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good morning! [Mar. 25th, 2011|10:15 am]
[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]

I start a new job on Monday. It's for a marketing agency that I've done a lot of work for in the past few years and I'm very excited about it. I will still work a few events/conventions/tradeshows, but only for the new company and mostly I'll be in the office doing staffing, planning and scheduling. As hard as it will be to say goodbye to the freedom of not having a "regular" job and getting to pick my own schedule, I'm really looking forward to a stable income (even if it is meager) and staying in the industry I've spent the last 6 years working in!!

It's been a few years since I've woken up and felt complete peace and happiness. Today, even though my knee hurts from awesome kickball games last night (2 huge wins!!!, I woke up feeling not only refreshed and ready to start the day but also happy with life.
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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2010|02:16 pm]
[Current Mood |sadsad]

I've had eyelash extensions for a year and a half...It was amazing to me how fast I got used to them and how I feel natural with them on. How I cannot imagine myself without them.

Last year around this time I was bought a package for '1 year of extensions'...pre-paid, refills every 2 weeks. That meant an entire year of being free of the financial obligation of maintaining this amazing look. A look that doesn't require makeup to look awesome. A look that makes the daily effort of being pretty, completely easy and totally effortless. Literally.

I just used up my last of those appointments. I'll have these beautiful lashes thru the new year, but as they grow and fall out, I'll loose them. one by long and luxurious one.

It actually made me cry earlier as I realized I was going to have to be eyelash free and have to buy mascara again. Seems like such a stupid thing to get emotional about but I have REALLY loved having such a great look. I have always liked my eyes, but lashes made them stand out to everyone I came into contact with and was a huge confidence boost in a time when I really needed it. Call me superficial, I don't care b/c I have loved them and now I have to begin the process of saying goodbye to them.

Hopefully I'll become able to afford them again one day. Until then I will say goodbye to two things: 1. the second most personally-difficult year of my life (and also the most rewarding), and 2. a year of no makeup (and still looking great without it).

Goodbye 2010 and goodbye beautiful eyelashes
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hi [Mar. 8th, 2010|01:45 pm]
[Current Mood |lonelylonely]

Feels like years since I've spent any real time here...I have been reading occasionally, but I've not felt like posting anything. Been spending a lot of time on Facebook instead as it's like a ultra mini version and still can't get into twitter...it's too brief for my interest. I've just been unable to put effort into entries here because I've been overwhelmed.

Life is stupid sometimes. Really.

Steve and I split. It sucked and since most of you know me and him together, you should also know that we aren't anymore. I don't want to talk about it anymore than that.

I'm trying to figure out if I can change my name here...not sure if I can since I already changed it once. If I can't, I'll probably abandon this LJ.

I've been working the big auto shows and have one more this season in April. Will be in NYC for 2 weeks and am looking forward to that trip. I've never been to NYC and even though I'll be working a lot, I'm glad I get to go on their dime and will even have time to see the city a little bit. I have a couple of friends from HS there and a few LJ and facebook friends too that I hope to catch up with.

Anyway, I'm scatter-brained today. sorry.
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(no subject) [Oct. 11th, 2009|05:16 pm]
I've been looking online for a real winter coat...one that is made for people who live in really cold places like Canada or Chicago or Norway. Some place really cold.

Even though I do not live in those places, I really wanted a coat that was made for a really cold winter. My goal was to find a warm, 3/4 length coat, kind of ignoring the fashion aspect.

There are a couple reasons why I wanted a coat designed for places colder than where I live. First, I sometimes work outside and would like to stay warm if I have to be outdoors in the winter for several hours at a time. Second, I hate being cold. I am not one of the people who can simply put on another layer and suddenly be warm...I get cold and it seeps into my bones and I cannot get warm again...and I hate that feeling.

So anyway, I narrowed it down to 5 coats which were all pretty similar in price and looked pretty similar too. All are down-filled coats and REI.com carries all of them. 2 from The North Face, 1 Patagonia, 1 Mountain Hardwear and 1 Isis. Based on the online ads and reviews, I was leaning towards one from Mountain Hardwear and one of The North Face ones.

This afternoon Steve and I made it to our local REI store to compare them; however, they only carried 2 of the 5...the other The North Face one and the Mountain Hardwear one. I chose the Mountain Hardwear coat.

Things I like about this coat:
almost knee length
interior zipper pocket
interior fleece lining
interior drawcord waist
zipper exterior pockets
rib-knit wrist cuffs hidden in the sleeve
zip removeable fur on hood & zip removeable hood too.
really lightweight

I have never owned a down-filled coat and I hope it's as warm as it is supposed to be...650-fill goose down. Which seems to indicate it's really stuffed with warmth. At least that's what I hope that means. Anyone who lives in a cold place care to teach me about down-fill?

