30 October 2008

Lovey Dovey

I'm feeling pretty lovey-dovey today, mostly towards the boy. Probably because he took such good care of me yesterday - picking up saltines, chicken noodle soup, eggs, toast, etc. And then he let me watch almost the complete 2nd season of Arrested Development...not that that's any skin off of his back.

This poem made me smile today.

A PERFECT HEART, by Ted Kooser
To make a perfect heart you take a sheet
of red construction paper of the type
that's rough as a cat's tongue, fold it once,
and crease it really hard, so it feels

as if your thumb might light up like a match,

then choose your scissors from the box. I like
those safety scissors with the sticky blades
and the rubber grips that pinch a little skin

as you snip along. They make you careful,

just as you should be, cutting out a heart

for someone you love. Don't worry that your curve
won't make a valentine; it will. Rely
on chewing on your lip and symmetry

to guide your hand along with special art.

And there it is at last: a heart, a heart!
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29 October 2008

Oh heeey a new blog

So I'll make this short and sweet (mostly because I have the stomach flu right now and can't really look at a computer screen for too long).

ME AND PETE STARTED A NEW BLOG TOGETHER! You should totally check it out, right now:

Geeks & Crafts

It took a long time for us to decide on a name together...but it was fun. I'm not sure how well I'll be able to keep up two blogs, but I'm pretty excited about this one!

PS: Us at Eckert's this past weekend. Yay pumpkins!

28 October 2008


I'm not a very political person, and I know that I've said that before, so I'll make this short and sweet.

I do like Obama. I think he's fantastic. I will be voting for him in a WEEK (yay! The election will finally be over!) And here are some pictures of him on the campaign trail. I love behind-the-scenes stuff.

When you are on the website, which you should click on right now, at the bottom of each string of pictures, click "show more images" for even MORE Obama love.

20 October 2008

I need some color in my life.

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I don't know what else to do! I've been so busy with school and work and observations, I spend a lot of my free time either sleeping, surfing the internets, or doing homework.

But as much fun as it is to find all kinds of fun and pretty things on the WWW, I'm needing to do something new and exciting. I'm just sort of at a loss, I guess.

SO. I did some research (mostly though the things stocked and saved on my computer), and I found THIS.

Keri Smith is a fantastical illustrator/artist/inspirational lovely whose ideas make my heart smile. This pdf lists 95 things to do in conjunction with a journal. You cut all the squares up, put them in an envelope, then randomly pull one - and complete the task on it.

So. I begin tomorrow. And I shall chronicle the journey here, on this blog. Wish me luck!

Oh, and play along, if you want to ;)

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Polaroid Camera

I think I just fail at taking polaroid pictures. And that's okay. It's something I am still feeling out. The thing is, there is no zoom. No zoom and no automatic focusing (or even manual focus). You just have to take the picture. And when the flash goes off...it looks HORRIBLE. Gross. And I hate flash as it is. It makes photographs look so completely unnatural. But that's just my style.

I HAVE found that polas work best in natural lighting. After a brief flickr search, I've found that what I ultimately want to achieve with my polaroid camera is something along these lines:

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It's soft and pretty and colorful. And natural.

Anyone have good tips on how to achieve such pretties?

Pink table = perfection

I want this. Now.

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When Pete has a song stuck in his head

This is pretty much how it is. FOR THREE DAYS STRAIGHT.

Family Guy BIRD IS THE WORD! - For more funny videos, click here

14 October 2008

Poor Lou-Bear!

So my parents were taking Louie for a walk on Sunday evening, and the three of them were attacked by two dogs that seemed to come out of nowhere. A woman was standing on her porch and kept calling the two dogs back, but neither she or the dogs budged. After about five minutes of attackage, my dad finally got the dogs off of Louie. My poor little puppy! He has bite marks all over his neck and a HUGE wound on his side (okay, it's the size of a quarter but that's big to me).

