I know I already talked about it, but I am still insanely in love with The Steel Remains. I finished it Wednesday and immediately purchased more audible credits so I could buy the sequel, The Cold Commands. Almost without noticing it, I’ve already listened to over six and a half hours of the seventeen hour book in the ensuing day and a half. Yesterday evening Ben and I were walking the dog and I found myself (for the millionth time) completely geeking out over the characters and how great they are. Then out of nowhere, I basically screamed “I can’t wait for you to read this book, it’s so great!” It scared him. He yelled a little bit.
I think I’m actually going to have to self-impose a break starting tomorrow because this is the kind of book where I ingest it as fast as humanely possible, which basically dehydrates all of it’s raw emotion and shunts it into my brain with a t-shirt cannon, and that is followed by the massive, crippling depression of knowing that the book is over and I can’t have any more until the author writes the third (and last) installment. When the cycle will start all over again.
Unexpectedly, another book I’m really enjoying right now is Richard Branson’s Loosing My Virginity. I had it on my Amazon with list and Ben’s mom sent it to us (along with a ton of other books) for our birthdays. I’d expected it would be like all the other business books I’ve ever read: edifying and sometimes interesting on an abstract level, but ultimately boring and slow. To my incredible surprise and joy, the Virgin Group head gives pretty great, and sometimes almost unbelievable autobiography. I’m only 100 pages in out of something like 600, so I can’t speak to the whole thing, young Branson is only about 21 at this point.
I admit, sometimes the things he and his idle rich family get up to can be annoying. Oh, he had this aunt who had a boyfriend with a biplane and she owned a farm and a marketing firm, but times was so tough his parents could only afford 3 separate boarding schools. Must have been hard. But once you’re over the fact that this is a fairly serious view of the inside of Bristsh landed gentry, a class whose ignorance of reality has been centuries in the making, it’s kind of fun. When the rich don’t know they’re rich, they come up with some mostly hilarious ideas of what roughing it looks like. But they also get up to some grand adventures. And all this class hate isn’t to suggest I don’t think at least some of the lessons he’s learned can be translated downstream. Ignoring the chip on my shoulder, this book is really a good time. After all the brooding and hacking people to pieces in the Ringil Eskiath stories, some wacky seet-of-our-pants entrepreneurial chicanery hits the spot.
I’m still sick. I took the day off today (Monday) and played Skyrim and slept. So I have nothing exciting or interesting to share except that I feel a little bit better. I’ve noticed that the only way to soothe my sore throat is warm liquids, so I need to find some sort of beer helmet that makes and dispenses tea at regular intervals.
Pepper’s been an excellent sick day companion. Except that she’s sort of a blanket hog.
Oh, and Ben brought home giant cupcakes. Because when bad things happen, we get treats. I’m sure that’s not a habit that will come back to haunt us.
Striped red shirt is from Macy’s
Maroon sweater vest is from Target
Striped skirt is from Target
Tights are from Many Hands Trading Company in Corvallis, OR
Leg warmers are from Target
Dansko clogs are from REI
UPDATE: After I scheduled this to post, Ben made us a delicious chicken and garlic pasta dish for dinner, which I promptly threw the hell up. I do not recommend application of stomach acid to a day long sore throat. It was painful. Needless to say, my cupcake remains uneaten. But, I feel miles better this morning (Tuesday), if a little shaky from having thrown up the majority of the solid food I ate yesterday. Due to my own cooking prowess I had tea and toast for breakfast, and microwave tomato soup for lunch. And I had to make the toast twice because I completely burnt the first round. In my defense, we make our toast in the oven since the toaster is broken. So it’s a lot easier to fuck up than toaster toast.
While I was editing this album I realized something. This outfit totally reminds me of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Ponies I love on that show, in order from most loved to least loved are: Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Zecora the witchpony, Granny Smith, Princess Luna, Princess Celestia, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy.
Oh, you know, she’s only MY SECOND LEAST FAVORITE PONY WORTH MENTIONING.
My real least favorite is Derpy because she makes me uncomfortable.
And not for politically correct reasons. That would be hypocritical.
What the fuck is her cutie mark anyway? Is that lizard skin? Whichever of the writers made Derpy’s special ability psoriasis is a mean, lonely bitch.
