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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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Apr 22

Bourbon, Beer & Babes

I made a road trip to Kentucky last weekend and it was really really incredible. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Uneventful drive, but I listened to the first half of the Serial season 1 podcast. Seriously, what happened to that girl, you guys??

Road Trip

  • Beer and Baseball – Cards win, the terrible audience goes wild
  • Charlie snuggles!
  • A lovely drive through the back roads of KY – gorgeous rolling green hills and horse farms
  • I went to Woodford County – the home of William Shatner (!!!)
  • Four Roses Distillery – a very interesting 45 minute tour in which I got to stick my finger in the fermentation barrel and taste it

Four Roses Distillery

  • Sipping bourbon outside on a beautiful KY day
  • West Sixth Brewing flight

West Sixth Brewing Flight

  • SHRIMP & GRITS, where have you been all my life??

Shrimp & Grits

  • My first crowler

West Sixth Brewing, Lexington KY

  • Country Boy Brewing, had a flight in the lovely warm sun

Country Boy Brewing

  • Liquor Barn!
  • Chocolate bourbon dipped Twinkie
  • I drank a Moscow Mule! #liquordrunj
  • Watched all episodes of Lip Sync Battle
  • Ate an AMAZING chicken risotto that the lovely Jen Dearness made

My face when I saw Sleepaway Camp

  • Finally saw Bring It On (brrrr it’s cold in here)
  • Breakfast nachos, more grits, mimosa

I had SO MUCH FUN, and this trip was exactly what I needed! I haven’t exactly had the best April, so it was so perfect to relax and spend time with my amazing girlfriends. Dawn, BJ, Jen, & Kristie – I love you all dearly. Thank you so much for showing me such a fabulous time. XOXO


Oct 08

We are the Dreamers of Dreams

The last few weeks have been crazy around here! Let me share some highlights:

  • A couple of weeks ago, Mike & I took a quick little weekend trip to Myrtle Beach with 2 other couples to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We went on a private plane and rode in limos like rock stars, and it was a really great time. Mike & I took some time to walk the boardwalk and see the sights, and even though it rained, it had a ball! We spent some time in the arcade, did a bit of shopping, and really enjoyed ourselves.
  • Last weekend, I went to the Octoberfest celebration downtown with my BFF and 2 of my favorite munchkins. It was freeeezing and raining off and on, but we’re so awesome that we didn’t even care. Amazing live music, great brews, and a playground! We also had cupcakes, so pretty much a stellar day.
  • Mike & I got to see our niece, Alexis, play a live show right here in Kalamazoo! She was really great, and we were stoked to get a chance to see her perform, and to spend some time with her.
  • We went to a BBQ at a friend’s house, and on top of the killer company, we were treated to live music that was really incredible. Charlie King from the Asylum Street Spankers played guitar and sang for us, accompanied by Nathan, a truly gifted fiddle player. It was such a great time, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to see these 2 play together!
  • Mike & I went to the Alamo Drafthouse’s Ultimate Willy Wonka Party, where we had the pleasure of meeting Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee)! Willy Wonka is in my Top 5 all time movies, so this was a super experience and the chance of a lifetime. Both of them were so sweet and even posed for a selfie with us!!
  • My Fantasy Football team is killing it, except that my BFF and Arch Rival (always one and the same, right?) is clinging to first place for dear life while I wait in the wings for my moment to snatch it right out from under him. We’re only in Week 5, but this is already getting cut throat. The suspense is terrific.
  • Oh, I also left my job last week. For a million reasons. And to be honest, I haven’t felt this relieved or this happy in a long time. Onward and upward.

Scroll through this for photos of all this great stuff.



Apr 15

Me & Ice

I made it on the Ice T Podcast!! You can download episode 8 right here at this link. This is not a podcast for children or the squeamish, folks, so keep that in mind if you choose to listen. If you just want to skip to the end and hear me, I come in right around 1:13:45. We did talk just a little bit longer and those parts were cut out. He asked me if I let me kids watch it, so I told him I didn’t have any kids. He suggested that “me & my man turn off the movie and get to work on some kids.” 🙂 This was really fun, and I’m glad I got to talk to Ice since I’ve been a fan for a long long time.


Feb 05

Portrait Party

Some drawings from my journal. I’m trying to get better at portraits. I obviously still have a long way to go. 🙂

Happy Birthday, My Love

I love this one! It turned out so cute. I drew this from a photo, but I still wanted to keep the cartoony style. Happy birthday to Mikey! Ink & colored pencil.

