Saturday, September 21, 2013

Autumn Curiosities



⌘ Stripy Tights and Leggings 

⌘ Over-sized Cardigans 

⌘ Hot Apple Cider 

⌘ Black Cats (mine, mostly) 

⌘ Falling Leaves 

⌘ Halloween 

⌘ Crisp Air 

⌘ Hot Baths with Bubbles 

⌘ Crunching noises under my boots 

⌘ Baking 

⌘ Pumpkin flavored goods 

⌘ Cold nights where I can see my breath 

⌘ Taking photos 

⌘ Ghost Hunting 

⌘ Long Walks 

⌘ Candle Light Reading 

⌘ Dark Lipstick Stains on Coffee Cups 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Self-Esteem Killers

Depression. Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

As if ALL THAT wasn't enough to make me feel like a pile of garbage on the best of days....

Today, peer reviews for my first poem in my Poetry Writing class. Wanna hear some of my classmate's critiques?

~ ending could be stronger

~ a little too boring

~ language didn't stick out to me

~ use different adjectives

~ cliche, cliche, cliche!

Wow, could you have been more ambivalent to my teetering emotions? Probably not. I suppose they could have just been outright hostile - I'd actually prefer that. Gives me something to fight against and get angry about. But this....well....this just makes me want to throw in the towel and never write a single piece of prose. Ever. Again.

I know I'm being irrational. I know this. I can't help it. Sometimes it's the little things that have the most power to break us down.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Diversity is a GOOD thing, kids.

Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, was crowned winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant. She is the first woman of Indian descent to be crowned. When her name was announced, Twitter and Facebook blew up with hateful and racist comments. 

For some examples, please click this link to the buzzfeed article calling out these sick fucks: Yo!


Nina, 24, currently aspires to be a doctor - she comes from a long line of family physicians. Her platform for the pageant was celebrating diversity and while she considers herself first and foremost an American - she paid homage to her Indian roots with a Bollywood fusion dance during the talent portion of the competition. 



She says she is very happy that children watching at home can relate to a new Miss America. 

Of course, her winning the crown did not come without some controversy: across social media sites she was accused of being a Muslim, a terrorist, an Arab, and not "American enough" to win the pageant. The nation's voted favorite was Miss Kansas, a blonde tattooed army girl who enjoys hunting. According to many racist and ignorant shitheads - Miss Kansas exemplified a "true" American. Pfft.

Nina is also accused of allegedly calling the former Miss America a fat ass and while that may shed some light on her character (aka she's a human being not a flawless angel) that has no bearing whatsoever on her race or heritage.

I'm not a huge fan of beauty pageants - I personally find them silly. But I can't sit by idly and just let this racist crap go on. I needed to say something. Nina is as American as the blonde haired/blue eyed Miss Kansas - she was born in Syracuse, NY. America is the melting pot of the world - a nation founded on immigration and diversity. It just sickens me that in the 21st century we're still bitching and moaning about what makes a "true" American.

Diversity makes the world a more interesting place. There's so much to learn from people different from us and it makes us more enlightened individuals. I am happy to see an Indian American win this pageant, if only to represent the cultural diversity found in this nation.

Do you agree or disagree? What do you think about the people making these hateful comments?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical Weekend

It's rare that I come back up the campus after experiencing a rather magical and wonderful weekend, but tonight is just that. The 80 degree days have finally dropped off and I spent most of yesterday lounging around at my mom's place in my neon green cupcake footie pajamas. I kid you not. 



The boy and I watched both Grave Encounters films (the sequel was significantly dumber, per usual) and had a good deal of fun talking about Youtube gamers with my nerdy younger brother. I made a half-assed version of the French Canadian dish poutine, and my lovely kitten got quite cozy in my lap for numerous hours. All in all - pretty great. 



This is the sort of thing that I usually miss about fall during the hot months. Being able to cozy up with kittens and silly horror films, while sipping hot chocolate and making really yummy hot food. Happily, I wave goodbye to the sweltering tropical hues of summer and with it all of the fruit smoothies and SPF 50+ in exchange for hot cider, patterned leggings and my beloved biker boots. 

I'm really looking forward to more weekends at home with colder weather and feline snuggles. What do you cherish most about the fall season?

Friday, September 13, 2013

.13



Probably one of my favorite days ever. A Friday that also happens to fall on the 13th. Unlike most, I regard 13 as a lucky number. It's never done me wrong and it's always a great prelude to a fantastic weekend. Particularly this one - where I'm going to spend it with the boy watching silly horror films and ghost shows. ^_^


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I eat well (sometimes)



Cheese and Chicken Tortellini w/ Spaghetti Sauce and Sauteed Kale



Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cucumber Slices and Chocolate Chip Cookies



Sauteed Spinach w/ Freshly Baked Bread Rolls



Miso Carrots w/ White Rice and Teriyaki Sauce

Late Night Sessions #3

I have money. I actually have some money right now. Financial aid came through this week and I got the excess in my bank account. So I'm sitting pretty somewhere above $100. Which is a LOT for me these days - since I'm perpetually a broke college student. And here I was getting good and ready to start donating plasma again. 



I think I will regardless. It's a good routine for me....the cycling of blood, the zen of just sitting there quietly for a time. The cleanse and renewal. Sounds corny, but it's a good meditation opportunity.

It's really late and I KNOW I should be asleep. But I've had some trouble with that these past few weeks. So since I can't sleep, I've been watching game-play videos on Youtube. I started off with just PewdiePie for a while, then a bit of Seananners - but his videos are terribly short. Cryaotic though - excellent commentary and playlists with entire games in them.



I've watched the entire play-through's of The Last of Us, Rule of Rose, and Bioshock Infinite recently. This is hours upon hours of Youtube viewing. But I don't mind - I'm not a huge gamer but I am interested in games and watching others play them has kind of been a vicarious experience for me. And I enjoy it. 

Of course Pewds is still working on various strands of Amnesia, but Cry is playing Underhell - which I'm really digging so far. 



....And I've lost you. I'm sorry. It IS late after all and I SHOULD go to sleep. I'm on the last part of Bioshock and then I'll turn in for the night. Toodles~!

Monday, September 9, 2013

What I Would Tell My College Freshman Self

I have to admit, even through all my usual apathy and blase attitude towards today's youthful institutions, I was excited to be a college freshman. Even though I was technically in my twenties and already at a social disadvantage - I knew (JUST KNEW!) I was going to find some like-minded friends on campus. Somewhere. At some point. Maybe.

Truth is, I had some really unrealistic expectations. And not just about myself as a student, but about everything relating to the college experience. If I could have a conversation with myself from two years ago, this is what I'd tell her:



1.) Freshman Orientation is a complete waste of time. If you're an adventurer like myself, then you've already scoured campus looking for all it's interesting nooks and crannies. You don't need to stumble between buildings with your awestruck floor-mates while they marvel over the stupidest shit OR don't even look up from their phone.

2.) There are SO many blog articles and college websites that tell you to come up with a color scheme and coordinate with your roommate on dorm decor. But the fact of the matter is - you might have absolutely zero in common with your roommate - interior decorating ideas no withstanding. So, go crazy with your half of the room. Add rugs, wall decals, your own cozy bed set, pictures, etc. Even if you prefer a silver and black color scheme with skulls as the focal point and her roommate likes pastel pink chevron prints. At least the room will be interesting!

3.) It is really hard to make friends on most college campuses. Don't let any of these peppy blog writers tell you differently. You have to actively seek them out - those like-minded folks you're craving haven't crawled out of the woodwork yet. So join some clubs. Maybe you like writing poem or short stories - join a Creative Writing Club. Are you interested in studying abroad one day - join a cultural club. There are usually even religious organizations if that's more your thing.

4.) However, DON'T force it. If you don't find a club or organization that you mesh with - don't stay in it. There's no rule that says you have to partake in college extracurriculars if you don't want to. You may have better luck socializing in the library.

