Archive | June, 2011

Get your prancing shoes…

25 Jun

…and head on over to my new blog location!

For more info on the move check out the new blog or the previous post here.

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I’ve moved

24 Jun

Hey everyone! I imported all of my posts to Blogger today from WordPress. I’m finding that everything I want is over there. I also felt a little isolated from the best part (with a few exceptions) of the blogging community. I’m working on getting everything comfy, so if anyone has any tips/tricks/advice, I’m all ears! Right now you can find me here at hello-sundae.blogspot.com. I’m working on switching everything over to my domain hellosundae.com.

Also….(when you get there) look! I have Google Friend Connect. This was a huge reason for switching. I could have upgraded my wordpress blog, but after looking into it (and remembering the hassle Chris put up with doing it) I decided to pack my bags. Why didn’t I switch sooner? Someone else (who has not posted in years!) is using the name ‘hellosundae.’ Odd, right? I thought I’d invented it one late night back in March. Anyhoo, I sucked it up and added a hyphen. No one was using that one, so I am now.

I’m still @HelloSundae on twitter and my Etsy shop has remained the same. If I can’t get my domain to work with blogger I’ll set it so that it directs to my shop.

Hopefully everyone has great plans for this evening. Please be patient with my Hello Sundae is underconstruction!

Thursdae, Bikedae

23 Jun

Is Thursday a good day to discuss my adventures with my bicycle? I think so. I rode to and from school on Monday, but I drove the car on Tuesday. I was exhausted. Yesterday I rode my usual route to school but decided to take the Pinellas Trail home. I got on the trail at Tropicana field and got off at 58th st N. A hike. I like to go different ways because I like to look around! Yesterday I saw parts of St. Petersburg that I had never seen before. Here are some photos I took with my crappy old iPhone.

One more goofy “What I Wore”

Shirt: old Grand Prix tee, shorts: Gap, Shoes: who knows

Today was my last real ride of the week. It was also my last day of term A Summer classes. I celebrated by slacking off and pedaling slow!

Fill in the Blanks Monday

20 Jun
1.   The last movie I saw was Resident Evil: After Life. I watched it Thursday night. I also VERY recently just saw Avatar. I’m VERY behind.
2.  I want to fit into all the jeans in my closet. Even the little ones!
3.  Surprises are are good for the most part. Don’t “scare” surprise me though. I’m skiddish and I swing when I get scared!
4.  The best accessory is a smile. Yeah, I said it. I have Chronic Bitchface, but I do know that I look good in a smile. After that, a simple bracelet.
5.  My favorite warm drink is tea. Hands down. Mint, Chai, Early Grey… gimme gimme gimme.
6.  My favorite cold drink is (are) tea, beer, and wine. I like my white wine chilled, red slightly above room temperature.
7.  Currently loving my bracelets from Flourish, the new 311 song, oreos, and The Airborne Toxic Event.
 

Little Bits of Epcot

18 Jun

Since I’m at Epcot all day today, I thought I’d post some photos from previous trips. Enjoy!

Tutorial: How to change your car’s oil

17 Jun

This post started out as an outfit post. Not gonna lie. I’m so dorky and awkward sometimes that I thought it would be funny to do a “what I wear to change my oil” post. Then a liiightbuuulb (think Despicable Me) went off! Why not do a tutorial!?!

Loads of gals change their own oil. I’m not sure where I learned, I think it was the years growing up watching my uncles work on cars in their driveways. They were always filthy! I thought I’d show everyone how a girl gets it done! Here we go!

1. You need a car. Preferably one that needs an oil change…. like mine! Make sure the engine is cool. You should be able to touch the engine block and not get burned. This is very important!  Meet Optimus Kiwi:

2. Get your supplies. It helps to get them all at once so the job goes smoothly.

         1.) rags  2.) oil  3.) screwdriver, socket wrench, various sized sockets  4.)flashlight  5.) oil filter  6.) Jack  7.) Jack stands  8.) Drip pan and funnel (not pictured: water, have something to drink)

I like to have different sized sockets close by because I can never remember what size I need! Also check whether you need metric or standard sizes. My car is a Kia, so it uses metric. You don’t need the flashlight or the screwdriver,but they’re good to have just in case.

3. Put a brick behind each of your back tires. Find a good spot to put your jack. My car has a little round thing where the jack goes, usually this spot is in the center. Now, start jacking the car up! Go slowly though. Once you’ve got it up high enough place your jack stands under the car. There are also spots for these too. You’ll seem them

4. Now the fun part! Slowly lower the jack onto the jack stands and pull it out from under the car, out of your way. Shimmy under the car on your back and bring your wrench, sockets and drip pan with you. I just lay on the driveway but you can lay on an old yoga mat if you’d like. You shouldn’t wear anything that you don’t want to get messy.