Bandana from REI
Black sweater from Macy’s
Maroon shirt from Target
Blue Undershirt from The Gap
Skirt from The Gap
Leggings from Target
Socks were a gift
Vans from the Van’s store
In a couple of these shots, you can see the edge of my LG Tone Wireless Headset. They’re on sale right now for ‘cyber Monday week’ and if you’re looking for a wireless headset, these are my jam. I love them. They’re easy to pair, easy to connect, comfortable as hell, and really convenient. They solve the only problem that I had when I switched from my ipod to my phone: inaccessible controls. We’re basically inseparable.
Oh, and you should watch this. This kid is the voice of Finn the Human on Adventure Time. And this shit’s hilarious.
I know what you’re thinking. I’m a grown woman who still watches children’s cartoons. You’re right, my life is pretty awesome. I like to think of myself as an example. Something to aspire to, really.
So it has recently come to my attention that I already had a post called The Pinkening. Fairly recently, actually. So this post shall henceforth be known as The Other Pinkening.
We were Mad Men people at work for Halloween, and since I spent so much damn money and time on the outfit (the make-up was a bitch) I also wore it the the Halloween party we went to the weekend before.
You can tell the pictures I took after work because my tights got ripped and had been removed, and the heels got replaced by backup shoes after a long day of running around. I guess it’s a skill you eventually learn, but being a woman in any era before flats were acceptable work attire (basically right now) took a lot of grace, and an extremely high pain tolerance. Neither of which I posses. Actually, I do have a high pain tolerance, but that doesn’t mean I’m cool with enduring pain for hours and hours when comfy shoes are also an option.
Red lips courtesy of Laura Mercier, Cherrywood – This was actually the second tube I tried, on loan from my friend Carrie. The first tube, Make Up Forever’s Moulin Rouge was far too pink. In fact, I used it for blush.
Pepper was really excited to be included in this outfit post. I’m not actually sure if you can tell that because her ears are plastered to her neck like we’re about to punish her for something. But, rest assured, she expressed her joy quite well in other ways. Like licking me all over my face and neck.
We’ve been seeing those ears come up a little more lately, which is really nice, but she still looks terrified every time she gets excited about something. I’m not entirely sure why she puts her ears back when she’s happy, she doesn’t do it all the time. Usually she reserves it for when she’s excited about us, like when we come home for work, or when we’re about to give her a treat. The closer she is to us, the more her ears will go back.
I’m trying a little bit of the Tellington T Touch, and to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s real helpful, although I guess it probably helps her acclimate to being touched by us in a non-stressful manner. I tried some on the cat too. She’s not amused.
You can see evidence of her derpy tooth in this photo, where it sort of looks like she’s growling at me, but she’s not:
They see me derpin’, they hatin’
Glasses are Bebe (I wear them when my eyes are overtired)
Shirt is from the Thrift Store
Skirt is from Torrid
Leggings from Target
Shoes are (of course) Merrell
Ben gave me a 32GB micro SD card to put in my phone, so at least I can have a third of my music with me.
Having to wake up at 6:30 am and walk the dog, no matter how late I went to sleep the night before is really getting to me. But do I actually go o bed at a reasonable time, or actually sleep? Fuck no, because I am made of mistakes.
Actually, I take that back, it’s 9:56 p.m. right now and I am determined to be in bed in the next 4 mintues.
Shirt from The Gap
Skirt from Ross
Saltwater Sandals bought on Amazon
This outfit was really comfortable, and I felt totally cute all day. As you may be able to see from the bunching around the knees, the leggings should have been a size smaller, but whatever, they were really cozy! I feel I must confess that I didn’t actually wear the taos heels to work, I wore my ever present Merell flats, but I’m so sick of seeing them in my outfit posts that I changed my shoes for the pictures.
Belt is from some (ugly) Charter Club slacks I bought at Macy’s. Honestly, I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought those.
Black top is from The Gap
Blue tank is from Target
Pink Skirt is from The Gap
Black leggings are from Macy’s
Mary Janes are from Taos
I bought this skirt on clearance at Target for, like, 6 bucks and I love it. It has pockets! Also, it’s basically see-through, so that’s why I’m wearing leggings under it.
Cardigan is from Macy’s. I cant remember the brand and I can’t find it right now. It might be NY & Co.
Olive tank is from Target
Black undershirt is from The Gap
Skirt is from Target
Leggings from Target
Merell flats from REI