Of course the weather fluctuates a lot here and today is 57. It's supposed to be 75 on Wednesday but I know I'll be wearing this coat soon and I'm strangely excited about that.
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convo with steve via txt msg [Sep. 14th, 2009|08:41 pm]
me: facebook tells me that Patrick Swayze died today. :(
Steve: Facebook knows all
me: Possibly more than google
Steve: Hmm
me: Ok maybe not quite that much. Google is the internet information god.
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bowling... [Aug. 10th, 2009|07:18 pm]
man. this past year has been a bowling roller coaster. We'll probably take the summer off next year. It kinda gets a bit overwhelming. We've been bowling every week for the past 2 years. It's been fun but we are starting to get frustrated that our rate of improvement has slowed down so much.

Last night I bowled a 535 series. 182, 176, 177.

My current average is 166. It's lower than I'd like, but it's a pretty accurate average considering how roller-coaster it's all been...now I just need to improve my game and gather some of that consistency I really need to become great.

OH, but I did convert 3 of my 4 splits of the night...and the one I missed was really close to hitting. One other that I consider a split, I did also convert but wasn't a real split b/c the headpin was still standing.

I had a good night.
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new bellydance teacher [Aug. 6th, 2009|02:36 pm]

I just started a bellydance class and that is my teacher. She's very good at explaining the movements and how to do them properly. I like it.
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Is this the cutest tiny frog you've ever seen?! [Jul. 29th, 2009|10:32 am]

penny for scale.

ok, I know the picture quality is bad, but Steve found this little guy as we were getting out of the car the other night...he was squatting in our garage. I kept trying to get a decent picture with my phone and, unfortunately, this is the best one. The good camera was inside and we were afraid of losing him if I took the time to grab it.

anyway, he's so tiny. smaller than a penny!
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blue bird [Jul. 23rd, 2009|02:38 pm]

This little guy was in the birdbath right out of my front window this morning. Callie really liked seeing him and was making a lot of little short choppy meowing sounds.

I think he's kinda young with all those fuzzy feathers on his underside and around his head. He sure is cute!
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2009|06:45 pm]
Not that I disbelieved it completely when it was first announced, I just wanted it confirmed by a credible source (and not just a tabloid ezine).

So I guess after today's memorial, I should accept that it's been confirmed that MJ is gone.

Farewell to a strange man, but an amazing musician.
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2009|04:18 pm]
I've decided, after a year of being vegetarian, that I'm going to eat meat again...but only occasionally.

The choice to become veg was based on a few things but mostly because I just don't really like meat. I mean, its fine, but I never really crave it. Now I'm just going to be a mostly non-meat eater.

Too bad I can't simply choose not to be Gluten Free anymore...sheesh!! That would make eating out so much easier.
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The Plaid Mushroom needs your help! [Jun. 16th, 2009|03:06 pm]
I need to come up with a name for my new cuticle cream that I'll be selling in my etsy shop. any ideas?

here are some I've come up with:
cuticle lube
nail & cuticle cream

bah! they are so boring. what ideas do you have?
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bowling [Jun. 2nd, 2009|10:22 pm]
Steve and I have new bowling teammates and we want to come up with a new team name. Our league is huge and most of the really good names are already taken...and we won't be keeping our old team name (Ball Busters) since the members are different.

Do you like any of these team names? Is there another name you like instead??

Pin Heads
Pindigestion (or Pin Digestion)
Ball Jockeys
Pin Action
Splits are the Pits
Free Ball
Pin Killers
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2 more races... [May. 18th, 2009|03:37 pm]
On May 9th I did another 5k in Lucas...where I grew up. The school hosted it as a fundraiser. It was a clear day, threat of rain but never raining. I had only trained during the week twice so I wasn't super confident but I pushed myself harder than I had in the past and the last half mile was killer. However, I finished in 30:05! It's my new personal best. Then I went straight to another job for Navyformoms.com and stood around in Victory Plaza and walked around for 7 hours handing out swag to people attending the Mav's game. My legs were tired at the end of the day.

Then just a couple days later on May 14th, we had another race. This day I was coming straight from another job for Jack in the Box. Luckily I hadn't been standing all day but riding the scooter so my legs were ok...well, except for some little problem with my knee. You see, the night before I woke up in the middle of the night with my leg hanging awkwardly off the bed. When I woke on Thursday I felt fine but when I got off the scooter at the end of the shift, my knee was slightly swollen with a knot on the backside. I stretched and it ended up feeling fine by the time the race began.

There were 3500 people running this one...on a course that is much more comfortable with about half that many. For me, a very average runner, that put me with the majority of runners the entire race. I didn't get a chance to break away so sometimes I struggled to get out from behind clumps of people. I would like to believe that is why I ran slower but it was probably also the new knee problem. 32:34 this time. Still happy with it, but I do plan on doing better next time.

The next race isn't until August 8th and hopefully the knee is better by then.

Now, my knee is still swollen...and it feels kinda like it's on sideways. I'm going to give it a few more days rest without exercising before I give the doctor a call.
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2nd race! [Apr. 18th, 2009|12:37 pm]
My 2nd race, another 5k, was this morning.

Steve and I got there about 7:30 to get our shirts and swag and get that all put away before the race. At 8:15 we started lining up and the race began at 8:30am. Unlike the first race, it wasn't cold. It was about 60 degrees but the humidity was atrocious. It started drizzling on us about 10 minutes into the run.

My goal in this race was simply to beat my previous time...I didn't really have a plan to make a specific time, just beat the 34.42 from the previous race.

We have a treadmill at home where we do the majority of our training, but it reads slightly off, slightly slow. We think the distance might be a bit short too. As in, it says we went 1 mile at 5mph, but it was really 1.3miles at 5.5mph, type thing, but we don't know how much it's really off. Anyway, during training I've been unable to beat my previous race time without my heart rate reaching my maximum and forcing me to slow down, so I was skeptical that I could beat my time by much.

When the race began I chose my pace and began running. I felt it was slightly faster than I'd been training, but I knew that I could continue at the same pace (close anyway) through the end. When I reached the first mile marker it said 10.13!!! That is a lot faster than my previous race 1mile time so I knew I was on track to beat myself. I was already working pretty hard and about this same time was when it started drizzling.

At the 2nd mile marker the time said 20.30 which meant I was keeping the same pace! I was ecstatic because, as a treadmill runner, it's hard for me to know how fast I'm going or at what pace without the treadmill. I was really pleased that I was keeping it up. I attempted a cup of water but failed at drinking-while-running. Is there a trick I don't know about to get more water in your mouth than on your body?

When I reached the final corner of the race, leaving approximately .2 to go, I sped up. I could see the timer at the finish line and I was doing really good. Slightly slower this final mile, but the final mile was almost all uphill, so I was ok with that. But I still wanted the best time I could get so I ran much harder. When I crossed the finish line the clock said 32.02.

I beat my previous time!!! I also know that my chip time will be about 20-30 seconds or so faster b/c I was pretty far back in line when the race began.

It wasn't as scenic as the first race along the Katy Trail in Uptown Dallas, but it was still a lot of fun and I am really happy with how well I ran.

One day I'll get fast but for now I'm glad to have beaten myself and plan to do it again next time.

Steve ran this 5k also and he beat me pretty considerably, and also had a great race time.

Our next race is another 5k on the 25th! Only one week to get my speed up just a little...eek eek!

EDIT: chip time 31.47!!! woohoo!
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I ran a 5k this weekend [Mar. 30th, 2009|11:43 am]
It was my first race.

It began at 8:30 am. It was 38 degrees with winds around 20mph making the wind chill 22 degrees. It was COLD. Steve was running the 10k and I the 5k. We got there and got lined up and when the race began, we set our paces and started running.

It was SO much fun! I've never ever enjoyed running until the race. After the first mile I was warm and comfortable and the timer at the one mile marker said I was going faster than I did in training. I felt great so I kept the same pace. At mile 2 I was still feeling great. Still continuing at the same pace, I began passing people who were slowing down. At mile 3, I was still feeling great! I was beginning to get hot, but still not tired and still without labored breathing. I picked up my pace slightly so that I was running instead of jogging for the last .1 mile.

I finished in 35 minutes and 25 seconds. We all wore timer chips and my chip time was 34 minutes and 42 seconds!!

I have another 5k scheduled in 3 weeks and my only goal this time is to beat my time...even if it's only by a few seconds. :)

Steve also did quite well in his 10k!
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bowling [Mar. 30th, 2009|11:19 am]
Last season our lanes were oiled immediately before we started warmups and we always had consistent bowling conditions. My starting average last season (my first) was 112. By season end my average was up to 144. I was the Most Improved Female bowler. It was very exciting.

This season our bowling center has crammed in a bunch more leagues on Sunday and they no longer oil our lanes before we bowl. By the time we bowl the lanes have had many games bowled on them and the conditions are inconsistent. A lot of people on my league like the dry conditions. I'm not one of those. My current average is 159. Still in the top 25% of females in my league, but not as high as I know I'm capable. Yeah, I'm tough on myself. Steve and I have been bowling for 18 months now, and I know I can do better.

I bowl so much better on fresh oiled lanes than on dry lanes.

Yesterday was a tournament using ALL the lanes and afterward, they oiled them and the pair we were bowling on were untouched before we began practicing. It was awesome. At first I had to adjust a bit b/c my ball wasn't responding how I was accustomed, but I got that squared away pretty quickly.

I have a new personal best high scratch game! 234!

The highlighted scores are my scratch score, the total is the handicap total.

