February 28, 2014

A Rose By Any Other Name

As I've been finding new blogs to follow and watching blogs I've been following get make overs, I have noticed that white seems to be the trend in blogging templates.  At first it was a trend that I disliked greatly and vowed never to follow because to me... they all looked the same.  Over time though I've started to look past what I initially thought were boring themes to see the little unique differences, and now I think I like the look.

I suppose where I'm going with this is that I've been thinking of giving my blog an overhaul, and I would like your opinions on it.  First - keep the theme I have or join the trend of simpler, more minimalist themes and make it a little more personalized?  Also, do you know anyone who enjoys designing blog themes?  

Secondly - I've been contemplating renaming my blog.  "Come Along Pond!" fit well for a while, but recently it just doesn't seem like 'me'.  I don't have any other ideas though at the moment, so again... any thoughts or suggestions!

Thanks for helping me out and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

February 27, 2014

Five Favorites: The Cold Edition

I have a cold.  I needed a blog post idea.  Therefore, I am posting my five favorite remedies/things that make me feel better when I have a cold.  Because I hate, hate, hate colds and would rather have the flu than a cold and so I do everything I can to get rid of it/pretend it doesn't exist.

1. - Tea

I drink lots and lots of tea when I'm sick.  Usually lemon tea - especially have a sore throat - but any kind of herbal tea is fair game.  I'm normally a sugar in my tea kind of gal, but when I have a cold I'll dump loads of honey into my tea.

2. - Chocolate

Chocolate is amazing even when you aren't feeling sick, but when you are sick it's even better.  And besides, dark chocolate is good for you, right?  It's a good thing that I am a dark chocolate fan because I totally use colds as an excuse to indulge myself with "healthy chocolate."

3. - Netflix

I actually haven't been watching a lot lately due to late nights and very early mornings, but when I get a lazy day/evening and a cold at the same time there's nothing better adding some episode watching to go along with my tea sipping and chocolate nibbling.

4. - Fluffy Blankets

And of course while I am engaging in #1, 2 and 3 I am wrapped up in a fluffy blanket.  But not just any blanket, my blue awesomely fluffy and soft and warm blanket.  (Yes, this totally counts as a remedy for colds.)  I always have a few days of feeling absolutely crappy and shivering with a cold, and this is a very nice and warm blanket.

5. - Medicine, Remedies, You Name It I'll Take It

And of course, there's mah drugs.  I might have mentioned before that I hate colds with a bitter passion, so as soon I realize I'm sick I'm taking maximum does of Vitamin C and D and taking Sudafed or Coldcalm or Dayquil as frequently as the dosages allow.  Sometimes I might even alternate between two different things so I can overlap on the time allowances a little and not die.  I hate colds.

Want more Five Favorites?  Head on over to Moxie Wife!

February 26, 2014

I was older when I was younger

I think that any of my readers who have younger siblings - in particular, those of you who are oldest children - can agree that when you look at how old your siblings are, you know without a doubt that you were definitely older than they are when you were that age.  Come on, fifteen is just so young!  But I'm the oldest, which makes me more mature, which means that I was a much older fifteen year old than my sister who is currently that age.  My mother claims that I wasn't any more mature than her... but I'm not so sure about that.

After all, I was driving when I was fifteen!  Which quite frankly, when I look at my 15 year old sister, seems absolutely terrifying.  What the heck were my parents thinking when they put me in drivers ed?  Obviously I must have been a much older fifteen year old.  I was/am a good driver - so that's not the reason the rest of my sisters have waited until they were 18.  Clearly, they were younger at that age than I was.

Even wilder to think about... I was the same age as Ms. 15 year old when I first met my Knight on the Fairy Tale Novels forum. (Yep, two months before I turned 16 - so young!)  And then I was just a year older than my 18 year old sister when we started dating.  Seriously, that sister is no where near old enough to even think of dating anyone.  None of them are.  Not even the one who is turning 20 this weekend even though I'd been dating for a little over half a year by the time I turned 20.  I have a feeling that when any of my sisters gets a boyfriend, I'll be the one flipping out and yelling "NO KISSING!  YOU MAY SIT THREE FEET APART, YOU ARE ONLY TWENTY-TWO GOSH DARN IT AND THAT IS WAY TOO YOUNG!"  It's funny how time changes your perception of age.

Oddly enough though, when I look at my 13 year old brother I can nod and say "Okay, I was about that age when I was 13."  Not sure that means he is more mature, or I was immature, or I just don't remember that well.

It's a weird thing, watching your siblings grow up.  The time when you were their age feels like so long ago, and when they hit a milestone age it makes you feel... old.  It's interesting to look at them and look at where you were at that age.  Food for thought indeed.

February 25, 2014

Welcome to Anne's Garden

When I started dating my Knight, just a little over two and a half years ago the plethora of relationship advice books and websites out there suddenly took on a new relevance.  I've picked up a few over the years, particularly in the early days of figuring out how being in a relationship was supposed to work, but I quickly noticed one thing.

There was a definite lack of any sort of advice or support when it came to long distance relationships.  Advice and suggestions for ways to grow your relationship even while you were 1,000 miles apart was hard to come by and so I had to take regular relationship advice and modify it to fit our needs.  It was somewhere back then, maybe about a year ago around the time that I wrote my blog post Long Distance Love, that I thought "Gosh... wouldn't it be great if there was a Facebook group for people in long distance relationships?"

I didn't do it then, but I thought of the idea from time to time.  I did a quick Google search the other day, and there is certainly more out there now in the way of resources for long distance couples than there were two and a half years ago.  I started thinking about a Facebook group more seriously, a Facebook group for women in long distance relationships in particular.  I've been blessed to come across a few girls who are in long distance relationships as well... and sometimes it is so nice to talk to someone who really gets it and knows exactly what it is like to be so far away from the guy you love.

And that, dear readers, is why I have started Anne's Garden. (Credit for inspiring me with the title goes to my Knight.  He's a genius.)

To quote from the little "about us" blurb I wrote up:

Anne's Garden a place for women in long distance relationships to gather. It's a place for us to sip a cup of tea and share stories about our men, find a shoulder to cry on, excitedly wave around photos of our latest visit and ask for advice. The garden is named for Anne Shirley, of Green Gables fame, who was in her own long distance relationship with Gilbert for three years (in Anne of Windy Poplars).

I'm still new to the ways of running a group, but I believe that the link should lead you right to it and allow you to request permission to join. It is a closed group so all content is private, the name and who is a member being the only information visible.  There is no stipulation on how long of a distance it has to be, or how long you've been in one.  The only thing we respectfully ask that only women who are in or have been in (we love women who were in long distance and are now married!) long distance relationships join this group.

So please, if you are in a long distance relationship or know someone who is and would love the support and companionship from other girls - by all means join us! The more the merrier and you all are welcome.  Hope to see you for tea!

February 24, 2014

Shopping Day!

Now, the title of this blog post may not sound all that special to you, but for me... well, I never go shopping.  Don't get me wrong, I love shopping but I hate spending my money.  Today however, I purchased:

The Vintage Teacup Club

I saw a review of this on someone's blog somewhere and I think it got a good review.  I had time to kill today and a Barne's and Noble giftcard to spend, and isn't that cover absolutely adorable?  It's a book.  It's about teacups.  It has vintage in the title.  How could it not be good?

Under the Covers and Between the Sheets

I also picked up this delightful little gem for a bargain book price of $4.98 when it was originally $14.95.  I love when that happens.  It's a fun book full of trivia about authors and books... for example, did you know that Charles Dickens often visited the morgue to get inspired and there is a book (Gadsby: Champion of Youth) that was written without ever once using the letter "e" - and that's a 50,110 word book.

And then, the highlight of my day - new glasses!

It's been a good six years since I got my last pair of glasses (quite possibly more, now that I think of it) and the frames were getting a bit worn.  They've held up amazingly well through being hit in the face with a basketball, falling off during various activities, being ripped off by babies and angry siblings, but it was time for them to go.  (I've been waiting for the right lens to completely pop out of the frame.)  So - new glasses!

And look! They have a bedazzled Celtic knot on the side, which I just love.  So far my siblings have told me that I look old (okay fine, older, not old), like a librarian, and geeky.  Which is fine by me.  Just as long as know one dares tell me that I look like Taylor Swift.  My sister started singing "22" to me and I had to shoot her.

Then I went to Bath and Bodyworks and bought the little travel size body lotions of Warm Vanilla Sugar and Vanilla Buttercream.  (Can you tell I love vanilla?)

And that, my friends, is the account of my shopping adventures and my first blog post for the week!

February 23, 2014

What the Heck am I Doing (7 posts in 7 days)

I am a fairly terrible blogger.  I never have post ideas - hence the reason my posting on here is somewhat sporadic.  I admit, I do have bursts of inspiration but those are often very short lived.  I want to be a better blogger.  I just don't know what to write about.

So why on earth did I just decide to join in with this?

Yes, as soon as I hit "Publish" I will have publicly committed to writing 7 posts in 7 days.  If you want to join in on the fun, or find other crazy bloggers to follow for the next week go head on over to visit Jen at Conversion Diary.  (And no, this post doesn't count as one of the seven.)

Go me!

February 22, 2014

This Crazy Small World

Disney was dead right when he wrote that song "It's a Small World After All" (or whoever actually wrote the song was right.)  It's a crazily small world out there, and it never fails to blow my mind when I find out that I know someone who knows someone else that I know and I didn't know that they know each other.  Take for example, these most recent scenarios in my life.  And be recent, I mean all within the last month, with the exception of one that is within the last year, but ties into one that happened just the other night.
  • Let's start with the fact that Elenatintil, whom I've known for six years now (where does the time go?) married someone who lived no more than thirty minutes away from me my entire life.  I've driven past his house multiple times over the years, he knows a few people that I know, but we never met until he moved to Minnesota and started dating Elena.  And now they are married.  Crazy!
  • Tying into that... the other night I was sitting in my Microsoft Office class, and as I had a few minutes before class started I headed over to Elena's facebook page to wish her a happy birthday.  As I'm typing, the guy I've sat next to all semester happens to glance over and says in surprise, "Wait... you know the _____?"  Turns out he's the younger brother of a friend of Elena's husband.
  • The other week, we welcomed a wonderful new addition to our choir at church.  She seemed like a nice girl, and I was hoping to get to know her better. The next week we had an awkward moment during the "Our Father" when we almost held hands, but didn't, but then did.  After Mass, she explained that she wasn't used to holding hands during the Our Father as the school she graduated from always did the Latin Mass.  I asked where she went, she replied Saint Thomas Aquinas, I said "Oh hey, I have a friend who went there!" Turns out she knows Clare and her husband...
  • And then a few weeks prior to that, I received a facebook message from Ms. Iris exclaimed "What! You know ______????" To which I replied "What! You know ______???"  She said "Yes! We met because through a retreat with the Miles Christi." And I said "YOU KNOW THE MILES CHRISTI PRIESTS??????? WE LOVE THEM!"  Guess that means the family and I are going to have to head up and visit the priests so the two of us can meet!
These aren't the only crazy connections I've made throughout the years, they are merely the most recent ones.  Whenever it happens, it always makes me pause and laugh a little at how big the world really isn't.  We are all connected, someway, somehow.  Mutual interests can unite us, but there's nothing like finding out the person you just met knows someone else you know to spark and instant connection.  The spark might end up being just that, only a spark, but for the moment it lasts it helps us remember that we really aren't alone in this world after all.

February 19, 2014

Simple Acts of Kindness

We tend to complain about the state of the world these days, how horrible people are, the jerk that cut us off on the road, the rude woman who let the door slam shut in our face.  It's easy to give up and look at the world through cynical eyes.  But every once in a while someone goes out of their way to do something unexpected, something kind, something selfless and it gives you faith in the humanity again.

Chicago got slammed with snow this past Monday.  (I presume that other places got hit too, but I don't pay much attention to the rest of the world outside of home and New England.)  I got out of work at my internship early and faced a long drive home... it's almost an hour on a normal day.  My mom had the foresight to suggest I pack a bag before I left that morning, just in case, so as I drove towards the highway and tried to see around the snowflakes I contemplated just driving down the road and staying at my Aunt's.

I was riding on a quarter tank of gas, and I wanted to put a little bit in there just in case I did decide to go all the way home.  I also needed power steering fluid because my car goes through it like, like. I don't know, something fast.  So I went inside to buy a bottle and prepay about twenty dollars on the gas pump.

