Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sorry Veggie Friends...

I'm currently obsessed with stuffed animal head wall hangings...

This one cracks me up with the grandma-esque red glasses! Via themuststashstore.

And how sweet is this little heart nosed deer?! Via miniforest.

I think girlsavage's shop is the first place I ever saw these.

How can you resist this cute little Rhino!! Omygawsh!! Via PlanetFur.

Just kidding on this one. I mean it's cute and all, but, can you imagine a tiny deer head protruding from your chest? Via kitschygalore.

PS, the weird things I had to sift through to find some of these..yourewelcome.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wedding Talk: Falling In Place

I have a whole bunch of wedding stuff to update you on all! (Oh my gosh my blog is turning into a wedding blog!!) - Speaking of wedding blog, have you all heard of the brand spankin' new blog Bridal Blogette? Well you can find me contributing even more wedding related stuff there along with a small group of other bloggers. Check it!

So, the latest news is that our wedding is scheduled for October 23rd, 2010!! NINE months to go! It's funny, some people are like "oh wow, that's soon!" and the others are like, "really? that's far away!" So that would be just one little example of ALL THE OPINIONS people have about weddings. Man, it's just hilarious to me how every one has an opinion.

Oh so you want to know where we are getting married, right? We're not getting married in Bakersfield, but just over an hour away in Springville, California. It is a quaint little town in the foothills east of Porterville. We looked at a few places there (after much Internet research by me, searching for a good deal within 1-2 hours away of Bako), and although both were fantastic and beautiful..we chose a place called Rive Ridge Ranch.

There is this amazing gazebo on site, I love it. See more pictures on their Facebook page if you'd like!

This past weekend the awesome Colleen Sherman took our engagment photos. You can check some of them on her website :) (Yes, she edited them and got them all online IN A DAY, how awesome is that??) We love them and we had a ton of fun hanging out with her! Oh and by the way, we also booked Colleen SHOOT OUR WEDDING! I am a big fan :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reunited, and it feels so good.

Let me just preface this post by saying this afternoon was a roller coaster.

12:00 pm - Get a call from a veterinary hospital 4 miles from my house telling me they found my dog Sadie running behind their office; HOWEVER, could not catch the Husky that was running around with her -.-

12:01 - Leave work to rush across town to pick up Sadie and search for Tundra.

12:05 - Call Chris to help me look for her.

12:20 - Pick up Sadie and start driving around looking for Tundra. It starts pouring rain outside.

1:00 - Call Dad to see if he can help. Keep driving around, start crying.

1:30 - See a dog on the side of the road - freak out. Not Tundra, but another lost dog (Aussie) on the side of the road in a field, in the pouring rain, eating grass.

1:32 - Call Chris to come get the poor dog.

1:40 - Take found dog to a nearby doggie daycare place. They agree to keep the dog for a few days. Think to myself that this good deed will bring us some luck. Keep crying.

2:00 - (Still looking for Tundra) Call Mom to see if she can help. She leaves work to come drive around.

2:15 - Drive back home, still looking for Tundra. Drop off Sadie, pee, grab a bite, and call animal shelters. Leave to keep looking.

3:30 - Still looking, decide to drive back home again looking for her. Dad calls and says he's going to go look. Still crying.

3:40 - Decide to drive out to the shelter 25 mins away to see if she's there.

4:05 - Arrive at shelter (which is technically closed), look through kennels and do not find her. Fill out a lost animal slip.

4:20 - Head back home. Cry more.

4:25 - Get a phone call from our neighbor, "umm, you're Husky has been sitting outside your house for 30 minutes, do you want me to put her in your backyard?" Me: "WHAT!!?!?!".......etc....etc.

4:30 - Keep being amazed that they ran at least 4 miles from our house, through neighborhoods and busy streets...and 5+ hours later she finds her way back home???

4:45 - Arrive home and snuggle the crap out of my dogs.

Seriously, wouldn't you cry if you lost that face?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wedding Talk: The Search

I'm not gonna lie, I've more or less known what I wanted my wedding to look like waaaaaaay before I was engaged. Fall. Outdoorsy. Evening. Lots of lights. Trees.

Image from here.

So as we started looking for places (umm, the day after we were engaged?) I kind of knew what I had in mind but didn't know where to start. I googled, and googled...and googled some more! (Is googled a verb? Because, I really think it should be). I found tons of relatively close places, but had to immediately decide:

How many people?
How far do I want them to drive?
Soo, how much is this place?
Can people stay there? What other accomodations are included?
Wedding date!?

And so on, and so on. Kind of overwhemling if I think too much about it, but the whole planning thing has been fun, so far. So after a while I have kind of narrowed down the where, the when, and the how many - so that has helped. But the most important right now...WHERE!

