Right Now

Listening to: Florence and the Machine (especially love Shake it Out), some new James Morrison and Gotye. I just learned that Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat are coming the Music at the Zoo series so I’m thinking about listening to them live come June. Is there anything better than live music outside in the summer?

Dreaming about: Winning the MegaMillions jackpot. But really, who isn’t???

Feeling: A bit run down this past week (hence the lack of blog posts lately). The thing about PNH is that sometimes you just feel like garbage. For me, those times are the exception, not the rule. For so many others with PNH it is their daily reality so I can’t complain about a bad week here and there. Besides, it gives me an excuse to catch up on Selling LA which has brought me to an important conclusion, rich people are crazy. Seriously, how does one get to the point where they believe they absolutely can’t live with anything less than 5,000 square feet, a gourmet kitchen they never plan to cook in, a stunning view of the ocean and a master suite larger than most people’s first homes? Crazy I tell you.

Working on: Lots of crochet projects. Weeks like this when I’m feeling less than stellar I am even happier than normal that I decided to take up this new hobby. It’s the perfect way to be creative when I don’t have the energy for much else. Not that scrapping takes a lot of energy, but it’s hard to be productive when you feel like falling asleep on your desk. So I’m getting crazy with yarn around here. I’m making flowers for flip flops (more on that later), a gift for a friend, and this sweater/shrug.

Reading: I recently finished The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. Here’s the link to the Goodreads summary in case anyone’s interested. I liked it but I didn’t totally love it. There were lots of interesting things going on in the book, and I’m sure I would have gotten a lot more out if it had I read it in a classroom setting where you really dig in deep, but I just didn’t love any of the characters so it didn’t grab me all that much. I’m now reading Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I bought it a few years ago and didn’t really get into it but I picked it up again and am loving it this time around.

Obsessed with: Finally learning how to do my hair and makeup. I am thirty after all, it might be time. The thing about us horse girls is that we spent our teen years making our horses beautiful instead of learning to make ourselves beautiful like most girls. But I am on a mission to finally learn all of those girly things, and so far it’s going pretty well. I learned how to curl my hair (who knew I was doing it wrong all this time???), have discovered that sea salt spray is the answer to most of my hair problems, and finally found a foundation that actually matches my face. I had no idea how happy the right foundation would make me. I switched to the oil cleansing method for washing my face and I am loving it. It takes a bit longer to get ready for bed but my skin feels and looks great so it’s totally worth it. I’m learning all kinds of new things and having lots of fun getting girly 🙂

Thus concludes the most random, boring blog post ever. My brain is lacking spark right now. I do apologize…

Frog Hunting

I don’t know how it’s possible that there are frogs hopping around in Minnesota in March but there are. And Maggie could not be more excited. She starts frog hunting as soon as it’s warm enough to take night walks every year, and this year was no exception. Normally that means at least a month of her pouncing in vain on every leaf and rock she sees. But not this year! Well, there’s till lots of pouncing on rocks and leaves just in case they might be a frog, but there are actual frogs as well. She loves to chase them as they hop, although we’ve learned to keep her on a very tight leash in order to ensure the frogs safety.Frog: “Cheeeeeese!”

Maggie: “Please do something that I can chase you frog!!! Why are you so lazy???”

I am convinced this is what is going through their heads in this picture and nothing you can say will make me change my mind!

More Zoo Love

You didn’t think I was done sharing zoo pictures now did you??? Of course not! 😉Green is popping up all over the place!This is one of the new kids on the block. I don’t know much about them except they are called dholes, they have cute ears, and they are in trouble with the zoo keepers for not coming in at dinner time.Paris makes this exact same face.These little guys are darn near impossible to get a good picture of. It’s too dark and they are too fast. But they’re so cute that I keep on trying.They have now taken to chasing people’s fingers which is incredibly entertaining. Did I mention how cute they are???Another guy zooming around making it hard to get a good picture. Still pretty cute though.The other new guy on the block. This guy makes Justin incredibly happy. Wolves are his absolute favorite and this guy has that tough guy look that makes boys happy.He was messing with the coyotes on the other side. I’m not sure how exactly they were communicating since they couldn’t see each other but there was some serious perimeter patrol going on on both sides.Then he was kind enough to come give us some face time since we were so excited to see him. Isn’t he stunning?I believe this guy struts around while the song “Shake your tail feathers” plays in his head.It’s a good thing that there is a strong barrier separating me from these guys because I want nothing more than to get in there and scratch his ears. They just might like it. Or not…

