March 24, 2017

Blogging from A to Z 2017: Theme Reveal

I've debated on whether or not I should do the Blogging from A to Z challenge this year. Every year I have this same conversation with myself and every year I end up doing it.

The most fun that I have had with this challenge was during my very first year way back in 2011. Back then I had no theme and just posted about anything.

Over the years, I have found that not having a theme for the challenge is a lot less stressful for me.

So... My theme for this year will be No Theme. I'm just gonna do some A to Z blogging.



March 21, 2017

March is kind of looking up

New green is starting to appear. 🌿

March didn't start out all that well for me.

The last week of February, I took a couple of days off from work. When I got back to work, the network folder that I am supposed to use for all my documents was missing. There was 9-years worth of stuff in that folder, which also included all the manuals I use for my job and the 2 work-lists that I was working on. Calling the help desk every day didn't help as all they are allowed to do is give out ticket numbers. After 2 weeks of hearing nothing from IT and another email to the boss about how I would have to redo 3 months of work, my complaint finally got to the IT director. That day, IT called and another one came to my desk. They confirmed that my folder was indeed missing, deleted from the network. It took another week and an email from me to the IT director to finally hear back from them. It took 3 weeks for them to find my folder on a network backup and get me back to where I could do my job. The backup was a week old so I had to redo a week's worth of work but I am okay with that. I am sure that if it weren't for the IT director getting involved, I would probably still be waiting to hear back from the IT department.

While all of this was going on, some IT contractors were trying to setup a new computer for me. Finally after about a week, the new computer was installed. But it took me showing the IT contractors and the hospital IT department how to open a program from a mapped drive to get my main program to work. I cannot believe that 3 IT guys had no idea what I was talking about when I said the program needed to be opened from a mapped drive. I seriously should have gotten paid!

During this time, I also got sick. Covered in hives from head to toe. I have never had that happen before. I also ended up having my first Emergency Room visit.

Add to all of this the fact that we are currently a one income household and I will tell you I was ready for March to be over.

So, how is March treating you so far?

March 7, 2017

Goodbye, February

February is usually a pretty busy month for me.

My birthday is in February and so is my Mom's. This year, I took a couple of days off from work and then promptly got sick once I returned back to work. So, between that and the stress at work of not being able to access my personal backup drive that has EVERYTHING I need for me to do my work, I got behind in even realizing that February had ended. And if this past week is any indication, I have a feeling that March is going to end up being the same way.

I made another monthly video. Here are the very very few photos and a couple of video snippets that I took for the month of February.

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February 12, 2017

Holy Mini Moley

At the beginning of the year I bought myself a mini Moleskine diary to use as a mini art journal. I really wouldn't call myself an art journaler but I am having fun creating tiny pages. For now, I'm playing along with a bunch of others on Instagram and using daily prompts provided by Tori Weyers (#DrawRiotDaily).

For reasons out of my control I haven't been able to create every day, but I am working on it. Here are a few pages I have created so far.


Day 1 and 2 together 📒

Day 3 and 4 together 🍏💙

Day 5 & 6 together 💡☕️

Day 7 & 8 together 🌵🐠

Day 9 & 10 together 🍓⭕️


February 2, 2017

Goodbye, January

And just like that... January is over.

Since I had so much fun doing this last year.... Here's a little video of all my January photos. Not so many "real" photos this month though. Just lots of photos of my mini Moleskine art journal pages.

And thanks to my nerdy obsession with tracking all the music that I listen to aka Last.Fm I can also include my most played song for the month.

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January 18, 2017

January so far

Well I just disappeared there for a bit didn't I?

I have wanted to post for awhile but I have a 2016 video that I wanted to post first before I posted anything else on the blog. But, being the huge procrastinator that I am, I am still working on the video.

So, I am just going to go with it. When I get to finishing the video I will post it, but for now lets talk about how fast January is going. I cannot believe that the month is already halfway over!

• This month, I bought a mini Moleskine diary with the intention of using it as a daily mini art journal of sorts. Having never done art journaling before, it's all so very new for me. I don't know how to sketch or draw so the small page size is just what I need. I am looking forward to filling up all the little pages this year.

My baby Moleskine finally arrived today. It's very small and since I don't know how to sketch or draw it is exactly the size that I need. Now I just need to get caught up with Draw Riot Daily. Is 11:00 pm too late to start? 😜


• The weather has been quite nice here in the desert. Other than a very wet Winter storm last weekend and another that will be here this weekend, it has been business as usual around here. The leaves just started changing color on the trees this month too.

Outside 🌵


• All has been well with the kitties this month too. I cannot believe that next month it will be a year that we have had Olive!

Best buds, maybe


How's January going for you so far?


January 6, 2017

2016: A Year in Photos

I have always posted my year in review posts after the year has ended. I don't like posting them in December because the year is not yet over. Who knows what will happen during the last month of the year.

Instead of my usual year-end photo in review post, this year I made a video showing most of the photos I shared online in 2016 and I also included my most played song for each month.

In January, there was the new Star Wars and we got mountain snow. I got to play with my new Keurig and FitBit One.

In February, I celebrated my birthday by getting a new kitten. She ended up being more of a shaved, young cat. But, she was still adorable! I had a super green thumb and visited what I think is the largest book store I have ever seen.

In March, I started coloring my first coloring book page since I don't know when. There was a lot of new kitty time too.

April brought a new kitty friend for Olive. Now there are two!

The month of May was filled with lots and lots of new kitty time. The newest cat was very sick and most of my time was spent dealing with that.

I spent June creating Index Cards and getting to know the new cats.

July was filled with lots and lots of rain. Oh and cats.

In August, I said goodbye to my high school drama teacher (he was one of my favorites). I got to go see Silversun Pickups in concert and took a lot of photos for The August Break project.

September was all work and rain and my wedding anniversary. Oh and cats.

In October, I colored some more and I voted. Not that it did any good.

November was filled with a lot of outdoor time and by outdoor time, I mean weeding. November had some awesome clouds. Oh and cats.

In December, I got new glasses. I do NOT like them. I didn't even share a photo of them, but I really needed to get that out there. They are not good. The World's largest Santa moved in next door and this year we decided to put up a Christmas tree. It didn't last very long at all.

Thanks for watching.





January: "The Way it Ends" by Landon Pigg

February: "Monkey Tree (UK Mix)" by Mother Mother

March: "Holes in the Sky" by M83

April: "Good to Sea" by Pinback

May: "Lucifer's Eyes" by T.O.L.D.

June: "Nightlight" by Silversun Pickups

July: "Night of the Hunter" by 30 Seconds to Mars

August: "Closer to the Edge" by 30 Seconds to Mars

September: "Each Coming Night" by Iron & Wine

October: "Let Me In" by Snowmine

November: "Wolf Gang" by Lions in Cages

December: "Dead Air" by CHVRCHES

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