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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Morning smells

Woke up to blueberry muffins baking in the oven.

Soon there was a LOVELY scent wafting upstairs to my room. And then, ding!
The timer went off and it was time to finally get out of bed.


I love my sister.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Night at the Movies

Tonight I went to the Three Dollar Theater! and saw Julie & Julia :)
I went with two good friends (Ruby and Wilma), which is always fun.

Anyways, it was such a fun movie!

It was fun to be able to hear the audience all laughing loudly together during the funny parts, squealing at the weird/gross parts, and sighing at the good parts.

Such a fun one!

Aand it made me want to start cooking more! I want to be adventurous, make new things, recipes that sound hard, and even make things that don't necessarily sound very good.

I'm dying to make some scones, cupcakes, lemon cookies (don't get me started on all of the lemon desserts!), spaghetti, and beef bourguignon!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Today has been the kind of day
where I slept in late,
read in bed for a long time,
finally got up and dressed.
made an AWESOME french bread turkey grilled cheese sandwich,
dreamed about design ideas for my apt walls,
heated up dinner for the sister,
ate said dinner with her in a jiffy,
stared at the empty sinkS in our kitchen,
blog stalked,
thought about homework,
talked to my mom,
ate a banana at 7:30,
and went to Target to get sprinkles for cupcakes
kind of day.

All because of the many people who have fought for my freedom and for the freedom of those who live in the United States.

Oh, and I finally go to a school that recognizes this day and does not have classes scheduled!

End of the dAY

At the end of the day, who ever gets ready for bed first, heads downstairs or into a (my) bedroom.

Then, we hug.

Sometimes, it is a soft hug.
Sometimes, a grateful hug.
Sometimes, a sorry hug.
Sometimes, a long and hard hug.
Sometimes, a droopy and sleepy hug (with eyes barely open).
Sometimes, a lean
still, at other times, a sigh.

And so it goes.
Nighttime is the time for getting caught up on last minute remembrances,
saying you're sorry,
or talking about the next day.

I am a person who needs hugs.
I need to stay emotionally and physically in touch with friends and family.
After realizing that I did not get nearly enough hugs from friends last year, I started to ask for a hug everyday from my seester.

And you know what? I think right before bedtime is my new
of day.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Yesterday I cooked bacon for the first time in my life.

And, you know what? I kind of liked it!

This may seem a little weird, but it actually feels like quite an accomplishment for me.

Here is a little background info: after diagnosing my grocery list of things I was allergic to before sixth grade, I suddenly was sworn from eating wheat, corn, or pork. I have to admit that eliminating pork from my diet was the easiest thing to be rid of, but it did not come with its own disadvantages.

Hence, the act of cooking bacon for the first time at twenty-two years of age.
Again, this may seem a bit strange to be considered a thing worth remembering, but as I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable cook, cooking bacon was actually a new feat for me! Like making a four course meal, I had to learn a thing or two before I ventured into cooking bacon for the first time.

Now, I'm not going to tell you now that bacon is my favorite food, or that it should be added to more food. Nope. I'm simply going to say, for the first time, I ate bacon. And I actually liked it.

Enough of that.

Yesterday, I made a BLT. It was AWESOMEsauce. Chunky tomatoes, crisp bread, fresh lettuce, and yummy bacon. A little salt n peppa on the tomatoes and it was golden! Golden I tell you!

Aaaand here is where I end.

Oh my!

How fun it is to hula hoop with a two year-old!

First, they are intrigued by the vibrantly colored hoops.
Some are bright blue, others a merry green, and still others are a cheery yellow!

And then............
..............some are sparkly, and striped, and shine in the sun!!

How fun!

Secondly, making the hoop move around one's hips is a rather difficult task that must be attacked with as much vigor and enthusiasm as possible!
- One may choose to 'wind up' and then let the hoop fall after counting to three. (While throwing up one's hands and making a loud noise or smiling :)
- Or, one can whip the hoop around, and then suddenly start a swaying motion in the knees and hips AFTER the hoop is on the ground :)

- Or (one of the most fun options), one can even help out the movement of the hoop by twirling around after letting it go.
By 'winding up,' swaying/rocking one's hips, and then spinning one's body around in circles, making a hula hoop move is even more fun!
(Of course, you may find yourself repeatedly falling down after this last action. Simply get back up and do it again! It's fun! Oh, and don't forget to grin the whole time!)

If moving a hula hoop on one's hips simply is not very appealing (or possible), there are always countless other things to do with a hula hoop.

For instance, it is quite fun to place two hula hoops side by side. After having a friend stand in the one next to yours, you can then take turns switching places by stepping into the opposite hoop, and then back into yours. Of course, this may make a taller person quite dizzy if they forget to look up once in awhile :)

Also, one can also take a hula hoop in each hand and run around. This adds up to countless hours of fun- especially when you yell, shout, or make some other loud noise while running. 'Run' is a good option for yelling while running.
-Look out for the tendency for your feet to step on the hoops and make you lose your balance if you are a little person. This will add up to countless falls and precarious trips. Do not worry though. Fun can be restored after continuing to pick up the hoops, running around, and yelling loudly!

Even still, there is another option for the hula hooping impaired individuals.
By simply holding a hula hoop in one hand while doing some other sort of action, one can engage in the hula hooping fun without even having to display one's problems of keeping the hoop on one's hips!
(This is usually the safest option. No tripping, falling, or dizziness of any kind......usually :)

All in all, hula hoops are quite fun for two year-olds, and can prove to be fun for those of all ages.
One note: the movement of moving the hoop around one's arm is not achieved by placing the hoop over one's arm and shrugging one's shoulder :)

And might I add that it is also strangely ironic that making a hula hoop stay on one's hips is as difficult for a two year-old as a twenty-two year-old?!
(Just a little tid bit of info :)

Simply put, a hula hoop for a two year-old is more than a toy, it is an adventure!

Oh, to look at the world through the eyes of a two year-old!

Going down slides, playing in the sand, and squishing one's fingers in play dough is also enormous fun for a two year-old.

And sometimes there are simply too many adventures for a person of this age.
Nap time cannot come quickly enough. Sometimes one may try to nap but then pesky adults have amazing ideas such as eating lunch, washing one's hands and face, and choosing to NOT fall asleep in one's lunch. (Oh! the nerve!)