Friday, December 31, 2010

Books I've Read Part Deux


So my goal of books read for this year is 75. Unfortunately, I didn't make it...grad school reading is so much heavier than I anticipated. I'm starting my list off where it left off. But watch out 2011, this year, I'll make it.



19. If I Stay I'm excited they're making this into a movie.

20. Burned

21. Stardust Sadly, the movie was better than the book in this case.

22. Voyager

23. The Host This book always makes me smile. Ian is another one of my fictional boyfriends.

24. Cahokia Mounds My boss wrote this, it's pretty awesome.

25. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Don't knock the novella, I quite liked it.

-- I read Eclipse again to get ready for the movie...but since I'd read it once this year I don't
count it .

26. Learning from Museums This and number 29 make for some horrid beach reading.

27. Drums of Autumn

28. Shiver

29. Displays of Power

30. The Lovely Bones

31. Charlie St. Cloud Never saw the movie. I saw the twist coming in the book from a million miles away, but I still liked it.

32. Linger

33. You'll Never Blueball In This Town Again

34. The Hunger Games I had to re-read it to prep for some Mockingjay!

35. Catching Fire

36. Mockingjay Can I have a boy with the bread?

37. Slavery in Indian Country I had to read this and present on it the first week of class. Therefore, I don't like this book.


38. Clockwork Angel Gives some good background information on Jace Wayland and his pals.


39. The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story From Early America

40. I Am Number Four I can't wait for the movie!

41. The Captor's Narrative

42. Fallen It's set in Savannah, GA, so I had to read it.

43. The Blue Tattoo One of my favorite books that I had to read this semester.

44. Torment

45. The Captured

46. Empire of the Summer Moon

47. Captive Arizona, 1851-1900

48. Museum Administration- An Introduction

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pass it on...


The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the kind acts that you hear about on the radio (yes, I sometimes listen to Delilah for the Christmas music), but it's a whole different world when you someone close to you is the instigator of a random act of kindness. See, my cousin won $500 from one of those scratch off tickets. I was thinking that he'd probably go on a shopping spree and buy something absolutely fabulous, but he did something even better. He bought his friend and her family Christmas.


My cousin's friend's family had been hit hard by the recession. They basically have not had a traditional Christmas in five years. My cousin ended up buying his friend a new wardrobe for Christmas and bought her parents a gift card to a grocery store, so they could buy the food for the dinner. Now I know Christmas is not all about gifts, but part of what makes Christmas magical is the spirit of giving. It is this time of year that makes me so incredibly thankful that people get into the spirit of giving. This is twice within a short month that my life has been touched by an act of kindness and I'm sincerely hoping that this is a lasting trend.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

One year ago...

One year ago, I decided to start a blog. So much has happened since I first started this thing...

I graduated college, went on an epic trip with my J, gained some new friends who I couldn't live without, moved away from grad school...and so much more. So to celebrate my blog's first birthday here are the links to my favorite posts over the past year.

My epic trip with J: Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV

The beginning of a Nerd Herd

Muse!

Harry Potter World!

Never Grow Up

I love how this year has turned out. It's had some ups and downs, but hey that's what makes life awesome. I can't wait to see what adventures this year brings me.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Must Have Mondays!

I love it when Alexandria does Must Have Mondays, and I haven't played in such a long time.
This week my must haves are....

My Friends!

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My Family!

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I am so excited to see each and every one of these people when I go home for Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Facelift

SO I've given my blog an overdue facelift. It's the first time I've tried doing anything fancy myself. Let me know what you think? I'm open to suggestions.


PS: Five more days until I get to go home!!! I was looking for a home-themed song and I found a Michael Buble "Home" Harry Potter video someone made. How could I resist?

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's that time of the week again...



1. I wish I had a puppy. I miss my doggy, but it wouldn't be fair to the dog if I got one at the moment. I'm not in my apartment enough to give it all the love it needs and deserves.

2. Yesterday was my Friday. I treated to myself to a filet mignon, spent oodles of money at Barnes and Noble, and went and saw a movie with my friends from work. It was pretty great.


3. Today I am having a lazy day. Now that my semester is over, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself.

4. Tomorrow I will go get sushi for lunch with friends, return something at the mall, go grocery shopping, make gingerbread, and go to a Christmas party.


