Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dear Easter,

The spring-time holiday is nearly upon us, so I figured I could write a blog about my Easter traditions. Some of them are pretty normal, and some of them may be a little unique just to my family. And there is nothing wrong with that! So yet again, I’m going to break out a list (I’m sorry, it’s just the way my mind works!). Oh, and my siblings are Ryan (he’s 30), Aurora (she’s 27), me (I’m 20) and my little brother Sterling (who is 17). Just so you know for reference when I say, “my siblings.”

  1. The first thing we do for Easter prep is hang up our decorations. We don’t get crazy, just enough so you know we care. We have little bunnies, chicks, eggs and other small spring decorations. My favorite decorations are the fancy egg shells we hang from our kitchen light (they’re dyed eggs, with the actual egg part taken out… and then there’s gold lace and beads on them and they’re so pretty and delicate… I love them!). We also do this thing every holiday that I like to call the Wall of Fame. We’ve had four kids go through elementary school art. That means a lot of projects. For Easter we have painted eggs on poster board. We’re badass. (When I was little, my art teacher told us to put things about us on our eggs… so I put my phone number. Truth.)
  2. After we’re all decorated, my cousins and grandparents and stuff come over and we dye our Easter eggs. Now that everyone’s getting a little older and kind of moving away, our party has gotten smaller, but we always have a good time. My family is loads of fun so it’s always a laugh. I’ll probably be posting pictures in one of my next few blogs of this 🙂
  3. On Easter Eve, all of my siblings and parents and I make a point of getting together our Easter baskets. We put the grass in, and all choose a few of our favorite dyed eggs to put in there. It just takes a few minutes, but my Easter Eve would be empty without basket prep.
  4. When we wake up (which is always ridiculous early… I am SO not a morning person.), the four kids walk down the stairs in our PJs while my dad breaks out the camcorder for home movies. We look EVERYWHERE for our baskets that the Easter Bunny hid. After so many years of hiding baskets though, my parents have to get creative. It’s always a running joke with my family that I give away hiding spots, because when I was younger I would always find baskets and think they were mine… when they really weren’t. My older siblings hated it.
  5. When I was younger, in addition to Easter baskets, we would each get an Easter book. Not like, related to Easter. Just a normal book, given as a gift for Easter. I have countless books that say “Happy Easter 1999 (or whatever year) Fio! Love, Mom and Dad.” We don’t really do that anymore because money is kinda tight, but when I have kids I would really like to continue that tradition.
  6. After Easter baskets and books are found and explored, our traditional Easter breakfast is monkey bread. Which is a delicious cinnamon and brown sugar baked thing made of love. I’ll post the recipe later!
  7. Easter Sunday is one of the Sundays that we ALL (well, not my dad, but he never comes with us) dress up and go to church. I’m not normally a big church goer (that is a separate post entirely…), but I was raised in this church and I will most definitely make an effort, especially for holidays. We put on our Sunday best and load up the car to go to church. It’s nice to have the family all together for stuff like that.
  8. When we get back from church, we take family pictures. When the weather’s nice (in Rochester, you never know if it’s going to be snowing on Easter or sunny and 70 degrees), we take them outside, but otherwise we do it in our formal living room. We do each kid, then all together, and then pictures with the parents. This picture (this was on the front page of Reddit, is on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com and all sorts of fun places… I’ll take it as my 10 minutes of fame!) was actually from Easter of last year:

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    9.  Now that all the fun of church and pictures is done, we have to start getting ready for Easter dinner, which is a big deal, considering how much my family likes food. We make ham every year. The whole family comes over and we set our table all nice, and we go for it. It’s really busy, but fun. I love my family, so I really like holidays that bring as all together. Especially with food.

