Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New layout!


In a couple of earlier posts, I mentioned working on learning CSS so I can create my own layout. Well, here it is! My first ever self-made layout. :) I feel very accomplished. It took foreeeever to find HTML/CSS tutorials that actually contained useful information. And that were clear.

It also took a lot of playing around with CSS values to get everything to fit properly. There are some kinks I still have work out, like changing my post title font and figuring out how to get my links to open on the current page and not on a whole new one, but for now, I'm happy with how everything turned out.

I'd entertained the idea of purchasing a custom design from one of the other bloggers out there, but I didn't want to spend $50-$75 on a layout that I could learn how to make myself. So here it is - the fruits of my labor. :)

What about you? Did you make your own layout, purchase a custom design, or use a premade Blogger template, and are you happy with it?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Christopher Meloni (aka Detective Stabler) leaving SVU!

 

It’s true. L Christopher Meloni, the actor who plays Detective Stabler on Law & Order: SVU will not be coming back for the hit show’s 13th season. Why? Contract negotiations (in which Meloni was seeking a raise) fell through.

Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Benson, will still be on the show, but not as frequently as she used to. (She asked during contract negotiations for her hours to be scaled back.) The network is looking to bring on a new female lead and considering Jennifer Love Hewitt for the position.

I don’t want SVU to change! It’s one of my favorite shows. Whenever a show changes, it usually changes for the worse… Jennifer Love Hewitt made a guest appearance on SVU a season or two ago and did a good job portraying a victim, but I can’t see her filling Mariksa Hargitay’s shoes.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bar room etiquette


**NOTE: The following was written in an intentionally sarcastic manner for the express purpose of entertaining the reader and does not reflect the author’s actual attitude toward the opposite sex.**

This past weekend a group of us went on a minor bar crawl as we’ve been doing more often lately due to our status as soon-to-be-gradumacating-seniors. Starting from north campus (which has a more chill, hole-in-the-wall bar scene) and making our way south (where the bustling hub of campus nightlife is), all was well until we reached our last alcoholic beverage establishment.

My roommate and I got into an argument before entering the bar. (It wasn’t that big of a deal – an unintentional offhand remark was made, which was then reacted to negatively, which was also reacted to negatively, etc. We easily resolved it the next morning under more sober circumstances. No harm no foul.) But back to the story.

So our group enters the bar, me heading to one side of the room, my feuding roomie to the other side, and our other friends splitting off to the respective corners. *Ding* *ding* *ding* Face off! Haha. no, we pretty much just talked our friends’ ears off about the argument and steered clear of each other.

And that’s when it happened – the transgression of which is the main topic of this post. A guy dressed in a red polo shirt, khaki shorts, and Sperry’s (blech! shoot me now) walked up to the bar with a group of similarly clad brosefs and sat down next to a visibly upset me.

“Hey, can I buy you a drink?” He asked with a toothy grin. I was furious. Who did this guy think he was, trying to hit on me when I was clearly in a bad mood? Apparently this was a perfect opportunity for Mr. Frattastic Douche to get an “in,” because you know, any girl who’s upset at a bar is SURE to be charmed by a stranger with copious amounts of alcohol and an obvious agenda. Take me now! You’re sooo irresistible. *Eye roll*

Needless to say, I reamed him out. I let him have it like they let you have free water bottles at conventions and shit. Surprisingly enough, he stayed put. But the douchiest of the douches usually stick around no matter what, so maybe it wasn’t all that surprising. They take being told to fuck off as a challenge; a test of their pick-up skills, so to speak.

Mr. FD changed his game plan at this point after his knight in shining armor approach failed him, and opted for the “I-do-give-a-shit-even-though-I’m-a-complete-stranger; let’s-go-back-to-my-place-and-talk-about-it” bit instead. It was a valiant effort, really. I ignored him until he eventually abandoned his pursuit. But gosh, was I flattered! If only I hadn’t gone home alone that night, I would’ve had the pleasure of getting tested for every venereal disease under the sun the next day. Darn!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's that time of the quarter again

Two weeks of class followed by one week of final exams remain in the last quarter of my undergraduate education and I’m starting to feel the pressure. 3 exams and 2 papers stand between me and summer, which means it’s time to get to work. The only problem is that there are so many other things I would rather be doing than studying a couple weeks of my life away (said the senioritis).

Here are some of the things I’ve been distracting myself with in order to avoid studying and being a responsible student:

Family Guy
(Netflix makes it too easy to be unproductive)


(I stumbled upon this little gem of a site through some blog surfing and have become hooked. Polyvore allows you to create your own magazine style fashion spreads by dragging and dropping clothing items into a template and customizing it to make it your own creation. What a novel idea! This is the first outfit I created and my first template.)

(More picture surfing, as per usual.)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Feature: Etsy love - vintage purple

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

These are some of my latest Etsy perusals of the purple variety. It's hard to pick a favorite from this bunch! I think I like the suitcase and neclace the best, though. What are you most drawn to?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Minor computer crash


I meant to post the other day, but I’m experiencing some computer difficulties at the moment. For whatever reason, my laptop decided to semi crash on me and I’ve been working on recovering some lost items, so I apologize for the lack of new content. (Even though it’s only been a couple of days, I like to update regularly.)

In other everyday life news, I bought my first nondigital camera, the Lomography Diana Mini F+ the other day! I’ll be using it specifically for this blog and am very excited to learn how to use it and get into photography. Be on the lookout for pics in the weeks to come. I’ve also been learning/teaching myself CSS in the pursuit of being able to customize my own Blogger template.

Once I get this computer issue fixed, I’ll be back with more content. It shouldn’t take longer than a day or two. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What to wear for college graduation?...

There are WAY too many options out there for us ladies when it comes to fashion. We have to decide between a long dress or a short dress, a halter dress or a tube dress, an off-the-shoulder dress or a blouse and a skirt, etc. And don’t even get me started on shoe pairings! Add that to the mix and a girl can get seriously overwhelmed and undergo what I like to call a “too many choices, not enough time” shopping anxiety attack.

Many times, we girls shop just for the heck of it, for no particular reason except that we feel the urge to shop. Today, I shop with a purpose. My college graduation ceremony is in slightly less than one month away and I need a new dress and matching heels for the occasion.

Now, with it currently being spring and all, it’s impossible to go into any store without being bombarded by floral and animal prints – even in the guys’ section!  I’m normally not an I-wear-every-lacey-and-flowery-thing-I-can-get-my-hands-on type of girl, but in the context of graduation dresses, I see them as the best option. Satin dresses are too formal and everything else seems too casual. Here are some outfit pairings I’ve come up with:


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Which is your favorite? What kind of a style would you go with for a graduation ceremony?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Everyone's favorite Olsen twin


By and large, I think it’s safe to say that Mary Kate Olsen is America’s favorite of the famous sister-act empire that is “the Olsen twins.” What with her famously publicized eating disorder, rehabilitation treatment for incessant drug use, and layers and layers of bag lady style of dress, MK never ceases to amuse.

My sister introduced me to Very Mary Kate, a web series by NYC actress Elaine Carroll, this past winter break, and I’ve since been hooked to this hilarious woman’s spot-on imitation of everyone’s favorite Olsen twin. Elaine has unfortunately taken a break from the series for a while, but I eagerly await her return. It doesn’t get much more Olsen than this. Here’s my favorite Very Mary Kate webisode:


Saturday, May 14, 2011

More pictures!

I have nothing noteworthy to talk about today, but I do have pictures to share with those of you who like photography and perusing picture galleries as much as I do. You can find today's lot on my Inspirational Photos page. And here's a sneak peek:


 


Friday, May 13, 2011

Study shows Friday the 13th bad for your health


I hope you're not superstisious, because if you are, you shouldn’t leave your house today according to this scientific journal article. The authors document evidence for why Friday the 13th is bad for your health, and recommend staying at home all day until Saturday the 14th. The article is a little dated, yes, (it was published in 1993) but very interesting nonetheless. I’m not all that superstitious, and I’ve already left my house today, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for danger just in case.

In other news, I’m SO glad that Blogger is back up! Stupid website maintenance kept me from posting yesterday. *Sigh.* As of yesterday, I have exactly one month until I graduate from college! Woo!

This article from US News &World Report highlights some of this year’s noted commencement speakers. The University of Pennsylvania was graced with Denzel Washington’s presence, NYU by former president Bill Clinton’s, and Tulane University by Stevie Wonder’s.

Who does my school (The Ohio State University) get? We’re stuck with John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the biggest crybaby Republican Capitol Hill has ever seen. He better keep it together during my commencement speech. I will NOT have him ruin my big day with his blubbering! Ladies and gentlemen, the 3rd most powerful man in the United States of America:
 Goodness gracious, John Boehner, get it together.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

People are ridiculous


I saw something very unusual on campus today. I was working on a research paper at the library when a girl with a miniature dog in her purse walked in and sat down at a table not too far from me. I’ve seen people walking down the street with dogs in their purses, which is already kind of weird, but I’ve never seen anyone with a dog-stuffed purse in a library. “Let me see, books, check. Laptop, check. Notebook, check. Dog, dammit I forgot Fluffy.” The stituation struck me as odd, to say the least.

