fill in the blank friday

Saw this over at Jenna's blog. 
You can link up at Lauren's blog.

1.  The last thing I do before going to sleep is       say my prayers     .

2.  When I can't sleep I      watch Food Network  .

3.  The first thing I do when I wake up is      get in the shower   .

4.  When I'm tired I       keep on keepin on   .

5.  My dream bedroom would be     magical and intimate  . 

6.  If I could wake up anywhere tomorrow morning it would be      in Kauai   .

7.  The longest sleep I've ever had was      on a road trip from home (AZ) to Texas, 16 hours      .

8.  I sleep on my     back or right side, but I have to fall asleep on my stomach. Weird, I know  .

9.  When I sleep, I like to wear        nothing. Or tank and boyshorts  .

10.  My bedtime is usually      10pm, but lately more like 9-930pm    .

a little funny for ya

so, i realize that life has been getting a little dark and grim around the bloggity-blog. i've just had an emotional few weeks (must be a turning 30 thing. lol)
anywhoo.... i decided a needed to have a good cry. and i swear, everytime i think about a 'good cry' i think of my flavorite dane cook stand up, vicious circle. thought i'd share with ya...
i promisecakes it'll make you el-oh-el! teehee

this helps

"Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death." -unknown author

i want my cake and eat it too!

found HERE


lets review the weekend.

After my amazing Gentle Yoga class friday night, Jess came over and we had a mini-party planning committee meeting (for my birthday). Then we grabbed a glass of wine and watched The Runaways

Good chick flick. Better than I expected.

Saturday was laundry day. I got 80% done. I was more into enjoying the semi-gloomy day by laying in bed watching movies. I watched The Lake House

The Way We Were

The Holiday

Love With The Proper Stranger

Something The Lord Made

Across The Universe

Yes, I was a big cry-baby. No big deal.
Can I just say that Across The Universe newly inspired me, got my creative mojo flowing. Not going to share my new 'art' (if thats what you want to call it) because it's actually become really personal. But.... I will say that if you have not seen this movie, watch it! Long live The Beatles! I could listen to them all day every day! Love them! Love them even more during this movie!

Sunday I woke up early (well, the babes woke me) and went to another yoga class. Great way to start my day! Then we packed up and headed out for a family bbq with our good friends, the Hagadorns. Had some yummy smoked brisket, ribs, potato casserole, and (drumroll) pink macaroons! Sorry, no pics of the little cuties, they got eaten up pretty quickly. But no worries, I plan on making more. They were so cute!! And I Love Pink! hehe

Well, we are back to Monday. And I am drained (must be the weather, gloomy monsoon season).
Got Zumba class tonight! Yay for shakin' it Shakira-style!
Oh, and has anyone seen this video

Christina Aguilera - You Lost Me
Woke up to it this morning, and I cried about it! Yikes! I'm becoming quite the crybaby. Better stiffen up that lower lip! lol

Have a lovely Monday BlogLand!!

are you so excited!!

officially in love.

dear yoga.
i am officially in love with you.
love, me

happy friday. gloomy friday.

Wandering with the Arizona monsoon
It's monsoon season!
The skies are dark and rainy, which I love, but its still Hot, and Humid (ick)!

So happy to have made it through another week. It has been a difficult one, lemme tell ya. I'm happy to have woken up this morning with a calmness inside me. I give credit to my pilates class last night.
Can I just tell you how much I absolutely Loved taking the Mat Pilates class last night!! Wow. It's gonna take alot of practice to get used to the balancing and core work, but the stretching and relaxation of it all... the breathing in tune and the warmth of the room. Sigh... I loved it! It was the most relaxing workout I've ever experienced. Our instructor, Brooke, I've known for a few years and she's incredible! I've decided to take her Gentle Yoga class tonight as well... so excited!!

I hope to be doing this during the weekend...
reading this book and relaxing (preferably in a hot bubble bath, perhaps with a glass of wine).
Of course I'll be catching up on laundry, and cleaning around the house a little bit.

Maybe I'll check in, and bust out a blog post.
Maybe I'll get crafty (it's been a looooong time).

What are YOU doing this weekend??

i used to LOVE Thursdays...

I started writing again. Not on actual paper, but I started a (secret) blog. And it helps, I think.
I am a firm believer that getting things out (especially in writing) is healthy. That is where I am trying to be. The only problem with writing on the computer is that I am in the habit of burning my pages after time has healed the words. Hmmm, can't really burn my computer (I think the boss would be angry. lol)

On a brighter note...
Got back into the gym this week. My shoulders are blazing sore today from Zumba last night. Switched up our training session (I love it when my trainer does that) so low weight high reps. I've only gone one month left of training, so I gotta 'get' it! lol. Tonight I am totally stepping out of my box and taking a Mat Pilates class with some friends from Zumba class. The good news is that I actually already know the teacher, so that makes it a little more comforting. I don't really know what to expect, but I know that whatever it is I've promised myself to give it 110%.

