Monday, July 28, 2014

Buy for Good: Pura Vida Bracelets

Today I wanted to talk about a company I learned about recently, and I think you'll really like them. They're called Pura Vida Bracelets :) I love their story, and of course I also love their bracelets. They're colorful and easy to wear, but my favorite part is that they all represent an amazing cause.

Pura Vida Bracelets
via puravidabracelets.com

"The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means "pure life" in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It's about being free and living life to it's fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it's an attitude."

Each hand crafted bracelet helps provide full time jobs for artisans in Costa Rica. Pura Vida also has a Charity Collection line of bracelets, where you can choose a bracelet that donates directly to a charity you're passionate about. You can also submit your own charity! I plan to order the "Not For Sale" bracelet, which donates to the Not For Sale campaign that is dedicated to stop human trafficking. Not For Sale originated in the Bay Area - that's where I live!

Pura Vida Bracelets

A small detail I love about Pura Vida Bracelets is that they're wax coated, making them waterproof! Go swimming, take a shower, do whatever you want, they'll be fine! When I was a teenager my friends and I had this weird thing about never taking our bracelets off, and it reminded me of those years. I'm not really sure why we did that, though? Hahah. Above are the two bracelets I have; I decided not to get any with beads or charms since I do a lot of heavy lifting at work. The purple one is from their regular line, the red and white one is from the Charity Line, and donates to the Japan Tsunami Relief :) 

What do you think? I love being able to support a cause, and I think aside from directly donating, one of the best ways is to "buy for good," which is buying products that donate to a cause. When I'm wearing something like Pura Vida bracelets, sometimes people will say something like, "Hey, I love your bracelets!" After thanking them, I use it as an opportunity to tell them (hopefully without talking their ears off) where I got them, and what they mean. Who knows, maybe they'll feel inspired and buy some too?

I hope you enjoyed this post. Buying for good and shopping ethically is something I've always cared about, but recently it's something I've been trying to become a lot more involved in. I even have another post similar to this one, with a different organization, coming up soon! If this is something that interests you guys as well, I'm thinking of starting an ongoing series of posts on the subject, so I'd love your input!

Shared on A Harvest of Blessing :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

What I've Been Reading...

July has been a pretty good book month for me! The month isn't even over, and I've already finished a fair amount of books. Two of them were on my summer reading list! For the most part they were all pretty good :)


The Trickster's Hat, a Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity, by Nick Bantock
Evil Librarian, by Michelle Knudsen
Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang
China Dolls, by Lisa See
Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford

The Trickster's Hat was definitely interesting, but I'm not sure how much I liked it. It's a book filled with activities designed to harness and unleash your creativity. I picked it up from the library on a whim, once I noticed it was written and illustrated by Nick Bantock. He wrote a trilogy called The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy, which I found really interesting and disturbing all at the same time. Unfortunately The Trickster's Hat was not quite as interesting (or disturbing) and I didn't find it particularly inspiring, either. The illustrations are cool, though!

Evil Librarian is a YA book. Because I cannot stress it enough, I will say again that I normally can't stand YA novels. While I was able to make it through this book, it did bear many of the contributing factors that make me dislike YA. As the title says, the book is about an evil librarian. He's an attractive demon that starts taking over a highschool, and the protagonists best friend falls in love with him. This book also talks a lot about theatre, because the protagonist (her name is Cyn) is the technical director for the schools musical, Sweeney Todd. I thought the theatre part would help me like it more, but meh. Throughout the book there is too much teen angst, too much awkward high school romance (in the authors defense I suppose all high school romances are awkward, I just don't like reading about them), and an incredibly inaccurate and almost offensive take on technical theatre. However, it was a quick and easy read. The plot moves along very quickly, which made it a lot easier to finish. I read most of this book at work when I wasn't doing anything, so for that purpose it was alright. I don't like dragging big and in-depth books to work with me!

I found the graphic novel Boxers, very interesting. It really got me thinking. Boxers is a companion to its sister graphic novel Saints, also by Gene Luen Yang. Together they tell the story of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion from different view points. I haven't had a chance to read Saints yet, but I've ordered it from the library and it should be here any day now! I plan to write a separate post for these two books, so I'm not going to explain them any more here, hahah.

