Friday, August 27, 2010

Cute Giveaway

Hurry, it's almost over... O. at Secretly Loves Pink is giving away a custom prize!

I'm back...

I got in late last night and had to go into the office today, so while I had dreams of regaling you with tales of family drama, car shows, and other fascinating stories, it will probably be a few days before I have my act together enough to do so.

Especially since the Denver Modernism Show starts tonight. I plan on spending a fair amount time there this weekend. If that gets boring, lucky me, I have laundry and grocery shopping I can do. You know, just to keep things interesting.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This was supposed to be to a short post.

Ar 6pm today, I will be on a plane heading towards San Francisco. I am so ready for this.

Just about every August, my mom's side of the family gathers at my grandmother's house. My mom's side of the family (as well as my immediate family) used to all live in the East Bay, but noe rveryone has moved away. My mom's older brother, wife, and three kids moved to Portland, OR while my family moved to Denver, CO. My grandparents and my mom's two younger brothers moved out to the Central Valley (and her youngest brother eventually moved to Lebanon, OR).

The mostly annual trip is pretty hectic considering that everyone spends the night at my grandma's house (think wall to wall air mattresses), but it is always a really fun time to catch up with family and swim.

My cousin Jennifer and me at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk last year.

This year will be a little different for a few reasons. The first change is that my grandfather no longer lives my grandmother. He has alzeheimers, and this past year it progressed to the point where my grandmother could no longer care for him at home. I'll probably write about that later but I will say that it's been very hard dealing with that, especially since he and I were close, probably closer than he and any of the other grandkids. But the fact that he is out of the house may end up being easier on everyone else since the stress my grandmothers was under in the past few years made things tense at times.

My grandfather last year

The second big difference is that last year, Rob and I met some really great people that happen to live in the same town as my grandparents (cue "It's a Small World" music).
Since early 2009, Rob and I had planned on going to a rocakbilly event at Disneyland, Rock Around The Park. I didn't know anyone else that was planning on attending, so Rob suggested that I try to meet people online who would also be there. One of the names that I found on Facebook was Jorge Garcia. I sent him a message and his wife Ellen wrote back, and the rest is history. I don't think Rob and I have met another couple that we have ever clicked with so much. And to top it off, they lived in Turlock, a city that Rob and I were guarenteed to visit often.

Jorge, Ellen, Rob and Me at Disneyland. They are Disney fanatics!

We had an amazing time hanging out with them at RATP, and became good friends, talking frequently on the phone and through the internet. We ended up rooming with them at Viva Las Vegas the past April, and they had even planned a trip to Colorado this summer, which unfortunately fell through for various reasons. But this upcoming week, we will get plenty of Garcia time (especially because Rob and I couldn't go the same time as the rest of my family so everyone will be leaving a few days after we show up).

The Garcias and the Organs in Las Vegas
And I cannot stress this enough... I really need this vacation. This couldn't come at a better time.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thrill Rides at Lakeside

I'm behind. Way behind, actually. Life is so damn time-consuming. But I have a bunch of pictures that I finally went through and edited, so I feel like I should put them on display, despite my proclivity toward anachronism.

These are some photos I took at the Road Devil's car show, Thrill Rides at Lakeside, a few weeks back.

Lakeside is a historic amusement park (102 years old) very near my house outside of Denver. I took many pictures, which was actually quite the feat since they were trying to kick out anyone with what they deemed a professional camera. So basically, if your shit was big and black, they were asking you to leave (which on a side note, is not legal. I have been to places where photography was prohibited and to places where I had to sign a waiver relinquishing my rights to commercial use of the pictures but since neither policy was in place here, they really couldn't stop me. Hahahaahhahhhaaha).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Kyle

Kyle has been my best friend for 12 years (one of the first people I met when my family moved to Colorado) and today is her 25th birthday.

She is in Graceland today, celebrating the conclusion of Elvis Week 2010. By the time she gets back to Colorado, I will be in California so I won't see her for a few weeks but that doesn't mean that I can't virtually celebrate her birthday.

Happy Birthday Kyle!!!!


Up for grabs is a $50 Urban Outfitters Gift Card.

Go visit Jess at IROCKSOWHAT!

Friday, August 13, 2010

4 Simple Goals

Inspired by Elsie at A Beautiful Mess, I've decided to set 4 simple goals for myself.

1. Craft more. I have a nice craft spot, tons of awesome supplies, inspiration... the only thing I'm lacking is the will power to do anything but veg after work.

2. Put more effort into how I dress on workdays. I get dolled up on the weekends, but I hate office attire and mornings, so days that I go into work I'm much more lazy than I'd like to admit. I also need to stop letting my body image issues get in the way of feeling cute.

