Saturday, May 28, 2011

Words of Wisdom

 mylifeasateacup Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"There is no use trying," said Alice;
One can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay
you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.
"When I was your age,
I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes
I've believed
as many as six impossible things
before breakfast."

- Alice in Wonderland

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

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Fresh herbs - I'm so compelled to cook up big pots of soup and comfort foods in the winter, that I tend to forget just how much I cook with (and adore!) fresh basil, rosemary, and thyme. Last spring was my first time growing my own herbs - on the back porch, no less - and I built up a nice little repertoire around those three herbs in particular. But alas, I left for Japan, and the care of my herbs over the three months went a bit downhill. So here I am, a year later, trying this again. I'm comfortable and excited to have my herbs back, but the real challenge will be having to deal with trying to preserve them once summer is over...

♥ I finally saw Black Swan and was not let down one bit! I'm a ballerina at heart, so there was instant appeal when I heard they were doing a movie based around Swan Lake (Von Rothbart was always one of the creepiest villains ever in my book - seriously, peep this. And this. This too). I was totally not expecting the, well, the psychological horror aspect of it all, and you know what? I loved it!

Half-Blood Prince is my absolute favorite Harry Potter book, not gonna lie. It may have something to do with Snape :D I've been rereading the series before the final movie comes out, because honestly, I don't know what I'm gonna do with myself when it's all over.

little loves
♥ lace earrings ♥ dark truffle and raspberry coffee ♥ monogrammed mugs ♥ the sweetest boy in the world ♥ watching Sailor Moon xD - it will never get old ♥ ahahahaha ♥ summer days driving to Gorillaz ♥ SYTYCD? starts tonight! -- I love watching the kooky auditions and especially all of the lovely and gut-wrenching choraeography to come Young the Giant - My Body ♥ ice cream cones ♥ city-printed fabric that looks like colorful drawings from a Madeline story home-grown tomatoes ♥ Cut the Rope -- I've been addicted to the cuteness of this game since I saw it on the iPad demos

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Towel Day!

mylifeasateacup Towel Day

Towel Day 2010. I'm still in my pjs today; showing you a picture would only affirm that I look like a bum >.>
"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man
to be reckoned with."
- Douglas Adams, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
In honor of Douglas Adams and Hitchhikers everywhere, bust out your towels and celebrate Towel Day!

Friday, May 20, 2011

link love

♥ Woah! -- an interactive SLR simulator to play with photo composition online!
♥ Now that I have a Minolta X-700 (and no time as of yet to read up on it), I've been oogling the things I can do with photos via the Minolta Flickr pool
♥ Japan does themed cafe/restaurants like no other. And Alice of Magic World in Tokyo is no exception. Japan also has an infatuation with Alice. I'm okay with this.
The World's Ten Creepiest Abandoned Cities -- the one about Centralia always freaks me out.

Chop Sabres. -gigglesnort- My love for Think Geek is unrivaled.

What School Lunches Look Like in 20 Countries Around the World -- not gonna lie, I kind of miss my Japanese lunches. And is it just me or do the lunches from the US look the most unappetizing?
♥ This magical see-through doorknob is pretty amazing! - 'There is no hidden camera involved. Rather, the glass knob is cleverly designed to reflect the room you’re about to enter, giving it a crystal ball effect.'
♥ Kyla's post Building a Wardrobe and Demystifying those Fashionable Girls is completely inspiring. It's making me step back, take a look at my wardrobe and focus on building my staples

What fun links have you found lately?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Knock Knock Stationary


Melissa of The Loveliest Day hosted a giveaway a few weeks back for some merchandise from the gift/stationary shop Knock Knock and I was lucky enough to win! I'm not usually one to win things, and being my first time winning a giveaway like this online I'm pretty excited!

Knock Knock is full of cute, witty stationary and organizational products -- who wouldn't love sticky notes saying 'you rock' or a take-out menu organizer?

Sticky note!
It feels good to be told that you rock :D

To The Market

I requested the 'To the Market' pad; we used to have a much less organized version of this for groceries, but after running out of paper, we've resorted to jotting the grocery list down on a ripped out piece of notebook paper. Having things categorized has made going to the store much less of a back-and-forth ordeal. Love it!

What to Eat

I've also been meal planning like mad. I find that if I don't, I end up with random things in my pantry that never get used or go bad before I remember they exist. This 'What to Eat' pad is perfect for planning things out, and with it on the fridge, scribbling things down on the grocery list is super easy.

Pro/Con Sticky note

As a chronic list maker, I make lists for everything, literally, everything - blog ideas, books to borrow from the library, colors I should dye my hair - it has been my way to organize my thoughts, ideas, and problems. And so having a pre-made pro/con sticky note seemed like a good idea! Problem solved checkbox? Awesome.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

♥ It truly feels like summertime. Bonfires and summer movies, tanktops, trips to the zoo, books, swimming, bike rides and picnics -- loving it! Though the novelty of summer wears off more quickly for me than any other season, I'm currently enjoying the nice 82 degree weather we're having, except the whole, y'know, being 82 degrees part.

♥ My little New York vacation was exciting and full of adventure, but it feels so good to be home again.

