Saturday, 31 October 2009

A funny thing happened on the...


A funny thing happened on the train last night. The train security guard asked, "Are you supposed to be Betty Boop?"
The funny thing, I wasn't wearing a costume, haha.

Hope the Great Pumpkin day!!

Friday, 30 October 2009

Cover your feet



I would love to find something like this. Rain boots that cover your shoes, heels! Cute and versatile! I found this pair on flicker. I am kicking myself because there was a pair of red ones on ebay for $10 and I should have nabbed them. Well, actually I tried but the seconds were ticking and I couldn't get myself logged in fast enough. Congrats other bidder! Maybe I'll find another pair for the snowy days.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Blah


Outside of the kitchen door so far this morning...I'm just thinking of having to go shovel in a bit, blah

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Dark Glamour


Isn't this makeup gorgeous? It reminds me of 20s vamp, with a French flair. I think, though, that I would do a red lip with it. Maybe this will be a style that I'll play with. Too bad that I look absolutely horrid with bangs, haha

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Halloween Fun

In honor of this Halloween week, I thought I would post some fun. I actually own these shoes. S got them for my birthday this past year in May. They are kitcsh-y love!



My roots are in Goth. I love beauty, especially dark. I found this photo from C12. It's a dress that Kambriel finished for the passed Laura Purdy. I was lucky enough to be the model, and in the fashion show for C12 in New Orleans.


Here is another one of her haunting designs. Yes, I am a little obsessed with her clothing. =)

Monday, 26 October 2009

Lofty Goal - A Body Makeover Challenge


One of my favorite magazines that I receive every month is having a body makeover challenge. I am actually debating taking part. The winner receives $1000 to boot.
Since I started this respiratory therapy program, I have put on four pounds. Don't ask me how. Well, I know how, comfort food. Stress = fried foods and sweets. Basically, I have started some bad habits that need to be halted.

This magazine (Oxygen for Women) always has great menu plans and exercise routines. So, I think that I am going to use some of those meal plans and routines. I think a healthier life change will also help with my stress. The walking that I have been doing is just not enough. I will just have to make the time.

Maybe a contest (that I know truthfully that I cannot win) is just the kick in the flabby rear that I need, something to hold me a little more accountable. They require before and after photos. Before: in a bikini holding the said issue of the magazine. The contest ends in February.

I just got back from walking to the grocery. I bought everything on the meal plans for week 1. That's a start.

Shabby Apple Dare to Design Limoncello Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Shabby Apple Dare to Design Limoncello Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

This is the absolutely most adorable thing ever! I never win anything, but that doesn't mean that I will stop trying, haha. I go against convention and would probably even wear this during the winter with a little white cardigan. =)

Friday, 23 October 2009

Turn of the World - Kitty Travels world in Daddy's backpack

Friday cute

This is so cute. I would so love to do this type of thing with my spazzy dog. =)


Into my greedy clutches



She is mine! I would normally never, ever pay that much for an item of clothing ($200). Heck, my first wedding dress was my mother's and for marriage 2, I spent $75. Yes, I am very, very frugal. However, Kambriel, wonderful friend that she is, has worked out a special way of making this happen for me. Plus, she has only made two of these fabulous creations. I know the time devoted to French seaming, beading and detail that she has spent on this beautiful dress. To me this is so worth it as compared to buying some manufactured dress from a chain store. This will be a treasured dress in my possession forever! The 20's are so my obsession.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

It's the little things

I found my lab coat packed in the crawl space. That will be one less thing to buy. Plus, I had only used it one time before the hurricane disrupted all of those classes. So, it is just like new for me, again. ~Snoopy dance~

Working Cystic Fibrosis Walk this weekend. ~looking forward to it, even having to get there by 8am to help set up, haha~

Four page history paper due next Tuesday. ~not so excited about this~

Two Halloween shows booked next week, yay for extra cash.

Extra time next week to try and get ahead in all of my other classes. Reading and note-taking ahead alleviates stress. yaay

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Kambriel Love



I so love Kambriel. I have many of her handmade pieces. Right now, I am coveting this flapper/jazz era dress. She has only made two of them. I may see if I can work out something with her as far as payments go. This is unequivocally my dream dress.

Here is a detail of the beading and sequins.


Go visit her site to see her other fantastical creations. BUT DON'T STEAL MY DRESS PLEASE!!! hehe

Dorky stuff that makes me smile



I ordered my stethoscope this weekend, seafoam green, Littmann Classic II. Even dorkier? I got it personalized with my name. I figured maybe, just maybe, someone would turn it back in if I left it somewhere and possibly wouldn't be dumb enough to walk around with a stethoscope with my name on it?

I also got me a $4.99 Halloween scrub top. Gosh, I love AllHeart Medical. Yeah, I will be taking up that comfort garb arena soon. Scrubs. Is it bad that I want the really cute tops that are fitted and with the wrap around and bows?

Respiratory Care week is next week. I'm working the Cystic Fibrosis Walk this weekend. YaaY!! This is the type of event that I really enjoy.

More nerd stuff - I'm doing really well so far. I think it has induced an "I think I can. I think I can" attitude. Let's see how long that I can maintain it.

I tried switching from coffee in the morning to green tea. Um, yeah, nope. I am switching back to my crack. Teas are meant for night for me, not mornning!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Positive random rambles

There would be nothing to frighten you

if you refused to be afraid.

-Gandhi


Needed to add a little positivity to my crowded thoughts lately.


