Goodness Gracious…!

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Guess what everyone! Are you sitting down? Are you, are you!?  I suggest that you should. I have good news…are you ready? Ok, here goes…wait for it.

Wait for it….

I GOT THE JOB!!!!

As you can see, I am quite excited. Why wouldn’t I be? I have been mind numbingly bored the past month with no job. I have found that I am most happy when I am a productive member of society. Which is shocking really. One would think that I would enjoy a ton of time off but no. I despise it. I want to work work work like it is going out of style and that’s what I am going to do!

Well, after I fill out the gobs of paperwork that they are asking me to fill out.

Thing’s are looking up everyone. I wish you all the best on this lovely Monday!

Long time no post

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Hello everyone! Yes, yes…I am still alive. I didn’t give up on my lovely little blog…life just got really hectic and hard. Last time I checked in I was working two jobs, struggling with classes, and about to graduate. Well, let me update you on what’s transpired over the last couple of months! It’s really best to put this in list form(oh how I love lists!).

  • I quit my job at my school due to my new job at amazon at the end of January.
  • I turned 23 on February 19th!! YAY!!
  • On March 5th I quit my job with amazon due to harrassment from a manager.

So, for the past month I have been completely jobless. Even though I am not 25 yet I feel like I am having an early quarter life crisis…I AM FREAKING OUT!!!! Over the past month I have been endlessly filling out job apps for jobs in the psych field, clerical positions, etc. Nothing has been coming through until recently.

Last Friday I had an interview with a company that works with Children and Teens who have Autism and other Spectrum Disorders. I interviewed for a Therapist Assistant/Behavioral Technician Assistant position and they really liked me! I haven’t gotten official word yet because they are still figuring out scheduling needs for their clients but I jut might have a future job in the works. One that will be rewarding not only for me but for the children and teens that I might have a chance to work with.

Even though The past couple months have been extremely hard financially, I think that things are really starting to look up. I am so thankful!

Anyways, on top of having a possible job I also got the first draft of my thesis completed! Now I just need to rewrite the problem areas, etc. I am so glad that stress is off my shoulders.

Oh, and I graduate on May 10th!!! YAY!!!

Well, that’s the update. I am going to start posting more regularly again, now that my life isn’t such a mess and things are starting to come together. I hope everyone is doing well!

I can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s blogging!

Whooo!

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Hello everyone! As you can see I am feigning excitement and energy. Let me tell you, I am drained and sleepy, and sore. My new job is kicking my ass. But, I am determined to stick it out. I just wanted to write a quick post to let everyone know that I am still alive!

Hopefully once I get used to my new schedule I will be able to write more often. I refuse to stop blogging because of work. NO NO NO!

On that note, is it Friday yet?

Happy Tuesday or Wednesday depending on where you reside. 🙂

Sleep for days…or lack of it

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I tried writing this post to update everyone on my week. But, I have been up since 4:30 pm yesterday.

I’m fucking tired! Why am I tired do you ask? Well I started my new job working a ten hour graveyard shift, four days a week. I have school and my other job as well(I see a two week notice coming for this job). So when I am not working or in class I am sleeping..

Don’t take this as complaining about my new job, because I’m not, just struggling with getting into the routine. I hope that I get the hang of being awake when my body wants to be asleep. Please oh please that’s all that I ask!  Everyone says the first week at anything new is usually the hardest. Boy, are they right.

I am currently counting down until 12 pm so that I can go home and crash. I shall leave you all with these lovely little gifs.

-I look like this..

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-But…I feel like this.

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-I have come to the realization

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-But I gotta get that paper! So please excuse me while I pass the eff out.

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Oh wait…I have three hours left until I can go home.

The struggle is real, good lawd the struggle is real.

Liebster Award…say what?!

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I was thrilled this morning when I checked this very blog and saw that Janey over at Cupid or Cats nominated me for a Liebster Award. Seeing as I am new to this whole blog thing I had no idea what it was..but now I’m quite excited. Thank you Janey! I wish I could bake you cookies..or something. Well here goes!

Here are the rules:

  • The bloggers that have been nominated must link back to the person that nominated them
  •  Nominees must answer the eleven questions given to them by the person who nominated them
  •  Those nominated must choose eleven of their fave bloggers that have less than 200 followers to answer their own set of questions
  • When you are nominated you cannot nominate the person that nominated you

Disclaimer: I found it hard to discern who had under 200 followers, therefore I chose only those that were my favorite. If you find issue with it then kick rocks realize rules were made to be broken.

Disclaimer 2: I only chose nine..oops!

My Nominees:

Jibber Jabber & Happenstance

Amy Who?

The Lonely Lion

ZooBoo

Ben’s Bitter Blog

Calamity Rae

So…this happened.

The White Wave

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My answers to Janey’s Questions:

1. If you could live underwater instead of on land, would you?

Hm..I don’t think I would live underwater long term. I think it would be nice to live underwater for an extended vacation. After that…I’d want to go back to living on land.

2. Are you a tea or a coffee person?

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee! I hail from Seattle the coffee mecca of the US (thanks to Starbucks). I also enjoy a good cup of tea when it’s chilly out.

3. What would you like to achieve most of all this year?

I would like to finally graduate with my BA this year..I’m drained from college and just want to move on with my life.

4. Would you choose comfort over style?

I would choose comfort over style always. I mean, I am not going to walk around looking like a fashion mishap, but comfort is something I always take into account (I am assuming you are referring to fashion).

5. What made you decide to blog?

A couple of years ago I was in a gender and pop culture class. The main requirement to pass the class was to start a blog and upkeep it for the whole semester. I did, and I passed..and I fell in love with blogging but I didn’t keep my blog up. So one day, about a month ago I was like, “screw it!” I am going to start a blog again and be successful at it!

6. What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?

That’s hard to choose. In my twenty two years I have a stream of embarrassing moments. Just one after the other..

7. If you had a parrot, what is the first word you would teach it?

The first word that I would teach a parrot, if I had one would be “Bow,Biatch”. Ok, thats two words, but could you imagine a parrot saying that repeatedly?! I’m laughing now.

8. What would you like people to remember you for?

I would like to be remembered for my tenacity and willingness to help others.

9. What are you afraid of?

I am afraid of failure and dying

10. Do you have a pet?

Yes I do! I have two Bichon Frise’s (think white and FLUFFY!). Royce is eleven years old and blind as a bat and Ollie is four years old and a handful.

11. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change a thing from my past because the things that i have experienced have made me into the person I am today.

My Questions for My Nominees:

1. Where is your favorite place to be?

2. Name two songs that describe you

3. Who is the most inspirational person in your life, and why?

4. Do you believe in karma?

5. If you could have a dream job for a day what would it be?

6. Name three annoyances currently in your life

7. What “spirit” animal do you best vibe with?

8. How has blogging helped you?

9. List two things that you are proud of accomplishing

10. Do you have a talent, if so what is it?

11. Where do you envision yourself in five years?

Well, that took alot of time to complete! I hope you check out and enjoy my nominee’s. Also, don’t forget to hop over to Janeys.

Quirks, Weirdness, and Peculiarities Abound

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I think everyone on this planet has weird quirks that set them apart from everyone else. Some are more intent about their particular ways than most. I just happen to be one of those people. I mean I’m not OCD or anal, just very particular about the way I like things. Ok, I might be stretching the truth here. There are times where I am both OCD and anal about things, but not in a “basket case” kind of way. I add just enough crazy that is normal. I hope? I mean I have never been told that I needed to seek help for my random peculiarities that make me, well me.

I have always wondered if I was the only one who had certain quirks because, I have never really encountered another person who shared the same ones as me. But maybe, people just keep that kind of stuff under wraps.

I am obviously not one of those people seeing as I am going to “out” my weird quirks, habits, and things that just plain weird me out. I hope you enjoy this lovely little list of my weirdness.

  • I prefer to drink out of mugs..at all times
  • I don’t like it when mustard and ketchup mix
  • I can’t say the words animal or banana correctly (It comes out as aninimal and banananana)
  • When listening to music, the volume has to be on an even number. Otherwise it sounds out of tune
  • I clean my ears at least twice a day ( I realize this will lead to early deafness)
  • I love love love the smell of hand sanitizer
  • I hate when milk is used in oatmeal (this stems from a bad childhood experience)
  • The sound of the fronts of plastic day planners when they are scratched or hit something-like nails on a chalkboard
  • I have a favorite pen, the uniball super ink in black
  • Being left handed, I turn my papers at an angle to prevent smudges on my hand
  • I have an odd love for lima beans
  • I refuse to do dishes, the whole idea of dirty dishes with old food on them skeezes me out
  • Peeling back the tape they put on me after having my blood drawn; the skin is all wrinkly and pulled to the limits..ew
  • Spiders..how they sneak attack whilst being killed
  • I put glue on my hands, stick them together and let them dry then pick off the glue at least once a year
  • Certain descriptive words like moist are a no no
  • I use touch points when counting in my head or on paper (this is due to being failed by the education system)
  • I like licking envelopes
  • I have a fear of always being late, therefore I try to be at least fifteen minutes early
  • I despise the little pieces of paper that hang on to the preferated edges of notebook paper once being torn
  • I must have my books lined up even and perfectly on the bookshelves
  • I constantly doodle zig-zags and sun’s on almost everything
  • I hum the instrumental parts to almost every song
  • My fingers are double jointed and look smushed when I mess with them
  • When I wake in the mornings I look out at the world with my left eye only, it just feels right
  • I will look at the clock at least five times a day when it is eleven past the hour ( I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or the universe trying to tell me something)
  • I place a hand over my mouth while I chew if I am not eating alone
  • I often find myself rubbing the tattoo on my left arm..for some reason I can feel the discomfort of the initial tattooing when I do that
  • I repetitively repeat certain words and numbers in my head until I have reduced them to syllables and they sound weird
  • I have a hard time opening gifts because I feel obligated to feign an unusual amount of surprise and happiness over said gift
  • When eating at a fancier restaurant I will fold the napkin in a triangle after eating

