Archive | December, 2012

I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

31 Dec

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Why are we all encouraged to begin our year’s list of hopes and dreams at the same time as everyone else? I have never been one to appreciate this and its almost always a letdown. Besides the end of the year is way too busy to try to think about all the things that I need to get ticked off my list, after August it usually all feels like a blur. By the time it reaches November 1st and my youngest sister calls to brag about how she is finally finished with all her Christmas shopping, I realize that I have a lot more to get done than I thought, and I’m probably still wearing my Halloween costume.

I like to start my resolutions on my birthday. They feel more personal, and my birthday is in August, so when all those suckers are whining about how they haven’t even touched their resolutions I’m already 1/3 of the way through my list.

Thanks to Mr. Ben Proctor for the fancy artwork he created for me located at the top of this post. Please visit him over at

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It’s Laundry Time

30 Dec

A little Ryan Adams for your listening pleasure.

Wall Anchors For The Apprehensive

29 Dec

Well helllooooo. I’m aware that its Saturday night and I “should” be out livin’ it up, but instead I am in my house drinking whiskey out of a tiny glass, listen’ to Ryan Adams’ Demolition album and hanging stuff up with my new drill I got for christmas! IMAG0554I can’t think of anything else I would want to being doing, this is fantastic!

I wanted to talk to you seriously about wall anchors though. I spent many of my apartment decorating years being afraid and unaware of how to use them, but as it turns out, it’s quite simple. Continue reading

So Goes The Winter

28 Dec

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Happy Friday everyone! Its cold! It’s 35 degrees here in Nashville with a high of 45 today. I’ll miss the warmest part of the day because I will be working, and by the time I head back to my car it will probably be lower than 35. So goes the winter. This little guy in the picture above came to visit my garden last summer. It just makes me feel warmer to think about summer, the garden, t-shirts … ahh the little things.

It’s almost time for work, but I wanted to tell you about the great day that I had yesterday. I am a waitress and we were busy and understaffed. As a relatively good waitress that is the kinda day you like, more tables, more tips. So about a year and a half ago I wrote an article on associatedcontent.com which is now yahoovoices.com. The article is about how to increase your tips as a server, I have been doing this a little while and I feel like I make pretty good money, so I just thought that I would leave you with a link to that. Have a great Friday everyone! Leave me a comment!

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-increase-tips-9089967.html?cat=9

Crab Ravioli in Tomato Cream Sauce

26 Dec

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Happy after Christmas everyone! I had an amazing holiday, I scored 4 days off from work and cooked some rather tasty food, but I sure am happy to get back to normal. Speaking of normal, everyone has their holiday traditions and one of mine is eating fish on Christmas eve. I recently learned that it wasn’t just because my mother loves seafood, it’s the feast of the seven fishes, usually an italian and/or catholic tradition. Neat….  so this brings me to the recipe I want to share with you! Crab ravioli in a tomato cream sauce. Now, to let you know in advance, this is pretty time consuming.

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The Perfect Red

24 Dec

Let me start by telling you about my red lipstick quest. I feel like it has lasted years, most spent layering red lipstick and powder to ‘make it stick’. If you have tried this technique then you know what I am talking about, if you have not, then there is no longer a need for you to know.

I was introduced to lip stains by a co-worker after she caught me reapplying my red lipstick sixteen times (maybe not quite that many). She suggested Revlon Just Bitten, in Gothic color, which retails for around 8.99 depending on the store. I immediately loved it, took it to New York with me and maintained the perfect red lip color through all the drinking (and eating) for ten hours or more. It looks like a red marker and sure, it dried my lips out some, but it comes with a little balm stick at one end. Perfect until it ran out, one week later. After one week it’s similar to using a marker that’s on its last leg, layering the color over and over until it produces that dark red color you want so bad. After two weeks, three max, it’s over. I did use it every single day, but it seems like it should last longer.

So i moved on, at the suggestion of another friend I tried her old tried and true. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor, in Eternal Flame color. This came out a little darker than I wanted it to, but the Ever Red-dy color seemed too bright red. This color promises 16 hours and was about the same price as the Revlon. I was on vacation when I bought this, I applied it in the car outside of the drug store and checked the time, I wanted to know how long it really lasted. I seriously woke up with it on the next morning, touched it up and wore it all day again. It comes with a little balm on the end just like the Revlon does, and doesn’t dry my lips out nearly as bad. Amazing, until a week later when it just started sliding off my lips. I don’t know if the lipstain goes bad after a week of opening and closing or if my lips built up some sort of resistance to it, but it was turning into goop a few hours after applying it and then smearing on my teeth. Gross.

So I moved on, this time I did my own research, and ended up with Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color, in All Day Cherry. This is now my favorite red lipstick. I have worn it every day for over a month and it seems as if there is no end to the little tube of stain. It costs around 9.99, and usually lasts around ten hours before I have to touch up the inside area from drinking (eating) etc. My advice to you though friend, is to follow the instructions completely. If you do not let this stuff dry for a full two minutes it will surely come off sooner than expected. It hardly dries my lips out at all so the little balm that is attached to the other side of it has lasted just as long as the stain itself. Perfect.

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