Monday, December 27, 2010

When i'm writing.


What makes you feel free? How do you feel and when do you feel like that?

series: find someplace beautiful to get lost

I found a super awesome picture : here
and i thought it was super awesome so I've been inspired to do a serious wrapped around getting lost in beautiful places.. . these were just the first two but i plan on making several that are not any play offs from the original inspirational piece


Merry christmas


I hope everyone is having a jolly family dinner with lots of food today.  

Don't forget to start working on your new year's resolutions.... less than a week til the unwrapping of mine :)  Hopefully i can come up with something good this year.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hangar 9


Hangar 9 has now been reopened for a week and 2 days.  When i turned 19 the hangar was the hippy bar of southern IL.  It was a pole barn with a bar inside.....    during an ice storm a couple years ago, it crashed in but was rebuilt over the past couple years.   Now it is open again.

The building it's self is epic.  It has a nice stage and a nice smoke garden.  The upstairs has a nice lounge area along with a couple tables downstairs.  The problem is that it's too clean and modern for the kind of characters that it specializes in bringing in.  Its a beautiful building and people will adapt to it and therefor it's really not a problem that it's too clean.  It just needs a little breaking in.

While the building is awesome, there are two real issues with the new hangar:

A)  The bar is no larger than the bar cellar or pk (two one level buildings no bigger than the average college house or apartment.)  but has a building the size of a theater.  The bar just isn't big enough to serve at capacity or for the bartenders to comfortably move around.  You're left with slow service (and no one likes having to wait half an hour for a drink.

B)  2.50 PBR cans.    Some of the mixed drinks seem to be priced reasonably, but the beer is priced light the big city.... but we're in a small town.  It's 4.50 for a 6 pack of pbr at the liquor store but you end up spending 15 if you drink 6 at the hangar.  Bud light and other domestic beer are running average of 2.75, some of them are 3.50.  In a college town, over priced beer does not lead to better business.

2 problems:  no one wants to wait half and hour for an over priced beer.

The nice thing, other than the building, is that the crowd is still similar to the old crowd.  Things might change or not change, but i like the people that i've been running into.

I know that a lot of my friends will not return to the hangar due to the problems, but there are still a lot of people there that i do think are awesome.  I might not be able to afford to drink every time i go there, but i will still enjoy caffeinating myself and partying sober.  However, i doubt that there are very many people that enjoy that kind of thing.

So the Hanger has my approval, but i wouldn't mind not having to sneak in my own beer.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

old crush reflamed?

2006 I Started life guarding at the rec center.   There was one guy that worked there that was mature and responsible.  He was handsome and still very fun.  At the time I was still very anti-crushing.  Don't get me wrong, there were a few guys that i found cool, but i didn't actually like them.  This guy was a healthy built lumber jacking type guy with a very chill but adventurous personality and i had a some-what-crush on him . . . but I'm the kind of girl to chase anyone down.

I worked there for 2 years and and never got any signal that he liked me.... especially as he shared his feelings for one of our friends to me.  It was a little crush and i got over it.

The other day, about a week ago,  I was hanging out with that same dude at the new hanger (that's a blog that is coming up super soon if you want my take on the place).   We'd hung out the day before and then made plans to hang out the next night.  The second night, this guy tries to pry out of me who i like ..... obviously I'm not going to tell him that it could possibly be him just because he shows a little bit of interest in me for once.  Eventually he pulls it out me...... correction, he finally gives up guessing and decides to take a plunge and go for gold and asks me on a date.  Definitely not what i was expecting, but i was still very stoked about it.    

Then i remembered what happens when you get excited. ..... i don't get excited about boys because boys are dumb and emotions need to be kept in check.

summary:  He's a pretty cool dude.  Dating is a good time.  No point stressing about anything.  It's all just a good time. . . . but it's a positive emotion that he's at least half way interested.





Next topic:
After 4 years…. 4 YEARS… now he decides he is interested in me.  Over the past 16  months there have been several guys that I’ve known that tell me I’m getting hotter and hotter…. Or as this guy says…. “more and more attractive,”.  Thanks guys.   I’ve liked this guy for 4 years and now that I’m “more attractive”  …. Now he decides to take interest in me (i don't actually believe that's what he's thinking, but he's the last straw after every other guy)


I’ve basically been “married” and had a baby….. “attraction” doesn’t mean much to me anymore.   I face reality a little bit more bluntly now….    I’ll go on a date with this guy because he’s freaking awesome.   Just because I have a crush on him does NOT mean that I am about to let down my guard.... which is probably good anyway because i know he's not really interested in anything serious (which is cool by me)

So I’m just saying that over the past few years I’ve changed….. I changed my look and I changed my personality and I’ve changed just about everything about me ….. 
…..

