Category Archives: Stuff I Found Elsewhere

Red, Blue and White Sangria

I’m SUPER late on posting this, but since sangria is good anytime I thought it’s better late than never!

This year I volunteered to organize and host our family’s Independence Day party. Like most good party planners these days, I hopped on Pinterest and found the most amazing recipe for white sangria which can be found here.

The prep was fairly simple although I was a little nervous about two things: making the simple syrup and cutting up the pineapple.

Turns out that simple syrup lives up to its name! It’s very simple and quick too! Just heat up equal parts water and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved! I know, not a big breakthrough but it was pretty cool to me.

Next was dealing with the pineapple. I wanted to cut little star shapes so buying pre-cut pineapple slices would have never worked. SO I had to buy a whole one. I was a bit of an overachiever so I also decided that I would try to propagate a pineapple plant too! I’m not sure it’s working but it was really fun to try. Basically you hack off the green part and put it in water!

Then I just hacked at the outside until I got to the yummy soft parts. I had a very sharp and fairly large knife so it was easy to cut up. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the best job ever but I’m real proud of it.

Afterward I used a small star-shaped cookie cutter I found at Hobby Lobby and punched out little stars. The strawberries were next to be sliced and the prep work was done!

Also while I was at Hobby Lobby I picked up a fun jar to hold my sangria. I clearly have zero concept on how much of something will fit in a container so to compensate I quadrupled the recipe. For most parties ONE recipe is enough. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that today there is STILL a ton of sangria in my fridge. I really need to find more people who will drink more…ANYway here’s the final result! It was delicious and I highly recommend it!


Oooo FREE Rattlesnake!

I almost peed my pants when seeing this image today at

I love that the reward for finding the Found Rattlesnake Sign is said rattlesnake. Or is it? Is Bloggess hoarding rattlesnakes? Here’s some background in case you don’t follow Bloggess!

Reblog this.

A blogger I follow posted this and I think that it’s very important to share. Sometimes people need to be reminded that they’re not alone and there’s someone out there who can help!

Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433

LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255

Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743

Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438

Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673

Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272

Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000

Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253

Book Store WIN

It’s sad that Borders is closing. I love book stores and as I’ve said before, I used to work at one. This list is SO true!

Book Store WIN – Win!.

Origami Star Wars

A couple of years ago I folded an origami Millennium Falcon from a diagram a friend sent me. It was really easy and looked a lot like the real thing!

Then I found this link today to an ad for Moleskine® notebooks. Now I kind of want to find a diagram for X-Wing fighters!

 Moleskine Star Wars

Look at that! I’m an introvert!

I guess I always knew I was an introvert but that always had negative connotations so I more seriously considered “shy” and thought I should maybe look into social anxiety disorder. But the thing is, those descriptions never really fit me. I came across this article in a post from one of my favorite bloggers and it described me perfectly.

If you’ve ever had trouble understanding the way I am sometimes, this might help 🙂

10 Myths About Introverts || || Los Angeles, CA.

Amy: Former Bookseller

When I was in high school I got the best job EVER! I was a bookseller at my local Barnes & Noble. It was perfect for me because I LOVE books and the only drawback (aside from the 50-year-old co-worker hitting on me) was that most of my paycheck was spent within those walls.

Okay that was also a perk too!

Anyway, I stumbled across this webcomic the other day and it was like a trip down memory lane. It’s called Mike: Bookseller and I had to double check where the creator lived because I was positive he had to have come from the same bookstore where I worked. Apparently whether you’re in California or Illinois, all bookstores and bookstore shoppers are exactly the same!

This particular strip pretty much sums up an average work day for a bookseller including my favorite question, “Where are your books by Harry Potter?”

Kawaii Princess Bride

I LOVE the movie Princess Bride! And this picture is adoreable!

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Vancouver Riot Romance?

I can’t help but think this is terribly romantic. Scary and crazy, but romantic.

riot34 – The Daily What.