I used to run a nail art blog, but abandoned it two years ago. I seem to recall something personal was going on so my nail art was set on the backburner for a while, but I’d broken a few nails as well so I wanted to wait until they grew out before doing more art. Then I just sort of lost the passion for it, and I’ve barely even painted my nails this past year. One of my Day Zero goals is to start that blog back up, though I accidentally broke a nail two days ago so I’m stuck waiting for that to grow. In the meantime, I’d been going through my nail art posts and decided to post my favorites here. Click the photo to see the entry on my nail art blog, or click here to view the whole blog.
Earlier this year I happened to come across some videos by a Pagan YouTuber named Monsoon Magick. Her videos bring back good memories of when I was studying Wicca in high school, and her voice is just so pleasant to listen to, it’s very cheerful.
I also really like what she’s been doing for her DIY health journals, I’ve been getting inspiration from her food journal and the notebook she made to keep track of everything for her weight loss progress. I left a comment about some washi tape she mentions in one of the videos, asking if she remembers where she’d found it because I have the same roll and had been trying to find more, but all of a sudden I just couldn’t find it. She offered to send me some, and I received it in the mail yesterday along with a few other goodies she sent just for fun!
Despite all the washi tape I own, she managed to send me two rolls I’ve never even seen before, I love the one with crows sitting on a chandelier! And I already have plans for the arrow washi. The one with jars is the one I’d asked her about, she sent me two rolls! She also sent me a sheet of tiny heart stickers, and a sheet of really adorable owl stickers.
This was much more than I’d expected, it was really sweet of her to send me all of this! I’m going to send her a handwritten note thanking her, but I also wanted to mention it on my blog in case any of my readers would be interested in her videos.
Two years ago I wrote a blog entry about my nail polish collection. Some of my friends had been nagging me to make a video or blog entry about what I have, so I half-assed an entry because I didn’t want to bother with a video. I shouldn’t have bothered with an entry either because it was pretty awful. I knew what my friends wanted was to see all the polishes I have and maybe a list of the names or a summary of colors, but I took two rather lousy pictures and kind of babbled, and that was it. I still have the entry on here, but I made it private and it’s going to stay that way.
That’s one of the pictures I’d posted. I pretended the angle was so you could see the colors, but I’m going to be honest: That picture looks the way it does because that area was pretty cluttered and I was too lazy to clear the clutter to get a better shot.
The only thing actually worth reading in that entry was the fact that at that time, I owned 245 bottles of nail polish. The rest of the entry was just dumb. I haven’t done nail art in so long that most of my polishes have separated in their bottle from not being used, and I don’t really know how many can be saved, so I probably won’t have that many when I’m done checking on them. I made it part of my Day Zero project to reorganize my nail polish collection, which means I’ll be able to take proper pictures like I should have in the first place. Maybe this will also help motivate me to start doing nail art again.
Never feel obligated to half-ass a blog entry just for the sake of fulfilling a goal you set for yourself to update a certain amount of times each month.
There’s a fabric & craft store near my house having a big sale, and apparently the washi tape is part of that sale. I didn’t even know that till I went today, I had a coupon and “accidentally” ended up down the aisle with the washi tape, and saw a large “40% off” sign in front of the display. I grabbed a few I’d been eyeballing and was both disappointed and relieved their selection is currently fairly sparse, that made it easy to keep from going overboard. When I got home and added them to the notebook and subdomain I use to keep track of what I have, I realized just how many I have.
In case you’re wondering, the reason why I keep track using both a physical notebook and a subdomain is because I needed a way to check my collection from a store (assuming they have wifi), and since I don’t carry a purse, carrying the notebook around (or remembering to bring it with me) isn’t an option. I tried that once and it just wasn’t convenient. Looking at my site from my phone, that’s convenient. So I’ll put a small strip in the notebook, then upload a photo of it for the site. It’s less complicated than I’m making it sound. And obviously, the reason I keep track in the first place is so I don’t buy doubles or overly-similar designs. I’m actually pretty good at remembering what I have even despite having almost 100 rolls, but this setup comes in handy for remembering specific colors.
That’s right, almost 100 rolls. I’d be shocked or embarrassed about that if I didn’t use them all, but I do. Between my penpal Kevin and craft projects or journalling, I use part of my collection multiple times every week.
