Thursday, September 30, 2010

I've been getting some good feedback on my 30before30 list. I'm really glad that I started this & with a little less than a year and half to complete my list - it shouldn't be a problem! When I first started entertaining the idea & then making my list, it didn't occur to me that I can invite my friends and family to participate in a lot of my challenges with me! *What a Great Idea* It's such a great way to do fun things with the people that I love! Please let me know if you want to do any of these with me! :)

The 30 before 30

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

After much thought, I have decided to start a "30 Before 30" Challenge. I'm going to turn 30 on April 16, 2012. [okay that's a little farther away when I write it all out - it seems like it's right around the corner in my head...] I am always looking for new & interesting topics to blog about - so I thought this would be perfect! You can read my list & then you can follow my progress as I complete items on my checklist! Brilliant!

1. Brew my own beer
2. Make my own wine
3. Volunteer and become more involved in my community [ongoing]
4. Host a dinner or theme party for my close friends
5. Visit more MLB ballparks & NBA arenas
6. Tailgate at a Beaver Football game
7. Construct my own darkroom to further pursue my love of photography
8. Take a cooking class & learn a new technique
9. Make a Panang curry dish from scratch
10. Learn how to make sushi
11. Run a 5k
12. & then a 10k
13. Take a "very" spontaneous weekend vacation
14. Advance my career [promotion...]
15. Go on an overnight backpacking/hiking trip
16. Go wine tasting
17. Buy a new camera & an old camera [new = Amazing Camera; old = Cannon AE1 - see #7] - got this one halfway done!
18. Visit a "new" city each year
19. Take on a painting project
20. Make an upholstered bench
21. Purchase a cute lil cruiser bike with a wicker basket attached to the front
22. Decorate for every holiday in a year
23. Get a puppy!
24. Coordinate a community event to help make a difference
25. Visit Crater Lake, Oregon
26. Plant and maintain a garden
27. Watch the sun rise
28. Win a contest of some kind [ok, if I don't accomplish this it's not entirely my fault!]
29. Get an iPhone or a Droid [or other comparable awesome phone]
30. Move into a much better living space
30 (a). Place $25 in my lil blue pig each time I check off a challenge! This fund will go to help out with other challenges on my list [some of these things cost $$ you know!]

Ta-Da! There is my list! If there is anyone out there that would like to help me out, or participate in any of these activities, please let me know! This is going to be a fun challenge & I look forward to blogging about my progress!

KISS FM Doggie Duel Contest

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I entered the parents' puppy in the Doggie Duel contest! Please vote for her HERE!

Colorado here we come!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Luke and I are taking a very spontaneous trip to Denver/Boulder in less than a month! It all started out last week when I found an unused travel voucher that I needed to use before Nov 2010; then Luke said he's one flight away from earning a free flight. We began brainstorming where we could go that was close for a long weekend... We then found out that Southwest had amazing deals on plane tickets, double reward points for flying into Denver and triple reward points for rental cars in Denver. So Denver it is! We got everything booked last Monday! YAY for spontaneous mini-vacations! :D

Thursday 13

Thursday, September 16, 2010

1 - Summer is over in Seattle. I am now looking forward to updating my wardrobe for FALL. I do love the fall season with the changing of the colors and the crisp and fresh feeling in the air. I can't wait to find some new sweaters and such at Nordstrom this weekend! Check out these cute fall sweaters [all in my price range]!

2 - Another great thing about Fall... My favorite tv show is coming back! Yay for Modern Family!

3 - I am thisclose to getting the new iPhone! Still deciding if I want a phone bill every month or not...

4 - I am reading a new book, Blame. I am still trying to get into it - at a slow point right now. I'm hoping it gets better because the reviews were good!

5 - Luke is coming up this weekend AGAIN! :) He has to work for part of the Husky game - then it's a wonderful weekend of shopping, Lobstershopping and sports watching! GO BEAVS!

6 - I got Mad Men S1 on Netflix - but just couldn't get into it... Going to try for a new show. Any recommendations?

7 - I am a huge nerd because I got a new file/storage unit placed under my desk this week and I LOVE IT. My desk is now "organized" instead of "organized chaos". It's the little things in life...

8 - I can't wait to upload the pics from my camera [literally hundreds upon hundreds are on there]! My USB cord turned into a snake and slithered out of my life - so I had to buy a new one! [$0.62 on Amazon - Holla!]

9 - Did I mention that I am slowly getting back into my gym routine? Well I am! Feels good!

10 - Luke and I are going to sign up for our first race! We are going to start out with a 5k! The race is Sunday, October 24th in Portland!

11 - The 2010 Seattle Mariners baseball season will soon come to an end. The way the team has been playing, I think most everyone is looking forward to a break...

12 - FFB [Fantasy Football for the rookies] is taking over my life on Sundays and Mondays. I went 1-0 and 0-1 in my two leagues last week. Can't win 'em all! GO HOLLZ BALLZ!

13 - I have recently re-joined the world of Twitter. I still don't know how I feel about it... You can follow me here though!

My old college town

Every year, this time of year, I really miss this place. Corvallis in the fall is absolutely beautiful! The town is packed full of trees that change colors and the air is so crisp and smells so fresh. My old college town was the best place I could have ever imagined going to school.

