Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

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Holy cow, how late am I for this one?

Let me just, er, collect myself (and stop sniffling) to get my thoughts together on this one.

I discovered John Green by accident. I had heard of "The Fault in Our Stars" a while ago, and meant to read it thanks to all of the great things I had been hearing. But then again, a young adult novel about two cancer patients didn't really sound like a fun, uplifting read and I put it off. And then I started watching some hilarious YouTube videos on Crash Course literature topics and using them in my lesson planning.

When I heard a reference to The Fault in Our Stars, I froze. What are the odds? John Green is a fairly common-sounding name. Could it be the same person? Oh yes, yes it was. The man who had me laughing about classic works of literature that I loved and hated was the same man who apparently wrote this book that I didn't possibly think I would like.

Spoiler alert: I liked it. A lot.

It's snarky and tender. It's hopeful and desperate. It means something, and yet, it's just a story. All the while I read it, I read as if it were just that - a story. And yet as I finished, the literary analysis side of my mind kicked into overdrive. And then I chose to shut it off. I just wanted to enjoy the story of Hazel and Augustus. Of Hazel and her mother. Her father. Issac. Of Peter van Houten, disappointing idols, and never wanting your favorite story to end at the close of the cover.

It's poignant and touching without being in your face. And it made me laugh. Yes. I laughed at a book about dying. And I doubt I'm the only one. I've needed some laughs lately, so thank you, John Green.

I'm sure you've beaten me to reading The Fault In Our Stars :) What did you think?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

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Despite all that's on my plate for the next few weeks, I feel like I've finally fallen into some semblance of a schedule. The long weekend was much appreciated. School observations are going well - I was apprehensive at first, for a number of reasons, but the kids in my classes are really great and it's always entertaining to see what's going on in the classroom at the end of the school year.

Random thing of note: I'm still looking to find a good organizational system for my Filofax, which is just me being nitpick-y about looking clean and color-coded. I think a nice set of pens will do the trick as far as putting me in the right mindset goes. I don't know why this is such a big item on my mental to-do list lately, but it is, haha.

♥ So You Think You Can Dance is back on! Even though it's just the audition stage, I'm always impressed with the dancers, and super inspired to dance around my house (which is even easier now that we have hardwood floors!). But all giddiness aside, I'm constantly reminded how vulnerable and honest dancing can be when I watch this show. E-Knock' audition in particular had me crying. I can't even explain; just watch:


I'm still kind of shocked that he didn't make it through to Vegas (not that he was the strongest dancer, but other people got through that I don't necessarily agree with...), but as far as honesty and artistry go, that's a dance I'll never forget

♥ My cousin came up to visit from Kentucky last week, and though it's partially my fault for not getting my butt down there to see her, it was great to have her up for the long holiday! We watched the Penguins game, reminisced about Sky Dancers (including smacking one another in the face with them) and old cartoon shows, going to Universal once Diagon Alley happens :D, and generally being awesome. When we were growing up, a two-year age difference meant feeling like I had a little sister trailing me all of the time, but I'm so glad we've grown closer over the years. She's an awesome lady!

little loves
chai tea ♥ family hockey nights ♥ Penguins move on to the Bruins for the ECF! ♥ teal ♥ making plans to hit up Universal for the opening of Diagon Alley (we waste no time) ♥ the Afterlight app, which has made editing photos on my phone so much easier ♥ planning summer vacations - I'll be in New York in June for The Blogcademy, then in DC the weekend after for some family time :) That's all that's planned so far, but I'm really excited to travel again ♥ really wonderful presentations from kids in my IBDP class (and delicious Afghani food!) ♥

What are you loving lately?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to Make Chalkboard Planters

One of my favorite things about spring and summer are the abundance of fresh herbs that I toss in everything from pastas to beverages. Basil, rosemary, and thyme are my staples, and while I'm still working on keeping my plants, well...alive (my basil's always done well, but for some reason I could not keep it alive and healthy last year), I find myself craving simple meals with the fresh tastes as soon as I spot the first fresh bunch of basil in the store. I wanted to jazz up my herbs a bit this year, since they rarely make it out of their basic container. If I can't paint my room with chalkboard paint, why not at least paint my herb planters?
These new planters were super easy to make, and really stand out on the porch. Plus, they look so much cuter than sticking the generic "rosemary" plant markers back in the soil.

Finding the end of the tape is probably the hardest part! But once you've got it, just tape off and cover the portion of your pot that you don't want covered in chalkboard paint. I chose to just paint the lip of my planters.


Once your pot is covered, chalkboard spray-paint away! Using a brush with actual paint probably would've been easier, since I'm not terribly coordinated with a spray can, but whichever way you choose, two or three coats ought to do it. Let dry, peel of your tape and paper, and voila! Cute chalkboard planters!

We've never had a big enough yard to do much gardening beyond potted herbs on the porch, though it looks like that's no longer the case! 


Do you keep a garden? What herbs are your must-have?

Monday, May 27, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.53

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winnow v. [win-oh]: to sift, separate, get rid of undesirable parts; to blow on; to blow away, scatter; to move with a flapping motion (like wings) (via

The gentle breeze winnowed the dandelion seedlings across the sky, on their journey elsewhere.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series where I share the joys of being an English major and language lover with a useful new vocabulary word or definition that keeps popping up lately. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Blogcademy Bound!

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Guess who's going to The Blogcademy New York workshop next month!? This girl!!!! Thank you all for your kind words and support, and I can't wait to bring all sorts of magical goodness back to My Life as a Teacup :D

Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Reading List

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Every summer a magical window of free time opens up and I find myself a regular at the local library, checking out a book one day, returning it the next. Something about summer screams "time to read!" to me, and always has. So with a couple weeks (really, a handful of days) in between classes, I can't wait to sit down with some of the books I've been looking forward to the most.

 What's on my summer reading list? How does all 354 books on my "to-read" Goodreads shelf sound? HA! Yeah, right. Even if my summer were less chaotic and fairly normal, I still wouldn't be able to make a dent into the ridiculous list I've created for myself. But seriously? Here's what I'm hoping to get to before August comes to an end:
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman) - Neil read a pretty sizable excerpt from this when I saw him speak on Stardust last November. It was the most entranced I'd ever been from hearing a story, and I cannot wait to read it! 
  • A Dance with Dragons (George R.R. Martin) - I just couldn't tackle 1,000+ pages during the term, so I've got to catch up on the books before the show does. Or, y'know, I'm sure I'll at least beat Martin to writing the next one. 
  • Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) - This is been on my radar for a while, at the recommendation of many, many people who don't always share similar tastes. I'm a bit behind, I know, but I'm getting there.
  • The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) - Ditto above. I started reading the sample on my Kindle, not because I was wary of the book, but because I couldn't wait to start it. And now I 'm hooked. Also, I stumbled across his literary crash course series on YouTube, which is pretty fantastic and hilarious on its own. After an embarrassingly long amount of time wondering if that was the same John Green, I've now come to the realization that I need to read more of his books (and we need to be best friends). Library patron - please return this soon so I can read it!  Check!
  • A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway) - I've been on a Hemingway kick lately. I just need to bury myself into another one of his books, pronto. There's such a heartbreaking tenderness and humanity about them, that I can't help but love Hemingway to pieces. Also check!
  • Etiquette & Espionage (Gail Carriger) - Gail Carriger really tickles my Victorian-steampunk-snarky-heroine fancy. I really enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series and can't wait to see what else she's got up her sleeve. 
  • The Diviners (Libba Bray) - Libba Bray is another guilty pleasure that I'm not very guilty about. I read A Great and Terrible Beauty and the rest of the Gemma Doyle series some years ago and remember getting lost in it. I can only hope this is as magical and enchanting.
  • The Accursed (Joyce Carol Oates) - Joyce Carol Oates does some crazy awesome stuff. I need to read more of hers, and have resolved to do so ever since reading some shorts in college. This novel from her gothic saga caught my eye, and I'm hoping I get reeled in like the rest of her stuff!
  • Equilateral (Ken Kalfus) - Just go read the synopsis. I'm wildly intrigued.

