Friday, April 18, 2014

Bare Limbs


More cats! Although, the black rings on the sleeves of this dress have bled into the fabric. I have been looking online and so far it looks like Oxyclean is the way to go, but if any of you lovelies have other suggestions on how to fix that, please let me know, save the cat dress! 

Not much else to report today, it was a beautiful day, this Sunday. It snowed the following night. I don't even. 

Dress & Hat-Target
Bag & sunglasses-Urban Outfitters
Necklace-Forever 21
Shoes & shirt-Thrifted 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rituals, Habits, Preferences, And The Ordinary

Shawna tagged me in another "random things" blogger meme, but instead of doing another eight random facts, because I am too lame to think of more random stuff about myself, I thought I could feature something that I have always had an odd interest in: The Ordinary. 

Back when I was still at Oakland University, a favorite professor of mine somehow convinced me into taking her poetry workshop. I ended up posting my crap-poems on here as class went along, and I had a tendency to write about mostly everyday activities, unsurprising, as I hadn't experienced much at that point in my life. There was only one poem that I ended up liking. It was a poem about being the only one awake, early in the morning when it is still dark outside. Just acknowledging that half-sleepiness, sitting at the breakfast table while waiting for my coffee to finish brewing. 

A classmate also said it reminded her of Nutella, and I love Nutella.  but here it is:

Chocolate in the morning
By Sara Gerard 

Grey haze of awareness-so early it's a secret. 
I hush down the hallway into
an ebony-coated domain-too black 
for a reflection.
               Long lines and sighs clothe my mind and my awakened 
eyes are thrilled
               by the fuzzy-conscious shadows shaped around my feet. 
               Interrupted by my own movements, when
               hazelnut is calling.
Hard-fake wood
never felt so good, bracing my back so early.
A glimpse of star-spangled mish-
mash upon my
moon-caked lids, are reflections of small times
of uninterrupted purity.

Anywho, I think that is why I love blogging so much/reading other blogs. I get little glimpses of lives, along with the thoughts that generally go with them as people muddle through their workdays and weekends. It is also why Instagram is my favorite form of social media, a little snapshot and blurb of what that person is doing at that moment. People are pretty damn interesting! 

For instance, there is coffee. Some of us drink it in the early morning to get through the workday, some of us drink it in the late afternoon, and some of us drink coffee at midnight, when the timing is quite, unusual (at least according to Train).  I prefer my coffee black, but sometimes I like to swirl a cinnamon stick in it, thanks to Ally, or add simple syrup to my cold brew. Some of us like pour-overs, or french-presses, and some of us like it from our favorite coffee shop-be it the little indie one down the street, or Dunkin' Doughnuts. 

Some of us don't drink coffee, but like tea, or energy drinks, or orange juice. 

The fact-of-the-matter is, we all have our preferences, our differences, and it is awesome. 

But it doesn't just stop at what we eat/drink, or start our day. Take personal hygiene, *most* of us take care of ourselves (we all know that one guy/woman), and the amount of care depends on the person. I tend to bathe at night, personally. One: I workout in the afternoon/evenings. Two: It saves time in the morning. I shower, and dry my hair each night before bed, only to have to re-wash and style my bangs again in the morning, but still. 

I am always amazed at how I have an entire routine for bathing/skin care/face care, from the lotions I use, to the final spritz of hair spray on my bangs. Then you have Kyle who showers quickly every morning (to help him ease into consciousness), towels off, gets dressed, and sometimes doesn't even bother to comb his hair, because a hat will suffice. 

Do you feel better air-drying your hair? Do you comb it into braids at night? Maybe wrap it up, to keep it off of your face? Tie it up, and run out the door? 

I think chores are my favorite. EVERYONE has to do some sort of chore, unless you have servants, or little brothers to make your personal slave. I totally don't do that. 

I always liked doing laundry, because it is necessary, but also relaxing for me. When our dryer was working okay, I would sort-of throw loads in all day, and then fold all of the clean laundry while watching an episode of my favorite TV show. Now we go to the laundry mat, and I spend my time walking back-and-forth while reading a book, waiting for the laundry to get done. 

