Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 15: A vacation you would like to take.



Hands down, without a doubt.
The end.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Garnet Hill Sales

Remember this post about Garnet Hill? Probably not. So go check it out.

Anyway, basically every delicious item of clothing that I posted pictures of....
is on sale.
Right now.
So their steep prices are now quite reasonable.
View the sale items here.

Day 14: A guilty pleasure

Goodness... I have so many. But here's the top two.

Donuts. Oh yes.

And Lipton sweet iced tea.
It's caffeinated, and loaded with sugar. I get shaky and nauseous every time I have it.
But it's oh-so-yummy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 13: A song that makes you cry

A lot of songs make me very sad... but only a few actually make me cry. 
This is one of them. The whole concept of losing someone you are engaged to is super-sad to me...
...sadder than having your husband die. 
Also, tragic war songs tend to get me. :P

I love this music video, too. Carrie Underwood's outfits are adorable!  

I gotta say, though... I really wish she would cut back on the black gooey eye makeup. Sheesh.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 12: A song you want played at your wedding.

I couldn't think of hardly anything... a lot of the songs I love are sad. There are very few love songs that I really like--a lot of them are dumb.

But here's one I like pretty well.

Monday, July 26, 2010

In which I give you something.

I am having a giveaway for this book!

I read this last week and absolutely loved it. :-) Read my review about it at my other blog  here.
This summer I have been reading a lot because I have a huge book list! And I'd love to know some good books that you have been influenced by.

SO. There are four ways to enter:

1. Posting about it on your blog. (you can grab this photo to add to it)
2. Following my blog.
3. Putting my blog button on your blog (it's on my sidebar).
4. Answering this question: 
What are some great books that you have been influenced by?

You can enter four times--just leave an individual comment for each entry.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Stay tuned for more giveaways to come. :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.

Sorry, I'm skipping day 10, because I don't have any pictures on my computer of me from 10 years ago.

Heh heh. I know this is a weird picture... I took it of myself when were on the Mexican cruise. :-)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fred Meyer is my friend again.

I went shopping yesterday, and bought things. It's been awhile since I've done that.
And it felt so good.
We went to Fred Meyer, which I am mad at, since last time I went everything I wanted to buy was super expensive, even on "clearance." >:-( But this time, things were actually on good clearance, and I got stuff.

I got the white sandals pictured above, which makes me really happy, because I have been watching them for a long time, and they finally got down low enough (on clearance) that I could buy them! 

And I got a really cute pink shirt with black roses on it, which I found on the same rack as a bunch of Twilight shirts (click here for my views on those). AND I got black and white paisley flip flops.
I am happy.

Day 9: A photo you took


Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 8: A letter to someone who has changed your life

To my sister, Bethany, owner of beautiful eyes:

You are awesome, 
and I would be a wreck without you. 


Love this.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without

I'm only going to include things. (Excludes God, family, friends, etc.)

My Bible.




Photography--both taking pictures, and looking at others' pictures.


Rachel has picked the five finalists for her photo contest, and my picture was included! :-) View the pictures and vote at her blog. 

Thank you, Rachel!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm in love...

...with this shoe.

Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive

My childhood, in general. Although I was not a good child by any means, and it's truly mortifying what a bully/wretch/push-over I was. I was very horrible to several people when I was little. (SAM). He has received counseling for his psychological scars, and has forgiven me for my offences. (I think.)

But anyway.

One of the awesome things we did when we were younger was jumping out of this really cool, big, dead apple tree. It wasn't that tall, but it felt miles high every time we teetered on the precipice and had to get the nerve to jump. We often had to encourage Juli with gentle shoves. :-) 

So that's what I would go back to--jumping out of that apple tree.

P.S. Sam did not actually get counseling. Maybe he should.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I bought this at online at MetroStyle this morning. It was only $10.19! SCORE. But the shipping brought it to $17.

Hopefully it works. I haven't bought anything online in a long time, and haven't bought a dress in ages. I'll let you now how I like it when it arrives. ;-)


A blog I just discovered is hosting a blog party/photography contest... and I am entering this photo again. :-)
The subject is what inspires you.

Beautiful people inspire me.

Day 5: A favorite quote

If the world is cold, 
make it your business to build fires. ~Horace Traubel

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 4: A favorite TV show

Well, I think you all know by now that I love Leverage. :-)
I have never watched it on TV...a week after every episode airs, it is available on Hulu and the Leverage website. Not all of the episodes are squeaky-clean, but the worst of it is some suggestive dialog and mild language. I don't feel like explaining the gist of the show, so here is the Wikipedia article about it. :-)

Nathan Ford, the leader of the team.
I don't like him much.

