I Just Want to Talk About Myself: A New Year’s Eve Post

As I write this, it’s 5:30 P.M. in California on New Year’s Eve. The barrage of obligatory Happy New Year tweets have already taken over my twitter feed. I’ve been wanting to write out one of those long, only-sentimental-to-the-author type of reminiscent posts for weeks now, but couldn’t bring myself to it.

If I had written it, the post would talk about how 2015 was the year that my poor, boring life had many decently exciting changes. It would mention a whole heck of a lot of happiness that was brought into my life. But I didn’t write that post.

Mainly because I felt extremely lame every time I tried. So instead, I did what I normally do at any given opportunity: make a list. Here is a master post of the most recent lists I have on my phone. I hope you enjoy.

ARTISTS I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR:

  • Adam Newman
  • All Time Low * two times
  • Anthony Jeselnik
  • As It Is
  • Bebe Rehxa
  • Bo Burnham * two times
  • Fifth Harmony
  • Garfunkel and Oates
  • Issues * two times
  • Juliet Simms
  • Miranda Sings (sorta)
  • Moose Blood
  • Nate Bargatze
  • New Years Day
  • Pvris * two times
  • State Champs * two times
  • Tonight Alive * two times
  • Will and the People
  • The Wombats

BOOKS TO BUY:

  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir – Carrie Brownstein
  • The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  • Bossypants – Tina Fey
  • How to Be Happy – Iain S. Thomas
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories – B.J. Novak
  • The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant Today – Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee and Frank
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America – Leslie Knope
  • The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

HOW TO BE HAPPY:

  • Clean and feel clean (That includes showering often, which I do not)
  • Have occasional alone time
  • Eat more and healthier
  • Look and feel nice (Wearing clothes that make me feel good about myself, along with doing my makeup, affects my mood 100%)
  • Have playlists for every mood you could be in (i.e.: happy, dancey, songs that make me want to go running, songs that make me get off my ass and clean, etc.)
  • Try to have the mindset of Jenny Slate
  • Make lists

PICTURES FROM 2015 THAT MAKE ME HAPPY:

FBF52D7D-1A20-4466-A917-791752E900E6This is a picture my brother took of me on Easter, that I love for some reason.

IMG_0031Brooke took this picture of herself when I got my new phone.

IMG_0209A cutie patootie on the teacups at Disneyland.

IMG_0488Our Christmas tree this year, our first Christmas together.

IMG_0653A picture I took of Pvris, the same night Brooke and I amazingly didn’t get injured after being in a car accident.

IMG_0614IMG_0474These last two are just REALLY cute pictures.

So, that’s it. That’s my non-sappy New Year’s Eve post. I hope 2016 brings everyone a ton of happiness and adventure.

P.S. The quality of the pictures are awful, I know and I’m sorry! Also, if you enjoyed this post, I’ll be posting more pictures on Twitter (@spinelessback, yes I’m an emo kid) and Instagram (@ari.reed) AND more lists on B.J. Novak’s The List App (@arireed)! So much self promo!

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Work Sucks, I Know: A Rant

When will I know that everything’s gonna be alright? Will I never know?

I’m so stressed everyday trying to figure out what to do with my life. To get home from my shitty job and think to myself “How much longer can I possibly do this? Do I have to always be this fucking miserable?” I can’t even enjoy simple, enjoyable things anymore. I just stress about what needs to be done and whether or not I’ll have enough time to finish it all.

I say that it’ll be fine. I can afford one big jump into the right direction, start doing what it is that I want to do and get out of this god awful town. But that’s not realistic. I can’t afford that; I haven’t been able to use my debit card the past four days because I’m waiting for my credit card payment to be taken out of my account. There’s no way I can survive in a new, more expensive town. I don’t even have a car, let alone my license.

So, how much longer do I have to suffer? How much longer do I have to swallow my pride, my morals, my self respect and work at a job where I just have enough to make it?

I wish I could figure out some sort of answer so everything would feel worth it. But, until then, I’ll continue feeling like I’m trapped in my worst nightmare.

 

P.S. I lied. It wasn’t my credit card payment it was actually my Disney payment. I’m stuck in a contract, okay!

Apologies, Excuses and Cheesy Love Stories

Ok, I know, I’m the worst. I said I would keep my How To Make Work Suck Less series going, but I mean, it’s pretty hard to keep complaining about work if you don’t have a job. On second thought, maybe not. Regardless, the series will be on a hiatus. I’m sorry!

