Month: March 2013

Month In Review: March

Alright, let’s get into it.

  • Read every day. Another month in which I kept this resolution just fine. I knew this was a gimme when I made my resolutions, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. On the negative side, I’m pretty sure that I didn’t read a word of Team of Rivals this month, and that’s a bummer; I really do want to read Team of Rivals but I just can’t bring myself to do so.
  • Blog every day. And I continue being perfect. I feel bad that so many of my recent posts are really just “I’m so tired,” but it’s the truth. All I can do is what I can do, y’know?
  • Exercise every day. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t exercise a single day in March. That just means there’s room for improvement, right?
  • Brush my teeth twice every day. I was better about this than I was last month, but there were a couple of days when I was so exhausted at night that I just went to bed without brushing my teeth. I’m pretty sure that I brushed my teeth at least once every day, though, and that is pretty darn good for me.
  • Stop drinking soda. I still haven’t had a drop of soda in 2013. It’s easy to avoid it when I’m home, but difficult when I’m at my parents’ or I’m at a restaurant or a movie theater. And it’s hard at work, too, because my office provides free cans of soda, but I have persisted thus far.
  • Break out of my comfort zone. I’ve done some out of my comfort zone stuff (like starting a job), but not as much as I know I should.

In other news, there is a regular season baseball game being played on my TV right now! It’s so exciting even if it’s the Astros and Rangers; at least the Phillies play during primetime tomorrow night 🙂

Until tomorrow.

I Don’t Know How This Happened

I forgot that the new season of Doctor Who started tonight. Thank heavens for Facebook; a BBC America status update reminded me. I set my parents’ DVR to record one of the five repeats tonight.

I’m almost ashamed that I forgot. I’m a huge fan of the show and I just listened to the Nerdist podcast with Jenna-Louise Coleman a couple of days ago. At least I remembered in time to record it. I would’ve been angry with myself if I’d forgotten completely.

And now I’d better go to sleep so I can watch Doctor Who while my parents are at Mass.

Until tomorrow.

Friday List: Today Edition

Each of these things is connected with today in some way, shape, or form. I’m going to share them in chronological order.

  • I’ve become obsessed with “Harlem” by New Politics in the past few days and I bought it on iTunes last night. I listened to it four or five times at work today. It may or may not have caused me to dance in three different elevators 🙂
  • I finally listened to “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, which is gorgeous. And, ohmigod, the video made me cry just now.
  • I found this interesting profile of Brandon McCarthy on the BuzzFeed app while ignoring whatever NCAA basketball game was on TV. Even if I didn’t love McCarthy for his Twitter account I would love him for justifying my procrastination in the piece.

Until tomorrow.

Farewell, Lizzie

So the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is officially over. All good things must come to an end, right?

I honored the end of the show by finally backing the Kickstarter. (Why yes, yes I would like a box set of the show on DVD. How did you know?)

I’m bummed that the show is over, but I’m stoked that I found it. (Better late than never and all that.) And, on the plus side, Gigi Darcy is going to Sanditon.

I’m really interested in what they’re going to do with the Sanditon adaptation. I’ve only read the book once (so far) and the version I have has a really strange ending. (Actually, I’m not sure how many versions of Sanditon exist, but I hope there’s one with a more plausible ending.)

Until tomorrow.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

Thank God for BuzzFeed. Today was completely uneventful and I had nothing to blog about as recently as 20 minutes ago. But then I found this quiz on BuzzFeed that was so hilarious and informative that I just had to share it.

For the record, I knew going in that, in BuzzFeed’s words, I am not holy enough to receive Communion, but I didn’t know just how un-holy I am. I had no idea that my stance on marriage equality affects my ability to receive Communion. (Although it doesn’t really since I fail on much bigger issues.)

I was surprised that Confession only came up in the discussion after the quiz; when I was in CCD in middle school I was taught that going to Confession regularly was a requirement for receiving Communion. Of course, I haven’t been to Confession since 1994 (when I was in middle school), so I’ve really been a bad Catholic for most of my life.

And while I’m at it, you should know that all of my Confessions are null and void since I didn’t confess one of my sins. (Or, as Senses Fail put it in “Calling All Cars,” “I lied at my very First Confession.”) And knowingly withholding a sin in Confession makes it worthless. Wanna know what the terrible sin I couldn’t confess in Confession was? I used to steal penny candy from the barrels at Super Fresh when I was in second grade. And the best part is that it was right after CCD. And second grade CCD was when we prepared for Confession and Communion. It’s so stupid and kinda funny, but there was no way second grade me was going to tell a priest I did that, especially because our priest back then was awesome and I didn’t want him to think poorly of me.

