Friday, July 31, 2009

Running, & Running, & Running

Here's hoping for legs like this after I'm through.
found here

To most of you, this goal would be easy. To me, it sounds like torture. I have never been a runner. In high school, I ran in the back of the group. With the smokers. I have never smoked. I have also been known to ask if games involve running before agreeing to participate. It's just not my thing.

But I'm stuck. I need something new. A challenge. A feeling of accomplishment. Motivation. Success.

I'm starting this plan tonight and posting it for you all (all 3 of you :)) so I'll actually follow through. I think I'm ready. Here we go.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Birthday Cake: FAIL

Picture from smitten kitchen
What my cake should have looked like.

My friend Megan is always making the cutest cakes for birthdays... this year, she made me cupcakes with butter cream frosting (my favorite). She inspired the big dreams I had of making my sister the birthday cake she'd be talking about for years. As in, "remember that one year when you made me that AMAZING cake... that was the best..." I searched high and low and settled for this one from Smitten Kitchen.

What my cake ACTUALLY looked like.

It wasn't the easiest of recipes and I followed it step by step. Everything was going good until I added the 3rd layer and it started to collapse. I thought, "nothing a little frosting can't cover..." So I continued on with the frosting and chocolate glaze. Then the cake literally started cracking and falling apart. I have no idea what happened and that picture above is what it looked like BEFORE it was cut. I almost had left it at 2 layers and I wish I had. Thankfully, my sister is good sport and we ate it anyway. It may of been ugly, but it tasted darn good! Maybe next time it will look good too.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oh Snap

This picture is to prove to the world that me and my sister are not twins and that I am the older one. I was very much 6 years old, on this day, 22 years ago. This picture also proves that she was indeed born in Des Moines, IA (if you look closely you can see "Iowa Methodist Medical Center" on my gown) and not adopted from Ethiopia like we used to tell her. :) Pretty sure we (as in me and my brother) were way mean to her growing up and I'm thankful she is so forgiving and doesn't hold it against us. It took us a while to warm up to another sibling, but now I'm thankful she's around and makes me laugh almost every day! Happy Birthday, Linz...I love you!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Pretty Penny

Pretty sure I'll be saving for this dress!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Summer Letter

The only time I ever remember wearing pigtails.1984
Dear Sister,
Let's set the record straight. I love my city. I really do. D-town is where it's at for me... Atleast for now. But I'm boorrreeeddd. Sure, there's things I could be doing -- cleaning, walking the dog, going to the gym, working on some project. Heck, I could even be filling out my UoP application...Remember when you were a kid and thought you had nothing to do during the summer? We didn't know a thing. Today, summer is basically half over and I haven't got much to show for it. I'm glad you're coming to play this weekend. We'll have a fabulous time and won't be bored for one second. I promise.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Night on the Town

Right before Megan left for vacation (I'm still in denial that she's leaving), her and Amanda took me out to celebrate my birthday. Oh and celebrate we did. We dressed up, had a fancy dinner, laughed a lot, and memories were made. Ultimately, it made me more thankful for girls like this to live life with.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Happy Independence Day! In my humble opinion, I'm a citizen of the greatest country in the world. That makes me lucky.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Washingon DC

I'm excited to report I get to cross another thing off my list. I just got back from a work trip to Washington DC. I think I fell in love with that city. I don't have many pictures of me on the trip. This one will have to do as proof I was actually there. Trip highlights include: staying in the nicest hotel I've have ever stepped foot in, Arlington National Cemetery where I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye the entire time, the Holocaust Museum where I couldn't hold it in anymore and balled like a baby, the Iwo Jima monument, and getting caught in the presidential motorcade. I didn't have nearly enough time and would love to go back. I need to work in that city someday. That's all there is to it.
Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Rows and rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery

Iwo Jima Monument for Marines

The White House