Catching Up Part ll

To follow up my last post.. here is New Year’s through now in (mostly) pictures.

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We planned on a nice quiet New Year’s in, playing Uno on the couch, to be exact. That’s what we did last year and it was surprisingly fun. One of our friends was having a get together though, so we agreed to stop by there for a bit and say hi. Our friend’s new roommate is from CA where fireworks aren’t allowed.. so of course we had to show him how NYE works in Phoenix. We started with sparklers and as you can probably predict we felt like we had to stay for the midnight finale. Our “quiet night in” ended with us closing down the bar behind J’s house at 3am. Oopsie.. ha!

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Finale was literally this x6.. good times.

In mid January J told me about a painting class that he had found online that was a great deal. As in FREE + they gave us a ton of wine goodies + apron to promote/celebrate the launch of a new season of Cougar Town. J and I rounded up a bunch of friends + coworkers and made a bit of a party out of it.

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AmTruck Group Picture.. Not sure who the chick on the far right is. She was quite friendly and hopped in our photo though.. haha!

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Can you tell who is related?

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Entire Group

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Blurry as heck picture of my “masterpiece”.. Please refrain from laughing 😉

After all that fun I followed up January with a month long cold from HELL. SO glad that’s over!

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“The Creeper”.

There was lots of tabloid reading in the bathtub and that was about it other than the bare necessities for work.

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Tennyson is only friendly when I’m in the bath tub. Weirdest cat around.

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He enjoys tea, too. Apparently.

Other than trying to survive the cold of 2014 (I’m a little dramatic.. maybe) + working — most of my spare time was spent planning my Grandpa’s 90th birthday.

He’s been in business for 70+ years, he has a large family and he’s just all around awesome so there were a tonnn of people at his party. I think 100+ showed up.

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Grandpa.

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Guests.

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My favorite picture of the day. They have been friends for 60+ years.

The end of February/ the beginning of March brought a huge increase in business.. like 3X. It’s hectic, but I love it so much.

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Toby inspecting the files & keeping the work place professional. He did this while my best friend was signing a contract to buy her first home.

Other than work, it seems everyone I know was born in February, so there were lotssss of birthdays to attend.

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Literally only a quarter of the birthday people in February.

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And a wine night thrown in for good measure.

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My favorite “selfie” ever.

T and I had a great Valentine’s day evening together. We got with the wedding photographer and finalized things and then he took me out for a really nice dinner.

(No pictures, because I suck).

I surprised him and told him that I am going to be taking his last name. (I was seriously on the fence).

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Not my future last name, but I made something similar to this and wrapped it up for him to open. 🙂

J was kind enough to take me as his date for this quarter’s Cactus League event.

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The venue was gorgeous, as always :-).

Annd this time I’m not making any promises as to when I will be back. I have been pre-writing, so it should be soon. But then again, every time that I say that it never is haha.

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Catching Up

Hey everyone, it’s been a long time. Sorry about that! As usual life got in the way of posting. Don’t worry though, it’s been mostly fun things (along with a few more complicated thing).

Let’s do a quick catch up in pictures, shall we?

Christmas was here (who knew??)

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Me and my favorite coworker, Lily. (who has since quit, sad face).

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The guys built a tire x-mas tree. Yeah, I work in a “junk yard”. Whatever, we can be creative if we want!

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I hosted an ugly sweater contest. Wait.. I mean a ugly/cute sweater contest. Patsy wanted to wear “the adorable sweater” she made in 1991. These were the winners. We had a penguin too?

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This is my manager..

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And this is my 50+ year old coworkers screensaver.

I’m sorry… I HATE twilight. I honestly think that it is the worst excuse at a novel ever written. (This is obviously my opinion, sorry if I offend anyone). I will say that I have a hard time taking her seriously though. Also please note the jar on the desk. I made all my coworkers goodie jars. (and had the intention of writing about it, silly me ;-)). The jars included Christmas socks, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip gloss nail polish and mini lint rollers (from Lorelei).

I had a super blessed Christmas over at my parent’s home.

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I prepared my first ever (on my own) Christmas dinner

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I exchanged gifts with the best of friends

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J’s wrapping/stickers were the best 🙂 He also got me the adorable apron that I am wearing in the previous set of pictures.

D and I got each other the same teacup set… bff much? Or maybe we just shop together too often?

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I ran out of time to decorate, so mini tree it was. Bonus points to whoever can spot the reindeer imposter..

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Toby cat helped me wrap gifts

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I FINALLY got the floating shelves hung (only six months in the making).

All of the snowmen and Santa/the reindeer are from my Grandma’s Christmas decoration collection

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Lori got a hold of this Santa (dated 1969). Once I finished crying I dubbed him Confucius Santa. His poor beard will never be the same.

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Hand painted goblets and k-cup holder from another bestie. How lucky am I??

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Table decorations. The deer are from 1967. How awesome is that??

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Cards from friends and family. Flowers from my love for our 9th anniversary.

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Redecorated our front door wreath

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And to top off an awesome holiday season? I got to spend an entire week with my best friend ever (really my sister). We got started on wedding planning (for real) so I will have some posts up on that soon.

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Retiree nearby who goes allll out for Christmas

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Christmas in Arizona 🙂

I’ve been pre-writing posts, so I’m back.. for real.

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In a Funk + Tuesday Randoms

I have been in a serious funk the past two days..