5. Maybe if we have time I'll get finish up my Christmas cards, if you want one email me your address.

6. Someday I will love myself for who I am.

7. I love knowing that I'll be going back home to Georgia in a week. I'm so ready to spend the holidays with all the people I love.

Make sure you link up with Lauren's Blog if you want to play along...come on, you know you want to.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Favorite Christmas Movies

So we've done the whole favorite Christmas songs thing...so what about Christmas movies? These are some of my favorites.


Love Actually



Miracle on 31st Street




It's a Wonderful Life



A Diva's Christmas Carol...don't judge.



How the Grinch Stole Christmas



Mickey's Christmas Carol


The Holiday

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Elf


What are your favorites?

All pictures are from amazon.com

Monday, December 6, 2010

Favorite Songs

I love Christmas! All the lovely feelings of warm fuzziness. This time of year is just magical. So to kick off the holiday season, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Christmas songs with ya'll. I no particularly order, here we go...

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"


"Happy Christmas (War is Over)" The real video is the link...it's not allowed to be embedded. The real video is also pretty graphic at points. But if you just want to hear the song, here it is.


"All My Bells Are Ringing" Won't somebody take my heart wherever they go?

"Christmas is all Around" This is from my all time favorite movie, Love Actually. PS: The video can be a little raunchy. So be warned.


"Santa Claus is Coming to Town"


"Chanukah Song" For all my Jewish friends out there...I love Adam Sandler. Oh and be forewarned, proceed with caution...it is Adam Sandler we're talking about. ;)

PS: Here are the links to the 2nd version (scroll to the 36 sec.mark) and 3rd version.

"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"


"All I Want for Christmas" Random note...my Aunt Patti thinks Mariah is my doppleganger. I can kinda see it in the video, but not usually. Haha, it's probably because it's so pixelated.


"O Holy Night"


"No Place Like Home for the Holidays"


"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Yet again, I can't embed. But here's the link. It must be the Judy Garland version.


"Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" I love Bing and Bowie.


I hated this song when I was little because it's so slow...that's why I feel like it deserves a place on my favorite list. And please ignore the quality of the video. I had to pick this one because it was the version I hated when I was little.


This is just the tip of the iceberg...I could go on for days and days. What songs would make it on your favorite list?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Incredible, Shrinking...

Elyse!! Well that's the plan at least. I usually don't like to talk about weight and stuff because it's such a touchy subject. But here I am talking about it anyways...

I just joined Weight Watchers in hopes of becoming a healthier version of me. I'm healthy, as in I exercise and don't eat poorly, but my body revolts against me. This is probably going to sound like a convoluted rant...which it partly is...but I was a thin girl growing up. Around eighth grade, when I stopped growing for a bit, I gained some weight. But when I started growing again, it went away pretty fast. I never thought I was a thin person until looking back at the pictures. Now, I wish I would've felt comfortable in my own skin, as I'm not now.



Thanks for the picture...



I've gained a good bit of weight since high school, but I'm confident in saying that it's not completely my fault. In my sophomore year of college I went to an endocrinologist to see why I was gaining all of this weight. My family and I thought it had something to do with my thyroid, since thyroid problems run in my family. It turns out that I have this thing called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Basically I get cysts on my ovaries, which plays with my hormones. Two of the major symptoms are acne and weight gain...both of which I had. If PCOS isn't a joy in and of itself, one of the "side effects" of it is insulin resistance. In other words my body produces too much insulin and doesn't know what to do with it. It's not diabetes, but it could be. So I want to get healthier to make sure it stays that way. Also, another down side of insulin resistance is that my extra insulin turns into fat. YUCK!



Anyways, I'm going to stop blabbering on about this. I just wanted to tell ya'll so that I can feel like I'm being held accountable for losing weight. I won't talk about it any more on this blog, but you can go here to help cheer me on. Hey, I could even change the name of it and add you as a moderator if you want to track your stuff too. The more the merrier!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday!!!




