Thursday, January 18, 2018

This .gif is life-changing

This .gif if the only reason for this post. It encapsulates everything about what I want to accomplish in 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ERMAHGERD. SNERR DAY! H-Town Icepocalypse 2018

We had 2 snow days. Should've been Ice Days

As I started writing this post, it was 17 degrees. IT WAS WARMER IN ALASKA. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK. But now, we are in the clutches of Snerr Day number 2. I use the term snow loosely. It snowed for all of 30 minutes yesterday and that was all. It's been ice and sleet the whole time. Ian and I journeyed out yesterday to Target and Whataburger. There were only a few places open for business, so it was slim pickins. I took a few pictures, but not that many. Ice looks the same no matter how many times you take pictures! Here are a few videos and a picture that I took:

This is ice on the curb near the cars. It looked like this all over, then it eventually turned to slush. then ice again. It wasn't too difficult to walk on, which was nice, because I had prepared myself for the inevitable. I just knew that I was going to slip and bust my ass. Some places had salt sprinkled on their walkways or available for people to use to get traction on their cars. We had ice on windows about a 1/16 of an inch thick, and the doors were almost frozen shut. It took us a while to get enough ice off just to be able to see out of the windows! It's times like these where I wish that we had a house with a garage! Just pull right out and not have to deal with the aftermath of the elements. One day. Until then, trusty credit card scraper to the rescue! It was great seeing all the different methods us South Texans used to get the ice off of our vehicles. Spatulas, vodka, credit cards, you name it; we used it.

The videos below are ones that I had made to send to my mom, but I think only one made it to her. The first one is when we ventured out to check the conditions and to get food. Our power had just went out, but was only out for roughly 20 minutes. The second one is when we were on our way home, and we saw that it was snowing super hard. Unfortunately, since it was still very wet and sleeting most of the time, the snow didn't stick like it did the last time. I also just realized that I never did a post for that day either! That day was incredible. I couldn't get over how beautiful everything looked. Even our apartment gates were beautiful!! But I digress...

Our water went out for about 4 hours today, right when I wanted to do laundry and take a shower. Luckily, it came back on, albeit being rusty. We're back at it again, making good use of this snow, er, ice day!

Ya'll stay warm out there!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Here's to the dumpster fire that was 2016. Wait. 2017. Wait. WHAT.

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Sing it with me y'all. I'm on a HIIIGGHHHHWAAY TO HELL

Wow. What a year. Not only just for me, but the world. I tried watching highlight videos of 2017 events, and while they tried to have 50/50 happy/sad events, it was still overwhelming. I myself didn't have the best year. Don't get me wrong, I have happy moments too, but overall, it just felt meh. And yes, meh is a feeling.

I'm hoping that this year is better. Not just for me, but for everyone. The world. I know that's a stretch, but I want to it to happen. Even the assholes. Maybe they won't be such assholes. I dunno. Here's hoping! But as for me, I want to improve my mental health. Self care is going to be a big goal for me this year. I feel better than I have before in the past 2 years, and I can sense a change in myself. I want to do things for myself. I have a drive to do things that i haven't done in quite some time. I'm excited to see what I'll be able to accomplish and keep climbing out of the darkness. I'm ready. Depression is something that I don't normally talk about here, but it is something that I'll talk about in person. I've always been open about my struggles, even when I didn't know exactly what was wrong. After being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and informally with depression, I was able to sit down and recognize the issues that I have been dealing with and what I can do the change my situation.

I find that I let myself get extremely overwhelmed too often which caused me to get frustrated and then i just shut down. It hasn't been a great time. I make up excuses to everything and anyone as to why I can't do something. It's a shitty thing to do, and I'm not proud of myself for doing it, but it was what my brain would allow me to do. I've been in this tug of war with my psyche and it been utter shit and I can't do it anymore. It's physically and mentally exhausting. I'm saying all of this for any sort of sympathy, but to bring awareness that this does happen, and that you can and will breath again. It will be OKAY. Please reach out, even if it's for just for information, and don't let anyone tell you that you don't need help. That's what happened to me. I had to swallow my issues for YEARS because of one person, and I hope to live to see the day that no one has to suffer from other people's ignorance. The stigma that still hovers over mental illness is ludicrous. It makes no sense. but of course, if you admit defeat, you're weak. And that's bullshit. You are strong. You are amazing. And you are worth it.

