Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter Everyone!





Hi there!
Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Easter! Hope your day is filled with Easter eggs and friends and family. I'm off to go decorate cake pops for later.




                                                                                  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Random Bits of My Room

1. My  never-ending stack of movies from the library. 2. My bookshelf that is specifically books to-read (I buy books much faster than I can read them!) 3. My new TV obsession. 4. New comforter and sheets set. 5. My wall of shoes. My craft desk (ignore my creepy porcelain dolls and the picture frame with no real pictures in it).

I was practicing making collages so I took all these random pictures from around my room, so I thought I'd share. I've also learned how to redesign the blog a bit, so I've now made my own header. How is your Thursday going?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cinema at Home #2

I really liked sharing my movie reviews with you gals (and guys?) so I thought I'd share a few more movies I've watched recently!
1. Children of Men

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This dystopian science fiction movie was so good! It stars Clive Owen, who lives in the year 2027 and  no one has been born for 18 years and the world is falling apart because everyone is panicking about it. The youngest person in the world, who was 18, was killed in a mob accident and everyone panicked even more. Clive Owens' character ends up discovering a young girl who was being kept hostage by a rebel group who was pregnant, the only pregnant person in the world, and this meant she was in grave danger. He then protects her and they are lead on this wild adventure, dodging the government and other rebel groups. This movie was really good, but it is pretty violent, so if you are squeamish I don't know if this one is for you.

2. Lincoln

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Lincoln was just as amazing as I thought it would be. I love history (I was a History major in college) and President Lincoln was such an interesting man. Of course this movie is about the Civil war and Lincoln passing the 13th amendment, but it was very interesting seeing the way all the characters were portrayed. I really recommend seeing it.

3. The Graduate

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 I have actually never seen this movie until now, despite all of the pop culture references to it. I kind of knew the story but not all, so it was nice to watch. Dustin Hoffman was a cutie when he was young! I recommend seeing it if you haven't, I really enjoyed it, especially all of the Simon and Garfunkel.

4. Girl Happy

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 I don't think I've mentioned this before, but I LOVE Elvis Presley! I love his music, movies, I have lots of little memorabilia, I even read a few of his biographies. This is a really cute movie, Elvis is in a band and the band is hired to watch over this club owner's daughter on spring break. They have to go through all sorts of shenanigans to get her home on time every night so she can answer the phone when her father calls, but they make it through. At first the guys think of her as a nuisance, and cutting into their time with their girls, but eventually Elvis falls in love with her. It was a nice movie to remind me of spring and the sun, since it's still snowing here!

5. Bringing Up Baby

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When I picked up this movie, I didn't read the back, so I thought it was a movie about a young married couple raising an actually baby, but Baby is actually a tiger! This is a comedy with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. I have to say Katherine Hepburn is very funny, I've seen a few of her other movies, and Cary Grant is just amazing in everything.

6. Move Over Darling

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 If you have ever seen My Favorite Wife with Cary Grant, this movie is practically the exact same plot, but it stars Doris Day. The whole time I was watching it I thought it looked really familiar, but until Doris Day's character actually mentioned My Favorite Wife I didn't connect the two. The plot is that a  man's wife was lost in a plane crash five years prior, and now he is finally getting remarried. The day he gets remarried, his first wife returns after being rescued from an island. The man then has to find a way to tell his new wife that his old wife has returned. It was really cute, I recommend you watch both movies to compare the two!

What movies have you watched lately?
                                                                          Until next time darlings,
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones


As part of my attempt to make myself have more of a fitness routine, I've started to add in fitness videos. I really like to run and do the elliptical now, but I felt like it was a bit imbalanced since I was really focused on my legs, and not so much my arms, or non-existent abs. I have watched Biggest loser in the past and Jillian Michaels always looks so fit and she's so mean to them, but in a good way to push them to do their best, so I figured she would be a good candidate for a workout dvd. This workout dvd promises to "Eliminate love handles, muffin tops, and wobbly arms for good!" Really until now, I have never worked out on a regular basis, my workout routine was just walking 2 miles maybe 2 or 3 times a week. I have never worked on specifically my arms, I loathe crunches and push-ups, and so I avoided them like the plague. I've also never really worked with weights with the exception of when we had weight training class in high school.This dvd does not allow you to do that! The first time I did it I didn't think I was going to be able to finish it, I was so tired! It made me realize just how weak of upper body strength I really have, and I'd like to have a strong body in all areas. So far I've done the dvd a few more times and while I still have to take a little break, I have completed the 50 minute workout every time. I hope to stick to it, or maybe get some different ones. Working out on a regular basis has really made me feel a lot better about myself, and I have a ton more energy than I've ever had before!