I was really looking forward to reading China Dolls, because Lisa See is one of my favorite authors. As always, her new book was pretty great. Sometimes I wish the female characters in her books would stand up for themselves a bit more, they're such pushovers! Unfortunately, her books are all Chinese/Asian-American historical fiction, and in the time periods her books take place, a woman standing up for herself wasn't really a thing that happened much. This book is about a set of three friends, and follows their friendship starting when they meet as teenagers, and all through their adult lives. They go through their ups and downs, and even go through bouts of not speaking to one another. While it's sad, I think that's what many friendships go through, and it made their relationship feel very realistic. Some of the things these girls went through with each other felt a little too familiar to me! As we all have, I've gone through some friendship troubles in the past. Most of it I'd say was in my early teen years. Definitely glad I'm out of that phase of my life, hahah.

Songs of Willow Frost was another book I was really looking forward to reading. Awhile back, I'd read the authors first book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and loved it. Like Lisa See, he writes Asian-American historical fiction, so I often feel bad for the female characters. That aside, I really enjoyed his new book. It is told from view of a 12 year old boy, wondering what happened to his mother who left him in an orphanage years ago, and his mother, as she recounts her life, explaining why things ended up the way they did.

So that's what I've been reading this month. I'm reading a few things right now, but they probably won't be finished until August. Look for those posted here next month! :)






Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Birthday in Little Square Photos

Hi friends!

Originally I had planned to write a different post today, buuuuttttt then I decided I didn't feel like it anymore. So, yeah. If I haven't shoved it in your face enough yet, yesterday was my birthday! So instead I decided to share how my day went; because I had a nice day and it requires much less typing than my previous post idea <3

For last few years I haven't wanted to do a whole lot for my birthdays. Most of my hobbies are all pretty low-key, hahah. This year I decided I just wanted to spend my day with a few of my favorite people, my favorite foods, and one of my favorite hobbies - tabletop games! Wooooo :)

He hates pictures, but every year I get to make him take a birthday picture with me ;)

In the afternoon, Andrew and I headed over to my families house. I was supposed to bring some brownie mix with me, which I chose in lieu of cake, but I forgot the box in my getting ready scurries. My mom and I ran to the store to grab some brownie mix and ice cream, and I'm glad we did, because I found a mix for this cookie brownie thing that was super delicious! Annnd of course I forgot to make any photo documentation of this...but I think the mix was this one.

After all that, I opened a few presents! Everyone in my family seems to hate having to wait for people to open the presents they get them, hahah. I'm like this too, and so is Andrew - he gave me my gift a month ago!

Hello Kitty's hat is pretty boss, too.

See that Nancy Drew book? My mom made it into a notebook! She's always doing such creative things. I was also given the book, What the Dickens, by Gregory Maguire. I've been wanting to read it for awhile! Both of the books came in a cute Hello Kitty bag, because she knows I can't resist anything with Hello Kitty!

I also got the board game, Settlers of Catan! I may have insisted hinted about getting this game, because I thought it'd be really fun to play on my birthday ;) I'd never played it before, but have always had my eye on it! Shortly after opening it, Andrew, my brothers and I went to go figure out exactly how to play it.

Settlers of Catan
My little blue settlements turned into a logging empire! Muahahaha.

I'm so glad I was finally able to play this game, we had so much fun! Everyone else liked it just as much, so now I'll be able to make them play it with me all the time, hahah! We played it two times yesterday; my brother won the first game, I won the second!

For dinner we went to Boudin. A good soup is one of my favorite types of food, and clam chowder (especially in a bread bowl) is one of my favorite things to eat out of almost anything. So good!

Boudin
The obligatory pre-eating photo.

While we were there, Andrew bought me a little sourdough turtle! Isn't it adorable?! He has raisins for eyes! It's almost too cute to eat, buuuut once I get some brie on it I think I'll change my mind, heheh.

Boudin sourdough turtle
Soon...

After dinner, we went back to the house to play another game of Settlers of Catan - this time I won ;) Later we ate my birthday brownies with ice cream over top. It was sickeningly sweet, but oh so good.

So that was my day :) I hope you didn't think it was too boring?! I had a great time, so I guess that's what matters the most, hahah. Saying I'm 23 feels weird. My friend called me last night, and made me realize that now I'm closer to being 25 than I am to being 20?! That feels even more weird! Eeeek.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

22 things I learned while I was 22

So tomorrow's my birthday! I don't have that "waaah I'm getting old!" feeling; it's more of a "wow, I'm turning 23 and I don't have my shit together," feeling. Whoops.

