Tuesday, August 31, 2010



In an effort to be more blog-friendly, I'm going to start participating in Linky Parties. Yeah, I'm not really sure what that means either...but here goes nothing.

Leslie over at Night Owl Crafting does Hooo Are You parties every Tuesday. Smart girl. This is a fun way to get to know other bloggers.

1. What is your least favorite thing to clean in your house? Believe it or not, I loathe doing dishes. Yes, I have a dishwasher...and it doesn't matter. I hate putting dishes in. I hate pulling dishes out. I hate having dishes in my sink. I hate doing dishes.

2. What color of shirts do you wear the most? Black. Or gray. But mainly black.

3. Do you have long or short hair? Long hair. I'm like Rapunzel over here...ok that's a slight exaggeration. But it's definitely the longest it has ever been.

4. What time do you usually eat dinner? I like to not eat after 7pm. So anytime before that.

5. What is your favorite dessert? Hmm, that's a good question. I do love me some ice cream, but I also totally enjoy a nice slice of delicious cheesecake. With strawberry toppings. Amazing.

Ok that was kind of fun :)



Friday, August 27, 2010

what to do this weekend...


I'm not sure if ya'll know this or not, but I am a freelance writer for Metromix Indianapolis. I write the Best Bets section...basically, I highlight the top 4 or 5 things to do in Indy that weekend. It's a fun job and I like knowing what's going on in the 317. Metromix hits newstands every Thursday, so I thought it would be fun to let ya'll know here too what's going on!
Dig-In A Taste of Indiana
We've all heard that there's more than corn in Indiana, right? For proof, head over to White River State Park for Dig-In A Taste of Indiana. Taste some of the finest produce that Indiana has to offer. Ask your favorite local chefs just how they prepare their delicious dishes. Learn how to pair wine and beer with your favorite meals. Find out how to plant a garden--even if you live in the city.
Details: Noon to 6pm on Saturday, August 29. Tickets are $15 in advance at Marsh or $20 the day of. www.digindiana.org
4th Annual ZUP's BBQ for Kids
If you work downtown, bring some extra napkins and take your lunch break on the Circle. Some of the city's best barbeque restaurants will serve you some grub to benefit children's charities. Meet Colts cheerleaders and tour the traveling Colts museum, all while rocking out to some great live music. All proceeds go to the Children's Bureau.
Details: 11am to 1:30pm on Friday, August 28 on Monument Circle. $10/person. www.childrensbureau.org.
Day of Caring
Do you and some friends or co-workers want to get together and do some good? With over 50 volunteer projects to choose from, the United Way's Annual Day of Caring is the perfect way to give back. Day of Caring marches into its 19th year hoping to reach out to more and more people in need.
Details: Times and projects vary. All day Saturday, August 28. For more information, visit www.uwci.org.
Benton House Used Book Sale
It's costly to maintain one of the most architecturally beautiful but atmospherically spooky houses in Irvington. So, as one of its many fundraisers, the Benton House hosts one of the city's best annual book sales. While you're in the neighborhood, check out the new craft shop Homespun or get a sandwich from Roll With It Bakery.
Details: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, August 28 and 1pm to 3pm on Sunday, August 29th. At the Benton House, 312 S. Downey Avenue.
What are you going to do this weekend??


Monday, August 23, 2010

LC turns 4!


As a single girl, nearing the end of her twenties (gasp!), it is most certain that a majority of my friends have little rugrats of their own. I've been to more baby showers than I could possibly imagine and now have a million (actual amount) of kids to buy for at holidays and birthdays! But I love them! I've loved seeing my friends morph from party girls into parents. I've love
d sharing the milestones with them--from first steps to first birthdays to first days of school.

My friend Sarah has two little rugrats--Lily and Connor. Lily (or LC as I call her) turned the big 4 over the weekend! It's crazy that she's already 4 because I remember when she was born--I had literally just moved to Cincinnati and couldn't make it back home to visit LC at the hospital. Wow, four years. Four years ago, I felt like I was embarking on a giant adventure living in the land of chili and Graeter's ice cream--it was the first time (besides college) that I had lived away from my parents. I was in the city that I didn't know, working at a place where I didn't know a soul. All of these things were happening in my life, and Sarah was transitioning into be a mom--caring for a little person who depended on her for everything. Ahh, four years. So much as changed in that time...and yet, so much as remained the same.

Anyway, my little LC and I are pretty close. We have date nights, where we eat chicken nuggets and watch movies (my fav is Princess and the Frog). I love that time with LC--I need to make more of an effort to do that with all of my friends children. Annnnywhooo, Sarah threw LC a Barbie themed bash, so I went over there for a little bit. And as anyone knows, you cannot show up to a little girls birthday party empty-handed!! And while I don't have any pictures of me and the birthday girl, I do have some of what I made for LC.
Every little four year old needs pink, girly clothes! I got the shirt a Meijer, and then took some old t-shirts, cut them up and made flowers out of it. Then I just hot-glued the flowers onto the shirt. I probably should have sewed them...but I didn't. (Sarah--if you're reading this, wash on gentle inside-out and then air dry) :).
I'm not a big baker/cooker/anything in the kitchen (I mean, I can hold my own...but still, it's not my favorite place to be). But I wanted to do something fun for LC, so I made cake in a jar!! So fun, so easy and so delicious!! Watch out friends....I liked doing this so much...it looks like everyone may be getting these for all major holidays!

And lastly, my most favorite gift....cute little Subway Art for LC's room! I got this idea from one of my new favorite blogs to follow Tatertots and Jello. (Here's a Valentines Day example of her Subway Art). This was so cute and SOOOOO fun to do that I've decided to do some for my house too. I'm working on a couple for my dining room, which I should have done soon and I'll post pics!!

Happy birthday LC!!


trust and obey


Good morning blog-world!! Yes, I'm posting at 5:30am...what up? A little insight into my life--I'm a morning person. My alarm goes off every morning at 4:52am (random time, I know). Usually I get up, make my coffee, take the Yankster out and watch the news while I crochet. I am breaking that routine though. This quiet time...before the day starts...needs to be reserved for God. So I started my morning devos back up, by reading a few chapters in Mark this morning. It's refreshing to find God in the wee hours of the morning. It's refreshing reading about His amazing son's ministry and the people Jesus chose to surround himself with. It's the perfect start to my otherwise hectic/stressful/chaotic day. It's just refreshing being a child of the Most High.

I was sort of a rebellious child. Not anything too crazy, but I back-talked and disrespected my parents a lot and I know I caused them many nights of restless sleep. And I know I'm the same way with God. Not that I necessarily back-talk Him, but I'm pretty sure I disrespect Him more times than I like to think. But I made the decision last week that I just need to obey. It's simple. It's what God calls me to do. Obey him. By doing that, I will trust Him and what he has going on in my life. I will fall into his grace more and more. I will become the daughter that I am called to be. And it all starts with obeying Him. So one of my first acts of obediences was yesterday--tithing. As shameful as it is for me to admit this, I am not a big tither. I am, however, a big shopper. That needs to change. So yesterday at church, I wrote out my 10% check, put it in the box (we have giving boxes at my church) and sat down feeling a little closer to God. That's all it takes...just a simple act of obedience.

This takes me back to my Church of Christ roots:
Trust and obey. For there's no other way, to be happy with Jesus than to trust and obey.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.