Scrappy Shares

A Valentine’s Day layout.Smashing spring!I’m doing a good job keeping up with my Smash book, making that my priority whenever I have new pictures so that I can keep it current. I want this to be the place that I tell all the little stories that make up our life. I don’t feel like I’m doing a great job of telling the little details and stories though so I want to work on that. That is the part of Project Life that I am most interested in and I want to do a better job of incorporating that into my Smash book. Things to work on…

Bears, Bears & More Bears

I thought I’d kick off my zoo picture shares with my bear pictures because, well,  because they’re just so darn cute. And I took a lot of pictures of them. Like over 70. What can I say, my trigger finger has a habit of going a little crazy. I should add that bear pictures require lots and lots of photoshopping since the glass presents quite the photography dilemma. Between the water marks, reflections and the blue green hue the glass casts, the pictures don’t start out looking to great. I use actions from the Coffee Shop blog and the Pioneer Woman blog which help quite a bit, just in case any of you were wondering 🙂 They are still far from perfect but I think they do the trick of capturing how adorable these guys are.The big guy in the water put on quite the show. He was very busy fishing, walking/swimming round and round, chasing after the few trout that were frantically avoiding him. After quite a bit of work he finally caught one. He’s come quite a ways from the days when we watched him try to kick the fish to death. The other two bears just watched him like he was crazy. I’m pretty sure they were thinking “we don’t really know what’s wrong with him. We’re pretty sure he was dropped on his head as a cub. A lot.” That is until he caught the fish of course. Then they were all like “WHAT??? Where’s mine???”. After all his hard work he celebrated with some well earned play time. Nothing better than a big log in the water if you’re a bear.Of course it’s also rather enjoyable to just play with your feet.This guy was like “Fish smish. My cantaloup is delicious and I don’t have to look like a crazy bear to catch it.” At least I think that’s what he said.

Staycation 101

Justin has a home office, which is wonderful for a wide variety of reasons, but it does have one downside, there is no such thing as leaving work at work. So we make a point of taking several “staycations” throughout the year. It’s a time for the two of us to spend lots of quality time together, have fun and do our favorite things. Just like a vacation but without leaving home 🙂 After a very busy couple months for Justin at work, and lots of busyness to come, this weekend was the perfect time to squeeze in a little staycation. We took long walks through the woods, in our flip flops because it was 80 degrees (!!!!!!!).Maggie even busted out the hot face for the first time this year.We grilled some absolutely delicious meals. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to be eating summer foods!We played some bean bags while Maggie refereed. I still lost, even though I’m pretty sure she was on my side.In general, Maggie found the staycation delightfully exhausting.We tried out a new ice cream place before going to a movie. Our Coldstone recently closed, leaving my ice cream loving husband a tad bit devastated. We needed to find a replacement. Stat! And I’m happy to say we did just that. Dark chocolate ice cream. Need I say more? After ice cream we went to see 21 Jump Street. It was as good as the ice cream. In other words, fantastical.We visited the zoo (lots more pictures to come from that adventure!),and we visited the new arrivals to the Sea Life Aquarium.We explored a new (to us) park along the Mississippi river,and took lots of night walks, which, much to Maggie’s delight, included frogs (seriously, how are there frogs in March???). We put a lot of miles on our feet during our staycation!It was a great few days with my main squeeze. I’m so happy that we are able to take these little time outs from life every once and awhile and just enjoy each other. These are the little things that make life extra good.