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2Sep/140

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part II

In July, we went to Vegas to celebrate my friend Kim's 30th birthday. It was a great time, but just about one day too short. I needed an extra day to lounge by the pool/drink cocktails/people watch/all the other stuff Vegas is ripe for.

Here are a few pictures from the trip. Thanks for turning 30, Kim!


I now use this 20oz. cup at work to keep six-packs of bee---- water in. (Mojitos were more fun.)


It was perfect Vegas weather. Hot and cloudy.


This was the view from Kim's room at the Cosmopolitan. Our view was...Not so pretty. I mean, I dig a parking lot as much as the next person, but, ya know.


I really channeled LG here with the HIGH PONY! Give me a HIGH PONY!

(Sigh. Can we go back to Vegas? Quick, someone have a birthday and invite me.)

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28Aug/140

Please, have a seat and look at slides of my summer vacation(s), Part I

My webmaster (Chris's cousin) (happy belated birthday, Brant!) updated my Flickr plugin so now I can post pictures to this here blog again. I thought I'd go ahead and post the pictures from our summer vacations here, in case you couldn't be arsed (as my friend Hillary would say) to click the links in my other post. I often cannot be arsed to click the links in posts, so, you know.

First up, Oregon! We traveled on Oregon on the 4th of July for a family reunion/anniversary/birthday celebration with Chris's extended family. When I say "birthday," Chris was included in there too, as his birthday is on the 5th. Guess how his birthday went down. Here, I'll tell you. We woke up, LG said she'd pooped, so Chris got up with her and I sat around in bed on my phone and then when I got on Facebook, it informed me that it was Chris's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YOU GET TO CLEAN POOP! (I am such an asshole. Sorry, Chris.)


Happy birthday! Let's go on a 4-wheeling ride! Please don't accidentally on purpose throw me off.


LG's first 4-wheeling ride.


Swinging.


Napping.


After I apologized for being an asshole, I went on a run by myself! The selflessness just continues!


The brothers!


Cousins (middle left in the picture above is this one's dad.)


Oregon sunset. C'est fini.

27Aug/140

The tomatoes are here!

A month ago I was texting Elizabeth, so confounded as to why my tomato plants hadn't produced.

I planted late, but not that late.

It's been cooler, but not that much cooler.

I haven't been watering as much, but I've still been watering.

Well. It's safe to say the tomatoes are here.

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But that's not all...

This weekend I picked three giant bowls full of tomatoes and then I washed and cooked/prepared almost all of them. I could. Not. Stop. The second I sat back down on the couch, I got another idea for something tomato-ish and so I just kept on cooking. Cooked until I had all but four tomatoes left. One of which I saved (three went to work to pawn off on others.)

Here are just a few things I made...

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Oven-dried tomatoes (h/t EBJ for the recipe rec.) (This was maybe 1/12 of the final amount. These were chef's snacks.)

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Bruschetta and salsa (no recipes; just winged it)

And then I made three bags of peeled, diced tomatoes (froze), one gallon bag of marinara sauce (not an entire gallon, just enough for a gallon-sized bag), and enchilada sauce.

Until next weekend, tomatoes.

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25Aug/142

Documentaries I’ve watched recently* plus the Emmy’s

*Do I know to live or what?

Even though we've got a ton of tv shows we already can't keep up with (this weekend we finally finished season two of The Kevin Bacon Show that ended in...April) we have been on quite a documentary kick lately. All three of these are available on Netflix Instant (and also probably available on Amazon or whatever newfangled things you kids are watching tv on these days) if you want to watch them too.

20 Feet From Stardom
I heard about this before it won the Oscar, when some people from the documentary were on NPR Fresh Air, and I put it on my mental To Watch list immediately. It's about backup singers and it's really, really good. Great music, of course (think Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson), and it also gives some great background into those people who really have a hand in making certain songs what they are but who rarely get credit. Recommend.

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
This came recommended by my childhood friend and it is SUCH a delight. It has subtitles, so you have to read (ugh, reading), but it's worth it. Recommend if you like sushi, food, behind the scenes peeks into the restaurant business, cute old men, fish markets.

Somm
I know I've recommended my friend Ben's podcast, Wine 4 Sophisticated Homies, and while I guess I understood what it meant to be a certified Sommelier (both from the podcast and from other Somm friends), I guess I didn't realize what it meant to be a Master Sommelier (e.g.: there have only 219 Master Sommeliers. Ever. Granted, the MS certification has only been around for 45ish years, but still. 219 ain't a lot of people.) Anyway, I heard about this documentary not from the wine homies podcast, but on NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour. I like wine and documentaries, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. It's okay, not the greatest, but worth a watch, for sure, if only to hear the wacky things they come up with during blind tastings. "Rotten animal meat" was a scent descriptor. So. Yeah.

