glittering eyes.

“& above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

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Friday Favorites

Contrary to popular belief, I haven’t been kidnapped, mauled by tigers, or run away with the circus. I’ve just been busy and using “busy” as an excuse to complain and not be on top of things. Good thing I stumbled upon this little article this morning:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-bartolotta/happiness-tips_b_3956114.html

It is my only Friday favorite today (it’s that relevant). Now I’m off to work a little then go celebrate my sister’s next to last weekend of singledom! Happy Friday, y’all!

Zombie Survival Kit!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve started seeing a new fella – the one who likes zombies. Well his birthday is today and I wanted to do something special for him. Being that we haven’t known each other too long and I’m known for going overboard, I decided to pick a silly idea and run with it. Thus, the zombie survival kit was born!

zombie 1What exactly is a zombie survival kit, you ask? A zombie survival kit includes all the things one would need in case of a zombie apocalypse. It contains fuel, rations, first aid, guide book, and if all else fails…condiments for your first meal of brrrraaaaiiinns.

This one had:

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Twinkies
Beef Jerky
5 Hour Energy Shots
Granola bars
Zombie repellent (insect repellent)
Ghost chili hot sauce

zombie 2 He was pretty impressed by the creativity and said his new survival guide was going in the Zombie Jeep when he brings it back from West Virginia. Oh, boy.

He also loves banana pudding, so I made a compromise and told him if he cooked dinner last night, I would provide dessert.

banana pudding

I used:

1 package of Nilla Wafers
.75 package of French Vanilla pudding
.5 package of cream cheese
1 cup milk
.5 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 container of frozen, lite cool whip (thawed)
3 bananas

I covered the bottom of a glass dish with nilla wafers and slices of bananas. Then I mixed the milk and pudding mix in a small bowl until it was well blended (and resembled egg yolks). Using a separate bowl, I mixed the cream cheese and condensed milk together and then added the cool whip to it. Then I combined the two wet mixtures together and poured them over the wafers and bananas. I crushed the leftover wafers into powder and used them as sprinkles on top.

“On a scale of 10, I give it a 10/10 for presentation and a 11/10 for taste.” -birthday boy, after inhaling two servings

Happy Monday!

leah

 

Friday Faves: John Mayer edition

Y’all – I love music, but I hate concerts. I hate the crowds. I hate how the artist(s) never sound as good as they do on their albums. I hate the overpriced merchandise. I hate that one couple who ruins the experience for everyone because they cannot keep their hands off each other. I just hate them. So understandably, I was a little apprehensive when I purchased tickets to see John Mayer.  I had the whole hating concerts thing going against me and I was so scared he wasn’t going to be good. With him canceling his last tour due to vocal chord issues and the last two albums not sounding anything like his original stuff, I honestly thought he was making a feeble attempt at staying relevant. Boy – was I wrong.

playlist

I cannot express how much I enjoyed last night. From the opening chords of Queen of California to the closing notes of Gravity, I was in awe of this man’s talent. Of course, I have crushed on him since he put out Room for Squares, but I had no idea how bad I had it. Now I remember getting excited when getting N’SYNC’s “No Strings Attached” came out in 2000, but that was mainly because I wanted to take it with me to dance class to play for everyone. But 2001’s Room for Squares was something entirely different. It was the first album I actually listened to as something more than notes and a beat – and I’m pretty sure I’ve thought “Love Song For No One” was the anthem of my life. From there, I remember memorizing the words to every song from Continuum to Heavier Things and rushing out to buy Battle Studies the day it came out. I remember crying to Gravity when my heart was broken and dancing along to The Age of Worry in my car. So you can see why I was apprehensive. You can see why I didn’t want to go to this concert and be let down by someone I had admired for his music for 12 years.

mayer

Now I can’t believe I was so worried. The man was incredible. You could just tell he was there to play music and not make a name for himself. He just had to get the music out of him at the expense of his beat-up guitar (with monogrammed guitar strap – precious). He played for two hours straight, and I’ve never been so mesmerized. While he didn’t play my favorite song of his, he did perform “Free Fallin'”, which in my opinion is right up there with Tom Petty’s original version and he closed the night with “Gravity”.

I desperately tried to appreciate the moment and not spend it Instagramming and tweeting. He even stopped mid-concert to commend “older” people in the audience for realizing that the world is not always staring at every little thing you do and to “dance like no one is posting”.  What a goofball! I honestly think we could be best friends.

Here’s my John Mayer playlist on Spotify if you want to sing along with me all day.

best.day.ever.

Have you ever had one of those picture-perfect afternoons? One that you don’t feel restless or like you’re missing out on something else. Well I did yesterday (happy Labor Day to me!). It was one of those effortless afternoons that didn’t require a lot of planning or perfecting (maybe that’s what made it awesome, I don’t know). We went hiking at Raven Rock State Park and it was awesome – minus the sensation of early on-set asthma after climbing about 75 wooden stairs to get back to the trail.

Raven Rock 1

The trails are pretty easy and the views are incredible! It was refreshing to take in some vitamin D and fresh air. It was also pretty cool to hang out with the boy without technology interfering or worrying if my outfit was okay. Plus, he had to stop and pet every dog we encountered and I heard him say “howdy” to at least ten other hikers.  I think I’ve stumbled upon an outdoorsy type. He was rambling on about canoes and camping at one point – I tried to block it out.

boy

That picture is going to irk my mother and sister, who up until now probably thought he was a figment of my imagination.  Boyyy, the back of your head is ridiculous.

After hiking, we stopped at Sunni Sky’s and then finally found our way to the Aviator Smokehouse where I proclaimed, “I deserve man food!” I ordered pork tacos and was definitely the winner of the Who Ordered the Best Meal competition.

piggies

Happy Tuesday-masquerading as Monday!
leah