Tagged: easter

Apr 27

Special When Lit

Ok, a few things I want to write about here. First, last weekend was Easter. It was a BEAUTIFUL day, and Mike & I spent it in Grand Rapids with his family. It was a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt, and I got paired up with the incredible Jesse James. We had a blast! Here’s a quick pic of us, plus my cartoony rendition.



Jesse and I had a blast, and he found all of his eggs.

In other news, my incredibly great friend Matt used his connections to score me 2 cans of Vulcan Ale, a licensed Star Trek beer from a brewery called Pluto’s Moon. I’m so so happy to get my paws on this beer so that I can try it and keep the cans forever and ever. I drank one last night, and it was actually better than I expected. It’s an Irish Red, which isn’t my go to style, but it was pretty good anyway. Here’s a pic of the can and a pic of me drinking it. 🙂

Vulcan Ale!Vulcan Ale!!

Thanks SO MUCH, Matt! You have no idea how excited I am about this brew!

Mike & I went to the Pinball at the Zoo expo again this weekend. We had such a blast year, and we were stoked to go again. I LOVE PINBALL, so this event is just so much fun for me! There weren;t nearly as many games as last year, so that was kind of a bummer. I’m not sure if it’s because we went on the last day – maybe lots of games were sold and picked up already? Plus, there were NO Star Trek games at all, so that was a pretty big disappointment. I did get to play the brand new Wizard of Oz game and it was really great! Definitely my favorite game from the show this year. Even with less games, and no Star Trek, it was still awesome! Here’s a pic of me pinballin’ like a boss:

Pinball Wizard

I guess that’s it for now. I hope your weekend has been fantastic!


Mar 25

Adventures in Babysitting

It was an eventful weekend! My nephew, Noah, stayed overnight with us on Friday. We took him out for his favorite food, spaghetti, and then he and Uncle Mike played video games for a bit. We all watched Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs before hitting the sack.

Saturday was busy! We got up early, I made us all breakfast, and then we headed downtown to go to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. It was really cool! We saw a real mummy! We even explored Africa – check out these pics (click for larger):
On SafariNoah rides a camel

The museum also had the Fretboard Festival going on, so we got to see tons of beautiful guitars and banjos, which was very cool. After our adventure at the museum, we decided to go bowling. It was Noah’s first time, and by the end, he was really starting to get it. He scored 11. 🙂

Mike BowlsNoah Bowling

After all that fun & excitement, it was time to head home. My sister, brother-in-law, and my mom came over for dinner to celebrate my birthday. We had soup & salad, and chatted. We had a really great time. Even though none of us live far away from each other, life is always so busy that we don’t get that many opportunities to spend time together, so when we do, it’s really great.

My sister made me the most amazing cake – it was a sponge cake with fresh strawberry & mascarpone filling, and homemade strawberry buttercream frosting. It was not only beautiful to look at, but delicious as well.

Real Cake

That frosting. I can’t even talk about it. It was really really good cake. My sister is gifted, you guys. I was so moved by this cake that I drew a picture of it in my journal. Behold: Pastel Cake

I feel like the colors in the scan are a bight too bright, but I know you catch my meaning. It’s not as pretty as the real thing, for sure. Needless to say, I spent Sunday at the gym working my tail (and this cake!!) off. It was totally worth it, though. 🙂

I hope your weekend was as awesome as mine was and that your week is even better! I am stunned that this weekend is Easter already. Where does the time go?


Apr 11

Bunny Hop

Easter Eggs!This last Saturday, I colored Easter eggs with my nephew, Noah. Since he is now the ripe old age of 9, I wasn’t sure he would want to do it this year, but he did. Usually I bring bunny ears for us to wear while we do it, but he thought they were uncool last year so I left them home this time. We had a really fun time, and made 3 dozen colorful eggs. This week, Mike & I are trying to eat our way through a tub of egg salad. 🙂

On Sunday, We got up bright and early and headed to Grand Rapids to visit with Mike’s family. We had a yummy ham dinner as well as an Easter egg hunt for the younger kids. The kids had a great time, and each found all of their eggs. While we were there, Mike also took the opportunity to reclaim all of his old childhood toys. We loaded 4 huge boxes into the car to take home – including Castle Grayskull AND Snake Mountain. This week, Mike has been going through his newly rediscovered loot. There are lots of Star Wars toys, including Boba Fett’s ship, Slave One, completely intact and with all the parts. He even has a huge AT-AT that is also complete with all of the pieces.

Mighty Men & Monster Maker!!He gave me all of the coolest toys, though. First, a tiny little action figure of Perseus from the original Clash of the Titans. Next, he gave me a Skeletor action figure with his staff AND the furry purple Panthor for him to ride on, complete with saddle! It’s SO sweet. The third thing he game me is a playset called the Mighty Men & Monster Maker. It’s basically Fashion Plates for boys – you can mix up the plates to make heroes, monsters, or a combination of the 2. Here’s my first stab at making a dude. It would be SO COOL if I could mix these with my Fashion Plates, but the plates are all different sizes. Total Bummer.

