July 29, 2010

Fair Time :)

I took this picture last night at the county fair. It was fun and felt like I was at the county fair where my cousins show their animals.   Unfortunately this is not from my new Polaroid camera. I used a program called Poladroid (google it) which turns jpegs into Polaroids <----I LOVE IT.  Many more faux-polaroids to come!

July 26, 2010

Unexpected Find

What an interesting weekend. Class was cancelled Friday so I headed home Thursday night...after a little stop in Broadripple. Friday I took my sisters to the Monon Center which is basically a small little water park. Then it was "game night" with my best friend from high school and her college friends. It was so much fun and gave me the perfect idea for my sign language presentation! 

Well, I was planning on heading back to school Saturday morning but instead, I got dragged to northern Indiana to help my mom clean out my grandpa's house and get it ready to be sold.  It ended up being way more fun than I thought because I had to clean out drawers and closets and ended up finding TEETH! False teeth...multiple pairs. 

But that is not the highlight of my finds. I was taking things to his garage when I saw a dirty black bag. I opened it up and found an old Polaroid camera!!!!! It took me a second to figure out how to get it opened, but after I did, I pressed the button and it took a polaroid picture. The film was super old and not good anymore, but it got me super excited to order some online and try it out. Since Polaroid stopped making film, I've gotta order it and it's running about $25 for 8 pictures. Ughhhh

Here it is:
I can't wait to get some film! Now Holga has a buddy :)

July 22, 2010

Holga and Bliss

This is just another picture from the Venice Cafe in STL. I LOVE playing around with them in Picnik. This one has a Holga filter on it. 
*source: http://www.overlookpress.com/by-title/bliss-remembered.html
In other news, I'm reading Bliss, Remembered and it's sooo good so far. 

July 19, 2010

drool: Anthro bed

I wish I could skip the next year and go straight to where I'm moving right into my own apartment that I don't have to share with anyone and I can decorate it however I want.  

I would like to move into Anthropologie.

This could be my bedroom:
But really, I love the bed and color of the walls.   (yes, this is another post I'm writing  so I can save this little piece of inspiration)

source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adorevintagecom/538907433/   and ya, the link isn't working again!

July 15, 2010

It may be artichoke season?

I just discovered Pugly Pixel and can't get enough! I'm still exploring it, but there's so much to look at and try out in Photoshop!

Anywho, I went to the grocery store yesterday and artichokes were $1!!!

I had to buy 2, so I grilled one yesterday and tried broiling one today (my grill scares me...fireballs...).

I just cut it in half, boiled the halves for about 20 minutes, then drizzled the cut sides with olive oil and sprinkled them with salt and peppa (and some chicken taco seasoning!). Then I put them cut side up on the grill and let them get yummy. After about 10 minutes, I flipped them and let them cook about 5 more minutes. So good.


I bookmarked TilkShiftMaker.com a long time ago and never used it because I didn't have a real good landscape picture to use. Basically, the website uses filters to make your landscape look like it's actually a miniature version. I think it's pretty cool...so I tried it on one of the St. Louis landscape pictures I took from the top of the arch, and here is the before and after.


July 14, 2010


So, back in the day, I was obsessed with my holga. It's not a pink one like in the picture, but it is just as cool. I need to finish up the role of film that's about halfway done and start another role while I'm in beautiful Bloomington for about another month.  Then I still have to send them away to be developed. Can't wait!

Oh, and an update on my "secret project"  :::  It's going very well. It won't be all "done" for a very long time, but I will post it on August 22nd (the day before I start my big girl job!).

*Image by Dream's Photography...link isn't working but here's the url: http://www.flickr.com/photos/-dream-/4019683807/

July 12, 2010

Sticky Fries, I love you

This weekend, "S" (hahaha) I mean Stacy and I fell in love with the Drunken Fish's sticky fries.  They are sweet potato fries covered in a thick honey sauce and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. We dipped them in spicy mayo.  I was craving them, and didn't have any other food in my apartment besides a partial bag of Trader Joe's Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries.  I baked them up and drizzled honey over them. I didn't have any sesame seeds, but I didn't miss them.  Since I didn't have any mayo, and in an attempt to reduce calories, I made spicy greek yogurt! I used plain greek yogurt and mixed it with buffalo wing hot sauce. It was sooo good. Stacy, you should definitely grab some of the TJ's fries next time you're home because they have the perfect crispiness and aren't fried.

