This is how I feel today. My throat is very scratchy and hurty and I just want to curl up in my bed while someone takes care of me. Too bad that Lulu makes a poor nurse.


Friday Goodness

Hello! I watched Rachel Ray's talk show just to see the lovely LL Cool J. He's beautiful. I love him.

Another Quiz

Your Inner Eye Color Is Blue

You've got the personality of a blue eyed women
You're intense and expressive - and always on the go
You've also got a sweet, playful side - which draws men in

For the record, I have hazel eyes that are more green than brown. When I was in high school and started wearing contacts I had dark brown colored ones. Once I stopped wearing them the green in my eyes came out. Some days I can make them look really green, depending upon my make up and clothing.

Crocodile Tears

Once again, Grey's Anatomy made me cry. Seriously. Last week it was George's dad dying. When he said he could not imagine existing in a world where his father doesn't? Giant sobs. Things about dads always get me. The movie Armaggedon, with Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, is a total cheesefest but that doesn't mean I don't cry buckets every time I see it. Anyway, back to Grey's. So this week George is not dealing with his father's death in the typical way. Instead, he's being a horn dog. Not that I blame him, because the actress playing Callie is smokin' hot and I wished I looked that good (remember the red lace underwear?!) But when he goes on one knee to propose to her....more tears. Then Dr. Chang caving and speaking first? Then Dr. McSteamy apologizing and realizing that Meredith has never had that happen? Can you tell that this show speaks to me? Don't I like to pretend that I'm Izzy (do not even get me started on Denny and his death).

So now you know that I tend to cry just about every time I watch GA. I also cry when I hear the Dixie Chick's song Travelin' Solider, which is about a guy that dies in Vietnam. I cry when news shows talk about the obesity epidemic and fat kids talk about how they get picked on and stuff (not really any surprise why that makes me cry). I cry when my sister cries. I cry when Gus dies in Lonesome Dove. I cry when I'm frustrated and angry because yelling was not done when I grew up. I cry when my dad and I talk about serious things, like jobs and finances. Basically, I'm a big ol' cry baby.

Yes, sometimes it's embarrassing but I think it's better to actually feel my emotions than to keep them all inside and be a cold rock.



Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
This is Lulu's favorite toy. It's some kind of bone, but what I'm not sure. When I picked her up from the foster home (doesn't that sound so sad...awwwww) she came with several toys. One of our favorite games is a strange version of fetch/keep away. I'll toss it down the hall and she'll run to get it but then won't bring it back to me. So then I take it from her and start all over. Sometimes, though, she makes it difficult by running under the dining room table or behind the living room chair. Then we fake each other out until I get tired and go back to watching the tv. Lulu likes that part best since then she is left alone with her bone.

Rock On!

In an effort to avoid clearing off the scrapbook table and do the work I brought home, I'm listening to the American Idol auditions (even though I quit watching the show after the 2nd season) and checking email/blogs. Lauri asked me to take this quiz. Please. This quiz sucks! Ashlee, I liked your old nose better.

You Are Ashlee Simpson!

Stylish, unique, talented
You're your own woman!
"It seems like I can finally rest my head on something real
I like the way that feels"

Hmmmm, I like quizzes. Time for another!


Mondays Suck....and here's why

Nothing gets your week off to a crappy start better than a Monday morning doctor's appointment. At least I got to keep my pants on since it was just a talking over meds sort of visit. But since I wasn't sure if she'd want blood or not, I didn't eat any breakfast and got a hunger headache that lasted even after I ate lunch.

Then, on the way home from work, my car decides to kill me. How? By suddendly sliding the driver's seat in the farthest back position. I could barely push the clutch in. So that was fun a drive home, lemmetellyouwhut. So now I have the new car fever. I'm thinking of a Nissan Versa. The price is right and it has all the bells and whistles I want.

Nissan Versa side viewWhen I was at the state fair in October I sat in one but so far have not gone for a test drive. Test driving a car when you are not planning on buying one (because really, all the planning is in my head at the moment) is like trying on shoes just for fun. I think it's a waste of time and rude. Plus, sales people on commission scare me. And I used to be one!

Anyway, enough rambling. I'm going to veg on the sofa now.


New obsession

Lately, I've become addicted to browsing Etsy in search of cuteness. So many adorable little things that I must have!

Also, it's a great place for sparking creativity, so many ideas! Knowing that I am terrible at follow through and great at starting things but not finishing them, I have not created my own Etsy store. But that doesn't mean I don't think about it all the time! One of my goals for 2007 is to get over my procrastination stumbling block. So perhaps, one day, I will have my shop and sell adorable things and people will love me and think I'm fabulous.


