Because if this blog was my journal, I’d neglect it for months at a time and write in it when the mood struck me.
But really, I keep meaning to update this thing (because we’re just calling it a thing now; blogging implies commitment) and just haven’t had time/resources. A few of you have asked when I’m going to post again which made me feel simultaneously amazing and lazy if that is possible. It is possible. You probably have the same feeling while eating Talenti out of the container on your couch. Not that I would know what that’s like.
Anyway, thought I’d provide a quick update and then see what the rest of the year brings. Really, I love doing this. I love sharing my story with you guys and relating to everything in GIFs because a) everything in life can be expressed through a GIF and b) so many of you have told me how much these stories make you laugh. And that makes me happy. Not because I have aspirations to be on Comedy Central but because a good laugh is underrated and we don’t have them enough. A laugh a day keeps diabetes away right? No, that’s not right, but laughing is good for you and I’m happy to contribute to your good health.
Because this is the easiest form of playing catch up, here is my list of things that have been keeping me busy.
Watching: I think the last update was before I moved into my own place, so since then I have not had cable television. I wanted to justify the expense of network television, but I like Whole Foods more than I like TV, so I pay for internet for the purpose of watching Frasier reruns on Netflix. really, that’s what I’ve been watching for the past two weeks. Religiously. I am WAY into this show, just as much as I was in high school, but now I can freely admit that out loud. Frasier throws THE most on point temper tantrums and Martin puts him in his place with half the fuss and twice the wit.
Reading: According to Goodreads I am reading The Book Thief. In real life I am reading the IKEA catalog and not much else. I have fallen off the wagon as far as reading anything of substance goes and right now I am OK with that.
Wearing: I finally gave up on Bare Minerals makeup after coming to terms that I no longer have the problem skin of an adolescent and rather the problem skin of an almost-30something.
For the first time in almost 10 years I’ve gone back to a drug store makeup, L’Oreal True Match, with pretty optimal results. I was pretty anti-liquid makeup until I saw how easy this was to blend and how great the coverage is. For someone as lazy as I am, it’s worth the extra five minutes in the morning to apply.
Eating: I found a pristine box of Trader Joe’s puff pastry in my freezer about a month ago and used it to make these olive and red onion tarts. This easily could have been a well rounded meal with a nice green salad, shared between two people as the recipe suggests. Seeing as it was just a suggestion, I ate the tart sans green salad and shared it with myself. The next time I went to Trader Joe’s I couldn’t find the puff pastry, and found out that it’s a seasonal item that won’t return until October. How long was that thing in my freezer? This was unfortunate news as there are limited options in the universe for legitimate store bought puff pastry. Trader Joe’s and Dufour are the only two brands that I know of that make all butter puff pastry. I don’t think TJ’s is 100% butter anymore, but it’s still better than Pepperidge Farm which is essentially a combination of things that are also used in industrial grade rat poison. I’ve never had the Dufour brand before but if I hit the lottery, perhaps I will be able to afford the chance to try it.
Listening: So just when I was ready to tell Amazon Prime to eff off, they stockpile HBO shows on their version of Netflix and then add this new Prime Music thing which is a hybrid of Pandora and Spotify (at least from what I understand of Spotify, brb still don’t get it). While there are many reasons to tell Amazon to screw off (i.e. their tendency to shit all over small businesses), they’ve made it easy to introduce new music into my life with Prime Music. Father John Misty is a Prime discovery that I’m listening to and loving on. Bluesy, folky rock that makes you want to clap your hands a little or maybe a lot and lyrics that are razor sharp and sometimes beg the question “who hurt you?”
Bonus-Volunteering: Something that doesn’t fall into any of these categories but is super important to me right now is volunteering. I had been a pretty active volunteer until I graduated college and started working full time. A combination of lack of time and lack of interest kept me out of the loop until I moved and saw volunteering as a non-confrontational way to meet people and do my civic duty. (Confrontational ways of meeting people include networking which I still tend to loathe unless there are free food and drinks involved, even then it’s a stretch). I’ve volunteered here and there doing this and that, but have invested most of my time with Local First Arizona, Free Arts of Arizona and Power Paws Assistance Dogs. If we’re friends on FB or you follow me on Instagram, you might say that I am biased towards Power Paws and I wouldn’t call you a liar. Their most popular volunteer opportunity is puppy petting which is exactly what it sounds like. You go to their facility and play with puppies as young as a few days old and socialize them to become well adjusted and lifesaving service dogs. Yes you get to save a life by PLAYING WITH PUPPIES. When I heard about it through a colleague I thought she was fucking with me.
“What do you mean…you play with puppies? For free?”
“Sure, you just…”
But I was already gone, at my computer typing up an application.
The organization breeds and raises services dogs that then go to children and adults with diabetes, autism, disabilities that affect balance like Parkinson’s and MS. There are other volunteer opportunities to foster the dogs for two years, train them on 90 commands and then give them back. But I think we know how that would end for me.
The other two are obviously very worthy organizations that deserve your attention if you live in the Phoenix metro area (or even if you don’t because you could seek out something similar in your hometown if the any of the concepts interest you) and I love them all the same. But. PUPPIES.
So tell me about your life in the comments! Are you reading? Are you eating? Are you wearing things? Are you volunteering somewhere really cool (but not as cool as puppy petting because nothing is as cool as puppy petting). ARE YOU WATCHING TV? Of course you are. So tell me!