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For my night owls, for my deep thinkers, for my friends who want to know it’s gonna be alright:

If there’s one thing you do tonight, let it be to watch this video. Caution: may cause feels. So many feels. Somewhat overwhelming feels.

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In the mug this evening

I GOT NEW MUGS! NEW MUGS ARE MY FAVORITE!

So I have this growing obsession with interesting/funny/awkward/weird/inappropriate/clever coffee mugs. I have collected 3 good cups in this category so far, and I thought I’d share them with you. The first two are an homage to my humor muse blog hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com and the third IS ONE I ACTUALLY MADE FROM AN ACTUAL PINTEREST TUTORIAL THAT DIDN’T ACTUALLY BLOW UP IN MY FACE LIKE ALL THE OTHERS. I feel quite accomplished. Here are the ones from Allie’s site:

“I can do anything.”

“I procrastinate and that’s okay because I’m ten times less likely to become a serial killer.* (*rough estimation)”

And here is the one I made (in photochronological order, a word I just made up):

Things you need:
1. Normal, boring coffee mug
2. Permanent Marker(s)
3. Oven

Step 1: Write stuff on your mug. Or decorate it with your doodles. Do whatever you want, just MAKE IT MORE AWESOME!

Step 2: Preheat your dirty, spaghetti sauce-speckled oven to 350 degrees. Wait for that annoying buzzer. Maybe clean off your oven while you wait. Maybe eat more spaghetti instead.

Step 3: Wait MOAR for oven to preheat. Add MOAR awesome to your mug’s design.

Step 4: DON’T BE STUPID LIKE SARAH, LEARN FROM SARAH’S MISTAKES. Put your mug UPSIDE DOWN directly ON THE OVEN RACK, NOT on a baking sheet (as shown). Putting the mug on a baking sheet will ensure that everything you can’t manage to scrub off of the baking sheet will leap onto your pretty, clean mug and you’ll spend 20 minutes trying to clean it off.

Step 5: Go watch YouTube videos of cats, infants, cats acting like infants, and infants acting like cats for 20 minutes.

Step 6: Carefully remove mug from oven (it WILL be hot!), let it cool, and ENJOY HOW MUCH COOLER AND MORE ATTRACTIVE YOU ARE DUE TO YOUR NEWLY CUSTOMIZED COFFEE MUG.

Things I did today instead of doing the things I needed to do today.

So I mainly go to school online (where else do you learn web design?) I work Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. I do my schoolwork on Monday & Wednesday.

Except when I don’t do my schoolwork on Monday & Wednesday.

In what I’m sure will be a FASCINATING chronological display, HERE ARE THE THINGS I DID TODAY INSTEAD OF THE THINGS I NEEDED TO DO TODAY.

1. Got up at 7 a.m., started my coffee, checked email.

2. Email from Pottermore? I wonder what’s going on….

3. Go to Pottermore

4. HOLY BAJESUS, THE HOUSE CUP IS GOING TO BE AWARDED IN A FEW DAYS???

5. DUEL ALL THE SLYTHERINS!

6. MAKE ALL THE POTIONS!

7. COLLECT ALL THE CHOCOLATE FROG CARDS!

8. Look at clock. Freak out. It’s 10:30 a.m.

9. Put on clothes to get day started.

10. Grab coffee, admire new mug

11. Spill coffee into lap.

12. Change back into sleep clothes.

13. Have a very nice conversation with sweet old maintenance man who came over to fix living room wall…..while in sleep clothes…with Zitopolis on face…new colonies every day…

14. Clean entire house

15. Make a chocolate chip cookie cake in a pie pan with leftover Halloween candy smushed into the top

16. Decide house smells like Christmas.

17. Decide to make house look like Christmas.

18. Tear apart an old Christmas basket full of fake poinsettias.

19. Fashion fake flowers into new Christmas decorations for stairs.

20. Pretend to be Frank Sinatra. Curse Pandora commercials about engagement rings.

21. Take a shower.

22. SKIP CLASS (Psychology I…at Community College…I have no regrets.)

23. Internet from 4 p.m. to about 8 p.m.

24. Try make up tutorial from YouTube

25. Accidentally Prostitute Face (okay you can’t tell from the picture, but I caked the makeup on- JUST LIKE THE TUTORIAL GIRL DID!)