Lulu video

Here is the video of Lulu being a princess and trying to get her bed just right.


Ice Storm Photos

It's been a fairly boring week, what with hermiting myself in the house for 6 days. Thought I'd share some photos with you.

more iciclesfrozen pot
frozen sniffingfrozen pee
Lulu sniffs the frozen pile of wood in hopes of finding a possum. Also, she is not happy with peeing outside on frozen grass.
What happens when you get bored...a scrapbook store explodes in your living room.

And the best for last....Lulu wrapped up in a hand knit (by me!) scarf.
lulu in scarf
She refuses to look at me until I pull out a treat for her to eat.
lulu in scarf 2

And coming soon....video of Lulu making a sleeping spot juuuuuuuust right.


Day 6

I have no idea what time my office is opening, if at all, today. Sure would have been nice if somebody could have made a decision last night. Guess I'll mosey on in since I'm getting a bit stir crazy here.

Last night I pulled all my scrapbooking stuff into the living room and worked on several pages.


It's snowing!

KXAN graphic

That's right people. The ice storm of '07 has turned into snow. Lulu's not very fond of it and I don't blame her. It's pretty chilly out there on her little paws. My office is closed today since the roads were icy this morning at it was sleeting earlier. So this is my 5th day at home. The 5th day to be wearing flannel pj pants, an ancient 15 year old sweatshirt and Christmas socks. Ahhhh, bliss.


Too cold for Lu


Ice Ice Baby

Austin is experiencing what the zealous weather people on tv like to call an "arctic blast". In fact, they are so excited about this weather that they're not showing Good Morning America or the Today show! Right now, the roads are still passable but I decided not to take any chances, since it's only going to get worse, and stayed home from work. Unfortunately, they didn't close the office, so I have to use a vacation day. I've got over a week of time at this point so it's not really a big deal but I do feel a bit guilty for not going in.

People in Austin can not drive when the roads are iced over. Back in 2003, when I was going through the most horrible training to be a sales person for La-Z-Boy, we had an ice storm. The rhymes-with-witch woman giving the training would not let us leave early and the only way I could get home was to take the very high, heavily traffic and at that point heavily iced Mopac to N. 183 flyover. Good times.

More from me later, I'm sure.


Another reason why I need to win the lottery

So I'm watching High Flying Homes on HGTV and I am struck by the fact that I must have my own custom plane. Or I could just work for a company that designs them. Do you know that they have special drawers for every little thing so they don't shift around during landing/takeoff/turbulence? How cool would it be to get to design those littler drawers?

You can design your very own plane or you can just rent one. No more getting to the airport hours early so you can take off your shoes and get felt up as you go through security. On your own plane, you can wear your pajamas and sing along with your iPod if you feel like it. Or you could eat fresh out of the oven cookies while you drink champagne served to you in fine crystal flutes.

So enough day dreaming....tomorrow I'll be driving to work in my 7 year old car that has stained floor mats and faded exterior paint.


Blame it on the rain

Girl, you know it's true....this rain is about to make me crazy. I don't know people in Seattle deal. It's nearly 3pm and I'm still in my pjs. The idea of running any errands in the rain just makes me want to crawl back into bed. Oh! A benefit of being single and somewhat of a hermit--I don't have to go anywhere if I don't want to.

This morning I put together a little bookcase and used it to store my cookbooks and Cooking Light magazines in the kitchen. The magazine holders are all full so I probably need to pare down my collection again. Considering that I'm going through a cooking slump, I don't know why I keep subscribing. Also, you can pretty much guarantee that each issue will have a recipe for black bean soup. I don't know why, there just always is. Anyway, here are the before and after.

kitchen before

kitchen after


This Indecision's Killin' Me

So not only do I have that song stuck in my head, which of course I don't even know enough of to tell you who sings it, but I can not decide what I want to eat for lunch or where to go. Am I even hungry? Just a wee little bit.

I'm starting to get paranoid about my status in the office because they keep going out to lunch but forget to invite me along. But anyway, I'm tired of eating lunch alone and since I'm reading Harry Potter and it's huge I don't have it with me. That means I need to eat somewhere that will have a Chronicle or something else that I can read. Because as much as I adore myself and think I'm really witty it's pretty dull to eat alone. I need my single girl armor!


Redneck Man's pick up lines

I got these jokes in an email at work today and I just found them too hilarious not to share them with you.


Did you fart?
cuz you blew me away.

Are yer parents retarded?
cuz ya sure are special.

Do you have a library card?
cuz I'd like to sign you out.

Is there a mirror in yer pants?
cuz I can see myself in em.