I have been looking for places a) out of town, but not too far (like 1-2 hours away tops), b) outdoors, trees, nice weather in the fall, c) secluded. That pretty much puts me up somewhere a little higher in elevation, and most likely...a ranch! There are some cute little ranches in nearby places that I would loooovee to get married at. I love the scenery that I have seen and how seclucded they are. There are a lot of other nice places that don't really have the seclusion...and while they are nice, I really would rather not have onlookers and passers-by. IfyaknowwhatImean.

Anyywaaays, that's about where we are right now. We are planning to go to a few places this weekend, so cross your fingers for us. I would love to just set a date :) And if you know of anything near Bakersfield, plus or minus a few hours, that would meet my standards (HAH, standards...I sounds like a snob) please let me know :) :)

PS, I was messing with my blog layout yesterday...does it look okay? I have never made any sort of banner/header/graphic so that was kind of my first shot. Constructive criticism appreciated :) I kind of think the birds look mean, but who knows. Some people tell me they look snobby ;)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A decade in hair

Some notes to my past decade of hair-dos.

Year 2000
Long hair. Un-dyed. Parted in the middle. I think that even though you are 14/15 years old (!!) you are still stuck in the Jr. High ugly phase.

Year 2001
Your hair looks a little better in this photo. I think you've had the same hairstyle for about 4 years now, and I'd like it if you did something about that. Not pretty. That being said, nice tan!

Year 2002
WOW...looks like you entered the world of hair styling. I don't know what happened here. I think you went a little too blonde. Why must you STILL have that middle part??

Year 2003
You are graduating high school and I think your hair could look a little better here. You're chopping it shorter, and shorter. If I can remember right, this year you changed your style and color a handful of times (couldn't find the reddish hair pic, darn!).

Year 2004
Thank you Lord almighty for making me part my hair on the side. This looks pretty cute, the color is nice. Gettin' there, I suppose!!!

Year 2005
Me'thinks you just broke up with your longtime boyfriend and are trying to grow your hair out. It looks alright, better than years 2000 thru 2003 I guess!

Year 2006
You kind of look weird here, and young. I am not digging the whole growing out the hair thing, and the color looks a little dark for you. Just ew...moving along...

Year 2007
Ugh, can you please get rid of this, it's getting old. I don't think your hair is dyed here, and it's just blah - no wonder you're putting your bangs back all. the. time. Also, I can't believe this was early in your relationship with Chris, you look so un-cute! BLAH!

Year 2008
YOU CHOPPED IT OFF! Thank God! And got some straight bangs, nice. I am starting to like you again, and you seem much happier (maybe that's wine induced, but still!).

Year 2009

Finally your hair is back to looking cute and stylish! Good job, I am so proud of 24-year-old you! I am wondering if you will look at this picture in 10 years (!!!) and still approve?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Shed. It Happens.

Just when you thought you have seen it all, no, you have not.

I get a text message earlier from Chris: “When you get home, google 'shed happens'”

What the what? Don't you love random text messages? So when I got home, I googled that shizz to see what was up.

Either he was referring to websites that sell sheds or this:

I am assuming because we have a Husky, that is what he meant. “Do you want me to buy that shirt?” Chris: “It's a lady that makes purses and clothes out of pet hair”


Okay so I found this article on it. Read that. Right. Now.

Are you kidding me? And the further you look into this, the more you find. Like, kitting with dog hair. Because, that's what you should be doing with that hair you brush off your dog. HOW UN-GREEN OF YOU TO BE THROWING AWAY DOG HAIR!

I decided to browse Etsy to see if I could find any pet hair goodies. Oh boy, you bet your life I did. Etsy is the best place to find the weirdest things you could never imagine other people buying. So in case you feel like purchasing handmade pet hair items, here are a few of the best:


Yarn. Made from YOUR dog's hair. Yeah, just send it in! I think I found my niche, knitted Husky and Aussie hair products.

Or! If you really love your dog, you can send this lady it's hair, and she'll make you a hat. All of a mere $1,000.....holy moly.

I don't know, hopefully I'm not the only one that finds this as kind of creepy.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Today is my sister's 23rd birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTIN!

So in celebration, I'd like to share a few embarrassing photos from early childhood :) Oh, if only I had more scanned pictures....

Me, Grandpa, Sister

Sister, Grandpa, Me

Cousin, Sister, Me
Also, is this not THE BEST picture ever????

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Well I have no concrete wedding plans yet, but I pretty much have the whole thing planned out in my head. Jumping the gun much? I do want to get married sometime in October, though! What I am loving most about being wedding crazy is seeing all these awesome ideas everywhere and being all, "ohhh I can make that!" I have a feeling I will go a little bit insane if I try to make everything though :) We'll see!

But! I did make this inspiration "board" the other day and it makes me drool!

Let's make this happen!

PS, Morgan sent me this awesome wedding blog, Ruffled - it is absolutely AMAZING. Check it out!