Wednesday, 28 September 2011

J E L L dOugh

So today is the start of my 30 days of projects challenge. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but I have decided to make use of my Pinning on Pinterest and actually make some of the interesting Pins they have on that site.


I have a tendency to like things on the Internet and create bookmarks with the intention of going back to them in good time, but then things happen and life gets in the way so we don't do them and they get forgotten, but not this time, this time I am doing this for 30 days. Everyday I will do a new pin project and see how it turns out. They can be anything from recipes to crafts, to things for the kids, to even taking a tutorial and trying it out for myself. I need something to get me active and this seems like a great place to start.

So today I made play dough for my son using Jello. Strawberry Jello to be exact. It smelt wonderfully and it turned out pretty great as well!! It makes a fair amount so I am thinking I will try to Kool-Aid Play dough recipe next to see which turns out better and the go from there, but it was definitely worth trying.

Here is the link to the website I used for the recipe. Jello Dough go there for the instructions.

Here are some pictures of the process of making the Play Dough.

•white flour – 1 cup
•salt – 2 tbsp
•cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
•cooking oil – 2 tbsp
•warm water – 1 cup
•Jello – 1 3oz pack

So here are two pictures of the ingredients in the bowl. One with just the dry ingredients and the other shows the ingredients with the water added. The Jello is on the bottom.

The recipe asks that you mix all the ingredients together in a bowl first. Now I don't know the reasoning behind this but I would suggest just mixing them in the pot first, then adding the pot to a low heat. Saves on dishes and it's hard to scrap all the ingredients out of the bowl, this way you are only using one dish instead of two.

Then you are to cook the play dough in a pot on low heat until it forms a ball. This was a little confusing to me, as I haven't made play dough in a very long time.  
 But I noticed that the dough began to get areas that were turning more red and some areas were more pink. The pink areas (like the pink in the picture above) were still very sticky and didn't feel like play dough but the red areas did feel like play dough and so I decided to continue heating the dough until it was a uniform colour. You have to continuously stir as jello play dough burns easily.

After you take the ball out of the pot and cool it on wax paper. Once cool knead with flour and you are ready to play. It smells great and was easy to make. You can add other things to it as well like glitter and more food colouring to change the colour. Lot's of fun!!! Can't wait to try it again. Want to do this for gifts for Lil Man's Birthday Party for his friends that come!!!

Monday, 26 September 2011

There are crazy people living in my head......

Ok these people aren't all crazy but they are driving me crazy.... Yes CRAZY!!

For as long as I can remember I have LOVED writing and I have wanted so badly to be a published author.  Often I read books and I am like, "Oh I could have written this!"  and then I will think on it for a few days and nothing comes of it.  Or I will start writing out a few details and get a chapter or two written, and then other things get in my way and I stop writing. 

As from my previous post, I have run into a major block!!  I always feel weird just blogging about what my children and I are doing because as much as I want to immortalize our memories together some of them are and should be just for us.  So unless it's a craft or fun activity I think others should try or a funny story because my children are sometimes very funny, I don't know when I will get to blogging about them again.

I like to be organized in my blogging, I like to feel like my blogging has a purpose.  I felt completely in my element when I was blogging about Big Brother.  It took a lot of time, but it was fun!!  I was able to add elements to my posts that others had not.  I felt driven to write those posts, then I went away and go married so that slowed me down, and then Big Brother ended....................
So did the end of Big Brother take my drive for writing or did my getting married steal it away.  I am trying and I know this post is all over the place, but I am trying to get back to where I was.  I was posting a blog every two days on average, so that's pretty good.  I enjoy blogging about parenting, teaching, writing, relationships, school, work, books, movies and television shows.  I do but I feel like it is all over the place and it should be more contained to just one or two topics, so then do I start ANOTHER new blog, or do I just hope that my readers will read all my postings regardless of the topics. 

I had joined Tumblr to start a blog on my journey as a Fifth Avenue Collection Jeweller but it has completely warped into something else as well. I don't know, I just don't know. 

So I started off this post talking about the people in my head.  For the last little bit I have been playing Sims and I created 3 characters that are telling me a story. I enjoy creating the characters in my head into Sims Characters whom I get to play God with, and sometimes it helps with my character development.  I am going to create some character sketches for these characters and then I am going to spend some time with them in the next little bit to see what story they would like to tell.  Maybe these girls will be the ones that get me going to fulfill my childhood dream, and all of you will get to see this development. 

I appreciate any comments and or suggestions and or constructive criticism. I take it all in to see if I can improve.  I don't appreciate plain criticism, like "I hated it."  That doesn't tell me why or how I could improve it.  I am not trying to write to please all people but I will write to please myself and improve to be a better writer!!!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Disaster has STRUCK!!! HELP ME!!

OMG it is a disaster!!! A horribly, terrible, irreparable travesty!!!  I have lost something incredibly dear to my heart!!!  My desire to write has left me!  It's lost, gone, disappeared from existence.  I am now tail spinning into a dark funk, one of which I am scared I will be sucked into never to return again.

