Monday, November 30, 2009

See you next year November!

Is anyone else as excited as me to see November leaving and December coming??

Don't get me wrong, I love fall, but I am looking forward to Christmasy stuff and no more school.

Tomorrow to kick start the month I will be:

- listening to Josh Groban's Noel

-Having some Swiss Miss

-Putting up some decorations (I'm currently in love with candles)

-and maybe, watch Home Alone. It's a classic.

Friday, November 27, 2009

"Forever Today: A True Story of Lost Memory and Never-Ending Love

Clive at the keyboard—his musical powers remain intact.

For my Biological Psychcology class we were supposed to read this article about a man ( a musician pictured playing the piano) who had severe amnesia. It is the most devastating case of amnesia ever recorded: Clive had a brain infection which left him with a memory span of only seconds.

If not being able to preserve new memories wasn't enough, Clive also had retrograde amnesia which deleted virtually all of his past memories.

I found myself incredibly touched as I read about his struggles.

"It was as if every waking moment was the first waking moment. Clive was under the constant impression that he had just emerged from unconsciousness because he had no evidence in his own mind of ever being awake before. . . . “I haven’t heard anything, seen anything, touched anything, smelled anything,” he would say. “It’s like being dead.”' 

I can't even imagine how confusing and lonely this would be. Not knowing when the last time I saw my loved ones, if they were alright or still cared would be heartbreaking. But as I read the article talked about how he was able to become a happier person after a few years of deep depression. Reading about how he and his wife interacted almost made me cry. It reminded me that even through monumental struggles, Heavenly Father will give us a light.

"Nonetheless, a strong emotional bond begins to develop. Clive and Deborah were newly married at the time of his encephalitis, and deeply in love for a few years before that. His passionate relationship with her, a relationship that began before his encephalitis, and one that centers in part on their shared love for music, has engraved itself in him—in areas of his brain unaffected by the encephalitis—so deeply that his amnesia, the most severe amnesia ever recorded, cannot eradicate it."

I'd recommend it to all of you! If you read it let me know what you think.

PS. "Forever Today" is the memoir Clive's wife wrote about him and her experiences after his illness.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Tofurky Day!

Though I have never had a tofurky myself, I have been a vegetarian for about three thanksgivings now, (vegan for two of them) I love the name! I get a lot of amusement from clever meatless names for food.

Suprisingly I'm not that into holiday feasts. I am not a huge fan of stuffing, and I never eat pumpkin pie.

So the parts I look forward the most to for the holidays is seeing family! (I'm sure you do too)

Do you have any favorites foods of the holidays??

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Day of Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow I decided to share with all of you this little gem:

Fact: I drew this a few months ago. Felt nostalgic for childhood crafts during my film class.

Your welcome. Now go forth and eat a lot!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis

I watched this a few days ago for the first time. Apparently I really liked it because I am still constantly singing

"Meet me in St. Louis, Louis.
Meet me at the fair..."

and that's all the words I know. But it's quite catchy.

But now, I must go write a little because I am nearly 10,000 words behind in Nanowrimo.

PS. Did you guys know that "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was originally sung in this movie?!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So long, Oprah.


Dear readers,

I'm sure you've heard the news, and if you haven't I'm sad to report that next season will be the last for Oprah.

Maybe not all of you watch her, but we all certainly know who she is. I grew up watching this lady (Don't ask me why I was watching Oprah in elementary school, I got nothing.)  and can't imagine what daytime TV will be like without her there.

(luckily she teamed up with Discovery Networks to create OWN, stands for Oprah Winfrey Network. Interesting acronym, no?)

taylor-lautner-new-moon-shirtless.jpg OMG SO SEXY!!! image by mlov3snOn a brighter note, what did you guys all think of New Moon??

I thought it was pretty awesome, K. Stew wasn't as twitchy and Robert looked pretty good. I found it kind of weird that the majority of people in the theatre I went to were middle-aged couples. Wayy more men than I imagined went.

Did anyone else get super dizzy when when we were watching Bella on the forest floor? It felt like the entire theatre was spinning. And Taylor Lautner is just so darn cute.

Poor kid is so objectified. I'm *pretty* sure on every interview he does they talk about his abs. With good reason of course.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


The three eldest sisters of this awesome band are in my BioPsych class. They are seriously some of the sweestest and nicest people I've met. I just wanted to wish them luck as they head to LA tomorrow to meet with their manager and write songs!

I think they are way more awesome than the Jonas Brothers.  
(To be fair, I have never heard a Jonas Brothers song. Kinda proud of that actually.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just thought I'd share

how cute I think my little Dutch figurine is!

Sorry about the bad quality I should work on my laziness but I just find them adorable!

PS. Are any of you going to the New Moon midnight release?? (I'm not, figured I wouldn't be able to hear with all the tweens screaming every time Robert or Taylor come onscreen, but I think I'll see it friday). Pretty sure Kristen Stewart is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, and Taylor Lautner tomorrow night.

PS.PS. Colds suck.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rainbowy Goodness Part 2

After blogging about rainbow cakes, I couldn't get the idea out of my head. That plus procrastination equals: Rainbow Cupcakes!!!

These things are quite fantastically good.

You can pretty much *taste* the rainbow. And it's kind of awesome.

Nothing like breaking fast after church with a cupcake.

The End. 

EDIT: If you want to try this out (please post pictures if you do!) you can go back to my other post and click the link under the photo for more exact directions, but basically you just make the cake batter, separate it evenly and add food dye. For cupcakes you just have to try and pour it in evenly in layers, but for cakes you bake each color separately.

PS. I got some red lipstick. Good or bad move?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wait, what?!

So I was just wondering if any of you guys had ever hear the euphemism* Roses and Peaches**, cause I totally named my blog after it. And thinking about it now, I'm pretty sure I made it up.


            Roses   +     Peaches

= Awesomeness 

I suppose my first clue ought to have been the fact that when I googled roses and peaches for a header picture, nothing came up. I just figured they didn't photograph well together.

* It has come to my attention that euphemism may in fact not be the correct word. Perhaps phrase or saying? It's getting all kinds of crazy up in here.

**basically that life is all roses and peaches--- all fine and dandy.

No?? Ok, well now you know I got the title. Let's make it a euphemism(?), alright?? It'll be AWESOME.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's like I'm Marie Antoinette or something

Okay, okay. I'm not under any delusions or anything, but I *love* my new shoes. I have worn them everyday since I got them.

The bows and thicker heel remind me of Marie Antoinette. It may have nothing to do with fashion at the time, but that's just how my mind works.

And I think I can walk alright in them, which makes me pretty darn proud. They actually haven't hurt me too bad, except today when I had to stand for an hour in my lab, and then walk out to my car. My feet were crying.

PS. Sorry 'bout the bad quality. Was too lazy to get my actual camera out and used my iphone. But I did go through the trouble of getting this mirror out and putting my lamp on the floor (Daylights saving leaves such little natural light!).

PS.PS. I'm diggin' my new brooch from Dear Golden on Etsy.  Thought it was pretty snazzy, not sure my sister felt the same.

PS.PS.PS. Bonus shot of my JG poster.

Hope everyone's week is going smashingly!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

so maybe I'm not so good with machines..

I'm not exactly proud of this, but the evidence is mounting...

1. A few days ago, I was snacking late at night and I noticed a red, devil-y glow coming from the bottom of the freezer. It seemed odd so I called my dad over to check it, not wanting the house to burn down in the middle of the night because I figured it wasn't anything.

He examined it and seemed concerned too since it was hot, and water was sizzling on it. ( I mean, really heat in a freezer?)

So we spent the next hour cleaning out our overloaded freezer into coolers and examining and tinkering with the freezer. Finally we got out the manual and read:

Sounds that do not require maintenance:

A sizzling noise in the freezer due to the automatic defroster.

Awesome.  It was supposed to do that. I felt pretty silly. On the flip side we got rid of some old and unidentifiable frozen food.

2. Today I was trying to do my laundry, and a bit frazzled because it was leaking so as it was filling I was supposed to hold a dishtowel against it to sop up the water. And during the cycle we take the used water and save it to flush (we're very environmental here) later. So that was apparantley too much for my little head to handle.

I tried to turn it on and nada. After fifteen minuted I compiled this information:

Plugged in? Yes.

Water hooked up? Yes.

Conclusion: It's definitely and completely broken.

In reality? I never switched the cycle to being on.

.... I knew that.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I've had a long time love affair with dark chocolate.

I enjoy the occasional add in, some freeze-dried raspberries, or fruit and nuts. But in the long run I'd rather be one on one with the chocolate.

That said, do you prefer milk or dark chocolate? Or... something else? (Gasp! the blasphemy!)

Hoping your weekend is awesome!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Remember, remember, the fifth of November.

It's Guy Fawkes day! I always remember it from V for Vendetta and this little ditty:

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

*Which* I only know from V for Vendetta, so I suppose you can thank that movie for this post.

Personally, I love that movie. Even though I always feel like I missed some significant idea or meaning no matter how many times I've seen it. Aaand Natalie Portman is amazing in it.

Maybe this movie is only attractive if, like me, you enjoy being exposed to stuff that questions authority and societal pressures like 1984, Brave New World, and Atlas Shrugged. Those are some of my favorite books.

Fun Fact of the Day:
"In 18th-century England, it became a tradition for children to display a grotesque effigy of Fawkes, termed a "guy", as part of the Bonfire Night celebration.[20] As part of the tradition, they would often stand on streetcorners begging for "a penny for the guy".[21] The "guy" would be burned on a bonfire at the end of the evening. As a consequence, "guy" came to mean a man of odd appearance. Subsequently, in American English, "guy" lost any pejorative connotation, becoming a simple reference for any man.[5]

..and that's from Wikipedia so you know it's legit. 

To celebrate, I plan on watching V for Vendetta again, maybe a few sparklers too??

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Now I'm not a shoe person by any means. I admire a good lookin' pair when I see them, but I think the fact that my feet are "neanderthal" like, aka they are really wide and square, shoe shopping has always been disappointing and frustrating.

That said, I want these:


They currently live at Urban Outfitters.

I want to adopt them.

I can't afford it, but Should I take the plunge??

Audiobooks: Yey or nay?

I signed up for Audible about a month ago, thinking it would help me absorb more from certain books I was planning on reading.

The thing is, I cannot pay attention unless I'm reading the book at the same time. I actually don't have a problem with this, just think it's odd since I can follow podcasts and short stories like The Moth (awesome by the way) just fine. It's literally only novels.

So even though I'm really enjoying my audiobook of Ulysses *and yes, I am still reading it* so far I think I'll cancel my membership because $14 a month (which gets you a book, or a discounted price on other books) is not worth it when I can usually just read them fine.

But to get to the real reason of this post... any recommendations for my last audiobook credit?? What are you guys reading??

If you want to test it out and see if you are odd like me you can sign up and get a free two week membership and a free audiobook! (Just make sure to cancel your membership so that you don't get charged)

Happy reading!

PS. Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo?? I'm totally behind! So much for trying to finish Ulysses this month!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wind wind wind

Anyone else hope imagine that when the wind is blowing your hair in every direction that you look like Pocahontas??

What I'm talking about is near the 2 min mark...

Just me? Alright.

PS. I promise to lay off the videos for a bit after this.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Paper Heart

Whenever fall rolls around, I am ready to cozy up and enjoy the cooler weather.

And nothing makes me want a buddy to get all cozy with more than love songs and cute movies. I cannot believe I never saw the previews for Paper Hearts before this as it came out in August, but I would really like to see it. Have any of you seen it? Lemme know if I should take it off my netflix.

...and thanks to my fellow blogger La Jeune Marie (who's blog is quite cute)  I have discovered my new favorite singer, Meiko.

My favorite so far is:

Have any favorite love songs? What was the first song you danced to with your husband (or most memorable moment with a song playing)?

Now I'm off to listen to some sappy songs and wish for someone to them with.