Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Favorites


Another week that lacked internet activity in my household. I bought a sewing machine last Friday so my favorites this week are mostly sewing related.

My Sewing Circle & We All Sew are two communities similar to Ravelry (A knitting and crochet community) but they're for those of us who sew.

Sew Mama Sew is a blog FULL of sewing tutorials.

Lastly I was thinking of selling, or giving away, some of my makeup. Before I do that I wanted to find out if it was possible to sanitize your makeup. If not I guess it stays in my stash without being used until it goes bad. Fortunately I found this video on YouTube. I searched it out and this seems to be the universal way to sanitize your makeup for sale, or for giving away, or just in general. (Which reminds me, I have a question for anyone who reads this. Would you accept, for free, high end makeup that's been sanitized or high end makeup that's only been used one and not even used straight from it's original packaging? If so leave me a comment and I might just give some of my makeup away. THIS IS THE MAKEUP I'M TALKING ABOUT!)


Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Different World

Last night I was thinking about things that were different when I was younger. It was quite interesting to think about so I thought I'd share it with y'all.

When I was younger I lived in a town with a population of less than 500. This afforded us nothing in the way of privacy. Everyone knew everyone and knew everything that everyone did. (Confused with that last sentence?) The one thing that living in such a small town did afford us was security. We never locked our doors at night. Not the doors on the house or the doors on our cars. Normally my mom left her purse in the car. Nothing was ever stolen either. I can't imagine doing that now though.

A lot of kids these days play video games. The first video game system our family received was a Sega Genesis. I couldn't believe how amazing it was. We only got to play when we earned the time BUT it was the fact that technology like that existed in our world. I understand that there were systems that came out before it but the Sega was the first I knew of.

For fun we, my brothers, neighbors, friends, and I, used to play in the ditch in front of our house. That's what we loved to do. I know that sounds gross and parents today would have a conniption fit if they saw their child playing in a ditch but that's the kind of fun that we had.

I actually remember having to get up from the couch to change the channel. Not only that I remember when we had to go move the dish around to get good reception. I'm not talking about one of those little dish's they have now. No. The dish we used was at least 6 ft in circumference.

Once a week my family would have to irrigate the yard. Dad would get up at 2 in the morning so that he could stop up the ditch and flood the yard. We, as kids, thought it was a privilege when dad would ask us if we wanted to help. I think I got pneumonia a couple times though. Freezing cold water, 2 am, yea it doesn't mix well. I still remember having a blast helping though.

I remember when gasoline, for premium, was $.97 a gallon. That was when I started driving.

Every time I think of how things were different when I was a kid I instantly think of Bucky Covington and his song A Different World. I couldn't imagine what my mom would have said to me if I'd have asked for a bottle of water.


 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Some Added Links

At some point, on this little blog, I might start selling stuff. I also might do reviews on products that I either bought or that were given to me. In this new world I feel it's best if you protect yourself in any way possible. Thusly (isn't that a cool word) I've added a Privacy Policy, Disclaimer, and Advertising & Affiliate Disclosure link at the bottom of every post.

Check out my disclaimer, it's hilarious. I used it, with permission of course, from another blogger. You can use it too. You'll love it.

Anywho, that's all, happy Hump day!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Black Friday

I know there are a lot of people who don't go out on Black Friday (yes I capitalized both) because the mass consumerism, the horrible lines, and the rude people. I, however, find it to be exhilarating.

I was contemplating not going this year because I really didn't find anything that peaked me interested. Why wait in lines and deal with a million different people when there's nothing I want? My mom wanted to go but I didn't want to drag her out of bed that early for nothing. We, my husband my mother and I, decided to go when I found an ad that was meant for  me. It was the ad for Dave's Bernina.

SEWING MACHINES!!!!!!!!!!

I've been eyeing a sewing machine for a long time. I took sewing classes when I was 8 years old but they didn't last. Mostly because my parents couldn't afford it anymore. I've always wanted to own a sewing machine but never had a reason. Even now I don't really have a solid reason to own a sewing machine but I'm tired of buying clothes that fit me alright, but aren't that cute, just because that's what everyone has to offer. I'm tired of spending hundreds of dollars on a blanket for our bed. (we have to buy oversized blankets because my husband has a horrible habit of stealing every last stitch of blanket from me in the night) I'd like to make gifts, instead of buying gifts, for people around the holidays. Ever since I started crocheting I've wanted to pick up more homemaking skills and sewing seemed like the logical next step for me.

So without further ado here's my major Black Friday purchase.


This little beauty is a Bernina 330. It generally retails for $1399 but I paid $699. Tell me that wasn't worth it? After speaking with the sales associates for what seemed like hours I picked this because of it's ease of use and the fact that it still had quite a few features.


Along with the machine I bought this walking foot. It was on sale for $99. I know that seems like a lot but I've found them online retailing for nearly $200. I also purchased THIS knee lift but it wasn't in stock.

The moment I got this baby home I started playing around with it. I ripped up an old shirt and began figuring things out. After I learned how to thread the machine, of course.

Now comes the task of starting my first project. I'm nervous/excited/scared/omgasdfjkl;. If you've got any advice for a sewing novice leave it in the comments, please.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Favorites


I only have one thing to share this week. It's not because I haven't been online much though. The pure weirdness of this video is something I think nothing else on the internet can compete with at this moment.

I was watching a video on YouTube. I have no clue what the video was but afterwards, when the suggested videos pop up on the screen, the video below was on the suggestions. The sheer craziness of what I was seeing prompted me to click on this video. I will never be the same and I'm not sure anyone who watches this will.

I can't embed the video here for some reason but I urge you to click the HERE and watch it. It's ... I can't explain, just watch.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Have A Makeup Problem

I'm not a beauty guru. I'm not a makeup artist. I rarely every wear makeup because I just don't like to take the time to put it on. I, however, have a huge problem when it comes to makeup.

I buy too much.

Here's a great example. October 27th, 2012. My husband took me down to Vegas for my birthday. We only live a couple hours away so it's not that big of a deal that we went. The first thought in my head, before every thinking about where I wanted him to take me to dinner, was that I had to go to the M.A.C store, and Sephora, and any other makeup store I ran into on our way up the strip. Why? No reason just I wanted to buy stuff. What stuff? Anything I set my eyes on that I think will look good on anyone, not just myself. I spent $80 at the mac store on products that look exactly like products I already have at home.

That's my main problems when purchasing makeup. I don't care if it looks good on me. If it looks good, period, I'm probably going to buy it. The other problem is I buy higher end cosmetics. It's not a problem financially but when you spend money of more expensive items I'm sure you actually want to be able to use them.

I have blushes that, when I put on, I can't even tell exist on my skin. Like this two from M.A.C.
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I'm sure they'd be beautiful on someone with darker skin but they completely disappear on my skin.

There's also these 2 eyeshadows from Bare Minerals. Yes, they're stunning but I cannot pull them off. I have tried numerous times but they just don't work on me.

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Lastly, all these products from M.A.C. None of them, and I repeat none of them, work well on me. The pigment is far too dark and makes my eyes look sunken in. The paint pot just doesn't go well with my eyes and the eyeshadow makes me look like I'm sick.

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I bought every last one of these products because they looked good in the package. In this post there is over $120 worth of product that I don't wear and will probably never wear. It's sad, really, that I have this kind of problem. I can control myself with anything else beauty related (if you don't count Lush products in that category) but not makeup.

This is a problem that, I'm sure, isn't going away any time soon. Just this year an Ulta opened up near by and, although he's good at holding me back at times, my husband has a way of feeding my addictions. Well it's more me manipulating him into the frenzy then him willingly coming along.

Manipulation. That's a "whole 'nother topic" though.

