Monday, August 31, 2009

Back to Shool Envy

I always get
in the Fall.

Maybe it is because
I love learning.

When September
I envy those
who get to
purchase the

If I were going
back to school
I would buy

I found them on

They are made by:
Cici Studios

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Have you heard of
this website?

Poppytalk Handmade Market Place

It's like Etsy....
but 100x's better!

To use their words:
"(Poppytalk is) an online curated
and monthly-themed marketplace
showcasing handmade
and vintage goods
from around the world"

I like it because
not just anyone
can sell on this site.
Therefore you don't have to
weed through a bunch of crap
to find the treasures.

You should go check it out!

Posted 1 Year Ago: "Sailing"

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sailing and Sun

Went sailing today
with the family.

Here are some photos.

It was such
a beautiful day.

So sunny and perfect.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chalkboard Walls

One of the
first things
that I am
going to do
when I
return home
in a week is,
create me a
chalkboard wall.

Here are
some ideas
that I love...

Desire To Inspire

Posted 1 Year Ago: "Vacation - Day 2"

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Book List

BBC believes most people
will have only read 6
of theses 100 books.

How do your
reading habits
stack up?

I highlighted the books
that I have read.

It looks like
I need to
get reading!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcot
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Othello - William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Marg aret Mitchel
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Stranger - Albert Camus
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres.
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwel
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Posted 1 Year Ago: "Rain Rain Go Away"

Friday, August 21, 2009

Carla Bruni

about me...

I love
French Music.

I have a few
from various

But I recently bought
a few songs
off this album...

My favorite song is
Quelqu'un M'a Dit.

You can listen
to the song

Posted 1 Year Ago: "Get out your Rain Boots"

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy 26th Birthday

Today was Micah's
26th Birthday.

So I threw him
a little family
dinner party.

... he was so excited
about his new

Posted 1 Year Ago: Happy Birthday Micah

Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

I have read quite a lot of books this summer.

Some I have posted about and others I have not. But I rarely write my thoughts about them.

But this book was amazing.

I laughed...I smiled...I read with frustration...I read with anticipation and in the end...I cried.

This is definitely one of my favorite books.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

500 Days of Summer

Micah and I
saw this movie
the other day.

It was so good....

I think I will
have to purchase it
once it comes out
on DVD.

Posted 1 year ago: My Steamer Trunk

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday

Today is my blogs
1st Birthday.

One year ago today
I decided to start a blog.

I celebrated
by baking cupcakes.

Cookies 'N' Cream Cupcakes

1 cup milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup crushed Oreo Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup crushed Oreo Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

Whisk together the milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract and almond extract and beat till foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and beat until no lumps remain (or very few remain).

Mix into cupcake batter 1 cup of coarsely chopped Oreo Cookies.

Pour into liners, filling each with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.

For frosting, cream butter until smooth and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add milk and vanilla, mix to combine. Add confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes total. Add crushed Oreo Cookies and mix well.

Recipe adapted from "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World"

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Nebraska Fair

Micah and I
went on a date
last night
to a local
Nebraska Fair.

We had Corn Dogs and Coke...

Micah was sad
when his Corn Dog
was all gone...

We rode the
Ferris Wheel...

It wasn't
a very big
Ferris Wheel...

But we had
a blast...

We decided
to make a
new tradition
in our lives.
Each year we will
visit a fair
just to ride
the Ferris Wheel.

Does anyone know
where the largest
Ferris Wheel is
in America?

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Here are
some pictures
from the
Bachlorette party
I went to in

a 1980's themed
Bachlorette Party.