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Graduated high school. Kissed someone. Collected something really stupid. Smoked a cigarette. Got so drunk you passed out. Rode every ride at an amusement park. Gone to a rock concert. Helped someone. Gone fishing. Watched four movies in one night. Gone long periods of time without sleep. Lied to someone. Snorted cocaine. Failed a class. Smoked weed. Dealt drugs. Been in a car accident. Been in a tornado. Been to a funeral. Burned yourself (not on purpose). Ran a marathon. Cried yourself to sleep. Spent over $200 in one day. Flown on a plane. Cheated on someone. Been cheated on. Written a 10 page letter. Gone skiing. Been sailing. Have a best friend. Lost someone you loved. Shoplifted something. Been to jail. Dangerously close to being in jail. Skipped school. Had detention. Got in trouble for something you didn’t do. Stolen books from the library. Gone to a different country. Dropped out of school. Watched the “Harry Potter” movies. Had an online diary. Had a yard sale. Had a lemonade stand. Actually made money at the lemonade stand. Been in a school play. Been fired from a job. Swam with dolphins. Taken a lie detector test. Voted for someone on a reality TV show. Written poetry. Read more than 20 books a year. Gone to Europe Loved someone you shouldn’t have. Used a coloring book over age 12. Had surgery. Had stitches. Taken a taxi. Seen the Washington Monument. Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once. Overdosed. Been in a fist fight. Gone surfing in California. Had a hamster/guinea pig. Pet a wild animal. Used a credit card. Did “spirit day” at school. Dyed your hair. Got a tattoo. Got straight A’s. Been on the Honor Roll. Know someone with HIV or AIDS. Made-out with someone. Played on a sports team. Snuck out of the house.  Swore at a teacher.  Gone laser tagging. Had a romantic relationship. Been on the TV. French braided. Skinny-dipped. Driven a car. Performed in front of an audience. Gone bungee-jumping. Been to Mexico. Crashed a car. Sky dived. Been kissed in the rain. Made an 11:11 wish. Drank alcohol. Forwarded a chain letter. Made a mistake.

(Source: larryishellacute)



Back to vlogging (not quite basics): The state of 2013, the memory TARDIS, on turning 24, and TSWGO and TFIOS.



I had a surprisingly eventful final day of being 23 (and on the 23rd, no less), Tumblr. In case any of you lovely folk were wondering.



Staying up until 1 or later is a problem? No, it’s burning the midnight oil in the internet age when your career 18 months out of college has stalled/become nonexistent and you’re working on things that make you happy but don’t pay while doing a variety of temp work on the side. Thanks for understanding.



2013 in Review

The year’s at an end, and I’ve got my completed Lists, as per usual. If you’ve been following along each month (or thereabouts) here, you’ve been keeping up. If not, well, here’s my 2013 in Media:

  • Read 115 books. A new personal best. Most were graphic novels/trades, though, but that doesn’t matter to me.
  • Watched 53 movies. Less than half of last year’s record-setting number, but that’s fine by me.
  • Binged on 22 TV series/shows (serially, marathoned, etc.). Still have 11 in progress, but some have been on hold for a good while and others are on winter hiatus.

Also in 2013, my social media habits (blogging, vlogging, etc.) were in flux because of a mix of self-doubt and indecision with my direction, but I’m looking to improve upon both in 2014. I also baked, saw plenty of old and new friends, and continued to have middling success with job things (well, an unpaid internship, the camp job again, and a nearly-over temp gig, among other things), but here’s to something big (maybe? hopefully?) pulling through in 2014 (mostly so I don’t have to go back to school for a degree I don’t feel that I need).

See everyone in 2014, and Allons-y!



I had a pretty good day, despite a little morning traffic and my library detour in the way into my temp job. I had some time to spare, so I made a little headway on my theanglerfishmagazine recaps (Sleepy Hollow, Almost Human, and Agents of SHIELD) before going out for pizza with the other temp. It was a very interesting lunch. And then in the afternoon, I finished up a little early and came home to find my mom listening to a Warren Zevon Pandora station before transitioning to some Christmas-y tunes (starting with “Snoopy’s Christmas”). I made a suggestion or two … and then prompted her to listen to the Night Vale pilot, which she’s doing now … and I think she’s enjoying it (and that’s just based on her laughter about the dog park). Now it’s back to a little recap work before dinner and karate.

So how was your day, Tumblr?



How I feel about my job



Well, it’s HR temping right now so lots and lots of paperwork, folders, and a few long spreadsheets. But podcasts/WNYC/music and other tasks help break up the monotony. And good lunch breaks. And the internet here and there.



Hello, Tumblr folk. I’ve been busy as of late with this full-time temp job (but I’ve been listening to and catching up on some rather good podcasts (The Nerdist, The Alton Browncast, The Nerdist Writers’ Panel, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen) and plenty of NPR while looking over countless enrollment forms and endless spreadsheets) … and GMAT prep/review … and an MBA info session or two … and I’m behind on a few TV recaps for theanglerfishmagazine, but hells bells, I’m all ready for “The Day of The Doctor” and An Evening With Neil and Amanda tomorrow afternoon and evening, respectively (even if I kind of just sprung the latter two events on my mom)!








