Monday, February 28, 2011

Month 5 Day 28

Well, friends. Thus ends another Daily Photo month. Now if you'll excuse me, Monday has been so kind to kick my ass today so I'm going to bed.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Month 5 Day 26

I got my hairs cut today. Cut off about three inches. Which was pretty much all split ends. I really need to go more often.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Month 5 Day 25

Tonight was date night. We went to one of our favorite that John loves for the ribs. They're huge.


He definitely enjoyed them.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Month 5 Day 24

I've been lusting after this book tee for a while. I finally ordered it and was ecstatic when it arrived today.

Such a great book and a beautiful design.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Month 5 Day 23

Cooper has started to sleep in the hallway lately. Right outside the laundry closet where we keep his bones and treats. I don't think that's a coincidence.

Hump Day Humor: Abe Lincoln

In honor of it being President's Day on Monday, here's what really happened to Lincoln.

Language is, well, salty. So you might consider it NSFW. Or wear headphones. If you're allowed.



(hat tip Jenny, The Bloggess)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

What is the largest joint in the human body?

The knee.


No winner this week. Come back next week for a new question.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Month 5 Day 22

Happy National Margarita Day!

Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What is the largest joint in the human body?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Month 5 Day 21

I bought this ring for $3 from one of those vendors that comes to my office building. It's so colorful and fun it never fails to brighten my mood.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Month 5 Day 18

Please excuse me if this is incoherent rubbish. I've been up since 5:30 Thursday morning. That's, well, it's more than, er, screw the maths. It's a fucking long time is what it is.

But you see, about 8:30 Thursday night I got a call from my sister. Her water broke and they were en route to the hospital. DH and I made our way to the hospital where we started our vigil waiting for my sister to give birth to my niece. And finally late this afternoon she did. We only just got home.

And before I face planted in my bed, I wanted to share some pictures of my new niece, whom I am already head over heels, completely in love with.

This... is Lily:


With the proud papa:


Ok, so technically, I didn't take this last picture. But since it's of Lily and her favoritest aunt (me) you'll just have to forgive me.



(I didn't realize how tired I look until just now.)

Now if you'll excuse me, my pillow is calling my name.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Month 5 Day 16

This is the main focal wall in our bedroom. I struggle with the shape and style of the headboard versus pretty much the rest of the furniture in the room.

The headboard, which I like by the way, has got these gorgeous curved lines. The rest of the furniture is straight and sleek. They just don't work together for me.

So I'm on the hunt for furniture that will. It doesn't have to match exactly. But look like it belongs in the same room as that headboard.

Hump Day Humor: Dating Will Ferrell

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Games

What was the original name of the popular dice game Yahtzee?

The Yacht Game. It was invented by a Canadian couple who played it with guests aboard their yacht. In 1956 they asked toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe, who had developed Bingo, to manufacture copies to give as gifts for their friends. Lowe convinced them to sell him the rights to the game. The price - one thousand copies of the game.


Congratulations to Kaye for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Month 5 Day 15

Whenever a new baby joined our family, my grandmother would make him or her a baby blanket. Since she is no longer here to make my soon-to-be-born niece her blanket, I decided to learn to how to knit.

So since October, my hands have had knitting needles in them pretty much every chance they had. In the classes I took, they had me start with a washcloth and move on to a scarf. I had to put the scarf aside in order to start the baby blanket. But I'll be finishing that scarf soon.

I started the blanket in December. And I finished it this past weekend. Finally. And just in time too as my niece will be here just about any day now.

Tuesday Trivia: Games

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What was the original name of the popular dice game Yahtzee?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Month 5 Day 13

We don't do gifts for Valentine's Day. But that doesn't mean I completely ignore the day either.

I made a batch of DH's favorite cookies for his Valentine's surprise: snickerdoodles.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Month 5 Day 12

I'm starting to browse for some inspiration and items for a bedroom makeover.

On a trip to some consignment stores today, I didn't find anything for the bedroom. I did, however, find this table for our entry:




I'm thinking I'll probably paint it as the stark white doesn't really fit with our house. Something creamier maybe.

This table is exactly what I've been wanting for our entry. Sturdy. Simple. A great addition in our entryway.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Month 5 Day 10

I had a big empty wall in our living room and wedding stuff I wanted to display. So I decided to get some shelves on which I placed engagement pictures, our wedding guest book, the photo album, my bridal portrait, our sand and a couple lanterns and some of the books from the reception tables.

I realized it's not exactly styled but I love it. Because it reminds me of how much fun I had planning the wedding. But mostly because it reminds me of how I felt that very special day.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Month 5 Day 9

This is Marley. We picked him up in Jamaica on our honeymoon. Absolutely love having him on our mantle.

Hump Day Humor: If Websites Were TV Shows

(hat tip Cary/Bev)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Candy

What popular candy was developed and marketed by a man who had once worked as a dairyman for the Hershey Chocolate Company?

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The man who created the chocolate-covered peanut butter treat was Harry Burnett Reese. His company was purchased by Hershey's for $23.5 million in 1963.

Congratulations to Peggy Brister for being the first to give the correct answer!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Month 5 Day 8

Someone's been a little sleepy this evening.

