here's the most recent friday5.
answer for yourself or see others' answers here:

  1. What would you like right now to be coated with?



    my neck/shoulder is killing me.  i recently folded an old blanket and put it in my pillowcase to give my deflated pillow a bit more height.  i thought i was being a genius but the difference is pillows are SOFT and folded blankets are SOLID.  too hard and too steep angle.  yesterday i couldn't even turn my head and looking up or down was also a minor problem (using the microscope at work was like a torture exercise unless i had the oculars at exactly eye level... meanwhile i'm sliding around in the rolling chair so "eye level" might be different when i change slides.  it was one of those WHEN WILL THE SHIFT BE OVER kind of nights.)  i'm on night 3/day 2 of neck pain.  it's about 50% better.  i can turn side to side now but looking up is still pinchy.  i'm walking around like a robot, trying to move my upper body as a unit, haha.

  2. What’s something you recently slathered on something else?

    i love to put cocktail (or chili) sauce on aji fry!  had that for breakfast yesterday after work. 

    365.353 Aji Fry Bento (Fried Horse Mackerel Lunch Box)

  3. What’s something you purchased recently whose purpose is to cover something?

    cheap but awesome leotards at .  the "theatricals" line is economical and fits better than "double platinum"!

    for leotards i'd recommend:

    for size reference: i'm wearing an adult size medium here:

    for biketards (shorty unitards) i'd recommend:

    from now on, i'm going to aerial completely covered... even though it's going to be hotter/sweatier, at least i can stop getting new fabric burns every week, boo hoo.  it seriously looks like i'm a whipping victim.

  4. What do your current bed linens look like?

    lavender damask.  as seen here:

  5. Under what circumstances did you last wear some kind of gloves?

    i wear gloves everyday at work. :) #xsgloveclub

she's just a liar who gets high on rock and roll... put it on... put it on...


i finally have a little proof of my aerial progress.
my classmate did a slow motion video of my half cork screw!


looks pretty rad from the ground.
in the air... you are fighting the natural reflex to curl into a ball when you are rolling toward the ground.  so hard to keep the unwrapped leg straight! :'D  my brain is telling my legs to STAY STRAIGHT but there's a 25% chance the fear takes over and it bends anyway. haha.

my newest challenge is the "fancy russian" climb.  another one of those "straight leg" problems.  i don't have any ballet or dance or gymnastics background so straight leg lifts are really hard! it's the same kind of leg lift required for the hip key. this one's going to need a lot of practice... took me over a month to get the hip key down.

we have a new student in class.  she transferred from the friday level 1 class.  she's so full of energy, it's like having a personal cheerleader, always saying how awesome we look in the air and saying YOU CAN DO IT! before we try something hard.  i love it!  she also goes to open gym on mondays so i guess it's motivation to practice the hard stuff (fancy russian) so we can get better together. :D

the new TA album is out, i can't get enough of this song!


Motion City Soundtrack is on their So Long, Farewell tour and played for the last time in Hawaii two Sundays ago.  it's @wild_twinkies favorite band so we HAD to go! it was also her first live show, so everything was bittersweet.  on the one hand, there is nothing in the world that compares to the elation of hearing your favorite songs being played live right in front of you! ❤️  but knowing it will never happen again... oh man, what a heartbreaker. 💔

anyway, we all did our best to enjoy our burrito, and had fun jumping around and singing along to our favorite songs!! everything is alright, when "you're" around, a lifeless ordinary, LG FUAD, it had to be you, make out kids, the future freaks me out...

Everything is Alright

Everything is Alright

the band even took a photo of the venue at the intermission- can you feel the happy energy?

i tweeted a tagged version, you can see we are right in the front row (you can see i'm in my Rozwell Kid shirt, who i didn't know was opening for them earlier in the tour! coincidence!)

at the end of the show i scored a pick from matthew taylor!
THIS IS SO AWESOME!  \(* U *)/  i never catch these things!

such a great time.  so long, farewell, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK!
i'm going to commit this show to memory


there's always a place in my heart for you!


friday again, can you believe it's september already?
anyway, here's another friday5.  answer for yourself or see others' answers here:

  1. What’s something that recently required perseverance?

    teaching my mom how to use the DVD player. every time she wants to watch a video it's like she's seeing the machine for the first time.  i don't know why she can't learn this.  i guess it just takes repetition.  i'm almost ready to give up.  but i have to keep trying... one day she will learn! 

  2. What’s something that’s been unpleasantly persistent?

    the humidity! :(

  3. When has practice not proven to make perfect?

    i am having such a hard time with a one handed shuffle.  my hand is on the smaller side (my workplace orders xs gloves JUST FOR ME, hahaha...) so there is not enough strength to push the cards into a faro.  i have been practicing this for YEARS.  with a new deck. a poop deck. with a plastic deck.  with less than a full deck.  
    Bone Ho makes it look so easy T__T

    one day, maybe i will get it.  just have to keep working at it, i guess.
    i also have trouble with L cuts- my thumb can barely reach the edge of the pack! this is why i have to get the SMALLEST iphone.  not because i'm some minimalist or whatever.  I JUST HAVE SMALL HANDS. anyway, if you want to give L cuts a try, here's a video.  it's so pretty!

  4. Where were you last required to exercise patience?

    between your band and the other band
    i'll explain myself in the next post.  
    (and yes, i stole that line from Tigers Jaw, but you will see it is a perfect description)
  5. How do you feel about peas?

    i love peas! i would never call them little green balls of mushy poison

    yes, these are pictures of a book i own... i've kept it since 1989 for god knows why. it's even more amazing that i would recall the story.  i guess the things you learn as a kid stick with you forever.

oh hi, do you like the Pillows? 





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