Sunday, October 30, 2011

My weekend in a picture 10/28/2011-10/30/2011

Hello there!  I am really happy to see you here to read this quick little blog post.  If it's your first time, welcome.  If you're a repeat offender, thanks for your patronage.  This was a great weekend.  And since a picture is worth a thousand words...

I baked a lot this weekend.  A lot.  I needed to do something as a release from the insane past few weeks of school, and baking is always a good release for me.  Above are Nutella Gooey Butter Cookies.  They're to die for.  So good.  Make sure to have a glass of milk close by, though! 

 I sent 4 care packages on Friday and I am excited for the various recipients to get them soon!  I can't tell you much about what's in them, but this picture has a little bit of information about who will be receiving them.  Look closely!  Do you have a Logan Oates care package coming your way soon?  If so you should probably make sure that milk I talked about earlier is on stand-by.  (:
 My cousin Anna performed a dance routine at the Football game on Friday night.  She was so good! 
 Our family friend Shelley and her beautiful daughter Belle.  This was just such a good picture that I had to post it here.  I am not Belle's favorite person, but I'm not sure why.  She often starts to cry when I come near, which is odd because usually babies gravitate towards me.  I'm sure Belle will warm up to me sooner or later though.  In the meantime I will just keep trying!
 If you're an avid reader of my blog you know that my favorite red rubber scraper bit the dust a few weeks ago.  Well, low and behold my wonderful mother surprised me with a new set!  I was really excited.  They came at the perfect time, too, because I had more baking to do this weekend...
 Baked potato soup with Goldfish crackers?  Yum.
 My Grandfathers 71st birthday in on Halloween but my family decided to get together and celebrate a day early.  Lindsey and the rest of the crew have the Waverly Halloween parade tomorrow and I have class all day (boo!) so an early celebration seemed to make the most sense.  I made the cake, Mom and Grandma both made food, and I really enjoyed spending some time with the family.  Above you can see Robin photobombing my picture.  It actually turned out pretty cute!
 I made 2 different variations on Chocolate cake.  When I asked him, my Grandpa said he wanted 'Chocolate cake with black walnuts on top' so that's what he got!  The man loves anything chocolate so I also made some of those "fauxstess" cupcakes I mentioned in a earlier post.  My poor mother single handedly cracked all of the black walnuts for the cake.  She's pretty fantastic! 

 I love my Grandpa's face in this one.  Who likes to do "silly" pictures.  Haha.  He's still got a young vibrant personality even at 71!
 Bear with me and I will explain this picture.  It's firewood season, you know that right?  You also know that my brother (that's Tristen Carter at South Central Services phone: 740-701-5659) sells firewood.  Well we're all about work smart as much as you work hard, so this is our set up for this year.  You can see the log splitter (the red thing) and then a stack of wood to the left of the frame.  If you look close you will also see the conveyer that moves the firewood for us (so excited!) so we don't have to pitch it into the dump truck (it's in the picture as well) by hand.  The conveyer is actually made for corn, but it works perfectly for us as a firewood conveyer.  (Also, if you missed it, there's that 71 year old pitching firewood.  Next time you complain about your back/knees/hips/shoulders hurting suck it up and move on with your life because that man could work you under the table any day!)
 I had to watch this movie for class.  It's about cannibalism.  I wasn't a big fan at all.  

That's it for this weekend!  Tomorrow I am interviewing a lovely couple for an upcoming blog post that I am really excited about.  Check back for it later in the week!  

Blog love,

Monday, October 24, 2011

My weekend in a picture 10/21/2011-10/23/2011

So, this post is a little late.  The good news is the deadlines I have for this are flexible because they are self-created.  I normally post my weekend in pictures on Sunday evening.  That's my time to rest and relax before the start of a busy week.  Well, that didn't happen last night!  I was up until 3:30am writing and essay with my Mom and sister.  It was rough.  I didn't procrastinate or anything, it just was that the essay didn't organically come from anywhere.  I wasn't interested in the topic, and although I love to write, I love to write about things I am passionate about.

This is the only picture I am going to post this week, not because I don't have others to share, but because this young lady deserves to be the star of the show for a little while.  Lindsey received a Math Medal award from GE Aviation, OSU and Honda on Saturday because of her stellar achievements in... you guessed it... math!  I am always so proud of her and I can guarantee this kid is going somewhere!  The banquet was in Cincinnati and I really enjoyed it (for the most part.)  Congratulations to my Linny Bop, my little sister, the girl who gave Barney and herself a haircut and ripped all of my Sesame Street wallpaper off of my bedroom walls when she was 4.  (Barney and wallpaper were in the same day!)

Congratulations Lindsey!  


Sunday, October 16, 2011

My weekend in pictures 10/14/2011-10/16/2011

This weekend was great, but rather uneventful.  I studied a lot, and I really probably should have studied more.  I feel like I have a good grasp on the challenging week that is coming up, but it could be really bad if things don't fall into place.

I have this song stuck in my head.  Play it while you look through the pictures from this week!

(Thanks to Mel for the recommendation!)

Here is my weekend in pictures!

