Everyday Life – Yellowstone 2007.

There is nothing better than a weekend with the family. Sheer, unadulterated joy.

Everyday Life – Heather

Knowing of my absurd love of “Twilight”, Heather brought me this lovely gift from her trip to Seattle. What a great friend, eh?!


Who would have guessed from these gems that there was an artist just waiting to burst forth?!

At the youthful age of 7, I already understood the concept of complementary colors. Also, notice how the shape the hair echoes the shape of the legs and feet, giving the image balance. The green bow on the side shows a lack of skill when it comes to perspective. However, this will be remedied in the future.

Here we see that I am still struggling with perspective. What is the girl doing? Is she standing on a slope? Is she being trampled? Is she giving a thorough examination to the dinosaur? I seem to enjoy the theme of repetition: the matching shaped feet of the girl and dinosaur, they are both blonde, female characters, and everyone in the piece seems to be having a jolly ol’ time!

These early attempts eventually produced such art as this:

I guess it just goes to show that practice makes perfect….or better at least :).

Everyday Life – Observations

You know it is going to be a rough go when the person in the stall next to you sprays an entire can of Oust, before they even begin.

I Have Something to Say…In a Minute…

Last night, Heather and I went to Barnes and Noble to visit and hang out. While there we came across this little nugget.

Seriously? Are they kidding? Who the hell do they think is going to take the time to fill this out? Or I guess I should say, WHEN do they think those in need of this book are going to fill it out? I might also mention that there was only one copy on the shelf. I imagine there are probably boxes of these workbooks sitting in the storage rooms of Barnes and Nobles across the land…the stock boys just figured they’d get them on the shelves…eventually.

What Does Your Name Mean?

I am not a big believer in this sort of mumbo jumbo, but it was still pretty interesting.

This is what my name means based on Numerology.

You entered: susan diane spransy

There are 17 letters in your name.
Those 17 letters total to 66
There are 6 vowels and 11 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:
Hebrew Female Variant of Susannah: Graceful lily.

Your number is: 3

The characteristics of #3 are: Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.

The expression or destiny for #3:
An Expression of 3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; our entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers. You also have the destiny to sell yourself or sell just about any product that comes along. You are imaginative in your presentation, and you may have creative talents in the arts, although these are more likely to be latent. You are an optimistic person that seems ever enthusiastic about life and living. You are friendly, loving and social, and people like you because you are charming and such a good conversationalist. Your ability to communicate may often inspire others. It is your role in life to inspire and motivate; to raise the spirits of those around you.

The negative side of number 3 Expression is superficiality. You may tend to scatter your forces and simply be too easygoing. It is advisable for the negative 3 to avoid dwelling on trivial matters, especially gossip.

Your Soul Urge number is: 2

A Soul Urge number of 2 means:
With the Soul Urge number 2, your motivation is centered on friendships, partnerships, and companionship. You want to work with others as a part of a cooperative team. Leadership is not important to you, but making a contribution to the team effort is. You are willing to work hard to achieve a harmonious environment with sensitive, genial people.

In a positive sense, the 2 Soul Urge is sympathetic, extremely concerned and devoted. The nature tends to be very sensitive to others, always tactful and diplomatic. This element in your nature indicates that you are rather emotional. You are persuasive, but in a very quiet way, never forceful. You are the type that makes really close friendships because you are so affectionate and loving.

If this number is over-emphasized in your makeup, you may be over-sensitive, with a delicate ego that is too easily hurt. You may be timid or fearful, too easygoing for your own good.

Your Inner Dream number is: 1

An Inner Dream number of 1 means:
You dream of being a leader and one who is in charge. You want to be known for your courage, daring, and original ideas. You seek unconquered heights. People may get a first impression that you are very aggressive and sure of yourself.

There were somethings that I would disagree with, but for the most part is was surprisingly accurate. At least based on how I see myself.

Want to know what your name means?

Everyday Life – Jeremy


Pronunciation: ’ā-tē • ’tü • ’fif-tē


Number of weeks until Jeremy and I hit our ten year mark! I can’t believe it!! :).

If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is.

2.jpg Number of times I went to Barnes and Noble in the same day. It’s a sickness. I need help.

5.jpg Days in a row I have used the treadmill. Yeah me! Let’s not talk about the numbers of days I was pissed when the alarm went off.

0.jpg Amount of yarn left on my scarf! It’s done! I will post a picture of the finished piece, soon.

Let’s Get Physical! Physical! Suck It, Olivia.

Jeremy and I recently purchased some equipment for our “home gym.” I use that phrase, loosely, as it sounds fancier than our unfinished basement. But either way, the treadmill and weight set are actually really nice! Well, as far as the quality is concerned. Having to get up at Crap ‘O Clock is the morning is not. But hopefully in the near future I will see some results that will make this torture seem like it is worth while.

On a sappier note, I discovered a little token of nostalgia, I’d forgotten about, that Jeremy carved into our home when it was first being built.

How cute is this?!

Stories of My Youth

I have had this great desire, lately, to go back and read some of my favorite books from my younger days. For example, the Little House on the Prairie series, or the Baby Sitters Club Series. I have been updating my “bookshelves” and I think this is what has spurred this interest in revisiting the past. I definitely want to own all of these books at some point. Maybe I will get a list of all the Newberry Award winners and read all of those. What books would you go back and read?