A Font to Flaunt

In the past, my font blogs have consisted of everything from curly Lavanderia to to bold Chunk Five, so today I decided I wanted to focus on something a bit simpler: “everyday” fonts. Let’s go.

Verlag BoldVerlag – Verlag is simply beautiful. It is a more arched and modern take on basic typeface Trebuchet, but the many varieties of Verlag allow it to be used in almost everything. This would be an excellent type for a museum exhibit or perhaps a textbook that’s actually compelling.

Landmark ShadowLandmark Shadow – One of my friends is studying abroad in Germany right now and consistently posts photos on Instagram of Germanic art and architecture. When choosing fonts, I thus found myself drawn to designs that give the impression of being somewhere elegant and artsy. And, boy, does Landmark Shadow get the job done. Its lovely lines are surprisingly legible and remind me of a vastly different time and place.

Bubbler OneBubbler One – My personal feelings about this bad boy are a bit more mixed. For something as, dare I say, “quirky” as Bubbler One, you must be careful where you implement it. Of course, I think you should be aware about all font choices, but this one in particular can be very overused, and put in inane places to boot.

AbelAbel – With clean lines and sharp edges, Abel is a fantastic typeface for subheadings and basic graphic work, but it also feels a bit mystical. Unlike Bubbler One, which is clearly meant to give the reader a sense of other-worldlyness, Abel hints at it without being too overt. Much more suitable for day-to-day design.

ArcherArcher – This is by far my favorite font right now. Its rounded edges allow for easy comprehension, but it also shines as a heading. When used alone, Archer is the focal point of any graphic. Despite being a fundamental type, use Archer (and all of these fonts) wisely, or they can be overused and distracting, somewhat akin to my worst enemy, Papyrus.

20 While 20

I was recently looking over my 20 Before 20 blog post, a list of things that I wanted to accomplish before I turned 20 last February. Whether it was priority changes or a lack of opportunity, I only accomplished a few of my goals. As the start of a new year is always an excellent time for reflection, I’ve decided to revisit some of the things that I actually did do. So here you go.

1. I travelled to Chicago during Spring Break to work with 826 Chicago, a non-profit that provides tutoring and workshops to low-income children. I blogged about my experience here.

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Ashley, Bailey, Megan, Tilyn and Maddie made my trip amazing!

2. I received straight As.

3. I saw Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban and One Direction perform live. I also saw George Watsky for the fourth time!

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Watsky in Spring 2013 versus Summer 2012. I’m in the front row in both! Spot me!

4. I travelled to Madrid, Paris and London for two weeks in June!

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I finally got to practice my french!

5. I worked with Thrive DC, a non-profit that provides meals to people suffering from socioeconomic distress, during my summer break on another Alternative Break. This was my third service trip with my college, which you can learn about here.

Look at these chillers.

Look at these chillers.

6. I interned in Washington D.C. during the summer with the Center for American Progress.

7. I heard two of my personal heroes ­– Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Tammy Baldwin – speak while in D.C.

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JB in all of his glory.

8. Sportz!!! I attended two professional sporting events: a Washington Nationals baseball game and a Dallas Maverick’s basketball game! This may not seem like a big deal to the Average Joe, but I’m not a very sporty person, so the magnitude of this event is unparalleled in my previous 19 years of existence.

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I wish I could tell you who the Nats played against or even who won, but I simply cannot.

9. I stood on the front steps of the Supreme Court when DOMA was struck down. Read about it here!

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One of the best days of my life.

10. I joined the Student Senate and wrote an awesome resolution that encourages the university to support same-sex partner benefits for staff and faculty members.

11. I dressed up as a pineapple for Halloween.

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A pineapple, a Jurassic Park tour guide, a ginger snap and a pirate walk into a bar…

12. The website that I was the editor of for an entire year won a huge national award called the Pacemaker! It’s really cool and I’m super proud of everyone who contributed to it.

13. I visited Chicago for the second time in late September with my family, where we explored the city, found some creepy silver men (pictured) and attended my aunt’s wedding.

