Shutterfly Photobooks

Here are some snip-its of my sophomore yr photo books for Amanda to see:

All my school year books are 12' by 12' and my summer ones are 8x8.  Now that I'm done with school they'll all be 12x12 because I like them a little bigger.

Best part? You get to customize everything! The cover, design, wording, font, etc.  It's really too cool for school.


Snail Mail

I LOVE getting mail!  Perhaps this is why I buy so many things online.  It's an especially good day when 90% of the things I've bought in the past couple of weeks arrives on the same day!

1. Modcloth dresses
2. Bridesmaid Gifts!! (get excited!)
3. Dessy fabric swatch.  I'm loving it so I think those will be the dresses I go for.
4. Shutterfly - 4 photobooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I spent 1.5 hours checking my mail :) that is a good day.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

I've been craving pumpkin pie for awhile now since all the leaves have changed colors. This is a very interesting alternative...

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting



Vanessa: "If I were annoying enough would you leave me in the woods?"
Gary: "In the woods? Maybe not."

Energizer Bunny

More good news was received today!  I LOVE good news :)

As I was heading home from work I got online with my phone to check my email.  When I get ready in the morning I no longer get on my computer so I hadn't checked it since last night. (go me!) In my inbox was an email from a company I recently applied to.  YEAH!  It's an event coordinator position too!  They want to schedule a phone interview so thankfully I made it past the first test.  I was so damn excited that I squealed for at least a minute and walked like a speed demon.  Normally it takes me right around 25-30 minutes to get to work, but I made it home in 17 because I was so excited.


best. idea. ever.

I've got to try this!

I have a new love

Sorry Ann Taylor Loft, move over.  ModCloth dresses are better.  I have absolutely fallen in love.  Gary is aware.  :)

Here are a few of my recent purchases:

Mr. Chiropracter, where are you?

You can tell it's time to get a tune-up when from my lower left back down to my left heel it huuuuurts.  Nothing else in my body is sore or in a bit of pain but my left leg.  The whole thing.  I need to get my back put back into it's proper place and also to see if I need to adjust my shoulder again.  It's gotten better since having it done last year but I can tell it's pulling again.  I haven't been to the chiropractor in a year so I think I've waited long enough.  And now that I have more time coming my way I can actually schedule something! Exciting.

In other news, my mother called today with some great news. I have been ooooing and aaaaaawwwwing over this adorable budding family for years and have always thought how awesome it'd be to babysit. Yes, I'm talking about the Thompson's.  They are just so darn cute!  Not to mention she used to give me piano & voice lessons so it'd be so nice to turn the tables.  The only downfall is that I don't have a vehicle and my hotel schedule is not as planned as other jobs.  We'll just have to see.  I have to contact her tomorrow to see if it will even work too.  Let's hope :)

pppeeeaaaaccceee out.



Candy corn cake wedges recipe


Since about 5pm tonight I've been working on my junior year photo book.  Granted I didn't get very far plus having fed the puppies, made dinner, washed dishes, taken a shower & read the Life's a Journal blog for an hour......the session timed out before I had a chance to save it. Balls.  I give up.  For tonight anyway.

What should I do now?  I'm going to look at IKEA and also try to find a stamppad for something I'm thinking to do for my ceremony/menu cards.  I'll report back with any findings.

"Vanilla Sky"

Yet another recipe



Beat the Heat


I ordered a super adorable dress from ModCloth at 9pm on October 12th.  The VERY NEXT DAY, I got an email saying it had been shipped and it's running on schedule.  Meaning?  It will be here tomorrow, October 15th.  Did I mention it traveled all the way from Pittsburg?  Woah.  Now that is impressive.

What else did I buy this past week?  Oh you know, four photobooks (from freshmen & sophomore year [FINALLY]) and a wedding dress.

Yes.  I bought my wedding dress.  I have never seen it in person and have no idea if I ordered the right size, but it felt right.  Kinda like when I bought my prom dress online without ever trying it on or seeing it.  It fit p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y!  I'm hoping it will work out that nicely with this dress too.  It's short and sweet and is going to go SO well with the the theme I have in my head.  Hopefully I can make it all come to life :)

On another note, I am of the proclaimed stalker type and have been noticing something missing in my life based on the stalked.  I'm a quirky girl but I don't act very quirky anymore.  I need to get out more and do quirky stuff.  I think that is the missing link here.  I get so bogged down with work and wanting to be a pile that I never do what truly satisfies me.  Though I need to save monies so I need to find quirky things to do for free.  Any suggestions?  (ps:  the person I'm stalking at the moment has an adorable blog going and has THE cutest engagement photos up.  Here some of her pictures.  I'm in love with the colors and lighting!)

pss: she is going to have her blog featured in mspweddings.com.  I'm excited to see more of her blogs and ideas.


I've been reading Lunch in Paris for about 7 months now.  I just want to finish it already!   I really enjoy the book but for some reason it's taking me f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to finish it.

One paragraph, though, stuck out.  I feel like it is exactly what I am going through right now and is the reason why I am so unhappy and discontented in my current place in life.

"Here it was, right on schedule: my mini existential crisis.  Yes, the writing was still coming in dribs and drabs.  But it was so slow.  Yup, the tours were great.  I felt like I was doing something really valuable - sharing the love of museums my father had given me.  But it wasn't mine.  Once again, I was a charming cog in someone else's wheel.  I was once again forced to confront (with the accompanying self-loathing) the fact that I had the goods, but not the discipline or perseverance to create something for myself.  How could anyone so ambitious be so inert?"

I came home from work yesterday truly upset.  I just wanted to cry.  The communication is simply not there which is causing so many problems.  And then the drama.  Dear god, just go away.  I felt so uncomfortable that someone even commented on my fidgety nature.  I do really love working in hospitality but when the workers behind the scenes are not hospitable to eachother, how can we provide our best services to our clients/guests?  It can't work like that.  It has to start from the ground up, from the housekeeping to the servers to the kitchen, to the management.

It's definitely not Gary.  I love him more and more everyday.  We're learning to appreciate each other better and treat each other with the greatest respect.  He's been a great support to me as I struggle with life at the moment.  Though it's also about not living on our own in addition to working in a terribly unprofessional environment.  I need to get out of here simply to gain my sanity back.  I want to enjoy where I work and feel at home.  I can't wait until I can go to sleep with no terror that something didn't get done or dream about work or wake up feeling so anxious that I wish I never woke up in the first place.

I can't wait for Gary to graduate :)