December 28, 2010

A Whole Lotta Nothin'

Vacation is lovely, isn't it? I tell you, I've watched enough Lost to suit me for...well... all of my vacation. It's great. (By the way, I can't say in good conscience that I enjoy that show. It scares me. But I somehow keep coming back...?)

Anyway, this morning I posted a facebook status that I had a whole day of nothing planned... and I should just say that isn't true. I documented my day on camera to prove it. Not video though. Ew. :)

The first thing on my to-do list was to vacuum my floor... this was no easy task, however, as I had to actually move a lot of junk that was ON the floor so I could vacuum. And may I just say right now that central vac and I don't get along so well. This may be why I never vacuum. :P Anyway. I got it done eventually.

Second, I cleaned 3/4 of the bathrooms in my house. And I didn't feel the least bit guilty for not cleaning the fourth bathroom. My plan after that was to work out, but by the time I finished the bathrooms I was so tired and chemicalized that I just wanted a shower. ("Isn't that what they call irony?" "No, irony is you asking what it means everytime you say it.") So. I took a long, lovely shower. And then I laid on my bed for awhile and watched TV in my clean room. It was nice. :)

After my mom got home from work I helped her put away groceries and get ready for dinner. I can't remember what we ate. Oh yes, it was scrambled eggs and hashbrowns and pumpkin bread from the Voigtlanders. Some of us had toast, but not I. Too bad. I love toast. :(

Anywhom, after dinner, I began to build a splendid cheesecake, and this is where the pictures really get good! The cheesecake is called Heavenly Cheesecake and the recipe is available here. I know Megan will probably want to try it? ;)

Well. I started out by being awesome at guessing and crushing up some Oreo cookies. The recipe calls for a cup and a half of crushed chocolate cookies and the Oreos were fine but because they are so moist due to the cream filling, they were hard to crush. It took an exact row of Oreos to get a cup and a half, but in the future I would use more because it ended up not being enough to coat the sides of the pan. I just coated the bottom. Anywhom. These are my crushed Oreos, which look surprisingly like the countertop, hmm? :)

Next I put them in the pan. I took a photo, but it's surprisingly similar to the one I just posted, so I'll leave that out for now. Oh yeah and I forgot to mention the butter. heavenly stuff. :) So, after I got the yummy crust into the pan, I refrigerated it whilst I went about other things. Such as the milk and gelatin. Now bear with me. I have never made a cheesecake before. For my first attempt, I think I did alright.

The next step was to put the milk in the pan and sprinkle the gelatin on top and let it sit for exactly one minute. I was hyper from tea and talking to my mom so I am not sure how accurate I was on my "one minute" guesstimations. Anyway, the milk turned wrinkly so that was fun. Then I went over and cooked it on low heat for a LONG time and while that was cooking, I cut up 4 of the 5 milky way bars!!! :) that was actually probably the most fun.

yum?
So THEN after I cooked the milk and gelatin for awhile, I got to put the milky way chunks in the milk and cook it 'til it melted. and THIS took a long time. It's a good thing I was listening to Owl City or I would have been really bored. :)

After this was the fun part! I beat the delicious milk mixture (and I did taste it, by the way. it tasted like expensive, gourmet hot chocolate) with a lot of cream cheese and THEN I ADDED WHIPPING CREAM and ahhhhhhhhh it became heavenly!!! SO HERE is the finished product. *trumpet*


So... the end. that was my nothing.

New Favorite Song!

Corner of Your Heart -- Ingrid Michaelson

There's a corner of your heart just for me
There's a corner of your heart just for me
I will pack my bags just to stay in the corner of your heart

There is room beneath your bed for me
There is room beneath your bed just for me
I will leave this town just to sleep underneath your bed
Just to sleep underneath your bed

There's one minute of your day
There's one minute of your day
I will leave this man just to occupy one minute of your day
Just to occupy one minute of your day
Just to sleep underneath your bed
Just to stay in the corner of your heart. 

December 22, 2010

I see our love in 3-D.

This is the book I'm going to read over Christmas break: Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart. I've raved a lot about Mary, I know, and I have four or five of her delicious murder romances on my shelf. I've only read The Moon-Spinners all the way through (twice). I feel like a hypocrite, always saying how much I love Mary Stewart when I've only finished one of her books. Shame on me. So far, though, I can honestly say I love her humorous perspective. And in my defense, I've started Airs Above the Ground one or two times before, and had to stop - not out of boredom, but other things came up.. that, and I'm just not a big reader. I wish I was. Anyways, this is the time when this book is going to get read. :)

I had my last final today, and I was quite angry about having to go to school on December 22. Once I got there, though, I was delighted to find that I had access to almost any parking spot I desired... ohhhh the simple joys of life...

My mom just found out today that since she works for the hospital now, she gets a discounted membership to the Summit--and there are some stipulations that count me as "family" which means I get the discount, too. The first is children 18 or younger (hey, that's me!) and the second is children that have graduated high school (that's also me...) that are under 25 (hmmm), and are taking 12+ college credits (well, there ya go!). So, I'm excited now. I hope I turn into one of those people that spend like two hours at the gym everyday because they are workout addicts. Actually, I don't really hope that. I just want to be thin.

