August 2013 - The Dainty Squid

August in Review

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hard to believe it's the last day of August. This month flew by. I consider the end of August the end of summer even though fall doesn't officially begin until late September. So needless to say, I'm really excited about September. Bring on the sweater weather, falling leaves, hot chocolate and all things pumpkin scented!!

 a few of my favorite posts from August:

new (to me) movies & TV shows I watched this month:
Identity Thief.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Could Sam Rockwell be any more handsome? No? I didn't think so either.
• And of course, I've been watching Breaking Bad! I'm really excited to be able to watch the final season on TV as it plays instead of having to wait until it's available on netflix (which means I don't have to accidentally see spoilers everywhere around the internet!) Gosh, that show is so stressful!

songs on repeat:
Head On - Man Man
• Bricks - American War
For Someone - Why?
• Exit Uncertain and Beautiful - American War
• Creep In a T-shirt - Portugal. The Man
PS. If you want to see what else I'm listening to, you can find me on last fm here

exciting happenings online and off:
I started a new tattoo project! With my stomach finally finished I decided to finally move on down to the lower half of my body, which is almost nearly tattoo-less. We started on my foot which will eventually connect to my shin (I mean the tattoo will. Clearly my foot is connected to my leg. Hah!) Without a doubt getting my foot tattooed was the worst tattoo so far. Holy cow, I'm not looking forward to getting more work done on it.
• I had a birthday! I mean that's exciting, right?
• I volunteered for Weapons of Mass Creation. This is kind of a big deal for a few reasons. The main one (which really stems off into a few subcategories) is that it was REALLY out of my comfort zone to do so. An event like this isn't really something I'd feel comfortable attending to begin with. I'm not good at mingling with people and easily feel out of place if I don't know anyone. The main reason I wanted to go was to see Astronautalis. I figured if I volunteered it would give me something to do until he came on and would give me the opportunity to meet people. I ended up volunteering both Saturday and Sunday of the event, and I stayed all day, arriving around 8am and leaving after midnight, even though I was only signed up to volunteer for five hours each day. I had a lot of fun! I saw so many bands I wouldn't have seen otherwise, meet a lot of people, and felt pretty damn proud for conquering so many little fears - city parking, mingling, being alone in a super crowded place, leaving the city at night, driving home way past my bedtime, etc. I'm really really pleased with how everything went down. I definitely want to continue to find ways to push myself out of my comfort zone.
• Like I mentioned above, I got to see Astronautalis. He was INCREDIBLE. There was a super small crowd and he killed it. I literally cried laughing during his freestyle rap. After he performed I got to meet him and we got a picture together! He's so nice.

Here's to making September an awesome month as well!


Life Lately

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My land camera and I have been getting lots of quality time together. I'm now on the hunt for a cheap flash for it. I definitely have the best luck with this camera outside so a flash isn't needed but I'd like the option of using it indoors too.
I love pressing flowers but I think I love pressing pretty fall leaves even more. I'm surprised leaves seem to be falling so early this year. I've found quite a few so far that are super cool. I like how these are only yellow in the inside. I could easily spend hours just wandering around looking for neat ones.
I made paper! I even included some petals from plants I grew out on my deck. I randomly had the idea to make some after I needed a background for a insect display I was working on. It's stupid easy to do, messy as heck and there's tons of room for experimentation. I'll definitely be trying to think of excuses why I need to make more...
Cicadas have been out in full force. I found a handful of dead ones while I was out exploring and brought them home to pin. I haven't really worked much on my insect collection lately but this jump started my interest in it again. I'm keeping the nicest one for myself and making gifts with others.
My new desk arrived and I immediately set it up. Ya know, after spending fifteen minutes cursing and sweating dragging the box in the door. It's perfect! I was originally a bit hesitant to get a black desk for fear of it making the room look dark but it seriously looks so great. I can't wait to share some photos of the room soon. This is my fourth and favorite office set up so far!
I've been writing lots of letters as of late! I really love sending out snail mail. Getting mail (that isn't bills!) is one of the best simple pleasures ever. Sometimes I get all worried that two of my favorites things are dying - film and real mail. I hope there never comes a day when mail is too expensive or slow to be worth sending it.
Klaus picked up his first stick. I'm well aware this sounds really dumb and random but that puppy just melts my heart. He found it in the yard while we were outside and carried it in the house. He basically wouldn't put it down for anything. It's currently sitting on the rug in front of his crate and he grabs it every time he gets out.  He'll take it outside with him, hold it while he goes potty and never drop it until we're in the house. I've been letting him up in bed with me for a few minutes each night before he goes in his crate and he even brought the stick into bed a few nights ago. He. is. so. cute!
Yeeeeeah, I'm still nuts about plants. I've been trying to limit my plant purchases to special occasions and when I find something I just can't resist. These three are my newest babies. I'm not feeling so confident about the Venus fly trap despite the fact the owner of the nursery gave me all sorts of tips. The other two plants are thriving though. Both have grown a significant amount since I took these photos. (I take pictures of all my plants the day I bring them home so I can keep track of how much they've grown. Having photos to look back on always makes me feel great about how well they're doing.)

