Friday, October 28, 2011

Eff, Marry Kill


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I'm a day late on this, but I saw I can still link up. So, link up I will. Here's my Eff, Marry, Kill.

Eff


Ok...if you need ANY explanation I'll leave you this quote from Crazy, Stupid, Love.
"Seriously? It's like you're photoshopped!"

Marry


Because he's cute and if anything goes wrong, he can just sing to me.
Yep, I could forgive him anything if he just sings to me..

Kill


I HATE Will Ferrell. I have not seen a Will Ferrell movie that I've liked. I didn't even like Elf. And everyone likes Elf. I just think he is plain old ANNOYING!






Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays


I'm linking up again for It's Ok Thursday! It's a great chance to offer some random babblings on this little blog! So here we go!

It's Ok...

...That I'm packing a little more slowly than I should be...I'll be able to get it done. But, it's kind of sad to be packing the last 3 1/2 years of my life into boxes for the next few months.

...that I'm going to miss my dishes while we're living with my in-laws. Seriously, I love the dishes we picked out!

...that I think that Finn is totally hot singing Fat Bottom Girls!

...that I fastforward through all of the crap in Glee to listen to them sing.

...that even then, I don't listen to the songs I don't like.

...that when I see my sister (like I did last week) that I always steal all of her new music. Seriously, I have a music collection because she has one.

...that I keeps switching between two different songs as I pack. These are on serious repeat on my iPod.











Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday {vol 7}



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I have been so out of touch recently and haven't pinned near as much as I would like. But, today, I got motivated and pinned, pinned, pinned. At least, I pinned enough for this post.

I've seen a lot of the minimalist movie posters on pinterest and today I've added a few to share with you. Because, I really like them. Mr. B and I always discuss decorating a room for movies because we LOVE movies. And I can't help but think that these would be great whenever we do that!


























And the one that started it all:


Source: imagekind.com via Betty on Pinterest




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm Home!

Well, I've actually been home a couple of days, but I'm just now getting around to writing this post.

I spent a week in Cleveland, Ohio visiting my family and seeing my grandparents who have been ill. While the circumstances weren't the best, seeing them was really nice.

My parents we so awesome to come through New Orleans to pick me up and drop me off. The trip on the road was great. On the way to Cleveland, we broke the trip down into two days. On day one, we stopped in some town, I don't remember what it was called to get lunch. When we stopped there was a part of town that was older but had a beautiful Art Deco style building you could see. So, after we made a wrong turn, we decided to stop and get some pictures of a church we saw. The cornerstone shows that the church was built in March 1887. Exactly 100 years before I was born. That's pretty cool!

A Set of Doors to the Church.

The tower thing to the church.

Another door to the church.
I LOVED the doors. I wish I would have had the time to take more pictures!

A View of the church from across the street.
Unfortunately, I couldn't remove all of the power lines.
I was REALLY pretty!

The Cornerstone of the church.
It has a date of March 30, 1887.

We pretty much just made tracks on the second day, and didn't spend much time stopping other than to eat and go potty. We did see acres and acres of cotton on the first day too. We would have stopped, but when we were never in a good place for it. It made me really sad. I wanted to have a picture of myself in "high cotton." My great-grandmother was known for commenting about being in high cotton and it would have been cool to have that picture. Apparently next October, I'm going to have to go for a drive and get a picture of myself in cotton!

Once we were in Ohio, we pretty much just spent time hanging out with family. That really was the point of the trip after all. But, one day while we were there, I took about 45 minutes to go take pictures. And this trip I did something different. I didn't try to take a lot of pictures. I tried to take good pictures. And I switched my camera to raw mode. It won't always work for me, but it was great for this exercise. I had a lot of fun getting these pictures. Behind my grandparents house there are some woods. Really just a few acres, but there's also a little creek and it's fun to go walk down there. This was the first time I went down there by myself.

