Thursday, April 30, 2009

Back to the Windy City

Only 8 more days till we're Chicago bound!

Hard to believe Naomi's and Florin's wedding is almost here; it seems like just yesterday me and Monica were getting to know (grilling) Florin around her kitchen table, with 'big sister' questions like, "So Florin, what is it about Naomi that set her apart from other girls in your eyes?" and "How important is it to you that Naomi prepare homemade meals, b/c to be honest, her cooking abilities..." J/K, Nomers! :) Happy to report that he passed with flying colors, and in 9 days I will have yet another sister married off...CRAZY!
Here's to a weekend of lovebirds, reconnecting with extended family and hopefully some time to explore the city I grew up in.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

book.sale.

i love books.
i love sales.
i especially love book sales.

so imagine my delight when in between running errands yesterday i saw a sign on the corner which read "book sale - library." $7.50 lighter and a bag full of books later, i was one happy camper!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

QUITTING

By nature, I am not a quitter, and I have often considered the act of quitting a weakness. It frustrates me to not finish something I’ve started, even if the benefit derived is no longer existent; usually just the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies finishing or continuing something I’ve started is enough of a reward. However, I have recently come to the much needed realization that IT’S OK TO BE A QUITTER!

I have many things in my life that began as fun and rewarding but have merely turned into items to cross off my to-do-list, chores, and huge time absorbers. Keeping up on Facebook and Project 365 (taking and posting a picture a day for a year) are just two small ones that come to mind. It’s been over a month since I’ve uploaded any Project 365 pictures and even longer since I’ve spent any quality time on Facebook. So I’ve made a decision. I am quitting both. Sure, not an earth shattering decision by anyone’s standards, including my own, but for me, a step in the right direction.

I once heard Dr. Laura discuss how our culture is obsessed with the idea of “balance” as if we could fit anything and everything into our life as long as we can figure out the art of “balancing” it all. In her opinion (and I strongly agree,) this idea of “balance” is a bunch of modern-day nonsense; there isn’t enough time, nor do we have enough energy in our lives to be able to do everything and do it well; therefore, life is/should be about choices and priorities. That means saying no to some things because you’re choosing to make something else a priority. For me this means admitting that I can’t do it all and instead re-evaluating what I spend my time on and making the proper adjustments; pruning, if you will. If that means being a quitter at times, then so be it! :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Zoe's Nick-Names

Pups (my new fav)
Zoey-girl
Zoey-ness
Zo-meister
Puppy Love (not used as much now that she's becoming a big girl)
Little Miss
Love
Piggy (she certainly snorts like one!)
Silly girl!
Crazy dog

And for you dog-lovers out there, these pictures are sure to at least put a smile on your face; they literally make me laugh out loud every time I see them. They were taken on Reid's phone, so picture quality isn't great, but entertainment value: PRICELESS. Enjoy! :)


Today

  • Is my Friday, and for that I am ECSTATIC!

  • I will battle with staying focused and productive while desiring to be elsewhere

  • Maybe, just maybe I'll make it to the gym and burn off a small fraction of the donut I just consumed after "swearing off" sugar in obvious forms...ooh, must make sure the Nano is charged up; I CANNOT face the treadmill without music...it's torture!

  • Realizing I could spend all day reading blogs and still wouldn't be caught up or satisfied; it's addictive

  • Wondering why Anoop or Lil Rounds weren't kicked off American Idol last night

  • Excited that while it's FREEZING this morning, the sun is out and I have faith that it will warm up

  • Happy that Zoe seems to be doing much better...but still not well enough to come with us this weekend

  • Wondering how to embed a YouTube video into a blog posting

  • Must start working...

  • CIAO

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HOORAY for short weeks!

