Things I Love

*posting these on days that aren’t Thursday, apparently

*I’ve been reading a lot. Especially this week.
*This week I read:
Forever by Maggie Stiefwater
Julie & Julia by Julie Powers
Ordinary Beauty by Laura Wiess
And I picked up In The Woods by Tana French again. I had left
off  halfway through, troubled by all of the murder stories that
were bubbling up all around me in the media.
* the fact that I have an air conditioner in my bedroom. the heat index is 109 degrees today. i can’t imagine not being somewhere cool
* looking up recipes to make bread and cheese
* Gala Darling’s announcement about her Radical Self Love Bootcamp
* my 8 week long online writing class and all of the wonderful, supportive girls I’ve met through it.
* Spending a lot of time with myself, mostly reading (though that makes me unproductive). I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time to myself in the future.
* It’s possible that my throat is healing!!! (And that I was poisoning myself all although via accidental rust inhalation every night.)
* Looking at Ford Fiestas online and trying to decide if I want to buy one or lease one or just keep on looking.
* E-mails offering me free things, like facial cleanser by Bare Escentuals and reward certificates from Best Buy
* Borders. My heart is broken, now the closest bookstore is at least a forty minute drive, but I still love the memories.

What do you love today?

Things I Love Thursday – Harry Potter Style


So, it’s no longer Thursday, but I’m sitting here in a post Harry Potter hangover, seeking hydration (I ate way too many Salt N Vinegar chips) thinking, well I haven’t posted all week. I’ve been sick (with what might be a third case of strep throat in four months. Or just a whole lot of tonsil problems?). I’ve decided to do a Things I Love  Harry Potter list incorporating the books and movies alike. (I started this post on Friday, and now it’s Saturday and I’m finishing it.  And it was supposed to post way before this. Somehow I managed to fail at pressing “publish”) Here are just a few things, because honestly there are few things that I don’t love about Harry Potter’s world.

* Midnight book releases and movie premiers The experience is worth doing at least once (though you no long can with Harry Potter) for the excitement and character all around.
* Alan Rickman. He’s just amazing as Snape.
* The Wonderful World of Harry Potter theme park. I’ve yet to find someone willing to commit to spending a day or two with me roaming the streets of Hogsmeade and riding through Hogwarts Castle, but I will someday. Or maybe I’ll just take myself on a grand adventure.
* Butterbeer and Pumpkin Pasties. A lot of the foods mentioned in Harry Potter books aren’t to my liking, but then there are the sweets and these two particular creations that I’d love to try. Also, Pumpkin Juice
* The Room Of Requirement – a secret room in Hogwarts that becomes anything you need it to become at just the time you need it. It’s been a bathroom, a hiding place and a place to practice Defense Against the Dark Arts spells.
* The Loyalty. Harry remains “Dumbledore’s man, through and through” as he admits to in Half Blood Prince. Even when truths are revealed about Dumbledore’s past, even when Harry realizes that Dumbledore has led him through this journey with the idea that Harry must die at the end, Harry remains true to Dumbledore. Snape’s loyalty to Lily Potter may seem flaky by his obvious hatred for her son, but in reality, this hatred is stemmed by the existence of the man who one Lily’s heart; James Potter. And even after their deaths, Snape is willing to remain loyal to Lily. He plays an incredibly believable double agent to the point where no one is really sure where his loyalty lies until the very end of the series.
* Love. This theme is reinforced in every book. Love is more important than anything else.
* Lune Lovegood. She’s quirky and strange, she believes in creatures that other Harry Potter characters don’t think exist and she’s loyal and friendly. She’s adorable and unintentionally hilarious. Luna lives inside her head in her own world, but she’s there for the characters when they — and the story — need it most. Luna is on the list of favorite characters for me, most definitely.
* Owls carry mail. And they’re pets. Totally cool.

What do you love about Harry Potter?

