Sunday, November 10, 2013

Odd or unnecessary things to take pride in that, well, I take a good deal of pride in anyway

Because reasons.

1. Meticulous bangs, my one true love
2. Making delicious, delicious soups
3. Resurrecting this blog when you least expect it
4. Being able to sleuth out just about anything I need to (thanks, internet!)
5. Being able to recite the preamble to the US constitution (thanks, jr. high!)
6. Finding zero appeal in "bad boys" (nope nope nope)
7. Not liking "nice guys™", either, for that matter
8. Predicting plot twists on my favorite shows like some kind of TV oracle
9. Maintaining a noble, fine-tuned knack for coolhunting
10. Giving pretty damn good hugs and kisses—references available, new testimonials always welcome

Not odd or unnecessary, but a well-deserved bit of pride to mention all the same: I lead a life filled with remarkable friendships, interesting people, lots of creativity, and plenty of love. And that's the best. Thank you all for being a part of my story so far... here at By the List, and beyond.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to make spring happen: a helpful guide

1. Refuse to wear a jacket
2. Buy pretty dresses
3. Obsess over patios more than usual
4. Wax poetic with strangers about sunshine
5. Plant a kitchen herb garden
6. Start ordering cold drinks at cafes
7. Sleep with your window open
8. Use aggressive willpower
9. Clap for budding treescheer them on!
10. Be shameless, start fresh, keep trying

Honorable mentions: get engaged (if my FB newsfeed is any indication), plan trips, and ridicule melting snow

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Plight of the modern day Sisyphus

Trying to explain...

1. The internet to old people
2. Life before texting to teenagers
3. Anything to a Republican

Monday, December 17, 2012

Awesome stuff, part 1

1. Feeling bold—and acting boldly
2. Welcomed real life plot twists
3. When your bed hugs you back
4. Hot chocolate with almond milk
5. Lots and lots of twinkle lights

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tough lessons for the eternal optimist

1. Life will either function just fine without you (offensive!) or fall apart entirely (frustrating!)
2. The world is full of Peter Pans; Prince Erics are endangered
3. The faster you write, the more often your pencil lead will break
4. The most reasonable advice you give will frequently go unfollowed
5. All good books, TV series, trips, and daydreams eventually come to an end

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Things that seem impossible even though they're technically not

1. Gauging romantic interest
2. Fitting anything back into a suitcase
3. Collective political action
4. Latin declensions
5. Anxiety-free parallel parking and/or punctual transit

Honorable mentions: eating only one potato chip, saying goodbye, umbrellas that don't break

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year

1. Season premieres
2. Not wearing real pants (leggings!)
3. Boots, sweater dresses, scarves
4. Foliage, foliage, foliage
5. New school/office supplies
6. Soup, baking, cozy drinks
7. My overwhelming desire to throw theme parties
8. Flying kites, long walks, playing outside
9. Bright, blustery afternoons (perfect for daydreaming)
10. Crisp nights laced with potential

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dear men of OkCupid and the internet: some helpful dating advice

1. Don't lie about your height. Who are you kidding? Just be honest. You can't do a thing about it and potential ladies of interest will notice those inches that you fudged when you meet in person, anyway. Especially if they're tall.

2. Sure, you can view someone's OkCupid profile five times a day. Or alternatively, you can just say hello.

3. Be literate and thoughtful about the personal information that you share as well as the individual conversations that you have with women. Those are your best chances to make an impression. If you can't spell, effectively string a few sentences of winsome banter together, or articulate who you are with a certain degree of self-awareness and humor... then this isn't the venue for you.

4. You don't want to be friends. You want a date! You want to makeout. You want to navigate the murky waters of contemporary romance. Stop selecting "new friends" as an option for what you're interested in. There's no need for charades. (And if you are looking for new friends, look elsewhere. Dating websites are for dating.)

5. If someone attractive catches your eye, don't send her a chat message on a weekday afternoon begging for the details and dimensions of her breasts.

6. Dogs and cats are sure-fire girl bait. Choose profile photos accordingly.

7. The first thing that people notice about you is probably not your hipster beardand that's okay. Dig a little deeper. Post some quirks instead.

8. Be specific. This is your time to shine and say something about yourself that gets lost in translation with all those missed connections at parties, coffee shops, and street corners. Everyone likes "different kinds of music" and "going out with their friends." What makes you stand out?

9. I've said it before and I'll say it again: a) the internet is real life, and b) the world is smaller than you think. Keep that in mind as you meet new people, answer or ignore messages, learn interesting details about strangers or divulge a few of your own. You never know when your paths may cross again.

10. No one is out of your league. There are only people who are attracted to you and people who aren't.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'll never understand

1. Young men's fierce relationship with experimental facial hair
2. People that say "I'm not a feminist, but..." (heavy sigh)
3. People who "eat to live, not live to eat" (get off my lawn!)
4. People who don't like animals (also: judgement)
5. Celebrity gossip
6. Pro-gun legislation
7. Political Stockholm syndrome
8. Car-centric cities with poor urban planning
9. Haphazard capitalization and double spaces
10. Winter cycling, camping, sports, etc.