Monday, June 24, 2013

Nail Lingerie

I just did my nails.  I polished them with a lilac color then put some nail stickers on top.

After some wrinkles on the first few nails I got the hang of it. I like the look. I will probably get more at some point.  This set sat around for months, and I have other fun nail stuff that I need to try first.

Lemon Gingie.

I felt like Gingie needed more room to grow.  I bought this pot and it looks like a lemon. It even has a lemon rind texture.

Gingie doesn't have as many leaves as last year, but he looks good and I'm glad he's still alive.

Friday, June 21, 2013


I'm tempted to leave on this gel manicure and just paint the new growth aqua or something. The problem is that my right hand doesn't look as good. 

This was my first gel manicure and I am very pleased with the results.  Three weeks and no chips at all on my left hand!

I'm going to soak it off now.

Kitson's Graduation

We drove to El Paso last weekend for Kitson's graduation.  Damn I feel old.  I remember exactly where I was when I found out Ross had just become an uncle.  Now I am more than twice her age!

It was good to see everyone. I like that we are close enough to be able to drive in for the weekend--even though I hate the drive.

Kitson will be coming to UT in August. I'm excited to have her closer, but I'm not sure how often wet will get to see her.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mega Avocado

When I saw this avocado at H-E-B I had to buy it. At $1.25 I think it was a better deal than two small ones for a dollar. This avocado is the biggest I've ever seen.  It makes my giant hands look small. I am going to try and sprout the pit.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Twin Dragon Lanterns

So my wonderful acupuncturist/Chinese medicine doctor/wuwu doctor/therapist Kristin suggested that I set up a space to chill/meditate.

It is part of her prescription for surviving without her while she is gone.  I fully intend to bling up my corner, as I'm calling it. I wanted some paper lanterns, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  I bought two lanterns at Ikea and found some great dragon paper in my stash.  A little trial and error and voila--paper lanterns.

Now I need to find or make some sort of cushion to sit on

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Socks

I have a new acupuncturist.  Her name is Kristin and she is awesome.  She is my acupuncturist/Chinese medicine doctor/wu wu doctor/therapist.   She is going away for the Summer, so I decided to give her some going-away presents.  I gave her some sunscreen, some Dr. Burts, and a pair of socks.

I knit up these socks in exactly 2 weeks.  It took me 3 tries just to get started.  The tops have a lacy pattern and the bottoms and toes are solid.  I'm not as excited about the yarn/yarn color as I am about the pattern.  I think I'll make these again--maybe some for me and some for my mom---but in a different color.  They fit Kristin, and she loved them, that's all that really matters.
They look really floppy.  I told her they would probably be better after a run through the washer and dryer.  I finished them the morning I gave them to her.  I really didn't have time to wash them.
 Lacy pattern on top....
The color change/striping pattern didn't line up exactly, but I never intended it to.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Randalls 'Rithmetic

So we recently went to Randalls so that Ross could stock up on sodas--he was completely out!  At the back of the store they have a display of clearance items.  Kraft macaroni & cheese was marked 50% off original price of 1.39.  I picked up a couple of boxes.  When we checked out the computer took off 45c.  That's not 50% of 1.39.  Well, we hadn't scanned our Randall's card.  With the card it took off 50c.  Uh, that's not 50% off either, but I wasn't going to complain.

When we put the cokes in the car and stared at the receipt we realized we had paid 44c for the macaroni and cheese, and that's a good deal.  So we went back inside and got 10 more boxes.  We went through the same line--same checker--and she rang one up--our total was 44c.  She was shocked and said she was going to buy some herself.  She continued to ring up the rest of the boxes--for some reason she couldn't just enter x10 on the register.  She suddenly stopped at 8 boxes. I guess she didn't realize that 44 x 10 = 440.  Our education system is failing us.  We paid and dropped all but one of the boxes in the donation barrel at the front of the store on our way out.

 Mmmmm.  Kraft mac n cheese.  Brings back memories of my babysitter Bonnie.  I don't think I ever had it at home as a kid.