That’s pretty much my Easter weekend. It’s really enjoyable. And this year, my boyfriend is coming for the first time… I’m nervous for him. He’s met a few people in my extended family, but never like cousins or anything. And he’s definitely never come to church with me before. I think it’ll work out, and I’m excited. I wish I wasn’t sick, but I think the weekend can be salvaged. So these are my Easter traditions, and I promise I’ll be posting pictures of the holiday as soon as I can get a chance. Also, do you have any fun or interesting Easter traditions? Comment! I’d love to know what people other than my crazy family do 🙂

Sincerely,

Fiona

PS, here’s the monkey bread recipe!

You’ll need:

  • 3 cans of Pillsbury biscuits
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • a bundt pan

And here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350degrees F.
  2. Make a cinnamon/sugar mixture to taste.
  3. Open and cut each biscuit into quarters
  4. Roll biscuit pieces in cinnamon/sugar mixture until even coated. Place evenly around a GREASED (trust me, you’ll want it greased) bundt pan.
  5. In a sauce pan, melt butter, brown sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon until smooth and creamy.
  6. Pour melted butter/brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over biscuits.
  7. Place in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until the cake is slightly crunchy on top.
  8. Remove from the oven.
  9. Place a plate on top of the bundt pan (upside down) and flip so the cake falls out onto the plate.
  10. ENJOY!

Let Me Be

I wrote a new song! I never have the time to sit down at my piano and write. But finallyyyy, here it is. It’s really different from what I usually write, so I hope you like it! Here are the lyrics:

Gotta, gotta get my shit together, I need a little space,
To keep myself from falling, falling from grace.
You may not understand why I want to go,
But what happens when you’re gone, oh baby, you don’t want to know.

Hey, hey, baby just let me be.
Oh, why? Why can’t you see?

I always told you I was gonna break your heart.
Well, look at us now, we’re falling apart.
This isn’t what I thought, and I don’t want to go,
But after this I’m sure I’m better off alone.

Hey, hey, baby just let me be.
Oh, why? Why can’t you see?

Gotta keep on moving, gotta find a new town,
‘Cause you’re not gonna like me when I’m messing around.
You think this is love but you can’t see,
You and I were never meant to be.

Sugar, I’m leaving you.
Once and for all, it’s time to get gone.
Darling, I’ve gotta go.
Don’t want to break your heart, but I’m not the one.

Hey, hey, baby just let me be.
Oh, why? Why can’t you see?
Baby, just let me be.

Dear iPhone,

You either need a better battery life or less fun apps, because it’s becoming a serious problem for me. Sooo I’m gonna write about apps that have kept my attention for more than a week. Which is pretty impressive for such an ADD little girl… Okay, here goes.

Social Networking: I know it’s pretty typical, but I do use these apps a lot. I have the normal ones like, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. And I have a serious soft spot for anything I can check in in. So I’m a big fan of Foursquare (checking in places I go) and of GetGlue (checking in to shows and movies I watch). I run a lot of errands and I’m addicted to Netflix so it works out perfectly.

Bored games: They’re not board games, they’re games I play when I’m bored. If I have five minutes to kill or I’m in a waiting room or on a boring bus ride… These are perfect. There’s Milk the Cow (you literally milk a cow as fast as you can… It’s surprisingly amusing), Monsters Ate My Condo (super fun Japanese style game), Traffic Rush (my high score is 172, beat that!), Fruit Ninja (there’s only so much you can do with the free version but it’s still worth checking out), Flow (endless possibilities! I’ve lost more sleep than I’d like to admit because of this game…), Angry Birds (it’s a classic, it goes without saying), Temple Run (the new one is crazy legit and there’s always a new achievement to unlock), and Finger Slayer (this one sounds silly, but I play with my brother or boyfriend and test our reflexes. It’s a lot of fun and is always a laugh).

With Friends: I have a great time with these games, but they’re only fun if you have someone to use them with. Playing Words with Friends alone is weird and sad. But here are my favorites: Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Draw Something, Scramble with Friends and Snap Chat (probably the best thing you could do while drunk that is on your phone… Truth.). I don’t spend a lot of time playing these, but I have a partner for each game and friendly competition is always fun.

