Road Trips

•December 19, 2009 • 5 Comments

The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

December 19 Car ride. What did you see? How did it smell? Did you eat anything as you drove there? Who were you with?

I love road trips. I think I overdid it a little this last summer when I put over 3,000 miles on my car in aprx. 4 months, but I do love road trips. I think it probably has something to do with when I was a kid, we almost always drove places instead of flying. I remember a couple trips out to Washington D.C. to visit relatives. That’s about a 14 hr. car ride. Another trip that stands out to me was a road trip we took out west. We made a huge circle visiting places like Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills, Devil’s Tower, the Badlands, etc. I’m sure we probably got sick of each other, cramped in a car for all those hours, but I don’t remember that part. Actually, the part I do remember is my brother and I beating Mario Brothers on our Gameboys. Sigh, memories.

But back on track. Car rides and road trips.

One of the things I remember the most and love the most about road trips is that when we went as a family, mom would pack up a huge cooler with bread, peanut butter, jelly, lunch meat, chips and cookies, and whenever we got hungry for lunch we would just pull over into a rest area and have a picnic. I’m not sure why I remember that the most, or why I think that’s so cool, but I do and it is 🙂 I did the same thing on some of my road trips I took this summer. The farthest I went in one trip is up to Ely, MN; a good 12 hour drive. I packed up a cooler with all my favorite picnic items, and when I got hungry for lunch, I pulled over and had myself a little picnic. I guess it’s a tradition that my parents unknowingly started that I’ll be carrying on for quite awhile. Road trips and picnics.


The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

•December 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been slacking when it comes to my blog (and I’m sitting here with some actual time on my hands, which is weird and unusual) so I’m going to try my hand at a Blog Challenge. I’ve been reading Molly’s posts (from Blah Blah Blah) for the Best of 2009 Blog Challenge, and it’s inspired me to try my hand at it. I guess it’s as simple as following the daily prompts from the challenge, the hard part (as you all can attest) will be my motivation to actually turn on my computer and follow them.

So here goes. My first post of:

Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge

December 18 Shop. Online or offline, where did you spend most of your mad money this year?

This was the first year I think I’ve ever shopped online for Christmas gifts. I think the fear of my purchases not coming in on time, coupled with the fact that I always thought it was a little impersonal buying someone a gift online instead of going to the store stopped me. And then this year came along, and I was like, screw it. It’s personal. I’ll wrap it up nice. And if I order them on Black Friday (which I did) they’ll have no problems getting here in time (and they did!) It was also nice to be a part of the excitement of Black Friday without actually having to leave my house.

So I’d have to give shopping online a big old thumbs up. And who knows? Maybe I’ve started a tradition for buying some gifts online on Black Friday, because there are some pretty good deals to be had right from the comfort of my kitchen 🙂

Health Nut

•December 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I consider myself a relatively healthy person. I don’t eat out very often, (though I have recently, but the Holidays shouldn’t count when we’re talking about “healthy eating”), I try hard to get my daily dose of fresh veggies and fruits. Since I became a vegetarian over a year ago, I’ve expanded my cooking knowledge, and try to make home cooked, well balanced meals. I’ve also been trying to be more aware of how big (or actually small) one serving size of food is. And let me tell you, an actual serving size is incredibly smaller than our restaurants lead us to believe.

(I don’t go as far as to ban myself from certain “fun” foods. I’m a sucker for cookies and chips and dip. Love ’em. I also love cream and sugar in my coffee, and I don’t care how healthy I’m trying to be, alcohol will just always be a part of my diet.)

As I’m trying to eat as healthy and sensible as I can, I pair my diet with an active lifestyle. I try and make it to the gym 3 or 4 times a week, and also try to fit in some jogging around that. I’m no star athlete, and I’m not training to be one, but I do what I can to stay in reasonably good shape.

Now, after having said all this, it’s extremely difficult (and somewhat frustrating) when I come across articles that quote food experts telling us contradicting things. One food expert will swear that eating strictly organic is the only way to eat healthy, while another will tell you that you can’t always trust the “organic” label. One will say that eating as much soy as possible is a great way to be healthy, while another will tell you to limit your intake of soy products. You get the idea. There are literally thousands of diets and opinions out there. How do you know which one to listen to? 

As frustrating as these articles usually are, I do love reading them. I like comparing my diet to what’s being said, and trying to figure some good tips into my meal plans. But it leaves me wishing there were some miracle diet, or just one answer to the healthy diet question.

Of course, nothing in life is every that easy.

Here’s a link to the article that inspired this post. It’s very interesting, and has some great tips to follow, but it does set your head spinning just a little about how much there is to remember and how much you have to know to eat healthy.;_ylt=AhthDKpDuPNYYjOqLPhY3fN0fNdF
(link sent to me by roomie)

Black Friday

•November 27, 2009 • 6 Comments

Online shopping is the best.

I’m sitting in my parents kitchen, in my pj’s, drinking coffee, listening to Christmas music (hey, it’s allowed now), and I’ve just about taken care of my entire shopping list. Without having to leave the kitchen.

Love. It.

I’m all about getting a good deal, but Black Friday is just a little too much for me. I don’t like crowds. I don’t like the pushing and shoving. I don’t like seeing fact that Christmas shopping has turned into a competition.

Nope. Nosiree.

Do any of you brave the crowds of Black Friday?


Trying to shake off the slackerness in me

•November 12, 2009 • 8 Comments

The one thing I told myself when I started this blog (and started writing in general) is that I wasn’t going to turn this into something I “have to do”. I have enough things that fall into that category that keeps my head spinning on a daily basis.

That being said, since I’ve started this blog (about a year ago now) I’ve found that I kind of go through cycles with writing on here. There are some times when I feel like I write too much and have so much to say, and other times (like this past month) when I don’t really have much to say, and writing on here feels more like a chore than something fun.

But you know, I’m glad this isn’t something I force myself to do, because whenever I do write, I enjoy it :o)

However, it does leave me feeling guilty about faithful readers that have stuck with me through my slumps. To you guys I say a big thanks! You’re a huge part of why I love writing on here.

So, to show my appreciation, it’s time dust off some of these awards that I’ve gotten (some of them awhile ago. oops!) And, because I’ve been so bad at keeping track of things around here, I’m about 98% sure these awards came to me from BodeLou and Jo. They gave me the following awards:

awesome girl



I’d like to pass these out to:

Symphonic Discord, Jeanette, lollygagger, Nic, Krystyna, Elle, and Elenka

Thanks for coming by and checking in on me!

Also, thanks to Jeanette for including me in her top 10 followers. I’m not sure I deserve it, but I love the thought, and thank you so much for thinking of me!

I know I owe you guys painting pictures, but, more on that later 🙂


What I Have

•November 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Some early Thanksgiving thoughts:

I have a Godmother who will call me just to tell me to turn on Dancing With The Stars because Michael Buble is singing.

I have friends who ask me what I’m up to on a Friday night.

I have an Uncle who will text me when he’s in town.

I have cousin’s that write on my Facebook wall just to say hi.

I have a roomate that will make me Caramel Appletinis after a long, hard day at work.

I have a Father that Instant Messages me almost on a daily basis.

I have a Mother that calls and wants to take me out to lunch.

I have a brother who understands my love of Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I have a job; I have a home; I have my health.

And I’m thankful.



The kiddies

•November 5, 2009 • 7 Comments

Holy cow I haven’t posted in a million years. I promise a more substantial post later, and an update on my painting, but for now I wanted to post a photo the roomie just sent me that is too cute not to share:


They love each other!