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Things I Love Thursday!


Things I Love Thursday!

November!: You can’t even know how excited I am that it’s no longer October. October was a whirlwind of emotion that made my world spin and overwhelmed and exhausted me. So much that I had to take a day off to recoup. But I feel mucho recharged and in a much better place moving forward. I think November is going to hold lots of good things! What are you looking forward to in November?

Volunteering: I got back into the Volunteer bug again. I signed up for a 20’s & 30’s night at the Oregon Food Bank and it ended up being so much fun! Grant you, I don’t want to look at another pinto bean or twist tie for quite some time, but it was definitely worth my 2.5 hrs. And just in case you’re wondering how much you can really do in 2.5 hrs . . . This was the first time all of the volunteers that signed up showed up and with 41 volunteers we packages over 12,000lbs of food which accumulated to feeding over 9,000 people. In a time when hunger in America (1/3 of that being children), that number blows my mind. If you haven’t gotten involved in your community yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s worth it! “There by the grace of God go I”

Sleep: They say most people are getting too little sleep. I can attest to that. If you haven’t slept lately, you really should. Turn off the electronics, so no for a night and go to bed early. You’ll be amazed at how recharged you’ll feel!


 Little Loves . . .

 My skelly socks ♥ My chocolate pumpkin cupcakes being a hit  Sitting practically front row at football games  Finally getting to wear my zombie pin again  New bras & comfy pants  Fake tattoos  Coming to peace with a piece of jewelry  Finding a henna shop in ptown. I can’t wait to go! ♥ Road trips with the boys  Giving advice only to realize that I need to take it  Rocking my day of the dead makeup last weekend  Hugs. Even if only for a moment.  Apples & peanut butter  My new pants turning my legs blue because I have a tendency to ignore that “wash before wear” statement  Half-time shows of the thriller dance and jack skelington. My world was blown! ♥ Contemplating new hairs for the new season  The Pandora oldies station. Love!  Offers for new football games. Dare I?  Laughing till your sides hurt  Build Me Up Buttercup, Mr Postman, Can’t Hurry Love, and My Boyfriend’s back. So danceable!  Snuggling with Boo on cold mornings  Planning a December giveaway. Stay tuned! ♥ Nothing sexier than a hairnet and apron. At that point, everyone looks the same so you better have a great personality! ♥ The blog post ideas finally rolling in  Comfy sweaters in bright colors  Kicking it into high gear at work today! Halloween candy overload A cooking weekend at home

 Stand By Me (Btw, these videos remind me how much some people can’t dance)

Dream Lover


Hit The Road Jack


What are you loving this thursday?



Happy First Day of Fall

Wishing you all a wonderful first day of fall! It probably won’t feel like fall until Sunday around here, but for now I’m going to enjoy the sunrises and 80 degree weather while it is here. That also won’t stop me from celebrating some new fall goodness thought!

I’m trying not to stress out over finding out that my esthetician is on vacay until it’s too late. Argh! Such is the agony. I shouldn’t stress, I’m sure there’s plenty in the city and there’s bound to be someone decent and available. It’s just a bummer. I wanted it all taken care of before Cali so I didn’t have to think about it. I will succeed!

On the flip side though, I gots my hairs did! I was gettin’ shaggy and that’s just no bueno. I have to say, I have one of the most awesome hair dressers in the world. She’s sweet, efficient and super knowledgeable. Loves! There are certain things I’m willing to pay good money for . . . a good hair stylist is at the top of the list! It always makes me feel good and pretty. And my hair always thanks me back.

