Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Take that...

Remember like less than 24 hours ago, when I pleaded with the internet to believe I was a good reader? Really. Well check my side bar- yep the Zombies are definitely still winning, but I did get to add another book under Books I read '09 section. I would like to thank- weird work/sleep schedules (I could have never done this without waking up at 5:30 a.m.), Thanks Mom and Dad- you taught me countless times that sometimes sleep just doesn't beat a good book. And finally thank you fake glasses (you make me look smart, but in no way are you needed or help me read any better)

Friday, June 26, 2009

My dad is a Librarian...

So I recently added a currently reading (1), and books I have read in '09 section to the side of my blog. I feel guilty everyday that I still have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies under the currently section. It isn't like I am not reading it - cause I am, sort of, the problem is I like to read 4 or 5 books simultaneously. Really this is a lot easier and more valuable then you think. For instance if I were to be in a job interview and get asked what was the last book I read- I could answer North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and not have to say the Unauthorized biography of Britney Spears. See I am not evening lying- cause I am reading them all- at the same time! This comes in handy so many times you would be amazed. But it makes me feel like everyone who reads my blog thinks I am like the slowest reader ever.... because you know I am not making enough progress on the Zombie book. And really- I am a good reader. Really. My dad is a librarian! (I say this with conviction like it means something) I am hoping to make some more progress reading this weekend, I am at least halfway through 3 out of the 6 books I have in rotation currently! What I do have to admit is when a book hooks me, I rarely let anything else get in the way. I am notorious for choosing reading over sleep (and this is coming from someone who really likes sleep), I can usually knock out a 300 page book in about 16 hours- if I want to.
(1)- I thought I cleverly titled this section: What!?! I read. (As in don't be shocked I freakin read) But sometimes I look at it and think people will see What I read (As in what I am currently reading) Maybe my perceived cleverness doesn't translate over the Internet....

Film Friday

This week's pick: Little Dorrit
Actually a miniseries (not a movie). I completely loved every freaking second of this. Matthew Macfadyen- I love you- At first it was hard to separate you from my love of Pride and Prejudice- esp my crush on Mr. Darcy- but man I think you can rival that with your performance here. Plus I had like 6 more hours of footage of you in this than in P&P. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I easily whipped through a disk a day (about 4 episodes- around 2 hours total). Freaking loved the ending. I totally forgot how awesome Charles Dickens is.
Anyway- I loved it!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yes, I see things like this at work

I totally have seem some animals at work, mice, cats, but today I saw I frog- and he was hopping the heart out of himself trying to get somewhere. Enjoy...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Robert!

Happy b-day Rob! You are without a doubt the best brother-in-law I have! You have changed countless tires (in the rain no less) for me, and also given amazing advice! I probably couldn't have survived part of college and my transition to my first job without you! Have an amazing day!

Would you rather?

I would like to start out this post with the disclaimer: I really do love, Love, LOVE my parents. Ok? For reals. I do.
A couple of weekends ago I was hanging out with my friends. One of them has an actual honestly not great relationship with her parents (don't worry her in-laws LOVE her), I, on the other hand have one of those relationships with my parents where there is a lot of love, yes, but also they occasionally do or say things that crush little parts of my soul. Like once my Mom told me I was not exactly what you would call a "planned child" (but they love me anyway). To top this off, I tell my sister this bit of information and she says: "Oh my god, do you think you are why they got divorced?" Glee thanks sis- because I really wanted to face the fact that I was unwanted and the possible beginning of the end for my parents all in one moment! For the record my parents love me (or at least this is what I am telling myself). Anyway so this friend of mine and I have occasionally played: Would you rather. I am hanging out with my friend, and her husband asks me if I would rather have my parents dress me up and force me to participate in homemade music videos that they would then post on youtube for all to see (which is what my friend was currently doing with her turtle) OR have my parents forget my birthday (which for the record has happened to me- when all I wanted was to have my Dad call my and tell me: "Oh youngest child of mine- I love you more than your brother and sister- even though your sister has given us two grandchildren and your brother lives closer and knows how to fix stuff- oh yeah and the fact that you called multiple times during college asking for money, never mind that sweetie- I love you most!" Is this really too much to ask for, once a year people? Really?) I thought about this for a second- because really I don't think that youtube thing sounds so bad, there are like a million videos on there and it is unlikely anyone would find a couple that my parents made where they dressed me up in sparkly spandex and made me lip-sync to the spice girls-right? Unless I was going to be President or something... because then the youtube thing would suck. And if you were running for President you can use the forgetful parents as leverage for more sympathy votes. So I tell my friends that it would be worse to have them forget my birthday, but if you think your kids are going to be the next President refrain from making those videos.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Silent Sunday

Fun Fact: Pella, Iowa has the most windmills per captia in the United States

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! Thank you for being an awesome Dad!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Things I love... Store Edition

Ok so I love, Love- everything from this store. It is a local store called : Embellish- They rock my world.
These are my two favorite necklaces- The Passport one: is the only one I wear with any regularity, the blue one I usually wear with dress up clothes- wore it to my job interview yesterday.
These are magnets- just got them recently- and I LOVE them!

This red purse- I got last winter- I love red, it is big enough to fit just about anything in (which I love- no need for a lunch bag, when you've got this)

I cannot express my love for this particular purse enough! really I.Love.It.

My fav- earrings- to amazing not to wear

Friday, June 19, 2009

Film Friday

This week's pick: All the real girls.

