Wednesday, July 31, 2013

100!

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 So I am super excited today because it is my 100th post! While this really doesn't seem like much it is a great milestone for me. I have tried blogging a few times before and ending up forgetting about it, just posting a few times, or giving up because I was worried that no one wanted to read what I had to say. I decided that I would try again and I am so happy that I did. Blogging is sometimes the best part of my day, and I think (I hope) I'm getting better at it. Some of my very early posts I cringe a bit when reading, but practice makes everything better right? I want to continue writing and sharing bits of day with you all and I want to thank everyone who reads and/or comments, comments always bring a smile to my face.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye!

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Amelia, Mrs. Bloss, Sarah, and Me!
 Last night was our last knitting night with Amelia for a few months because she is headed off to medical school next week! We celebrated with cupcakes from this amazing cake shop called White Flower. We had Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, and Triple Chocolate, so yummy! Our little knitting circle has become one of my favorite nights of the week, so we'll miss Amelia while she's away at school and we're wishing her lots of luck. As you can see I am knitting a new blanket for my bed, which if you are the crafty type, I recommend you crochet a large blanket instead of knitting because it will go so much faster. I just bought another skein of yarn and hopefully this will be the last one I need. Well I'm going to get started so I hope you have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Trip to the Ohio Historical Society

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Friday my mom and I took a trip to Columbus, Ohio to visit the Ohio Historical Society! I heard they were having this special 1950s exhibit which I thought would be so cool to see. The 50s exhibit didn't dissapoint, there was an actual house in the museum called a Lustron house which was a big company in the 1950s that built you a house in two weeks made of some kind of metal material for the very reasonable price of about $4900! It was my favorite part of the museum, it was so fun and had so many cute props!


The museum also had a natural history portion about the forests, rivers, and animals in Ohio, there was a huge mammoth skeleton when we first walked in! The rest of the room went in chronological order from about the late 1800s to the present. There were old cars and fire engines, old games, musical instruments, and trolley.


There was a special section on the development of photography and they had a little dress up station and background where you could pose for your own potrait. We tried our best to stop laughing and take a serious picture, but these are the best ones we took!


Outside of the main building they have recreated an entire Civil War town, including a hotel, pharmacy, church, female seminary (a school for girls which taught them to be refined and how to catch a husband), an undertaker, post office, and a natural history museum. In some of the buildings they had reenactors who spoke to you about each building and how they would have run in the 1860s. There were also examples of people's homes, it's strange to think that huge families used to live in such small spaces, sometimes only one or two rooms!

The trip was so fun, I was glad I got to spend the day with my mom playing dress up and taking silly pictures!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Foam Art and Good Reads

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 Dress: eShakti
Shoes: Payless

So today I had a day off so I got up early and went to one of my favorite coffee shops, Root Cafe, and read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I haven't sat and read in a coffee shop for a really long time, and I forgot how nice and relaxing it is. I had to most amazing almond cream scone and a cappucino which had really fun foam art on top!  I'm really liking The Pillars of the Earth, it's a story set in the Middle Ages about a poor family whose head is a stone mason, a prior and the church, and politics dealing with the king. It's a really good read even though it looks a bit daunting at 900+ pages. I think I talked about the miniseries in on of my Cinema at Home posts, so if it sounds interesting you can watch that first to see if you'd really like it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Duty, Honor, Country

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Dress: Modcloth
Belt: Vintage
Shoes Target

So the other day at work I was helping a man use the fax machine (our fax machines are really difficult to use) and he was a Vietnam veteran, and while we were sorting through his military papers, he began to tell me about his life and his experiences in Vietnam. He was in combat, and is still suffering from a head injury which causes him short term memory loss. He told me about his friends from the war, some who were killed there and some who he still gets together with now, and almost all of them had suffered an injury of some kind. He also told me how after the war he became an American citizen, he is originally from the West Indies. His story touched my heart, I have a lot of respect for all military personnel. Soldiers who fought in Vietnam (and soldiers who fight in any war) fought an extremely devastating war and the fact that this man could not even remember that we were going from the fax machine to the customer service desk so he could buy a fax card made me very sad but also very proud of him for serving our country. He was faxing some of his military papers in order to receive a gift from the military, and he was very excited to show me all of the awards he had earned from his service overseas from 1967-68. I was just happy that I could help him in this small way.

