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Making Memories Monday: Short and Sweet, but GRAND CANYON!

DSCN5167 Things to do Before I Die, #3A: Visit the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon

Well, you sure haven’t seen a checkmark in awhile! In fact, I feel like I’ve achieved quite a few checkmarks during my year-ish long break, and I plan to update this blog with them in time.

This was April 2014, which is really indicative of just how long it’s been since I’ve blogged on a regular basis.

I’m gonna say this, and I’m sure to get some eye rolls, but I have to say that my hubby agreed: the Grand Canyon wasn’t so “grand” to me. It was more like the Meh, It’s Okay Canyon. Proverbial big hole in the ground. And we were there for four days, so we had plenty of time to get different angles and colors and times of the day. Still, just meh. In fact, this trip was part of a multi-day (I want to say two weeks? I don’t remember) vacation where we visited stops from southern Arizona all the way up to southern Utah, and I would say other stops were more exciting and satisfying (some highlights included the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, BK’s for a Sonoran hot dog, Flagstaff Public Library, Lowell Observatory–where Pluto was discovered, and National Bridges National Monument in Utah–the first certified Dark Sky Park).

That being said, I am glad to check off one more thing on my Things to do Before I Die list, and I was also glad to see the more beautiful and fun parts of the canyon: Horseshoe Bend (technically the beginning of the canyon, but, in my opinion, so much more beautiful than the main part of the canyon that all the tourists visit), the bookstores and libraries, and the historical hotels. Hubby geeked out on all the fossils and geological treasures.

I don’t have much more to say at the moment, and I’m actually feeling kinda lazy, so I’ll just let the pictures and captions speak for themselves.

Gorgeous Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ: in my opinion, the most beautiful part of the canyon
Gorgeous cactus flower
Closeup of Horseshoe Bend’s floor
Grand Canyon watchtower
Watching a Grand Canyon sunset (at Yaki Point, I believe?), with OPI’s Grand Canyon Sunset nail polish on my toes. 🙂


So this doesn’t COMPLETELY describe my experience (I was actually part of the 3% that actually hike INTO the canyon, rather than drive the perimeter loop), but hilarious nonetheless.
Scene from the observation deck.
Early morning (and chilly!) sunrise.
Walking through Bright Angel Trail


Rest stop.
Gorgeous purple plant was a nice break from the warm fall colors of the canyon.
Even though I didn’t bring my dog, I was displeased by this sign. (I’m positive it was there for a very good reason, though!)
Another heart-shaped rock.
Grand Canyon squirrel!

Hope You’re Feeling Grand!


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Making Memories Monday: Earth Day Edition

As mentioned in last Monday’s post, I’ve been looking for new lists of things to take each month.  I have several things I want to capture before the end of April, but since today happens to be Earth Day, I want to feature some shots of nature I took during the month of April.  Enjoy!  🙂


An eclectic and beautiful mix of trees in my town.


Tulips outside a coffee shop.


Lovely golden daffodils at a local park.


Cherry (??? not sure; cherry trees look very similar to another kind of tree) tree outside a library.


View of a park through a rainy car window.  Looks almost impressionistic to me.


Spring flowers that popped up around a tree in our front yard!  We didn’t know they were there, so it was a nice surprise to see them!

To Appreciating the Wonderful Gifts of Nature (and working hard to keep them here for years to come)!  🙂


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Friend Makin’ Monday: Inside My Head


Wow, guys.  Last week was intense.  And sucky.  To quote this great tweet:

Dear Jesus, that next week’s news stories be about kittens riding dolphins, a cure for cancer, and Betty White running a unicorn preserve, we pray.

Or, ya know, if you’re not religious, let’s just hope this week’s news stories be uplifting.

Anyhow, enough dillydallying.  (Side note:  I love that spellcheck didn’t correct dillydallying.)  Let’s get to this week’s questions, shall we?  And if you’d like to participate, make sure to link up and comment at

 Inside My Head

(I’m just going to do speed-answering and write whatever comes to mind first, so warning, there may be silly answers.)

I like…unicorns.  A lot.

I don’t like…seeing people spit.  So gross.

I love…unicorns.  Oh, wait, darn.  I already answered that.  How about cute doggies?

I dream of…being able to indulge in any food I want without any health repercussions.