Its been a while since I've been really proud of my bowling results. It's not my highest series ever, but its close and I'm still really happy with how I did.
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epilator update [Mar. 13th, 2009|03:16 pm]
2nd pass over legs

lower legs: I think I got all the hair this time...at least all thats long enough to grab (I only waited 3 days btwn shaving and epilating so it's not very long)

upper legs: back of thighs, no problem. Also, I think I got all of it. front of thighs still feels like knives, or maybe it feels like burning. Yes, it's a burning sensation. It's very strange and totally different feeling than the rest of the legs. I keep pulling the emagine away and it's taking forever but I'm sticking with it. Tomorrow I'll give a 3rd and final pass (for this time).

I imagine the pain is worth it since I, theoretically, will be able to go minimum of 4 weeks (some places I've read 6-8 weeks) before I have to tackle it again. I don't like hair so I'm thinking 4 weeks. And worth it since it's going to make cut my 'getting ready' routine drastically.
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(no subject) [Mar. 12th, 2009|06:50 pm]

it is, ultimately, an electronic tweezer with 72 rotating tweezer heads

I ordered one because it was on sale and my cousin was telling me how great it was...that she didn't have to shave anymore and was smooth for weeks at a time. Basically like waxing but cheaper, easier to do yourself (no mess) and you don't have to wait for the hair to grow very long, only .5mm, unlike the 4mm-ish needed for waxing.

It came today and I tried it out with a pretty basic run on my legs. it was pretty painful around my ankles and felt fine on my shins. Hurt like crazy on my calves but was fine on my knees. It hurt, but was totally tolerable on the back of my thighs but felt like millions of tiny razorblades slicing up the front of my thighs, but not leaving any blood...the thighs were traumatic.

Now, I learned when I had laser hair removal (not effective enough, don't waste your money) that hair grows in cycles and that at any given time a specific hair can be in one of 3 stages:
1. hair actively growing
2. when the hair follicle shrinks
3. folicle rest cycle, hair still attached but falls out whenever stage 1 begins again

My cousin tells me, and it is sound logic so I agree, that it hurts the first time because there is more hair (all 3 stages) and that I should do my legs again (or maybe 3 times) in a day or two to make sure I got everything. Then in a few weeks when I'm ready to do it again, there will be far less hair and it won't hurt as bad. We'll see.
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so cool! [Mar. 9th, 2009|12:12 pm]
I happened upon an awesome Instructables and HAD to make one for myself.

It's a photo-tiled-mosaic-thinger. I wish I had come up with it on my own, but the link above gives very clear instructions to make one for yourself, if you desire. It only took me about 2 hours. I used Triple Thick Diamond Glaze as my decoupage glue of choice because it doesn't need a 2nd topcoat, it dries totally clear (not yellowing as some decoupage glues do) and because it's all I had. :) I also printed with an inkjet printer instead of a laser as the directions say and it worked out just fine.

my result

It's one of the photo's from my wedding.
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(no subject) [Feb. 23rd, 2009|02:00 pm]
My sister is getting married in June and I am going to be doing her wedding cake. I took a cake decorating class over the weekend to make sure I can make the most perfect wedding cake ever for her.

I had a blast in the class and had some girls over this weekend who helped eat some of the cake. I've got the rest of the cake in the freezer, hopefully holding in all of it's awesome-ness until I defrost some to eat again. :)

Anyway, if you are local to me and need a cake decorated, I'd love to volunteer my services at the cost of materials only. It'll give me practice and get you a very awesome custom cake at a fraction of the price bakeries charge.

click it to go directly to flickr and see more.

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(no subject) [Feb. 2nd, 2009|12:21 pm]
This bowling season has been strange for me. I started out bowling really well, then traveled for work for a few weeks. Coming back I bowled ok, but not as good as in the beginning, but then I injured my knee and bowled badly for several weeks. All that pulled my average down a lot. I've been bowling good these past couple (four) weeks and my average is creeping back up, but it moves slower than in the beginning. Currently it's at 157. We bowl on a competitive league and out of 62 women, I am ranked #16. That's definitely good and I'm not complaining...but I'd like it to be a 175+ by the end of the year which would put me in the top 10%. As my knee heals, it'll get easier...hopefully when I go back to the doctor (in 2 weeks), he will clear me for bowling more than just once a week!
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2009|09:29 pm]
ok, so you all know that I love dogs. I also love cats, but dogs...I dunno, they melt me. So today I was working, which consisted of driving around this tiny town next door to mine and trying to find people to get them to sign up for a free week at the new gym in town. I was on my way to a Golf Course (today was 79) which was within a really nice neighborhood. I made a right turn and right in front of me was a Silky just running across the road. I pulled up near her and told my passenger to grab her! She opened the door and the dog ran right up to her and she picked her up. She wasn't wearing a collar but we went back the direction she came from and knocked on a door that had a car in the driveway. That homeowner said she gets out often and belongs to one of 2 houses down the street. The first one, we knew was the right house...it had a poor quality fence with many slats missing. Silky's are REALLY tiny and we knew thats how she got out. The guy answered the door and said, "omg, i'm sorry." We didn't know why he was apologizing, but she was obviously his dog. She wagged and went right to him so we left. I wish I had told him that he needs to be A LOT more careful and get his fence fixed before she gets struck by a car. but anyway, I saved a dog today! yay!
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Gluten Free Popovers [Jan. 14th, 2009|05:45 pm]
Popovers are easy, right? it's basically like crepe batter. Thin batter with very little flour and a high concentration of egg and milk.

