Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Career Woman

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Top: Thrifted, Cardigan: Forever 21 (similar), Skirt: Thrifted (similar), Bracelets: Forever 21 (similar)/Stella & Dot (exact), Earrings: Forever 21 (love these), Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction purchased at Von Maur (exact)

If you hadn't heard already, I got a new job!!! I got a job working in IT training at the same university my husband works ago (we're in the same building, two floors apart). Right now the position is only part-time, but I'm still really excited to be working in a field that actually has something to do with my degree. And now I can also use all of those career appropriate wardrobe pieces I've been collecting.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm hungry!

1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably rice, because you can mix and match it with so many other foods.

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2. What’s your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
Bacon, I have an unnatural love of bacon

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3. What’s the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever eaten?
Peanut butter and cheese (think sliced Kraft) between two soft tortillas, then microwaved until the cheese is melted.

4. What foods do you avoid at all costs?
Tomatoes, peppers, and onions

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5. What meal reminds you of your childhood?
Not a meal, but Jello reminds me of my grandfather. He always make a bowl when I went to visit him.

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6. Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.
These cupcakes, I had a hankering for cupcakes, but wanted to make some that combined salty/savory with sweet. Thus maple bacon cupcakes!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Graphic black and white

outfit of the day pencil skirt sandals neon chains
Top: Marshall's (love the studs on this one), Skirt: Forever 21 (old, similar)  Necklace: Forever 21 (old, I like this one), Earrings: H&M (part of a set, similar), Bracelets: Mix of stores  (old, similar), Shoes: Random store in Las Vegas (love the studs on these), Ring: Forever 21 (old, this one is fun) 

Summer is just starting to dwindle away, we're still get some hot and muggy days, but it's getting much cooler at night. I don't really want it to get cooler, I prefer the heat. As it is I'm going to take advantage of what warm weather we have left.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox Review


Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

Goody's Ouchless Ribbon Elastics: http://tinyurl.com/krlgnar
Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Inserts: http://tinyurl.com/mbjdhcz
SinfulShine Nail Polish: http://tinyurl.com/mo5lap5
Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream: http://tinyurl.com/mt5nhc4



*As a member of the Influenster program, the Sunkissed VoxBox was given to me for review. All opinions stated are my own.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Travels and Smarts: Indiana State Museum

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History: The original collection of the ISM was started in 1862, when State Librarian R. Deloss Brown began collecting minerals and other objects that he kept in a cabinet. In 1869, the Indiana General Assembly enacted a law which provided "for the collection and preservation of a Geological and Mineralogical Cabinet of the Natural History of this State." The collection was displayed in a room on the third floor of the State Capitol building in 1888, but was frequently moved from room to room until 1919, when it was moved to the basement of the Statehouse. During the administration of Governor Ralph F. Gates (1954-1949), steps were taken to establish and new and modern museum with Philanthropist Eli Lilly donating ground on the northwest corner of Ohio and Senate streets to the state, however the plans fell through. In 1962 Governor Matthew E. Welsh (1961-1965) approved the resumption of the planning for a new museum, now located at the site of the now empty Indianapolis City Hall at 202 N. Alabama St. After $830,000 in renovations, the Indiana State Museum opened its doors in 1967. As the collection grew, the building became too small to meet the needs of the institution. The museum's board voted to the move to White River State Park in 1984, however funds were not appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly until the late 1990s with groundbreaking occurring in August of 1999. The ISM closed the old City Hall location on December 31, 2001, in order to move to its new home at 650 W. Washington Street, opening there on May 22, 2002.

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Galleries: With more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, and over 452, 000 artifacts in collections, the museum covers the history of the natural world, Native Americans, cultural history, the future of Indiana, and a spaces for changing exhibits.

Level 1-Natural History
Exhibits include Birth Of The Earth, Ancient Seas, The Age Of Ice, The Native American, Legacy Theater: The Indiana African American Experience. You can enter the museum's exhibit area on any floor, but the natural flow of things is to start here. (The entry area once you pass through to the exhibits will be getting a makeover early next year.) Of the three levels, this one is probably the most exciting if you were a kid. There are lots of things to put your hands on, peer in to, interact with. Some of the stuffed animals might be a bit scary, I myself avoid a few of them because they give me the creeps.

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Indiana State Museum
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Indiana State Museum
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Indiana State Museum
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Indiana State Museum
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Indiana State Museum
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Level 2-Cultural History
Exhibits include The Nineteenth State, The Hoosier Way, Crossroads Of America, Enterprise Indiana, Global Indiana. Level 2 also contains several hands-on displays including learning how to churn butter, smelling different scents appropriate to settler times, and an authentic wigwam. This level covers the early settlement of the country in what would become Indiana, the founding of the 19th state, and major points in Indiana history until present day. Take note of the signs on the displays, especially the ones dealing with historical figures. You'll see that some of them have a red box around their picture, read their information and see what differentiates them from everyone else.

Men excavating limestone, one of Indiana's most famous exports
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The museum's Foucault Pendulum
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Level 3-Changing Galleries
Exhibits include the Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery, Wilbur E. and Florence Jeup Ford Gallery, South Gallery, NiSource Inc. Gallery Of Indiana Art, and Level 3 Bridge Gallery

Current exhibit: Star Wars Where Science Meets Imagination. This is the third type of exhibit I remember the ISM hosting, with an exhibit about the Titanic on display a year or two ago, and an exhibit all about the Lord Of The Rings films was here several years ago. The Star Wars exhibit hosts costumes and props that were used in the actual films, along with hands-on displays that explain how some of the technology seen in the films is used today. If you are a Star Wars fan you'll love this exhibit.

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Star Wars Indiana State Museum
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Star Wars Indiana State Museum
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Other things to do

Dining

Farmer's Market Cafe & Terrace: The Farmers Market Cafe features a menu reflective of Indiana's heritage as a source of fresh, local produce with seasonal menus and fresh soups, salads, and sandwiches. Indoor and outdoor dining available.

L.S. Ayres Tea Room: Step into elegance of the past in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, introduced to downtown Indianapolis in 1905, the Tea Room at the L.S. Ayres department store was an endearing favorite for several generations of Hoosiers. A re-creation of the original, the museum's Tea Room features reproductions of wall coverings, carpet, draperies and chandeliers as well as original furniture from the restaurant. Artifacts from the original tea room, such as tea pots and silverware, as well as photographs of the Tea Room from the past are on display.

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The Indiana State Museum has mastodon and mammoth remains from more than 28 localities around Indiana; more sites than any other museum in the Midwest. Fred the mastodont was discovered on a farm west of Fort Wayne in 1998. Fred currently sits in the Indiana's Ice Age gallery on Level 1, but he will become the centerpiece of an exhibition titled Indiana's Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons, which will open in November of 2013 where Star Wars now resides. When the exhibit opens, guests will be able to experience the excitement of unearthing the bones of mammoths and mastodonts that roamed Indiana some 12,000 years ago. Children will be able to go on a dig, discovering bones and then learning how to identify the age, gender, and other information about the animals.


The IMAX theater at the Indiana State Museum shows a combination of education films along with first run movies, including some in 3D. Admission to the theater is separate from the museum, check the website for current films and showtimes.

THINGS TO KNOW
Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm *please check website or call for exceptions and/or changes

Tickets: Note that admission to Star Wars and/or all IMAX films require a separate admission. Discounts are available for museum members.

The Indiana State Museum is a perfect place to visit for families of all types. There are plenty of hands-on, interactive displays with many of the exhibits. Please note that some of the animal related displays on Level 1 may be a bit scary for the younger set, so looking ahead around corners may do all well. Photography is permitted as long as it is done without flash, including in the Star Wars exhibit (unless otherwise noted).





Disclaimer: I was invited to the Indiana State Museum as a guest to see the museum's exhibits. Parking and entry to the museum and all it's exhibits (including Star Wars) were given to me. However any opinions stated are all my own.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Doctor Who Day

EPCOT Doctor Who pencil skirt Old Navy Charlotte Russe oxfords
Shirt: UK Pavilion at EPCOT (exact graphic but mine isn't babydoll cut), Skirt: Old Navy (exact), Shoes: Charlotte Russe (these are cute), Rings: H&M, Earrings: Forever 21, Sonic Screwdriver: Christmas present (exact)

So my local library had a Doctor Who day today with crafts, games, and watching of Doctor Who episodes on a projector. There were a ton of kids there, many of them wearing Doctor Who themed shirts. I participated in a few of the crafts, watched a couple of Tom Baker episodes, and mostly chatted with some of the kids. Many of the ones I talked to watched the show, most of them only familiar with the newer series that started in 2005. It was fun to see a whole new generation of Whovians get into the spirit of the show.

time and relative dimension in space blue box Doctor Who

exterminate Doctor Who



Traveler

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Blazer: H&M (old, love this one), Boyfriend jeans: American Eagle (old, similar), Tanks: Forever 21 (old: similar, similar), Ring: Forever 21 (old, this one is cool), Watch: Christmas gift, Shoes: Marshall's (old, similar)

As you've heard I had a busy weekend, especially on Sunday. Between my road trip and the concert that evening, I knew I needed to be comfy. It was cool inside the stores but really warm outside, so wearing a couple of layered tanks under a blazer was perfect. I could take the blazer off as needed but still looked put together.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Live And Let Die

After my road trip on Sunday, the fun continued into the evening when my husband, my mom, her husband, and myself went and saw Paul McCartney. This was my third time seeing Paul, my husband and my mom's second time, and Alan's (my mom's husband) first. Once again Paul put on one of the best shows I've ever seen. The man is 71 years old and rocks out like someone half his age. His voice was a bit scratchy, but I chalked that up to him having a show 48 hours prior, which isn't a lot of time for a voice to rest when someone sings and rocks like he does (that and he tries to still sing in the same key as the songs were originally recorded!). 

The set list was amazing, Paul pulled a lot of songs out of his extensive catalogue that have never been performed live or haven't been performed in decades. Sure I heard plenty of my favorites including "Band On The Run" and "Hey Jude", but I also loved hearing songs like "Your Mother Should Know" and "Lovely Rita" which are more obscure. Paul also told several cool anecdotes including how he met the Minister of Defence in Russia and the minister said that he had learned English from listening to Beatles albums. My only complaint was the show was too short, 2.5-3 hours is not enough. Hopefully we'll get to see Paul again in the future.


The Beatles Wings


The Beatles Wings

Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards)

The Beatles Wings

The Beatles Wings

Rusty Anderson (lead guitar)

The Beatles Wings piano

Brian Ray (guitar/bass) and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums)


Blackbird The Beatles Wings

The Beatles Wings John Lennon If You Were Here Today

Your Mother Should Know Magical Mystery Tour The Beatles Wings

The Beatles Wings Your Mother Should Know Magical Mystery Tour

All Together Now Yellow Submarine The Beatles

Paul's tribute to George: "Something" on the ukulele
Something The Beatles George Harrison ukulele



Live And Let Die Wings James Bond pyro