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Aug 07

Sucking Beer Through a Straw

It’s Friday! I’m pretty stoked that the weekend is finally here, dudes. Here’s the Friday Five:

  • What’s your favorite song about a specific city?
    • It’s a tie: “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry and “Boston” by Augustana
  • What’s your favorite song about a real, historical figure?
    • “Paul Revere” – Beastie Boys
  • What are your favorite song and favorite group (or solo artist) from the classic Motown era?
    • Song: “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    • Group: Jackson 5
  • What’s your favorite song by a musician (or band) you really dislike?
    • “Gold Digger” – Kanye West
  • What’s your favorite song with the word “song” in its title?
    • “Your Song” – Elton John

Here’s a little present for you to celebrate the weekend. Happy Friday!


Jun 19

Hopslam & Heathers

It’s Friday Five time, and it’s Scattergories week. I LOVE this game, and I’m kind of a drunken Scattergories legend in some circles. I used a random letter generator and came up with H, so here goes.

  • What’s a refreshing beverage whose name begins with the letter?
    • Hopslam, duh. So delightfully refreshing.
  • What ailment whose name begins with the letter have you suffered from?
    • Herpes. Not the sexually transmitted kind, but oral Herpes – the common cold sore.
  • What horrible creature whose name begins with the letter do you resemble in your foulest mood?
    • Heather Chandler with shades of Heather Duke.
  • What emotion whose name begins with the letter have you experienced in the past week?
    • Horror. I don’t really want to get into it, but it’s been a daily thing lately. I need a hug.
  • What’s an item in your purse, wallet, or backpack whose name begins with the letter?
    • Hook – I have a super cool purse hook with the Short’s Brewing logo on it. I get that you’re jealous, and it’s ok.

Happy Friday, my lovelies. I hope your weekend kicks all the other weekends butts. Oh, and in case you forgot:

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Mar 27

Brekkie Club 5

This week’s Friday Five is an homage to the classic teenage dramady The Breakfast Club, which celebrates it’s 30th (!!!!!) anniversary this week. Enjoy!

  • When you were seventeen, how did you spend most of your Saturdays?
    • Probably working. When I was 17, I worked at The Buckle hawking all the coolest jeans – Girbaud, Z. Cavaricci, etc. I worked there for a couple of years. It was my very first job when I turned 16. I even worked at 2 different locations. I loved the discount, but the job wasn’t my bag. It was very high pressure commissioned sales, and I truly hated it. Ironic, considering that my career ended up being high pressure commissioned sales. What I do now is totally different though, and I do actually love it.
  • What was your high school locker like?
    • I don’t remember having any pictures or decor going on in my locker. I’m pretty sure I just dumped my coat/books/whatever in there and went on with my day. I guess I was a boring kid.
  • When did you last have to replace a missing screw?
    • I don’t know. I can’t think of anything, but this strikes me as something my husband would probably do and not me.
  • What was the last thing you drank out of a Thermos?
    • I don’t specifically remember drinking out of a Thermos, but I’ll say it was most definitely coffee.
  • Do you still possess anything you created in high school (say, an elephant lamp that lights up when pull the trunk)?
    • I can’t think of anything I made in high school at all actually. I remember sewing an apron in Home Ec in junior high. I think it had to be 7th or 8th grade. We had to go buy cotton fabric and bring it in for the project. I remember being at the fabric store and choosing this really bright tropical flower print in hot pink, purple and lime green. My mom tried to talk me out of it and steered me towards a nice gingham or polka dot, but I wouldn’t budge. I even picked out black lace trim to sew on the pockets. All the other kids had solid colors and very subtle prints, but that was never my style. My mom still has the amazing technicolor lace trimmed apron and it’s really quite amazing.

I’d also like to note that my 365 Sketch Project is continuing. I did miss one day, but that’s it. I haven’t been posting the drawings anywhere, but I’ve been keeping it up. Have a great weekend! XOXO


Feb 20

Catch Me, I’m Falling

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m exhausted today. It’s been a long, stressful week and my excitement for the weekend is palpable. Here’s this week’s Friday Five – enjoy!

  • When did you last trip and fall?

The last time I remember was January 2014. I slid on a patch of ice walking into my office building. Luckily, I wasn’t hurt with the exceptions of a skinned knee and my pride. Of course, I drew a picture of it. 🙂

Digger. :(


  • What’s a fond memory you have of this past autumn?

