I haven’t updated this in a while because I didn’t think i had anything to talk about but I realized that I actually do. They’re not things I had intended to use this blog for but…what the hell. You never know what people might like to hear about. So, here are odds and ends of information and activities and….things…that I have been doing/loving/eating/working on lately.
I’m obsessed with these. I have no money to order them. So, I’m obsessed with reading reviews of them and making lists of the ones I WILL subscribe to when I can afford it. On my list so far to try eventually are: Splendies, Lootcrate, Conscious Box, Bonjour Jolie and the Toothbrush Subscription service.
At the moment I AM subscribed to The Honest Company’s Essentials Bundle. It’s a great deal. You get 5 full size products of your choice for $35. Their products are all allergen and dye free. They’re the first company to make shampoo/body wash and conditioner that I can use. I haven’t used soap or body wash in ages because every kind I tried made me itch and breakout. Even baby shampoo made me itch and break out. So, I’m in love with this company and if you have to buy pure products this is an amazing deal. I was spending way more on these products (and still itching most of the time from the shampoo) in stores. I hope this company never goes away and I hope they start making more products. I’ll likely write whole post about this company eventually again because I love them that much.
If you decide to sign up or to buy anything from them use my referral link if you don’t mind. I get credit for it and…well…I don’t have a lot of money. So, that would help me out a lot. (http://honest.com/accept_invitation/447726)
I also signed up this month for ipsy glam bag. Which is a service where they send you a little makeup bag with samples and a full size product or two in it. I’ve been reading reviews and it’s only $10. So, I thought I’d try it out. I’m actually hoping I can resell some of the items since I know I won’t be able to use them all (stupid allergies and sensitive skin severely limit what makeup I can use). I figured it was a good way to try products to test out whether I can use them or not and it was cheap and I love getting mail.
I may dump ipsy after this month and subscribe to Splendies and the Toothbrush Subscription instead. Both are more useful than makeup I likely can’t use most of. Splendies is 3 pairs of underwear for $9 (on special now for $6 though which is why I’m thinking of switching to it). I’m in desperate need of new underwear and this company sends namebrands. The Toothbrush Subscription sends you a new tooth brush every month, two months or three months (whichever you choose). The prices are cheaper than the toothbrushes in the store and I don’t change my toothbrush near enough. Plus….I love mail and its a cheap way to get something useful in the mail.
I do prefer the useful more practical subscription boxes over the fashion and makeup ones. Only ipsy seemed worth the cost to me as far as the makeup and beauty ones go because for $10 I figure the bag itself is often worth that (I use small makeup bags as wallets/change purses and tend to go through them quickly) and the makeup would be useful to keep for gifts or re-sell if I don’t like it myself or can’t use it. So, even when I can afford more boxes I won’t subscribe to the makeup and fashion ones. Admittedly, Lootcrate isn’t practical. It’s fun, geeky toys and things (a lot of it is stuff you’d see on thinkgeek.com) but the others I want to subscribe to are practical. 🙂
The food boxes are usually fairly expensive and almost none of them have gluten free options (except Conscious Box but it isn’t solely food). I do think they’re awesome ideas but the cost is to high when most likely I won’t be able to eat 90% of the items. I’ve seen some box reviews where I literally couldn’t eat anything in them. Even the gluten free option boxes aren’t usually dairy free and even if somewhere offered dairy and gluten free boxes I’d still have my fruit allergies (peaches and kiwi so far….I’m apparently likely to develop more) and my issues with sorghum flour (it isn’t an allergy but it gives me extremely severe painful stomach cramps) causing issues. So, if I ever decide I want food in the mail I think maybe I’ll just sign up for a bunch of food I know I like through Amazon subscriptions.