Music: I had more music apps, but I found I barely used them, so these are the ones that made the cut. Songza (their music concierge is awesome and there are playlists for any mood you’re in. At all. Ever.), Pandora (another good radio station app. If you’re not familiar with it, you put in a song or artist and it creates a station based on whatever you put in. Feeling some heavy metal? 90s pop? Musical theater? You will love this site.), Soundhound (my fave music recognition app. You hear a song you like but don’t know the name or artist?! Just let this app listen to it and it’ll recognize it for you. Very helpful.) and Band of the Day (it’s literally a calendar, and every day has a different up and coming musical artist. Very eclectic styles, and if you’re like me and always want to hear new music, I would highly recommend this. You can even see pictures and listen to samples through this app.).

Face changing apps: When I get sad or upset, I like to modify my face. I have an entire folder of apps in my phone titled, “Face off!” and it never fails to cheer me up. In there I’ve got: Baldify, Browify, Oldify, Fatify, Stache Bomb, Beardify, Trekify and Walking Dead’s Dead Yourself. Next time you’re feeling a little low, check these out. If you don’t want to see yourself 200 lbs overweight, creep that bitch in your English class’s Facebook and mess with her face. I promise you’ll feel better.

Real life: Okay, not real life… Real time. But I refuse to use the abbreviation RTS because I am not a gamer in any way, shape, or form. These are my favorite apps right now. I love that you have to wait to do things, and the higher the levels, the longer it takes, and using an actual money and trading system… Idk. It’s cool! I’ve been playing Clash of Clans, Galaxy Life: Pocket Adventures, and Paradise Cove (I love this one but it can be a pain in the ass, so heads up). Super fun. Download them… You can join my claaaaaan!

CNN: If I’m going to read the news, I generally trust the CNN news app to get the information to me. Easy to use and not stupid hard to read, it informs me without being a hassle. I sometimes also use the AP Mobile app, but I found that one hard to read sometimes. The news is depressing so I mostly stick to practically living in a cave, but it’s nice to have on hand. And it’s definitely better than FOX News…

Family Feud and Friends: This is a good time passing game. You don’t need friends to play, but if anyone is connected to you and needs help, you can finish their fast money round. I’m obsessed with the game show on tv so it is really fun for me. And I don’t think I’ve gotten any repeat questions. So that’s cool..

Foodspotting: I am a serious foodie, and although not very many people use this app, I love it. When you find food you like, you post a picture, write a mini review, and tag it at the restaurant you’re at. If you need to find somewhere new to eat, you can check this app for local and popular places. With pictures and reviews, it’s helpful AND fun.

Timehop: This is just a quick daily thing, but it’s fun. You link it to any of your social networking sites and it shows you what you posted a year ago, two years ago, and even three years ago. It also has a fun feature that shows you news from that day in the past. It lets you know when your ‘timehop’ is ready, and I think it’s fun to just check it every day. Past me is fucked up, just saying.

White Noise: I have a hard time sleeping in complete silence. It might just be a quirky thing of mine, but falling asleep to the sounds of a thunderstorm is so soothing. I have the free version, but I use the full version on my laptop. It’s really nice. You can set alarms or have the sound fade at a certain time. I appreciate it.

Flashlight: I know this one isn’t fun or even that important, but I keep it on my phone because it does come in handy sometimes. It barely takes up any space, it’s simple, and if you’re in the trunk of a car and you need to see what is making that scratching noise, you don’t want to wait for it to download.

My bank’s app: This one is pretty straightforward but it’s still important! I use ESL and their app is very well made. I love being able to check my balance or transfer money on the go so this app is a necessity for me.

Gas Buddy: I LOVE this app. No matter where you are, it can find the nearest gas station and the cheapest in the area. This app has saved me money and time. Plus it’s free, so no complaints there.

