19 September 2011

What I Believe

Image via pinterest

I believe in a higher power.
I believe in the one true God.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
I believe that Jesus died for my sins.
I believe that Jesus is the only gateway to heaven.
I believe that when I die, I will go to heaven.
I believe God has a perfect will and destiny for my life.
I believe God has given me a vision and a purpose.
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
I believe in Creation.
I believe that the miracles in the Bible could happen today.
I believe that through God all things are possible!

I believe that oreos are a food group.
I believe that music is a language.
I believe that Narnia is a country ;)
I believe that holding my breath gets rid of my hiccups.
I believe true friends are very hard to find.
I believe the lochness monster exists.
I believe that man and dinosaurs roamed the earth simultaneously.
I believe in a thing called love.

What do you believe??

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18 September 2011

My Weekend

1. I finally made some money at my waitress job! Also, a pretty nice paycheck for that job as well!
2. I saw Contagion! It was a great movie! I really enjoyed it! Check out the trailer here!
3. Sunday morning service was awesome church. The sermon was about Principles of Multiplication - Based on Luke 9:12 -17 (Jesus Feeding of the "5000")
What's awesome about this story was that it was way more than 5000 fed. The 5000 number was each man, but there were also wives and children, who weren't counted.
If you don't know the story, look it up. What I took away from this sermon was:
What if God asks you to give it all?
If you are obedient, God will give you what you want!

This was a great weekend!
What did you do?

14 September 2011

Busyness is a Blessing/Update on My Life

I told someone at church the other day, that I have been bored at home. This boredom has helped me keep up with blogging, paint my nails in funky colors and designs, work on guest posts and crafts, and do some light baking. She must have prayed for me to stay busy so as not to be lazy. Well, whatever it is, I have been quite busy. I have to make about 3 dozen cupcakes for tonight's church event (basically wednesday nights are starting up and we're having a youth party to celebrate back to school.) After I bake cupcakes I have to get to work. I work until 4, then I have a breather before church. I haven't neglected my blog or been lazy. Just busy with the outside world, that I don't talk about much. I need to start being more personal with my blog again. I tend to enjoy writing in it more...

In my bible reading this month, I've been working on Proverbs. Proverbs is a great book in the bible of wisdom. This book has challenged me to ask for wisdom daily from God. I can't believe I will be done with Proverbs soon. I've been trying to figure out what I should read next. I finished the New Testament earlier this year, and if I read more than 4 chapters a day, I should be able to get through the Old Testament by New Years!

In other news, I've been trying to give my two weeks at one of my jobs, but every time I go in, they basically send me out and tell me they will do whatever they can to keep me because I'm such a good employee. It's interesting how you don't feel appreciated until you've begged for attention.

I recently worked on a poster for my Saturday Night Service for church. It's not my best work, but since I don't have access to photoshop or other adobe products, I did with it what I could.

I need to be more deliberate with my applications. I've taken a bit of a hiatus. But, I need to spend at least a half an hour everyday on either applications or the GRE! It's stressful to think about, so I avoid it. I need to work on that.

In other news, my CW shows started this week! I was super excited about this until I realized it takes a week for them to show up on the website (I don't have cable). So, I will patiently wait for next week, while I catch up on Parenthood, and watch old episodes of Everwood that I've borrowed from the library.

I think this is a lot, but this is a more personal side of me! Expect scheduled posts soon. Tomorrow I will have time to bang out a few posts for upcoming weeks!

Have a blessed day!


10 September 2011

Smells Good

Well, I haven't had time to bake anything this week so I don't have anything to show you from my kitchen, but here are some things that I will be baking in the near future.

via Joy The Baker

 via Design*Sponge

via Sophistimom

via Cakespy 

via modcloth
via loveelycia

via bakerella

via a beautiful mess
This is just a sampling. Come back on Sunday for more link love. Also, I was featured over at Shannon*Bear's blog party. See my awesome DIY!

