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Christmas is Over

Pica decided to "help" us by taking down the Christmas tree herself...on Christmas day...while we weren't home.
Yaaaaaay.
Thank you, Pica!
(And, in case you're wondering, our Jack Russell Terrier is exactly why there were no ornaments on the tree.)

Merry Xmas Weekend!

The Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop will be back next weekend. For now, kick back and relax during the looong weekend (for me, at least. There are no patients at our office until January 8th!)
Expecting a bit more from this post? The gingerbread marshmallows I made for Christmas taste AMAZING dropped into a hot cup of coffee. Have you made them yet?

Merry Xmas from Kitty and Sexy Nerd!

We decorated the chalkboard door.



I made a batch of Joy the Baker's gingerbread marshmallows to take to Sexy Nerd's grandma's house.


I was worried that the homemade marshmallows wouldn't come out of the dish, but...ta da!

(so yummy!)
Sexy Nerd also baked up some dinner rolls and a baguette with herbs.
He's fancy like that.

My parents are spending Christmas with my family in Tucson and we're watching their dog for them. Britney will not let me take a photo of her.

Look over here, Britney.
Over here!!
Biscuit understands how to take a good photo, but Pica is stubborn like you-know-who.
Over here, Pica!
 Hopeless.
Merry Christmas!

An Alarming Experience

I use my Nexus 7 as my alarm clock. This morning, I woke up before it went off.

The screen said 9:32 (I have to be at work by 9!)

It was actually only 6:32.

There's nothing that starts your day quite like a small heart attack.

Blog Hop/Link Up Party

Any snow where you are?

Sexy Nerd's "Vacation" Photos

Anyone want to guess where Sexy Nerd went on his business trip?


Yes, those are SHARKS!
Sexy Nerd wears his "finger shoes" everywhere (much to my embarrassment).
Ooh, that is some scary vegetation.



So many people have stayed in this room...and no one has bothered to peel the stickers off the TV.
Haven't figured out where Sexy Nerd went? This photo is a bit of a dead giveaway.


He even got to ride in a helicopter! I'd be jealous, but it sounds terrifying.

Just your average business trip.

Digital Scrapbooking - Wedding Album

Molii Gardens at Kualoa Ranch
This January 10th = 10 years since our 1st date!
They were fancy.
Escape is futile, Sexy Nerd!

Just a small wedding with a handful of close friends and family
Instead of a traditional wedding ceremony, we had our guests walk "down the aisle" (a winding staircase) to us, where each received a lei.
The coconut cake from Ted's Bakery on Oahu made the perfect wedding cake. We were even able to have it again when we stopped in Hawaii last year on our way to Australia.

Time for a Blog Hop

Anyone get the entire holiday week off?

DIY Pottery Barn Chairs

I recently acquired some fabric from Wholeport.com. Remember my repainted Ashley Furniture dining chairs? You know, the ones I blogged about almost 4 years ago (!!!) with the intention of replacing the fabric (4 years ago)? It's finally time.

The original fabric, all stained and faded and pilled and yucky.
Pica does not approve.
Last year, I found some beautiful Pottery Barn cushions on clearance. They were perfect for our living room.

Fancy! (Just ignore the dog hair. There really is no stopping Pica. When she gets excited, which is ALL THE TIME, the hair just explodes from her body.)
Since our dining room and living room are side-by-side, I wanted to recover our dining chairs with fabric that would complement the Pottery Barn pillows. But it's not like I could just order matching fabric from them. Have you seen their prices? They charge $8.50 for sand!
Luckily, Wholeport had exactly what I've been looking for.
Living room cushions and soon-to-be dining room fabric, to…

Blog Hop! Link Up! Yippee!!!

Have a fun weekend, everyone!



Blog Hop for Friends, Fun, and (Bloggy) Celebrity Status

We're just a day away from seeing David Sedaris at Popejoy Hall! YIPPEE!!

Also, you know that novel I've been diligently chipping away at? The one I've been neglecting this blog for? The novel that's been keeping me awake at night, constantly churning away in the background of every little activity in my life? Yeah, that one. It's had a major development snafu. The ending is now the beginning, which means everything I've written leading up to the old ending (everything) is no longer any good and I no longer know how to end my story. Yaaaaaay!


Welcome to another Not "Baaad" (get it?) Sundays link up. There are 2 things that make this blog hop special:

1. This Linky is open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? That's wonderful if you did, but just fine if you didn't.
2. Do you ever find yourself trying not to duplicate posts on blog hops but aren't quite sure what you …

Best Travel Site

I'm not supposed to be blogging right now, (that novel isn't going to write itself, after all) but I wanted to quickly share my favorite travel site. Have you tried the Google flight finding tool? I've loved it for a while, but only recently noticed this feature:

THANK YOU, GOOGLE!!!
Is that the coolest thing you've ever seen? The Google flight homepage automatically puts in my location (Albuquerque) and shows me everywhere in the entire world I can fly to, with the total cost of my roundtrip (or one way) airfare. The prices above are my options for ditching work today and hopping on a plane. Who'd have thought a last minute fare to Vegas could be so low?

Then again, if I call in today, who else will help all the crazy parents who visit our office? It wouldn't be right.

Frozen (and NOT the Charming Disney Kind)

I am a thrifty person. Not cheap, just thrifty. Okay, maybe it would be accurate to say that I'm up along the very border of cheap. Only my toes are over the line. Today I would like to share a story from my college years, when I was working as a Pizza Hut manager, about one of the many times trying to save a few dollars has put me in a stupid situation.

I had a coupon for a free car wash. The regular price was $4.99, so without the coupon there was no way I would ever be getting my car cleaned. My car wasn’t dirty enough to justify using the coupon, so I continued to put off using it until the day before it expired. Although it was the middle of January, I took my Alero through the automatic car wash after leaving work, shortly before midnight. It was the last day before the specials changed at the grocery store, so after the thorough washing, I decided to drive next door to do a little grocery shopping before going home. I zipped inside right before the store clos…

Blog Hop/Linky Party

There's no time for chit chat today. I'm actually working on my novel! It's the same one I've been "working on" for the last decade or so - I never work on this thing. Soon I'll be 30 though, and I just can't bear the thought of having it nowhere near finished on my next birthday (notice I didn't say "the thought of not having it finished". I'm realistic.)

My brain wants to focus on every single thing except writing, like playing Candy Crush, watching the cars in front of my house run the stop sign (grrr!), and refilling my cup of tea for a third time. Maybe some Ritalin would help. How do you get Ritalin??

Have a great weekend and a fun Halloween!

Pumpkin Spice Latte (for LAZY People)

Have you noticed every blog has posted a Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte copycat recipe lately? This one is different. I promise! It's so good that I've been making a regular one with my breakfast each day and another decaf pumpkin latte every evening. At work, I shared the recipe with two patients last week!

When those pumpkin latte recipes started popping up, I couldn't wait to try them. They all had the same problem though - too much time and effort. Ummm, I want a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I can actually pull off before work in the morning, when my brain is still mostly asleep. Have you seen what some of these other recipe creators expect you to do? Boil down 3 cups of sugar until you have a simple (yeah right) syrup, shave fresh cinnamon from the stick you got from the farmer's market this morning, and have a unicorn spit into the mixture.

Who has time for all that?


Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (for LAZY people!)
   Serves 2

Ingredients
1/4 cup milk (I u…

Blog Hop - Share Your Faves (and Discover New Blogs)

*Extra-special Friday edition, because I'm impatient!


I had a fantastic check-up appointment the other day. Yes, my blood pressure and all that other stuff is fine, but what was really great was my fitness level. Well...sorta. The nurse and the doctor each asked me about whether or not I exercise regularly. I was able to proudly report that I walk on my treadmill twice a day, every single day, without exception. They were impressed!

Of course, I left out the part about how I've only owned the treadmill for about a week.

Happy weekend, bloggy friends!

Beware of Horny Birds

Have you ever seen the movie The Birds? We took these photos at the Peel Zoo in Australia last year.



Call us crazy, but we decided not to enter.

Remember when we visited Loreto? Apparently, I'm a psychotic bird magnet.

Wait...does that sentence imply that the birds are psychotic or that I am psychotic? Are there any grammar experts out there?