Earlier this year I posted a photo on Instagram of the display I bought to store my washi tape on, it’s called a cone thread rack. Cone thread is a type of sewing thread to use on a serger, which is similar to a sewing machine and uses a lot of thread. The cone thread rack is perfect to store washi tape on, as long as you use it often enough that dust doesn’t settle on the rolls. This picture shows a little more than half of my current collection, around 20 more rolls are nearby in their own dispenser (it was all sold together, it was a holiday present from my mom two or three years ago) and obviously it doesn’t show what I’ve accumulated since taking this picture.
As for the subdomain, it’s not very pretty on a computer but it looks just fine on mobile which was the entire point. You can click the image below if you wanted to check it out or see all the washi tape I have. It’s not perfect, I kind of wish it was more uniform, but it does the job.
Look at me getting all fancy to show you the PC and mobile layouts. Well, I mentioned it, so I figured I might as well show you what I meant about it looking good on mobile and not so good on the computer!
I still remember not understanding the obsession with washi tape, I was seeing it absolutely everywhere on crafting sites. That was only a few years ago, and look at me now. I’ll be honest, I don’t even remember which one had been my first roll. I bought one, fell in love, and went absolutely bonkers. I couldn’t help it, it’s so fun to decorate with and there are so many kinds!
Tor Johnson was a Swedish professional wrestler and actor who was immortalized in Ed Wood movies, such as Plan 9 From Outer Space and Bride of the Monster. He was billed as “The Super Swedish Angel” and despite his size at over six feet tall (some sources say 6’2″ and some say 6’3″) and 400 lbs, he was known to be a genuinely sweet guy. One actress even described him as being “like a big sugar bun.”
I happen to have a picture of him. My great-grandfather was a doctor, and Tor was one of his patients. This picture was taken at a dinner party where Tor happened to spot my great-grandfather and stopped to chat. I can’t help but love the tiny tie. Short ties were the look at the time, but it just looks plain silly on Tor because he’s so large.
Both men died before I was born, so I never got the chance to meet either one, but knowing about that little piece of history in my family is pretty wonderful.
I used to have a blog on Blogspot where I kept a log of funny IM conversations. I’d created it over 12 years ago and stopped updating it approximately five years ago, eventually forgetting about it. I came across it today and decided to post my favorites here, and make the rest of the convresations private. These are all from 2004 and most were with my best friend at the time, Jamie.
To Feign Reality: Today I told a friend that if Internet Addiction meetings exist, I bet they confiscate phones at the door so we can’t update Twitter about the meeting
[Valentine's Day, 2007]
Grimm Epiphany: Be checking your mail
Grimm Epiphany: Your real mail
Grimm Epiphany: Not the computer mail
To Feign Reality: I got your letter today lol
Grimm Epiphany: My Valentine?
To Feign Reality: Yeah, the one you totally glitter glued together
Grimm Epiphany: >_____>
Grimm Epiphany: I hoped you wouldn’t notice
To Feign Reality: lol Uh, yeah
Grimm Epiphany: That was the first one I did and the only I used glitter glue on after that. lol
To Feign Reality: You’re supposed to wait for it to DRY before folding it in half and putting it in the envelope
Grimm Epiphany: BUT I DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF ATTENTION SPAN
Grimm Epiphany: You’re invited to the pants party
To Feign Reality: lol
[20 minutes later]
Grimm Epiphany: I think I shat my pants
To Feign Reality: I don’t want to come to the party anymore
Grimm Epiphany: lmao
To Feign Reality: I’ve been writing letters to Aaron who’s in San Diego and every time I start his address I want to write “San Diego, it means a whale’s vagina” instead of San Diego, CA
Grimm Epiphany: lolololol
Grimm Epiphany: You dumbass
To Feign Reality: Shut up lol
Grimm Epiphany: lol
Grimm Epiphany: I wonder if the letter would still get there
To Feign Reality: lol
To Feign Reality: Me too
To Feign Reality: lmao I put a zip disk in my computer and it’s stuck, the button didn’t pop out
Krikkit Minion: Does it have an emergency eject?
