Monday, October 31, 2011

Harry Potter Etsy Style

Sweatshirt $25 (hahah)



Happy Halloween! & Once Upon a Time

Happy Halloween!

Yes that's my poor baby as a rooster! Tonight will be filled with candy giving and eating, my favorite.

So on a totally different subject, has anyone seen Once Upon a Time yet??

If you haven't you have to get on it. It's amazing. No joke. So different than anything else I have seen. Here's the story. All of the fairy tale characters live in an enchanted forest. The main characters are Snow White and Prince Charming. The Evil Queen ends up putting a curse on everyone that freezes them in space and time. That space and time happens to be Storybooke, ME. Before this happened, Snow White found out from Rumpelstiltskin that the only way to save everyone would be to get her child out of the enchanted forest and that she would come back when she was 28 and break the curse. The problem is, once they are all transported to ME they had no idea who they were and time doesn't move. O ya and evil queen is the major. Well, evil queen adopted a kid, who happens to be Emma's (Snow White's daughter) son that she gave up for adoption. Snow White unknowingly gave Henry (Emma's son, Snow White's grandson) a book called Once Upon a Time that actually told the story of what happened. He figures it out, tracks down Emma and tries to convince her to stay and fix the curse.

Isn't that amaz?!? We're psyched. M, my BFF, and I curled up with some chili and roasted pumpkin seeds last night and tuned in. Can't wait till next week!


PS: These don't fit. :(

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Etsy Purchase!

Remember these? I bought them! They are from the Omnia shop on etsy. I am seriously so excited. I have been looking high and low for the perfect flat leather boot and I can't find any that I like, except vintage ones on etsy. So I said why not? I measured and everything and they are the exact same size as my other boots I have. They were pretty expensive for a vintage boot but they are beautiful. I know they will be cherished! I'll post a pick once I receive them.

Ta Ta


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

(Almost) A Free Bird

6 weeks.
13 classes.
53 days until I am a FREE BIRD!

...and then my birthday...and then Christmas!

It's so close I can feel it! I know that time is going to fly by. Especially with the holidays and everything that's due between now and then.

Today was another productive day, I got a proposal and 2 quizzes accomplished. Always a nice feeling. No work but hey you win some you lose some.

I finished my HP marathon. Except I'm a few movies short. That's ok I feel like all I do is look at screens anyway. I can't wait for the day when all I have to take in is nature. Nothing artificial. It can't be good to look at screens day in and out. I feel like my eyes need a rest (as I continue to type).

Goodbye Folks! (the Wizard of Oz voice in my head)


PS: It makes me excited just thinking about writing the post saying "I'm done!"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Movie Marathon

The other night I was in a movie watching mood. This is unsual for me, I typically hate to watch movies. I just get bored. But yesterday I watched three in a row! Sweet Home Alabama, Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightley version) and What Happens in Vegas.

Now begins the Harry Potter Marathon! I seriously can't wait for the last movie to come out on DVD.

Till next time,


Christmas Presents

So people, we have approximately 10 more weeks until Christmas, and that means no more procrastination in the craft department.  This Christmas, I really want to give handmade gifts whenever possible.  So I have been making a list of what I want to do for all of my loved ones and surprisingly I had pretty much everyone covered.

So a few days ago I went to our local craft store to pick up the supplies for Cat's birthday or Christmas present.  I am planning on embroidering this pic of Dennis and either framing it or making a pillow or something along those lines.

There is just one minor problem, I have never embroidered before.  However, the handy dandy internet has been very useful and this is my progress so far.
So we'll see if it works out or not.  But after this is done, I think it will be time to move on to my Rizzy's present.  It's going to be a good one!

Happy Crafting!

Shades Galore

I (R) have been recruited to make shades for just about every room in the house. I'm not talkin' curtains, I'm talking shades. Roman shades, swoop shades, you name it. She (Ciz) has named 16 so far that she wants. She claims that I'm supposed to be teaching her as I go so that she will really be the one doing them but I'm already seeing how that's going. Ya see Ciz has the attention span of o I don't know, Dennis? Which means she can't stay focused on one thing for very long. I cut and sewed three roman shades today, what did Cat do? Ironed the panels. Hopefully tomorrow we'll actually get some teaching in.

Wish us luck. I always make stupid mistakes because I'm in a rush and just want to get it done (insert: sewing is tedious as hell and how did I get volunteered to do this?). My only screw up today miraculously was not cutting the lining too big. Which is the best kind of screw up because I just cut it down to size and it wasn't that big of a deal.

Till tomorrow,


PS: I'm in a jacket in my own bedroom because my room for some reason gets no heat and I'm over the garage. Which means, hot in the summer, cold in the winter. And did I mention this is the second house in which my room was over the garage? As oldest I get the first pick and conveniently I always pick the worst room. My nose is freezing and boo's ears are boo-cicles. Time to relocate.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

North Carolina

Here are some pictures from our latest trip to North Carolina.



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sam's Letters to Jennifer

Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson tells the story of Jennifer who is still reeling from the loss of her husband, and finds out her beloved grandmother has gone into an unexpected coma. She rushes to be with her Grandmother and finds letters written to her by her grandmother, documenting her life that Jennifer never knew much about. She also falls hesitantly into a romance with an old friend while staying at her Grandmothers house in Wisconsin.

I was shocked to see that James Patterson is writing love stories, I mean my grandfather reads his books. But I was pleasantly surprised. I did not love his style of writing but enjoyed the story and appreciated the overall message. I'm wondering why he decided to embark on the romance novels. Trying to cash in? Who knows these days. When I fantasize about being a writer I think of an ongoing process of creativity with an end result of a labor of love. I never once have thought of the money you can make from it. Isn't that weird? Maybe it's because if I imagine the type of book I would write I would want it to touch people and be meaningful to my readers. Well that's a whole 'nother topic isn't it?

