Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Pinterest Menagerie + I know I've been on a different planet lately.


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[disclaimer: all pictures in the following post are via Pinterest and do not belong to me in any way whatsoever.]

I really like big cats and foxes, you guys. If you follow me on Pinterest, you already know this about me. My "Animals" board has my top number of pins in it and most of these are pictures of the aforementioned beautiful creatures.

Wildlife photography is one of my favorite things ever. I seriously thought about basing a career around it at one point. There's something majestic there that makes me awestruck. I mean, I love animals. And I love photography. And combining the two is just...ahh. Words can't describe.

In other news....words. I'm writing them, yes. This is not an illusion. This is really me, writing on my blog.
I know it's been awhile.


It started with not much to say, then it turned into too much to say. It's like when you stop writing in your journal for a few days because not a lot happened, and then a week, and then before you know it you have too much to say that you can't write it all down.

It's exactly like that, actually.

 by: Ivan Kislov

So I'll try chipping away at the block.

>>>Books

So, technically I have not fallen behind schedule on my goal for 40 this year, but I have slipped back further than I was at the beginning of the summer. I was pretty good for awhile at following the list I planned back in March, but The Secret Garden was so dreadful that I had to stop mid-book and switch to something more exciting, which was The Fault in Our Stars. I then went back and finished The Secret Garden, but my schedule has been messed up ever since then and now I'm just reading whatever strikes my fancy.



I am currently about halfway through The Handmaid's Tale, which is so far really amazing and really terrifying and the kind of book that I want to grab the nearest person and talk to them about it, except that I don't really know all the details and I'm waiting for more information but Margaret Atwood only gives you breadcrumbs at a time and it is SO FRUSTRATING but SO BRILLIANT and makes me talk in run-on sentences, excuse me.

*clears throat* It's just really good, okay?

"Waking up to fresh snow" by @d.c.d

Anyway. In case you were wondering, I really liked The Fault in Our Stars. Technically I only gave it 3.5 stars, but you can read my review here to see why. And if anyone has also read the book, feel free to strike up a chat.

The Pearl was also great. But I have trouble calling it that, or "good," or "fantastic," because it was so heartbreaking. John Steinbeck, why do you do this to me?



>>>Music

currently listening to: Breaking & Entering by Tonight Alive. 
A week or two ago, Deacon and I went to the mall to celebrate our two-year anniversary. We went into some store that we never go into and both were convinced that Hayley Williams was singing the song being played, but I was not familiar with the song, so I didn't think it was Paramore. Before we left, Deacon made me ask the girl working there what band it had been, and turns out it was not Hayley Williams, but a band from Australia called Tonight Alive. I had never heard of them before and have only just listened through this album, but it's not bad.
Reaching a good viewpoint by Cedric Favero

>>>TV Shows

 I recently bought Book 1 of The Legend of Korra and now I'm back where I was months ago, where my thoughts scarcely leave the ATLA/TLOK universe. I really like it. I'm not sure if I like it as much as the original series, but I'm definitely not disappointed.


--The animation is phenomenal. The writing is great. It's hard to believe it's a kid show.
--I literally cried tears of joy when I first heard the words "General Iroh."
--The finale was amazing.
--And I seriously cannot wait until Book 2 premiers next month. September 13th. 7:00. [lessthanamonthohmygoodness] Mark your calenders.

I will be at school and without a personal TV, but I will find a way to watch it. I assure you.



Karlee has been dying to get me into Teen Wolf, but I just can't. I'm all for Dylan O'Brien, but that's about it.

Sorry, sis.

cheetah

>>>Movies

Eh, not much to report. Karlee was gone for the first few days after Deac left for school, so I spent a good deal of time mindlessly searching through Netflix. I watched a documentary over cross-species relationships, The Cheetah Girls, Carrie, The Time Traveler's Wife, Tangled, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. All within 24 hours.

Last night I rewatched The Last Airbender. I saw it once, in theaters, before I was a fan. Back then, I thought it was alright. I realized it wasn't spectacular, but all-in-all, not bad.

So I wanted to watch it again after seeing the show. And yeah, there's no comparison. It does nothing to capture to excellence of the show.

  _DSC2474 - 2012-09-30 at 18-10-27 by Margot Raggett on Flickr.

>>>Life

School is starting. People are leaving. Have left.

I'm still here for now. But only for now.
Red Fox Photo by Ivan Kislov

>>>Other

I don't just collect photos of big cats and foxes, you know. I also seem to have quite a few of wolves.
cruello:    Photo: Madchen Photography Studios arctic wolf: national geographic 1983

Gray Wolf, Washington Photograph by Mukul Soman

And deer.




That is all for now.

--Emily

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Favorite You

You said, "This is my favorite you,"
with your shoulders back, eyes bright blue--
you knew there were more than two.

I could never quite be like you.
I never quite knew how to--
how to see a face the way you do:
unveil the layers, eyes to soul,
and look through.

Suppose there were more like you--
cry with one, laugh with one,
caring for those different from you,
instead of surrounding ourselves
with something better to do.

You're not the same girl I once knew--
you're taller now, tougher now.
I only wish I knew how to
break this cocoon, become something new,
be everything I see in you.

You are my favorite you.
There's only been one, never two--
I couldn't be me without you.

--Emily

Friday, August 16, 2013

the annual trip to the zoo.

This time, I went with my family. We saw pretty much everything, including the sea lion show, which was awesome, and the new baby elephant, and a lot of happy/playful critters.

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--Emily