What's on your summer reading list?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

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How's your week going? I feel like I say "what a busy week!" every week, but I've been keeping busy lately in the best possible ways. Each thing I do feels like it's for a reason, that I'm really being productive and getting things done as opposed to slipping into a lazy stupor some days, haha.

And I don't even know what happened with last night's Penguins game xD A 7-3 win though? Outrageous! I'll totally take it.

♥ I'm apparently the resident blogger of my graduate classes, which sent me into a fit of giggles :) I don't really think twice about being a blogger - it's just a part of what I do now - but I still tend to keep it on the down low. Not for any reason in particular, but I know some people who just look quizzically at me, like "blogging? What language is that?". But now the cat's (semi-)out of the bag and it's kind of exciting!

All of the lovely comments from you on my comic strip have been a joy to read! It feels great just to draw something, anything again, and I've had so many encouraging words that I can't help but take a step back and really appreciate all of you who come and visit my little corner of the interwebs on a regular or not-so-regular basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

♥ Having a small class, and having said small class in a coffee shop each week. There are seriously only four of us, and it runs kind of like a book club. It's so nice to sit and just discuss ideas versus trying to do this or that assignment. It reminds me of my days in undergrad, and I really kind of miss that.

little loves
brainstorming sessions ♥ iced coffee - I used to not be a huge fan, but lately, a nice cool iced hazelnut macchiato hits the spot on these hot days ♥ grapefruit everything. I'm pretty sure everything in my bathroom at this point in time is grapefruit scented ♥ Hoot Suite - I think I prefer it to Tweet Deck... ♥ lilacs, which smell absolutely wonderful! ♥ girls' night after a few weeks hiatus ♥

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Blogcademy: The Blogcademy Babes vol. 1

Somehow I missed the memo that it's 2am. 

That's because I've been up frantically coloring my Blogcademy scholarship entry, with the added company of No Doubt to keep me on task :)

What is The Blogcademy, you ask? It's a two-day blogging workshop headed by three fabulous headmistresses - Gala Darling, Shauna Haider, and Kat Williams. To say that these ladies are an inspiration is an understatement. One of my first ever blog posts was actually my own take on Gala's Things I Love Thursday posts! 


And so I decided to bust out my art supplies - which I'm pretty sure I haven't done since high school - and draw a comic explaining why I want to attend the upcoming Blogcademy session in New York. And what's a comic without a delicious looking two-dimensional birthday cake and magical girl allusions? Also, how much Sailor Moon have I been watching lately? Not enough, that's for sure.


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In case it's hard to read (my scanner didn't make legibility a priority, or my totally fab colored pencil job) here's a transcription:

"Hi, I’m Kristin. I run a blog called My Life as a Teacup where I write about the things that inspire me (and sometimes make me go “hmm...”). For me, blogging has been one part creative outlet, one part learning about the world, and one part a journey in self-discovery, with a generous sprinkling of great friends along the way. 
My Life as a Teacup turns 3 years old this year. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come as a writer and blogger (and savvy media gal!), from my early days as a LiveJournal-er extraordinaire to having built a community around literature, productivity, and positivity. But I feel like my blog’s growth has come to a halt. As if the stars that I'm aiming for are just beyond my reach... 
I know I can reach those glittering, fabulous constellations if only I had a little boost. I could really use the magic of you Blogcademy Babes to do it! Won’t you please help make my transformation complete?"

I am incredibly proud of myself and all I've done with My Life as a Teacup over the past three years. We all need to take a moment and pat ourselves on the back, because honestly, when's the last time you said to yourself, "Hey, self, you've done some pretty amazing things"? I know I haven't stepped back and reflected on my own accomplishments as much as I should have. I've poured a lot of my self into blogging. I've established features that I enjoy writing. I've taken risks with the topics I've written about, like stereotyping the Japanese major and being honest with yourself. I've learned how to use technological features that would make my stats professor proud (okay, sort of proud. I'd still probably get a 'B'). This little blog has come a long way since 2010, and for me, the magic hasn't faded. I just feel like I'm at a standstill and I'm not quite sure where to go from here.

