I have had a busy week. Lots to do. Extra projects popping up everywhere. But, I have a relatively free weekend ahead to tie up all the loose ends. . .so that's good. And by tie up loose ends, I mean relax and not work on anything productive of course.
Here are my top 5 highlights of the week!
1. Did you get a chance to check out the RealSimple.com feature? I'm so grateful that I was given a second opportunity to create three bridal DIY hairstyles for them again. And seeing my name and face on their website is so cool.
2. We had quite a dramatic storm blow in yesterday. We were warned about it all day, the weather service issued alerts, etc., so I was expecting a major storm. It arrived with a crazy wind and intimidating dark clouds, but then blew over relatively quickly in about 30 minutes. It knocked over some trees, but I don't think anyone suffered any major damage.
Every once in awhile I enjoy a good summer thunderstorm. As long as no one gets hurt, or no trees fall on houses, there is something cozy about being inside without power while the lightning flashes outside.
(also, in case you are familiar w/ my neighborhood, please don't speculate on where I live in the comments.)
I always thought the storms would be much worse in North Carolina than the midwest (where I grew up), but as it turns out we haven't had a lot of major thunderstorms. I experienced many more, and much worse ones, in Illinois as a kid.
3. Since I mentioned last week that I was going to embark on a mission to make Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls with my friend Allyson, I thought I'd follow up to let you know how it went.
First, don't make them on an empty stomach. They take 3-4 hours total. Other than sticking your finger in the butter, sugar, cinnamon mixture and licking that, there is no cinnamon roll goodness for a long time.
The amount of butter Ree calls you to pour on the rolled out dough is crazy. I know she's the butter queen and all that, but it was so much that as we rolled, it created a tidal wave of buttery sugary cinnamon goodness that was seeping out of the roll. And then the dough was too "wet" to hold together.
Chilling the dough it majorly important. Almost essential.
So, if I were to make them again, and I probably will because they are delicious, I would half the amount of butter poured on the dough, pre-roll, and then once the rolls are sliced and placed in the pan, I'd drizzle the extra butter on top (prior to baking and icing).
4. I also mentioned a week or so ago and I was so excited for the Summer Movie series to start up at the Museum of Art (and Koka Booth--although I heard that location isn't as good as MofArt) and tonight they are showing Life of Pi.
If I see the any time in the nine o'clock hour on a clock, I whine about "it being sooooo late. oh my gosh it's soooooo late." Ideally, I'd like to be in bed by 8:30p, and asleep by 9:00p.
And I was even like this before I got pregnant.
Plus, Life of Pi looks. . . .weird. I read the book in high school and can't remember if I liked it or not. Probably because I was sketching out hairstyles in my notebook while I was in classes all day.
5. Finally, if there is one thing that I hope you can tell about my personality through this computer screen, it's that I like to laugh. I've mentioned Essie, and YouTube-r, before as one of my favorite beauty gals to watch on YouTube, and at about minute 01:10 -- 02:16 of her latest video is SO funny.
I was overcome with laughter. I don't know why, it just struck me as so funny. And I think it's the whole "I feel like I know her since I watch her videos so she's kind of a friend and I like her because she's funny and she keeps it real" sort of thing too. But man. I died.
Finally, if you need more to read this morning, may I recommend the following:
Sweat-proof your makeup
Get that summer glow
Pink lipstick anyone?
(linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for HF4F)