petticoats, greenery, & things I’m digging

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My backlog of posts is so clogged it’s insane. I probably have 10-15 fully formed posts I’ve just been too damn lazy to hit “publish” on. I took these photos about two weeks ago, so rest assured that a) my hair is just that much longer and b) the greenery in my front yard is fully burgeoned, threatening to creep between the bricks and swallow me whole.

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Here are some things I’m enjoying right now:

  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain. I finished this book two days ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. Drain’s writing really mimics the experience of being seduced into, then cast out of, a cult: “Hey, maybe the WBC isn’t really so bad – OH GOD OH GOD NO FUCK THIS”
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I read this book for a class when it first came out, and I’m reading it now to savor it. It’s basically the epitome of why I’ve always preferred nonfiction to fiction: truth really is stranger. Presenting the story of Henrietta Lacks as a novel would have you laughed out of town or forever consigned to, like, supermarket checkout racks.
  • Lots and lots of Maleficent fanfiction.
  • Orange Is the New Black returning in less than a month!

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  • Homebrewing. I have dandelion and violet wines suppurating in barrels in my kitchen. I’m planning on rose, lilac, and peony before the season is out, but I’ll have to find a cheap source: dandelions and violets grow abundantly in my yard, as you can see, but non-wildflowers are harder to get hold of. If you live in the Burlington area and you’ve got a source, please let me know!
  • Cheesy pagan music. Oh man. Do not even get me started on this. If you do, I will spam you with Blackmore’s Night and Ayreon and Loreena McKennitt and Inkubus Sukkubus. I find dorky pagan music so endearing – picture, like, Christian rock, but with Jesus references subbed out for Mother Earth.
  • The fact that I would have graduated from college today, had I kept to my normal trajectory. And by “enjoying” I mean “having mixed feelings about”. I’ve officially missed my chance to catch up with my peers: any future classes I take will be peopled by strangers, and younger strangers at that. But I’m definitely in much less debt than I could be, and I’m still taking classes with an eye toward graduating someday!maybe.
  • Marie Southard Ospina’s blog. And her face generally. She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen.
  • My birthday on the 24th (eep!), and the fact that Josh is taking me to an authentic touring Weimar cabaret for the occasion.
  • Having beautiful friends and healthy relationships and a decent job and a lot of writing opportunities and a bag of cookies in the cabinet whose existence I’ve only just remembered.
  • Getting okCupid messages from dudes in their fifties who live in other countries. And by “enjoying” I mean >.<

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3 Comments

  1. YES Marie (Migg Mag) is incredibly gorgeous! I found her through… Bustle, maybe? a while ago and I wish she posted more. She is just like a porcelain doll in the best way.

    How do you get that many posts waiting to be blogged?? I feel accomplished having one extra outfit to share, let alone… 10… but this week I do have three waiting to be scheduled, so I might be ahead of the curve a bit here. It’s kind of nice, actually!

    How do you home brew? My husband just mentioned the other day that it would be cool to try, but… no idea how. Too lazy to Google. 😀

    1. It’s light enough now in the evenings that I end up taking a few pictures whenever I get home from work,, and then I just…forget about them. 😀

      Homebrewing is easy! It does take up a fair amount of space, though. I boil the flower petals with water and sugar for an hour or so, until the consistency becomes syrupy. Then I let it cool, strain the flowers out, add whatever spices and seasonings I feel like (dried cherries are great), and put it in my barrel with a packet of brewer’s yeast (which is fifty cents at any homebrew store). Then I seal it up for a few weeks, and voila!

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