I'd love to be able to jet to New York for a Blogcademy workshop and take My Life as a Teacup to the next level with such inspiring role-models and a community of amazing fellow bloggers by my side. I've been working on amping up my blog, one step at a time, and think I've done a pretty good job navigating the blogosphere so far. There's so much more for me to do with My Life as a Teacup, however, and I find myself in the car or the shower dreaming of all the ways I can make this blog the best it can be. I want to stop dreaming, I want to make it happen. It's time for me to stop putting the things I truly love doing on hold and start making them more than a dream.

I'm sure a little love from you guys wouldn't hurt my chances either! :)


What's something you've accomplished recently that you're proud of? Wish me luck!

Monday, May 20, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.52

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apiary n. [ā-pē-ˌer-ē]: a place where bees are kept (via

A local apiary was among the shops at the market, selling fresh wildflower honey by the bottle.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series where I share the joys of being an English major and language lover with a useful new vocabulary word or definition that keeps popping up lately. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

words of wisdom

( from here - if you know the source, please let me know! )

Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

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Ahhhhhhh!!!

That's been the little voice in my head all week. Go go go, do this this this. In a good way! I'm alive. I think. Between going to my internship, going to class, watching my sister, trying to set up school observations (and I'm supposed to go tomorrow but they still haven't emailed me back -.-) I'm just trying to take a minute to breathe. And not die. Hence the alive part. So I'm just going to end this before I start making even less sense.

But first, here's this week's For the Love of a Linguaphile. Which I only now just realized that I tweeted out, but never took the link off of draft -.- Winner. It's a good one too - the smell of rain? It's pretty amazing.

♥ It feels great to be in a small, cozy class of four other people and actually be treated like peers. It's more of a book club, in a way, but it really lets us talk about the things that matter, from the text, from our observations, in our experiences. And class is outside. I will never get tired of classes outside.

♥ Hemingway, Paris in the 1920's, and getting utterly lost in the magic of his descriptions. I used to not be terribly interested, but after giving him a chance, I'm in love.

♥ The Pens have moved on to round two! Such a relief - they played pretty crappy in the first round. But Tuesday's game was much better, and I had far fewer heart attacks.


little loves
A Moveable Feast ♥ classical and instrumental music, which I've been driving around listening to all week (especially beautiful in the rain) ♥ S.H.I.E.L.D getting picked up! ♥ great warm mugs of coffee ♥ did I mention class is outside? ♥ lemons ♥ discovering new roads and shortcuts ♥ a moment to collect yourself ♥ fresh raspberries ♥ seeing family, even when it's not what you expected

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Great Gatsby: From Book to Film

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With The Great Gatsby being so hyped, I really wasn't sure what to expect. In my experience, most people come out a Luhrman film hating it, that it's almost too much of a radical spin, like a circus. Personally, I've always loved his take on things, whether a radically modernized Romeo + Juliet, or a pop-mashup-musical like Moulin Rouge. Would Gatsby be toned down to accommodate the average audience? Were critics going to harp on the stylized adaptation? I knew I would love it, but I wasn't sure if the world was going to implode with excitement after seeing it, or tuck into a world of disappointment. I've heard mixed things from people so far, but I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as circus-y as I expected from a Luhrman movie, though. Almost like it was turned down a notch, but then again, the second half doesn't call for as much spectacle as the first. It still felt like he could've thrown some more him in there though.

A small thing; again, overall I loved it. But the one thing I find still eating at me is the framing of the story through Nick's recording and writing of his memories. Moreso, the voice-over narration. A few years ago, the book elitist in me would have rejoiced - there were a ton of lines incorporated into the film directly from the book, which is always a plus. And while I applaud how true to the book the movie stayed, the voice-over narration almost felt like a cop out. Not only do I think Luhrman could've done so much more, I've grown to appreciate some artistic leniency in my films. There are some things that can easily go back and forth between the two mediums, and some that really just don't carry over well to the screen. So when I watch it in the future, I'm just going to close my eyes, plug my ears, and "la-la-la" at those parts. They just didn't work for me in the movie as a whole.

