Monday, January 30, 2012

The Hunger Games

Monday, January 30, 2012
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I've never been one to read "young adult" books. The only other young persons' series I got into was Harry Potter. But I grew up on that. Here I am at 20 and sick of listening to Hunger Games hype without knowing what it's about. I wanted to be informed. Plus I'm a fan of reading the book before seeing the movie. I'll admit the trailer looked amazing and was what intrigued me. And after reading the book, it looks 100x better. (I think Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is perfect.) I'm glad I found this book on the shelves of the home goods section of TJ Maxx. Weird, but serendipitous.

On to the book: I don't really have quotes and wasn't necessarily impressed with the beginning and ending sentences. This isn't an artistically written book in my opinion, but truly awesome story-telling. It's been awhile since I didn't want to put a book down. I was never bored. I feel like a jerk not having quotes or anything, but I want to keep these posts true to what I think, and I think these books are geared towards people younger than me. It's an easy read. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy I bought the series and fully intend on keeping them on my bookshelves. In fact I'm already a bit into Catching Fire. And counting down the days until the movie comes out.

Next up: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just a Baby Blog Post

Saturday, January 28, 2012
about how happy I am to be celebrating 3 years with the wonderful Casey Copeland. [Insert smiley face emoticon.]

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Apartment Tour: The Kitchen

Thursday, January 26, 2012
I realized a few weeks ago that I'd been neglecting my "Apartment Tour" series. Since Casey and I have been tossing around the idea of moving over the summer - maybe even into a house(!!!) - I figured I needed to post about all the rooms in our current apartment - as memory. I've done the living room,  my (outdated) desk area, and my recent desk area, so next stop? The kitchen.

It's a pretty cramped space for someone who loves to cook (Casey) and someone who loves to bake (me), but I think we've arranged it accordingly.

There isn't a whole lot to say about a space so small. When Casey moved in it was DIM. The light was withholding and a total bitch. For some reason it really didn't occur to us to switch the bulb until about 2 weeks ago. It really feels like a whole new kitchen now. When you live in a humble apartment, tiny things make a huge difference. Like our new couch.

Our refrigerator is a bore. I never really thought about it, but one clad in magnets and - for lack of a better word - "shit", really does make a difference. Maybe I should look for some magnets.

The knife set was courtesy of Casey's brother Frank. The spice rack, courtesy of my mom. Definitely two things Casey uses more than me.

I'd show you inside the cabinets and drawers, but I don't very much care about what's in your cabinets and drawers, so I'm assuming you don't care to see mine. Maybe if we get a house and I outdo Martha Stewart when it comes to organization I'll do that. Until then...

Have a great Thursday night!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We Watched

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I've been reading and reading and reading all day. For some reason this semester of college actually requires READING. Meanwhile, Casey and I have been watching more movies again. I didn't really have much of anything to update on today, so I figured I'd shamelessly promote Casey's and my movie blog!

I recently spruced up the page. It's on Tumblr, so follow if you have one, or bookmark it if you don't. Or totally avoid it if you h8 it.

It's a really simple blog. We post an image and a 1-10 rating of the movie. It's organized by year we watched (we started in 2011) AND by year the movie came out. All thanks to me - one night I just really wanted tedious tagging work.

Anyway, that's all I've got today. I'm feeling pretty tired and irritable and have even more to read before tomorrow. I could use a rant. Or some sleep.

Happy almost hump day. Let's get through this week, everyone.

In case you missed the link for the blog it's HERE!

Friday, January 20, 2012

FF #27 - Lately...

Friday, January 20, 2012
{I bought some girly things. Because I'm a girl.}

{I found Louie being cute. He was on his back, clawing at his wheel, making it turn.}

{I organized my nail polish collection into the Snapware I got for Christmas.}

{I found a new brand of yarn I really love.}

{Casey and I got a COUCH to replace the FUTON!}

Beside all that is the snow. It's beside everything. And making everyone in Fort Wayne drive 15 miles per hour despite the fact that the salt has MELTED EVERY DAMN BIT OF SNOW ON THE ROADS. It's great!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

First sentence: "They're out there."

Quote #1: "While McMurphy laughs. Rocking farther and farther backward against the cabin top, spreading his laugh out across the water - laughing at the girl, at the guys, at George, at me sucking on my bleeding thumb, at the captain back at the pier and the bicycle rider and the service-station guys and the five thousand houses and the Big Nurse and all of it. Because he knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy. He knows there's a painful side; he knows my thumb smarts and his girl friend has a bruised breast and the doctor is losing his glasses, but he won't let the pain blot out the humor no more'n he'll let the humor blot out the pain."

Quote #2: "Then - as he was talking - a set of tail-lights going past lit up McMurphy's face, and the windshield reflected an expression that was allowed only because he figured it'd be too dark for anybody in the car to see, dreadfully tired and strained and frantic, like there wasn't enough time left for something he had to do..."

