Monday, July 28, 2014

meet the blogger

LAYER ONE: THE OUTSIDE

  • name: Elliott.
  • eye color: Blueish greenish greyish.
  • hair style/color: Black, short, dorky emo bangs.
  • height: 5’7”.
  • clothing style: A lot of band T-shirts, cardigans, and boot-cut jeans. 
  • best physical feature: I’ve gotten the most compliments on my eyes and (bizarrely) my back.

LAYER TWO: THE INSIDE

  • your fears: ALIENS. I’m sure I have others, but that’s so big it kind of crowds out everything else.
  • your guilty pleasure: Reading fanfiction at work, buying four-packs of Popeye Candy Sticks and eating them all in under five minutes, terrible movies, never exercising.
  • ambitions for the future: Finish grad school, get a library job, eventually publish at least one novel.

LAYER THREE: THOUGHTS

  • your first thoughts waking up: Nooooooooo.
  • what you think about most: Food. Dogs.Ladies. 
  • what you think about before bed: ”I can totally stay up for another fifteen minutes or so. That’s fine. I definitely won’t be tired tomorrow.”
  • you think your best quality is: Maybe that when I’m into something I get very enthusiastic and passionate about it? I don’t actually know, though, I’m never good at answering that question.

LAYER FOUR: WHAT’S BETTER? 

  • single or group dates: Single, unless you’re good friends with the other people. Or, I guess, unless you’re dating all the people simultaneously.
  • to be loved or respected: You can’t really love someone without respecting them.
  • beauty or brains: Brains, because then if you’re savvy enough you can trick people into thinking you’re attractive.
  • dogs or cats: I’m more accustomed to keeping cats, but “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THE DOG” is basically my catchphrase when I’m out in public.

LAYER FIVE: DO YOU.

  • lie: Oh Lord, so much. I feel like that’s kind of a side effect of growing up a compulsive peacemaker in a big, slightly dysfunctional family, because there are so many people you want to make happy.
  • believe in yourself: I exist.
  • believe in love: Of course.
  • want someone: Nope.

LAYER SIX: EVER?

  • been on stage: Not since the school musical in fourth grade! (It was The Wizard of Oz. I was a Winkie, a Munchkin, a poppy, and a snowflake. Costume changes were minimal.)
  • done drugs: Yes, but not many.
  • changed who you were to fit in: See above re: lying. Also I was popular for like ten minutes in fourth grade (before I had an intense falling out with the in crowd regarding Ginger Spice leaving the Spice Girls), and that involved a lot of ridiculous posturing and pretending to care about flavoured lip gloss.

LAYER SEVEN: FAVORITES

  • favorite color: Black, wine red, peacock green.
  • favorite animal: Elephants!
  • favorite movie: Velvet Goldmine forever and always, no matter how many epiphanies about how objectively crappy it is I have.
  • favorite game: Never Have I Ever (if this question is not actually about drinking games I no longer care about it).

LAYER EIGHT: AGE

  • day your next birthday will be: 2014/11/02.
  • how old will you be: 26.  But I prefer to think of it as the first anniversary of my twenty fifth birthday.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I asked lesbianloversofmiami if I looked cute.  She said, “You look very gay.”  Unsure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

I asked lesbianloversofmiami if I looked cute.  She said, “You look very gay.”  Unsure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Trying out a new lip stain, which is a great excuse for yet another selfie in my yellow ducky sweater.

Trying out a new lip stain, which is a great excuse for yet another selfie in my yellow ducky sweater.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

So last night I was so nerved up and excited about my new job that I couldn’t sleep very well.

Which means that this morning I nodded off while being told how to digitally file business cards.

Luckily, the girl who was training me just laughed and asked if I wanted to go get coffee instead of sending me back to the trash heap from whence I came.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

sharpestrose:

carmensandiejager:

benepla:

benepla:

benepla:

describe your aesthetic in four words go

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KEEP GOING THIS IS GOLDEN

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I LOVE THIS GENERATION SO MUCH

Mermaid Pierrot Murder Femme

sad bird dating sims

still likes bright eyes

Friday, June 20, 2014
Today I got a haircut and ate macaroni and cheese loaf and that’s it. BEST DAY OFF EVER.
(Also, please note my fantastic gentleman’s trouser socks.)

Today I got a haircut and ate macaroni and cheese loaf and that’s it. BEST DAY OFF EVER.

(Also, please note my fantastic gentleman’s trouser socks.)