Star Trek: Into Darkness: IMAX 3D

So Ross and I finally saw Star Trek.  Ainsmar said it was worth seeing in IMAX 3D, so yesterday we got out of bed at a decent hour to be able to see it for matinee prices.  There were only 4 other people in the theater.  Nice.  I wish all the movies I went to felt like a private screening like that.  I liked the giant IMAX screen, and the 3D was good.  I can't remember the last time I saw a movie in 3D.  I just don't feel like it adds that much/is worth it.  Only a few scenes made me uncomfortable, and those scenes would have bothered me in 2D--I don't like fast panning scenes.

The casting in the new Star Trek movies is really spot on and the actors do such a great job.  This is the best movie I've seen in a while.  There weren't a whole bunch of times where I felt like I had to suspend my disbelief--just mainly the beginning scene with Spock in the volcano.

The one thing I noticed about this movie was the tears.  Lots of tears and tear-streaked faces.  What's up with that?  I think it is a bit out of character for James Tiberius Kirk to cry.  Teary-eyed maybe, but cry?

I'm not sure who my favorite character is, but I love Simon Pegg as Scotty.  And Benedict Cumberbatch?  Just saying his name makes me giggle.  He's a wonderful actor.

I had fun watching this movie, and I agree with Ainsmar that the IMAX 3D was worth it.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour at Sonic is too good to pass up.  I can get a Route 44 iced tea for 1.18.  On Friday I was passing Sonic as I was running errands and just had to stop.  I got two iced teas--one for me, and one for Ross.  The cup holders in my car aren't made for American-sized drinks.  I always have to hold the drinks as  I drive.  I stopped off at Ross's office and dropped off his iced tea and some Swedish Fish from IKEA.  Happy Friday Happy Hour!

On a somewhat related note:  This is the first job that Ross has ever had where I can visit him at work.  All of Ross's other jobs have been in a secure area.  I have never seen any of his offices or desks prior to this job.  It is nice to be able to drop in, say hi, and surprise him with Sonic.

Celebrity Visits

This week I have had a couple of celebrity visits.  In one dream I was in a shop and I saw a man in a striped/plaid fedora walking by with a guitar.  I thought--hmmm, what are the odds that Elvis is walking by?  I rushed out of the store to get a look at the guy and yep, it was Elvis Costello himself.

Last night I dreamt about Neil Patrick Harris.  I was at a movie theater downtown with a friend and we kept changing seats/movies.  I can't remember what we went there to see, but we ended up in front of a screen showing Fright Night.  I was sitting two seats down from Harris and he was so foul mouthed and crude!  He was saying really gross things to the girl sitting between us.

Well, that's it. Pure sightings.  Nothing sexy.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Amy's Ice Cream Olympics

I know, I know.  I've been so lame lately.  I've got a lot to put on the blog, and I'm going to do it, dammit.  I'm starting off by posting about the Ice Cream Olympics, which we attended tonight.

We went downtown, found parking pretty easily, and didn't have to pay because it was after 6 on a Wednesday.  So free parking made me happy.  We walked a few blocks to 6th and Lamar to witness the 9th annual Amy's Ice Cream Trick Olympics.  There were several categories of competition...the decathalon, the individual trick, and the team events.  I had my favorites--Max--who makes my ice creams at the airport, Tommy--who came up from 210 (San Antonio), and the Mustachioed man whose name annoyingly escapes me at the moment.  All three of my favorites won prizes. It was a good time.  We had a coke float and donated money to CASA of Travis County.  Sadly, they only raised about 300 dollars.

I've actually been considering applying to work at Amy's.  I'm afraid I'll either get really fat or start to hate ice cream.  Back in the day all the scoops did tricks.  It doesn't seem to be that way now, so it was nice to see all the fancy tricks at the Olympics.

Here is a photo of one of the decathalon heats.  I'm pretty sure Max (far left in grey shirt) won that round.

****The wonderfully mustachioed man's name is Charles Cotton.  He won the individual trick event.