Monday, October 29, 2012

A handful of musical sanity

So things have been nuts, hence the cobwebs on this blog.
Expect a VERY long string of unrelated photos from the past month or so.

But first...

I am in the library, working on exam study guides and final research papers (yes, it is finals time already. Sort of. A month from now. But some things have to be turned in early as a draft so...don't worry. I'm not THAT on top of things.)

I am also sick, and had a fever half the weekend. So that's enjoyable.

Anyway, if you're anything like me, as November inches closer, it's time for some new music.
Because it's getting to that awkward not-quite-the-holidays-and-I'm-sick-of-school lull.
Also known as early onset senioritis.

These are five of the songs keeping me going during all this nonsense.
Have a lovely week!

1. Elizaveta- Meant

2. Lifehouse- Between the Raindrops

3. Tiptoe- Imagine Dragons

4. Mumford & Sons- Babel

5. Foxes- Warrior

And just for fun...

6. Taylor Swift- I knew you were trouble


Monday, October 22, 2012

Because the world needs a little "old fashioned" now and again.

I found this website last night, and I'm a little late in discovering it, but I kind of want to find the book.

It's called "Project Everlasting," and it's about two bachelors who went around the country seeking out the best stories of lifelong loves.

They have a few stories up on their website, you can find them in their love journals.

(Also, while we're on the topic, here's one of my favorite songs by Fun.)

In a time where marriage and relationships in general are changing rapidly-for better and for worse-it's refreshing to read stories from people who have stuck it out for the long haul.

I like to believe that even in the technological era, some things don't change. Love, respect, honor, admiration and a healthy sense of humor are all cornerstones of any relationship, whether it be with friends, family or a significant other. And they always will form the strongest base, no matter what else changes in our world.

So in case you need something warm and fuzzy for this really rainy Monday (where I am, anyway), the few stories they have up there will totally make your day.

Have a good week!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life Update

Look, a post! I do have a blog!

Unfortunately, this will be a quick I have class. And I do attend class most days.

Anyway, a quick update of things that have happened, the precursor to the hundreds (okay, tens) of pictures I've taken to post on this blog.

- Got a new job.
- Left old job.
- Still have newspaper job.
- Still a full-time student, who clearly wants to abandon any and all free time.
-Visited St. Louis.
- Visited Chicago.
- Was the assistant in a magic show with the creepy "Amazing Gary."
- Bought rain boots. Finally. After three years of deliberation.
- Bought a Halloween costume. (Hint: There's a snake in my boot.)
- Bought a bed with Thomas! (More on this a few lines down.)
- Painted, picked out bedding, picked out carpeting, purchased curtain fabric.
- Interviewed for a post-grad big girl job.
- Made a scarecrow with the newspaper staff. Now that's the way to spend a Wednesday afternoon.

And that's only the last two weeks or so. Exciting stuff.

A quick story about my friend who is now engaged:

( ^^^ Halloween last year)
She goes to school in Iowa. And is obviously a supermodel. And I finally got to see her Saturday, and she ended up getting engaged the day after I saw her. Bad timing, future Mr. Sandy! They're wonderful together, I'm so excited. But it sucks being so far away. We will celebrate soon!

Also, in other exciting news, I will be moving in with my boyfriend after college! In his home, with his family. Which I don't mind, because his family is great, he has animals, and we get the whole basement. Current progress:

(This is not our permanent bed. That comes in Tuesday.)

We painted and put in the new carpet. Most of the credit belongs to Tom, his dad and his sister, who cleaned it out and did a lot of the difficult jobs in setting up the room. It's been so much fun picking out paint colors and carpeting and such.

This little room will change a lot over the next couple weeks, and after that, it's onto the mini family room!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wish Fulfillment/ I am psychic

Normally, I hate March.

The snow starts to melt, makes everything muddy, gives way to one last ominous snowstorm, and it's not quite spring clothes season yet. Also, every day is a dilemma between "Snow boots or rain boots?"

It's a tough life.

But this year...ahh, March cannot come fast enough.

I am a senior. So that means I am in a constant mode of senioritis. All. The. TIME. Because I am already looking so forward to graduation and all of the exciting things to come after that (more on that later.)

But THIS year, as my graduation present, my family and I are going to Ireland for spring break!

And, to sweeten the deal, I get to bring my boyfriend, who has never stepped foot on a plane. So his virgin plane experience will be an eight-hour flight over the ocean. He is just thrilled.

In this post, back in December, I talked about how much I missed the UK, and that I just knew I would be back again someday. And March is someday! I can't wait.

Plus, we get to stay at this castle for a night, which I have actually stayed at once before.

Ready for a crazy story about that?

My freshman year of college, I had to make a powerpoint presentation about anything I wanted. The only criteria was that it had to be a business or a location. Anything in the whole, entire world.

Well. I started with Disney World, but then I decided I wanted a real castle. Somewhere far away, where I would never get to go, but could dream about.

What did I choose? Ashford Castle. ^^^^

Little did I know, I would be there the next summer, with a friend I hadn't yet met, who would invite me on a trip to the UK.
I didn't realize it was the same place until I walked in, and was completely stunned. And a little freaked out.

Then, my mom planned this trip to Ireland in the Spring. Where are we staying for one night? Ashford Castle! She had no idea it was the same place I'd been.

So my freshman self had no inkling that before graduation, I would be a guest at that castle not once, but twice. 

Obviously proof that I am psychic. Send your life questions my way, I've got this.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 1, 2012


(*This is also the tentative name of my first book, which I am nearly finished with!)

I am a "setting the scene" kind of person.

I believe in fresh flowers, candles, decorations, and at Halloween, I believe that my home should look like Jack Skellington puked up All Hollow's Eve magic all over the place.

So last night, being a lovely, lazy Sunday, I made breakfast for dinner for my roommates. I lit a candle, put out a sparkly pumpkin, hung up some bat and spider window clings and played music from "Hocus Pocus."

I also cooked up a pot of hot apple cider, and holy cow, that stuff smells amazing when it's cooking. And it tasted delicious, especially with real whipped cream to top it off.

It's a little incredible how much good a hot beverage can do. For me, nothing makes me feel more prepared to take on the day than a cup of hot coffee or tea. I remember reading somewhere that holding a warm drink makes people literally feel warmer and kinder to others. I believe it.

And hot apple cider is really just a yummy, cozy blanket for your internal organs.

I will definitely be making more of this later this season!

I created a Frankenstein-type hot cider with a variety of different cider recipes, but this one was simple and wonderful.


- 6 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp cinnamon OR 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Peel from 1 orange
- Peel from 1 lemon

1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large pot. Turn the stove up to medium-high.
2. Add the spices and fruit peels.
3. Heat for five to ten minutes, until hot. Makes 6 servings.

And that's it! I let it simmer through dinner, too, so we could go back for seconds. I remember my mom making apple cider when I was young, and nothing feels more like autumn than that. What are some of your favorite fall traditions?

Happy Monday!

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