Sorry about my lackluster blogging effort as of late. I actually have a lot to blog about, but it always seems that when I have a lot to say, I can’t seem to get anything out. That’s why the post is titled jumbled- because that’s how my brain feels right now. So much swimming around up there. Like:

*must write my bibliography
*really need my professor to email back (note to self- check email obsessively every five minutes until he does)
*need to spend 30-40 hours putting my 1st draft together (when am I going to do that, haha)
*need to get all the dead leaves out of the flower beds so they can breath
*why won’t it stop raining?
*crap, I forgot to rotate the laundry
*need to check my budget & make sure I’m on for the month
*Andy needs me to pick up apples & oranges for his lunches
*finally all the honeymoon plans are finalized, phew! so excited!
*there’s leftovers in the fridge that I don’t want to eat, but I hate wasting food
*it’s been a month since I wrote in my journal
*why won’t contentdm upload my stupid project, ugh!
*don’t want to have to call tech support, again, but I might have to
*I wish I could get my masters in library science plus an MBA plus a masters in art history
*dang it. I love school. Why am I 30 already? Dang it!
*that Iron Chef episode I watched yesterday was awesome. I love food so much.
*so excited about the wedding shoes I found in Vegas
*getting married in 30 days!! I love Andy so much. I’m so lucky.
*I need to scrub the bathtub. It’s so gross. I hate scrubbing the bathtub.
*what the heck am I going to make for dinner tonight?
*still need to take those photos for our county assessor project
*hmm…why did I buy those corn tortillas? I must have had a specific recipe in mind??
*I hope I don’t curse our kids with my pasty skin. I hope they get Andy’s tan skin.
*Our kids are going to be so cute, I just know it.
*Why are you thinking about kids? Stop it.
*Okay, fine. I wish I spoke french. or spanish. I think translators make good money?
*I really should work sometime today. I guess I’ll try uploading again….

And that’s typically what’s going on in my brain at any given moment of the day. Not just one of those thoughts, but all of them…..at the same time. It’s seriously a wonder I can even function somewhat normally. Imagine how bad it gets when I’m laying in bed at night trying to fall asleep. I wish my brain had an on/off switch.

Anyway, before I go…some quick photos of my time in Vegas.

Photobucketmmm…carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese syrup & a vegetarian omelet…mmm


Photobucketmmm…nutella crepes with strawberries…mmm

We also went to an amazingly delicious greek food restaurant & one night we got yummy take out Thai food. Yeah, I know. You’re thinking, “Those are the photos she took while she was in Vegas? Seriously?” Yep. I took photos of the food I ate. Because I love food. And we ate good food. And had good times. And ate more food. I love food. I love Vegas with Heather. The end.




ABC’s of me

Andy’s taking me to the airport tonight so I can fly out to visit my bff, Heather. I’m really looking forward to a little girl time even if it’s only for a couple of days. I found this little survey today and thought I’d go ahead and post it since I’m too tired to come up with anything else.

From Homeowner by 30:

A – Age 30
B – Bed Size – King
C – Chore I Hate – Doing dishes & scrubbing the bath tub
D – Dogs? 1 dog named Ashland
E – Essential start of the day – Chocolate donut with a carmel or vanilla latte
F – Favourite Colour – green
G – Gold or Silver – Gold when I’m wearing brown shoes, silver when I’m wearing black shoes.
H – Height – 5 foot 9
I – Instruments I play – Some piano, flute, piccolo, and I played the cymbals for a very short time (they were too heavy for me, I had to quit. haha)
J – Job – Digitizer for Special Collections & Archiving
K – Kids – It’s been a casual topic of conversation lately. It will happen when it happens!
L – Love – books, avocados, sushi, Andy, our furry babies, gardening, traveling.
M – Mom’s Name – Kathy
N – Nickname – Andy’s nickname for me is Miss Sassy Pants. I think he started calling me that right after our first date.
O – Overnight Hospital stays – A few visits but never overnight.
P – Pet Peeve – bad drivers, clutter, people who are habitually late
Q – Quote – “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
R – Right or left handed – Right
S – Siblings – 2 younger sisters
T – Time I wake up – Anywhere between 6 and 7:30 depending on how lazy I’m feeling.
U – Underwear – partial to string bikinis or boy shorts. TMI?
V – Veggie I dislike – eggplant & canned corn (fresh corn=yum, canned corn=eww!)
W – What makes me late – other people. If it’s just me, I’m not late- unless a tornado scoops me up while I’m on my way or something. I hate being late!
X – Xrays – teeth, my wrist, my ankles several times- nothing ever broken though. Just sprains, ripped tendons, torn muscles, internal bruising is all.
Y – Yummy food I make – Andy likes a spanish rice that I make (which he took to work today for pot luck, coincidentally) Pot pie, pie in general, tator tot casserole. I don’t know. I love to cook.
Z – Zoo Animal – the monkeys!

Yay for Vegas with Heather!!




around the house-weekends rock


I planted tulips last fall but couldn’t remember what color they were. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had chosen all white blooms. I love them so much. The crazy wind storm we’ve been dealing with today has roughed them up a bit but hopefully they’ll bounce back.


A miracle happened on Friday- Henry and Mauney jumped on the couch and snuggled down next to me, one on each side. For a minute there I thought a massive cat fight might break out right there on my lap- but they pretty much ignored each other. It was so out of the ordinary that we just had to take a picture. Henry boy was feeling a little under the weather the whole day and was suffering from both eye & nose boogies. Poor boy. He seems much better now though.


Such a great weekend. I finally used the gift certificate that my sister & brother in law gave me for my birthday. I came home with an assortment of plants and spent Saturday afternoon getting them arranged in pots. We also managed to get our garden planted today. Andy also sanded, repainted & reinstalled the baseboards back into our bedroom. Time to move the furniture in!!


Getting married

I was going to write my own post about this but when I saw that Blonde and Balanced had written almost everything I wanted to say already, I thought I’d just pass it along. Here’s the original post: 15 Things Being Engaged Has Taught me about Life, Love & Money.

And here’s what she says that she learned. I ditto pretty much all of it. My few thoughts are in blue.

  1. Don’t hurt yourself.  Remember when you were younger and you sported an omnipresent skinned knee?  I reenacted this when I fell up the concrete stairs at my apartment a couple weeks ago.  I sported a nasty, oozing infected open wound on my palm where it broke my fall for a solid month.  Just think if that would have been my face, like, 2 days before the wedding? Or last week when I accidentally took half my eyebrow off while waxing. I was thanking my lucky stars my poor eyebrow has over a month to fix itself.
  2. Weddings have very little to do with love.  Weddings are all about money and partying.  Luckily, marriage IS all about love.  So, treat it right.  Find love in your daily relationship because it sure as hell is hard to find in wedding planning.
  3. The Dress is a major life event.  Seriously.  Up there with having a baby and retirement. My dress shopping experience was everything I had hoped it would be. I loved that special people in my life were there to share it with me. I can’t wait for Andy to see me all foxy in it!!
  4. Bride = wedding planner.  Getting a ring on your finger is like being handed a diploma at Wedding Planning University.  As a bride, it’s up to YOU to get everything done.  Think of that before you invite 350 people. Boy have I learned this the hard way. I kind of thought that other people would be just as excited about the big day as I was. Wrong!! A lot of people have been excited and very helpful, so it hasn’t been everyone. But there have been times where my enthusiasm has been crushed by those others.
  5. He’s a keeper.  If he helps you ties ribbons around invitations on Saturday night, he’s a keeper. I really think this is true. When a guy is willing to jump right in and help with the girly stuff it speaks volumes to me. It tells me a lot about what kind of husband he’s going to be to me. He may think ribbons around invitations are a waste of time, but if he sees it’s important to you and does it anyway that shows that he really wants you to be happy.
  6. You WILL freak out … regularly.  I spent $167 at the post office on the exact number of 61 cent stamps with miniature wedding cakes on each one.  One morning, I woke up to see that G had used one on the water bill.  !!!!!!!!!!!!!  I freaked out.  Just a little.
  7. Treat your mom like a queen.  If there is anyone that your wedding is just as important for, it’s your mother.  She, too, has been thinking about this day since you were a little squirmy nugget baby.  Treat her lovingly, fairly and with respect.  Because she’s pretty awesome.
  8. Start getting shape when you get engaged.  You’ll be busy, stressed, and exhausted as the wedding day gets closer.  It will be that much harder to keep up your fitness regime.  Start now.
  9. Seriously consider whether you REALLY want a wedding.  If I had to do it all over again, I’d plan a small, intimate affair in about 3 months and just splurge on a luxurious honeymoon.  Weddings are extremely expensive – ask yourself how much dough you really want to shell out on a one-day soiree before you dive in. I’m happy that our wedding will be small and intimate. We discussed eloping but I knew that I’d be heartbroken if I didn’t get to share our day with our friends and family.
