Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up #8 {sort of!}

Y'all, let me start by saying that I will not be sad to see September end this weekend! It's been a pretty crappy month for me, and I'm more than ready to get on with October! 

So what have I learned this past week month?
  • Sometimes life just sucks, and you can't really do anything about it. 
  • Buying four bottles of wine at once will prompt the liquor store cashier to stick an AA card in your bag.
  • Hating your condo management company is apparently something that you don't voice while in the office of your condo management company. 
  • My daughter is absolutely enthralled with Doctor Who, and this makes me happier than anything else in the world thus far. 
  • It is entirely reasonable to consider a pack of Super Nibs an adequate lunch option.
  • You're never too old to enjoy a tuna sandwich
Although I'm a big fan of my own work, I also enjoy what other people write. What were my favourite reads this week month?
  1. Kendra's Sorry I'm Not Sorry For Having Kids was one of those things that made me cry because I totally understand. 
  2. Sometimes the answer to a reader question can make me choke on my Earl Grey tea {with laughter}
  3. I don't think a wrap up has passed where I haven't linked to Noa Gavin. Sorry I'm not sorry, she's funny as shit.
  4. I am emphatically nodding my head at Breanna's choices for fall fashion must-haves. Even the mint green pants--because, why not?
  5. I freaking loved Kendall before, but this makes me love her even more. Lady, you are everything that is right in this world!
Where did crazy old September take you?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Are You Pro or Anti Choice?

I try really hard to stay out of the political spectrum on this blog. I am not a political blogger, and I don't really care to be. Every once in a while, though, something political happens to make me incredibly upset. Motion 312 has does exactly that.  

Now, let me start by saying that I'm not entirely opposed to revisiting the idea of when a fetus becomes a living being. We really do not know when a fetus starts to actually feel (not just react to stimuli), or think. However, to me it does not seem appropriate at all for this discussion to take place as a political debate. This is something that should be in the hands of the scientists, the people who are actually able to prove and disprove theories. 

I have read the political and social commentaries that discuss the Motion, and I am well aware that the Motion does not, in itself, give the government the ability to criminalize abortion. What the results would do, however, is alter when in a woman's pregnancy an abortion can be performed. Ultimately, this would result in limiting a woman's right to choose abortion as an option. 

I'm not writing this because I champion abortion. I don't--in fact, I can't imagine any situation where I would choose abortion for myself. But that's my choice, not yours. What is important to me is having the choice at all, to be the only person making the decisions about what is and isn't right for my own body. Let me frame this another way: I am not a Mormon. I have made the conscious choice to not follow Mormonism as my religion. Does this make the people who choose Mormonism bad people? Does it make Mormonism bad? No, of course not! Why is this different? Why is it OK to choose which faith to follow, but not OK to choose what to do with your body? 

It grinds my gears that people have decided what the labels of each side should be--Pro Choice vs. Pro Life-- as well. Being Pro Choice does not mean that I am anti-life. Logically, they should be labelled Pro Choice and Anti-Choice, or Pro Free Will and Anti-Free Will. Because any way that you slice it, so-called "pro lifers" are actively advocating the government to take away a women's right to choose. The term 'Pro Life' is incredibly misleading because it assumes that the other side of the argument is Pro Death. Do I need to repeat that this isn't at all the case? 

{For the religious crowd: The only one that can judge me and my actions is the God that I choose to believe in. And please, don't quote me Bible passages; because I've read Titus 2:14 and Isaiah 1:18, and I know that the Lord will forgive me for my sins. Even John 3:16 reminds me that He sent his  only Son to wash away my sins. All of my sins, all of your sins. He doesn't pick and choose, he loves us all unconditionally.}

It is not my place to judge the choices or actions of others. So what makes you so special that you can dictate to other women what they can and cannot do with their bodies? 