Yesterday, last weekend and many days last week, over the last three weeks really, I opened Internet Explorer and loaded my Blogger Dashboard and quickly returned to Facebook, or Twitter or Pinterest, you know whichever website was also open on my desktop.  I had nothing to write, I wanted to write, but deep inside me buried under all kinds of other feelings was a desire to write, but my mind and my hands would not cooperate.  I would have loved to have written anything, about an outing to a park with my son, my reviews of some of the shows I watched, my ideas of survivor, even a fictional piece would have been ok, but I could not get any words out onto the keyboard.

This is a horrible situation.  HORRIBLE!!!  Why is it horrible, well I am sure some of you can guess, but here let me state the obvious.  I LOVE writing, LOVE it!!! But the desire to group words together into sentences that would create a paragraph that would formulate itself into a blog or essay had left me.

It gets worse!! How could it possibly get worse?  But it gets worse.... I didn't even want to read!!  Not wanting to read for me is equivalent to not breathing.  I live to read, I read to live, breathing is just something I tolerate because it doesn't interfere with my reading.  This must be what dying feels like.

So now both my passions have left me and I am stuck in limbo, purgatory.  I want to get out but I don't know how to get out, I left my map at home, can someone, anyone please help me!!!

Give me a challenge, give me an idea, anything, something.... I need to get my passion back.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

It's a Wrap!!

Big Brother Season 13 has come to an End!! An exciting, thrilling, pee my pants end!! Rachel won the first part of the final HOH and then Porsche won the second part, then Rachel and Porsche went head to head and Rachel pulled out the win!!!

RACHEL FOR THE WIN!!!!

Then we had some jury questions and the jury voted, it was a 4-3 win for Rachel.  I thought it should have been a 5-2, but Adam went and threw his vote away.  Adam became a horrible player in the end.  He said he wouldn't have felt right to be sitting at the end if he didn't win, and he didn't so he should have voted for the person who played the best game which was Rachel through and through.  Even Dani voting for Porsche, was a totally popularity vote, Rachel played a better game hands down, and deserved the votes, but because Dani didn't like Rachel, she didn't vote for her.  Poor pissy pants Dani Donato.  She is a terrible sport!!

I was thrilled when Rachel won, and I was thrilled when Jeff won America's choice!!!  Jeff is always a fan favorite, even if not everyone agrees.  Jeff helped shaped that game and it would have been even more exciting if Dani could have held on to her panties and not gotten all worked up about evicting Jeff week three.  What an idiotic move, she could have tried the next week, and had been sitting pretty with her little minions because she won the HOH.  Oh well Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... people would have hated Dani then, even more than they already do.

So that concludes this years Big Brother blogs, since it's been picked up for another season, stay tuned to find out what happens in Big Brother 14!!!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A new Ride, the Big Brother Roller Coaster

It has been awhile since I last posted any Big Brother updates, and that is because the show took me on a roller coaster of disbelief and anger.

From Season 11, I have been a Jordan and Jeff fan and when they came back this season I got right back on board cheering for them.  I have friends that think Jeff is arrogant and they feel he thinks everyone should just bow down to him, but I don't see that.  I see him as someone who is confident in who he is, and he may not always be right but he's not afraid to stand up for his beliefs regardless.  Jordan is just too cute, she is a naive, and maybe a little, I don't want to say dumb, but she is not always on the same page of reality that everyone else is.  But I still love her, she makes me laugh and she seems like a genuine character, I do believe that the way she behaves in the house would be the same behaviour you see when you see her in her hometown.  In Season 12, I took to liking Rachel, there was her arrogant behaviour and her in your face  attitude, but every once in awhile she would let her guard down and you would catch a glimpse of who Rachel truly was.  I liked her and I took much offence to Regan and Britt's attacks on her character, I felt that they couldn't see that Rachel in the game was not who Rachel really was.  But I am sure being in that pressure cooker that is the Big Brother House it is hard to know who is real and who is playing a character.

So a couple weeks ago, there was a double eviction, Jeff had been HOH and put up Dani for eviction.  Before Dani was evicted, Julie told the HG that there would be a double eviction tonight.  Dani had been campaigning hard to stay in the house, she had convinced Shelley to flip and was working on Adam.  She told Adam everything she could to get him to flip, that her dad would hate him if he didn't vote for her to stay, that she would work with him and sell out Kalia and Porsche.  All these "promises" were in vain as Adam didn't switch and you did not see the half of the pleading that Dani did towards Adam hoping to have him switch his alliance.

Jeff found out that Shelley was flipping and he was ANGRY, very angry, he called her out, and there were scenes that even the live feeders didn't see, but Shelley actually sold herself out when talking with Jeff because she was so afraid someone would prove her to be a liar.  And even when she was caught in her lies, she didn't fess up to her game plan.  It created a lot of Hate for Shelley Moore and it was not a good week to be in Shelley Moore's family or life. 

