Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Many Things, Crammed Into One Post

So, as the title states, lots to cover.  Everyone got their favorite beverage or snack, comfy seat, blanket and are ready to go?  Okay, here we go.

Today I have been wracking my brain trying to write my 19 BILLIONTH cover letter.  It's not going well.  I need to finish it tonight and send it off to my friend of a friend at a company downtown that would honestly be the bomb-diggity to work for, but I need to give myself a break.  I need something that is not a cover letter, and is not an online dating profile or witty text message to a certain someone.  (Actually, the witty text messages I don't mind so much.)  At one point today, I came scarily close to combining a cover letter and dating profile.  That's when I knew I am to the point of overload.

So, in order to distract myself for a short amount of time, I have decided it's time to blog.  Mentally vomit (sorry if you got an unpleasant mental image there).  Get things off my chest/off my mind.  Insert the next cliché here.  (BTW, totally just found out recently how to do that little ´ over the e.  Feeling pretty badass, it's the little things people.)

Unemployment has had it's perks.  Time to rest, time to spend with friends, time to put other parts of life in order, or back out into the world, depending on which part you're talking about.  However, it's been almost 3 solid months now...Sister...I don't have a CLUE as to how you did this for a year.  Kudos.  I find myself missing the outside world.  I miss being a productive person in society.  I guess it's good that I miss that instead of getting incredibly used to living off of unemployment.  (Which honestly...no thank you, I'm going freaking stir crazy.)

The next thing I have on my agenda (besides the last part of this blog post, which was a great way to distract myself for just a short while) is to make my adorable cousin Anke's hat she has asked me for.  I have to get goin' on it.  I have the yarn, I have the hook, and finally have a pattern (I am insanely meticulous on picking these out...). I also have 3 other projects I need to get working on too.  Two wish fulfillments, and I go back and forth about figuring out making something absolutely fab for myself.  :)  Who knows what it will be at this point.  What I love is that it's (almost) fall so knit/crochet wear is a bit more "accepted".  Because who wants to be working on an insanely hot blanket or warm hat in 80 degree weather?  (By the way, for those that don't know, Colorado has been going a bit CRAZY with the weather fluctuations.  I'm so ready for fall, it's sick.)

Also, when your dear, dear friend is sitting across from you at breakfast one morning, and says (as you have your sunglasses on your head, pushing back part of your hair) "HOLY COW, you weren't kidding!  You DO have a lot of gray hairs!!" it's time to break out a new box of color...it's kind of sickening how many more seem to be showing up these days.  Not just sickening...flat out SCARY AS HELL.  I know that Grandee (dad's mom) was completely white haired by 19, but for the love of PETE...as long as boxes of hair color are stronger than genetics, my grays will be hiding under brown hair color!!!!  Now, time to google for a coupon.

Up next: my time waster/cover letter distraction for the evening. 

I love a good "tell me about you" survey, though many are geared towards high school students and the drama that surrounds their lives.  I was going back through some old notes of mine on facebook, and found this one.  I decided to brush it off, spruce it up, and post it here.  Feel free to comment, steal and/or whatever you like.

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Credit cards

2. Do you miss being a child?
Back when wonder was the best thing ever and your biggest choice was Princess or Rainbow Brite underoos? Heck yah.

3. Chore you hate the most?

4. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Sadly, with the ex, there weren't many romantic dinners...so uhhh, no idea.

5. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
Living with Roomzilla

6. Name of your first grade teacher?
Miss Crowell

7. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Snuggling with someone at a movie, or at home with a movie.

8. What did you want to be when you grew up?

9. What college(s) did you attend?

10.Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Because I love this t-shirt!

11. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
Could be better...

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
It didn't therefore it was great.

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I love this movie...

14. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Christopher Meloni

15. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?

16. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer?
Heck yah.

17. Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep In.

18. What is your favorite cartoon character?
Smurfs or Animaniacs

19. Favorite thing to do at night?
Hang out with friends, knit or crochet, watch movies.

20. When did you first start feeling old?
Seeing friends' kids and how old they are already...

21. Favorite lunch meat?

22. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
No Wally World...I'm a Target girl!

23. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
No.  Not at all.

24. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
I honestly don't know...(I'm scanning my DVD's as I type)

25. What's your favorite drink?
Vodka Cran or a really good Margarita, although I had a Strongbow Cider last week that was really good!

26. Who from high school would you like to run in to?
Facebook has actually helped me "run into" a bunch of folks...so I think I'm good for now.

27. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
94.1 - so that my iPod can play.

28. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?

29. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Probably Brian...in general, I'm not sure really how else to explain it...

30. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?

31. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purposes?

32. Last book you finished reading?
The Help

33. Do you have a teddy bear?

34. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
No idea.

35. Do you go to church?
I try to go every week, but some weeks is tougher than others.

36. How old are you?

37. How many kids do you have?

38. How many times have you been married?

39. Why have you chosen this lifestyle you live?
Life is short...live it to the fullest.

40. What pleases you more than anything else?
Making others happy.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hey look! A Craft Post!!!

