Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Room Of One's Own


"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." -Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

I never realized how much I completely missed having a door on my room, until I no longer had one. The way the house is set up, the upstairs is the bedroom, but there isn't a door because it would be awkward at the bottom of the staircase and would crowd the hallway. Without a door, the sounds from the rest of the house carry upstairs. I can plug my laptop in the kitchen, hook up speakers, and blast Best Coast and be able to hear Bethany Cosentino's melodic voice throughout the entire house. From the foot of the bed, I can hear Kyle cracking a beer in the kitchen, I can hear Liam digging through the drawers in the library, I can hear the guys watching the Tiger's game on TV (and also arguing with each other about sports things), I can hear Mariah's phone getting a text message, and of course the asshole dogs barking at everything, always, because asshole dogs.

Doors don't just help keep the noises of daily life a bit quieter, they also are barrier to keep the room shut off from the rest of the world, at least for a little while. Back in the old apartment, most of the blogging, or reading I did was in the office. The office was a bit of a garbage pit, but, because it could be so easily closed off, everyone forgot about it. Now? I have Kyle barging up the stairs to get pajamas, the dogs jumping in my lap, and Liam trying to steal my Ipod charger.

I live in a noisy, restless environment, and most of the time I really enjoy it. There is something annoyingly comforting about coming home and not knowing if the house is going to be empty, or full of people. To open the fridge and find questionable leftovers that are not mine, to discover seemingly endless amounts of beer stashed all over, or to be just getting out of the shower and finding Mark getting the firepit going in the backyard. This amount of exposure to others would have clawed at the inside of my mind two years ago, but now it is almost endearing. I appreciate how much I have been able to let go of so much of my control freak tendencies, and be more open and accepting to the world around me, instead of constantly being disappointed in how things don't go my way.

However, I still need space. I need a few hours of alone time to edit, and prep blog posts. To sit and read comic books, to get dressed without someone barging in the room, and to occasionally get a good night's rest (because listening to someone else's alarm go off three times before 4 am, due to their 5 am shift is loads of fun, I am telling you!). Though I do not have money to spare, or any fictional short stories buzzing around my mind currently, a room of one's own is much appreciated. Even for a few moments of updating a conversational personal blog.

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*Edit: I might have to share this room on occasion.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Absotively Posilutely

While texting Hassaun this morning (shooting the shit, like you do), I told him that after the hormonal roller-coaster that was last week, I am kicking this week in the ass. He then responded with "So, you are going all Fight Club on this week?" yes, yes I am. I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed lately, and it is all my own doing. Planning parties two weeks in a row, a trip out to Ypsi to see a band, trying to hit the gym, taking care of the house, tackling all of the projects, while trying desperately to get caught up at work. This is what happens when you are an overachieving idealist, you never sleep. So! This week I decided to tap my inner Rory Gilmore and make a bunch of lists, then started to work at them. I have piles of things to get through, messes to clean, and loads of ideas to put into action, and I have no idea when/if I will ever cross off everything on these lists, but I am choc full of coffee and feeling ambitious. 

Lately I have been trying to stay in the mindset of looking at the positive aspects in life, instead of dwelling on the negative. Let me tell you, that shit is hard. It is so easy to tell someone else to do it, but there are days when after a few things don't go as planned and it is all I can do to keep from bawling my eyes out (cue raccoon-faced Sara, because lets be honest, I cry. A lot). Some days. weeks, months, will always go better than others, but just because one month is crap, it doesn't take away how amazing a past one was. Forgetting about the good times just makes things dour, and that is bad new bears. 

For instance, lets take a look at this outfit: I may have worn this stupid shirt for the past three Fourth of Julys, but it still holds up. I may have been ten pounds lighter the last time I wore shorts this short in public, but these are cute shorts. My legs look like I was playing hours of softball before these photos were taken, but bruises are just proof that I like to play outside! Okay, they are just proof that I am anemic, but whatever. I have no idea why I am making such derpy faces in these pics, but my hair stayed curled all damn day for once! #KeepItOnTheUP

Also! Purple hair  + a harness make me feel like I look like a superhero. And sometimes, you just gotta be your own hero. 

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Sunglasses-Forever 21

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Party Cats Prom!


So this one time, The Party Cats threw a prom! Why? Because themed parties are fuuuuun, and, two out of three Party Cats never made it to prom, so of course we had to throw our own! Duh!

We originally were going to have prom outside with a bonfire and all sorts of cool stuff, but because we live in Michigan, it decided to be cold and rain all damn day. So! At the last minute, we transformed the basement into prom! We even had our own theme: Intergalactic love! Jen and Mariah made awesome decorations. We had creepy-cut outs for photos, we hauled the arch inside for prom-style photos, we had glitter EVERYWHERE, balloons, space water guns, sparkly dresses, stars, paper lantern "planets", our own playlist that we created, jello shots, a jet pack (thanks, Alice!) oh, and loads of booze. Like, so much booze that I *may* have consumed a crap load and forgot to take photos of about half the other guests at the party. Whoops.

