Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday, again.

I'm linking up with Mamarazzi, Queso and Crazymama for We Want to Know Wednesday!  This week is all about work!


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1. what is the worst job you have ever had?
I've never had anything horrendous.  I was probably least happy selling eyeglass cleaner, because the whole sales thing is just against my personality.

2. have you ever been fired?
Nope!  It came awfully close at Disney when I missed a lot of work due to illness, but good ol' FMLA saved me!

3. what would your dream job be?
I'd love to get paid to travel and either write about or photograph what I see!  Basically, I want to be Samantha Brown, but who doesn't?

4. what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
I wanted to be a veterinarian for a REALLY long time.  Luckily I figured out that it just isn't right for me just before dropping a bunch of cash on a pre-vet major.  I'm fascinated by medicine, and I love animals, but I just am not cut out for seeing animals in pain or suffering.  I used to cry giving my horse his shots every Spring.


5. how old were you when you got your first job?
13, wasn't everyone?  (Child labor laws what?)  I worked serving beverages in the little theatre at a local theme park.  At 14 I upgraded to the ice cream/sandwich shop.

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What to Wear for Winter

It is getting COLD in Missouri, y'all!  I have started timing my errands around what the weather forecast says will be the warmest part of the day.  I know I was here last winter, but I still feel like winter is a totally foreign thing.  I'm so jealous that as I'm writing this, it is 54 back home in Orlando, but 33 here.

I need to figure out some kind of winter style.  I keep leaving the house looking kinda scary because I just keep piling on warm things that don't especially look good together.  That, or I get into a state of denial about how cold it is, and end up freezing.  Today I went grocery shopping wearing flip-flops, jeans and a button down shirt, and it was like 45 degrees.  I froze!  I need to figure out winter style.



I'm kind of digging these two sweaters from Aeropostale.  I love the colors on the 2nd one, and that I could throw the hood over my head going from the car to the store (or wherever), but I'm not really sure I could pull off the colors.

Annnd I just realized that I am still cold weather shopping in terms of Florida cold weather.  That first sweater is what I'd throw on when it gets down to like 65 mid-winter in Orlando.  I need to figure out 30 degree Missouri winter!

What do you guys wear when it gets super cold?  Do you go for heavyweight stuff, or lots and lots of layers? When are they going to invent a sweater that's like an electric blanket you can wear?

This post was brought to you by Aeropostale, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Coming soon...

I'm thinking about doing a few posts about what it is like to work at Walt Disney World.  Does anyone have questions, or just something you'd like to hear about?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

This started out as a kind of different post.  Yesterday morning I pulled up blogger to jot down the first couple of things I'm thankful for (Katie and I started a tradition last year of posting a list of things we're thankful for on Thanksgiving.  Click here for last year's list, and read on for this year's!) before I forgot, so I'd have the post all started for today.  Then my cell phone rang.

I am not a phone person, so most people never call me and are smart enough to text instead.  On the rare occasions my cell does ring, it's usually some telemarketer/bill collector type. so I ignore it.  So, when "private number" flashed on the screen yesterday, I rolled my eyes.  For some weird reason though, I grabbed it, planning to just say they had the wrong number.

"Is this Crystal?"
"Yes?"  Oh, crap, I was supposed to say no.  I fail at lying.
"This is Officer (Name) with the Branson West police department.  Your mother was in a car accident.  She's okay, but she needs you to come to the scene."

Didn't see that one coming.

After some quick "OMG OMG OMG" panicking, I threw on some jeans and shoes and headed out.  She was only about 10 minutes away, but of course I got stuck behind a Winnebago doing 35.  Move it, dude!

When I got there, there was a police car, an ambulance, and tow trucks, one of which had my mom's seriously messed up car on the back.  The windshield was shattered, and most of the front driver's side was totally crushed.  I was flooded with the feeling that the police officer had lied to me on the phone so I wouldn't panic.  There was nowhere to park so I pulled my car off the road and ran back up to where everyone was.  The cop told me my mom was in the ambulance, so they let me climb in the back, where they had her hooked up to all kinds of monitors and stuff.

