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Friday, January 31, 2014

Cake for No Reason

I haven't been doing a lot of cooking or baking lately, but I had the urge to make a pretty cake for no reason yesterday, so I did. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thankful Thursdays: Asian Food

Today I'm thankful for Asian food. 

Last night we did a meal to celebrate Lunar New Year, which for us basically meant a chance to make really good Asian food. We had Korean BBQ beef, sushi rolls, Korean-style dumplings, stir-fry veggies, kimchi, mushrooms, ramen noodles, rice, oolong tea, plus lots of yummy sauces. I'm thankful that I got a chance to go to Asia and get exposed to all these wonderful foods and that I have an authentic BBQ recipe from one of my school staff. I'm thankful that we have a fantastic Asian market here that has everything I thought I would never find in the States and way more, and really friendly employees. I'm thankful for my family who all pitched in with the cooking, decorating and cleaning and for a nice time visiting and sharing a meal. 

What are you thankful for today?

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thankful Thursdays: Sunshine

Today I'm thankful for sunshine.

We have had nothing but cold, grey, foggy days here for about two weeks. It gets really hard to be motivated to do anything except nap in the depressing weather. Today on my way to dance class I actually prayed for some sunshine, and was very happy to see the sun peeking out from the clouds on my drive home.

What are you thankful for today?

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Detergent (Divergent Parody)

I had a lot of free time on my hands yesterday and I got carried away and thought it would be fun to write a laundry-themed parody of Divergent, called Detergent:


One wash can transform you.

I rub my palms down my pants again, trying to dry the sweat that insists on collecting on them.

“Alice Tryor.”

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book Review: Divergent

I've started with all the shortest, lightest books I plan on reading this
 year, so my progress looks so great right now.

I read Divergent and I didn't really like it, so I wrote a snarky review:

(There are some spoilers if you haven't read it.)

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I thought this book sounded sort of interesting and the trailer for the movie looked pretty good, so I decided to see what all the fuss is about.

I honestly am not sure how this book is a bestseller.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thankful Thursdays: My Boots

Today I'm thankful for my boots.

I'm back to taking a dance class at the university this term and that means I've been walking around in the cold, rainy, foggy weather a lot more. My feet are pretty thankful for my comfortable, warm, cute, waterproof boots. I barely scraped up enough money for them last fall and they've served me well ever since!

What are you thankful for today?

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year's Not-Resolutions

I don't want to make strict resolutions that I won't meet, but the changing of the year is a good time to reflect and think about ways you want to grow and change.  2013 was a little bit of a blah year: I didn't travel, I didn't really set any goals and I feel like nothing really changed. I don't feel like I did much spiritual growing. It was a good year and a lot of great stuff happened. I learned a lot about being content even with "less exciting" things going on. I feel like 2014 will be more significant somehow.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thankful Thursdays: Inspiration

Today I'm thankful for inspiration.

I'm not big on doing New Year's resolutions, but around this time, I do inevitably end up thinking about the past year and coming up with plans and ideas for the next. This year I'm inspired to create. To make crafts and dance productions and write stories and make food. These are my kinds of art. I currently have way more ideas than time, but I'd rather than that have no inspiration. My prayer for this year is that I can use these things to glorify God and bless other people.

My friend from A Vibrant Medley and I made watercolor maps: tutorial here. If I'm not careful, my entire room will soon be plastered with only map art. 

What are you thankful for today?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thankful Thursdays: Friends

Today I am thankful for friends. 

I'm blessed to have a lot of great friends right now. Real, fun, caring, silly, nerdy, creative, generous, smart, genuine, funny friends who I love hanging out with.