Camera timer: I don’t think everyone needs this, but even with a front facing camera, I like being able to set my phone down for a few pictures. Whether it’s group pictures at a party, trying to check my outfit without a full length mirror, or sending dirty pictures to my boyfriend (jk… maybe…), I’ve used this app enough to keep it on my phone.

RetailMeNot: AWESOME. It’s not some junky coupon site where you get expired ones or fake ones… You can search by category or search specific stores. It also gives each coupon a success rate so you can really see what you’re getting into. And who doesn’t like saving money?

JEFit: I’m not a very athletic person, but this app is pretty cool. I have a bikini readying workout that I’m doing to prep for summer, and this app is great for it. It has pictures and demonstrations of every exercise, plus written instructions. You can make routines, and even sort them by day. I didn’t do this, but you can enter your weight and height and everything to keep track of your workout. It’s pretty cool, even for a chick that couldn’t do 5 push-ups if her life depended on it.

Yelp: If you leave your house, EVER, get this app. Whether you’re on vacation and need to find something, or you’re home and just need a few ideas, it’s perfect. It has everything you could need to go out, and it’s easy to use and crazy helpful. It’s the newest addition to my app family, but I love it already.

So. Now you know exactly what’s on my phone. You know my views and you know a little more about me. Isn’t this fun?! Check out a few of these apps, and stay tuned for another blog soon!
Always,
Fiona

PS, I went home sick from work today (I have a terrible cold and it’s kicking my ass), and I may or may not be blogging from my bathtub… I hope that’s not weird. And even if it is, I don’t think I care. 🙂

Dear time,

Golly, you keep sneaking up on me! Every time I say I’m going to blog I get distracted and never follow through. BUT! I just got the WordPress app on my phone, so that should help. It’s also on my daily to-do list, right before read the news. That should make a difference… so, in my last blog I told you what I would talk about. And I’m pretty sure I mentioned that my next post would be a kind of get to know you sort of deal. So this time around I’m gonna tell you about myself. So you know exactly who you’re reading about. This calls for another list!