I've been reading alot lately as well. (I've had some time on my hands, it seems. NEED to keep busy! lol) The daily reads are quotes, of course. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a semi-secret addiction to reading quotes. I collect them like bees collect pollen, hoping to have that sweet honey make sense in this world. lol. Aside from that, I've been reading The Time Traveler's Wife (again), and getting ready to (finally) start Eat Pray Love. Timing on this is perfect, I think. I actually got this book last year for my birthday. It sat next to my bed forever, because I wanted to be able to give it all my time and attention. From what I know, its a life-changing book. I am excited and reluctant to read it. Right now in my life I feel like BIG decisions are about to be made. Funny how life comes together that way. Hmmm.

Lastly.... I'm asking (once again) for prayers. My dad was diagnosed with double walking pneumonia. Which would be half okay if he was a normal, healthy 60+ year old man. But he isn't. They won't let him go through chemotherapy. Without that, bad things could happen. Bad things could happen just with his immune system being so low and him being so sick. I just ask that you pray for strength and healing in my father. I'm doing the best I can to keep my smile on. But tears weight a ton when you feel so much pain in your heart, it's difficult to hold them in (no matter how much I can lift at the gym, lol.)

Thank You BlogLand!
I love you all to pieces.
Yes, you ALL!

i will indeed...


did you see this last night...

it made me cry...
so incredibly beautiful!

let the countdown begin...


One month from today... I will officially be 30 years old.
It's the last leg of the race.. the final lap.. the give-it-your-all period.
The Ultimate Goal I believe is attainable. To be physically, emotionally and spiritually content. I feel like I've been working so hard toward this 'goal' for so long. I've rearranged my life, put myself first, and began feeling comfortable with who I am. I was beginning to accept 30 quite easily. Then someone sunk my battleship and I struggle to stay afloat. Almost minute by minute I vacillate from being motivated to survive, or letting the tide take me under. I'm so close to this 'new' life. And that is what 30 now feels like to me... a new life. No longer just the next step, but a time to 're-invent myself'. My preconceived notion that being 30 means you have your $#!% together is buried, but I think that's a good thing.
Here's to one more month of being 'in my 20s'. I'm going to take it day-by-day and step-by-step to gracefully enter my new decade.

kurt halsey. i heart you.

every once in a while i like to scope out what some of my favorite artists are up to... you know, new works.
i totally heart Kurt Halsey (and if you scrolled through the archives here, there'd be alot of his work here). i just thought i'd share some of his new stuff... i get so excited to see his new work. go check him out, and enjoy.
My intentions grow
My Intentions Grow

To be kind to an animal
To Be Kind To An Animal

A pause, a reflection
A Pause, A Reflection

A temporary nature
A Temporary Nature

Black slate
Black Slate

You and I (Oh, and not all of it bad)
You and I (Oh, and not all of it bad)

this inspired me today...

When I get into work, the first thing I do is check my email.
On yahoo, this video struck my attention...
and truly inspired me today...

working on a saturday...

yep... that's me... at work... on a saturday!
((i look thrilled, dont i))
i will say that it definitely has its perks...
- it keeps me busy (i really need busy right now)
- i can listen to my music (which happens to be Eminem, Evanescense, Staind, Hinder, 30 Seconds To Mars, etc.)
- i get stuff done much quicker. lol. it's me time in the office.
- this is the last weekend i have with no kids, so i can can work here on a saturday without feeling guilty to my little ones.

What's your Saturday look like?

loved this today...

checking in on blogs... and came across this...

from the notebook doodles
i love all her stuff!! check out her bloggity blog...

record heat... oh no!

what's that song from Lenny Kravitz...
I want to get away
I wanna fly away
Yeah ~ Yeah ~ Yeah
I can't believe how hot its going to be here in AZ...

  • 7 Day Forecast
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High: 116°Low: 92°
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MONSlight Chance Thunderstorms
High: 111°Low: 88°
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TUESlight Chance Thunderstorms
High: 111°Low: 88°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms

vegas was fun. it's going to be 112 degrees tomorrow...

vegas was fun.

it's going to be 112 tomorrow... so i'll be m.i.a. for a bit. 
peace out loves.

i'm leavin' on a jet plane....

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Unfortunately I know when I'll be back again... (in time for work Monday morning. lol)
I'm off to one of my all-time favorite places...
images from

and staying at the hotel that started it all...

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see ya on Monday!!! muah!!

oh the places we'll go : Bora Bora

After watching Couples Retreat last night... I'm adding the incredible Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia to the long list of places I want to go... one day.
all images from Starwood Hotels
© something Big is coming...
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