Until tomorrow.


I have somewhere between 175 and 200 unread emails. It’s completely overwhelming. And, as previously discussed, my natural reaction when overwhelmed is to ignore the problem until it goes away, but that won’t really help in this case.

It started last Monday when I was so tired when I got home from work that I only had the energy to watch that day’s Phillies game. (It’s remarkably soothing to watch a recorded baseball game.) And then as the week wore on I continued to pick TV over the Internet. And now I have the energy and the time when I get home from work to do it, but it’s so much that I just shut down.

I can’t even imagine where to start, but I really need to just do it. Tomorrow, though, because I need to go to bed now. (Look at me being all responsible and crap.)

Until tomorrow.


I got distracted almost as soon as I got home from work tonight and somehow didn’t think about eating until after 8. At which point I was starving and didn’t care what I ate as long as it had a short prep time. So I made something in the microwave, but it was too much. And now I feel like I’m going to explode. Fun.

On the plus side, all I want to do is go to bed; I might actually get a decent amount of sleep tonight. Fingers crossed.

Until tomorrow.

Big, Big Plans

So my big, big plans for the weekend were as follows: go to my parents’ house and go to a Phillies Spring Training game. I came up to my parents’ house on Friday and today we went to the game. Like last year, I didn’t want to talk about the game ahead of time for fear that it would get rained out. And this year’s forecast called for storms from, like, 1-5 PM so I was doubly anxious. But they got the whole game in without any weather-related stoppage, so yay! It was overcast for pretty much the entire time we were at Bright House Field and even rained once or twice but I still managed to get a sunburn on both arms. Aren’t I lucky?

The weather was ominous when we got to the park
The weather was ominous when we got to the park
Darn close to an Opening Day lineup
Darn close to an Opening Day lineup

The exciting part about this year’s game was that Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were actually in the starting lineup! And neither of them was scratched!

A surprising number of names I recognize made the trip north with the Red Sox
A surprising number of names I recognize made the trip north with the Red Sox

My mom noticed that Victorino was playing for the Red Sox before I did. Of course, she was just thinking about how he was my sister-in-law’s favorite player.

Of course I took a picture of the Wawa sign in right field
Of course I took a picture of the Wawa sign in right field


Shane coming over to say "hi" (not really)
Shane coming over to say “hi” (not really)

The Phillies lost, but I’m not particularly bummed about it. I got to see major league ballplayers play baseball in person. And I was much closer to the field than I could ever hope to be at Citizens Bank Park. And, oh yeah, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard went back-to-back in the eighth inning! (That doesn’t suck.)

Until tomorrow.

Bribery Isn’t Foolproof

My parents are trying to bribe me into going to Mass tomorrow with promises of going out to breakfast afterwards. But as much as I love going out to breakfast (and I do), I probably hate Palm Sunday Mass more. Plus, I’m still really tired from this week.

I have no idea what will happen tomorrow morning. I set an early alarm, but that’s no guarantee that I won’t decide that sleep is more important than breakfast when faced with a blaring alarm clock.

I can’t wait to see what I decide. (It’s like my life is a page-turner or something.)

Until tomorrow.

Friday List

I know I’m a broken record, but ohmigod am I tired. I should be in bed so hopefully I won’t be too verbose about this stuff.

  • As much as I love nail polish, I tend to avoid nail art and glitter polish because it’s such a pain to take off. But then I found this tip to remove even the most stubborn nail polish and I’m pretty excited about it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will.
  • I didn’t watch any of Justin Timberweek on Jimmy Fallon, but I saw a bunch of clips on YouTube. The barbershop quartet version of “SexyBack” is my favorite. (Side note: The 20/20 Experience is awesome! It’s probably my favorite JT record if only because it doesn’t have a single song that I want to skip.)
  • My beloved Lizzie Bennet Diaries is wrapping up. (Side note: the most recent episode is ah-may-zing! If I had the time I would watch it over and over and over.) But on the plus side, they’re going to put out a DVD box set. I haven’t supported the Kickstarter yet because I can’t remember my password, but I will.
  • HelloGiggles posted a link on Tumblr to this piece on FlavorWire. Literary cakes, are you kidding me? Two of my favorite things in one fabulous package 🙂
  • And while at FlavorWire my attention was grabbed by this piece on 10 books guaranteed to make you cry. I think I’ve read half of the books on the list and they all made me cry (and most of them made me cry a lot).

Until tomorrow.