Other documentaries I want to watch: Unhung Hero (about that, yes) and 112 Weddings.

Any good docs you've seen recently? My tastes tend to lean toward fun/airy/uplifting/also informative, rather than scary/if you eat this way you'll die/do you know where your beef comes from/the world is ending/etc.

Switching gears! The Emmy Awards are tonight! On a Monday! It's "my SuperBowl," as Chris says, and he is taking it very seriously, cooking steaks and baked potatoes and generally treating it as the holiday it is should be. (I am taking tomorrow off, not because of the Emmy's, but that certainly is a happy accident.)

I don't have specific nominees I'm rooting for necessary (except Allison Tolman from Fargo---Molly Solverson 4EVA) but it doesn't matter, as it's always fun to watch while simultaneously drinking champagne, texting my parents (who are also dining on steak and champagne, yes of course we compared Emmy menus yesterday), and crying over the In Memoriam. Maybe more so this year with the recent passing of Our Favorite Orkan.

14Aug/142

A bunch of unrelated stuff

1. I'm rewatching The L Word from the beginning. Showtime is replaying it two episodes at a time on Thursday nights and I'm finding it quite enjoyable even though I have seen it all before. Shane continues to be the hottest. Jenny continues to be awful. Kit continues to be my favorite.

I've also started watching Tyrant and Outlander, am on the second season of Masters of Sex, and made the executive decision to give up on Ray Donovan. I couldn't even get through last season, so eeeeeh. I think it goes without saying I am watching all the Real Housewives right now. I am LOVING Jerz this season (Amber and Jim are AWFUL) and Orange County, with the addition of Crazy Shannon, has been great too.

2. I was in desperate need of new makeup and didn't have time to head to the M.A.C. counter, so I hopped on over to Sephora's website and ordered some stuff. I must say, I think my beloved M.A.C. PowerPoint eyeliner has a new replacement. I bought Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner and I love it. I also bought NARS blush (in the famous color I refuse to type because I don't want to get any more spam) and an Urban Decay eyeshadow in Foxy.

3. Mealtime in this house is pretty fluid. I feel like every time I get a handle on things, our schedules change again and we're adapting to a new routine. For now: We are doing A LOT of prep/cooking on the weekends. But, it's paid off. Since Chris started his job a year ago and I started mine four months ago, neither of us have purchased lunches out (with the exception of Chris's occasional team-building burrito day, of course.) That feels pretty nice, I'm not gonna lie. I hate wasting money on food I could make better and I feel like most lunch places fall into that category. $20 salads that are mediocre, etc. Anyway, I was going to post pictures of some meals I've cooked recently, but my Flickr plug-in isn't working, so go here if you're interested. It's pretty low-brow stuff, but when you get home at 5:30pm and the majority of your family goes to bed at 7:30pm, you make do with what you can. If I can work in a salad a day, then I consider that a win.

4. With high hopes, I bought a Soda Stream and I am returning it tomorrow. The CO2 cartridge that came with it said it was enough for 60 liters. I made maybe 10 liters total and the thing crapped out this morning. I also could never get the machine to make fizzy enough water. And I never heard the LOUD NOISE! everyone said I would hear. So. back to the Targs it goes, where I shall then buy several cases of La Croix and call it a day. I of course would like a Soda Stream (sparky water anytime, less waste, etc.), but not if I am going to have to run out and buy a new CO2 cartridge every week. Also, the thing felt really plasticy and cheap from the get-go. I expected more.

5. A few LG updates:

She moved up to the big kid room at school. They are called Busy Bears, instead of Caterpillars. I think the main difference is they have more Legos in the Busy Bears room, although I really wouldn't know because...

...Tonight at dinner we asked her what she did at school today and she told us she'd tell us, "Maybe later." Maybe later is a very big thing right now. Like, "Are you ready for bed?" "Maybe later." (Mom and Dad are less thrilled with "maybe later," obvs.)

She can spell her entire name and is in the stage where she "reads" books (that she's memorized.) One of her favorites is Wacky Wednesday (which happens to have been my favorite growing up yaaaaaaay) and upon the recommendation of Diane, we taped a shoe to her wall last Friday night. I was giddy when I woke up Saturday morning, so excited to see what she thought of the shoe on the wall. Chris went in there and...No shoe. "Was there a shoe on your wall?" he asked her. "Yeah, I put it away." Ever practical, that one.

