Monday, December 3, 2012

Something about December

Christmas music has been on repeat since November 1st.

My Christmas tree has been up since the day after Thanksgiving.

I've watched ELF twice already.

My house is covered in glitter and tinsel. It's like a unicorn threw up all over my living room.

To help welcome the season I must share with you all my new favorite Christmas song.


Friday, November 9, 2012

things I'm obsessing ALL THE GIFS

watch all of them! do it now!
do it for this face!

Christmas time! 
Yes, I have already started watching Christmas movies,
listening to Christmas music, and pinning all the Christmas things on Pinterest.

The Host Trailer comes out sooooon!

oh yea and Breaking Dawn Part II...blah blah blah.

Olive Garden is so going to happen this weekend.

I'm going to Kodiak next week for a few days 
aaaaand I'm freaking out about the whales.
hold me closer, tiny dancer.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I've been making these little monsters and watching all the Halloween movies on my dvr.

get the pattern for these vamps here

I also started a new diet, it's called the eat-banana-bread-for-dinner-every-night diet. yep, that's happening.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ball O' Fringe

I've had a very large orange paper halloween lantern for years now, and I've always wanted to re-purpose it into something I could use year round but never knew what to do...
until I came across this super adorable blog Oh Happy Day.

I love the little lanterns she made and decided that I could totally do that with the big lantern.

I started with the black and then went to navy blue and finished with baby blue. The transition isn't as subtle as I wanted originally but I am still quite pleased with it.

It now resides above our dining table.

Isn't crepe paper amazing?

I ordered every color The Crepe Paper Store had in stock.

And the shipping took no time at all which is awesome. love it!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

By the Power of Greyskull

We welcomed a shiny new member to our family last month.

Nope, it's not a baby, but it is currently our pride and joy...

we bought a Jeep!

isn't she a beauty? or is it a he? I don't know. but I do know that it's awesome!

We've already taken it on few trips up the beach, to Salmon Lake, and atop Anvil Mountain...

if that's not an epic Jeep advertisement, I don't know what is. 

I don't think we will be testing it's strength like the dudes on One Car Too Far any time soon. 
Although that show is amazeballs and I have a whole new respect and appreciation for our Jeep.

the view of Nome and the Bering Sea from Anvil Mountain

Seriously, this is a dream come true for me.
I have wanted a Jeep Wrangler ever since Cher Horowitz had one on Clueless, 
and I'm pretty sure she wasn't driving a manual in platform heels. just sayin'.

ps...Nomemade Cookbook is available to pre-order here. do it!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nomemade Cookbook

Today I want to give a big shout out to my friends Kim and Lynn who are releasing a cookbook in September. The book is called Nomemade and it features recipes influenced by their Vietnamese heritage and locally grown ingredients, including Alaskan King Crab, Muskox, Moose, Tundra berries and Salmon.

Over the past 5 years I've had the privilege of eating in Kim's home and experiencing her cooking. From Sunday night dinners to Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is always something home grown to eat and it's always delicious. She has even taught me how to make Spring Rolls. I have also snagged a jar or two (or 10) of the always amazing Cran-Banana Jam. I would buy it by the gallon if I could.

Recently they were featured on our local radio station KNOM. Check out their interview here.

You can also 'Like' their Facebook page where they share photos of the food *drool* and post updates on the book release.

I am so excited about this project and will definitely post when their book becomes available.

**UPDATE** you can now pre-order Nomemade here! do it!

Happy Monday y'all!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sometimes I'm crafty...

A couple weeks ago I attended a baby shower for one of my good friends. And since I can't just hop on a dog sled to hit up Babies R Us, I decided to make a diaper cake. 
 A few years ago I ordered a similar cake on ebay for a baby shower and thought, wow I could make that.   So the Friday before the baby shower I googled how to make a diaper cake and found this awesome video from Diaper Cakes by Becca.

 here's my attempt at making a diaper cake... it took me a few hours to make, 
but that included the time it took me to buy the diapers. Everything else I had at home.
(note: I used 100 size 1 Huggies.)

I used a large amount of white gift tissue paper for the center of the cake 
but you can put a small blanket in the center to hold the layers together.  
I used fancy scissors around the edge of the blue tissue that I used for the topper. 

