Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Sad day. Got a text message from my mom this morning telling me that our oldest cat, Tar, was killed by dogs last night. He was 13 years old. He didn't take nothin' from nobody so it's probably not a complete shock that a fight was what did him in but still... it's very sad. He actually survived so many fights that it was hard to believe he was even capable of dying. I think I imagined that he would die of old age in his 20's. I never really thought he'd ever lose a fight. Not Tar. He was too tough.

He was the first cat our family had since we were babies. He taught us kids how to be cat owners. We used to do a lot of crazy things to that poor guy! For a while we'd bathe him... we even bought a cat harness and leash! The baths lasted longer than the harness. He used to follow us as we'd walk to elementary school in the mornings. He used to drink out of my beta's fish bowl (but never tried to get the fish). When I'd take a bath he'd come sit on the edge of the tub and I'd turn on the faucet a little and he'd sit there on the edge and drink from the faucet.

He was a really good cat. I'll really, really miss him.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pretty pretty jewelry

Oh boy, I love etsy so much! If I was a rich lady I would shop for all my jewelry on etsy only. I love how talented people are!

You should definitely treat yourself to one of these (or treat me for that matter! I won't mind):

Sterling Silver Addie Earrings by thepebblecollection. $20 (pretty affordable!).

Cultured pearl Edythe Ring by thepebblecollection. $21. She makes it to your ring size too. This would be a neat non-traditional engagement ring.

Sterling silver and grey quartz Edythe Ring by thepebbledcollection. $21. Also custom sized.Lillians Treasures Sunlight Necklace by twochickstoo. $33. I like necklaces with charms.

Sterling silver Gummy Bear Necklace by livewire. $56. Cast from a mini gummy bear!

OK I saved the best for last. These handmade rings are titanium bands with a stone tension set into between the two ends. I love almost all of ShadeJewelry's rings in this series but these are my favorites:

Titanium Super Shiny Band Tension Set 1/2 Carat Blue Diamond Ring. I think the color of the blue diamond (conflict-free) is GORGEOUS! He makes these rings in whatever size you want. Get ready for the price tag... deep breath... $1,500. Now, I know this is totally worth it and is in fact a lot cheaper than most engagement rings (not mine though), but still... this is definitely out of my reach!

IF I won a million dollars I'd have a hard time deciding between the ring above and the one below. The one below is a saphire which is what my engagement ring is. I'm a sucker for saphires (something about the deep blue color pulls me in) so I might just go with the one below.

Titanium Tension Set Twist of Fate Band 1/2 Carat Round Blue Sapphire Ring. Isn't that saphire BEAUTIFUL??? I could just stare at it for hours. I think something about that color hypnotizes me a little. This one is closer to my price range (ha!) at $750... not gonna happen in this lifetime. :-/

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Twilight love

Alright, allow me to indulge my inner teen girl for a second... look at the Twilight-related pretty things I can buy on the internet! (yay internet)

Bella's leather bag in the movie. It's the exact bag too because the prop people bought it from the seller when they were filming Twilight. She has a cute little story about it on the item listing. I love it. It's attractive, it looks sturdy, and I like the teal feather. Plus, as I was watching Twilight, I kept thinking to myself "that's a really cute bag!" It's really expensive though. Too bad I already got my (expensive) birthday present. Looks like I'll just have to drool over this for awhile.

Our potential house?

We're really loving this house plan: It may end up being the one!

We'd like to put on a metal roof (grey/silver not green). White siding. Dark blue shutters and front door. Paint the ceiling over the front porch a light blue.

Turn the hobby room into my darkroom. Turn the dining room into our office. Bedroom two becomes a craft room/exercise room. Bedrooms three and four are guest bedrooms.

I've always wanted a darkroom and I love that this house plan has a space we can convert to one pretty easily (without having to remove a bathroom)!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Art I'm in love with

I would love to own these:

Icebreaker, Emperor penguin, Southern O., Antarctica by Stuart Klipper (buy print here)

Swell, Southern Ocean – near 50° S, Antarctica by Stuart Klipper (buy print here)

The Constellation of the Elephant by Alexander Beeching (buy print here) is a great place to find limited edition art starting at $20!

Our future home?

We might be building a house on this:

11.83 acres outside of Livingston, TX! Equal distance from Stan's work (Humble) and mine (Huntsville). It is technically 12 acres, but the county built E. Capps Road on part of that 12 acres. So it's 11.83 usable acres.

We've already been dreaming about what we'd put on our property if we do this (baseball fields, walking trail, stocked pond, gardens, pool) and what our dream house would look like (holy cow there are a lot of house plans on the internet!).

Fun stuff. Keep your fingers crossed!

Astros 2009 season!

The offseason is FINALLY over! Tonight is the first game of the season. Astros vs. Cubs, 6:05 PM. Go Stros!