Lazy Girl’s Hair Care

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I don’t spend a lot of time on my hair but I have found a few products that I like to keep in my arsenal. So for all those other girls out there that don’t feel like spending a bunch of time/money on their hair, here’s a list of what I’ve found that’s cheap and effective.

  1. Brush and Comb. This is fairly obvious but I thought I’d just start with the basics. Make sure if you have a boar-bristle brush, don’t use it when your hair is wet because that causes a lot of damage to your hair. Instead, use a comb.
  2. Hairspray. This is one of the few products that I’ve actually narrowed down to my favorite through trial and error. I’ve finally settled on CVS hairspray. I said I’m lazy, but I’m also cheap so this is the perfect combination for me. I prefer the “flexible hold”, as it helps keep hairs in place but doesn’t cause my hair to be crunchy. However, the strength you prefer may be different based on you texture.
  3. Hair-ties and bobby pins. While most girls have these, they can be extremely hard to keep track of. The most successful thing I’ve found it to have a designated container and to always put them there. For bobby pins, a Tic-Tac container works really well.
  4. Blow dryer. Every girl should have a blow dryer. Period. I like to use mine to make sure that my hair is no longer dripping wet.
  5. Straightener. I find a straightener to be super useful in both daily styles and for when you feel like putting more effort in. A straightener can be used for straightening (duh) or for curling (where you can find a good tutorial here). It’s really nice for getting rid of frizz, the ponytail bump, or a random wave in your hair.
  6. Heat protectant. This product is super important if you have a straightener or blow dryer. I do not have a recommendation for you (as I’ve only ever used one) but I would suggest finding one that can be applied to damp hair, not just dry.

Those are the basics for me. Below is a list of things that you can add so be fun, but I don’t think are totally necessary.

  1. Curling iron/wand. These two offer drastically different shapes of curls, both from each other and from the straightener curls. Again, I cannot definitively recommend one or the other (I have three different sized irons) but a lot of people on the internet prefer wands.
  2. Texturing spray. Again, I use CVS brand. I like to use this spray because I wash my hair everyday so I never get the “second day hair” that holds style better. If you’re like me, you may find this product useful when you’re trying up-dos or curls.
  3. No-crease hair-ties. These are super nice if you like to switch your hairstyles in the middle of the day and hate that crease. I would definitely recommend getting off-brand ties, as you can get a lot for a lot less money.
  4. Hair accessories. Purely for fun! It’s nice to have barrettes, clips, headbands, fun patterned hair-ties, etc.

Help this was helpful! If you can think of anything else that you think is a must-have, please comment below!

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Oreo Balls

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Oreo Balls are one of the coolest cookie/candies to make and they’re delicious. I mentioned them in a previous post but this post is all about them. I’ve made them several times and people always seem to like when I make them. So first I’ll give you guys the basic recipe for Oreo Balls and then give you some tips that I’ve picked up from making them.

The Recipe:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (24 ounce) package white chocolate bark

Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together. Roll into walnut size balls. Chill for an hour. Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark. Allow to harden on wax paper. Decorate however you wish.

I think that these are a fun desert but I should warn you that they are not necessarily easy. You should be ready to spend a while on your feet, dipping these in the melting chocolate.

Here’s a list of some adjustments and things I’ve discovered that should make this dessert easier for you

  • These are just as good when you use mint Oreos and you end up with a faint mint flavor. However, this type of Oreo seems to have more icing and causes the “dough” to be a little more wet. You can fix this by scraping some icing out from a few cookies or, what I did, add an Oreo pie crust to the mix. Either of these should help fix the consistency of the mix and make it easier for dipping.
  • For dipping, the best thing I’ve found, for someone who doesn’t have professional chocolate dipping stuff, is to use two toothpicks. Use one toothpick to impale the ball and hold it while you dip in the chocolate. Use the other toothpick to help slide the dipped ball off the first toothpick. I usually have to get a new set of toothpicks three or four times throughout the dipping process.
  • After you slide the ball of the toothpick, there will probably be a small hole where you can see the dough through the chocolate. This can be fixed by covering the spot with a small bit of melted chocolate or in how you decorate it.
  • Speaking of decorating, one of my favorite ways to decorate it to remove a few Oreos at the beginning to crush of their own. Then dip the Oreo balls in white chocolate and cover with a small amount of crushed Oreos on top, but make sure you do it before the chocolate hardens, otherwise it doesn’t stick. It’s very pretty and definitely covers up any imperfections. Also, you can dip the balls in milk chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate. I’ve tried doing sprinkles on top but that doesn’t look or taste as good.
  • DO NOT try to add water-based food coloring to your melting chocolate. I tried this with green food dye to help distinguish the mint Oreo balls, but it ruined the chocolate! The chocolate became gummy and gross. I have not experimented with any more food coloring since then.
  • After dipping, make sure you get off most of the excess chocolate. Otherwise you end up with a large pool of hardened chocolate as part of your pretty Oreo balls. While delicious, this somewhat ruins the look.
  • I would not recommend using Double Stuffed Oreos. This would make the dough too wet, as in the case of the mint Oreos.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve learned.  Hope this helps you and if you have anymore helpful hints, comment below.

myTunes

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Haha. myTunes. Like iTunes. But this is a list of my favorite bands. My taste in music is constantly changing so my “favorite” bands change from week to week. So I guess this isn’t a list of my favorite bands but these are the bands that I have loved for a long time. They kind of range all over the place from alternative rock, to Christian rock, to easy listening. But I like them all!

  1. Rise Against. This group is classified by the Internet as “American rock punk band” but I don’t know if I really agree with that. I would mostly classify it as rock and  I love them. Their songs often are about political issues…so if you’re like me and enjoy really listening to the actual lyrics, you’ll probably like them. And their songs have a really nice beat.
  2. Evan and Jaron. They are called “Pop Indie rock” and I pretty much agree with that. The band is two identical twin brothers who sing beautiful harmony and catchy songs. They’ve released a few singles that you might know including “Distance” and “From my Head to my Heart.”
  3. Red. My latest obsessions. I love them. They are pretty much just rock and I think that they sing Christian songs but they aren’t so blatant that you feel like they’re shoving their religion/religious views in your face: it’s more subtle so that you have to actually pay attention to catch what they’re saying. They have the same kind of feeling as Rise Against in my opinion but I love them cause they add more vocal harmony, which I love.
  4. NEEDTOBREATHE. This is another rock band that’s Christian. They’re a little softer rock than Red and Rise Against but they still have that driving beat that I love. Again, they’re not in your face with the Christianity thing. I love them.
  5. Billy Joel. If you have not heard of Billy Joel, I would be very surprised. But a lot of people don’t realize how versatile his music really is. He ranges from bluesy rock to pop to barbershop a cappella! I have his album titled “The Essential Billy Joel” and it is a great collection!!
  6. Gavin DeGraw. I love Gavin DeGraw for his gravelly voice and Soul Rock sound. He’s released several songs on the radio and I am a big fan of his album “Sweeter.” I also like his older stuff but his more recent music has more of the rock beat that I am obviously a fan of.
  7. Fleetwood Mac. Another oldie but goodie. This group has soooo many songs that you would recognize, especially on their album “Rumors” which is my favorite. While I’m not a fan of Stevie Nicks’ voice when she sings solo, she blends really well with the other band members. Definitely give them a listen.
  8. Rob Thomas. You probably know him as the lead singer from the band Matchbox 20, which I also like. But when he went solo, he went for songs that were less rock and more singer-songwriter sound. The lyrics of his songs are beautiful and meaningful, versus Matchbox 20’s which were more of party songs. I always love it when artists go on solo careers and sing a different genre of music.
  9. Michael Buble. His voice is like butter. It’s so smooth, I love it! Only thing is that he mostly does covers of older songs (Sinatra-era) but his original songs are good too. So he’s a modern artist that sings old songs….I don’t really know how to classify him.
  10. Parachute. They are a “Pop rock band.” Again, they have a good driving beat and nice lyrics. Another group that I’ve liked for several years. I don’t really know what to say about them except that I like them.

If you can’t tell, I love Top 10 lists (and rock music). I feel that it’s the perfect number. It’s enough that you get some cool new things to experiment with but not so many that you get overwhelmed. 10 is such a good number.

