Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New York Pictures

I thought I had done that thing that I sometimes do. The thing where I misplace things. I was convinced that I had lost the memory card with my NYC pictures on it. Guess where I found it yesterday? In my purse. In the little side pocket where I keep SD cards on a regular basis. Duh.

Anyway, here are some of my pictures of our New York City adventure (you know, back in January).
























Next time, I'll definitely concentrate on taking more/better pictures. I think I was just so into being there for the first time that it slipped my mind!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stuff and things - on life, hiking, and reading the book first

Hey, what's up? I've been buried under an avalanche of tests and papers lately, but I'm finally seeing the light of day! Spring break is in a couple of weeks, although at my age and stage of life, Spring Break is going to be the time during which I organize and clean my house, run errands, catch up on Nerdified Shirts, etc. No MTV beach party (do they still do that?).

I have some really great posts planned, but you'll just have to wait. One of them is quite labor-intensive so it'll be coming out the week of Spring Break (in two weeks). Teaser: it involves TV and awesomeness. The lovely Mandy tagged me in her latest post, so I'll be following up with that as well (hopefully next week). Yay!

Anyway, the weather here has been beautiful. We went from snow last week to amazing, clear skies. Though I personally love rain and snow, sunshine is ideal for getting out there and doing things (except for skiiing or whatever - you would think that, living in Colorado, we would do more skiing, but we've actually done less). I skipped the gym* and went hiking at Garden of the Gods yesterday. I discovered a trail I hadn't tried before and it has now become my favorite loop. I snagged a couple of camera phone shots.

A sign #marchphotoaday

Seriously, there are no clouds for #day14 #marchphotoaday

I utterly failed my March Photo a Day assignment, as it was Clouds. Yeah... no clouds.

I'm looking forward to the Hunger Games movie, which comes out this month, as you probably know. This reminds me of a conversation I had in one of my classes where the professor was asking who had seen the movie The Kite Runner, and who had seen The Indian in the Cupboard and some other movie. Somehow this was all relevant to class discussion. Anyway, my point is that they were all based on books, yet no one seemed to have read them (except me) and I thought it was weird that she was specifically asking about the movies. Does no one read anymore? If not, shouldn't she be encouraging it? Thoughts? Does anyone else try to always read the book the movie or show is based on before seeing it? Personally, I would rather have a book "ruin" a show or movie than the other way around. I've even read the Pretty Little Liars series, though I wouldn't consider that required reading (but I do know who A is, which feels empowering).

What else is going on? Oh, we got our Comic-Con tickets! Thanks to Mike's incredible good luck, we managed to break into the line at the right time. All passes were sold out in less than an hour and a half. I have a theory, that once they stop making Twilight movies, the ticket-buying process might be somewhat reasonable again**. You just had to split Breaking Dawn into two parts! *shakes fist* Anyone else going?

Hope you guys have a great weekend! Drop me a line and tell me what's up with you :)

*This implies that I've been regularly going to the gym. Hahaha. Yeah, no.
**This should in no way imply negative things about Twilight fans, just my desperate need to go to Comic Con every year.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March Mondays #30daysoflists #marchphotoaday

Week 1

Here's the deal. I'm participating in two daily challenges this March: March Photo a Day, and 30 Days of Lists: March 2012 Edition! I have designated Monday as the day where I share the previous week's photos and lists because, wait for it, it starts with M!

First up, March Photo a Day:

A smile

A smile #marchphotoaday

5 pm (a fresh cherry cream soda)

Something you wore


Window #marchphotoaday #day8


Red #marchphotoaday #day9


Loud. This one is a talker. #day10 #marchphotoaday

Someone you talked to today

And my lists!

Words to live by...

Words to live by: 1/3

Words to live by: 2/3

Words to live by: 3/3

(here's the link to the pinterest set, because it's a bit hard to read)

Things to collect...

Things to collect #30lists #day6

I am inspired by...

#day7 #30lists I am inspired by...

Things I need to say no to...

#day8 #30lists I should say no to...

Happy Places

#30lists #day9 happy places

Today was awesome because...

Today was (is) awesome because... #30lists #day10

Right now I am...

Right now I am... #30lists #day11

P.S. my instagram name is jendeats, if you want to follow me!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The New Soda Craze Thing

I feel like, all of a sudden, everyone is talking about specialty sodas and making your own soda and everyone and their mom has a soda making machine in their home. Apparently I've been living in a hole,  trend-wise.

After scoping out what's been going on, I think I can get behind this whole thing. Sodas made fresh and customizable, with no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners? I like that idea. I also like the idea of soda as a special treat, on par with the occasional scoop of ice cream or glass of wine, rather than the default drink with every meal. We have really been moving away from diet coke and whatnot, preferring black coffees and teas for the caffeine fix when necessary*.

There are also the natural sodas, like oogave (made with agave nectar, actually pretty good) and the dry variety (simple sodas, made with pure cane sugar - very DRY). 

This week, Mike and I decided to try out our local soda shop, Squeak, which not only makes their own soda in dozens of flavors, but you can customize your own as well as buy bottles. We opted for some of their unique flavors, cherry cream (me) and green tea fizz (mike). I definitely preferred mine, since I like my green tea as, well, tea, and sugar free, but his actually wasn't bad. You get to customize your color as well as take the opportunity to sniff all the different flavors before ordering (it seriously looks like a perfume counter, or a customizable bath products shop). They also have customer ratings for the different flavors, in case you're afraid to try something. Next time, I'll be ordering something less safe, like butterbeer, or lavender soda.

Is anyone else more up on this foodie trend? Who has a soda stream machine? Or some other machine? Do you love it? I would love to learn more about all this.

*I will admit, however, that my four hour Tuesday night class requires a pink rockstar for me to stay alert and participate.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March Mondays #30daysoflists #marchphotoaday

So, I'm participating in two daily challenges this March: March Photo a Day, and 30 Days of Lists: March 2012 Edition! I have designated Monday as the day where I share the previous week's photos and lists because, wait for it, it starts with M!

Let's kick this week off right, here we go.

March Photo a Day:



Marchphotoaday neighborhood




#marchphotoaday #day4 bedside

Stack close-up #marchphotoaday #day4 bedside

And Lists!! I used a new notebook this year so I would be less inclined to write the super long lists, and I could easily share them via my phone, on the go. It is working out so well so far. 

#30lists notebook - used glitter pen on it

Challenges #day1 #30lists

#30lists #day2 march goals

#30lists #day3 recipe for a perfect weekend

#30lists #day4 things to put off until tomorrow...

P.S. my instagram name is jendeats, if you want to follow me!

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