For those not familiar with the properties of why popovers pop: the steam that gets trapped in the batter as it cooks, causing it to rise and create new crust on the side and rise more with more steam and more crust and more rising and on and on. Popovers are practically hollow. They can be made/served sweet or savory and are always delicious. And the thing that allows the batter to stretch enough to popover? the gluten.

This is a problem. Gluten is what makes flour doughy and stretchy when liquids are added. without gluten things crumble. And gluten free flours absorb a lot more liquid than wheat flour...but that doesn't give them resilience/stretch/whatever.

a popover that crumbles and/or doesn't pop is not a popover!

I'm on my fifth recipe for gluten free popover (recipe I'm creating). I started by adapting a regular popover recipe I found online and that was a complete failure so attempt #2 is a complete start over...all subsequent attempts are adaptions from there.

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I need more air pockets!!

All this to say that I've started a GF food blog over on blogger and it's all about my gluten free cooking/baking. Most of the recipes I've created on my own and some are adapted from other recipes. All are gluten free and vegetarian. And all are things I've eaten and served to other people. Most people didn't know they were gluten free. some people asked b/c they know about my food sensitivities. All were good.
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Calpurrnia is amazing [Jan. 8th, 2009|03:02 pm]
My cat will never go hungry. She is awesome.

Seriously, I love this cat!!!
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(no subject) [Jan. 8th, 2009|11:59 am]
I'm taking a 4 week hula hooping class that starts tonight. I bought a brand new adult sized specialty hoop made and sized just for me.

Pre-class, all I can do is the basic waist hoop, counter clockwise direction. Clockwise is possible but somewhat challenging. lol

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(no subject) [Dec. 23rd, 2008|03:27 pm]
sunday night was my best league bowling night, despite not practicing all week.

yellow highlight is scratch score (the one that matters most to me). Handicap total only matters during league.

569 series!!

and new all time personal best score of 224! Which beats my previous all time high by 1 pin.

On the knee news front, I went to an orthopedist this past week and he's giving me 5 more weeks of exercises before re-evaluating my knee. If the exercises don't fix it, he'll order a new MRI and decide whether to scope it or not. I've got condromalacia patellae and he has given me some strict instructions on activities I can continue and ones to quit. Top of the list of "To Quit" activities was Bowling...and I told him I just couldn't do it. That is was very important to me. We came to an agreement that I would limit bowling to league nights until he tells me I can bowl more frequently again. He put Yoga on the "To Do Often" activity list. That part makes me happy.
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(no subject) [Dec. 15th, 2008|12:21 pm]
I've been looking at laptops for a while. I don't NEED one. I use my desktop 99% of the time and have been using steve's old laptop when we travel...but it's old and bulky and the power cord is fraying (and might be a fire hazard) so I've been keeping me eyes out for cute little laptops. keyword is little. I want a tiny laptop. Steve has always humored my fascination with all things mini. It's like this: if it usually comes one size and there is a tiny version of it, I will like the tiny version better than the original version. It doesn't necessarily mean I will want either version, but i'll like the tiny one better.

well evidently I am not alone in this fascination and someone finally told Dell to catch-the-fuck-up with Mac and they made a tiny little laptop. just for me! ok, not for me, but Steve bought it just for me! it's tiny and cute and I love it.

Thanks Steve!!

(click images for bigger version in flickr)

here's my laptop with a quarter and my desktop keyboard for size!

because the tiny nature of the mini-laptop wasn't clear I took more pictures of it with other things around the house that might also be around your house:

a regular size box of cereal and a baseball cap

my regular/standard size mouse and a can of soda
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I did a craft show! [Nov. 22nd, 2008|11:51 pm]
I participated in a craft show tonight. It was very different than any I've done before. For starters it was held at a location downtown right off the strip where a lot of local bands usually play and it began at 3pm and went to 10pm. Most craft shows are in the morning and I've never been to one that was evening only...pretty neat, huh!

SO, it was a little different and it was awesome. When the doors opened at 3pm we had a line outside the building wrapping around of people waiting! A 7 hour show and in the first hour I sold 1/3 of my total sales for the day...but of course I didn't know that at the time.

By 6pm the amazing and completely non-stop crowds slowed to a trickle. for the next 4 hours it was just a trickle of people here and there. We were pretty much AOK with that because we were all ready to hit the bathrooms and/or get a bite to eat. and besides, most of those people were still buying!

