Posted in Making Memories Mondays

Making Memories Monday: Fun and Five

Just going to jump right in today, since I don’t have much to say.

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year

February (week one)

DSCN5167Super Bowl party (with food and decor)


Even though hubby and I WERE invited to a Super Bowl party, I wasn’t in much of a mood to attend it, for personal reasons.  Instead, hubby and I went our separate ways to do different errands and came back together for dinner.  I have to say, though, I did keep a half-ear on the game during my chores, and WOW, what a game!  I do have to say I enjoyed it.
Ahem, but the food:  this was our dinner Super Bowl Sunday.  I had potatoes I needed to use up, and I wanted to put a fun spin on them, so I put my “typical Super Bowl snacks” hat on and this is what I came up with:  barbecqued kielbasa sausage (bringing in the “meat” portion of Super Bowl), and my version of Tex Mex potatoes, which sort of bring in a form of “potato chip”, and the Tex Mex part gives a nod to the salsa/dips that are usually seen at a SB party.  It ended up being pretty good, and it brought a bit of fun to an otherwise somber day.  Leave me a comment if you want the recipe.  🙂

And this is just for funsies.  It’s on the January list, but I couldn’t help myself:


After weeks of anticipation, I finally got my snow day, and we ran into this cutie while we went out to enjoy the snow.  We had so much fun playing!  Hopefully it brings a smile to your face!


If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


Five Things


1. Share five things you hope to do before you die.

I feel like the “bucket list” question has been asked a lot lately!  Must be something in the air.  Anyhow, I guess I’ll post things I haven’t posted in awhile:
1) Visit the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
2) Get the tattoo I’ve wanted since I was 18
3) Take professional singing lessons
4) Learn to play the guitar well enough to do an open mic
5) Be responsible for at least one person getting published and becoming a bestseller


2. List five things you love about yourself.

1) My optimism
2) My hair
3) My professionalism in a work environment
4) My ability to not compromise my morals
5) My smile


3. Share the five coolest things that you’ve done in 2013.
Wow, it’s been quite the year already!  Where to start?!?
1) Recreated Honolulu at home
2) Learned to make pico de gallo
3) Random mini-road trip to enjoy some snow!
4) Successfully wrote at least 10 minutes a day in my journal since the start of 2013.
5) Watched my first Inauguration Ceremony (not in person, but still fun).


4. List five things that you always have in your kitchen.
1) Some sort of hot caffeinated beverage
2) Flower vase turned into a kitchen utensil holder
3) Set of measuring spoons that we got as gifts for our wedding shower

measuring spoons
4) A sitting doggie, patiently waiting for something yummy to “accidentally” drop on the floor
5) Calendar pages for the week held up by refrigerator magnets


5. Share five places you would like to go on vacation.

1) Vermont during autumn
2) Train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies
3) Any gorgeous ski lodge in Colorado (during the winter, of course)
4) Cascais, Portugal (pronounced kiss-kiss.  Love it!)–mostly influenced by a gorgeous essay I read in college (which, of course, I can’t find now…)
5) The non-touristy parts of Italy


6. List five celebrities/public figures you’d like to meet.
1) Neil Patrick Harris
2) Taylor Swift
3) Jillian Harris (though I guess she’s not really a HUGE celebrity…)
4) Michelle Obama
5) Benjamin Franklin (if he were still alive)
if we’re talking still-living, then the fifth one would be Ellen Degeneres
**I already feel pretty lucky to have met Lynda Barry & Jen Lancaster, two of my favorite authors, so that’s pretty awesome.


7. List five bands or artists you’d like to see perform live.
1) Taylor Swift (I know, I know…I have a weird, slightly-obsessive fangirl thing with her)
2) Brad Paisley (again.  He puts on an incredible show!)
3) Miranda Lambert (hmm…I didn’t realize I was on such a country kick lately!)
4) *NSYNC reunion!  Hahahahaha!  There it is.  I came out of the boy band closet.
5) Bo Burnham!! Who, I guess, isn’t technically an “artist” in the popular sense of the word.  He’s a musical comedian, and he is a freakin’ GENIUS.  Check out his standup show; I think it’s on Netflix.  It’s amazing.  Can’t believe the kid is only 22.


8. List five TV shows that you don’t want to miss.
1) How I Met Your Mother
2) The Talk
3) The Bachelor/ette (another guilty pleasure)
4) Project Runway, but sadly, I don’t have the means to watch it.  Missed the 2nd season of All Stars, and it makes me more upset than it should.
5) Parenthood
*honorable mentions:  Glee (even though the plot line is pretty much gone, it’s good to have on in the background), The Voice…can you tell I don’t really watch TV for any educational reason?


9. Share five things you wanted to do as a child.
1) Be a spy just like Harriet the Spy
2) Be a model (I was four and foolish, but lemme tell ya, I had my fierce pose DOWN!)
3) Be a writer (now it’s more like I want to help someone else become a published writer…)
4) Find a real-life unicorn (this is still true today)
5) Collect all of the books in the Sweet Valley Twins series (also true today)


10.  Share five things you hope to do in 2013.

1) Secure a stable job
2) Finish unpacking my craft room
3) Have my application accepted either as a volunteer counselor that uses poetry as therapy, or as a writer-in-residence at a women’s writing retreat center.  Or both would be awesome.
4) Ride a tandem bike
5) Catch Comet ISON in the sky at the end of the year.  Preferably in a low-light-pollution area.

Wishing Fun For You Too!

