So, this is posted a little late, but I love you both so much & congratulations on your lifetime of happiness! (:
So, this is posted a little late, but I love you both so much & congratulations on your lifetime of happiness! (:
Wow, ok, so this update is from January 21st to January 27th..
It is ridiculous how busy my life has been; just living in the Now & enjoying the life out of it!
So, a week ago (Saturday, the 21st) I played pool (& played it fairly well, I might add) with my friends Keaton, Clay, and Zane. Between games we went to grab some food and giant cheep drinks at Cheddar’s. Probably not the best restaurant for a vegan, haha, but I found a delicious salad and filled up on those drinks! It was such a fun night! I love chillin with my boys. <3
On Sunday, I went to my first book club meeting! I have been wanting to join a book club for… too long! And now I am in one! Yipee! Haha, for this meeting I hadn’t read the book because my sister, DonNell, just invited me to meet the girls, socialize, see if I liked it, etc. Well, the women I met were awesome! They were all so welcoming and full of fun drama (oh what a contrast from hanging out with my boys the day before, haha). The meeting went much like DonNell had said it would.. Everyone gets together once a month to discuss a book for about 10-20 minutes, then eats (pot-luck style; the best style) and drinks and catches up on life. This next month we are all going to read The Night Circus and I will actually read it and hopefully spark up some awesome book conversation! Can’t wait!
Brief interlude – My classes this semester are awesome!
Mondays and Wednesdays I have my Intro to Business Management class at the Riverside campus, which is only 1.7 miles from my apartment, so I walk, and it is the best feeling in the world! The class is a good size, about 20ish people. My professor is hilarious and reminds me of my dad/ a football coach/ a minister. He made sure to stress that in class we use the K.I.S.S. method.. Keep It Simple, Stupid! Haha. Show up to class + read the book = pass the test. Easy as that. Also, he just got a hip(?) replacement and is on some “nice drugs” during class. Haha.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have my Business Mathematics class and International Business Principles class at the Rio Grande campus. Since this campus is much further, I drive, and I always find amazing parking in the parking garage! I am the master at manifesting good parking!
My Business Mathematics class is SO EASY! I thought since it is “mathematics for business and economics,” I would be dealing with some harder stuff, but nope! I forgot how much I enjoy taking math classes until this semester! I am so good at it! Math is just a simple mind game; it’s like playing Sudoku or something. My professor is great and I can tell he has been teaching math for a long time. He teaches at a very steady pace and has a calm voice. I am sure this is helpful for the people who have more trouble with learning mathematical concepts. I really like that I have my math class as my first class of the day because it wakes my mind up for deeper thinking in my International Business Principles class.
My International Business Principles class is my favorite class of the semester! There are only 9(?) students and about half of us are internationally born/raised. Such a great mix. My professor is fantastic. He has been working with international imports and exports out of Texas for over 25 years! He is so knowledgeable. His teaching style is great because he makes it more conference-style with the class being so small. He likes to walk around and make eye-contact and hand gestures while teaching.. so we (my new friend, Coliman, and I) set up the desks to create a crescent facing him. This makes the flow of the class much smoother and even more open-discussion style. Not to mention (!!!) my favorite professor from last semester (who teaches the Philosophy of Ethics class I took), Professor Carolyn Bottler, has a course in the same classroom as my International Business Principles class just before it starts, so I get to see and chat with her occasionally in passing!
This is going to be my best semester yet! <3
Ok, back to adventure time, haha:
Monday I went to work at my awesome job! I love my boss, Dinah, so much! I know she really appreciates the work I do for her and she is constantly giving me compliments and more work to do! <3
On Tuesday, Dan and I hit up the Austin Poetry Slam, as usual! Before we went, we finally exchanged Christmas presents with each other, haha. I got him a special edible treat and he got me two great little books! They are “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and “The Epiplectic Bicycle” by Edward Gorey! Such synchronicity in the author’s last name and the type of art he produces! The books are pen & ink drawings with little twisted subtitles/ story lines to go with the sketches. They are now coffee-table books in my living room! Thanks Dan! (: So, at the Slam we were judges again! It was so much fun! Our team name was “Red Fish, Blue Fish” and the reason we qualified was “because we’ve done it before, DUH!” Hahaha. We are seriously awesome judges, and the poets that night were parallel in comparison! I can’t wait until next Tuesday when we go see the Woman of the World Slam with some of my favorite ladies on stage! <3 Massive boners for so many of the “regular” poets. Gah.
