Archive for August, 2008

Some Misc

August 29, 2008

Hurray for Obama! I thought his speech last night was excellent. Full of substance and his plans while still being exciting and inspirational. Lately it has seemed that after the democratic candidate loses, they gain personality. Suddenly they’re bold and passionate. Obama is that candidate RIGHT NOW as he’s running. I find that thrilling. I never thought I’d have fun while watching the DNC.

I finally got this painting framed. I bought it outside of the Reclining Budha Temple in Thailand. Jo-Ann Fabrics had a 60% off coupon for custom framing!! Even still, this was $80 freaking dollars. I don’t have anywhere to put it just yet, but I couldn’t pass up that coupon. I wish I had bought more of these paintings. They were only like, five bucks. I learned a lot about souvenir buying on that trip. The frame has a deep red tone to it, which looks beautiful with the colors in the painting…

I have ONE more shoes-as-art site to point out. Hetty Rose. These shoes are incredible. They’re all handmade-to-order. The fabric is vintage Japanese kimono fabric. I love how pretty and special they are. These are my two favorite styles:


I think I’d buy these before any Christian Louboutins. As much as my heart swells at the thought of the signature red sole, these are not only beautiful, but unique. And I’d be supporting an independent designer. Win-win!

I got a new phone!! My dad offered to put David and I on a family talk plan with my two sisters. We’re going to save a boatload of money, and we got new phones!! Plus… unlimited text/picture messaging. I’ve already sent some. It will be a long time before that gets old.

Hereis my sweet new phone. It’s a Nokia, which makes me happy. I’ve never NOT had Nokia. I like that I already know the menus and how to use the keys and buttons. It makes things much easier. Mine is in red:

New hotness!!



August 28, 2008

I’ve been lax about my daily workouts in the past couple weeks. Until Monday, I hadn’t worked out in two plus weeks! Bad, especially with the kind of food I had been eating.

I haven’t quite made it back to total Phase One foods yet, but I’m doing pretty well this week. I have had indulgences, but they’ve been small, and not overboard. My home scale is still hovering at 180 as of yesterday.

I also weigh myself at the YMCA, when I go at lunch. I try not to pay too much attention to the number, but I do notice when the number goes up and down. The lowest I’ve seen that scale is at about 183. When I stepped on it on Monday, it said 187. Today, it says 184. Hurray! I’m going to go again tomorrow, which will make this week five-for-five. I need it, since I will be having pasta tonight.

In my defense, it will be Dreamfields Pasta (low carb) and it will be loaded with yummy, healthy veggies that we bought at a farmer’s market over the weekend. David and I are having our friend Lisa over to watch the final night of the Democratic National Convention. Yes, we are dorks.

So my search for affordable shoes for Clue turned into a search for pretty, nearly unattainable shoes. Feel free to ignore me as I pine…

First I came across these Cole Haan beauties:

I like the shape and the color. I think these could be dressed up or down as much as I wanted. To me, that says useful and efficient and worth the $165!

The fact that Prada is even still selling this shoe makes me slightly desperate to buy it RIGHT NOW. I like the pump style more, but that is gone.

It’s pretty plain from the front, but I think that flower heel is just so pretty and interesting. I have a strange draw to shoes as art…

Like this one. There are many shoes I’d buy, with my millions of dollars when I win the lottery, before these, but I still think they’re cool. I’d wear them with long, dark blue jeans.

How about orange shoes? Orange is not a color I wear very often. But I would wear these babies all the time.

Jeans, skirts, dresses, you name it. There is not much in my closet that I wouldn’t wear with these. I think they’d be fun with THE BLUE DRESS too, though not so much my navy blue party dresses, because that’s just too close for comfort with the Chicago Bears’ colors. I would learn how to walk in 5 inch heels for these!

Some outfit inspirations:

I Want!

August 28, 2008

I was browsing Zappos for teal shoes (for Clue) and came across these. Beautiful. I’d like them better in purple, and red would be super sexy. But I’ll take them in pale green. If they had my size I’d buy them. Oh, and if I had $620.

How cool is that bow?!




August 27, 2008

So, I have tons of stuff to update and lots of pictures to share, but this is just too cool not to immediately blab about.

My mom’s house might be on HGTV! Someone contacted her realtor about potentially using her house for a show called Hidden Potential. I don’t exactly think her house needs a lot of renovating, but I imagine that a lot of cool stuff could be done with it. The HGTV people are coming on Thursday to take a look and see if they can use her house. That would be so awesome!

Oh, and if you know anyone looking for a really expensive, but really beautiful house, check it out!