1. Holiday spirit puts a little glowing light in my heart. I love the warm fuzzies I get this time of year. It's not only the receiving of presents that makes me happy (because I'd be lying if I said that they didn't), but I love seeing the looks on people's faces when I give them something. I also love all the family and friend time. And I absolutely love when things like this happen.

2. The holidays are incomplete without moving the mouse on the advent calendar, having my dad move the letters on Noel around to make it spell Leon instead, watching Love Actually with Mama, having my annual Christmas party with Paw-Paw, doing something crafty with Smoochie, and singing Christmas Carols off key and very loudly.


3. My favorite things to do around the holidays is making presents and wrapping them. I love to wrap gifts. I also love all the time I get to spend with Mama and Daddy O.


4. A holiday tradition my family and I have is ...well there are a lot of traditions. I love that my grandparents come over to open presents with us on Christmas morning and to have our once-a-year special breakfast. I also love the Christmas party where it just my Paw-Paw and me.


5. Holiday music is awesome, as long as I don't get an overload of it.

6. This year, I'll be celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve, since Daddy O has to work. He's working so some of the younger parents can be with their young children on Christmas day.


7. Holiday wish list Tons of stuff...mostly from Etsy. And a leather jacket from Fossil...I doubt that one is going to happen.


If you play along make sure you link up with Lauren's blog. Oh and PS...I made a button! I'm kind of proud of myself since I'm basically illiterate when it comes to stuff like that.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kindness of a Stranger

Today was one of those days that kind of got off to a rough start. My favorite pair of jeans totally split down the leg. There must be some sort of invisible seam there or something. Anyways, I went to do some errands before class at Target. The lovely smell of Starbucks was tempting me, so I decided to go in. I remarked to my friend, Emma, who was with me, how much I liked this cup Starbucks had on display. I decided against buying it and went on ordering my drink. The man behind me picked up the cup and remarked how nice it was. He then proceeded to ask the barista how much it was. Being told it was $10 he said okay and purchased it. He then turned around and handed the cup to me with a simple "Merry Christmas" and walked away. I was absolutely gobsmacked. I did not know what to say. I just said thank you and Merry Christmas. I then proceeded to buy the next person's drink because this simple act of kindness touched my heart so much. I know it's the holidays and everyone has the spirit, but wouldn't life be a little better if we passed on little acts of kindness through out the year? It genuinely touched my heart and I will always remember how this act turned my day completely around. And to that anonymous gentleman out there, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


PS: If you want to be on my Christmas card list, make sure you email me at elysiepiecie {at} gmail {dot} com.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Want a Christmas Card?

Hey ya'll! I just bought my Christmas cards for this year and want to share them with you! If you want a Christmas card send me your address at elysiepiecie [at] gmail [dot] com. I promise I won't annoy you with a bunch of unwanted mail, but you may get a random holiday card or birthday card here or there.

PS: Don't you love my Christmas tree?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday - Thanksgiving Edition


1. My Thanksgiving plans this year will include eating tons of food, all diets are off. I'm really excited to go to my aunt's house on the lake and hanging out with family.


2. My favorite Thanksgiving was...this is a tough one. I kind of liked last year's because everyone was together. I'm sad that my Daddy O has to work this Thanksgiving and my cousin and his new wife won't be able to fly home for it.

3. My signature Thanksgiving dish is ...I don't make any, I'm just the taste tester. I think this year, my Mama is going to let me help with the family guarded gravy. Seriously, no one knows the recipe except for a couple of family members.

4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is the yummy dressing. For ya'll that don't know, it's totally better than stuffing.

5. Thanksgiving free association! Colin, Macys parade, Santa (I know him!), the lake, turkey, dressing, wars over the last piece of jellied cranberry sauce...

6. Thansgiving is one of my favorite times to be with my family. I love the hint of fall in the air. It officially marks the beginning of the holiday season and means that I get to spend even more time with my family :)


7. I am thankful for my family and friends. Without them I would be nothing. They help me be a better me and accept me for who I am. Thank you to each and every one of you. I love ya'll.


