Monday, July 29, 2013

So I’m 26 now.  I stared at myself in the mirror for a long time this morning, trying to see if anything was different because for some reason- this birthday feels different.  It’s probably because it’s the first birthday I’m actually out in the world on my own, living by myself in a different state, paying for everything myself and all that adult nonsense.

I remember feeling this way on my 18th birthday as well though.  In a month I was going to be starting my amazing Freshman year at Texas A&M.  There were so many possibilities, so much uncertainty and excitement about what was going to happen and I really did feel different than the day before.  That’s kinda how I feel now.  Sure I’ve made all of these exciting changes recently but now that I’m settled in those changes I can really start living again.  I’ve got 3 trips planned already, I just started as the membership adviser for a local university’s DG chapter, I finally understand why it’s so important to make healthy living a priority, I have a brand new niece to enjoy and each day I think less and less of those old ghosts I left behind in Texas.

Yep.  I definitely feel different than before.  26 is going to be a great year, full of God’s blessings.  I’ll start by going to the gym tonight.  I signed up a couple of weeks ago but have only been able to go once since (hangs head in shame).  In fact, look for photographic proof of my being at the gym tonight on Instagram or I give you all full permission to publicly mock and guilt me. 

Here’s a song I’ve been loving the past week.  Ignore the weird music video.  Sometimes I think artists make their videos extra “out there” so that you’ll be forced to buy the song on iTunes versus suffering through watching the video for free all day.  Either way, it’s a fun song and you should buy it.  Happy Monday!


Song of the Day

Friday, July 26, 2013

Stop. It. Flula. He kills me! "You know I vant it" and "That's right I'm a good girl"... bahahaha!


She's Henry Higgins, I'm Eliza Doolittle

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I have this really sweet older lady neighbor who walks her dogs every morning at the same time as Bizzy and I are out.  It’s been a wave and shy “Hello” for the past few months but this week we’ve actually started having little morning chats.  Boy was I missing out before!  Apparently I need to learn how to be a proper Southern Lady and this neighbor has decided she will educate me with a fun tid-bit (and slight jab at my upbringing) each morning. I LOVE it.

Monday we both agreed that Texas is not Southern, it’s Texan… very different.  My next comment to her was that I am from Louisiana and that’s southern, right? She laughed (Alabamians seem to view Louisianans as their Kuntry cuzins… still not worse though than their kRaZy Mississippi uNkLes and aNtS). That was my lesson for Monday.

Tuesday she said that I should really be wearing make-up any time I leave the house.  WHAT?!?! Unless I’m going to work or out somewhere a camera is present, I don’t wear make-up (sorry World).  My mentor slowly shook her head and I could hear her thinking “Bless her heart”.  Apparently a true Southern Lady would never leave the house without a “presentable face”.  Presentable to whom exactly I’m not quite sure but I was too ashamed to ask.  I told her I’d give it a try but I don’t know how long this will last.  Day 2 of my education and I already think I’m doomed to failure. Sigh.

Wednesday was about clothes, I thought I would excel since I basically dress like a combination of Ms. Frizzle and a 50s house wife. False. I need to work on my casual “collection” (yeah, she called it a collection).  From what she’s seen my work clothes are good- should be dry cleaned, but good.  However my t-shirt and shorts after work and weekends look can use improvement.  To be fair, that’s not all I wear outside of the office but I must concede that she has a point.  This morning I wore my infamous study skirt that I’ve had since high school and thankfully she couldn’t see the holes.

Today was fun.  She said that she really likes my hair and that I’ve mastered the height necessary of a Southern Lady’s hair (thank you living in the Delta Gamma house).  My hair is pulled back today in a pony but I’ve fancied it up enough that it’s okay for work.  Noticing this she says “Okay, you’re wearing your hair up today? So this is your 1 hair up day for the week.” I responded my laughing out loud and saying that I’ve worn my hair up every day this week.  She was actually taken back.  Like, wide-eyed stared at me for a few seconds before she could regain her Southern Lady etiquette.  Such fun!  Again, I told her I’d try 1 up-do per week as a rule of thumb going forward.

This has been one of the highlights of my days this week.  I can’t wait for tomorrow!  And I’m pretty sure next week she’s going to start on my mannerisms and big mouth… she’ll lose there.  I want to make her watch the show “Hart of Dixie” on the CW and explain that I am Zoe Hart not Lemon Breeland but I’m having too much fun.  Plus I can appreciate that it may be time for some self-improvement now that I’m in a new place, we’ll have to see how much actually sticks though.


New art, DIY style

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My latest craft project is finally finished! I’m such a procrastinator.  I’ve had all of the materials for at least a month but just couldn’t get motivated to get started on it.  The parentals are coming in town this weekend though so the little girl in me is dying to have my apartment all finished before they arrive so I can get their approval, especially since my dad is not at all shy about telling me how crappy he thinks my place is.  He doesn’t understand “shabby chic” or “character”.  If the place doesn’t have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, he’s not impressed- so, boy is he unimpressed with my digs!

I decided to piece a couple of different ideas together to create this piece of art.  I’m totally obsessed with the stained wood/nail and yarn wall d├ęcor (see my friend Chelsea’s fabulous creations) but I needed something bigger.  Then I saw this wall hanging at Urban that was a collage of magazine cutouts put together to make a big landscape, when I say big- I mean like 8ft. by 10 ft. big. Bothered, too big and way too expensive.  That’s when inspiration hit!  I already have an awesome mirror from Urban that is framed with a bunch of rolled magazine pieces so I can use the same kind of concept on a stained piece of wood.

From there it was pretty simple and cheap.  I went to Home Depot and got a big sheet of hardwood and had the guy cut it down to size for me.  Then I stained it and cut strips of magazine pages while I was waiting for the stain to dry (and tried not to get high- crap that stuff is smelly!)  I decided I wanted to immortalize Bizzy in a piece of art forever so I tried to blow up a picture that I could use for the shape outline.  Unfortunately she doesn’t stay still in my posed positions well enough so I wound up Googling “Jack Russell silhouette” and found one that looks just like her.  I blew that up in Word so that it would print on 4 pages then cut and pasted the shape together.  Now that the stain was dry I traced my shape in the middle of the board with a paint pen.  Here’s where the only tricky part started- gluing the magazine strips in place and trimming the edges to make the right shape.  It wasn’t difficult so much as time consuming.  All in all this last part took about 1.5 movies or 3 glasses of wine, depending on which time scale you prefer.

Be sure to wear gloves when staining, this lasted 24 hours
I tried to hang it myself this morning so that I could take finished pics with it in place but I just can’t on my own.  I guess I’ll have to have everything else perfect so that Papageorgio can real quick help me hang it then give his approval.   A little disappointing that it won’t be up when they get here but that’s okay.

10 minutes later, Voila!
All Materials:
Hardwood sheet ($10)
1 magazine
1 small container of stain ($6 at Hob Lobs)
Tacky glue
Foam paint brush
Small scissors (have to be able to cut in tight corners)
Paint pen
Frame hanging hooks ($1 at Habitat for Humanity Re-store)

The final product!


Lazy weekend means Homemade Facial Mask courtesy of Pinterest

Monday, July 22, 2013

I knew it was going to be another fabulously rainy weekend in the Ham so I decided it would be a good time to catch up on some reading, crafting and maybe try out a few recent pins from Pinterest.  Bizzy was less than enthused.  I started out Friday night by trying out a Homemade Facial Mask recipe that I had pinned earlier on during the week.  There were a bunch of different recipes but I decided to go with the one that I had all the ingredients for already even though it didn’t seem like the one I needed the most  (yes, I’m that lazy).

2 tbsp. Orange Juice
2 tbsp. Baking Soda (or more if you need more exfoliation)

  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Wait about 45 seconds so that the mixture thickens up a bit.
  3. Use fingertips to smear an even layer on face and neck.
  4. Let mask dry for 20 minutes. 
  5. Using warm water, slowly rinse the mixture off your face by moving your fingertips in small circles. 
  6. Apply facial lotion.

