January 27, 2011

Pictionary Telephone

Group size: 5-10 *I have never played with more than 7, the more people, the longer it takes
What You Need:

How to play:
Everyone needs a piece of paper and a pencil/pen/colored pencil.
First, each player writes a sentence at the top of their paper.
Then, they pass the paper to their left*.
Now, each player must draw a picture of the sentence.
Then, the sentence is folded over so that only the picture is visible.
Pass to your left. Now, write a sentence. 
Repeat writing a sentence or drawing a picture until the paper ends up back to the original player.
Read and laugh at the hilariousity!

*Left or right, just be consistent either way during the game.

January 26, 2011


Group size: 3-8 *If you play with more you may need another deck.
What you need:
Deck of Cards
Spoons (One less than the # of people playing)

How to play:
This game is easiest to play in a circle. Place the spoons in the middle. Deal everyone four cards. Usually, the dealer will begin moving the cards around the circle, but it could start anywhere. The name of the game is Four of a Kind. The dealer starts by looking at a card at a time, if they don’t need it they pass it to the next player. If they decide to keep it, they need to switch it out with another card from their hand and pass that card.
The first person to get four of a kind can take a spoon. Once this person has taken a card everyone else may grab a spoon (which is the crazy part!). 
The individual without a spoon looses. I have never played where people lose and get out. Sometimes you can take a letter like in Horse, except with Spoon.

**Ultimate Spoons: If you want to get really crazy you can place the spoons outside of the circle around the room and people have to scramble over each other and the furniture to get a spoon!

January 18, 2011

How to Get Rid of Hiccups

I tend to get fits of loud, annoying hiccups. Getting rid of them is the fun part. I'm not going to attempt to explain how these get rid of hiccups, but my theory is that it takes your mind off of the hiccups. These are some of my favorite tricks.
(image via: cyh.com)

Hold Their Ears
Have a friend place their palms onto your ears and apply pressure. At the same time, drink from a glass of water. My grandfather started using this trick on my when I would get hiccuping fits at his house.

Drink From a Cup Upside Down
My highschool yearbook advisor told me about this one and I still don't know if I ever quite figured it out. If anything they'll have fun figuring out how to do it. 

Ask Them an Obscure Question
I had a fit of hiccups at track practice recently and my teammate asked me, "What did you get for Christmas when you were in third grade?"
I thought about it and of course I didn't know, which I told him.
Then he asked, "How are your hiccups?"

Tell Them to Hiccup on Command
Ask them to hiccup on command. "Hiccup! Do it now! Why can't you hiccup?! Do it now, I say!" 

Then if none of these work, tell them they just might be on their way to breakig the record for the longest fit of hiccups ever, which is held by Charles Osborne. Charles had his hiccups for 68 years. In that case - Cheer em on!


This is the first of stories, games, and other useful information that I'm compiling into a notebook. Mainly just useful things about or for kids that I don't want to forget. 

January 14, 2011

Peace of Cake!

Today was a good day. I got an hour and half of sleep before going to class and presenting my 4th and final seminar presentation.

I participated in a video shoot for the Christian Rock band Adonia. I had never done anything like this before but it was a lot of fun! I got to listen to one of their songs and rock out in a crowd for awhile. SUCH good times!

My professor emailed me the grade for my final presentation and it was an A! Yes, an A with an exclamation mark! What! Those are so much cooler than an A+ in my opinion. I could totally get used to a grading scale full of exclamation points. Totally.


I am so pleased with how it turned out. How could I not be? It's a freakin' PEACE CAKE!? It's lemon flavored with lemon icing and blueberries. I'm not sure if I've ever made and iced a cake by myself before. I did have the assistance of my roommate and her boyfriend, but y'know for the majority it was me.

Thanks, Marian Knopp for this Awesomespice Peace Cake Mold. LOVE IT.


<3 K

January 12, 2011

Hairy Pits are better than a Hairy Heart

I was browsing the internet while taking a break from reading for class (dangerous, I know!) and discovered a tumblr devoted to women with hairy armpits called the "hairy pits club." I couldn't have been more elated! Pages and pages of beautiful women with hairy armpits!

In 2010, especially, I began to question why it is that society puts so much pressure on women (and men sometimes) to be naked rats. This was probably sparked by a discussion, in Sociology of Birth and Death, that revolved in the shaving of the mother's pubic area before she gave birth in a hospital. The reasons cited were based around cleanliness and neatness of that area. Basically, superficial reasons. Also, when it grows back it's itchy and painful. This practice didn't make sense to me.

Then I began to wonder why there are social pressure for women to shave their legs and their armpits. I found a straightforward explanation on straightdope.com. Basically, marketing in 1915 of the hairless armpits was encouraged by the  "Summer Dress" and "Modern Dancing." (Below) However, women were more lax about their leg hair and displayed it until about the 1940's. This when shorter hemlines and stockings, which look silly with hair sticking out, became popular.
I began to grow my hair out during track season and continued until June, when my best friend got married. I figured that I wouldn't be socially deviant at such a socially revered event - especially since I was the Maid of Honor! So, I shaved away. Then for summer camp, I let my leg hair run wild and I haven't shaved since. Also, plucking eyebrows? Not a fan and haven't touched mine in a year and a half. They're thick and I'm proud.

I applaud public figures who proudly display their hair. It certainly takes gusto to show your hairy features to your friends, but broad casted to the whole world and scrutinized by the whole world. Then who didn't shave for what event becomes gossip. The worst part is the images they show are blow ups of their armpits and legs, that to the naked eye at an event no one would even notice. I mean, really...blowing up an image of Beyonce's ankle hair that she missed? This image of Julia Roberts I really love, because it's not "Oops, I forgot to shave" armpit hair. It's legit. This is Julia from the premiere of Notting Hill in 1999. Rock on. I hope to show off my arm pits like this in the Spring.

I haven't shaved my legs since June 2010. I haven't shave my armpits since October 2010.

Keep on Keepin' On Hairy Women! 

<3 K

When I was looking for pictures of "hair in panty hose" this image kept popping up. Apparently, thousands of these puppies were shipped to the Gulf to help clean up the Oil Spill. I had NO IDEA that this technique was used.