31 January 2011

Happy Monday!

It was a great weekend - even with the rain.  I usually don't mind it, but I do get quite annoyed with the mist-like rain that just seems to be everywhere.  And I suppose only us Northwesterners even know what I'm talking about.

I finished watching season two of True Blood.  I thought the season opener was terrible, but stuck it through the next episode, and got back into it.  It throws me off sometimes, as it tangents off quite a bit from the books, but I am learning to enjoy it for what it is.  Loren watched this season with me - I think mainly to hear how many times Bill blurts out with "Sooookhay....NO!". 

Last night I made red velvet cupcakes.  YUM!  I made them correctly this time, as to avoid a dry cake (the lack of champagne while prepping probably helped).  The dry goods and directions were part of a Sprinkles mix that I got from Ms. Jen Waters as a house warming gift.  I can see why this was a special treat back 'in the day'.  I can't imagine mixing butter by hand until fluffy, nor mixing each ingredient in slowly, and for mintutes at each step.  It was enough doing it with my Kitchenaid!  They came with these cute little button tops, and turned out like the ones below with the red button top.  Loren would like me to say that he decorated them with the sprinkle.  :D

Photo courtesy of sprinkles.com...I was too lazy to take photos. 
Maybe tonight?  or....maybe not.

28 January 2011


Happy Friday!  I've had a GREAT morning.  Why?

- Actually got sleep last night.  I have a cold that has been kicking my butt, but last night it gave me a break!
- Loren and I had a great commute to work this morning. 
- I HAVE CAFFIENE.  Peppermint Mocha.
- I have some petite vanilla bean scones to nosh on this morning.  Thank you Starbucks.
- I am listening to She and Him.
- My sister-in-law has photographic proof that my nephew is THE Tony Stark.  I know, right???
- And tonight I am going with a friend to get a pedicure. 
- This weekend I'm going to use my new Adobe Suite CS5 for some photo editing, and get my scrapping back into shape! 
- ....which will be after some FUN shopping and eating of tasty almond tarts and pastries with wild abandon at the Lynden Dutch Bakery with my SIL. 

Due to the caffiene, I'm trying hard to concentrate on my tasks today.  And not go to cuteoverload or canihavecheezburger or damnyouautocorrect.

17 January 2011

Pretty photo

Here is a photo of the ponderosa pine that is in the front yard of my in law's house in Miles City.  'twas the night before Christmas, and all through the plains, a strange fog rolled in and froze all the trees.  :D  Okay, that is all I have in me for 'poetry'.  After opening gifts I went out and took this photo.  There were entire groves of trees that looked like this - it was so beautiful. 

16 January 2011

It's been a while...yes?

A pot roast is in the oven (thank you Pioneer Woman for having fabulous, yet simple, inspiration for good ol' beef) and I'm listening to classical music, which started with Yo-Yo Ma playing a part in Gabriel's Oboe from the Mission; it is such a beautiful piece.  I don't think I've heard it on the oboe, praise the Lord...not my favorite instrument.  Remember it from Peter and the Wolf??? They should just let the duck play himself.  ANYHOW, I digress. Chores are almost done for the weekend, and I'm making time to blog.  I'm finding that if I don't make time to do what I want I end up wasting time. 

It has been a while since I've posted...life got so busy the last quarter of 2010.  It is the busiest time of year for work and by the time I got home each night it was all I could do to make dinner and make sure our bills were paid before I crashed for the night. And that gifts were wrapped and shipped on time.  Christmas cards?  Yah, they were mailed out after New Year.  A 'little' behind.  :D  Some highlights of our November/December:

- A new Sony DSLR for yours truly...YEA! Now I need to learn all the ins-and outs. It takes such good shots without any manipulation that it is hard to get motivated to learn anything fancy with it!
- Real snow on Thanksgiving day.
- Got my mom hooked on Angry Birds.  I'm getting these knitted ones from Etsy for her birthday...lol.
 - We purchased a LIVE tree from Stoney Ridge Farms, which is just a couple miles from us. We haven't had, or have put up a fake tree the last seven years or so.  I had forgotten how great they smell (like making love to a lumberjack).
- We had fabulous house guests a couple weeks before Christmas.  The kids helped decorate, which was a lot of fun!  They did a terrific job of spacing out all the ornaments, and didn't obviously eat any of the candy canes.
-  We hosted our first Christmas the house.  It went really well - with lots of laughs.  The best was our nephew who felt utter disappointment when he realized not all the gifts under the tree were for him.  Well, that was SECOND best....best best was the fact Loren got the entire sequence of his emotions on the video camera. :)
-  We spent our first Christmas with Loren's family in Montana.  It was beautiful while we were there; no snow storms or wind storms.  Just cold! 
- New Year we spend with Aimee and CJ in Spanaway.  Her mom and dad hosted a little gathering with lots of food, laughs, chit-chat and Xbox Kinect. 

I'll sign off with a fun list I saw on my friend Andrea's blog...

Bold these if you've ever.....
1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee