Friday, May 29, 2009

Target Dog

I am often asked if Zoe is the same breed as the Target dog.

Bullseye, Target Dog:

Zoe, Wanna-be Target Dog:
Definitely not the same breed, AND Zoe has an actual patch over her eye! So, the award for cutest Target dog goes to...ZOE!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Man, I Feel Old!

One of my long-weekend projects (that I completed successfully, by the way) was to sort thru closets (yes, plural) full of old clothes and figure out the best way to dispose of them. You see, I'm somewhat of a pack rat (a neat one, but still), and just can't bear to get rid of clothes that I've spent hard-earned money on. I justify holding on to them by convincing myself I'll wear "it" this year for sure, even though I haven't even looked at "it" much less worn "it" in over 5 years.

But this time it was different, so, full of resolve and energy, I attacked the closets with a vengeance and the end result was seven, yes, count them, 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6, 7 bags full of clothes. Yes, I know that sounds like a lot, and I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit I have that many clothes I don't wear, but remember, they've been accumulated over a very long period of time AND I rarely buy anything full price--sales and clearance racks are my friends!

I promptly loaded all 7 bags into my car, and my grand plan was to take them to this cute "recycling retail store" I discovered last week (http://www.platoscloset.com/index.html), where they buy (and sell) used clothing. I left work early yesterday, excited to rid myself of all those clothes and make some extra cash in the process.

I should have known when I walked in and was greeted by 3 YOUNG girls who look like they spend A LOT of time in stores like Forever 21 that my hopes would be dashed, but I blissfully wandered around the store (I was not allowed to leave) while they rummaged thru my bags and assessed the worthiness of my clothes. It took them 45 minutes to come up with the verdict, and I almost passed out when one of the tweens showed me the tiny pile they had chosen. Out of 7 bags, they chose1 pair of shoes, 2 shirts and one pair of jeans. THAT'S IT!! And the reason being...my stuff was "too mature" for their store. Hah! I didn't know whether to be insulted or not...I suppose it's not necessarily a bad thing that I don't dress like a teeny-bopper, but it was still difficult not to be slightly offended! I had great quality items and brand names in my 7 bags, darn it, and they rejected them! ...sniff, sniff...

Of course, the most embarrassing thing was pulling my car back up to the front curb of the store and proceeding to load all 7 bags of clothes BACK INTO my car, while one of the tweens insisted on helping carry them out of the store as if they were the plague. Yes, my pride was a tiny bit bruised, but I'm over it. Really, the worse part was only having $23 to show for all my effort! So now I have a car full of old clothes, which I suppose I could just give to the Salvation Army, but maybe just maybe I can try to sell them on EBay...any other suggestions?

Monday, May 25, 2009

What Memorial Day Means To Me

Yes, it's a day off work and the un-official start to the summer, but it's so much more. It's a day to honor all those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted. It's a day to honor those who currently serve our country and protect our freedoms. It's a day I'm reminded how blessed I am to live in the Unites States of America.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More Wedding Pics

Since I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the job N&F's wedding photographers did, I feel compelled to share it! Here's the latest; a slide show they compiled containing many more pictures than were originally posted on the photographer's blog. Enjoy!

http://annaguziak.com/slideshows/naomiflorinwedding/

Catching up - PART 1 (Chicago)

It's Memorial Day weekend, and I'm a little in shock that the month of May is almost elapsed! Of course, the busier we are, the faster time seems to fly, so it's no surprise that it's almost June, but I always seem to have this perpetual need to make time SLOOOOOOW down so I can gather my thoughts and just live life instead of "catch up." Nonetheless, keeping this blog going is, I suppose, my way of doing just that; documenting those moments and memories that would otherwise be forgotten in the chaotic frenzy of day-to-day life.

SOOOO, although it's been a couple of weeks, here are some non-wedding Chicago pictures. Being in Chicago always carries an element of nostalgia; it's the city I grew up in and have many childhood memories, but being in Chicago as an adult is very different than the Chicago I remember as a child; for one, we moved from Chicago before I was of driving age, so my experiences were limited to those my parents deemed worthy rather than those I was able to get to on my own. Reid and I were able to do quite a bit of sightseeing (on foot!) the Sun and Mon after the wedding, and I've posted those pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22394749@N06/sets/72157618560882538/.

For me, the highlight was Millennium Park, and especially, the Cloud Gate sculpture (aka, "The Bean.") It measures 66 ft long by 33 ft tall, weighs 110 tons and reflects Chicago's skyline. It was much more impressive in person than I'd seen in pictures b/c the true size and scale are near to impossible to photograph. It also brought out the child in us as we tried to capture our reflections from many different perspectives; it was FUN! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mutt of the Month

Check it out! Zoe is the "Mutt of the Month" at the Muttley Crew, the doggie daycare she goes to on Wednesdays. My pup's famous! :)

http://www.themuttleycrew.com/

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Naomi & Florin's Wedding

I'm sneaking in a few minutes of blog time before I head to work this morning b/c I feel so behind. Life has been a whirlwind the last few weeks and it looks like that's continuing, but before too much time races by, I wanted to at least share more pictures of N&F's wedding.