We also joined a new gym this week. We finally left the crap hole we were at for the last year. I was super frustrated because the pool was hardly ever working, and the staff there were all very rude and never knew anything when we asked questions. Plus it was just kind of dumpy. But it was inexpensive and very close to our house, which are the only 2 good things I can say about it. Our new gym, on the other hand, is super swanky. I go in there in my ratty old t-shirt and feel like I need to get some fancier workout threads so I don’t look like a hobo in there. The pool is ridiculously awesome, but the one time I went it was crazy busy so I need to figure out when the off times are so I can get my swim on. Plus! They have racquetball. Mike & I love to play racquetball (very poorly) together. It’s so much fun, plus it burns a ton of calories. Maybe for Mother’s Day Nemo & Buffy can get me my very own racquet. Pink please.

I hope that your Easter holiday (or regular old weekend) was full of excitement and adventure.


Apr 26


Random things that are happening lately:

  • I made a turkey all by myself. I’ve never done it before, and I must say, it turned out stellar. I did have to call my mom several times with panicked questions, and George had to help me unhook the legs from the leglocker thing, but otherwise, I did it all. It was the grossest thing I’ve done in a while. I don;t know what it is about raw meat, but it makes me ill. Ugggh. Anyway, it turned out perfect, so yay.
  • The Peaches to came to visit since they were in town for the Easter holiday, and it was so great to see them! I miss those kids. We got to stop at Gallagher’s for a few beers and then we hung out at our house for a little while. They seem to like Wisconsin, which is good for them, but bad for me. All my hopes of them moving back here have officially been dashed.
  • I got a mani/pedi over the weekend and it was soooo awesome. I got this new kind of polish on my fingernails called shellac, and it is guaranteed not to chip for at least 2 weeks! So far, it looks perfect. The nail guy warned me not to try to remove the polish myself though. I have to go back there to get it taken off. Since it was new I thought I’d try it, and I like it so far. Plus I tried a new salon that is actually walking distance from my house, super nice, and decently price. Score!
  • I’m all packed for my trip to New Jersey & my flight is in a few hours. I’m excited to get there and see all my work peeps, but not excited about getting there. Air travel is such a pain.
  • Mike is meeting me in New Jersey on Friday and we are spending the weekend in NEW YORK CITY! It’s my first time, so I am super excited.
  • I don’t have a lot of time right now since I have to fly, so this is all you get. Sorry. Toodles!


Apr 18

Pee Pee Ninja

It’s been a while, I know. But forgive me. I’ve been under the weather. 🙁

First, last Monday I woke up with a weird feeling in my belly. It wasn’t pain, but really just pressure. Plus, I was tinkling every 5 minutes. So I knew it was probably a UTI. I had an appointment scheduled to see my doctor for Fri, and I called to see if I could get in any earlier – no dice. On Tuesday it wasn;t any better so I knew waiting until Friday was not my best option. I ended up going to the Immediate Care center at my doctor’s office. I waited for over an hour to pee in a cup and find out I did in fact have a UTI. The doc wrote me a script for an antibiotic, and I started taking it that evening. To make a long story short, I ended up back in Immediate Care on Thursday night to find out that I had a viral infection in addition to the UTI. So that was really really fun. And let me tell you, I now have mad peeing in a cup skillz. I had lots of practice. On Friday I still wasn’t feeling that great, but by Saturday I had perked up and was feeling pretty decent.

Me & NoahFirst, I went to my nephew Noah’s soccer game. It’s fun to go watch him play, but he really just jogs around after the ball and doesn’t seem to really “get” soccer. He reminds me of me when I played sports – I was awful and everyone knew it. It just was not my forte, and I don’t really think Noah is going to be an athlete either. He seems to really enjoy it though, so that’s great. After the game, we went back to his house so we could continue our Easter tradition of decorating eggs together. This time, we had the added excitement of painting frosted cookies with edible watercolor icing as well. We had a great time, as always. I got a crazy egg kit that had dyes, glitter, Working on the Tie Fighterstickers, rubber bands for making stripes, little sponge shapes for sponge painting the eggs, and so much more. It was kind of intense! The cookies turned out to be really fun too, although watercolor painting on frosting is not as easy as it sounds. Noah made an AWESOME cookie with Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter on it. He worked really hard on it. He practiced on paper first and everything. He was so proud of that cookie and he ended up sending it home with me for Uncle Mike. 🙂

Also, I took lots more pictures of the eggs and cookies and also the soccer game. Click here to see more.