Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunday Social

1. 5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life

"Samba Pa Ti" by Carlos Santana, "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed, "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO, "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles and the entire Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album.

2. 5 things on your bucket list

I really want to go zip lining, be on stage one more time, get tattooed all the way down to my fingertips, go back to Europe at least once more, and become a millionaire overnight.  Good luck to me on that last one.

3. 5 celeb you’d love to hang out with for a day

I think Oscar Wilde and I would totally hit it off.  I would have brunch with RuPaul, go shopping with Simon Doonan, have dinner with Rachel Maddow, and get tattooed by Hannah Snowdon.  Maybe not all in the same day.

4. 5 things you always carry in your purse

Wallet, keys, cell phone charger, tampons, and reusable shopping bags.

5. 5 books on your reading list

I have a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera that I have yet to finish on my shelf.  I also want to read Deadpool comics, She-Hulk, and more graphic novels from Lucy Knisley and Julie Wertz.

6. Share the last 5 pictures on your phone

Okay, here it gets weird:

Came in the mail from Amazon!  Second favourite DC comic of all time.

My boyfriend getting his hair cut by my hairstylist just before I get mine done!  We are now two very, very good looking people.  Well, our hair is, anyway.

My backpack/purse needed something.  My lobster beanie baby looked bored on my shelf.  So I sewed him on there.  I kinda love this look! 

I saw this on Pinterest and it gave me major feels.

My mom sent me this picture from my Aunt's house.  She's visiting for Easter and this is a necklace that I made years ago that's causing a sensation.  So I'm going to try to replicate it from the photo and from memory.  Hey, I did it once, right?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hit and Miss

Okay, so I'm pretty hit and miss at posting lately.  I've been pretty hit and miss at everything, really!

I'm hit and miss at the driving range.  LITERALLY!  Sometimes I can drive 75 yards...other times, I miss contact with the ball entirely!  Raising the tee helps considerably.

I am also very hit and miss with Skee-Ball.  Sometimes I hit the 100, sometimes I hit the fiberglass covering above the actual holes.  Enh.

I'm hit and miss with umbrellas.  Sometimes I have a bunch.  Sometimes I leave my umbrellas all over town, like tiny love letters to the city.  Here, subway bench.  Have a perfectly good nearly brand new umbrella, courtesy of me, leaving it there.  Whoopsie.

I've been hit and miss with people, too.  One day I feel like I'm charming the pants off everyone I meet, then I'm tripping over my own feet and rambling at strangers.  What the hell is wrong with me?  Am I the biggest doofus on the planet???

Then I have to stop and remind myself -- Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive!

So what if I'm missing the target once in a while.  When I hit it, it's all the more special.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dangerous Town

When you decide to make the move to New York City, you will find that the people around you never seem to tire of warning you how dangerous it will be.

But, as I like to say, when desire surpasses fear, you will be surprised what you're able to endure.  And you will tune their voices down to a low hum, stow a pepper spray in your purse, and hope for the best.

People will tell you that it's not safe to be alone at night.  You will laugh the first time you walk home from the subway at 3am all by yourself because you lost track of time and the trains were running on a demented schedule.  But you'll hear those words come back to you when you wake up at one, then three, then five in the morning.  Impossible to get any sleep.  Surrounded by more people than you've ever known in your lifetime but with no one to talk to.  Worries, fears, doubts, sadness creep in.  It's not safe to be alone at night.

People will tell you not to trust strangers.  Little by little your confidence grows as you learn to give directions to tourists, chat up the bartender, make conversation on the subway.  Strangers, they're just people!  Just like you and me!  What's not to trust?  Give in a little.  Give a smile, give your number, give your heart.  Strangers become friends and lovers and your whole world.  Yesterday's stranger feels closer to you than anyone you've ever known.  But forget not that they are always strangers, eventually to barely glance at you while they cut you down and break your heart and disappear once again into the massive ebb and flow of strangers jostling each other down the street, nameless faces you may only see once and never again.  Don't trust strangers.

