Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Few More Costume Ideas

Ok, so I forgot to mention these in my previous post about costume ideas. Sorry!!!

T-shirt ninja: Ninjas are awesome, so why not be one for halloween??? Pretty easy costume to put together too it seems like. 2 black shirts, black pants, and black shoes! Have fun!

Three-hole punched self: This should be recognized by anybody who has seen the office. Jim takes 3 black construction paper circles and tapes them to his shirt all in a row. I would recommend 6 (3 front 3 back). This is a super-easy cop-out costume that people will sure to giggle at!

Hello my name is...: Another of Jim's cop-out costumes. Take a "hello my name is" sticker and just fill it in with another name. Bonus points if you put together a new personality with this new name. Steve could be an under cover agent, while Jenny is a stripping murderer. Have fun with it!

Ok, ideas have been had. Now, make a costume already!


Things I Love Thursday

It is that time of week again! Has happiness been around you enough?

~International Dinner: My school hosts an international week through their international department. Every night, there is a different international event (one night has a fashion show where all the exchange students display traditional clothing from their home country). The dinner is the main event of the week, and what closes the week. Many of the international students make dishes from their home countries and we, as Americans, feast! There is such variety as there are many different countries represented! It was an amazing experience last year, and I hope it turns out to be just as awesome! It is still a bit away, but I can't wait!

~STYX/REO Speedwagon concert: ANTICIPATION!!! I am too excited for words about this! It has been a while since I have seen their band, but they always put on a great show! I am hoping I can go to a meet and greet thing because I have always wanted to hug Tommy Shaw!!!!

~Getting assignments done: This has been a very stressful week of class and work. I have had 2 tests announced and had many a due date...and all I want to do now is sleep (dispite the fact that I still have a few more assignments and a test to study for).

~Halloween: I didn't dress up much (or at all) throughout the month, but I still love the atmosphere of everything! I am not one for scary movies, but I did see The Shining for the first time ever this week (it freaked me out so much that I was shaking and refused to be alone for the rest of the night). I don't get to go to any parties or even dress up really...(I have work tomorrow and Saturday).

~Princess Raccoon: This is probably one of my favorite movies. It is an artsy Japanese musical about how a human prince and a racoon (tanuki) princess fall in love. It is bizarre and hilarious! It deffinatly is full of win!
~Random piece of information: Tanuki are Japanese racoon dogs. They are master shape-shifters who get their power from their enlarged testicles! Now go and inform those who would find this amusing!

~Napping: This week has been so exhausting! I have felt like I could fall alseep while work! Being able to sleep right now is the most heavenly thing I can think of!

~Paula: Paula used to be a manager at where I work. I found out where she lives and got to drink with her ealier in the week. It was amazing!!! She is so much fun to hang around. She even has this hilarious roommate (I would hit on him, but I don't know what his reaction would be since he is gay). I also found out that it is a bad idea for me to have 6 10% beers. It was a fun lesson!

~Heated seats: Garrett had to switch cars with his dad so he can have his car taken in for inspection and repairs. His dads car was this giant Jeep thing (I don't like large vehicles) with heated seats. I love having my butt be all warm and toasty while going to work/school/grocery store/wherever!

Thats all for this week. Stay tuned for various updates, posts, and maybe a new look (I am trying really hard, but I am no good at web design)


Home Remedies

Happy Thursday everybody! Today, I have some tips for how to feel better when your body is against you! I figured that these things happen to everybody and since these are all symptoms I am helping you treat, then this time of year would be perfect for it (seeing as how lots of people get sick this time of year). These are all things that an be easily done in your own home!

~Ginger Ale: Everybody knows that ginger helps an upset stomach. Ginger ale is what many people go right for when their stomach is angry. When ginger ale is nowhere to be found, however (at a restaurant or a convenience store), you can make your own! Just get Sierra Mist and Pepsi (or their coke counter parts). You fill the glass up mostly with Sierra Mist, then a splash of Pepsi, and you have ginger ale. I was skeptical of this at first, but I really found that this worked! Give it a try before you discount it.

~Baby Wipes: Immodium can only help so much when you have diarrhea. It helps in stopping it, sure. However, you are still left with the pain. Baby wipes are gentle and a better alternative to toilet paper (especially in this case). It really helps to take the pain away and isn't that expensive!

~Exercise: Light exercise gets your heart rate up and increases your metabolism. This means that whatever is making you feel ill will get processed faster! Exercise is also a good idea in general. Get in shape and fix a stomach ache? Sign me up!

~Vinegar: I was surprised to learn all the amazing things vinegar can do. This site has just a small list of things vinegar can do. It can also get rid of athletes foot, reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, and reduce muscular fatigue. AMAZING! There are still more things it can do!

~Cinnemon: Similarly to vinegar, cinnemon is amazing! Here are just some of the things it can do!

~Sports Drinks: So anybody who has experianced a hangover knows how much it sucks! Hangovers are no more than severe dehydration. Sports drinks hydrate better than water alone. So, sports drinks will make you feel better. Also, don't use Ibuprofen if you have a hangover headache. Ibuprofen attacks the liver (in the same way aprin attack stomachs). Trying that could result in hospitalization.

Anybody else have home remedies that they swear by?


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween in 3 days!

Happy Wednesday! So Halloween is closing in on us...and FAST! The other night at work, I had some people come in and ask me for some cheap, last minute ideas for some costumes. Well, I got inspired! Here are the things I came up with!

Homer Simpson: A recognizable costume. For this, all you need is an (over-sized depending on your body type) white shirt, blue pants, and a bald cap, and maybe some pillows (depending on if you need to fill out an over-sized shirt). If you don't have these items, they are easily found at thrift stores. Bonus points for either a can of Buzz Cola, or a can of Duff Beer (you can find novelty cans that have a deck of playing cards in them)

Philip Fry: Slightly less recognizable (Futurama wasn't as popular I believe), but just as easy to do. White shirt, blue pants, and a red jacket. Bonus points if you have a can of Slurm (same deal with homers cans) and/or the crazy orange hair.

Fairy (Girls): Froofy skirt (hot topic has really cute skirts in many colors), any kind of top (plain shirt, printed, whatever. I use my hot pink tinkerbell shirt), tights, and wings (threadbanger has an AMAZING tutorial for how to make your own if you don't have the money to buy your own. These are really cute and aparently, more durable than store-bought. I highly recommend this)

Fairy (Guys): green shorts and shirt. Really, just try to look as much like Peter Pan as possible. I would still recommend the wings because when people think of fairies, they think of wings.

Zombie: Zombies are pretty popular, so I figured why not!?!? Take a pair of pants and any shirt you own (make sure it isn't nice clothing that you would still want to wear). Cut some holes in them and toss them in the mud. You might also want to get some zombie make-up (seeing as how your skin looks too alive for a zombie)

A friend: This is for somebody who has none of the above available to them and literally no money (or somebody who was looking for an excuse to wear their friends clothes). This can be either for a guy or a girl (just make sure you can get the hair similar). Just raid a friends closet and put together an outfit that they would wear. Consider the pieces carefully and don't put things together your friend wouldn't. If you are a guy dressing like a girl, find some way to give yourself a chest (find a bra and lots of tissue would be my suggestion). Girls going as guys, find a way to minimize your chest (sports bras work great). If that is not available to you, then just wear one of your friends larger shirts (or a jacket over it).

Lolita: If you have the time/money, you can always make yourself a lolita dress. There are many styles, but I highly recommend looking on ebay for Chii costumes to get inspired. You can always keep t his in mind for next Halloween!

I hope this helps anybody who was stuck for ideas!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Things I Love Thursday ( x2)

Hello my beautiful people in the world! I hope you have had as good a week as I have! To cut to the chase, here is my TILT list!

My parents new puppy: I'll start with the biggie first. She is currently a 10 week old golden retriever. She has 2 names. My parents call her QTPi (3.14159). I don't think this is original because a few years ago, my dad got my mom a hoodie with that for christmas. Since I clearly dislike the name, I call her Satsu (the Japanese name for sugar). She is so cute and playful I can't take it! Let me explain the pictures!
1. My dad took a picture of me at the same time (his camera had a flash). No idea why there is a line, but I think it's cool!
2. Sleepy puppy with toy on her head!
3. Spawled out sleepy puppy!!!
4. Trying on her Halloween costume!

Low Ropes Courses: So, for my Organizational behavior class, we went to a low ropes course today. For those who don't know what that means, they are team building exercises, usually located in the woods, that are low to the ground. I have always loved these because I love anything that is like a puzzle. The one exercise was called "The Spiders Web". It is a giant net that involved passing people through the holes. There is a bit more to it, but it is really just tedious. I always find amusement in these activities!

