Bits and Baubles

A collection of random thoughts and factoids about me that don’t warrant their own post right now:

    • I recently got a super cool hat from Target and have been wearing it every day. I realized there are two types of people that wear hats: hipsters and people who just don’t even GAF  about how they look. I’m clearly not a hipster, so guess I’m in the second category. Who cares, this hat is awesome! (For fantasy nerds, it totally makes me feet like Mat Cauthon from WoT)

hat lady

    • When manfriend’s mom exclaimed over a picture of Addy, “She’s so beautiful! Her mane looks almost golden blonde!” I almost cried. My gray mare looks golden blonde.
blonde addy
Please ignore my face.
    • I absolute love the #rootd hashtag and will spend an hour on Instagram looking through the gorgeous schooling and show get-ups. I wanted to join in by posting my own, but then I realized that I have 3 pairs of breeches and a pair of boots, and I wear the same long sleeved workout shirt for every lesson. I ran out of variety after three tries.

    • After hearing so many horror stories of sisters growing up together and crazy in-laws, I’m so glad that my brothers chose the women that they did to tie down for life. I get to have sisters that I adore and we got to skip the angsty teenage phase!
sisters sisters
These are my sisters, it just took around 14 and 19 years to figure that out.
    • On the other side of the crazy in-laws, I’m so glad that manfriend’s family is totally awesome. They’ve welcomed me in from day one and have given me a home down here where I’m so far from my own home. Lucky me.
    • The cool drawings I have posted around my office are fraudulent. I taped paper to my computer screen and traced like a 5 year old. Someone commented that I was pretty good at drawing Captain America and I just nodded sagely and said it was a special talent.

captain america drawing

    • I’m not a big one for celebrity crushes; I never had posters of Orlando Bloom up around my room or gushed over Brad Pitt. But I’m pretty sure that if the opportunity came for me to be with Chris Evans, I would take it without hesitation (sorry manfriend).

    • One of the nicest coincidences in my adult life is that ombre hair came into style just when I started having to pay for my own haircuts, meaning that I am too cheap to keep dying my hair. I’ve had stylists ask me who did my ombre- turns out my cheapskate roots are trendy!
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Featured on Insta. But check out those golden ends and muddy roots. Trendz 4 dayz.
    • On the topic of hair: in my head I am blonde, in my stick figure drawings of myself I am blonde, and my first thought on every form that asks for hair color is to fill in “blonde.” I can’t wait for the day when my disposable income reaches my threshold and I can head to the salon to once again end the torment of being a natural brunette.


    • I am genuinely curious as to how people cleaned their homes before Lysol Wipes were a thing. They’re good for everything.
    • Living with my oldest brother and sister-in-law for six months after I graduated college was waaaay better than I thought it would be. We got to know each other as adults instead of just as siblings and hanging out with them all the time was the best. Weird to know that I not only love them because they’re family, but I also sincerely like them as people.
    • For a couple months during my junior year of college I watched the 2009 Star Trek movie on Netflix at least once every single week. When they took it off the Instant lineup, I bought it on iTunes so I never have to go without. I still don’t get sick of that movie and it’s my go-to when I can’t think of anything else. Love original Star Trek too, but definitely a big fan of the reboot.
GEE I WONDER WHY. But seriously, space battles = favorite.
    • Movie soundtracks are the modern equivalent of classical music and I love them. John Williams, James Newton Howard, Howard Shore, all of them. I once got so worked up about the Star Wars soundtrack that I wrote a 11.5 page essay explaining how it changed cinema (y’all don’t even realize how groundbreaking it was) and I’m getting worked up just thinking about it.
    • I don’t drink coffee. I did for a couple months ’cause I thought that’s what grown adults do, but it’s not really my jam. Cold water wakes me up way more without making me jittery. I’m not a soda person either, so the caffeine in a cup of tea is enough to keep me buzzing. To the point where I cannot have anything with caffeine in it after 1pm if I want to sleep that night. Decaf tea for the win!

Hope you enjoyed this brain dump and learned a little bit about the lady behind the blog! Stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

25 thoughts on “Bits and Baubles

  1. nbohl 02/22/2015 / 1:49 pm

    Totally agree with you on the Lysol wipes thing- i use them for EVERYTHING. who wants to have to use a cleaner AND a paper towel? not me


  2. Amanda Lee 02/22/2015 / 3:01 pm

    Multiple things! 1) Hats are amazing. I also wear a lot of hats, enough that I have a special tag for selfies in which I am wearing a hat. xD 2) I have the EXACT SAME ISSUE with #rootd. I would love to participate but I literally wear the exact same thing every time I ride… oops. 3) MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS ARE AMAZING. You should check out people doing movie trailer music too – look up Two Steps from Hell and Audiomachine to start! Also, I kind of desperately want to read that paper about the Star Wars soundtrack…


    • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 10:49 am

      1) I totally need to start a hat collection, I’m obsessed. Gonna start doing hat selfies too! 2) It’s such a unique type of closet envy, only equestrians understand! 3) YES YOU UNDERSTAND THE LOVE IS REAL! I’ll definitely check out the trailer music. Hmm maybe I’ll have to post that essay if I can work up the courage…

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  3. Kelsey 02/22/2015 / 3:21 pm

    Just watched STID last night! 😀 I’ll have to torrent the first one.


    • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 10:49 am

      Ohmahgah you’ll love it, it’s sooo good. Perfect mix of feels and explosions.


      • Kelsey 02/23/2015 / 11:07 am

        And Benedict Cumberbatch of course!


      • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 11:50 am

        Obvi. Love me some Butterscotch Candybatch.


  4. Holly 02/22/2015 / 3:54 pm

    Yes, hat. For me, specifically sun hats at the pool.
    Yes, #rootd. Gimme all the breeches.
    Yes, Chris Evans. Drool.
    Yes, why are highlights so expensive? Makes me want to cry.
    Yes, Lysol Wipes.


    • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 10:51 am

      I’m soooo excited to wear my hat out by the pool when the sun finally does arrive!
      I love stalking blogs to see what people are wearing. I saw a pair of turquoise breeches and almost started drooling on the screen.
      Speaking of drooling. Yes Chris Evans. Ungh.
      Maybe we can crowdsource this? Anyone who loves blondes can put some dollars in the highlights fund for the rest of us.
      Lysol wipes 4 lyfe.


  5. Annye / AnAmishWarmblood 02/23/2015 / 1:56 pm

    Did you make it all the way through WoT?!?!!?


    • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 1:57 pm

      Two or three times yes haha. I’m currently on book 5 of my zillionth re-read. Don’t tell me you like that series too…I knew we were twins!


      • Annye / AnAmishWarmblood 02/23/2015 / 4:45 pm

        Oh man I’m about to disappoint you! I got to the “middle slog” and had to give up 😦 I think around book 9 or so – this was ~6 years ago, so I’m not positive on the exact location. I still own all the books though…maybe I’ll try again 🙂

        I LOVE Brandon Sanderson. I gave up on WoT before we knew he was finishing the series. So he could be my motivation! Were you happy with how he did?


      • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 4:48 pm

        I totally don’t blame you, books 7-10ish are suuuuch a struggle. I love the series but I’ll admit that it’s super tough to make it through those doldrums. Book 11 (the last from Jordan) is totally awesome again, and then Sanderson keeps it rolling really well to the end. I thought he did as best as he could with characters that weren’t his- he caricaturized them a bit, but they weren’t his brainchildren so you can’t fault him for that. Ideally we would’ve gotten to see how Jordan would’ve wrapped it up, but I think Sanderson was definitely the best choice for the job. It inspired me to read his other stuff and I love it! His new series is ahhhh-mazing!


      • Annye / AnAmishWarmblood 02/23/2015 / 4:54 pm

        OKAY FINE I’ll try them again! Got to finish up my re-read of Dresden Files first. Have you read them?

        Are you talking about the Stormlight Archive? – SO GOOD. His cosmere is just incredible to me. I love how his books are easy to read (I don’t personally like to work for my novels) but still have a ton of depth (great characters, awesome magic, the cosmere). Who’s your favorite of his characters?


      • hellomylivia 02/23/2015 / 4:58 pm

        Dresden Files are now on my list, because I haven’t read them yet!

        Ohmahgah I love the Stormlight Archive series so much. His characters are just so active- there’s no wimping out and having fate take a hand, they truly drive all the action. I gotta love Shallan for her take-charge-ness, but I do have a soft spot for Adolin. Can’t even wait for the next book to come out. Who’s your fav?


      • Annye / AnAmishWarmblood 02/25/2015 / 3:18 pm

        I love Shallan too – my favorite part about her is how at first you think she’s just the “nerd” character – which is fine, if flat. And then you find out her back story…and she learns about her magic…and then the reveal about her weapon OH EM GEE.

        So ya I think she’s my favorite too. I want to be her.

        (I do love Syl too! She’s funny.)

        Mistborn is how I got my husband back to reading again. Now he reads everything I tell him too, haha.


      • hellomylivia 02/25/2015 / 3:22 pm

        Syl makes me so happy! And then so inspired. And then happy again. It’s a real roller coaster of emotions.
        Grrr manfriend is a nonfiction guy. I’m gonna keep trying to get him into it though.

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  6. Courtney 02/24/2015 / 8:43 pm

    LOL you’re funny. Nice drawings, now your coworkers can appreciate more of your talents! Hats are the best!


    • hellomylivia 02/24/2015 / 8:47 pm

      Thinking I should branch out a little, maybe trace pics of some other avengers? Love my hat! I’m going to have to plan some outfits around it to share

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  7. carey 02/26/2015 / 11:29 am

    I especially enjoyed your edits to the Chris Evans photo 🙂
    Great post though, fun to learn little bits beyond the blog and horses!


    • hellomylivia 02/26/2015 / 11:35 am

      A girl can dream, right? 😉
      Glad you enjoyed! It was fun to branch out a little.


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