Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm not going to die

No Voy a Morir by Palenke Soultribe on Grooveshark

Tengo mi examen final por mi clase de espanol en un hora.  Estoy un poca nerviosa.  De todos modos, este canción es divertido.  Se atasca en mi cabeza muchos veces.  Palenke Soultribe originalmente es de Colombia, y ahora están en Los Angeles.  Hay tres miembros del grupo, pero colaboran con otros artistas tambien.  Dále un escucha!

Ojalá que mi examen pase bien!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Internet happenings

Here's a little bite of interesting things from The Internet from the last week or so.  Happy Sunday!

The scale of the universe.

I love this diy from A Beautiful Mess.  There are tons of polyester shirts with fantastic prints from the 70's floating around thrift shops, and this is a really cute way to update them.

A tour of the Hermes lab.  So cool!

I'm in awe of this kimono that Carolyn's mother dyed, wove, and sewed.  Gorgeous!

I loved these photos of Kallie's.  I feel like knitting, for the first time in a while now.

I would love to experience this holiday.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday: One more week!

That's right, as of right now, I have 2 days left of classes, and then finals!  I'll be glad for the break from the school work, but I'll miss a few of the classes.  The globalization class that I'm in is intellectually stimulating, and a lot of people in the class are really awesome.  Also, I'm going to miss my friends!  Speaking of..

Friends.  I am truly lucky in my friends.  All of my friends from school are great people; my roommate is fantastic and brings me chocolate, and all the people that we live with are also great; my sisters are wonderful and fun; the trombonies are always entertaining.  My friends from home are also great, even though I'm terrible at keeping in touch.  There are some interesting summer plans brewing!  And, to continue, I have some pretty cool internet friends too!  You all are just great!

Cheesy plant pictures.  See above.  And the camera education continues!

Music.  Sometimes I forget that music is great.  Then I remember again and my life is awesome.  I've been listening to some good music, and with finals week coming, I'm looking forward to having time to actually practice making music!  There's nothing more relaxing than playing.

Literary discussion.  I'm still working on House of Leaves.  As I read, I'm discussing my progress with the friend who lent me the book, and it is so nice to talk about books!  Sometimes I really miss high school english classes, where we had to analyse every little thing.



Chocolate in coffee.

Exciting news!!  I can't believe I almost forgot this one.  I got an internship for this summer!  This particular organization has been under political fire lately, and I fully support their mission.  I applied as a volunteer, and got a phone call saying that I should seriously consider applying for an internship, because I would be perfect for the position.  And I got it!  I'm so excited for this summer!  I think this will be a great opportunity to learn a lot while doing something good!

Waking up with the window open, a nice breeze coming in, and birds singing.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I'm sitting in my bed, eating reece's pieces and listening to Louis Armstrong, trying to do homework, but mostly watching the clouds drift outside my window.  The past few weeks have been a little rough emotionally.  If only I could just stay right here until I have a chance to sort everything out.  That's not how the world works, though.  I can't stay locked up in my room forever.  A girl's got to eat, and finals to take.  

Outfit Details
Shirt: Forever 21
Shorts: self made
Tights: sears
Shoes: Wanted

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Have a little sugar

Yesterday I made vanilla popcorn for a fundraiser, and it turned out really well.  I used a recipe from this website.  I used a bag and a half of microwaveable popcorn for each batch.  I was surprised by how easy this was.  I will definitely be doing this again!

Monday, April 23, 2012

One Direction

I tried really hard to avoid this.  I did, really.  For the past two weeks, I've been watching my friends post about One Direction on Tumblr, but it took me until last night to break down and give it a listen.  So maybe their lyrics aren't the deepest, and maybe most people don't consider the instrumentalists part of the band, but they're so adorable and catchy and I think I can forgive them.  They're a cheesy little boy band, but they're worth the listen.

one direction by mycodos on Grooveshark

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dress-up time

This weekend has gone fantastically well.  I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get everything done that I needed to, but everything has been working out well.  On Friday we had a trombone dinner, and it was really nice to see everybody again.  After dinner, I took a nap, worked on making some presents for a couple special people, and then did homework until 2 am.  I don't know what possessed me to be so productive on a Friday night, but I won't complain! 

Last night was the School of Music formal.  I went with my fellow lady-boners, and had a blast.  We enjoyed some good music and chinese takeout while getting ready, and then danced our tail feathers off at the dance.  After formal we went to a carnival.  What was left of the aforementioned tail feathers soon froze off.  It was so cold!  Regardless of the temperature, I had a blast with my wonderful friends.  

Aren't they gorgeous?  

Friday, April 20, 2012

What they say

I'm sure that by now everyone has seen these blackout poems somewhere online.  I thought that they looked pretty cool, bit I didn't want to deface a book to try one.  On Wednesday my roommate and I walked in to the class we have together and were handed a copy of a page of the book the we were reading.  Instead of discussing the reading, we made poems as a class, then had a poetry slam.  It was actually a lot of fun.  This is a page from Sorrows of Empire, by Chalmers Johnson, which is terrifying and also a book that every American should be required to read.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Perfect mornings.  Shinning, warm sun, slight breeze, chirping birds.  Lovely. 

Louis Armstrong.  I've basically listened to nothing but Louis Armstrong since Friday night.  Occasionally I've deviated to Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, or Miles Davis, but I always come back to Louis.  Why have I never seriously given jazz a chance before?  I'm in love.

Surprise visits.  My dad is a truck driver, and yesterday he was driving through Indiana to make a delivery in Indy, and blew a tire 20 minutes away from school.  It was taking forever to get the tire fixed, so he took a taxi to come see me!  We got dinner, then sat in my room listening to music and talking for a few hours until he had to go back.  It was nice to see him, though!

Friends.  Sometimes I cloister myself off in my room and don't talk to people.  Other times I remember that I have friends and I enjoy my life.  This week has been one of the later.

Sleeping.  My roommate has slept for around 5 hours total in the last 4 days.  I don't understand how she's still live.  I am very appreciative of my 7.5 hours of sleep a night.

Nail polish that hasn't chipped yet.

Having time to read for fun.  I'm working on House of Leaves.  HOLY.  Um, what.  The friend who lent it to me said that it might destroy me.  He may be right, but I'm loving it.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Zoe announced a couple weeks ago the start of Me Made May 2012.  I missed the start of this last year, and I dislike being late, so I didn't participate.  This year I am on top of this, though!  

I'm doing this challenge for three distinct reasons. 

  1. There are some gaps in my closet that I am aware of.  I'd much rather sew to fill those gaps if I can.  This challenge gives me an excuse to sew more, and who doesn't like excuses? 
  2. There are plenty of self-made items in my closet that I don't wear, ever.  This challenge hopefully will help me to figure out why I don't like certain garments, in order to not repeat those mistakes in the future.  Also, maybe I'll be motivated to fix things.
  3. Documenting this will hopefully help to get me in to the habit of taking regular outfit photos, which is something that I've been slacking on lately.  
So, without further ado, 

I, Meli of Codos on the Windowsills, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear one me-made or altered garment each day for the duration of May 2012'

Monday, April 16, 2012

St. James' Infirmary

Friday night I went to a high school jazz festival with a friend and had a lot of fun.  There were lots of good tunes, but in my view one song really stole the cake.  St. James' Infirmary was performed by the faculty combo, with the high school band director playing trumpet and singing.  Even before the singing started, you could tell this was going to be a good song.  I love some good strong brass.

It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago this little forest preserve was completely bare.  It looks greener every time I visit it.  I spent some time playing with my camera; I'm moving off manual and am working on learning the Av mode.  Learning's fun!  Also, a brief rant.  For a class project I have to read papers that some of my classmates wrote, in order to prepare questions to ask them after their presentations on the papers.  Both papers that I read last night had severe apostrophe deficits.  Possessive use of apostrophes is basic grammar, people.  I'm worried about the world.  

St. James Infirmary by Louis Armstrong on Grooveshark

Outfit Details
Dress: self made
Sweater: Target
Shoes: Wanted

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Despite the fact that some icky things have happened this week, I've been in a pretty good mood.  So, things that are awesome:

Weekend plans.  I was really nervous about this weekend, because there was a lot going on and I didn't know what to do.  I talked it over with a friend, and it's all going to work out!

Seeing friends.  Friday I get to see a friend that I haven't seen in a while, and I'm really excited!

Class registration.  There's a new system for class registration this year, and even the administrators are confused.  Despite a little setback at the beginning of registration, I managed to get most of the classes I wanted.  Next semester I have 4 classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and only 2 on Tuesday and Thursday.  I'm hoping that one of those classes can be switched for an online class, but if it doesn't I would be alright.

Reading for fun.  Even though I should have been working I spent every night this week reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.  It was good, but not quite as thrilling as the first two books.  I'm glad that all the ends are tied up, though.  I should do a little work the next two days, but I don't see why I shouldn't start another fun book next week.

Mexican food.  Last night I went to dinner at Puertos with my friend Ashley.  I got to catch up with her, and eat wonderful food.  Puertos is easily the best Mexican restaurant that I've ever been to, which is funny because it's in the middle of Indiana...

Japanese food!  I love food, ok?  On Saturday I got sushi with a bunch of friends, and it was fantastic.  I also had miso and edamame.  For some reason I don't understand Japanese food fills you up with a lot less food than other food does.  It was so delicious, though.  I jokingly hoped to get hit by a school bus on the walk home, just so I could die happy.

Internet tools that help you expand your vocabulary.  I signed up for's word of the day email, and have been spending a lot of time practicing my spelling here.  I like words!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Feliz cumpleanos a mi blog!

This picture of a cake was actually taken years ago.  I just want to show off how amazing my grandmother is.  In addition to looking better than a lot of professional cakes that I've seen, they taste great, too!  

I've been doing this blogging thing for a year!  I can't believe it has been that long already.  I've learned so much in the past year, about photography and computers and friendships, and I can't wait to see how much more I can learn in the coming year! 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Too much

I realized today that there are two events this weekend that I was really looking forward to, and I will only be able to go to one and still get all of my work done.  I have to decide soon which I would rather attend.  One of them I already paid for, but that one also will take most of Friday and Saturday.  The other one is free, and only lasts for a few hours on Friday night.  I definitely suffer from Gotta-do-it-all syndrome, a disease common to generation Y.  I don't want to miss out on either of the events.  Whine, whine, complain.  

In other news, I'm wearing my Company of Thieves shirt, which I love, and have gotten a few comments on it.  I am more than willing to be a walking billboard for CoT.  Also, it is extremely windy out today, and for some reason I thought it would be a good day to wear my hair down.  My hair hasn't been completely down for a few months, and after I had to walk home blind because my hair kept blowing in my face, I probably won't wear it down for another few months.  

Outfit Details
Shirt: Company of Thieves concert!
Jacket: thrifted
Shorts: Forever 21
Tights: Sears
Shoes: Wanted


Pomplamoose is a duo from California that makes lovely music.  As far as I can tell they sing mostly covers, but the music is still lovely. Happy Monday!

Of course, they would cover the best song of all time.  Isn't this video adorable?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mail time

Thanks Andrea!  I can't wait for the semester to end so I can go home to my sewing machine.  I can't wait to give these pants a shot.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Relearn what was forgotten

Every time I wear this dress I feel fine until I get outdoors.  Then I remember that it is way too short for me, and I spend all day freaking out about how my dress is too short.  I think it shrank in the wash, and I have long legs to begin with, so it's not too hard to find things that are too short.  What a shame.  I really love this dress, but I don't know if it's worth the constant fear of flashing everyone.  Once I get home for the summer I think I'll look in to finding some similar fabric.  I can use this dress as a pattern to remake something similar, but longer.  

Around this time last year I noticed an interesting occurrence.  No one talked at the lunch table anymore. This may not sound like much of a realization, but knowing my talkative friends, this was very strange.  We decided that it was a toll of the semester; we had all been working so hard for so long that we could no longer form complex sentences.  In addition, we had all gotten so wrapped up in schoolwork that we had nothing interesting to share with anyone.  So, the talking stopped.

We have reached that point in this semester.  I don't know when it happened.  I suppose it was some time in the past week.  There were plenty of things happening that I could have talked about, but when I went to share, none of it seemed interesting any more.  On the bright side, this silent state should only last for another week or so.  Then sleep deprivation will take over, and when that happens everything will be funny.  So please excuse me if I bore you during the next couple of weeks.  

Outfit Details
Dress: H&M
Jacket: self made
Scarf: Charming Charlie's
Tights: Forever 21
Shoes: Wanted

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

This semester is over one month from today!  As much as I love school, I can't wait to take a break from using my brain.  Having time to read for pleasure sounds lovely, as does not feeling guilty for indulging in the occasional social activity.

That said, reading for fun is nice.  After working on my paper for a few hours the other day I ended up sitting on tumblr, complaining about how I don't have any time for anything fun anymore.  So, I closed my computer and opened up a book, and after half an hour of reading felt so much better.  I now have 4 books on my desk that I'm about twenty pages in to.  I need to keep doing my work, but also allow myself at least half an hour of book time each night.  Last night I started the Hunger Games, and it's pretty alright!

Anna is back from Vienna!  I'm so happy to have my friend back!

Sewing plans.  I was daydreaming and doodling at work and I have a plan for at least one project!  Maybe if I'm super productive this weekend I'll be able to start it next weekend, instead of waiting until I go home for the summer.

Singalongs with my roommate.  We've been singing Moulin Rouge really loudly all week, with some Lizzie McGuire, Fall Out Boy, and Daughtry thrown in for variety.

Going to bed before midnight.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Not sorry!!

Yesterday Gala Darling published this post, reacting to a speech made by Dyana Valentine about not being sorry.  It stuck a chord with me.  Last week my roommate pointed out to me that I say sorry a lot.  And I mean a LOT.  I read Gala's article and listened to the speech, and a lot of it clicked very nicely with what my roommate and I have been discussing.

I'm not sure that I agree with Ms. Valentine completely that every time I say I'm sorry it's because I'm apologizing for taking up space.  There are times when I apologize for being myself, such as when I apologize for good grades, and I agree that that must stop.  I think that the bigger problem, for me, is using "I'm sorry" conversationally.  Usually when I apologize, it's out of habit.  I say "sorry" when I mean "excuse me".  I say "sorry" when I mean "I'm sorry to hear that", or "what a shame".  I think that my reliance on the phrase "I'm sorry" has less to do with actually apologizing and more with my own lack of vocabulary, or in laziness when it comes to articulating simple sentences.

Sometimes it's ok to rely on a phrase, to simplify social interacts.  However, I think that I am too dependent on this one.  Now that I think about it, I am sorry.  I'm sorry that I've denied myself the opportunity to exercise my vocabulary for so long.  I'm sorry that I've made conversations so boringly repetitive.  I'm sorry, and I plan on changing that.  I don't want to be sorry any more.  Is it too late, after twenty years of mumbling and looking for the quickest way to end a conversation, to learn how to be articulate and say what I really mean?  I hope not.  I'm going to give it a shot.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Break on through

I've been in a bit of a Doors mood this weekend.  According to wikipedia, The Doors took their name from a an Aldous Huxley book.  Ooo, literary references!  I like it.  Anyway, they're probably one of my favorite mid-sixties bands.  Take a listen.

I've decided to postpone altering my format for the music monday posts for another week or two.  I want to have time to explore my options before jumping in to something new.

Break on through