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NRA Approved

December 19th, 2010

This week Matt & I (with our friends Brad & Michelle) took the NRA Basic Pistol Class, which suffices for your concealed carry permit.  It was a refresher for him, but all new to me.  I was really hesitant about going, I’m not big on guns.  And I still don’t LOVE them, but I could […]



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This week Matt & I (with our friends Brad & Michelle) took the NRA Basic Pistol Class, which suffices for your concealed carry permit.  It was a refresher for him, but all new to me.  I was really hesitant about going, I’m not big on guns.  And I still don’t LOVE them, but I could definitely go to the shooting range, that was fun!  And I feel better now that I know how to properly handle a gun.  Thursday PM consisted of the in class stuff, with an exam at the end.  Matt got a -0 and I got a -1.  Not a complete fail!  Then yesterday, we got up at 6:30 am to meet out at the range at 8:00 am (the high during that time was 22…brr…).  I had a blast.  They had us use paper plates at targets.  I didn’t do TO bad for my first time shooting, I hit the targets 25 times (see below) – Matt only 24 (guess who’s taking in groceries & unloading them for the next 2 weeks?).

None of us did as AMAZING as Michelle, she didn’t miss ONCE.  She should be a sniper or something.

Here’s me, looking sexy at the range.


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Good News & Drama Dog

December 14th, 2010

I got a job…yay!  As of Jan. 4, 2011, I will no longer be “unemployed” and back to a working woman.  As much as I love staying home, I also miss working, so this will be good.  It’s with a company called M.E. Group (not to be confused with M-E Engineers where I worked before).  […]



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I got a job…yay!  As of Jan. 4, 2011, I will no longer be “unemployed” and back to a working woman.  As much as I love staying home, I also miss working, so this will be good.  It’s with a company called M.E. Group (not to be confused with M-E Engineers where I worked before).  Its downtown too, so a SUPER easy commute for me.

Now onto Lucy.  I just came home for a few min. to eat lunch before going back to cookie frosting.  I let Lucy outside to play, and then I went to check on her….and this is how I found her.

UGH.  Its so hard being Lucy Brazzale Williams.  Running around in the backyard with a ball in her mouth (notice the tennis ball by her tush), laying in the sun.

I should have known, she loves sun bathing.   She usually has a “spot”, notice the dirt area w/ no grass.  Its so much her spot, grass no longer grows there. Apparently it was “to shady” today.

Lucy & I would like to inform all of our Family & Friends back home that it is another lovely, sunny, & warm day here in Denver.


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Dear Family….

December 6th, 2010

Dear Family: BethAnn let me in on the Christmas Day Plan this year.  Boohoo on her & Dave having to work all day & gift opening happening after dinner.  Does the Universe not know what Christmas is like for me?  And how TORCHEROUS it is to just look at the presents under the tree?  In […]



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Dear Family:

BethAnn let me in on the Christmas Day Plan this year.  Boohoo on her & Dave having to work all day & gift opening happening after dinner.  Does the Universe not know what Christmas is like for me?  And how TORCHEROUS it is to just look at the presents under the tree?  In fact, I’m sure mom won’t even put them under the tree until right before its time to open them.  Mostly because she knows it will drive me nuts not knowing what’s under that lovely wrapping paper, so i’ll shake everything, and figure it out.  I can’t help it.  I can’t take suprises.  I want to know so badly, but I don’t.  Its the worst position to be in…ever.  Its like having an itch on your back that you can’t reach.  It will drive a girl insane.  I can’t deal with it.

 

The only way I can forsee avoiding the itch is to lock myself in the TV room all day.  So on Christmas day, if you need me, you can find me in front of the TV until gift opening time.

 

OR!  Abby & Gabe can come over early, and we can open our gifts together.  Then we’ll play with them while everyone else opens theirs later in the day.  It saves space in the living room.  Win-Win!

 

Sincerely,

You’re Most Excited Christmas AM Family Member.


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Grappling & other things.

December 6th, 2010

Hurray for Matt!  This weekend he particpiated in his first EVER Grapling Tournament.  (If you don’t know what grapling is…see here).  Guess what?  He placed 2nd in both.  Not to shabby if I do say so myself.  I’m glad he’s found a hobby he’s good at & is passionate about.   While he Grappled…I frosted […]



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Hurray for Matt!  This weekend he particpiated in his first EVER Grapling Tournament.  (If you don’t know what grapling is…see here).  Guess what?  He placed 2nd in both.  Not to shabby if I do say so myself.  I’m glad he’s found a hobby he’s good at & is passionate about.

 

While he Grappled…I frosted Cookies.  I’d much rather bake than frost, but I’m helping out our friend who owns the Colorado Cookie Company.  Its not the worst job in the world-I get to eat the cookies I mess up…Yum.

 

For being unemployed, I’m all of a sudden awfully busy.  I’ve been playing Accountant, Cookie Froster, & Personal Assistant.  I haven’t even been home to do anything around the house.  I bought an antique dresser on craigslist last week.  I really want to paint it & distress it, but that will have to wait I guess!


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mirror

November 28th, 2010

I finished the mirror today.  It turned out awesome, despite my pictures. Never mind all the crap reflected in the mirror, right now, its the spare bedroom that is also our “catch all” room.  I’m in the process of cleaning/organizing it all.  I promise 🙂  Also, the pictures don’t really do it justice.  The room […]



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I finished the mirror today.  It turned out awesome, despite my pictures.

Never mind all the crap reflected in the mirror, right now, its the spare bedroom that is also our “catch all” room.  I’m in the process of cleaning/organizing it all.  I promise 🙂  Also, the pictures don’t really do it justice.  The room is so dark, the pictures turned out dark, no matter how much I exposed them!  Silly old house.

Thank you West End Salvage in Des Moines, IA for the idea.


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Black Friday part 2

November 27th, 2010

We survived Black Friday. Part of it was a scam!  I saw this ad in my email. According to their website, the Colorado Mills outlet store was participating in the midnight sale. Matt & I got to the mall at 11:45pm and waited outside for it to open at midnight.  Only to have a Security […]



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We survived Black Friday.

Part of it was a scam!  I saw this ad in my email.

According to their website, the Colorado Mills outlet store was participating in the midnight sale.

Matt & I got to the mall at 11:45pm and waited outside for it to open at midnight.  Only to have a Security Gaurd inform us at 12:10am that the mall wouldn’t open until 4:00 am.  Seriously…Banana Republic, you lied, we could have gotten a full 5 hours of sleep instead of 3.  We drove back home & went to bed until 3:30am and got up to head to Target.

We didn’t need any door busters at Target so we just waited for the .5 mile long line to shuffle in.  When they opened the doors, it was just like on TV.  People running, elbowing, trampling people.  Right before the doors opened, a punk kid tried to cut in line, and I thought this mom was going to punch him.  It was comical.  All in all, we got what we wanted and NEEDED.

After that, we went back to Banana Republic Factory store, which was then open, & took advantage of the 50% off sale.  We got 2 gifts, a sweatshirt for me, and a polo for Matt, all for $60.  Yay!

Our last stop!  Bed Bath & Beyond.  It was pretty boring there, but again, we were able to get the golf bag storage thing we needed.

Matt suggested that we go next door to Ultimate Electronics because we had some spare time before our favorite breakfast place opened a 6:00 am.  We found BethAnn & Dave a wireless printer for a killer price.  I hope she didn’t mind me calling her at 6:15am WI time asking if they wanted it 🙂


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Black Friday

November 25th, 2010

Today/Tonight, Matt & I are going to attempt Black Friday.  We’ve never done it before and we don’t even have stuff we need to buy.  We’re crazy.  Its going to start at 12:00 AM at Banana Republic Outlet Store, followed by a 4:00 am trip to target, onto a 5:00 am trip to Bed Bath […]



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Today/Tonight, Matt & I are going to attempt Black Friday.  We’ve never done it before and we don’t even have stuff we need to buy.  We’re crazy.  Its going to start at 12:00 AM at Banana Republic Outlet Store, followed by a 4:00 am trip to target, onto a 5:00 am trip to Bed Bath & Beyond, then ending up at Michael’s.  I hope you don’t see us on the news getting trampled!  I’ll let you know how it went.


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Red Velvet

November 25th, 2010

Last weekend I went to IA to visit my BFF Susan.  We had a BLAST.  She lives about an hour SW of Des Moines in a small town called Creston.  I expected it to be tiny, but its probably 6000 people AND has a Wal-Mart.  They affectionately call it the Wal-Mart the “shopping mall”.  It […]



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Last weekend I went to IA to visit my BFF Susan.  We had a BLAST.  She lives about an hour SW of Des Moines in a small town called Creston.  I expected it to be tiny, but its probably 6000 people AND has a Wal-Mart.  They affectionately call it the Wal-Mart the “shopping mall”.  It also have 5 of these:

Susan & her boyfriend have a wonderfully delightful house.  I’m so impressed with all the hard work they’ve put into it.  It looks fabulous!  In the spare bedroom is a TINY little bathroom, and it has RED VELVET on the walls.  Seriously, I told Susan if she gets rid of it, I’m no longer her friend.  I LOVE it.  Sure, its kind of ugly, but so ugly its awesome.  It adds character.  See for yourself.

