A Picture Summary

The last few months of last year I was pretty much in survival mode. Here are the highlights of that time:

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Near the end of September, my grammy went to to be with the Lord. She was 90 years old, and I will forever be grateful that her decline, while it was a hell week, was only a week. This picture was taken just a couple weeks prior. I don’t think I’ll ever come to a stage where I don’t miss her.

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For my 30th birthday weekend the Courtneys came out, and we conquered corn mazes and it was a great time with friends.

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…And my big ‘finale’ to 30 before 30: going on the seaplane.

Shortly after the midget moved to Colorado to start new adventures. Which I could have sworn I had an artsy picture of packed boxes but apparently I do not. Also I got to meet my dear friend’s new baby in November, who is the most expressive little guy I’ve ever seen.

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30 before 30 – #30 Turduchen

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This one’s Amber’s fault.

Trying a turduchen was on my original version of the 30 before 30 list. Amber makes her own, but I know my cooking skills…that wasn’t going to happen. I bumped this off the list because I could not find a local place that one sell one. Last week I was out with mom and looking for garlic bread and stumbled across it! I was more than a little excited.

Mom and I ended up throwing an impromptu dinner party around having the turduchen…and this thing has 12 servings, we needed more people.

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Fancy dinner= time to use the blue willow dishes. Unless it’s holiday specific, because then my mother has dishes to match the holiday.

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Although we never did figure out which side was the top of the turduchen, it came out perfectly. At least that box version? Simplest thing ever to make, and delicious. Followed by cherry pie and coffee, we had a lovely evening.

When I started putting together my 30 before 30 list I could not come up with 30 items. I needed outside help to fill out. Now that I’m finished? I have an overflow of items to try at a later date. Which makes me happy, this chapter is done, but there are new adventures to be had, things to try, movies to see, books to read…

30 before 30 – #29 Fantastic Mr. Fox


I remember hearing about Fantastic Mr. Fox, I even remember hearing that it was something worth checking out? But I couldn’t think of anyone who had actually seen it and I didn’t know what it was. Until I sat down to watch. I did not know George Clooney was in this movie until I was watching it. Speaking of George Clooney, how is it that even as a fox, a puppet fox at that, it is still so clear that that is George Clooney?

If you like unique story telling, make a point to see this one. It was fascinating and enjoyable and I wish I hadn’t waited so long to see it.

30 before 30 – #28 Spotify

I buy cds. And have them come in the mail. And then I rip them onto my computer and add them to one of my 4 playlists. This is an area that I find something I like and stick to it…which is why I’ve never explored a music streaming service.

And this is what sold me on Spotify: it pulled over my iTunes playlists no drama. So you mean I don’t have to create new playlists and I only have to use iTunes when I’m updating my itouch? Count me in.

30 before 30- #27 The Nightmare Before Christmas


I cannot believe I did not think to put The Nightmare Before Christmas on my first version of the 30 before 30 list! As I near the end of the project I have a growing list titled ‘new things’ to try after I’ve finished the official 30 before 30. And to think, I was having trouble thinking of 30 things when I started.

I’ve been on The Nightmare Before Christmas version of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, and that was where most of what I knew about the story came from. The music was my favorite part, and I’m always in awe at stop motion, the sheer time and work that has to go into making these kind of movies. I really enjoyed this one. I now want to rewatch Corpse Bride and see which one I like better.

30 before 30 – #26 Rook Piercing


I love earrings. You probably already know this. I always have, I think I always will. When I got my last piercing in ’08 I was 100% done and content with the arrangement of jewelry as it was. Then in the last year I started seeing the rook piercing. More adventurous than anything I had…and I really, really liked the look. So it went on the list. And then Griffin Asher surprised me with offering to get me the piercing for my birthday.

I have three piercings in each ear (before the new one), and a small tattoo on my foot. Public Service Announcement: the rook piercing pain level is closer to the tattoo.

As of writing this post I’ve only had this new piercing a few days, but I like it just as much as I thought I would, and really like how it goes with my other earrings. Thanks Griffin!!