Archive | January, 2012

things to make you smile

31 Jan

Hey all!

At my last job in New York, there were times when I would be super grumbly about some inner-office shenanigans. Usually Tim would come to the rescue and email me a silly/happy picture (usually involving puppies or CareBears or some combination of the two.) It almost  always worked to turn my frown upside down so today I want to share a few things with you that are currently making me smile in case you’ve got the Tuesday blues**.

(** Can also alleviate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday blues. Not guaranteed to work on Saturday or Sunday blues.)

First of all, there is a reason that I have been a lazy blogger: there is a little wiggly puppy sitting on my arm (no, we didn’t get a puppy yet – I’m just puppy sitting for a friend) and he makes it difficult to get anything done because he’s so darn CUTE!  As you can see, he’s very good at snuggling. It’s his favorite activity.

yup, he's sleeping on me

I had seen this next one before a long time ago but forgot about it until my super wonderful Heather sent it to me again. I scoured the interwebs but couldn’t find where it was from/who took it. I think maybe she is Mongolian? Wherever it is, it’s an awesome picture.

This next one is a video especially for all of you New Yorkers. It made me laugh (although I felt a bit defensive about Queens)…

And finally, as a special treat, my favorite bit of bathroom graffiti ever. Found in a tiny hole-in-the-wall dive bar on the Lower East Side (NYC). You’re welcome.

the words of the prophets...

That’s all for today. I am heading off to Arizona to see the in-laws on Thursday so postings will continue to be light.



story time

25 Jan

Hi friends,

I’m going to cut right to the chase with this one without too much blah-de-blah-ing: A few months ago, I had randomly dug up my old copy of “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” ** and shown it to Tim and our friend Josh who then (rightly) demanded we would all write stories based on the illustrations and share them with each other at a later date. This is the first of the four stories we wrote. I hope you enjoy it (I know I did!).

** A really cool collection of illustrations that were “supposedly” the basis for different children’s stories that were never published because of mysterious circumstances. If you haven’t heard about it before, this will basically explain it.

Presenting…  “Just Dessert” by Josh Hoover

She lowered the knife and it grew even brighter.

Click here to read the story!


25 Jan

Hi friends,

Sorry for the very long absence. I have been nasty, yucky sick and haven’t felt like doing anything for the past week. I also felt weird about blogging again without mentioning Tim’s Uncle Rob (whose funeral we attended last weekend) but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to say or how to say it.

I haven’t been to many funerals – the last one I went to was my grandma’s when I was twelve – but I can say for sure that Rob’s was a beautiful and sad one. The entire church was filled with people who had come to say goodbye to Rob and offer their support to Tim’s mom and the rest of the family. It was amazing. I kept thinking, “Rob would have LOVED to be here.” It didn’t take much to make Rob happy and knowing that all of these people had come there just for him would have put him over the moon. Which, I guess depending on where heaven is located, he is.

Rob was mentally handicapped and had a lot of challenges thrown his way. But he always had people who cared fiercely for him and did their very best to make his life as good as possible. When it comes down to it, isn’t that what’s most important?

Here are a couple of pictures of Rob I wanted to share with you:

Tim's mom, Barb, and Rob at Christmas. I think he looks like the little boy from "A Christmas Story" here. So cute.

He looks so happy!

The two of us a few summers ago. I'll miss you, Rob!


19 Jan

Hi friends,

I don’t know if anyone is following this blog with any sort of regularity but, if so, I apologize for my lack of postings. Without going into too much detail, our family member who was in the hospital passed away and his funeral will be this weekend. Any kind thoughts you might want to send our way will be felt and appreciated.

I promise to be back next week.


Watch this!

13 Jan

I am super excited to share this video with you. My beautiful friend Morgan told me about it after reading my first blog post and, I have to say, it perfectly captures exactly what I envisioned when I started this blog.

The title pretty much sums it up but I encourage you to watch it until the end. This little man is awesome.

3 year old Jonathan conducting the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th symphony:

giant hearts

12 Jan

image from "Oh Joy" blog

Geronimo Balloons is a quirky and sweet balloon company based in L.A. For Valentine’s Day this year, they are introducing a special, limited edition, gigantic heart balloon. As much as I would love to send (or receive!) a bunch of these, they come at a pretty penny. So I did a little research and found this on

At $6.75, you could afford to buy a whole roomful (they’re also 3ft tall). So until I win the lottery and can afford a Geronimo original, I’ll keep this on my radar.


snow day

12 Jan

I woke up this morning with a little black rain cloud over my head. Despite my overwhelming inclination to stew in a pot of my own grump, I decided that I needed to get over it. And then I looked out the window and saw that it’s snowing today for (basically) the first time all winter. There’s something so beautiful about the first snowfall. It makes me feel, if not happy, then at least not as Scroogey.

I found a fun program online to make the picture more interesting. It’s called Pixlr-o-matic. It’s super easy (and free) and you don’t have to download anything. Here’s what the original picture looked like before all the voodoo magic: 

Still pretty, but just not quite as interesting.

I can see myself wasting a lot of time  having a lot of fun with this program.