Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I do not like this new, accidental layout.  something must be done - but not tonight.

expect lots of pictures from my recent Very Busy Weekends.  also, I should soon have a bathroom update at The Hateful Hovel.  sorry about all the slacking, I've been very busy.

oh, and I guess I owe you a sketch as well.  hrmph.  I'll get that up soon too.  ugh, so much to do.  I've spent most of the evening looking at decorating blogs (and I spent the other half sleeping) and I realize how much I don't do around here.  it's so depressing.  maybe I'll post some pictures of my terrible clutter to shame myself into doing something about it.  I doubt it will work.  SIGH.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


here is my sketch for the week, before I go to bed.

Gamesday was pretty great this year. better than it's been in years, I'd say.  the weekend in general was mostly full of awesome until today, which was largely unpleasant and infuriating. unfortunately my camera battery died about two hours into the trip and my charging cord has mysteriously stopped working, so I am going to have to wait and steal pictures from everyone else before I can share them with you.

this past week had been pretty busy and I doubt next week will be much better (hooray leaving for the beach on Thursday), but I'll do my best.  a little bit more was done to the bathroom while I was gone, but like I said - there is a bit of a camera situation at this current point in time.  I'm going to try and buy a new cable before the weekend, but I am not optimistic about my chances.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


so I accidentally changed the layout of my blog when I was trying to change the layout of my new home decorating/renovating blog, The Hateful Hovel.  oops.  so now I guess I have a new layout.  I've been meaning to change it anyway, so no big deal I guess.  not sure how I feel about this one yet' it may very well change again.

but yeah, work started yesterday on the bathroom.  pretty exciting and terrifying.  go check out the aforementioned blog to find out more.

I bought a new bikini on Friday, even though I didn't think I'd be un-gross enough to wear one this year.  I think I did a pretty good job getting into some semblance of shape, and I doubt I am bad enough to look at that anyone is going to try and convince me to put more clothes on.  I still have about 9 pounds left to go until I am at my goal weight of 115, but I can deal with that for now.  some would argue that 115 is too low for someone who is 5'6" anyway (I'm looking at you, SparkPeople), so I think 124 will do for the time being.

I recently bought a little pink idea book at the recommendation of this blog post.  it has really been helpful in making sure that I do not forget all of the great ideas and stuff that I have while I am out and about.  I am incorporating a lot of ideas from this post into my household planner.  right now it is still in the planning stage, but I hope to have the best household planner ever by the time the new year comes around.  it will have everything - blog post ideas, daily to-do sheets, decorating sheets, garden planning sheets, gift-giving records, party-planning lists, grocery lists, meal planners, holiday cookie records -seriously, it will be the planner to end all planners.  speaking of to-do lists, if you are like me and cannot exist without one, I suggest you check out teuxdeux.com for a quick and easy free online to-do list.  it is amazing and I love it.

Gamesday is six days away and I could not be more excited about it.  and then, the following weekend I go to the beach.  and then, the weekend after that, Chris and I are going to Longwood Gardens.  best stretch of weekends ever.  cannot wait.

sketch 33

Thursday, August 12, 2010

caught in

last night my parents came over for dinner. oddly, it was the first time this has happened in the almost two years since I moved out. Chris and I made caribbean chicken w/ cantaloupe and pineapple salsa. I had intended to document the creation of this meal, but unfortunately a number of complications occurred and made this impossible. there was a ton of traffic; we didn't get home until 5:45 (my parents were scheduled to arrive at 6:30). then, when I started to assemble the ingredients for the chicken rub/paste, I discovered that I only had cinnamon sticks. I needed grated cinnamon. so I spent the next ten minutes grating my own cinnamon (and some of my fingers as well). and the pineapple and cantaloupe weren't cut into small enough pieces, so I had to re-chop those. and the mint was all the way out in the yard and it was really difficult to chop so I ended up just tearing it with my bare hands... it was a difficult time. but everything turned out really well and I was quite happy with it. it is a shame I didn't get pictures, it was a very bright, summery looking meal. I think it would have looked lovely in pictures.

but yeah, it was a fun time. there was something surreal about it, to me, but I often feel that way when my house, belongings, or general adulthood are involved with my parents. it is difficult to explain, really, it's just odd. it strengthens my general feelings that I am just masquerading as an adult. I mean, here are my parents who are actual adults, and here I am trying to pretend like I am one as well (but failing for the most part). I just cannot get over how ridiculous I must look to them and anyone else who knew me as I was growing up. I even feel like people who haven't known me that long (neighbors, co-workers, random passers-by) must feel that way, must look at me and find my attempts hilarious. I am like a child, pretending. it's almost unbearably embarrassing. I'm sure it will get better with time, but I've just got to get to that point. I think that actually behaving like an adult might help, and I'm really trying to do that, but it's so hard...

it wasn't as bad when I lived at the apartment as it is now that I actually own a home. the apartment, somehow, didn't count for as much. lots of careless young people have apartments and still continue to act like giant children. but owning a home is a big deal, it should have somehow transformed me into a capable adult. but that obviously didn't happen and I feel a bit disappointed with myself. I wish there was some way of telling when you've reached adulthood, some sort of rite of passage and a badge that is presented to you so that you know you've arrived and so that you can show it to others to prove that you are on the same level as they are (I am pretty sure this is a run-on sentence but I am just going to let it go and move on).

seriously, this adulthood thing is confusing and difficult and complicated and, as I said before, hard. but fun, too. I mean, I ate chocolate chex mix for dinner last Friday. how awesome is that?

