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I have been meaning to share this since summer . . . can you tell I’ve been crazy busy? So finally here it is, my sunburst driftwood mirror. It’s easy to make:

  • After a day of drinking on the beach in Michigan, take a walk just after sunset to collect driftwood
  • Break driftwood pieces into roughly the same size (you don’t want them all the same size; you want an organic look. Or maybe not, if you’re a control freak. You decide!)
  • Buy cheap mirror at Home Depot after you realize Wal-Mart does not stock them
  • Rig up the back of the mirror with a hanging device if it does not have one already (I did this AFTER and it was difficult)
  • Glue pieces of driftwood around the mirror in a way that pleases you (I used Gorilla Glue, I do not recommend this as it bubbles up and leaves a thick residue that shows. I touched up spots with hot glue so that may be the route to go. The twists and turns of the wood are the only things that make this project a tad difficult).
  • Use weighted objects to hold the wood down until the glue dries
  • Hang mirror at home, reminding yourself of the beach and all of its awesomeness

Supplies at the ready:

Waiting for glue to dry:

Hanging up:

Things I Live For: Driftwood from the shores of Southwest Michigan

Quote of the Day: “I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” –Jack Kerouac

Beyond The Picket Fence

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Awesome Poet Alert!

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Despite her love for the Dallas Cowboy’s, I’d like to give a shout out to my MFA colleague and beat sister, Heather Cox.  She recently had a poem published in Dark Sky magazine and I urge you to check it out HERE.

Also, you can read more from her on her blog A Disheveled Soul.

Congrats Heather!! 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Windy days

Quote of the Day:“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” –e.e. cummings (That’s dedicated to you H-Money)

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The constant question of  “can people change” has been predominately taking over my life lately.  I believe that people can, but only if they want to.  Or, if there is a reason they want to change their life, their situation, or whatever.  How can you resist a valid, powerful reason for change that would positively effect your life?

For example, I have surprised myself by changing in these ways:

Last summer I went to U.S. Cellular Field for a White Sox game.  I swore I would never go to that hell hole.  But they were playing the Cubs, the tickets were free, and the company was fun.  Thus, I had a reason to enact that change.

Further, I used to abhor cream cheese.  But as someone who doesn’t eat eggs, I am left with very few breakfast options.  A bagel and cream cheese would seem to be the most ideal on-the-go choice.  And yet, I insisted on butter with my bagel, fearing the consistency and weirdness of cream cheese.  But when I discovered that places such as Dunkin Donuts thought that 2 packets of butter could cover an entire bagel, it was time to reevaluate.  I found out there was something known as garlic-herb cream cheese.  I could eat garlic in an acceptable way in the morning!  What better reason for change?  And so, I now love cream cheese.

I love winter, but have never been a fan of spring.  Well, Chicago springs, which are weird and pretty much non-existent.  So I have always opted for snow throughtout the month of March, and then April to come with lots of sunnieness.  I have no problem with snow through April as well.  May is when it all happens as far as I’m concerned.  So you will not find me cursing the weather gods if white flakes should fall for weeks to come.  Except, this is the first year in my life that I can recall desperately waiting for spring.  I cannot wait for baseball, for drinking outside, for drinking 40’s on porches, for wearing flippies.  I have never been so excited for spring in my life and I didn’t really know why.  But I think it is the sense of possibilities, the sense that spring brings in new things, new loves, new friends, new anything.  And so, since 2010 has been shitty thus far, I eagerly await spring!

The examples could go on, but I think I have scientifically proved that yes, people can change.  It’s just a matter of if they want to or not.  And it’s the saddest, most heartbreaking thing in the world to see someone resist necessary change, especially with regards to relationships.  And especially when you’ve done everything you can yet you’re not getting anything back or even being close to being met halfway.  Not that I’m talking about something personal or anything… 

But perhaps I just need to remind myself of the definition of insanity– “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  And remind myself of these words from Dave Matthews– “some people change, and some people won’t.”  I’d like to think there is still hope because I mean really, if I can like cream cheese… But insanity cannot prevail.  It will not. 

