18. Tulips and Two-lips


I’m sick of winter. I’m sick of snow, cold toes, and scary highway driving. I bought some tulips the other day because I wanted at least one little part of my life to be springy.

So pretty!

I’ve got a few new ideas for earrings, so those should be coming up soon. I’m also making some pretty good headway on the Mario Blanket. I’ll have pictures up of that soon, too.

16. My new best friends

Perfect shelter from the cold

What is better for SNOWPOCALYPSE 2: Electric Boogaloo than some rich chocolate cookies and cold milk? Even better if the milk is in a cute, seasonally appropriate mug.

Seriously? The Man In Texas (hereby known as Z) had better watch out because these cookies are slowly starting to overtake the number one spot in my life. I found them on All Recipes and it has been twoo lub ever since.

I decided to make cookies because I needed to eat a mass amount of sugar increase the temperature of my apartment and the furnace just wasn’t cutting it. I’ve made this recipe a few times and have yet to stick to the actual recipe. The first time I made them I added peanut butter chips in addition to the listed chocolate chips and this time I added a teaspoon of cinnamon because nothing is better than chocolate and cinnamon. My plan for the next time I make them is to use toffee bits.

The only problem with these cookies is that they are one of those baked goods that are so good that I end up giving most of them away in order to avoid eating all of them. May it be the worst thing that ever happens to me, right?


The other item on the list of Z’s competition is a new water bottle that I purchased recently. The CamelBak Better Bottle is amazing. Nay, it is life changing. I have started drinking so much more water because of this bottle because the novelty of the bite valve hasn’t worn off yet and because it is the perfect volume of liquid. Every other water bottle I’ve had before has been too small (8-16ozs).


I’ve always loved my Brita and now it has finally met its missing piece. Between these two, I might actually stay hydrated appropriately this winter. Unless I continue to eat things laden with sugar…. adequate consumption of water can only do so much, you know?

15. Too poor to buy what I already have in my pantry

This winter has not been kind to my skin. I blame the whipping winds, the vast amount of yarn that I handle these days and the fact that nine times out of ten the water in my tap comes out scalding hot. (The hot water, while horrible for skin’s moisture retention, is nice when you’re taking a shower to thaw yourself, though.)

A while ago a blog that I read compiled a list of reader submitted homemade skin care recipes. I have always loved sugar scrubs but I have stopped buy them in recent years because a.) I’m poor and b.) I hate buying something that I feel like I could make myself. One of the recipes caught my eyes so I’ve decided to test it out.

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14. BLAs and Blizzards

So, among my many weird food dislikes are tomatoes. I hate them when they’re cooked and I can sometimes tolerate them when they’re raw as long as they are properly ripe. Recently, I decided to create a Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich that I would actually enjoy. I decided that instead of tomatoes, I would use avocados instead and so the BLA was born. Now, because I goofed, I forgot to buy lettuce and so what I actually consumed was a BA… but I’m assuming you’ll look past that minor detail in the face of my genius.


I know, I won’t be starting a career in food photography anytime soon.

And because I can’t resist commenting on SNOWPOCALYPSE 2011!!

As you probably know (as I’m assuming the only people that read this right now are people I talk to on a regular basis), I will be moving to Texas in a few months. This is how Michigan decided to react to the news: