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Friday, December 28, 2012

Under Construction

Looks like my last post was November 14th...wow!  Have been a little out of touch.  A little preoccupied.  But ready to get my blogging grove back.  First things first, though.  I'm going to be making some changes to my space here...hopefully I don't mess the whole thing up (it's happened before).  I should be up & running by the new year...but just in case I'm not,

Happy New Year!
May 2013 be better than ever!
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Making Progress

  1. Project Life in 2013.  Yep.  I'm going to do it.  For those of you non-scrapbookers, it's a system of sorts to get your photos for the year documented.  One week at a time.  A two year hiatus from scrapbooking is plenty.
  2. Speaking of photos, I'm going to print all the photos I've not printed this year.  This weekend.  I've uploaded them, that counts for something, right?
  3. World Domination Summit {WDS}.  "It's all about unconventional, remarkable people coming together for a weekend of adventure." I'm going with my friend Heather.  It's so outside of my comfort zone it's terrifying.  I can't wait!
  4. Twitter.  I'm ditching you.  Maybe not just yet...you're still active.  But soon...bye bye birdie!  Twitter is gone...though I can revive it in 29 days, should I choose to...
  5. Beaches.  I am not living this life without frequent beach visits.  Doesn't have to be an ocean beach...it can be a lake beach.  
  6. Purging.  The house.  The garage.  The shed.  If I don't love it, it's outta here. Clothes are purged.  Mine & Don's.  Kendall better look out!
  7. Teeny, tiny houses.  Don & I disagree on this immensely.  I want a teeny tiny house.  Like 600 square feet.  He says he doesn't want to go outside to change his underwear.  I'll keep working on him.  He has a few years to get used to the idea.
  8. I'm going to see every one of my friends in the next year.  The one in Oregon.  The one in Missouri.  The friends scattered all over the country.  The family in Oklahoma, Texas, Phoenix, Tucson.  They can come to me, or I'm coming to them.  So look out.  I just visited four in Texas!  An old high school friend, Brian (who saved my butt in physics), Tricia, Judy & Laura.  
  9. Painting.  Creating.  
  10. Smiling.  People, I am smiling on the inside all the time.  Sometimes (ok a lot of the time) the exterior doesn't show it.  I'm working on it.  I really am a happy girl :)
  11. Road trips.  I have lived in Arizona my whole life.  I've never been to the White Mountains.  I haven't been to a lot of places.  Time to break out the Weird Arizona book again & drive.
  12. I haven't been to New Mexico, either.  Going there too.
  13. Juicing.  Time to get back on that wagon.  It's so good! 
  14. New clothes.  Ones that fit.  Flatter.  Aren't unraveling.  No more buying stuff because it's on the clearance rack.  No more keeping stuff that I hate. 
  15. Noticing a theme here?  If I don't like it...it doesn't serve a purpose...it has no meaning...outta here!
  16. Roller derby.  I'm going.  I'm not playing {dang it!}, but I'm going.  Friday night!  Woohoo!
  17. I'm going to learn to make my favorite Thai food.  Maybe take a cooking class.
  18. Oh, and cupcakes?  Come to mama!  Time to start baking again.  Why'd I give that up?
  19. Continuing on with my piggy bank/trip to the bookstore with my nieces & nephews.  When we come full circle & the first one is back at the head of the line, they're getting a little bag of gold coins & dinner & a movie with Auntie & Uncle.  They seem to really like our outings...I love them.  Saturday, it's a date with Sean!
  20. I'm not reading books I don't like anymore.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home?  WTF People Magazine?  And the same with The Family Fang.  Five stars?  Are you kidding me?  The Perks of Being a Wallflower?  How freaking depressing.  Didn't love the new Happiner at Home either.  Don't judge me for reading fluff.  Just read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.  Or the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Or any Dean Koontz book.  Or even the fluffy Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  Those all make me happy.  Don't think I only like smut or Dean Koontz.  The Fault In Our Stars is a new favorite.  And if you'd like to laugh your ass off at total inappropriateness, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson made me laugh out loud!
  21. Put some new photos in frames.  And hang them up.
  22. Continue taking classes at NAU just because they are fun.  Mmmmm....I may take the spring semester off to deal with Kendall's college & graduation stuff.
  23. Re-join the Athletic Club or start going to a regular yoga class at a yoga studio.  Oooohhh, it's almost cold enough for me to venture back into Bikram....lovely heat....
  24. Listen to more music.  Talk radio is making me old.  I've been working on this.  It's hard to break the talk radio cycle.  It's a cult, I'm telling you!
  25. Get a couple more chickens.  I love those little cluckers.

