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18 Things to Accomplish in 2018

Hello friends! It’s hard to believe, but we are already in the middle of January. It’s that time when everyone makes their resolutions and sets goals for the year, and this year I wanted to try something different. I often set goals at the beginning of the year that are vague and unspecific, and also many times are not totally within my control. This year I decided to come up with some more concrete actions to take throughout the year. Things that I can measure and actually check off my list as I accomplish them. I think accomplish is the important word. These are all things I have full control over, it’s just a matter of me actually getting off my ass and doing them. So that’s the plan! Get off my ass and do it! Here is my list!

I think most of these bad boys are pretty self-explanatory, but some of the ones I want to focus on are reading all the books I own, and finishing revising/writing my manuscripts. I probably own at least thirty books that I haven’t read yet, and right now, I am broke as a joke, so no more buying new books allowed! Making this one of my things to accomplish will hopefully help me control my book spending. Now, I will receive at least one new book a month from Owl Crate, plus any more that I am offered in exchange for reviews. Those will get added to the list. I also really want to focus on finishing my writing works in progress because I am really looking to grow my income (see broke as a joke, above) and this could be one possible way to do that.

In addition to focusing on work tasks, I also have some home organization goals to complete. I started a mini makeover on our living room and kitchen last year, but I still have a few projects to finish to complete the look. I also really need to do some serious organization in my office so that I have a functional space. Along with that, I need to dedicate some more time to crafting this year as I hardly did any last year. Not only does crafting relax me, but my DIY posts continue to be some of my most popular, so I need to come up with more!

I want to post at least one selfie or video a week to one of my (too many) Instagram accounts for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I just want to become more comfortable with putting myself out there and speaking in front of people. Even though it’s not actually speaking to people, it still kind of counts. I also know that when I make the time to do these videos or photos, I make sure to take care of myself a little better, and that’s always a bonus.

I’m looking forward to some new adventures, and really looking forward to accomplishing some major goals! Here’s to making 2018 a productive year! What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

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10 Things I’m Obsessed with Right Now

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Well folks, it is officially 2018. Damn. How did that happen? Why does time continue to speed up the older I get? Also, how am I just now realizing that I will turn THIRTY-FIVE this year? FML. But this actually has nothing to do with today’s post. I haven’t done an obsession post lately, and since we have been on a podcast hiatus, I have a bunch of cool new shit in my life that I haven’t been able to talk about. But that ends today! Here are a few of the things that have been tickling my fancy lately.

1. The Greatest Showman: I have already seen this movie twice, and I will be going again. It is my favorite movie musical since Moulin Rouge and I can’t get enough of it. In fact, it’s getting its own post soon I love it so damn much. If you walk out of this movie without a smile on your face, you have no rhythm in your soul. Not only is the movie great, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop. I act out the entire show every day in my car, and while I may not be quite as talented as Zendaya, I think I could give her a run for her money. I keep having these fantasies of randomly pulling up next to Zac Efron at a stoplight and blasting “Rewrite the Stars” and dueting with him. Totes gonna happen.

2. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Okay, so I was reluctant to try this show, available on Amazon Prime, because it beat out Oasis in the Amazon Prime Pilot Battle. And any show starring Richard Madden is a show that deserves to be picked up (in my opinion). But I decided to give it a shot, and I am so glad I did. From the creator of Gilmore Girls and starring Rachel Brosnahan, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows Midge, a 1950’s housewife, on her journey from jilted wife to stand up comedian. There is nothing more to say about this show other than it is feminist and fucking funny. Win win.

3. NYX Lip Gloss: I cannot stop buying these things! For one, they’re so cheap, and for two, they’re so pretty! I have like five of them, and they are all almost the exact same shade. But I love them so much I can’t stop buying them! They are super pretty and shiny and fun. Just don’t wear them if you’re planning on making out with anyone.

4. Movie Pass: I wrote a whole post about my love of Movie Pass so I won’t spend too much time on it here. Suffice to say, it is the best $10 investment I have made in a long ass time.

5. Chewie and the Porgs: Ch-ch-ch-chewie and the Porgs! Please sing that a la Benny and the Jets. I bought this book for Squirt for Christmas and it is awesome, and I love it. It also was the inspiration for our super awesome sign we made for the Rose Bowl that no one got to see because Gameday sucks. But that’s another story.

6. Something Rotten: Matt got me tickets to this show for Christmas and I loved it even more the second time. I originally saw it in New York with the OBC, who were great, but I was so excited to see Adam Pascal play Shakespeare in this production. It was so much fun and I just want to see it again and again.