Monday, November 19, 2012

What I've Read


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Title: Gone (Gone #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 558
Finished: November 14th
Rating: 3.5 (possibly 4) out of 5

Synopsis from Amazon:

"In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent. The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way."

What I Thought:

In my What I'm Reading post I mention that if nothing happens, in relation to some sort of internal or external discovery by the characters, that I wouldn't be moving on with this series. Toward the end of the book, I'd say within the last 10 chapters, I finally got what I was looking for. The main character finally accepted his roll and started to live up to it.

Going back through the book though I feel a little let down by a few things. While the author is very descriptive I still don't feel like I know the characters as well as I'd like to. The bulk of the action, although there are small action packed moments within the book happen when everyone disappears, in the first few sentences of the book, and in the last few chapters. I don't want to say I was bored through the middle but it read a little slow for me. Lastly, it ended quite quickly. There was a "battle scene" but I still felt it was over in the blink of an eye.

All in all I enjoyed the book and the writing style of Grant. I'm going to keep reading on, despite the problems I had while reading, because it had that "I have to know what happens next" effect on me.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Favorites


I didn't spend a whole lot of time online this week but I've still got a few favorites to talk about.

This graphic of what social media is and what genre it fits into is quite interesting.

Every time I post something and want to use a photo I've been trying my hardest to use a public domain image. It's not easy but Wikipedia has a great list of public domain image sites.

I'm probably late to the game on this site but, and I'm not kidding, I just found it. LOLSoTrue

Lastly I found a great way to make any size white board you want for around $35. I have those can return systems and figured I'd could make magnets out of this material and use them as labels on the can return. 


Monday, November 12, 2012

Facebook, The Anti-Social Network

There are billions of people of Facebook these days. It's a great way to keep up with family and friends that live out of town, or in another state, but what happens when your next door neighbor, the neighbor you knew in High School but haven't spoken to since you moved in 2 months ago, adds you as a friend on Facebook?

It's time to leave Facebook, that's what happens.

I'm not saying, in any way, that my neighbor was in the wrong. She wasn't. I was. I hadn't taken a second out of my oh so busy life (total sarcasm there) to go over, say hello, and basically reintroduce myself. I'm a horrible neighbor. 

I always explained away being anti-social by saying that I talked to a lot of people on Facebook. The reality of it is that I didn't talk to anyone on Facebook. I expected people to comment on things that I said. I never took the time to write personal messages to anyone on Facebook. I liked statuses, I commented on pictures, and I even liked a bunch of pages. How can any of that be considered social networking? In my opinion, it can't.

Just over 2 weeks ago I made the decision to leave Facebook. I'm not saying that since then I've been a good neighbor and gone and introduced myself to everyone in "the hood" but I have been thinking of ways to break the ice more so than before. I'm thinking of making great Christmas, or Holiday, boxes and taking them to the neighbors. I might include some personal information about myself and my husband as a way to say that we're sociable and we really want to meet our neighbors and then leave it up to them to pursue anything further. I'd never want to become that pushy neighbor that everyone hates.

There is nothing wrong with Facebook, aside from their mounting privacy issues, that made me leave. It had everything to do with me and the fact that I just couldn't fathom Facebook being more important in my life than being a good neighbor, or a physically present neighbor for that matter.

So, that's why I left Facebook and, at this point, that's why I see myself staying away from it for quite some time.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Favorites

Here's a great list of 30 ways to promote your blog posts.

I've recently been converted from PC to MAC and I found this image. I can't save the image so click on over and view the wondrous Twenty five years of Mac product timeline.

This site has amazing free ringtones for your iPhone. You can also make your own free ringtones on this site.

