this is how nerds have fun

I apparently forgot to blog about some fun little things I did over the summer. I’ve been on a quest to find new things I like. So, onwards! I bought myself flowers. Why not? They were pretty and inexpensive, and I got to enjoy them on my table for a few days. I painted my…

how to have back to school success!

I’m really glad to be back in school. I’m currently working on my undergraduate degree.  I didn’t have good study habits in high school, and that didn’t serve me well when I did College Part One ten years ago. Therefore, now that I’m older and a bit wiser, I’m trying to train myself to have…

how to refinish painted wood furniture

After making all those painted flowerpots, I started thinking about better utilizing my vertical space. I needed plant stands, but those can get pricey. I first tried wire shelving as a cheap solution, but I thought the look was too utilitarian and cluttered. I then decided to look for something cheap, decorative, and of good…

how to paint a terra cotta pot

Indoor and outdoor plants are a great way to bring some color and fresher air into your home. Green is a calming color, and having plants around can help boost your mood. In addition, plants help clean the air. So if you have houseplants, this is a wonderful way to keep your home from smelling…

aquarium drama: a death, a murder, and a tyrannical tank dictator

It’s been way too long since I updated regarding my fish (because normally their day to day lives are pretty much the same).  The murder: In June, my female molly, Chell, beat up her mate, Bowie, ripping his caudal fin to shreds. She stopped letting him eat, and when I found him, he was nearly…

things I’ve learned about breakups

Breakups can really suck. My ex and I broke up about six months ago, and it was pretty rough– probably the toughest one I’ve ever gone through. While I wouldn’t want to relive it, I think I’m a wiser person now. So today, I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned. Let yourself cry…

the importance of daydreaming

I’ve begun to realize that, somewhere on my way to adulthood, I’ve lost the ability to daydream. Well, that may not be right. I probably still have the ability. It’s just that I haven’t really taken the time to sit and think and dream about things the way I used to, and I’m not sure…

rainy days, and why you should read Nero Wolfe

It may be August, but it feels very autumnal today. The cool rain made me want nothing more than to stay home with a good book, curled up on the couch wearing flannel, and drinking cinnamon tea. (That’s not what I was able to do this afternoon, but it’s certainly what I desired.) I’m drinking…

balcony garden

Happy Friday! My container garden is happy and beautiful!

garden visitors: Giant Swallowtail butterfly

I managed to get these photos of a Giant Swallowtail butterfly in my mother’s garden after a rainstorm. I ran barefoot through the mud to obtain them… Totally worth it. Enjoy!

how to make Symphony bar-stuffed brownies

I first made these for my chocoholic ex-boyfriend’s New Year’s party (well, before he was my ex). They were a hit! I more recently made them for my supervisor’s farewell party when he got a new job, and I’ve had so many co-workers come up and tell me that they are the best brownies they’ve…