Saturday, August 24, 2013


If I biked this poster would already be on its way to me.

Monday, August 19, 2013

I love a good documentary

It's dawned on me that it has been ages and ages since I last shared what I've been watching. People, there are some great documentaries on Netflix. There are literally dozens that you should check you but here are some that I've enjoyed recently.

My Life As a Turkey

Now, if you are like me, you are raising your eyebrows and thinking that this is likely as dumb as dumb gets. But, if you are like me, you are also thinking, "Hey, it's Netflix. I'll give it a go because, if it blows, I can always turn something else on."
I am glad that I "gave it a go". This is actually a super entertaining, well done, pull-you-in documentary. To put it simply, I appreciate turkeys in a whole new way.

Hot Coffee

I had not read the description when I started this film so I was expecting it to be analyzing the rise and effect of Starbucks and the coffee house industry. It is actually about that snafu of the spilled McDonald's coffee. It examined the misconceptions that surrounded the ordeal as well as the social and political fallout that resulted. It was interesting. I enjoyed it. You should watch it.
**Prepare to be shocked at the burns that woman received. They were much worse than I had imagined.

Secrets of the Viking Sword

This was good because, 1) it was made by Nova, 2) it's about metalsmithing -something I have an appreciation for after taking a Metals class- and 3) it's about Vikings. Now, maybe it's just me, but the Vikings were so badass that they seem mythological. Case in point: The Ulfberht sword. Watch the documentary to learn the secret of it.

Ben Franklin's Pirate Fleet

That title totally grabs you, right? While I did learn a few new tidbits about American history and the esteemed Benjamin Franklin, it wasn't quite as interesting as I'd hoped. Not nearly as scandalous. You see, Poor Ben was just trying to swap some prisoners of war and hired the wrong people to do the job.

You know the drill. If you've recently watched an awesome documentary and think I'd enjoy it, leave a comment below!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Life lately


Tomorrow, school starts.
I am totally unready for the onslaught of busyness that it's going to bring.
In preparation for the coming semester, I've spent the last few days trying to soak in and store the rest while simultaneously getting things accomplished. If you've ever been in this situation you know it's a conflicting thing to try to accomplish. Basically, envision me trying to store laziness, like a camel stores water, while also striving to be, I don't know, something crazy active. An ant, maybe?
I had Thursday off, so as a little treat to myself, I spent the entire day in my PJs even though I was conquering a large to-do list.
Among the things accomplished: my closet underwent a purge and my Etsy shop got some new merch. A super delicious, white pizza was also enjoyed.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tricks caught my eye.

A story about a Boston bulldog from 1923.

You know how sometimes you like a thing and you don't really know why?
That's kinda how I feel about this book cover.

Maybe it's because it is
and quicky
and a titch off balance
with a whole lot of hand-illustrated flair.

Whatever it is that grabbed my eye, I think it's great.

Now here is a bit of knowledge for you. (Because I can't be the only one pondering the author's name.)
The name Lebbeus means: A man of heart; praising; confessing.
Lebbeus is also a is genus of shrimp in the family Hippolytidae.
Does anyone else wonder about the people that named their baby Lebbeus?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

on the run


Life has been busy lately.
Next week it's going to get busier. (Hello, final semester. I've been dying to meet you.)
I love the feeling of a full life.  It's so good!

If only there was time to blog! :(
I miss posting and reading posts. Like, big time.

This has been such a rude awakening to the fact that I'm not very good at budgeting time.
Tell me, my working, volunteering, life-living friends, how do you manage everything?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

easy as pie


My parentals have an apple tree in their yard that is crazy loaded with fruit.
Since this is the first year it has produced a substantial amount of fruit we weren't really sure what to do with so. many. apples.

Enter:Test pie.
It was very good.

I ate most of this pie in two days.
Fortunately, the apples are as organic as they come ;)
My parents have a Test Pie as well. I learned that, as of last night, they had not touched it yet. I'm not really sure what is wrong with them.
Maybe I should go snatch it?


Monday, August 5, 2013

It lives

It thrives!
My succulent is on the verge of blooming! Do you see this!?
They are all doing quite well, actually. Hopefully, my other plants will flower.

Friday, August 2, 2013

DIY Leather Lanyard

Along with the office key, my job has given me a snazzy badge key (ohhh, ahhh) which is much too big to put on my keyring.
Enter my grown-up leather lanyard which I fancy to be a step up from the pink one, procured from who-knows-where, that I used in high school. Swag at its finest, yeah?
Anyways, this is so, so easy to make, if you have the right tools, which are listed below...

SUPPLIES: Leather, leather punch, straight edge, scissors / rotary cutter, rivet kit, hammer, key ring

STEP 1: Cut a strip of leather - I made mine 1/2 inch wide - and round the end so it looks pretty.
STEP 2: Use the leather punch to create holes just big enough for the rivets to fit into.
STEP 3: Wrap the leather around the key ring, line up the holes and rivet away!

For added flair I inserted a strip of pale, green leather. I cut the brown strip in the middle then added the green leather using the same riveting steps as for the original brown strip.

That pink lanyard from high school had white lettering on it. It's going to drive me insane that I can't remember what it said...

Thursday, August 1, 2013