Yes, I know it's Stewart, but this is exactly what I want to express.

Now I realize that this post took a left turn at Albuquerque and didn't look back, but I'm leaving it this way. Because 2016 and 2017 were fucking dumpster fires.

MIDDY OUT.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ways to make your boyfriend question your relationship #19

While Ian and I were at Fuzzy's Taco Shop for dinner, I was looking over Facebook while he was finishing dinner. I found a future releases list from Funko, and saw that they're making SNL pops. More importantly, Stefan, David S. Pumpkins (Insta-buy), and Will Ferrell BOC Cowbell guy. Most importantly, a 2-pack of...

DICK IN A BOX!!!

I don't know about you guys, but that's the perfect Christmas decoration! They can hang out next to my Christmas Vacation ones. Anyhoo, back to Way #19, as soon as I said out loud that Funko was making those pops, I immediately sang the entire Dick in a Box song. Like, the whole thing, complete with hand gestures and dance moves (whilst sitting). He just stared at me the whole time, and I just kept on going. When it was over, I asked, "Questioning being with me right now?" He replied with this half smile/half shrug laugh. Works for me! I had a great time singing the song. It's a classic!

In case anyone forgot how it goes:

Sorry for the shitty quality

Sidebar: For some reason, the video isn't on YouTube, so I had to flat out Google it. Lemme tell you how glad I was when I remembered to put 'SNL' in front of the search terms. I think that just searching "Dick in a box" would have turned out quite differently. *shudders*

Hope y'all had a great holiday season, and hopefully I'll be back with more ways to make your boyfriend question your relationship!

Middy

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Penny for your thoughts?

THIS. DAMN. VIDEO. IS. STUPENDOUS.

I can't stop watching. YOU'RE A PSYCHO WIENER!

This one too:

Who knew that Biggie and Thomas would mesh so well together. Some straight up ebony and ivory shit.

Hooooookay. I'm halfway wanting to do a post where I just put my favorite youtube videos and talk about how awesome your life will become should you watch. Ian and I spend our evening watching channels that we have subscribed to, and then we'll get sucked into a hole where we'll discover that it's 10 pm and WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH OUR LIVES?! It's really bad. I'll try to read, but nope, here comes someone trying to jump a homemade ramp on their bike and all hell breaks loose. WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING?!? It's the tailbone ones that get me. As someone who has a fucked up tailbone, I would know the pain that occurs when you fall, and upcoming pain that WILL LAST FOREVER. Ugh. I have to have a seat cushion at my desk because I can't sit for long periods at a time. Shout out to Purple for making seat cushions out of the polymer that they used to make our mattress. Woo! Speaking of Purple mattresses, it's been about 3 weeks since we got that baby, and sleeping has never been better! I can't highly recommend their products enough. I've been making a progress video, so once our 100 nights are up, I'll edit and post the video!

Now run, run, run, jump. I can be a backpack while you run! Now run, run, run, now STOP! Know what that's from? No? Then you didn't watch the video. SHAME ON YOU. Go watch it. Right meow. I'll wait.

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I'm posting this gif of Jacques Cousteau petting a crab, because HE'S PETTING A CRAB.

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Okay one more gif, because Giphy never lets me down:

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Alright, Play me out Thomas! C'MON MUTHAFUCKAS C'MON! C'MON MUTHAFUCKAS C'MON!

YOU'RE WELCOME.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

That moment when you realize that 2017 is already 7 days in and you've only shown up for 5...

HAY YOU GUIIISSSEEEEE!!!!! HAY!!

I haven't been here in a while, and that's mostly because I had to will to write. I would jot things down, but could never get them to fully manifest. It was getting frustrating, so I just stopped trying to make myself log on to the blog and write. I tried to focus on other things that were plaguing me and worked on those instead. Needless to say, I was able to get it together in those aspects of life and found my spark once again. I'm also sitting on 2 ideas for videos, so I may do those as well. But I parked my fat ass on those and I haven't really budged, so don't hold your breath!

