Friday, July 17, 2009

Bon Voyage!

Yup you read it.
I'm going to France with my family. For 2 and a half weeks!
This is super exciting because I've been learning French for the past 3 years and I'll get to practice it. And my parents have wanted to go since forever.

So really, it's a win-win situation here.

It also means, though, that I won't be posting for a while. Two and a half weeks, to be specific. But you already knew that.

Here are a couple of pretty pictures that you can imagine me standing in.
You know you want to.
If it makes you feel better- you can imagine yourself standing in them, too.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shopping with Karina

I'm not usually a shopper.
I love going to vintage/consignment stores, but malls aren't really my thing. When I do go to malls, though, I have bunches of fun. Today I went to Valley Fair mall with my bestie Karina. We spent a few hours trying on clothes, joking around, eating sushi, and just having a great time. We encountered a couple of strange objects...

Strange Object #1

Right here, Karina appears to be wearing wannabe Kanye West sunglasses. Normally, Kanye glasses are funny, but wannabe ones are just roll-on-the-floor silly. Instead of lines, the glasses are little holes poked in a piece of plastic and fashioned into a sunglass-shape. LAME-O.

Strange Object #2

Karina is wearing something no one will EVER buy. ever. I call it "the ugliest hair thing in the world that uses brown barbie hair and pink feathers and has been put through a blender."

I would have had many more entries under "strange objects found at Claire's" but the lady working there told us to get rid of the camera. Then when we bought headbands she was extremely rude to us. I think she was jealous of Karina's ability to pull off strange hair objects.

One last thing for you-

Karina pretending to be a Vanessa Hudgens Lady Gaga wannabe.
(in case you didn't catch that, watch Vanessa's hair in the HSM3 prom scene, and Lady Gaga's hands in her Just Dance video.)

Actually don't watch the Just Dance video. Because it is completely inappropriate and even thought she's a very talented singer, she wastes her talent on poopy songs.

But do watch High School Musical. It rocks my socks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Giving is Groovy

Sorry bout the title.
I couldn't think of anything else, and the blood bank gave a shirt that said "Giving is Groovy" to my dad after he donated blood.
I just donated hair, so... I thought that the title was appropriate!

Just for you, I (and my mom) took some pictures of my transformation. It's pretty big.

These are taken in the car before we got to the salon/barber shop place. You can't really tell in these pictures, but my hair is (was) more than halfway down my back.

Oh. You can tell in this picture :)
Also. Ignore the she-man face on my barber gown that you can see in the mirror. He was freaking me out, especially when my hair fell on him, and made it look like he had really gross facial hair.

When someone is giving hair to people who need wigs (cancer, hair loss, etc.), the hair needs to be sent to the foundation (I did Pantene Beautiful Lengths this time) in a bag, and tied up in a rubberband. I have donated hair before, so I knew to tie my hair up in multiple hairbands, because that way, my hair is less likely to be seriously deformed... In this picture, Rachel is cutting off the second to last rubberband-held hair group.

There's some of my hair. It doesn't look like much, but believe me. There was a lot of it.

Rachel wanted to take a picture with me, and when we first posed, she put her fingers up like I did in this picture. So, then I put up my fingers..and she put hers down. FAIL.
Btdubs. at this point, I was feeling super ugly and afro-ish because I was going into shock after losing all that hair. Plus, I had just spent an hour underneath a blanket with an ugly womanman on it.... in the summer heat. I was really hot.

Me trying to feel good about my hair. Plus my arm looks kind of muscular.

Turning my head sideways and letting my hair fall... so it looked less big.
(you can probably tell by the sideways towels.)

Tying up my hair (finally!) and feeling pretty cool.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Weather Report: HOT

Why is it so hot?
Is it because it is summer?
Is it because of global warming?
Al Gore, please tell me. Because I am burning up.


