December 2013 - The Dainty Squid

A few of my favorite posts from 2013 : part 1

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

At the end of every year I go a little recap post crazy. I really just love going back through the year's posts. It makes me appreciate my blog so much more. It's amazing how much I would have otherwise forgotten. Here are a few of my favorite posts from 2013.

Hope you're having a stellar New Year's Eve. Be safe!

This year I...

Monday, December 30, 2013

For the past few years I've been doing a "This year I..." post. (See 2010, 2011, 2012) I feel like I just finished writing last years but I guess it's time for this years already. I feel like 2013 was one of my best years yet. Without further ado, this year I...

 designed nail stickers for Scratch.
 tried out lots of new hair colors.
bought my very first car, and got my license.
amassed quite a collection of plants, all of which are thriving.
drove hours upon hours to visit silly roadside attractions.
was adopted by the cutest puppy.
took a taxidermy class taught by a great new friend.

spent loads of time at the beach.
got my braces off!
moved into a new office.
 shot tons of film.
helped my favorite stray find a furever home.
collected oodles of beach glass.

visited my first, and likely last, casino.
And oh so much more!

PS. If you do a "This year I..." post, leave a link in the comments. I'd love to check it out. 

favorite outfits from 2013!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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For the past two years I've done a little recap of my favorite outfits from the year. (2011's favorites + 2012's) Above are a few of my favorites from 2013. It's neat to see the differences in the way I dress not only from the beginning of the year until now but now versus previous years. 2013 was apparently the year I started wearing jeans again.

It was hard to choose just twelve outfits from the many posted this year. So I also picked one extra, sorta like an honorable mention. It's not a particularly striking outfit but it's definitely one of my favorite photos of the year. You can find the rest of the post here.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I didn't have a chance to take new Christmas photos of the cats this year but there's nothing wrong with sharing Christmas photos of them from years past, right? These are some of my favorites...
I spent the night at my parents last night because it was so snowy and I didn't want to drive home. Buuut that did mean I got to wake up at my parents on Christmas morning for the first time in quite a few years which was pretty awesome. Santa Claus spoiled me rotten and now I'm back home cuddling with my puppy on the couch having an It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon. My Christmas has been wonderful.

Hope you have an excellent Christmas as well!

what i wore

what I wore : blue + gold

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

button up shirt - thrifted
necklace - c/o Manic Trout Jewelry
camera bag - Siena c/o Jo Totes
jeans - Target
shoes - Amazon

I'm still on that sweater kick I mentioned. I see no end in sight. How did I even go this long hating on sweaters?! I actually didn't like this one the first time I tried it on. Buuut that was most likely because I hadn't showered yet for the day, had the gnarliest morning hair (which is definitely a daily thing. I'm talking bangs straight in the air errrrday!), and was still wearing pajamas pants. So when I put on the sweater and looked in the mirror I was disappointed it didn't somehow turn me into a pretty pretty princess with perfect hair. Anyway, after a shower, the sweater and I fell in love. It's so cozy and that color looks awesome with my hair color! I'm going to be kind of bummed when it gets too warm to wear sweaters again.


What I've been reading...

Monday, December 23, 2013

My last three books of the year! Finishing up the last one left me at 40 books read in 2013. Not too shabby, aye? I'm pretty stoked with surpassing my goal by ten books.
What I've been reading...
Chicken by David Henry Sterry
The Last Living Slut by Roxanna Shirazi
Brothel by Alexa Albert

I'm unsure what to even say about The Last Living Slut. I love the idea of the book, it sounded promising, but it actually just made me feel uncomfortable. The one line in particular really killed it for me?  "I didn't want to do this, but I wanted to be polite." She's talking about having sex with someone. Ehhh. In the beginning of the book she started off talking about how important a "female's pursuit of sexual pleasure" is but it never really felt like it was about her pleasure, more like she was the one being used by these "rock stars" (I had no idea who half of these people were.) I'd have no problem with the book if it were more transparent from the start but various stories mention her being uncomfortable with what was about to happen. There was no grand redemption in end, I just left with a bad taste in my mouth.

Brothel started off slow but quickly picked up the pace. It was really interesting to read about a brothel from the perspective of a "square" -meaning she wasn't a prostitute- female. Alexa Albert visited, lived with, and eventually became really great friends with the ladies of Mustang Ranch, one of the most prominent legal brothels in Nevada, while conducting a public-health study. 

Chicken was my favorite from this group and easily one of my favorites from the whole year. I've previously read Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys and Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks which are collections of writings written by... well... everyone that titles mention, both books were edited by David Henry Sterry. I'd seen him mention Chicken in those books but finally got around to picking it up recently. Oh my goodness, it was wonderful. I've read a lot of books on prostitution but never one by male prostitute. I highly, highly recommend it. 
I'm so excited to hop into a new book. I'll definitely be setting another reading goal for 2014. It's so wild to think that just two years ago I thought that there was nothing else out there I'd enjoy reading other than Chuck Palahniuk. Once I got started I just kept unearthing more and more subjects I really enjoy. I encourage you to set a reading goal for the new year as well, it doesn't matter how small. Reading one book is better than none!

The Destash Squid update

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Just wanted to swing by and let you know I just finished up the final update in The Destash Squid. A handful of new fabrics have been added, there are lots of zippers still left and I even listed my 2.25 inch button press complete with supplies to get you started making mirrors.
 Just like last time, I want to mention - it's really hard to calculate how much money something like this is going to cost to ship when I have no idea which pieces are going to end up being shipped together. So if when your cart is filled with lovely fabrics the shipping cost is crazy you can either shoot me a message and I'll give you the estimate of what you're buying will cost -OR- just purchase and receive a refund as soon as the order has shipped.

Since I'm so set on clearing out this stash fairly quickly, I'm more than happy to entertain offers on large orders. For example, I have more of this fabric than I even like to think about (and definitely more than what's listed) so if you'd like to scoop it all up, or at least a large chunk of it, I'd be willing to make a deal - and give you lots of hugs! Hah!

Also keep in mind, there are two sizes of flat rate boxes available to US shipping addresses and they both fit an awful lot of fabric. ;)

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