Hi, hi! Nothin’ like waiting all off-season to get wrecked on the 2nd lap. I can’t even imagine the disappointment for the team. :( Anyone else watch the Daytona 500 last night? Or, just judge me for the habit? :) And I move on… Do you ever feel like you’re working on so many things but not really accomplishing anything? That is where I am right now.
Hey there! Happy Monday. Hopefully you had a fab weekend. I have to admit we’re stoked in this house about the start of the NASCAR season…rain delays and all. Don’t try to tell me you don’t collect scrap metal, get it autographed by the car owner and get all giddy, happy to have your picture taken with the military men who flew the pre-race fly by. I won’t believe it. ;) But, before we settled in for the big race weekend I got a little lost in blog world last week. In a good way. It kind of started when a blog was lost. (But later recovered, Phew!) Then I came across a Build Your Blog series Kelly put together at Live Laugh Rowe.
Want to hear something scary? Other than my mix up of Thursday and Friday in the order of days of the week after getting it right for so many years. If you missed yesterday’s post, you’ll need to go here for this to make sense. :/ Well, at least scary to me anyway… Someone lost their blog this week. Like when you try to go to her blog, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, you see this… I know, sad. :( And yes, my computer kindly translates EVERYTHING to Dutch since big brother can see we are in the Netherlands Antilles. Gee, thanks! You can still find her on Facebook…and I’m sure she could use some encouraging words right now. Update: Kristin’s blog was recovered yesterday! You might have noticed Foto Friday went up on Thursday…apparently I had some calendar confusion as this post was supposed to go up yesterday and Foto Friday today. Oh well. Note to self – Friday comes after Thursday. Then, I read that Beth broke her Mac. And I decided to get backed up. So all is not lost. Honestly, we’ve been on the external hard drive bandwagon for some time now. Photography is a long lost hobby of my husband, and I like to think of our vacation photos as a never displayed museum collection. These are from Tamaya in 2004. Ok, that second one probably doesn’t belong in a museum…but should probably be on our wall somewhere. (No, I don’t still have that shirt De, but Joel still sports the Grateful Dead one.) And, the untanned strip on my arm…that’s just from a spot where I had a temporary tattoo. That’s how I roll. :) These shots are from Spain in 2009. What, you don’t take pictures of random fishermen and road signs on vacation? We do…it’s so … continue reading
I got so many encouraging comments and emails about last week’s photos so I’m continuing the trend…sharing a few fun things I saw throughout the week here in Curacao. Thanks for all of the support. I sure do appreciate it. :) Now, most Saturday mornings I can be found here…sorry for the sunrise directly behind the sign. And then here. Well, not actually at the dumpster…the dumpster is outside of the bakery. This is a pic I took last year. Apparently I haven’t seen anything interesting at the bakery since. :) On the US President’s Day holiday…otherwise known as Carnival here in the Caribbean…also a holiday…we brought these hooligans to the beach. And they quickly made friends with this lovely couple happy to give Marley attention and feed Mico chips…aka Doggy Heaven. We watched a young boy fishing. What are the chances he knows he can hang a whole gallery wall with fishing line? ;) And we watched the sun set. And… …I may or may not have test painted the back of one of our couches… Let’s hope today isn’t the day Joel decides to start reading the blog. ;) Have a great weekend! See you next week. If you’d like to see the first foto friday you can check it out here. I am going to share Foto Friday with the Wordless Wednesday gals. Flip Flops & Pearls, Live and Love … Out Loud, Nap Time Mom Tog, Project Alicia, and then she snapped, The Paper Mama, Parenting by Dummies, A Fresh Perspective, NOLA Mommy, Baby Baby Lemon, Dagmar’s Momsense, Better in Bulk
And, I have been bestowed upon some really cool blog honors. (Is that even proper English?) Hello, hello. How are you? By the way… :) Truth be told, I probably should have blogged about these long ago. But I’ve been putting it off. I’m not sure how fun these posts are for those who follow, but aren’t bloggers themselves. My “real life” friends, my family…blah blah blah…someone I don’t know, gave an “award” I don’t really understand…blah blah blah. Sometimes I wonder, how bloggy can a blog get? You know? :) But, the truth is, these awards are a great honor in the blog world and I am super duper thankful that someone thought enough of my little blog to think of me when passing the award on. In lieu of red carpets and designer dresses blog awards are more about answering a few questions and sharing a little bit about myself. Instead of taking home a trophy I get to pass along the award to blogs of my choice…and I even get a little bling for my sidebar. So, before the music starts playing over the end of my acceptance speech, I am so thrilled to thank Bri from The Modern Parsonage for giving me the Liebster Award. So what is the Liebster award? Well, it means beloved, favorite, dearest in German. Best of all, it’s given out by fellow bloggers to up and comers with less than 200 followers, encouraging new friendships and community. Upon receiving the Liebster award, you do the following: 1. Post the award on your blog for the world to see! – Ok, so it has taken me about 3 weeks to do this, I’m all up to date now. :) 2. Show your thanks to the blogger who awarded you the Liebster by linking back … continue reading
