A Hodgepodge of Experiences

Costa Rica!
Costa Rica!

Adventure-a-week (it’s nerdy but fun!)

Okay well that’s Costa Rica on the hanging bridges… adventures each week aren’t that exciting or picturesque, but fun nonetheless!

So another fun little thing I have started in my life recently is – well the name is stupid – but it’s an adventure-a-week. My mom read about someone choosing to do this rather than setting your typical new years resolution. The idea is each week you do something you normally wouldn’t opt to do – or something you’ve been meaning to do but never get around to doing. I started my list off by cleaning and organizing one thing a day. Well, okay, I know that sounds really boring, but I organized my towel closet so now it’s easier to find what i need. I organized the laundry room so now my socks won’t get lost behind the machine.

What else have I accomplished so far? I went to a blues club (above), I’ve been to a heavy metal show, I have started learning to play the guitar, and I have also started crocheting. It’s just sort of a fun way of passing each week. There’s much more to come too. Here are a few I have in mind – feel free to tell me if you think of any others (my friends have: exhume a corpse, ride a mechanical bull, and stage dive…)

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  • Paintball
  • Laser tag
  • Cosmic bowling
  • Order seed catalogues and plant a garden
  • Visit a mosque/synagogue/church I have no affinity with
  • Throw a summer party in winter
  • Take a cooking/beverage class
  • Try going to a shooting range
  • and more…

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New Seed Catalogues!

Look how cute!
Look how cute!

I’m pretty excited about this one. So far I’ve ordered and received 3 catalogues! There are so many nice flowers and veggies available. It’s just hard to decide which ones to order. Most of these catalogues offer seeds in these absolutely adorable seed packets. I might save them and either enlarge and frame a few that I like or otherwise make them into tree ornaments for Christmas. They have very nice illustrations. If you’re interested in planning out your gardens for spring I suggest you check out this site: http://www.botanicalinterests.com

If you click on the photo above it will take you to The Kitchn which has quickly become one of my favorite websites in my Google Reader! There you’ll be linked to a bunch of great places to order seeds from. So far I am thinking our house needs some butterfly mix and maybe a hummingbird mix. Some of these seed places also offer awesome little gift boxes too that include for example: Cottage Garden Seed Collection, Fragrant Flower Seed Collection, and Sweetheart Seed Collection. In any case, I just wanted to share this fun little find with you all. I’m excited for spring!!!

This is My Second One!
This is My Second One!

I Just Learned How to Crochet!

Another one of my “adventures” here: my friend Shauna has just taught me how to crochet. Unfortunately as would be expected, I kept dropping stitches on my first attempt. My scarf had tapered into nothingness so I had to start over again. Thanks Shauna!

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Guitar Legend: I Think Not…

 

My Guitar

 

Okay, guitar I haven’t exactly been excelling. I know G. I could tell you there are 6 strings and there are a bunch of frets. So far my fingers are too weak to hold down the strings – specifically my pinky – baby! I’ve been trying to learn the Plain White T’s song “Hey There Delilah” which I happen to enjoy and which I’m also informed was written after:

“Higgenson met Delilah DiCrescenzo, a nationally ranked American steeplechase and cross country runner.”

Thank you wikipedia. You’re always there for me.

Any-who, so far no luck. I can play the very beginning of the song so long as I don’t have to move my left hand whatsoever. I did happen to stumble across this nice tabulator place that will play the music for you while also showing the leader bar moving through the tabulator.

Here check it out: http://www.songsterr.com/a/wa/song?id=133

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Alice in Wonderland

Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!” – Rabbit

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Time to get back to work.  Happy adventures everyone!  Spring will be here soon. Get READY!

Why I love Kingston Mines!

My B'day InviteKingston Mines is a really fun blues club in Chicago.  So far it’s quite possibly my favorite. I hear that the Green Mill is also an awesome time, but I have yet to experience it. Anyways we (family and friends) met up at Kingston Mines for my birthday (23 so old!) and listened to Lindsey Alexander and Larry McCray. Here why don’t you listen to them right now whilst you read this post? Just click the two images below and you can start listening to some of their music (you maybe have to open them in another window). It’s pretty fun.

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at Kingston Mines
at Kingston Mines
Larry McCray
at Kingston Mines

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This place is so fun because they have two rooms for the performers that are attached. If you want you can grab a seat in one room, eat some jambalaya, and wait until the next performer comes on or you can get up and dance in the main room if you want. The first time I went there was a fella’ there that was so tall, slim and nicely dressed. He looked like he came out of a movie. He was quite the smooth dancer. He wore a fedora  which I was particularly fond of.  Anyways, if you live in the Chicagoland area I suggest you check this place out.  You can check out their schedule and buy tickets here: http://www.kingstonmines.com/

There’s still more to come! Until then here are some of my b’day pics!

Me & Jen
Me & Jen
Steph, Patrick & Rebs
Steph, Patrick & Rebs

Dearest Internet, How I Love You So

Yay Internet

Does anyone else think it’s funny that when I woke up this morning and my internet wasn’t working it felt as though i couldn’t do anything i had meant to do today? I mean seriously what has happened here? work – online, friends – online, blog – online, my precious google reader – online. Why without my internet I’d be forced to read something new (and I’m waiting on the next Charlaine Harris book to come out) or I would actually have to do… laundry. Dun dun dun! I have held off on doing laundry for far too long and I have essentially a clothing mountain in the side of my closet.

Anyways, I have a number of things rolling around in my head that I’ve been meaning to blog about. Lately I’ve been a little distracted by planning, reading, and arranging some part-time work. I’m sad to say that Louis was murdered (for those of you following). Perhaps Henry will take his place someday in the future. For now I’m just going to leave a list here of things I want to mention hopefully within the next few posts. Ready? Here we go!

  • My birthday at Kingston Mines!
  • The Evolution lecture at Fermilab (on my actual b’day – w00t!)
  • Adventure-a-week
  • Seed catalogues – spring is coming… eventually… i hope.
  • Guitar – so far I know G!
  • Clothing I’ve seen lately that I enjoy
  • Learning to Crochet – thanks Shauna!

Those are just a few. I have to do some work first, but never fear details will follow! Oh and for those of you who don’t know: lately I’ve fallen in love with the True Blood series – specifically the books. You should check them out if you know what’s good for ya. Here click on this lovely picture. I wish I had just bought the box set. I bought each of them individually. Gah.

Love it!
Love it!