This was a really quick mask, which I appreciated, but it sure was messy!  My mask never really thickened like I was expecting so I wound up kind of splashing the mixture on my face while I was hanging over the sink.  Then I just used my fingertips to work everything around.  The site did warn that it would be itchy but OH MY GOSH was it itchy.  And apparently very enticing to puppies, I spent the 20 minutes the mask was hardening pushing Bizzy away from my face.
Lesson:  Do NOT taste the mask unless Pinterest specifically tells you to.
This mask was supposed to brighten the skin, remove blackheads and reduce the appearance of pores.  Well, my face was bright red afterwards so I would say my skin was brightened…. I didn’t really have any blackheads to begin with so I’m not sure about that one…. And I’d say my pores were the same size as before.  Basically it was a really good smelling exfoliant.  My skin was definitely very soft afterwards but I already use a daily exfoliant so I’m not sure if I’ll be doing this Homemade Mask again anytime soon.  It was really fun actually doing something I had pinned! And it was a great way to start off my lazy weekend.  My craft project isn’t done yet but hopefully I’ll be able to finish that project tonight! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!


Song of the Day

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thank you to my one and only Patton (@Patton0306) for the fabulous song of the day.  I'm obsessed and am going to have a hard time not dancing at my desk.


Song of the Day

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I love Imogen Heap.  I was already exhausted from yesterday and then at 4am this morning I wake up because the power went out and my window AC unit abruptly shut off, ugh it's gonna be a bad day again.  Then, James Caan (my iphone) decides to shuffle to this song.  My whole day turns around just like that.  Music is the best.

Happy Tuesday :)


Not letting fear hold me back anymore!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Does anyone else have a problem with going places on their own?  I can’t stand it! It makes me feel so self-conscious, like everyone is judging me and thinking “Oh look at that loser with no friends eating lunch by herself”.  I know I always wonder when I see people out in public places alone.  Odds are however that this is all in my head.  So I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and decided that it’s high-time I get over this fear.  I mean, I do live by myself in a new state and all.  I don’t think I can constantly call one of my 4 friends that I’ve made so far every time I want to go to a movie or grab food out somewhere (actually I tried, turns out they have their own lives… weird).  I’m always going to try to get someone to go with me before I resort to being alone but it would be nice to have less anxiety about something as small as going to the art museum this weekend.  There are so many things that I want to do and I’m tired of using “I don’t have anyone to go with” as an excuse!

I started small last weekend by going to Starbies on my own and reading for a few hours.  I didn’t die.  And the only reason anyone gave me any weird looks was because I was wearing a baseball hat inside and kept peeking from behind my books to scan the room for someone staring at me with judgmental eyes.  I’m positive I made myself look like a creeper.  Next step, art museum.

All of this is leading up to the concerts I want to go to and trips I want to go on!  All of my normal partners in crime are back in Texas (and getting married and/or having babies) so I’m trekking forward on my own.  I’ve already missed one of my favorite bands at a small venue here in Birmingham because I was too chicken to go alone! Still kicking myself, ugh.  I’ve REALLY been wanting to go to this concert series in Atlanta this fall called Music Midtown but was putting off buying a ticket because I wanted to wait to find someone to go with.  (It’s basically like SXSW in ATX or FPSF in Houston)  Well, forget that!  I’m not missing 22 AMAZING bands including Journey just because I’m a pansy.  I bought my ticket today!!!!!!  It’s already printed and hung up on my fridge and I. Am. Pumped.  I’m also planning a weekend trip to NYC this fall so hopefully I’m completely over my fear by then or else that’s gonna be A LOT of unwanted “me time”.

It doesn’t matter what your fears may be- if they are holding you back from the life you want to live, then give them up!  We’ll work through it together :)  I’m a big advocate of the Baby Step Method so maybe try something small today, I bet nothing bad happens.

Repeat it with me: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7