Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Wrap-Up

It's only December 27, but I'm ready to wrap up 2013. It hasn't been a bad year, but it hasn't been a great one either, so cheers to new beginnings. (Non-alcoholic cheers, of course.)

Between hospital visits (not mine, though this week I came pretty darn close) and a few personal health concerns, this year took a weird downward swoop, but at least there were still a good many things to be excited about. Here are my highlights:

  • Husband had his ACL repaired and it was totally successful
  • Went on vacation to Tennessee and stayed in a sweet cabin with my family
  • Started physical therapy for my rotator cuff injury, rocked it, and feeling good as new now
  • Celebrated my first wedding anniversary and I'm more than halfway to another one now
  • Wrote a lot of drafts of my novel and working on an advanced draft now--I call that success! 
  • Got not one but two visits from my BFF, as well as a bunch of other visits from a bunch of really awesome friends! 
  • Started working out more...running! Yikes. Never thought I'd do that. 
  • Ate much healthier all year. Yay, organics. 

The big thing for 2014 is the goal setting. No more 13 different goals. Forget that. I have just a few. 
  1. Finish the novel. 
  2. Keep living healthy. 
  3. Travel more. 
I'd like to expand my wish list for 2014, but you know what...I'm not going to. That looks pretty good to me. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Vegetarian Journey

I'm not there yet. I'm just planning the journey. Buying guidebooks, learning the language, getting my passport renewed. Things like that. I'm excited about it though! I've never successfully tried a vegetarian diet, but for health reasons I'd really like to give it a shot. The goal is to begin in the early part of September and consume no meat for the month, then by October I would like to transition in a dairy-free state. I am only going to make it an 8 week adventure, and we'll see how I feel about it as I go. You never know...it might be something I choose to stick with!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Years' Resolution Mid-Year Check-In

These were my 13 resolutions for 2013. My response is below each one.

What? I can take sexy selfies in my car too, you know.

New Years' Resolutions for 2013

1. This year my #1 most important goal is to complete the novels that I strove so hard to write in the first place. I have never yet successfully revised a novel to completion, but I dream of it, and that which you dream of you ought to achieve, lest your life be wasted. So when all else fails, this dream must be my main focus. That's why it's #1. 
Not going so well. I have only added another several to the list of incomplete novels, as well as adding about 30,000 words to a novel without adding a single bit of coherence to it. Need to get on the ball with this.
2. Next, I want to learn to sew and do it well. My husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I've already done a few silly, pattern-less projects on it and they've turned out all right for a first-timer. I want to be able to make myself an article of clothing, and to create gifts for my friends and family this year. 
 
Going well. I've made quite a bit. 
3. I hope to work extra hard on promoting TreasuredDetails. I love my little shop, and it's been a source of joy for me since I started it in June 2010. I just love creating beautiful designs for people who appreciate them and can't wait to be called upon to do more. This goal involves me trying to enter a craft or bridal show this year as well! 
 
Did not do much with TD, though I have made a few sales! Including one I just remembered I need to ship....
4. Keep a journal. I've already been working on this one and made a post about it a few weeks ago. See that post here.
It's sporadic at best.
5. Travel outside the U.S. I want to make it my goal to visit England this year, but I'm not sure if that one's in the cards this time. If not, Canada will do :)

Ha, good one. I've barely left the state of Indiana this year.
6. Spend some time visiting friends. I have a lot of friends around the country, and since I moved away from home in 2012, I learned the value of friends who want to visit (as well as their actual visits!) and I want to do the same for my faraway friends.

See #5
7. Make new friends! I am determined to be less antisocial in my new city, to get involved in things, and to meet new people. And that means more people than my friendly neighborhood Starbucks baristas!

I made 2 new friends this year. Sort of.
8. Join a Bible study group.

Fail.
9. Organize and downsize my life! Moving has taught me that I own too much stuff. I want to store the stuff I need and lose the stuff I don't. I want to make my house neat and organized, with a minimum of clutter and knickknacks.

Project reorganization never continued beyond my closet, though everything is still poised for the job. I think I will plan to work on those projects once Nick is traveling during harvest season.
10. Eat healthy. My husband and I try not to eat UNhealthy, but our efforts to eat healthy come in spurts. I'd like to include more fresh vegetables and meats into our diet and remove more sugars and artificial ingredients.

We are doing MUCH better in this department. This one is a win.
11. Resume winter workout. I started a body bulking workout before Christmas, but time is not in my favor over the holidays. I haven't decided whether my body is ready for weights or if I'd rather venture into something like yoga, because I do truly need some flexibility! But I will be doing something this year.

Shoulder injury shorted me on this one, and I still haven't really resumed. This is also a fall activity in the works.
12. Write more letters. I feel like the lost art of letter writing has really gotten lost. I used to write letters non-stop, and it's just tapered off over the years. Friends, I've just bought some new stationary. You'll hear from me soon :)

I wrote a few in the winter, been thinking about some, but I'm just too busy!
13. Relax more. I really need to learn to relax, and I don't mean sleep. I mean de-stress! I haven't felt anything less than all keyed up since I started college, and that was almost a decade ago. I remember what they say about stress levels and early death (remember, but can't think about it because it stresses me out. Figures!)

Still working on this one. 
 
See you in 5 months for a final summary and a brand new list. Maybe 13 whole resolutions was a little ambitious...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Moons

Have you ever looked at a crescent moon and been able to see the full moon forming all around it?


My experience is that once you see that, you can never unsee it again. Does it ruin moon viewing for you? I think it enhances it for me. I am a complete picture kinda girl.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MIBA

Missing in Blogging Action

This summer has been...less than I expected it to be. It's been exhausting and overwhelming, not to mention underwhelming. I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, and maybe it is, because this summer has been very conflicting. Things have looked up, then turned downward, all summer long. I was really looking forward to taking some trips, having some adventures, doing some writing...I feel like I've spent the entire summer canceling plans, sitting in waiting rooms, driving all over the place for anything but "fun and adventure" and recovering. (The recovery part has been the most "fun" because it usually involves a few beers, but the bad part is I'm usually so exhausted after the second one that I fall asleep. Fun = over.)

So, I want to say "I'm back," but with the unexpected nature of all that's been getting in my way this summer, who's to say what "back" really means? How about this. I want to be back, and I will make an effort to make that truly happen.


This print seemed like the appropriate closer for this post, although to be honest, the "time" factor has been a little out of my hands this summer! I suppose I could restrict myself to a single beer and a little work instead of being so darn lazy ;)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Our Life

It's July 2, the second anniversary of our engagement! I'm glad he asked :)



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sewing Projects

Nick bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I have loved learning how to use it! I have been doing all kinds of awesome sewing projects and having a great time improving.

Lots of my friends have been having babies lately, so I've been focusing a lot of my energies on making them little baby things. I've made bibs, blankets, and wash cloths, some of which are pictured below. Many of my items exhibit mistakes but they are indeed getting better! I can tell that right away and it makes me happy. It's still not perfect by any means, but I'm improving.





Making gifts for friends is fun, but not being a mother or a baby fanatic, making baby items can get old. I would say mostly because I have to give away everything I make and can't actually use it to "test out" its longevity. 

So last week I decided to start making some items for myself! My first project was this cute little wallet. What do you think? Would you like me to make YOU one? Let me know!

 
I also have this super cute teal and white chevron striped fabric for a mystery project, coming soon!


Guess what I'm making with it!



Friday, June 21, 2013

Reading History

I have been a history reading fiend these last few weeks. I first pulled up an old draft of a story that I wrote about 6 months ago and I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that it was good! (For a draft, of course.) The setting of the story was originally the 1930s and I have it taking place in Great Britain. The problem is, I've never been there, and the other problem is that I don't know if my knowledge of the era is accurate or not.


I've been reading up on the 1920s and 1930s in both America and England, trying to make my decisions about my historical setting as well as my location. I'm guessing there is a lot of research ahead of me before I decide anything specifically though. I am finishing the American histories and will be shifting gears into three histories about the English in the 1920s/1930s next.

I'll keep you guys posted about my progress and decisions!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Humanities and Liberal Arts in College

I've always thought that humanities and liberal arts studies got an unnecessarily bad rap, while also doing a bit of a disservice to their own. I just came across this interesting article today and I have to admit, these are not ideas I've failed to think of at some time already! I mean, how could I have gone without thinking of them when I studied 8 years under the guise of "liberal arts"?

