Monday, December 29, 2014

642 Things to Write About


One of the things that David's parents were gracious enough to buy me for Christmas this year is this book, 642 Things to Write About. It's a book filled with, you guessed it, 642 writing prompts to help get the creative writing juices flowing. Some of the prompts require just a quick bullet-point list to answer them while others leave entire pages blank to provide lots of space for an answer.

As 2014 is coming to a close (kind of sad about this one), I've been pondering the 15 things I want to do in 2015. One of my current ideas is to answer a prompt every week and share it here on the blog, no matter how silly it is. My goal is to just start writing more and to get the creativity flowing. With 642 different ideas, I'm sure I'll be able to find at least 52 that I like :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Knot Little Books of Big Wedding Ideas


No, I'm not about to get married, but yes, I love all things weddings, especially the future one that I will have, and I knew I had to get this collection of 4 books. Wedding planning is really hard, but I think it can also be fun, and these books help to lay out some of the finer details.

The collection is broken down into four topics: cakes, bouquets, details, and vows/toasts. Each book then consists of introductory information, beautiful photographs, and then more minute details to help make the day all your own.

The standout part of this book is definitely the pictures. It's like a printed version of the best Pinterest boards and everything is gorgeous. I certainly wouldn't consider these books the end-all, be-all of wedding books. There are other compilations that are more complete and are more informative, but these books are a fun addition.

received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Food: A Love Story // Blogging for Books


I think my funny bone is having a love affair with Jim Gaffigan. I just love everything about his comedy routines, and so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I had to take it.

This book lived up to all the hype I gave it; it was just so darn funny. I read it mostly during my commute to work and school, and there were times when I was literally laughing out loud on the bus. (And you know I'm really into a book when I read on the bus or train because usually it makes me motion sick.)

The great thing about this book was that I could hear Jim Gaffigan saying it in my head while I read. Being able to anticipate his inflections and dramatic pauses made it just an all around fun book to read. Plus his insight into food was spot on. Everything he said, I have pretty much thought at one time or another.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On My Bookshelf: December

Whoa. It's already December. When did that happen? The holiday season is always extra hectic, especially since my number of yarn projects goes through the roof, but I'm still hoping to get some reading done.

This month I'm planning on reading:

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
I love Jim Gaffigan. My love affair started by watching his comedy skits on Netflix, and I'm still laughing. For some reason, his jokes just resonate with me. So I picked out his book from the Blogging for Books site, and I am loving it so far. As I read it, I can pretty much hear Jim Gaffigan's voice in my head, and I'm loving every bit.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Although it's not really a Christmas book, I thought this would be a good read to help me focus on the religious aspects of the holiday season.

Yarn Along

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


Sorry for being super secretive about all my current yarn projects, but pretty much every thing on my needles or crochet hooks right now is a Christmas gift. So I'm trying to be discreet in my photos but still not bow out of the yarn along completely as December progresses.

So I present you with an up-close image of one of my many works-in-progress. My apologies that I won't disclose what it is, but trust me when I say that I've never wanted to keep a gift for myself so much in my crafty career.

How are your Christmas (Hanukkah, holiday) WIPs progressing?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries // The Pioneer Woman Cooks


This month, unlike last month, I actually got around to making a Pioneer Woman recipe. I love Brussels sprouts, and I thought Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to make some, especially since Thanksgiving dinner is oftentimes devoid of green vegetables.

These sprouts were roasted in the oven with some oil, salt, and pepper, and then tossed in a sweet balsamic glaze. I've had this recipe before, so I knew how it was supposed to taste, but unfortunately it didn't turn out quite right. I think the glaze burned a little bit, and it didn't taste as good unfortunately. I was quite disappointed, especially since it was a big meal, and especially since the sprouts pre-glaze were really good. I kept sneaking a few off of the baking sheet, and they were really yummy. Oh well. I guess all cooking endeavors can't be successes.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful


This year, I have so much to be thankful for. As I sit around the thanksgiving table with my family this afternoon, I will be counting my blessings and hoping to keep the spirit of thankfulness all throughout the holidays.

