Polka Dots and Roses

Polka Dots and Roses

Black party dress
modcloth.com

BB Dakota intimate
modcloth.com

Nine west sandals
$160 – debenhams.com

Pinup jewelry
etsy.com

Elastic belt
bodycentral.com

Cat eye sunglasses
amazon.com

Lips makeup
nastygal.com

Vintage French Text
digitalcollagesheets.com

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March, MegaCon, Uncle T [Our Real Uncle], Weekend Struggles, and Etsy Magic

You know how normally I got a few months without posting anything, and when I finally do update, there isn’t really that much to note?

I was going to say ‘hah, not this time’, but then I figured most of this month hasn’t been all too eventful either. Still, its felt like it has been. So in no particular order….March in a nutshell.

MegaCon –

  • Awesome, mostly
  • This happened. Three cheers for recycling Halloween costumes. Also my friend made her apron out of drapes, so gold star for that.
    Megacon
  • Need to work on next year, though. Convention center was an absolute mad house, and if there had been any sort of emergency….well. Rescue workers would have had a hell of a time getting through the maze of costumes and random weapons and people, as nobody was getting out of there in any sort of orderly fashion. Disastrous planning. Otherwise cool.
  • Missed Stan Lee’s Q&A because we had to stay at the hotel too long to talk to managers because they fucked up my friend’s reservation. Alas.
  • Mostly just dicked around and had our picture taken a bunch. Because why not.
  • Dippin’ Dots

Lydia –

  • Have seen them before, still have not seriously listened to them. Went because it was inexpensive and everyone else was going.
  • They were cool. HRVRD was cool. Golden Sun was meh.
  • Had fun anyway
  • Our group made friends with the couple behind us in line and met them again inside. Easily best part of the show. Mr Sir was very fond of HRVRD. Utterly no words for the amusement over his obsessed fangirling.
  • Left after show to find food, walked too far in one direction, met an interesting dude called Uncle T. He loved us – not in a creepy way, in a nieces-and-nephews kinda way. Made us all say nigga. Got welcomed to the hood. Orlando.
  • Jimmy John’s for first time. Sister and I split a sub, she paid the $9-something bill with a $10. They put it in as a $20 and gave us $10-something change. We’ve spent the week trying to figure out if we actually gave them a 20, and have decided they indeed paid us to eat there. Will be going back.

This past weekend –

  • Gnarly bladder infection with slight traveling into left kidney. Holy miserable batman. Yay antibiotics.
  • Got rained on at work
  • Lost a $20 tip
  • Stupid dog big my nose while babysitting
  • Allergies from hell – hate spring
  • Had to take dad’s truck the day it rained. Doesn’t like to start after rain. Got out of work an hour early – yay. Truck doesn’t start – not yay. Had to wait for parents to come save me. Not an hour early at all.
  • Weekends are not special

On the bright side, I don’t work again till Easter weekend, since we’re off to KY on Saturday.

In other cool news, my laptop has been at the boyfriend’s house for months, as it’s been acting up/not working for ages. Didn’t care much if it got fixed, since I have my desktop at home, so we didn’t make it a priority. Mentioned something about it last week, he said he’d look at it. Texts the other day that it’s good to go. Get here last night. New laptop. Whut. All the gold stars.

In also cool news, I finally caved and started up my Etsy shop for no particular reason. Just a few things up, but by some miracle I managed two sales in a week and I can’t fathom how or why but I’m just going with it. Thank you, Internet.
On the off-chance anyone feels like giving it a look-see, have at it and clicky the banner. Or that square hanging out on the right side of this site.
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Anyhow, that’s been my life.

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Planned Things and Other Stuff [Mostly Just the Planned Things]

It’s 10:30 and practically bedtime because work. But I happened to log on, so I figured I’d might as well be productive. [I feel like it’s sad that my idea of ‘productive’ is writing a pointless blog post that no one will or should bother reading.]

