Things I Love Thursday!



Happy Thursday!!! I dearly hope the world is treating you write and that your week is abounding with goodness. I’ve been slowly putting some pieces together this week in terms of what I want my life to look like and how to make that happen. It’s an interesting road to be one, but definitely an adventure! Thus far I’m decided that I want to spend more time with the puppydog and my family, I want to work on my own schedule, I need to put myself back on hormones (ack!) to prevent ughyness and I’m thrilled to be in a different place right now. I’ve also decided that I love these things . . .

♥ Valentine’s Day! ~ Umm yeah, I don’t know about you but I heart the heart day. It’s awesome. No matter if I’m single or note, I’ve always been in love with it. A whole day of wearing all the pink and red I want with fun hearts, doing fun things for my loves and surprising people with goodness. Oh yes I will. This year was simple and great. Gave some flowers and goodies to my friends and fam and partook in fun things. All in all, two thumbs up!

♥ Painting? ~ I have been trying to push through an artist block in my brain for weeks now. It’s insanely difficult when all you want to do is paint and your brain refuses to move. Ack!


Little Loves . . .

♥ The commercials for Top Gear. I love the nerdy boy making gun noises while holding a rifle, hehe. ♥ New canvases ♥ Secret government organizations ♥ The Voice. This is my ridiculous new tellie obsession. ♥ How the right east coast accent can make “pawn store” sound like “porn store”, hehe. ♥ Blueberries. I can eat these by the handful! ♥ My moomoo’s vday gift. I’m a sucker for hearts! ♥ CLo’s flirting. I love a short man with a tall personality 😉 ♥ Big bushy hydrangea blooms and vibrant irises ♥ Pink streamers ♥ Making apple pancakes for the first time ♥ Blowing bubbles ♥ Whimsical cards ♥ Watching RvB from the beginning ♥ Days with Boo ♥ My twitter photos suggesting I like the following things: art, my dog, cooking and shoes. I’m ok with that. ♥ Pawn Stars. I’m amazed at how attached people are to things! It’s up there with Hoarders, only they’re trying to get rid of it. ♥ THIS homemade lip scrub recipe. I cannot wait to try it! ♥ Planned Parenthood. I can’t even tell you how thankful I am for them! ♥ Having my boots back again. I left them in someone’s car and I’ve been feeling the need to get out with them and explore. ♥ Opal Apples. I couldn’t help but go get more! ♥ My rented rug doctor. I couldn’t take my carpet being grody and smelling anymore so darnit I did something about it. Fingers crossed that it stays super. ♥ FINALLY getting an additional circuit put in for my bathroom. It’s been so frustrating blowing the circuit every time I wanted to dry my hair. So silly. ♥ This creamsicle dream outfit and this pink delight outfit that reminds me of a cross between Jackie O and Coco Chanel from Miss Bee ♥ Getting real about how much crap I have. I does not matter how much I love it if there is no room for it. Kind of like people I guess. ♥ Being up early again. My body schedule has been so whacked out lately, but I think it’s been affecting my productivity level. So today might be difficult (an understatement) to reset myself, but I know it’s worth it! ♥ Bright blue panties ♥ Buying all of the trident pomegranate & blueberry gum a store has ♥ Digging through the linen in my closet and trying on my long flowy dresses. I cannot wait for summer! ♥

♥PS22 Chorus (better known as the awesome girl from the Target/Adele Grammy ad!) ♥


Adventures In Unemployment: What Happens When You Drop Your Balls And How To Find New Ones

I thought it’d be a good time for an update. So much has happened in the last three weeks! My job, and uber stress, are now gone. It’s left me with a staggering amount of free time and an amazing amount of less stress. I’m a little sad because it’s a completely different lifestyle and gear change and I feel a bit like I’m floating around without purpose right now. But I know that it’s for the right reason and it’ll be for the better. So much potential and opportunity! Right now I really need to put myself back on a schedule and refocus.

My body is thrilled to be less stressed, but I feel a bit fragile. A bit beaten up. Immediately after everything I came home with a gross stomach virus that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. When you feel the urge to sit in the bathtub because you don’t know what else to do, you know it’s good times. I got over that and then threw myself into a crazy job search. I’ve gotten some interesting bites, we’ll see how that goes. I figured out though that my body needs to be back on an even keel. I’ve been off hormones for two months or so now and have done pretty well, but am starting to feel the affects. My skin is freaking out and I’m having a difficult time with my body schedule. Example: I was dead tired at 3am and still couldn’t get to sleep until 6am. It was very sad. And I have a bit of an art block. That’s probably not related, but I’m going to say it is beccause it makes me feel better. I can’t even tell you how thankful I am for Planned Parenthood. Without them, I could potentially be up the the creek without a paddle.

My carpets are now clean thanks to a rent-a-rug-doctor. Frankly, I couldn’t take it anymore. Boo has been taking her vengance out on them and sitting in the living room was defintely not a pleasant experience any longer. Worse, I didn’t want anyone in the house because it was nothing but a big shame train for me. I hate feeling like my house is gross. I know part of it stems from a childhood thing and that most people probably think it’s just fine, but it hasn’t been to me. I am compromising with the acceptance of “it’s good enough”, but just the same I want it to be at a level that I feel comfortable with. I.e. not febreezing to hide and not stashing clothes in my tub briefly so that nobody knows of my secretly huge clothing pile at the end of my bed. I’m spending the next day or so taking care of my crap so I can feel good moving forward. Oh and just to share how awesome sauce it is . . . my Christmas tree and mantle decorations are still up. I am quite sure they won’t be by the end of the week.

Beyond that things are pretty steady. Bad news is co-mingling with good news so it kind of keeps everything even I guess. Or at least there’s a shoulder to lend support when needed. And btw, who doesn’t adore a man who tells you they adore your domestic goddess abilities? Heart!

How are things with you?


Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies! I wish you all a stupedous day filled with love, hugs and goodness.

And remember, storm troopers need love too . . .



PS . . . Enjoy your peanut butter and jelly time and as Dr Ruth would say, don’t forget the condoms!

Ten On Tuesday



1. How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?
I love Valentine’s Day! Always have, always will. It never mattered whether or not I was single, I love a day that celebrates my favorite colors and gives me another excuse to surprise my friends with goodness!

2. Are you in love?
I’m in like ❤

3. What is your favorite love song?
Today it’s one of these two . . .

4. Did your parents do anything for you on Valentine’s Day when you were a child?
My dad was sweet and would bring me home flowers. My mom always made it special with a little something . . . flowers here, a cute pink striped rug there. It’s always a fun exchange.

5. What is your love language? (Click here if you want to take the quiz.)
Words of affirmation and Quality TIme 🙂

6. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Gifts? Dinner?
I love giving little gifts and surprises to my loves. I surprised someone with a voodoo doughnut, muffins and breakfast this weekend. Today I brought my single mom friend flowers and brought my mom chocolate and flowers. I think it’s important to share the love, big or small. Just share.

7. What is your favorite flower?
It depends on the season. Today I was making up bouquets in my head while walking through the floral section of the grocery store. My favorite was of purple iris’, white hydrangea blossoms and white Delphinium. It would have been lovely!

8. What is your favorite love story? (Book and/or movie.)
Anything by Nicholas Sparks. Kathunk kathunk . . .

9. What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you? Or you have done for someone?
This is such a difficult question because every coupling is different. Someone surprised me with sweets, pink streamers and new canvases and I melted in sweetness.

10. How did you meet your spouse/significant other?
The magic of the internet and a second try . . .


Things I Love Thursday!

♥ Volunteer
~ Being currently “unemployed”, I feel it’s important to stay productive and active. And it’s important to do all of those things you said you’d do if you had more time. So I signed up for a volunteer shift at the food bank on friday. It’s the little things you do that matter.

♥ Genuine ~ It’s important to live your life from a genuine and honest place. I’m finding that this includes accepting the risk of being vulnerable and getting comfortable with that. It’s a humbling place to be, but a good one.

Little Luvs . . .

♥ My mom ♥ Writing a one-line journal ♥ Movies with secret scenes at the end ♥ Banana bread muffins ♥ Cherry print boy shorts ♥ Having to teach myself to let the man be the man ♥ Smaller grocery shopping trips ♥ Interviewing ♥ Being downtown and feeling the pulse of the city ♥ Business falling into my lap and persuading me to go a different way ♥ Royal Pains ♥ People who try to shock jock me. Hahaha. You’re funny. ♥ The usher who gives great tips and is super friendly ♥ iPhone mappage ♥ Future camping trips and stargazing ♥ The man signing up to donate with me ♥ Free tickets to OMSI’s Bodyworlds exhibit ♥ Planning vday surprises ♥ Meeting the peeps ♥ TOMS valentine flats. I’m in love! With my heart infatuation, I’m seriously considering these. ♥ My baking bible ♥ Ruby red lips ♥ Do not go gentle into that good night ♥ Harry Connick Jr in SVU ♥ Fun vday DIYs ♥ Red balloons ♥ Chips from SOA being on SVU. Heart! ♥ Schwanns wanting to teach me how to drive stick. Eeek! ♥ Big comfy clothes paired with good butt jeans ♥ Opera night with my single mom friend ♥ Chunky scarves ♥ Dressing up to the hilt ♥


“Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know
Live and die on this day
Live and die on this day”


Do Not Go Gentle


Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~ Dylan Thomas

Adventures In Unemployment: Why Finding Tuna Helper Made Me Happy . . .


Now that I’m unemployed, I find that being fiscally efficient is now more important. Go figure. Oddly enough, I also find part-time employment to be incredibly appealing after the last three years. That being said, cash is king and it’s limited currently, so I’m finding things that I used to do previously to be a great thing . . . Things like saving all of my change, stock piling my cans and bottles to return, and filling my pantry with certain staples like macaroni & chili supplies all come back around to be quite handy. Truly I have enough for four cookings of baked mac and another round or two or chilli. And I’m loving smaller shopping trips and visits to the local market.

I also feel that being unemployed is no excuse for being unproductive. Before noon today I . . . rescheduled my blood pirates donation and got the new man friend to join in. Bonus: we get free tickets to the OMSI exhibit (huzzah!) . . . scheduled for an afternoon shift at the Oregon Food Bank. I’m super stoked to be back there again! I would like to volunteer mucho while I am able . . . Redid my iPod. Again. This is really starting to get irritating. I hope it’s finally solid now that it’s been wiped and reloaded. I miss it in the car . . . Cleaned out & organized my pantry. The bottom shelves of my pantry were kind of the black sheep of the shelving system. The far back shelves hiding miscellaneous boxes of unknown origin that I didn’t purchase. Enough is enough. I reorganized, got rid of the unnecessary and made the other household member face the stock he purchased and make a decision if he was going to use them or not. The lovely thing about cleaning out my pantry? I found tuna helper! I know, silly, but I had a hankering the other day and it was nowhere to be found at the grocery store. It’s the little things . . .

I also am happy to say that my kitchen got uber clean again, I started to resolve my living room carpet issues (ugh. dog.), I did a load of laundry and did a grocery store run. I also applied for 6 jobs of various natures.

Tomorrow I am . . .

tackling my unemployment and cobra to-dos
working with a consulting client and making some dough
making some contacts to hopefully promote future work
finishing up my carpet clean
clearing out my dining room and living room
finishing up my taxes
writing in my one-line journal again
planning some vday goodness


What are your plans for tomorrow?