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My finger heart is amazing, I know!

Psych, no I don’t! I used to, back when I had the time to enjoy going out. But now, when I go out I have nights like last night, where I have one too many shots of Goldschlager (just trying to be festive yall) in an attempt to feel like I’m ‘partyin it up’ and then feel like death today. Not worth it, I say. My hangover tolerance is shot. Plus I still have 5 final papers and a final project due the beginning of this week, soooo…

I did however manage to go out for a fun filled night a few weeks ago with bf and his friends. He had just recently upgraded to the iPhone 4 so we(I) played around with the camera on it. I love that it lets you take photos of yourself and see the screen, but the quality takes a major drop. Bummer.

See what I mean about that photo quality? Just sucks, but oh well! Also, I love the bf looks like a huge doofus with a giant forehead in those first few pics, lols.

Some of the boys goofing off too, for funsies.

Mustard Mishap!

They love each other.

We had been at karaoke, but of course the boys got hungry, so we wound up at the local late night diner, The Satellite. I have spent far too many 2am nights there, scarfing down greasy beer batter fries. Luckily, I am able to offset their badness with a delicious vegetarian sandwich.

 

Nom nom nom. Does anyone else mix their ketchup and mustard together before dipping? I think it tastes like I am eating a hotdog when I do that. And not that I particularly enjoy the taste of hotdogs (well I am a pescatarian…) but I do LOVE the taste of nostalgia!

 

Dats me on my brand spankin new MacBook Pro! Happy early xmas to me!!! : )

Now I know everyone hates those cheesy couples who celebrate every little anniversary, the bf does too. He asked me today why we don’t celebrate daily anniversaries, and I said because that was crazy! He said, oh but 3 months is not? and I said, heck no, and wheres my wedding ring? I kid, I kid. After that whole conversation I reluctantly admitted that I had actually forgotten it was our anniversary, oops. Oh well, I had already purchased a little something for him a few weeks ago, when I did remember that it was coming up, thank my weird over-planning self for that.

I got him this fun little book because he loves all kinds of beers and recently he has been getting really into brewing his own beer perhaps. I want to be okay with this, but because beer literally makes me feel sick (even though I love the taste and low alcohol content) and makes me put on poundage, I hope he doesn’t start brewing something I would want to drink!

He surprised me with some extra special gifts that I did not expect at all!

On our very first roadtrip together, we drove over to Seattle and then up to Bellingham. The drive back home from Bellingham is just about 6 hours long and I began getting restless and bored around hour 2, and I had already exhausted all my entertaining car activities on the way there. I began putzing around on bf’s iPhone and eventually decided to play a game of Sudoku. I didn’t really understand how the game worked and bf started taunting me, claiming that especially without even knowing how to play I probably wouldn’t do well. I showed him! I quickly beat all of his best times, and began beating them on the Expert level. By the time we were back home I was certified Sudoku master, much to bfs dismay. Also, I have a strange obsession with all things pink (making October my favorite month for a reason other than Halloween; it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so everything is all of a sudden sold in pink!), so even though bf couldn’t find any Cala Lilies (or apparently lilies of any kind) he opted for some beautiful pink roses : )

Penny then promptly knocked the flowers over and attempted to eat one! Silly puppy, bfs attempting to train her right now! It’s so sweet, I told him about the puppy pre-school we took my parents English Springer Spaniel to and he signed himself and Penelope up and he practices with her every day. It’s great.

Oh and speaking of 3s, today was day 3 of the 30 day shred and I have already dropped 2lbs! I am assuming that is just water weight, but I will take it!

As soon as The Osbournes hit the airwaves a few days before my 17th birthday in 2002, the comparisons between Kelly Osbourne and I began. I used to loathe it, especially because it often came from my older brother making fun of me. Just this past fall I have had two people tell me that they couldn’t figure out why I looked so familiar, and then they realized it was because I looked like Kelly.

Ew, right?

Sadly for me, Kelly Osbourne looks amazing, as she has lost about 50 lbs. so when people compare us now I laugh and say “I wish!” Now that Kelly has slimmed down and stopped hiding behind all the black eyeliner and teen angst, you can see that she is a beautiful girl. I too have gone through the second half of that transformation, and am working hard on the first!

On loving who she sees today. “When I look in the mirror now, it’s really different. For the first time, I look at myself and I’m really proud to not hate every single thing that I see. What has made this process so healthy and interesting to me is that it’s been a whole transformation. It’s like this feeling disappeared that I had carried around with me for so long.”

