Saturday, October 27, 2012

Here it is!!!

I am so proud of my costume. I wasn't sure about it at first but I think it looks really great! I'm not super crafty so this is a big deal for me. Yay!

Also, I love Nick's dinosaur pajamas.

Just some more....

Here's some more pics of nick and I (and others) being silly....

Here it is.....

The costume finally happened. Here it is!!!! Thanks to nick for taking the picture (and throwing the party).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tonight's the night.

Nick and I have been dating for a few months now and tonight I meet the parents and brothers. It's been a while since I've had to meet parents (and then they didn't live in state so I never saw them anyway). Nick's parents live in state, hell same general area so it better go well. At least I look cute. I should have taken a picture of my outfit. Maybe later. But I look very Parisian. Black and white striped dress and red flats. I have to leave straight from work so hopefully I won't be too disheveled. I will leave you with a picture of my dog being adorable.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Another part of the costume.

My leggings came today. They are from PandaChunk's store on etsy. I think I'm going to wear them inside out. The color is a bit duller, which I like. I can't wait to finish this up!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday night

Nick and I did scary movie Saturday last night and watched the ring, psycho and alien. We also had a bunch of margaritas and tacos and all kinds of fun beer. Dexter couldn't help but cuddle. Or maybe he wanted my beer.

Costume update!

I just got an email from amazon and the last part of my costume has shipped! I'm a little nervous because this part may be tricky and I only have one shot. I'm so excited for the costume. I love the tardis! Check back for updates. I'm still trying to figure out my schedule for the week. Nick and I are going to cave pumpkins sometime this week, so that would probably be a good time to finish the tardis dress. Oh, and I'm meeting his parents this week. Yikes.

P.s. I took the picture of the tardis and comic con last year. I just about lost it when I saw it!

Halloween costume

I was going to make my Halloween costume this weekend, but I didn't have all the supplies I needed. So I didn't get far, but I did some of it. The costume should be complete by the end of the week (it has to be..... I have a party to go to on Friday).

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It's been so long!

Eek! I haven't posted in almost two months. I need to get on this. I have many updates in my life and interesting things are to come. Just wait.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I haven't posted in a while. I don't have many readers, so no one is missing anything, but I enjoy posting for myself.

Has anyone tried online dating? I signed up with and actually subscribed. EEK! I really didn't think I would do it so soon, but I figured, why wait? I probably won't actually date anyone for a while, but I might as well see who is out there and go on some dates. I actually winked at someone and sent him a message. I'm kind of embarrassed but I know I shouldn't be.

What do you think? Have you tried it? Was it successful? My sister is getting married in a week to some she met on Match and he is wonderful!

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Some great movie lines.

The passing of Nora Ephron made me think of one of my favorite movies of all time: When Harry Met Sally... It's just a perfect movie that shows very real feelings. The movie has so many perfect and funny moments. One of my favorites is when Sally announces she and her boyfriend broke up and her friends pull rolodexes (ROLODEXES!) out of their purses to look for suitors. Of course it's funny now because no one owns Rolodexes anymore. If that scene were done today it would be all about iPhones and tweeting a cute guy. So, in a movie filled with amazing lines and moments, what's my favorite line? "Baby fish mouth!"

Another line from a totally unrelated (and terrible) movie that I love: "I'll go first because I'm the prettiest." it's from the Brady Bunch Movie and it makes me laugh every time. My sister and I watch that movie often for reasons I can't remember. Well, probably because that line is hilarious.

And one more: "Though we adore men individually, we agree as a group they're rather stupid." This line was sung by the mom in Mary Poppins. It's so true.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


                                               Dexter's old daycare dressed him up one day.
                                           We tried to get him to swim, but he did not like it.

A pretty picture

The Nicest Breakup, With Some Ups and Downs

As I mentioned in other posts, my boyfriend and I broke up two weeks ago. It's amazing that it has been two weeks. Overall, it has been a nice breakup. I've had my moments of sadness and anger, which is normal. We've talked almost every day. For some relationships it doesn't work, but I think it works for us so far. We have a dog; both of us love him way too much so I wasn't about to take the dog away from him. He comes over to play with the dog while I'm at work, which I appreciate because then the dog isn't home alone all day. We aim to remain friends, one day even hanging out. I think I'm fine with seeing him, he is still not sure. It's just one day at a time. I still feel like I have some attachment or possessive feelings, but overall, I know I don't want to date him again. I'm a control freak and want things a certain way, so the most difficult part has been wanting to talk when he doesn't want to. I had a few rough nights because I got angry and took it out on him, but we get past it. Ultimately, we are friends and we want to stay that way.

Last weekend, I was in California for my sister's bridal shower and a wedding, on the same day. It was great to be with my friends and family five days after a breakup, but under the circumstances, it was also incredibly difficult. On Saturday, after the wedding, I fell into bed (well, air mattress on the floor of my dad's office) but couldn't sleep. I realized that I do want a relationship and I do want a family. In a moment of panic, I went on and created a profile. I don't want to pay for a subscription at this point, partially because I'm not ready to be in a relationship (soon though), also because I'm cheap. I briefly met a friend of a friend about six months ago and he later texted her to tell her that I am "really cute." She just now told me, so she wants us to go out with his friends some time. I don't want to meet guys in bars anymore, but who knows what can happen. I'm going to lay low and figure things out. I know that the future may be difficult, as I will have some baggage. But, I just need to find someone who is confident and secure with himself. The evenings are strangely lonely, but I'm surviving. This was my first weekend alone at the house. Luckily a good friend from high school lives in Phoenix now as well, so we did dinner/drinks yesterday and lunch today. Life moves on. One day at a time.

