Monkeys Wearing Jackets Make Everything Better

10 Dec

Spark Notes version: dealing with a lot of emotional stuff today that is severely inhibiting my productivity.

Until I saw this monkey.

Memes make everything better.

Day: saved.



It’s About Survival / Dating Dislike

6 Dec

As of 9:30pm EST this very evening, I will have completed all of my classes of my first semester as a PhD student! My last final is the 17th, so I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch. Also, I don’t own chickens.

The past few weeks have been hell for a few reasons.
1. I miss the sh*t out of my sister. She gives the best advice and it’s sad to not be able to hug her after she’s done dealing a hefty dose of a reality check.
2. The other person in my cohort is thinking of quitting.
3. There’s only enough time to get it done – not to make it perfect. As a raging perfectionist, I’m getting a really valuable life lesson to calm my sh*t down. It’s not about achievement – it’s about survival.

I’ll be honest – I thought about quitting this past week. I thought about going to cosmetology school instead. You see, one of my stress relief tactics is shopping at Sephora – not the healthiest for my wallet, but my skin looks great and I’m kick-ass at liquid eyeliner now. But then I thought about the office job I would get instead – because that’s what I’m most qualified for at this point – and immediately went back to my research. I cannot work in an office. Even though it’s super stressful, this is really the environment where I belong. I’m gonna stick it out for the long haul. I like Buffalo, my new friends are awesome, and I like who I’ve become. I like everything here.

Well, there is *one* thing I dislike – people who say they had a nice time on your date and then never talk to you again.

Really? Caution: it’s about to get straight-up cranky in here.

I’m a person who is very quick to appreciate others and I’m optimistic about my future. I’m honest about how I feel and very empathetic. I tell people how I feel about them. My guard is usually down. When you tell me that you enjoyed spending time with me, I believe you and I get my hopes up. 2012 has *not* been my year for relationships. Luckily, 2013 is right around the corner. I know the right guy who will love all of me is out there somewhere – it’s just going to take me a little bit longer to find him. Or have him find me 🙂
I’m not looking for pity, but rather to educate. If you don’t want to date someone anymore, tell them. Believe me, they’ll appreciate it more if you buck-up and just say what’s on your mind. Oh my blog – I sound like my mother.

I think I’ll just marry myself – I know we’ll be really happy together. Also, I’m registered at Target, Crate & Barrel, and – of course – Sephora. 😛

Monday Music Madness: Walking on Tightropes

3 Dec

These guys had one of my favorite songs this summer and are coming to Rochester in January – I CAN’T WAIT!!!


You should know Janelle Monae because of her collaboration on Fun.’s track “We Are Young” from earlier this year. This woman just knows how to SING. She also has killer dance moves and a bitchin’ hairdo. I’m jealous.

Yes, I’m avoiding work again because it’s become so immense as we get closer to the end of the semester. However, I’m currently sitting in a booth in the library and a young girl gave me a packet of Smarties with a flyer promoting fun study activities that a student group is hosting during finals week. While I won’t be attending the listed events (sorry, lady – I’ve got sh*t to do), I have already inhaled the sleeve of Smarties. Mmmm…. sugar 🙂


Boom. Monday.

Sunday Study Session Song – “Kites” by Geographer

2 Dec

Oh, you know me – just procrastinating and avoiding this research that I’m supposed to be doing.

I had an interesting weekend and I made a new friend. Well, we were friends before, but we actually spent a lot of time together this weekend. I know Amy through my PhD friends, but now I can actually say I’m friends with her: I joined her book club, went to karaoke with her, went bowling, went to brunch – it was pretty kick-ass. My PhD friends are in Vegas this weekend and with my high need for affiliation, I was craving some human contact. It was really nice to hang out with someone who isn’t in my program – well, besides the fantastic date I went on last weekend. More on that in another post. 🙂

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Mid-Week Music Moment: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

28 Nov

“So, we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us…”

I first heard about Macklemore from Blian (who, somehow, is always 3 steps ahead of me when finding new and kickin’ music). In my opinion, he’s a great follow up to what the Beasties have done for rap. Now that MCA has passed, kids just getting into rap will never be able to see all 3 of them together live. Don’t get me wrong – Jay-Z is one of the kings of the game (he *always* makes it onto my running playlist), but I hold a very special place in my musical heart for the Beastie Boys.

You’re going to want to stop everything you’re doing and listen to this song.

Monday Music Madness: Adele Remixes

26 Nov

Heyo, good people!

I came across these songs and thought I could put them together in a related post. Who doesn’t love a fresh take on a beloved vocalist?

This first one I heard a while ago when I lived in Philly. Childish Gambino is the rap name of Donald Glover a.k.a. Troy from the NBC comedy “Community.” When he first got his start, he was MCDJ but got his current stage name from a Wu Tang Clan name generator. For reference, although the beat is pretty sweet (I’m a fan of rhyming), the language is probably not appropriate for kiddie ears.

This second song I found in the We Are Hunted app on Spotify. Spotify is like Pandora, but you can create your own playlists too. You better believe I have quite a few playlists lined up – especially for doing work and writing papers. Josh Heinrichs puts a Bob Marley spin on Adele that I really dig.

This week is going to be crazy with work, and also crazy awesome. I’ll be sure to post an update as soon as I get the chance to put some thoughts together.

Have a kick-ass week, amigos!

Mid-Week Music Moment: “Hang With Me” by Robyn / Quick Life Update

19 Nov

It’s Thanksgiving this week! I’m so excited to be seeing my family. I don’t remember the last time I saw my sister – she lives in Rhode Island now and doesn’t get to travel to this side of the Northeast ever. I’ve been so swamped with work this week so far. I’m actually supposed to be writing a stupid paper as I write this, but blogging seemed like a better way to take a break.

So besides getting to see my family, I’m also excited for this weekend. I’m going on a date. Yes – a real life “post-college where you meet other people who didn’t go to the same school as you and therefore are super interesting” date.  He’s in the circle of friends that I’ve been spending most of my free time (hah! what free time?!). He originally asked me out to dinner, but he changed his mind and is now planning a surprise date. I love surprises, but when you tell me that you’re surprising me, I get super anxious and curious. I hope it has something to do with a fire-breathing dragon, but since they do not exist in real life, I’m keeping my other ideas down to earth.

Have a splendid Turkey Day everyone! Gobble gobble!!

Funky Friday: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons (Passion Pit Remix)

9 Nov


These two bands together produce nothing short of greatness.

It’s Time (see what I did there!) to get funky, good people!

New Music Thursday: “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood

8 Nov


If you know me, you know I love the Internet. Not just “Oh, yeah – the Internet is a great place to get the information I’m looking for!” Nay. It’s more of a “ERMAGHERD! I HAVEN’T CHECKED MY EMAIL IN 3 MINUTES?? WHAT IF I GET SOMETHING I NEED TO RESPOND TO *RIGHT NOW*?????!?!!! ARE THOSE PUPPIES IN SWEATERS??? LOOK AT THIS THUNDERSTORM TAKEN FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION YOU GUYZZ!!! DID YOU HEAR THAT JOE BIDEN IS GOING TO BE ON PARKS AND REC NEXT WEEK!! LOL” type of love.

It’s not a problem – I swear.

So, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the fact that the Internet allows me to listen to my favorite alt rock station in Philly without being within FM receiver range. Thanks to the wizards that control the Internet and the bitchin’ music that they play at Radio 104.5, I heard this song.

I thought this song was appropriate for two reasons: #1. It’s an awesome song. Boom. #2. It has been sweater weather in Buffalo for a while now. Actually, it’s just recently turned to “Ugh. I have to take the dog out to pee? Let me put on 7 layers of clothing” weather. As soon as the snow hits, it’ll make the chilliness totally worth it.

Enjoy this track, ladies and gents!

Mid-Week Music Moment: Doin’ a Double Take

7 Nov

I heard this song about a month ago. It came on the radio and my roommate and I commenced rockin’ out in my boat of a car.

“Hey! I like this song! It-…wait. Does this sound like The Police to you?”

Boom. Hit the nail right on the head. Want proof?

The Police are incredible. #1. I remember listening to their songs with my parents when I was younger. #2. Their song is really fun to play on Rock Band. This further strengthens my argument from before that a lot of music that is currently being pumped out is heavily influenced by some bitchin’ earlier artists who knew their stuff.

Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s chilly in Buffalo today – we had black ice early this morning! If it’s cold where you are, stay warm 🙂