I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for a vacation. Sure, when I visit Southern California, its nice to get away and see family and friends…but I’ve done that before. Even when I go back east to NY. Done that before too. This time is different. I get to go and visit a city rife with history, a city I’ve never visited before…and a city that will be booming with great music the whole time I’m there.
I’ve never been to New Orleans. Its always been on top of my list. I can’t wait to hang out with friends, and dance my face off. Not doing all things Jazz Fest, but enough to get a taste. Check out the city, drive thru daiquiri’s and fried alligator.
Two days of work this week…and we are on our way on Wednesday. I’m sure there will be a ton of pictures to follow.
Even better…is the fact that I’ve been watching what might be my new favorite show on TV…and its getting me even MORE pumped to get there.
Have you seen Treme? If you haven’t..its the best show on HBO that you aren’t watching. In the first 5 minutes of the first episode, they had one of my favorite horn bands, Rebirth Brass Band, cruising the streets. In the 2 episodes that I’ve watched….too much good music to count. From Kermit Ruffins, to Galactic, and Elvis Costello being in both episodes, the list goes on. And the fact that we can go see these bands live…in NOLA…is huge. Granted, I’ve seen many of them live before…but I want to be totally immersed in it.
Eray, our wedding photographer, and NOLA native, will also be taking our engagement shots while we are out there…so thats pretty sweet too.
After Wednesday, I will be computer-less…we are going SANS computers, which is pretty big for neither of us to take one. I mean…I’ll have my iPhone, but I know I won’t be updating the blog from it. For all my readers…I’ll report back. I promise.
Its Friday night. I’m at home feeling crafty. Don’t want to go out and spend money, I’ve gotta save for next week at Jazz Fest. We got a camera that needs a case…what a perfect time to create one…right?
Sure…it sounded good in theory. I have a great pattern I bought on Etsy. The pattern required Velcro, which I don’t have, but I figured I’d hand stitch that on later…I mean, I wanted to make the case tonight! I even thought I was all good with the other supplies. fabric. check. batting. check. interfacing. check….and that’s where it started to go all wrong.
Sure…this entry might be kind of hypocritical and I’m definitely not practicing what I’m preaching, but in the spirit of my other world on The Little Goat (I consider my 2 worlds to be kid/crafts, and wedding planning), I have found some ways to plan an Eco Friendly wedding (most from eHow)…in honor of Earth Day of course! It can be just as lovely, and better for the environment.
(Image via Hostess with the Mostess)
You can start by checking out this book on Amazon: Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration. But…if you arent in the market for new reading material, some basic tips can be found below.
C’mon now…you know my blog is PG.
I found this great tutorial on Kaboose today on how to plant herbs and its a great way to do it indoors. I know if you are like me, and don’t have a yard, let alone a deck, it makes it tough to grow your own. This way, you can recycle old cans, AND grow herbs in a sunny place in your apartment (if thats the only way you can.) In order to make it super easy for you…I just pasted the entire tutorial under the cut!
Make these charming tin can herb pots and watch them grow all summer long!
I just purchased a new point and shoot camera and I couldn’t be happier with it. I got a Panasonic Lumix. So I’ve taken just a few photos with it as I got it last night, but…the quality of photos might be the best I’ve seen on a small camera, and the LCD screen is huge!
With my new purchase, I want to take care of it….so I am going to make my own camera case. I just bought a PDF pattern from a site on etsy, and am going to follow the pattern. Figured I have a ton of fabric, and the price was right! I’ll keep you updated as to my progress.
I also bought this one..just for fun.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”
Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl, 1952
Someone tweeted this today, and it really stuck out to me. I think that I’m a pretty positive person, but every once in a while I get in my pessimistic states. My “things aren’t going my way” moods. I saw this quote today and it really made me think. Every second of every day is a chance to start over…to recreate yourself into the type of person that you want to be and wish you could be. I know that the quote says “the world,” but I think that it accounts for people on an individual level as well.
Do something about it. Instead of walking over that piece of trash on the sidewalk, pick it up. Instead of complaining about the state of our animal shelters, volunteer one hour a week. Instead of worrying about your old age and weight, change your diet, start a daily walk, put money into a retirement account. We have the power to change…you just have to actually get out there and do it.
No time like the present.
What inspires you?
My pizza Wunzee was featured yesterday in a pizza themed treasury! What a nice surprise to come back from vacation and see someone is checking out my stuff!!
Maybe I’m making excuses, maybe I just need to justify my actions, but honestly, sometimes I feel like someone is out to get me.
- A few months back I was gifted a bootcamp experience. The day before I was going to do it, I got food poisining. I will take advantage of the next session…but have yet to go.
- I started doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. My XBox (aka my DVD player) broke. I have recently been informed that its on demand too, so Ill do that while waiting for a new DVD player.
- This weekend I am flying down to SD to participate in the Shamrock Run 5K with my sorority sisters (one of whom I’ve mentioned is Biggest Loser 9′s Stephanie Anderson). I have since come down with a chest cold, am out sick today, and will likely just be walking the 5K while hacking along the way.
My immediate goal…after I beat this chest issue, is to actually run a 5K…even if its just on a treadmill or if I successfully run around Lake Merritt. I think the distance is about 3.5 miles. I owe that to myself after not being able to run this weekend. My preparation for this will be continuing the Couch to 5K program that I have downloaded from iTunes. Its actually really great and I highly recommend it..I just hope I feel better, and start motivating myself to go. I did head to the gym during lunch the other day, which is a start in the right direction, but I had to get off the treadmill due to the cold getting the best of me.
I really just need to stop whining and blaming others. “I’d work out if I had a treadmill. I’d workout if I wasn’t sick. I’d work out for longer if I had the time”….I need to STOP making excuses, and just be my own motivator. You would think that watching and knowing someone on The Biggest Loser would be enough, but I think that my problem is that the 10 lbs I could lose is pocket change, and my real motivator needs to be my level of fitness…thats the part that takes work. Thats what I need to do. Stop talking about it. Just do it. (haha)
I can’t say that I found this on my own, as one of my co-workers directed me toward this link…but seriously, when can I start having kids just so I can buy them stuff like this? Would it be weird to just buy them for myself?
Uncommon Goods has some really quirky, fun items, and its a site I am definitely going to keep on my radar for gifts. I highly recommend browsing.
This one is my personal favorite. Wooly Willy was definitely a part of my childhood.
The site also has some really cool items for grownups too! How about this ramen spoon/fork?
Or this cool lap mug? Sounds totally perfect for me!