Bright Friday Links

I was suddenly inspired to share some links with you today because it’s Friday and I want to try to brighten your day and remind you that yay, the weekend is almost here!

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Homemade peanut butter cups? Why not!

Dog & Panther. A band you should check out. Bright. Spring-like. Sweet. Oh and you can download a free song, “Giant Hands,” here.

Because Monday brings the silliest holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day By The Numbers.

Kitties getting down like woah. I know I could use a little free falling and dancing this weekend.








I’m looking forward to a weekend of testing chocolate chip cookie recipes, getting some new SmartWool socks (yes that excites me. It’s almost as good as buying new underwear.), going for a couple of runs in the warmer weather, and rehanging some things in my house with Miss Jen. What are your weekend plans?


To Breathe

I’m just looking for a little peace this week, lately, these days.

photo from Home Sweet Home

Somewhere to relax, where my worrying would just slip away, and I’d be flooded with that sweet happy feeling.

photo from Home Sweet Home

Somewhere I can breathe easily, where I can relax and forget.

Me me me. How do you relax after a stressful week? How do you re-center yourself? Mira and Adam are my therapy. Though I wouldn’t mind that bathtub or bed…

Summer lovin

I love …

The way cool rain smells when it hits the hot pavement.

Naps on the couch after pancake breakfasts.

Fudgy, chocolatey, buttery brownies that remind me of being little at my grandparents’ house.

Summer rain from my porch.

Long weekends and mondays that feel like Sundays.

Homemade iced coffee.

Planning birthday cakes.

Flowers in my new garden.

Bits n Pieces

Today has been relatively unproductive because I’ve been browsing various food blogs and Etsy is continuously posting awesome things on their Twitter. I discovered this blog that way and spent a good half hour reading past posts. I like this elephant I found there.

He’s so full of happy colors that he’s blowing them out of his trunk. He can’t even contain them!

This item though, I question.
There is no joy exploding out of it anywhere, unless you count the possible poop explosion out of the butt. This is a drop crotch jumpsuit. Please please don’t get me wrong, I will sacrifice fashion for comfort any day. I wear a boys onesie around my apartment frequently, and trust me, it’s not flattering. The jumpsuit, however, has multipleproblems. One, the name. Why in the world would you put the word “crotch” in the title of something you are trying to sell? What does the word “crotch” make you think of? High fashion? A piece of clothing you’d wear in public? I think of, well things that are honestly grossing me out a lot. I’m not going to play the what word do you think of next game with the word “crotch.” Better to do it with the word “elephant.” Anyway, I also wonder why a drop crotch is a good idea on a garment when it makes the butt look like a very full diaper. I don’t know, that’s just me, and I know very little about what’s in as far as clothing goes.
Next is Train Song. I think a lady named Vashti Bunyan originally wrote it in the 60s. Feist and Ben Gibbard do a really nice cover of it on the Dark Was the Night compilation. Today I like songs that are a little sad and a little filled with longing. I like this line
but suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles, but it won’t be long

OK, so then NPR posted a free download on Second Stage of John Heart Jackie, a very nice and mellow and folk-y duo. They cover Train Song too, but you’ll have to go to their MySpace page to listen to it. (and while you’re there, listen to their other songs too!!)
Righto. Have to still post the Oma Macaroni. Also made banana bread last night, but in the form of muffins and with chocolate chips and cranberries. SOOO GOOD I might die. Made an epic fail soup. By Sunday you will have the two epic un-fails.

Good morning starshine

1. Would you bang your neighbor?
neighbor to the right: no. she’s a little old for me. neighbor to the left: no. she’s a little to weird for me. though i’ve heard her bang her boyfriend many a time. i think joyful orgasms are the most magical noise to wake up to.

2. What describes your relationship status?
happily taken
3. Where are you?
4. What’s the last movie you saw?
me you and everyone we know. it was one of those independent films that tried way to hard to be independent, which ultimately was its downfall.
5. Do you live with your parents?
i’m an independent woman.
6. Who have you talked to most today?
well, since it’s only 9am and i’m not too chatty before i finish my coffee, just the mira doggy. she never gives me morning sass.
7. What color is your underwear?
pinkish redish
8. Color of your shirt?
9. How many years of language have you taken?
9.5 of spanish
10. Who’s the first person in your Contacts List in your phone?
Abrams, my eye doctor.
11. Do you wish on 11:11?
sometimes i do yes. also sometimes on 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55 and 12:34
12. Good advice if you ever go camping?
bring a flashlight, and fire starting paper
13. Are you a bad influence?
bad? i don’t know. i’m an influence of some sort. my friend just told me she’s “pulling a julia” by picking up and moving to go live with a friend. i’m incredibly excited for her.
14. Do you enjoy Diet Rockstars?
I prefer coffee for my caffeinated beverages.
15. Would you rather have your name or your sibling’s?
well mine, since my sibling has a boy’s name.
16. Favorite color?
17. Do you like cookies?
YES. pretty much any kind of cookie. i can eat entire packages of cookies in one sitting, which is why i do not allow them in my apartment.
18. What song is playing right now?
the boxer, simon and garfunkel
19. What would you do if the person you loved moved across the world?
i would follow him
20. Last time you went out to lunch?
Sunday at the zoo with adam.
21. What is to the right of you?
a pile of manuscripts that i need to read.
22. Who is your favorite character on Friends?
tricky question. i’m leaning towards ross or rachel honestly.
23. What’s your favorite band?
not a fair question, similar to the favorite book/author question. i have about a million. there are a few classics that i can always put on though: matt nathanson, guster, the beatles, ben folds, tristan prettyman.
24. Do you watch Family Guy regularly?
25. Do you read trashy romance novels often?
nope. chick lit is my trashy romance novel. i could never stoop that low.
26. Favorite drink at Starbucks?
i don’t drink starbucks. i drink local coffeeshop coffee. it’s much tastier.
27. Do you sing obnoxiously in the car?
yes. with all the windows open for the world to hear.
28. What are you?
a fool in love
29. Would you rather freeze to death or burn to death?
would you rather wonder how you’re going to die or how you’re living?
30. Have true love or be a millionaire?
i’m shooting for both right now. I aim high.
31. Give up alcohol or marijuana?
32. Are you ever a freak about cleanliness or organization?
i can be. i’m not obsessively clean, but i cannot live in filth and when it hits that point i clean like a crazy woman. i also organize random things, like my closet and some things at work. mostly i’m an unorganized mess.
33. Have you ever been to South America or Africa?
yep, ecuador. it was amazing. i’d love to further explore south america.
34. Are you high?
on life, wahahaha.
35. Do you swear?
my new favorite is shitballs. i also use frick a lot in place of the f word, which i am trying to use minimally.
36. Baskin Robbins or Coldstone?
baskin robbins. specifically the clowns they made in the upside down ice cream cones.
37. Physics or chemistry?
i have a liberal arts degree and work at a magazine. do you really think i like science at all?
38. Who was the last person you yelled at?
mirabelle, to get off the couch.
39. Roadtrip or fly?
roadtrip. flying and airports stress me out.
40. What’s your favorite Disney movie?
robin hood and aladdin
41. How’s your day?
so far, ok. coffee’s done, music’s playing, haven’t done any real work yet.
42. Would you rather eat sushi or escargot?
43. Do you ever want to get married?
44. Are you happy?
well. yes and no. i’m being positive about things that are not ideal right now.
Real post to come later, i promise!