In any case, here we are. I can’t decide if writing a bunch of random short stories would better fulfill my time, but I imagine probably not, so I won’t feel too bad about not doing that. Not that I could justify feeling GOOD about time, considering the time I’ve spent on formspring tonight, and the….roughly four hours I spent updating my watched-movies list on Trakt yesterday evening. Blaming my best friend for introducing me to that. All her fault. Either way, it’s hours of my life I’ll never get back, but there are probably other things I’m less proud of. [Maybe…probably…]

SEGUE!

Saw Flogging Molly last week. Oh my god the level of amazing. Can check that one off the list of to-dos for the year. And I have tickets to the Dropkick Murphys show in May, so that one will be getting checked as well, as long as nothing changes. And on that note, it’s time for the Bullet List of Concerts and Trips and Things Planned For So-Far This Year:

CONCERTS –

  • Lydia
  • The Dropkick Murphys
  • The 1975
  • Lindsey Stirling
  • Warped Tour [Maybe I won’t near pass out and sit on someone’s apparently not invisible feet this time.]
  • Motley Crue/Alice Cooper [<–FINAL TOUR HOLY SHIT THANK YOU GROUPON FOR GIVING ME THIS FOR $20]

TRIPS –

  • Kentucky in April. Boyfriend’s parents own land up there, he hasn’t been since high school right around when we got together. So almost five years ago. I’ve never been. So it’s probably about time.
  • Florida Keys in September. Lobster season whooo.

OTHER NOTABLE THINGS –

  • Bestest friends will be here in about ten days, for a couple days. Actually, I’ll get to see all four of the bestest friends at the same time for the first time in….literally ever. Yay beach trips.
  • Going to MegaCon, just for the one day but should be interesting nevertheless.
  • Tattoos at some point. Emailed the artist that the boyfriend and I were thinking of, but we’ve not heard anything back  yet. So we shall see. No set plans, but it’s in progress, at least.

And I think that about covers most of it. Should also take a stab at getting through the list of movies I have that I’m apparently ‘supposed to watch’, considering the time I spent adding the ones I  HAVE seen, and the to-watch list has been in progress for…..nearing three years. Not okay.

In any case it’s bedtime because I’m forgetting what I’m writing at this point.

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I Met Chris DeMakes and I Win

If you know me moderately well, chances are that you know I like punky, loud, sometimes goofy music. So apart from the fact I’m anything but a pothead, the ska-punk genre is just about always my favorite.

Basically what I’m getting at is my sister and I saw the Ska Goes Solo tour about a week ago – said tour being made up of three ska-punk singers doing acoustic sets, and a few local bands as openers. The tour consisted of Less Than Jake’s Chris DeMakes, Catch-22’s Ryan Eldred, and hilarious solo-performer/was in Arrogant Sons of Bitches-and-some-other-bands, Jay Tea, aka J.T Turret. So basically it was bound to be awesome. And it was. Made more awesome by the fact I randomly met the person I was mainly there to see, being Chris DeMakes. For as much as I like Less Than Jake, you’d think I’d have noticed him hanging at the merch table before I got there. But no. Instead I’m looking at stuff and the guy behind the table says something about still setting up so I’m like ‘yeah cool blahblah’ look and HOLY SHIT WHAT LSAJBNOLWGJ. My sister later told me I may have stepped backwards in shock. “You have red gloves.” “Yeah. They’re too big for me. Baby hands.” “Better than having really big, fat hands and really long fingers.” “Suppose there’s that.” “You’re a very petite woman, so at least they fit you.”
Something something about coming back later, walked back to my sister and my brain did a bunch of things at once and I think I shrieked or something and tried to inhale/exhale simultaneously. So that was weird and great.

And then all the opening bands were great. No seriously, if you like punk and/or ska music, must check out. Links below.
Control This   Tef London   Caffiends

In other news, I’m back to ordering presents obnoxiously early. Boyfriend’s birthday is towards the end of May, I’ve already ordered/bought essentially all of what I’m getting him. Planning everyone else’s as well. Easier, especially when you have people who are RIDICULOUSLY HARD TO BUY FOR OH MY GOD WHY CAN’T YOU PEOPLE JUST ALL WANT FINGER PAINTS LIKE ME

And ice cream. Finger paints and ice cream.

More good things: I have so far managed to avoid the cold that has plagued by entire family. Maybe there is a god after all.