I searched "waves" on Giphy for a *waves* gif, and it went horribly right. TAKE US TO CHURCH, LA-TREEEEIIICE ROY-AL!

Oh, almost forgot. I owe y'all an explanation of the title. Long story short, I got sick last Thursday (the 29th) and was pretty much man down through the holiday and into the New Year. Womp Womp. Mind you, it was just a regular, run-of-the-mill cold, but that shit sucks and it knocks you on your ass. I tried to go to one of those RediClinc-type things on Monday, only to be told that it was appointment only and the last appointments would be around 7:30 P.M. My sick ass stayed home and went to my regular doctor at 9:30 in the morning the next day. I got antibiotics since it did develop into an infection (so much phlegm!) and steroids. That shit is working like a champ. I don't feel like my brain is trying to escape from my skull to alleviate the pressure. Oy. It was rough.

I don't know how many of y'all use Goodreads to track your reading lists, but I use it religiously, and I also enjoy doing their reading challenge each year. In 2016, my goal was 42, and I pretty much smashed the shit out of it, which is actually pretty unusual for me to be honest. For some reason, Goodreads won't let me see my 2016 total because they just started the 2017 challenge. This year my goal is 55, because I don't know. I'm to the point where I don't want to read quantity, but more quality. I did, however, read some shit that I thought would be spectacular and ended up being total shit (LOOKING AT YOU, BITCH PLANET). I know that this year will definitely be filled with more User Experience and Feminist-based books, which I'm looking forward to devouring and discussing. As always, recommendations for all the things are always welcome!

I have a few more things that I want to say, but I think it will be better off doing it in a separate post. Especially about Carrie. I'm still dealing with the death of one of my life heroes. She was more than just Leia to me. I mean, have you seen her urn? It speaks to me.

I mean, IT'S LITERALLY A GIANT PROZAC PILL.

Alright, I'm going to try to get some actual work done. Holla!

Friday, June 24, 2016

A salute to Summer Reading and the staff holdin' it down

I mentioned in my last post that the roller coaster Summer Reading has pulled into the loading dock for the next 3 months, so strap yourselves in, keep all arms and legs inside the cart, and enjoy the ride. Or, at least try to keep what's left of your sanity. Or try not to gain any if you are lacking in that department.

Pretty much how everyone feels and looks at the end of the day.

For those of you unfamiliar with Summer Reading, it's basically free activities that the library sponsors for people of all ages to enjoy throughout the summer. It gives parents and guardians a chance to get the stir-crazy summer vacay kids out of the house and moving. There are crafts, story times, numerous animal-themed programs, robotics/coding, and a whole bunch more! Don't forget, it's FREE! Also, please keep in mind that summer is THE busiest time for the library, with occupancy nearly doubling our normal numbers every day. So, if you miss out on a program because it was full, it's okay. It's not the end of the world, and trust me when I say this, the library staff is bummed out too. We don't like to see sad faces or hear sad cries. The best way to make sure that you and/or your child will get into the next program is to get there early! Read through the entire calendar beforehand to find out if a program is only allowing a certain number of people in, or if there is an age limit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your local library and ask. We want to you to come the programs, so we're going to help.

Here comes the thinly veiled not-so-friendly P.S.A. from the library worker:

Basically, we want you enjoy summer reading, and we know that there are a TON more kids and parents in the library so you are competing for tickets to get into the programs. But I will say this: If you don't get a ticket to a program, it is not the library's fault. We didn't hide them, we didn't skim a few for our friends, you just missed getting your ticket. Please do not throw a fit, yell, threaten to complain, etc.; because we've heard it all before. There is nothing we can do. We can't sneak you in or make an exception "just this one time." Trust me, when I say this, we've heard them all. So kindly stop badgering us. We don't want to here. 99% of the moms are extremely respectful and understanding, but there is always that one mom who is just an absolute raging bitch because her son couldn't get into pre-school storytime and that we need to adapt to the growing numbers over the summer (we do). Ugh. Please don't be that mom. Or dad. Or grandma. Or grandpa. Also, yes, we know it's louder in here, as there are 300% more kids in here. WE KNOW.

But seriously: Come to the lieberry! We have free shit! Your tax dollars pay for it, so take advantage!