My grandpa and my mom were both in the Army, my grandpa was active around the same time that this man was. He did not fight in the war, but he was stationed in Germany for many years working for the military and with their computers and things of that sort. My grandpa is getting into his older years now, and he gets most excited when he talks about his military days, he could talk to you for hours and hours about it. I secretly think he has never forgiven me for taking Spanish in high school instead of German haha! I just wanted to share this little part of my day because talking to this man really warmed my heart.

How is your Tuesday going?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mini Apple Pie Bites

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I actually made these little treats back in the beginning of June when we first moved as a "Welcome to the New House" treat, but I never shared. I got the recipe from the Pillsbury website, and now I can't find the exact one, but here is one that's really similar.

All you need is crescent rolls, apples, cinnamon, sugar, and caramel. What I did was I broke apart the crescent rolls, sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar onto on side, laid a slice of apple on it, and rolled it up. Before baking I also put a little cinnamon on the outside just to make it look pretty.

When they come out of the oven, you drizzle the caramel on and they're done! I wanted to make it even more simple so instead of melting caramel squares I found ready made microwaveable caramel apple caramel, warmed that up, and popped that on top. I even had some caramel left over to I made everyone caramel apples.

After looking all over the Pillsbury website I've found a bunch of recipes I want to try now. I haven't been baking lately because turning on the oven during the heat wave we've had for the past few weeks just sounds like a bad idea, but I can't wait for it to cool down so I can try some of these out.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

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Dress: Lindy Bop via Amazon
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes: Target

So yesterday I worked pretty much all day, and was really busy until the last 3 hours of work, which I spent staring at my computer screen and willing people to come up and ask a question or check out a book. As we were turning off the lights and getting ready to leave, I turn around and on this little cabinet that we don't use very often is the shell of a giant cicada! I looked at it so quickly I jumped back and screamed and generally looked really nuts in front of my coworkers. I made everyone come look at it because it was so perfectly placed. We all agreed that it had to have been put there by our one coworker who is very nature friendly. He probably thought it was cool, but I just thought it was gross! It was just really embarrassing that I ended up being scared by the shell of a bug, not even the actual bug!

Later today I am going on a behind the scenes tour of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium downtown with the Cleveland Emerging Museum Professionals group I'm a member of. I haven't been to the aquarium yet, it's been open for a few years now, and I think it will be super fun to go and see the exhibits as well as learn a few behind the scenes secrets!

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wade Oval Wednesday

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Yesterday I went to Wade Oval Wednesday (WOW) with my friend Christina, it was loads of fun. There were lots of food stands and I was immediately drawn to the funnel cakes! The are my favorite summertime/festival/fair treat. This free concert/festival is held every Wednesday all summer and each week has a different live band. This week there was a local Irish band (I forget the name..oops) and a special guest bagpiper. The music was great, lot of people were dancing and it was just really nice. We brought a picnic blanket and found a perfect spot, we've already decided to head back next week with a few more of our friends.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Something New

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 Dress: my50svintagedresses via Ebay
Shoes: Target

So I am delving into the world of outfit posts! I love fashion blogs, they are some of my favorites. I just bought another tripod because the tripod I bought a few months ago actually surprised me and was a mini tabletop one that was too light to hold up my camera (which is just a standard digital camera, not a dslr!). Honestly, I felt really awkward taking so many pictures of myself and trying to pose without looking like a dork! Even with the awkwardness, I did have fun and hopefully I'll do more of these kinds of posts.

