Welcome to the 70's

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This morning I have traveled back in time to the 70's. My kitchen has been filled with the smells of Butter Cream cake and the sounds of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, KC and the Sunshine Band and The Doobie Brothers. Yep, I've gone back in time.

My dad has a ton of 35s. Those big discs that plays on the original turn tables. Yep, that's it. He recently got this player that can convert them to tracks on iTunes. I've been tasked with converting them. So I've been baking a cake and listening to the 70s.

Have you ever watched That 70's Show? Well, mom says its really dumb, but that is how they actually dressed back then. Long hair, goofy glasses, shoes with platforms or heels and jackets.

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong time period? Sometimes I think I was. Like I should be living back in the 50s. I feel like I should have been a house wife. Staying in the kitchen, cooking and baking. Where I would wear dresses every day and cute heels. With stylish aprons.

That would have totally been me. Except long blone hair pulled back with a ribbon it in.

Welcome to the past!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

I have recently discovered this wonderful app called GoodReads. It's a list of almost every book! You can create virtual bookshelves. I kept it simple with Read, To Read, and Want to Read. You can rate the books you've read and give your review of it.

My to-read list is a whole lot bigger than my read shelf. I think it will always be, but hopefully my read shelf will be getting bigger in the process!


Personally I don't think I give good reviews of books. I hated English class when we had to read books and analyze them. I didn't see much beyond the basic plot line. I could put myself in the characters shoes, but I didn't see the underlying things. Once I was explained it, I understood it. But needless to say, I do enjoy reading a good book.

I've also become a member of a book club through GoodReads! We are currently reading The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin and A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay. We could chose to read either one or both. I chose A Secret Kept.

So far I haven't exactly gotten into the book. I have a hard time finding some books interesting. This is one of them. I have a hard time relating to it. It's about a man who's life is crumbling around him. I have to admit that I love some dramas. But this just isn't one of them. I personally am not one to read about people in other countries. How they are expected to react is different to ours. I feel like I sound like an American snob, but I prefer to understand what they mean when they say that a person is from a particular part of town and that's why they act a certain way.

Anyway, the group is currently voting on February's books. Our choices are The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark, and Maggie by Charles Martin. Personally I'm hoping that Footprints in the Sand or Lock and Key are the books. But I suppose it is good that I get out of my shell.

If you have goodreads and want to be friends, let me know! I always like to get good book suggestions!


In a Funk

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I've been in a real funk lately. Truth is, I don't know how to pull myself out.

I think one of the real sources of my funk is not having any friends that I can hang out with close. My two best friends are far away from me. Well, one is 2 hours away and the other is about 11 hours away.

I have a friend from college that moved right down the road from me. But we haven't talked in a while. I should text her, send her a message or something. But I feel like when we talk she judges me. Wonders why I haven't gotten a job yet. Looks down on my relationship. Maybe that won't be the case. I should just talk to her...

I have started making a quilt. I have approximately 2.5 blocks completed. Only 17.5 to go. It's going to be a long road!! But I think it will turn out beautifully. I can't wait to get it more together. I'm very excited to show everybody. Here is one of them and how it turned out.

I am trying to find a job. I applied to two yesterday. I am just hard on myself. I don't have experience from any job. I've never gotten one before. I always focused on school and everything was okay. But now I'm kind of wishing that I had gotten a job before now. Maybe my life would be a little easier. I keep telling myself everything happens for a reason. There is a plan and it will unfold in front of my eyes.


Solve the Mystery

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I don't know about y'all, but I am a huge crime scene, let's solve the mystery lover! I have watched almost every episode of NCIS and NCIS: LA. I watched almost every CSI, up until NCIS came out then I fell in love with it.

One night while I was flipping channels with my grandmother, I caught an episode of Rizzoli and Isles on TNT. I thought it was pretty good but I haven't really watched it since then. But I ran up on the books that the TV show is based on. I read the first book in 2.5 days. I almost never read books that fast.

The one thing I have to say about this book, The Surgeon, is that it is very descriptive. Holy cow is it descriptive. I mean think about it. If you've watched any type of show like that, the show is somewhat gory.  But you know how books are always more descriptive because they have to paint a picture in your head. Well, it did. One that made me get goosebumps.