Posted in Written Word Wednesdays

Written Word Wednesday: An Inspirational Retrospective

Hi everyone, and happy 2013!  I hope this new year proves to be productive, peaceful, and prosperous for you (oh, alliteration, how I love you!).  The holiday season was quite busy for me and so posts came few and far between, but one of my goals for this year was to maintain my blog on a more consistent basis, so here I am.

Another one of my goals (I’m hesitant to say “resolutions” yet) is to write at least 10 minutes a day.  I’ve really missed it, being a writer at heart.  So I hope this is one goal I actually meet, mostly for the sake of my mental health.  I always feel like something’s missing in my life when I don’t write for a long time.

In my 20 minutes of writing in my journal today (playing catch up because I didn’t do any writing yesterday), I came across a random poem I wrote last year.  It was very spur-of-the-moment and unedited, inspired by looking out the window and seeing the snow melt off the trees after what we called “Snowpocalypse 2012”.  I didn’t catch an after picture, but here are several befores:

DSCN4723 DSCN4791 DSCN4784 DSCN4777 DSCN4765 DSCN4762

Anyhow, seeing as it’s Written Word Wednesday, I’d like to share the poem that I hurriedly dashed off and didn’t even finish.  🙂  It inspired me to perhaps edit and finish it soon, and to write more in the upcoming year.  Mostly because I feel like I’m coming out of a hibernation of sorts myself:  a non-writing hibernation.  Enjoy!

(c) Copyright VC/GS

After the Freeze

The trees slowly yawn
back to life,
slinking slowly out
of their snowy hibernation,
reaching limbs out tentatively,
not yet quite ready to greet the sun.

The last of the icy cover slips off their toes,
and they spring out of bed,
the light too jarring.

(c) Copyright VC/GS

To Coming Out of Your Own Personal Hibernation in 2013,


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Friend Making Monday: Reflections

Wow, has it really already been a week since I last posted?  Each day of the week I fully intended on posting something. I even have the drafts to prove it.  I had grand ideas but no follow-through.  Posts got thrown to the wayside in favor of working on myriad Christmas projects (decorating, cards, handmade gifts) that I was too woozy to handle the week before.  So I apologize.

I also apologize that there won’t be any pictures this Monday.  I have them, but lack the patience to have them load.  I will try my hardest to post some of them throughout the week, or at the very least, on Christmas Eve (because I’ll most likely need a break from cooking or wrapping presents).  🙂

Typing, though?  I can handle that.  And I can definitely handle Friend Makin’ Monday!  With the emotionally-trying weekend that has followed tragedy in this nation, being able to reach out and see friendly posts helps to renew my faith in humanity.

friend-makin-monday-for-post3-300x179If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Twelve in 2012

1. What was your greatest personal accomplishment in 2012?  I would have to say it was keeping a positive attitude during many trials this year.

2. What’s the best thing your did for your health?  I would’ve said joining the local gym when we moved, but I hardly went this year, and especially after we moved again.  I’d have to say making the conscious effort to get out at least once a day and walk the dog.  It’s healthy both physically and mentally.

3. Share one thing that caused a significant change in your life this year.  Buying our first house!  Don’t think that needs any explanation.  🙂

4. List a few things that you experienced for the first time at some point over the last twelve months. 

-Started a blog!  🙂

-Blew up a balloon.

-Drove a hybrid car.

-Became a homeowner.

-Participated in a Flash Mob (so much fun!!!).

-Hosted Thanksgiving.

(and oh, so much more!!!)

5. What was the coolest place you visited? If we’re talking just about 2012, I’d have to say the Oregon dunes.  It was the first time I’ve ever gone to see them, and it was amazing.

6. If you could change one thing about the last year what would it be?  My unemployment.  That being said, though, I am glad for the opportunity to have had more time to explore my creative outlets.

7. What is the best meal you ate this year? Wow, that really makes me re-evaluate the year!  There have been so many.  I would say the meal for my Dirty 30 Party this year.  The menu was Sloppy Joes (which I haven’t had in probably 14 years at least!), dirty rice, dirty martini dip (lots of olives, garlic, sour cream), “worms” (Jello & whipped cream molded to look like worms) in “dirt” (Oreo cookie crumbles) and muddy buddies (Chex cereal covered in peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar).  It was all delicious!

8. Tell us about a new friend you made.  I can’t say I made an “official” new friend, but I’ve reconnected with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and have gotten to know acquaintances better so that they become friends rather than acquaintances.

9. What did you hope to accomplish this year that you did not? As I type this, my resolutions from last year stare me in the face and I realize I didn’t accomplish a single one.  I think the biggest thing was my goal of writing at least 10 minutes a day since writing means so much to me.

10. Share something you learned in 2012.  This is going to sound really naive of me, but I learned what a water table was (thank you, French drain project!).  You’d think I would’ve learned about this in school, but I didn’t.  I mean, I know about the water cycle (falling, evaporating, etc.), but I didn’t realize that there was even, underground water underneath something that’s not a body of water.  Mind-boggling!

11. Share an odd and unexpected thing that you experienced this year.  Hmm…that’s an interesting question.  I would say moving back to the town I grew up in.  I wasn’t expecting to move back here, and it really is one of the oddest sensations I’ve ever experienced, to reorient myself in this place as an adult instead of a child.

12. How do you think 2013 will differ from 2012?  I think I’ll come around more to the fact that I actually own the house I live in.  I haven’t had the time to let that sink in.  It still doesn’t feel like it’s mine!  The biggest change that I hope comes about will be that I’ll be employed, so I’ll be so much busier.

Wishing Everyone Peace, Love, and Faith in Humanity Throughout the Rest of 2012 and Beyond,