If ya'll want to play along, make sure you link up with Lauren's blog. PS: Sorry for the lack of posts...it's been super busy and it's just no fun not having a camera.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Babies of the 80's

Being born in 1987, I didn't get to get feel the full effect of the 80's. But having spent 2 1/2 years in the 80's, somethings have rubbed off. Besides my love for 80's music, my love extends to yummy 80's drinks...like Five Alive! Seriously, they stopped selling this stuff in Georgia ages ago and I stumbled across it in Missouri last week. I bought four things of it, just incase it disappeared over night. You'll be happy to know, that I've shown self restraint and have only consumed one of these delicious drinks.
But anyways, everytime I drink it, I always hear Something Corporate's Babies of the 80's in my head.


Thinking about the lyrics really made me realize how much the 80's rubbed off on me. I was that little girl in lycra shorts and jelly shoes, I had lenolium floors, played on the slip-n-slide and with nerf, went to Chuck-e-Cheeze and watched Bozo the Clown. So I guess even though I spent a short part of my life in the 80's, I really am a baby of the 80's.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the week...


So it's been a while...homework and work has me swamped, but everyone has a little time for FILL IN THE BLANK FRIDAY! If you want to play along, make sure you link up with Lauren's blog.


1. The most spontaneous thing I've ever done is when I decided to apply to grad school in St Louis. I know, it should be something with adventure, but I just applied thinking I wouldn't get it. Look at me now.

2. The best gift I've ever received was a picture collage that my Paw-Paw made for me. It's the only gift that has ever made me cry.

3. A time that I was truly and genuinely surprised was when I had the revelation that I can't fix everything. Not a fun suprise, but it was one of those light bulb moments.


4. I can't leave the house without my drivers license and insurance card...I feel like they must be on me at all times.


5. My favorite day of the week is Monday because that's usually when I have a little free time to relax before my 4 pm class. Lately, I've been thinking Friday.

6. Something that can always make me laugh is thinking about my family and friends and all the gooberish times we've had together.

7. My perfect day would include sleeping in and not having a single drop of homework to do. It'd also involve spending time with my friends and snuggling up with a book.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot...


Thank you to the Guardian for the picture.



I'm a bit of an anglophile and love to celebrate random British holidays. Guy Fawkes Day aka Bonfire Night, is the celebration of the capture of Guy Fawkes. Mr. Fawkes and his cronies had the genius idea of blowing up parliament. Luckily for the Brits, he failed thoroughly when he was captured and executed. Silly Brits, celebrating the execution of people. But still, it's one of those quirky holidays that I'm fascinated with. Oh, how cool it would be to be British.




So in honor of Guy Fawkes Day, I plan on watching a little V for Vendetta and snuggling up with some homework.






Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Club Di Giulietta

Today was a marvelous day. Why you ask? Because I was off from work and dedicated the day to myself. I went grocery shopping, got a pedicure, and finally watched Letters to Juliet.


I'm not here to write a review on the movie, because goodness gracious was it sappy and the last line was hysterical, but really I wanted to talk about the Club Di Giulietta. There really is a club based out of Verona that acts as Juliet's secretaries. I've been obsessed with this since seeing it on the travel channel many many moons ago. So guess what, I wrote a letter to them...and I got a reply. Yes, I wrote a letter to some random lady pretending to be Juliet in Verona about my love life. Haha, or actually, it was more like the lack there of. Anyways, it's a pretty neat experience. I got a reply that was so sappy, that my heart hurt, and I even got a sticker out of.


Here's the address if you want to write to Juliet:
CLUB DI GIULIETTA - THE JULIET CLUB
via Galilei 3 - 37100 Verona



I know it's a silly little thing to do, but it's a lot of fun. Let me know if you decide to write and get a reply.

Harry Potter

We're less than 19 days away to seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Just thought you'd like to know!

PS: I know this has nothing to do with Deathly Hallows (unless you count blowing up things, which equals fire...and ya'll know where I'm going with this), but I love it so!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy!

This is what's making me happy today...


Picture from...


That's right people! I get to fly home for Thanksgiving instead of driving the 9/10 hr drive home. So within 1 1/2 hours, from start to finish, I'll be back on home turf! I can't explain to you how excited I am. Is it Thanksgiving yet?


What's making you happy today?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Never Grow Up

When I was little, I told my Mama I never wanted to grow up. It was something that I worried about constantly. She told me, that was a horrible thing to worry about because growing up was amazing. She reminded me if she had never grown up, she wouldn't have met my Daddy and that she wouldn't have had me. Mama, then told me that, even though it's hard to grow up, it's something that must be done.

