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A Hair Trick

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I learned a new and nifty trick for curling hair with a flat iron: the more hair you use for each curl results in bigger curls. If that’s not any news to you, then forgive me for just learning about this and being so out of touch. AND HERE I WAS, about to buy one of those super wide irons. Don’t even need one. Tricks of the trade, my friends.

Also, would you like a list of things that make me feel bad about myself/motivate me, complete with PICTURES? Look no further than the Health & Fitness section of Pinterest.

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Let’s play “what’s my new favorite accessory”

New Hipster Frames

These finally came today. Thank you, universe. Even though I feel like I’m looking through a fishbowl (therefore contacts will remain my #1 choice), I have a feeling I might wear glasses a lot more than usual. Also shout out to my just figuring out the whole “sock-bun” thing. I don’t know if I don’t use a long enough sock for my hair, or what, but I feel like it always comes out looking like a messy wrap bun–never nice and neat like Pinterest says. And now, what is possibly my favorite photo of me ever:

big frame hipster glasses with high bun

Join the hipster craze. Buy some big ol’ frames. These frames are Guess. And here’s to a fantastic week! Love you (yes, you).

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Service helps the heart

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Sometimes it feels so silly putting these photos up and saying “this is what I wore today,” but I’ve been doing it for a year and a half, so I guess why stop now? Plus I totally love that sweater I’m wearing and I wanted to wear the shoes, so this is what I came up with. I also did those loose braids, which I haven’t done in years. Also I haven’t worn this dress in forever. The weather was around 32 degrees F today, so of course it felt like springtime and I just had to wear something a little lighter than usual.

Something great happened to me yesterday afternoon, and I wanted to share:

I am a worrier and a chronic over-thinker and sometimes I create entire problems that don’t exist with people I know. Even though I’m aware that it’s probably just made up in my head, I can’t forget about it when I’m around that person and tend to treat them accordingly. Anyway, I decided to get over the perceived injustices and participate in an activity at which said person would be present. At first, it was a little bit hard on the heart (it usually is when you want to dislike someone you know you shouldn’t), but I ended up realizing that I really don’t care about my imaginary problem and finally managed to get over it.

As you may suppose, I felt way better.

THEN, I was driving home from said activity and as I was nearing my neighborhood, a song I really like came on the radio. I was feeling awfully good about myself and the song was helping, so instead of turning onto my street, I decided to turn around and go to the store across the street to buy some Oreos and take them to my mom (since she had mentioned wanting some).

WELL, I was about to have two good-deeds done (sucking up my issues and being kind PLUS Oreos for my mother), when I pulled into a parking spot and a lady came up to me and asked me if I had jumper cables. I did of course (usually my car’s the one that needs them) and let her use both them and my battery to help start their little yellow bug.

I didn’t feel like it was anything special–I mean, I didn’t even do anything! They just had me stay in the the car while one of the men there did most of the work. Afterward, I was about to walk into the store when the woman came up to me and said how much she appreciated what I did for them. The girls with her all chorused in agreement. I was so surprised! I just felt like it was what anyone one do, and I was so happy to help (helping others really does give you a high)–but their gratitude made it so much better.

And then she shook my hand and handed me a folded bill, insisted I take it and hurried me off. When I went into the store, I looked and realized she gave me $20. Twenty dollars! When I came back out, they were gone and I was left with two packs of double-stuffed Oreos (one for me and for my mom), $20 and some serious warmfuzzies (best part)–none of which would have happened if I hadn’t finally decided to suck up my self-pity in the first place.

Feels good.

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My Sister

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This is my sister, and this is her adorable outfit, made entirely of Christmas presents!! You can’t really tell in this picture, but her boots are Steve Madden, super cute leather. Clearly her husband is a winner. Clearly she is the stylish one in the family.

Also, check out that snow! My sister’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, and this year was one of only a few times it’s ever snowed on her birthday in her life! It snowed on Christmas Day, too! And the next day–and today! It’s been a snowy season! It’s fun to take pictures in and look at, but driving in snow is one of the most stressful things of all time ever.

I hate driving in snow.

I think I might be living in the wrong state. Maybe I’ll do law school in California.

A girl can dream.

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Family means Christmas

 

As the Christmas season nears, I’ve realized a few things: most of them being that family is really awesome. Also, that I really like to look as pale in photos for some reason.

Anyway, here’s the story of my sprained ankle: It was terrible and one of the most painful things ever and I thought it was broken and they’d have to amputate. I knew I was being a bit dramatic (who, ME?) and I especially felt bad because I’m the only female in my immediate family that doesn’t just look at some stairs wrong and end up with broken/torn things.

At first, my sister pointed and laughed (like any good sister), then came and helped me do the one-foot-hop into the house. I had managed to hold it together until then, when I just started crying. She apologized for teasing and brought me a couple mini-snickers.