I am thankful for...

my sweet family.
David and our love.
my grandpa, who passed away a year ago today.
hot tea and blankets.
me time.
a paying job.
yarn :)
public transportation and two working legs.
living within my means.
the Thanksgiving feast that is going to be consumed this afternoon.
crafting.
my health (nothing like being really sick in bed for a week to make you appreciate something you usually take for granted).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Yarn Along

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


I snapped this latest knitting picture on my daily commute to work. It's the starts of the Purl Bee's Lovely Ribbed Cowl, and it's great for bus/train knitting because it requires minimal thought while I keep my eye peeled for my stop. Hopefully I will have enough yarn to finish this up though. I have about a skein and a half of KnitPicks Simply Cotton Worsted that I'm using, and hopefully I won't regret not have 2 full skeins.

What are you knitting right now? I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blogging for Books // The Daughter of Highland Hall

I've been sick all week, so in picking out a book to read, I wanted something quick and easy that would require little effort on my part as I wasted away most of my day in bed.

I was correct in my pick in two of the three regards. Yes, the book required no effort to read or understand, and yes, the book could be denoted a quick read, but no, it was not easy. The book is marketed as Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey, and as a huge fan of both of these, I thought this book would be right up my alley. Unfortunately I was wrong, and although I can understand where the comparisons came from, I could barely make it through this book. I found it to be contrived and cliché, and a little too much like bad fan fiction, just with some names changed.

I can imagine many people liking this novel, but I was just not one of them. This book felt like something I would have enjoyed a lot more in high school.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The American, Catholic Almanac // Blogging for Books


The American, Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson is "a daily reader of patriots, saints, rouges, and ordinary people who changed the United States." It's a compilation of short stories, one for each day of the year, about influential Catholic Americans and the lives they lived.

Although this book would be more fun to start reading at the beginning of the year and read it entry by entry, I was too excited to start reading it as soon as I got it even though that meant starting it in November instead of January. Nonetheless, I've thoroughly enjoyed the days I have read thus far, and I plan to continue reading one a day until the end.

This book isn't overly inspirational, but rather it's an unforced account of some pretty cool people. Personally, I can't wait for the entry about Jack Kerouac.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yarn Along

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


The problem with Christmas being so close is that I have all of these works-in-progress that I want to share, but I don't want to inadvertently give away any gifts. I'm never quite sure who is reading my blog when, and although I'm dying to share one of my current projects with all you Yarn Along-ers, I don't want to spoil the surprise of what I am knitting or crocheting, and for whom.

Hence the lame shot of just the current yarn I am using. It is Wool of the Andes Bulky in the color Porcini, and this yarn is a dream. So warm but still so soft. It's a winner that I'm sure to keep coming back to.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yarn Along

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


Just a quick post today so that I can get back to studying for my test this afternoon...

This picture is probably the most un-beautiful way to showcase a finished product, but I figured I would snap a photo of this crocheted hand towel in its new home--my bathroom towel rack! Hahaha :)

I crocheted it in KnitPicks Dishie yarn, and the color is Aster.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blogging for Books: A Kitchen in France

This time around, I received a cookbook to review for Blogging for Books. It's called A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson. I'll confess that I was initially attracted to this cookbook based upon its lovely images. The front cover is gorgeous, and I thought it was particularly attractive that all the photographs in the book were taken by Thorisson's husband.

Beyond the photographs though, I am amazed by the range of recipes in this book. I've spent a great deal of time looking at every single one, and although I am slightly overwhelmed by the skill that some of these recipes require (can you say lobster?), Mimi writes cooking instructions thoroughly in both American and metric measurements that breaks down everything to the basics.

