Monday, August 27, 2012


I climbed in bed a little early tonight and decided to revisit this space of the net (I'm trying to bring back "the net". Think it will catch on?) just like old times. But boy, those last few posts on here sure were downers. Let's move on to something happier, shall we?

For instance, how about that time I fell in love with the Eiffel Tower? That was fun.

Or that time I met some of the world's finest athletes? (Usually without many clothes on.) Also fun.

Maybe the time when I ate banana+nutella crepes regularly and didn't feel bad about it? Real good.

I'd love to tell you all about it. Someday.

Saturday, June 09, 2012


I had a rough week. I won't go into the details, but just trust me on this one. After the dust started to settle I realized that I had learned a thing or two along the way.

1. Something that is seemingly small can have a very large impact.
2. I'm all too willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
3. It's important to get a second opinion. Or third.
4. I need to trust my gut.
5. My parents may be thousands of miles away, but they are still an excellent source of support.
6. Mom & Pop stores are where it's at. They may not be the cheapest, but the level of service they can provide is leaps and bounds above a big box store.
7. Even if someone can't offer a solution to a problem, just hearing "We'll get through this" is all I need.
8. Buying a Dyson will never be the wrong choice.

Here's to better luck next week.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

through the cracks.

Last April I made a goal to get on stage and sing with my friend Stacey.

Stacey also had a goal and that was to record an album, and for the last 8 or 9 months she's been doing just that. Now she's at the point where the finishing touches are being added and she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund these last stages of the project.

Check out her video below (I can promise you will be entertained) and if you feel like the project is something you'd like to support, head over to her Kickstarter page and donate. The best part is that any donation of $10 or more will get you a copy of the album when it's released. And, as if that wasn't enough, I sing with her on a couple of the songs.

Truly a deal that cannot be beat.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

the challenge.

I'm about to compare life to an MTV show. Get excited. Or scared.

There's a show on MTV that I still sort of love - in fact, it's the only show on MTV that I still sort of love.
The Challenge.
The premise is simple: Teams completing challenges for money or points or voting power and trying to stay in the game to compete in the Final Challenge. Winning the Final Challenge is where all the money is to be made.

The Final Challenge is typically a footrace of several miles where contestants stop at checkpoints along the way to complete some sort of task. However, during this race a time limit is given for these checkpoints and if the competitors don't complete the task within a certain amount of time, they get to move on.

I was thinking tonight that the producers of this show might be on to something. And that it might be nice if the trials of life were aligned a little more closely with MTV.

Yes, I just typed that.

I mean, you can struggle and work and try your best to get through a hard situation. You do all of the things you can think of to make it through. You try to figure out what it is you need to learn. But sometimes it feels like you can only muddle along for so long, right? Like if you haven't figured out what you're supposed learn by now it's unlikely you ever will, so let's just move on. Better luck next time, Champ.

Hey Universe, I think I've reached the time limit. Let's move on to something else.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Bon Iver's Skinny Love and I have a special relationship.
It makes me sad, but I still love it.
There was a period in 2009 where I could not stop listening to it. It was literally on repeat for days. I mean, I was sad, but whatever.

So the other day when I was listening to the Hunger Games soundtrack (ps - soundtrack is SO good) on MOG, Birdy's version of Skinny Love shuffled up and I fell in love all over again.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today is my half birthday.
It is also Pi Day.
I mean, I just feel like if everyone is already celebrating with pie, why not toss a celebration for my half birthday in the mix?
My dear friend Jenny made a pie today and dedicated it to me. So fun!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Two people in the last two days have told me in one form or another that I need to blog more. Here's a recap of February. Based almost exclusively on photos from my phone.

  • I had a rough day. Or two. And it maybe involved fairly uncontrollable weeping for an hour of church. Embarrassing? Yes. But the next day I came home to these beauties with a very kind note. People are good.
  •  When the sun shines in Seattle, there is nothing better. And on a Saturday? The best. We took advantage by having lunch with a view.
  •  After lunch we made our way to the new visitor center of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our very own CK did the design and it was so, so amazing. I know some talented people.
  •  I won an award at work. I mean, it was a little bit by default, but who's keeping track? The "trophy" for this award is a jumbo blow up whale (for "A Whale of an Idea"...clever) and it's hard to coexist with this thing in cubicle land.
  •  I started reading East of Eden. It's dramatic. And sad. And really great. I'm on page 470 of 601 and it feels as though I'll never finish.
  •  I got last minute (free!) tickets to Wilco. It was a really good show and fun to be able to let a Wilco-loving friend reap the benefits of my job perks.
  •  Valentine's Day. My roommate went all out decorating for a party she threw (amazing, as usual) and then a few of us, including these ladies below, ventured off to another party. It was a good day, which is not always the case on the ol' V.Day.
  •  Pickwick at The Neptune. Loved these guys and their surprising amount of soul.
  •  Beauty & the Beast! This Belle's version of Home wasn't my favorite, but overall just as enjoyable as I'd imagined.
  •  Susan had a birthday! So, I threw her a party complete with streamers, party hats and kazoos. You know, everything you'd expect for a 28 year old's birthday party. I also made all the treats, including a carrot cake from scratch. I was pretty proud of myself.

  •  When CK asked me if I wanted to go see the Harlem Globetrotters my answer was obviously yes. A fun night complete with a Diet Coke and stadium nachos.
  • Somewhere along the way I started taking photos of my beverages. Pictured below are a Friday afternoon meeting and [insert any given day of the week].

  •  iFly! I was terrified. Terrified to the point where the guy had to grab me and literally toss me into the wind tunnel. Once I was in, I LOVED it.

So, that's what you've all been missing.
Thrilling stuff, I know.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

conversation of the day.

Me: I just don't think spending $250 on a pair of sunglasses is necessary. I mean, you can get them at Target for $15.
New Co-Worker: Are you married?
NCW: Really?
Me: Really.
NCW: With that kind of low maintenance attitude I'd think guys would be lining up.
Me: Well, I guess I just have them all fooled.

Monday, February 06, 2012

honey badger.

This video is old news. HOWEVER, still funny.
(Also, I should warn you that you shouldn't watch if foul language offends you.)

Today I received an email from a co-worker who has been out of the office for a few months (hence being a little behind on the latest and greatest of YouTube) and it said:

Okay, I don't know if this is a compliment or not, but as soon as I saw this video I thought of you because I thought you'd appreciate it.

I'm going to go ahead and take it as a compliment.
And I'm not really surprised since we laughed ourselves to tears over this video. (Again, not for sensitive ears.)

conversation of the {fri}day.

Me: Have you told anyone yet?
NotMe: Just you. Oh, and Bill*.
Me: And Jimbo*.
NotMe: Oh yeah. And Jimbo. So you were third and third's the best of all the game.
Me: What does that mean?
NotMe: First the worst, second the same, third's the best of all the game.
Me: Is that how it goes? I always thought it was First the worst, second the best, third the in this scenario I'm the turd.

Apparently we grew up in different places. And it's clear which location was classier.

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

glitter girl

Last night Stacey had a show at the Skylark and invited me along to sing a handful of songs. The Skylark is a dingy, old bar in West Seattle, but I kind of love it. Maybe I have a special place in my heart for it because it was the first place I was brave enough to get on stage and sing. Maybe it's because the sound is more legit than anywhere else we play. Who knows.

Here's a very short recap of the evening in photos.

1. I had trouble deciding what to wear. I'm in hate with all of my clothes at the moment. But after finally picking an outfit, I went to the bathroom to fix my hair and found that I kind of liked what was going on. I got my hair cut in December (after looking at this photo for too long) and have hated it ever since, but something about last night just felt right. So I self-portraited it.
PS - I really need new glasses.

2. We've played at this bar a few times, but last night was the first night they let us use the "artist's room" which I guess is the equivalent of Green Room in TV land. It was interesting, to say the least. Dark, full of old mirrors and leopard print furniture and they even provided a couple products we might need prior to going on stage:
  • Mary Kay moisturizer. You know, in case your face is dry.
  • Glitter Girl. Because a girl needs to glitter on stage.
I'm so grossed out by this. And the Glitter Girl is almost gone. Ew.

3. Steph & Stace on stage.
All in all, a good night.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

honey boo boo

Am I ashamed of how much I love this video? A little.
But I could watch the last :15 on repeat all day long.

I'm gonna work the stage. Gonna work the stage.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

the first loser.

I came in second, y'all.
I chose Green Bay in the second round of the Playoffs and that choice proved to be the end of the road for me.

My co-worker sent me this yesterday in honor of my loss.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

important updates.

1. I sold the KitchenAid. But it went to a good home and I'll have visitation.
2. I've put the Dyson to good use, even cleaning houses other than my own. (You could be next!)
3. The NFL regular season is over and I tied for first with one other person in the Pick 'Em league.