Off on Vacation!

Apologies for the long delay between posts- it’s been a hectic last few days, what with trying to pack for the trip (I reaalllyy wanted to bring more than 5 pairs of shoes, but I couldn’t.  Honestly, sneakers and gym shoes shouldn’t count towards your total shoe count!) and wrapping up things at work so that my absence will not cause the world to collapse as our clients know it.  But I’ll probably check my work email a few times during the trip because I’m neurotic like that and it is just the nature of my job that you never know when and where good opportunities pop up, so you have to act fast!  I wish I could fully relax and not think about work, but I doubt that’s going to happen.  Maybe if I went to somewhere like the Gobi Desert- then I could truly say I was free from the trappings of the wired world.

Hence why I’m up at this ungodly hour, wrapping up some things and, of course, blogging, because how could I leave for my trip without one last blog post?  I’ll try my best to update while I’m on my trip, but no promises.  Unlike my trip to China, where I had time and internet to post regularly, I’ll be on a boat that will most likely charge me for internet usage.  And I’m in a new city and/or country every day, so I might just have travel overload and not be able to write out coherent posts fast enough.

Not engaging my brain in any heavy reading this summer so far, just some easy reads in topics that I’m obsessively fond of.  Well,  “not heavy” for me- I’m sure not everyone would consider books on historical figures fun or entertaining.  But that hasn’t diminished my unabashed love for all things Elizabethan and Medieval.  (True fact: I bought a pencil set of Henry VIII and his 6 wives from the Tower of London…each pencil has a plastic bust of the king and his queens.  Pretty awesome.  NERD ALERT!)

Currently, I’m working on these as my first real “summer readings”:

Not a huge fan of Ms. Gelardi’s writing style- she tends to make some broad, sweeping statements about a person’s personality/emotions that tend to lean towards the dramatic, making it read a little too much like a novel at times and less like the history book it’s supposed to be.  Ms. Weir, however, has long been a favorite historian of mine, and always includes the best family trees.

So long for now, and I’ll write soon!

Walking in LA

I feel like there’s a trend with this blog- every time I say that I’m going to do something, like work out more or dress with more pizzazz or whatnot, I fall ill.  Maybe it’s my sad sack of a body rebelling against anything that requires more than the most minimal amount of energy?  Regardless, not soon after I had blogged last time about being re-inspired to put a little more effort into my wardrobe and be more daring with my fashion choices, I caught a cold and spent the last 5 days holed up in my house.

Any fashion sense I ever possessed flew out the window, replaced by my faithful friends Oversized Sweatshirt and Generously Stretchy Sweatpants.  Not to say that those can’t be made fashionable, but not by a zombified version of me that shuffles around the house moaning and sniffling.  And of course, this last week was extremely busy at work, yet I had to work from home, having a pity party for myself as I grumbled about my aching body and runny nose.  It never rains, but it pours!

Anyways, to make up for the fact that not only did I not take pictures of inspired outfits, but I kind of failed to wear anything BUT baggy, mismatching pieces that all start with “sweat”, here’s an outfit I made with Polyvore, a site with which I have a mild obsession.  Basically you can put together virtual outfits out of items housed in a virtual, enormous catalog.  Every fashionista’s dream, no?  When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer…then I realized I couldn’t draw.  I still love fashion, but if I was to do anything fashion related, it would either be as a stylist or artistic director…assuming, of course, I show up to work in something other than sweats.

I call this outfit “Walking in LA” because if I actually walked in LA, I’d wear this (if only my thighs were slender enough to fit into those pants…)  And also because that song was stuck in my head and I kinda sorta planned my outfit around the song.  But first I need to find the $1,000 or so to purchase said items.  Hey, nobody said I used Polyvore to plan outfits based on a budget!

Walking in LA

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One of my friends mentioned that she wanted to write a blog, but didn’t know what to write about.  I wisely (because I am very wise) counseled her that if she wanted to blog, she could write about anything she wanted to (I myself had wrestled with this question and came to the conclusion that I would write whatever the hell I wanted.)  Blogging is supposed to be fun, not a chore.  Don’t do it for others- do it for yourself!

So what if you’re not an expert in knitting tiny sock creatures or take photos of beautifully lit plates of radishes?  I feel like most bloggers didn’t start out writing because they wanted to become famous and beloved in the interwebs; they wrote because they wanted to, and with luck and persistence, they gained a loyal following (which you, dear reader, are to me). If you want to become a famous blogger instantly…trolling on other sites and getting people annoyed/furious/disgusted with you is probably easier than being nice and writing about the pretty trees you saw on your way to work.

Don’t know what trolls are?  Let’s let Urban Dictionary define it: “One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.” I was disappointed, I was hoping for a less PC definition, seeing at it is Urban Dictionary; oh wait, there is one: “A dumbass who makes idiotic posts in message boards newsgroups for the sole purpose of pissing people off, often lacking in intelligence. Sometimes compared to people who pass you by on the sidewalk then grab you in inappropriate places.”  (I thought people who grab you were called sexual offenders, but tomato/tomahto.  A creep is a creep.)

In literary news, I finally finished A Dance With Dragons, book #5 in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.  I can now confidently say: mind blown.  Blown to bits and pieces and now I can’t wait for book #6, but who knows how long I’ll have to wait (#5 came out 6 years after #4).  Luckily, I’m of the Harry Potter generation, so I’m used to waiting for my books.  Makes me appreciate them that much more.