Monday, May 18, 2015

Sleep Won't Ever Come

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As I type this, I am jamming out to Best Coast's new album while running on 4.5 hours of sleep. I have been getting the most out of my days lately, and everything sort of feels like a giant whirlwind. My life is work, gym, friends, trying to keep up with Kyle's new work schedule, and about a million projects going on. I have made so many new friends this spring, and it really has been amazing. I have always been an outgoing introvert, so nights where I can just spend some time cleaning and working on blog posts are much needed after a week of seeing people every single day. 

Anywho! This was my outfit for Kyle's last day at Mc D's shin-dig at Sneakers. I have been living in these cat-ears you guys, it is ridiculous. I even wear them around the house, when there is no one else around to even see them. Why? Because I enjoy looking at them. CATS. I also have been living in my Converse now that the snow is gone. I have been obsessed with girly outfits paired with converse lately, which is great because I am constantly jumping around and dancing, and considering my track record for falling on my ass (sober and not-sober), Converse are my frieeeeeeend.

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I have nothing else to share except that I am  going to age horribly unless I get some sleep, so I am going to get on that right meow!

See what I did there? Eh, eh?

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eats: Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

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We're jammin'! The other weekend Kyle and I decided to hit up Eastern Market for produce because it was so nice outside, and I suddenly had the urge to make some strawberry rhubarb jam because it sounded so summer-y. I had never made strawberry rhubarb jam, but you know, optimism and all of that. So! I bought the supplies, and the next day jarred up four pints of the stuff and gave them away to friends and family. 

I asked Kyle to take pictures of the jam for this post while I was at work last week, which explains why they are so creative. If it were me, I would have just set the jar on the table and taken a shot. Here, we have what it looks like at an interesting angle, sitting in the window, and what it looks like spread across half-eaten toast! Who knew that a jar of jam could make for such an interesting photography subject. 

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4 cups crushed strawberries
3 cups chopped rhubarb
6 tbsp pectin
4 tbsp lemon juice
6 cups sugar

Makes 4 pint jars. 

Prep four pint jars and lids, tips here

In a pot, add strawberries, sugar, and pectin, and bring to a boil. Let boil for one minute, and stir mixture. Next, add lemon juice and rhubarb. Let boil one more minute. Carefully ladle jam into hot jars, and bring to a boil. Let the jars boil for ten minutes, remove, then set in a cool area for a few hours (or overnight). 

*Notes: I did not have exactly 4 cups of strawberries, and they were hella ripe. I also used liquid pectin, and I am not overly fond of the liquid. These came out a bit thinner than I would have liked (note all the fruit is at the top!), but we just mixed it up and it still tastes pretty yummy. I would recommend the powdered pectin though, it reaalllllly makes a difference, IMO.

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Much like baking, jarring things is very relaxing to me. I really have to focus on what I am doing so that I don't fuck it up, so it really brings me "into the now", and helps filter out whatever is stressing me/giving me anxiety. When I am all done, I get to give away baked treats and jams to people, and as long as it doesn't taste like poop, it makes everyone happy. So! That being said, I am planning on trying out different jams this summer, so stay tuned if you are into that sort of thing. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Weird's All I've Got

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I have tried getting photos of this outfit twice now, and both times they came out terrible. These were from the first batch where the lighting was weird, and the second batch came out all blurry. C'est la vie, non? Because that is real life, not everything is perfect.

Speaking of real life, I have been spending a lot of time just living in my head. Usually at the gym, I will pick at something that has been bothering me lately, and just run with it. Because what else are you going to do at the gym? Pay attention to what you are doing? Pfffft. Falling of off the elliptical trainer because you are so wrapped up in your own thoughts is completely acceptable, correct? You know that emotion most people are familiar with when something like that happens? Good ol' embarrassment? Apparently my brain stopped registering that one years ago.

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It isn't limited to falling over and/or dropping things, oh no. I am also loud, over enthusiastic, blunt, and I have been known to burp in public, as well as bring baked goods to dive bars.  Most of my friends say it just adds to that whole "quirky" aesthetic, but when it comes down to it, I am not a perfect balance of 'charming and offensive',  I am just very weird. 

