Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 861

Recently, I've rediscovered the awesomeness of my own backyard.  I was reading outside on the porch, got too hot (direct sun), and carried one of my super awesome neon blue chairs under a tree and continued to read (here's the key) in the shaaaaade.  It was pretty glorious.  C'mon over with your book of the week and we'll create our own little book nook reading area.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Day 860

I was so big and mature today.  If you know me well, you know that's not my go-to reaction when faced with something that makes me unhappy.  (In a small voice) Yay me!

So, I'm not "wishing-my-life-away," but I am very excited for the day when I can chill on a front porch, in a comfy rocker, doing trendy-craft-of-the-decade, surrounded by my husband, kids, and a pet or two.  I know, I know, "quit wishing you were old."  Shush, I say.  I'm pumped about having a family of my own.  (Then I'll probably wish I had my peace and quiet again like in my 20s. :-P )

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day 859

My house is 100% completely clean.  This is a very strange feeling, especially since I didn't have a party last night.  (My house is always inevitably at its best after I clean up from a party.)  Can someone come and visit me to admire the cleanliness and take in the smell of the garlic I cooked up for last night's bruschetta?  Call first. :oP

Oh, did that word, bruschetta, catch your attention?  I made this one (with garden fresh tomatoes) and have no need to look further for alternate versions.  The group I was with raved about it, and it was pretty easy to make, too!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Day 858

I'm so pumped for tonight!  Good company, good wine, good music...all outside.  It's going to be lovely.

Those weeds outside got pulled, so now I have to concentrate on the inside of my house.  I'll be great as long as I can stop sneezing long enough to pick things up!

Do you like Ingrid?  You should check this out:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Day 857

It's FRIIIIIIIIIIDAY!  Unfortunately, someone's car was broken into this afternoon at work.  For some reason, that meant that we all had to leave together a half an hour early.  Works for me.  Project: CLEAN HOUSE resumes now!

{Early} Congratulations go out to these two crazy kids who fell in love and are sealing the deal tomorrow!  Hope your day is fantastic, Will & Shauna! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 856

Despite the heat wave, the weeds are still growing.  Argh.  It's time for them to move to the back field and out of my sight!  Catch ya later, alligators...I'm off to rid my garden and driveway of weeds.

I'm looking forward to Saturday night.  Good people, good wine, good music.  It's going to be rad.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 855

Gavin DeGraw's "Sweeter" album is amazing.  I keep coming back to it, day after day.  Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't already.
Here's my favorite:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 854

I like this song and the video.  You should check it out.

Does it sound familiar?  It's in the BING commercial!  I actually heard it on the radio, then googled to see where the heck I'd heard parts of it before.  You're welcome. ;) 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day 853

Working out sucks so bad when I'm in the middle of it, but makes me feel so much better when it's done.  Ahh...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 852

Well, after a weekend of death and sadness, I'd set out to just kick butt and get so much done today.  My body had other plans, so I spent most of the day in bed doing super exciting things like watching "Private Practice" on hulu.  Thankfully, after a nap, medicine, and a good dinner, I was feeling up for some yard work.  Better late (in the day) than never.

Brie: (3) 5 gallon buckets.  Weeds: 0
A little sunshine, fresh air, and weed-pulling can do wonders for my mood. :)

I'm strangely optimistic about this week, despite everything.  The Lord works in many mysterious ways.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 851

Today, I went up to Lafayette with my "other parents" and Alex to see our friend, Zach.  His mom passed away this week after a 13 year battle with cancer.  As I only met her once, I didn't know her.  However, after a beautiful mass with music and so many kind, sincere words, I know she made a difference in this world even though she was taken up after only 53 years.  I hate feeling so powerless when seeing my friend hurting so deeply.  I'm glad that Andy was able to fly in and just be there for him all weekend.  I just want to wrap him up in bubble wrap to protect him, but we can't do that.  Actually, he'd probably like that since he's a goofball.  I suppose that's why Zach, Andy, and I are all friends - we're all goofballs.  

Please keep my Aunt Tootie and Patsy (Zach's mom) in your prayers.  While you're at it, please say one for my grandma, too.  She's in the hospital recovering from some lung issues.  Hopefully, she'll be back to "normal" and able to go home soon.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day 850

Well, today wasn't the happiest of days.  Work wasn't the best, but then I went to the St. Susanna festival to check it out and see Fr. Glenn.  All of that was fun, and it was good to see our old priest.  However, on our way home, my great aunt calls me looking for Grandpa.  My Great Aunt Tootie is about to pass away.  Now, she's had bone marrow cancer for a long time, she's 87, and well, you'd think we'd all be prepared.  Well, we hurried up to get there, but she had already passed on.  She was right in the middle of a Reds game, too.  (She LOVED baseball!)