“I don’t like Donald because I can’t understand him.”


“Why do you even like Donald? All he ever does is get angry.”


“He’s so mean all the time!”



















Because the little shitlord never heals you when you actually need him to.

and he dies approximately twelve times during every boss fight

I feel like I identify with Donald the most out of the core Disney characters. He takes pleasure in the little things (picnics, cooking, etc.), and when he gets flustered, it’s amusing. Well, those reasons and I can do a decent impression.



You can learn a lot about someone just by looking at paperwork. You can see if people didn’t fully follow directions, sign on the right line, if managers can/like to sort things alphabetically, etc. And you can also learn what kind of person you are. I like order. I’m anal about order. “Those forms aren’t alphabetized? *takes list and forms, and alphabetizes forms according to list*” If forms are already alphabetized, it’s like heaven, going through and checking things off … otherwise, it’s like a mini-hell, sorting said forms and checking them off one by one.

And, yes, if you were wondering what I’ve been up to this week, it’s called temping while my nonprofit video work slowly gets back up to speed. Oh, you didn’t know I was doing those two things? Well, after the PR internship (March through June) didn’t pan out and I had little going after the 5th summer on the town day camp shift, I managed to land this video work for a nonprofit (Thank you, networking and talking about books with a commuting buddy … who happens to be the exec director of said nonprofit), which slightly stalled a little (things on their end), but things are picking up in the next week or two … and I just started temping in the meantime.

Anyway, that’s a life update for ya!



It’s my half-birthday tomorrow, and I don’t know how to celebrate. Probably won’t, though. Any suggestions?




Hiya, Tumblr folk. It’s been a while. About three months, to be exact. Well, I haven’t been entirely absent, just not as active as I used to be. Anyway, expect to be seeing more of me here and on the Tubes, as I’ve also been absent for roughly the same amount of time. There are only so many hours in the day, and most of them these past three months were taken up with my internship and associated activities (commuting, two book signings, hanging with friends, karate classes, family things, etc.). But I’m back. Expect more things about books, TV shows, and movies that I’m working on. I might even dust off my old blog … or start up a new one for book reviews, etc. We shall see … (and does anyone have suggestions?)



PAX East was great, but I’m still getting over the whole “I got into an accident on the ride home” thing … I’m fine, just shaken. My dad’s car has cosmetic damage, but it can be fixed. I’m just … still processing things. Need sleep. After ‘Walking Dead’.

More on PAX later this week.



So … been a little busy as of late, folks. If you couldn’t guess from the Instagrammed photos, I started an internship on Monday and it’s great so far, but it has taken a toll on my Internet time … well, that, my karate workouts, Anglerfish stuff, and the fact that I’ve gotten halfway through season 1 of ‘The West Wing’ (in terms of discs; I probably have 6 episodes left but won’t get through them in the next few days). And things are going to be even more busy because I’m heading up to Boston for the weekend for PAX East! … Wow, I’m going to be a 3-PAX vet …

Anyway, PAX should be a blast as it has been in previous years with giveaways, free swag, game demos, doling out cookies for charity, and the like. Expect some pictures here and there. And maybe end-of-day recaps.



The Week in Subbing

I’ve been serving this past week as a high school substitute teacher. It’s been my first (and most likely only (mostly full)) week on the job, and it’s definitely been interesting, so why not recap things for the internet?

Monday: Italian - All classes had busy work (mostly out of a textbook). Some decided they’d hand in the work the next day. There was a good deal of talk about the upcoming junior/senior proms, as well as dieting for prom. There was also a good bit of phone use, but as long as the students kept relatively quiet, didn’t cause major disturbances, and at least handed something in …

Wednesday: English - Mostly busy work (with a bit more noise in one or two of the classes), too, except for the class that watched more of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. One piece of busy work was to define what a classic film was (in their own words) and list ten with brief explanations. Needless to say, there were some interesting choices for top classic films, but there were a number of what I’d consider to be classic films in the top. Also covered a physics lab, which cooperated, did their work, and kept quiet/relatively off their phones.

Thursday: Tech - All watched videos (one on small gas engine repair and the rest watched a Disney-produced documentary on Robert Goddard). There was also talk of Harry Potter-related stuff in the smallest (and quietest/best) class of the day, which made me more than happy!

Friday: English (another school) - Small, yet mostly cooperative classes. Busy work, too, starting with a ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ review sheet (during which I started the novel), continuing with a ‘Shawshank Redemption’ vocab quiz and free reading time, and ending with library research time. Also covered for a World History period (which was a free study period, if anything). And I finished ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ by the end of the day.

And now, I think I’ll take in a touch more ‘West Wing’ (just over halfway through season 1; already loving it and having intense feels) … or maybe work on the latest Jim Butcher or Maureen Johnson novel(s).