Monday, November 30, 2009

The Tree

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

The day before Thanksgiving, Tim took me out to find a tree. He was so thoughtful, knowing he would be working Friday, Saturday...most everyday, that he took a half day and swept me off to a winter wonderland. Only two U-Cut farms were open before Thanksgiving, thankfully both within a 45 minute drive. So, we searched through a forest of nobles, frasier firs, grand firs, and turkish firs, until we found out tiny perfect noble. Coming up - The decor!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I bought the Glee soundtrack at Target the other day (What? It was a good price.) And I LOVE it. It's wonderful. It's so singalongable (real word, I promise) and these kids are really talented. Although I have decided that I prefer Puck's voice to Finn's. And there are two Kristin Chenoweth songs. I give it two thumbs up.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Goodbye work...

Today is my last full day at my job. I'll come in Monday for my exit interview, then it's done. I'm surprisingly okay with it. After I leave here on Monday I'll be heading out for an interview. I wish the job wasn't in Bellevue (quite a commute), but hey - it's a job. So, hopefully new and exciting changes are coming.

In other news, it's really fun having my own store! I've had one sale so far (thanks Tami!) but I'm enjoying making jewelry with other people in mind, as opposed to just me. Tim's kinda getting into it too.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How to Ruin Everything for Everyone

So, maybe I'm a bit dramatic. But you'll see why.

Last night Tim and I decided to go on a date. So, being the big spenders we are, we headed to the local Sticky Foot Theater, dolled out $3 each, and went to see The Informant. While we were paying, a middle aged couple behind us were trying to decide which movie to see again. It seems they'd already seen all of them, but were lacking anything else to do. Then, Tim and I were heading for the theater, and they started talking about just following us to the appropriate theater. (Mind you, they were about 200 feet behind us, so notice they were not quiet or discreet type people. See what's coming?) Tim and I enter the theater and see two people in the back row. All the other seats were empty. Repeat: ALL the other seats were EMPTY. We chose seats about 5 rows back, toward the left side. Enter loud followers. They see the theater now has 4 people in it, with about 40 empty seats, and beeline to the seats directly behind us and one seat over. At this point, they were on my radar. (I have strict rules about movie theater etiquette. Stricter when the theater is virtually empty. There's no one there to absorb the sounds!) The couple gabs in pseudo stage whispers until the lights dim, and previews begin. "Whew," I thought. "At least they'll be quiet now." Riiiiight. They proceed to talk through the previews in voices slightly quieter than yelling. Once the movie started (remember, I'm fairly confident they'd already seen it, so didn't feel the need to pay strict attention) I foolishly thought they'd notice other people were there and quiet down. After about 10 minutes of incessant talk I turned and did one of those "Seriously? Shut it!" stares. The talking turned to whispers briefly. Then gradually increased in volume. I tried valiantly to ignore this. Then the Mr. of the couple decided to start kicking the back of the seat. What? I pointedly leaned forward and cast another glare in their direction. Then, as the movie was drawing to an end, they started discussing what was going to happen. I turned to Tim, and said, "Seriously?!" and he turned around and said loudly, "We're still watching this."
Silly me to think that they would be abashed by this and shut up. They talked through the remainder of the movie and were still seated talking when the lights came up.

Moral of the story:
If this is you - save everyone around you some grief and go to a coffee shop! Don't ruin everyone else's experience. Just don't. And, if the theater is empty - leave some space between you and the next guy. There's room to spare!

And if you're wondering if the movie was any good, I couldn't tell you. I was so angry by the end that I assume it was terrible, but I think that's just transference on my part.

I'm still mad. Can you tell?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Such and Such Shop (aka, my shop) NOW OPEN!