To Feign Reality: lol
To Feign Reality: No
To Feign Reality: It’s a zip drive, not a plane
Krikkit Minion: XD
Krikkit Minion: OH GOD
Krikkit Minion: XXXDDD
Krikkit Minion: That’s gold
squeejamie: I think I need to vomit
To Feign Reality: So do it *hands you a hat*
squeejamie: If you have to spew, spew into this *hands you paper cup*
To Feign Reality: Jared Leto was in it
To Feign Reality: Wrong IM
To Feign Reality: lmao
squeejamie: He was in the spew? Or the paper cup? lol
I have no idea how to organize my rainbow-vomit sticker collection. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Working on… My reply letter to my penpal. It’s taking me way too long to work on it this time, I don’t even have much of an excuse.
Watching… Are You Afraid of the Dark? on YouTube.
Feeling… Overly full. I ate way too much for lunch.
Needing… To drink more water. I made sushi yesterday and didn’t drink enough water to counteract the sodium, I’m almost painfully bloated today.
Trying… Another app/site to schedule tweets on my blog’s Twitter account. I managed to even forget I’d had it.
Wishing… More trees in Los Angeles changed colors during this time of the year so I can post beautiful photos to Instagram like so many people I follow.
Hearing… The television in the other room. Dad’s watching Indiana Jones.
Day Zero task #53: Go through other people’s bucket lists on Pinterest, make a board of 101 things I’ve done.Never miss a post! Follow via Bloglovin.
In an effort to remind myself of some great things I’ve accomplished, I decided to look at some other people’s bucket lists on Pinterest and repin the things I’ve done. I chose the number 101 to match my Day Zero goals. I kept coming across boards that were obviously made by teenage girls because there’d be goals like using a fake name at Starbucks, going an entire day without seeing sunlight, and eating nothing but ice cream for an entire day. But I had to remind myself that some of my bucket list items will seem silly to others as well, maybe not my “official” bucket list on Pinterest but I’m sure there are some things I want to accomplish before I die that would make some people laugh. So hey, if a teenager wants to spend a day eating ice cream with the knowledge that they’ll spend all night with a stomach ache, who am I to judge? But since some of their goals include things I’ve done, such as seeing Halley’s comet, writing in wet cement, and travelling by myself, I thought this would be a fun project. Some are impressive, most are not, and some are just silly. But I’ve done them all.
You can see my Pinterest board by clicking above or here, and check the list below to read about each item.
- Plant a tree.
- See the ocean.
- Watch a meteor shower.
- Visit the walk of fame.
- Witness an eclipse.
- Kiss a celebrity.
- Learn to make sushi.
- Spend a whole day sleeping.
- Let my hair get really long.
- Own every flavor of EOS lip balm.
- Read 100 books in a year.
- Own a typewriter.
- Own a Polaroid camera.
- Watch every Harry Potter movie.
- Read every Harry Potter book.
- Finish an entire eraser.
- Start a YouTube channel.
- Upload my first YouTube video.
- Write something in wet cement.
- Visit Jerusalem.
- Kiss in the rain.
- Wear a corset.
- Cuddle under the stars.
- Shoot a gun.
- See the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- See Halley’s comet.
- See a shooting star.
- Watch the sunset at the beach.
- Build something at Build-a-Bear.
- Ride in an airplane.
- Ride a camel.
- Stargaze on a roof.
- Learn to knit.
- Receive flowers from a boy.
- Have a baby fall asleep in my arms.
- Try macarons.
- Make a sheet fort outside.
- Play with sparklers.
- See the Hollywood sign.
- Stand under the Hollywood sign.
- Kiss in a movie theater.
- Own a Wreck This Journal.
- Go to a housewarming party.
- Go to prom.
- Be spoiled on Valentine’s Day.
- See a sunset from an airplane.
- Go to Washington, D.C.
- Visit the Smithsonian.
- See a celebrity at LAX airport.
- Learn how to do my nails properly.
- Build a snowman.
- Make a wish in Snow White’s well.
- Ride in the front of the Monorail.
- Be on tv.
- Learn to tie a knot in a cherry stem using my tongue.
- See Cirque Du Soleil.
- Ride a horse.
- Ride in a submarine.
- Travel by myself.
- Find out my blood type.
- Bake something from scratch.
- Try eating a dragonfruit.
- Try archery.
- Dye my hair red.
- Dye my hair black.
- Visit a pumpkin patch.
- Have a “usual” somewhere.
- Try funnel cake.
- Have dinner at a fancy restaurant.
