Oct 18, 2012

More Questiones

This time stolen from Blair's Head Band, a new blog in my reading list:

If you were forced to spend the rest of your life in a library, a museum, or a zoo, which would you choose and why? The bibliophile in me is screaming not only "library" but also specific branches. Next.

2. What is the best piece of advice you've received from a parent/your parents?
I can't say we're an advice-heavy family, so I'll say the best piece of advice I've heard is "You regret what you didn't do, not what you did," I'd like to add the caveat: for the most part :-)

3. If you could get a guest role on any TV show (NOT reality show), what would it be?
Does this show still have to be on TV? Because right now it would be Friday Night Lights or Gilmore Girls.

4. What are the three things you would grab from your home during an emergency (fire, tornado, other tragic event)?
Geraldine, obvs, my laptop, and my Royal Wedding commemorative plate. (Totally kidding, mostly . . .)

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy. Which is only sold in B&J stores. Which is a good thing for my waistline.

6. Would you rather get a facial or a massage at a spa?
Having JUST got a facial, where I actually cried (a story for another post, if I can ever talk about it), a massage x 100000000

7. What is the #1 item on your holiday wish list this year?
Just a bunch of giftcards. Lame, I know.

8. Imagine you have your own fashion line - which supermodel would you pick to represent your brand?
Um, is it bad that I don't know any supermodels anymore? If I had to pick someone famous, it'd be Kate Middleton.

9. If you could afford and purchase one famous piece of art, what would it be?
Not to be so cliche, but I really do love Starry Night by Van Gogh.

10. If you could choose any name for yourself other than yours, what would it be?
Alexandra (the nicknames are endless--Alex, Alli, Andi) and some last name ending in a "ington"

11. If you could be on the cover of any magazine, which publication would it be and why?
Real Simple. Which is impractical because they never have people on the cover, but I love that magazine so much that I would freak out if I was on the cover.

Oct 16, 2012

Oh, Six-Year-Old Me

Last week was International Day of the Girl (um, or something like that), trying to raise awareness of the plight of girls who are sold into marriage. Because of that, many high-profile women wrote letters to their younger selves. Since I am obviously high-profile (to my mother at least), I thought of the following advice I'd give to the six-year-old me. Isn't she cute? That was about two years before the first awkwardness set in, and also two years before my school adopted uniforms (coincidence? I think not):

Oh, six-year-old Laurel. You're kind of awesome. Life's pretty great right now. You're at a new school and, guess what, you'll be there for eight years and pretty much love each year. Although you will be very ready to leave when 8th grade ends. But for now, Go Panthers!

Now for the bad news. Glasses. They're coming. In about three years. Start talking up contacts right away. It'll take seven years to get them if you don't. And don't use your glasses as an excuse for things. No one else does.

Also, start to get into volleyball. This whole soccer thing isn't going to stick. But you'll end up being pretty tall and that makes for a great volleyball player. So start to pay attention to that. But because you're so tall, they won't have shorts for you to wear, so start shopping for new ones now.

I know you really want a dog, and, surprise! You're getting one next year. And he will be perfect, so just sit back; he's worth the wait and will become one of the dearest parts of your life.

And I'm glad you love visiting family in Nebraska! The farm is a little slice of heaven, and the family up there can't be beat. But I have one word for you: Runza. Start eating them now, not when you're 13 and Nancy first introduces you to it.

So sit back and enjoy Miss Mueller's class. Your love of reading that just started will stay with you for the rest of your life, so keep it up (though I know you do) and start reading a little series called "The Baby-Sitters Club", trust.

Catch ya on the flip side,


Oct 9, 2012

TV Tuesday: Cheerio

Most people couldn't believe I wasn't watching Downton Abbey given my intense love of all things British. I have bobbleheads of William and Kate on my desk, I have a decorative plate from their wedding, I swoon at British accents, I would trade my U.S. citizenship for British in a heartbeat.
If you're in need of a quiet weekend in, go ahead and rent the first two seasons of Downton and thank me later. No matter what you're looking for in a show, Downton has it, and it all seems much more refined when you throw in titles and British accents. Then you get to join the elite group of people who are on Team Bates, clapped like giddy schoolchildren at the Christmas special, and knew that Mr. Pamouk would come back to haunt us. "And what is a weekend?"

Oct 8, 2012

A Few Questions, a Few Answers

Saw these on one of my favorite blogs, and I do love answering questions about my mundane habits :-)

Do you sleep with your closet door open or closed?
Funny, now that my closet is in my bathroom, I don't think the door is ever closed completely. I do close it almost all the way when I show, I feel like the steam is going to make my clothes all mildewy.

Do you shower at night or in the morning?
Usually at night, but if I'm working out in the morning, I'll sometimes skip a shower the night before. But taking a shower is such a nice way to decompress and relax before bread.

