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 :)

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 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!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: strides in my to-do list!
Drinking: lots of water on the humid Atlanta days.
Waiting: for some working internet.
Watching: the premiere episode of Outlander over and over again.  It was so good!
 Reading: every Rainbow Rowell book ever written.
Hearing: the hum of my finally working laptop!
Understanding: at last a tricky math concept that went over my head for way too long.
Knitting: a basket-rib hand towel.
Wishing: for some dessert--preferably mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Enjoying: some new-to-me flavors of tea.
Liking: all that this summer has had to offer, but...
Disliking: that the summer is almost over.
Loving: my Canon camera.  My beach pictures turned out amazing!
Hoping: for a reprieve in the rain.
Planning: a trip to the grocery store tomorrow morning.
Wondering: what the next few months will hold.
Needing: to adjust my sleep schedule a little bit.
Wearing: a pre-bedtime face mask! Yay for looking ridiculous while blogging!
Listening: to Simon & Garfunkel.
Eating: dinner, a.k.a., leftovers from earlier in the week.
Thinking: that I need to prep some photos for blog posts for later in the week.
Writing: and updating my resume.
Feeling: ready to go this week!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yarn Along

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

Now that I'm working in it consistently, this scarf is turning out to be a breeze. It's some of the most mindless knitting I have done in a while, which is a welcome change of pace.

I don't think I've mentioned it before, so for reference, the pattern comes from the book 60 Quick Knits, and it doesn't lie. The patterns do knit up quickly, but they are still really beautiful and unique.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Tea: A Kitchen of My Own

It's been a while since I did a Tuesday Tea post since this summer has been such a busy one. I spent an amazing amount of time in Chicago with David during July, and last week, my family and I spent seven days in Palm Coast, Florida at Cinnamon Beach. It's been hard getting back into the swing of things, and the same goes for this blog. I've been neglecting it a bit, and my posts have been sporadic at best, so hopefully I'll get some writing flow back.

One of my favorite perks about having my own apartment now is that I don't have to share my kitchen with anyone. Having roommates in the past, I always felt like I was cleaning up after other people's mess and that I was the only one who cared about a clean kitchen. But now, I'm completely in control of my mess and my mess alone. I'm not really a neat freak, but I really do hate walking into the kitchen to use a certain pot only to find that somebody has left it dirty on the stove.

But now that I have my own kitchen, I have more of a desire to cook more frequently. I have a really great breakfast smoothie that I like to make in the mornings, and just today I made really yummy sloppy joes for lunch. I'm excited for all future cooking in my kitchen.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tallying Up

Making: a grocery list for the week.
Drinking: a mug of The Earl's Garden from DavidsTea.
Waiting: for my suitcase to magically unpack itself.
Watching: reruns of Grey's Anatomy.
Cooking: oatmeal for breakfast--my favorite!
Reading: the Word. It's been too long since I sat down and deliberately read from the Bible.
Hearing: lots of birds at the bird feeder on my porch. 
Understanding: or at least trying to understand, that time passes too quickly.
Knitting: a birthday present.
Wishing: that the summer could last forever.
Enjoying: looking at all the pictures that I took this past week while my family took a vacation at Cinnamon Beach.
Liking: the feeling of sleeping in my own bed after seven nights in a strange one.
Disliking: certain aspects of adulthood. Like paying bills.
Loving: that my sleep schedule is finally fixed!
Hoping: that August is a great month--plus it's also my birthday month!
Planning: on buying plane tickets to Chicago soon to go to Riot Fest in September.
Wondering: which Pioneer Woman recipe I am going to make this month.
Needing: to buy a new laundry basket.
Wearing: PJ's!
Listening: to Rude by MAGIC!
Eating: fruit snacks.
Thinking: about my sister's sweet kitty who has been missing since Wednesday :(
Writing: in my One Line a Day journal.
Feeling: a little overwhelmed by the job hunt.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

On My Bookshelf: August

So last month, I read two books in addition to the three that I had already decided to read during July. The first was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and I devoured that book whole. I loved it so much and related to it more than I have with another book in quite some time. I mean, the main character writes fanfiction. Hello, enough said. After that, I picked up Eleanor and Park which is also by Rainbow Rowell. It didn't blow me away quite as much as Fangirl did, but I still loved it, and you could say that I'm on a Rainbow Rowell (is that her given name? Because it's pretty much amazing.) kick now. Thus, two of the three books I am reading this month are written by her, and I'm really excited.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This novel actually just came out last month, and it's about a woman whose marriage is kind of on the rocks. And then she finds an old rotary phone at her mother's house that magically allows her to call her husband fifteen years prior and talk to him during their dating years. I'm really excited for this one.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

This book is the first novel that Rainbow Rowell ever published. It's about two women who are emailing each other back and forth at work about their personal lives and about a guy who works for the same company as an IT professional whose job description includes monitoring the Internet use if all employees, including email. The end result: falling for a woman he's never even met.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I've read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (which has been made into a movie!), and I loved it, so I'm excited to read more of her suspense novels. They're so eerie and a little bit creepy, but they're the kind of books that you can't put down.