Another appealing aspect of the cookbook: it is broken down into four sections, one for each of the four seasons. This makes it easy to craft a seasonal meal and to ensure that all the ingredients are freshest and at the peak of ripeness. Beyond the four sections, each section is then sub-divided into appetizers/sides, entrees, and desserts. Everything looks heavenly.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On My Bookshelf: November

This month, I've got some books lined up that I'm really looking forward to. I'm pretty sure I'm going to surpass my goal of reading 30 books in 2014, but it's not like I'm going to stop reading for the rest of the year.

Where She Went by Gayle Foreman
Last month, my niece lent me her copy of the best selling young adult novel, If I Stay. I devoured it whole in about a day, and now I'm excited to read the sequel. I'm sure it will also take no time at all. And I'm sure, like the first one, I will find myself crying pretty much through the whole thing.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
This is the last of Gillian Flynn's novels that I have to read, and I'm already itching for her to publish a new book because I get so wrapped up in everything she writes. I'm expecting another shocker ending, and I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Tallying Up


Making: Christmas gifts, woohoo!
Drinking: Earl's Garden from DavidsTea
Waiting: very patiently for David's flight time, i.e., please don't come, time, because I want him here forever.
Watching: shadows on my wall.
Reading: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Hearing: birds outside on my porch.
Understanding: that it's important for David to fly back to Chicago this evening.
Knitting: (crocheting) a special something. (How vague.)
Wishing: That weekends could last forever.
Enjoying: Halloween candy.
Liking: work perks.
Disliking: goodbyes.
Loving: time with David. My heart is full :)
Hoping: that I actually make time for a Pioneer Woman recipe this month :P
Planning: my November reading list.
Wondering: about my math test on Wednesday and hoping for a great grade.
Needing: to get my winter clothes out of storage.
Wearing: leggings, cat socks, and an over-sized PJ shirt.
Listening: to "Take Me Home Tonight"
Eating: breakfast.
Thinking: about the great weekend I had!
Writing: a test study guide.
Feeling: lugubrious and sad.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yarn Along

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


This last weekend, I went up to North Georgia with my parents and one of my sisters. While we were there, we enjoyed the foliage, hiked Amicalola Falls, and bought lots of fresh apples. In particular, we brought home two types: Pink Ladies and Arkansas Blacks. They are so amazing.

Back home, I was inspired by the literal fruits of the day and decided to try my hand at an apple cozy. It turned out adorable, and I've already used it. I always take apples to work as a snack and now I don't have to worry about it bruising in my bag.

As I told David, everything is cuter in a sweater.

You can find my Ravelry notes here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Loving Myself


I love myself...

by making sure to drink a strong cup of tea in the morning.
by keeping a good pile of books to read on my nightstand and by always having an emergency book on the Kindle app on my phone.
by admitting when I need help and trying to admit when I'm wrong.
by cleaning my apartment because no one else is responsible for my messes but me.
by cultivating an attitude of creativity and feeding it with yarn and time to sit still and craft.
by chowing down on protein after 12 hours of holding my non-sleeping nephew.
by saying yes to new things but by also learning how to say no when necessary.
by drinking as much water a day as I can.
by wearing what I want.
by taking the time to journal.
by drinking peppermint tea when my tummy's upset.
by trying to give myself more credit.
by reminding myself that I am enough.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Knockout Knits // A Blogging for Books Review

I was so excited to receive my first book in the mail to review for Blogging for Books!


The first thing that really struck me about Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin is how beautiful the images are. The photos are light and colorful, and flipping through it, I was gaining so much knitting inspiration just from admiring the pictures. I know the saying goes that you should never judge a book by its cover, but if I had been searching for knitting books based on photography alone, this book would have been a winner.

Actually getting down into the substance of it, the book is laid out into three parts: wrapped stitches, lace, and beads. I already love lace knitting, so reading the patterns I felt comfortable and excited to have a new library of patterns to choose from. I am also intrigued by the patterns that include wrapped stitches though. I am especially in love with the pattern for boot toppers. They are definitely going into my knitting queue!

