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A Deeper Love: Artful Hearts for Valentine’s Day

6 Feb

A Deeper Love: Artful Hearts for Valentine’s Day

I just have to throw this out there because I’m so excited:  The handmade pet supplies store I run with my sister is featured in this Huffington Post Valentine’s Day article! =)  Scroll through the heart pictures until you see the cat with the heart balls!

CD13? Maybe?

4 Jun

It’s kind of the same old, same old around here lately.  I think I’m around CD 13.  Maybe.  I don’t even care.  I’m doing really good about not thinking stressing out about it think month. 😉

I’ve been working out and am feeling sore, but good. =)  We’re doing ok with our dieting.  A lot more fresh foods and WAY less processed and sugary foods are being eaten.  I’m counting calories again, not so stay under a certain amount necessarily, but to really keep an eye on what I’m putting into my body.  Sweet and greasy foods are starting to sound bad.  They also make me feel noticeably worse if I do cave and eat something bad for me.  All in all, I think things are going well.  In another month or two, I think I’m going to be looking and feeling really good. 🙂

We’re still waiting on news from the house with the blue kitchen.  The seller accepted our offer right away, but the seller’s bank is taking their time.  I’m told this is normal for short sales, so I’m trying to be zen about it.  Our offer got sent to the bank’s negotiator last week.  I’m hoping that’s a good thing.   I really love that house.  I’ve decorated and redecorated 50 times.  In my head. 😉

I finalized my graduated classes for the fall.  The feeling is so bittersweet.  I always knew I would go to grad school.  You can’t do much with an English degree on its own.  I just hadn’t planned on it being so soon.  I enjoy school.  I enjoy the environment and the learning.  On some level, I think I even enjoy homework because it keeps me engaged.  This is probably another reason teaching is a good profession for me.  I’ll never have to leave.  BUT, my classes sound interesting and I’ve already purchased half of the books.  I’ll get a nice head start.

I’ve been in the garden a lot lately with the nice weather.  There are little, green tomatoes, peppers, and pickling cucumbers growing in, and the chamomile is getting ready to bloom. 🙂  I re-mulched my walking rows yesterday and am really happy with how it turned out:
I’m also seeing lots of praying mantises every day.  I was really worried about them, but they’re hanging in there.  They’re a whole week old and already catching lots of bad bugs.  I watched this guy catch a little fly yesterday:

I’m taking the rest of the week to get ready for the Aurora Green Festival.  Our store is going to beast this festival. 😉

11 Questions

9 Apr

Jenn from Future Fords tagged me in this fun 11 question game.  My blog and so many others who write about their trying to conceive adventures (misadventures?) tend to consist of words and phrases like “ovulation,” “infertility,” “trying to conceive,” “peeing on a stick,”…. you get the point.  So it’s nice to have an opportunity to learn more about the gals who’s blogs I read.

Plus, at 1 dpo (day 18 no less… thanks for nothing, Clomid) I have nothing else to talk about. 😉

Here are the rules:

  1. Post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
  3. Create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  4. Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
  5. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

And here are your 11 questions:

1. What is your all-time favorite food?

Honestly, I don’t have one.  Lame?  Yep.  I’m not big on food.  If it sounds good at the time, I’ll eat it.  I don’t have a favorite.  I do love fruits and vegetables though.  And I’ll never turn down a good piece of apple pie. 🙂

2. If you went to college, what was your major? If not, what was your favorite subject in high school?

I went to Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and majored in English.  Sometimes I wish I would have picked something more interesting like anthropology or sociology, but I definitely appreciate the skills I learned while studying English and literature.  =)

3. If you could change one thing about your physical appearance, what would it be?

Honestly?  I have the hardest time keeping the weight off my lower stomach and “love handles.”  If I could change anything, it would be to slim down in those areas.

4. Beach or mountains?

Beach.  I love sleeping on beaches, reading on beaches, playing on beaches, thinking on beaches, eating on beaches, relaxing on beaches….  If I could change the name of this blog to “From My Beach” I totally would.

5. What is your favorite color?

Fuchsia.  I even managed to incorporate it into our wedding after Jeremy insisted on no pink. 😉

I love those dresses. I wish I would have gotten myself one. 😉

Although, I have been developing an affinity for purple in the past few years.  My office has been purple in the last two places we’ve lived and I don’t think I could have it any other way.  

6. How tall are you?

5 feet 7 inches.  Just tall enough to need to buy my pants in “longs”, but too short to do anything exciting. 😉

7. If you could go any one place in the world (money is not a factor) where would you choose to go?

Jeremy and I have talked about this before and I have never had a good answer.  I have so many places I want to go, but I don’t know that any of them rank over the others.
I would love to tour all of Europe.  LOVE.  Spending a few days in as many major cities as possible would be wonderful.  But then I would also love to tour Egypt, India, Mexico, Australia, Russia…    

8. Who is the biggest role model in your life?

This is another hard one.  If I had to choose someone, I think I would choose my mom and my older sister.  They’ve both managed to make the most of some less than ideal situations.  While we don’t always see eye to eye, I have to respect the way they’ve taken care of themselves and their families. 🙂   They’ve both given me some great advice over the years and made me think long and hard about some important decisions. 

9. When you die, how do you want to be remembered?

Being useful.  I don’t ever want to feel like I haven’t had some kind of positive influence on the world we live in.  I want to be remembered as a good teacher, a good neighbor, a good friend, a good wife, a good daughter, a good sister, and, someday, a good mom.  

10. Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?

I have so many favorite quotes and they seem to change all the time.  I think one I try to utilize every day is by John Greenleaf Whittier: “For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.””  This quotation is up there with “Seize the Day” and all of that jazz.  It has meant different things to me at different points in my life so far.  It reminds me to follow through on my commitments, to try new things, and to try to live with no regrets.

11. Make up your own question!

  What are you doing today?

Currently?  I’m inhaling a piece of chocolate pie my mom sent home with us after Easter dinner yesterday.  Yum!  After that I’m in crazy mode while I try to get a custom wholesale tug toy order finished, a wholesale collar order started, and prep for the Oak Park Earth Fest in a couple weeks.  Also, my mom and I are getting pedicures later.  Because we can and Jeremy is working late. 😉  There will also be intermittent “Little Rock, Arkansas” research going on when I need a break. (More on that later this week.  Anyone been there and have opinions?)

Sooo those are my 11 questions.  Now to tag 11 others…

1.  Get in My [Lemon] Belly

2.  Photography by JDesigns

3.  Our Wish for a Baby

4.  Verbal Vixens Very Verbose Vomit

5.  Snickolette

6.  Everything I Want to Be

7.  Journey to Becoming a Mummy

8.  Tales from a Photobox

9.  Making Babies on the NHS

10.  Bangkok Baby Project

11.  The Soda Pop Shop

Since Jenn wrote such good questions and I’m running late today,  I’m going to ask you some of the same questions she asked me 😉 :

1. What do you do for a living?  Do you enjoy it or is it just a way to pay the bills?

2. If you went to college, what was your major? If not, what was your favorite subject in high school?

3. What are the worst and best dates you’ve ever been on?

4. Beach or mountains?

5. What is your favorite color?

6. Do you have any pets?

7. If you would have won the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot last week, what would you have done with all of that money?

8. Who is the biggest role model in your life?

9. When you die, how do you want to be remembered?

10. Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?

11. What are you doing today?