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Book Nook

15 Nov

It’s common knowledge among my closer friends that I don’t mind putting a fair amount of my earnings into decorating my living space. That’s why I’m so proud of myself for what I accomplished yesterday evening: I created a little reading nook in my living room without spending any money & by using only what objects I already had in the room! Trust me, it’s not much. When you live in as small of a space as I do, however, these little changes make a huge difference.

Yes, I'm still a college student so yes, that is a blanket I've converted into a makeshift slipcover for the stool. Someday I'll have a bigger paycheck & bigger budget so I can design my home like you see them on HGTV!

Did I mention it’ll be my nice little hookah corner too? I realize the littlest things make me happy but… I love it! Now I just wish I had a dog (FRENCH BULLDOG, to be exact!) to nestle in next to me while I utilize my new space. : )

2009

30 Dec

I know. I’ve been horrible and negligent to my blog. My excuses: finals & winter break. Between studying & family, I haven’t had much available time to update. But here I am now! Since tomorrow is New Years Eve, I’ve found myself reflecting on the past year, as I’m sure many others are as well. It’s been tough- more challenging, heartbreaking and difficult than probably any other year of my life & I’ll be glad to see it pass. However, keeping that in mind, I think I’ve learned more about myself & what I do/don’t want in my life in this year than any other previous one. For that, I’m thankful.

I’ve composed a list of things, observations & ideas that I’ve learned and want to remember from this year. I can’t wait to see how 2010 adds to it and transforms the things already present on my list.

  • Just because the chips might be whole grain and the cheese is a source of calcium, nachos are still not a healthy snack.
  • Secondhand books are just as good as brand-new ones. Maybe better.
  • Your intuition is with you for a reason. Trust it & it will serve you well.
  • If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then take 1,000 pictures & more. Leave yourself & others with as many thoughts and memories as you can.
  • Yes, for you and most other people, your waist size is bigger than it was in high school. It’s supposed to be like that so stop obsessing. (but please, stay healthy.)
  • When you watch your younger siblings have an attitude & act like little punks, you may say “GOSH, I would never have talked/acted like that.”…. Oooohhhh, yes you did.
  • People make enough of their own excuses. There’s no need for you to make more for them.
  • Getting a tattoo, lip piercing & drastic new haircut all within a couple months of each other causes people to think you’re trying to make some kind of statement or undergoing some kind of transformation. Cool it. (& no, I wasn’t trying to do either of those things!)
  • People will only change for themselves & if they want to. Nothing you say or do is going to change someone’s ways. LET ME REPEAT & CLARIFY: YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR BF/GF CHANGE. PEOPLE ONLY CHANGE FOR THEMSELVES!!
  • Does it come with age? Because I’ll never understand how an older person can pour a glass of scotch or sip on straight vodka and not gag.
  • New Moon is just as good the 2nd time around… & the 3rd…
  • Forgiveness may be divine, but sometimes forgetting is just too damn hard.
  • The closer I am to graduating college, the more I am considering joining the Peace Corps & it excites me.
  • There is no elegant-looking purse for going to a social gathering that’s big enough to carry around my big ol’ Nikon.
  • Facebook chat is and always will be the worst instant messaging program ever.
  • Go to New York City. Once you’re there, walk everywhere & find places you love that DON’T have the publicity & big names. Once you’ve done that, then of course go to Rockafellar Center, Ellis Island, etc. (& by the way, hailing my first cab was even more thrilling for me than I thought it would be!)
  • Online window shopping is almost as good as actually buying the stuff you’re looking at. Just remember to X out of that window before you give them your credit card number.
  • Your ex is your ex for a reason. (This goes back to people only changing for themselves) That doesn’t mean, though, that after time, patience & a lot of self-pampering & loving, that you can’t become friends.
  • You can only say ‘yes‘ to favors for so many people before you have to stop and say ‘yes’ to yourself. I’m still trying to learn this one.
  • Bolthouse Farms drinks have some sort of addictive drug in them.
  • Don’t think that cars are watching out for you & your bicycle. Even in Marquette.
  • According to Stuff White People Like, I’m probably one of the whitest people ever.
  • My heritage is German. That doesn’t make me a Nazi, people.
  • No matter how much it sucks, any music sounds a little bit better after a couple gin & tonics.
  • I still want a lemur.
  • No matter what, 2010 HAS to be a great year because of all that I can apply to my life that I’ve learned in this long year.
  • For gosh sakes, guys, BE NICE TO PEOPLE & TREAT OTHERS THE SAME WAY YOU WISH TO BE TREATED!

SNOW DAY!!

10 Dec

 Only 3 more semesters of hearing those 2 wonderful words before I have to be a ‘big girl‘ & face our awesome economy head-on & try to find a job. Anyone need a bubbly, scatterbrained, smart-mouthed female with a graphics degree? I MEAN punctual, responsible, reliable & accountable female with a degree in graphic design…. ; )

Anyway, this snow day has given me extra spare time I didn’t originally have. So while I haven’t been watching out my window as cars struggle just to make it up the street & the poor girls at Cruise ‘N’ Coffee (popular coffee establishment up here) freeze their little faces off each time they open the window to serve a drink, I’ve gotten to spend some real quality time with one of my favorite websites: StumbleUpon.

I’m a big Harry Potter fan so imagine how much this piqued my interest when I stumbled upon this Wikipedia page (I’m a self-proclaimed nerd so don’t bother with teasing me about it): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Potter_and_the_Hall_of_Elders’_Crossing

Know what that is? No, I didn’t either until I read further into it. Author George Norman Lippert (who I’ve never heard of before this) has written a spinoff of the Harry Potter series based on Harry’s son, James. The book is called James Potter & the Hall of Elders’ Crossing. I was skeptical, of course. Nothing can compare to J.K. Rowling’s writing style with her book series & when I first realized what I’d stumbled upon, my initial thought was “Ridiculous!”.

Being the H.P. fanatic I am, however, I couldn’t just click the ‘Stumble’ icon again & go to another webpage. I had to investigate further. After the infamous Google search that everything gets nowadays, I came upon 2 links of interest. The first I’ll share with you is a review of Lippert’s book by blogger, Oonae. It contains some spoilers, yes, but depending on how much of a Potter fan you are, it may convince you to read or not to read the spinoff series. Yes, I said series. Apparently there are 3 books thus far & I haven’t learned enough about it yet to know if Lippert will continue with more. SO, without further delay, I link you to James Potter & the Hall of Elders’ Crossing site, that will provide you with a downloadable PDF file of the book. Yeah, the music & sound on the page is annoying so I’d recommend bookmarking it & closing the heck out of the window. I was on page 6 when I realized that it would just be rude of me not to share this with anyone who doesn’t know. Hopefully it’ll be a good read for some over their approaching winter break!

: )

Gotta say, I like the Harry Potter series illustrator better… but I guess that’s to be expected.

Pass the popcorn

16 Nov

I really can’t begin to tell you how obsessed I am with movies. The first movie I ever saw in a theater was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I used to go to the theater with my dad all the time when I lived at home & now when I go back to visit, it’s still something him & I love to do together. I tell you this because yes, I am a Twilight freak & I’m itching to settle into one of those seats with my popcorn, sour patch kids & slushy to watch New Moon on Friday!

I’m not one of those people who like to get to the theater just in time for the beginning of the movie, either. Half the fun is to see all the previews! That’s why I love Apple’s movie trailer website. It’s updated with movie trailers whenever a new one comes out and I check it religiously. If you don’t know what site I’m talking about then here:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/

Unfortunately, I won’t be home in Grand Rapids for New Moon’s release into the theaters in a few days. I live in Marquette in Michigan’s upper peninsula & let’s just say they’re slacking on their theater-upkeep, haha. However, I think in the case of New Moon, not even uncomfortable seats or lack of cherry slushies could deter my excitement : )

Here’s a link to New Moon’s trailer & information on Apple’s site: http://www.apple.com/trailers/summit/newmoon/

Andddddd here’s the trailer : ) —

P.S. If you’re really interested in knowing just how much of a geek I am, know I not only love the Twilight Saga but I’ve also read the entire Harry Potter series through 4, maybe 5 times. In addition, I wear thick-framed glasses, collect wedding magazines & like to make a fuss over incorrect grammar usage (your/you’re, there/their/they’re, then/than, etc).