Thursday, May 30, 2013

Knitting Night


Tuesday night I was invited to go to a knitting group with one of my old Girl Scout leaders and my old friend Amelia who was a Girl Scout too. It was really nice catching up and also knitting again. In the past few years I have continued knitting, but not as often as I used to. After I made my mom an afghan about two years ago I was so exhausted by the amount of time it took that I stopped knitting for a long time. A few months ago I started a new blanket for myself but it's just been sitting on my shelf, so I actually made a lot of progress on it.

We had wine and cheese and lots of fun chit chat about knitting and gardening. Amelia has gotten really advanced with her knitting and had lots of pictures to share. My Girl Scout leader Mrs. Bloss was the one who taught both of us to knit so it was just like old times. She is in the local garden club so I learned a lot of new things about flowers and different Latin names for them. Knitting night actually going to become a weekly tradition which I think is super fun. A few other girls come as well when they can so hopefully I can meet some of them next week!
                                                                                                        
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Baked Potato Soup

This past weekend Cleveland decided to be Cleveland and the temperature suddenly dropped from the 80s to the 50s, so it was really chilly. I decided this would be the perfect time to try out using the crock pot and make some nice warm soup. I've never used the crock pot to make anything, and it really wasn't too difficult. Since I love all things with potato, bacon, and cheddar, I made a baked potato soup. I found the recipe on Pinterest, but the direct link to the website is food.com and this recipe was submitted by Audrey M.


What you see in this picture is really all you need to make them. The package that's in Spanish is chicken boullion. I found it in the ethnic foods aisle, and it was half in Spanish half in English and I guess I should have turned it around.


The first step is to fry up your bacon and bake your potatoes. Just like the Twice Baked Potato Casserole, I cheated a bit and microwaved the potatoes instead.


You then add in all the ingredients into the pot and you also make a roux (butter, flour, milk) and pour that over everything. Then you're all set and you turn on the crock pot and wait. The cook time for this was 4 hours so I would start it a bit early if you want to eat at a normal time. The prep time took about an hour, so really consider it 5 hours.



When it's finally finished it should look similar to this. It thickened up a lot which I was worried about when I first put everything in, so I was happy about that, and it smelled so good!


                                                                                                        
To complete the dish, I crumbled up extra bacon and added sour cream and a few more chives to make it pretty. The soup went over really well with my family, my mom is already talking about me making it for Christmas!

                                                                                                             
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Busy Bee and Scattered Thoughts

Just a warning: This post consists of some of my scattered thoughts from today, this is really how my brain works most of the time, jumping from subject to subject.


Sorry I missed "Currently" yesterday, I spent most of the day packing as we are moving this Friday.  I discovered my shoe collection not only fit into one extra large box, but two! I should be ashamed that I have that many shoes, and many jokes were made about it. I still feel like I could use more, you can never have enough shoes (shoe addicts anonymous will soon be knocking on my door). Majority of my room is packed now, minus a few clothes, library materials, and my alarm clocks. You don't realize how many little things you have in your room until you start really going through it


Memorial Day was yesterday, and I'd like to take a moment and thank all of the veterans, those alive and those who have passed, for serving our country. Those who serve in our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are some of the most brave, honorable men and women in our country and they deserve the utmost praise and respect. I always feel a bit strange saying "Happy Memorial Day", because a day meant to respect our fallen soldiers isn't really all that happy at the core. I guess it could be happy in that we are celebrating their lives and what they fought for and remembering the good, but I'll stop my mini rant there.


I must confess that I have very obsessive organizational tendencies towards my cds, dvds, and books. They must be in alphabetical order or I can't stand it. Today I've brought this crazy habit to a new level, and have began typing up labels for my cds to stick into my cd cases so they can never be put out of order again. My friends only slightly realize this, and whenever they look through my cds/dvds I have a slight panic attack. I don't really have this problem with the books since they're displayed on a shelf and you don't really have to shuffle them around to see them.

I think that's enough randomness for the day. I have some good news to share but I think it may be a bit early to do so, but I will fill you gals in soon enough. Tonight I'm headed over to one of my old Girl Scout leader's house to knit with her and an old friend, I'm excited to catch up with them, I haven't seen either of them in years.