Quote #3: "Medicate me men and turn me loose again."

Last sentence: "I been away a long time."

I don't want these posts to include much more than those features, but I have to say I'm glad I finally read this book. My dad's bookshelves have been something I wanted to familiarize myself with. I've alphabetized and categorized his books for him and dusted them, memorized the names of writers and novels and anthologies. This was a book (not this fancy Penguin edition) he had on those shelves that I always wanted to read. I watched the movie when I was in middle school and absolutely loved the characters - Martini and Cheswick were my favorites. This book is amazing. If you've read it, I'd love to know your favorite parts/quotes/whatever.

Next up: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A New Blog Series

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
For those of you who don't know, because I rarely talk about it, I really love reading.  I refrain from talking about it both in person and on my blog because, for some reason, it brings out a side of people I find unattractive. Collections of books, and lists of what someone has read tend to be gloating points. Criticisms are critiqued (it gets complicated) and reviews and analyses can be contrived and boring.

But I love the words. I love reading the first sentences and the last sentences. I love finding quotes I want to go back and read again.

I love reading. I don't love analyzing. I don't love critiquing. I love reading and sharing certain quotes I found inspiring, dark, funny, or just beautifully written. So many people will compare one author to another, and I've always found that meaningless. It all comes down to who is reading it.

Basically what I'm getting at is: I'm going to start posting about the books I'm reading. I'm not going to critique or review them. I'm going to include my favorite things: the opening sentence, three of my favorite quotations (if I find as many) and the last sentence (unless it gives away "spolier" information about the book). I'm not going to recommend you read or don't read anything. I don't like that sort of thing. I could recommend my absolute favorite book to someone and have them hate it, and it accomplishes nothing. But if someone finds a quote as beautiful as I did, they might enjoy what I've read.

This is such a boring post, but I wanted to attach this little disclaimer to my book posts, as most people review/critique, and I will do neither.

First up: Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Big News!

Saturday, January 14, 2012
This, my friends, is the news I've been withholding for a few weeks now.  I waited for good weather for good pictures, but good weather is prudish. So to hell with good pictures and we'll focus on good content. Like boring blogs do.

A few weeks ago I was e-mailed about selling 909 Cherry products in a local coffee shop/arts and crafts boutique. Let me first mention how much I've wanted to sell my stuff at this place, but have been intimidated to ask. So I was asked. I was pretty flattered. When I say "pretty" flattered, read "really". For local readers (this means my brother Ben, who I know reads my blog - but already knows my news) it's the Firefly Coffee House!

A little background: I've been to said coffee house once in high school with my friend Alice. I felt out of place amongst "cool-coffee-drinking-college kids". Well, now that I'm a college kid, I haven't returned. This is due to the fact that I collect Gelly Roll gel pens and haven't developed the mature tongue necessary to drink coffee and not let it dribble down my chin.

Anyway, I was asked to make small batches of my best selling products. I tried to stick to a color scheme - the pencil cases failed, but they were my favorite fabrics. (The top is from Lauren! I ration those fabrics she gave me because they're so cool.)

Since my stuff would be for sale in an almost strictly Indiana-living-customer-based place, I finally made some cases I've been wanting to make: state cases.  I love maps and memorizing capitals and recognizing state shapes, so great job being cool, me. These are two iPod Touch cases. I'm going to package them craft-fair style. For some reason when people touch my crocheted items they get the urge to just PULL the sh%# out of the stitches and it really baffles me. So I put them in clear bags and staple them closed. Though god knows these pullers have no issue with ripping carefully printed labels and crinkling pristine plastic bags. Just...quit doing that.

Of course I couldn't leave out the iPhone 4 people. But of course in saying that I do leave out the people who have phones other than the iPhone 4, which is probably a much larger margin. But alas, I feel nothing.

My latest "decent seller": the headwrap. I wish my head wasn't strangely shaped so I could wear headbands/wraps. It just slides off. Like a cone head. And I refuse to be that person who physically pins hats or even headbands to my head. If you have to pin your hat on... oh no. It's not serving a purpose.

Me being me, when I heard I needed to tag my items, I made some fancy tags. I also wrote the information in Gelly Roll gel pens. My god, writing blog posts in the morning makes me really honest and makes me sound like a great friend to have in third grade (I'm looking at you, RasAmen Oladewa).

Anyway, that's my news. I'm officially taking my stuff over there on Monday. I'll get to have a section in my "shop" link at the top that tells you where to buy IN STORE. I'm crying.

In an attempt to make my blog shine truer to me, I'm not even going to edit this post. Enjoy my morning ramblings and celebrate with me on this joyous day. Casey and I literally have tortilla chips and pancakes in our kitchen. That's it. So I'm going to celebrate by fasting and pretending I'm eating a chimichanga.

