Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5 Things and 1 Thing


I got tagged by Kate today to say 5 random things about myself.  Since all I have to say about my outfit is that I am usually hesitant about yellow and red together for fear of looking like ketchup and mustard AND McDonald's, we'll go with something a little more interesting.  5 Things, here we come!


1.  I am a master at killing flies.  Someone told me that if you sneak on them very, very, very slowly from behind they will not be able to detect you, and you'll be able to squash them with ease.  It just takes patience.  If those little squirts ever land on a window or a table, using this technique they are TOAST if I'm around.  The only times I can't get them is when at the very end when I'm like an inch away and I get impatient and move too quickly to squish down.  Seriously, slow and steady, all the way down to the squish.  Gross?  Yeah, well.

2.  I got this recipe from Tammy for the Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie and that thing does not disappoint.  I'm no baking guru, but I will say that I can get these babies to be perfectly rounded every single time.  The trick?  Roll the dough into a somewhat tight little ball and then drop onto the pan.  Don't just scoop a spoonful and place it on the pan, and don't roll it into a ball and press it onto the pan--both of those will make your cookies flat and possibly undercooked.  Roll and drop, I promise!  It probably has something to do with the air content when you roll versus spoon.  Bakers, help us out?

3.  Off of number 2, I've been making a batch, baking them, and then freezing the already baked cookies.  This is DANGEROUS because it means they'll last really long and I can have these cookies WHENEVER I WANT.  I either just heat them up in the microwave (not too long or your chocolate will melt funky and harden), or I just let it sit out for a while so that it evenly thaws.  

4.  My husband and I have switched over to a lifestyle of Tim Feriss' Slow Carb Diet, but I haven't wanted to talk about it here because people get weird and skeptical about it if you don't have the right information.  Feriss' book explains it all way better than the link I shared.  The link I shared is only the rules of the diet, but not much about the reasoning behind it, which was the part that sold me.  I didn't start the diet to lose weight (and I actually only eat slow carb meals for half of the day), but rather because Tim Feriss and my husband claimed that this diet helped them avoid the afternoon sleepy schlump that I always felt after lunch.  TOTALLY WORKS FOR ME.  I can power through any afternoon now!  And once 4pm hits (post my normal sleepy time), I shove a cookie in my mouth.  However, as a side effect I have in fact lost nearly an inch off my hips and stomach which is why some of my pants might look loose and why I had to take several pairs to the tailor recently.  And my husband lost 17 lbs, even though he was basically my size before he started the diet!

5.  I'm a big fat liar and I used to trace cartoon characters in elementary school and tell people I drew them freehand.  And I committed to my story, even if I did it on tracing paper.  Don't worry, since then I've become a much, much, MUCH better liar.  Isn't that comforting?  

Alright, I spilled the beans.  Will you tell me at least ONE thing about yourself?  It can be anything!  Where you live, your favorite season, what TV shows you're watching, your favorite dessert, a weird story from when you were a kid, or you can tell me that you also traced cartoons and tried to pass them off as freehand so I don't feel like such a jerk.  HAHA :)




Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (similar--I love this option, similar)
Cardigan: (similarsimilar)
Jeggings: New York & Company
Flats: Gap (similar, similar, similar, similar--cute cap toe version)
Tote: eBags.com (exact)


71 comments:

  1. I'm always so fascinated by how different people respond to different diets! I kind of want to try them all and see what happens. Does that count as my one thing?

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  2. I dominate in every word game I play (except MAYBE Words With Friends). :-)

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  3. What about Scramble with Friends? Because I might be kind of amazing at that one!

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  4. I live in Indiana and have recently made the change from full time office receptionist to a full time piano teacher. I have almost NO casual clothes and am trying to figure out my casual style. I was thrilled when i found you, a christian gal like me who dresses modest and cheap!

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  5. I'm so glad you bit! I'm also so glad that you spilled the secret about cookie perfection, as a notoriously horrible baker, I need all the help I can get. In the same vein- another fun fact is that I once accidentally forgot water in a mug of hot chocolate mix, which I microwaved and it burst into flames. I can mix and pantry-wizard all kinds of good sauces an marinades, though.

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  6. LOL! Im with you on No. 5. I did the exact same thing ;-)

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  7. I just ate a hand full of M&M's that I was supposed to share with my husband. After stealing from the candy bag I discreetly placed it back in the pantry and tried to eliminate any of my tracks. Hehe! Thankfully, it was just a hand full and I warned him not to leave them in the house.

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  8. My sister once made hot chocolate from a mix and Kraft Easy Mac at the same time. She got the little packets mixed up. The results were horrifying!

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  9. I am a gigantic geek. I got irrationally excited (I squealed out loud and danced in my chair) about the fact that I have the same birthday as Jennifer Lawrence. Sure, she's 12 years younger but I have the same birthday as KATNISS!

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  10. hahaha I love the tracing drawings part.. I used to envy kids at school that can freehand but then I loved using the tracing paper! ;)

    xo – Sheila

    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  11. HAHA! i actually DID freehand all kinds of drawings (i'm a graphic designer now!) and when i was a kid i would go door-to-door to sell my drawings. i was a nerd at a young age :)

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  12. I WONDERED why you were getting so skinny! ;)

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  13. this is super cute! i am loving your bag. :) also did that tracing thing. whooops!
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  14. First off I'm hesitant to yellow and red too...for the exact same reason!
    Second. (One Thing) I'm super intimidated by blogging and every post I make think, "who would read this?" Good thing I have such a fun time doing it that it trumps my nerves.


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  15. I'm a reality TV show junkie - and love all the 'Real Housewives'.........

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  16. You SHOULD be hesitant to pair red and yellow, but only if they're close together. I saw a girl with a yellow shirt and red cardigan the other day that just did NOT work. Although I think if they're not primary colors, but more like burgundy and goldenrod, it would probably work. Shirt and shoes are far enough apart that I think it's okay either way though.

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  17. Crimesko - find me. We'll throw down some SWF. :)

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  18. Love your outfit. I just finished writing my post for tomorrow and it's about 5 random things.


    Agi:)


    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  19. I thought I was the only one with the McDonald's yellow and red fear! :)
    Awesome blog, by the way! :) I've been following for quite a while but have never commented. I love your style!!
    My one thing? I have a serious downfall for ANYTHING sweet...especially cupcakes!

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  20. I just read the link you offered for the slow carb diet. So interesting! I did low carb for a while and lost about 20 pounds with it, but now I pay more attention to calories and did that to lose an additional 20 pounds. I have about 10 more that I'd like to lose, and the slow carb thing has me interested! Anything that includes one day a week where I can eat stuff I crave sounds like a good diet to me. :) I'll have to do more research!

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  21. Serious downfall for anything sweet? YOU AND ME BOTH, MY FRIEND. So glad you commented today! :)

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  22. I am the same way! I totally want to try all the diets just to see what the different effects would be.

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  23. The Slow Carb Diet sounds a good bit like Paleo. I'm currently doing Whole 30 as an experiment to see if I can build on my strength and endurance. I'm an amateur athlete and I really need that energy!


    One thing. I am from Colorado and now that I live in Georgia, I miss snow so much more than I thought I would!

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  24. I was so unsure about yellow and red together but I kind of love it, especially with just a little bit of red!

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  25. When I am wearing boots, I tend to grab whatever socks are on hand, since you can't see them. This week I wore a green one and a red and black one. Classy

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  26. I'm such a cookie freak, I'm totally guilty of #3 (no one around my house seems to have noticed yet...) I think the yellow with the pop of red is really cute here, but what I really love is the blouse (I'm a sucker for polka dots).

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  27. My "one thing" is that I read your blog because I have a very stylish daughter-in-law named Audrey who lives in San Diego <3 (She is one of the pastors at a Christian Church there) She is also blond!!

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  28. I have never though of yellow/red being mustard/ketchup! Hahaha

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  29. Ooh I'm really curious about what you're doing with taking in your pants?? My one thing is that after years of not going to the gym, I forced myself to start going by taking personal training. Now I'm there 4 days a week- but now many of my pants are just a bit too big. I can't decide whether I should just wear a belt, or to actually take them in. Is it silly to take pants in by an inch?