Are there any chores that you like doing? Or absolutely loathe? 

Thanks again, Shawna

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Eats: Goat Cheese Mac W/Things


Don't you just love how the more original the recipe is, the more vague the title is? This recipe was another result of "what is in the house that is still edible?", but it came out quite well. Goat cheese has a very distinct, odd-yet delicious taste and texture to it that I just love. Because cheese made with goat milk is less harsh on my stomach, we tend to always have it on hand. Of course I cave and will sometimes sprinkle some cheddar on my food, because it is cheese and it is delicious! I did add some cheddar to this recipe to balance out the sweetness, and it worked out well. 

2 1/2 cups of macaroni noodles, any kind (wheat, gluten-free, regular, etc). 
8-10 oz goat cheese
2/3 cup cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (can use regular milk)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced 
2 Italian flavored tofurkey sausages, sliced thin (obvs you can use regular sausage, or turkey sausage)
Salt, pepper, & fresh thyme to taste
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the box, drain, and set aside. In the same pot, heat the coconut oil, and then add the garlic and onion, cooking until it is soft and fragrant. Next, add the sausages, and season to taste with the salt, pepper, and thyme, cooking until the sausages start to brown a little. Add the coconut milk and cheeses, mixing well. Lastly, add the pasta, stirring everything together and mixing well, you can add more of the seasonings here if you would like. 


I was nervous that the coconut milk would make this too sweet, but it actually came out fine! Of course, we topped ours with hot sauce, like you do, but it was great on its own. Kyle even ate the leftovers cold, straight from the fridge. I did not try this, but he said it was like a very cheesy macaroni salad. I think this would be really good with cherry or grape tomatoes added, or even goat cheese that is mixed with seasonings already (I saw a roasted red pepper one in the grocery store the other week). Possibilities guys, we have them.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hipster Cat


Back in February, I was alone at Target buying things for our bathroom, and carefully plotting what I was going to use my coupons on, when I *somehow* ended up in the clothes section. I really wanted to buy a maxi dress, but there was still snow on the ground (as there is right now, Pure Michigan!), so I instead wandered over to the lighter sweaters. They had four different kinds, and I was stuck between this one, and a blue one with a pink bike on it, because i'm mentally five. So, in an attempt to prevent myself from buying both, I called Kyle. He said to get the bike. I hemmed, I hawed, I got the cat one (obvs). 

Fast-forward to last Friday morning when Kyle and I were grabbing a quick to-go breakfast in Ferndale, and it was actually warm enough for me to wear the sweater. Kyle:"Where did you get that?! There is a hipster cat on your shirt!"

"Yes, there indeed is."

I reminded him of the phone conversation and how he wanted me to get the bicycle one.

"There was one with a bike on it and you didn't get it?!" 


Purse & sunglasses-Urban Outfitters
Jeans-American Eagle Outfitters

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DIY: Organic Whipped Body Lotion


I have been enjoying learning how to make my own beauty products the past few months, mostly because it always excites me when I make something and it actually comes out really well. I am one who is addicted to lotion, but I always had a hard time finding one that I really liked. The organic ones without all of the weird chemicals and additives were super expensive, and the cheaper ones contained basically plastic, which I am sure in small amounts won't kill you, but I found myself needing to use more and more of it.  I really wanted to try making my own, but it also had to be affordable, and simple enough so that I wouldn't screw it up. 

This one was perfect! I had all of the ingredients, except for the Shea butter. I am not entirely sure what the cost breakdown was in the end, but because I use the other ingredients for other things, as well as having plenty of Shea butter left over for another batch, I think it came out pretty cheap. 

1 cup organic Shea butter
1/2 cup organic olive oil (almond oil, or jojoba oil will work too)
1/2 cup organic cold-pressed coconut oil
Essential oils of your choice (I used lavender). 