09 September 2011

Whoops/30 Lists Update

I was doing so well at making sure I blogged something everyday, but I missed the ball on that yesterday. I had to put in time elsewhere. But, my blog notebook is filled with scheduled posts. So, with that said I wanted to apologize for not keeping up with #30Lists. I will be working on that this afternoon. But, I would like to say that our first list was our goals for this month and I've already achieved 2 out of the 9!
Here is the list again!
1. Finish "The Help" - I'm halfway through this great novel, I'm hoping to be done by next week! (I'm done!!! There will be a review of the book at the end of the month.)
2. Try new design on nails - I just bought some new nail polishes and I found some great tutorials. There is no reason why I can't try something new!
I finally tried this tutorial from cutepolish.
Here's the finished project!
It needs some work, but they're suppose to be celestial. It called for yellow nail polish which I don't have, but for a first try I think I did alright!

3. Start sewing - I have a pattern and everything to go with it to make a skirt.
4. Write overseas friends - I have two friends overseas who would love to receive a letter from me.
5. Organize email/desktop - This is long overdue, enough said
6. Re-learn knitting - There are some projects I want to work on, but my skills aren't up to par.
7. Keep up with blog - I have a notebook that I chart my posts. I have so many great ideas!
8. Drink more h20 - It's hard...
9. Finish 30 Days of Lists - I'm notorious for starting something without finishing...

How are your month goals going?? I really need to drink more water! Carrying around a water bottle or a cup with a straw will help me! What helps you??

07 September 2011

Movies: I need to watch/finish

I have a collection of movies that I've either started but not finished or not watched yet. A lot of them are movies I found on super sale (target or a movie store closing, or an amazon deal). I love movies: let me clarify, I LOVE MOVIES)

Here are the movies -
1. Away We Go - I've started this movie, but I don't ever remember finishing it. What I've seen is cute. I love those to actors!! (Blockbuster closing)
2. Deliver Us From Eva - Got it via amazon because it was $4-$5.
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox - I've heard rave reviews and it was on super sale at Target.
4. I'm Not There -  I bought this movie ages ago because I love the actors in this movie and I like Bob Dylan, but I just have never gotten around to watching the whole thing. (Target)
5. Ocean's Twelve - I've seen the first one, just haven't gotten around to watching the second one. (Blockbuster)
6. Rachel Getting Married - I started this one awhile back and haven't finished it. It's long but very good. (Local Rental Store)
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - I've seen the first two movies (which are riveting) but haven't watched this one yet. (Blockbuster)
8. Wendy and Lucy - I rented this via itunes and wasn't able to finish it. I was able to buy it at blockbuster.
9. The Wackness - Read great reviews on sale at blockbuster so I bought it.
10. The Lookout - I have no idea what this movie is about, but it was 99 cents because it had no case. It seemed like a great deal to me!

What movies do you own that you haven't seen?

06 September 2011

My Pile of Books

There are so many books I want to read. I have a bookshelf dedicated to books I want to read. But here are some that stand out from the pack.

These are in no particular order:
1. Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
2. The Portable Sixties Reader
3. J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye

4. Stephen King - Insomnia
5. Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
6. Jean Kwok - Girl in Translation
7. Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird

8. Beautiful Jim Key
9. George R.R. Martin - Game of Thrones
10. Suze Orman - The Money Book for Young, Fabulous, and Broke
11. Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
12.Kate Chopin - The Awakening and other Stories

05 September 2011

Happy Labor Day / Fall Goals

I hope no one has to work like I do on Labor Day! 
At least it's a pretty short shift! I'm only hosting, so I should be able to read "The Help" (I'm almost done!)

