Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Music Mond...errr Tuesday

Hey look! A blog post.

I woke up this morning to the most beautiful version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Paul Klein. I've never heard of this guy, but I love this. And coincidentally hearing this made me want to share with all of you (if there are any of you still reading this thing after an extended blogging drought).


Monday, October 31, 2011

Music Monday

This weekend, college friends reunited when Kristin and I took a good old fashioned road trip to Dodge City, Kansas for Jessi & Ryan's wedding.

(I would insert a really cute picture of the bride and groom right here, but it's a lot harder to take good photos when one hand is preoccupied with a glass full of wine. So...this is the best I got.)

Said road trip was brought to us by Lady Gaga's "YoĆ¼ and I" and the umlaut.

Consider this your teaser for the next post that will outline the ABC's of a good road trip weekend.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What in the wide world of sports is going on here?

Why aren't people leaving comments on my posts anymore? I know you fools are reading it. Is blogger blocking you or are you just mean?

No acknowledgment of completing the blog challenge? It's seriously going to be very hard for any of you to guilt me into blogging more often if this is the thanks I get.

Overdramatic and Neglected Erin

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Twelve weeks later - Day 30

Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

5 good things...

  1. I got to spend the day with Sam, Jeremy & Trisha today at the pumpkin patch and got a super sweet pumpkin of my very own.
  2. I made a new recipe from my Olive cookbook.
  3. This tv commercial
  4. Fall weather showed up.
  5. The K-State Wildcats won their first 6 football games this season.
And that ladies and gents, is how you do a 30-day blog challenge in 12 weeks!

What on Earth am I going to write about now??

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hold on for one more day - Day 29

Day 29: 3 wishes
  1. To finally invent, patent and make millions off my idea for the Hovercraft. 
  2. That Justin Timberlake would make a new studio album. IT'S. BEEN. TOO. LONG.
  3. To live a day as if it were taking place in a musical. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Olive you: Round 1

Back in August I did a post on goals. Now, while I fully intended for that post to be born and die on the same night, some people got excited about my goals and requested follow up.

Luckily for y'alls. I'm in an accommodating mood.

Goal: Make one of the delicious dishes I have tagged from the Olive cookbook Becca bought me.

Target: Pasta with mushrooms and olives

Preliminary hypothesis: This could either go really good or really bad based on the fact that I picked a recipe that didn't have a reference photo of the finished product and there is a discrepancy on the page. In the description it says, "In this heavenly dish, the fresh mushrooms provide a sweet, earthy taste which contrasts strikingly with the tartness of the green olives." but, the recipe calls for black olives instead of green.

I chose to power through based on the ingredient list. I mean, what's not to like?

Olive oil: great cartoon character
Coarse salt: good
Noodles (fusilli): good
Fresh mushrooms: good
Garlic: good in moderation
White wine: hella good
Black olives: good (but maybe they should be green)
Salt & Pepper: good seasoning combo and pretty good '90s rap duo
Butter: good
Grated Parmesan cheese: good

Abbreviated Steps:

Boil water, make pasta, test a few pieces without burning yourself, drain and sit aside.

Open wine and pour yourself a glass.

"Coarsely chop" mushrooms (whatever that means.)

In a skillet heat mushrooms, oil and garlic for 5 minutes.

Add wine, cook for 5 minutes.

Add olives, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the butter and cook while stirring until the butter melts.

Fall into a trans as you watch a giant stick of butter melt.

Pour the sauce over the noodles, mix and top with cheese.


Final verdict? Good, but better on the second day. I think I'm going to have to try it with green olives and maybe a little chicken too next time. The recipe was super easy to follow so I really love that too.

Stay tuned as I'll attempt another recipe from this cookbook in the next umm....3ish months!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Under pressure - Day 28

Day 28: Something that stresses you out

In general, I feel like I handle most stressful situations with great aplomb. You can tell I'm stressed and not handling it super great when every third word is a curse word. Seriously, just ask the people who sit next to me at work. I would have been rated TV MA for adult language this last month. It's not really my fault though, I'm pretty sure it's genetic...from the Germans.

So, yeah, work stresses me out.

