Belated Weekend Recap + Currently

Bringing in November

I realize that it is now Friday, which means that last weekend is already blasted from your mind with your excitement for this weekend, but, you know, sometimes you just fall behind on things because life is a little overwhelming.

The period of October turning into November is a favorite of mine. The time span happens to include not only your general, wonderful fall weather and cheer, but also Halloween and my birthday. A lot of people like to think of November 1 as the start of the holiday season, which I have mixed feelings about because while I love amping up for Christmas, I don’t like skipping another important holiday in the process.

Anyway, the whole point of me writing here today was to update you on what I’ve been up to, and also kind of just humble brag about my awesome weekend.

We didn’t do too much for Halloween this year. Which is kind of embarrassing because I love, love Halloween. I don’t know if it’s just because my birthday falls two days after, or if it’s because of all the fun memories of trick or treating, or if it’s because of the general awesomeness that is dressing up, but Halloween is probably my favorite holiday right after Christmas. But anyway, the idea of going out became increasingly exhausting as nine o’clock approached. (Signs of aging? I hope it was just a fluke.) But, my plan to carry out Charlie Brown and Lucy costumes, complete with a beagle as our Snoopy/Red Baron was a success, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it, so we’ve got that going for us. Plus we watched Casper while eating pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, so I’d say the night was a win.

Halloween weekend in sum.

Saturday and Sunday were filled with birthday festivities and my embarking on my first ever attempt to complete NaNoWriMo. That in and of itself is quite an accomplishment, because every year November rolls by and I think, next year will be the one I actually try and start a novel. Next year, next year, next year. And here I am and my novel has kind of, sort of, begun to start. So that, combined with the great company of friends in the back room of a Macaroni Grill, and their thoughtful gifts I didn’t expect (aren’t those just the best kind?) made me pretty happy with my weekend.

And with that, I’ll leave you with another dose of currently:

Reading Mockingjay because I am behind everyone else in actually reading the Hunger Games series and because I must finish before the movie comes out this month.

Wishlisting can we talk about one thing I’m not wishlisting any more? That would be a new laptop. In case you missed it on Instagram, my hubby spoiled me rotten this year with a swanky new Acer Aspire S7 to replace my old, faithful, dreadfully slow HP.

Loving my laptop? How about loving Ryan for using his graduation money to buy us a new laptop? Am I obsessing too much about my new laptop? Fine. I’m also loving Taylor Swift’s new album like woah. Okay, now you’re really telling me to figure something new to talk about.

Appreciating my friends for being so fun and thoughtful and supportive all the time. I’m lucky to have this handful of people in this world who really know me.

Creating a novel. Woah. Excuse me while I go hyperventilate in a paper bag.

Now tell me what’s new in your life.

Linking up with Jenna and Anne!

love always, Delia

On My Love for Taylor Swift // 1989 Out Today!

Taylor Swift 1989

As you may or may not should be aware by now, Taylor Swift just popped out a new album TODAY. I may or may not have just picked the deluxe edition at Target on my way to work. (Answer: yes, that happened. And yes, I was that person waiting at the door as they opened, running down the aisles to get my hands on it and get back out to my car.) A new Taylor Swift album means a whole new set of lyrics my best friend and I can text back and forth to each other, and a whole new soundtrack to get me through the colder months. (If you didn’t know already, Taylor always releases her albums in the fall, i.e. they’re all I listen to on repeat through February or March. Maybe April.)

If you’ve reached this point in reading and decided I’m another one of those T Swift lunatics you can’t stand, #sorrynotsorry. You might want to skip this one.

But that does bring me to a point—why are people so quick to judge Taylor? I get it if her music isn’t your cup of tea. Well, I don’t get that, but I can respect it, I guess. But all those people who just can’t stand her? Why? Does she really seem fake? Because I find her to be one of the most genuine stars out there. She is fully aware of her privilege, and tries as hard as she can to run her life like a normal person. She runs her own social media accounts, and often takes time to personally reply to her fans and give them advice. She has admitted to stalking the social media accounts and blogs of her fans, just like the rest of us. She could be reading this right now. (Doubtful, but one can hope.) What other star has planned a secret mission to attend a fan’s bridal shower, and gifted her with her own baking and a freakin’ Kitchenaid? If this all seems like an act to you, then I really think you’re overestimating her acting skills. The girl is on it all the time.

