Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crafty Craft Crafts

I love keeping my hands busy. This leads to several nights spent crafting. Which I love. 
In the past I have completed several stocking for my family:
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I've made several Christmas gifts:
I have sewn and knit several things:
Honestly, I could never craft with out the right tools:
I have been feeling pretty crafty recently. So look forward to more crafty posts!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Meeting

Serendipity. Happenstance. Fate. Luck. Whatever you want to call it, something or someone, was working for us on February 12, 2006. Both Mark and my father's invited us to a free lunch at Claddagh’s, the one thing neither of us had ever turned down.  We both showed up, wearing what they had found on the floor that morning, expecting nothing more than a free meal; neither of us expecting that we would be meeting the person we would be spending the rest of their lives with.
I was living in East Lansing at the time and was finishing my junior year of college at Michigan State University. Mark had recently moved to the area, in hopes of returning to school and starting a new chapter in his life.
The first thing I noticed was his smile and quick wit. Even looking like a hobo, he seemed at ease with himself and able to put others at ease as well. I kept hoping he would ask for my number (Mark said he regretted not asking).
I spent the next few months pestering my father to get Mark’s number and staking out Claddagh’s in hopes of a second meeting. Needless to say, neither pursuit panned out. Just when I was giving up hope, Mark emailed me. He had looked me up on MSU’s webpage and said he was hoping to make friends in the area. I contacted him immediately and set up a time to meet.
When we met at Harper’s, I had one thing on my mind. While he was focused on gaining new friends, I knew that Mark was somebody worth pursuing a relationship with. Using my best subtly, flirting, and feminine wiles, I attempted to seduce Mark and ensure a deeper relationship than friendship.
At the end of the night, it came to a coin toss. Again, maybe it was fate, maybe it was meant to be, maybe it was just plain luck, but the coin came up tails. I won. In the end, I like to think, so did Mark.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Basement

Every year Mark and I take on a huge NYE project. Since we throw an annual NYE party, we like to make our home and event extra special. In the years past, this has included cleaning up the basement into an entertainment area, buying 'Rock Band', building a bar, setting up the sunroom as an entertainment area, buying 'Just Dance', and coming up with unique drinks. 
Over the last 2 years, Mark and I took on the HUGE project of renovating our basement to be an even more awesome entertainment area. We've knocked walls down, tore up carpet, and rebuilt. However, this project has taken much longer than the anticipated timeline. Our hopes are we will finally complete it in time for this NYE. 
I am not sure we will be able to meet this deadline. We still have so much work to do. Worse, we seem to not be as motivated as needed. We have been working on this project for so long, but it has not been the only project that has required our time and energy. I am not sure we have the energy left to bust this out in time for NYE.
Worst case scenario, this means another NYE sans the basement area. Last year was still a lot of fun without it. However, I am a firm believer that it only takes a few OK parties to make people start to look elsewhere for their entertainment. Which means we can never lose our edge. I am not sure that the basement area is that edge, or not, but it is certainly more set up for parties than the rest of our house. 



Maybe I am over thinking this.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Birthday

I had a phenomenal birthday this year. It wasn't as fancy or interesting as last year (which involved an amazing Murder Mystery Party).

  
But it was everything I needed and wanted. I spent time with my family and friends. I felt loved and appreciated. PLUS, I got some great presents...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Out of Africa

Out of Africa is one of the most AMAZING places I have ever been. The most amazing place in Arizona, in my experience. I went on the VIP group tour yesterday and it blew my mind! They had over 100 acres of land with huge habit enclosures for their variety of animals.
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I loved that the owner, Dean, had so many unique theories on interacting with wild animals and was a fount of information. I learned several fascinating things and am looking forward to reading his book (Return to Eden). What he spoke about made sense to me and I am looking forward to further reading about his theories. 
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The absolute best part of Out of Africa was my chance to interact with the animals.
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'Tiger Splash' was pretty darn cool too. 
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The view was really quite amazing.
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Make sure you check this place out if you are ever in Arizona!
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