So now I am on to the second book, The Apprentice. I will be sure to let y'all know how that one goes.

PS sorry about the almost lack of review about this book. It was good, so if you want to see what its about look it up. Its a very brutal mental image and I don't want to thrust that upon any of my lovely readers who may not like that type of thing.

Flowers and More Flowers

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I started my second Wilton Cake Decorating course last week. Course 2 is all about flowers. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I think mine are turning out okay, but who knows.

This course has been me and one other lady, plus the instructor of course. I kind of like it that way! I like having a very private class. It gives me the quietness to concentrate, but also kind of puts me in the spotlight to do better and always pay attention (not that I don't).

So the first class (which I slacked and didn't blog about), we used fondant and gum paste mixture. I'm in a love/hate relationship with this piece of cake decorating sugar! I love it because you can make such unique things with it, but I hate it because of all of the prep and care you have to give it.

Flowers from fondant/gum paste mixture

I'm not sure if y'all are aware of this, but I am very picky about my hands being dirty. In order to use the fondant/gum paste mixture you must keep it moist or it dries out and is unusable. So you have to use Crisco or vegetable shortening... whatever you want to call it. None the less it makes your hands very greasy and is just yuck to me. Although every time I use it I can't help but think of The Help and how one of the maids says that you can use it on your husbands feet to make them smooth. At least I will have smooth hands.

So moving on, this week we made up our own stiff icing. I thought my mixer was going to have a stroke. I didn't beat the icing nearly as long as it called for, but to my amazement, the icing turned out exactly how it was supposed to according to my instructor.

Apple Blossom
We made the base for the Wilton rose, apple blossoms, primroses and rosebuds. My apple blossoms are awesome if I do say so myself! They were pretty easy to make just by following the sticker you sick onto the flower nail.


  My primroses are alright, the icing was a little too soupy for them to turn out well. The shine that is on the flower is not supposed to be there, so they didn't dry correctly. But I still think it looks okay.

And I couldn't exactly get a hand of turning my flower nail, so my base for my Wilton rose was definitely not the best. But I am going to try to practice them to make them better. The one on the left is my instructors demo one and the one of the right is mine. It looks kinda bad compared to hers, but with practice I think it will turn out better.

This is the rose bud. I think it turned out okay, but it wasn't my favorite flower. There were some flaws in mine, but now that I know what they are, I can try to fix them for next time.

So with that, I will get out of here and update y'all after my next class. Have a nice night!


Hanging In There

Sunday, January 13, 2013

So y'all might have read a few posts back I wasn't very happy with my life at the moment. Things haven't exactly changed much, but I feel a little rejuvenated. I'm just hanging in there.

I haven't meant to be so lost from my blog lately, I didn't have much to say the first part of the week and the second part of the week I spent in the boondocks with my grandmother taking care of her. She just had shoulder surgery and needs help because she can only use one arm. So that's where I've been since Thursday. Needless to say I got caught up on cross stitching, a little bit of reading, reruns of NCIS and very little sleep...

I'm going to try to be around more on my blog in the coming week. Not exactly sure how... but I don't want to leave it for so long. I feel like I'm neglecting it.


I Love You to the Moon and Back

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The first time J told me that he loved me was sitting in Farmville (my college town) outside of the Sweet Frog (a frozen yogurt shop) after listening to I Love You This Big by Scotty McCreery.

I remember the day so vividly. It was beautiful out. It was spring and just starting to get warm. The sun was shining so beautifully. I remember thinking how nice of a day it was when within the next day I was going to feel so crappy because J had to leave to go back to base.

I love remembering the first time that he said those 3 words. It was so pure when he said it.

So anyway why I'm being all sappy and telling you about the first time J told me that he loved me is because I Love You This Big has meaning to us. It will be the first song we dance to as a married couple. So I wanted to keep a reminder around of how I felt that day.

I was itching to make something with my Silhouette because I really hadn't done much with it. So I found this pinterest post where somebody had made a picture with the lyrics. I loved it so much, I wanted to make my own. And so I did...

Here is while it was in the painting stages but it turned into this...

I am so proud to have made this. AND it has given me the itch to create many more beautiful things.


It's Okay!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

So this is my first time linking up with Neely and Amber for It's Ok Thursday! Here we go...

It's okay that...