Well, I tried to pay, only to have my debit card rejected three times.  The cashier tried it as a credit, still denied.  I just have the one card and only had $10 in cash, so as I looked helplessly back and forth between my car and my wallet I said "Well, I should be able to make it home", and just paid for the power steering fluid.  As the cashier checked me out, he asked if I had enough.  I responded that I had a quarter of a tank, I thought I could make it.

And that's when he asked if I wanted him to put ten dollars on the pump and pay later.  His English wasn't that good, so at first I wasn't sure what he was saying.  He had to repeat himself a few times before I understood, and then I was a bit bewildered.  I couldn't pay for it now.  That's alright, he said. You come back and pay next time.  Tomorrow?  "I'll be back Wednesday"  I replied hesitantly.  He smiled at me and said, "That's good. Drive safe."

The world hasn't gone to the dogs yet.  There are still people out there who have sympathy for a young woman confused as to why her debit card won't work and worried if she'll make it down the road in a snowstorm and offer them a helping hand.  Its those simple acts of kindness that go to show that there's still good in this world and it's worth holding out for

February 16, 2014

Shall We Skate?

Yesterday I went ice skating for the first time in... oh gosh, at least.... five years?  If not more than that.  It actually may be something more like seven years.  Sister T had been trying to plan out a day where she could take her friend from Ghana out ice skating, as she had never been skating.  Between weather and scheduling and such, it finally worked out that we were able to go yesterday.

Now we've been watching the Olympic Figure Skating pretty religiously for the past week, so despite not having had any contact with ice outside of a parking lot or sidewalk for the past however many years, I was hoping that I'd get out there on the ice and magically look something like this

Or, at the very least, you know... something like this guy here.

Haha, yeah right.  In reality, my figure skating ability turned out to be much closer to this right here:

Okay, so maybe not that bad.  I did get myself to the point where I was able to at least move around the ice (slowly) with minimal wobbling and having to catch myself, and I only fell twice.  And my falling at least was very graceful, so that a mom who was hanging out in the middle of the rink with her daughter and husband said to me "Wow, that was the most graceful fall I've ever seen!"

Sister T and Sister R were the best at getting the hang of skating, though Sister M did pick it up a little more towards the end, and friend from Ghana made it to where she was able to shuffle along on her own and caught herself from falling (once).  I think we all considered ourselves to be accomplished beginners.

We'll have to hit the ice again sometime before another six years passes, and see if we can't get any more graceful in our movements.  In the mean time... Figure skating Short Dance program is on tonight!  Whohoo!

February 14, 2014

Some Thoughts of Love

But not mine.  Rather, in honor of Valentines' Day here is a small sampling of some of my favorite thoughts and quotes about love... enjoy!

 "Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one's life with pomp and blare... perhaps, perhaps love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath." ~ Anne of Avonlea 

"I fell in love with him. But I don't stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me." 
 - Triss, "Allegiant" 

Amy Pond, "The Girl Who Waited"

"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." 
 — Robert A. Heinlein 

Gilbert: It'll be three years before I finish medical school. Even then there won't be any diamond sunbursts or marble halls. 
Anne: I don't want diamond sunbursts, or marble halls. I just want you.

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Do you have a favorite love quote/saying/song lyric? Feel free to share in the comments!

February 11, 2014

Maybe It's the Story

Spoilers for Allegiant
(I tried to be as vague as possible, so if you haven't read the series at all you should be good.  If you are familiar with the books... you might figure some things out.
Read at your own risk.)

If you've finished reading Allegiant (third book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth), and you are like most readers, you were probably heart broken.  You were probably angry.  You may have even felt like crying when you went to the movie theater and saw the poster for Divergent and yelled "I can't look at this it makes me too sad". (That was me.)  Based on the few articles I've read, the ending of Allegiant made a lot of readers angry, to the point of death threats.

I wasn't that angry about the ending of the book.  I was very sad and upset, yes.  But then, after it all had time to sink in, and after a helpful quote from a friend, I started thinking that maybe Roth wasn't as horrible a person as I thought she was.  Because

In this case... yes. I think it was. 

The Divergent trilogy, and Allegiant in particular have a very powerful story to tell.  Roth wove together themes of forgiveness, sacrifice and love that actually meant something deep, and real, and weren't just another example of teenage romance and oh I'll forgive you because it really wasn't that terrible.  It's all about the choices that her characters make, and those choices to forgive, the choices to love and the choices to sacrifice are very real and very hard.

