Saturday, May 25, 2013

an unexpected journey

Happy International Tiara Day!

So, today, our family went on a little outing to Austin, MN to visit the SPAM Museum.

Woot WOOT. What a party.

Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera.

(To be honest, I am so terrible at posting pics it wouldn't have mattered anyway.)

But it still woulda been nice to have some.

Eh. Whats a girl gonna do.

Anyway, on the way up/back Abby and I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Or, to be more accurate, I watched and Abby used it as ambiance to help her sleep. Still, I enjoyed myself immensely and I have a craving to complete the entire Lord of the Ring series over this summer, starting with The Hobbit.

Sums up the little rascals perfectly:

So good.

I've always wanted to be an elf. Of course, all the other mystical races are wonderful in their own way, but nothing looks more appealing than pointy ears and a pompous attitude. 

While I was watching the movie today, it really struck me that there is NO group of people in Middle Earth who are "humble." Elves, goblins, dwarves, humans, and even the hobbits are all prideful. No civilization can live in an exclusive community with full awareness of their neighbors without having even a smidgen of pride. 

That in itself is humbling.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Happy International Day for Biological Diversity!

Look what I got today:

In my previous post, I mentioned my desire for some chocolate - and my dear, dear sister sent me this little package in the mail!

I have never felt so loved than in the moment when I devoured this candy bar.

Thanks Riss!

When I first moved from Wisconsin to Arizona, my friend Molly and I had a journal that we would send back and forth. I would write in it for a few months, she would write in it for a few months, and we continued to swap for a few years. Beautiful crayon drawings and movie stubs adorned the pages - one time, I even stapled in a baggie with five bucks. It was a really fun way to stay connected, even though it was not the most effective. Eventually, I think I lost the journal, and so the cycle ended. 

In the end, though, it was a fantastic experience. I would suggest it to anyone who is facing a difficult move, as it is a way to let your creative juices flow and to maintain your friendship. 

Besides, who doesn't love getting a package in the mail?

Any other fun ways to stay in touch?


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

let's celebrate!

Well, I kindamaybesorta forgot about my one-year anniversary. So, I decided to celebrate today.

April 15, 2012

What a grand day in history.

In fact, it was:

- Income Tax Pay Day.
- McDonald's Day
- Take a Wild Guess Day
- That Sucks Day
- World Art Day
- Yom Ha'atzmaut


In honor of this hallowed day, I hereby decree that you must buy me a king sized Hershey's milk chocolate bar.

Or a gym membership.

I need 'em both.

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On another note,

My mom is a babe.

Honestly, she is so fricken' gorgeous. Always has been.

i.e., the picture below:

Hopefully, I will be able to age as well as she has.

She was looking for a Senior picture to use for an upcoming YW activity, and while we have no hopes of actually finding one, we were able to scavenge these beauties:

Last, but certainly not least:









I think she should show the YW this one.