Do you take the samples from hotels?
Usually the shampoo and conditioner, the lotion if it smells awesome.

Do you eat raw cookie dough?
Heck yes.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Um, no. I think it would be hard to do. But, there's a fairly big street in a suburb close to me with my last name. My aunt has always wanted to steal a sign.

Would your rather be attacked by a bear or a swarm of bees?
Um, these are both really scary options. But I guess bees? Eeek.

Do you ever count steps when you walk?
No. That sounds a little Rainman.

Have you ever peed in the woods?
Yes, on the only night I spent in the woods, and nature was our bathroom.

When was the last time you wrote a note to someone on paper?
A note to a client asking her to put files on the jump drive next to the note.

Can you change the oil in a car?
Yeah, no.

Do you put your make-up on before or after you get dressed?
It's funny, but I don't have a ritual for this. If I haven't fully decided what I'm wearing that day, then no, and that happens more often than not, nowadays.

How tall are you?

Do you dance in the car?
Oh I have quite the car choreography for Call Me Maybe :-)

Do you know what you are wearing tomorrow?
Um, I was actually just thinking that I needed to decide on this . . . sigh.

Have you ever eaten a pierogi?
What is this?

Do you ever have that Deja-vu feeling?
Yes, and I actually have to tell this story. I was in NYC for work on 2009, and my co-workers and I went to a restaurant/bar for dinner. And suddenly I remembered that my friends and I went to the same bar the year before on a vacay to NYC. What's weirder is that we sat at the same table and I was wearing the same dress.

What is the last clothing item you bought?
A pair of leggings

Do you wear slippers and a robe?
Slippers in the winter, and a robe year round.

Can you curl your tongue?

Oct 6, 2012

My Ultimate Bookshelf

Four Books

I actually take this one seriously (not that the others weren't serious too, I mean, I love cheese). But books have always been my thing--I love to read and became an English minor by accident. So to pick just four books is pretty tough. But here goes:

1. A Tale of Two Cities: This is one of those books you had to read for school and were completely blown away by. I read this first in high school and was struck by how this book had everything: romance, suspense, history, mystery. It's a little tough to get through at first, but then it's so captivating and literally one of the most well-written books I've ever read.

2. Bookends: One of my first forays into chick lit, and nothing has ever held up to it in my opinion. This book actually has substance and heart as it talks about life change, following your dreams, and maintaining friendships along the way. I feel like books like this are what made Emily Giffin start writing.

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain: This comes as no surprise to anyone who has talked to me in the past few years--I recommend this book to everyone. If you've ever had a dog or family pet that has been a member of the family, then this book is for you. But don't expect something as sappy as Marley and Me (which I also love), this attempts to describe what our pets think and feel, and it made me all the more happy that I had a wonderful pup for 17 years.

4. Pride and Prejudice/Anne of the Island: Yes, I cheated and picked an extra one. I identify with the main characters of both so much--Elizabeth Bennett struggling against the easy way out and putting her own happiness first, Anne Shirley taking risk and spreading her wings. I reread both books at least once a year and feel like I'm greeting old friends. Now what does it say about me that I identify with characters from the 1700-1800s?

Oct 5, 2012

Oh, yeah, that thing . . .

So I remembered when I started this:

Which was only supposed to last for ten days. *whistles* *sticks hands in pockets* *looks away*

Anyways, no time like the present to pick something back up! The wait is over!

Five Foods:

--Cheese: let's just go ahead and have this encompass all things that I love about this food group--chips & queso, mac and cheese, Tillamook cheddar, grilled cheese, feta, goat cheese. If I end up being lactose intolerant, I'm going to need to be on antidepresants.

--Poppyseed chicken: I haven't lived in the sorority house for five years. Yet just last week I was asked if I'd had poppyseed chicken lately. This was my favorite meal by far (and so healthy for you . . . yeah, no). I would bring it up every week for menu planning, and even after I graduated, our house mom would e-mail me when it was being served. It reminds me of all the wonderful times I had in the sorority house.

--Pecan pie: hands down, holidays.

--Jambalaya: This pretty much sums up my love for all things New Orleans and cajun

--Peanut Butter: I can't keep a jar in my apartment. Because I will eat the entire thing in less than a week. Add in chocolate and it's game over.

Oct 2, 2012

TV Tuesday: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts . . .

If you finished that sentence for me with "Can't lose!" then you are in the Friday Night Lights Fan Club with me--and where have you been for the past four years when I should have been watching this show.

I can't get enough of this show--whether it's loving the parenting from Smash's mom and the Taylors, thinking that Matt Saracen is cute as a button, or being much more interested in Panther football than real live football, and thinking that Tim Riggins is the most well-developed character I've seen in a long time.

The best thing about this show is how real it all is--the relationships, the conflicts, the dialogue. This should almost be required watching for high schoolers nowadays.

This message was brought to you by Netflix Streaming, my enabler in this relationship.