Since, as I said before, I haven’t been able to try any of these boxes (except Honest Company and soon ipsy) but have been reading reviews of them I’ll also share where I’ve been reading the reviews. I’ve read a few different blogs but a lot of them….sorry if this sounds rude and blunt….a lot of them seem to be written by rich, spoiled girls in their early 20s. They don’t list the cost of the box or the value of the items. They praise everything…you can practically hear the giggles and smell the expensive strawberry lipgloss and flowery shampoo as you read. There are exceptions to this though. My absolute favorite place to read box reviews so far as been Ramblings of a Suburban Mom (www.ramblingsofasuburbanmom.com). She lists how much the boxes cost, all the items values and adds up whether its a good value or not. Her blog is awesome.
* Film Projects
I’ve been working on a few films lately. I don’t even know if I’ve talked about the fact that I’m a filmmaker before but..yeah…nothing big. Just little local stuff so far. Recent projects have been:
Get Up – this is a short film that started out as a project for my boyfriends film classes. I co-wrote the short and did some of the FX as well as worked as AD. We are trying to eventually turn it into a feature length movie. The feature will be co-written and co-directed by me. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Up/582708261748277)
The Last Job – This is a very short short film (under 4 minutes long) that I wrote and directed. My boyfriend acted as DP (that is his specialty) and acted in it. He’s also editing (because I don’t currently have a computer that is capable of running editing programs). It should be completed soon. We shot this on Friday, January 10th. It was the first thing totally written by me that I have shot. It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted but it isn’t bad and I did learn some things. I’ll have it posted on Vimeo fairly soon and I’ll share the link. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Last-Job/636218126443214)
How To Make A Cherry Pie – This one is my baby. I wrote it and I’m directing and producing. I’ll be running an indigogo campaign to try to raise some fund for this. It’s just a short film but I want it to have good special effects, wardrobe and I want to be able to feed my cast and crew two meals and snacks. I’m pretty excited about it and putting a lot of work into it. I’ll be shooting a promo video and some promo photos for it soon. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/How-To-Make-A-Cherry-Pie/363015673811715)
Bride The Gap – This isn’t my film. This is a film by Missy Beasley and Clout Motion Pictures. It’s a film meant to raise awareness of bullying and suicide prevention. I’ve been helping out on it. I was DP and camera operator for some of it. I’ve also helped get replacement crew when some of her crew fell through. Missy is very talented and it’s for a great cause. There are two more shoot days for this. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. (https://www.facebook.com/bridgethegapfilm)
WebChannel – I had really hoped to start my own web channel. I’ve wanted to do this for years. It is looking like it won’t happen soon but I am still doing some brainstorming for it with the hopes that I eventually get to make it happen.
I’m also going to write a few one act very short shorts to shoot for a friends acting reel. She was suppose to be the lead in How to Make a Cherry Pie but I had to postpone it and she moved and we won’t be able to shoot when she is in town. So, I had to re-cast but I do want to shoot something with her. So, I offered to help out with her acting reel while she is in town visiting.
My boyfriend also has a film he is working on shooting. It’s called Run ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/RUN/1440675046146135). I’m not really doing anything on that film, though. Well, except set photography. So, it’ll be a much more relaxing shoot for me. I don’t have to think or focus to do set photography. Everything else requires a lot more concentration and mental energy. The anxiety and issues with energy and socializing (or interacting with others at all actually – not just socializing) that come with autism make filmmaking a lot more taxing on me than I thought it would be. I have lately been re-considering my career choice because of this. I’ll talk more about that in a later post, though.
