Easter Surprise...

While visiting my future in-laws for Easter yesterday, we got a less than the normal Easter surprise... An earthquake. A 7.2 earthquake to be exact down in Mexico.

I was sitting on the ground with my sister in-law watching the boys fly a kite when the ground all of a sudden started to "roll". It wasn't shaking, but more like the feeling of a water bed. After about 4 seconds, I realized that we were having an earthquake. It went on for at least 25 seconds, which if you've ever been in any sort of scary situation, feels like an eternity.

We could hear the doors on the houses around us shaking and the water in the pool was sloshing around. It was one of the neatest/scariest moments. It was neat that when the Earth decided to "talk", I was laying right there and felt every "word". But scary because it went on for so long and I've seen too many stupid movies that the ground cracks open and people fall in... yes, I'm embarrased to say that that did go through my head.


Bulliten Update...

Beep Beep Beep. This just in!!!
I passed my State Board Exam! I am now a licensed Cosmetologist! I still can't believe it's already over. Years of hard work to prepare for the exam and now that I passed it, I'm not sure what to do with myself! I think I'm going to go back to school and get my degree! Why not, right.


Back From Vacation

First to Zion, then to Park City

Oh, did I forget to mention that I went to Utah for a whole week with the hubs?

It was truly amazing!


State Board Exam Date

So... I got my Exam date! March 18, 2010.
Holy Moly! That's only 2.5 weeks away! I've been waiting and waiting for the letter to come in the mail and all they give me is 2.5 weeks notice??? There's so much I need to be doing! Ahhh. All of a sudden I feel like all of the information I have obtained for two years is flooding out of my head. What does Tinea Corporis mean? What is the only living part of the nail? Where do you apply eye shadow for wide set eyes? AAAAHHHH! I know what I'm going to be doing in all my spare moments... studying like a mad woman!


President's Day Weekend

Hope everyone had a great V-Day and President's Day.

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Our weekend started out by me making a bacon and cheese omelette and Ted made a berry smoothie for breakfast. So yummy! We watched the first disc of Shackleton and then went for a beautiful bike ride through the town. When we got back, Ted went with his buddy to fly kites down in Seaport Village while I opted to stay home and get our place back in order. We had wood floors put in so we were still trying to get all of our things in their places. Later on, we decided to take one of our friends out to dinner since she wouldn't be here on her actual bday (she was going to be in Thailand). So we tried Hamilton's but the line was about 40 people strong so we headed over to Station. I got the black bean burger with sweet potato fries and Ted got the turkey burger with tots. Soooo good! Then we rode our bikes home and I cut and colored my friends hair for her trip. Got to bed pretty late!

Sunday, (Valentine's Day) Ted woke up early and let me sleep in (how sweet). He made his famous spaghetti early in the morning so it could simmer in the crock pot all day. Once I got up and he made pancakes and bacon strips for breakfast. Perfect way to start our V-Day. Then we watched the second disc of Shackleton and just vegged out on the couch. We rode our bikes to the grocery store to pick up a few necessities for our dinner and came home and ate like kings! We had salad, garlic bread, and the most amazing spaghetti! I made little meatballs to go on top and we were surprisingly able to save some of them for meatball subs for dinner on Monday. It was a perfect V-Day if you ask me :)

Monday, Ted had to work but I had off. I just relaxed, didn't get out of bed till around 11. Actually woke up and read a chapter of my book . Snuggled with my kitties for a bit and then finally made my way to the shower. It was nice. Got some cleaning done and met up with Ted for lunch at Island's. Mmmm. So good. Then ran over to Walmart to get some essentials. Then home . We went for a nice long walk in the evening.

Perfect weekend! Just perfect!


{wedding} Cardigan

Since we're having our wedding in October, I'm sure I will need a sweater once the sun goes down. Wouldn't this cream wrap beauty from Anthropologie be perfect?


{diy} Wedding Curtain Tent

Here's my inspiration... sorta.

We went to Ikea over the weekend and picked up 6 packs of curtains.
They look like tulle. They will look perfect for our "Open Air" tent that we are making for our Reception. We found tulle bows at the dollar store to accent the curtains.


{diy} Crochet Head Wrap

These adorable head wraps are popping up everywhere.
Below is a pattern to make your own!

With an H hook and worsted weight yarn, ch 4.
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook. dc in next ch and ch 2, turn.

Row 2: two dc in each st. ch 2, turn.

Row 3: dc in first st. two dc in each of next 2 st. dc last st. ch 2, turn.

Row 4: dc in each st. ch 2, turn

Row 5: dc in each of first 2 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 2 st. ch 2, turn

Row 6: dc in each of first 3 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 3 st. ch 2, turn

Row 7: dc in each of first 4 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 4 st. ch 2, turn

Row 8: dc in each of first 5 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 5 st. ch 2, turn

Row 9: dc in each of first 6 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 6 st. ch 2, turn

Row 10: dc in each of first 7 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 7 st. ch 2, turn Row 11: dc in each of first 8 st. two dc in each of next two st. dc in each of last 8 st. ch 2, turn Row 12: *dc in each st. across, ch 2, turn*

Rows 13-17: (rep * - *)

Row 18: dc in each of first 8 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 8 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 19: dc in each of first 7 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 7 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 20: dc in each of first 6 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 6 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 21: dc in each of first 5 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 5 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 22: dc in each of first 4 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 4 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 23: dc in each of first 3 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 3 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 24: dc in each of first 2 st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in each of last 2 st. ch 2, turn.

Row 25: dc in each st. across. ch 2, turn.

Row 26: dc in first st. dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog. dc in last st. ch 2, turn.

Row 27: dc next 2 sts tog. dc next 2 sts tog.
Finish off with a 1" button of your choice on one end. It will fit through the dc on the other end nicely. I used a needle and thread to "re-enforce" the button hole.


Urban Bike & Social Club

I have offically been introduced to riding in a group... and I love it! I wasn't sure how I would do but I think I did pretty well for my first try! Ted and I met up with our group around 6pm and had a very enjoyable ride which ended with a beer at Hamilton's. Perfect ending to the night! I will definately be joining in the next ride!


i {heart} Zooey Deschanel

I just saw 500 Days of Summer and loved it. I went online to see if I could get a picture of her hair in the wedding scene so I could try to replicate it and I came across this nugget of fun!
How cute is this improv interview? I was laughing the whole time!


Application Adventure

We received our State Board Applications in leu of a Certificate at our Graduation Ceremony. They were all labeled and ready for our $125 contribution to the State of California (at least that's how I see it).

I got all dressed up for work because today is a very special day to drop the application off at our local Post Office. I'm one step closer to getting my license!!!
Drive up, park, walk to the door and realize that they have changed their hours from 9:00am to 10:00am. Darn, but it's okay. I'm just a little bit late for work and I can still drop it off at our Front Desk Mail Drop!

The guy at the Front desk was kind in taking my picture dropping off my application. He must have thought I was a little looney. I mean, who does that? I just wanted to document my journey!
So, it's off in the mail. Hope I get my date soon! I'll keep you posted!

Roqulette Anyone?

Just like most folks, I had no clue what a Roqulette was. Well, how can you go wrong with a half wheel of expensive cheese, an assortment of goodies to dip into the cheese and great friends to share it with?

Our friends Liz and Witt put together this amazing dinner for New Years

Here's my lovely man about to dive into his meal

I'm just hanging out with a glass of wine while the cheese is melting...mmmm.

This is what the Roqulette looked like at the end of the night. Boy am I glad we weren't on cleaning duty!

This is our New Years video. I started filming too early so there's a little bit of jabbing going on before the ball drops... and yes, there's some kissing and "I love yous" so if that makes you squeemish, sorry! :)

Happy New Year to all!


{outfit} NYE

Too bad I don't really have anywhere fun to go this NYE, I'd love to splurge on this adorable outfit! I love the idea of wearing bright red tights with a cute black party dress and oxfords!

dress: Modcloth $52.99
tights: Modcloth $19.99
shoes: Modcloth $37.99
ring: Forever 21 $5.80
headband: Forever 21 $3.80

A Very Merry Christmas

It feels like an eternity since I've been on here!

So much has happened.

I graduated Cosmetology school
Had a wonderful time with my mom and brother
Had a fun Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (I'll post pics soon, promise)
Shared time with the future husband's family over Christmas
Stopped eating everything in front of me & now trying to work off the um, "winter weight"
Enjoying my free evenings with Ted

I hope everyone had a blessed and fruitful Holiday season. Now on to 2010... Hope the economy will pick up soon and let all of us get our lives back to normal :)


Lack of Postings...

Work has been totally nuts. Haven't even had the time to think of a blog post for the last week or so!!! I don't like it one bit!
Well, my family is due to arrive tonight at 11:30pm. They aren't able to stay through the holidays but it's wonderful to get to see them around Christmas! My Graduation is this Friday. It's so weird. I've been counting down this Graduation for two years now and now that it's here, I'm not as excited as I thought I'd be. It's almost sad that this long chapter is now finished and I have to move on, find a job and probably not talk to most of the girls I spent two years of my life with. It's bitter sweet. I'm very proud of myself for actually finishing. There were plenty of times that I just wanted out but some how, some way I have made it to the bitter end! And that sure does feel good!
We've got lots of fun stuff coming up... I'll keep you posted!


A Loss...

during the holidays seems to affect me more so than any other time of the year. Early this morning, Ted's Grandpa passed away. I hope it was a peaceful pass into heaven! He suffered immensely from emphysema and lung cancer due to smoking his whole life. He was in so much pain and now that pain has been taken away. But it still is hard to imagine life without him. I didn't know him as well as I would have liked but the loss is still difficult and my heart goes out to family and friends who are affected by his loss.
Grandparents are such blessings, aren't they! I feel so blessed to still have my two Grandmothers and one Great-Grandmother. And Ted's two Grandmothers.
Tell your Grandparents that you love them!


i {heart} Holiday Music

Christmas music is in every store, on every station and that's okay with me! I love Chirstmas music. But I especially LOVE Sufjan Stevens version of classics.

Take a listen... It's sure to get you in the Holiday Spirit!

I hope everyone has a peaceful, loving and fruitful Holiday season!