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OCD or Anal Retentive?

Today’s Daily Post prompt is about what is messier: my room or my desktop or favorite device’s home screen.

To be perfectly honest, not too long ago that probably would have been my room. When I lived in my childhood home, my room was notorious for being a sty. I had no pride in my room and I usually was the only one who would go in there. I would sleep with clothes all over the bed, sometimes sleeping on a bed made of clothes. Shoes were nowhere to be found, art supplies, left everywhere, old plates and cups of food and drink on top of my desk or my headboard. It really was very disgusting.

Since moving out on my own (and it didn’t happen overnight, I can assure you) I have become extra neat. I don’t like to leave things lying around, I get grossed out by old food being out, and clothes on the bathroom floor upset me. I’ve always been a little crazy about my computer desktop and my phone and iPad screen being organized into folders and in a certain order by how much I use certain folders or apps.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I am completely anal retentive although I like to do things a certain way and when they aren’t done that way I sometimes have small freak outs. But I am not completely OCD either. I work like a mess, I just can’t stand to see the mess after I am done.

When I cook, you can be sure there will be dirty dishes everywhere and leftover cuttings from veggies on the counter and open packages littering the countertops. But after I finish eating, I immediately start to clean.

When I am doing homework I have to start with a completely clean space. I can’t even begin to do homework if there is a mess somewhere in the house. But when I start my homework, there are books lying on every open space, snack wrappers in a pile on the floor, pencils getting lost in couch cushions. Total, hot mess. But as soon as I am done it all goes back into its own special nook or cranny. Everything has a place and everything ends up very organized.

So what is messier right now? My room or my technology? I guess my room would be the messiest because I haven’t made the bed today (the only thing I don’t really care too much about unless I am going to be working on schoolwork in the room – which is rare) because my technology is always immaculate.

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My immaculately neat desktop. I originally didn’t want anything on it, but realized that wasn’t user-friendly so now I keep it to the bare minimum.
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It’s Been a While…

It’s been a while since I last posted and a lot has happened to me in that year. Here’s what I’ve missed out on:

  • I moved again, to a smaller on bedroom with my boyfriend within the same complex and I am totally obsessed with my apartment. It’s beautiful and all my own again.
  • We got a kitten last Sunday. She’s all black with hello-green eyes and about 11 weeks old. She is absolutely precious.
  • I am in my final year of school and have had to stop working all together to keep up with school work and all my assignments.
  • I’ve learned how to crochet. I’m not a pro yet, but I can crochet a blanket or scarf if I wanted to.
  • I started gardening, and then my brother got into a car accident and my garden died, and now I am trying to regrow my garden. Right now I have two strawberry and two tomato plants trying to grow on my balcony.
  • I went vegetarian on the weekdays, then full veg, then vegan, then back to vegetarian eating fish and chicken very occasionally for health reasons.
  • Oh, and I’m doing yoga now too (at home of course).

So basically, I am still a homebody and proud of it. In fact, I am leaving my house less and less every day. I had been caught up with work and school and I had stopped blogging, but I am finding that if I don’t start making some time for me, even if it is just little projects like this blog, I am going to drive myself crazy so I want to start using this blog to motivate myself with little projects that are just for me: gardening, cat photos and videos of the newest addition to our family, reading books, watching movies and TV shows, and cooking new and delicious meals.

Here are some of the pics of the new place! I’m super psyched about it. The wood-looking foods (it’s really linoleum but it looks great either way) makes the place seem homier than the last two apartment we had. The kitchen is all updated with brand new appliances, countertops, and cabinets.

The updated kitchen in my new apartment. I love that the floors look like wood.
The updated kitchen in my new apartment. I love that the floors look like wood.
Smaller living room, but it just feels cozier to me.
Smaller living room, but it just feels cozier to me.
Panorama view of our bedroom with the new furniture inside it.
Panorama view of our bedroom with the new furniture inside it.
Panorama view of the living area and kitchen in the new apartment. I'm totally in love!
Panorama view of the living area and kitchen in the new apartment. I’m totally in love!

Here is our beautiful new kite Athena. We adopted her from PetsMart when she was 10 weeks old last Sunday, so she is now 11 weeks old. She is playful and cuddly and wonderful. She also keeps me company when I’m home alone. She’s kind of like my boyfriend and I’s child since we aren’t planning on having any children of our own.

Here is Athena on adoption day. She was too cute and she was the most loving and playful cat there. My boyfriend chose her because she licked him and looked like a panther. (Can you believe they had named this beauty Maxine?! That had to be changed right away.)
Here is Athena on adoption day. She was too cute and she was the most loving and playful cat there. My boyfriend chose her because she licked him and looked like a panther. (Can you believe they had named this beauty Maxine?! That had to be changed right away.)
Here is Athena in her new home, loving life and obsessed with watching TV like me. Definitely my child.
Here is Athena in her new home, loving life and obsessed with watching TV like me. Definitely my child.

And here is a sneak peek at my garden. It’s not much to look at right now but soon I can transplant those tomatoes and hopefully I will have tomatoes and strawberries in the spring!

Strawberries and tomatoes growing on my balcony.
Strawberries and tomatoes growing on my balcony.

So that is my update for today. I’m going to be posting regularly about the movies and TV shows I’m watching and the books that I’m reading as well as some fun new recipes!

Top 10 Movie Marathons

One of the best things for a movie night is to have a theme. And that’s why the world made sequels in my opinion. It’s so much easier to pick out a set of movies than just a random assortment of movies. Today I have put together a list of
Movie Marathon themes. Some of these themes even have their own snack ideas that come along with them. So be prepared for the ultimate Geekend List!

  1. Star Wars. Of course. Can’t have a Geekend without this one. Break out the light sabers and lets have a party. Now there are many Star Wars movies. I would just suggest the first three or the last three as they really don’t have to be seen in particular order when broken up in those two groups. As for snacks, none for this theme, but you could definitely break out some of those plastic light sabers (you all know you secretly have them) and have a war at the end if you feel like totally geeking out.                                                                          
  2. Harry Potter. I like to say you can watch all of them in one sitting, but the truth is no one really has patience for that (besides crazy fans like me). For snack buy a couple bags of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and make your guests some Butterbeer. Check out this recipe for Butterbeer off of the Bakingdom blog by Darla. She also has a couple of other recipes like cauldron cakes and treacle tarts. Set up some Hogwarts House banners, maybe even play games and have teams from different houses. I know there are lots of board games that have to do with Harry Potter and Trivia games. (I may end up doing a whole post about Harry Potter Parties. This can get so intricate!)
  3. Twilight. So you either like these movies, or you don’t. I love them and I also think they make for a great girls night in. Obviously theme colors would be black and red, maybe some white. Red wine that resembles blood as beverages. If people aren’t huge fans of wine you could do sparkling wine which is just adding sprite and some fruit juice to make it sweeter. Maybe some red velvet cake and, if dinner is being served, a nice yummy bloody steak.
  4. Lord of the Rings. These movies are kinda long but it’s cool to see if you can get through them and they are also a must have on a Geekend marathon event. Beer and white wines, rolls of bread, maybe some stew. And for desert something that has to do with rings. I’m not quite sure at the moment and the only thing I can thing of is bunt cake (lame!) so I’ll get back to you on that. I know that party favors can definitely be an One Ring to Rule them All, though (not real gold obviously, find something plastic and cheap on Amazon).
  5. Marvel Madness! Everyone loves the superhero movies and Marvel has quite a few out. Play the game where you try to catch Stan Lee in each of the movies (in case you didn’t know, he makes an appearance in EVERY Marvel movie). Plus there are so many options with this theme: all of them, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Elektra, The X-Men, The Avengers, Iron Man (or you could include him in the Avengers), etc. Snacks? Comic themed cupcakes? Junk food? Go back to your childhood and what were the things you liked to eat while watching movies.                                                
  6. The Dark Knight. This is more superhero madness, but DC instead of Marvel as my boyfriend likes to remind me. I just love Christian Bale. A movie madness with him in it is just enough for me. I can’t really think of good themed food for an event such as this one besides dimming the lights, putting up the surround sound and popping some popcorn.                
  7. Superman. Now this can either be the new version or the old one because they are both awesome! As for color schemes, obviously blue and red and yellow, superman logos and whatnot. For food, all I would want is a pizza party, but really you could do anything, even bake a superman cake.Monster Madness. This includes the oldies but the goldies of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and the Wolf Man. These are classics and really great for real movie buffs and for Halloween time. If you do it around Halloween then obviously the food will be on the sweeter side. If not, everybody loves the spooky thing year round! Stick some cobwebs up, maybe a black light and skip back a couple of months, no one will mind and it will put the money you spent on Halloween to more use.
  8. A Pixar Party. Choose three favorite Pixar movies and revert back to your childhood: The Incredibles, Monsters. Inc., A Bug’s Life, Up, Cars, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Ratatouille, etc. Everybody likes gathering to become a kid again and these movies are classics, good for adults and kids, especially if you are gonna be having a mix of ages. Totally appropriate and fun for everyone!
  9. Planet of the Apes. I love these movies and know I am a geek for it, but they are great fro movie marathons too. Fruit salads galore and just a good time all around. And I still haven’t seen the prequel BEFORE watching the old ones so I think it would be interesting to see how they tie in together.

Hopefully my list will help you on your way to planning your next movie night or Geekend!

Have any great ideas for a movie marathon? Please comment and share them with me!