Thankfully, work only really stresses me out in June and September sooo...there's the bright side.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Somewhere in Overland Park - Day 27

Day 27: Original photo of the city you live in

Also known as: the post topic that almost killed my domination of the 30-day blog challenge.

I really struggled with this one. I guess because it seemed like a fun idea, but then when it came to actually taking a picture of Overland Park my interest wained significantly.

Luckily, Ashley has me on "leaf watch" and I've had a keen eye for the turning leaves. One of my favorite things about eastern Kansas is all the trees and how they look in the fall.

Enjoy this fall tree and the clear blue beautiful Kansas sky.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Music Monday

It's no secret we here at Unfiltered Nonsense love a good cover song. Nor is it a secret that I heart Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Today, I give you both.

Here they are, covering Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me?" from Cee Lo Green's Show "Talking To Stranger." (which is a good watch if you ever come across it on your TV)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I'm not above swiping ideas - Day 26

Day 26: Your dream wedding

Apparently, I'm still holding on to the idea that a prince charming exists.

Plus, I could do some serious party planning with a budget like Kate had.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Shuffle up and sing along - Day 25

Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs

This is probably my favorite post so far. It's like 10 Music Mondays all in one!

1. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash

2. Jessie's Girl, Cast of Glee

3. Medicine, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

4. She's A Little Bit Dangerous, Roxette

5. Elvira, Oak Ridge Boys

6. Top Back, TI

7. King of Anything, Sara Bareilles

8. Beast of Burden, The Rolling Stones

9. Southern Girl, Amos Lee

10. Faster, Matt Nathanson

Wow, I'm not really sure where else you can hear the smooth vocal stylings of the Oak Ridge Boys and then transition, quiet seamlessly, into TI. Plus, I'm super impressed that more Glee songs didn't show up. It seemed like every other song this thing played yesterday was from Glee.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's a good thing they're pretty - Day 24

Day 24: Something you've learned

No matter how good looking of a team I draft for fantasy baseball, I can't finish higher than 10th out of 12 teams.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I refuse to half-ass this one - Day 23

Day 23: A picture of someone you want to switch lives with for a day and why

I'll do you one better than a photo, I'll do you a full length commercial.

To be perfectly clear, the reasons I want to switch places with the girl in this commercial are tri-fold.
   1a. Henry Cavill is hot
   2b. Henry Cavill is super hot
   3c. Real life or acting, that's gotta be at least a full day/night of up close goodness with Henry Cavill.

Plus, he has to smell good, because this is a cologne ad...unless the cologne smells gross...I guess I didn't consider that....oh well, I don't care, I've had years of character building experiences, this just looks like good fun.

P.S. The sunflower iron-on bedazzlement is still up for grabs and I just gave you fools three very good clues as to the identity of one of the gents.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Did I just vlog?

We interrupt the 30-day blog challenge to show you what I figured out how to do in the last 30 minutes.

Get excited.

Next time I'll stop laying on my couch before filming.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Type F personality - Day 22

Day 22: What's in your purse?

I know there's such a thing as a Type A personality, which I am definitely not. Is there a Type F? If so, the F probably stands for Freaking Disaster and this post is about to reveal that I'm it's poster child.

So here's my purse.

Here's the pile of crap when it first gets dumped on the ground.

Here's the pile of crap sorted out...it's about to get really real, people.

Ok, so here's what we've got, starting at the bottom and working our way counter-clockwise-ish.
  • wallet
  • empty travel size saline solution that I use as eye drops because I won't buy eyedrops for contact wearers
  • one splenda packet
  • wedding program my sister gave me as inspiration/encouragement for starting a wedding invite/paper junk side business
  • allergy meds from Walgreens
  • nice pen 
  • keycard for work
  • pile of receipts that I typically leave in my purse until I file in my trash can
  • player rewards card from Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City, KS (last used mid-July)
  • two grocery lists
  • 3 paid bills from last month
  • Oklahoma Joe's menu
  • Sweet Baby Jesus, a dirty pizza cutter wrapped in a Walmart sack (from Friday when I took fruit pizza to work)
  • iPod Nano 
  • K-State pen
  • bread bag clip
Thank God I didn't try to go through airport security with this purse in the last 4 days.  It's really only a matter of time before my laziness puts me in jail or on a Dateline TV special.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Could I get any cuter? - Day 21

Day 21: Favorite picture of yourself ALL TIME*, why?