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Art?

14. I began interning for Paul Davis, a democratic candidate for governor in my state.

15. I met John Green!

And I meerkated. Because obviously.

And I meerkated. Because obviously.

16. I attended the Yule Ball. Well, the scholarship hall community’s version of the Yule Ball, which was awesome.

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“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

17. I visited meerkats at both the Kansas City and Washington D.C. zoos. Meerkats around the country have now been blessed with the presence of their queen.

SO MANY KATS

SO MANY KATS

18. I participated in the Project for Awesome for the third consecutive year and talked about 826 Chicago, the non-profit that I visited over Spring Break!

19. I travelled to Fort Worth to celebrate the New Year with my roommate, Chloe. Despite somehow breaking her hot tub, we had a fantastic time exploring the stock yards and line dancing at the world’s largest honky tonk!

My ladies.

My ladies.

20. And finally, I hung out a whole bunch with the love of my life: my dog.

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Soulmates.

What I’m Watching #9: DC Intern Edition

I’ve spent the last eight weeks as an intern at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. I’ve blogged about it here and here. CAP has been wonderful and it’s been a thrilling summer. I’ve seen a lot, learned a lot and spent a lot of time alone, which is both enlightening and depressing.

You see, DC is this incredibly odd place where you are simultaneously given an ego boost and a punch in the gut. You were hired, so you clearly aren’t an idiot, but everyone is so well-read, intelligent and nicely dressed that you just want to crawl up in a ball and forget that you ever even had ambition. My emotions are everywhere. I’ve been making a lot of lists and I’ve started this weird habit of making all of my old word documents into PDFs so I can never go back and change anything. I don’t know why.

I’ve also been watching quite a bit of television, which is why I’m writing this post. Below, I’ve made a list of some shows that have helped me through my internship. The following comedies and dramas* have taught me excellent lessons about how to be an intern in DC, while keeping me from going insane in my teensy tiny dorm room.

Comedies

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Parks and Rec – After re-watching all five seasons of this charming masterpiece, I’m much more motivated. Leslie Knope makes me want to work in government, she inspires me to learn about other fabulous woman and she pushes me to reach for more than I thought I could attain. I seriously want to be her.

The Office - This show has helped me learn what professionalism doesn’t involve. Basically, anything that Michael Scott does, I don’t do. Because that’s what makes a good intern – someone who isn’t Michael Scott. That and some Excel skills.

30 Rock – Liz Lemon has been my closest companion this summer. She’s taught me how to enjoy living alone, because if there’s anything she can do, it’s sport glasses, messy hair and some loose-fitting sweatpants while cramming a whole bunch of food down her gullet. She’s also an awesome feminist – like Leslie – and doesn’t settle. Except for James Marsden. And that’s a-okay with me. Also, I’ve also been reading Tina Fey’s book, which is stupendous, and if you haven’t read it then why?

Dramas

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Scandal – Olivia Pope, man. She’s glorious. She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s flawed. And she dresses really, really well. Above all else, I watch Scandal because of Olivia’s silky pants and magnificently structured blazers. When I go to work, I actually put effort into my appearance, which, in turn, makes me seem well-put together. Am I really? Who’s to say?

The West Wing – Obviously The West Wing is included here (and it is THE West Wing. You can’t forget the THE). No one should ever work in DC without seeing it. Seriously, I will force the boxed sets into your anxious interny hands if you dare go without it. However, the problem with The West Wing  is that it makes the White House seem like this magical castle of accessible beauty. Like, I could be CJ Cregg if I wanted to. I could debate econ policy with Leo or write an inaugural address with Sam Seaborn. And I would be good at it. Would I really? Yet again, I’m going to go with ‘who’s to say?’

House of Cards – Every time I watch House of Cards, I’m on the edge of my seat. It’s gritty and terrifying. Because it makes me feel I’m a really integral part of the DC whole, when I’m really just an intern. I may try to walk around like Francis Underwood as if I have something super serious to do, but I’m really going to Five Guys to get a bacon cheeseburger.