Sunday Love

August 25, 2008

I have been needing a Sunday like this for a long time. It was a little bit of heaven that will keep me going through the week. David and I have been pretty busy lately, and haven’t been able to spend much quality time with each other. I can never get enough, but this weekend was pretty awesome for our couple time.

Sunday was almost magical. Simple, but wonderful.

David and I had been out late the night before, and so we slept in. It was noon before we were heading out the door. We (David) had made up a game relating to Obama’s Vice Presidential pick. Who he picked would determine what we would do. For example, if he had picked Sebelius, we would have rented a paddleboat down by the lake. If he somehow picked Clinton, we would have had to go to Great America! He picked Biden, and so we were supposed to build a fort in our living room, have an indoor picnic in there, and watch a scary movie.

Well, upon walking out to the car, I decided it was way too nice out to spend the day inside. I said we should have our picnic outside, by the lake. David didn’t seem over the moon about the idea, but he agreed. We decided to build our fort next weekend and watch a scary movie. We figured we’d drive to Whole Foods and buy our entire picnic lunch from there. Pricey? Yes, but delicious.

We wandered the aisles, tasting samples, and trying to pick which goodies to fill our cart with. When we tried some barbecued beef brisket, we knew we had to get those sandwiches. We steered our cart through the rest of the store, picking up grapes, Terra Crinkles Garlic Mashed potato chips, a tiny $3 piece of 10 year Wisconsin aged cheddar, a couple iced teas, and the best “healthy” cookies I’ve ever tasted, Grace’s Best Sunflower Seed Cookies.

From there, we drove down to the lakefront to look for the perfect picnic spot. We wanted to be a little secluded, and we needed some shade. The lakefront was pretty crowded, and where it wasn’t, it was smelly. We took a turn up towards Lake Park Bistro, thinking we’d find a spot at the top of the hill, overlooking the lake. Instead we made a right, towards the baseball diamond and big picnic areas. It was practically deserted.

We popped the trunk, hoping we had some sort of blanket back there (when we left the house, we weren’t really sure what we were doing, and so we didn’t prep at all). We had a sleeping bag and a big beach towel/blanket. We walked to a big tree in the middle of the grass and spread out our blankets. The sleeping bag gave us a little cushion against the ground.

This is when the magic really started. It was such a beautiful day. The sun was peeking through the branches of the tree, warming us, and a cool breeze kept us from getting hot. Our food was so delicious. We ate our sandwiches, and snacked on the rest while David read to me. He started reading the book Ender’s Game out loud to me a couple weeks ago. I had always meant to read that book, but never got around to it. So far, it’s pretty great! We stretched out on our blankets and I relaxed as his words poured over me. It was fantastic.

Except for ONE thing.

The spiders. There were several of them throughout our stay in the park. I was laying on my back, my head propped up on an extra blanket, and I saw movement. I looked down, and there was a SPIDER. ON MY BOOB. Sweet baby Jesus. I screamed about it and David was kind enough to remove it. Ick!! I hate spiders, and am terrified of them. I know I was out in THEIR territory, but any spider that came onto our safe haven of civilization, was quickly removed. Fortunately, after boob spider, none were quite as shocking.

Other than THAT, it was just awesome. Time seemed to stand still for us. David read a couple chapters to me, and we lay around, talking and holding hands and smiling. It was sick, really. There was hardly anyone near us. It was like we were in our own little world. We even moved the blanket so that my side was in a patch of sun, and his side was in the shade. I cuddled in his “nook,” in the sun, as he finished one last chapter for me.

When we finally decided we should get going, it was only just after 3:00. What?! We had only been there for a couple hours. It felt like so much longer, in the best possible way. It felt like time had slowed down, so we could enjoy hours and hours with each other, without the whole day being gone.

In the last 20 minutes or so of us laying there, a family had come to the picnic tables nearby. A mom, dad, a boy of about 10, and an (I’m assuming) adopted girl of about 4. I watched them as Dad ran around with the kids, playing frisbee. He and his son were teaching the daughter how to throw it and catch it. I saw her make a catch and she ran around cheering about it. David and I watched them play as we walked back to our car, arm in arm. It was one of the most adorable moments I’ve seen. I may have gotten a little teary eyed, thinking about taking our future family to a park for a late summer picnic. Of course we don’t know what our plans are for kids yet, but I can imagine us having a family that looks very similar to that one.

To anyone else, it was just a picnic. To us, it was the best day we’ve had in a long time.

