A Photo Book

I made a photo album from Kava’s and my little vacation in around Easter. I made it on Shutterfly.com! It was a padded cover 12×12 book with 31 pages! It was originally supposed to be $100 and some, but they were having a couple deals and I ended up getting it for $70 (high-five!), so that was pretty exciting.

Here are a select few pages! The quality isn’t very good because these are just screen shots I took from the preview. The real book came in the mail a few days ago and it looks really amazing! 12×12 was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be!! It’s cool, though. Really cool. Too bad he has to wait 2 years to see it! Haha!

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The Importance of a Good Man

Surprise! I’m making this into a book. See details here.

Leave a comment after you read the book and tell me what you think!

A few months ago, one of my very best friends gave me a copy of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” I had seen the movie, but never read the book. I love the movie! I still think every girl should see it, but after reading the book cover to cover in just an hour or so (granted, it’s only 80pgs) and highlighting the heck out of it, I’ve decided that every human–especially women–should either read the book or be exposed to the things it teaches.

At the time, I was just getting over dating who I like to refer to as my Evil Ex. It helped confirm to me exactly the kind of person he was (and probably still is), but I couldn’t help but wish I had read it years earlier. 

Recent circumstances allowed me to think of the book again, so I went through and picked out all the qualities listed in the book that have become my new standard. Instead of helping me get over an ex, I read it with the mindset of appreciating and being able to recognize the type of man that I will one day spend my life with.

It also occurred to me that this might be useful to some of you.

I made it all into a pretty book, extremely convenient for you to download, print and make into a little cheat sheet of your own! I’m not saying that these are the end-all, be-all of standards, but they are mine and maybe it wouldn’t be bad if they were yours too.


EDIT: This was written at a very specific time in my life, as is discussed above. I’ve posted a response and explanation for the contents of this book 9 months after this, which you can (and should) follow up with here.

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Books & Beach, Update on Updating

I’ve really just not been around the past couple of weeks. I think about the blog at least once a day and I feel bad that I’ve been unable to post. I think mostly because I don’t like to start things and not finish them, but I also really enjoy this site & blogging and I miss it when I don’t do it.

To hopefully keep this from happening in the future, I’ve made a new little schedule that I swear I will stick to from now on regarding posting. I’m going to have my posts up every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday by 8am PST/11am EST.

Something else I’ve decided to do is “Music Mondays,” where I’ll share & talk about a song I heard during the week, along with a normal posting. I figure it helps fulfill the purpose of this blog–to broaden my horizons, boost my talents a little and mostly to become more acquainted with the finer arts in life.

Speaking of being more cultured, I’ve found myself with quite a bit of time on my hands during the day. I chose to give myself a couple weeks to enjoy California before starting back so deeply in work/etc. I’ve taken to going to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica and setting out a little blanket to read books in the shade. I think the last time I read a book front-to-back was probably in 11th grade for the assigned reading–(I don’t think I read any of the books for senior year, sorry, Ms. Hall-Lewis.)

I think maybe the last time I read a book for pleasure was…well, I can’t remember the last time. Is it sad/unusual that I haven’t read a book in like, 3 years? Is that unusual? I don’t know–well, in the past two weeks I’ve read 3 books, so maybe that’ll make up for it.

I have always kept the books we were assigned to read in school because I felt that it made me look distinguished to have a shelf full of books boasting of titles such as “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Freakonomics,” and other such nationally ranked books. Some of the books I have read–I should probably make that clear. I don’t have tons of books that I’ve never touched. I’ve totally read at least parts of all of them.

Anyway, when I moved to CA, I put them all in a big trunk. This trunk is really heavy–like way too heavy for me to carry alone–so I have just left it in my car.

I was sitting in the grass wishing I had something to do when I remembered said trunk! I pulled out a book reluctantly. I have to say that at first it was hard to get back into the whole words-to-images-in-your-brain instead of not having to do much work as when watching films. I read with a conscious effort for a while, as if I was expecting the words to swirl together into a movie.

Kind of like how in movies, they have a narrator talking and the screen ripples and the dreamy music plays, transporting you to the scenes playing out exactly what the narrator was saying?

But, books are just black on kind of a creamy yellow and it was all very hard to get used to again.

I also forgot how tired reading makes me. Maybe it’s just being silent for so long. Sorry if this really long post makes any of you tired. Happy Friday!

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