 My bestie recently taught me how to make the cute tissue paper carnations from Folding Trees. 
 I just slipped them between the diapers so they are easy to remove when mom is ready to take apart the cake.  And yes I covered the cardboard base in foil.

 I love these cakes because they can be as simple or as fancy and you want, 
and they are a great centerpiece at the baby shower...not to mention so useful! 

Friday, June 22, 2012

My name isn't Maybe...

catchy lyrics, kazoos, ukuleles and Jimmy Fallon. what's not to love?


 Happy Friday my bizzles!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


I've borrowed about a hundred books from my bestie...

and bought another hundred because Barnes and Noble is like crack cocaine. 
(had to spell check 'cocaine' which is surprising.)

I've read maybe 7 of these so far.

now if only I could tear myself away from tumblr and pinterest long enough to read the rest of them.

what books are you reading this summer?

Friday, June 1, 2012

5 random things that make me happy

Positive music.
because I'm trying to be more positive and less grumpy bitter stabbymcstabberson.
have I said "positive" enough?

Let's Pretend This Never Happened
I've never laughed so hard whilst reading a book in my life.
Jenny is crazy and brilliant.

Melissa and Joey
I dvr'd a marathon of this show and I've got to say this slightly cheesy modern Who's The Boss 
makes my heart smile...if my heart had a mouth. obviously.
ps...I've been watching Melissa since she was Explaining it All on Nickelodeon and Joey still had hair and his brothers were allowed on TV. so there's that.

Speaking of cheesy ABC Family shows
I am super excited for....
From the creator of Gilmore Girls BOOM!
This show is going to be freaking fantastic!

and for some reason this made me laugh so hard...
srsly I can't stop watching it.
I laugh every. single. time.
I hate when that happens.

Happy Friday y'all!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

because this hasn't happened in forever...

hey guys, my last post was super cryptic and depressing,
so today I'm talking about random shizzle that may or may not be sad.
not like my cat just died sad, but like, I'm turning into a cat lady sad.


We watched the entire series of Gilmore Girls earlier this year.
All five hundred seasons.
Is it weird that I have an overwhelming urge to watch it over again?

I miss it you guys, so much.

found my "pity flower" from Mother's Day
 all shriveled up today.
Like my ovaries.
Just kidding.
No seriously.

Speaking of pity and ovaries.
This is my new favorite ice cream of all time.

three words: Vampire freaking Diaries.
the season finale made my brain explode.


and these are from the future. I swear it.

I left them in a car when it was 100 degrees outside.
brought them in the house and they got cold again!
what kind of crazy wizardry is this?!


Friday, May 11, 2012

So much...

So much has happened recently. 

I'm not really ready to blog about it.

I may never blog about it. 

I may keep this blog a safe haven from the sadness.

I might just keep talking about the nonsensical things.

the things of no real consequence, 

because sometimes life gets a little too real a little too fast...

and I just want it to slow the heck down.

Friday, May 4, 2012

i heart books

A few weeks ago I entered a give-away for an ARC of The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting. 
I was shocked when I received an email saying that I had won. 
This came in the mail a few weeks later directly from the Author. 
My brain exploded.

I'm still reading it and so far I am loving it. 
These books just keep getting better and better.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

being a girl is the worst

I thought I might overshare with y'all via Daily Grace...

so there's that.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Life in Alaska....

these have been floating around the interwebs and we've gotten a good laugh at them.

the truest pie chart I have ever seen...

YAY it's March!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

{Book Review} If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Summary: (from goodreads) In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces - to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time. 

I read the entire book in one night. I could not put it down, and I refused to sleep until I had devoured every word.

Although the events in this book are devastatingly heartbreaking, you can't help but keep reading. (no matter how badly I wanted to put it down for fear that my heart would break in two.) As we follow Mia through her journey between life and death, we not only see what is happening inside the hospital where she lies in a coma, but we also see Mia's memories. That is where the real heart fail is found. With these memories we get to know and love her parents, her brother, her best friend, and her boyfriend, Adam. A story that could have been weighed down with heavy traumatic themes, was balanced with humor and love.

This is a quick read, with wonderful pacing that keeps you reading and your heart breaking until the very last page.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

maybe it's fate not luck...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Eat a box of chocolates for me.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hey look at that, I read books.

