Friday, February 26, 2010

2 years, 600 posts

Yesterday, I looked back to see when I made my first blog post on this blog. February 26, 2008. I blogged about being 100 days out from our wedding. And now, on February 26, 2010, I have blogged 600 times. 600 blog posts. That is a lot of blogging in just 2 years. So many things have changed in my life since 2/26/08. I got married, I gained a niece, we bought a house, Chris started a new job, we got a kitty, I got fat. Ahhhhhhh memories. I really look forward to continuing my blog journey for as long as I have something to write about. Who knows what I will be writing about in 2012?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy Happy Joy Joy

I was tagged by Heather at Heather Drive in the Happy Happy Joy Joy post!
The Rules: - List 10 things that make you happy - Tag 10 other bloggers and link back to the person who tagged you. The 10 things that make me happy.... 1. Hugs from my husband 2. Spending time with my family 3. Seeing my kitty first thing in the morning and when I get home from work in the afternoon. 4. My favorite tv shows 5. Exercising 6. A clean house 7. Holding my niece's hand 8. Payday 9. Going on vacation 10. Having a fully enjoyable day at work And now I have to tag 10 bloggers... Stefanie at Stefanie's Stories Mrs. B Lynsey Kaye at The Foster Following Mama Parker at Parallel Parking Angela at The Borchert Family Blog Ok, I can only think of 5 but if you read my blog and weren't tagged, just pretend you were and post this on your blog anyways!

LOST (Spoilers inside)

I loved the episode last night!! Here are my questions and comments: 1. Who is David's mom? This had best be revealed at some point and it better be good! 2. Me thinks Claire knows that Jin is lying about the Temple Others having Aaron. But she is playing along with it in hopes that Kate is there so she can kill her. 3. Since Mocke and Claire are a team and are headed to the Temple, will Sayid join their forces of evil since he is also infected? 4. Hurley is awesome. He had some great lines last night. "Dude, I just lied to a samuari." HIlarious. 5. Speaking of samuari's....of course he was at David's audition. Of course. 6. Where is Sawyer? Was he waiting outside of Claire's tent with Mocke? I'm sure once he hears of this plan to potentially murder Kate, he will change his mind about being done with all of the Losties. He can't let that happen! 7. What was up with only showing very short clips from next week? It is THAT good of an episode? They have raised the bar by doing that and even though I am loving this season so far, a tease like that better yield serious results.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dude, GET OVER IT

If you are like me, you have been glued to your television and filling up your DVR with coverage of the Olympics. I even downloaded an App on my iphone that gives me up to date results and stories. I heart the Olympics. Most athletes are gracious and thrilled to step foot on the Olympic playing field. Some, like the young Georgian athlete who lost HIS LIFE on a practice run or Kevin Pearce who was injured back in December on the snowboard halfpipe in Utah, never get their chance to even compete. But the ultimate douche Evgeni Plushenko can't get over getting a silver. A SILVER MEDAL. How many 4th place finishers would love a silver? How many bronze medalists would love a silver? How many gold medalists would still be pretty darn happy with a silver? Most, I would think. Dude....you did a quad. No,Evan Lysacek didn't. But hey guess what? This new type of scoring is set in stone and if you don't like it, don't compete. If the rules change and you don't agree with them, walk away from the sport. Easy. But don't put this on your website because really, it just makes you look like a complete ASS although we already knew that about you. Platinum medal? Seriously? What is wrong with this guy?

Friday, February 19, 2010

3 years ago

February 19, 2007.
I never saw it coming.....
The second happiest day of my life.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Help Me Pick: Photos for a Contest

I've decided it would be fun to enter some of my photographs into the Photography Showcase at a local fair. I can enter up to 2 pictures per class. Would picture #5 be considered nature or still life? For the Scenic class, I need to pick between pictures #1, #2, #3, #4. Please pick your favorite two and post in the comments section. Thanks so much!!! #1 15750079 #2 15750080 #3 tahoe 052 #4 15750144 #5 lightning bolt

Monday, February 15, 2010

On the Walls

I realize I should just wait until our house is completely done before posting picture after picture but I'm impatient. I apologize.
Chris did some shopping and found some amazing pieces to go on our walls. He has quite the eye!
The rooms look SO different with beautiful pictures on the wall.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Compare and Contrast

I know I just posted pictures of our house days ago but I only just remembered that I wanted to do a comparison of the dining room, living room and family room since they look SO different than when we first purchased the house.
Dining Room Before:
After:
Living Room Before:

After:
Family Room Before:

After:

Eventually, we will get the upstairs bedrooms painted and furnished so I can show those off too!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gather around, kiddies!

Its story time!!
It was Valentine's Day, 2006. I was living on my own and Chris was an hour away from me. V-day fell on a Tuesday so we celebrated the weekend before. I didn't know what I wanted to get him for Valentine's Day. I wanted something original and cute, something he would really enjoy. It was only our second Valentine's Day together and the first since I moved over an hour away.
I thought long and hard about what would make him happy, what he would have fun with, what he would never forget. LIGHT BULB MOMENT.
So I went to Blockbuster and rented The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I wrapped it, put a bow on it and impatiently waited for him to open it.
Chris: Oh. I already have this. And why are you giving me a dvd from Blockbuster?
Me: Hello? :blank stare:
Chris: OMG. Does this mean you are going to watch this???
Me: Yes. And I regret it already.
We settled in for a long night of watching this painfully long movie and decided to make it somewhat of a tradition. Except I have no recollection of watching The Two Towers. At all. We might have. Ok wait, its actually coming back to me. I think we watched it and I had to take about 5 katrillion breaks in between.
So of course, for this Valentine's Day, we will get comfortable on the couch, turn on our massive tv, and watch all 4 million hours of The Return of the King. I'm making Taco Soup and garlic bread and my ever so predicatable heart shaped chocolate cakes (I always make heart shaped cakes as a surprise for him and he is totally onto me).
Any wife who says she will voluntarily watch a 4 hour movie should win an award.

OMG! I did win an award. Sure I made it myself in paint just now but whatever. It's an award. I'm putting this achievement on my resume.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Following the trend....

I'm not sure if I am interesting enough for anyone to actually ask anonymous questions directed at me but I thought I would put it out there just in case. Formspring.me has been popping up in a lot of my favorite blogs so I thought I would join the group. My site is: http://www.formspring.me./MichelleMGD If you read my blog through reader, click over and there is a box waiting for you to enter your questions. If I get no questions in a week, I will take it down out of shame and to avoid making my self esteem wither away into nothing.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Case Against Soda

I've been free of soda since January 1st and challenge all of you to rethink the amount of soda you drink per day. Yes, it tastes yummy and might give you a jumpstart to your day but so will water, regular sleep and exercise. Read this interesting study conducted by the Univ. of Minnesota about the risks of drinking regular soda! This is a cool website too! Knowledge is power. You can't argue with facts!! Link here (CBS) Mothers have warned for decades that drinking too much soda might cause cavities, but those sugar-laden beverages may expose people to a much greater risk - cancer. A recently released study from the University of Minnesota finds that people who drink as few as two soft drinks a week face almost double the risk of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease, according to a report by CBS station WCCO-TV. "Their risk of getting pancreatic cancer over the time period of the study was almost two times higher than their counterparts who were consuming little or no sugar-sweetened beverages in the study," said Dr. Mark Pereira. The study, which examined data from 60,000 people in Singapore over 14 years, found that regular soft drink consumers were 87 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, even after accounting for factors like age, obesity, diabetes and cigarette smoking. The study only applies to consumption of regular soda, not diet soft drinks or fruit juices. The problem might be the quantity of sugar in the drinks. The pancreas produces insulin to balance the body's blood sugar levels. More sugar means more insulin. "Insulin has been shown to promote the growth of most tissues including cancer cells, so that might be the mechanism if this is cause and effect," said Pereira. While fruit juices are also often high in sugar, people often consumer smaller quantities - about 8 to 12 ounces - compared with 20 or 30 ounces of soda.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Our House

I'm sure I have blogged before with the title "Our House" but since our downstairs is looking more and more complete, I want to show it off. We got motivated yesterday when we were hosting 24 people for the Super Bowl Party. We finally hung some things on our wall and feel like we have a general style for our house so we hope to go art hunting and find some more pieces to hang up.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Making Sense of LOST

If you love Lost and are looking to dive deeper into the story line, looking for explanation and clarification as well as new theories, you really should be reading Jeff Jensen's recap every Wednesday morning. After reading just the first two pages (there are 7 pages on the website, be prepared), all of my ideas and thoughts about last night have changed. Seriously...go there. Read it. It helps.

Season 6, Episode 1 (SPOILERS)

I've never been much of a Lost criticizer. I love the show, I believe in the writers and I sit back and enjoy it without judging what they are doing with the storyline. During commercials last night, I logged onto Facebook and saw people saying how they didn't like the first hour and how they were dissapointed in the episode. HELLO? It is the first episode. You think it would be a good idea to start a season revealing everything? They are creating a slow burn up to the finale. Patience, people. PATIENCE. Here are my brief thoughts about the episode. SPOILER ALERT. -So, so, so sad that Juliet died. So sad. Her character was so unlike the others. She went to the island thinking she was going to be doing something positive. She left her life behind. I was hoping she would have a happy ending with Sawyer. It was so awesome to see how much he loved her. Tears. -So, so, so sad that Sayid died.....oh wait, nevermind. Huge relief. I love Sayid. -I love Sun and Jin. Even though she totally allowed him to be taken away at the airport!! But what could she have done? Broke out her perfect English? No way! -I L.O.V.E. the dual storylines. This may be obvious but I'll put it out there for my own record keeping. I think it is a great idea to show what their lives would have been like had the bomb sent them back to a safe landing in L.A. And so far we see, their lives would have run together anyways. And I think it is great that the bomb didn't send them back to L.A. But Juliet was right. It did flash them just not where they thought. Based on the flares that the Temple People sent up, they are in the same time as Sun, et al. Which makes me super duper happy because I really want Jin and Sun to be together again. -I read some things last night that people said they were sick of the Losties being on the Island. But I disagree. They are not done on the Island. Jacob sent them there on purpose. They have something to take care of there. There is a purpose. See you next week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LOST

It is FINALLY time for LOST!!!! I am so excited for tonight. SO EXCITED. Because I am a dork, I think I will blog on Wednesdays my thoughts on the episode. I would love to have other Lost fans join in with their thoughts in the comments. And just because I think it is funny and cool, here is a picture from our honeymoon in Maui. Apparently, we experienced a Lost-like time flash.....

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....minus the nosebleeds and headaches. You can still see my horrid cold sore though. Gross. Who is your favorite Lost character and why?

Monday, February 1, 2010

This Week....

-I will make sure all the dishes are away in the cupboards before I go to bed. -I will Shred every single night -I will take a walk with my husband at least 3 times (if it is not pouring rain) -I will make dinner 4 nights -I will NOT answer my phone, check my facebook/twitter or play Words With Friends during Lost on Tuesday night. -I will eat an apple every day -I will begin my February Quit item TODAY: No Fast Food! (Starbucks will be given up next month).