Out of the Box

Getting creative with Christianity, crafting, cooking, copious usage of alliteration, and the rest of my life

Random Observations October 11, 2010

Filed under: Adventures at School — Grace @ 3:33 pm

The new compost bin under my desk makes a very nice footrest.

Wearing skirts frequently has unexpected benefits. On the days that I do not: “Whoa! You’re wearing pants! You NEVER wear pants! …Um… I mean…”

Cable-stitching is fun.

Crochet hooks have many uses. Delete.

I have a strange fixation with fermenting things in jars. (It’s sourdough starter, I promise!)

I am a SLOB. Sorry, roomie! 😛

I think I’m becoming bipolar… just a bit. 😀 … 😦 … 😛

Canadian geese honk in a very magical way. I have no idea why I enjoy the sound so much. 😛

Silence is a valuable commodity.

Enjoying the beauty of nature makes life much more enjoyable. Start your day with a sunrise and end it with stargazing.

I should have started my college essays long ago. 😛


*insert famous Terminator line here* October 10, 2010

Crazy how life can get so busy. Speaking of which, I should be either sleeping or college-apping right now, but who cares about common sense? 😛

In my long absence, I have knitted a hat (very purple and only slightly misshapen), learned to cable stitch, made play-dough, failed epically at creative methods of gift delivery, and discovered that I can make bagels and pita with the same dough I’ve been using to make bread. Yum – to the last part, that is; yarn doesn’t taste that great, but hey, no need to take my word for it. With enough hot fudge topping, who knows what could happen? DELETE. 😛

Also, love, or at least the uncontrollable insanity we tend to call by that name, all too often means putting the other person’s happiness first. Sometimes this is enjoyable, sometimes not. But if you’re not willing to do it anyway, then… well, what kind of love is it if you’re more worried about yourself?

Also #2, life is confusing. I’m not sure how much of this is adolescence and how much of it is going to follow me into adulthood.

Is happiness just a front, just something to cover the underlying problems that don’t go away?…

No. Somehow the two manage to coexist; it makes neither aspect less real. And life is a beautiful and dysfunctional thing all at the same time. I have no idea how this works, but if it made sense it would be much less interesting.

I wouldn’t change any of it. I’ll come out of it stronger and wiser… I hope.


Mustache Madness September 2, 2010

Filed under: Adventures at School,Artsy-Crafty Stuff — Grace @ 10:55 pm

A guy at school decided that having a Suit Day last Thursday was a good idea.

The idea behind it is that people get certain numbers of points for various formal items of clothing or accessories, like a blazer or a monocle. Then the person with the highest number of points gets a free pizza.

I don’t own much formal clothing, so I had to get creative.. I attempted to recreate various things, but the crowning glory was…


Yes, you read that correctly. The item worth most for a girl was a “curly mustache,” so naturally I decided to make one. And it turned out pretty awesomely, if I do say so myself.

Steps to creating a fake mustache:

  1. Obtain yarn in the color you desire. (I chose yellow, mostly because the only other color I had was a pastel purple.)

  2. Wind yarn around your fingers, or loop to desired width.

  3. Tie a short piece of yarn around the middle of your yarn loops.

  4. Using scissors, teeth, or a well-sharpened battleax, cut each loops of yarn on each side.

  5. Unravel each strand of yarn.

  6. Take a gluestick and rub it over the mustache. Once the yarn is well coated, twist your mustache into the desired shape. (You could also leave it alone if you want.)

  7. Devise some clever way to attach the mustache to your face. I attached an elastic hair tie to the mustache and attached an elastic headband to the hair tie. You could attach a headband to another piece of yarn, or could attach a long piece of yarn and tie it behind your head, or superglue the mustache to your upper lip… the possibilities are endless, and some more dangerous than others.

  8. Show off your mustache, preferably twirling and/or wiggling it a lot.

If all goes well, you should end up with something like this:

My friend wearing The Mustache

So beautiful! Well... sort of.

(For the record, that is not me. However, that is my mustache.)

And that, dear readers, is what I do with my free time. I hope this gives you hope for the future. 😀


First Weeks Back August 29, 2010

Filed under: Adventures at School — Grace @ 11:01 pm

Wow, I’ve already been here for two weeks! It’s been even more awesome than I expected. Or maybe that’s just the back-to-school euphoria talking. Either way, things are good.

