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Friday Roundup for Week 25

baby h announcementFriday! How did we get here so quickly? Right — by getting behind in our Real Job writing and having to scramble to catch up. Also, daily fitness classes and exciting, exciting appointments. Yay.

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Friday Roundup for Week 24

Yes to this. A thousand, million times yes.
Yes to this. A thousand, million times yes. Except that this picture seems to be rotated wrong, but when I try to edit it it’s like, “Naw, I’m totally fine!” So you’ll just have to deal with sideways mac and cheese.

Happy, slappy Friday! Look at me, blogging even with relatives in town! They came in on Wednesday morning, so life’s been a bit different around here because of it, but it’s always nice to get visitors.

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Friday Roundup for Week 23

IMG_7916Yo, yo. Where did this week go? I told you guys I had a new organizational system, didn’t I? Look at me now. I’m unstoppable.

What I Read

  • I’ve slowly been reading through the Drop Caps U book, The Wreath. It’s set in 13th or 14th-century Norway, which is nuts. Just a really cool look into how things were back then. (It was actually written in the early 20th century, so it’s historical.)(Obviously, otherwise it would be way more dry.) Right now the main character, Kristin Lavransdatter, has just entered a convent for a year because she doesn’t feel like getting married to her betrothed, and because she’s sort of unreasonably at the center of scandal back in her hometown. Poor Kristin.
  • I started Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass this week, which has been pretty much depressing through and through. It’s about a girl who moves to a new school and starts getting bullied by a girl she doesn’t even know. Her grades are starting to suffer, but she doesn’t feel like she can tell anyone about what’s going on. Cue Emily getting depressed. I really need to pick up a light, fun romance after this.
  • And speaking of books that make me depressed, Where Things Come Back. I really enjoyed it, but again–heavy subject matter. Seriously. Let’s get something cheery in me.

What I Ate

  • So I made a bunch of steak salad jars, but I haven’t been enjoying them as much as I did the Cobb salad. I think I’m sick of spinach, and there’s not quite enough dressing…I dunno.
  • I also threw together a pot of one of my all-time favorites, Mexican Vegetable Soup, and have been enjoying it for dinner every night since. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity. This soup is packed with flavor. And, heh, spice, if you accidentally throw too much crushed red pepper in. (Ooh, I bet it would be fantastic with a dollop of sour cream that I don’t have any of right now.)
  • That pizza in the photo! I made that! It’s supposed to be a heart made out of pepperoni, but baking broke it. Oops.
  • Remember how I wrote a piece on nitro coffee last week? Well, I was intrigued enough that I had to try it for myself. One of the local donut spots serves Stumptown nitro, so I picked up a glass. (And of course I had to get a donut or two while I was there. Heh heh.) Emily’s Quick Review: pretty to watch, but meh to drink. It just tastes like cold coffee.

What I Watched

  • Slowly watching through Mad Men Season 4. I think I’m only 2 episodes in right now, because, well…
  • Because there were two episodes of The Bachelorette on this week. I’m ashamed to say I’ve joined a bracket. But I’m mostly slaughtering–I’m in second place after three rose ceremonies. I’m considering writing a piece on the ridiculousness of these shows, but maybe I should just keep my thoughts to myself on this one. The abridged version: using sound clips out of context to hype episodes and create drama. I’m guessing Chad whistled exactly twice, and they’re recycling that stupid whistle as he “stalks” his way back to the house the guys are at. Seriously. Seriously.
  • Silence of the Lambs, just because I’d never seen it before. I enjoyed it–very suspenseful. I didn’t have trouble sleeping afterwards, though I did have a terrifying dream involving women killed by an infestation of insects in our building, but that was partly because of being woken up by a fire alarm at 2 a.m.
  • How to Marry a Millionaire. Really irreverent and silly. When I say I need something light to read, that could also apply to movies, too. Just a great rom-com. This one doesn’t exactly fit the bill, unfortunately, but it was still fun. Marilyn Monroe is a fun actress.

