Friday, January 30, 2009

Winter Blahs

Everyone suffers from the winter blahs. Some of us don't deal as well as others (why are you looking at me?). I get teased for all those blogs I stalk daily but truly, they inspire my mind in ways that real life around me just can't. I get inspired when I'm at work sometimes but after years of being surrounded by what's popular for other people, you just lose interest- save for the occasional Juxtapoz art magazine.

If you're like me, searching for inspiration to fuel your creativity, check out this link by Decor8 (My FAVE blog ever...) Constant beautiful photographs and inspirational objects. Now if I weren't so lazy... lol

There are so many things I'd like to try; printing, painting, drawing, crafting jewerly, sewing (meh, still sore over my last endeavor), journaling, and of course- photography. Now that I've got Photoshop back up, albeit on Mike's computer, I can get back with the designing that I love to do.

I'm almost done with my hot cocoa. My left ear still aches and I think I'm catching a cold. It's a stress free day! :)

Best Passenger Complaint Letter

I cracked up while reading this... Seriously, it's entertaining and best of all, it's an actual complaint letter written to Virgin Airlines!

Click the link:
Best Passenger Complaint Letter


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The next step

I saw this quote on someone's blog and thought it was fitting given my circumstances;

"What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do." ~Unknown

It applies to all of us!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bye bye rut!

It's been in the works for about a week now but I was contacted by a photographer that's new to the area to help her with an upcoming wedding! It's a free gig for me but this time around, I'm not in it for the money. I desparately need to get yanked from my little rut. Seriously.
Anyway, this photographer seems very knowledgeable with vast background in weddings, commercial, family and children photography. I'm wondering if this is my chance to really learn from someone who's been doing this awhile? I certainly hope she's willing! The upcoming wedding will be February 7th in Woodinville. Wish me luck! Check out the photographer's blog and website too if you're curious :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Science Experiments

Since my car's in the shop, I thought Jamie and I might try to do some science experiments. They've got some Pop Bottle Science on Bargain for $5.99 at work and figured this was something Jamie would love.
First we started out with learning about water modelcules by adding food coloring drops to water and watching it snake its way through the water before dispersing. I let him pour the water and do the drops himself. He was quite proud!
The second experiment ended in total failure, totally my fault. We attempted to secure a balloon to the opening of the pop bottle and submerge it in hot water in a saucepan. The 2nd saucepan had cold water. In theory, the hot water would make the balloon inflate and move it to the cold water would do the opposite. I figured they meant boiling hot water and of course, this resulted in the bottom half of the bottle being a melted, shrivled-well, bottom half of a bottle. It still stands upright, it just looks weird.
I promised Jamie after school we'd try another experiment and he wanted to do the food coloring one again. This time we added blue and green coloring. I figured for the sake of making this more interesting, we'd add other ingredients and see what happens. His eyes lit up as he thought of all the possibilities in our kitchen. We used lemon juice, buttermilk, regular milk, salt, soda, cinnamon, rasins (which is the brown blob inside the bottle) baking soda and ice cubes. Nothing particularly exciting from a scientific point of view but to him, it was the raddest thing ever! I snapped a few shots of Dr. Jamie concocting his potion of awesomeness. :)

Friday, January 9, 2009


Today was Jamie's first day of school since agreeing to an IEP with the school. He was definitely excited as the bus pulled up to our driveway! I got to spend an hour doing nothing, really. I mean, I went out for a run and couldn't even make it to the end of the street. I'm so out of shape! But an hour later, the bus dropped Jamie off and now he's buzzing with excitement :) He had a good first day, even if his days are only an hour long.
Yesterday, we bought him a Webkinz dog. We brought him home and "adopted" him online and named him Crush (Jamie wanted Orange but since he was a black dog, I pursuaded him to go with He's been doting on his little dog ever since. When he got home from school today, I suggested he make a dog house for Crush. After finding some cardboard and me cutting a door and window, he proceeded to fill it with a pillow and blanket for Crush's bed. It was pretty cute :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Hi all,

I suppose since it's my birthday I should say a few words. It's my last year of being in my twenties although, it doesn't feel like it's possible that I'm already here. Yet, I am and so with that realization, I should try my best this year to make the most of it. After all, once you enter your thirties, there's no going back. I have heard that your thirties are supposed to be better than your twenties. I can almost see the logic. You've passed idenity confusion, graduated college (some people), established yourself in the working world, found your mate and possibly produced spawn. Your thirties are about maintaining order and solidifying your best quailities. So I guess I should think in terms that I only have one more year to be utterly confused about myself before I can give it up and start accepting it! :)

There are a bunch of trival things I'd like to accomplish this year (as well as important things!). First (not in order of priorities) I think I'd like to get a tattoo. Like I said, trival... but still, once I'm in my thirties, it'll seem like I'm trying too hard. But if I get it in my twenties, it'll be normal. Right? I'm thinking too hard about this. Anyway, I know exactly what I want and where I want it. It's nothing vulgar and it's not overly public. If I get the courage to do it, I'll post a photo :)

Speaking of photos... I still haven't heard back from Mike's brother on the status of my harddrive. I've been given a list of places that will recover harddrives if it boils down to that. You only pay if they get anything. If they can't, you wouldn't have wasted money. In my opinion, my photos are priceless. Especially those of Jamie and my family. Maybe this is all about really opening my eyes and seeing the beauty in everyday things; not about perfect lighting conditions or location. I've put my camera away for the most part. I think I'm really scared to delete anything off the memory card in fear that my actual computer will kiss the dust. It's definitely been acting strange. We've discussed getting a new computer; either beef up my existing one or convert to a Mac. The materialism in me REALLY wants a Mac. It's beautiful piece of machinery that seemly operates flawlessly. Of course, I've heard the very rare stories in which things go wrong but they're things such as rain damage, severed cords... Not viruses... Oh the longing... I want badly to pay off my credit cards too. So, that's another priority this year; situate my computer issues.

In going forward with another priority, I did sell my xbox in efforts to pay off a chunk of one of my credit cards. I felt a weight being lifted and the guilt over buying it went away. Now if I can just find the cash to throw towards my other one...

And last in my list of priorities (and most certainly, an important one), I've made it our goal to give Jamie more siblings either this year or next. If in six months nothing has happened, I'll make an appointment to get things checked out. For the sake of family members reading this, I won't go further into details ;)

Ok, now I'm off to help Jamie with his game. Gotta unlock a door...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

For Sale

It's true. I've decided that due to nonuse, I'm going to be selling my xbox. Lucky for me, my xbox Live Gold account expired Jan 1st. If you're interested; here's the details...

} 6 months old
) 60 gig HD
} Two panels (controllers, for all you non-gamers )
} Games included; Halo 3, Fable II, Lost Odyssey, Grand Theft Auto 4, FFXI online (with all expansions)
} One Headset
} $500 OBO

It's a steal, if I say so myself :)

Just make a comment and let me know.