Thursday, September 30, 2010

Miss Kayla Dawn

Dear Kayla, I feel like you need these.  I'm not sure where
this feeling is coming from, but it's definitely a feeling I am
having.  $35 - $38 via

Miss Brittany Ingalls

And THIS will be purchased shortly, I'm sure.

Just a stone's throw from "Simply genius," this patent-pending, palm-sized pebble takes the guesswork out of water conservation by tracking how much water you use in your shower. Inspired by a hotel sign prompting guests to "please use water sparingly," inventor Paul Priestman hatched a useful way to put the plea into action.How it works
Once you've programmed this pebble, it signals a yellow light at your half-shower mark and flashes red when it's time to turn off the faucet.
The real genius
This pebble incrementally shortens its suggested stop time, training you over weeks to use water wisely. Have fun with your timer by turning it into a clean game of race-against-the-pebble!
SO, ma'am, I think this is worth the $10 - via

Kitchen Post.

Ok, that's good for now.  Here are some dream kitchen gadgets that I'd love to own.  Hmm.  I wonder if I can work these into my measly little budget.

Sushi Platter - $50 via
Features an indentation specifically for Soy Sauce.
My dad would love this.
Glass Oil & Vinegar Cruet - $70 via
Apple Corer - $10 
Heat Changing Arcade Mug - $8 via
Days Ago Refrigerator Timer - $8 via
Pac-Man HotHead Pot holder - $15 via
Samurai Sword Chop Sticks - $13 via
Nest 8 Nesting Set - $50 via
"Elevate" Utensils - $40 via
Innovative weighted handles to keep tools away from
touching kitchen surfaces. Clean and hygiene-friendly
utensils meant for every kitchen.

The 'Bowl Board' - $69 via

Yanko Design will be joining the links list....

The 'hot/cold' mug.  Hmm.  Perfect.
I need this watch because I get stressed reading analog clocks.
"Hug" Salt and Pepper Shaker - um, too adorable. 
All of these geeky goodies came from Yanko Designs.  Christmas is coming up soon, right?

And if I ever get busy enough I'll get one of these...
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest little life helper I've seen in a long time.  Conveniently, a little watch is right in front of your face for reference every time you consult your planner.  I want one.  See the full review at the here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

So here's how today goes.

It is day 3 of my little personal challenge.  I promised myself to do the next bouldering comp at the Rock Haus next time one rolls around, which is apparently in December.  Erk!  I shook on it with Brad, Tony, Trevor, and Mike at the gym and if I don't do it I have to buy each of them a hoodie.  Why a hoodie?  Wellll Brad and I have this little inside joke.... apparently he only has 1 hoodie to his name, or so it would appear, which he wears every day of the winter.  So.  I promised him I'm gonna get him a new hoodie if I don't follow through. Besides the comp, I made this goal to climb 4 out of 7 days each week.  SO far, I'm 3 for 3.  That's just because I rock.  This challenge is two-fold.  1.  Get in better shape.  2.  Control/mediate my spending habits. 
And the reward is a new iPod.  Shoot.  I want it.
 What I'm finding is I just need consistency with climbing.  I'm already doing so much better.  I am bouldering at an almost 300 level - I guess that's a V2 or V3 which isn't bad considering how terrified I am of heights.  I made some big moves that scared me so bad and I'm Sooooo glad I did.  I red-pointed some 5.10s and finished one with a little crack climbing, too.  I feel so good - which is the goal.

Not me... yet.  Climbing outdoors is a different beast.
 AND another little goal I've got is to brain wash myself into understanding my worth and my talents.  This little number is hanging all over my room:

I like it.  I think it's cute.  And I'm already feeling a little better.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let them eat...

Thing to make #3
Thing to make #2
Thing to make #1

Rainbow Cake

Remind me to make these and throw a Halloween party.

Giant Bubbles via

Alone with my Giant Soap Bubbles / Sly Lebulleur from issole on Vimeo.


Thanks to my lovely friend Nicole at, I am planning on making one of these for my mother for Christmas.  Maybe I'll even by one...?  Who knows?

Two things.

First. My tonsillectomy is tentatively moved up to October 6 - as opposed to Thanksgiving Break. Ah!
If you were thinking that that is a mouse, you were right.
Second.  I am increasinly more skeptical of mass-marketed food.  Thanks to Geekologie, this morbid dining experience has been brought to our attention.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Poor McDonald's. Bad Rap.

Five reasons NOT to go to McDonald's anytime soon.  This one's for Shane Trane.


McDonald's Serves Customer A Used Burger


Maggots Cleansed From McDonald's Coffee Maker


Does McDonald's Really Have The Worst Burgers?


New Ad Blames McDonald's For Heart Disease


5 Kids Meals With Adult-Size Calories, Fat

homework diversion.
Post Secret

the oven is burning my cookies.

So.  Let's rescue the night and do something to raise my spirits because the oven monster is burning my cookies. Here is a short list of things that make me happy.  And.  This wouldn't be complete without Jessica.

I love my house I love rock climbing I love Autumn I love designing I love singing I love cooking I love baking I love friends I love boys I love flowers I love sleep I love learning.

Phew.  Cookies.  Please be with me!

Sitting at work.

So I'm sitting at work in the 'information commons' of the Merrill-Cazier Library.  For the most part, this is a pretty awesome job. I only wish that I had photoshop and illustrator to work on some random projects.

