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latropita


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WE CANNOT ENDORSE THE GOLD BIKINI CUP ENOUGH


what's your favorite hammock book?
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latropita
Summer is the best time for getting obsessed with a new (to you) book series, isn't it? I have fond memories of curling up with the first Harry Potter book when my parents got it for me for Christmas, but all the real marathons took place holed up somewhere with popsicles or iced tea.

Great summer obsessions of the past have included:

- the Wizard of OZ series
- Nancy Drew series
- Redwall (for like four consecutive summers, holla)
- Tortall (Alanna and Wild Magic series)
- Josephine Bonaparte series

Had I had a better library as a kid, I'm sure Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones would have been amazing for this. This summer so far I've been getting into some true crime (starting with The Bling Ring, natch). So what are/were yours? Are they worth checking out again?

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tap tap
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latropita
Well, I forgot to upload my medialog for May, which should be a good indicator of how things are going over here! Some updates:

+ Found a short term lease for the fall, since it looks like construction is going to be ongoing for a while. On the one hand it sucks to have to really acknowledge how long it's going to be before we are able to go home, but it's also just really nice to have a bit more stability in the near future. Also, like, man. I love this friend we've been crashing with, but sometimes you just need to be able to walk around in your underwear and not worry about it. So! That's nice.

+ I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday, FINALLYYYYYYY. I was enjoying the soup and rice pudding of it all, but I'm just about ready to go back to CHEWING ON THINGS. Tragically, I think my advice was to wait for slightly longer than 24 hours. Maybe I have super healing powers, DOCTORS (no. no I do not.)

+ I HAVE been using this time to marathon hella tv, which has been pretty nice, although I think I was still a little too high yesterday to appreciate it. I did have enough sense to not attempt Sexy Popes or Hannibal, as I figured between the gauze and the nausea, those would not go super well together.

+ About two weeks ago I went on a tumblr hiatus, which has done WONDERS for my internet stress levels, but has reminded me that I miss the internet circa, like, 2007. Come back to the five and dime, journaling websites! I guess this will be my annual attempt to get back into actually maintaining this page, so let's all enjoy this rollercoaster.

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timely smimely
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latropita
Books

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon (reread)
A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers

Movies

The Place Beyond the Pines
The Big Wedding

Television

The Borgias 3x01, 3x02, 3x03
Broadchurch 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05, 1x06, 1x07, 1x08
Mad Men 6x01, 6x02, 6x03
Veep 2x01, 2x02

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but at least it smells like spring
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latropita
I feel so behind on everything, all the time. My boss gave me the nicest possible talking-to about my forgetting to send some documents before a meeting he had, but it was still, ugh. After forgetting my debit card while getting coffee (recovered several hours later) and leaving my phone at a restaurant (recovered within the hour), I had a personal come to jesus evaluation with myself, but it still makes me feel like an alien with tunnel vision all the time.

* We went to a wedding in Chicago a few weekends ago, which was lovely, even if in attending we picked up two other weddings to attend later in the summer. That brings the total up to six.

* A combination of the fire, getting sick, getting sick again but a different way, and finally resolving my knee issues has put more of a fuck up dent in my training for the half marathon than I would have liked. I don't want to say that I don't think I'll break two hours, because I hate the feeling like I constantly set goals for myself and then make excuses for why they're unreasonable, but I just don't know.

* Apartment restoration is really getting going, now: Read more...Collapse )

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latropita
Belated media round-up! Nothing in my life is organized or on time anymore.

Books

This is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
Swimming Studies, Leanne Shapton

Movies

Modern Times
The Fall
Splendor in the Grass
The Day I Saw Your Heart
Oz: The Great and Powerful
The Gatekeepers


Television

The Americans 1x01
Battleground 1x04, 1x05, 1x06, 1x07, 1x08, 1x09, 1x10, 1x11, 1x12, 1x13
Pretty Little Liars 3x22, 3x23
New Girl 2x19
The Mindy Project 1x17

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tree pretty.
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latropita
Today in, a supposedly not at all fun experience I don’t want to repeat: having your apartment building catch fire.