So I have been remiss in posting/crafting lately, however, good friends, Mike and Amy, found out they are having a girl, and I immediately had to craft SOMETHING.  I chatted with Amy, got the nursery colors (by her own description "wackadoodle" until you see the whole design) and we discussed what she would like.  She decided between a blanket and a snuggle bunny, and to surprise her.

Mike, Amy and I have known each other for about 10 years (holy cow!).  Mike was my manager at ESPN Zone, and he helped me get a second job with Amy (the store manager) at The Right Start.  Mike and Amy moved back to the East coast not long after I was hired on at Amy's store, and we have kept in touch since (yay facebook!).  Recently, the three of us have been chatting back and forth with regards to our mutual love for all things Mad Men.  So, when they found out Amy is having a girl, we were talking one night and throwing all kinds of names back and forth, especially from the show.  Since they had just found out she is a SHE, there's no names in stone yet, so my nickname for her has become Ms. Blankenship.  So, Ms. Blankenship, needed a blanket!  (I know, I made something, and it's not a hat...I was shocked too!)

As I worked on this, I posted sneak peek pictures on facebook, but it was tough, because I didn't want to give away all the colors/final design, so thankfully, the iPhone has a great selection of apps to totally distort photos.  :)

I wanted to do this in acrylic so that it's easy care for mom and dad.  Once I finished, I washed it in SOAK (in the Unleash sent, very light and crisp, my fav) in the washing machine on the delicates cycle and then threw it in the dryer.  I did this instead of traditional blocking because it is a machine washable piece, and I wanted to soften the yarn and take out that "store" smell.  Now, it actually feels like a great baby blankie.  So, without further ado...Ms. Blankeship's Blankie!

I can't wait to hear how mom and dad feel about Ms. B's new blankie!  ;)  Happy new baby Mike and Amy!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I'll Follow You

I love this man's music...and on his new album, this is my current obsession...because come on if the lines "You're a beautiful woman/And I'm just a man" and "So in the hours of the darkest kind/When it's hard to find who we are/One can stare into the other's eyes/Be each other's light in the dark." don't touch you...you're freaking made of stone.

I'll Follow You - by Jon McLaughlin

People tell me there will come a time
When your heart and mine will grow cold
No more staring at the evening sky
Low replaces high when you're old

As long as you're around I'll follow you
You won't ever be alone
As long as you're around I'll follow you
I will be wherever you go

They say the future is our enemy
Time eventually will set the sun
But I believe in you and you believe in me
How can we ever go wrong?

As long as you're around I'll follow you
You won't ever be alone
As long as you're around I'll follow you
I will be wherever you go

So be patient baby
Hold me close
I hope you understand
You're a beautiful woman
And I'm just a man

So in the hours of the darkest kind
When it's hard to find who we are
One can stare into the other's eyes
Be each other's light in the dark.

As long as you're around I'll follow you
You won't ever be alone
As long as you're around I'll follow you
I will be wherever you go

Sunday, July 10, 2011

20 Questions (times 5)

My friend Stacey, who is also my neighbor and 4am Royal Wedding Watcher Partner, loves these questionnaires, as I have for quite a while...(enter the many MySpace ones I filled out...back in the day, as well as I've done my fair share on facebook as well.)

Anyways, as I can't turn down a good set of questions, here we go:

1. How old will you be in five years?
Ugh...38 years old. Holy crap.

2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today?
Me, Myself and I.

3. How tall are you?
6' 1"

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
My crazy upcoming week, Idina Menzel with the CSO at Red Rocks, Harry Potter final movie premier (yes, I am going to a midnight showing with 7 friends and a grip of other HP nuts, and yes, I am SO stinking excited about it.)

5. What’s the last movie you saw?
I'm currently watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix on tv, however, before that, I think it was Food, Inc.

6. Who was the last person you called?
My folks

7. Who was the last person to call you?
My SIL, Maggy

8. What was the last text message you received?
From Marly in response to one I sent her.

9. Who was the last person to leave you a voicemail?

10. Do you prefer to call or text?
Depends on what's going on, 8 times out of 10, a text.  Unless I'm driving, it would take too long to type out or needing to confirm something right away, then a call.

11. What were you doing at 12am last night?
Settling in for bed.  Just got home from John and Kendra's wedding.

12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced?
Married, for 37 years this September

13. When is the last time you saw your mom?
Last night at the wedding

14. What color are your eyes?

15. What time did you wake up today?
Uh...I'm not sure...I think until about 8:30...which is really sleeping late in my world.

16. What are you wearing right now?
T-shirt, yoga pants.  I have a current obsession with Old Navy's yoga pants.  I blame my BFF Cheryl and SIL Maggy for this.

17. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Uhhh...this is tough.  Must consult iTunes...brb...apparently my most listened to is Ave Maria, as performed by Chris Botti.  Um, duh, I should have known that.  Other than that, the Straight No Chaser Christmas Album is up there, as is Kristen Chenoweth's Christmas album...

18. Where is your favorite place to be?
Depends...I'm becoming more of a homebody lately, however I am def a sucker for an afternoon at Chautauqua Park in Boulder.

19. Where is your least favorite place to be?
Work.  I know it's sad because it's where we spend so many hours of our lives there, but it's just hard lately because of the nature of patients we work with and it's been stressful lately.  I enjoy being with friends and laughing instead of being reminded how nasty cancer is.  (I had a particularly rough week last week, so it's a bit bitter right now.)

20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Europe and Austrailia

21. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?
I would hope to be married...and an Aunt.  (NO pressure siblings...I know it's a ways off and I'm totally cool with that!!)

22. Do you tan or burn?
Burn.  I typically look like a boiled lobster.

23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
Uh...can't say as I can remember anything like that...

24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
A quip between Marly and I on Thursday night.

25. How many TVs do you have in your house?
2, no need for anymore than that.

26. How big is your bed?
A queen, juuuuuuust right.

27. Do you have a laptop or desktop computer?

28. Do you sleep with or without clothes on?
PJ's are my favorite clothes ever.

29. What color are your sheets?
Currently they are a white with polka dot/bubble-esque pattern.

30. How many pillows do you sleep with?
Usually two, but there are some nights it's more.

31. What is your favorite season?

32. What do you like about fall?
The colors, the crispness in the air.

33. What do you like about winter?
Multiple parties to see friends.

34. What do you like about the summer?
When the weather is warm but not scorching hot.

35. What do you like about spring?
Rain, cool-ish weather.

36. How many states/provinces have you lived in?
Two, Washington and Colorado

37. What cities/towns have you lived in?
Edmonds, Broomfield (x2), Lakewood (x2), Arvada (x3), Westminster

38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
Socks or barefoot

39. Are you a social person?

40. What was the last thing you ate?
Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich.

41. What is your favorite restaurant?
Wazee Supper Club and On The Border

42. What is your favorite ice cream?
It used to be B&J's Triple Caramel Chunk, but honestly, as long as it has caramel involved...I'm thrilled.

43. What is your favorite dessert?
Hmmm...for my birthday it's DQ ice cream cake...otherwise, ice cream in general...

44. What is your favorite kind of soup?
Panera's Chicken Noodle

45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?

46. Do you like Chinese food?
Yes.  YES YES YES.  Chicken Lo Mein and Sesame Chicken are huge weaknesses of mine.

47. Do you like coffee?

48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average?
Not nearly enough.  probably only about 2 right now, but there is a reason I constantly try to carry a water bottle with me.

49. What do you drink in the morning?
Bing.  It's my caffeine weakness.

50. What non-banking related card in your wallet is the most valuable to you?
Hmmm...Driver's License

51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
Left (while you're in the bed, right when you're looking AT the bed.)

52. Do you know how to play poker?

53. Do you like to cuddle?
Yes, yes I do.

54. Have you ever been to Canada?
When I was really little.

55. Do you have an addictive personality?
In some instances.

56. Do you eat out or at home more often?
It's been out more than in, but I'm trying to get better about that.  Plus, I want to expand my cooking repertoire.

57. What do you miss about high school, if anything?
Nothing.  Other than my clothing size.

58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?
Yes, a couple folks!

59. Do you want kids?
I go back and forth...for now, I live vicariously through friends and their munchkins.

60. Do you speak any other languages?
Pig Latin

61. Have you ever gotten stitches?
Yes, surgical procedures tend to require them.

62. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Sadly, yes.

63. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?
For swimming? Pool. For visiting? Ocean.  (Leaving Stacey's answer...it applies here too.)

64. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
Aisle.  Always the aisle.

65. Do you know how to drive stick?
Only in an absolute emergency.

66. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
Others.  :)

67. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7?
Yes, one silver ring I got in San Francisco on a girls' trip about 5 years ago.  (Holy crap...5 years ago???)

68. What is your favorite TV show?
Currently?  How I Met Your Mother.

69. Can you roll your tongue?

70. Who is the funniest person you know?
Huh...good question...I know many funny people.  Including myself.

71. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?

72. What is the main ring tone on your phone?
One of the defaults on the phone, I need to actually look into one that I like more.

73. Do you still have clothes from when you were little?
I'm not sure.  There are about 8 boxes in my closet from mom and dad's house marked "baby stuff" so it's likely.

74. What red object is closest to you right now?
The buttons on the Comcast remote.

75. Do you turn off the water while you brush your teeth?

76. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

77. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Um, what's option #3?

78. Do you flirt a lot?
No.  One area of my life that is rather...(insert proper disparaging adjective here)

79. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Either ranch or bbq or sweet and sour sauce...

80. What is your favorite food?

81. Can you change the oil on a car?
Hm, no...although, I've watched Sparky do it enough, I should.

82. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?

