Cupcakes and Makeup

17 Oct

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Yay for cupcakes!  And not just any cupcakes, but pumpkin cupcakes!  I made them myself and decorated them with store-bought cream cheese frosting.  You could make your own, but I really wasn’t in the mood.

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Oh no!  Don’t eat me!


This weekend, I also got a flu shot (everyone go get one!).  While waiting my turn at CVS, I stocked up on makeup.  As well as this lovely grey nail polish.

I promise it looks better in real life than in this blurry photo!

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It’s by Maybelline and it’s part of their limited edition fashion week collection.  So if you like it, go buy it now!

I also bought the new Maybelline Cooling Effects eyeliner in white.  I was skeptical at first (what if the color didn’t show up?) but it brightens up my eyes and has a nice sparkle.

And new mascara.  I don’t have very many eyelashes, so I was hoping this would make them look bigger and longer.  I like the curved brush, but the mascara itself doesn’t make my lashes look much bigger.

**I know all these products are from Maybelline.  The company didn’t send them to me or give me them for free in exchange for a review.  I bought them at CVS.  Just so you know.**


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, it’s…

15 Oct

According to the experiment we did in my psych class today, I’m a SUPERTASTER!

That basically means I taste things more sensitively than most people, which, contrary to what you foodies out there are probably thinking, is a bad thing.

It means I don’t like the taste of most foods- I already knew that.  But at least now I have a good explanation besides just being fussy!

Want to know all the foods I refuse to eat?  I bet you do!  Here they are…



  • Tomatoes, unless pureed into sauce/soup
  • Artichokes
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Sweet potato (I used to love these, who knows what happened?)
  • Any cooked vegetable, unless it’s stir-fried


  • Watermelon (and all other melons, for that matter)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Mango
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries, unless in pancakes/muffins/scones


  • Fake cheese-flavored things
  • Veal
  • Crab and lobster
  • Red meat, unless it has no fat on it
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Bacon and sausage
  • Hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts
  • Rye bread
  • Milk
  • Creamy sauces, except mac n’ cheese!
  • Anything spicy!


You’re probably thinking, “What’s left?”  Haha sometimes I wonder the same thing, so here is a list of foods I LOVE to eat…


  • Raw, crunchy ones!
  • Edamame with salt


  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Clementines


  • Soft, seedy wheat bread
  • Bread from the bakery yummm
  • Pretty much any cereal 🙂
  • PASTA!


  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate
  • Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms… new obsession!  go buy these now! 😀

So there you have it, I’m not so picky, am I? 😉

Enjoy your friday!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

11 Oct

Okay, so if you read this blog regularly, you’ll notice the name change.  Why, you ask?  I’m not quite sure myself.  The idea popped into my head as I was driving to Target.  (Again if you read this blog regularly, you’ll know this happens often).  If you want the reasoning behind the name, go to my About Me or About POTS page.  🙂


I made pumpkin bread today.  It’s really yummy and extremely easy, you should make it right now!  And how could anything get better than pumpkin and chocolate?

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Notice my empty VitaminWater Zero bottle on the top right.  I’m addicted to them and am convinced they use more than stevia to sweeten them.  Uhohhhh. 😉


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread


  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (I used Libby’s)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (darker would be great, too)

How To Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combing peanut butter, sugar, pumpkin, and egg.  Mix well.
  2. Slowly add flour in a few additions, then stir in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into a parchment-lined (or foil), greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and no longer moist.

To ensure the bread stays fresh, wrap it in plastic wrap! 🙂

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Photo Ops!

5 Oct

I’m getting married!!

Heh, just kidding.  I’m still in high school and besides, I don’t have enough $ for a wedding. 😉

This portrait is actually for a debutante ball I’m doing in December, and even though the scanner makes it look gritty, I’m still in love with the photo!


It’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month- I edited this photo of me using Picnik, I encourage you all to do the same to show your support!



And… in 5 days is the Chicago Marathon!!  Good luck to everyone running in it!  It’s a flat course in a gorgeous city!


Sorry this post is so short and random, I’ve got waaaay too much calculus stuff to do (uff related rate problems) and I’m taking a little break to write this.  🙂

Gym People

26 Sep

Hi everyone 🙂

This weekend’s been spent dying my hair darker brown, working out, and eating half my weight in Boy Scout chocolate-covered popcorn.  That stuff is sooooo good and addictive.

During my ellipticizing today, I did some serious people watching.  And I’ve organized the people at the gym into a few universal categories.

Old People:

I give them credit for getting off their couches and going to work out, but must they walk at a snail’s pace on the fancy new treadmill?  Or use the only elliptical with a cable TV to watch soap operas?  Ordinarily I (and others who want to use those machines) glare at the person until they feel intimidated and leave, but with old people, I just don’t have the heart to do that.  Plus I’m scared they’ll yell at me about their problems with “the youth of today.”


That Guy:

You know the one?  He stays in front of the mirror by the weights, lifting dumbbells and admiring his own form.  He expects you to admire it, too.  His “cardio” consists of a 2-minute run on the treadmill, after which he lets out a huge exhale and pretends he isn’t about to faint from exhaustion.


