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!

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Interview One

Tomorrow I have an interview at a corporate office. I consider this Interview One because the last interview I had was for the same company that RIFed me so I pretty much knew what to expect, where to go and I’d previously met the interviewers.

It’s only a 13 week position which bugs me in a couple of different ways but I’m getting to the “why not?!” point. It couldn’t hurt right? Especially since my severance is winding down. Plus there’s always the possibility of temp to hire so I figure I’ll just go.

But now for the short and sweet reason for this post; when I went to print out my revised Resume and Cover letter on nice resume paper this is what I got:

Doesn’t seem to bode well for me does it?

T-Shirt Scarf

On my birthday I received a gift bag from the restaurant that included a t-shirt. It was SUPER cute and a beautiful color. Unfortunately, even though it came from an alcohol company it was WAY too small to fit a normal adult woman.

SO I jumped on Pinterest and started sorting through some of my boards to find a t-shirt scarf I had pinned. The directions were super-easy to follow and can be found here:  T-Shirt Necklace

When I showed my parents, both thought what I’d made was store bought! Makes me want to try and sell them online! I can’t wait to wear it for people who are a little less biased to see.

Crocheting with Grandma Christine

A few weeks ago, my mom and I were going through a closet that is essentially contained hoarding. There’s a lot of junk and garbage plus, a few things that we may use again, but likely not. Then we came across a vintage plastic bag with a nearly completed crochet blanket inside that had been started by my Grandma Christine.

I was more or less a year old when my paternal grandma died. All I really know of her I’ve learned from pictures and stories. I also know that we share many features. In high school I remember my Grandpa saying how much I looked like her and how that made him miss her even more.

Since I have no memories of her of my own, finding this blanket was a gift. Looking at the blanket, the pattern was too complex to figure out without instructions. Luckily when I unfolded it, I saw that all it really needed was a border and some finishing touches. The bag also contained all the matching yarn I needed to complete the blanket.

It didn’t take long to single crochet a couple of simple rows all the way around for the border and I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work on a project with my Grandma Christine so long after she was gone. I was also incredibly happy to have helped finish such a lovely blanket to give to my dad from his mom.

Whoops, lost my job!

My whole world has changed since I last posted. While I was busy doing my job and trying to write a post on the wild world of condo hunting, I suddenly lost my job.

It all happened in slow motion. One minute I was walking to a last-minute one-on-one meeting with my boss and the next minute I’m walking into a room with my boss and an HR girl.

Luckily there was nothing I did wrong. My company reorganized and I apparently pulled the short straw. No hard feelings.

ANYway, right now I’m closing in on two weeks without a job and I’ve moved back in with my parents. It’s kind of tragic how everything was going well and I was preparing to become a real adult, with a real mortgage and now I’m back to zero.

I’m feeling fortunate though because I have a place to live (for free *smiles*) and I have the opportunity to start a fun new job! I don’t know what that job is quite yet but I know that it’ll be great and maybe I’ll make more money which would make hunting for a condo a far better experience.

Now that I’m finally unpacked and unemployed I’ll hopefully make more time to write! I think that creative writing as a full-time job was killing my creativity outside of work so this little break might be exactly what I need to start writing again for myself.

Office Bathrooms are Weird

People have some VERY strange bathroom habits. I’m fairly certain the following is an accurate snapshot of how an office bathroom gets so gross.

Woman enters bathroom: Gross, people should make sure their paper towels make it into the trash! But it’s too gross to pick up myself, it touched the dirty door handle!

Woman enters stall one: EW! There’s PEE on the seat!

Woman leaves stall one, enters stall two: Gross, if there was pee on the seat in stall one, stall two likely had pee on it at some point so I’m going to hover over the seat

Woman leaves drips on seat from hovering: EW! I don’t want to wipe PEE off the seat with my hands!

Woman leaves stall, adjusts hair, makeup THEN washes hands. Uses paper towel to open bathroom door, drops paper towel on the floor next to the garbage.

On the move

A little over a month ago I decided it’s time for me to move out of my roommate’s house and find a place of my own. I’m 30 years old and I’ve never really lived on my own. I’ve either lived with my parents or with roommates.

I’ve decided to count February 1st as the official start of my house hunting journey because that’s the day I was officially pre-approved. What’s exciting is that I was pre-approved for as much as I thought I would be so I figure I’m already on the right path.

So far condo hunting has been exactly what I expected. Already I’ve seen some nice places sprinkled with some dumps. Only a couple of stood out and only one so far seems to be a viable option. I have lots of time so I’m not worried, but I’m feeling a little impatient because things like my job and life are getting in the way.

Most of the condos we’ve visited have been empty or vacant, but a few have had the owners present while we looked around. My favorite was a family made up of a mom and several children. I’m not sure if all the children belonged to her, but it seemed like a lot of people for a small two bedroom condo. While looking around I noticed her hairless cat. Having never seen one in person, I pointed him out. The creepy mom then explained that she feels like silk or some other super-soft to snuggle fabric. I’m not sure since I was too busy listening to the meows that I’m sure were saying, “GET ME OUT OF HERE!” The place had a lot going on…

Another place we saw was inhabited by a ferret. As we looked around he quietly watched us with utmost curiosity!

Whew!

A lot has been going on recently! I’ve been condo shopping too which I’d like to blog about soon. Until then, here’s my Valentine’s Day gift to myself!

Ravelry

I love Ravelry.com, it’s a great place to find FREE knit and crochet patterns.

Today I decided to visit the site to add photos of my most recent projects when I noticed I had a message! I was asked if I would mind having a photo of one of my projects featured on a Ravelry patterns page and of course I said yes!

My photo is the one on the bottom left!

 

Helloooooo Kitty!

Anybody remember Animaniacs and how every time the two boy kitty, puppy, bunny, whatever those things were saw a pretty girl (specifically the busty psychiatric nurse), they’d say, “Hellooooooo nurse!”? Anyway, the headline above should be read like that.

Speaking of Hello Kitty, I’ve managed to gather quite a collection of Hello Kitty things in the last couple of years and I’m not quite sure how it happened.

When I was a little girl, I had a Hello Kitty stuffed animal. (I actually still have her and should maybe dig her out.) She wore yellow overalls, her signature red bow and I had ZERO interest in playing with her. I’m not even sure why I didn’t like her, but that’s the way it’s always been with Hello Kitty until recently.

Likely it’s part of my growing fondness for everything Japanese. It’s just funny how quickly I’ve created a Hello Kitty collection! Below are just a couple of the things I could get my hands on in my cube without having to get out of my chair!