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Month: November 2015
Sitting at the cliff edge. Photo by Jordan McQueen via Unsplash.
#302: In one word, how would you describe your childhood? Quiet, maybe? I had a pretty sheltered life in a small town and was too shy to make friends easily. I was happiest reading books and living life through the characters therein.
#303: What celebrities do you admire? Why? Angelina Jolie and Natalie Dormer are both smart, charitable, outspoken, and driven—the best kind of badass babe you could be.
#304: What is the number one motivator in your life right now? My own damn self. I feel like I’m literally sitting at the cliff edge looking out at all the possibilities for my life in 2016, and for the first time in a long time, I’m excited.
#305: What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down? Lately it’s been Miike Snow, Suicide Sheep or The Chainsmokers. But depending on my mood it might also be Beartooth or Amaranthe.
#306: If I gave you $1000 and told you that you had to spend it today, what would you buy? If I was being really selfish—I’d go on a clothes shopping spree. I treat myself rarely and sometimes I get this urge to splurge.
#307: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? One of my coworkers and I have a running joke about this dumb Christmas jingle they’re playing on the radio at work. It’s just awful.
#308: What is your biggest pet peeve? Hypocrites. Don’t pretend to be perfect; we all have flaws.
I was feeling really bored yesterday and started playing around with some new makeup to create a goth look. And then since the makeup didn’t fit with my sweatpants and t-shirt, I started digging through my closet for the most steampunk or goth clothing I owned. My husband had the bright idea to take some pictures and this is what we ended up with. (And yes, it’s snowing in the pics! Our first real snow of the season!)
I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year, but this is what I had in mind. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have gotten away with it at work though…especially if I showed up carrying a sword and had a pair of sais stuck in my boots. ;)
And let’s be real—no real steampunk vampire hunter would chase monsters in high-heeled boots. My feet hurt after just running around the yard for half an hour. And I’m missing a good crossbow or some outlandish steam-looking weapon firearm, which I have yet to procure.
But it’s pretty fun to dress up and play around at home. Even if the neighbors drive by and stare. Oh well, might as well give them something good to stare at!
(Steampunk vampire hunter weapons: my own. Pants, top: Walmart. Boots: Payless. Corset: thefashioncorsetshop.com. Necklace: Vivo. Rings: vintage, Walmart, Icing. Makeup: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips eyeliner in Black, Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette, Essence Get Big Lashes mascara, Wet n Wild Fergie Pagan Angel lipstick.)
I wish I could dance like this. The acoustic version is pretty good too. Elize has a beautiful voice.
(Strokkur Geyser, Selfoss, Iceland. Photo by Gian-Reto Tarnutzer via Unsplash)
#295: What’s the number one change you need to make in your life in the next twelve months? I need to really commit more time to writing. Part of it is just developing the discipline to sit my butt down and do it!
#296: What makes you feel secure? Being tucked up in bed at home with the cats.
#297: What is your favorite sound? Currently, the dryer running. For some reason I find it comforting.
#298: What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend? A good sense of humor, compassion (for humans and animals alike), and a love of books.
#299: What simple gesture have you recently witnessed that renewed your hope in humanity? We had a horrible storm here in the PNW last week that left nearly 200,000 people without power, some for nearly a week. (We were lucky enough to not suffer a power loss and ended up with a few friends staying over until their power was back on, which is why I haven’t posted in several days—too busy!) Lots of my coworkers posted on Facebook or at work to find out who needed a place to stay until their power was back. It was great to see everyone looking out for each other, even if it meant cramming people in on air mattresses.
#300: What is your favorite smell? Fresh baked bread—my mom baked all of our bread from scratch when I was a kid, so it reminds me of my childhood.
#301: What recent memory makes you smile the most? Spending the weekend curled up watching movies with the husband. The movies weren’t amazing, but we always have fun spending time together.
(Photo of autumn leaves by Jakub Sejkora via Unsplash)
#288: How many hours of television do you watch in a week? A month? A year? Well, that depends on whether the husband and I are binge-watching a show…we might watch a whole season in a week and then not watch any TV at all for a couple of months!
#289: What is the biggest obstacle that stands in your way right now? Probably lack of time. If only I didn’t have to sleep, I could get so much more done.
#290: What do you sometimes pretend you understand that you really don’t? Coding. I do try, but right now I’m happy if I can figure out how to turn a photo into HTML with a clickable link. Past that, my eyes start glazing over.
#291: What do you like most about your job? What do you dislike most about your job? I’ve made a couple of great friends at my job. But I dislike pretty much everything else about it—the hours, the overall boredom of it, etc. I’d prefer something more creative.
#292: What’s something new you recently learned about yourself? That I only like raking up all those pretty autumn leaves in theory. I recently spent three hours spent raking the yard, only to watch a lot of the golden, crunchable, pesky damn autumn leaves blow right back into the yard in a windstorm. Now I think I would be happy to pay someone else to do it.
#293: In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with your mother? I’d say we’re good friends. :)
#294: What was the most defining moment in your life during this past year? When I sat down and figured out exactly what I needed to do to move forward on the career path that would make me happiest. I knew I wanted to move into writing full-time but I’d been wavering over whether that was a “real” enough job and whether I shouldn’t pursue something else. But I felt like I got so much confirmation from the universe that the plans I was making were worth pursuing, and I’m so much happier already.
When I started blogging way back in 2009, my list of blog tools basically amounted to a) Blogger.com and b) my brain. That’s it! I knew basically nothing about how to create, maintain, or grow a blog. Fast-forward several years and I’d like to think that I’ve radically stepped up my game—but even so, there are a few awesome blog tools that I only recently discovered, and I wish I’d started using years ago! From photos to social media, there’s so much that goes into the day-to-day running of a website, but these tools make that job easier.