Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Normal Day and Feeling Stronger!

I would first of all like to note that I'm currently loving multi-tasking, and that if I get a little off topic I'm taking a break to watch two episodes of the ABC remake of 10 Things I hate About You, then it's back to work before bed!

Today was a great day and a successful one at that. I got my manicure (to save my nails from breakage and hopefully get them stronger), and I love it, it's super cute. Picture to come of course, along with a picture of my laptops new battle wound. ): After that I went over to school to write my paper and leave some test notes for my friend, then I came back home, put the finishing touches on my paper and made sure that it was perfect. Then settled it in with some working out, netflix, blog reading, and a little bit of cooking. I'm starting to notice myself getting stronger when I'm doing my dip, pushup, squat and sit-up challenge workouts, and it's really getting me excited. I've found a couple new blogs that I love from more lovely ladies which has me excited. I'm also excited for tomorrow to be over so that I can spend my week and a half break working out and finding my rhythm for it all.

Tonight for dinner I made a spinach wrap with diced grilled chicken, steamed corn, brown rice, light ranch and a little bit of low-fat mozzarella. Suuuuper yummy too. I'm about done with my episodes, and not sure what else to write about, so I think it's time for me to go. :)

Until next time, 

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Monday, June 27, 2011


So first off I would like to apologize for disappearing for quite a few days, I was preparing for this week, which is midterms and finishing up my drawing, which was due this afternoon. I'll now give you a list of things that I didn't do this weekend; write four thesis statements, create four outlines for those four thesis statements, and least of all begin writing my favorite of the four. I would like to add in that my mother was right about that, I was being a little bit too ambitious.

Friday was quite a bit of fun since I had finished all my reading, was done with my rough draft for my drawing, and spent the day researching the four different works that I was going to choose from for my paper, at Starbucks of course, since I had to use up my free drink card! I also got my gold card in the mail, and it's BEAUTIFUL, I didn't actually use it for the first time until this morning though, and boy did it feel good. :)

I spent the morning at Starbucks tracing my final draft of the drawing using the big windows they have there, and it helped a ton! It was also kind of fun to have a bunch of people asking me about what I was doing, and the kinds of classes that I'm taking right now. I did remember to take a picture of my final before I left today so I can show it to you all!

Here is what my final looks like (to the left), and I think it looks pretty good. I feel like I did well on it, so I just have to wait until after break to find out for sure! I think it could pretty easily be a gallery piece, but you never know. The piece to the right is what we worked on today in class, two point perspective. He wants us to pick something that has both boxes and curves in it for our two point perspective project, which will be due after the break. Which I plan to work on during the break, just because I'll have the time for it, I'm also planning to read more of the art history book that we will be covering the last five weeks after the break so that I can be even more on top of things than I was this half.

The school called me today asking me if I would want to take the Trigonometry class that picks up after the break, and I was curious about it, but didn't sign up just yet, I wanted to consult my parents first, but now that I've taken a little bit of time to think about it I'm starting to wonder if I could test out of the class and not have to take any other math/science credit classes, even though trig would be the last one I take anyways. So something to look into tomorrow. Tonight I'm going to put together my test notes for Wednesdays class, then do a little researching of the Colosseum and the Tower of London, yes I know I changed the second one but Tower of London does fit the time period and will make for a better paper, and I'm wicked excited about it. Also, when I disappear, my twitter still gets updated, so if you don't follow me on twitter, there is a link on the contact page to get to it, those of you who don't have twitter, well my tweets are along side my posts, so you can view them there.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Abundance....of food!

First of all, I would like to begin by showing you all the design for the Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon that was released today.