Short WORK weeks that is! The anticipation of a long weekend definitely overshadows having to cram 5 days worth of work into 4. :) What I'm anticipating for this weekend:

  • Warm weather...dare I hope the weather forecasters are correct and we will be blessed with a sunny AND warm weekend??
  • 3 days on Bainbridge Island (in the Puget Sound) with Reid's fam, celebrating Jerry's 70th b-day
  • Walks on the beach
  • Taking the ferry to Seattle, where the guys look forward to multiple Mariners games and the ladies are looking forward to shopping and exploring; are 3 baseball games in a 3 day period really necessary?? :)
  • RELAXING...sleeping in, reading and plenty of good eats are sure to be on the agenda!

And since pictures are so fun, here's a few more from Lyg's visit a couple of weekends ago:

Sweet, lovely Madyson
Jen and the girls
Candid sisterly love
Precious Kadence
Hopscotch isn't any less fun as an adult!


Visiting Vancouver Farmer's Mkt

Thursday, April 9, 2009

If only it was this easy!

So, last weekend across the dinner table, my oldest niece informed me that she is no longer 4 years old, but is now 5. I know full well that she turned 4 a few months ago, and so does she, but when I questioned her further, she explained in a very matter-of-fact voice that she WAS 4, but then she "just changed the number" and now she's 5. Then she looked at me as if to say, "don't you get it?" Oh, if only it was that easy, my sweet, innocent Mackenzie! :)
Here are the many faces of Mackenzie...I couldn't choose just one b/c they all showcase her amazing personality so well! Princess (in a good, girly kind of way), sweet, protective, quirky, intelligent, silly... and as you can see, quite the poser!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Finding it difficult to focus...

on a Monday morning. Could the bright sunshine outdoors be to blame?? Yes! It's another sunny day in Portland, and that is cause to celebrate! Unfortunately, I'm stuck indoors counting down the hours until I can put on my sunglasses. :)

Just for fun, here's a pic of my Zoe. Enjoy!



Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ingredients for a great weekend:

  1. Sun, sun, sun!

  2. Signs of spring all around

  3. Sister Lyg visiting from Dallas

  4. Playing hopscotch with Mackenzie, Madyson and Kadence...and other precious niece moments

  5. Celebrating Jerry's 70th birthday; here's to the best father-in-law in the world!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Seed Has Been Planted…

My wheels are turning; I can’t stop thinking about a conversation I had earlier this week with Monica, friend, cousin, and fellow member of the “I can’t believe I’m turning 30 this year!!” club. In fact we share the same birthday month-September-which is a mere five months away. Yikes!! I have such mixed feelings about turning 30, but that’s another topic for another day. :)

The part of our conversation that has me excited was her idea of taking a trip together to commemorate our 30th birthdays; after all, we only turn 30 once, and we both feel it’s a significant milestone. Normally, I’M the daydreamer when it comes to travel related matter, and I LOVE the planning aspect of it. This will be no exception of course, so if you notice me staring off into space with a glassy-eyed look, know that I’m ok; it’s just that in my head I’m probably sitting on a beach somewhere, or exploring a new city, or taking in the sights of New England…the possibilities are endless!
More on this to come I’m sure! :)


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools!

So, was on my drive home today, listening to one of the talk shows I tune in to pass my commute time, and heard them discuss a new law that just passed in Oregon, one that bans women from driving SUV's beginning in October. They cited a news report from a few years ago when a woman in an SUV crashed and drove off one of Portland's bridges as being the catalyst for the new law; they also cited studies that female SUV drivers are disproportionately more likely to get into accidents than male SUV drivers.

I heard outraged men and women call in and voice their disgust and anger with the new law, and realized fairly quickly that I would be one of the affected ones since I am the owner and driver of an SUV. Granted, it's not one of the monster ones, but it would definitely count. I even called Reid to see if he had heard anything about it...it took him all of 3 seconds to assure me that it most definitely had to be an April Fools joke. Not only had I COMPLETELY forgotten today was April Fool's day, but this new "law" struck too close to home, so yeah, I was becoming slightly outraged! :) ALSO, those of us who live or have ever lived in Portland know that it's not too far-fetched to believe that the often-less-than-wise Portland politicians & lawmakers would be capable of devising such a law.
What can I say; they got me good! Not that I had any intention of giving up my SUV... :)