Here are the ones I've found tonight:
Erwin House--also in Austin, blogging about renovating their home. Very cool decor. I'd love to see it in person.
Fussy--The most recent entry caught my eye because she just had to put her dog down because she had cancer. See Kristin's blog for an entry about Gus. She's being optomistic, while I'm taking the pessimistic route. Then I realized that I had read the story about Fussy's hair. Subscribing to this one.
Just Me Copper--blogging from a Dachshund's point of view. I think Copper and Lulu would have a good time together.
Alright, I admit, I haven't found 5 new blogs tonight and my bed is calling to me.
How do they do it? How do all these creative busy women have time to craft and blog? In theory, I should have plenty of free time but I don't. Ya'll don't watch tv do you? That's where all my free time seems to go.
Wouldn't it be cool to have a restaurant and everything on the menu would be a Big Ass whatever.
Big Ass salad
Big Ass hamburger
Big Ass Chicken fried steak
Okay, maybe it was only amusing as I was eating my Lean Cuisine in the breakroom.
I still have some of the cookie dough and it's still so hot here in Austin so I thought "why not?" The hardest part will be getting the grill to the correct temperature but, unlike my car, there is a temperature gauge.
Tonight will be the night. Last night was all about the Closer and trying to sort out the craft room.
Besides all those crafty ideas, I also have ideas for my house.
First I need to re-paint the kitchen. Yellow is my least favorite color and I painted it in my kitchen anyway. Why? Because it looks good with the cabinets, countertop and my wall décor. It still looks good but I really can’t stand it. The new color has been chosen, it’s just a matter of buying the paint and doing it. Or having it done. I detest painting so will be paying my friend to do it. He is odd and enjoys the painting process.
The bedroom also needs painting and a headboard needs to be purchased. I think I found the one I want but, of course, I have to think it over for freaking ever. Heaven forbid I make a decision I regret.
In the living room, there is wall paper to be removed before painting. The room also needs better lighting and I’m a bit stumped about that solution. Perhaps I shouldn’t have slept through most of my lighting design class.
Don’t even get me started on the court yard and back yard. I have grand mental plans for those areas. It all boils down to money, time and energy, two of which I haven’t got. You guess which.
Life's to do list - Completed items are bolded
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen an eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 10 provinces or all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake Dead River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in aisles at Rocky Horror
96. Raised children.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life
I tag the following people to do the same:
So this morning I went to grocery store and bought a package of pre-made cookies. Place and bake the package said. The instructions were to pre-heat your oven to 350° and then bake for 14-20 minutes.
The current temperature, when I started this experiment around 1pm, was 95° but feeling like 100°. This is according to the weather channel. The high for today is supposed to be 102°.
I parked the car out on the street and left it there to heat up for about 30 minutes. According to the woman in the story, it takes about 4 hours to bake the cookies.
After about an hour I went outside to check on the cookies. Things seem to be doing fine. The cookies are spreading and cooking. I bet they smell great.
It’s a cloudy day and doesn’t really feel all that hot so I don’t know how well they’ll turn out. At the 2nd hour check the cookies are crisp and cooked on the outside but still very soft to the touch. And they smell terrific.
By the fourth hour, I am hungry for some cookies so I brought them inside. Upon eating one, and then another just to make sure, they aren’t quite done.
They’re finishing in the oven now. I think that I will try this again but on a less cloudy day and in my office parking lot. The lot is much darker than my street and it always seems so much hotter because there is nothing around.
But really, who cares how they were baked, they're still yummy cookies!
Lulu gets excited when I announce it's time for bed. She really hates it when I stop off to check blogs though. Tonight, she decided she just could not wait for me to turn back the covers for her. Instead, she burrowed her way in. She's the lump under the pink pillow.
I nearly blinded myself trying to water the lawn tonight and I swear I heard Lulu laughing.
I do not want to drive to Houston tomorrow morning.
I am happy someone got fired today.
I am also ashamed that I am happy.
I finally put my new computer desk in place and my chair is too short.
