Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I'm sure none of you are surprised. In fact, if you happen to sometimes watch Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, you know exactly why I'm saying this. I always knew Mr. Busey was a little off and Joel McHale on the The Soup certainly takes his cracks at him, but I found myself watching VH1 tonight and witnessed the complete insanity. The man walks around uttering nonsense, randomly attacks his costars, talks about his brush with the afterlife and, yet, I couldn't stop watching. It was such a trainwreck.
I usually don't watch reality tv, but I got sucked into this one. Oh yeah, that and The Pick Up Artist, also on the Channel That Used To Play Music Videos But It Doesn't Make Them Enough Money So Now They Show Crap. Don't ask me why, I apparently enjoy the sensation of wanting to stab my eyes repeatedly.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Go to your nearest bookshelf. On the top shelf (or highest shelf with books) what book is fifth from the right and why did you love it? Now go to the bottom shelf (or lowest shelf with books). Tell us about the fifth book from the left. Then tag five of your blog buddies - link please! - to do the same. Be sure to link to the person who tagged you too.
Top, Fifth from Right - The Stand by Stephen King
I read this book only a year ago, but had attempted to watch the movie with friends back in undergrad. We got three hours in and were exhausted. I'm glad I came back to the book, because it is fantastic! As an avid fan of medical thrillers, this is the best of the best. King seamlessly moves from how the characters deal with the Superflu to interacting with the other survivors. There's also a very supernatural side to the story. And part of the book is set in Boulder, what's not to love? Very well told story and worth the length.
Bottom, Fifth from Left - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I waited to read this series until a month before the seventh book came out. I was being stubborn and kept ignoring everyone who told me I'd love them. I'm doing the same boycott right now of the Twilight series, so we'll see how long that lasts. Once I got started on Mr. Potter, I couldn't stop. I haven't reread them since, so I kind of forgot what happens in each one specifically, but I do remember this one brought in new characters as well as greater depth to everyone than previously seen in the earlier books. I liked how the tone of the books seemed to mature as the characters themselves did. I wouldn't say Rowling is one of my favorite authors because I'd like to see what else she can do first.
I'm going to tag Marisa, Merix, and Jess. Everybody else who's blog I read has already been tagged!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.
A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain.
Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.
I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they've achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady Michelle Obama.
Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House.
And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother's watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them.
And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.
To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way.
To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.
It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep.
It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.
This is your victory.
And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me.
You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.
There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education.
There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem.
But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.
This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.
It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.
Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity.
Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.
As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.
And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.
Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.
This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America. "
Just beautiful. And I will give credit to Sen. John McCain for his concession speech last night. It was incredibly thoughtful and respectful. What a wonderful day to be an American.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I know driving along the interstate every day, twice a day can become very tedious. And small little accidents on the side of the road don't make it any easier. However, I'm truly baffled by you thinking that your destination was so much more important that the rest of ours. I can't begin to comprehend why you thought it was okay to start driving 45 mph on the right shoulder! We were all slowed down, but at least it was moving. You very well could have caused an even bigger crash. The best part was when you finally got back into line, only to be two cars ahead of me! Was it really worth it?
The Gal in the Little Civic that could have been creamed
P.S. Yes, that was me flipping you off as I got off at my exit. You totally deserved it.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Look what I found at Toys R Us! This brings back memories, oh boy it does! One year for Christmas, both my sister and my brother asked for the Creepy Crawler set. Come Christmas morning, there was only one under the tree, with my sister's name on it. My brother had gotten Shark Attack. But he was so upset that he had not also gotten Creepy Crawlers. We heard about it for days and days. He eventually got over it and we all had a lot of fun making rubbery bugs and human organs with the set. I just can't believe they're still around.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
20 Years Ago (1988):
1) I was 5 years old and already had a little sis and bro.
2) I watched a lot of Sesame Street
3) I was called a witch by another girl in kindergarten.
4) I loved dinosaurs.
10 Years Ago (1998):
1) I moved from Boulder to Milliken, twas a shock to the system.
2) I got my first real boyfriend.
3) I was getting into punk rock.
4) My favorite movie was The X-Files.
5 Years Ago (2003):
1) I had a friend get shipped off to Iraq.
2) I was going to concerts on a pretty regular basis and buying at least 2 CDs a week.
3) I lived with my sister while we were both in school. Turned out to be a blast.
4) I got my Stegosaurus tattoo.
3 Years Ago (2005):
1) I started graduate school and finally left working in retail.
2) I was teaching undergrads the beauty of statistics.
3) I got into rock climbing.
4) I had one of the greatest group of friends!
1 Year Ago (2007):
1) I finished graduate school and got me one of those "real" jobs.
2) I bought my beautiful Civic.
3) I went to Las Vegas and NYC.
4) I got engaged on Christmas Eve.
So Far this Year:
1) Decided to build a house.
2) Got married.
3) Moved into said house.
4) Had a mini nervous breakdown during 1, 2, & 3.
1) I worked.