I thought it'd fun to talk about some of the things I've learned in my year of being 22, before that number is gone forever, and I get to spend a year being the same number as my date of birth. These aren't all big accomplishments, but if you've been reading here awhile then you know that I think it's always important to learn new things, no matter how big or small. So, with that...

22 Things I Learned While I Was 22

1 - Drink more water. It doesn't matter how recently you drank some. Drink more!

2 - What jury duty is like (it's the worst)

3 - How to make lumpia

4 - How to cook pancit. Are you trying to make more friends? Learn how to make pancit, and magically everyone wants to be your friend.


5 - Any nail polish more than $10 isn't worth it.

6 - However, a facial moisturizer more than $10 is definitely worth it. Take care of dat skin.

7 - How to actually count calories

8 - What to do when you have an ear infection in both your ears (hint: willing it away doesn't work).

9 - How to buy car tires.

10 - How to cook in a crock pot

11 - How to use paint.net (even if I only used it to make pictures of myself with Kanye West for a month)


12 - Not to shop in the Juniors section ever again. I mean, I mostly wasn't already, but I may have wandered in a few times. No more.

13 - How to open and run an Etsy shop

14 - How to make business cards for said Etsy shop


15 - How to pack up all your shit and move in seven days

16 - Last week I was researching the Boxer Rebellion (the real one, not the band).

17 - How to prevent bed bugs

18 - How to work in the theatre box office



20 - How to host a blog link-up (which I'm no longer doing, but I'm glad I learned how)

21 - How to do some basic HTML

22 - Just because something you want to learn doesn't seem "useful" or "important," doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it and expand your knowledge anyway ;)

I mean really, who else is going to care that I learned Chinese war history or some DIY I found on Pinterest? Hahah. But yeah. Doesn't matter! You do you.

Oh hey, my birthday's in five minutes! Next time you here from me maybe I'll be another year wiser, heheh.









Sunday, July 20, 2014

Funky Fresh Rhymes

Today I'm sharing my first ever playlist. It's the first one because I never bothered using Grooveshark or Spotify until today (I found Grooveshark much easier, though).

A lot of people laugh at me when they hear about some of the music I like. I don't think it makes much sense to assume what kind of music someone likes based on how they look or act, but I guess that's still a thing. When I'm out I'm normally wearing my glasses, jeans, a v-neck, sandals and a cardigan if it's cool enough. When I tell people I like The Killers, they're like, "Duh, of course you do. You and every 20-something female out there." When I tell people that I wash the dishes while listening to old school Outkast and The Dungeon Family, people are usually like, "What?" Or they just laugh. They usually just laugh.

Ok, maybe it is a little funny. Music is one of those things I don't think you should take too seriously. That might explain why I titled a playlist, "Funky Fresh Rhymes."


Compiled before you are some of my favorite songs, by two of my favorite groups. I also threw in some Kanye because #WhoGonStopMe!

Hahahah. Yeah, I guess it's pretty funny.




Linking up with Hima and Marla :) 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Headband

So two weeks ago, as I mentioned before, I made a few of these:

DIY tshirt headband

I like it well enough and still wear it on crazy hair days. It's comfortable and easy. I thought about writing about making them, but then I decided not to because I was like, "I made this in minutes, no ones cares." So I didn't want to feel embarrassed by posting a lame DIY that no one cared about. More time went by, and I continued wearing it. Some people were like, "Oh, that's cute" (I don't normally wear things on my head), which was nice and I thanked them. But THEN, some other people were like, "I saw one like that at Anthropoligie/Forever 21/SomeOtherStore, I almost bought one!" 

That last part is when I decided to write about it. I mean, obviously I've seen these around before too, but I knew it wouldn't be hard to make my own. So yeah, if you want one, make one! Save your money. It literally only took a few minutes! Mine is easy peasy as can get, but if you're better with a needle and thread than I, then it can be even more legit and it would only take a couple extra minutes. Here's how to do my no-sew version :)


What you'll need:
- 1 old t-shirt (I've been using size medium and larges, any bigger and it'd probably be too big for your head)
- Scissors, or rotary cutter if you're fancy (I've always wanted one, everyone on Project Runway uses one! Also I've been working with fabric alot lately)

Step 1 - Lay your shirt on a flat surface and cut off the bottom hem. Starting at the bottom and going up towards the collar, measure 4-5 inches and cut it off. It should be one big loop. I'm using a tie-dye shirt to make things a little more interesting! My family is big on tie-dying so there's always old tie-dye shirts around. If you don't have any around and aren't grossed out by it, thrift stores are a great place to look for tie-dye (or other patterned) shirts.