This is something new I'm trying on my face.... Hard Candy blush. It's caught my eye the last few times I've been makeup shopping because a lot of the products are sparkly and shimmery... and we probably all know how much Coley loves glitter. So I thought I'd give it a go. I bought blush and some light eyeshadow (though I don't wear shadow much... more just liner and mascara). I've only used NYC and Arbonne as far as blush goes, so if this treats my little face well, I think we'll have a makeup love story on our hands. And remember how I used to hate Stiletto eyeliner? Well, give it a chance... because I found myself buying another tube of it today. *sigh* :) 
Okay everyone. You better have a happy Christmas. And if you happen to see me in a store, PLEASE don't let it get awkward... because I will yell your name happily and if you don't hear me... I'll stand there like an idiot. So be nice and say hello. :) 

Merry Christmas! 

December 18, 2010

stepping out to see that you're really worth more

I've been modcloth-ing again... (thanks for inspiring me, Megan :P) Aren't these darling?!

Modern Fairytale
Halter of Fame: 
(I love this next one... and it's named the "Young Composer Dress", which strikes a chord [haha, get it?] in my heart...)
Spontaneous Plans: I would wear this everyday!! In a different color. *sheepish*
Make a Swish:
Cherry Valence: I've always loved this dress... but I don't know where on earth I would wear it.
And finally, the Frankly, I Don't Give a Dress ;)


have a lov-a-ly weekend, everyone! hugs! 

EDIT: I browsed the whole website looking for this one. Found it on the last page. It's my favorite -- if I owned this dress, I would have worn it in Ezekiel. It's called, Who's That Girl?


December 17, 2010

so I'm taking a rainbow up to the 5th floor...

Marty said something to me tonight.

It was as we were waiting backstage to go on for the very last scene/curtain call... Krista was singing the reprise of "A Little More Christmas" and I was quietly singing along.

"You're everyone's understudy," Marty winked.

She meant it as a compliment and I took it that way. But when I thought about it, I realized... I really am everyone's undestudy.


And I got a little sad.

But that's okay, because every understudy eventually gets the chance to have the spotlight. And I'm just singing while I wait. ;)

December 14, 2010

confession time!

Confession: I don't always check my answers in the original equation.

Confession: I skipped pilates this week because of finals.

Confession: today in my head, I heard the quote, "a thing of beauty is a joy forever"... and I thought, "a thing of beauty is a joy as long as it stays beautiful." I'm not sure how accurate this is, or if I'm just feeling pessimistic.

Confession: I did not use documentation on my last essay. Reason? Laziness.

Confession: Even if I never ever EVER wear something, it's still hard to get rid of it.

Confession: I don't write everything in my journal.

Confession: I still sleep with my pink bunny.

Confession: Sometimes I look at people and ask the Lord why He didn't make me beautiful.

Confession: I wear pajamas when I teach piano, occasionally. Like today.

December 12, 2010

we make too much sense to foolishly pass it by

Dear blogworld,
I have been very stressed lately about piano lessons, the play, and *ugh* finals. This morning during church I was paging through my little pink NLT Bible and just jotting down every verse I found that seemed relevant to me at the moment. I ended up filling about 5 pages in my little journal, and I'd like to share the verses I found in case you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, too. =]

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refugre, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. -Psalm 91:1-2

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. -I Peter 5:7

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from God rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. - Colossians 3:14-15

The LORD Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. - Exodus 14:14

The eternal God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you, He cries out, "Destroy them!" - Deuteronomy 33:27

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? - James 2:14

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. - I Peter 1:6-7

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. - Proverbs 31: 25

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. - Ecclesiastes 7:8

Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. - Isaiah 43:2

But forget all that - it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. - Isaiah 43:18-19

No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? - Matthew 16: 23-26

...Have mercy on us and help us, if you can. "What do you mean, 'if I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!" - Matthew 9:22b-24

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. - Romans 5:3

For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. - Romans 11:36

and my favorite... But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me. :) - 1 Corinthians 15:10a (smiley face added)

I have entered into a whole new realm of faith, I think. I like it.

December 2, 2010

Canvas

I don't think you see what I see when you look at me
I see flaws and imperfections, but you see beauty
You see me as a canvas, I can become anything
So don't ask why I try to fit in a mold
When I have my own wings.

I hope to grow beautiful someday
I hope to grow beautiful someday
I hope to grow beautiful someday
I hope to grow beautiful someday

I don't think I see what you see when I look in the mirror
You see a tender heart but I see weird.
You see me as a canvas, I can become anything
Don't ask why I want to be heard,
But I'm afraid to sing...

I hope to grow beautiful someday
I hope to grow beautiful someday
I hope to grow beautiful someday
I hope to grow beautiful someday

Everything is a work in progress. 

Edit: due to some expressed confusion on the part of a select few of you, yes, I wrote this song. It is my own. =]