Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tallying Up

I secretly (not so secretly) love these kinds of posts. They're fun to write and they're fun to read. This might just have to become a regular feature for me.

Making: a packing list
Drinking: lots of water
Waiting: for this coming weekend
Watching: Goon, a really strange but creepily funny hockey movie
Cooking: steaks, twice baked potatoes, and asparagus for dinner my last night on this trip to Chicago
Reading: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Hearing: the spin of the washing machine
Wanting: more time in Chicago
Understanding: that no good time can last forever but to always stay in the moment
Knitting: three different things at the moment--a scarf, a shirt, and a hand towel
Wishing: for more hours in the day
Enjoying: a movie night with David after a long but enjoyable day yesterday at Warped Tour
Liking: a beautiful honeycomb necklace I found on Etsy
Disliking: that's it's already the end of July--where did the summer go?
Loving: the absolutely gorgeous weather
Hoping: my job search goes well
Planning: where to apply to for the aforementioned job
Wondering: what to make for dinner on the night I'm assigned to cook while my family is at the beach
Needing: to go grocery shopping
Wearing: a blue, flowy sundress
Listening: to Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Eating: garlic hummus and Stacy's pita chips
Thinking: about my family vacation in just over a week.
Writing: besides this post? A giant to-do list.
Feeling: a lot of love from David

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beef and Snow Peas...errr...Bell Pepper // The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Okay, so technically this recipe isn't from the Year of Holidays cookbook, but given that it is still a Pioneer Woman recipe, I figured I would write about it here anyways even though it doesn't technically fall under my goal to try out a new Pioneer Woman recipe every month from the aforementioned cookbook.

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, David was kept at work until midnight, so putting the big complicated meal the we had planned to cook together on the back burner, I skimmed the Pioneer Woman's blog for an easy recipe that I could easily make by myself so that David would have something to reheat when he got home. I chose her beef and snow peas recipe, but upon visiting two different grocery stores, neither of which had snow peas or snap peas or any kind of peas for that matter, I decided to use a yellow bell pepper instead.

I'm a pretty slow cook, so the recipe took me about twenty minutes longer than the listed prep/cook time, but I would just like to add that it was pretty darn yummy if I don't say so myself, and I think David really enjoyed it too. I was especially a huge fan of the ginger soy sauce. I will definitely be making this recipe again.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Most Like Myself

I feel most like myself with a cup of tea and a handmade blanket. With a full belly and a happy heart. Surrounded by loved ones and a purring cat. Preferably two, but you'll hear no complaints about more. I feel most like myself when I finish a knitted garment and put it on for the first time. Even when there's one spot that isn't quite right, no one will probably notice. I love card games, but I believe in fate, not luck; it helps me to make sense of the hard times. I like to get through the day with a smile although some days it is harder than others. But hair pins help. Or headbands. Or hair bows. But sometimes I take other people too deeply inside of myself, get too concerned with constantly trying to make everyone happy. Evenso, I appreciate the occasional glass of wine, and I especially appreciate the guy across from me that helps me finish it, and there aren't enough words to express the way I feel when he looks at me. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yarn Along

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

It's officially happening. I've started the bust of this Make Up Your Mind top, and that means it's time to start the armholes and straps. I've read through the pattern about a hundred times already, just so there's no surprises, so I'm actually feeling okay about the fact that I've never done this before. The power of positive thinking doesn't hurt either :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On My Bookshelf: July

The beginning of July means that the year is halfway over and that it's time to line up some new books to read!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book has been topping every fiction list recently, and I'm excited to read it because it has been a while since I read a mystery/thriller. I'm excited for a book that I won't be able to put down and that will keep me up at night.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I've read two of John Green's books previously, and this one in particular is probably the most well known of his books besides The Fault in Our Stars. Most of his books are classified as Young Adult novels, but I think they're great reads no matter what your age is; John Green just has a really great writing voice, and I usually devour his books in only a few sittings.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

All of a sudden, Rainbow Rowell's name is showing up all over the place. She just released a new novel, Landline, on Tuesday, but after reading the synopsis of all of her books, I knew Fangirl was the one for me. How did I make such a deduction? It's about a college girl who writes fanfiction. Enough said. It's been years since I wrote or read any fanfiction online, and I know this book will bring back so many good memories for me. My inner geek is rejoicing!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yarn Along

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

I definitely thought I would have more of this scarf finished after last week, but that just hasn't been the case. Oh well. Sometimes slow and steady is better, especially when you're mistake-prone like me. Also, the color in the picture is a little off; the yarn is more teal and not so green.

Can't wait to peruse the Yarn Along and see what everyone else is making right now! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yarn Along

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

A new month calls for a new project. This is just a simple eyelet scarf, or at least the starts of it. 

The book is also the ends of my June reading. I've been enjoying The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin which provides some great insight into getting a crafty business off the ground. I don't know if I would ever sell my knitting/crochet creations, but it is something that has always interested me, and it's nice to just know how it's done should I take that step.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday Tea: I Can't Get These Songs Out of My Head

I spent way too long in the shower today because I was busy simultaneously blasting songs from my phone and singing along. There's a lot of songs right now that I've essentially been listening to nonstop, and I can't get them out of my head.

They're on my unofficial summer playlist.

1. Sick Muse by Metric
2. Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson
3. Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. Dear River by Kina Grannis
5. Shadows by Au Revoir Simone
6. Ghosts by Audiences
7. Team by Lorde
8. Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
9. I Knew This Would Be Love by Imaginary Future