Sunday Snap Shot 3: Village Gate in Rochester

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This weekend, I attended BarCamp in Rochester and after the fact went out for dinner at Village Gate and explored the upper floor. I love these areas in Rochester and it is what I like to call the “Art Belt.” There are a lot of very artistic places all very close to each other in that city. Village Gate was no exception.

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Halloween fun alone and on a budget

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My first Halloween in the new apartment was nothing over the top like I would have planned had I not just moved in, but those plans were put off until next year. This year, I did a very budget friendly, simple decor scheme. Here are some tips for you if you are ever in the same position.

1. Don’t Stress
I make this mistake all the time! Don’t worry about entertaining if you are on a budget. No one says you HAVE to have a blow out Halloween ball every year. Sometimes it is nice to just decorate and hand out candy to kids.

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2. Second Hand Decor is Good!
Never feel ashamed of using second hand decorations from family members or Goodwill. Some of my personal favorite decorations are ones that my mom has used in her house since I was a child. Halloween is a holiday built on tradition, instead of feeling ashamed of those bargains embrace them!

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3. Set a budget
Set your own budget for what you plan to buy. Be it candy, costumes, or decorations the best way to make it through without missing your money is plan how much you are going to spend.

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Those three simple tips helped me a lot this year, I hope they help you too. Happy Halloween!

Steel Magnolias

MV5BMTQyMjI5MjM5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDIxODMyMQ@@._V1._SX321_SY475_[1]I was named after this movie, and up until tonight, I hadn’t yet watched it. Now as I sit here writing this post, my eyes are sore and I am sniffling worse than the sniffles from a cold. Now I understand why my Momma named me after Shelby from the movie.

This is the perfect movie for a woman in the many stages of her life. When I was younger, I saw it and didn’t understand what it was about (hence why I don’t count that time). This time around, I was seeing it from the “daughter to mother” view. I imagine, and have been told, that decades from now this movie will mean something totally different to me then. For now, I don’t think I will be able to watch it again for a long time. However, it was good to finally see the movie that has played a part in my life ever since my mother named me. (Everyone who lived in the 80’s that I have met asks if I was named after this movie)

I recommend this movie to any woman.

Dreams Turned Reality

Well, suddenly I find that all of my worrying and my dreaming has suddenly and swiftly become a reality on the apartment and job front. Within three days I had been offered a job and found an apartment (as well as moved in). It was quick and nerve racking, but it has been a wonderful start to a hopefully long adventure. Woohoo City Living! Stay tuned for a showing of the apartment pictures~ 

Sunday Snap Shot 1

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My best friend came home a couple weeks back and we were finally able to hang out. We enjoyed a dinner by candle light as we watched Game of Thrones and talked about her trip to Egypt for the first weekend of hang out shenanigans. For the second, we enjoyed the annual festival of our small town by day and watched Stargate Atlantis by night. It was a nice turn around from our worries about the future. Both of us will be going our separate ways once again when she goes back to college and I finish up my last “semester” of college.

Happy Fourth!

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Hey Guys! Happy Fourth of July for all you fellow Americans. I am glad to say this week has been filled with changed plans and new things to be excited about. Personal news: I finally found a co-op position as a Website Designer/Developer so I will, grades pending, be able to graduate college and possibly have a job after that. This was after two months of hard searching and some failures along the way. Why am I sharing this? Well, I would like to give advice for those who are just starting out too. Even if everything seems to be falling apart, chances are something good is about to come your way. Don’t give up and keep trying. Only you can write your story, so make it a good one even at it’s worst.

In other news, I have some new books to review and share with you lovely people. So stay tuned and have a wonderful week!

 

Sunday Nights

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Sunday nights for me are always filled with more ideas than action and the current heat is only adding to the lack of adventures outside of the house. However it is a welcomed time for reflection. I find that the most tempting evening event is simply enjoying a good book, or even catching on the blogs, by the window. It is the pleasure of ideas that excite the mind rather than the body, I guess.

Enjoy your evenings!

My Amazing Friend

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What do I have to share with you on this hot summer day? Well, my best friend is currently on a plane to Egypt again. She is an aspiring archaeologist and Egyptologist and we have been friends since our days in high school. The last time she came back from Egypt, she brought me this wonderful little scarab and shared all of her amazing stories with me. I am so proud of this friend of mine. Before she left this time around I made a point to tell her that because we didn’t get the chance to catch up after our semesters at our respective colleges ended. Even though we barely get to meet up, we always know we are there for each other. Which, as I have found since I started college, is a hard thing to come by. She is one friend I can make plans with for the future without pressure on either end. I cannot wait to hear the stories she has this time and I, one day, hope to visit her in Egypt on one of her digs in the future.

I am also going to make this scarab into a necklace, which I drew an idea for today. It is a rough sketch (and blurry photo) but I think it will look good when it is done. The design will use a metal finding and a cut head pin for the toggle and the chain will be either wire crocheting or a mix of chains.  Keeping it simple as to not take away from the scarab.

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Crafting for Summer

So this summer, I am most likely going to be either working at the Burger Shack where I have worked or have a job as a website designer (co-op). I dunno how I feel about either one of those options at the moment, so I guess it is time to find a new perspective. What does that have to do with crafting, you ask? Well, I intend to spend this summer trying new crafts and projects.

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to be continued… However, the point still stands that I will be giving myself plenty of hands on projects to keep me moving and creating. That, I think, will help with gaining a new perspective on the future. I also will be tackling two other more essential skills; driving and cooking. I have driven in the past, but I do not have my licence. My goal is to be able to get over my phobia of cars to learn. I have cooked in the past, but it was mostly dorm room kitchen experiments. I actually want to cook things that are actual meals, not boxed pasta.

I am going to end this goal rambling here, but I am looking forward to these things.