I also wanted to share with you my fall goals! I haven't been very good at sharing nor finishing my goals, but I'm going to be more intentional in achieving my goals and also sharing them with you guys. 
 1: Be more intentional sharing and achieving my goals. I love writing lists and goals, but I don't have the best track record for keeping up with them!
2: Work on biking more / Get bike fixed. I have a bike I got last year for my birthday and it's just not in the best condition. I need a new tire. I would like to start riding my bike to work (it's less then 5 miles from mi casa)
3: Organizing my craft and sewing items. It's kind of a mess because I have them scattered in containers and there are some things that are divided that should be together. This will be a fun one!
4: Make Christmas Cards via online or handmade I either want to make them or go through moo.com and make cards to send!
5: Get past the basic Knit Stitch. I can knit till the cows come home, but that's it, just knit. I want to pearl and some other fun stitches. Making somethings would be great! 
6: Learn and successfully make a granny square (crochet). I am not that great at crochet, so if I intentionally make a goal of accomplishing a granny square my skills will improve.
7: Work on projects from "All in the Details" Class I have a lot of materials I just haven't made anything. I need to get to work on my embroidery skills.
8: Save $500. Self-explanatory. 
9: Read more than 3 books! ditto...
10: Lose 10 lbs  I was doing so well, but I feel I've been pigging out and eating all the wrong things for my body and drinking way too much pop!
11: NO FAST FOOD!!! This goes with what I said in ten!

04 September 2011

My Weekend

I did my nails on Thursday

I haven't done a my weekend post in forever. So, I thought I would share my weekend.

1. Work
I worked a double shift on Friday - Hosting then Serving. I didn't make a lot of money. People were cheap with their meals and tipping. I also worked a very long shift on Saturday and hardly made any money. But, I'm not going to complain because God is my provider.

2. My Uncle
My uncle is in town for an extended weekend. My family has been laughing a lot and watching movies. We watched True Grit and Sanctem. True Grit was a great movie, Sanctem was alright.

3. Church
I went to 3 services this weekend, Saturday Night Life, Sunday Morning, and a Burmese service Sunday afternoon. It's been a long weekend, but each service was great!

I didn't have much time, but I hope today I get some work done...

1. 30 Lists
2. My 2 guest posts!

It will be great...

What did you do this weekend?

My week:
Thursday: Fall TV Preview
Friday: Where I Work, #30 Lists
Saturday: Smells Good
Sunday: Link Love Sunday

03 September 2011

Link Love Sunday

I've been sharing my link love occasionally for you, but I decided to now dedicate Sundays to the links I've enjoyed!
I apologize if some of these links are a little outdated, I had so many from the last round that I thought I would just wait until this round!

Joy the Baker not only bakes but loves doing her nails! Check out this post on her inspirations!

Miss Indie is giving away 100 bones gift card to Urban Outfitters, this is seriously one of my favorite stores that I just can't afford. (I can't afford anything unless it's on sale).
Kaleah over at Little Chief Honey Bee is giving a away a turntable! YES A TURNTABLE! I've been eyeing those forever! I just need to save my pennies, but winning this would be awesome too!

Vegan Carrot Cherry Breakfast Cookies via Joy the Baker look amazing. And I always feel better when I eat Vegan so I will definitely have to give these a try! She also has these amazing looking Whole Wheat flatbread with herb cucumber and yogurt dip. What about a Peach Blueberry Pie? Or Lavender and Toasted Walnut Scones? I love grits and I really want to try out this recipe: Fresh Corn and Goat Cheese Grits
Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes from sunshine and carousels are making my mouth water, if you don't know me already, I adore cupcakes!
Creature Comforts shared A Little Relish magazine and the recipe for Buttermilk Scones with Rhubarb Cream is making my mouth water.
Bubble/Boba tea recipe over at Elsie's on A Beautiful Mess. I'm always scared to eat the tapioca part whenever I try it! I need to not be scared and just make my own!
I feel like I'm sinning by just looking at this Midnight Sin Chocolate Cake made by Not So Humble Pie.
Sweetopia has two recipes that I would someday like to make Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes and Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Looks like I need a whole day devoted to just making cupcakes!
Owl Bookplates found at My Owl Barn (I LOVE OWLS, LLAMAS, and DEER!)

Indie Fixx has the cutest back to school guide  "hipsters" addition. I use this term very loosely, but these items make me chuckle!
I love paisley and this sample of embroidery makes my heart just a little bit warmer. Thanks for sharing Feeling Stitchy!

Smells Good : Chocolate Sheet Cake

This recipe is probably the most popular cake in my family... I'm not sharing the actual recipe with you because I feel like I would be betraying my grandmother. But, I will share some pictures... IF you would like the recipe, I can see if my grandmother will let me email it to you...