 

 

All of her red carpet dresses are flattering and show that she still has curves, despite the weight loss, which is key.

And she even looks great in a bikini! This I am actually proud of her for. It’s no easy feat being bikini ready, and even though she is probably airbrushed, being in a magazine is embarassing!

 

 

But the best part of Kelly’s new look? She still knows how to tow the line between classy and trashy, which is the best thing we have in common! Check out her all sexxified for a performance with the Pussycat Dolls.

 

 

What a babe!

What do you think of Kelly’s transformation?

Being that it is the most stressful time of the year, I am just trying to be grateful and happy about those little things that brighten up my day! Let me share them with you:

1. My “Legalize Gay: Repeal Prop 8 Now!” AA Shirt has arrived! I wore it around proudly all day, and had many people on campus stop me and ask me what it said. Granted, Prop 8 is long gone, but I took it as an opportunity to educate them about Washington state’s Senator Patty Murray’s recent appeal to congress to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ the military policy on gays openly serving.

AND, when you purchase a ‘Legalize Gay’ shirt (for only $17), you get another one free, so you can spread the message even further! Thanks American Apparel!

Together we can create the changes we want to see!

2. I finally stretched my ears up to 9/16. At first when I began stretching my ears six years ago, I figured the biggest I would go would be a 0. Then last winter I wound up at a double 0. This fall, my friend Shanna offered me some beautiful wooden plugs with lotus flowers on them, that though they were 1/2, I couldn’t pass up. And now, the bf and I were at the same size and both wanted to move up, so we took the plunge together. I think I might only go up one more size–you don’t see many high school English teachers with giant gauges!

We got the jewelry and taper from a website bf knew of: Body Art Forms. The taper was free! I also got a solid gold nose hoop that I am really excited to put in. You get free o-rings, merch credits, tapers, and all sorts of other cool things just for ordering!

Mine are Coconut Wood. If you are new to gauging or just don’t know a whole lot about it, I highly suggest only using wood or glass plugs. Whenever I have used cheaper plastics and acrylics my ears have been much smellier (ewww). These were hand carved from organic materials (wood duh!) and only cost $18 for the pair! What a steal!

Can you spy my little elefante?

3. Ulta nail polishes! They have been running a promotion on all of their $5 nail colors, as well as salon brands Essie and China Glaze, buy 2 get 1 free!  I snatched up a Peach, Purple, Red, Green and a few Christmas gifts as well. Don’t have an Ulta near you? Don’t fret, the deals are online and many: check out Ulta for yourself!

This color is Limelight; my 8th graders love it!

Anyway, off to cook dinner! On the menu tonight: Cheese tortellini with mushrooms in a basil pesto alfredo sauce! But more on that tomorrow🙂 Oh also, I finished Day 2 of the shred, my muscles are aching, ughs!

There are all sorts of 30 day blogging projects floating around the ole intraweb, from Kendi’s 30for30 Closet Remix to The 30 Day Writing Challenge (both of which I plan to embark on very soon!) but mine is just a tad bit different.

My amazingly awesome friend Hannah (married and with a baby boy at 19, and quite easily the best teen mother in the entire city ((it’s real embarrassing what people considering ‘parenting’ in Spokane)) introduced me to this challenge. She first did it to lose her baby weight, and she claims it worked wonders. I have been trying to begin working out again, and I have joined a Yoga class for Spring Semester, as well as payed the $150 Fitness Center Fee, but that won’t get me in until January and I need results now! I am hoping to shed 7-10 lbs by December 31st. Hannah inspired me, and pushed me, to do a 30 day challenge of my own:

The Jillian Michaels (of The Biggest Loser fame) 30 Day Shred!

The DVD costs about $10 at Wal-Mart, and other drug stores, but since I am cheap and lazy, I just torrented a copy.

There are three levels of workouts on the DVD, and all you need is a yoga mat and light weights (I already had 5 lb hand weights so I use those, but I should be using 2 or 3 lb hand weights). You do Level 1 for 10 days, then Level 2 for 10 days, and finally Level 3 for 10 days. Each workout is 20 minutes long with a short 5-10 cool down afterward.

I have not worked out since August some time, so just that 30 minutes of Level 1 exercise was killer for me. However, I feel huge (I am ashamed to say I weigh 184 lbs) due to the amount of weight I put on while using the NuvaRing. I gained 15 lbs in 2 and half months.