♥ Being in Oakland during the summer is a nice little treat. Most of the students have gone home, so it's relatively quiet and charming. Pittsburgh was always so magical for me, but then living in Oakland kind of killed the charm. Being a part of it, yet away from it at the same time has made me remember how in love I am with the city. And the good cupcakes aren't sold out.

little loves
wolverine or batman? ♥ "I really liked Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's Thor" - Stevie B! ♥ tiramisu truffles ♥ Penguin Classic edition hardcovers ♥ $5 movie matinee shows ♥ old school J-rock ♥ can we just talk about otters for a second? adorable ♥ giant picnic blankets ♥ iced tea and lemonade (and also, finding lemonade mix in the back of your pantry to stifle those cravings) ♥ nutella

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's Day in NYC

Sorry for not being around the blog 'verse for a few days -- not only was I without a computer (ah! How liberating!), but I was in New York City with Mum and Gram for a Mother's Day mini-vacation! It was Gram's first time in an airplane, which we now have photo evidence for, and while I had never really been to the city before (long story short: I went with my Dad and stepfamily once when I was 9 or 10, but we really only managed the Statue of Liberty and the ginormous line), Mum had gone for a conference a few years back so she was able to show us around a bit.

Gram had never been on a plane before, and how my mother managed to convince her to ride one now is still beyond me. She handled it like a champ, though :D

I was actually pretty nervous myself; more so for NYC than I was for Tokyo, which struck me as odd. NYC was just more bustling and nerve-wracking for whatever reason, despite not being alone and no language barrier.

Unsurprisingly, our first stop was for chocolate - the M&M shop, Hershey's, Godiva...We made our way over to Rockefeller Center (which, for whatever reason, totally conjured up images of old Parasite Eve games), and, my personal favorite - the Lego Store! The Lego miniatures of Rockefeller Center itself and even the surrounding bits of city were ridiculously intricate! Not to mention, had I had room in my suitcase, I would've walked out of the store with a giant Lego Death Star kit.

From there we headed over towards Grand Central Station, which is simply gorgeous. It wasn't until I looked up and noticed the zodiac ceiling that I completely melted, however.

Marriott Courtyard

We took Friday to walk around, see some shops, and just generally peruse Midtown. Mum spotted Lush amidst tiers of construction and so we popped in - the staff was super friendly and I was able to stock up on some essentials and wants (so long as they fit under the stupid TSA liquid allowances ><;). Mum's venturing into BCBG turned into me falling in love with a blush-colored cashmere sweater that's less like a sweater and more like an avant garde cocoon. I might never take it off!

We made our way to Central Park to take a breather, and the streets surrounding it reminded me so much of Ginza. I absolutely had to go to the Alice in Wonderland statue and we passed by Strawberry Fields on the way out. It's amazing that there's this serene little pocket of park in between all of the bustle of the rest of the city. Then we headed down to see the city from above, via the Empire State Building -- pretty neat!

We headed back towards our hotel in time to see 'Chicago' Friday night as well. If there's one thing I could do for all eternity it's go to the theater. The actress playing Velma Kelly was amazing, and their use of set, limited as it was, was amazing.

Aaaaaand I might've dashed into Pinkberry before the show >.>

Saturday was another day to more or less mull about the city. Mum went on an epic quest for a Burberry purse, and I couldn't resist popping into Chanel next door, just 'cause. But mainly Tiffany's. I couldn't resist going into Tiffany's. I also couldn't resist coming out of Tiffany's with something, but that really wasn't in my budget so I just oogled all of the eye candy xD Maybe in, oh, 30 years.

We stopped into Crumbs bakery on the way back to the hotel for some monster cupcakes -- it was like having a small wedding cake (I feel like nine times out of ten wedding cakes have raspberry filling!) all to myself!

The hotel concierge gave us a quick briefing on the subway (because for whatever reason, subway in Japan -- I'm fine, subway in NYC, I freak out) to make sure we got on the right line. And then the concierge proceeded to give us free metro cards that someone had so kindly given her; we took a subway ride down to the Staten Island Ferry for free! I miss the metro like crazy though. It's a shame that Pittsburgh really doesn't have something akin to that.

Sunday was pretty low key; we were up early for Mother's Day mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral but honestly, by this point my allergies were killer and the mass amounts of incense being burned and swished about church was adding to an hour full of sneezing, sniffles, and rubbing my eyes out of my sockets. Pretty cathedral though!

Part of my Mother's Day gift was to spare Mum and Gram from listening to me blubber on about Harry Potter for another hour (I was mid-rereading Goblet of Fire before we left) and went to the Harry Potter Exhibit at Discovery Times Square.The exhibit surprised me even! Pretty neat to see all the prop details up close and all of the immaculate attention to detail paid to every single item. Boy has the exact same shirt as HP, apparently. I even got to mess around with some Mandrakes and quaffles!

And then, after a crazy - yet prompt - cab ride, we settled into the airport with books and some Pokemon and waited for our flight home!

With Gram in tow, we definitely hit more of the touristy locations, but it's stuff that I've not personally seen and felt that I should at some point in life. Definitely going back now that I'm more familiar with things for some adventuring!