Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sunshine & Chips & Salsa

Tomorrow I am heading west for sunshine and chips & salsa.

I packed shoes that don't require socks and tops that have short sleeves. DO YOU KNOW HOW EXCITING THAT IS?????

I am going to spend some time at my brother's cabin with his family. One of the things I miss most about home is my brother's cabin in Pinetop. I hadn't really thought about it before I left for Pennsylvania but that's where we'd go to just get away and relax. We'd eat well, play games, take walks, and best of all get to spend the days together. It was a great little retreat for all of us. I'm so glad to be able to go back. Miss E and Mr P will be there in all their glory and I'm sure I can convince them to get donuts with me at least every morning! Now, if Husband and Penny were coming too, it'd be perfect.

Off to try to pack it all in one carry-on size bag! Wish me luck!!

Spring in Pinetop, AZ

Winter in Pinetop, AZ

Husband got the hint . . .

. . . and I got this!

5oz of pure peanut butter and chocolate happiness in the shape of a heart.

Hope your Valentine's Day is as sweet as mine.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Week

I'm a Valentine's Day fan. I love the holiday. Always have.

I like sending cards to people to let them know that I'm thinking about them. I like wearing red or pink or both. I like candy. I love chocolate (especially with peanut butter inside it!). Flowers are one of my favorite things. And hearts are always fun especially candy ones with words on them.

Now, I will also admit I am not a romantic. I cry at Folger's commercials, but that's different. Husband is Latin. It's in his blood to be romantic. It comes with the dark curly hair. I love that about him. He's taking me out tomorrow - he has the whole night planned. I can't wait!

Our gifts this year to each other were a bit different than the usual hearts and candy. I bought Husband sunglasses and he got me cycle shoes for my class at the gym. But, the romantic part of our gift giving was that we got to be together. Husband took me to the cycle store and sat with me and tired them on and asked a lot of questions to the guy at the store so we were sure to buy the perfect pair. I took Husband to an eyeglass shop that I had chosen specifically and we spent an hour just trying on different styles and talking to the manager and choosing the perfect pair. It was such fun to do these thing together for each other. Really, the gifts were just the excuse.

And yesterday, these arrived at my door. Love!

Now, if only a Reese's Big Cup were in my future . . . it would be the perfect Valentine's week! (HINT)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Brain Freeze

My posts have been a bit sporadic lately. I apologize. I think I have brain freeze over here on the East Coast.

I'm ready for Spring. My coat and I have become too close. We go everywhere together. I'm not sure I need a giant, white, puffy creature with me all the time. I'm ready for a lighter, more colorful creature to come with me outside. I'm also ready to say goodbye to socks. I know that sounds silly but I love to wear shoes without socks and really, you just don't do that here in the winter. Socks are a must or I swear one of your toes might fall off.

People here say March is "early Spring". I have no idea what that entails. All I hear is the word "Spring" and that excites me! Early, late, middle, half, in between, first, last . . . whatever you are, SPRING, just get here!

If this dress and these shoes from Anthropologie don't make you long for Spring, you must be . . . well,   . . . my father!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Commercials

So there's been some chatter out there that the commercials during the 2013 Super Bowl were as bad as the power outage. That's incorrect. The statement should be, the funny commercials missed the mark this year but the tear-jerking, heart-wrenching, Folgers Coffee-like commercials we're superb.

I don't think it's funny when a super model kisses a nerd. That's just college. Go Daddy can do better.

Samsung's The Next Big Thing ad really just debuted 2 actors in a conference room. Boring

Audi's prom ad was actually decent. Props to that kid. I guess there was one funny ad.

Now, on the other hand there were three ads that totally hit the mark. Husband and I both stopped, were silent and watched every second of these ads.

The Dodge Ram farmers commercial - superb! There was no fancy music or intense graphics. Just a slideshow of beautiful photos and Paul Harvey's words and voice. Pure. Simple. Heartfelt.

The Ford Whole Again commercial used Oprah as it's MC. It was simple too. It just showed life in the USA going on without moms and dads, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. aunts and uncles. It was a beautiful tribute to the men and women who serve our country and their families who bear each long day of their absence.

And then there was the Budweiser Clydesdale ad. If you have or ever had a pet, you cried watching this commercial. You witness a farmer raise a horse from birth through it's prime and then give it away. Maybe it's because I have a soft spot for furry creatures and their owners and I could picture Penny and me in this ad. (Well kinda. Penny would never pull anything in a parade but I would go look for her and she would follow my car and jump in the seat next to me and want a snack and her head scratched.) Its just simply a beautiful ad and Stevie Nicks singing in the background never hurts.

PS - They named the Foal in the commercial "Hope". She was born January 16. She currently weighs 200 lbs. Full grown, she'll weigh 2,000 lbs. YOWZA!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Husband and I got into a major discussion this weekend about Crayola Crayons. When I say major, I mean we really got some stuff off our chest that had been bothering the both of us since 2nd grade.

Here's what we determined:

  • Blue Green vs Green Blue - very confusing and a huge bummer if you chose the wrong one
  • Nothing is sadder than a broken crayon
  • When some other kid breaks one of your crayons it's even worse
  • Nothing is happier than a new box of crayons
  • Carnation Pink was lame
  • The crayon sharpener on the 64 pack box never worked right
  • If a crayon broke in the sharpener is was like a double wammy of pain
  • When your niece gets out her coloring book and gives you one full page to yourself, it's still as exciting as it was in 2nd grade.

Husband also asked if I was one of those kids who outlined the picture I was coloring with my crayon and then colored inside the lines. I was shocked he had to ask. Of course I was. I was no savage colorer. Geesh!

Did you ever see this Mr Roger's episode when he follows how a yellow crayon is made? SO GOOD!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pinning Stuff

Are you pinning?

Yea, I'll be there in a minute.

That is a common conversation between Husband and Me. I love to Pin. It's my late night weakness. I used to play Solitaire or Bejeweled but now I Pin.

I have boards for clothing, for home ideas, for food, for Miss E, for Husband, for friends, for Penny. I stick stuff on there that I like or want to do or have sometime. I  have a couple of secret boards. but I can't talk about them because they are secret.

One of my favorite boards is the one I share with Cousin J. It's our little pictorial communication system. We Pin stuff we want the other to see. Sometimes it's pretty, sometimes it's fun but most the time it's just plain hilarious. The Pins range in topic from weddings to trips to Grandma Lori to chickens (GL would not like that she was named next to chickens - I'm sure I'll hear about that later). I know people look at our Board and think, "Those poor souls, what on earth are they thinking?" Others, who know us and follow our Pins probably still question many of them but are too sweet to say anything. The Board has no rhyme or reason, it's just a bunch of stuff that makes us happy. And really, we're totally ok with that.

Here's some of our work: