Sunday, March 30, 2014

100 Happy Days

Hello, hello!

Recently I was shown something pretty neat, and so I come with a very important question.

100 Happy Days


Have you heard of the 100 Happy Days challenge? I just recently found out about it, and I think it sounds like a great idea. Like many of us, I'm not always focusing on the positives in life as much as I should be. Sometimes I don't appreciate it, or take notice of the great little things in life, and sometimes I'm just downright depressed. Either way that's not really ok. Taking the time to notice something you love everyday is so important.


100 Happy Days


So that's why I'll be starting this challenge on April 1st! Yaaayayay!

Basically all you have to do is register on the site (or not, you don't actually have to, but it helps), and then start taking a picture of one thing that makes you happy, every day, for 100 days. It looks like most people are doing this on Instagram (that's where I'll be), but I've also seen some tumblr users doing it too! Tag or hashtag you photo with #100happydays so others can follow along! Or not! If you want to keep it as a personal log for yourself that's cool too. Don't be discouraged if you think you'll be taking what others see as a "boring" picture. This is all about YOU! If that glazed doughnut you're having for breakfast makes you happy, take a picture of your doughnut, dammit! I will be posting doughnuts right along with you (actually, I don't eat many doughnuts, but you get it).

Here's what you can expect to see in my upcoming "happy" photos:

1. Food
2. Games
3. More food
4. Crafty stuff
5. Theatre stuff
6. Booky stuff
7. ...other stuff! Who knows. We'll see ;)

As you can see, food is really important to me. Hahah.

I would love to hear from more people doing this. If you want to follow along with me, you can find my Instagram through the button on the right, under my bio thingy.

Hopefully I'll see you there!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let's Cut Up Our T-Shirts!

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Last night I stayed up late, cutting up t-shirts. I decided to make some "t-shirt bracelets," and the original plan was to see how many different bracelets I could make with one shirt (spoiler - it's a lot), but I didn't care for some of the bracelets I made, so then I just stopped, hahah. You don't need anything fancy for these to look nice; for mine I just used an old tie-dyed cotton shirt. I was a little sad to be cutting up the shirt (I really liked it), but really it was covered in holes and stains and I would never wear it again. I think using it for these worked out pretty well, and now it can live on, instead of sitting in a drawer collecting dust.

The one I'm wearing on my wrist is my favorite one. It has what I learned is called a josephine knot! Figuring out the knot was a little confusing the first few times, but once you figure out the trick it's really simple. You can use two strands and make it thicker (like mine), or just use one and have a more delicate and subtle one. I found that two strands showcased the knot better. The fabric for my t-shirt was really thin, so with this knot it looked kind of lame with just one strand, hahah. These are fun to wear, and they're so soft you can almost forget you're wearing it!

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I used a couple different tutorials to make these. I was looking up t-shirt bracelets on Pinterest and saw them in a few different places, so I used tips from all of them to just wing it. Google "josephine knot t-shirt bracelet," and you'll find lots of tutorials to choose from. If you're having trouble with the knot, I found this image on Google which helped me a bit!


The second bracelet I'm holding is just a super easy wrap-around bracelet. I laid my shirt flat and cut straight across the bottom, so I had one big loop of fabric. I wrapped the loop around my wrist until it fit the way I wanted. If you want you can just leave it like that and call it a day. Personally I hate it when wrap bracelets aren't secured, because then it's just flopping around everywhere. I cut out a small rectangle of t-shirt and wrapped it around a small section to secure it. Because I'm lazy, I used Elmer's glue to secure the strip together. It dries clear, so you can't see it, but it feels a little stiff. If you're less lazy then I suggest sewing it together! Fabric glue is also a thing, but for some reason I've never had luck with it.

Some tips: 

With anything you make using t-shirt strips, make sure you stretch them out so the ends furl together before you do anything else with them. They stretch out easily, so you'll just want to get that out of the way first, and keep in mind when they stretch they'll be a few inches longer!

