Thursday, January 24, 2013

What's so wrong with that?

As you may have heard, yesterday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in a hearing on the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack on the embassy. If you haven't heard, you should probably watch the news more often.

And, here's the New York Post's front cover today:

This is not okay! Basically, they're saying that Bill Clinton should be afraid of Hillary because she actually expressed her feelings. God forbid a woman raise her voice! If a man had raised his voice in a court hearing he would be admired for being assertive, but when a woman does it? Oh no, she's emotional. You may not agree with Hillary's political beliefs, but anyone can see that she stood up for what she believed - a lesson we all can learn.

Let's take a step in the right direction towards gender equality and allow both genders to express their feelings equally. Yeah, guys cry. And yeah, girls get angry! So what?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sew ALL The Things!

All the things - Sew all the things

I got a sewing machine for Christmas! I have absolutely no idea HOW to sew, but who cares! Gotta start somewhere, right? At least now I can learn, because I've wanted to for a long time. 

It's a Brother... something or other. I can't remember the exact model without looking at it. But it's awesome and has 80 pre-programmed stitches and can even sew BUTTON HOLES. You guys, button holes!! 

Last week I practiced sewing straight lines because the only sewing experience I have is, well, none. I wanted my first project to be easy, so I did some Googling and found a tutorial for an infinity scarf. It looked easy enough! All you really need to do is sew straight lines, and I can do that! 

I went to the store and got a couple yards of fabric for 63 cents. Seriously! They felt bad for making me wait in line so I got a serious discount. I had to get matching thread too, so the grand total for this project was $2.99. Someone please tell me where you can buy an infinity scarf for $2.99. You can't. 

Cute, right?

I started by cutting two 12'' by 60'' strips of fabric and turning them right side in and sewing down the long sides. It looked like this at first:

Thanks for modeling it, Mom.

After that was where it got difficult. I can sew a straight stitch no problem (most of the time at least). But after that, I had to sew the two ends of the fabric together to make the infinity part. It took two online tutorials and a YouTube video for me to figure it out, but I did it. I didn't take any pictures of that part because I was concentrating too hard. After I got the short ends sewn together and turned right side out, I had to hand-stitch the little hole that I pulled the fabric through. That's the ugliest part, but as long as no one looks too close I think it looks pretty legit!


I'm so proud of this silly little scarf. It's my first sewing project ever! I'm sooo excited and can't wait to see what I can make next! Next thing you know I'll be sewing my own wedding dress.

* Note: Excuse the crappy quality of my pictures, as they were taken with my iPad rather than my camera. I didn't bring my D40 home because I just brought my film camera. Turns out film isn't' the greatest for same-day blogging. Oops. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tea Time

I really love tea. Two years ago I never would have considered myself a tea drinker, but there's just something about it now that I can't live without.

My love of tea started when I was sick a few years ago, and my boyfriend suggested I try some peppermint tea. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship (me and tea, that is). Peppermint is still my favorite. The first summer I spent in Washington, D.C. I went into a Teavana and it was heaven. [We don't have those in South Carolina... typical.] But for a year after that, I lusted after this delicious and expensive tea. Finally, I worked up the nerve to go buy some and I haven't been the same since.

I think the taste and health benefits of tea are great, but I think it's the ritual of making the tea that I really like.    I like boiling the water, scooping out the tea leaves, and putting them in my strainer (or my new Teavana PerfecTea Maker! Yay Christmas presents!) and letting it steep to perfection. I like pouring it into my little china teapot and holding the lid on while I pour the tea. I like sitting at the kitchen table reading Tolstoy in the mornings before everyone is awake and enjoying the quiet.

Yeah, I love tea.

Catching Up.

It's been a while since I've done an actual blog post, but you know how things get....busy. I finished up the fall semester (finally), saw my childhood best friend get married (surreal), and squeezed family visits and Christmas into a single week (hectic).

After Christmas I headed off to Washington, D.C. for a few weeks. What can I say, I just can't stay away! I had a fun time galavanting about DC and hanging out with friends I hadn't seen since August.

I actually missed the first week of classes at Clemson because I was in Washington, and forgot to buy textbooks until the day before classes were supposed to start. I thought I'd escaped the senioritis because I felt fine last semester.... NOPE. I mean, this week was the first time I'd turned on my computer since LAST semester. I'd just gotten by with using my iPad. Who needs real work?

I made it back to Clemson about this time last week, aaaaand have yet to unpack. Can I just live out of a suitcase for this semester? I came home again this weekend to see my family, since most of my break was spent in DC. It's also my youngest sister's birthday tomorrow and she'll be 15! When did I get so old?

My final semester at Clemson will be packed with (hopefully) exciting things, so be on the look out for more posts!