Side note: Tuesday was also the 22nd birthday of one of my longest-known friends, Mark. Happy 22nd! <3
Wednesday was a night full of me being ridiculous. I got hammered with my neighbor, Curtis, at Jalisco’s on South Congress.. then came back to the apartments and drank more wine.. Yikes! But I woke up on Thursday hangover-free and made it to class on time!
Thursday night was the start to many great nights to come! I met up with Jessica, Kelly, Emily, and Allyssa (members of SoLD .. for our first group dinner outside of facebook) at Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse! We enjoyed some delicious vegan dinner together and even more appetizing conversation! I can’t wait for our next meeting! After Emily and Allyssa parted from the group, Jessica, Kelly, and I went back to their apartment and continued riding the high energy wave well into the night! I did my first podcast with them for The Popular Podcast! Bahahaha! What a trip! I love you ladies so much! <3
Yesterday, Friday, I went to work again for a few hours, then met up with my friend Molly for a friend-date at Chuy’s on Barton Springs! I love meeting with Molly! Every few weeks we get together for Mexican food and margaritas and catch up with each other! I am so grateful she was my roommate because we now have such a beautiful friendship! After dinner I met up with Keaton for more drinks and more great conversation. (: We were going to go hookah… but instead we drove around for an hour or so to four different places, but they were all packed, sketchy, or nonexistent. Haha. Just driving turned out to be a lot of fun. No matter what happens, we are having a good time.
Finally, last night, I had the best lucid dreams! Keaton (in real life, while we were hanging out) had told me about when he was camping on the beach they made a bonfire and would take shovel-fulls of embers and throw them into the ocean and it looked like fireworks. Then I had a dream where I did this! And the embers did really turn into fireworks because I was causing them to do so! I had another dream where I was meeting up with different people from different classes discussing weird things.. and I was making decisions and guiding the dream and the people to do whatever I was wanting them to do! For example, I would think of questions to ask and think of the answers I would be given, then really ask those questions and get those predicted answers! It was such a cool experience!
Can you believe all of this happened within seven days?! My Nows are so packed full of adventure! I should probably do updates more often.. (: In conclusion, I love my life & you too! <3
To start the day, my friend Benji and I went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to walk through the grounds. We saw a bunch of dead grass and tress with no leaves, and it was beautiful. We stopped in the gift shop, which smelled delicious, and listened to a bunch of little old ladies talk about their lives over pecan pralines. We snuck past the chained-off sections to explore roof-tops and the employee areas. It was a great couple of hours spent in perfect 75 degree weather.
Our next stop was the Kerbey Lane off William Cannon. This one opened last year(?) and reminded me of Glory Days (or maybe Silver Diner?), a place in Virginia where there are jukeboxes on each table and you can play a song for a quarter. The food was delicious, as always. We had a hummus-pesto-eggplant appetizer, and we both had pesto-themed sandwiches with sweet potato fries. Phenominal. Here Benji shared over 500 pictures of his holiday vacation in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii (I’m sure you can guess there are many great stories that accompany the pictures.)
After filling our bellies, we went to St. Ed’s to walk the campus. It was beautiful, especially the Administration Building (the main building) because it had the best cathedral-style architecture and view of the city. The student hang-out area was also very nice. It was two buildings parallel to each other, looking somewhat like a broken fortune cookie magic trick, in that the facades of the buildings were all brick and the inner parts facing each other were black, red, and white panes of glass.
Then we decided we would drive all night and go to the beach.
But we didn’t. Instead we went to 9th and Lamar to the Shoal Creek Saloon and bypassed the restaurant to relish the hidden view.
Benji then looked up the movies playing in theaters and we chose to see Contraband, the new Mark Wahlberg movie (mmmmmm, Mark Wahlberg), at Alamo Drafthouse, The Ritz location on 6th and Trinity. We picked up our tickets with 2 hours to spare before the movie started.