Have any of you ever tried a workout dvd before or have a specific workout routine that works for you?
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                                                                                                                                          Amia

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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot

So tonight I had the urge to listen to Brand New. I used to love Brand New, they were one of my absolute favorite bands. They were one of the first bands I started listening to when I really got into finding and listening to my own music choices. I wasn't really into listening to too much music, I really liked N'sync but that was about it. As I was sitting here listening, I happened to glance up at my iTunes and saw that this cd, Deja Entendu, came out in 2003. 10 years ago. I was 13 years old.

Music has always held a special place in my heart, and certain bands and artists hold deep memories for me. I like to find lots of new music, I'm constantly listening to someone new, but I always have a select group of bands that I count as my favorites, and each one means something special to me, either reminding me of a certain year, a certain happy time or sad time, or just simply reminds me of the person I was when that particular album was my favorite.

Listening to Brand New makes me think back to the summer between 7th and 8th grade, how nervous I was that it would be my last year of middle school and I would have to start school at the huge scary high school. I think back on my sweet friends, some of whom I am still friends with today and some that I have sadly drifted apart from, but that happens as time goes on. I also listened to a lot of Good Charlotte, I loved Benji Madden, my friend Kayley and I actually hosted a birthday party for him, complete with a cake with his face on it! We don't speak too often anymore, just every few months, but she actually reminded me of this a few days ago on his birthday (March 11th).

Another band I really loved was The Format. The Format was my band in 9th grade, and that reminds me of marching band, band camp, realizing high school wasn't as terribly horrible as I thought it was going to be, crushes, fun with lots of friends, and girl scouts. Also, I loved Nate Ruess. I had a lot of crushes back then, but I think it comes with the territory of being a teenage girl. My thoughts on the band Fun. are mixed because I'm still upset by The Format breaking up. During this time I also really loved The All American Rejects. All I really need to say about this one is Tyson Ritter's eyes are beautiful. I actually fulfilled my teenage dream of seeing them last fall, they actually play at my college's homecoming. It was awesome, they played so many old songs.

After this my next big one was My Chemical Romance. This one lasted a really long time, probably two years or so, sophomore and junior year. I remember also listening to a lot of Coheed and Cambria and Thirty Seconds to Mars (and thinking Jared Leto was the most beautiful man on Earth, along with Gerard Way). This reminds me of my friends and I having these notebooks, it was a group of four of us and we would each write an entry in the notebook, and in between classes pass it off to the next person and this would go on all day. I actually still have all of the notebooks. It also reminds me of when I wore my My Chemical Romance t-shirt at least two or three times a week (don't worry, my mom washed it every time, I just really loved that shirt).

Senior year of high school I really got into musicals and theatre. I've always had too much stage fright to actually be in a musical or sing in front of people in general (unless they're my friends), but I was in pit orchestra for our high school's musicals, so I listened to a lot of soundtracks: Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, and Phantom of the Opera, to name a few. My friend Jenny and I also really got into Queen, like extremely obsessed, to the point that I don't really remember listening to much else except that.

After high school, since this is just the past five years (that's also so weird to think about!) I can kind of mesh together. The first couple of years out I really got into MGMT, Phoenix, Ra Ra Riot, Black Keys, that general genre I guess. MGMT was my favorite for a while, listening to them reminds me of Michelle and I sitting on this concrete wall in this little hippie-ish neighborhood close to us called Coventry Village and people watching, skateboarders, people playing guitar and singing, and just generally artsy people while sipping coffee on warm summer days.

