Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine's Day cards - GIVEAWAY

Friday night at midnight I'll draw one random winner and I will send you a set of these Valentine's Day cards. Leave a message on this blog post and TELL ME WHO YOU LOVE. I love my nieces and nephews.

Click HERE if you want to buy a set of the 4 cards (1 each of these 4 photos) for $10.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Day cards for sale

4 Valentine's Day photocards (1 of each photo) for $10.  Click HERE to hop to my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

View from seat 7A

Goodbye, Oregon.

Heading home

Fingers crossed the weather won't be an issue and I can get home tonight.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I play lots of double solitaire with my mom.  I bought her these skinny cards but she didn't really like them (they make shuffling easier).

Running shoes for a non-runner

I don't like to run but I like running shoes (and the Nike discount--thanks, Chuck).

Monday, January 20, 2014

Antiquing in Aurora

This little Oregon town has lots of antique shops.  I found an old bread box (with a red lid, of course).  I wish I had bought a metal cake stand but was worried it wouldn't fit in my luggage.  Next time I'll take a bigger suitcase!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Old Oregon cars

Seen on a Sunday drive.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A favorite Portland restaurant

We ate there twice in 5 days.  Good burgers.  And the root beer float hit the spot.

I'm in Portland

Do you recognize the PDX carpet?!?

Over Amarillo

My dad inherited a farm years ago that was in Vigo Park (near Amarillo).  I'd love to fly to Texas, rent a car and drive around the state with my camera.  I guess that's on my Bucket List.

I say belt, you say buckle

Layover at DFW.

Friday, January 17, 2014

I promise I don't eat out every night...

…BUT tonight a friend and I went to Bertucci's.  They brought us rolls and drinks and we ordered a small silano pizza and small salads.  We ate our salads and waited and waited AND waited for the pizza.  Forty minutes later someone (a manager?) came to tell us that our pizza FELL ON THE FLOOR when they took it out of the oven so they made us a new one that would be out in a few minutes.  She offered us free dessert (which neither of us wanted).  Why didn't they just give us a FREE pizza?!?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


One of the best chocolate shakes.  Ever.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014


Tonight I went for a good late night walk and then enjoyed a good late night cinnamon roll.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bishop Bement

And the 8th bishop of the Arlington Ward is Kenny Bement.  He'll be terrific.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Florida Pattons

I didn't take this picture (their friend Melissa did) but I love it.  And them. And all that hair.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Recipe Swap - curry

Tonight was the monthly Recipe Swap - curry themed.  Our lovely hostess Mary made this delicious dish and another woman made coconut curry rice.

There were 7 of us there and we had a lively conversation (mostly about adoption).  I love the women in my ward.  And I love that our Relief Society has momentum and good energy.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My mom's birthday card

Today is Nan's 81st birthday.  I took this photo in the New York City subway.

1 flat tire = $248 + 2 new tires

I had a flat tire this morning on the way to work.  My best option was to stop at the closest gas station and get two new tires.  What a crappy way to start the new year.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Best medicine

I'm home sick today (what a way to start the year).  My friend brought me a turkey terrific from Neillios.  I feel better already.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

New Year's lesson

I taught Relief Society today (a presidential perk) about goals/new year's resolutions.  My favorite quotes I shared are:

Kelly McCaleb (a favorite blogger/instagrammer that I would love to meet someday) talked about things becoming clear and understanding that what you feed in your life, grows.  What you don't, withers.  And so she wants to be sure that she is feeding the thinks that are most important to her.

And I really like this quote President Uchtdorf shared in the January Ensign (and I wouldn't mind meeting him someday too!):  An old proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second-best time is now."

EP advice

Back up your blog.  Since I blog every day it would be a few hundred dollars to make it into a book so I make a pdf of my blog each year. It's really easy through blog2print.  Just follow the directions for making a book and it will give you the option of making a pdf and it's only $7.95!

EP advice: take it or leave it.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

I met baby Silva tonight...

…cute boy


I snuck in a little T.W. (Temple work) tonight before the 2-week closure.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Not so big snow storm

It only took about 11 minutes to clean off my car but baby it's cold outside!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Year's clean up

It feels good to start the new year more organized and with less expired food in my cupboards.  #3trashbagsfull

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Now you see it, now you don't

Christmas is packed up and put away.  Happy New Year!