6. I've been trying to workout at lunch more—two mile walks with my work walking buddy—because I feel like a slug every night when I get home after sitting most of the day (what I wouldn't give for a stand-up desk.) Ideally I'd go on runs, but when it's 90 degrees at noon, yeah, no thanks. I have high hopes of getting in a yoga class once a week (in addition to yoga church on Sundays), but that hasn't happened yet. Prioritizing my time, etc.

7. We've gone on a lot of fun trips this summer. Hawaii, of course, then Oregon for the 4th of July, Vegas for my friend Kim's birthday, then Santa Cruz this past weekend. After many years of no trips, it's been fun to go on many trips. Pictures: Oregon here. Vegas here. Santa Cruz here.

Well, that's me! What's new with you?

14Jul/141

2Q14 books

Remember a couple months back when I was all smug, posting the list of books I'd read so far this year because I'd read so many (*cough* eight *cough*) books already there was no way I could possibly wait to recap them all in December?

Yes, well, I've read a whopping two books since then. TWO. BOOKS. How pitiful is that?

In my defense, I started a new job, so time has been scarcer (even though I have plenty of time to read at night, I've been choosing to spend my time rewatching The L Word from the beginning. It's been enjoyable.)

Anyway, I did actually start, but not finish, three other books and I actually finished another one yesterday, but that'll have to count towards Q3's book list, as we're already halfway through July.

Onto the books!

I Triggered Her Bully, by Cindy Caponera
This was a really odd read. I listen to a podcast, The Momo Show, and they were raving, raving, raving about this book by a former SNL staff writer/friend of theirs. I figured I'd take the plunge for $3.99 or whatever and...Yeah. Odd. I guess it's supposed to be a series of essays about this woman's life in Chicago and beyond, but it was in desperate need of serious editing. Not just with regard to grammar (ALTHOUGH THAT TOO), but the essays were just really disjointed and found myself through most of the book being like, "What's happening here? When will this story come together?" I admittedly enjoy, but don't read a ton of, personal essay-type of writing, but I feel like this isn't how it should be. Anyway, the woman's funny, I'll give her that. Side note: After reading the book, I heard an episode of The Momo Show where this author was a guest and she explained that this book came about because she'd written all these different essays over the years and someone--an editor, I guess?--suggested she turn the essays into a book. So there you go. Disjointed.

Where'd You Go Bernadette?, by Maria Semple
Great book! So cute! Highly recommend! Fine holiday fun! This was a quick read, mostly consisting of letters/emails to and from various people in the book. Bernadette goes missing, as you might have guessed, and while Bernadette herself is just so quirky and fun, her daughter is especially a delight. Loved the mother-daughter loyalty thing going on here. It also takes place mainly in the Seattle area, so of course I dug that.

What have you read recently? I'm off to pay a fine at the library (on the one book I finished recently; couldn't even read it in six weeks' time, oof) and then I'll be putting some new books in the queue.

30Jun/14Off

Hair (and other stuff) update

I finally went out and purchased some products that were recommended in my hair post awhile back. I went with the L'Oreal EverPure: Sulfate-Free Color Care System (thanks, Sarah!) and I am enjoying it quite a bit. I don't color my hair, but I don't think that really matters. Also, I bought the volumizing formula and this is the only shampoo/conditioner that claims to volumize that actually does. Color (heh, or not) me impressed.

The one downside is it contains alcohol, which I was trying to avoid. But, I think omitting alcohol is more if you're trying to do the natural curl thing, which I am very "meh" about. Ideally I'd embrace my natural curly/wavy hair, but to do so would mean diffusing and drying with cold air and ain't nobody got time for that.

Since it's been hot here, I've been avoiding heated products entirely, putting a (wet) topknot on my head in the morning and then taking it out mid-day. I let the locks flow free and tell myself I look like Carrie Bradshaw. (Don't tell me differently.)

This shampoo/conditioner situation seems to work well for second- and even third-day hair, although if I workout (and with the heat), it's more like second-day hair. I did also buy the dry shampoo Sarah recommended (Garnier Fructis Volume Extend) and I like it a lot. Nice scent (I'm looking at you Psssst!, blech) and it works well, unlike a brand I recommended awhile ago that doesn't work (for my hair) anymore.

So that's that! For someone who really couldn't give two shits about hair, this has been a lot of talking about hair.

In other beauty news, since I'm here, I have been really into winged eyeliner recently. I (gasp!) betrayed my beloved M.A.C. PowerPoint eyeliner and have been using the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen instead. It's got a much lighter feel than the M.A.C., which has been nice with the heat (sensing a theme here?) but still of course goes on dark black. Some things won't ever change.