Hope you have an awesome day!

animals and nature

Klaus + Crum

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My two all time favorite puppies together! Klaus has met Crum, my parent's Great Dane, a few times but each time he spent most of the time in his crate just to be safe (and because, my goodness, he is a sleepy little pup!) But the last time I went over to my parents Klaus got to really meet Crum. Crum was an absolute angel letting Klaus crawl all over him and nibble on his face. I think it goes without saying Klaus loved meeting someone who would actually put up with his crazy puppy antics since the cats are still trying to show him who runs the house.
I think that first photo really shows the crazy size difference between the two of them. I can't wait to see how Klaus compares to Crum in size when he's full grown. I love those puppies!

what i wore

what I wore : black, white and blue all over

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

shirt -  TJ Maxx
jean vest - thrifted
back patch - Zombie Soy Bot
pins - tooth a gift from Julieta, Tacky, Rude & Vulgar a gift from Sara, Meow by Thora Ford
necklace - c/o The Golden Tooth
rings - tooth ring by Extollo Jewelry, purple ring is vintage
socks - Happy Socks
shoes - vintage (my faaaavorite find ever!)
camera bag - Epiphanie Bags

Since adopting Klaus I'm finding myself wearing jeans more and more. One reason being it's so much easier to just throw on a pair and a shirt when I need to run out the door to take him outside or take him on a walk. Another reason - those little claws are shaaaarp. I'm not ready to risk that little guy accidentally putting a hole in one of my favorite dresses just yet. Other than those reasons and blaming my jean wearing ways on the dog, I'm just obsessed with this jean vest. I'm not quite sure how to wear it with a skirt or dress yet, nothing seems to look right. Sooo... variations of this outfit have been seeing a lot of wear around here. On any given day during the last few weeks I could have probably been seen around in a striped shirt, my jean vest and jeans. I'd normally call that a style rut but I actually dig it.

That picture of my shoes, look how much it looks like fall in the background! I can't wait for it to look like this soon. The cemetery is seriously one of the prettiest places ever in the fall. I actually have a few I've been meaning to visit but putting off until the leaves all change colors first. Seems kind of crazy that some leaves are already beginning to fall off the trees. I want to savor every second of fall this year (and always!) I love fall but I guess I should finish enjoying summer first. It's not quite over yet in Ohio. We're still getting random super hot days. I think I need to finish off Summer with one last day spent at the beach reading!

Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

daily life

Cook Forest // on film

Monday, August 26, 2013

I have more film photos to share today from my birthday weekend with my family. Yeeeah, I know that was nearly a month ago but I just can't get over how pretty Cook Forest is and I took so many pictures I'm happy with. Cook Forest is easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I wouldn't mind moving to Pennsylvania one bit!
This is my favorite picture from the whole weekend, and quite possibly this whole year. It's just a picture of my parents but dude, if you only knew... My parents are two of the least photogenic people I have ever met. They'll tell you that yourself. It's like don't know how to get their picture taken. This is one of the most natural pictures of them I have ever seen. My dad's smirk is 100% real (and adorable!!) all because I found a mushroom that was quite phallic and he thought it'd look funny in a picture. My mom insists it's not a framer because of the mushroom but I disagree completely. I feel like I captured my dad's true spirit, an overgrown mischievous boy, in that picture and that's what makes it so great. I'm in love with this picture. (It's my dad's birthday today!! Happy Birthday Dad!)
I miss the cabin already, no matter how stinky and hobbit sized it was. I love exploring with my family. I'm ready to go camping again!!

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

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