November 24, 2009

A blurred busy week

That week went quickly!

Busy, busy, busy with preparing for the wedding, family arriving, fun activities and then of course the wedding on Saturday. Sunday was a big day of recovery and sad airport goodbyes.

Now it's on to Thanksgiving day preparations. I'm hosting this year at our new place. The one thing i'm dreading is touching the raw turkey. Normally i never touch raw meat but i have to rub in the seasoning on the bird so... touchy, touchy, for me.

Hope everyone has a really good Thanksgiving day in the US!

November 15, 2009


Thursday I really forgot to post. I was half asleep when i realized that i hadn't and considered reaching over and typing a quick post on my phone. But then i realized that ultimately it doesn't matter and that i should just go to sleep. Thus ending my NaBloPoMo perfect records.

Friday I didn't have time. Again chalking this up to I had other things that needed my attention.

Saturday i was busy painting my studio and then went out to my cousin's bachelorette party only to remember that my phone took bad pictures in low light. I did have a really good beer. I did get my studio painted - I only have 1 more coat on all the walls to do tomorrow or Tuesday.

Sunday - slept in, had yummy coffee, went to the in-laws for birthday lunch for my husband. Early bed tonight - stayed up way to late last night.

Monday - work and then dinner for my husband's birthday.

November 14, 2009

Out with the girls

Out on the town. Enjoying a great coffe beer: Kona Pipeline Porter. One to try Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool.

November 11, 2009

Color Inspiration

Wondering in Target a few weeks back I went through the towel isle. I find this color combo very appealing. Specially the coral & teal next to each other with a touch of yellow & I'm not a fan of yellow usually.

Might have to pull in some coral & yellow into our master bathroom that has classic baby blue counter and accents.

November 10, 2009

Shoe Shopping

On my quest to find wedding shoes I ran into these that I like. All of them can be found at DSW but good luck if you have wide feet.

Love the leather flower detail on the strap.

I picture these going well with jeans.

I have worn out my blue converse (there are holes in the cloth). My husband told me if i replace them i have to get a color that isn't blue because i've had blue for years. I'm liking the pink a lot:

These could be perfect for an everyday type of shoe for work:

At the conclusion of my shoe quest i ended up with 2 pairs of navy heels, i don't have pictures of those ironically and neither of which were purchased at DSW. I got one from Avenue in a 9w but i think i'll have to exchange them for a 9.5w if i keep them. Then the other from Famous Footwear.

After trying on half a dozen pair of shoes at DSW I confirmed my suspicion that i can only comfortably wear heels in a wide width. I can buy some heels in a medium width but i have go with a size 10 which fits my toes ok but are 1/2 inch too long so the heel of my foot slips in and out easily. Even then 10s are not super comfortable. Which is why my shoe buying habits run toward sneakers, flats or strap sandals with a small heel. Plus i'm 5'2" i just can't wear super high heels with out feeling like my center of gravity is all off.

Does anyone know of a good place to buy shoes in a wide width? I can't believe it's that uncommon.

November 9, 2009

Almost Forgot

I almost forgot to post! I was busy playing Guitar Hero World Tour and then realized it's 10:30pm and no post.

The most exciting news is we finally purchased out Christmas tickets to Texas. I'm VERY excited about going down for the holidays this year.

I'm also getting pretty excited to see my family for a little bit while they're in town for a wedding. Can't believe it's only a little over a week away. I have to find shoes! My goal is to go to DSW & Ross tomorrow on my way home, they're both in the same shopping center so that'll be convenient.

Realized that i have to go shopping this weekend for Thanksgiving preparations if i expect anything to be available - let alone a Turkey. Gees, this weekend is going to be crazy busy. I know this week is going to fly by and then a bit of panic will set in. Maybe i can go shopping during the week, what an idea. I can plan the menu tomorrow after shoe shopping and then on wednesday go shopping or Thursday after my dress fitting. Yeah... ok, this could work, knock something of the list before the weekend.

Hope everyone's Monday had some good news.

November 8, 2009

The Weekend

The only thing i got crossed off my list is attending the bridal shower. I did go look for shoes but was unsuccessful. I've come to the conclusion that for heels i need wide instead of medium width shoes. I also found the 6 month out photos but didn't get editing them. At least i touched on 3 items on my list.

Back to work tomorrow... it feels like i just left on Friday, bummer.

November 7, 2009

2010 Calendar

When I first saw these fantatic calendar set by Moleskin (12 little color leather calendars!) I tried really hard to justify the purchase a few weeks ago but couldn't. I've become good at keeping a digital schedule and was always bad at the paper no matter how pretty it was.

Well now I think I've found a solution. Daily paper journaling - but not paragraphs just key info - event highlights, top 3 moods of the day, main topic discussed, etc. A way to document detials without getting caught up in pages of mind dribble.

See if it works out - haven't gone back to Borders to buy them yet.

Any other reasons why I should have them?

November 6, 2009


Well, turns out I don't have anything too intesting to post about today either.

I have plenty of plans for the weekend.
- edit photos from a b-day party 6 moths ago
- paint my office
- unpack some dishes
- attend a bridal shower for my cousin who's wedding is on the 21st ( 2 weeks away!)
- shoe shopping for said wedding (I'm a bridesmaid)
- nursery duty at church

Yeah that should be enough. I hope I have time for it all.

Have any good plans for the weekend?

November 5, 2009


Well, don't have much to say today. I got a graphics table at work today and that's great. Had chipotle for dinner and that was tasty. Watching The Mummy 2 and relaxing with sweet dogs on my lap and that is good.

More eventful post tomorrow.

November 4, 2009

SweeTarts Candies

Picked up Halloween candy that was on sale and included in a bag are SweeTarts. These are in my top 3 favorite non-chocolate candies, Jolly ranchers & Sour gummy worms would be the other two.

I was eating some at work and among my musings of wanting more I considered how i'd rank the different flavors:

  1. Blue (pickled punch) - i did have to look up Wikipedia for the official name, didn't realize this is the same ingredients as PixyStixs
  2. Green (green apple)
  3. Yellow (lemon) - wiki said they stopped making this flavor this year which would explain why i haven't seen any in these packages.
  4. Orange (same)
  5. Pink (cherry)
  6. Purple (grape) - i make my husband eat these
Then i went on to wonder why they always seem to include lots of the pink & purple and wishing i could put in a custom order for my top flavors like you can custom order m&ms. I went to the official Wonka site but couldn't find anything like that - ah well, probably not enough money in it anyway.

November 3, 2009

Guest Book - Family Tradition

During the first visit to my husband's Grandparent's I was introduced to the concept of a guest book for your home. They live at the coast so every time family or friends came over for a visit they insisted that you write in their guest book. The guests write a little summery of what happened and a thank you for putting them up if they spent the night. I fell in love with this concept of documentation right away.

I haven't started a book yet for my own home. Not exactly sure why not because I've hosted out of town guests and family events that would have qualified for a little write up. So, it's a little trendy but this idea struck me of how to combine a guest log with the typewriter i recently acquired. If i pull the typewriter out for when guests arrive, i can start a page or note card off with the date and a little prompt like "Notes" or "Leave a Message". I've yet to know anyone to resist punching a few keys of a typewriter. The only draw back is that this looses the ability to also record someones handwriting... hm...something to consider.

Does anyone else have a guest book for their home? Is this a regional experience? Even in hotels along the coast line will have guest books in the room for you to write in.

November 2, 2009

A Collection of Random Short Paragraphs

I spent the day hunting and pecking for code for the blog. I'm not satisfied with the current layout. There are a few things i want to add and adjust.

Tonight I also got caught up on all the recent episodes of The Office. I think this season is shaping up very well. It's surprising how much this show utilizes additional features for the websites, they have webisodes, blogs for actors and the characters, behind the scenes... props to the creators behind the concept to give this TV show a huge web presents. Some people don't watch the show because they work in an office and they don't want to watch a show about their day job but i have disagree - no one works in this type of office!

We've been in this rental house for 2 months and i'm still deciphering between good and bad noises. Never did i realize how much i paid attention to sounds at the apartment and could quickly judge them as normal or potential danger. Just 2 minutes ago an odd frog croaking sound started that i haven't heard before. I'm in the front bedroom and can hear just about anything in the front drive and now i think there is a frog out there. Why do we have frogs?! Ewww.

I hate the transition at this time of year into darkness. Sure it was nice to have some sun at 6:30am but it was completely dark when i left work at 5:15pm. What makes it worse is that nothing can happen outside when i get home. I can't play chuck-it with the dogs when i get home because they can't see where the ball went! I guess my only solution is flood lights for the backyard for a little evening running about with the dogs. Course when the wind starts up i won't want to be out there anyway.... {where i live is known for its crazy high winds in the winter}

November 1, 2009

And We're Off

First post of the month!

I've been wanting to do a blog redesign and there is no better time than for NaBloPoMo. Mostly i moved the sidebar info to the footer in 3 columns. Now, if i could only figure out how to link Archives, Tags/Labels, and Google Reader feed for links across the top, i'd be happy. For today i've reached my max of thinking in code.

I thought pushing all the extra info stuff below the post would be helpful in clutter control. I read a lot of blogs and a good majority of them have the standard 3 columns across the whole page. As ads and widgets have grown in popularity I've found it increasingly difficult to read the person's posts among all this other information. I'm going with the train of thought that if the readers are really interested in what I'm up to then they'll scroll a little farther or click one more link. I'm also thinking that if i don't overwhelm the reader with visuals they can easily see what is available to find out.

Good luck to everyone who is participating in NaBloPoMo.