So many to choose from! Last fall I went to Myrtle Beach, Louisville, 3 beer festivals, the Willy Wonka Party, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Huey Lewis & the News, and a killer Halloween party. My favorite fall event was my day in Traverse City, though. I spent the morning shopping and exploring all by myself and the afternoon and evening with some great friends. Read all about it here: http://www.trishsworld.com/blog/2014/10/traverse-adventure/

  • What’s a nice waterfall you’ve visited?

I haven’t been to very many, but I’m pretty sure that Niagara Falls takes the cake. It was truly incredible. I’d really like to get to Tahquamenon Falls in the UP one of these days, though.


  • What are your thoughts on Jimmy Fallon as host of The Tonight Show?

I don’t watch late night TV; I never really have. From the internet clips I’ve seen here and there, he seems very funny, though. I liked him on SNL. I’m maybe a little partial to Conan since he actually talks about me on his show. 😉

  • Who has most recently fallen out of your favor?

I can think of a couple of examples, but I wouldn’t call anyone out in a public forum like this. I’m too sweet. 🙂

A couple of other quick notes – This blog turned TWELVE YEARS OLD this week. I’m sort of in shock. It’s been quite a ride. Happy Blogiversary to ME!

I’ve been reading lately! I’m enjoying it, and it’s been fun to discover some new and interesting books.  I’ve also gotten back into knitting! My creative passions have always gone in these weird, unpredictable cycles, and beautiful, soft, colorful fibers are pushing themselves to the forefront lately. I’ve had a few crochet projects on the hooks for a while – long term afghans that I work on occasionally while I watch telly. I’ve picked up the pace on those as well, so maybe I’ll even have something finished to show off here in the near future! As usual, I feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for me to create all of the things I want to create and to act on all of the ideas that float around in my brain. I want to write, paint, draw, blog, vlog, knit, crochet, bookbind, needle felt, and a million other things. 🙂

I hope that you have an amazing and relaxing weekend. XOXO


Nov 21

Thankful & Blessed

Hello lovelies! Happy Friday! I’m particularly stoked today because I get to start WALKING tomorrow!! 4 more days on crutches or so and I’ll be actually walking on both feet again. Surreal. I actually managed to scoot down the stairs on my butt last night and I went into my lair for the first time since surgery. It was really really nice to have a change of scenery.

I’m so thankful for all of the visits, home cooked meals, well wishes, and everything else. My friends are pretty flipping amazing and I’m a lucky girl. I feel incredibly blessed and I sincerely appreciate every single one of you.

It’s Friday Five time, too! Here are my answers to this week’s holiday themed questions. Enjoy!

1. Do you make for special arrangements for Thanksgiving, aside from the usual shopping and decorating? I’m going to say no. I don’t decorate for Thanksgiving at all, and my involvement in the meal is usually just bringing a side dish or an appetizer, so that’s not a big deal. This year, my cousin Kassie will be coming to stay with me along with her husband and 2 kids, which I’m really excited about. They’re driving here all the way from Texas! But even still, we’re having Thanksgiving at another cousins house, and it’ll be huge – probably around 75 people or so. I’m supposed to bring a dish to pass, but since I can barely walk, I’m hoping I can get my cuz to cover for me.

2. What is the one food that says the holidays to you? My mother in law makes this incredible cranberry salad that I love. I could literally eat buckets of it. It’s just the right amount of tart and sweet. She only ever makes it at Thanksgiving, so the holiday isn’t complete for me without it. Sadly, she will be out of town for the holiday this year, but hopefully we can have a mini Thanksgiving makeup. 🙂

3. Is there something that is always served that no one eats, but it always still there? I guess you haven’t met my family. We’re kind of super professional eaters, so there’s no way we’d waste precious table space on something nobody likes.

4. What is your favorite after holiday dinner tradition? Dessert. Duh. But I hate pie, so it has to be cake or cheesecake or something. I love the day after Thanksgiving because that’s when I get to put my Christmas up. I’m 85% sure we’ll be doing the chintzy tree this year which is my favorite.

5. Have you ever gone out to a restaurant for your holiday dinner? I remember going out to a restaurant once with my mom and my grandma and my uncle, but I was just a kid, and I don’t remember the circumstances as to why we were out.  I do remember the food being a disappointment, though. Even as a child I had a very discerning palate.

I hope that your Thanksgiving is spectacular, and filled with love and happiness. And let’s not forget great food. 🙂



Oct 10

Memory Lane

It’s that time again! I haven’t done the Friday Five in a while, so here goes. I picked these questions from a different Friday Five spot than my usual – these are from LiveJournal (talk about a blast from the past!). This week it’s all about toys!