 This is the to-do list I made on Friday.  I took this picture on Sunday night.  I think really this list was a little over-ambitious.  I still had a weekend full of academics.  Also, on Friday I found out I got an 80/100 on my math exam.  That's good for someone who hates math!  I have an English exam on Wednesday and a History exam a week from Monday.  So, wish me luck!
 I made mini lemon-meringue and butterscotch pies.  These didn't come out right, so no one else got to try them.  But they were good (even if my meringue wouldn't peak!) and I may try to make them again.
 I love HGTV magazine.  If you haven't picked it up yet, I highly suggest it!
 This weekend was dirt track world championships or something at KC Raceway.  Since I live very close to the racetrack I got to hear/see all of the traffic and racing all weekend.  These are cars parked on my road, I took this from my driveway.  Mind blowing!
 I am a kinestic learner, so I made a whole stack of flash cards for my upcoming English exam.
 Highlight of my weekend?  Teaching my Grandma how to use her new iPhone 4.  She called and told me that she needed help setting it up... I didn't know she actually got the iPhone!  My mind was blown.  Grandma's got game!
 Sunday I went to a real estate auction preview and enjoyed being nosey.  Before we left my Mom was looking in a dumpster at some books.  Well, low and behold she found this one!  This is my area of interest when it comes to a major/specialty.  It's from 1977. 
Finally, as soon as I hit the submit button on this post I am going to enjoy some cookies and milk.  Wanna join me?  (:

Blog love,

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, 
the not-quite, 
the not-yet, 
the not-at-all. 
Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. 
Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. 
It exists, 
it is real, 
it is possible, 
it is yours.
Ayn Rand

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.  
Alan Cohen

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My weekend in pictures 10/7/2011-10/9/2011

I am kind of light on the amount of pictures I took this weekend, but the few that I do have are amazing.  I am starting to think of more and more things that I can blog about (I'd love to hear your ideas!) and I am really excited to have 7 followers.  I'm not sure who 2 of you are, but I am so glad you're living this amazing life right along with me.  (:
Here's my weekend in pictures!
I went to watch a play on Saturday night with my family (Mom, Sister, Aunt) and during intermission we found this amazing backdrop and had a little photoshoot!  I am going to start pricing new cameras, though.  The camera I found randomly on the sidewalk one day isn't cutting it anymore.  Above is Lindsey and myself.  Her blog is here.

 Lindsey taught Robin how to pose with her arm at an angle so that way her arm looks thin.  It actually works.  I am pretty sure Bop picked this up from Hannah Antonacci.  (Who's blog is here.)
 The most adorable little ginger boy took this picture of all 4 of us.  Can I just say that I truly was with 3 of the most beautiful women in the room!  Look at them all doing the arm pose and me sucking my gut in!  (:
 Lindsey, myself, Mom.  (Who may be doing a guest post soon!)
 We were hiding in the jungle.  Haha.  Lindsey his too well because Mom had to take this picture several times.  "Lindsey I can't see you!"
 I made some butterscotch walnut cookies, but during the mixing I broke my favorite red heat proof rubber scraper.  Sad day.  I am on the market for a new one!  (The handle is clear so it's hard to see.)
I packaged most of the cookies up and passed them out.  These are for my friends Josh and Taylor who I saw on Sunday evening.  I had a blast with them and some other people swinging in the park.  I hope to see them again very soon!

That's all for this week.  I promise to take more pictures next week!
Blog love to you and yours,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My weekend in pictures 9/30/2011-10/2/2011

Here's my weekend in pictures!

 This picture was technically taken on Thursday, but it's here because it seems like this weekend got start on Thursday for me, and not Friday.  My Mom had her 34th (ha!) Birthday on 9.29 and the above picture shows my sister and I with the birthday gift we gave Mom.  If I do say so myself, she made out like a bandit.  I think she had a really great birthday, even though she hates birthdays.  (:

 This was really beautiful and I wanted to document it.  It's supposed to be Wild Berry Lemonade but our waiter kept spilling it so it was pretty much sugar water.  It was still good though! 

 On Friday afternoon after work I helped my Grandpa paint this rusted out old trailer.  This is LD's first appearence in the blog world, although he is all over Facebook.  The trailor turned out nice... it's shiny and looks brand new. 
 Friday evening was my HS's Homecoming Football game and I went back to my old glory and worked the concession stand.  I used to work there ALL the time in my HS glory days, and it was fun to do it again.  This is a picture Lindsey took of our shopping cart when she was searching for the calculator button on my phone.  The story is that we had to leave the game before it even started to go buy hot chocolate, coffee and hot dog buns at WalMart.  It was an epic adventure.
 We formulated plans on the drive to WalMart and were ready to attack once inside the store.  We literally took every container of hot chocolate, every container of coffee and every bag of hot dog buns off of the shelf.  It was intense.
 Look at how long that receipt is! 
After the game with my Mom.  We survived it.  Barely.
I bought these mums at some point this weekend.  Aren't they beautiful?  I love mums. 

 On Sunday afternoon I went with my Aunt Robin and her friend to search for a man who has been missing for several days from our community.  It was my first jaunt as a member of a search party.  Don't I look the part?  I was ready for just about anything.  We're still hoping that the man is found soon and he comes back to his family who miss him so much.
 Between the searching and insane amount of homework I did this weekend I needed to relieve some stress.  Baking seemed like a perfect option!  Now you see the coffee cake muffins right out of the oven.  But wait... scroll down...
 They got a lot more sassy with the glaze on top, don't you think?
 Bugsy.  Isn't she adorable?
Mom and I had dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Sunday evening and they had these large elaborate booths that were painted with different scenes.  Ours had an elephant!  So great.
Finally, to wrap up this wonderful weekend, I was able to color code my closet.  (:

I hope you had a great weekend as well.  Thanks for reading!

PS- I didn't mention the care package I got from the Antonacci family in this post.  You can watch the video I made of the opening here.   (Thanks again!)