Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I have a lot to celebrate today. First, my birthday was this past weekend. I turned 26, which is really old. I didn't really celebrate it because I was studying but Alex made it a really nice day despite that. Second, yesterday I took the Kansas bar exam. It was a very different experience from last July, easier in some ways and much harder in others. I am so happy to have it behind me. And third, I'm launching a new blog tomorrow. In my blogging sabbatical, I did a lot of thinking about what direction I wanted to go. I decided that I wanted a fresh start, so from now on you can find me over at Casual Fridays. So please update your links or however you prefer to follow blogs. You may notice that I don't have a Google Friends Connect app on there. With the news that it may be phased out, I decided just to leave it out all together. There are a few options as how you can stay updated with all I have to say. You can follow through Blogger if you blog, or though the RSS link on the right hand side if you use Google Reader. I also added Linky Followers, so if you are using that these days, feel free to add me there.
I hope you'll join my on my new adventure!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I’m not a huge fan of dressing up and I feel like Halloween costumes are over priced and way to skanky. We’re trying to limit our spending because of the upcoming move, so we wanted to go cheap. We found this picture and decided this would be our theme: the princess and the frog.
I figured I could do just about this for Alex, but mine would be a little more complicated. I haven’t finished mine but once I got started on Alex’s, I couldn’t stop. I now present to you my Frog Prince:
We lucked out and found a green hoodie the first time we looked at Walmart. I wanted to make sure that Alex could wear the hoodie after Halloween, so I wanted everything to be easily removable. My original plan was just to use white fabric for the eyes and stuff them with plastic bags. Then Alex asked me if I was going to make him googlie eyes and I responded that yes, yes I was.
I got two .99 (they were on sale too, so they were even cheaper) clear plastic Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby. I made a little pom pom (see Pinterest for instruction) and shoved it in the ornament. Then I sewed them to the top of the hoodie. Easy peasy. Plus the ornaments already have the loop thing on the top so there is something to sew onto.
Then I had to come up with a crown. I was originally going to use a cereal box but it wasn’t rolling quite like I wanted. Then I had a brilliant idea and got a big yogurt container out of the recycling bin. I cut a crown shape out then sprayed it with adhesive and attached yellow fleece. So easy. The hardest part of the whole thing was sewing the yogurt container to the top of the hoodie. Since the plastic is really thin it was totally doable, it just took a little muscle.
I’ll be honest, I love the way it turned out. We bought the hoodie (will be worn after Halloween), ornaments (I actually plan on reworking them and gifting them at Christmas) and the black yarn. I can’t wait to show it off this weekend. And I guess I’ll have to keep kissing him until he turns into a prince.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We’re big Kansas City Chiefs fans around here. And by we, I mean Alex is a big Chiefs fan. I’m not much of a football fan, especially football on TV. I like to go to pretty much any sporting event live, but really the only thing I like to watch on TV is college basketball. But I’m getting there since we watch football pretty much every Sunday.
I am constantly trying to incorporate Alex’s likes into our décor. This can be slightly problematic since the only things Alex really likes are sports and beer. I don’t really want to feel like I am living in a college frat house, so this can be kind of difficult. However, I was browsing Pinterest and after seeing a few things, got inspired.
I used one of the viney wood wreath frames from the Dollar Tree. I got red and yellow fabric and cut it into one inch strips and starting tying. This would be a great car ride (as long as you bring a lint roller to get all of the strings off your clothes) or TV watching activity because it is easy and mindless.
Just keep tying and tying and tying until your wreath is full. Have a fuller wreath form helps give it a little heft.
I felt like it needed a little something else, so we stopped at Hobby Lobby and got this wooded football. It was already painted and everything. I hot glued an extra piece of fabric on the back of it then once it dried, tied it to the wreath. That way, if for some reason I ever want to take it off, I can.
Since we are moving soon, I’m not sure where it will be hanging long term, so I didn’t really know how long I wanted the hanger to be. So, for now, I took a strip of yellow and red fabric and tied them together around the wreath. I knotted the top so it hung at the right height for now, but I can change it once we move.