So, the other night I was at my best friend Karina's house eating dinner.
(you can find her at
We were eating tacos- and let me tell you, they were delicious. They had ground turkey, and avocados, and lettuce and tomatoes, and cheese, and they were amazing. Her mom was eating with us, and out of nowhere, she said, "A heart!"
We all looked at her with quizzical expressions...what was Karina's mom talking about? She pointed at her plate, and there, amidst all the fallen taco fillings, was a little tomato heart.

Karina's mom went on to tell us that if you find a heart somewhere- it means someone loves you!

How to: Make a Ribbon Flower

You may not know this about me... but I am a total craft geek.
I love to make things pretty and make pretty things!
So today, I will show you how to make something super simple, and super cute.
drumroll please....

Ribbon Flowers!

I've narrowed the process down to 10 simple steps, so here we go!

1. Get a piece of Ribbon
Preferably one made out of fabric, because the flowers made out of wrapping-presents-ribbon look poopy. It can be any length you want it to be, just remember that the more ribbon you have, the more petals... and also, when you're cutting your ribbon, remember, it's easier to make short a long ribbon than make long a short ribbon...because the latter is basically impossible. Take it from me. I've tried.

2. Fold the ribbon
Right in the very middle, fold the ribbon so that you have a right triangle, meaning the angle isn't too big or too small, it's 90 degrees (approximately).

3. Fold again
Take one side of the ribbon (ribbon side A), and fold it over the triangle you created in the first step. You should now have a square-looking-thing.

4. And again
Fold the other side of the ribbon (the one you didn't just fold over, ribbon side B) and fold that one over ribbon side A. Keep going...

5. Just keep folding...
Pretty soon, you'll have this:


6. Let go
But not of all of the ribbon. Take the two sides of the ribbon that you have on the top, and pinch them between your fingers. Then, let the rest fall. You'll have a thing that's kind of like a slinky... jack in the box body.... kind of thing!

7. Pull!
Take that part that you're pinching and put it between your fingers... and grip it. Grab one ribbon side (A or B) and pull. When you get close to pulling it all the way into a flower (you'll understand once you make the flower yourself), watch the flower to make sure the inside looks good. You can pull the ribbon more to make the inside curve in a different way, if you want to.

8. The End Product:
A pretty flower!

9. Extra Tips.
I said it before, but I'll say it again. The more ribbon you fold, the more petals you have. Here's a flower with more petals than the other one I made.

10. Do the Tango
Or whatever that dance is where people carry roses in their mouths....

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Today I woke up and noticed tiny spots of blood on my pillow.
What in the world??
I went over to my mirror and noticed I had a small bite/cute on my forehead. Dangit! Blood is really hard to get out of fabric!
I showed my dad and he pondered for a bit...

D: "hmm... it looks like someone took a bite of allison"

A: Haha, daddy. Very punny!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Minnie Mouse

My uncle gave my family something super cute.
I call her Minnie but she doesn't have a red polka-dotted bow...

here she is!

What is so special about this computer mouse, you ask?
Let me put her in better perspective....

I admit, there's not much you can do with a mouse that's 1/2 the size of your palm...
but with a mouse this cute, who really cares?

I've made some adjustments so that mini-mouse can look just like one of my favorite Disney characters- Minnie Mouse!

..and yay for blurry pictures and horrible paint jobs!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Hey- remember when I was obsessing over mini things? (wasn't too long ago...)
I forgot one on the list:

Mini Golf!

That's right, I'm ashamed to admit I forgot one of the funnest! I'll go curl up in a ball and cry... just kidding. ANYHoo...I went recently with my lovely friend Marina and my youth group, and we had bunches of fun.

Here we are in front of the castle, the 2nd hole on the East side of Golfland. (I'm not really sure why they need to have a east and west do they know it's not really north and south? But they're both fun, so I don't really mind!)

This is a random "oriental" pagoda that was one of the decorations on the "Passage to the Orient". Is it just me, or did "oriental" become politically incorrect like 5 years ago?

Marina humoring me and posing with the baby house thing (seaside storage, whatever) which was right next to a huge fountain/lake...