The rest of the day was nice, but the memories of those couple hours will be with me for a long time. While curled up in bed, David asked me a question. We have been having some religious discussions for a while. He is very much NOT religious, but has been feeling that he wants to believe in something. I’ve been telling him about the things that I believe. Especially about heaven. He asked if that was what heaven was like. I thought about the love and warmth and peace that I felt out there. Yes, minus the spiders, yes, that is what heaven is like.


August 15, 2008

I think maybe I’m dehydrated. I just realized that the only thing I’ve had to drink today was a sugar-free vanilla latte from Caribou this morning. Perhaps that’s why I’m feeling totally emo and panic-attack-y?

I forgot I took these pictures, and thought I’d share them because they bring a smile to my face. David went out and got soup and pudding for me to eat after my root canal.

And this:

He said it was the best they had at a grocery store. It is pretty silly, but it brought as much of a smile to my stroke-face as was possible. And it still makes me smile. It’s the little things.

Emotionally Hairy

August 15, 2008

I’m feeling emotionally needy today. I don’t know if it’s because of my hair, or what.

My mouth isn’t hurting much anymore. That side of my jaw is still sore, and I’m a little concerned about switching to “solid” foods. I was supposed to go out to lunch with my dad and my cousin, but they bailed on me. And I stupidly didn’t bring a back up lunch (which has been an Atkins shake for the past couple days). I think a pasta salad would be really yummy, but do I want to sway from my diet again? I did well this week, and am back down to the 180 lb mark.


Life is so hard, isn’t it?

So here’s a shot of my hair… I like it, but I need to get used to it. I feel vulnerable this morning. It’s scary.


Photoshop Wizard

August 14, 2008

My dad asked me to photoshop a picture he took, so he could get it printed for his boss.


I used a lot of the cloning tool and upped the contrast and brightened their faces a bit. And I sent him back this finished product. Maybe it will give me an edge with the big boss too!


Click on the pictures to be taken to their Flickr pages. Then you can click on “All Sizes” to see them a little larger. Booyah!


My hair… is… SHORT!!!!

You wanna see pictures? Do you? Huh??

You will, settle down my babies. (Conan O’Brien, anyone?) I’m uploading them now. I think I like it!!

Also, my dad said he’d help me out with paying for the crown on my tooth! YAY!!

Long Beautiful Hair

August 14, 2008

My long hair will be gone today!!!

I have a hair cut at 6:00 today and I’m trying to make myself take the leap and cut off a lot of my hair. At least, it’s a lot of hair to me. I love having long hair, but I really feel like I just need a change. And if I’m not going to do it in the last summer month, when will I?

I used some of those hair-try-on websites, and found a look that I think I could live with.

Something like that? Maybe a touch longer. I don’t want it above my shoulders and I need to be able to pull it back into a ponytail. My hair is naturally kind of wavy, and more so when it’s shorter, so I think that might be the winner.

Unless I wanted to do this:

Yeah! Red and blue streaks! That’s the way to go!!

Or I could channel Velma Kelly turned punk:

(Ha! Proof why my hair can’t be above my shoulders!)

Or maybe I should skip the cut, and go with those colors. Then I could have this awesome Japanese Anime-Girl updo:

Yes! That’s it!

But seriously, fingers crossed that I am brave enough to try something NEW.

Numb Numb

August 13, 2008

I’m home from my root canal. I survived. But it was terrifying. I have never seen so many dental tools moving in and out of my mouth. My claustrophobia and fear of suffocating really flared up at times. I was just stuck in that tiny chair. As of now, I have no pain. The most painful part was getting poked and shot up with Novocain. Except for that, all I could feel was pressure and movement.

The drills were awful, like nails on a chalkboard. I could tell they were INSIDE my tooth, and they made this horrible high pitched grinding noise. Sometimes some really awful tastes got into my mouth. One was almost like drinking bleach and felt like it was burning my throat. Another one was incredibly bitter, like if you tried to chew up a tablet of Advil, only 20 times worse. I don’t know if that’s supposed to happen, but it’s not like I could talk and ask what was up.

I was upset that I had to pay for it all right there. I had a little flyer from my dentist that said I would be billed for the remaining balance after my insurance copay. I was not prepared to pay $260 right now!! Ouch!! I had to put it on my credit card, which makes me very unhappy. I’m not sure how much my crown will cost, but I hope my dentist will send me a bill for that, because it’ll take me a while to get all that money together.

For now, I will lay on the couch and suffer with my stroke face. I’m not in pain yet, but I’m starting to feel more and more sore. I hope I feel better by tomorrow. I am dangerously low on vacation time.