Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gingerbread House!

Once upon a time, I was at Wal- Mart and saw this Gingerbread kit for $7... and bought it. I felt kind of dumb checking out, because the cashier was a teenage guy and he gave me this look I sometimes get from boys that says, "You are such a girl," but oh well. I just pretended to look for something in my purse haha. Whatever.
Two days go by and I get a call from one of my band buddies from high school, who invites herself and two others over for an impromptu party at my house. Ok, fun! I don't mind that... but I really don't have much to entertain with. So I decided that we could all build this thing together. It worked! We laughed for about two hours, it was great.

This is Ashley, left, and Celeste, right. Ashley was in Pit with me, and we were roomies in Ireland. Celeste plays the flute and is an AMAZING photographer- later she had fun posing us for pictures. You'll see one later.

The icing was difficult to work with at first, so I ended up taking over and doing the roof (Oh and by the way- Ash & I are wearing aprons we actually made; I love mine- it's reversible).

See, the roof is better compared to the windows... but I was not going to be OCD about it. The whole point was to have fun, and we did.

This is Diana, and she was also in Pit with me. Yes, I was trying to get a shot of her working on the house, but I really wanted to capture her hair... she has Kate Gosselin hair from Jon & Kate Plus 8!! See! :D

Here she is from the front. But you can't see her hair very well.

When we were done, we had to carry it, and I almost dropped it. That would have been so sad, and yet so funny. *I said, "Oh no! Not the gumdrop buttons!" in a really high- pitched voice, and we almost dropped it again.*

Ah yes, here we are. All done! And safely on the counter. I love this one.

My mom wanted to get us by the tree, so Celeste posed us (she works at JCP in the photo department), you should see the gazillion pics I have of us laughing at her trying to move us. Oh goodness, I was not used to having people "draped" over me!

And here is the tree, the one I had to decorate all by myself this year. They are a lot of work, but I think it's worth it! I did have help with the lights though. When we were done we sat around it and had some girl time. Good stuff.

And there you have it, the tale of the first gingerbread house I ever made. Now I can cross it off my bucket list!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Oh, Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

Tonight, I made my grandma a teeny- tiny Christmas tree. Like super- tiny, complete with little ornaments and everything. I made it for her because she wasn't able to put up a tree this year, and she was telling me over breakfast one day that she really missed one. How could I not try to help?
My grandparents live in Globe, and they buy old run- down houses and fix them up to resell. The one they have right now isn't far enough along for a tree yet, but I think this one will fit just fine...

I LOVE the little ornaments I made, like the little cameo:

And the boots (my grandma reads a ton of westerns) and lights:

And the garland is little snowflakes and pearls. I think she'll get a kick out of it. :)

And some have been asking to see the blanket I made, so here it is. They are not the best pictures, but oh well.

This is my Neopolitan blanket, because I used what I had of brown, cream, and strawberry pink. It's kind of a pattern, but not really- I wasn't sure how much yarn I had so I just went with it.

Keep in mind I made this in like three days; I can do better. I take a lot longer on the baby blankets I make.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hello again, I guess it's been a while since I've been on here. A lot has happened recently! Talk about busy. I am now a college ambassador, and tonight I am helping with the Finals Breakfast ASU hosts every year. I get to work with the massage people- lucky me!

I also had a birthday recently (yesterday, in fact), and now I'm 20! No longer a teen. FINALLY. My mom says I've been "20" since I was 14 haha. Hmm, I feel kind of old. It's an interesting age; no longer a teen, but still too young to drink. Not that I want to, I just think it's funny. It's also interesting because about a third of the girls I knew in high school are married now and having kids! It seems like every time I get on Facebook, I'm looking at someone's bridal pics or baby sonograms. Some even created a profile for their unborn babies... kind of creepy, huh? Haha.

I have a job interview on Tuesday- yay! If I get it, I will be working with ASU's Alumni Association as a secretary. One of my scholarships is through the Alumni Association, so I know a lot of people there already. I'm excited! It sounds like the perfect fit for me.

I'm almost done with the semester... last finals are on Monday! I can't wait to have a break. I'm looking at 20 credit hours next semester, so that should be fun. Whoo. But hey, like I always say... sure is a good thing I like school! I am looking forward to it because it will be my last semester of Hebrew. 2 whole years of it, and I will have accomplished my goal. I can now read the Tenak (Old Testament) in it's original writing!! I have learned A LOT about the Bible in general and about Jewish culture from this class. And my professor is amazing- simply the best I've ever had. Really. She is so amazing, that she offered to do a 499 or special topics class with me! That will be fun, I know it. The rest of my classes are prep classes for Greek... I'm taking two years of that starting next fall. I know, I know... I'm a little crazy. But hey.

I finally got the Christmas tree up with dad's help... only to discover that a section of lights in the middle (it's a pre-lit tree) won't light up. And of course, we can't find the stupid box of lights... ugh. Guess I'll be tearing apart the garage later. Know what else I want to do this Christmas? Build a genuine gingerbread house. I've never done it, and it looks like it could be fun.

Well, I have to get going on these last few projects due... and tests... so bye for now!