This is what I wore to work today at the library, I just worked a morning shift so I have the rest of the afternoon to myself. Later tonight I'm headed to Wade Oval Wednesdays, which is a free summer concert given in University Circle. The park is located in between our art museum, natural history museum, and the botanical gardens, it is a really pretty space. I've never gone to this event before but it should be fun!

How is your Wednesday going? Happy Hump Day :)

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dreams and Ice Cream

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These pretty lilies are growing in my backyard, I just had to take a picture!

It has been SO hot here in Cleveland lately. We've gone from nonstop rain to 90 degree days instead. In my opinion it's a bit too hot, and honestly I've been dreaming of fall: cardigans, apple picking, Pumpkin Spice lattes, and Halloween.

Today I went to my internship and I was very happy that the other intern I work with has come back! Sunny was out sick because she hurt her back and was on bed rest so she was gone for two weeks. I was so glad she was feeling better, it gets kind of boring in the dental office with no one to talk to, especially since the dentists don't really "get" collections work (they are a nice bunch, but they have their own work to do). Sunny and I got a lot of work done, and we grabbed sushi and Mitchell's ice cream for lunch, yum!

How has your day been? It is a scorcher where you live as well?

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Tribe Time!

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Friday I finally made it to my first Cleveland Indians game of the year. It was the perfect day to go since it's been just raining and raining every day for the past few weeks. The Indians were playing the Kansas City Royals and we won 3-0! I went with my friend Christina, and it turned out that her sister Mary and her friends Jenny and Maria came too so we ended up sneaking over to their section and sitting with them.
Suzy of Happy Wife, Happy Life was there as well but I didn't actually see her there, just pictures!

It was a ton of fun, my favorite part about going to games is all of the chanting and clapping and singing you do while watching the game. They played Hang on Sloopy, which Ohio State uses as their theme song and we do hand motions that spell out "OHIO" (kind of like the YMCA song) which you can see here. I was wondering if you live in another state do you have songs like this or is this just a weird Ohio quirk? The night ended with fireworks which were so awesome and we ended up heading to the Thirsty Parrot after the game to wait out the huge crowd of people all trying to leave downtown at once.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New York Trip: Day Two

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Ryan, Jessie, Mary, Abby






Apologies for this post being incredibly photo heavy, I actually took more pictures of the displays but I figured there were enough. Sunday we went to breakfast at this cute little diner called Kenna's Diner. It had 50s style red booths with a black and white checkered floor, and it's a family owned restaurant which was really neat. The food was super yummy!

After breakfast we didn't really have anything planned so Ryan looked up things to do and came up with the Strong National Museum of Play! The museum is half dedicated to little kid activities and half to vintage/retro toys and board/arcade games. I was a bit skeptical when I first walked in since it looked like it was mainly a children's museum but I had so much fun there! There were a ton of different exhibits, my favorites were the Comics section and the vintage "Time Machine". The time machine room had lots of displays starting from the 1930s through today, and each display had music and clothing from the day and were accompanied by video clips of famous actors and actresses.

Another really cool thing about this museum was that is also held a library throughout the museum. In each exhibit there were books that went with the displays, and kids could actually check the books out! There were also books for adults so parents (and random bored twenty somethings) could also enjoy the library. I thought it was great that the museum encouraged reading in the way. There were also little reading nooks in each section that you could sit down and look at some of the books. We actually all sat in the time machine room and flipped through a book on the history of last names in America, it was actually pretty interesting.


One last thing, I don't know if I've ever shared my love of Elvis here, but he is the greatest! I was looking at their really large Barbie display, and while they didn't have the actual dolls, they had this awesome picture of Elvis and Priscilla wedding dolls, and I looked like a nut trying to get a non-glary picture of the picture which was surprisingly difficult through the glass haha!

