Sunday, July 25, 2010

Childhood part II

So I tried to relax by drawing a map of a park like I used to as a kid. Guess what? It was just as fun as it was when I was 10! Haha, it doesn't look much better either.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I did it!

I have decided that there is something magical about stickers. After one week of this chart, I was so sure i was going to complete it that I was more excited than I even was last night after the 2,000th push-up. I KNEW I would finish because it would have broken my heart to see a big, gaping hole anywhere in the midst of that glittery wall of stickers! Don't ask me why, but if it had been check-marks, it wouldn't have happened. Stickers are the key! I KNEW I had found the ultimate way to complete a goal! (oh, or maybe potty-training-moms had already figured that out, but whatever)

I've already started other goal lists because, no matter how cheesy it sounds, I need to focus on what I have successfully completed. All I ever notice are the things I didn't do, books I haven't finished or projects I've abandoned and it gets me down! Now for the really cheesy part- when I finish a chart I don't think I'll throw it away, I think I'll make a binder called "Nina is totally awesome!!" yup.

If you are considering making a goal chart for yourself here are some tips!

  1. Hang the chart somewhere where you can NOT avoid looking at it at the end of the day. (I hung mine by my toothbrush) This way, you won't forget about it, either accidentally or intentionally!
  2. Make the goal measureable. In my experience it was comepletely pointless to say "I will lose 1 pound per week". Something more along the lines of "I will not eat a cookie today" would be better. It needs to be something that, at the end of the day, you are sure you actually did.
  3. Use stickers. Why? because they are more fun. If you can get glittery, puffy, flocked or metallic- even better. Check-marks and X's are just lame.
  4. Make sure you talk to your husband (or mom or best friend) about how awesome you are doing, all the time.
  5. Don't restrain your cheesy side. I want to deny it, but written "motivational" gimmicks really do actually motivate you... so "go for it!!" & "great job!"

Thursday, July 22, 2010

official apology.

i should probably apologize for the pornographic photo that i grabbed out of google image search for my last post. i just wanted to give a visual representation of a diorama, so i used this one.
not until james said, "nina, why is there a diorama of people screwing on the hood of a car saved to our desktop?" that i realized the true content.
who does this stuff, anyway? i'm laughing so hard i'm crying!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


i wonder... if i wrote a list of everything that i think i like, would i really just have a list of all the things that i TELL myself i should like? i mean seriously- does everyone in the world like live local bands, wine, organic gardening and modern art? or should we just admit that we like things like coloring books, woman's world magazine and popping zits?

maybe i'm afraid that people would think i'm boring, or worse yet, that i would think that i'm boring.
but wouldn't the best kind of happiness and self-esteem come from knowing that you are genuine?
my struggle isn't about trying to restrain myself when i want to do something out of the ordinary, it's about constantly trying to become less ordinary. maybe a lot of other people do this, too.

i just read that you should try to remember the things that you liked to do when you were a child, because it's likely that you still enjoy those types of things. i've been trying to remember the things that i liked:

  • drawing maps of imaginary places, especially parks
  • reading books that aren't especially thought provoking (just entertaining)
  • organizing my books
  • rearranging my room
  • watching public television, especially educational programs
  • dreaming about decorating (pulling pictures from catalogs and drawing floor-plans
  • bike-riding with a friend
  • playing computer games, especially sim-city
  • building cities with my playmobil and legos
  • slumberparties
  • planning family vacations, day by day
as i'm writing this list i'm actually getting instantly happier! obviously the adult equivalent of these things would be slightly different. even with that prospect, it would be worth trying!

one thing that just popped into my head that ive been sheepishly wanting to do lately is make a diorama. now i can see why- half of the things on my kid-list are about planning imaginary places! i'm totally going to make a diorama for the museum. nothing can stop me now!

oddly enough, my great fear of being quirk-less and generic doesn't seem like its going to be a problem, after all. the only thing i'm worried about now is toning it down a bit!

haha. i'm glad i wrote this all down! i'm building a diorama this weekend- live local bands can go to...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

my re-fashioned 80's & 90's dresses!

check out what happens when you just make a few alterations to those dumpy old rayon and cotton dresses from the salvation army!

poor ugly dresses:

...happy new dresses:

i loved the puff-sleeves and elastic waistband on this green one, so all that changed was the skirt length.

the high collar and long sleeves were hot and dumpy, so now its a blue sundress!

the taupe 80s dress turned out a little shorter than i'd wanted, but it looks super with tights. i have to admit, i feel pretty darn cool in this one. yup.

the classic teacher jumper gets a new life! chop!

this floral is my favorite one, i loved the lace collar, waist ruffle, and matching belt, but the shoulder pads and sleeves had to GO! also the skirt is slightly shorter. i'm so happy with it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

herb baskets

i was totally clueless about where to plant herbs (i knew they needed full sun, but i was thinking "really? do they actually mean full LOUISIANA sun?) so i decided to just put them in baskets so i could move them around to wherever they needed to live. 'sides, they're cute that way.

here's how i did it:

1. cheap baskets from walmart.
2. thick black trashbags
3. staple a bag around rim of basket
4. add bark for drainage, then dirt (no idea if this works, just thought i'd try)
5. plant seedlings

Thursday, July 16, 2009

creme fraiche

i read about this great stuff in my French Women book. here's where i found out how to make it, because it pretty much doesnt exist in the US. it tastes like sour cream thats not as sour, so you can put a dab on your fruit, on bread, and we tried it on crepes for our bastille day dinner. it does for food what cream does for a bisque- i just makes it richer and more amazing! (obviously you only use a tiny bit- its super rich)

the process to make it was amazing- you just get a jar, put whipping cream and a little buttermilk in it, and sit it out on the counter for 24 hours! voila! the enzymes in buttermilk are just right to turn the cream a little bit sour.

mirelle guilano said that as a child she would be given a little slice of bread, creme fraiche, and cocoa powder on top for a snack. i tried it and i approve!