They were pretty sure she was ok, but wanted to take her in to the hospital just in case.  I stayed behind to give the police insurance info and all that, and then drove over to the hospital.  (I'm amazed I made it, I had no gas, no money to get gas, and it's like 20 miles.  And I have panic attacks driving.) Long, multi-hour story short, she did turn out to be ok.  She has some burns/rash on her face and neck from where the air bag deployed, and her neck and back are a little sore, but things are nowhere near as bad as they could be.

We don't know yet if her car can be fixed or if it will have to be totaled.  I'm just glad that she's mostly okay, because otherwise this could be a really different Thanksgiving.  So with that preamble, here's this year's list.

1. My BlackBerry!  I'm so excited I finally joined the 21st century!
2. The existence of whipped cream flavored vodka.
3. All the cool giveaways I've won this year.  So much fun!
4. My library has e-books now!
5. EdenFantasys!  I've gotten like $2000 worth of lingerie for free this year thanks to their ambassador and review programs!
6. All of my awesome blog & Twitter followers!  I can't believe I'm now over 100 and 200 respectively!
7. That this winter has been delightfully snow-free so far, and actually really decent in terms of warmth.
8. Glee.  It makes me really happy.
9. Pinterest!  How did we ever live without it??
10. Toes!  How can one kitten bring so much love and joy?  (and giant feet?)
11.  The amazing summer trip I had chasing U2 around Canada!
12. To go with #11, the fact that The Edge WAVED TO ME in Toronto!
13. Rafflecopter.  I know that sounds lame, but it has made running/entering giveaways so much easier!
14. My car is FINALLY paid off!
15. That I actually answered my phone yesterday.
16. That mom and I are about to chow down on absurd amounts of carbs today, instead of her spending it in the hospital.
17. Creativity
18. All the other cats.  They are hilarious and cuddly.
19. The way that throwing on giant dangly earrings can distract from a bad hair/makeup/face day.
20. Starbucks espresso in a can
21. My amazing viper socks from Ozone Socks.  I got one pair half off, and they sent me another pair FREEE because they love me.
22. Dalton Warblers
23. Edge's Love Is Blindness solo in From The Sky Down
24. My growing collection of superb owl rings
25. Queso
26. My comfy new pillow
27. Being freakishly flexible
28. 20/20 vision
29. Freelance Whales
30. All of the parts/systems of my body that DO work right
31. The rapidly approaching end of my 20s.  30s have to be better, right?
32. Yummy scented candles that don't make me sneeze
33. Sporcle.  I need something to knock my ego down now and then.  (Flags of the World is HARD, y'all.)
34. Guilty pleasure reality TV.
35. Any episode of True Blood that involves a mostly-naked Alexander Skarsgard
36. Any episode of Glee that involves Darren Criss in a bow tie.
37. No zombie apocalypse yet.
38. Caffeinated lip balm
39. Having perfect eyebrows
40. Less than 10k to go on NaNoWriMo!
41. The Daily Show & Colbert Report
42. High heels & cute boots
43. My boobs.  They're awesome.
44. Naps
45. Tea in a can, easy and tasty!
46. Random inspiration
47. Not having kids
48. Pumpkin-flavored holiday foods & drinks
49. That awesome Orange Julius that felt like it saved my life on a super hot day in Niagara Falls.
50. Rainy days spent reading in bed
51. Music
52. Strength
53. My awesome pink sunglasses
54. Comfy yoga pants
55. Mascara
56. Hammocks
57. My KT!
58. My mom <3
59. Other awesome friends
60. All the good things still to come

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Target Tuesday!



I haven't done a Target Tuesday in ages, seems like a good time!



Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Grandpa Cardigan - Assorted Colors.Opens in a new window
Mossimo Juniors Grandpa Cardigan
I saw this sweater at Target last week, and I am actually kind of in love with it.  It has that middle-aged college professor vibe, with the elbow patches and all.  It makes me want to read in a comfy chair while drinking tea.  Here's my photo:






Red Velvet Cupcake
WHY didn't I buy one?  They smell so good!


Head over to Fabulous But Evil to check out the other Target Tuesdays and link up!  And be sure to enter to win a necklace from Shabby Apple in my other post from today!

Shabby Apple Necklace Giveaway!

Anyone who spends much time reading blogs has probably heard of Shabby Apple by now, and just in time for the holidays I get to give one of you guys this gorgeous Key to Wonderland necklace worth $52!

Skeleton Key Necklace

It's one of my favorite pieces from the women's jewelry section of the site- I love that you can wear it with almost anything, and key necklaces have been huge this year!

I had fun browsing all of the pretty, feminine women's dresses at Shabby Apple when I was picking out the prize! Their clothes are designed to be versatile, the kind of dress you can wear to work just as easily as you can on a date. They would also be great for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with your family! Perfect "meeting the parents" dresses! Here are a few of my favorites:






I love the attention to detail in their photo shoots!

For the next 30 days, you can use the code straightontillmorning10off for 10% off any order!

Want to win a Key to Wonderland necklace of your own? Just fill out the handy Rafflecopter form below!  (Be sure to read all instructions by clicking "Click for Instructions", especially for the mandatory entry!) If you have any problems with the form, just e-mail me or leave a comment. This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on Dec 7, 2011!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Versace for H&M

Arrgh, I so wish that I had a) money and b) a H&M nearby, because I am loving their Versace for H&M stuff! I'm sure it sold out instantly, but still, a girl can dream, right?

Dear Santa, if you happen to be good buddies with Versace, I would like these under my tree!





It's all way out of my price range, but still way cheaper than regular Versace!

Shopping Scores!

Given that I am currently living in the middle of nowhere, I don't get out much, but last week I made my not quite monthly pilgrimage to Branson to hit up Target and the shopping center around it. I can't believe I get so excited about like, Target and Kohls now. This is what the midwest has done to me. I might make out with Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus when I get back to Orlando. Like, actually cuddle the mannequins or something.

I'm super broke right now, so I had almost nothing to spend, but y'all, I SCORED! I found some cute khaki shorts on the clearance rack at TJ Maxx for $3! Shorts never go on clearance in Florida, so I guess that's one point for Missouri! They aren't the cutest shorts in the history of the universe or anything (I can't even remember what brand they are) but they fit well and are neutral enough to go with lots of things, and did I mention THREE DOLLARS? I'm pretty proud.

I was amazed that I didn't even try on anything at Kohl's. Apparently the Crystal look is out, because nothing appealed to me. I usually end up with a big stack of stuff in the dressing room there, but this time, nada. I had the same problem at Target. Other than a Target-brand (Merino, I think? What is their store brand?) v-neck stripey sweater, nothing caught my eye. I tried it on, but as much as I love blue and green as a color combo, it looked wrong on me. Fail!

I never really look at mens clothes since, you know, the only males in my life have cats, but I decided to check out the t-shirts since they sometimes have good band shirts. I did a happy dance when I found Ireland & England shirts for $2.48 each! SCORE! This is what the Irish one looks like:

Ireland Men's Graphic Tee - Green

I'm totally set for the next U2 tour now!

The main goal of my shopping day was to get a Starbucks holiday drink-- I had been planning on a pumpkin spice frappuccino, but changed my mind to gingerbread at the last second. It was pretty good, but I think I prefer gingerbread with hot drinks, like a gingerbread latte. I totally cracked up when on the drive home, I realized that the coffee was the most expensive thing I bought all day!

I had a minor freak-out on my drive home because my "you need gas, idiot!" light had been on for over 10 miles when I got stuck waiting for road construction. You know how they sometimes close down one lane and then only let a few cars go at a time? That. I sat there for a LONG time, but at least Cory Monteith (Finn from Glee) was doing Q&A on Twitter at the time, so I was kept amused. Texting in the car is ok if you are stuck sitting still!

I can't believe that a trip to Target and Starbucks is now a super exciting day for me. Send civilization, you guys.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Seven

NaNoWriMo has left me kind of brain dead for blogging, so I thought I'd do the Sunday Seven (hosted here) this week!

This week's question is: Name 7 things you'd like to get for Christmas this year.

Easy!

1. a Nikon dSLR! I haven't done enough comparing/contrasting to decide exactly which model yet, but I'd be pertty happy with any of them.