Yeah it's gorgeous. So now I'm getting more and more excited about running it. I do still like the design for the Disney Princess Half Marathon a little bit better, which is a crown with jewels in it. But it will be well earned nonetheless. So today was a good day, I got all of my chapters read for art history, finished up the bones of my perspective and realized that I can use my giant living room windows to trace the final rather than go to school and do it, which made me feel brilliant. Also, I'd like to take a moment to welcome my newest follower, IRONDIVA, trust me I flipped when I saw your comment, I was so excited. :)

Now onto the title. :) I went grocery shopping tonight, and got a ton of fairly good food which I'm really excited about and I got pretty creative on my storage of such items, so everything looks pretty in the pantry and on the counter. So here are some pictures of what I got.

The green bowl in the pantry has Fiber One brownies in it, which are only 90 calories, so they were my substitution for the Fiber One toaster pastries which they didn't have. The red bowl has Cliff Builder Bars Peanut Butter, which I actually like a lot more than the normal Cliff bars and they even have 20 grams of protein! The yellow much has Propel Zero packets which are nice to take to class. So I think I'm set in terms of eating for the next week and a half, so woohooo!

Also, I know all of you have seen the contest post, SO VOTE!

Until next time, 

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sick, Swag, and Swagger.

First, let's start with the sick. This morning about two hours after waking up I started feeling funny, so I had some applesauce hoping that would calm my stomach a little bit, but that did not work and the two hours after that I was feeling quite sick. I ended up not going to my drawing class today, which I later found out wasn't much of a loss at all, even though I had already pretty much figured that since we were just working on our perspective drawing again.

Now onto swag. I was supposed to get my Road IDs today, and when I woke up and checked the shipping information I found out that they had not gotten to Tucson, until 8am this morning and figured there was no way I would be getting them today, which was a disappointment. Then around 11, I check my mailbox and hooray! These two beauties were waiting in my box. It took me quite a bit of self control to not just rip right into these I was so excited, but I managed to wait until I got home and took a picture to open them. After making sure the picture was good, I just tore right in and it was glorious.

I got both my Road ID, and my Sweaty Band today! I was so excited to get a bunch of swag today that it made being sick suck a little less. I wore the Sweaty Band to school today, and got to test it out as I walked the last mile of my trip to school, in the 108 degree Arizona heat. Needless to say it got SOAKED, and I'm sad to report that once it was soaked it didn't hold for very much longer before needing to get adjusted, but once I found the right spot for it, it worked beautifully. I would also like to think that having my Road ID while walking the mile in the 108 degree heat was a great thing. Then I made it to school just in time for my Art History test. It went alright, but I completely blanked on two questions and tried to think of anything to write but just couldn't. So I knew I wasn't going to do fantastic, but I think I did pretty good.

There would be my swagger, it also means to boast or brag. I was so worried about doing poorly on my first test, and was not looking forward to getting it back. But was shocked enough that I almost fell out of my chair when I did get it back, it was awesome! I'm going to now include a comment from my lovely Ashley:

So, after Miss Anna took her first Art History test, she was very anxious about how well she did. I reassured her as long as she focused on her studies, made sure she knew a little bit of every thing that was on her study guide, she'd do marvelously. I offered a few suggestions based on what works for me, and I left the rest up to her, knowing she'd do well with her drive for success. As soon as the class' instructor said that the tests he had graded were receiving very high scores, Anna instant messaged me to express the idea that hers was terrible and he must not have graded it yet. Right away, I built her wall of confidence back up by telling her that her creative sub-conscious makes her behave like she thinks she should. By thinking she did horribly, she would have, or will next time. She took the bait, changed her thought path, and was certain she did well. I am proud to say that Miss Anna did very well! Just like I said, that focus on her studies and positive attitude about her abilities paid off.
Since my weekend has now officially started, I've created my to-do list to be completed by 6/27 or Monday.

  1. Finish one point perspective drawing (Due Monday 6/27)
  2. Read chapters 10 - 13 of Art History text
    • Make study guide
  3. Find four works for second Art History paper [completed]
    • Greco-Roman 
      1. Roman Colosseum
      2. Ludus Magnus
    • Medieval
      1. Notre-Dame
      2. Bodiam Castle
  4. Research four works for paper
  5. Create four thesis statements (one for each combo of papers I could write using one work from each time period)
  6. Write outlines for each thesis
  7. If time, begin writing papers
So yes, I have a busy weekend planned. I've banned myself from Netflix, and tv this weekend, and plan on doing this and working out. So it'll be an interesting weekend, and I will keep you posted. 

