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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Currently Pinning

Probably one of my favorite forms of social media is Pinterest. I use it for everything from food to interior design, from yoga to outfits, and from holidays to blogging, and more. Here are some of my current favorites.

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Which one is your favorite? How do you feel about Pinterest? 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Little Update

Good morning! (Afternoon? Evening? Day? Whatever) I had planned to write this blog post ahead of time, like I always do, but my pain has been incredibly high the past couple of weeks and it's jamming my creativity and daily ability to function, so that's great.

1. I was due for my quarterly arthritis infusion a few weeks ago, but due to a scheduling error I'm not having it until next Tuesday.

2. Oh, and that surgery I'm having? Has to be pushed back to February.

3. I'm on a new medication for fibromyalgia, which is slowly starting to help my muscle aches.

4. But a side effect is fatigue, which I already deal with in my high pain.

5. The most basic daily activities - like making breakfast - now feel like running a mile or 5.

6. I'm taking the GRE literature test on Saturday. And I'm not psyched about it. At all.

7. Mostly because it's extremely specific and difficult, not the least when you're in a lot of pain.

8. This is NOT to complain. This is to explain what's going on with me and my life. Because it's also impacting my creativity, which is incredibly frustrating.

And now that we've gone through that ...

I'm also very happy to introduce you to the awesome Marielle! 

I'm Marielle, a twenty-seven year old dilettante.  This Flooded Sky is where I write about feminism, travel, culture, life, and assorted rants.  I used to teach English abroad in Asia, so sometimes I indulge in nostalgia.  But I'm bad at a lot of things, so don't expect tutorials or many helpful tips.  Mostly, I'm a thinker, cynical idealist, connoisseur of irony, and quiet smirker.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Harry Potter From Another Character's Perspective

Unless you've been off of social media/the Internet recently, you probably know that ABC Family played all of the Harry Potter movies this past week. As a long-standing Harry Potter fan, I've read the books over and over again. Watching the movies over the weekend brought up a thought that I've had frequently over the years: I would love to read the books from Ron or Hermione's perspective. So I put together what the first 2 books would look like!

Harry Potter from Another Character's Perspective

Book 1: Ron Weasley & Becoming Best Friends With One of The Most Famous Wizards Alive

- befriending Harry Potter on the train
- horribly insulting and risking my life for an annoying know-it-all
- becoming best friends with her, too
- going through a series of ridiculously difficult tasks to get a special stone

Book 2: Hermione Granger & The Year I Was Petrified By A Giant Snake

- my 2 best friends missing the train and arriving to school in a flying car
- 1 of them hearing things (and me fearing for his mental health)
- oh wait he wasn't hearing things, he can just TALK TO SNAKES
- discovering what was going on way before anyone else (per usual)
- being petrified for the rest of the year instead of dying because of knowing more than anyone else

From whose perspective would you want to read the books? Ron, Hermione, Draco Malfoy, a random Hogwarts student ...? Let me know! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Boston, Zucchini, Fashion, and Pets

It has been a while since I shared a picture recap, so I'm sharing loads of pictures from my Instagram today!

A picture from my dad's college graduation in honor of his birthday // Beautiful Boston afternoon // Making calendars for my graduate school applications
Homemade zucchini fritters // A fall OOTD // Fall decorations
Gus meeting my friend Jessie, who visited Boston one week // Latte and color-coded notes // Piper cuddling is just the cutest!

About to study for the GRE that day // Gus waiting for my parents to get back from Italy because it had just been too long for him // Watching NCIS with Piper
Abby lounging in the sun // Boston has 2 incredible parts to it - old and historic buildings, and nice and modern ones right there // I'm having surgery! (Even if it now has to be postponed a few months) // Taking a snuggle break with Abby // My Berner mug next to my Berner // Gus and Piper snuggling! And yes, she always snuggles up to his butt like that

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blogging & Social Media Confessions

Bringing some blogging confessions to you today!

Blogging Confessions Kate the (Almost) Great

I confess ...

... to feeling a bit of blogger's block lately (especially from all of the writing, proofreading, images, promoting, social media, etc.) and needing a bit of a break, which is actually good timing since I'll be taking a break shortly for my next infusion - let me know if you would be interested in guest posting, by the way!

... to breaking the Instagram "rule" of 1 picture a day unless something really exciting happens, such as a vacation or a holiday, on the regular.

... that I sometimes spend more time on Pinterest browsing than I do actually pinning things.

... that for every blog post I've written, I've rewritten it at least 2-3 times.

... and sometimes I've changed the topic more than once (today was one of those times, by the way).

... and that is also often true for social media.

... to comparing myself to other bloggers - how many followers they have, how many they have on different media sites compared to me, etc. - even though I know that it doesn't really matter.

... to spending more than I probably should have on sponsorships early on.

... to occasionally making my life seem a bit better than it is.

... that sometimes I struggle to write about an original topic, because I don't want to sound like all of the other bloggers out there, but nothing has been talked about like how I talk about it, right?

What are your confessions for blogging or social media?

Plus - my new video!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Reasons Why My Dad is Awesome

Today is a very, very special day. It's my dad's birthday! (Don't forget to go enter to win $20 to Sephora!)

10 Reasons Why My Dad is Awesome

(in no particular order)

1. He drove from Maine to Nashville and back, both times unpacking/reloading the moving van. Oh, and that's a 24-hour drive.

2. He supports me always - but not blindly, and if he initially disagrees with what I think/do, he listens to my reasoning.

3. We have the same sarcastic, dry sense of humor. 

4. He has somehow survived to today (not saying his age!) without serious injury, despite run-ins with chainsaws, hunting knives, trees, homemade roller coaster ...

5. When I was little, he would work a full, long day at work, and then come home and play Barbies with me and my sister.

6. He loves to watch crime shows (which we all know is a huge passion of mine).

7. He gives back to the community, especially UMaine, where he and my mom met.

8. He has an awesome tie collection and wears fun ones on the regular.

Today's your day! Thanks for being incredible.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Favorite Fall Recipe and Giveaway

It's fall, which means pumpkin everything, amiright? I really love to use pumpkin in gluten-free recipes in order to keep them from being too dry. But obviously the taste really helps, too. So I am linking up with Helene and Taylor for Blogtober today! (If you just care about the giveaway, skip down to the bottom.)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is based on My Whole Food Life's healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I've just made some changes, and you can see my cooking process here.


2 1/2 cups King Arthur GF multi-purpose flour
1/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup Earth Balance non-dairy buttery spread
1 can pumpkin
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/3 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix wet ingredients in one bowl
3. Mix dry ingredients in another
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry
5. Spoon into muffin tins
6. Bake 12-15 minutes

Easy and delicious!

Sephora Giveaway

This month, we're giving away $20 to Sephora! It ends on Friday, September 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM. I will contact the winner within 48 hours and then you have 48 hours to claim your prize. Good luck!

(PS - want to participate in this in the future? Sponsor me! Costs $5-17.)

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