Labor Day in the Classic City

Because of my hectic schedule, I decided to stay in Athens for Labor Day this year. I have a full itinerary mapped out for myself and anyone else that wants to join me.

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I still have to wake up early to take online quizzes and do some homework, but as soon as noon hits I’m a free girl! I’m planning on heading over to the Georgia Museum of Art. The reason behind my visit? Andy Warhol and other famous pop-art artists have their works on display until September 20th! I’ve seen one Andy Warhol in real life and I am stoked to see another.

The greatest part about living in Athens in the music scene. I wish I went to concerts more often, but with my classes starting early and my meetings running later at night it’s hard to catch a break. Luckily UGA doesn’t have classes today so I’m free to check out some rad bands visiting the city, like Social Circle and Bay Creature who are both playing at Flicker Theater and Bar at 9 pm!

Or I could hop on over to Grindhouse Killer Burgers (home of the best veggie burger in ATH) for their Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll trivia night. They even have cash prizes for the winners, and for me cash prizes means more Amazon shopping haha

What are your plans for Labor Day?

Disney’s The Lion King

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As I mentioned in this post, my mom and I went to see Disney’s The Lion King in Greenville a few weekends ago. I absolutely loved it! I’ve only ever been to Greenville, SC once before, and that was to help pick up my friend’s uncle from the airport. So, I’d never actually been to Downtown Greenville.

My mom and I explored (and got lost) for a little bit before we ate dinner. I loved the weather – sunny, high seventies, and breezy – and really enjoyed being able to eat outside. My mom and I hadn’t made reservations for anywhere, so we ended up at Larkin’s on the River on the patio.

 

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An outdoor concert with the band The Watchtower Incident was scheduled to start at the same time as our play, so my mom and I watching band rehearse and set up. My dad is in a band called The Procrastinators, and whenever I’m home I usually watch them practice. Band rehearsal and set up is definitely not a foreign territory for me!

I grew up performing. I love to sing, dance, and act. I had parts in small musicals from age three to age fourteen, and after that I joined a choral group at my high school and began performing slam poetry at age sixteen. Even though I don’t perform anymore, I still love to watch. It brings back so many memories!

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If I’m being honest, I loved the play The Lion King better than the movie. The stage makeup and costume design were phenomenal. And the comedic relief, Zazu, never failed to make the audience shake with laughter (especially when he began to sing Let it Go from Frozen!).

Here are some examples of the costume design and puppets that make the show that much more realistic:

The lions wore large African style wooden masks and most other animal either held or wore a large puppet. Rafiki, on the other hand, only had a tail to classify her as a monkey. Something my mom pointed out is that Rafiki is more of a spirit or priestess than a monkey, which is why she doesn’t have any of the defining features of an animal on stage, like a mask or a puppet. I thought this was a great distinction to make.

Disney's The Lion King

DIY Easter Eggs to Rival Martha Stuart

Dying Easter eggs has been a tried and true spring tradition at my household. I’m creative and ambitious, so of course I’m eager to try new egg dying techniques! My family’s Easter eggs have gotten more creative over the years, thanks to my curiosity and my mom’s undying interest in trying all the new egg dying kits on the market (and there are some great ones this year). We’ve made Pysanky eggs, tie dyed, sticker covered…you name it and we’ve probably tried it!

Marbled Eggs

Last year I made marbled eggs, and they were a huge hit! Better yet, they were crazy easy.

DIY Marbled Easter Eggs

Shaving Cream Eggs

This post from thegoodstuff makes Easter egg dying look so simple! Plus, kids love playing with foam  shaving cream. I’d suggest, if you have small children or especially messy ones, doing this outside on grass or cutting a garbage bag in half and laying it down as a no-fuss mat if you’re indoors. Putting the dying shaving cream in muffin tins is also a genius way to cut down on clean up time (and prevent the mess from going everywhere).

DIY Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Melted Crayon Eggs

I know my mom would have appreciated this when my brother was little! All you have to do is boil your eggs like you normally would and doodle on them with a crayon while the eggs are still a tiny bit hot. For little, sensitive hands, holding a slightly hot egg with a dish towel works, or even putting the egg in a dixie cup or egg carton (shown below) so it has just enough room to roll around as they scribble. This is a great way to avoid those messy dyes!

DIY Crayon Easter Eggs

Finger Paint Eggs

If you have washable paint and a Sharpie then let’s jump right in! Decide on what animal you want to put on your egg (I’d suggest bunnies and chicks), pick your colors, dip a finger or a thumb in your paint, and dot away. Once the paint dries you go back and draw the details to make your yellow dots chicks and your pink dots bunnies.

This post from Crafty Morning has a lot of great finger painting examples and explains how to finger paint eggs in detail in case you have any questions!