Apparently the man that owns these two crazy dogs has some crazy issues. My parents are friends with a woman who lives a couple houses down, and she informed my mom that the man is a drunk mean guy. He used to own a reptile shop that was shut down because of animal mistreatment. Our neighbor suspects that all the snakes and lizards and frogs that were previously in the shop are now in his house, along with multiple dogs and cats and other animals. She said that the backyard has high fences all around and the gate is nailed. There is trash and poop and overgrown weeds all over. And apparently the guy is NOT nice at all. Very unfriendly and rude. And Sue, our neighbor, said that she's heard the house is full of feces. Siiiick.

So mom went down to city hall and now THREE different city officials are going to be at this icky man's house in the next week - forestation, animal control, and environmental. Pretty insane.

Why are people so horrible?

My day today:

1. Craigslisting for Pez dispensers, globes, typewriters, and dictionaries. In that order.
2. Sleeping in
3. Eating the best sorbet in the WORLD (not that I've tried all of them, but I think I've made a dent)
4. Giving in and buying the newest issue of Real Simple
5. Seeing my poor puppy
6. Midterming it up
7. Watching Arrested Development

I'm feeling better today. And I found this, and that made me even happier.

13 October 2008

I had a dream last night

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that I was getting married (funny, everyone around me is!). But like, as in, me and this random guy (not Pete) decided to get hitched. I remember being a church basement. I remember wearing a grey dress with yellow ribbon (I DO love that color combination...hmmm?), and a weird priest I had never seen before giving me and mystery boy a long introduction. Then, after the ceremony (with attendants that were SOLELY old bald men), we went to a country club for the reception. And none of my college friends were there. And none of my family, either. It was all high school girls. No dates. Just girls. Maybe Pete talks too much about Rosati (just kidding, darling!) And the music was HORRIBLE. HORRID. Like, Panic at the Disco! and Electric Slide horrible.

So basically it was my worst nightmare. Literally. Because then, within my dream, I woke up from the weird wedding - it had been a dream! And I was in my room in Marchetti, with Sarah (real roommate), and I proceeded to tell her, "Sarah I had a HORRIBLE dream about getting married..." yada yada yada.

It was a trippy one. I've had dreams within dreams before. Apparently they're rare (I used to be all into decoding my dreams and I had a dream dictionary).

Aaand that's all I've got.


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I've been in a funk lately. Not feeling very inspired, not feeling very uppity...generally not feeling very happy notiony at all. That could be because of midterms, and the EIGHT projects I had/have due over the period of the last two weeks. The fact that Kathleen is gone makes things hard. We had weekly vent sessions about EVERYTHING, and since she's in Italy, we've only talked once on the phone.

Also, I started weight training today. My whole body is SCREAMING with every step I take. "WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME?" it yells. "Walking up the stairs and becoming out of breath is TOTALLY fine!" it continues. And you know how when babies are upset or uncomfortable, or hungry or whiny, they just cry? That's how my day has been.

Even Clone High isn't really helping. I think sleep will, though. So I'm off.

Also, I would NOT suggest searching "sad" on flickr, because that definitely didn't help. Although it did lead me to that cute cookie up there.

Oh, and I've had "Everybody Hurts" in my head all day too, courtesy of The Office. Fan-freaking-tastic.

01 October 2008

Goat Cheese Veggie Quesadillas

I made them tonight. And they were delicious.

From a book called Real Girls Eat (which is true, by the way). Delicious.

I don't have the book in front of me right now, but it's really, really easy and there's room to improvise (we did!)

First, you get some veggies. The recipe called for celery, red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, onion, squash and eggplant. Cut it all up into bite size pieces, add chili pepper flakes, salt, pepper, olive oil, and cumin. Set aside

Then, you heat a skillet, with an olive oil coating. After the skillet is warm, dump all the veggies in until they have been roasted a little bit. After they're done being roasty toasty, put all the veggies in a medium mixing bowl and let them cool.

Once they're cool, crumble a TON of goat cheese (recipe calls for 11 oz, I used 7) on top, and then mix it all up.

Reheat the skillet, putting one tortilla in, dumping a ton of the veggie mix on top, and folding the other half over (so it looks like a half moon). Cook for a few minutes on each side and ENJOY.

Seriously. Delicious.