If you have been watching Rockstar: SuperNova, then you probably think my title is totally goofy. But have you heard Storm Large sing? The woman can rock. And she's hot as eggs on a Texas sidewalk in August. Seriously, if I liked chicks like that, I would want her. No, wait. I want to _be_ her. She's tall, strong, hot, has an amazing voice and a kick ass attitude.
Ryan Star, who always makes me think of the American Idol Ryan Starr, was also totally rockin' tonight. He sang his own song and I loved the arrangement.
Toby took his shirt off and that was enough for me. Who cares what he sings!
While I was in Houston, my cousin took me to the museum of fine arts to see a quilt exhibit. The quilts of Gee's Bend were done by a collective of poor cotton farming women in Alabama. Using only the scraps they had on hand, they made (and still make) beautiful quitls. I wish that I could have taken photos but that was not allowed.
So many of the quilts reminded me of Denyse Schmidt's work that I wondered if she'd been influenced by them.
There is a film that is shown that has the women describing how they came up with their designs, what materials they used and so forth. If you are in the Houston area, I highly recommend seeing this show before it leaves.
And that is today’s annoyance. Apparently, I am not the only one that feels this way.
This scrap of fabric has been on the floor for weeks. I used it to test the stitch length/tension on my sewing machine when I pulled it out for the quilt. During that time, Lulu has slept on it frequently. Today I amused myself by covering her up with it, like a little blanket.
The craft room aka "the room of tables" is in chaos right now since I finally got rid of one (out of 3) desk. Currently, I am sitting on the floor typing this with the monitor sitting on the cpu because I haven't bothered to finish organizing.
I say I'm only back for now because I will be back in Houston next week for work. Again, I'll be staying with my cousin but she has the world's worst dial-up so blogging will be impossible. Unless I can do it on the sly at work but that remains to be seen.
Then my mom came over this afternoon. We took a chair I'd been meaning to sell to a young woman who is from Egypt and starting grad school at UT. She was really nice so I am hoping to make a new friend. Then mom and I went shopping. I bought another super cute dog print fabric and a throw rug for in front of the sliding doors in the living room.
After we had dinner (Italian....mucho garlic!) she left and took Lulu with her since I am unable to take Lulu with me to my cousin's house. Cousin has an elderly dog that will not do well with a visiting dog.
About 20 minutes after mom left I realized that my cell phone was in her car. Dur! I hate it when things like that happen. Luckily she wasn't half way home yet so turned around to bring it to me. I think I hear her now.
Of course after the bath, shaking is required.
Then hiding from me must happen.
And then the glaring. Can you feel how peev'd she is with me?
I want to participate in a swap but I don't know how to find one! Help me please!
ps...if you are in the Houston area, I'm going to be there at the end of this week for vacation and then part of next week for work so I'd love some shopping recommendations. I'll be near the Galleria area.
I have always enjoyed reading. When I was in first grade I went to a small private school and we would take field trips to the library. You could not get a library card until you could write your own name and I was so excited to get that card. I’m pretty sure I still have it around here somewhere. One of my favorite things to do is to curl up under the blankets on a cold winter Saturday and to read a good book. My friend Katie posted this meme so I thought I’d share it with ya’ll. I changed a few of the questions because I didn’t have answers for the original ones. Coming up with just one book for these answers was hard enough!
1: One book that changed your life: I can’t say that there is just one, but so many times I have read a book that gave me something to think about.
2: One book you have read more than once: The Borrowers
3: One book you would want on a desert island: Something long with interesting, memorable characters and a laugh out loud, keep you up at night in suspense plot.
4: One book that made you laugh: Marley & Me
5: One book you wish you had never read: The Nanny Diaries. It made me so anxious.
6: One book that made you cry: The Lovely Bones
7: One book you are currently reading: Emma & Me
8: One book you have been meaning to read: The Other Sister
9: One book you recommend to everyone to read: The Time Traveler's Wife(my current favorite and one I plan to re-read)
10: One book you could not make yourself finish: Pride & Prejudice. I wanted to, I really did, but after 4 chapters I could not get into it and there are way too many books and not enough time.
Regular readers, I’d love to hear your answers. And, if for some reason, you feel the need to give me something to read, you can always check out my Amazon.com list. October 1st will be here before you know it!
Saturday evening we drove out to have dinner with another couple they are friends with. Their house was beautiful. Up on a hill, over looking the lake, surrounded by trees. The food was so good. So very good that I wanted to just eat and eat, but I didn't. And of course the conversation was great too. It turns out that the wife of the couple loves reality tv shows and Project Runway is one of her favorites. So it was a lot of fun to discuss that show with some of a whole different generation.
I even went to bed early last night....before 11pm!
This morning we went to church and I found the sermon very interesting, though I couldn't really tell you what it was about now. But I know it was interesting because I stayed awake for the entire thing! Sometimes I think I inherited some kind of sleeping disease from my dad because we both fall asleep in church so easily.
So after all that, it was back to the parents' house for a nap and then Lulu and I drove home.
An uneventful weekend, but nice and relaxing.
It's time for your 15th reunion.
That's what I just saw in an email from Classmates.com. It was an email announcement to let me know that my high school 15 year reunion is coming up. Now I have no idea if my class is even having something for this, but even if they were I wouldn't go.
It's not that I hated high school, for the most part it was alright, certainly it was better than junior high, but I just have no desire to go back. I'm barely in touch with anyone I went to high school with and now that my parents no longer live in the town I haven't got much of a reason to visit.
Also, the town and the school have changed so much since I last saw them. I don't want my memories to change by seeing something different.
But whenever I hear the song "Eye of the Tiger" I flash back to the pep rallys and get all nostalgic.
Lulu really digs her stuffed toys and now we can play with them without getting mauled by Gus trying to join in. I do miss him though as he could really make me laugh.
It's hotternhell outside, so why did I fire up the oven tonight to bake some muffins? Because I actually had milk and eggs in my fridge and the box of mix was calling my name. However, I must confess, I don't really want to eat any of the muffins. They are lemon poppyseed, but from the little nibble I had they are not to my liking.
It's after 11pm. Do you see those dark circles under my eyes, the lines in my brow? Why am I not in bed getting some much needed beauty sleep? Because I'm an addict. I'm addicted to information and entertainment. It's such an If you give a Mouse a Cookie problem.
You see, first I went to the grocery store (finally! and that's a whole 'nother blog post, let me tell you what) and when I got home it was already 9:30. Thank god for the dvr because I did not want to miss a minute of Project Runway. Then when that was over I had to see who got eliminated on Rockstar:SuperNova. That show is also another blogpost. Fast forward is my friend because by the time I was done with all that, I was just in time to catch the tail end of the weather report on the news. Not that I need to see it because it is August in Texas, which means hot, hot, hot.
And now, here I am, checking my email and trying to read some blogs before I go to bed. You know, it's a good thing this medicine I'm taking to lose weight also has the side affect of me needing less sleep. Normally I need at least 8 hours but I'm doing pretty good on 6.
Enough rambling! Nighty night y'all.
It's now 11:27pm.
This is the food that Lulu didn't eat this morning. That's not normal. A normal dachshund eats food like it is the last meal they'll ever get. Not Lulu. She likes to eat very slowly, sometimes taking out a few pieces of food and dropping them on the carpet. Now that Gus is gone she doesn't have to stand over the bowl eating until it's all gone.
And yes, it still stinks. I'm becoming very good at holding my breath as I dish it out. The smell still makes me gag.
A post by Laurie, over at Crazy Aunt Purl about professions she might like to have got me to thinking. What would I like to do if I wasn’t doing my current job?
Some jobs I might like are:
Make up artist
Professional reader (books, magazines, blogs)
Lady Who Lunches
Owner of knitting/quilting/scrapbooking shop in the hill country town my parents live in
It’s interesting to me that several of these jobs could still be considered design. I guess it’s in my blood. Of course the last two jobs are ones I made up, but it could happen if I won the lottery or got visited by a genie or something equally bizarre. Right. Right?
Speaking of shopping, I went on a bit of a fabric bender this weekend. No projects in mind really, just fabrics I adored. I also have a package coming from The Fat Quarter Shop. Those fabrics are for a project I have in mind, but I can’t post about it because it’s a secret. Also, since I am most likely to not actually complete the project I’d rather not disappoint.
Did I tell y'all I had to take a drug test at work a month or so ago? Well I did and I have to say, it made me laugh. I don't even drink any more and you're testing me for drugs?! The only drugs I take are prescribed by my doctor--trust me, I get enough from her that I don't need any others.
Oh! Another good thing about the show is that the actor, Jeffery Dean Morgan, who played Denny on Grey's Anatomy, has some brief bits. He is so very attractive to me. Seriously, I like him so much that I worry about myself just a little bit. I've never crushed over an actor like that.
Last night I caught a re-run of Grey's Anatomy and it was the episode where Izzy first meets Denny. Ya'll, when he starts flirting with her, my heart started to pound. I had to change the channel because I didn't want to think about him.
Okay, enough crazy person ramblings. I gotta get back to work.
Can you tell I'm window shopping* this morning?
Lulu wants this, but I told her that $228 is a bit extravagant. Perhaps I can get a mini tent from the Eddie Bauer display at Target. Don't you just love those mini tents and sleeping bags? Why are things so much cuter when they come in miniature?
*using Windows! hahaha I crack myself up.
I live in a condo. Thus, there is a homeowners association. Otherwise known as HOA. Personally, I like to think of it as POA for Pain in my Ass (yes, I know there isn't an o in there). Why? Let me list the reasons:
- Tell me that rotten fence is not their problem
- Tell me that rotten tree is not their problem
- Tell me that rotten back patio overhang is not their problem
- Are being sued by another homeowner and are sending out threatening emails regarding possible assessment
- The president sends out multiple stupid emails that are urban legends (look under your car! Someone is waiting to slash your Achilles tendon!)
- The president sends out threatening email to entire community because one person (and she knows who it is) does not scoop their dogs poop
It's enough to really piss me off. In fact, this morning it did. So I typed up a long, thought out email and sent it out into the ether to the entire community. My therapist would be so proud.
What I really wanted to do was take Lulu for a walk and let her poop on the HOA president's door step. But I didn't. We went for a walk and Lulu wasn't interested in pooping. But she did pee in the HOA lady's lawn. I hope it makes a yellow spot.
Last night I googled the med because I am still experiencing constant dry mouth. Do you know how annoying that is, specially when it's a zillion degrees outside? As I'm reading up on the drug I see that one of the side affects that they deem troubling and should send you calling your doctor right away is a sense of well being.
What the hell does that mean?!
ps....can you tell I'm a child of the 80's? Does anyone still say totally? Like, oh my god, gag me with a spoon! My dad sure wanted to, for sure!
The other night I was cruising the tv guide, looking for things to load up my DVR with and I found a show on the travel channel called World's Best Places to Pig Out.
I like food. Maybe even love it. But the food on this show made me want to hurl. Particularly the Ben & Jerry's Vermonster. The Vermonster is a sundae with 20 scoops of ice cream, a couple of bananas, a brownie, some cookies, and 4 ladles of hot fudge. On the show, several people sat down to each try and eat the entire bucket. It was disgusting.
The next place, rated number 2 on the list, was Eagle's Deli in Massachusetts. Their Reilly burger is a 3 lb burger (6 1/2 lb pattys) with a quarter pound of cheese and it comes with 5 pounds of fries on the side.
No wonder Americans are getting fatter.
And now I really want some ice cream.
But now I'm a grown up and have to actually work most of the time I'm at the office and it's severely cutting into my blog reading time. It couldn't possibly be that I'm subscribed to too many blogs, could it?
MTV turns 25. My parents didn't let me watch MTV, so I would have to watch it at a friend's house. I still remember watching Duran Duran with my friend Katie and her older sister. The Real World begain airing in the summer of 1992 and I remember watching it at home. By then my parents didn't care all that much (as well the shouldn't, I was in college!) but when the scene with Eric doing the nude modeling came on and my dad walked into the living room, I remember jumping up to change the channel. My folks didn't get a tv with a remote until well into the mid-90s.
Okay, gotta get to work now. No more time for reminiscing.
Seriously, if you want to go see that movie please call me!