GO HAWKS! I’ll be there today with the 12th man, screaming my face off. (Somehow I only missed two games this season, and I’m making up for it by going to both playoff games. Sweet deal.)

GO HAWKS! I’ll be there today with the 12th man, screaming my face off. (Somehow I only missed two games this season, and I’m making up for it by going to both playoff games. Sweet deal.)

(Belated) 2014 Goals

  • Read 40 books (or 14,000 pages)
  • Keep my condo tidier (recurring goal, never reached)
  • Study for and take the GMAT
  • Figure out how to get my 5th year, in order to take CPA exam
  • Visit a new state (Florida in March!)
  • Visit a new country (Iceland in September?)
  • Go to at least 6 book club meetups
  • Sell/give away 90% of my DVDs
And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.

Sylvia Plath

I’m on a weird SP kick lately.

With me, the present is forever and forever is always shifting, flowing, melting. This second is life. And when it is gone it is dead. But you can’t start over with each new second. You have to judge by what is dead. It’s like quicksand…hopeless from the start. A story, a picture, can renew sensation a little, but not enough, not enough. Nothing is real except the present, and already, I feel the weight of centuries smothering me. Some girl a hundred years ago lived as I do. And she is dead. I am the present, but I know I, too, will pass. The high moment, the burning flash, come and are gone, continuous quicksand. And I don’t want to die.
Sylvia Plath
photojojo:

Don’t you love when everything lines up perfectly? Josh Allsopp captured this shot of a lifetime in downtown Toronto, Ontario. If you like the print above, Josh has a Photostream 53 pages long to keep you going for hours. 
via Mpdrolet

Lovely

photojojo:

Don’t you love when everything lines up perfectly? Josh Allsopp captured this shot of a lifetime in downtown Toronto, Ontario. If you like the print above, Josh has a Photostream 53 pages long to keep you going for hours. 

via Mpdrolet

Lovely

Project 365: A Clean Home?: Resolution

cleanhome365:

My major New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to keep my condo cleaner and tidier on a regular basis. I tend to be a bit ADD about this, and my cleaning habits have gotten worse and worse the last couple years.

As a way to stay on track with my goal…

This new blog probably won’t be interesting to anyone, but I figure I need to make it at least somewhat public, so it can achieve its purpose.

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

I didn’t make any 2012 resolutions other than to read 40 books, and I didn’t quite make it. In fact, I only got halfway there, but some of those were huge (i.e. This Much I Know is True, 11/22/63, The Passage, Cutting for Stone).

For 2013, my biggest goal is to keep my condo tidier. In the last couple years, I’ve gotten pretty lazy about this (I’m blaming a self-diagnosis of ADD), so I’m going to have to come up with some tricks to keep me on track:

  1. Take a picture daily (or almost daily) of my living room and kitchen, and post it somewhere public.
  2. Make a list of everything that needs to be done (counters wiped, mail sorted, carpets vacuumed, etc.) and do at least one of those items every day.
  3. Hang a chalkboard near the kitchen and write dates on it: the last time the dishwasher was run, the trash was taken out, the fridge was emptied, etc.

Does anyone else have other tips?

My other resolution is, again, to read 40 books and/or 14,000 pages. Hopefully I do better this year.

jensineeckwall:

I’m An Animal, an illustration of singer Neko Case, by Jensine Eckwall

Watercolor, gouache, digital 

Awesome.

Year of Reading in Review: 2012

I posted this over on boookish, but thought I’d put it here, too…

  1. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Jan. 1)
  2. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (Jan. 22)
  3. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Jan. 29)
  4. Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner (Feb. 26)
  5. Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot (Mar. 4)
  6. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Mar. 17)
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Mar. 20)
  8. The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont (Mar. 26)
  9. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Apr. 10)
  10. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Apr. 26)
  11. The Passage by Justin Cronin (Jun. 14)
  12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Jul. 7)
  13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Jul. 21)
  14. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Jul. 27)
  15. Hot Pink by Adam Levin (Jul. 29)
  16. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Aug. 27)
  17. Broken Harbor by Tana French (Sep. 8)
  18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Oct. 2)
  19. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (Nov. 18)
  20. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Dec. 5)
  21. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (Dec. 30)

Books finished: 21
Approximate total pages: 9,480*
Best Month: March (1,651 pages*)

Kindle version: 20 (95%)
Physical copy: 1 (5%)

New Releases: 7 (33%)

21st Century: 17 (81%)
20th Century: 3 (14%)
19th Century: 1 (5%)

Fiction: 20 (95%)
Non-Fiction: 1 (5%)

Most favorite read: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I don’t know if I loved it because I read it at the same time as season two of Downton Abbey (they have similar tones), or if it was just really good. Either way, this story of New York upper-class society as told by the daughter of Russian immigrants was exactly my cup of tea. And, of course, it helped that we have the same first name (Katey/Katie).

Least favorite read: Hot Pink by Adam Levin
I enjoyed Levin’s earlier tome, The Instructions, when I read it last year, but this collection of short stories was just not for me. At all.

Book I just couldn’t finish: The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
I couldn’t get into this one, no matter how I tried. One the one hand, it had exciting things like a dystopian world, ninjas, etc., but it was also slow, and the grammar bothered me. Plenty of people love it, but I probably won’t get around to giving it a second chance.

Most surprising find in 2012: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Released in 2011, this book was just flat-out entertaining, and it had it all: humor, assassins, jealousy, greed.

Most anticipated book of 2012: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
I only just read The Passage this year, but as soon as I finished it, I began looking forward to the release of its sequel.

Most memorable character: Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
It’s best to go into this book knowing nothing about it, so I won’t elaborate.

Favorite author discovery: Justin Cronin
2014’s release of The City of Mirrors can’t come soon enough!

Favorite cover of a book read in 2012: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
It’s so fancy!

Favorite quote/passage read in 2012: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
“In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions—we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there whether to keep that card and discard the next, or discard the first card and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come.”

Longest: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb, 912 pages*
Shortest: Hot Pink by Adam Levin, 207 pages*
Fastest: Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Slowest: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Funniest: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Saddest: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Scariest: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Best Writing: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

* Page numbers from Goodreads.com

Top ten albums of 2012

Wow, this is hard. All year I’ve been making a playlist in Spotify in order to make sure I remember all of the artists I listened to this year, but I’ve found I likedsongsmore than fullalbums. The list below is mostly based on how much I listened to certain albums.

Top Ten Albums:

  1. Metric - Synthetica
  2. Beach House - Myth
  3. Purity Ring - Shrines
  4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
  5. Yeasayer - Fragrant World
  6. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
  7. Shearwater - Animal Joy
  8. Tanlines - Mixed Emotions
  9. First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar
  10. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Honorable Mention:
Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal (since it came out in 2011 everywhere except the U.S.)

Best Single:
Ellie Goulding - “Anything Could Happen”

The New Pornographers  - Think About Me

OMG. A Fleetwood Mac tribute album with musicians I actually love?! And Lykke Li singing my favorite, “Silver Springs”?! Cannot wait to hear that one.

I’m the vice president of the United States, you stupid little fuckers! These people should be begging me! That door should be half it’s height, so that people can only approach me in my office on their goddamn motherfucking knees!
Selina Meyer, Veep (LOVE this show!)

I’ve never really liked Metric, but I’m quite into this new song.

(P.S. Hi, Tumblr! It’s been a while.)

Stop motion from the Bainbridge ferry approaching Seattle, as shot by Zac’s phone, since mine was dead. I think it’s pretty cool.