Ta ta,


The Best of Me

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks is about high school sweethearts who went there separate ways after high school and cross paths again much later in life.

(Before reading amazon page:) I have to say that I was disappointed with this book. I have loved ALL of Nicholas Sparks' books. It seems like maybe he is being forced into writing (as mentioned in Three weeks with my Brother) with tough deadlines. I understand everyone wants to make money and that's the bottom line, but doesn't that squash creativity? This book just seemed so unrealistic and I didn't feel connected to the characters like I normally do. I didn't feel the connection between the main characters until pretty far into the book and the book ended up being really predictable, even though it wasn't realistic.

(After reading amazon page:) You're probably wondering why I did this before/after thing. Let me explain. I jumped over to amazon's page for the book and came across the Q & A with Sparks on the page. That softened my review slightly. I understand what his thought process was now. Then I looked at other reviews and funny enough many of them felt the exact way I do. Also looking back, I had really high expectations for this book. I was so excited for a new NS book to come out and I loved the plot, probably because I can relate, as Sparks mentioned in his Q & A. However, the book ended up being nothing like I thought it would and I was disappointed. Another reviewer mentioned that they loved Safe Haven and that they felt like he took the change of pace with Safe Haven and ran with it in this book, but didn't totally succeed this time.

All in all, I love NS. He is still one of my favorite authors of all time and I will always read his books and watch the movies.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sneak Peak

Kitty Daddy and I went on a road trip this weekend to one of our favorite places, and like always it hasn't disappointed.  We stumbled upon Georgia Mountain Fall Festival today and it was awesome! I'll go into more detail when we get home.
Happy Fall everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Over The Weekend...

Man oh man people, if feel like all I do is talk about how busy I am, but holy moly I kinda feel like I can't breathe.  But, I did get Saturday off work for the first time in weeks which was really nice.  Kitty Daddy and I got up at our leisure and just enjoyed the day.

Kitty Daddy just finished The Green Mile by Stephen King and since I've never seen the movie we watched it over the weekend.  Um, waterworks much? The collar of my t shirt was soaked by the end of the movie, so sad.

Also this weekend we started watching some new TV shows.  First up, Terra Nova on Fox.
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We liked the first episode.  It's different, like Jurassic Park meets some kind of survival show with some action thrown in.  A keeper so far.

We also tuned into The X Factor last night after much protest on the part of Kitty Daddy.
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It's similar enough to Idol to be put into our line up but with enough differences to not be a total de ja vu situation.

And this is what I do with my already limited time instead of studying for my calculus midterm and doing my accounting homework.  Graduation cannot come soon enough!


South Beach

Today starts the south beach diet in our family, excluding J. I'm doing it because I would love to lose 10 lbs and to support my parents. We have done this in the past a few times and it always works. Of course the hardest part is keeping the weight off. I hope everyone luck!


Saturday, October 8, 2011


Shelf $23

Vintage 70's Wrap Cardigan $44 (Umm I may have to buy this)

Vintage Deer Cardigan $64 (I'm telling ya Lyd, it's all about the deer)

Cashew Cluster $5 (yum)

Tea light holder $40 (my lyddy would love these)

Vintage Folding Egg Basket $24 (did I mention I want a coop)

Owl Planter (!) $40

Ok Riz stop I get it...


PS: I just made another Etsy purchase hmm wonder what it could be... I'll be posting about it soon!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I can smell freedom!

So earlier I did an etsy post. Cool stuff huh?? I love etsy, and the best thing about it is supporting other crafters and creators! I was posting and etsy shopping while at school this morning... For some reason I feel like I need to hang my head when I say that. When I'm at school I feel like I'm not allowed to do enjoyable things and that I just have to take advantage of the time for school-y things. Not so fun. Etsy won out this morning as you can see.

It's been a productive week for M and I. We actually made it to most all of our classes and I went to work most all week. There's still tomorrow I guess but I'll trudge through. We're actually feeling on our game though, unlike the last 2 weeks. I'm telling ya, there's a reason why the graduation stats are so low. Everyone is so burnt out at this point. It's just a struggle to do everything on time, well, and get to class. Once again, I will be so happy come December! I think I need to start a countdown... Gosh it doesn't even seem real, too good to be true almost. I may just cry. It'll happen.

Lots of conversations over here about the near future plans. The scary thing, nobody has any clue. Live here, live elsewhere, move out, stay, go to school, don't go to school. Every one of us is struggling with life changing decisions coming up next year! So exciting and so scary. J and I were just discussing how amazing it would be to just live on our own and not have to follow our moms crazy anal rules. Sucks for J though because we all know he will still be subject to her nagging even when he doesn't live here anymore. She says she feels regular anxiety even thinking of him living on his own. She thinks she is the only reason he doesn't live in "filth." So funny, poor J. She smothers the crap out of him. She nags me but nothing even close to my brother.

I can see it now, "J, when's the last time you cleaned your sheets?" "J, when's the last time you did laundry?" "Have you cleaned your pants?" "Did you eat dinner?" And the list goes on... Except in the future it will be via phone call and visit. He may need to get a padlock.

I am so happy to move out. That will be the second best day of my life, besides my last school day of course. I can smell the feedom!


PS: Did I mention that the 16th is midterm?? Boo ya!


Deer Sweater $134.50 (Lyddy and her deer)
3GS Version $17 (xmas gift for J?)

iPhone Case and Wallet Combo $12.50 (xmas gift for J?)

Chunky Cowl $50 (Look familiar?)

Kindle Cover $22.99 (mamma xmas gift?)
iPhone Case and Wallet Combo $134 (for Papa when he gets an iPhone someday!)
Pattern much?