2) I got angry at the morons who I commute with.
3) I made Nutter Butter Ghosts.
4) I hung out with one of my bestest friends ever.
1) I worked.
2) I ate tons of Halloween goodies at work.
3) I went for a good run and didn't pass out.
4) I went out to eat with my sis and her bf.
In the next year:
1) I hope to not be commuting so much.
2) Finally get to go on my honeymoon!
3) Make it out to the East Coast to see friends.
3) Enjoy where I'm at in life.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I happened upon Ilana Yahav's work awhile back, but was watching it again this evening. There is something so peaceful about it, makes me instantly relaxed. There are many more of her videos out in cyberspace, just head on over to YouTube and search "sand art." The one above and "Love 2008" are my favorites so far. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Monday, September 29, 2008
I'll start off by saying this, I'm not good at cleaning algae. This is the primary reason Aaron takes care of our tank at home. I make sure the fish eat just fine, but I tend to ignore the green form of life abounding along the sides, bottom, covering the plants and on the fish. Back when I had my own tank, the algae got so bad you couldn't see the fish inside. When a friend came over for the first time to my apartment, she saw the setup and asked, "How many fish do you have?" "Four," I replied. She lifted up the lid, hesitated, "Um, no, you've got three and a floater..." Oops.
Fast forward to now, I've had my coworker's tank in my cube since the beginning of August. When I received temporary ownership of this tank, it contained two guppies and a snail. A good month went by with everything going swimmingly (albeit green). Then one of the guppies died. This was right around my "Let's Take Care of Two Major Life Events Within One Week" phase, so I didn't replace it right away. As the tank got dirtier (although at this point I did clean the sides so I could see in, you know, just to make sure no one else died), I thought of something brilliant! Why not get an algae eater to replace the guppy? Then it'll make up for the little guy dying and start cleaning the tank! So I don't have to! See the amazing thought process?
But I didn't get a new fish right then even, I waited until this last weekend right before the coworker was due back. Rushing over to PetCo on my lunch break, I found a nice sized plecostomus and considered even getting another guppy. Till I saw the guppy tanks, with a good three dozen dead guppies in each. Umm, thanks, think I'll pass on that. Seriously PetCo, you can't even clean out the lifeless ones? I got Mr. Pleco back to my cube and spent the afternoon slowly introducing him into the tank. I even threw in an algae wafer for him, in case he didn't want to try the smorgasbord that lay before him. And I left Friday evening feeling pretty good about my effort.
I come in this morning and see the remaining guppy hiding out in the plants. Bizarre since he's usually racing around. And I can't find the pleco. And the snail's not moving at all. CRAP! (note: when I first typed that expletive, I wrote it as CARP! Ironic, eh?) I notice that there's definitely less algae on the ground and now I'm thinking the little guy ate so much algae he exploded. If you saw this tank, you would know that's entirely possible.
Putting in a few flakes brought the guppy out from hiding. A half an hour later, after poking the snail with a straw, the pleco suddenly emerged from wherever he was hiding and has spent the rest of today chilling on one section of the glass. I think he's taking a break from the eating, cause he's got to keep up his figure and all. And thank goodness, another half hour after that, the snail got up and started moving around! I now have the sneaking suspicion that the snail and the pleco had a raging party this weekend and were both nursing hangovers when I got in today. So everyone's alive and well. Except that the water stinks like fish poo from the algae wafer that Mr. Pleco did not find satisfactory. Seriously, for the sake of everyone involved, take this thing out of my cube now!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Now what was I rambling about? Oh yes, the grocery store!
I don't really know how I developed my love of the supermarket, but strolling through the aisles is so relaxing for me. I know the "experts" say to only stay on the outside walls of the store to save money and calories, but where's the fun in that?
Today, I'll admit, I was feeling a tad tired and grumpy. I got into the store, got my free Starbucks drink (PSA: spending more than $50 in one trip gets you a free drink at Safeway Starbucks!) and started wandering. By the end of my shopping, my mood lifted and I felt ten times better. It didn't hurt that I was able to spend a lot less than we've been doing lately.
If anybody cares to share, what's your favorite place to unwind?
Friday, September 12, 2008
I'll try to post some pictures soon, once we get some boxes out of sight.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Let's start with the house, shall we? Things are moving along great. We had our our pre-drywall inspection last week and save for a few problems, everything looked good. Here are the latest pics:
Walls going up!
Now with a roof and siding (yes, obviously a jump in time, the photographer was
Now there are shingles, a garage door and an Aaron!
There are pictures of the inside, but it's not as exciting to just look at wood framing. Once drywall goes in, I'll post more.
Aaron was busy the last few weeks with the band, playing in Denver, Loveland and Fort Collins. I was able to get some shots from those gigs.
This was at Old Town Square. Sorry Gabe, your cymbals covered your face in every shot!
Ryan and Aaron entertaining the playgoers at the Gaslight Theatre.
The guys playing at the Farr Regional Library.
What would this be without a few pictures of that psycho mutt we live with?
Playing at the dog park
Hanging out in Old Town listening to some music
Now if only I could teach her to pay for the sandwiches, I'd be living easy :)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
At first, Aaron and I thought they were just using clips from the other videos, but then we realized they actually got the internet phenoms for the video! And that made it even more hilarious!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In the spirit of Championship Vinyl, I present to you my top five music artists. They're not numbered, because I don't think I could say one band in particular is the best. Please to enjoy!
- Mae - These guys are amazing! If you've never heard them, go! Listen! Now! I'm a little sad that there's a different keyboardist and bass player, so they'll have to prove their worthiness in the next album. Mae's songs have gotten me through so many different times in my life: happy, sad and confused. Dave's voice is so melodic and soothing, you can't help but like it. Favorite songs are "Ready and Waiting to Fall" and "Someone Else's Arms," both from The Everglow.
- Eve 6 - If you happened to be at a school dance anytime in 2001 or 2002, I'm sure you've heard "Here's to the Night" over and over. But please don't hate them just because of this super sappy example of a song! While I was under the impression they had disbanded for good, the website just informed be they're back! Aaron is so getting dragged to one of their shows. I think what makes this band so interesting is Max's lyrics. I don't know if I can explain it properly, you just have to listen carefully. Favorite songs are "Anytime" from the Out Cold soundtrack and "Friend of Mine" from It's All In Your Head.
- Brand New - These guys get a nod for being the reason Aaron and I met. Oh yeah, they're also incredibly talented... Each albums sounds completely different from the one before it. Your Favorite Weapon is young punk, Deja Entendu is lyrical and The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is dark and moody. These guys are also fantastic live. Favorite songs are "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" on Deja Entendu and "Jesus" off of The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.
- Fall Out Boy - I know, I know, I'll receive a ton of flak for this, but have you ever listened to Patrick Stump's voice? I'm going to pull the "I knew of them before they were big" card and tell you their first albums were just as cool as the newest. Yes, they've sold out. Yes, they're totally pop. Yes, Pete wears jeans three sizes too small (and that are for girls). I don't care, I LOVE THEM! Favorite songs are "Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)" from Take This To Your Grave and "Of All The Gin Joints In All The World" on From Under The Cork Tree.
- Unwritten Law - UL just rocks, what more can I say? Favorites are "Coffin Text" on Unwritten Law, "Rest Of My Life" from Elva and "Save Me (Wakeup Call)" off of Here's To The Mourning.
There are so many more bands that could have made this list, but then it would have been Kallie's Top 100. And that's a project best left for another day.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Most of my friends and family know that I have 2 tattoos and one piercing. And I am by no means "wild!" I've never touched drugs, don't drink excessively and I'd like to think that I was a pretty easy-going teenager, relatively speaking. Most people are surprised when they find out I've got tattoos, because I seem to be the least likely person to get any. I did put both in spots that I can cover easily and, as of lately, I haven't been wearing the upper earring. I don't regret either of my tattoos and I think Aaron has come to accept them (right Aaron?).
I can understand when people say they would never want something so permanent on their body, but to claim that people who do get tattoos are inherently bad is another thing. A good portion of people get inked for a specific reason, whether it be to celebrate a child, mourn a lost loved one or to commemorate a special part of their lives. Please, general public, don't automatically judge someone the minute you see some color poking out from under their sleeve. If you can look past that, you might find one of the most professional, hard-working or nicest people you've ever met.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I could say something cheesy about how the foundation will be the support for our lives, but I won't. Cause that's just not me. I will say that I'm excited to see the progress little by little and look forward to moving into a brand new home at the end of the summer!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Luckily, it cleared up after that and the rest of the weekend was gorgeous! We visited with family, tasted wines at Grand River Vineyards and soaked in the Glenwood Springs pool. The weather was even more cooperative on the drive back and Vail looked like this on Sunday:
The trip was definitely relaxing and fun!
Soundtrack for the drive
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
The Format - Interventions + Lullabies
Switchfoot - Oh! Gravity
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary
Bayside - Walking Wounded
Cake - Pressure Chief
Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
Punchline - Action
Copeland - Beneath the Medicine Tree
Bayside - Bayside
New Found Glory - From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Also, our tulips are finally blooming! I was playing with the digital macro on my camera and really liked this shot:
And this one:
The next two are the fancy variety out front.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Aaron and I were cleaning out closets, getting ready for showings and I was pleading with him to get rid of his assortment of flannel shirts (yes, he still has them...) What's a better way to prove how silly they look than put one on the dog?
I'm sure this is what Kurt Cobain's dog looked like. Can you see the utter disgust in her eyes?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
There hasn't been any digging yet, but we'll be able to keep a close eye on it, with us only being blocks away!
As a quick note, congrats to Jake and Amy on their engagement! I look forward to seeing the bling when you guys are in town!
Monday, March 10, 2008
I was inspired by one of the blogs I read regularly, dooce.com. Anyone with a child or pet and a sense of humor might like Heather's writing.