THIRTEEN

Jan. 1st, 2014 05:48 pm
tropiavera: skins kids running through a field (life can always start up anew)
2012.

2013 )

ze update

Dec. 24th, 2012 11:20 pm
tropiavera: (my blood is radioactive)
2011.

2012 )
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
Oh hi.

+ On a field trip to get a proper winter coat for [personal profile] allchildren, I got my first pair of running tights and they are amaaaazing. They feel a little like maternity pants, but whatever. I started my running training early this year, because I really want to break 2 hours in the 2013 half marathon, which means mostly 8:30-9:00 miles, which is...not currently in my power. So! I recently extended my long runs into 6 miles, which feels like rediscovering a superpower.

+ A few weeks ago we drove out east for our yearly college friend reunion - the weekend before Sandy hit, natch, because we can't drive east without incurring a hurricane. I don't normally go in for all the "oh, we're so old now" nostalgia stuff, but storm-proofing a house the day after a party, watching my friend not only use power tools but do so with everyone else's approving attention, was deeply bizarre. "No, that's a good idea, you should definitely be in charge of a power drill to do stuff to that air conditioner. I am not at all alarmed that you own this equipment." - everyone, apparently.

+ I knit a sweater! I am going to redo the bottom half/stomach section because it turned out baggy-in-a-bad-way, but I am really into the rest of it. Sweaters! I have this urge to try to design a pattern to make a sweater for my sister, so turn in for the results of that obviously amazing plan.

+ SO THAT ELECTION, EH? I got my Dad Nate Silver's book for his birthday a few weeks ago, because we both* have this bizarre reaction to Silver's calming use of statistics, which is to say it makes us weirdly superstitious.

*um, and everyone else, apparently.

+ This meme, if you want: i want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. something that should be obvious but you have no idea about, or something obscure you just have to know. ask away. all topics, within reason, are open for discussion.

meme 2.0

Feb. 24th, 2012 12:01 am
tropiavera: a quizzical brontosaurus ([✇] i respect your unique worldview)
Name a topic you would like me to discuss and I will tell you My Thoughts for at least 100 words!

*

What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about xx I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
2011. )

musics!

Jul. 31st, 2010 03:28 pm
tropiavera: Margaret Olson ([♪] don't talk to me like i'm just any g)
A meme for us all on a sunny Saturday afternoon! [personal profile] allchildren gave me N for a five songs meme, but she was a rebel and posted ten, and Imma do the same. BUT WITH A TWIST!

Five Soundtrack Songs

Nature Boy - David Bowie and Massive Attack
Moulin Rouge! There are many things of a problematic nature about this movie, and I know a lot of people really don't like it, but I really loved it as a teenager.

Needle in the Hay - Elliot Smith
The Royal Tenenbaums, natch.

Never Been to Spain - Three Dog Night
Scotland, Pa, a movie I really wish more people would watch! This comes up toward the climactic ending and it's such a random choice, but a fun song.

No One Mourns the Wicked - Indina Menzel
A particularly thrilling number from Wicked. A good song for when you are feeling like going FUCK EVERYTHING, in my opinion!

Notorious - Duran Duran
Do I even need to explain this? I love Donnie Darko, I love Duran Duran, I...love everyone in this bar.

Five Songs That Might Have Been In Something But If They Were I Don't Know About It

Never Feel Good - Cake vs Gorillaz
A mashup I acquired from [personal profile] allchildren lo these many years ago, and invoked at countless dance parties since. My favorite was in a hostel in France, but then what wouldn't be.

The New Year - Death Cab for Cutie
I don't know if I can adequately describe how much Transatlanticism was my jam in the latter part of my high school career! In spite of that, please do not draw any parallels between myself and one Seth Cohen.

Nobody Told Me - John Lennon
I am terrible at writing about music, apparently. John Lennon was a formative influence in my young ears, and this is no exception!

Not Big - Lily Allen
Peppy songs about horrible things!

Not If You Were The Last Junkie on Earth - The Dandy Warhols
This was essentially my emotional-break-up song for a fraught relationship I had for a while in high school. Also, a fun song about how sometimes the people you love are actually assholes.

Ending this post on an fun note, aw yeah. A BONUS: Numbers Don't Lie - The Mynabirds, because at this point why not just willfully ignore the rules.
tropiavera: Margaret Olson (my eyes stay closed long after the fact)
* Today I rented It's Complicated and got carded. Dude was at least kind of embarrassed when he looked at my driver's license, which was nice.

* Stolen from the lovely miss [personal profile] pathstotread: the care and feeding of me )

* I bought some "age defying" moisturizer on a whim at Walgreen's the other day, and it's kind of my favorite ever.

* I bought Gorillaz's "Plastic Beaches" the other day and cannot stop listening to it. It is becoming a serious problem.

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