On the Move

The rent in our apartment is about to go up so my boyfriend and I decided to find a roommate. When we first moved in together we were a little bit of a snob about this. We wanted a place that was completely “our own”. We didn’t want to have to share space.

We also weren’t positive about who we could be comfortable with as a roommate. My girlfriends weren’t close enough to my boyfriend so he would be hiding in his room all the time and my boyfriend wasn’t comfortable leaving me at home for long periods of time with his guy friends since he has a night job. And plus, his friends, although I love them, are not the cleanest of people and we wanted to be able to control that.

So we did the living by ourselves thing for a while. But it is getting increasingly more difficult to do that without a roommate especially when we both want to go to school and can’t work full time or two jobs anymore. My cousin and his girlfriend were also wanting to move out on their own but as his girlfriend isn’t ready yet and even if she were they wouldn’t be able to afford it, my cousin needed to find a place and rather than pay $700-800 and stay in a little efficiency or room for rent with people he doesn’t know, we offered to share a two bedroom two bath apartment with him and then where never his girlfriend is ready to move out she can move in too.

It works out for us all financially and I’ll have more company instead of being home alone all the time. My boyfriend is comfortable leaving me home alone with him because we are family and him and my boyfriend are good friends by now so he will be comfortable hanging out in the common area.

We don’t move into the new apartment until mid-August but I am just bursting with excitement. I can’t wait to start saving money and planning dinners and EVERYTHING.

Of course there are things that I’m worried about: privacy, having enough me time alone, keeping the place clean, and of course what if we all end up hating each other by the end of it. But my and my boyfriend moved in together in closer quarters and we have flourished. I don’t see why this should be any different. Pus, I made a roommate rules and agreement contract stating what we should do for privacy, couple time, cleaning and any other minor issues we thought might come up.

I this this is just one of those life experiences that are good to have and I can’t wait to get started!

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Here is a floor plan of the new apartment we will be moving into. My boyfriend thinks I am a dork, but my favorite thing about this move is that I’ll finally get a walk in closet. It’s the little things in life that tend to make me happiest.

Book Nook: Skippyjon Jones and Khaled Hosseini

I’ve decided to add a category to my blog about books. I am a huge book worm and quite obsessive about them.

Lately I have taken to reading a lot of children’s literature for my reading class at FIU, but I have completely fallen in love with them. Adult books just don’t really do it for me like kids books do. Especially the Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner. They are officially my new favorite kids picture books.

The Skippyjon Jones books are about a little Siamese cat whose ears are too big and who head is too big so he likes to imagine he is a chihuahua to the dismay of his mother and the bewilderment of his sisters. He gets into all sorts of crazy adventures with his friends in his closet to Mexico Los Chimichangos, a wild band of colorful chihuahuas.

The stories are all “roll on the floor laughing” hilarious, the pictures are beautiful, and they have these great little songs and rhymes. In conclusion, the best Read Aloud books I have ever read in my entire life and my only regret is that they weren’t around when I was little so I have top use the guise of buying them for my future classes or nieces and cousins when we all know I’m  buying them for myself!

Although, kids literature is amazing, I do realize that I am an adult so I have to read some adult literature too. A couple years ago I read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was an absolutely amazing read and really opened my eyes to how different life is outside the United States.

The Kite Runner is about two boy characters and their relationship, but Hosseini has another book with two girl characters that I have begun to read. I thought that it would help me get a view of what my life could have been like if I didn’t grow up here in America. Once again, Hosseini hit a homer.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is absolutely incredible, illuminating, touching, and surprisingly it feels like a girl wrote it, not a male guessing at how women feel. It intertwines the stories of two girls who grow up in Afghanistan and the troubles and adversity they face and how too completely different lives can go through such similar things.

 

Skippyjon Jones books

Skippyjon Jones
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice
Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Skippyjon Jones, Cirque de Ole

Books by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
A Thousand Splendid Suns
And the Mountains Echoed (5/21/13)

Have you read any of these books? Which ones? And what did you think about them?

 

Two Computer Games That Have Made Me More of a Homebody Than I Already Was

I suck at video games. I can’t use an Xbox or Playstation controller to save my life. No hand eye coordination when it comes to buttons. But I do love them. It’s like I have this sick need to be really bad about something so I can laugh at myself.

I bought my boyfriend Borderland for his birthday and he wanted me to try playing it with him because I thought it looked so interesting, and when I tried and he was trying to teach me the controls… I cried. I mean sobbed. I mean totally broke down and died crying.

It was awful. I couldn’t even stay looking straight ahead and all I saw was sky the whole time until I just was just mercifully killed. Needless to say he doesn’t let me play video games like that anymore and we stick to the sighting games where I can button mash my life away. I’ all about the button mashing and I’m quite lucky in it, making some pretty impressive wins.

I am, contradictorily enough, pretty god at computer games. Maybe it’s because I’ve been using one since I was like… 4? I think. The commands are more familiar to me and I kind of kick butt. So I’ve started playing two games that have totally taken over my life: Sims 3 and Spore.

For those of you who don’t know, Sims3 is a game where you create and control a household of individuals, creating their house, building their careers, hobbies, skills, and relationships with other Sims. The game is very detailed, I found out I can zoom in close enough to actually watch TV with them, see them eating food and read with them (although you can’t understand the Sim writing. The Sims have complete lives, they make babies and are mortal and die, but after your original Sims die, you play with their offspring, who have physical traits and skills and personalities that are a mix of the two parents like in real life.

Now, I ask myself, why would I play out someone else’s whole life instead of living out my own, but see I am living out my life! My genus self actually created a Sim for myself and my boyfriend. I am working as a journalist until I can find a teaching position, and my boyfriend is a prep cook at the local restaurant. I modified the Sims so that we look like ach other and have the same traits and characteristics we have in real life. I look at it as a kind of study as to how we are doing. My guess is that Sims uses what would most likely happen if two people of certain likes and dislikes and skills came together. I just want to make sure we are on track. A little creepy, no? Well, I love it. Plus, I can’t afford to have a house right now and this way I get to design my own home, which is one of my favorite past times.

The other game that I have quickly become obsessed with is Spore. I could actually see me using this game in a Biology class to show how the evolutionary process takes place and how we mostly likely came into existence. It is a game where all your choices have consequences and each consequence will determine whether you evolve to see another day or die off.

You start off as a cell, you can choose to be an herbivore or a carnivore or an omnivore. You find pieces of the meteor that brought you to this planet and gave you life that contain more parts that you can use when you evolve. Once you have evolved enough t have legs, you move on land where you must mingle with other creatures who are trying to evolve like you. You can choose to fight them and dominate or befriend them, remembering that all choices have consequences. After mingling with creatures you can receive new parts that you use in evolution. You also grow in brain size.

This goes on and on until you are evolved beings much like humans. It really is quite an addictive game and I got to make my OogieBoogie (that’s what I named my creature) pink and blue. She is awesome!

Last night was Friday and no one could come over and I spent six hours playing these games and woke up this morning thinking about them. I have found my new passion. I always kid around with people telling them that I’m going to be dictator of the world one day and control what people eat and how they dress and everything so that I can live in the most perfect world. With these games I have this power… and just as I expected, the world is a better place in my games.

If I Won the Lottery

Everyone speculates about what they would do if they were to win the lottery. In fact, I spend a lot of time planning out a life where work is not a necessity and mortgages, rent, and bills are not a problem.

I like to imagine that I get the winning ticket and just disappear with my boyfriend. We collect our money and go on a road trip searching for the perfect house for us. Then other times, I think I would just buy a whole neighborhood. We would buy all the houses on the row and rent them out to our closest friends at a price that won’t make them go bankrupt but we can still pay the property taxes at the end of the year and for any new appliances they may need, etc.

Either way I know that I would live a carefree life, where I don’t worry about bills in any way so I can do whatever I want. I can travel all over the world, quit my job, quit school (or keep going just for fun). I could open up my own photo studio or just spend the rest of my life blogging! I could hire a maid who would do all the cleaning so I never have to do a load of laundry or wash a dish again in my life.

Oh, how much easier and happier life would be if I won the lottery. But me and my boyfriend both agree, that we wouldn’t try to live like millionaires. It’s a surefire way to get caught. Then your friends and not so close family will forever be bugging you for loans and expecting you to pay for everything. And our neighbors would know and we would most likely be robbed.

No, I think it is best that you buy a simple house with a garage and large backyard because we are a little selfish that way. I would keep going to school to become a teacher but I could take as long as I wanted and then I could do absolutely whatever I wanted on the summers and winters. I could have an extra photo company on the side, or open up that coffee/tea/baked goods/used bookstore shop I always wanted when I was younger.

And now that I have spent my time planning the design of my future house, the designs of my future businesses, and my improbable financial situation, all I need is a time machine so I can get those winning numbers…

Top 10 Movie Marathons

One of the best things for a movie night is to have a theme. And that’s why the world made sequels in my opinion. It’s so much easier to pick out a set of movies than just a random assortment of movies. Today I have put together a list of
Movie Marathon themes. Some of these themes even have their own snack ideas that come along with them. So be prepared for the ultimate Geekend List!

  1. Star Wars. Of course. Can’t have a Geekend without this one. Break out the light sabers and lets have a party. Now there are many Star Wars movies. I would just suggest the first three or the last three as they really don’t have to be seen in particular order when broken up in those two groups. As for snacks, none for this theme, but you could definitely break out some of those plastic light sabers (you all know you secretly have them) and have a war at the end if you feel like totally geeking out.                                                                          
  2. Harry Potter. I like to say you can watch all of them in one sitting, but the truth is no one really has patience for that (besides crazy fans like me). For snack buy a couple bags of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and make your guests some Butterbeer. Check out this recipe for Butterbeer off of the Bakingdom blog by Darla. She also has a couple of other recipes like cauldron cakes and treacle tarts. Set up some Hogwarts House banners, maybe even play games and have teams from different houses. I know there are lots of board games that have to do with Harry Potter and Trivia games. (I may end up doing a whole post about Harry Potter Parties. This can get so intricate!)
  3. Twilight. So you either like these movies, or you don’t. I love them and I also think they make for a great girls night in. Obviously theme colors would be black and red, maybe some white. Red wine that resembles blood as beverages. If people aren’t huge fans of wine you could do sparkling wine which is just adding sprite and some fruit juice to make it sweeter. Maybe some red velvet cake and, if dinner is being served, a nice yummy bloody steak.
  4. Lord of the Rings. These movies are kinda long but it’s cool to see if you can get through them and they are also a must have on a Geekend marathon event. Beer and white wines, rolls of bread, maybe some stew. And for desert something that has to do with rings. I’m not quite sure at the moment and the only thing I can thing of is bunt cake (lame!) so I’ll get back to you on that. I know that party favors can definitely be an One Ring to Rule them All, though (not real gold obviously, find something plastic and cheap on Amazon).
  5. Marvel Madness! Everyone loves the superhero movies and Marvel has quite a few out. Play the game where you try to catch Stan Lee in each of the movies (in case you didn’t know, he makes an appearance in EVERY Marvel movie). Plus there are so many options with this theme: all of them, Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Elektra, The X-Men, The Avengers, Iron Man (or you could include him in the Avengers), etc. Snacks? Comic themed cupcakes? Junk food? Go back to your childhood and what were the things you liked to eat while watching movies.                                                
  6. The Dark Knight. This is more superhero madness, but DC instead of Marvel as my boyfriend likes to remind me. I just love Christian Bale. A movie madness with him in it is just enough for me. I can’t really think of good themed food for an event such as this one besides dimming the lights, putting up the surround sound and popping some popcorn.                
  7. Superman. Now this can either be the new version or the old one because they are both awesome! As for color schemes, obviously blue and red and yellow, superman logos and whatnot. For food, all I would want is a pizza party, but really you could do anything, even bake a superman cake.Monster Madness. This includes the oldies but the goldies of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and the Wolf Man. These are classics and really great for real movie buffs and for Halloween time. If you do it around Halloween then obviously the food will be on the sweeter side. If not, everybody loves the spooky thing year round! Stick some cobwebs up, maybe a black light and skip back a couple of months, no one will mind and it will put the money you spent on Halloween to more use.
  8. A Pixar Party. Choose three favorite Pixar movies and revert back to your childhood: The Incredibles, Monsters. Inc., A Bug’s Life, Up, Cars, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Ratatouille, etc. Everybody likes gathering to become a kid again and these movies are classics, good for adults and kids, especially if you are gonna be having a mix of ages. Totally appropriate and fun for everyone!
  9. Planet of the Apes. I love these movies and know I am a geek for it, but they are great fro movie marathons too. Fruit salads galore and just a good time all around. And I still haven’t seen the prequel BEFORE watching the old ones so I think it would be interesting to see how they tie in together.

