Swirls of Life

Life is a swirl…

Movie of the Month

Movie of the Month

This month’s movie is Transcendence. Without spoiling the plot, all I will say is the ending is bittersweet.

If you watched it, let me know what you think in the comments.

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Good News

I came home from a job interview earlier today. It was a success! I officially start tomorrow. The best part is the payment is salary plus whatever tips I make from clients. Given my language, you might be able to guess it’s at a hair salon. I’ll be a shampoo technician instead of a stylist, but I’m okay with that. As long as I’m working in the industry I studied for I’m happy.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to find a job this fast. It’s only been a month and a half since I stopped working. God is awesome. Anyways, I’ll be making a salary instead of only commission like the previous salons I worked at. Waking up early this morning to visit the salon was worth it.

Do you like your job?

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Quote of the Month

QOTM

“We shall not cease from exploration and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Elliot

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World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day!

Now that we have so much modern technology paper cards are slowly becoming obsolete. That makes them more special in my opinion.

A few years ago I brought some cardstock to make my own cards for people. This is a good time to get a headstart on the Christmas season.

Do you give people cards?

Disclaimer: I got the photo in this post online, but I’m going to try recreating it myself.

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Song of the Month: Havana

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This month’s featured song is Havana by Camila Cabello. Listen below!

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My Dream Vacation

Thank God for friends. I was having writer’s block over what to post about this week and one of my friends recommended vacations. So I decided to write on my dream vacation. There are a few countries I’d like to see someday. So far I’ve only been to Barbados, but I want to visit France and Israel.

France because it’s the city of romance and I’m a hopeless romantic plus the food. The architecture is also great. Isreal because I think it’s the country with the most interesting history. Also, it would be amazing to see the Bible come to life.

What country(s) do you want to visit?

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Teaching Experience

A few days ago I went to my friend’s house because I’m teaching her how to crochet. This all started when she had a dream a few months ago that she was making something, so she texted me asking to teach her.

So far so good. She’s a fast learner, but she rarely makes time to practice. Whenever we have our lesson, it’s almost like starting over again 😛 I’m sure everything will begin to stick in her brain eventually.

Have you ever taught a friend a skill? Let me know how it went in the comments.

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National Apple Dumpling Day

Today is National Apple Dumpling Day! I think this is a great dessert for Fall, so here’s a recipe if you’re interested in making them. FYI, it’s a little time consuming.

Ingredients

1 recipe pastry for double-crust pie
6 large Granny Smith (or whatever kind you like) apples, peeled and cored
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a large rectangle, about 24 by 16 inches. Cut into 6 square pieces. Place an apple on each pastry square with the cored opening facing upward. Cut butter into 8 pieces. Place 1 piece of butter in the opening of each apple; reserve remaining butter for sauce. Divide brown sugar between apples, poking some inside each cored opening and the rest around the base of each apple. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples.
  3. With slightly wet fingertips, bring one corner of pastry square up to the top of the apple, then bring the opposite corner to the top and press together. Bring up the two remaining corners, and seal. Slightly pinch the dough at the sides to completely seal in the apple. Repeat with the remaining apples. Place in prepared baking dish.
  4. In a saucepan, combine water, white sugar, vanilla extract and reserved butter. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil in a large saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Carefully pour over dumplings.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Place each apple dumpling in a dessert bowl, and spoon some sauce over the top.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/46232/old-fashioned-apple-dumplings/

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Movie of the Month

Movie of the Month

This month’s movie is Lovestruck: The Musical. I remember watching this on the ABC Family (now renamed Freeform) app back when you didn’t have to sign in with a cable account. Those were the good days.

http://freeform.go.com/movies/lovestruck-the-musical

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Quote of the Month

QOTM

“Taking no risk is the biggest risk you can take.”

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