I need total darkness to sleep well and also enjoy a day time nap so I've purchased more than my fair share of eye mask thingies. Every one has had some flaw but I finally found the perfect one! It totally blocks out light (it has a great little padded part under the eyes) and it is comfortable. It is a suede-ish material so I call it my "blue suede snooze". Props to Bed, Bath and Beyond for helping me sleep a little better.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I've been off the grid for a few days now because I've been sick. Not totally sure on a diagnosis, I just know I've slept a lot and felt like shit while conscious. So I've missed 2 days of work, which I really didn't want to do, and still don't feel 100% again.
Now I'm trying to get to sleep and I'm suddenly feeling super anxious and jittery. Xanax hasn't kicked in yet, hoping it helps. Why am I anxious? Wish I knew.
So... a few bad days for Candy, fingers crossed for brighter days very soon.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
On a completely unrelated subject, I have had good luck with store brand foods. I am in love with Safeway Select pasta sauces, for example. Tonight, I tried Target's Archer Farms risotto. I'm no risotto expert, but it was mighty tasty.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Park Avenue Coffee in St. Louis. I'm really proud of them! They competed on Food Feuds on Food Network and won plus they just opened their second location.
Go to their website & order one. Now. I mean it.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It's been a hectic week (work, boring) but today was a nice break from it all. I have to work 4 hours Saturday so I only worked half a day today. John and I went to see our buddy Thor at Celebrity Tattoo in Lodo so he could put the color on a tattoo he started on me before Christmas last year. Thor is an incredible artist and all around cool guy. Here we are (pics of the tattoo to follow at some point).
Sunday, February 20, 2011
When I first went away to college, I went to NMSU (now Truman State) in Kirksville, MO. One night, some friends & I were driving from Kirksville to Columbia. We stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere for snacks. One of my purchases was a Moon Pie. The only other person in the store, besides the clerk, was a disheveled looking dude holding a huge bag of dog food while talking loudly about how his dog just died. We quietly and hurriedly made our way to the checkout, trying to stay under this guy's radar. No such luck. He looked at my items and proclaimed "Moon Pies are an institution here in the Midwest!".
I think of this every time I have a Moon Pie. I don't have them often but if we make our way to Bass Pro, I have to buy them. For whatever reason, Bass Pro stocks a variety of moon pies (I always go for classic chocolate) and they sell them 2 for a dollar. I just can't leave without buying two. Fortunately, they aren't exceptionally fattening... because I ate one on the way home & just now had the other one.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
So today I was really glad to be back at work & relatively pain free. The highlight of my day came in the form of a little manila envelope on my desk. I got my delivery from my friend Jen's etsy shop! You should really go visit her here because her stuff is super cute! You'll thank me later.
I got a reversible cloth headband and some button flower bobby pins:
Would I look really stupid if I wore them all at once? Probably. But they are so cute! Even my kitten wanted them!
Monday, February 14, 2011
The pictures a dark but I didn't want to disturb her with the flash. Kept it relaxing for us all.
I hope everyone had just the Valentine's day they wanted... whether it was filled with flowers & sweets or quiet & solitary or ignoring the day all together.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Today was even nicer but we stayed in the lower elevations. We took the dogs to the dog park, a must for Kaycee especially whenever possible. The girl loves to run. I wish we had a yard for her but frequent trips to the Westminster Hills dog park will have to suffice for now. On the way home, we washed my jeep which completely confused the pups. Once we got home, I started on laundry & dishes and did some quilting while John went for a motorcycle ride with his friend Dennis. It was nice to have a little alone time.
Kaycee and Bella decided to cuddle with me on the couch:
And here's what Sammy took this opportunity to do:
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Today was a good day. I caught someone in a lie through my superior record keeping & investigative skills. Evidence makes me happy. I should totally be a private investigator. I did my usual work, blah blah blah, boring. On my lunch, I did some shopping. Here are my super cute new socks over the top of my new purse (which is what I initially went shopping for).
I got a delivery from Amazon.com that I was a little too excited about. I am epically bad at math and this book has tons of charts that do all the math & measuring for me. Next to it is a "free motion" quilting foot for my sewing machine. This will allow me to do fun designs on quilts & to quilt a million times faster than by hand. Is there such a thing as a quilting geek? Because I think I could be their leader.
Finally, once I got home, I made some truly awesome soup. It is a creamy potato with carrots, onions and cheese. I can't even tell you how impressed I am with myself. I usually want a recipe which I follow faithfully but this was my own invention. I did start off with the first couple steps of another creamy soup but the rest is all mine. It turned out so good! So good, in fact, that my husband invited a friend over & now the soup is all gone.
And that, my friends, was my hump day in a nutshell. Now I shall lay in bed & cuddle with my kitten while playing mahjong on my laptop. The excitement never ends.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
So today, my hubby John and I went on a little photo safari. Basically, we like to drive & get lost looking for interesting stuff. This time, we headed towards Denver. As I've said, I love snow... but it put quite a damper on my safari! About an hour or so in, it started snowing lightly and then it really started coming down. We went home earlier than we'd planned because the weather made it tough to get good photos but we had fun all the same.
My favorite picture of the day was from the Richthofen Castle. It's probably called a castle because it was modeled after a castle in Germany but I'd call it a huge mansion. It is really cool, anyway... and apparently for sale (if you've got $4 million in your housing budget).
Here's a shot of another building on the castle's grounds that shows a little more clearly the type of snowing we were dealing with...
We stayed out for a few hours then decided to go to the grocery store then home. I made chili & it is just about the best chili ever. No lie.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
For now, here's a couple from today. Nothing too exciting, really. First, at a stop light on the way home from work. What I really like about this one is the reflections on my hood (which I didn't notice until I looked at the pic at home). I'll have to try this again & aim down a little & maybe after I get a car wash.
My favorite thing about snow is the way it sparkles. My inner magpie loves shiny things. It isn't easy to get that to represent well in photos, though. Here's a semi-successful one I took while walking from the garage to our door.
The next 2 days are forecast to be really nice. A little warmer & sunny. Normally, I prefer overcast days for color photography but it has been too long since I've had a good photo road trip & I'll enjoy the warmth while its here!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Speaking of dogs, let me introduce you to ours... This is Kaycee. She's a 3 year old retriever mix of some sort. She loves to run and play in the pond at the park (when it isn't frozen).
There will be many more pictures of our furry kids to follow. So, if you don't like animals, don't come back. Seriously.