Coffee Girl

Just a quick self portrait in ink & marker.


I really like the shading here, but the proportions are super wonky. I drew this from a photo, and clearly, I need more practice. This was my first time using a water soluble pencil (I used Derwent), and I am really pleased with it.

Jareth, The Goblin King


Mike & I saw Labyrinth at the Alamo a couple of weekends ago, and I did this quick little drawing of Jareth, the Goblin King. I used a photo for reference, & I’m pretty happy with it for being such a quick sketch.

That’s it for now. I’ve been crazy busy lately with my new job and shoveling snow every day and a million other things, so I just haven’t had a ton of time for drawing. I squeeze it in every chance I get, I just haven’t had as many chances lately. 🙂


Jan 26

Grandpa Joe – THE WORST

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is one of my all time favorite movies.It’s easily Top 10, maybe even Top 5. I’m talking about the old school Gene Wilder Willy Wonka, not the creepy, nightmarish, Johnny Depp horror show.  That’s another rant on it’s own. Anyway, Willy Wonka is magical, whimsical, and so much fun. I thought so when I was a kid, and I still do today. There’s really only one dark spot in this fantastical cinematic journey: Grandpa Joe.

I just don’t get this guy. Let’s start with the obvious – he’s bed-ridden for 20 years. TWENTY YEARS. That’s a long time, dude. If you watch closely, you can even see the bed pan sitting under the bed. Charlie’s dad is nowhere to be seen and never mentioned, so let’s assume that he’s long dead. That leaves Charlie’s mom to take care of a family of 6 with her low-paying and thankless laundry job. Charlie got a paper route, which is cute and all, but a drop in the bucket (see what I did there???) for this family’s needs. Yet somehow, Grandpa Joe has been smoking a pipe for what I assume to be YEARS even though they have to eat cabbage water because it’s all they can afford. Oh, and also, he poos in a pan that someone else has to clean up after they’ve worked all day, made hot cabbage water, washed the dishes and run to the store for pipe tobacco that they can’t even afford.

This stuff alone doesn’t make Grandpa Joe a bad guy. Well, the tobacco does, but he can’t help it that he’s an old dude who can’t get out of bed. Maybe he worked so hard in his youth to care for his family that his body is just busted now. I get it. Good on ya, Joe. But then Charlie finds a Golden Ticket, and suddenly Joe is dancing like a teenager. REALLY? All it took to get him up was some chocolate and the chance to see some Oompa Loompas? How about you find some motivation for your starving family and get a job, yo? Matter of fact, if you could just start wiping your own ass it would ease some of the burden around there I’m sure. But the Ticket makes him sing and DANCE. So he was obviously faking this whole time right??? DIRTY LYING FAKER. And then he has the NERVE to sing “I’ve got a Golden Ticket!” Ugggh, you ain’t got jack squat, Joe. CHARLIE has a Golden Ticket, and you are a filthy coat-tails-ridin’ mofo. This guy is unbelievable.

Once they get to the factory Joe gets under my skin again. He’s the one who talks Charlie into hanging back on the tour to try the Fizzy Lifting Drinks, which ultimately ends up getting them in trouble, and not to mention nearly killed. Charlie is such a freaking do-gooder; he would never have done it on his own. So thanks for that one, too, Joe.

So in the end, Joe gets everything he always dreamed of. He can lounge around again, smoke a pipe, and watch Charlie do all the work to run the chocolate factory. The message here to kids is that if you lay around long enough mooching off your parents, your ship will eventually come in, so just play it cool. Grandpa Joe is a selfish prick.

This movie is really great, though. Amazing music, amazing acting, amazing everything. Except for Grandpa Joe, I mean. 🙂


Jan 10

Beer, Liquor, & Barbarella

Here’s a recap of my 365 Project to date. Well except for today since I haven’t taken a photo yet. 🙂

Starter Scotch 1/2/141/2/14 – We went to Mega-Bev and Mike bought scotch! He still hasn’t tried it yet, though. 

Hopheads 1/3/14 1/3/14 – I had lunch with my beer bros today at Bell’s and we all enjoyed the newly released Hopslam.

Jane Fonda 1/4/141/4/14 – Mike & I went to the Alamo this afternoon to see Raiders of the Lost Ark, and we ran into Jane Fonda!