*ALL TIME in this post means that I have a digital file of said picture.

This is me on my 2nd birthday and from the looks of it, I just received the best present ever – Bedtime Bear. I love how excited I look hugging the head off that silly bear.

If any of you are curious, yes, I still have this CareBear.

I'm also super curious if the only other presents I received during this birthday were a red bucket and book tote. If so, kids these days get entirely too many pricey presents and all of my nieces and nephew need to look forward to getting red buckets for Christmas.

Family members who remember this birthday are encouraged to chime in if they remember the significance of the bucket and tote.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The girl with a thousand names - Day 20

Day 20: Nicknames

I'm not exactly sure how or why, but nicknames are one thing I have never had a shortage of. Let's see if I can name them all in the order I was given them.

Mini Kimmi - This lasted until kindergarden age. I'm not sure who started calling me this, but I do know I got this nickname because I looked like a miniature version of my older sister, Kim. All of her friends called me Mini Kimmi...until the basketball game when they fed me too much licorice and I threw up all over three of them in the student section bleachers. I'm not sure if this is the reason the name kind of died, but my memories of it stop about that time frame.

Like I said, the "mini" dropped off years ago, but my dad's side of the family can never tell us apart so I still get called Kim a fair amount.

Cuddle Bug - This was my CB handle back in the day before cell phones. Having a CB in your house and car was loads of fun. Let's see if I can remember all of our handles, I may need to phone a friend.
Home = Big I Base;
Dad = Gopher;
Mom = Honey-do;
Brian = White Lightening;
Kim = Sweet Thunder;
Jeremy = Hungry Jack.

Those of you interested in being as cool as my family or wanting your own CB handle, feel free to consult this eHow article.

Squirt - Kim used to call me this when I was in grade school. I think it was because I was short, but I can't be for sure.

Little Woman - I went to Park for grades 1-3. I was the only girl in my class of four and subsequently was the shortest girl in the school. The 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys called me this. I lost the name when Cheyenne started first grade the next year. It could have been worse....and I think it did get worse.

Gertrude - Ugh. And so the downward spiral of never being called Erin begins. As we already established, I wasn't a coordinated or athletic child. God made me to play Barbies, color and look cute, not climb ropes, run and sweat. Apparently, my attempts to dribble, run, stretch, play line tag, etc. al., reminded Mr. Heinz, our PE teacher — who in my mind back then was like a mean drill sergeant with bad teeth, goofy laugh and funny name — of a grandma. So, he'd yell things like, "Come on grandma!" "Lift your feet, Gertrude!"

Gerdy - Gertrude was quickly shortened to Gerdy and spread like wildfire all over school. By the second grade I was convinced Mr. Heinz didn't know my real name. I'm a little weird, so I actually didn't mind Gerdy as a nickname. I liked being "heard of."

Kirby - I think during 12 and under softball one summer Kirby was born, out of someone mishearing Gerdy. I liked this even better because of that cute little pink guy from Kirby's Adventures.

Gert - During junior high the nickname got shortened to Gert. To this day, people who I haven't been around since high school and some friends parents still call me Gert when they see me back home.

Kirb - Same story as Gert. Kids get lazy in high school and I still get called this from some long-time friends. I think this is one of my favorite variations of the nickname.

EG - Now we enter the college years. Part of the magic of going to K-State for college was nobody else from back home was really there, so I got to be Erin again...or the closest variation of it I was ever going to be. My dorm neighbors/friends quickly started calling me by my initials.

EG3 - Sometime during freshman year, the EG got a twist. I was with a group of friends and we were talking about one of their high school classmates, who Becca always referred to as James Elmer Fox the Third. I quickly proclaimed that I wanted to be Erin Garrett the Third. Dee, didn't miss a beat, and said, "Ok, EG3!"

Femminim - I went through a two week phase sophomore year where I thought I could be a while girl rapper.

