Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful 26-30

I am thankful for...

26: ...all the love I saw at the airport today. Not just the love exchanged between David and me when we were reunited, but the love that was omnipresent at arrivals. There were a lot of people waiting for loved ones' planes to land, and it made me appreciate this season of Thanksgiving and love.
27: ...the memories I have of my grandpa. He was truly an amazing man, and his absence on this earth will be felt by a lot of people.
28: ...a heartfelt Thanksgiving with my amazing family. We laughed, we cried, and we remembered and honored a very influential man.
29: ...good friends and the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with my Canadian "family."
30: ...officially watching and listening to Christmas movies and music. Also, being able to find love in all situations.

Thanks to everyone who read these posts. I am thankful for you too.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Yarn Along

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

Did anyone else go crazy over the sale that KnitPicks is having right now?  I bought so much yarn, but it was essentially guilt free because it was just a fraction of the cost of what it would have been otherwise.  Besides, I have plans already for most of the skeins that I bought, so at least I had some self-control in that respect!

Some of the yarn I bought was more of the Cotlin yarn that I'm using to knit this table runner.  So far, all that I've used is the excess yarn that I had from my Hashtag Camisole, so I needed to buy more in order to complete the project.  So far it's coming along great though!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Sweater Weather

There's been a Fall survey/questionnaire thing-y floating around a lot of people's blogs recently called sweater weather which is pretty much a fun little way to get to know more about people's favorite things about Fall. Most people answer the questions in the form of a video, but I'm just going to type them out. Maybe one day I'll work up the courage to do a vlog.

1. Favorite candle scent? I don't really burn too many candles myself, but during the Christmas season, my parents usually have a candle burning in the kitchen or the dining room.  My two favorites come from a store which sadly no longer exists (Illuminations, anyone?), but when they went out of business, my family raided their store and stocked up on our favorites.  I'm a stickler for the Christmas tree and the Cranberry Orange scents.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? This one is pretty obvious for anyone that knows me at least moderately well.  Tea.  Hands down.  (I'm drinking Lady Grey right now.)  I'm not really one to discriminate against hot drinks though.  I'd probably drink coffee if it didn't make my stomach upset, and I love hot chocolate and hot apple cider.  There's a time and a place for all drinks, I guess.  I love to make sugar free hot chocolate when I have a really bad sweet tooth because it tastes sweet but isn't loaded up with sugar.

3. What's the best fall memory you have? There isn't really one specific memory that stands out to me, but I really love Thanksgiving in general.  I love spending that time with family, doing what I do best.  Which is eating.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: winged eye liner or dark lips? Is it acceptable to say neither?  I love eye liner, but the one time I've tried the "winged" look, I looked a little ridiculous.  Maybe if someone who knew what they were doing applied the makeup for me, then I might like it.  It's just not a technique I've really played around with that much so I haven't mastered it.  As for dark lips, I think they're too much hassle to maintain.  They look great when you first put it on, but as soon as you eat or drink anything, you're doomed.  I have a favorite lipstick (Clinique's Tender Heart), and it's my go-to.

5. Best fragrance for fall? I don't really have a seasonal fragrance, and I also don't own any perfumes.  I do have a couple body mists from Bath and Body Works that I like.

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? ALL OF THEM.  I used to not like anything that my family served at Thanksgiving, but now I can't get enough.  If I had to choose one, I would probably go with the corn casserole (which I am in charge of cooking this year, so here goes nothing).

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? Today, Atlanta has been miserably cold and rainy all day.  Usually we don't get too much rain, but the temperature does like to fluctuate.  This will probably be our first cold Thanksgiving that we've had in a couple years.

8. Most worn sweater? My navy blue cardigan with the embroidery on the left breast.

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? I'm not that big on religiously painting my nails.  Whatever nail polish is on my toes usually stays there for a month, and having nail polish on my finger nails is usually too much of a commitment.  I did recently pick up NYC's "Fashion Safari" at Target though, and I really like it.

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? I enjoy going to Tech's football game's but other than that I don't really support any teams.  So I guess jumping in leaf piles.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? Skinny jeans.  I used to hate jeans when I was a kid (probably because my family used to use a clothes line instead of the dryer, and air-dried jeans become as stiff as cardboard), but my love of them has grown.  I do appreciate leggings, but I hate the way they've exploded into being acceptable to wear in public.  Please cover your butts people.  That's my PSA for the day.

