Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TOMS

I just received my TOMS in the mail!

I've been wanting a pair for since I came back to Baylor*. TOMS are very college, very for a cause. For every pair of TOMS you purchase, TOMS give a pair to a child. I want to say that they're totally unapologetic about the price, because they're like, you're paying for two pairs**. I love it. It really is a great organization, and I recently saw the founder on a commercial for AT&T? (He's so cute, PS)
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Let me just tell you they are sooooo comfortable! They're great with jeans, but also look cute with shorts. I've had my eye on the glitter ones for a while...I may break down, I just gotta own it that I love sparkly/shiny apparel! How cute are the polka dot ones too?
Click here to learn more about TOMS and to check out the other styles online!
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*I will have to post about the current fashion trends on BU campus soon. I've told some people how the trends have changed in the 5 years since I was in undergrad. Get ready!

**You can buy TOMS at a number of places, not just on the website, and they're cheaper. I have to confess that I purchased mine at an online auction site :) I'm pretty sure that doesn't put a kink in the system.













Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How cute is this?

And why am I playing with it at 12:45 am instead of writing an essay? I saw an ad in my People Style Watch mag for SmartFood, which apparently has tons of fiber in it (I will further investigate that claim) and they have these cute little cartoon ladies as part of the advertisement. At the bottom is says "Animate yourself!"

Well, I did!

How cute am I?!

This is me in the morning...no really, I own bunny slippers!
This is me in my purple dress and my favorite Kenneth Cole wedges. I'm probably going to church or to a bar. I'd wear the same thing.And this is me in a spring outfit. It's a little windy so a long-sleeved tee is in order, but it's sunny enough for shorts. Maybe I'm going out for a coffee, I don't know. Of course, I've gotta wear the wedges again to make my legs look long.Go to A Woman's World and animate yourself too!


And someone come write my essay for me stat.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Heaven.

You know I just had a moment with my new pal Brett Dennen (see previous post)

Also, do an image google search of heaven. So scary.



Beyond the rules of religion
The cloth of conviction
Above all the competition
Where fact and fiction meet

There's No color lines or casts or classes
There’s no fooling the masses
Whatever faith you practice
Whatever you believe

Heaven. Heaven.
What the hell is Heaven?
Is there a home for the homeless?
Is there hope for the hopeless?

Throw away your misconceptions
There’s no walls around heaven
There’s no codes you gotta know to get in
No minutemen or border patrol

You must lose your earthly possession
Leave behind your weapons
You can’t buy your salvation
And there is no pot of gold

Heaven ain't got no prisons
No government no business
No banks or politicians
No armies and No police

Castles and cathedrals crumble
Pyramids and pipelines tumble
The failure keeps you humble
Leads us closer to peace

New Music

I finished using all of my credits over at emusic. I think I've mentioned this before, but when I have like a gift card or in this case free credits to use up I get very particular on what I'm going to use them on. When I'm in life, however, I have no problem using my own money on impulse purchases. This does not make sense.

Anyway, I got a few things, but I wanted to share these two artists with you. It's going to be a rainy week here and I think these songs are just perfect! Also...they're sort of cuddle music. I'm just saying...
Brett Dennen has a sweet voice, he reminds me of Jason Mraz, but maybe has more slow songs. Don't you love Jason Mraz's slower songs? Anyway, You get that here with Brett. His more popular song was more upbeat and a little rasta, but I wasn't feeling it. Check these out though!

3. Heaven
5. Wrong About
6. So Far From
7.When She's Gone
8. World Keeps Turning
10. Follow Your Heart
11. Ain't Gonna Lose You

And...


Jason Collett is a bit more rockabilly. I'm really into alternative-country right now. It makes me feel so Texas and it's very summery.

1. Roll On Oblivion Alternative
4. Papercut Hearts
7. No Redemption Song
12. Waiting For The World
13.Winter Soldier

Friday, April 24, 2009

A nice spring Dia

So yesterday was my fav. Baylor holiday. I didn't get to make it out to the festivities during the day. I opted to celebrate by laying out and listening to Fresh Air. Later I met up with some folks to go watch the live broadcast of This American Life!