Enjoy the pictures. This cake is amazing!

If you want the recipe please email me at lmwilliams2009{at}gmail{dot}com.

02 September 2011

Where I Work

Even though I'm a college graduate, I didn't want to go into the field that I studied in undergrad (no I don't believe my education was a waste of money). Until I attend graduate school (I'm in the process of applying), I work at a local Greek Restaurant!

It's called: The Parthenon!

I'm a server there, but occasionally I host! Here's what it looks on the inside!

This place has amazing gyros! But my favorite dish is the Mousaka (Eggplant Lasagna), with layers of eggplant, zucchini, potatoe, cheese, ground beef, cream sauce, cheese, topped with a red sauce and  hint of nutmeg! Just thinking about this dish is making my mouth water!

As you can see I'm currently reading THE HELP. It is page turner! I can't put it down. Well, this is where I work! I hope you enjoyed!

01 September 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day 1

30 Days of Lists - September 2011 is finally here!!

You've probably heard me talk about this! But, I'm ready to start and finish a project. Maybe this will be my first real one finished (minus my felt projects). 

Here is day 1: 

I love the three colors I combined for today. 
I think these goals are very attainable and a little open ended!

1. Finish "The Help" - I'm halfway through this great novel, I'm hoping to be done by next week!
2. Try new design on nails - I just bought some new nail polishes and I found some great tutorials. There is no reason why I can't try something new!
3. Start sewing - I have a pattern and everything to go with it to make a skirt. 
4. Write overseas friends - I have two friends overseas who would love to receive a letter from me.
5. Organize email/desktop - This is long overdue, enough said
6. Re-learn knitting - There are some projects I want to work on, but my skills aren't up to par.
7. Keep up with blog - I have a notebook that I chart my posts. I have so many great ideas!
8. Drink more h20 - It's hard...
9. Finish 30 Days of Lists - I'm notorious for starting something without finishing...
Anyone want to be my accountability partner?!

Ok, are you intruiged and want to see the rest? Come join 30 Days of Lists - CLICK HERE for more information... Did I say it only costs $6 and there are a ton of freebies???

Fall TV Shows 2011

Welcome September... How I've Waited for THEE!!
Image from Pinterest by Steve Dolan via society6.com

Ok, so I love television. It's a great time waster. But, I don't have cable anymore. But, I do have HULU plus. So, I'm looking forward to many new seasons of pre-existing shows as well as some new ones!

Let's start at A!!

New - They have a lot of new shows... We'll see which one's last... And which one's I can last!
Apartment 23 - Image via abc.com
Apartment 23 (Midseason) - This looks promising. I think I could actually get into this show. Plus, James Vanderbeek (of Dawson's Creek fame) is on this show!
Charlie's Angels (Thursdays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 22 - We will see... It could be a flop! The original show was so good! 
Good Christian Belles (not on the list at all) - There was no preview, but the tag line was promising.
Last Man Standing (Tuesdays 8/7c) Premieres Oct 11 - TIM ALLEN is back! Of course I will be watching this! 
Last Man Standing - Image via abc.com
Man Up (Tuesdays 8:30/7:30c) Premieres Oct 18  - Alright, this looks hilarious! I hope this show lasts!
Missing (Midseason) - Eh..., Also, no preview
Once Upon a Time - Image via abc.com
Once Upon a Time (Sundays 8/7c) Premieres Oct 23 - I really want to see this! I've seen previews on tv (other people's televisions of course)!
Pan Am - Image via abc.com
Pan Am (Sundays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 25 - 1960s? YES!!! Can't wait!
Revenge - Image via abc.com
Revenge (Wednesdays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 21 - This looks very promising!
The River (Midseason) - It has promise, but I don't think the plot line can go very far!
Scandal - (Midseason) AH!! This looks good, but, I'm not a fan of Kerry Washington! :(
Suburgatory (Wednesdays 8:30/7:30c) Premieres Sept 28 - This looks cute!!
Current -
Image via abc.com
The Bachelor (Midseason) - I'm hooked! I hope Ben from the Bachelorette is going to be on it!
Catchup -
Cougar Town (Midseason) - I'm a couple season's behind, but it's a pretty funny show.
Happy Endings (Wednesdays 9:30/8:30c) Season Premiere Sept 28 - Gonna check it out and see if it's worth watching.
The Middle (Wednesdays 8/7c) Season Premiere Sept 21 - The commercial's are hilarious! Never seen the show though.
Image via abc.com
Modern Family (Wednesdays 9/8c) - Season Premiere Sept 21 I've been slowly catching up. This show is HILARIOUS!
Grey's Anatomy (Thursdays 9/8c) Season Premiere Sept 22 - So far behind.
Private Practice (Thursdays 10/9c) Season Premiere Sept 29 - Ditto!

