Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sketch

Today Bill and I went out to Davis to visit the fam and I realized that there is something that most of you have not seen. Something that is sure to give you a little chuckle. While in Cabo on our honeymoon Bill and I were sitting at a little bar in town eating tacos and drinking knee pain away. This much older man came up to us and offered to do a sketch of us while we sat at the bar. He was showing us samples of some pretty good drawings, but we said no. Honestly, we figured he probably didn't actually draw those drawings so we would save our money. The couple on the other side of the bar decided to give it a shot. Once their drawing was done we realized that he could actually draw and maybe it would be a good idea to get a sketch done. Then again, we may have been more drunk by this point and that's what made a sketch seem like a good idea....but anyways!


Once it was done we both proceeded to laugh our asses off at the hilarity of the picture. Then we thought.....what the heck are we going to do with this? Within seconds we decided to have it framed and give it to Bill's parents for Christmas. We figured they were the only ones that might actually hang it up. Low and behold....they loved it and it now has a proud spot on their living room wall!

I especially like the proportion of my lips and my tatas! That's how you know it's me for sure. The squared off jaw line on Bill (which exaggerated looks like Jay Leno) is pretty classic as well!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Cupcake Week!


Damn! Sometimes I hate when I hear about something, get really excited and then realize how domesticated it makes me. My case in point is that next week is cupcake week on Martha Stewart. Should one really be excited about watching Martha Stewart all week just to see information on cupcakes?? Doesn't matter I guess, cause I am and I will be watching. Those of you na-sayers out there won't be so na when I start busting out delicious desserts!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Chunk is in the Hiz-ouse!

Meet Chunk

Chunk belongs to Becki's brother Chris and he's going to be with us for a little while since Chris is on vacation. Well, he was actually supposed to be with Ellen but I kind of stole him (I swear you can have him if you want Ellen!) How rude of me! I must say he is quite the character. He's a pretty lazy dog so spends most of the day sleeping, but each evening he gets a little amped up and has been known to play with a ball and hump Bill (the funnier of the two in my opinion.) I think he's pretty comfortable here and has claimed himself a good amount of space on our bed. It's very nice having a bulldog in the house again. There is definitely an empty space since Louie passed and it's nice to fill it with a similar dog for a little while. Plus, it's company for me during the day! I hope Chris is having a fun vacation, but I know I'm having fun with Chunk here!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Let me see you one, two step!


I made a HUGE breakthrough today! I did something that I really wasn't 100% certain that I would ever do again. I walked! It was an incredible and scary experience. I made it two laps around my physical therapists office, trying not to ball my eyes out the whole time. I didn't know it would have that effect on me, but I literally started to really tear up. It just felt amazing. When you don't walk for over 5 months and go through all the other stuff I've been through you really start to lose a bit of hope. I know that I always seem really positive and optimistic on the blog, but if I always put down the deep feelings inside in regards to this injury you may have stopped reading long ago. I really wanted to have hope that I would walk again, but there was this deep seed inside that told me I wouldn't. Well I have squashed that seed and will not let it start to grow again. Next time I will make it three laps and then four and then five until I walk out the door never to not walk again.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Rolled up deliciousness!


I went to my Sister's Mom's house for Easter and discovered a sinful item that I will now dream about. For those of you that know how good the "stupid dip" is and how it is gone in one second......this recipe is another that will be a HUGE hit. So go, right now, get your recipe books and write this down. It would be a sin not to make these for yourself.

1 loaf sliced white bread, crusts removed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup melted butter

Flatten bread with a rolling pin.
Mix cream cheese, egg yolk, and powdered sugar.
Combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
Spread 1 T cheese mixture on each slice bread.
Roll up.
Dip in melted butter, then in cinnamon sugar.
Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350* for 20 minutes, or until golden.
Side note: You can also make these in advance and freeze them so you have them ready and available for your next party. Also, the picture does them NO justice!
* I had to add a side note here and let you know that my girlfriend Kim also found these delicious and totally nailed what they taste like. They are exactly like eating the center of the cinnamon roll! How awesome is that?!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I splurged!

I just recently made my first completely impulse purchase since October! That's not to say that I haven't bought things, but I really give it some thought before I make the leap. Recently I decided that I wanted a new watch. This was not something I needed, just wanted. I must admit that my watch is about to bust it's strap, and apparently instead of saying "buy a strap" I went with "buy a watch." I started looking on Ebay and was certain that I wanted something that really stood out and said look at me. That's when I came across this Michael Kors beauty!
I bought it immediately without even thinking about it. Well, actually I put a bid on it and then forgot about it for a couple days until I got an email saying I won an auction. Overall I love the watch and have no guilty feelings yet about my impulse buy.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Bouton Blue is L.I.V.E!

After way to long I finally have stuff up for sale on Etsy! I've added some of the knit items that I've made and some vintage button rings. There will be a whole lot more coming, I'm just happy to have gotten this far. Check me out!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Not that I'm counting!

Today marks 5 months since I have walked on my own. In fact, right around this time of day was when the injury occurred in the first place. 5 months!!! I'd like to say that time has flown by, but for once in my life time has been creeping along hour by hour. I wonder when I started walking as a kid? I mean really, this is the longest I haven't walked since I was a baby. It's definitely opened my eyes to some things. You really see how much you take advantage of being able to walk. How much you take advantage of standing. How much you take advantage of being able to get from here to there quickly.

Here's a simple example. I'm sure everyone at some point wakes up in the middle of the night and has to go pee. If you are anything like I was you hate it. In fact, you'll spend some time lying there thinking that you can just go to sleep and forget it. Then you know you'll have one of those dreams and end up peeing in the bed so you get up. If you are anything like I was you will walk to the restroom, use the bathroom and get back into bed while managing to stay slightly in REM sleep. When you wake up in the morning you will barely remember that you got out of bed in the first place. No problem. Now, imagine this for me. I have to think about moving the leg because at this point it is stuck in whatever position it fell asleep in. Then I have to find the crutches. Now I have to attempt to stand and balance on crutches with my leg stuck in about a 30 degree angle. Now I have to try and navigate from the bedroom into the bathroom without running into something, slipping on something or making too much noise in the complete darkness. Now I have to balance myself on the window sill and the sink so I can lower myself onto the toilet. Now....ok you got the picture! What I would give to just hop out of bed and quickly go use the bathroom. You take that for granted, I took that for granted. When I can walk I'm going to quit bitching about that kind of stuff and just be happy that I can walk around. Hopefully you can learn from this too and when you're feeling frustrated by this little stuff think of what it would be like if you were stuck on one leg.

Since we're on the topic I'll go ahead and give you an update. I'm still going to physical therapy. In fact, I'm going EVERYDAY! I only get to meet with the therapist twice a week, but the other three days I just go and do the exercises on my own. Luckily, the therapists there are all rooting for me so they tend to help me even on the days that I'm supposed to be on my own. There is a therapist there named Bob that stayed today after he was off just to help me. I managed to get down to one crutch and today Bob would only let me use a cane while I was there. It was hard, but I pushed through it. I'm hoping that by next week I will be using just a cane which is so much closer to using nothing! I've started driving some, but try to limit this to therapy and back. I don't want to get on the freeway but I've had no trouble on the streets.

I definitely feel like I'm on the home stretch and hope that the next update will be to tell you that I've officially returned to the world of bi-peds. While I'm on the topic I feel like there are some people that I need to thank. First just a general thanks to all for your support and well wishes over the last 5 months. I owe a big thanks to my Mom who flew all the way out here from Florida in my time of desperate need. I could not have made it through those few weeks without your help. Next I'd like to thank Kim for all the many many rides to and from physical therapy/lab work and Dr's appointments. Thanks for the lunches, the small outings to Target and for coming to the house and keeping me company while you folded Bill's underwear! Thank you to Java City and my co-workers. I know this sounds weird to be thanking my job, but I left you high and dry and you have supported me through it all. Finally I really really really have to thank Bill. I'm sure you will never read this, but I hope you know what a pillar of strength you have been for me through all of this. You have had to take on sooo much and still manage to love me. I've cried many times, I've been grumpy many times, I've showered infrequently many times and I haven't been able to do much to help out. I hope that I can one day repay you for all that you have done for me. I love you!

Well, there you have it. I feel like I just gave an Oscars speech or something! I like to imagine that I just gave that standing in front of a crowd in a gorgeous dress and then gracefully walked off the stage. Exit stage right.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A word survey!

I have a little question for you pillsplace blog readers out there. I'm taking a word survey! Those of you that read this blog know all the ups and downs that I have had with my leg injury. Those that are just starting to read, well you'll have to back track and may want to have some tissues on hand. Now, I am trying to find the perfect word that sums up what I've been through. A motivational word of sorts. I have two that I really like, but am sitting pretty evenly on the fence about. So....what is your favorite??

