Mari's Notebook

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Five things

...that I will be doing this weekend.

1. (trying to) get rid of that shorts tan line that's been creeping up. sunday tanning with friends? oh yes, please.

2. so my brother's graduation party happened to fall on my dad's birthday. since we were so focused on hosting and making the party great, Dad's birthday appreciation kind of slipped through the cracks. He was a great dad and didn't seem to mind at all! but now we get to make it up to him--we have a fun Saturday planned for him, but for now it is a surprise. Details later!

3. buying another one-piece. my summer internship requires appropriate swimwear, so I gotta go get me another one of these. Wait, since when are swimsuits that expensive?

4. maybe finally once-and-for-all getting caught up with Pretty Little Liars? The new season started about 2498520 weeks ago, and I haven't gotten around to watching any of it.

5. starting my first ever audiobook. I took a bunch of things out of the library last week, one of which was the unabridged audiobook of Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale. It will be interesting to see if I can get through a book by just listening instead of reading. I'd love to be an audiobook type of person...

what are you doing this weekend? have a good one!

xx

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Some random musings...

1. So happy with the Supreme Court decision on Obama's healthcare reform. My mom's article on it trended on Google and Twitter in the New Haven, CT area. So happy! Definitely check it out.

2. Also kind of  in love with this. Ryan Gosling can't get more perfect.

3. I drove! By myself! All the way to work! (and back!) Kind of a personal win since I really don't like driving alone, reversing out of parking spaces and changing lanes.

4. I'm not even going to do a book review on E. L. Jame's Fifty Shades of Grey. I honestly thought that yes, it contains some a lot of erotic scenes but since it's so popular among a population of more than just regular romance readers, there must be something more to it. Nope, not the case. Language was redundant, the turning point scene-that-changes-it-all was far below expectations and it bore a striking resemblance to Twilight (a series I don't like, to make that clear).

5. Just finished watching the latest episode of Breaking Pointe. So dramatic, but I love it. Now I found The Lizzie McGuire Movie on one of the movie channels so I'm reliving a teensy bit of my childhood. I love the cartoon version of Lizzie!

6. Honey mustard goes well with lots of things. Lots and lots of things.

7. It's so hot I've basically moved in downstairs with the blasting air conditioner.

8. Last day of internship training tomorrow. So pumped to get started!

See you tomorrow!

xx
Marisol

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My completely coherent and predictable taste in music

So I confess. I am not well-rounded in music at all. Name an artist/group--contemporary or not--and I probably couldn't tell you two things about them. My iTunes is hardly up to date (I rely mostly on YouTube and the radio for my musical needs) and my taste in music is far from sophisticated.

That being said, I still feel it necessary to let you know what I've been listening to lately.

Three words: Beethoven and Manilow.

Me, I go through these weird music/song cravings. If I find a new song that I just love, I'll listen to it on repeat for days. I'm not one to mix it up all the time. I get into my little ruts.

So I was a bit surprised when, while watching the Mets game a few nights ago, I had this insane wish to listen to Beethoven. And this is super weird because I was never a really big Beethoven fan. His music is great, beautiful and genius. But it was always ruined for me because in fourth grade I had this mini freak-out; my music teacher decided to tell us (a bit too descriptively) how Beethoven was abused by his father (which I just saw is totally not in Wikipedia) and had become deaf as a result. This story made me incredibly sad and anxious for some reason, so for a while I had a weird aversion to Beethoven's work.

But something must have been in those Shake Shack burgers that night because I came home after the game, grabbed my computer and spent a good hour on YouTube listening to piano covers of Beethoven's more famous pieces.

I get so mesmerized by the watching people play the piano. I've always wanted to learn.

Here are a few of my favorites...

Fifth Symphony (part of it, obviously)

Moonlight Sonata: Presto Agitato

Für Elise


And I can't end this post without giving a shout-out to Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You." Not that I've ever listened to another Barry Manilow song in my life...but this one's been stuck in my head for a while.



Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Sangria

For Devin's graduation party I took charge of making the sangria. I helped with a lot of other things, like putting up the lights, stocking up on sodas and figuring out the menu, but the sangria was all mine.

I'm so happy it was well-received.