*My New Favorite Sandwich
I’ve been eating gluten free for a while now. It’s the only way I can stay even remotely healthy and have any energy at all. It’s expensive, though. Well, it’s at least more expensive than being able to eat anything. Recently, I also had to give up dairy as well (it now causes allergic reaction symptoms…..early ones but I never like to push it when the symptoms start). Anyway, since its expensive to eat this way I try to take advantage of sales. Harris Teeter had a sale on bacon not long ago. One of their buy 2 get 3 free deals. So, I stocked up on bacon. I decided to make BLTs out of it. I don’t like lettuce on sandwiches, though. And I had an avocado just sitting there. So, I made bacon, tomato and avocado sandwich. Only the avocado and tomato kept sliding off. So, the next time I mashed up the avocado…then I though hmm…I’ll just chop up the tomato too and mix it in. Since that was close to guacamole anyway I threw in some lime juice. Mixed it up spread it one side of gluten free bread, crumbled up the cooked bacon on it, put mayo on the other piece of bread. It was amazingly delicious. I’ve pretty much lived off of these things for weeks, now. It’s gluten free and dairy free (depending on the gf bread you choose I suppose) but def not diet or even all that healthy I suppose but it is delicious and I actually like calories and fat. I tend to drop weight randomly. My stomach doesn’t love pork but it isn’t anything bad like sorghum causes. So, I eat it anyway…..for now. I do avoid it if I need to be energetic and active. It tends to make me feel…..overly full, like i gorged on food even when I ate a normal amount. I think it’s just a bit harder for me to digest. My digestive system is a mess from 28ish years of eating gluten (and many slips since then but none in the last 6 months or so I don’t think). So, this isn’t surprising. Anyway, bacon and guacamole sandwiches are delicious. Just make sure you use firm bread or toast it a bit. Otherwise the heavy ingredients will make it fall apart.
My Guacamole Recipe
2 avocados, 1 roma tomato, half of a lime (or a whole one if you really like lime)
Cut the avocados in half, trash the pit, scrape out the insides into a smallish bowl. Then trash the skin as well. Mash up the avocados but leave it kinda chunky. Chop the tomato into little pieces (I leave the peel on and use the seeds and pulp as well). Mix the chopped tomato into the mashed avocado. Squeeze the lime over the bowl until all the juice is squeezed out and into the avocado mix. Stir it up really well. Serve ASAP. You can put it in a closed container and refrigerate it but it does start to turn brown still. I usually try to use mine up within 24 hours or so.
My boyfriend doesn’t like avocados or guacamole but liked mine. And no he isn’t the type to lie to make me happy. He knows better than that. I don’t want lies. I want the truth about things I make. Plus, I didn’t want to share. He stole a taste of it and then went and bought tex-mex food to eat with it and then of course stole more of it.
I know this isn’t REAL guacamole. But I find this type with no spices and no onion to be better for a sandwich. I like the blander flavor. I like find that it goes well with chips and salsa since salsa tends to already have onions and plenty of spice itself. That is also why my boyfriend liked mine better than others he has tried – he generally hates raw onion.
I’ve been neglecting my autism memoir. It requires a lot of focus since I am trying to recollect very vague memories. And I just haven’t had that focus lately. I WILL finish it. It is just going to be a long process with me only writing on occasion. I think I will probably start trying to hand write the first draft. I have never done well writing on the computer. I even usually write first drafts of school papers and sometimes blogs on notepads or in notebooks first.
I have also recently decided to write a book about filmmaking. It will be fairly short and sold as an ebook on Amazon just like I plan to do with the autism book. I’ll give more info on it when I actually start writing it.
I knew about this website before but I had somehow forgotten about it. You send people all over the world postcards and you also gets cards from everywhere. So, far I have sent out 9 postcards and only received one. Which kind of sucks but I know I’ll get more soon. International mail takes a while, I guess. I think I am slowing down on requesting new addresses for cards until I get more, though.
The forums on the site have also been great for finding penpals. I found a few in Germany to help me work on my German for when I start UNCW in the Fall as a German major. I also found some postcard penpals to trade postcards with. I mentioned before that I love getting mail. So, this is perfect for me. It’s cheap and keeps me in a constant supply of mail. I’ve also found cheap postcards on Amazon that also means I get more mail when they come.
I still haven’t written my essay for my school application. The topic is very vague and it’s hard for me to write on vague topics. This school isn’t super picky but I still worry I won’t get in. I really need to get back in school. So, this is a major source of stress for me. I’m eager to get the essay written and get the application sent in. I’ll have the app fee in February (and the last date to apply is March 1st). So, I’ll be sending the application in on February 15th.
I guess that is all the new bits and pieces of things I have to share for now. Thats pretty much all of what has been occupying my time lately. I’m going to try to post here more often. I had originally only intended to post about my book and autism but I think I’ll share more things than that. That way I can post more often.
That’s all for now.