Also! Check out the contest in yesterdays post. I know you guys have been looking at it, so vote!

Until next time, 

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Timely Tuesday and Contest!

Today I actually had fun working on homework and studying for my art history test tomorrow. Who would have thought me, enjoying homework and studying and doing a kick-butt workout in the same day? Shocking!

When I woke up this morning and took Bella out for her morning walk and we did our usual stop at the tennis court so I could chase her around I was very displeased to find broken glass all over the place. The picture to the left is what I picked up by hand, basically all the big pieces before I went to take Bella back inside because I knew it wasn't good for her to be around all that. Once back inside I moved all the pieces from the poop bag they were in over to the tupperware container you see in the photo, after grabbing the tupperware, a hand broom and dust pan, along with my phone I headed back out to clean the rest up. After getting the rest of the glass cleaned up I took it to the office to show the property manager, to which she replied that she will have the guy who cleans up the property check all public areas first, which is good, but what if this happens on the weekend, which it's more than likely to do. Below are some more pictures of the scene of the crime and the total amount of glass collected.

Moving on, I'll let you know all about the exciting things that are going to happen here coming up! First off, we're going to get a new custom layout from my good friend Claire.

Second of all, we're going to get a little mascot, which is going to be the contest! So I'm going to let you all decide which mascot you like best, and rank them one, two and three, out of preference. Here's how to vote. Leave a comment ranking the mascots in order of preference. Rankings turn into points, 1st -> 3 points, 2nd -> 2 points, 3rd -> 1 point. The mascot with the highest points will be announced on August 13th. The chosen mascot will travel with me whenever I go on trips, and you will see him hanging around town or cheering me on at races!

Until next time, 

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!


Here are the current rankings, which I will update as the votes come in. 

Nugget Bear - 11 points
Nugget Monkey - 42 points
Nugget Elephant - 21 points

Uncharacteristic Day

I would like to first admit that tonight I really lost my cool during class and I'm really not proud of it. I let someone get under my skin and I should have just shrugged it off, it all boils down to a lack of communication, and I shouldn't have let that happen in the first place. I'm hoping that by admitting that I'm not pleased with how I acted that it will help me to get over the fact that I let it happen and just move on.

Today I had both my classes, and my drawing class was a lot of fun, and I feel like I made quite a bit of progress. I ended up making a new grid because the one that I had made the bed look very awkward and bulky, so I made one higher up on the page and I think it looks better but still does need some work in terms of size. The final size seems to be something that I can play with once I have everything rendered out pretty well. I was having a little bit too much fun using my blue lead pencil today so the picture might be kind of hard to see. I think I took maybe one break where I left the room and came back, and if you ask me that means it was a good day. I'm hoping to be able to work on this sometime tomorrow so that I can work on my final during class on Wednesday so that I don't have to bring it home for the weekend. :)

Art History was fun once I got over my issue and we got a study guide for the test that will be on Wednesday. So tomorrow is more studying for me, but we're starting to get into architecture which makes me excited because I really like architecture. When I got home I took Bella out and got a chance to talk to one of the security guards about what happened at like 2am yesterday. I woke up around then to a bang bang noise, which I thought was possibly gun shots, which left me freaked out and unable to go to sleep again for another hour. I found out that it was fireworks at the apartment complex behind mine. Which all I can think is "Why are fireworks legal in Arizona with all the dry brush around? That's like fire danger 101." But oh, well.

While Bella and I were on our walk we stopped by the mail box to find another birthday card, which even if it was late, the meaning was there, so I loved it none the less. I have a fairly interesting way of displaying my cards so I thought that I would show you how I do that, which is the picture to the left. The card up by the lion on the top of the fridge is from my mom when I graduated, and I found it in a book, and thought it needed a place of honor. Then you can see various other cards from holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, and some from my birthday. The front of the fridge where the freezer is, still has plenty of room, and i'll change them out after a while or when I get a new one from the same person. The turtle one is my favorite right now, and that one is from the same person that sent me the Halloween card, my former middle school math teacher Mrs. Hartman. The Snoopy card and the one below that are from my mother, the Christmas card is from my step-sister and her family, the one with the lady on it that looks hand made is from my grandma, then the one below the turtle card is from my stepmom's grandparents, who are just awesome! The photo is such a good quality because I ended up just grabbing my camera to take the picture so you could see what things said, yes I did do some photoshopping as well. :)

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fabulous Friends

Today was a fun day, I spent most of it race researching, along with trying to make a list of foods to start eating, which is more difficult than I thought. I did download the Tinker Bell course map, and plan on looking up the streets on Google Earth to see what they look like. If you're interested head on over to the My Races! tab and you can see the map for yourself. I'm starting to get more and more excited about this because I know it's going to be a lot of fun, and it's the first step towards doing something really cool in my life. I've seen my mom run countless races since I was a kid, and it seemed like no matter how long it was, or how tired she was at the end, she was proud to have that medal around her neck. I know that I'll have that same feeling when I cross the finish line. I'd also love to run a race with her sometime. I think it would be a lot of fun. The picture to the left is something that I found online today, for some reason it really struck me, making all this change in my life, it really is making me into a new person.

For now I leave you with this, an updated picture of my pantry. I know it needs more things in it, but I'm still struggling with what to buy, so it'll slowly fill up.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fitness Friday

Today I found myself being a little fitness obsessed, I was researching other kinds of workouts that I can kind of shuffle through, and found myself rereading Run for the Bikini, another blog. So I got a little bit more interested in this BodyRockers thing she keeps talking about so I looked into it. It actually looks pretty awesome, so once I can get a little bit more used to the things that I'm doing now, I might add that into the rotation. I do have to acknowledge that I've been incredibly sore today from everything that I did yesterday, but it's a good kind of sore, the kind that comes after that first really good workout in a long time, so I know it'll get better. I was able to manage to do a slow run on the treadmill for about a half hour while geeking out to some music, and watching a girl work out in a pool cover up with a bikini underneath.

So this is the song I was geeking out to in the workout room. Being from Minnesota, I'm very proud of my roots, and no matter where life takes me it will always be a part of me. I first heard it on iHeartRadio while in my drawing class two weeks ago, and I was just in awe. It perfectly captured what summer up there is all about, and I'm wishing that I could be there to enjoy it with my friends and family. But school is just as important, and yes I did write my paper today. :) I think that's about all I have to report on for right now.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Productive Thursday

Today has been a more than productive day, I was able to research for my Art History paper, and write an outline of my main points for it, along with work out an insane amount, as you can probably see if you check my tweets. I know I'll be feeling that in the morning, even though I already am when I go up and down the stairs to get to and from my apartment. Tomorrow promises to be worse though. :) haha. As I was doing my squats though I was beginning to enjoy the pain, which the whole time I was thinking, me, enjoying pain? YES PLEASE. BRING IT ON. So hopefully I continue to enjoy the pain of working out, and if I do, I think this whole being a marathoner thing is totally doable. I continued to mess around with my blog throughout the day, and decided to do a picture progress thing in one of my pages, so if you haven't seen that page yet I suggest you check it out. I know that progress will be slow for the first few weeks, and that's fine by me, as long as progress is being made. I know that these pictures won't be able to show you the progress that I make in terms of the level of difficulty associated with working out, but that's not what they're supposed to do.

I'm starting to get really excited about the half marathon, and am even more excited about the next few months of my life, since I'm really changing things around for myself. They're all things that I feel I should be doing since I'm young and will be able to keep up these habits as I get older. Tonight I'm feeling very pleased with everything that's going on, well at least in terms of my health, school, and training. Not so much with trying to find good healthy recipes to work off of. So if you have any of those laying around, please send them my way, especially one for Chicken Salad because I really want to have some Chicken Salad wraps. :)

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Exciting Wednesday!