3. Walk the dogs at least 4 times a week (Until it starts snowing). They will appreciate it.

4. Teach my husband how to cook. He made me eggs at 1 am on Wednesday (after Social D!), and as much as I know it's not his thing and he will never be the primary cook, it was really nice to have someone else make my food. I had to walk him through it this time, but if I give him a few easy staples to work with, it could make both our lives easier!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ten Questions

I saw this on a blog several months back and really like the questions, so I thought I would answer them for myself. Although after doing so, it appears that I have my two upcoming CA vacations and Social Distortion on my mind, so way less interesting that I had hoped I would be. huh.

1. When do you feel happiest?

When I'm with my husband, my head in his shoulder, and we are looking at the California Coastline.

And at Disneyland, eating my Dole Pineapple Whip while waiting to get into the Tiki Room.

2. How do you take care of yourself?

This is something I need to get better at. I craft, I cook, occasionally I treat myself and get a manicure or some makeup that I didn't really need.

3. Are you internally (by yourself) or externally (by others) motivated?

A little of both. For things that I really love, like creativity and cooking, it's all internal. When it's something less appealing, like work and laundry, it helps to know that others are depending on and appreciating my actions.

4. What do you do for fun?

Take photos, craft, go to car shows and concerts (like tonight, Social Distortion at the Boulder Theater!), take mini vacations around Colorado.

5. What intimidates you?

Being stuck in a rote and lifeless routine; being too scared to take chances.

6. What is something you're proud of?

My husband, my awesome dogs, our home.

7. Finish this sentence. I never _____________.

leave the house without a sweater.

8. Favorite vacation spot.


9. Today is a (rate from 1 - 10).

8 - I have to work and Rob and I had a "disagreement" last night, but we are going to see our favorite band after work, so I can't let minor details keep me down.

10. Finish this sentence. If you knew me really well you'd know_____________.

That I am filled with self-doubt and anxiety, and yet am an eternal optimist and hopeless romantic.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

One year at NREL

I started at the National Renewable Energy Lab one year ago today. While it hasn't really been what I expected, it pays my mortgage, so I won't complain.

I wasn't even looking for a job when I came across this. I was working at Sun Microsystems, and at the time Sun was being courted by IBM. While that deal fell through, ultimately Oracle bought Sun and have been downsizing ever since, so I guess it was a wise decision. It has been interesting working with and for some of the brightest minds in the field. We recently moved into what has been dubbed "the greenest office building in America," so that's been interesting. A little bit of adjustment since I no longer have cubicle walls or a fan/space heater/coffee warmer/anything that plugs into the wall. I do love having such large windows though!

Another nice thing about working here is that it is only about 7 miles from my house, and my husband works about a half mile away. Since we both work 10 hour days (I work 4 10s, he works 5 or 6, so I get the better deal), we carpool nearly every day. Oh, and I can see his building from my desk. Creepy, huh?

Monday, August 9, 2010


Happy 2nd Anniversary (a day late, whatever, we were celebrating) to my amazing husband Rob!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wedding Music

My second wedding anniversary is this Sunday (I got married on 08/08/08) and I wanted to share some of the music we played.

There was a lot of drama that day that overshadowed the event for me, but one aspect that I was and happy about was our music. And we got a lot of compliments about the music, so my guests enjoyed it as well.

Rob walked down the aisle to "Rocket 88," by Ike Turner. It was fitting since we had just bought our first hot rod a few months earlier, a 1953 Oldsmobile Rocket 88.

I can't remember what I walked down the aisle to (seriously, it was a stressful day) but our recessional was "Amazing Grace." That may sound weird until you hear the version we used - Dropkick Murphys. Right as Rob and I left the ceremony area, the song hit it's party mode - just in time for everyone to walk out and get the party started! It was a big surprise for everyone.

Our first dance as husband and wife was Social Distortion's "Highway 101." Social D is both of our favorite band and the whole album Sex, Love, and Rock and Roll reminds us of each other. It was hard to pick one song to sum it all up, but this is certainly it.

And we had a special dance for all the married couples because 2008 and was a big year for that... My grandparents celebrated their 50th, Rob's parents' 30th, my parents' 20th, and two of my uncles hit 25 and 10 years in 2008. We chose the song "True Love" by Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, which was my grandparents' wedding song back in 1958.

We played a lot more memorable songs - my father and I danced to the Billy Joel song "Lullabye," my Maid of Honor made a Journey reference in her toast ("Don't stop believing," which led the DJ to announce after she sat down, "You know, she's just a small town girl."), and against our better judgement allowed requests so everyone could hear something they wanted. I wanted to end the night with Tiger Army's "Cupid's Arrow," but honestly I can't remember that either (It's written down somewhere). At that point I had spent all evening drinking wine and avoiding guests.

But that's what I'm going to leave off with here, because that certainly describes what happened when I met Rob.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I Was a Teenage Anarchist

I really like the new Against Me! album. I know that Tom Gabel has gotten a lot of flak for being more poppy in his last few albums, but I thnk that his solo album as well as his most recent have been just as great and their older stuff.

Sunday, August 1, 2010