I started off using this Best Party Sangria recipe as a guideline, but ended up changing it up a bit. So here goes...a great red sangria that is not too sweet but not too strong either. It looked beautiful in our new Bed Bath and Beyond plastic beverage dispenser (similar one here), the wine marinated well, and I kept having to refill the dispenser as the night went on.

My Sangria:

Ingredients:
1 orange
1 lime
1 lemon
1 apple
1 cup chopped pineapple with juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
3 shots triple sec
1 bottle of red wine
1 bottle club soda

Directions:

Cut orange, lime and lemon each in half and squeeze juice out into a medium-size pot. Then cut the halves into smaller wedges and drop them into the pot.

  • For the lemon and lime, I microwaved each for about 5 seconds before I cut them. This made it easier to squeeze the juice out. 
  • I used really large navel oranges for my sangria--they were great, but the halves all fell apart when I juiced them. I suggest not being too occupied with juicing the oranges. A quick squeeze, cut into wedges and drop in. Don't mush the fruit unless you want to make the sangria pulpy. 
Chop the apple into tiny pieces, add to the pot. Add one cup of chopped pineapple and any juice. For this I think it's fine using canned pineapple or pre-sliced/prepackaged pineapple, like the one at Stew Leonard's. Add two tablespoons of sugar, a splash of orange juice and three shots of triple sec. I like adding the red wine at the end--it feels like the grand finale.
  • With sangria they say an inexpensive wine is totally fine to use. I used Viña Borgia 2010, found at Stew Leonard's for about eight dollars. 
Let the sangria chill in the fridge (or a heavily-iced cooler) for at least a few hours. We did ours overnight, which was a bit crazy-looking since we made about eight batches of it so we had pots of sangria all over the place! Add the club soda only when you are about the serve the sangria. 
We had to get so much fruit because we made eight batches. Here is just some of that fruit. Don't mind the peppers--they were feeling a bit lonely. 
  • The recipe to which I first referred suggested using ginger ale instead of club soda. When I did a test run of this sangria I used ginger ale, and it tasted fine. We decided to make it a little less sweet, hence the substitution of club soda for ginger ale. 
 I hope you try it and enjoy!


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quick update: my feet are tired

Well, Dev's graduation party was today, so we had about 75 people shuffling through the house at one point or another. And I don't really know what's the deal--I've walked miles (okay, one and a half miles from the train station to my friend's house) in these wedges and don't feel a thing, but then I wear them during the party and at the end of the day my feet can't even stand flip flops. 

The sangria and Asian noodle salad were hits. The lights went up nicely. Someone came with balloons. My mom and I both wore white shirts--they made it through completely unstained! 

It was a wonderful, wonderful party. 

My iTouch and iPhone came in handy, as I had to keep buying new songs to accommodate the millions of song requests from Devin's friends so I just kept switching the two in the speakers so I could keep the music going and sync new songs as they came in. 

We have so much extra food. I don't want to think about it. 

But now I'm in bed. We've stopped cleaning up for the day. We've collapsed. 

I am now rewarding myself with some quality time with E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey.  

So I know I said I wouldn't make any unnecessary purchases this summer. But I really wanted to see what the hype was about this book. And there were 1200 people on the holds list for this book at the local library. And as we were in Costco stocking up for the party, I saw it on sale for $10....

...and I bought it. But I had legit reasons, right? 

Well, last night I decided to surrender going to bed at a reasonable hour so I could start it. So far the writing isn't horrible, but it isn't amazing either. However I am intrigued by the characters and want to see where this is going. I find myself really wanting to get back to the book, which is a good thing. However, I'm beginning to see how this story is a bit twilight-esque...with the clumsy girl (who isn't amazingly attractive yet somehow all males within a 10 mile radius have a thing for her) and the older male who is the "epitome" of male beauty, who happens to act ten times older than he really is, and who tells Ana that he is much too dangerous for her yet continues to contact her. 

Hmm. 

Well, until tomorrow...

xx Marisol 

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mets vs. Orioles - 6/20/12

On Wednesday the family and I went to a Mets game with Devin's prom date Lauren and her family. The Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress had a bunch of tickets for anyone interested, and we were lucky enough to be sent some--we are New York fans (obviously) so free tickets are always appreciated! 