In terms of the patterns that incorporate bead work, I am more than a little daunted. However, Nelkin takes great care in explaining proper beadwork, and with her patterns to go off of, I'm sure I would be able to muddle my way through my first bead project.

Overall, I have a very positive impression of Knockout Knits. These patterns are going to be a dream to work with, and I hope Laura Nelkin only continues to write such beautiful patterns.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yarn Along

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


This has been a slow yarn week for me. I've been feeling under the weather with the start of a fall cold, and I currently have a day old headache that I just can't shake. I like to think that that means I would be spending more time relaxing and knitting/crocheting, but instead I've just been crawling into bed early every evening, willing it all to go away.

Hopefully you're having a healthier day than me, and I can't wait to get home from work tonight and read everyone else's yarn alongs :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tallying Up


Making: a sea salt solution because this girl finally got her ears pierced and I'm supposed to soak them twice a day.
Drinking: OJ.
Waiting: for my YouTube video to hurry up and finish processing already.
Watching: more Gilmore Girls.
Reading: old journals.
Hearing: lots of colliding thoughts in my head.
Understanding: how to trim back an orchid for the winter.
Knitting: (dare I say it) a Christmas gift!
Wishing: my homework would do itself.
Enjoying: lots and lots of tea.
Liking: that I'm making time to do some writing again.
Disliking: the fact that I think my glasses prescription has changed.
Loving: my DSLR.
Hoping: for awesome grades. *Le sigh*
Planning: on making broccoli cheese soup this month from my Pioneer Woman cookbook.
Wondering: what my work schedule will look like this week.
Needing: it to be 11 days from now because 7 weeks is way to long to go without seeing David. Separations always feel bad in the beginning, okay-ish in the middle, and really horrible towards the end.
Wearing: Halloween socks with spiders on them.
Listening: to Little Worrier by Kina Grannis.
Eating: an apple that I parents brought me from Chattanooga.
Thinking: that I probably have too many mugs, but I always want more!
Writing: a menu plan.
Feeling: too tired for a Sunday.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

iPod Shuffle Throwback

I pulled out my old iPod earlier today and decided to go relive what high-school-Kerry was listening to.

I hit shuffle and these were the first ten songs that came up.

1. Creep by Radiohead
2. Speed of Sound by Pearl Jam
3. One Flight Down by Norah Jones
4. Can't Stop Now by Keane
5. We Looked Like Giants by Death Cab For Cutie
6. Breathe No More by Evanescence
7. Stumbleine by Smashing Pumpkins
8. Landed by Ben Folds
9. The Cross by Within Temptation
10. Front Row by Metric

I'm glad to see that my musical preferences haven't changed at all.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yarn Along

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



My sister's birthday is still a week away, but it was most convenient for everyone to get together to celebrate this past weekend which left me frantically trying to finish this scarf in the wee hours of the morning. Add into the equation the fact that I ran out of yarn and I had to improvise a crochet bind-off, it was a little stressful.

But the end result was greater than my expectations, and I wished I could keep it for myself. Maybe once the Christmas knitting is done, I'll make another one for myself.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tallying Up


Making: plans to have some friends over soon.
Drinking: English Breakfast tea.
Waiting: nervously because I might get my ears pierced this afternoon!
Watching: lots and lots of Gilmore Girls.
Reading: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
Hearing: kids playing outside.
Understanding: that change can be a good thing!
Knitting: (frantically) the last few rows of my sister's birthday present.
Wishing: that I could have taken advantage of Fall Break to see David.
Enjoying: an extra long weekend.
Liking: Sunday brunches with my family :)
Disliking: a King of Pops popsicle for the first time ever. I tried the Mexican Chocolate one and thought it was no bueno.
Loving: that David knows me so well and bought me Special K cereal in bulk.
Hoping: that my ear piercings heal quickly and that there are no issues.
Planning: Christmas gifts already!
Wondering: what happened to a card that was sent to me in the mail but that I never received.
Needing: a little faith.
Wearing: shorts. Gotta soak up that warm weather!
Listening: to Mae.
Eating: baklava from the Greek Festival!
Thinking: about the candle I lit at the Greek Orthodox Church yesterday.
Writing: down a yarn-to-buy list.
Feeling: great about the Theology on Tap conversation I attended this past Thursday night.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yarn Along

