Awkward Moment

One of my previous jobs was at Red Robin, the restaurant chain with a robin mascot named Red that walks around occasionally.  One of the day’s I was working the usually person who dressed as Red called out sick and they asked me to fill in.  Being a ‘Yes woman’ I agreed and also because I didn’t have much of a choice. I was taken to the break room and given clown shoes, yellow tights, a furry bird body with a rounded belly, and a large head with an extended yellow beak where I looked out of. I put the suit on and was lead throughout the restaurant. You should know, either mascots are particularly good at their craft, or they have had years of practice. Either way they make it look much easier than it actually is. What most people take for granted while enjoying a nice meet and greet from Red, the Red Robin, is that he/she is wearing a head estimated to be 20 pounds with tunnel vision and shoes 3 sizes too big.

However after awhile in the suit, I started to feel increasingly more confident. I realized that wearing this suit was like wearing the invisibility cloak from the Harry Potter movies, something I had always wanted to experience. So I shamelessly started dancing, and throwing around high fives to all who entered. At one point a young girl came through the doors and was so excited to see me. I remember thinking “what the heck, let me make her day,” so I bent down and threw my arms out for her to give me a hug. Unfortunately this moment was not something you would see during the 7th inning stretch at a baseball game. She ran full force at me but stopped short when she hit her head square off my extended beak. It’s hard to explain what the moment was like from inside the mascot head but the sound was similar to a bird flying into a screen door. All went unseen by her family, who were talking to the hostess as everything went on. So I jumped up brushed off her head with my furry gloved hand and shuffled her along to follow her parents to be seated.

I kept this gem of a story to myself, mostly because I couldn’t tell my coworkers because birds can’t talk and I forgot by the time I took the suit off.  But when I remember a good awkward moment like this, what better place to share it then the internet. Hope you enjoy.


Please note: this picture is not me, but the same costume I wore.


20 Deal-Breakers in Dating

1. Doesn’t wear deodorant 

2.      Takes selfies (more than a normal amount)

3.       Orders an ice cream cone with sprinkles…sorry. So little boyish

4.       Was ever involved in a gang

5.       Listens to Jack Johnson

6.       If he asks you out on Facebook

7.       Wears short shorts (never really a need for that)

8.       Goes shirtless anywhere but the beach, near the beach, or when working outdoors

9.       If he straightens his hair regularly 

10.   Doesn’t order food when he offers to take you out for food. Like what’s your deal dude.

11.   If he brings up what he got on his SATs, without an appropriate segway to this topic in the conversation.

12.   If he has any interest what so ever in segways

13.   Drives recklessly

14.   Acts into every other attractive girl before you

15.   Never laughs or nervous laugher

16.   Pokes you on Facebook (worst)

17.   Comments on how much you eat

18.   Gossips. Save it for the ladies please.

19.   Wears a fedora

20.   Owns anything Gucci

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Let your creative side out this winter break. It feels good to let out the artistic energy,we all suppress during school because we have other priorities. Now is your chance, take advantage of it!


1.) Collage

Supplies: Magazines, tape, paper/poster-board/large surface

Last year I had way too much free time, during school. I decorated my entire dorm door with magazine clippings. It was fun and a nice conversation starter for entering guests ;)


2.) Crayon Melts

Supplies: Crayons, canvas, hot glue gun, and blow dryer

Everyone is making them! I made this one awhile ago with my brother, we liked to see the colors the crayons made when they melted together so we covered the whole canvas. For a simpler look, leave some white and hang it up.

color melt

3.) Mandala’s

mandalas  plural of man·da·la (Noun)

  1. A geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.
  2. Such a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness

Supplies: Pencil, Bristol/ poster/ or watercolor paper, ruler, compass, (optional) paint

I made these in an art class and this was one of my favorite assignments. Create a circle and doodle, the point is to try to draw the viewer to the center. We used 7 x 7 squares on watercolor paper. We were suppose to make them cohesive, in color and design.



paintPainted Wave4.) Rearrange your room

My guilty pleasure! When I lived at home, I redid my room probably every 2 weeks. It clears my mind to have a new, clean, organized room.
I even re-organize my dorm, just not as often ;)
5.) Play on Proportions
Supplies: Magazine (home design/ geographic), exacto knife, rubber cement (clear glue), poster/ Bristol board
These were for an assignment in another art class. Find a background that looks like it has depth, like it leads into something. Cut out people or other figures of all different sizes, and fit them into the background image. It is not suppose to make sense, the more odd ball, the better.
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Art can be like a detox diet for the mind, even if you don’t think you are creative…you might learn something about yourself.
Happy Holiday Season!


I find it helpful, when you are tied down with thoughts, to write them down.

When I can’t stop dwelling on something, I write down what dwells.

I like to make 2 columns:

-One is for everything that I know is true

-And the other, is for the things that I am unsure about

In the end I feel like my mind is free, I am no longer carrying around these nagging thoughts. They are now filed away somewhere other than my brain.

Here is a list that I made about what I should do next year…

In the end, the list of what you know is usually much longer than what you don’t. After seeing how much you know about what you want and who you are, taking care of that small list of uncertainties will be a piece of cake.