Things I Love Thursday

I missed last week, oops! I’ve been slacking on posting lately, but not really slacking on writing (so that is good). I hurt my left hand… possibly from writing too hard on my bed. Ironic. And annoying. Anyway, here are the things that I love this week:

* Drive In movies
* cute nails
* cleaning out stuff in my basement, donating a ton of stuff and throwing other stuff out
* making lists of more things I want to do
* heart shaped sun glasses
* starting an online book club (details to come)
* wine tasting on Cape Cod
* Cranberry wine that tastes like Sangria
* finally trying Escarot (in the form of rangoons)
* I’m taking an online writing class, it’s only just begun but I’m already super stoked about it
* planning on taking dance classes starting extremely soon
* huge lobster rolls
* long car rides
* hoop dance
* “let obsession be your guide”
* smoothies for breakfast
* I have tickets to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 twice in the same 24 hour period.
* Provincetown, MA

What do you love today?

Things I Love Thursday

Some weeks Thursdays come around just so quickly. Here are some things I love this week:

Meeting Francesca Lia Block
late night walks & using my iPhone as a flashlight
watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
looking up information on grad schools
e-mail exchanges
movies that take place in Italy
everyone’s Facebook status updates Wednesday night about the Bruins game
a 7.4 lb loss this week
marinating my own portobello mushrooms
walking around Cambridge
the Cambridge Public Library
feeling not sick for the first time in a while

What do you love today?

Things I Love Thursday


I know it’s Friday. I’m a day behind. But better late than never, right? Also, I’ve included some of my other friends’ lists, too.

I’m channeling my older self today, past lives. I am counting on the nostalgia I just recently wrote about. Remembering what it is that I love, because it feels like this week I’ve forgotten. So all of these things might be repeats, but that’s okay. It’s good to remind yourself of things you love.

Pushing Daisies, the pie maker
All night movie marathons
Watching Gilmore Girls on ABC Family, wishing for a Stars Hollow type of world
Themed parties in my back yard
Buying books at midnight
Similarly, seeing movies at midnight
Francesca Lia Block and her books. Specifically Dangerous Angels, Echo, Ruby, & Necklace of Kisses. I could keep going. But I won’t.
Reading all sorts of blogs, reading comments on my own blogs.
Catching up with people I haven’t seen in too long.
Going through photographs.
Movies. Especially right now: Under the Tuscan Sun, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1 & 1) and Eat, Pray, Love.
Adding movies to a Netflix queue.
Spring. Flowers. Gardens. Butterflies.
Randomly quoting Harry Potter (and any other movies) in my head. “Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies?”
A sense of community. Hanson concerts. Livejournal communities (back when I was active over there).
Creating characters and looking for them in real life.
All of the friends I’ve ever had, the people in my life who have been there for good times and bad times, the ones who were fleeting characters in the cast of my life and the ones I’ve known since Kindergarten and before.
Google messenger & video chat dates.
Perusing photographs of other countries.
Dreaming and concocting ways to think big and makes those dreams real.
All of my attempts at losing weight, even though they’ve always failed.
My bike and riding it in the summer.
Jumping into pools, splashing in ponds and jumping over waves in the ocean.
Sonoma, California, San Francisco, LA, the 101, In N Out Burger
Trips to the aquarium
Making lists of things I want to do/ accomplish
Crushing on fictional boys
Remembering things for what they were and not what they aren’t right now
Tortilla chips at Mexican restaurants
Making cupcakes and decorating them
Scooping ice cream, making sundaes and blending shakes
Mailing letters and packages (and getting mail). Stamps.
Looking for the perfect greeting card.
Wandering around Borders for hours. Taking pictures of books with my phone.
Glitter eyeliner
Teal nail polish
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sand castles
Black and white photographs, Lomography, thinking about buying a Lomo camera
Braiding my hair & wearing flowers in it
reading books by Sark
throwing things out
deleting people off Facebook
having a diagnosis (& antibiotics)
determination to NOT get sick again (less sugar! more supplements)
making dates with myself
remembering things without tears
my HP mini & all its cuteness
asking others for their TILT lists to add to today
wearing Red Sox shirts on Fridays & Saturdays at work (only one more week!)
making fireworks with glitter glue pens
orange juice
coming home to a clean room every other Friday
Ben & Jerry’s Milk & Cookies ice cream
Ngi Ne Themba
going to the movies
making plans for vacation
fake camp fires at work
Lara Bars
coin machines (&not paying fees)
Hello Kitty Checks
cheese. I’m adding this because two of my favorites down there added it without knowing the other did. Also, because I love cheese
initial stamps
talking about Vampires (especially with Sarii)
my brother asking if I want something from Bermuda (my response, “Something pretty”)
strawberry earrings
Vitamin Water Zero
planning to see Francesca Lia Block (twice!) this weekend
hoping to visit Lush while I’m in Boston
detoxing from sugar (even if I only lasted one day. Better luck in the very close future!)
40% off coupons from Michaels
Burts Bees Lip Balm
when the scale goes down
yoga classes with Jerry in Bridgewater
Marylous Ice Coffee. Peanut Butter Wonderful is my favorite. Runners up include: Twix, and Chocolate Coconut
Cosi dates with Heather
the awesome tan… on my left arm
Aveeno lotion
crunching numbers for pay offs and weight losses
Bright Blue / Teal Moleskine notebooks
trying on hats and sunglasses
the farmer’s market in my town
Borders Bucks
sitting in front of the fan and doing nothing
Gardens, especially ones that grow vegetables and herbs, but also pretty flowers
Hummingbird feeders
Portobello mushroom sandwiches