And NOW guys decide to like me.   Not just him (he's an honest guy and he's not going to lead me on or play me over) but more over the other guys that aren't quite so mature.  How many times do i get hit on randomly now that i'm different?  Screw shallow guys.  I’ve been hurt a couple times too many to start trusting them just because they now find me attractive.   I know I have a better body and a better face and I’m WAY more confident  ….. but I’m still the same person.

I like this guy, I just think it’s funny that NOW he would choose to ask me on a date.   Like i said, i don't think he is consciously hitting on me now just because he thinks i now look better.....  but this vent isn't just inspired by him but by the conglomeration of guys that have started hitting on me in the past 16 months.  

…… just saying. . .

i’m just not that naive anymore…..
so……. 
Happy dating, just get over it.
I don't really trust guys in a serious way.
.... even if i do have a slight crush on him.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Characters. V.2



Formal name: Matt Altorfer


Torfer is one of my first real college friends that i met in college.  I met him my Freshman year in Carbondale and it wasn't long before i considered him one of my best friends.  He is the original occupant of the roof, where Andy resides.  Torfer and i share several common interest such as photoshopping, motorcycles, and chilling ... just chilling.

Favorite beer: Guinness and woodchuck mixed
movie genre of choice: psychological mind-bending thrillers/dramas
most used photoshop tool: "that's a tough one, burn tool, pen tool, layer masks...."
job title: professional business man?

Our last conversation:  Torf loves the color pink.  He also loves being crazy.   I don't know how many times he's ended up wearing my clothes.... my group of friends are wierd, i know, but that's why i love them.  So last time i was over he was going on about how he couldn't believe he didn't own a pink shirt since he really loves pink. That is why his most recent purchase is now a pink shirt.  

On the topic of pink shirts:  Torf pulls them off.  He looks good in pink shirts because he genuinly likes pink.  What drives me crazy is guys who wear pink to make a statement and not just because they like it.... back in high school it was a big craze.  "real guys wear pink" was a common shirt, but i hate that.  Guys who wear it in that statement normally look like jerks with their popped collars.  .... because of that, i'm really proud of Torf for wearing it and actually looking good. 


"P.s. I made this" by Erica Domesek

Design sponge's 2010 book gift guide  featured "p.s. i made this".... the cover was adorable and so i was led to check it out.

This was the first eye catcher:  Made with just panty hose and bouncy balls....  super cute.  She's even brilliant with her style: over done jewlry can only be paired with simple clothing or else it will just look over done.   and in case my cup of jo isn't enough to fulfill your morning reading you can check out the blog roll that Erica has in her book:




Check out her book: Here


I like: things that remind me of coffee


Most people who know me, know that i love coffee. . .   I'm not a black coffee, caffein addicted, coffee lover.  I'm in love with photos of coffee and the smell of coffee and coffee flavored things and coffee creamer (yes, i do NOT like coffee black unless its the really expensive super flavored coffee)  
I love everything that is even kind of coffee-ish..... so of course i love this power adapter:


I found this power adapter on Hardware sphere apearently it is roughly 30 bucks on amazon... which i don't think is too bad for something so awesome and super useful at the same time.

According to Hardwaresphere.com "It can supplies 200W continuous/400W peak from your 120 Volt AC power from any cigarette lighter socket"
I'd bet even non-coffee drinkers would love it due to the easy fit into a cup holder.
I know if the rest of americans are anything like me, eventually their computer batteries crash and then it has to be plugged in to work.... those people can even plug in their computer to this awesome coffee cup : )


And of course, while i don't like black coffee, i do like anything coffee related and i do like coffee creamer so it goes unsaid that i still love coffee cups also.  The new fad - plastic or ceramic coffee cups to go:
dinodirect.com

My collection of reusable coffee cups to go is now to two since WTS just got me one more that is pretty rocking:



That's basicly my coffee hi for this morning.
While you're drinking your coffee tomorrow check out my morning coffee reads at: cup of jo

Sunday, December 19, 2010

reunion.


Hot stew, the girl i stayed with when i lived in FL, Came up last week for the holidays and there was no way we could all pass up hanging out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

blogger shout out

While searching for bird cages (for my last post) i ran across this blog: rhonna designs.  From a super cute layout to way awesome ideas, this blog has already caught my heart.   This video came from the page and captures their style beautifully.  Check them out: here

google find: bird cages.