It started on Sunday night when I read about the Volunteer Fire team that was killed in Northern Arizona. 19 people were lost. They were all volunteers. They didn’t have to be there.. but they were. They did solely it to help their communities. The fire spread so fast it basically took out an entire town. At this point they still don’t know if/how many residents didn’t make it out.

My heart literally hurts. I have so much respect for all those men who were out there.

I love Arizona soooo much–especially in the winter. Whenever I see natural disasters on the news I feel for the people who have to go through such terrible things but at the same time I am thankful for our virtual lack of them.

The few things Arizona does have are floods and fires. Floods are pretty easy to avoid- danger wise- as long as you have common sense and don’t drive though washes, watch the weather when out hiking, ect. The fires however… there is a degree of common sense there as well-no camp fires when its dry, don’t be using spark/flame emitting machines before 8 pm (ie yard equipment), ect– but there is almost mother nature. This fire was started from lightening- not human caused in any way.

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Picture I stole of FB- Blue Ridge Hot Shots

My parents have a cabin up North. A few weeks ago there was a fire nearby and the team that was killed came and helped fight it. The picture above is our team after they heard the terrible news. I just can’t even put into works how bad I feel for their community and family members.

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So that was Sunday night before bed- then while I was asleep I had a freaky dream that really stuck with me. I don’t know that freaky is the right word really- but the dream stuck with me.

I dreamed that I was next door at my Grandpa’s business- not that weird. Except I was by the back door and Grandpa came in and heard me but couldn’t see me from where I was standing by the kitchen.. Then my Dad and Grandpa came around the corner with my Grandma. They were all talking about who was going to do the bank run (aka completely mundane stuff). Meanwhile I saw Grandma and she acknowledged me (while no one else did) and all I could focus on/wanted to do was walk towards her while I asked her if she was “real”. I walked to her and she said yes and I remember touching her face. Then I woke up.

My Grandma died last year and I would be completely lying if I said it didn’t effect me big time. In my conscious mind I knew she wasn’t alive.. I’m trying to remember if I’m dreaming about an old memory and inserting current day (Grandpa not seeing me because his bad vision and me knowing she wasn’t on this Earth anymore) into it or if it was something else.

Really, “freaked me out” isn’t a good phrase for it- more like made me curious and sad. I miss her 😦

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On to some better things.

4th of July Decorations

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Finally remembered to snap a picture of the wreath I put together for the 4th.

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I don’t think we should need a reason to act patriotic, but I do love the feeling of pride and unity on the 4th.

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Early and Unexpected Birthday Gifts

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Looking a hot mess in the nasty infamous work bathroom.

My uncle Guy surprised me yesterday with 2 pairs of earrings that he got for me at the gun show last weekend. He got me a pair with horses and a pair with hummingbirds. Horses are one of my favorites and hummingbirds were my Grandma’s thing. The timing was a little funny please I don’t think he knew/remembers that. The style is definitely not something I would have picked myself, and I love them for that very reason!

I also love that my big, bad, tough military guy uncle was buying me delicate glass earrings at the gun show! hahaha!

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I also received a box of Fairy Tale brownies last week as a closing gift..  I was a good girl and shared them (and the calories 😉 ) but that was a fun first.

Usually I am the one who loves giving gifts, but I gotta say the unexpected gifts in the past week or so have been fun!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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Remember That Time We Finally Went to The MIM?

T and I have been living in our current home for approximately 6 months. Prior to that he’s lived in AZ for 13 years, and I’ve lived here.. oh.. my entire life.

Approximately 3 years ago the Musical Instrument Museum opened. T and I drive by it practically everyday, and yet we have never been. The “MIM” is where Phoenix’s “high society” hang out.. probably why we haven’t been.

Saturday night was T’s quarterly awards dinner**- and it was held there so we got to check it out. My favorite exhibit was Toby Keith. I ❤ him.

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I always see interviews talking about how massive he is. I was surprised to see the jumpsuit- it actually looked like it would fit, and maybe be small on T. I read online TK is 6′ 3″, I guess he just has a larger than life personality? 6′ 3″ is tall, but not a giant by my standards.

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This band organ/ thing was pretty cool. It was massive- as you can see- and it used to be in dance halls. It has all the instruments incorporated into it and weighs over 2 tons.

I always have to laugh a little when I see an accordion. My Grandma used to play one and my Grandpa loves to talk about how she stole his heart by playing it. I don’t think accordions steal many hearts these days.

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T pointed out that this totally looks like it is out of Shrek.

Another highlight was the room they had full of instruments that patrons could actually play with. We had that wing to ourselves. Needless to say a group of slightly tipsy adults + Caracas, xylophones, gongs, ect = a good time.

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T on the harp. Note the awesome 90’s earphones around his neck. Also note the girl standing behind him looking at him like he’s nuts. Believe it or not this is him after one beer- he’s just a goof.

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I obviously couldn’t be out done..

I loved the GONG/Gong stand. It was so ornate and beautiful. There was a random girl (someones date) who was way intoxicated wandering around telling people she “loved the DONG and had they seen the huge BONG?”. Fun times haha

**Award’s night is also know as our quarterly date. T and I never go on formal dates, so I threaten him and his team into doing well at work- because you better believe I’m not going to miss my 4-time a year date thanks to their under preforming butts. Kidding. Kind of. The place they work at springs for some AWESOME awards nights. Think go karts, FANCY ($200/ plate) dinners, random buffalo farms 90 minutes away with chartered buses to get there.. all kinds of cool stuff.