After that, I found myself wandering back into Lane, the land of hopes and dreams. And my dreams were answered. My biggest shopping peeve lately? Them not having dark denim bootcuts in my size. For heavens sake, these are a staple people! How could you have every other size? Despite this, in a last-ditch effort I decided to pull out the averages and just hope they’d be long enough . . . And they were!!! Wahoots! Between body shrinkage and old jeans wearing out, I’ve been dying to find another pair that fit that I can wear to work. Even better? They had the bow heels in my size! It was like shoe fate! I have a rule about big purchases that could potentially be on a whim . . . I require myself to wait at least 24 hours before buying. I gave myself at least 48 so I’m safe. Or at least that’s what I’ll tell myself while I’m towering over in my fun bow shoes. And the icing to it all? Tights! That’s right, I bought tights. Two pair even. I’m not sure what’s come over me, but I love the fun idea of textured tights this year. I have a secret outfit fantasy of wearing one of my long dark skirts, textured tights and my knee-high boots. It screams yummy, sumptuous, cozy fall. It goes along with my other daydream of snuggling in a comfy shirt, panties and socks while reading a book on a rainy day.


Other Things I Look Forward To This Fall:

N Chai lattes
N Foggy days
N Reading in bed
N Listening to the rain
N Boo walks
N Chunky sweaters
N White pumpkins
N Halloween
N Leaves turning colors
N Cool travel
N Movie nights
N Cooking & baking
N Arts and crafts
N Curls
N Bandanas
N Hats, scarves & gloves
N Painting nights
N Walks outside in the cool air

So what other things are you looking forward to this season?


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A Very Happy Un-Birthday

Birthdays are kind of funny. I love my birthday, I’m a big fan of it. This year was sort of random though. It was very fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. I woke up feeling sort of like “huh, this is 26?” Doesn’t really feel like I thought it would. Not sure what I thought, but it’s different.

This year was filled with a whole week of goodness. I took friday off and my mom & I gallavanted up through the gorge to the Bonneville Hot Springs. What an odd place on the outside, kind of reminds me of an early 90’s shilo inn, but inside is stunning. And you can’t really beat a lovely eucalyptus tub soak, a wrap and then a massage. Some massages are great, other ones it’s kind of like “aaaaaah” in an ugh sort of way. Afterwards we skedaddled up along the coast, had pizza in the cutes town and oggled the kite boarders while eating chocolate caramels. Like you do . . . 

Monday was lovely with my friend and her boy toy cooking me a wonderful pot roast meal. It was muy bueno! And then, of course, I persuaded them to come to the driving range with me. Oh yeah baby! My friend gave me a funny look, but then looky what happened . . . she found it supa dupa fun and now she’s golfing all the time. Complete with her own driver and glove. That silly girl should listen more often, hehe.

Tuesday, my actual birthday, was spent at work getting some Happy Birthdays and general well to-dos. I later persuaded my friend to go sail boating with me. You don’t even know how lovely it was! It was the perfect night, no jacket really needed. And you can’t beat being on the water, in a boat for your birthday with the sun setting over the city. And I got to check it off of my list! Eeeeee!

Eventually it was time to head home, but I felt a birthday cannot be complete without a wish. So I drove to the store in search of a cupcake, which of course they didn’t have, and then persuaded myself for chocolate pie, which of course they didn’t have, and then finally settled on chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cups and raspberries. It was quite tasty and by the time I returned home, the melty goodness was ripe for pink candles. And because I was making my own wish concoction and because I can, I made three wishes. You should try it!

All in all, a very successful birthday! How do you like to celebrate?



Weekend Goodness

Ya know, I just realized it’s Monday and I still owe several posts from last week! Ugh. But, I figure that the only place to begin is where you are so here I start. This weekend was great and adventurous in a way that only other people can dream about. Or at least I hope it comes off that way, hehe.

I spent early Saturday morning givin’ it up to the blood pirates. Round two went much better this time. My favorite question they always ask me? “What the heck are you doing all the way up here?!” I can’t help the drive, but my loyalty to the group up there because of all of the help they’ve provided is unwavering. Thankfully, I was able to get them to take out of my left arm this time so there wasn’t a dead arm out with one I primarily use. I also found out about the potential for me to give double red cell donations rather than whole blood. They say that for those who can give, sometimes it’s better than whole blood because it can give you an extra bit of oomph back and you aren’t quite as lethargic. The only caveat is that I’d have to wait 4 months between each donation so I’d only be able to give 3 times a year. We shall see I guess. Thankfully this time hasn’t been quite as hard-hitting as the last (knock on wood). Though of course, me being me, I like to put that to the test with things like puppydog washes afterwards and no nap time. Ah, such is the life.