Transcend: to rise above or go beyond the limits of b: to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects of : overcome c: to be prior to, beyond, and above (the universe or material existence)

Vanquish: to overcome in battle : subdue completely : to defeat in a conflict or contest

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!! I know that some of you out there have said you have a hard time leaving a comment. Here is what you do. Below this posting click on the part that says "Comment." There will be a number in front of this, hopefully a big number if I get alot of comments. Once you do that it will open a page where there is a box on your right to write in your comment. If you don't want to go through the hassle of using a user ID, just click the bubble next to "Anonymous" and hit "Publish Your Comment." Voila....like magic your comment will now be emailed to me. So, please vote and stay tuned where I will let you know what the winner is and what it is being used for.

Thanks!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Asian Noodle-licious!

I've been a fan of the website The Pioneer Woman Cooks for a while now. Since I can't do much cooking though I have to admit that I look at the recipes and drool over them. If laptops came with lickable screens, mine would have a hole in it (come on Apple...if you really want to impress me I want something I can taste! What use do I have for something that fits in a manila envelope.) Anyway, recently there was a post for an Asian Noodle Salad. I knew that I could sit at a counter and whip this one up so I gave it a try this weekend. I have to admit that it was DELICIOUS! Oh my gosh, it was soo good. It tasted healthy and good. It made an ENORMOUS serving, so don't make this if there are just a couple of you. I'd say it's a larger party or pot luck type of salad. I didn't take a picture of it because on The PWC website you can see gorgeous step by step photos. Check it and be sure to make it! If you make anything else from the website and it is delish, please let me know.

P.S. Thanks to Carey for all of you help making the salad. I can't take full credit because I did have an extra set of hands!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Holy S&%T....I can lace!

I am really branching out in my knitting abilities! No, I haven't moved away from hats yet. Why do that when there are so many fun and different patterns to make?! Today I decided to try out my mad skilz at doing lace. I always love the way these patterns look because they have a crocheted aspect to them, but they are done knitting. I finally found one I wanted to try and by golly....I pulled it off! I think this hat is going to be added to my own private collection, but I will have to make more. It wasn't that hard and came out soo pretty. Apparently I'm in a green mood right now. Gearing up for St. Patricks Day I suppose. I won't be getting pinched this year!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hat of Green Cables


I found a hat pattern online that had two things I've been wanting to try......cables and a brim. I finally decided that it was something I could accomplish and began knitting away. Overall I am super pleased with my cables, not as pleased with the brim. It's not that I really think I failed at the brim, but the yarn failed me! Boy that didn't sound conceited at all! The yarn was an alpaca, which is on one hand a beautiful yarn but on the other hand like knitting with slimy spaghetti. It is just so darn slippery and therefore the brim on this hat came out alot floppier than I would like it to be.
Also, from the pictures, you will notice that I am NO LONGER IN THEM! Yippee! No more getting ready and making myself look pretty just to take a new knitted item picture. Or worse, no more looking like hell and not giving a damn and taking a new knitted item picture. Sorry for those by the way! I am in the process of getting my Etsy site up to sell stuff on and I knew that I did not want to be the subject of every photo. So I got a mannequin head off of Ebay to display my hats. It works great, but I find the eye area a little scary so I opted for putting some sunglasses on it. I'm thinking about painting it up, but then it might look a little drag queen. For now, she's all white!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ahhhhhhhhhh...........

Today was a good day. I woke up in the morning feeling much better! Still a bit of a cough, but not the overall sick feeling that I had the days before. Then it got even better because I got a massage! My lovely friend Joan Marie came to my house and set up shop for a good rub down. We focused alot on my leg and hip to try and get the blood flowing. It is sooo nice. If I were a wealthy girl massages are the one thing I would indulge in at least once a week! Thanks Joan!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

From bad to good!

This is one of those posts where I could start by saying...."So, do you want the bad news or the good news first?" Since I'm all about ending on a positive note I will start with the bad. I'm sick! I thought I had the colds all beat, but apparently one was sneaking around and waiting to hit me in March. Weird! It started on Friday with a little congestion which I immediately chocked off to allergies. Then on Saturday the cough started. That cough that sounds as if your lungs are trying as hard as they can to rip out of your chest, or at least that's what it feels like. Today I decided to go to the Dr. It's one thing to be weak, it's a whole other thing to be weak and achy when you are also on crutches. The Dr. said that at this point it's just a cold, but if it is still there on Monday then it has probably become an infection. No prescriptions to take yet, just have to rest and try to wait it out.

While there she asked me when the Orthopedic wanted to take me off the blood thinners. I told her that he thought that was her job so she decided to take me off of them! That is sooo rad (and the good news by the way.) This means that as of tonight I am officially pill free. No more blood thinners, no more pain meds, no more labs, no more blood draws and hopefully no more bleeding gums! Gross, I know, but unfortunately for me that has been one of the big side effects of the blood thinners. Yippee! Even though I'm sick I am starting to feel the light at the end of this dismal dark tunnel of leg trouble.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

That's not a knife.....that's a knife!