People will tell you to watch your back.  And you will, at first.  Looking up at tall buildings with wonder and glancing over your shoulder to make sure nobody caught you indulging yourself.  You will carefully monitor your wallet, your budget, your grocery list.  You will watch yourself so much, your head will be on a constant swivel.  Am I being too "tourist"? Too "Girls"?  Too hipster?  Too crunchy?  Struggling to establish yourself as one in eight billion leads to constant self-examination and dread.  But look away too long and when you face the mirror again you won't recognize what you see.  You'll be sucked under the riptide of this giant amusement park of indulgence and before you know it, days and weeks and months fly by.  When the lifeguard drags you to shore and resuscitates you, he'll ask you what day it is and what your name is.  Blinking into his eyes you'll honestly reply "I don't know."  You lost track of time, self, everything.  You forgot to watch your back.

If any of these warnings genuinely scared you, you'd never have come here in the first place.  You're brave.  You can keep your wits about you.  And the thing that scares you more than these warnings, these sincere and truthful warnings is the two words you never want to hear lying alone at night, or when you look into the eyes of a handsome stranger, or staring back at the stranger before you in the mirror:

What if?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Batman: The Black Mirror

You guys you guys you guys!  This has been MY FAVOURITE Batman arc yet!

Several things make it very unique:


1.  Dick Grayson is Batman (not your usual Bruce Wayne)

2.  There are several narrators:  Dick, Commissioner Gordon, even Harvey Bullock (for a couple of pages)

3.  The story covers a few different crimes:  a black-market Dealer, mob hits, a serial child killer, a very cold case, and even the Joker makes an appearance!

Of course.

For me, the highlight of the book was learning about Commissioner Gordon's son, James Gordon Jr.  He's alluded to in some other comics I've read, but he's never been so fully realized as in The Black Mirror.

I think what I enjoyed so much about The Black Mirror was that the JGJr storyline held my rapt attention while there were multiple smaller stories happening within the book.

And these other stories?  DARK.  SUPER DARK.  Disturbing stories of crime, corruption, child murder, dismemberment, and YET!  The colour palette for the book is bright at hell!  The drawings are almost...cute?  And most pages are splashed with orange, pink, red, or purple.  For how gritty and gripping the story is, it's a book!

And when I say "gripping" I mean it.  I think I read this whole book in two sittings, only because I had to walk home before I could finish it.  As a huge fan of crime procedurals and serial killers, The Black Mirror captivated my interest on so many levels, it really found the key to my heart.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Currently... in April

I am working on healing.  I'm trying to eat better, and work through some personal issues that I've been having.  I'm trying to let go of a lot of my control issues, enjoy just "being", and not worrying.  

I just discovered Breaking Amish - talk about gripping!  I'm also enjoying the animated series Batman Beyond.  Old Bruce Wayne is adorably curmudgeonly.  Terry is a cutie who reminds me of Buffy Summers.  And the main title design was by Darwyn Cooke, who I saw speak at NYCC '13!  Speaking of, how much does the opening sequence remind you of the credits for Law & Order: SVU???  Can't be just me! 

Mellow soft music - I believe you'd call it "coffeehouse rock"?  Ingrid Michaelson, Meklit Hadero, She & Him...let's not call it "hipster music" even though it TOTALLY is.

I think I have a problem!  I'm still in the middle of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (which I read on lunch breaks at work), and I'm slowly digesting Arkham Asylum (I guess I'm on a Batman kick?) because the artwork is SO AMAZING.  Meanwhile, I found a copy of U.K. LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness which I read in college and LOVED, and I'm dying to dig in again to remember why it left such an impression on me!

I had knit my grandmother a fluffy purple cowl, and loved it so much, that I made one for myself!  Since the yarn went on sale (and my own washes and wears so well) I've been using up leftover yarn on them.  I'm a knitwit, this year, what can I say?  I also ordered some patches off Amazon to adorn my thrifted backpack with and can't wait to snazz it up!

Traveling back to Amsterdam.  I was only there for a few days and it was so beautiful!  I'd love to go for longer this time.  Fingers crossed I win the lottery!

I have rediscovered raw kale in a big way!  I also discovered a cute raw/vegan/GF restaurant in Greenwich Village called Rockin' Raw and I think it may be my new favourite place!  I went there on Pi Day and had amazing chiles rellenos and raw pasta and eggplant and of course, PIE!

