Friday, August 27, 2010

Beautiful Days

I went out to a property the other day to change out a lock box, but I had forgotten that our lock boxes have timed access and I couldn't access the key until 9 AM and it was only 8:30.  So being that I was in an area of Orange County that I really like (Old Town Orange) I decided to go for a walk.  It was a beautiful day, albeit humid, but this is the view I had as I was walking:

Then after walking for a while, I came across this awesome house that had corn growing in the front yard:

IMG00086-20100818-0843 I love the idea of edible landscaping, I think things should be functional and beautiful.  I think that's it for today, I'll update you all later, I have a few finished objects that I'd like to show off, but that'll have to wait for the weekend.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thrifting Goodness

So we got a new property over close to Old Town Orange and I had to go put a lock box on it Tuesday.  For those of you who don't know, Old Town Orange is one of the oldest parts of Orange County and has awesome houses, lots of Craftsman and Victorian Style houses.  Steve and I love it there and that is our "if we ever win the lottory" place to buy a house.  In fact, Steve and I met up again and started dating at the annual International Street Fair they hold 3 years ago.

But back to my point.  Since I was down there at the end of my work day and I wasn't going to get back in time to get any work done at the office (it was 3:45 when I finished with the lock box and I'm done at 4, it takes about 20 min to get back in afternoon traffic) I decided to go to one of the thrift stores and my favorite used book store, Bookman.  Boy am I glad I did (though I'm not sure that Steve is)! So while thrifting I found these awesome crewel embroidery kits from the 70's, unopened for $2 a piece! Look how amazing they are!

 I want to make these and hang them in my house. Steve's response to this was, "Wow, I can't imagine why those were never opened." He's fine with them though in real life.  He's a weirdo like me and likes random stuff up in our house.  So excited!

When I went to Bookman I got the first book for our new book club, Watership Down by Richard Adams, for $2.95!

And then I got 2 books I just want to read, Post Office by Charles Bukowski, for $13.00:


And Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac, for $2.95 also:


All in all it was an awesome day!

Monday, August 02, 2010

My Momma

Do you ever have those days when you just want your Mom?  I do, and today was one of them.  It was one of those days that just starts out bad, you know the days you just want to go back to bed?  I feel lucky that I get to come home to such an amazing man, but sometimes a girl just needs her Momma.  I was pretty spoiled the last few years, I worked with my Mom (and Dad) and my parents only lived about 3 miles from my house.  This last year, as I've talked about before, my parents sold the company I've worked for for the last 7 years and while it's had the normal amount of adjustment expected with new management taking over.  The hardest part, by far, is that my parents have decided to move and to go on an amazing journey on the way.  Right now they are in Kitale, Kenya until the middle of this month, teaching at a school for street kids and being house parents to a bunch of college age missionaries.  I couldn't be prouder of my parents, and my Mom especially, this is a huge change for her, one that my Dad's been trying to get her to make for the last couple years.

My Mom is the one who taught me how to cook, sew, and how to treat a husband with the respect he deserves.  She's also the one who taught me how to love myself enough to find a man who is deserving of more respect than any one could ever possibly give them.  She is an amazing woman, quite the entrepreneur and she is definitely my biggest role model, I totally want to be her when I grow up.  Of course we had our ups and downs when I was growing up, and I could be pretty horrible at times, but overall we have an amazing relationship and I didn't think their moving to Kansas was going to effect me the way it has. 
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