I'm a huge fan of bird cages.  i've always found them beautiful but i really think they are some where between rustic and vintage classy.  Whether it be off-centered on the front porch or on a bookshelf in the study, i think empty bird cages remind me of an escape to freedom.  I'm now on the search for a bird cage to add to my decor.





Text from last night


Monday night a friend and i decided to go out for drinks and ended up at a bar by the name of Global. It's a brick wall and chandelier type pub. With the dim lights and black wood tables, it has a very uptown, romantic, vibe.


Due to my cultural love and classy desires, i have been to Global on several occasions. The difference on this trip was the entertainment. The normally subtly exclusive music had been replaced by a "wanna-be, rap-ing, turn table". It wasn't quite my style of entertainment, but i was willing to stick it out and see what it turned into. To my pleasant surprise, my waiting paid off. It turns out that Monday night is poetry reading at Global.


There were multiple readings that, in my opinion, were more posers than writers... those were the ones that attempted to beep bop (the problem being that beep bopping is a form of black music and these guys were whiter than snow). There were 2 readers that both caught my ear... One went by Treesong. His was about the girl of his dreams. He did an excellent job capture the progression of their friendship and the things about her that catch his attraction. The other was a beautiful black girl who wrote about "texts from last night". She said she used a web site to compile it. Today, i googled the web site and found nearly all of it just as entertaining as her reading.


The overall reading wasn't epic, but i did enjoy the experience. It was your typical big city environment and that's not something you find very often in small town Carbondale.


As i've already implied, the "texts from last night" was the highlight of the reading. I feel you deserve a taste of my find online (warning: content is very questionable):


(403):
Am I the only one creeped out by the guy asleep behind our couch?


(785):
Hold on there are flying pancakes I can't handle this right now


(913):
The house is trashed, there is porn scattered everywhere like an easter egg hunt and the blow up doll is sleeping on the couch downstairs. someone covered her up.


(845):
we've had sex 4 times and he still refers to me as 'the chick in my chem class'


(931):
I take that as "no I'm not driving you to the bar in a blizzard"


(330):
Mark is going to get hypothermia. he is shirtless eating snow bc he "doesnt want to be dehydrated" tomorrow. youre in charge.


(894):
just stole 2 cases of forties from some freshman in the woods by pretending to be a cop. that ten dollar spotlight is really turning a profit


(604):
She didn't know my name but she knew I was Canadian so she just called me Canada. It sounded like the national anthem when we were screwing.


[voted best text ever by:  ME]
(416):
Escaped ambulance. Meet me at your apartment.


check out more texts from last night: here

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Character: Andrew Wiercinski





Formal name: Andrew Wiercinski

Origionally from the Chicago area, he has made himself a regular Carbondalite.  


Presently Andy is one of the habitants of the roof, one of the common chill-out spots for our group.  He used to be really young and innocent but has recently left his shell behind and became quite the socializer.  He was once the president of the skydiving club.... now he is just a skydiving fanatic.  Along with a skydiving vice, he is also addicted to the Cubs.


Place of employment:  Sears
Most often participated in hobby:  drinking
favorite songs right now:  "At the beach", by the Avett Brothers and "The way you are", by Bruno Mars
favorite day of the week:  tuesday (dollar night at pinch)
Super power of choice:  technopath
If one of your body parts became magnetic and you got to choose: Right hand.
Most favorite thing in the world:  Cubs.

So basicly:  Andy is addicted to skydiving and the Cubs but is still super cool.
(so i'm not sure why i picked pink for that font color, but i felt like it fits Andy's random crazziness *big smile*)


Happy dollar night.

Characters of loft-apt.

I wrote about a tailgate the other day.  I went with a couple friends and it was pretty much a blast…   However, when i was recapping the day to you i failed to mention who those friends were.  There were several in our group, but the captains of our crew were [the two coolest guys ever,] Andy and Dan Z. 

Because of them, i have been inspired a new chapter in this blog.:  characters of the loft-apt.  
look for the first paragraph within the next few hours.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

chic christmas decor




brown button
I love these over colorful christmas lights and the ornaments dressing them are perfectly placed.



celebrations at home  (shout out to this new blog discover of mine.)
Another lily white epic win:  she has a tree branch decorated with ribbon hanging in her studio...  and for the holidays i love this branch idea (above).  I think it might be a new decor phase of mine but i am really drawn to limbs being used in interior design.


apartment therapy
Ive always been a fan of clear ornaments... more than once i've filled them with paint for a tie dye look and the wrote on them and sent them off as gifts.  I love this feather idea - the peacock feathers are especially awesome.  and of course i'm all for hanging them from limbs ;)


