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24, enjoys walks, birdwatching, peoplewatching and reading voraciously, traveling, tea, coffee, cats, dogs, whiskey but perhaps not all at once//enrolled in the grad school of life

currently listening to: Allen Vizzuti's Carnival of Venus

currently reading: Martel's Life of Pi

maria follows:
Clare notes (GRINNELL TSUMNAMI 2k17)
Amanda about me (Ways I've been described by others)
to do (Portland Bucket List)
Eleanor books (Books of 2017)
to do (15 things to do before I turn 16)
  • A Mighty Wind
  • Slomo
  • Comet
  • Black Scorpion
jul 16 2017 ∞
aug 5 2017 +
  • print out the list of sandwiches from wikipedia and frame it
may 22 2017 ∞
may 22 2017 +
  • pai mu tan imperial, a China White Tea
  • yorkshire gold
feb 6 2017 ∞
mar 6 2017 +

found while picking up trash at county of san diego parks

  • multiple dead kangaroo rats
  • toenail clippers
  • a single bobby pin
  • the head of a mannequin
  • a bracelet with the slogan "O.T.A. Rules!!!!"
  • a bobble head butterfly (found on the bathroom sink)
  • a straw hat
  • lots of lighters
  • a beaded earring hanging in a bush
  • an Adidas slip on sandal
  • a used diaper
  • empty can of sweet peas
  • candy bracelets
  • bird poop on a church pew (inside a historic building)
  • a mancala stone
  • a child's backpack full of rocks
jan 30 2017 ∞
jan 30 2017 +
  • a woman (Sophie) was sitting at table 31 at Meshuggah with a sketch book, drawing and glancing up at Eli & I doing the crossword at the counter. after a short while, she showed us her drawing- all of us behind the counter! my head is down, studying the crossword, but you could see my glasses and my hair pulled up in a half pony.
  • clawhammer style on the banjo is starting to 'click' for me! I freestyled a bit with All Creatures of Our God & King and now I'm basking in some banjo-y Sufjan Stevens. sublime.
  • playing the mom's spaghetti lose yourself edit on a shift with kira & mike and just cracking up the whole time and maybe crying a little.
  • changing the words to she'll be comin' round the mountain at work but then jen says she had that song stuck in her head for...
jan 11 2017 ∞
jul 15 2017 +
  • It depends, does your breath smell like chimichangas? thank you scrubs
  • A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.
  • I want a cactus in a cute little pot and I’ll name it after you because you’re a prick.
  • I will slit your knee caps and ship you to Antarctica.
  • Please fly into the sun now.
  • Most of the time I want to staple things to her head. thank you Bridget Jones
  • Capt Haddock: You..fancy-dress freebooter/abominable snowman/pickled herring/sea-gherkin...
  • You grackle. thank you Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Jello-bellied hellhound. thank you, Wodehouse
  • "He did not mention that he was a lineal descendant of Balaam's ass; but every body knew that without his telling it." thank you, Twain
jul 25 2014 ∞
jun 18 2016 +
  • write in a foreign language
  • how food tastes
  • what a place smells like
  • the weather
  • feelings
  • little moments/grand moments
  • keep running lists on the last few pages: best moments, list of adventures, favorite smells, places you've skipped stones, places you read outside, the weird places wherein you wrote in your notebook, people you met
  • start the notebook off with a good quote
  • press wildflowers
  • playlists
apr 5 2014 ∞
jul 6 2015 +
  • origins of the universe
  • art history
  • wine-tasting
  • nutrition
  • mental math whizzes
  • chess
  • music appreciation/composers
  • history of photography
  • jazz music
  • relativity & quantum physics
  • geology
  • oceanography
  • anatomy
  • basics of cooking
  • writings of Edith Stein
  • gardening
  • baseball history
jun 11 2013 ∞
oct 28 2015 +
  • "I'm a long time travelling away from home/I'm a long time travelling here below/To lay this body down" Long Time Traveller The Wailin' Jennys
  • "Good night to these wretched forms/All them gray eyes on the subway/So long before you were born/You were always to be a dagger floating straight to their heart." Rifle's Spiral The Shins
  • "Make me a drink strong enough/To wash away this dishwater world they said was lemonade" No Way Down The Shins
  • "You sure must be strong/And you feel like an ocean/Being warmed by the sun" Simple Song The Shins
may 24 2014 ∞
may 24 2014 +
  • Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes
  • Fear Fun Father John Misty
  • American Idiot Green Day
  • When the Night St. Lucia
  • Port of Morrow The Shins
  • Sign No More Mumford & Sons
  • Graceland Paul Simon
  • His Band and the Street Choir Van Morrison
  • Trouble Will Find Me The National
dec 4 2011 ∞
jul 7 2015 +

classics

  • anna karenina
  • a tale of two cities
  • 1984
  • brave new world
  • the handmaid's tale
  • lotr
  • the foundation
  • the grapes of wrath
  • infinite jest
  • ramayana
  • catch-22

tbd

may 22 2017 ∞
may 22 2017 +
  • Juno Concerto Bela Fleck
  • Throw Down Your Heart Bela Fleck (Country section of VV)
  • Outbound Bela Fleck (Jazz section of VV)
  • Left of Cool Bela Fleck (Country section of VV)
  • The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet Bela Fleck
  • Live Art Bela Fleck (Country section of VV)
  • Human Condition Jon Bellion (Rap section of VV)
  • Carrie & Lowell sufjan
  • all Father John Misty
  • all Marina & the Diamonds
  • Port of Morrow The Shins
  • His Band and the Street Choir van morrison
  • Simple Sons jim o'rourke
  • Night Surger chuck prophet
mar 6 2017 ∞
jul 15 2017 +
  • "You know I am always serious about dance." Rogelio, Jane the Virgin
  • "And I don't mean to swear sir but no thank you." Kenneth, 30 Rock
  • "God are you mad at me because my hair is better than yours?" Jenna, 30 Rock
jan 30 2017 ∞
jan 30 2017 +
  • "The Tragic Death of Mark Baumer, a Prolific Poet & Environmental Activist for the Social-Media Age" heyward for the new yorker
  • "Trump's Executive Order on Refugees - Separating Fact from Hysteria" d. french for national review (this article focuses on injuries & death from poc extremist immigrants and does not address the deaths arising from anti-muslim white terrorists)
  • "It's Time for Honest Talk about Muslim Immigration" d. french for national review
  • "Ten Centuries Later, a Pope and Knights Do Battle" horowitz for the new york times
  • "A black Dallas family 'did everyting America said we should' but still endures racism daily" mervosh for the Dallas Morning News
jan 29 2017 ∞
feb 6 2017 +
  • The Walking Dead, Vol 1: Days Gone Bye kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Vol 2: Miles Behind Us kirkman
  • Wildwood Imperium meloy
  • The Walking Dead, Vol 3: Safety Behind Bars kirkman
  • The Walking Dead, Vol 4: The Heart's Desir kirkman
  • Messages from an Owl terman
  • Book of Da
  • Trespassing Across America ilgunas
  • The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones van draanen
  • Insectopedia raffles
  • Heart of Darkness conrad
  • The Big Book of Bugs zommer
  • The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson twain
  • Modern Romance ansari
  • Wild Bird van draanen
  • A Wrinkle in Time l'engle & larson
  • The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) westerfeld

shortlist/up-next: heart of darkness, life the universe & everything, a christmas carol

jan 13 2017 ∞
sep 12 2017 +
  • Blistering barnacles!/Billions of blue blistering barnacles!
  • Oh, sugar!
  • Crumble.
  • Liza Minelli!/Shiza Binelli
oct 30 2015 ∞
jan 9 2017 +
  • listen to francoise hardy
  • only allow yourself to go on pinterest, no other social media shall be allowed
  • pay attention to your breathing
  • try simple yoga poses: child's pose, reclining goddess, pigeon, downward dog
jun 27 2015 ∞
jun 27 2015 +
  • volunteer at a bird sanctuary
  • take the GRE stat
  • look into SponsorChange
  • reading specialist (grad school)
  • park ranger
apr 5 2015 ∞
dec 27 2015 +
  • climbing Mt. Parnassus <one misty, moisty morning>
  • playing the harmonica on the steps of Sant Ignazio
  • taking a gondola traghetto ride in Venice
  • watching the blood moon lunar eclipse from a clandestine vantage point (april '14)
  • floating on the (crowded) San Marcos River near Austin
  • climbing Mt. Subasio in Assisi barefoot in February
apr 6 2014 ∞
dec 17 2014 +

