Friday, July 22, 2011


Last Sunday Mark and I made some stuff.  Here's what he made:

I would show you the picture of it empty, but that picture also includes Mark mooning me, and I don't know that he'd like that on the internet.  I'll save that for when we have a big fight.

I didn't have my head completely on straight because I was working on my own project, which I'll talk about shortly, or I would have more pictures of the process of creating these bookshelves.  I just have a couple:

their humble beginnings (and Lily having a scratch)

looks like I did find a picture of them empty! (sans booty)

i decorated for a moment with my hat

close-up of them somewhat filled

I honestly thought it was a totally clever idea - Mark was just surfing around the internet and he found a guy on Craigslist who had tons of these in his garage.  $5 each.  What a steal!

So while he was doing that, I was working on this:

It actually took me like two and a half hours.  And it was actually homework.  The assignment was to illustrate the different aspects of our identity and their levels of development.  I used colors on different parts of the body.  I sculpted the boobs myself.  Can you tell?  ;)
I felt kind of bad that I couldn't help Mark, but I needed to get this done and he was determined to finish the bookshelves.  He actually seemed not to expect me to help at all.  I rearranged the boxes while he was at Home Depot to get them situated together in the most level way possible, and that was pretty much the extent of my contribution.  And telling him how I wanted it to look.  :)

Anyway, so that's my story...and I'm very excited about our bookshelves :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I've been waiting for inspiration to hit

Ta dah!  :)

Things I'm Grateful For

We got a flat tire on the way to Redding last fall

My animals

Our apartment

The opportunity to go to grad school

My parents

My job


And Mark's job!  (because it's really his salary that helps us do most of the fun things)



what we drank tonight:

Real Simple magazine, because it gave me the recipes for this:

which was dinner tonight, and oh my goodness, it was fabulous.  Comment if you want the recipes.  I grilled on our new grill for the first time!  It was so exciting!

Grocery Outlet, for being cheap and fabulous:

Okay, I swear their sign looks different than that, but whatever.  from

The friends I've made here so far:

We had a barbecue on the 4th of July: Rica, Craig, Barry and Laura on the roof 

Okay, time for bed now (I kind of love that I can go to bed at 10:30 on a Saturday and not feel like a loser) so I'll just add to this whenever I feel like it.  :)  According to The Secret I should think about the things I'm grateful for, so I'm trying to do that.  Every time I am feeling negative, Mark tells me I should watch The Secret, so last night we finally watched half of it, until I started falling asleep and he needed to take the dog for a walk.  :)  Someday I'll finish it!  I'm into it, though.  He's pretty into it.  It actually helped having read The Lost Symbol before watching it.  Just do it, you'll understand!  :)

Okay, it's the next day and I'm back to edit.  I wanted to add friends back in Minnesota:

Christina's wedding: Chess, Nicole, Nix, Jackie, me, Sarah, Christina (in front), Meghan (the tall one in back), Jessica Z & Jessica P

Me and Matt in Uptown

Stef, Sarah, Nix, me and Heidi at the Front

Rob and me at the Guthrie

I think that's everyone.  God help me if I forgot anyone - if you're reading this and you don't see yourself and you want to be included in my list, please tell me :)  I was largely going on pictures I have, so it might just have been that I didn't have a picture of you.