Instead of trying to control it (because lets face it, this is reality, and that is just not going to happen), I decided to embrace it a long time ago. No one is perfect, everyone is a little strange, I just have an extra dosage (or ten), but I am very thankful for the friends and family that I have that have to endure my shenanigans. Because lets face it, I am 29 years old, I am never going to 'grow out of it'. 

My boss: Have you ever met anyone like her in your life?

Intern: No. 

My boss: And you probably never will. 

Backwards compliment? Maybe. but in the words of Maurice Moss: I like being weird, weird's all I've got, that and my sweet style!"

Happy Friday!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Little Bits: April On Instagram

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April! You flew by! Aaaand left me with an epic sinus infection, yay spring in Michigan. I can't complain too much, we have had mostly decent weather. Enough so for a few bonfires in the backyard, and shorts! Shorts sans tights, yo! It has also been a month of major change over here at House Gerard, Kyle got a new job at Whole Foods! I even get a discount card to use at the one by my work in Detroit, woot woot! They seem really awesome so far, and are willing to work around Kyle's school schedule come fall, so that is pretty huge. I am so very excited for him, it is going to be such a great change. 

Right now I just finished jarring up four jars of strawberry rhubarb jam, because it sounded like a great idea. Nevermind the fact that I don't eat fruit, sugar, or bread, but you know, I am sure there is some wiggle-room in there *wink wink*. If it doesn't take like absolute crap, I will totally do a post on the jam. Now I am off to enjoy some of this sunshine, happy Sunday! 

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1) Iced yummy stuff from Great Lakes Coffee!
2) I woke up like this, puppy breath included. 
3) Potato & Dingo out on the town. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Little Bits: Sunday On Belle Isle

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It was a beautiful Sunday, probably the very first nice spring day of the year, and we were hungover. After a night of karaoke, and a late night, post-bar gathering at our house, I was a giant asshole and woke everyone up to get breakfast. I was an even bigger asshole on the way to breakfast, because I decided that everyone wasn't awake enough, so I blasted Muse at full volume until we reached the diner where we scarfed our hangover breakfasts and decided what to do with the rest of the day.

Kyle was ready to head back home and hangout with his twin brother Brian for the day, while Mariah and I hemmed and haw'd a bit. Luckily Tatiana texted Mariah, and suggested that we head to Belle Isle for the day so that's what we did!

Granted less stuff is open on Sundays, the zoo and the aquarium for instance, but we had a great time bumming around in the sunshine and were able to check out the conservatory, which was cool because plants, yo! I had never actually been in the conservatory before, so it was nice to check it out. After, we decided to walk around a bit more and then headed out to get giant-ass taco salads in Mexicantown. It was a great girl's day! We acted like a bunch of assholes, and took turns embarrassing the shit out of each other. What else are lazy Sundays for?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Elephant Revival

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I mentioned in my last post that Kyle and I had a date-night planned for Friday night, and we ended up going to The Garden Festival at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. It was a lot of fun! There were food trucks outside, there were vendors there selling all kinds of awesome goods, and there were some really awesome bands. I liked the band Cornmeal a lot, they even did an awesome cover of Dear Prudence, one of my favorite Beatles songs, and I am very picky about Beatles covers. My favorite was Elephant Revival, the headliners. I loved that each one of the band members participated on vocals, and they each had such unique voices that just blended really well. If you like folk/bluegrass music at all, I highly recommend checking them out. 

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I have been trying really hard to not be a lazy asshole and use my gym membership, so I had to rush from work to the gym, then home to shower and get ready before we had to leave again. I am pretty sure most of my wardrobe would be fitting for a folk music festival, but why not just wear normal clothes and add a giant-ass wreath on your head! 

Kyle: I love how you think that it is totally normal to wear that on your head. 

Me: Duh. 

Kyle: ...I love you. 

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Currently I am sitting on my butt, sipping some cold brew, but alas, I have to go adult and clean the house and do laundry and shit. In the meantime, check out Elephant Revival! You know, if you feel like it. Or whatever. 



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