Figuring It Out As I Go…











{March 12, 2009}   Gotta Love The Gorge!

What a difference a day makes!!

I took these pictures one day apart from each other, March 10 and March 11, 2009. Gotta love the weather here in the Gorge! And here I thought they were kidding when they told me, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!”

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{February 8, 2009}   What OR Has Taught Me…

I’ve learned a few things since moving to Oregon…

  • It IS possible for me to drive the speed limit…sometimes even UNDER it!
  • I really like snow, even driving in it!
  • I like to volunteer to do random things I wouldn’t normally get to do
  • I don’t have to have fake nails and eyelashes or visit the tanning beds daily
  • I think I used to be a snob (shut it if you already knew this!) 😉
  • I don’t have to buy a new car every year. In fact, I can even pay my yearly registration…more than once! (I do get a new car when this one is paid for though…23 months!)
  • I can sit still, literally and emotionally
  • I’m really a simple tastes kind of girl (this one will be hard for some to believe!)
  • Family is awesome…brothers, sisters, parents, nieces, nephews…I love being a part of a family that is close and loves each other! Probably one of the BIGGEST changes for me 😀

And of course, some things never change…I still love tats and piercings, and driving, music and photos are still my escape 🙂

The move to Oregon hasn’t been all bad. Some parts are still hard as hell, but believe it or not, I think it has really benefited everyone involved, for a multitude of reasons that I’m not really ready to go into. I’ll get there though. We all know I love my brain dumps 😀



{February 7, 2009}   Hey Stranger!

I’ve decided to start blogging again…and I’ll be honest, it feels good!

I just went and read some of my old posts, and wow how life has changed!

I went for a short drive today, and I noticed that all of the snow is now gone 😦 Does that mean winter is over? I think that makes me sad, although I am really looking forward to switching back to my purty wheels and getting a tan!! Seriously, I’m really pale!

My thoughts are slightly scattered right now, so I’ll work on organizing them and blog again later 🙂



{December 6, 2007}   What’s New?

I know I don’t post on here often, but look, it does happen sometimes!

I’ve been in MN this week, doing some work and training in our corporate office.  I love it here a lot!  I love the cold, the snow, etc.  I’d stay here in a heartbeat!!  I was hoping to get to visit with Cheeky, but that just isn’t happening.  It’s impressive how busy one remains on a business trip!  Well, maybe next time!

On Friday and Saturday before we left for our business trip, my boss and I took her son and my daughter to both nights of Jingle Ball.  We saw Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Sean Kingston, Natasha Bedingfield, One Republic, Gym Class Heroes, Plain White T’s, and CuteIs What We Aim For (not in that order).  We all had so much fun, and it was the first concert (and 2nd) for both kids!  Yeah, I know, we’re cool moms 🙂  If you’re my friend on Flickr you can see the pics there, along with some snowy MN pics 🙂

I’ve been dreaming about my Uncle the past couple of nights.  The dreams are always scary…someone trying to hurt me, but then I see my Uncle and I feel calm, but then something happens, I don’t know what, and I’m terrified and yelling for my Aunt.  It’s been the exact same dream both times, and last night I woke myself up yelling for my Aunt 😦  I have no idea what these dreams mean or why I’m having them.  I mean, my first thought would be that I just miss him because this is my first set of holidays without him, but the scary parts make me wonder…who knows.  I just hope I don’t have them tonight!  Or ever again for that matter!

I’m second guessing surgery, which actually happens a lot lately.  I’m worried that it’s going to make it worse, or just not help at all.  I don’t know.  Part of me thinks it’s the best thing I can do for myself, and part of me thinks that it may just be something I have to learn to live with, and going under the knife won’t do anything for it…I’m open to opinions.

Alright, I think that’s it.  I need to get some work done now!



{July 13, 2007}   Durango At Night

Well, so far so good.  We had another puddle jumper from Salt Lake to Durango, and we landed during a thunderstorm.  It wasn’t horrible until we were closer to the ground, but I did get off the plane pretty nauseous.  Very different from my flights to San Diego and Oregon, where I was on real planes that hold more than 4 people!  I hope the flights home are better!  And did you know you can smoke inside the Salt Lake Airport?  They have rooms for it!  AND, they charge for their WiFi.  Jerks!

The Durango airport is the size of some large houses.  Literally.  It was hilarious.  And trains are huge up here, so the baggage claim conveyor thingie sounded like a train.  It was cute for the first few minutes, then it got kinda irritating.  I feel bad for the people that work there and have to listen to that all day, although they’ve probably drown it out at this point 🙂 

So far Colorado is absolutely gorgeous!  We haven’t seen a whole lot yet, but what I’ve seen I love!  This is a huge tourist town, so there’s a ton to do here and a TON of people.  Nick (the guy my mom’s “been” with since I was 13, has a gray wolf.  Pure bred.  We walked through downtown and had to stop for about 206 pictures and to talk to people about him.  I’ve never seen people so interested in something!!  It’s like walking around with a movie star!