More Facts {About Me}

Fact: Katherine Heigl movies always make me happy {even One For The Money, and that movie was absolutely horrible.}

Fact: My very favourite side dish is mashed potatoes and gravy {the gravy goes on the side, because no one can make a potato volcano as well as I can!}

Fact: I always have a stick of antiperspirant with me {smelling gross is not an option}

Fact: The "life is like a box of chocolates" quote from Forest Gump annoys me to no end {probably because it's overused--"get at me", anyone??!!}

Fact: I never used to be a big crier, but in the last few years I've turned into a cry machine {TV commercials and billboards have had me in tears...and they weren't for World Vision or the ASPCA!}

Fact: I have learned to be unapologetic about expressing my opinions, because people have steamrolled me in the past {although I try to stay tactful!}

Fact: I could never let someone sweep me off my feet and foot the bill for my entire life {some parts of my life, however, would be welcome!}

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Testing Pinterest: Nutella Cookies

The Pin, The Cookie, The Legend {via
Pinterest Recipe
1 cup Nutella
1 cup Flour
1 whole egg
1/4 cup sugar

Roll into 1 inch balls, place on baking sheet
Bake at 350F for 6-8 minutes

My recipe
1 cup Nutella
1 cup Flour
1 whole egg (large)
1 tbsp milk

Drop tablespoon-sized dollops on baking sheet.
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes--check at about 8 minutes.

If you have been on Pinterest at all in the last month, you'll have seen this recipe at least once. I'm pretty sure that I've actually pinned it a couple times, now that I think about it. It takes Nutella, the most magical and wonderful condiment ever created, and turns it into a cookie! How could I not pin it {a few times}?

It follows the same basic formula as peanut butter cookies, but substituting peanut butter with Nutella. So without further ado, the results of my {very scientific} test:

Difficulty: Caveman {my four year old helped, with no issues}

Result of recipe {round one--as pinned}: Disaster {too sweet, too dry, didn't cook properly}

Result of recipe {round two--as altered}: Fixed! {The first batch of cookies went into the trash. The sugar made them unbearably sweet, so I cut it out altogether--Nutella is sweet enough for me as-is. I added the milk because the mixture was too dry, and instead of rolling into balls like the recipe said, it was crumbly.}

Overall Impression: Fail

Would I make this again? No. {The cookies were ok, but not good enough to justify using an entire container of Nutella to make them!}

The "fixed" cookies--not as good as advertised, hey?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Emmy Red Carpet: Hits, Misses & Mehs.

Honestly, I am not an awards show gal. I don't watch the actual show because it bores me to tears, so I generally read about the winners in the morning. The only thing that I do love about award shows is the fashion--I die for it. I would kill for someone to pay me exorbitant amounts of money to play dress up in gorgeous gowns. 

Because I am clearly a fashion expert (note: sarcasm), I always turn into a super critic during the red carpet. "Why would she do that with her hair?", "WHY IS SHE WEARING THOSE SHOES??" and "Did they apply her makeup with a trowel?" are among my most common exclamations. There are usually a few moments where I will gasp at the beauty of a gown, but over the years I have seen so many red carpets that I've become incredibly selective about what I actually love. So, you know, don't yell at me for my meh's. 

Emily Van Camp in J.Mendel
Emily's look was my favourite of the entire night. Everything seemed spot-on: hair, accessories, and good lord that dress. Can I have it in white and get married in it please? 

Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra
Zooey is my runner-up for best dressed of the night. Some people have complained that this is "classic Zooey", but I don't see how that is a bad thing! Girl knows what works for her, and she looks amazing. Look at the laser-cut edges on this gown. She is old school Hollywood glamour, and I love her for it. 

Padma Lakshmi in Monique Lhullier Resort
You know...I'm not blown away. The dress is pretty, and of course Padma is gorgeous, but this just doesn't do it for me. The color is luscious, so the fact that she managed to make it boring almost makes me mad. 

Claire Danes in Lanvin
Confession: I have a girl crush on Claire Danes. I have been smitten with her ever since My So Called Life. I would say that I worship her, if that wouldn't be so awkward. She makes pregnancy look absolutely stunning--I know that I didn't look like that while I had a baby baking in my tummy! She's on my Meh List because this is boring and so very cliche: a strapless maxi dress while preggers. Put her hair in a topknot, wash off the makeup, and swap the heels for flip flops and she could be grocery shopping. And that, my friends, is not the point of the Emmy Awards red carpet!

Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga
Kristen Wiig looks gorgeous...from the neck up. Her hair and makeup team deserve a million gold stars, because she looks amazing without wearing a ton of makeup. I can't stand the dress though, it makes me think of those cheesy white dresses that you buy from markets in the Caribbean when you're off of the cruise ship. 

Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood
SERIOUSLY, DON'T HATE ME FOR THIS ONE. Tina Fey looks every kind of amazing {that body!}, but no matter how many times I look at the photos I'm not wowed. I can't quite put my finger on it, although I think it could be the hair. I don't love the hair. 

I'm going to offer these up without comment, because I don't want to be mean. I love these ladies, and think that they are insanely talented in the acting department. I'm just not feeling their choices this time around.

Ashley Judd in Caroline Herrera 

Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli Couture 
Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano

All photos borrowed from Coco Perez

Positivity, and a Quote.

Everyone feels a little lost sometimes. 

The plan that you had meticulously crafted is thrown out the window, and you're left to wonder "what's next?". 

Not knowing the next steps, and especially not knowing the cumulative outcome of them, is a terrifying thought to behold.

The consolation in all of the fog is that the line between failure and success is blurred as there is no longer a metric with which to measure. 

Every step is in the right direction. 

Every step can be seen as a success. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nanotechnology is Awesome

Inconspicuous absence becomes conspicuous when you start posting without addressing your absence...

When life gets crazy, and I spend many more hours working in a day than originally intended, the first thing to go is blogging. This has happened before.  What can I say? I'm a fan of the bribes.

Just remember that I love your faces. And when this budget is done? I'll spend more time with you. 

Have you entered Michelle's amazing fall giveaway yet? It's full of goodness-- a gorgeous handmade bracelet, $45 in giftcards, ad space for your blog or shop, a personalized tumbler, and Scentsy goodies! Because I love Michelle and The Vintage Apple dearly, I offered up two months of ad space, a guest post on rakas kesä, and two nail polishes to sweeten the deal! So what are you waiting for?? Go enter! You only have two days left!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Yep, I'm Busy at Work Again.

Have you entered Michelle's amazing fall giveaway yet? It's full of goodness-- a gorgeous handmade bracelet, $45 in giftcards, ad space for your blog or shop, a personalized tumbler, and Scentsy goodies! Because I love Michelle and The Vintage Apple dearly, I offered up two months of ad space, a guest post on rakas kesä, and two nail polishes to sweeten the deal! So what are you waiting for?? Go enter!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Perspective Makes the Difference

Life will never be perfect. 

There will always be something--fights will occur, things will break, and situations will be stressful.

Focus on what makes you happy instead of the imperfections. 

You'll thank yourself for it later. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Facts of {My} Life

Fact: I'm more than slightly obsessed with crocheting at the moment. I was up until eleven last night googling patterns and stitches and ideas. I hit the motherlode--more on this at a later date. This is good news for my shop-opening plan!

Fact: I cannot stand radishes. The smell of them makes my stomach do flip-flops. 

Fact: I'm jealous of all of the little kids that are buying new school supplies right now. School supplies are crack to me, especially fresh notebooks. 

Fact: I stay Facebook friends with some people because their drama is better than watching TLC. I'm not ashamed of this. 

Fact: I am a serial eye roller.

Fact: Captain America is the best (individual) Marvel movie to date. Clearly The Avengers is in a class of it's own. I will not engage in a "But TONY STARK" conversation. I'll choose a gentleman over a millionaire playboy philanthropist who is a total jerk any day. 

Fact: I spend more time adjusting my pantyhose and attempting to make it comfortable than actually working some days. 

Fact: I have seen Mamma Mia! thousands of times, but I will still happily sit and watch the movie in its entirety whenever my daughter asks for it.

What are some of the facts of your life?

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