In fact, I’ve already been categorized as a “cool senior” by one of my juniors because apparently I’m one of the few who socializes with our dear new underclassmen. Well, why not? After all, I was one last year. And juniors have just as much potential for awesomeness as the rest of us. And besides, last year wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun if my seniors hadn’t talked to me.

Class assessments! Robotics: very cool. Who knew you could build a functioning robot out of Legos? Chinese: excellent. Calculus: mathtastic, sort of, but it’s kind of enjoyable retraining myself to think math again. Music Comp./Theory: it’ll be fun, whether I level up or not. Sociology: seems interesting and hopefully not too hard. French: I think I’ll actually survive, though I’ll have a better idea when I get my first quiz back. Pilates/Yoga: very relaxing and keeps making me want to sleep. Maybe it’ll even motivate me to exercise. Hey, stop laughing! It could happen! 😛

Also, and possibly best of all ;), I have two double sleep-ins! (For those of you unfamiliar with our school language, a double sleep-in means having the first two blocks free. See also: awesome, enjoyable, life-saving.)

(And my third trimester schedule looks amazing, by the way!)

Last weekend was epic. Two friends and I serenaded people from an elevator and then baked cookies and handed them out dressed as ninjas. This weekend wasn’t bad either. I learned (or learned of) several amusing new songs, as well as a game called “Pterodactyl” – fun stuff. Also, Friday night was the first time I’ve seen anyone ride a unicycle in a gas mask. 😛

Did I mention that I love it here?!?

In short, the year has gotten off to a good start. Let’s hope this continues. 🙂


Schedules August 17, 2010

Filed under: Adventures at School — Grace @ 8:50 pm

I just did something very stupid.

So. Since I love foreign languages, I signed up for two this year: Introductory French and Intermediate Chinese. When I got my schedule, I was very disappointed to find that I had gotten the Chinese class, but not French. I discovered that the two classes meet at the same time. (Yes, that would explain it. They teach us well here. :P)

I thought I could solve that problem by dropping to Intro Chinese instead, since I only speak a little Chinese and was feeling less confident after a summer with little practice than I had been during last year’s Chinese seminar. Then I went to Intermediate Chinese class today – and it was fine. I understood most of what was going on and loved the challenge.

However, that left me in a tricky situation. I already knew that I couldn’t take both Intermediate Chinese and Intro French. I also had come to realize that I liked my Chinese class and dropping down a level would probably bore me to tears. But I still wanted to take French. So there was only one thing to do…

I requested Intermediate French.

I do not speak French.

I still don’t know whether I’ll get the class, but if I do, it’s certainly going to be interesting.

But hey, think of it this way – it’s like doing a language immersion program, except I don’t have to go to a foreign country. That’s a good thing, right?

I hope so.

I also hope, insane as it may be, that I get this class.

So maybe this was a stupid thing to do – but still, somehow, I feel like I won’t regret it. 😀


I’m Back August 15, 2010

Filed under: Adventures at School — Grace @ 9:28 pm

…At school, that is. And I’m so happy to be here.

This evening has consisted of an awesome Potter-loving baking roommate, a rather vicious bed, some delicious pizza, and games of ninja with part of our brother hall, among other things.

Oh, and SENIOR YEAR! 😀

I don’t have much to write yet. I believe that will change. Soon.

Bring on another year of awesomeness.


Drawing is fun! August 8, 2010

Filed under: Artsy-Crafty Stuff — Grace @ 3:38 am

While I was Facebook creeping recently, I stumbled across a photo of one of my friends with his sister. And I suddenly thought, “I WANT TO DRAW HIM!” …What? That’s not weird. Don’t tell me that’s never happened to you. Haha.

Anyway, tonight I actually obtained paper and pencil and made a sketch of the photo. And – here’s the amazing part – it worked. It looks just like him. (And his sister seems to look a lot like herself as well, but as I’ve never met her, I’m not as good a judge of that.) I don’t know how it happened, but I caught the essence somehow. I never thought something I drew would turn out like this. I’m so excited.

I think this achievement is one of the best possible birthday presents I could give myself. 🙂

Now I just need to find a scanner.

UPDATE: I spoke too soon. The longer I looked at the drawing, the less it looked like the person in question. After examining the original photo for a while, I finally realized that his face was at a completely wrong angle. I’m now redoing his entire face. This should be interesting… and an excellent method of procrastination. 😀 Hopefully I’ll remember from now on to check the position of every feature before I start bragging!