Last night, thanks to my self-imposed 'sleep pressure' that I always fail to fulfill, I didn't get much sleep.  I tried to go to bed AFTER Britt had already gone to bed.  This is always a mistake.  For whatever demented reason, my body knows when I want it to sleep - and it just won't comply.  Instead, I find myself tricking my body into sleeping by falling asleep with the bedroom light on and Britt still working on her homework.  This way, my mind/body THINKS I'm just doing what I want - as always - and thus has the choice to go to sleep or not.  When I turn the lights out and expect my body to fall asleep - oh contrare!  I lay awake for hours.  Thinking.  You know what I'm talking about, I'm sure.

ANYWAY.  Yesterday, Sheth (Shauna + Seth) and I made these muffins.  Ironically, the house was full of non and used-to-be Mormons.  How appropriate.  I went home.  Tried to sleep. And this is what happened at 3 in the morning. 

Mormon Muffin Recipe

boiling water
baking soda
All Bran Cereal
40% Bran Flakes
walnuts (chopped)
Add soda to boiling water and set aside.  Whip shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs slowly.  Mix well.  Add the buttermilk, flour, salt and mix again.  Add the soda water very slowly.  Gently fold the cereals and the walnuts into the mix.

Spoon 1/8 cup into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes.
Muffin mix must sit in the refrigerator over night before baking.  Muffin mix will last one week, covered and refrigerated.  Yields 3 dozen muffins.

Hard to see.  This is just a screen-shot of my email inbox, since I'm not on my personal computer.  Mary  asked if I would help her come up with a new design for her blog.  These are 3 quick little headers I whipped out.  Then, try as I might, I still couldn't sleep.  Perfect.

MMMk.  So the other day I was sitting with my new co-worker, Tara, who is getting married.  This, (obvi), led to my searching and perusing wedding blogs.  Irk.  Zzzztt.  Well.  I found some preeetty neat-o stuff.  This is one of my favorites:  The brooch bouquet.  
Tell me.  How classy is this?  I don't know if it's something that I'd do for my wedding... but maybe.

AND finally.  I love stumbling across neat things on the interwebs.  For example.  This little blog is a treasure and I can (bashfully) totally see myself doing this kind of crafternooning later on in life.  Hopefully I become thrifty in the near future.  Here is a favorite from her stuff:
Before.  duh.

AND After.  Darling.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Before I hit the books....

So, I'm just about to sit down and do a lil math homework, my lil lip-stick!  Colin made me promise that I would read the Book of Mormon every day.  Every day!!!  So.  Here am I.  Sitting at my desk.  Ready to read the pages after the title page.  Progress, huh?

My brother is such a sweetheart.  I visited his friends at work today and the three of us wrote a short letter to him on his mission.  Ima bake him some cookies for eating.  

This is the Introduction.  Key words:

  • written by prophets - not journalists.  
  • prophecy
  • revelation
  • "...and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come."
  •  as a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God 
  • and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.
  • will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world
The Testimony of the Three Witnesses.  Key words:
  •  his voice
  • by the power of God, and not of man.
  • Oliver Cowdery
    David Whitmer
    Martin Harris

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Three things.

Note to self:

I am thinking about making some meatballs. BUT FIRST:

Even though I don't feeel very happpy today (like, smiley/giggly/blahblah) I am grateful for a few things.

1. How did I get lucky enough to find a job? I feel sooo blessed to have a job - and one that works right into life.

2. Erik Wynn. You're never gonna let me forget that I wrote about you on my blog, dangit. But, you are such a good friend. I appreciate everything you're doing/you've done for me since we've been good friends. Why don't you come over for dinner?

3. I took them for granted before, but I am grateful for goals. Weird sounding, I'm sure, but if you ever get stuck in a rut where the idea of progression doesn't even cross your mind, you may agree with me. I'm trying to find my direction again. Goals, progress, improvement, etc. Those things are a real source of confidence and motivation - all things that I need.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

to start off.

I'm always a little nervous, trying to figure out what to say, how to say it.... SO, I'm going to start with something that I can shoooow you. My most recent impulse buy. And I'm so excited for it to get here - because it means it's AUTUMN!!
Here she is. My little perfect sweater/hoodie/warmcuddlyperfectness item.

And, for your sake, I hope you like/respect this purchase, because I basically stole it. Not to mention it's going to be so perfect for the coming cold weather misery that is Logan, Utah.

Story #2: Today, I am indeed sitting in my bed, windows wide open, breathing in the rainy outside smell. Freezing (finally), after sitting here/sleeping here for the last 12 hours with a fever. My throat is no longer throbbing, but revenge is so sweet, and it won't know what to do when the doctors take a knife to it and cut out those wretched tonsils that have been 'blessing' me with Strep Throat 2xyearly since I was 5. Get ready, because it's going to be something to blog about. Circa Thanksgiving twentyten.

Story #3: Scary thing is happening tonight at 6. Imagine ME standing on the edge of a very high cliff. That's about how I feel at this moment, this prelude to the hysteria and joyous singing... irk. I'm gonna have to stop alluding to this 'thing' at a later date, because currently I can't even swallow the idea myself. Can't exactly shout that to the cyber world now can we? Obvi. No.

Story #4: I have short, boyish hair. I think it's borderline adorable, but it might also be on the less-than-feminine side. Is that ok?
(sidenote: OK? Acceptable? And why do we all feel the need to consult each other on what exactly is acceptable? It's my hair. I do what I want.)

Story #4: I know. I see it, too. All I'm gonna say is I'm just not ready to move on yet. Don't force it. I'm listening to thesixtyone and it's perfect rainy day music. All I need now is some nice autumnal-esque food to match.

Photo time: These are pictures from my blackberry because i don't have a camera.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

French Silk Pie(s)

This is one of my favorite recipes; although I like to mix it up, a lot.  Try substituting White Chocolate for the unsweetened baking chocolate; top with raspberries and blackberries.  To.  Die.  For.