If you only have plain shirts to cut up but want something more colorful, there are a few things you can try. Obviously you can dye it, but that takes forever. The best part of these bracelets is that they're fun, simple and QUICK. So instead of that tedious process, you can use a bleach spray or pen if you're using a dark colored shirt. You can also use spray on fabric paints. Thrift stores are always full of peoples old tie-dye shirts, so that's an option too.

Keep in mind the thickness/thiness of the shirt you're using. Just because something you see in a tutorial looks one way, yours might look different depending what kind of t-shirt you use. One of the other bracelets I made with this shirt ended up looking pretty bad, because the woman in the tutorial was using a much thinner shirt than mine!

So there you go. What do you think? I can see myself wearing these everywhere once it warms up outside! The weather has been playing games over here lately. Last week I was wearing shorts, but right now it's cold and rainy. Oh well. I'm off to go find more ideas to try...but I might just make more josephine knot bracelets instead. Heheh.

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm not usually one of those people that take pictures of their food


but when a new Boudin opens in town, I am.

I love Boudin. I'm pretty sure we all do, so no surprises there. Carbs4evr.

Boudin Sourdough
In all its glory.

So last month a Boudin opened up in the next town over. This was obviously very big news because 1) Boudin is great and 2) Before that, the closest Boudin was the super legit home base one in San Francisco. That's not tooooooo far, but it's far enough, and going to SF is kind of a pain. So yeah. Good news. The original plan was for Andrew and I to eat there on Valentines Day, because it opened the day before and I wasn't going to wait. I'm not very patient. We got there and it was obviously really packed, and it was clear we'd be waiting forever to get a table. Instead we just bought two loaves of the bread, went to the grocery store to get some brie, and ate it at home. So I didn't get my clam chowder in a bread bowl, but the bread was still as great as I hoped it would be.

Fast forward to yesterday, when my lovely friend was in town. She also loves Boudin and was excited to see the new one, so she treated me to lunch. I finally got my clam chowder in a bread bowl.

It was pretty awesome.

Boudin Sourdough clam chowder
I was coloring a blue crab while I waited!

Sigh.

Andrew was a little jealous, so he gave me some cash flow to buy him a loaf to bring home. We were going to eat it with the spaghetti I was making in the crock pot that day, except it turned out completely inedible. This week I've been really inspired to learn how to cook in a crock pot, and the spaghetti was my very first attempt. If I ever produce something with it that isn't a complete failure, I'll be sure to let you know.

At least we still had great bread to eat.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I finished Dexter and I have all these FEELINGS


I finally finished watching Dexter last week.

I've been thinking about it, hoping it would start to make more sense. Now I'm done thinking about it and am still at the same conclusion I was before - that was the WORST ending I've seen in my ENTIRE life. Coming from someone that watched all six seasons of LOST.

I can't even get over how bad it was. I can't even say I'm "SO DONE!!!" because I already finished it all.


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So yeah. There are a few questions I need answered.

[Spoilers from here on]

Why didn't Dexter wait until Saxon was dead before he left?

Why does Hannah go back to the airport without a disguise?

Why didn't Hannah ever wear a disguise?

Why was Hannah even in this season? She is the absolute worst.

How did no one notice Dexter STABBING SAXON WITH A PEN.

WHY DID DEXTER SNEAKILY TAKE DEB OFF LIFE SUPPORT? She was on it for like ten whole minutes.

And don't get me started about how he STOLE HER BODY. Hey Dex, unlike you, she has friends. Maybe she wanted a funeral?

Even worse, why did he then go on to THROW HER BODY INTO THE OCEAN?

So then he sails off into that weird hurricane, and you're like, "Oh no, he's killing himself!" But NO he didn't. Because instead he decides leave his only son to spend the rest of his life with a MURDERER (aka Hannah).

