Wednesday, December 31, 2008

champagne supernova in the sky

have you ever seen fireworks on new year's eve?!

i haven't since i was in disney world in florida for the new millennium. my dad's co-workers at the hospital are big fireworks lovers, apparently, and they had a whole pallet truck of the things delivered just for the occasion. they took six hours this past weekend to wire them all up in coordination, and the show lasted for well over half an hour. we were waay out in the country, and people were parked up and down the roads all over.

what a unique experience. i'm so glad that i can share it with all of you!
party safe, and have a healthy, happy new year!
see you on the other side...


waiting for tonight

i don't know why i feel/look so tired today. kind of an odd hairday, too. my family has exciting plans in store for this evening. i'll report back later with more interesting events and photos.

happy last day of 2008!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

60 degrees and sunny

new year's for my family is all about a smorgasbord of appetizers and hors d'oeuvres until the ball drops. i can't wait! we've been having good food all of break. today, we went out to boss hog's and got some north carolina bbq. it has a lot of vinegar in it, and it's not as saucy as traditional bbq. yum.

i went for a run today! i'm pretty impressed with myself. i didn't run the whole time, but i ran as much as i could, walked, and then ran more, etc. so i'm really tired now, but it's a good, healthy tired. : )

how was your day?


Monday, December 29, 2008

case of the mondays

eyeliner usually scares me, and i only wear it when i get dressed up and go out in the evening. but i finally found a good kohl pencil, instead of whatever twist-up kind i've had for a while. what a huge difference! next, i'm going to try liquid liner, because it's extra scary.

tonight, i'm sitting on the couch watching season 4 of project runway. i wish i could sew clothes for myself. camille of childhood flames continually amazes me with all of the things she sews herself. the closest i get to making my own clothes is knitting accessories and cutting up teeshirts. oh, if i only had a sewing machine...


Sunday, December 28, 2008

queen of hearts

nails: that's one "el" of a color by opi

i had a little inspiration of alice in wonderland while playing rummy with my family tonight. we've been playing cards just about every night since i've been on break. we play some poker every once in a while, but mostly we play lots of rummy, thirty-one, and of course, euchre. (don't worry if you've never heard of euchre, it's mostly popular in michigan, minnesota, etc.)

in other news, it was absolutely gorgeous here today! sunny and warm and 65 degrees; my mom and i actually laid out in the backyard and got a teeny bit of tan! gotta love that.

what have you been up to on your break?


Saturday, December 27, 2008

animal babies

good morning! while having my coffee, i was browsing abc news in my attempt to be more in-the-know about what's going on in the world, and it didn't take me that long to digress. i came across a link for a new baby aardvark in detroit, and found all kinds of adorable baby animals! yeah, i'm really adding to my worldliness here. here's my favorites.

the baby aardvark, of course. he's so wrinkly!

my favorite animals live in or around water. this is a little baby otter!

sea lion and mama


polar bear cub

teeny tiny baby sonic the hedgehog!

and i don't usually like pigs, but this one won't walk in the mud unless she wears her little wellies! how cute!

what's your favorite animal?


Friday, December 26, 2008

things i love: presents and clothes!

i trust that you all had a magical and merry christmas this year! i was so glad to be with my family and with 60 degree weather on christmas day! we got to take a stroll around the neighborhood for some fresh air and exercise.

as i said in my last post, i picked out a lot of my presents early, but my mom wrapped them up for me anyway. here's some things that i got! (sorry, i'm being lazy so i didn't want to take my own pictures. i will take some pictures with outfits soon!)
i love love love my blowfish booties! so warm and comfy!

super soft pretty sweater from target

and the ever useful little black dress from old navy!

i also got some money from my grandparents and finally got my very first victoria's secret bras! (p.s. i want my hair to look like hers!)

my favorite was the angels ipex. you can't tell from the picture, but the band is all lace, which to me, makes this bra very pretty, sexy, and yet still practical. they are definitely worth the money! my girls feel amazing and supported! (and for me, that's a big deal. literally, haha!) sorry if this is tmi, but i'm so excited! i also got some lacy panties to match, but i'll spare you pictures of those.

what did you get for christmas?


Sunday, December 21, 2008

it's christmas time!

after being sick and miserable for a week straight, i'm finally feeling well enough to post. my apologies. the good news is, i'm writing this post from my family's home in north carolina! it's absolutely gorgeous here, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. compared to michigan temperatures, i feel like i'm on vacation! (well, i really am on christmas vacation!) my parents and two younger brothers moved to greenville, nc, at the end of july this summer, leaving my oldest younger brother and i up in michigan. (he goes to eastern michigan university, and i go to western michigan university.)

anyway, christmas has snuck up on me this year! i love being around family, and of course the food! of course i love christmas decorations, don't you? my mother is a wonderful decorator, and despite the house being rented, she's managed to fix it up quite nicely. here's some quick shots i took of our house.

i've been wanting to sit down and knit for a while, but due to being sick i just haven't had the right mindset to yet!

i've been lucky enough to recieve a few gifts early this year, because my mom says i'm hard to shop for. here are some shoes that i got the other day! usually i don't wear heels because i'm so tall (5'8") but a girl needs a standard pair of black dress shoes, am i right? plus, they were on clearance for 9 bux, which is easier on santa's pocketbook!

i love being back with my immediate family for the holidays, but michigan is the home of the rest of our family. usually our traditions involve going to grandma and grandpa's and my dad's family after church on christmas eve, having christmas morning at our house, and then going over to my gram's and having christmas day with my mom's family. so, i'm not sure what we'll end up doing this year, but i'm sure it will be just fine.

what are your holiday traditions?
merry christmas, and happy holidays!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

finally done with finals!

woo! now that that's over, i'll have much more time to post!

my friend ian came over yesterday and set up a super nintendo emulator for my roommate, jackie. i was so intrigued that i thought i'd download one for myself! i found snes9x, a very popular emulator for mac. it works very well so far, and i have some sweet games for it!

my very favorite is pretty soldier sailor moon: another story. it's a cheesy girly rpg for an obviously old system, but it's a lot of fun to play! i haven't gotten very far yet, but i'm hooked! it even has the outer sailor senchi in it. (i.e. sailor neptune, uranous, and saturn)

sailor moon was the first anime i ever watched, way back in junior high school and it's still one of my favorites. since then, i've gone through a major anime phase, and kind of gotten over it, but i do still love anime, manga, and japanese culture. some of my favorites are flcl, mushishi, and cowboy bebop.

i just remembered that pluto's not a planet anymore! aww, poor sailor pluto.

anyway, here are my absolute favorite pictures of the scouts from the manga. gorgeous.

what do you miss from your younger days?


Thursday, December 4, 2008

4:3 x 14

it's been a long week here in snowy kalamazoo, so i thought i'd share with you what i've been up to!

my intro. to time based media class is having an exhibition! i'm so excited; i've never had my work in the student gallery before, and i've never done a video installation before! (or any installation for that matter.) i'll be sure to post pictures. based on our plans, this should be very creepy and amazing. i'd like to share my video with you! (i don't have the sound put in yet, but when i do i'll put it up)

also, my website is up and running! i'm probably going to redo the look of it and work out the kinks over break, but a few of my good pieces are up, as well as some just-for-fun stuff in the miscellaneous section.

i'd love to know your thoughts on this piece or on any of my work!

what have you been up to this week?