  10. Remember how hard you laughed when you practiced your first dance in the living room with your soon-to-be husband.  It is probably one of the best memories of the engagement.
  11. Take marriage classes seriously.  Since G and I are getting married in the Catholic church, we had to take a series of marriage classes.  Whether you’re religious or not, marriage is a serious commitment.  You and your future spouse deserve the best – work to give that to one another.
  12. The honeymoon is where it’s at.  I haven’t even been on mine yet, but I already know that it will trump the wedding day.  Big time.  Plan accordingly. I knew this statement was true so I really pushed for us to do something super special for our honeymoon.
  13. Maintain normalcy and your day-to-day routine.  Put your life first.  This is something I failed to do.  I, unfortunately, put the wedding first.  It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of dress shopping and cake testing, but put your normal life first.  THAT’S what really important.  Wedding planning is just a side gig. This has been easy for me as we’ve had a year long engagement. I’ve worked and gone to school and done wedding planning when I had spare time.
  14. Fight for your consumer rights.  We had some bad customer service experiences.  I fought for our consumer “rights” (whatever those might be) a couple of times and it worked out for the better.  Helzberg Diamonds especially won me over when they took my complaint seriously and made a point to fix it.  As a bride and groom, you’re basically single-handedly giving the economy a boost and spending some SERIOUS dough – you deserve the best treatment.
  15. Some people will be party poopers.  There will be a few people that try to bring you down and make your wedding seem insignificant.  Screw them.  Your wedding is important and they’re losers.  :)   For every 1 person that is a party pooper, there are about 100 other people that are ECSTATIC about your upcoming wedding.  Focus on them.  Ignore the haters.  Because, you know what?  Haters gonna hate. This one really hits home. I’ll never understand why some people don’t consider a wedding worth some extra effort and excitement. I’ve had my feelings hurt many times during this engagement when it feels like people who should care, don’t. I’ve had to learn who I can really rely on to come through for me and not count on the people who I know won’t.

Our wedding is a month away and even though I’ve had sad periods of time due to other people’s attitudes and actions, I’m still thrilled to share the day with the people who I truly know would go out of their way to show their love and support for us.


Why do people style blog?

Taking pictures of yourself and your outfit and posting them on your blog. That’s style blogging. And frankly, I love it. My lovely gem of a cousin in law, Amy and I, have been discussing this topic. Her and I have heard some of the same things when it comes to style blogging- that people who post pictures of their outfits are vain and totally into themselves.

Photobucketfrom Kendi Everyday

That’s not what style blogging is about at all. I personally admire style bloggers for their courage to put their look out there for everyone to possibly criticize. I love, love, love fashion and seeing how other people interpret fashion is fun for me. What can I say? I’m a girly girl when it comes to clothing.

Photobucketfrom My Edit

I don’t consider myself the most fashionable person in the world, but I still have fun with my wardrobe. In fact, I was working on putting together a few style blogs for my own blog several months ago, when I was hit with the comment that style bloggers are self centered. That sincerely made me feel bad, because I’m not self centered. I just happen to love clothes. My clothes, and the way I put them together, are partially how I express my personality.

Photobucketfrom Fashion Chalet

So anyway, if you want to read mine and a few other blogger’s opinions on what we like about style blogging, then please visit miss Amy’s blog today. She makes some great points.

Photobucketfrom The Daybook

I think we can all learn to stop judging before we know the reasons why people do things in the first place. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who knock something just because it’s not something they’re interested in. Why can’t we let each other enjoy our own personal interests while we enjoy ours? To each his own.

Photobucketfrom A is for Ampersand