Oops! I went AWOL!

Alright, so I've officially been neglecting my blog. But it's because I have a few really cool things coming up and a few really cool things that have been going on lately. I'll explain.

First, I did a really cool custom order for Essenza Salon, which was recently opened by Andrea Cabillo, who has been doing my hair for about 6 years! These 6 matching necklaces were for all the stylists there!

On a related note, I had the chance to participate in a really fun photoshoot for Drea's portfolio. It was my first time working with a professional photographer. I uploaded all of the photos onto my Flickr account, and the photos were taken by Jared Teska.

Another reason I've been AWOL is that I'm planning on moving over to a Wordpress blog on my own domain, so I'm working on that design, learning what I need to know, and being a perfectionist of course ;)

Here are a few things coming soon in my Etsy shop. First, adult legwarmers in more colors (pink just went up for sale)! Second, crocheted mini-legwarmers for the new collection, Lazy Daisy Baby. And lastly, Some fun new wire jewelry which should be completed soon. Make sure you're checking back!

My Firsts Meme


1.Who was your FIRST prom date? First and only, Mike.

2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? Hmm not really. But I think my definition of who my first love was has changed.

3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink? Smirnoff Ice. My friend's grandma gave me it when I was like 14.

4. What was your FIRST job? Officially - Hostess/Takeout worker at Pietro's #2

5. What was your FIRST car? My current car, Mazda 3

6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? Christine Lee!

7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? Ummm. No comment. Someone that was in my dream last night (totally PG I swear).

8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? Ms. Hagistad, but she got married halfway through the year, so she became Mrs. Irvine.

9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane? I think Hawaii. My family probably knows better than me. I was ittybitty.

10. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk? I believe Shavanna was the first, and yes, we still talk. Saw her just the other day, hoping to see her once more before she leaves me again!

11. Where was your FIRST sleepover? I specifically remember a sleepover at Melody Abreu's, but I'm not sure that was my first.

12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? My mom.

13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? My sister's. Bridesmaid!

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Ate a PB&J Bagel and checked my email

15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? Crap, no idea.

16. FIRST tattoo? Nope! Never got one!

17. First piercing? Earlobes, dunno how old. To be followed by another earlobe piercing, 2 ear cartilidge, and a bellybutton piercing (though I only wear the one pair now)

18. First foreign country you've been to? Mexico. Followed a few years later by Canada. Must get to Europe soon.

19. FIRST movie you remember seeing? I'd probably say either Pinocchio or Mary Poppins. But I REALLY remember being obsessed with Peter Pan and the Little Mermaid.

20. FIRST Detention? Don't remember what I did. I had a few though.

21. What was the first state you lived in? California.

22. Who was your FIRST roommate? Technically my brother when we were really little, but in college, my first Roomie was Annemarie

23. What was your FIRST dog's name? Buddy. First and only!

24. Who do you think will be the FIRST person to repost this? I dunno! Maybe it'll be you!

I'm in Good Hair Company

I swear I had no idea this pic of Hayley Williams existed before I took the above in photobooth!! =X

"Tweet Tweet" says the . . . me??

I am newly addicted to Twitter! Seriously. Friends and fam, prepare to stage a twittervention and send me off to twithab. It's ridiculous. [P.S. follow my tweets by clicking here]

I'm way too informed. 30 minutes into catching up on all the friends' tweets I missed while I was sleeping and I have 18 tabbed articles open to read. Now, I don't know about you, but even I am worried about ME having access to that volume of knowledge. Who knows what sort of shenanigans I could get myself into with increased skill and unlimited information?

I'm trying to use twitter to streamline my productivity in some ways. For example, my followers are automatically notified when I publish a new post here. I'll soon set it up to tweet when I list a new item in my etsy shop. AND I'm pretty much not using my GoogleReader or BlogBridge anymore to catch up on my RSS feeds. Rather, those blogs that I read that are on twitter, I follow, and they let me know when they post something new! And yes, that means that if I usually read your blog and you DON'T twitter, there's a chance I might miss you somehow.

The only reason that this might matter to blog-readers is that now, when I have a small seedling of a thought process that might turn into some sort of great post, I condense it into 140 characters, put it out into the world, and consider it out of my brain. No longer do ideas brew and develop normally. Hopefully, I'll overcome this and allow real thought development to continue.

I really do think twitter is well on it's way to becoming HUGE in the world of business, news, and social networking. I know I, personally tweet like the dickens. But not like Charles Dickens who happens to tweet as well. And not quite like William Shakespeare or Edgar Allen Poe, who manage to tweet from beyond the grave, and even communicate with one another. Do you see the awesomeness?