Finger Paint Animals

Sharpie Shadow Eggs

For this idea, all you need are stickers, Sharpies, and eggs. Pick an egg, put a sticker on it, and dot around the sticker to create a “shadow” effect. When you’re done dotting, let it dry for a minute or two and then peel off the sticker. Ta-da! How easy was that?

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What are your favorite ways to decorate Easter eggs?

 

Spring Break

It hasn’t even been a week yet, but I already miss spring break!

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I ended up going home for spring break. All I wanted to do was eat good food and sleep – something home is always good for!

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Will came to visit for a few days and during that time we went to the Biltmore Estate. If you’ve never been, you should totally check it out! I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in the house itself, but Will and I both got some amazing shots of the grounds. The greenhouse is my favorite part of the estate (other than the library). No matter how chilly it is outside the greenhouse is always a tropical getaway. The orchids were all I needed to imagine myself away to paradise!

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Celebrating Langston Hughes

Today is February first. Not only does today mark the beginning of Black History Month, it’s the birthday of one of America’s celebrated writers: Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes first started writing poetry while living with his grandmother in Lincoln, Illinois and published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, in 1926. His first novel, Not Without Laughter, was published in 1930. Hughes is known for his portrayals of life as an African American. His writing, as well as his life, helped to shape the Harlem Renaissance. Possibly his most famous work is the poem Dream Deferred, which is what I’d like to share with you today. The poem talks about the “American dream” as it applied to blacks living in America during the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Even though the imagery is gore-y and gruesome, I still claim this poem as one of my favorites from Hughes’ works.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

I’d also like to share a poem of his called I, Too. The lyrical nature of this poem is absolutely beautiful, and the message is so empowering. I remember reading this poem aloud, as a class, in high school. Like the last, this poem also speaks about life for blacks in America in the ’20s and ’60s.

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Spotify also has a playlist of Hughes reading his poetry, which I’d really recommend. Nothing quite beats hearing a poet read their own work! You can find the playlist by clicking the link HERE.

 

What’s on my Radar

I’m driving myself crazy taking on SIXTEEN hours of college courses this semester!!! But there are definitely things that make my days brighter and sometimes even (somewhat) stress-free!

1. Sarah Palin Endorsing Donald Trump

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You wouldn’t think he’d really need anyone endorsing him after his father gave him that small loan of a million dollars those many years ago, but it still happened. Why is this so exciting for me? Because it means more Tina Fey on SNL. Can I get a hallelujah?

 

2. Cartoon-izing My Friends

I’m not a great artist, but I love doing this! It shows me which traits really stick out the most about my besties, and it brightens their days so much when I give them their caricatures! Wanna grab a pen and start sketching? Just make a list of everything that first comes to mind about your friend, pull up a picture of them on Facebook or Instagram (unless you’re going to be around them for a while and can sketch them in person), and pull up a cartoon person off the internet for inspiration! I always have trouble with facial expressions, so I leave that for last and Google image search for a while until I can compile something that I think works.

Paige Cartoon
This is my roommate all bundled up for the snow!
Coach Cartoon
A girl from my PE class was really sweet to me this week, so I drew her in to my bullet journal

3. furrylittlepeach

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This is a phenomenal artist with an Instagram documenting her works in progress, life, and all her adventures! Not only am I in love with all her art (which you can buy on her etsy site) but I absolutely adore every single photo she posts! Can I have her life please?

4. Snoop Dogg Narrating

This is a blessing of a different kind. I found it while completely sleep deprived and actually cried, fell out of a chair, and rolled onto the floor while laughing. My favorite video is linked right here – it’s Snoop narrating otters being attacked by a crocodile. It doesn’t sound funny, but oh boy will it surprise you!

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5. The Man in the High Castle

Okay, let me give you a bit of a heads up before ranting about the utter perfectionmv5bmjewntgxodcyov5bml5banbnxkftztgwmzi5oduynze-_v1_sx640_sy720_ of this show – it’s only on Amazon Prime and there’s only one season out. The Man in the High Castle is a television show based in 1960’s America. After the Nazi’s won World War II the United States was split into three sections: the Pacific Zone (controlled by the Japanese), the Neutral Zone (controlled by no one), and the Greater Reich (controlled by the Germans). A group of rebels are fighting the Nazis in order to win back their, and all the Allied powers, freedom. A group of films created by a man called the Man in the High Castle is the rebel group’s ticket to defeating the Nazi’s, and season one is all about the getting the films to the right person, which is a problem because Hitler is just as obsessed with them as the rebel forces. This show is binge worthy and absolutely made for history geeks like myself! I watched the entire season in two days and am still waiting on the edge of my seat for season two!