Happy First Day of Fall

In honor of the first day of Fall I have officially opened my new Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Scented Gel Car Freshener. I have been awaiting this day for some time. Why you ask? Florida, especially Miami, does not quite feel like Fall yet so it might as well smell like it! Here’s to some cooler weather and to all the pumpkin flavored goodies to come this season.

Anyone have any good recipes with a pumpkin spin? Please reply!

You can buy your own Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Scented Gel Car Freshener here:

http://wholesale.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycwhp/listing.jsp?category=%2fRetail%2fHome+%26%2338%3b+Car+Fragrance%2fCar+Gels

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Esty Purchase Success!

Last week, a friend and illustrator posted a link on my Facebook page to another Etsy illustrator that she thought I would like, a shop called “Wild & Free”. I fell in love with every drawing! They are creative, colorful, simple and sweet. I ordered her “Our Tree” original illustration and asked her to include my boyfriend and I’s initials inside the heart. I received it in the mail this week and simply cannot wait to find the perfect frame and hang it in our home. You can check out her shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildandfreee?ref=pr_shop_more

I had never purchased anything on Etsy before but it was so easy and a truly delightful experience. I don’t think I’ll buy art or gifts anywhere else again. (Holiday shopping here I come!) The fact that everything has a personal creative touch makes all the difference. I’ve toyed with the thought of opening my own Etsy shop selling vintage treasures one day, we’ll see… In the meantime, I’m going to make note of my favorite Etsy shops and post them. Any recommendations of shops I should check out? I’d love to hear about them.

Happy Shopping!

Meal Memories: Spanish Tortilla and Coca Cola with Lemon

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April 13, 2011 – I spent my 27th birthday in San Sebastian, Spain. It is a sleepy coastal fishing town with gorgeous views of the ocean, delicious tapas restaurants and bakeries galore. We had been trekking all over Barcelona and Paris and were pretty exhausted by this point. We took advantage of my birthday and finally slept-in, ordered room service and watched the only English TV channel airing random episodes of Family Guy, Bones, Desperate Housewives, and Modern Family.

By 4pm we finally crawled out of the hotel and ventured into town. It was too early for dinner (restaurants do not open for dinner in Spain until 7pm or later) so we decided to find a snack in the meantime. We seated ourselves at a small casual outdoor cafe. The locals were enjoying bottles of wine, beer, espresso, you name it. The only food they were serving at this time were Spanish Tortillas. It sounded okay so we ordered two. We also ordered two Cokes. (Coke Zero for Fern, he only drinks diet. I can’t stand the taste of the substitute sugar. We will never share a soda, ha.) One of my favorite parts of Europe was the addition of a slice of lemon to each soda. I can’t explain the excitement of my taste buds at such a small gesture but now I try to replicate it at home to bring me back to my “happy place”.  Soon the warm buttery tortillas finally arrived at our table, each with a fresh piece of baguette. The tortillas had a thin slices of ham and cheese in the middle of the potato, onion and egg concoction. It was the perfect temperature, the perfect texture and totally hit the spot. I was voracious by this point but forced myself to slow down and enjoy every morsel. We had plenty of tasty and enjoyable meals in Europe but this was the most memorable and special. Maybe next year for my birthday I’ll request an entire Tortilla instead of a cake!

P.S. I printed this picture and attached it to our refrigerator. Every time I see it my mouth waters… Probably a bad idea but the memory makes me happy 🙂

Bathroom Stall Inspiration

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It’s funny where inspiration is found.  During a bathroom break from class tonight I found this quote written on the back of the door in the bathroom stall. (Yes, I whipped out my iphone in the stall.)  I wonder what provoked this girl to write this.  I’d like to think it was a selfless act to inspire others that found it.  If that was the case, mission accomplished.  Thank you, stranger.  I needed that.

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A friend had me listen to this song about a month ago. I now find myself listening to it on repeat often. I think it’s the sweet carefree melody, gentle whistle, and honest southern voice. It seems not from this era. Especially as everything on the radio these days is filled with electronic sounds and auto-tune adjustments. When stressed or overhwhelmed it reminds me to relax and that everything’s going to be okay.

“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros*

Alabama Arkansas I do Love my Ma and Pa
Not the way that I do Love you

Holy Moly Me oh My your the apple of my eye
Girl I’ve never loved one like you

Man o Man your my best friend I scream it to the nothingness
there ain’t nothing that I need

Hot and Heavy pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothing please me more than you

[Chorus:]
Home, Let me come Home
Home is Whenever I’m with you
Home, yes I am Home
Home is wherever I’m with you

Lalalala Take me Home
Mama I’m Coming Home

I follow you into the park, through the jungle through the dark
Girl I’ve never loved one like you

Moats and boats and Waterfalls, Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you (that’s true)

Laugh until we think we’ll die, barefoot on a summer night
never could be sweeter than with you

And in the streets you run afree,
Like it’s only you and me,
Geeze, you’re something to see.

[Chorus]

Lalalala take me home
Mama I’m Coming Home

‒ Jade?
‒ Alexander?
‒ Do you remember that day you fell outta my window?
‒ I sure do ‒ you came jumping right out after me.
‒ Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke you ass, you were bleeding all over the place, I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
‒ Yes, I do.
‒ Well there’s something I never told you about that night
‒ What didn’t you tell me?
‒ Well, while you were sitting in the back seat smoking a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deep in love with you, and I never told you till just now!

[Chorus]

Home, let me come home, home is wherever I’m with you
Home, yes I am Home home is whenever I’m with you!

Alabama Arkansas I do love my Ma and Pa
Yes Home, yes ward! home is whenever I’m with you!
Home is whenever I’m with you.

*Lyrics are excerpted from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros/home.html

Drawing with Charcoal

I am always looking for random enjoyable stress-relieving activities. Last week my mom surprised me with a sketch pad and a set of drawing and charcoal pencils. I used to draw a lot growing up and I have always enjoyed arts and crafts projects of any sort. My mom and her side of the family are quite creative too. I was very excited to try them out and even watched some instructional videos on “how to” use charcoal pencils first. (Yes, I’m a nerd.) I have included photos of my preliminary doodles and typography. Inspired by Jenipher, I’m going to try to doodle at least once a day to keep my creative mind active. You can check out here inspiring doodles here: http://nightlydoodles.tumblr.com/

Back to School Time

Thursday is my first day of the Fall 2011 semester.  I am taking two classes at the University of Miami towards my Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.  The first is “Theories of the Universe” and the second is “Perspectives of Human Nature”.  It seems like they will both be A LOT of work including extensive reading.  In addition to the seven books in the photo, I am still waiting on four more race to class, 6:25-9:05pm.  Needless to say these will be VERY long days.  The more prepared I am the better.  The following is the list of my Back to School essentials.

  • 2 Subject Notebook
  • Durable Folder with pockets
  • UM Campus Map
  • Textbooks
  • Pens (my favorite is the Pilot G-2 0.38)
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • White-out Tape
  • Post-its
  • Flash Drive
  • Umbrella (for unpredictable Florida weather)
  • Scarf (to stay stylish and warm in cold classrooms)
  • Change purse with quarters (for vending machine emergencies)
  • Kashi Granola bars (for a healthy snack)
  • Gum and/or breath mints (Icebreaker Wintergreen is my fave)
  • Advil (for unpredictable headaches, cramps, etc.)
  • Pocket Mirror (to check for nose boogies, eye goobers, etc.)
  • Refillable bottle of water

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