83. Have you ever run out of gas?
Twice.  Only ONCE was it my fault.  The other was a faulty gas gaug

84. What is your usual bedtime?
Lately, too late.  Need to start getting my booty in bed by 10ish.

85. What was the last book you read?
The Help.  OMG, if you haven't read it yet, you should.

86. Do you read the newspaper?

87. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
No, but if I were to get one, it would be People.  Love it, truly, I do.

89. Do you watch soap operas?
Not now.  In college, there was a rather serious Days of Our Lives addiction going though.

90. Do you dance in the car?
Yes, often.

91. What radio station did you last listen to?
98.5.  I'm a country girl, but I have my occasion where I switch to 105.9 for the

92. Who is in the picture frame closest to you?
My "European Grandpa", Willi.  He's pretending to be the Berlin Wall.  I love that picture.

93. What was the last note you scribbled on a piece of paper?
Grocery list

94. What is your favorite candle scent?
A clean fresh scent...lately it's kind of a white tea or laundry-esque scent...

95. What is your favorite board game?

Where’s 96?

97. When was the last time you attended church?
Sadly, June.  Travel, plans and sheer exhaustion have interfered lately.

98. Who was your favorite teacher in high school?
Huh...I have no idea...likely Mrs. Schlicker.

99. What is the longest you have ever camped out in a tent?
4 days.  Loved almost every minute of it too.

100. Who was the last person to do something extra special for you?
Family for birthday and Cam for my bike.  :)  Although I am VERY excited for Tuesday night's joint birthday party with one of my all time favorite people.  :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 5

Day 5 - A Song That Reminds You of Someone

One of the closest people in my life and I LOVE this song...and we crack up laughing EVERY time it comes on...Cheryl Brown, this is for you!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 4

Day 4 -

A song that makes you sad:

Uhhh....if it makes me sad, I probably turn it pretty quick...however...this song, while it makes me sad, also paints an amazing picture in my head at the same time.

Friday, May 27, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 3

Day 3 - A song that makes you happy...

This song just has that beat that makes you smile and shake your booty.  And if you are C or I, you dance in your chair at the office...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 2

Day 2 - A song you hate...

I think most of the world (over the age of 13) would agree with me on this one...her voice drives me BONKERS.


I DO like this version...


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 1

Day 1 - Your Favorite Song

Well geez...you would think that this would be super easy to rattle off right?  Yeah, no.  I have at least two or three come to mind.  I checked my iTunes, and according to that, my most played should be my favorite song, right?  Um, nope.  Just a bit Glee obsessed I think.  Plus, when I transferred all my songs to the computer they are on now, I lost all my play counts...so no bueno.

After some thought, I realized there shouldn't have been a need for thought...here it is:

I'm Movin' On - Rascal Flatts

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A New Challenge!!

So, you know when you sit down to write a blog, you have serious writer's block and can't think of a single thing to write?  Yeah...totally have been there the last few weeks.  My 30 day photo challenge finished up and then the Royal Wedding, and then...(insert the sound of crickets here)...nothing.

Oh sure, I was able to post a couple times, one being silly YouTube videos, the others being small things.  But I've decided it's time to start a new thread.  You guessed it.  Another challenge.

No, no it's not another photo one, this one is a bit easier because all the pieces are already out there, I just need to cull iTunes to find them all.  That's right it's the


No, I will not be boring you with only country music, I have quite the eclectic taste in music really.  But, fair warning, I am a country fan, so there will likely be a sizeable smattering of that genre in this challenge...oh, and Broadway...and...oh you get it.

I am half asleep as I am currently typing this, so I will start the challenge tomorrow.  According to the list, I am to find my favorite song.  Well crap, this might be harder than I thought...

PS: Yes, Maggy, this is my carrot.  :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Defying Gravity

So for the last almost year, I have had this insane pull back to Seattle.  I can't explain it, I don't know what it is exactly...I can't put my finger on it.  The stars haven't aligned, the plans haven't worked out, the ducks aren't in their row.  (How many more cliches can I come up with for this?)

I can't put into words myself this feeling that has been in my gut, and I don't know what will eventually either satisfy this "craving" or pull, or whatever you want to call it.  I visited in October, and that seems to have been enough for a little while...now I'm going back for a friend's wedding in a month, and I can already tell, I don't want to come back.

I love Colorado.  I love my life, friends, family, everything that is here.  I have a pretty sweet gig.  But there is this nagging feeling, and I don't know how to explain it.  (It doesn't  help that work is incredibly stressful right now and putting everything in a moving van and driving West sounds absolutely awesome.)  Am I going to pack my entire life into a U-Haul this weekend and move across the country?  No.  (First off, it's already Thursday, I don't have enough time to pack everything, plus I'm getting a nice table and chairs on Monday.)  Do I wish I could some days?  Yes.  (Oh, and PS: the week straight of Seattle-esque weather Colorado has been having, isn't helping.  Don't get me wrong,  I ADORE the rain, but the rest of the state is starting to freak out a bit.)

Some people find references for life in a tv show (and trust me, usually I would find one in the show "Friends"), but with my theatre loving background, I have taken to my favorite musical...Wicked.  The closing song to the first act, Defying Gravity, brought me to tears the first time I saw it live.  Such power, such strength, such emotion, such...wow.  To give you a bit more to work with other than me sitting here gushing about the song, here are a few snippets of the lyrics...imagine these powerful words being sung by a girl painted green...and a girl who is dressed in buttercup yellow.

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone ele's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

I'm through accepting limits
'cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much to high a cost!
I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down.

Maybe I'm supposed to eventually move back to Seattle, maybe I'm supposed to be here and go back to visit...I don't know right now.  Hopefully though, the stars will align, the plans will work out and those elusive ducks will get into their rows...and life might start being clear again.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Unfinished Thoughts...

So I have two other blog posts in the works, but I'm having a hard time bringing my thoughts together to finish them.  Plus, it's been a bit...weird...around here lately.

So, in the mean time, I found THIS little gem while going through pictures the other day, and just had to share...my brother-in-law ladies and gentlemen...

This picture also makes me remember that FIESTA is around the corner...WAHOO!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


So, lately, life has been a bit...well...stressful.  (I'm fine, I swear.)  Lots going on.  I'm not trying to complain, and bring everyone down, so I'll share a few of the things that have been definitely making me laugh/smile/happy in the last few weeks.  Because c'mon...who DOESN'T want a youtube video to chuckle at?

Yes, I realize that a few of these involve babies laughing...I can't help it...that sound is good for the SOUL.

Up first:  Emerson FUH-REAKING out at his mommy blowing his nose.

Next: A little girl, her dog, and bubbles.

Two Bunnies in Cups.  No, it's not one of those weird clips...it seriously is just two ADORABLE bunnies in cups.  The one on the right, is my fav.

French Bulldog puppy who can't roll back over...I know, you are supposed to let these puppies figure this out on their own, but how stinkin' cute is he???

Whose Line Is It Anyways? - This show originated in the UK, but had an awesome run here in the States as well.  I LOVE this show.  I have a fav ep where Ryan Stiles hits the neon light on Drew Carey's desk, breaks the light, but never breaks character.  I about died laughing.

I can't embed this one, but here is the link, skip to about 2:15 to see the part where I literally almost peed my pants (after I figured out he wasn't hurt).

So there you go...a couple of the things that are making me giggle these days.  Anyone reading or watching anything funny of note to share?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Will and Kate, The Sequel.

Ok, I thought I'd put this off till this weekend, however, now is just as good a time as any!  Plus, I fully intend on crashing until my body decides (hopefully late Saturday morning) "Okay, we are fully recharged now, we can wake up."

The Princess was beautiful, William was very dapper in his military jacket.

Westminster Abbey...wow...just...WOW.  I have always wanted to go to London, and now even more than before.

Stacey and I stuck with NBC for our wedding coverage, though I'll admit, I had the DVR running on TLC as well.  (Nothing like making sure you had things covered right?)  She had tea, I had juice and then I switched to my beloved Bing.  Caffeine, oh how I love you.  Thank you for keeping me propped up all day!

I promised pictures...and here we go...Stacey was a bit more brave and willing to take one of herself, whereas I opted for just one of the top of my head.  So, here is Lady Carol Buttercup-Inyo in her beautiful hat!

I am not so brave as to show my face/full head of hair, as I had showered the night before and went to bed with wet hair.  Although, you can see some of my bedhead/unruly curls under my tiara before I attacked them with a flat iron before heading to work. (Pay no attention to the gray hairs peeking out, I'm between dye jobs...)

Stacey brought some traditional English treats, which I loved the names of...particularly the one on the left...Digestives...huh, nothing screams COOKIE! like a name like that!  ;)

I chose to make traditional scones, which I think turned out yummo good!

Hmmm...I miiiiight need to go warm some up for a snack tonight...

Ok, I'm off to wach the "pre-show" and arrivals off of the DVR, because I'll admit, I can't get enough today, and then, I will fall asleep and dream of my own Prince Charming.  


PS: Between 3 separate conversations, I've agreed with the fact that we Americans don't have enough activities where we wear insanely outlandish and fun hats.  My birthday is around the corner...I'm beginning to get ideas...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Will and Kate

I admit it.  I am going to be one of the millions of Americans who get up at the ungodly hour of 3:30 am and watch The Royal Wedding.

I have to admit, I haven't looked at much of the hoopla going into this shindig, however, my friend Stacey (who happens to live very near my apartment...as in...about 10 buildings away in my complex), is full on OBSESSED more of a general anglophile than a royal-watcher.  I promise to post some pictures this weekend of our little tea party, however I can pretty much guarantee you that my face won't be in them.  (I fully plan on being in pj's, sans makeup and with really wonky hair.)

In fact, Stacey just posted this as her facebook status:

What is your Royal Wedding guest name?  Start with either Lord or Lady.  Your first name is one of your grandparent's name.  Your surname is the name of your first pet, double barrelled with the name of the street you grew up on.

Yours Royally,
Lady Carol Buttercup-Inyo

She cracks me up.  She has had a countdown app on her phone that shows details of the wedding for over a month now.

However, back to OUR party.

Stacey is bringing macaroons, I am making scones, and while she sips black tea, I will be sipping hot chocolate (no matter how hard my mother has tried, I just don't like tea...sorry mom).  Then after the whole sha-bang, I will be chugging caffeine to make it through my day.  I have never been so grateful to have both doctors on vacation in my life.  :)

I find it funny remembering how my mom stayed up to watch Princess Diana and Prince What's-His-Bucket's wedding...and now here I am staying up for their kid's wedding.  Full circle I guess.

Anywho...I will update this weekend with pictures...like I said, no guarantees that I will actually be IN said pictures...plus, my apartment is a bit of a mess, so no guarantees that the pictures will be of much other than the food and our *ahem* headwear.

Yours Royally,
Lady Doris Happy-206th  (Yeah...just doesn't work for me like it did for her!)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Deutsch Überraschungen

This blog post is very overdue, the last week has been even busier than normal.  But, I promised someone I would post this so here I am!  :)

My amazingly wonderful cousin, Anke, who I have mentioned before (here) surprised me (mostly because I forgot that she asked me for my address) with a super fun surprise!!!  I went to my little mailbox last week, and it was crammed full!  (I'm also not the best about getting my mail every day, but hey...)

There was a package I had ordered, some Netflix DVD's, and this package (telling you, it was a PACKED little mailbox):


And in that wonderful package!  Such fun things!

SEE!!  Handmade potholders/hotpads, a handmade little stocking, German chocolates (!!) a great card and (oh crud, it got cut out a bit...) an adorable little angel!!!  (Scroll down to see it...)

See?  Cute eh?

Anke: I love it all!!!!  Your little stocking is amazing!  I envy that skill, I'm still figuring out/working on my first pair of socks in my knitting!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shel Silverstein Sunday

I found myself (in the last few days) thinking about how much I loved Shel Silverstein and how he could put things, both silly and otherwise.  I don't know exactly what triggered that thought, and yes, while it's not often, believe it or not, occasionally book related, semi-educated thoughts roll through my noggin.

I went to my bookshelf to grab my favorite "Where The Sidewalk Ends" to thumb through a few poems, only to be completely surprised that while I thought I owned that book, turns out, I don't.  However, I do have it in audio form, read by Shel himself, and that brings a whole new life to the words.  Hmmm...I see a trip to a bookstore in my future.

In the meantime, massive Googling (thank you to amazon.com for listing every poem in the book on the website, that definitely helped!) ensued and while I know there are other poems I love in that book (Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout and Peanut Butter Sandwich comes to mind), for some reason, these ones stick out to me today.  Enjoy!


Spaghetti, spaghetti, all over the place,
Up to my elbows--up to my face,
Over the carpet and under the chairs,
Into the hammock and wound round the stairs,
Filling the bathtub and covering the desk,
Making the sofa a mad mushy mess.

The party is ruined, I'm terribly worried,
The guests have all left (unless they're all buried).
I told them, "Bring presents." I said, "Throw confetti."
I guess they heard wrong
'Cause they all threw spaghetti!

No Difference

Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.
Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.
Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.
So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to reach out
And turn off the light!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Work In Progress...

So last night, I went to get my tattoo fixed, as I have wanted to get it fixed since 2006, not long after I got it.  There is a bit of a story here, because Sister went with me yesterday to get it fixed (she was there when I got it the first time), however the gal who I had the appointment with, had a client suddenly change what she wanted which ended up taking a LOT longer than expected, plus she didn't have the right materials clean she wanted to use with me.  So, instead, she asked if I could come back the next day.

I have had my appointment for about a month.  I won't lie, I was MAD.  Sister wouldn't be able to be there, she came down specifically for this.  (Insert mad pouty face here.)  We went to dinner instead, and then on to trivia night as usual for a Wednesday night.

Thursday, C went with me to get it fixed, and the gal who asked me to come back was more than ready for me.  Once we got going, it took her less than 20 minutes to fix what needed fixing, plus add some shading that was definitely needed.

Here I am with Jeannie, who honestly is awesome, and, you would never guess, but she KNITS!  That's where I met her, was across the street at the shop where I get all my knitting stuff!  Yes, there were times I did wince like this, but rest assured, this picture is indeed, staged.

So, I won't show the fixed version, because it's in the healing stages, however I will show you the initial, my tat as of last night, and then as soon as it's healed, the finished product!

