Two-Thousand Seven

Two-Thousand Seven was the year of Superbad and Juno, the year that Bob Barker filmed his last appearance on The Price is Right, the year the final Harry Potter book was released, and the year the iPhone burst into existence.

However important and meaningful all these events were, they are not what makes 2007 a memorable year for me- which is saying something because I’m a huge Harry Potter fanatic.

On March 8, 2007 I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “Chelsea, you could meet thousands or millions of people and none of them will be Carlos.”

He had moved away in 2005 and we had kept in touch, but I was always scared to admit that the love of my life was living thousands of miles away. It was easier to pretend we could just be friends, even when we tried to make it work. My heart was in it, but the rest of me was absolutely insanely stupid.

I’ve loved Carlos since I met him in 2004, when we were 14 and both going to a school where we knew almost no one. I remember the first time I saw him, the notes we would slip in each other lockers, and how he choose the sweater-vest over the regular sweater for winter uniform.

I know a lot of people would say at 14, or even 16- the age I was on March 8th- is too young to know you’ve met the love of your life. But when you know, you know. No matter what age or how long you’ve known them, I think you know.

I loved him then, I love him now, and I’ll love him forever.

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

Autumn 2009

Summer 2010

Disney 2011

OBX 2012

Halloween 2013

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January 2014

MAKE

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This is my new computer background.

I love Joss Whedon and pretty much everything he does. So this is the perfect way to inspire myself everyday!

[Disclaimer: I cannot find the original source for this image. The quote is from an interview with him in 2009. But I cannot find the artist who made this image, if you know just tell me in the comments. I love to give credit but I can’t find it!]

Polka Dot Polish Review

I always scope out what nail polishes are on clearance when I shop at Target. My most recent trip resulted in me picking up this little polka dot polish. The polish is from the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection and is in the shade “Drops of Jade.”

I love it. I’ve always gravitated toward green polishes, even in elementary school when a teacher told me my light green polish looked like a fungus.

This polish is muted teal color with white and black dots in it. The dots are basically like the sparkle confetti pieces you would find in any chunky glitter polish, but they don’t shine or sparkle. It gives a very speckled egg look that I love.

Here it is after only 5 days of wear;nails1

Almost no chips whatsoever, and all I have on is a basic topcoat. The gap at the top shows that my nails are growing super fast, guess those hair/skin/nails vitamins really work.

I love wearing nail polishes that are a little out of the norm, but fear that they’re sometimes too bold for work. I think the toned down nature of this is perfect for everyday wear!

My Love/Hate Relationship With Living Alone

10 Reasons I love living alone:
  1. I can wear or not wear whatever I want around my apartment. Do my clothes have to match? Nope. Do I have to wear them? No. Can I change my clothes 8 times in twenty minutes till I find the perfect level of comfort? Yessir.
  2. There’s no weird food in the fridge, unless I’ve put it there myself. No one else is leaving a bowl of used steak marinade in the fridge for 8 months (this actually happened) or taking the liquid/juice out of my jar of pickles (also a true story).
  3. No one is waking me up other than my alarm or the sun.
  4. I have my own bathroom. This never happened till I lived alone. I grew up with my four person family sharing one bathroom and always shared in college. I never want to share my bathroom, shower, or counter space ever again. Sorry Carlos.
  5. No pressure to do things. Sometime I really need to do laundry but don’t feel like it, so I do not and no one says anything.
  6. My things stay exactly where I put them. With the exception of Carlos unplugging my blow-dryer every time he comes over (yes I notice), nothing in my apartment moves unless I move it which makes finding things pretty easy.
  7. I don’t have to make my bed for fold the blankets on my couch for fear surprise guests will see them.
  8. My Netflix choices are left un-judged. Did I watch Hercules the other day while doing laundry, and sing along very loudly? Yes, yes I did.
  9. There’s no worry about strangers being in my apartment. The idea that a stranger will see my bedroom very much bothers me. I don’t keep things overly tidy all the time so having someone else see my un-made bed, dirty laundry, full trashcan, or leftover dishes unnerves me.
  10. There’s something about having your own space that has no comparison. Everything is yours, you put it all there, no one is going to take it, no one is going to move it, and you can do whatever you want.
10 reasons I hate living alone:
  1. I have no idea what the weather is like. Usually I was not the first person to step outside of my apartment/house, so others could always tell me what Mother Nature was up to. I know, I could check a weather app or pop my head outside. But its a little thing that I always asked my roommate of four years and she often described the weather in clothes (definitely a jeans day or not a good dress day or yeah flip flops are fine today) terms which I miss very much.
  2. The What-Was-That-Noise Game. Roommates make is easy to shrug off unknown noises. When you live alone you just imagine a burglar or murder sitting in your living room waiting for you to check on the noise.
  3. No one else cleans. Literally no one. Magic dishes fairies are not going to do those dishes.
  4. The fear of falling/dying and never being found is REAL. Of course Carlos would realize after a bit that something was up, but I have no idea how long it’d take him to realize I didn’t lose my phone or fall asleep. If I fell at night, he might think I fell asleep and then he’d go to work the next day and it could be a whole 20 hours of just laying there before he comes over (yes these are things I think about).
  5. When I’m out of toothpaste, shampoo, butter, eggs, shoes I want to wear, or anything else… I cannot borrow it from my roommate because she does not exist.
  6. Rent & utilities.
  7. Bugs. They don’t kill themselves. And I cannot kill them, look at them, or dispose of them. Thank the Lord for Carlos.
  8. No one approves or disapproves or improves my outfits before I walk out the door. I feel like I should hire someone for this. But walking out the door, having only my own judgement to go on for what I will wear for the next 10 hours at minimum can cause mishaps.
  9. Although this is on my likes list…. No one to wake you up except your own alarm or the sun. If I oversleep for work, there is not a chance anyone else will see I’ve overslept and wake me up in time to quickly get out the door. Which happened more times than it should have in college.
  10. It gets eerily quiet. Walking into the dark, quiet apartment at night will never not be creepy.