That's My Job...

Kendall & I have been fighting like two teenagers.  Or rather two toddlers.  It's not been pretty.  Let me apologize now to anyone who has had to witness these fights or hear about them.  We love each other, but you wouldn't be able to tell it from the way we've behaved.  ANYWAY, I'm driving home from work tonight listening to this fabulous Sirius "old" country station...I think it's called Pure Country and it's around channel 58 or so...and by old country, it's country music from the late 80's, early 90's (and some before).  It's the stuff Don & I listened to when we were dating...before talk radio consumed my life & made me old.  ANYWAY, this song came on by Conway Twitty (Travis Tritt sings it too) that I love.  I always have.  But when I started singing along, I started bawling.  Good thing I was alone.  I'm listening to it now while I'm typing & I'm getting all teary eyed again....ANYWAY, this song sums up Kendall & I...even though it's a song about a Dad & son.  Grab a kleenex.



While you're at it...this song makes me cry every single time I hear it...but it is one of my all time favorites.  It was on this morning.  Maybe I'm menopausal...


Now go watch some Con Air :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Visiting

I'm sitting in an adorable little kitchen in Richardson, Texas getting ready to load up the rental car & head to the airport. I'm struck by the beauty of my friend Tricia's hospitality...her honesty...her welcomeness. She made Kendall & I feel like this was exactly where we were supposed to be. We talked college. We talked life. We created. We hung out with Laura & Judy. It truly was a lovely weekend. Tricia is one of those people who makes you feel like you've been best friends your whole life.

It's hard to go on a college visit with your daughter & not project your feelings about the place on to her. The campus was beautiful, but it's not Flagstaff. The dorms were a little ghetto, but that's not how she saw them. Do I think she'd do better closer to home? Absolutely! But it is not my choice to make. All I can do is take her to these visits & help her compare. Ultimately, the choice is hers (no matter how frustrating it is that she doesn't seem to care about the distance or he enormous cost of tuition she will have to bear).

So...one visit down, two to go. Four friends visited. More visits in the works. A clearer path for me....one filled with bumps & muck for her. A bunch of growing up for both us us.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Awesomeness

Everyone is writing lists these days.  Bucket lists.  Grocery lists.  Laundry lists.  To do lists.  I've been thinking of all sorts of things that I'd like to put on my list, but I don't write them down & poof, they're gone.  So here's a list, in no particular order, for no particular reason.  I'm only numbering it so I don't have to count them when I'm done.  Let's call it an "Awesomeness" list.  {thank you, Kelly for the AWESOME shirt!}