Finally found a Zooey Deschanel film that has let me down. I gave this one the ol' 2 college tries, I don't love her hair or accent in this one. And although I thougt I might love it- it is Zooey! and the main guy is from such greats like Elizabethtown (I might be the only one who loves that movie) and Parks and Recreation-

Sorry short and sweet this week- here's hoping I have better luck with next weeks picks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Design Dilemma... Solved!

Thanks for all the advice. I decided that it would go in the bedroom- this bookshelf usually has my makeup scattered all over it.
Afterwards- I can fit most of the makeup in the canister. Looks much better!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

You broke my HEART!

Question? What is your favorite "You/He/She broke my heart!" Moment of a movie or tv show?
Tons of people (including me) vividly can recall Adian from Sex and the City- standing on his steps screaming at Carrie "You broke my heart!"
Another favorite which I saw for the second time today- thank you free HBO weekend! Lena from The sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 (longest movie name ever) Crying: "He broke my heart, now it is broken, I don't ever want to feel that way again"
What is your favorite?

Silent Sunday

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I am clearly a super awesome boss....

Tonight 1/5 of my team needed to come in and work overtime. Sadly 1/5 is only 2 guys. I have this theory that when you have to work overtime you should not only get paid time and a half, but you need to get some treats too! Usually I am super lazy and pop over to hyvee and pick up some cookies. Tonight I was awesome and baked some cupcakes!

Cupcake- Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Icing, M&M's

Side view

Close Up

Because I am so nice, and awesome: I left one for John my first shift counterpart.

Note says: Cupcake for you in Fridge! -Lynne (looks like this) Yes, completely bored!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Show Tim Riggins some LOVE

Excitement! The amazing Taylor Kitsch has landed the lead role in "John Carter of Mars" Here is what I know- pretty much nothing. It is a lead role. Some Pixar director is doing it. Disney is hoping it is the next Pirates of the Caribbean See more here.

Film Friday

This week's pick: Fight Club.
Actually it was an all out Brad Pitt Polooza this week (also watched Snatch). Seeing two movies in a row where Brad Pitt pretty much fights constantly, all I can say is, he looks good without a shirt! I have never been a huge fan of Edward Norton- but I thought this movie was good. Helen Bonham Carter- is amazingly good at playing quirky women. But I must say I love her more when she looks/reacts more normally. I didn't love LOVE either movie this week. But I was entertained.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Design Dilemma

Ok guys- I have a Design Dilemma. I picked up this seriously awesome canister at Target last weekend. It was 100% to good to pass up, but now were do I put it? I think the pears will clash with all the pineapples in the kitchen.
So what is left? On the desk, guest bedroom (which would make me slightly sad- because I would likely see it less in there) Bedroom or Bathroom? Any thoughts?????

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom! You have always been there when I needed you! Hope your day rocks!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Flip and Tumble...

A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon some pretty awesome reusable shopping bags: Flip and Tumble. It really seems that reusable shopping bags have become the en vogue thing to do- every store sells them- and honestly I have been tempted multiple times to pick a couple up. The main drawbacks to them were always the same- 1) Company Logo big on the bag- call me crazy but I hate going to HyVee with a Wal Mart sack, and vice versa. 2) They didn't look super sturdy- I buy heavy things and carry them long distances. 3) How would I ever remember to take them with me to use them the next time? (most of my shopping being done directly after work- not planned out ahead of time)

A major win for this bag- The handle is long enough to carry on the shoulder- this helps when you buy heavy stuff.

It's unique design- it folds up into this little ball (about the size of an apple) When you are done unloading your stuff- fold it up, throw it back into purse- I have yet to forget to take it with me!

Not only are they strong- they look really, super cute. I brought three: Pink, Blue, and Purple. Now I can be stylish, not advertise for a store, save the environment. Sweet deal! I can fit about two regular plastic bags worth of stuff into this bag. It is strong enough to haul a half gallon of milk and several can goods-plus other stuff without much effort. The shoulder strap has some felt on the top to keep it some slipping off. They are definitely more expensive than the bags you would buy at the store- but so far I feel they have definitely proven their worth. I am 100% completely happy about the purchase! I feel good about helping the environment and saving some money too- I have gotten several rebates for using my own bag at the store!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Happy Birthday Grandma! You rock- enough said! (Aren't we having a LOT of birthdays this month?- we are... just wait!)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Film Friday

This week's pick: Death Race
This week I was multi-tasking while watching movies, so I am not going to pretend I gave it my full attention- but really I didn't need to. This is a freaking Jason Statham movie! Really that is all you need to know. In one of his movies all I want is- him beating the crap outta someone (check) Driving sweet cars -fast and reckless like (check) Listening to his unusually awesome accent (check). In this movie I also got the bonus of Joan Allen- slumming with Action B-movie stars.
I liked it bordering on loved it- Jason Statham rarely steers me in the wrong direction, I saw transporter 2 in the movie theatre for goodness sakes! I appreciate him for what he is- freaking awesome, and also someone who's movies you don't take too seriously.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

oh yeah...

Oh yeah.... Now in my perfectly (seemingly) safe cute town- jerks are graffiti-ing everywhere- These are the doors on the back of the Tulip Toren. Plus maybe I am old- or from the Midwest but I have seen "tags" on like 12 different things so far and I can't figure out what a single one of them says. I guess the Police made 2 arrests this morning. So is everyone safe to get their paint brushes out to clean this up now?