Thursday, March 31, 2011

Team Up - Dessert

Puna picked this week's theme and as soon as I saw dessert I thought, "Wow, that's a big one." When she sent me her image, again I was stopped in moment of wow. Just look at how she caught that cookie. I'd say a cookie is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think dessert but I think she has captured so much more in this beautifully lit image.

As I got thinking about dessert, I thought of the many spectacular dessert places in my city. You can snap about just about everything from decadent chocolate cakes stacked so high it falls off your fork before you can lift it to melt-in-your-mouth cheesecakes to cupcakes to pies to everything else. When it came down to it though, all I could think was what we often have. I can't wait until June when the strawberries will be ready to be picked fresh.

Cheers to a sensational week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

10 on Tuesday.

  1. Days off are fantastic ways to catch up.

  2. Keeping with routine is important.

  3. Spontaneity is equally as important.

  4. Friends who understand are THE BEST ones to have.

  5. Encouragement is an amazing way to keep going.

  6. Wisdom is earned one step at a time.

  7. Home cooked meals don't need to be slaved over all day to be delicious.

  8. Writing is harder than it looks.

  9. Inner gremlins sometimes hide themselves in excuses.

  10. The journey is as important as the destination.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Team Up: Spring

We're here for another great week of Team Up Thursdays.

Skip over and visit Puna. Isn't her image sensational? I love the colours in it.

Mine is of the grass that is starting to sneak its way through the snow. Despite constantly changing flood forecasts and sandbagging efforts getting under way, these tiny blades of grass remind me of the beauty that will be.

Megan and Melody have more awesome Team Up happening over in their parts of the world. Skip over won't you?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Over and out.

See ya later, Tuesday! I can't be any happier declaring that yesterday is done.

The day was going well. Things were rolling out wonderfully. The dishes were drip drying. Dinner was delicious. The kids were getting along great. The tea in my cup was warm.

I'd settled in with my textbook then decided to skip over and put a movie on for the kids buying myself some solid study time. That's when it all went downhill.

I sat on the edge of the solid maple bed to hear the frame split along a hidden fault in the wood. In a flash the mattress, my daughter and I were all on the floor.

Hubby disassembled the frame and carried the firewood outside while I steamed in frustration.

Over and out!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dreaming of...

warm spring nights sipping tea on the patio staring at these plants I intend to pot again.

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Monday, March 21, 2011


1000+ KM

2 incredible children

1 awesome road warrior mom

1 portable dvd player + 2 screens

Chihuahua movie

countless snacks

fold me into the mix

pack it all into the 4 walled home of my super sister with her rockstar dog

mix well

Best weekend road tip.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

On my mind.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

All quotes by ~Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spread Joy with Jamie.

If you aren't already reading Lyrical Journey, you should be. Jamie rights with a voice that resonates with warmth. She colours the world with beautiful playlists, among many other things. I would love to one day peek into her ipod world of wonder. I'm endlessly in awe of her talent to thread together just what needs to be heard.

Adding to her awesomeness, she is coordinating a Spring Swap Spreading Joy. Skip over to her post to get all the details. You do not want to miss this!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Like today.

Some days
...I just need to keep quiet.
...I should have stayed an extra hour in bed.
...laundry looks more entertaining than venturing out into the world.
...planning out a course of action is easier than actually putting it into motion.
...good things happen.
...Life takes your hand and gives you the gentle squeeze that says we're in this together.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Read it.

Go read this. I admire everything that Kimberly has said in this post. OH YES!! YES YES YES.

Team up: upside down

Upside down and boy oh boy did this week make me dizzy.

Puna's snap is low. I really like how dynamic she is with her shooting angles.
My pic is taken from my lap looking upside down at the ceiling and the swag that was on display before a show started. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I snapped this. I can't say that it much matters, though. I liked the way the image came out.

Skip over and see Melody and Megan for some more Team Up fun.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Two days.

Today is packed.

Work. Study. Eat. Study. Panic. Relax. Cram. Sleep.

T-1 day to the final exam for this course.

Monday, March 7, 2011

On my mind.

It always seems impossible until it is done.
~Nelson Mandela

Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
~Walter Savage Landor

The true science and study of man is man.
~Pierre Charron

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I am currently being consumed by these two songs.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Let's Play: 2011 - 09

Today started rather miserable despite the brilliant blue sky and sunshine. I'm hoping I can shake my funk.

1. Bring your favorite __dish and we'll call it a potluck tonight___.

2. __Batteries___ are included.

3. __This___ is exactly __where I am___.

4. Well, you see, __sometimes I just need to cry___.

5. __Get well___ soon!

6. But what if _I take that leap and it becomes the best choice I make for me____.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __the laundry lambada___, tomorrow my plans include __diving deep into studying, it is crunch time___ and Sunday, I want to __walk outside, clear my head, hear my heart___!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Me and Eddie.

This is Eddie. He and I met while I was out strolling the Las Vegas Strip. He's a boa constrictor snake kinda thing. Of the two that the psycho kind man had hanging out with him, Eddie was supposed to be the calmer one. The man noted I appeared frozen in fear somewhat nervous.

I had a moment where I became possessed by the 14 year-old rebel wild nut I was. Back then, I may have entertained attempting the following to scare my mother. Now, the responsible adult I am should have known better.
See the close up of him hanging out in my hand? That is the result of becoming possessed. Without too many more details, both my hands, shoulders and neck were involved in this. Take particular note to the end of Dear Eddie's tail. See it? Hanging perpendicular to the ground? Freeze this image.
See that same tail tip now? Barely moments later, Dear Eddie had it wrapped ever so perfectly around my wrist. My hand/arm/whole body had nothing to do with this foolishness. It all simply fell victim to my wild side. The rebel in me just knew the pictures would put me into the coolest mom hall of fame as declared by my sweet son.

"Hey Mom, did Dad hold the snake?"
"No way. You're dad wouldn't do anything like that."
"So, Mom, Dad's a frady cat, right?...AHAHAHAHAHA! You're the coolest."

  • Don't try this at home
  • My chest still tightens knowing I actually did this
  • This did not cure me of my aversion to snakes.
  • No alcohol was involved and no animal was harmed (human included)
  • What happens in longer stays in Vegas
  • Mom is cooler than Dad in this house!

Tell me, what have you done to push outside of your comfort zone?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mission: March

In like a lamb this year. If I were to believe the old adage, March promises to rip out like a a lion. Let's mark up missions for this month with the same ideas.

1 - Top secret craft affair
2 - Crack a new text and keep the notes in order
3 - Get out into the frozen sunshine
4 - Summer camp plans beg to be made
5 - Sing something (side note, if only the best birds sang, the forest would be a quiet place)
6 - Kick the laundry monster to the curb
7 - Out Out Small Clothes!
8 - The Wild Zone, The Gunslinger and I are to have a rendezvous tout suite!
9 - Pour some gravy on top

March on!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Here Ye Here Ye.

March is the month that PixieMama Polly is turning a new decade. She is running all kinds of amazing fun over on her blog. She is featuring guest posts, a giveaway and other awesome things all month long.
Today, she kicked it off with a lollipop cookie how-to.
Yours truly has a guest post up over there with a 10 year recap. Spin over there and give her some birthday cheer.


Missions for March are delayed. You need to watch this video.