Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Starting with the kitchen -
Door to the Patio -
Vanity Area -
Back to the Kitchen -
And that's it! Hope you enjoyed your stay.
Friday, February 18, 2011
I am indeed regrettably late with this post which should have been done Feb 13th Shelly's actual birthday.
Life is a big amazing ball of crazy these day and that’s all there is to it.
The last few days I have been hearing and seeing the name Shelly everywhere so I think she’s giving me a gentle reminder to get with the program.
Sooo to make up for it I bring you this awesomeness:
I know I've shared it before but I mean just look at this picture, how cute can you get. Hard to beat.
This is just one of the many hilariously fantastic birthday parties Shelly had growing up. Cherie Shelly's mom always outdid herself and is one of the most talented and creative people I know.
No wonder her daughters turned out so amazing!
In the above pic we were told to come to the party dressed as bag ladies and as an activity paired up and went on a door to door scavenger hunt.
Stacey and I made an unstoppable team and needless to say won the coveted prize which I believe was 2 pop rock packs for each of us.
It didn’t hurt that the first house we went to had all the stuff we needed.
Ah to be young.
The following years party was a sleep over, big stuff! The morning after we played sleeping bag hide and seek which is a great pre-breakfast game.
I believe Amy Nugent won 3 times in a row!
And the year after that Cherie threw Shelly a surprise party and got us party goers each fancy bear shaped cardboard treat bags with candy in them.
They were hidden in their backyard as party favors like an Easter egg hunt.
It was way fun but I remember on the day of one bag went missing and was the mystery of the party.
A week later Shelly and I found it behind a bush where it had fallen from its original hiding place.
It was sooo soggy and for some reason we thought that was the funniest thing in the world and kept offering each other a treat from it in high class British accents “For you Madam”, “Why thank you, indubitably” “Tis no trouble good lady”.
Obviously we didn’t actually eat any of the candy but we laughed so hard I remember my ribs hurting. It still makes me laugh to think about.
Shelly taught me so many lessons simply by her example but the biggest by far was to laugh, be silly and just go on an adventure.
I always wanted to plan and prepare before any trip even small ones but Shelly always said “Let’s just go. It will work out. Come on this is going to be great!”.
So when she said go, I went.
And of course she was always right, it was great because she made it great.
No matter where I am or what I'm doing when February 13th rolls around I always take some quiet time to dig deep into my memory bank and allow all the warm and joyous memories of Shelly Scoffield flood my heart.
Though her life here was short her affect on those lucky enough to know her cannot be measured as I'm sure they passed that light onto others.
What a great reminder that we should all be mindful of who we are in deed and example not on paper.
And.....that if you’re not happy change it!, start now!, I’m sure it will turn out great!
Sweet girl I wish we could hang out today and grab a burrito.
I’d love to hop into your rad stick shift ride and share a laugh as you stall out in traffic like you did on the way to seminary so many mornings.
I’m sure we could find a remaining Unamas!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
For those of you who are hard core Valentines Day enthusiasts or have always had an official Valentine you may not realize that often for the single gentleman or lady Valentines Day is a harsh reminder that:
A - You are unloved (and for those prone to depression unlovable)
B - Plenty of other people have Valentines which can spark the bitter why not me/whats wrong with me thoughts
I think the best comparison is to think of people with Valentines similar to the cool kids in high school. Many singles feel like outsiders looking in from under the bleachers when this holiday rolls around.
To other singles of the world especially those prone to negative thinking I say no more!
Plan your own Galentines or for single guys Dudentines day! Even if you are low on friends or they are out of town do something fun for yourself!
Decorate in a way that makes you laugh, see a movie you love or cook/bake a meal or dessert that warms your heart...skydive for crying out loud!
The most important Love on Valentines day is not only Love to and from others but also the love you give yourself.
Never forget how Fantastic you are.
You were given specific gifts,talents and traits all your own for the betterment of everyone including you!
That being said I now introduce you to this years version of Valentines day aka Galentines day:
First order of business Decorating!!! I love to be crafty and decorate so I spent last Sat putting this together and it makes me happy every time I see it.
Here is my little scene -
Now lets break it down, why...because I can.
Firstly I direct your attention upwards to the crown jewel of this holiday a hand crafted cupid by Cherie Scoffield of Unique Softique:
This sweet little guy has been hanging up there since I moved to this apt in Jan patiently waiting for February to roll around. I love seeing him every day, feels like he is watching over my fellas while I'm away.
Next my many many dream Valentines featured on this wall.
Each one of these gentleman has made me laugh hard enough to cry on more than one occasion so even seeing them up there reminds me of that and makes me want to laugh.
A free art surprise in the mail to anyone who can name all 13!
Decorations- Check, onto to the main event.
So on the day of one of my bff's Jackie aka Jackpot Ferrari came by to celebrate.
Before she arrived I decided to step the humour up a notch and dress up my fellas as our surrogate dates.
