Monday, May 2, 2016

Monthly Mix: May 2016

Here we are at the beginning of another month, wondering again how we got here already. Is it just me, or does it feel like the first half of the year goes by so much faster than the second? I'm sure I've said the same thing in reverse before, but I swear it was just New Years!

The weather has been amazing lately and all of Austin has been taking advantage of it, including me. I'm hoping to take a long walk around Lady Bird Lake and go kayaking again in the next few weeks, before it gets too hot (because, unfortunately, that's coming soon). I have been spending many weekends and evenings reading or blogging, listening to music, and sipping cold drinks on various patios around Austin. Here's a mix to help keep the weekend vibes going into Monday.


Saturday Night Kind of Pink from marvelousmaggie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. Water – Ra Ra Riot & Rostam
  2. Taro – alt-J
  3. Someday Soon – KT Tunstall
  4. Bros – Wolf Alice
  5. Look What I Made – Last Good Tooth
  6. Simple Song – The Shins
  7. Lunar Sea – Camera Obscura
  8. Don't Just Sit There – Lucius
  9. Brazil – Declan McKenna
  10. Crawl – Bear Lake
  11. Sedona – Houndmouth
  12. My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven
  13. Jackrabbit – San Fermin
  14. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
  15. Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse – Minus the Bear
  16. Vagabond – Wolfmother
  17. Tenuousness – Andrew Bird
  18. River – Leon Bridges
I just checked and I haven't posted a mix since about a week after I moved to Austin. (So not only has it been a year and a half since I've posted a mix, but I've lived in Austin for a year and a half, which is NUTS, but I digress.) Despite the name, my mixes have never been "monthly," but even I will admit it's getting a little out of hand at this point. I'll get the hang of this eventually.

Have a good week, all!

-Maggie

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Few Things

Let me tell you something–being sad is exhausting. Distracting yourself from being sad is exhausting. If there was ever a time to "fake it 'til you make it," it's during a break-up. It's been getting better, but my brain is still a little foggy. For example: I thought I had dropped my ring as I was walking out of my apartment the other morning. I found it later on my finger.

So it really goes without saying that I need a few good things to focus on. Today is Friday and it's my day off, so we're already off to a good start, but here are a few more.

→ I just discovered there is a Juiceland a block away from my work (even though I've been at this branch for over eight months), which means I am now spending, like, $20 a week on smoothies. Totally worth it though. Nothing more refreshing on these warmer days than a smoothie and Juiceland is the best. There are tons of locations all over Austin (and one in Houston and Brooklyn), so stop by and treat yourself!

→ If you haven't watched the newest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer (though surely you have), it's very important that you do so. Try not to openly weep and/or yell during the revamped "Hedwig's Theme."

→ Save this one for when you need a good laugh.

→ I was finally able to download and listen to The Lumineers' new album Cleopatra today and it was so worth the four year wait. I bought tickets to see them in September and I'm even more excited now, which I didn't think was possible.

→ Augusten Burrough's Lust & Wonder was released about a month ago and I devoured it last week. He is one of my favorite writers and his newest memoir did not disappoint. Go snag a signed copy at BookPeople before they're all gone!

If you're going through a hard time and (mostly) faking it like I am, just keep in mind 1) you are never alone in this, and 2) we'll get there! Every day we're getting better at getting better. Have a great weekend, all!

-Maggie

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Long time, no see

I've been pretty quiet on here for the last nine months or so. Aside from the 24 Before 25 list that I posted yesterday, I've only posted one other time since June. It's not that I didn't want to post, I just couldn't seem to find the time. I'm kicking myself for it, too, because there was so much that I wanted to write about, so much that I wanted to share. My life has been so full! And while I, of course, kept up with Twitter and Instagram, I have nothing to show for it here.

For example, if you only read my blog and don't follow me on any other social media platforms, then you don't know that I had a real, bona fide relationship with a real life boy. (I'm pretty sure the only people that actually read my blog not only follow me elsewhere, but also know me in "real life". But still.) His name is David. He came home with me for Thanksgiving, we road-tripped to California to meet his parents, said I-love-you's... The whole nine yards!