Hope you have a Happy Tuesday!



                                                                                                             
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Sounds #9

She & Him- I Could've Been Your Girl

            


                                                                                                                
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Memories in Photos


1. My friend Michelle and I went for froyo and coffee the other day, her coffee cup was the tiniest!
2. I caught up with my friend Rae who I hadn't seen in about five months and we got lunch and did a bit of shopping.
3. My friend Christina and I went to Akron one night just for fun and grabbed a drink.
4. This banner is of my parents when they were teenagers. They met when they were 16/17 and the banner says "Today is the beginning of our forever", super cute and they are still together, married 24 years this June. 5. Michelle's dog Thunder and I have a love/hate relationship. He likes to bark and growl at me and scratch my legs majority of the time, but sometimes we come to an understanding and he's a cute little dog. This was one of those nights.
6. Christina's new puppy Jacie! She's the sweetest little thing even though she was a bit afraid of me, hopefully we'll become good friends!
7. I made Michelle walk with me this day, it was nice because I usually walk alone.

I don't take many Instagram photos but I love using all of the different filters, it's such a fun app. These are just a few of the photos I have taken in May so far. If you'd like you can follow me there too @amiacw!

                                                                                                      
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Let's Talk Lipsticks

       One of my biggest beauty obsessions is lipstick. I wear lipstick almost all of the time, and am constantly on the search for more colors. I thought today I would share my collection and do a little review of each!
 

Here is majority of my collection, I think I'm missing one or two but this is a good number of them. As you can see 7 out of 13 are Revlon Lipsticks. Revlon is definitely my favorite makeup brand, not just for lipstick but for eyeshadow and mascara and anything else really. 


So here are some swatches of color on my arm (from left to right): 1. Maybelline #625 Are You Red-Dy 2. Rimmel London #124 Bordeaux 3. Revlon #677 Siren 4. Revlon #477 Black Cherry 5. Revlon #613 Just Enough Buff 6. Revlon #525 Wine With Everything 7. Revlon #725 Love That Red 8. Revlon #096 Petal 9. Revlon #075 Peach 10. Loreal Paris Infalliable #400 Apricot 11. Loreal Paris Infalliable #200 Teaberry 12. Tarte Lipsurgence in Envy 13. MAC Ruby Woo

1. Maybelline #625 Are You Red-Dy.
This was the first lipstick I intentionally bought, as I was not much of a makeup girl other than a ton of eyeliner during the time I loved My Chemical Romance. I picked this out because I was Minnie Mouse for Halloween one year, and I absolutely loved it. It stays on really well and is very moisturizing. The only problem is it does smudge onto everything else, you will leave a trace of red on every cup.

2. Rimmel London #124 Bordeaux

I bought this lipstick because I was seeing this deep vampy lipstick trend everywhere, and it definitely is not for me. It was much too dark! I also do not really like the texture either, it's difficult to get it to look even and it made my lips feel super dry.

3. Revlon #677 Siren 4. Revlon #477 Black Cherry 5. Revlon #613 Just Enough Buff 6. Revlon #525 Wine With Everything 7. Revlon #725 Love That Red 8. Revlon #096 Petal 9. Revlon #075 Peach
I love Revlon, I can't say I love it enough. I never have problems with it drying out my lips, it always looks smooth and lasts for a long time.
3. Siren is a very bright orange. It's such a different color, as most of my lipsticks fall in red/pink category, it's definitely a bold choice
4. This was my second attempt at the dark vampy look. I like the quality of the lipstick better than the Rimmel, but unless I'm a witch for Halloween I can't imagine wearing it out.     
5. This is a great nude, I've tried others and they just made me look as if I had accidentally rubbed concealer on my mouth. I don't wear it as much as others just because I like to see color.
6. This is one of my favorites! I wear this all the time. It looks a bit darker in the tube than it comes out on my lips, and it's just a nice berry color. I don't think it really looks like "wine", it's slightly too light.
7. This is my least worn red, I actually forgot I had it. This is not to say I dislike it, I just tend to choose my MAC red more lately. This is a pretty bright red, it gives a nice retro color.
8. Petal is my go-to for days I want to wear a lipstick but don't want too much color. It gives a slight pink tint but it almost looks like a gloss.
9. Peach is a well worn color of mine, if you can't tell from the picture! I love this color, it goes on lightly like Petal and has a little shimmer.

