Time Spent with Cats is Never Wasted

Hey there everybody! Remember my asshole cat? Well she’s still an asshole, but she’s a cute asshole that I tested my new camera out on today. Mmm did I get some crisp photos! Here’s some I got of Aly when she wasn’t screaming at me or trying to pop more food out of her automatic feeder. That’s really all I’ve got for you! I’ll see you when I see you and I hope you have a good one!

–Nicole

Today’s title is coming at you from Sigmund Freud.

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I Have Nothing to Say and I am Saying It and That is Poetry

Hey there everybody! I hope you’ve had a great holiday whatever it is you observe and got to spend time with loved ones! We went to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve and had to bring our dog with us since it’s not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump away. She’s not a huge fan of car rides, so she spent the trip alternating between frantic panting and trying not to fall asleep. Here’s a picture from the panting stage.

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As the title suggests, I don’t really have much to say. I just wanted to check in make myself post something. I never pass up an opportunity to show off my dog, honestly. I’m off to go eat some more of the ridiculous amounts of chocolate we have sitting around, so that’s all I’ve got for you! I’ll see you when I see you and I hope you have a nice day!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from John Cage. He composed one of my personal favorite pieces titled 4’33”. It’s great, check it out!

 

The Sky is the Daily Bread of the Eyes

Howdy! So fun fact: I love space. I willingly did a report about space in pre-school when my teacher challenged me and another know-it-all kid to see who could make the best presentation. He didn’t actually do it so I won by default, but it was still a kick-ass report. That’s also where my love for space started and how I still know a little too much about constellations.

Naturally, when one of my friends came to class sporting a space bracelet, I had to get in on it! She got it from a site called Astronobeads, but we’ll talk more on that in a sec! I went for Jupiter and Galilean Moons, the bracelet pictured down below. If you’re not hip on astronomy, Jupiter has as butt ton of moons, but the four biggest were found by Galileo back in the day. Those are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, the four different colored beads you can see hanging out after Jupiter on the bracelet. Jupiter has always been my fave planet, so this was my obvious choice.

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The girl that started Astronobeads actually goes to my school which is also super cool. You can check out her site right here! There are chokers, bracelets, necklaces, all the good stuff! Have a space-loving loved one that you need a Christmas present for still? Well, it might be too late to get it for Christmas now, but who doesn’t love getting a post-Christmas gift? It just keeps the holiday going!

I should probably say I’m not sponsored or anything to say this, I am definitely not influential enough for that! I just really love what she’s created and want to spread the word! That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ll see you when I see you and I hope you have a nice day today!

–Nicole

Today’s title coming straight at you once again from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Give Me Such Shows! Give Me the Streets of Manhattan!

Howdy! I thought today I’d share with you some of the pictures I took the last time my family took a trip to New York City. The trip was a combined birthday present for me and my sister since our birthdays are only about a month apart. I think I had just turned 17 ? I’ve slept since then, I can’t be expected to remember.

I’m going back in the next few months on a trip with a club I’m a part of so I really just wanted to go back through my pictures to get pumped. I hope that you enjoy them, too. I’ll see you when I see you and I hope you have a nice day!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from the poem Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun by Walt Whitman.

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A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle”

It’s been pretty crafty up in our place for the last couple of weeks. I had to get gifts for some members of an organization I’m in, so I decided to make them candles! I’ve dipped candles before, but I’ve never poured wax into jars or anything to make them. It was an experience, but definitely not hard to do! Basically if you have access to a stove, you can do this!

img_4496You’re supposed to use a double boiler to melt the wax, but I don’t have one of those. Instead I used a pot and a smaller sauce pot! You fill the larger one with water, bring the water to really hot, and then put your wax chunks in the smaller pot. Careful though because the water and wax start jumping out as it gets hotter. You know, boiling and all. img_4485Michael’s had mason jars for like a dollar so I got a bunch of those suckers, a few wicks with the metal bit at the bottom for securing it to the jar, and some fragrance stuff so they’d smell nice. I think I technically got vanilla pomegranate, but they ended up smelling like fruit snacks. Either way, I call it a win.