Time for Scarves!

It is now time to break out my scarves for the fall and winter! I love scarves. They are the best functional accessory and pretty much go with everything. I love all different colors and styles! Although my favorite has got to be infinity scarves, because they’re so simple to wear.

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Today I brought them all out of their box in my closet and found a new way to store them. I saw the idea online somewhere and it was really easy to do. Just pull the scarf into a loop around the hanger, and you can fit three to four on each one!

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Gig ‘Em Aggies!

This past weekend, I went to my very first Texas A&M football game!

A&M is a school packed full of tradition and school spirit. I didn’t go to a university with football so I particularly enjoyed all of the excitement. I even bought a shirt to wear to the game, a steal from H.E.B. for only $10!

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I was amazed that every single person in the student section knew when to chant and cheer at the same exact moment. I felt a bit like I was invading an exclusive club or really big fraternity, but it was so amazing! I am a very enthusiastic sporting event cheer-er and love live sports, especially football. My voice even felt like it was starting to get a bit hoarse toward the end of the game, because I was just so pumped to be there! Aggies won 65 to 28!

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Since it was an evening game, we began tailgating at about 11am while watching the very sad Florida game (Go Gators!). We were walking everywhere, so I enjoyed some spiked blueberry lemonades. They were very refreshing in the sticky, humid Texas heat. It started raining as we went into the game, but it was a light rain and was a little refreshing. I could feel fall in the air, a cool breeze not too far off. I will soon experience my first autumn in Texas! I had a really great time in College Station, ending it with some delicious chicken fried chicken, and can’t wait to go back to cheer on the Aggies again!

Kale Chips

Everyone is crazy about kale. I’ve seen it baked, sauteed, fried, juiced, and made into cocktails. I myself like spinach and was very hesitant to try kale, hearing that it was a tad more bitter and greener. But I heard about the magic of kale chips, and decided I had to try it out! This experiment happened a few months ago actually, but I took pictures with the intent to eventually blog about. Clearly I’m on top of things. Here’s how it went.

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This is kale, go out and buy you some kale.

Pull kale off the stalks, and discard them. I used kitchen scissors to cut it off. Wash and dry the kale in your fancy salad spinner that you got on sale for $5 at Bed Bath and Beyond, because someone had drawn one line on the top with permanent marker. Thank you Bed Bath & Beyond clearance.

Pull kale off the stalks, and discard them. I used kitchen scissors to cut them off. Wash and dry the kale in your fancy salad spinner that you got on sale for $5 at Bed Bath and Beyond, because someone had drawn one line on the top with permanent marker. Thank you Bed Bath & Beyond clearance.

Toss kale with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. You can try a variety of spices but I went with some basic garlic powder.

Toss kale with olive oil, salt, and pepper, with the assistance of your T.A.R.D.I.S. and Daleck shakers. You can also add a variety of spices but I went with some basic garlic powder.

Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (because who likes cleaning?). Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Take out when browning on the edges and crispy-crunchy.

Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (because who likes cleaning?). Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Take out when browning on the edges and crispy-crunchy. I am currently in amazement that my oven was ever this clean, some how it is now very browned and in need of a good scrub down.

Try these crispy little leafy chips out....

Put on a paper towel to absorb extra oil and then try these crispy little leafy chips out….

The Verdict: I did not like kale chips. They had a very bitter taste to me, similar to brussels sprouts or other cooked lettuce-y things. I don’t like cooked lettuce or spinach (unless it’s in dip) or brussels sprouts. So this was kind of a failed experiment for me. BUT I am glad I tried them because I enjoy looking for ways to eat more vegetables.

Despite not loving these, I do love to eat veggies! Sometimes it feels expensive to eat healthy but I work vegetables into my meals without over spending, or wasting them, by buying frozen veggies. I have broccoli, zucchini, onions, peppers, carrots, corn, and green beans in my freezer right now. I always purchase the generic, store-brand bags of frozen vegetables and cook them up however I want. They are very easy to steam in the microwave, roast in the oven, or cook em’ up in the pan. Buying frozen veggies is perfect for me too, because I tend to let vegetables rot in my fridge when I buy them fresh.

Overall my kale experiment was a personal fail, but I’m interested to try other types of kale prepared in other ways. My co-worker eats it for lunch as a salad all the time and is a kale-aholic. Maybe it’s a love it or hate it kinda thing? But I know that if I ever come across the opportunity to try them again when someone else is preparing them I’ll give it another try!