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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Great News!

B. Moss is back. If you've never heard of it, B. Moss was a store in Glenbrook Mall until last December when they went out of business. I used to get really nice dresses there. Anyway, I got an email from them yesterday that they have reopened on this website. So far I don't see anything I have to have, but hopefully they'll get more stuff.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Faves

I was just clicking around today and happened to find these two websites, and I love them both. You may have read my post about the Tastespotting website, and I've found a site that is similar. I'm pretty sure some of the people even post on both, because I feel like there are some repeats, but I do love this one just as much. foodgawker is a site where people post their recipes and photos, or anything remotely food related. Take a look at it, I love food photography.

Also, I found craftgawker. Which is exactly like foodgawker, but about crafts. I really really like this site.

I want a hat like this. Last winter I was looking all over for one and couldn't find it...probably because Indiana is the last place in the whole world to get cute stuff. I don't necessarily need the headphones on it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cold Weather Is On Its Way...

True story. Earlier this year, right before our wedding actually, I started tanning and ended up with a horrible case of sun poisoning. My medicine makes my skin sensitive, and apparently I over did it. But after it went away, I got super super dry and peely. So I talked to my friend Jennifer who is also my aesthetician, and she gave me some samples to use. The product was super expensive and I was actually saving up my money to buy it because it worked really well. So anyway, fast forward to a couple weeks ago, I sent her a text because I was hoping she could recommend something that is pretty good that I could buy at the store, because I couldn't let myself buy lotion that expensive. She told me about this lotion, California Baby Calendula Cream, that you can buy at Target for $11.99 (that is nothing compared to the lotion she sells) and she even told me that its so good that she uses it herself. So I went and got some, and it rocks. It really does. If you get dry and crackly in the cooler months, you should check it out. I'm sold.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Knife Block

Lately I've been napping during the day when I have a few minutes between school and work. I woke up the other day to some show on PBS and they were talking about kitchen gadgets. We didn't get a knife set for our wedding, we just got random knives that I registered for (which is awesome because I use all of them instead of having the few out of the block I would use). Anyway, they were talking about this. It's a miracle that I even found this. What is even better, is that it's only $30. I definitely thought it would be over $100.

From the Bed Bath and Beyond site:
"Unique and versatile, this knife block is like no other you've ever used. Made from solid hardwood, it features moveable "fibers" inside that are fully adjustable and holds any type of knife in any position - no slots required. Measures 10" H x 5" W. Dishwasher safe. Knife not included."

It's awesome because its a way to organize my knives without them laying in the drawer. I have a magnetic strip to hang them on, but I didn't want to hang it up until I got the wall paper down in the kitchen. It doesn't look like that's going to happen today.
I think it's pretty cool.

Wall Words

They're finally up. Here are a few pictures.

Home Decor

We visited our friends Nick and Erika the other night at their new home. They bought it a few months ago, but this was the first time I was there, and I loved their home. It looks great. They have a big front window too, and they have curtains on it, so I decided I need to get on it and get some. Amber and I have talked before about doing it, she is a fabulous designer, and said it would be a cinch for her to do. I am going to look for fabric on Thursday, but this picture is roughly the idea...minus the buttons, and the blue fabric. I'm looking for something neutral, and probably light since the walls are dark brown. I want the grommets (Amber taught me that word) so they will be easy to open and close.

It didn't bother me, not having coverings on the windows, but Josh went camping about a month or so ago, and I was really freaked out...I'm a baby. I'm actually really excited about it. Seeing Nick and Erika's house made me want to get back into working on ours...I got in a funk. :/.

There is a blog I look at once in a while, and saw this post the other day. I decided I'm going to do this in our bedroom.

This is the before picture of some bedroom. I actually love everything about this room.

By adding stripes on one wall it makes the room look so much bigger.

This is our mismatched bedroom. I know the first thing I should do is get a new comforter, but those aren't cheap, so lay off. I am going to put the stripes on the wall behind the headboard like in the picture above. The bedroom paint is called "Cozy Neutral", but it's a boring tan. When we picked out the color I was hoping it was going to be darker, but this is what I got. Let this be a note to any of you who are going to paint. Do not go cheap when you buy paint. I've used paint from Home Depot and from Wal-Mart, and there is definitely a difference. Wal-Mart has DutchBoy, which is a brand name, but the Behr paint at Home Depot is much better quality. So yes, it is a little (not much) more expensive, but the quality makes painting easier, and makes it look better.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello...

Hello, hello.

