Thursday, March 31

TiLt :: Work, Relax, Shop. Rinse. Repeat.

Things that made me happy this week:

Scavenger shopping! I <3 the store Ross, because every time you go, you find something wonderful and cheap ** An adorable, chic new planner from said store ** Mini rose bushes from Dan ** MyFitnessPal.com and it's wonderful weight-loss/fitness support and it's great phone app ** New Christina Perri songs! ** Crazy colored belt from Claires for only $1 ** Dance 2 for the Wii, wonderful dancing fun ** Surprisingly sweet Avocado Smoothies ** 
<3 <3 <3 <3

Wednesday, March 30

Beautiful Blogs :: gypsy life

I don't generally read coloborative blogs. Too many people to keep up with.
Gypsy Girls Guide has changed that.

With all kinds of amazing contributers, GGG is an amazing source of inspiration. (and a guaranteed way to begin a long bout of wanderlust)

It's likely that in the near future I'll be posting a lot of stuff about travel and nature and moving around.
Since our vacation I've been desperate to move (literally, not like into a new place....just did that). Consider this the beginning of that series.

With travel journals from women who travel the world, to images of far off places and little adventures closer to home. "Road tunes" to get you going, poetry and fashion to inspire, and guides/information about the world around you near and far, this site is truly an inspirational delight.

There's even food related posts, which there damn well should be. Traveling isn't true without the amazing, unique, and life-changing food you can get in new places.

If you visit (please do) make sure to stop by the Manifesto. It's awesome. I liked it so much I printed it out and used phrases throughout my Bible. I love it.

Reading the posts makes me want to just get up and go somewhere.
Anywhere.
Even if it's just another town, stopping at a strange hole-in-the-wall restaurant for lunch then wandering the streets. A day in the mountains with veggie sandwiches and hummus. A big city hotel for a night, ordering room service with the windows open and the sounds of the street filling the air. A picnic at the park with pesto pasta salad, fruits, and sweet wine in plastic cups.
I miss the freedom of having a car. Dan works so much and I'm so dependent on his car that all I do is sit around here waiting for him to get home, or to pick him up.

I want to pack up the car with lunch and just go. For a few hours or a few days, it doesn't even matter.
I read this blog and I want this bohemian lifestyle.
I want to love my life and know I can just get up and go anywhere (even if that anywhere only really includes how far a tank of gas will get me).

Read it.
Be inspired.
Go.





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Wednesday, March 23

Thinking of Stories in Spring

Life is getting back to basics in the new apartment. Work might be getting better (I was scheduled for three days this week, instead of two) and although I'm still not finding real work (oh where oh where is my office job?) I'm reading again and working on a mini garden for the deck. There's even a giant thermometer and little metal planters with butterflies.
If nothing starts to sprout in the next few weeks, I'm going to Lowes and cheating with a great big box of pre-planted veggies and herbs.

I'm still having trouble finding motivation for...just about everything. I think of My Secret Agent Lover Man, wondering how people can be happy when so many things are wrong, Witch Baby and her wall of tragedy, Weetzie Bat at the Pink Hotel, working through a mid life crisis (they call my problem a "Quarter-Life Crisis", post-grads with no job prospects who begin to flounder).
I try to surround myself with the things Weetzie might; fake, spring colored flowers in every corner, scented candles and the windows wide open, the sounds of the world around me.

Since my vacation, I've felt increasingly lazy, my body suddenly heavy with it's lack of muscle and activity. I've created a pseudo-diet for myself, eating less calories & fat over breakfast & lunch, indulging in whatever protein and veggies I want for dinner. MyFitnessPal.com has been a great help, and tells me when I'm not eating enough. I don't listen, usually, and I think of Laurel, starving herself to feel empty, weightless, pure.
I used to think about not eating, but I knew it was horrible and that it would never work even if I could bring myself to not eat (which I cant).
Lunch today is steamed tofu (99 cents at Super Mart) with Bulgogi sauce and squash. I'm sure I will be hungry within the hour, but dinner tonight is Korean with friends, and I'm happy to have a snack later and then wait for it.

This whole process goes against my Radical Self Love promise. That I will not count calories or worry about my body. But every day I feel lazier and lazier, more and more sedentary. I come from an obese family; I can't not think about it. So all I can do is try to be healthy. This is my transition diet, from old me to healthy, active me. We'll see how it goes. I promise not to be unhealthy.


Now that things are settling down again, and things are both picking up and settling out, I'm beginning to feel restless, again.


post script:
Did you hear that 70% of japan's school children are still missing? It's so horrible. My friend Sam, who I've mentioned before, is one of the most broke, situationally unhappy people I know, but she still gave money for japan. That is seriously awesome, and I hope more people are willing to give like that.

Thursday, March 17

New Place TiLT

this week has been a surprising array or ups and downs. From hot and cold weather to hit and miss food. New place but no internet.

but here are some great things from this week.

My best friennd visiting and helping me pack, move, and decorate.¥ Friends over for an amazing Korean style BBQ and lots of beer ¥ Having the porch door open with the fan on when it's bright and warm and wonderful out ¥ Eating vegetation food while Mary was here! ¥ Receiving a fully edited copy of my manuscript from her too ¥ Spring coming early <3

On a side note,living off of my (shattered) cell phone- due to a lack of internet- not on my list if things I love.

Although the fact that I can... that's a different story...

Hopefully ill be back to regular (weetzie based) blog posts when I have internet and a computer at the same time again....
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Sunday, March 13

Light

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Quiet days in empty homes

We've moved into our new apartment. It'll be official tomorrow.
This is the second time I've moved since starting Weetzie Way, and its always a new beginning.
I want to be happy here. I want to live and thrive a be creative and productive and useful and happy and alive.

There are two airy bedrooms, bathrooms I want to LiveJ up in pink and blue and brown. A small, white kitchen that my best friend has already decorated for me, and a whimsical french door in the main room that opens up to the sun filled deck.

Its been beautiful here today. And since work I've spent my time laying on the living room floor with the door wide open and the fan dusting a breeze across the room.
This is the first time I've been alone in the apartment. The puppies whimpering.g at passersby, the sounds of the neighbourhood around me.

I am enlivened by the potential this place has. I just hope I'm not too far gone to make it happen.
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