You see that widget to the left?
It's come to my attention that I need some accountability over here so I've decided to show you all my goal to read 50 books in 2012. don't be surprised if mid-year it changes to 25 because I'm a baller.

What does this mean for you dear readers?

Well, the more books I read the better chance statistically speaking that I will actually review one. To be honest I am terrible at reviewing books, because if I don't like a book I usually don't finish it, and if I love a book it's hard to explain just what it is that draws me in. Basically I am saying that one time I mentioned reviewing books really meant I was going to start saying, "hey look at me I read a book without pictures in it, you should read it too."

You can go to my goodreads to see what books I've read recently.

Also, check out Bestie to Bestie for my latest gushy ramblings on Stephanie Perkin's novels Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Seriously, my bestie Angela is always finding the best books for me to read. She's practically a superhero.

So yea, there's that. Happy reading, everyone.

Au revoir,      

Friday, January 27, 2012

Will you find me?

Things that happened this week...

My partner-in-crime and I launched our new blog...
 Bestie To Bestie
we are beyond funny.

Daily Grace is my new favorite youtube channel.
Hilarious! and be sure to watch her original review. classic.

and this is happening...
Filmed in Nome Alaska (oh hai I live there.)
I'm not gonna name drop or anything but

The husband and I have been watching Gilmore Girls all week.
my brain has basically melted from witty dialogue overload.

Ingrid Michaelson's new record "Human Again" dropped on Tuesday.
aaaand I've been crazy obsessed with this song since.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hey Girl

Sometimes I get the theme song from New Girl stuck in my head...
but I sing my name at the end instead of Jess.

and then I pretend I'm super cute and adorkable like Zooey Deschanel for the rest of the day.

Am I the only one who does that?

Yea, I didn't think so.

Monday, January 16, 2012

everybody loves whales...


there are plenty of people who hate whales.

I know this because I'm president of the "nuke the whales" club.

which is precisely why they had to rename that Big Miracle movie.

sure, it was actually filmed in Alaska opposed to Canada...which like never happens,
because we all know The Fourth Kind was filmed in the least Nome-looking town ever.

it's like they weren't even trying.

Anyways.....I can never see this movie.

I can't even watch the movie trailer without becoming paralyzed with fear.

that preview pops up outta no where and I scream like I was just stabbed in the face.

I mean, they don't even ease into it.

just ...BAM! WHALE! first scene on the screen.

It's terrifying!

I would rather watch all the Saw movies with my eyes tapped open than watch a movie about whales.

I may need psychiatric help.

Monday, January 9, 2012

we're still finding feathers everywhere...

Oh twilight. You've had my heart in a choke hold for almost three years, but I think I'm finally over it.
Sure, I spent a million dollars to fly to Anchorage just to watch a vampire and a human get pregnant on the first try and to see a bunch of werewolves talk like an overacted Disney cartoon, but I think I am over it.

Don't get me wrong, I was super excited to watch Breaking Dawn Part 1 while we were sitting in a theater full of teenage girls and their boyfriends who I'm sure were promised a few less-than-chaste favors in return for sitting through a movie about sparkly vampires.

It could have been the Sheet I had just taken or the pocket loaded with feathers ready to launch during a certain headboard-busting scene that made it that much more exciting. But once the sheet-talk wore off and my feather buzz was gone, I was left with an "eh." feeling. When I saw New Moon I wanted to watch it twice a day. It was beautiful and funny and heartbreaking...not so much with Breaking Dawn.

I am just so ready for this series to be over, and yet they keep dragging it on and on. Do we seriously have to wait another year to see the conclusion? Even the Harry Potter peeps knew that was a terrible idea. Why is twilight trying to kill me? And more importantly, who is totally psyched to see The Hunger Games?

At the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn we had to watch at least a hundred movie trailers.
There was one person in the audience who would yell at the screen every time a new trailer began, saying
"just show us twilight already!" until The Hunger Games preview began...and a collective squee was heard and then silence. We had seen it before on youtube, but nothing compared to seeing it on the big screen.
That countdown at the end give me chills every time.

I miss that feeling with twilight.

....oh wait, twilight never gave me that feeling.

ps...I may or may not have seen Breaking Dawn three more times when it came to Nome.

stop judging me.