So, here we go:

Day I got it:

Finished product after infection pulled out half the color (and 5 years later...this picture was taken Wednesday night) :

Do you see why it needed to be fixed?  It was driving me crazy.  Right now, it is really pissed at me not happy with me.  When it calms down and decides to play nice (gimme about a week or so), I promise a finished post with (hopefully if I can manage to figure out enough html) all three side by side for a progression shot...no promises yet though!

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hodge Podge Post

Ok, so I've been a wee bit absent since the end of the photo challenge...apparently I need something daily to keep me posting!  However, since that can't always be the case, time to start stockpiling ideas, and daily nuances to tell my peeps about!

Wrapping up the photo challenge...

It was a LOT of fun!!!  If you were bored by it, I'm sorry, look at it this way, it could have been MUCH longer!  In doing a little research, I found out that there is not only a 60 day, but a 100 day photo challenge too!  30 days was more than enough for me.  Especially when I started looking at the rest of the 100 day challenge list...and realizing that I think a high schooler took the 30 day list and started adding things randomly that most grown adults either wouldn't have pictures of or have done in the last few years...so time to resume regular blogging.

Regular blogging...ummm...right...time to start looking for topics!  Any suggestions?  I know it's a lifestyle kind of blog that I'm doing here, and I'm sure I'll have some events (knitting and crochet projects etc) to post.  I was given a few links (this blogger that Maggy introduced me to, broke it into a three-part series on her blog: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to look at for blogging tips, and I've already implemented a couple of them, but am still working on a few.  I'm still getting a grasp on the whole formatting thing.  (Thanks, Jenni at Story of My Life!!)

I recently started running the Facebook page for a local knitting shop (Knit Knack in Arvada, yes, that was a shameless plug for you to check it out), and wanted to get a bit more info, so I went in search of some "for Dummies" books at a local Barnes and Noble.  They had the books on their website, but I wanted to look at them before ordering.

(Because sadly, they were much cheaper through amazon...Samantha...that was for you, oh, by the way, she's doing a GREAT little giveaway on her blog right now...click, go...I swear, her cookies are THE BOMB.)

I went with my best friend, Cheryl, and in an entire bookstore, not only did they not have the two books I was looking for, but when I looked for a couple other guides on writing, styles etc.  Nothing.  Nada.  ZIP.  Instead, there were 3 wall sections of THIS:

REALLY??  3 whole wall sections on "Teen Paranormal Romance", yet I can't find a book on writing? What, is Barnes and Noble afraid people will start writing instead of reading?  Good grief.

So, to get back onto topic, yes, I went and bought not only Facebook Marketing for Dummies (um, holy cow, the thing is littered with post it notes already...and I thought I already knew a lot about Facebook!), which led to also buying the Blogging for Dummies book.  Now, to put them both to good use.

I have to give a couple shout outs...my sister in law, Maggy, has been a great help with learning HTML and photobucket, and is a plethora of blog knowledge.  (PS: Check out her blog HERE.)

My next shout out is to my cousin Anke, in Germany (Hi Anke!!).  She has written me a couple sweet comments and sent me an email the other day, so I just thought I'd give her a special hi.  :)

Not much else is goin' on right now, however I am getting my tattoo touched up tomorrow/today (it was supposed to be tonight while my sister was here but that story will be for when I get it fixed), so I am excited about that!

Since I don't have much else to share at the moment, I'll give you a "before" picture of the tat...when I initally got it.  Then tomorrow I will (hopefully) have 3 pictures for you...initial, oops, and the fix.  Until tomorrow!

(You'll have to forgive me, the pic is 5 years old, and was taken on either an older camera or cell phone, so the quality isn't exactly stellar.)


Friday, April 1, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 30

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

I know that this is a photo challenge, and trust me, there will be pictures (no judging, it was the late 90's, and yes, I'm aware of my hair)...however, please allow me to tell some backstory on my friend before you see what a beautiful woman she was.

Julie (Fawthrop) Telfer

Julie and I were randomly paired as roommates my junior/her senior year in college.  Never have I had such an amazing roommate.  (No offense to my senior year girls...we had fun...Julie was just...Julie.)

I saw her a few times after her grad, my family went to Albuquerque to see the hot air balloon festival, and she and her husband (boyfriend at the time) came with us.  She came back to my grad the next year, and not long after (I think it might have been the next summer), my family and I went to the wedding.  At that point (if timeline/memory serves...) she was 29.

We kept in touch via email, postcards (she went to Europe for a summer), and the occasional phone call.  Through Christmas cards/letters etc, she told me about how she had been getting her migraines checked out.  Things weren't looking good...it was brain cancer.  She went through the traditional routes of treatment, and the tumor seemed to be responding.  She had gone the holistic route as well, thankfully with good response.  In 2002, the tumor stopped responding to treatments.

In early 2003, I had this feeling I needed to call.   I called and happened to get Chris.  We exchanged pleasantries...and then I asked how things were.  He said "It's bad.  I'm glad you've called when you did...Julie is on her deathbed...if you are able...you should come now."