  1. I am very, VERY opinionated. I will probably offend A LOT of people. I love gays, I think war is stupid even though I do support the military, I think smoking is gross, and I am pro choice. And if you didn’t disagree with any of that, I’m sure you will in my later posts. I just know it.
  2. I am all for arguing and controversy. I love a good fight every now and then. I wish my school had a decent debate team, I’d rape that shit… Warning: I do get very heated and I DO fight dirty. That being said, on the whole ‘opinions’ note, go ahead and comment. Let’s do this.
  3. I’m super outgoing. Usually. I know it doesn’t really make sense to say super and then usually, but it’s the truth. If I’m alone, or with adults that I’m not comfortable with, or I need to be assertive, I’m crazy shy. If I’m with my friends or in a comfortable situation (or drunk… but I don’t know if that counts.), I will be SO obnoxious. I will scream and be awkward and make friends with strangers like a boss. You have no idea until you really hang out with me. I’ll be sure to tell you stories…
  4. I’m creepy. Yup, I said it. I know it’s true. I won’t deny it. And it somehow works for me… I don’t know if people think I’m crazy then realize I’m actually funny? Or if they like me for being so honest? Or what? But I can creep like a professional (like one time, I sat next to a cute boy in the library, and he was on Facebook, so I wrote down his name, and then added him when I got home, and we’re still friends. Creepy, but it worked out!). And it’s totally okay! Every now and then I find those people who are like, “Get the fuck away from me.” but whatever. If they don’t like me as my creepy self I don’t want them in my life anyways! The only problem with it is I kinda attract super creepy boys… I’m weird, and it opens up the door to other weirdos. But it’s different being the creeper than being creeped on! Just saying.
  5. I’m crude. Very crude. I’ll be real with you, I think potty humor is hilarious (not that I will ever let on to that at first… I mean, you meet a cute boy, the first night you don’t wanna be cracking bathroom jokes). Unless it’s a boy being super awkward about it. Like those boys who making farting noises with their mouths at the most inopportune times? Yeah, that’s bad news. But I love stupid goofy movies. I talk about uncomfortable things with people I barely know. I make people watch the grossest most ridiculous things just to get their reactions. I’m just saying don’t expect me to be polite.
  6. I’m as honest as I possibly can be. Like, this blog is going to be the complete truth about everything in my head. If any of my friends read this, and find out things they don’t like? I apologize. But let’s be real! I mean, if I hang out with someone who rubs me the wrong way, I’m not gonna be like, “Hey dude! You’re super fucking annoying, please get away from me!”, because that’s mean. Honest and mean are not the same thing. Although I am a little mean sometimes… But I do have a soul. Also, this honesty thing kinda means I’m a little bit of a pessimist. I love being happy and looking forward to things, but I have a tendency to be overly realistic and brings things down. But I try to laugh about it! So I hope you don’t mind.
  7. I swear A LOT. If you didn’t notice already… Fuck is my favorite, and I throw it around a lot. Don’t be offended. I say things you don’t want to hear from a little white girl.I say whatever I’m thinking, and I personally think swears enhance my feelings. Like, if I said, “I’m tired.” you’d probably say take a nap. But if I said, “I’m fucking tired as shit!” you’d probably tell me to hibernate. Right? Okay, sort of exaggerated. But you get the idea. Fuck.
  8. I hate girls. Okay, I don’t haaaaaate them. But mostly I do. A lot of the time I feel they’re all drama, or weird, or sluts, or something else equally awful that I don’t want to put up with. Also (I know this sounds bitchy, but it’s real life for me!), if I’m gonna hang out with the guys, I would much rather not be shown up by some vagina. I’m good at being the center of attention, and I like it. AND, I would MUCH rather just chill with the bros and be goofy. Girls nights aren’t my scene, and I have more fun with the boys. There are definitely exceptions. I have some really cool girlfriends and they’re great (Melody, Emily & Jess, this one’s to you). But they’re also a lot like me, so we get along really well. I dunno. Moral of the story is girls get on my nerves and I like boys more.
  9. I’m super duper judgmental. People watching is one of my favorite things to do. I talk a lot of smack, even about people I barely know. BUT! Here is my disclaimer! I would never ever EVER act upon my judgements if someone came up to me. Like, I’ll be chilling and watching people walk by, and I’ll be like, wow that dude’s such a freak. But if he came up to me, it would be a clean slate, without a doubt. Because you can’t judge a book by its cover, no matter how fun it is to try. I could never be rude to a stranger, because most of the time, that’s me being people watched. I look and act a little strange, but I would still want a fresh start with anyone I meet.
  10. My favorite color is… Okay, okay. I know this doesn’t seem important, but once you read this, you can maybe start to understand the way my mind works. Right now (it changes a lot), my favorite color is yellow, with lime green or turquoise in a close second. If it’s a color combination though, I like purple and green together. If I had a choice, I would the whole rainbow as my favorite color. I love all of the colors together, but a lot of people say that doesn’t count. I don’t mean I like all of the colors, I mean I like all of the colors together as one! I love bright colors, pink, orange, anything. I wear black (not navy or brown). I think colors reflect my personality, so I look like something out of the 80s a lot. It’s cool though.

Soooo I’m sorry my introduction was so long! But I feel like now that you know all that crap, you really know what you’re getting into. And I hope you keep reading (assuming I post more than once a month. I’m trying!).

Lots of love,

Fiona

ps. I’m sitting at the mall eating teriyaki chicken from the Japanese place and drinking a raspberry lemonade from Auntie Anne’s pretzels and I’m right next to Bath & Body Works and all of these smells are overwhelming my senses! IT’S TOO MUCH FOR ME.