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Ehh, what’s up, Doc?

[Written while sipping her mocha + caramel coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.]

Labor Day Weekend •

I know it’s a bit late, but I really felt that I needed to add to the gender rights debate (although I feel that calling it a debate is putting it kindly as most rely on emotions to spur them on). So with that out of the way, I think we can move on to happier, less controversial topics.

Like cupcakes + photo shoots!

My favorite fellow ginger came to stay with us over Labor Day weekend and we had a blast. We decorated for autumn, blasted K-Pop over the speakers, made cupcakes (I say we – I mean I made cupcakes), and stepped outside for pictures.

Cupcakes

I have a little story for you here.

Mom cleaned our baking cupboard a few weeks ago and I discovered that we were in possession of a cake decorating set. The feeling I had upon this discovery can be likened to that of finding out that you have a long lost twin and they were living in the basement you didn’t know you had.

Essentially, a m a z i n g.

For the cupcake recipe, click here.

For the frosting recipe, click here.

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Photo Shoot

So it’s not officially autumn, but it is autumn in my heart. I feel that it is now appropriate to dress the part.

*cue the purple eye shadow, plaid, black, + combat boots*

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• Beyond Labor Day •

Since then, school has been metaphorically kicking my butt, but I am overcoming it. Or maybe not. I’m not sure anymore. Last night, I got bored, so I did algebra.

I’m not sure who’s winning.

I’m not even sure whose side I’m on anymore.

However, I did speak with my high school teacher yesterday and we struck a deal. Cookies for an A. She’s really quite the bomb diggity. This is the teacher that gave me all the points for a smart alec answer to a math question.

On the even brighter side, I made pumpkin bread + crumble topping.

For the recipe, click here.

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(It’s absolutely delicious with cream cheese!)

I also made a paleo pumpkin syrup for coffee! I find it’s best if you heat up the milk + syrup at the same time. That way, the spices dissolve a bit. Here’s the recipe for that.

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My art class is entirely too long (3.5 hours every Wednesday) but it’s gotten me to do a little more than I normally would.

For homework, I had to draw some interior. I chose my side of the room my sister and I share. Hopefully, I’ll get that up sometime, but it’s on my USB which is currently not plugged in to my computer and I’m far too lazy to fish it out of my bag.

do have a non-homework sketch though!

Meet Luhan, ex-member of EXO (a pretty kicking K-Pop boy band).

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I need to fix his eye and mouth (mouths have always been a trouble spot for me artistically speaking and not so artistically speaking), but I’m pretty happy with how he turned out anyway!

His hair was fun. I really like drawing hair.

It might be because I have an affinity for my own head of the stuff, but h a i r, man.

Speaking of which, check out this video.

I nominate Stephen Colbert for president.

#Colbert2016

And now, I’d like to close by quoting a mischievous bunny: The-uh-the-uh-the-uh-That’s all folks!

Have a lovely rest of the week! You’re going to be swell!

Love,

Rana

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Hi. I’m Awkward

So I’m wasting my life watching Messy Mondays videos (if you don’t know who they are, go check out their website — http://www.blimeycow.com/).

I’ve been watching them for a very long time.

Maybe years.

Probably years.

Anyway, I remembered a little story that I’m hoping will make you smile and bring a little bit of confidence and self-assurance to your life. May you never be as strange as I am. Because I will most likely get jealous depending on your style of awkward.

If I can have friends, anyone can have friends.

While I was at that two-week debate camp that I referenced to a couple of posts ago, three girls and I decided to do a photoshoot. Fun, right? I was fixing this one girl’s hair and this dude walked by (I’m pretty sure he worked on-campus – he might have been in his early to mid-twenties) and I blurted out, “I like your hair! …But I’m not going to touch it.”

And I’m pretty sure his train of thought went from, “aw, what a sweet girl” to “what a creeper. I need to get away,” in maybe 0.2 seconds.

He just kind of went, “Thanks! …Uh, thanks. Let’s, uh, keep it that way.”

And he scurried away.

Thanks for letting me waste a minute of your time, lovely. 🙂

Here are some pictures from the shoot.

Oh, wait. I just saw that Robin Williams just died. I’m crushed. Let’s all take a moment to reflect on this man’s talent and I’ll be a Catholic and pray his soul gets to Heaven.

Okay, now I feel a bit bad for continuing, but, well… here we go. Just a side note: I usually look like an idiot. I’m being partially selective with the pix I’m posting here for obvious reasons. 😛 Never mind. I’m going all out. Sorry. You get to see my true-ish-self.

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Creeper Status: Level: Me

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As a friend once said: "What would America do without Rana to hold up our national monuments??"

As a friend once said: “What would America do without Rana to hold up our national monuments??”

We did a video to earn points. Fashion video. In the words of a friend, "Girl be like: I did my own makeup." I, happily, did not for this picture. My roommate did.

We did a video to earn points. Fashion video. In the words of a friend, “Girl be like: I did my own makeup.” I, happily, did not for this picture. My roommate did.

God bless!

Rana

November Already?

Good grief! Time passes by so quickly! *shakes head* Sometimes I just want to go back to being four years old again where my worst nightmare was a clown popping up from the side of my squeaky red bunk-bed and making faces at me. *sigh* Ah well. Those days are gone (though clowns will always freak me out). We can’t stop time, only make the best of it, right?

Well, that’s what I did! ^_^ And here’s some pix to prove it! 😀

And, even though I do this every time, I apologize for the horrible quality of my pictures. I forgot to steal my dad’s camera, so I could only take pictures with my computer at home after we’d gone trick or treating. (Yes, I’m 15. Yes, I still trick or treat. Yes, I do dress up. Yes, I do it for the candy. And because dressing up is fun.)

Anyways, one guy got the Sherlocked reference. It made my day. ^_^

Without further ado, here are the pictures. 😀 Hope you can actually see them… 😛 And I DID have tally marks on my arms! I promise! And mascara tears. You might be able to see the tears, but I washed the tally marks off in the car because I didn’t want to waste time doing it when I got home. 😛

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I’d love to see what you came up with for Halloween! If you feel like sharing, go ahead and leave links in the comments! 🙂

God bless!

Rana

P.S.

Good luck to all you NaNoers! I’d do it, except my parents don’t think it’s a priority at this point in my life. *sigh*

Autumn

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

I don’t know who that guy is, but I agree with him.

Autumn is a beautiful season where the weather is not too hot, not too cold, and allows you to pull out those comfy, fuzzy sweaters you’ve been missing all year as well as that pair of cute boots you’ve stored away since it became too hot to wear them comfortably.

Because Autumn is a gorgeous time of year, Mom’s decided it’s time to decorate the house!

I took pictures. Because taking pictures are fun.

Without further ado, here they are, my lovely readers!

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This is the mess we started out with.

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And then we did the coffee table. Did I mention we had a pet bunny? Yeah, it’s sort of like a pet rock…

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This is part of the living room.

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Can you tell my mom is a candle person?

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I’m not really sure what this is… but it’s pretty, isn’t it?

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Not only are we candle people, but we’re also HEALTHY candle people! Notice the bottle of vitamins on the unused marble cutting board we got as a Christmas gift one year. Oh yeah! We’re also tea people. Well, I am anyway. 😛 My favs are vanilla, vanilla chai, and pumpkin spice! We also have some herb tea stuff but it’s nothing you can buy at the store. 😉

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A gorgeous shot of of a window! 😛

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The table is all ready for fall!

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Ah, don’t do you just love fake plants? No watering, no tilling of the soil… they just… look nice.

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This is something my dad made (he’s very talented, as you can see). Yes, we were listening to Proof of Your Love by For KING and COUNTRY. Yes, we have Roku. And yes, we love books. And candles.

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The grandfather clock. (Wow, I thought “the Godfather clock” and was like, “Wait! That can’t be right.” You just read that in an Yzma voice, didn’t you?)

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Next, I headed outside to get some nature shots. ^_^

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Roses are beautiful. Even dying ones. There’s just something about them… They age with dignity, I guess.

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And it’s not like they’re jealous of the young roses either…

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I love the lighting in this picture… and the raindrops on the petals…

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Daisies are beautiful too!

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We’ve got quite a few oak trees around our place!

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This is a side shot of the house. Our lanai has glass windows all around. Isn’t that just dreamy?!

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Le driveway.

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Ma petite chat. (Sorry! Don’t know what’s up with the French!)

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Poinsettias are pretty flowers!

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I don’t know what these are, but they were purple and pretty, so I shot them (with a camera, of course!).

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Oh, look! Another purple thing! Except I know what this is! It’s a flower! Not sure what kind though. 😛

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And here’s a yellow one!

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This is a bird thing that I didn’t know was here until I started taking pictures of the flowers!

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The barn is on the left there behind the house. But this is mainly a shot of overgrown foliage that’s blocking the walkway around the oak tree in front of our kitchen window. 😛

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Gorgeous shot of a barbed wire fence, don’t you think? 😉

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Another shot of the driveway. I know, I know. We have a gorgeous driveway. *cries tears brought by the overwhelming sense of beauty*

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Some bushes.

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The other side of the driveway. It’s like a U-turn one.

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Alrighty! I hope you all enjoyed that because it took me forever to upload the pictures and stuff. 😛

God bless!

Rana