Annual Birthday Blog!

I know I rarely blog anymore (well, I do blog, but it’s all for AIRMATIC or Worcester Roller Derby these days) but I wanted to continue tradition and post my annual birthday list! I turned 28 today, so this year’s list is 8 things I did this year that I’d never done before. Enjoy!

  1. Joined a roller derby league. This has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am learning a ton, getting my ass kicked, and having a freaking blast. The women I skate with are fabulous and I couldn’t ask for better teammates. Love you awesome nerds! (Watch a video of me getting low and hitting hard here!)
  2. Went skydiving. At this year’s annual Cape Cod vacation, Tyler, Em, and I went skydiving together. Few moments in my life measure up to the feeling of stepping out of a plane at 10,000 feet into the open air and just letting go. What a rush! (It didn’t hurt that my instructor screamed “Alohomora!” as our parachute opened. #memories)
  3. Sold a house. Jordan and I put our house on the market back in May and it was under contract within 12 hours. Can’t beat that!
  4. Got a Harry Potter tattoo. I could write a book about how much Harry Potter means to me, but suffice to say that I am quite a fan. Until the very end, Harry.FullSizeRender (15)
  5. Finished writing a novel. That’s right, I finished the book I wrote about in last year’s blog! Yay! I’ve not done anything with it since finishing, but maybe this year I’ll finish final edits and look into publishing!
  6. Binge watched the following shows: Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Longmire, The 100, The Mysteries of Laura, Sirens, Great British Bake-Off, Person of Interest, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Duff Till Dawn, Bob’s Burgers, Fuller House, Dance Academy, Zoo, Battle Creek, Degrassi: Next Class, Zero Hour, White Collar, Melissa & Joey, Young & Hungry, Bones, FRIENDS, Leverage.
  7. Read novels by the following authors: J K Rowling (10), Steven King (6), Barbara Kingsolver (4), Jodi Picoult (6), Harper Lee, Phillippa Gregory (5), Cassandra Clare (9), Amy Poehler, Pete Wentz, Haven Kimmel (2), Cormac McCarthy, Sue Monk Kidd, Carol Goodman, Carolyn Keene (3), William Brodrick, plus 900 children’s books (give or take.)
  8. Wore silk pants. Yeah, last year’s birthday resolution was a good one. I wore silk pants, fishnets under denim shorts, shoes with cats on them, crop tops (even though my post-Atticus belly button is a hot mess, floor-length fundie-style skirts, and a plethora of Harry-Potter themed garments. I wore what made me happy and it was a great decision. #noregretsIMG_8621

Here’s to 28; may it be even better than 27!

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new year

The new year is upon us!

Along with making 52 crafts, I also resolved to read 52 books in 2012. I underestimated how much I enjoy reading, though, and ended the year having read 113 books. (Obviously, reading is a big part of my life!) That said, here are my top five (with Amazon.com book descriptions in italics):

1. Devil in the White City – Erik Larson – Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tales of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a non-fiction narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

2. The Last of Her Kind – Sigrid Nunez – Nunez’s ruthlessly observed portrait of countercultural America in the sixties and seventies opens in 1968, when two girls meet as roommates at Barnard College. Ann is rich and white and wants to be neither, confiding, “I wish I had been born poor”; Georgette has no illusions about poverty, having just escaped her depressed home town, where “whole families drank themselves to disgrace.” Georgette finds Ann at once despicable and mesmerizing, and she’s stunned—if not entirely surprised—when, years after the end of their friendship, Ann is arrested for killing a cop. In previous works, Nunez has proved herself a master of psychological acuity. Here her ambitions are grander, and the result is a remarkable and disconcerting vision of a troubled time in American history, and of its repercussions for national and individual identity.

3. The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan – Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined “the problem that has no name,” that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since. A national bestseller, with over 1 million copies sold.

4. The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory – When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands. A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

5. Atonement – Ian McEwan – Ian McEwan s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose. On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives together with her precocious literary gifts brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

If you’re in the market for a good book, I highly recommend all 5 of the above books (as well as many more!)

 

sweet thing, don’t you know you’re my everything?

Hey, gang!

Two posts in two days — that’s the magic of a guest blogger. =P I have two things to share with you today! First, guess what came in the mail this morning?! Here’s a hint:

THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!
It’s bigger than a breadbox.

Need another hint?

I'M SO EXCITED I JUST CAN'T HIDE IT!
My dress form!!

While Jordan made dinner, (tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches!) I assembled my new toy. Except I put one of the feet on upside down and had to have Jordan get it off and fix it. (Helpful tip: don’t use a hammer until you’re sure everything is right.)

She's a beaut!
Look how professional she looks!

I decided to name her, since I firmly believe all beloved objects need names. (Remember Fabian, Elan, Tarrou, and Garth?) Here’s Fantasia and me, hanging out like the best friends we will soon be:

I look like a scrub. =/
Ahh, a friendship blossoms.

After fawning over Fantasia, and finishing my fabulous grilled cheddar sandwich, I put together an apple crisp for Jordan and I to enjoy with coffee. (It’s Friday which means I can drink coffee at night if I want!)

First, I mixed 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup oats, and 1 cup brown sugar together with a fork.

The famous melamine bowls make another appearance.
It smelled like delicious oatmeal.

Then I melted 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) and stirred that into the oats until they got crumbly.

Is it wrong that I wanted to eat it already?
Now it smells like delicious granola.

Next, I poured half the mixture into a greased casserole dish and patted it down a bit before starting to layer my apple slices over top. I used two medium/large apples. (I bought them at Gentile’s Market, the most adorable, well-priced local fruit market ever!) After all the apples were placed in the dish, I sprinkled the whole thing with cinnamon and sugar.

Around this time, I remembered to preheat the oven.
It’s a very aesthetically pleasing dish!

Finally, I poured the rest of the oat mixture on top and popped it in the oven.

Scrumdiddlyumptious!
Fruit crisps are the best.

It’ll be done baking in about ten minutes, at which point Jordan and I will enjoy it with a good book! (Might I recommend The Year She Fell by Alicia Rasley?)

Feel free to stop by and share some crisp! =D

kitty

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