Throughout the series characters mess up, big time.  People lie, sometimes because of ill intent, but a good part of the time because they are honestly trying to protect their loved ones.  People get hurt physically and emotionally.  And yet throughout it all, they somehow find the strength to forgive each other.  The group of friends that emerges through the story slowly grows smaller as people die, and not all of them are killed by the enemy.  Some of them die through the acts of their friends, but even in a situation that seems impossible to forgive, the characters manage to find it.

As a young adult novel, it's natural that there be a central romance to the series.  (No love triangles, thankfully!)  Refreshingly, it is a very real and natural romance.  Tris and Tobias get mad at each other. They struggle to communicate.  They mess up and lie because they are trying to protect and end up sheltering.  Our culture would normally look at this relationship and say "Why go through all the trouble?  He's not worth it.  She can't be worth all this trouble and frustration!  Clearly you aren't compatible, so give up and move on."  Tris does question her relationship with Tobias at one point in Allegiant after Tobias does something she doesn't know if she can ever forgive.  (No, he didn't cheat on her.)  Something another character says, however, makes her stop and think about why she loves Tobias and she realizes that despite all their difficulties, he truly makes her a better person and she makes him a better person as well.  In what I found to be the most poignant and powerful and true passages in the book, she realizes that love isn't easy and it isn't supposed to be.

"I fell in love with him. But I don't stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me."

In the end, I think the message of sacrifice is what makes the way the series ends... worth it, even if it doesn't make it any less heartbreaking.  The way the story of these characters was told, the way it had all led to that point, if it had ended any other way it would have fell flat and shallow.

Sacrificing other people for a greater good isn't sacrifice, it's tyrannical and it's evil.  The only sacrifice you can make is the sacrifice of yourself.  But self-sacrifice has to be made for the right reasons, and not through desire for heroism or selfish emotion.  You can only sacrifice yourself when you do it from love, when you do it from necessity, when you do it because other people need a strength that only your sacrifice can give. That's the message of sacrifice that Allegiant gives, and as painful and tragic as that lesson was, it is one that young adults need to hear.

So maybe it isn't about the happy ending.  After all, life doesn't always give us happy endings and if you want a happy ending, is dystopic fiction really the category you want to be reading?  Maybe it is about the story, and maybe that's alright.

For anyone who has finished the series and wants to read what Veronica Roth has to say about the ending, she wrote up a blog post of her own here.

February 3, 2014

What I'm Into (January 2014)

I missed out on the linking up for December's edition (blame it on being happily otherwise occupied with visiting my Knight), but here I am again to share with y'all what I was into during January.