*Two of these shows have Rob Lowe in common. Oh Rob Lowe.

Canine Sentimentality

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was reach out for my dog.

Spoiler alert: she wasn’t there. I should have been expecting this, but as waking up goes, I was a tad disoriented. I’m interning in Washington DC this summer and Claire is a bunch of miles away. (I would look up the number of miles, but I’m too lazy. DC to Kansas City, you get it.)

I’m kinda obsessed with her. I think about petting her. I think about talking to her. I’m insane, it’s fine, I know that. When I begin hearing her speak back to me -  that’s when you can start worrying.

Last weekend, I went to KC to visit her – er- my family, and this happened as I was leaving for my flight.

In other social media-related dog content, 17 percent of my instagram photos prominently feature her furry being. This may seem excessive, but I can assure you, it is not as bad as it could be. Once the percentage reaches 20, I demand that someone stop me.

This isn’t to say that our relationship is completely one-sided. I was once pulled over by the police for speeding and, of course, started sobbing. With tears streaming down my face, I managed to cry-yell to the nice officer that my dog was in the animal hospital and I needed to go see her. It worked – no ticket. (Also, not a lie. She was technically at the vet. So I still have a little integrity left.)

Us, on one of our many FaceTime dates.

Us, on one of our many FaceTime dates.

It’s not just my dog I’m obsessed with either. If I’m over at a friend’s house and they have a dog, chances are I won’t be talking to my friend. I’ll be bonding with that creature. My best friend’s dog, Petey, passed away earlier this year and I cried like a baby. And don’t even get me started about dog movies. Okay, I’ve gotten myself started. My Dog Skip was one of the most jarring films I have ever seen. When Skip gets beaten with a board in a cemetery while trying to protect his owner, I just lost it. HE’S SO BRAVE. And then that horrible scene in The Butterfly Effect came along. I’m not going to describe it. It’s bad.

On the other end of the happiness spectrum, one of my favorite canine-focused non-profits, the Beagle Freedom Project, got mentioned in the Wall Street Journal recently. I made a video for them for the 2011 Project for Awesome. Check it!

In conclusion, dogs are amazing. I’ve always said that Claire is a genius and this article backs me up (via Tony). And yes, I realize that I just wrote a blog post about my dog. I don’t have a purpose for this post other than wanting to brag about the best pet ever, so I’ll just end it with an adorable photo of Claire wearing my clothes.

I call this "Claire Secretly Despises Me, Part 88"

I call this “Claire Secretly Despises Me, Part 88″

Bridegroom

Tonight, I got to see the fabulous film Bridegroom. Based on the experiences of Shane Bitney Crone, this documentary brilliantly tells the story of Shane and his boyfriend, Tom. It reveals the adversity they both faced and how they came to love and change one another for the better.

When Tom gets into an accident, Shane is unable to say goodbye to him. I found myself crying for this amazing couple, who were unjustly separated in their last moments together. I have heard this story before.  I met a man last summer who experienced the same thing. Horrifyingly, it isn’t unique. And this is why it’s important.

When I heard Shane state during the panel after the film that he doesn’t consider himself an activist, I was struck. Because to me, there is nothing more active than standing for your rights and the rights of the one you love.

Shane Bitney Crone speaks with Bishop Gene Robinson, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and Maya Rupert of the National Council for Lesbian Rights.

Shane Bitney Crone speaks with Bishop Gene Robinson, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and Maya Rupert of the National Council for Lesbian Rights.

Shane is one of the most honest and candid speakers I’ve ever seen. Through his words and experiences I am more motivated than ever to create change. This film has helped cement something for me personally, though. I need to work on the state level. I need to stay to help those who live in Kansas to grow to love it as much as I do, despite those who work against truth, equality and love.