- Own a claddagh ring.
- Visit Maryland.
- Read a book in one day.
- Own a pet named after a Disney character.
- Go to Israel.
- Make a jar of lucky stars.
- Visit the birthplace or grave of an icon.
- Try tiramisu.
- Visit the Santa Monia Pier.
- Attend Gay Pride.
- Learn to fishtail braid.
- Eat at In-N-Out.
- Visit a Sanrio store.
- Try beignets.
- Bob for apples.
- Take ballet lessons.
- Own a colorful nail polish collection.
- Try something from Sprinkles Cupcakes.
- Start a diary and write in it every day.
- See a reindeer.
- Spend Christmas at Disneyland.
- Try mochi ice cream.
- Leave a note in a library book.
- Sleep under the stars.
- Hold a butterfly in my hand.
- Send a letter to a random address and see if they write back.
- Adopt an animal from the shelter.
- Glow in the dark bowling.
- Witness a marriage proposal.
- Visit a ghost town.
- Visit West Virginia.
When I was 13, I took a trip to Israel with my paternal grandparents. The tour group we were part of had a lot of fun things planned, one of which was allowing the kids in the group to plant a tree. In complete honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out the tiny trees we’d planted were dug up for the next tour group to “plant,” but the experience was still fun.
I live approximately eight miles from the Pacific ocean.
Unfortunately the skies here are usually pretty cloudy when there’s a meteor shower, but I was able to view one when I was a teenager.
This is just one of those typical “Of course this happened, I live in L.A” things.
I’ve witnessed a few, both lunar and solar. As a matter of fact, I just viewed a lunar eclipse two nights ago.
Another “Of course this happened, I live in L.A” thing.
This is not as difficult as it seems, it’s just very time consuming.
This is real easy to do if you’re sick or have allergies. This really isn’t a goal people should aim to accomplish.
My hair is the longest it’s ever been, it reaches my hips.
This was kind of an accident, I just really love the stuff.
I seem to recall this was part of my first Day Zero list, to read two books each week. And I did it.
Unfortunately the ribbon is dried out because it’d belonged to my grandfather and he hadn’t used it in years, but I do own one.
Too bad about the film.
I need to do this again.
This is not as easy as it sounds, erasers grow legs when you’ve used up half of it.
Technically more than one.
I should get back into vlogging.
There’s a cement patch in my backyard with my handprints in it.
Not as fun or romantic as so many seem to think.
It was the kind where I wasn’t able to sit, but I did look good.
My main memory of this is my boyfriend-at-the-time wouldn’t stop complaining about being bored.
My dad wanted me to know how.
I was two years old, and luckily not too young that I didn’t understand what a big deal this was. My neighbor across the street made sure I got to see it, with the help of my father’s telescope.
I feel like this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things to actually witness in Los Angeles, it’s so bright we can’t really see the stars. But I saw one.
More than once. Both in a romantic sense and non-romantic “Oh crap we’ve been here too long you’re mom’s going to be pissed.”
I have a cow and a dinosaur. The dinosaur has dino pajamas.
Mom and I did this when I was a kid, it was kind of awful.
This was an accident, we got locked out on the roof of my friend’s apartment building. This was before we had cell phones, so we had to make a lot of noise until someone finally opened the door.
I know how, but I can’t really knit anything besides scarves.
A couple of times.
This is not fun when you don’t like babies. I was afraid to move.
This was fun until my friend fell asleep and started snoring. His snoring was so loud I left the fort to try to get sleep elsewhere.
Almost every 4th of July.
Another “Of course this happened, I live in L.A” things.
This is no longer easy to do, the roads and trails have been blocked off so if you try to hike up to the sign, you’re officially trespassing and can be fined or even arrested. So be careful about this.
Really, really awkward in those seats. Especially if the armrest doesn’t lift up.
More than once.
I felt really awkward the whole time, I was one of the youngest and the only one not drinking.
My prom was kind of ridiculous, it wasn’t really worth going.
I’m not a romantic girl, so this was a little awkward for me. But still a little fun.
This was incredible, the sky looks like it’s on fire.
When I was about nine years old, my mom’s brother was graduating from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. So my mother and I travelled there with their parents, and we did some sight-seeing.
Another “Of course this happened, I live in L.A” thing.
I really need to start posting on my nail art blog again.