My biggest seller tonight: Peppermint Lip Balm followed closely by Lip Conditioner. Last show the big sellers were Cherry Lip Balm and Root Beer Lip Balm...but that was the summer and I guess that makes a difference.

This was a juried show which meant we had to apply to attend and they only let a certain number of each type of craft participate. I got kinda lucky in that I was the ONLY bath and body seller there. also kinda lucky because we just had a cold front blow in on Thursday and most people don't drink enough water so there were lots of chapped lips! Plus lip balm isn't expensive so a lot of people would stop and pick up a tube without worrying about a few bucks...whereas they put a lot more consideration into deciding whether to purchase something that cost $25+ from the vendor's across the aisle from me.

OH! I forgot to mention the best part...and the reason for using the bowling icon. The room we were in used to be a 2 lane bowling alley! I don;t know the history of the building but it's over 100 years old and they pulled out the ball return and paneled the floor...both of the actual lanes are still there as "regular & artistic" flooring now! I didn't think of it till now, but I should have taken a picture. oh WAIT! I have a photo where you can see the lanes! woohoo!!! How cool is that!!!

oh oh! also! Another cool thing was that when I got there and was beginning to set up, 3 different people came around looking for me. They had heard how good my balms were and decided to buy from me! That is pretty awesome. Several shoppers mentioned they were back from the last show I did and wanted to buy more. I like repeat customers...they make me smile.

all in all, it was an excellent show. I bought a fancy shmancy hula hoop and a Tshirt with an owl on it. I wanna hoop a lot now and the lady selling the hoops is teaching a hooping class in January that I'm considering taking.

In case you are interested here are some other photo's of some of the nearby booths (and my own) at the Jingle Bash today.
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(no subject) [Oct. 31st, 2008|01:43 pm]
If someone were to walk up to my door and ask to buy my house, I'd sell it. That goes for all the houses including the one I live in that is not on the market.
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hawks and bowling. [Oct. 29th, 2008|12:53 pm]
I cannot begin to describe how frustrated I am. You see, yesterday when Steve and I were returning home from bowling (bowling story in a sec) I saw a hawk sitting on the fence beside the garage eating a squirrel. I HAD to get a picture. It's a beautiful hawk. Really beautiful. Sad that the squirrel died b/c I like squirrels too but the birds gotta eat and so it goes. Anyway, Steve and I tried taking pictures with our phone's from inside the car but the quality was shit. So we pulled the car into the garage and I ran inside and grabbed the camera. I zoomed in just a little and walked to the edge of the garage. I set the camera against the garage so it'd be straight and found the bird in the lcd screen. Snap! I got this awesome picture where the bird had the squirrel in his feet and he was looking right at the camera. I tried taking another one but he knew something was up and he flew off...taking the squirrel with him. And so I only had the one picture. But it was awesome so it was ok. I came inside and put the stupid memory card thing in the reader and it told me there was an error with the file and the image is unreadable. Something about the file being incomplete. ARG!!! my picture of the hawk is gone.

so yeah, bowling. When I first start to bowl I get sharp nerve tingling shooting up and down my thumb...for about the first 5 balls I throw. It's very uncomfortable and I don't think it's a good thing. but after the first few balls, it stops...or at least it seems to. I know it has something to do with how my ball is drilled and I talked to Larry (pro-shop manager, and the guy who drilled my ball) about it, but he isn't sure what could be causing it. His answer was to drill the hole larger...that is not a good idea because the hole is already loose. Anyway, Steve and I bowled 5 games each and I did TERRIBLE the first 2 games. They re-oiled the lanes in the middle of game 3 and I pulled out a 156 and my last two games were 179 and 178. I bowl pretty good with oil. I wonder if I could do even better with my ball re-drilled?
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look-a-likes? [Oct. 27th, 2008|12:18 pm]
do these actors look similar to you?

Colin Ferguson, Cameron Mathison & Joel Gretsch

I am constantly seeing one of these guys and telling Steve that he looks like the guy from _____. Sometimes he IS the guy from whatever show I think it is, other times I'm confusing them. LOL.

unrelated: my dogs are snoring and it's really cute.
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(no subject) [Oct. 11th, 2008|07:12 pm]
I've got a new do...I don't have good picture yet, but here's this one.

I've got bangs! And he cut off almost 10 inches. And it's still LONG! Woohoo!! Most importantly, I still like it!

Here's another pic after going out to dinner tonight
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(no subject) [Oct. 10th, 2008|11:34 pm]
I'm getting my hair cut at 2pm. it's taken me a long time to get to the point where I'm comfortable allowing someone to cut it but I'm there now and am looking forward to it. I'll post pictures.
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photo meme [Sep. 19th, 2008|11:43 am]
Take a picture of yourself right now. Don't change your clothes. Don't fix your hair. Just take a picture.

Post that picture with no editing. (Except maybe to get the image size down to something reasonable. Don't go posting an eight megapixel image.)

