Friday, July 29, 2011


i saw this. and thought it was funny. that's all.

love living in the south.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

the day i ate cake for breakfast

we had a party.
a big surprise party.
(happy birthday, lauren!)

after going to sleep at 1:30, and waking up before 7, i was tired. too tired to actually plan a decent breakfast. luckily, husband makes coffee (we've learned this before). so i've got that going for me. but breakfast? i know that I forgot to buy cereal yesterday. bummer. since the party was a fiesta, we DO have tons of chips and salsa. hmmm. nope, i don't like heartburn at 8am.

so. leftover cake it is.

no, i did not eat it all. i had about four bites. it was delicious and surprisingly still moist, but so so sweet.

perfect breakfast, if you ask me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

one night, we had a fiesta. and it was fun.

we had friends over.



we had a birthday girl.


we had a pinata.


but we didn't have a stick. we had boxing gloves.


(even husband got in on it).


we even had dancing.

dance collage

it was a lot of fun. wish you were there!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

readers, bob. bob, readers.

i would like to introduce you to a new friend we made the other day. his name is bob. as in, bob the bug.

husband and i drove to work (instead of taking the train)-- and when we got to work, we found a bug on our car. i would later learn that this is bob, and he's quite the adventurer. we figured he had to have traveled with us from our home, but the odds that he would make it riding on the roof of the car for 15 miles seemed pretty low.

how surprised were we when we found bob again after work! he had stayed on our car all day. the only obvious reason is that he knew if he waited around long enough, we could be his ticket home. home to sun, his family, and good food.

he hunkered down for the drive home with us. here he is as we are leaving work.

and here he is at our home. a little weary, but home nonetheless.

after we pulled in, husband took bob off of the car and placed him in his natural habitat. can you see him?

Monday, July 25, 2011

i feel like such a baby

i don't follow this blog, but i know the back story. you may, too.

from her profile:
I am: Returning from a near-fatal airplane crash, burned 80% of my body, and will have surgeries for the rest of my life. Probably. But I am alive. I cherish Mr. Nielson, Claire, Jane, Oliver, and Nicholas.

well, she just wrote a post. and in it, she talks about baring arms. literally. risking some sort of copyright infringement, i will just post her entire blog entry here.

I am doing it, throwing my cautions to the wind. I am now wearing short sleeves. I am sorry if I make you want to loose your lunch. My arms are not pretty, but they are mine. They are surviors and I am proud of them. So if you hppen to see me here (or in real life), I just want you to know I am emotionally and physically ready to show you my scars. Its time, and I am ready. I am OK about it.

do you see that? she's showing her scarred arms.
her arms that survived a fire.
her arms that are now scarred, wrinkled, discolored.

and she's okay with it.

you know what i won't do?
show my arms.
you know why?
because they're fat. jiggly. not toned or beautiful. and they have a few stretch marks on the underside. they're not my favorite.
but they're healthy.

if she doesn't have a problem showing her arms, why do i have such a problem showing mine? i'd love to wear tank tops in public. heck, i'd like to wear tank tops around my husband. a cute little halter dress would be perfect for the summer months.

but elbow-length sleeves it is.

i don't know how i should think right now.
should i be more willing to show my arms because someone who has a "real reason" to hide hers doesn't feel the need to hide them? or should i continue to struggle to find comfortable summer clothes that don't make me look ugly?

i'm much more vain than i thought i was.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

i'm basically macgyver.

i may lose some good friends after they read this post. then again, i may gain some. because i'm awesome. mom, if you're reading this, you may want to stop now.

scene: husband has gone to the gym, leaving wife home alone with the dog. this self-sufficient woman needs her coffee, so she ventures to make it on her own.

measure water and pour in machine. check.

get out coffee and measuring spoon. check.

get out coffee filter. wait. what? you mean the coffee filters that are still sitting on my office desk? bummer.

walk downstairs and ask neighbor for coffee filter. sweetheart doesn't have a regular coffee pot but is willing to lend you her keurig. that's a good neighbor, folks.

come home. sit and think about it. have a brilliant idea, and brew delicious coffee. but how?

what's that? hanging out of the top of the pot?

that's ingenuity right there, folks. it's the toe to some pantyhose (i promise they were unused. at least for their intended purpose). filled with coffee grounds. and put under the spigot where water would flow onto the grounds.

verdict: insanely thoughtful, but a little watery. i guess the grounds didn't get as soaked as they would if you made coffee the "right" way. but after reading this blog, can you really be sure that there is or isn't a "right" way? exactly

Sunday, July 10, 2011

ten on 10 ~july

hey! i'm finally able to participate in the ten on 10 project, since the 10th fell on a weekend. because trust me, it wouldn't be very fun for you to see 8 photos of my desk, and two of my commute. i promise. i'm thinking about adjusting this for me to be the "ten on the-closest-weekend-day-to-the-10th" project. because i had a blast participating! linking up here.


8:30 hua likes the sun in the morning. it's a little too hot for me.


9:30 working on rehearsal invites for my brother's wedding.


10:30 he does laundry, too! sorry, ladies. he's taken.


11:30 lunch at la madeleine. chicken salad for me, crepes for him.


12:30 and the bed's still not made.


1:30 an hour of reading and resting.


2:30 final edits as requested by mom. (i'm aware of the misspelling)


3:30 500 channels and nothing good on.



5:30 home group hosted at our place.


and, as the bonus photo, the reason i didn't edit the pictures until this morning-- everyone from home group went to a mexican restaurant after group, and we stayed there until 10. then it was home and to bed. fun times.

Friday, July 8, 2011

national corn league

are you as sick as i am about the dang nfl lockout? i just want some football, peeps. i'm ready.
but in the meantime, here's an awesome video starring Abs McAberson. cheers!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

peek into my home {}

here's a sneak peak of our new place. probably one of my favorite places in the whole house. the dining room.

flowers just because
flowers husband got me. for no reason. which is, of course, the best reason.

you've seen this before. the frame wall. i love it.

my dining room
i love this natural light.

i notice now (based on that third photo) that i definitely should have swept the floor before showing these photos. but, this is life. my house is straightened. and clean. but don't always expect the floors to be properly swept.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

my 4th.

see, i always think about posting about fun times, and holidays, and things like that. but by the time i get around to editing photos and uploading to flickr, and actually composing a blog post, it's two months past that holiday. then it won't make much sense if i actually post about thanksgiving in january, right? well, remember i found about PS actions? yes. editing is now done lickity-split. and uploading is fast, and there's then no excuse to not blog about it, right? right. glad we're on the same page.

back to the subject at hand.

the 4th of july.
lots of photos. it's good for you.

man th8ings
man time. insert grunts here.

happy 4th
the obligatory flag photo.

he was so happy to be able to play catch with someone!

unfortunately, my feet stayed landlocked. no swimming for me. sad.

faith. sweetheart.

it was beautiful. and hot. and beautiful.

playing with bokeh  
playing with bokeh. fun times.
so, how was your 4th? did you eat too much, get a sunburn, and sleep in a little? i hope so.

i saw this somewhere: scrapes and bug bites are a sign of a summer not wasted. 
thus, i don't hate sitting on our new patio furniture in the evening and having the occasional mosquito feast on me.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's getting old, mother nature.

once again, i have been forced to listen to people get really really happy that it's "finally" summer where they live. and of course, i don't mean forced. i like these people who complain, ya know.

but midwest? pacific northwest? don't complain about chilly, rainy weather. because the other option is this:

for. four. weeks. straight.

Monday, July 4, 2011

happy 4th of july!

i updated my july goals today. just a few, so that i can keep up with them! you'll notice that i skipped june. no idea why. but i feel like it's time to get back into this all. can't wait!