And just to make sure I pushed my potential for exhaustion to the limit, Sunday was extra eventful! I really miss the ability to sleep in. Oh I can nap like nobody’s business, but actually sleeping in doesn’t really happen much anymore. I’m thankful if I make it to 8. That being said, I woke up bright and early and met a friend for a carb-filled breakfast (they said I could) at Cup & Saucer in NoPo. Though definitely slower-than-usual service, it was a meal to be thankful for. I was so stuffed afterwards though!

We suddenly hit a heat wave in Portland this weekend. And I say “heat wave” gingerly for the sheer fact that the rest of the country has been baking their brains like over-easy eggs and we just now hit our first 90+ degree day of the summer. But me being me who just gave blood, and a Portlander, the idea of staying in town baking or staying in my house in the air conditioning all day didn’t sound all that convincing. So instead, I headed out on my own little adventure towards the aquarium.

I don’t take summer vacations so I always forget about summer traveling traffic. It’s the bane of my existence. I hate just sitting with nowhere to go. At least it was a lovely day and I finally got my chocolate peanut butter ice cream cone! Eventually I finally made it and just in time too! I purposely go to places like the aquarium at the end of the day because the potential for less screaming kids is exponential. I will warn that there is a slight hole in this theory in that the ones who are still there . . . are super tired. They’re like little time buzzers, they go off to let you know you’ve spent just enough time at that exhibit and it’s time to move on. Like cranky ushers. That being said, the entire coast line was socked in fog and it was about 20 degrees cooler there than in town so it was wonderful. My favorite exhibits are the sea lions, the fish tunnel, the jellyfish and the tide pool exhibit where you can touch everything. I love tide pools! It’s the kiddy explorer in me.

At 5 I started my trek home. I still have yet to do my beach trip for the year, but being near it was a nice break. However, the drive home quickly reminded me why I stay home during the summer . . . Accident traffic jam. A big one. A quarter of the way into the journey. It wouldn’t be so terrible if there weren’t jack-assey drivers trying to sneak their way in thinking they can get just an inch ahead. I love passing them later on though. So we sat. And sat. And sat some more. And I was reminded quickly that I need to take my car back in to get my breaks looked at. Once finally through, I opted for the detour drive to instead come up the main part of the state on the highway. Knowing that there would definitely be more stoppage, this was so much quicker!

And of course, after my 3 hour drive home (yes, three hours!) I made it just in time for the market deli to still be semi-open and for the wonderful man to help me with chicken skewers and tongs for salad. God bless that man for my stomach was starting to eat my backbone by then.

All in all, a successful weekend. Now back to the grind!


Things I Love Thursday!

Oh thursday, you are wonderful! Delightful even! This week has been quick, but I find it to be a good thing in regards to my health. I’m still recovering from this crappy cold/flu thing so endless sleep is still sounding glorious to me. I’m just about over it so long as I can get rid of this stupid head sniffle bologna. It’s so nice and lovely out, all I want is to have my energy back and to go play in the sun. I’m doing a little bit more each day so I’m taking that as a positive sign!

Mary Poppins Tickets ~ I bit the bullet. I wasn’t really planning on it, it just sort of popped into my head. I got a discount on the tickets and the allure of the box seats were calling to me. So I bit the bullet and now my friend and I are going to see the chimney sweeps on Sunday. Secretly, I’m giddy with excitement. Another cultural even, a fun broadway show and songs that make me smile. Oooo la la!

New Hairs ~ There’s few things as fantastic feeling as a new do! Ok ok, there are lots of things that feel fantastic, but by golly that will not be diminishing my sheer joy for new hairs. I love my hair gal, she’s super sweet and flexible beyond belief for my schedule. And she was patient enough to wait with me during a “brief” unexpected delay prior to getting started. What a doll! And now I can feel human and pretty again. Now I can have a foxy day tomorrow. Magnifique!

 Hardy Fuschias ~ I’m secretly in love with this nursery booth at the farmer’s market. They have great prices and beautiful plants. I’m addicted to their $5 hardy fuschia plants. I bought one and then went back for more. Now, I really should plant them . . .

Little Loves . . . 

Red gummy bears. They’re nostalgic.  80 degree weather! It’s so lovely to have warm sunny weather that’s perfect for crops and tops.  Long-time-no-see-friend hugs  Getting over it. Sometimes, you just need to.  Sweet pea bunches  Teriyaki chicken and beef kabobs. I’m in LUV!  My new huge chair. I love the big chair. Sadly though, I have a feeling Boo is using it during the day. Not sure how I feel about that . . .  Tank tops. I may not love my arms right now, but sometimes you need as little clothing as possible.  Learning new things again at work. First it was exchange, now it’s forms. I may not want to do it all, but it’s nice to know.  Head scarves and bandanas  Sidewalk chalk drawings  Feeling clean. There is nothing like a nice shower after feeling all icky.  Chocolate cream pie. I rarely have pie, let alone decadent pie, but this was delicious!  Remembering on pay-day a big expense I had forgotten about while budgeting. Phew! Foxy day tomorrow “No, it’s the hand-job police” Deodorant. I know, it’s a common thing. But really, you should love it too. Scheduling my hotel room for Bend. I’m so excited!!! Now just need to buy my ticket. “I accept that”  Evening talks with Pops on the porch Feeling back to “normal” again

 Sucker Punch. I finally watched it and it was exactly how I hoped.


 Hugs & Love for Thursday perfection!


Things I Love Thursday!


Is it friday yet? ‘Cause I’d really like it to be friday. I haven’t been giving my body the proper rest it deserves and now it’s biting back. I think it might be a tea morning. I went to bed waaaay too late again last night and then was treated to the pleasant sounds of the puppydog’s upset tummy starting at 5am. Yum! Poor Boo. Poor Me. Must. Sleep. Ugh. Other than that though things are good. It really needs to warm back up here in Ptown. We got one really good day in the 80’s and then tanked again. It is depressing lol. I want sunshine! I could be awake for sunshine. Well, hopefully you all are drenched in goodness and sunshine this thursday. And love . . .


 Kalhua Brownies & Family Dinners ~ Last night was family dinner night at the gparent’s place. It was so nice to be able to go and relax and talk with everyone. I even made Kalhua brownies for the occasion complete with Kalhua frosting on the side. And I will admit, they came out pretty good. But my favorite thing . . . corn! I’ve had such a hankering for corn on the cob lately like nobody’s business. It really hit the spot.

 Tickety Goodness ~ I finally bit the bullet and bought tickets to the things I’ve been wanting to see this summer. I bought a ticket for Matisyahu at the zoo at the end of July and a ticket for Les Mis at the beginning of August. I’m sooooo excited for Matisyahu, I’ve been wanting to see him live FOREVA. And from what I’ve seen, I think he might be better live. And Les Mis, I think I’m wanting to see it because of nostalgic reasons (I’ve sung the music) and because I didn’t want to regret not going when I had the opportunity. The first box seat in the first row doesn’t hurt too badly either. Hehe. One ticket left to buy though. Still debating on buying a ticket to Pink Martini in Bend at the end of July. I’d really like to stay there again and I loved the last concert. I think the big debate is on whether or not to stay there one night or two. Last time I did one night and it was fun, but felt a little rush. We shall see . . .

Little Loves . . . 

♥ Being in a good place again  Buying a grill! Oh my geez. And now my Dad fixed the side shelves by adding bolts so I’m doubly happy!  Late nights of good clean fun  Perfecting my golf swing and winning ♥ Super 8. So much fun!  Getting back to my budget  Deer crossings  Cooking more at home again   Achieving my credit card goal this month  Sleeping in with Boo  My mom: “It’s ok if you want to do golf balls instead.”  Tackling the endless clothes pile at the foot of my bed finally  Sons of Anarchy. I’ve become addicted. Crap.  Warm summer days heading our way again  Dreaming of wearing scarfs and skirts again  My Dad after telling him of his F-day gift: “Oh geez, how much did that set you back?!” Me: “Nunya . . . Nunya business pops.”  Clean Boo. Who doesn’t love when their dog smells clean?  Pork products on the fly. My family would be so proud.  Learning the difference between platelets and plasma  Contemplating training again. I need to do something with this lifestyle because being a couch potato just don’t cut it  Planning the gun range, kayaking and Seattle this month. Can’t wait!  Family dinners  Kalhua brownies  Don’t think, just do.  Commando  Linen pants. So comfy!  Breaking out my blue wedges again finally  Baby wipes: they smell good, they clean things and now they come in awesome packaging. It’s a trifecta!  A clean sweep this weekend. I really need to finish my house cleaning. I can’t take it anymore!  Peonies, delicious peonies. ♥  Farmer’s markets. I’m definitely going this weekend . . .



Happy Thursday lovies! 


Peony Gardens and Operation Clean Sweep

I woke up this morning to a room full of sunshine. What a wonderful way to wake up! Who could ask for anything better? Ok, maybe add kisses to that. I could be really happy waking up to sunshine and kisses. I laid in bed for a while with the puppydog. Finally made myself watch Get Low. Thankfully it was exactly what I expected. Dark with some amusing moments, not half bad all together. This weekend I watched Salt, Get Low and The Rite. All of which I’ve been meaning to see. I consider this to be productive.

After that I made myself finally get up and on with the day. I made up the car and packed up Boo for a road trip to the Peony gardens. I heart mini road trips. Long enough to relax and short enough not to kill your entire day. The first place was super easy to find. It was truly a beautiful sight – rows upon rows of peonies. For a girl who loves peonies, it was lovely! Unfortunately they were in transition with bringing out new buckets of purchasable flowers, but I think I made out like a bandit with a bouquet of four fluffy white & pink ones and four deep red ones that have petals surrounding a center puff. I love that each flower is different. Unique. For the sake of things, I also travelled down the road to another peony grower and boy am I glad I did! Though quite the jaunt up a back dirt road that leads you into the middle of nowhere, you’re kept company along your journey by wandering quail and lush greenery. It’s like going to wonderland once you come out of it all. And you know I’d have to buy four of those giant peonies the size of dinnerplate dahlias. Amazing! I will definitely be partaking in the goodness of peonies for as long as humanly possibly this season.

Afterwards I came back up to town and had lunch outside with the lovely Miss K. It was so nice to stress out with someone else over salad, pesto pasta and bread. Sometimes, you really need to know you aren’t alone. I’m feeling a lil better about my stressing, but definitely still a work in progress. I pray this week will be tons better! Then I came home and took a nap. I think I’ve been wearing myself down to the point of exhaustion. This breaking down and rebuilding stuff is a bitch. But I guess it’s the only way to move forward. Three hours later, definitely not what I meant to do, I took a little trip to the store for dinner and then came home and watched reruns for an hour. Nothing like a good rerun that you can half watch but don’t have to fully commit to.

And then the urge hit . . . The cleaning urge.

They say that your surroundings and home reflect your current mental state. If that’s true, I’m a ridiculous mess. I’ve been avoiding cleaning like the plague and it definitely looked like it. So I’m the girl who starts cleaning the house like a mad woman at 8 o’clock on a sunday night because I just can’t take it anymore. A dishwasher load, two laundry loads, a kitchen scrub, a crazy lady vacuum spree and a living room tidy later and I’m pooped! But I feel a helluva lot better about starting the day fresh tomorrow. I think I’m going to go to work tomorrow and then come home and finish with the clean sweep. I’ve been avoiding it too long and it’s about damn time I wade my way through it.

Today was made for goodness and getting things done. Here’s to today and tomorrow!

Hugs & Love!