I'm really happy how it turned out. I'm so glad I tried this different approach. No, not all of my pictures were great. Or even salvageable with Photoshop. But, after 47 pictures (about 15 of them horrible attempts at a self portrait) I'm happy to say that I got about 7 good pictures of the beautiful fall leaves out there and enjoyed just a bit of the beautiful weather! So, without further ado, here are the 7 pictures.

Red...a color not seen on leaves in New Orleans!

This is probably my favorite picture!
I love the perspective!

I like that you have 3 diagonal lines in the picture.
From bottom to top:
1) The leaves at the bottom.
2) The tree trunks in the middle.
3) The leaves on the trees on the top.

A nice red leaf on the creek bed!

I thought it was cool how this tree was growing!

This sign didn't apply to me!
Or at least, I didn't let it apply to me!
(Anything for a good photo!)

Oh, the colors!
And, you can see a bit of the creek too!
And one final note, if you've survived all of those photos! I've spent several hours over the past two days figuring out how to make that stupid watermark brush in photoshop! I'm so glad that it's done. I really want to make sure people know my photos are mine if they get out into the internet without me. But, it took a lot of work to get there. And, I'm still not sure how I made it work...but, I have it and that's what matters! So, get used to seeing watermarks here at It Takes Two!





Thursday, October 20, 2011

It' Ok vol. 1

Its Ok Thursdays


I'm linking up with Neely and Amber for "It's Ok" today!

It's Ok...

...that I actually started this last week and never finished.
...that I want to eat my weight in pierogies when I'm in Cleveland.
...that I miss my hubby and want to cry at night when I turn out the lights.
...that I did cry last night when I realized I won't be able to talk to him for a couple of days.
...that I regret agreeing he could go on this Men's Retreat because I'm going to miss him too much.
...that I miss blogging because I can't get my mind to focus.
...that I really want red beans and rice. And Jambalaya.
...to prefer Exxon Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
...to carry your charger around with you so you can read blogs all the time.
...to be behind on commenting on blogs! (I love y'all, seriously, but this trip is rough.)
...to be afraid to go home despite how much you miss it if your Papa isn't in a nursing home when you leave.
...to want to eat Bob Evan's Cheddar Baked Potato soup for the third time in a week.
...to have taken an hour to write this post.

Alrighty...more later...must close up shop!




Monday, October 17, 2011

Miscellany Monday

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Today I'm joining in for Miscellany Monday. I think I'm going to do this in wonderful bullet form. Enjoy!
  • I've been so distracted that I can't even focus to write a blog post. I've been trying. I have four blog posts started that are just hanging out in draft mode. But, my brain can't think.
  • And, I can't think for a good reason. So much is going on in my family. My grandparents aren't in good health and it's been stressful. It's hard seeing the people you love declining in health. And it's hard when only their physical health is declining and their mental facilities are not.
  • I'm excited that I get to see my sister tomorrow! I'm interested to see how her flights go because she's notorious for having problems with layovers and stuff. It's going to be interest. But it will be awesome to see her!
  • I miss my hubby like crazy! He's doing his thing and I'm staying busy but I really wish I could snuggle with him. But I know it'll be great when I get to see him!!
  • I'm glad I remembered that my phone has video chat!!!! Mr. B and I are now video chatting at night and it's AWESOME! I really love getting to see his handsome face at night before I go to bed!
  • I got to take my camera out today in some woods behind my grandparents house and take some pictures. It was fun to get to see that area in the fall. The colors are really pretty and I can't wait to edit these photos and see how awesome they look!
  • I'm slowly starting to get the hang of klout. I've been trying to figure it out. And the past few days I've even gotten a higher klout score...we'll see what happens.
Well, there's my (very late in the day) Miscellany Monday! I'll write more soon...I'm starting to feel a little bit more interested in writing!




Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pinterest to the Test

I love Pinterest. I spend a lot of my free time pinning. I'm a pin-aholic. Seriously. I probably need a support group. But yesterday I decided it was time to put some of my cleaning pins to the test. Something that is so second hand I barely trust. But, I thought I'd give these a chance. They had nice before and after pictures that led me to believe they might be valid. And plus, it's not like I had to buy anything to try it. So, try it I did.


Source: re-nest.com via Betty on Pinterest


First to be put to the test was cleaning my clean pans. Basically, the burnt on stuff on the bottom of stainless steel pans that you can't scrub off for anything. Yeah, this was awesome! Put water on the bottom of your pan (I put about 4 cups on the bottom of my large skillet) and add about a cup of vinegar. Now, I guessed on all of my amounts. I just poured until it seemed about a cup. Then, I brought it to a boil. After it boiled a little bit, I added about 2 tbs of baking soda. Then, I let it cool before I actually tried to scrub the pan. The little dirty bits came off SO EASY. It was Ah.Maz.Ing. If you have this problem, try it. They look totally awesome now!!






This was the second one I put to test. Now, it's a Martha Stewart thing so it had a bit of validity but, I only trust Martha as far as I can throw her. So, I tried it. My cast iron skillet was dirty. And those things you don't wash with soup and water of course. Now, every other southerner may know this trick. But, I didn't grow up with cast iron, so I wasn't exactly sure how to clean it beyond wipe it out when done, which I've done. But, it needed a bit of cleaning past that. So, this said to take a soft scubber and coarse salt and clean it that way. It worked great. I used an clean, old wash cloth that was on it's last leg, and I used kosher salt because I had a box of it in the kitchen from a crawfish boil a couple of years ago. And this worked wonders. I don't feel so bad letting my cast iron skilled sit out now. It looks a hundred times better.

So, if y'all are looking for a trick to clean a couple of skillets laying around your house, this is it. These both worked great and gave me a lot more confidence to try some of the other things I've pinned!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My First Craft Fair

I've been missing recently. Yes, I know that. Sorry.

Here's a quick catch up on my life!

First, Friday and Saturday was my first craft fair. It didn't go as well as I hoped but, overall I'm happy with it. I came out of the fair in the positive (only because I was part of a group!) and I learned A LOT! And, I got to see a couple of people from church and learn more about their family. Mr. B and I have known them for years, but they already had kids by the time we met them and we just never really were too close with them. But, I always enjoy getting to know people a little better.

Second, things have been pretty crazy for my family. Both of my mom's parents have been in and out of the hospital the past couple of weeks. My parents had decided to plan a trip to see them and I'm catching a ride with them. We're all going knowing it may be the last time we see them and that's causing a lot of emotions. So, tomorrow my parents will come to my house and Friday we'll hit the road to Cleveland. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and spending what time we can with my Grandparents.

But, all of this is causing me some other emotions because this will be the first time since Mr. B and I have been married that I will be away from him for any length of time. I know I'll be ok, but I'm going to miss my hubby like crazy. And I'm going to be sad not to have him next to me during this emotionally crazy time.

And, finally on top of all of this Mr. B and I have decided to move in with his parents at the end of the month. We have some things we would like to do, and I'll tell you more about that when I know more. But, the first step is to take care of a few things and it will be easier living with his parents. So, on top of everything else, I'm also starting to get a little crazy knowing we're going to be living with my in-laws for a couple of months. (Now, my in-laws are AWESOME! And I'm so glad that they're willing to help us like they are. But I wish there was another way to accomplish some of our goals. Does that make sense? Also, if you're living with your in-laws and you're a married couple. Any advice?)

Well, I guess that covers the immediate. I'll write more to you as I have more to write! I'm sure I'll have some great pictures to show after this trip!



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why I Hate Mushrooms.

Yes, I am at a loss of what to blog about.

You see, I've been sewing until my eyes are bleeding and then doing something else. I'm SO excited for my first craft fair, but I'm starting to get exhausted from all of the work. And now, I need a break. I need just a few minutes to stop thinking about sewing and thing about something else. Anything else.