I Went to College to be a Writer

Alright, so let me start with a little random back-story about myself, because it's only appropriate to frame such a discussion in this way. When I was in college, I never had any doubt about what I wanted to do with my degree or what I wanted to be "when I grew up." (In fact, the only thing I did doubt was whether the degree was going to do anything for me at all!) Well, of course the degree helped me personally because I learned to see things in a different way, to analyze things (especially stories) with minute attention to detail, and probably what I consider most important, gave me the opportunity to connect with people who had similar interests. Some of my dearest friends today are people that I acquired along the road of my college education and our friendships may be based on something as simple and seemingly silly as the same love of a childhood book, the same fascination with a certain author's trick with words, or the same endless emotional drive to "write the world anew each day." The latter is probably the strongest tie for me. I connect to readers, but my connection to writers? That is soul mate quality. Other writers can understand the thirst of my spirit like no one else.

But anyway, enough of that love story.

My point is that as a society we teach people they can "be whatever they want to be," and while that's a sweet, fluffy message, we also realize that it's a cruel one. You can't be a famous athlete unless you actually can be, just like you can't be a writer because you romanticize the lifestyle alone. You have to actually know how to write. For some reason the fluff doesn't apply to English students. When I was a student, I was only repeatedly told that I could not be a writer, could not depend on being a writer, there was no market for writing in the world today, etc. But that's what I was there for...to learn how to be a writer. Many times I wanted to quit college because of the overwhelming desire that was seldom satiated. Teach me to write better, I wanted to cry. Don't tell me I can't be a writer. Give me the skills I need to accomplish it and I'll take care of the rest.

Also, I was never once directed toward something that I could be, if not a writer -- except a teacher of course, but I've paid my dues in that department.

The Problem with Liberal Arts

So what's wrong with the liberal arts departments of most colleges? They stand by the worthlessness of the degree (it's not in the least worthless, by the way, if you make the most of your education and develop the confidence that you know what you know) and simply shake their heads at you for having a dream. 

To be fair, maybe my professors didn't often encourage my writing because they didn't think I was good enough at it. Maybe I wasn't...but isn't that what college is for? To learn your craft, to improve at it, to shape yourself around it as it in turn shapes you? Or am I being too dramatic about college? 

Disclaimer: Most of my professors were awesome. Not all of them shattered my dreams. (Actually no one shattered them....I'm stupid enough to keep plugging away at them regardless.)

I'm just wondering though, why does the college of liberal arts fail to promote career options to its students? I had no idea what I could be before I started doing it. (For an embarrassingly long time into my education I did not know that copywriting was not directly related to copyrights.) When I finally graduated from college and took my leave from the education field (Permanently? Temporarily? Who can say?) I jumped in headfirst to a field I didn't know if I could conquer. The only thing I had was a somewhat pigheaded stubbornness about my writing ability. I knew I could do it. I have been known to say, "If it needs to be written, I can write it, whatever it is," and that, I believe, is true.

College didn't give me that confidence any more than it gave me any idea how to pursue a career in my chosen craft (note that I did not say "field," because my chosen field still eludes me) and some people are not blessed with that arrogant, sometimes foolish confidence that hides underneath my thick skin. 

Life After a Liberal Arts Degree

I'm alright, but how are you? If you earned a degree in the liberal arts or humanities departments, I'd love to know...
  • What were you taught about your potential in the workforce?
  • What skills did you learn that helped you find a job? Were they taught to you, or were they learned by accident?
  • Are you currently employed in a field directly related to your degree program? If so, how long did it take you to land that job?
  • Did anyone ever teach you how to create a resume or CV? How did you learn?
  • What were you taught about how important your "resume" was, and did you find that to be true? 
My answers:
  •  I was taught nothing about the workforce except that I ought to develop marketable skills which were not taught in the English department. 
  • My work related skills were learned almost entirely by accident because I am an observer and a researcher. I took a few classes that might have helped a bit, but nothing that I do in my career now was actually learned in school, except the writing. 
  • I graduated with an A.A, a B.A., and an M.A. in English literature. I am now a copywriter/professional writer in the marketing field writing social media copy, website/SEO copy, press releases, etc. So...no. I did however get hired within the month after graduation and actually interviewed with my current company before graduation. 
  • No one ever taught me how to create a resume or CV, or even write a cover letter that includes the proper information. I actually just learned something new about that not too long ago and was ashamed to look back at my existing resume to see how it differed from my new knowledge.  
  • I was taught all through college that internships would be the key to a career. They were not. Working for almost seven years at the Home Depot and proving that I could write were the keys to getting my job. My boss tells me that those things 1) proved I was an employee with longevity and 2) proved that I could do the job I was being hired for. 
It's a good rule of thumb to not believe everything you hear whispered about in the halls of the liberal arts department. I'm willing to bet the whisperers are just as confused as you are. 

