Day 775: Light

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 26

Day 775: Light

You might have to look away… it’s the bright sun!

I can’t believe it, but the sun was out for most of the day! I decided to take a crazy photo showing direct sunlight. I like how purplish blobs show up in the photo around the sun. It gives it a cool effect. Too bad the sun wasn’t bringing much warmth today, though. I think my eyes are still adjusting to the sun after having many dark and dreary days in the winter. I was squinting a lot today! Or maybe I should find my sunglasses… that would help. Anyway, there’s some light for you.

For you Blackhawks fans, did you hear Patrick Kane is injured and out for possibly 12 weeks? I will miss him. But, I think the Blackhawks can do it! I have faith in them.

Did anyone watch Amazing Race? If not, this season has 6 teams of dating couples and 5 teams of blind dates. I didn’t think I’d like it very much, but it was pretty interesting to see! I’m excited for this season. They went to Japan for the first episode; it would be cool to go there, but it would be difficult not knowing the language. It looks so busy, modern, and cultured. There are so many cool places outside the U.S.!

Enjoy your Thursday night.


Day 774: Cut

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 25

Day 774: Cut

A tiny cut on my finger.

I’m glad I didn’t get a major cut on my finger, but here’s an extremely tiny one for you. I noticed it on my drive to work this morning and I have no clue where it came from. Can you even see it? It’s on my middle finger. I probably ran my hand into something. This happens to my hands a lot… I get random cuts and scrapes and I don’t know how they got there. I wonder if most of them are paper cuts. Eek. I should brag about my fingernails, though. This is the longest they’ve been in about 2 years! I’m not biting them for a change. Maybe I’m growing up a bit!

Who watches Amazing Race? I didn’t know until last night, but the season premiere is on tonight! And then the show will continue to be on Fridays. I’m excited! I guess this seasons will have a dating twist… we’ll see how that goes.

I’m going to visit my grandpa tonight! It’s always a great time seeing him. 🙂

Enjoy your Wednesday evening.

Day 772: This Is Where I Relax!

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 23

Day 772: This Is Where I Relax!

My bed and my lovely stuffed animals.

So, this is where I relax: my bed. I tend to sit on my bed when listening to music, reading on my kindle, or doing things on my laptop. I feel relaxed and calm in this location. Plus, my stuffed animals keep me company! Maybe it’s more relaxing because I don’t have a TV in my room, either. I can just listen to music and type away. And then I go to sleep. Good times.

So, who watched the Oscars last night? I thought it was a good show overall and I enjoy watching it every year. Here are the worst and best moments of the Oscars, in my opinion!

1. Sean Penn presenting. He said: “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” I think he was hoping it would be a joke, but it wasn’t funny.
2. Matthew McConnaughey taking forever to announce the best actress Oscar (Julianne Moore won). I wonder if he did it on purpose.
3. Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar predictions in the briefcase bit. It got old after a while.
4. John Travolta touching Idina Menzel’s face. I feel bad for her.
5. Some speeches were way too long, which is why the whole show went over 30 minutes.

1. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening song. I thought he was good host overall, too!
2. J.K. Simmon’s best supporting actor speech. Here’s part of it: “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don’t text; don’t email. Call them on the phone and tell them you love them. And thank them and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.” Click here for the whole speech.
3. Lady Gaga singing a medley of Sound of Music songs for its 50th anniversary. It was AMAZING and brought me to tears. Here’s a video I found of it:

4. Graham Moore’s (Imitation Game screenwriter) speech. Here is most of it: “When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird. And I felt different. And I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird; stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message.” Click here for his whole speech.
5. Eddie Redmayne winning best actor for The Theory of Everything. I like him!

So, those are my thoughts on the Oscars. And now I want to watch Sound of Music. Maybe I will sometime this week!

Day 771: An Act of Kindness

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 22

Day 771: An Act of Kindness

Scott cleaning.