Phoenix reminds me of when Michelle and I went to Lollapalooza 2010. That was the very first time my parents allowed me to go on a trip out of state with a guardian. We waited all day to see Phoenix the second night and we got so close to them , about three rows back out of the thousands of people at that music festival. The crowd was really crazy and I almost lost Michelle in it, she almost lost her flip flop (we learned to wear closed shoes at a music festival very quickly after that!) but it was probably the best show I have ever been to even to this day.

Currently, my music tastes have changed a bit again, which I think happens to everyone as they get older, but it doesn't mean I love any of my older music less. I've always loved Elvis but a few years ago I renewed my love for him. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Milk Carton Kids, Best Coast, The Avett Brothers, and She & Him. I have also discovered that I really like top 40 country, which is so far from what I would ever have listened to, or admitted to listening to even last year. One of my best friends Christina loves country and I finally gave it a chance and I now love Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and a few more. I think more recently I've stopped caring so much about what's "cool" to listen to and what's not and now I listen to what I want to. I think that can also be applied to not just music, but my outlook on life in general. I'm definitely no rebel or anything, but I definitely don't worry as much about if people think what I do is "cool" anymore. I like that I love the 1950s, and wear red lipstick and heels during the day when no one else is really that dressed up, and that I'd honestly rather stay in and knit and watch a movie than go out and party. I know this post has turned into being a bit too long so I'll leave it here with a playlist of  a few of my favorites.

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Do you have any music like this that brings back memories from the past? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Thanks for making it through this long post, I didn't intend on this really being this long!

Until next time darlings, Amia

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Michelle's 23rd Birthday!

Wednesday was my friend Michelle's birthday, so my friends and I planned a surprise dinner for her yesterday. We went to this restaurant called Crave, which is in Akron and it's about 45 minutes away from us. Over the past couple of months she's been suggesting we go there sometime, and we just hadn't made it since it is kind of farther away, so I was excited we could finally go for her!

Michelle and her cute cake!

Our waiter was super nice to us, we brought a cake and he came out with a sparkler on it, and we sang Happy Birthday to Michelle even though she was probably a bit embarrassed by us. Hey, that's what friends are for :)

Christina and Michelle at Crave

Michelle and I at Brubaker's Pub

After dinner, we decided to explore a little bit of downtown Akron. There was a cookie place called Insomnia Cookies, it was open until 3 a.m.! I wish we had a place like that near us, I would be there all the time.

My friend Neil and I


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Christina and Neil, and the bartender photobomber, haha.

We ended up checking out this place called Brubaker's Pub. My friend Christina's boyrfriend lives down there, so we let her show us around, it was a pretty fun place, we were there a bit early for a bar, so it wasn't too crowded. Her boyfriend's friend also co-owns a sandwich deli called Diamond Deli which she pointed out to us.

We never get group pictures, so we tried, many times, and this was the best one!

Overall, Michelle's birthday was a lot of fun and I'm glad we got to try out some new places! Have you been to any new restaurants lately?
                                                                           Until next time darlings,
                                                                                                   Amia
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Western Reserve Hisorical Society

Hello! So today I took a visit to the Western Reserve Historical Society, which is a museum all about Cleveland History. I hadn't been inside the actual museum since I was probably in elementary school, but I did use their library during undergrad for a research project (the library is really nice too, by the way!).

 My dad really loves Harley-Davidson, so I had to take a picture of this early 1900s version for him.

I love this old sewing machine, it was made by the Thomas H. White company which was based in Cleveland, Ohio.

 Part of the museum is actually an old mansion, called the Bingham-Hanna House, the ceiling was beautiful!

 There is a large room of wedding and formal dresses, starting from the 1830s and coming up to today.

This was one of my favorite dresses, I love 1950s style.

This dress is actually a replica of Kate Middleton's dress, and the end of the display, I really like her dress, I love the lace detail.

This room was explaining the sculpture in Cleveland. The picture shows one of the Guardians of Traffic, which all line the Hope Memorial Bridge downtown. It was nice to read about them when I just drive past them most of the time and don't really give them a second thought.

 



 The last room I went into had all of these maps of the eastern United States, Ohio, and eventually Cleveland. The maps started in the 1790s and moved up until today. I really liked seeing the progression from territories to states then finally to all the counties and cities.