Include these instructions.

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another great bowling night! [Sep. 14th, 2008|10:59 pm]
ok, this might be bad for my average, but I had another excellent bowling night! 158, 167 & 177!

So, we started with our book average from last season (144) and then the first 6 games of this season. I think that means my new average is 172. Whoah!

While its awesome, it's going to be difficult to maintain. Wish me luck.
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bowling [Sep. 11th, 2008|10:52 am]
I can't believe I haven't posted this yet...

Sunday night at bowling, I bowled a 212, 171, 181!!! Thats my best 3 game series ever!


yay for bowling. I'm glad the new season has started.
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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2008|12:55 pm]
I worked in St Louis last weekend at Six Flags. We were set up right outside the main gates.

Six Flags had about 10 songs on rotation that we listened to the entire 33 hours of working. Unfortunately this is the only one that stuck in my head...

Trace Adkins - Honky Tonk Badonkadonk

it's funny, and wrong, and extremely catchy. Now I can't get it out of my head!

Help, I need a new song!!!
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bowling update... [Jul. 27th, 2008|08:51 pm]
I have been practicing with my new ball (the one that I didn't like the way it was drilled so I had been avoiding it). Anyway, I spent many hours this past week practicing with it so that I could bowl tonight at league with it. During the week I was very consistent and bowled above my average. My current league average is 147. Tonight at league I bowled a horrible 130, followed by an even worse 121 and summed it up with an awesome 208. The 208 I'm really excited about. I was inconsistent tonight but I still averaged 153 which is ok...Besides a 208 is really awesome.
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amazing brownies [Jul. 16th, 2008|04:47 pm]
Steve and I really like brownies, but brownies are a problem for me since I am allergic to wheat. So I have been trying to find a recipe for brownies that is gluten free AND delicious. So many of the gluten free recipes are kinda blah. Also for those who are Vegan, only one substitution to this recipe makes it so...and its an easy substitution.

they are gooey, yummy and delicious!

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i like to read, really i do, promise [Jul. 9th, 2008|10:40 am]
The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books in the list below

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

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only 15 out of 100...eh
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i won [Jul. 5th, 2008|11:52 am]
I entered my lip balm into a contest with 21 other indie etailers and won first place! first place!!! this has totally made my weekend.

And the Winners are

for winning, i get advertising on her site for a full year, thats pretty cool, huh.
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it's weird... [Jun. 16th, 2008|04:46 pm]
My bowling has been utterly inconsistent. The other day i bowled a 94...and then 2 games later a 178. WTF man? I know I'm working in a new release, but come on. thats way too inconsistant.

I am also a "in my head" bowler. When I am in a good mood, I bowl really well. If I am in a bad mood, I bowl fairly poorly. If I am bowling poorly and cannot seem to get out of the slump, then I get down on myself... see the circle here?

So today we were only able to bowl 2 games due to other time constraints and the bowling alley being booked up. I bowled a 164 and a 168. I worked very hard at keeping my head in the right place and trying not to over think each throw.

I'm pretty happy with the results. Now I just need to repeat that at league.

I got another big order for a batch of Bacon Balm...so I'm going to be making up a bunch this week. It still weirds me out that people want it, but everything bacon is hot right now. **shrug**

I got an order for another portrait quilt. I'm looking forward to making it as it's been a long time since I've made one and I've always enjoyed them a lot.

I also made a seat cover for my scooter this week. I love the look of it, except I noticed this weekend while riding with it, the black part is really slippery and that's not so good. I don't wanna feel like I'm going to slide off the seat every time I use the brakes. LOL. So I'm going to make another one...maybe two more even. But I'm going to keep them the same color scheme (black/cream).
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random things [May. 28th, 2008|12:15 pm]
so our 'school season' bowling league just ended. Our team won first place giving all four of us a patch and $75. I won the Most Improved female Bowler award (a patch and $20) and Steve won the Most Improved male Bowler award (patch and $20). I was also paired up with one of my friends, Larry (not the pro-shop Larry) and we won a little mini competition that day for best pair High Handicap Series (we got 6th) and won another $11. Same competition I was also paired with Steve and we won $5 (we were 12th). It wasn't my best night bowling, but I did bowl my third highest EVER game 212. It was also my only over-200 game during league play.

Our summer bowling league starts Sunday and I'm totally excited about it. I doubt we'll place as high or get MIBs, but we'll do our best. Steve and I practice a lot.

I'm learning a new release...a proper release...its kinda hard for me to learn and I get discouraged easy, but I'm really trying to get it ready by Sunday.

Also last Sunday was the Beer-b-q. I sold a lot of lip balm and I'd totally call it a huge success. I completely recovered the cost of entry, plus a lot! For any of you who tried my lip balm, I'd love to hear what you think about it.