My mom so far is fine.  She actually doesn’t seem high or like she’s coming down, so I’m not quite sure what to think.  I’ll just be glad that it’s so far so good though.

I’m driving a brand new Hyundai Entourage, and oohlala, I like it!  Who’da ever thunk I’d be lovin’ a minivan!!  Rest assured, I will not be getting rid of my Sasha anytime soon, and especially NOT for a minivan.  For now though, I’m diggin’ the new carness of a car that has 3,000 miles rather than my 40,000.  Because, you know, there’s a difference 😉

The kids are swimming right now.  There’s an indoor pool and spa here.  Tyler’s only tried to drown once, which is great 😉  I have no internet access in my room, it’s only in the main room of the hotel, but it works out well for all of us that it works here in the pool area too.  That means the kids get to swim longer because  we don’t have to go sit in there for me to write this 🙂

Oh, and our room is gorgeous!  2 stories, wood burning fireplace, little kitchen.  I love it so much!  I’ll get some pics uploaded to my computer tonight and flickr tomorrow sometime.  I think tomorrow we’re going to go horseback riding.  Should be fun!  

Alright, my batteries dying.  Peace out ya’ll! 



{July 11, 2007}   SuperGlue!

Is it National Dumb Driver Day today?  Seriously.  Kristen and I went to Dixon at lunch to go to Super Wally World, and we encountered every idiot around!  It was ridiculous!  And just an FYI: it’s called the “fast lane” for a reason.  If the people behind you are on your ass, you should probably MOVE!

I’m eating a Jolly Rancher stick as I type this, and I keep growling/grunting at things, mostly because I can’t talk while sucking on this thing, and my coworker just compared me to Little Frankenstein!  Nice huh 😀

My boss told me today that Vodka is Atkins approved…and bloody mary’s are healthy!  I really need to start drinking more!  And I love her!  Seriously!

So Sarah and Andrew have been in Reno all week, and I made them leave Gidgie home with me to keep me safe.  The first night, all night long she was up and down, going to the door, giving little half barks, and then looking at me like I should really just do something, like bring mom and dad home.  Then at bedtime I put her in bed with me (shhhh, don’t tell Andrew!) and she was fine for a while, but then decided to get down.  No big deal, she was sleeping next to the bed.  I wake up because she’s decided somewhere around 2am that she actually does want to sleep with me, so she just jumps right in the middle of me!  Good thing I love her so freakin’ much!  Last night she did fine though.  She really is the best dog there is, and I hope someday Frankie can learn from her!

Speaking of Frankie, he’s been so good at not going potty in the house.  I put him outside all the time and he’s going potty out there!  Hopefully soon he’ll catch on to go to the door when he needs to go!

This Jolly Rancher is really good ya’ll!   Apple.  Yum!

So I have my very own artist that’s going to draw my scorpion tattoo for me!  Ok, he’s not really MINE per say, but he is going to draw it for me, and since he really is an artist and wants to open his own gallery (he seriously is THAT good!) I want him to put his signature somewhere in the scorpion.  I mean, after all, it is original SK artwork, and when he’s famous, I’ll be WEARING it!!

Our drowning appt got canceled for today, thanks to it raining last night, and not being exactly warm and fuzzy today.  I mean, it’s warm, but not learn to drown warm!  So we’re going to try again next Wed.

Do you guys realize that the weekend of the 20th this month I have no kids and no plans, and after that I don’t have a kid/plan free weekend until Sept!!  Holy hell!  Oh well, I’m having the time of my life!  I’m hoping to get away for the weekend soon, to the coast, so we’ll see how that pans out 🙂

And speaking of traveling, Kristen was kind enough to remind me that I’m flying out on Friday the 13th!  I mean, I realized it was Friday obviously, and I realized it’s the 13th because it’s my sisters birthday, but I didn’t put the 2 together!  Damn her!  Like I wasn’t worried already!  I mean, I’ve been saying all week that my plane’s going down!  Oh well, I’m taking happy pills with me, and we start to lose altitude I’m downing the bottle so I don’t feel it by the time we hit bottom!

Alright, guess I should work…you know, this whole work thing really cuts into my blogging time! 😉



{March 7, 2007}   Sasha…and Stuff

Yup, that’s her name! And by her, I mean my vroom vroom car 🙂
I gave her a little additive when I filled her up on Monday, and not only is she running much better, you know, like new, which she is, but my gas mileage is back up to 31 🙂 I love my car!!
I deleted the post about the cell phones, as it all seemed to be kinda crap. Sounded cool though 😉
Have I mentioned how much I’m in love with the weather?? It’s gorgeous, it’s warm! I’m in love!!! Just a little bit warmer, and I’ll be working on my tan and wearing summer dresses!!



{February 23, 2007}   Yesterday’s Storm
A storm was’a brewin! Couple more pics in my Flickr


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