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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #88

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I’m not sure what to say or how I feel about this month. I worked on my May goals, which I’ll actually go over in my upcoming June goals post, but I feel like there’s not much else to discuss. I’ve struggled a lot to, I don’t know, exist? It’s hard to convince myself to do just about anything other than watch Netflix or listen to podcasts and color. Occasionally I’ll do the dishes or even, on a really good day, do some work taking down the upstairs wallpaper, but it’s a real challenge. I just want to stay in bed all day with the dog and cat.

Still, I’m trying to give myself credit for the things I did accomplish because I know it’s important not to downplay my successes, no matter how big or small. I just wish it didn’t feel like such a struggle right now. And I do still have things on my list for which I’m grateful, so I won’t say it’s been all bad.

The Evil Dead ♥ the resilience of plants ♥ looking forward to my first Horror Block ♥ Faculty of Horror ♥ red pepper and shrimp Alfredo ♥ mysterious black neighbor cats ♥ Nerdburger (Cazz) on YouTube ♥ lots of wonderful, homemade meals ♥ Butch-O-Vision ♥ evening walks with Dan and Lexi ♥ posting consistently to bookstagram ♥ hiking ♥ a super supportive husband who puts up with me unnecessarily yelling about life ♥ being caught up on my favorite podcasts ♥ making vacation plans


“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a monthly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past month, big and small and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

May 26, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #87

It’s been a rough couple of weeks, you guys. Firstly, every time I get a new tattoo, I get very vigilant about taking care of it while it heals–some (Dan) would even say too vigilant, to the point that it hinders just about everything else I try to do. Since my newest is also my largest, it’s taking longer and feeling much itchier than the rest have, and it’s just been such a damper on my mood. I feel like all I can do is read and watch Netflix to avoid rubbing my arm across things too much, and sleeping has been a real struggle. I’ve barely gotten any writing done all month, which feels especially awful. The only bright side is all the reading, but even that’s not enough to make me feel okay.

On top of that, I’ve been having an awful couple of body image weeks, which I also think is related to the tattoo since I haven’t been able to put on (or, rather, take off) a sports bra, so I haven’t been working out. There are a lot of other reasons behind it too, most of which my logical self knows are absurd, but it’s not exactly an on-off switch type of deal. I’ve had snide comments from years ago crossing my mind at the most unexpected times, and I cringe any time I scroll through old photos on my phone.

There have been good parts to this month, but the bummer mood feels like such a shadow over them all.

amazing birthday gifts from friends ♥ one month to Wonder Woman ♥ new tattoos (even if they itch like the devil) ♥ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ♥ mac & cheese and the myriad ways you can make it ♥ Snapple on sale ♥ starting a new Goosebumps collection ♥ candles ♥ rewatching Parks & Recreation ♥ getting back into bookstagram ♥ cats. I just love cats ♥ discount DVDs ♥ Disney tsum tsums + JC Penney sales ♥ getting creative with zine packaging ♥ blind bags ♥ bursting with new Etsy/zine ideas ♥ having my hair brushed ♥ a clean house

Three ways to make next month great:

  • Watch an hour less of TV each day. / This is directly related to April, after spending so much of my time the last three weeks of the month watching Netflix. I love TV, but I love doing other stuff too, and I need to remember to take the time to do those other things.
  • Share your work. / I specifically have a goal of sending out three writing submissions this month, whether it’s three separate pieces or simultaneous submissions to three publications. It’s not necessary to share what you do with other people, but it can be nice, so I’d like to start focusing on it more often.
  • Stick to a habit. / I made a habit tracker in my bullet journal for April, and while most things didn’t get filled out every day, I did stick closely to drinking a little over a liter of water each day. I’d like to keep that up (possibly increasing to two liters) and also pick at least one other habit to work on. I’m leaning towards writing, but we’ll see.

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a monthly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past month, big and small; to share ways to make the next month a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

April 28, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #86

March was such a good month! I actually slowed down a lot on making zines, putting out only one (Small Parts #004), but I got to see my favorite band a week before my birthday and visited one of my bucket list sites, so I don’t know if it was possible for the month to be bad.

I am hoping to get more visible writing outside the blog done in April, finishing up one or two more mini zines (the Daria fanzine and the Betty & Barney Hill Incident) and putting some more time into the next issue of Whatsername, though I don’t expect to finish that until at least late May. It can be hard not to get down on myself when I’m writing but not doing anything with it right away. Still, it’s the writing that counts the most; it’s the first step to everything else!

What did you find yourself up to in March?