Also, this isn’t my favorite song or anything but you should listen to this version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. It’s transposed to a minor key and it’s the coolest thing I’ve heard in a long time. The lyrics seem to take on a very different meaning. Plus this dude is a really good singer. He has a couple of other songs but this one varies the most from the original. Check him out.

Are there any other Top 10 lists you want from me? Comment below! I love to hear from you guys.

Top 10 Favorite TV Shows

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I have a problem with watching TV. I used to pretend that I was OK because it would take me a few months to finish a series on Netflix so it wasn’t that bad, right? Then I realized that I am usually watching 3 or 4 shows at a time so even though it takes me a few months to finish one series, I’ve finished 2 other series as well. I’ve watched so much TV that I’ve decided to share some of my favorite shows with you.

  1. BBC Sherlock So I love this show. It’s more like a series of mini-movies but it’s still good. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes. It’s set in London. Each episodes runs for about 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, there are only 9 “episodes” right now and there is a long span between each season. So by the time you catch up, you’ll still have to wait a long time before the next season comes out. You should still watch it because I love it.
  2. Doctor Who Another British show. This one is sooooo different than Sherlock though. Like, different end of the spectrum. Doctor Who is about a super old alien who travels around space and time rescuing people. If you start watching Doctor Who, you should realize that it’s kinda silly and you just need to accept that. The only problem that I have with this show is that they build up these super complicated, awesome story lines and then the resolution falls a little flat. I think it’s still worth it.
  3. Scrubs Doctors. Sarcasm. Comedy. What more could you ask for in a show? This series is over and done, sadly. My brother and I watched this series in 5 weeks…there’s 8 seasons…I really have a TV problem. There’s also a ninth season where they tried to reboot the series and there are different characters. I never watched this season because it sounded weird. But the first 8 seasons are wonderful.
  4. The Office This is another show that is all over. I haven’t finished watching it but I am currently in season 7 and it’s still going pretty strong. This show is awkward. There will be times that you are cringing from all the awkward. It’s just about a bunch of different personalities who work in one office. The only thing is that I hated the first season. I kept watching because my brother told me I should and I’m really glad I did. I love it now.
  5. Bones This is a show about a forensic anthropologist who uses her smarts to help the FBI with murder investigations where there is nothing left of the bodies except the bones. It’s a pretty cool show because it’s all science-y but it also has romance and humor.
  6. Parks and Recreation Another comedy. It’s kind of along the same lines of The Office and it’s got Amy Poehler so it’s hilarious. It’s about a bunch of government workers who work in the Parks and Rec department for a small town that isn’t that great. It’s currently got 6 seasons and I think it’s going into it’s 7th pretty soon.
  7. Monty Python’s Flying Circus Gosh this show is weird. That’s pretty much the only way to describe it. It’s a sketch show and it’s British and it’s just sooooo weird. Half the time, I have no idea what’s going on and I just accept that. It’s a specific kind of humor and if you don’t like it, you don’t like it. But you should give it a try because if you like it, you’ll love it.
  8. Avatar: The Last Airbender This is such a good show and gets so little notice! It’s about this boy that can control all 4 elements and it’s his job to save the world with the help of friends he meets along the way. It only has 3 seasons but it’s perfect!!! I love the characters and the plot is wonderful and there’s all this development and it’s a cartoon. I haven’t started that new series Legend of Korra but that looks good as well.
  9. Once Upon A Time This show is still going on but I see it only lasting a little bit longer. They are going into their 4th season but are running out of classic fairy tale characters. It’s been really good though. It’s about this town that is full of fairy tale characters who forget that they are fairy tale characters and they have to be rescued by the “Savior” and then there’s all these crazy adventures with the fairy tale characters. It’s been pretty good but they’re bringing in Elsa next season so they’re clearly running out of steam.
  10. Psych Another one of my favorite shows. It just recently finished up and I have yet to see the final season, which I think is season 8. It’s about a guy who is so observant that he convinces people that he is psychic and works with the police department to solve crimes. It’s another really funny show.

Those are a lot of the shows that I’ve watched. Most are available on Netflix but some, like Avatar in particular, are not. Hope you’ve discovered some new shows to try out!