Rising temperatures, long walks, and settling into a feeling of contentment free from worry.  Same as last month.
MAKING ME HAPPY:  Learning how to play Magic the Gathering!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jacket Remodel

This is a story of having nothing to lose.

So I pulled this jacket out of a Lost & Found bin.  It had been there a REALLY long time and basically, nobody was going to come back for it.  I called dibs.  It's a children's XL jacket but I liked the material of it and the sleeves were cute but...

It was wicked big and boxy as hell!  There was just WAY too material around the bottom.  Buttoning it made things even worse!
So here's what I did. 

I cut the bottom off and sewed four 1" darts in the bottom.  The jacket is made of stretch denim and moves nicely.  Please forgive the lack of makeup and the ratty old "I'm not going further than a 1 block radius for groceries and tissues" sweater.

And voila!  Cute new jacket for springtime!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

If My Blog Was An Outfit

This meme has been floating around the bloggyverse, thanks to Ange's linkup at Hairspray and High Heels!  You know I can't resist a linkup, guys, even if my outfit for my blog is probably something really mundane like the clothes I wore to Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash out in Red Bank, NJ:

So here's what I picked!

Start out with some flattering faded bell-bottom jeans, a vintage tee shirt, and a leather jacket.  Gotta have Converse!  I like this lilac color for sweet softness.  The requisite jewelry:  skull bracelets (I have like six of these, I'm a little addicted) and a ring big enough to leave a mark in case I have to punch a supervillain in the face.  Funnily enough, I just thrifted this exact backpack in bright red!  And I wouldn't go further than a one-block radius without black eyeliner.  This is totally me!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Social

1. Top 3 things you cant go a day without doing

I'm going with banal stuff.  Sorry!  I must have coffee or I'll get a headache.  Vitamins or I'll feel off.  And I am a compulsive face-washer.  Two hours into the day and I catch myself thinking "I can't wait to scrub this city grit off my face."  What is city grit?  In the spring and summer months, with wind kicks up this black dust on the streets and blows it into your face where it gets caught in foundation, sunscreen, sweat, whatever.  If you try to brush it away, it streaks!  If you're not paying attention, it'll look like you rubbed your face on the sketches from the A-Ha "Take On Me" music video.  Gross!

2. 3 things that scare you the most

Okay, I'm going to get super real here:  Death.  Physical imperfections.  And being unloved.  Real talk.

3. 3 places you want to see before you kick the bucket

I'd love to visit Ireland, Prague, and anywhere in the mountain states of the US.  Maybe Colorado?  Let's hop a plane to somewhere nobody knows our names and just live an ordinary week.  Buying groceries, having coffee, taking walks, chatting.  That's my kind of travel!  Throw out the itinerary, let's grab a coffee, talk about something profound or ridiculous, and take smoosh-face selfies!

4. 3 movies you will always love

I have my own favourites, but there are a couple movies I watch OVER and OVER:

The Trip is a meandering, soft, ramble through the English countryside.  It's a string of gags between two actors with an abundance of chemistry and smoldering talent!

How to Marry a Millionaire is a movie I've watched several times.  It's a bit long, and a little slow, but the cast of women and amazing fashion pull this movie into the must-watch category.

Grease makes me squeal out loud!  If I could sacrifice my voice to Ursula the Sea Witch, I would trade it for Olivia Newton-John's soft accent.  She's absolute perfection in every frame!

5. 3 favorite current songs

I've been super into "No Surprises" by Radiohead (such a bummer I know!), "Walls" by Meklit Hadero, and "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Drinking at the Movies

In the introduction to her book Drinking at the Movies, cartoonist Julia Wertz asserts that "the last thing New York needs is yet another 'idealistic young'un moves to the big city and really gets put through the ringer before she beats the odds and makes it big!' story."

Drinking at the Movies is the PERFECT "idealistic young'un moves to the big city and really gets put through the ringer" story.  Her highly observant and relatable tale of moving to Brooklyn is proliferated with homeless and hipsters, and she is able to distinguish between the two!  Right from page one, she keeps the ball rolling and you can't help but hang on for the ride:

On a personal note, I would like to mention that I read most of the book at the actual laundromat.  Maybe that's why I found her story so relatable!  Her own tale is unique - stories of family despondency and addiction amid the universal truisms of life in this rotting apple:

Heh, you want proof of global warming?  Spend a summer in any New York walkup apartment.  The author draws herself in the most self-debasing light, unafraid to bare her soul and her pitfalls to the world.  She feels like a friend of yours, someone you could see yourself having brunch with. 