Later on in life, my junior year of high school to be exact, I watched the animated of version of Peter Pan. While watching the boy who never grows up, I realized that I was growing up. This revelation hit me like a ton of bricks and I remember just bawling, not liking this feeling at all. I wanted to stay that little girl, who had no huge responsibilities or cares in the world.

I graduated from high school, then college, saw my friends get married, and some have kids. I still didn't feel grown up, even though I knew in the world's eyes I technically was. It wasn't until this fall, when I moved 9 hours away from my family into my own apartment, that I started to feel grown up. I still feel like that little girl sometimes. I don't go a day with out talking to my Mama and Daddy. But this feeling doesn't last long, when I realize all the stuff that I have to do. I wish I could go back and be little again, but I know growing up is an adventure. I have the best memories of my childhood that I would never change.

Now for your listening pleasure, Taylor Swift's. This song brought tears to my eyes (a hard feat to do, as I'm not a crier)...especially around the 3:13 mark.




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I've got a secret...

This post was inspired by Kate's post featuring a Post Secret post. Haha, wow that was a lot of posts.

Anyways, I too love Post Secret and get excited for a new update every Sunday. So, I decided to share a secret with ya'll...I've stole it from someone who is a few steps ahead of me...but it's still my fear just the same.



I'm so afraid of this becoming reality. I graduated with a B.A. Summa Cum Laude, and I'm now in a two year graduate program. Hopefully, one day, after I recover from getting my master's, I will get my Ph.D. But the depressing thought of it all is that I too will be one of those 70 hours a weekers working for $30k if I'm lucky. But you've got to do what you love, right?


So who wants to share a secret?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday...




You know how people dread Monday's? Well, I kind of of love them. I mean don't get me wrong, I love to sleep in on the weekends, but Monday's are a fresh start.


All weekend, but really on Sunday, I slave away over homework. It consumes my life. But by Monday, I have it all done and I have a couple of hours to relax before my first class at 4 pm. It's that wonderful feeling of relief and accomplishment. I may be freaking out by the end of day when I realize I have another week of yucky homework to do...but those few hours of doing nothing is total bliss. They help me get through the week.


What's your favorite day of the week?


PS: Sorry for the lack of posts lately...homework has been heavy and my digital camera is currently in route to be repaired...so no fun pictures for a while :(

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Focusing on the good stuff...

Lately, I've been down in the dumps. I'm in some sort of rut and I don't know how to get out of it. I haven't really been wanting to talk to anybody, and I know I've probably let some people down. This is totally uncharacteristic of me. I don't know what's up, and I don't know how to fix it, but I'm going to. Anywho, instead of focusing on the bad stuff, I want to focus on the good...




Like my slip cover that Ashley sent me. Thank you so much!





Pretty floaty glass pods at the botanical gardens.






Drawing on the table clothes at random restaurants.

















Yummy surprises from people who love me. Thanks Cathy, Colin, and Caitlin!


And this video. I think it is amazing that you can distinctly recognize Smoochie's and my screaming in this...we're officially louder than amplified rock goodness.


Thanks for bearing with me and this funky mood I'm in. <3



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Inspiring Women

I was thinking the other day about all the people that have made an impact on my life. These four women are people that I look to for inspiration. Thank you for inspiring me.

Jana


Jana is modest and will never admit any of this, and will probably laugh her head off when she realizes that she's on my blog, but I mean every word of it. Jana is one of the most generous, gracious people I know. She's going to be the best doctor ever one day. Jana drops anything she's doing to help a person in need. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Jana joined the Americorps and helped rebuild the part of Mississippi that was hit the hardest. She has that type of mindset that comes around far too often. She's like a little Jimmy Carter protege (say what you want about President Carter, but you can't deny he's a great humanitarian).


The Busy Bee


I've been a follower of BBL for a while now, and I'm never not amazed by her posts. Her life is so full of love and she's full of such great insights, that you can't help but love her and her blog. She inspires me to be creative and to just be myself.