Honestly, the thing I was most worried about - Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway - was nothing to worry about at all. In fact, I think he made a really superb Nick. I just haven't been a huge fan of his in the past, and worried that a weak Nick would mean a weak movie as a whole, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was a little thrown, though; Nick Carraway just wasn't how I pictured in the book, but how Maguire played him actually fit better with the other members of the cast and the movie adaptation as a whole.

After I took some time to separate my feelings from the hype, I realized I loved it. I loved it, but didn't realize that I loved it at first because, true to the book, it's so darn depressing. Cinematographically, it was gorgeous, making the parties of the first half juxtapose the emptiness of the latter wonderfully. The acting was great, the feel of it great; it felt modernized and utterly classic at the same time. And now I want to go back and read the book for the third time this year!

Did you see The Great Gatsby yet? What did you think!?

Monday, May 13, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.51

Headlights in rain
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petrichor n. [PET-ri-kuhr]: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather (via

Though the rain had not yet begun to fall, the familiar scent of petrichor lingered in the air, foreshadowing the showers to come.


This week's word is thanks to Alice! Isn't it lovely?

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series where I share the joys of being an English major and language lover with a useful new vocabulary word or definition that keeps popping up lately. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

Slow down, simplify, and be kind.
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There are so many good movies coming out lately that my mind is completely absorbed with stories and narratives and general excitement. Coupled with the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I'm pretty much cocooned in my own little world of hockey and Iron Man. And my little victory for the week? I finally sat down and figured out how to upload ringtones, and my phone now plays Sailor Moon's Star Locket Melody every time I get a phone call. I am pleased.

♥ I've been in the process of getting my butt in action and working towards my goals, and I'm proud to say that I'll be a social media intern for a local company this summer! I'm so excited to get started, and can't wait to share a bit more about them with you! I think what they're doing in the Pittsburgh scene is really spiffy!

Iron Man 3 was so good, on par with the first even. My thoughts on it are going to be pretty boring at the moment, as I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but it was well done! Tackled a lot of big issues while still being hilarious in that snarky Tony Stark way. The Mandarin? Loved it. Pepper Potts? When do I not love her? I have a feeling I'll be back to see it 17 more times in the upcoming weeks.


♥ I stayed up until 4am Monday night finishing Bioshock Infinite and the gears in my brain are still churning and thinking away. I went into it in love with the concept and trailers I had seen, but not quite clear as to how it was related to the Bioshock franchise aside from the similar gameplay. I need to think on things some more, and then I want to write a proper post on it because it was truly one of the best narrative experiences I've ever had (not to mention a great story, characters, and incredibly fun).


little loves
 Frappy Hour (thanks, Starbucks!) ♥ playoff hockey ♥ Silver Linings Playbook, which I finally got around to watching and it was marvellous ♥ when Reiley plays, she slides across the hardwood floors and it's hilarious ♥ The Great Gatsby soundtrack ♥ Batgirl comics ♥ the smell of spring rain on the asphalt

What are you loving this week?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Because It's The Cup

Penguins Practice

I don't talk about it here on the blog often (though Twitter is another story - sorry for bombarding you with live [angry] hockey tweets when you probably weren't expecting them), but hockey is near and dear to my heart. As a native Pittsburgher, I've rooted for the Penguins alongside the rest of my family since before I can remember. Through lockouts and abysmal seasons, through comebacks and even more lockouts, hockey has had this strange and powerful pull that makes me rally with thousands of other fans, local and not, behind a team of men with often no personal ties to this city. And yet the sense of hometown pride manages to shine through to players and fans alike, making hockey one of the most exciting and exhilarating sports.