Well folks, the big a$$ tv has a new home. You’ll remember it used to live here. If you want to see how I upgraded an old dresser with some fun maps and stenciling, click here. Yes, that is in our bedroom. :/ And we had this little cutie in our living room. Wait…is that a plain, dirty piece of plywood hanging above my tv? Hmmm, odd…more on that another time. :) Why? You ask, do we have our little tv in the living room and large tv in the bedroom?? Well, we have this great outdoor space (being as we live on an island and all) and we will often move our tv outside when we are just hanging out on the roof. It is a space I have been keeping under lock and key…well not really, it IS outside. But, I have yet to share it on the blog. The outdoor space is one of the best parts of this house. No, I take that back, the outdoor space IS the best part of this house. :) But, after over 2 years of living here we find we’re not lugging the little tv outside quite as often as we used to and… really people…the house is the size of a bread box so moving the little tv into the bedroom adds an extra 12 steps when we do decide we want to take it outside. Yes, I just paced it off. :) But, clearly the big a$$ tv wasn’t going to fit on this gal. No, not the dog, the cute little Ethan Allan 4 drawer I got for….wait for it…$10. Now…where to put her, hmmmm. A decision for another day. But, I did have this, not real special, hutch. Some of our neighbors actually gave it to … continue reading
Seriously. I mean, who’s into perfect anymore? Well, I’m sure there are many out there. But not this girl. Is there really any better way to set yourself up for disappointment…than to expect perfection? For starters, I would never be living in this house. Oh, how you are imperfect…let me count the ways. But let me only point out the tile…oh the tile of which you have an abundance. But what was it that someone once said…where ever you are, I am home…or, my favorite thing about my house is who I share it with…or, as long as we’re living here together I can overlook the tile…it was something like that. ;) And it really isn’t about the structure, or even the things in it, is it?!? Oh, if it were about the perfection of the things… I would probably shudder at the sight of that silly, un-level driftwood shelf in my new one screw gallery wall every time I walked in the room. Or, I might have finished re-upholstering that chair by now…8 years later. Or, I might not have gotten disproportionately excited when I bought these hideous couches for $65 for the pair. I can’t even tell you how hard it is to find “American” sized furniture for a reasonable price on an island. As an aside, if you’re looking for perfection, definitely don’t move to a Caribbean island…I know some people who learned that lesson the hard way. Please refer back to that comment I made earlier…something about the expectation of perfection = surefire disappointment. :) Now, I have to give a shout out to the Nester for the idea of Celebrating the Imperfect with a link party. And, in contemplating her idea, I realize, that through my never-ending search for a steal deal, my need to find ways, albeit … continue reading
Happy Friday. Just for fun, I thought I’d try something new and share a few things I saw this week. I pass this church all the time and I finally got stuck at the red light long enough to take a pic…too bad it was a gray day in Curacao. Imagine it with a bright blue sky back drop. :) Our view during a little lunch date…luckily not a gray day. :) A typical evening in our house. Me admiring the gallery wall while at least one dog and one husband sleep on the couch watch tv. My Valentine’s Day card from Joel. Someone knows what my favorite price is. :) And, I may or may not have done some dumpster diving. I also carried a 1 x 8 x 16 foot long piece of perfectly drifted wood home from an afternoon dog walk. Now I just need to figure out what to make with it. A coffee table? Shelving? Here’s a sneak peak…picture this sixteen feet long. :) What would you make with a 16 foot long, 8 inch wide and 1 inch think rusty, partially painted piece of wood? Have anything fun planned for the weekend? Do you carry long boards home from the beach? Funny story – when I texted Joel to tell him I might need help carrying a long board home, he was picturing me carrying a long board surf board. Now that I type that…it doesn’t seem as funny as it was in real life. :/ I am going to share Foto Friday with the Wordless Wednesday gals. Project Alicia, Flip Flops & Pearls, Live and Love … Out Loud, Nap Time Mom Tog, and then she snapped, The Paper Mama, Parenting by Dummies, A Fresh Perspective, NOLA Mommy, Baby Baby Lemon, Dagmar’s Momsense, Better in Bulk