Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 3

Welcome back for another Friday Four.  This week I am going to stay with last week's theme and tell you the...

Four T.V. Shows I Have Given Up On

  1. Blue Bloods - It just got to be too self-righteous for me.  I usually love Tom Selleck, but in this role I just can't take him.  I love Donnie Wahlberg, but apparently not enough to keep me tuned in.
  2. Glee - I made it through the first two seasons, but after that it was just not happening for me anymore.  I still get on iTunes every week to see if the music is something I want to download, but I only catch episodes hit and miss.  Mostly miss.
  3. The Mentalist - It lost its humor.  Things went kind of dark and all the focus on Red John really turned me off.  I miss the dry humor and the quirkiness.
  4. Hawaii Five-0 - I got bored.  Really bored and so I quit watching.  I think it was right around the episode with James Caan.  I was so excited for it.  To see father and son interacting on screen?  Oh I was so in.  And it was so awful.  The misused both actors and the story was a contrived piece of dung.
Have you stopped watching shows you once couldn't miss?  Let me know in the comments section.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: September 26, 2012

I have to share the cutest story.  Recently a family has moved back in next door to us, this time bringing with them their doberman.  They have kept her on a leash for the most part, but recently put in a fence to give her some room to run and be a little more free.

The other day she was standing at our fence and barking.  I had a little trepidation about getting out of the car because I think she could easily jump the fence.  Also, I didn't want to let Elliott & Cooper out of their kennel if there was a possibility she could get to them.  So I waited until she retreated and then the three of us hauled ass into the house.

Over the weekend we learned that she is very friendly and just likes to bark.  We were also told that she really likes Elliott.  Is that just the cutest?  She has a crush on this guy...

Really though, how could you not?  He is so handsome.

They thought Cooper was a girl.  He's not, he is just a little different.  He squats when he pees, something that we do not find adorable with new sod and he bitches about everything.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  It is so annoying at times and adorable at other times.  But, when I look at him I don't see girl.  Maybe because I know he is a boy, even a confused boy, he still looks boy to me.  But I will let you judge for yourself...

Elliott is by far the most gentle dog we have ever had.  He never grumps, he never tries to bite at you.  He doesn't even play that hard.  He is probably the smartest we have ever had.  We had to put a baby latch on a cupboard because he could open it and he knew that is where we kept his treats.  He knows the term Happy Meal and expects a cheeseburger on Sundays.  And when he loves on you, he loves on you.

Cooper is the jealous type.  The type to push his way into a love fest and take over.  And if he is ignored, he yells at you.  Full on yells at you.  He always responds to "Who Loves Me?" by running over, his whole body wiggling, and giving huge loves.  He has a touch of ADD as he tends to go from playing one game to doing something entirely different.

It's easy to see that these boys are firmly entrenched as family members.  We often don't go on overnight trips together so that they won't have to be boarded or have a sitter.  We have even gone so far as choosing a different seat if they are occupying the one we want.  After all, who wants to remove cuties like that when they look so peaceful.

I really never thought what my 400th post would be about, but I think that this is a very good subject matter. It is special and close to my heart and there are pictures of adorable little boys.  The do not like to be called "dogs", they are our boys.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ten On Tuesday: Pizza

Another Tuesday is upon us and once again, I have joined Carole for this week's Ten on Tuesday (not Tuesday Ten as I erroneously reported last week).

This week's topic is...

10 Favorite Pizza Toppings.

  1. Cheese - yes sometimes I like just plain old cheese
  2. Mushrooms - fresh if possible.  I love these things
  3. Olives - I don't get them very often because I am the only one who likes them
  4. Canadian Bacon & Pineapple - Love the sweet and salty combination
  5. Spinach/Feta/Artichokes/Tomatoes - Basically a luxury veggie pizza.  Yum!
  6. White sauce with veggies & chicken - a nice tasty combination
  7. Pepperoni - sometimes a good old standby is a tasty treat
  8. Taco toppings - MMM...taco pizza with sour cream.  Mouth is watering
  9. Sliced/Slivered Almonds/Pine Nuts - combined with a nice pesto sauce, artichokes and pesto - so good
  10. Veggies - I really like veggie pizza!
What are your favorite toppings?  Are you daring or plane Jane?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 2

Welcome to Monday and Music Monday.

