Thursday, April 15, 2010

In just one month.....

In just one month...many great things are occuring! I just have to think of how fast a month goes, and this makes me grin ear-to-ear!

In exactly one month today:.....
  • Our family will be here!
    • Holy buckets, do I ever miss family! - And I'm so excited for them to come out here! They haven't been here since we've lived in this house, so am looking forward to this. (Wish we could be in a different house....that is owned by us......but that will be coming in the next year. We have to be patient! One life-landmark at a time!)
  • We will be having our graduation party. This will be an excellent fiesta! I am making Mexican food since it's great to make for the masses, I can whip up some killer salsa and shredded chicken (I must say), and it Gluten Free for one of my special guests! (my sister)
  • May 15 marks a very special day in our life........
    • 2 years ago, May 15, 2008; our U-Haul truck pulled into Tucson, AZ to start our lives in the southwest!
    • I cannot believe how fast 2 years went. Sometimes it feels like that happened yesterday.
    • Other times, I feel like a completely different gal was moving to this area! I can't believe how much one can change and grow in such a short period of time!
Things are going well down here - with the excitement of the end being visible. It's funny that I act like the end is so near. Just because I "walk" in my cap & gown on May 1, doesn't really mean much. I get a fake diploma, and don't actually get my REAL diploma/BSN pin until August 20! But, I'm excited to get Ryan back!

Don't get me wrong, I love my alone/serene time. (It's great for studying, and I get to eat whatever I want for supper "Hm...tonight I'll have a salad & toast with ketchup & mustard"). But seeing Ryan for about 20 minutes in the morning, and 1 hour at night kind of stinks!

Well, Happy Friday everyone (for I am sure many are reading this on Friday)! A recipe post of some sort is to come this weekend! So stay tuned.........

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!!

1. What book, movie or song has made you want to travel to a particular place? (eg. I went to Prince Edward Island because I was such a Anne of Green Gables fan)
-I would love to travel to Peru after reading "The Sunflower". I am inspired to do a big hiking expedition up Macchu Picchu some day!
 -I was also inspired to climb Macchu Picchu from a song. Back in high school, at All-State Band, we played a song that was written about the discovery of Macchu Picchu. The song was very mystical and I will never forget it! I wish I could post the song...but, it was just a high school band so it's probably not on the internet anywhere!

2. Aside from your significant other, who would you want to take with you on a dream trip?
My Mom & Dad!

3. Where would said dream trip be to?
I was going to say Rome.....but then my sister said Rome in her blog! So I will say San Diego. I'm in a San-Diego-y mood since our trip! It's so beautiful there - and I think they would love Coronado Island (where we stayed)

4. If you were hosting guests or providing tips, what three things would you show visitors to your hometown? (be it where you live now or where you grew up)
Okay, so I'm going to take the route of "where I live now". For, Wyndmere, ND isn't the most exciting place in the world.
-I would take them up Mount Lemmon. It's this 25 mile drive up a mountain with the most gorgeous look-outs and scenery. There are also hiking trails along the way. The top of the mountain has a cute, quaint, town called Summerhaven. They have an Oktoberfest festival in the fall, skiing/snowboarding in the's really fun!
-Agua Caliente. It is a little out of the way (especially from where we live...). But I think it's incredible, and is proof that natural water can occur despite a raging desert. It is this oasis out in the middle of the dessert full of palm trees. It seriously reminds you of being in the "prehistoric times".
-Ra. Our favorite restaurant. Delicious sushi & ceviche. And the outdoor seating is breath-taking with the mountains up-close all around you! Mmm.. (Mom, I won't talk you there...but there are many neighboring restaraunts in the area you and Dad would love, since you're not super-sushi fans!)

5. If you had a long weekend ahead of you, where you head – beach, city or country/mountains?
-Right now I would say mountains to do a weekend of camping. We have our "camping box" all packed & ready to go! We just need the days to do it! We are completly planing on doing several of these trips this summer!

6. Do you have a passport? If so, did you get it for a particular trip or just to have, in case?
I got my passport before we moved to Tucson, due to it's close proximity to Mexico. When we 1st moved here, random trips to Mexico were totally normal - since we are about an hour from the border! However, with the way the "border security" is - that is definitely out-of-the-question now, unfortunately :(

Funny we are discussing passports, because I am currently in the process of renewing mine to my married name! You never know when a get-away out of the country may come!

7. Are there any travel souvenirs you collect? If not, is there something else you collect?
Not really. Unless it's something special to the area. For example - I always collect petrified shark teeth from Venice, FL when we visit my aunts & uncles, and when we went to Coronado Beach, San Diego - I collected many sand dollars!

I also have a nice collection of chili-pepper serving dishes & aprons going on in my home!

8. If you could name a paint colour, what colour would it be and what would you call it?
Oh, one of my favorite things is "paint-color names". They are so funny. I would a light cranberry-color and name it "Spritzer". (hahahah "light-cranberry" is a *paint color in itself...) I'm sure that's been used already - those paint-folks have come up with everything!

9. If you were heading away for a weekend citybreak solo, where would you go? (forget about practicality here and flight times, assume you can get to any city in the world for the weekend)
Honestly? I would head to Minneapolis. And would set up plans to get together with as many siblings/family possible! I miss family and people who love me . :-)

10. Is there a song or a smell or something that you strongly associate with a particular holiday/place/time, such that it always takes you back?

The smell of Chlorox and Pinesol is very very very nostalgic. It reminds me of my home growing up! My mom was a darn-good house-keeper, and the house always had great scents.
Also, Ryan has a very specific scent of soap/cologne/deoderant he uses.When I smell those scents, I feel like I could faint. I told him if he ever gets deployed (military) - I will probably steal a bottle of his cologne just to smell whenever I miss him!

Monday, April 12, 2010

You can pick your friends, you can pick out your clothes, but you cannot pick your neighbors......

I have blogged in the past about my neighbor, and my constant battle of annoyance. Through all this, I have had many instances of avoiding him/ignoring him/pretending I don't "see him".........but yesterday - I stepped outside of my "nice box".

I was pushed beyond the point of civil.

As I've mentioned in the past...he is a smoker. Now, (I am sorry to anyone reading this that may smoke), but I have a strong adversity to smokers. They smell bad. If you are a smoker, and your saying, "Oh...not me! Haha. I smell great"

You don't smell great. You've actually killed your olfactory sense. You smell like an ashtray.

But if he wants to smoke, if he wants to slowly cause COPD/emphysema/lung cancer/heart disease and the long, listing-cocktail of co-morbidities involved in smoking. Fine. Go for it!


I am NOT OKAY with cigarette butts being thrown in our yard.

We started noticing in our back yard a year ago (when we moved to this house) a pile of butts. We figured "It must be from the previous renters." So I picked them up, and nicely placed them in the garbage.

Well, two weeks ago we were spraying for weeds/doing yard work, and I found more!!

This time, I reacted a little stronger. My neighbors had their windows open that day. So I proclaimed loudly, "WEIRD! Look Ryan! There's all these cigarette butts in our yard! HOW STRANGE. Neither of us smoke! I wonder where these are COMING FROM?!?!"

Apparently that was too subtle. I picked them all up, and threw them away.

So, yesterday we were (once again) working in the yard. And I found more. Many more. I counted 38, actually.

I looked at Ryan with "that look". "That look" was a look of anger and evil that over-came me. Now, we had prevoiusly gone to Sunday mass -- but the Lord's message of "Love Thy Neighbor" faded quickly, apparently.

For I started piling up every cigarette butt, stacked them up on the fence seperating our houses, and LOBBED the whole 38-butt-pile into their yard!

I realize that I will probably be confronted on this. And I'm totally okay with it. What is wrong with people? Are they really that lazy? Can they not afford a garbage can? They're really cheap at Wal-Mart! Maybe he could not-buy ONE pack of cigarettes and put that money in a "Garbage-Can Savings-Account"


I will keep you posted on the war. If anyone knows where I could purchase one of those "No Smoking" signs - please let me know. Maybe I could hang it up on our fence.....