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30DC: 15-28

Ah, shit. I’m really bad at this updating thing. But, in my defense, it’s been pretty hectic since I last wrote something. I’m in my last few days in the northern part of CA before jetting off to school again (which, in all honesty, I’m am very much excited for). But, holy guacamole. 14 days have passed?! That’s an entire novel right there that I could have written! In internet land… that’s, like, CENTURIES!

But, hey – a novel I will write now in attempts to catch up! I guess, after this post, there will be only two more posts until I’ve “finished” this challenge. Finished, being used, as a very loose term.

Post is kinda picture heavy. You’ve been forewarned (although your browser has probably already loaded them all by now, just thought I’d be courteous)

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Day 15: Your zodiac/horoscope and if you think it fits you

I’m a Scorpio, for all of your horoscope lovin’ web-netter’s out there that can garner a person’s personality from how/what they write about. And this is what my zodiac says about me (just bullets… if I had copied and pasted everything it would have been too long to post).

Taken verbatim from Zodiac Signs Astrology.

Scorpio Astrology October 23 – November 21

  • series of extremes, they can even be downright moody for no apparent reason
  • excellent memory and combined with an inability to let things go
  • persistent and determined
  • Scorpios are fierce competitors, combined with their powers of observation and their excellent memory, they will recall facts and when necessary, bring them to the table at the time of need
  •  all about intensity and contradictions
  • Scorpios are all about control, they need to be in control at all times. To be out of control is very threatening, even dangerous to the Scorpio’s psyche, when they control, they feel safe.

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16: Something you always think “what if” about

what if…

  • the world was color blind?
  • humans weren’t at the top of the food chain?
  • fairy tales were real?
  • I had a Big Mac right now? Would my stomach reek revenge on me?! (I’ve been a vegetarian for about 5 years now…)
  • I had to live my life on repeat (but not a day, specifically. Let’s say, a week or a month. Just to be interesting.)

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17: Something you are proud of

Making my own planner/notebook/journal. No, seriously. It’s friggin’ baller, and will get it’s own post very soon

(Sneak peak!)

Pardon that it’s a bit yellow – there’s little lighting where I am right now.

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18: A problem that you have had

Forgetting things. “It’s in my horoscopic nature” you may say. If you do one thing to extremely irk me off, you betcha that 50 years down the road I’m still going to be peeved. But, thankfully, I do forgive easily, especially if you bake me a chocolate cake. Just don’t serve it with arsenic & dolly it up with old lace.

Get it??

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19: Five items that you lust for

Nexus 7 (but getting it soon!) This is pretty much my first Anti-Apple large-statement purchase… Yes, I realize that leaving the Apple sphere to join into the Droid cult is essentially the same move (ie. joining another following), but with the string of recent Apple moves lately, I’ve been thinking that they’ve become a little bit too bit for my liking (pretty sure this statement is going to bite me in the ass sometime down the road).

  • Boba! Because you can never have enough…. a delicious, chewy, aromatic concoction served with a side of diabetes.

 

 

  • A (nice looking) (sturdy) (will look better after aging) leather messenger bag. Oh! Like this one

Because nothing is better than quality meeting functionality & aesthetics

Um, that’s pretty much it. I haven’t really lusted for anything all summer due to the fact that I’m trying to be as content as possible with everything that I currently own/have no business in purchasing/should really detach myself from worldly processions. I’ll probably get these items (erm, the boba and messenger bag, that is) eventually, but at the expense of tossing/donating something else.

Oh – did I mention? I threw out an entire box (about 30 articles of clothing) last week. No picture though, sadly, as I was in this frenzy of “need to get it out of my sight and into the hands of Goodwill extra-extra-extra quick before I regret something” From start to finish (including unloading the car at Goodwill, I probably de cluttered in 15 mins. Now, that’s what I call productivity!

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20: Your fears

I guess I’ll put the most practical: graduating with a B.Arch degree realizing that I learned little, and can’t find a job in a related field. Oh, and not getting into a Master’s program and excelling.

And, (this is on my over arching bucket list) not traveling to Japan. That would make me so utterly devastated

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21: how you hope you’re future is like

I hope it’s filled with rainbows, stars, and pixie dust.

But, no, seriously, I just hope I’m happy and get to do what I want instead of feeling obligated to follow the every whim of the people around me.

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22: Your academics

I’m studying Architecture… so I’m not sure exactly what this prompt is looking for?

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23: Something that you miss

Fried chicken from Popeye’s. I grew up with it in Texas and it was such a delight to eat. But since giving up meat, I still crave it in my dreams sometimes…

I hope you don’t think I’m kidding – yes, I could start eating meat again, but 1) it would totally wreck my system for the longest time, and having hives isn’t my idea of fun and 2) the only meat i would eat would be fried chicken.

So, pretty much, I’m better off with my faux Morning Start chikn ‘nuggets with lots of BBQ doused on top, practically til it becomes BBQ soup with chik’n nugget croutons on top.

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24: 5 words/phrases that make you laugh

its actually is really easy to make me laugh…. i’m not sure if i have easy button words/phrases. But, when I do find out/realize that they are making my laugh manically, I’ll have to change the answer to this prompt. But for right now? I’ll just say boobies.

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25: Something you’re currently worrying about

If I’ll actually be able to stick to my monetary budget for the next year.

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26: Things you dis/like about yourself.

I love myself! What’s wrong with you?

Ha, I’m pretty sure the creator of this challenge was female, because body image/perception seems (more commonly) a female issue.

But, if i could pinpoint one thing that I disliked about myself, physically, would be that I wish both my eye lids had the american fold just because trying to eye line one “American” eye versus the “Asian” eye so that they appear even when my eyes open makes me waste so.much.eyeliner!