Things I Live For: Foggy days; dependability

Quote of the Day: “No rest without love– No sleep without dreams of love– Be mad or chill, obsessed with angels or machines– the final wish is love.” –Allen Ginsburg

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(Please note– these are NOT “Frankenstein cupcakes,” because Dr. Frankenstein was the creator of the monster people commonly refer to as “Frankenstein.”  The monster doesn’t technically have a name.  What can I say… I have recently read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for my Literary Theory class so I impart this knowledge to you… a good trivia question if you ask me!)

Anyway, last year at work we had a Halloween bake-off.  I wanted to enter so I searched many Halloween rcupcakesecipes and decided upon these cupcakes.  They are sooooo cute and relatively easy to make– the decorating part is the only part that is laborious; you just make regular boxed cupcakes so that part is a breeze.  So if you are having a Halloween party, going to one, or just want to make something fun, I suggest you give these a try– they will be a huge hit!!!  (I would also like to add that these WON me the bake-off so… woo hoo!!!)


  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Green food coloring
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Gel icing (in the little tubes)
  • Melt-able white chocolate chips
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Toothpicks
  • Green tic tacs

These instructions may be kinda iffy because they are based on my memory.  So if you have any questions or are unclear about anything, let me know!  Also, steps 5 – 7 can be omitted if you like, but it just adds another fun element to these treats!

1) Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler (a pot placed in a pot of boiling water) or the microwave.

2) While the chocolate melts, stick toothpicks halfway into marshmallows (you need the same amount of marshmallows that you have cupcakes).

3) Add the desired amount of green food coloring to the chocolate.

4) Dip marshmallows in green chocolate and lay to dry on waxed cookie sheet.  Before placing them in the refrigerator, place two mini M&M’s on each marshmallow for the eyes.  Let the marshmallows harden in the fridge.

5) Meanwhile, scoop out a little bit of the middle of each cupcake.  I used an apple CIMG1300corer for this but a small knife or spoon should work as well.

6) After making the vanilla pudding, add desired amount of green food coloring to it. 

7) Carefully add a little bit of pudding to each hole in the cupcakes, filling them to just below the top. 

8 ) Frost the top of the cupcake around the pudding filled hole. 

9) Take the marshmallows from the fridge and dab a little chocolate frosting onto the top of the marshmallow.  Dip the frosted end into the chocolate sprinkles, creating the effect of hair.

10) Place the marshmallows back on the cookie sheet and carefully draw mouths on each one.

11) Let the marshmallows set again, and when set, place each one, (toothpick end)  into the hole in the cupcake.  Stick the Tic Tacs at the base of the marshmallow to create “neck bolts.”

12) Wow and amaze your friends with your awesome creation!!!

Let me know if you try these and how they turn out!  Happy Halloween!!!

Pet Peeve of the Day: Stoners, especially over the age of 21

Quote of the Day: “I don’t know, I don’t care, and it makes no difference.  And now I’m wise.  When the whole wide world is fast asleep I cry.” –Jack Kerouac

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Trivia Tuesday’s

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Trivia is just another form of random shit, so you know I love it.  Useless knowledge can help you impress people, or win shots at a bar.  It’s win-win all around.  So try your hand at these questions… NO GOOGLING!!!  I’ll post the answers in the comments section later today…

1) What was Malcolm X’s real last name?

2) What physicist’s last words were not understood because his nurse didn’t speak German?

3) What’s the only U.S. state that serves all of its residents with water systems that have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act?

4) What was the only language Jack Kerouac spoke until the age of 6?

5) What letter begins the moniker of most AFC teams in the NFL?

Things I Live For: Scotch; boots

Quote of the Day: “Standing on the moon with nothing left to do – a lovely view of Heaven but I’d rather be with you.” –Grateful Dead

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