The theme for this week was Return to the Scene of the Crime. It was so neat to see Ira Glass actually pushing all the buttons to start and stop the music and sound bytes as he did his intro! I always thought he was just perched in a studio somewhere and interns would do all that, but no! It was so public radio, just one fella putting it together. They Incorporated a few visual elements like a cartoon and a clip from season two of the TAL television show. And of course, there was one story that made me cry. And the guy reading the story was getting choked up. And it was about his dying mom and how he's a lapsed Catholic and he doesn't believe in prayer and yet he just is forced to believe sometimes. Too much. I love This American Life!


Afterwards I finally made my way to the Dia festivities to watch Eisley. They were great! They didn't get started until close to 11:30 pm, but I was glad to see that so many people were there. Eisley is definitely great summer nighttime music. I think I'll add them to my summer playlist.
And I thought I'd show you what's popping up around our house. All of a sudden we have spring flowers! Thank you nature for giving us some free curb appeal.
Of course Cricket was outside with me as I went around and took pictures. I thought I'd share one more pic with you of her hairdo.

She's so happy! She's too much. Of course, I take off the clip when we go run. I don't want her to be shamed by the other dogs in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day!


Happy Earth Day!!! I would suggest going outside, but it is so incredibly hot today in Waco that we are keeping very still in shaded areas. I made sure to go to HEB though and get my free bag!
There was definitely a news crew there trying to document people exchanging plastic bags for reusable one. He tried to get me on camera. Hello! it's like 100 degrees and I am wearing a tank top that is too big and shows my bra. Denied. I will not be shamed on the Waco local news.

Also, I thought I'd take a pic of our recycling:

It's a little OOC right now because it didn't get taken last week. We take about that much each week though. That's four people's worth of trash that is recyclable! We may produce about 2 bags of regular trash each week, and that's filling kitchen tall sized bags. And this is not to brag about our recycling skills, but to just show how much trash four people produce weekly that can easily be recycled!

And, Cricket needs a haircut stat. She's been wearing a clip so that she can see the world around her.

She lets us do this to her and she wears it to bed and everything. Poor Cricket! She just wants to see!

Monday, April 20, 2009

I love HEB

I really do. It will be my #1 thing I miss about Waco. Nothing compares to the HEB on Wooded Acres. We have two HEBs nearby in Houston and neither measure up. I'll still probably shop at the sub par HEBs though. I love me some Hill County Fare generics.

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I also love reusable shopping bags for the grocery store. Now, I take it a little far sometimes and don't bag my veggies in the clear plastic bags, and then throw them all in one reusable tote at the end. Sometimes the people behind me don't appreciate unbagged vegetables touching the conveyor belt that they're about to put their food on. But then again, they shouldn't stress too much since all of their stuff is in baggies!

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Now, I also love to shop in general, and I'm also guilty of impulse purchases. I rarely have buyer's remorse though, which is a problem. Anyway, when I saw this new HEB bag I clearly had to have it!
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There was some funny signature on the side that I couldn't make out, but a few weeks later I saw in the HEB newsletter that Eva Longoria had designed the bag (hello, celebrity designer bag!)
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Also, in honor of Earth Day this Wednesday if you take 5 plastic shopping bags to HEB between 3pm-7pm you can get one free reusable bag (while supplies last). I'm sure it won't be the Eva bag, but I love my plain HEB bags too.

New Music

I downloaded a few more songs from Page France today and I'm really enjoying them. I first heard of Page France when we sang their song "Jesus" at church. It's a very interesting song the first listen, but it grows on you with lyrics that say:

And Jesus will dance while we drink his wine
With soldiers and thieves and a sword in his side
And we will be joy and we will be right
Jesus will dance while we drink his wine
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You know I perked up when sang about drinking wine!

Other songs I bought off this album (Hello, Dear Wind):

Trampoline- "Hey, hey, hey, you on the trampoline Trying to see everything Hey, hey, hey, sweet little Cherubin Where has your papa been? You've got the keys to his chariot"

Goodness- "Angel, way before there was goodness Way before there was sadness You were just like one of us"

Windy- "I believe in windy days when everything gets blown away"

Ribs (from the album Come, I'm a Lion!)- "You were made out of my ribs We share a heart, we share the stars"

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Race Day

I just came back from running in Race for the Cure. It rained all day yesterday and was supposed to rain all day today. Luckily, despite dark skies and 100% humidity, we it didn't rain during the Race. It started sprinkling as I walked to my car and is now full on pouring. Let me tell you though, there were so many people there! I don't think rain would have stopped them from going.