So we got sloshed at Clive, a bar by G’Raj Mahal (that for some reason or another always reminds me of my friend Todd), and with great conversation came a heavy buzz from Jack & Coke with lime and Dirty Martinis.
With perfect timing, we found our way safely back to Alamo Drafthouse to watch the movie while snacking on red pepper hummus with pita & veggies and drinking Texas Two Step (a spicy Root Ginger Beer cocktail).
Reality soon hit us in the face once we stepped out of the movie onto 6th street, at 11pm on a Friday night. We walked around for a bit to people-watch and on the way to the car I tried to convince Benji to go to a party with me, but he politely declined.
After a successful ride back to his ride, I went to an awesome goodbye party for my friend AJ, who is leaving the country in a few days. It turned out to be a Castilian reunion party, lasting past 4am, where I saw a bunch of friends I haven’t seen since 2009. It was so great to see all of them and know they are doing well. We decided that in 4 years (when most of us are around age 25) we will meet up again for a big reunion in Las Vegas! I can’t wait!
To sum it all up, it was a spectacular Friday, full of adventure. <3 I love my life.
Last semester, I was invited by a peer in my Philosophy of Ethics class, Brittney, to go to a feminist meeting held every other Wednesday at The Q Austin (the feminist group is called Steel Vaginas! How cute is that?). Because I support equality well over 1000%, I was very much so interested in the invitation.
Well, tonight was my first night going to the meeting. I had missed the first half, but made it to the second half where we discussed readings by Bell Hooks and Charlotte Bunch. Both are arguing for change, but in different ways. I would go into detail, but I don’t want this post to be about the readings, but about the amazing people I met there.
There was such a diverse crowd, maybe 15-ish people. I loved hearing all the different opinions and ideas. I loved how everyone was so open for discussion and so comfortable, so easy. I loved the support everyone had for each other. I loved all the synchronicity. I loved the art! Oh man, do I love the art there (local artists; original pieces). I can’t wait to purchase some of it (the proceeds go to the Q!). <3
I am so very grateful Austin has things like this. I am so grateful that I was invited by Brittney. I am so grateful I met her in my Philosophy of Ethics class. I am so grateful I was able to participate tonight. I am so grateful I will be able to go back and talk to all those wonderful people again. I am so grateful I will be able to share this experience with others. I am just so grateful. Thank you.
So much has happened in the first few weeks of this new year, 2012!
Kerri and I went to eat at Koriente (they have vegan and gluten-free items)! It was so great to visit with her and I am so excited for her future endeavors!
Jennifer, a friend I met through my sister, DonNell, turned the big 35! She had a b-day dinner at Buenos Aires Cafe (during this time I was having dinner with my friend Molly at Hula Hut! <3) and then we all had drinks and played pool at The White Horse! The White Horse is an awesome new bar Dennis and Ashley (more friends through DonNell) opened up on the East Side!
I’ve been getting better at playing pool by practicing with my friends Keaton, David, and Clay! I have been winning, really winning games! I’m going to start playing with my dad (he is seriously good), then maybe I can show the boys a thing or two. (; Haha.
I got to hang out with one of my best friends, Marissa, and her sweet little girl, Aja! It was so nice seeing them! <3
I had the best re-celebration of the new year with Jessica and Kelly!
Tuesday’s poetry slam was just perfect. The feature for the night was Sky Candy (they were superb!) and Dan and I ran into my friend, Lincoln, who I haven’t seen since 2010(?)! It was really nice to catch up with him. (:
I purchased my textbooks for this semester through Chegg and saved over $300! I love Chegg (I have been using them for the last 3or4? semesters) and would recommend them to anyone. You rent, that’s right, rent your textbooks for a fraction of the price to purchase them. When it is time to return your books, they provide the shipping costs. And all those previous textbooks you have? They will buy those from you (and you will get way more than what the co-op will buy them back for)! Oh, and they plant trees around the world! Can’t go wrong with Chegg. Also, the new semester starts tomorrow!! Yay!!
The weather has been so glorious!
SoLD has been booming! There are so many great things being shared and so many great people! <3
I have been wanting to get a wireless router since I moved into this apartment (May 2011) and finally got one, for free! By free, I mean I redeemed some of the reward points gained through my Citi credit card. Woo!