12. Combat boots or Uggs? How about just boots in general?  I practically live in my boots during the colder months.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? Considering that I don't drink coffee, I really can't speak to the ever famous pumpkin spice latte, but I don't like pumpkin flavored things in general.  David and I went to a wine party over Fall Break though where our hostess had made pumpkin cupcakes, and those were amazing.  I would kill for the recipe.  Especially the homemade frosting.

14. Favorite fall TV show? American Horror Story.  I'm really behind on the current season though because David and I prefer to watch it together.

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?  Ummm... Something mellow and acoustic.  Maybe Cat Stevens' "The Wind."  That song gets me every time.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thankful 21-25

I am thankful for...

21: very thoughtful mom who sent me a Christmas amaryllis in the mail! I can't wait for it to bloom in a few weeks :)

22: ...the fact that today is Friday!  I'm going to have a busy weekend filled with a lot of studying and schoolwork, but I'm excited to still take a little time for me!
23: ...sleeping in and catching up on sleep.
24: amazing parents. I know I take them for granted sometimes, but we're so blessed to have a relationship built on love and understanding.
25: ...knowing that David is going to arrive tomorrow night because it's giving me motivation to power through all the work I need to get done!

You can find my previous "thankful" posts here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thankful 16-20

I am thankful for...

16: ...all the amazing blogs that I read.  I gain some much inspiration from these incredible bloggers, and reading their blogs every day provides me time of creativity, encouragement, and joy.
17: crazy imagination for giving me some pretty awesome dreams, last night being no exception.
18: ...the invention of the cell phone to provide me with the means to share good morning and goodnight texts with David every day.
19: ...the opportunity to snuggle with my sweet baby nephew.  He's great at cuddling.
20: ...a warm bed to sleep in on cool nights like this.

You can find my previous "thankful" posts here.

Yarn Along

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

This table runner is rather a slow knit, but I'm really happy with how it's looking so far. I'm starting to feel the pressure of getting my knitted Christmas presents done on time (especially considering that I haven't even purchased the yarn for one project yet), but I'm not too stressed yet. With the end of the semester coming up, I don't really have time to be stressed about anything except my looming finals.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Tea

Surprisingly, this hot cup of peppermint tea is the first cup of tea that I'm having today. It was a busy day of celebrating birthdays over lunch with friends, going to class, working on group projects, and helping my sister with my niece and nephew for the afternoon. Now I'm so ready to get into comfy pants, wrap up in a blanket, and do some yarn work. I made the mistake of starting to watch Breaking Bad, and I'm already enthralled--it's just so well-written--so I'll probably watch an episode of that too.

Side note: look at this preciousness just snoozing away on my chest. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful 11-15

I am thankful for...

11: ...feeling productive today! I got a lot of work done for many of my classes, and I still managed to sit down and take time for myself at the end of the day.
12: guitar and the music it has brought me all these years.
13: ...the food on my plate. Sometimes I take something so essential for granted.
14: ...the chance to lie in bed reading the whole morning.  I finally finished A Feast for Crows!
15: knitting magazine which arrived in the mail today!  I get so much knitting inspiration from these, and it was from the most recent Spring issue that I found the pattern to make my Hashtag Camisole!

You can find my previous "thankful" posts here.


"We aren't caught up in your love affair."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yarn Along

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

One of my sisters welcomed a new sweet baby into the world this past Friday.  She's going to have newborn pictures taken of my little nephew in a few days, so she asked me if I could make a little bow tie for him.  He's going to look so precious!  But maybe I'm a little biased ;)  I can't wait to see how it looks on him!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Long Books and a Cup of Tea

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
    - C.S. Lewis

I'm currently drinking a mug of Earl Grey, and reading two hunks of books right now.

The first is An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon which I have been plowing through for quite some time.  My motivation to finish it quickly though has diminished somewhat though since the author of the series just announced that the release date of the eighth book is being pushed back.  So for now, I've been taking breaks between sections of the book to read other things as well.

The second hunk of book that I'm reading right now is A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin.  I definitely agree with the other people that think that this is the worst book of the series.  But by worst book, I think we all know that I don't mean that the book is bad, just slow and maybe a little dry compared to the fast-paced, heart-pumping previous three books.  I have only about a fifth of the book left though, and it has only gotten progressively more exciting.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thankful 6-10

I am thankful for...

6: ...the beauty of nature during fall.
7: ...simultaneously getting Starbucks pick-me-ups with Molly who looked beautiful.
8: ...a quick and healthy delivery of my new baby nephew. Ten fingers, ten toes. He's perfect :)
9: inclination towards all things crafty.  I would probably go crazy if I didn't have knitting and crochet as a means to unwind at the end of the day.
10: tea to warm and soothe my soul.