New - 
2 Broke Girls - Image via cbs.com
2 Broke Girls (Mondays 8:30/7:30c) Premieres Sept 19 - Yes! Yes and YES! I love Kat Dennings!
Unforgettable (Tuesdays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 20 - This looks very good!
How to Be a Gentleman (Thursdays 8:30-7:30c) Premieres Sept 29 - Eh... But, I do like Kevin Dillon!
Image via  cbs.com
Person of Interest (Thursdays 9/8c) Premieres Sept 22 - Oh yeah. This looks good! Jim Caviezel is in it! I would say he's hott! But, I feel wrong because he played Jesus in the Passion of the Christ... Plus, it's JJ Abrams and Chris Nolan directing!
Image via cbs.com
A Gifted Man (Fridays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 23 - May be the best show of the year!
Current - 
The Amazing Race (Sundays 8:30/7:30c) Premieres 9/25 - I love this show. Now I just need to watch it!
Catchup - 
Image via cbs.com
How I Met Your Mother (Mondays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 19 - I'm a whole season behind. I love, love, love this show!
The Mentalist (Thursdays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 22 - I've always wanted to watch it, just haven't.
Big Bang Theory (Thursdays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 22  - I've seen one episode. It's hilarious. I've heard a lot of good press about it!
Blue Bloods (Fridays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 23 - This looks promising.

The CW:
New - 
Hart of Dixie (Mondays) Premieres Sept 26  - I love Rachel Bilson. This looks like a charming show!
Ringer - Image via cwtv.com
Ringer (Tuesdays) Premieres Sept 13 - Buffy, er I mean Sarah Michelle Gellar is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Secret Circle (Thursdays) Premieres Sept 15 It could be an interesting show. We will just have to wait and see. 

90210 - Image via cwtv.com

Chase Crawford - Image via cwtv.com
(Tuesdays) Premieres Sept 13 - This show is soooo drama filled! Thats why I love it!

America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays) Premieres Sept 14 - I miss seasons here and there, but I do like the show!
Gossip Girl (Mondays) Premieres Sept 23 - Oh Gossip Girl, How I've missed thee... And Chace Crawford!
Vampire Diaries - Image via cwtv.com
The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays) Premieres Sept 15 - I have been waiting for the return since the last episode of season 2!

Catchup -
Supernatural (Fridays) Premieres Sept 23 - Never seen the show, but the previews have always intrigued me.
Nikkita (Fridays) Premieres Sept 23 - Ditto!

New -
Alcatraz (Midseason) - Way to go FOX, you have got my attention.
Jonah Hill - Image via fox.com
Allen Gregory (Sundays 8:30/7:30c) Premieres Oct 30 - This looks hilarious... and it's a cartoon... And it's Jonah Hill! 
The Finder (Midseason) - From the creator of Bones... This is going to be good!
The Flinstones - No real information on this yet...
I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Wednesdays 9:30/8:30c) Premieres Nov 23 - Eh...
Napolean Dynamite (Midseason) - Cartoon Version of the movie... Should be entertaining...
New Girl - Image via fox.com
New Girl (Tuesdays 9/8c) Premieres Sept 20 - ZOE!!!!!!!!!!! Can this show start today! I think I've been waiting forever for this show!!! In a little over a month! I will get to watch it!
Terra Nova - Image via fox.com
Terra Nova (Mondays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 26 - Edge of my seat for the preview... Steven Spielberg seems to have his name in all the networks this year.
Touch - No information... ):
The X Factor (Wednesdays/Thursdays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 21 - Simon Cowell is back! I can't wait for this show! Should be ten times better than idol!
Current -
Image via fox.com
Glee (Tuesdays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 20 - This show is the best! So many good one-liners!

