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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving week! I love Thanksgiving - I love the food, the days off of work, my family's traditional candy house competition, seeing family, sleeping in, the Thanksgiving parade, the smell of turkey cooking, mashed potatoes, Oreo Delight, watching movies, Christmas shopping, Christmas music, snowflakes, sweaters, and so on. It's a magical time of year!

I haven't really updated much lately so I thought I'd give you a brief update on some stuff I've been doing lately!

Craft show!
Last weekend my sisters and I participated in a craft show. We made a little money, had a little fun, and ate peanut butter fudge. My nieces came and "helped." My older niece sold some loom bracelets she made too.





Crafting
(Duh.) I craft as much as I eat. And both are necessary to nourish me.

pinwheels and a chicken

paper marbling with Brady!

Baking
I've been making lots of marshmallows lately, and this dessert which calls for homemade marshmallows is perfect. Butterscotch, butter, and peanut butter (am I missing any kind of butter?) mixed with marshmallows. My dad took one bite and said they'd put him in an early grave.


Watching Agatha Christie's Poirot on Netflix
I love Agatha Christie, and though I'm partial to Miss Marple over Poirot, the Poirot episodes are very good. I'm constantly obsessed with Poirot's assistant's hair. Check this out:


Always with those circles at the top of her forehead! Is it me or is it awesome? Also, HOW does she do it?

I was also awed by these mens bathing suits in one episode:




Well, those are some things I've been up to lately. I guess we're mostly up to speed now. Or at least, according to the pictures on my cell phone that I used to remind me what I've been up to lately. I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weird Christmas

This weekend I went to Bronners, the largest Christmas store in the world. If you've never been there, you should know that it is quite an experience. It's hard to explain what this place is like. I'm trying to think of some adjectives and here's what comes to mind:

weird, magical, tacky, beautiful, expensive, extensive, breakable, fun, so weird, cool

Sexy Santa sums it all up:



Basically any ornament you could ask for, you'll find there. They have all the states, most countries, almost all the food groups, all the US sports teams, all the hobbies you could dream of, and so on.


And they engrave ornaments too, which is nice. In my family growing up, we all had our own engraved ornaments from Bronners. It's a nice tradition. There are a lot of classy, pretty ornaments at Bronners. However, there are also a LOT of weird ones too. Here are some of the weirder things I saw at Bronners:

No.


No.

Uncomfortable.

TMI.
 No.

Why.
Blech.

Am I being too old fashioned? Or are these awful?  Which is your least favorite?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

I woke up in an oddly good mood today. I felt free and happy. Maybe it had something to do with election day - who knows. I'm going to make today's Wednesday Thoughts about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ready?

The Good:
  • Daylight savings started - my friends with kids are suffering because of this, so I feel bad for them. But I love the brighter, lighter mornings. Plus that extra hour of sleep on Sunday was sa-weet.
  • Like many of you, I voted yesterday. I love voting - it makes me feel all excited and alive. Do you know what I mean? Here's a picture of me with my sticker from snapchat. I look like a friggin idiot because it's a selfie and selfie's are so embarrassing. I'll make it real small so you can scroll by it fast.


  • Two of the proposals we Michiganders voted on were about wolves. Pretty cool. I would love to know some unique things other states voted on!
  • I carved a pumpkin on Halloween using a star cookie cutter (an idea I no doubt got from Pinterest) and it worked! The cookie cutter did not survive though. All the hammering rendered it bent beyond recognition.


The Bad:
  • It snowed on Halloween. Such a bummer for the kids! And for me. I had to open the door to hand out candy. The struggle was real.
  • It's cold and flu season. I heard a coworker sneeze this morning and I almost lost it.


  • I took a picture of the building where I work and sent it to a friend. His response was, "it looks like an insane asylum." What do you think?


The Ugly:

  • Winter is coming. A house down the block always puts up an ice skating rink every winter and when I walked by this morning, they'd cleared the space for it. For ice. FOR WINTER! But here's the thing: I am determined to enjoy winter this year. We'll see if I can do it. I have a plan. More to come.
Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day

Election day is finally here which makes me sad. As much as I do love voting, I am truly going to miss the attack ads. They are so, so funny. They always freeze frame on the worst facial expression possible, then make it dark and moody and scary. The message being that while you thought the candidate was a nice person who cared about your state, they were actually a demon from Hell.

They quickly go from this:



To this:


And from this:


To this:


I believe none of them. Not the ones that support the person I want to vote for, or the ones that support the other guy. They all take things out of context to make the person sound as awful as possible. It's bad but it's also so funny. I will miss it.

VOTE!

PS, I'm almost positive that Governor Snyder got a voice coach. I heard him speak in a commercial recently and he sounded decidedly less like Kermit the Frog than usual.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Best of Halloween

Let me be your guide to Halloween spirit today. Maybe you're at work or school, feeling like Halloween is for kids. WRONG! I hope you know how wrong you are. Halloween is fun and spooky and definitely for all ages. Especially your age.

If you're having a hard time getting in the Halloween spirit, I'm here for you. If you're like me and have NO problem getting in the Halloween spirit, this post is for you too! Here are some of my favorite Halloween songs/videos/etc to get you or keep you in the Halloween spirit!

I know that sometimes the idea of watching a four minute youtube video is completely overwhelming and almost seems insurmountable, but trust me, these are worth it and the time will fly by. I would not lead you astray.



Another favorite video of mine from SNL can be found here ("The Mirror" with Andy Samberg and Ellen Page- a classic).

Halloween Music!







And of course.....




Happy Halloween!!! 

What are some of your favorite Halloween videos and songs?

PS - if you want to read some haunted tails from my hometown, click here!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scary movies BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

If I were going to make a scary movie that I truly wanted to terrify today's audiences, I wouldn't make it about dolls that come to life, or "true" hauntings. I'd make it about the things we find really, really scary in 2014. Here are some of the ideas I've come up with so far. Which would scare you the most?




 



Those are some of the scariest things I can think of... How about you?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

Have you guys ever seen the movie "Monster House"? I watched it last night with the Beehives (the group of 12-13 year old girls I work with from church). Have you ever tried to watch a movie with twelve 12/13 year old girls? It's not for the faint of heart. I love, love, love the girls - they are funny and kind and wonderful. But sometimes after certain activities, I feel like Wesley in the Princess Bride after Humperdinck sucked years of his life away:

NOT TO 50!

I got this snapchat from one of the girls during the movie if it helps to have a visual. Look at those sweet faces. So sweet and so tween.


But back to Monster House. Have you seen it? I liked it but it was weeeiiiirrrrd and I'm not sure what age it's actually targeted for. I thought it was pretty scary for kids, but these girls were "over it" or at least trying to convince themselves of that. They started out scared but then started rationalizing - "a house wouldn't really come alive," they said. "The old man could never lift that kid up," and "the house's throat is SO UNREALISTIC!" I think they were trying to prevent a repeat of last Halloween's scary movie night incident (link).

Personally I jumped and gasped a lot at Monster House. It didn't help that one of the girls kept sneaking up behind me and grabbing or poking me.

"Like a house could even do that." - Over-it 13 year old

It's Halloween week and that makes me happy. I haven't watched too many actually scary movies yet this month though. They've mostly been of the Disney variety. Am I getting soft? Or is it just that the people around me are chickens?

Do you have a movie you have to watch every Halloween season? For me that would be Hocus Pocus. After that, the Changling is my next must-see. (And I haven't seen it yet this year!)

More Halloween stuff coming tomorrow... Be prepared....

Happy Wednesday!