Or rather, sleeping through brunch, missing your train, getting splashed by a bus, and meeting up with in the late afternoon for some drinking at the movies.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Poppin' Tags

I first discovered the local Salvation Army in high school.  I found this red dress for $16 and I was hooked.

Back then, money was incredibly tight, as was my personal style.  I stuck rigidly to the tomboy persona I wanted to portray and desperately tried to disappear into my surroundings.  I coveted faded, neutral colours that would help me blend in to the scenery.  Or maybe it was even worse:  I revelled in such self-loathing that in order to escape the prison of my own hateful self, I donned to clothing of another person to shed my skin and become someone I didn't abhor?  High school was rough, y'all.

After college, I began my first job and suddenly I had money and needed appropriate clothes!  I divided my Salvation Army finds into neat, appropriate work clothes (khakis and blouses) and what I'm pretty sure my mother would describe as "Finding The Ugliest Thing On The Rack And Falling Irrevocably In Love With It."  Sequins, animal prints, boho dresses, leather, throw it at me!

I still like to visit the local Salvation Army stores when I go home.  It's like a gamble!  Sometimes you win big, sometimes you just waste your time.  But on a good day, you can walk in with a tiny amount of money and score BIG TIME!

On a walk through the village, I spotted a Goodwill thrift store on University Place and thought to drop in.  And when I did, I saw The Ugliest Thing On The Rack And Fell Irrevocably In Love With It:

This dopey little red backpack is full of secret and hidden pockets, lined in creamy satin, and only needed a tiny bit of repairs to have it in smashing order again.  Just when my old bag was starting to fall apart!  And only ten dollars!  That's a pittance!

AND, it matches the dress!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Things

So this isn't so much all NEW things.  I would call this list "Something old, something new, something borrowed" because the something blue is ME!  Winter keeps dragging on with no end in sight and I am SICK OF IT.  So here's what I'm using to get through:

SOMETHING OLD:  I have become re-addicted to TTR Pocket app, the mobile version of the game Ticket to Ride!  Play me in Game Center:  username MeghanSara. 

SOMETHING NEW:  After finishing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I am committed to the series!  I'm so happy that this book focuses more on Zaphod, he's such a fun character to me.  I squealed out loud at the Total Perspective Vortex because if you've been watching Cosmos (which you SHOULD be, start watching RIGHT NOW!), you'll know that this concept was basically episode 1!  Now GO WATCH COSMOS !!!

SOMETHING BORROWED:  I kind of stole Meklit Hadero from my boyfriend.  He sings this song all the time, and got me hooked.  DAMNIT!  It's a totally sweet earworm.  I can't wait for the weather to warm up and to take a book or knitting project to the park, lay in the sun, and listen to her gentle crooning!

How are you surviving the winter?  Giving in to sweatsuits and hot cocoa?  Or fighting it by underdressing and trying to convince yourself that you're not really that cold really?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Social

1. How much time do you spend on Social Media a day?…be honest!

Honestly?  Not that much!  I would say maybe an hour, tops.  I tend to write all my blogs at once, on the weekend, and schedule them throughout the week.  In my downtime I'm either reading, knitting, or slaughtering my boyfriend at Magic: the Gathering.  Or eating out at fancy vegan restaurants.  I'll check my Instagram most of all, and sometimes, my mother posts things to my Facebook wall.  Beyond that, not terribly much.  I prefer texting people directly.

2. How long were you reading blogs before you started a blog?

I think I may have read blogs on the sly for a week?  And then I got the itch to put my own out there!

3. What is your favorite kind of cupcake?

Gluten-free cupcakes are hard to find...and even harder to do well!  However, when I was in Red Bank, NJ for a trip to Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, I found a bakery with several varieties and had a chocolate/chocolate cupcake that was DIVINE!  Closer to home, Sprinkles makes a decent GF Red Velvet.  But like most things that aren't Gluten-Free (bread, cereal, pasta), I just don't crave them anymore.  I've found decent enough GF desserts that aren't complicated!  Ice cream, cookies, and puddings...rice pudding and ice cream are new favourites!

