Monthly Archives: March 2012

weekly iPhone pic drop

Friday night was intense.  This is the result.  As well as a plethora of incriminating videos filled with hilarious statements, such as, “So that’s how Pixar does it.”

Found a beautiful quote on the sidewalk : ‘Not like fire.  Nothing flaming or even potentially aflame.  Nothing caught up with danger.  Nothing racing to take control or possessions or no prisoners.  No, our love was never like that.’

A murder happened in the back hallway at work.  Mango = love = murder.

Notice this little man?  The groomer chopped the long fur, and he is much easier to cuddle these days sans long somewhat matted fur.

I spent the morning at the Lexus dealership where I was privvy to a phenomenal customer service experience.  Plush theater seating while I watched the news and nursed my hangover.  And did I mention they washed the inside & outside of my car – and filled up my tank?  #appreciative

Three hooded, guacamole & Corona-lovers are pounding the hell out of our house as we speak.  Starting at 7:15am they have nonstop been showing the siding who is boss.  This is where I get down on my knees, kiss the ground and thank God for Advil.

An old game like this becomes MUCH harder after a few sips of Loopy.  Funny how that works.

This ray of light?  I call that a “God cloud”.  That house below is either getting blessed or smited.  Hopefully the latter.

A new piece of decor in the house.  These quotes are daily reminders that we really have one heck of a journey under our belts.

 

What does my weekend hold, you ask?  A travel to southern Winona for promotions of the Three Olives sort, work at the Mango Store, creative-brainstorming at the studio – a few runs, a prolonged period of sun-worshipping, a few cocktails, hummus, laughter, and hopefully a lazy Sunday.

Cheers and much love to all the best followers,

xo

 

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All about the Benjamins.

Since I was 14, I learned what it means to save money.  To invest, also.  I ended up buying my first stock that year (AAPL).  As terrible as I am at math, I truly understood what compounding interest was – even at that age.  I credit my mom & dad with sharing the knowledge and “value of a dollar”.  I think I’m the only one us three girls that actually got it.  Keep in mind, math has never been my favorite but I’m not as confused as her & it is a work in progress.

Now, speaking of money.  And saving.  I have a few things on the docket that I’ve begun to save for.  Most of them travels.  If I put them in writing – I’m more likely to make good on them.

  • Flight to Seattle.  Train to Vancouver.  Lululemon SeaWheeze 2012.  – $450
  • Girls Trip to Chicago – August 2012 [travel, party, crazy].  – $300
  • Flight to Dublin, Ireland.  September 2012.  – $780
  • Lululemon In Stride Jacket.  Size 6.  [this one’s on there in case I win the lottery].  – $108

A few ways I’m implementing cutting costs in my life are as follows:

  • Bike to work [saves gas.  saves polar bears.  extra workout.]
  • Only going out to eat if I have a BOGO, LivingSocial, OpenTable dining Cheque, it’s happy hour, etc [or someone else is paying… hehe]
  • Not drinking at dinner’s out.  It’s an amazing way to wake up not broke.  A nice dinner without alcohol is like having an invisible 1/2 off coupon to the world’s greatest restaurants.  You will be shocked and delighted when the bill arrives – almost like every meal is secretly sponsored by Groupon.  My recommendation – stash a bottle of wine [one of the many Trader Joe’s ones sitting on my desk] & two glasses in your car- find a nice spot to enjoy a few glasses [out of sight] and get your buzz on.

The list will continue to grow as I get creative.  Saving money is a forte of mine – I just need to be more conscious of it.  And don’t we all?  A kick butt website I’ve spent a bit of time on is 20somethingfinance.  Check it out.  Get enlightened.

Cheers to saving monies,

xo

P.S.  Oh yeah, one more thing, check out this little swift chick.  Isn’t she to die for?

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weekly iPhone pic drop

Ever since I devoured that popular show, Lost, I can’t help but think about crashing when I fly in an airplane.  The “safety card located in the seat pocket in front of me” assures me I will know how to get through any airborne situation that comes up.  Have you seen that show?  Go, now, clear your schedule, there are six seasons to be watched…

Santa Monica Beach is beautiful.  She’s cold, windy and brutal – but she sure is pretty.

My hair is getting so long!  I’m reminded of this as I walk down Santa Monica Pier and my shadow stares back at me.

Underneath the pier is a spot that I would really love to have a photo shoot sometime.  I’ll have to go back.

Kates and I have frequented a spot called True Food in Scottsdale.  Lo and behold, there’s one in Santa Monica… and this Chicken Chopped salad had my name written all over it.  Hello, marcona almonds!

