Monthly Archives: January 2013

homeless business idea

I really don’t know where I started thinking about this but I have an idea.

If I were a homeless person, I think I would be pretty successful at making dough.

I would have a small table set up with some of the most critical items.  Have you ever been in traffic, wishing you had a mint, a q-tip, a piece of gum, a condom (boys!), a bottle of water, a piece of floss, a hairbrush, some hairspray, a bobby pin, a tampon…. or in my world… lip chap?  There are a handful of car rides where I’ve been so desperate for something that I would absolutely pay $4.00 for it if I pulled thru an off ramp and there was a small table of treasures set up, available for my purchasing.  As long as everything was packaged and clean.. I’m not above paying a pretty penny for something I’m dying for.  Okay, not really dying for… but something I needed real bad.
I don’t know if I was traumatized when I was younger but lip chap seems to be something I must have on my person (can’t stand that phrase) at. all. times.

*of course, this idea would only be feasible if there weren’t gas stations on every block… maybe this is a hicktown, out-in-the-boondocks sort of homeless person opportunity.

I’m silly, you love me,
xo
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and then there was one

My silent grandma passed away this morning.

Slowly she went from talking (albeit quietly) and then no words… and then no eating… and silence. My grandpa has been such a lover through this whole journey. He didn’t want her to stay in the hospital. He wanted to be the one to care for her and feed her at home. It was straight out of The Notebook. If I have any wish for myself, it’s that I end up with someone that is willing to take care of me until the very end. Until the absolute last breath.

I don’t know how he will start to rebuild a life for himself as an individual, being able to take time to go fishing like he used to… and leave the apartment for longer than a quick errand. He has earned a long walk in the park, to ponder and breathe deeply while missing the love of his life.

If there is anything I’ve learned about the situation with Grandma Rosie these past few months, it’s that you absolutely must say what you want to say, and have those conversations you are scared to have, before it’s too late. Who knows when someone will lose their voice? When they cannot respond or express how they are feeling? Communication is so important, and I’ve learned that now. I get it.

Share your thoughts and feelings with your loved ones, before you no longer can.

Cheers to Rosie,
xo

Listening to.
Adding to the wish list.
Munching on.

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timeline creative

Here are a few timelines I’ve created for my Facebook over the last few months.

One has the best, most true Bob Marley lyric of all time.

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It’s a fact when they say music can create a bubble of calm, relaxation within a chaotic life.

The newest one showcases my little gremlin, Oliver.  He has this thing where he will start sleeping on the floor, and at 3:04 am each morning, he makes small whimpers until I wake up.  I look down and he’s sitting there, looking up.  That’s the time he remembers he would rather be sleeping in my bed.  Contrary to what I should be doing, I’ll lift him up and let him snuggle on top of my covers.  Turns out, he’s the best cuddle on the market*.  Be jealous.

oliver cuddle timeline

 

Here’s to hoping you have a cuddler of your own… human or fluff ball…

xo

*Footnote: he is about to be ousted as best cuddler…

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a recap of semi-awesome proportions

I wasn’t prepared for the random week that I’ve had.  But I’m healthy and happy and I won’t complain.

A friend of mine told me about this company she has a subscription with, called IPSY.  Ten bucks a month gets you a little makeup bag of different products and brands to try.  Now, if you know me, you’ll know I’m not a very high maintenance girl.  Give me a hair binder, a lip chap (or six), some Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo, and I can conquer the world.  But, I decided to expand my horizons and try some different products on the market.  Maybe I’ll find some I like.  Yesterday I got my January bag.  Inside was, Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter (so luxuriously smooth!), bigsexyhair spray & play volumizing hairspray (va-voom!), nailtini nail polish in bloody mary (holy red!), Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (makes my hair shiny like diamonds!) and a SOHO eyeliner brush.

I’m about to broaden my horizons in the realm of cosmetics.  And if I don’t like something, well… that’s what best friends are for right?

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After many long months of waiting… one of my Kickstarter rewards has arrived!  Jake Parker is a phenomenal artist.  His goal was to design and publish a book with the help of crowd funding.  Behold, the hard cover that I’m so excited to flip through.  He did a great job and it’s super exiting to see a project that you’ve backed, sitting right in front of you!  Check out more of his work on his website.  I heard his original intent was to his stories bound in a book for his kids to read…  adorable.

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The crazier part of the last few days is that I had jury duty this week.  For real.  It was very, VERY anticlimactic.  I sat in one room for 8 hours at a time – and read a seriously funny book that I highly recommend.  So wait, I got paid to read a book?  Well, yes, work pays me to go to jury duty… and there is compensation from the county for my “duty”, to the tune of about $10 each day… hardly covers parking downtown.

Isn’t there a better system for this?  Instead of 80 people sitting, waiting, in silence, to be called (and only about 15 did), couldn’t we be on-call?  And if you need someone, then I will leave what I’m doing and go to the courthouse?  It seemed like a lot of man hours gone to waste.  Let’s hope I never have to do that again.  And if I do get summoned, I’m crossing my fingers I get chosen for a super high-profile murder trial and then sequestered.  I would love a series of free nights stay at a swanky hotel downtown and fresh grilled salmon each night. A queen sized bed all to myself with sheets of egyptian cotton? Room service? Hot showers that can last for twenty minutes? Sign me up! k thanks bye!

go live your life,
xo

Adding to my wishlist
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adam evers

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This here is my good friend, Adam.  He is one of the hardest working, smartest, most brutally honest people I know.  I foresee a lifetime of friendship with him and on regular occasions, deep conversation and brainstorming businesses.  One of the parts I admire most about him is his unbelievably ridiculous understanding of what a deep friendship is.  I have yet to be able to love and support someone as much as Adam is willing to.  He is one of those lifers.  Someone to count on when you’re facing a rough patch, the person with which to grab a six-pack – head to an abandoned building – climb to the roof and scream at the world.  Completely without judgment.

He sweats friendship.

And I cherish ours.

Did I mention he’s single?

Find him on Twitter – he’s well worth the tweets.

Cheers to a lifetime of happy hours, laughter, and telling each other the truth,

xo

P.S. I’ve started another book: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.  I’m fairly certain it will go down in history as one of my favorites.  I laugh with every turn of the page.  Once, I peed my pants a little as a result.  Deal with it.  You can thank my itty-bitty squirrel bladder.

Adding to my wishlist.
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invisible

For as long as I can remember, I have kept an invisible inventory in my head. I have never given it a name.  I have never written it down.  I have only designed it in my mind.  The list contains the names of people who I know would come to my side in the case of an emergency, no matter the circumstances, no questions asked.  If I got into trouble, I would call one of them and they would hop on a plane, or bail me out, or write the check, or hold my hand.  For many years, ever since I have realized what it meant to be a true friend… I’ve had that running list in my head.
 
Acquaintances from work, high school best friends, family members, people I’ve been fortunate to love and have a part of my life.  They would come to me and I would go to them.  In the darkest of hours.
 
I am fairly certain that list has changed a bit lately.
 
When we were really young, and to this day, my parents talk about doing to others as we would want to have done to us.  I truly try to live that phrase.  It makes sense.  It’s real.  It’s raw.  It’s truth.  When it’s not reciprocated, I start to lose enthusiasm and fire.
 
I write this with a heavy, confused mindset.
Life is short, I refuse to spend it in an unrequited fashion.
xo
 
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sunny side up

 

Hello life!  What a great week I’ve been having.  This could possibly be the best week I’ve had in months.  In fact, I think it is.  The sun is shining, I have butterflies in my stomach, and you literally cannot wipe the smile off my face.  My room is clean, my finances are in order, I’m running farther, faster, better.  A few days ago, a handful of family members and I signed up for the Get Lucky 7K that falls on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s put on by Team Ortho and I have to say, so far they have got their sh*t together.  The packet pickup was flawless.  The sweatshirt zip-up is super comfy and well designed.  The end-of-the-race medal looks awesome and there are free drinks at Kieran’s Pub afterwards.  I’m contemplating doing the SeaWheeze Half Marathon again in August (Vancouver, BC) – but haven’t quite decided and registration isn’t open yet.  I’m enjoying running for the sake of running.  The health benefits, the leg muscles… signing up for too many races makes me nervous.  Maybe I’m raced out?  We’ll see.  First race registered for the 2013 season, complete!

I finished Bad Things Happen (don’t recommend it!) and I have started reading The Council of Dads (holy crap it’s good!).  I’m shooting to read at least a book a month – falling back into this favorite past time of losing myself in a story.

The self-help book that I have been reading on and off spoke to a funny concept.  The author talks about finishing difficult tasks that she has procrastinated completing.  A way to slow down and power thru them was to “put yourself in jail”.  “I’m in jail”, she would tell herself, “I’m locked up with nowhere to go and nothing to do except the task in front of me.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes, I have all the time I could possibly need.”  It is a little mindset to put yourself in.  I love it.  I sometimes do the same trick.  Time eventually catches up to me – but it works for a little while!

There is a challenge I’ve undertaken recently, I’ll blog about it soon once it gets underway.  A chance to travel the world for… nothing.  Well, almost nothing.  There are systems and rewards tiers in place that have yet to be tapped!  I’m educating myself as we speak – stay tuned.  Maybe I can get you interested, too.  Spending a week in the Bora Bora water-bungalows anyone?

All I know is living optimistically is the way to go.  A deep breath, a sense of self-worth and confidence… knowing that if you keep your face always toward the sunshine, the shadows will fall behind you.

xo

oliver sun worshipper

 

 

Added to wishlist.

Listening to.

Noshing on.

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