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{infatuation friday}

12.7.12

  1. instagramChristmas Countdown. So, I’m kind of feeling a Christmas countdown coming on. Maybe via Instagram  or Twitter; just a fun daily update to get ya pumped for Christmas. It would start at the end of next week. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in seeing something like that!
  2. 12 Days of Giving. I don’t know how this has gone over my head for the past few days, but Starbucks is currently hosting their annual 12 Days of Giving. Coupon Pro Blog has each daily item listed, so you’ll know when to look for discounts on the things you want.
  3. Blood Bricks. I usually don’t share things from work here because, let’s be honest, construction equipment has nothing to do with this blog. Buuut… today we have something really strange and interesting on the website: bricks made from cow blood. Yeah, you read that right. Gross, I know. But you totally want to read about it.
  4. stewBrunswick Stew. For the first time ever, I made Brunswick stew last night. I take a lot of pride in this because 1) I took a couple of ideas to create my own recipe, and 2) Josh loved it! He went back for second and thirds and maybe even fourths (I don’t know, he acted like he ate half the batch). Plus, it was the first time I’d used my slow cooker since we moved. It was so nice to come home and smell dinner already cooking.
  5. Grown Up Hot Chocolate. I’m kind of really excited because I’ll finally have the chance to make this over the weekend. I’ve honestly wanted to make some Grown Up Hot Chocolate for more than a year. Now, if I could find an excuse for S’moretini Shooters
  6. Christmas Cards. I hope to make my Christmas cards this weekend. I’m super excited because I don’t think I’ve ever done this (I usually just buy a box of generic Christmas cards to send). I’m 99 percent sure I know what I’m going to make. I have big plans, y’all–big plans. If you need some Christmas card inspiration, check out my Festivus board.
  7. Santa Tracker. As a kid, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was to watch the news track Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve. So. Stinkin’. Cool. What with all the new social sites popping up, NORAD has really amped up this whole Santa-tracking thing. You can find NORAD Santa Tracker on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The team even has an app (available through iTunes, Google Play and Windows). For more fun facts about NORAD Santa Tracker, visit AL.com.
  8. cookiesCookies. I’m making more cookies this weekend, and they definitely will not be spritz. I still haven’t decided exactly what I’ll do, but I guess I’ll figure it out while I’m shopping tonight. Anyway, look for photos of the cookies (and others!) on Instagram tomorrow night.
  9. Meal Planning. Josh and I started really dedicating to meal planning this week, and it’s totally working for us! I’ve only had to go out once this week, and that’s only because I didn’t have time to go home until well after dinner. But the Brunswick stew? Totally planned it, like, last week. And we even have meals planned for next week too. This has definitely relieved some stress. Next thing to tackle: organizing household chores.
  10. Slow Cooking. I’ve been a bit obsessed with the idea of slow cooking lately. Dinner is ready when I get home? Yes, please! I’ve been trying to hold back on choosing too many slow cooker recipes for our meal plans because most of my favorites are soups, stews or chilis. However, in my recent obsession, I’ve been learning a lot about slow cooking–like these seven tips for slow cooking in a crock pot. By the way, if anyone wants to buy me that Crock Pot Smart-Pot mentioned at the end, by all means, feel free to send it to me.

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{infatuation friday}

10.12.2012

  1. V.P. Debate. I didn’t get a chance to watch the Vice Presidential debate last night, but I’ve seen a lot of buzz about it this morning. While I try to piece together the important parts of the debate, I’m keeping myself entertained with the memes and gifs that resulted. My favorite, so far, is this gif.
  2. DropBox. This is an app that allows you to exchange your photos, documents and videos between computers, phones and tablets. You upload the files to your DropBox account and can then access them from any device that has DropBox installed. At first glance, this app seems a lot like Evernote (an app a reader recommended a few months back). I only downloaded it this morning, so I still don’t really know what to expect from it. (Thanks, Sissy, for telling me about this!)
  3. Geek a Week. This site, run by artist Len Peralta, features weekly geek-star trading cards. Each card has a caricature of a famous geek dressed as an alter-ego, followed by a a creative description and fun facts about the person. Among my favorites are The Big Bang TheoryTimmy the MonkeyAdam Savage and Rifftrax.
  4. That’s What That Means. If you’ve never seen this, go look at it now. You’ll laugh at the definitions for words and phrases you’ve been using for years.
  5. Furious Pete. He calls himself an epic eater. There’s no doubt that’s true. This guy has eaten 12 pounds of food in less than an hour, 15 scoops of ice cream in 3 minutes and a 16-inch pizza in 2 minutes. He’s consumed 10,000-plus calories of french toast, 11,680 calories of “epic cake” and 7,350 calories of hot chocolate. Adam Richman has nothing on Furious Pete. You can find his epic eating, goofy and workout videos on his YouTube channel. (And be sure to check read how he got started; his story is incredible.)
  6. ON Human Coupon. This week, Old Navy celebrated 5 million Facebook fans by creating a human coupon. A large group of people stood together for a photograph that created a scan-able code for 30 percent off. Read the whole story here.
  7. Winter. I know it’s still fall (and just barely, at that), but I’m already preparing for winter. As you know, I have a bit of a love affair with Christmas. So I’ve already started getting pumped for the most wonderful time of the year. If you, too, enjoy prepping your winter kitchen supplies early, check out my “Winter Recipes” board.
  8. American Horror Story. I was kind of really obsessed with this show last year, and now it’s back for another season. It’s a miniseries, so if you missed last season, you won’t be confused by this season. While season one was set in a haunted house, season two will take place in an asylum (creepy, right?). Season two premiers on FX Wednesday (October 17) at 10 p.m. EST.
  9. How to Be a Woman. I mentioned this last week, then ended up buying it Friday night. I’m really enjoying this book. I think it’s the fix I needed for my recent apathy for reading. Moran makes me want to stand in front of my mirror (or, better yet, in a chair) and declare, “I AM A FEMINIST.”
  10. Strange & Creepy. I laughed–maybe even cackled–at this slideshow of 10 of the Strangest and Creepiest Album Covers. Enjoy!