Needless to say, we had a lot of fun! The Party Cats have a bunch of cool things planned out, and I can't wait to get started on all of them! Until then, happy Tuesday!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Mitten Happenings!

Hey everyone! In an effort to help support local artists, I thought I would try doing a post every now and then letting all of you lovely local folks know about some cool happenings in the area. Some of these artists are near, and dear friends of mine, and others are just some cool cats I have come to find out about through recent events. So! Check out some Mitten Happenings!


First up we have a bunch of cool bands playing at Crossroad's Bar & Grill tonight in my old stomping grounds of Ypsilanti! Jungle Fowl, Tesla's Revenge, The Sugar Bombs, & Throwaway! Doors are at 8 pm, $5 cover, More info here


Also! If you are in the Ann Arbor area, come check out some amazing folk music by Zander Michigan! You can catch Zander at the Top of the Park (more info here), show starts at 5 pm, and it is the last show of his Midwest Tour, so come welcome Zander home!

For those of you who do not live in Michigan, I still have some treats for you! 

You can check out Amara, an amazing online comic that my close friend H.D. Harris updates not only once, but twice per week! The entire comic is available to read online, so, no worries if you are new to the comic, you can catch up. 

Also! You can check out Mark Bolohan Music for some awesome indie/folk/rock music. Mark is on a mission to post a new song every Tuesday in the year 2015, and so far he has kept his word! Check his Facebook page each Tuesday for something fresh and new!

Alright, I am done shamelessly promoting my friend's work for the moment, but how can I resist when I know so many talented individuals? I hope everyone has a great weekend! Cheers!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Little Bits: June On Instagram

I am not entirely sure what happened, but I summered the hell out of June. This month has been full of bonfires in the backyard, pretty orchids blooming everywhere, loads of kale growing in the garden, sunglasses, comfy shoes, pretty sunsets, heaps of coffee, and lots of girly, summery outfits.

Jen was sweet enough to bring me as her date to the Detroit Fireworks this month through her work, which is really a once in a lifetime experience for someone like me. We wore our most sparkly outfits (to look like fireworks, duh), danced to a hilarious band, drank wine, got a bunch of swag, took ridiculous photos in the photo booth, ate yummy food, were on TV and photographed for Hour! I felt so fancy, and had an absolute blast hanging out with Jen's coworkers, who ended up knowing some mutual friends (everyone knows everyone in this city, I swear!).

I also went camping for the first time of the year, which I already posted about here. I am so pumped for the two that I have planned for July, I am going kayaking on both trips, and I have never been. Much excite.

Also, also! I placed third in my age group for the Run, Walk, Boom 5k fundraiser that I ran on Saturday morning! Considering I have barely ran this year, and had to run in the pouring rain, I am quite pleased with myself.

June has been a great month, and although I am not a huge fan of July, this summer has been pretty good so far, so I am staying optimistic and all that jazz. Come on July, bring it. 

1) A majestic selfie. 
2) Growing ALL of the kale!
3) Being a yuppie at work. 
4) keeping warm by the campfire. 
5) Pretty sunset at the campgrounds. 
6) Dressed like fireworks for the fireworks!
7) Actual fireworks.
8) Pretty orchids in full bloom by my work. 
9) Iced coffee runs get me through the work week. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Last Stop Sunday

Last Stop Sunday

It has been a minute since I have posted anything Michigan related on this blog, and I am excited to share a really cool new event series that is starting up right where I grew up in Ferndale. Last Stop Sunday (presented by At Willoughby) is your favorite Detroit musicians doing acoustic sets on the last Sunday of every month at the New Way Bar. 

This showcase will be a chill hangout the last Sunday of each month, kind of the opposite of brunch ;) The idea is for bands to play that may, or may not, typically do acoustic shows. However, the point of the shows is to present something different. For example: If you saw a band play a show on a Saturday night, that same band would perform at Last Stop Sunday, and it would be like seeing a different band. You'll have all of the acoustic experience that you would normally get a coffee house, but instead in the bar atmosphere you've come to see your favorite local band in! Plus there will be food and drink specials to keep you happy while you enjoy your favorite music. Bonus: It's Free!

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So! That being said, if you live in the area, come out tomorrow evening from 6-8 pm to see Jheremie and Helnut from Zombie Jesus and the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Oak City Roots, War War War, and Alan from At Willoughby.

Check out the even on Facebook for more info on this week's show. 

Also! Check out At Willoughby on Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with current events, and also to get in contact with Alan if  your band is interested in participating in an upcoming Last Stop Sunday show! See you at New Way Bar at 6 pm tomorrow night!

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