Because of the dwindling life of my current career, I haven’t been that concerned with being very present. As much as I don’t want to work there, it’s still very frustrating that my bosses haven’t really communicated what I can expect. So naturally, I told them that I had to be out of town for six days (three days one week, three the next) because of a funeral, which is roughly 5% true. Honestly, I only had to take one day off of work but being a Disney Annual Passholder has changed me. I decided to exaggerate just the slightest bit and take my girlfriend on a vay-gay vacay.

Before I knew I was going to get a huge pay cut, I surprised my girlfriend with very expensive passes for the both of us so I could plan a nice trip for ourselves. After I found out about the financial sabotage from a dear family member, I freaked out about future debt and decided the only thing to do is to go to Disneyland as much as possible.

The first three days of the emotional healing pilgrimage that I told my bosses I would be on, Brooke and I stayed at her sister’s house and went to Disney a few days. It was incredible to see the difference between Disneyland during the week rather than during the weekend. It was so much calmer and we could actually walk through Main St.

This week, the final three days, we’re back in Anaheim for our 6 month anniversary! Which is a big deal! Months ago, I tried to plan this huge trip for the two of us to re-live some of our greatest memories together and keep it all a surprise. It did not go well. Brooke found out, I told her everything, there was a lot of crying and stressful realizations of how I will not be able to afford this trip. Because of that, we minimized the plan just a bit.

The first thing we did was go to Largo at the Coronet (where we saw Bo Burnham months earlier) to see Sarah Silverman’s popular “Sarah and Friends” show. The fun part of about these shows is all the supporting acts are surprises to the audience, which could be a good thing or a bad thing.

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Brooke with Sarah’s poster at Largo

This time around, one of the guests was the lovely Margaret Cho. Her performance was incredible and not expected at all. Luckily, Brooke is a huge fan of hers and was blown away by seeing her just as much as I was. After the show, we ran into Margaret and Brooke got to have a nice conversation with her. Brooke told her that she looks up to her a lot and initially wanted to do comedy because of her, to which Margaret said “I’ll see you out there.” I mean, how lovely.

We did get to meet and take pictures with Sarah too. 

Afterwards, we drove to Anaheim to check into the hotel we have booked for the rest of the week. All we have planned for the duration of our trip is Disney, Disney, Disney. However, the day of our anniversary, we just stayed at the hotel all day. The cool thing about us and one of the reasons I know we’re so perfect together is that we can sit in total silence with each of us doing our own thing and not be bothered by it at all. That’s love to me. It feels so amazing to be able to experience it with someone, especially someone that’s my best friend.

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Us posing weirdly in the bathroom of the classiest mall I’ve ever been to

Long story short, I’ve always longed for an intimate and deeply committed relationship. My favorite films were and are cheesy romantic comedies (I refuse to call them rom coms) and I cry just thinking about Jim and Pam from The Office. I’ve always wanted that. It took some time for me to experience love but I finally have it and it’s the BEST.


UPDATE:

I wrote this while Brooke and I were still in Anaheim at the hotel, but I’m posting this after we’ve been back home.

Since it’s Thanksgiving today, we’re going to dinner with our families and then off to Black Friday. Wish me luck.

How To Make Work Suck Less – Episode 3

So, this episode is gonna be a little different. The reason being that I recently found out I’m losing my job! (I’ll probably make another post about this specifically later because it is a doozie of a story.) Because of that, this episode includes things that people who are soon to be broke do, so I hope this doesn’t affect you.

With that being said, here’s the newest episode.


HOW TO MAKE WORK SUCK LESS – EPISODE 3

For me, this week’s focus has mainly been on how to survive being (pre)fired and what to do next. That included everything from how to fix my resume to what music makes me dance and forget all my problems. Spoiler: it’s catchy pop songs. Even if you have a stable job, this episode includes fun things you can do at work.

WEEK THREE’S DISTRACTIONS:

