The Sweater Weather Tag

Hello! Today’s post is another tag about FALL! I stole it from Victoria @ Doodles and Scraps. Go check out her blog, it’s one of my favorites!

Enjoy!

What is your favorite candle scent?

Uhhh, vanilla, I guess? I can’t say that I’m all that picky about candles. As long as the scent isn’t overly chemical, I’m fine with whatever.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Tea! Tea! Tea! I’m definitely not a coffee person – when I have tried it, I ended up ordering something wherein the sugary flavorings practically drowned out any coffee tastes – and while I love hot chocolate, it’s more of a wintery drink to me.

What is the best autumn memory you have?

Ooh, I’m going to say something completely different from what I did in my fall favorites post because I just remembered my family’s vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains a few years ago! It was during fall break when my brother and I were still in high school. We rented a cabin and spent the whole time reading, eating delicious homemade food, and playing board games. I remember how stunning the leaves were, but mostly I think about how nice it was to really relax and unwind, so that’s so different from what we normally do on vacation.

Which fall trend do you prefer – dark lips or winged eyeliner?

I didn’t even know these trends were specific to fall, which should tell you something about my level of knowledge when it comes to makeup! I think I’ll go with dark lips, however, because even though I don’t wear lipstick myself I’m a big fan of it on girls. I met this woman in Dublin who wore dark lipstick a lot and every time I saw her I melted??? So yea.

Your favorite fragrance for autumn?

I don’t wear perfume, so can I talk about how much I love girls who do? Yeah? Because any and all floral perfumes are A+ scents in my book.

What is your favorite autumn food?

Pie. All kinds. My mom’s recipe for pie dough is the actual best – so flaky and buttery and delicious – and ahhh now I miss her.

What is the autumn weather like where you live?

In both Iowa and Indiana, the temperature tends to be quite warm well into September, like 75oF. Later on, in October and November, the weather ranges anywhere from the thirties to the low sixties, usually. The leaves change colors and fall off the trees, and it often rains a little! It’s definitely chillier before the sun is up and after it has set.

What is your most worn sweater?

Hmmm, probably this black sweater with silvery threads that I have. I actually think the color scheme gives off a more wintry vibe but I won’t say no to wearing it on cold fall mornings either.

Your must-have polish for autumn?

I can tell this tag must have originated on beauty blogs because so much of it is going right over my head. But… purple? Dark purple? Is a good nail color for fall and for always.

Football games or jumping into leaf piles?

Don’t think I’ve ever been to a football game, if I’m being honest. So I’ll have to say jumping in leaf piles, although I’m not sure in what world it’s understood that not being into football means that you love jumping in piles of leaves.

Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings are much more comfy! And therefore better. Enough said.

Combat boots or Uggs?

I… don’t wear either? But I would like a pair of combat boots, if for no other reason than that they’ll make me look super fucking gay. Ladies, hit me up.

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

[FILL OUT THIS PART AFTER YOU TRY IT]

What is your favorite autumn-premiering show?

Can I say Carmilla? Even though there will be no more episodes for the foreseeable future? Because I love that show. I love the supernatural school and I love the corny dialogue and I love tiny gay Laura.

*I firmly believe that there will, at some point, be another season even though the show’s creators say there won’t be. People say stuff like that all the tiiiiiime.

What song really gets you into autumn?

I’m going to take this question quite literally and say that, because my birthday usually falls (no pun intended!) on the first day of autumn, “Happy Birthday” carries me into the season. That’s when I know that fall has really started.

Autumn mornings or autumn evenings?

Hhhhhhh bOTH. Waking up bright and early on fall mornings always makes me feel so productive, whether I’m heading off to class or getting ready to spend the weekend with my friends, hiking or decorating jack-o’-lanterns or watching scary movies. And autumn evenings are so lovely… gorgeous and spooky at the same time. They always make me eager to eat something warm and filling, like soup, and crawl under a blanket to read a book and drink some tea!

What do you think about Black Friday?

Chaotic and scary. I’ve never been and I don’t think there’s anything you say or do to ever get me to go. Not even book sales…

Your favorite pie?

Peach! But since it reminds me more of summer… apple is my favorite pie to eat in the fall!

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I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. (Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.)

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How do you feel about fall? When was the last time you wore a sweater?!

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My Fave Study Music On YouTube | Part 2

As promised, here is the second half of the list I posted on Thursday. I love listening to music while studying for concentration/inspiration/motivation and so wanted to share some of my favorite compilations, medleys, mixes, et cetera that I’ve stumbled across on YouTube over the years. This is part of a larger goal to post study tips and advice more often here, since I’ve gotten really into the studyblr community lately and my enthusiasm for it has evidently spilled over to my WordPress blog.

Today, I’ll be focusing on the music I listen to while studying – specifically, that which is available on YouTube. I’ll save my favorite Spotify playlists for later, as well as as my fave film scores. Mind you, the videos I’ll link below contain film scores, but are compilations and/or medleys (that someone spent a lot of time working on and can’t be found anywhere else) instead of full scores.

Hope you enjoy this list and find something new and gorgeous to listen to during your next study session! Stay productive, my dudes.

I’ve never actually seen this movie! I want to, though, because the music is pretty enough to make me cry. Hans Zimmer is ridiculously talented.

I have actually seen the movie this is from, but only relatively recently! This is such a dreamy soundtrack. It puts me in a good mood for writing stories, but I’m also fond of listening to it while reading deadly dull stuff assigned to me for school, because I have to stay focused and alert somehow.

Haven’t seen this movie. I’ve never actually seen a copy of it in the wild, or heard anyone talking about it? CRYPTID MOVIE. Anyway, this is a super cute little piece, once again by the great Hans Zimmer!

I have a very dim memory of seeing this movie when I was little and FREAKING THE FUCK out during the cave scene. But I digress. Great music.

The perfect music for studying next to a window while snow is falling tbh.

This is such a FUN suite! Kids’ movies have such delightful music.

We all feel moody sometimes. Batman more than anyone, I suppose. I mean, I can see why. Anyway, this is prime essay-writing music for me!

Moodiness part 2, feat. outer space. The incessant ticking noise (symbolizing how Cooper is fighting against time to save his daughter and the human race… #themoreyouknow) keeps me moving forward and making progress in my studies.

Sometimes, it’s necessary to return to our roots: For me (and many others), that’s Disney! I adore piano covers of anything and everything, so finding some based on Disney made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy. This is excellent to listen to when I’m stressed because it makes me all smiley and calm.

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What music do you love listening to while you study? I’m always on the lookout for something new, so be sure to leave your recs (and while you’re at it, links to them too pls?) in the comments below!

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The Lottery Tag

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a nice weekend so far. (I know I am… I’m currently on a short trip away from college for reasons I’ll tell you all about in an upcoming post!) Today I’m doing the lottery tag, which I borrowed from Elsie @ Elsie LMC.

This tag asks you to choose an amount of cash you’d like to win and then divide everything you want to buy into three categories – small stuff, big stuff, and even bigger stuff! I’ve never bought a lottery ticket because I feel like it’s throwing money away, buuuut if by some twist of fate I somehow acquired one and then won? I certainly know what I would do with the money.

The amount of money I choose is… unlimited, because I saw that’s what Elsie chose and why the heck not?

Enjoy!

the small stuff.

Books, definitely! Not many, though, since I usually only buy my favorite ones. Maybe some by Margaret Peterson Haddix and Bill Bryson, as well as the two books in Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles that I don’t already own. Tbh, I’m quite satisfied with borrowing nearly everything I read from the library because my parents instilled that habit in me from a young age.

I would also like to buy a couple of nice dresses and maybe a really gorgeous pair of shoes. I love wearing dresses but don’t own very many and only two are what I’d call fancy, so I wouldn’t mind having just a few more options for those occasions when I have to get dressed up.

the big stuff.

I’ve had my current laptop since 2013 and, although it’s gotten me through many assignments as well as my own writing projects, it is a little slow by now. Plus, it’s super heavy! It weighs almost six pounds… I would love to be able to tote a lighter, less bulky laptop back and forth to class, tutoring, my writing group, et cetera!

I would buy a greenhouse for my plant-loving best friend, Jai, who talks about wanting one all the time. (Every so often I get the most wholesome drunk texts ever where she sends me plans for her future flowerbeds. Ahhh I die.) Gardening seems to make her more relaxed, so I know this gift would mean a lot to her.

I would also spend some money on a trip with my other best friend, Megan. Maybe to Europe for some hiking and visiting castles/other ruins? We’re constantly tagging each other in pictures and videos of gorgeous mountain trails, beautiful ancient buildings, and the like, so I would love to spend a few weeks or maybe even a few months exploring. We definitely have to hit up Ireland where we’re at it, because the whole time I was there this past summer I wished she were by my side so I could show her everything I’d fallen in love with!

the even bigger stuff.

I would pay off the rest of my college tuition. May as well pay for my brother’s at the same time, too, since alternate universe me apparently has unlimited funds. I would also set aside a chunk of money for each of us to go to grad school. I actually don’t know what my brother’s plans are regarding that, but I know I definitely want to go.)

I would invest some money in the stock market. This is something I currently know nothing about but I’m sure I could learn. I would spend the money earned on… things I haven’t thought of yet but may need or want in the future.

