Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.

Guilty pleasure. :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sista, Sista

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest.

Aside from my parents (lets face it, they spanked me, sent me to time out and made me clean my room), I'd have to say la sista. The first person to put make up on me for my first date and do my hair for all my formal dances. The only person to ever try and kick me out of their car. And the one who paved the way for me to get away with so much more than she ever did. I guess I owe her a bock post dedicated just to her. ;)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Me, Myself and I

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts.

1. My shooting skills are not very advanced. In fact, I never wanted Colin to get a gun until we went camping one weekend, and I seriously thought we were going to get eaten by a bear. Ever since, he's welcome to have as many guns as he wants!

2. Colin and I like to watch many of the same shows - we never watch them without each other! Ex: Alaska State Troopers, Cops, Pawn Stars, Survivor, Gold Rush, Flying Wild Alaska, etc.

3. You ask me to do you a favor or want something done? Chances are they'll be done before you ever even wanted it done. That's just how I roll...

4. I've never met another person who had Meningitis when they were young and still has all their hearing, except me. And I meet a LOT of deaf/hard of hearing people who've had Meningitis.

5. I am NOT a morning person. And I don't drink coffee. I'm pretty much screwed for this quarter.

6. I love, love, love popcorn. Any kind. So. Good.

7. I love to bake and cool. In fact, this non steak eater made Colin (and I quote), "One of the best steaks I've ever eaten."

8. As much as all the work sucks, I love the satisfaction of knowing Colin and I have put 100% of the work into our house. All our projects have been created purely by us! With a little help from the family...

9. I love shopping. Enough said.

10. And finally, I've got the best family, friends, puppies and boyfriend a girl could ask for!

30(ish) Day Challenge

I'm sure many of you have seen the 30 day challenge going around on Facebook. I thought it would be a fun thing to do, and who doesn't LOVE pictures!?! I may not post everyday, but I will eventually post 30 pictures! :)

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of somewhere you've been.
Day 07 - A picture that shows your true self.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of you and your friends.
Day 17 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 18 - A picture of your favorite place.
Day 19 - A picture of a habit you wish you didn't have.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture that confuses you.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you crave a lot.
Day 25 - A picture of you last year and how you've changed since then.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fireplace Remodel

Remember this fireplace? This lovely, lava rock, cob web catching eye sore? I hated it. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a big cozy fireplace in our living room. I just hated how dark and dreary it was. Sometimes friends would come over and absolutely love the rock, but it had to go. Adios, sayonara, peace out!

Yesterday, on a whim, Colin and I decided it was finally time to get new flooring for the entire house. We've hated our carpet and wanted to get Pergo floors for a long time now. Thank to 2 great tax returns, we were able to get 1100 square feet of Havana Mahogany. It's a darker wood than we have in the kitchen/dining room. We had to get extra so one day when we decide to redo our kitchen, we'll have enough to fix the floors due to a changed layout. Back to the reason we are redoing the fireplace. To put in the flooring correctly we were going to have to rip out the lava rock beforehand so we cut butt the wood up to the fireplace without the lava rock in the way, and also so the falling debris didn't ruin the new floors.

You can see how much of a mess I made! And I was just about 1/2 way done here! Unbelievable how much dust there was. Ridiculous!

Even Duke was worried! Yuck!

Since I did this project solo while Colin was at work, I needed some extra man power. What did I come up with? An old computer chair and Rubbermaid container! Pretty darn smart, right? By using the rolling chair, I didn't have to carry the super heavy rocks all the way to the garbage can. I could just roll it! Pretty darn smart if you ask me! :)

The side done, right near the front door.

The front done! Next up - new stove! Now we just have to scrape the extra cement stuff off the brick. Then we'll be either putting drywall up with some natural stone or white wood with molding and natural stone. What do you think? Any suggestions?
You have NO idea how good it feels to get done! We have been absolutely dreading this project!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Guest Room Update

Remember THIS post from last year? I said I was redoing our guest room? Ya. So I procrastinated on a few things, mostly the sewing part of the room. Aka, curtains, zippers on pillows etc. Well, I finally have the motivation to finish thanks to a couple visits in the next few weeks from Keana and my parents. You can see below we have a big storage thingy. That hopefully will be gone here soon and Colin will be building me a cabinet I can hide linens and different things in. So, just picture that thing NOT in the picture. I can't wait to get it out an put up my picture collage I have! All my picture frames are painted the same color purple as the lamp base.

The headboard was made my my friend Abby and I. I made the black and purple pillows and bought those sassy pink ones from Good Will. I also bought the lamp base from Good Will and painted it purple. The lamp shade was from Ross, the end table was a great CraigsList find, and the bedspread was a splurge from Kohls. I made the curtains, ok, one curtain, still working on the other ones, with white fabric I bought from Walmart. The damask fabric I found on Etsy which PERFECTLY matches the lampshade. How lucky, right!?! Abby was kind enough to sell me those great oak tree decals for a great price too AND give me the dark grey paint. :)

So, here's the almost finished product! What do you think? Not too shabby for a cheapo makeover! The whole room probably cost me less than $200 to redo since I reused a lot of the frames and furniture, and did a LOT of DIY. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flubber be gone!

Just a little note...down 7 pounds! If I continue to lose 1 pound a week like I have been, I'll be the exact same weight as when I first met Colin! I have to credit for the fabulous world of calorie counting, Beyond fitness in Corvallis for circuit training - aka - getting my ass handed to me once a week, and Colin for helping me make better eating choices. Here's to another 19 pounds until my goal!!!

PS, I wish I had a skinny(ier) picture, but 1. I'm lazy and 2. those 7 pounds haven't melted off the places I'd like them to. I'm sure my thumbs, knees and boobs are smaller - fabulous. Once the chubs come off my gut, thighs and ars, I'll take a pic. ;)