Happy decorating : )

Sunday, December 05, 2010

ignorant judgment


My mother displayed her ignorance to differences and prejudgment of indifferences again today.  It was as simple as a brown bottle being a part of my new wind chime.  The chime is simple… it is two glass bottles (labels removed) paired with beads and decorated with ribbon.   It’s got a very hippie, eclectic look.   Hanging from the corner of my back stoop, it caught my mother’s eye as she dropped me off from church.  “That’s some very interesting décor”  I knew exactly what she was talking about…. She assumed that the brown bottles were beer bottles and I wasn’t about to make it easy for her so I played dumb, asking her for an explanation. She didn’t really explain but just said “those beer bottles”.   They may be beer bottles, but drinking a beer is not getting drunk and I assure you she will judge deeper than just having a bottle on my stoop.  I looked at her incredulously as I lied that they were cider bottles (the kind that she drinks regularly).  The point wasn’t to make her think that I don’t drink, the point was to prove that she was way over jumping conclusions. 
This isn’t much unlike when she came over a few weeks ago…. As she walked in my back door she muttered that she was so sad when her eyes swept over the champaign looking bottle on my table….. as she judged me I turned the bottle, revealing the sparkling cider label.  (proving to her that it wasn’t alcahol. 

Over and over she makes assumptions.  Again and again she passes judgment on things she has no idea about.  She is the perfect example of the rest of the world.
It amazes me that people could judge and ridicule without any research into the people they are looking at.  

Yes, I drink.  Yes, i hang out with low moral people.  Yes, I have tattoos and piercings.  No, I’m not a bad person and Yes, I still love jesus. 
I live a life to prove to people that differences are not bad and that normal people can still be good people. 
The world can judge me, but the only judgment that will matter is Gods.  

realizing how old i am?


As I get older, I realize so much.  The biggest thing that I’ve realized – Nothing can be predicted 100%,  nothing is what it seems, and nothing will go as planned. 

I look at myself even just a year ago and never expected that I would be here now.   I look at people around me and I see how different they are than I thought they would be.   I see people plan their futures – and nothing turns out like they planned.

I think the inability to plan the future is what makes life exciting.  I believe that if everything was as it seemed we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the ending.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

done hurting.

The first time my heart was hurt…. I went back to him.  I was hoping he was going to be a better man.  I was hoping that his apology was honest and true.
He wouldn’t back up his words with actions.  He couldn’t marry me or commit or anything proving his “love”.   I knew in the back of my brain that love was nothing without real actions but I wanted to believe that he really did love me.
Then he did it again.  He lied to me.  He deceived me.  He tore me apart. 
Now he wants me to give him another chance… “begging me” for another chance….. words will do nothing for him.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.   He’s lied to me about the same topic – TWICE.  Shame on me.  I will NOT do it a third time.  He doesn’t deserve to break my heart anymore.  He doesn’t deserve to fool me again.  

He is everything I want.   But he doesn’t love me.   Love is nothing without caring.  Breaking my heart is not love. 

Propose – call it off
Propose – call it off
propose – back it off
yell and humiliate and dehumanize me in public.
make a baby – don’t support me
and then lie to me and lie to me again. 

I am done being treated like shit.
If he wants to be with me, he can man up, get her out of his life, tell me the truth, chase me and chase me, and then propose in front of the world. – all without a guarantee that I’ll say yes.  MAYBE I’ll consider marrying him.  Maybe I’ll say no.   It doesn’t matter because he wont even go as far as manning up…. Little lone put his reputation and pride on the line.

Life sucks.   Suck it up.

I will figure out a way through this.  I will survive.  I will succeed. 
I will NOT love again until the day I say I do. 

If he wants me – he should have thought about that before he through my heart aside. 

parties..... or not.

Calli’s had a foam party this past Thursday.  It was promoted by SI drunks.
…. Ok.  Now I know why I write about fashion and vents.   I’m just not any good at writing about something that’s not exciting.  

Speaking of SI drunks and bars…. I’ve decided that I’m getting old.  I don’t enjoying going out near as much as I used to.  I’m sure part of it is the cold, but I just don’t get the same enjoyment as I’ve realized how dumb people in a college town are.  I’m just tired of trying to live.  I’m tired of constantly moving or being bored.  I’m ready to have a real purpose in life, something more meaningful than just talking to dumb college kids.  