26. Spent 15 minutes washing face off. (Put honey and bandaids on Zitopolis to discourage expansion of the colonies.)

27. Read ONE page of homework.

28. OH MY GOD, I FORGOT WORDPRESS EXISTS!

29. Make this post instead of doing productive things.

30. Finish this post

I WENT TO THE ZOO

As part of my ‘Get the Happy Back’ extravaganza, Matt took me to the zoo this past Saturday! Full post tomorrow, but here are some preview pictures that Handsome McSmartyPants took while we were there.

 

 

Lizzie & Kitty & Jane & Darcy & Bing Lee

Do you like “Pride and Prejudice”? Do you like funny YouTube videos? Do you like to see young people getting interested in classic literature through the media sources we have available in the year 2012?

I do. I like all those things. Most importantly, I like people who make reading (and literacy, on a larger scale) cool again. It is for these reasons (and more that involve girlish squeals and shirtless men) that I LOVE The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube project wherein a group of very talented young adults retell Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1.) as if the events in the novel were happening in 2012 and (2.) THROUGH VLOG EPISODES.

I can’t express fully how awesome I think this idea is. The link above will lead you to a playlist of Lizzie Bennet’s videos (of which there are 61 in total!!!) wherein she tells about her daily life, from dealing with her maniacal mother Mrs. Bennet to worrying about the actions of her younger sister Lydia (who now has a spin-off vlog of her own…you’ll love her if you’re a P&P fan already, she’s absurd and perfect) to stressing about the happiness of her sweet older sister Jane (also perfect….THEY’RE ALL SO GOOD).

In projects like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries I find my hope for classics like Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Put Keira Knightley in all the Blockbuster’s you’d like, but until you make the stories of the classic interesting to those who do not like to read classics, you’ll just have a small group of interested people. Make the stories accessible to this emerging generation and the tales will survive and prosper for centuries to come.

LINKS:

Lizzie Bennet’s YouTube channel

WATCH ALL THE EPISODES (you don’t even have to press NEXT, it’s a playlist!)

Official LBD site

SUREFIRE CURE FOR DEPRESSION (at least temporarily, anyway)

So I don’t try to hide it, but I guess I’ve never told you lovely readers before SO HERE’S MY BIG SECRET: I fall into crippling, nonsensical, good-for-nothing bouts of depression more often than I’d like to admit.

A good illustration of me during these days/weeks/months of depression can be found on my all-time favorite blog hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com. Though the hilarious and mega-talented Allie has left this blog and gone on to bigger and better (and better PAYING, I’m sure!) things, I just keep coming back to her blog posts for everything. So be sure to read “Adventures in Depression” for a better understanding of me, if you’re interested.

ANYWAY, when I become depressed I turn to a long list of activities that I’ve been working on for some time now–a list of ways to pull myself out of that crater full of spiders that is my ‘sad place’. One step on my Get-the-Happy-Back list is watching YouTube videos for hours at a time. This, combined with copious amounts of coffee containing more sugar that you’d probably use to bake an entire wedding cake, does indeed Get the Happy Back for a little bit. It’s a quick fix, but sometimes that’s what you need most.

I wanted to share two of my favorite videos with you guys…in case you fall into the spider pit of boohoos, too.

1. Dragon Baby

2. Iron Baby

Because who doesn’t love videos where babies do things they can’t really do in real life really?

I may do more posting on my GET THE HAPPY BACK list in the coming month, so let me know if this is something that you’d like to read.

Love,

Sarah