Thursday, July 30, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 46 Through 54

Days 46 Through 54 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  I can't believe I'm over halfway done with this challenge; it sure is going fast!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)



Day 46:  Friday Jeans Days at work.

Day 47:  Cap'n Crunch Delights from Taco Bell.  So ridiculously delicious!  Yum, yum, yum!

Day 48:  Attending the Garden Walk with my mom.  So many beautiful gardens around town!  Love that people opened up their yards for us to stroll through.  (Lovely photo courtesy of my lovely mother as I somehow deleted all 92 photos I took that day!)

Day 49:  Hanging out with an old friend, reminiscing about college days and enjoying the antics of his three cute boys.

Day 50:  StoryPeople by Brian Andreas.  I love the quirky art and wonderful thoughts he captures.  The one shown is one of my favorites.

Day 51:  A Cinnamon 'N' Raisin Biscuit from Hardee's.  It's been way too long since my last one (10+ years?!

Day 52:  Thunderstorms and the gorgeous skies left behind are some of the best parts of summer.

Day 53:  A text from my cousin showing me my mom does jello shots with a spoon.  Oh, she was sharing them! LOL!

Day 54:  The little mushrooms (called Dunce Caps) that have been popping up in our yard this summer.  They make me smile; I can't help but think of fairies and gnomes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 37 Through 45

Days 37 Through 45 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)




Day 37:  My two-year anniversary at work.  I love my job and the people I work with; so lucky!

Day 38:  Lunch date on the patio with two wonderful friends.

Day 39:  When your husband brings you home a Brownie Batter Blizzard from Dairy Queen.

Day 40:  What I thought was a weed is actually the plant my husband and I planted several years ago.  How lovely are those pretty white flowers?

Day 41:  When I stumble upon gems like this.  Pretty sure I need to buy it!

Day 42:  The excitement of starting a new book!

Day 43:  Ice cream treats at work.  Yum!

Day 44:  Looking through old photos and reminiscing.  This picture was taken in 2006 in Wiconsin Dells on the first vacation Mitch and I took together.

Day 45:  This furry little butt.

Monday, July 20, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 28 Through 36

Days 28 Through 36 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)




Day 28:  Burgers and onion rings (plus the super yummy onion ring dip) for dinner.  Hit the spot!

Day 29:  Beads of water on the deck from afternoon rains.  I will never tire of looking at water droplets.

Day 30:  Christmas in July at the thrift store!

Day 31:  Watching this pretty little guy - I believe he's an American Goldfinch - fly around the backyard.  I wish I would have had my good camera ready to capture his beauty.

Day 32:  Prints ordered for my library!  I love Etsy!

Day 33:  Spending the holiday with family.

Day 34:  The sign my father-in-law put in his front yard.  SO.APPROPRIATE.

Day 35:  My cousin's wedding invite came in the mail.  Hands down the  most unique and fun invitation I've ever received!  I could think of a more perfect way for these two writers to do this!

Day 36:  My dad received the "Safe Helmet Award" for having his helmet on when he hit a deer on his motorcycle going 70 mph back in April. So proud he takes safety seriously!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Smile

Just some summer humor from a very pale gal!




Saturday, July 18, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 19 Through 27

Days 19 Through 27 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)




Day 19:  My little gnome collection.  (This year I decided to display my gnomes inside the house.  I needed some summer decorations around the place and I didn't want to put the gnomes outside where they would slowly but surely get ruined by the elements so it was an all-around win-win situation!  I wish I would have thought of it sooner!)

Day 20:  Watching Crickett and Rizzo trying to help themselves to a treat from the open treat jar offered to them.  They were not successful.  They also didn't understand teamwork.

Day 21:  A beautiful evening walk with my little family.

Day 22:  Enjoying the Red Vines licorice Mitch had waiting for me when I got home from work.

Day 23:  An Etsy message that my purchases have been shipped!

Day 24:  The sunset after tonight's storm.  Mother Nature sure is a talented artist.

Day 25:  My tiny gnome homes are here (already!)!  Absolutely giddy!  They are so marvelous!

Day 26:  Basking in the morning sun with my fur-baby.  (Before yelling at her to stop rolling in bird poop!)

Day 27:  Finally getting photos from my cousin's bachelorette party and bridal shower (both in May!) uploaded to Facebook.  I love sharing memories!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days 10 Through 18

Days 10 Through 18 of the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  (Descriptions left to right, top to bottom.)



Day 10:  The beginnings of fruit on our pear and apple trees.

Day 11:  Having a visitor while reading in my library.

Day 12:  Relay for Life.  Words can't describe how awful cancer is but this event is so incredibly beautiful.

Day 13:  Crickett adopted the ottoman in my library as her own.  I was hoping she'd start laying on there while I read; so excited she decided to start doing that!

Day 14:  A visit to the library to pick up my next book club read.

Day 15:  Buttery popcorn, so ridiculously yummy.

Day 16:  Lunch break with my parents and sister at a local cafe.  Good company and good food.

Day 17:  Thrifting date with sissy.

Day 18:  Hearing MmmBop by Hanson on the radio's "Old School Drive at 5."  I still think that song is pretty darn fun!

Monday, July 13, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - 100 Happy Days, Days One Through Nine

I put the 100 Happy Days Challenge on my 101 in 1001 list and decided my birthday - June 2nd - was the perfect day to start.  And because the challenge is such a wonderful one (everyone should do it!), I figured I would share all my happy days here on the blog.

So, here we go!  Days One Through Nine (descriptions left to right, top to bottom):



Day 1:  Coming home after being gone for 10 days.  Vacation was fun but there's no place like home!  (I'm hoping that eventually I'll get around to blogging about said vacation.)

Day 2:  Laundry straight from the dryer.

Day 3:  Coming back to work after vacation to birthday decorations and donuts!  My coworkers are so awesome!  

Day 4:  A fun evening of painting with some wonderful ladies.

Day 5:  Staying up late to finish a book.

Day 6:  Watching my former league-mates play (and win!) their bout this morning at the BrewHaHa Roller Derby Tournament.

Day 7:  Watching my guilty pleasure with my favorite little girl.

Day 8:  Parking in the middle of the garage when my husband is out of town.  

Day 9:  Watching beautiful sunrises from bed.  Not a bad way to start the day.  (Hard to believe the rest of the day was cloudy and rainy.)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Catching Up: March Tidbits

Looks like I now have March AND April events to catch up on because I was a slacker last month!

In addition to the library's book sale (highlight of the month!) and finishing my puzzle, here are a few other things from the month of March.

The weather in March was beautiful; most of the month felt like spring rather than winter.  It was definitely not typical North Dakota weather but that was okay by most everyone.


The nice weather meant that Mitch, Crickett, and I got in quite a few walks.  It's always enjoyable going out as a family even if there is a lot of awkwardness and not much exercise involved.  You'd think Crickett would have the hang of walks by her sixth year of participating in them . . . 


I started trying to update my wardrobe and failed miserably; I'm still failing miserably to this day.  Most of the problem is that I just can't find anything I like (seriously, why are things like acid wash back in style?!!!) and if I do like something it's either too expensive for this cheapskate or doesn't fit well when I try it on.  *Sigh*  (Yes, the problems I have.)


Mitch and I did our flooring shopping (which has now been installed for several weeks - I'll get caught up eventually!) and finalized our furniture shopping (which should all be here tomorrow!).


The finish work (trim, closet doors, ledges, etc.) in the basement was completed .  Crickett wasn't too impressed with the fact that we wouldn't let her visit the workers.


Stay tuned for April 2015 updates!  Hopefully that happens sooner than later!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Smile

It's definitely feeling like spring here in North Dakota!  Hope you're all enjoying some lovely weather as well!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

101 in 1001, Round 2 - Update 3

I'm exited to share that I've crossed two more tasks off my 101 in 1001 list!

Earlier this month I completed the 1000-piece puzzle I started at the end of January.  It's interesting how the whole puzzle process worked; some days finding pieces that fit together took very little effort, if any, while other days it took a good half hour before I found a match.  Some days the puzzle was a relaxing activity and others it was a little annoying and I'd only get that one match before quitting.  While it was an enjoyable activity overall, I'm not sure it's a hobby I'll be taking up any time soon.  I have too many other things I want to do and, let's be honest, naps I want to take!  And an observation on the below picture: how adorable is Crickett's little photo bomb?!



Yesterday I finished the audio book I started a couple weeks ago.  I had heard that Bossypants was a great book and when I learned the audio version was read by Tina Fey herself, I thought it would be the perfect choice for this task.  I wanted something light and easy to follow, a novel that didn't require a lot of concentration on my part because I was planning on listening to it in my car on the drive to and from work.  Tina Fey - who has a great narrating voice, in my opinion - shared some wonderful observations and hilarious anecdotes.  I wonder how crazy I looked driving along by myself laughing hysterically?  If you haven't read (or listened) to this book, I highly recommend it.

Here are three of my favorite quotes from the book:

Contrary to what I believed as a little girl, being the boss almost never involves marching around, waving your arms, and chanting "I am the boss, I am the boss!"

"Defective" was a big word in our house.  Many things were labeled "defective" only to miraculously turn functional once the directions had been read more thoroughly.

When people say, "You really, really must" do something, it means you don't really have to.  No one ever says "You really, really must deliver the baby during labor."  When it's true, it doesn't need to be said.