For most of my adult life, I lived in very expensive cities on about $30k, which means that I lived in small spaces with several other people, and my furniture was generally of the found or scrounged variety. I was always fairly comfortable in my surroundings (if you discounted the auditory and olfactory senses), but I very rarely spoiled myself with a new Nice Thing.Continue reading “The Eternal Battle Against Entropy, and My $60 Pillow”
I haven’t posted anything in forever, so here’s a selfie! Because I work in a distributed workplace, every so often somone will start a selfie thread and everyone posts a picture of wherever they are working from at that moment.
This can get interesting as some of us are nomads, but since I never leave the house, I rely on adorable props to get likes. Like this furious little fur baby here, who is quite simply the worst assistant I’ve ever had.
P.S. I so appreciate that I work somewhere where we can all post pictures of ourselves working in old T-shirts with no makeup and unbrushed hair and no one bats an eye. Most American women in their mid-30s have to wear heels and lipstick every freaking day to be taken seriously; I don’t even have to wear pants.
P.P.S. I am wearing pants here, though. (They might be pajama pants.)
It will surprise exactly no one to hear that I do not typically craft, build, or work with my hands in any way at all, other than typing. But in a moment of spontaneity, I volunteered to help with an event here in Albuquerque that teaches girls to be interested in electricity or something like that.Continue reading “Crafty”
Since basically all I do is read, a year-in-review post and a year-in-reading post are one and the same. I am a Vibrant Party Person.
Anyway, I read over 55 books this past year.
And actually, you know what? I’m not going to list them. And I’m not going to say which ones were my favorites. Because, honestly, who the fuck cares, the twelve other people out there who still read already know which books are good.
My primary resolution for 2015 is to read fewer books. I just decided. I read too many books! It’s lame and stupid and I’ll be dead soon, so there, that’s set: read less, Urello, you ossified crone.
I thought it was about time for an update on my Soylent experiment. I’ve been on about 90% Soylent for about a month and a half now. I ate food for a week and a half while my mom was visiting, and then for a week while I was out of town on a work meetup. Otherwise, I’ve mostly just been eating Soylent, except for the ocassional weekend pizza.Continue reading “Soylent Update”
I’ve been deeply into the fall malaise that hits me every other year or so, and have been feeling really shitty about how little I’m getting done and how much effort it takes to not do it.
A few days ago, I noticed this spider on the wall, a few inches from the doorframe that leads into the den. Continue reading “A Spider”
Last night, I arrived home with a bottle of wine, only to be unable to find my wine tool anywhere. This is odd because I live alone, have never had anyone over, and am not the sort of person who misplaces things. But it was nowhere to be found. I tried with no success to open the wine with scissors and a knife before hitting on this brilliant solution of screwing a screw into the cork, and then using pliers to pull it out.
I’m ok with admitting this is really the smartest and most capable I have ever felt in my entire life, and I’m still kind of depressed there weren’t witnesses.
I just wanted to mention that it has been nearly a month since I quit Facebook, and although I was a pretty heavy Facebook user, I have missed it exactly zero times! If you’ve thought about leaving, I highly recommend it. Why listen to people you haven’t talked to in fifteen years bitch endlessly about their boring lives when you could follow comics making hilarious jokes on Twitter instead? Free yourselves!
I’m not sure which possibility disturbs me more: that our votes are actually meaningless and “democracy” is a farce, or that it actually works and all of us blithering morons really do on some level decide which direction this country heads in.
Anyway, get out there and vote today! (As long as you’re voting the way I would; otherwise, please don’t.)