Um...holy $h!t.  I asked him some basic questions, made some phone calls, and thanks to dad, had myself and 2 friends booked on a flight to New Mexico within the week.  Tobi and Cheryl knew Julie, Cheryl had become our adopted roommate, and Tobi knew her from her brief stint in one of the shows we did that year in the theatre.  

Cheryl and Tobi were amazing, and provided a welcome relief from the sadness of the trip.  (A certain trip to Wal-Mart for bathing suits, games of Phase 10, the hot tub and Cheryl laughing so hard she fell off the bed are all happy memories from that trip, but those stories are for another blog.)

That trip was emotional hell.  We got to the house, and saw Chris, and I will never forget beautiful Julie, and what cancer had done to her...I know that sounds terrible and sad, but other than my pictures I have from our time in college, it's what is burned into my brain.  We spent time with Julie, who was in such a comatose state, I only pray that she was able to hear everything we said, and returned to Denver with heavy hearts.

Julie passed the next weekend.  She was only 31.

I think of her often, and have a picture I took of her and Chris, at their wedding, hanging on my wall (it was one of the few I don't have digitized) and forgive me, but you're just going to have to take my word that it is one of my most treasured pictures.

On March 4th of this year, it was 8 years ago that she passed away...I can't believe it's been 12 years since we met and already been 8 years since she passed...

Julie...I miss you...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 28

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.

*DISCLAIMER* Do NOT click on the link in the paragraph below if you do not like spiders either...I've already been scolded...so now if you do, you've been warned!  :)

Do you know how hard it was to go find this picture, and put it here?  Even the picture FREAKS ME OUT!  (Plus, thank you Google Images for the oh so terrifying picture of camel spiders...that is something I will not be able to shake for a while now.)  *full body shudder*

PS: Normally I enlarge pictures, today, I can't shrink this sucker small enough...YUCK.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 27

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.

I'll do you one better...here's me with all of my immediate family members...accompanied by Baxter's behind...thanks Bax...

Monday, March 28, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 26

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.

Where I've come from...

Where I am....

And where I'm yet to go....

PS: No stock photos today...boo-yah!  :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge - Day 25

Day 25 - A picture of your day.

Sunday lazy Sunday...

So, today was/is (because it's not Monday yet) a relatively lazy day, and I have loved every minute of it.  For the photo challenge, I have found myself finding stock images for a lot of the days instead of using ones I have.  Granted, I haven't had good ones to use for most of the days, so Google Image Search has been my saving grace.  Today, I wanted to use as many real pictures as possible, and between my iPhone and my camera, I feel like I got some decent shots.  Here we go!

Oh hey, look, today's blog post is supposed to be about pictures of my day...well, today is likely to be rather boring, but hey, I'll have a bit o'fun with this so...ok...

*sound of my phone going off*
Hmmm...how the heck am I going to make a word with no vowels...

Sheesh my place is a bit messy...so I should really pick up and do some laundry so I'll have clothes for the week.  Oh, and I haven't run the vacuum in a bit, so probably should do that too.



*sound of my phone going off*
Well crap...all vowels...I wonder if I can make a few weird additions to something...

LUNCH!  Italian Pasta salad...love that it keeps for a few days after I initially make it...

Hmmm...lazy day + cleaning + lunch = naptime...zzzzzzz

*yaaaawn*  *streeeeeetch*  hmmm...I'm thinking a movie...but which format...DVR is caught up, so maybe some Netflix goodness.

George gave me a super fun present last night...I might have to crack the spine today...

Evil Easter Crack...I shall resist your temptation...(well, I'm going to try to anyways...)

Rawr...can't figure out side by side photo placement in the blog, my sister in law, Maggy (and researcher extraordinaire) informs me she's figured it out (have I mentioned you should check out her blog?  You really should...) and came over tonight to help me out.  She taught me about html embedding (I was a bit more intimidated by this than she was) and I taught her the tricks I learned with regards to some photo downloads.  We cracked open my book I just got (Blogging for Dummies) to get a few more tips here and there.

What you don't see...well, mostly don't see (on purpose) are two girls who are in pj's/sweats, surrounded by 2 laptops, 2 iPhones, a bunch of cords, the Blogging for Dummies book and there may or may not have been some consumption of the above mentioned Evil Easter Crack.  Yay for teamwork!!

After Maggy left, I tuned in to my weekly Sunday Sobfest...the lineup of Secret Millionaire, Army Wives and Coming Home.  I have gone through 2 boxes of Kleenex in 3 weeks...ugh.  I either need to start crying less (doubtful) or buy cheaper Kleenex for the living room...

Normally yes, I'd be a bit grossed out by used Kleenex, but rest assured, they are all damp only from tears, no boogers.  

Well, since I can't bring myself to end a post talking about boogers, then I have to wrap up today by  talking about what's I'm excited about for tomorrow:  Dinner at The Melting Pot with three great friends!