Monday, June 30, 2008

Contest Time!

Swistle had the fantastic idea of organizing a whole mess of Pay It Forward Contests.

What? You don't know what a Pay It Forward Contest is? Allow me to explain. It's a contest. If you win, then you hold your own contest and send a prize to your winner. Etc, etc, etc. Not too hard. And also, fun for everyone, because who doesn't like to win things?!

That's what I thought...everyone likes to win things!

So, on to the contest!

To enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:00 CST, on Friday, July 4th. One entry per person, please. The winner will be selected using, and be notified via email and announced in a post on Sunday, July 6th.

Oh, wait - you want to know what you can win in this contest? Well, you are a needy bunch! But I will indulge you anyway. I'm thoughtful like that.

An assortment of notecards and birthday cards:


Cute post it notes:
*please do not hold the quality of any of these photos against me - it's 2:30 am and I will take better photos when I am not half asleep*

And some other surprise things too -- it will make for a fun little prize, I promise!

So, enter away! And, if you are so inclined, tell me your favorite guilty pleasure to watch on tv.

Go ahead, don't be shy -- there's no judgement here. Seriously, there isn't - I watch Dr. 90210. And if that doesn't assure you that I won't judge you and your tv watching habits, then I don't know what will.

*Comments are now closed. Winner to be announce soon!*

Best Shot Monday - Looking Back

This weekend I took a spur of the moment road trip to visit an old friend from high school. Mostly because this is the last weekend that I won't have any studying to do...for the next five years.

So this week's best shot is looking back. Because while looking forward is important, sometimes it's important to look back at where you've come from too.

BSM - Looking Back

Tracey is on vacation this week, so head to Melody's for this week's Best Shot Monday!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

As Requested: Photo Details

Kimberly asked in the comments, and a few others have emailed me and asked for the specifics on this shot, so here you go:

June 12

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.
ISO 800

And in the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I was on my way home in the midst of a tornado warning, and had the camera out in an attempt to get a good shot of a rather impressive cloud line in the distance. This shot was taken haphazardly on the highway - I just held the camera up and shot out the windshield - and I really like how it turned out. So there you have it - the details of my lucky shot!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summary Saturday: Project 365, Week 26

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Food Friday: Breakfast Pizza

Anna always has great and yummy looking things for Food Friday, and when I see her posts I always think "I should post something". And then another week goes by and the process repeats. But today I have a recipe to share too!

Breakfast pizza is something that almost everyone will eat - it's quick and easy, and can be served for brunch or for dinner.



1 tube crescent rolls
1 lb sausage
frozen hashbrowns
8 0z shredded cheddar cheese
5 eggs
parmesan cheese


1. Spread crescent rolls in bottom of pizza pan to form a crust. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Brown and drain sausage, then put on top of crescent roll crust. Top with frozen hasbrowns spread out in an even layer (amount used will vary, I usually use about 1/3 of a bag). Add shredded cheddar cheese.

3. Mix eggs with small amount of milk and season with salt and pepper as desired - pour mixture on top of pizza.

4. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for about 30 minutes.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Theme Thursday - What I Want

This week's theme at Stacy's is What I Want. And, since she asked, here's what I want:

A D300. Oh, how I drool over that beautiful camera.

June 6

If I can't have the camera, I would settle for some sleep. As previously mentioned, I am the WORST. SLEEPER. EVER.

Eiffel Tower on top of the Paris

Or how about a vacation? I don't have to go to Paris...I would settle for ANY vacation. Why no that isn't the actual Eiffel Tower. And yes, it is the one in Vegas. You guys are too smart.


Although if I can't have a vacation, I would be happy to have some time that wasn't already committed to something.


And if I can't have any of those other things, I'd be happy to just have a nice glass of wine. What can I say...I'm a girl with simple needs.

For a glimpse at what other people want, head to Stacy's!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crafty Tuesday: Birthday Cards

I haven't done much craftiness, but I did manage to whip up a few birthday cards this weekend...



They're a bit plain, but cute...right?!

For some impressive craftiness, check out what Carrie's been working on...her craftiness will amaze you!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Best Shot Monday - Pool Time!

Summer is in full swing, which means (among other things) some serious pool time! I might have a snowballs chance in hell of tanning not become a bronze beauty, but with SPF 50 some sunscreen even I can enjoy some fun in the sun... Although don't worry, there aren't any pictures of that to be shared.

And so one of our many pool outings has provided me with my shots for BSM (I just couldn't pick a favorite):




For more gorgeous shots, head to Tracey's and see what every one else has to share!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summary Saturday: Project 365, Week 25

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Say Cheese!


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Monday, June 16, 2008

Best Shot Monday - Barn Edition

So I have made it through the first 24 weeks of Project 365 and not re-used any of the exact same shots. But I am way to tired to process the 700 shots I took this week that have yet to be touched, so I am reusing the shot from June 13 as my BSM.

June 13

I'm not sure why I like it so much -- I actually just held up the camera and clicked the shutter while I was driving down the interstate on the way out of town for the weekend. I guess sometimes you just get lucky!

For more great shots, head to Tracey's!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summary Saturday: Project 365, Week 24

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Friday, June 13, 2008

At What Point?

My very important question to the internet: At what point do you come to terms with the fact that you are not going to fall back asleep and just go ahead and get up to start your day? And does the fact that it's only 3:07 am come into play during this decision? Or the fact that you had barely gone to bed?

I decided after 74 minutes that I might as well get up, because clearly laying there and wishing for sleep wasn't doing anything.

But let me tell you - the thought of being all super-productive in the middle of the night at 4:00 am is REALLY not appealing.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Theme Thursday - Wildlife

This week's theme at Stacy's is WILDLIFE. And while, at least on some days, the boys themselves qualify, I have more than enough zoo pictures that fit the bill on this one.



Zoo Animals (32)

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For more great WILDLIFE, head to Stacy's and see what everyone else has to share!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Things That Make Me Twitch

*the dentist. Thinking about it, hearing about it, the whole idea of it. Just....ick.

*Adult women with long hair who wear pigtails. I have no explanation for this, but it makes me crazy. Pigtails are no longer okay once your age reaches double digits...especially when the first of those digits isn't 1.

*Knee socks. I can't see them without having some sort of late 90's Britney Spears flashback.

*Crocs. I HATE those things. Why, you ask? I have no explanation for that either. But that doesn't keep me from hating them anyway. Hey, I never claimed to make sense.

*The fact that I can't run across The Bachelor on TV without watching. I just love that stupid show. But why? They never almost never end up together in the end. And yet I watch. Even when I know what happens in the end, I watch. The current marathon on VH1 is NOT good for my productivity. A not so interesting factoid? Even though I love The Bachelor, I have a somewhat intense dislike for The Bachelorette.

*The fact that although Bennett is very difficult to understand speech-wise, one of the things that he can say with startling clarity is BOOBS. Which is usually exclaimed while attempting to poke mine. Just to see if they are still there. Or to offer up a quick anatomy lesson. Or whatever. Which only seems to happen while in a check out lane at Target or the library or some other place where everyone else is mostly silent and I am unable to shrivel up and die hide from the chuckles of strangers.

*Doing dishes. It's actually not even the washing of dishes that is the issue. It's that I don't like putting them away. That's right, my issue isn't with the dirty's with the clean ones.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Best Shot Monday - City of Fountains

Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains - it is said that there are more fountains here than in any other city in the world.

I'm not sure if there are more fountains, but we sure do have some that are a lot of fun! This is the fountain at Crown Center - they are perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day!

Fountains at Crown Center (94)

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And playing in fountains wasn't just for the little kids. I just might have gotten soaked myself. And was the only one without a change of clothes. And it was totally worth it.

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And it was also the source of my best shot from last week:

Fountains at Crown Center (45) B&W

For more great shots, head to Tracey's and see what everyone else has to share!

**Credit for some of these shots goes to Sarah -- I'm not sure who took what while we were there, but I know that she was the one responsible for a good portion of them! Thanks Sarah!