The view from the bridge on the way to the stadium...


The stadium...

It was my first baseball game of the season! I don't usually go more than two or three times a summer, but I really really love the new Citi Field. There's a Shake Shack (yesss) and it's more open and airy. 

Our seats weren't the greatest (promenade level, top top top) but there weren't too many people sitting near us, so we could spread out. It was super hot that day but we learned early on that if you sit in the last row, all the way at the top, there is a nice constant breeze. 






And though we didn't have the greatest view of the field, we did get prime seats for watching the cutest babies with Down syndrome I have ever seen. There were a bunch of families around us who also got tickets through the CDSC. Seriously these kids were adorable--as young as a few months old. One little girl, no older than two, kept hugging her mom throughout the entire game. So. Freaking. Cute. 

The game was a bit of a nail-biter at the end, but the Mets swept. That's my team. 

Happy Saturday! 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Five Things

...that I've been up to this week
 1. we checked out a new local farmer's market. great prices--bought some lemons, limes, corn, cilantro, raspberries and avocados. 
2. I spotted a baby rabbit by our door a couple days ago. it was so scared it didn't move for hours and couldn't seem to find his way back home. but when it started to get dark out it hopped off. I hope he's all right! 

3. we are in full-on prep mode for my brother's graduation party tomorrow. I planted some new impatiens in the flower box. super proud of my handiwork. 

4. In between all the errands and running around, I did get to see a couple friends this week for dinner. we walked around some beautiful parks and beach club in Larchmont. 

5. late last night I made my first batch of sangria--trying it out for the party. I think it was a success. My parents and I polished it off by the morning. recipe to come! 

have a lovely weekend! 

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: The Notebook

via GoodReads.com
The Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks


From the back of the book: At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle...


Review: So, at nineteen years old I am probably committing some sort of 21st century social crime for never having seen the movie version of this book. But I thought that if the movie was so good, the book must be amazing, so I finally got around to reading it. 


All in all, it is a beautiful, touching love story. It was Sparks's first novel and slightly based off the love story of his wife's grandparents. I didn't learn this until after finishing the book, but I think knowing this was based on a true story would have definitely changed how I read and approached the story. 


Noah and Allie are from two different worlds but when they are teenagers they have this whirlwind summer romance. Neither forgets about the other, but Allie follows the safe and expected path and gets engaged to a big-time lawyer. Over ten years later, right before Allie's wedding, the two reconnect and they relive that one fateful summer. Allie must choose between these two men, torn by her sense of duty to the people she loves and the sense of duty to her own desires in life. 


I see how this became a bestselling novel--it is a true love story. We see Allie and Noah experience a love and devotion we can only hope to have some day. At times the exchanges between the two are so raw and high on emotion and depth--it's hard to get through this book without welling up in tears at least a couple times. 


I love sad, heart-wrenching tales. I always thought that if a book can get me to cry, then it must be good. The Notebook, however, seems to be an exception to this rule. It was high on romance...and basically just that. The conflict is blatant, but honestly I was a bit frustrated it was never really heightened. In the end, everything works out perfectly, and there really isn't a major fight or struggle. I thought it was too simple. And really, I sometimes love simple...but not in this case. 


So I recommend reading The Notebook if you want a quick read and a good love story. Don't expect any twists or turns, and don't expect any big antagonists or threats. 


Final Rating: 2/5. I really wish I hadn't bothered reading The Notebook. I was thinking of reading a few other Nicholas Sparks books that sounded good from their back-cover summaries, but now I'm not so sure. 


Links: 
Nicholas Sparks's site
The Notebook on goodreads

If you are looking for a good romance, (that will so make you cry) I suggest The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and One Day by David Nicholls.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Hi-low Dresses

So as you may have seen from my livetweeting and instragramming, my brother's graduation was a complete success. We all got dressed up (had to do some last-minute cardigan shopping, but life's life) in our nice suits and heels and dresses. 

I finally got to wear an Urban Outfitter's dress that I bought a few months ago. It was one of those sale-rack dresses and then they had the half-off all sale items promotion--totally my thing. I basically refuse to buy anything not on sale. The dress fit perfectly--except for that one small detail of the zipper being completely ripped and ruined. But I new it was love.