Friday, Susan worked, so I stayed around the house.  I also drove around Creston & took some pictures.  Its pretty cute.  That night we went to Des Moines & watched the Christmas Tree lighting at Jordan Creek shopping center.  It was anti climatic, but fun all at the same time.  That was followed by dinner at the Cheesecake Factory – yum!

Saturday we spent the day in Des Moines again.  We went to this store, downtown Des Moines, called West End Architectural & Salvage.  LOVED IT.  So many awesome country crafty stuff, to bad it was expensive.  I stole some one of their ideas & am creating a mirror…updates on that project to come!

Sunday we bummed around her house & baked Christmas cookies.  I love Christmas, so does Susan.  Some might call us Christmas Freaks, but judge as you will, we don’t care.

Thanks for a great time & the hospitality Susan & Matt.

More pictures of Creston, IA.


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Iowa

November 19th, 2010

Not to worry….a post is to come, but probably Monday.  I’m in Creston, IA.  I’m shocked they have electricity, let alone internet.  Fascinating.



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Not to worry….a post is to come, but probably Monday.  I’m in Creston, IA.  I’m shocked they have electricity, let alone internet.  Fascinating.


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Honey Do…

November 11th, 2010

Now that I have a lot of extra free time, Matt & I have compiled a “honey do” list.  I’m doing AWESOME on it.  One of the items was to paint the window sill in the tub, it never got re painted after we re did the bathroom A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.  Geesh.  […]



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Now that I have a lot of extra free time, Matt & I have compiled a “honey do” list.  I’m doing AWESOME on it.  One of the items was to paint the window sill in the tub, it never got re painted after we re did the bathroom A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.  Geesh.  So then I got to thinking…we never painted behind the washing machine & water heater when I moved in.  We always said we’d do it when we got a new washer.  We got a new washer a little under TWO YEARS AGO.  Geesh…again.  I told Matt at 2:00 yesterday afternoon that since I have the paint out & the supplies out, I might as well just do it.  And he said “relax, we can always do it later”.  Relax…does he know who he married?  Not to mention, I did so much relaxing in the couch last night between 6-9:30, I almost went postal due to boredom.  Anyways…

Lets be honest…90% of the laundry room is painted a nice clean off white, and then the smaller area behind the washer & water heater are this ugly orange (I forgot to take before pictures…and I know I have some someplace, but the wash basin is the same color the orange wall was…so you get the point).

Anyways, he decided to just let me do my thing & moved the washer.  And although, I admit, it looks a lot nicer, more uniform, and CLEANER (the uncleanliness of the walls in this house before paint is a whole ‘nother post), I miss the orange.  the orange added pizzazz & as mom pointed out, it was unexpected.

**NOTE: Disregard the old nasty electrical outlet.  That will be changed into a nice new clean/fresh white one once I’m done with the post.  I just have to go out back in the cold & snow to shut off the electricity to the house.  Oh…how Matt loves having a capable woman in this house 🙂

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to paint behind the water heater.  That just seemed to complicated, and who wants to take a water heater out?   So its still orange behind it.  I’ll just consider that my little extra flair in the laundry room.  A little hidden surprise and reminder of how far this house come.

**NOTE:  Disregard the dog biscuits….they don’t usually find their way on top of the laundry room, but today they did 🙂  Also, I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures, but seriously, my laundry room has THE WORST lighting EVER.

Next on the Honey Do list is to go through the filing cabinet.  WOOHOO!!

And now…for a totally different Oprah:
I’m fed up with the hippie movement.  Matt & I were in the grocery store parking lot Tuesday afternoon when we walked past this hippie looking woman getting into her HUGE SUV with a bike attached to the back.  The bike had a basket on the front decorated in fake flowers (I kind of dug it).  The part that killed me, is there was a huge sticker on her hippie bike that said “on less car”.  Seriously…if you’re not hippie enough to ride your bike in the cold, rain, & snow, then don’t put that sticker on your bike.  You’re either all in, or not in at all.  Or, AT LEAST, don’t drive a huge SUV, drive something a little more environmentally friendly, like a metro.  Save the huge SUV for non environmentalist like me.  Just sayin’……