First I'm going to apologize for not actually posting last night before going to bed. I got home after class and was too tired to do much of anything. So I'm posting now.

Late Tuesday night I was able to officially register for the 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Anaheim, CA. Which was really awesome, so I'm super excited about that. Classes yesterday went well, in Drawing we started working on our furniture perspective grid, and I just started playing with the layout that I wanted straight on the grid so I think I've found the layout that I want. Then in Art History we had our first test, which I think went really well. After that we did slides, there was a bit of a group agreement that the classroom wasn't cooling off from the class that had been in there before us, so we let out about an hour early, which after I got home used to watch the video on Greece that he wanted us to. My plans for today include working on the perspective, and using the one I did yesterday in class to do a rough draft, as well as writing my Art History paper that's due on Monday.

I'll do another post later today to catch up and get back on track :) Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

So first of all, I turned 20 today. Yes, I'm just a baby.

Today was a good day though, I found out that I'm now a Road ID affiliate, you can find my link on the right side of the home page or under the "Products I LOVE!" tab at the top of the page. I can't wait to get mine which I'm ordering within the next few days. I decided on getting the FIXX ID since it seemed to be the easiest one to wear all the time. Please consider getting one, if not for yourself, for someone in your life who is active, for another family member. I know that I plan on making sure a few of my family members get them, and soon.

I also studied for my first Art History test which is tomorrow, which I'm actually kind of excited about. From what the test topics were described as, it's going to go fairly well.

Now onto yesterday. When I got home I didn't really want to post I just wanted to go to bed, so I did that, I'm making up for that by posting now. :) Drawing went better than most days, after getting over the whole "everything has to be to correct scale and proportion to how I see it" I was fine. I'm working on getting better at my line weight so you all can see my drawings better, but I'm a stickler for accuracy and everything looking perfect. If you can see the sketched out ottoman on the right half that's pretty dark, yeah that was Len, my drawing teacher. I also have a picture of the demo furniture perspective he did for us to show us how to do it. It's awesome. I can already see small improvements in my skills in my notes which are in the top half of the page. Those perspective circles were tough though, I mean that one on the right took me like four tries to get it that way. To me it looks pretty good now.

To the right is Len's furniture perspective, pretty awesome if you ask me. He's an awesome teacher, and he's even done a bunch of book illustrations which is absolutely amazing.

Art History yesterday was a blast, we moved onto the new chapter and got to enjoy my cupcakes in a jar, which ended up being FANTASTIC. They were super moist and delicious and I can't wait to play around with coloring them or doing layers of color when I've got some free time.

I have some exciting things planned for the future of this blog including an awesome new layout done by an awesome friend of mine, who I'll probably feature on the blog the day the layout debuts. As you can also see I added some tabs at the top, and plan on filling out those over the next few days as I take breaks from writing my Art History research paper. For now I'm off to do some more studying for my test, and enjoying the day.

Until next time, take care!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Unleash the Cupcakes, Day 3!

I'll give you the score again before I begin. Cupcakes - 1, Anna - 1

Today the second attempt at my cupcakes went a lot better since I was able to bake the remaining 48 cupcakes in a jar with few problems. :) I've got more pictures for you all too, taken by my lovely friend Mykel.
As you can see I'm enjoying this, since I'm laughing. The only issue that we had today was figuring out how to get the batter into the jars and that ended up being solved quickly by using the small pitcher that you can see by the jars in the right picture. I had hoped to not post many pictures with myself in them since I'm usually behind the camera but I think I'm over that. I would like to note that I'm currently watching the Tony Awards, something that I would I not have known they were tonight had I not been over here. :) So thanks to Mykel and Barbara for that.