Kalia won the HOH battle for the double eviction and nominated Jeff and Rachel.  There was  a clown shoe competition in a ball pit it was a very physical competition and Jeff had an advantage being the most fit man in the house, but I think his physicality worked against him, as he was over zealous and through one of his yellow clown shoes out of his bin.  It was a sad day for Jeff fans, because you could tell Kalia and Porsche were gunning for him.  Adam and Jordan voted to save Jeff, but Shelley switched and voted Jeff out.  Jeff was quite upset by this, and his interview with Julie was something to watch.  He calmed down and knew it was a game move, which I am sure he respected but that doesn't mean he liked it.

There was a big blow up between Jordan and Shelley afterwards, Jordan was upset, she had just lost Jeff and the betrayal of Shelley was  a big sting because Jordan trusts people and really felt like she had a connection with Shelley.  She didn't know how far the betrayal went back but she was questioning whether it went back to the beginning. Shelley was eavesdropping on Jordan and then came into the purple room and wanted to talk to Jordan. Jordan didn't want to talk to her, but I am sure once Jordan calmed down she would have talked to Shelley, which she did the next day, but as Shelley wouldn't leave her alone, Jordan lost her top, she yelled at Shelley, dropped the f bomb and let her anger lead her actions.  Rachel, of all people, had to be the voice of reason and pulled Jordan away and into the Candy room. 

There was a lot of vet bashing by the Newbies who felt like they were in complete control.  The talked about how Jordan was crying, when just last week if Kalia wasn't sleeping she was crying, and Rachel was crying and how they would just pick them off one by one.  Bring on the HOH competition.

The HOH competition showed us a side of Shelley we had never seen, she made some hideous snake tongue face when she lost her ball off the snake, clearly she was taunting Jordan.  She cheered very loudly and in Jordan's face for Porsche, making it known to Jordan that Shelley did not want anything else to do with Jordan or Rachel.  Jordan was upset and not in her game, she ended up losing to Porsche and her and Rachel knew they were going on the block.  Jordan and Rachel didn't even bother campaigning to Porsche before nominations because they knew they were going up.  Porsche pretended that she was upset by this, but all the time she didn't want to talk to Rachel and Jordan, she just wanted them to go home.  Then Porsche decided to be greedy and opened Pandora's box.  She gets my vote for the second stupidest move in BB13, Kalia getting the first when she nominated her own alliance when she didn't have the numbers to keep him.  Porsche and Kalia needed Dani to tell them how to play the game because they are not competent without her, I mean it's obvious right??  So the duo twist was released on the house.

Jordan and Rachel offered Kalia and Porsche a final four deal, before the POV, but Kalia and Porsche didn't take them up on it.  So I don't think the deal ever existed.  Rachel won the POV and took her and Jordan off the block, then Adam and Shelley went on the block.  We saw a lot of the campaigning Shelley did, but what we didn't see was the deal Adam struck up with Jordan to work with her and Rachel to final three.  Jordan can talk a lot of game and she works the scenarios well, and she made a decision to keep Adam over Shelley because they trusted Adam more.  They had a whole guise set up to fool the rest of the house and it worked well.  In this time we said farewell to Shelley!!!

She was voted out on a 2-1 vote, Kalia voted out Adam, which ruined her alliance with him.  That was Jordan and Rachel making that decision as well. 

Rachel then won the HOH challenge.  She and Jordan worked out what they would do, they put their trust in Adam hoping he would not go against  them in the end.  Rachel nominated Porsche and Kalia.  And now we are up to date. 

Oh yes Rachel opened Pandora's box and unleashed a luxury competition on the house, and she got stuck with MR. Pectacular.  It was a funny episode and I enjoyed that Rachel's Pandora's Box did not screw up her game with Jordan.  I am cheering these two to the end.  No one else deserves to win.

SPOILERS***


Ok here is what I know will happen on the next episode.  Adam wins the POV and he does not use it on Porshce or Kalia, even though they practically beg him.  Kalia uses all Dani's lines on Adam, they didn't work the first time so why she thinks parroting what Dani has already said would work, is really funny.

Before the POV Adam gives Jordan Fara's (his girlfriend) necklace, to keep as a token of his loyalty.  He told her that he won't use the POV and the necklace is that guarantee.  Adam continued to listen to Porsche and Kalia's pleas, but he did not use the POV. 

The house guests found out there was an early eviction, and that Tuesday they would evict another house guest.  Kalia cried and slept in her room.  She says she doesn't respect Adam's game play because he isn't making moves.  Adam says he's making moves, but he is making moves he thinks will help him.  He isn't doing much but he is sticking with his alliance that he made with Jeff, even though Jeff is not here, and Jordan is all that is left.

They cut the live feeds so we can't see who got evicted and we don't know who won HOH.  But according to some of the feeds online and twitter, Kalia was evicted *shocker* and Adam won HOH *SHOCKER*

So now we will see what happens tonight!!!  The  season is a week away from ending and it has gotten interesting!!!  Can't wait to see the Jury house reaction to Shelley coming in!!!  Wish they had cameras there as well.