It’s 5 AM, I’m completely burnt out from last semester, and this is currently hysterical to me.

That’s all. Sorry for the awful blogs as of late; I really, really am burnt out.

I Ran a 10k for the First Time Since 2017 and It was Glorious

I wasn’t planning on doing it.

I’d already walked 12 miles and was just planning to do two running miles on the treadmill at Anytime Fitness.

But I got to two miles and nothing was hurting, so I figured “hey, let’s try three.” No pain. So I figured “hey, let’s try four.”

Since I got hurt back in 2017, I have not run more than four miles in a stretch. But today, once I hit four, I was still feeling fine.

The next step? Seeing if I could do a 10K.

Which I could.


No pain, no issues…everything seemed fine.

So that’s freaking awesome. Now I’m going to have to try my hardest not to a) do a 10K every day or b) try to do even more tomorrow, ‘cause I have a bad history of doing that kind of crap (which is why I ended up with runner’s knee in 2017 after doing two half-marathons in two days after never having run more than a 10K at a time).



I got a perfect Max Scherzer card in one of my Perfect Team card packs.



Sorry, Scherzer is my favorite pitcher.


Uh oh, I found a YouTube channel called “Mega Disasters” and now I’m hooked.

I like learning about past human disasters. I suppose it’s a morbid curiosity that a lot of people have (hence channels like these) – almost like a guilty pleasure kind of thing.

I think one of the biggest disasters that has stuck with me ever since I first learned about it is the 1981 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in Kansas City. Until the World Trade Center towers fell in 2001, the collapse was the deadliest structural collapse in US history.

I originally learned about it from my Advanced Fiction class in 2013, actually. Someone in the class wrote a story from the perspective of someone involved in the incident, and it sounded so incredibly horrific and terrible that I had to look it up and read about it.

The Mega Disasters channel has a video on it, but here are parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of a longer documentary on it. It’s terrifying but really interesting as well.

If you watch it, be prepared to never feel safe in a building again.


I like this one.

The tradition is to make DJ Earworm’s yearly mashups my last downloaded song for the year, but it’s tempting to break that tradition this year by making it my download for December 30th and make his decade mashup my download for December 31st, since that would be the last day of this DECADE-LONG project.

(I can’t believe it’s almost over!)

Oh, here is said decade mashup:

Also, Piano Guys + tons of Christmas lights = yay.

This makes me so freaking happy. I love these guys.

Are You a Taco? ARE YOU???!?!?!!?

So this is today’s song:

Why in the hell does this sound so…familiar? It feels like I heard this song a long, long time ago, as it is awakening that part of my brain that’s like “ZOMG FAMILIAR CHORDS AND RHYTHMS AND LYRICS!”

I can’t place it. But it sounds really familiar.

That’s all, sorry. I’ve been waaaay too busy this semester to put much effort into blogging (or into anything else, really, including maintaining my sanity).

A Three Hour Final.




Freaking internet.

‘Twas the Night Before Finals

How quickly my sleeping schedule reverts back to “lol 4 AM is dinner time, 6 AM is bed time, 9:30 AM is time to get up” when it’s allowed to.

I must confess, though, that I’m already missing those early morning walks. I’m not missing getting up early, but I’m missing being out there in the dark when there’s no traffic on the streets and everything is dead quiet. It was enjoyable in a weird way.

I mean, I have to get up a little early tomorrow because the calc final starts at 3:30 PM and I want to give myself a good amount of “wiggle time” so that I’m not getting there at the last possible minute, but I won’t be getting up at 3:30 AM and leaving at 4.

So yeah.


Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s a survey!

Are you shocked?

One. What is your middle name?
The most common female middle name in the U.S.

Two. What are you passionate about?
Teaching statistics and math, statistics and math, walking, Leibniz, blogging…that kind of stuff.

Three. Zebra or leopard print?
Ugh, neither.

Four. Do you have any fears?

Five. Silver or gold?