4. Do you eat fast food? If so whats your favorite?

I can't really do fast food, but as far as convenience food goes, I'm all about rice cakes and peanut butter!

5. What is the most random thing someone would find in your purse?

Okay, here's where it gets interesting.  I would say it's a tie between my external battery/mobile charger for my cell phone, and my Magic: the Gathering deck.

Green and red, baby!  I've only been playing for about a week (and still don't really know 100% what I'm doing) but I think it's been a pretty good combination!  Once, I actually beat my boyfriend with my 1/1 Badger card.  I badgered him to death.  I really like playing - unless I'm losing.  I'm a terribly sore loser!

6. What is the weirdest TV show you watch?

I'll give you two:  Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (thank you, Netflix!) and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera.  Why do I love these shows so much?  For one thing, pretty dresses.  There are lots of pretty dresses.  For another, there's nothing negative.  It's all about building women up and making them feel good about themselves and love and sweetness blah blah blah yadda's nice to have on in the background while knitting OR writing blogs for the week!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pumpkin Curry

You know me, you know I never cook!  NEVER!

That is, unless I really want to apologize impress.  I meant IMPRESS!  And this recipe is easy enough to accomplish with minimal skill and maximum recalcitrance.  Uh, I meant PIZZAZZ!  It's a vegan adaptation of a soup I found through The Food Network.  Thicker and more like a curry, it's not pretty to look at, but it is filling and warming and would be delicious over some rice!


1 medium onion, diced fine
splash of EVOO
1 can of black beans (15oz), drained
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 large can of pumpkin puree (29oz) or 2 small cans (15oz)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt to taste

This is the hardest part:  cut the onion and sautee in the olive oil until lightly browned.  The hard part is not walking away and forgetting that you're cooking and accidentally setting them on fire and having to go back to Key Foods for a new onion.  This happens with alarming regularity.

Once the onion is sauteed, add the beans, tomatoes (with juice), and broth.  Slowly introduce the pumpkin and stir it VERY WELL.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat.

Add the curry, cumin, and chili powder.  Cover and simmer for a little while, then turn the heat off and let it cool a little before serving.  Don't eat this too hot, or it will be ATOMIC and really unpleasant.  AHHHH IT BURNS ALL THE WAY DOWN unpleasant. 

Just in case the weather gets cold again, this is a nice warming dish to have in your arsenal.  Easy to make.  When canned pumpkin goes on sale after Thanksgiving, stock up, because it can sometimes be difficult to find!  Also, I like to add a lot of salt to this dish, particularly my Black Truffle Salt from The Filling Station, so you can cut down on sodium by using a no-salt added vegetable stock.  Oh, and one more warning:  your breath will totally smell like fart afterwards.  So this may not be the romantic dinner.  Save this for the home-bound, Netflix-watchin' date and try to brush your teeth before, you know, anything happens! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Batman: Death of the Family

AAAAHHHHH the infamous Batman:  Death of the Family !!!  As you can see from the cover of this hardbound collection, this is one intense and disgusting ride.  It has a dust-cover of a mask of the Joker's face, covering the actual cover revealing all the viscera because, in case you didn't know, the Joker has recently cut his own face off.


Okay, you're up to speed.  That's where we begin.  Possible minor spoilers ahead.

So as we join the story, the Joker breaks into the evidence room to steal his excised face back.  And re-attach it.  To his own face.  Again.  It's like Face/Off, minus the entire point of Face/Off.  He's the Joker, he doesn't really use a lot of logic here.  But he does like cutting people's faces off now.  That's one of my favourite points of the story and my new favourite pickup line: I love you like Joker loves cutting people's faces off.

Unfortunately, the other thing Joker loves is long, rambling verbal battles.  Some that go on for PAGES and PAGES.  PAGES and PAGES!  Now, this is a collection of serialized stories meant to be read individually spread out over time, I'll grant you that.  But in each one, there seems to be a long, moralizing dialogue between Batman and the Joker, so if I had to give you a con for this story, it would be that there's a little too much of THIS:

(long romantic speeches on bridges)

And not quite enough of THIS:

(cuttin' people's faces off yeeeeeeaaaaahhhhh!)

