27 Before 27

My glass is always half full.

So, with my love of lists and extreme optimism on my part, I have started thinking about things I have wanted to do. I decided that some of these things would never be done if I didn’t have a deadline, so i decided to make a list of things I have want to do before I turn 27. I have started a little late, considering I only have about 9 months left of being 26, but I am a sucker for procrastinating and working well under pressure. Without further ado, the LIST:

1. Another tattoo, or a beautiful touch-up of my existing ones

2. Get down to ideal weight (including some killer muscles!)

3. Make a vlog

4. Start a photo-folio

5. Begin writing my screenplay

6. Help out at a women’s shelter

7. Successfully grow a garden

8. Sew my own dress

9. Babysit

10. Take pictures in photobooths with all my closest friends (though maybe not all at once)

11. Do something for my mom she has been putting off doing herself

12. Having a significant amount of clutter released from my house and into the wild

13. Stay in an historic hotel

14. Have a girls night out

15. Road trip!

16. Have written a short story everyday for at least 3 months

17. Get all my craft hurricanes sorted and organized

18. Bake at least 3 new desserts and 3 new dinners

19. Photograph lightning

20. Watch a meteor shower

21. Bike to a destination (work, gym, store)

22. Not get into debt over Christmas

23. Visit friends in another city

24. Visit and help my grandma with yardwork and cleaning

25. Get my car running in tip-top shape (mostly) by myself

26. Shoot a short movie

27. Read a classic I have never read before

Tortilla the Birthday Dog

Today is my little Chihuahuas birthday. Tortilla is a lover if there ever was one. I hope he turns into a Robodog so he can stay with me forever, even if he can no longer go swimming. I love him with all my heart.

tortilla loves the interwebs. Especially Warming Glow, where he gets his fill of dogs in costumes. He really enjoys doggie schaudenfraude.

Take Five Friday: Truly Thankful

I decided not to post a Take Five last week because of many reasons, chiefly the only thing I was truly thankful for was The Beau and World Cup. Thanks to some luck and always wonderful change, this week has brought me to the doorstep of gratefulness again. So today I am taking five minutes to be thankful for:

Work. The kind of work I am happy to go to in the morning. The kind where I help visitors from around the world (last week it was South Africa, Scotland and England), and be full of ideas. I finally got something off my plate that was filling me with anguish.

Fourth of July. Even if I don’t get to make it up to party with the family in Prescott (though I’m REALLY pulling toward it, boss, if you’re reading this), I get to hang out with The Beau, sparklers, and some popsicles. Heaven on a stick!

The Bedwetter. Just finished reading this last night and I have to say, I still love Sarah Silverman. I would even recommend it to people who could take her or leave her. She’s a pretty funny comedian.

Grizza – homemade pizza on the grill. Can’t comprehend why I would be thankful about this? A picture:


Bike rides. The Beau and I started to ride our bikes right at sunset and even though we began at the hottest time of the year, I love it! We live near the downtown of our city, so there are lots of super cool buildings to admire. Plus, the neighborhoods are interesting to say the least. Even if we bike the same way, it’s never the same ride twice!

World Cup. My sister-in-law was puzzled why I could be so into “soccer.” I asked her if she would be feverish about the Cardinals (her favorite American football team) if they only played every 4 years, and battled for BEST IN THE WORLD. Yeah, she finally saw my point.

Friends Birthdays. Ok, really just one friend. We have started to plan an awesome BFFF road trip. Complete with picnic on the beach and a surprise breakfast that will make her go crazy, this will be a fun whirlwind 48 hours in August!

The tides have turned, the wind has blown on, and I am a new person!

What are you thankful for this week?

Manicures and New Friends

Things have been a bit crazy this last week, what with two-year anniversaries, The Beau’s sister getting married and hanging out with father after father after father (no really, my three dads!) – so I didn’t get to do my write-up on a new nail place I visited last week. I cannot even remember the last time I went to a professional salon to get a manicure. Being the twisted perfectionist that I am, it really bothers me when people do a crap job on my nails. The way I make sure I’m not unhappy with the work is that I do them myself. So, because I’d rather be using my nails to dig in the dirt, I can’t remember the last time someone else touched my nails.

And then came Ronda. I wasn’t planning on getting my nails done last week; I just went along with my sister. But then her nails came out AWESOME and I couldn’t help but make an appointment on the spot.

My sister’s nails.

So I came back in a couple of days and bam! Perfection. She was meticulous without being annoyingly so. She was intricate and creative. She painted them just how I asked (Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City Green) and they were perfect! I say ‘were’ because, I am, decidedly ungraceful. Not an hour after I left, I just had to pull something and smudge a finger. The rest is all perfect and beautiful, but I left the smudge as a reminder for next time: don’t touch SH*T!

I will definitely be back to Halo for as many spa treatments and pedicures as I can budget!



I think that if you feel weighted down by work, school or just stress in general, including a lapse in creative thinking, you need to permit yourself time to get back to you. Luckily I am not the only one who thinks so.
SARK has always been a big proponent of living life to the fullest (or juiciest!) and one of her books (Living Juicy) has permission slips for almost every day! Each month you allow yourself something different. My favorite month is the month of naps (or, since I can’t nap, ‘lying still’)
Jen Friel (of Talk Nerdy to Me Lover) also thinks it’s okay to shed some unhappiness and be who are underneath. Here is a little something I got from her:
 (she didn’t give it to me personally, you can find it on her site.)
I also found the most beautiful permission slip (which I will probably be stuffing into presents and putting under people’s windshield wipers) in this Masterlist:
Please disregard my no-makeup face and crazy eyebrows.
Another note about permission: sometimes you have to look deep inside yourself and think about the permissions you give everyone else, but not yourself. I recently got finished watching The Wire, and in the final episode, Bubbles reads this quote by “Fonzie Kafka” and it got me started thinking about permissions and this post in general: “You can hold back from the suffering of the world, you have free permission to do so, and it is in accordance with your nature. But perhaps the holding back is the one suffering you could have avoided.”