Friday, February 27, 2015

Things I SHOULD Give Up for Lent...But Most Likely WON'T

I got the idea for this from the blog Living in Yellow, in this post.

In the past, I would decide to give something up, but it wouldn't work out in the end. I wouldn't be able to stay away from it for long.

There are things that I should definitely give up for Lent, but I seriously doubt I will be able to stay away from them for that long, like...


Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
      Seriously, that stuff is ADDICTING!!!

Looking at wedding stuff on Pinterest.
      For some time now, I have been going on Pinterest every day, looking at wedding ideas on Pinterest. I'm not in any kind of relationship right now, so it's not like I'm planning anything at the moment. Pinterest is seriously making me jealous of those who are.

The Internet.
      I spend way too much time on the computer, and on the Internet. I'm on practically every single day, for at least 3 or 4 hours a day. That seriously needs to change.

Junk Food
      I tend to eat quite a bit of junk food, and I am not proud of it. I live in a household where there is always some form of unhealthy food around, and it's always tempting to gravitate towards that, than more healthier options. I am trying to motivate myself to eat healthier, but it's hard with what's always around (we do have healthy foods, but I reach for the unhealthy ones more often).

One thing that isn't really a "giving up" thing, that I seriously need to do, is to clean up my bedroom, and to be in a cleaner environment. I am not a neat freak, so I always just toss stuff onto my bedroom floor, and a lot of my things go missing, or end up broken. So, that is one thing I want to start working on this Lent season, and hopefully keep it up.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Camille and Kennerly: The Harp Twins

I recently saw a video on Facebook, of twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt, twin sisters who both play the harp. They are known as the harp twins :)

Let me just say, that they are AMAZING!!!

They play harp versions of popular TV, movie, game, and commercial songs, which are awesome.

You can check them out on Facebook here, and on YouTube here.

I love find out about new (to me, at least) music, that I enjoy, and that I can share with others.

What's even better, is that the twins are from my hometown. Pretty cool!!

I can't wait to see/hear what else they will be performing in the future.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wishing on a Wedding

For quite some time now, I have been wishing I could get married. And soon.

Every so often, I would get hooked into looking at wedding ideas on Pinterest, and I wish I was actually planning for my own wedding.

I was a bridesmaid in my oldest brother's wedding (actually, the ONLY bridesmaid), and it made me really happy that he included me in the party. I was 13 years old at the time, and I miss the days I spent celebrating my brother's wedding.

What's more, the final for my cake decorating class, which I am taking this spring, is to make...

A wedding cake.

I know we are supposed to get practice in making these kinds of cakes for class, but it's like this final is taunting me or something.

I'm trying to be patient in waiting for my turn to be the bride, but it's hard as I am getting older, and it doesn't seem to be happening any time soon.

I really want to be a bride/wife, and then a mother.

I am very much a family person, and I really want to have my own family someday (hopefully sooner, rather than later). So here's hoping I meet and marry my prince within the next few years (please, please, please???!!!).


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

School Has Begun

Well, yesterday was the first day of school for the spring semester.

This class is supposed to be about five hours long, because we will be making cakes and stuff, but since today was the first day, the teacher just explained what we will be doing, and what all we need. That took about an hour.

I'm excited about what we are going to do, but also nervous, because I've never done anything quite like this.

We are going to make sugar/fondant roses, learn different decorating techniques, and make multi-tiered cakes.

For our midterm, we have to make a decorated birthday cake, and for the final, we have to make a 2-3 tiered wedding cake.

Yikes!!!!!

I really hope I do well on those two, because I've never done decorating like this before.

I've only done icing on the tops of cakes/cupcakes. Nothing at all like the professionals do.

Although, I am really looking forward to this class. I really enjoy classes that are hands on, instead of students just sitting for a couple hours, listening to lectures.

The only down side to this class is that it is five hours long. Hopefully, with all the baking and decorating we will be doing, that time will go by fast.

Here's hoping that I do well in this class!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine's Day for Singles

I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day, partly because I'm single (and have been my entire life). And partly because it has become a highly commercialized holiday.

At least, it is in my opinion.

I mean, I have nothing against people getting their loved one something on Valentine's Day, but I'm just not into it.

Although, a few times, a guy friend of mine gave me some presents for Valentine's Day, which I actually like(d).

One was a cute white teddy bear, with a heart on its tummy. I actually LOVE teddy bears, so this was one present I didn't mind receing,

For all you couples out there, who like to celebrate, happy Valentine's Day! For you singles out there, don't feel like you have to be with someone to enjoy the day. Do something that you enjoy, that makes you happy.

As for me, I don't have any plans to celebrate, but I'm sure I will find something to do ;)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lifetime Plans/Dreams

I just read a blog post by one of my favorite bloggers, about how, when she was growing up, her family made "lifetime plan" binders, which she continued doing when she got married, and now, with her kids.

I thought that was a great idea, and will definitely be making my own soon!

For some reason, I love making lists, and planning things out, so this would be great for me to do. I just wish I thought of doing it years ago!

There are a lot of things I want to do in life, and seeing it written down in this way would be awesome, and would motivate me more, to do the things I want to do.

