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14 July 2019 @ 09:47 pm
24. Visit the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

Yesterday, I went with two friends to the American Visionary Art Museum. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I really enjoyed the experience. There were a lot of interesting pieces with deep meanings that made me think. There were a lot of pieces that I just enjoyed experiencing. And there were some that deeply disturbed me that I won't forget any time soon. I love the kenetic sculptures and a lot of the pieces were too whimsical not to love. The gift shop was also amazing and overwhelming. I might have bought too many things... but probably not. heehee It was a great experience. I would totally go back some time!










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22 June 2019 @ 08:11 pm
87. Exercise at least three times a week for 50 weeks

I was updating my 101 Things merit badge book tonight and realized today marks the 50th week of exercising at least three times. Lately, I've been able to work out every day of the week (if you count my two active recovery days of short workouts or stretching routines... which I do count, obviously). I'm super proud of myself for keeping this up so long, staying fit, and getting my body closer to how I want it to be.

Here are my two most recent workout tracker pages (including my may workout reward:


 
 
 
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22 June 2019 @ 06:29 pm
58. Put together Harry Potter 3D Puzzle

I have had this puzzle for several years now, and I'm glad I finally made an excuse to put it together. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, and it was a whole lot of fun. I love the colors and fun little details (the Sirius Black poster being my favorite). The final product is pretty solid as well.


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22 June 2019 @ 06:24 pm
32. Walk in the Capital Pride Parade

I walked in the Washington, DC, Capital Pride parade for the first time ever this month! It was an extreme mix of emotions. I enjoyed hanging out with the ace & aro group, chatting and discussing various things. I also got an ace flag painted on my cheek and got genderqueer-colored pride beads. And, as it turns out, my boss was with a group whose staging area was just down the street from mine, so it was neat seeing her outside the office in a different context.

I was NOT prepared at the validation I would feel walking down a street and having thousands of people clapping and cheering for me. What a strange, amazing sensation. I'm just... me. I'm confident in who I am, and just being me, I get applauded? It was amazing. Less amazing was when people started screaming and sprinting past me and there were reports of an active shooter behind us. The parade stopped before we got halfway and then my group stood there without anyone behind us for about half an hour before we were told we could go, that the parade was cancelled. Luckily, no one was shot, but people were injured when people started running and panicking. My first time at Pride with this group was the night of the Pulse shooting, so I wasn't feeling especially celebratory afterward and ended up heading home with some of the group members. From a group on the Metro, I learned how to do a pole dancing move, though, so it was a fun way to end the emotional roller coaster of an event.
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22 June 2019 @ 06:23 pm
83. Create another blanket fort or nest of blankets in living room

I was worried about Ozma kitty and a giant blanket fort/tent, so I opted for a nest of blankets. I made it many of my pillows and blankets and gumping my couches (moving my couches together). It is deep and comfortable and satisfying. However, I haven't had a lot of time lately to enjoy it. So I'll keep it up for a while, probably.

I didn't take the best photos of it, but it definitely exists and is exactly as lovely as I'd imagined it would be.


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22 June 2019 @ 04:29 pm
10. Read 5 electronic books

I finished the final two this month! I should have been more specific; this was to read electronic books I had purchased. I have more than 300 books in my Kindle Library, and I've read maybe a dozen or so. So this thing definitely helped me make a little progress in my digital Mt. TBR.

4. Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
5. Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins
 
 
 
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01 June 2019 @ 09:33 pm
10. Read 5 electronic books

I have extremely diverse tastes in books, as one can see from the three electronic books I've recently finished reading:

1. The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker
2. Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
3. The Magic Factory (Oliver Blue and the School for Seers #1) by Morgan Rice



Progress: 3 / 5
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29 May 2019 @ 12:32 pm
1. Read 5 books off graphic novels/manga shelves

I believe I bought Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool at Free Comic Book Day last year. Or maybe the year before. I can't remember. Point is, I finally got around to reading it! I happen to love Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, so inserting Deadpool into that was an enjoyable experience. I can see how people might feel it's a watered down version or not original enough, but I loved it. Everything from Deadpool commenting on the panel arrangements to Hawkeye with his hearing aids out because of a Halloween costume and unable to read lips under masks, from Hawkeye once again getting brainwashed to Kate being freakin' awesome, from Deadpool making a Queen reference to cat snuggles. Thoroughly enjoyable.
 
 
 
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26 May 2019 @ 08:16 pm
8. Read 5 books in the Dinotopia series

This week, I read two more Dinotopia books, thanks to the Borrow-a-thon reading challenge. One was pretty terrible, but the other revisited the structure and style of the first book, so I enjoyed it a whole lot more.

Here are books #4 and #5 that I read for this:
Dinotopia: First Flight by James Gurney
Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara by James Gurney

 
 
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26 May 2019 @ 07:57 pm
47. Clear 50 books off my TBR shelves

This week, as part of thing 50 (cleaning/fixing up my house every May), I tackled my bookcases. I thought it would take a day, maybe two, but ended up taking an entire week. I did manage to fit about 200 new books onto my shelves and I cleared 90 books off. So I nearly doubled my goal here for this thing! I have renewed my interest in and commitment to many of the books still on my To Be Read shelves, so I'm hoping to keep the momentum going.