Category: true story

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I started on tumblr ten years ago in March 2009. One of my first posts was a book review. So, at least I am consistent. 

I made my avatar on the Mad Men avatar creator that came out in July 2009. I never even watched Mad Men. I just liked the style. And I used to smoke, so the profile pic fit. 

I smoked from 16 to about 35ish. I don’t have an anniversary of quitting, as I didn’t really quit on a specific day or even year. I started trying to quit in my early 30s. I smoked, then I tried to stop, then I picked it up again, then I quit again, and so on, until it finally stuck. 

I’m 39 in less than a month, single and childless, highly educated and gainfully employed. Sometimes, I’m this way because I chose it, and sometimes, I’m this way because life is weird and takes it’s own trajectory, regardless of your intentions. Am I in a rut or am I on a particularly rutted path?

The ten year anniversary gift is tin or aluminum, which seems fitting, for ten years on tumblr. 

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I picked the free no-rush shipping from Amazon so I could get that sweet, sweet dollar for my digital book buys but now I have to wait like a week for my packages…

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I’m not almost 40. I’m almost 39. But it feels so close, like I could just skip 39 entirely.

Resolutions

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Here is what I said I would do in 2016:

Ok for real, get these 401Ks handled. 2016 is my year!
And yes, it sucks, but clean out my closets.
See a play. Go to a theater.
Read a m/m romance.
Go to the FDR memorial, finally

Here is what I actually accomplished:

  • Uh, 401Ks still a mess.
  • Not only cleaned out my closets, but my whole damn apartment! And then I moved!
  • Did not see a play. Saw a lot of movies.
  • Read a couple of m/m romances, thanks to @bookgeekgrrl‘s recommendations.
  • Never went to the FDR memorial. Never went to any memorial, actually. Did go to a museum or two tho.

So… 2 out of 5. That’s kind of lame. But I did a lot of other shit with 2016! I got a new job, moved to a whole new state, read 200+ books, and watched Stranger Things, twice. I mean, good riddance to a shit year, but at least a few things went my way.

What should I do with 2017? Hmm..

  • Go on three dates. Gotta make friends and be social in my new home.
  • Submit my lesbian romance novel to a publisher.
  • When the weather gets good, go swimming once a month!
  • Finish my tattoo
  • Read at least one book a month written by or starring a person of color

Here is what I accomplished in 2017:

  • Went on 0 dates. Had one friend date with colleagues from work. Yeah, I suck at this socializing thing. 
  • Hahaha, submitting my book would mean finishing it and instead I decided to re-write the whole thing for Nanowrimo. Now I’m reconsidering the ending. But not actually writing it.
  • I actually went to the beach! Not every month, but at least 3-4 times over the Spring and Summer!
  • Tattoo finished! No, you can’t see it!
  • I did not keep to the one book a month rule. Some months I read many books, others I read none. Altogether, this year I read about 30 books with a POC character/author, according to Goodreads.

2018 Goals:

  • Read one lesfic/wlw book a month.
  • Read 5 nonfiction books this year.
  • Go on 3 friend dates. 
  • See 6 movies in the theater or try 6 new restaurants.
  • If my novel is rejected by a publisher, start a new one!

Accomplished in 2018:

  • I read 5 lesfic/wlw books this year. Which is better than 0 but very poor for a goal of 1 a month.
  • Read 16 nonfiction books or memoirs this year. Go me!
  • Went on 4 friend dates, if you count 2 lunches with co-workers.They were very friendly lunches! 
    • Then, I had 2 dates with a woman from OKCupid who asked me, on the second date, where I saw our relationship going.
  • I think I saw 3-4 new movies and ate in 3-4 new restaurants. Not too shabby.
  • I never submitted my novel to a publisher. I got real gun-shy about the whole thing and decided I needed to re-write the ending but never applied myself to actually do it. I did start two new novels, but haven’t finished either. Ah writing. It’s so fun and I hate it.

2019 Goals:

  • Go to a yoga class.
  • Do aerobic exercise 4 times a month.
  • Be social. Meet friends outside of work 3 times.
  • Get off the island more. Go to the arts center, the Korean restaurant and/or dinner theater.
  • Read more non-romantic fiction. At least 12 books from other genres.

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Happy new year, Tumblr! Two out of three cats are in bed with me, ready to snooze through the beginning of 2019.

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Which is bigger?

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My mom got me a giant chocolate bar for Xmas! It’s as big as my hand and weighs a ton! Sugar coma here I come!

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The last few hours in the office, the day before vacation starts. This day is never going to end. Time has literally slowed to a snail’s pace. I will die of old age before 5pm rolls around. 

What this head cold feels like

I have been blowing my nose so hard and for so long. I will be blowing my nose well into my fifties. I will blow my nose in the grave. 

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I dreamed about kissing Venom last night. I have not seen the movie. I’ve never even seen a preview of the movie. Just posts on tumblr.