Before I left Facebook (I'll blog about why I left) a friend of mine posted this on her timeline. Enter this into Google search and see what comes up.
2 sqrt(-abs(abs(x)-1)*abs(3-abs(x))/((abs(x)-1)*(3-abs(x))))(1+abs(abs(x)-3)/(abs(x)-3))sqrt(1-(x/7)^2)+(5+0.97(abs(x-.5)+abs(x+.5))-3(abs(x-.75)+abs(x+.75)))(1+abs(1-abs(x))/(1-abs(x))),-3sqrt(1-(x/7)^2)sqrt(abs(abs(x)-4)/(abs(x)-4)),abs(x/2)-0.0913722(x^2)-3+sqrt(1-(abs(abs(x)-2)-1)^2),(2.71052+(1.5-.5abs(x))-1.35526sqrt(4-(abs(x)-1)^2))sqrt(abs(abs(x)-1)/(abs(x)-1))+0
I am determined to make these booties for someone. 

I found 2 extremely helpful videos on how to make a foundation chain. I wish I would have found these prior to starting my blanket. This one, by The Crochet Side, is a little shorter but the one below is very in depth.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Political Views

I know these kinds of posts are quite controversial BUT I thought I'd put myself out there in an attempt to be honest and open with any potential readers. Understand that I don't normally do this and generally keep to myself politically.

Note: I am in no way bashing anyone from any political party in any way with the statements that I make. Please do not take it as such. I am simply stating my political opinions.

Reasons I Side With The Right - There are more reasons but I feel these are the biggest.

 - I am a firm believer in my second amendment right. I am a responsible gun owner and I also have my concealed weapons permit. I do not believe that stricter gun laws in the country will stop the wrong people from getting firearms. No gun policy in this country now has stopped them. Ex convicts can get them. Gang members can get them. The wrong people can get guns, and far more powerful guns, easier than I can.

- I do not believe the job creators, predominately known as the rich, should be taxed more. It makes no sense to me. If they're creating the jobs and our government is taxing them into the ground where are the jobs going to be coming from? As much as I'd like to believe that small businesses could support this economy and give everyone a job I just don't think it's possible.

 - I believe in limited government involvement in my life. The government can barely run itself, at this point, so why should I trust that they can run my healthcare or anything else for that matter. Social security is tanking. Medicaid and medicare, well, we all know how well that's working out.

 - I am all for more secure borders and getting rid of the "anchor baby" law. I have no problems with anyone coming into our country legally. (On a side note I do think the process to enter the country legally needs to be looked over and scaled down a little. It takes far too long as it is.) Illegal immigrants in this country tend to have more rights than we do as citizens. My husband, when we moved to Utah, had to wait 2 years to become a citizen before he could enroll in college. As soon as an immigrant crosses into Utah they have the right to enroll in college. How is that right?

Reasons I Side With The Left - As before, I'm sure there are more reasons but these are the biggest.

- I'm a Mormon and I fully support gay marriage. (There are a lot of us, here too) I'm so tired of the "we can fix them" or "traditional marriage is between a .... blah de blah de freakin' blah" crap. They don't need to be fixed and who gives a damn if you think a man loving a man/woman loving a woman isn't traditional. Why can't we just accept that they should be able to have the same rights we do. Ugh.


- I am pro-choice. I guess I should say I'm pro-circumstantial-choice though. I believe in the case of rape, incest, molestation, etc that an abortion is justified. To say that there is such a thing as a "legitimate rape" and that "the female body has a way to try to shut that whole thing down" is absolutely ridiculous. (You disgust me Todd Akin)

Reasons I Have A Problem Voting For Anyone

 - No matter how many times you say "my vote counts" it isn't true. Unless you're an electorate your vote counts for squat when it comes to the Pres and the VP. Tally up all the votes. Take longer to allow people to vote. No matter the outcome tell me who the people TRULY want in office.

 - They all lie. They lie about what they're going to do and the lie about what the other party is going to do. Enough said.