9Jun/14Off

What kind of mommyblogger am I if I don’t talk about potty training?

Chris and I recently potty trained LG in one (very tense) morning and I thought hey, maybe if you're looking to potty train your child, perhaps you'd like to know the method we used. I got this method from my best friend, who got it from her husband, who got it from a colleague or coworker of his. I have no idea who the guy or gal is who came up with this, so I can't give proper attribution, but hey person who sent this to my best friend's husband: Thank you! If by some random chance you're reading this, let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due.

First, your attitude is the most important ingredient in this toilet-training recipe. A technique is useful to a point, but without the right attitude (and this applies to any disciplinary effort), no technique will produce lasting results. Approach toilet training with the same casual, matter-of-fact attitude with which you approached teaching your child to eat with a spoon. They are, after all, both self-help skills. Despite psychobabble to the contrary, neither is fraught with apocalyptic psychological ramifications. When spoon-training your child, you encouraged without being silly, conveyed a clear expectation and tolerated the temporary mess. If you can muster that same attitude with regard to potty training, you're halfway there.

Second, put a potty or two in that area or those areas of the home where your toddler spends most of his time. Keep it in the bathroom and you inadvertently invoke the Out of Sight, Out of Mind Principle. If the layout of your house and your child's range of movement require it, put out two potties. They should be simple, Spartan contraptions, not ones that do silly, superfluous things like play Barney songs when sat upon.

Third, set aside a week during which you can spend most of your time at home. Your ability to maintain a calm focus during this teaching time will help your toddler remember what you are expecting of him.

Fourth, if you're working with a girl, she should spend her day naked from the waist down. Don't even use diapers for naps. Dress a boy in nothing but the thinnest cotton underwear you can find. The point, in either case, is for the "mess" to travel unimpeded down the child's legs, which they do not like. Just take a deep breath and clean it up.

Fifth, as soon as your child wakes up in the morning, take him or her to the potty. When he/she is seated, walk away, saying, "Call me when you've done something and I'll clean you up." Do not hover or otherwise act nervous. If your child refuses to sit, so be it. Make this into a power struggle and you're done for.

Sixth, whether or not your child produces at the first sitting of the day, set a timer to ring every 60 minutes or so (different kids, different intervals). Call it the "potty bell." When it rings, simply announce that it's time to sit on the potty. Remember, don't hang around acting like a high school girl waiting for her prom date.

Seventh, clean up messes without drama. Nonetheless, don't tell your child that making a mess is okay. It's not! When he/she has an accident, tell him, "Make sure you sit on the potty next time." Be firm and resolute, but don't be angry.

Eighth, respond to successes positively, but not overly enthusiastically. Do not, under any circumstances, give rewards or use them as enticements.

Last, when the process is complete, hire a carpet cleaner to erase the evidence. The typical cost of said removal is why I call this method "Naked and $75."

And that is that! I am surprised/not at all that this worked. A few personal notes:

I think it is key, as the person says, to NOT say it's okay when the kid has an accident. After the very tense morning mentioned above, I put LG down for a nap and she sacked out, then woke up a few hours later with an accident. (I am totally blaming this one on The Americans, by the way, because those shows were running like 11 minutes longer each and I was going to go upstairs and wake LG before an accident could happen, but I had to wait those damn 11 minutes, which, I feel I should mention, is not actually any additional TV-time, but just extra commercials.) Anyway, she looked so pitiful and I felt so bad for her I told her, "Oooh, it's okay" and then Chris was like, "It's not okay!" and I was like, "Dammit, no, it's not okay!" But that was the only accident she's had (minus a few in Hawaii that were really her parents' fault (time change + "regular" child + I didn't bring extra diapers = 3am cleanups = oops to the power of three.)

She's not potty trained at night yet. See above re: 3am. I imagine that'll come in a few more months. I don't really care and actually, if night time potty training means I have to wake up with her every hour, then she can go ahead and stay in diapers until she's 18.

Anyway, go LG! You can dump in toilets now. Welcome to adulthood.

[Edited to add: It was pointed out to me that "Naked and $75" comes from a parenting book by some cat, John Rosemond. I haven't read the book, so I don't know if the method is the same, but I assume it is. I am not going to link to the guy, though, because the article(s) I perused have him highly recommending you start potty training at 18-months and notes waiting until after 30-months "greatly increases the likelihood of problems." What problems, I do not know, but this is a no assvice zone here. Potty train when you want to! This is simply a method that worked for us. Live long and potty, my friends.]

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4Jun/14Off

Hawaii!

We went to Hawaii! It was too short a trip, but isn't it always? Now here, take a seat and check out my vacation slides.


Bottom right: LG thrilled as usual.


The view outside our condo. Rough stuff.


Little tree-hugger.


The fam.



We spent a lot of time drinking on porches and yet my "lanaitai" pun fell short. Win/lose some.


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20May/14Off

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This morning I was doing some early-morning blog reading, as one does, and I read this post by Jennie and I was all, I haven't blogged in awhile, I should do that! And then she tagged me at the end of the post, so now I have to do it anyway. There you go.

A few brief housekeeping things.

Number one, thank you for the "you're not an asshole" comments on my last post. I realize now it came off as though I was looking for affirmation that I was not an asshole, when I guess what I really meant was, like, collectively, let's all not be the asshole. You know?

ALSO! You had so many great recommendations about hair stuff! I have been to Target and/or shopped on Amazon something like 25 times since that post and have I tried anything new? No, no I have not. But, it's hot here now and I'm having to go back to the every-other-day hair washing (I'd rather be at three-days-a-week), so next time I go to Target I will buy something new and then report back.

Onto the questions!

1. What is your favorite type of cheese?
Blue! Very few cheeses translate well into a salad dressing, but that one sure does.

2. What are you excited about?
Hawaii in just about seven days! Last time I was there Chris and I had just started dating and I spent the week with my phone in my face, texting him, and missing him miserably. This trip should be more fun.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
I wrote a whole post about it, but if you missed it, we went to San Francisco (SANS KID!) and stayed out late drinking in bars, eating uninterrupted meals, and singing karaoke. It was fantastic.

4. What is on your bedside table?
Lamp (I love lamp), two books I swear I will read eventually but haven't gotten into yet, a Billy Collins book of poetry (look at me so cultured 'n shit), an alarm clock I only use to see the time, water, and a picture of Chris and I when we took a trip to San Francisco a few years ago.

5. What do you order from the movie theater concession stand?
Nothing! Well, popcorn, I guess, but I could do without that. I do smuggle in wine and candy, though.

6. Do you have a garden? What's growing?
Yes! About 80% of the credit goes to Elizabeth for the tomatoes, then 19% goes to Chris for maintaining everything. I'll take 1% credit for planting seeds and the mental fairy dust I toss on it in hopes things will grow. I am growing about 13 different kinds of tomatoes, six different peppers, zucchini, cucumber, radishes, and beets.

7. Any summer plans?
Besides Hawaii, we're also heading to Bakersfield (the three of us)/Paso Robles (just me, friend's bachelorette party), Oregon for the 4th of July/Chris's birthday/family reunion, and then the coup de grace, VEGAS, BABY! for my friend Kim's 30th birthday.

8. Which TV couple(s) are you rooting for?
I'm behind a few episodes, so I'm not fully up-to-date, but I am rooting for Karen and Hank on Californication. I wish I could say I'm rooting for Don and Megan, but nah, just rooting for Don. I am also rooting for Juliette and Avery (Nashville), although again, I am several episodes behind, so no spoilers please. I think that's it! I can't say there's a TV couple that's really, truly lighting my fire these days.

9. What's the last thing you bought?
I bought these Birkenstocks this morning! I always wanted Birks, so I am very excited.

10. What's one thing you're passionate about?
Food. I tried to think of, like, some civil or human rights issue, but nope. Food.

11. What are you grateful for this week?
Cooler temperatures! I was able to run tonight which I was not able to do last week when it was 100 degrees at 5pm.

And now I'm supposed to tag 11 people to also do this! Here we go (I'm too lazy to link, so I'm just hollering at you with your blog names): Rhymes With Taffy, Two Adults, Reasonably Suspicious, Little Miss Mel, Mama Bub, Sensibly Sassy, Holly Would If She Could, ChristinaRTS, DaisyJD, Mariko, and Akymbo.

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf

1. What is your favorite type of cheese? I like to think of myself as an equal cheese opportunist. I love all kinds, equally, but I've been on a cheddar kick lately.

2. What are you excited about? My work trip to New York next week, the ATX Festival, our family's long weekend in Hollywood (Florida), our July Fourth party, meeting Natalie's baby girl in August, Kyle starting Kindergarten (!!), a girl's weekend in September, and a trip to Vegas in December. Then the holidays, my birthday, lather rinse repeat. Happiness is having something to look forward to or, as I translate the saying, a full calendar.

3. How did you celebrate your last birthday? I said "To hell with finances and and nine-hour roadtrips, take me to New Orleans, Mike." He said "okay," which is why I like him so much.

- See more at: http://www.shelikespurple.com/shelikespurple/2014/05/eleven-questions.html#sthash.V1gMtGQV.dpuf