Your going to be looking for your oil pan. You might want to look up on the internet or in your owner’s/repair manual before hand to find yours. Mine looks like this:

It’s the grey metal bit at the top. There’s a bolt on the oil pan. Match up the socket you need and then attach it to the wrench. My bolt is on the back of the pan, facing the rear of the car.

Once you’ve done that, position your drip pan underneath and loosen the bolt! It shouldn’t be too tight. Take the bolt out completely and let it drop into you drip pan.

Shimmy out from under the car and let the oil drain for a little. This can be a little messy. See? This is also why it is very important to only work on the car once it’s cooled. The oil can burn you.

5. Next, remove the old oil filter. This is definetly a part you’ll want to look up the location. Mine just happens to be in the tightest spot ever. They make wrenches to remove these, but a little elbow grease should suffice. Check and make sure your drip pan is underneath the oil filter too. The filter in my car is actually in line with my oil pan bolt, I don’t have to move the drip pan.

Remember I said you don’t need the screwdriver? Sometimes the oil filter it really hard to remove. Some body with muscles put it on too tight. This is where the screwdriver comes in handy. Stab the side of old oil filter with the screwdriver and use it as a handle/leverage to loosen the filter!

Once you get the oil filter off, put it in the drip pan to drain as well..

6. Once everything has drained, get out your new oil filter. Dip the seal into the old oil, like so:

Now, put the new filter on the car. Tighted it as hard as you can with your hand. This is a part on my car that is “hand tighten” only that way I can get it off next time!

7. Now it’s time to put the bolt back in the oil pan. The blot should have a washer on it. The washer can be metal or plastic. If yours is plastic like mine, make sure it is still in good shape (not cracking or melting).

Put the bolt back in and tighten it with your socket wrench. This is another one you want to “hand tighten.” Make sure it is tight enough that you can still get it back off, then tighten it a little more. It should take a little muscle to get this bolt off.

8. Phew! The hard part is over! With all your bolts tightened you’re ready to put the new oil in. Get your funnel and pour! Easy does it though. Pour slowly.

9.  Now your ready to pour your old oil into the empty container. Get you funnel and place it into the jug. Then, put the plugs back into your drip pan. Leave the one furthest from the pouring spout a little loose. It will keep the oil from “glugging” when you pour. This part is sometimes easier to do with a little help.

TaDa!!!! You’re done! Put the hood of the car down gently and get the jack. Put the jack under the car and lift it just enough so that you can remove the jack stands. Then lower the car down very slowly. Wipe up your tools and take your old oil into an auto parts store to be recycled! Pour kitty litter onto any spots you spilled oil in the driveway.

Now, hit the showers!

If you take care of your car, it will take care of you!

Just so ya know…

16 Jun

I have a lot to say

I am smart

Sometimes I’m wrong

I’ve lived through a lot

I eat too much cheese

I’m a sucker for paper products (cute little books and pens etc)

I hate birds, but I wish for wings that work

I used to love cleaning house

I love the sound of crickets in the house, it means my lizards are happy

I have freckles that hide during every season except summer

My car is pink

Eating meat reminds me of the cannibalism in the movie “Alive”

I cannot bend the tops of my ears, it’s gross

I can smell my nose ring

The sound of public toilets flushing scares me

My favourite book is Of Mice and Men

I love the smell of diesel

I miss the mountains

Yellow bikes and Blue bikes

15 Jun

 Chris and I have been logging some time on our bikes lately… and miles. I’ve been doing the 13 mile round trip hike to and from school about 2-3 times a week. Chris has even ridden to to school with me on his days off, or at least met me half way on my way home. It’s nice to have a riding buddy. Next week my goal is to ride to class all 4 days (no class on Friday). On Sunday evening we rode on the Pinellas Trail for a little more than an hour. It was a nice, leisurely ride. The ride to school is not. I push myself and for about an hour when I get home I feel “blah” but then I’m peppy!

Ps My bike is yellow and Chris’s is blue.

Daily Animal Doodle… Day 9-13

15 Jun

Day 9: Lion

Day 10: Giraffe

Day 11: Whale

Day 12: Donkey

Day 13: Sea Lion

Day 1 BearDay 2 FoxDay 3 PigDay 4 LlamaDay 5 Orangutan, Day 6 Kangaroo, Day 7 Sheep, Day 8 Hedgehog

Flourish Leather

13 Jun

A few weeks ago Danielle launched her shop Flourish. She makes braided leather bracelets that are just the best! I ordered mine fast and I love them. I also have a blue one and a pretty (slightly) iridescent white one. I love how they fit my natural “tree hugger” style and don’t clash with my feathers. Go on and check out her shop on etsy!