2. A billion dollar Starbucks gift card. Or any denomination, I suppose, but a billion would be best.


3. The Super Deluxe Edition of Achtung Baby. Okay, I'd love the Uber edition, but that one is like eleventy billion dollars, and the Super has everything I really want in it.


I especially want the dvd of From The Sky Down, but agghh, I'm drooling just looking at this pic.


4. The Sims 3 with all the expansion/stuff packs.

The Sims 3

I'm not much of a gamer, but I've always been a Sims addict. Sims 3 came out while I was in FL with nothing but my half-dead laptop, so I would have had nothing to play it on even if I could afford it. Now I'm reunited with my desktop, so our time has come, Sims 3. Let's do this. (And by "this" I mean not notice as winter flies by because I'm staring at a computer for 12 hours at a time.)

5. Lush Veganese Shampoo


This is one of the few conditioners in the universe that doesn't make me sneeze. I lost mine when I moved, and haven't been anywhere with a Lush since. Well, that's a lie... my friend Jemma and I stood sadly outside the Lush in Toronto at like 3am as we were walking home from seeing the U2 cover band that we went to see right after we got out of the U2 concert. We made sad faces at the window, wishing they would let us in. The world needs 24-hour Lush.


6. Red Velvet Cupcake Candle

I'm not huge on scented candles, again because most make me sneeze, but I found this at Target last week and fell in looooove.

7. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette

Benefit Cosmetics Big Beautiful Eyes
My all-time favorite eye makeup, and I've been out for ages!

That's my 7! What's on your list?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Slice!


A couple of weeks ago, I was sent the slice™ Safety Cutter - Great for couponers to try out and review. I am not much of a couponer, but I do often cut things out from magazines for inspiration boards or just to reference later, so I thought this might come in handy.


The things I like? Number one is probably the safety factor. I love that I can leave this sitting out and not worry about the cats getting cut on it, since they will play with almost anything. The blade is a teeny tiny ceramic dot, and I can press it up against my finger without betting hurt. That also means you can toss it in your purse without worrying about it tearing up the inside or attacking your fingers if you reach in. I also like that you don't have to sharpen it, and the cutter is actually magnetic, so you can stick it to the fridge in between uses.

What don't I like? The only problems I have found so far is that when cutting magazine pages, it will sometimes work great one direction, but slightly less well in another. For example, cutting horizontally will work perfectly, but going vertical will get a little jagged. Also, since the blade is so tiny, it can be harder to cut exactly where I want than if I was using an xacto knife where I can see the blade.

Overall, I really like having it around. I have used it quite a bit so far, both for cutting things from magazines and opening packages, and so far I'm a fan.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kiss and Make Up

I am so excited, you guys.

One of the first things I do in the morning, while I'm sucking down my coffee and checking e-mail, Twitter, FB, etc, is to pull up EdenFantasys and see what is new. They've been on such a roll of having new lingerie almost every day that I get all excited to see what might be waiting when I log on.

But the, the other day, mixed in among the other new products, I saw this:

Face Palette by Bella Il Fiore- it comes in 3 different color combinations! This one is called "Tropique".

Yes, they carry MAKE UP now! I seriously did a little happy dance when I discovered that the cute palette above isn't just a fluke, there is now an entire section for makeup! There aren't a ton of items yet, but I have a feeling the selection will grow steadily.

Another item I'm excited about is this eye shadow palette from the same brand. It comes in three different styles, the one above is called Peony. I'm really excited to try these out and see how they are, I'll try to report back on the pigmentation and texture and all that! I really hope this one is nice quality, because that light pink "tulip" color int he corner is basically the exact color of pink I've been trying to find for a while!

Other new make-up items include blush, bronzer, and lip gloss. As a giant make-up nerd, I'm possibly a little TOO excited about this, but I can't wait to see what else they add! For now, I have to figure out which one to put in today's order. I'm leaning towards the eye shadow palette above, but it's a hard choice!


Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store
This post brought to you by EdenFantasys, an online sex toys retailer. I will receive a gift card in exchange for this post, but all words and opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

1000 Things That Make Me Happy: Part 5

Here it is, y'all, Part 5 of my 1000 Things That Make Me Happy list! You can finds parts 1-4 here, here, here and here! Just 500 more to go!

