Wildest Dreams

I got tickets to see Tay Tay’s 1989 concert!! WOOOHOO!!!!!

It was soo hard 2 years ago to get RED tickets. We had multiple people on multiple devices trying to get in on the pre-sale. At various cities! No dice.

Welp, this year, she’s performing at large scale stadiums and as luck would have it we snagged some tickets. I am over the moon beyond excited! I feel like this might be my crowning achievement in life. Getting to see her perform in concert.

Sigh. I’d throw a cartwheel if I knew how.

Retail Therapy

Being home alone bums me out. But it’s nothing a little shopping can’t fix.

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TJ Maxx for the skirt and dress. Target for the top.

It is not lost on me that I just wrote a post called “Curb my Consumerism” sandwiched between 2 posts of consuming. “The things we fear the most have already happened to us.” Call Hoarders.

All by mysel-elf

I’ve been on my own this past week and I don’t like it. I don’t like being by myself. I mean I tried. I tried telling myself, now I can watch Gilmore Girls without complaint. I can blast 1989 on a continuous loop all night. But what’s the point of doing anything if someone’s not around to be annoyed by it? Last week, we had a happy hour at work and I told my coworkers my woe-is-me tale of having to putter around in an empty home. They kindly stayed later to keep me company so I didn’t have to come home to an empty house until I was good and tired. They told me maybe one day I will just naturally prefer some alone time. Maybe. I doubt it.

I’m currently watching Gina take her pellets out of her bowl one by one and tossing them aside. She picks up the pellet with her mouth then takes it out of her mouth with her paw and flings it through the bars. IMG_8721There’s a confetti of pellets around her cage and I just vacuumed 2 days ago.

This is how I spend my time.
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Release the kraken! As I blast Taylor Swift.

Dark!!

It’s dark outside. I walked home in the dark. A bit of a bummer. In a few weeks, I’ll be surrounded by darkness in the morning and evening and have barely a glimpse of sunlight during the day. It’s time for my Wintertime hunker down. Hot tea. Indian food. Actually Indian food year round. I wonder if it’s my comfort food. Eh, all good food is comfort food.

Baked Cinnamon Apples

  1. Peel, slice, core apples. (8-10 apples)
  2. Toss with a tiny bit of salt (1/2 tsp)
  3. Cinnamon & Pumpkin Pie Spice (1 tsp or so)
  4. Bake at 350 deg. F. for 45 mins. on a greased sheet.

Baked Cinnamon Apples

 

For us, they disappear almost as soon as they come out of the oven.

And that’s how we eat 5 or so dozen apples in a few weeks.

Curbing my consumerism

I haven’t checked in on my no-shopping thing since my addiction to Puzzle and Dragons. It isn’t too hard to stop shopping when I have stuff to preoccupy myself. But. And I’m sorry to admit this, I am starting to get discouraged and therefore lose interest in the game because I don’t have any new gods. I hit a wall. I need to have a good Godfest. In the meantime, I’m back to shopping. I haven’t purchased new shoes in a year so of course I looked at shoes. Actually blame DSW. They mailed me a coupon so I went poking around on their website. I found this brand of vegan American shoes called Callisto of California. I ordered them. Canceled. Then ordered again. Canceled again. Clearly I have no idea what I want. So besides distraction, indecision seems to be an effective measure against over-cluttering my closet.

1989

1989!
Look Gina! It’s TSwizzle’s new album. 1989.

It came out today and was sold out at our local Target. I found the next closest Target and bought it online to make sure I’d have a copy when I got there. Listening to it right now. Love!

While we were at Target I absentmindedly grabbed a bunch of other things because. Because. Target is like the crack of shopping. Just being there is delicious. I left with a bag of items I don’t remember. Well, besides 1989. Which is fabuloso so far – as I work my way through all the songs. Like a box of chocolates for my ears.

What I learned from outer space

I’ve watched some outer space videos. They can be kinda’ weird. A lot of incomprehensible nerdtalk happens. It’s kinda’ fun when I come across a video narrated by Spock or Captain Picard or one of my faves, Murphy Brown.

Even though they talk about some out-there topics, I’ve actually gained a new perspective about my puny little existence from learning a little about outer space science. It’s helps me cope with news about disease or pollution, or the shifting public opinion about thick or thin eyebrows. Because none of that really matters too much when looking at Earth from it’s position in outer space.

There’s a theory some astrophysicists believe, that there are multiple universes. A multiverse. And if you subscribe to the big bang theory, the universe (ours) started from a bang from nothing. Something came from nothing.
And eventually the universe will go back to nothing and then maybe bang again to a universe again. Cyclical-like. Many universes could be doing this.

And in each universe, or hey just in this universe alone, there are many many galaxies with many many stars and planets that could potentially sustain life as we define it on Earth. As in, it needs water, some kind of air/atmosphere, not too hot, not too cold (within the general ranges of Earth). So there are more than likely other life forms in outer space because we’re finding many planets in these so-called “Goldilocks zones”.

Even if humans are wrecking the planet, and our waistlines are growing, or NYC is going under water, it’s really not as awful as I once thought it would be because it won’t last anyway. The dinosaurs went extinct and they didn’t build massive cities and burn fossil fuels. Something else happened to them. And something will happen to us. The Moon will drift away from the Earth. The Sun will eventually consume all the hydrogen fuel in its core. And the Milky Way will eventually collide with the Andromeda galaxy. And this universe may eventually bang in to nothing again. No matter how green we lived or how well-shaped my eyebrows look.

If I had to bet, I think odds are humans will more than likely, eventually, be extinct. Even if we found another habitable planet in another solar system, we couldn’t escape the colliding of the galaxies. And life more than likely in some form or another exists and will always exist somewhere.

So. Ebola? No big deal. Pandas going extinct? Eh… there’s probably another cute cuddly life form out yonder. Do humans have to carry on? I don’t think we can and I don’t think that’s important either. I’m just going to enjoy my ride. And try not to impede others enjoyment of theirs.

Toner

I learned something new recently from my neighbor aside from how delicious gluten-free vegan pizza can be. I learned how to make facial toner. I’ve already been pretty paranoid about all the crap companies put in a lot of cosmetics and it was because of this paranoia that I stopped using toner altogether. She taught me this easy recipe to make my own.

First off, I needed a bottle to put the stuff in. And lo, I found this in my closet. Old unused toner with propylene glycol (antifreeze).
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I dumped it out and saved the nice spray pump bottle.
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Then, refilled it with: chamomile tea and a drop of oil. I used jojoba oil.

Just in time for winter.

Keep it in the refrigerator. I’ve been using mine for a week but I think I’m going to make a new batch. Not sure how long it’ll keep.

Update: I tried a new one. 1 bag of chamomile. 1 bag of green tea. A half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

Tomato Soup Sauce

What on earth does one do with so many tomatoes? Sauce of course. It’s the fastest way to eat them.

  • A crapload of tomatoes – chopped
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Spice powders (Turmeric,¬†Pepper (black and white),¬†Cinnamon)
  • Mushrooms (or apples because, duh)
  • Soy sauce
  • Scallions
  • Cooking oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sweetener (brown sugar or maple syrup)
  1. Stir fry the onions, ginger, and garlic with the spices (turmeric, peppers, cinnamon) cinnamon and turmeric
  2. Add tomatoes and soy sauceTamari
  3. Grate peeled/cored applesshredded apples
  4. Cook it altogether and freak out about the pot being too small.add shredded apples
  5. Boil off the soup slowly to make room for the scallions and sesame oil.tomato soup sauce

 

Boil super thin noodles to go with this. It’s deee-lish!

a life