Bridegroom is not available in theaters until November, but the YouTube video that inspired the film can be seen here. If you think this is something you’ve seen before, or you think that you’re not interested, you’ve got another think coming. This film builds a narrative that works to spark conversations among all areas of belief.

I’m sorry for the uncharacteristic rambling and frequent use of the word “love,” but I’ve just been holding in tears for a few hours and they’ve gotta come out sometime.

Thanks to the Center for American Progress, my wonderful employer and the sponsors of this screening!

What’s in a name…er…bio?

Today at work, I was assigned the task of compiling a database of twitter accounts. And in the midst thoroughly completing my assignment, I found myself simultaneously amazed and appalled at the variety of bios that exist in the media black hole that is Twitter.* So, without further ado, here’s some doozies I found while exploring the Twitterverse.

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So we’ve started out well, I see. Both Kevin and Philip have provided us with some profanity, while young Kevin, “the Saint” has also made  a literary reference. I can’t help but doubt that both of them have done anything to anyone’s asses. So let’s move on.

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While I truly appreciate the confidence that these ladies seem to possess, I have a feeling that they’re overcompensating. I sense insecurity from poor Ashley and poor Rachael wants to be a jester, but hasn’t even made up a witty username.  Oh well.

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Damn song lyrics. At least I assume that they’re song lyrics. Considering my favorite musical artists are Ke$ha and One Direction, I really wouldn’t know. This says that she think she’s poetic, dreamy and down-to earth. Or at least she claims to be. I’m just getting more suspicious as this goes on.

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Thank gosh for Alexander and Kevin. Finally a bit of honesty.

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And here we are again. Back in the “I’m horrified at the world” saddle. My two least favorite things: overused text symbols and lowercase acronyms. At least for my dear @russettrauhl, I think I’ve figured out jdb is Justin Drew Bieber, pll is Pretty Little Liars and tvd is the Vampire Diaries, but what in the heck is arr? And why isn’t it in caps? These young’uns are making my life so hard.

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Thank you @PattyMac42 and @bran_math. You’ve finally told me a little bit about yourself that isn’t completely superficial. Bran is either questioning his urge to play video games or asking if I, his potential follower, has any he could join in on. I get him. I also understand Patrick’s motives. I, too, would adore being Kelly Ripa. That woman is fabulous.

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I. Just. WHAT.

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Finally, ladies and gentlemen, I give you, a proper bio from my queen, Maureen.

Have I missed any hilarious, weird or otherwise entertaining Twitter bios? What does yours say? Share! Also, you can see my own mysterious bio and follow me on Twitter here.

-Mischief Managed.

*To clarify: I certainly don’t claim to be an expert at Twitter bios. My first bio was something along the lines of: “RPattz + Natalie = 4eva”, but with time and the expansion of my mind away from all things Twilight, I have vastly improved. 

Way to be progressive!

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I got to witness the FABULOUS victory that occurred this morning. I received the morning off from my internship at the Center for American Progress to rally in support of marriage equality at the Supreme Court.

It was really hot and I was semi-miserable, but then again, so was everyone else. Once the demise of DOMA was announced via the one guy who had the fastest Internet on his iPhone, I didn’t care anymore.

 

I can now hope that in the future, so many of my friends will be able to be recognized as valid and valuable citizens in the eyes of the federal government, should they choose to marry.

Once again, though, I find myself disappointed by my state. I don’t like that when I mention I’m from Kansas, people think only of unreasonable and ignorant people – Congressmen Huelskamp, the Westboro Baptist Church, etc. However, I appreciate that I get to defy some of those bad expectations.

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To all of those who were positively impacted by the results of today (DOMA, Prop8): CONGRATULATIONS. I am lucky to have been in the presence of so much love. It goes without saying, but I cannot wait for the day (no matter how far off) when those in my home state who have been judged, persecuted and alienated, receive their due. Because if you think we’re done after this, you’ve got another think coming.

Goodbye, DOMA. I’ll see you never.

Some of the interns from the CAP can be seen in this article on Buzzfeed. So cool!

Mischief Managed.