Friday, December 03, 2010

3 things that I’m super excited about:

A) Lily White Designs.  
·      She is freaking cute.
·      Her style is freaking cute.
·      She has a great moral backing
·      She sticks to her moral backing
·      Her moral backing is loving jesus
·      She has a style that rocks
If I wear a shirt that has Jesus’s name… I wouldn’t be able to have premarital sex or get drunk in public or anything else that really wouldn’t make jesus look good.  . . . I shouldn’t be able to do those things anyway, but if a passer byer saw me sinning with Jesus’s name it would look bad on him…..  I love the fact that there are still pure girls living in God’s name daily.  I think it is beautiful and it gives me hope.  The girls that can rock Jesus’s name are my heroes.

B)  I can get internet at the train station (less than 200 yards from my house)
·      I can keep my social network flowing.
·      I can keep my blog update and moving forward.
·      I can keep my inspiration bucket full
I’m super stoked to be able to keep everything updated daily as well as being able to follow my blogging friends closer (which means more inspiration and more ideas which both = better blogging for me)

C) BWW
·      Actually having money
·      Being able to do things with friend more
·      Buy a car (ooh I hate cold)
·      Purchase better tools for my blog
I’m super stoked to have a job. .  If I get a camera I can take more pictures which always inspire blogging, along with I will have money to do things (which also always inspire blogging)  ex.  I can go skydiving or buy clothes to experiement with or try more “behind the bar” things (which also = more blogs).  So basicly having a job will = better blogging. Lol.  I’m really looking forward to getting somewhere in life. 


I’m pretty much having a mid-life crisis right now.   The good thing is that hope is shinning through.  Id gotten to the point I didn’t really trust god.  Not because of faith in general but because of the first heart break I’d ever had - - due to trusting god.   This time around, I’ve hit rock bottom – but this time around God has taken so many little things and put them in spots that I can’t ignore.   2nd heart ache – it’s a combonation between loosing a child and losing the father of my child… but when the barrel of the gun looms god took my fearlessness and then he gave me girls that I don’t really relate to and things that I could live with out and hope that I wasn’t looking for. 

It was love and heart ache that made me distrust god and it is love and heart ache that will make me love him all over again.

I’m not saying I wont mess up or slip back to be horrible, but I feel like I can love god again – I mean really love him.  After all, he’s all I have left.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

LilyWhite designs


Stopped by there today:  it is absolutely beautiful.  She just might inspire a lot of design in me.  

Her clothing style is rough, but yet simple and dainty.   It all reminds me of something you'd see on a fragile woman, but the fashion is bold and strong and confident.   I like it.  You can all look forward to seeing more of her in my blog.

check out her myspace:  here
blog: here

Take away love and our earth is a tomb



^^and this is what it looked like.... he made me feel beautiful, only to find out he was only dream and all a lie.


"I wonder, when you look into my eyes and watch my heart shatter, does it break your heart too, even crack it a little bit?"

"I don't miss him, I miss who I thought he was."

"You have to forgive to forget, and forget, to feel again"

"Now that I have loved so purely and deeply, I have realized how lonely I really am."

"Trying to forget someone you love is like trying to remember someone you never knew."

"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."

"There's a girl in my mirror crying tonight, and there's nothing I can say to make her feel all right."

"Nothing hurts more than realizing he meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to him."

"Someday when you'll be sorry someday when you're free memories will remind you that you could have of been with me."

"I just hope to sleep and never awaken. nothing left in this world could replace what you have taken.... "


ps.: "Here's to the men we love, Here's to the men that love us, Since the men that we love, Aren't the men that love us ... screw the men... here's to us."


credit: squidoo

clothes that just don't fit anymore


I have a picture cut out from marie posted on my door… it’s one of my favorite outfits.   She is wearing boyfriend jeans and a jean vest with high heals.   It’s adorable and tough.   Now it brings tears to my eyes.  I know that I don’t have any “boyfriend” jeans to wear.  No more wearing his shirts with tights.  No more lounging in his over sized sweatshirts. 

He texts and it’s all I can do to refrain from responding.  I’ll not be pulling out any avril style outfits with ties or wearing his ties as belts.  I wount be leaving my half way unwanted, bleached shirts at his house for overnight stays and all of my shirts that I bought to be hot, now hidden under layers with out any witnesses to what they look like worn without layers. 

There are so many “boyfriend” looks that can be rocked.  I wont be the one rocking them for awhile… at least not with any guy’s clothes.  Any boyfriend looks I pull out will be with my own clothing. 

To everyone else (other than myself):  rock away because the boyfriend style will never be worn old.  It’s hot and intiment and sweet and tough all rolled into one simple, comfortable ensemble.  Rock away.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

cold day, new job

I was all bundled up and ready to be on my way to BWW for orientation when I realized that it was snowing.  SNOWING!  … in November?   Well, to start with I really really really hate cold whether.   Next, I only have a motorcycle and was hoping I’d have at least another month before snow started falling.  It will make me strong, but I can not wait to get a car.  . .  at least I’ll be starting at bww soon and will have the budget to get one : )

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ink rebels.



