Obsession: 001

So. This is something I’m going to do sometimes when I can’t think of something excellent to write. I have a lot of ideas going through my head for posts, but it’s rainy, I have no energy, and I’m cooking dinner for my dad tonight. Not in the writing mood really.

Great. Moving on.

I’m going to do “Obsessions.” If you say it out loud, you have to really annunciate the word and say it in a sultry but sensual voice. “Obsessions.” My obsessions range from food, to music, to fashion, to the environment, to something I saw on Amazon I need. Basically they’re just things I really like.

This is the first Obsession.


Image courtesy of: http://www.yankeedirect.com

These bad boys are now available from Yankee Candle. I’m obsessed with them. The smell isn’t particularly great, but it doesn’t smell bad. The blue is cool. But the best part about this is that these candles are named “November Rain.”

If you don’t see why this is particularly mind-blowing, then you’ve probably never seen this beautiful piece of work:

Even better, Yankee Candle’s website describes the candle as

A rainy fall day stirs up many emotions, as does this intoxicating, masculine, and moody fragrance with deep watery notes. In it, you’ll discover the quiet interlude of the season reflected in an airy, refreshing mix of watery leaf notes, warm amber and crisp, brisk air. All perfectly suited for cozying up inside and watching the rain from your window.

I don’t have words. I’m just so obsessed.


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Need a Favor? Ask For It! Job Search Help From Your Network

I’ve been sending out a bunch of job inquiry emails today after spending most of the day yesterday working on and designing my resume. I needed to send one to my mom’s friend, and my mom was just like “Be casual about it.” But as a person that comes off awkwardly over the internet (not necessarily writing but chatting via email and Facebook), that was easier said than done. I found this post about how to approach networking with people you already know. I tweaked the script a little bit, but it is a good starting point for people who suck at job searching like I do.

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Women love to help others, but often find it difficult to ask for help themselves. But if you’re looking for a new job, it’s time to get over that fear: Enlisting others in the hunt is much more effective than going at it alone.

The easiest way to begin is to send a friendly (read: not desperate) email to your friends and former colleagues asking for job leads and professional contacts. While this can be scary, I’ve found that almost everyone who musters up the courage to ask for help reports back positive results.

Not sure where to begin? There are some basic do’s and don’ts of asking your network for help—for example, do ask about informational interviews, don’t send a broadcast email with your résumé.

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Daily Prompt: I’d Like to Thank My Cats

Okay. Let’s try this again.

I’m obsessed with the name of this post, which is why I decided it would be my blog for the day. It comes from The Daily Post. You should definitely check them out if you need ideas for your own daily post. I’ve included the link for the original TDP post at the end. I just didn’t like the way the reblog reformatted with my theme. I give all the credit in the world to them for the title. Good work, guys.

This is my second time writing this post. I was Googling something, and it deleted my last post so I’m sorry if this isn’t sassy for funny. I think I exerted all my energy the first time. Murphy’s Law and all, you know?

What would the award be? I’m not skilled at many things, and the things I’m skilled at aren’t necessarily award-worthy. I’m more of a jack of many trades than a master of one. It sucks, but that’s what happens when you grow up a suburb surrounded by the boondocks. I am good at spotting cops, but I feel as though everyone with a license who is under the age of 30 is good at that. I have seen every single episode of “American Dad,” multiple times. I would say the award would be for seeing the most episodes of “American Dad.” I’m obsessed.

This would obviously be a new award. I would be getting honored as some sort of fan promotion thing. Once “American Dad” aired a specific but impressive number of episodes this could happen. Maybe because the show’s in its 10th season or something. I don’t know. I would just accept it. I wouldn’t ask questions.

Ricky Spanishhhh. (Image courtesy of http://bigslicesofwrong.com/2013/01/19/ricky-spanish)

Ricky Spanishhhh.
(Image courtesy of http://bigslicesofwrong.com/2013/01/19/ricky-spanish)

My acceptance speech would be pretty normal. I would thank God, my family and friends, my cat and Seth MacFarlane (this is what I was Googling last time. See how far I got just to restart?) I would also thank several of Roger’s characters, specifically Ricky Spanish. I am not above making some intense political statement depending on what’s going on in the world at the time.

#winning #duh

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How To: Make Lavender Tea

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for this week’s how to. This week, it’s all about homemade lavender tea.

Lavender tea is good for relaxation.

Lavender tea is good for relaxation.

This is an article I wrote in the beginning of the summer I had hoped would be published by one of my internships. It didn’t happen.

Regardless, lavender tea is awesome. It’s easy to make, and it’ll be perfect for the upcoming cool nights of autumn. Because lavender has relaxing properties, stress from school/work/life will slip away after a few sips.

Though this tea is generally served hot, ice can be added to make it a good drink for warmer days too. This tea is also fun to experiment with. If it’s too bland or basic tasting, try adding mint, honey or lemon. Earl Grey tea can also be added to give the tea a taste and caffeine kick, but because this is supposed to be relaxing, it is not necessary.

Necessary Ingredients:

Lavender – This is clearly essential. If using dried flowers, use 1 ½ tablespoons. If using fresh flowers, use 3 tablespoons. If serving the tea cold, double the amount of lavender you use. Check local florists or organic food stores because the big chain stores probably won’t have it. Do not use synthetic lavender material.

It may be hard to find lavender. Try a local florist or an organic food store.

It may be hard to find lavender. Try a local florist or an organic food store.

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2 cups boiling water

Optional Ingredients

Honey – Pick up some raw, natural honey at the organic food store when buying the lavender. Regular honey will do just fine as well.

Fresh mint leaves

Lemon slices

Earl Grey tea

How To:

1. Put lavender into boiling water.

2. Allow lavender to steep for five to 10 minutes. As it steeps, the lavender should become less purple but greener.

3. Pour into cups, straining to remove flowers if necessary.

4. Add honey, lemon or mint if desired.

5. Serve and enjoy!

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