Crafty Christmas

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I’m the youngest of four kids…by a lot. And while I kinda love feeling like an only child now that everyone’s moved out, I missed some of the little activities that my siblings did when they were younger. So my mom and I have been recreating the Christmas themed activities the last couple years. Last year we painted ornaments and this year we painted cinnamon sticks to look like Santa Claus. Santa Sticks were super easy and didn’t take long at all so here’s a step by step tutorial (with pictures) of how to do it.

You’ll need:

  • Acrylic paint
    • red
    • white
    • black
    • flesh tone
  • Paint brushes
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Styrofoam box

The Styrofoam box is used to hold the cinnamon sticks while they’re drying so if you have some other method of propping them up, like a test tube rack, you don’t need the Styrofoam. If you do buy the Styrofoam remember that the cinnamon sticks have to be shoved in pretty far in order to stay so go with a deep box. We did 7×7 and that worked well. And cinnamon sticks are available at most craft stores, especially around the holidays.

A quick word about paint. If you’re like my family and own a million colors of paint but none that are suitable for skin, you might need to mix your own. We mixed and light brown, white, and pink to create a pretty good peachy tone. If you are going to mix your own color, be patient and just keep adding and mixing until you’ve got the color you want.

We used several differently sized paint brushes. We had a small one for detail work like the mustache, a slightly bigger one for the beard, and a foam brush that is about an inch thick. That’s just what he had on hand and any number of brushes would work.

Now that you have all of you materials, let’s begin.

  1. Paint the cinnamon stick red. We used rather large cinnamon sticks so we only painted the top third, however it is up to you on how elongated and large you want your cinnamon Santa to look. We had to use two coats of red paint in order to cover up the brown of the cinnamon stick. wpid-wp-1419703171067.jpeg
  2. Add white and black stripes to mimic the Santa suit. Feel free to also add buttons, which we did by dipping the back of a paint brush handle in paint and using that to create more perfect circles. wpid-wp-1419703208053.jpeg
  3. Take the flesh color and paint an oval. This will be the face. Be aware of where your putting it so that it lines up with any buttons and does not interfere with the shape of the cinnamon stick. wpid-wp-1419703214452.jpeg
  4. Decorate with the details! We added a beard, eyes, a mustache, and the mouth. We chose to make the mouth singing, because Santa has a beautiful voice! wpid-wp-1419703322224.jpeg

So that’s it. Hope you can use these instructions to make these cinnamon stick Santa’s with someone. Comment below if you have any questions! Happy Holidays!!

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I’m a Regular Rapunzel

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I’m currently trying to grow my hair out. About 9 months ago I chopped off 12 inches and went with a long pixie. I’m glad I did but I am now missing my long hair. So today I’m going to give you all my haircut tips as well as tips for growing it out.

First of all, if you have never cut off a lot of your hair for a new dramatic look, I highly recommend you do. I’ve done it three times and I’ve loved it every time. It feels really weird and cool to brush your now nonexistent hair or wash it or try to style it. Half the fun is people’s reactions, from “Ohhh I love it!” to “Wow that’s……interesting.” Plus if you cut off enough, you can donate to Locks of Love or other hair donation places. So be daring and cut your hair to shorter than chin length! It’s super in style right now so you’ll fit right in. Plus short hair pairs really well with beanies which you can wear a lot of if you end up not liking your haircut.

Second, if you’re thinking of cutting your hair, I suggest you think about it for at least a month. Sometimes I get in my mind that I want some new crazy haircut but the next week I want just  the opposite. So pick out your desired hairstyle and sit on it for a little bit.

Speaking of picking out your style, I have the most success when I bring a picture of what I want. Just print it off and show it to the stylist and you’ll probably get closer to want you wanted than if you try to describe it. And if you can’t find exactly what you want, being in several pictures! Tell them that you want those bangs but those layers but you need that length.

If you don’t get what you want the first time, be patient. I’m going to tell you something that may change the very way you view the world: it’s just hair. Hair will grow out and then you can get what you want. When I first got mine cut, it was all around shorter than I wanted and I was ready to just grow it out back to my previous length. But when I went back to the salon (does Great Clips count as a salon?) and told them that I was trying to grow it out, they actually gave me a cut closer to what I originally wanted. So I stuck with the short hair and ended up loving it! Until I got tired of it.

