Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Rat Race

At times it's easy to get caught up in the rat race. What am I saying? I always feel like I am in a rat race. This story is one of my favorites and it helps to keep things in perspective. I don't know who wrote this story, I received it as a forwarded email a few years ago.



A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. "Not very long," answered the Mexican. "But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American. The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family. The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life." The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise." "How long would that take?" asked the Mexican. "Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American. "And after that?" "Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!" "Millions? Really? And after that?" "After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kitchen Color

I found this picture and the wall color caught my eye. I think it looks perfect, especially with all of the white accents. Doesn't this little kitchen just make you want to cook something delicious?

Because it cost $56.00 to fill up our Toyota Corolla yesterday....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This will make you cry!

Well, at least it made me cry.

Framed Wallpaper

I've never thought to frame wallpaper but after coming across this picture I think I may give it a try. I'm not a huge fan of the yellow but I will find a different color and print and try to work some magic. There are many bare walls that I have to fill and this would be a good way to make a room cozy without costing too much.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Weekend Projects. fun! fun!

We completed 2 things around the house today.

1) Painted the front door.
2) Cleaned out the refrigerator.

It is amazing how we lived in our house for 4 years with a total of 9 roommates and when we moved out our door was white and looked as good as new. Eight months and one family later our door was destroyed. It is amazing that our renters were able to cause the destruction they did in such a short amount of time. Not only was the door covered in scratches, scum, and god knows what else, but the entire frame was cracked- basically damage that could only be done if someone was trying to kick down the door.

Thanks to Chris's handywork and a can of paint, our entry is as good as new and we dig our new black door.

Our second project for the day was to clean out the refrigerator. You are probably thinking "What in the heck do you have rotting in there that would cause it to be a day's work to clean out the rerigerator?"

Well, it was one of the last projects caused by our renters. We have no idea how this happened but we're guessing that they let their 2 year old play with bright pink nailpolish.......IN THE REFRIGERATOR!!! Yes, there was spilled nailpolish, splattered nailpolish and just plain old bright pink nailpolish all over the inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Thanks to a few bottles of nailpolish remover and a few rolls of papertowels....we're back in business again and our refrigerator is as good as new!

Peek-a-boo and a little walking.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

One lucky helen is one creative lady.

I think her pattern designs are super cute: http://www.oneluckyhelen.com/index.html

If you do look at the website, click on the little critters under the heading "pattern design" and it opens up tons of new designs that I didn't realize were there at first!

Oh the times they are 'a changin.

Now that one nearly has to sell their first born in order to fill up their gas tank, the demand for electric vehicles will hopefully spur a new revolution. Now all we have to do is pray that the patents won't be bought by oil tycoons.

Can't you just see this sexy electric station wagon bombing around the streets? lol- I just said sexy and station wagon in the same sentence. Isn't that an oxymoron?


My interest in electric vehicles rose ever since we decided it was time to sell our beloved truck. Man, I loved that truck but whenever I got behind the wheel I couldn't help but picture empty oil mines and $8.20 posted at Chevron. I felt like I was the typical suburban American with an excess of crap that I didn't need. Crap including leather seats, navigation and even a voice activated fan system. Honestly, who needs those things?

So now that we've simplified and are no longer living in excess I am looking to the future. I wonder what is to come, all I know is it better be change and it better be fast.

Here's a link to a website with some cars I was recently exploring: http://www.zapworld.com/.

I like this idea.

I came across this picture and it inspired me to begin a project. Chris has thousands of comic books and comic cards- a whole collection of dorkiness that fills an entire closet in our house. I am going to do something creative- one man's junk is another man's treasure, right? I will post pictures once I perfect my creation.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Finn is getting so big!

Isn't our godson Finn just the most adorable little boy you have ever seen? This picture stole my heart so I just had to share.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Just a little tidbit for the day.

I listened to an old favorite song of mine on my way home from work today.




The lyrics to Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen, by Mary Schmich:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wanna be photographer.

So I was perusing this blog http://sfgirlbybay.blogspot.com/ when I ran across a link to a pdx blogger http://www.hulaseventy.blogspot.com/.

I don't know whis lady but she lives here in Portland and I love her photography. I love how she can capture an image like the rusty old photobooths at the Rose Festival or an old grocery sign and make it look so intriguing. She also captures so much color that it just makes me want to see more.

I am sitting here staring at my camera. Hmmmm. It's not one of those fancy schmany Canon cameras with all the bells and whistles, it's just a Sony Cyber-shot. I don't even think I can change the shutter speed on it.

I am a wanna be photographer. I think throughout the next few weeks I will play around with my camera. Maybe I can find some amazing images to catch my eye.

4th of July

We enjoyed a classic neighborhood BBQ in someone else's neighborhood. It was something I have never experienced until yesterday considering I haven't even met all of our neighbors in the 5 years we've lived in our house. It was so much fun that now I am inspired to deliver some cookies or something so we can have a party on our street next year.

As you can see Isabella was sure tired out from all of the fun, festivities and fireworks. It was the end of the night and Kyle and I realized we hadn't taken any pictures so we snapped this one.

On a sidenote, please don't click on this picture to blow it up. I have VNHWVC. Don't know what that stands for? Visible Nose Hair When Viewed Closely.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Running Playlist

My iPod is refreshed and ready to go. I completed my first long run (a whopping 7 miles) yesterday. It's a little depressing when my long runs are the same distance as my short runs used to be. Oh well, I have to start somewhere.

Music definitely keeps me going and as dorky as it is, I thought I'd share my most recent playlist.
The only song missing is Automatic by Powerman 5000.




My newest creation.


I don't have a picture to fit this large frame so intead I just made my own thing to go inside. Referring to it as a creation is slightly exaggerating because all I used was construction paper, glue, a few retro stickers and a swatch of cloth with some words on it. If you want to see it more closely you can click on the picture!


Is it too noticeable that the lower right sticker isn't aligned correctly? It bothers me but I know that I'm an anal freak so I am keeping myself from re-making the entire thing.

Magazine Rack


I transformed this wine rack from IKEA into a magazine holder in our living room. I think it turned out looking pretty cool!

Laughter is the best medicine.

Sleeping Baby

There is nothing more precious than a sleeping baby.

Ping Pong

Our living room is now dedicated to ping pong. Although I feel like I live in a bachelor pad, the fun makes it all worthwhile. I am glad we decided to bring the table in from the garage because a few games here and there every day and I have never laughed so much in my life. Odin gets in on the fun by catching catch fly balls with his mouth and Bella sits in her high chair and cheers us on.
Only one picture frame has been broken so far, let's hope we don't go flying through any windows!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Just the perfect doll.

I somehow found this website and now I want to start a collection of these dolls for Bella. I just love them!

http://www.blablakids.com/dolls.html