Friday, January 25, 2013

life resumé.


this morning, i read an article on thought catalog called "here's my effing resume". and while the comments below it are rather disheartening, the basic premise is this: "I propose we acknowledge that the stuff of human beings cannot be properly conveyed by an exaggerated list of places where we have sat behind desks..."
and i thought it'd be fun to do my own.
  1. the most relaxed i've been in my life was the summer after my freshman year of college. spending nearly every weekend on pine knoll beach in north carolina, not expected to contribute financially, completely unplugged from the internet except when i traveled to the cafe for a mango smoothie and 20 minutes on the internet. i sometimes slept 16 hours a day, lived in a couple different places including, at one point, a house with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 birds, 2 big fish tanks (freshwater eels included), 3 beta tanks, and a bearded dragon. 
  2. i was in dance lessons for 10 years. i did ballet, tap, jazz and pointe dancing during that time. for recitals, i was everything from a tiny yellow bird to a sparkling silver star to a zombie softball player. i quit the year after i got to do the tap performance to the chips ahoy song because i figured it was only down from there. and i wanted a job. 
  3. assembling boxes in the shape of a wii then putting a large, complicated sticker over it is probably the most unusual thing i've ever been paid to do. it was awesome to spend a couple saturdays in a roomful of people i liked, listening to music ranging from show tunes to peaches, helping my work study boss' husband fill valentine's day orders of mii-shaped chocolates. it was the first time i made enough money to buy something other than cheap clothes and food, so i bought a nice table lamp for my apartment that i still use and have protected fiercely on every move.
  4. both of my "serious" exes are married to the next girl they dated after me.
  5. despite studying political science, i almost never discuss politics. i studied this with the intent of going to law school. but upon deciding that i hated most of the people i went to my pre-law classes with and the classes themselves, i changed directions. now i use my writing skills to proofread/streamline grants, write social media copy, and correct people's selection of to/too/two privately. my mom still thinks i should have gone to law school, i think. 
  6. after 4+ years of thinking that i may be bipolar, have a thyroid problem, or had just lost control of my emotions like a child, i have finally figured out what eats at me. secondary trauma. you won't find it in your dsm for probably many more years. 
  7. even though i'm trying healthy recipes all the time, campbell's tomato soup and a velveeta grilled "cheese" is my favorite meal. judge away.
  8. i consider myself a city person. after almost 10 years of living in cities, i think it's allowed. but the oh-so green missouri river valley, sycamore and cottonwood trees, and tall grass will always hold a special place in my heart. 
  9. every time i hear "abc" by jackson 5, i get sad, which seems ridiculous. a good friend and my swing choir dancing partner for that song was killed in a car accident the summer i was in north carolina. 
  10. i didn't touch alcohol until just before i moved in to college. which being from a small town in "the middle of nowhere" is a bit of an accomplishment. and i have still never smoked a cigarette, though i got very close my sophomore year of college. i was drunk and ended up breaking the thing before we could get off the shuttle to light it. (alcohol: failed gateway drug, in my case)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

making a home.


it's a slow-going process. you agonize over the closet space you lost, and how to organize the pantry you never had in the old place.

you drive further for a kitchen cart than you originally intended. but save over $100 by doing so.

you buy shelving from a rather sketchy place, where everyone seems to know everyone and they take the stuff they were displaying on the shelves off to disassemble it and put it in the back of your car.

you assign your boyfriend to finding a microwave on craigslist; you've gone 2 years without one, but think that maybe it is time.


the concept of carrying anything else up the stairs makes you debate every purchase, but you need that dresser that you found from the "as is" section at ikea. you've never actually made it out of the "as is" section without buying something since you discovered it.

you thank God that you live so very close to home depot, where you have visited more than once in a day to  buy magnets, 3m strips, screws, hooks, a power drill, paint, a painting tool kit..

a topographical map could still be drawn of the living room to detail navigation around the boxes.

wall space above the couch has been left empty because you found a laser-cut wall decal of the millennium falcon that you love; but things like food, a desk and a bathmat come first in the budget. but it annoys you.

you avoid the spare bedroom except to go get q-tips because you remember they're there, but you don't take action to move them to a better place.

some remorse sets in as you've been living in your place for almost a month and you still live among boxes and are trying to figure out where the hell to put the cake stand you liked in your old place but not here because you decided to dig your fruit bowl out and use it on the table instead. but you rejoice when you find new uses for old things, like putting gravy mixes and yeast in the cookie jar that used to just collect dust.

but the light, especially in the bedrooms.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 resolutions.



i usually have my resolutions set by now. due to the move from hell, that didn't happen. the 2nd is when i start to enact them anyway, so no big deal i guess.

health
  • eat something green everyday, move to a cleaner diet.
  • complete Jamie Eason's LiveFit program at least twice
creativity
  • get back into the ceramics studio, sell at least 5 pieces by the end of the year.
  • keep up with this blog a little better.
social

  • invite friends over more often for dinner/movie/games. 
  • keep developing my adaptability. 
beauty
  • try to get mascara on my face at least. 
  • monthly pedicures.