I did get some lovely faux autumn glittered leaves to make me a hairpiece for $0.49 at Michaels.


Tomorrow is the state convention for Respiratory Therapy. We are required to go, and I'm riding with a classmate. I am looking forward to it though. A day without more testable information being crammed into my overloaded brain. =)


I am ordering my stethescope. In two weeks we start learning to differentiate breath sounds, take blood pressure, read chest x-rays, perform cpt... finally some fun stuffs!!


But still a little overwhelmed with cardio a&p, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, lab fundamentals, and history and another short class of intro to respiratory stuffs.


Trying to take it in stride and stay positive. When I wake up in the middle of the night and can't sleep from anxiety... well, I think I'm going to just pop in my earphones and listen to those lectures that I record. A new sleep aide? =D

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Ugh!

It's snowing! Of course it decides to do this on a day that I have to run around with a baby shower/bbq to attend and a booked show. It couldn't wait until tomorrow when I could stay home and snuggle and drink cocoa and watch old movies. Booo

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Snow already?!



Tomorrow we may see some of the white stuff and the temperatures may not get out of the 30s?! Hey, this is not supposed to happen this early. We may get it again Saturday too. I am just not ready for this. I probably will skip my walk tomorrow and just do a drive. Yes, I am too much of a wuss to tackle the cold after all of this gorgeous weather. I have to work myself up, and pull out stuff to layer, haha. It just figures too, because I have a baby shower/bbq on Saturday evening then a show for late night that I'm booked to perform at. If it's snowy, that is when I just want to snuggle up in warm pj's and blankets, drink hot cocoa and watch a movie. I stick my tongue out at the snow and cold to make it try and go away... or it could just come back next weekend when I have no plans. =)

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Cameos

Inspired by Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife's post on cameos, I dug out two that I have.
The first is one that was my mom's, still on the original hot pink choker.

This one is one that I got years ago at the Necromatic museum in New Orleans. It's not there anymore. It's hard to see behind the cover. It's a woman being embraced by a skeleton (death), morbid pretty. =)

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Do we really need it all?

I have been reading a bunch of blogs. This one by 50's Times really got me thinking today. We have been scaling back bunches. Some things I have not missed in the slightest, like a microwave. We have not had one of those in probably five years. Other things I miss sometimes, for instance, a dishwasher. Every place we have lived has had one, but they rarely ever work. I even have been debating replacing our broken one with more cabinet space. I grapple with this one because it is a luxury that I think I would enjoy, as would my dishpan hands. =)

We rarely buy boxed and pre-made food. I enjoy preparing things from scratch. We have become accustomed to the tastes too. For some reason, many other boxed or pre-made food items that we used to enjoy just don't taste the same anymore. That is not to say that I do not buy some things from time to time. Convenience items are spectacular when we have had a long day and there is still studying, animal care and house chores to be done.

I keep thinking of more and more that we could completely do without. We got rid of our land line because no one but solicitors called it. I very rarely even use my cell phone, but it is good to have when walking, biking or travelling. We cut back to absolute basic cable. We could probably even do without that as we only just got cable three years ago. Goodness knows that we own enough movies and dvds to entertain us. Plus, we enjoy playing board games and cards though we rarely have the free time right now.

There is always so much to learn!

Easy, peezy, low $$ bread

I have this recipe that was written on a piece of paper, so I have no clue who to give credit to. I do know, however, that it is the easiest and the recipe that always comes out amazing! Sometimes, instead of forming into one loaf, I make about six to eight smaller pistolettes for sandwiches.

Easy French Bread

1 3/4 c. warm water
1 T melted margarine or butter
1 1/2 T sugar
1 package yeast
2 tsp. salt
3 1/2-4 c. flour (start with 3 1/2, add more if needed)

Mix first three ingredients, then sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for 10 minutes. Add in the flour, using more or less as needed.
Leave to rise until doubled in size (a few hours), then spray or grease a cookie sheet. Shape the dough into a loaf-ish shape, and allow to double again.
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a pan full of hot water on the bottom of the oven (this keeps the bread from drying out). Bake for 15 minutes, then lower to 350 and bake for 25-30 minutes more.
Optional: With about 10 minutes to go (it's easy to forget this part!), brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt/seeds/or not.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Old Halloween


Don't you just love old Halloween images?

I found a few places that sell Halloween cards, decorations and such reminiscent of yesteryear.


Old Fashioned Halloween

The Vintage Halloween Store

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Look-y what I found

It's Jim Stigall's sketches of me from Dr. Sketchy's, from a while a go!

And here are more on Flikr from another artist, I think it may be Susie, from the beginning of this year at Artopia.

This one is framed in my living room.

Luckily I have the originals of a lot of these, and they are all framed. It will be nice to have them when I am old to look upon.

I do feel that I am past my prime now. I think that after this month (Halloween shows are my favorite) that I will be stepping down from the tassel twirling arena. There are much younger, more talented girls who are out there. =) I'll just be up to my ears in school anyhow!

It's the little things

Last night, the husband went to the grocery because we needed like two items. When he got back he had brought me treats, surprises.

Surprise 1: The clown cupcake. Notice the profuse frosting, mmmmmm. He will be devoured later today after I complete my physics final.



Surprise 2: Halloween coffee mug. Notice the cute, if not "special" looking pumpkin. Reminded him of me, I'm sure, haha.



It's the little surprises like this that are so overwhelming and make the happy dance happen. =)