Monday, September 1, 2014

On My Bookshelf: September

Life has certainly picked up this month with just general busyness, so I'm not going to be too ambitious in the number of books I'm reading this month. I only plan on two, but if it works out that I have time to read more, then I will welcome it gladly.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I remember when this book first came out quite a few years ago, and I remember my mom reading it and really loving it, so I'm excited to read this book. Plus, I love books written from unexpected POVs.

Love & Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
I discovered this book a few months ago, and it has been sitting in my Amazon wish list since then. Purusing my wish list, David purchased this book for me for  my birthday, and I have so far read the first chapter and like it already. The author really has a way of looking at mathematical concepts and explaining them in a non-confounding way, and I also loved the introduction to the book because it discusses how math really manifests itself in everything--not a single thing on this earth works or was made without the use of math.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: plans for future knitting projects.
Drinking: du thé glacé.
Waiting: for my Internet connection to pick back up.
Watching: the first season of Alias for the umpteenth time :)
Reading: my stack of Interweave Knits magazines.
Hearing: cicadas and crickets.
Understanding: that I absolutely cannot buy anymore yarn because my stash is out of control.
Knitting: the Honey Cowl.
Wishing: that the bills would pay themselves.
Enjoying: a delicious new recipe that my sister made for me--salmon tacos!
Liking: that I got a good group for the class that I'm taking.
Disliking: that the shoes I thought were super comfortable actually give me blisters.
Loving: this sight that I found with dozens of beautiful free cross-stitch patterns.
Hoping: I can keep my knitting momentum going.
Planning: a schedule for tomorrow because if I don't outline a time to do my homework, it won't get done.
Wondering: what books I am going to read this September.
Needing: to do laundry very badly.
Wearing: a lovely new top that my sister gave me for my birthday.
Listening: to Enya. It helps me relax, and her voice reminds me of my childhood.
Eating: gluten-free cinnamon chex (buy 1, get 1 at Publix this week).
Thinking: that I'd like to start brushing up on my French again.
Writing: in my One Line a Day journal.
Feeling: some Sunday morning laziness.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Purple Resolution Smoothie // The Pioneer Woman Cooks

In a word: yum.

So maybe making a smoothie isn't exactly cooking, but the recipe is from The Pioneer Woman's Year of Holidays cookbook, so I think it still qualifies. Plus it's still a hot, hot summer, so I needed something cold and yummy to drink.

However, there were parts of this smoothie that I pretty much had to eat. My teeny-tiny individual serving size blender started smoking about halfway through blending this smoothie, hahaha. Needless to say, I going to need to buy a new one before I attempt to make anymore smoothies because it's probably a fire hazard at this point.

Despite there still being some chunks of fruit that hadn't been blended, the smoothie was still really, really yummy. I could definitely see myself making this on a regular basis.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Selfies are not usually my thing for showing off completed knitting items, but seeing as how this was the only picture I took before gifting this scarf, it's the one you get to see.

There's something really exciting for me about giving a homemade gift. I love giving gifts in general, but when the present is also hand-knit, it feels even more personal. My mom's birthday was last week, and I knitted every stitch with her in mind. I knew this color would look great with her hair, and I was right.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: plans for a pie with my new pie dish.
Drinking: mimosas for my birthday brunch!
Waiting: on a call from David :)
Watching: Hart of Dixie.
Reading: Quilt Lab: The Creative Side of Science. Aka an awesome crafty book that has 12 quilting projects that revolve around science. Now I just need to learn to quilt! Any volunteers to teach me? ;)
Hearing: nieces and nephews running around.
Understanding: not a whole lot these days.
Knitting: the Lotus hat.
Wishing: that more people could see the good in others.
Enjoying: a day with my family.
Liking: that I finally own a meat thermometer! Yay for perfectly cooked food!
Disliking: my weekday commute.
Loving: my birthday gifts!
Hoping: for some guidance on some difficult questions.
Planning: to spend more time with friends.
Wondering: what the band schedule will be for Riot Fest in three weekends.
Needing: to run the dishwasher.
Wearing: a sundress as I soak in the last of summer.
Listening: to "Dear River" by Kina Grannis.
Eating: pancakes, eggs, fruit salad, and grits.
Thinking: about all that I want to happen while I'm 23.
Writing: in my journal.
Feeling: grateful for my family.

Friday, August 22, 2014


It's my birthday! And with my birthday comes 23 coolio facts that you might not have previously known about me.

1. I'm 23 and I still have stuffed animals on my bed. No shame.
2. I organize my closet in rainbow order.
3. Special K is my favorite cereal.
4. I took a Marta bus for the first time today, and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice they are.
5. I feel naked without wearing my watch.
6. This is the first birthday I’ve ever had where I live by myself.
7. I’ve been reading a lot recently, and I love it.
8. I received the most blog comments I have ever gotten on this past Wednesday’s Yarn Along.
9. Hummus makes me way too happy.
10. There is currently a lizard hiding out somewhere in my apartment.  I need to find him and set him free!
11. I’m pretty sure there’s an equal balance of blood and tea running through my veins.
12. I wish I was a faster knitter.
13. I have a lot of indecision about which knitting project to start after I finish another one.
14. I checked my Tech mail box for the first time in four months, and I was pleasantly surprised to find two knitting magazine waiting for me.
15. My mom’s birthday is three days before mine, so we always get to celebrate our birthdays together.
16. The next book I’m going to read is called Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality.  This book could not be more perfect for me.
17. I always try to keep ice cream in my freezer. You know, in case of emotional emergencies.
18. I'm a cat person, but if I ever got a dog, I would want a corgi.
19. I wear a FitBit. Because step-counting is cool.
20. The neat calendar plane in the picture used to belong to my grandpa.
21. I think my favorite fruit might be raspberries, but I can't decide.
22. I will be celebrating my birthday with my family on Sunday with a birthday brunch :)
23. I already know what I'm going to wish for on my birthday candles.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tuesday Tea aka Thursday Tea

Okay, so this week's Tuesday Tea has been belated, but after Molly gave me such a sweet shout-out by doing her own Tuesday Tea and flattering me beyond words, I knew I had to get off my lazy blogging butt and write my Tuesday Tea more faithfully.

Once upon a time, Molly and I met on the third floor of Brown, our memory-filled freshman year dorm, and although I don't specifically remember the first time we met, I can probably go ahead and assume it was during an encounter on the stairs we used to all sit on in the middle of the floor (since the building was strangely split-level). Our friendship was probably truly started over tea, Star Wars, and really strange chorale memories (such as a mutual interest in a person whose initials were A.E.).

When Molly made an earl grey chocolate cake, I knew it was meant to be.

Molly is seriously the sweetest person, and that has shown through so many times. After I drooled over her suggestion of putting applesauce in the freezer, she kindly put my name on one of her pomegranate applesauces and put it in the freezer for me. After I admired how she embroidered her name on her Converse, she offered to do the same with mine (and you guys, I get comments on my chucks almost every time I wear them now). She has a spirit of giving, and it does not go unnoticed, and I will never forget it.

Can we please talk about how young we look in that picture? We're babies!

I also have Molly to thank for this blog. If I hadn't found out freshman year that she also blogs, I probably would have stopped a long time ago :)