Tuesday, November 30, 2010

link love

Tacky Light Tour has plotted the most elaborate Christmas light displays
♥ Urban explorers unite! A countdown of the top 8 abandoned theme parks. Why are all the eerie abandoned theme parks in Japan?
♥ You can get your own state-shaped cutting board! Personally, I don't think some states are terribly efficient at being a cutting surface (but PA would work wonderfully!)
♥ My grandma gave my Dad some of these statues. Minus the zombies, of course.
♥ I stumbled across this amazing site from a lawyer who quit her job to travel around the world! An amazing dream and super interesting to read about her travels and all of the little cultural giggles that happen.
Cupcake Wars on Food Network -- how did I not know about this before? The Lemon Kiwi sounds deliciously refreshing!
♥ Being the English geek that I am, every time I see someone misspell "a lot" as "alot" I think of this: Alot is Better Than You at Everything.
♥ Sidney Crosby never fails to be a great leader and role model. And prankster. I do believe this is the article that had me stop in my tracks in Barnes & Noble the other day (mainly for how wistful Captain was looking on the cover >.>) Our team is a great bunch of guys.
101 Ways to Have a Great Day
♥ A free, printable Owl Lover Calendar. Who can resist? They're so cute! And customizable :D

What fun links have you found this week?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Things I Love (Turkey)day

Angels on Bare Skin
With today being the holiday of supreme thanks and gratitude, it'd be an abomination to miss TiLT just because I'll be shoveling my face full of the 16 years worth of stuffing that I've missed out on. From little things that've made me smile this week to people who make me smile the whole year 'round, a big thanks goes out to you.

♥ I dare call myself a Pitt student without having been to Pamela's until last Friday with Randi and Steve. No wonder their lyonnaise potatoes are so famous and their strawberry crepe pancakes are a godsend. Now that I've found the joy of this place, I will be looking for brunch dates constantly.

♥ With the new couch the living room has been rearranged and frankly, there just isn't room to move things around for the Christmas tree this year. But what's Christmas without the tree? So I bought one. A white one (it was almost a purple one). But for a good bit of ornaments, a bow, a tree skirt and a pre-lit tree all for under $46, who's complaining? White, pink and green. And now I need to go back to anthropologie and pick up those adorable moose and hot air balloon ornaments!

♥ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 comes out tonight! I'm heading out for the midnight premier with some friends. I don't know how I'm going to hold out until part 2 next summer! Oh well, anything to prolong the series coming to an official close. /denial

little loves
big bowls of broccoli fettucine alfredo ♥ lollipops at the bank ♥ maple scented candles ♥ perusing Lush ♥ Christmas shopping with Megan ♥ chilly days ♥ nice salesclerks ♥ beef stroganoff ♥ the convenience of a crockpot ♥ seeing family from out of town at the holidays ♥ a good story ♥

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lumos

Until the Very End
When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone first came out 13 years ago, I was 7 years old. To say that I grew up with Harry Potter is a borderline understatement.

Though I was an avid reader before I picked up the enchanting series, I can only imagine what lack of enthusiasm I might've developed had I not consistently had such a book to look forward to and enjoy year after year. Even at 20 years old, I will be one of the most anxious and excited fans in line for my theater's midnight showing.

Yes, I went through a phase of embarrassment in middle school where I hid my handcrafted "Kristin" HP ornament from Gram in the waaaay back of the Christmas tree so no one would see. I never faced any criticism for reading the books, but I never volunteered that I read or loved the series, nor made and conversation or friendships regarding it. Why? I honestly have no idea. And one day I woke up and told myself "Hey, I LOVE to read. Why should I be ashamed of reading ANYTHING?" and that was that. I busted out my Slytherin shirt loud and proud.

Harry Potter taught me to love reading. It taught me how to love myself. It showed me how important bravery and courage, friendship and love really are. All that said, it gave me and countless others almost 14 years of an amazing world and pure imagination.

Thank you, J.K. Rowling, for a wonderful story. Thank you, to all the actors and directors who made Hogwarts come to life. Thank you, to all the people who've waited in line at midnight book releases and movie premiers, laughing and clenching their teeth with the rest of us. Thank you, for making my childhood truly magical.

How has Harry Potter changed your life? How has any book changed your life?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Things I Love Thursday

Half-blood Prince
♥ Starting my Christmas shopping. I can't believe it's November already. I know if I don't start now, it'll be December 23rd and I'll be one-day shipping things from Amazon. I absolutely love giving gifts to my friends and family and with the crew I'm close with, it's always a super-interesting experience xD I've been doing so much internet shopping the past few years, so I'm excited to see what nonsense I can find on the web this year too!

♥ I HAVE MIDNIGHT TICKETS TO SEE DEATHLY HALLOWS!

♥ Textbook buybacks via Amazon. Provided all goes well, Amazon will be giving me roughly $150 in gift cards for the two beastly books I mailed (free shipping!) to them. The Book Center would likely give me $20 per book, so I'm going with this being a good deal. Gift cards = books for next term and perhaps even some Christmas shopping! I feel much less like I'm getting ripped off now.

little loves:
kind people who ride PAT buses ♥ secret stashes of energy drinks to get through the late night papers  ♥ massive cleaning and reorganization ♥ making golabki with Pa, and the recipe which is written on the back of a no. 10 envelope from his Dad ♥ tea in the morning ♥ the nice guy, Stephen, who works at Game Stop near my house. He blatantly told me I'd get more money selling my old PS2 to The Exchange or craigslist and let me leave with my dignity in tact. He also twistied all of my cords together, thank you, Stephen ♥ vanilla milkshakes ♥ deciding to reread the Harry Potter series in the week before the premiere ♥ stepping on crunchy leaves!

What are you loving this week?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Costume: Rosemary's Baby

Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday. I long for the day I can rock my own Halloween party with spiderwebs strung up on the walls, bowls of peeled "eyeball" grapes, annual choreographed Thriller dances and awesome dirt pudding graveyard scenes. But until then all I can do is attend as many zany holiday parties of friends and dress up ludicrously.

It was such a joy to party with the Poor Yorick's crew with the most epic foods and creative costumes I've ever seen, including a scruffy-looking nerf-herder and the Swedish Chef.

This year I'm flaunting Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow:
Rosemary's Baby

I honestly went off of the haircut this year, found a vintage nightgown (Etsy, $15) and snagged a tannis root necklace ($7.50)  look alike from Forever 21 all for a whopping $22.50. Chalk one awesome costume up for the poor college student!

Previous Halloween get-ups have included the mandatory toddler pumpkin costume, Minnie Mouse for two years running due to my immense love for the costume, a witch, Belle (big surprise there). Some friends and I rocked out best Stacy and Cassandra 80's outfits for a Wayne's World group one Halloween in middle school. Sadly, I have no pictoral evidence of this, but I think we'll all live.
What are some of your better (or worst!) Halloween costumes?