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{infatuation friday}

9.28.2012

  1. Peach Fuzzy Navel. I have a confession: Until this week, I had never tasted a peach fuzzy navel. I know, right? I’ve totally been missing out. Anyway, now I’ve been introduced to this amazing drink, thanks to Seagram’s.
  2. Corey Smith. On my drive home from work yesterday, I was listening to my favorite radio station (as usual) and heard the DJ announce they were broadcasting live from the Wal-Mart near my sister’s home. I called her immediately to let her know they were giving away free hot dogs and a chance to win tickets to see Corey Smith live in concert. I got a text from her today saying she won the tickets! How cool is that?!?
  3. Must Love Cats. No, not the show (though if you haven’t seen it, you really should). I have a newly-created cat board on Pinterest, dedicated to none other than our feline friends. This is some good stuff, folks.
  4. Raising Hope. I have been a huge Raising Hope fan since season one (sadly, though, I wasn’t able to watch the second half of last season… boo). Now I have another reason to get excited about the show. As a sort of promotion for the new season, the network is hosting a contest in which the winner will have actors Martha Plimpton (Virginia) and Garret Dillahunt (Burt) clean their home and care for their lawn. I’d love to win this for my mom, since I have no need for anything like it (my apartment only about 800 square feet and I have no yard). If you’re interested, you can enter here.
  5. Guardsman Furniture Touch-Up Markers. My sister found this in Kirkland’s last weekend and decided to try it on some of her wooden furniture that had a few scratches. It worked really nicely at covering the damaged areas. The color blended really well, so without looking really hard, it looks as if it was never scratched. (I wish we had thought to take some before/after shots so you could see what I mean, but we didn’t think about it at the time. However, I found a good example here.) I have no idea how well this works for major damages, like the place on Josh’s rocking chair that a dog practically chewed off. If anyone has tried to cover up damages like that, let me know how you did it!
  6. Vote. With elections approaching, I can’t help but turn into that gal on the soapbox. I try to stop, but I can’t. So here’s my little rant. (Ha! That rhymed.) If you haven’t registered to vote, your deadline is quickly approaching. So go register and vote this year! To learn about your state’s deadlines for voter registration, absentee ballot requests and early in-person voting, visit apps.npr.org/early-voting-2012. (You’re lucky. You only got to see a very small portion of Soapbox Amanda.)
  7. The Facebook Bug. I’m sure you’ve already seen plenty of people on the interwebs freaking out about a supposed Facebook bug that allegedly posts messages from 2010 and earlier, making them look like regular wall posts. Here are my thoughts: 1) It’s bogus; it seemed skeptical from the start. 2) Want to know how to commence widespread panic? Use the Internet. (Remember how just a few weeks ago, Anon claimed to have taken over GoDaddy?) 3) Mashable debunked the rumors about Facebook earlier this week. So, yeah. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing really to worry about.
  8. Halloween. Ugh, Halloween is nearly a month away, and I still haven’t decided on a costume (or what exactly to do, for that matter). Not cool. I’m hoping to make it to the local Rocky Horror show this year. I’d love to dress as a character from the movie and enter the costume contest, but let’s be honest… I’ll probably just be a cat again.
  9. Princess Bride. Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of Princess Bride’s release. The cast has plans to reunite at this year’s New York Film Festival. (I may or may not have geeked out about all of this.)
  10. Gangnam Style. I don’t get it. There are far too many jokes about this, and I feel so out of the loop. No, David Frum, you were not the last one on the planet to watch the video, since, despite reading the piece on the Daily Beast about it, I still have yet to see it myself (guess I know what I’m doing this weekend). Anyway, for those of you who actually get the jokes, ThinkGeek is selling limited edition “Gundam Style” t-shirts this weekend only. Have at it.

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