As I mentioned before, I’m not used to needing help, so my pride was definitely tried (RHYME) as I had to ask for a glass of water, some ibuprofen, a pair of sweatpants instead of my snow-soaked leggings, and a pair of slippers. I don’t know what I thought they would do, but I was so surprised when they responded with “of course” and “don’t worry, we’ll take care of it” and eagerly helped. Not only that, but since all the women in my family have back, knee, ankle, neck, etc. problems but me (and my dad was at work), my brother-in-law was chosen to help me back down our porch stairs to the car. He came and picked me right up, without hesitation, and carried me to the car. He also took me out for pancakes on Monday. He also teases me a lot. He’s the brother I never had!

On the way to the Urgent Care, the pain subsided, but my mom told me that sometimes sprains hurt worse than breaks. I said I thought it was fine, although now I couldn’t go running for a week or so.

A week? She laughed. If it’s broken or the ligaments are torn, try SIX weeks! I about fainted! The semester starts in only 3 weeks! I laid my chair back and was silent until we arrived.

The nurse said “sometimes sprains hurt worse than breaks,” then made me WALK by mySELF to the X-Ray. Then the other nurse was helping me move my foot on that little X-Ray table and I commented how glad I was that I shaved my legs, but I wish I’d have painted my toenails. But, I said, you probably don’t care about whether my legs are shaved. She laughed and said, “there are much worse things than unshaven legs. There was a time I didn’t think that.” She then burst into a fit of giggles. I was giggling too, but I don’t think about the same thing.

To ruin all the dramatic buildup, the doctor said my ankle’s just a bad sprain (he went “oooh” when he saw how much it had swelled. So did the nurse! Way to make me feel self-conscious!) and said, according to my x-rays, I have “excellent joint space” in my feet and I should be fine after a few days (it took like 3 months).

I felt kind of silly for making it a big deal, but the last time I hurt myself, I was like 4 years old. 15 years ago. I couldn’t comprehend for a while the feeling of something hurting and the hurt not going away after a couple minutes. I didn’t realize how lucky I am to be blessed with such a healthy, strong body. I also didn’t realize how lucky I am to be around people that are totally willing to help with my problems. Maybe I should utilize that more.

Obviously, this would’ve been much harder without the overwhelmingly loving help my family gave me and I am SO excited to be with everyone for Christmas this year!

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Fall 2012

I love all seasons, but I have to say, I think Fall-time gets the most attention from me. Even though it snowed this morning, but the mid-afternoon it all melted and I was determined to get some photos before the colors all turned to brown.

I have been a bad blogger lately, but I’m determined to change it.

In good news, I might be going to 80 degree Vegas this weekend to celebrate Katrin’s 21st! And I get to be very artsy in one of my classes right now.

I also saw three people I haven’t seen in over a year at school this week. Two I enthusiastically said hello to, one I avoided like the plague.

Halloween and Thanksgiving are almost upon us. I am so excited for the holiday season!

Hey, thanks to all of you who read these posts. It really means a lot to me.

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Twice Baked Cheddar Broccoli Potatoes

Ingredients

6 medium to small potatoes
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
Salt & pepper to taste
**Sour cream & butter for topping**

Instructions

Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees F for 50 minutes
Slice in half, long ways
Carefully scoop out the middle and put the skins on a baking sheet
Put the potato meat into a bowl
Mix other ingredients, really mash ‘em up well
Spoon back into skins
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 more minutes
Serve with sour cream and butter

YUM – am I right? It was a great recipe, turned out pretty yummy! I have to say I probably won’t do it again very often, because you could just bake the potatoes and serve with the broccoli and cheese separately–and that would save like 20 minutes. But it is great for presentation!

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I made an apple pie

I decided to make apple pie. I’ve never made any sort of pie before ever.

I am not creative enough to just make stuff up, but apparently almost every recipe has the same–well, recipe. It’s a pretty standard dish and you can’t go wrong. I used the last link you see: “Old-Fashioned Apple Pie – Martha Stewart Recipes,” which you can click on the photo and it will link you there.

I also didn’t take any pictures of the process because I’m totally lame. I did manage to remember to take one with my phone of the finished product.

I cooked with apples that were freshly picked off my neighbor’s tree (I asked, don’t worry). I don’t know if that actually makes a difference, but it feels fancy to say out loud.

I baked it just under a full hour and took it immediately to the event I made it for. I wish I had started cooking a little earlier, because it didn’t get a chance to cool down or really to set before I had to start serving it. That led to a slightly runny pie–but I got lots of compliments and personally thought it tasted delicious.

Yay, pie!

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Green

I just realized I posted this without any text, so a lot of people got emailed this with…no text, just pictures. Sorry.

I was recently told that green “is my color.” I think I’ll wear green more.

Today I’m not going to class and spending the day in Salt Lake, with my friend Chelsea. She came and visited me while I was living in LA too. I’m really really excited.

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Ombre and Sheer Shirt

I’m kind of starting to like my glasses…but I really can’t wait until my doctor in California sends me my prescription so I can go buy new contacts. I miss them. Got this shirt on Monday from Kohl’s.

