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This is the story all about how our lives got flip turned upside down! We moved across the country from the suburbs of Chicago to Los Angeles. We are embracing our new life with outdoor living, healthy eating and fun adventures!

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend Projects

Happy Saturday! I have to admit it's a lot harder to commit to writing a blog on the weekends vs. camped out in a cubicle Monday-Friday (sorry Madden!). Bri and I are off to a busy weekend! We are both taking on some projects today - after a little GTL (that's Bartlett for gym, the depot, and lenses - just a tad less glamorous then the Jersey Shore). I plan on doing a little copy cat action from this picture that I found in the Pottery Barn catalog - hopefully I will have it finished by the end of this weekend and blog about it on Monday...you know, when I have all the free time at work.

Brian is touching up the paint on my old Honda Accord so that somebody (anybody) will buy it. My poor old car has seen better days and is thinning out in the paint department all over. Hopefully Bri can touch it up and get her outta here!

As for the lenses, we got our eyes checked last weekend and we both have new glasses to pickup! I'm sure we'll look fabulous!

We had a nice Friday night last night - we tried a new restaurant for Pho - this is a Vietnamese soup that Brian is a big fan of. I can take it or leave it! I left it last night and got Chicken Pad Thai! We took the convertible out and cruised around, but ended up at Ogden 6 - the discount movie theatre! I snapped a pic (Bri was super embarrassed) of us in the convertible. Aside from my new haircut being convertible-challenged, it was a great summer date night!

Tonight we are off to a rooftop party hosted by Nate & Sue. I'm sure there will be a lot of fun stories from that. After all, this is the 1 year anniversary of learning what being "Iced" was. If you don't know what this is, ask Brian (who got Iced on our wedding day by Sadie) OR check out the details on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icing_(drinking_game). Now that you know...beware!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Club Rules

Well, yes book club totally rules! But what I meant was, here are the rules of book club. The first rule is you don't talk about book club...but seriously...

1. Don't feel like you need to read the book. Most of us don't even buy it.
2. Over consume as much as possible while in attendance - this includes beer, wine and all food.
3. Be prepared to share more than needed about your female anatomy.
4. Along the same lines...share a lot about male anatomy! Please use visual aids to help illustrate!
5. If you do read the book, please don't discuss it because you may spoil the ending for others.
6. Bring any documents in your possession that may aid in the book club members developing your love life.
7. If your significant other doesn't have anything else to do that night, bring him along and send him to the basement to play.
8. Don't recommend any books that may be too serious, too long or contain too small type.
9. Clear your calendar in July for the December Xmas party - it's a goody!
10. You DO NOT talk about BOOK CLUB

Here are a few shots from the 7/27/11 Book Club! It was fun - looking forward to next months! If you feel like reading along, One Day by David Nicholls.

Betsy's Stuffed Mushrooms - my fav!

Tastefully Simple Carrot Cake Dip w/Graham Cracker Pretzels - AKA Crab Dip

See you next month ladies!

Thursday, July 28, 2011


So, for those of you who do not already know, last year I became hopelessly addicted to Big Brother (BB) on CBS. The show takes quite a commitment as it airs 3 times per week! Thank goodness for the DVR because we tend to keep a busy schedule and without it I’d be lost. After I went to book club (more on that tomorrow!) and Brian hung out with the husbands, we got home around midnight, prepped for bed and put on BB.

It was about 12:30AM when the storms started. I was about 10 minutes into my show when we lost power. Subsequent moan of displeasure. Luckily, that only lasted for about 1 minute before we were back up and running. Turn on the cable, back to the DVR for the show…great! It started from the beginning….fast forward…sink into happy mode to watch psycho reality “stars” when we have the next round of interruption. “Babe, pause it. Look at this funny picture from Comic Con.” Yep, Bri, that’s a good one! Unpause. “Babe, pause it, one more thing. Read this article about the fall of Rome.” Nope, not happening, send me an email with it. Play. Ah, happy time.

Ten minutes later, power is out again. UGH! About a minute or so later, power was back on! Turn on the cable, back to the DVR…fast forward…happy times. Cue Brian. “We never talk anymore, remember when we used to talk?” Ah marriage! BRI, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP TALKING. I WANT TO SIT HERE AND WATCH MY SHOW. DON’T TALK, DON’T TOUCH ME, JUST DO SOMETHING ON YOUR COMPUTER FOR THE NEXT HALF HOUR THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE ME!

Ok, deep breaths, just get back into your show. Doing good, this is funny, I’m getting sucked back in…POWER IS OUT AGAIN, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME??? This seems like a good time for Bri to chime back in… “You know that the definition of an alcoholic is someone who continues to consume alcohol without regard for the negative impact it has on their life.” No, I didn’t know that…what are you trying to say here???

Power is back on. Back to the DVR…fast forward…finally…finish watching at 1:30am. Considering that I am exhausted today but can’t stop chatting about BB with my coworkers and throw myself back into it tonight, I guess that makes me a full-blown Big Brother-aholic! Somebody get me some rehab!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

30 Days of Blogging

Welcome to my first blog! You may be wondering what sparked this idea and how it will work. Well, a few weeks ago I saw a video post about trying something new for 30 days.

I really contemplated what I could do for 30 days straight that would be fun and interesting. I had heard a few ideas but nothing that really stuck out to me that would keep my interest for that long! Suddenly, it struck me that I could write a blog - 1 post a day for 30 days! Not only would it be a great diary about my life, but it would be an amazing way to reconnect with extended family and stay in touch. So...for the next 30 days come check out what I am up to! Please read & COMMENT! It's an opportunity for everyone to take a 30 day challenge - not just me!

What would you try for 30 days?