e-mails from Olga describing me, “lately ive been thinking about individuals in my life and how i would describe them to others. i guess the way i’d describe you is like a freshly made cupcake. you are bright and delightful to look at, you are soft and full of feelings that make me thing of pastel colors like pink, lavender, and mint green. a moment with you is pretty much how id feel if carebears really existed. i’d call you “feel bear” because everything with you is larger than life as it should be.”

*Wine Country
*Seeing Melanie multiple times in a week
*Homeless people being fed by cheerful strangers (that happened to laurie yesterday!)
* The color yellow
*Warm weather/sunshine

Lady GaGa’s new album, The Office UK, strawberry banana smoothies, nail polish, writing letters, new sunglasses, new headbands (or any kind of hair accessory, really), “Fuck You by Ceelo Green , dressing up, postcards, Charlie Day, Minted Rose lipbalm, making plans with [MelanieKristy] for our adventures, Batman comics, dinosaurs, my job, gaudy jewelry, mermaids, seeing movies at the theater, grilled corn, Dr. Hannibal Lector, the smell of library books, NeNe, sharks, looking at Barbies at Target, flip flops, driving a convertible, buying plane tickets to Boston, Pawn Stars, Hooper, cheese and Newbury Street.

Penny Rose’s “Things I Fancy Friday”
Baking cupcakes and even coming up with my own recipe for raspberry lemonade cupcakes!
Wearing wigs
Beautiful curvy women – this may need a side note. After visiting family I have realized once again how much stress people put on being thin. I do it too and I’m not even sure why because I don’t think incredibly skinny women are beautiful. Curvy thick women are very attractive. We can be plus size and beautiful and I would like to have words with anyone who says other wise.
Martinis – especially pretty colored ones that have a fruity taste! How classy!
Best friends who have your back – its really nice to know that no one can talk shit about you and get away with it because you have people who love you who wont let that happen.
Romantic comedies – its like a sickness… I have to like them even though it’s the same story over and over again. They just make you long for love and hand holding
Johnny Galecki/Leonard Hofstadter – huge character crush going on over here…
Fresh fruit that is in season
Confirmation that my oil has been shipped
My great grandmothers 103rd birthday!
Believing in magic
Wasting time with online tarot card reading
Pay day and not being broke!
Birthday planning – oh yes, Courtnie is having a birthday and its going to be the shit… be there or be square bitches

What do you love today?

Things I Love Thursday


Whole Living magazine
long walks
flip flops
penny days. this song & this video:
new sunglasses
damn you auto correct
gelato dates
Coconut Lime Verbena
holding hands
Chuck’s Challenge (on the iphone)
picking out recipes I want to try
writing bits and peices that might someday be a story
stocking up on novels to read
photobooth pictures
long e-mails
making mixes for everyone
long weekends (even when mine isn’t really long)
Third Eye Blind playing at work
wearing Chuck Taylors
dancing at weddings
finishing Moleskines
waiting for packages of Lush products
bright green nails
wearing shirts that are a size smaller than I’m used to
fresh fruit is finally in season (strawberries! mangoes!)
planning time to exercise (even if it really doesn’t happen. I’ll get there…)
portobello mushrooms
“I think I lost weight in my foot” “That’s the first place you lose weight”
Instagram. Wanna be friends? Starsgoneblue is my user name.
Shaylin’s neices/ her flower girls
going out for breakfast. especially at (real) diners
note paper with cupcakes on it
talk of inventing a teleporter
drunk texts from Shaylin
learning that my girl Zooey is going to be on a TV show this fall (The New Girl)
countdowns until my vacation week in June
What do you love this week?