I ended up having to change the times that I baked the jars for, and ended up with a temperature of 325 and a time of 30 minutes for 12 ounce jars. Which is very reasonable I believe. I'm currently alternating between writing this post, frosting cupcakes, and watching the Tony Awards so this may sound a little jumbled, and I apologize if it does. While I let the butter in my second batch of frosting melt since it wasn't melted enough when I put it in there I will continue. I ended up using a box of mix per six jars which works out to about ten boxes of cake mix which isn't bad at all if you ask me. Other than my cupcake adventure, I didn't really do much today, I began to research running watches and so far I'm more confused than when I began, so I'll continue researching that for quite some time. Here are some more pictures for now.

I have returned home and brought all the cupcakes up to my apartment and am back to post the remaining pictures before I head to bed so that I'm up early tomorrow. Today was a good day, baked 48 cupcakes, frosted 60, watched the Tony Awards, hung out with friends, but I will admit that I missed spending time with my Miss Bella, so I'm probably going to cuddle with her until I fall asleep, if she decides to cooperate. Tomorrow brings classes, celebrating my birthday in class, thus all the cupcakes, and finally, being one day closer to 20. Good night all. :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Unleash the Cupcakes, Day 2!

Well folks, first I'll give you the score. Cupcakes - 1, Anna - 0

But first I'll tell you about what happened this morning about 1am. I decided that somehow it would be a good idea to go with my friend and get all my supplies for these cupcakes in a jar. Then after procuring everything that would be needed, we both returned to my apartment where we hung out for about two hours, all the while I felt the need to rearrange my pantry (something I badly needed to do) as my phone downloaded this new application (Nike Training Club), I really wanted to see what it was all about so I had to wait for it to finish downloading. So here's what my pantry looks like now, bare I know but shopping will be done soon. Bottom shelf is being designated for anything fitness and nothing else. Middle shelf is food items, and top shelf is tupperware and other food items that are tall, because I don't need to see all my tupperware.

First batch, peach colored
Now, onto the cupcakes. Things were looking good for a while as I was baking up the first two colors, and then I realized how small the layers of cupcake were against the size of the jars they were in, and they were kind of just rolling all over the place in there. So after lots of frustration, and eating ruined cupcakes, I decided to try baking the cupcakes in the jars themselves, and that seemed to work a bit better, though my test batch didn't have enough batter in the jars so I shoved extra cupcakes in them to fill them up. So my jars that had already been filled are running through the dishwasher right now, and I am hoping to have them completely cleaned and ready to go before I wake up in the morning, so that I can just jump right on in, once I get to my friends house. I'm doing this all over there because I do not have a mixer of any sort, stand or handheld (I'm hoping to save up for a pretty KitchenAid one eventually), but for now I don't bake in mass quantities like this very often, so I figure I'm fine for now. I also made buttercream frosting for the first time in my life today, also pictured below. It was actually a lot easier than I thought.
Cupcakes baked in the jar

So a day of frustration ended fairly well considering I am ready to go to bed already and it's not that late. :) So my remaining pictures will be at the end of this post, and I hope to check in with you all tomorrow.

Good night, and sweet dreams.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Unleash the Cupcakes, Day 1!

Today was the first day of my cupcake adventure, receiving the 60 jars that I will be using to create rainbow cupcakes in a jar for my birthday. When I finally got my box this afternoon I was super excited, I wanted to see my beautiful jars, and after taking like fifteen minutes to get the 35.60 pound box back up to my third floor apartment I got to rip into it. Horror struck my face as I saw how many packing peanuts were in this box, but after reminding myself that the jars I bought are recycled glass, I felt less terrible that their shipping methods weren't so eco-friendly. As you can somewhat see in the top of the picture I was being supervised by the lovely Miss Bella as per usual. So after pulling all my boxes of jars and the bag of lids out of the box I taped it shut and put it outside to take down to the trash so that my apartment didn't get infested with packing peanuts.

