Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mini Post: I am indecisive and also terrible at parenting fish

Alright, if you actually read this blog you may have realized that I changed the template and some fonts and added some things and I'm sorry if it bothers you. It may be happening a lot, because like my room, I get bored pretty easily. But anyhow, this is what it looks like now. I hope you like it!

If you click the water on the little fish widget/gadget, it gives them a little bit of food and they eat it! Plus they follow your mouse and they sometimes just sit there wagging their tails and its just adorable.
I have spent so much time feeding these little guys today. They will have no discipline! 
I am a terrible fish parent

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Please Don't Hurt Me (Room Inspiration)

Okay, I feel like we're friends here. That's why this is not as creepy as it might be.
Oh my god all the possibilities of axe murderers and felons and burglars are running through my mind. They could figure out the architectural weaknesses thorough the pictures.
Maybe this isn't a good idea.
If you couldn't tell, I have a rather overactive imagination.

If you've read my about page, you may know that (often to the annoyance of my parents) one of my hobbies includes re-organizing the furniture my room. About every six months or so, the wall decorations shift as well. While this means that my walls are scratched and rather porous due to removed thumbtacks and my furniture's screws are a little loose (literally), I don't get bored. Sometimes the arrangements are slightly inconvenient. I'll admit, the "closet bed" wasn't a hit. These flops usually don't last long. Others, like my current configuration, is probably a record length for me, almost eight weeks. 
This current hold doesn't mean that I've given into status quo. Instead of moving the furniture, I've been changing the theme. For the past two years, it's been ocean/beach/nautical themed. But as my inner hippie has become more pronounced, it's been shown through the decor in my room. So in case you're looking for tips on how to change your theme, you can go on Pinterest. Or I guess you can look at what I've done. You know, if you feel like it.

Wall Decor

1) So first of all, you should get some posters. I've got some sort of vintage psychic stuff, a radical John Lennon one, Abbey Road, and that one where The Beatles are just walking down the street. You know the one. 
2) Also, you can put some pictures up on the walls. Make it personal. I had a giant mural of photos for a while, then I had a wash line with clothespins holding up the pictures. Now I've got these sort of photo-booth-row things I made with contact paper. 
3) Plus, if you want to be extra tumblr, (yes it is an adjective) you can get little wall stickers with quotes, or just draw your own if you're into typography and have enough talent to make it look good. I got a giant pack of quotes at Michaels for like $3, cause they were on sale, and I put them all over my room. They're cute and colorful and they interest people.
4) Bulletin boards are also cool for smaller stuff, like student IDs and miscellaneous business cards.

Pictured: Toby Martin, Tabitha, Jane (succulents), John Lennon, vintage palmistry poster,
photo strips, and my real fish, Lillian.

1) Lots of pillows. I found this giant pillowcase in a closet, stuffed two pillows into it, and viola.
2) Add a blanket. Really, extra blankets just sort of slip around while you sleep and don't really keep you warm whatsoever, but they look really cozy.

Pictured: Bulletin Board, pillows, blanket, and The Beatles (you knew the poster
I was talking about)

Table Tops and Surfaces

1) I am really, really awful at taking care of plants, but I got some succulents from Home Depot for $2, and so far they have been thriving! They just need water every two or three weeks and a sunny spot to live. Bonus because they add an earth feng shui element to the space. And they're so cute, you can name them and it's not wierd. Mine are called Jane, Toby Martin, Clint, and Tabitha. 
2) I read once that there was this woman and she had little trinkets and decorations everywhere that were so unique you wanted to ask her where she got everything, because you knew there would be a story behind it. That's what I want my room to be like. For example, the teensie tiny ballet shoe came from when the lost and found got too big at dance and they just put the oldest stuff out for people to take, so I took the little shoe so I could pretend it was mine. Even though I have only been dancing for three years and the shoe is for a four year old. (Contrary to popular belief, I'm older than seven.) Another example is the Adventure Fund. It's just a jar with stray coins and some beads that occasionally fall in the mix, but it's going towards a hippie road trip that will be discussed further in another post.

Pictured: adventure fund, candles, neighbors, etc

Pictured: mini hippie van, ballet shoe, baby Faith, home-made shelf, and Turtle Rock sand.

1) I have this cool lamp thing and these hanging puffball things that look like clouds. It's just whimsical.
2) Also, if you hang up curtains and such around, it makes the edges look softer and more boho.

(The curtainy things are in the background)

Okay, au revoir mes amis!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Not-Actually-So-Mini Post : Grandma Cookies

Okay, first of all, I'm sorry for not posting for a while. I've had an article about spirituality in mind, but when I tried to write it, I ended up having a minor existential crisis, which scared me enough to not attempt it again. Thus the delay. Hopefully I will be able to conquer the fear and deliver a spiritual article soon. (In the meantime, there will be one on a less intimidating subject up tomorrow or Saturday.)

Secondly, if you've read my post Irony and Questioning Society, you know that I've recently deleted all of my social media apps. This brings me to the subject of this mini post: cookies. This Thursday night, having finished all of my homework with time about three hours until bed, and no social media to waste time on, I decided to make cookies. But not just any cookies. The most decadent, buttery, chocolatey cookies you will ever taste. Also, I made about seventy two of them.

I've been making these cookies for about five years now, and while they can be a little temperamental, (sometimes crispy and buttery, sometimes full and soft) they're always fabulous. So fabulous, I almost have the recipe memorized. So fabulous, it has become a part of my life goal to make these cookies for my grandchildren and therefore improve their lives considerably. But since that's probably about seventy years away, you all will be my foster grandchildren. If you see me on Friday, November 14th, and can tell me the password (Hi, Grandma) I will give you a cookie. (First come, first serve.) If you're not so fortunate to see this in time or don't to school with me, here is the recipe. You are welcome.

The probability for mishap is probably pretty big here but it was artsy

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 secret ingredient - Side 2 of Stevie Wonder's Fulfillingness' First Finale album. Only side 2! (Singing along recommended)

Option 1) Heat oven to 375ºF. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Option 2) Heat over to 375ºF. Throw everything into a bowl in random order (except the nuts cause no one wants nuts in their cookies.) Place misshapen lumps on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown/burnt.

Original recipe credits to Ghirardelli. Modified by me and Stevie Wonder.

Image Creds to Wikipedia