401. Cats in boxes.
402. When the library actually has the book I want.
403. "Teacup Humans"
Teacup Humans.

404. Free samples
405. Getting a really good deal
406. Getting paid for a job I totally forgot doing.
407. This llama:
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

408. Knee-high socks on cold days.
409. Finally getting to buy something you've wanted for months or years.
410. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos
Y E S ! (This includes beers, coffee, cakes and pies)

411. When a product you already love comes out with a new flavor/color/etc.
412. When horses lick your hand
413. Totally absurd movies
win!

414. Having a totally empty e-mail inbox
415. Free Shipping
416. How polite Jasper is when he REALLY wants a bite of what I'm eating
417. Cute band-aids
$4 Pac-Man!

418. DIY soft serve
419. Fashion Week(s)
420. When the vending machine accidentally pops out an extra of whatever you bought
421. Taking apart something electronic and feeling super smart.
422. 7-11 Taquitos and other awful-awesome gas station food

423. Getting awesome jewelry on eBay for less than $1
424. Free People & Anthropologie catalogs
425. Fashion Police on E!
426. Really fluffy kittens

427. Watching my cats dream
428. Holding babies
429. Scented stuff that DOESNT make me sneeze
430. Silly animated gifs like this one:


431. Free gifts with purchase
432. Halloween Oreos
433. The way boobs float in the bath tub
434. Getting an awesome parking spot
435. Feeling acupuncture needles jump a little when they're hooked up to electric current
436. Laying on the roller tables at the chiropractor's office
437. Rest stops on the highway. Not sure why I like them so much, probably the association with travel.
438. A hotel room with a view of the ocean
439. A good dream that makes you start the day in a great mood
440. Laying in the sunshiney spot on the floor, just like a cat.

441. This:
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442. Curling ribbon to put on presents
443. When friends ask how your pets are
444. A random warm day in the midst of winter.
445. Melting caramels on top of corn flakes. (Try it!)
446. Awesome deals in your grocery store's weekly ad.
447. Adding exra cheese!
448. When EdenFantasys adds new lingerie!
449. The monorail at the Orlando airport
450. Putting my head on Jasper's belly to hear him purring.
451. Starting out NaNoWriMo with 10,000 words on day 1!
452. There was a U2 reference on Glee! It's like my worlds colliding, dude.
453. Celebs that are awesome enough to tweet back. (@DotMarieJones was kickin' butt last night!)
454. Finding snazzy craft ideas on Pinterest
454. Feeling super-accomplished when you actually make a craft/recipe you found on Pinterest.
455. Houses that stand out:
epic win

456. Coming up with tunes on the guitar, even though I can barely play.
457. Those nights when I can't stop writing song lyrics.
458. Finding a new TV show I actually like! (I'm digging Hart of Dixie.)
459. Those occasional "Pretty Barbie Princess" days where I feel all girly and do super pink makeup.
460. The way these new kittens that have shown up at my house walk. It's the most adorable little scurry-waddle.
461. Unintentionally hilarious e-mails from my mom. (And the intentionally hilarious ones, too.)
462. Basically anything involving Allison from Top Model.

463. Going backstage at Magic Kingdom. It's not all that exciting back/down there, but I still feel like a badass slipping through the gate.
464. The colors in fall leaves.
465. Making a wish at 11:11 on 11/11/11. (I did it both AM and PM!)

466. People whose energy is so positive you can't help but soak it up.
467. When the cats carry their toy mice around in their mouths.
468. Lace.
469. The fact that I won socks on Free Sock Friday, so Ozone Socks is sending me THESE!! I'm so freaking excited.


470. The absurd nicknames my cats end up with. Toes is currently "Toey Toeface Toerson."
471. Making up songs about my cats. My current favorite is "Mr. Toes", to the tune of Mr. Plow from The Simpsons.
472. The fact that Jem and the Holograms is on DVD now. Must save up!
473. Edge's solo version of Love Is Blindness in From The Sky Down. I was blown away!
474. Finding other people that over-use the word "Awesome."
475. Watching my Tibetan prayer flags blow in the wind.