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


Christmas is a ways away but will probably be here in the blink of an eye nonetheless. As such, I'm already pondering future gifts and what I need to do to prepare for the holiday. Evaluating my stash for inspiration is obviously at the top of my list, closely followed by long hours spent on Ravelry and Pinterest. Then there will probably be some yarn buying, the start of the actually knitting and/or crocheting, and then the inevitable more yarn buying. Hopefully the end result will be some beautiful, thoughtful gifts that will be completed in time for Christmas (unlike last year where I wrapped my mom's table runner with it still on the needles and only 3/4 of the way done. But she had a really cool January gift, haha).

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Blogging for Books

Consider this the first time you will be hearing about Blogging for Books from me (or maybe your first time ever), and consider yourself warned that it won't be the last time either.

So last night, I heard about this site and pretty much thought it was too good to be true. But it's not! I signed up, told them what kinds of books I prefer to read, picked out a book from the list that they presented me with after I selected my preferences, and just like that, they told me that it was on its way to me. All I have to do in return is post a review of the book within 90 days, and it's mine to keep forever. I could seriously cry. And once you submit your review, you can get right back on their site and request another book.

The really great thing about this program is that the books aren't just fiction novels. They have non-fiction, self-improvement books, books about business and religion, cookbooks, craft books, and pretty much every other genre under the sun. So even if you don't think you have the time to read a 400 page book in order to review it, you can choose something less wordy and more up your alley.

Give it about a week, and I will be the proud owner of a knitting book that looks really awesome. I can't wait to try out some new projects and maybe get some ideas for Christmas knits. Review to follow :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tallying Up


Making: a mile long to-do list.
Drinking: a glass of milk.
Waiting: for the Greek festival next weekend!
Watching: Gilmore Girls on Netflix, woot!
Reading: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
Hearing: people playing tennis on the court outside my window.
Understanding: some of the little nuances of adulthood.
Knitting: a colorwork honey cowl.
Wishing: that someone would grocery shop for me.
Enjoying: the ability to turn off the AC.
Liking: my first ever honey crisp apple.
Disliking: this little thing called my gas bill.
Loving: the first days of fall before it gets too cold.
Hoping: to have at least one more spurt of warm weather.
Planning: Christmas presents already--it's never too early to start!
Wondering: what to get my nephew for his first birthday.
Needing: to buy new toilet bowl cleaner. What an exciting life I lead, haha :)
Wearing: a pretty moss green shirt with a lace back.
Listening: to TSwift's "Shake It Off" #guiltypleasure
Eating: pasta with chicken sausage in a chipotle cream cheese sauce.
Thinking: that I need some vitamin C to help stop this sore throat inkling in its tracks.
Writing: down some Bible verses in my quotes book.
Feeling: thankful for a professor that seems to actually care about his students.

Friday, October 3, 2014

On My Bookshelf: October

I think September was the fastest moving month so far this year. Isn't it funny how the more you have to do, the faster time seems to go? Between class and three jobs, I feel like I'm always on the go, but in a good way.

This also means though that I haven't been doing nearly enough reading. I try to read during my commute, but I'm one of those unfortunate people that can't read on the train/bus. So you can usually find me standing at the bus stop with a book in hand.

This month, I'm hoping to make the time to read:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
I've read many of Gladwell's books, and it only made sense to read this one too. I don't always agree with all the arguments in his books, but at the very least, they are always thought-provoking.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Sometimes a girl just needs a really easy read, and this book should fit the bill perfectly this month.

