Tuesday, May 21, 2013

oklahoma needs us

watching the news makes me feel sad.

i think of all the parents who dropped their kids off at school yesterday...who will never come home.

i think of all the national guard, red cross, emt's, etc. that raced to help a devastated town.

i think of all the people.  the people who lost everything.  the people who have no home to go home to.  the people who lost their pets...their loved ones...their special keepsakes.  i think of all the people....oh, all the people.

my heart goes out to oklahoma and all the people affected by this horribly tragic tornado season.

i will pray.  and i will give.

here are a few ways you can help, too.

red cross:  text 'redcross' to 90999 to donate $10.

food bank:  text 'food' to 32333 to donate $10.

operation usa:  text 'AID' to 50555 to donate $10.

i know $10 doesn't seem like a lot...but if we all band together imagine how our donation can grow...our individual $10 donation quickly turns to $100, then $1,000, then $10,000...

every donation makes a difference.


Friday, May 17, 2013

friday philosophy

sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers.  sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.

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if my absence around here hasn't been enough of an indication, i have been so. crazy. busy!  life sure does move fast.  so fast that i can't believe the last time i posted was last week!  i've just been absolutely non-stop.  not that i'm's just been a cycle of making sure everything gets done...which leaves blogging off the plate sometimes.

what have i been doing?  oh, a little of this and a little of that...but certainly not missing anything other than you, my favorite readers!

work out
mother's day
work out
grocery shopping
plant flowers
work out

it's been nuts!  so, here's the actual break down of what's going on:

i work a full time job, over 40 hours a week.  i also work a part time job at a church, which can be anywhere from 5 to 15 hours a week, which sometimes i do work from home and sometimes i need to drive to church in the next town over.  

mike works a full time, 40-hour a week job.  he also works a part time job in the evenings 16+ hours a week.  

so now our weekends have become sacred for mike and i to spend time together!


i work out two mornings and two evenings a week (and this is the item that always gets sacrificed if i'm too busy).  mike loves to ride his bike and go fishing, when he can, mostly on weekends.


i just started going to a chiropractor (and cannot wait to share my experience!), so that will be a few appointments a week for awhile...meaning that's time i'm away from work that needs to be made up (sneaking into my out-of-work time).  other than that, we have very occasional/annual doctor's appointments.


last weekend was mother's day.  we went out to brunch with my parents, then to a nursery about 30 minutes away, then back to my parents house to enjoy the lake.  mike tried out my mom's kayak and we went out on the party barge (our first voyage out without my dad since getting our boater's licenses last summer!) to do a little fishing.  it turned out to be very cloudy and windy, so we didn't last long out there...but now that both mike and i are familiar with how my dad wants his boat, we'll be able to go out whenever we want!

the weekend before last was my birthday (cinco de drinko!).  mike and i had a bunch of errands to run on saturday and later that day i went out to giselle with a few of my friends.  then on sunday mike and i enjoyed a nice breakfast, spent a little bit with my parents, and then had a nice birthday dinner (which i also cannot wait to share with you. it was amazeballs!)

next up is the color vibe 5k -- next weekend!  i'm totally not prepared...but i don't care!  i'm doing my first 5k!!!  hopefully i'll live to tell the stay tuned.

and right after that -- vacation -- mike and i are going on a roadtrip!  (don't worry, the kitties will be very wel-loved by their aunties while we're gone!)  we're going to visit mike's family, going to my 10 (whaaaat!!!) year college reunion, visiting the baseball hall of fame, and stopping at every last antique/unique shop along the way!  it will be an 8 day trip of total madness, starting on memorial day.  a little for me, a little for mike, and a whole lot of quality time in the car.

i've gotta say, while i feel crazy at some moments, i'm so grateful to be so busy i can't blog.  (talk about first world problems.)  and i'm so grateful you guys keep coming back.

no seriously.

i'm so. freakin. grateful.  it makes my heart flutter with how many nice things you say to me and how you encourage me in my weight loss journey and how you try out my recipes and enjoy our silly adventures.

so, thank you for stickin' with me.  when life moves as fast as mine has been, you can't help but live in the moment!  so, while i feel like i've been repeatedly apologizing for being absent from this blog's more of an i-really-miss-blogging kind of apology.  you guys know i love cooking and being creative and going on adventures...and sharing it all with you!  so please know i've got a laundry list of stuff i want to share.  (ikea, what?!)  so, bare with me as i slowly get out of my rut of putting everything else ahead of my love for you and this little bloggy blog.

i hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  i'm looking forward to it!

=) andrea

Friday, May 10, 2013

friday philosophy

sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers.  sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.

in honor of mother's day on sunday, i figured i'd include some mom-centric philosophy today.

my mom has always given me i'm sure yours has too.  and while i'm not a mom yet, i can only imagine i'll probably be saying all the stuff she used to tell me when i have kids.

here are a couple things my mom has definitely tried to teach me.

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and of course, i'm sure most of us heard these a time (or twenty thousand)...

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 and how many times have you heard this?!

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happy mothers day to all the moms out there, especially mine!