But when you get down to it, there is a LOT of action and a LOT of deaths.  Like, a lot.  The title "Death of the Family" promises death, don't it?  But who dies?  You'll have to read to the end to find out!  See!  No spoilers after all!  I'm such a tease!




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite outfit pin?

For my ghost tours this spring, I would wear this top and these leggings! How cute would that be?

2. What is your favorite food pin?

3. What is your favorite wedding pin?

Tattooed brides are my favourite!  This gal is stunning! 

4. What is your favorite DIY/craft pin?

I really, REALLY want to do this for spring:

5. What is your favorite quote/verse/lyric pin?

6. Share one more random pin you love.

This is just too hilarious.  For anyone who's ever been on OkCupid...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Black Hole

Since it is currently Will Eisner Week, I thought I'd let you guys in on a graphic novel that I just read that absolutely broke my heart:

Set in the '70s in suburban Seattle, Black Hole follows a group of teenagers navigating the tricky nuances of young love and romance during an outbreak of an STD that causes physical mutations.  Woah, what?  Yes.  A sexually-transmitted mutant disease.  So needless to say, there is sexually explicit content in the book.  Like, a lot. 

And hand-in-hand with young love comes young heartbreak.  I don't want to spoil anything for anybody but at several points I shouted OUT LOUD while reading, and had to put the book to rest so it could sink in.

Black Hole was recommended to me by the super-cool Vita down at Forbidden Planet.  She promised me that I would fall in love with it -- and I absolutely did.  The illustrations will burn through your eyes.  The story will make your pulse race.  And it will tease you and leave you always wanting more.

What are your favourite graphic novels?  Recommend them to me in the comments!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 March

Completely DONE with winter!  The weather has been gross for what seems like an eternity.  Remember summer?  Remember not squishing yourself into layers upon layers of clothing and still freezing?  SO.  DONE. 

Is anyone else out there TOTALLY ADDICTED to House of Cards?  It's so slow-moving and subtle but really compelling.  If you haven't seen it yet - SERIOUSLY?  What is WRONG with you?  We can't be friends.

90's Pop like crazy!  How bizarre, how bizarre!  Why, it's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife!  And it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign.

I have been delving into the DC Universe, first with Villains United, now I'm so in love with Secret Six.  Ragdoll is my favourite!  I have been hearing good things about the current run of Batgirl, also written by Gail Simone.  Anyone wanna throw a recommend my way?  In addition, I just started my first read of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  I know!  But being already familiar with Douglas Adam's work on Doctor Who so I am really appreciating the purposeful in-jokes that he included, namely from the episode "The Pirate Planet" which is one of my favourites!

Ever since I got some Instagram love on my cat hats, I've been thinking of a way to do a swap.  Hat for hat?  Craft for craft?  There are so many talented and crafty people out on the internet, how fun would it be to trade a little of that joy?

My rights as an individual.  My right to command attention and my right to refuse attention.  My right to assert myself and be taken seriously.  NO MEANS NO.  And the usual stuff like cookies and ice cream and tattoos and flowers and bows and shit.

This past week, I discovered SANGRIA!  After a particularly potent "secret recipe" sangria at The Habitat in Greenpoint, I was hooked.  One of my favourite local haunts, Candle Cafe, offered a special wine/rum/cherry/cinnamon "warming" sangria when the cold snap hit.  Well, two glasses will warm ya, that's for sure!  And how much fun is eating the booze-soaked fruit?  I have to look into making some of my own!

Rising temperatures, long walks, and settling into a feeling of contentment free from worry.  I hope it all works out.

Reading lots and lots, getting out more, arguing with my boyfriend (DC vs. Marvel, Classic vs. New Who, and stuff), and conversations with strangers: bartenders and bookstore employees especially!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Not Hiding Under The Covers

There's been a lot said lately, for one reason or another, about how brief life is. Friends, family, all dwelling on the idea of acting now while there's still time because nothing is guaranteed.  And then somebody called me "fearless."  FEARLESS.  I quite like the word.

Is it fearless to chase what you want regardless of consequences?  Is it fearless to feel pressure to change and steadfastly refuse?  Is it fearless to make mistakes and put yourself out there?  Or is it foolish?