Hannah and I are working to check in with each other and help each other stay on track, so that come New Years Eve we can show off our new bodies! And burn our SPANX! Sadly, I always forget I have a pair and never wear them haha. I probably should though, ughs.

Determination Station! I can do this : )

(I say that alot, about alot of things. However, it is dead((before finals)) week, and I would like to remind my readers ((whoever you are)) that I have been taking 6 classes, working 2 jobs, observing at a Middle School once a week, and tutoring an 8th grader once a week, + I had a new boyfriend. The fact that I put on weight due to stress eating and the happiness of a new relationship is not a new concept to this blog or any female I know ha!)

**Believe me I know, the photo quality is terrible. I need to use a real camera!**

Head to Toe: grey bow-baby shop in the mall; thermal-american eagle; tanktop-old navy; leggings-brass plum; faux UGGs-brass plum.

Being that it is the week before finals, and I have about 7 or 8 papers/projects left to complete, on top of finishing up my middle school observation hours and my tutoring hours, plus working my two jobs, looking cute and dressing well have fallen to the bottom of the to do list. However, I refuse to wear sweats to class, but I am convinced that one can still be in half sleep wear and look cute!

Also, being that it is the first week of December, I figured modeling something that I would wear while sitting in the lodge drinking Bailey’s and hot cocoa after a long day of sledding would be appropriate ; )

Alas, I still have not trekked back over to my own apartment (it’s across the street, I’m too cold and lazy) so again my outfit photos are taken with Bri’s Photobooth, which means the vacuum cleaner and other junk is still strewn around. Also, the only clothes I have to choose from are those I stuffed in an overnight bag about 4 days ago when the blizzard first hit. Now I know what you’re thinking, I live just across the street how hard is it to grab more clothes?! Well, I have turned of all the heaters at my place, because why would I pay for heat I am not using, hence when I do go to my place, there is like frost inside the windows and I can see my breath. Trying to pick out outfits is not fun when you’re shaking, I tend to just grab leggings and a hoodie. Real fashionable.

However, I knew I had an American Apparel package on its way to me yesterday, so I did run over to check my mail box. I don’t know if you guys have heard of or use Groupon, but it’s this awesome coupon site with incredible deals, you should Check It Out!. Last week they had two amazing ones: buy a $50 American Apparel gift card for $25, and the same deal for Nordstrom Rack. This meant I spent $25 and got to spend $50 on anything on American Apparel’s website (excluding sale items). I picked out two pairs of thigh highs in Burnt Orange and Blue for $10 each, the Legalize Gay t-shirt in Pink for $17 (which is buy one get one free, so I think I might be offering my free one in a giveaway!!), and updated take on the white v-neck that Brian thought would fit my figure well. I went for the orange thigh highs first, and they are amazing! Super soft, great color, sex appeal at a high, great for layering (as you can see), and most importantly DURABLE (I tend to run any pair of tights I get my hands on).

Head to Toe: dress-Old Navy, belt-Crossroads, navy tights-Walmart, orange thigh highs-American Apparel, boots-Buffalo Exchange SF.

I don’t agree with everything that goes on at American Apparel (see Dov Charney lawsuits), and word on the business street is they are going bankrupt (again due to Charney’s unwillingness to share), but I cannot deny the quality of the clothes. I have hoodies, v necks, tanks, skirts, and now tights, and I love them all! And the whole reason the deal was on Groupon in the first place is because the business is failing. I can’t argue with that!

So I have made multiple attempts at doing style files on this here blog, with little luck due to crappy cameras, no one to take photos of me, getting super busy, and loads of other excuses. Now that I am on Thanksgiving break, and I can see the light at the end of the Finals Week tunnel, I have renewed energy to get this blog back up on its feet. Expect a new layout, shop, etc!

I wanted to start yesterday with the whole taking outfit photos thing, but I am snowed in at the boyfriend’s apartment, where there are zero good indoor outfit spots, not to mention nowhere to set my camera. I resorted to using his Photobooth, so the photo quality is poor and also his vacuum cleaner, new flat screen tv, and for sale dining room table make cameos. Cluttered doesn’t even begin to describe his place right now.

Anywho, this is what I wore last night to see my friend Kevin Long play some songs!

Head to Toe: sweater-F21; blouse-Pins & Needles via UO; slip-Thrifted hand-me-down from a friend; belt-F21; tights-Walmart; socks-UO; boots-Buffalo Exchange; watch-UO.