A Witches Resistance & Action List ♥ “Wake the Dead” by The Used ♥ knocking out a zine a week for a month straight (if you count the distro newsletter, which I do) ♥ dancing + lip syncing along to Cyndi Lauper on Instagram stories ♥ What Time Are We Upon & Where Do I Belong? ♥ rewatching Daria all the way through ♥ having a work space I love + letting it evolve as necessary ♥ packing + mailing ALL THE ZINE ORDERS ♥ my birthday! ♥ Marilyn Manson ♥ UFO research ♥ GREEN DAY! GREEN DAY! GREEN DAY! (as if you didn’t know that) ♥ baking like a mad woman and seeing my skills improve ♥ watching Charlie sleep in his new cat bed ♥ the first trailer for the new IT adaptation

Three ways to make next month great:

  • Get dressed every day. / I tend to make a lot of excuses for not putting on pants every morning–the main one being I know I’m not leaving the house today–but considering how much more productive I tend to be when I am wearing jeans and a tee that’s different from the one I slept in, this is probably a good piece of advice.
  • Visit a weird place. / Checking out the Betty & Barney Hill Incident marker was one of my favorite parts of March (and there were a lot of things to love about the month), so I’d really love to go to another weird place in the next few weeks, especially to start getting more outdoors photos.
  • Make more time to read. / I didn’t do too badly reading this month, but I do wish I’d read more than I did. I actually spent a lot of the month watching The Great British Baking Show and Daria, baking, and listening to podcasts (none of which I regret), but I think April needs to be a month for books.

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a monthly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past month, big and small; to share ways to make the next month a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

March 31, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #85

This month, I took my last day at my normal person, reliable, steady income day job and began working from home on my writing. I’ve been writing like mad and scrambling to be active online–wait, is this what they mean by the hustle? How did I just now get that?

Anyway, I’ve been taking the mornings to work on my novel, then using the afternoons to work on whatever other projects need attention: zines, blog posts, and Patreon mostly, plus some Facebook and Twitter updates once in a while.

It’s certainly had its challenging points, and I plan to share a whole lot more about it in the next couple of weeks, but I won’t deny that there’s a certain thrill to it. The best part is that I’ve noticed a significant change in my mental and emotional health since the beginning of February, and I look forward to seeing what March has to offer.

finally starting my collection of house plants ♥ Riverdale ♥ catching up on podcasts ♥ mini zines galore! ♥ diner breakfasts ♥ a clean office space ♥ looking at everything as a possible plant pot ♥ the magic of mascara ♥ realizing my desk is color coordinated without even trying ♥ library books ♥ 50% off terrarium supplies at Michaels ♥ having the world’s most supportive husband ♥ also, being able to use the word husband ♥ green grapes ♥ this Stranger Things playlist on Spotify

Three ways to make next month great:

  • Get out of the house. / I spend a lot of time in my house now, so I’ve quickly realized how necessary it is for me to go out once in a while. Something as simple as a walk should make a big difference in my cabin fever, especially as the weather improves.
  • Drink plenty of water. / I was doing very well with this my first week or so at home, but somehow it quickly fell out of my routine.  I think we all know it’s a big deal to make sure we’re drinking plenty of water, so maybe I’ll start charting it or something to give myself a visual reminder.
  • Read more zines. / It’s been months since I really focused on any zines that I’ve read, even if I’ve ordered a couple here and there. I miss reading them (perzines especially), and it’d be nice to start connecting on the consuming level now that I’m back on track with producing.

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a monthly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past month, big and small; to share ways to make the next month a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

February 24, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #84

I did a not-so-great job of staying on top of things this week (in fact, it’s 8:17pm as I type this, rather than my usual before 5pm preference), and I’ve struggled to get through the same book for almost two weeks now. The funny thing is that it doesn’t feel like I’ve been watching a ton of TV or anything; I simply don’t know where my time has gone.

I did bake a cake this week, though, for the first time in a long time, and it came out very well considering I was kind of just winging it, so I don’t think anyone would call this week a total loss.

Also, I’ve decided that this feature is going to become a monthly one. I still plan to do weekly gratitude posts on a more personal level (in my journal or just lists on random scraps), but I’d like to open up the month to a wider variety of posts. From now on, I’ll be listing and loving on the last Friday of each month as a little recap of great things from previous weeks, rather than every Friday to avoid burnout on the feature.

designing postcards to add to my Etsy shop ♥ to do lists ♥ outlining my novel project for February with the She’s Novel Epic Novel Plan workbook ♥ catching up on zines ♥ melatonin ♥ revision ♥ post office trips ♥ Skinnytaste ♥ baking cakes ♥ putting together my TBR for next month ♥ remembering how much I love library e-books ♥ Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (I really want the new Plath shade) ♥ revising two zines and getting ready to print one ♥ cleanliness ♥ supporting friends

Three ways to make next month great:

  • Read a book by an unknown author. / Unknown to you or the general populous–just expose your mind to something new and different.
  • Take some naps. / Naps make just about everything better, but be sure not to make them too long or you’ll feel miserable when you wake up (I know I d0).
  • Get a houseplant. / I’ve been wanting a new plant for our house for a while now, something to bring a little more life to the indoor space these winter months.

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a monthly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past month, big and small; to share ways to make the next month a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

January 27, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #83

So here’s a fun story: I lost this notebook on Tuesday and spent about half an hour by myself ripping apart the house to find it, then had Dan help later in the day. Where was it? Behind the couch. I have a nasty habit of storing things on the back of the couch, and it’s inevitable that something will fall behind it once in a while. I just wish it hadn’t been the notebook because the panic was real for a few hours there.

I’ve been struggling with my writing this week. I can’t seem to sit down and write. Revision, however, has been a breeze, so at least that’s a plus. I suppose at least one of last week’s three things could be considered a success, though: I certainly finished a number of projects.

Paranormal Lockdown  ♥ launching my Patreon! ♥ Panic! at the Disco ♥ a home-cooked menu all week ♥ Dan ♥ Starbucks Frappucino bottled drinks ♥ picking out a color for the kitchen walls ♥ keeping up with projects + being overrun with plans and ideas ♥ designing a new business card ♥ Taco Bell ♥ shipping out zine orders ♥ library ebooks ♥ to do lists with every item crossed off ♥ weeknight bubble baths ♥ house plants (I really need to get some) ♥ the Too FacedxKat von D Better Together eye palette

Three ways to make next week great:

  • Try one new food with dinner. / I’m thinking about making something with eggplant, even though Dan says he doesn’t like it–and I might not either. There’s only one way to find out, though.
  • Stop into the library. / Sure, there are plenty of unread books around the house already, but sometimes it’s nice to change up the options once in a while.
  • Spend five minutes outside. / This can be a challenge because the weather is such a mess this time of year, but even just a quick walk can be invigorating enough to put some pep in the day.

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a weekly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past week, big and small; to share ways to make the next week a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

January 20, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #82

My emotions have been a very mixed bag this week, but I’ve managed to keep up with my writing, get the house feeling like the cleanest it’s been since we moved in, and finish two books, so it can’t all be bad, right? Any time I can keep afloat when all I want to do is curl up into a cave and hide seems like a good thing to me.

I’ve also been cleaning up my Patreon for its launch on Monday, and while I’ll have some tweaks to make in the coming weeks I’m sure, I’m excited to get it up and running (even if the eternal pessimist in me is trying not to get my hopes up). The page looks good and reads well; now I just need to make sure the first month’s rewards are all in order ahead of time.

homemade chocolate cream pie ♥ engaging with other bookstagrammers ♥ This Is Us ♥ finding new blogs to read (please send me recs!) ♥ wax melts ♥ cleaning the house after finally taking down the tree ♥ waffles ♥ How to Hang a Witch ♥ browsing zines ♥ finishing up books ♥ cheese ♥ listening to podcasts while deep cleaning the house ♥ reading for hours on end without guilt ♥  rain + tea ♥ dogs in coats or sweaters ♥ having so many ideas it’s almost overwhelming ♥ Sephora + Sourpuss orders on the way

Three ways to make next week great:

  • Check out a local store. / I have a couple of favorites in town (especially the used bookstore), but I don’t always go to them as often as I’d like. Make a point to stop in while you’re out and about, even if you don’t buy anything (though bonus feel good points if you do).
  • Eat an extra piece of fruit. / Or vegetables, if that’s your thing. Just eat something fresh to boost your insides and help them work a little better than that second bag of chips you got from the vending machine today.
  • Finish that project. / You know the one. It’s been sitting half finished pushed out of the way, but it’s still nagging at the back of your mind. Just get it over with–or scrap it entirely. Whatever “finished” means to you in this situation. (For me this will be one of any number of zines I have sitting around to revise.)

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a weekly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past week, big and small; to share ways to make the next week a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

January 13, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #81

I feel like I’ve been working really hard this week, but I also feel like I’m getting stuck. Maybe I’m wearing myself out. Maybe I’m doing too much of the same thing. I’m really not sure what’s going on, but I’m hoping that taking the weekend off for a small party with a few friends will help get me back on track come Monday.

I did come up with a fun idea for a short story collection while cooking some bacon for dinner the other night, which I mentioned on my Instagram. If I take the weekend to think it over a little bit, let the idea stew in the back of my mind as I enjoy other things, then perhaps I’ll be able to start next week with words ready to pour onto the page.