Last night G's band Big in Japan was playing at Marilyn's. A group of us went out to check him out and be his biggest fans. I wasn't feeling all that well, and with the leg to boot it kind of makes it hard to really enjoy the evening. No dancing unfortunately, but I did try to rock the air crutch/guitar a time or two. So, while we're at the club I'm laughing my ass of because it's short guy night at Marilyn's. There were more men under 5'5" tall in that place. Becki decided it was because of the low ceilings which would give the illusion of height....good call! Ellen and I were standing there laughing at the shorties when this guy walks in which causes even more laughter. I only saw the guy from the back and Ellen says...."Dude...Crocodile Dundee!" I proceeded to laugh my ass off because this guy looked exactly like him, well from the back anyway. Come to find out IT WAS Crocodile Dundee! I guess he was in town wrestling crocs or whatever he does now. I wish I had known it was him while I was there cause it would have been a kick ass picture to get for the blog. You'll just have to settle for the generic one I pulled off the internet! He wears that hat still by the way, but unfortunately wasn't rocking the vest..then I really would have known it was him!

Friday, March 07, 2008

They're after me lucky charms!

It's been a long time since I've done one of these, but I'm happy to tell you that today is National Cereal Day! I have grown a big place in my heart for cereal. When I was working I typically didn't get up early enough to sit down and have a bowl of cereal and would just grab something that I could eat in the car. Now, I have cereal most days and I love it!!! There are SOOO many cereals out there to choose from. I still have to say that my all time favorite cereal is Lucky Charms. I know, it's not the healthiest, but WHO CARES! Sometimes a bowl of 3/4 marshmallow goodness and 1/4 toasted oats is all a girl needs. Enjoy some cereal today!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Meeeooooowww!

I'm addicted to making hats! I can't stop knitting them. As soon as I finish one I quickly figure out what I'm going to make next. I think I like them because there are endless styles, and they knit up really quick. From this point forward everyone is going to get hats as gifts...Happy Birthday...here is your hat! Merry Christmas....here is your hat! Congrats on the wedding....here is your hat! I'll be like one of those old ladies that only gives slipper.

Lately I've been playing with picking up stitches. You see this on alot of hats that have ear flaps. I've always been afraid to try it cause I thought it would be really hard. I was soo happy to learn that it was not difficult at all! In my "Stitch-N-Bitch" there was a cute pattern for a kittyville hat. Basically a hat with cat ears on the top. I knew I had to try it. Once it was done, I knew it needed something. I searched around online and found a cute modification. So, here is my kittyville hat according to the pattern...


















And here it is with the cute additions!


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I WANT this!!


I got a subscription to "The Nest" recently and got my first episode yesterday. I can't say that it's the greatest magazine ever, but it was to support a good cause. There's a section on closet organization in the issue and I must admit there are some great ideas in there (which I would put to good use if I had something that resembled a clothes closet instead of a coat closet.) There was one little gadget though that I would LOVE to have. It's called the shoe wheel and will hold up to 20 pairs of shoes. I love it cause you can see the shoes and it gets them off the floor. Since there are hardwood floors in the closet things can get a bit dirty when they are sitting on the floor. I keep all my shoes in boxes, but that makes it hard because you can't see them. This may be something I have to invest in....but I'll think on it for a while.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

New Feature!

I have a new feature on my blog. Do you see it? It's right over there....to your right. You can now subscribe to Pillsplace! What this means is when I post something you will get an email that lets you know I've posted something. In fact, that email will actually contain the post. So, if you don't feel like actually venturing out of your email box you can just read my post right there! I've been testing it, and so far I've noticed that it takes a day at least to get the email update. That just goes to show how important this stuff is that I'm writing. No need to read it right away, you can wait a couple days. Oh well! If it doesn't work I'll find another way to do this, but hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Happy Birthday Chris!

Today was Chris's birthday and we went to Tex Wasabi's for dinner and the Punchline for dessert! Tex Wasabi's was SUPER yummy. I filled myself to the brim on some super good sushi. I wish I could have ordered a giant fish bowl drink, but I didn't think it stayed within the "one drink a day" perameter. Oh well, maybe next time. One of Chris's favorite comedians, Bill Burr, was at the Punchline and he was HILARIOUS! Each time I go to the Punchline I think I should do that more often. I just wish they would get better chairs cause they are SOOO uncomfortable. Overall it was a super fun night and I think Chris enjoyed his bday!

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