I found myself wondering if this girl took her dog to class with her, too. Would she get kicked out? I feel like it’s such a rare occurrence that a prof might not even know what to do about it. “Uhh, [insert name here], I’m going to have to ask you to leave. Rule 72 Section 3 Sub-point 14.5 strictly prohibits animals in the classroom.” Yea…

Anywho, the girl stayed for at least a good 20 minutes and her dog didn’t make a single sound. Weird. It did stare at me with its beady little eyes, though. I was slightly creeped out. It looked like a cross between a rat and the Chihuahua from the Taco Bell commercials. Not a cute dog.

Have you seen anything unusual on campus, at work, etc.?

Monday, May 9, 2011

New feature! Etsy love: First edition, vintage blue

I've decided to do an Etsy feature, titled Etsy Love, whereby I will gather the images of things I like on Etsy from time to time and share them with you all. To start, today we have an assortment of vintage blue items because, if you couldn't already tell, blue's my favorite color. ;) Of these pieces, I like the bird neclace the best. Which one's your favorite?

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

To all of the mothers out there...


Me and my mom circa 7 yrs. ago. I look angry in this picture
because I was extremely sunburnt.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! I wish I could be at home to celebrate with my family. L I called my mom today and spoke to her, my dad, and my sister. (My sister just got out of school so she’s home for the summer. Kind of jealous as noted before.) They were spending the afternoon at the park and were on the swings when I called. I could hear the squeak of the chainlink handles as I spoke to them. *Sigh.*

I’ll be home soon enough, though (hopefully) over Memorial Day break. My cousin is coming to Knoxville, Tennessee (from Turkey) with his 5th grade class for a school performance. My dad wants us all to go down to visit him, and the plan is that he’ll come up here to get me and we’ll all drive down to Knoxville.

We don’t get to visit our family very often since they all live in Turkey. We try to visit every other summer when we can. My mom’s going this summer, actually. Since my after-graduation plans are up in the air, I won’t be going this summer :/ but I might in September. Woo!

Anywho, I’m really excited to go Knoxville and visit my cousin. We’re going to sight-see and whatnot while we’re there as well, so be on the lookout for pictures. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and don't forget to tell your mom you love her!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Graduation to-do list


And so it goes, graduation is looming nearer. L My roommates and I had a house meeting today to discuss the logistical issues of moving out; what items are staying, what items are going, whether or not we want to sell our TV and washer/dryer set to next year’s new tenants, etc.

A majority of colleges are ending their 2010-2011 school year this week and in the following two weeks. I know because I get to hear all about how excited everyone is to start summer vacation via Facebook. I’ll admit I’m a tad jealous. But I still have a month-ish left and I fully intend on making it count!

My roommates and I created a list of things we want to do (aka a bucket list) before graduation a couple months back. We’ve barely made any progress on it due to busy schedules and whatnot, but of my roommates, C, who won’t be here over the summer, is leaving sooner than the rest of us, so we’ve decided to make a conscious effort to knock off some of the things on our list.

Next weekend, we’re going to take a segway (sp?) tour of the city and attend a murder mystery theatre dinner, whereby you enjoy a good meal and participate in a live play. I’ve personally been wanting to go to a murder mystery theatre dinner since we passed by the place almost a year-and-a-half ago. I’ll be posting pictures of both excursions next weekend.

For now, I’m trying to learn CSS in hopes of creating my own blog template/layout. I downloaded Paint Shop Photo Pro the other day (until the Photoshop my parents are shipping me from my home computer arrives) and have been tinkering around with it trying to create backgrounds and whatnot. Hopefully I’ll have something figured out soon. In the meantime, check out these new photos!

Here's a sneak peek:



Friday, May 6, 2011

Yay for baking!

I’m not much of a cook. I usually stick to coffee and oatmeal or fruit for breakfast, make a sandwich or grab a smoothie for lunch, and heat up a frozen Lean Cuisine or the like for dinner. My issue with cooking is that (depending on what you’re making), you have to spend a decent amount of time preparing your meal (~ 30-40 mins depending) and I’m just too impatient for that. I’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see, which is why I’m all about quick, no-prep-time, ready-to-eat food.

But I do enjoy baking. That I will devote some time and energy into doing. I don’t bake very often, but lately I’ve been really into it. A week or two ago, I was perusing Flickr for some recipes when I came across Bakerella and found the best dessert/baking creation EVER,  cake balls. (Note: If you have lollipop sticks, you put the cake balls on them and they’ll be magically transformed into cake pops!) They’re super easy and fun to make, adorable because of their miniature ball-shaped size, and their texture is spot on, with a hard, crunchy outside and soft, melt-in-your-mouth inside. My roommate and I took to making them this past weekend. We opted for the red velvet cake variety.

Here’s what the finished product looks like:



And here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

·     1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
·     1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
·     1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
·     wax paper


Directions
1.       After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2.      Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)
3.       Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)
4.       Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
5.       Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.
6.       Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)
We also made buckeyes, which are candies with a peanut butter and confectioner's sugar center and a hard chocolate coating.

Here’s what the finished product looks like:



And here’s the recipe:

Ingredients


·         1 1/2 cups peanut butter
·         1 cup butter, softened
·         1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
·         4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Directions

1.       In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
2.      Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
3.      Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
4.      Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
(Recipe adapted slightly from allrecipes.com)

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I renamed my "Favorite Things" page to "Inspirational Photos." Segmenting my internet finds makes navigation easier. So go check it out, as I've put up new photos!

Sneak peek:



College students hold riots, jump in lakes in response to Bin Laden's death


As we’re all very well aware of by now, Osama Bin Laden was killed this past Sunday, May 1st. I was hanging out with my roommate when all of a sudden a surge of Facebook statuses about Bin Laden’s death flooded her news feed. It was ridiculous. The entire front page of her news feed was covered within minutes. After reading of the news via social media, my roommate and I proceeded to search the major news network websites to deny or confirm said news.

Every site that we looked at, The Washington Post, CNN, The New York Times, etc. were all very vague on the details of what happened. (Understandably so, as the news had just broken.) We then heard President Obama was to give a speech about what happened. While my roommate decided to wait it out so she could watch it live, I decided to get back my studies like the good little student I was supposed to be being. (I knew I could find it on YouTube the next day anyway.)

What happened next surprised me. I heard that thousands of students rushed to campus decked out in red white and blue apparel to jump in the campus lake as a celebration of Bin Laden’s death. It struck me as odd that such a large number of people would simultaneously come up with the same idea and then go through with it. Although jumping in the lake is a schoolwide tradition for other reasons, I thought it an interesting response (to say the least) to such a controversial death.

This article from Inside Higher Ed offers an explanation into the psychology behind the impromptu massive undertaking.  Suzanne Goodney Lea, a fellow with the Interactivity Foundation and a former professor at Trinity Washington University, explains that the news of Bin Laden’s death brought closure to the lives of college students, for whom 9/11 was a significant historical event that impacted their worldview.

Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, asserts a somewhat simpler explanation for the mass riots. “I think it’s more a matter of patriotism,” he said. "This has been a matter of frustration for the country, and now it is resolved.”

After the mass exclamations of elation over Bin Laden’s death on Facebook and Twitter, the minority of people who are less thrilled took to the social media platforms to voice their opinions. Some media outlets also took concurring opinions. No matter which side of the fence one stands on, it’s clear that Bin Laden’s death is one of the most significant historical events of our time and is worth examining in its own right.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Careful preparation the key to success


A new survey conducted by Adecco Staffing US revealed that 71% of recent college graduates regret not doing more to prepare for entry into the job market while in college. The survey, which was conducted to assess the recession’s economic impact on the career paths of “Generation Recession” graduates, was administered to 503 college graduates between the ages of 22 and 26.

The results are as follows – 26% of respondents indicated they wished they’d started their job search earlier, 29% indicated they wished they’d spent more time networking, and 26% indicated they wished they’d applied for more jobs prior to graduation.

“This regret is likely a by-product of many graduates’ current employment situation,” claims Adecco. 43% of the survey’s respondents are currently working in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, and only 40% are employed in the field they studied in college!

What does this mean for the class of 2011? According to Adecco, we’ll be in good shape if we look to the graduates who came before us and learn from their experiences in finding employment. Basically, we need to be more proactive and start the job hunt as early as possible. Career fairs, internships, temp work, you name it, we need to be on top of it. Blah blah blah. I know this already. I know YOU know this already.

But should we really be trying harder to find a job in our fields of study? Maybe it would be smarter/more practical to switch our fields of study altogether. Of course, if you’re a graduating senior like me, then it’s a leeetle too late for this option. But if you’re a freshman or a sophomore, you might be better off (in terms of finding employment after graduation) studying something that’s a little more in demand. Now, I’m not saying students should go major in a subject they hate just so they can be miserable after graduation in an easier-to-get job. I think we need to find a better balance between what makes us happy and what ensures our livelihood.

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