Well, I won't play the victim.  I won't let anybody dim my light.  I won't hide under the covers because the world tells me to.  I will live my life until it's ripped away from me, kicking and screaming.  And if that makes me "fearless..."

I'll gladly wear that crown.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Friend Dahmer

OVER the weekend, I devoured Derf Backderf's My Friend Dahmer - almost quicker than I would have liked!  This intimate portrait of the young serial killer is at once sympathetic to his unfortunate circumstances and condemning of his actions.

TO be totally honest, I have been having dreams about high school for days since I finished it.  Backderf conjures up a world so rich and intimate that you almost feel as though you were right there in the Class of  '78 with him.  He shows side-by-side the ordinary trivialities of teenage suffering and the ripening of a twisted mind.  The blocky, lumpy figures without distinction reminded me of the way that all the people and faces of my high school years blur into a mass of obscurity.

EVEN if serial killers and graphic novels aren't your usual jam, My Friend Dahmer is gripping and engaging.  Fans of Ghost World or Jeffrey Brown must read!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Get Lucky

During my second tattoo session last summer, I was starting to go loopy from the pain.  I looked up at a statue of the lucky waving cats hovering over me like a watchful angel and mused: "I wonder what they're called..."

"It's a maneki-neko." my artist replied.  "Maneki-neko?" I repeated.  Over and over.  Trust me when I say the word is burned into my mind.

Maneki-neko bring luck and protection depending on their colour, what their paws are doing, what they're holding, etc, etc.  They're also OMG FREAKING ADORBZ.  Here's my pink lucky cat, who I'm told symbolizes luck in love.  She sits over my bed.  Readers, I can use all the luck I can get in the love department.

It's common to see maneki-neko statues, but I think these charming cherubs can do more good work, yes?

I will never not love jewelry.  Silver jewelry, to be precise!  And this classy and elegant charm necklace from Dogeared allows you to take your luck with you wherever you go!

I will never not love T-shirts.  Cafe Press allows you to customize style!  Woohoo!

I like this maneki-neko keychain because he's a little terrifying.  I feel like you can trust him to keep your keys safe!

I searched for a good beaded bracelet but couldn't find one I liked enough, so why not DIY?  Fire Mountain Gems has a wide variety of maneki-neko beads!  I, of course, like the ones with the flower on the tummy the best!

Hey, everyone could use a little luck, right? 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Social

1. Favorite breakfast food

This question makes me sad because I used to LOVE bagels.  Bagels were a special "anytime" treat.  Here in New York, you can eat bagels WHENEVER and with WHATEVER on them:  cream cheese, butter and jam, tomato and onion...but since I don't eat gluten anymore, I can't have bagels!  Anyone know if gluten-free bagels a) exist or b) are any good?  These days, I freak out if I don't get yogurt in the morning, so does that count?

2. Best way to spend a free day

I think I go stir-crazy if I sit around the house too much, but lately the weather has been FRIGHTFUL!  So normally I would suggest going for a long walk on the Lower East Side, in Chelsea, or even down and back up Broadway, but NO!  Stay indoors!  It's ice pileups and huge puddles everywhere!  Turn on the Netflix, light some candles, burn some incense and knit.  The outdoors will thaw in a couple months.  Don't feed its ego.  Stay inside.  Watch House of Cards.

3. Airline ticket to anywhere in the world….where would you go and why?

Paris!  I know, what a damn cliche!  But I already live in the greatest city in the world, what could top that?  Or London.  Gosh, that's a hard toss-up.  I'd do London in the winter, Paris in the spring, Venice in the summer.  How's that???

4. You can only leave the house with one thing…what is it?

I want to cheat and say "my purse!" but that's stupid.  I'll say my iPhone.  Good enough?

5. How do you take your coffee?

Good question!  If it's first thing in the morning (like now!), I take it black (no milk) with four Splenda packets.  Cringe!  I know.  If I've had a chance to wake up, or it's later in the day, I'll reduce that two TWO Splenda packets.  I know I know, but Splenda dissolves better and tastes sweeter than sugar.  Less sticky, if that makes any sense?  I loooove me some Splenda.

This was taken last year, about this time!  Wow!  So much has changed...but my love of Splenda.

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