A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never know dear how much I love you, so please don't take my sunshine away!


A pic of a band you love

I won't pretend even for a second that I'm a "music person." I listen to the radio. If it's not commercialized or STRONGLY suggested by someone I know, it will never cross my path. So here are my non-original, mainstream, anti-indie band pick pics:
1. The Fray
2. Lady A- my favorite song right now is Hello World.3. Zac Brown Band.
4. Third Day
4. Mumford & Sons - as little as 2 weeks ago I saw them on Katie's blog & wondered who they were. Then we were watching the grammy's (gagging through all the other performances) and saw them, fell in love, and we are all of the sudden blue grass band wagon jumpers.

Last but not least- my running 'band' - black eyed peas. Fergie motivates me while I run up hills.


Day whatever- pictures of things I love

Things I love:
1. Gallucci's Pizza. Best pizza I've ever had. It's in Lincoln City, where I'll be this weekend!
2. Cotswald cheese- one of my favorites. Cheddar with chives. 3. Bonus rounds on slot machine games. I especially like sitting next to my dad & when he hits a bonus round I yell, "WOOHOO!!!!!" fairly loud- then everyone pauses their gambling to look at my dad.

4. Good stand up comedy.

5. A good couponing haul.

6. My MOM's homemade chex mix.

7. A mug of beer that is so cold there are small ice crystals in the beer.

8. Spaghetti Factory's Browned Butter & Mizithra Cheese dish. Though I never get quite so much cheese as is shown here!

9. McDonald's fries with extra salt dipped in their bbq sauce. Oops! I just noticed the caption on this picture- ha! True, but I'm hard to dissuade when I have my mind set on fries.

I recognize this entire post was mostly about food...which is on my mind a lot these days!


day 10: a pic of something you hate

Since I botched the last two posts I'll make up for it here. That's like when Carl Lewis is screwing up the national anthem SO bad that he says towards the end "I'll make up for it" and tanks the finish of the song even worse than the rest of it. If you haven't seen it, worth you-tubing. Painful.

Anyhow- Things I hate in no particular order:

1. Seafood in any form. My motto= "If it swims in the sea, it's not for me."

2. Being kissed on the neck- It causes a squirm reaction that I cannot control- I'd just as easily sneeze w/my eyes open as keep my neck straight while having someone breathe on it or kiss it.
3. Committing in advance to races or events- including hood to coast/shamrock run/race for the roses/portland marathon/etc. It hangs over my head.
4. Working through my lunch workout- it isn't that I love to workout- it is that I love having it out of the way. So today, things got crazy & no workout for me. Which makes me crabby.

5. Being woken up from a nap unless it is my own idea. Someone knocking on the door/my dog barking/fire alarms, whatever.
6. People being mean to my while I drive- even if I sort of deserve it. I take being honked at very personally. Which is why I was super upset to find a note "NICE PARKING JOB" on my car this weekend. I'm sure it had been there for days- which means I have no clue where or when it happened. I don't like feeling like I did something wrong. Even though I am a bad parker.
7. The smell of egg yolk spilled on the electric stovetop- when luke cooks eggs he cracks them on the side of the pan, which dribbles egg down the side of the pan onto the stovetop. And it smells HORRID.
8. Beans. I hate the taste/texture. Plus they make people fart and I hate farts too- so beans are doubly bad!


Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

I roll my eyes at this theme. I mean, ok, God, obviously. Or luke/my parents/etc. But I'm not in the mood to write a long sappy post- so I'm skipping ahead to day 10!


Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh

What makes me laugh about this isn't Jack & Patty- it's the 50% of Kimberly muggin' behind them that makes me smile.

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

Fred the Ted.
It was a toss up between Fred & my pictures/blog, and I had a pic of Fred so he made the cut. I keep thinking I should show him to Jo, but I'm afraid she won't love him like I do, and he can't take that kind of rejection.

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Does a cat count?
My blog, my rules.
I'd trade with Annie.
I'm not saying she gets much respect around here, she's low man on the totem pole, but always looking for a leg up. If I was Annie for a day, my biggest challenge would be finding a new, unusual spot to nap & shed fur. Like the laundry basket, or the stroller.
I'd wait till my humans left for the day, and then I'd hop up on their clean counters and sink and walk around, leaving my foot prints on everything, and drinking out of the faucet. When my humans were in the other room tending to the kid, I'd hop up on the table and lap up some gravy off their plate. I'd make every effort not to hurry or run- unless food was involved, and I'd claw the dogs eyes out if he tried to hump me. But mostly, I'd sleep.

Day 5: A picture of your favorite memory

This was a neat moment- luke brought me our little baby. We were both so overwhelmed with love for her!

Day 4: A picture of your night

Work nights are crazy- unpacking from the day, packing for the next day, re-setting the alarm, prepping tomorrow's coffee, making dinner, cleaning up, bathing Jo, and bed time. Phew.

