Showing posts from November, 2011


For the past few weeks I have been seeing people post on Facebook what they are grateful for and we did an exercise at work as well so I have been giving it some thought and these are the things I am grateful for:
1. My health- I know I am sick more than most people but I always think, "It could be worse". I am lucky that my illnesses are fairly benign
2. My family- They have always been there for me. I am lucky enough to have a large family and I love every one of them. My immediate family is pretty amazing though, particularly my mom who has always been my best friend. Dusty, Ron, and September definitely make my family the best one ever!
3. Tyler- I never thought I could love someone so much. Someone who makes me want to be there best person I can be. I have been selfish in past relationships and he makes it so easy for me to happy doing things for/with him, just as he does for me. It is a partnership and one that works well together. Last year I spent Thanksgiving with him …

Tyler's mom visits and projects continue!

This weekend was full of projects and fun! Cynthia, Tyler's mom came into town and spent some time with us this weekend. Yesterday we started the day we a yummy breakfast Tyler made which included eggs from our chickens. They were scrumptious! Then we took a trip to Home Depot (Tyler's playland) and bought some supplies to make 3 gardens in our front yard.

Tyler and Cynthia went on to mke soap and pickle some eggs and a jar of pickled carrots while I went bridesmaid dress shopping with a friend of mine who is getting married. The soap they made is "Bacon soap", which is exactly what it sounds like- soap that has bacon bits thrown in to make it look and smell like bacon. It definitely looks like bacon with a hint of the smell. Turned out pretty nice!

Tyler then made up the boxes for the garden while Cynthia and I went to my parents' house to take some of their leaves and newspaper so we could add it to the garden. They treated us to a nice beer and we visited for a…

Tattoo Progression

About a year and a half ago I started working on a tattoo idea in memory of my dad, who died when I was 14 years old. It was going to be his name and dates in big swirls on my foot leading up my ankle and calf. I had a friend draw it up and some of the loops began to look like peacock feathers. It then inspired the idea of a peacock tattoo.

A friend of mine drew up a really nice peacock, which I then brought to a tattoo artist. With the drawing and their artistic interpretation, we got started on putting it to flesh. It ended up being quite large so I thought it would be best on my back so I could easily hide it for professional reasons.

A few weeks after the 10 year anniversary of my dad's death, we got started with the actual tattoo. In about 3 months I got about 99% of the outline and shading done. I was really happy with the results. The artist put my dad's name and dates hidden in the feathers like I asked him to, however no one, including me, can read it very well. With …

Weight Watchers!

About 5 weeks ago my mom and I joined Weight Watchers. I have jloined once before, solely online, and did not have a lot of success with it. In the past year I have gained 20lbs so something needed to change! I love Tyler's cooking skills, obviously, but I do not need to eat loads of it! It's about portion control and getting your butt moving!

I wanted to share my success because I am so stoked right now! In the past 5 weeks I have lost 11 lbs, which means I hit my 5% goal! Now I still have a ways to go but I am just so proud of what I have accomplished thus far. And to be honest, I have been so encouraged my ultimate goal is to be a lifetime member! I think I am on the right track: getting help from my mom, my boyfriend, my cousin, and all the people on-line that I have become friends with. I want to have people keep me accountable... I think it is the only way to stay truly motivated!!! I am going to post my "before" picture and hopefully in a couple of months I can…

My wonderful boyfriend!

I have known since the day Tyler and I reconnected that he is such a wonderful man. However,  last night  he out-did himself! I get home, after working a 10 hours day and sweating my butt off at the gym for an hour, to an amazing suprise! The house was mostly dark aside from two candles burning on the dining room table. The table was set with 2 glasses of wine and upon hearing the garage open, he started to take our perfect dinner out of the oven (where it was staying warm) and put it on the table. The he proceded to turn on some nice Jack Johnson music which is always relaxed and romantic.

He made steak with sauteed onions and mushrooms on top, steamed asparagus, and cooked some sweet potato in a bit of olive oil and made a white wine and raisin sauce to be drizzled on top. It was SO delicious! I was pretty shocked because I did not see it coming!

And to top it all off, when I asked him what the special occasion was he said, "I know you had a class that you were teaching for the …

Halloween Party!

Last Saturday Tyler and I had a Halloween Party at our place. We invited quite a few people but it seems only 8 could come and party with us. Which is fine by us; big parties are a lot of work! Tyler went as a "creeper" and I went as the school girl he was "creeping" on. It was really inexpensive getting items mostly from Thrift Stores but it was a fun couple costume idea. Tyler is so creative and twisted- I love it!

We ended up making some appetizers- fairly healthy ones too I might add. Some salsa and chips, pretzels, and a veggie tray with some hummus. We made some ranch dip and got some ruffles for those who are not a fan of the healthier items. Everyone brought their choice of beverage and we all played some drinking Jenga. Let's just say it did its job-most everyone got to feeling pretty good!

I think we are getting older because the party dispersed at about midnight, which is much earlier than in the past. Oh well, I think it might be our last Halloween P…