Happy MLK Jr. long weekend, everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A 909 Facelift

Thursday, January 12, 2012
As is my usual form, I got tired of the old 909 branding. So I gave it a facelift. I really got in there and cut stuff up and injected foreign objects and more metaphors that are quasi-related to surgical facelifts. My reason for the facelift at this time was based on THE EXCITING NEWS I'M BEING TOTALLY ANNOYING ABOUT but will probably update on this weekend.

I also spent a little money on this incredibly fancy $5 bin for my envelopes. Really great cool news, huh? As you'll see on the top shelf, I have giant school books. I've had to read a lot already in this first week, so there hasn't been a lot of time for sewing and stuff.  Last night I came up with a lot of really great ideas for 909 in the future. I'm planning a rather sizable update in the coming months. [So of course I'm having a clearing shelves sale. Use code CLEARSHELVES ( really creative, me) to get 20% off!]

I also took some time to clean Louie's cage and take some pictures of him (still only 1 out of 156 are in focus 'cause the little guy won't stop moving and my camera is junk). I'll include those in a later post. But this was to document a clean cage and floor. Louie absolutely loves burrowing like a madman and getting what I call "Louie Chips" all over the shelves and floor.

Take advantage of the sale and have a great Thursday. Indiana's expecting some snow. Great.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Where I've Shipped

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So I get really excited when I ship something from 909 to a state or country I've never shipped to before. I love the idea that my stuff is in these awesome places I've never been myself.

I wanted a visual of where I've shipped to, so I channeled my inner 6 year old and printed out an empty US map and colored in all the states I've shipped products to. I have a list of the countries I've shipped to next to it. I think if I printed a world map, it would be pretty sad how little I'd get to color in.

Anyway, I was pretty proud of how colorful I was able to make this map.

If you live in one of the blank states...maybe have a look at the shop. ;] I recently added more to the clearance section and lowered some prices. I want to get rid of old stock to make room for GREAT NEW THINGS.

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, January 6, 2012

FF #26 - Current Favorites

Friday, January 6, 2012
1. My Post-Its: I use these for everything. I so dread buying more because they're way overpriced for sticky paper. I went to Walmart to buy envelopes (as you'll see in #2) and I saw a pack of 4 for under $3, so I picked them up. And thus, my Post-It collection is replenished.

2. Bubble envelopes: It's a good thing and a bad thing to spend $18 on envelopes. It means $18 I could have spent on tacos or nail polish is gone. HOWEVA, it also means I'm making a lot of sales. Let's hope these babies are gone relatively soon. Yeah?

3. My Gelly Roll drawer: This is kind of childish. I have a whole drawer in my Pen Tower designated to the pen of my past: Gelly Rolls. I used to have a ton of these and they all dried up or were used up. Over the past few years I've decided that a life without Gelly Rolls isn't worth living. I spent some of my Michael's giftcard (a super awesome gift from Casey's mom and stepdad) on these.

4. My newest packaging: Even though it's about to change, I really love the way I've been packaging orders. It's simple, yet professional looking. I get to design some new things since I changed 909's look a bit, which is equally cool.

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Yeah yeah, I've been reading this for like 52304 years. I had a literature class so I had to put this on the back burner all the time. I'm really close to being finished now and am really enjoying it. It's definitely worth reading.

I've been busy with my secret-good-news project and getting read for school: which means spending about $250 on books. WONDERFUL way to spend the money.

I start classes next week, so that's...lovely. But I'm planning on making this weekend good.

Bon week-end!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First Rearrangement of 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
If you've been reading my blog for ..really any time at all you'll probably know I love rearranging furniture. I've been in my current apartment with Casey for just about half a year and our living room has changed about 4 times... is it 4 or 5? One of those. You may think that's sad, but you're wrong. Change is great.

ANYWAY. I rearranged our living room for 2012. I'm only showing my desk space because that's all I'm satisfied with right now.

I have maybe 56 different organizing tools and constantly rotate them between my desk, vanity and bedroom (it probably drives Casey insane). But I like what I've done with this.

This entire post makes me sound really crazy.

I might as well pour it all out:

I started a checklist of all the states in the US and countries I've shipped to.  This week alone I made sales to France and Sweden; two new countries. According to my list I've shipped to 35/50 states and 10 countries outside the US. I think that's really awesome, and am even going to print out a map and color in the places I've shipped to. Because I'm 12 and really cool.

I have some more exciting news I'll be announcing either later this week or next week, too.

Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years Nails (#34)

Sunday, January 1, 2012
OPI - Bubble Bath (3 coats)

OPI - Servin' Up Sparkle (346,706,304 coats)

So I wanted some kind of "new years" nails because I'm a girl and yadda yadda yadda. At the end of my session of polishing I had about 674,346,865 coats of nail polish on my fingernails. Bubble bath is pretty transparent, and the glitter left about 10 specs on my nails with each coat.

But I ushered in the new year with some pretty alright nails.