I took a bunch of my books to Half Price Books for others to enjoy! This is so bittersweet because I love books (and have a bit of an emotional attachment to the ones I really enjoy reading), but it feels so great to share those books with others and make a little money while doing so! Plus, now I have more room on my bookshelf to fill with new books!
I went to Savers for the first time and they are awesome! I have been needing a new pair of jeans because I have lost over 20 pounds(!) since October and the old ones were literally hanging off me. However, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new pair because I am going to continue to lose weight. For these reasons, Savers was the perfect place to go! I found a great pair of dark-wash jeans for only $8!
Kelly Joy and I went to go see Beauty and the Beast 3D and it was so fucking good! I am so glad we got to chill because I miss hanging out with her!
I donated a bunch of old glasses to Lenscrafters for OneSight! What a great feeling!
I have been spending more time with my family and I absolutely love them oh so much! I am so grateful for them and all that they are. <3
I am so grateful for the TV my parents gave me for Christmas! I have been practicing Yoga and Pilates in my living room, as well as watching the hell out of the Travel Channel and crime shows. Haha.
I am going to join DonNell’s book club! Finally! I have been wanting to join one for forever!
I love how easy it is to be vegan! Period. Oh, and all the delicious food.
I’m turning 22 in less than one month! Happy birthday to me!
I love my life!! <3
This post is for you Lincoln (;
Meal One: World Market fair trade coffee. I have coffee almost every morning, either for breakfast or with breakfast. I like using fair trade coffee from World Market mixed with a flavored coffee from Central Market (from their bulk section) or Cafe du Monde. I usually add just a dash of almond milk to soften the rich, delicious flavor.
Meal Two: Whole-wheat couscous cooked with extra virgin olive oil, cracked black pepper, cracked sea salt, and garlic powder, paired with brussel sprouts, carrots, button mushrooms, garlic, white onion, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper, sauteed in Annie’s Naturals Organic Asian Sesame Dressing.
Meal Three: Central Market’s southwest tortilla topped with Central Market’s Israeli hummus, salad greens mix, button mushrooms, white onion, cracked sea salt, cracked black pepper, and Annie’s Naturals Organic Roasted Garlic Dressing.
Meal Four: Quinoa, cooked with extra virgin olive oil, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper, topped with (yellow and green) squash, (red, yellow, orange, and green) bell pepper, and baby carrots, simmered in Asian Passage Rogan Josh Curry Sauce (from World Market), extra virgin olive oil, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
Meal Five: Kale chips made by dehydrating kale tossed in extra virgin olive oil, cracked sea salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and nutritional yeast.
Meal Six: Collard greens, (red, yellow, orange, and green) bell pepper, white onion, garlic, cracked sea salt, cracked black pepper, cayenne pepper, sauteed in extra virgin olive oil, paired with quinoa and pecans cooked with extra virgin olive oil, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
Most of you who know me (or at least read my blog) know that I am friends with Jessica Mullen and Kelly Cree. Among their inspiring blogs and many entrepreneurial businesses, they have Rave Cave, where you can purchase Astrojax or schedule a performance (they are amazing performers, seriously, amazing)! I will be getting my first set of AJ’s pretty soon.. they are too fun not to have! The store-front is their living room, which they have turned into an open play land of sorts, haha. It is really beautiful how minimally they live. (: This last week, we celebrated the beginning of 2012 together in a very NYE fashion, though it was about a week after NYE. Toward the end of the night, we started playing with Astrojax in their black light lit living room, the Rave Cave. These are some pictures from that trippy wonderful night:
Thank you Kelly and Jessica for everything, I love you both so very much! <3
Meal One: whole-wheat tortilla filled with a greens salad mix, sauteed (in extra virgin olive oil) baby portobello mushrooms, yellow onion, garlic, russet potato, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper, topped with Pace Picante sauce.
Meal Two: spinach, arugula, and herbs salad mix, with tamari-roasted pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, nutritional yeast, cracked sea salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and Annie’s Naturals Natural Shiitake Sesame Vinaigrette.
Meal Three: collard greens, yellow onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, fresh jalapeno, carrots, cracked sea salt, cracked black pepper, and cayenne pepper; slow-simmered in extra virgin olive oil.