I woke up around 7:15 to an explosion, followed shortly by the fire alarms going off. K and I grabbed some random stuff and went outside - my building’s alarms go off ALL THE TIME, so we weren’t really sure that it wasn’t just another fake out, until we got downstairs and saw all the smoke coming out of the building. After the fifth fire truck showed up, we decided we weren’t getting back in any time soon (and since it was about 15 degrees this morning), we walked over to a friend’s place nearby to crash for a while. I walked back over after an hour or so to check on things, but they’d sent everyone over the gym at the school across the street, where the Red Cross was checking on everyone and handing out coffee and bagels.

A few hours after THAT, coming back from lunch, I asked a fireman if people were being allowed back in and he said yeah, people were being escorted back in on a conditional basis, so I went in and went super intense anxiety bag lady on everything, like every nightmare about what I would emergency pack if I had to leave in a hurry. When I called my folks, my mom was like, “I’m so glad you’re okay. Did you take your jewelry?” JESUS. (And then, when I went back over a little while ago to talk to the building manager, I went back up to grab a couple things I’d forgotten - power chargers mostly - and did take the damn jewelry, because I promised. MOMS.)

We got so, so lucky: we’re both safe, nothing irreplaceable or even difficult to replace or clean is damaged. It’s just scary.

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why don't you read me what's in the vending machine.
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latropita
+ blaaaah, this week: my boss asked that I come in early tomorrow*, which is funny because I was already planning to come in early to finish a project. Double-early on a Monday, awesome stuff.

+ I think I've finally gotten through the section of my Netflix queue where I decided to get into classic movies. I'm excited for whatever the next random phase I was in, I'm guessing about 15 months ago. I'm hoping for a mid-90s renaissance period.

+ My car is slowly but surely falling apart: right now it acknowledges that it has a functioning CD player, like, 30% of the time. Most mornings it plays 20 seconds of a song and then starts skipping so aggressively that I debate pulling over and debate beating it with my shoe, which is nice, because it saves my coffee for until I actually get into the office.

+ Wow, this sounds like a bummer. I actually had a very nice week! Ran 12.5 miles (total)! Last weekend I drove up to Toronto and ate everything, please adopt me, Canadians at large. Bought some incredibly, magnificently hideous plaid shorts in order to psych myself up for spring; it's almost working.

*"I don't want to ask you to come in early, but could you come in at 8?"

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come on, 2012 book list. let's get in gear.
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latropita
Books

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
Persuasion, Jane Austen (reread)

Movies

The Trip
The Vow
Jiro Dreams of Sushi


Television

Battleground 1x02, 1x03
Gravity Falls 1x13
The Mindy Project 1x14, 1x15, 1x16
My Mad Fat Diary 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05, 1x06
New Girl 2x16, 2x17, 2x18
Pretty Little Liars 3x18, 3x19, 3x20, 3x21

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feeling overwhelmed by my to-do list, part one million
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latropita
+ I still haven't finished one single thing that I meant to do in January. What's up, 9-5 schedule week day shut down, you're the worst.

+ DC in February: apparently still no joke, winter-wise. Jesus. My poor toes.

+ Suddenly I feel old, part 1: how do I already have 4-5 weddings to go to this year, and as a follow-up, how am I a person who seriously schedules things months in advance, I might as well go ahead and take that wine class already.

+ My Mad Fat Diary is a beautiful, painful treasure.

+ I am going to actually change my bike seat this week! If I say it out loud then it will definitely actually happen! On account of how shame is the only factor my lizard brain acknowledges as motivation!

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Silver?? Damn you, Zimbabwe!
[✇] felt the joy and the fear
latropita
Books

1968, Mark Kurlansky
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
The Time in Between, Maria Dueñas

Movies

Django Unchained

Television

Battleground 1x01
Girls 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04
The Mindy Project 1x10, 1x12, 1x13
New Girl 2x12, 2x13, 2x14, 2x15
Pretty Little Liars 3x14, 3x15, 3x16, 3x17
Shameless 3x02

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