Shout out to Ink rebels  Who is now my bible to blogging.   



“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw



Check 'em out:  Inkrebels.com

Thanksgiving berry


I have a pint of peach pucker that has been sitting in my fridge since at least 7 or 8 months….  I bought it when I still worked at Warehouse liquor mart and we had it on sale for 1.99.    Unfortunately, up til now, I haven’t yet found the occasion to use it.  

Today I sat in front of my open fridge trying to come up with a drink.   With orange juice, milk, and cranberry juice as my only mixers, I wasn’t real sure what to do with my liquors that stuck with the chocolate or creamy categories. . . 
That’s when I saw the peach pucker sitting next to the cranberry juice.   I’m not a fan of cranberry juice (it’s too sweet for my taste)  but, for some reason, I thought I’d try the concoction sitting in front of me.  With a shot of pucker and a little juice (in a pretty wine glass)  the taste of pucker was un noticeable.   After another half shot of the pucker, the drink reminded me of the cranberry sauce I have every thanksgiving.   Topped with cool whip and a cherry for looks, I had the perfect cocktail. 

Thanksgiving berry:
1.5 oz peach pucker
cranberry juice

pour into wine glass, garnish with cool whip and a cherry.
(Im sure a splash of sprite would be beautiful in it.)


Friday, November 26, 2010

classy christmas decor.


For the entire article: apartment therapy


I don't think it was even two weeks ago i was blogging that i don't have any good christmas decor  ideas that is tacky.   I HATE tacky and with that said i'm not a fan of anything blow up or old looking. . .  Then i found this blog on Apartment Therapy.  I've always gone all out on lights because that's the only decor that isn't tacky.....   They are some good points and their readers also left some cute ideas.  (such as filling a thick flower vase with water and freezing it for an ice candle.  .. . super cute idea. 

christmas here i come.

A very black day.

Black Friday…. I guess they call it black because it’s still dark out when people wake up for “amazing deals” .

There’s not that many things that I’m looking for a great deal on that I can’t get on sale still at 7 or 8 or even 10. I’m sure some people are doing a big list of Christmas shopping and need every minute of that time….. I’m not. I did; however, still wake up at 430. I need a pair of black slip proof shoes for this job at BWW and they had a pair of crocks (that are cute :] ) for 10 bucks. Normally 30. They were 10 off and then the first 100 customers get a 10 dollar gift card. . . and being a thrifty college kid…..

After finally throwing my blankets off, I managed to get up and make it to the shoe carnival less than 5 minutes before the doors opened. I was surprised to find that I wasn’t the only one wanting to be there for that card. As I got closer and closer to the door, the employee passing out cards still held a stack in his hand… only to empty it 4 or 5 people before me : ( . It was still ok because I’d be getting those shoes that I have to have and still spending a little less. As I finished shopping around I ran into Erin, a girl from high school that I was decent good friends with at one point. She had an extra card (you could only use one at a time and she came with her husband) so she pawned the other one off on me . . success!

So now it’s 5:50 and I’m back in my warm bed with a pair of cute shoes that I had to have and got a butt load of savings on them. I’m eating some oatmeal and thinking about all those people out in the cold. . . wuahahahaha..

So after a morning (by morning I mean an hour that was early enough to constitute the entire morning) of heavy shopping (by heavy I mean buying one pair of shoes that are cool enough to constitute heavy) I did manage to fall in love with the next fashion fad: over the knee boots.



I’m not saying it’s a fad that will flow with everyone. I’m sure too many people will wear them with jeans that have too small of a waist band (an already bad mistake made worse by skinny jeans or boots that emphasize the legs). It defently would NOT be a great fad for short people ( tall boots would just make them look shorter) but for normal size people wearing clothes that fit correctly…. These are the most beautiful boots ever. I found a pair this morning that I am in love with. I mean IN LOVE!!!! I’m actually tempted to get up in a few hours and go back.

There is also a camera that I really want to buy….. it’s 150. Together I’d be pushing 200 bucks. : l I’m not sure about that . . .

Let me know if you found any awesome deals that are just plain epic.


Let’s go shopping and forget about all our problems.

jolly green christmas?