Six. Top three places to visit.
Places I’ve been or places that I think would be my top three places to visit?
Top three places I’ve been: Stockholm, DC, California redwoods (I haven’t been a lot of places, haha).
Top three places I think would be my top three places: Antarctica, Hanover, Stockholm.

Seven. How many siblings do you have?

Eight. Where are you from?
The ‘Scow.

Nine. First career you wanted as a child.
I wanted to be an “artist” (as vague as that is).

Ten. What’s your sign?
Aquarius, bitches!

Eleven. Future names of your children.
I do not want children, thanks. HOWEVER, I have considered what I would name my kid(s) should I ever have them. Even though I shall not have them. Actually, I’ve really only ever considered names for boys, ‘cause in this horrible alternate timeline where I’m forced to be a parent, I’ve at least been kind enough to myself to only have boys, ‘cause I don’t think I could handle girls. ANYWAY. The problem (and reason #52354 why I shouldn’t have kids) is I like the names “Victor” and “Hugo” for boys, and if I were to have two boys, I’d probably name them “Victor” and “Hugo” and they and myself would be forever considered to be huge Victor Hugo fans and that’s just…it would be a lifelong issue.
But I do not want children and will never have children, so moot point.
(That was a lot of text, sorry)

Twelve. Do you have any pets?
YUP! We have Jazzy and Franklin, though Franklin is definitely more of Nate’s bird than mine.

Thirteen. What are you listening to right now?
Nothing, actually. Shocking!

Fourteen. Do you believe in fate/destiny?

Fifteen. What are your career goals?
I want to do what I’m doing now, only permanently. In other words, I want this instructor position to turn in to a tenure-track position and then, eventually, tenure. I have no idea if that’s going to happen, but that would be fantastic. A dream come true.

Sixteen. What is your favorite color?

Seventeen. What is your favorite flower?
Flowers don’t do too much for me, probably because I can’t smell them. I’ve always liked sunflowers, though. They’re massive and pretty.

Eighteen. What was the first concert/show you attended?
OK Go.

Nineteen. Something you are working on right now.
Hahaha. A LOT of things. But the “main” thing is my Decade of Music project wrap-up.

Twenty. Have you ever had a near-death experience?
That night at Idler’s Rest with Rob certainly felt like a near-death experience. I was sure we were going to be killed. Creepiest thing that’s ever happened to me.

Twenty-one. Are you a procrastinator or do you get things done early?
I try not to procrastinate, but sometimes it just happens.

Twenty-two. Left or right handed?

Twenty-three. TV Shows you watch regularly.
Lately? Chicago Hope (re-runs are on one of the five stations we get up here, so WOO), Top Chef (we’re watching the old seasons together), and Riverdale.

Twenty-four. Where do you work?
U of C.

Twenty-five. Halloween costume idea for this year?
Halloween is OVER!

Twenty-six. What is your relationship status?

Twenty-seven. Last movie you just watched.
I have no idea what movies we’ve seen recently. I can barely remember what I did yesterday.

Twenty-eight. Your best friend’s name.
I don’t think I have a best friend.

Twenty-nine. A song that’s been stuck in your head.
“It’s a Shame” by First Aid Kit

Thirty. A book you want to read/have recently read.
I don’t even remember the last book I read. HOW SAD IS THAT. The next book I want to (re-)read is Nevil Shute’s On the Beach.

When I was younger, so much younger than today / I never was concerned with BLOGS ON SATURDAY

Hi. So as a bit of a “follow up” to yesterday’s blog about music, let’s do another blog about…

…drum roll…


Because I never blog about music, as we all know.


Since I spend a decent amount of my spare time galloping around YouTube in a vain attempt at finding something that will, at least momentarily, make me forget about the fact that I am Incurably Sad™, I came across Steve Cruickshank’s channel. On said channel, there are a bunch of “negative harmony” covers of popular/well-known songs.