Also I now have things to look forward to. [The shitty bits of life are almost always made easier when looking forward to things.] Going to the Keys again with the boyfriend’s family in September, best friends are congregating at my house for a few days in March and I do believe we have plans for the beach – if the weather isn’t obnoxious, and tattoos – if we can decide on someone who conveniently has time for us on the day we need. So there’s all that. Yayyy or something.

Boyfriend also insists we can probably get me a car after tax season is over, thus bringing us that much closer to moving the fuck out. So I’m trying not to get my hopes up or anything yet, but here’s hoping. Fingers crossed and stuff.

 

And now I’m sleepy so it’s bedtime.

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Despite The Fact I Was Shit At Posting Last Year And Nobody Should Care, It’s Time For The New Year Post

Hi Internet.

Been a while.

Been quite a while, actually. 4  1/2 months or so? While.

Anyhow, it’s now a different year than it was last time I posted, and it’s time for the annual ‘this stuff happened last year, hopefully this stuff will happen this year’ rigamarole.

I’ll skip the whole standard recap of what happened since last I posted, since most of that will be included anyway, and there’s just no sense in being redundant. So, moving on, we’ll start with a refresher on last year’s resolutions, shall we?

  • Get steadier income. Even if it’s more babysitting instead of a normal job. I don’t care, just more than what’s coming in now.
  • Get either a tattoo or a new piercing. [Plenty I want, I’d like to check at least something off my list since I didn’t ‘do any this year, or the last few.]
  • Go somewhere new, even if it’s just in the state.
  • Do not cut back severely on going to shows just to save money. A little is acceptable, but they make me way too happy to skip.

So with that in mind, we’ll skip ahead to ‘Noteworthy and Less-Than-Noteworthy Mostly-Good or New Stuff That Happened in 2013’. You know how I love my bullet point lists.

  • Got a job that was not mere babysitting. Even if it’s just wrapping/braiding hair and doing airbrush tattoos at hotels and no one understands just what exactly the hell it is I do…it’s still a steady income. And I enjoy it. Score.
  • Made tentative plans to get tattoos on boyfriend’s next birthday. [In May. Of this year, so it’s coming up.] So that’s a point I missed on last year’s resolutions, but I’ll tack it on to this year’s and call it even.
  • Went to Michigan. So that included the first time there, first time on a plane, first time out of state without family [excluding my sister since she tagged along]…good times.
  • Also got to Jacksonville for the first time. [Considering it’s Jacksonville, this is mostly only noteworthy because it’s where one of my best friends live, I’d never been there, and it’s tacked onto the ‘go somewhere new’ resolution.]
  • Got to 16 concerts. Lots of good ones, couple meh ones, lots of new bands, lots of old bands, some with new friends, some with old friends, lots of money spent, not a lot of regret. Or any. Was good. Got a number of people added to the ‘bands added to the list of those never to ever miss when they come through’. And, irrelevantly and funnily enough, the last show of 2012 was on December 8th, and the last show of 2013 was also on December 8th. Sensing a pattern.
  • Got to Busch Gardens for the first time, finally. Got to pet an owl. Worth the drive.
  • Got to see a lot of friends, including old ones I’d yet to meet in person, and made a lot of good new ones.
  • Got a Batman onesie.
  • Got Rick Rolled by a captcha.

RickRolledByCaptcha

  • Met A Day To Remember. ADTR
  • Went camping [real camping, like ‘hiking a few miles into the woods with tents, gathering wood for fire, sleeping on the ground, and peeing in the forest’ camping] for the first time. Had fun, did not freak out in any way.
  • Rode the SlingshotSlingshot
  • Actually did things for Halloween. Included getting to hold an Albino Ball Python and getting moderately trashed. Fitting as I was the Mad Hatter. Halloween
  • Turned 20. So that’s weird.
  • Dyed my hair orangey-red [and no, it was not my real hair under that Mad Hatter hat; definitely a wig, I promise.]