Thundercat - Another self-inflicted nickname inspired by the song "Shake Your Tailfeather."

TC - Short for Thundercat and Dally still calls me TC.

Lulu - Ok, only my family and small children are allowed to call me this name. When Payton was little she as super tubby and had lots of crazy brown hair. One day, Kim had her dressed in a red and white checkered dress and I asked her why she had her dressed like Lulu from Hee Haw.

Payton started crying and was inconsolable. We assume she knew that wasn't a flattering comment. A few years later, when she could talk, Payton came running into mom and dad's house and firmly told me, "I'M NOT A LULU! YOU'RE A LULU!" And now that's what my family calls me. I can't wait for Sam to say it again so more people can hear it :)

I think between Gertrude and Lulu it's safe to say I could make a pretty seamless transition into life in the south.

Aardvark - Oh boy, this one was born from a conversation with Jessi where she kept referring to her Aunt Bunny, who was rich. Apparently my takeaway from this conversation was that every single girl needs a "rich aunt name" which starts with Aunt and ends with a type of animal. Jessi is Foxhound; Katie, Cricket; Choy, Panda; Kristin, Cobra and I got stuck with Aardvark (I only accepted this name once I was told it had to be said in a Boston accent.)

Wow, I'm exhausted from typing about myself for over an hour and there are probably still some that I've missed.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cheaters may never win... - Days 18 & 19

...but they sure do finish 30-day blog challenges in less then 90 days.

Tonight we combo up and speed through some of the murk and muck (is that a thing?).

Day 18: Favorite place to eat

Well, let's be honest, I love eating anywhere I don't have to do the cleaning. So I guess I'll pick a KC favorite: Grinders. They make an amazing Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (I like mine with banana peppers, mushrooms and both kinds of cheese - provolone and cheese wiz).

You can also order a New York Style Chili Bomb Pie, which is a pizza of your choice with tots, chili-cheese and scallions plopped on the center of your pie. It looks and sounds more disgusting than it tastes. That being said, I don't have the kahones to order this myself, I just sponge a bite off someone else.

I'm also pretty sure there was one night, when Aisha and I were on the verge of being over-served and under-feed, where we had the funky dough and it came directly from heaven. DEEEE-LICIOUS.

To wash it all down they have about a million beers.

So, come see me sometime and we'll go eat there.

Day 19: Something you miss

In general, being a kid. I don't necessarily pine to relive any stage of life, I just miss being carefree and blissfully obvious to "real life."

More specifically, I miss staying with my grandparents when Mom and Dad went away for a weekend.

I loved staying at Grandpa Joe and Grandma Jeannie's house. I always got to stay in the back bedroom across from their room where the fancy smell-good powder for "powdering your nose" was. Along with a dresser full of Archie comic books that I read at night.

Grandma would always have some kind of cookies in the third drawer of the kitchen and make real fried chicken. Grandpa would play Slap Jack with me and act like I hurt him when I hit his hands. When we'd go driving, they let me sit in the middle between them and if I asked Grandpa to drive fast, he'd pull his hat down real low in front and make "fast car sounds" and act like he was steering an out-of-control vehicle. I'm not even doing it justice, but at the time (and still now, in my mind) it was the funniest thing ever. He probably never really went any faster, it just made me drunk with power :)

Staying with Grandma Jane and Vic was a different kind of fun. Probably because being with each other was less of a novelty since they only lived about 15 minutes from my house, we talked almost everyday and they lived on an actual working farm where there were daily chores.

I was even less into manual labor then than I am now, so I could usually complain/whine my way out of doing actual outside work. Although, I always liked watching them feed calves, especially when some were bottle fed. That is something every little kid should get to do.

But like I said, I could get out of outside work (let's be honest, a bored 10 year-old with an affinity for daydreaming would probably just be in the way of any actual real work getting done anyhow) and help Grandma make lunch and supper for the boys. I loved cooking with grandma, I'm not really sure why, but I liked it. There was also the extra bonus of getting to watch Days of Our Lives with her after lunch. Mom didn't approve of me watching "that trash", but grandma always let me watch with her. I think that's what made it so fun. When I was in college she would call me for updates if she missed a few days.

