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…

catching up… and venting

I didn’t mean to take a month-long hiatus… I’ve been busy. Between painting flowerpots, visiting friends, feeling generally antisocial, work-related craziness, and various day to day aspects of life, things have just gotten a little insane. Add to that an unhealthy dose of sleep deprivation, lack of exercise, and an unusually large amount of gaming,…

laundry horror

*Warning: Gross! Don’t read this if you have a weak stomach!* I’ve heard a lot of apartment horror stories. There are worse ones than this, but this is pretty crazy and it happened to me! I was doing laundry in the communal laundry for my apartment this morning, and I’ve never had a problem with…