Monday, April 28, 2008

my grandpa...

Well, I am at work again and I am finding everything distraction possible. So I thought I would introduce you to my Grandpa Jess. Today he had surgery to get a pacemaker. He is doing well and should be out of the hospital tomorrow. He is 87 but you would never know it.

He is a pretty amazing guy (although I could be a little biased). I fell so lucky to have him. He has remodeled every house we have lived in. He served in WWII in Europe, delivering tanks to the troops (he has some pretty amazing stories). He saved our house from being burned down when my mom tried to make him homemade donuts (grease fire). While I was growing up he had a cabin/house on a lake in Missouri. That was the coolest visit him and swim.

And if anyone is wondering where my chocolate addiction comes from. It's all his fault ;)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

i heart target...

I know this blog has kind of become a place to showcase my shopping addiction. But seriously this is the best deal I have ever found!

Tonight after work and dinner Janet and I were walking around Target. We didn't really have a purpose for being there. We ended up in the electronics isle. On the end they had a clearance section. I found this great speaker for my ipod. Normally this speaker costs $150.00. I got it for $37.89!!!!!!

This is right at the top of my best shopping ever list. Although it is hard to beat the dress I purchased at JC Penney's for $2.50. I think it was normally $70.00. My friend Mae told me...they practically paid me to take the dress out of the store ;)

Monday, April 21, 2008


On Saturday I cut apart 300 pieces of silverware. Quite a feeling of accomplishment and a large bruise on my leg from the bolt cutter ;)

I have some really great pieces that will make cool jewelry. The sugar/jelly spoons are my favorite. If anyone finds a sugar/jelly spoon at a garage sale I will pay a finders fee :) Below are photos for reference...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

i made it...

Well it's official. I am going to be selling my FlatWear creations at the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Let the creating begin :)

The festival is July 12 & 13.

On a side note. I am sitting in a super cool hotel in Kansas City. We just got back after having a fun time at the NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) show. We went out to eat at a cool place called: 7.

Now I am so ready for bed.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Finally the sun is shinning and its going to be nice outside. Yeah! I feel like a new girl. I can handle anything now :)

Yesterday I cleaned my house and re-arranged a couple of rooms (I can not put into words how badly I needed to clean). That is the best feeling. It makes me feel like I have all new stuff. Love it! I worked a little also. Is it bad that my muscles are sore today from cleaning & moving furniture? And tried to upgrade a new operating system on my laptop. Of course it did not work and now I need a bigger hard drive. So what was going to be a fun new toy is now going to cost me even more money. Oh, well...

On Wednesday I am going to Kansas City. The National NAMA awards are held there. NAMA is an award show for ag marketing. I am excited to leave the office! It will also be warmer there and my grandpa lives near by. If I am lucky I may get to say a quick hello. My grandpa is so cool, and I don't get to see him nearly often enough.

Next Sunday is going to be a yaking (kayaking) day, hopefully. I have been waiting. My kayaking shoes came last week (cute & comfy). My kayak was purchased in Denver in September. So I have only used it for about 10 minutes before it had to be put away for winter. I am so anxious to use it. So hopefully dad can come to Sioux Falls, hopefully it will be nice and not windy. It will be so much fun.

Well I better start working so I can leave on Wednesday :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

in love...

Today things are a little slower around here :) I actually had a little time to breathe. Mike returned from his mini vacation. We went to grab some food for lunch and took a little detour to a music store. Music stores use to be a normal thing for me. My parents had me start piano lessons at the age of 5, the clarinet/guitar in high school, and the sax in college. My mom loved music so much (even though she was totally tone deaf). I took piano lessons every year until I was a sophomore in college. That was when art officially took over. Anyway...Mike's son had an electric drum set so now he wants one. I guess I didn't really realize how familiar a music store would feel. So I hovered in the digital piano area while Mike checked out the drums. I was so in love. I have wanted a digital piano for a long, long time. Right now I have a traditional acoustic piano, which is never in tune (maybe its time to sell it). So the sales guy starts talking to me. I am so hooked, if he was a little pushier I probably would have left with one today. But now I am thinking it over. I do think there was a sign from God involved though. They were playing Third Day in the store, could it get more perfect! They totally have my business now! Mike says you need to wait 2 weeks to make sure it's really what you want. Right now I just want it.

Sometimes the obvious things never occur to me, today I realized that I did not take 13 years of piano lessons for nothing. I should really make playing the piano a priority or at least play it more often. And possibly buy a digital piano.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


It's a rainy gray Sunday and I am at work. I need to stay focused badly. I have lots to do. But blogging sounded like a great distraction. The shoes pictured above arrived at my house on Friday. Of course I ordered them on line. So Cute! I can't wait to wear them. I actually saw them in an ad while I was getting my hair cut and colored. I ordered them from (zappos did not have my size). Anyway, piperlime is super cool (and a cool name). The have really cool packaging and print materials. I am now in love with them.

So I guess I will become focused now. Or maybe I will see what new music I can buy on iTunes to make the day go faster :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

make it go away...

I have so much work to do, I can't even figure out where to start. So blogging is probably a good choice. It is pretty bad when it's Wednesday (I just had to look that up on the calendar) and you are so happy that you still have Saturday and Sunday as days you can count as work days. There is a big meeting on Tuesday in Denver and a really big pile of projects to accomplish. I wonder if next week will be any better...

I wonder when I am actually going to loose it...I am sure it will all be fine once I get a few projects done. Right?