And that’s the drawback of short hair. There’s not much you can do with it. However, that’s also a good thing. I can wake up in the morning and not do anything but a quick comb through and then be ready for the day. But it can get kinda boring. If you’re willing to invest in some beauty products, you can probably come up with some fun things to do but I was not willing to do that. I will say that YouTube has some cool videos of stuff to do with short hair. And I have discovered a few hairstyles but more times than not they take much too long to be really worth it. Which is ironic because my hair is too short to do anything that doesn’t take a long time.

I have surfed the internet for months trying to find the best tips for growing your hair out faster. You’ve probably seen them all too: hot oil massage, channeling your diet, buying some miracle hair product, etc. But one thing I’ve seen forever and finally decided to is only washing my hair every other day. I resisted for the longest time because I think that you can usually tell when someone doesn’t wash their hair every day and I don’t like how it looks. Plus, I’ve never liked my hair on the second day. But I decided to just do it. I’ve seen it enough places that it must do something good for your hair….right?

So I took the opportunity to start when I got sick. I missed school for three days and basically didn’t leave my house the whole time.  From Sunday morning to Wednesday evening, I did not wash my hair. I still showered and I even wet my hair but I did not use shampoo. My hair was disgusting and I really wanted to but I resisted. Then on Wednesday, the day before I returned to civilization, I washed it. And I swear I could already tell that my hair looked nicer. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking but my hair looked shinier without being dirty and it felt thicker and healthier. I’ve been washing my hair every other day for a few months now and I honestly really like it. My hair feels thicker and healthier and I’m glad I finally succumbed.

So that’s pretty much all I got. Not much that’s original but I hope I’ve inspired some of you to be adventurous and cut off all your hair. It’s definitely been different and I’m often told that my haircut matches my sassy attitude, so I guess that’s good.

Also, my sincerest apologies for totally dropping off the radar for like three months. School sucks. I’ll try to be better in the new year.

Just Around the Riverbend

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Sorry for leaving you guys hanging for a couple weeks. I’ve been pretty stressed and I just haven’t had enough time to write a post. And this post doesn’t really count, as it’s more “housekeeping” than anything. But I’m gonna tell you a few little updates on me and then some posts that are “just around the river-bend.”

Updates on my New Year’s Resolutions: I’m still terrible about my nails. A few times, my friends have fussed at me (which I appreciate) and that’s helped me be more aware of the fact that I’m doing it, but it doesn’t make me stop. So I’m still working on that. Like I said, I’ve been pretty stressed so my face touching and lip chewing have not improved either. AND, in the last two weeks, I’ve worn makeup three times! One was for school picture day so I’m okay with that. One was just because I wanted to try a new technique, so a little disappointed that I broke down and wore it. And the third time was in the name of Halloween, so that’s totally acceptable.

Speaking of Halloween, that leads me into my upcoming posts. I’m going to be Ursula for Halloween so hopefully before then, I’ll have a post with how I put together my costume and makeup. It’s super easy, the makeup anyway. I’m still working on the costume. Later, I’ll have a post about easy to do nail designs that I’ve tried myself, with any recommendations I have for improvement. Also, I may include a tutorial about a bag that I crocheted, depending on whether or not I can write a good and clear tutorial. Closer to Christmas, I’ll share some of my family’s favorite cookie recipes.

Again, I apologize for being useless these last two weeks. But don’t abandon me and keep an eye out for those posts, sometime between now and Christmas. I know this post is really short and it’s probably full of grammar mistakes (I’m in a hurry) so I am, once again, quite sorry. I really need to get my life together.

Kanawha Canal Walk

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Try saying that five times fast…..I assume you just did. Well that was fun.

I did the Canal Walk in Richmond today for the first time with my family, and I have to say it was an interesting day. The Canal Walk begins in downtown Richmond and goes for about 1.25 miles. Then you turn around in order to get back to your car. So not too long and an easy distance to stroll. There’s several places where you can stop and read about all the historical stuff that happened in Richmond. It was pretty cool.

Overall, I would say I had a really good time today. But, several things went…well, wrong. They just went wrong. It’s kinda fun to laugh about now though.

So first, it’s hot as the dickens outside in Richmond. The high today was 95 degrees. 95. Eww. And my family and I went walking around 11ish. It was really hot. But there was a little shade here and there and we were walking very slowly so it wasn’t completely terrible.