Sunday, August 8, 2010


this was a pretty good weekend. on Friday night, we (me, Kim, Hannah, and Meghan) had a girls' night at Meghan's house. it was a lot of fun - even the long and arduous journey Kim and I had to make to get there. it's been a long time since I've been to a sleepover with a bunch of girls. it was like being twelve again.

we came home around 10:30 on Saturday morning since Kim had plans that afternoon. I spent the afternoon bikini shopping with Kylie. I found a bikini I like, but it is $80 and I do not know if I can bring myself to spend that much money on something so small. I did, however, buy a really weird shirt that I fell in love with for some reason.

after that, Chris came home from magic and we went out to dinner with my parents and my aunt and uncle. we went to Plaza Azteca, which is good since I have been trying to make Chris go there since I first discovered it last June. I got chicken chimichangas - they were amazing! while we were eating, Chris mentioned that I was refusing to buy curtain rods (because I think they are too expensive). so after dinner, the whole crew came along to Boscovs and made sure we got some - and awesome tiebacks to go with them. our living room windows look amazing!

Chris and I also went to Lowe's to pick out things for our bathroom renovations, which should be starting very soon. there should be a post listing our choices in a day or two, so check back often.

sketch #32

here's my sketch for this week:

I attempted drawing a child, which went better than I expected. I am not usually very good at their weirdo proportions.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

shark week

here's a preview of a little something I've been working on recently. I thought I'd post it here in honor of Shark Week - one of my favorite things about August. too bad I only have basic cable and cannot watch it.

Now playing: The Decemberists - The Queen's Approach
via FoxyTunes

like you mean it

this week has been much better. I am feeling more myself, which is nice. and it is August now, so hopefully all of my bad feeling will stay back there in July. keep your fingers crossed.

yesterday, Kim and Dustin had a picnic on their newly-stained deck. my contribution to the menu was Herb Dip. I was running a little behind schedule when I made it (shockingly enough) so I didn't get to take any pictures of the mixing process, and it really isn;t much to look at in its finished form - just some yogurt with a bunch of herbs in it. but let me tell you, it is amazingly delicious. I cannot get enough of it, I think I'll probably have some in my fridge at all times from here on out. seriously. here's the recipe, in case you were wondering:

Herb Dip
8 oz plain yogurt
1/8 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/2 tsp chives
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp thyme
dash of salt

just mix all of those things together and you are set. I used some herbs from my very own herb box - how exciting!

I also took some chips to the party which were too weird not to mention. I saw them at target when I was bra shopping with my mum (hooray for new bras that fit!) and I couldn't not buy them. Archer Farms makes Macaroni & Cheese and General Tso's flavored potato chips! can you believe it? the Macaroni & Cheese were good, but they didn't really taste like macaroni and cheese. the General Tso's, though? I thought they were pretty dead-on.

the party was a lot of fun, and the food was amazing. I would just like to say again how much I enjoy these friend (as opposed to family) picnics. they make me feel like a genuine adult, which is a pretty weird feeling.

we went bike riding again on Saturday morning. this time Chris came along, since he got a new bike Friday night. Chris and I went about the same as last week, about 5 miles. I was feeling fine, but Chris was pretty tired so I went back with him. Steve went on without us for 12 miles. he's really quite impressive. I am glad, though, that I was not tired after 2.5 miles this week. that means it must have been the heat and depression that stopped me last week, not some sort of muscle degenerating disease. hooray!

last night, as I was going to bed, one of the slats holding up our mattress wiggled free and fell on Mako. he is now afraid of everything that moves or makes a sound and he refuses to go upstairs. he doesn't seem to have been hurt, just terrified. it is pretty funny, the way he is jumping at every single sound and motion, since he has been entirely fearless up until this point. but I hope he gets over it soon, his fearlessness was one of my favorite things about him.

here is my sketch for this week. again, it was inspired by a book we were listening to at work: Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. honestly, it was pretty bad, but that's what we were expecting. we like to listen to ridiculous romance novels just to get ourselves angry. but anyway, here is the sketch.

but yeah, I am hopefully going to be updating more often around here. I am trying to get my new organization plan underway, and I want to get some reviews written for my two challenges. I have finished books, I just haven't bothered to blog about it. so wish me luck.