Other reasons Tay Tay is awesome/quite possibly secretly my best friend:
  • She appreciates the awesomeness that is Friends.
  • She appreciates the awesomeness that is the 80s pop sound.
  • She’s obsessed with her cats.
  • She isn’t afraid to dance like no one is watching.
  • She loves baking, and shares her recipes with her fans.
  • She doesn’t need to be followed by the media to help a good cause.
  • She is true to herself and her image, and doesn’t need to resort to fitting in with the “sexy” or “edgy” trends in Hollywood to be successful. She’s never fallen into the partying bandwagon, either.
  • She plans her album releases around my birthday, every time. (Let me keep this fantasy, okay?)

Anyway, I’m sorry, I just really don’t understand her haters. I mean, I’m pretty convinced Tay and I are secretly best friends, so maybe take what I say with a grain of salt, but I don’t know how you couldn’t at least respect her, if not become completely charmed by her, if you were to pay slight attention.

Haters gonna hate

As a last point, if your issue with her is her dating history and/or its involvement in her songs, I will just leave you with two points for thought. First, how unusual is it, really, for a woman her age to have had a grand total of 6 boyfriends? No one would care if these weren’t famous people, and it’s no one’s place but her own to judge her dating history. PLUS, how many male celebrities do you see chastised for the same behavior? Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate but she’s just gonna shake shake shake shake shake it off.

Secondly, writing songs about love is what songwriters do. Taylor does use her music as a form of a diary, but who are we to judge her for that? And why do no other songwriters (ESPECIALLY men) receive such flack for writing about their current and former love interests? The men who date Taylor must be fully aware of the probability that they will be featured in one of her songs, whether in a good way or a bad way, just as the people who date any other songwriter must be fully aware they’ll appear somewhere in the songwriter’s lyrics at some point. At least Tay’s mostly coy about it.

End rant. If you got through all of that, I applaud you. I’ve been needing to get some of that off my chest for a while now. Now, on to listening to this album on repeat. SO EXCITED.

Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What’s your favorite song?

p.s. if you need any more help learning to love Taylor, read this.

love always, Delia

2014 Fall Bucket List

As much as I hate to be a bandwagon jumper, the idea of making a fall bucket list is just too perfect for me to pass up. I mean, you already know I love lists. And by now you should also already know that I adore fall. So combining the two seems like an inevitable act that will bring joy to my heart, regardless of how many people have already beat me to it! Sorry not sorry ‘bout it—and so here it is:

Fall 2014 bucket list.

My Fall Bucket List

  1. Find the best vantage point and watch the Balloon Fiesta Special Shapes Rodeo.
  2. Bake pumpkin zucchini bread.
  3. Make my own perfect #PSL.
  4. Bake this pumpkin cake.
  5. Bake the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
  6. Carve jack-o-lanterns.
  7. Toast the pumpkin seeds.
  8. Roast marshmallows with friends.
  9. Go to McCall’s Haunted Farm.
  10. Go shooting with Ryan.
  11. Go to White Sands & photograph the full moon rising.
  12. Hike the Sandias when the leaves start changing.
  13. Walk through the Bosque, also when the leaves are changing.
  14. Take a notebook, and maybe a picnic, and sit outside to write.
  15. Jump in a huge pile of leaves.
  16. Do something crafty for the apartment.
  17. Fall-themed photo shoot.
  18. Celebrate my best friends’ birthdays and my own birthday.
  19. Update my wardrobe.
  20. Listen to Taylor Swift’s new album 800 times.
  21. Charlie Brown & Lucy photos with Wally (Snoopy).
  22. THE BLACK KEYS CONCERT IN DENVER.
  23. Throw Friendsgiving celebration again.
  24. Give 30 days of thanks.
  25. Start Christmas shopping early.
  26. DON’T get sucked into Black Friday shopping.

