Let me tell you about my weakness

We told you from the beginning that this blog was about real life and sadly life isn’t always about flowers and roses.  In fact sometimes it feels and looks more like weeds and dirt. We all have our weak points and mine (one of mine)  just happens to be yard work and more specifically: weeds. Most of the year I can hide this problem, but then Springtime rolls around (yes, we live where it’s already in the 70s – sorry to all of you stuck in the snow) and this issue becomes very visible.  In all honesty, I always tackle my front yard first because I don’t want to pay an HOA fine. If you are brave enough to venture into my backyard, you might want to pack your machete so you don’t get lost in the jungle.  I might be slightly exaggerating, but just to prove the depth of […]

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Learning Calligraphy

I love beautiful typography. As a graphic designer, I love great fonts and often feel like I can’t find the exact font I am looking for. I have nice handwriting, but not anything I’d want to use on a design project, so I mentioned to my husband that as a New Year’s resolution, I’d like to learn calligraphy. I sent him some websites with details on supplies, books and tutorials that I checked out. For Valentine’s Day, (we get to our resolutions a little late around this house. ) he surprised me at brunch with a bag full of all of the supplies I might need to start. I’m a super newbie, so I’m writing this post after only spending a few hours practicing, but I can give you some items that have been really helpful to me so far. The Postman’s Knock This website has the best basic tutorials […]

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Mixing Play-Doh

Have you ever watched a Play-Doh commercial or seen the Play-Doh box front where all the colors are neatly organized?  I’m talking about the perfectly cut circle of fake red tomato paste that was set gently upon a golden brown play-doh crust followed by a play-doh crumble of mozzarella and finished off with a few tiny red circles that look just like pepperonis. (image via google image search) Now my wife and I are very similar in a lot of ways, but when we first introduced our kids to Play-Doh we discovered a BIG difference.  As a person who enjoys organization, perfection, and likes to keep my artistic projects “inside the lines,” my play-doh preference is to keep the colors separate.  My wife, however, (the person who enjoys artistic freedom, thinks outside the norm and has taught our boys the difference between green, blue, and teal), is on the other end of the play-doh spectrum. Let’s […]

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Why I Canceled My Wired Magazine Subscription

Tyler and I both tend to love nerdy things. We love computers, technology, gadgets and Wired Magazine has always been something we both enjoy. Now, in reality, we rarely find the time to read an entire issue, but usually one of us reads the best bits of it and fills the other in on all of the interesting stuff. If you’ve never read Wired, it’s a techy-type magazine. Their website tagline is: Business meets Technology. Culture Meets Design. Science Meets Tomorrow. It’s always been edgy and I don’t always agree with their opinions about all things, but this month’s issue had me floored. Sitting down with my cup of coffee this morning, I didn’t happen to see the incredibly small type on the front that said “Mature Content. Reader Discretion Advised.” I proceeded to peruse the magazine. I usually skip the beginning where there are more opinions and head to […]

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Things I Find Around My House | In the Dryer

Have you ever opened your dryer or washer to find something you didn’t expect?  You know those times you forget to check the pockets of your kids pants or maybe your own? Sometimes the surprise is good –  like money. Other times, the surprise is bad like a pen or chap-stick. But then sometimes, it is just plain random and weird – like today. While doing a task both my wife and I despise, I opened up the dryer and found several little tiny objects – several meaning A LOT! Seeds from who knows where. We don’t have these in our yard…maybe from our church, maybe from my in-laws. I honestly don’t even know where my kids find these things and why they feel the to collect them?! Then again, I shouldn’t put it past them because as I write this I recall just a couple months ago I found […]

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making mistakes | the demise of my favorite mug

I do not like making mistakes. I don’t know if anyone really does, but I hate it. I kick myself over and over again. This is something I’m working on – accepting that I can’t do it all. I’m in the process of thinning out some things and not putting so much pressure on myself. It’s part perfectionism and part that I want to do everything! It’s always been my desire to be a “Renaissance woman” – you know, someone who can manage to do it all – and do it all well. Of course, that’s unrealistic and I’m slowly learning that fact. Nothing ruins my perceptions of my own self-sufficiency more than when I do something that is just a really bonehead mistake. Last week was one of those days. I had the boys at home all day on Tuesday while Tyler was at ASU meeting students and getting […]

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