Alec Hardison, the hacker. He is a combination of a geek and nerd (see my brother Benjamin's explanation of these two types of people here.) and even though he plays World of Warcraft, I think he is awesome. And he isn't geeky in the unable-to-communicate-with-people sort of way. In one episode he pretends to be a lawyer, and it is awesome.

Sophie Devereaux, the grifter. Basically, her job is to butter up people to either extract information or distract them.

Parker, the stealer. She pickpockets everything from people, crawls through vents and gets through laser security alarms and stuff like that.

Last, but certainly not least, Eliot Spencer, the hitter. (Beats up all the bad guys). YAY.
And, I'm sorry, but I like his hair.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 3: A favorite book

Again, hard to choose a favorite. I have a ridiculous amount of books that I love.
But this has been one of my favorites ever since I first read it... a long time ago.

Sigmund Brouwer is definitely on my top... three?...favorite authors. He is a Christian, and incorporates his faith into his novels, even though they aren't "Christian fiction". He also is not preachy, which I appreciate. He has some pretty awesome thrillers, science fiction, and an amazing western series, but this one was his very first book I read. When I read it again after loving it several years ago, I didn't like his writing style quite as much... I think some of his other books are written much better, but the PLOT. It's amazing.

Everyone should read this book. It is available (only used) at Amazon here. Many of his books are out of print, which is really dumb, because they aren't even old. >:-( 

In which I find that baseball is not for me.

So. On Friday night we went to PGE park in Portland to see a Beavers baseball game.
Actually, we went to see our church choir sing the national anthem.

I thought maybe I would enjoy the game more than I anticipated.
I have never liked baseball, but I have never been to a real game...only seen it in movies and stuff.
(Like Frequency.)

This is the choir. They sounded awesome.

It turns out I don't like baseball.
I like it even less than I thought I might.
I really liked the beaver guy though.

But at least I experienced it. It wasn't awful.
Mostly just boring.

Me (to Benjamin): Can you imagine having the self-confidence
to stand like this in front of hundreds of people?
Ben: Uh, I would do it.

Sheesh. Boys.

This was a highlight, definitely.

When I got really bored, I read this.
And then Rebekah invited me to sit with her and we talked about how we wished we could dress up 
like beavers and run around with our tails flapping.

Oh, and she understood about the self-confidence thing.

P.S. Those of you who love Leverage--they filmed at least part of the second and third seasons in Portland (!!) and "The Three Strikes Job" was filmed at PGE park. You know the one where Eliot plays baseball? (Still trying to forgive him for actually enjoying it by the end).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 2: A favorite movie

This movie is rated R for violence, but we watched it on ClearPlay. :-)
I love World War II, and I love Daniel Craig. So.

To my readers and followers and the beautiful people who comment...

You. Rock.
You make me immeasurably happy.
So, thank you.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 1: A favorite song

Porcelain Heart ~ BarlowGirl
 Not my very favorite song, but one that I love.
I haven't heard much of BarlowGirl, and some of what I have heard, I don't like, but I like this song.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

30 Day Challenge

I found this at someone's blog and I think I am going to do it. I don't think I'll do it all in just thirty days, though. We'll see how it goes.

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Join me? Comment with your blog link  if you want to do it, too!


ModCloth is a cool place. Basically everything is retro-inspired, and while some if it is quite ugly and/or immodest, some of it is super cute! A few of the dresses below would be too short for me, but some of them I would totally wear.

The collar on the navy blue dress is to die for.

Have I mentioned that I love grey and pink together?


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Eliot from "Leverage"


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

St. Helens

Yesterday Benjamin, Bethany, and I hiked Mt. St. Helens with a buncha people from church.

It was hard.

There were lots of rocks.

This is Sam. With a purple backpack.

This is the god of mountain climbing. (aka Sam)

View from part-way up.


Rebekah and I.

This is me.

There were 50-60 mph winds up closer to the summit, and it was blowing rocks and pieces of ice. Which was not comfortable. I held on to Benjamin the rest of the way up so I didn't get blown away!

The wind did calm down after awhile, and mostly just came in really violent gusts every once in awhile.

Here I am... taking a rest. :-)

We could see three other mountains from the top.

Three other people from our group got to the top, but we (above) were the only others who made it.
It was probably the hardest and awesomest thing I have ever done.