Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Vacation (Guest Blogger)

Today's posts comes from 20sb blog hop! Check it out :)



*clears throat* Hi! (is this thing on?)

My name’s Brigid and I blog over at Babbling Bridge. About anything and everything, really. My love for food. And trashy television. And the random nonsense of being the only 25-year-old who isn’t married/crafty/fashionable/working at her dream job.

Okay, I’m not the only gal w/ this problem. It just seems like it when I come across all these awesome blogs with pics of their latest home cooked meal or Pinterest project. I’m happy if I can muster up the energy to heat up a Hot Pocket and leave the house in the morning in an outfit that relatively matches.

So, please, check me out sometime, if only to feel better about yourself.

Now, onto the blog swap. I’ve never done one before, but when 20-Something Bloggers emailed me about the upcoming swap, I was intrigued. And then they announced the topic and I was all in – summer vacations.

Is there a more magical phrase than “summer vacation?” Me thinks not.

I’ve had my share of great vacations. My parents would pack up my sisters and I for a week every summer to various tourist destinations across the eastern seaboard. New York. Philly. Boston. DC. Been there, done that. All of them awesome, as only a vacation can be when you’re with your fam and your parents foot the bill. So what if we’re bringing PB&J’s into all the museums and staying at the Econo Lodge? A vacation is a vacation.

If asked to pick my favorite summer vacation memory, I couldn’t pick just one. There was the summer we went to DC and I almost threw up in the White House (my mom gave me her best Look and told me that vomit and secret service men did not mix). Then there was the time our hotel was a tad swanky and my dad didn’t trust me to not make a huge mess all over the kitchen. And I ended up eating my breakfast on the back of the toilet. In the bathroom (in my defense, I was like seven years old for these trips).

But one summer vacay that stands out in my memory would have to be 4th of July weekend in Chicago two summers ago.

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For one, I was with my sisters, who are also my best friends and travel buddies. Secondly, I had been to Chi in the fall before, but never seen the Windy City in all her summer splendor. Thirdly, I was old enough to remember most of the deets. And to not be banished to the bathroom to eat my Froot Loops. My sister Maureen lives near Wrigleyville, so we were in prime position for our Friday Cubs game. We enjoyed some pong out on her back porch before heading to the game and scoring some tickets from a friendly neighborhood scalper citizen.
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Saturday we hit up Taste of Chicago for some Chi-style grubbin’ and outdoor music.

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And what trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to the Bean?

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My sisters and I have this weird hilarious habit of making up stories about people we don’t even know. The major of Chicago at the time was Daly, and we had this ongoing scenario about how we kept getting first-class treatment b/c of Mo’s tight relationship w/ the mayor. No line at the portapotties at Taste? Thanks, Mayor Daly! No one sitting in front of us at the 4th of July fireworks? You really pulled through, Mayor Daly! Putting a Taco Bell near the Cubby Bear so you can devour nachos on the walk home from the bars? I don’t know if that was Mayor Daly or just good sense, but thanks a million!

I don’t know about all this “Midwesterners are so nice” propaganda they try to throw at you. Never have I had more drunks barrel into me than at the Hangge Uppe. But I guess you can find those folks anywhere. What you can’t find in any old city is a hunkin’ plastic noodle. Not unlike the one I saw in Boston last week. Must’ve been one of Mayor Daly’s last acts in office, touring that noodle around his fine city. And really, who can blame him?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Patrick the Snail - The Beginning to the End

I don't really know how I plan on explaining my actions in the end when I decide to do something, I decided to try to help Patrick heal and I decided that he would survive and be my favorite pet until he was healthy enough to go in the nature again. Sometimes my decisions don't add up. In this case, no matter how well I cared for him, the likeliness of him surviving his injury was minimal.

I had faith that was more like complete stubbornness, I kept Patrick moist, I gave him calcium, food and water and for a moment it looked like he was doing better.

A couple of days before we went on our vacation Patrick seemed  to be lethargic. You might wonder how you can notice a snail being lethargic. Well, he wasn't snailing around or eating like previous days and his movements weren't as crisp as before. He still ate a bit and drank water and I hoped that he was just resting. Later during the day I realized that his movements and his breathing were starting to be even weaker, I kept on keeping him hydrated and just wished for the best.

In the evening Patrick left this world on a slice of cucumber.

I don't know why I felt such a connection with a snail, but Patrick really made an impact on me. As I mentioned on the other Patrick the Snail post, I had pet snails as a kid and they thrived. A part of me feels like I could have done something more to save him, something genius but my mind just was blank. The only information I found was that snails would die if their shell would be to damaged. I just had tremendous hope for my Patrick.

I don't know how I should end this post, I just wanted to give an update on Patrick.

Here you can see more pictures of Patrick and the beginning of the story.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Liebster Award

Maddie from All the pretty things nominated me for the Liebster award. This happened when I was just about to head to Denmark so I didn't see it until I got back! But I am really happy about it. 

The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 Things about myself

1. I used to bite my nails a lot, but when I was around 14-15 I just decided to stop. Now I only bite my nails when I am writing a paper and the deadline is imminent. 
2. I love planning and making lists. I have a hard time following the plans and the lists but that alright because I just make new ones :) 
3. I am living with Mr. Handsome and we have been living together for about a year. 
4. I love writing and I try to write something every day (story, articles, poems, blog) 
5. I just earned $26 for writing and I jumped up in the air when I saw it. There might have been couple of tears. 
6. I have a 24 things I want to do before my 24th birthday list (can see all the posts about it here) I don't think I will manage to finish them all but it made me happy to make on and made me realize what some of my dreams were and helped me focus on them. 
7. I love knitting and reading and crafty things. 
8. I wish I had more talent and I am really hard on myself. 
9. I haven't used shampoo for over 6 months now and I couldn't be happier. 
10. I have the perfect boyfriend and his name on the blog is Mr. Handsome.
11. I have a really hard time deciding where I would like to live in the future and therefor I don't know what I should be studying. 

1. What is your favourite make-up product right now?
Does sun screen count as a make-up product? Because that is my number one thing these days! 
2. Where in the world would you like to visit next?
I really want to visit the east cost of USA, go see Massachusetts and Vermont.  I wanted to go to North Carolina but recent events there have made me change my mind.
3. What are you most scared of?
Being locked in a dark room and spiders. Oh, and being locked in a dark room with spiders.
4. What is the one thing you want most right now?
A really good massage, my shoulders and back are quite tight after the trip and I just would love a nice massage to loosen everything up again.  
5. What is the most expensive thing you have ever bought?
My sony alpha 350 was probably the most expensive thing I ever bought, second is probably my old closet and flight tickets. 
6. Where do you like to shop most?
In a food store, I love grocery shopping. I REALLY love grocery shopping.
7. Do you have any annoying habits?
Many, I fiddle with my hair way to much and whenever I feel stressed or nervous or anxious I start braiding my hair. It goes on my nerves and anyone that notices nerves. Which makes me more nervous. It's a vicious cycle. 
8. Whats your favourite food?
My favorite food is ice cream, I would go into a forced marriage if I would be promised as much ice cream as I would like. Alright, maybe not, but I do love ice cream.
9. Whats the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I really can't think of anything, my past couple of weeks have been so fantastic that I can't pinpoint one thing that was the funniest. 
10. What is your favourite movie?
I don't know, I sadly don't really have the attention span to sit through an entire movie. I am more of a tv show girl or watching a movie over couple of days (annoys Mr. Handsome to no end.)
11. Something you need or need to do everyday?
Have a moment with myself. It sounds odd but whenever I wake up I need an hour just me sitting and relaxing for the day ahead. It keeps me focused but helps me keep the stress at bay. 

My eleven questions. 
1. Do you have a secret hobby?
2. What is your favorite blogging tip?
3. How do you plan your day?
4. Do you like wearing dresses or pants more?
5. What is your favorite book? 
6. What is your favorite nail polish brand?
7. How do you like your coffee? 
8. What is your favorite vegetable?
9. Are you a blanket hogger? 
10. What is your favorite way of exercising? 
11. What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment

And the bloggers I nominate:

I only nominated seven, I was looking though the blogs I follow on twitter and bloglovin' and I just couldn't find more at the moment. 
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