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
This book is a collection of essays all on the subject of writing, and it's really interesting so far. I like getting a peak into how other people's creativity works, and when it comes to writing, I love to get a snapshot of different methods.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yarn Along

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


I liked the Honey Cowl that I just finished so much that I immediately turned around and cast on another one. This time though, I am using another Raveler's colorwork modification, so this cowl is being knit in KnitPicks Simply Cotton Worsted in the colors Marshmallow and Envy Heather. The green is so dark that it almost looks black at times, and I think the contrast is great. I also love how the cowl is so different yet so pretty on either side; makes wearing it just that much easier.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blackberry Cobbler // The Pioneer Woman Cooks


Woof, I'm really cutting it close this month. Today after work, I dashed to the grocery store and then dashed home in order to make this month's Pioneer Woman recipe. The recipe in the cookbook is technically for peach cobbler, but she mentioned at the end that the recipe would also work to make blackberry cobbler too, so I made the switch (mostly because I didn't want to peel a gazillion peaches) even though, as it turns out, blackberries are crazy expensive right now.

I also halved the recipe, wanting to make individual size cobblers in the four ramekins that I got for my birthday.

The preparation was pretty easy, even though it turns out I'm the slowest person ever in the kitchen, and I worried some when the dough turned out to be sticky instead of crumbly, but I persevered, and even though the cobbler doesn't have that lumpy and bumpy texture that it was supposed to, it all tasted the same going down. Which was, needless to say, delicious. Ree Drummond wins again.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tallying Up


Making: tacos for dinner.
Drinking: Tazo Calm tea.
Waiting: for tomorrow's test to be over with.
Watching: Silver Linings Playbook.
Reading: Elements of Real Analysis.
Hearing: the sound of the outdoors since all my windows are open to let that cool, fall air in.
Understanding: basic topology (sort of).
Knitting: (crocheting) a bathroom hand towel.
Wishing: for an A on my math test tomorrow!
Enjoying: tea on cool days.
Liking: my new job quite a bit.
Disliking: Marta bus schedules (or lack thereof).
Loving: being competent in the kitchen.
Hoping: that time would slow down a little.
Planning: my next trip to the grocery store. You guys, I love Publix.
Wondering: about when I will get to see David next.
Needing: to start menu planning.
Wearing: the 311 shirt I bought over the summer at their concert in Chicago.
Listening: to classical music #studymode
Eating: a Chewy granola bar (BOGO at Publix this week!).
Thinking: about money saving techniques.
Writing: notes from my math book.
Feeling: fairly overwhelmed by life at the moment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Along

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


Usually whenever I finish a project, I have in mind what I'm going to do with it, i.e., whether I'm going to keep it for myself or whether I'm going to gift it (as well as to whom I am going to gift it). In this instance though, I have no idea who will wind up with this lovely Honey Cowl. I secretly want to keep it for myself, but I also know there will come a time when I need a last-minute gift to give. For now, until the weather cools off, or until someone's birthday comes along, this beauty will be wrapped away in my closet for safe keeping.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tallying Up


Making: a giant pile of paper to be recycled as I attempt to tidy up my apartment.
Drinking: Twinning's Earl Grey Tea.
Waiting: for a call from David this evening. It's a Sunday night ritual :)
Watching: S02Ep14 of Alias, a.k.a., one of the best television shows ever.
Reading: A Cup of Jo. I can't believe I've never read this blog before.
Hearing: the whir of the refrigerator. Does that thing ever turn off?
Understanding: that I'm going to completely mess-up my sleep schedule if I keep waking up so late on the weekends.
Knitting: the last few rows of the Honey Cowl.
Wishing: for a little more inspiration than usual.
Enjoying: the beauty of payday.
Liking: days-off even more than usual.
Disliking: that the flowers on my orchid are starting to see their last days.
Loving: an article I read about the Titanic from an old issue of Smithsonian magazine.
Hoping: for a great work week!
Planning: my first baking adventure with my new pie dish.
Wondering: where a certain ball of yarn went to.
Needing: to create a spreadsheet to help me better track my expenses.
Wearing: a well-loved t-shirt and a pair of jean shorts.
Listening: to A Day to Remember.
Eating: a leftover bean burrito from my favorite childhood Mexican restaurant, Los Bravos.
Thinking: about everything that happened this past summer. I can't believe fall starts on Tuesday!
Writing: lots of blog posts for my new job :)
Feeling: like it's time for another cup of tea except it's quite hot outside today, so maybe this one will be iced.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yarn Along