What if Hannah doesn't WANT to spend the rest of her like watching your punk-ass kid, Dexter?

And as we close, the final question, what's the deal with bearded-lumberjack-in-hiding-Dexter?


dexter, season 8


[end spoilers]

Back in January I kinda started binge-watching Dexter on Netflix, which has all eight seasons, so it didn't take me long to finish. Everyone...EVERYONE I knew that watched it, told me to stop after season four (with John Lithgow, which was also the best season I think). I'm pretty sure we've all had people say that to us upon starting a new show late in the game, so we all know that if we get however-many-seasons-in and still like it, stopping now isn't really on our radar. This is both good and bad. For example, everyone told me to stop watching  The Office after Michael Scott dips out. I watched every single episode (multiple times) and I say that that suggestion is a load of shit. I might even say it was even better after he left; but now I'm treading in dangerous waters, so I'll leave it at that. Point being, you just have to watch through and decide these things for yourself, for better or worse.

But now I'll join the club and say that when it comes to Dexter, they were right. Obviously you're gonna do what you wanna do, but now you know. Watch through season 4. After that you'll feel like starting season 5 sounds like a good idea (I get it), so do that if you must. A few episodes into season 5 you'll start to get bored (it was a boring season IMO) and think about stopping.

Go with your gut and turn that shit off.

You're welcome.

:D

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Adulting (or...Jury Duty)

Today I had to go to jury duty. I'm all for helping my community, but honestly...

...it sucked.

Before today, I'd never been to jury duty before. A few years ago I received a summons in the mail, but when I called in the night before as instructed, I wasn't needed anymore. Yay! To me, jury duty always felt like one of those things that's supposed to happen to us as adults, but (in my mind) it's not supposed to happen to me.

That is my teenage mentality showing. I know, I still have a lot of growing up to do.

kanye west gif
Kanye understands.

Anyway, as before, I called last night to find out that this time I actually did need to show up. Well, dammit. So I got out of work for the morning and went to bed early. Luckily, I live literally five minutes from the courthouse, so I didn't have to worry about parking or anything. I just woke up, threw on my "business casual" attire (their words, and in my case this means black slacks, a blouse, cardigan and wedges that were too small) and walked on over.

The first unexpected thing to happen was that the building I was supposed to be in did not have the same address as the building my summons said I needed to be in. So that was awkward. Since I pass by it almost everyday I had a pretty good feeling I'd figure it out (I did), but that's not the point.

The second weird thing to happen was when I felt extremely overdressed. The phone recording said not to dress casual, but here was everyone else wearing hoodies and ripped jeans. In a way this also made me feel pleased with myself (as in, yes I know how to follow directions, thanks). But at the same time I wouldn't have worn those stupid shoes if I knew I could get away with sandals.


The next weird thing to happen was finding out that five other people I knew were all called for jury duty with me. The first one I was happy to see; a friend from one of the theatres I work at. He spotted me walking in, and surprisingly we got to be seat buddies for the entire eight hours we were there. Unfortunately, the other four people I kind of didn't want to see. I think it's ok to say that here because 1) I'm great at dodging people I don't want to talk to (my greatest skill, really) and 2) We're distant enough that it's not like they're going to find my blog.

The final weird thing (but I guess not really) to happen was that I actually had to sit in a courtroom. For six hours. I don't know. I guess I didn't think that part would actually happen. Like, they would decide while I was still in the juror assembly room that they didn't need me anymore. But no. I sat in the courtroom, which was cool for the first five minutes, and then we waited...and waited...

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...and waited, until they FINALLY chose a panel of jurors, and we were released.

On our way out, we had to check back at the juror assembly room to turn in our supplies, and the docent thought it'd be fun to joke around and say we had to stick around for another judge needing jurors. Nice effort, but after that long of a day, I'm not feelin' it, friend.

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And that is my super exciting post for the day.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIY Woven Chain Bracelet

Happy Wednesday! You might have noticed I'm not too great at that whole "Wordless Wednesday" thing. I don't know. I thought it'd be cool to do a weekly thing on here, but honestly, I don't take super interesting pictures, and if I'm not going to do it weekly then what's the point. So I guess it's a bust, hahah.

Anyway, what I'm writing about today is more fun than that, so it doesn't even matter.

Last night I made this little woven chain bracelet. I used this tutorial from the blog Honestly WTF (questionable name, great DIY's), fudging the numbers a bit since my chain isn't exactly like theirs.


Woven Chain Bracelet


The chain I used came in a big bag of scrap jewelry pieces I bought at a thrift store. It had these big, plastic beads all over it, so I just pried them off. I think I spend as much time taking jewelry apart as I do making it. My nails hate me for it (yes, I do have pliers), but it beats buying new supplies all the time.

Not gonna lie, I had a little trouble. The directions are simple, but I couldn't get the thread to lay just right. After restarting twice I thought, "You know what? I already know it's not going to be perfect; just finish the dang thing, who cares." So I did. Looking at it complete, I don't think it looks as bad as I thought it did last night, so that's nice.

If I made another, I thought it might be fun to make it into a charm bracelet. Knowing me, I'd probably use blue thread, and attach water themed charms on it. Have you noticed I have a thing for charms, yet?

Monday, March 10, 2014

An Epic Quest to Become Cool

South Park: The Stick of Truth

After a long wait and multiple delays, the game South Park: The Stick of Truth finally came out this month! I had been looking forward to it for awhile, and have already finished it (don't look at me like that, I've been a little sick this week and had time on my hands).

If you're not familiar; it's a role-playing video game, which means you get to pick your own character class (I'm a thief!) and there's turn-based fighting. Normally that isn't a type of game to interest me, but for this I wanted to give it another shot. I'm glad I did, because it was waaay too much fun, and the ridiculous storyline was fun to follow. I'm not going to go into alot of detail about the game here; there's already hundreds of reviews about it floating around, but I thought it'd be fun to share some screenshots I took throughout the game.

Note: While these images aren't spoiling any main storyline bits, they're still shots from the game, so if you want the whole thing to be a surprise when you play it, look away!

South Park: The Stick of Truth Commander Douchebag

My characters name wasn't actually Douchebag, but nicknames tend to stick, I guess.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Goths

The goth kids weren't a fan of my Legolas look.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Going undercover with my girls...

South Park: The Stick of Truth Abortion

...which didn't end that great.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Underpants Gnomes

Underpants Gnomes!

South Park: The Stick of Truth Canada

Canada!

If you already know you're not a South Park fan, give this one a pass, this game isn't going to change your mind. Otherwise I definitely recommend this game! Hahah. Please don't get this for your kids though, you'll look like a shitty parent and people will look down on you. There were parts that even grossed me out. True story: my not-so-little brother (16) watches the show a little, here and there, and thought this game might be fun. Before playing, I didn't really think it could be worse than the show, but...that's just not true. Now I am 100% sure I wouldn't want him playing it - and I wanted to buy him Saints Row for Christmas, so that's saying something :(

So there's my not-review of South Park: The Stick of Truth. You can play it on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows. Like I said, it just came out, so if you head over to a store to buy it it'll cost you about $60. For PC you can grab it on Steam (same price), or wait until the summer sale - I have a good feeling it'll make it to at least 50% off. Or you can do what I did and coughtorrentcough.

But you didn't hear that from me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: In Which I'm a Real Badass

Because guess who beat Saints Row IV today?!
Yeah! Third Street Saints Dance Party Gif Set GO!




But really the best part was Johnny Gat being awkward



P.S. I didn't make these gifs. Some amazing people on Tumblr did!


P.P.S. While looking at the ending credits I learned that Johnny Gat was voiced by Daniel Dae Kim! Also known at JIN FROM LOST. I knew he had to be a cool guy.