Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Yes - today is my birthday. My age is starting to show - whether it be the fact that the fine lines near my eyes are starting to deepen, or that my hip keeps popping out of place... my possible arthritis in my thumb... my knees and ankle and back pain...

But, with that being said, this is probably one of the best years ever. Lyric is so fun, Ryan is a great husband, my house is coming along, I have 2 great pets, a great job, a great family, and wonderful friends.

I couldn't ask for much more.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My new obsession

If you know me pretty well, you'll know that it doesn't take much for me to become obsessed with certain things, places, and people. I'm an obsessive personality, and sometimes it drives me crazy. CRAZY. As if I weren't enough.

So, last Thursday I was checking out some photos on flickr from this girl I went to high school with - her husband is in Ryan's band - and there were all these awesome hula hooping pictures. I commented on one and asked here where she got her hoops. That night, I came home from work to Ryan's band having practice, and lo and behold, there was a hula hoop waiting for me that she had sent over. I was so excited. She makes them out of irrigation tubing, connectors, and fun colored tape.

I went up to the kitchen right away to try it out. I knew that it wasn't going to be as easy as she makes it look, but I tried. I failed miserably - I couldn't keep it up for more than ten seconds. But I kept trying. Finally, Saturday night I was successful. Monday I learned to hoop around my arms and neck. Yesterday my boss brought in a weighted hoop for me and I hooped at work after our 2 mile walk.

It's so fun. I just want to learn how to do more and more.

I'll post pictures soon.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Art Fanatic E-Lo

This photoset has some of my favorite art ever. The artist's name is Jeremiah Ketner, and he's based out of Chicago. I think we have one of those 6 degrees of seperation things - he's friends with a friend of my sister. Ok, so that's like 3 degrees. But dude - his art his ART. I love it. There's no words. I want to wall paper my house in it.

Yeah... so check it out. Dig?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Racing for the Cure... I did it...

It was a cold and miserable Mothers Day, until you saw the sea of pink in Pittsburgh. Next year, I plan on running this. Which means I should start training now, since I can't run down the block without wanting to die.

If you donated to my personal pledge, thank you so much. If you still want to, you can until the 31st. I'm the second runner up on my team in fund raising - my boss Amy (in the pink shirt above - she's a survivor) kicked everyone's ass in fund raising.

All in all, this was the highlight of my mothers day - except when Lyric woke me up from my nap on the couch by throwing playdoh at my head.

Friday, May 09, 2008

It was bound to happen sooner or later...

The Duggars are expecting a New Years baby! That puts the young Republican count up to 18. Lord help us.

Let's see... they don't have a Jacob yet, so that's my suggestion for a boy's name, and I'm still stuck on Jezebel for a girl, but they're a wee bit more conservative than me, so I'm going to have to go with Jasmin. Or maybe Jocelyn.

Oh the potential with J names is limitless! Although, apparently, you can vote for what you like best.

What I really wonder is - where do Michelle and Jim Bob find the time to actually do the deed with all of these kids? I mean, I only have one and I'm just too tired by the end of the day to even think of it. Imagine have 18.

I'd start planning world domination. But that's just me.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Kewl stuff!

My sister and her husband, who are both amazing artists in Asheville, NC, recently started up an etsy store to sell their amazing jewelry and findings. If you dig awesome, handcrafted stuff, check them out. Some of their pieces are expensive, but they are amazing. It really makes me want to go out and buy a kiln, but unfortunately, I'll never be able to afford one.

I miss being creative with my hands. I'm so used to sitting in front of a computer designing stuff that it's become second nature to me. I miss using actual tools, wire, beads, yarn... stuff like that. I wish there was more time in the day.

This weekend we visited our friends Chris and Janae, who live in the Erie area. They have a 10 month old son, so we took Lyric up. I can't remember that girl having more fun in one weekend. She literally told me, "I'm not going home. I'm staying here!" It was lots of fun - but the effects are still hitting me today - I'm exhausted. We went to the Erie Children's museum, the Millcreek Mall, Presque Isle, and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. All my photos are on Flickr - including one of the leash that I bought for Lyric. Never thought I'd leash my child - but seriously? It's the BEST. THING. EVER. Not even kidding. If you don't understand, it means you've never had a toddler that just likes to RUN in public.