3 steps to a cozy room for cheap

If you’re anything like me, a cozy room is essential to life. If it isn’t juuuuust right, it’s all wrong. So this weekend I finally got it right with 3 things:

1. White Christmas lights. Any where, any way… these things are miracle workers. Buy some, and it will brighten (literally and metaphorically) up any room instantaneously. If you already have these, don’t you agree? Or is it just me? You can get a 16 foot length for about $7.00. Or wait until Christmas is over all everything gets even way cheaper.

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2. Wall decor. I’ve had these shelves for a few weeks now. I got them both at Salvation Army for $2.50. I was going to paint the wood part white, but this weekend I got too anxious so I put them up just to see how they’d look. I decided the brown looked better in too many ways that made too much sense, and before I knew it, it was as if I transformed my whole room with just some simple wall decorations.

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3. Candles. Candles, candles, candles. This one is $1 at Dollar Tree. Smells great. Looks cute. And let’s face it, candles just make everything better. (paired with a favorite picture and you’re golden)

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Knitting: knot a normal 20-year-old’s hobby

Okay so maybe it isn’t that great of a hobby, since I can only knit one thing. BUT, I’ve made two roommates now fall in love with it, so that leads me to believe I can title it a hobby at this point.

I learned how to knit freshman year– no. idea. why. One day I was like… you know what? I think I should learn to knit. Knit sweaters. Knit mittens. Knit scarves? Sure. Why not? So I traveled to Yarnology downtown (Which by the way is almost like walking into a bookstore if you love books), got myself some knittin’ sticks and some free yarn. I had my mom teach me at home, but that didn’t go that great since I later found out she was actually teaching me how to purl. Makes it difficult to know how to knit when you’re being taught to purl.

ANYHOW..the happy part of the story is when a friend’s girlfriend and Youtube finally taught me how — the proper way. My first took me over a year (mainly because I took about a 3 month break), but hey who’s keeping track? Then I combined the proper sticks- which I think are really called “needles”- with the right yarn and voila!

Fast forward to last winter when I was finishing up a scarf, and my roommate goes, “Are you knitting?!” Sure am. And yes, it’s on a Saturday night. Judge me.

Then this happened:

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Before you know it, we were having knitting lessons, then she was selling them to family and friends. Now we are on to roommie #2 who currently looks like this:

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So proud.

So if you’re ever itchin’ to do some knittin’ — and who cares that the rest of the world says this is for grandmas! –come to Wilson street! (or if you ever want to buy one–this is where I throw in a pitch for myself).

OR check out this odd video on Youtube.

Trust me… most relaxing thing. This + Gilmore Girls/your favorite movie + some delicious beverage such as tea or coffee = happiness.

41 Signs You’re Still Obsessed With Gilmore Girls

I will never get over my love for this show.

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1. You can quote the entire show in your sleep — and probably do. You’ve been known to reference GG without even realizing that was a Gilmore Girls quote.

2. You know who Zoltan Kemeny and Xuxa are now, because you looked them up.

3. You have considered naming a child after one of the main characters.

4. You brag about loving Melissa McCarthy before it was cool.

5. You really wanted to go to Yale, because Rory went to Yale.

6. You know what “Copper boom!” and “Oy, with the poodles already!” mean.

7. You’ve taken an online personality quiz to find out which character you are, but often go back and forth depending on your mood. Sometimes you’re having a Lorelai day, but today you’re definitely feeling Lane. Watch out when you’re having a Paris day.

8. You know that coffee is best consumed in a vat or…

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Let’s talk about fall

It’s that time again. Fall. I could go on and on about fall (as could every other human because how can one not love fall?).. in fact, the other day I did talk about fall and all my plans for about a half hour before my boyfriend stopped replying. I can take a hint.. so naturally I just kept on talking because I assumed that meant he was just so intrigued. ;)

Anyhow..this weekend was a great fall weekend. If you need help on how to make the best of a what-turned-into a dreary weekend, this is how to do it:

1. Have a study date by the lake. Better yet, make it a reading date. It’s a little distracting when the kids in kayaks find a little baby turtle, but, nonetheless, such a good place to be while doing homework.

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Fall weather has surely arrived, now just waiting on those leaves to change!

2. Go to the Farmers Market early on Saturday morning with some roomies/friends. (Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures while there, so you will have to go yourself JUST to see what the hype is all about). I did however purchase some squash:

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The carved out one on the left is spaghetti squash, and if you’ve never tried it, try it. They don’t call it spaghetti squash for nothing. Cut it in half, take out the guts and seeds, put some olive oil down on a cookie sheet, bake in the oven for about 45 min. (or until soft) at 450 degrees. Once it’s done, take a fork and scrape at the inside. It will look like angel hair spaghetti, and you can eat it just as you would noodles. Healthy and delicious!

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This is what finished spaghetti squash looks like

I bought regular squash, too, and cooked it in the oven. I also thought to get adventurous and bake the seeds like you would pumpkin seeds. It turned out like this:

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Clearly I forgot about them for a little bit. They were still tasty though..

3. Make Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin Bread.

I found this recipe on Pinterest (where else?)

It stated like this:

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and ended like this:

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To be completely honest…..love pumpkin recipes because that’s what fall is all about. BUT, still either a homemade bread or banana bread kind of girl. Regardless, if you’re looking for some fall cookin’, give it a try if you like pumpkin bread. My roommates had good reviews, so maybe that counts for something..

Carrie Underwood’s Legs

Male or female, Carrie Underwood’s legs will make anyone look.

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I mean, c’mon…

(now that I have all of your attention..)

For once though, instead of everyone falling all over her legs, she was falling over her own. Yep.. full on fall on stage. Watch the video if you haven’t seen it yet. Just to get the full effect.

But let’s talk about what she tweeted afterward. Because, from a PR standpoint (and hey we’re all PR majors), this is bound to cause some uproar, and I think she handled her little tumble so. wonderfully.

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(click to see it bigger.. haven’t master this photo thing, and I don’t know how to make it bigger)

As if we didn’t love her enough.. she laughs right along with it. And she had a sprain. She finished her song perfectly and acted like nothing happened (acting like she meant to do that) all while simultaneous spraining her ankle. So, there it is in a nutshell why ever guy and ever girl in America can’t help but to love Carrie Underwood. I was so happy as a CU fan to see her be so gracefully about it afterward, too.

The Beginning: Semester 1

I titled this blog The Beginning for one specific reason. And by one specific reason, I really mean a few reasons. First, because I can’t think of any one thing to make this blog about. Truthfully, I am not sure what I am passionate about. I have a lot of things I love, but nothing that I am head-over-heels obsessed with (in a healthy way, anyhow). So the best way I can sit down and write (which I do often) is about everyday things that I just feel like writing about. I am hoping that in a few weeks I will have a direction or a theme.

Second reason was because this is the beginning. Of what you might ask? Well, let me tell you:

  • of junior year. of classes, of learning, of new opportunities
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Kool-aid Jammers really spice up a homework session

  • of Farmer’s Market Saturdays <3 I love getting up early and doing some shopping here on Saturdays, especially in the fall
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Fresh fruits and veggies = happy me!

  • of discovering Winona! I don’t think I’ve cover it all yet, so here is to more days of exploring

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Somethin about that sight of the river!

  • of blogging– plain and simple
  • and last but certainly not least, of the future! I know I’m going to look back on these days, the ones in this blog and ones that aren’t, and think “Oh, thaaaat was just the beginning!” And I want to have them written back to look back on, so I can remember where I came from and to appreciate where I am going