"I like cancelled plans. And empty bookstores. I like rainy days and thunderstorms. And quiet coffee shops. I like messy beds and over-worn pajamas. Most of all, I like the small joys that a simple life brings."

"So I ask the American commentators, please stop announcing that Landon Donovan is the “all-time U.S. leading goal scorer.” He is not. With 57 international goals, he’s not even in the Top Five.

The all-time U.S. leading goal scorer is Abby Wambach, with 167 goals, followed by Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). In fact, Abby Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in the world, among all soccer players, male or female."

"More coffee, fewer problems."


How to feel better about yourself:

1. Sleep without underwear every once and a while, it’s good for you. Maybe even try sleeping naked.

2. Take long baths with tea, ice cream, or whatever you please. Throw in bubbles if that’s your style.

3. Look at yourself like you look at your best friend. Find the freckles you love, what your eyes look best with, what hairstyle compliments your smile.

4. When you look at your naked body in the mirror, only think good things. Say compliments to yourself aloud. Watch yourself smile, and encourage yourself.

5. Take yourself out on a date. Treat yourself to the things you love. You’re alone yes, but there is nothing wrong with that. Remember all the times you were smothered by people and talking crowds, and you only wanted to be alone with yourself.

6. Write yourself a love note. Tell yourself your favorite things about you, and tell yourself all the things you want to become. Tell yourself you’ll love you forever.

7. Take pictures of yourself. Selfies are magnificent! Take 500! Take them everywhere! Find the good lighting! Pick your favorite one and realize what a wonderful work of art you are.

8. Acknowledge your accomplishments, all of them. Got out of bed? It’s hard sometimes and it’s been hard before, so honestly great job. Drink lots of water, and at the end of the day congratulate yourself for staying hydrated. Let yourself know when you are proud, and soak up the feeling of “well done”.



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lower key bike ride today. i’m at a 119 total, but only went around 9 today, there was a storm a-brewin’! 

forgot my sunglasses… bugs everywhere… eek.

i stopped to help a nice couple; they couldn’t pump their tire! it didn’t help, the tire had dry-rot ): 



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Actually, yesterday’s bike ride went really well until it went poorly. I found a Barnes and Noble, and I’ve been looking for one for ages, so that was great! After about 8 miles, I headed home. The trail runs alongside a train track, and when the train goes by, hot metal and sparks tend to jump. Yesterday, one of those things landed in my eye. 

I had to veer off the path and stand there for a couple of minutes, crying to get whatever it was out of my eye. After I was thoroughly sobbed out and my eye could open without burning, I got back on my bike and found it incredibly difficult to ride. 

I thought my body was responding to the foreign fragment, but I pulled out my head phones and realized that I could hear the rim slapping against the rubber. 

I had a flat.

So I veered off yet again, and a nice Pitt student helped me pump the back tire up a bit more. About 6 miles later, I stopped at the bike rental place, where the man told me to check back tomorrow. 

All in all, not a bad time. 15.9 miles, but it took around an hour and 45 minutes, due to all those delays. 

Status of My Eye:

I iced my eye and went to bed with only mild burning, but when I woke up this morning, the affected spot was an angry red against the usual white.