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One-Oh-Oh

100

Holy crap. I did it. April 10th is the 100th day of the year and my 100th post of the year. Most of my posts totally sucked, but I still finished something I started. And that’s pretty awesome for me. It’s fitting that today I tried to do a little spring cleaning (it’s gonna be a long project), because this blog is gonna be the kick off to some more changes. I’ve decided to not keep blogging every single day, opting for substance over stats. But I’m going to blog at least once a week.

Anyway, no Chuck post tomorrow, but I will post it on Monday (probably). For now, I’ll let you know that I spent the day enjoying the weather and completely not worrying about posting. So in honor of that: Pic Spam!

Party Dog!

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Party Dog!

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100!

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Party Dog!

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100!

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Cheers!

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Later Gators!

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Tomorrow night, I’ll be quietly astounded by the sounds of an orchestra. There are only a few songs in the program, which always amazes me. I’m so used to concerts where the artist will play ten songs that I feel like a program with only four songs seems lacking. But then I remember that each song is usually about ten minutes long (if not longer) and there’s usually a little history given about the piece.

orchestra

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When I was in Paris, I remember running (literally running) up the stairs to make the orchestra program I had to see for class. The ushers teased cheered me on, “Vite, vite, mademoiselle, vite!” I sat down right at the emcee was announcing the beginning of the show. The subway practically breaking down and causing me to almost miss everything didn’t cause nearly as much of an adrenaline rush as the music. It was beautiful and intense. Most of the music came from French composers (it was a French culture class), but regardless of the origin, it all felt heavenly.

I don’t claim to have the most sophisticated palate when it comes to music. But music can be a lot like food. Sure, I may consume a lot of junk that pops and fizzes and holds a little substance, but when I’m presented with something that is sumptuous and filling and delightful, it stops me dead. Great timeless music, like food, can capture your heart and still your soul.

Beethoven

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Very powerful stuff.

Beethoven is guaranteed to hold my interests and catch my breath. While he’s not the only composer for the evening, the program itself is called Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. The final song will be the Emperor Concerto which is… wonderful. The man was intriguing and his music astounding. Saying anything else would be unnecessary. Great works speak for themselves, besides, you can read about him, if you’d like.

To end the evening, I leave you with the Emperor Concerto and the soothing Moonlight Sonata.

Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight.

So, at work, they got an iPad to test and run updates on and yadda, yadda. Weird, I can’t see a reason to test out the eReader functionality or download the hottest new releases, but what do I know?

Anyway, it was moderately interesting and VERY pretty to look at, but what I really wanna know is…

WILL IT BLEND!?!?!

Yay! Trips!

So, next weekend I’ll have to go to my Alma Mater for work.Crazy, right? I’ll be helping give a workshop/presentation to a bunch of physics teachers. I’m probably less nervous than I should be, but oh well.

Because of this exciting event, I get a day off (since I have to work on a Saturday) and I’ve decided that my mom and I need to get away.  Yay. So the following friday after next weekend, my mom and I will be a girls weekend! This was all decided at about noon today by me, my mom agreed later, but eh, semantics. Anyway we wanna go to Asheville and hang out at the Biltmore.

Biltmore

So pretty!

But!

We’re thinking about doing the “Brews Cruise” that takes you around Asheville to a few of the local breweries. We obviously wanna go to the Biltmore, but we’re trying to figure out where to stay and what else to do.

So, I’m shooting it out to y’all.

Any suggestions for the area of Asheille?

So today was Easter! Praise Him!

In honor of this amazing day, I went to church, iced my cake, took a nap, and spent all evening with family. It was such a great holiday that I didn’t mind the pollen or having to run to Wal-Mart (patewie!). I also broke lent by gnoshing on some sweets. A few Dove chocolate pieces, a donut, some peeps and some cake!

Not at the same time.

I am not a pig. I did eat a delicious ham, though.

The Sparkling Raspberry Champagne Cake was awesome! I used raspberry sparkeltini that’s really inexpensive (around 6.50) and really delicious. I also used some strawberry flavoring and real raspberries. It was a light and scrumptious desert. I also liked that the frosting I made for it was nice and fruity and the splash of champagne made it super airy.

Anyway, since I spent so much time resting, I figured I’d give myself a break from my Chuck blog (which I’ll have finished before tomorrow’s episode) and just revel in the very good day.

Enjoy your blessings and take some time to rest.

I also watched the awesome movie Splash, and guess what I found:

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You’re Welcome

G’night everybody.

Calling All Fashion Folks

Hey guys and gals!

I have a request. My brain is frazzled and fried from work and meetings about benefits, etc. I have lots of decisions to make, but I need to get to bed soon and this thought had been gnawing at me for a while.

I want a sundress. The weather is amazing right now and I don’t have a nice cotton sundress to just throw on. This may seem like a strange request, but I’m having a really difficult time finding one that fits my specifications:

  • Has to be easy to wear. Jersey, cotton, something that’s easy to care for.
  • Needs to have thick straps. No spaghetti strings or strapless.
  • I just want something that’s for every day hanging out wear.
  • If it’s not totally casual, it needs to be semi-work appropriate.  Luckily, I work in a really casual place, so a sun dress wouldn’t be inappropriate, but I’d like to refrain from something full of tie-dye or something ridiculously fun for a day off, but garish in a cubicle.
  • Not too short, about knee-length or a little shorter.
  • I prefer V-Necks. But scoop or square is fine.
  • Affordable.