I'm comforted to know that she's up in heaven, looking down on us with a smile and living in a painless world.  She's up there with her husband (he died back in 1985), my great grandparents (her parents), and countless friends and family.  I'll always remember visiting her in Florida with her house smelling like Entenmann's coffee cake and playing on the organ.  She was a wonderful woman, and definitely one of my favorite relatives.  Rest in peace, Aunt Tootie.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day 849

Tonight was the last night of VBS, and Tyler was there filling in for his dad in the kitchen (making really good little pizzas).  I'm so happy to report that he has decided to quit smoking!  Now, I realize that just because they quit for now doesn't mean it'll stick.  I think there are some other drivers fueling him to stick with it this time and I'm thrilled.  Seeing my grandma sick and in the hospital makes me so sad, since it's all caused by cigarette addiction.  Seeing a friend decide to stop sucking on the cancer sticks is beyond amazing!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 848

Vacation Bible School is fun, but man those kids wear me out!  I'm running around all over the place this week between VBS, last night's concert, work, and my dentist appointment today!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 847

Bridget and I went out to Bru Burger Bar tonight, since she hadn't been there yet.  We were super smart and split everything.  We got the gorgonberry pecan salad and split the provencal burger and fries.  YUM!  I might have misspelled something in there, but I'm too tired to care right now. :-P  We went to the Deluxe at Old National Center and saw INGRID MICHAELSON!  She was great, as always.  The only bummer was that her suuuuuper mellow husband, Greg Laswell, opened for her.  I wanted to fall asleep!  Not the right guy for this crowd.  When she came on stage, she did an awesome job and told a few funny stories, too.  Woo hoo!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day 846

I survived being ... Game Leader (?) ... for day one of Vacation Bible School.  Only one injury (my chin + Landyn's head = my sore chin and a happy-go-lucky kid with a hard head).  I'm going to see Ingrid Michaelson tomorrow, so my "team" will have the pleasure of teaching and entertaining the crazy, fun, awesome kids in my absence. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Day 845

I'm ready to get a bunch of stuff done ... mentally ... but physically, it's not happening.  Darn you, allergies and sinuses!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 844

Oh, I had so much fun this morning at the Make-A-Wish Walk For Wishes!  There were around 1,300 participants and so many smiling faces! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 843

ATTACK OF THE ALLERGIES!  This can go away ASAP as I've got a morning full of Make-A-Wish cuties to photograph at the Walk For Wishes and a TON of weeds to pull!  Grrr...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 842

I like that I craaaave healthy food after working out.  Pretty neat, huh?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day 841

Go. Go. GO!  <---That's my week, ladies and gentlemen ... and I kinda love it.  Beats being cold, wearing 10 layers, and having dreary, dark skies! :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 840

I'm pretty sure I saw a Forrest Gump impersonator running down SR 67 today, no joke.  He was a hardcore runner with a free flowing long beard!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 839

You know what I forgot to do earlier this week?  Check my mail.  I had a whole bunch of birthday love in there from friends and family all over the country!  You know what else is awesome: my new bed.  It's so comfy that I read my Hunger Games #3 book on it, fell asleep for awhile, and then woke up in the middle of the night ... not tired.  Eventually, I went back to sleep.  Lesson learned: don't take a mid-night nap on your new bed or you'll wake up in the middle of the night.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Day 838

I've never been so excited to go to sleep!  My new bed was delivered today, woo hoo!  I'm going downtown to Bru Burger Bar with my family tonight for my birthday dinner, yummy!  Hope you're all enjoying the weekend! :)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Day 837

Well hello, 27.  I hope you're good to me!

Excited to hang out with some fabulous ladies in Carmel tonight while we catch up on each other's lives, eat {what's sure to be} tasty food, and drink some wine and/or Champagne.  Oh la la... :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 836

I still have a stupid grin on my face.  I told you last night was a good night. :) 

If an EPIC PHOTO ever existed, I believe the one above would qualify.  If you were there, you know the story and how unexpected this lick was.  Aweeeesome. :) 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Day 835

Dinner at Canal Bistro, ice cream at BRICS, walk along the Monon + the strip, randomly (and I mean really randomly) seeing a friend from freshman year of college, and then going to another bar with this random little group.  What a NIGHT!  I'm seriously walking on sunshine, WHOOOOOAAAA, and I'm about to go to sleep on Cloud 9.  No joke, kids.  It was a great night. :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Day 834

Happy Independence Day!  Do something awesome with your freedom!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Day 833

Apparently, I can't have my photo on any work-related newsletters/documents that will be mailed out due to stalkers.  I'm not sure if I'm mad about that (trying to put a face with a name and make the whole club seem more personal) or if I'm thankful (that my boss thinks I'm cute enough to warrant stalkers).  Either way, doesn't matter because tomorrow is INDEPENDENCE DAY!  I wish I could be cool like Chris and Steph and watch the movie at home in my home theater.  I'm telling you, if you didn't live so far away, I'd be up there all the time! :)  Hope everyone has a fun and safe (due to our burn bans and dry, dry land) 4th of July!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Day 832

Good things are happening. :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 831

July already?!  Wow, this year is flying by so quickly.

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