And here's a photo from the wedding. I was at a table of couples (except Andrea and I. She's in the gray). And then came match.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lunch break

Salmon and tomato salad with a rich balsamic glaze. Probably my best lunch in over a week.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My first real dinner in a week

Matt hates salmon and asparagus. I love it but really haven't eaten much of it in over 2 1/2 years. I guess that's an upside of a breakup. I have to find the positives in life and stay optimistic.

Moving On

As I mentioned before, my relationship just ended. We were together for almost three years, so it is difficult, but I know that it had to be done. I'm glad he finally had the courage to do it, because I don't know if I would have. I genuinely like him as a person and we do have a dog, so we are going to do our best to stay friendly. We both love our dog more than we probably should, so I'm not going to take the dog away from him. It's been difficult because I don't know how to feel. I feel sad because a relationship ended. I feel relieved because it finally ended. I feel nervous because now I have to date again. I really do want to be in a relationship and I do want to get married and have a family. I wasn't sure when I was in the relationship, but I know for sure now. I think we both knew that, together, we would not be successful parents, which is why I was so unsure before. I also feel sad because now I am alone in this house. We moved to Phoenix about six months ago and I do have friends here, but not a lot, and our schedules are so different. I joined some Meetup groups today, so maybe I'll meet more people soon. It's odd, because I am excited about meeting new people and eventually being in a successful relationship, but I still have so many overwhelming feelings about all this, many I don't feel totally comfortable revealing here. I am going to a therapist on Saturday because I don't want to feel the way I've been feeling. I want to be genuinely happy for myself and for him, but I am finding it difficult. With some work I know I will get through this and be a better person. I have to work on myself before I can continue to look for a mate. I added this picture to put a smile on my face. It was taken 6 years ago in Ireland. I obviously had a very good time. (I'm on the left and that is an earring on my face.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Here's to a happy weekend

My boyfriend and I broke up on Monday. It sucks but we both knew that it should have happened a long time ago. We were together for a while and while I don't want to date right away (or at all), I also know that I'll be OK pretty soon. Deep down I knew it had to be done and I thought about doing it plenty of times. Luckily I already had a trip out to my parents house planned. I'll be in Los Aneles this weekend to celebrate my sisters upcoming wedding and go to a dear friend's wedding. So I'll be around people who will cheer me up and I will need it after being around wedding stuff. I'll look at David Tennant in the meantime. So handsome.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Was a very hard day. I won't lie; I am very sad and feel hurt. I am shocked, but life does go on. I am lucky to have a wonderful mother and my dear friend Jessica. A little picture to bring a smile to my face.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

XTREME with an X. That's how you know it's serious.

More on this later. I just wanted to share these. I bungee jumped in New Zealand a few years ago. I will never ever do it again but I'm so glad I did. I'm a bit if a control freak and this is something I had no control over. It was a really great way to let go and be less uptight. The shot from above with me falling brings back butterflies.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

More travels

These are from New Zealand. I went a few years ago for two weeks. That is one incredible country. The picture of the sheep is one of my favorite pictures ever.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Long week

Something to make me smile.

Lunch break

I love this little cottage. It's a private home in Adare, Ireland. If you look very closely you can see a computer tower in the window. That was a very beautiful town with the best seafood chowder I've ever had. I still think about that chowder often.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy Hour

EEK! I was so busy at work that I didn't have time for a lunch break post (and only a very short lunch break).

Yesterday, I realized that it had been six years since I did a short study abroad in Ireland. That trip was a huge change in my life. It made me see things from a very different perspective. No longer was in my little sheltered world that I grew up in. I ventured into a big world with different people and it felt great. I also ventured into a world where drinking at 19 was legal. Also a world where alcohol was on my radar. I went to school and learned a lot, but mostly I learned about myself and what I want out of life.

Over the next month I'll post some pictures and stories.

This is where I stayed...  a section of dorms at University of Limerick

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lunch Break

Larry David always makes me laugh. This particular observation is especially true for me right now. I have been going to the gym everyday after work in an attempt to look a little better at my sister's upcoming wedding. I only last 45 minutes max in there and the more I work out, the more junk I want to eat. I finally found a place in Phoenix with adult gymnastics classes and can't wait to start. I love gymnastics and it's the only workout that doesn't bore me.

What are your go-to fun workouts?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I hope everyone had a great day. Mine was super busy. Sleep tight!

Lunch Break

This is my work mug. Can you tell I like Doctor Who? I also have a cool print of the TARDIS in my cube.

What are your office decorations?

Testing 1,2,3

I'm still figuring out this whole blogging thing. I actually do know how to do it when designing from scratch but I don't have time for that. I just figured out how to change the picture size. So enjoy this gem as a test. The TARDIS!

Dexter before and after

We rescued Dexter when he was 8 weeks old. He's now almost 2. He also grew incredible fast. We were told he would be about 12 pounds fully grown. He's 24. He looks like a totally different dog!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lunch break

OK, I actually forgot to do this during my lunch break so I'll take a quick break from my spreadsheets. Happy Monday and enjoy!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

And away we go.

Fourth post. Thought it was time to introduce myself. This is the, maybe, fifth blog I've attempted. Maybe this one will stick. I'm writing it because I have a degree in journalism, but I'm not exactly using it. Now, in my opinion, blogging is not journalism, but hey, it's still writing. I've never loved writing, but it feels like a waste to not write occasionally. I spend my time in Phoenix, living, working etc... I live with my boyfriend Matt, our dog Dexter and my very elderly cat, Sadie. Enjoy.

OK, one more thing that makes me smile.

Ron Swanson.