something good can work

September 30, 2012

Moxie’s grill/bar in Toronto, Canada. I’ve been here a couple times on layovers and this is probably one of my favorite burgers thus far in my 29 years! It’s the ‘Mediterranean’ with basil pesto, feta + goat cheese. The burger patty is well seasoned and the consistency of a nice meat loaf. SO good.

Watching a free showing of Pretty in Pink at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX. I was too ashamed to tell my friends that I had never this awesome 80′s classic before!! Blankets on the lawn, sangria in thermoses, and bags of already popped popcorn. Perfect weather, perfect company.

Le. Sigh. This is about as far as I am in the decorating process for the main living area. Plus some Ikea shelving on the opposite wall that you can’t see. I ordered this off-white couch/futon from Walmart of all places, but the reviews were great, it was affordable for me, and thankfully it’s only available online. The bottom line is I’ve got big plans + a small wallet so the update on this room makeover will be coming ever so slowly, haha. All in all, living on my own is fantastic!

I’ve been making more meals at home and hence eating healthier meals. I struck gold on one of my flights and picked up the October issue of Real Simple magazine with a feature for 10 ideas for kale. (If you don’t know about how good kale is for you, I highly recommend you read up!) I made the kale, broccoli, and feta sauté. It’s very quick, nutritious and delicious especially if you are a fan of Greek food like myself.

Toronto, again. Taking pics of the style I’ve been wearing lately. It keeps well + looks professional when I work….I met Spike Lee on the flight I worked from Houston to Austin my first day or two sporting this look. He was the first to walk on the plane; he smiled big, extended his hand to shake mine and then says, “You look like you’re from Brooklyn.”

I have no idea what that means exactly.

But at the end of the flight he asked me what school I went to + said I looked like Maya Angelou when she was young (!!!!)

WUT!? SO taking that as a compliment!

And THEN about a week later in the same month (September) I spot Robert Horry in O’hare airport (!!!!!)
Back in the day when the Houston Rockets were exceptional, he was my fave player on the team! I barely make it to that man’s shoulders.

Last but not least THIS FREAKING PARKA!!!!! (I know, I know, I realize I overdo it with the caps + exclamations – I don’t yell this much in real life….truth.) I pinned this goodness a few days ago. It’s a daunting looking pattern to me, especially seeing as I don’t have much experience with Burda patterns. But this one is worth making a practice one first out of muslin…..UGH I hate doing that because I’m lazy + I want results yesterday. Can’t afford to mess up a good 4.5 yards of good fabric though!

Right now, I’m thinking this parka in a Canary or Mustard yellow. Ya know. Something a bit brighter for the Fall/Winter season. I’d like to think of it as a much louder khaki.

So in closing, I know this probably should’ve been a few posts, but I obviously haven’t updated in a month so. there.

Also, the title of this post doesn’t make much sense I suppose. It’s actually the title of a Two Door Cinema Club song + the remix of that song has just been added to my ever-growing workout mix.

WHY do I feel the need to over-explain myself? Annnnd I’m yelling again. Gah!

  • http://artisticexpressionsbyelisabeth.blogspot.com/ Libby

    I enjoyed catching up on your whereabouts! I haven’t tried much kale but everytime it’s been good. Just gotta remember to get it because I’ve definitely seen lots of great kale recipes out there. Pretty in Pink was the movie of all time. I’ve seen it quite a few times. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never seen E.T. lol

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Thanks Libby! Your comments are always appreciated! I definitely need to take the time to return the favor more often :/

      YES, exactly – there seem to be so many recipes for kale on Pinterest that I have yet to try! I’m trying so hard to eat more healthy greens, but I just get tired of lettuce + I’m not a fan of raw spinach much *bleh*
      And girl you haven’t lived until you’ve seen E.T.!!! Lol, ok I kid. My mom is a big Sci-fi fan and she actually saw this movie in theaters while I while was still in the womb. So she always jokes that E.T. was my first movie, haha.

  • http://www.whimseybox.com alicia

    Yay, love your updates. You’re life seems so fun! Love watching movies outside in Chicago in the summer, too!

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Haha, thanks! Life definitely feels like it’s looking up right now, but as you know my updates are so friggin’ slow. But life seems pretty exciting for you with WhimseyBox – I am so darned proud of you woman!!

  • http://katarinasellsseashells.blogspot.com Katarina

    In my experience, Burda patterns fit pretty true to size, I usually only have to make a shoulder adjustment as they are running pretty big most of the time. Also the pattern always calls for WAY more fabric that actually needed. Unless you’re dealing with a print you’d have to match, you can get away with 3meters in a solid fabric. I got this much and had some leftovers.

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Wow Katarina – seriously thank you so much for the helpful hints! I really loved how your parka turned out :)

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