Tuesday Trivia; Candy

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What popular candy was developed and marketed by a man who had once worked as a dairyman for the Hershey Chocolate Company?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Month 5 Day 7

I love doing a little self pampering. Nothing makes me feel like quite so pretty combined with taking a little me time like painting my nails does.

It also happens to be a small pleasure I love to indulge. Works great as a little pick me up.

When I heard OPI (Do you pronounce it oh-pee or spell it out? I also say oh-pee.) was releasing new colors with a Texas theme, I knew I would be making my way to the nearest beauty store.

Sure enough the Texas line came out and I found myself at Ulta tonight on my way home. I somehow managed to not buy the entire line.

But these are my favorites:

It's Totally Fort Worth It and Austin-Tatious Turquoise

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Month 5 Day 6

When I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen for crescent jam and cheese cookies, I knew that I had to make it. There was no other option.

I finally got around to it this weekend. Mine didn't turn out as pretty, but they're still delicious.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Month 5 Day 5

I bought two pairs of shoes today. And they weren't even for me but a belated Christmas present for DH. (The original Christmas gift didn't fit him, and we just now got around to finding him a Christmas present that fit.)

I deserve a prize for walking out of a shoe store without buying anything for myself. Especially considering there were these cute wedges I kept touching.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Month 5 Day 4

We got snow today. It was supposed to only be a couple inches. But when I woke up this morning, it looked like this:


So went Day 4 of the Never Ending Snow Days. Again, me on the couch with my laptop working. It was nice though. Peaceful.


When I moved to Boston, my parents got me a pair of snow boots. Because there is no shortage of snow in Boston, especially this year.

I lived in these boots all winter long. They kept my feet warm and were great for walking in the snow. But sine I've been moved back to Texas, I get to wear them once, maybe twice a winter.

So I've been thrilled that I could wear them all week.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Month 5 Day 3

One of my favorite memories of my grandmother is how when I visited her from college, she would always make my favorite lunch... homemade corn dogs and apple pie.

Even now I can remember the taste of those corn dogs. The crunch of the thin cornmeal breading. How hot they would be but I just couldn't wait to eat one so I'd always burn my mouth. How she'd wrap them in paper towels. The sharp taste of the mustard I'd dip them in.

When she died almost six years ago now, I inherited her apple pie pan. It's not an expensive dish. Or even a very nice one. But it held great sentimental value for me.

So I was devastated when in a moment of complete inattention, I placed a just baked pie (in that dish) on a hot burner on the stove. (I had thought I had turned on a different burner. Oops.) The dish cracked and could no longer be used for making pies.

My mom, being the sneaky person she is, stole it from my house a little more than a year ago and had it framed along with my grandmother's apple pie recipe and gave it to me as a wedding shower present.

I was most anxious to get our kitchen finished specifically so I could hang it. I love having it in a place where I can see it every day and remember her.

The picture in the frame is a four-generational picture of me as a newborn, my mother, my grandmother and my great-grandmother.

Crazy? I Was Crazy Once

We've been house bound for the last two days stuck due to Icepocalypse 2011. I hadn't been house bound this long since I lived in Boston. That was six years ago.

(Even with the little bit of ice we had, it was just smarter to stay home than tempt fate. What made it worse was that temps have been so cold that what little would melt during the day would just refreeze as soon as it started to get dark.)

There's an imprint the size of my butt on our couch as that's where I've been much of the last two days.

You know that term stir crazy?

Yeah. I may have felt it a little yesterday afternoon. (Crazy? I was crazy once. They locked me up with a wooden spoon and threw away the key...)

I've enjoyed working from home. Though not being able to go anywhere has definitely made me a little crazy (... I died. And they buried me. They buried me so deep I was down with all the worms. And worms drive me crazy. Crazy? I was crazy once...)

So there will definitely be a bounce in my step today with the change of scenery. And I may or may not be whistling while I work. Only because I can't really whistle. But I can loudly blow air out my mouth. So, yeah. That's while I do while I work. Blow air loudly out my mouth while I work.

Just doesn't have the same ring to it as whistle while you work.

You win this round Disney.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Month 5 Day 2

I love Zappos. It's no secret.

These shoes I ordered last night at 10 o'clock. They arrived today. And I didn't have to pay for the shipping.

Big puffy paint heart love Zappos something fierce.

Hump Day Humor: Tony Danza

Love this.



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia; American Businessman

What leading American industrialist threatened that he would be “through with manufacturing” if Prohibition was repealed?

Henry Ford

Congratulations to Beckles for being the first to get the correct answer!

(Damn girl. You're on fire.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Month 5 Day 1

My friends, it is time, again, for Daily Photo. Every day for the month of February, I'll take a picture and post it here. Some days it may be more than one.

We got a little bit of snow/sleet and enough ice to shut down the city today. Not that I'm complaining because I got to work from home and that's all kinds of awesome.


Our house with its white blanket


One of Cooper's favorite activities in the backyard is to bring us a stick for us to throw, then he sprints after it and brings it back. Not for us to throw again...


...but for him to then chew on.

Tuesday Trivia: American Businessman

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What leading American industrialist threatened that he would be “through with manufacturing” if Prohibition was repealed?