Awkward First Day + Vote For Me

Well, I’m up before 9:30 a.m. which is a huge change for me.

Over the summer, I’d gotten into the habit of getting to sleep anywhere between midnight and 1:00 a.m. Ah, that was the life. But now that school’s started, I’m less nervous and it feels good to have something of a schedule again.

So I guess you’re just dying to know what I mean by an ‘awkward first day’. She’s homeschooled. What? Did she socialize with her fifteen siblings? For your information, I only have two and I’m dual enrolled. I believe I’m on pace to graduate with my associates degree next semester and yes. I socialize. So I have classes on-campus Monday and Wednesday.

The other day, I was in a study room up in the library. I had to use the restroom, and, when I came back, I sauntered into my study room again. Like a moron, I took a few seconds to read the sign on the back of the door because I hadn’t done that the first few times I’d been in there.

As I’m closing the door, I realize, “This is not my study room.” How do I know this? Well, for one thing, my stuff isn’t spread out everywhere and, for another thing, there was a dude just sitting there watching me like, “Uh, should I say something? Why is this potato with hair barging in on me?”

So yeah.

Short story short, I apologized multiple times, pointed out how awkward that just was, and scurried a couple doors down to where I ought to have been in the first place.

Vote for me!

No, I’m not running for president. I have no cool little buttons or flyers to give you. But I can give you the opportunity to do something selfless and kind for a poor student like me (actually me). You’ll earn brownie points or something (although I can’t give you those either).

I need 50 votes to be qualified to submit a video addressing why I should be the winner of $100,000 in scholarship money.

Click the picture or this link to vote! And if you’re a student in need of scholarships, go ahead and sign up for this one. Leave a link to your profile in the comments and I’ll be sure to vote for you!

Vote for me to get a scholarship from Dr. Pepper!

Thanks a million + good luck with this semester, fellow students. If you’re not a student, well, good luck with whatever you’re doing too. 😉

God bless!

Rana Aboujaoude

clinging to summer

Happy Friday, darlings!

I know what you’re thinking. Rana. Summer. She’s clinging to it? Are you sick???? Fear not. This ginger tries her best to stay out of direct sunlight. I mean that I’m clinging to summer break. Because this is my senior year. My last year to stay home. I’m not ready for the new stage of life (or school in general). So I think it’s best if I could live in a land of eternal summer break.


This past week has gone fairly well. We’ve watched Leap Year and Decoy Bride, both of which I high recommend and laughed myself silly over. A dear friend of mine told me that Katie’s sense of humor (from Decoy Bride) reminded her of mine frequently. Amused? Highly. Comfortable with that? Not sure. And Amy Adams plays and adorably awkward, helpless, clumsy American romantic in Leap Year, so it’s essentially guaranteed hilarity.

Monday night…

…turned into alfredo sauce + pasta night. My brother (!) asked for the recipe and I told him it was a secret. Because I came up with a better recipe than last time and I’m not sure if I ought to release it yet… 😉

I decided that my dream is to own a company/restaurant called Luscious Noodles and I will sell alfredo sauce and/or delicious pastas. It will be the bomb diggity.

Alfredo Pasta | The Gingerling

Alfredo Pasta | The Gingerling

On Wednesday…

…we went to town, did some school shopping, thrift shopping at Clothes Mentor (I got an adorable floral dress), and craft shopping at Michael’s + Hobby Lobby! I have a million (read: 10) empty sampler tea tins from World Market and they were simply too cute to throw out.

So I did the natural thing: make candles out of them! Five are lavender scented and five are spiced pumpkin scented. We’re kind of huge into candles.

I guess you could call these… tea lights.

Candle-Making | The Gingerling Candle-Making | The Gingerling

Candle-Making | The Gingerling

Candle-Making | The Gingerling

Floral | The Gingerling Floral | The Gingerling


I made them dang candles (and a mess) as well as Chicken Cheddar Shells. Seriously, go to Publix, find the sample station, and grab that recipe + the Basil Pesto Salmon recipe – they are delicious! And yes. I’m a pasta fanatic. I know it’s not healthy, but life is short.

Chicken Cheddar Shells | The Gingerling


I made Fairy Bites; they taste like magic and hope. It might be because I used my Happy Unicorn Sprinkles… Either way, delicious and addictive.

Fairy Bites | The Gingerling

Fairy Bites | The Gingerling

Love always,


My Hand Lettering Process

Sorry for the radio silence! We’ve been driving all around the state, looking at colleges + universities last week. But I don’t want to talk about that now.

I want to talk art.

More specifically, I want to talk about hand lettering art! Now, I’m not assuming anything about you, but I know I can’t be the only awkward chick with no social life worth speaking of. So in case you’re looking for something to do between now and the apocalypse, here’s a peek at my hand lettering process because, I tell you, this is the bomb diggity.

What You’ll Need:

  • A quote
  • Scrap paper
  • Printer paper (or a nice piece of thick paper, depending on how professional you want your end result to be – just make sure you can see through to your scrap paper)
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Scotch tape
  • Marker/pen with a fine tip (I use Copic muti-liner in the size 3.0)
  • Colors (optional)
  • Imagination + Patience

The Process:

Step the first: acquire your scrap paper + quote and get sketching! There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Just do what you want until you like what you’ve got. I use the ruler to make sure my lines are straight. Make sure they’re evenly spaced too. Oh, and this might be the greatest time to give your progress a quick look-see and be sure you have all your words and letters. Yes, I have left out letters before…

What you can do to help eliminate that mistake is write your quote down at the top of the page and just keep checking to make sure you’re not missing anything.

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

Atomic Fireballs are optional, but a snack is never a bad idea. As nice as it would be to be known for dying a starving artist, I’m not sure if that benefit outweighs the cost, you know?

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

A dear friend gifted the pencil-miser, special pencils, fine-tipped markers, and colored pencils to me last Christmas and they (and she) are the bomb-diggity.

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

(TIP: Go to a fonts website – I like 1001 Fonts -, choose one you like and can copy by hand. Choose the option of looking at all the letters in your font of choice. From there, you can copy your quote with that font! And don’t be afraid to make some words bigger than others or use different fonts. A quick Google search can show you which pair of fonts look best together.)

Step the second: Outline with a fine-tipped pen. I used that Copic one.

Step III: Take your nice paper and lay it on top; make sure it’s directly parallel. You don’t want straight lines going semi-vertically across the page! Or do you? Now go ahead and tape your nice paper onto the scrap paper and begin tracing over that with either a pencil or a pen, depending on how confident you are in your tracing abilities.

(NOTE: If you’re worried the paper will rip, just slap the tape onto the back of your hand a couple times to take away some of the sticky-ness.)


Final Step: Add some quirky art! I usually outline in pencil (do it lightly so you can erase without burning a hole in the paper) and then go back over it in pen + color.

(NOTE: I’ve been revisiting this page for inspiration. But when you’re looking for doodles (or quotes), make sure you limit that time or you’ll never get anything done.


My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

Other hand lettering pieces: Excuse the poor lighting/quality. These are already on my wall and I didn’t want to take them down.

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

I love the circular aspect of it. It just requires more time, patience, and imagination. 😉

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

My Hand Lettering Process | The Gingerling

And these are a million others.

And these are a million others.

If you decide to give hand lettering a go, I’d love to see it in the comments!

God bless and may you never be conquered by marauding vikings. Or geese.


I’m a Happy Unicorn

Hello, darlings!

After a week of uncomfortable conversations (hint: college + figure your life out) and a multitude of tears, the week finally turned around for the better!

On Thursday, I got my hair cut (the layers have made a reappearance on this red head) and am quite pleased with it! I went to Studio G in Lehigh Acres. As per usual, I was told my head of hair was the best the stylist had ever had the pleasure of working on (soft, thick, long, shiny, ginger) and, of course, that alone made my day. Beyond that, Ms. Marisa took a chunk to experiment on. So I’m excited to see what my hair would look like dyed! Also, my hair smells like coconut and rainbows.

After that, my sister and I headed to a friend’s house where I was surprised with the gift of Happy Unicorn Sprinkles from Sweetapolita! This girl is a happy unicorn. ^_^

My brother picked us up later that night and we set off for home to watch the presidential debate. Did you see it? This nerd thoroughly enjoyed it! God really provided some great candidates when we need them most. (Update: Turns out that wasn’t the presidential debate; however, we did watch most of the republican candidates answer questions about what they’d do if they were president, their outlook on certain policies, and speak for 30 seconds about whatever their hearts desired.)

Now, yesterday. Yesterday was the bomb diggity, m’k? I saw Rachael’s sweet babies (twins are the bomb dot com), made vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, and drank a marshmallow milkshake. Oh, and pizza. Ate that, not drank.

We got a bunch of pictures at the Jones household and I’d like to share them with you; but first, I have to introduce you to the one and only Waffle Shake Addict. I’ve known her since we were two years old. She’s a witty fangirl who has an unhealthy obsession with milkshakes. But you can’t tell because she’s physically flawless.

I'm a Happy Unicorn

Now, on to the cuppy cakes!

We made simply perfect vanilla cupcakes with salted caramel in the middle + toasted marshmallow frosting. It was an ordeal. We labored intensely for multiple hours. But it was worth it because these were the best cupcakes I’d ever had.

I'm a Happy Unicorn

I'm a Happy Unicorn

Doesn’t it look like a belly button? Waffle Shake Addict told me, “No, Rana. Don’t say that.”

I'm a Happy Unicorn

I'm a Happy Unicorn

I'm a Happy Unicorn

Cute cupcake + salted caramel sauce. You can’t go wrong!

I'm a Happy Unicorn

I'm a Happy Unicorn

Chopsticks aren’t just for eating, you know. They’re also used for creating caramel pits of deliciousness.

I'm a Happy Unicorn

I'm a Happy Unicorn

OCD? Me? Not at all.

I'm a Happy Unicorn

Because I'm obviously Inspector Cupcake.

Because I’m obviously Inspector Cupcake.

I'm a Happy Unicorn

I don’t know who that hobo is behind me…


I'm a Happy Unicorn

Look at that gooey goodness!


I'm a Happy Unicorn

And we’re done!

Bonus pictures

I'm a Happy Unicorn

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Rana a.k.a. Stabbbbbbby the Thrandymellow Chunicorn


Thanks a million, Mrs. Jones! I had a blast and everything tasted amazing. ^_^