  1. Project Life in 2013.  Yep.  I'm going to do it.  For those of you non-scrapbookers, it's a system of sorts to get your photos for the year documented.  One week at a time.  A two year hiatus from scrapbooking is plenty.
  2. Speaking of photos, I'm going to print all the photos I've not printed this year.  This weekend.
  3. World Domination Summit {WDS}.  "It's all about unconventional, remarkable people coming together for a weekend of adventure." I'm going with my friend Heather.  It's so outside of my comfort zone it's terrifying.  I can't wait!
  4. Twitter.  I'm ditching you.  Maybe not just yet...you're still active.  But soon...bye bye birdie!
  5. Beaches.  I am not living this life without frequent beach visits.  Doesn't have to be an ocean beach...it can be a lake beach.  
  6. Purging.  The house.  The garage.  The shed.  If I don't love it, it's outta here.  
  7. Teeny, tiny houses.  Don & I disagree on this immensely.  I want a teeny tiny house.  Like 600 square feet.  He says he doesn't want to go outside to change his underwear.  I'll keep working on him.  He has a few years to get used to the idea.
  8. I'm going to see every one of my friends in the next year.  The one in Oregon.  The one in Missouri.  The friends scattered all over the country.  The family in Oklahoma, Texas, Phoenix, Tucson.  They can come to me, or I'm coming to them.  So look out.
  9. Painting.  Creating.  
  10. Smiling.  People, I am smiling on the inside all the time.  Sometimes (ok a lot of the time) the exterior doesn't show it.  I'm working on it.  I really am a happy girl :)
  11. Road trips.  I have lived in Arizona my whole life.  I've never been to the White Mountains.  I haven't been to a lot of places.  Time to break out the Weird Arizona book again & drive.
  12. I haven't been to New Mexico, either.  Going there too.
  13. Juicing.  Time to get back on that wagon.  It's so good! 
  14. New clothes.  Ones that fit.  Flatter.  Aren't unraveling.  No more buying stuff because it's on the clearance rack.  No more keeping stuff that I hate. 
  15. Noticing a theme here?  If I don't like it...it doesn't serve a purpose...it has no meaning...outta here!
  16. Roller derby.  I'm going.  I'm not playing {dang it!}, but I'm going.  
  17. I'm going to learn to make my favorite Thai food.  Maybe take a cooking class.
  18. Oh, and cupcakes?  Come to mama!  Time to start baking again.  Why'd I give that up?
  19. Continuing on with my piggy bank/trip to the bookstore with my nieces & nephews.  When we come full circle & the first one is back at the head of the line, they're getting a little bag of gold coins & dinner & a movie with Auntie & Uncle.  They seem to really like our outings...I love them.
  20. I'm not reading books I don't like anymore.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home?  WTF People Magazine?  And the same with The Family Fang.  Five stars?  Are you kidding me?  The Perks of Being a Wallflower?  How freaking depressing.  Didn't love the new Happiner at Home either.  Don't judge me for reading fluff.  Just read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.  Or the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Or any Dean Koontz book.  Or even the fluffy Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  Those all make me happy.  Don't think I only like smut or Dean Koontz.  The Fault In Our Stars is a new favorite.  And if you'd like to laugh your ass off at total inappropriateness, Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson made me laugh out loud!
  21. Put some new photos in frames.  And hang them up.
  22. Continue taking classes at NAU just because they are fun.
  23. Re-join the Athletic Club or start going to a regular yoga class at a yoga studio.  Oooohhh, it's almost cold enough for me to venture back into Bikram....lovely heat....
  24. Listen to more music.  Talk radio is making me old.  
  25. Get a couple more chickens.  I love those little cluckers.
Ok.  That's it for tonight.  I reserve the right to add to this list randomly & in other posts.  I'll just pick up the numbers from where I left off.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Where do you start when you're so far behind?  The beginning of our trip to Oregon/Washington seems like just the right spot.


Leaving on a jet plane.  We drove 2 1/2 hours to Phoenix to catch this plane that flew right back over home.  This happens to be the Grand Canyon, but seriously, we saw the NAU Skydome, for heaven's sake!

Let's skip right on ahead.


Lake Oswego.  This guy is passionate about politics...maybe a little strange?





The art around Lake Oswego is really cool!  



Um, really?


Fiery Thai food at my friend Heather's favorite Thai spot.
 

Of course I had to have yellow curry...


I took this photo because I figured my mom would love it.  It ended up being one of my favorite pieces.

Antropologie rarely gets it wrong.  These paper flowers were amazing!




Heather & me.  Some of you may remember when she worked for me at the store.  The nicest person ever.  Seriously.



It was only 1 1/4 miles to the top.

Don worked with Heather at City Court.  You'd think they were long lost best friends. 

This one poison oak sign caused all sorts of worry for me.  You see the sign, you start itching.  You stop to pee on the side of the road & your companions yell out, "don't get poison oak on your butt!"  Way to start an obsession, guys, thanks.
(And when I broke out in a major rash a few days later, I was CERTAIN it was poison oak.  Yeah, it was probably a reaction to some shellfish, but hey, I told, you...obsession!)


The very top of Multnomah Falls.  


The entrance to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.  Loved this lodge!