I did see a guy covered head to toe with what looked like dried Pepto Bismo. I mean, you gotta represent apparently.

Did small children and older men pass me? Definitely, but I faired pretty well :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Indie Running Mix Podcast


So I was looking for some running mixes or playlists, and I came across this site, Indie Soup Runner. You can find it on iTunes in the podcast section. It's taking me a while to download all of the mixes (sometimes my computer chooses to hate me), but it seems like it's just a random mix of songs. I haven't heard any talking between songs (like a DJ), and the length of each mix varies, which is great. Some are about 20 minutes and others are up to an hour. Of course you can't like skip to the next song if you get tired or bored of it, it is a podcast after all, but this is a great way to mix up your workout music...
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Ok, I just heard that the songs transition from one to another. Not the smoothest skills, but hey, no abrupt stops which is good. Oooh, and M.I.A. just came on!




Thursday, April 16, 2009

Diadeloso

I think that Diadeloso may be my ultimate favorite Baylor event. If I lived closer to Waco (assuming that one day I will truly leave Baylor as a student and no longer live in Waco) I think that I would still come to Dia. I love seeing all the little families hanging out. I also love all the dogs that get brought out. Dia = spring, enjoying the Texas outdoors (rare), puppies, watching the Pikes play tug-of-war (assuming they're still the burly fraternity), and lots of freebies. I don't want to comment too much on the weather, lest I speak lies into existence, but it has always been amazing in the past. Truly the perfect spring day.
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So I'm walking through Truett yesterday and see an ad on one of the computers about Dia, and I see the word "Eisley." I straight up ran back to the computer to make sure my eyes were not being tricky. It was true though! Eisley is going to be playing at Baylor...for FREE! Let me just tell you what Eisley equals: Laura Bundy, which = COLLEGE! I really feel like Bundy introduced me to them and I love their CD. I got nervous because it's been a while and I only have the one CD, but apparently I'm only an album behind because they're currently working on their third. So I'm in pretty good shape!
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Thank you, Baylor.
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And long live The Day of the Bear!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Recession Shopping Spree

Gotta love summer sandals. I'm very excited to try out my new pair tomorrow. Every once in a while I find a good pair at Payless that are both comfortable, decently made and obviously reasonably priced. My most favorite sandals that I had for two years were from Payless, and I still mourn them. The Calvin Klein sandals my mom bought to replace them don't even come close to matching them in style. Anyway, I really wanted a pair of white sandals, and I think these will satisfy that craving.
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Also, I don't think I ever explained e*music. It's basically a site to download MP3s. You buy a monthly membership and you get so many credits to use. I think if you go over your credit limit songs cost about $.30 or $.60, I can't remember. Their library isn't as extensive as iTunes, they mostly carry indie bands. However, if you like indie music or discovering new indie bands this is a great site and it's cheaper than iTunes. I tend to pay for a month and then cancel. They recently emailed me a promotion to come back and gave me 75 free songs to download. So yeah, I thought that was a pretty good deal!
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And since I love Gossip Girl so much and the music they use in each episode I spent some time this afternoon using some of my credits on songs featured on the shows (You can find which songs are featured here at Gossip Girl Insider) I feel like this will give me a good start on my summer playlist and I've already found a few bands from that list whose entire album I'll get. I'll post about those bands another time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Race for the Cure

This Saturday I will be participating in Race for the Cure here in Waco. I've always wanted to do this, but something always seems to come up on this weekend. I'm really looking forward to being a part of this event and running alongside others in the Waco/Central Texas community.


Cancer seems to have affected so many families that I know, mine included. Luckily, in my family we have survivors, yet I know that so many others are not as fortunate. At times I feel that because it is such a common diagnosis I become numb to the reality of the disease and the hardships that it brings on one's personal life and physical health. The fact that this disease affects so many people doesn't mean that I should think of this as a normal part of life, but that I should be more aware of how I can love and support those who are affected by cancer, and to advocate for better resources, treatments, support services, and most of all cures. It also means being aware of my own health and making sure to have regular screenings! (And I actually did that a few weeks so ago, so check!)