Monday, January 2, 2012

everything I know about turkeys I learned from cartoons and movies

this year my husband's work gave everyone a turkey for Christmas.

which in my opinion is a pretty awesome gift.

except, I've never cooked a turkey before.

I mean, I've seen people cook turkeys before, it can't be that hard.

people, deep fry them for crying out loud.

I can do this.

mistake number one: not unthawed in time for Christmas day dinner.

that's okay. I made pizza instead.

mistake number two: attempting to prepare a turkey without adult supervision.

yes, I did this on my own, not including the ridiculous phone call my mother received.

Monday morning I was bound and determined to cook that damn bird.

Dan was fast asleep, having stayed up far too late playing his new Assassin's Creed game.

I said to myself, "self, we can totally have this turkey in the oven before the man wakes up. and heck let's make sweet rolls for breakfast too."

after I made the sweet rolls, I told that turkey he was going down.

I got everything set up. the roaster, the bag, paper towels next to the sink for sufficient patting down.
I was set to go.

sure, I talk big when the turkey is still in it's nice tight packaging.

but once that bird was free of it's restraints, that's when the real battle began.

first, I am physically grossed out by raw poultry.

second, I am equally grossed out by anything still resembling it's living form.

so you can only imagine my feelings towards an uncooked turkey.

also, bones gross me out.

I should have videotaped the events that unfolded because it was gold, and I don't think I can really explain it in words.

now, I'm not completely clueless. I knew there were things that needed to be done.

first, the bag of guts needed to go. so I located it easily, pulled it out and promptly threw it away.

I didn't even look inside the bag.

why they don't just throw this stuff away in the turkey factory is beyond me.

later I found out that those guts are not only edible, but something my husband enjoys. oy vey.

the neck was next on the list. one problem, I didn't know where it was or what it looked like.
I searched each end of the turkey to no avail.

this resulted in a phone call to my mother. she never imagined receiving such a hysterical call....about a turkey.

she laughed at me. a lot.

she laughed her way through the steps of finding the neck, which some genius thought should be stuck in the tail end of this thing. the moment I saw it I gagged a little.

phone still to my ear, I grabbed a pair of tongs and ripped it from the turkey's butt.

I swear to you it's like something out of an Alien movie.

I threw it in the sink, prepared to never speak of it again.

but according to my mom, you're supposed to cook that too.

fine. I threw it in a little pan and said the man can take care of that thing later.

for fear that my phone would end up in the turkey, I told my mom goodbye and hung up.

mistake number three: as I was rinsing out the 13 pound turkey, I started to imagine what it looked like when it was alive.

that was probably the biggest mistake, because once I started I couldn't stop.

I became progressively more disgusted. the bones, the flesh, the wings, everything.

as I write this I can still smell raw turkey. it will stay with me forever.
like some sort of post traumatic stress syndrome.

I just kept telling myself, "you are a grown up, you are a grown up, you can do this."

finally I patted it dry and shoved it into the bag.

I had earlier tossed the string it came with aside, not knowing or caring what it was for. I just wanted to butter it up and get it in the oven so I could wash my hand of this weirdness and go back to reading my Mindy Kaling book.

after I got it in the oven I realized, the little pop up thermometer thingy was missing.

damn you, Butterball. like I own a meat thermometer. please, I'm barely an adult.

my biggest fear.

mistake number four: trying to carve a turkey while it's still in the aluminum roaster, may cause damage to said roaster.

seeing as I didn't use the turkey lifter string (seriously?) we and by "we" I mean Dan, tried to carve the turkey whilst it was still in the pan.

of course, I just stood there watching him and posting turkey pictures on facebook.

when suddenly I realized there were turkey juices everywhere.

Dan had cut a hole in the roaster and it was leaking. awesome.

we managed to salvage some of the broth (for what? I don't know, cause I buy pre-made gravy. obviously.)

while Dan was doing his Patriarchal duty of carving the turkey, I made the stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy.

when we finally sat down with our plates of food, we took a couple bites, looked at each other and said, "I'm not really hungry."

and that my friends, is why you don't cook an entire turkey for two people.

my first and only turkey. boom.

I've eaten enough left over turkey to last me a lifetime.

the end.