If you’ve seen any sun dresses that match this description, please let me know! It’s ok if it’s online, but it’s double plus good if it’s in a store, as I like to try things on.

It may seem strange that I’m requesting this, but this always happens to me. Whenever I’m looking for one specific item of clothing, I cannot find it. Last year it was a v-neck cardigan (and then any cardigan with a full sleeve), I couldn’t find any! Then it was long length t-shirts. Then it was a work appropriate wrap dress. It always seems like the year (or season) before I want the item of clothing, I see it and think, “Oh, I’m gonna need that. But I can wait.” And then it’s too late! And then the next year, it’s EVERY WHERE! Gah, it’s so frustrating. But even last summer I was looking for a sundress that met these specifications and I still couldn’t find one, so now I’m putting out a call for help.

Here are some examples of awesome type dresses (but just so happen to be no longer available).

Green V-Neck Sundress

This is certainly not my favorite shade of green, but I love this cut. It's from JCrew, but it's out of stock. 😦

Green Sleeved V-Neck Dress

This green is much better and this dress has such a flattering waist!

Printed Shift Sundress

A fun print for a simple shift dress.

Little Black Dress

A little black dress that's perfect for warm weather

And those are some fine examples. But, ya know, whatever! Just send ’em my way.

Thanks in advance, fashionistas!

Jitters and Impressions

Today I am nervous.

I’m totally second guessing my outfit. But I have received some compliments already. I know I’m supposed to be mostly casual, but I don’t wanna be too informal. And I definitely don’t wanna look like I’m trying to hard.

Sound off if you feel so inclined. I’ll let you know how everything goes sooner or later.

Also, it’s really weird that I like these Kaboodle things. Seriously, I think they’re intended for 13-year-olds.

This is what I’m wearing (belt’s on the waist). Wish me luck!

Casual Date...
Kaboodle
Casual Date… by katelynanne

Pink Champagne Cake and other plans

Woahhhh! Almost forgot to post tonight. I got in under the wire, didn’t I?

Seriously, at 11:26 I realized I hadn’t blogged. That’s especially bad considering I had wordpress open for a while this afternoon. Unfortunately, I got distracted by the movie Law Abiding Citizen. Goodness, that was a depressing movie.

SPOILER! Jamie Foxx’s character is not sympathetic and he doesn’t really learn his lesson. The ending was totally unsatisfying. /END SPOILER!!!

Blah, but it wasn’t a horrible movie, it just left me feeling like the world we live in is a mostly terrible place. But oh well, I have hope that that’s not the case.

Proof of that? This discovery:

Pink Champagne Cake

So cute! So yum!

That’s a pink champagne cake that I found on the blog EpiCute. I know I’ve talked about it before, so I won’t go into detail, but when I saw that cake I knew exactly what I wanted to fix for Easter and breaking Lent.

I also may have to have a breakfast of donuts that day, but that’s beside the point.

The point is that I’m looking at recipes and I can’t decide if I want to make an actual pink champagne cake or just a champagne cake (since I have a bottle of Korbel already). So much deliberation!

Other plans and decisions I’m laboring over? What to wear on a first date. Why is that such a hard decision? I know it shouldn’t be, but these things matter for a first impression. Oh well, I’ll figure it out by Monday.

Also, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do about blogging after my 100 days are up. They’re ending soon, but I don’t know what to do afterwards. Maybe take a week off then go back to blogging everyday? Or just commit to at least twice a week? I like the exercise of writing, but if I don’t have to blog every day I’ll be scraping the barrel less often.

Oh well, I’ll figure it out sooner or later.

Until then, there’s the dream of cake!

The follow post contains lots and lots of ranting, mention of religious practices and general obnoxiousness.

Not in the mood for the whiny crap? Here’s a cookie, please don’t jump.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yum! Peace offerings are delicious.

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I’m gonna chop you!

Ok, I know, I know, I know.

But I was kind of accosted for the past… 3 hours on IM. I’ll explain later, but hopefully if work isn’t too busy tomorrow I’ll try and blog a little. But DL that, yes?

To make it up to you, I need to plug Axe Cop.

Axe Cop

I'm gonna chop you.

This webcomic is amazing. It’s written by a 5-year-old 6-year-old (he just had a birthday) and the artwork is done by his 29-year-old brother. It’s a double plus good scenario because the writing is insanely creative and the artwork is just doggone great. Remember all of those insane diatribes you went on when you were five? That weird junk you made up about the dust bunny utopia that existed on top of the shelves where dust bunnies learned their ninja ways. Or the time you thought up the intergalactic Peach v. Mushroom battles… Yea, imagine if someone took those stories and put them into comic form.

Yea, that cool. Check it out.

Also, because I need to apologize a little more, please except this picture as a sufficient apology.

Corgi Puppy

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Corgis are the official ambassadors of cute apologies.

Oh and if you don’t like to read, here’s Axe Cop part one on YouTube.

Enjoy.