I do firmly believe that liberal arts departments need to have more information provided to their students, whether through conferences or courses that help them identify their skill sets and hone them. We need more for these students, because these departments do have value, and its a disservice to the students to act like they don't.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Life

Life is busy, and a little bit ridiculous.

I've heard it said that with taxes and the cost of things, you are literally working just so you can own a car that you use to drive to work, rent an apartment where you can sleep before you go back to work, and buy food that you eat to give you strength to go to work.

But that's not how everyone has always lived.

I believe that we need less than we think we do, that less would make us happier because it doesn't require as much work, and with a little less (less work, less stress, less luxury) we could enjoy life more...


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Life is Short

This past weekend I heard that my friend Diane had passed away. I know she's been sick a long time, though she has only been seriously ill for a few months. It was hard news to hear, though even harder news when she was nearing the end and I knew that I wouldn't be able to see her again. Sometimes it's harder than anything to live even just a couple hours away from everyone I know and be employed full time. I often feel like I'm wasting so much time doing things that don't even matter when what matters is life itself, and the people that populate it.

I'm heading to Diane's wake this evening to see her family, though, and the hardest part about going to the funeral of a friend is that the one person you can't see is the person you want to see most.

I've tried to commit to having more time for people in my life and I've come to realize that that is a lot harder than it sounds. I always want to recommit to that, and then find life slipping away with surprising speed. I thought about this last month in Tennessee after my family vacation, when my family had already returned home and Nick and I were sitting at the Elkmont campground without them. I thought of how they were already halfway home by then and that memory was over and gone. I watched a single rivulet of the Little River and followed it with my eyes until it was gone from sight, then thought of it later and wondered where it had gone. The motion of the river reminded me of life and the memory that I had just been living that very morning. Before I realized what had happened, it had gone by.


That's the way life really is and knowing that makes it hard for me to justify a lot of silly things I spend my life doing.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sherlock

Changed my background of my blog (it's a monthly necessity) to argyle because it reminds me of Sherlock Holmes's sweaters (not pictured).



I have a BIG old fashioned crush on Sherlock Holmes....

If you haven't watched CBS's Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson, consider this my official recommendation.

Heart's a Mess

My favorite thing about The Great Gatsby could easily be the soundtrack.

My number one question is HOW the heck did I miss this song? It's a life changer.

I dare you to listen to it approximately a hundred times and just see how much you can't help but love it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gatsby, and the Rest of My College Dreams

This past weekend when my friend Aisha was in town, we went to see Gatsby in theaters. I can't pretend that The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel even though F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite writers. I wanted to see this film particularly because I believe Fitzgerald to have been a visionary of his time. (Refer to my Master's  for further information.) He writes in a cinematic style that no filmmaker has previously been able to capture.



Well, the film certainly captures that over-the-top decadence that is a feature of every piece of Fitzgerald writing. I was not even at all disappointed in the Jay-Z soundtrack. It worked for me. Quite well actually.


I believe that Fitzgerald himself wouldn't have been disappointed in the production.

It's funny because a lot of people I know have said that they didn't like the film. My opinion is that you have to live and breathe Fitzgerald in order to get it. I think this is exactly how he would have wanted it to be. Insane, ostentatious, over the top, ridiculous, pop-culture infused....

You can't read Gatsby in high school and decide how the film has to be made (which is what too many critics seem to want to do). You have to read everything he's ever written and then write a thesis on him, and THEN tell me that Baz Luhrman did it wrong. I'm willing to bet after you've read everything--including perhaps my thesis--you might concede to my point.