I thought this was pretty kind of Scott; he is dusting our coffee table. How nice! I hate dusting and it annoys my allergies, so he dusted all of the tables this morning. What a good guy. And he’s even smiling while cleaning… maybe because I’m taking a photo of him. Thank you for dusting!

So, who’s going to watch the Oscars tonight? I’m currently watching the Red Carpet and I love it! So far I like Felicity Jones’ dress the most, but there’s more Red Carpet to come! I only saw one nominated movie (American Sniper), but I’m still interested to see who wins. We shall see!

Have a good evening!

Day 769: Peace

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 20

Day 769: Peace

Beautiful ocean sand.

I think this is pretty peaceful… sand from the ocean. I thought about holding up my fingers and taking a photo of the peace sign, but that was pretty boring. This would be more exciting if I was at the actual ocean! Sorry about that. I didn’t want to hop on an airplane just for this post. I’m not that dedicated. Anyway, I love sand and the ocean, so that counts as peaceful today!

It’s been a good Friday evening! I spent time with my husband’s family and now I’m at home drinking wine with the hubby. I like relaxing Friday nights! Good times.

Enjoy the weekend!

Day 768: Feet

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 19

Day 768: Feet

Hopefully they aren’t smelly.

Well, here are my feet. This is not the most exciting photo in the world, but how do you make a photo of feet exciting? I could have gotten a pedicure and painted my nails awesome colors. But, that would take too long. I actually have a problem with my feet; I think they have poor circulation. They are pretty much cold all through winter, except when I’m taking a hot shower. Even when I wear heavy socks and shoes they are still very cold. This started a few years ago… I remember walking around my apartment barefoot; all of a sudden my feet got extremely cold. I looked down and they were purple. They still sometimes turn slightly purple, but then I just put more socks on. I miss walking around barefoot. Maybe I’ll be able to do that again in June. So, that’s the story of my cold feet.

New topic! I’ve been wanting to post this video for a while now related to the Chicago Cubs. It gets me pumped for the 2015 season.

Doesn’t that give you goosebumps? I’m more excited for this season than usual, but I’m still the concerned Cubs fan. I hope I can go to a few games this year!

Have a good evening!

Day 766: Vegetable

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 17

Day 766: Vegetable

Here are some petite peas for you.

Well, here’s another somewhat boring photo for you. Today’s picture had to be of a vegetable. What did I learn from this photo? I should probably buy and eat more vegetables. Here are some petite peas for you. I’m not a big fan of peas; they taste boring to me. But, I would eat them if they were on my plate. My favorite vegetable is probably a carrot. My least favorite is definitely corn. Yuck. I’m one of the few people I know who dislikes corn, but I don’t know how you all can handle that taste! Ugh.

I had lunch with Soleman today! We met up at Jason’s Deli; I like that place. Their menu is very big, full of salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, and more. I had a half Santa Fe chicken sandwich with a cup of French Onion soup. Yum. OK, I’ll stop talking about food and vegetables now.

Now I’m going to talk about movies. Here’s a list of movies I don’t really like that other people seem to love. I provided a few explanations for you, too. I thought it would be interesting to share to all of you, even though two people will probably read this.

Eleven Movies I Don’t Like That Other People Love (Not in any Particular Order)