Are you on twitter yet?

First to the Finish Line

**This post is part of my process of moving some of my favorite/important posts from my blog at http://yummyjessicake.blogspot.com here so this can be my one and only blog. I hope you get something out of them too!**

**This particular post is from January 15th, 2009**

Last night, I had a dream about running. I know, right? RUNNING.

I was in this race. I don't know how long it was supposed to be. You know where it took place? At my house. Yup. Started in the back yard, went through the family room, hallway, kitchen, dining room, living room, up the stairs, down the hall, into my room and back. There were tons of people running laps through my house.

And I was winning! I was winning without being totally tired or sweaty or anything.

And you know who was there cheering me on? BARACK OBAMA. He totally wanted me to win.

Weird, huh? Someone who's good at interpreting dreams please tell me what this means!

My Delicious Breakfast Burritos

**This post is part of my process of moving some of my favorite/important posts from my blog at http://yummyjessicake.blogspot.com here so this can be my one and only blog. I hope you get something out of them too!**

**This particular post is from January 13th, 2009**

I need to suspend humility for a minute and declare that I make the best breakfast burritos.

Curious? Do I have your attention? Here's how to experience pure culinary joy for yourself.

The following directions will make 3-4 burritos, but can easily be adjusted for however many people are being fed. Leftovers reheat well, too. These are super yummy and very filling!

You'll need the following:

  • Burrito Size Flour Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Spicy Pepper Jack Cheese (grated)
  • Bacon
  • Frozen Tater Tots
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Hot Sauce (Your favorite!)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spread out enough tater tots to on a cookie sheet to cover about half the length of the pan. Once the oven's heated, bake the tater tots. They usually take about 15 minutes to become gold and crispy.
  2. Trim the fat off of 5 pieces of raw bacon. Lay them on a piece of paper towel on a microwaveable plate. Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
  3. To make the scrambled eggs, melt 1 tablespoon butter into a nonstick skillet on medium heat. crack 6 large eggs into a bowl. Mix in about 2/3 cups of milk. Add some salt and pepper. Mix together. Pour egg mixture into pan. I've found that scrambling eggs is a tradeoff between fluffiness and scrambled-ness. The less you mess with eggs, the fluffier they will be. When the eggs are 90% done, add a big handful of grated pepper jack cheese and turn the skillet to low to melt cheese and keep eggs warm til time to assemble the burrito.
  4. By now, the tater tots and bacon should be done and out of the oven and microwave. Once cooled, break bacon and tots into bite-size pieces.
  5. Lay a flour tortilla flat on a plate and spread some grated cheese in the middle. Microwave on high for 45 seconds to heat the tortilla and melt the cheese.
  6. Scoop some eggs and tater tots into the middle of the tortilla. add some bacon pieces and some of your favorite hot sauce. Fold in ends of the tortilla and roll the sides tightly.
  7. Enjoy your yummy breakfast burrito!

As you might have inferred from the directions, multitasking is important. It took me a few times to get the timing of each step down.

You May or May Not Know

**This post is part of my process of moving some of my favorite/important posts from my blog at http://yummyjessicake.blogspot.com here so this can be my one and only blog. I hope you get something out of them too!**

**This particular post is from January 6th, 2009**

Here are a few things about me that not quite everyone may know. . .

  • I don't like exercise. Now, I don't mind activity but I really really hate the idea of working out for the sake of working out. I like things like playing games or going on hikes to get a workout, but the only reason I'd go running is if someone was chasing me.

  • I am a chronic multitasker. I simply cannot just sit and do one thing. If a movie is on, I need to keep my hands busy, so I'll knit, blog, or facebook chat. I can't just sit and read a book, so instead I'll listen to audiobooks while I work on a project that still allows me to focus on what I hear.

  • I am a neat freak. I think cleaning is fun and therapeutic. Organization is great. I'm pretty much always purging my room and closet of things that I don't need. I am the opposite of a clutterbug. Oh, and I think Feng Shui is pretty legit.

  • Sometimes, I lie. Not about important things, but sometimes I think it's fun to try to convince someone that something absolutely absurd is true. I once spent a while explaining to a friend how if you want your hair to grow faster, you need to take down all the mirrors in your house. I usually end up telling the truth afterwards, though. This might be my compensation for never trying acting.

  • My hair hasn't been it's "natural color" since eighth grade.

  • If money didn't matter, I would be a professional student. I would rather get a bunch of degrees in completely different areas of study rather than use the degree I already have to go get my master's. There's so much out there to take in, and I wish it could be my job to just learn as much as I could.
That's all I can think of for now. If there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask! =)
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