You might be noticing some changes around Make It soon… sadly, Chris and I have broken up. We have nothing but complete love and respect for each other, and it is out of that love and respect that we decided to experience life on our own. Chris was the greatest boyfriend in the whole world and I am so lucky that we spent the last 6 years together.
So… a lot of things in my life are going to be changing! And it’s terrifying!
(but I didn’t want that to stop me from doing what I thought was best)
1. Chris is moving out. 2. Coincidentally, Graham is going to be moving out too. 3. After some thought about my living situation and Chris’ (soon-to-be) living situation, we decided it was best that Joe go with Chris. My home is going to go from 3 adults, 2 dogs to me just living by myself.
Please wish me luck in my new adventure. I realize people make huge decisions like this every day, but it’s the biggest, craziest thing I’ve done in a loooong time.
It was a rainy weekend in San Diego this weekend and I took advantage and got a pedicure (and a manicure and an eyebrow wax). During my pedicure, I remembered my all-time favorite tip… my I-need-to-start-a-blog-to-share-tips-like-this tip… I love this tip.
If you get ticklish when the technician scrubs your feet, try this: pinch the area at the top of your nose (where your glasses would rest). It’s an acupressure technique that minimizes the tickle.
I can’t tell you how many women I’ve share this with in the nail salon who exclaim (with their fingers pinching the tops of their noses) “OH MY GOD! This is amazing!” It’s worked for a ton of people at the nail salon and I hope it works for you too!
Spoiler alert: these steps are VERY similar to Part 1 – Potatoes
These crummy pictures do not do the beautiful carrot cubes justice! But, they will give you the idea.
First, a tip: look for square carrots (if you’re buying them individually). The carrots that come to a point are much harder to cut.
I’m grateful for so many things… so, so, so many things. Have I ever mentioned our roommate, Graham? No? Well, I’m grateful for him. He’s funny and nice… and he has a boxer too (named Jack) and he’s handy to have around (to do things like pick up a Christmas tree!) and… a very good thing about Graham is that he is a culinary student!
If you can’t imagine how cool that is, allow me to paint you a picture: he has gadgets (like special peelers and tools and a food processor), he likes to practice new dishes (and share them, of course), he has very sharp knifes and he has know-how! I’ve learned so much from him… I can call and ask him how to poach an egg or steam lobster… whatever I want! Whenever I want!
He taught me how to chop vegetables. He’s much (much, much) better at it than I am, and he’s much faster too (although, he didn’t have to stop to take pictures) so his potatoes didn’t look dingy. But I thought it would be fun to share:
Do you know where to take your pet if there were (heaven forbid!) an emergency? What if there was an emergency at 9:00 on a Saturday night? What about 5:30 on a weekday evening? Would you drive to your regular vet? Or need to go to an pet emergency hospital? I don’t want to have to think about it…
We have a cabinet with Joe treats and his leashes, and in there we also have a paper that says “IN CASE OF A JOSEPH EMERGENCY” with address, phone number, and hours of operation for our regular vet and the closest emergency vet. There are also directions to both vets and a bit of health information for Joe.
It brings a bit of piece of mind. If you’d like a template, you can get it here!
Whew – that weekend went fast! I can’t believe it’s Monday already… I had THREE birthday parties on Saturday. Two were for my weekend gig and one was for my very best friend in the whole world, Laura. (she comments on every post – how awesome is that?) She had a cookie decorating party because she loves to decorate cookies. I’ll post some pics soon.
One of the weekend gig parties was a pop star karaoke party for a 9 year old girl! It’s a lot of fun singing karaoke and teaching the girls my dance to “Nobody’s Perfect” by Miley Cyrus. I also painted faces (with glitter!), did the limbo, played freeze dance and played “WOULD YOU RATHER” with the kids. Oh, and I got a $40 tip… so, that was awesome.
My problem with “WOULD YOU RATHER” used to be that I could only think of questions that were totally inappropriate for kids (“Would you rather have small boobs or big boobs?” or “would you rather freeze to death or be lit on fire?”), so I compiled a list of questions for kids and it’s one of my most favorite games to play at these parties.
Here is my list of go-to WOULD YOU RATHER questions for kids (along with some notes):
I had a few holiday stamps left over from my holiday cards last year. And then I found a bunch of 41 cent holiday stamps from a couple years ago. When I had to send a couple packages recently, I decided I’d use up the old stamps since I figured I would never use them otherwise. Both packages I sent with holiday stamps arrived just fine.
Also, I found a neat calculator that you can use to help you use up your old stamps. You can put in all the different types of stamps you have and the required postage, and it will tell you how many of each stamp to use… pretty handy, huh? You won’t use more stamps than you need!
Oh… and I realize that Liz Lemon is not a real person. I did not send her a package with holiday stamp postage. BUT, if I *did* send her a package it would probably be something awesome. Like ham. Or Spanx.
Remember the last minute gift I got for my nieces? Well, my 6 year old niece designed her dress already! Actually, she designed TEN different dresses (including a “rainbow” dress, a “halloween” dress, and an “apple” dress), so we picked out her favorite design. A couple weeks ago we went to pick out the fabrics and last week I was able to present her with her dress!
Here’s the dress she designed (pink with black flowers on the bottom, and pink on the top – please notice that she CROSSED OUT the ruffle on the bottom. No ruffle, Auntie Jeannie) with the fabrics she picked out:
And HERE is the finished product! (more…)
Coincidentally, we had brunch at Maryjane’s Coffee Shop (inside the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego) twice this weekend. Chris and I headed downtown with Joe on Saturday to grab breakfast and ended up at Maryjane’s Coffee Shop because they had open patio seating and yummy benedicts. (PS we witnessed the most hilarious (very drunk!) couple walking down the street after getting kicked out of a nearby bar – at 1pm!) We ended up back there on Sunday because the place we were meeting friends for brunch was closed at 10am and we were already downtown. It’s definitely a yummy place for breakfast. It can be loud and expensive, but their hash brown pototoes are soooo good.
If you look closely, you can see my Cinderella hair. I had a princess party right after brunch so I did my hair before we left. My princess party went really well… and the birthday girl was waaay cute. She was celebrating her third birthday and said something SO FUNNY to me… something NO birthday girl (or boy) has ever said…
birthday girl: where did you get your headband?
me: from my fairy god mother.
bg: what is on your neck?
me: it’s a necklace from my fairy god mother.
bg: where are your boobies?
me: so… uh… what balloon animal do you want?
Where do kids get this stuff?