In the spirit of answering questions, I'd like to address a handful of questions I feel like I've received a lot this year:
|from messages between my dad (gray) and older brother (blue)|
happened to you? – If in the past five months I haven't seen you at work for long enough to tell you already, I slipped and fell on ice in our paved driveway this past
February, breaking my wrist and compression-fracturing my L1 spine. I
had surgery to put a plate and screws in my wrist, and I wore a
turtle-shell back brace until the end of June.
Yes, it feels great to be free. Yes, I am still sore, and my spine is still a wedge, but it's stable and the most healed it's going to get. Yes, the brace helped with my posture. Yes, it was a great pattern. They gave me a handful of choices, so it was either that or an all-over American flag print. Or purple camouflage. Have you seen the upholstery on public transportation (or the carpeting in bowling alleys)? Those were my choices. This was the least offensive of them all.
- Are you going back to school? – You know, this past spring, watching my brother graduate with his Masters degree in school administration, and then watching a handful of my friends graduate with their Baccalaureates in music education, really inspired me to start taking classes again. Unfortunately, I have a laundry-list of excuses, but just talking about school is emotionally exhausting. Such is why if I ever did start another degree program, I have half a mind to chip away at it in silence until just before graduation – if not after, even. Funny how I try to keep so much to myself despite making it a point to "know everything". I used to describe my old jobs as "to know everything", which kind of also applies to where I work today.
First and foremost, I've started an 8tracks profile! 8tracks is a music streaming site that streams music in playlists. I procure music from several reaches (and I mean reaches) of the music-sphere and make playlists for fun. I live in playlists, they are the soundtrack to my drives to and from work and everywhere else, and as music does, each song and each playlist eventually absorbs memories that re-play out with each listen. I know, it's one more social media-esque site to ignore me on, but the reason behind why I started an 8tracks (and these playlists) is important to me.
"I first started driving before the advent of the stereo with the built-in aux port, so I took to creating 'driving CDs' every so often. [After starting college, these also became a way to share music with my friends, which is a tradition that continues today and still means the world to me.] Two vehicles and an aux port later, I'm still creating them and love sharing them. I went to school for a while studying music so I could go on to become a film composer, so these playlists are a scaled-down realization of that dream."In addition to arranging playlists, I'm still dabbling in electronic composition. Eventually I hope to have everything uploaded to my Soundcloud page, but at a couple hundred tracks in my library, I doubt I'll be able to post as much as I would like. Not that it matters.
Outside of music, I spend a lot of time shopping for (even more) clothes. My last master-post about style, etc. showcased my already-expansive wardrobe, but – shockingly enough – there were a few things I was just recently introduced to this year.
|heathered polka-dot sweatshirt by forever21|
|collarless cotton shirt by H&M|
|no particular order: the gap, forever21, H&M|
|polo by old navy + t-shirt by the gap = magic|
|hint: my costume will be to die for. (credit: zerochan.net)|
Finally, beyond clothes (but not too far beyond): BATH BOMBS. And solid fragrances.
|The Lacquerologist: LUSH Mermaid Water Cocktail!|
As linked by Anchorage's LUSH Facebook page
Breath of God was my first solid fragrance and was the only fragrance I wore for the rest of the time I was in California. The ladies at the store can do a much better job explaining why it's called what it is, but for lack of any other way to describe it, I would call it a blue-green, almost musky floral – not too feminine, but not too Alpine Frost and Monster Truck Gas Fumes, either.
|L: B&BW Wild Madagascar Vanilla lotion + Carolina Herrera 212 Glam Men EDT|
R: Hempz Exotic Green Tea & Asian Pear lotion + Lacoste Essential EDT + LUSH Dirty solid
Now I'm waiting to start using Dirty (that's what it's called) again when I get ready in the mornings. Dirty actually smells fresh and clean, with mostly minty herbal notes. It pairs great with the green Hempz lotion (again, shout-out to Ulta, thanks for finally opening in Anchorage) I usually layer with my Lacoste Essential cologne.
If you haven't noticed, I like to downplay how much I know about grooming so I don't come across as obsessed. I trim my nails, I keep my eyebrows separated, I smell nice and I use lotion on parts of me that are dry, and suddenly I'm one of those people. Maybe that's just one thing that makes me interesting as a person.
Anyway, I've gone on long enough. I'll check back in again when I find something else to obsess over, which could be soon. Who knows? (Who cares?)