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March Goals:

1. Finish the kitchen renovation

Nearly all of our time has been devoted to this project for the last month. It’s turned out to be a much bigger job than I originally thought it would be. We had hoped to be finished by the end of February, and right now we’re about 50% of the way done. That makes this project #1 on our March goals list.

2. Bump up my fitness routine

J and I are participating in a Biggest Loser-type competition that ends April 1st. Even though I am currently in the lead (woot!) I am still way off from my goal. So March will be all about switching it up and pushing myself further.

3. Get caught up on Project Life

After February’s re-stock of page protectors my excuses are null. I need to do this. For me. For us. It’ll be so worth it and so much fun. I just need to set aside the time to do it.

4. Stay positive

If all goes as planned, there will be some major changes in our near future. While part of me is extremely excited at the prospect, another part of me is scared shitless. I’m trying to ignore the latter part of me and remember that no matter what, everything will be okay. Change is good. Change is needed. And there’s is no point in worrying about all of the “what-ifs” unless they become “what-nows.”

They’re simple goals. They’re practical goals. And that’s what I need right now.


P.S. If anyone knows the original source for the image above, please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due. Thanks!


Source: via Krystal on Pinterest

J and I spent last weekend in Florida visiting his grandparents. We had a wonderful time, and I have lots of pictures to share soon. But for now I am resting, drinking lots of liquids, and trying to get over the cold I brought home with me. Go figure.



Yesterday I turned 33. In truth, it’s hard for me to believe I’m that old. I don’t feel 33. Or maybe I do, since I don’t really know what 33 feels like…?

…Anyway, I have to say it was a pretty good day. I J bought me a pair of cute boots…

…which I wore to meet my mom for lunch in Cincinnati. After lunch, we went shopping at Ikea.

It was my mom’s first time. She was an Ikea virgin. 🙂

We even stopped to have coffee and apple cake.

Then I went home to have dinner with J. We had planned to go to the Half Moon Brewery, but I was a little later than planned. So we headed to a local Mexican restaurant instead.

All-in-all, a pretty good day!

Three adorable little kitties, found in our wood pile this weekend. (And by wood pile I mean the pile of wood that used to be our deck and that is currently sitting in our driveway waiting to be hauled away – yeah, not a great place for precious little kitties.) I spent nearly all day yesterday trying to capture them. They are not tame, not by a long shot. In fact they were rather vicious, and capturing them required a crate, canned food, and a certain degree of stealth. But they are safe now, tucked away in a roomy crate in our garage.

Aren’t they adorable!? I had to uncover the little black & white one to take his picture. He had buried himself entirely under the towel. There was no sign of a momma cat yesterday, and they’re eating the canned food without issue. Tomorrow they will be taken to our local Humane Society (which is closed today), where I’m sure they will have no trouble finding loving homes. I wish I could keep all of them, but it’s simply not possible…sigh… If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll be allowed to foster them till they’re ready for adoption.

In other news, I’m still working on another shoppe update. I’ve received my first bulk order, which will keep me busy for the next few days. Also, I have some fun vintage items to add to Vintage Monkey. Lots of busy things happening!

We’re starting our holiday weekend a little early around here – Woohoo! Tonight we’re headed to The Bluebird to see the amazing Gillian Welch. Super excited about this one! I’ve been looking forward to it for months…pretty sure I got our tickets the day minute they became available. Which was also right after I picked up her most recent album…instantly a favorite.

J is taking tomorrow off, making it a four-day weekend for him. Saturday we’re attending some friends’ annual luau, which is always fun. There was also some talk of an semi-impromptu amusement park do-over (after a horrible Indiana Beach experience – seriously, don’t go there…just don’t). So we’ll see 🙂

Anyone else have exciting plans for the weekend?


Starting where we left off yesterday…



  • We took our annual trip to Lake Michigan with friends. Despite one of our friends having horrible back problems (she had surgery the week we got back), it was a wonderfully relaxing vacation. And of course the dogs were in heaven!



  • Labor Day weekend, I flew to Nebraska for the Heck Family Reunion. I got to see lots of family I rarely see otherwise and spent time with my 84-year-old grandmother.
  • Later in the month, J and I went to the Indy Irish Fest for the first time. We saw some great music and watched a sheep herding demonstration. Oh, and of course, we drank some beer too.



  • J and I dressed up for Halloween for the first time in years. We went to three different parties that night…at our age? Crazy, I know. I wish I had pictures to share, but sadly I took none. 😦


  • We saw Daniel Tosh at the Murat Theater. He was freaking hilarious. Our seats however, sucked.
  • For Thanksgiving J and I went to his dad’s house. It was a pretty relaxed day, and we were sent home with enough leftovers to feed us for a week…at least.


  • Like last year, J’s company Christmas party fell on my birthday weekend, so I had a birthday dinner and drinks on them! Woohoo!  And the bartender there was mixing up the best cosmopolitans. It’s usually not my first choice, but I’ve been hooked ever since. J’s gift to me was a new winter coat, which I actually got the week before on Black Friday. It’s this one in dark charcoal, and so far I love it! It’s super warm and it fits great.
  • For Christmas we drove back to Nebraska to see my family. It was a short trip, but we managed to get to see everyone for a little while at least.
  • On the Monday after Christmas, we went to see Wicked! I was super excited, and the show did not disappoint.
  • Finally, on New Year’s Eve I had the opportunity to host another House Party. The people at PlayStation were kind enough to seen us free PS3 Move controllers and three games to try them out with. My favorite, by far, was SingStar Dance. It’s hilarious to watch J do the dance moves. We spent the evening with a few of our friends and their kids. It was a great time. I’ll share more about the PS3 Move in a later post.

