RSS Feed

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hairs cut!

For the first time since my wedding (10/7/06) that I got a hair cut! Woo hoo! It is always super curly after I get it cut because they put lots of gel and stuff. But here it is!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Honeymoon V2

Round 2 of the USVI Honeymoon Photos.
The theme this time, creatures from St. Thomas and St. John.

Lizards - they were everywhere!



Semi-wild chickens in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

Jon feeding the (non-native) birds at Coral World.
A katydid we sent to his death (don't ask).

A SCORPION in our room! EEEK!

Some crazy cool caterpillar!

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Jon's parents bought us this lovely bowl for our 1 year anniversary. Its tan and green and matches our dining room really well, so it is the centerpiece of our (messy) table. Throughout most of the last 2 months it has held about 1/2 a dozen little gourds. Apparently now, it holds cats. Our house seems to be full of really expensive cat beds.

And here is Scruffy again. He's continuing to adjust - quite well. We got him a big crate today, so tonight will be his first night inside - he's been in the garage each night so far.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


This is our dog Scruffy.

We adopted Scruffy from the DeWitt County Animal Shelter on Friday. He is very frightened of the world, but he is warming up each hour. They found him as a stray, and he has been the shelter for the last month or so. The shelter says he's a Whippet/German Shepherd mix, but we don't buy it! He's definitely part German Shepherd, but we're guessing also part Pit Bulll. They think he is somewhere between 1 and 2 yrs old. He is so, so sweet and gentile. He is afraid of the cats. He loves running in the yard. He's only barked twice since we've had him! He is a bit afraid of being inside, but he's warming up to it - especially since it is so cold out!
They named him Scruffy, but we'll be keeping that name. Hopefully you'll be hearing more about Scruffy from now on!

Saturday, December 08, 2007


Jon and I recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on October 7. Go us! To celebrate this occasion we took a Honeymoon trip to the US Virgin Islands. Let me share a few of my favorite photos from our trip!


A cool plant we saw on a hike.

The view of Big Maho Bay from our "hotel" room.

Thursday, December 06, 2007


Jon Our cat bed.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Violence is wonderful.

Since it has been FOREVER since Jon or I have updated the blog, I thought I'd start today. My friend Grant has been bugging me to update, so I will make him be a part of the update.

This is what we do at work all day.

Hopefully more to come!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Shake your groove thang!

Jon dancing with the Gods.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Birthday loot!

Well, despite our lack of blogging lately, life has been going well! The house is coming along quite well, work is busy, and fun activities abound!

Today is a special day, though, as it is my birthday! I'm 24 (thats TWENTY FOUR) years old. A special shout out to that girl I've shared all my birthdays with - you know who you are! :)
As the official birthday is nearly over, its time to review the birthday loot.
Jon got me exactly what I wanted - a PSP. This is the handheld game system made by Sony.

He also got me a few games: "Me and My Katamari" and "Loco Roco." Both VERY cute.

From my co-worker Katie, a DARLING cake pan! I mentioned this to her one day, and she got it for me! How sweet! I can't wait to make a cake!

From the Mom and the Grandma... a bit of cash! Always welcome.
From the group of seniors my organization works with to improve Medicare, a WONDERFUL rendition on Happy Birthday at our monthly meeting today. It was beyond touching.
From the rest of the co-workers, some wonderful cupcakes with purple icing.
From many friends, some happy birthday well wishes!
Needless to say, I'm feeling very loved today!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Artistic renderings

The house purchase is going fine - we take possession on April 6. I'm sure there will be tons more updates then. (Or maybe just pictures of us working on the house?) In the mean time, here's some funny art.

This is the kind of art I really enjoy: stuff that indicates the artist is really talented, and yet incorporates themes I recognize. Like Christopher Walken building a robot in his garage. Or robots fighting. Or Abe Lincoln being a badass.

Brandon Bird, whom I first discovered through his Law & Order: Artistic Intent series, continues to create some amazing work that's also quite funny. I highly recommend that you check out his full collection of works on his website. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites (click for full-size)

A Night Away

No One Wants to Play Sega with Harrison Ford

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

I also enjoy the works of one Eric Joyner. His masterful intertwining of robots and sweet pastries is mesmerizing. Again, here's a taste of his work:


no title

I/O Jima

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

We're homeowners!

Well, it has been far too long since we've updated. Life is busy and all that.

One reason that life has been so busy is because we BOUGHT A HOUSE!
WOO HOO! Check out the picture of it we took today - it says SOLD! :D

It is a cute little house in Olde Towne Champaigne, with lots of potential. We close on April 6th. We'll have a bit of painting and carpeting and whatnot to do, but we're very excited about it! I think we are officially grown ups.
To check out more pictures, click here!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Birthday post

Well, today's my birthday, and I am now:

... years old

Friday, January 12, 2007

An overdue update

Okay, so it's been a while since we posted anything. I guess it just seems like, since The Wedding, we don't have anything really big happening in our lives. But I know that's not true. It's a new year, and I resolve to post more often in 2007.

Mere weeks ago, we purchased a new furniture set for our living room (thanks to Allie's dad: Mike). Pictures don't quite do it justice, but it is beautiful:

The sofa and love seat are a deep sea green, while the chair and ottoman match the pillows. Isn't it great?

It hasn't been delivered yet, but I'm already very excited. The sofa's a sleeper, so overnight guests won't have to sleep on the floor anymore!

We may not have quite enough space for all of it in our living room, but we're on track to move into a real house this Spring, which brings me to the next exciting update...

Yes, we're home-shopping! Well, we have scheduled an appointment with a mortgage loan officer next week and are hoping to find a beautiful home we can live in for several years. Yes, homes cost a lot of money, but we're pretty sure we can afford it, which brings me to another (not quite as exciting, but still important) update...

Do you live in Illinois and use AT&T's local phone service? Expensive, ain't they? Well, I read a blog called The Consumerist (which focuses on consumer-rights-advocacy mostly), and this post caught my eye one day. The gist of it is this: the Illinois Citizens Utility Board (aka CUB; a non-profit utility watchdog organization) has negotiated low-rate plans with AT&T for their Illinois customers.

The sign-up process can be a bit difficult, especially if you were an AT&T customer before the AT&T-SBC merger, in which case you have to "switch companies" from "The Old AT&T" (pre-merger AT&T) to "The New AT&T" (SBC/AT&T). Also, some AT&T call centers don't know about the new plans yet. Your best bet, if you want to take part in the savings, is to read over this brochure [pdf], call the number listed for the CUB, and they'll walk you through the process. They'll even tell you which of the new plans will save you the most money. To make it easy for them, have a copy of a recent AT&T bill handy when you call.

It's definitely worth it, in my opinion. Cut our bill in half. These new rates are only available to residents in Illinois, and they don't cover long distance at all. But seriously, AT&T long distance is a rip-off. I highly recommend Opex instead.

Well, enough with the seriousness. I'm sorry I don't have any new cat pictures to post, so instead here's a quick joke (not my own work; I'm afraid I don't know who created it):