Mini Trip to St. Louis

This past Friday, right after class was over, I got in my car and headed west to St. Louis where my good good friend from high school, Stacy, is in grad school. When I got there, I brought my stuff up to her apartment and then we headed out to dinner at the Drunken Fish.
I got a pomegranate martini and Stacy got a "blue" martini. They were both super good.  While we were eating, a guy who sounded like Jon McLaughlin started singing and playing his guitar for the restaurant's outdoor guests.  For dinner I got spicy octopus sushi and stacy got veggie sushi. We shared "sticky fries" which were so so good.
After dinner we walked around and saw a cupcake shop so we had to stop in...
I forget what kind Stacy got, but I got a peanut butter cup cupcake. We had them at her apartment later for dessert.
Saturday morning we found St. Louis' famous Soulard Farmers' Market. It was huge and had incredible produce prices.  Some of their famous items are the mini donuts and bloody mary's.  It was too early for me to get a bloody mary, but we saw a handful of people walking around with them. Next time, that'll be me.
Next on our whirlwind tour of St. Louis was "The Loop" which is a lot like the Broadripple area in Indy.  We walked around and checked out our lunch options while we were looking at the cute little shops.  We ended up eating at Cheese-ology, a restaurant that only served various types of mac 'n' cheeses! My heaven! 

After walking around for a while, we went to take the Anheuser-Busch tour. It was pretty cool to see how the beer is made and the free samples at the end were cool too!

After the tour and our free samples, we went to the Venice Cafe. It sounds fancy and Italian, but it's actually a really cool eclectic (to say the least) restaurant.  Their menu is pretty small, but I got a falafel and it was really good.

After dinner there, we met up with some of Stacy's friends from undergrad. They were in town to explore too.  We were going to go to the top of the arch, but the wait was too long so we went the next morning.  I heard the elevator was a little scary, and it was, but not as bad as I was expecting.  

Overall it was such a fun weekend! I'm so glad I got to visit Stacy and we were able to explore a pretty cool city (even though Stacy may not think the same..haha).

July 9, 2010

July 8, 2010

July 7, 2010

Good Riddance, Dell.

Yesterday I got a Mac! I'm in looove. My Dell was getting old and slow, so it's such a nice change of pace for my computer to start up in less than 5 minutes!  (Plus no more calls to India for hours and hours to get my computer fixed)

Now I've gotta water my pepper and basil plants. They haven't had any h20 in a while and are looking very sad.

July 6, 2010

My Mini Mini Mini Marathon

This past Saturday I ran in a 4.5 mile race, the Carmel Freedom Run. The longest I had ever run before it was 4 miles on a treadmill. I hate running outside so I never even attempted it. My dad gave me advice, like I had never run in a race before..such as "start out slow." I didn't listen to him and ran way way too fast for my first mile and a half. Then I slowed way down at the first water break and it all caught up with me. I thought I was going to have to find a stranger and call my mom and have her pick me up! I kept walking though, right past a hooker who was going the other way...talk about a bad walk of shame! Then I thought...dang, this is going to take forever if I walk the rest of the way, so I started to jog, real slow. I kept up a slow and steady pace until the end and finished 4.5 miles faster than I had finished my 4 miles on the treadmill! My official time for the run was 57:40.09.  I'm glad I did it, and more glad it's over. Now I will be training for a 5k that's at a vineyard in late September. My goal is to run the whole way without stopping at all!

July 2, 2010

I want...

to buy this
to roll this:

and play with these

July 1, 2010


Alidoro: “Romeo” Smoked Chicken Breast, Hot Peppers, Bel Paese, Arugula, on Sfilatino

This website, Scanwiches, is so random, but I love it.