I plan on going back to a few Beaver Football games this season [I haven't been back for a game since I attended school there]. I know the second I get back to this town I will get all nostalgic and all sorts of wonderful college memories will pop into my head. I know that going back is never the same as it was living there in college. It's kind of a weird feeling to describe. I've found that it's best to just remember the great times you've experienced there as a student and make new memories there as an alumni. If you don't, you'll be disappointed because it will never be the same as it once was...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I saw this posted on Twitter the other day...

It's sad when people you know become people you knew. When you can walk right past someone like they were never a big part of your life.

I'm sure we all have instances in our lives where we've had fall-outs with people that were important in our lives at one point. It can be sad in many different ways.

Why do people have to be so mean? Why do girls insist on trashing you behind your back - but deny it to your face? Why can't people be as good of a friend to me as I've been to them? Why can't all close friends be genuine?

There have been instances in our lives where we've asked ourselves these questions over and over again... We've struggled with not ever being able to find answers to these questions; we just take comfort in the fact that it wasn't us being the toxic friend. We tried. But you can only try so long. In the end you have to make a decision. A decision to continue the friendship or get out of the friendship. We end up making a decision that was best for us. But it's quotes like these that pop up every once in a while that make me think of good memories with old friends - we'll always have those.

Stuck in the Middle (with you)

So I looked up the lyrics to the song "Stuck in the Middle with you" in hopes that I can somehow relate those words to the post I am about to write. No such luck. The song title, however, seems to also be a good title for my new post.

Luke and I have been doing a lot of talking. Nothing too serious, people. Just trying to figure out life. [p.s. this is not going to be a post about "finding ourselves" - that statement always bothers me. why do people feel the need to "find themselves", can't we all just be who we are?] This post will in fact be about embarking on a journey to try and figure out our future - and the frustrations in that journey that present themselves along the way.

We recently took a trip to Chicago [close to Luke's hometown, where he grew up & later worked after college]. The trip was amazing. Chicago was amazing. This is the town that Luke holds very high; his favorite city in the world. Of course when he returns here, he instantly falls in love with the city all over again. Then we're faced with the question(s) that I'm sure many people close to our age are faced with... Do I want to move here [because I've always wanted to]? Do I want to stay living in my current situation [because a lot of times we all want change]? Then we ask ourselves the next set of question(s)... Am I making the right decision? How do I know what the right decision is? And Holy Cow - What are the answers to these questions?

We are stuck in the middle. In a way we are at the crossroads of two very pivotal times in our lives. That period between letting go of your independence, letting go of your carefree twenties and transitioning to adulthood [don't get me wrong, we are adults you know]. I'm talking about the other stage, the stage that is full-blown adulthood! Buying a house, settling down, planting roots, raising a family, etc., you get the point. Luke and I are currently in the middle of it all. And to be honest, I wish I could stay in this spot forever - being 28. My late twenties have been amazing thus far. Every year I gain more confidence and maturity and develop a better understanding of my surroundings. Why can't this phase last forever? I love having the freedom to do what I want, when I want [well outside of the M-F 9-5]. Why do we have to "grow up" and make decisions that will affect the rest of our lives?

Some would argue that we have all the options in the world, we don't have anything holding us back, we can do whatever we want. Sometimes that presents too many choices to choose from, therefore making me second-guess my decisions and making sure my final choice is the right one. [I wish we could just live in Seattle.Portland.Chicago all at the same time] :D

I guess what I am trying to say is that we do have the option to do whatever we want, but we are aware of the transitions that are going to face us in the next 5 years or so. And when you age, you really have to start thinking about your future. 5 years ago I wasn't thinking about it at all, but as adults it's one of our responsibilities.

So back to the question. What should we do?

For right now everything is great. Everything is just as it is, or as it should be. We're happy. We think we'll be happy anywhere as long as we are together and surrounded by family and friends. We still do have these thoughts and questions from time to time... When we have the urge to go somewhere else we'll just purchase some plane tickets and visit often. Then when when we return home we'll say "Oh it feels good to be home".

[really, it took this whole blog post to get to that conclusion? but now you know my entire thought process, lucky you! ;)]

New Wines make me Happy!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Usually when I go wine shopping I have a few that I like to buy (Willimate Valley Vineyards, Erath, Archery Summit, Sokol Blosser, etc.) Those are my good Oregon wines. They tend to be a little more pricey, but I know I'm getting good quality when I purchase these wines. Over this past weekend though, I decided to try a completely new and different wine!

And... I found a new wine I like! Wait, I found a new wine I LOVE! I tried this one first: ROSSO and then I tried this: MALBEC. Both were fabulous [and reasonably priced - under $10].

These wines are from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, CA [north of wine country and Santa Rosa]. I had heard about the Francis Ford Coppola Winery on a Food Network or Travel Channel show quite a while ago and just kept in the the back of my mind. I forgot about it for a while, then I saw a few different kinds of Coppola wines at the grocery store while I was wine shopping... a little light went off as I thought Ohhh I been wanting to try that! I'm very glad I strayed away from my standby wines, because I found two great new ones! I can't wait to try other wines from this winery... :)