Urban was totally willing to give me an extra 10% off the dress because it was ripped...so I saved a couple more dollars there and then ran the dress straight over to the dry cleaner's, where they fixed the zipper in no time. So I guess the moral of this small story is that damaged material at a store may not be complete losses? The money I saved from the extra discount ended up covering what I spent to have it fixed at the cleaners. I'm glad I asked!

Anyway, what I loved about this dress was the high-low hem--I can't get enough of it these days. I think it is such a pretty effect, and it works great with both casual and more fancy dresses and skirts.

Here are a few of my favorites...

Delia's - bit.ly/JKgmHx 
Charlie Jade via Nordstrom - http://bit.ly/M2DD85

Way-in via Nordstrom - http://bit.ly/LhPn5w

Lulu's - http://bit.ly/KwFC3V
Free People - http://bit.ly/MJNFWC

Lulu's - http://bit.ly/NJp4rQ

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Five Things...

...to do in preparation for my brother's graduation tomorrow:

1. Pick up the tux. Which is way way easier said than done. So my mom called wanting to pick up my brother's tux a day early, to make sure it fit and everything (they always get the measurements wrong!) but then the guy said that he could not "guarantee" that the white jacket would be there in time for Saturday. We flipped. Some agonizing phone calls later and we decided we were not going to deal with this horrible customer service anymore and went straight to Men's Warehouse. They got us hooked up. :)

2. Buy the cigars. As graduation tradition goes, the guys all smoke a cigar while they are walking out of the ceremony, newly graduated. Though my brother doesn't smoke, he will still have a cigar tucked into his pocket. My dad's probably the most excited about this tradition. Nice excuse to smoke the occasional fancy cigar.

3. Deliver teachers' gifts. They have been part of my brother's special education program for 8 years. While there is no thank-you in the world that is big enough, we'll take a crack at it with some gifts and cards. One of my mom's favorite things to gift is a lemon poppy-seed bread wrapped in tin foil and then wrapped in a new pretty kitchen towel. That way the recipients not only have a delicious bread to eat, they also have something to keep.


*Tons more pictures on my Instagram! user: marisoldahl

4. Make dinner reservations. We decided on a place near the school that hired Devin during the school year to get some work experience. They have been incredibly good to him...and they also have amazing goat cheese potato skins!

5. Get a special gift for the man of the hour. He's gonna flip when he sees what we got him. It may also explain why his phone hasn't been working lately...hehe.

Happy weekend everyone! It's going to be a pretty busy and exciting on at the Dahl house!

And happy father's day to all the dads in the world!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

What I Learned Today - 6/14/12

So yesterday I was on Verizon duty--which is mainly sit-at-home-waiting-for-the-Verizon-guy-to-show-up duty. Seeing as he could show up anytime between 8 and 4, I had a very nice chunk of time to myself.

And I thought I'd be so productive.

No, really. I thought I'd write a couple blog posts, read my econ textbook, do some creative writing, maybe a bit of sewing. Some good reading. Some deep thinking about my life plan. I had all this time. I couldn't leave the house. I was pumped for this.

But no. What I ended up doing went slightly off plan...

1. I watched four episodes of 18 to Life on Netflix. It's about two 18-year-old neighbors who decide to marry against the wishes of their two very different families. It's interesting.

2. I looked up funny YouTube videos. Like this one. And this one.

3. I ate avocadoes and chili.

4. I looked up more funny YouTube videos of people pulling pranks at WallMart.

I mean, I guess I did get some writing done, and I finally got around to painting my toes.

But why are we (or at least, I) the least productive on our most open days?

So I guess bottom line is I'm better off with my schedule slightly full. Outings outside the house help as well.

Like today. Today I got up early to go to the dry cleaners. Now I'm here, sitting at my desk, fully clothed and writing this post. And it's only 9:30. Later I'll go to the mall to pick up my brother's graduation gifts and maybe some father's day shopping as well.

I feel it. This day holds much more promise than the last.

xx

p.s. just re-listed myself on IBlog4Me - awesome support site for bloggers!

