Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
right now they look like poop.
i got a nice steam facial out of the double boiler while i worked.
lesson learned: don't let the balls cool on a baking rack. the chocolate dried them onto the rack and they cracked when i pulled them off. also i think i'll use dark or bitterweet chocolate instead of milk.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
So the pile goes down,but then I see something fun and have to but more supplies. Faux bois is everywhere so I made some log slice coasters, wooden buttons and from Martha Stewart, log trivets. A friend has been knitting some fabulous, huge cowls and I'm making the buttons for him.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
For now I've updated the blog in lieu of an actual website. So if you want to see what we do with the puppies all day, be sure to check it out.
Update: I just heard from the gal who did the website and it looks like we are ready to pop now. I don't understand all the computer talk but Mike does which is all that matters. So we should be able to start re-doing the website soon!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Ahh the wedding. After a proposal on Valentine's Day and months of preparation, the actual wedding zipped by very quickly. My advice, get everything locked and loaded in advance so you can sit back and take it all in on the day of. I had a super fabulous time and I hope I didn't forget to say "Hi" and "Thanks" to anyone there.
And the food! What a spread. Everyone brought such wonderful food! I'm only sorry I couldn't sample it all. Of course now we have tons of cupcakes left over. I think I'll take some to Chris (my wedding planner) since he was the one who recommended we have a large supply of cupcakes. I'm sure he won't mind.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The gates opened at 1 and we weren't sure what to expect. We rode the train from Union Station and waited in a line that wound around for blocks. At least it wasn't too hot and we were given water.
Al Gore's very inspirational speach. He was really there, not via satellite. It's just that photos of folks on the stage are really small and i wanted to show him. I am a big Al lover. He said in his speech that had the election 8 years ago gone differently, well things would have been very different now. You can't imagine how many times I've thought the same thing.
Obama giving his acceptance speech. Both Gore and Kerry seemed to be 'taking the high road' and brushing away Republican accusations during their campaigns. Obama answered them back. I've been waiting fort a Democratic candidate with some backbone.
Below are the media tents. We kept looking through the binoculars for famous people and could only make out Wolf Blitzer and Katie Couric. Oh and Anderson Cooper ahhhhhhhh Anderson Cooper.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Ahh the life!
So I've been trying to work on MySpace and I am not having fun. I can't figure all the ins and outs to get anything done on it. So I guess what you see is what you get till I get my copy of "MySpace for Dummies"
I am entering 'freak out' stage with regards to wedding plans. I wanted the invitations in the mail already but they came in at the beginning of the month with a glaring typo. I didn't rush the reprint because the print shop's turnaround has been a week. Well we're entering week 2 and I am getting more and more cheesed off with each passing day. I figured I'd be getting them out early since every wedding invitation I've received was a month out. Now it looks like mine will be close to that. So if you're reading this, it's a good possibility you will be invited so "Save the Date: Friday, October 3, 2008"
Other wedding plans are going well even though I had hoped to have more locked and loaded. I still need to order the reception ware. No paper plates for my friends! We need to get Mike's suit and Mel's dress. I need to order flowers. Sheesh, what have I gotten done?
Oh well, now I'm off to watch the rest of season one of Mad Men. A fabulous show that I highly recommend.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
One of my daily sites, Curbly, posted about this great website Vintage Roadside. I am a huge fan of all things retro roadside. In fact I use Roadside America when planning my trips to South Dakota. So check them out and buy a shirt for a good cause.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Well we are getting settled into the routine. We worked our keisters off to get the shop presentable by our first Yappy Hour at the end of July. Unforunately we didn't have too many attendees, if fact we had only 2. I open the shop door for drop off and pick up to get it noticed and we have gotten a great response. The shop just wasn't getting any notice inside the house. We have sold some merchandise and I have 2 orders for paintings already.
