Friday, March 19, 2010

March of Dimes

"When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $1.8 billion to benefit all babies."

Babies like Brady, Katie Jade, and Carter, just to name a few.
Babies who may not have lived were it not for the advances made by March of Dimes. 

I will be participating in March for Babies this year.
There are event spots all over Indiana, April through May.

If you would be interested in starting a team with me, please comment below!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm broke, so what do I do?

I fall in love with a bunch of stuff online that I can't have right now.

And oh my god, this

I can think of at least five people who will adore these as much as I do.

I should mention, that I at least partially blame Mara for my recent etsy addiction.
[just kidding. i <3 you]

Time to roll some change, maybe? 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


It's St. Patrick's Day, or more importantly:
My Mother's Birthday. 
My beautiful, amazing, strong, workaholic Mom. 
The woman who brought me into this world.  
The woman who fought for me, fought with me, worked for me, worked with me, believed in me, believed with me.  
Fights. Works. Believes.

Sometimes my biggest critic, always my biggest fan. 
A woman who has never, never, never given up.  
A woman who infuriates me, and makes me laugh. Often at the same time. 
She who can put up with my mood swings and tantrums like NO OTHER.  
She who has talked me down from a crying fit at 4am. More than once.  
She who has loved me unconditionally.  

My mother, she is an Inspiration.

Today, is to celebrate YOU Mom.
And I know you don't care about your birthday,
but I do.
We- your daughters, your children, your grandchildren - we care.

It will never be enough,
and I will probably never understand how much you sacrificed,
how hard you worked,
how much you put up with from me,
but Thank You.

So much that is good in me, comes from you.

I celebrate your Life,
and I love you.

The Art of Aunting

This article pretty much made my day:  Aunt misbehavin' is part of the job 

The text copies and pastes funky [probably a sure fire sign they would prefer I not copy and paste the text!], but I wanted to share my favorite snippet:

"I am also relatively unworried about my own chances of becoming a parent, because although aunting will never give me anything like the full course of motherhood, it does give me a wonderful, powerful -- and possibly sufficient -- taste of it. While I will never be the children's mother, I will always be their family, with all the history, complexity, and fidelity that entails. I couldn't drop them like a yoga class, a book club, or a waning friendship, even if I wanted to. I have known them forever, and they have known me.
That's it, really: We just know each other and know, as one so rarely can these days, that we will always know each other.
Plus, they are among the most interesting people I know."
-Tish Durkin, O, The Oprah Magazine  - 

You Five, are among the most interesting people I know.
I adore you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A girl should be so lucky

"A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world."  ~Lois Wyse

I am a lucky girl.

I not only have two incredible sisters.
Sisters I can also call my very best of friends.

But I also have two best friends who are not related to me by blood.
I think of them more as my soulmates.
I believe we were destined to find each other.

We have celebrated some of our lives best moments (thus far) together,
and been there for each other through some of the worst.

I can say this,
We have laughed more than we have cried.

These two, 
I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for their friendship.
And as we grow into our adult selves, and our lives become busier, and everything can be So Overwhelming, I want to always take the time to treasure this/these friendship/s I have.

This one's for you Mara and Andrea.
Here's to Our Adventure. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Okay, You Win

My [Our] cat, is not normal.
I mean this in the most loving way possible.
Most people say, after meeting Russ
"Your cat is strangely human".
And I'm all,

Fortunate for Russ he is fully aware that I ADORE him.
[I also may baby him a little bit. MAY.]
And he, being the not-normal-cat that he is,
Frequently uses this against me. 

Sometimes, he pretends he can't open the door to the garage by himself [to his litter]. But later, when Mark is around, he OWNS that door.
Other times, he will gimp down the stairs like gravity is hurting him. I will get all concerned, and five minutes later he'll be trying to play hide and seek with us, and zipping around the house like it's a race track. [Wonder who he gets that from!!!]

When I first moved in with Mark, Russ would occasionally hop up on the counter while we were cooking, or hanging out in the kitchen. 
He wanted to chill too, I got/get that, but it's still kind of gross, so we would shoo him off.
Or, we would take a picture and then shoo him off.

The other night, Mark and I are cooking / hanging out in the kitchen.
And Russ is Insisting on walking directly underneath our feet at all times.
At this point, I'm thinking it would be better if he COULD just get up on the counter and CHILL OUT.
I bring this up, and we get into a heated debate over whether or not Russ can jump that high anymore. I am absolutely, 100%, without a doubt certain that he is too old, too arthritic to be jumping much higher than the couch. 

This is where he was hanging out a few hours later.
[4 inches short of counter height]

"What was it you were saying about my arthritis?"

Once again,
I've been PLAYED.

Good thing he's so cute ;]