Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 30
Nail Polish

I started doing my nails regularly in an attempt to stave off dermatophagia / dermatillomania symptoms a couple of years ago, and I try to keep my nails painted at all times.

That being said, I have grown to love painting my nails, so whenever I go to places like Sally's, Walgreens, or CVS, I find myself immediately drawn to the nail polish sections. What new colors do they have today? I'm a dork about it, but hey... it helps keep my nails and cuticles in check.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 29
Military Time

I know it's weird, ok? But it really does make me happy.

There's something about it that's so precise. If I say let's meet at 19:00, there's no way that someone might get it confused with 7AM. So yes, my friends sometimes roll their eyes when I spout off some X-hundred hour time estimate, but they know exactly when I'm talking about. I honestly don't know why more people don't adapt to that time-telling system.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 28
My Strength

It may seem like a bit of a self-indulgence, but this is actually something that truly makes me happy. I am really strong, not only in the physical sense, but in the emotional sense as well. I am proud of my strength, and I love using it to support my friends and family.

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Dinowalrus - Grounded

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 27

This website is, by far, the most useful tool in a language-learner's arsenal. I use it daily for my Korean acquisition.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 26

I am a water fiend. For realsies. I always keep a bottle (or three) at my desk, and I usually end up drinking around 3 liters of water per day. Some might say that it doesn't have a taste, and others might even say that - gasp! - they don't like water (ingrates).

It's so good, and it's so refreshing. You're really missing out if you don't drink it all the time.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 25

I have never really felt the need to stay put for too long in one place. Sure, I like familiarity and appreciate proximity to my family as much as the next person, but I have always felt the pull of the unknown, dating all the way back to when I was a wee bairn.

There are sights to see, people to meet, history to learn hands-on. So very much to experience. Next year is going to be a landmark year for me, and I am waiting with bated breath.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 24
My Kindle Paperwhite

I'm a bit ashamed to admit this, but I love my Kindle Paperwhite.

As a bibliophile, I had a really hard time biting the bullet and finally getting a Kindle a couple of years ago, but I decided to go ahead and do it simply because of convenience. I mean, books are right at my fingertips!! And they're way cheap in comparison to actual books.

Again, I will forever prefer the feel and smell of a physical novel, but with my upcoming travel plans, I am highly looking forward to reading a ton of books without the hassle of shipping them.

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Exercise #216: When in Rome...

... do as the Romans do: speak Italian. 

Have your characters, who are arguing about something (whatever you like) use some or all of the following words and phrases:

Dove? (Where?)
Buona notte. (Good night)
Ha un gelato? (Have you any ice-cream?)
una crema de barba (shaving cream)
E compreso il servizio? (Is service included?)
E sulla strada sbagliata. (You're on the wrong road)

1,2,3, GO!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 23
The Lost City of Atlantis

I'm a huge nerd when it comes to Atlantis. I'll spend hours researching possible locations, how it might have disappeared into the sea, and what sort of technology they have. I even have a half-written novel (scrapped when I realized that it was terrible) about Atlantis still being in existence in modern times. Don't even get me started on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, an animated feature film by Disney starring Michael J. Fox. It's one of my favorites.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 22
Red vs. Blue

If you haven't heard of Red vs. Blue, I would highly suggest you get on board the jolly RvB train by going HERE. It's hilarious, and actually gets some major substance later on after the series picked up steam with netizens.

Watch it. You won't regret it.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 21
U-Shaped Body Pillow

If you don't own one, go out and buy one. Now. Because they're amazing. It's like you're wrapped up in happiness and unicorn glitter all night long.

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The Morning Birds - Bloom

I found these guys using This Is My Jam, and I definitely dig it. I love the retro aesthetic they've got going on, and it's one of those songs that you can see yourself chilling out to at the house after a long day.

Your thoughts?


Saturday, September 20, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 20
Being Barefoot

Something I always say is "The world is a better place without shoes," and I stand by that. In fact, the first thing I do when I get home for the day is peel of my shoes. My feet rejoice in happiness and basque in their freedom for the rest of the day until I have to tragically shoehorn them into another pair in the morning.

When I lived in New York, I would frequently go walking around the city and Central Park with no shoes on, and, while some might view that as absolutely disgusting, I view those as the times when I was most happy. Homeless man pee can always be washed off at the end of the day, and as long as I paid attention to where I was stepping - a skill that one must have while living in New York - I was fine. No harm, no foul.

I don't know what it is about being barefoot. You just feel more connected, more free, untethered to societal norms.

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Sleep & The Insomniac

I've had a hard time sleeping since I was a kid. I don't know if it's a hormonal issue or if my brain is just overactive, but I cannot remember a time in my life when I slept honest-to-God well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 19
@DavidHasselhoff Follows Me On Twitter

Because I'm amazing, don't'cha know? He's pretty much wonderful, and I still attribute the falling of the Berlin Wall to him, actual fact put aside and / or on the backburner.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 18
Peanut Butter AKA God's Gift to Stefers

MomLady instilled a deep, meaningful love for peanut butter in me from the time I was a child. Truly, put peanut butter on something - anything - and I'll eat it (short of disgusting things like broccoli heads and excrement).

This is what I'm most worried about moving over to South Korea. From what I've read, it seems like peanut butter is a bit hard to find there, and when you do find it, it's expensive and sometimes past the expiration date. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'll eat that old peanut butter like a champ; it's just a little scary is all, thinking about living in a world without an unending supply of peanut butter. I don't know how I'll fare.

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His Clockwork Canary
Dear Sissybug Book Review

 Dear Sissybug,

This one was... better. But that really isn't saying much as the last one was truly dismal. His Clockwork Canary was only mostly dismal. I can't say that I'm surprised, but I am disappointed that Beth Ciotta couldn't get her shit together for her Sophomore novel, especially with the tools she had given herself. So, so, so disappointed.

We read the first installment of The Glorious, Victorious Darcys, Her Sky Cowboy, back at the beginning of the month, and, as stated in my first review, I really wanted to like it, but the book just fell short on so many different, important levels that I couldn't even give it a slightly erect thumbs up.

Before I get started on the review for the 2nd installment of the trilogy, did you know that the author created a sort of book trailer for it? hah I'm not kidding. See below.

The 2nd novel of the trilogy (again, someone gave the green light for not one, not two, but three of these books) begins around the same time frame as Her Sky Cowboy. It follows the story of (oh my goodness, I've already forgotten the lead's name from the first book... to Google I go) Amelia's brother, Simon Darcy in his own attempt to win the same prize that his sister is after. There's love, steampunk-i-ness, and fantasy elements, but I left feeling a general sense of BLAHHHHH at the end.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 17
Getting a Pedicure

I'm not what one would consider a "girly girl" by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, my mother gets alarmed every time I wear a dress.

The other day, I got a pedicure with a wonderful girlfriend of mine, and I wore a knee-length dress just to make the process easier.* After I got home, MomLady greeted me at the door, and her mouth dropped.

"You look like a girl!!" she exclaimed.

"Good thing, being that I am one."

That being said, I do enjoy pampering myself every once in a while, and pedicures are my way of doing that. Granted, I don't get them frequently, but my poorly treated feet rather relish being cared for, even if it's once every few months.

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*Seriously, wearing pants or a long dress after a pedicure is tantamount to disaster. Just don't do it, ok? You have been warned.

Exercise #215: The Big Three

Hyperbole & a Half is the best. Ever.

Quick! List the three biggest things you are procrastinating on right now. How does each one feel to you? Make a simile. 

Example: I am procrastinating on writing my will. Simile: It feels to me like a giant boulder covered in Velcro.

1,2,3, GO!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 16
Epsom Salt

It may seem a weird thing to make someone happy, but epsom salt is the tits. For real.

I have a long history of athleticism and dance, and as such my body has been put through the ringer over the years. I have a bad left knee that will never get better, feet and toes that have been broken in numerous places only to heal in weird angles, and terrible short term memory as a result of a head injury.

My body is no stranger to bumps, bruises, breaks, and soreness, and epsom salt does a bang up job of making it feel better in no time. It's not a cure-all, of course, but my muscles thank it sincerely.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 13
My Parents

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Living With Your Parents at 27

I've reached a point in my life in which, as society tells me, I should be completely self-sufficient.

I should be well-seated in my career path with the opportunity for upward mobility and promise of a potentially large salary looming in my future.

I should be married (or at least in a serious relationship) and thinking about 2.5 kids and a dog (if not already).

I should be capable of saving lots of money and having an emergency fund that will cover any and all catastrophes that may or may not happen.

Should, should, should.

Well... I'm not.

Hello. My name is Stefanie.
I am 27 years old, and I just moved back in with my parents.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

#100HappyDays: Day 11
Clean Bedsheets + Freshly Shaven Legs

Best.                        Feeling.                        Ever.

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