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



David decided to photobomb my yarn picture for this week :)

Did you know that International Crochet Day was this past Thursday? In honor of it, I started crocheting (for the first time in too long) this lovely little project. The pattern is technically for a wash cloth, but I decided I am more in need of another hand towel instead. I had some Dishie yarn in my stash which is just perfect for something like this.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Tea: The Real World, Kerry-Style


Today I joined the real-world and snapped this slightly strange picture of myself in front of a really awesome wall that I came upon during my trip home.

I started my job today, and I felt really official while I woke up early, made breakfast, and got dressed in my business casual clothes. I'm already a little freaked out by the limitations of my wardrobe though, and I'm going to just have to suck it up and put the kibosh on spending my paycheck on new work clothes. Because, let's be real, I need to do two things and two things only with that money: pay my rent and save the rest.

Day two is tomorrow!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tallying Up


Making: a work schedule for the week.
Drinking: Original Sin Hard Cider.
Waiting: for my leftovers to heat up.
Watching: lots of Riot Fest bands!
Reading: The Lovely Bones.
Hearing: last night's Metric performance in my head over and over again.
Understanding: that hard work and a smile will get you through a lot of things.
Knitting: a new project.
Wishing: this weekend didn't have to end.
Enjoying: all the bands I've been introduced to this weekend.
Liking: Red Bull, which is something I never thought I'd say.
Disliking: getting out of bed in the morning.
Loving: my spurts of time with David :)
Hoping: this week of firsts goes well!
Planning: out my very long day tomorrow.
Wondering: where summer went. 
Needing: to re-stock my refrigerator with some basics.
Wearing: LOTS of layers because it decided to get cold in Chicago. It was 45 degrees on Friday.
Listening: to the shower run.
Eating: pizza from Bricks.
Thinking: long and hard about the future.
Writing: down blog post ideas!
Feeling: ecstatic about some news I received! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yarn Along

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


Every once in a while, I love having a pattern that is so mindless that I don't even have to think about it while knitting.  This honey cowl is the perfect pattern for knitting while watching TV or a movie at the end of a long day where you just want to relax on the couch and not worry about anything. There's no fear of dropped stitches or too many yarn overs, so this pattern is really great for a stress-free knitting session.  I can pretty much guarantee that I will be using this pattern many more times to come.

My Ravelry notes can be found here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Tea: The Framed Finished Product


Several weeks ago, I mentioned how I had finally finished a massive baby birth announcement to give to my sister following the birth of my sweet nephew. I showed a few pictures of the cross-stitch in its unframed, slightly wrinkled form, but now it has been matted and framed, and I think the finished display showcases the work much better!

I still have yet to start a new cross-stitch project after having finally finished this behemoth because I find it easy to get burned out on big craft projects, but I've been looking around online at potential future projects, and it's getting me excited to start something new again.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tallying Up