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  • Got forced into going to Halloween Horror Nights. Fucking zombies, man. The flashbacks. They’ll probably make me go again next year. I will not whine about it any less.
  • Dressed up all clubby-like and walked around a shop/club/restaurant area with friends a few months back and got called everything under the sun. Ironic thing is this was during Rock The Universe, in the area that was going on. Three cheers for religion and sarcasm.
  • Stuffed our faces with Cold Stone concoctions afterwards, and Cinnabon the morning after. Because we’re not sexy club-goers; we’re just awkward like that.
  • Morning-babysitting ended. Fuck yeah sleep.
  • Found out I’m part Irish – something that was not a mystery to anyone else in my family, and I somehow just missed out on that knowledge all my life, despite always wanting to be, just a little. So that was weird.
  • Wound up tipsy singing Wrecking Ball and a good number of other obscure pop songs with one of those new friends on the balcony of some other new friends’ apartment during a gathering dubbed Tuesday Boozeday. Life has gotten kind of interesting the last few months.
  • Got Cards Against Humanity. Oh, the hilarity.
  • Managed to get Christmas done completely in time for once. Also for once, I didn’t totally suck at presents. [For most people, anyway. Some of you just can’t be helped.]
  • I have not caved, and I still do not have an Instagram or SnapChat account. Very proud.

And then, on the flipside, ‘Not So Great Stuff That Happened in 2013’:

  • Managed to somehow hit a parked car a few weeks ago. So that was fairly retarded and stressful and pointlessly irritating. But it turned out a lot better than it could have, all things considered, so I can’t complain too much.
  • Dramatic family shenanigans, but that can’t be helped and is nothing new, so again, I can’t really complain.
  • Acquired absolutely preposterous tan lines thanks to the fact my job is outside.
  • Tried to have cereal last night and the milk was randomly sour as all hell.

Yeah, tan lines and sour milk are on the list of ‘bad’ things for the year. That should show fairly well that 2013 was, as hoped for, at least as good as 2012. I would vote better. Still haven’t managed a car or getting out of this house, but those weren’t really expected for the year, so I’m not disappointed. Maybe soon. Ish. Shall see.

Speaking of maybe soon, I suppose we should go with resolutions and stuff for next this year. But first, a list of ‘Things That Are Planned or Hoped For but Not Necessarily Set in Stone’ for 2014.

  • Get a tattoo
  • See Flogging Molly, and hopefully Dropkick Murphys
  • Best friends and I decided a few weeks ago that it was imperative we have birthday parties based on the decades we should have been the age we are now in. For instance, Abbey, the youngest, the Beatles-happy, the hippie, would have a peace-and-love, 60’s theme. Jordan, the oldest, the blonde, and the 80’s-movie-obsessed, would, of course, have an 80’s theme. Mine would be 70’s, punk and classic rock with ska leanings. And it’ll be great. Especially since our birthdays fall so close to each other. [September/October/November] So hopefully we can work that out somehow or another.
  • Mother. Fucking. Waterpark. Despite all my pestering and constant babbling about it earlier this year, never worked out where I could go. So here’s hoping for the summer.
  • Keep up the artsy stuff. Do better/more than the last year.

So that’s all stuff that I won’t be crushed or terribly, terribly disappointed if they don’t work out. But I will be moderately disappointed. So here’s hoping. And actually, I’m already doing okay on the last one. In last year’s New Years post, I posted a picture of a giant canvas [box that held a desk and was being used as a canvas because canvas is expensive] on which I painted bigass eyes and stuck over my closet. Had been meaning all year to do something with it, and I finally got around to it today. Behold the before and after.New

So there’s that. Kind of like it. Certainly like it better than what it was. Maybe it’ll serve as inspiration for the rest of the year. Yay for melted crayons.

And as usual, my resolutions for this year are acceptable and attainable. I know, I know, ‘shoot for the stars blahblah whinewhine’. Could do, but then next year I have to write the 2015 version of this post and go ‘WELL I WANTED THIS AND THIS AND THIS BUT THAT WAS ALL BULLSHIT TO EVEN CONSIDER POSSIBLE AND I ACTUALLY ONLY DID THIS SO FUCK ME RIGHT’. Really, it’s less because bigger things are impossible, and more because I’d rather focus on important, smaller things, hope for the best, and see how it goes, rather than crowding myself. Stress is not your friend. So instead of ‘work out more, eat better, move out, become rich, magically do everything you want in life, don’t die’ [and I did actually get a gym membership this year, so go me], I’ll stick to simple but useful. So, I give you Resolutions for 2014.

  • Get a car. Wasn’t on the list last year because it wasn’t fully attainable or seriously necessary, but it is now, so full speed ahead.
  • Be better with money. Not saying be stingy and cheap – still have fun and all – but don’t blow everything on pointless shit. Be a little more selective.

So that’s a fairly small, somewhat-easy list. When going back over this next year, I’ll gather this one and the ‘less important hopefully-will-happens’ together, but these are the important ones. I’d stick ‘move the fuck out’ on there, but that might be another year or two. Could go either way, but I’m not counting on or expecting anything, so it’s not going on the list.

Now, considering I’ve been here over an hour, I have other shit to do and it’s time to go. Can’t spend the whole year on the computer, after all. [I’ve apparently acquired one of those things people call ‘lives’ recently. Weird.]

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This Doesn’t Really Even Deserve Any Sort of Fancy Title

So…this is another one of those posts where I try to apologize for being absent so long despite the fact no on really cares. So we’ll just skip ahead to other important or semi-important things.

-I’m going to Michigan in October. [Chill on the Hill anyone? Never been there, never been on a plane, and never seen live any of the bands on the second day, so my excitement is utterly unbearable, even if my bank account is less pleased.]
-Work is good and the oddly creepy/irritating dude everyone hated at one of the locations I’m often at got fired recently, so work is better.
-Work is doubly better because I finally got a set schedule and I don’t constantly sit around in horrified impatience any longer
-I’m getting paid to go to the beach for a day next month, because a family I babysit for [the one I spent mornings with this past school year] invited me to go with them if I could watch the kids while the parents went to a concert, since it’s out of town. Booya.
-I love Groupon entirely too much because it allowed me to see Fuel/Alien Ant Farm/Trapt earlier this month [was going mostly for AAF, and seeing as seemingly everyone agreed they were the best…happy camping] and take the boyfriend to the zoo for a day last month. [I saw owls and an octopus in the same day and I can die happy.]
-Boyfriend forced me to watch all three seasons of Game of Thrones and now I’m semi-patiently waiting to see what in the everloving fuck will happen next spring when the fourth airs. Because dear lord what even is this show.Villains
-Got a membership to Anytime Fitness. Go me. Or something.
-Found out Less Than Jake did a cover CD of songs from Grease. Considering how I grew up on that movie, I love LTJ infinitely more than I already did, and am that much happier I get to see them next weekend. WAHOOO, YEAH
-YouTube taught me how to temporarily dreadlock hair, and now I’m desperate to find some reason to do so.
-I’ve gotten into RuneScape again. It always comes back. Always.
-My dad’s got a new job [doing the same thing, just for a new company], and mom’s doing Real Estate, so overall those are good things.
I finally bothered getting around to cleaning up my room. Er, organizing. Mostly. It’s not perfect – in fact, it’s still a slight disaster zone. It’s just less of a disaster zone. So we have that.
-Finally got to see Monsters U; still have yet to see Despicable Me 2. For shaaaaaaame
-What with buying a few things lately [like all the things required for my Michigan trip, plus a couple new dresses since apparently I do things now and variety is good], I’m trying to be less spend-happy. So the fact there are always amazing concerts sitting around the House of Blues is a bit of a kick in the face. For instance: Rancid, Anberlin, and Jonny Lang, all in the next few months. WHAT DO.
-Apparently NBC is airing a new game show on September 9th, called the Million Second Quiz. There’s an app where you can play a version of the game. Conveniently, playing this app can qualify you to be considered for the show. Basically, it’s a trivia thing similar to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. In the app, you get matched up against an opponent also playing the game. There are ten multiple choice questions. You have five seconds to answer each one. It is ungodly addicting.
-I’m either falling asleep, or the past month or two has somehow been less busy than I thought because I’ve run out of things to say. Until next time~

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