What is “negative harmony?” Um, I’m not 100% sure. I’m not a music person (as far as things like music theory or technical musical terms go), so I probably don’t understand it fully from what I’ve read. But it sounds like it involves taking the key of a song, finding the “axis” of the key, and the reflecting all the notes across the axis. This preserves the “weight” or “effect” of the notes since they are all the same in relation to each other and the axis, but are just different notes. Here is a good explanation with some visualization:

Anyway, here are some examples of negative harmony covers from Cruikshank’s channel.

Cool, huh?

Baby’s First Dissonance

This video makes a lot of good points regarding how terrible we are at introducing music to children.

Reason #5633 why I shouldn’t have kids: I would Sunn O))) the hell out of them and they’d probably grow up with some sort of weird complex.

Edit: On another note (HA! Get it? Music? Note? I’ll see myself out), here is Sleigh Ride in 7/8 time. Super cool.

An Underrated Song:

“Ariel” by Dean Friedman.

I first heard this song back in 2010 and it was my download of the day on April 1, 2010. It’s been coming up on shuffle quite frequently, which has made me remember how good of a song it is.

It’s just so chill and it tells a story, which I always like in a song.

Anyway. Just thought I’d put it here for anyone who hasn’t heard it!

In This Blog: Claudia Shamelessly Plugs Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater


So I’m like 99% sure I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater episodes on my early morning walks the past few weeks, which has renewed my obsession with them. Thus, you get to hear about them on the blog!

I first came across CCRMT from my dad. He had a bunch of episodes on cassette tape and, for whatever reason, decided to give them to me back in high school.

I’m not a mystery-type person, but I decided to give them a listen and fell in love with them. The cassette tapes have long since been sold on eBay because I found digital copies of the shows (which, of course, I prefer, due to having an iPod and whatnot) and I still listen to them on occasion.

I don’t listen to music when I walk in the warmer months, but as it gets colder, I like to have my on-ear headphones on to act as earmuffs. And if I have headphones on, I will obviously listen to music on my walks. I crank the volume just loud enough so that I can hear (most of) my songs over the traffic while still being able to hear everything else well enough to avoid being in danger.

However, when I’m doing my early walks at 4 AM, it is dead quiet outside. There is very little traffic, no bikes, no pedestrians (at least during the first hour and a half or so), no birds/animals. This is actually the perfect environment in which to listen to CCRMT, because it’s quiet enough outside that even at a moderate volume level I can hear all the dialogue of the episodes (something that is harder to do when there is the background noise of traffic).

So it’s been CCRMT for the past few weeks in the morning, which has been awesome. It had been a while since I’ve listened to any of the episodes all the way through, and being able to do so reminded me of just how good they all are.

If you’re at all into mysteries or radio theater or anything like that, I’d suggest you give CCRMT a listen. Here’s their site.

Here are my top five episodes for anyone who cares:

  1. Mr. Hugo’s Night to Remember (the voice acting is really good in this one)
  2. The Junebug Mystery (a more historical mystery)
  3. Danger at Seven Mile Bend (a lot of detailed, intricate descriptions of the process of taking a tow barge up river, plus a pretty intricate story)
  4. The Curse of the Whale’s Tooth (this is probably the most “classic” mystery on my list, haha)
  5. The Hypnotist (this one is actually pretty creepy)




Where is the person who has your heart at the moment?
In bed.

Are you waiting for something?
I’m waiting for the semester to be over so I can go to Moscow. I miss my mom.

On the opposite sex where do you like them to have piercings?
Multiple ear piercings is pretty hot. I like eyebrow rings, too.

Have you ever kissed someone and hated it?
I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t really feel anything from it. I was mostly like, “please don’t let it get any further than this.”

Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
Duh, we’re married.

Would you date someone who smokes?
The smell wouldn’t bother me, but I wouldn’t be a fan of my partner putting themselves at higher risk for all sorts of health issues. Not a fan of second-hand smoke, either. I need these lungs to power through 15-mile walks, yo.

Would you date someone who was addicted to drugs?
What kind of drugs? Weed? Sure. Meth? Probably not.

Have you ever dated someone more than once?
As in…”went on a second date with them” or as in “dated them, broke up, then got back together again?” Yes to the former, no to the latter.

Could you handle a long distance relationship?
Possibly? I’ve never had one before.

If you could go on ONE DATE with any celebrity, who would it be?
Y’all know who I’m going to pick. It’s not even a contest. I know he doesn’t probably actually count as a “celebrity,” but he’s a celebrity to me, dammit.

Do you like cuddling?
Most of the time, yes. But if I’m upset, I do not like to be touched. Like, at all. Get away.

Do you hold grudges?
I do. I try not to, but I’m really freaking good at it, so…

Do you regret dating anyone?
The whole Rob thing was just…no. No thanks.

Hugger or kisser?
Both, I guess?

Missing someone?
I miss Sean. I miss all my old band nerd friends. I miss Annabelle.

Whats the most important thing in a relationship?
Mutual respect.

What would make you break up with someone?
Only once have I been the one initiating the breakup. It was because he 1) was so negative (like, even worse than me); 2) hated my friends; 3) hated everything else; 4) still lived with his clingy, unstable ex and didn’t really see this as an issue. So yeah, it takes quite a bit for me to break up with someone.

Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love you back?
lolololololololololol fuck you

Do you like someone at the moment?

The last person you kissed needs you at 3 am and you have a way to their house – would you go?
Of course. I’m usually up at 3 AM and just happen to live with the last person I kissed, so that’d be easy!

When was the last time you wanted to punch someone in their face?
The last time I looked in the mirror.

What was the last thing you cried about?
I couldn’t get my necklace chain hooked and I basically had a mental breakdown over it. ‘Cause I’m stable like that.

Do you have a friend you can tell stuff to and you’re sure they won’t tell anyone?

What are your plans for the weekend?
Be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

How many hours did you sleep last night?
Uhhhhhhhh like three?

Have you ever cried while in the shower?
That’s one of the few private places I can go, so yes. I cry a lot in the shower.

Could you go a day without eating?

When was the last time you talked to your number 2?
What is this, MySpace? I don’t know who my “real life” “number 2” would be, sorry.

Do your parents force you to go to church or let you make the decision?
When I was in elementary school, yes, my dad made me go to church on Saturdays. Once I got older, that dissolved pretty quickly.

Is there someone you want to fight?
Not currently.

Do you believe in true love?

When was the last time you were disappointed?
I’m disappointed every time I look in the mirror, so…

Do you miss your past?
I miss different parts of it at different times. I’m a sucker for reminiscing.

What are you doing tonight?
Not much. I have to get up early tomorrow FOR THE LAST TIME THIS SEMESTER to go on my super early walk, so bed has to happen at a somewhat reasonable hour.

Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
Doubt it.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like you?
Most likely. I’m a very dislikeable person.

Tattoo Idea:

There are like eight super nerd-tacular things that I am absolutely obsessed with. One of these things is the kilogram. So maybe I could get a tattoo that was related, somehow, to the kg. Like its new definition that is dependent on the Planck constant. That’d be pretty sweet.

But where would I put it? I think that’s my biggest issue with getting a tattoo (apart from, of course, not having a solid idea of the tattoo I want): where would I put it? On my arm? On my back? My shoulder? My ankle?

Who knows.

But the kilogram is a good idea, ‘cause hot damn, I love the ‘gram.

NaNoWriMo 2019: Complete!

WOO I won NaNo! That’s pretty good, considering I was more than 10,000 words behind pace at one point. My total end word count was 50,050.

Have a word cloud!


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*additional wild screeching*

(what else is new?)

It’s a good thing I already got my daily words in for NaNo, ‘cause holy hell. I can’t concentrate on anything today. So here’s some random stuff.

This site generates pictures of people who do not exist.

Here is a poster containing the names of 100 classic books. You can scratch off the names and reveal the covers of the books you’ve read. Super cool!

I’m not sure if I ever posted this on here (and I’m too lazy to check, haha), but here is a giant leaf I found in Vancouver during my first few months there back in 2009.