Life Lately

Hello, world! Long time no chit chat. I’ve been a little buried in the happenings of life lately. Although I feel no need to make excuses, I do feel a bit of a need to share a little bit of the craziness that has been my world, with the world.

looking up at the Seattle Space Needle

  • Lately, I’ve been adjusting to the fact that my in-laws are moving to Seattle just moved to Seattle. Few things seem to weird me out more than parents leaving, especially now that it comes to my own family. Writing out those words just weirded me out.
  • Lately, I’ve been missing my husband. I’m flying solo for the week, as he went up to Seattle to help his parents move and see other family there. The apartment is so quiet.
  • Lately, I’ve been finishing up a portrait photography class, and realizing how hard portrait photography really is if you’re trying to do it right.

best friends at high school reunion

  • Lately, I’ve been seeing some old friends and best friends, all gathered together over the weekend for a high school reunion. (And also lately, I can’t believe that it has been five years since I graduated high school.)
  • Lately, I’ve been applying to a couple of new positions that just opened up at the press, and frankly, I don’t quite know how to feel about it. Something about surges of opportunity can catch me like a deer in the headlights.
  • Lately, I’ve been really excited for my husband to finish school five months earlier than we thought he could! (Though again, there is that deer in the headlights feeling.)

view of New York City skyline from Brooklyn

  • Lately, I’ve been really looking forward to my two vacations coming up. New York City in a week, and then the Grand Canyon the week after that!

What has been distracting you lately?

love always, Delia

Puzzles

The highest of fives if you’re thinking of How I Met Your Mother right now.

But I’m actually talking about a real puzzle, not a bar called Puzzles. A few weeks ago, Ryan and I had one of our biggest accomplishments of the year. We finished a seemingly impossible puzzle.

puzzle almost put together

Go ahead and laugh. But seriously, it was so hard, we’d given up for a couple of weeks.

starting the puzzle

My post on Instagram, weeks ago, at the start of it all…

See all that blue? All the wispy clouds? All the rocks that look exactly the same? That shiz was no joke, let me tell you.

finishing the puzzle

But finally, the day came when we were down to the last couple hundred pieces (did I mention it was a 1000-piece puzzle?) and we spent several hours hunched over it together putting them into place.

putting the final puzzle pieces into place

holding the final pieces of the puzzle in our hands

placing the puzzle pieces

I also clearly spent several minutes recording our work of art as we were putting the last pieces into place. And finally, when the very last piece was left, I excitedly snapped the last shots I could. It was almost bittersweet when it was finally done. We’d spent so long agonizing over finishing it, and then suddenly it was over. Weird how that can affect you in the smallest ways. But, I’ve got to say, I was really missing my kitchen table at that point, so getting that out of there finally was pretty sweet.

missing one piece of the puzzle

the last puzzle piece

puzzle close up

placing the puzzle piece

That was more photos of a puzzle than you ever thought you’d see in your life, am I right? What can I say, I was inspired. What random things inspire you?

Linking up with the lovely:

Dear Harper

UPDATE on My 101 Things in 1001 Days

101 things in 1001 days February 2014 update

Welp, it’s been about over a month since I posted my list of 101 goals to accomplish in the next 1001 days, and it seems I’m due for an update. I’ve got to say, having this list to refer to and hold myself accountable for has really given me a sense of purpose  I don’t know that I’ve felt before. I’ve loved having a concrete list (no surprise there—you know how I love lists) of things I want to accomplish to remind myself of what I am working towards. And, since I’ve been keeping up with this blog as I vowed to myself I would, I’ve become so enchanted with the blogging world and all of the wonderful people who comprise it, that I’ve simply become more and more inspired to keep up with it all. So thank you also to all of the bloggers out there whose blogs I’ve been hungrily poring through at a rate I didn’t think possible!

And now, I’d like to toot my own horn for a second and add a couple of things that I’ve also done in the past month that didn’t happen to appear on my list (BESIDES transferring to a custom URL, which you can already see I’m excited about), just because I’m that proud of myself for getting shiz done! As you may have seen in my latest photo posts, I’ve recently designed my own logo and begun applying it in my new watermark for all of my shared photographs. I think of this as a significant, if small, step towards legitimizing my photography business, so it gets me really excited.

PLUS, I’ve also started flossing my teeth every single night. Which, for me, is actually a really major accomplishment.

Check out my progress so far on my goals below:

Purchases
11. New bed frame + headboard.
– Ryan is in progress of designing these for us!
12. End table.
– we just received one from Ryan’s parents, so that should tide us over for now

Career Advancement
21. Use tuition remission benefit to take writing and digital arts continuing education classes.
– just signed up for these + I started a photography class Monday night!
22. Use tuition remission benefit to take graduate writing classes.
– planned for Fall 2014
23. Use tuition remission benefit to take a copy-editing class.
– just started the class!
24. Actively pursue editorial tasks at work.
– in progress
25. Become fluent with permissions process, & any other relevant aspect of publishing possible.
– in progress

Writing
28. Write something every day.
– in progress–even if it’s just a list, I’ve been keeping this up
29. Write to a prompt once a week.
– I admit, I need to do better
30. Write a blog post at least 1-2 times every week.
– in progress, so far successful!
41. Continue writing for Newscastic at least once a month.
– in progress, so far successful!
42. Grow the blog & engage in blog communities.
– in progress, and I’m loving it

Photography & Design
43. Take & post one manually shot photo a week.
– in progress, so far successful!
53. Launch my own website.
– in progress of researching options now

Travel
64. Take a road trip.
– planned  for June 2014
70. Hike the Grand Canyon.
– planned for June 2014

Marriage
81. Have a date night once a month.
– in progress, so far successful!
82. Exercise together.
– in progress

Cooking, Baking, & Crafts
88. Cook or bake something new at least once a month.
– in progress, so far successful!

Personal
93. Read at least one book every month.
– I’m failing at this, but I will make it up & do better
94. Exercise at least once a week (but try for 3 times).
– in progress, so far successful!
97. Once a month, watch a small budget movie I’ve never heard of.
– been totally killing this one, thank you Netflix

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the success of this year so far. I’ve really been starting to dip toe, foot, and leg into blogging, and I’ve been writing for either the blog, myself, or NewsCastic, almost every single day. I’ve also been keeping busy taking photos and editing them for my portfolio every week, and I’ve just committed myself to 3 photography classes, 1 online editing class, and an creative writing class with a friend from work, all this spring. When I’ve not buzzing around with all that, or around the kitchen fixing up some new experiment, I’ve been spending time with my hubby watching the Olympics, Jimmy Fallon, or some new Netflix find. Life is good. I definitely need to pick up on my reading, but baby steps!

I’ve certainly got my hands full. Good thing I like it that way. How have your goals for the year (or more) been going?

love always, Delia

A “Married” Valentine’s Night at Home

I realize that I’m quite a bit late to the game in sharing about my Valentine’s Day here, but better late than never, right?

Valentine's Day dinner

As you may know by now, this was Ryan’s and my first Valentine’s Day together as a married couple. We’ve never really been into celebrating Valentine’s Day.  Last year, we went to a friend’s house for a grand February Friendsgiving, and of course while I was in college, we spent Valentine’s Day apart entirely. Our high school Valentine’s Days were always simply the dress-up-kind-of-fancy date nights with really simple gifts. We like saving our gift money for more fun occasions like birthdays and Christmas, or even just because. So we knew we weren’t doing gifts this year. But, since it was our first one as husband and wife, I wanted to do something a little special.

Valentine's Day fondue dinner

Valentine's Day dinner

Valentine's Day dinner

I decided on making use of the fondue set my mom had given me for a wedding present. No presents and no braving the crowds and overpriced meals by going out on a Friday Valentine’s night? Score one for us saving money! I simply grabbed some fancy cheese, meat, bread, and veggies from the grocery store, and we had ourselves a nice meal. I was so impressed with myself!

Valentine's Day dinner

Ryan is so patient with me and my obsessiveness about taking photos. It still impresses me that he will just sit still as I fiddle with my camera for ten minutes, even with some delicious food waiting right there in front of him. What a trooper :)

Valentine's Day with Ryan

Valentine's Day fondue with Ryan

Valentine's Day

While I’m at it, I thought I’d share my cooking accomplishment of the morning after V-Day. We had tons of French bread leftover from the fondue spread, and I knew it was only a matter of hours before that just turned hard as a rock. So, I took the opportunity to try making some stuffed French toast!

Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French toast

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for quite awhile, and it was sooo yummy. I’ll definitely be making it again! You can find the recipe I used here, at Dieter’s Downfall.

Are you drooling yet?

love always, Delia

Welcome to my new lair.

Welp, just set the old blog url to redirect here, so, this is officially my new home on the blogosphere. Pumped? I am.

I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on some new posts again in the near future. But, can I just say, this week has wiped me out. What the heck happened? Is this just me?!

I felt so very productive with my Sunday and Monday, and I suppose Tuesday was still productive, all things (like being busy working and bringing home that bacon) considered. But man, by yesterday afternoon, I was DYING. I was barely keeping it together, and had to stop myself from going to bed at 7:30 because of course that would only mean my waking up at some unnatural hour this morning.

Luckily, I had some serious figure skating to watch last night, so something kept me up, even if it wasn’t writing or fixing up the site! Even with the hard work put in the past few days, I’ve found myself really enjoying being able to just cozy up with the Olympics and my computer and Ryan every day after work. Oh, and chocolate. Can’t forget that.

Dove: Linger over chocolate longer.

Even so, I am just glad the weekend is coming up so that I can rejuvenate! And hopefully things will become more normal again after that. I’ve got some big plans for the next few posts, too. I want to tell you all about my uber-cute, stay-at-home, first-married-Valentine’s Day, complete with pictures, my progress with my 101 goals in 1001 days, and something new about myself! Stay tuned!

love always, Delia

Check out my new domain!

I’ve been a little MIA from the blogosphere over the past three days. But it’s been for good reason, I promise! Actually, for great reason, if you ask me. I’ve been hard at work.

On what, do you ask?

Well, I just transitioned this blog over to its own custom domain!! WHAT? I’m getting all official, huh?

Check it out. Everything has switched over to here: dbkstreamofconsciousness.com. I’m so excited!!

The only unfortunate part is that this means this blog at this WordPress domain will soon cease to exist. Please head on over to the new site and follow me there! Slash, fix up your bookmarks if that’s more your jam. If you’re one of the charmers who follows me on Bloglovin’, you can go ahead and follow the new URL here :)

I know that I took a bit of a leap of faith here. It was more complicated than I thought to make sure that everything was copied over as it should be, and the full WordPress platform has so many new options and tools, it’s a bit overwhelming! I know that I may lose some followers in the move here, and I’m sorry for any confusion this move may cause. But I think it will be so worth it in the long run, and I really hope you all come with me!

ALSO, I’ve even gone ahead and made a blog button for myself at the new domain! I know, I know. It’s pretty impressive. Like it? I kinda do.

Stream of Consciousness with DBK

Contact me if you want to do a button swap!

So that’s been my weekend. Well, that, and editing photos and celebrating Valentine’s Day. But more on that soon, I promise.

See you on the other side, all you lovely, lovely people. Thank you all for following me :)

love always, Delia

101 Things in 1001 Days

Long lists

This girl’s always loved her lists.

Making lists of things you want to do is not only good for motivation, but it is also a nice record to look back on months or years down the road. It’s an opportunity to see what mattered to you most at one time, remind you of what you have accomplished, and make you note what has changed most, and what you still hold important to do.

I know that I’m not normally the big “New Year’s Resolution” type, but I got this idea from a great friend of mine and, being the big listing type, I just had to make my own! I’m actually really excited about this particular resolution-esque attempt of mine. Just since compiling the list a couple weeks ago (this post is a little late because, well, thinking of 101 things was harder than I thought it’d be) I’ve felt a deeper sense of purpose in my everyday life, because I’ve just laid out all my biggest long- and short-term goals for myself.