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Manhattan Project

Hey everyone! Happy weekend. Check out this awesome video--a time-lapse of New York. It's one of the many reasons I love my home state. The Manhattan Project by Cameron Michael
The Manhattan Project HD1080P from Cameron Michael on Vimeo.
For more by Cameron Michael, check out his page.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Five things

...that I can't get enough of lately:

1. dark chocolate hershey kisses. I don't normally eat dark chocolate, but somehow I manage with these guys around. The rest of the bag probably won't make it till the end of the weekend.

2. sentimental, end-of-school-year type things. My brother will graduate in a couple weeks and so now he's doing all of these senior-y type things like going to their pool day, attending his last prom and accepting his 8-year award during Sports Awards (his special olympics team got a beautiful standing ovation from the rest of the high school. so incredibly proud.). His teacher sent him home today with a dvd of pictures throughout the years...even way back when he was a new student, just 14 years old. Needless to say we all sat there and cried.

3. this verizon commercial! even though they have been a bit grumpy with our service lately, I think this commercial is the sweetest thing.


4. my curling iron. just started experimenting with it and trying to do new things with my hair. It's been super fun, though I have to figure out ways to make the curls last longer than an hour or so...

5. Breaking Pointe and The Catalina--two very different reality shows. The first is about professional ballet dancers at Ballet West, one of the best companies in the U.S. The other is about a super hot hotel staff in Miami. Morgan is my favorite--please, if you do anything watch The Catalina for Morgan.

Happy weekend!!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

9/11 Memorial

On Monday I took a trip into the city to see the 9/11 Memorial. I've never been to Ground Zero, and the last time I was in the area was just a couple weeks before the attacks. 

The 9/11 attacks are something I think I will never be able to wrap my mind around. I saw a professor speak at NYU and unfortunately I forgot his name, but he studied generations. Many professionals who study generations believed that my generation would be called "the 9/11 generation" because the attacks would define us and we would be so affected by them. What they were surprised to find was how little we were affected by 9/11. Of course, every person is different, and everyone experiences things in his or her own way. Some were affected more than others. 

I was in third grade when the towers fell. I look back on that time and I really do think that kids my age were sheltered and protected from the horrors of what happened. I'm not saying this is a bad or good thing, but what I do know is that it has taken me a long time to really go over in my head what happened to our country and seek out the facts. 

As an 8-year-old, I understood 9/11 was the start of a period of incredible paranoia and intense nationalism. Then, I probably wasn't affected so much by what happened to the towers and the people who died in the attacks, but by what came after. I remember that Halloween--when I had to ask my parents for permission to eat the candy I got from trick-or-treating, for fear that some might have been poisoned or something. I remember the first business trip my father took after September 11. My best friend at the time told me over the phone she thought I was crazy for not being more freaked out about my father going on an airplane. I remember the hundreds of tv ads for American flags to put outside your house and on car antennas. 

The 9/11 Memorial was beautiful. It's a shame it has to exist. 

Tickets are free (though they do ask for donations). To go, however, you have to make a reservation in advance. This can be done online. I guess it depends on the day, time and the number of people in your party, but my mom and I decided to go 9 o'clock the night before and had no trouble getting two tickets for the 11 am reservation. They let people enter the memorial in half-hour installments, and the line got a lot longer by early afternoon. We didn't have to wait at all, though there may be a slight hold-up at security. 


The first think you notice when you enter are the swamp white oak trees. They are beautiful and full and placed in dozens of neat rows. They change color in the fall, so I'd love to go back later this year and see that. The trees will also never be identical. They will not all be the same height and same color during fall. The 9/11 Memorial website notes that this is "a physical reminder that they are living individuals," and I thought that was beautiful.


Each fountain lies in the footprint of the Twin Towers. The waterfalls are huge, and there is a pit at the center that seems bottomless. It's a very powerful thing to behold. 


It seemed appropriate it was raining that day...

Along the fountains, the names of all September 11 victims as well as the names of the six people who died in the WTC bombing in 1993. Off to the side there are a set of computers that allow you to look up names and they tell you where the names are located. I was particularly impressed with this feature. When we looked up the name of a family friend, the computers didn't just tell us the location of the name engraving. They told you a little bit about the person behind the name--their date of birth, where they lived, etc. Some had pictures. It's nice to know those who died during the attacks aren't reduced to some objective number. 