...I want to move far far away from my house because I am quite upset

...I just want to stay in my pjs all day and really do nothing when I should be filling out grad school applications

...I find it quite enjoyable to watch Brothers and Sisters on Netflix almost all day and think how I'm glad that isn't my life

It's okay that I kinda want the life where I have brothers and sisters and people to lean on and talk to...

...that I had a dream that I was in Alaska and ran into Katie and a few other blog friends

...Katie didn't like me in my dream

...I'm super excited for Revenge to come back on this Sunday

...I secretly buy nail polishes and paint my nails every week

...J didn't really want me to read Fifty Shades of Grey

...I mix chocolate chex and cinnamon chex as my breakfast

...I want to drink wine at 11:45 am

...I'm a little uphappy with my life right now because I know it will get better

Yeah, so this is my list and that's completely okay!


Not Starting Out to be a Good New Year

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I need to vent right now... so pardon my rant...

J and I had planned to get together over New Years to visit Alabama. The plans got a little messed up because he didn't want to take money from my dad for coming to get me. (My parents won't let me drive down to South Carolina by myself). So J had suggested going to Alabama the next week and if I could come down for New years, I could stay with him and then go to Alabama the next week.

I told my parents the revised plan about staying in SC a week then going down to his family, but they didn't listen. So they gave me a surprise by waking me up Saturday and asking if I wanted to go to the beach (to see J). So we packed and headed down.

J was going to come up Sunday after he checked in at midnight on Sunday, but I asked him to come earlier. So he said he would at around 9. Around 11 I found out that his debt card didn't work. He couldn't get gas to come up.

By this time, my parents were very upset about this being a wasted trip. J also found out that he might have to work this coming weekend, so it would be almost a waste for him to come up and get me.

I got quite an earfull from my parents tonight about the whole trip being a waste. That J had shit in his hat and now had to wear it (pardon my language just repeating what they said). My mother said I should stop and smell the roses and really think about this. That she didn't know how we were going to be able to make it on our own.

J was planning to come up this weekend if he didn't have to work, but mom said it wasn't a good idea. So now I feel like my whole world has crumbled around me. I don't know what to do or think or feel. All I can do is cry.

Alright.. rant over.


My Happiness Project

As many of you may know, I've been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (check out her site here). I loved the book so much that I wanted to start my own. I think I could really benefit from splitting up my goals and focusing on them a little bit at a time... just building up to accomplishing all of them.

I took some time a few days before the new year and came up with the first half of my happiness project. I had a hard time coming up with all my resolutions at the same time and trying to fit them into categories. Who knew that could be so hard.

I made some resolution charts to be able to check off if I had followed the resolutions each day. I need to keep myself accountable. Having the obvious check definitely helps to see what I need to be better at.

After thinking for a while this is what I came up with!

January - Project Better Body (got the idea from Annie with her OFB) Better body and body image.
-Think twice about junk food
-Drink between 40 and 70 ounces of water each day
-Walk at least 9000 steps per day
-Do an arm, ab, legs, back, and overall body workout each week
-Measure my body 5 times during the month

February - Project Clean and Tidiness
-Follow the 1 minute rule (if it can be put away in 1 minute, it should be put away right then)
-Evening tidy up
-Tackle a nagging task
-Follow a To Do List
-Clear Cluttered Space

March - Project Friend
-Write or email a friend at least 1 time a week
-Make a new friend
-Remember birthdays
-Listen to my friends

April - Project Love (My relationship with J)
-No nagging
-No snapping or fighting
-Show my love
-Say "I love you" morning and evening
-No dumping my problems

May - Project Write
-Better my handwriting
-Keep a journal
-Take Pictures
-Write on my blog 3 times per week

June - Project Adventure
-Visit a new place
-Send out at least 10 postcards
-Find at least 15 geocaches
-Go on a picnic

July - Project Me
-Use calming techniques
-Put lotion on
-Shave my legs!
-Keep my heels smooth
-Take hair vitamins
-Do my hair and make-up
-Paint my nails

August - Project Environment
-Turn off lights when not in the room
-Water my plant weekly
-Take weekly walks in nature

So far that's all I have. I'm sure I will come up with more as the year progresses on, but I have a hard time seeing 8 months ahead of me when I don't even know what I will be doing a week from now. But I will be sure to do monthly progress reports! : )