And then there was a detour, which I think was due to some nearby construction. And instead of walking along the actual Canal Walk, my family and I ended up just walking through downtown Richmond. That wasn’t too bad but when you come to walk along the canal, you want to walk along the canal. But we didn’t really realize that we were on a detour and there was no other way to go so we were frustrated that we had somehow gotten lost.

We ended the first part of the walk with lunch at Bottom’s Up. It was sooooo good. I love Bottom’s Up, which has fabulous pizza. If you live in RVA and have never been, go. Now. And only order one slice of pizza, if you order by the slice. They are giant slices of pizza. At least two normal slices, probably more like three. And they are loaded up with toppings. Where can you go wrong?

Lunch was a nice break. We got to sit in air-conditioning and hydrate ourselves and eat some food and it was really nice. Plus, like I’ve said, the food was really good.

After lunch, we set off on the second part of the walk: back to our car. This part of the walk took us less time, since we weren’t stopping and reading as much. It was still pretty warm but there was more cloud coverage so it seemed better. While the clouds were nice to block from the sun, they did give us a little rain shower. It didn’t last too long and it wasn’t hard so it was more a nuisance than anything.

But while it was raining, we were also trying to find the part of the Canal Walk where we had gone on the detour before. And we thought we had found it! But we hadn’t. And it was raining. Once again, perfect conditions. (That was sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell)

The walk after that was wonderful. It was cooler than before and the sun was still behind some clouds. There were only a few other people walking so we didn’t feel all alone but we also didn’t have to deal with people. And we were comfortably full from lunch.

Like I said, it was overall a very pleasant experience. I would recommend going in the fall or spring, where it would be cooler. Or maybe in the evening, when some of the lights are on and I imagine it would be very pretty.  And if you’re a native Richmonder and have never been, you should go.

Notable Quotables

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I love movies. A lot. And I take any opportunity to reference them or quote them. And it makes me super happy when someone understands my references. This is a list of the ten movies that I quote most often, in no particular order.

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean. I love this movie and it makes me sad that not everyone gets my constant references. The quotes I use most often are “I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request….means no” and “That would be the French”.
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This movie is hilarious! I can watch it any time. I usually quote “Put some Windex on it” and “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?!?…That’s ok I make lamb”
  3. Harry Potter I just take any line from the movies and quote it whenever possible. I don’t know if there are any lines in particular that I use most often but some of my favorite lines are from the first movie. I love to somehow work into the conversation “TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!!! TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!!….Thought you ought to know!” and “She needs to sort out her priorities.” I also like to do that line from the sixth movie where Harry says something about the pincers of spiders and does the motion with his hands. That cracks me up.
  4. Princess Bride This movie is such a classic. I watch it all the time. I usually quote “It’s possible…pig” and “Life’s not fair. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something”
  5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail Not very many people are familiar with this movie but it is another comedy. It’s British comedy and it’s from Monty Python so it’s really weird. I like it though. I like to quote “You’re mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” and “Tis but a scratch” and “She turned me into a newt!…I got better” and “now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.” Typing all those out makes me realize how weird this movie really is.
  6. Hocus Pocus I watch this movie every year on Halloween. It too is one of my favorites. I tend to quote “Amok….Amok! Amok! Amok!” and “Boooooooooooook”
  7. Disney/Dreamworks/Pixar I know this is a rather broad genre of movies but if I listed every Disney movie I quote, this list would be 5 times as long. I most often sing Disney songs but will also quote “I like that boulder. That’s a nice boulder” (Shrek, Dreamworks) and “You’re a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity” (Toy Story, Pixar) and “Just keep swimming!” (Finding Nemo, Disney)
  8. Mean Girls My friends and I quote this all the time. It’s usually “She doesn’t even go here”
  9. Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit I LOVE these movies. I usually quote the line where the hobbits are asking about second breakfast and elevensies and such. That’s a good line. And “Mine. My own. My Precious” and “I needs it!”
  10. Thoroughly Modern Millie This movie is another good one and if you haven’t seen it, watch it. I tend to quote “Soy sauce!!!” and “Raspberries!” Apparently I just say random foods from this movie but it’s the way you say it.