You have to tie the wicks to something to keep them upright in the wax once you pour it in. Even if the wax seems to be hardened, leave the wicks in like that for a day or else they’ll drift to the side. I’m not speaking from experience or anything…Also, the wax contracts when it cools, so expect to have to fill in your candles again. img_4491

fullsizeoutput_12ff.jpegI also threw in some sprinkles on top for some cute factor. They probably won’t be so cute when they’re burning up in the wax, but it’ll probably be okay. It’s the thought that counts, right? img_4487There’s still wax all over the kitchen a week later, but that’s the price you pay for cute little candles I guess. Let me know if you try this out for yourself! That’s all I’ve got for today, so I’ll be see you when I see you! Have a nice day today.

–Nicole

Today’s title coming at you from Father James Keller.

I Love Crafting and Cooking, Doing All of That

Hey there everybody! After a pretty manic week, my semester is basically over (God bless.) All I have left to do is put together this short video and get the link to the website we created for one of my journalism classes to our professor. That’s the beauty of being a journalism major, everyone. Projects out the frickin wazoo but fewer final exams.

To cap off my frantic week on a high note, my friends had a Secret Santa party last night. A word to the wise: when your day starts at 6 a.m. and you’re running off of three hours of sleep, try to get a nap in somewhere if it’s going to be a late night. Trust me on this one. It was still so fun! My gifts were Shia LaBeouf themed, so you could say it was a…Shia surprise.

He is so weird but I can’t help loving him.

I ended up making a little snowman jar for the person that I had. We did a crafty Secret Santa, so all our gifts were at least partially hand made. Pinterest is your best friend here, man. I think what I ended up doing would make a good project for someone that isn’t maybe the most craft adept. You really just have to be able to paint a half circle and a rounded triangle and BOOM you got yourself a smiley snowman!

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There she blows.

Make sure you use multi-surface paint or you could run into some troubles. I was home for a night because I had to take an exam at the community college I was taking college algebra through, so my mom came in clutch with all the materials I needed. She’s the real hero of this story.

Also, I used a cotton ball to get the texture on the snowman. While the paint was still drying I dabbed it until it looked festive enough for me. I’d also suggest painting the carrot in first with white then letting it dry. I went over it in white after my first couple orange coats because this snowman was going to have a pretty see through nose. Nobody wants a see through nose.

This here is the site my mom had found through Pinterest that gave me the idea. You could make your own from this inspiration, or even order from them! Whatever strikes your fancy. That’s all I’ve got today. I’ll see you when I see you and I hope you have a good one!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from Tori Spelling. It’s not super meaningful, but I was trying to find quotes about crafting and that was in there with all these long winded thoughts about like the craft of acting and writing. I don’t know, it made me laugh in the context. Maybe you had to be there.

Life is Full of Surprises

Hello everyone! It’s finals season and I’m trying to avoid the mumps outbreak that’s happening on my campus right now, so things are pretty tense in my neighborhood. I thought I’d take a break from all the college craziness to share some news with you.

Did you know that Chris Evans was a Mystery Date model?

Yes, Mr. Captain America fancy pants himself was Tyler in the 2000s remake of the classic board game Mystery Date. You get to call him on your very own, very believable plastic phone and try to get him to make an appearance at your party. Sadly, he didn’t want to come to mine, but I tried my darnedest.

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He was even a cutie back in the day! You had to be careful with the phone I was playing with when we discovered this fun factoid. If you had an outburst and hit the phone because Matt had too much homework and couldn’t make it to your party, it would make this horrible metal on metal sound reminiscent of a car accident. We lost some good boys to that phone.

That’s all I got for you. If you were wondering, another card from the game also features him in a surfing get up on the beach with a surf board, but I’ll leave that image up to your imagination. I’ll see you when I see you! I hope you have a great day!

–Nicole

Today’s quote can be found in the middle of a multitude of other quotes. I’m going to let you decide who said this one. Attribute to whomever you like.