Catchup -
Image via fox.com
Bones (Thursdays 9/8c) Premieres Nov 3 - I've been semi-watching this on Netflix. Need to start from the beginning and catch up. I really like this show!
Image via fox.com
House (Mondays 9/8c) Premieres Oct 3 - I've seen some of these episodes! I really need to get into this!
Fringe (Fridays 9/8c) Premieres Sept 23 - Hello! Joshua Jackson (of Dawson's Creek fame) need I say more??
Image via fox.com
Raising Hope (Tuesdays 9:30/8:30c) Premieres Sept 20 - My sister says this is hilarious! I want to check it out!

New -
The Playboy Club (Mondays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 19 - Even though the premise is playboy bunnies... It looks pretty good. And it's set in the 1960s! I love that!
Up All Night (Series Preview Sept 14 10/c) - This looks hilarious! I hear Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph!
Free Agents (Series Preview Sept 14 10:30/9:30c)  - This looks supes cute!
Whitney (Thursdays 9:30/8:30c) Premieres Sept 22 - This has potential! It's a comedy.
Image via nbc.com
Prime Suspect  (Thursdays 10/9c) Premieres Sept 22 - This looks amazing! 
Image via nbc.com
Grimm (Fridays 9/8c) Premieres Oct 21 - Makes me think of Buffy. I miss Buffy!
Smash (Mondays 10/9) Premieres February 6 - YES  YES YES... It's about broadway!!
Are You There Vodka? It's, Me Chelsea (Midseason) - I like Chelsea Handler, and since it's based on her book. This could be pretty good!
Awake (Midseason) - The plot sounds good. I hope it lives up to its synopsis!
Bent (Midseason) - Eh... I'll wait for a preview! 
Best Friends Forever (Midseason) - Not much information on the show.
Betty Whites: Off Their Rocker (Midseason) - Again no info... I love her btdubs!
Fashion Star (Midseason) - Looks like a project runway knockoff! We will see!
The Firm (Midseason) - Based on John Grisham's novel... That's all they wrote!
Friends with Benefits (Fridays 8/7c) It's already out, so I'm going to watch some episodes to see if it's worth watching!

Current -
Image via nbc.com
The Office (Thursdays 9/8c) Premieres Sept 22  - New boss... We will see how it goes. I love this show! 
Image via nbc.com
30 Rock (It says Returning Soon) - One of the funniest shows on Television! Hands down... No arguments!
SNL (Saturdays 11:30/10:30c) - Who doesn't love this show? I've been starting to watch it from the '70s on Netflix.
Biggest Loser (Tuesdays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 20 - This show is amazing!

Catchup -
Community (Thursdays 8/7c) Premieres Sept 22 - Very comedic and entertaining. I saw the first season... I enjoyed it.
Parks and Recreation (Thursdays 8:30/7:30c) Premieres Sept 22 - Saw a few episodes. Let's see if I can get back into it! Also, I've been informed by some co-workers, that I will really like this show.
Image via nbc.com
Parenthood (Tuesdays 10/9) Premieres Sept 13 - I love this show. Got a little behind last season. Such a good show on quirky families!
Image via nbc.com
Chuck (Fridays 8/7c) Premieres Oct. 21 - Season 1 was amazing... I can't wait to catch up. I heart Zachary Levi!!!!

What shows are you excited about? I've also been told to check out Portlandia and Breaking Bad. A show I don't watch a lot, but I think it's hilarious is It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Is Wilfred any good? And even though I have to wait until 2012, I can't wait for MAD MEN! I love that show! Thanks to Target, Amazon Instant and Netflix, I was able to catch up with that show!