  • So normally the first thing you do when you find out your safe, shitty job is soon no longer available for you, is freak out. If you’re an emotional person like me, you cry to everyone, for hours, about everything. What you should do is realize your situation sucks but you can get through it. I realized that thanks to my lovely girlfriend who practically yells that at me as soon as I start welling up.
  • After you realize that, pull up your resume that probably hasn’t been updated in years and read it over. Mine sucks. I have about five different versions and they all are awful. If you’re in the same situation as me, you can literally Google it and there will be hundreds of websites and templates to create it for you. Or you can be like me and send it to your grandma and have her fix it for you.
  • After you fix your resume to make you look like the best version of yourself, apply everywhere. Everywhere. Honestly, just good luck.
  • To take a break from losing your mind, put on a dance-y playlist and get some actual work done. Lately I’ve been obsessed with Ellie Goulding’s song “On My Mind.” I don’t like Ellie’s music at all but this song is so damn catchy that I can’t help but listen to it 7 times in a row. Also, Weezer. I love their popular songs and only those ones. “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So,” yes please.
  • A while back, I discovered the Bechdel test. If you don’t know what that is, essentially it’s a rule/test created based on the comic by Alison Bechdel (shown below). A wonderful person created a website where people can submit movies and say if they passed the test. It’s kinda fun to go through all your favorite movies and see how sexist they are! It actually gets me very furious and slightly inspired to make a great movie with tons of chicks. Anyway, if you got some hours to spend and you’d like to destroy all your favorite childhood movies, check it out. 1397757151test
  • I sure hope everyone (all 3 of you) reading this knows who Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are. If you don’t, they are two brilliant comedians who have a show on Comedy Central called Broad City, which is based on their webseries of the same name. I’ve loved them for years but lately I’ve fallen in love again. I started rewatching their shows and I wholeheartedly recommend watching it. It’s truly the best. Also, a new season is set to be premiering in January, score!

That’s it for this week. I hope you’re not going through the same job situation as me, if you are though, I hope this helps.

Happy working!

How To Make Work Suck Less – Episode 2

Hey, look at me, sticking to a writing series! This series is incredibly easy to stick with because it’s something I actually do on a weekly basis. This one includes plenty of podcasts, so I apologize if that’s not really your thing. I, however, am into podcasts, big time.

With that, let’s hop into this weeks episode.


HOW TO MAKE WORK SUCK LESS – EPISODE 2

Like I said, this episode is mainly focused on podcasts. Even if you don’t normally listen to podcasts, I suggest you skim through some featured ones on iTunes, because there are infinite genres and you’re bound to find something you like.

WEEK TWO’S DISTRACTIONS:

  • The podcast Astonishing Legends is one I’ve been obsessed with lately. I am a huge fan of myths, legends, supernatural and paranormal stories. This podcast focuses on just that. Some podcasts include the hosts, Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess, discussing stories they’ve researched themselves, and some feature guests talking about personal incidents they experienced. It’s insanely entertaining and great for work. I focus more on the interesting stories than the annoying work to be done, which may be a bad thing. Regardless, be sure to check out their website to get more information on them and see some pictures that coincide with their podcasts.
  • Another podcast I’ve been listening to lately is Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast. I don’t know much about Chris but my girlfriend absolutely loves him, and after listening to a few of his podcasts, I can see why. He’s such a sweet person and he has real conversations with his guests, which I love. I recently listened to his podcast with Cameron Esposito, a hilarious stand up comedian. Cameron has her own podcast as well (which I have yet to listen to, unfortunately), that her fiance Rhea Butcher, another comedian, features on. Nerdist constantly has very funny, interesting and famous guests and I recommend you check it out.
  • Ok, last podcast I swear! Lena Dunham, who I wrote about on episode 1 of How To Make Work Suck Less, now has her own podcast. She’s too accessible! Her podcast is cleverly titled Women of the Hour With Lena Dunham, and if you know anything about me, you’d know that I’m very excited. Lena released a preview episode discussing what’s to come on the podcast (including an episode with the wonderful Emma Stone) that got me very, very excited. Unfortunately, the podcast debuts on November 3rd. A short wait, but still a wait. You can subscribe to her podcast here and be sure to not miss it.
  • I’ve been listening to the singer Banks for a bit now but I’ve recently become obsessed with her again. The great thing about Banks is that she has a powerful voice but she’s actually really shy and quiet. I like shy, quiet people because I relate, that’s me to the core. I adore her episode of Tiny Desk Concerts and I’ve been listening to it on repeat. You can listen to that episode, along with others, at their Youtube channel here.
  • Finally, I’ve realized that if you bring an appetizing, healthy, delicious lunch, your attitude at work vastly improves. I don’t know about you, but lunch time at work is the one time I get to say “this is my time, I don’t care about you.” I either make my lunch or just pull out something already made, sit down and focus on myself, a.k.a., I take a bunch of Buzzfeed quizzes. If you eat something that makes your insides feel good, your brain will feel good. Next week, try spending some extra time in the morning to pack some sandwich ingredients to take to work, it’ll make you feel way better than that McDonald’s burger. Trust me.

Ok, that’s it for this week’s episode. Again, I apologize if you don’t dig podcasts. Next week I’ll try to include other things as well. I hope you enjoyed this episode.

Happy working!