Tests: I love the feeling of being done with a test. I don't like the stress and most of my classes are not too fun. It also doesn't help that I was never good at taking tests. The feeling of relaxation, like a huge burden has been lifted, is so amazing words cannot even begin to describe it!

Meeting up with people you haven't seen in a while: So today is the tri-state race for many of the cross country runners in the area. I was there volunteering for class (I got to wave cars into the parking lot...) and I got a chance to run into my old coach! She is a nice person, and very fair to her runners, however I always ended up getting injured in one way or another...She also coached my older brother and sent regards to him. Isn't that sweet???

Covet: So, I discovered this while writing my TILT list today, and in theory, it is amazing. Updates to come about this. What it does is analyzes you wardrode taste and breaks it down into different sub catagories (I am edge hobo/eclectic). You then put in what you like and don't like in clothing (color preference, patterns, and cut), what brands you like and dislike, and a price limit per each catagorie. It then sends you e-mails based on your profile about what kind of stuff is available. Because I am in college, I don't have much money (so I put my spending limit really low). Lets see how this goes!

New iPhone skins: So, loving Hello Kitty as much as I do, it seems natural for me to have a Hello Kitty phone skin. Now, I also love Target. I find such amazing stuff there. This time it is the previously mentioned skin. It was also really cheap ($10 compared to $ 30 from any AT&T or Apple store). also, who can beat black/pink???

Having a Microwave: Over the summer, my microwave exploded. I haven't been able to use it since and for the longest time, I kept forgetting to mention it to my rental agency. I finally did, and I have a working microwave. Because of that, I had to get rid of my hamster (I wasn't technically allowed to have him in the first place...). I can have popcorn now, which I am excited about!

Drinks: So Garrett and I have been experimenting with a different kinds of beer. It is always fun and exciting to try something new. I tried an import called Framboise and it tastes like raspberries! YUMMY!!! There is also a variety pack the I have tried recently. I can't remember the name, but the box looks like a treasure chest (mad props) and the beers have boating/pirate related names (more props). The awesomeness doesn't end at the packaging with this beer. All the beers have really smooth tastes. Even the hoppy beer didn't taste too overwhelming!
If you like Dwight from The Office, you will love this!

What made you smile this week?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tips for Dog Traning

My parents recently got a new puppy. Our previous puppy left this world back in June, and my parents felt their lives a bit empty. They felt that getting a new puppy was the solution (she will make an appearence this week, PROMISE)! I started thinking of how to train dogs to be good (I have seen many dogs that are not well behaved). This site offeres a lot of help for how to train a dog while making use of their instincts.

To break it down a bit, here is what I got out of the little bit that I read:
~Make the dog come to you when its hungry. Pup goes to its mom when it is hungry, so why should it not come to you? It is all about survival (it might sound cruel, but it's not)
~Crating a dog gives you pup a place to call its own (security), plus you get to keep your nice stuff looking...nice!

There is a lot of interesting information on that site. It doesn't offer much in the lines of nutrition, so here is a thread from somethingawful that is pretty comprehensive. It has a list of ingredients to avoid, ingredients you want to find, as well as brands that are considered good and bad for your pup. It is definatly worth the read!

My parents puppy will make her first official debut this Thursday (tilt!). You get to find out gender, name, breed, and see LOTS of pictures! YAY PUPPY!

Until next time!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Things I Love Thursday

Happy Thursday everybody! So I have had a pretty exciting week recently. Wanna know what happened?

Squat Body Weight: When lifting, any time you can perform some kind of lift at or above what you weigh is calls for some kind of bragging rights. It's hard and proof that you are sticking to your work-out. It is usually a good time for a reward! Squatting isn't that hard to lift body weight (lifts for body weight usually fall in the following order: dead lift, squat, bench press/military press)

Dips with no counter weight: A slightly different, but still commendable achievement (especially for girls). I have been so close to being able to do this for such a long time. I can only do 1 full set like this (8 reps), but within the next week or so I should be up to both sets! YAY STRONG!

Japan Club: Last night Japan Club helped sponsor a sushi demonstration. We got to learn a bit of the origin, as well as health benefits of vinegar (it is seriously magic!). Afterwards, we got to eat as much as we wanted (and request more of the kind we like). I tried this one that was considered "ancient" because they used a different vinegar for the rice. It was hollowed out squid with red rice inside. The single most terrifying piece of food I have ever seen and it was rather tasty (no picture available...sorry)

Corn Mazes: This weekend, I am taking my loving boyfriend to his first corn maze. We are going with a few friends from work and afterwards, I think we are heading back to my place to relax. Then comes breakfast, with heart shaped pancakes!!! I am SUPER Excited!

