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A “crazy” idea & me…

April 29th, 2011

Earlier this month I received a letter in the mail from my local Mazda dealership saying they were buying back used Mazda’s.  That gave me the idea that I’d sell them mine, and Matt & I would become a 1 car family until fall when we planned on buying a new car anyways.  I had […]



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Earlier this month I received a letter in the mail from my local Mazda dealership saying they were buying back used Mazda’s.  That gave me the idea that I’d sell them mine, and Matt & I would become a 1 car family until fall when we planned on buying a new car anyways.  I had it figured out.  Matt could get a used & inexpensive motorcycle for days I needed the car (like Wednesday night for golf league) and in the meantime, I’d do something I’ve always wanted to get into – biking.  I found a few used roadbikes on craigslist that would fit my tall 5′-1″ frame.  Unfortunately, Matt didn’t buy into my idea.  Sad.  But seriously…

*Dad, please stop reading here*

My inner hippie thinks it will be A) good exericse to ride my bike to/from work 2-3 days/week  B) would love to save on gas & C) would like to help save the environment.  But part C isn’t HUGE on my list..just something nice to do, like recycling.
*Dad, you can read again*

In the meantime, I’m going to work on getting a road bike and riding anyways.  Who knows, I may hate it? 

On a totally other note –

Matt & I are going to Vegas in 3 weeks.  We’re going for a work convention Matt needs to attend.  While he’s off schmoozing, I’ll be hanging with “the wives”.  I’ve never met these woman.  I only know that they are all stay at home mom’s to real estate tycoons. 

As always, I’m nervous.  Nervous they’ll judge me for being a working lady.  Nervous they won’t like me.  Nervous I’ll be the fat frumpy wife.  I do have one thing up on them…I’m WAY younger.  I know there are spa days involved (yay!) and cocktail parties.  The cocktails party is my worrisome part…I’m sure these woman are bombshells that wear size 2 and have amazing make up. 

Let’s be honest, I’m a reformed hardcore tomboy, but still can’t stand to wear her hair down & have it on her neck.  My “make up pouch” consists of a M.A.C. eye shadow pallate of 4 shades, eye liner, & mascara.  Most days, I can’t be bothered to put mousse in my hair let alone apply mascara or anything else.

Thankfully, Carrie, has it together, and can give me some pointers & lessons before I go.   You can expect debutant training in my living room everyday for the next 3 weeks. 

I’m also afraid they’ll be all “Yeah, my porsche roadster, the one I drive after dropping my kids off at school in my range rover, isn’t fast enough”.  And I’ll be all “yeah, I can totally relate.  My road bike max’s out at 6 mph and no one hears my bell”.

I know I have nothing to worry about.  These woman (I affectionaly call them the sorority) seem to be nice & down to earth ladies, like me.  And I rarely have a hard time making friends…  Worst case scenerio, they aren’t fun, we have nothing in common, I only have to see them occassionally & I enjoy the $.05 slots in Vegas.  Definately manageable.


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A mismatched matching half bedroom set

April 16th, 2011

About a month ago, I bought this fabulous book shelf from craigslist (oh how I love you CL).  In fact, When I saw the picture on CL, I thought “this is in great shape”…it wasn’t, but it was $10 and i was going to paint it anyways, so who cares?   Right?  (it looks WAY worse […]



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About a month ago, I bought this fabulous book shelf from craigslist (oh how I love you CL).  In fact, When I saw the picture on CL, I thought “this is in great shape”…it wasn’t, but it was $10 and i was going to paint it anyways, so who cares?   Right?  (it looks WAY worse in person)

I now consider myself a pro at stripping paint.  Don’t mess around with other brands, Jalisco IS.THE.BEST.

So, I’ve been spending whatever free time I’ve had the last month stripping paint.  It’s been a process.  When I started, in a few spots I ran into this stuff which I thought was rotting wood.  It worried me, but it was just in one spot, so I kept going.  Once I started doing the underside of the shelves, I ran into more of it.  Thankfully, it wasn’t rotting wood.  I don’t know exactly what the black, nasty, thick, sticky stuff was, but it was no match for Jalisco.

I was skeptical through the whole process how it would turn out, but now that its done, I’m pleased  Our spare bedroom now has a mismatched matching half bedroom set w/ the dresser I finished a few months ago.


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Not a good running partner

April 4th, 2011

Last summer, Lucy was the best running partner ever.  She could rock 6 miles in 70/low 80 degree weather.  Keep in mind, she’d be tapped out by the end, AND, we’d have to stop for her to lay in the shade a few times (her scrunched up dog nose causes her to overheat easily), but […]



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Last summer, Lucy was the best running partner ever.  She could rock 6 miles in 70/low 80 degree weather.  Keep in mind, she’d be tapped out by the end, AND, we’d have to stop for her to lay in the shade a few times (her scrunched up dog nose causes her to overheat easily), but she still was a great companion.  Now, I realize that after not running all winter, I can’t expect her to run all 6 miles again, right away.  But we’ve started off small, with our short 2.65 mile run to/from & around our local park.  The first few times this spring she made it, although was pretty slow at the end.  Last time, we had to walk for part of it.  Today, this happened:

She just tired out on me.  I sent matt that picture and said “we’ll be longer than usual”.

It was a hotter day than what we’ve been used to this spring (but only 60), so I just figured it was her usual “i’m over heated, let me lay in this cool grass for a bit” mentality.  So I did, and she got back up, but wouldn’t let me run.  She insisted on walking…and by walking, I mean at a snails pace.  I compared it to walking with a baby who just learned to walk – slow.  I’m not joking.   After about 10 min. of this shenanigans & a quick weather change (one minute it was a nice warm breeze, the next it was cloudy with a super chilly breeze), I called Matt to come pick us up.  I kid you not, Lucy recognized his car about a block away, and THEN wanted to run to his car, but she couldn’t get in & home fast enough to lay down.  She’s been lazy the remainder of the day. 

Maybe she’s more out of shape than I thought she was!  I feel a dog “get back into shape” training regimen is about to start.  Someone needs to shed a few winter pounds. I won’t say who, but she’s pictured in the above.