Have I ever mentioned that writing my thesis on F. Scott Fitzgerald was a dream come true for me? This film depicted everything that I ever had to say about him...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Reflecting on the First Year of Marriage

We did it. We've been married for one year. There was never a point within this past year where I doubted that would happen. Let me be clear about that up front.



Lots of people had a bunch of warnings for the first year of marriage. Never anything pleasant, I might add. "You'll hate each other," "You'll fight a lot," "You'll accidentally get pregnant and ruin your life"...cheerful injunctions like these. 

None of these things happened.


And I still like Nick pretty well :)

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Great Quote

This lovely quote is from a writer named Tyler Knott Gregson. I know nothing about him at all, but I love him. But that's how art works, isn't it?


Visit his website if you dare and be exposed to more of these lovely tidbits. Are they a part of something larger, I wonder? It almost doesn't matter because they are somehow whole and complete as they are. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Elkmont Campground in Tennessee

The second part of our mountain vacation involved camping at my favorite Elkmont Campground inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was excited because Sadie was able to come with us this time. She's so well-behaved, even in such an interesting and exciting place as the deep woods, that you can't not want her there!

Sadie checking out the truck of Nick's car
 We enjoyed, as usual, wandering over into the Elkmont village. This is one of my favorite sites. It used to be a logging camp and then it was changed to a place where people vacationed. The owners were granted lifetime leases and the last one expired in 2001.

Which is a friendly way of saying the guy finally died. The injustice of it all bothers me very much, but the homes are also really cool to check out. It makes me sad to think that the original owners' descendants can't enjoy their family cottage any longer!

A view of the Elkmont homes

Sadie being a good girl at the campground

Tents and tarps, oh my

Lots of campfire cooking was done that weekend

The best seat in the house
Highly recommend Elkmont campground!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Physical Therapy (Because I'm Broken)

Physical therapy has been going great. I can tell because I am so sore! I've been doing it for 2 weeks now, and let me just go on record to say that it is really hard to start doing something differently from the way that you've been doing it for at least 13 years.


My physical therapist has informed me that I use my neck muscles to move my arm, and since the initial visit, I've realized that I use my neck muscles for just about every movement involving shoulders, neck, and back. I came into the office the other day with a sore shoulder and he laughed at me and said my pain was telling on me...having pain where I had it essentially proved that I had been using those neck muscles still. Boo, stupid soreness tattling on me!

Also, I'm stuck wearing this ugly tape to keep my shoulder where it's supposed to be...

But in all, I'm enjoying learning how to be normal and use the right muscles to function. I'm such a weird kind of handicap...but my physical therapist assures me that soon enough I'll forget this ever happened :)

Here's hoping that's true!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Emma

Emma was the first Jane Austen novel I've ever read, and quite honestly, the only one I've liked. (I enjoy the film adaptations of Austen novels.) When I read Emma the first time, I was also using my Kindle for the first time. I enjoyed the book so much, I read it in about two days, and even stayed up all night to finish it. I loved the way that the story took my by surprise, a bit like a Charlotte Bronte novel might.

The Book

As I said, the book held my attention like crazy. (Not more than any other book though. I love books. Live vicariously through books. I don't think one book necessarily thrills me more than another, just in a different way. Unless it doesn't thrill me at all...that's a different story entirely.) I really enjoyed reading this book and related to the main character, her friendships, and her interests. That's one of my favorite things about reading: getting to "be" someone else for a short time and learning what makes them feel and be the way they are. It's a lesson in relating. I won't give any spoilers about what happens though, if you haven't read it. 

The Miniseries 

I recently started watching Emma the miniseries. I'm only halfway through, but so far I think the makers captured the mood that Austen presented in the novel. And I love Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley. I've liked him ever since I watched Byron, although if I'm being honest, I was only watching that for Stephen Campbell Moore. (More on that romance another time.)

Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley
In short, I recommend both the book and the miniseries. This comes from a girl who isn't a big Jane Austen fangirl, so this recommendation should not be taken too lightly. I have not yet watched the Gwyneth Paltrow version, but I'm sure I will one day, once this one stops holding my attention.

I'm being dramatic. Do what you will with this recommendation.

(And don't watch any Stephen Campbell Moore movies. He's mine.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Stunning Promotional Video

Watch First:



You may or may not know this about me, but here goes.