=) andrea

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

art inspired by music

when one of my friends asked me to do a piece of art for her to give as a gift, i was full of emotion.  i was excited she thought i was talented enough to make a piece of art.  i was anxious that it wouldn't turn out the way i wanted.  i was honored that my piece would be a gift.  i was inspired to create a piece of art that would work in a baby's room, but would grow with him.  and lastly, when i heard this announcement last week (and this one), i was certain the timing couldn't be more perfect!

what were the announcements that got me so excited?

yay!!!  it's another round of the pinterest challenge.  not sponsored or anyway affiliated with pinterest, just thought up by katie bower to get us to stop pinning and start doing!  this time around we've got the usual suspects runnin' the show: katie and sherry...along with their guest hosts: emily and renee.

so, by now you should know that i've made some art inspired by music.  what music exactly?

little black submarines by the black keys.

while the song is kinda meloncholy and the lyrics don't exactly scream "kid's room", this project is indeed for a kid's room.  my friend suzanne asked me to create something that referenced the song (a favorite of the music-loving parents), without making it kid-like, despite it being for a 14 month old baby.  you know, something that he'll appreciate when he's sixteen...or sixty.

so, i started with these three images as my inspiration.

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and then i (badly) sketched out my idea.  

i was going to include a lyric, in a hidden kind of way (not at all the way my sketch showed it, more like this), but the lyrics seemed a little dark for a kid's room.  i wasn't sure about including the band name, which eventually got nixed, but you get the idea for my plan.  spotlights, gradient color background (including avocado green and sky blue from the boy's room), and, of course, little black submarines.

so, like any crazy artist does, once suzanne and i had nailed down a plan, i just started painting!

i used a canvas i had on hand and acrylic paint for the background.  for the little black submarines i used sharpie oil based paint markers.  i love how the acrylic paint has a matte finish, while the oil based sharpies left a little bit of a glossy finish.  the submarines stand out nicely and i couldn't be happier with my result!

and that's my very first commissioned piece of art!  

i'm so excited to give it to my friend.  i sent her a couple progress shots and she was beyond excited.  i hope mom and dad love it and i hope the little one keeps it forever!

be sure to check out the other ladies' projects too!

emily's reupholstered parsons chair

katie's 'double size double u'

sherry's window boxes

renee's reversible painted doormat

in emotions, lyrics, art, and being pinspired...

=) andrea

Friday, May 3, 2013

friday philosophy

sometimes i come across a quote that bears some kind of significance and i want to share it with you dear readers.  sometimes it's based on where i am in life or a certain event, sometimes a quote just reminds me of a friend, or sometimes it makes me think.

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today's quote is for my boyfriend, mike.

sometimes i forget to remind him how awesome he is.  he's a hard worker.  he's a good friend.  he's funny.  he's supportive.  he's loving.  he's hard on himself.  he's determined.  he's ready for adventures.

and most of all, he's deserving.  mike is deserving of his hard work paying off and for all his dreams to come true.

i couldn't be more proud of mike.  and because i don't say it as often as i should, i figured putting it out here on the interwebs might make up for it.  or at least a little.

michael...i'm so happy to share my life with you.  i'm so happy to support you in all the adventures this life takes us.  i'm just so darn happy to love the crap outta you.

so...thanks for being you.  

now go make those dreams come true!

happy friday!

=) andrea

Thursday, May 2, 2013

{go to this} giselle

if you live anywhere in new hampshire or vermont, you should make plans for this weekend to see giselle at the lebanon opera house (in lebanon, nh) performed by city center ballet.  i'm going to the performance on saturday at 7:30, but there's another one on sunday afternoon at 2:30.

you may remember back to my recommendations of clara's dream and cinderella, past productions from city center ballet that my dear friend jennifer choreographed.  well, folks, she's at it again!

this ballet tells the story of a lovely peasant girl named giselle who has a passion for dancing, and when she finds out the man she loves is engaged to someone else she dies of a broken heart.  the role of giselle has been known as the most famous romantic ballet role; she is sweet, innocent, and beautiful, but ends up in a love triangle.  talk about some drama!

this performance will include the students from lebanon ballet school as well as professional dancers from new york city and beyond.  the dancers got into costume this week, so check out these sneak peek photos from city center ballet's facebook page.  (go over and 'like' them!)

CCB Soloist, Kassady Small
CCB Principle Dancer, Madi Levesque

super cute.


as i mentioned in my post about clara's dream last year, all of city center ballet's costumes are handmade.  as in sewed and stitched and put together completely by actual people.  it's amazing.  it's worth going just to see the costumes.  seriously.

so, if you don't have plans for saturday night - go to see giselle.  and if you have cinco de mayo plans, just make them for around 4:00.  that way you can see the show and keep your plans.  see what i did there?  it's a win-win for everyone.  and everyone needs a little culture in their get out there!  celebrate the arts!  go to the ballet!

visit the lebanon opera house website here for tickets to the show!

tickets are $25 in advance for adults ($20 for seniors and $12 for students) and the price goes up by $5 at the door.  so you're best to visit the lebanon opera house website - right now!

i'm so looking forward to seeing this show -- i've never seen it so i can't wait to see how the storyline plays out, how gorgeous the costumes are, and how amazing the dancers are!

see you at the ballet!

=) andrea

all photos were taken from facebook.  check out their pages -- city center ballet and giselle.
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