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  30. You are funny! One thing, hmm...I am addicted to SHameless, UK Version.

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  31. My "one thing"...I am an absolute sucker for One Direction songs. They come on the radio in the car, I crank it up and dance behind the steering wheel like a crazy person.


    I have a few more "one thing" items than that. I'm a kind of quirky person. :-)

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  32. I love your mustard cardigan. I love my mustard cardigan. I'm desperately trying to think of ways to summerize the mustard cardigan. Cute outfit. As for my one thing - I've been a food blogger for seven years and an outfit blogger for three weeks. I feel like such a newb in this world.

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  33. I'm from Russia. Love your blog and style. I'm a huge Peanuts fan and collect almost everything with Snoopy.

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  34. I am absolutely grossed out by hair and wish it would dissolve in sinks, when it hits floors, or when people leave it on my desk at work. YUCK. I know that's random, but you did say one thing! :)

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  35. Cute outfit and thanks for sharing your 5 things. My one thing is that I am a total book worm and read around 3 books at a time.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  36. I talk all about tailoring in this post: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2013/02/wardrobe-from-scratch-part-3b.html

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  37. That fly thing? Omigosh. I don't know why but the thought of stalking a fly to kill to slowwwwwwly gives me the heebie jeebies. Eep!

    One thing about me. Hmm, well my favourite dish growing up was arroz caldo. It's chicken soup with ginger, garlic and green onions cooked with rice. It's still my ultimate comfort food. I've made it at home a couple of times but my other half genuinely hates it (whaaa?)

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  38. Haha I never thought about it as ketchup and mustard. I love this outfit- you look fab!!
    As for one thing about me...I love TV game shows. And strangely enough, I was on the Wheel of Fortune as a contestant back in 2008 for College Week. It was stellar (and yes, Pat Sajak is really short...they use hydraulic pedestals to make him appear taller!)
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  39. Fact about me: I can toe wrestle until you cry like a little baby :) Dad taught me.


    I am so intrigued by this diet! I get the afternoon slumps something awful! I usually have to take nap on the weekends but I hate it. Have a few pounds to spare too ;) Gonna go check it out.

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  40. I love this. Something strange about me - I'm allergic to the cold. When my body activates itself to shiver to keep warm, I get hives and swell. It was a big factor in moving south!

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  41. I love your blog, but please please PLEASE make it accessible through Facebook! Google Reader is closing, and I need a new reliable source to follow your content!! :'(

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  42. Hmm...facts about me. My sister and I are so good at playing Six Degree of Kevin Bacon (because we know way too many actors' names and watch too many movies) that we had to adjust the game to make it a competition. So the original game is try to connect any actor to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less (like, Kevin Bacon to Colin Firth: Kevin Bacon was in Mystic River with Laura Linney and Laura Linney was in Love Actually with Colin Firth). But we changed to each of us thinks of an actor, says it out loud, and then see who can connect them first. Or we'll change it up and see who can connect them in the fewest steps. We are major, major nerds but whatever.

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  43. I love that game! Did you see the Mad About You episode about it? Too funny!

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  44. Well, I never lied about drawing cartoons, BUT I did once spend an entire 10-day-long Girl Scout horse camp speaking in a British accent. I had the whole camp, including counselors, that I had lived in England for awhile. I even stuck with it when on the last day of camp, the parents came to watch us ride the horses and my mom did NOT have a British accent, and I had to talk to her with my fake accent when other people were around. It was... weird haha.

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  45. *convinced that I had lived...

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  46. I am still, even as an adult, terrified of the Oompa Loompas from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Actually, Willy himself is pretty terrifying.

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  47. Hmm one random thing about me. I was born & raised in Alaska but went to college in Hawaii. This has caused me to have some weeeiirrdd vocabulary. I say "Snow Machine" (instead of snow mobile) & "Lower 48" (instead of Mainland like people in Hawaii or... I just realized I don't know what people in the lower 48 call the lower 48? The state's? But that doesn't make sense because Hawaii & Alaska are state's too... tangent over. Sorry. LOL) like an Alaskan but I say "Slippers" instead of flip flops and call porches and decks "lanai's" like someone from Hawaii. Seriously twisted. Oh one more related fun fact the first 3 months after moving out of Hawaii I still kissed everyone I met/saw on the cheek as is the Hawaiian tradition. It was a combination of habit on my part and then being determined to own it after realizing what I was doing mid kiss. I really freaked some people out! Ha!

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  48. Hahaha! I always wondered what the trick to killing flies was. NOW I KNOW.


    Okay, when I was little, my sister and I would watch all our Disney movies (The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and we would pause it and both bust out our drawing pads and draw the characters on the screen. We would take so long that the VHS would automatically start playing again from being paused too long. I still have my sketchpad and OH BOY, we thought we were such great artists but it just looks like... kiddy drawings. LOL


    Slow carb diet, I haven't heard of that. I don't want to give up my carbs though (LOVE BREAD YUM). Maybe one day when I start regretting eating all these cookies. Darn you, metabolism, for slowing after 30.

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  49. Some useless facts about me: I loathe funnel cake & soda. Can't stand them. I also read 4-hour work week by Mr. Timmy Tim Tim Ferriss & find him fascinating! love your blog. God bless...

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  50. My one thing is that I think chocolate is disgusting. I don't eat it, I don't think about it, I don't enjoy the smell of it. Oh and I don't even kiss my boyfriend after he eats it... majority of the time I will make him go brush his teeth because I'm that grossed out by it lol so weird I know.

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  51. Great combo! A mustard cardigan is a must-find for my wardrobe! My reveal is that I'm a HUGE Doctor Who fangirl and have an obsession with David Tennant.

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  52. Here is something to make you feel better about your cartoon characters. When my sister was a kid, she attended a lot of high school sports games (lots of older siblings). When she ran out of money to spend at the concession stand, she and a friend would sell rocks they picked up from the playground to other (mostly younger) kids to get more money to spend at the concessions.

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  53. HAHAHA that's awesome. I do feel way better, thank you. haha!

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  54. I concur. I always got creeped out by Willy Wonka and it creeped me out even more that kids trusted him.

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  55. That is AWESOME. I LOVE speaking in a British accent! My old roommate / best friend and I used to go to the grocery store speaking in British accents, just for practice. You know, in case we ever needed it someday...

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  56. That's impressive! I guess it's true what they say...you can never have too much bacon. (Get it? I crack myself up.)

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  57. Hi Audrey, totally digging your fresh style. I've been following your blog for a while and it's great to see your style evolve. Have a good weekend!

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  58. Heather BoschkeFriday, March 15, 2013

    SO CUTE! I love this casual but pulled together look! That blouse is fab

    XO

    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  59. I pretended to know English when I was around 8 or 9 (I'm Hispanic). I only knew the abc's so my sister and I would pretend to be speaking English in front of our friends and all we where saying was :abcd and she would go efghi and then laugh. It was so moronic!

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  60. Love this blouse/cardigan combo. But onto the important things: those cookies! I've been using that recipe for years and it really is the best ever. That whole tablespoon of vanilla....mmmmm. And also I think they're delicious almost directly out of the freezer. So yeah, freezing doesn't solve the temptation issue.

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  61. Shoshana MorrisFriday, March 22, 2013

    Weird fact about me: As a child I would not pick my nose or blow it and my mom would get mad at me because I couldn't breathe through my nose very well and it annoyed her. Her solution was to force me to pick my nose! LOL

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  62. HAHAHAHAAH OMGGGGGG I LOVE THIS! Hahahaha thank you for making my day, Shoshana!

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  63. Caitlin @ Greater Than RubiesSunday, March 24, 2013

    I can't wait to read more about the slow carb diet. We've been experimenting with different ways of eating lately and just thinking more about what we eat and why. PS Love the tie blouse!

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  64. My favorite food is pickles - yep, pickles. My oldest friends still remember me pulling a pickle out of my lunchbox every day during elementary school and middle school.

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