What I Wrote

  • I’ve been a little lax with my personal writing this week, but today I did manage to pump out about 1,000 incredibly terrible words. This is the part in my draft where things start going off the rails and I lose my focus. So that’s…fun.
  • For Uproxx, I wrote a long piece full of hilarious Duolingoisms. The next day I got an e-mail from a PR person for another language-learning person asking me if I want to give their product a try. Um, not really. Sorry. I’m a Duo-hard. Or something like that. (Duolingotee?)

What I Accomplished

  • Killing the Bullet Journaling. Yessss.
  • I got twelve vials of blood drawn on Tuesday! That’s not really an accomplishment, but it’s something worth noting, right?
  • Um, I also dusted the house?

Next week I’ve got some family visiting, so that will be nice. Monday and Wednesday’s entries should be as per usual, but we’ll see if I can remember to pre-schedule a Friday roundup. What use is it if I round up Saturday through Tuesday, anyway? Mehhhh.

I’ve really been slacking on my Thirty Before Thirties lately, and should probably get back to that. Bitters, that could be fun. And there’s a pho place that just opened in our building. And I’ve found a new outlet for all my failed food projects, so I could start in on the macaron-making.

We’ll see. Life is crazy. But it keeps moving.

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Friday Roundup for Week 22

Texas, I tell you what. It's like a whole different country down there.
Texas, I tell you what. It’s like a whole different country down there.

Hi mom! Long time, no blog, huh? It’s okay. I’ve been on hiatus, and I can let myself say that, because this is my blog and I do what I want. I say that a lot. I think because I secretly-not-so-secretly know it’s not okay.

But really, it is! And now I’m back, and I’ve got a brand spankin’ new organizational system I can rave about, and EmilyIRL shall resume as normal.

What I Read

  • Not going to catch you up on the past month, but I will say that I. AM. DONE. WITH. MOBY. DICK. I conquered the whale and have emerged alive! Would I recommend it? Ehhh. But I’m glad I got through it. The ending really is tragic and leaves a lump in the throat.
  • I really and truly enjoyed Walk on Earth a Stranger. I like to call it Oregon Trail fanfic. Yeah, someone dies of cholera, but in the book you know about the person, and how tragic it is! There’s death in childbirth, there’s leg amputation. There’s magical gold-seeking and tame 1800’s peck-on-the-cheek romance! I can’t rave enough. Not a Dropcap, but if I had to pair a drink with the book, it would be cowboy coffee. AKA coffee with the grounds still at the bottom.
  • I also read Uglies last week, which I didn’t love as much. But it was a dystopia before Hunger Games came around, so, interesting at least. Lotta hoverboarding.
  • Just binged my way through Exit, Pursued By a Bear today. I had a few minor quibbles early on–a lot of hissing and replying and mumbling when “said” would do, and I thought Hermione’s boyfriend needed at least some redeeming qualities, but all in all, wow. I couldn’t put it down. Talk about a powerful story. I know it’s dumb to say that, but really. I was so satisfied with the ending.

What I Ate

  • Mmmmmm oh! I got this bean dip seasoning packet, maybe from Bush’s? Just blend it in with black beans and voila! A delicious black bean dip. I’ve been noshing on that when I get hungry, which is ALL THE TIME.
  • I also made jar Cobb salads, which have been fantastic to have on hand. Use this tutorial from TheKitchn if you’re curious. I think next week I might check out this steak salad. Nom nom nom. Salads all day err’ day. (And, oh boy! It’s going to be perfect, because I have leftover bleu cheese, leftover cherry tomatoes, and new potatoes I haven’t used up yet!)
  • Two words: chocolate lasagne. Thank you to my priest’s wife for sending me an extra couple portions home after the Memorial Day bash they held.
  • Also, it’s popsicle season. Can’t get enough.
  • AND! AND! Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream!!! Sooooo good. I’ve been stealing bites on the reg from my pint of Peanut Butter and Cookies.

What I Watched

  • Finished season 3 of Mad Men yesterday, which led directly into today’s Season 4, Episode 1 viewing. Fun times. Things are sad now that Don and Betty have split. I mean, not that they weren’t sad before, but you know.
  • Thoroughly didn’t enjoy Sixteen Candles. Sorry to those of you who remember it fondly, but it’s just chock full of awful racism, sexism, and rapey-ness. Really not good. I wasn’t even convinced by the love story. “Oh, this girl I know absolutely nothing about says she would sleep with me. Let me spend the rest of the movie pursuing her from a distance. Our relationship will be perfect when we do manage to meet at the end.” Ew.

What I Wrote

  • Le sigh. I’ve essentially abandoned #continuouspractice. But! But! I did manage to pound to the (almost! so close!) and of my 20,000-revised-words, end-of-May goal. Having fun with the story, and that’s all I can ask for.
  • I had to push through to the end of the month with my Uproxx writing on Monday and Tuesday, but for the life of me I can not remember what I wrote about. Oh! Nitro coffee at Starbucks! (Not til later this summer, sorry.) And I put together a piece summarizing the workings of a 19th-century candy machine and got just the nicest comment on it. Really made me feel good about what I do. (I’ve recently been seeing my comments in the dashboard panel of the site I go to for article assignments. It’s fun to be able to see, all in one quick go, what people are writing. Easier for me to interact that way, too.)

What I Accomplished

  • I did the Murph on Monday. Woo. (And by “the Murph” I mean a half a Murph, without the 20-pound weight vest, and with all the modifications for weakling me.)
  • I discovered and then promptly created a Bullet Journal. More about that fantastic awesomeness on Monday. Yes! Monday! I’ll even schedule the post so I feel obligated to write it, and then let it publish blank! Go me.

Next week promises to be bi-zee (you’re supposed to read that with emphasis). As if this week hasn’t already been busy, with blood draws and two-hour music research studies and failed dentist appointments and failed hair appointments and hopefully successful hair appointments and dinners and more dinners. Phew. I’m tired just thinking about it.

But I’ll get through. Better to be busy than not, I suppose. It keeps me occupied, for sure.

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Friday Roundup for Week 18

I actually took a shot of the rain from the other side of the balcony, but decided to use this one instead. Aren't those clouds incredible?
I actually took a shot of the rain from the other side of the balcony, but decided to use this one instead. Aren’t those clouds incredible?

Christ is risen!

Now you say, “Indeed he is risen!”

And then we proceed to fumble our way through the same exchange in ten more languages. Guys, Pascha! PASCHA! Literally my favorite day of the year! And it’s done now. I have to wait a whole nother year and struggle through a whole nother Great Lent to experience the ensuing joy (and the next-day party at the priest’s house where we’re all meat-eating half-zombies, woo!).

But at the same time, I’m glad it’s done. Holy Week really is a beast (albeit a lovely one) to get through. I’ve been enjoying relaxing this week. And eating meat and cheese. Ha. Read more

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Friday Roundup for Week 16

Last Friday, my favorite coffee shop teamed up with Zappos to offer free coffee + pastries for Tax Day. Hollaaaaa!
Last Friday, my favorite coffee shop teamed up with Zappos to offer free coffee + pastries for Tax Day. Hollaaaaa!

Hi all. Apologies for my posting delinquency this week. No good reason for it, other than the excuse of not being able to come up with anything to actually write about.

Anyway, it’s been an interesting week. My writing in general has suffered, because I’m having trouble concentrating on anything, for just…reasons. But it’ll resolve itself, surely. In the meantime, here’s my roundup: Read more

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Friday Roundup for Week 15

Monday was what I called a Goldilocks day: not too hot, not too cool, not too humid, not too dry, and just enough clouds to make the sky interesting.
Monday was what I called a Goldilocks day: not too hot, not too cool, not too humid, not too dry, and just enough clouds to make the sky interesting.

Yo yooooo. Friday again? Yes, believe it or not. Here’s the roundup. Read more

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Friday Roundup for Week 14

That's Carrie Brownstein in front of me--the highlight of AWP, possibly. She's even cool IRL. I didn't approach her because what do you even say to a celebrity? "I love you and you're cool!"?
That’s Carrie Brownstein in front of me–the highlight of AWP, possibly. She’s even cool IRL. I didn’t approach her because what do you even say to a celebrity? “I love you and you’re cool!”?

Just like superstitious hotels, this blog doesn’t acknowledge the number thirteen. (Not for superstitious reasons though–I was gone last Friday, and didn’t feel like rounding up Friday on Monday. And MY BLOG MY RULES.)

This week really flew by. It’s always difficult to get myself back into the swing of things post-travel, but all things considered, it’s been fairly productive. Other than the fact that I can’t seem to keep my eyes open. And my heart rate training progress seems to have reverted. :/

What I Read

  • Let’s see. Once Upon an Alphabet was delightful. If I ever have kids*, this one is going on the bookshelf for sure. An Octopus + Owl sleuthing team? Yes, please.
  • Read My Friend Dahmer, a graphic novel written about the author’s experience growing up with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. It’s a tough read to stomach, but also very well done. So take that as you will.
  • Finished We Have Always Lived In the Castle! It wasn’t nearly as supernatural as I thought it would be. Just…eerie. And sad.
  • I gulped down Out Of My Mind last night. I had serious problems with the writing (continual tense changes, flat villain characters, didactic, outdated references, way too much telling before getting into the story), but I kept reading. So I guess that’s something? One of my classmates did her graduate lecture on writing characters with disabilities and apparently had some trouble with this one. I’m going to listen to it today–I’m so interested to hear her perspective on the book. It just seems like it was rushed to publication because of the important subject matter.
  • One chapter of Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend down. Sooooo excited to leap into Pyke’s winged arms, but I have so much work to do today that I’m not letting myself just yet.
  • Current Moby Dick status: I’m a few chapters behind because of the weekend and this morning’s liturgy, but…poor Pip.

What I Ate

  • Nothing fancy. I fried up some nutritional yeast-coated tofu and made a nice sandwich out of it yesterday. Probably have that for dinner tonight or something.

What I Watched

  • Garden State, for the first time since college. You know what I hate? This: blah BLAH blahKnowing what I do about the MPDG archetype, the movie is a bit difficult to watch. Yes, it’s got several delightful moments. But it just wasn’t as great as I remembered.
  • Another episode of Mad Men Season 2 down. Poor Peggy Olson. And also, what’s with Trudy’s giant skirts? Seriously, lady. You’re a walking cupcake.

What I Wrote

  • Still rockin’ the #continuouspractice, although I don’t post pictures on social media of my progress as much. But as long as I’m plugging away, I’m satisfied. That said, I need to work a bit harder. The words just aren’t coming out this month. Maybe it’s because I need a solid marathon day with the story, or maybe it’s because I’m stuck in some boring scenes. I’ll figure it out though.
  • As of this writing, I’m down ten Uproxx pieces for the month and am hoping to get three more out today. I’m intentionally working a bit harder these first three weeks of the month so that I can go into Holy Week (!!) with just one long piece to write. But it’s 12:49, and my eyes are already drooping (I really think I have a health issue going on or something–I can not seem to stay awake)(and no, it’s not pregnancy if you’re wondering) so I’m going to have to get things in gear here. Just as soon as I finish this. And work out, too.

What I Accomplished

  • “I’ll be running marathons before you know it.” That was the last thing I wrote on the Week 12 roundup. Well, guess what? I just found out that The Oatmeal’s Beat the Blerch 10k/Half/Full Marathon is coming to Las Vegas in October. Noooo, I’m not going to be* signing myself up for the full, but the half? Definitely. Why? Because cake, couches, and freaking Matthew Inman himself. Forget the color run–this is going to be the greatest marathon event in the history of marathon events.

*Some days I feel more hopeful than others.
*Future tense here is because registration hasn’t opened just yet. But you know I’m checking for it every day.

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Friday Roundup for Week 12

Believe it or not, this sunset was actually ten times more gorgeous IRL.
Believe it or not, this sunset was actually ten times more gorgeous IRL.

Alright alright alright! Life’s been good around these parts. Nothing specific. I guess I’ve just had a productive week, and productive = success = happiness in my weird little book. Or maybe it’s just that I’m still enjoying Great Lent. (How can you not, when you get to sing Pascha songs at choir practice? Eeeeee! Is it May yet?) Read more

Friday Roundup for Week 11

Buh-bye, donuts and milky coffee.
Buh-bye, donuts and milky coffee.

Okay, so I realize that I’ve featured food as my Friday image for the past two weeks. But food is sort of huge in my life, alright? Except, not right now, because it’s Lent, and I’m weeping. Well, I’m not really weeping. I’m full of joyful sorrow. Or something like that.

Anywho! My week. Read more

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