Tuesday, July 2, 2013

tagged post

D'aww I can't believe I've actually been tagged in something! Shout out to Deux Ex Machina for tagging me! I just started following her not too long ago and she's got a lot of content-heavy posts (not that I don't looove OOTD posts, cause I do) that are well written and inspired.


  • Link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Tag 5 blogs with less than 200 followers.
  • Get them to tag more bloggers and keep this thing going.
5 things you need every day:

  1. My phone, equipped with Spotify. Gotta listen to something on the train!
  2. Gawker.com -- it's where I get my news
  3. A real human being to talk to, even if it's just to BS with
  4. Tea. I'm not fussy about it either! 
  5. Something to look forward to. 
5 books you would recommend: 

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There's a reason why this book won the Nobel Prize in literature. The entire human condition in this book. If you are boy/girl when you start, you will become a man/woman when you are done. Love, life, family spanning generations and activism too. It's easily my favorite book. If you can't get past the first 100 pages (which are a little slow) or the book is too long, read CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD by the same author. This is a dark humor piece about a man whose death could have been stopped a million different ways but didn't.
  2. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. For the sake of feminism, force yourself to read this. The most frightening book I've ever read. The stuff of nightmares. If you like dystopian futures, this is for you.
  3. The Elements of Style, Strunk and White. The best book for writing clearly and concisely. I'll back this with my work history and educational background.
  4. First Break all the Rules: What the World's Best Managers do Differently by Marcus Buckingham.  If you haven't already, one day you're going to start your career. It's going to be a lot of failures and missteps and bad managers--you need to know why. While this is aimed at managers, it's still infinitely useful for you, especially for interviewing and for when you get the job. I know business books aren't fun to read, but I highly recommend this.
  5. The Dresden Files series, by Jim Butcher. C'MON it's a wizard who solves supernatural crimes. It's got vampires and werewolves and demons and magic and takes place in my hometown, Chicago! It's fun and such a page-turner!!!
5 materialistic wishes for Christmas presents:

  1. The moonstone ring (with the two claws) from this post
  2. My own bathroom so I don't have to share it with a boy!!!!!!
  3. A new apartment
  4. a steampunk outfit
  5. jewelry-making classes

5 places you wish to visit: 

  1. Antarctica--actually I almost went there for field study in college. Personality fit is important when you are sharing a tent in the middle of the arctic, and, well, the professor and I did NOT get along.
  2. The American Southwest. I've never been to a natural desert--and I love desert plants! I'd love to see an actual natural desert. 
  3. Tokyo! Because I was an anime freak once, and I'm still dying to visit Harajuku!--------ME TOO!!!
  4. Montreal, Canada. Hopefully I get to this year! We are making plans for Labor Day. 
  5. Iceland--I want to go on the first day of winter, for almost 24-hour darkness and Northern Lights. 
5 Adjectives that describe you: 

  1. Fearless
  2. Rational
  3. Indecisive
  4. Stubborn
  5. Helpful
5 things you'd say to people about life: 

  1. Be nice to people--it always helps you in the long run. Sure there's petty people who will tell you to exploit, cheat, thieve, and lie for short-term gains. The RIGHT people will notice your acts of kindness, and that's what matters.
  2. Everyone suffers in their own way. Life is hard enough--don't make it worse for those around you.
  3. The only thing we have to lose is our chains. Don't let the company you work for fuck you over. One day, my generation is going to be the managers and owners of these companies--and we're going to do things right and stop exploiting people. 
  4. Don't tolerate sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and the other isms. 
  5. Work hard, and you'll get what you want. Don't be afraid to dream big. 
People tagged:

hmmm... and now to tag people who haven't been tagged yet...

  1. Milking the Rolling Cow
  2. Clockwork Mice and Toy Spiders
  3. From the Crow's Beak
  4. Style and Graphite
  5. Daughter of a Jaded Era


  1. Yaay thanks for the warm words! ^^ loved your things about life! It's really interesting to read this part of the tag challenge from your perspective!
    I would like to visit Island as well one day. No sunlight for 24 hours!

  2. You definitely got me interested in The Handmaid's Tale. :D Also I think is so sweet how you describe yourself stubborn. I see it a positive thing and I guess that is how you meant it? Thanks for tagging me!

  3. Thank you for tagging me! I've been very busy these last few weeks, but my post should be going live in a few days. :)