This is how my teeth feel today:



Tom Swifties: The Ultimate Puns

(These aren’t aren’t your dad’s puns…these are energy puns! TURBOPUNS!)

I’m sure everyone knew about these but me, but I’m going to blog about them anyway.

A “Tom Swifty” originates from the Tom Swift series of books wherein the author pretty much did anything to avoid using the word “said” (e.g., “Let’s go,” he said). Instead, there was frequent use of adverbs or adverbials (words that act like adverbs to modify a verb or clause).

A true “Tom Swifty” is one of these words/phrases but with a pun incorporated. Some basic examples:

  • “I decided to come back to the group,” Tom rejoined.
  • “I love hot dogs,” said Tom with relish.
  • “I’d like my money back, and some,” said Tom with interest.

These things are fantastic. Here are some of my favorites:

  • “I’m losing my hair,” Tom bawled.
  • “I dropped my toothpaste,” Tom said, crestfallen.
  • “I have a BA in social work,” said Tom with a degree of concern.
  • “It made the grass wet,” said Tom after due consideration.
  • “I can’t believe I ate the whole pineapple!” Tom said dolefully.
  • “That’s the last time I pet a lion,” Tom said offhandedly.
  • “I have a split personality,” said Tom, being frank.
  • “I shouldn’t sleep on railroad tracks,” Tom said, beside himself.
  • “Let’s play a C, E, and G,” said Tom’s band, in accord.
  • “The doctor had to remove my left ventricle,” said Tom half-heartedly.
  • “I like ragged margins,” said Tom without justification.
  • “I’d better repeat that SOS message,” said Tom remorsefully.
  • “You call this a musical?” asked Les miserably.

I love it.


VOCES8 is fantastic, and this is such a beautiful, melancholy song.

They all have such wonderful chemistry as a singing group, holy crapples.



So I found this place in Calgary that does resting metabolic testing, V02 max testing, and body composition testing. The prices are actually quite reasonable and the office is actually not too far from where we live, so I think I’m going to sign up and get at least a body comp done.

Edit: there’s a package for a body comp + resting metabolic rate testing. Totally going to do that. I’m already nervous about it ‘cause my body is an embarrassment, but it’d be cool to know this info. Maybe it’ll be a birthday present for myself.


Good Lord, Coldplay.

This song. This song.

How do you make Chris Martin sound any better than he does on his own? Back him up with a freaking choir.

This gives me serious chills. It’s so beautiful.

Edit: this one is good, too. Probably my second favorite.


Yo, nerd bombs. ‘Tis the time for a list!

  • Nate is watching Breaking Bad with me, since I’ve still never seen it. It’s quite good and very engaging.
  • This is a really well-done music video.

  • Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this game on here before, but if so, here it is again! Cursor10 is a game where you have 10 timed tries to get through to the end of the game. After the time runs out on a given trial, you start back at the beginning, but you’re able to see where your cursor was on the previous trial(s) and have to cooperate with your old cursors to get to the end. It’s pretty cool.
  • I am definitely going to get my hair cut short. Can’t stand it anymore.
  • I’m really into neon right now. Neon clothes, neon eyeshadow. I used to shun it because it never appealed to me, but suddenly it’s my jam.
  • I might actually win NaNo this year, despite my terrible start. WOO!

Is that everything? That’s everything.


*opens iTunes*


Is that a new Coldplay album I see!?


I can only download one of these songs per day and it’s GOING TO HURT MY SOUL I NEED ALL OF THEM NOW.

My Grandma Died Today and I Felt Nothing

Horrible title, huh? Well, it’s true.

I think I felt her die; I knew right before my mom called that she was gone. But once my mom actually told me, I had no reaction to her death. Absolutely none.

My grandma was not a good person. She was abusive, manipulative, and cruel.

I’m not going to go into the details because she is now in the past and is no longer of concern. But my mom has had to deal with her for many, many years, whereas I was able to put her out of my mind as soon as she moved out of our house when I was in high school. Now she’s finally free of her.

And that’s all I want to say about this.