Friday, June 27, 2014

5 on Friday

Happy Friday Folks! 
Today's a half day at work for me today (woohoo) because Troy and I are having a little getaway this weekend (double woohoo). I'm so excited and really looking forward to relaxing and spending some QT with my boo. We have massages, dinners out, jet skiing, kayaking, games and all that good stuff on the docket. 

our first night in cabo
TWO weeks in a row I've had the opportunity to hang out with this chick Jenn. Soo much fun. I love spending time and catching up with her (and checking out her new house - which is awe-some). It's rare that for TWO weeks in a row I get to see her face [since college] I'm a lucky gal. We'll have to keep it up!

I love this picture of us. I mean I look incredible. Jenn looks aiiight. JK :)
 I pre-ordered this book: What She Left Behind on audible. It's suppose to be delivered today, I think, I'm really excited to listen to it. It sounds really good from it's description. I hope I'm not let down!

My stress/anxiety has been thru the roof lately. I'll share why later - but I can tell you there's not enough wine to settle my nerves (maybe that's another reason I'm SOOO looking forward to getting away for an extended weekend)
Someone ordered some goodies from my Etsy shop this week (THANK YOU!), makes me very happy. Coasters and Mug Cozies - someone will be drinking in style!

What's on your Five on Friday list?


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Neighbor Gift - What Should I Do?

So, I want to make something quick and cute to give as a gift for my downstairs neighbors. They are a couple of ladies that are just SO nice.
Last week someone stole two bikes off my (SECOND floor) balcony [don't ask me how. I haven't figured that out yet really] I just know the value of the bikes is around $1600 and now they are gone. disappeared.
Yesterday when Troy and I got home I see the ladies outside and they go "We found a bike in the kids secret stash (I suppose the neighborhood kids have a spot they hang out and stash things in) and we brought it over here".  Unfortunately it wasn't my bike. But I LOVE that they thought so much of me that they stole a stolen bike because they thought it was mine. LOL. Neighbors like that are hard to find.
I want to whip up something quick I can give them as a "thank you" for that AND they brought up some homemade salsa last week that was the bomb diggity.
Here are some ideas I found on Pinterest that I'm considering:
Crochet Dish Cloths
Hawaiian Flower Trivet
What do you think I should make?
I'm pretty sure they are the kind of people that would be happy with just the THOUGHT of me wanting to make them something so I know I don't need to go overboard.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teaser Tuesday ::: The Wicked Girls

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

"That's it,  That's us: not 'the suspects', not 'the children in custody'. We're The Girls Who Killed Chloe. We are the Devil now."
This is just from the prologue ... would you keep reading?

Monday, June 23, 2014

{Audio} Book Review: Queen Sugar

I haven't been to good at writing my reviews/recommendations lately but I have to with this one:

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile 
Narrated by Miriam Hyman

Publisher's Summary:

A mother-daughter story of reinvention - about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.
Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her 800 sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.
They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart. 

My Thoughts:

I want more. But in a good way. The story really pulled me. Imagine you inherit 800 acres of a sugar cane farm - would you know what to do? Where to start? The story follows Charley as she finds her own and makes her own path in a hard situation (and a rough business). 
Meanwhile, Raphl Angel (Charley's half brother) is having his own struggles with life decisions that plague and haunt him as he travels through tough times.
I would've like more of an emotional connection to the Charley's character as I did Ralph Angel. He literally infuriated me and I found myself wanting to choke him. Charley on the other hand, I'm not sure if she got any emotional pull from me. I would've liked a little more from her character (although I did root for her in the end and wanted her to succeed).
I LOVED the performance of Miriam Hyman. She made the characters come alive for me giving each one (literally) their own voices. I would happily listen to anything she reads in the future!
Great story. Beautifully written wonderfully performed and awesomely entertaining!
4 out of 5 stars.
Does this sound like something you would enjoy?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hexie Love

If you follow me on Instagram you probably have already figured out that I'm starting something very new and very purple :)
I went on to KnitPicks and literally ordered every purple color they offered in their Brava Sport line (I picked a couple grays and silver too because I thought it would add a nice touch)
my happy face when a big box of yarn lands on my door!
I've been wanting to do my own hexagon blanket ever since I made this one for my stepmom.
I figure that this blanket will be my housewarming gift to myself. LOL. Plus I don't have too many blankets for my own space anyway (I have one completed one that I use in the winter).

Not only are these hexagon's cute but they work up really quick! I'm using the pattern from LoopKnits:

ch: chain
ch-sp: chain space
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
dc3tog: [yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
foll: following

Ch6. Slip stitch through the first ch to form a circle.

Round 1: Ch2, dc2tog into circle – counts as dc3tog. [Ch2, dc3tog into circle] 5 times. Ch2, slip stitch to top of first dc3tog. (6 clusters)
Round 2: Slip stitch into first chain-space. Ch2, dc2tog into ch-sp – counts as dc3tog. Ch2, dc3tog into same ch-sp. [Ch2, dc3tog, ch2 dc3tog into next ch-sp] 5 times. Ch2, slip stitch to top of first dc3tog. (12 clusters)
Round 3: Slip stitch into first chain-space. Ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc into ch-sp, 3dc into next ch-sp, [3dc, ch2, 3dc into foll ch-sp, 3dc into next ch-sp] 5 times. Slip stitch to top of first dc. Fasten off. (18 clusters)
I keep my hexagons in a ziplock baggie until I'm ready to join them. Mad organizational skills here.
So far I'm loving this project!
What are you working on?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Moody Monday...uh-Thursday

Happy Thursday ya'll!

It's been a really long time since I shared my progress of my crochet mood blanket - so I thought I'd take a moment to update ya'll with some photos:

It's really hard to get a good shot because it's so huge already (and we have another 6 months to go)! 

I still love the idea of this blanket (create a scare that reflects your mood everyday)! I'm already thinking what I can do next year! What a great little journal this is (along with the calendar I'm using to keep track).

How's your blanket coming along?


Monday, June 16, 2014

30 Things: #11 Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
not one of my pet-peeves but hysterically funny!


1. Being called "PAT". Drives me bananas. I didn't introduce myself to you as "Pat" therefore don't think you can call me PAT. I'd rather answer to a completely different name.

2. The sound of fingernails being clipped in some place that's not a nail salon or bathroom. It's just gross people. Nail clippings everywhere. ew.

3. Along the same lines of #2 - don't paint or FILE your nails in a public place. That sound drives me nuts and the smell isn't pleasant. I know a great place in Gaithersburg you can go to get your nails did if you need a recommendation.

4. If someone asks me to KNIT them something. If you know me you should know I don't knit and if you have the balls to ask for something you should know what you're asking for.

5. Someone talking LOUDLY on the phone while you're trying to watch TV or read. It's just inconsiderate.

6. When people are late. Be it friends, clients, family, etc. drives me nuts. My time is important to me - don't waste it.

7. The lack of politeness in people - where'd it go?! How hard is it to say "Thank You"?

9. When people throw cigarette butts out of their windows [while driving]. I want to punch the person in the face every time I see one flicker out the window. How gross?!  Just because you're killing your body doesn't mean you have to kill everyone else too.

10. Going with the smoking things: when I see parents smoking while pushing their child in a stroller or carrying their child. HELLO? How wrong is that?

Oh gosh I'm all fired up now!  What is one of your pet peeves?


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Friday, June 13, 2014

30 Things: #10 Describe your most embarrassing moment

#10/30 Describe your most embarrassing moment.
Ha! There have been SO many. LOL. My boob coming out of my swimsuit in summer camp when I was in middle school, when I tripped up the stairs in front of 200 people at UMD CP Astronomy Class. When I smacked Ashby's butt in the office then turned around to see the Publisher of the Newspaper standing right behind me. BUUUT the most embarrassing (and I can't believe I'm about to share this) was at Troy's Bday a few years ago.
He had got this party bus and alllll his friends were there (including his sister) and we had been drinking like crazy in the hotel before we even got to the bus ("SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS"was like on heavy repeat...or at least we were singing it over and over again while pounding shots). 
And let's just say I underestimated the amount of liquor + my bladder + the drive to the club and I ... as a  grown ass woman ... had to pee in a red party cup on a party bus while his sister held my dress. SOOOOOOOOO EMBARRASSING.
Plus I missed the cup a little and some pee got on the bus so I had to pay a $300 clean up fee (i filled up like two cups) and be referred to as Pissy Patricia from his friends/family.
this is me that night. still cup in hand. guess I didn't learn.
I'm still SO embarrassed.
Are you embarrassed for me? Do you have a story that tops that?
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

30 Things: #9 List 10 people who have influenced you

9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
1. My Mom: Incredible strength and independence. How could I NOT be influenced by her? She grows every day as a person and it's incredible to watch and be a part of it.
2. My Dad: Such patience and a warm heart. I wish I had more of his heart and patience. Maybe it's something I can learn as he continues to influence me.
3. My little sisters (C & M) such beauties and personalities and the blank slate that I get to watch them fill up every day. It makes me re-evaluate some of my own thoughts and decisions.
4. Poets like Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. I would walk to the library and camp out in the poetry isle just to read their words.  I haven't read them in years, but I remember the feelings I would good and the inspiration I would get to write my own poetry.
5. Troy. The way he works with children - so inspiring to me. He has influenced me to treat children like people and not see them as the crumb snatchers I thought they were before. Troy's motto "There's no such thing as a bad child...". Changed the way I thought of lil kids.
6. The Author(s) and thoughts behind "The Secret" - thoughts are power. Never thought of that. Makes me change my tone when I'm having negative thoughts. Wouldn't have even considered this if I hadn't watched the movie or read the book.
7. Civil Rates Movement people. I wonder what kind of person would I have been if I was born during the civil rights movement. Would I have gotten on the busses? Did sit-ins? Go to Rallies? I have no idea but when I read the books and watch the documentaries I think of how incredible these people were. How brave.
8. Me. I influence me. Am I allowed to say that? I have a strong sense of self so I have to make sure thing things I do...are good for me.
9. Friends - I have some incredible friends and as they get married, have babies, get promotions, work hard, stay home - whatever: I'm influenced by their decisions. And I TRY not to compare my lives to them but when I see them move in the "right" direction I can't help but to feel influenced.
10.  TBD
I'm influenced by a lot of things and people. This will be a continuous list for the rest of my life.
Who influences you?
For my 30 Things 1-8...Go HERE.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

W...W...W... Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:
What are you currently reading? 

I'm currently reading Scorch Trials (see my tease here) and I'm listening to Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile.  I'm really enjoying Queen Sugar! I only have about 2 hours left to listen - and I think I'll be sad when it's over. Plus the performance of the narrator is so good. Scorch Trials is really interesting too.

What did you recently finish reading? 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I saw the movie preview and immediately added this to my TBR pile. I'm happy I did. It was a good read. Looking forward to the movie coming out later this year.
What do you think you'll read next?
What She Left Behind looks really good. Has anyone read this? Should I go ahead and pick this up?
What's your W...W...W...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Teaser Tuesday ::: The Scorch Trials

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.
"Thomas still didn't understand why she was being so touchy with him. "That doesn't make sense. I mean, kill us? Wouldn't they want to use us, too? Come with us?""
Would you keep reading or would you put it down and move on to another book?

Monday, June 9, 2014

30 Things: #8 What are 5 passions you have?

#8. What are 5 passions you have?
Hm. I feel like I should have really good passions that I could be proud of (like helping blind kittens and feeding starving children) but I don't. I feel lame thinking about it.  What really comes to mind for my passions:
1. Reading - I think every child should be read to every night. Period. Such a fundamental step in a child's development and it is a MUST. And I don't get people who "don't read".
2. Crafting - I like the way my mind feels when I get all creative. What a great feeling (unless you craft something that sucks then you feel terrible)!
3. Family - Doesn't matter if it's the family you were given at birth or the family you picked for yourself: everyone needs a foundation and I have to say - I do turn my nose down on people who don't embrace family.
4. People being their true self - I have never really struggled with identity. I love meeting people who are who they are and know who they are. Such confidence (even if they are a nasty bitch...if they can admit it...I like them).
5.  Education - People need it. Must have it. No one should never be denied an education and nobody should turn down education.
What is something you are passionate about?
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Friday, June 6, 2014

30 Things: #7 - What is Your Dream Job?

#7 of Thirty asks: What is your dream job, and why?
Easy. To be Oprah.
or Beyoncé.
Ok, well if I can't have that job of being one of those ladies then I'd love to own my own Yarn Shop.  I'm one of those wierdos who likes working retail and to own a business (which I'm really interested in the business portion) of a craft I love and am inspired by everyday would be AWE-SOME.
It's a dream that I'm slowly working on. I have a business plan about 40% done. I just need to really focus on it. I may be a FREAK in actually thinking this is something that I can pull off - but I believe in myself that I can.
Not only have I started my business plan but I even have a whole board dedicated to shop inspirations on Pinterest (it's not a real dream unless you have a pinterest board). 
Here's what I would base my shop on:

Maybe one day on this here blog I'll be able to share with you the opening o f my shop.
We'll see (fingers crossed)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

30 Things: #6 - Hardest Thing Ever Experienced

Ready for another 30 things?

#6-  What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

This is tough because I've experienced some things that have been hard on me that I don't really want to think about it (mainly what comes to mind is losing a friend to hit and run, and situations with friends, family, relationships, personal blah.) and that's not something I want to get into here in this blog space.

So the hardest thing that I've ever experienced (that I am willing to share) is when I did the Baltimore Marathon. A whole 26.2 miles. I still can't fathom that I did something like that -- I'm the girl who parks the closest as possible to the stores and the gal who is SUPER lazy.

But I managed to get thru it and get it done just under 5 hours. I'm still proud of myself even though it was YEARS ago. I'd never do that mess again. Ever.

I blogged about it HERE.  When  I think back at how PAINFUL it was and how I could barely walk to my car after I crossed the finish line - makes me feel even prouder.

Since then (2011) I don't think I have run another race. I'm still burned out. LOL.