This is the link to the pictures I took at the wedding: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22394749@N06/sets/72157618099146809/

If the link doesn't work, just go to my Flickr account and look for the "Naomi & Florin Wedding" set (on the R hand side of the page.) http://www.flickr.com/photos/22394749@N06/

And I must preface the picture viewing by saying that the quality of the pictures left me disappointed. I didn't want to use my flash in most of the pics, and decided to use my night time setting for the reception pics...it worked for some of them, but left others somewhat blurry or not as crisp as they could have been. I blame it on my point-and-shoot camera...one of these days I will own a kick-a** camera! :)

Enjoy anyway...here's a sneak peek!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Quick

Life's been crazy, crazy, crazy and I don't really even have time to be doing this right now, BUT I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share the PROFESSIONAL wedding pictures that Naomi & Florin's photographer has already posted on her blog. They are STUNNING and capture the feel of the bride and groom and the wedding exceptionally. http://annaguziak.com/myblog/

Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Last Chance Harvey

Watched this movie last night, and it was great! Painful and heartbreaking at times, but so very well acted. I highly recommend it! :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

I did it again

...and it felt even better than the first time! :) I now have 2 illegal journeys down the I-5 stretch in the carpool lane under my belt. It was so easy on Friday, and there was certainly no less traffic today, so I sailed right into the left lane and cruised all the way into Vancouver! I must say, I was even less paranoid today, and really can't say that I WON'T try it again soon. It really was quite exhilarating, and I think I'm beginning to see how addictions are born! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Reconnection

Last Saturday (yes, it's taken me that long to download these pictures and finally be able to post this) I reconnected with my dear friend, Kami. The years since we met in college have passed in a flash, our lives have taken somewhat different roads (both literally and figuratively), and I have seen much less of my friend that I have liked. But on Saturday, I was blessed with hours of conversation that went by in mere moments (a shortage of topics never was a problem for us!)and spent time with 3 of the sweetest children on the planet...Samuel, Jude and precious, precious Juliet. I can't wait to do it again soon! :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

small victories

I left work a bit early today , eager to begin the weekend, only to be completely derailed from my grand plan by getting stuck in horrendous traffic on the I-5 stretch b/w the Fremont and Interstate (Vancouver) bridge. This is typical for every day of the week, and especially true on Fridays, but today I was in no mood to follow the law, so I took matters into my own hands, hopped into the HOV/Carpool lane and stayed there the ENTIRE length of the stretch until I was on the Vancouver side. Now, I have some seldom occasions hopped into the Carpool lane for a few minutes only to get paranoid and hop back into the legal lanes, but today, I played with fire...and it paid off! I was in Vancouver before 5pm on a Friday, and that's an amazing feat in itself! It was also quite thrilling to get away with breaking the law... :) It didn't escape me, however, that while I was illegally cruising along at maximum speed, the worship song that was playing on the radio was declaring "In all I do, I honor you."

Words you don’t want to hear from your hair stylist:

“I don’t think I can fix that.” And yet, those were the exact words spoken to me yesterday, much to my immense disappointment!

The story goes: back in January, I took the strong recommendation of a co-worker (who has gorgeous and impeccably effortless hair) and went to her hair stylist for a cut. I was full of hope that I had finally found a hair stylist to call my own, that she would work miracles on my head of hair and I would be a faithful customer to the end (btw, my search for a good hair stylist has gone on for so, so long and has been so wrought with many disappointments…but I digress.)

Well, the recommended hair stylist must have been having an “off” day b/c what I got almost had me in tears; way too many layers, layers way too short, and ultimately a “helmet-head” look. Short of cutting 5 or 6 inches off the bottom of my hair, my only choice was to grow it out. Well, HAIR GROWS VERY SLOWLY, but I had been *patiently* waiting and growing it out for 4 long months, and finally went in yesterday (to a different, and equally highly recommended hair stylist) to have my hair “fixed.” Well, a “miracle fix” I did not get, but she trimmed up the bottom and the layers just enough and actually recommended not cutting too much off. Plus, she’s from Paris, complete with a French accent, and speaks about hair with authority, so she must know what she’s talking about right? Oh, and she spent over ½ an hour styling my hair, so I left the salon feeling very VA-VA-VOOM and wishing I had someplace to go and show it off! Well, Reid and Zoe liked it, anyway. :) And time will tell, but I may have found MY KEEPER STYLIST; with my hair luck, though, she’ll move back to France before my next hair appointment!

a new blogger in the family

So I was checking emails at work this morning and discovered that Lyg (sister #2) started a blog!! I AM SO EXCITED that she has joined the world of blogging--of course, I'd like to take a bit of credit for inspiring her decision. :) Here's a link to her blog for all of you who know her (or don't but enjoy being entertained): http://orangefoodsrgood.blogspot.com/. And yes, her blog is VERY appropriately named; she is the queen of ORANGE and we, her siblings, could share stories for hours about what we thought would be a phase of her teenage years, but as you can see, we were very wrong! Let's just say, there was a lot of ORANGE in her wedding (very tastefully done, but still ORANGE) and she's still obsessed enough with it to build a blog around it. Can't wait to read more, Lyg!

Oh, lest you think I'm exaggerating the extent of ORANGE in her wedding, see the below pictures...case closed! :)