December 9, 2011

Five for Friday

Previous Fridays

1 - You went to the store last night to get sugar when I realized we were all out and I couldn't make the Pecan Pie.

2 - You've cleaned up our dinner dishes every night this week.

3 - You bought regular Bisquick so you didn't use up all my gluten free Bisquick.

4 - You're warm when the bed it cold.

5 - You tell me my hair smells like cheese bread ;-P

WEverb11 - Travel

prompt contributed by ME :)


You’d think if I contributed a prompt about travel I would have done it to brag about some awesome trip we went on this year. No. We take a couple of little trips, but nothing I’d consider “travel”.

We started off 2011 in Palm Springs, ringing in the New Year with our friends Tif & Jer and Felicia & Joe. A few short weeks later my sister & I drove out to Las Vegas for my SIL’s bachelorette party. Jen (my sister) and I stayed in the Bellagio for the first time, danced the night away at the Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, hung out in a lounge at the Comso and watched 2 guys attempt to play pool, took pole dancing lessons, dance another night away at Palms while DJ Jazzy Jeff spun, drank and ate tasty food… all while I was I getting over a NASTY cold.

In February, Hubs and I went to Petaluma, CA, to attended the wedding for the aforementioned bachelorette, his sister Linda to her new husband, Mark.
In May, I went back on the road with my sister, Jen, to Solvang, Los Olivos, Berkeley, and San Francisco. We visited our favorite winery, Brander,went olive oil tasting, met up with some Bees, and road the trolley.


A month later in June, Hubs and I headed back out to Las Vegas to stay at the newly renovated Tropicana Hotel. We spent a lot of time on the pool and ventured away from the Tropicana twice, once for a trip to the MGM Buffet and the other for drinks in The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan. After spending two nights in Las Vegas we drove to St George, UT for a quick visit with Hubs’ mom & stepdad.
Hubs and I went back to Palm Desert in August to celebrate our anniversary and my walking for Graduation. Hubs booked us a room at the Saved By The Bell Marriott, aka JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. Since our good friends Tif & Jer live in Palm Springs, we go out there a lot. This time we tried to make it more touristy by staying in a hotel and visiting the dinos on our way home. JW

At the end of August is we went back up North for Hubs’ grandmother’s 90th birthday and we’ve I’ve been home ever since. Hubs, on the other hand, was all over the US on business trips until mid November. I know it looks like we’ve done a lot of traveling, and we’re lucky in that we can go on a lot of little mini vacations, but our plan for 2012 is to take a big vacation somewhere we’ve not been before. I’m hoping for something tropical.

December 7, 2011

WEverb11 – Befriend & Favor

prompts contributed by Jen with livingabrigherlife.


It’s taken me a couple days to address the prompt because I couldn’t think of any new friends I made… or remember if any new friends I have made we made in 2011 or 2010. I’ve become better friends with a handful of people and that has been great! Those friends impacted me 2011 by making me feel special, smart and loved :)

July – A lot happened this July. I finished the hardest semester of school ever, walked for graduation, went to my good friend, Tiffany’s, bachelorette party and was a bridesmaid in her wedding and turned 31.
TifWed I’m not usually one to chose my birth month as my favorite month, but July was a good month filled with celebrations, accomplishments and friends.

December 4, 2011

WEverb11 - Haiku

prompt contributed by Tara at TwoWishes


I haven’t written a haiku in years. I would say since high school or even junior high, but about 5 yrs ago when I was my church’s youth group leader we did a scavenger hunt (of sorts) and the “youth” had to write a haiku at one of the stops. They were about a fountain and they were pretty awesome.


12/5 Edit
I’m sitting here laughing at myself because it’s been brought to my attention that my haiku is reverse. Would you believe me if I told you I did it on purpose? Me either.