If you was a tree I were a Squirrel,
I'd store my nuts in yer hole.

You might not be the best lookin girl here, but
beauty's only a light switch away.

Man - "Fat Penguin!"
Woman - "WHAT?"
Man - "I just wanted to say something that would break the ice."

I know I'm not no Fred Flintstone,
but I bet I can make yer bed-rock.

I can't find my puppy, can you help me find him?
I think he went inta this cheap motel room.

Yer eyes are as blue as window cleaner.

If yer gunna regret this in the mornin,
we kin sleep til afternoon.

and.... the best for last!

Yer face reminds me of a wrench,
every time I think of it my nuts tighten up.



fabric choices

After much contemplation, I have narrowed down my choices of Freshcut fabrics to these. The fabric in the lower left corner is my favorite right now. I think I'll buy half a yard of each and then create some kind of patchwork.

Angel face


Does that look like the face of a fierce dog? Well let me tell you what....when she needed to go out at 3am to terrorize a pair of possums, she certainly sounded fierce.

The person I borrowed the trap from needed it back so now I'm on the hunt to purchase my own.


Things to Do

Now that the scarf project has been finished I can let myself begin something new. Where to start, there are so many!

1. Read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince--I started this last night but didn't read far as I was very sleepy.

2. Finish my first every quilt--need to cut out borders, quilt, bind, etc

3. Make some criss cross coasters for gifts--have fabric and giftee in mind.

4. Sew up some bolsters and throw pillows for the guest bed.

5. Put together the Ikea Billy bookcase for the kitchen to house all my cookbooks.

6. Create throw pillows for sofa--have tenative beginning.

7. Scrapbook some of the gazillion Lulu pictures--have all the stuff, just need to sit down and do it.

8. File away a years worth of papers--all the things that needed shredded have been shredded. Now I'm down to one small Container Store bag of things to file. Most of the paper probably do not need to be kept, but you never know and I do have a file system set up that I used to use once upon a time. Where did my super organized-ness go?

9. Figure out what Stampin' Up stuff I need to order so I'm prepared for the next meeting.

And because I think a blog post is more interesting with photos....here's a photo from October of me and my sister and our doxies.

Awwww, sisters.
Originally uploaded by Double_K.


The boss scarf is finished! It's being delivered this morning. Yay! I'll be so glad to never see it again.

Last night I dreamed that I accidentally killed Kelly Clarkson, by pushing her over a waterfall, and it was all my boss's fault. Hmmmm, issues much?

Anyway, now I am free to start/finish other projects. The first thing I started was to begin reading the sixth Harry Potter book.


Quiz 2

No surprises here!

You Are An ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excell at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

Quiz time

Katie had this quiz up on her blog. Looks like I'm in the right career after all. If you want to trust career advice from some random internet quiz, that is.

Your Career Personality: Brainy, Logical, and Efficient

Your Ideal Careers:

Book editor
Business manager
Civil engineer


Nothing to see here

That's right. Still, the scarf is not finished and I'm not letting myself start another project or book until the ends have been woven in. *sigh* Let this be a lesson. Never knit for someone you don't love.

You know how my day has been? Let me just tell you that as I was backing down the driveway this morning I managed to hit my trashcan. But don't worry, nothing was hurt. Then, when I went to the chiropractor/massage therapist, some idiot decided that he was going to ignore my blinker and the fact that the front half of my car was already in his lane and whiz right by me as I tried to take the north mopac fly over from 183. Ya'll Austinites know what fun that can be. Let's just say that I was deeply intouch with my anger at that point. So of course that just made me more tense and the massage was not the fun, relaxing kind. No, it was the kind where the guy uses his elbow and leans on you with all his weight.

So tonight is going to be spent loafing on the sofa. Yes, I know that is the standard Friday night protocal, but I won't be knitting. My back muscles doth protest.


For cryin' out loud!

Possum #4 showed up tonight. It was brought to my attention that perhaps it's just the same possum, over and over, but I know this can not be the case. You see, the park I take them to is 4 miles from my house. Four miles of heavily traveled road. These are no Disney possum's so I'm pretty sure they couldn't make it back to my yard without getting squished.

Ask me how sick I am of possums. Very. So very.


Work in progress

This is the guest area of my computer/craft/guest room. Of course, since I'm lacking pillows, the bed is still a work in progress but I wanted to share it with you all anyway.

Above the bed are framed 12" x 12" scrapbook papers. I used the same patter, with coordinating solids for the mats.

guest bed

Here is a close up of the paper.
paper close up

All the colors are so great. Right before the holidays, my jolly pack of Freshcut came and many of the patterns will make great pillows.