I was working at the Mesquite Rodeo on Friday night and saw Gary Coleman there. He is filmimg this new movie about mascots and little people who have to battle it out. strange...I think it's called Big Red or something. Anyway, I didn't meet him or anything, but he seemed like a generally-angry man.

speaking of films. I had an audition last weekend for a role in a movie. I got the part. It's a low-budget indie horror flick and i think it'll be terrible but I am going to be in it. My part will only take 2 days of shooting and isn't the lead, but it is supposedly a major role. (i've not read the entire script, just my sides). Anyway, this is really quite funny to me because I am not an actress. I have never done any acting, yet somehow I was convincing. He even told me (I didn't tell him I had NO acting experience) that I was good. Anyway, they are just casting right now and filming isn't going to start until next year.
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(no subject) [May. 22nd, 2008|03:29 pm]
I do aerobics (including weight training) about 3-4 times a week...This summer I am adding a 1xweek Swing class and 2xweek abs class.

for those interested, my knee is much better. My physical therapist released me in early April and the tendonitis is no longer bothering me. I do seem to have the beginning of Chondromalacia Patellae but that was an informal diagnosis and hasn't been confirmed yet as I'm just trying to negotiate around the pain without aggravating it further.

I do all my aerobics as ultra-low impact and the new ab class won't affect it...the Swing class might. we'll see. Gosh I hope I can dance like that one day...wouldn't that be a blast! Here's one more just for the fun of it.
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The Plaid Mushroom [May. 20th, 2008|10:54 am]

One of the coolest things about having an online shop is that people all over will buy your stuff and blog about it.

I'm making a list of all the writeups I've ran across of my balms...kinda for my own reference in the future (I'll update as new ones are found). so far I only have one that's not about to the odd-but-popular Bacon Balm. *shrug*

Skulls and Bacon
Fuzzy Izmit
50 Ways to Use Bacon
Recovery Babe
Beer-B-Q not me personally, but a mention of the show I did this weekend. I sold over 50 lip balms...it was a good event, though I will try to do even better next time!
Etsy Dallas Spotlight
Wickedly Chic
Sun Basil Garden Blog

Balmbastic Lip Balm Review

I WON!!!
Lip balm contest and my balms are the bestest there are!
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(no subject) [May. 14th, 2008|10:03 pm]
i learned a new trick

(video taken with my cell phone, so the quality isn't the best, but still!!! I can lasso!!!)
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(no subject) [May. 12th, 2008|12:55 am]
for those of you in and around the Dallas area...and who like to buy handmade quality goods
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Sunday May 18th from 11am - 5pm
Join me and 20 other artists & designers at the first ever Etsy Dallas Beer-B-Q!!! Bring your wallet because there will be so much variety of really amazing items for purchase at this trunk show.
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frustrated [May. 5th, 2008|03:13 pm]
Steve has owned this house since 2000 (or 2001). We've had this one lawn company doing the yard work on it for the past year.

Two weeks ago we had them come out to do a special service: beds and bushes. They hand weed the flower beds and trim all the bushes. They did a great job except when they were weedeating the flower beds instead of hand weeding and knocked up a rock into my back door...shattering it.

Their glass guy came out and replaced it within a week.

Well, today they are out again for our regular every other week lawncare service: mowing and edging. Why they were using a weedeater in the yard (they were not edging) I'll never figure out, but they knocked up a rock that shattered the front door. Storm door, not the actual front door, thankfully.

The glass guy is coming out to measure it in a few minutes, but still.

This is ridiculous.

I am justified in being royally pissed off, right?
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(no subject) [Apr. 5th, 2008|03:17 pm]
Steve came walking into the house on Wednesday morning saying to me, "I found something". At this point I cannot see him as he is in the kitchen walking around into the office. I responded, "what is it???"

He comes into the office with his hands cupping something at his chest. He opens his hands slightly.

My first thoughts were "a chick? NO, a DUCK!!"

He's holding the tiniest baby duckling I've ever seen.

He tells me that as he was driving back home he saw the duck walking down the middle of the road. No other ducks are around at all.

We live in a neighborhood full of ducks, so we took off trying to find this ducklings family. We had no luck. There were absolutely NO other baby ducks. We found some ugly ducks who we tried to give the duckling to, but they started kinda barking at him and pecking his head and back. The little guy started running away from them and I picked him back up. That wasn't going to work.

Steve did a little internet research which seemed to indicate that he was far too young to be alone and it was way too cold out for him. The reading said he needed to be at a constant 90ish degrees and Wednesday it was only reaching a high of 60. This little guy is so young that he has no feathers, just fluff. So adorable.

I held him at my chest and put a fleece scarf over top of him to help him get, and stay, warm. He promptly fell asleep.

We called Wildlife Animal Services and they came and picked him up. I tried making him a little home while we were waiting for WAS, but he wasn't happy about that at all. He started crying immediately.

WAS arrived and said they were taking him to a Rehab place for wild animals. I hope he is ok. He was the cutest little duck in the whole entire world.
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