This sexy man is one part of LA I won’t miss… all of the homeless people bummin’ around.  I guess if I were without a home, I would head to the sun and surf.  I can understand the logic.  But something about this look is not very becoming.

On our last night, we found a BYOB Caribbean shack… oh, did we BYOB!

My favorite LaraBar flavor was discovered on this vacation – Banana Bread.  A much better choice than that personal pan pizza and beer combo “for only $10” that the Sun Country flight attendants were pedaling.

Once upon a time, I wanted to keep all of my boarding passes and make a giant collage.  Then life happened and now I occasionally get a chance to snap a pic of them.  It’s good to be home.

Last night, I was part of the phenomenon that is Hunger Games.  I only fell asleep twice [world record for me!] during the midnight showing.  Overall – I was super impressed and loved every detail.  Yes, this book series is for a younger audience [maybe?], but I love it!  WAY better than Twilight.  May the odds be ever in your favor…

I’ve come to the realization that some weeks, all I will have time for – is my traditional Friday pic drop.  And I’m okay with that.

Have a beautiful weekend lovers,

xo

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weekly iPhone pic drop

This company makes some pretty wicked accessories for all things Apple.  And their marketing is ingenious.

Mountains capped with snow on my way to LA.  Window seat and a chick flick on the iPad.  #happycamper

My fortune.  Usually these don’t pertain to me.  This one did.  Loud and clear.

Sony Pictures Entertainment.  What I wouldn’t give to have a backstage tour.  Check out the size of these new release posters!

Don’t leave me mama!  How can I leave this little nugget?

A beautifully creative woman named Jen from Scottsdale designs my favorite carry-on bag, it’s a Soul Carrier.  Wicked.

At a local farmer’s market inside The Grove is a coffee cafe called Short Cake.  I indulged in Aunt Nancy’s Shakerato.  I’m not sure who Nancy is, but her caffeinated drink [shaken, not stirred] contained at least 4 shots of espresso magic that took me from sleepy head to HELLO LA! in record time.

Is this a nostalgic image, or what?  This location is straight out of a dozen movies we’ve seen.  On this overcast day, it fit perfectly with my mood.

I can’t get enough of this ocean, those waves, the sand & jogging surfers. Beautiful.

This weekend I’m stationed in LA [el-ay] where the celebrities go crazy and the city never sleeps.  I’m visiting a good friend from work who relocated here recently.  The second half of my adventure involves cheering on one of the best girl’s I’ve ever known, Miss Kates, as she runs her first marathon.

I remember my first [and only] marathon – and think back to how much better it would have been if I had a bigger cheering section.  I’m proud as hell and will take many pictures of Sunday’s festivities at the LA Marathon.

Before I go, I have a quick tip for all you fellow iPhone lovers out there.  You know those times when you type a crazy word such as “bangarang”, “totes” or maybe, just once, you mistakenly used “craycray” in a sentence?  Fear not – make your iPhone forget you typed that by doing the following: reset the user dictionary.

First, go into Settings.

Click on General.

Click on Reset.

Tap “Reset Keyboard Dictionary”.

Tap the red button labeled Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

This will reset the User Dictionary to the factory default.

No more accidentally typing ‘megadeath’ when I’m trying to say ‘Megan’.  Woot!

Cheers from not-so-sunny LA!

xo

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A Must.

I have watched too many scary movies.  I can’t help it.  I get a thrill from having the crap scared out of me.  Now I prefer to sleep furthest from the door – just in case someone breaks in – there is hopefully someone in between me and the door who can fight first.  Usually I check the locks more than the average human being.  Call it OCD or call it being prepared.  Last night we had an interesting conversation at work – which involved a new must in this generation of killers, murderers, sociopaths.

We should be able to text 911 in case we’re hiding from a serial killer and don’t want them to hear us.

Most all of us have our cell phones near us at all time – some of us more than we should (no names mentioned here).

Having a text option for alerting police is a must.  Spread the word.

xo

 

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weekly iphone pic drop

Here’s the shop we’re ordering the bridesmaid’s dresses from for Carla’s wedding.  Flutter in Uptown.  Not only do I love the ‘dress-up’ feeling but they use a Mac.  Win!

Do you know me?  Are we friends?  Then you’ll know I’m hands-down obsessed with lip chap.  EOS is my new favorite brand.  Here’s my stash.  Be jealous. #evolutionofsmooth

Guess who learned how to fish tail?  I have the typical French braid down pat.  The fish tail is a little longer process, maybe because my hair is so long.  I love this look.