5.) The first year of college can be an overwhelming experience. In order to survive it - remember why you're there and the goals you've set for yourself. If you have a clear focus on what you want out of the experience, you'll have a much better time.

And remember, it's your first year so take it easy, enjoy what's happening around you, and try to relax as much as possible. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Inspiration: Fall Fashion

With the promise of cooler weather on the horizon (but not yet! Damned 80 friggin' degrees....rawrfrghdadjhfdsh) I've been perusing Pinterest for some inspiration on putting together a fall wardrobe. What I've come up with as inspiring images and pieces kind of surprised me and yet, as the same time, it didn't. Because all of these looks are, to me, quintessentially AUTUMN:


Right now I'm in love with the idea of rompers and jumpsuits. Not only are they insanely EASY to coordinate, but they're also comfy and can accommodate a wide array of fashion styles.  I'm particularly fond of the striped and plaid ones featured here!


Sweaters and skirts with cute autumn-esque boots. This is also the perfect way to showcase a collection of adorable stockings. Not to mention, this look can be really cute and comfy for a lazy day at home or in class.


Now we delve into the muted tones and copious layers, ala Mori Kei. I like the idea of a dress that already has layers sewn in, because all you need to do is toss a cardigan over it and add some leggings/stockings. Boom~ instant warm comfort.


A more toned version perhaps....this is a simple dress with a long cardigan layered over it. Again, very easy but perfect for cooler weather when you don't yet want to bust out a winter jacket.


I'm also loving the classic (is it a classic yet?) shorts with stockings look. I do have a lot of shorts hanging around and I don't want to have to pack them all up once the summer's died off....so this is a way to keep them in my wardrobe year round. Pair it up with a nice sweater and some boots - et voila! 

But don't think I've given up on my love for the dark and spooky styles. Because those are perfect for eerie fall days and night as well!





What inspires your style during the colder months of the year? Let me know in the comment section below!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Move Review: Grave Encounters

Grave Encounters



If it sounds like the cheesy title of a reality-based ghost hunting show on late night television, then you'd be right on the money. Grave Encounters follows a small team of ghost hunters filming their fifth television episode in an abandoned and reportedly haunted asylum. 

Much like most ghost series on TV these days, the beginning of the film shows the crew interviewing former staff, groundskeeper, and neighbors about their ghostly experiences. Nobody has anything particularly interesting to say and the crew assumes this is gonna be a routine lock-down - the kind where they have to scare up their own ghost footage.

But once they're locked in and all the lights go out, you only get to see what the crew sees on the static cameras and their handheld night vision camcorders. In that respect it really IS just like your standard ghost hunting show. Until people start dying, that is....




I totally recommend this movie if you get a kick out a ghost hunting shows and constantly wait for something to happen - this film delivers! Perfect to watch with a group of horror movie fans in a dark room, you'll be in for a lot of laughs and some jump-scare action!

Rating: 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day Weekend

The perfect first weekend after the first week of classes is a long one. Of course....because of a silly recognized event called Labor Day, I didn't have any classes on Monday. (Today.) So I got to hang out at my mom's place an extra day. Woot!

Which means I got to see my kitten:



She likes boxes. All manner of boxes, and luckily for her she's small enough to fit into a wide variety. This was a shoe box. ^_^ I was really surprised at how much I missed her during the week. I think she was happy to see me too, so wanted to go outside so bad she'd mewed at the door nonstop - so I hooked up her harness and out we went. It was a lovely cool day, so unlike this tropical shit we've been experiencing lately. It actually felt like autumn....wonderful autumn.

Now I'm back on campus in my cozy little apartment. And it IS cozy now that the humidity level in here has dropped and I have food and other necessary comforts. I took a couple of photos, so if you're interested in where I'm currently residing, have a gander below:








So far my classes are alright. I've got some quirky new professors and some beloved familiar ones, so I'm optimistic about this year. Semester...whatever. We'll see.

For those of you who have started classes now, how are things going?