Holy bejesus I listed alot. If you made it all the way through reading this list I congratulate you! I mean honestly, you just read alot of weird shit about me.

So, I must ask..do you share any of these quirks with me? What are some of your quirks and weird habits? Please do share in the comment section below. Or if you would like to tell me how mad I am, certainly do so. I think this list shows I am a little weird. But, weird is ok, and I’d rather be weird then an anally retentive robot human.

I look forward to your list of oddities 🙂

Netflix- my week in review #1

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Last weekend I had a lovely three days off due to MLK Day. How did I choose to spend a majority of my time you ask? Binging on movies of course! I am going to semi-review the movies I watched over the past few days and hopefully you guys will check them out, or not.

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#1. It’s A Girl

Synopsis: For most Westerners, the widespread practice of killing or aborting female infants simply because they are female seems inconceivably cruel. This sobering documentary spotlights the cultural traditions in India and China underlying the tragic facts.

My Review: I’m not going to lie, this documentary was quite sobering due to its content and main focus. Before seeing this I was aware of infanticide and gendercide due several of my Women’s Studies courses I have taken over the past couple of years. This documentary doesn’t sugarcoat anything, it lays out the facts and even focuses on several families and women who have been effected by their societies standards and beliefs concerning the birth of girls. I was shocked at some of their stories. If you’re of the faint of heart..then don’t watch this! If you’re into social and gender issues, this documentary is right up your alley.

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#2 Remembrance

Synopsis: Hannah, a young Jewish girl, is rescued from a concentration camp by her Polish boyfriend, and believes he died after their perilous escape. More than 30 years later, the married Hannah faces an emotional crisis when she learns he’s alive.

My Review: Remembrance is a foreign film, mainly in German and Polish. I have a hard time watching most foreign films because the story line isn’t fully fleshed out usually. Remembrance is a whole different story. The depth of the characters was amazing. This movie captured extremely well what the Polish community experienced during this time, while interweaving a beautiful love story that spanned thirty years. This movie was very well done and had me from beginning to the end. You must see this movie no matter what. If foreign films aren’t your thing, give it a chance! You won’t be disappointed.

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#3 Stuck in love

Synopsis: By turns funny and affecting, this quirky indie tale follows a turbulent year in the lives of the literary Borgens clan, which is in a tailspin thanks to the family patriarch’s obsession with his former wife.

My Review: Teenage angst, first loves, books, stalking, divorce, drugs, and Stephen King. What more can you ask for?! This movie was surprisingly good. Must see!

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#4 I Give It A Year

Synopsis: In this romantic comedy, newlyweds Nat and Josh find their marriage beginning to fall apart almost immediately after their fairy tale wedding. The couple seeks the advice of a counselor, but both are also tempted by old and new lovers.

My Review: This one had me laughing the whole way through. British Rom com at its best! Plus, Anna Faris has a pretty big part in this movie and she is funny in an annoying kind of way. Overall, there are about a million movies about marriage but I would have to say this is one of the better renditions on the subject. This one was really well done. The only downfall was the ending, very typical.

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#5 Beautiful Darling

Synopsis: With dreams of film stardom, transsexual actress Candy Darling took the 1970s New York art scene by storm and became Andy Warhol’s muse. This documentary paints a colorful portrait of her fascinating yet tragically short life.