I have fired up the old iPod and set it to shuffle…here are the first three songs and how they make me feel or the memories they invoke.

  1. Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees – This little gem is so much fun.  I love the entire Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and most of the songs make me feel good and put me in a happy place.  We are going to a Bee Gees tribute band concert in early November and I really hope this is on the set list!

  2. Shady – Adam Lambert – This makes me want to “jerkey” dance.   I don’t know how to explain it, but you just kind of hang loose and do jerkey movements.  I think I watch too much So You Think You Can Dance.  I adore Adam Lambert and this is probably my top pick from the Trespassing album.

  3. Te Busque – Nelly Furtado – This makes me want to learn Spanish.  Like really learn it.  This song takes me to a very tranquil place, not necessarily through the lyrics but through the sound.  The Spanish chorus is just beautiful.  
What are some of your favorite songs?  How do they make you feel?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The One with Links

Just stopping in real quick to pimp out my other blogs.  Crazy as it seems, I have resurrected the Knitting Knotebook (and just updated with my summer knitting projects) and The Fat Journals (where I am tracking my crazy 100th attempt at weight loss and general healthier living (I make a lot of mistakes!)).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 2

I'm back with another Friday Four.

This week I thought I would list...

Four Season/Series Premieres I am Looking Forward To

  1. Grey's Anatomy - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - I really want to know what happened to Arizona & Mark.  It has been driving me crazy that I can't find any spoilers!
  2. The Vampire Diaries - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - I can't believe The CW is making us wait until October!  They usually are the first ones out of the gate.  And Elena is going to be a vampire!
  3. Elementary - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - I really want to like this show.  I think Johnny Lee Miller is great, but I worry about Lucy Liu being Watson.
  4. NCIS - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Really it is by default this makes the list.  Looking things over there wasn't anything else I was super excited about.  I think I know how this will play out, but...
Truth be told I am really looking forward to having something on television to watch.  It has been a little maddening this summer.  I have seen pretty much every episode of Friends at least four times.  And I have watched more than my fair share of George Lopez.  

Since it looks like this lockout might last a while (the players signing over seas must know something I refuse to admit), I am going to need new programming to keep me settled in order to get some knitting done.  

Are you looking forward to any shows?  Four, Five, Ten?  Let me know.  Leave me a comment below and make your case.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Ten - Weekending

I decided to join Carole and her Tuesday Ten venture

10 Things You Love To Do on the Weekend

  1. Sleep in!  
  2. Shopping & lunch with Mom
  3. Knit/Craft
  4. Catch up on DVR shows
  5. Go for a ride
  6. Watch hockey (during a season that isn't locked out!)
  7. Read
  8. Take a nap
  9. Be spontaneous
  10. Catching an NCIS marathon on USA
What are your favorite things to do on the weekends?  Do you have a list of ten, or just a few?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 1

I have found that music is a huge part of centering me.  If I need to tune out something at work, or focus my energy into a project, need help falling asleep, or need to feel good, music is that one magic cure all. 

I have fired up the old iPod and set it to shuffle…here are the first three songs and how they make me feel or the memories they invoke.

  1. It Takes Two – DJ Ez Rock & Rob Base – this totally makes me think of hockey.  I think it was on a Jock Jams album and every time I hear it, I am back in the Civic Center watching a junior hockey game. 

  1. Heaven In Your Eyes – Loverboy (Top Gun Soundtrack) – honestly the first thing I am thinking is, “I have to get this off this playlist).  I never really liked Loverboy and this song, well it’s not bad, but it’s just not really my thing right now.  It’s funny; I don’t even remember this in the movie.  And believe me, I remember every single line from that movie!

  1. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake – isn’t everyone’s first thought of Tawnie Kitaen writhing around on the hood of a car?  Am I showing my age again?  Another song I really need to get off my list.  I went through a hair band phase back in June, after seeing Rock of Ages and now I have moved on to the 90’s music, so it doesn’t really fit.  But it is a way better breakup song than anything Taylor Swift ever made.

I hope you play Music Monday.  If you do please leave me a comment with a link.  Or if you just want to comment on these songs, or any song that evokes a memory or feeling, I would love to hear it.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 1

I thought I would try something a little new on Fridays called Friday Four.  I will pick a general topic and then list four things that apply.

Today's Four is...

Four Favorite Authors

  1. Ed McBain - unfortunately deceased, he is my all time favorite.  I have read (at least twice) every 87th Precinct novel.  I took on a huge task of collecting every book in the series (50+).  I had my sister scope out used book stores in her area when living in Utah and ended up with a bag stuffed full. Thankfully airlines didn't charge for baggage back then.  I got them from Amazon, E-bay, anywhere and everywhere I could find them.  They live in the house because they are so precious to me.

    My first read in the series was Poison.  If you love mysteries or police procedurals, I strongly urge you to check out Ed.
  2. John Sandford - easily a favorite.  If I had found him before Ed, he would be my top author.  I love his character Lucas Davenport.  I love even more that I found his facebook page and that he is doing little q&a videos.  A very strong writer who keeps you guessing throughout.  Cannot give him enough stars!
  3. James Patterson - I read his Women's Murder Club series and although I don't feel he writes most the later books, I still enjoy them (with the exception of this last one) and since his name is in big bold letters, he makes the list.
  4. Sylvia Day - I am giving her a nod because I really liked Bared To You and it was one of the last books I read.
  5. Ridley Pearson - I don't know that he is writing adult fiction still. I enjoyed his Boldt/Matthews series, but he seemed to get away from that.  Art of Deception was the first book in the series I read, and then immediately had to go back to the beginning and start.  The last book that came out in the series was kind of slow and a little lackluster.  I would love to catch up with those characters again though.
I didn't think it would be hard to come up with four authors I liked, but then I realized that I am very selective about what I read.  After all, if I am going to invest that much time into something, I want to make sure I enjoy it. 

Do you have a favorite author or many authors?  Leave me a note with your likes and give me some ideas on who to check out!

Ooh and head on over the The Fat Journals to see what kind of foody/healthy/fatty things are on my Friday Four.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wait, I Can't Do Everything?

This is the advice I need to start focusing on.  As sometimes happens in my life, I get bit by a bug and suddenly think “I want to do it all!”

That bug bit me about a month ago and ever since I have been stressing about finding the time to do everything.  I have compiled a list and need to start crossing things off that I just can’t do…right now.

The List
  •  School - oh did I forget to mention that I started school? Again?  I am now studying Graphic Design.
  • Digi Scrapping - it looks like SO much fun.  But seems so time consuming to learn a new program.  Probably shouldn't have bought Photoshop Elements...but I did.
  • Knitting - I can't really give this up. 
  • Exercising 
  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Blogging
  • Journaling
  • Working
  • Watching (tv)
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Playing
The List - defined
  • School - oh did I forget to mention that I started school? Again?  I am now studying Graphic Design.
  • Digi Scrapping - it looks like SO much fun.  But seems so time consuming to learn a new program.  Probably shouldn't have bought Photoshop Elements...but I did.
  • Knitting - I can't really give this up. 
  • Exercising  - I MUST do this
  • Sleeping - This is pretty helpful, so it should stay
  • Eating - If I multi-task, I can get this done.
  • Reading - I yearn to be in a different world and this affords me that and is somewhat affordable
  • Blogging - I couldn't just leave you all without my words could I?
  • Journaling - I think I could learn a lot about myself by doing this and maybe become happier
  • Working - Since I need money and this pays, I must keep doing this
  • Watching (tv) - I could do it while knitting
  • Cooking - did this get on the list?
  • Cleaning - eh...
  • Playing - what am I five?
With the exception of cooking and cleaning, I still want to do it all.  I need a fairy godmother to bop me on the head with her wand and instantly make me one of those focused and driven people who sleep four hours per night and are a bright ray of sunshine.  A person who can eat a piece of toast and be sated for the day.  A person who just looks at a project and it gets done.  Where does this woman live?  I will drive to find her. I will pay (a small paltry amount) for her to beat me with that wand.  And hopefully she has some sort of hot prince chained up in her basement just waiting for me.  He and I can conquer playing together. But I am the type of girl whose pumpkin would turn into a Yugo.  

So, how do you make time to do all the things you want to do, while still doing the things you HAVE to a 9-5 job?  Leave me your thoughts in the comments section.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I honestly feel like I don't speak the language anymore.  The "Social Media Generation" or Gen SM has completely disregarded the English language.

