Moving Day

I've finally moved to my own domain.

All new posts will appear at

I just needed a clean slate and more control over the funtionality of the site.

Some squirrels are better than others

This week is all about the little things.

New beads from the gem and mineral show
The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Chili Rellenos at the Blue Bonnet
Stargate Universe (The ONLY decent Stargate series)
Finding my lost camera
The squirrel ransom I received in the mail (I know who you are, and I highly suggest ensuring the safety of said squirrel... You DON'T want to mess with squirrel karma...)

I'm just trying to get through until August without obsessing too much about school. It's difficult for me to hurry up and then wait. I don't want to lose the momentum that I've built up, and unfortunately, there's nothing else to do on that front at this moment.

What I should be doing is enjoying the summer for what it is. I'll be busier than I'm used to soon enough, and this would be an excellent time to just sit back and appreciate the sun and the trees and the flowers.

Warm Hearted Thursday

Things that made me happy this week

My Mom is in town, and if I could kidnap her and keep her all year long, I would. Yesterday, I took the whole day off, and we went to breakfast, to the zoo, and to dinner. Some of the highlights were pancakes, sea lions, and lorikeets. And there was the majestic hornbill that flew to a perch above my close that my heart may have skipped a beat. And miniature antelope, and laughter, and margaritas, and more laughter, and Mexican food, and heartfelt conversation. I haven't had that wonderful of a day in a long, long time.

Little things that brought me joy

Sunshine and barbecue ♥ registering for classes ♥ fresh tomato and basil pizza ♥ the scent of lilacs ♥ reassuring words from friends

Things I love Thursday: Let's get Ducky

Things that made me happy this week

Turning the yellow car into a rubber duck - My husband's MR2 is bright yellow, and what do you do with a blindingly yellow car? You paint it up like a rubber ducky, and you drive around catching smiles, of course!

Getting my assessment out of the way - I scored perfectly in writing and reading. but as expected, I didn't do very well in math. I'm okay with that. I'm just glad the assessment has been completed. It was an unchecked item on a list, and it was causing me stress. There are many other unchecked items, but small victories are worth celebrating.

Little things that brought me joy
Lush Karma Kream and Ocean Salt Making silly rubber ducky earrings to match the silly car Bringing home a fuscia plant Seeing Amanda Louise Spayd's work in motion Christoph bought me the graphic effects and typographic treatments idea index. I love this series of books. Inspiration abounds.

Feliz Jueves

Things that made me happy this week

Registering to go back to school - The idea of going back to school has been in the back of my mind for quite a while, but life always seems to get in the way. I've finally decided that it just can't wait any longer. I'm 34 years old, and I've always had a belief that success, for me, is tied to my level of education.

I've been to school twice before, and while I've done exceedingly well in most of my classes, I've never completed my studies...mainly because I tend to choose my path based on romantic notions, and then I get scared when I hear others talking about impracticality, lack of jobs, etc.

This time, I'm approaching school with a level of maturity that I didn't have before, and while I may not have the energy that I had the first time around, I do have the desire. I don't yet know exactly what I'm going to study, but I have some time to work on my core classes before I have to declare a major. I'm exploring the idea of a major in social work with a minor in Spanish language. There are so many different directions that I could take with that focus of study, and they all contribute to society in an altruistic way. That's important to me.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Little things that brought me joy

Trying out geocaching. A high school graduation party for a lovely girl who is soon beginning an amazing adventure in the heart of New York City Finishing my summer inspired collage Seeing my good friends share their product on television (I'm proud of you both!) CDC zombie apocalypse preparedness advice. Good job to those who realize that entertainment CAN be used to present information effectively. Masterpiece Mystery's Sherlock. I usually dislike modern adaptations, but this one worked very well. Riding in the car with the T-tops off Doting on my super dogs My cilantro seedlings are out of control!