Making: plans to bake some cobbler.
Drinking: ALL THE TEA!
Waiting: for Wednesday! I'm flying to Chicago to see David and to attend Riot Fest!
Watching: season 5 of Parenthood on Netflix.
Reading: The Elements of Real Analysis. *Yawn*
Hearing: my niece and nephew splashing at the pool.
Understanding: that sometimes school has to come first.
Knitting: the Honey Cowl
Wishing: for my computer to start being functional.
Enjoying: gluten free cereal way more than I thought I would.
Liking: that I've settled into a weekday routine.
Disliking: that the short holiday week is over.
Loving: my family :)
Hoping: that my nephew, Luke, cooperates more next time I babysit him.  He's way too cute though, even when he's fussy :)
Planning: on getting my ears pierced.  I know, I'm probably the only 23 year old alive that does not have pierced ears.
Wondering: what e-books I'm going to check out from the Georgia Tech library.  I just found out that this is a thing, and I'm excited to read some books on my Kindle without having to pay for them!
Needing: to buy work appropriate pants.
Wearing: a swim suit. This is probably my last chance to wear a suit this summer.
Listening: to lots of Metric in preparation for Riot Fest.
Eating: a Gala apple.
Thinking: about money-saving techniques.
Writing: blog posts.
Feeling: contented.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yarn Along

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



This Lotus hat took no time at all, and for the amount of effort that went into it, the results were ten times better. Hats don't generally take too long to knit as it is, but this pattern produced a hat that looks way more complicated than it actually was.

I was going through my yarn stash recently, and even though I haven't purchased yarn in months, the amount of yarn that I have is nonetheless out of control. So now I'm pretty much just sifting through my available yarn and trying to tag future projects onto it. So this hat was conceived out of the need to start using up some yarn. I don't usually pick such bright colors for items I'm going to keep for myself, but I figured I would switch things up a bit :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Birthday Loot


Besides a couple articles of clothing, most of the things I received from family and from David for my birthday were kitchen items which were much needed.

I received:
 - a beautiful Le Creuset pie dish (in Marseille blue which is the color of my tea kettle)
 - 4 ramekins
 - a cooking torch (bring on the creme brûlée!)
 - silicone tongs
 - a silicone whisk
 - a microplane zester
 - a meat thermometer

Some of these items are obviously very basic (but I still didn't have them in my kitchen!), and some of them were awesome luxury kitchen items that I can't wait to use! Who doesn't love an excuse to make pie and other desserts?

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

Twenty-three!


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 :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yarn Along

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


Where do you find your knitting inspiration?  For me, it comes from a lot of different places, but one thing that really inspires me to create is to look at other people's projects.  That's one of the reasons why I love this yarn along so much--I am provided the opportunity to admire the work of fellow knitters who are probably a lot like me in many respects.

Another place that I like to draw inspiration from is from movies and TV shows that feature knitted garments.  My current favorite?  The Outlander series.  I started reading these books back in high school, and I've loved them ever since, and I am beyond thrilled that they are being brought to life on Starz.  This past week's episode gave just a glimpse of what I hope will be some great knit-wear, and I'm hoping that I can recreate some of them.  Who doesn't love period pieces?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: my calendar for the week--going to be a busy one!
Drinking: hot tea. 
Waiting: my next chance to see David. 
Watching: The Birdcage and celebrating Robin Williams' legacy. 
Reading: My Ántonia. I was supposed to have finished this back in April, but I've been trudging through it.
Hearing: the honking of traffic.
Understanding: that waiting helps make things better.
Knitting: a lace scarf.
Wishing: on birthday candles as I turn 23 at the end of this week!
Enjoying: a less humid day!
Liking: the new freckles I got this summer.
Disliking: the ineffectiveness of Atlanta's public transportation.
Loving: the beautiful orchid that my mom bought me for my birthday :)
Hoping: that my sister has an amazing start to grad school tomorrow!
Planning: to spend some much needed time with my kitties this week.
Wondering: about the future...as per usual ;)
Needing: to start doing yoga again.
Wearing: jean shorts and a fancy blue shirt.
Listening: to The Phantom of the Opera original Broadway soundtrack.
Eating: nothing at the moment!
Thinking: I need to plan a birthday pedicure :)
Writing: some new poetry.
Feeling: nervous but excited for what I hope will be an amazing week!