I would donate a lot of money to Planned Parenthood, to keep them going even under threats and attacks from the current presidential administration.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I would start an organization for LGBTQ+ youth. I would use some money to start summer camps, fund GSA projects, build homeless shelters, develop a mentoring or job shadowing program, et cetera. (I’m especially passionate about the summer camp idea: No matter how rich I was, you certainly wouldn’t see me lounging about because I’d be right there at the camps helping kids and teens!)

A large chunk of that org’s budget would go toward paying off people’s transition-related expenses. I’ve seen how hard my trans and nonbinary friends from college work to scrimp and save for hormones, various surgeries, even things most of us take for granted such as wardrobe full of clothes matching their ideal gender presentation. Whenever the topic comes up in conversation I’m always like “someday when I’m hopefully a super famous author, I’ll use some of my royalties to fund that shit,” but if I acquired the money via some other means that would be A-OK with me.

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I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. (Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.)

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Have you ever purchased a lottery ticket or known someone who won?

P.S. All photographs above are my own! Lately I’ve been digging deep into the collection of pictures I’ve posted here and finding some beautiful photos I snapped, uploaded, and then completely forgot about! They really add something to even the most ordinary of posts, don’t they?

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My Fave Study Music On YouTube | Part 1

Hey there, everyone! Inspired by all the posts, support, and such I have received from the studyblr community, I want to share my thoughts and advice about studying with you.

Today, I’ll be focusing on the music I listen to while studying – specifically, that which is available on YouTube. I’ll save my favorite Spotify playlists for later, as well as as my fave film scores. Mind you, the videos I’ll link below contain film scores, but are compilations and/or medleys (that someone spent a lot of time working on and can’t be found anywhere else) instead of full scores (which you can find anywhere).

Listening to music while studying motivates and inspires me, but more than anything it helps me concentrate. I can’t stand to listen to myself think, and according to all my past roommates I’m a very loud typist, so I need something playing softly in the background to help me tune out everything else.

While I’m always happy to discover new music (well, new to me anyway), I find myself returning to the same pieces over and over again if they aided my concentration excellently the first time. I highly recommend trying out some instrumental pieces during your next study session; see how it works for you!

P.S. I ultimately decided to split this list into two parts because, as it turns out, I listen to a ton of music and my original version of this post was getting way too long. You can expect part 2 in a few days!

Here we go!

Yes, I have listened to all six hours of this mix! More often, though, I listen to it for somewhere between one and three hours, which is how long it takes me to either finish the project I’m working on or get bored of this music and find something else to put on.

I found this in 2014 or 2015, so it’s gotten me through high school and well into college. I’ve listened to it so many times that I know the approximate timestamp of my favorite songs without having to check. It’s introduced me to a lot of great film and TV scores, too, and from there I (usually) go on to watch whatever it is that these great songs are from!

There are many similar compilations on YouTube, including an 8-hour mix by the same channel, but this one is my favorite because it’s so familiar to me.

(It’s my favorite one on either part one or part two of this list, as well.)

This is soooo relaxing. While I do appreciate some of the more energetic pieces in the Lord of the Rings, sometimes what I really nice is relative peace and quiet. It’s nice to listen to while getting some reading done.

If you, like me, are skeptical that Game of Thrones music can be calm and relaxing, then give it a listen for just five minutes and see how you feel. This compilation is taken from seasons one through four, so it is a little out of date but beautiful nevertheless.

Who’s ready to KICK some ASS writing an ESSAY?! Meeeeee. If I’ve been listening to quiet, kinda slow music and it’s just not cutting it but I still want to listen to something instrumental, this is what I turn to. And I start writing like the wind!

This playlist is from 2014, so it doesn’t include anything from the last few series. But that’s OK. It’s the “greatest hits” of Doctor Who, basically.

A Doctor Who version of that ambient Lord of the Rings mix, I suppose? There are a lot of people in the comments saying that this is peaceful enough to fall asleep to, although I prefer to stay awake because, um, there’s no other way I’ll get all my homework done on time.

And here is something in line with the Wonder Woman mix I mentioned earlier. Compiled in time for the fiftieth anniversary, this medley never fails to spark my creative genius when I’m trying to write a story for workshop or whatever.

Sorry about all the Doctor Who music… but it’s so so good for studying! If you’ve ever felt like listening to “I Am The Doctor” and only “I Am The Doctor,” then have I got the playlist for you. Ahhhh I love this melody.

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What music do you love listening to while you study? I’m always on the lookout for something new, so be sure to leave your recs (and while you’re at it, links to them too pls?) in the comments below!

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Election Day, One Year Later | Nov. 8, 2016 – Nov. 8, 2017

It’s been exactly one year since the last US presidential election, which is hard for me to believe. Time seems… stretchy, almost, easily compressible but just as easily drawn out, since it seem both too soon and not soon enough to mark this anniversary.