My work table has been through a lot.

Step 2 - Next, put your hands inside the loop and streeeeetch it out so the edges curl in, like this. The loop is going to get noticeably bigger, but that's ok. You want everything to curl in, otherwise people will know that we were too lazy to hem the fabric.

In hindsight, it would have made a lot more sense to have someone else take this picture for me. 

Step 3 - Twist your loop in the middle twice. It looks almost like an infinity sign thing!

Moved to my other table for this shot, which unfortunately isn't much better.

Step 4 - I know this has been a grueling process, but stick with me, we're almost there. Keeping it on the table, grab one of your infinity loop things and place it on top of the other infinity hoop thing. I don't know the best way to describe this motion but I am 100% confident that you'll figure it out.



...annnnnd you're done! If you're having trouble keeping it from sliding up or down your head, try sticking a bobby pin in the back. Ta-dah! Throw on your new headband and be one of those effortlessly cool boho chicks on Instagram.

DIY tshirt headband

Pictured is the most literal bedhead I've ever posted. I should probably be embarrassed, but whatever. I sleep with my hair in a top bun (can't stand my hair getting everywhere when I sleep), so I woke up this morning, started some coffee, and took this picture. That's also why I'm not showing my face, hahah.

What do you think? Would you wear one? I admit I don't wear mine everywhere, but I like them for lazy days, or when I'm doing something and don't want my stupid hair wispies flying around ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

100 Happy Days: The End (But Not Really)

Well, this is it! The photos enclosed in this post are the final eight out of a hundred happy photos. I'm so happy (heheh), I honestly didn't think I'd make it through! This post has more than one weeks worth of photos; I realized that the weeks seven photos stopped on Day 99! I didn't want to post the final photo all by itself, so yeah.

Doing this has made me so happy that I've decided to keep it going, sort of. Obviously it won't be "100 Happy Days" anymore, but I'm just going to make a point of posting something happy on most days. I'll be hashtagging on "#happydays" so feel free to join in! I'll probably still recap here, but that will be different too. It will probably be sort of like those "My Week in Instagrams" things you see around, and I might not post the photo from each day, only the ones I particularly like. Just because pizza makes me happy doesn't mean I should tell you about it every week.


Day 93

There has been lots of pretty skies around here lately!


Day 94

On July 4th, besides celebrating our independence, I also celebrated my friend Katie's 21st birthday! Her birthday is actually on the 5th, but on the 4th we spent some time swimming and eating sushi, and then around 11pm we went over to BJ's so she could order her first drink at midnight! There were two different pomegranate flavored drinks she wanted, so I ordered one and she ordered the other so we could share them both. I'd never been to BJ's before that night. We had another friend with us, Alyssa, who's under 21, and it was the only place around that wasn't a bar and open at midnight! When the waitress heard it was Katie's birthday, she brought out a cute mini pizooki with a candle in it. Katie's vegan, and couldn't eat it, but she appreciated the thought and let Alyssa and I eat it instead ;)


Day 95
Cinnaholic

Since we stayed out so late the night before, I planned to sleep over at Katie's house that night. For breakfast she had gotten us these amaaaazing vegan cinnamon rolls from a place called Cinnaholic! I honestly wasn't sure how they'd taste, being vegan and all, but they were seriously delicious. They tasted like Cinnabon, but with better toppings and without the stress of being in an airport. While these are the exact rolls that we ate for breakfast, the photo credit actually goes to Katie. I took my own picture, but hers just turned out so much nicer than mine so I asked if I could use it, hahah.


Day 96

This was taken on the closing night of Peter Pan, so you can be happy that after this I won't be talking about working on Peter Pan anymore. I met my secret buddy - it was one of the Lost Boys! I didn't really know him very well prior, but he was so sweet and showered me with gifts on closing night! Earlier in the day he revealed himself as my secret buddy and gave me this bundle of Pixie Stix with a cute note attached. That evening he gave me even more gifts (I should have waited to post my happy photo until then, but I didn't anticipate getting anything else!) which you can see in the photo I took here. Too cute :) That Peter Pan circle thing you see above was made by the woman playing Peter. It's a hockey puck!!! She loves hockey. It's covered in glitter, and on the other side says "Missouri Street Theatre 2014."


Day 97

Our Romeo and Juliet show postcards came in! :)


Day 98
Mario Kart

Found this little Mario Kart toy! Um...it's the little things that count, right? It came in a Happy Meal, hahahah.


Day 99

This cute little handmade wallet from LAM Designs came in the mail! I won it in a giveaway on Kimberly's Chronicle :) I won a bunch of other goodies along with it (you can see them all in her post here), but this one was shipped directly from the maker and arrived first. I carry a lot of crap in my wallet and didn't think everything would fit, but it did!


Day 100

My view from backstage of Romeo and Juliet! Opening night wasn't until the next day, but this was an invited preview night, so it was our first audience! Everything went smoothly (well, smooth enough, as far as live theatre goes, hahah) and we had a great time. It was a fun and enthusiastic audience, which always makes both actors and techies happy!

...and with that, 100 Happy Days! Thanks for following along and not making fun of the silly things that make me happy, heheh :P

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Made with Code

Hi friends!

Recently I learned about something really neat that Google's doing, and it's called Made with Code!



(info from the Made with Code site)

What is Made with Code?

Made with Code is an initiative to champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once. The movement is designed to do three things: To inspire girls by celebrating women and girls who are using code to do great things; to engage girls to try coding through introductory projects and resources; and to sustain their interest by creating alliances and community around girls and coding.

Why did Google launch Made with Code?
Made with Code builds on our long­-standing commitment to increasing diversity in Computer Science. Since 2010 they're invested $40 million in organizations like Code.org, Girls Who Code, NCWIT and Black Girls Code. They are committing an additional $50 million over the next three years to further these efforts.

Google started Made with Code because even though increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, women aren’t represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen.

Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny, but they need to help more girls find relevant ways to interact with it. 

Cool, right? On the website there's some activities and projects to help you learn about coding. One of them is to use programming lingo to design and code a bracelet that will be 3D printed and mailed to you! You can design one right here. I made one as soon as I learned about it, and it came in today! I couldn't think of anything clever, so I just made it say my name, hahah. I love the color! It's Saints Row purple ;)

Made with Code


Here's the letter it came with:



Fun! On the website they also keep a calender to help you find things like coding classes and game workshops for young girls. It makes me wish I was younger, so I could go too! Hahah.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Tabletop Gaming for the Rest of Us

Tabletop role playing games can be alot of fun. You can go on an adventure with your friends without even leaving the living room! Good snacks and drinks are an optional bonus. Unfortunately, these type of games tend to get a lot of flack from people that don't know any better (it's not their fault, but it's your job to help them)! "Role playing? I'm not into that Dungeons and Dragons stuff..." That's ok, because when you think about it, it's all kind of tedious. All the note taking, dice rolling, number counting. Sigh. Fortunately, there's still so many options for your hesitant friends and, well, the rest of us. If you've been following me for awhile then you've probably seen me mention some of these already, but here's a more in-depth look.

Pandemic


Pandemic is my personal favorite. In this game you MUST work together if you want any chance of winning, and even then, chances may be slim. Four diseases have broken out and spread across the globe, and it's up to you and your friends of unique talents to quarantine them before it turns into a...(wait for it)...pandemic. There are seven (or five, depending on which edition you use) different roles (such as a medic, scientist and operations specialist) that can be played that all have their own special abilities, but there can only be one of each in play.

Pandemic
via eurogamer.net

On each turn, a player will use up to four actions to move across the map, treat infections, discover a cure, or build a research station. However, throughout the game diseases will intensify, and because life ain't easy, every now and then you'll run into an Epidemic! card, which is when things will get a little crazy. For maximum fun, play on the hardest level. If you start feeling discouraged about not saving the world in time, feel free to switch it to easy the next time around, but I promise losing this game usually ends up being a lot more fun than winning.

Munchkin


Munchkin is a card game that, like Dungeons and Dragons, you're going on a dungeon adventure, killing monsters and picking up loot to make yourself even more badass. You can even choose a class and race. Each monster you kill earns you another level, but the other players can thwart your mission by making that monster stronger, or even throwing down another monster for you to fight along with it.

