Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Made It

There are a few things that happen to people that seem to cement the fact that they are now an adult. Getting a drivers license that doesn't have your parent's address on it, buying a car without their help (however, buying it from a parent might negate the point, oh well,) going to a dinner party and having enough sense to bring a bottle of wine, and sending out a holiday card because you want to.

I have sent Christmas cards in the past and love doing it. But this year I am joining the ranks of those cards with the cute pictures of the kids on it that make you go "Awwwweeeee." And I couldn't be more excited! I created it on shutterfly using one of the many templates they had and my own pictures. It was so fun! I love taking pictures and am usually behind the lens so most of the pictures are of my little family, and it's the cutest thing ever! The kids are adorable, Chuck and I have such fun together, we all make each other laugh, it's awesome.

I'm all creative and stuff this season. It's so fun. Makes me want to make a picture card for other reasons. What those are, I have no idea. But I am in the midst of other creative do-hickeys right now, it's so nice to wake up my creative outlet.

I'm going address these cards and mail them all with a pep in my step. I'm excited about a Christmas card and I am a total dork.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's Time

Click here, it's so beautiful. Love is love is love. Period.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Special K did this awesome little gem on my nook color. Ain't she talented?!

And this one was done by Little One. I just loved all the colors.

Friday, November 25, 2011


The day of gluttony and thanks has come and gone and it was a ginormous success. 16 people, at least 6 bottles and 2 boxes of wine, a case and half of beer, 2 turkeys, 7 pounds of potatoes mashed to perfection, so many green beans and broccoli it was a green veggie delight, much laughter and stories, and very very full bellies. It was such a good day. Chuck's aunts and uncle came over along with 4 cousins, my lovely mama, 3 friends from my old job and 1 friend from the new. And I bought a new dining room table that is big and wooden and shiney and nearly big enough to seat us all. I took maybe a dozen pictures but only of the food. I didn't get a single picture of the people that came. Perhaps I was having too much fun cooking and enjoying our wonderful company.

In spirit of the day, what I'm thankful for right now.
1. The 3 amazing souls that live in my house. My life became more than I ever thought it could be when they came into my life.
2. My mom. She and I both have started a new job around the same time and I'm so proud of her to take a chance on something new. She's a pretty cool lady.
3. My new job. I am thinking I am a lucky gal to not only be employed but to be employed in a job that I like and is supportive of it's employees.
4. My friends and the new ones I've recently made at my job. I love making new friends and knowing I will remain connected with old ones.
5. The new little booty slippers that a friend of mine gave me yesterday, They're so soft and cozy and homemade.
6. Being able to let my creative side flow.
7. Sleep. I think sleep is always on my list but I love it. And I love that I can sleep anywhere, not that I do. But I can.
8. My partner in crime, adventure, secrets of my heart, laughter and understanding. I couldn't ask for a better person to hug every day when I come home.
9. Coffee and water. Coffee keeps me going and water tastes so darn good.
10. The fact that I am starting to enjoy running. But shhhhh, don't say it to loud, I don't want to scare it away.

Write down 5 things you're thankful for today, carry it with you for a while. It'll help keep a smile on your face.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Thankful List Begins....

I'm hopefully going to keep a tally of things that I'm thankful for this holiday season. And here are my first two.

1. I just ran to Target and as I passed two teenage girls looking at the sparkling non-alcoholic wine, I heard one of the say "Let's get red. It's classier." She is going to be an awesome chick when she grows up. And I know this because I pick wine on how fun the label is. The "classier red" falls under the same lines. I'm thankful for her and her friend making me smile.
2. I have been going to the Southdale Target my whole life and there is an employee there in a wheelchair who has been a part of my Target life for as long as I can remember. Tonight, as I was leaving he was heading out the door as well. He said hello and then he also added "Have a great Thanksgiving!" "You too!" I responded. I'm thankful that he is a small constant in my life.

To be continued....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Good Place to Just Be

When I win the lottery I will put this in my house and invite all who want to read, write, contemplate, create, imagine, and just be.

Stupid 5Ks Stupid Back

So 2 5K's in 3 days leaves me not being able to walk because of some insane lower back pain. Hunched over like Quasimodo, laying on the floor trying to get my muscles to relax, alternating between heat and ice, lots of IBprofin, and last night not being able to make it to bed without the help of Chuck. Sucks sucks sucks. Stupid trying to get in shape and exercise.

And because of the last few days I now have my first appointment with a chiropractor. I'm nervous. But I want to be able to walk again let alone dance around like I do and not be afraid to move quickly and to do something else in my off time besides lay on the floor in a tense ball.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Yeah, Baby!

I just ran my first 5K. EVER. And under 35 minutes. I feel like a freaking ROCKSTAR!!! 34:47 to be exact. And I think I'll do it again tomorrow. The experts were right, working-out feels good. Who knew?!

5K. Me. The girl who claimed people shouldn't run unless being chased by a knife. I rock.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sanctity of Equal Rights

So we all know I'm a left-wing-bleeding-heart liberal and damn proud of it. I also get more offended when someone insults someone else or something I believe in more than when someone insults me. And we also know that I'm a sucker for bad reality TV.

I'm going to tie all of this together, I promise.

Reality TV; I will watch just about any episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and I have watched the wedding of Kim and basketball player Kris Humphries a few times in the last few weeks.

Well, those 2 stars were married for 72 days before Kim filed for divorce. After a $2 million ring and a nearly $10 million wedding, they are calling it quits.

And people of the same sex can't get married for ridiculous reasons but among them is because it insults the institution of marriage. I'm sorry, WHAT???

This has been floating around facebook and it just makes me giggle.

Lets look at some stats, shall we?
1. Elizabeth Taylor was married how many times? According to wikipedia she was married 8 times and twice was to the same man! Clearly she believed in "till death do us part." Multiple times.
2. Britney Spears has been married and divorced twice. And her first marriage lasted 72 hours. Thank you, Vegas for that quality, from-the-heart marriage.
3. Larry King has been married 8 times as well. One, I can't believe anyone would be attracted to Larry King. And two, it's shocking that he convinced 8 women to come to bed with him. Ick, but that is beside the point. He clearly worked hard to hold the institution of marriage at a high level.
4. Mickey Rooney, 8 marriages.
5. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 9 times.
6. Marilyn Monroe, 3 times.
7. Jennifer Lopez, 3 times.
8. Frank Sinatra, 4 times.
9. My father, 3 times.
10. My grandfather, twice.

And I get it, things don't work out. People change. Mistakes are made. People fall out of love. People stop caring for one another. Divorce happens. And that is OK.

The issue at hand is that people are not allowing everyone to love whomever they choose because allowing people of the same sex to marry one another "insults and lowers the sanctity of marriage." And can someone tell me how that is exactly? Gay people are no different in their love for one another than straight people. They love someone with all their heart and soul like anyone else. They also make mistakes and change like anyone else.

Maybe we need to stop looking at it as allowing gay people the right to get married, but more like allowing them the same miserable moments of divorce too. Just kidding.

But seriously, Kim Kardashian could get married and spend millions and then say "Eh, changed my mind" in less than 3 months and we can't allow gay people the same opportunity? It is so stupid.

Everyone should be allowed to say "I want to love you and only you forever." And if it doesn't work out, they can join the ranks of over half the population and end it. Marriage takes work, any relationship takes work. Just because someone loves someone of the same sex does not mean they aren't willing to promise and love and work with a partner to better their life together.


It was All Hallows Eve 2 nights ago and we went Trick 'r Treating. With the kids. And I'm proud to say that Chuck and I were the only adults in costume. We both love this holiday and dressing up is always fun! We went as zombies. We bought old suits from the Goodwill, brought them home and ripped them up. Add a little karo syrup and food coloring and we were the undead for sure.

And bonus, we are so totally ready for Zombie Pub Crawl next October!!

I can make zombie and death kinda hot. Haha.

My BN Family

This photo was taken on my last day at Barnes and Noble. But after work and at a bar. I miss these folks. They are such good friends. And now they are no longer my coworkers, they are simply my friends, (and it's missing a few people.) This picture makes me want to hug something.