA, HEY JUUUUUUDE!” along with the audience at a Paul McCartney show (which I’ve totally done. /bragging). I haven’t played drums in months but seeing it makes me want to get back on my kit and finally learn that goddamn song so I can feel like less of a failure as a human being.
Also, why is this song so pretty?
This has nothing to do with Rush, but I’m also digging this song so much:
I am aiming for my next post to actually be cohesive, with an actual theme about my creative pursuits and less of GUYS LOOK AT ME INTERNET YELL. But whatever. It’s been a long week and I’m wired.
*My drum teacher said that, as much as he loves Dave Grohl, he would never have his students learn to play the way Dave Grohl does, because apparently his wrists are really inflexible. My teacher is basically amazed that Dave Grohl doesn’t have a massive case of carpal tunnel.
I’ve found that I’ve run out of titles for my blog posts. Well, not run out of titles…just really lazy about them. In my younger blogging days, I turned every blog title into an adventure. This was back when I blogged quite frequently (nearly every day!)
And I haven’t blogged since…March 12th.
So I will just default to a song lyric instead as the title. We listened to King Crimson’s Court of the Crimson King album this weekend. That album has to be one of my favorite musical discoveries from the last several years. Boyfriend and I tend to have different music tastes (his: mainly progressive metal, mine: mainly indie), but when when our tastes overlap, they do so beautifully.
It’s been a little while.
What have I been up to? Work, and a little bit of traveling here and there. I’ve had some field work here and there, which has been interesting. Work has been challenging at times but I’ve enjoyed it for the most part. Boyfriend is in the dissertation writing/job searching part of his PhD program. It’s exciting and scary, so that’s been on my mind a lot.
I’ve been able to travel a little for fun, too. Last month, Boyfriend and I traveled to Colorado! Boyfriend had a conference in Denver, so I tagged along with him.
I had never been before to Colorado before but I fell in love with it pretty much right away. My brother visited Colorado back in 2012 and has talked about moving there ever since. After visiting, I can totally understand why. Colorado felt like home. We really enjoyed Denver. It was a lot like Austin, but with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop.
I was able to meet up with friends from childhood who live in the area. I hadn’t seen them in about twenty years, so it was wonderful seeing them. They were so kind and gave us a tour of the area. We went to Garden of the Gods, Boulder, Louisville, and Red Rocks. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think Garden of the Gods wins. I had never in my life seen anything so beautiful.
Let me spam you with pictures.
I think about Colorado just about every day. I hope one day I can live there. Until then, I can’t wait to go back and visit my friends in this beautiful state!
This past weekend, Boyfriend and I took a day trip to Houston. We geeked out at a couple of museums. I love the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. When we were there in December, we didn’t have much time to explore it. This time, we found an entire building full of art ( we thought there was only one…but there are two). We were there for two hours and still didn’t have time to see everything before closing. Just another excuse to go back! This time, I saw Van Gogh, Remington, Chagall, Pollack, and Bierstadt, as well as ancient art from the Romans and Greeks. I geeked out so much! I especially loved the Bierstadt painting. I had studied him in high school so it was so exciting to see it up close.
I also saw this painting and loved it enough to buy a little print:
I’ve been able to work on little creative projects here and there, too. I need to make a separate post soon on my progress (or lack thereof. So many works in progress that aren’t finished!)
Well, it’s almost midnight! I should probably sleep.
Any time you finish something you’ve been looking forward to for months, the next question is, “…well, what’s next?”
After I finished the marathon, I wondered what I could possibly focus on next. I had told one person my marathon time and the next thing I knew, someone I hadn’t even met before was emailing me and asking me to run a 10K in April. He was positive I could run it in sub-50 minutes; me, not so much. I considered doing it, but decided to pass on the opportunity. With all the field work I have coming up this month and next, I don’t feel like I’d have the opportunity to train properly for it, especially considering the expectations people have of me now to finish in a certain time. Plus, I felt like training for something so soon after the marathon would just burn me out from running.
So, what is next? Work. Work has been keeping me very busy. I have field work on and off for the rest of the month. It’s different field work than I’ve been doing so I’m pretty excited about it. But it’s also been a little challenging trying to wrap up office work in time for both field work and my little mini-vacation coming up in a couple of weeks. People are stressed and tensions are running high.
I’m woefully behind on the craft updates. I’ve been working slowly through some. I’m also way behind in my creativity course but I hope to catch up at some point.
I’m kind of in all the things mode right now. I want to finally finish my SER and apply for my P.E. license, damn it. I want to start Code Academy. I want to start going to DIY workshops and learn about tools after a completely frustrating experience I had with a Home Depot employee last week (I actually had to tell him, “I don’t want to be judged for being a woman,” so that should give you an idea of how that conversation was going). But right now, I just have to get through March; or to my vacation, at least.
Also, I’ve been obsessed with song lately. I don’t know, it’s just a good song.
I should plan on going to sleep. I hate Daylight Savings Time. I just cannot be an adult during the first couple of days after Spring Forward.
I don’t feel like this was a comprehensive update, but whatever.