Spokane is currently under a Stage 2 Storm Warning due to all the snow we have gotten in the last week. My parents are snowed in out in their neighborhood, but Brian was able to drive a couple blocks from the apartment downtown to get us coffees. Then again he has amazingly expensive snowtires. We have had 16 inches of snow drop on us in the last couple days. I took some pictures the first and second days of snow last weekend, I will try to post them later today! Knowing my luck, the streets will be plowed and the snow will have partially melted by the time I have to go back to work and school on Monday : (

What’s the weather like where you are?

I know I just posted photos of the puppy, but we all got matching hats, so it was clearly a PhotoBooth opportunity!

I have wanted a hat like this for quite a while, and once the temperatures dipped into the negatives I figured I actually NEEDED one too! : )

(I love the look of shock on Bri’s face in this one. Why?)

A lot of people think it’s tacky to shop at Wal-Mart, but all of our hats were only $10! And they’re super comfy! Anyway,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALIBOO, PENELOPE, AND BRIAN : )

MEET PENNY!

So Brian has been on the hunt for a puppy for the last year ish, and recently I joined him on this hunt, with a few requirements of my own! I wanted a girl, and I wanted to adopt. I wasn’t willing to budge. Brian knew he wanted a German Shepherd or a Great Dane, a breed that would be a good apartment dog. We also both wanted an older puppy so that it would be somewhat trained.

Today Brian ran over to a local shelter while I was in class and found an adorable 3 month old shepherd/lab mix. After describing her to me, I insisted we go back and take another look. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her. She came right up to us and wouldn’t leave us alone, licking and playing and nuzzling! We took her for a short walk and she was okay on her leash, she knew to pee outside, and she didn’t bark or cry at all! We sat playing with her for about 20 minutes debating the pros and cons (especially with the fact that we just got about 5 inches of snow in the last two days), and once I offered up the name Penny, we were sold.

Brian adopted her from Spokanimal, and they were great! We picked out a really cute pale pink leather collar, and they gave it to us for free, along with a tennis ball and some bones! She is going to see the vet on Friday (the same one my parents have been taking all of our dogs to my whole life, so I trust and know the doctors and nurses well) and next Tuesday, she and Brian will begin puppy training classes at Diamonds in the Ruff (the same place my parents dog Sofia went–and she’s mostly well behaved haha)! Our biggest issue so far today has been her peeing in Bri’s apartment (which she has done about 4 times, even though we take her out about twice an hour bah).

Brian bought a crate and has already been crate training her, and she’s doing well with that. We also got her a big, comfy doggy pillow and she loves lying on it chewing on bones. Taking on the responsibility of training a puppy is a little more than I need on my plate right before the last two weeks of the semester, but I know she will make the holidays that much more fun! Plus, without a job or anything else going on, Brian has plenty of time to teach her, and shepherds and labs are both quick learners!

Expect lots more Penny puppy spam!

I was trying to get a good shot of the headpiece I made.

Little did I know I was being bombed.

Even though yesterday we woke up to the first snowfall of the year, by 10am it had all melted and the sun was shining and it sure looked like fall. Something inside of me said “FEED ME SMORES!” so I gripped to Brian about how I wish we could make smores without a bonfire, and he offered up the use of a nice large candle. I figured what the hey? I like to toe the trashy/classy line as it is, so we went for it!

& because I like to go ALL OUT for my at home desserts, we added peanut butter : )

He was highly satisfied and very happy that I have the strangest ideas.

ps. We didn’t even mind that our marshmallows tasted vaguely of lavender ; )

i have gained 10 happiness pounds in the last 2 months.

not happy about it.

determined to lose it.

(going to be difficult with the fact that i have zero free time to commit to working out,

but i am getting a membership to the beautiful new YMCA downtown ((that has a waterslide!)).

brian also bought me this to help me focus and stay on track:

it was $14.95 at GNC and its amazing, seriously, i highly recommend getting one!

also this website is killer: Calories Burned Calculator

anyway, i know really boring but its about the only thing bugging me right now,

and i know if i write it down i will follow through!

“A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the human soul weighs 21 grams.”

via whi.com

I was super lucky and won another giveaway about a month ago, and I had never gotten around to blogging about it or thanking the cutie that I won from!

Meg from Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter received some Revlon falsie eyelashes with glue, and decided to give some away. She even did a tutorial on her blog all about how to correctly put on the lashes. I know whenever I’ve worn falsies (Halloweens usually), I make a huge mess and my eyelids tend to get glued shut. Meg is much better at it: Watch Her Tutorial : )

Maybe someday soon I will have a reason to wear a pair of these out. There are not a lot of opportunities for dressing up in Spokane. Just wearing heels I get asked what the heck I am doing, and lipstick or some eyeshadow, forget about it, people think you’re trying much too hard.