476. At Muppet Vision 3D at Hollywood Studios, when Sam Eagle says that stopping in the middle of the row is "distinctly unpatriotic."
477. Getting all excited over places I might work when I move back to Disney.
478. Watching the Walt Disney World Christmas parade every year.
479. Having a "conversation" with a cat. (You meow at them, they meow back, you meow, they meow...this happens to other people, too, right?)
480. Making a list of things I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving.

481. How fascinated my Ally Cat is with the TV. She will sit and watch it for ages.
482. So...McDonalds has little packages of ranch dressing for chicken nuggets now. I don't eat nuggets, but fries + ranch = nom.
483. Happy Hour at Sonic!
484. Beavis & Butthead are back on MTV. This delights me.
485. The Abominable Snowman from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
486. The excitement when you figure out the perfect Birthday/Christmas present for someone.

487. The #castmemberproblems hash tag.
488. Reading the blogs/tumblrs of other Disney World CMs/CPs
489. The part of Hall of Presidents when all the presidents introduce themselves. Dunno why, but I heart it.
490. Gargoyles

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491. The fact that U2 is up for a People's Choice for Best Touring Act! YAY! (GO VOTE!)
492. Unique, quirky people who aren't afraid to be different
493. When Ally Cat curls up in my lap to get cuddled. It took months before she would even let me touch her, so it's a big deal when she trusts me that much!

494. Unexpected U2 references that make me literally laugh out loud:

pan de bono

495. Anything with a peacock print
496. When cappuccino from the gas station is actually really good.
497. Bill Nye the Science Guy
498. New blog & Twitter followers.
499. Wearing flowers in my hair.
500. Being halfway finished with this list! WOOT WOOT! Celebrate!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Randomness

Sometimes I wish I had a Tumblr.


 Drop everything. This is a baby kangaroo in pajamas. excuse me while i asdfghjkl

Oh, you know, just a baby kangaroo in pajamas.



Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Novels & Pins

I hit 30,000 words on my NaNoWriMo novel this morning! Just 20k to go! Woot woot!

I came up with a new trick for novel inspiration this year that I think I will continue to use in future years- I made a NaNoWriMo pin board on Pinterest, and have been sticking images that either relate to my story somehow or just plain interest me on it. Here's a sneak peek! This is kind of like seeing my story thus far in very abbreviated, visual form. Oooh, ahh!

(in no particular order)

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If you are noveling this month, too, how is it going?

Monday, November 07, 2011

Friday, November 04, 2011

Best. Spam. Ever.

I'm dying, y'all. DYING.

This went down on Twitter this morning. (Some of my U2 fan friends and I have a running joke about becoming instantly pregnant watching them sometimes.)

Val
@
Probably. Stop impregnating me with your eyes Bono!! Sheesh. Imagine if he used what he's supposed to use. I'd have octuplets.

Crystal Ward
@
Edge used guitar, so I will prob give birth to a ukulele.

StupidCheapGuitars
Check out our used guitars (There was a link here, which I'm taking out because I'm not giving them a free link on my blog!) RT Edge used guitar, so I will prob give birth to…

Crystal Ward
@
I think we just got the most misdirected spam tweet ever

Val
@
"used guitars" Oh dear God I am dying. Dying. Lololololol!

Crystal Ward
@
You know the spammer didn't read the actual tweet when...

Internet Round-Up

I had fun putting together the list of things from around the internet that caught my attention a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd do it again!



This gorgeous house tour on Apartment Therapy makes me want to surround myself with more color!

 (908): I think I actually have rug burn on my eye.
Texts From Last Night meets Disney movies at Texts From Disney


Over at The Sweetest Occasion, CUPCAKE FONDUE! This idea rocks!


I just learned about the existence of the Maned Wolf. I would like two for my birthday, please. You can read about them on Wikipedia here.

This would have been better if I'd posted it a couple of months ago, but Tales of a Hockey Wife's story of being a flight attendant on the days around 9/11 blew me away and made me think a lot about how seemingly random factors can totally change the course of our lives.

Finally, this is one of the best things I've seen in a while: