I was sitting at my desk, suddenly realizing how quiet it was. I turned around to find this.
Monthly Archives: January 2013
I got to have lunch with my friend Hillary, her daughter Malia and her friend Cristina and her daughter Madison. We noticed they were wearing the same style shirt, both striped and purple with black jeans. I got the honor of sitting next to these jumping jelly beans who enjoyed bouncing on the seat as we had Chinese for lunch. They were good sports when I asked if they wouldn’t mind posing for a photo. Their moms told me a very cute story where Madison was being asked to spell out her first and and last name. She corrected her teacher and told her that her name was Madison Hogan. This is funny because Hogan is Hillary and Malia’s last name. So I guess Madison has adopted herself a family!
Otherwise known as airplants, I got my first one from my friend Inga for my birthday this month. Even better, it matches our new paint color in the kitchen. It is so easy to take care of! Keep it out of direct sunlight and soak in water once a week. She purchased it from a local store called Passionflower Design.
Our friend Tim, who is a contractor has been a busy man the last two weeks! We now have new sliding doors in front of our washer and dryer, freshly painted walls, new linoleum, and newly sanded down and painted kitchen cupboards. My before pictures were taken by my friend Ben Seese during our wedding reception (didn’t think to take my own until the mess had already started). So here’s our old doors in front of the washer and dryer. We ended up changing these out to some long blinds but then Jeremy broke those so they wouldn’t slide closed easily. Here’s the upgrade (and linoleum).
Our old kitchen cupboards had these crooked moldings on them, that of course only seemed to collect dust. So Tim sanded those down, got some new hinges and a new color to bring out the floor.
A friend of mine posted this quote by a Native American writer named Linda Hogan. I found it myself wanting to find a way to carry the quote with me. I then thought of trying to find a pendant that I could have the quote inscribed on, however I could not find a pendant or a bracelet that would hold the amount of text I needed engraved. After much hunting I found this great pendant from Eve’s Addiction that is a little silver notebook with pages. However after putting in all the text I needed I was looking at spending $200- $300 dollars! I mulled over this dilemma for more than a couple days and went ahead and purchased the pendant and decided maybe I could teach myself to engrave the pendant with our dremel. The pendant arrived in the mail, I was very pleased with the quality however I was now more concerned I wouldn’t be able to pull off engraving it myself.
And then it came to me. Recently I’ve been working with a local company called Royal Awards. They specialize in creating awards such as plaques and trophies, as well as signage and display mounting. I decided to take this pendant in to see what they would say. I’m so happy I thought of this because it looks wonderful and only cost me $50 for the engraving! Reflecting on this process, I’m happy to have taken the time to think it all through to end up with results like this:
While working on my previous post I was going through old scrapbooks. It was like a treasure hunt reading through old cards, letters, looking at pictures from my childhood. And then I found this packet of letters from 3rd grade. My teacher, Mrs. Pope had every classmate write a letter to every single classmate and they were stapled together titled, What Room 12 Thought About Me. I found this letter Heidi wrote to me, I find it so precious! Here 25 years later…
I got this idea from Janine Russell, another blogger I happened across this week (this has been such a fun project). Going to write this, and then see what inspired photos I might come up with.
50. 12 is my favorite number. First because I was born on the 12th; second because I like even numbers. (Notice I’m starting with 50 rather than 1?)
49. I once called my dad an animaniac (he had this uncanny ability to collect animals who would mate and make babies). While I don’t have all the exotic pets he did (turtles, tortoises, goldfish, koi, iguana, chameleons, snakes, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, finches, canaries, parrots, parakeets), I do have way more than I ever imagined (4 dogs, 2 cats, 4 finches).
48. In 8th grade I wanted to be a photojournalist.
47. I’m afraid of heights, although I did learn how to push past it to climb some Mayan ruins in Belize and learned how to rock climb at my local gym.
46. The first movie I cried at was in 3rd grade, Benji the Hunted.
45. Favorite gum? Orbitz Cinnamint. I think the first thing I ever shoplifted was Bubbalicious.
44. I like to write down what I do during the day in my calendar after I do it. So I pencil in future appointments, and when the day comes I fill in the rest of the day. Sort of like a diary, except I don’t write my feelings down.
42. I just found out how to make a vanilla steamer on Pinterest, it is embarrassingly easy. Not sure I’ll ever buy one again.
41. Twilight. I read all the books in a week. Maybe less. Yeah probably less.
39. Ex-Collector: I’ve collected slugs, lady bugs, stickers, rocks, shells, stamps, coins, watches, jackets, & hoodies. I still have a thing for jackets and hoodies however I am much better about donating them when there are too many.
38. I loved pen pals growing up. Sara was my first pen pal. I also wrote my cousin Emily, my Aunt Edie, and friend Naomi for many years (and there are plenty of others I wrote). I still love receiving mail.
37. I used to love racing my dad’s wheelchair around in the garage. My skills were put to the test in sixth grade when we all were given some obstacles to get through in a wheelchair (and a hospital chair with the awkward arms mind you) and I think only 2 boys beat me.
36. My pretend friends growing up were Jilly, Angie, and Flakey. I am not sure what the y/ie ending was all about but my favorite doll’s name is Susie.
35. The boy I crushed on for the longest (on and off from 1st grade through high school) broke up with me after 2 weeks, maybe 3.
34. I tease that I’d like to buy our dog Ming a mini goat to herd. Except I’m kind of not teasing.
33. The first C I ever received was in math in high school. Thank goodness for a good math teacher like Mr. Hellwege, I was back to As in six months.
32. I used to like Pepsi better but in the last 5 years or so I now favor Coke.
31. My first actor crush was Jared Letto.
30. Turning 12 was a bigger deal than turning 13; turning 20 was more impressive than 21. See #50.
29. Definitely thought I would have kids by now. Never thought I’d consider not having kids.
27. Cinnamon makes hot chocolate taste so much better.
26. There’s a leak in our ceiling in the bathroom that sprung this week, I’m thankful the water drops are going into the bathtub.
25. I once could bench press 110lbs.
24. I don’t like to have regrets, but I do wish as a kid that I had lived more in the present rather than for the future, although I understand why I did that.
23. Last weekend I interviewed my mom about her thoughts on alcohol and drugs for a school assignment. It surprised me there were so many questions I had never asked her before.
21. One of my fantasies is to become a car mechanic. Not because I like cars but because it costs so much to fix cars and an all female mechanic shop could be a great hit.
20. It is not too helpful when you get nervous for a piano recital at church and your hands shake.
19. My favorite college roommate’s name was Jenny Jones (she’s since married so it has changed).
18. Actresses I’ve quietly wished were my friends throughout my life: Shirley Temple, Kelly Martin, Jennifer Garner, Claire Danes, Katie Holmes, Natalie Portman, & Sandra Bullock.
17. I briefly dated musician Mat Kearney in high school, which probably only consisted of going to one high school dance and talking on the phone. And I drew a really great picture of him with pencil.
16. Teleporting would be my superpower of choice.
15. My favorite pen is Dr. Grip’s Center of Gravity.
14. I got a pair of glasses last year that I like so much that I now wear my contact lenses only about 50% of the time. My eye doc approves.
13. In 2000 I had an emergency appendectomy; made sure to tell them I was an organ donor because we were studying living wills in my social work class.
12. First apartment I rented was in Portland, Oregon on 12th and Columbia. 12 being cool and all.
11. My childhood dentist was so good that I didn’t even know people were afraid to go to the dentist until I was much older.
10. Favorite recess activities: tether ball and four square.
9. One of my least favorite chores growing up was pulling weeds and working in the yard. Now I mostly enjoy it.
8. From grade school until 10th grade there was a girl on my soccer team who was stunning, I loved to watch her play soccer and she had an infectious giggle. I later would run into her after the Thurston High School Shootings at a memorial in 1998. I soon considered her one of my dearest friends, only to have to say goodbye in 1999 when she died from cystic fibrosis. Miss you Angie.
7. I’m allergic to alcohol but even more so to Erythromycin, doctor said it could be life or death if I ever took that prescription again.
6. Blue is my favorite color, although I wonder if purple would have been if it hadn’t been both my mom and sister’s favorite color. I just couldn’t have the same favorite color as the two of them.
5. My first boyfriend I would find out years to come was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison.
3. I sit the same way my Gong gong (Grandpa in Cantonese) did, left leg bent with foot on the seat with the right leg hanging normally from chair.
2. Recent favorite side dish: Chex mix.
1. First word I spoke was bird; first dance class was tap dance; first sport I played was soccer; first kiss was at church camp; purchased my first car before I had my driver’s license; first international flight was to Thailand; bought my first house when I was 24; first published co-edited book in 2008.
For my birthday my friend Inga and I went to The Potters Quarter to paint some pottery. I forgot how relaxing this is to do! Excited today because I got to pick up the finished product and made a little photo collage of before and after.
Today Ming and I went to the Coburg Veterinary Clinic because his allergic conjunctivitis has still not cleared up. He’s always so excited about the car ride & the outing involved, perceptive and eager to see all that goes on around him. Let’s hope this second round of medications does the trick.
My friends Brian & Becky welcomed their 2nd child into the world yesterday; it was a treat to get to hold Maisy for about 20 minutes today and hear about her arrival. She was born yesterday at 2:52pm at 8lbs 3oz and 20 inches long. I met Brian and Becky just before they had their first child Eli, it has been fun to hear the differences of the two births, but also getting to see their continued excitement as parents. (Thank you Becky & Brian for letting me drop by! So appreciate the baby time.)