Mrs. So-and-So:

She’s your mom’s best friend’s cousin’s husband’s brother’s girlfriend’s friend.  She saw a picture of you on Facebook 6 months ago and acts like she knows everything about you.  She wants to have an in-depth conversation, but you just want to work out.  Because you’re at the gym.  And that’s what you came to do.


The One Who Keeps Staring At You:

You have no idea who they are.  But every few minutes, they turn around and stare at you with a quizzical look.  Maybe your shorts are riding up or you look like their daughter/son or you’re using a weight machine completely wrong.  Chances are it’s none of the above, maybe, as Paulie Bleeker puts it, “That’s just how their face looks.”

The reason I’m not showing you “the face” I’m referencing is because I want you to see the movie, Juno.  It’s on Oxygen all the time, and you can probably illegally download it online somewhere.  But that’s not a good idea. :O


Mr. Cool

He struts in wearing elastic-ankle sweatpants and a college sweatshirt from a school he didn’t go to.  He waves to all the trainers, who smile and wave back because they’re paid to do so.  He talks loudly about “the game” to one of them, who nods because again, he’s paid to do so.  Mr. Cool then lifts weights for about 10 minutes, talks about another “game” to another uninterested trainer, and leaves.


The Marathon People:

Only use treadmills when it’s raining.  They use other machines for cross-training.  You can tell who they are because they’re actually in shape and seem like pretty cool people.  They were tech shirts, race shirts, or “Run Forrest Run” shirts with old running shoes.  I want to be one.  And I will someday.

I’m so sick of…

23 Sep

That’s the topic of my post today- stuff I’m really sick of.  I put it in list format so you can skim it… because skimming is one of the things I, and many people for that matter, are never sick of doing.

1. People asking me where I’m applying to college, then asking why I’m only applying to one.

Person (usually mom’s friend’s brother’s wife’s cousin or someone like that whom I don’t really know): Courtney, where are you applying to school?

Me: I’m applying to *Name of school*.

Person: Only one?  But what if you don’t get in?

Me: %#$%%^&$!!!!! (Now I launch into monologue about the entire early decision process).

Basically, when you want a college to know they’re your all-time absolute most favorite school ever, you apply early decision.  If you get accepted, you’re bound to that school, meaning you won’t apply anywhere else.  For selective or small schools, you have a higher chance of getting accepted if you apply early.

It’s not so much the long-winded explanation that bothers me, but peoples’ sheer reaction when I tell them I’m applying early decision.  I can’t quite describe it, but I’d equate it to the look you’d get if you had just done something really stupid.  The other person is shocked and somewhat scared.  Who knows why, I don’t see myself as a scary person… but then again, who knows.


2. People who smoke.

I’ll just say it: if you smoke cigarettes in public, where there are babies and children and people with asthma and puppies roaming about, I automatically don’t like you.  Sorry.  Today, while making the pilgrimage back to my car from school (it’s 1/2 mile away), three guys walking ahead of me were smoking.  And the wind blew the smoke into my face.  I’m one of those people who coughs loudly as I walk by smokers at the mall entrance for dramatic effect, but in this situation, I was actually coughing.  Seriously, I’m not going to tell you what to do, but if you’re going to smoke, do it in private.  Us non-smokers don’t really like the smell of carcinogens.


3. Foundation

No, not the kind underneath your house.  I’m talking about the kind on top of your face.  To everyone who wears foundation: I know you’re wearing it.  Everyone else does, too.  Especially when your face is darker than the rest of your body or there is a distinct line on color encircling your cheekbones.  It doesn’t look good.  Wash your face and you won’t need it.  Use some tinted moisturizer if you want.  And if you absolutely must wear foundation, (a) get the right color and (b) learn how to use it.


There will be additions to this list in the near future, but I’m a bit sick of typing. 🙂

College and VitaminWater

19 Sep

Hi everyone 🙂

Sorry it’s been such a long time since I’ve written a proper post, but I’ve been drowning in college stuff as of late.  Someone please throw me a life preserver.

Or an acceptance letter.  Preferably the latter.


You know that feeling where everyone around you has a cold/allergies/flu, and you just *know* you’re going to get sick too?  Yea, that’s been me this past week.  Being on drugs with immunosuppressant side effects doesn’t help my cause.  I just hope I don’t get a sinus infection.  The last time I got one, the doctor told me if I got one more, I’ll officially have chronic sinusitis.  Yay?  That’s a goal I’ll try not to achieve. 


A symptom of my unidentifiable illness (besides headaches, sore throats, and chills in an unpredictable rotation) is that my appetite is gone.  The only things I want to eat are bread and Crispix cereal.  Today I’ve had an asiago bagel, a little bit of peanut butter on a spoon for protein, some banana bread, peanut-butter-filled pretzel nuggets, Crispix, a tiny nibble of salmon, and bread.  Nutritous… probably not, but not super unhealthy either.  I just want to get better! 

I’ve also been drinking water, mineral water, and orange Vitaminwater Zero by the gallon.  That stuff is addictive, I tell you.

Glaceau Vitamin Water Nutrient Enhanced Water Beverage ZERO, Rise Orange, 20 oz (Pack of 24)

Wish me luck!

Days until November 1st (application deadline) : 43