A girl can still dream right?

via Look at this Frakking Geekster.

A big kiss to my kid bro zakkypoo for sending me the leak link for the new Arcade Fire album “The Suburbs”. After two listens all the way through, I am convinced that this album is MUCH better than “Neon Bible”, and thank god, cuz I was hoping that was just a little sophomore slump. So, since it was shared with me, I will now share with you. I am guessing that because this is the leak, they might do some more mastering, and re-mastering, but I think it already sounds pretty damn good.

The Suburbs.zip

I think the standout tracks are ‘Ready to Start’, ‘Half Light II (No Celebration)’, and ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains’.

Hear for yourself:

Ready to Start

Half Light II (No Celebration)

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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Why Daniel Tosh is the funniest host on Comedy Central currently.

7 Great Principles for Dealing with Haters

Dealing with negativity online can be tough, which was why we were all ears when Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week, took the stage at The Next Web ‘10 event in Amsterdam to discuss how to learn to love haters.

The slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” was originally produced by the British government during the Second World War as a propaganda message to comfort people in the face of Nazi invasion. Ferriss takes the message and applies it to today’s world. “Focus on impact, not approval. If you believe you can change the world, which I hope you do, do what you believe is right and expect resistance and expect attackers,” Ferriss concludes. “Keep calm and carry on!”

While Mashable recently offered you advice on how to deal with negative feedback specifically in the social media realm, Ferriss takes the concept a step further with advice on how to contend with — and benefit from — criticism across all platforms.

We caught up with Ferriss backstage at the event to find out more about his seven principles for dealing with haters.

Read on for some interesting ideas and let us know which work for you — as well as your own strategies — in the comments below.

1. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. What matters is how many people do.

“It’s critical in social media, as in life, to have a clear objective and not to lose sight of that,” Ferriss says. He argues that if your objective is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people or to change the world in some small way (be it through a product or service), you only need to pick your first 1,000 fans — and carefully. “As long as you’re accomplishing your objectives, that 1,000 will lead to a cascading effect,” Ferriss explains. “The 10 million that don’t get it don’t matter.”

2. 10% of people will find a way to take anything personally. Expect it.

“People are least productive in reactive mode,” Ferriss states, before explaining that if you are expecting resistance and attackers, you can choose your response in advance, as opposed to reacting inappropriately. This, Ferriss says, will only multiply the problem. “Online I see people committing ’social media suicide’ all the time by one of two ways. Firstly by responding to all criticism, meaning you’re never going to find time to complete important milestones of your own, and by responding to things that don’t warrant a response.” This, says Ferriss, lends more credibility by driving traffic.

3. “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.” (Colin Powell)

“If you treat everyone the same and respond to everyone by apologizing or agreeing, you’re not going to be recognizing the best performers, and you’re not going to be improving the worst performers,” Ferriss says. “That guarantees you’ll get more behavior you don’t want and less you do.” That doesn’t mean never respond, Ferriss goes on to say, but be “tactical and strategic” when you do.

4. “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative.” (Scott Boras)

“This principle goes hand-in-hand with number two,” Ferriss says. “I actually keep this quote in my wallet because it is a reminder that the best people in almost any field are almost always the people who get the most criticism.” The bigger your impact, explains Ferriss (whose book is a New York Times, WSJ and BusinessWeek bestseller), and the larger the ambition and scale of your project, the more negativity you’ll encounter. Ferriss jokes he has haters “in about 35 languages.”

5. “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” (Epictetus)

“Another way to phrase this is through a more recent quote from Elbert Hubbard,” Ferriss says. “‘To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Ferriss, who holds a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive tango spins, says he has learned to enjoy criticism over the years. Ferriss, using Roman philosophy to expand on his point, says: “Cato, who Seneca believed to be the perfect stoic, practiced this by wearing darker robes than was customary and by wearing no tunic. He expected to be ridiculed and he was, he did this to train himself to only be ashamed of those things that are truly worth being ashamed of. To do anything remotely interesting you need to train yourself to be effective at dealing with, responding to, even enjoying criticism… In fact, I would take the quote a step further and encourage people to actively pursue being thought foolish and stupid.”

