At the races

Me & Lulu
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
Lulu was a bit of a pill at the races this year. She did not want to walk anywhere and my only options were to drag her along the ground as she hunkered down and gripped the earth tight or carry her. This is us taking a break waiting for Ellie and Kristin to come back to us after Ellie's race.

Little pink tongue

Little pink tongue
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.

Weekend Report

So sleepy
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
After an exciting weekend of attending the 9th annual Buda Lion Club's Weiner Dog races on Sunday and much playing with Gus and Ellie, this is how Lulu spent the entire day. I took the day off from work and also spent much of the day napping, so we certainly lived up to the Lazy name today.



My favorite book, The Time Traveler's Wife, is being made into a movie. Noooooo. Of course I will want to see the movie and of course I will hate it and then it will be ruined for me forever!

The same thing happened with another book that I love, Absolute Power by David Baldacci. I read that book during my last semester of college and it was the first time I'd read a book for fun during a school semester probably since I got out of high school. Normally I didn't have time to read, what with all the partying and working. Oh yeah, and the studying and design projects. But I was so stressed out that last semester about graduating and finding a job that I started being unable to sleep and having panic attacks. So I went to the store and bought myself an aromatherapy candle. It was something like $12, which is alot of money when you aren't making any, and while standing in line to pay for it I saw the book. I figured that as long as I was going to charge that dumb candle what's another $8 for a paperback book?

I got sucked into the book, which in a quick recap is the story about a US President commiting murder and the murder being witnessed by a thief. Trust me, it was good and just what I needed to distract me. The next year I start seeing ads for the movie, starring Clint Eastwood. I was totally psyched. It was gonna be great! My mom and I go to the theatre and yes it was an okay movie, but the book was forever changed for me. Now I no longer have my own mental image of the characters.

The fact that I love the Time Traveler's Wife soooo much scares me just a little bit. I tell everyone to read it. It's been months (maybe even a year?) since I read it and I still think about it. Of course I think it would make a great movie but what if it sucks? I'll be so sad.


Baby basil

Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
Look! Look what I am growing. Basil! Why yes, this does excite me. The last time I grew anything from seed was in the 4th grade, when we planted beans in empty milk cartons at school. When they finally got big enough for us to take home I managed to drop it as I got off the school bus and it was ruined.

So I'm taking great pride in my little basil plants. Expect to see more photos as they continue to grow.

Still alive.....

smaller bandage
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
barely. I don't get it. Why do I still feel like crap? It feels like I'm running a fever, but when I check my temp all is normal. Then there is the constant threat of puking. I wish I would already because then maybe I'd feel better. Gah.

And of course, I have this great work ethic ingrained into me and I can not stay home. I'm so tired of not feeling well. It's been weeks and weeks since I felt myself.

waaah waaah waaah.

Lunch is over. Time to get back to work.


Spring's newest accessory

Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
Don't I look fabulous? This is the result of having a suspicious mole removed this morning. Apparently it was located right above an artery and because I take a bunch of aspirin on a near daily basis (for my tension headaches & migraines) I bled like crazy. The doctor then told me I could not go back to work. Oh gee, punish me why don't you?

So I am supposed to spend the rest of the afternoon sitting up, watching tv or reading a book, with my hand pressed against my head lest I start bleeding. Because apparently, that is not a good thing. If it should happen, I am to get myself to the ER right away. Doesn't that sound exciting?


Windows Shopping

Window shopping....windows....get it? I'm so hilarious. Anyway....

How cute are these luggage tags? Found at The Haute Hound along with about a zillion other adorable things that either Lulu or I need.

This the Women's Urban Cruiser from Chubby Cruisers and I want it. It's just a simple bike, no fancy gears to figure out. They also have cute accessories to go with, such as metal basket or cup holder. I've actually seen a woman riding a bike that looks very similar through my neighborhood to the Target. If I had a bike I could do that. And put Lulu in the basket to go to Petsmart!

This purse organizer from TinyLiving.com is very cool. Storage really isn't an issue for me in my house (except for the kitchen) but currently all my bags living in a box under the bed. So when I want to switch purses I have to pull the box out. It would be much easier if I had this attached to the inside of my closet door where I could quickly get what I wanted. I'm sure I could make this on my own if I felt like it, but therein lies the problem. You all know how things go at the Lazy house. Great ideas, poor execution.

Now I'm off to do some real shopping!



Today is April 20th. 420 that is. That wikipedia entry says that 420 is a discreet way to reference pot/pot culture. Discreet my ass. Maybe if you don't know what it means. For a very long time I didn't. Being a late bloomer and all I didn't try pot until I was in my late 20s. It's not my thing.

If I was going to do drugs, I'd rather do speed because then I might actually quit the lazy and get some stuff done. Also, every company I've worked for has required drug testing to get hired and then the threat of random testing. In the nearly 4 years I've worked at my current company there has been one drug test. Guess who was selected "randomly"? Me. See the kind of luck I have. How bad would it suck to get fired to for that?

One of my friends got fired for calling her boss an anal retentive lunatic in an email to another coworker. I know it's still traumatic for her but it makes me laugh and laugh. But it was true. That woman had been my boss at one point too and once proudly told me that she didn't read (not as in being illiterate just that she chose not to read)! WHAT?!