I then began opening all the boxes, inspecting the jars and putting the lids on so that I made sure I had enough, and I did, I actually ended up having one more lid than I needed. After my initial inspection, I sent them all through the dishwasher for sterilization and general cleaning, and put them all back in their boxes. These jars were quite a bit smaller than I thought they would be, which is actually kind of nice because it means I will be making less cupcakes and frosting than I first thought. I did however have to redo my math on how much frosting ingredients I would need, and it's sounding less unreasonable. :) So tomorrow morning I'm off to Target and Michaels, and then off to my friends house to begin my adventure. I will be learning how to make buttercream and then diving in head first.

As you can see these jars are about 4.5 inches tall with lid, so they're a pretty good size for one person. But it'll be interesting to see how I get six layers of cupcake in there, and five of frosting. But I know I'll be able to do it. I do promise lots of pictures because this is going to be quite interesting, but I don't know how many I'll end up taking. Well, I'm off to watch a little more Netflix before I head to bed.

Good night all!

Feeling a Bit Enlightened

Well, I'm going to start off with the solution that came about from the towel problem and then go on to other things. These are my two new towels because the woman who went to go get the exact same towel could not find it, but I'll take these, they're pretty cute. 

So onto my next topic for the night, going cruelty free! As you can see in this picture there is some of my shampoo visible, and while I did not really think about what I was getting for a long time, or it was gotten for me, when I moved to Arizona I really started thinking about how I want to live my life. The one thing I knew is that I didn't like the idea of animals being tested on, so the first thing I did was find shampoo and conditioner that was cruelty free. I use Tresemme and really love it. I was able to find mine on sale as two bottles for nine dollars and bought about six (three each of conditioner and shampoo) of them and I'm on the last bottles now. While the bottle only states that they do not test on animals, you can easily find press releases stating that they have an internal ban on any animal testing. :) Search for Cruelty Free Products and Companies!

Now, onto the hot topic of my night. I finally got around to watching some of those crazy documentaries about how we're getting obese and what it's going to mean for our future. It not only informed me, going to a private school from k-12 will shelter you from this kind of stuff, but it enraged me that we're allowing this to happen. I understand that it's hard to get the good stuff, and stick to it, but really, we need to work on our moderation first. I'm really hoping that watching these films I will be able to make some serious changes in my life and really start to make things myself. I love being in the kitchen and I really think that I would find it satisfying if I made my own bread or pasta. I'm hoping others of you agree with me. For now I'm going to spend my weekend researching recipes of things that I can start to make myself, because all of the chemicals in our food is really starting to disgust me. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wacky Wednesday

I have to admit, today was quite strange for me, I did the usual, wake up routine, then decided to go for a run, which I unfortunately bailed on about a mile in because I was still so mad about the towel. I kept running though, but headed to the nearest Starbucks for some coffee and a bagel which took a bit of the edge off. I then returned to my apartment complex to solve the towel issue, and it was fairly easily solved, and quickly I might add since they know me by name when I walk into the office, which I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but for now I'll say good. Long story short with that, the complex has replaced my towel and I'm picking it up from them in the morning. :)

After that it was off to review readings for my classes, pack up, and relax a bit before heading out. I was pretty excited to get back to classes, because I knew we would be starting perspective in my drawing class, and anything with a ton of angles and straight lines? Yes, please. Once he showed us on the board how to do it I was chomping at the bit to get started, but he continued to lecture on for a while, and all the while I was thinking about what RoadID I should get. Terrible I know, but I'd been looking at it before I left so I couldn't get it out of my head. I apologize for the images of my drawings for today, the line weight isn't that great. :(

Art History was an adventure as always, this time we tried to watch a movie about the Sphinx which we weren't able to load even though it's on steaming through Netflix, the computers have it set up to not let you watch it or something. I was tempted to watch it when I got home because I found it so interesting, but we're watching the rest next week in class, so I did my best to resist.