Yeah, that's snow.  And it's about 85 degrees right there.  Go figure.


Smokey Bear.  Not Smokey the Bear.  Ask my mom.  She'll tell you.



There were carved bear heads everywhere.  My favorite story about the lodge is that the federal government shut them down in the 1950's for rampant prostitution & gambling.  A private person had to come in & convince the government that they could make the place reputable again.  And they did. 
  


Let me tell you a little story about this Portland, Oregon sign.  I had seen the sign for like a millisecond when I was driving through in 2009.  And I knew I wanted a nighttime shot.  We had dinner with some friends from Flagstaff that night.  He happens to be a Deputy up that way.  I told him I really, really wanted a photo of that sign.  Dennis kept telling me how I really, really did not want that photo.  I am stubborn & I really wanted that photo!  So Dennis & his girlfriend found a way to get us to the sign...right in the middle of a homeless village.  He kept warning me the whole way that the homeless live under the sign & that he didn't bring his gun & that I was nuts.  We get to the sign & hop out of the truck...right into the middle of a huge homeless community.  Complete with porta potties & hand washing stations...we run all over trying to get a photo of the sign, which we are standing right under!  But there are so many trees, I cannot get a clear shot to save my life.  So we hop back in the truck & drive all over hell & gone & end up across the river...and my damn zoom won't zoom close enough.  I thought I was going to have to make him take me back...then Don shows me what he took with his phone...

(Please note:  the homeless were totally harmless.  They didn't even wake up to yell at us.  They just slept & went about their own business.  I have no idea why he was so uptight about it.  Especially because this is the guy who told us we had to go to Victoria, British Columbia, where we saw tweakers on every corner, were pan handled & watched a crack deal go down.  A story for another day.  But damn, Dennis!  The people in Portland were harmless in comparison!)


Oh, thank God!
Then I tell Dennis I want to go to Voodoo Donuts.  Hello?  Have you not watched the Food Network?  How can you go to Portland and not go to Voodoo Donuts?   Dennis wonders outloud why anyone would want to go to a stupid place where you have to wait 90 minutes in the middle of the night for a damn donut.  But he took us there anyway.  And the donuts?  Best donuts I've ever had.  In this lifetime.  Seriously.  Oh, and the wait? 10 minutes.






Bad photo but too hilarious not to post!
Then I made Dennis drive me around downtown Portland.  He did not enjoy that.  I found it to be eclectic & awesome!   We drove by Portland State University.  And the one mile park where the Occupy Portland protestors hung out.  By the time I saw Powell's books, I felt I'd pushed my luck too far.  Good thing I'm going back in July.  I bet Heather won't mind if we spend all day in there.


Heather & her husband Bill took us to their favorite breakfast spot.  I should have looked in the pastry cases first...I would have just had dessert for breakfast (though my breakfast was very, very good!)

I bought a ninja.  She was really tasty.

Heather & I shared these macaroons (my first ever!).  So yummy!



Art at a park near downtown Lake Oswego.



My favorite show right now is Once Upon a Time & this apple sculpture is right out of that show.


Ok.  So I was a little wrong about the theme.  But watch the show.  You'll see what I mean.


Our famer's market is not nearly this cool.




 Had I known this place was famous & I'd read about it in Whole Living, I totally would have had ice cream for breakfast.


Best tomatoes I've ever eaten.

The farmer's market has a little pet sitting service for your pets while you shop.  They provide water & the dogs get a little extra loving while you're away.

Oh look.  Mia's twin.

I wanted this sweetie pie to come home with me.  But alas, they are not rescue dogs...they have owners.


So that's what they call 'em now...

Have no idea what the hell these are, but they're cool!

So that is the readers digest condensed version of the Portland/Lake Oswego portion of our journey (2 out of 10 days!)  We had a blast with Heather, who was an amazing tour guide.  It was great to see Dennis after his being gone from Flagstaff for some 15 years.  I loved that area so much!  I may need to visit again in the rainy season (you know, the rest of the year) so I don't just pack up & move away!

Here's a preview of Seattle (many days later)...I just couldn't wait another second to show it to you!
 Look at who's on duty.  Ha!