So, here it is, on the blog for the world to see, even if it’s just so other people might hold me accountable…

My 101 Things in 1001 Days:
started 1/15/2014

Finances
1. Save a sizeable down payment for a house.
2. Save for below purchases.
3. Invest
4. Start family planning

Purchases
5. New laptop.
6. New phone for Ryan.
7. 50mm lens.
8. Macro lens.
9. Long lens.
10. Bedside table.
11. New bed frame + headboard.
12. End table.
13. Console table.
14. Dog and/or cat.

Career Advancement
15. Apply to the Creative Writing MFA program at UNM.
16. Research other MFA programs and apply where Ryan applies to jobs.
17. Apply to the teaching assistantship at UNM.
18. Volunteer as a teacher, mentor, or tutor; gain teaching experience.
19. Apply for grants, scholarships, and graduate assistantships at UNM.
20. Study for and take GRE test, if necessary.
21. Use tuition remission benefit to take writing and digital arts continuing education classes.
22. Use tuition remission benefit to take graduate writing classes.
23. Use tuition remission benefit to take a copy-editing class.
24. Actively pursue editorial tasks at work.
25. Become fluent with permissions process, & any other relevant aspect of publishing possible.
26. Tell UNM Press authors & photographers who come into the office my interest in their field.
27. Network with former classmates in my fields of interest.

Writing
28. Write something every day.
29. Write to a prompt once a week.
30. Write a blog post at least 1-2 times every week.
31. Finish screenplay.
32. Submit screenplay to agents, production companies, and contests.
33. Write 10 memoir pieces/personal essays.
34. Write 5 new short stories.
35. Write about something I have no experience with.
36. Outline a novel.
37. Revise old pieces until they’re “done.”
38. Submit writing to at least 12 publications a year.
39. Try self e-publishing.
40. Find or found a local writing group.
41. Continue writing for Newscastic at least once a month.
42. Grow the blog & engage in blog communities.

Photography & Design
43. Take & post one manually shot photo a week.
44. Photograph an event for a stranger
45. Photograph a wedding
46. Photograph an engagement session
47. Photograph a portrait session.
48. Print a canvas of one of my own photos.
49. Design my own book cover.
50. Design my own business card.
51. Design Ryan’s business card.
52. Design something for a friend.
53. Launch my own website.

Travel
54. Take big trip to Europe; visit London, Dublin, Rome, Venice, Prague, Barcelona, and Majorca. (and maybe Athens and Paris)
55. Go on a couples’ vacation with friends.
56. Go back to Mexico.
57. Go to the Caribbean.
58. Weekend trip to Las Vegas.
59. Go back to New York.
60. Visit family and friends on the east coast.
61. Visit family and friends in LA.
62. Go back to Seattle.
63. Go to Hawaii.
64. Take a road trip.
65. See the white sands.
66. Go camping in Jemez again.
67. Go somewhere unexpected.
68. Go to Elephant Butte.
69. See the Carlsbad Caverns.
70. Hike the Grand Canyon.

Friends & Family
71. Give all our Christmas gifts on time.
72. Go hiking, especially with my dad.
73. Run for the Zoo with my dad.
74. Host a fondue night.
75. Spend time with work friends outside of work.
76. Buy my parents dinner.

Marriage
77. Edit long-cut and short-cut wedding video.
78. Bind wedding cards into book.
79. Change my name on all documents.
80. Celebrate first, second, and third anniversary.
81. Have a date night once a month.
82. Exercise together.
83. Go snowboarding.
84. Go to a concert—The Black Keys, if possible.
85. Go scuba diving/snorkeling.
86. Host house guests.

Cooking, Baking, & Crafts
87. Make Christmas gifts, starting in November.
88. Cook or bake something new at least once a month.
89. Make a four-course meal.
90. Make art pieces for walls.
91. Make coasters.
92. Set up large votive candles in coffee beans.

Personal
93. Read at least one book every month.
94. Exercise at least once a week (but try for 3 times).
95. Take dance classes.
96. Try the insanity work out.
97. Once a month, watch a small budget movie I’ve never heard of.
98. Try a food I think I don’t like.
99. Go back to church.
100. Read the Bible.
101. Practice Spanish with Ryan.

If you made it through that whole list, I sincerely congratulate you! I’ll try to keep giving updates as I cross things off my list. So, until next time!