6. “Living well is the best revenge.” (George Herbert)

“The best way to counter-attack a hater is to make it blatantly obvious that their attack has had no impact on you,” Ferriss advises. “That, and [show] how much fun you’re having!” Ferriss goes on to say that the best revenge is letting haters continue to live with their own resentment and anger, which most of the time has nothing to do with you in particular. “If a vessel contains acid and you pour some on an object, it’s still the vessel that sustains the most damage,” Ferriss says. “Don’t get angry, don’t get even — focus on living well and that will eat at them more than anything you can do.”

7. Keep calm and carry on.

source article.

I whole-heartedly agree and think all this advice is just as applicable to life outside the internet as well as dealing with people in the blogosphere!

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and when it comes to my two new favorite foods, they were right. Due to the fact that I have lame and ridiculous stomach issues, I love foods that can calm its craziness down.

ONE:

Cock N Bull Ginger Beer.

Yum yum! It’s like Root Beer (as in non-alcoholic), but it’s Ginger. Kind of like Ginger Ale, but MUCH MUCH better. I was introduced to it by my sister at her bar, and it goes amazingly well in a cocktail too. I am not always a fan of ginger, aka I never eat it with my sushi, and tend to freak out if it even touches my sushi rolls, but Ginger Beer is amazing. Go to your local BevMo or Trader Joes or Whole Foods or what have you and grab yourself a 4 pack. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

TWO:

Yoplait Whips Yogurt.

Everyone knows the cultures in yogurt are really good for your digestive system. The problem is that finding yogurt that tastes good is typically impossible. Personally, I am a much bigger (borderline obsessive) fan of Frozen Yogurt. However, as much as I would love to eat froyo everyday, Spokane only has one (ONE!) froyo place that I can think of and that’s Didier’s. We are not blessed with any of those Berry chains, or even a TCBY anymore : ( My problem too with most yogurts is the weird fruit mixed in, it gives me the skeevies. ANYwhoo, I saw this commercial for Yoplait’s new yogurt Whips, that suggested you try them frozen, and boy were they right. These little bad boys only have 140 calories and they are delicious. Mid-afternoon snack, late night treat, frozen yogurt has never been so accessible. I probably eat at least one of these a day now. I am partial to the Raspberry and Orange Creamsicle flavors, but Strawberry and Vanilla aren’t bad either. Supposedly there are a ton of other flavors, including Chocolate, but my Albertson’s doesn’t carry them yet. Perhaps if I keep buying out all the flavors they do have, they’ll start stocking more ; )

I am now the proud owner of two amazing things! I cannot wait for these to show up on my doorstep!

The World of Edward Gorey. I have been mildly obsessed with Edward Gorey since I was a young child. I used to spend hours staring at the illustrations. This was around the same time I went through a really intense Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark phase. My mother would take me to the public library by Shadle, that used to be next to Lamonts & Newberrys. The whole strip mall was torn down and the library moved down the block into a new modern building. But in that old library, I would hide out in the stacks reading books on the occult, vampires, witches, etc. I would have the most intense night terrors, but my parents and my siblings couldnt get me to stop reading these really old and really weird books. I was like ten. It was creepy.

&&

A Rider-Waite Tarot Card deck. I have always wanted to learn to read tarot cards, and what better way than to start out with the most popular deck of all time? The Rider-Waite deck will hopefully help me learn all sorts of amazing things about my future! And it’ll be a fun party trick right?

For many many moons I have been lusting over a pair of gauges a la these:

But for some reason I have never been able to bring myself to buy a pair. Instead, I got the great idea to D.I.Y. myself a similar style, and I’m super happy with the results, because I am a huge geek.

What you need:

1. A pair of flower earrings. I bought a cheap pair from f21 for $3.80 similar to the ones above, except mine are white.

2. Krazy glue.

3. A pair of black gauges. My ears are currently at a double zero, but my gauges are double flared, so its a bit bigger on the outsides, and actually my right gauge keeps falling out so that means its almost time to upsize ahhh. Anyway, I bought my gauges for like $10 at a store in the mall. They’re plastic so if I didn’t clean them daily they would probably make my ears smell.

What you do:

1. Break the studs off the back of the earrings.

2. Dab Krazy glue on the gauge and the earring.

3. Set the flower on top of the gauge, and wait 5 minutes.

VOILA!

The results:

And there you see the best part. When I just want plain black gauges, all I do is flip them around in my ears and back to black. Such a great idea. I am very pleased with what I have accomplished haha.

HAPPY D.I.Y.ing : )

more like ten…