  1. Ghostbusters: I saw this movie when I was younger and the monsters and ghosts terrified me. So, now I really don’t like the movie.
  2. The Godfather: I’ve seen this movie only once, so I’d be willing to give it another chance. I think you need to be in the right mood to watch a mob movie, and maybe I wasn’t at the time. Plus, it was extremely hyped up for me.
  3. Pulp Fiction: Disturbing. Enough said.
  4. Lord of the Rings: Maybe it’s not fair to add this one to the list. I generally liked it, but I’d probably be fine if I didn’t see it again. Does that count?
  5. Se7en: Horribly disturbing. Enough Said.
  6. It’s a Wonderful Life: I really want to give this one another chance since I’ve only seen it once. It was just so sad most of the time, though, and the title is cheery! It confused me.
  7. Star Wars: I think my review for this is the same as Lord of the Rings, so see above.
  8. The Graduate: I hope I’m not the only one out there who thinks the plot is bothersome. He sleeps with the mother then tries to have a relationship with the daughter… what mother and daughter would be OK with that?! Ugh.
  9. Jurassic Park: I watched this again recently and thought it was corny and annoying. Who the hell would try to bring back dinosaurs now? Bad idea.
  10. Blues Brothers: I watched this again recently… I feel bad saying this since I like the actors, but I just didn’t think it was that funny. Sorry. Please don’t judge me.
  11. Winter’s Bone: Horribly horribly disturbing. Enough said.

There you go! If you’d like to have a movie discussion on any of these above, or if you’d like to discuss vegetables from the first paragraph, leave a comment!

Day 765: Create

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 16

Day 765: Create

I did some orgami tonight and they turned out well!

For today’s photo, I had to create something or take a picture of something I already created. I used to be fascinated by orgami after learning about it in middle school. So, I thought I’d bring it back for this post! Maybe I should explain what’s in the photo. On the left, you have a dog with floppy ears. In the middle bottom is a heart. In the upper right is a butterfly. Can you tell? I hope so! The dog was pretty easy to make, so I had more fun with the heart and butterfly. They were more challenging. I’m proud of myself right now! Maybe I’ll go try making other things.

So, who watched the SNL 40 show last night? I thought it was pretty awesome. There are only two things I really didn’t like… Kanye West’s performance and the little jokes about Brian Williams. But, I loved Celebrity Jeopardy with Will Ferrell; the awesome celebrity appearances by Melissa McCarthy, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks, etc.; Weekend Update; the Q&A by Jerry Seinfeld; seeing the SNL alumni including Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, etc.; seeing auditions; and more! It was a night full of laughter.

This cold Monday is almost over! Brrr.

Day 764: My Drink of Choice

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 15

Day 764: My Drink of Choice


Today I am showing you my drink of choice. There are others that I like… water, wine, coffee, lemonade, and so on. But, this is the one drink I like a lot lately! It’s a fruity juice, made by a company called Naked, and my favorite flavor is Berry Blast. Mmmm. I could drink this all day. I did spill it on my keyboard one day at work, and it took a while to get out. So, I don’t recommend drinking this near your computer. The keyboard isn’t sticky anymore, though! So that’s good news.

What a good day! The Blackhawks won this morning and I ate Portillos. What could get better than that? And my Uncle John is in town! If it was 70 degrees outside, this would be a perfect day.

If you could only play one game for the rest of your life, what would it be? I think mine would be either Scattergories or Apples to Apples. Those are my favorite. Maybe I’ll go play Scattergories now.

Have a good afternoon!

Day 759: I am…

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 10

Day 759: I am...


Yes, folks. I will admit today that I am silly. Today’s picture involved taking a photo describing myself, and this seems fitting to me. I like to joke around and laugh a lot, so why not take a silly selfie? I really don’t take selfies often, so this is a rare occasion I hope you like. I think it’s OK for an adult to be silly; we just need to figure out when it’s acceptable to be serious versus silly. Hopefully I figured that out at this point. I thought about going outside for the photo, but it was too cold!

In other news, I thought I’d give my opinion on this whole Brian Williams matter. If you don’t know the story, he told a lie about his chopper in Iraq having been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. And now he is suspended for 6 months without pay. I really like him and think this whole thing got out of hand. He was in Iraq many years ago now, so who cares at this point? I think he fumbled the story a bit at first, not realizing the whole truth, and then it just lost control. I think everyone needs to let this go and let him do his job. I like you, Brian!

I went to a Zumba class tonight… it was fun! Now I feel like dancing. Have a good evening! And go dance.