lately (07.30.17)

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Happy Sunday, pals.

I’m currently sprawled out across the couch at my partner’s apartment (well, the upper third of my body is on the couch, the middle third is on an ottoman, and the bottom third is just floating in space), still listening to Louis Tomlinson’s “Back to You” (which is a SMASH FUCKIN HIT AND MY #1 FAVORITE SOLO 1D THING THAT’S COME OUT SO FAR, LONG LIVE KING LOUIS) on repeat.

(Aside: I’m using Augustus’ Audio-Technica ATH-M50 over-ear headphones (here’s the newer model) and IT’S GLORIOUS having the Tommo piped right into my ears.)

Here’s what I’ve been up to in the past couple weeks since my last life update.

I…

  • had this delicious burger which had grilled onions cooked in angostura bitters(!) at Maven

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The little gem salad was topped with toasted quinoa, which was deliciously crunchy. We came for happy hour, so I had a free Kölsch with my burger.

  • acquired two single tickets to Niall Horan’s Flicker Sessions! I snagged a balcony seat and Augustus somehow managed to get a floor ticket for me, which means I could be close enough to see Niall’s spit flying out of his mouth!!! But I’m debating selling the floor ticket because the last time I attended a 1D concert was their Up All Night Tour in 2012, where I managed to get 5th row tickets at the door. The concert was a lot of fun, but it was terrifying being surrounded and crushed by so many screaming fans while waiting in line. I’m not sure I can go through that again, especially since I’ll be alone this time.
  • remembered that Zach is my favorite speller of all time:

he paints him self as fruigle

  • have been wearing BB Cream again (a mix of Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream in 21 and 23 (Light Pink Beige and Natural Yellow Beige)) because my skin’s been on the fritz. I think my bout of good skin a couple months ago was a direct result of resetting my sleep schedule to what I call “bed by 11, up by 7” for a few weeks, but soon after making that post I went back to Anxiety-Induced Insomnia™, so… here I am, wearing makeup again.

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These pictures were taken after sunscreen and makeup. 🙁 Acne and hyperpigmentation galore.

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link roundup (07.25.17)

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Gabler, for his part, sent his daughters to private school – an enormous expenditure, but one that many families prioritize at the expense of financial well-being for fear of missing out on the winnings in a winner-take-all system. As Gabler writes, “We resolved to sacrifice our own comforts to give our daughters theirs.” Considering the stakes, this is not a mistake (despite what many commenters have insisted) but a rational response to the unequal distribution of America’s good schools and its prosperity more generally. And there’s reason to think this may yet pay off for Gabler. True, he has no savings. True, he lives very meagerly. But he has two very well-educated and successful daughters. They are, in a sense, his retirement plan: Most likely, they will be in a position to care for him and his wife in their later years.

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fantasy shopping league: helloharriet’s furbaby cards & accessories

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I recently discovered the UK-based Etsy shop Hello Harriet through Little Alien, and now, more than ever, I wish I had a doggo to call my own, so I could tell my G O O D B O Y E that he’s a 1st rate floofer:

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1st Rate Floofer pet collar charm by Hello Harriet, $17.55 on Etsy

(WHAT A GOOD DOG!!!)

But until I’m ready for a fluff of my own, maybe I can convince Augustus to convince Lulu (short for Lucifer, full name Lucifer Muffinbutz) to wear a collar even though she’s an indoor cat, since this is pretty much her attitude all day every day unless there are bonito flakes involved:

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Nope pet collar charm by Hello Harriet, $14.85 on Etsy

But if we can’t get the Muffalo on board with this new sartorial direction, I’d be content just enjoying the awkward silence of making eye contact with someone on public transportation as they look up to see who’s carrying this gloriously discomfiting tote bag:

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Awkward Silence cat tote bag by Hello Harriet, $17.55 on Etsy

Or making up excuses to give people these heckin good greeting cards:

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Doge meme birthday card by Hello Harriet, $4.05 on Etsy

He has a heart on his head because he loves you.