Half a snowman anyway, that’s a LOT harder than it looks.
This is a Disneyland thing.
Another Disneyland thing.
Years ago, my mom and I were on a short news segment about scrapbooking.
The trick is to hold one end between your teeth.
Mom and I saw Mystere in Vegas in the mid 90s.
My dad used to take me horseback riding when I was a kid.
Sort of. I’m including the ride at Disneyland.
I’ve flown by myself a couple of times.
I babysat for neighbors a few times when I was a teenager.
As bad as it sounds, I prefer using a box mix.
That thing was disappointing, but it looked pretty cool.
At the Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
For about six years from when I turned 19.
The red dye I’d been using was no longer being sold, so I switched to black for something different. After two years I got tired of it and the red dye is being sold again, so I’m going back to red.
This is real easy for me to accomplish, I usually order the same thing at a restaurant once I find a favorite.
They’re great as long as you’re sharing them, these are definitely not a dessert to eat by yourself.
A few times.
Of course I do, I’m part Irish.
When I first read The Help, I read all 500+ pages in one sitting. I’ve also read the largest Harry Potter books in one day as part of a goal to read them all in one week.
I had a betta fish named Pudge, after the goldfish in Lilo & Stitch.
I have a little jar full of miniature lucky stars I made.
This has happened a whole lot because I live near so many.
This was pretty dang gross, it’s not enjoyable if you don’t like coffee.
Another “Of course this happened, I live in L.A” thing.
I actually attended the parade when I was a little kid, with a friend and his mother. I have some weird memories from that.
This is nowhere near as difficult as it looks.
Yuck. What is wrong with people in L.A to be obsessed with this place?
There used to be one at a nearby mall when I was a kid.
I never want to do that again.
This is something very few people know about me. I took dance classes for a very short period of time when I was a little girl.
Unfortunately I’m pretty sure I have to get rid of most of it now, I haven’t used them in a really long time and nail polish does have a shelf life.
This place was not worth trying to find parking in Beverly Hills, the cupcakes were unbelievably disappointing.
I’m still working on my Five Year Diary.
The Los Angeles Zoo brings some in every year for Christmas.
Disneyland is so gorgeous for every holiday!
More than once.
The time I went camping.
Well, it landed on my hand. During the Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion.
We got Tator from the shelter.
This is probably more fun if you’re actually any good at bowling and enjoy it at all. I am not, and do not.
Los Angeles has a shadowcast for Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I witnessed a surprise proposal on stage between two cast members. She was so surprised that she forgot which hand to give him to put the ring on, it was pretty adorable.
Mom and I visited Calico, it was pretty fun but the whole thing’s uphill so it was also quite a workout.
I took a trip there over ten years ago to visit a friend for his birthday, I didn’t get to see much of the place but it’s really pretty there. And yes, everyone had their teeth, get out of here with that.
When my family got our first computer, we had a lot of DOS games that I loved to play. I was recently reminiscing about one in particular called Paganitzu and wondered if I’d be able to find it online, maybe I’d be able to find an emulator or something. I discovered ClassicDOSgames.com, a site with a whole bunch of DOS games you can play in your browser, and got really excited at the idea of being able to play them again.
Paganitzu! Monster Bash! Commander Keen! Crystal Caves! Jill of the Jungle! Duke Nukem! So many game titles I recognized from my childhood. I spent yesterday playing some of them, and… Well, my memories lied to me. I had a blast playing these games as a kid, back when this was just how games looked. Large pixels, neon colors, 8-bit sound, something called SoundBlaster that I always had to ask my dad if I should enable… It was all practically state-of-the-art 20+ years ago and now it’s just one big headache. Those neon colors are an eyesore and the noises make me turn down the speakers. Worst of all, the games just aren’t as fun as I remembered.
Seriously, could there possibly have been any more fuschia in those games?
Paganitzu made me rage-quit, I kept running into the same stupid spider. None of the games have a working Save function, so once you close the game, you lose your progress. Jill of the Jungle doesn’t have sound because something’s not compatible with today’s fancy-schmancy stuff.
But you know what? Being able to relive my memories was still enjoyable, even if the games themselves aren’t. I do wish they had a working version of Monkey Island though, I was so disappointed to see that link doesn’t go anywhere.
Did you play any computer games as a child that you wish you could find today?