I also now have a piece of my childhood memories from the farm in my own house. It's a copper garage with moving car music box that plays "King of the Road" as it circles the building. I used to play that thing all the time when I was out there and that song always makes me think of the farm and Grandma Jane.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cause that's how science works

File this under: Brilliant ideas I wish I would have had, because it's a cause I fully support, but lack the tools, motivation, attention span or follow-through to actually accomplish.

I could be upset that I wasn't the brilliant mastermind behind this video, but instead I choose to be happy someone is finally bringing this issue to light.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm sure there are worse things for me to look forward to - Day 17

Day 17: Something you're looking forward to

That's easy, retirement. I'm always looking forward to retirement.

It's still some 36 years away, but I daydream of it often.

I imagine my retirement will look something like The Golden Girls, meets Wings, meets Designing Women.

Yeah, I'll either retire in Miami with a group of friends ...

get a part-time gig conning Christmas presents out of unsuspecting travelers in a small Nantucket airport...

or be insightful like Bernice when properly medicated.

There's a slight chance my perception of retirement has been based on tv sitcoms from the late 1980's/early 1990's.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Trash chutes and ladders - Day 16

Day 16: Dream house

First and foremost, if we're talking dream home, it has to be a self-cleaning home. I HATE anything remotely related to housekeeping/household chores.

What next? Big enough to have friends and family over for parties and fun.

But not so big that I get lost in it.

A wrap-around porch would be totally sweet.

Definitely needs a nice view...

A badass backyard complete with outdoor kitchen, fire pit and outdoor seating.

Oh, the backyard also needs enough room for a big puppy to have fun.

Inside? I like a nice sized open kitchen with island/breakfast bar and appliance garage. 

A jacuzzi bathtub...

OH with a giant flat screen tv in front of it.

And probably a home theater for good measure too.

Oh, and I really liked it in college when my house had a trash chute, so that would be pretty essential too...so long as it wasn't just an open window I'm throwing trash bags down like it was back then.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3:16 - Day 15

Day 15: Bible verse

John 3:16 - For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

I know... I know...

This verse either reminds you of the wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin or seems like the easy answer because it's the most popular/recognizable bible verse in the history of favorite bible verses. You might be thinking, "Oh, she's catholic, she doesn't read the bible so that's why this is her 'favorite' verse." Two years ago you would have had something. (By the way, Mom hates it when I joke about catholics not having to read the bible.) But, I think the reason I wouldn't have claimed this as my favorite bible verse before is because I hadn't realized the truth in it yet.

As most of you know, my dad had a very quick and difficult battle with cancer. In the two months that he fought I received two, "It's not good, you might want to come home" phone calls. That's four hours in a car, each time, driving down the road wondering what will be there when I arrive.

At the very end, my family and I spent night and day at the hospital for four days. Each of us taking turns sleeping in various positions in a recliner, couch, roll-away bed or chair next to dad's bed. I probably would have done that forever if it meant I got to keep him here, but that was me being selfish.

The last night that he was with us here on Earth, that verse kept running through my head. "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life." Three o'clock in the morning, with my head on his bed, holding his hand, listening to his raspy breathing, crying. In hindsight, probably one of the first times my heart was truly breaking. I was struggling with questions like, If God loves me so much why would he do this? Why would he let Dad suffer? Why would he let us live in a world were such feelings even existed?

And then it dawned on me.

God himself has felt this exact same heartbreak. "he gave his only Son." He knew exactly how my heart was feeling. Who better to turn to? He let His one and only Son be crucified on a cross so that some day a sinner like me, imperfect and too smart-mouthed for my own good, could join him for eternal life in Heaven. He knew I'd disappoint him, act ungrateful, fall down, repent and repeat. Yet He still loved me enough to make that sacrifice.

It's humbling to realize that kind of love.

Certainly, that night was difficult, but learning to live again afterwards was just as hard, if not harder. After all, the world is short one of my most favorite people in the whole world. But I keep this revelation close, believe with all my heart that Dad is home with God and trust some day we will be joined  together again in eternal glory.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

DIBS! "Celebrity Edition" - Day 14

Day 14: Celebrity crush

Talk about a topic I can get on board with.

So many choices....

A sunflower iron-on bedazzlement will be awarded to the first reader who can correctly identify all ten celebrities or be the first to introduce me to one of the celebrity crushes.

I know I should have fixed my hair, removed the folded towels from behind me or at the very least done a less crappy photoshop job on this picture, but I'm too busy laughing at this to care.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life - Day 13

Day 13: Goals

Seriously, how am I only on day 13 of this blog challenge? It feels like I've been doing this for 78 days.

I'm sure the originator of this topic list meant for me to talk about my goals to make me a better person, the world a better place and blah, but that's not really my thing. I put real effort into not telling people my goals until I hit them.

It limits liability.

Manages perception.

All that good stuff.

This blog challenge is a perfect example of what I generally try to avoid. If I hadn't told all 18 of you that I was going to do this thing I could just go back to being an absentee blogger or at least skip these lame-o topic days that do not interest me. Instead, I live with the guilt that if I bail on this y'alls will hold it over my head.

Which reminds me...

Way to bail on the 30-day blog challenge, Taddy Long Legs!

Sorry, where was I?

Oh yeah, goals = guilt.

But, for those of you who were hoping I put more effort and less smartass in this, here is a list of "goals" I want to or have accomplished in the recent past.

  • Witness a real life bench clearing at a professional game, most likely baseball or hockey.
  • Get back to my workout routine I had in 2009.
  • Make one of the delicious dishes I have tagged from the Olive cookbook Becca bought me.
  • Become a boss before 30. (check)
  • Visit all 50 states in the US.
  • Learn how to "dougie."
  • See Eddie Money live in concert (check and check)
  • Fix my stupid living room wall.
  • Buy grown-up living room furniture since I've been lead to believe, by more than one person, that my idea of buying Furniture Fix for my couch is not what people call a "good idea." 

Even Dean Wormer would be proud of my ambition.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Music Monday

I dare you to not want to do the "Carlton Dance" while listening to this song.

Urkel gets close more than a few times.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bottoms are good - Day 12

Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without

Ack! This post topic is nearly as boring as that first love one.

I guess if I'm being super literal, I'd have to say underwear. Does that make anyone uncomfortable? Seems silly if it does. I mean, wouldn't it be more unsightly the other way around? Oh wait, maybe this is why they are sometimes referred to as unmentionables...whoopsies.

I don't really have allegiance to any one product like American Express and I'm too poor to pay for something designer that would warrant flaunting every time I left home. I'm just enough scatter-brained that I'll leave home forgetting something and just convincing lazy enough to decide I don't want to turn back around and get it.

So yeah, this seems like the most appropriate response to this topic.

Honestly, sometimes I can't believe you people read this garbage.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Who's that 10, with the 6, that thinks she's a 9? - Day 11

Day 11: Favorite TV shows

It's no secret, I love tv.

Among my favorites: Big Bang Theory, Friends, Hawaii 5-0, The Tudors, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, CSI: New York and since it's summer and nothing new is on, my newest favorite show is The New Adventures of Old Christine. The show is only on in syndication now, but I adore it. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a comical genius.

Enjoy some clips, won't you?

Apparently, some people want to be stingy with their video sharing on the youtube, so you'll have to click below to watch some other hilarious clips if you haven't had enough.

This one is good.

So is this one, too.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fraidy cat - Day 10

Day 10: Something you're afraid of

The angler fish.

Some of you might recognize this monster as the scary ass, spiky, lightbulb fish from Finding Nemo.

Computer animated or real life, I don't like it at all.

ICK! Gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Just as scary, but not as likely to face in real life, Gargamel, from The Smurfs...

...and the Wicked Witch of the West, from Wizard of Oz.

Actually, after further consideration, I might just be afraid of ugly.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Walrus Mustache - Day 9

Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend

First off, let's get something straight. I do not ascribe to the idea that a person can only have "a = one" best friend. Most likely because when I was in grade school none of my friends ever gave me the second half to the best friend heart necklace.

(insert sounds of pity here)

There were 5 girls in my 4th grade class....4 of them had half of a necklace.

