A couple weeks ago was my birthday. What is it about annual events that make you feel the need to set goals for yourself? I think I have built up a ‘to-do’ list as much as I have a ‘goals’ list.
28 before 28
- Bike the Waterfront path, it is like 8 miles this will take a little doing
- Publish a podcast with Curly-Haired boy
- “Get” my splits
- In both directions
- Learn a head stand
- Learn a hand stand
- Finish up my professional portfolio
- Design & develop at least two websites for barter/money/friends.
- Draw 12 pages worth of comics (that is one a month)
- Road trip to visit my sister
- Head up to Chicago for a weekend
- Get that personal project ‘Words on a Page’ to a point where it is usable (at least by me).
- Learn Ajax to the point it doesn’t just constantly confuse me
- Make a mobile out of those wooden birds my grandfather carved
- Sew at least one dress from scratch
- Learn to make an ‘Old Fashioned’ at home
- Paint the bedroom
- Host a dinner party
- Plug in the Wacom tablet and draw something (even just doodle) at least once a week
- Redesign the Ole’ ‘Inclined Plane’
- Post more things to said blog (even if they are silly lists like this)
- Participate in more ‘Media Deprivation‘ days (Last time I cheated and left on my cell phone, and ended up watching TV, I think with practice I will get better though.)
- Meet and get to know at least 10 people well enough to add them to my Facebook friends. (Current count: ???)
- Take photos of things. Carry that expensive camera around with you!
- Invest in a new camera lens. One that will take better indoor/darker shots
- Try 10 new local restaurants (We’ve very much been in a rut food-wise)
- Learn to cook some new dish… like Vodka Sauce or Risotto
- Make Ian-dog a new Tipi, the old one got broke :(
I have (quite simply) not really felt like posting lately. One of those situations occurred where everything quietly piled up on me until I realized that my house is a mess, my social life needs more attention, and my health eating & exercise habits have completely disappeared. Posting to this blog was the first thing that needed to be dropped for a while.
After taking photos of myself everyday for approximately a year, focusing on improving my style & composure, learning to pattern mix, and not be afraid of clothes. I think I have reached a style plateau. I am simply not that ‘into’ fashion, I’m happy with the way that I look, and the paths I’ve been taking lately, but there isn’t an urge to continue pushing myself in new directions.
Everything in my life has felt a little bit materialistic lately. I don’t blame blogging but I just need something new in my life for a while. I thought taking a week or two off might swing me back to the other side of the pendulum. But it hasn’t yet.
I am not shutting down, or signing off. I just need a couple more weeks away from here if you don’t mind. This blog will be coming back, and it will definitely be focusing on a wider variety of topics. And probably have WAY fewer photos of me on it.
Curly-haired-boy and I love to drink root beer floats together. They are delicious, we agree that they are delicious, and we usually keep a couple of beer mugs in the freezer so that the glasses will be nice & frosty when we decide to partake in a couple. Something about adding root beer to a couple scoops of ice cream makes it feel ‘special’.
So for his birthday party last weekend I was trying to decide on something relatively easy and fun to serve 20 odd people for dessert. (I’m not the best baker.) Then I thought ‘soda floats’! We purchased four cartons of ice cream and five kinds of soda, a big stack of mason jars & straws and then let people go to town.
- Creme Soda
- Jones Fufu Berry
- Root Beer (naturally)
Ice Creams (We avoided anything with chunks in it)
- Vanilla Ice Cream (Obviously)
- Original Tart Fro-yo (Ours is from Menchies, but every fro-yo place I’ve been too has a similar flavor)
- Peach Fro-yo (Kroger variety, we are big spenders!)
- Chocolate Ice Cream
Some fan favorites:
- Grape Soda + Vanilla Ice Cream
- Jones Soda Fufu Berry + ‘Original Tart’ fro-yo
- Orange Soda + Peach Fro-yo
- Creme Soda + Chocolate Ice Cream
Curly-haired-boy & I tried all of these combos and agreed that the orange + peach and the creme soda + chocolate were the best tasting. I’m also big fan of the Fufu berry + Original tart, but Curly-haired-boy isn’t a big fan of either or those things, and the two mixed together didn’t make them taste better.
Other combos I haven’t tried yet but probably will with all the left overs!
- Grape Soda + Peach & Vanilla ice creams
- Orange Soda + Chocolate Ice Cream
- Grape + Original Tart
- Creme Soda + Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Creams
- Orange Soda + Original Tart
Warning: Do not attempt to consume four soda floats very quickly in order to taste all the combinations before they melt. An ice cream headache will occur.
I’ve written briefly about our plans to throw a 1920s murder mystery party before. The party was this past Saturday, and it was amazing. So amazing it took all of Sunday and most of Monday for me to properly recover.
If you are considering purchasing a murder mystery game the ‘Dinner & a Murder: Murder at the Four Deuces‘ is probably the game you should go with. The mystery itself is very intricate and filled to the brim with details and misleads. Our party was overrun with side murders, black-mailing, extortion, and all kinds of bribery. We had about 20 party guests so it was probably a little more complicated than if we’d only had 10 people playing. I should also note that many of my friends are actors/role-players/involved in theater. So most of them are used to picking up a part to play & improvise. But even the people who weren’t actors really enjoyed themselves. I would absolutely consider buying another game from this company.
***Please note, nobody paid me in any way these are just opinions that I thought interested parties may enjoy reading***
A lot of our friends really got into the spirit of things and everyone looked amazing. So the rest of this post will mostly be pictures of me, Curly-haired-boy, and our friends looking cute. Hope that’s cool with you guys.
I feel been a little absent from the blog-o-sphere. There was a stomach bug last week, the car breaking down, a birthday party for the curly-haired-boy to plan, a new project at work, a blog to redesign (how cute it Kate). All in all blogging became much less of a priority. I’ll be back soon with more exciting things but for now I have this to share.
We sometimes, could maybe, definitely be accused of pampering our pup. Since we are planning a murder mystery gangster/flapper costume party this weekend Ian-dog is invited, he’s going by the alias ‘Pugsy Malone’ and needed a costume. I’ve ben a little obsessed with this tutorial since I read it on Katherine’s site a while ago. So I followed it, to make this adorable little collar/tie combo. His tie is (I’m pretty sure) a baby’s accessory. It even has a tiny rhinestone on it, which I refer to as his ‘bling’.
In general Ian loves costumes. We’ve only got a few items for him. But we are always sure to give him extra loving and encouragement when he wears them. To the point that when I pull out his little kerchief he gets genuinely excited.