Bonus Movie: Anchorman I only just watched this movie but I can tell that it’s something I will quote a lot. I’ve already started. I think I’ll usually quote “I love lamp” and “milk was a bad choice” and “Loud noises!!!!”

So that’s a list of the 10 Movie that I Quote Most Often, along with a bonus movie. I love to quote movies so this is not a complete list of movies I quote but it actually covers a lot of the things I quote. I guess I also quote TV shows and sing songs. What kinds of things do you like to quote?


Update on my New Year’s Resolutions:

No makeup: I’m doing well! I haven’t worn any makeup in the last couple of weeks (I started working on this before I told you guys). I’ve wanted to a couple of times but I decided that I needed to be strong.

Messing with my nails: I’m FAILING!!!! It’s so hard. My nails are in terrible shape right now and they’re really painful. But I just keep making them worse. I’m going to try to start taking care of them so that might help. I hope so.

Chewing my lips: I haven’t noticed myself doing that a lot this week but it’s been a relatively stress free school year so far. So I don’t think I can say that I’m doing well or not well with this.

Touching my face: I’m proud of the progress I’ve made with this resolution. Not to say that I haven’t touched my face, but anytime I catch myself doing it, I stop. I think that counts as good progress. Maybe in a couple of weeks I won’t have to stop myself, I just won’t do it in the first place.

 

New Year’s Resolutions

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I realize that it’s not January 1 or anything but my life basically revolves around school. So it makes more sense to me, personally, to make changes in my life at the beginning of the school year. Otherwise, I’m halfway through the school year and I’m like “Let’s change my study habits! Or eat healthier! Or workout more! Or read more!” And it’s hard.

I’ve never really done New Year’s resolutions before. I just can never think of anything good or if I do, I don’t remember to do it. But I’m putting it in writing and out on the internet so hopefully I’ll be good this year.

First things first: I want to decrease how often I wear makeup. I honestly love makeup and I love that feeling of being “prettier” and getting to experiment with new techniques. I have nothing against people who wear makeup daily or people who never wear makeup. But the other day, I looked in the mirror and thought that my eyelashes didn’t look as good as they usually did. It took me a while to realize that it was because I hadn’t worn makeup for a couple days and there was no mascara on them.

I didn’t like this. I would way rather look at myself when I am wearing makeup and think “I look special today” than look at myself when I’m not and think “What’s wrong?” So I’m going to try to wear less makeup. I’ll still wear it on special occasions but I’m cutting down on day-to-day wear.

Second thing: touching my face less. One of the reasons I usually want to wear makeup is to cover up my acne. But wearing makeup doesn’t help heal my acne. So I’m getting rid of that. But I also touch my face a lot. When I’m sitting in class, my face is resting on my hands or when I’m stress (which is a lot) I’ll run my hands over my face. I’m really bad about touching zits when they pop up. I’m going to try to change that this year. Fingers crossed.

Change number 3: messing with my nails. So I don’t actually bite my finger nails but I do chew them, again, usually when I’m stressed. I’m terrible about picking at hangnails and loose skin so that they peel away and all I have is a disgusting and painful finger. That’s not fun. Plus, I love to paint my nails and it really stings to put polish on those fingers. I feel like I’m being stopped from what I like to do by this stupid bad habit.

Fourth and final resolution: chewing my lip. It’s disgusting. It hurts. And I only do it because I’m bored or……..STRESSED!!! YAY!!! But yeah, it’s really gross and it really hurts but I do it anyway and I want to stop.

If you didn’t notice, most of these habits come from me being stressed. It’s going to be hard for me to break them. I have a really tough school schedule this year which means lots of stress but I’m going to try because they are stupid little habits that are unhealthy and gross. Wish me luck!

Fun story about my stress. I took this class a week ago where we basically choreographed a dance but I’m really logical and like to have things explained correctly the first time so that I know they are going to work. But my teacher liked to say “try this and we’ll see how it works.” So every time I would ask questions to clarify and make sure that I was going to do it right the first time. He started referring to me as the Stress Ball as a joke. I don’t think he realized how right he truly was.

Another fun little thought in my head right now: I tagged this post “new me” which is making me think of the song that Michael Buble sings called Feeling Good. He says “It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life For me. And I’m feeling good.” That part of the song is my inspiration song for this year.