Nicki Minaj ♥ rewatching Stranger Things ♥ seeing how much writing has changed (improved) even over the last year or two ♥ takeout food ♥ full-face makeup days ♥ “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins ♥ helpful, supportive, and enthusiastic friends ♥ The Art of Asking ♥ homemade pizza ♥ book deliveries! ♥ going to bed early (one of last week’s suggestions) ♥ blog ideas coming out my ears ♥ challenging myself with Project 365 ♥ working on my Patreon campaign

Three ways to make next week great:

  • Consider your relationship with the internet. / This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a negative one, either; I’ve actually been making more of an effort to connect with people lately, rather than just being an observer. I want to make the internet more than just a place to waste time, y’know?
  • Cook something. / Anything, be it a full layer cake with buttercream frosting or a grilled cheese sandwich with a little extra something. Just take the time to be present while making–and eating–a meal.
  • Congratulate yourself. / Acknowledge something you’ve accomplished this week, even if it was just getting through the week itself. You made it, and that’s worth celebrating, too!

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a weekly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past week, big and small; to share ways to make the next week a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

January 6, 2017
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #80

In an effort to, shall we say, redecorate my blog, I’ve been going through old posts, deleting drafts that have sat around for months and revising any that could use a fresh coat of paint, and I decided that for 2017 I want to bring back my series “It’s Friday; I’m in Love.” I’ll pick back up right where I left off, and I’ll work it like the original version, with both a love list and suggestions to make the upcoming week a little better.

Here’s what we’ve got on the list for the end of this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.

new makeup and books on the way ♥ keeping up (for the most part) with my new writing routine ♥ routines in general ♥ dog snores + cuddles (seriously, my dog is the best cuddler) ♥ baklava ♥ My Favorite Murder ♥ a full shelf of unread books ♥ working on a Patreon page ♥ my new blog layout ♥ Criminal Minds ♥ Stephen King ♥ snow storms ♥ ASMR ♥ new notebooks + pens ♥ a clean work space ♥ photography + bookstagram ♥ naps

Three ways to make next week great:

  • Make a decision. / I’m talking about something that you’ve been thinking about for a while but haven’t been able to make up your mind yet. Just do it, and check it off your list of worries.
  • Indulge. / In a snack or drink. In a good long reading session. In way too many episodes of that show on Netflix you’ve been considering.
  • Go to bed a little earlier. / This one’s self explanatory. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep, dude!

“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a weekly gratitude post. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past week, big and small; to share ways to make the next week a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

December 30, 2016
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It’s Friday; I’m in Love #79

04.18.15 / tomato plants
04.18.15 / pepper plants

Another up and down month, as usual. From longer work hours to the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest, having a meltdown after my cat accidentally got outside to drinking in poetry, I’ve been all over the place.

Most recently, though, I finally made the commitment to a new car, which I’ve named (Agent) Scully because how could I not? That’s today’s project–getting it registered and all–and hopefully I’ll be able to finally bring the car home after actually buying it on Wednesday. The odd and amusing part, of course, is that I’m excited to have a new car, but I am actually still uncomfortable with driving. I’m hoping that since Scully has better gas mileage than my Jeep did (RIP Jeep, I really did love you), I might be more willing to go someplace other than work once in a while–on my own, I mean. I go all kinds of places with Dan driving.

Of course, I’ve also been working on my garden. Dan and I set up a fence to keep out rabbits last weekend, and I’ve got plenty of greens still coming up indoors. My plan this weekend is to start my squash, pumpkin, and carrots. If everything I have planned actually grows well this year, I should have a pretty good selection to choose from this season. As you can see above, the tomatoes and peppers are doing pretty well, so here’s hoping everything else will follow suit! I love the way they reach toward the window and the sunshine. It’s fascinating to see the way they’re alive, even if it’s in a different way from you and me.

garden work ♥ the release of Wonderlust #002 ♥ good zine friends ♥ a full savings account ♥ long periods of watching ASMR videos ♥ seeing my first roller derby bout in two years ♥ doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch + finally deciding to watch Angel ♥ upgrading my phone ♥ air fresheners + a clean house ♥ Ancient Aliens marathons ♥ Amber Tamblyn *heart eyes* ♥ burritos ♥ Popin’ Cookin’ kits ♥ working on poetry that I’m proud of ♥ sweet tea ♥ Attachments ♥ regularly scheduled date nights ♥ tapioca pudding ♥ Smithsonian magazine ♥ reading about chickens in preparation for our chicks’ arrival ♥ filling breakfasts ♥ growing out my bangs (for now) ♥ a new, clean yoga mat


“It’s Friday; I’m in Love” is a gratitude series. It aims to remind myself and others of the good things from the past week, big and small; to share ways to make the next week a positive one; and to serve as a record to look back on for the not-so-great days to come. The title comes from the song by The Cure.

April 24, 2015
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