The world would not spin if peanut butter did not exist.  I read that somewhere.  I believe it to be true.  The first knife-full is pure bliss.

After last week’s snow dump. I noticed snowmen out for walks on a regular basis.  Creepy.

Peanut Butter Cheerios.  Apparently those exist.  I taste-tested them – they are worthy.

An Apple lover through and through – one of my favorite products is the earbuds with remote & mic.  They make winter running with music a cinch.

Miss Molls opened my eyes to the wonderful world of New Age.  Slightly bubbled, white, crisp, flavorful.  And check out that babe!

Yesterday I went into Superdry for the first time.  Within 4 minutes I spotted, tried on, and purchased my first epic jacket from them.  I’ll be back for more.

 

I’m a big fan of Kickstarter and all that they stand for.  Funding, following, and supporting creativity all over the world.  I found one today about Instaprint which is a location based photo booth that works hand-in-hand with Instagram.  And as you know, I’m a huge lover of Instagram.  Check them out.  I might have to back that project.

Have a beautiful weekend lovers.

Ciao.

xo

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knowledge really is power.

Many years ago my father turned me on to the idea of watching a single TED video a day.  What’s a TED video you ask?  TED videos are ideas worth spreading.  Five, ten, sometimes twenty-minute videos showcasing someone average standing in front of an audience, sometimes showing slides, talking about a topic that they are head over heels passionate about.  They are riveting talks about remarkable people, free to the world.  Many years ago I started to watch these videos, everything from extreme swimming with the world’s most dangerous jellyfish to flying robots.  Every time I watch a TED video, I feel empowered.  A little bit smarter.  A tad more intelligent.

 

And more than that, I get excited all over again about this amazing world we live in.  About how that saying :you can do anything you put your mind to: is SO freaking true!  The world is our oyster!  I now have the TED app on my iPhone, iPad, and bookmarked as a favorite site on my Pro.  If you can find one ten-minute segment out of each day, to enlighten yourself and take in a passionate talk about something, anything, you will be become a better, more informed person.  I swear.

 

Today’s TED talk was hilarious.  And sometimes they are.  Not only do I get to learn something, but I get to laugh-out-loud, too?  Sign me up.

Take 9 minutes and 15 seconds out of your day to watch.

I hope you enjoy it – you can thank me later.  xo

 

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laughter.

It makes the world go round.  It’s free.  This is my favorite activity.  Sometimes I laugh so hard that tears fall and my abs hurt.  Which, on some levels, could be considered a workout I suppose.

The fine people over at someecards make my day sometimes.  Like this morning.  Check out what made me laugh so that the greek yogurt I was enjoying flew out of my mouth and hit the screen of my MacBook Pro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

excuse me while I go for a run.  outside.  in Minnesota.  in 50 degree weather. and proceed to tan on the deck in the sun.  in March.

 

life is so good.

xo

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just a thought.

I contemplated putting this up here – and decided – just do it.  This is an email I got from a friend.  My thoughts somewhat mimic hers.  Actually – a lot of them do.

This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.
   Put me in charge . . .
 Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
 Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.
 Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
 In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”
 Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
 If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
 AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
I’m just so, so, soooooooooooooo tired of people asking for handouts.
xo.
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weekly iphone pic drop

Living in Minnesota – we get snow.  And I love it.  Leave if you don’t like it.  Look at this phenomenal shot right here.  The birch in front of the house was so heavy with the previous night’s snowfall that it draped over the sidewalk to our entrance.  Straight out of Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!

My favorite part of parking garages?  The ride descending the ten ramp levels.  It’s the closest I’ll get to a roller coaster for awhile.

New breakfast spot, thanks to Bliese for recommending it – they have worlds.best.flappers [a sexier name for a pancake].

Due to the fact that we love the landscaping aspect of living on a few acres – more green is needed during the winter.  Thank you Costco for providing my parents with an endless selection of healthy ferns to last them through the cold months.

New recipe for you all to try.  Quick, easy, impressive.  Baked Apples a la Emily.

Hair clips / alligator clips are so necessary with my long hair.  Half the time I don’t bother doing anything to it – pile it on top of my head and call it good.

Chicken lettuce wraps are quickly becoming a staple in my diet.

Guess who this is?  Me.  Another day in the life of job #3 – promotions.  Ms. Green the M&M starring at her second annual Wishes & More evening gala.

Red wine usually isn’t my thing.  But this Apothic Red is phenomenal.  And sexy.

cheers to the freakin’ weekend!

xo

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