A Spiffy Spanky -
A Dapper Bozley -
Luckily the fellas were ready just in time for Jackie to arrive with Rubios Fish Tacos..aka... stage 1.
Stage 2 was eating said delish taco's while watching one of the funniest 30 Rock episodes from season 4 titled "Anna Howard Shaw Day" with a singles Valentines theme.
Laugh Laugh Laugh...Chew Chew Chew.. and onto stage 3.
Stage 3 was making chocolate chip cookies from scratch while wearing cute aprons and baking them in a special heart shaped baking tin.
This process was more time consuming and fun than expected so instead of stage 4, watching Final Sacrifice, we opted for just spending the rest of the evening baking all the cookie dough, listening to music from Pandora and chatting/laughing our rumps off.
(PS - if you don't know what Pandora is you HAVE to check it out. Its free and pics songs for you based on any artist you list. I am an official Pandora convert..it Rocks!)
Artist of choice to start Pandora going......Julian Casablancas of course.
Here are some action shots of Stage 3:
Cookie dough making in progress with cute aprons in attendance-
Jackie testing out my pot holder, I'm happy to say it pasted muster-
Folding in the glorious white and chocolate chips.
Why do I look so serious? Its called a poker face folks..I was laughing moments before. I do indeed know when to hold em and know when to fold em....into the cookie dough that is.HA!
A final hail mary before they go into the oven-
Our dates sniffing the air and approving the fruits of our labour-
A taste test by our resident dare devil-
Then success!,rawkus applause and hand shaking and back patting all around-
Then repeat that process roughly 10 times with rockin tunes in the background.
Rounding out the evening with pets and chin rubs for our pleasant and hospitable dates-
Eventually the stars grew bright and the yawns lengthy thus ushering a close to our joyous Galentines Day.
Good fun was had by all.
Can't wait to see what fun idea presents itself next year!
Monday, February 14, 2011
After seeing a hilarious "Parks and Recreation" episode titled "Galentines Day" I have decided to jump on that band wagon this year since I am single and WAY to busy to mingle. (If you haven't seen that show you should definitely check it out, Amy Pohler is fantastic and so dang lovable, not to mention Ron Freakin Swanson!)
My bff Japot Ferrari is swinging by for the festivities and we will be making heart shaped cookies from a mold and watching a classic Mystery Science Theater episode "Final Sacrifice".
Fish taco's from Rubios may have to be involved for it to become an official holiday.
And...(drum roll please) I have FINALLY officially finished decorating my apt. huzzah!
One of my newest features is a blank wall in the kitchen for monthly decorating based on the season, holiday or whatever I feel like.
I tested in out with this month and I'm happy to report it was a smashing sucess!
I'll post my Galentines(valentines) decorations later tonight, I'm pretty happy with them.
Hope your having a fantastic Valentines or Galentines Day!!!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Sometimes nights are long and days are longer.
And nerves stretched to the breaking point somehow find moments to rest just when you think they might snap and for good this time.
When your well is low or has run dry completely.
That is the perfect time to borrow joy and laughter from any and all sources -
Movies, music, friends, family, cats anything that brings a smile or a giggle no matter how faint.
It is so important to focus however dimly on joy, laughter and peace despite how far it feels from your grasp.
Simply the act of reaching for it brings it closer at hand.
Tonight was a night of reaching and all that I pulled back reminded me how grateful I am for the many blessings in my life.
They are immeasurable and each one fills my well a little higher when remembered and accounted for.
Case in point: I am grateful for a complete stranger posting the below clip on youtube of a rare song I love sung by a sweet silent film star with silly fun audience antics to boot.
And that one of my dearest friends Brianna sent me this hilarious pic on HER birthday:
Don't forget to laugh amid the tears and find joy through your sorrows.
Your life will be richer because of it.
Keep your sunny side up!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Of course this day must always go hand in hand with the Movie "Groundhog Day" (A personal all time fav) with the fantastic Bill Murray.
That movie is such a great reminder about the choice we each have to do something rewarding with our time and that if we are willing to do the things that make us happy everyone else is affected positively in return.
Since January was a tornado month for me I’m using today as a chance to remind myself what my goals are for this year and what enriches my life.
A big eye opener when doing my birthday 31 good things was that when I made a point to do something nice for others everyday (outside of normal politeness) even when I wasn't in the mood not only did it brighten their day and mine but I was also left with a joyful anticipation about what opportunity would present itself next.
I think that deserves to be an ongoing routine so every month starting with February I plan to do a good deed every day. Some days it may be a small thing like a smile to a stranger and others it might be a big one like helping someone move. Who Knows!
It will be an interesting adventure to see what comes along every day.
What would you do if you had all the time in the world like Phil in Groundhog Day?
PS - Check out this cute Groundhog Day Snack . Graham cracker in chocolate pudding.
You can find the recipe here - http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/02/01/punxatawney-phil-groundhog-graham-crackers/