Not being Depressed: My schools counseling center sponsered a depression screening. You walk up, fill out a form, and then talk to somebody about what you put on your form. The guy I talked to was really nice (and cute!) and was saying that I have few symptons of stress! It is so amazing! I thought I had higher stress levels, but I guess I deal with it well! So cool!

Getting my microwave fixed: Tuesdays and Thursdays on my school are pretty crazy. In addition to the depression screening, there are many other tables set up trying to get people involved in this or that. One table was for my apartment. The leasing manager/land lady was there so I got to talk to her! I keep forgetting to mention my microwave to her so I thought she wouldn't believe my story. Apartently, I am not the only one to have a malfunctioning microwave. It is going to be replaced for free! I can make popcorn again! YAY!!!

Going Home: I live an hour away from my home, so I don't go down there often (partly because I don't have time and partly because I don't want to). Garrett and I have a few things we need to do at our respective homes, so that means this weekend, we are heading down that way. For me, this means I can collect more shoes that are in my closet! There is also the added benefit of getting all my warm clothes and such...

Fall Break: Like spring break, but in the fall...and shorter. It's a mid-semester break for the brains of all the students to not fry and fizzle out.

PAULA-CHAN!!!: Paula was training at the Taco Bell I work at (she is a manager for a different one) and she is hands down the favorite manager of everybody...and I got her cell number. Now I can bug her whenever! It shall be AWESOME!!!

For the win. Yay middle cat!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Things I Love Thursday (another late one)

HAPPY OCTOBER! Here is my weekly Tilt list. It has been a rather exciting week for me, so I hope you enjoy!

October: It is now October. For me, this means a month of wearing Halloween costumes as regular clothing. I mostly stay with darker colors, but I will bring a pop of pastel and bright in too. Mostly, I wear a long cloak instead of a coat (it is surprisingly warm!) or cat accessories (I have 4 sets of ears, 2 matching tales, a choker collar with a bell, and fingerless glove paws). I love Halloween and try to celebrate it as much as possible!

Weight loss: I have been tracking my weight fluctuation all throughout the month of September. My goal was to loose 3 pounds. I lost almost 5 pounds. All was done in a healthy way, and most of it was from fat. Many pairs of jeans are now getting to be rather loose. Who wouldn't get excited over that?(...maybe somebody who is underweight to begin with, in which case it is dangerous...)

Fingerless Gloves: I have been crocheting myself a pair of fingerless gloves. The yarn is a variegated teal and REALLY fuzzy. It is sure to keep my arms warm on the chilly Autumn days.

New wallet: I got a new wallet from Clair's earlier in the week. It was on clearance and is purple and glittery. I needed a new wallet so I can keep better track of my cards (I thought I had lost my drivers license). Now, I know where all my cards are! YAY!

Job Fair: So my school played host to one of these yesterday. I brought in my resume and went to a few tables that caught my eye. Enterprise seems like the one I would like to go to the most. If that falls through, I can always go to another one in the spring. I also got to see a friend of mine there and spent a good bit of time discussing video games and anime. I am such a dork, but it makes life fun!

Fixing my bathtub: My bathtub hasn't been draining properly since I moved in (over a year ago...) so I finally looked up what I could do about it. Turns out it was an easy fix and the drain was clogged with a TON of hair (ew...)! I love being able to fix things! Girls, don't think that because you have a boyfriend that he is also a handyman. Take the initiative and figure out the problem and try to fix it!

Puppies: I have been seeing so many dogs around campus. It is unreal and adorable. I met a black lab puppy who was 12 weeks old. The TINIEST 12 week old lab I have probably ever seen. He was so energetic and playful, it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

New blog design: I have been working for a few weeks on how I want my blog to look. I can't afford to hire anybody, but I do have a friend who is an AMAZING artist. She draws everybody in "Chibi" form and it is SO CUTE! I can't wait for her new chibi of me to be done (or I may just use an older one she drew of me last year).

Wow, action packed week here (moreso than normal since I don't live the most exciting life). hope you enjoyed it! Same place, earlier time for next week!