Fire1/5/14 – Snowmageddon 2014 was upon us, so I built a fire to keep us cozy.

Working Girl1/6/14 – My first official day with my new company ended up being a work at home because of the weather, but I still killed it AND rocked my amazing briefcase.

Office1/7/14 – First day IN the office. My office has a real door and everything!

Cat Bed1/8/14 – Buffy hates it when I work in my lair because she can’t really lay in my lap. Today, we reached an agreement that works for both of us.

 Working Lunch1/9/14 – My first lunch in my new office!


Dec 02

Floating Purple Blood!

Something else I did this weekend – On Saturday night I live tweeted Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. There’s a transcript after the jump – be sure to scroll down and read from the bottom up. Enjoy!



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Nov 21

Michigan Beer Film

Last night I went to Bell’s Eccentric Café to see The Michigan Beer Film. I really like beer, especially Michigan beer, so I was pretty excited about this documentary. On top of my general excitement, my friend Andrew is actually in the movie, so I couldn’t wait to see it!

 Michigan Beer Film

This movie was great! They did a fantastic job highlighting the community aspects of craft beer in Michigan as well as the explosion in growth we’ve seen in the last several years. The movie covers every part of the industry from the Michigan based hop farmers to guys who put beer into cans (Andrew!), and all kinds of breweries from the not even open yet to the young but growing to the super established. It was a really interesting movie and it makes me want to get off my butt and travel to more of the breweries in the state. The Michigan Brewer’s Guild Festivals are GREAT, but they really aren’t a substitute for going straight to the source and seeing where the beer is made.

Anyway, if you get a chance to see the movie, DO. Click here to see upcoming showings. I really don’t think you’ll be sorry.


Nov 18

“Heeeeerrree’s Johnny!!”

Another crazy busy weekend, so buckle up, kiddies.

Friday: Work, quick run around the neighborhood before it got too dark. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve run. I decided to take a short break because I was having pain in my knees pretty consistently. When I ran on Friday, I had no pain, and it felt really easy. My pace was fast as well. So I think the break was exactly what I needed. I think I’ll keep the running to once or twice a week going forward and supplement with some other types of cardio. Tonight, I made portabello mushroom risotto and my mom came over for dinner. I spent the rest of the evening at my art table working in my Yearbook Journal. Behold:


Saturday: Mike & I got up and spent most of the day running a million errands. We got an oil change for his car, then did all the random shopping we needed to do. I bought a new winter coat that I really like, so I’m excited about that. We also finally picked out pillows for the new couch! We got some really nice bright colors, and they look great. Saturday night, we hit the brand spanking new Alamo Drafthouse downtown to see The Shining. The movie was not my bag, but the theater is pretty cool. They have so many great beers, and the menu is really fun. Mike & I shared an endless popcorn and some cheese fries, and I also got the New Holland Poet Oatmeal Stout Milkshake. It was pretty incredible. 🙂 This was the theater’s staff training days weekend, so everything was half price (except alcohol). The service was pretty bad, but the staff was super nice, and I know they will get it together with a bit more time. Overall, I enjoyed it.

Sunday: I slept in, did some drawing in my daily journal book, and then in the afternoon we headed back to the Alamo Drafthouse. The journey was perilous as there was a thunderstorm with heavy rains and high winds. There was even a lightpost that had fallen into the street downtown!! We made it though, this time to see Singin’ in the Rain. It was my first time seeing it, and it was really great. I enjoyed it. We ordered real food this time – I got a Royale with Cheese and a Beets & Oranges salad. I enjoyed both. Mike got a pizza and chips with queso dip and he liked both as well. As an added bonus, the service was PERFECT. They definitely turned things around and we were impressed. Oh! I also tried the Atwater Vanilla Java Porter Gingerbread Cake. It was tasty! After the movie, we went to Bell’s for trivia. We didn’t win, but we had a blast, as always. 🙂 When we got home, we discovered that our patio umbrella was snapped in half from the wind. Luckily, that was all the damage we had and we didn’t even lose power, so we were very lucky.

 Sad Umbrella

Sometime during the weekend, we also decided that we will host both Mike’s AND my family here at our house for Thanksgiving this year, which is both exciting and terrifying. Hopefully I will get some help with all the cooking since I don’t have that much experience cooking for 20+ people. Either way, it will be an experience!

I hope your weekend was as fun & exciting as mine was! Have a great week!