Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Week of Lacking...

I apologize profoundly for my lack of presence here. I unfortunately do not have anything planned for posting, so you all have to deal with my apologies and ramblings... :]

I've been busier than ever, but hopefully things will slow down now that the semester is over for me... (YAY!) I'm officially half way through my junior year of high school. It's all going so fast in this amazing rush.

Today, I suppose can be a day of shared feelings. Let me name a few:
- Stressed
- Relief
- Regret

Well, that's a few :] . But, I also have been feeling amazingly happy. I attended a concert on Friday with two of my best gals; the bands were Fol Chen and Darwin Deez. It was basically in a shack (at Kilby Court, if any of you are familiar with the Salt Lake area...), but it was fantastic nonetheless.

And of course there's boy trouble- when isn't there? And it's silly, because it really shouldn't be trouble at all. With all my limited, yet vast experience, I should know to steer clear by now. But... there's just something.

Have you ever had a chance with someone and you blew it- because you were scared? I have, with more than one person. I am definitely willing that I have let people go that I wish were still in my life. And I have people that I could have had more than just a friendship with, but I always threw out the excuse that I was scared, or that it wasn't going to work out, or that it couldn't work.

But the thing is is that if things are really meant to work out, then they will. If you aren't mean to end up with that person then you won't, I truly and full-heartedly believe that. Because it really is worth it to find out if you want that person; it is worth risking your heart to find out, rather than sitting around for minutes, hours, months, years and then later finding you really want them.

Because by the time you realize you want them, they don't want you anymore. They're in love with someone else, living and moving on with someone else. Which you can't blame them for, because that's what they are supposed to do. When someone tells you that they don't love you you move on, it's a natural, expected process. So I can blame him, right?

So, often I believe that when I talk, laugh, and joke about old times with him that it means nothing more than a same sense of companionship, that I am nothing more than his friend. And I'm sure that's exactly how it feels to him. Like nothing has happened.

I just wish that to me, it doesn't feel like something.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Book Review: Deadly Little Games

By Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published by Disney Hyperion
Released December 21, 2010
Rating (1-5): 3.5

Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he sense a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia' gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend. Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia's life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about...

I will admit that I was disappointed in this book. I've read Stolarz's other series, Blue is For Nightmares, and fell in love with them. So, I decided back in October of 2009, to pick up Stolarz's new series, Deadly Little Secret. DLS was then followed by Deadly Little Lies, which was then followed by Deadly Little Games.

I really liked the first book, and would definitely recommend it as a read. The second novel, started to get a little tedious, but with the introduction of a new character/love interest, Adam, it was a little more enjoyable. However, this last book I felt was extremely tedious. The first two books kept you on your toes, keeping you constantly guessing about what danger Camelia was in and who was stalking her. But the third book lacked the intensity and mystery of the first two, leaving me hanging out to dry.

However, while I had to prod myself to keep reading the novel, the writing it excellent. It's just needed a little more attention to the detail and a better developed story line.

All in all, the series is something I would recommend, but it would not be the first I would suggest.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

How To Make Scented Olive Oil Body Softener

Hey all, so this week's craft was a personal feel-good craft. I decided to make myself some body lotion, I just tried it and it works miracles!

- 1 cup of unscented lotion.
+the unscented part if really important because the scented lotion smells weird with the olive oil.
- 1/4 cup of virgin olive oil (extra virgin works the same)
- Container for your lotion (plastic, glass, lotion bottle, etc.)
- Essential oil (can be found a places like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, etc.)
+not necessary for the lotion, since the olive oil is the moisturizing and softening product. Although, I'm glad I did an essential oil because the olive oil smells a little odd by itself.

First, you start out with your (unscented) lotion, peppermint or rose oil (if you'd like) and olive oil. You put it all in a bowl, or in whatever bottle you'll use for it, stir/shake it up and- ta-da! You're finished.

Simple? Yes. Totally worth the fifteen to twenty minutes it takes to make it? DUH!

I used peppermint oil in mine, and I love it! Smells so yummy. I hope to try rose oil the next time I make it.

Here are some cool properties of the essential oils I suggested. Keep in mind that you can you any oil that smells good to you!

Peppermint oil properties:
-relives pain, without numbing sensation
-reduces fever or swelling
-prevents muscle spasming

Rose oil properties:
-represses muscles spams
-antiviral (although, I highly recommend you eat the lotion, even if it does smell good :])
-an aphrodisiac (And who doesn't like those!)

Enjoy, please share your thoughts or how this craft worked out if you try it!