Well, that was 2010. Here’s hoping 2011 is even better!

    In an effort to make up for a year of, let’s call it “lax” blogging, I thought I’d do a couple posts of highlights from 2010.


    • I entered the Masters program at the School of Library and Information Sciences and started classes.
    • We set up a system for backing up our files after I lost over a year’s worth of stuff when my hard drive crashed on New Year’s Eve. So many pictures lost! It still almost makes me cry to think about it.
    • We had lots of fun at our DiGiorno House Party.

    DiGiorno Pizza Party

    • We had our first Roller Derby experience when we went to see the Naptown Roller Girls.
    • J took me shopping for Valentine’s Day and bought me two dresses at Francesca’s, and then lunch at Outback. It was a great way to spend the holiday!



    • April marked the end of my first semester, which meant a mad rush of work and final projects. Basically, I didn’t leave the house for any reason other than school and nothing inside the house got done that wasn’t homework.


    • My dad and stepmom flew in from Nebraska for a visit. We had a lot of fun just relaxing, which was something that all of us needed very much. We did manage to head up to Kokomo for some BBQ and beers at the Half Moon brewery. They have amazing pulled pork – seriously, it’s probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had and well worth the half-hour drive.


    • June was taken over by the online course I signed up for. It was ridiculously time consuming, and I vowed to never take an online course again…well, at least not for a summer session.
    • I did get the chance to see Ingrid Michaelson in concert. It was an amazing show and made me love her all the more.
    • The weekend after my online class ended, J’s company had their biannual picnic at King’s Island in Cincinnati. It was miserably hot, and I ended up getting sick…not the best of vacations. But we made up for it by spending the night and going to Ikea the next day.

    King's Island
    King's Island

    That’s pretty much it for the first half of the year. Like I said, nothing too crazy…but nothing bad either, which is a-okay with me. Check back tomorrow for the second half of our year in review.

    Before I chose to get my master’s in Library Science, I did my research. The last thing I wanted was another useless degree. I wanted to be employable, and librarians were supposed to be in high demand, what with all those baby boomers retiring, the general perception of librarians as crabby old bespectacled women, and the idea that libraries are no longer needed now that we have Google (Hah!). Except that many librarians didn’t retire when they were expected to due to the economy. And then state funds were short across the country and libraries everywhere started losing their funding and making cuts, even closing their doors. All of this = not so good for me. So, understandably, I’ve been a little down, worrying about my future employability…again. And it sucks. I’m not saying I made the wrong choice. I still think the librarianship is the perfect profession for me. I just wish I had a chance in hell of actually working as a librarian once I become one.

    I’m not taking any classes this summer session, partly because I didn’t get into the class I wanted to take and partly due to the horrific experience I had with my last online class. I’ll have a full load again in the fall, but I may not be able to graduate when I expected to. No biggie, since there won’t be any jobs for me anyway. Okay, okay, maybe I’m being a little pessimistic. After all, the whole point of writing this post was so that I could force myself to focus on the positives. Like, how I’ll have a professional degree, which is still better than not having one. And how, despite my perfect vision, I’ll have an excuse to wear cat’s eye glasses. Like these:


    Or maybe these:


    Plus, I’ll totally have an excuse to buy one of these:


    AND I’ll finally be able to use my Sublime Stitching Sexy Librarians pattern.

    Things are looking up already. 🙂

    So, I recently joined Twitter. I know I’m like the last person on earth to join, but “better late than never,” right? Oh, and ditto for Facebook. That’s right, look at me all 21st century and stuff. The funniest part? I joined Facebook after getting an invite from my mom. Hilarious. I’ve yet to really do anything with either account, but if you’d like to follow my inactivity, I’ll be adding links to the sidebar soon.

    Speaking of Twitter, this might be the most humorous/adorable thing I’ve seen in a while:

    Now you’re dog can join Facebook too! The device automatically sends pre-programmed tweets based on your dog’s movements. Freaking hilarious. It totally makes me want to start accounts for Foster and Abi. I can see it now…

    fozzybear Sound the alarm! There is imminent danger just outside our door!…Oh, wait. It’s just the neighbor’s cat.

    abipie I miss my daddy so much…sigh.

    Have any of you heard of It’s a site where you can sign up to host parties featuring certain products or brands and in return you get that product for free. I signed up several months ago and have since hosted three parties. I posted about the first one here. The second featured Alexia products (which we happen to love). And the third, which I hosted on Saturday, was a Hasbro sponsored game night. The party pack they sent us included three games: Taboo, Catchphrase, and a new Trivial Pursuit game coming out in August called Bet You Know It, as well as some snacks. I was pretty impressed with the new TP game. The questions weren’t as difficult as those of other versions I’ve played (which is nice when there are margaritas involved), and they added the option of betting on your opponents ability to answer the question. If you bet correctly, you get points with which you can buy pie pieces. The set up is also a little different and makes the game go much faster. I would totally recommend it.

    I don’t usually like to promote these kinds of things here, but I have to say that having these parties has been so much fun! It does take a bit of a time commitment for each party, and you won’t necessarily be chosen as a host for every party you apply for, but for me, it’s been worth it. Check it out if you get the chance!