10. Loreal Paris Infalliable #400 Apricot 11. Loreal Paris Infalliable #200 Teaberry
These were recommended to me by one of my coworkers. She always wears lipstick and it never smudges or fades at all, and she told me she only wears these. I really like them because they really don't budge, and the color is true to the tube. You swipe on the color side which comes out of the tube like a lipgloss but it's a little thicker than lipgloss. Then you wait two minutes, and during this two minutes you panic because your lips feel as if they are tightening and closing in on themselves, but then you swipe on the balm in the white tube and you mouth goes back to normal, and it truly lasts forever. I have to remove this lipstick with makeup remover, which concerns me a bit, I should do a little research on what's in it, but it truly does stay on well.
12. Tarte Lipsurgence in Envy
This matte lip tint I bought when I was searching what lipcolor Max from 2 Broke Girls wore because the berry color was just so pretty. Tarte was the brand that came up on multiple sites, and so I skipped to my nearest Sephora and picked this up. I must say it is very pricey, the most expensive lipcolor I own at $24, but it is definitely worth it. I will say it is not an exact match for the lipstick Max wears, it's a little lighter, but my love for berry colors makes up for that. I find it is a little drying, so I swipe on chapstick before applying and that fixes the problem.
13. MAC Ruby Woo
This is my absolute favorite lipstick at the moment. I have always heard about how amazing MAC lipsticks are, but I was unwilling to spend the $15 for them. Well I must say it is the prettiest red I own! Ruby Woo is a matte, it could stay on for days, it looks so defined as if I put on lip liner, which I don't use ever. It's just the best, and I have a whole wishlist of colors I would like now from this line.

What are some of your favorite lipsticks? What are your favorite colors?

                                                                                                         
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Literary Tattoos

Lately I have really been thinking about tattoos. I have grand visions of having a half sleeve of some sort, as well as others, but my fear of pain and simply deciding on a coherent design has stopped me from having any. But I decided it would be fun to share all the ideas floating around in my head.

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My very first idea was to have a "Beauty and the Beast" themed sleeve. Not the actual cartoon drawings, but more of a vintage feel, using the rose, an old grandfather clock, teapot, books, the mirror and the blue bow. Belle is and always will be my favorite Disney princess. She is one of the reasons that I have always loved to read, and I could always relate to her not quite fitting in with everyone else. I must say I'm extremely jealous of her library, and she's even the inspiration for my blog name! While I still love the idea of having many tattoos dedicated to her, I believe I now lean more towards having tattoos which represent many different books and stories which I hold dear. Instead, I would represent Belle simply through a teapot with a blue floral design.

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I love the Harry Potter series as well as the movies. I was 11 when "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" movie came out, so I kind of grew at the same time as the characters. I felt as if they were some of my best friends, and it was just so devastating to read the last book, it felt like my friends died. For Harry Potter, I would choose 9¾ to signify the magical platform which took the children to Hogwarts, through which everything about the stories could become possible.

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The Notebook gets so much flack as a sappy book/movie, but I absolutely love it. I can read and watch the story over and over again, to the point that I can recite a lot of the movie by heart. For the Notebook I would get the "If you're a bird, I'm a bird" quote. It short and simple, and one of my favorite lines.

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The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books of all time, (you can read a review I did of the new movie here) and I am unsure of what I would get to represent it. Possibly a picture the green light which Gatsby constantly reached for, or maybe just the quote "Gatsby believed in the green light".

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Little Women is another one of my favorite books, and often I will say it is my absolute favorite. Jo March was a strong role model for me as a child. She was a writer, which I aspired to be then, she spoke her mind always, which I wished I could do, and most of all she loved and cared for her friends and family. I would choose a quote from Jo, most likely "I like good strong words that mean something". I couldn't find a picture with that exact quote, but I like the placement of the girl's quote on her shoulder.

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I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd as well, and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the first sci-fi book I ever read. Douglas Adams is an amazing author and it is a hilarious read. From this book I would probably get either "Don't Panic", or "42", since it's the great secret of the universe and the meaning of life.

Most of the tattoos I want have to do with books. Reading is one of my favorite activities, and it has always held a special place in my heart. Books can transport you to different places, different worlds. Characters can become your best friends or your worst enemies. My love of books is the reason that I'm in school to be a librarian, so I think it's fitting that majority of my tattoo wishes are of a literary nature. I do still want a few non-book related ones, namely lilies and an anchor. Lilies because they are my favorite flowers and I think they're beautiful, and the anchor really has no meaning behind it, I just really like the clean simple lines.

For me to actual get any of these tattoos from this dream list, I need to get over my fear of the pain! My goal is to get one tattoo by the end of the summer, so we shall see. I also wanted to mention that all the pictures of tattoos I've used are simply inspiration, I would not copy someone else's exact tattoo design, that seems wrong to steal something as personal as a tattoo design.

Do you have any tattoos you want or any cool tattoos that you have? I would love to see them and hear the stories behind them!



                                                                                                                
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Currently #7

Thinking about: My birthday is in a few weeks and I'm trying to think of a good place to go/something fun to do. If anyone has any ideas let me know!

Reading: I'm actually listening, not reading this week to an audiobook. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas to be exact. Sometimes I like to listen to things while I'm fall asleep, whether it be a movie (500 Days of Summer) or a tv show (That 70s show) that I know by heart so I don't pay too much attention, or a podcast, so I decided to try audiobooks. It means I have to re-listen to a lot of chapters but it's something different.

Listening to: Blitzen Trapper's American Goldwing album.

Looking Forward to: Can I do a "NOT looking forward to" this week? I'm not looking forward to jury duty which starts on Wednesday, it's going to be super boring and I'll be stuck in the downtown courthouse all day.

Watching: The first season of the Showtime series The Borgias. It is about this family who wants to take over being Pope and have all the power that comes with that title. It starts in 1492, and it has the same feel as The Tudors, which is also a really good show. I also saw Star Trek last Thursday, it was amazing, if you haven't seen it yet you need to!!

Making Me Happy: Just getting home from a fun girls day with my friend Rae. I haven't seen her in a few months and it was nice to get lunch and do a little shopping. The best thing about summer break is that everyone finally has time to see each other again :)
                                                                                                             
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Sounds #8

The Smiths- Ask


Enjoy your weekend :)

                                                                                                                
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cinema at Home #5


1. Cloud Atlas
Mind. Blown. This movie is so amazing, there are so many story lines and you are constantly trying to figure out exactly what the message is it's trying to send and how exactly all these times and people connect. The scenes, makeup, and acting were all excellent. I was pleasantly surprised that my nerdy computer geek crush Ben Whishaw was in the movie (he was in Skyfall) which was a great bonus. I really didn't understand the movie until the last five minutes and it was just a huge "a-ha!" moment, kind of like when I saw Inception. I did not read the book before I saw it but it's definitely on my to-read list now.


2. The Sitter
After Cloud Atlas I couldn't sleep because my mind was still running trying to figure everything out so I decided to watch something funny that I wouldn't have to think about and could fall asleep on. I then remembered I had The Sitter with Jonah Hill. I like Jonah Hill movies, they're pretty funny even though I'm pretty sure they're geared towards teenage boys. Jonah Hill gets stuck babysitting his mom's friend's three kids, and he gets a call from this girl who is using him to please go get her drugs and meet her at a party. So he takes the kids with him to the drug dealer, one of the kids like to blow up toilets, and Jonah Hill gets beat up a few times. It was a good movie if you are looking for some "stupid humor" laughs.


3. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
This movie starred Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple. It was a comedy about Cary Grant, who was an artist that visited a high school and caught the eye of Shirley Temple, a student at the school. Temple decides to run off, find his hotel, and hide out there until he got back to ask him to make a piece based on her. This leads her sister, Loy, who is also a judge who happens to not like Grant since he comes through her courtroom much too often, to go on a search for her missing sister, only to discover her there. Charges are brought against Grant for kidnapping and assault, and the only way they will be dropped is if he becomes Temple's beau until she gets over her crush on him. This leads to many funny situations, it was definitely a great movie.


4. Celeste and Jesse Forever
Andy Samberg in a semi-serious role was strange, but I liked it. I was half-expecting him to bust out some crazy joke, but it didn't happen haha. This movie was about Samberg, Jesse, and Rashida Jones, Celeste, who were a married couple who had been together since high school who were getting a divorce and were having a difficult time letting go. In the beginning of the movie you don't even realize they are getting a divorce because they were still hanging out together and had so many inside jokes that it isn't until their friends yell at them about it that the cracks begin to show. Jesse tries to get back together with Celeste but she pushes him away. Only after she finds out a secret Jesse had been hiding did she want to get back together with him, but it was too late. They end up divorced but it was a nice look at their journey too it. While this movie doesn't sound like it was anything but depressing it really wasn't. There was a nice balance of comedy and seriousness.

                                                                                                              
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Great Gatsby



Normally I would just include this in a Cinema at Home post, but The Great Gatsby is much too important to be not highlighted alone. I first read the book in 10th grade in my English class, and ever since then I have re-read the book every summer. It is one of my absolute favorite stories, all of the characters are so complex and I have always pictured the characters so vividly in my head.


I know that there are other movie adaptations of Great Gatsby; 1926, 1949, 1974, and 2000, but I have always been afraid to watch them because I did not want to ruin my vision of East and West Egg and Jazz Age New York. The exception to this came when I heard that Baz Luhrmann was directing this film. I love Baz Luhrmann's creativity and the way he mixes modern elements in with older timelines. His version of Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite films.


The movie was so amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire were the perfect people to play Gatsby, Daisy and Nick. The movie looked so dreamlike and I just loved the party scenes. There was a lot of comedy added in as well which lightened up the mood in some of the more serious parts. Honestly, when Gatsby died in the pool, My Heart Will Go On popped in my head and I really wanted to yell out "Jack!" (I'm a big Titanic fan).


The last thing I'd like to say is this movie reminded me how much I love Leonardo DiCaprio, and I need to go on a Leo movie marathon sometime soon!

Have you seen Great Gatsby yet? Tell me what you thought about in the comments below!

                                                                                                                
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Currently #6

Thinking About: What I'm going to get my best friend for her graduation. I went to a lot of stores today looking for something in particular but found nothing I thought she would like. I have to think fast because her graduation's on Friday!

Reading: The Great Gatsby. I saw the movie opening night and decided to read Gatsby a little early this year (I read it every summer).

Listening to: Michael Buble's and She & Him's new cds.

Looking Forward to: Seeing Star Trek: Into the Darkness this weekend, super excited!

Making Me Happy: It's Mad Men Monday! I know it comes on Sunday nights, but I never watch it until Mondays since I record it so late.

Hope everyone's having a marvelous Monday!!
                                                                                                            
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day


My mom is the best person I know. I love how she is always so much fun, but always gives the best advice, and is always there for me. Our Saturday morning errands runs and coffee and breakfast are one of the times I look forward to most during the week. Love you mom, you're the best :) Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
                                                                                                            
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday Sounds #7

Fitz and the Tantrums- L.O.V.


Happy Saturday!

Check out Fitz and the Tantrums, they're pretty groovy.

                                                                                                                
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" -Jane Austen



I went to Half Price Books the other day, which is always dangerous because I end up picking out way too many books! I originally had picked up about 10 books, and I decided that I needed to put some back, this is how I end up with a shelf full of books I haven't even read yet! I have curbed some of this by putting a lot of books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads (follow me if you have one as well, I love seeing what others are reading), but I still like to buy too many. So I ended up picking just four to take home: On the Road:The Original Scroll (Jack Keroauc), The Inheiritance (Louisa May Alcott), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), and Dune (Frank Herbert).

What good books have you read lately?

                                                                                                                
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