My Mama


Mama taught me what love is. She taught me what it is to accept someone for who they are. She taught me that life is not always an easy path, but you have to stay strong. She's the strongest person I've ever met. She is a survivor. I thank God everyday for giving me such a wonderful person as a Mama.

My Maw-Maw


The matriarch of my Mama's side of the family. She truly one of the pillars of my family. She gives all of her heart to everything she does. My Maw-Maw puts her family first. She has taught me the importance of family and of love. PS: She loves to dance and was on Atlanta's version of American Bandstand...that's why I thought this picture was appropriate.


Who inspires you?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

With a little help from my friends...

Just a shout out to all my lovely friends. I would be nothing without you. Thank you for listening to me whine and complain and making sure that my frown gets turned upside down. Therefore, I dedicate this song to you...



PS: Happy Birthday John Lennon. You blessed the earth with your presence for too short of time, but what little time you had was surely epic.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy Friday!


1. The first thing I do in the morning to start my day is turn of the alarm clock then run to my phone to turn off its alarm. I always set two alarms because I'm paranoid like that.

2. Today I wish I was staying home to work on this homework. Seriously, I know I've been complaining a lot lately, but I've got two papers, two presentations and over 500 pages to read for one class.


3. If I had an extra $100 in my bank account I would go to Goodwill and have fun. I'd also go to Vintage Vinyl and get some records I've had my eye on.


4. Tomorrow I will be doing homework. Yuck. But I'm taking an hour out of the day to go to Goodwill. I may not have an extra $100 to spend, but I can make $20 stretch...right?


5. Two things that don't go together is being sleepy and trying to read theory. It equals an instant nap, no matter what.

6. Something I can never pass up at the grocery store is going down the book and magazine aisle. I may not always buy something, but I do spend a good five to ten minutes looking at everything.


7. The last time I tried something new was when I tried Winsor Pilates this week. I think I'm in love.

Make sure you go and link up with Lauren's blog if you play along. I hope ya'll have a Happy Friday!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's Been A Hard Day's Night...

And seriously, I have been working like a dog. My life currently consists of nothing but work and homework. I knew I would be getting myself into a heap load of trouble when I decided to go to grad school, but I didn't know I would be signing my life away. I haven't talked to my bestie, Smoochie, in over a week (that's a long time for us), nor have I been able to send her the lovely card I made that's just staring at me waiting to be filled out. I don't think I've had an ounce of time where I'm not going, "I should be doing homework instead."

So what gets me through the depressing fact that I have forfeited my life to higher education?


Mr. Alex Pettyfer. Hello Number Four! Do I really have to wait until February to see this? Sorry for the stinky cellphone quality. But thank you Entertainment Weekly for making my day when I saw this :)



My co-workers at Cahokia. Joe, the grounds keeper, couldn't remember my name, so he's started calling me a different name every day that I'm in. The other day it was Mildred, but currently my name is Bubba.



Also, the fact that I get to work somewhere that is pretty as this. Even if I am stuck inside all day, I at least know it's there.



There's also little surprises to wake up to, like all this fog rolling off of the Mississippi.




So my friends, what gets ya'll through those rough, busy times?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Must Have Monday!!

So I decided to play along with Always Alexandria's Must Have Mondays. I thought it was a really cute idea and I've got a long wish list of things I really want, but I'm a broke grad student...so here's to dreaming about my must haves.








Dear Modcloth, please carry clothes that will fit my boobs. Or maybe I should just find a super restricting bra so I can button up this coat.







I love this dress from Timeless Vixen's Etsy shop. I don't know what I would wear it to, but I want it. I know it's sold, but seriously, if it was cheaper that baby would've been mine.











I have a little obsession with gnomes. They're pretty much my favorite. I think I need this apron, even though my Mama points out that I'm too messy for a half apron.











I've had my eye on this necklace for months. I love tea cups.












This jacket reminds me of my Pap-Pap's real bomber jacket that I'm not allowed to wear. So until I get to wear his...this one would work. But considering the price, I'm pretty sure that I'll get to wear his before this one.







Isn't it fun to dream what you'd buy if you could actually afford it? Maybe one day I'll strike it rich and be able to actually purchase some of these things. What's on your must haves list?