Munchkin
Munchkin games come in lots of different themed sets! Here's my collection.

What's great about this game that it doesn't include any of those time consuming things like building your stat sheetMunchkin is a card game that, like Dungeons and Dragons, you're going on a dungeon adventure, killing monsters and picking up loot. What's great about it is that it doesn't include any of those time consuming things like building your stat sheet/rolling dice before walking five steps/everything that makes pen and paper games take so long. You can work together or act as a lone wolf, but at the end of the game their can only be one true Munchkin.

Tiny Dice Dungeon

Tiny Dice Dungeon

Finally, for those of you that just really can't get into tabletop games, there's still hope. I bring you the IPhone/Google Play app, Tiny Dice Dungeon. In the RPG world, real heroes fight with dice, and that's exactly what this little 8-bit game is about. Make your way through a dangerous land full of monsters and other questionable creatures, maybe even convince some of them to join your party?


The fighting couldn't be more simple. Upon entering battle your dice, which decide how strong your attack is, will start rolling. Yaou can click all of them or just one, but here's the catch - if you roll a 1 then your turn is over without any form of attack made. Your foes will try to attack you in the same manner, but can also lose their turn just as easily. It can be very satisfying to watch, as they build a massive attack only for it to slip away. Aside from throwing dice around, you can train your new monster buddies that join your party, build new dice to make yourself even more deadly, and other various things. One of the best things about this game is that it's free! It also has really catchy tunes, so download it today!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Get Noticed Blog Awards

Hi friends!

I hope your weekend is off to a great start, I know mine is!

I'm just stopping in to ask for a quick, small favor! I recently found out that I was nominated for a Get Noticed Blog Award, in the Quirkiest Blog category! If you also find my blog fun and quirky, I'd really appreciate it if you'd take a minute and vote for me! Clicking on the image below will take you to the voting page, and while you're there, you might want to check out some of the other blogs nominated. There's some pretty great stuff there! Thank you thank you <3

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week (Unlucky) 13

I'm not particularly superstitious, but I found it a little crazy that on week 13 of the challenge, bad luck befell me. As you know, I've been doing the whole challenge on Instagram. And as we all know, to use Instagram, you need some sort of smart device. Well, here's what happened to mine.


Luckily it's not like I just bought it. It's a hand-me-down 3gs that Andrew didn't need anymore and was already buggy. But still, ugh. THEN, after telling a friend what happened, she offered to give me the Iphone she was currently using once she upgraded next month. I was really touched by the offer. Unfortunately, a few days after that, her phone was stolen! That's more bad luck on her part than mine, because now she doesn't have any phone. Bad luck is bad luck, and it sucks. Sigh. I thought about getting this one fixed, but like I said, it's old and was already having problems. I'm thinking it might not be worth it since I don't have the money to throw around.

ANYWAY, it surprisingly still works...barely. I can hardly see anything but I'm making due. I considered taking the pictures with my regular camera, even though they wouldn't be able to go on Instagram anymore. I also just thought about putting it on hold, but it'd be a shame to stop when I'm so close to finishing! And so, I prevailed. Some of the pictures are a little blurrier than usual, but I'm trying my best!

Day 86

Pizza! I'm pretty sure this is self explanatory.


Day 87

This was more of a funny coincidence, and those are always entertaining, aren't they? The day before this, all the theatre technicians at the college I work at got an email, saying they needed to have their fingerprints taken and proof of a negative TB test turned in by July 1st. Three of the people that received that email (me, Andrew, and our buddy Craig up there), are working the Peter Pan show at a different theatre, which left the three of us only ONE DAY to get it all taken care of, since you have to wait three days to get the results from a TB test. Because of the short day/time window, there was also only one place in town that we could get the test done and have the results in time - the free clinic. So early Friday morning, Andrew and I dragged our butts to the clinic. "I bet we'll see Craig here," I whispered. "Craig couldn't wake up this early even if he wanted to," Andrew whispered back. After we sat in the waiting room for thirty minutes, me reading a book, Andrew playing with my tablet, we heard someone saying hello, and there he was. I guess I won that bet ;) Later that day the three of us had to be back at the theatre for Peter Pan, and made jokes about the shots we got in our arms being homing devices.


