Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Ghost of Blogs Past

The past couple days, I've been reading through my old blog from 2004-2005, when I was a freshman and sophomore at UCF. It's been fun reliving those years.

I had a fire for life. I was zealous (even too zealous about some things). I was excited about everything. I think I might start linking to some of those old posts, because many of them express how I feel today. The only problem is that there is no way of finding posts based on content, only based on date. That will be difficult for me to link to specific posts. We'll see how it goes.

In one post I discussed how I used to want to be an actress. I talked about how I desired a family more than career. As I was reading that today, I thought to myself, "I am the same person." I still desire to be in film making, whether acting or somehow involve in production. Longevity of interest in something is one of my ways of making a decision about pursuing things (i.e. getting ears pierced, marrying Zane, etc.)

Zane and I are taking a film acting class this fall. I just wrote the deposit check. I originally said that I wanted to have finished my writing class before starting something else, but I think I'll try to double it up this fall. Being married without kids is somewhat like being single, in that you can still pursue personal goals that involve night classes.

I had to learn this through experience, but my younger self thought life would be different after marriage, and it's actually not that different. One still experiences the same desires that one experienced before saying "I do." In my case, I am blessed to have a husband that encourages me to pursue these desires and that will actually pursue them with me.

We'll start classes in September, so stay tuned for more on that.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Taming the Mane

Hair. It's one of those things where your place in society depends much upon factors like:
You don't have it
You have too much
You have it in the wrong places
It's not the right texture
It's not the right thickness
It's not the right color

Well, I've been battling my hair for my entire life, and I don't see an end in sight. Let's take a brief look over the past 24 years:

Birth-3 mo. - Thick dark hair that stuck straight up, despite my mother's efforts to comb it down.

3mo.-2 year- Thin blonde hair (probably the best hair days I've ever/will ever have).

3-6 - Wouldn't let my mom brush it. Perpetual rat's nest at nape of neck.

7-12 - "Page boy" cut to prevent rat's nests.

13 - Realized there were other styles out there. Tried growing bangs out.

14 - Cut bangs again, but grew length. Can't control bush-ness. Hope to figure it out in high school.

15 - Grew out bangs again. Now in high school. Introduced to flat iron. It's a miracle.

16-18 - Flat iron after every washing. Highlight with pull-through DIY kits. Still dealing with dryness/bush-ness. Male friend tells me my hair only looks good when it's straight. Devastating - straightening takes 40 minutes. Hope to figure it out in college.

19 - College. Feeling crazy. Dye hair orange and pink. Still bushy.

19 years 6 months - Feel crazier. Cut off 12 inches of length. Best friend shaves her head. Consider such an endeavor.

20 - Hair in constant state of shagginess. Have a nightmare that no boys like me because hair's short. Reject all thoughts of shaving head. Hope to figure it out soon...soon!

21-Present Day - Revert back to high school flat iron and wild bush-ness. Cannot control. Give up. Kind of.

And that's just my head hair! Let's not get into the battle against unwanted body hair...mainly because that would be a total gross-out to all readers everywhere.

Most people figure out how to have beautiful hair by the time they're my age, usually younger. I'm still working on that. I saw a 37-year old woman with shiny beautiful hair, and I thought to myself, "Maybe I'll figure it out by then." Yeah...so far that's worked really well.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sam's Club

Zane and I got a membership to Sam's Club today. Then we shopped. Then we bought $104 worth of merchandise, and we were holding ourselves back. It helps that I have memorized most the prices of my favorite foods at Publix. Comparisons were pretty easy to figure with my calculator-brained husband.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

I just hope I can eat three pounds of grapes and kiwi this week.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Black and White Pound Cake


I made this cake for my sister's birthday in March. Then Zane made it for our church picnic baking contest. Both times it came out a little dry, so I highly recommend making a glaze to go on top. The recipe is from a book called Bundt Cake Bliss that Zane's mom gave me. She also gave me the sweet chrysanthemum pan I made it in. (P.S. I learned how to spell "chrysanthemum" from Anne of Green Gables. Anybody? Anybody? Yeah.)

Look, I don't really want to write out the recipe, because you can just go check the book out from the library and make it yourself. (Oohh...that sounded spiteful, but I didn't mean for it to be). Instead I'll just share the pictures of the process.

If you really want pound cake recipes, I'll give you a much better one later: the age-old timeless great-grandma recipe. It's good.

Back to Black and White cake.
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Mmmmm...old stove that needs to be cleaned. Oh well, this photo is from the old apartment, so someone else can clean that stove.

This has been coated with a honey-chocolate glaze. I was experimenting. The result: honey and chocolate aren't supposed to go together.

I like to introduce a little color into a B&W world.

The inside. I just love that this was from scratch and it looks so pretty in the middle.

I'm not a skilled baker yet. I'd say that I'm still a squire, and someday I hope to become a knight. A baking knight, which is different from a UCF knight - because I already been there done that.