That's right.

(go ahead and make more pity sounds here, I don't mind.)

Labeling a best friend can be hurtful. Especially when the two best friends get in a fight and the other one returns the half necklace in an envelop, via a really cute brown hair-brown eyed, 3rd party under the tractor tires during recess. I'm no dummy, as soon as I delivered that envelop to Rachel I didn't want to be near one of those things.

Ergo, I believe all my friends are the best, so I couldn't possibly spotlight just one friend. But I absolutely have a favorite photo series with a friend.

Enter, the Garrett/Gleason Walrus Mustache collection.

It all started at a New Years Eve celebration. We had reached the point in the evening where every second was a photo op. I grabbed two stick pretzels to become a walrus and Amanda Gleason promptly eclipsed me by giving herself a pretzel mustache.

The year was 2008.

Then in 2009 at the Schicks' wedding we had...

The warm up...

And then probably the two greatest versions ever captured, where we more than quadrupled the prop size from 2008.

In 2010, Gleason dragged me to a Gov't Mule concert and their repetitive garbage music caused me to forget about taking our special photo. So, like any good friend, I've enhanced a photo for our 2010 moment in time.

Sometimes the good ideas are just right in front of you, aren't they?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Colorado dreaming - Day 8

Day 8: A place you've traveled to

While all of my travels have been exclusively domestic and nearly always centered around where friends live, I've seen some pretty, interesting and odd places. The heat and drought must be getting to me, because I've chosen to spotlight Dream Lake, which is part of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Water, blue and green never looked so good.

I'd probably require a mini oxygen mask to do the hike to get there now, but it's almost worth it, don't you think?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I like when she goes bah, bah, bah, bah, bah. - Day 7

Day 7: Favorite Movies

I gotta be honest, I have a lot of favorite movies. How many movies am I suppose to list here? I guess I'll go until I get tired or run out of titles.

Troop Beverly Hills
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
The Departed
Sweet Home Alabama
The Proposal
Young Frankenstein
Pride & Prejudice
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
It Happen One Night
House Bunny
An Affair to Remember
Easy A
Say Anything
A League of Their Own
Talladega Nights
27 Dresses
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Adventures in Babysitting
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

And finally...













"Hey TRAV, don't knock her up!" ha! classic. never gets old.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Josie's on a vacation far away - Day 6

Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy

People say it's the little things in life that mean the most. I suppose that's not true for all people, especially if you're referring to diamond rings or raises, but for me it definitely is. I get excited about the goofiest and smallest things.

For all the TMI and annoying things facebook and other social networking sites bring directly into our computer screens and mobile phones in an instant, they also make the art of sending a quick, "I'm thinking of you" note as easy as it could possibly be.

For instance, take today, I got the below message from my friend Kara.

This is a three-pronged happy feeling photo:
  1. It's nice to know when people are thinking about me. It feeds my already blossoming ego.
  2. I have officially played a fairly "sizable" role in her four-year old son, Max's life. I put The Outfield's "Your Love" on a mixed cd I sent her and as you can see, Max can accurately identify this song in public and LIKES it. Seriously amazing. I also really can't wait until the day I get to hear Max sing the line, "You know I like my girls a little bit older."
  3. I'm synonymous with The Golden Girls. Who doesn't want that!??!
So there you go. An email, text, facebook message, blog comment, signing telegram, hand-written note or phone call goes a long ways in making me smile and brightening my day.

Brighten someone's day this week!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Who your name is? - Day 5

Day 5: A song to match your mood

Music is probably one of my most favoritest things in the whole-wide-world. It can transform your mood, take you back in time or remind you of a person you haven't thought of in years.

In the instance of today, I have two great friends coming for the weekend. I've known Angie since grade school, but her, Bria and I (along with Becca, Julie and Herres) did the majority of our damage in college...back in the infamous 1709 Laramie days.

Photo shout out to my old roommates!

Yes, when we moved in to the trash-hole that was the cockroach penthouse we adopted this lifestyle.

ANYWAYS!! Angie and Bria are going to be here this weekend and when I think of those girls, I think of pre-parting at 1709 with this song blaring from Angie's computer speakers.