I wonder…if I’ll ever be able to understand Daylight Savings Time.  Like, I know why we do it, but my mind can’t ever figure out what the “real” time is.  Like, it can’t be 2:00am again, right?  Or we can’t just go from 1:59 to 1:00am.  Boggles my mind.

I know…Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez’s rap part to TLC’s “Waterfalls” and can recite it flawlessly.

I went…to India yesterday.  Sort of.  More info on that tomorrow.

I think…about my to-do lists a lot.

I plan…things meticulously, down to every detail and second.  But when the event finally happens, I often am okay loosening my original plan.

I regret…not taking some opportunities in my past because I was too scared.  Honestly, though, I don’t have a lot of regrets because I usually go out of my way to fix them.

I do…absolutely love my house.  It’s weird, because I’ve been talking to friends who wouldn’t say the same.  But I feel I fall more in love with my house every day.

I drink…coconut water with the pulp in it.  The pulp is so yummy!  Not so much in orange juice, though.

I wish…for eternal world peace an end to hatred and violence.  The world has just been breaking my heart lately.  We need a lot of healing.

I am…(ironic, considering the sentence above) finally understanding why guys like to blow stuff up in video games to relieve frustration.  I’ve been super-obsessed with Bejeweled Blitz.  Shiny things, organization, and blowing up inanimate objects on the computer screen instead of in real life.  I’m okay with that.

I am not…a very social person when I don’t have to be.  Pretending to be extroverted (in a retail position, for example) takes a lot out of me, and at the end of the day, I unwind by keeping to myself.

I need…creative outlets, especially writing, to feel like me.

I hope…that the Kate Young for Target necklace that I really really want isn’t sold out by the time I get around to buying it.  Last I checked, it was already out of stock in a lot of stores around me and limited stock at the closest one, and that was a few days ago.  😦
Kate Young Necklace

I originally wanted the silver one (it also has crystals instead of pearls around the heart), but that one’s sold out everywhere.  So this one will definitely do.  Isn’t it adorable?  It’s been on my mind ALL WEEK, guys. 

I want…honey lavender gelato.  Like now.  Mmmm.

I sometimes…make up my own lyrics to songs, oftentimes with a dog theme in tribute to my doggie Dexter.

I always…”shut my house down”:  I have to double (sometimes quadruple)-check that all doors are locked and the stove is off.

I can…become extremely engrossed in a project and not come up for air if I’m really committed to it.

I cannot…handle being around mosquitoes or bees.  I WILL freak out.  Anything that buzzes causes me extreme panic.

I avoid…drama.  It sucks all the life out of you.

I will…eventually become a poetry therapist, if I have anything to say about it!  🙂

To Exploring The Wonders of Your Own Noggin,



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Making Memories Monday: March Catch Up and April Suggestions

I know this is over two weeks late, but I really was excited about the March pictures to take.  So I decided to finish it up today.  But sit tight afterwards!  I need some advice from you.  🙂

March Pictures to Take (in April!)

DSCN5167My Car

I took a different spin on this one and decided to take several pictures of my car, telling a story.  His name is Wink, because he’s periwinkle.  I didn’t really dig the name Perry as a shorthand, because it was too human of a name, and thought Wink was more creative.  Wink was gifted to me after I graduated college.  He used to belong to my dad.  He’s 14 years old at the moment, and I hope he has at least a few more good years, because I don’t drive him very far very often.  That doesn’t mean he’s without a few bumps and bruises–character, as I like to call it.  So here’s a tribute to my trusty Wink:

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1 & 2:  Some dings that Wink has taken:  the back is from a hit and run near the mall; the front one is from my latest apartment complex.  The neighbor’s emergency brake was on the fritz and when I was pulling out of my driveway, their car slowly slid into mine.  😦
3:  I have to have tunes, and more often than not it’s a CD (I’m still “old school” and don’t play MP3s in my car.  This is a sort of exception, though.  It’s a mix CD I made on iTunes specifically for my 30th birthday.)
4 & 5:  Soon after the car was gifted to me, the hubs got me some fuzzy unicorn stickers.  I don’t remember if it was his idea or mine, but one of those stickers got stuck onto my steering wheel.  I suffer from anxiety, so I took to rubbing the unicorn for comfort.  Eight years after the fact, all the fuzz has worn off and the horn has all but crumbled because I not-so-secretly believe in the soothing qualities of the unicorn horn (thought it was a horse, didn’t you?).
6 & 7: Around 2007 or so, the driver’s side visor no longer liked to stay up.  The plastic that it was anchored to had worn down so much that it had nothing to support it.  So for a few months, I just left it in the down position until one day the plastic couldn’t even hold it up that way.  I’ve taken to always having sunglasses in my car as a precaution and have just gotten used to it.  I do still have the visor in the off chance that someone knows how to affix it back on in working condition.
8:  I’ve laid down towels in the backseat to receive my doggie after muddy or wet outings to the park or beach.
9:  On my back window is a sticker of the Filipino flag, bleached and worn from the weather.
10:  See those three square-shaped dents/scratches?  That’s from me being over-confident.  Outside my old apartment complex is a keypad.  You have to enter a code to get into the gate.  I got much too close to the railing that surrounds the gate.  The railing had three posts, all of which made a hearty bang as my poor Wink scraped them because I underestimated my distance from it.  This is why I’ve only been through a fast food drive through once in my entire life.  That’s a story for another time, but let’s just say my friend and I laughed ’til our sides hurt.

