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…

Wonder Woman

I saw the new Wonder Woman movie¬†twice last week. I thought it was decent, and liked it a bit better the second time, but I won’t ruin it for you. (This post does contain spoilers in the last paragraph, though.) Anyway, I went to a local comics and figure shop and found a Wonder Woman…

“Make good art” -Neil Gaiman

Making art can be so therapeutic. I love the games Portal and Portal 2 very much, and have wanted to make myself a companion cube magnet for a long time. So, last week, I finally got around to it. I made this out of polymer clay. It was a bit tricky, and I should definitely…

is my fish pregnant?

My female molly, whom I finally named Chell, is possibly pregnant. I wasn’t sure at first, but she seems to have a baby bump that is getting more and more prominent. It may not look like much of a difference between the two pictures, but it’s enough. Last week I was wondering, “Is she pregnant?”…

my container garden is thriving!

On May 22, I planted flower seeds in a makeshift flower box made from a storage tote. After a few days of sunshine, rain, warmth, and humidity, there are little flower shoots coming up. The second picture is from yesterday, June 1. Ta-da! The balcony is also a great place to kick back and relax….

I bought more fish!

I realized that I’ve only ever had bettas and goldfish before, so now… I have mollies! These are silver lyretail mollies. I have a male and female living in the 5.5 gallon tank with Michelangelo. They’ve been getting along fine. It all depends on the temperament of the and making sure they aren’t overcrowded, though….