Suborder Caelifera Grasshoppers

  • Spur-throated Grasshopper, Genus Melanoplus sweep netting in ANC pollinator garden, Saint Louis Zoo, St Louis, MO: 1 September 2017

Suborder Ensifera Long-horned Orthoptera

  • Infraorder Tettigoniidea Katydids
    • Short-winged Meadow Katydid Conocephalus brevipennis sweep netting in ANC pollinator garden, Saint Louis Zoo, St Louis, MO: 1 Sept 2017
sep 1 2017 ∞
sep 1 2017 +

Polyphaga Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles

    • Scarabaeoidea Scarab, Stag, and Bess Beetles
      • Scarabaeidae Scarab Beetles
        • Rutelinae
            • Japanese Beetle Popillia japonica while sweep-netting on back hillside of Insectarium, Saint Louis Zoo, St Louis, MO: 27 June 2017
    • Chrysomeloidea Long-horned and Leaf Beetles
      • Chrysomelidae Leaf Beetles
        • Eumolpinae
          • Dogbane Beetle Chrysochus auratus while cleaning the pit at the Insectarium, Saint Louis Zoo, St Louis, MO: 26 June...
jun 28 2017 ∞
jul 11 2017 +
  • weed through all saved bookmarks on chrome
    • bookmarks bar
    • to do
    • brain pickings
    • to read
    • misc
    • job hunting
    • harmonica
    • shopping
    • birding
    • reduce reuse recycle
    • education notes
    • oral health
    • thredup research
  • Transfer Evernote to files or OneNote
may 22 2017 ∞
may 24 2017 +
  • Fan Diego, a fan store off of rte 78 in north San Diego
  • Treebeard Landscaping, saw on a truck driving in San Diego
feb 5 2017 ∞
feb 5 2017 +
  • True Colors Cyndi Lauper
  • Forget You Cee Lo Green
  • 5 Years' Time Noah & the Whale
  • SOB Nathaniel Rateliffe & the Nigh Sweats
  • Get High Tove Lo
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  • Stayin' Alive the Bee Gees
  • Magic BoB
  • Chandelier Sia
  • Derniere Danse Indila
  • Beer beer beer the Clancy Brothers
  • Rolling Stone from Texas
  • Werewolves of London Warren Zevon
  • International Harvester
  • Inside Out Eve6
  • I Will Survive
  • I Hate Myself for Loving You Joan Jet
  • Brick House the Commodores
jan 30 2017 ∞
jan 30 2017 +
  • season 3 of the office
  • season 4 of the office
  • season 5 of the office
  • season 1 of x files
  • season 2 of x files
  • season 3 of x files
  • season 4 of x files
  • lion
  • kedi
  • season 5 of x files
  • season 6 of x files
  • good will hunting
  • fearless planet: Great Barrier Reef
  • pete's dragon
  • kubo and the two strings
  • fabulous frogs with david attenborough
  • wonder woman
  • shaolin soccer
  • dunkirk
  • season 2 of seinfeld
jan 15 2017 ∞
sep 12 2017 +
  • submit 5 eBird lists
  • hide 3 good, worthy geocaches
  • plan & execute a social/media detox
  • learn some new bird jokes & use them on people
  • write 24 letters (2/month)
  • write 12 reviews
  • create & submit a Wheezy Waiter wink video complete with banjo
  • deepen my appreciation of something
  • cultivate a daily drawing habit one month
  • keep a gratitude journal
  • go camping/travel with Caroline
  • find a way to volunteer in St. Louis
  • edit the past year & a half's video into something enjoyable
  • experience the total solar eclipse
  • go kayaking
  • Call/email/write a representative about something I care about deeply
dec 25 2016 ∞
jan 24 2017 +
  • smell things before consuming//doubly beneficial because mindful consumption
  • visualize your favorite scents & make note of any emotional reaction
  • if possible, smell your favorite smells multiple times daily
  • zinc/B12 (esp. if currently vegan-ing) deficiency may be culprit
  • avoid alcohol, cigarette smoke
  • take short sniffs of what you desire to smell
  • practice nasal irrigation daily
  • humidify nightly
  • exercise regularly
  • keep air clean:
    • avoid burning incense (candles too?)
    • stick to vinegar, EO, etc. based cleaners
    • dust with damp clothes
    • vacuum frequently
nov 19 2016 ∞
dec 25 2016 +