Now I am a social media maven.  I tweet, facebook, pin(terest) and on occasion text.  One thing I always make sure is that if I can't get my thought out in 140-160 characters without truncating words, then I re-word it.  I hate nothing more than when someone drops in a YOLO, KWIM?

No I don't Know What you Mean!  I had been reading a blog for a good long while and she kept dropping in KWIM.  I had no clue what she was trying to say.  I finally had to Google it.  Know What I Mean.  It was  a blog!  A BLOG!  What makes a person think that it is okay to truncate words into these silly acronyms on blogs?

The occasional mistype, spelling error that spell check didn't pick up is understandable.  But to not even use spell check?  That is inconceivable.  And inconsiderate.

I partially blame Payless Shoes.  They started the whole BOGO thing and from there it has mushroomed.  I fear that spelling tests will soon be Yo-Lo.  A quiz will ask, "What does BRB stand for?"

And Fro-Yo.  Really, it is that hard to say Frozen Yogurt?  I got some frozen yogurt yesterday and as I was enjoying it, I was reading a blog in which they went and got fro-yo.  Mind Explosion.

I often wonder if at some point we will go back to Shakespearean times, "Where for art thou".  Because isn't everything supposed to come full circle?  I wonder how long it takes for grammar/speech?  Because unfortunately it didn't take that long for 80's fashion!

Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to truncating words?  Are you a BOGO-er?  Let me know in the comments section!

Update: I am totally in love with Chrome!  It is taking some getting use to, but it is awesome!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The One with Chrome

I may be in love with Google Chrome.  I was forced decided to try it today to access a certain blog that doesn't function with IE.  I decided to set up my bookmark bar and then I came home and started to really get into the settings and Holy Pineapples Batman! Am I hooked.  I may have just said goodbye to IE forever.

Is anyone else using Chrome?  Am I the last person to find this (other than my mom who is not really open to change)?  I have been adding "apps" like crazy.  I currently have my twitter feed popping up on screen while I type.  I don't know what is going on in the world tonight, but it is mad crazy.  Actually, it is full of VMA's and Shane Doan staying with the Yotes.

This is the second best thing I have found this week.  I also rediscovered my Keurig and oh am I loving my coffee again!  And it doesn't cost me $3.50!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The One with the Finished Photos

My space is finally done!  Actually it was done on Tuesday, but I had to charge a camera battery in order to get decent pictures. 
First up we have the living room area.
I am using my daybed as my couch and just got the new coverings from Bed Bath & Beyond.  I think the shams are those Euro shams and so I would need larger pillows, but for now these will work.  Actually I have added a couple of little old throw pillows that I had made for my grandmothers about thirty three/four years ago.  This will be moved down to be centered along that wall once the cool weather arrives and I remove the window a/c unit.

Here is my bookcase that really needs to be straightened up.  The monkeys are all squished and the Fraggles are on a HUGE shelf.  I need to space those better.  The bottom shelf just has some craft supplies that I wanted easy access to.

This is my workspace.  I am trying to find a way to streamline it so that there isn't so much stuff out, but I haven't quite worked out how to do that yet. 

And here is my entertainment center.  And all of those bins are filled with yarny goodness.  Eventually I want to switch out all the bins to a more neutral shade, but that is a low priority right now.  I am just happy to have it all put together and stashed away.

And now for my bedroom.  Since it is just a sleeping area, it is not very large, but it is totally perfect.

I plan on switching out the curtains once the summer ends as that is a west facing window and gets incredibly HOT during the afternoon/evening hours.  I chose a few special cuddlies to adorn my bed.  I am really into have old things that mean a lot around me right now.

My dresser and a shot of my most favorite piece of art my very first Jack Vetriano print.

And my dress form that is now wearing my mother's wedding dress.  I can't believe I didn't think of using that dress sooner.  I just love it!

So that is my living space.  The bathroom is nothing special and still needs a bit of sprucing up.  My closet was done yesterday and now I can actually walk into it!  It has been just a week since everything was arranged and put together and I am loving it.  I had a little trouble getting to sleep the first couple of nights, but now I am all settled and it is just so comfortable.