So, thank you, 71 Toes, for blogging about your "lifetime plans," and inspiring me to want to make my own. And to actually work towards them!




Thursday, January 29, 2015

Little Reminders in Life

As I was leaving the library yesterday, I decided to take this picture of the statue that's in the entrance of the library.




Not until after I got home, and was doing some editing of this picture, did I realize, I never properly look at this statue.

I knew it was of people, but I didn't really pay attention to how they were standing/positioned. I have gotten so used to it over the years, that I just never gave the statue a second thought. The statue has been a part of the library for as long as I can remember.

It made me realize that every once in a while, I need to slow down, and enjoy the world around me. To truly see the beauty in life.

I love moments like this! Where something reminds me to just slow down, and be aware. Be in the now. It helps me enjoy life even more, to be more thankful for this life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

International Day of Acceptance

Today is the International Day of Acceptance.

What is International Day of Acceptance?

It is:
A day dedicated to social acceptance of disability and to honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance.
That description is from the Day of Acceptance website.

I love that there is something like this, that brings awareness to disabilities, letting people know that those with disabilities are human beings, just like them, and that they want to be treated with respect, love, and dignity.

I myself have a learning disability, and although it isn't as severe as other disabilities, I do understand, to some extent, of what other people with disabilities go through.

Just remember, if you meet someone with any kind of disability, whether physical, emotional, etc., they don't want to be seen or treated as a disability. They want to be seen as a person. Treat them with respect. Treat them as the person they are.


Happy International Day of Acceptance!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Joni and Friends Retreats 2015

I just found out that this years' Joni and Friends Retreats are now open for registration. I seriously want to go to one, but money is tight, and I don't know if I will be able to go this year.

Joni and Friends Retreats are like summer camps, where people with disabilities, and their families, can go for a week to just relax, unwind, and not think about the stresses in their life.

I really hope I can figure out a way to get the money before everything fills up. These retreats sound like a lot of fun.

I am trying to think of ways to fundraise money for this one retreat, that I really want to go to, which costs $460. It's one of the least expensive ones, but still expensive for me.

I'm not dead set on going this year, because of the cost, but I want to start saving for one of these retreats, as I seriously want to go.

As I am typing on, I am thinking of having bake sales to raise money. I don't know if it'll be quite enough, but it's an idea, and I am willing to give it a try.

Here's to hoping I can volunteer at a retreat someday!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Bucket List for 2015

I have decided to do a bucket list for the whole year, instead of just for one season.

  • Make a snowman in the winter
  • Get a job
  • Learn to decorate cakes
  • Work on book I want to publish
  • Plant/grow a garden
  • Make sweater for dad
  • Buy a full-sized violin for myself
  • Learn to make one new dish a week/month
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter
  • Clean up my bedroom, and keep it clean
  • Paint my bedroom walls
  • Make at least one flower crown
  • Volunteer at a Joni & Friends Retreat
  • Become certified in CPR/First Aid
  • Make a rainbow cake
  • Learn to sew
  • Go on a weekend trip by myself
  • Find new places in town to visit
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Have a picnic in the park with friends
  • Go bowling
  • Take one photo a day for one year
  • Tie dye shirts/other articles of clothing
  • Go paintballing
  • See the Bean in person
  • Make homemade mac and cheese
  • Fill eggs with paint and toss them at a canvas
  • Put positive notes in a public area
  • Visit Brookfield Zoo
  • Go to the local Farmer's Market
  • Make s'mores
  • Go to garage sales/estate sales
  • Relearn Spanish
  • Go sledding in winter
  • Make/drink egg nog
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Go ice skating
  • Make bread from scratch
  • Get my picture taken with Santa in winter
  • Participate in the annual winter fest
  • Skpe with someone
  • Go to thrift shops each month
  • Get my driver's license
  • Make a pinata
  • Start drinking tea regularly
  • Visit Navy Pier
  • Visit the Adler Planetarium
  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Make a YouTube video
  • Make care packages for the homeless
  • Have a friend sleep over at my place
  • Go for a bike ride with friends
  • Go to Glendale Heights Fest with friends
  • Have a movie night with friends
  • Have a girls' night in/out with friends
  • Read A Christmas Carol
  • Go horseback riding
  • Eat at Atlas Kafe
  • Eat at Mama Thai
  • Go mini golfing with friends and/or family
  • Build something at Build-a-Bear
  • Start my own garden
  • Go swimming at least twice during the summer
  • Dye eggs for Easter
  • Finger paint
  • Blow bubbles on a really cold day, to make frozen bubbles
  • Visit the Morton Arboretum
  • Hang out on Lake Michigan with friends
  • Learn how to French braid
  • Have a hot fudge sundae
  • Try snowboarding
  • Visit the Shedd Aquarium
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Jump off the diving board (I'm afraid of heights, and even diving boards scare me)
  • Make paper snowflakes (something I haven't done since I was in elementary school)
  • Go on a shopping spree
  • Take pictures in a photo booth
  • Visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • Go to Six Flags for a day
  • Own at least one knitting loom
This is all I can think of at this time, but I'm sure I'll think of more as time goes on.