So, if you don't mind humoring me, I'm going to tell you a crazy fact about myself. It seems as good as anything to write about and maybe I'll find a few people who I can relate to.

I was standing in my kitchen today and realized, I may have never told you that I hate mushrooms. I mean, really there's been no reason for me to, but I figured today I will rectify that situation.

I.

Hate.

Mushrooms.

Seriously. Like I pick the smallest little pieces out of things. And people always tell me "you can't even taste those." And that's where this hatred of mine gets complicated. You see, the taste of mushrooms is fine. I don't mind that at all. It's the texture. I can't stand the way it feels to chew them. It's disgusting. And, I can tell if they're there.

Now, people used to think it was all mental. I only noticed because I could see them type of thing. But, I was able to prove to everyone I truly notice them. You see, I was eating a Nutrisystem Ravioli one day. And, the whole time I was eating it, something was off. Now, I assumed it was because it was Nutrisystem food. Seriously, things are off sometimes with food like that and I just kept eating it because I was hungry. And when I was almost done, I finally saw it. A big old mushroom laying on the bottom of the container. I had been eating mushrooms. And I could feel them and they were weird and my brain knew it.

So, I stopped eating it and went on with life. Like I said, I just know they're there.

But this texture issue of mine goes further than just mushrooms. I don't like nuts in things. Don't put them in my cakes, don't put them in my cookies, don't put them in my dips. Just keep them to yourself. I hate the way a nut feels in my teeth when I'm eating something with a different texture. (I do enjoy just a handful of nuts though and peanut M&M's on occasion...) I'll pick all of the nuts out of things too. Or just skip eating it all together.

And, I don't eat coconut because of it's texture.

Really, if the texture is wrong, I don't like it.

So, there you go, there's a random fact about me.

Happy Wednesday everyone!



Monday, October 3, 2011

I'm Here

Y'all, I know I've been missing. Sorry about that.

First of all, I think I was getting a little depressed. A LOT has been going on for me right now. A lot of change is coming. It's ultimately for the better, but it's going to suck for the short run. I promise to tell you more about that in the future. And then, top that off with all of the crazy health stuff I have going on and what not, I just wasn't myself. It really kind of sucked. I couldn't concentrate on things and just didn't want to do anything but lay on the couch.

But, that's all behind me now and I'm a busy bee!

First, my etsy shop, All the Cute Things, has been taking off. I had 4 sales for a total of 7 onesies. Including this fabulous set for soon-to-arrive TRIPLETS!


And, on top of the etsy orders, I have been sewing like CRAZY because this Friday is my FIRST craft fair! So, I'm going to try to blog when I can this week, but here's the thing. I need to get more inventory before Friday so I have more sewing to do. I sewed four more tie onesies today, but I have a pumpkin style and Christmas style I need to get some inventory of too. Not to mention more ruffle butt onesies. 

Today, I also got a new sewing machine. I had an old one and it started having problems. I cleaned it, I oiled it, I checked everything I could find online about the issue. And. NOTHING. Not a single thing I tried fixed the problem. So, I got a new one. Thanks to the money I had made with those etsy sales. So, I'm enjoying it. And it's working wonderfully.

Then, on October 14, I'm taking a trip to Ohio to see my grandparents who live there. Their health is failing and I want to see them again before their health gets too poor. So, I'm loading up with my parents and going with them. I'm going to miss Mr. B while I'm gone, but I told him, I feel that I would regret it if I passed up this chance to go see them. So, I'm going to go. Plus, I've had plenty of practice being away from Mr. B. I'll put all of the long distance portion of our relationship to good use. Oh, and I'll have something new and different to photograph. Maybe I'll be able to get a few photo ops while I'm there. Not to mention, I'll get a few good photos with my grandparents.

And, there's more, but I can't get into EVERYTHING tonight. So, be patient with me this week. And, even though I haven't been commenting much, I have been enjoying reading all of your blogs. They are always a joy to read!





 
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