Things I Love Thursday

* It’s wedding week and the countdown is verymuch here.
* Francesca Lia Block will be in Boston in June and I am lucky to not only see her, but go hopefully go to a workshop of hers, also.
* Cayenne pepper in tomato soup.
* I’m going to miss the American Idol finale tonight. The top three is amazing, but I’m hoping Lauren Alaina wins.
* Having a dance party in the bar waiting for lanes (that we never got).
* Stick on mustaches.
* Pop rocks and pixi sticks.
* Gummy Beartini drinks
* “Can you make me a copy of this CD?”
* my little windowsill garden
* Ben driving all the way to pick me up and bring me to the mall to get Celestial.
* Sarah Dessen’s new book What Happened to Goodbye 

I have many more things I could add to this list, but I’m going to be late for work if I keep going.


Things I Love Thursday


<3 Sleeping in. I don’t work until noon today. Pleasant!
<3 being productive. By the time I get home after work, I usually don’t have the energy to be productive, so today I don’t have to work until noon. It’s working out well for me right now.
<3 Simply Orange Juice. I’ve been drinking this juice nonstop for the past few weeks and it’s by far my favorite. It’s 100% juice, not from concentrate with no added sugar.  Their other flavors are great, but some of them (like the lemonade flavors) do have added sugar. Okay, I guess it makes sense for Lemonade to have some sugar in it…
<3. Celestial, my moisturizer, which is almost gone. Sad, sad.  (This mostly means I’ll have to bribe someone to go to Lush with me sometime in the future…)
<3 Writing, blogging and journaling. I’ll be honest, it’s been a while, but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. So hopefully it’ll be better soon.
<3. Chips & salsa and burritos and margaritas… it’s Cinco De Mayo, guys!
<3. Walking on my lunch break. This weather has been amazing, and even though I only walk around a huge parking lot because the road where I work is scary busy, it’s nice to get outside and soak up some vitamin D and move around for a while.
<3 baby spinach

I’m a little bit boring this week, but I’m okay with that. Sometimes simplicity wins over.

What do you love this week?

More Things I Love Thursday


Because… why not… here are a few awesome things about today

Mobbed. This TV show is awesome. I only heard about it last night on American Idol, but I love the idea of Flash Mobs so much, I really want to be in one. So why not have an entire television show dedicated to one?

My friend Miranda (of The Good Groupie) left me a message on Facebook that made me smile. Also, read her TILT list for this week here.

So I want/need to start doing TILT too so I was searching for the image when this AWESOME mug popped up that said “Cake Nash” on it – pic of a red hair on a cupcake. I went “OMG, I have to show Ivy!” only to click the link and be taken to YOUR BLOG.

Paul didn’t get kicked off American Idol tonight. (I swore not to watch it this year… what happened? Oh well…) Oh, and also, I love his suit.




I bought Tangled today. Haven’t watched it yet, though.

It’s snowing today. I do not love that. But I learned that 25 years ago today it was 90 degrees in MA. That’s pretty insane. (Spring, please come NOW). Also, for anyone who doesn’t remember, in 1997 we had a snow day April 1st. I do remember that.

Oh and here are some awesome flash mobs you may enjoy:

& because I love this and it inspired part of Jim & Pam’s wedding in The Office

Things I Love Thursday

Thermacare Heat Wraps
Spending the first day of spring with people I like
Drinking Marylou’s Iced Coffee all weekend (mostly Peanut Butter Wonderful…)
Reading blogs and collecting links to someday share
I bought this dress. It looks cute. (Pictures probably after this weekend).
Vitamin Water Zero Mega- C
Catching up on Glee, finally.
Chocolate. I don’t even need to be specific about it. Just chocolate.
Wearing flowers in my hair to celebrate spring.
My awesome new sunglasses with a bow on the right side.

What do you love today?