The Triumphs and Trials of Dressing Deliberately, Part 1: The Purge

For the last ten years or so, I haven’t really had much success with my wardrobe. Back-to-school shopping really takes a backseat when you’re working a 9-to-5 all summer, which is exactly what I was doing every summer during college. So my wardrobe aspirations slowly trickled away, resulting in a closet full of $20 jeans and $5 t-shirts. And there I stayed, waking up each day to throw on whichever t-shirt was closest and pair it with my same-old ragged pair of Chucks.

I still have those Chucks and I still have a few $20 pairs of jeans, but I can count my t-shirts on one hand and have rules for wearing them. Take a look at how, over the course of a Saturday, I reinvented my wardrobe.

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Merriam-Webster defines inexorable as “not to be persuaded, stopped, or moved; relentless.”

(Yeah, I went there. Just go with it.)

This word has been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t know exactly why — and that’s a lie if I ever told one. I’ve got this phrase stuck in my head, “The inexorable march of time.”

I’ve spent my entire life going on drives and trips with my family, looking out the window and feeling my heart leap at the sight of abandoned homes and wondering about the people who once lived in them even though those weren’t really homes at all, usually they were just sheds. My favorite stories were always about discovering secret ruins or ancient treasure — not for fame but for the knowledge that you had seen something nobody else ever had.

And now I’m 27. I own a truck with four-wheel drive. I have a job and a smartphone with GPS. You see where this is going.

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Introducing: #ambyactive

Those of you who’ve followed my Instagram for the last few months have probably noticed that, for the first time in my life, I’m exercising regularly and making an effort to eat right.

Yes, you heard me correctly: for the first time in my life.

And for someone who enjoys snacks as much as I do, it’s hard! My favorite snack is Smartfood White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn. I can eat a whole bag of that in one sitting while reading a book (and I have).

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RIP, Frustration Friday

Frustration Friday started as a fun way to let off some steam. But the further we get into today’s political and cultural climate, the more Real my frustrations get. I don’t want to have a Frustration Friday post where I get bogged down in the existential crises facing our society right now, but those are most often the things I’m frustrated with.

So in light of the new year and the fact that I don’t want to get bogged down in an existential crisis, I think it’s time to put Frustration Friday on hiatus. (Never say never because I’m sure to be superficially frustrated one of these days.)

But I do still want to post regularly.

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

With the Ready Player One movie coming out soon and beginning to generate buzz, I decided it’s time to subject the masses to my thoughts on this novel. Rarely have I read a book that I had so many feelings about and also the ability to articulate them.

This time, I could. So I did. (Spoiler alert: I hate this book.)

Strap in, my dudes. Here’s my review of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s a longer post, so get comfy. Grab a snack and a drink of water. Maybe go pee first. We may be here awhile.

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Obliviousness, HVAC Problems, & Juggling Email Accounts

When I woke up this morning, I didn’t have much to write about. Thankfully (/s), the universe knew it was Frustration Friday and handed me a steaming pile of crap to deal with.

I apologize in advance, friends. This one gets a little crankier than I normally try to go with Frustration Friday, but here we go!

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