On my way out I passed this beautiful window pane dedicated to a woman who lived here, her first name was Amelia but I can't remember her last. She lived from 1838-1900. I thought it was very beautiful and just had to stop and take a picture.


Well that was my Wednesday, how has your day been?
                                                                            Until next time darlings,
                                                                                                    Amia
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Hives!!!

So Sunday night I went to see the Hives with my friend for her birthday. I hadn't really listened to them in a long time, not since high school. I was pleasantly surprised that they play a lot of their old music!
The lead singer, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, was super theatrical, and super energetic, he pretty much shouted and ran around the whole time, and told a lot of funny stories.
At the end of the concert, during the encore, we all were instructed to sit on the floor, and then he decided to crowd surf while we were all squatting. That was interesting, I've never seen anyone do that before! Luckily I didn't fall over.

 Do any of you listen to the Hives? Or have you gone to any fun concerts lately?
                                                                                   Until next time darlings,
                                                                                                        Amia
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It's Always 75 With No Melting Snow...

My dear friend Michelle and I

Hello all,

How has everyone's week been so far? Mine has been pretty nice, it's been warming up a bit (only in the 40s, but that's nice for Cleveland weather!) I'm hoping this means spring is around the corner!

*I've been keeping up with working out, either by running on the treadmill, doing the elliptical, or walking outside. My yoga classes have been put on hold, the yoga studio I've signed up for are in the middle of moving to a new location so they've cancelled their classes until the end of this month, then they're having a grand opening. I'm kind of bummed, but I think the new studio looks really nice, I drove past earlier today.

*I got all of my classwork done for the week, except for one journal entry I have to make. I'm so excited, I usually procrastinate until the day everything is due! My first two classes are done in two weeks, so I'll only have one class to worry about until May.

*Watching tons of movies as usual. I also really like watching tv shows on dvd, lately I've been watching Boardwalk Empire and Star Trek:The Original Series.

*This past Friday I went to an art opening with my friend Michelle at the Loren Naji Gallery, it was really cool. They had these tv/art installations, I'd never seen anything like them, they were really interesting. After we went to dinner at Great Lakes Brewing Company, it was so delicious!

Well, now I'm going to run some errands and enjoy the sun! Have a great day!

                                                                                 Until next time darlings,
                                                                                                        Amia


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Cinema at Home

Lately I have watched so many movies! I think it's because of the cold winter weather outside! Well I thought it would be fun to share some of the movies I've watched recently.

1. Wanderlust

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This was such a funny movie. It has Paul Rudd (who I love) and Jennifer Aniston. They are a married couple from New York who lost their jobs and expensive apartment. This resulted in them having to go to Paul Rudd's brother's house. They got in a fight, so they left, and ended up on a hippie commune. I won't say much more, but it was a really fun movie!

2. Take This Waltz

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This movie had Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby as the main characters. Rogen and Williams are a married couple. Seth Rogen is a recipe book writer, and his book is only on chicken dishes, so they ate a LOT of chicken. After being married for five years, Michelle Williams met Luke Kirby. Kirby turns out to be her cute neighbor down the street who is a pedicab driver. She has this emotional affair with him the entire movie, and there comes a point where she has to decide whether to let it go or pursue it. I really enjoyed this one. WARNING: you will get "Video Killed the Radio Star" stuck in your head for the next  three days after this movie.

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I expected this movie to be a bit more silly than it was, and I didn't think I was going to end up finishing it. It definitely surprised me. I really liked the whole thing, the fact that they made the Confederates all vampires was hilarious.

4. Liberal Arts

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This one I just ordered from the library because it had Josh Radnor in it. I've recently become a How I Met Your Mother Fan (I know I'm way late to the party). It was also really good. It was about a college admissions adviser (Radnor) who visits his alma mater for one of his professor's retirement party. He ends up meeting and hanging out with one of the current students, 19 year old Ziggy (Elizabeth Olsen). They begin to have a relationship built on their mutal love of opera and books. When it starts to turn romantic, the 16 year age difference becomes more and more apparent, and they both end up learning some life lessons.

Have you watched any good movies lately?
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