Are any of you Beatles fans? I really haven't listened to a lot of their stuff, but what I have heard I really liked. The very first Beatles song I ever heard was "Yellow Submarine" and I thought it was awesome. I'm sure I'd really love it if I did drugs or something. I haven't really heard a song of theirs though that I don't like.

The point is, if you are a fan, you probably already know, they re-released all of their albums today remastered so that they sound as close to the studio recordings as possible. Seems to me like Paul lost too much money is his divorce that he needed a little fund raiser, but I could be wrong.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Question About Organic

I'm really looking for an answer here, not just being really sarcastic. I was grocery shopping this morning and came across this:

I understand organics in terms of fresh food like veggies, fruit, milk, things like that. What I don't understand is how it works in processed, packaged foods. Are there such things as organic preservatives? I am interested. I also realize I could just google it, but I have to be to work in a few minutes, so I don't have time right now.

Also interesting, is this:

If you're not aware, I spend a lot of time in the pasta aisle. Anyway, why is this generic cheese half the price of the Kraft cheese? It's cheese. It tastes the same, it's probably even made by the same people. I don't get it. But it makes sense that I got one of the last generic cheeses, while they still have plenty of Kraft cheese. And yes, I do take pictures of everything with my phone.

Now, if I could only talk Great Value into making whole wheat pasta, life would be complete. It's one of the only things (besides orange juice) that I have to buy name brand...but only because I can't get generic. However, I can really tell a difference with the orange juice, so I tough it out. Weird thing though, about the oj, I get the one gallon of Tropicana at Sam's Club. It is $4.98 there, and $5.98 at Wal-Mart. Figure that one out.

Note: this is the half gallon size. I have to go for the whole gallon. I love it so much.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Our Squirrel

We live pretty much in the city. Not in the city like five feet from our neighbors, but not in the country. We have quite a bit of yard, for the area we're in. My parents built their house about 15 years ago (holy crap, I feel like it was yesterday...) and when they did it was in a subdivision that was not in the city. It's about two miles north of our house, and was basically all that was out there then. The entire time they have lived there, they haven't had any squirrels. I always thought squirrels were really cool. My grandparents live in the middle of the city, with a small yard and close neighbors, but my grandpa always kept food and play things out for the squirrels and birds. I used to love to go over there and watch them, actually I still do, I just don't go as often as I should.

So now, we have our very own house, complete with our very own squirrel. Our squirrel is special though, he doesn't have a tail...that's how I know we only have one. He's a busy guy though. Lately he's been taking the crab apples off the trees and running around with them. It's hilarious to watch because the apples are bigger than his head. I've been trying to get a good picture of him, but he's so small, and usually so far away from me. Today, I was laying out in the hammock and I swear he threw an apple down at me.

I was at my parents on Saturday, and I was telling my dad about the squirrel running around with the apples in his mouth, because my dad likes animals like I do. I was telling him about this first picture. I went over to the kitchen window and saw him with the apple in his mouth, he was pretty close to it so I was trying to get a picture, but he saw me and ran over to the tree and hung upside down looking at me with the apple in his mouth. You really can't see him in the picture, but it wasn't hanging, he was like laying upside down against the tree but hanging is a good word for it. My brother, Dillian, got instantly defensive and said "No, Angi, only bats can hang upside down." They really are smarter than I think.


So I wrote about creative writing the other day. In case you didn't believe me, I really don't fit in there. Here is why.

We had a journal to write in class. The assignment was to write one paragraph about something/someone you love, and then write another paragraph about something/someone you hate. So I was all into it. I wrote my love paragraph first, and then went onto my hate paragraph, because I didn't automatically know what to write about. That could be because I hate sooo many things I couldn't narrow it down, but in reality I don't hate all that much. There is a lot, and I do mean a lot, that bothers me, or irritates me (like someone taking all of our food to work with him in his lunch box, so when I get up for breakfast I think we've been robbed) but not much that I truly hate.

So when everyone was done the guy asked if anyone wanted to share...everyone hated liars, or cheaters, or certain people who had done them wrong...but me, I hate folding socks. I absolutely can't stand matching socks together. I wrote an entire paragraph about how much I can't stand matching socks while these people poured their angry little hearts into bashing the person/thing they hated most. I felt pretty shallow, but then I realized that I'm probably the happiest person in the class if all I could come up with was hating socks. I'm learning that there isn't room in creative writing for happy people.

Another reason to be happy: one of my good friends is going to be a mom again! I am so excited for them. :)


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