Things:

I’ve been to Yogurtland an ungodly amount of times over the past two weeks. Their cheesecake + strawberry + strawberry/lemon sorbet + cheesecake bites + coconut shavings + boba + almond slivers + strawberries + yogurt chips + mochi = HEAVENLY BLISS. I’m afraid to try anything else now.

I am a Soprano One in the Women’s Choir at my school. I’ve always been an Alto. It’s exciting and fun.

I’m listening to Britney Spears.

The blog’s “one year” was like a month ago and I forgot to mention it and make a huge deal.

I am in love with the song Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles. LOOK IT UP. Better yet, here’s a link. This song taught me how to spell “kaleidoscope.”

I haven’t written in my journal for 10 whole days and it’s killing me. I love venting all my super private, not-socially-acceptable-when-said-aloud thoughts. And other deep, philosophical streams of consciousness that no one wants to hear.

Politics. SO MUCH POLITICS EVERYWHERE.

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I have reached a new level: Instagram

It all started with this photo.

I wear contacts. I lost a couple boxes of my contacts. I have avoided it as long as possible, but I am now out of contacts. Good thing I have this one pair of glasses.

I don’t usually wear glasses, I prefer to not wear glasses. They’re annoying and I like my sunglasses.

Now I don’t have a choice. …procrastination, children–this is where it gets you. I once went a whole month with glasses when I lived in California because of the same thing. I started dating a boy who only saw me with my glasses, so once I went back to normal, it freaked him out. My normal was his weird. …Weird.

On top of all this, it’s the first week of classes. Now everyone I meet is going to assume I always wear glasses and the day I show up without them, I guarantee at least a few people WON’T RECOGNIZE ME. It happens every time. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason, people really have a hard time recognizing people they don’t know very well if they go from glasses to non-glasses. I don’t understand it, but it’s going to be awkward to have people say, “oh, what’s you’re name?” and when I answer, they unfailingly go, “OH! I didn’t recognize you!”

“Yeah, it’s probably the glasses.”

“OH! Of course…that makes sense.”

Oh, does it? Please enlighten me.

So that happens.

I do like my glasses because the dark frames allow me to not have to worry as much about makeup, but if given a choice I will always opt for contacts.

So I took this photo on my way to class on Wednesday, because it’s rare that I wear my glasses, if you haven’t gathered. I was like, “AH! It’s not so bad! Maybe I’ll tweet about it.”

And then, something terrible happened. I couldn’t bring myself to post an unedited photo.

So I got Instagram.

HOW SAD IS THAT!? I only like you for your insta-filters, Instagram, but you know that, don’t you?! I think Instagram is like being flattered when your waiter shamelessly flirts with you: we all know it’s just to get a better tip, but we giggle and let ourselves feel special anyway. Every time I post a filtered-by-Instagram photo of myself, I’ll know deep down it’s to hide some level of insecurity. I’ll smile and be like “HEY, let’s pretend my skin really looked that clear today” –because Instagram is my flirty waiter and I like to feel special. OKAY? (Although if you look closely, you can sort of see the two pink dots on my cheek, as gifted by the lovely Lady of the Month.)

Funny how when I upload and meticulously edit all the photos I take on my digital SLR (in a sense, filtering them, just not at the push of a button like Instagram) it’s suddenly considered art…

Maybe editing through photoshop is like an off-the-clock waiter going out of his way to flirt with you: meaningful gratification.

That’s that! What’s your flirty waiter? Something you shamelessly do/accept when you know it’s really just kind of shallow? If you use Instagram, do you see it as your flirty waiter, or as something bigger and better that actually is meaningful? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sorry on Post Slowness

Sorry I haven’t been posting very regularly this week. There’s just this thing called English Class, crammed into a Summer semester, and all I do is annotate articles on feminism and write outlines and papers.

Here are things that keep me sane:

I love side braids. Efficient. I don’t have to put almost any effort into my hair. Favorite polka dot shirt. Jean shorts. Mint pedicures with blue flowers. Gold sandals.

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Emotion Experiment

Emotions…there are so many, and it’s been almost impossible for me to pin down one face to convey an entire emotion! I tried though! Results are below. Let me know what you think.

Happy

Curious

Cocky

Apathetic

Peaceful

Shy

Content

Hesitant

Questioning

Remorseful

Sad

Determined

Compassionate

Surprised

Disapproving

Disgusted/Mean

Angry

For those who might want to see the photos bigger:

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My Favorite Shirt

I’ve discovered that this is my favorite shirt. I love it. I could wear it every day and be happy with it. It’s comfortable and cute and makes me happy. You may remember it from here. Coincidentally, these are also my favorite shorts. They are comfortable and cute and make me happy. I got them from Charlotte Russe!

Where did I get this oh-so-wonderful shirt?

Goodwill.

Oh, that’s okay, just look at the tag!

The tag is gone. GONE, I say! It’s a tragedy, because I would go buy a million of these shirts.

The photography from the party yesterday is COMING SOON! I’d say probably Monday or Tuesday.

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