Alex likes it and it is a cute way to incorporate his interests into our décor.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
1. Take Alex to the American Royal Rodeo since he claims to have never been.
2. Visit the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, either for a performance or just to look.
3. Tailgate at Arrowhead--just drinking beer in the parking lot doesn't count.
4. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy, then print it out for dreary days.
5. Create a will and a living will/heath care directive. Have them witnessed so they are legit.
6. Have a picnic at the Kauffman Memorial Gardens.
7. Go camping.
8. Visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
9. Spend an afternoon at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
10. Attend First Fridays.
11. Go see Shakespeare in the park and stay for the whole thing. Gotta stay awake too.
12. Go ice skating.
13. Donate $1000 to charity.
14. Write a love letter to Alex every month.
15. Send someone flowers.
16. Own a (right hand or left hand) diamond ring.
17. Run a 5k.
18. Get a professional massage.
19. Make ADPi t-shirt quilt (or have it made).
20. Host a Christmas cookie exchange. Go all out with it.
21. Finish captioning JYA photo albums.
22. Read 50 new books.
23. Watch 50 new movies.
24. Cook 50 new recipes.
25. Save $5,000.
26. Make a budget and follow it for three months.
27. Read the Bible, cover to cover.
28. Keep the TV off for a weekend.
29. Don't get on the Internet for a weekend (phone and computer).
30. No Facebook for a week.
31. Complete a color book.
32. Reach 250 blog followers.
33. Memorize Alex's phone number.
34. Get rid of 101 things.
35. Go to the drive-in.
36. Set up and implement a photo organization system.
37. Carve a pumpkin.
38. Make a snowman/woman/animal.
39. Set up retirement savings.
40. Fit comfortably into blue England dress.
41. Kit something.
42. Learn to play chess.
43. Stop using paper napkins at home.
44. Comment on at least one blog per day for a month.
45. Go to the driving range with Alex.
46. Get rid of laptop from undergrad (I don't really need three laptops).
47. Make border showdown Christmas cards.
48. Make ten projects from Pinterest.
49. Fill up leather bound journal.
50. Go diving.
51. Make 25 new cocktails.
52. Make homemade Halloween costumes.
53. Have a party/compete at the American Royal Barbecue.
54. Make 100 Etsy sales.
55. Donate blood (or at least make an attempt).
56. Finish Outlander series.
57. Pick a TV series to watch from start to finish.
58. Take a dance class.
59. Take an exercise class.
60. Have a progressive picnic.
61. Have a movie marathon date night.
62. Cook 90% of recipes in Pioneer Woman's cookbook.
63. Volunteer for something not family related.
64. Make and use my own chalkboard paint.
65. Adopt a dog.
66. Eat a whole meal with chopsticks.
67. Pay for the person behind me in the drive through.
68. Swim in the ocean.
69. Lean to do my own eye makeup.
70. Don't drink any alcohol for one month.
71. Make homemade ice cream.
72. Take one picture a day and blog about it for a month.
73. Learn to play poker decently well.
74. Make bed every morning for two weeks.
75. Scrapbook 25 pages from college.
76. Host a murder mystery dinner party.
77. Ride on the new sky ride thing at the Kansas City Zoo.
78. Read a book of Alex's choosing.
79. Go to church.
80. Visit 3 new states.
81. Buy do, then donate a puzzle.
82. Go geocaching.
83. Get mats cut for lawyer frames.
84. Play in the rain.
85. Use my iPhone for calls and texts only for a weekend.
86. Make/get reusable sandwich/snack bags.
87. Only homemade birthday gifts in 2012.
88. Eat at 25 new restaurants.
89. No eating out unless it is with friends for a month.
90. Take a picture of Alex and I every month.
91. Spend a lazy Saturday in pajamas at home.
92. No plastic bags from stores for a month.
93. Take a photography class.
94. Ride a bike
95. Go shopping early on Black Friday.
96. Spend an entire weekend at home.
97. Buy three new board games.
98. Get rid of all law school text books.
99. Get a manicure.
100. Have professional pictures taken again.
101. Blog about each completed task.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Silya—the paper elements are all from the same pack, but I don’t remember where it came from. You can’t really tell in the picture, but the paper elements have some texture to them, which makes them look really nice. The picture was taken at a baseball game, hence the people in the background.