Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Bullets

  • I haven't got my hair cut since November 2009. Isn't that awful?! I keep meaning to make an appointment, but never seem to get around to it. Plus, getting my hair cut is not my idea of a good time; I don’t enjoy the idle chit-chat that it requires. Anyhoo, here's a picture of the cut I want. Will it look like that after I come home and try to style it? Of course not, but it’s fun to dream. Where exactly does one learn the tricks to styling hair?

  • On Monday, Mitch and I finally got my fruit crate labels hung up in the dining room. I was going to buy frames for them but Mitch had the wonderful idea to build the side of a crate to put them on instead; they look great. We put two crates on the yellow wall and one on the green wall. This one is by far my favorite label - I kind of want to live in that picture.

  • Last night I barged in on my parents uninvited and ordered my mom to sew the missing buttons back on my coat. Let's give her a round of applause for her great work (and for putting up with a domestically deficient daughter like me). Thanks, Mom!

  • I'm getting very crabby with our weather. Winter needs to end already; I'm so sick of gloomy skies and nothing but white scenery. Last year it was 70 degrees and sunny; today's forecast looked like this (with the rest of the week quite similar)

  • Why is it I can't get my Florida vacation posts finished (or started for that matter)? It's been almost three months since our trip and I haven't even blogged about half of it! Well, here's a little vacation tidbit to get me rolling again. Mitch and I decided that for every vacation we go on together as a married couple, we're going to buy a Christmas ornament to commemorate the trip. We got one in Hawaii during our honeymoon, and here is the one we got in Florida at Walt Disney World.
  • Monday, March 28, 2011

    Winter Blues

    Dear Spring,

    Feel free to join us here in North Dakota. We'd love to see you!



    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Hooked on Roller-Derby

    Last night I had the pleasure of watching my little sister, "Knotty B. Knockout," skate in her first roller-derby bout. SO MUCH FUN! I cannot wait to watch her team compete again; hopefully it's soon because I'm officially hooked! If you ever have a chance to see a roller derby bout, I highly recommend it. Now I want to hear from you: If you were to join roller-derby, what name would you choose for your alternate personality?

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Friday Finds

    Please Fire Me is a site where workers can submit "get-me-outta-here" war stories. It's quite humorous. Here are a few of my favorites. Happy Friday!

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Thursday 13: Brought to You by the Letter "P"

    1. Paint – I LOVE looking at paint samples; these displays are definitely the best area of home improvement stores.

    2. Paisley – My all-time favorite pattern.

    3. Pears – Mitch and I planted two pear trees in our yard last spring. I cannot wait until they start producing fruit!

    4. Pearls – I do not care for them at all. I know they are considered classy, but I think they just look tacky.

    5. Pedicure – I’ve never had one and have no interest in having one.

    6. Pillow – I like mine fluffy, Mitch likes his flat.

    7. Pineapple – My favorite fruit.

    8. Poetry – I just cannot get into this genre of writing.

    9. Popcorn – I could eat this every day.

    10. Prairie – I’m definitely a prairie girl. I’d take the flat grasslands over mountains any day.

    11. Pudding – My favorite kind is tapioca.

    12. Pulse – I don’t like seeing, hearing, or feeling a heartbeat. It makes me queasy.

    13. Purple – My favorite color. Also the color Mitch and I plan on painting our family room when its finished.

    More Thursday 13!

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    Sunday Smile

    Happy first day of spring!

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Friday Finds

    I saw this pixelated pillow in my Redbook Magazine and thought I should share it with all of you. I'm in love with it.

    I've taken an interest in pillows as of late and decided to look at the others offered on this site. I also fell in love with this funky graphic

    and this pretty interpretation of bicycles.

    Of course, I couldn't stop my browsing at just pillows. I also found this bookend that would look oh so cute in my scrapbooking room

    and the piece de resistance:

    *SIGH* I want this abacus hanging on a wall in my house.

    Check out CB2 for more wonderful items like these!

    Happy Friday!

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Thursday 13: Shades of Green

    I'm not Irish, but I do love the color green. I thought I would dig through my photos and find some featuring shades of green. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Let's Talk About Pi(e)

    Happy Pi Day! Here are a few fun facts for the day:

    Pi has been studied for over 4,000 years

    The symbol for Pi has been used regularly for over 250 years

    Pi Day is also Albert Einstein's birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. Einstein!

    There is no zero in the first 31 digits of Pi

    At position 763, there are six nines in a row; this is known as Feynman Point.

    Now I want to hear your thoughts on sweet pies. What is your favorite kind of pie? What is your least favorite kind of pie? My favorites are Cherry and Peach, my least favorites are Blueberry and Key Lime.

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Florida Vacation, Part 3

    Remember that Florida vacation Mitch and I took in January - the one I started to tell you about and then quit after the Harry Potter adventures? Yeah, I haven't forgotten about the rest of the vacation and figured it's about time I stop being a bad blogger and share the rest of our adventures with you all! Here goes!

    Day one of our vacation was spent at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The majority of the day was spent at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (click here and here for those posts) and then the time we had left that evening was spent wandering around other areas of the park.

    Jurassic Park! I really liked this area of the park; I thought the Jurassic Park movies were great when I was younger. The Jurassic Park River Adventure ride was fun but I really wanted to ride the Pterandon Flyers and was disappointed to learn that the only way adults can ride is if they are accompanying a child. Mitch and I thought they should have had a child-rental service somewhere so couples like us could enjoy all the rides. Perhaps I should have put that in the suggestion box?

    Toon Lagoon! This was a very cute area of the park. I thought the quote bubbles they had scattered around were a lot of fun.

    The Incredible Hulk Coaster! I'm not really one for rides; I don't go on anything that spins or goes upside down; needless to say, Mitch had to do some attractions alone. He didn't mind ("Single riders get on the rides faster!" he exclaimed) and I always have a good time people-watching (Ladies, when did leggings become a substitute for pants?)

    Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe! As we were leaving the park, I saw a shop made just for me. *Sigh*

    Day two of our vacation began again at Universal's Islands of Adventure. We had a few things we wanted to finish up at that park before we headed over to the Universal Studios Florida park.

    Another walk through Toon Lagoon!

    Mitch and I made the mistake of riding Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges first thing in the morning. Here's a description of the ride from the website:

    Set sail for uncharted hilarity as you help Popeye the Sailor Man rescue Olive from the clutches of that big blowhard Bluto. Brave white-water rapids as this twisting, turning raft ride makes you wish you'd have brought your spinach... and a towel.

    Some man getting off the ride when we were getting on informed us that we would get WET. Wet was an understatement - we got SOAKED and my jeans weren't dry until the end of the day, eight hours later. Walking around in wet pants all day was not the most enjoyable experience I've ever had on a vacation.

    Storm Force Accelatron! Another ride that Mitch had to go on by himself. Obviously that didn't stop him from having a good time!

    Tomorrow I'll share more from day two of our vacation!

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    Another Book Sale and Happy Birthday

    Saturday marked another spring book sale at the library! I tell you, it feels like Christmas when I walk into that room filled with row upon row of books. This year's numbers: 30 books for $2.00, approximately 6.67 cents per book. YAY!

    Here is a list of my finds:

    1. Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity by Kerry Cohen
    2. The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman
    3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    4. Meeting Luciano by Anna Esaki-Smith
    5. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
    6. The Woman and the Ape by Peter Hoeg
    7. Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi
    8. The Second Death of Unica Aveyano by Ernesto Mestre-Reed
    9. Brown Eyes Blue by Carolyn Meyer
    10. The Kids are Gone; The Dog is Depressed & Mom's on the Loose by Shelley Fraser Mickle
    11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    12. Now You See Her by Whitney Otto
    13. The Seamstress by Frances De Pontes Peebles
    14. Good Hearts by Reynolds Price
    15. The Promise of Rest by Reynolds Price
    16. Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price
    17. What Happened to Henry by Sharon Pywell
    18. My Jim by Nancy Rawles
    19. Mollie Peer by Van Reid
    20. Rowing in Eden by Barbara Rogan
    21. Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers
    22. I Loved You All by Paula Sharp
    23. H by Elizabeth Shepard
    24. The Ballad of Pinewood Lake by Jory Sherman
    25. Anywhere but Here by Mona Simpson
    26. The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton
    27. Molly Flanagan and the Holy Ghost by Margaret Skinner
    28. Daughters of Captain Cook by Linda Spalding
    29. Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
    30. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

    Now, where to put all of these books . . .

    On another note, Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother-in-law! Have a wonderful day!

    As I got out my camera last night, my mother-in-law told me that there should be no pictures taken because she didn't look very good. So, what do I do? I took a photo and have now posted it on my blog for the world to see. Here's what I have to say in my defense: She always looks great, whether she's in sweats or all dolled up.