 - The constant bashing of the other candidate from the other party. I don't care who did what, or who, in college. I didn't even care that Clinton had an extramarital affair or that he smoked pot. This video sums up what I've been thinking.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What's On My Hook (#1)

Last Christmas my husband bought me an "I taught myself crochet" book by Boye. Once I picked up the basic techniques there hasn't been anything that can stop me. I'm officially a hooker. (I've really been itching to use that term, can't you tell)

I found the pattern for my most recent project through Ravelry. If you're a knitter or a crocheter this is the site for you. Anywho, the pattern came from Attic24 and it's called granny stripes. If you've got basic knowledge of crochet you can make this blanket. The only thing I have to say about the pattern is that at the end of the chain I added 2 stitches. So make your chain in groups of 3 BUT add 2 stitches at the end and proceed just as her pattern states. She said that she was short one stitch without adding 2 stitches at the end. I wasn't.

Note: You can start by using the foundation chain technique BUT you're going to add only one extra foundation stitch at the end. EX: If you determine you need 120 stitches and you're just chaining them, and not using the foundation chain method, you'd actually chain 122. With the foundation chain you're going to add one extra making it 121 foundation stitches.

So, onto the photos. My husband chose the colors, red and black, without realizing that those are my school colors. I'm quite excited about this blanket. Understand, this is just the beginning, I don't have much done at this point.

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I'm using Bernat Super Value yarn in Berry (which looks a little orange in these photos but I promise it's not) and black. It's a softer yarn than Red Heart but not the softest I've felt. I'm using a size H hook (5mm). The blanket, when finished, will measure 114" wide and, hopefully, 97" tall. That's enough to cover my king sized bed with enough room to spare.

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See that black line laying across that black blanket, seeing as how I can't pick a background to save my life apparently, that's what I've gotten done. I'm working on row 3 right now and am more than half way done with that. It's not that it takes long but my hands get very cramped after working on it for too long. I need to find a may to make my hooks more ergonomic or find gloves that will ease the pain in my hands. Boy I sound old.

Well, that's what's on my hook right now. If you crochet tell me what's on your hook.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I'm Still Moving In

My husband and I bought a house back in July and now, in November, I feel like I'm still moving in.

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This is my office. Well, this is supposed to be my office/craft room. I can't do anything in here aside from get on the computer. Just to the left of the PC, the one of the bookshelf, there's a patch that needs to be painted. I haven't even done that yet.

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This is our guest bedroom. Nearly 4 months have passed and I can't have guests. It takes 20 minutes to put the bed together and I just haven't felt like doing it.

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There are no words to describe how badly organized this garage is. Thank goodness the 2 car isn't cluttered.

I haven't really cleaned my house at all. Yes I've vacuumed and yes I've done the dishes and all the basic stuff but ... that's it. Since we moved in I think I've mopped the floor twice.

It's unbelievable how long it's taking to actually move in.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gone by Michael Grant

Not long ago I started reading Gone by Michael Grant. If you've never heard of the book here's the back cover description.

"In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent. The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, Gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way."(Source)

I'd heard, or read rather, a lot about this book before I picked it up, and was really excited to read it, but I'm having some issue at this point..

The premise of under 15 yr olds being the "adults" in a given situation isn't something that bothers me much, like it has others, because I was quite mature by the time I was 15. It's the speed at which the book is progressing that's starting to get on my nerves.

Over 200 pages in and 3/4 of the "talents" that the kids are supposedly developing aren't even partially developed. The rest were discovered before everyone disappeared. The mutating animals are few and far between. I can only count one or two instances of a mutant animal in all these pages. Not only that but they're not getting anywhere. They've only made one attempt to figure out what's happening and, in my opinion, it was a lazy attempt.

I'm determined to finish the book but if I'm to continue on with the series something has to change. There has to be some sort of discovery, be it internal or external, by the characters. They've got to progress a little more before I'll commit to reading another book.

I'm sure I'll do a review once I've finished but for now tell me if you've read Gone by Michael Grant. What did you think? Have you read other books in the series?