My brain was a mess on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

The day after, too, especially considering how I didn’t go to bed until three in the morning on election night because I was glued to CNN and then had to get up for an 8 AM class.

From November to January, I was the most depressed I’d been in months – certainly since I’d sought mental health help at my school beginning in February 2016.

I’m doing better now, for a variety of reasons. Medication, for instance. Last fall/winter I still hadn’t found one that worked but now escitalopram seems to be helping, so that’s good.

But yeah. After the election, I felt overwhelmed. Crushed. It didn’t help that the weather in Iowa in November is always miserably cloudy, gray, cold. Rainy.

And then there’s the stress of school, oh god. Thankfully, midterms were already over – I took all of mine around the middle of October – but there’s always something going on. My professors like to assign lots of projects due either just before or just after Thanksgiving break, hurrah. Not.

@ the Women’s March on Washington in January, fighting back !!!!

So far, this fall has been very different from last fall. Without constant thoughts (read: worries) about the election hanging over me like a cloud, it’s been easier to focus on the rest of life: School, work, spending time on my friends, spending time alone working on one hobby or another.

I can’t truthfully say that this fall has been free of worrying about and dreading Donald Trump. After all, now that he’s actually in office he has more power than ever before. Who knows what he might do next? (I don’t think even he knows. Which, again, is worrying.)

But that worrying is different, somehow. Perhaps it’s because last November eighth showed us exactly what half of the country thinks, feels, and believes – with more clarity than we’ve had before. It’s terrifying knowing that there are actually people out there who support Trump/Pence, but at least now I know even better who to avoid.

I’m so glad it’s not 2016 anymore. I’m so glad that hell year is over. Yes, there were some good parts, but not a lot and certainly not as many as I would have liked. I’m very grateful this semester has been much more relaxed. Even as I enjoyed being back at school, seeing the leaves turn color and fall from the trees, et cetera – all my favorite signs of fall – I couldn’t help but get a little more anxious with each passing day. By the time November eighth rolled around… aaahh. I’m sure I’ll feel like this all over again come late 2020, but for now I’m focusing on this year and this month and this day.

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NaNoWriMo Novels, Part 2 | Books I Want To Read

For the third year in a row, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.

No, I think I’ll sit this one out. Use all that free time to support my friends’ madcap writing projects. And maybe even find the time to read? Today I’m discussing three books on my TBR list that began life as someone’s NaNo project.

You can check out my post about NaNo novels I’ve already read here.

Enjoy!

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I don’t actually know much about this novel, but a lot of my friends have read it and they all seemed to like it. I trust them! Also, I love the cover – very eerie and mysterious.

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

A zombie novel! I don’t think I’ve ever read one of those before. (Short stories are a different matter…) Plus, that title! Aaaaah! Consider me Intrigued™.

3. Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool is the first book in a self-published series about a post-apocalyptic world in which everyone lives deep below ground and no one has ventured outside in years. The premise sounds right up my alley. And I’m impressed by how successful the series has been, considering how it wasn’t traditionally published.

I am also very curious about why it’s called Wool, since the blurb didn’t give a single hint.

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Which NaNoWriMo books do you want to read? What made you add them to your TBR?

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NaNoWriMo Novels, Part 1 | Books I’ve Read & Loved

For the third year in a row, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.

No, I think I’ll sit this one out. Use all that free time to support my friends’ madcap writing projects. And maybe even find the time to read? Today I’m discussing three books I’ve read (and loved!) that began life as someone’s NaNo project. I know it’s not much, but I hope you find something to your liking here.

Enjoy!

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

So I recently heard that Meyer wrote the first book in the Lunar Chronicles because she wanted to win a contest where having the highest wordcount earned you a guest role on Star Trek?! Why didn’t I know that until now? That’s magnificently nerdy.

Although she didn’t win the contest, I think it’s safe to say that she won at life: How many of us can say we got book deals out of such a project? I adore this series and out of all the books, Cinder is my favorite. What a creatively imagined world and conflict!

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Het romance isn’t normally my thing but this one was actually OK? Consider me impressed. Plus, it’s set at a boarding school (!) in Paris (!!) and the main character talks a lot about food (!!!). What’s not to love?

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell was already a published author when she signed up for NaNoWriMo! While I have a few issues* with this novel, I thought it was a realistic portrayal of life as an introvert – especially as an introvert in COLLEGE.

*Mostly having to do with the fetishization of gay male characters in fanfiction by the novel’s female protagonist. But that’s another post/rant for another time.

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Which NaNoWriMo novels have you read? What was your opinion of them?

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