That building behind the fountain will be the 9/11 museum. It is supposed to open later this year--I will definitely come back to see it. 




Though the museum was closed, there was a visitor's center with a movie playing, a picture timeline of the attacks and some artifacts found in the rubble, including a wallet and someone's wedding band. 

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Miley Cyrus engaged? A 19-year-old's perspective.

Okay, so I honestly started laughing when I was doing my regular round of people.com perusing and saw that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged.

Seriously? She's only months older than I am.

And I know there's been much debate in the past 24 hours concerning their engagement. Some people say they are too young, others think that it isn't about age but about maturity. Others play the numbers game a different way--Miley and Liam have been together (more or less) for three years now. That is a lot longer than many other courtships that end in marriage.

So with all this in mind, I really can't say definitively if I'm for or against this. Wait, I really hate that sentence. It sounds as if I (read: we, the people) have any sort of say in the matter. I guess above all people will do what they want, and a (possibly mismatched, possibly too-quick, possibly true-love-forever) celebrity marriage won't hurt anyone.

But let's just think about this for a moment.

Age: Any 19-year-old getting married is a big red flag for me. Regardless of how long you have been with your partner, I just think 19 is too young. I believe it's important to experiment and live a little--date lots of people, get to know lots of people, and build lots of relationships. I don't care how mature you are, but us 19-year-olds still have much growing up to do.

Maturity: Granted in Miley's case, maturity is on her side. She has dealt with a lot more than your typical teenager. No, she has probably never been in need for money and has never struggled to pay the water bill, but I'm sure working in the business she's in from a very young age has forced her to hold up her own. She works with a lot of hot-shot people, is constantly in the public eye and performance reviews aren't exactly private. Whether you're a fan or not, there's a professional conduct there that most of us will take decades to develop. Of course though, with her line of work, there are definitely certain aspects of maturity that a frivolous and entitled environment hinder from developing.

Relationship length: They've been together for three years. From what we as the public eye can tell, they have found a way to make their relationship work. I respect that.

My ambivalence is rooted in that I am sort of now realizing I am part of this generation (celebrity or not) that will start getting married, having kids, and making other, super-serious life decisions very very soon. It brings me back to this one moment my future roommate and I shared--we were at a party, staring at everyone in the room and just saying to each other, "In ten years, we're all going to each other's weddings. Wait, make that five years."

Personally, I've never been in a rush to the altar. And I still see no reason why I should be.

And I think I'll keep it that way.

xx

p.s. I do think the ring is gorgeous.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Five Resolutions...

...that I shall stick to this summer

1. Try not to spend too much money. I have enough clothes, shoes, makeup to last me a lifetime (or through the rest of the season...?). I have a whole library down the street filled with books. I have netflix. I also have an internship that may or may not be an 8am-7pm workday. I don't need souvenirs. I don't need anything besides the necessary toiletries and foodstuffs, so I will stick to that thank you very much. 

2. Read a little bit of my macroeconomics textbook each day. Hey, might as well try to get some reading done ahead of schedule for next semester...

3. Stay active. I want to start taking walks with my dog and shooting hoops with my father and brother. Also, my summer job involves kids, so that my keep me on my toes as well. ;)

4. Take time for creative writing. It's something I kind of stopped doing when college started. I hope to get back into the swing of things. Maybe finally finish a journal, for once?

5. Get my hair back to a healthy state. I recently went in for a trim...the first time since last summer. Of course, my super-nice hairdresser yelled at me for 10 hours about how unhealthy my hair was. Dead. Split ends. I wasn't using the right shampoo. The whole drill. This summer, that will change. 

Happy June, everyone! As a bonus, this may or may not be what I do whenever I need a little bit of a pick me up. :)

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go wash my hair with some of that delicious-smelling shampoo sample the salon gave me. And whoa, I just looked it up...I thought it would be one of those super expensive, luxury shampoos salons always want you to buy...but, no, this is a happy surprise*. 

*In the spirit of resolution #1, no, I will not be buying any of this shampoo until all the other shampoos in my house have been completely used up!

xx Marisol

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