You can find my previous "thankful" post here.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Luke Timothy

My beautiful nephew was born at 7:44 this evening. Both mom and baby are healthy and happy. I could not be a happier aunt :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Yarn Along

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

I have multiple projects on the needles right now, and this is just one of them.  So far I have finished the first pattern repeat of what will be a table runner.  I have a lot of repeats to go!

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Thankful 1-5

Every November, people like to share what they are thankful for each day of the month in preparation for Thanksgiving. My goal is to list the things I am personally thankful for over the course of November here on this blog. I think months like these are wonderful to remind ourselves just as blessed we are. Without further ado...

I am thankful for...

1: ...having a great relationship with David's family.
2: ...getting to say goodbye to the mountain house my family owned for two decades. Some of my favorite childhood memories took place there. It was truly my family's Retreat.
3: wonderful boyfriend with whom I have spent the past 23 months of my life in a wonderful and loving relationship.  I can't wait for our two year anniversary next month :)
4: ...the opportunity to visit Georgia Tech's observatory and to view Venus, Uranus, and the Ring Nebula up close.
5: amazing dad who is celebrating his birthday today.  I am so blessed by the love and patience he continually shows me, and without him, I'm not sure I would be studying math.  He has always had such an influence on my life.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Fall Break

As per promised (too long ago), I wanted to tell you all about my Chicago adventures during Fall Break. The break came at the end of a long week of midterms, the last of which didn't end until Friday at 3 PM, so I unfortunately had to wait on a late flight. I passed the time at the airport by doing some reading and drinking a cup of tea. There is one perk of late flights though, the cities below all look like a spider web of twinkle lights from above in the plane.

That night, after David picked me up from the airport, we watched the first episode of the new season of American Horror Story.  This show is amazingly terrifying, and I can't watch it without having a hand to squeeze.

The next morning, David and I went to brunch at Nookies Too.  We had been here before, and we couldn't resist returning.  I got the croissant French toast with mascarpone and strawberries, and David got the corned beef hash with eggs.

Later that afternoon, we saw the Midnight Circus perform.  They travel around to different park in Chicago every weekend, and David and I were lucky enough to have them performing nearby.  Some parts of the circus were definitely more geared towards children, but we still had an amazing time!  I was so impressed by the things these people could do!

That night, we made garlic and rosemary pork chops for dinner before dressing up and going to a wine party that a friend of David's was hosting at her apartment.  The wine, of course, was amazing, but even better were the pumpkin cupcakes.  I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin, but these were so yummy.  They were mini cupcakes, but I still ate at least eight of them.  No shame.

On Sunday, David and I had a mostly domestic day, only going outside to walk to church, as we made two different types of stew and my very first pie!  We made both a Mexican beef stew and a beef and vegetables stew in crockpots (it provided us with dinner both Sunday and Monday night, plus a couple leftover meals for David!).  After the stews had started cooking, David and I set about making our very first apple pie.  We cheated and used a store bought crust, but everything else was completely homemade, and the apples even came apple trees that David's roommate got from his parents house in Michigan.  I washed and peeled the apples, and while David thinly sliced them, I set about preparing the dry ingredients that we would be tossing the apples in.  Let me tell you, I could have eaten that stuff by itself.  Before we knew it, the pie was in the oven cooking, and in the meantime, we started watching the new Great Gatsby movie.  A feast of stew and apple pie a la mode was to be enjoyed by all.

Monday was one of my favorite days of the break.  David and I drove about 40 miles west of Chicago to Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch.  This wasn't just any ol' pumpkin patch though; it also had a mini haunted house, delicious homemade apple donuts, a corn maze, a pumpkin eating dinosaur, a pumpkin cannon, various wildlife, and, wait for it...a giraffe.  Not just any giraffe though.  It was a giraffe that you could pet and feed.  I COULD BARELY CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT.

 You know you're jealous.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Literary Inspired Halloween

For a few week's, David and I tossed around various ideas for Halloween costumes.  We wanted to do a "couple costume" but didn't necessarily want it to be too cutesy.  We thought about being minions, we considered being Daenerys and Ser Jorah Mormont, and we even thought about something Dexter themed.  When I mentioned to David that I had a Frodo Baggins costume from years ago, we struck upon gold with the idea of David being the Tower of Barad-dur complete with the eye of Sauron at the top.

We took so many action shots over the course of the night, and everyone agreed that the costumes were a great success, especially David's ability to transform a yoga ball into the eye of Sauron.  We were even told that we had the best couples' costume ever.  Woohoo!