1. What was your favorite toy when you were younger? When did you get it, do you still have it, etc? I remember BEGGING my parents for a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine for Christmas when I was a kid, and I got it, but I honestly don’t remember even playing with it. I was a Barbie girl, and I had the Barbie Dream Store, and that’s what I remember playing with the most. I had 3 favorite Barbies – Crystal Barbie, Peaches & Cream Barbie, and Miko. Miko was Barbie’s exotic island friend, and she had this beautiful inky black hair that was long and straight. I loved her because I could twist that hair into the most glorious updos, 

2. Do you still sleep with stuffed animals? If you do, what kind? I do, actually – I have a gray stuffed Mouse named Mousy that I sleep with every single night and even take with me when I travel. He squeaks when you squish his belly, and I’ve had him since I was a little kid, probably 6 or 7. My dad gave him to me on Valentine’s Day and he had balloons in one paw, and a small arrangement of fresh flowers in the other paw. Here’s a drawing of me sleeping from a couple of years ago, and there’s my Mousy:

Sleepy Time!

3. Have you ever collected beanie babies, barbies, matchbox cars, etc? Hmmm, I had a few Beanie Baby cats, but I wasn’t all crazy over them or anything. I had lots of Barbies, though. 

4. Have you ever collected toys from the kids menus of fast food restaurants? Again, not really. I love toys and I’ve gotten fast food toys in the past, but I’m not really a collector per se.

5. Did you ever get rid of your childhood toys? Were you sad when you got rid of them? How old where you when you got rid of them? I really don’t remember what even happened to most of them. My Barbies are long gone, and I don’t know when or how that happened. A few years ago, Mattel re-released Peaches & Cream Barbie, and my mom got one for me for my birthday. It’s amazing, because she’s exactly like I remember her – frothy peach gown with big ruffles and fluffy stole. She came with a stand and she sits on my desk so I can see her everyday. 

What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? XOXO, Trish


Aug 10


It’s a little late for the Friday Five since it’s Saturday (technically Sunday even), but I don’t care so why should you?

  • What does your storm preparedness stuff look like?  Well, let’s see…I have some candles and a lighter in the kitchen in case the power goes out. So it’s quite extensive and well thought out.
  • What kinds of storms make you the most uncomfortable?  I looooove thunderstorms. Especially at night, but anytime really. They’re so exciting and I find them somehow romantic. Thunderstorms don’t typically make me nervous, though, I’m just rambling. Ice storms make me very anxious because they make travel so treacherous. On the flipside, there are few things as beautiful as trees and roofs and streets and an entire world covered in a glaze of shiny shimmery ice. Life is crazy like that.
  • What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without electricity, and what were the circumstances?  I don’t remember a time that was anything more than a few hours, honestly. I’m a pretty lucky gal. KNOCK ON WOOD
  • What’s the worst damage a storm has done to your dwelling?  A few years ago a tree in our yard was struck by lightning. It actually blew the tree roots out of the ground and left scorch marks on the tree bark. In terms of physical damage to our house, there wasn’t any, except that the tree died and eventually had to be removed. That was sad because it was a big tree that provided lots of shade. However, the power surge killed thousands of dollars worth of electronics including all of our TVs and computers. What a pain in the butt that turned out to be.
  • What was the occasion for your last storming of the gates?  I rarely get riled up about anything, so I have no idea.

In other news, I feel like I’m barely clinging to sanity most days. Things just seem to be swirling and spiraling around me and I feel completely out of control. Hopefully I can get some purchase on something stable in the near future. I’m not sure how much more of this I can take.

Love & Kisses,



Jul 25

Nada & Bupkis

It’s Friday Five time again!! Here are my answers. If you’re so inclined, write your own and add them to your little corner of the web.

  • What is something you have run out of? I’ve run out of confidence in my drawing. I feel like I’m sort of at a standstill. I’m so busy and so tired most of the time that I sort of feel like I’m phoning it in lately. Which sucks because it’s really important to me. Sadly, by the time I do all of the other things I want to do there’s not much time and even less energy, and it shows. I don’t really feel like there’s been improvement in a long time. On top of that, I show stuff to people and I get the impression that they’re like “Oh, more of this. It’s great.” Maybe that’s just my perception, but it feels real enough to me. I need to fix it, but I’m not sure how. 


  • What is something you don’t know anything about? Where do I even start with this? I don’t know anything about lots of things. I’d say the biggest hole in my knowledge base is cars and engines and automobiles in general. I literally wouldn’t even know where to begin if I needed to pop my hood. Which makes little difference because even if I got it open I’d have ZERO idea what to look for anyway. AAA is a necessity for me.