If you would like to participate in this weekend's race you can do so in a few ways. Please join the team! I am running with a group from Truett Seminary, but anyone and everyone is welcome (and it's a cheaper registration fee if you run with a team as opposed to individually). Or, you can make a small donation (as little as $5) that will help fund education, screening and treatment programs for people here in Central Texas. Lastly, you can pray for those you know who have been affected by cancer in anyway, and perhaps offer them a word of encouragement or think of a way to help them during this time.


And if you think someone else might want to donate, please foward them the link to this entry or the link to the donation page!!! THANKS!

It's effervescent...like me


I am loving seltzer water right now. When I was little we would go to the Galleria to go ice skating and they had a vending machine that sold sparkling water and I always wanted it. And I always thought it was disgusting. I never really attempted to drink it after that. When I was in Turkey I felt like I needed drink something with a little fizz during lunch since we usually would get back on a bus and travel a while, and I've been getting carsick lately (PTL for Dramamine). I started drinking Perrier for lunch and loved it. As many of you know, that H20 in Waco is less than desirable, and while I've come to just accept it I noticed that I went about 2 weeks without drinking anything accept coffee and the occasional Fresca. Not good for the skin or the kidneys. I went to my favorite HEB and picked up a few bottles of seltzer water and am now hooked! And the HEB flavored sparkling water (to the left) are good too. Anyone remember Clearly Canadian?
Also, someone told me I was effervescent. That's an interesting compliment. I'm still processing it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Scentsy


My roommate's mom sent her this cute little thing. It's a plug-in, and on top you can put a little block of scented wax. When switched on it acts as a night-light and melts the wax. It can stay plugged in and you can switch it off and the wax will cool and harden again. It's so pretty and it really does freshen the house (meaning it's strong but it's still good). We don't keep it on all of the time but it's really great. Our house currently smells like Tea Blossom.

I think to order one you have to have a little party, like Mary Kay or Pampered Chef.

Check on Scentsy!

paint'n'sniff


I bought a new nail polish the other day. It's a blend of purpley-plum and wine/berry. I tend to buy lots of bright fuchsias or pinks, and this was different than what I have in stock. OK, so then I look down at the label after I had already sampled it on my nail and there's this sticker that says "scented when dry." I was like, what does that mean? So very cautiously I smell my fingernail, not knowing what to expect, and sure enough it smells like berries. Who thought of that? I mean, it smells like regular polish when you're putting it on, so don't be confused. Once dried though it smells like fruit.
Now here is the thing, who smells their nails? No one. But then I couldn't stop smelling them. If you put a clear coat on top it's over, and unfortunately you really need to since it's a little matte and chips.
However, besides the paint'n'sniff marketing, the color is great and you should check it out. I bought Passionate Fruit, but they have seven other colors.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I mean really, S?

I mean really, why did I just do this?

The Keepin' It Real tag rules:
  • Take a picture of yourself RIGHT now.
  • No primping or preparing.
  • Just snap a picture.
  • Load the picture onto your blog.
  • Tag some people to play.


This is me waking up after my Easter Sunday nap. I look like death. But I'm alive, so I suppose I look barely resurrected. Just keepin' it real/thematic. Oh yeah, I bought a grandma nightgown and love it. Inspiration: Carrie Bradshaw.

I tried to make this picture as small as possible. I don't think that helps.

Only for you Sirena.

I suppose I'll tag April (I bet you'll take a picture with your cats) and Bundy, though I know Bundy will not participate if it means looking like a hot mess.

*Oh no, Melissa has now been tagged! Basically anyone who reads this should do it because it is sort of funny. Make sure you let me know if you do it!
**Also, please look at April's pictures, #2 and #7 are too much!!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Current breakfast ritual


1/2 c. old school Fiber One and 1/2 c. Lucky Charms. So good, so much fiber.