DSCN5167 Toes with a fresh pedicure and nail polish


This is as good as it’s going to get for awhile, folks.  To put things in perspective, I’ve been meaning to paint my toes for about a month and a half now.  But it was good to treat myself to a some bright toesies.  Looking forward to the full-on, lotion/foot soak/massage pedi when I get around to it, though.  🙂  Nail polish:  Sally Hansen in Blizzard Blue, Wet ‘n’ Wild Burgundy Frost.  Necklace:  Charming Charlie.

DSCN5167March Madness events (people filling in brackets, friends watching games, fans wearing favorite team’s jerseys)

I’m not much of a sports fan.  Originally I was going to do a mock bracket, with my picks for which mascot would win, but never got around to doing it.  Then I was going to take a picture of me in my college sweatshirt, but wasn’t able to get a good picture and grew impatient.  So I give you a blast from my past, when I did elementary school cheer camp.  Close enough, right?
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Self critique:  that high V is definitely not sharp enough.  😉

Now comes to the other part.  As you can see, I haven’t posted any April pictures yet.  That’s where I need your help.  Now that I’ve done a full year of my pictures to take series, I’d like to mix things up a little and take new pictures.  I’m going to scour Pinterest since Google didn’t really turn up any good suggestions, but I’d also like to hear what things you think are must-take pictures for certain months of the year.  Obviously I’d really like to hear ideas for April, but one of my goals is to compile a completely new list, so suggestions for other months are also up for grabs.  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!  🙂

To Picturing the Future!  🙂


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Making Memories Monday: March-ing On

On to my second post of the day:  pictures!  🙂

I wasn’t actually able to do all the pictures like I wanted, so I’m thinking I’m going to tack them on to April.  Mostly because they’re awesome.  Especially the pedicure.  I want and need one SO BAD and I have a nail polish I’ve been dying to use but just haven’t gotten to yet.  Anyways, without further delay:

March Pictures to Take

DSCN5167Kites flying


This was one of the pictures that I honestly wasn’t expecting to get this month, because I feel it’s actually a little too early for kite-flying weather.  It was a happy surprise, though, to be driving by our local park and see some people flying kites!  Special thanks to the hubby for being able to capture this on his phone (while at a stop sign…wouldn’t have happened otherwise!).

DSCN5167St. Patrick’s Day festivities featuring green

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At the Irish pub we visited during our “trip to Ireland”.


DSCN5167the yard after its first mow of the year

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This was definitely a highlight of the month.  I’m lucky that hubby likes to mow the lawn, mostly because we have a HUGE yard.  But I had a lot of fun chasing around the lawnmower to get good pictures, and Dexter (my doggie) was only too happy to try and help by following at his side with a tennis ball (perhaps he thought that was HIS lawnmower?).  The yard looked great after the mow!  Beautiful mow lines.  🙂

DSCN5167family members working in the garden


Okay, obviously there are no pictures of family members, but here are the fruits of the garden-working labor.  And I suppose I’m my own family member, right?  Anyhow, for many weeks, I’ve been looking at the dried-out, brown hydrangeas out my dining room window.  They looked beautiful, but I saw some green buds coming in to replace them, so I thought it was about time to pick the dried ones off to make room for new growth.  I then gathered the dried ones to make this pretty bouquet.  Wouldn’t be a beautiful centerpiece for a fall wedding?  🙂

To Being Okay With Leaving Things Undone (as long as you’re left with pretty things!!),