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My Favorite Things | October 2014

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Hi Friends and Family!

This is when I tell you what I've been doing in October and what I've been loving this month:


My Kindle

As an avid book reader and lover of all things paperback, I always swore I would never get an e-reader and facilitate the end of tangible books, but I caved (yes dad, you were right). Am I ashamed of myself? Maybe. Do I love my Kindle? Hell yeah. I got my Ken Doll in part because of Sarah, and in part because traveling to South Africa with a ton of books is just unrealistic. The Kindle is great because I can download almost any book instantly, it holds hundreds of books at a time, the battery lasts for weeks, I can highlight and look up words, and it's super convenient to keep in my purse or backpack. For anyone who thinks reading a screen for hours will hurt your eyes - it doesn't - cause Kindle has cool "paperwhite" technology, so the screen looks like the page of a book. Kindle is great, the end. (Does Kindle want to pay me for all …

DIY: Repurpose an old candle

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Hey Friends and Family!

In preparation for moving into the new house, my mom has been all about DIYs and turning old into new. In that spirit, I made an old candle into a useful jar (and took pictures and blogged about it, duh).

STEP 1: Start with a brunt-out candle that has been sitting in the freezer for a few hours. The freezer step is important as the wax is much easier to remove from the jar when it's frozen.


 See how the frozen wax has already started to crack without any help?


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STEP 2: Begin breaking the wax with a knife. It should be easy to remove in chunks. Throw out all the wax pieces. 

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STEP 3: Remove label. This part should come off quite easily but may leave behind a little residue, which we will take care of next. 

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STEP 4: In order to remove the bottom label, and any residue left behind from the front label, use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. Rubbing alcohol also works wonders to remove any stubborn wax inside the jar.


You may also have to use the edge o…

ATLANTA OR BUST!

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Hey Friends and Family!
This past weekend I drove to Atlanta with Sarah to visit Ryan and Corinne. Ryan lives in Atlanta and works in the "real world" doing something for Dish, which basically means he gets A TON of television channels. Corinne works at the Georgia aquarium as a dolphin whisperer (that may or may not be the official job title...)
On Friday, Ryan had to work, but Corinne, Sarah and I went to World of Coke, which is pretty much just a museum dedicated to Coca-Cola. It's pretty cool, and that's coming from someone who hasn't drank Coke in over 10 years. We got to see old Coca-Cola commercials and look, we met the Coca-Cola Polar Bear! (Does he have a name?)

I got to try all the different Coca-Cola products that are sold in Africa and South Africa, and honsetly, they were kinda gross, but when one of the flavors is pine-nut, the bar is already set very low.


Saturday was the UM v. Georgia Tech football game. We went with three of Ryan's friends f…

The Cool Girl

Hi Friends and Family,
On the car ride from Sarasota to Atlanta and back again, Sarah and I listened to the audio book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Aside from the crazy, f***ed up, manipulative plot line, there is a great excerpt from the wife's perspective about men's expectations of women. If you heard my song, You Stubborn Fool, you know that I have strong opinions on this subject.

Obviously I did not write this passage, but I want to talk about it on my blog because I think it's something everyone (every male) needs to read. The passage is below:
“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls