Tagged: charity

Mar 27

Maniac on the Floor

On Friday night, Mike & I went over to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for the Hands-On Event. It’s a fundraiser for the scholarship program, but it’s also a chance to sample some of the classes offered at the KIA by actually trying things out and making mini-projects. My painting class is almost over, so I am thinking about taking a different class. Since I wasn’t sure what, this was the perfect chance to talk to the teachers and see what the classes are like. We had a blast!

Welding!Mike & I both decided to try making metal sculptures. Basically, you get to dig through piles of scrap metal and choose up to 10 pieces for your sculpture. Once you’ve designed and arranged your sculpture, you get to go into the welding booth with the welder and watch while they weld it for you. It was so flipping cool!! I loved making the sculpture, but I don’t think welding is for me. I was perfectly content to watch the guy do all the work. But I did watch, and I got to wear the mask and everything which made me feel all Flashdance-y. I found a silver piece of metal that looked like a cat face, so I decided to do a cat sculpture. Mike is watching and reading Game of Thrones, so he went for a medievel style candle holder. Here are our two completed projects.


My Cat SculptureMike's Candle Holder

Me at the Potter's WheelMike & I also both tried out throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, and it was really cool. We both enjoyed it, and we are considering taking a beginner ceramics class either this spring or summer. I also tried jewelry making and made a beaded copper bracelet. I even tried my hand at watercolor, which is much more difficult than I anticipated. I did a simple landscape, if you’re interested, you can see it here. I was pretty sure watercolor was what I wanted to do next, but I’m not sure I liked it enough. There’s a colored pencil class coming up that sounds intriguing, though, although there was no demo for it.

So that’s it for our super fun night at the KIA. We had such a great time!


Jul 12

Hotter Than You

Mike & I went out for our usual Friday lunch last week, but we went to the new place downtown, Casa Bolero. I was super excited to try the tableside guacamole. Let me tell you, it was delicious, and well worth the $8. It tasted so fresh and just full of nom sauce. For my entree, I chose a wild mushroom quesadilla and it was superb. They actually have a whole quesadilla section on the menu with 6 or 8 different kinds. YUM.

After the nomriffic lunch we went to the Rave to see Toy Story 3. GREAT movie, dudes. Like the first 2 before it, this movie really delivered. There were some great new characters. Lotso the bear was a great villain. Plus, Barbie & Ken!! There were so great. I loved Ken’s little fashion show for Barbie. The movie was all around awesome, and the ending was so touching – Mike & I cried like two little girls. It was a great movie, and if you haven’t seen it, do so. Skip the 3D, though – I don’t think it really added anything to the story at all, plus it gives me a wicked headache.

Saturday, Dawn, Rachel & I finally went to see Eclipse. While my expectations were understandably low based on the previous 2 movies in the saga, I was still hopeful. So hopeful that I was really scared my hopes would be dashed and I would be disappointed again, only even worse this time. My fears were unfounded!! Eclipse was my favorite of all of the books, and I think they FINALLY got it right. Don’t get me wrong, if I could turn back time (If I could find a way! I’d take back those words that have hurt you….oops. Sorry) I would recast the hell out of all 3 of these movies. Since that is not possible at this juncture, I will say that everything outside of that worked for me in this movie. I was super nervous that my favorite scene from the book would be foiled, but I think they played it off just right. It had the perfect tone and accomplished what the book did. Things I wasn’t crazy about: The new Victoria’s hair, Jacob wearing a shirt WAY too often, and a few other little tiny details that nobody else would probably notice or care about. Subtle things I LOVED: Edward saying “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” referring to Jacob’s abs of fury, and Jacob saying to Edward “We both know I’m hotter than you.” WORD.

Ok, speaking of recasting the hell out of the saga, this guy is my pick for Edward. Justin Hartley, also known as the Green Arrow. This guy would make RPattz look like a bumbling fool. Well, RPattz kind of does that on his own. Anyway, here’s a sample. Type this guy’s name into a Google image search to see even more (READ: shirtless). Jacob is awesome & gets to stay as is. Also, Bella should be someone else. Anyone else, really.

On Sunday, I went over to the SPCA for my volunteer orientation. It was very cool. It’s kind of heartbreaking to see all of the animals caged up and desperate for adoption. And on the other hand, it’s sobering to realize that without this organization, these animals wouldn’t be here at all. I am really excited to get involved and help out in any way that I can. I plan to focus on the cats in Kitty City, but one of my personal goals is to get a little more comfortable with dogs as well. I don’t dislike them, I’m just a little scared of bigger dogs because I don’t have any experience with them. So hopefully I can change that.

After orientation we hosted Crappy Movie Sunday. This week’s feature was Snakes on a Plane. We really did things up with flower leis and fake snakes. Of course, we had an awesome time. I am working on the blog post, and it’ll be up in a few days over at Crappy Movie Sunday.

I’m really really excited that Mike & I are going out of town for a few days! We are heading up north to stay at a cottage on Lake Michigan. I truly can’t wait!! It’s going to be so fun to get out of here for a bit.


May 06

Ohana Lemonade

On Monday I had my hands-on training at the thrift shop. I was all excited, and I got all ready and then stepped outside to bring the garbage & recycle bins up from the driveway because it was garbage day. As I got to the end of the driveway, I notice a lady standing there and talking on her cell phone. As I approach, she hangs up the phone and sees me and says “Can you help me? I need help!”

At this point, I notice a second lady slumped over onto the curb with her feet in the street and resting on top of a 2 liter of Ohana Lemonade. Lady 1 tells me that she was driving down my street, and noticed Lady 2 lying there. She had stopped to check on her and make sure she was ok. She shook her several times and Lady 2 did not respond at all. Lady 1 tells me that she has called 911 and they will be there in 5 minutes. Ok, wow. I take a closer look at Lady 2 and I can see that her chest is rising and falling, so she is definitely breathing. After a few minutes Lady 2 started moving a bit – she scratched at her face, but then went right back to catatonic and wouldn’t respond again. We waited way longer than 5 minutes, but finally, a cop showed up. He did the same things Lady 1 did – shake her, try to talk to her. She opened her eyes for a sec, but still no response. Then the paramedics got there. The siren seemed to rouse her a bit, and the paramedics actually were able to get Lady 2 to sit up. They spoke to her and she spoke back, but she definitely wasn’t coherent. They finally put her on a gurney and took her away. I sure hope that she’s ok, but I don’t know if I’ll ever know. It was a scary situation, that’s for sure.

Anyway, I was late for my first day at the shop! I explained what happened and they were super understanding, though. I had a good time there! I was mostly working the front of the store, but I am also eager to work in the back and actually accept donations and then sort through them. It’s been really fun and a good experience so far.

I’ve been watching Lost, and I am about halfway through Season 2 right now. I am trying to power through it so I can get to True Blood. I am trying to stay caught up on my regular weeklys too. George & I are almost caught up with Vampire Diaries, and I am only a week behind on everything else. Man, I love me some tv.

Oh, and I obviously changed some things around again. I kind of like it for now, but you know I’m sort of indecisive, so we’ll see how long this lasts. 🙂


May 03

The Glow

First, an update on the sock yarn binky. It’s really coming along, and I must say, I like the way it’s turning out. It’s fun to work on too! I guess I was wrong about not having many solid colors. There were more than I expected. Anyway, Ta-da!!

Last week, I had my orientation for a volunteer position, and today I have my hands on training. I’ll be working at a volunteer run charity thrift store! I’m excited about it, and I think it’s going to be really fun. I am definitely going to do this at least one day a week, maybe even 2. I’ll get my schedule all firmed up after my training session this afternoon. I LOVE thrift shopping, so I think this is going to be awesome.

Crappy Movie Sunday continued yesterday with the latest installment – Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon. The CMS blog is all up in your grill here (I also added it to my links over on the right). If you haven’t seen this movie, I’m really not sure what you’re waiting for. It’s a kung-fu classic with music from DeBarge, so if that doesn’t have you running to the video store to rent a copy, then you must be crazy. Oh, and don’t forget to follow Crappy Movie Sunday on Twitter for all the latest.

We are houseboating in Kentucky in less than 2 weeks, and I could NOT be any more excited than I am right now. I can’t wait!! I found out last week who is going, and that made me even more excited. It’s an awesome group and it will be a ball. Pls it will be totally sweet to get out of town for a bit and relax with my homies. YAY!!


Mar 23

Shawls Aplenty

Just a quick post to show off some recently finished knits. First, a charity shawl that will be donated to a person on dialysis. We fondly call them Kidney Kozies.

Next up is the Azteca shawlette. I have made several of these, and I kept one for myself that is purple and pink. They are so easy to wear – very versatile and fun. I love the way the colors worked out in this one, I’m really happy with it. These are perfect for spring! I might have to keep another one for myself. I’ve had my eye on Cake & Ice Cream….


Mar 13

Total Recall

Thursday night we went to Gallagher’s with some friends. It was awesome and I knocked out some more beers from the list. Check out the link to the right if you want to see what I’ve had so far. And don’t forget to send me some suggestions!

Friday was my super awesome spa day with my mom! First I had a facial while she had a massage, then we got manicures together. After that, she got highlights and her hair styled, and I got a cut, style and deep conditioning treatment. Then we both had our makeup done. It was so so much fun. I wish I was super loaded and we could it all the time. When I got home from the spa, I had 2 packages waiting – one was my new crock pot, and it is so cool, I can’t wait to try it out.  The second was a giant box of St. Patrick’s Day/Birthday cookies from my good friends Brian and Holly in Las Vegas. These are so cute, and trust me, they taste even better than they look! 

Later that evening, Mike & I decided to rent some movies, so we watched Quantum of Solace. It was an OK movie, but Casino Royale was far better. It was a good day. Actually, a GREAT day. I even got  call about a job and it sounds like I’ll have an interview in a couple of weeks.

This morning I got up and met up with my mom & sister. We were so excited to go check out the brand new Goodwill down the street from my house. They were having a big grand opening deal. Anyway, we got there and it was a ZOO. There was hardly anywhere to park, and once we got inside, you could barely get around the store it was so crowded! I went to furniture right away because I have been looking for a small chair for my office. I found the perfect one! I couldn’t find a price tag on it, so I went off to find and employee to help me. Five minutes later, I drag a guy over there, and suddenly, it has a SOLD tag on it. Uggh. I was so frustrated! I’ve been looking for a couple of months and I thought this one was perfect!! Oh well, apparently it wasn’t. I did manage to find a couple of other bargains though – my very own juicer for $6.99, and 3 balls of Plymouth Galway Highland Heather yarn for $1 each. Those are regularly about $6-ish each, so this was a steal!

I got home and took my new juicer apart, and thoroughly washed all the pieces. Once they were dry, I plugged it in to see how it works. It was GREAT. Not as good as the one I borrowed from my sister in law, but amazingly good for $7. For example, Missy’s juicer will do a carrot like it ain’t no thing, and this one will kind of slow down a little and you can tell it is having to work a little harder to juice the carrot, but it still does just fine. Overall, I was really impressed and happy with it. After I drank my delicious carrot-tomato with a splash of cucumber and green pepper juice, I took the juicer apart again and washed all the pieces again. It is easier to clean than the borrowed juicer, so I definitely like that.

After I cleaned it, I decided to look online and see if I could find the manual for this model. I found out lots of interesting things. This juicer was sold between 1990 and 1995. Oh, and in 2001 all of these models were recalled due to a defect that can cause the lid to break and the slicer blade to come flying out of the machine. Hmmm, that’s an interesting tidbit. The recall even states that you should unplug the juicer and never use it again. There is a contact number, but I’m really not sure how to proceed. Should I call and try to get a new juicer? I feel sort of skeevy about that since I wasn’t the original owner. I am thinking that the defect is probably one in a million so maybe I’ll just continue using it. Of course, I would definitely be the one in a million that ends up with my throat slit from a runaway juicer. I’m still not sure what I should do. I need to think about it.


Sep 19

Diabetes Walk

It’s time for the Diabetes walk again folks. We will be walking in Grand Rapids on October 13th. I’m the Team Captain of the Diabetes Busters, and our goal is $2,000. It’s going to be tough! You can help in 2 ways:

Donate – Visit my personal page here to make an online donation. If you’d prefer to give cash, then let me know via email (ljusername AT gmail.com).

Join the Team! – The Diabetes Busters would love to have you walk with us! Get with me if you’re interested.

Thanks a million everyone! XOXO


May 31

Walk with me??

Mike & I are doing he Step Out for Diabetes walk in Grand Rapids this year. We formed a team – the Diabetes Busters. We need people to join us on the walk to raise money and awareness for Diabetes. Mike has it, my dad has it, and Mike’s dad was also diagnosed in the last month. I am willing to bet that someone you know has it, too.

We are really hoping to make this a fun walk, so we’d love for anyone who can make it to join us!! This is not a race, it’s a fun, leisurely walk. Here’s the info about this year’s walk in GR:

Available Route(s): 2 miles
Registration Opens: 8:00 a.m.
Event Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

On Saturday, October 13, Step Out with us to Fight Diabetes. This year’s walk will be a combination of the Lakeshore and Grand Rapids Walks. Our goal is to make a large presence and impact in West Michigan. The walk will be a 2-mile walk beginning at Rosa Park Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. The walk will take you through various streets of interest throughout the downtown Grand Rapids area. Prior to and following the walk, we will have a variety of booths for you to gather more information about diabetes. In addition, we want to make this family friendly, so bring your children and your pets. There will be something for everyone at this year’s walk!

If you want to join the Diabetes Busters, please comment here or send an email to my LJ username at gmail. Thanks everyone! We hope to see you there!!


Sep 20

Dolla Dolla Bills, Y’all

The Diabetes Walk is getting closer and closer. We need your support. Desperately. I’ve gotten some donations already and they are so very appreciated. However, as a team of 4, the Betes Busters has currently raised a lame $240. Our goal is $1500, and I am STILL determined to meet it. Please, please, please – if you were considering donating, now is the time. We really need your help to make our goal.

This event is so important to me – Diabetes has affected so many of the people I love, and this is my chance to try to make things better in the future – and yours too. Please click here to make a donation online using a credit card. If you want to donate cash or a check, please contact me. We can even work out a PayPal donation if that’s easier for you. Just leave a comment here or email me – ljusernameATgmail.com.



Sep 11

Diabetes Walk

Mike & I are participating in the Diabetes Walk on October 7th, so throw down some donation money! You can go here to donate online or get with me if you want to pay some other way. Our goal is a lofty 1500 bones, so we need every penny.

We are totally looking for peeps to join our team – the Betes Busters – so if you want to walk, let me know.