Meal Four: Sunridge Farms Organic Five Grain Cereal Flakes cooked with a frozen berry mix (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries).
Meal Five: whole-wheat tortillas filled with a greens salad mix, sauteed (in extra virgin olive oil) white onion, celery, button mushrooms, garlic, cracked sea salt, cracked black pepper, and cumin.
Meal Six: whole-wheat tortilla, topped with jalapeno hummus, spinach, baby portobello mushrooms, white onion, garlic, carrot greens, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper; broiled until toasted.
Meal Seven: baked brussel sprouts, garlic, and carrots, tossed in Annie’s Naturals Organic Asian Sesame Dressing, cracked sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
Hahaha, thank you universe, thank you.
I don’t talk about it often, but since May 2010 I have been working at a club as a door girl on the weekends. While on the clock, I hang out, take covers, do some paperwork, etc. The best part of working there is the tips. The money is unclaimed and abundant.
In early December 2011 I got a job working as an administrative assistant for a divorce lawyer/mediator/paralegal. I am so in love with this job! The woman I work for is wonderful and this position is way more in-line with my future career plans than being a door-girl is. She gives me compliments about how I am the example of not having law experience, but being a great assistant because I am intelligent and learn quickly. (: Also, she gives me extra money, just because. It’s like I am getting tipped at being an assistant. Haha.
So yesterday, I was working with the paralegal and she said one of the attorneys she works for is looking for a full-time (with part-time hours) assistant. She was debating on giving my recommendation because she doesn’t want to let me go, but I would be making more money, getting more hours, and learning more about law. I was so taken-aback and pleased that she was considering this and she said she would tell the attorney about me! How wonderful is this?!
Also, while at work, my boss from the club called. I wasn’t able to get in contact with him until today and he said that things had been moved around and I no longer have a shift at the club, as of yesterday. This does not in the least bit bother me. I have been looking for reasons to leave the club (for over a year), but it is so easy to stay there because I worked there only on the weekends and made great money. He said that I would be first on the call list if one of the other girls was sick. This is so great!
So with the door to the club closing, I have a door into law opening. I couldn’t ask for anything more perfect!
I am so very thankful the universe is aligning everything for me! I don’t have to do anything. It just falls in my hands. I seriously love my life so much, I could cry happy tears for a decade. <3
“The Melancholy Of Anatomy” by Shelley Jackson
This book was so weird and fun and interesting. Shelley Jackson takes parts of the internal body and has them as singular “members” doing very strange things. That in itself is humorous and unsettling (and consisting of beautiful metaphors). The stories of each “member” is told by a different voice and I really like this. (: Here are some quotes for you:
Heart: ”There are hearts bigger than planets: black hearts that absorb light, hope, and dust particles, that eat comets and space probes. Motionless, sullen dirigibles, they hang in the empty space between galaxies.”
Egg: ”The folklore of eggs is flush with lucky breaks, but there are darker stories of lost children, vanished lovers, and besotted girls wasting away beside them.”
“The egg sings a snatch of song in a slurred voice, weeping crocodile tears from every crack.”
“After a minute the egg shifts uneasily, burps, and lays two little shoes in a puddle on the floor.”
Sperm: ”They went from guppy to goldfish, and before long they could frighten a schnauzer, and not much later even Great Danes made way for them. And while it looks like at buffalo-heft they’ve stopped growing, it’s possible they’re just gathering their resources for another leap. We are afraid that the sperm will grow as big as rhinoceroses and hunt us down, but we are much more afraid that they will again grow tiny, that we will have to go back to the screens and meshes we remember from our grandmother’s doors.”
Foetus: ”The foetus rarely opens its eyes when anyone is watching, but we know they are deep blue-black, like a night sky when space shows through it, and its gaze is solemn, tender, yet so grand as to be almost murderous.”
“Nobody’s enemy and nobody’s friend, it hides its heart in a locked box, a secret stash, maybe a hollow tree in the woods under a bees’ nest, maybe a tower room on a glass mountain on a wolf-run isle in a sea ringed by volcanoes and desert wastes.”
“Through the pupil’s little peephole, we look for it: the shapeless, the inhuman.”