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Congratulations On Your Smol Arrival card by Hello Harriet, $4.05 on Etsy

SEEKING A MEME-LOVING FRIEND WITH A BABBY ON THE WAY SO I CAN SEND YOU THIS CARD

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Send Nudes cat greeting card by Hello Harriet, $4.05 on Etsy

Keepin’ it classy.

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12/10 Would Marry Again anniversary card by Hello Harriet, $4.05 on Etsy

If the love doesn’t feel like @dog_rates completely ignoring conventional scoring systems for every single dog in existence, I don’t want it.

YOU’RE WELCOME.

Reading Notes: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares is one of those books that I had zero interest in reading when it came out. Maybe even less than 0 interest. Maybe like -5 interest.

It’s not just that everyone else wanted to read it or had already read it and loved it, and I was an angry middle schooler who hated doing what was expected of me (like painting my nails and enjoying Degrassi).

It was that by not liking what the pretty (read: white, mostly blonde) girls at school liked, I could avoid being judged for failing to measure up. By not playing the same game as they did, I couldn’t lose.

I realized eventually that my behavior was a product of a racist society as well as my own internalized misogyny, and that, for example, Legally Blonde is a great movie, and I’m proud to be Chinese-American, and glitter is glorious.

(Granted, I was way more interested in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books and movies than anything that had to do with real life, because I realized at an early age that fiction was a great way to escape the hellscape that is living on this planet.)

So when The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants went on sale on Kindle (once again, shoutout to Goodreads daily deals!) I decided to give it a chance, and I… wish I’d checked it out from the library instead.

It was alright. I’m not going to read it again, but I could see myself liking this book a lot if I’d picked it up during early adolescence instead of in my mid-20s. I am definitely most like Lena, but I see myself in both Tibby and Bridget. This book felt real. Growing up is so sad, and happiness is both so small and so huge, y’know?

But frankly, it’s not the kind of YA I want to be reading these days.

Nonetheless, here are some (spoilery) quotes and excerpts that I liked felt the need to comment on, and exactly one vocabulary word, after the jump.

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How I Spent My Money: June 2017

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Once again I find myself beginning a How I Spent My Money post appalled by how over budget I went last month, though to be fair, in June I did go on a 4-day trip/vacation and pay for a future bachelorette party and 5-day trip/vacation (which are both related to my friend Victoria’s wedding).

(I think the takeaway is that I need to set aside a travel/event budget rather than count it as a regular expense, because it’s not.)

Anyway, here’s the breakdown for June:

Total spending: -$1135

This is $535 over budget, which is really terrible, especially because…

Emergency family-related expenses: $0

…there were no more emergency family-related expenses in June (thank goodness). While this is a good thing, it also means that I overspent in every other category, as you’ll see.

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lately (07.09.17)

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I realized after making my last substantial post (let’s talk about money, part iii: long-term financial goals and plans) that the only topic that’s taking up so much space in my brain that I need to capture it in words and let it loose on the internet is … money.

Which is all well and good ’cause, like, sometimes my head runs out of room and I need to put my extra thoughts somewhere, like a Pensieve, but also! It is important to remind myself that there is more to life than being afraid of not acquiring enough money to support my family.

For example, this SICK mashup of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” with The Phantom of the Opera, which is up there with “Call Me A Hole” (“Call Me Maybe” x “Head Like A Hole” by Nine Inch Nails) as one of my favorite mashups of all time.

Hang on to your butts, ’cause this is a long one. Here are some other things I’ve been up to lately other than jamming to unlikely musical combinations:

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buy this thing: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (for $1.99!)

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My daily Goodreads email has just alerted me to the fact that the Kindle edition of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is on sale for $1.99 until July 31. This book is GORGEOUS and GLORIOUS and TRAGIC and I LOVE IT and I promise you will love it too. It’s about Patroclus and Achilles and friendship and love and the Trojan War, and it will make you feel so many feelings. Here’s what is probably my favorite quote:

When he speaks at last, his voice is weary, and defeated. He doesn’t know how to be angry with me, either. We are like damp wood that won’t light.

GORGEOUS!!!