Sunday, August 30, 2009


Drop what you are doing and go HERE now!!! Go support this beautiful, beautiful project, pack up a big old box of goodness and get to the post office!

Iraqi Bundles of Love

Seriously, what are you still doing here??

Saturday, August 29, 2009


No photos today cause I am abso-tooting-lutley exhausted. My day went a little like this:

10 am to 12:30 - birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese
12:30 to 1:00 pm - motherload rummage sale at a church by the house. You will not believe everything I bought! (More to come on that shortly)
2:00 to 3:30 pm - Miss S to a church party - me to Joann's fabric store:)
4:00 to 4:45 pm - last minute trip to Target
5:00 to 8:30 pm - pool party/birthday party at my new boss's house

I could barely keep my eyes open driving home. So I am heading to bed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Over 30 Crowd

My friend sent this to me today and it made me laugh and laugh and laugh!!!

If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears
with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning

Uphill.... barefoot...

BOTH ways

Yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up,
there was no way in hell I was going to lay
a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it
and how easy they've got it!

But now that... I'm over the ripe old age of
thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.

You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my
childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it but you kids today you
don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, We had to go to the damn library and
look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write
somebody a letter, with a pen!

Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! No where was safe!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to
steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!
There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished and the tape would come undone. cause that's how we rolled dig?

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you
were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it!

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either!
When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your Bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you
just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video
games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'asteroids'. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen

And you could never win. The game just kept getting
harder and harder and
faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled
little rat-bastards!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat
something up we had to use the stove ... Imagine that!

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids
today have got it too easy.
You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted
five minutes back in 1980 or before!

The over 30 Crowd
(Send this to someone you'd like to make smile,
Whether they are under 30 or not.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My New Digs

Well, it's still kind of a mess and I have piles everywhere....but here is my new office!!!! I love love love it. Bright and airy and big:) Lots of room for all my little lovelies.

The view from my window...isn't it gorgeous!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Take a HIke

Yesterday we packed up and drove to the Sandias for a picnic dinner and a hike. Only 40 minutes from home and it totally felt like we were in Durango, or WA, or anywhere but the desert:)


As we drove home, we all promised we had to do this more often.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Us!!

Yesterday we celebrated 16 years of marriage....

Geez louise we were babies when we got married! Both barely 21, and we joke that I was skinny and Hubby had hair. A lot has changed in 16 years:) I hid 16 little love notes for Hubby to find - one for each year of marriage. We tried a "new to us" restaurant for dinner and it was delicious! It's been forever since we had a date night and it was really nice to just relax and enjoy each other's company.

Monday, August 17, 2009


The times they are a changin....I tell ya....really changin. This has been a summer of change around our little house.

Miss S starts third grade in three days
My brother and his family moved back to New Mexico
Hubby submitted his application to start working on his Master's degree at UNM
My sabbatical ended
A big yard sale and 7 garbage bags went to Goodwill helped us lighten the load a little
My dad turned 60
I started a new job today
Our 16th anniversary is Friday
AND I got new shoes:)

Aren't they cute?? They have just a little wedge heel and just a little peep toe (note to self - time for a pedicure!)

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Our Dancing Girl

Hubby worked late last night so Miss S and I had a little girl's nite all to ourselves. We took a quick trip to Barnes & Noble and each got a few new books. Miss S picked out a "learn to draw" book and when we got home we tried it out. I drew the dancing woman and Miss S colored her in. I think she turned out pretty cool, don't you?

Saturday, August 15, 2009


40 years ago today....holy cow what I wouldn't give to have been there. The majority of the musicians that performed are some of my favorites, and I've even had the opportunity to see many of them perform live. But Woodstock....three days of peace, love and cool. I'm such a hippie at heart - minus the drugs:)

Woodstock Performers

Richie Havens
Country Joe McDonald
John B. Sebastian
Incredible String Band
Bert Sommer
Tim Hardin
Ravi Shankar
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez
Keef Hartly
Canned Heat
Janis Joplin
Sly & The Family Stone
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Who
Jefferson Airplane
Joe Cocker
Country Joe & The Fish
Ten Years After
The Band
Blood Sweet And Tears
Johnny Winter
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Jimi Hendrix

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Strutting Our Stuff

Finally got the chance to do a little sewing today...finished up another shirt and shortened a pair of pants that I found at the thrift store, or maybe Target 75% off, that were way too long. These poor pants have been sitting in my sewing pile for at least six months. Finished them both up in time to wear out to dinner with my sister in law and her family at the new restaurant my brother is working for - Blue Cactus Grill - it's a local place and if you are local you should go check it out:) Tell them Shay's sister sent you:) Yummy, yummy, New Mexican food at good prices.