There's still a bit of work to do with getting the grooming area finished, but it's coming along nicely. I've bought a bit of new merchandise and am planning a larger order probably next month. August and September are the lean months due to back to school. I want to have a huge Howloween Party in October so I'll be sure to have the new stuff by then. It's been pretty fun shopping around online for dog products. I want to find eco-friendly, recycled, and/or local products to sell. I also want to do some more handmade stuff. A friend's mom is working of felted dogs and dog blankies. She said she'd also do some sweaters for winter.
Now that the house is mostly empty, I'm anxious to get some stuff moved in. Definitely living room furniture since right now we have a tiny tv on a discarded table with a folding chair. The master bedroom needs the most work since that was where the groomer was. We are going to need to redo the floors in there and get rid of the remaining stuff.
On another note, I'm starting to freak out about the wedding since I only have 2 months left. I'm waiting for the invites so we can get those out and tomorrow I'm going to put in the rental order for the reception tableware. Then I need to figure out how many centerpieces I need so I can put in a flower order.
So I'm keeping plenty busy :)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
anyhoo, for now if you want to see some daycare stuff, check out the new blog.
the plumbing is almost finished and then we can start on setting up the shop and spa. more pics to come when we get going on that.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
i really want to do a LOT to fix up the place.
the indoor area is stuffy and kinda stinky first thing in the morning so i want to get a better ventilation system going.
the cement floors and bare walls increase every bark to an ear splitting level so i want to install recycled rubber flooring.
i also want to paint inside and add some 'hominess.' the clean slate of it is starting to wear thin on me and i need to fix it up. i'm almost a bit embarrased for new clients to see it and think that this is how i live.
it is also very, very dirty. i know that dogs are dirty but i think it can be a bit tidier and not leaving me feeling that i was the one rolling around in the dirt all day.
we also lost our groomer, but i think this is for the best because i'm beginning to judge her as flakey. so my friend sam has been acting groomer for us. we are all learning how to do some basic clipping and trimming along with the bathing and brushing we can offer. we have a plumber coming in next week to move the groomer from the master bedroom of the main house to the garage. we also want to add self service washing which will hopefully make up for our lack of a trained groomer.
the shop will also go in the garage and i have been searching online for eco friendly and recycled products to sell.
i also want to compost the dog poop since we fill a kitchen sized trash can every week. i've found a few sites on how to do it and i think the trash service will thank us for it.
sam, when he is not bathing dogs, is planning a farm/garden for the rest of the property. our long term goal is to have fruit, vegetables and flowers and be able to operate a CSA. basically, customers pay us a fee and get a basket of food and flowers every week.
so that's the irons in the fire right now. as for the day to day it can be a bit tedious. mel and i end up exhausted at the end of the day not from physical exertion, but rather from a lack of it. there is no internet or cable yet which means that i can't do any research or blogging from work. we try not to have the dogs barking too much which means that play time can be cut short when the kids get too riled up. if we have enough people per dogs then i pop in the house to do some cleaning, but i can only do so much right now. i think once the plumbing is done i will have a lot of projects to work on.
as for the dogs, we have some sweeties and some naughtys. they naughty ones tend to be younger and just want to play more than anyone else. i feel bad for the sweeties; that they are being neglected because my time has to be spent with the naughtys. "don't eat that rock", "quit digging", "get away from that poop." sometimes the barking makes me cranky, but nothing is better than snuggling up for some fuzzy therapy.
pictured above is one of our top naughties, sumo. i don't get very upset with him because he is my little sad clown.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
the library has been keeping me busy for my last few weeks. a new fresh city life series started and i've been sneaking over there to help out. we did a huge exhibit of cowboy boots and clothing and last weekend was the big hodown. check out the pictures at
or here's a shortcut to the westword slide show of the exhibit
i'm still fixing up the house and trying to get rid of some things since we will be selling it in the fall. and speaking of the fall, wedding plans are going well. i think i am really staying on top of things. i'll be heading over to jenna's this week to work on the invites. sam is coming over to help me plant wedding flowers in the garden.
so, that's it for now. i'll post more after closing.