Hopefully my list will help you on your way to planning your next movie night or Geekend!

Have any great ideas for a movie marathon? Please comment and share them with me!

Top 10 Favorite Shows to Watch Over and Over Again on Netflix

I am finally caught up on all my assignments I fell behind on because of my vacation  so now I can move onto better and more fun things. Like writing my blogs on schedule.

Since I’ve had so much homework to do, the only down time I really had been watching my shows on Netflix. So today I bring you my Top 10 Favorite Shows to Watch Over and Over Again on Netflix.

  1. Glee. I just can’t get enough of their music. I love to get up and sing and dance with them… with my windows closed of course.
  2. Greek. Although I have experienced Greek life first hand at FIU and can say for a fact it is not entirely like that, I can not get enough of this show. It always gets me excited about being young and able to do things (although I’d rather just think about doing them safely on my couch rather than actually go out and do them…)
  3. Desperate Housewives. Holy cow! Even though I already know the answers to all the questions and mysteries, it is still just so juicy. Like re-reading a juicy sexy novel over and over again.
  4. Roswell. I absolutely love my 90’s teen dramas. I missed out on them because my mom thought they were inappropriate for an elementary schooler (she’s probably right) but now that just means I have more catching to do than other people.
  5. Downton Abbey. So dramatic, so amazing. Can not get enough of this show. It’s like reading your favorite regency novel over and over again but the book doesn’t end.
  6. Psych for some laugh out loud hilariousness and a touch of mystery.
  7. Once Upon a Time. Besides Glee, probably one of the most hard to put together shows out there and absolutely incredible.
  8. Gossip Girl. A girl’s gotta have her drama and I just can’t live without it. I just HAVE to know what happens next. It’s like a requirement for me to live to the next day.
  9. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Now a lot of people criticize this show but I secretly adore it, even though the message they are trying to send is don’t have sex in high school and all these kids are doing is fixating on sex I can’t help but love the corny drama-esque feel to it and I have a super huge crush on Ricky of course.
  10. Pretty Little Liars. Seriously a pretty twisted and dark premise for a teen show but absolutely engrossing. Another one of those, I need to know what happens next shows.

I just let go of my mother’s Netflix (the only thing I was till letting her pay for and got my own account. And I got the fancy account where you can get the DVDs so I’m opening myself to a whole new world of what’s really out there. Plus there’s so many things I want to watch that I haven’t yet. Scandal, American Horror Story, Lost Girl and Revenge just to name a few.

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