Well, I did take more pictures of actual displays, there was a Monopoly display that showed how the board game evolved through the years and even had one of the earlier boards which used to be round. I thought that was cool but I think this post is long enough! After the museum we got ice cream at one of those cute little homemade ice cream places called Bruster's and then we headed home. New York was really fun and I am so happy that I got to visit Abby and Ryan, hopefully next time I visit will be sooner than later!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New York Trip: Day One

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So I really only took one picture on day one, such a bad blogger, but my excuse was that I was having too much for to stop and take pictures! My friend Abby and her fiance Ryan live in a suburb of Rochester, New York which is only about 4 hours away so the drive wasn't too bad. I drove out with my friends Jessie and Mary. Their house was so nice, they have been fixing it up because they just bought it a few months ago so some rooms are still being painted, but everything is coming together really nicely.

They have the cutest dog named Astro, he is a Beagle mix and he just loves to be loved. He would go around to everyone to get belly rubs and to be pet and once he sensed you were tired he just moved around the circle, he was adorable!The house also came with a really nice above ground pool which we all tried out, Abby and Ryan hadn't even tested it yet. It was so nice to be in the pool because it was SO hot the whole time. We practiced our volleyball skills and had a lot of getting in and out of the pool because we all have really terrible aim.

Some of Ryan's friends were coming a little later, so we decided to have a cookout. We went shopping at Wegman's, which we all were probably too amused by because we don't have Wegman's in Ohio, at least in our part of Ohio. There were little samples around every corner, I was in food heaven. When we got back to the house we had some barbeque and Ryan's friends came, and then we played Apples to Apples (the Jewish Edition). In high school I remember our group of friends always playing Apples to Apples, it's such a fun game. No one ever takes it seriously and we all just try to throw down the most ridiculous card to make the person laugh.

After the game Ryan's friends left and we went to see Despicable Me 2. It was a super cute movie but I actually fell asleep a few times since it was getting late, so when it comes out on DVD I have to watch it again! On Day two I actually took a lot of pictures, so I will share those next time.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Saturday Sounds #14

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Right now I am on my way to New York (State, not the city!) to visit my friend Abby and her fiance and their house they bought earlier this year! I'm super excited, she went to college in New York too so I haven't seen her much since high school and I've never visited her there. I'll have a ton of pictures to share when I get back!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

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I hope everyone had a great fourth of July! I had a pretty fun day, the morning was spent with my mom watching bad reality tv and catching up on my soap opera (I love General Hospital!), and then I went to Michelle's house because her family was hosting a cookout. Her relatives were really funny, she has a few crazy uncles, and her dad always plays the best music. We tried to take some pictures, majority of which ended up looking like the silly one I included above. Our friends Neil (in the red, white, and blue shirt)  and Nate came too.

We planned on seeing fireworks and we decided to try something different and go to downtown Cleveland to see them. Usually we go to a smaller town which shows really amazing fireworks at their high school, but we've gone there the past 4 or 5 years and we heard downtown fireworks were really awesome too. Sadly, we didn't get down there quick enough because it was just so busy we couldn't find a place to park! We also picked up our other friend Asia along the way, it was really nice to see her because I haven't seen her in a while. We made it to the lakefront for maybe the last five minutes of the show, the finale was really nice. If we decided to go downtown next year we will have to leave way earlier, but it was still fun just trying to get there!

How was your fourth? Did you see any great fireworks?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Gooey Cookies and Cream Double Chocolate Cake Bars

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These bars are super yummy! I'm always a fan of anything chocolate, and when I came across this recipe on Pinterest I just couldn't resist trying it right then and there. A direct link to the recipe can be here at Picky Palate's blog. It was super easy, all I had to buy was the cake mix and chocolate chips since we always have oreos in the house. They really do stay really gooey even the next day, and they will surely make you go into a chocolate coma!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Beauty Review: bhcosmetics 28 Color Palette Neutral Eyeshadow

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I love wearing neutral eyeshadows, I think the lighter colors are great for daytime, and the darker colors can create a smokey eye that isn't as harsh as using black. I got a gift card for Urban Outfitters and couldn't find any clothes I liked on their website, so I decided to check out their makeup. I ended up getting this 28 color neutral eye palette ( link here ), and I absolutely love it!

I'm always a bit wary of getting eyeshadow palettes, normally the eyeshadow is not very pigmented and doesn't last much longer than an hour or so before it starts to rub away. I had also never heard of bh cosmetics but I thought I would give it a try. These colors are amazing, the picture of the swatches doesn't really do them justice. They are very bright and last all day, even in the heat! A few of the darker browns have some glitter in them which I love since I have a bit of a glitter obsession.

If you like more colorful eyeshadow their website has a ton of palettes that have every color of the rainbow, and they should be the same color and lasting quality as the neutral ones. I haven't tried all of the colors in my palette yet but I'm excited to try them all!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cinema at Home #7

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1. The Good Doctor


Orlando Bloom plays a young new doctor who is not taken seriously by the other hospital staff. He is given all of the patients the other doctors don't want, a man who speaks no English and a young girl who is very sick with an infection.To prove himself as well as get back at some of the rude hospital staff he plays with the infected girl's pills and another patients treatments to get others in trouble. He progressively makes this girl more and more sick to make himself look better as a doctor. His plan is to eventually cure her and gain much more respect from his peers. This movie was really great, and Orlando Bloom being the main character was surely a plus!

2. Jeff, Who Lives at Home


This stars Jason Segel as Jeff, a 30 year old who still lives with his mother and doesn't really know what his purpose is in life. He has a married brother who he helps in tracking his wife because he believes she is cheating. Jeff has all these crazy theories about things being signs, for example he got a call for the wrong number and the person was asking for "Kevin". Jeff took this as a sign that he had to find all Kevins and speak to them to see if they would be the key to his purpose. This was a really funny movie, Jason Segel is the best.

3. The Pillars of Earth


This was actually the Ken Follett series that I should have watched before World Without End since it was the first book in the series. I wasn't too confused because World Without End is a story that surrounds these characters' relatives almost 200 years later. Pillars of Earth was also a really good show, there were 8 episodes and I watched them over 2 days. The center of this story was building a new cathedral when the first one mysteriously burned down in the middle of the night. There was also a lot of fighting over who would be the next ruler of the land because the king and his wife were lost at sea in the sinking of a great ship, and they left no offspring. There's a bit of romance, a war breaks out, people are exiled, and of course some religion with the building of the cathedral, but the series really sucked me in. The fact that Eddie Redmayne was in it may have done that as well, but that's beside the point.

4. Downton Abbey Seasons 1-3

 

 I was late to the Downton Abbey craze but it is so good! If you haven't watched it yet please do. The story surrounds the Crawley family who believes their heir, one of the cousins, is lost in the sinking of the Titanic, and so the search for the new heir is commenced. The Crawleys have all daughters, so the next closest heir is their cousin Matthew. He and Mary, one of the daughters, are quickly attempted to be matched up marry, but they have a very on-off relationship. There are two other sisters, Edith and Sybil, who are also supposed to be married off to wealthy suitors. The best part of the show to me is not the rich Crowley family, but their servants. All of the servants for this early 1900s house had such strict jobs and yet they are shown in the comfort of being downstairs. Most of the time with shows like this you see the servants in silence, but this show shows the cook Mrs Patmore and her ridiculous comments to the kitchen maid Daisy. You get to see footman Thomas and lady's maid Ms. O'brien be kind of evil and trip up others in the house to make themselves look better. There's just so many dynamics between all of the house staff, it's a must watch!

5. 10 Items or Less


10 Items or Less is a Hulu exclusive series, and it was so funny. It was set in Ohio at a grocery store called Greens and Grains. The manager, Leslie Pool, had just recently taken over after his father's death and he really has no idea how to run a store. He makes his employees do all these crazy promotions, like dressing up as Star Trok (not Trek) characters, making an album of whistle singing, and dressing in drag for undercover security. Their biggest competitors, Super Value Mart is right across the street and the whole time they are trying to take over the little mom and pop shop. It was a really funny series and I was sad there are only two seasons.