Enough rambling. I've got to go to work. yay.


The Departed

Last night I was The Departed via Netflix. The movie has been at my house for something like 3 weeks but I just finally got around to watching it. Wow. It was really good. Really violent. Really foul language. But so good that I went to bed thinking about it. That doesn't normally happen. It was also my first Scorsese movie. He certainly deserved his Oscar.

Also, Matt Damon was hot. Surprisingly, I also found Leonardo DiCaprio hot. Normally he does nothing for me. I guess I like scruffy guys with heavy Boston accents. Who knew.


Purses, my second love*

I love purses. In particular, I love the Coach brand of purses. Sometimes, having expensive taste but staying fiscally responsible sucks. Luckily, there is a Coach outlet not far from me and I've gotten a couple of bargains there. The wallet show above is $198 and the bag is $218.

*When I figure out what my first love is, I'll let you know. But if I had to guess I'd say food.

Continuing a theme

Tor bitte schlie├čen
Originally uploaded by isemantics.
This morning I was alerted to a Flickr group that is for photos of No Pooping Allowed Signs. Most are from the UK. Just now, while trying to find the link to that group, I stumbled upon another Flickr group called The dogs are funny looking when they poo.

My inner 12 year old boy is having an awesome morning.

Cover Model

Make your own here


Gross dead bird

Dead bird
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
Why do I keep finding dead animals around my house? This time Lulu is not responsible. I found this little bird on my driveway when I came home tonight and am hoping that some cat will come along and eat it because I'm all out of plastic gloves and I don't want to touch it.

Also, when I went to bring my garbage can in from the street, there was a used condom on the ground next to it. That did not fall out of my trash can! My neighborhood is so ghetto. You know people aren't finding that sort of thing on their curb in Westlake!


Dog walk t-shirt
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
This is not my favorite t-shirt for the dog walk. They had a really cute one from last year's walk for only $5. Maybe I will go back tomorrow and see if they have any left in my size.


Book meme

I found this meme on another blog. Don't ask me how this list came about.

Books I've read are in bold.
Books I want to read are italicized.
Books in plain text, I do not want to read

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)--I read a few chapters but just could not get into it.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)--I've read some of this, but not all
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)--plus all the sequels, except for the most recent one
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible--but not straight through
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)--love love LOVE this book.
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Okay my faithful book loving readers, let's see your list.

Get your stroll on

This Saturday, Lulu and I are going to participate in the Mighty Texas Dog Walk. Years ago my mom and I participated with our dachshund, Coco, and it was a lot of fun. You can't really walk very fast because of all the dogs and people but that's fine with me. We are the Lazy here, afterall.

My general manager is also going and hopefully he'll be bringing Spanky. Spanky is the nearly 2 year old female English Bulldog that he shares with his ex. Sometimes, Spanky visits the office and she's so adorable it's hard to get any work done. Look at that face! How can you have a bad day when she comes along and snorts at you.
spanky 2


Nothing says I love you....

Poop Book
Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
like a book about poop in your Easter basket. Apparently, my sister and I pay way too much attention to our dogs' poop and my parents were not as enthusiastic about that topic of conversation. Mom saw this book at a school book sale and snatched up the last two copies for me and Kristin.


Happy Easter

Originally uploaded by Elizabeth_K.
It's not your typical weather here in Austin, Texas and as you can see, Lulu has spent much of her time curled up in my bed. That's also how I spent much of yesterday since I was not feeling well enough to drive through freezing rain to my parents' house. Also, since my sister and her boyfriend were going to be spending the night there as well I would have to share a bed with my sister.

That's right, I'm 33 years old and I still have to share a bed with my sister. Why, you ask? Because my parents only have a 3 bed house. So one bed for them, one bed for me and one bed for my sister. If one of us brings home a boy, then he gets a bed and the sisters have to shack up together. Don't ask me what will happen if I ever start dating again and bring someone home the same weekend that Kristin and El Hombre come to visit.


You have GOT to be kidding me

Do you see that? Do you see that the HIGH today is 45 degrees. It's APRIL. Just a couple of days ago we hit 90 and I had to turn on the a/c when I got home from work. I refuse to turn on the heater. Schizophrenic weather, that's what.

Silver lining: I never did around to making the skirt I had planned for Easter. Now it's too cold to wear it anyway. I will be wearing pants to church tomorrow.


Advance Notice

My birthday isn't for quite some time, but I'm just putting this out there for my loved ones to take note. I want this cake from William-Sonoma. So what if it's a birthday cake for kids! It's a giant cupcake!



This new pattern from Amy Butler is sooo cute. Now I know what I want to make with my stash of black & white fabric that I've been collecting for the last year. Originally, I was going to make a quilt but as much as I love all my fabrics I wasn't really crazy about the idea of a black & white quilt in my home. Not that my home really has a style (I aspire for that Crate & Barrel meets Pottery Barn aesthetic) but I know what doesn't work.

I'm working from home today. Yes, I really am working. A girl's allowed a popcorn break, isn't she?