Autumn 2016 Shopping List

Oh my god, I said the word “shopping.”

Worry not, friends. I’m happy to report that during the few browsing/purchasing excursions I indulged in, impulses were well under control. I did experience sore temptation upon seeing pretty summer dresses at steep discounts, but I had to remind myself: (1) no money for excesses, (2) nowhere to wear them to, (3) summer is pretty much over, and (4) the world will never lack pretty summer dresses. There’s always next year.

Even after a heavy purge last year, I still had tons of material comforts left, and for the past six months of two back-to-back internships, I tried to wear certain things to test their durability or to experiment with office cultures that allow creativity in “business casual.” The result is that many things were never worn, due to being too stiff and formal and uncomfortable, inappropriate for anywhere, or misshapen or no longer fit well. Those things are not making the move with me in a month, and I feel lighter and better about my choices. And just because I’m making more room in my closet doesn’t mean I’m filling those spaces with new acquisitions. I will be making very careful and very spare purchases going forward, for things that I can get the most number of wear and pleasure out of.

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August 2016 Chat

Guys, I’m actually looking forward to autumn for the first time in my life, because I JUST CAN’T ANYMORE with this heat. I long to sip piping hot Earl Grey tea on a crisp morning, swathed in cozy knits and not having my face gleam with sweat and oil all the time.

I finally found a solution for my work-food issues, and it is to pack whole tomatoes and peaches and blocks of cheese and store them in the office fridge, slicing off bits whenever I feel hungry. I’ve appropriated an entire vegetable drawer for myself, because whatever. Every Thursday people take up the entire fridge with their farmer’s market goodies. And I’m not even being paid enough to buy lunch, so I’m just going to roll with this for the next three weeks.

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Even as I look forward to the cooler weather and season, a part of me is clutching at the summer days that are speeding by. I’ve been trying to find time to immerse myself further into Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, but the internship has taken up my entire summer, and I keep having to put aside leisure reading for work-related books instead. The pile of makeup here are what I pack on top of the food as I head out each morning, since it’s too hot in the house to do anything but take cold showers and hastily put on some clothes. Using the same products every day for months just keeps hammering home that I don’t need to stockpile as much variety as I used to. I’m contemplating opening up the old blog again for an I SWEAR FOR THE LAST TIME FINAL FINAL BLOG SALE. I still have tons of nice things that aren’t getting any love, and you know how I feel about waste.

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5 Happy Discoveries

I’m still angry at bridezillas and Donald Trump (goddamn drama queens), but I don’t want to fill this blog with rants. So I present you with 5 recent discoveries that bring me at least a lukewarm sense of satisfaction or moderate amusement, if not wild delight.

Tasty

Feeding myself properly is still an ongoing struggle, especially because there are mornings when the house feels like the inside of an oven and my body like a risen dough. So I was pretty happy to come across the Tasty channel where most clips are only a minute or two long, full of great ideas for quick, simple meals, and best of all: no whiny narration or voiceovers or captions riddled with errors.

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

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This might be the best book I’ve read all year. Sometimes I’m intimidated to pick up the big award-winners, but Fifteen Dogs is more digestible and entertaining than I first thought. It’s one of those books that manage to be everything all at once seamlessly: creative, philosophical, poignant yet wildly funny, poetic, and not even a little bit annoying despite all the Toronto references. Everyone I know is getting a copy for Christmas!

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A rant about the contemporary wedding

WHAT THE FUCK IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE????????

*blog bounce rate spikes as all new potential readers flee*

Well, now that like two of you remain, allow me to go on this rant about the absolute bonkers craziness that is the standard North American wedding today. Bridesmaids are worked liked slaves and must foot up thousands of dollars to attend to brides on destination getaways or buy a new dress, shoes, makeup, or whatever just so that ONE couple can have ONE amazing day? Continue reading

Lately.

Thought I’d throw up a short post to talk about the non-bookish things in my life. This really doesn’t leave room for much. *scratches head*

TELEVISION

I got sucked back into the Game of Thrones vortex thanks to “hold the door” (avoiding that sobfest was impossible) and finally started Daredevil season 2. Both shows are rather big commitments, so I’m actually not watching GoT episodes in entirety but just the scenes I’m interested in. Best of the season so far:

Tiny badass Lyanna Mormont

Maybe it’s my “auntie slave” syndrome, but whenever I see her, I think: “RULE ME, LITTLE MISTRESS.”

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