Day 88
LEGO Star Wars

Last week I wrote about my secret buddy at the theatre bringing me Reese's and coffee, this week they left these two LEGO Star Wars flashlight keychains! I am so in love with them, my secret buddy is the best. I put Darth Vader on my theatre keys, because every technician needs a flashlight in their pocket! Later in the week (but not included in the #happydays), they left even MORE Reese's! I think they're trying to make me fatter, but I love them anyway.


Day 89

Awhiiiiiiiiile back, I bought this dress at Target for $5.00. I'd never worn it until now, and I really love it! Although I don't think my body has changed much since thing, it just didn't fit quite "right" before, I don't know. Anyway, that morning I decided to put it on, and I felt really nice. I wore it to Romeo and Juliet rehearsal, and then to the Peter Pan run later in the day, and everyone was complimenting my dress! I don't feed off of compliments or anything, but they don't hurt ;) I wanted to show the whole dress, but I don't have a full length mirror and I feel too awkward asking people to take my picture. "Hey, can you take a picture of me? I need to show this dress on my blog."  #BloggerProblems. Hahah.


Day 90

I think I worded it pretty well in the original caption, so I'll quote that here. "I'm so glad I gave American Horror Story another try. I hated the first season (didn't even finish it) but today I finished the second and it was so much better. Jessica Lange is amazing, and I've also developed an unexplainable attraction to Zachary Quinto. I'm not sure if I'm ok with that last part, though." Heheh.


Day 91

Writing my first program bio! I've worked on plenty of shows, but this was the first time I was asked to write a bio to be published in the show program. It's not a huge deal or anything, but it's a nice gesture that I appreciated. A lot of the time stage managers and technicians are left in the dark (that was also a techie joke but is still true no matter how you interpret it). This was the rough draft, which I was writing at Romeo and Juliet rehearsal. I'll show off the finalized one once the show opens and the programs are out!


Day 92
Twist Turban Headband

Yesterday I made one of these headbands to keep my little front hair wispies from going crazy, and then I was like, "wow - that was way too easy," and made a bunch more in different colors and patterns. Last year you'd never be able to get me to wear anything at all on my head, but this year I've really warmed up to the idea.

...and with that, I've made it through another week. What have you been up to this week? Let me know, and while you're at it tell me about your worst smartphone accident so we can commiserate together.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 Things I Keep in my Summer Bag

I forgot to introduce it in my last Summer themed post, but like the button  indicates, I'm taking part in a Summer blogging challenge! It's hosted by a wonderful girl named Charolette, who blogs over at Velvet and Vinyls. I'll be doing this all Summer long, and each week has a new prompt. A few bloggy friends were doing it, so I decided to join in. I was considering skipping this second prompt (it isn't really my style), but since I'm trying to make myself blog more I thought getting out of my comfort zone could be beneficial. This weeks prompt was "Summer Essentials/What's in Your Summer Bag," so let's give it a go!


Like I mentioned in my last Summer post, Summer is a hard season for me. It's too hot, which is a problem in and of itself, but it's also a catalyst for other annoyances. Being too hot makes me a number of things: gross, cranky, sleepy, more gross, and kind of a jerk, to be perfectly honest. Does it sound like I'm insufferable? I try to avoid these things as best as I can, which involves toting around a few more things than I would any other season. Let's take a look.


The most important thing is picking the right bag. The more obnoxious looking, the better. It's good to have options, because not all adventures are the same. These are a few of the bags I have in rotation right now (don't ask me how many bags I really have, I'm not brave enough to admit that yet). I'm a big fan of cross body bags, because I leave things everywhere so it's just a better idea for things to stay attached to me. Also, hands free is always nice when you're running around. Both the LEGO bag and the (Saints Row) purple Betsey Johnson bag I use for day to day adventures; they're medium sized with lots of pockets to keep things organized. If I only need to carry a couple things (phone, wallet, keys), I'll opt for a lighter bag, like the little one behind it. I'm almost never carrying only "a couple" things, but yeah. Sometimes it feels like you're carrying all the crap in the world, and you'll need a BIG bag. In this case I don't recommend cross body bags. Your shoulder will thank you. For this I've been using the pink Harujuku Lovers bag up top (you can't see the handles, but there's two short ones, like an average tote bag). When that's not enough, you can use a backpack, as long as you aren't going somewhere where losers will think you're still in highschool. I am really in love with my hedgehog backpack. Lately I've been using it to lug all my things to Romeo and Juliet rehearsals.

