I Didn’t Say It, I Declared It.

I declare blog bankruptcy. I just deleted a whole mess of posts (only 15/96 remain) because I want to take things in a different direction, both in real life and online. I had an inkling to start doing outfit posts but I am just not cut out for fashion blogging – more disposable income would be required, I’m kind of restricted about what I can wear at work and plus I’ve come to the realization that I just don’t care about fashion that much. Don’t get me wrong, I love cute clothes and outfits that are put together well. I just don’t get caught up the excitement of Fashion Week or the latest designer collections. But what I’m really into: handbags, scarves and wearing as much jewelry as humanly possible (as I type this, I have five huge ass rings on) and my preliminary market research (aka like three of my friends on Twitter) shows that it’s that’s the kind of niche that people would like to read about.
That said, I want to put more effort into Beyond 6th, I’ve been taking classes to brush up on my HTML & CSS skills (through Girl Develop It, which I’d highly recommend!), I just started a new job that I absolutely love and I’m back in college so things are in a weird transitional phase right now. So what, who cares?

Anyone else on Pinterest? This is the Internet thing that I’m all about at the moment. Click the picture to peep my boards & follow me.

Endless Summer (Reading)

I’m just going to accept that I’m terrible at blogging but still update this thing when I feel like it, for some reason. Is my web presence spread too thin and that fact the reason why I can’t keep up with this thing? Probably. I have an irrational impulse to sign up for every social network/Internet thing ever. Speaking of which, I’m on Pintrest, follow me if you’re into that sort of thing!

(via… yes, that’s me.)

Summer may technically still be a month away but it’s already started in Texas. I had my first swim of the year last weekend, which was oddly, my very first visit to Barton Springs Pool, even though I’ve lived in Austin during and toughed out four blazing summers before. I know, it even shocks me. I anticipate several trips back as the oppressive heat continues to terrorize us (just checked the forecast and it’s supposed to get up to 100 today… and it’s only May).

Because I work a weird schedule that makes it pretty much impossible to be social during the week, I end up spending the bulk of my free time consuming various forms of media (a LOT of podcasts, Hulu, Netflix, etc.). Now that most of my TV obligations have closed out their seasons for the summer (my favorites, of course, being Parks & Recreation and Community and my guilty pleasures, Grey’s Anatomy* and Private Practice), I’ll have more time for other stuff, like my ever-growing Summer Reading List AKA books on my Kindle that I’m “”getting around to”” reading (in no particular order):

  • Currently Reading: How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley
  • Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
  • We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
  • Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and An Early Cry for Civil Rights by David Margolick
  • Decoded by Jay-Z
  • The Commitment by Dan Savage
  • The Kid by Dan Savage
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • No Turning Back by Estelle Freedman
  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
  • Spook by Mary Roach
  • Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Tales of the Beetle Bard by J.K. Rowling
  • Goat Girls by Francesca Lia Block
  • Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block
  • Help! a Bear Is Eating Me! by Mykle Hansen
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • John Dies at the End by David Wong
  • All of the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris
  • Black No More by George Schuyler

Here’s hoping to make a dent in it, at least until True Blood, The Walking Dead and Louie come back.

* I swear I had kicked the habit several years ago because it was so bad but within the last two seasons, I’ve somehow gotten sucked back in. It’s still bad, over the top and ridiculous but entertaining.