7. Casting Call: Okay, how egotistical am I? I’m putting my own book on this list. Go me. But there’s a reason! I am spending some time adding to and expanding my first self-published book, and hoping to release the second edition within the next couple of months. Now that I have finished a second manuscript, and am halfway through my third, I realize that I did not give this book its due, and frankly, I can do better. And since I’ve sold like ten copies of the original, and I’m pretty sure all of those were bought by people I know, I feel like I can put a version out there that is new and improved! So stay tuned for that!

8. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: This should come as no surprise, as I have been chronicling my journey through the MCU checklist. I am getting ready to start Agents of SHIELD tonight!

9. Outlander: Okay. I’m low-key annoyed by this book. I started it like three weeks ago, and it is literally the only thing I have been reading. For three weeks. I can’t stop reading it because it’s awesome, but it is so damn long. I still have 200 pages to go! I just want to be done so I can read something else!

10. Nerdy Accessories: I recently wrote a post about repping your fandoms in your everday outfits, and since then, I have been wearing my geeky chic accessories pretty much every day.  I not only love how cute they all are, but it’s super fun when some random person recognizes one of the symbols and strikes up a conversation about our common fandom. (Okay, being a total introvert who sucks at meeting new people, this actually kind of freaks me out, but it’s way better to talk to a stranger that you have something in common with than just some rando on the street.)

Alright folks, there you have it. While I fully and wholeheartedly recommend checking out all these things for yourself, you have been warned: obsession may follow!

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Top Ten Posts of 2017

It’s that time of year when I rehash all the awesomeness I have thrown out into the interwebs during the course of the hurricane that was 2017. These are NOT my favorite posts of the year (though some of them are high on my list), rather these are the posts that had the most pageviews, which kinda sorta means they were popular with you fine folks. Here’s what you were into:

10. Owl Crate Subscription Box December: I actually stopped doing these posts because they didn’t seem to be very popular, but December must have been a good month because you guys were into it!

9. It’s the Ten Disney Commandments: This was definitely one of my favorite posts to write. Now if I only I could get people to start following these rules…

8. How to Step Up Your Style in 2017: Looking back, I maybe did not actually accomplish a lot of these style goals I set for myself, but overall, I think I stepped up my game. A little.

7. Scum and Villainy Cantina Review: We had a blast at SVC and I am dying to go back.

6. Me Too: This was one of the hardest posts for me to write this year, but I am so glad it is on the list. I think it is so important for all women to be able to share their stories, and it really did help me to share this experience. I also got tons of great feedback from women in my life, both past and present, who said the post resonated with them. Which is awesome, and I love it. Girl power.

5. I Wrote a Book: Typing that still kind of freaks me out. But hey, not only did I self-publish my first book this year, I also wrote a second one! So far that one is bringing me nothing but agent rejections, but I did it, and 2018 is going to be the year of writing.

4. 2016 Year in Review: Not exactly the most positive year in review post because 2016. But it felt reeeeaaaaally good to let that shit out.

3. Beauty and the Beast at the El Capitan: Kinda surprised this one ranked so high, but BATB was a big movie earlier this year, and there is something so special about seeing it at the El Cap. I’m glad I got to share my experience with others who might be not be able to get there themselves!

2. DIY Watercolor Bookmarks: I’m still obsessed with these, so I’m so glad y’all like them too! I just printed out another batch that I need to watercolor. They are so much fun to make and I love using them.

1. Shrinky Dink Pins: Guys, this post has more than double the pageviews of my number two post. Wha tha wha?!?!? I don’t know what it is that stuck out about this post, but yay for nerdy pins!

Wow. 2017 was a year of ups and downs, and honestly, it’s nice to just focus on the ups for a minute! I had a ton of fun writing (most of) these posts and I am thrilled that you guys loved them too. Here’s to 2018!

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Embracing My Inner Nerd

If you’ve been coming around the blog at all over the past year or so, or even if you’ve been an avid reader from the beginning (hi Mom!) you may have noticed a recent shift in my nerdiness. And by shift, I mean I have fully embraced the nerd life and the nerd life has embraced me. To be totally clear, I have never been cool. I have been a nerd for my whole life. I was the kid who spent her birthday money on books and stayed up late reading under the covers with my flashlight. I will also fully admit to “begrudgingly” watching my brother’s TV shows and movies with him, because I secretly loved every second of MMPR (and if you don’t know what that stands for….well, you might not be a true nerd). But I have always been an internal nerd, hiding those nerd tendencies as best I could.

There has been a bit of a nerd revolution in the past few years, that has made nerd-dom cool. But perhaps the biggest shift in this new nerd perspective has been our attitude toward the female nerd. If I had worn a Star Wars shirt to school when I was a kid, I would have been ridiculed. I now probably own ten Star Wars shirts and I wear them all the time. Part of this is because of me not giving a fuck any more, but most of this is because it’s now fashionable to be a nerd.  Which is awesome. It does make shopping a hell of a lot more dangerous because I want to buy all the nerd things, but how amazing that there are so many cool things to buy. And not just for boys. There is nerd stuff in the girls’ section, and the women’s section, and the toddlers’ section, and even the pets’ section. Everyone now has equal nerd opportunity. What a time to be alive!

I honestly feel like I missed out on so much in my younger years because I never felt like I could fully embrace my nerd-dom. It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested, it was that my self-esteem (or lack thereof) would not allow me to to explore those interests. Even when I shifted my high school world from the cool (cheerleading) to the nerdy (theater), I still held back on my nerdiness. And this hold back went on for some time. When the Lord of the Rings movies came out, I saw them all multiple times in the theaters. A friend once asked me why I was going to see Two Towers again, and I told him I liked the movies because of all the cute actors. Now don’t get me wrong, that is 100% true. My love for Orlando Bloom runs deep to this day. But I didn’t love those movies just for the eye candy. I mean there are wizards and elves and trees that can talk! That shit is awesome!

Part of embracing my nerdiness and bringing it all out for the world to see has actually been a challenge because I now don’t know if I am nerdy enough. I mean, can I still love Star Wars as an adult even if I wasn’t an avid fan when I was a kid? Can I become a Marvel diehard through movies and TV shows, even if I never read the comics? The short answer is yes, yes I can. When The Force Awakens came out, I wrote this blog post about drinking the Star Wars Koolaid, and that may have been the trigger that released the torrents of my inner nerd-dom. Since then I have read Star Wars books, bought all the Star Wars merch, started a bookstagram, gotten two Harry Potter tattoos, co-hosted a fangirl podcast, and most recently, embarked on a challenge to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe before the release of Avengers: Infinity War next May.

There is no denying my true self now. I am a nerd. And as time goes on, my nerdiness will continue to grow. And to that I say, fuck yeah. And if you want to embrace your inner nerd, I say fuck yeah to that too. Let’s get together and talk about our fandoms.

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I Had a Shitty Day and Was Reminded I Am #Blessed

A couple of Fridays ago, I just had one of those days. At my wedding rehearsal, the mother of the groom was, to put it nicely, a bitch to me for no reason. I left Malibu at 5:00 on a Friday night. The Dodgers were playing in the World Series and I was stuck in my car.

It sucked. So I decided to pull off the parking lot that is the 101 on a Friday evening and find a bar with a TV and beer. Islands was the closest thing I could find, and though I mostly try to stay away from chain restaurants, I figured I might as well park it for an hour or two and let traffic die down (haha). I walked into the bar, found a table with a perfect view of the game, and ordered myself a beer. The waitress carded me, which was ridiculously unnecessary. I am 34. I do not look under thirty. And I was dressed for a rehearsal, which means I actually did my hair and make-up and was wearing something other than jeans and a T-shirt. I showed her my license, and she informed me it was expired. I told her I know, I already paid the fee, I just haven’t gotten my new one yet, but here is the paper that says I paid it and it’s renewed. She then told me she couldn’t serve me a beer because it was illegal. First of all, no, it’s not. Second of all, you didn’t need to card me in the first place, you were just trying to suck up. And now, I’m leaving. And also, I would have been the easiest $5 you made all night. And when I left the restaurant, it was 0-0; mere minutes later the Astros scored four runs and won the game. So basically this dumb waitress is the reason we lost the World Series.

But I digress (shocker). All in all, it was a shitty day. I was talked down to, denied my beer, missed my Dodgers, and sat in traffic for two hours. But by the time I got home, I was over it. I drank some wine, watched some crappy TV, and moved on with my life. As I’m writing this post, weeks later, I am totally detached from the events of the evening. In the grand scheme of life, it was all a bunch of petty bull.

And that’s when I realized (or remembered really, not like it’s the first time I’ve figured this out) that I am hashtag blessed. When I was teaching, I had more than one day that ended with me pulled over on the side of the road, hysterically crying to the point where I was unable to drive home. The bitchy parents and administrators I dealt with on a daily basis made the bitchy mother of the groom look like a saint. And how lucky am I that I was able to walk away from that situation? I now have a career I love, one that allows me the freedom to enjoy my son, enjoy flexibility with my time, and enjoy the people I work with. A career that stokes and inspires my creativity instead of crushing it.

So even though I had a shitty day, it was one of few these days. And I didn’t end up huddled in my car sobbing, so it really wasn’t all that bad. It didn’t leave me emotionally scarred, and by the next day (even with MOG continuing to be a bitch) it was over and done with and I was perfectly happy.

So thanks shitty day, for reminding me of all that I have, and how great my shitty days of present are compared to the shitty days of the past. I really am #blessed.

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We’re Going to New York!

Guys, I have been in the mood for New York something fierce, and I finally found the perfect opportunity to take a trip: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Broadway, and I. have. tickets. Hells to the yes!

The whole process for being able to purchase tickets was crazy, and I seem to be one of the few lucky ones who had an easy time with it. A couple of weeks ago I registered for the chance to get an access code. I found out at the beginning of the week that my code would be sent to be on Wednesday morning, and that tickets went on sale at 8:00 am. I woke up at 7:45, logged into my computer, and waited. At 8:00 I entered my access code, selected the date I wanted, and bought my tickets. The show itself is in two parts, so technically you’re buying tickets for two shows. Not only do we have orchestra seats for both shows, the TOTAL for two tickets to both shows and fees was $200 Word. The whole thing took less than five minutes. According to Twitter, this was not the experience for most, so I guess I had some good karma going for me or something.

So our tickets are for July, during our birthday/anniversary week and we are leaving the kid with grandparents and heading to the Big Apple. I haven’t been to New York in a couple of years, and I have been having withdrawals like nobody’s business. But now with a trip on the horizon, I can focus on planning instead of jonesing. My last two trips to NYC have been with students, so I am looking forward to you know, going to a bar. Since I am forcing Matt to go to Harry Potter and Mean Girls (!!!!) I will be accompanying him to at least one jazz bar while we are there too.

Other must dos for me include: Strand Bookstore, a martini at a rooftop bar, and some big ass pizza. What are some other experiences I should check out while in New York? Leave me your best tips!

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Life Updates and Other Random Shit

Hi friends! I decided to get off my lazy ass and actually write something for once. Everything I have been posting lately has been formulaic, the kind of shit I feel like I NEED to write, and nothing that I actually want to write. So I decided to switch things up a bit and focus on the wants. Which means there will be plenty of swearing and probably a fair amount of hashtagging in this post. #sorrynotsorry

Wedding season is almost over! This has been my busiest year yet, which is good since it’s how I make my money these days. #girlboss I am already starting to book up for 2018 and I’m excited to see where things go from here. As of right now, I will have coordinated 27 weddings by the end of 2017 (though hoping for a few more, I’d like to get to 30!). Loving my job and being my own boss has done wonders for my mental health. I do feel bad when my teacher friends ask me if I miss teaching, because for the most part, that’s a big fat nope. I do miss the kids and many of my colleagues, but being free from the assholes who ruined it for everybody is pretty freeing. October is actually going to be my busiest month with six weddings, and then I get a bit of a break in November and December. And then it’s on to the next!

Rejection is a bitch. So if you have been here before, you might know that I self-published my first novel, Casting Call, earlier this year. It’s a book I wrote mostly for fun, and honestly, I published it mostly so I could put it to bed and focus on a YA project that I am obsessed with and trying to put some actual effort into. Well, my draft of said YA book is done and I have been slowly but steadily querying agents for the past two months, and so far it’s a whole lot of “it’s not you, it’s me” form rejection letters. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that was coming, and I was braced for it, but it doesn’t take the sting out of opening those emails. But I will keep on keeping on! I’m also working on a new romance novel that I am having a lot of fun with and will tell you more about later. #chicklit4lyfe

Podcasting is my new favorite thing. If you haven’t listened to Down to Fangirl yet, get your effing ass over to iTunes right this effing minute and download every single episode we have released so far. Seriously, I don’t really care if you listen to it or not, creating this podcast with my cohost Brianna is one of the highlights of my week. I mean, what could be better than drinking and chatting nerdom things with one of my besties? Also, we’re really fucking funny.

Other recent realizations of life: Target $5 wine is bomb. I’m having Game of Thrones withdrawals. Hauloween at Cars Land is the shit. I’m ready for fall. I need new music/podcasts to listen to. Newsies is on Netflix (though I imagine not for much longer as I’m sure it will get pulled when the other Disney titles go away). I miss New York. I want to see Hamilton again.

Instagram sucks right now. I put A LOT of effort into growing my two main IG accounts and for a while, I was having amazing success. But now thanks to whatever bullshit changes they have been making, engagement sucks and I have been losing followers by the thousands (not even exaggerating). So I’m posting a lot more of whatever the eff I want rather than whatever the eff I’m “supposed” to. Also, since you stuck around this long, go follow me on Instagram, I’ve got like eight different accounts and I am lazy AF so I’m not even going to link them, but here are my deets: @falonloveslife, @coffeebookswinerepeat, @girllovesla, @dtfangirlpod, @falonbweddings.

Alright yo. Just a little stream of consciousness for you on this fine Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. Have a great weekend!

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