And one thing that I love about myself? I bake really, really well. Like, good enough to sell! I’ve actually sold around $400 in baked goods (donated after I payed myself for supplies), as well as was payed $200 to cater. Not bad for my self-taught-baker high school self!

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27: A quote you try to live by

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Specific author not known (it’s been attributed to several different people)

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28: somewhere you’d liked to move or to visit.

On my bucket list (which, until recently, has not changed in about 8 years) is to travel to Japan, Alaska, and Russia (just St. Petersburg).But, I’ve swapped out Russia for Switzerland, as my love of chocolate has grown exponentially.

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WHEW! I FINISHED! Count it, 14 prompts done!

Now, if only I can make it and not get lazy on the last two…

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30DC: 12 + 13

Hi, Ho!

DAY 012: Five Guys Whom You Find Attractive.

insert smutty laugh– In fear of sounding like a total douche-ette and only caring about looks (hard, I know!) I’ll hit five different guys on the basis of the 10 traits of a real man. As it would be too easy to add my own boyfriend to this list, and not all together that fun in the spirit of this thirty day challenge, the men listed below have to hit at least two of the qualities on the AskMen’s list. Personally, this makes everything so much more challenging.

01: Tim Burton – maybe not the most dashing man in the world, but certainly, he is a creative genius and all together one of my favorite directors. His creative intellect alone could be the basis on my on-going attraction to him.

traits: made his own fortune, focused, does not look like a woman

02Abraham Lincoln – Favorite president, ever. And he could have been a vampire slayer? COOL!

traits: focused, knows the importance of family, word is his bond, strives to be a role model, made his own fortune, can defend himself

o3: Robert Pattinson – say what you may of him, but I personally feel that the grace he took (at least in the public eye) is quite commendable. Loved him since HPGF days, and it really doesn’t hurt that he’s British, of course.

traits: can defend himself, doesn’t gossip, word is his bond, is strong, knows the importance of family, focused

04: Eric Northman – yes, I realize that he is a title character in the True Blood/The Southern Vampire Series, but did you honestly think I’d not include at least one hunk that fit the bill on this list?! I fell in love with his character as the TV series progressed… whereas his true nature is shown in spurts or in flashbacks, I think there’s a lot of depth of “real man” in his character. Alexander Skarsgard – the actor that portrays Northman – is cute to boot too (for some reason I’ve been on a Swedish guy rampage!). Preferred him more as the lost-loving type versus the angry-possessive, but I can’t complain.

traits: can defend himself, doesn’t gossip, word is his bond, is strong, knows the importance of family, focused, does not look like a woman, keeps his house in order

05: Hugh Jackman – in a age of failed marriages, Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have strove onwards and forwards. Doesn’t hurt one bit that he’s played Wolverine (X-Men being own of my favorit super-hero series), is a philanthropist, and has triumphed both movie and theater stages. Would he be considered a Renaissance man in my eyes? Quite possibly.

traits: can defend himself, is strong, knows the importance of family, focused, does not look like a woman

Day 13: your opinion about your body and how you feel about it

I think, at the core, every person in somewhat insecure about their bodies, especially if they were to be, let’s say, naked in front of their significant other.

I know I am.

But, for the most part, I’m pretty happy with my body. Although it would be nice not to have the back pain associated with the weight that I’ve gained in the last three years… I’m not entirely unsatisfied. However, my “coming to terms” about my more… curvy body is still not a reason for my not to get back into shape — especially since I’m planning on backpacking to several places before I’m 30.

So the moral of the store? I’m happy with the way I look, but for practicality, I need to get into better shape.

Hypocrite, much?

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Dirty Thirty*

*post may not be suitable for all viewers

While on my usual hour of interweb surfing, I stumbled across this piece on thirty things every woman should know before they turn 30, and a reaction piece. While perusing the list – #6 stood out the most – A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age. I admit wholeheartedly that I tend to play it safe unless in the heat of the moment. But, for the most part, I’m a micromanaging nut.

And, because I love lists and can’t seem to go a day without one, I thought to myself “why not?”. I wholeheartedly believe – and you may disagree – that while in your 20’s the world is yours for the taking. If you’re like me, you’re away at college, you’re not married, you have enough money in your account to splurge every once in a while, and you’re at your prime. Why waste your life now, when you’re going to be burdened with it later on? “Old enough to know better, but too young to care”.

So, I present to you, my carefully crafted dirty thirty list. Although not altogether “dirty” in nature, I see it as my “before thirty bucket list” – what’s in yours?

  1. Color Run
  2. Take a cruise to Alaska (preferably the Disney kind)
  3. Backpack through Yosemite for a week
  4. Start a retirement fund (yes, a bit boring, but it’s never too early to start one)
  5. Get my masters (or in the process) in Historical Preservation
  6. snow board in another state
  7. buzzed, wild, passionate, animalistic, once-in-a-lifetime, sex
  8. Be almost debt free, whatever that means.
  9. learn to box
  10. find a way to release anger, frustration, and pent up energy (boxing?)
  11. Go to SD’s Comic Con
  12. Drive along the CA coast
  13. Get in the best shape possible
  14. Drink so much I black out
  15. learn to pole dance
  16. learn to chair dance
  17. Take boudoir photographs
  18. Become a semi-expert in wine
  19. Sex Marathon
  20. learn to surf
  21. cliff/rock diving/jumping
  22. Mardi Gras
  23. Hike the Grand Canyons
  24. Not get pregnant
  25. Get engaged
  26. Dye parts of my hair/whole head a different, drastic color (pink! purple! blue!)
  27. adopt a pet, whatever it may turn out to be
  28. Get my driver’s license
  29. Get properly fitted, boob-pushing, wooooowzer, bra. Maybe three?
  30. Do something unexpected.
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