As for the RoadID, if you don't know about it yet, which I'm thinking quite a lot of you don't, click on the name and it will bring you to their website. It's a form of identification for people who go running, biking, hiking, well just about anything really, but it can also help in an emergency to identify you if you are unable to communicate with first responders. You can put any kind of information that they would need to know, and even better, they have an "interactive" version that gives you the ability to have a profile with your full medical history, insurance information, and emergency contacts that you can change whenever you like, say if you go on vacation with friends, you could add in the contact information for the people you are there with. As for me, I can't decide between the Wrist ID Slim, and the FIXX ID, I like them both, but am not sure which one I like better so I'm going to think it over some more before ordering.

I look forward to the morning, along with the rest of my weekend.

Hope to see you all soon! Good Night.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Well blog followers I'm quite upset. Tonight as I went to do laundry so that I could run in clean clothes in the morning, I found myself puzzled as to what the redish pink large lump of wet cloth was that had been placed in my washing machine. A few minutes later I removed said lump and found out that it was the lovely cute pink and white polka dot Minnie Mouse towel that I got myself on Memorial Day as a little treat for studying in the sun. I figured for the price I could treat myself to something cute. 

The first thing I notice about said towel, it's still soaking wet, then I notice a gigantic black spot. I'm thinking "this shouldn't be here, how did this happen" so I go to hang it up in my bathroom to assess the damage, and well, to put it kindly I went into a fit of rage. 

As you can see, very cute towel, but obviously this isn't just some color bleeding or anything close, this is what a rag towel looks like after you work on your car and need to clean your hands. Does this towel look like it should be used for such? I don't think so! Nevermind the fact that there was a towel laying on the ground next to the dishwasher from when the first maintenance man was here to check the dishwasher and see what was wrong. After my run in the morning I'm taking this down to the office and talking to the property manager because it's unacceptable that they would use and obviously not rag towel for something like cleaning your hands or cleaning something that's dirty. 

In other news, today has just been one of those days for me and a few friends that feel like we need to get a bunch of ice cream and eat it while we watch terrible movies. It's too bad that they're too far away otherwise I'd be having a sleep over right now, but I think I could use it. Anyways, I'm going to bed shortly since I'm getting up early for a run. 

Good night and sweet dreams all! :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Abandoning, Just Kidding!

I promise that I have yet to abandon you guys, I just got preoccupied with studying for art history, and obsessing over, oh wait, more of my weekend was studying than anything, that's actually somewhat shocking! So here is my promise to you all that I will not abandon you without warning, at least I hope not, haha. :)

Catching up to today, I did some awesome workouts over the weekend and was for sure feeling the hurt this morning, but still managed to get up and do my workouts for the day. I also took Bella for a good half hour walk before I did my workout which I was surprised that I was able to do, but it felt good to get outside and walking.

I do have to mention right now that my art history teacher is the bomb, considering he just talked about how if there was a zombie apocalypse that we should all hide in the warehouse on the other side of the gallery in the FA building. Which is quite amusing, never mind that he can make art history quite fun and super interesting. Woooo SJ!

My drawing class today went well after the first hour which was full of wanting to throw some stuff across the room, wanting to cry, wanting to throw a tantrum, and wanting to storm out. After all of that passed I put together a decent drawing which I will post a picture of on Wednesday. Since the class is so small we were able to get through all the material fast enough to get out of class almost an hour early wooo! Which allowed me to eat my pasta pesto salad in peace and quite enjoy it, again, from Starbucks and completely amazing, though I may attempt to make my own, which probably won't end up going well, but I'll give it a shot!

Art History seems to be the highlight of the day even with it's extreme length and I am kind of displeased that the class will only meet seven more times before the class is over, but hurrah, I will have SJ for the second half of this class later on this summer. If you can't tell I enjoy having SJ as a teacher because he's interesting, keeps things going, and does a great job of just keeping everyone engaged even if the class is four hours long!

I'm fairly excited for the end of this week because I will begin and finish an epic baking adventure to make 60 rainbow cupcakes in jars for my birthday next week. I do promise pictures of all of that as well. However this all depends on the arrival of the jars at the end of this week. Which I'm hoping get here soon!

Have a good night all! I'll talk to you again tomorrow! <3