Monday, March 28, 2011

Favorite Movie Music Moments

Ooh! I wanted to let you know I wrote a guest post today over at Honestly Kristen! Kristen wrote for me on another blog I used to write, so when I heard she needed some help this week, I jumped right in!

For my guest post, I made a list of my favorite movie music moments. Can you guess which ones I chose? Here's a hint:


Friday, March 25, 2011

10 things I've learned after subscribing to way too many blogs:



#1: It's really annoying when blog owners keep comments hidden until approval. I want the instant gratification of seeing what I've written! Besides... when was the last time you actually had a spam comment?

#2: I appreciate bloggers who use Disqus, ComLuv, or other such features for their blog comments so I don't have to log in and type my website address EVERY SINGLE TIME want to comment. When the site just knows me, it's like coming home!

#3: Captchas are irritating and cumbersome... especially when reading on an iPhone that auto-corrects your spelling. Please disable this "feature".

#4: Hiding the "Subscribe" button is not helpful. Please make it extremely obvious how to subscribe or I probably won't be back.

#5: I love, love, love when blog owners comment back to their readers! It let's me know that you're a real person when you take the time to talk to me, especially if you're super cool and popular. ;)

#6: I appreciate it when bloggers use sponsor ads of fellow bloggers. It gives me good ideas of other things to read, and it lets me know that that blogger is a smart, savvy chica who knows the value of a dollar!

#7: Abbreviated RSS feeds are down-right offensive to me. If I see these in my feed reader, I WILL unsubscribe immediately just on principle. Don't make me have to click through to read your content. Instead make me WANT to click through by writing something worth commenting on.

#8: Music upon entry to your blog is not appreciated. Please turn it off or make it optional. Even if it's my favorite song, it will get old fast and dissuade me from wanting to visit your site very regularly.

#9: Well-planned layouts are awesome! I like knowing what a blog is about at a quick glance. Widgets strewn about haphazardly send me screaming into the hills.

#10: Personality-infused blogs are the best. :) Standard layouts are fine, but I love it when bloggers take the time to add personal details. I like feeling like I know you, just by spending time on your site. It doesn't have to be fancy, just make sure it's YOU!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Date a Girl Who Reads



"Date a girl who reads.

"Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

"Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

"She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book. Buy her another cup of coffee.

"Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.  Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

"It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

"She has to give it a shot somehow.

"Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

"Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

"Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

"If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

"You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

"You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

"Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

"Or better yet, date a girl who writes."

by: Rosemarie Urquico

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Allergy Season



Operation "Kill My Allergies" is in full effect. I don't know for sure what I'm allergic to, only that it seems to be seasonal and only started once I moved to the Grass Seed Capital of the World. Yes, there is such a place.

To be on the safe side, I bought an air purifier for my room, and am making sure to wash my sheets once a week. Can't hurt to get all the dust and cat hair out of the vicinity, although I'm pretty sure I'm not allergic to those things. You never know what a compromised immune system will get upset about though.

I read somewhere that allergies are your body's reaction to something it shouldn't be reacting to. I like that explanation. It makes sense.

I bought honey grown in this area tonight. I heard a long time ago that local honey can help immunize you from local allergies. Last summer I found some at the farmer's market. Not sure if it helped, but it sure tasted good! This year I found some at the local health food co-op. Couldn't hurt, right?

I figure it also couldn't hurt to be in better shape. That helps everything in general. I've been eating lots more fruits and vegetables this past month, and now that my monster cold is gone, I'm going to get serious about working out. Not sure what my plan is yet in that department, though. Maybe I'll get back to doing Wii Fit. I do think getting outdoors would be good too, though. I'm such a couch potato.

The last part of building up my immune system involves getting better sleep. I am saving that one for last because I'm a natural night owl with a crack-of-dawn job. It's going to take every ounce of my convincing powers to get myself into bed at a decent hour on a consistent basis. 'Course maybe by the time I'm ready for that part of the plan, I'll be living on an island paradise where no one wakes up early if they don't want too. A girl can dream, right?

Do What You Can

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Musings of an INFP



I wonder if all INFPs reinvent themselves as much as I do? I've heard that a lot of actors are INFP, actually. That makes so much sense. I'm a horrible memorizer, but becoming a million different types of people has a definite appeal.

In the past year alone, I've reinvented myself as a scientist, a librarian, a health nut, an athlete, and a morning person (that one failed quicker than the others - who wants to be a morning person anyway?). Each one of those is actually a facet of my personality, or at the very least, a latent interest, so it's been terribly fascinating to learn more about each of these things. I wonder what persona I'll adopt next?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Recipe: Carrot Onion Pizza



I made the most amazing HEALTHY pizza tonight! I was shocked. Carrot-onion pizza. I know, sounds awesome, right?

Okay I've had a cold/viral-infestation for about 2 weeks on and off now, so I went to the store to stock up on some fruits and veggies (nature's medicine!). While there, I realized I had most of the ingredients for pizza sauce in my cart (thank you for enlightening me, Jamie Oliver!). So... pizza it was.

Of course when I got home, I realized I didn't actually have any toppings in the fridge. Time to get creative. Normally I stick to a recipe like glue, but I was feeling oddly brave, so I grabbed what I had and made due. Hence... carrot-onion pizza. It really did turn out amazing. I promise!

Tomato Pizza Sauce

INGREDIENTS

4 vine-ripened tomatoes, blanched and quartered
6 TB olive oil
1 yellow onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, smashed
4 oz container of organic, fresh basil leaves (a large bunch)
salt
pepper

DIRECTIONS

Remove the skins from everything (unless you don't want to). Pour about 6 TB of olive oil into a hot frypan. Cut off the stems of the basil and throw that into the pan. Add garlic, onion, and tomatoes. Add a dash of salt & pepper.

Bring to a boil and them simmer about 10 minutes - until it starts becoming fragrant. The tomatoes should be liquifying by this point. Get a strainer and push everything through it, saving only the liquid. Simmer that liquid for another 5 minutes or so.

Veggie Pizza

INGREDIENTS

1 Boboli whole wheat crust
the sauce you just made
parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 clump green onions, diced
3-4 medium carrots, diced

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 400. Chop up the veggies. Spread the sauce, cheese, and veggies onto the crust. Pop that in the oven when it's warm.

Cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until done.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Fix Your iPhone with a Bowl of Rice



So tonight... my iPhone decided to take a bath. Bad iPhone! Bad!!

In one heart-stopping moment, my life flashed before my eyes as I watched my iPhone dive it's way gingerly to the bottom of the bathtub. $200 down the drain! Nooooo!

Luckily, I listen to about a million geek podcasts, so knew immediately what to do in this situation. Within a nano-second, my save-the-day instinct kicked in; my fingers deft and sure, reached down, saving my drowning iPhone from certain death. I instantly did the only thing that's crucial to do at this point: POWERED IT DOWN!

Resisting temptation to turn it back on "just to check and make sure it was alright!", I quickly found my laptop and Googled to make sure I did the next part right. Remove SIM card. Bury in a pile of rice. Wait for 2-7 days.

No problem. Except for the fact that I was flying out the next day to California! Great timing, I'll tell you. I feel like I'm missing a limb, traveling without my iPhone, even to the grocery store. But I also knew that powering it back on any sooner would surely electrocute my poor baby.

So... travel without it I did. And I survived. And so did my iPhone. It was perfectly healed when I got back! Rice saved the day! True story.
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