Don’t worry Kira, I don’t think you’re a jerk AT ALL! Thank you for telling me, I would have gone around the rest of my life writing haikus incorrectly. Honestly, I probably won’t write another haiku for several years and would probably Google it again (or whatever we’ll be doing in several years to look stuff up).

So here’s my second attempt…

Haikus are hard y’all!

December 3, 2011

WEverb11 - Learn

prompt contributed by Julie Jordan Scott with fivepassions.


To let go. The obvious reason, letting go of that house we thought we be moving into this weekend, but the less obvious reason is more personal… too personal for this blog, but I’m learning to let go of control over things. I like having control. I’m learning to let go.

December 2, 2011

WEverb11 - Listen

This prompt was contributed by Bella of Bella on the Beach


I’ve posted about this song briefly before, it’s the first song I thought of when I read this prompt and when I went to find the video on to add it here, I played it for myself and couldn’t stop from smiling and singing along. I love it!

When “My Body” come on the radio in the car, I turn it up loud and sing at the top of my lungs… I may even dance around a bit and play the drums, that has probably happened. I’ve heard the song is about drug addiction, and I can totally see that, heck that probably is what it’s about now that I pay more attention to the body of the song and not just the chorus. Anyway, to me this song is about pushing myself outside my comfort zone and fears.

I really don't know how I could listen to more music in 2012 since I surround myself with music all day long. I listen in the car, in the office and often at home. I would like to attend at least one concert in 2012, I think I'll make that my music goal.

Five for Friday

Previous Fridays

1 - You claim to not be a morning person but you're always extra cheery and funny in the morning.

2 - We bought a 5 lb bag of Italian sausage.

3 - When I Tweeted about the sausage you asked me all night (and this morning) if anyone had commented on it.

4 - You danced with me to "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night" in your car last night.

5 - You're taking me to Iva Lee's for a celebratory dinner, tonight.

December 1, 2011

WEverb11 - One Word.

Yes, I’m starting something else before even remotely finishing the Interior Design Bingo I started. Why? We had to back out of our house and a couple of the posts I had lined up (in my head) were “that house” related. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t do it yet. However, I have now officially completed interior design school, so that won’t also occupy my blogging energy, AND I’m almost over not getting “that house”… meaning, I will be finishing up the bingo in December… either here or on my portfolio website. I did pay more than I like to for a blog to have my own url and fancy Squarespace account, so I should use it, right?

Moving on, WEverb11. Remember Reverb10? Yeah, it’s like that, only different. You can read about it here and sign-up here.
Last year my word was proud, not a bad word for a year and it’s wouldn’t be a bad word for 2011, either. I finished my senior thesis project, the hardest quarter or my college career (so far?), I walked for graduation, and then finished all my interior design classes. If it wasn’t for those 2 pesky general ed courses left to take, I could say I've officially graduated college. Seriously, there were times in my life I never thought I’d say that. I could be cheeky and make my word two words – “suck it” ;-) Suck it to all the people that talked cwrap about me when I dropped out of college the first time, suck it to my ex-boyfriend who didn’t think I’d say in interior design school, basically suck it to anyone who didn’t think I could do this… hack, suck it to the lady would made it virtually impossible for us to purchase they house we thought was our dream first house, forcing us to back out of our contract and continue our search. But, if any of you really know me, I’m not really a “suck it” encapsulating my entire year kinda girl. I try to find the positive spin on most all the I come across.

The word I’ve chosen to encapsulate the 2011, for me, is change.

ChangeDon’t worry, it’s not because I’m changing into someone who’s not positive! It’s because this year has bought on a lot of changes and those changes are going to lead to other changes in 2012. #1 Hubs got a new job with a nice pay bump, which opened up our house budget and THAT opened us up to live in a city we hadn’t even considered before and now can’t even imagine not living there. and #2 Guys, I don’t know if you heard, but I’ve got a BA in interior design now. Yep. I love my job, but now I can start exploring new jobs or doing residential design work on the side.

Are you participating in WEverb11? What is your word?


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