I spent a little more time talking about the bags themselves than I planned (I love bags ok), so let's go on to what I actually keep in them. Since we're talking about Summer, I've left out the more typical all year round things we carry, like my phone, keys, tampons and all that junk.

what's in my bag
I haven't mastered the art of taking beautiful, catalog-like blog photos yet. Obviously.

1. A good book
, because you never know when you'll have some time to just enjoy the weather (assuming it's not sweltering that day) and read another chapter.

2. Sunscreen, because sunburns and skin cancer suck. Depending on how long I'll be gone I might carry two, one for my body and another for my face. This year I started using Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. I really like it. For body sun lotion I'm not really picky.

3. Sunglasses! I don't actually wear sunglasses very often, because I have to wear my normal glasses to see. Sometimes I wish I had contacts, just so I could wear sunglasses whenever I want. I still carry a pair around, for when I'm riding in a car on a sunny day, or lounging outside and don't have to worry about seeing too much (hah). I'm a big fan of my "Premium Shades" that I bought at The Color Run. They're nothing fancy, but they make me happy and they get the job done.

4. Travel size face wash. I don't always carry this with me, but if I plan to be out all day then I will. Being outside in the Summer can get really gross, ok? Sometimes I'll bring face wipes instead, but my sensitive skin usually isn't down for that. I'm using the Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser. I'd never tried it until recently, when I was sent a bunch of trial sizes from BzzAgent! They usually send full size products, but said for this campaign they were unable to, and sent enough trial sizes to make up for a regular size one, hahah. I think I'm happier that they sent the little ones, because they're perfect for my bag!

5. Tinted lip balm. Lip gloss and lipstick are NOT THE BUSINESS in the heat. I think they feel so heavy and gross. I'm a big fan of tinted lip balms, particularly Maybelline Baby Lips (despite the gross name). They're really affordable (usually around $3.00), great moisture and depending on the shade, good pigmentation. My favorite one is Grape Vine, which isn't as purple as you think, I promise. Another favorite are the Tinted Lip Shimmers from Burt's Bees. Mine is in "Fig," and I use it when I want a bit more color.

6. Hair bands/clips. I always, ALWAYS, need the option to pull my hair back! My hair is very thick, heavy and fine, so I always use hairbands with some form of rubber gripping otherwise I'd be fixing my messy bun all day.

7. Wristlet wallet. I really like that my wallet doubles as a wristlet. When I just need to run in the store for a minute I can leave my bag in the car/at home and simply carry this. The pockets are also big enough that I can stash my phone or something inside, too. Mine is Steve Madden, but I bought it at Ross Dress for Less for about $10.00 if I remember correctly, hah! Don't ever pay full price for designer gear. I love my wallet, but I wouldn't have paid the original $60.00 labeled on the Steve Madden tag - yeesh.

8. Refillable water bottle. Drinking water is SO IMPORTANT! I can't stress this enough. I literally bring one everywhere I go. Yes, it makes me pee a lot, but whatever. When I haven't drank enough water I can feel it in my body, and it's not fun. In the cooler months I usually just carry a mini bottle and refill it as needed, but when it heats up I carry a bigger one. The one pictured is a Contigo bottle, but I wouldn't really recommend it. This is my second one and both have ended up leaky! I plan to get a different kind soon. I've been thinking of a glass one, but I'm so clumsy that I'm worried I'll break it!

9. Oil absorbing tissues. My skin can get really oily (ew), so these really in handy. Mine are from Mary Kay, which I love, but there are other options too. If you've ever heard about using brown paper napkins or (clean, obviously) toilet seat covers as a face tissue - it's all true! They work just fine. I only keep my Mary Kay ones around in case of gross face emergencies.

10. Snacks! Ok, I don't always carry snacks, but sometimes I do. When a friend wants to go on a day trip to San Francisco or some kind of all day festival, I like to have a little snack to tide me over in the case I get hangry hungry, and there's no decent food options around.

So I guess I carry around a lot of stuff. What can I say? I like to be prepared.

What do you keep in your Summer bag? Let me know! Do you have a similar post on your blog? Leave me a link and I'll check it out! Because I totally need to know about more things to lug around with me.