What I'm Reading

  • At long last, after a three month hold at the library The House of Hades came in!  I'd heard mixed reviews about this, and while it wasn't anything spectacular, the long wait was not disappointing.  I laughed over quite a few parts and found myself enjoying the adventures of Percy and company.  (Was I the only one who noticed though that Jason sort of fell off the face of the earth in this book? Zero character development and he was really... kind of a lame character this time around.
  • I saw that there was a movie titled The Book Thief playing in theaters, and I thought it looked like it would be interesting.  I haven't gotten around to going to see it yet, so I thought that in the meantime I would read the book.  It's a fascinating story, and while I find the writing style to be more of an artsy kind (by my definition) I am enjoying it nonetheless. (Not a huge fan of artsy/unusual novel writing styles).
  • I got a Kindle for Christmas and have been semi-delving into the world of ebooks. I prefer a solid, paper and ink book any day but I cannot deny that having ebooks stored on my Kindle for when I'm traveling or passing the time is very nice.  Amazon has a lending library and the first book I checked out was The War Brides.  It tells the tale of five women in England from various backgrounds and social classes and how they come together to be friends.  It ended a little abruptly, but the characters were intriguing and the story was good, so I liked it.
What I'm Watching
  • SHERLOCK SEASON THREE!  After two years, may I repeat, two. years. of waiting for a new season we finally got season three.  And yes, every single second was worth the wait.  Perfection in each wonderful episode.  If you haven't gotten into Sherlock yet, do it now!  There are only nine episodes, so you have no excuse that there isn't enough time for a new show.
  • After much poking and insisting by a friend of mine, I finally got around to watching Leverage.  I've only had time to watch three episodes so far, but it's good.  It's got a hacker, a thief, a grifter, a retrieval specialist and an informer insurance agent, all working (sometimes reluctantly) together to fight against big corporations and occasionally government. It's funny, it's fun and worth going back for more.
  • In the movie theaters: I've seen Frozen and Catching Fire twice each, and both were wonderful!  Catching Fire was better than The Hunger Games and even more faithful to the original novel.  The adaptation was very satisfying, and I personally think every living author should be on the production team of films based off of their books.  There would be many more satisfied fans out there.
What I've Been Up To Lately
  • I've already covered my major trips in January already (visiting my Knight and Elenatintil's wedding), so I won't say too much more here.  The wedding was beautiful and though the bride was very ill with a migraine, the fact that she made it through the day and the ceremony with a smile despite the pain she was in showed the dedication and love she has for her husband.  As for the groom, he's perfect for her and I know my dear friend ended up with a wonderful man.
  • While in Minnesota for the wedding, I stayed with another good friend of mine and two other friends who were also in from out of town. We had a blast all getting to visit and be together and spent the day after the wedding at this beautiful conservatory taking loads of photos together.
  • In less exciting news, classes have started up again for the semester and when they aren't being cancelled due to sub-zero temperatures, I am studying Hotel and Restaurant Law, Event Planning and Microsoft Office.  The last class is my favorite and as a poor student who has used OpenOffice for the last four years... I honestly don't know what I do when I run out of free trial downloads of Microsoft.  You can do so much, and I've only just gotten started with Microsoft Word.  Methinks I'll have to do some saving up and do some shopping...
  • The other weekend I went out with my cousins to Toby Keith's I <3 This Bar and Grill, and it was a blast.  I'm still a novice bar goer, but I think I am definitely a country bar girl.  The food was great (even though they did forget my order), they serve beer in mason jars, and we had front table seating for the live band that played. 
  • This most recent weekend was our (thirteenth?) annual Daddy-Daughter Ball, and it was a blast as usual!  I've been going with my dad and sisters ever since it began and it's so much fun to dress up every year and spend an evening with my dad.  This year, as I am studying Meeting and Event Planning, I offered to help out and was put in charge of figuring out/purchasing beverages (we had a drink bar with five different soda/juice cocktails that I created), as well as the running of the music.  It was a good experience, and I'm excited to put it on my resume for a really cool job I'm applying for... 
What I'm Following (Blogs and Interesting Links Around the Web)
  • Catholic Cravings.  The blog of a Re-Discovered Catholic.  She's funny, she's profound, she's pretty amazing.  Y'all should totally go follow her blog.  My favorite article so far has been her fantastic "Can You Be Catholic and a Feminist?" (Spoiler alert to the answer: Heck yes!) That post and the third part of her "I'm a Feminist Because...", titled "I'm Feminist Because I Love Patriarchy"
  • The Personal Blog of Dr. John H. Watson.  Sherlockians, yes, this is a thing.  It's a real thing and it is awesome.  Comes complete with comments from Sherlock, Mary, Mrs. Hudson and Molly Hooper.
  • Lately I've become addicted to Buzzfeed.  They just have so many interesting things on there!  Plus, when they do posts like this and this I find it incredibly helpful seeing as I don't have Tumblr and thus I can get geeky satisfaction by reading other people posts and thoughts all in one convenient location.
  • Okay... get ready to cry when you here this Sherlock version of "Do you want to build a snowman?"
What I'm Looking Forward To
  • The Olympics!  For the first time ever I'll be able to watch them on TV, and not by searching for YouTube highlights. I cannot wait for the figure skating.
  • The Academy Awards Show.  While I was away at school and had TV there I watched them and they are just so much fun!  Frozen is up for a few awards this year, which is super exciting, and of course I'm rooting for Jennifer Lawrence in her bid for Best Supporting actress!
  • Spring.  I love spring. When it's a spring that holds a hint of summer... I can't wait for those 60 and 70 degree days where the world is lovely smell of the earth and trees waking up again after winter.  If it is going to be cold out, then I am glad that there is snow to make it at least look pretty, but I am so ready for winter to be over.
What I'm Laughing About