 I saw a little girl, at church last week, wearing a pink tutu and a black and white polka dot shirt with a matching head band and bottomed it off with hot pink tights.  I always love the way little kids can wear custumes or crazy clothes and people think its cute….  I want to be inspired by their carefree, imaginative ideas.  They never care if anyone else likes the outfit, as long as the do…. I used this to inspire my green tights. 

The style seems to be wearing knee length cotton dresses with a sweater and colored tights.  This just seems too motherly for me…. And a little on the boring/ cautious side.

I pulled out my green tights this morning. After some contemplating I decided on a lacey skirt that reminded me of a calm tutu.  I was going to top it with a green long sleeve shirt but when I realized it was still missing something I added a white pilgrimish top over it.   I defently can’t pull out green tights with a serious outfit, but I love them with  these fun combonations.

I decided the out fit looked more Christmas-y for thanksgiving; however, I am defently pulling out this costume in a week or two : ) 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

unaccepted defeat.


I’ve decided today that too many people accept defeat too easily.   Whether it be bikers who get hit wrongfully or politicians being outweighed by corruption, too many people let those higher than them win battles and wars.  Weather they argue that there’s no one behind them or that they don’t have a voice….. EVERYONE has a voice.   Anyone can start a war.  The deciding factor is weather they are willing to go to that effort or willing to sacrifice that amount. 
People WANT to follow someone with passion.  You don’t need to start with anyone behind you to gain an army of followers.   You don’t have to be someone special or powerful to erupt passion from fellow passioners. 
Weather the battle is against a boss or a mayor or on morals or on laws, everyone has a voice to defend themselves. 

My mother got hit by a car the other day.   She wasn’t moving.   Sitting at a stop light, the parked car behind her somehow hit her.  He didn’t receive a ticket.  The chief told my mother that tickets where up to the descreation of the officer.  Now she is accepting defeat.   They say they don’t have enough  people behind her.   I disagree.   She is 20 min (maybe) from Where I live.   Every biker in my town would back her up.   In order to change the way the police are running her town she has to be willing to lose a battle.  She has to be willing to sacrifice the here and now pride in or order to win the long term,.  “talking” about going to the paper isn’t getting any articles written. 
She thinks it is a losing battle…. I think she is talking about a battle that she has refused to start.  If it we I, I would be willing to lose in order to leave a mark and cause them a hassle.  … I’m not saying she’s wrong, i just believe she isn’t putting forth enough effort to even call her situation a battle.  .  She’s like the runt getting bullied at school – go to self defense class, work out, and strengthen yourself to win instead of just handing over your lunch money.

My mother is not the only one who defeats themselves….  People do it everyday.   But if people would stand up for themselves (rightfully and not selfishly) they would get a lot farther in life and win a lot more wars than they were expecting. 
If you have that much passion . . exert it.  Be bold.  Sacrifice you pride.  Use your effort.  Don’t accept defeat and defeat will lose over to you. 

 .. heack.  I'm never going to accept defeat - even when it looks me in the eyes.

Happy Turkey-ing.

Today will be spent with the fam in a small town about 30 min from where I live.  I’m sure there will be turkey (call me un-american, but this is not my favorite food) and stuffing and sweet potatoes (yum).   I’m sure everyone will be right on que to roll their eyes as my mother decides we need to say what we’re thankfull for.
It’s not that I’m not thankful for my family and my country and my god and my life in general, but we all know those things already and these little “exersizes” just seem silly since no one is going to come up with anything new from last year unless someone got a new job or a new baby or a new house. 
So I’m going to do a little pre brainstorming and try to come up with something creative to every other year:

Boring, every year, answers:
Family
Church
Freedom
Good food
Warm house

Of course those are all true but what else can I put on that list:
Lessons learned
Hard time that make me tough
Eccentric, unusual style that is bold enough to be my own
Unusual controversial ideas that god gives me to keep life exciting.
Independence that builds me into who I want me to be
The ability to live my own life despite what the world wants. 
A God that thinks I’m beautiful even when the world says my life is ugly.

I live a life that non-christians don’t understand and Christians think is wrong.  I like this life.   I mess up but I try.   God still loves me.  I drink beer and I’m friends with worldly people….. but I think God loves me because of that.  I’m loving God in a godless world.  Get over it.  I’m thankful that God has given me the life of a sinner, at least I can relate to the world now.  I can befriend them and I can be a witness. 

What am I thankful for?  Sure I understand your boring answers, but I like mine better because they actually take heart to be thankful for my answers.

I am thankful for everything in my life that stands me apart from traditional or stereotypical.  I am thankful for anything that makes me bold when the rest of the world will sit back.   I am thankful for everything that I never wanted…. Everything that has molded me into me. 