I've just started adding things, so more will definetely be following, but the first listing is up!
Coming soon - more listings! a new blog devoted to Etsy finds and shop updates! Yay!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Battle Plan for Rats

Yesterday a coworker sent me a news article about "toilet rats" in Seattle. Evidentally, enough rats are working there way into homes through toilets that they have created a job that I like to call The Toilet Rat Hero, to eliminate this problem. There is a man whose entire work week is dedicated to tracking down these pests before they surprise you. Anyway, after I read the article and announced I was going to throw up, she asked me, "What would you do in this situation." So, without further ado -

The Toilet Rat Battle Plan:

Should I happen into the bathroom and see a rat head poking out of my toilet, the advsise given by the Toilet Rat Hero is to close the lid and flush. I say, "Not enough!"
I would:
Slam the lid closed
Put every book we own (which is a lot) on the seat
Put the bookcase on top of the books
Put anything else of substantial weight on top of the bookcase
Wash my hands
Call Tim and force him to "Get here NOW!"
Call 911 and report a toilet rat
Declare a national emergency
Breathe into a bag unless screaming or crying
Vacate the premises
Vow never to go to the bathroom again

Basically the same thing I do when I find a spider.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wishing I was Wearing...

...Christmas aprons from Boojiboo.

How adorable would you be baking gingerbread cookies in one of these? lovely.

Look what I got!

I haven't read this since 5th grade, but I loved it. I'm really excited to read it again.
I found it at Half Priced Books last night when I went with my dad to sell 10 boxes of books. Dad walked out richer, and I walked out with this gem. Yay!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crafty Creations

What I've been doing lately:

Time with Zib and Jane

This weekend we were able to spend time with Zib and Jane, something we don't get to do often. Zib and I hit some craft stores (yay Shipwrecked Beads!) while Tim played with Jane, and then we all hung out together, eating, playing MadLibs and watching movies. It was so much fun!

Jane is so sweet and happy. She called me Karen most of the day, because she's been watching Frosty the Snowman, and the main little girl's name is Karen, and she's blonde.
Then, on the way home the moon looked really pretty, so I was trying to take pictures of it. Because of the movement of the car it kept coming out shaky, until I eventually got this:

It's faint, but in the camera it clearly says:




Another Great Giveaway!

Ginny is giving away a whole lotta awesome at her blog here. Good luck!

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Sunsets

Taken from my parking lot. Gorgeous.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Harvest Festival

Papa and I took Mitsuki to the Harvest Festival at the church I grew up in. Mitsuki made the greatest Mario I've ever seen.

First we went to McDonalds. I was still in my Barbie wig and lashes, and Mitsuki didn't recognize me. He was a bit terrified for a while.
Then we headed off to the game filled church.

Mitsuki won a lot of candy. Turns out, Mario is good at sports. Chie made the candy bucket into a power up mushroom...awesome.

He also got to peel and slice an apple the old fashioned way, and put on a puppet show for us.

Here he is in line for the big Cars slide. He had a lot of fun!

But in the end, all he wanted to do was go home, snuggle and watch Animal Planet. I complied, cause that's all I wanted to do too.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blog Candy Giveaways!

More crafty goodness is being given away here.
Here's what's included:
1 package of Cheeky Pebble Stickers (alphabet)
1 package of Glitter Pebble Stickers (Halloween)
1 package of Glitter Stickers (Halloween)
2 sheets of Line Art Stickers (Halloween)
1 package of Eclectic Brads (keys)
1 package of Eclectic Brads (bottle caps)
1 package of Vellum Tags (Ovals)
2 packages of Eyelet Charms (Christmas lights)
1 package of Eyelet Charms (tags)
1 package of Grommets (flowers)
1 package of Brad Accents (Boho Chic)
1 package of Charms (stockings)
1 package of Charmed Words
1 package of Washer Words (friendship)
1 package of Gameboard Shapes (flowers)
2 packages of Ribbon Words (baby boy)
2 packages of Snaps (sky blue)
2 packages of Brads (mini circles)
1 package of Brads (brite flowers)
4 packages of Eyelets (1 grass stains, 1 key lime, 2 grapesicle)
1 Slice Making Memories apron ***not pictured***

aaaaand....go here for more fun giveaways!

Good luck!