Saturday, February 23, 2013


[cheynj] Show IPA verb, changed, chang·ing, noun
verb (used with object)
1. to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one's name; to change one's opinion; to change the course of history.
2. to transform or convert (usually followed by into)
3. to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind
to transform.
hoping that's what comes of all of this.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

- bob marley

Monday, February 18, 2013


attempting to get two teenagers and two little nuggets to pose for a picture is a feat in itself

spent the day with my nephew and nieces yesterday. i can't believe how big these kiddos are getting! i'm not sure if i'm more upset about the fact that they're getting older, or that them getting older means i'm getting old! i took them to lunch, miniature golfing, and spent a couple of hours in the arcade. 

after four hours with this group reminded me that mothers are miracle workers (i does anyone drive with four little mouths yapping in your ear all at once?) and i can wait a pretty long time to have littles of my own.

Friday, February 15, 2013

let's go camping

yesterday i decided we should go camping. i don't know the slightest thing about the wilderness or anything that has to do with the great outdoors - so...i brought camping to us. i may or may not have had a few mini breakdowns when stringing our stars christmas lights and found that setting up a tent, alone, isn't the easiest task. camping in the middle of the living room is a lot less scary than sleeping outdoors. i think i'm keeping our campsite up for the weekend.

happy friday!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

for a short little while...

no shopping.
no soda.
no texting or social media on my phone while in the presence of friends.

if i don't stop me, no one will!
wish me luck!

Monday, February 11, 2013

happy monday

it's monday! which...really doesn't mean much to me because the work week kinda just jumbles all together and there really isn't such thing as a weekend. but who's complaining? not me.

i'm excited about this week. lots to do and i'm not looking at a break until the end of the week. but, it means i have the whole day off on valentine's day and nothing gets me going like a full day of housecleaning then spending the evening with my special someone.

meanwhile, here's what's been catching my attention from around the web:

looks like i wasn't the only one that loved last night's episode of girls - perhaps i should point out that we're still currently without cable or interwebs (yes. i called it interwebs) at our household. the iphone works magic people!

thank you madewell for your amazing customer service and for refunding me the difference when the dress i recently purchased went on sale.

i'm ordering this shirt. soon.

the idea of camping indoors sounds lovely - perhaps in the very near future.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

thank you thursday

...for sandwich shops that have miniature pies (because i really, really love anything miniature),
waking up before 10am,
weekends off and trips to disneyland,
 the super bowl, the halftime show, and everything beyonce,
and for reminder that i really have to start hitting the gym!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ladies that disney

i think i'm quickly approaching the age where i'm too old to wear mickey ears. but, they make these cute little head bands now (um..complete with sparkle!) how could i resist!?

gina arranged for a group of us girls to all go to disneyland this past saturday. it was really nice to catch up with these lovely ladies - all while remembering not to take ourselves too seriously. i's disneyland after all!

i worked so hard all week to make sure to fight off a cold that was knocking on my door - but low and behold the once saturday rolled around i was a sneezy, sniffling mess. thankfully my lady friends forgave me and even offered some meds to help me through the day.
thanks again gina for such an amazing day at the happiest place on earth!

Friday, February 1, 2013

lunch dates that linger

i feel like it's been such a long time since i've been able to sit down and actually enjoy a meal. it just seems like i'm either scarfing food down during a thirty minute dinner break, or speed eating a chicken sandwich while maneuvering through traffic on sunset boulevard. sometimes i feel like i barely have time to chew!

sometimes i have to remind myself that one of my favorite things to do is sit and share a meal with my friends. there's nothing i would rather do in the world (well...i do really enjoy big meals with my family). there's something about lingering at the table, sipping an adult beverage, and sharing a laugh that makes my heart just sing.

yesterday i had lunch at spago with my dear friend fredo. it was our "special date" that we'd been planning all week. even though i had to be at work immediately following our meal - it was lovely to sit in a courtyard in the middle of winter (did i mention it was 70 degree weather?!) at one of my favorite restaurants with one of my favorite people.

salmon pizza. wolfgang're a genius