But I didn't take the time to write about any of it, and now that relationship has ended. It wasn't a bad ending; nobody did anything wrong. It was simply a matter of feelings, and you can't help what you feel. It's been a rough few weeks for me, but I'm okay. I am sad and at times angry, but I've been doing my best to focus on the good stuff and trying to keep my hurt feelings from tainting memories of what was really and truly a wonderful relationship.

I'm not writing all this down to get pity or even words of encouragement. (I know it had nothing to do with me, I know I am enough, I know it gets better–believe me, I know. I get it.) I'm writing this down now because I'm upset with myself for not keeping track of it all then.

My blog has always been a place where I talk about my life. I do this because I like to share pictures and words with people, but mostly I do it for myself, so that I can look back and see what my life was a few months or a few years ago. But now when I look back, David, who was such a big, important part of my life, is nowhere to be seen.

This is all to say: I don't want that to happen with anything or anyone in my life again. I'm going to make the time to write these things down and share them here because it's important to me. I'm going to stop waiting for inspiration to strike, to "get in the mood" to blog, and I'm going to stop trying to make everything perfect. I'm just going to get out. I'm just going to do it.

-Maggie

Saturday, April 9, 2016

24 Before 25

  1. Double my savings
  2. Read at least thirty books I haven't read before
  3. Go back to Seattle
  4. Take the GRE
  5. Apply to graduate school
  6. Watch Parks and Recreation finally (I know, I know.)
  7. Go paddle boarding
  8. Finish Blog Life
  9. Make plans to visit Nicola in England
  10. Stick to a blogging schedule
  11. Revamp my blog
  12. Volunteer somewhere
  13. Take a road trip
  14. Fix bike and ride
  15. Send more letters and packages
  16. Use my DSLR more
  17. Exercise regularly (i.e. more than once a month)
  18. Contribute to Lady ATX Magazine
  19. Host Friendsgiving again
  20. Buy rollerblades
  21. Reread The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  22. Attend local theatre productions
  23. Join a volleyball league
  24. Try one new local restaurant a month
-Maggie

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Home



Sometimes, without warning, life can get a little crazy. Somehow you have plans and commitments almost every night of the week, and it seems like you're only ever home to sleep. Suddenly, it's November and you accidentally haven't blogged since June, and you're not really sure where the time went. This is an especially jarring change of pace when you're accustomed to spending most every night in your pink armchair eating tacos and watching sitcoms with your best friend/roommate who is often confused for your live-in gal pal.

But you know what? It's been fun. It's also been weird–there is a lot that has me a little out of my element–but I'm just going to roll with it.

Two Saturdays ago was my one year anniversary of my move to Austin. (I meant to post this blog on that Saturday, but 1) it's me and 2) life.) There's a small part of me that can't believe it's already been a year, but mostly I'm surprised it hasn't been longer. In some ways, it feels like I've always been here. I think it's because Austin felt like home before I even moved here, so there wasn't really an "adjustment" period for me. It was more like a sigh of relief–like crawling into your own bed after a long trip away. It just felt like coming home.

Before my move, I compiled a mental list of things I wanted to do once I got here. At the top of that list was to be more open, to "put myself out there" as they say. I wanted to make more friends. I wanted to try some sort of online dating. I wanted to go events and meet new people. I wanted to get out of the little bubble I kept myself in.

And guess what? I actually did! Not all at once, and not even totally successfully, but I did it.

I tried online dating–both Match.com and Tinder–which was mostly ridiculous, but the result was surprising. (In case you were wondering, Tinder is far and away the better option.) I started meeting up with an awesome and inspiring group of ladies for coworking on Tuesdays, which is where I am now, and I look forward to it every week. (Shoutout to the #atxcoworkingladies!) I'm hosting a book club at the local West Elm and the second meeting is tomorrow. I even went to not just one, but two parties on Halloween. Look at me! I'm being a person out in the world!

Long story short: Life is full and it's exhausting, but mostly it's exhilarating.

-Maggie
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