In a small pot, mix the Shea butter, and the coconut oil over a medium heat until they melt completely. Stir in the olive oil, and then add the essential oil. I used 2 cap fulls, but you can add as little or as much as you prefer. Remove from heat and let it sit in the fridge until it firms, but is not completely solid (took a little over an hour for me). Next, whip the mixture together until it is really light (I did this by hand with an egg beater, but you can use a blender/hand beater if you want). Scoop out of pot and store in jars at room temperature. 

lotion 2

This made a little over one jar, and it is heavenly! I had been using plain coconut oil up until this point, but since it is such a light oil, I was getting dry spots. This mix will go on a little greasy, but your skin will quickly absorb it up. A little bit will go a long way, so I am pretty sure that this will last me a while. 

Tips: When I was mixing this, it had a heavy Shea butter scent, but the next morning the lavender scent was more potent. Also, I use this right after I shower so that my skin absorbs it quickly, but I have also used a little of it on dry skin throughout the day, works great either way. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Little Bits: Supernova


Huzzah! It is Friday! I feel like ever since we got back from Chicago, I have been going non-stop. I still have loads to do this weekend, starting with the laundry mat after work (excitement!), but I am looking forward to sleeping in. Because anything after 6 am counts as sleeping in, sad as that may be. 

Anywho, life update! Because of reasons!

Listening- Back in the spring of 2004, I started to get really into Tori Amos. By the end of the year, I had purchased all of her discography from the start of her career, until about up to 2005. So, usually around this time of year, I start pining for my Tori. I recently added "Little Earthquakes" to my iPod and have been listening to it almost daily.

I have also been listening to "Supernova" by Ray LaMontange on repeat. I think he is our generation's Rod Stewart, only folksy and, well, good. Anyway, this song sounds like a 60's pop song, and I'm completely smitten with it.


Eating- Pretty healthy, for the most part. We are also pretty broke at the moment, so I have been carefully planning, and cooking most of our meals. I have become a regular at the farmers market again, and it is the perfect time of year for it. We still eat out twice per week or so, but I think we have agreed that pizza is out of our diet for a while. Sadness.

Drinking- Beer! Although, I have cut back on beer considerably, however, this time of year is the start of baseball, which means Tigers, which means summer & beer! I have become quite addicted to ginger beer, Crabbie's is sold at a few stores near us, which usually means it ends up in our fridge. 

It is also the time of year for cold brew! Iced coffee is so delicious! I will occasionally add simple syrup to mine, even though adding anything to my coffee is very rare. COFFEE. 

Spring Cleaning- Yep, that is still happening. Kyle and I managed to get the gutters, and the front yard last Sunday, but we still have the backyard, side of the house, and the garage to do. Not to mention a few rooms in the house, and the basement to sort out. Oh, and then there is the actual cleaning part. I don't remember the last time I washed my kitchen floor (gross).

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Hanging out- As mentioned, it is baseball season! Also, last weekend I dragged two of my friends, Mariah, and Nicole out with me to Eastern Market because they had never been. Later, we met up with our other friend Maria, and her little one Serenity for some coffee, and it was a really great day! 

As much as I am a lover of autumn, I look forward to spring and summer because it means that there are more things to do with friends. Such as the farmers market, baseball games, festivals, getting coffee and being able to walk around outside with it, taking weekend trips with friends.  I do love our local dive bar, but it really is fun to do something other than sing terrible karaoke on the weekends. 


Walking- The guys and I are doing another weight-loss/step count competition, so I have been walking Louie every single day. I also babysit my little brother Liam, so I usually bribe him with a Slurpee to go with me. 

R&R- Because we have been so busy, I have had almost zero alone-time. Or, when I am alone, I am usually doing chores, fun stuff. A few weeks ago, I realized it had been over a month since I had more than an hour to myself, and for someone who needs time to recharge, that is grounds for a complete meltdown. So after running errands all morning, I decided to stop for coffee and read for a little while, and it was much needed.

I have also been trying my hardest to get to work on time, so I put new batteries in my clocky (loud bastard), and have been getting up at 6 am (sometimes 6:15 am, shhh) so that I can leave by 7:30 am. By getting up this early, I have been able to squeeze in some morning yoga, and it really helps to clear my head a little for the day. Then later at night, I have been drinking a cup of sleepy time tea, as well as taking melatonin to knock my ass out so that I get a good night's rest. So far, it is working pretty well and I have been less cranky, so win!