Sunday, June 15, 2014
  • What are your favourite smells? Fresh coffee, cut grass, clean laundry, winter and melting snow.
  • Can you go a whole day without caffeine? I can, but I choose not to. Also I get kind of weepy.
  • Who knows more about you than anyone else? Probably lesbianloversofmiami?  
  • What song did you last listen to? "Problem" by Natalia Kills.
  • Do you have a crush on anybody? Unless you count my unfortunate backslide into pseudo-heterosexuality regarding Sebastian Stan’s stupid potato face, no.
  • Do you like The Beatles? They are my Facebook “it’s complicated.”
  • If you could choose one color to wear for a whole year, what color would you choose? Probably blue.
  • Do you cook often? Not as often as I used to.  I work with food right now so I pretty much hate looking at it. Also, I’m lazy.
  • What was the last film you watched? Did you like it? A terrible British horror film called Exorcismus, in which a girl is possessed and her exorcist keeps NOT FINISHING THE DAMN EXORCISM.
  • Can you sew? For Family Studies in seventh grade we had to make stuffed animals.  I chose a little grey cat.  Its nose ended up on its forehead.
  • What is your favourite fruit? Cantaloupe, red grapes, and apples that manage to be crisp and sweet at the same time.  And clementines.
  • Do you curse a lot? I’m on the Internet.
  • When was the last time you had a pint of beer? An actual pint from a pub?  No idea. Years ago at this point.
  • Is there a certain food you often crave for no reason? Sushi. Always.
  • What was the last book you purchased? His Conquering Sword by Kate Elliott, I think.
  • Where was your last vacation? I went to Newfoundland for a few days last October to see my sister get married.  But my last proper vacation was in 2002, when I went to England to visit my mum’s family.
  • Do you shave your pits? Sometimes, sometimes not.
  • When was the last time you went out without a bra? Probably like an hour ago, I am pretty gross.
  • When was the last time you went shirtless in public? Ahahaha…. November 2nd, 2012.  It was my birthday and I was very, very drunk.
  • Have you ever broken a bone? If so, how did it happen? Never never! But I damaged my elbows pretty badly when I was in junior high and now they ache when it rains.
  • How do you like your eggs? Egg salad all the way.  Or deviled, but that’s too fancy for me to consistently manage.

(Source: pepperstrings)

Friday, June 13, 2014
Greeting the dawn with the charm and grace of someone who hasn’t slept yet and probably won’t for at least another, like, three hours.

Greeting the dawn with the charm and grace of someone who hasn’t slept yet and probably won’t for at least another, like, three hours.

Monday, June 9, 2014

I just went through my LJ selfie tag specifically to look at pictures I took of myself from 2008/early 2009.  That particular period of my life saw me making some very interesting choices regarding clothing and accessories and hair and, like, existence. Also, holy eyebrows, Batman.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I really can’t wait to go back to school and talk to my smart, accomplished, educated classmates about our respective summers.

"I got a job in the provincial archive, helped build a library in Guatemala, volunteered as an ELL tutor at the local public, learned to speak Polish, and started hand-weaving tapestries.  What did you do, Elliott?"

"Uh… I looked at pictures of gay superheroes and wore pants as rarely as possible." 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
I really need a haircut.  Probably not gonna take off this stupid hat til I can afford one.

I really need a haircut.  Probably not gonna take off this stupid hat til I can afford one.

Today I had my final debriefing with my practicum supervisor, the very lovely branch manager of a public library just outside Halifax. He submitted a report back to the MLIS coordinator about my performance on the job, and he let me read it (and take home a copy!), and it was so nice I nearly got teary.

Elliott’s work term at [library] was a success.  [They] demonstrated a great combination of professional skills, enthusiasm, and a wonderful customer service work ethic.
Elliott worked quite well with patrons and staff alike.  Staff reported that [they were] a quick learner and a natural with customers.  [They were] also very pleasant and respectful.
A highlight of the practicum was Elliott’s preteen drop-in program.  Elliott planned and delivered a 1 hour zombie themed program.  Not only was the program well planned and engaging for the children, it attracted one of our largest pre-teen audiences in recent memory.
All in all Elliott did a great job at our library.  I feel strongly that [they are] particularly well suited to a career in public librarianship.

(square brackets because whoopsadoodles I didn’t mention my pronoun preferences the whole time I was there)

I didn’t really talk about my practicum much while I was doing it- there was so much going on at the time that I didn’t even think about writing any of it down- but it was so, so great and a wonderful experience and it’s really affirming to know that a) I actually DO enjoy library work and b) I’m kind of good at it!  It didn’t even feel like work most of the time, which I think means that library school was a good choice for me no matter how often I second-guess it.

The only downside is that it’s made me even more dissatisfied with my crappy food job than I was before, because now I’ve done something that I actually enjoy and going back to making sandwiches all the time is very jarring and unpleasant.  But there’s a saving grace in that, so long as I can channel that dissatisfaction into busting my ass to find a better job.

Ugh, so happy.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
I was trying to take a new Facebook picture this morning because hey, why not strike while the iron is hot*, and I ended up doing this “hey girl” thing.  

* The iron is my vanity.

I was trying to take a new Facebook picture this morning because hey, why not strike while the iron is hot*, and I ended up doing this “hey girl” thing.  

* The iron is my vanity.

Friday, May 16, 2014
This is a gratuitous selfie because I feel cute today.  Cute and cranky.

This is a gratuitous selfie because I feel cute today.  Cute and cranky.