Cancer: ”The cancer appeared in my living room sometime between eleven and three on a Thursday.”
“The cancer grew with improbable speed. At first I watched it curiously, almost fondly. Near the center it distended and grew as solid as meat. The branches divided and divided again. It was a starfish with split ends, an animal snowflake.”
“I reached in and caught up a hank, swung the ax at the taut strands. They did not part as easily as I had pictured; I had to worry at them, sawing, and when they broke the ends leaped like elastic. One snapped against my cheek and brought a tear to my eye. I stepped inside the cancer, hacking around me indiscriminately. They limbs shook only with my own movements.”
Nerve: ”Cut nerves left lying on threshing floors drift and roll and wind up all aligned with the earth’s magnetic field, like iron filings swayed by a magnet in a classroom experiment.”
Dildo: ”Of a woman’s fair hand, which rose out of a lake, holding a shining dildo, we read in many of the Ancients, such that it may not be doubted; and to this dildo many noble deeds are credited, many a citadel vanquished through its unimpeachable might, etc.”
“Nicknames for dildos are too numerous to list here; some in common use are: dried haddock, Welsh rarebit, gay blade, abigail, alderman, woodpecker, bum steer, bedpost, and beau-nasty.”
“A dildo may be blown out of glass. A charm or a coin may be sealed inside; ask a glassblower how this is done. A model ship may be tweaked erect inside the dildo by means of threads. This signifies the voyage that is sex, and the danger of capsizing.”
Phlegm: ”Everyone else feels no qualms about sharing their phlegm with all and sundry, comparing textures and quantities, describing the changes it goes through as it ages and the best ways to groom it and skim off dust and insects; they vie to confess their doubts about their ability to produce the best phlegm, or keep producing phlegm, or produce it in significant quantities, or at the right time; they talk about molding and shaping it, whether it is acceptable to use cookie cutters, whether free-form modeling is more creative than strict formal arrangements.”
Hair: “If she bent over a nosegay in a glass, a hair whipped itself many times around her nose and tweaked it. A hair lay coiled in every soupspoon she brought to her lips. She loathed lawns and would not picnic, because the hairs hidden among the grass blades bent over the cloth and nodded mockingly at her.”
Sleep: ”Sleep is falling. The crumbs run in drifts down the street, collect in the gutters.”
Blood: ”Blood runs down the bark of trees, why I don’t know, maybe the roots drink it in below, and it comes out above. It fills the ruts and runs between cabbages.”
“The blood lapped at the ceiling of the first floor and it was looking for the way to the second.”
“I forgot all that in towing the tampon up. It was monstrous heavy and we didn’t have the reel to take up the slack and keep us from losing ground we gained.”
Milk: ”The Greeks divided creation into four elements: earth, air, fire, and milk. Of these, milk is the friendliest, the closest to our hearts. Why does milk fall form the sky to fill our cupped hands? Why do the sweet white rivers roll into the sour sea and never run dry? The answer is obvious: the sky loves us.”
“If the cloud is hot but still soft, cover it with a warm, damp towel to keep it moist and help open its clogged pores. Now you must gently rock it onto its side, so that you can sponge its aureole in a gentle rotating motion. Croon the cloud. Small peeping cries seem to help the cloud relax. Don’t be alarmed if its milk begins to gush, but draw off the towel and let the cloud rise. You have probably saved its life.”
Fat: ”‘Let a house be scraped down to the last layer of paint the night before, it will be buttered by morning; leave it for a weed and fat will round every contour. Vacation homes fill with fat; fat bursts the boards from old barns, leaving a barn-shaped block of suet to stand until the warm weather. Fat comes of its own accord, clogging chimneys and closets, stealthily amassing behind the drapes. Isn’t it time we admitted we all have it? Let me go one step further: that we need it? It’s our food!’”
“In the end, my skeleton will hang here, in the center of a block of lard, beautiful as a bug in amber. One day maybe you will come home. If you want to gather my adorable bones, you will have to eat your way to them. Yes, Mr. Nobody, that’s only fair: a second wedding most prodigious. At last, Boney-o, we will each have what we crave, you a skeleton, and I (and this is my revenge) a fat man.”