What am I thankful for?  I am thankful for a life without regret., not a single regret. 

Give me an answer that you’ve never heard before. What are you thankful for?

Happy turkey : )

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

kick ass.

super amazing.  The opening scene is a very inappropriate.. if you can past that,  the rest of the movie is excellent. 
To start with they have an Excelent cast of characters.  I would give you names, but I don’t know any actor’s names. 
The plot was not only an excellent plot but played all the way through without skipping a beat.   
Outside of the opening scene, there was only one other sex scene.  That second scene was well played.
It defently isn’t for the faint of heart.  It’s not clean in any manner of the word.  It was full of cusing and full of violence.  I feel like it was so well played out that it was still 5 stars.  It was not only epic origional, but fun and serious all at the same time.  Yes, there was a bit of romance, but not enough to call it romantic.  

I would call it every comic fan’s bible. 
I’m not even a comic fan and I love it.  I love super heroes.  I love whimsical, colorful, people.  I love people who are inspired. I love people who want to do something in the world.   I really like this movie.   
I wouldn’t call it breath taking or amazing, but it is defently a kick ass movie. 
I defently give it two thumbs up.

Ps.  There is evenly a great closing playlist.

a raveshing photo?


I have my final interview with Buffolo wild wings in about 3 hours.  This will be my hire or fired interview.  I’m praying for a job.  I don’t know if the banks are open today, but if they are I think I’ll go ahead and start the loan process.   If i get that job, the first thing I’m doing is calling a lady that has a nice deal on her car. 

Along with buying a car,  I’m investing in a nice recorder.   As I’ve mentioned before, I have a habbit of brainstorming at random times but then I end up forgetting the ideas later when I go to blog.  I want a recorder so I can sit at the bar and talk into it and look super special.  I’m kidding.  But it would look either super crazy or super proffesional. Laugh out loud : )

While I’m on the blogging subject.  I’ve come up with my weekly idea yesterday (courtesy of WTS).  The plan is to pick a random spot in town or around town and photo op it.   Then sit and write what ever I can stir up on that photo.   I think it’s a brilliant idea.  I don’t know how many bars have cheek chandeliers or brilliant brick walls or a classy upper town paint job.  Even on the street I constantly see store fronts that would look ravishing in a kitchen or church bathrooms that need an uplift as badly as my grandma’s  needs one.   The next pro to this idea is that  it would fit beautifully into a collum for the town paper (which I have been toying with already) 

Overall, my life seems to be picking up quite nicely.  All I need is this job and I can start rolling in a forward motion.   I love it. 

Ps.  My next fashion challenge:  green tights.  Remember a couple weeks ago when I blogged a fashion no about a girl in green tights?  My goal is to use those same tights and make them a fashion yes…..wish me luck.  

And one last note….. 
Happy thanksgiving : )  be sure to eat some Turkey. 

A not so uptown bar.


Down town Carbondale, there is a little pub.  It’s called either Chicago pub or underground.  I’m not really sure.  I’ve heard both.  Anyone who’d lived in Carbondale very long has seen it.  It’s at the end of the strip.  Driving by it’s an up town brick building with a white picket fence around the beer garden. It is absolutely picturesque.
Last night I decided I needed to make a visit.  I’d been there years ago when it was under previous management, But a year of being closed normally changes a place. 
With the exterior presentation and the neon “underground” light welcoming in guest, the expectations where high.  It’s presentation took me to London underground.  I imagined high top tables in black and quite, romantic, brick red booths.  Maybe dim lighting and a sleek bar. 
The interior immediately disappointed me.  It reminded me of my grandmothers kitchen.  The liquor presentation was classy, but it ended there. With pale peach walls and a 60’s floral pattern for booths, I felt like I was in a bar without a budget.  The green bar top was frowned upon by WTS but I thought it would go well with a gold brown walling. 
While the décor was not top line, the service was.  After picking a seat at the bar, we were immediately waited on.  WTS and I dissected our opinion of the place and as conversation dwindled I realized that was nothing for my eyes to rest on.  With only two tables being occupied the place was too slow to people watch without being akward and while the idea of not having a tv was quaint, I decided it wasn’t appropriate for anyplace with a bar. 
Overall, the service was good.  The prices were middle range (Not high, but defently not cheap), though maybe a little high for a place with “behind the times” décor.  The décor was just unbearable.  It’s exterior is beautiful, but the interior was under the bottom for me…. Probably not my choice of bars to chill at since there is no entertainment. 
Despite the amazing service, I would give it maybe 2 stars due to the horrid atmosphere.  However, I would go back again under the right circumstances.