It's all about HER:

Except last night, which was partially about making stew & prepping veggies for the next few dinners:

Nope- back to Jo:

And back to stew- luke giving the thumbs up as I'm browning beef for Pioneer Woman's delicious BEEF STEW WITH BEER. Confession- I had a few sips (sorry baby.) I've made this recipe 2x in the last month- it has just barely edged out "Bobbitt Beef Stew" to become my new favorite stew...and I was loyal to Bobbitt Beef Stew for years. Sarah, a traditionalist, will not appreciate the beer in this stew at all, and I doubt her momma will approve either :)


Day 3: A picture of the cast of your favorite show

The Office, obviously. As a fellow World's Best Boss, I can relate with Michael Scott.
Dexter- one attractive serial killer
And a throwback: Dawson's Creek. Watching it now wouldn't be the same- but it was the perfect amount of angst & drama while I was in high school. Jack loved it just as much as I did and we'd watch it on the big tv upstairs every Wed night. About 10 minutes into it, without fail, my dad would come upstairs and pretend he was interested too. He'd ask all sorts of super annoying questions just to bug us until we acted disgusted enough with his antics to make him leave. In the days before DVR and TIVO, he found this highly entertaining and Jack & I did not.


Day 2: a pic of you & the person you've been closest with the longest

Mom & Dad. I recently asked if they were super affectionate with us as kids. Oops. They were- but I just don't really remember that. I remember them being loving, nurturing, protective, etc- I just don't remember them kissing my toes like I kiss Jo's. I guess that's because you don't really remember things that happened when you were two. So I'll affirm their excellent parenting by telling you some of my favorite childhood memories, all made possible by the two best parents a person could have:

1. I collected barbie stickers that you bought like trading cards & pasted into books when I was about 6. I remember my dad coming home one day & he had barbie sticker packs in every pocket on him- he kept pulling them out & surprising me. It was like Christmas!
2. I remember when our neighbor boys were maybe going to have to leave their grandparents home & go into foster care, my sweet mom popped in a starlite mint and walked over to offer to foster the boy so they wouldn't have to go far. I'm not sure what ever happened with that, because the boys didn't have to move away, but that situation spoke volumes about my mom's character.
3. I remember my dad building an igloo with us at my grandma's house in the snow - a real one that had a domed roof that you could walk inside of. I remember being at open house night at capital hill elementary and there was a house on fire a few blocks away. My dad left us with my mom to run down and see if he could help.
4. I remember my mom spending hours and hours and HOURS working in her own mom's yard to keep it looking nice, and that she mowed my great grandma's lawn all the time. If I am helpful to my neighbor, it is because of what I saw modeled as a kid.
5. I remember lots of nights, the smell of dinner cooking. Being outside playing at dusk & being called in for dinner, the smell of charcoal bbq, ribs, and mac & cheese. I remember sitting on the couch watching The Wizard of Oz (vividly!) and having my mom bring me a hot blueberry muffin with butter melting on it. I remember my parents putting a bed sheet out on the living room floor and letting us watch movies while eating a giant bowl of salted, buttered popcorn. I remember doing my homework on Thanksgiving day in my clean (thanks to mom), warm bedroom- with my mom busy cooking, the house smelling wonderful, and anticipating all the fun we'd have when people started arriving. I remember pizza parties with Bart, Linda & the kids at Pietro's- my dad winning all sorts of free pinball games.
6. I remember my dad giving in when I HAD to have pimple cream in fifth grade one weeknight (as in, he went to fred meyer THAT night for me) and when I HAD to have nike's for my first (and only) year of middle school basketball.
7. I remember my mom singing, she had the most beautiful voice I'd ever heard. And the air of excitement when I'd hear her high heels click-clack on the entryway floor- it meant they were dressed up & going somewhere special, and that Granny would be over to play with us.

Love you mom & dad!!!



Ok I am definitely jumping on the bandwagon Patty's driving: 30 days of blogs, each with a theme. So Day 1 is a pic of me & 15 facts. Here we go. Pic is from my cousin's wedding. I cropped out ash & patty- sorry sisters.

15 facts...
1. I've been dating the same guy for 14 years. I'm hoping he'll ask me to go steady soon.
2. I have run 4 marathons.
3. I've worked for Nike Golf for 11.5 yrs, I was hired a few days before I graduated high school. I think what sold them was "president of future business leaders of america" on my resume.
4. My brother married my husband's cousin. So I get to see him at all family events on both sides!
5. I am a coupon addict: I have a stock shed full of free toothpaste, pasta, deodorant, etc. As recently as 2 week ago I climbed into the newspaper recycling bin at my dog park to get coupon inserts.
6. I'd take a hunk of cheese over a slice of cake any day.
7. I had a pet iguana when I was in middle school named Iggy.
8. I listen to audio books when I drive.
9. I have a baby the size of a lemon growing in my tummy.
10. I have a baby the size of a toddler jumping on my couch.
11. I wish I could walk better in heels, swim, sing, and play the piano. And juggle.
12. I am pigeon toed but mostly just on my right leg. My husband, to his ever-lasting credit, thinks it's "cute."
13. I just roasted a chicken and made gravy that would make my momma proud.
14. I watch America's Funniest Home Videos, which always, always makes me laugh.
15. My first car was a chevy malibu classic, two tone green with bench seats. It cost $500 and was a year younger than me.