An agnostic/atheist type that gave up alcohol and chocolate for Lent and who volunteers on Sundays.
4/2--Failed Lent (as my best friend was in town). But I was will try again at Ramadan.
Just bought a townhouse, so I don't have to do shit for home improvements (although, I've done plenty in the past).
I'm a project manager for a market research firm. No, it's not like Mad Men. I'll never understand why I thought the field would be shamanistic. Blame the advertising?
Trying to figure out that whole work/life balance thing. I just ran a 10k. Now I lift and stare in the mirror too long. Working to do the MS Bike Ride in June.
Pondering if self-improvement is the goal of life, or merely a cultural fetish.
Lining up some trips and things to do. I made a severe bucket list when I turned 27, as a goodbye to my 20s. It tends to make my friends in their 30s, cringe.
Right now, I'm trying to deprogram myself. A large part of that, is not reading any books by white males for the next few months.
*I think italics are super classy.
Developing an eccentric and quirky passion for odd things, like esoteric Catholic trivia, racy comics and odd foods and beverages.
I'm starting to get a crinkle in my eyes whenever I smile. I'm kind of smitten with it.
*As of Mid 2016, I'm working on reading books by anyone but white males . Please give me suggestions! *6/6/2016--So far, my favorite author has been Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* I've also dug Susan Sontag, Elena Ferrante, Ann Casron, Doris Lessing, Joanna Russ, Jessa Crispin, Roxanne Gay and Caitlan Moran. Give me some suggestions!
Movies: Films about the sort of sadness of pleasure, achievement and entertainment and the sort of emptiness of what we thought was going on. So basically Edgar Wright and Tartovsky films. Also, Miyazaki.
TV: Now that the Golden Age of tv is over...I guess "Rick and Morty", "Community", "Transparent", "Bored to Death", "Wilfred", "The Knick", "Bojack Horseman", "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Blunt Talk". I'll stop pretending, my favorite show is Killer Karoake
Music: HEALTH? My holy triumvirate is Nick Cave, David Bowie and Tom Waits. I like Klezmer-influenced bands like "Man Man' quite a bit as well.
Food: I cycle through asceticism to hedonism. During the week, I eat almost strictly Soylent, legumes and tuna. On Friday/Saturday I try and got to one of Pittsburgh's Top 30 restaraunts and get a trappist or an incredibly hoppy beer that most Europeans would call abortions.
I also try to cook one new meal a week as well.
That's most it. But if cornered, it'd also be
2. A sense of connectedness
3. Postmodernism is a hard drug to shake
4. Stimulation outside of a routine
5. Access to a good library system
6. The will to meaning.
How long I can sustain this level of "Happyish".
What's the best way to meet new people and get out of my comfort zone.
Then realizing that I loved "Everybody Wants Some", "The Nice Guys", "The Lobsters", "The Neon Demon", "Moonlight" and "Swiss Army Man" and that I should just shut up.
My family has the worst family crest imaginable.
I kind of actually liked "Anthem" by Ayn Rand.