  • What is something that needs emptying? Looking around my desk for inspiration, I see a disgusting jar of water that I use to clean my paintbrushes and it most definitely could use emptying and a scrub down.


  • There are a lot of stylistic or slangy ways to say “zero.” Which are your favorite? Nada & bupkis


  • When did you last receive something free when you were expecting to pay for it? I went to the movies a few weeks ago and ordered a beer and the guy told me it was on the house. He’d spent the last five minutes talking in funny voices with my hubby, so I guess he thought I deserved it. 

So that’s it for now kiddies. I mentioned last time that I finished my tenth journal, so I’ve started my 11th. Every new book starts with a selfie on the first page, so here’s Selfie #11, in pencil and watercolor. It’s decent, but I don’t think it looks much like me. I hope that you have a fan-freaking-tastic weekend. XOXO

Selfie # 11


Apr 25

In The Zone

Here’s this week’s installment of the Friday Five. There are actually 6 questions here, one is an alternate, but I’ve got nothing to hide, so here goes:

  1. Those silly TV programs showcasing supposedly funny videos often feature unexpected blows to someone’s Man Zone (you know, crotch shots). How amusing do you find these videos? So not funny. I actually got sort of stuck watching AFV at a bar a couple of weeks ago because I was alone and it was the only non-sports thing on any of the TVs.  I just don’t get the whole concept of the show I guess. Not funny.
  2. Athletes today often talk about being “in the zone,” attaining that state of mind where everything is both automatic and excellent. When did you last find yourself in the zone? I feel “in the zone” when I’m drawing or painting. It’s like leaving reality. I get to shut off my brain and just focus on lines, colors, shapes, and shadows. 
  3. What time zone do you live in, and is there anything especially good or bad about it? I’m in the EST time zone. The only thing I think is particularly cool is that I ALWAYS get to work before all the other time zones in the US, so I get a little head start on planning my activities around CST, MST & PST.
  4. An erogenous zone is an area of the human body that has heightened sensitivity, the stimulation of which may result in the production of sexual fantasies or sexual arousal (not to mention orgasm). What typically non-sexual part of your body is an erogenous zone?* My wrists and my neck.
  5. Where can you get a really good calzone?* I make a decent ham & cheese calzone, but for a really good one, Erbelli’s. Duh.
  6. * Alternate question in case #4 is too personal or #5 is too stupid: In the Star Trek universe, a neutral zone is an area between claimed territories in space where bordering governments agree not to tread (else war is declared). Where in your personal or professional life are the neutral zones?  In my personal life I can’t really think of any. I’m fairly open, so there are few things I’m not willing to share if asked. That doesn’t mean that I easily volunteer information, though. I don’t like to dwell on negative things and I hate to feel like I’m burdening other people with my problems so typically, the worse things are, the less I talk. When things are great, I rarely shut up. 

So that’s it for now. I’ve been sick for most of the week, and I still feel crappy today! I have big plans tomorrow so I really hope I feel better! Have a great weekend!


Apr 18

Creepy Leering Wink

It’s Friday, and this has been the longest, most stressful week that I’ve had in a while. I’m taking a much needed break to answer this week’s Friday Five questions, though. Enjoy!

  1. What were the circumstances surrounding your last reception of unwanted attention from strangers?  I got hit on by a creepy old guy at my mom’s apartment complex a few months ago. I guess the circumstances are that I was there and so was he and he asked me if I wanted to sit on his lap with a creepy leering wink, and I said No Thank You. 
  2. How do you feel about being flirted with?  It completely depends on the circumstances (see above), but in general, I enjoy playful flirting.
  3. Whose attention would you like a little more of?  There’s nobody in my life that I’d call out as not paying me enough attention. I feel like the people that I care very much for pay as much attention to me as they are able to with the many other things that they have in their lives, and I sincerely hope they would all say the same about me. I guess what I mean is I think everyone does their very best and I’m completely happy with that.
  4. How’s your attention span?  It depends on how interested I am, but for the most part I think it’s pretty good.
  5. Who in your life seems to crave the most attention? This one is easy. BUFFY LOUISE. She’s sitting on my desk right this minute waiting for me to finish so she can curl up in my lap:


Buffy Louise


So that’s the Friday Five! Only a few more hours in this wretched week and then I get a tiny bit of freedom before next week begins.  I hope you have an incredible weekend and that all of your dreams come true.