My roommate gave me this idea. She mixes fun cereal with Fiber One. I wanted to go with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but Lucky Charms has a bit more fiber and a lot less sugar. And the marshmallow bits make it just sweet enough. Delish.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Listen to the music of the moment people, dance and sing"

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz*
Neon Tiger – The Killers*
There She Goes – The Boo Radleys*
To Save Me – M. Ward (featuring Jason Lytle)
Nantes – Beirut
Get On Your Boots – U2*
I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria*
Feel The Love – Cut Copy
The Gardener – The Tallest Man On Earth*
Take Courage – Andrew Bird
We are Nowhere And It’s Now – Bright Eyes
Westward - Buxton
Don’t Give Up – The Bronze Age (formerly Quiet, Lovely)*
Great DJ – The Ting Tings
Suffer For Fashion – Of Montreal
What I’m Trying To Say – Stars
Saint Jerome – Coconut Records
Unusual You – Britney Spears
Now My Feet Won’t Touch the Ground – Coldplay*

These are the artists that are pulling me into spring, even though spring hasn’t been very consistent. * denotes that these particular songs have been on repeat. The other songs are simply meant to represent their entire album. Yes, Brit Brit’s album is good. You need it. Only two songs are lame, the rest are all great. The song from Coldplay is off of an EP released after their last album. Cut Copy and Of Montreal are my favorites right now. Buxton is simply wonderful. The iTunes preview doesn’t do it justice.

So what I’m listening to as of late is a little pop, a little electro-pop, indie-Texas-folksy, and pretty indie-heavy instrumental-slow songs.

That is my spring mix 2009. Know the actual mix is like 80 songs.

Vhat are you listening too??

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Farm Day

Here in central Texas we’ve been teased with a few sporadic spring days, and I’m hoping that they become a bit more consistent. But today spring was in full force! The day started off a bit cloudy, but I was hoping that the forecast would be correct and we’d have warm temperatures and sunny skies…and we did!

Today was also Farm Day at the World Hunger Farm. I’ve always wanted to go to a Farm Day, but have had plans the past few times. I called Laura up and invited her to come, knowing that she’s been trying her hand at gardening and has been reading up on locally produced food like I have. I was so happy to be able to spend the day with her! We also made sure to hit up Common Grounds, the Spirit Shop for BU t's, and a did a driving tour of our little (and by that I mean now huge) campus. Sic'em.

Ok, the farm was no joke! I’ve been out there a few times and it’s usually pretty low key, but today it was crowded with people out enjoying the weather and the festivities. I'm talking about babies rolling in the grass, llamas and goats running amuck, people directing parking--the works! (ok, maybe not amuck since Webster's just informed me that that entails being mad with murderous frenzy...those animals were just hanging out) There was so much going on that Laura and I didn’t know where to start and as a result ended up missing out on the walking tour and buying any produce. We ate a meal prepared with mostly harvested items from the farm (turkey burritos). Then we grabbed a spot to listen to the speakers for the day, a couple who run Home Sweet Farm down in Brenham. Laura and I went on our own walking tour to see what was growing in the beds, and then bought some herbs.

I had been doing a great job with my potted plants on the porch, but the Christmas break did them in. I bought some more rosemary and then branched out and got lavender and cilantro. I also stole my roommate’s basil that she had bought at the store and had been picking the leaves off of and planted it. Basil grows really fast so I’m sure it will have some leaves on it again pretty quickly.
The goods


Basil, Rosemary, Lavender & Cilantro


Stolen basil


Our porch looks much less sad now that some of the pots are filled again. I need to purchase another basil plant and some dill. Laura and I also talked about trying to buy our produce locally during May. This is honestly going to be really easy for me since the farmers market is literally a mile down the street from me. I’m sort of ashamed that I haven’t taken advantage of it sooner. I can’t wait to check out what they have…maybe I’ll scope it out before May so I can have a feel for what it has.

Oh, maybe the day was made even better because Josh Huck was at the farm and sang a favorite song of mine, Came Into This Town. I’m trying to locate his EP so if you know where I can get it let me know!

Oh, and Cricket Dog has been my walking companion these past few days. We've been enjoying the weather and our neighborhood together. She's also a much better runner than myself and I take her with me so that when I have to stop and walk I don't look quite as lame. I'm also hoping that she'll perform some sort of rescue dog duties if I pass out on the street.