With that in mind, round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs has been eating up most of my brain space, as it usually does each year. I wanted to write about how it feels to rally behind your team, especially after Sunday's game. I wanted to talk about the intense emotion that leaves me and so many other fans wracked with anxiety and - not gonna lie - heart palpitations, wondering if I'm going to live through the next twenty minutes. But then Tuesday's game between the Penguins and the Islanders happened, and yet all I can manage is to sit and shake my head in disgust. Not because the Penguins played an embarrassingly bad game (which they did). Not because we lost to the Islanders (which we did). Not because the officiating was blatantly, well, I don't know what was up with the officiating but it was not pretty. I'm disgusted at the classlessness of some of the fans at the Nassau Coliseum that night; I'm not calling out all Isles fans here, just the ones who had the audacity to cheer for a player for taking a puck to the throat.

It's a word that comes up more often in the hockey community than you might think. I'm not well-versed enough in other sports to know if it's prominent elsewhere too, but having class is an unspoken rule in the NHL. It's more than accepting defeat with dignity. I could define it more profoundly than I'm about to do, but it's about not being a creep. Whether you cheer for that team or not, when someone goes down from a serious hit or is lying motionless on the ice, you applaud when they stand and walk off of to the dressing rooms. You cheer for a clean hit on your rival, but you never cheer for your rival lying face down with blood coating the ice, or when he takes a puck to the head. There's nothing commendable about that. You show some character, you show some class, and you be thankful that he got back up again.

To hear fans celebrating the fact that Sidney Crosby might have been seriously injured appalls me. I don't care if you're a Penguins fan. I don't care if you think Crosby's a diver or if you think he's overrated. Yes, this is my rant on hockey, but it all comes down to character whether you're on the hockey rink or walking down the street. What part of someone taking a high-speed disc of vulcanized rubber to the throat is applaudable?

Am I bummed the Penguins lost a game that they shouldn't have? Of course I am. Islanders, you won this one. But tell your fans to have some class.

Monday, May 6, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.50

I'll see you in my dreams
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chirography n. [kī-ˈrä-grə-fē]: the art of penmanship, handwriting (via

The letter was addressed in the most correct chirography, not missing a single stroke or curve of the letter, leaving the note looking formal and stiff.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series where I share the joys of being an English major and language lover with a useful new vocabulary word or definition that keeps popping up lately. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

link love

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A Brooklyn restaurant combines puns, pizza, and Game of Thrones. You had me at "Dijon Snow".
♥ 7 Words Brought to You By British Colonialism
♥ I find this both nifty and bothersome: 14 Words That Are Their Own Opposite (thanks, Mandy!)
Her Universe has Star Wars dresses in the works. I'm torn between the awesomeness that is the new Rogue Squadron dress and pretty sweet looking Death Star dress
♥ Can we talk about how awesome a traveling tea room emporium is? (thanks, Miss Indie!)
The Thoughts Room. Just go check it out. You won't be disappointed.
♥ Why a Literature Ph.D is not a waste of time. This one really hits close to home.
♥ Pittsburgh loves to convert old churches, so I totally dig this Victorian to Modern church conversion
♥ These darling illustrations of Star Wars Imperial Walkers reimagined as buses and taxis make me think of Howl's Moving Castle!
Nina of Le Fancy Geek answered my 11 Questions and her answers are fantastic (as is her t-shirt!)!
Kaitastrophical shares her favorite computer programs; I could really get some use out of Notational Velocity with all of the sticky notes on my dash!
A Plague of Strong Female Characters presents an interesting take on representations of female portrayals
♥ A Tumblr blog of haiku found within the New York Times
♥ I remember owning an American Girl doll growing up, and have been quite surprised at how different they seem today. I've seen two articles recently about the change, American Girl Dolls Really Need to Remember Their Roots and in a similar vein, American Girls Aren't Radical Anymore
♥ Hey bloggers! Here are 3 Ways You Can Use Google Analytics to Make Targeted Improvements (on Acrassy Marketing)
Kellene Elise talks about finding balance in life and keeping it
Creating a better to-do list: The 1-3-5 Rule
17 Vintage Photos of Women with Tattoos - how cool!
Kyla has a strategy for organizing recipes and planning meals that I can't wait to try
♥ David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers, and I can't wait to check out his new collection of essays, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. In the meantime, here's How David Sedaris Makes His Writing Better

What fun stuff have you found recently?