My Review: I found this documentary highly fascinating…but really depressing. Before watching this I had no idea who Candy Darling was. When you think of Andy Warhol and his starlets you automatically think of Edie Sedgwick. While Candy had great success during her time, this documentary showed how sad she really was despite keeping a smile on her face and portraying the persona of Candy Darling to the world. This documentary was interesting but meh at best. Take it or leave it. If you want to watch something a little different then this would be a good choice.

Well there you have it! I hope you found this informative…and you’ll check these out if you haven’t already. I am always looking for new things to watch on Netflix, mainly because I feel like I’ve watched everything good there is to watch. Do you have any suggestions or favorite movies you love? Tell me about them!

Angels

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One of my favorite pastimes is photography in all aspects. I enjoy taking pictures, enjoying art from the past and present, perusing others work, and collecting vintage photographs. I find that it is rare to be truly moved by someones work especially in a time where anyone can use their phone to take a picture and call it “photography”. Don’t get me wrong, I fully endorse point and shoot photography, because I do that as well. Alot. It is so handy.

Anyways, What I am getting at is this. There is one Artist/Photographer that I absolutely love, named Francesca Woodman. She isn’t a well known artist namely for the reason that all of her work was done in the 70’s and 80’s, before her untimely suicide. I was first introduced to her work through a documentary her parents had filmed about her life and work (Available on Netflix titled, The Woodman’s). I have never seen photography so raw and beautiful before I saw her work. Her pieces are breathtaking..honestly. Over time I will definitely post some of my most favorite works here in this blog, mainly because I feel her talent should be shared with this generation.

Below, I am sharing one of my favorite pieces as well as one of my favorite quotes by Lang Leav that inspires and reminds me that we are all here to help one another. Even though it doesn’t seem so, we all have an effect on someone else’s life, whether we play a major or minor role. I hope you enjoy Francesca’s photography as well as Leav’s quote as much as I do.

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It happens like this. One day you meet someone and for some inexplicable reason, you feel more connected to this stranger than anyone else–closer to them than your closest family. Perhaps this person carries within them an angel–one sent to you for some higher purpose; to teach you an important lesson or to keep you safe during a perilous time. What you must do is trust in them–even if they come hand in hand with pain or suffering–the reason for their presence will become clear in due time.
 
Though here is a word of warning–you may grow to love this person but remember they are not yours to keep. Their purpose isn’t to save you but to show you how to save yourself. And once this is fulfilled; the halo lifts and the angel leaves their body as the person exits your life. They will be a stranger to you once more.
 
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It’s so dark right now, I can’t see any light around me. 
That’s because the light is coming from you. You can’t see it but everyone else can.

 

-Lang Leav

Who are the angels in our lives…and to whom are we the angels for?

Word Wednesday #2

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Hello everyone!

It has been almost a week since my last post. But hey, I’ve been busy. A new semester started on Monday so I have been avidly doing homework (who knows how long that will last!). Anyways, cheers to getting used to schedules after having an entire month off from life basically.

Without further ado, the word for this week is:

Psithurism noun

the sound of the wind through the trees

For some reason I find this word absolutely enchanting. I heard this for the first time almost a year ago and ever since then I have had it stuck in the back of my head. I find myself sometimes repeating the word because it is so different and it floats off the tongue with ease.

Happy Wednesday! I hope you find this word as beautiful as I do.

poked and prodded

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I am fresh back from the Doctor’s(you know, trying to take care of my health and all). I’m finding that the older I get the worse my experiences are when I go in for a check up. Or maybe I have always had these feelings about them and they are just now starting to bother me.

Why is it, they always ask: “So what are you in for today?”

I seriously want to say: “Well I’m obviously not well, duh! Why else would I put myself through this torture.”

Instead I answer politely and we both come to the obvious conclusion that something is wrong with me. Then ensues the meds, referrals, and getting my blood drawn.

As the lovely gentleman took my blood I sat there and contemplated on a lot. My thoughts were as follows:

” if you are drawing blood from someone DON’T take forever doing it. It’s a semi painful process and no, I do not want to watch as you take vials of my precious life force. Nor do I want to converse with you about life’s blunders. I want you to hurry it the hell up so I can go eat something just on the chance that I feel fainty after this.”

“Why is your name Birch? Were you seriously named after a tree?”

“Why is Pat Sajak looking at me? oh shit why are there so many pics of Pat Sajak on the walls.”

These are just a few of the many things that went through my head as I was poked with needles for what seemed like forever.

The perks of this office visit were that:

1.I’m on the road to figure out why I have been feeling so crumby lately

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2. I got a badass bugs bunny band-aid

 

That is all.

Otherwise my arm feels dead and all sore and for the life of me I can’t help but wonder why there were so many pics of Pat Sajak in such a small space.