Monthly Archives: March 2013

03.18.13

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My ears are still clogged….can you believe it?

I thought this Monday’s task would be impossible, but since I am still under the weather I am now thinking it might not be so bad.  You ready for this… monday matter I know, I know…it’ll be hard.  If you’re like me then your phone is attached to your hand at all times.  When I forgot my phone at home a couple months ago my whole day seemed off kilter.  I was all “the world needs to see this perfect frozen custard…the girls who are dieting will be so jealous ohhh wait”.  I get it.

But really think about how often our phones are glued to our hands, and how much we are missing.  I wonder about all the beautiful sights that pass me by while I am checking Facebook.  I mean what if P. Diddy is throwing white party invites out and I just walk on by staring at my little screen packed with gossip.  I could be hanging out with the Beibs instead of stalking who Selena is snuggling up to nowadays.

 Can you think back to when we were tots and roamed the streets with no way of contacting anyone, those were the days.  Aliens could have abducted us and no one would know until we made it back home for dinner.  Now you can check-in on the spaceship, and show breaking photos, and get their digits while you’re at it.  Holler for the little green guys.

So today, and only today because I may go through severe withdrawals (sad, but true) I am leaving my phone home.  I have plenty of gasoline, and if I do break down I feel like at least one car will have a cell phone that I can borrow after promising I don’t have bird flu.  I wonder how much Tim is going to miss me blowing up his phone with dreams of goldendoodle puppies.

Are you addicted to your cellular?
Can you go a whole day without it?  A whole week?
Will Facebook file a missing persons for me tomorrow?

Written by Christina and Tim
03.15.13

Is it Friday?
Being on vacation has me so thrown off.

Being on vacation has also reignited my love for home.
To celebrate this great state in the middle of nowhere, I started looking for art and accessories to represent.  I found oodles… show me love 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10

Here’s what else I found this week… lovelylittledetails How tasty do those grapes look?  I haven’t made them yet but the flavor combination sounds incredible.  I think they will make a refreshing snack in the summer out by the pool.  Jacin from Lovely Little Details is always creating beautiful things, including delish food.  I must warn you though, if you click on over to her site you will spend hours drooling over gorgeous florals and contemplating how to move to New England, Australia, and California. beautifulmess Look at those honeycomb shelves, you can quote me….honeycomb is the new chevron.  Just look at Katie Bower’s backsplash.  The girls from A Beautiful Mess featured these simple and beautiful shelves.  Their styling makes me so jealous. eastcoastcreative If you haven’t checked out East Coast Creative’s “Creating with the Stars” well then where have you been?  They’ve paired up DIY celebrities and some up and comers to create some pretty stellar projects.  My favorite of round one had to be the side table that was upcycled from an old tire.  Are you serious, that is genius.  Color me impressed, which happens to be that happy yellow.

What did you find this week?
Got any fun plans for the weekend?

My Patty’s Day plans may be put on hold thanks to the whole sickness thing.

Written by Christina and Tim

03.14.13

Usually ends up posted all over the internet thanks to all our instant sharing.

I mean, doesn’t the world need to see what I’m eating every meal.  Thought so.

Luckily, this weekend our photos were a little more interesting than usual, thanks to a short little jaunt out to Sin City.  That’s Vegas not Cancun okay.

Ready for the Vegas photo drop?
Sing it with me now….I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly. one 1.  Only got to the airport three hours early.
2.  Think these letters will fit in my suitcase.
3.  We found glasses, we wore glasses.
4.  My mom wanted in on the action.
5.  The Luxor letting the aliens know whats up.
6.  I do love an accordion player.
7.  Having a little drinkity drank.
8.  Everything is pretty in Vegas.
9.  First night out was the Mandalay Bay. tew 1.  My favorite casino…the Venetian.
2.  Just hanging out with gold tigers.
3.  Do you feel like you’re in Rome yet.
4.  Our view from lunch, gorgeous.
5.  Double fisting like a pro.
6.  So did Caesar actually live here?
7.  Future millionaires of America.
8.  Those flamingos were so in love.
9.  Crushed by a bicep. thrice 1.  Again, can I take these home?
2.  Bright lights in the city.
3.  Hey hey you you.
4.  I drank that whole drink too.
5.  The chandy at Cosmopolitan.
6.  Every vacation needs one of these.
7.  Where we laid our heads.
8.  Traveling the world one casino at a time.
9.  Ohhhh yummy little cocktail. four 1.  I thought these were an urban legend.
2.  The largest TV in the world.
3.  Had to visit the classics.
4.  Giddy up on in here cowboys.
5.  Do I need to explain this?
6.  If you didn’t know, we are related.
7.  The whole gang.
8.  The birthday girl and me.
9.  A sweet treat at 2am can’t be beat.

Even though I did not come home a big winner….I feel like some Vegas fun is worthy of an award.  So I am throwing some gold stars at them. grub swim with the fishies so pretty drinks on me hey mama ri ra video anywhere
Of course I couldn’t choose a favorite aquarium…that would be like choosing a favorite child.

Do you have any favorites that I missed?
Do you love live bands and photo shoots?