OOOHHhhh... That baby house thing was "The Blue Tavern" Lighthouse!! Now you can see how small it actually is... I totally tried to go inside, but they lock it up so that they can store extra golf clubs and stuff in there... I think. Really, I might pay extra just to go inside those mini places if they were furnished and stuff... wouldn't you? They should take that into consideration. :)

Yeah, the number of golf balls here isn't the number of people who attended. No, one of the groups spent their entire time looking through bushes and stuff for lost golf balls (all boys). Those are the golf balls they found. And not even all of them. They found 64. in total. not counting their own that they bought. I mean really, how many people lose their balls and just stop playing? I think that if I lost my ball, I would keep looking until I found my own, or another one, right?

Afterwards, we went to the arcade and spent our hard earned tickets on these nifty things... vampire teeth! Oh yeah, baby. Marina especially looks like a hungry vampire *cough Victoria cough* because her eyes are red. Apparently my camera thinks that red eyes are funny and fails at red eye reduction... and my teeth look like they're on crooked. Anyhoo...after these pictures, we threw the teeth away. Because they didn't fit our teeth, and they hurt, and I was afraid they'd mess up all my dentistry! Plus, if Stephenie Meyer got vampires right, we wouldn't really have fangs... :)

We spent the rest of our tickets on Baby Bottle Pops, Lemonheads, and Smarties. yum! Don't worry, I did not buy the flower... I just stole it off a bush to put in Marina's hair. It looked great.

So Golfland was a blast. Nothing that I learned in golf class helped me, but of course, that's to be expected. :) Marina made me laugh the entire time, and she's even laughing while she chomps on giraffe meat!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I have to admit it.
I'm not a good friend sometimes.
Like over the summer.
I do have an explanation, even though it's the worst explanation ever.
Deep breath.

I'm lazy.

There, I said it, now don't go laughing or crying or running off. I'm sure you all suffer from this problem, too. Am I not right? Like sometimes when you do a whole bunch in the morning and then you eat lunch, and all you want to do after that is loaf around and read/watch tv/surf the net. And you'd love to see your friends, but since calling them requires getting up and picking up the phone... it's too much work.

This disease also falls in the category of "wanting-to-exercise-but-too-lazy"-ness. You know, when you promise to yourself that you will exercise every day to get your "summer swimsuit body" but each day you're "too tired" or "will do it tomorrow"...

I hate to say it, but I can totally be that kind of person sometimes.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


I promise I shall:
Stop posting lists. I don't make lists in real life. There is no reason why I should post lists here. The only lists I ever make in real life are checklists. And only for trips. And even then, there is obviously something wrong with my list making. Because on the last missions trip I went on, I forgot my pillow and had to sleep on a folded up sweatshirt in my tent.
It was uncomfortable.

Mini-ness Continued

Ha. I did not lie.
Pay no attention to my previous post.
Because here is a list of mini things that I like.
Which I promised.
So I am not a promise-breaker or a liar.

1. Mini Letters
This place, Leaf Cutter Designs, at, is known as "The World's Smallest Postal Service". And for a good reason! The baby letter is written on a baby desk and put into a baby envelope and sealed with a baby wax blob... and then sent to you in a big envelope with a magnifying glass! I would just love to be sent one of these!!! *hint, hint* :)

2. Mini Food
While I wouldn't eat it, there is just something so irresistible and cute about food so small that you can hold it on one finger. This particular set is made by Re-ment, and though you can't tell in the picture, each food item is about the size of the tip of my pinky finger.
(and the tongs actually work!!)

3. Mini Animals
I love animals, and even though I know that if I were to get a dog, it'd be a big one, I can't help squealing over particular baby-small animals. (see 1st picture of "coffee and mini-things" to imagine my face)

4. Mini Cups
I don't know. I just have a thing for them.

5. Mini Trees
Seeing a Bonsai tree always puts me in a dreamy mood because they look like miniature big-trees. Then I start imagining what would happen if I was small enough to fit under the Bonsai....

6. Mini Zen Gardens

See #5. (and replace "tree" with "garden")