Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
She is unlike any other 90 year old I've ever met. She still lives on her own in the same house that she raised hubby's dad and his older sister (who unfortunately died in her 50s of cancer). She delivers the Meals on Wheels, they don't come to her. She's also the same lady who went parasailing for the 7th time this past summer at the age of 89. For Christmas, we all gave her a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride once the weather gets warmer. And, if she has her way, she'll get to experience skydyving before the Lord calls her home as well.
In addition to her spirit of adventure, she makes the best eclairs you'll ever taste and hosts a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner every year. She's such a wonderful lady and I hope she'll at least stick around until we can celebrate her 100th!
Here's to you, Gram. Hope I have at least a quarter of your spunk and spirit of adventure when I'm your age! Can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend.
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.
I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you want to play along go right ahead and leave me a comment so I can read your 25 random things.
1. I have naturally curly hair and I hate it. It never looks like beautiful curls...they all curl a different way and thus I have become the biggest fan of the flatiron.
2. I am always freezing cold but tell my hubby all the time that "cold hands equals warm heart". He usually laughs in response...I don't know why!
3. I'm addicted to sugar and desserts. Addicted might be too strong, but I definitely love sweets!
4. I have very small hands.
5. If I could go back to college and major in something else, I would do it in a heartbeat. Interior or graphic design would be my new major of choice.
6. I am going to have a second nephew in a month and hope he doesn't come before I get back from my trip!
7. I'm anxious to join the mommy bandwagon, but know it will come in due time.
8. There are two stations that play on my car radio...country and contemporary Christian.
9. I'm a closet Martha Stewart addict. This is a recent addiction and I have to sneak in my tivo'd shows when no one else is watching!
10. I'm a crime show tv junkie. My favorite shows are: NCIS, Criminal Minds, 24, CSI: (only the original), Psych, Lost, Survivor and Amazing Race.
11. Those are my favorite shows I watch with hubby. I also enjoy Divine Design and any other decor show on HGTV.
12. Hubby and I plan to move to our new home this June and I'm super excited!!
13. I really don't like vegetables at all, but I force myself to eat them because I know it's the adult thing to do.
14. I really dislike doing laundry so I let it pile up for weeks until I have 7 loads to do in one weekend. Not fun. Personally, I think that says we have way too many clothes, or my husband wears his way too long before changing!
15. I love reading blogs and I'm terrible about leaving comments because I'm too lazy to click out of my Outlook RSS feeds box to go to the comment area.
16. I'm terrible about wasting time on the internet while I'm at work. I get all my work done, but seriously I must spend at least 4 hours a day doing my own thing at work because there's not enough to keep me busy.
17. I love to read and constantly have piles of books and magazines lying around.
18. I love being snowed in with a roaring fire, cozy blanket, my hubby and a good movie or book.
19. I inherited by Dad's genes for talking way more than those around me want me to.
20. I wish I lived closer to my siblings and family so I could see them more often.
21. I already have names picked out for my children now I just need children and to convince my hubby that he likes the names too.
22. One of my new favorite snacks is the "sweet and salty" granola bars...the peanut and almond are the best.
23. I love to bake and can't wait until my own kitchen with the double ovens and huge countertop space is finished this summer.
24. I've ridden a camel and an elephant.
25. I'm starting to get scared of snorkeling in the Cook Islands because I've been reading about people who got swept out to see in a rip current while snorkeling.
There you go 25 things about me that you probably wish you never knew!
Friday, January 23, 2009
We were super excited just to see what Martha was doing, but also because guests in the past few days had received awesome giveaways such as $100 juicers, cupcake stuff, craft stuff, special edition Estee Lauder makeup sets, etc.
After waiting for a train that was delayed 45 minutes, we finally arrived in the city and walked our way through the crowds only to wait in line another 45 minutes in the freezing cold outside her studio. While waiting, we saw people leaving the taping of the LIVE show for the day that tapes in the morning. They had huge brown bags filled with stuff, so we were all starting to get more excited.
They finally let us in and Joey came out (if you watch the show, you know who he is) to tell us what the show was on. It was now Tuesday, February 10th, and we were talking about stuff for Valentine's Day. Martha had one of her former chefs on and they were going to make steak au poivre and pastries. She was also going to do a glitter craft and had some live birds on her show before doing another craft. We all thought we were going to get to taste some pastries and get some good foodie and/or crafty giveaways. Yeah!!
The staff came around to see if anyone had questions for the "Ask Martha" segment they were going to record if there was time and they put stars on your tickets if your question was picked. My mom got a star which meant we got awesome seats!
They lead us all into the studio (after giving us the signs for applause, aahh, oohh, and mmm of course!) and we anxiously awaited Martha. She looked so pretty when she came out in a yellow shirt, khaki colored dress slacks, and high heels. She went right to work cooking the steak and it smelled heavenly! After a commercial break, they came back and finished up the steak and proceeded to give out the first giveaway. What was it you ask? A new pan, Omaha steaks, a special pepper grinder? Oh no my friends. We got demi glaze! Yeah. The $5 tub you could make yourself or buy at the grocery store! Whoopie de da do! And we didn't get to taste any pastries either :(
The next segment was Martha crafting the glitter heart buckles to use on wrapping your valentine gifts. Very cute, but seeing how they didn't give out the glitter, and I'm not even going to be around this Valentine's Day, I don't think I'm going to be rushing out to buy all the different colors to make my own "bedazzled" buckles! Not to mention the fact that I don't think my hubby will wear it after he unwraps his gift.
Next was time for the birds. They had a lady there from the Maryland Zoo with 4 different kinds of endangered birds. The first one was this huge crane that looked like this:
The bird had to make a grand entrance, so they had him in the back of the studio audience and when called he flew down over us (we were directly under his flight path) up to the front. After they finished his segment, he was supposed to fly back up to the trainer behind us. As he took off, he was a lot lower over us going back than he was coming, and two rows short of the back he decided he got tired and decided to perch on some lady's head instead! It was hilarious!! Best part of the whole show!
Once they got the crane off her head, they went on to show us the hawk, parrot and tucan that they had as well.
After the commercial break, Martha was supposed to show us how to etch on a fish tank and we were all supposed to get another giveaway (which my mom peeked on the way out and saw it was a glass etching kit which I've wanted for a long time), but to protect themselves from getting sued, they had the lady who had the crane on her head come on to have her say on national tv that she was okay after the incident, and ran out of time to do anything else.
My mom did get a chance to ask Martha her question after the show was done taping, "How do I get red candle wax off my white wall?" and Martha's answer was, "Paint. It will never come off and ban all red candles from your house like I have because the red dye is the worst."
So, even though we only came away with "meat glaze" as my mom likes to say, we had a great time and are looking forward to getting tickets again.
If you feel like seeing a lady with a giant crane standing on her head (and my mom and I because we should be in the front row off the floor) then definitely watch the show on February 10th. It's hilarious!
P.S. We came home and watched the live show from yesterday morning's taping to see what they all had in their big brown bags and they got fleece jackets, Quaker oat products and an Obama hat. I could have done without the hat, but the fleece sure would have been nice!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
It was my first time using a stamp with a glue pad and glitter and I think I'm addicted!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Before we left for the winter, though, we were able to get most of the kitchen demo done so that when we come back in the spring we can start on installing new flooring, cabinets, countertops, and finally having one room finished. I have the finished design in my head and can't wait to start seeing it get put into motion.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'm sure we're all pretty sick of seeing Christmas photos by this time in January, but I have to post some for posterity. So without further ado:
L to R (front): my brother-in-law, sister, nephew, my brother's girlfriend, my brother; (middle): my parents; (back): me and hubby (who still has to remain faceless)
My cute nephew wearing an outfit I wore as a baby that my parents bought when they travelled Europe while pregnant with me. Hopefully my kids will get a chance to wear it too!
On New Year's Eve, hubby and I had to make a trip to New Mexico for a business trip. We left my parents' house in Colorado Springs at 4am to start the 5.5 to 6 hour drive. I'm trying to get my photo with every state sign, but seeing how it was still dark when we crossed the NM border, this is the best I could do. We got to the ranch where we needed to install the system and learned that it's actually owned by the either the writer or producer of A River Runs Through It. Hubby got to meet the guy, but I stayed in the car for what was only supposed to be an hour, but ended up being three and a half, looking at home remodeling and decor magazines and napping. We then stopped and had dinner and headed back to Colorado arriving around 9:30pm...just in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with my parents. Long day, but fun day.
The rest of the time out there, we just relaxed, ate, played games, and of course shopped. It was a lot of fun.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I leave tomorrow to fly back to Colorado for the memorial service on Saturday and will be back sometime next week. If you remember, please keep the Hirt family in your prayers.