Written by Christina and Tim
03.13.13

I am back from Vegas….and I am broke.  And sick.

Two weeks before we left my dad came down with a nasty cold, you know the one….gross cough-headache-achy all over-feverish chills-all around disgustingness.  For two weeks I evaded it.  I bobbed and weaved even when my mom came down with it and Timbo added a sore throat to the mix.  I felt victorious.

Then I went to Vegas, and that cold laughed right in my face .
Struck down in my prime.

I toughed it out, and although I couldn’t manage any all-nighters I did keep up with the Vegas Veterans.  You know the ones…..sparkly hats-empty pack of cigarettes-fanny packs-totally reasonable shoes.

While there I did some very legitimate research, here is what’s up:

Of the many dealers, bartenders, taxi drivers, servers, street performers, and cops I “formally interviewed” only one was a born-and-raised Vegas kid.  So what are all these Vegas natives doing?  Do they avoid the tourists and become teachers or do they move to Nebraska on their 18th birthday?  Or is there a whole Vegas underworld I should know about?

No one, I repeat no one said they “hang out” on the strip on their downtime.  I get it.  I don’t like dealing with $9 beers and Stumble McGees either.  But then are we “faking” industry nights?  Am I not talking to the right people?  Is it a gimmick to make me feel like part of the gang….you know a local.  With that many people working on one road, do you all know each other.  Is it like Cheers?  Where is Norm?

Do you think the Chippendales hang out with the Show Girls by the pool?

Taxi drivers can make a real good living off drunk people.  Let’s face it, when you are bombed your best friend is the guy who is getting you to Fat Burger faster…..he totally deserves all your Blackjack winnings.  Or at least a couple of those escort cards that you collect at every corner.

Most people who visit Vegas act in a way that they would normally deem inappropriate back home.  Dresses are shorter, heels are higher, boys walk around with foot-long pink frozen daiquiris….but almost everyday you see a reunion of some sort.  What a small-big town, huh?  So my question is…how do you explain that pair of thigh high stockings to your frat brothers when you get back home?

If you have an accent, can sing, do magic, throw fire, or tell fortunes….become a bartender.  Get rich.

Bartenders would never want to be a Dealer, Taxi drivers couldn’t stand bartending, and Drummers are super cute but none as cute as Timbo.

How many Transformers, Mickey Mouses, and Spongebob characters can you fit in one town?  This place rivals Orlando….this seems like a fantastic “children clause” built into Sin City.  We can definitely bring the kiddos, they will love drunk Elmo.

On an unrelated note, thanks to getting down with the sickness my flight home was a bust.  I always have trouble with my ears.  If you have ever sat next to me on a flight I am sorry for the rapid gum chomping, compulsive water sipping, and yawning on repeat.  My ears are overly sensitive, and that could be a whole post on its own.  for today let’s just say that my ears are still stuck at 38,000 feet.

Completely clogged ears, shooting pains, and a ridiculous equilibrium is all up in my business.  I need help folks.  How can I get them to pop?  I can’t hear a thing.  T wants to take me to the hospital but this is about the third time my ears neglected to let loose.

Do you have any tips for helping with those pesky ears while traveling?
Do you think I could get my hands on an astronauts helmet?  Or Jay Z headphones?

Written by Christina and Tim

03.12.13

March Mantel-ness....

Posted by Christina // 2 Replies

This is for all the ladies in the midst of brackets and basketball.

We can make our own March fun, right?
We can call it mantel madness, you down?

A couple weeks (yes weeks) ago I decorated the mantel for St. Patty’s Day.
What can I say, I am excited.

Once again I have to ask for photography forgiveness.  Mantel is directly across from our fish tank.  Hence, lots of blue glowiness and glares. march mantel I had lots of yarn left over from my St. Pat’s wreath, so I channeled my inner Martha and made lots of yarn poufs and called it garland.

Have you been decorating in green and gold?
Got a fancy mantel?  I’d love to see it.

Written by Christina and Tim
03.11.13

Make Monday Matter....ten

Posted by Christina // 3 Replies

Who is excited for Monday?
Especially one where we lost an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time?
If you answered yes then I envy your ambitious positivity.

For the rest of us, let’s make this Monday extra special.
Maybe show Ma Earth a little lovin. monday matter This has been a hot topic the last few years, and while it seems like everyone already has all their bulbs changed out because they are good people….we did not.  Even though every time we have to replace a bulb, we do use the energy savers, we still had a ton of the relics just waiting to burn out.  In short, we are not be actively green.  We are actually kind of lazy. the lightbulb moment Doesn’t it seem like a small change?  Who knew it made such a big impact. and then Yup, that’s it.

Go spend a couple bucks and actively change those bulbs instead of just waiting until they need replaced.

Tim is not super crazy about this weeks action plan because he says there are high levels of Mercury and these bulbs need special disposal.  If they break you are not supposed to clean them up yourself, you should call your local waste management company.  I figure if they last forever, we only have to worry about it every decade or so.  He still puts up a little fight but then I shoot him down with the world-saving facts.

Where do you fall on the great light bulb debate?
Are they dangerous, or the best thing ever?

Written by Christina and Tim