As a writer, I've always been interested in visual display as well as written illustration. I have always wanted to learn filmography and this video depict the style I am aspiring to. What do you think?

Friday, May 17, 2013

This Month in Hobbies: Watercolor Painting


My interest in watercolor began very simply. I saw a watercolor set for sale somewhere and couldn't stop thinking about it. I started reading up on tutorials and learning how to do it while my mom went back to the store and picked up the kit for me!

Bookmark I painted for my mom
Lighthouse
Sparrow
 I dabbled a little by creating a couple of pretty pictures while we were sitting before our stunning view of the Smokies in our cabin. I am not that good at it, but I definitely had fun with it and want to do some more! What do you think of my creations?

My first painting of flowers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mountain Time

Disclaimer: We were in the Smokies so it was actually Eastern Standard Time. This title is not meant to exhibit time zone. 

Big Bear Lodge main living room

A Week in The Smoky Mountains

Our week in the Smoky Mountains was just wonderful...and far too short! Sometimes I just need to be gone on an adventure for a lot longer than one week in order to feel like I've really experienced the place. But regardless of how short the adventure felt, it was still a great adventure.

Our view from the dining room at Big Bear Lodge

We spent five days at an awesome cabin in Wears Valley...Big Bear Lodge by Timbercreek Realty. I highly recommend them! It was such an affordable rental and the place was spacious, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, a pool table, a hot tub, more porches than I can count... The cabin where we stayed had room to sleep 11 people, so naturally it was roomy for 5. We had 3 additional guests on our last night and it wasn't even crowded to add them to the mix as well.

We loved taking advantage of our pool table!
Our family went on a lot of adventures throughout the week, including hiking Laurel Falls trail, going out for BBQ in Gatlinburg, taking the Cades Cove tour, going shopping at the outlet mall in Pigeon Forge, going out for a steak dinner with my parents for their 32nd wedding anniversary, mini golfing on the course the climbs the mountain, exploring Elkmont and the Little River trail....not to mention cooking out, playing pool, hot tub time, and watching a couple of Hawks games.
A slightly blurry image of the main living room by firelight
 Some of my favorite parts of vacation are just relaxing. I read a lot, did some painting, painted fingernails, watched the game, cooked a bit...it was great to just take it easy and have a nice time.

The dining room with its fabulous view

Elkmont village

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Patio Gardening

This is going to be my second summer living in my apartment and I'm doing my patio gardening again. Last year I planted basil, oregano, mint, green peppers, tomatoes, and jalapenos. The herbs came in handy because I cook with herbs all the time, but unfortunately the mint grew with the most weed-like tendency and (darn) I had to enjoy a lot of mojitos last summer. The vegetables were the biggest disappointment because we ended up with one little tomato (delicious of course, but tiny) and two green peppers. Now that I think of it, I don't remember what happened in the jalapeno department. The reason last year failed was because it had no choice. We didn't get back into town after our honeymoon until late June, so that was a little late to start anything.

Plants that I will be adding to my terrarium vase
This year, I am starting plants inside in preparation for summer. I also have a mini greenhouse on my patio, which I am really excited about! It was only $20-some dollars from TJ Maxx and when I saw it, I put back all the other dumb things I was already carrying around and left with the greenhouse. I am starting organic carrots and cucumbers, and I'm already growing some rosemary and sage. I think I'll add some basil to the bunch (although I go through so much of it, it's hardly worth trying to grow it) and maybe some lettuce. I've always wanted to try lettuce even though you could eat the whole plant, stuffing all your efforts into a sandwich. But I guess that's what we plant things for, right?

My little plant starter greenhouse from TJ Maxx

Every spring, as soon as the weather warms up even a hair I get so excited about planting and eating fresh. This year is no exception!

My herbs: sage and rosemary

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Awkward.

Have you ever seen the TV show Awkward? I had never seen it but had heard a few good things and thought I'd give it a try since it was free on Prime last week.


Um...WOW. I'm obsessed.

But then, I've always like those teen-high-school-dramadies. (Some of my favorite films include Easy A, Superbad, Adventureland, and films of that kind.) I love the coming of age story, I can totally relate to the awkwardness of social situations...come on, it's just fun!

So if you have MTV, check this show out. It's a must-watch if you like the same kinds of movies that I like.