I had Miss S take a couple pictures of me and then she wanted to pose too:)

Miss S


Miss S

Friday, August 07, 2009

Vegas Goodies

I let loose and did a little shopping in Vegas - got most of Miss S's school clothes so hopefully she's not wearing the same thing every other 8 1/2 year old girl in Albuquerque is wearing, and I bought some goodies that I have been wanting for quite a while.

I found some awesome Re-ment sets at Urban Outfitters - I have been gaga over these little miniatures since I first saw them popping up on Flickr not too long ago - the detail is amazing. Holy crap they are darling - I bought two little animal sets and a little donut set:

A quick stop at Quiltique for new fabrics, a Heather Bailey pattern and a pin topper by my friend Gigi (My sister, brother in law and 6 kids waited patiently in the car while I shopped like a madwoman):

(sorry - I was too lazy to load this photo to flickr to turn it right side up:))

And a little shopping at the Beatles LOVE shop at the Mirage - I have been wanting this messenger bag FOREVER!!! But with it's $68 price tag it was quite a splurge. Imagine my surprise when I got to the register and it had been marked down to $32!!!! That totally made my day. And the wallet that was regularly $30 something was marked down to $18!!!! NICE!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 06, 2009's What's for Dinner....

actually ground beef and zucchini and a whole lot of other yumminess...look at all those beautiful colors! And the zucchini is from my very own little garden of three whopping zucchini plants!!! How cool is that!!!!


1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn,
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes,
1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
1 (4.5 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the corn, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and zucchini is tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
I didn't have any parmesan cheese so we used mozzarella instead. Also, if I make this recipe again I will add a can of green chile. It was good, but needed just a little more zip if you know what I mean:)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Crafting Mojo

My little break in work has slowly helped my crafting mojo return.

Red White and Blue ATC

I actually made some ATCs yesterday!!! These are for Mary Ann's Red White and Blue ATC Swap - totally late - I was supposed to have mailed them to her last week but I completely forgot about it. I was inspired though and whipped these out while watching Californication on the computer. I'm halfway through the first season and loving it! David Duchovny is one of my all time favorite actors. I also started knitting a scraf last night and I'm itching to get some scrapbooking done.

But for today I have to complete these four items on my to do list before any more crafting or Duchovny lusting:
Clean the Fridge
Clean the Freezer
Clean and Defrost the Outside Freezer
Organize the Canned Food Storage in the Garage

I'll let you know how I do:)

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

Holy heck - Vegas was so much fun!!!! A very intense and fun filled week with family....we loved it!!!! Here's just a few snippets of what we did:

Lunch at Joe's Crab Shack - yummy:

Touring the Coca Cola and M&M Factories. We tried the Cokes Around the World sampler try - what an experience!!! Some of them were horrible and some were amazing:

The water show at Bellagio:

Me and my dad at LOVE: Please excuse my double chin:)

With two of the meter maids after the show: Holy CRAP the show was amazing!!! It was completely breathtaking, fantastic, almost unreal and wonderful. I loved loved loved it. And how appropriate that my very first ever Vegas show was this! We scored an amazing deal on tickets and amazing seats. Nevada locals (my dad:)) get 40% off tickets and we were in the 16th row!!! Completely perfect.

Hanging out for a day with my mom and a bunch of nieces and nephews:

At the Bellagio Botanical Gardens - that froggy is made completely of flowers:

My dad's surprise party - and he WAS totally surprised. He had NO idea!!!:

Someone said "Make a funny face" and I was the only one that dad. Woohoo!!! The party was at Bahama Breeze so we wore fun tropical attire: Only one sister is missing from this photo - there's Ryalin, Shay, Me, Dad, Ian and Chad. Dang I love my family:)

Miss S amused herself on the drive home by taking a ton of pictures in the backseat. These were two of the fun ones that I found when I was going through them:):

And we stopped at Meteor Crater in Arizona - I've been wanting to stop here for 16 years and we finally what a site!!! It was amazing and a fun little stop on our drive home:


What a great Summertime idea for the kiddos!! Check it out:
Summer Bingo

Saturday, August 01, 2009


I've said it before, and I'll say it again.....I LOVE vacations but I LOVE coming home just as much. Miss S and I got home from Vegas last night and we both slept like the fact Miss S is STILL asleep at 11:03 am:) The drive home was awesome. Our week in Vegas was amazing and I'll share it with you all shortly.