My Red Dress

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Things have been a little rough lately but among all the drama/changes at least I have “My Red Dress”, or as the kids these days would say #travelingreddress, to make me furiously happy for a couple of hours a week. Please see The Bloggess’ post regarding the wonderful Traveling Red Dress movement she started. In short it is a beautiful way of reminding us that we need to be bold, vibrant, and silly every now and again. My “Red Dress” is not a dress at all, but these beauties!

Photos taken by Shannon Rosan of Shannon Rosan Photography.

(Please disregard the lack of turnout in these pictures. Between a staged picture and the fact these were taken before I built up the needed strength a little of the turnout was lost.)

I started ballet when I was 16 and was able to get on pointe by age 20, but when I moved to the Bay my dance classes fell by the wayside. A year ago I started taking ballet classes again and set a goal to get back on pointe within a year and a half. I made it! I made it in a year and it feels great….emotionally, physically my feet were screaming! Cramping feet and calves aside I am proud of myself and it really does help get through some resent life changes.

Here’s to ballet, pointe shoes, and my wonderful ballet teacher Kathy Mata!

Score Buckets!!!!

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You have no idea how excited I am about the recent good news! In a recent post I mentioned I might have some life changing news and guess what? I DO! I applied for a new job within my company and I was offered the job! I will be going from a temp to a permanent employee with benefits at the end of the month! *happy squeal*

Life  changing may seem like an exaggeration unless you take into account juggling bills, checking ones account every time I need to spend more than $10 and the stress of it all verse paying all my bills on time each month with a little left over for fun. We might even be able to eat something other than chicken a couple of times a month or buy the more expensive spices like saffron.

I have already purchased a few things with the confidence of a millionaire. Granted it was only a shower curtain liner with rings and some thin velvet hangers, but it still excites me!

Speaking of shopping I need your help! The black boots I wear all the time are falling apart, as in the stitches are coming out. They are SO comfortable, but a cheap synthetic boot I found at Goodwill. I need a new pair, but have the worst luck with finding boots, so here is where you come in; please share with me any brands to stay away from and any reliable brands you love.  I am looking for a simple, classic black ankle boot. I don’t want anything with the upturned toe that seems to be popular lately. Think office chic.

So can you help a girl out?

Me In A Nutshell a.k.a. I Need Better Post Names

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I was tagged in a questionnaire by Christina @TheScrappyHousewife and I am having technical difficulties getting my Gallery Wall post up (spotting internet making picture editing difficult), so here we go:

The Rules:

  1.  Post the rules
  2.  Post 11 fun facts about yourself
  3.  Answer the questions the tagger gave you in their post & then create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
  4.  Tag 11 people and link them in your post
  5.  Let them know you’ve “tagged” them
11 Fun or Random Facts About Me
  1. I love bread more than I like chocolate. The only thing better is bread with cheese, maybe some apples or grapes.
  2. I used to be pigeon-toed as a kid and would frequently trip over my own feet. Now I stand on my toes in ballet class.
  3. I have a pair of custom Converse with cupcakes on them.
  4. I used to use a dipper bag as a purse in high school because it was huge and had tons of pockets so I could organize all my stuff.
  5. I read at a high level, but still draw like a kindergartner.
  6.  I think Excel is awesome! Spreadsheets are like crack to this organizing freak.
  7. I hate the wet fart noises people make with their mouth.
  8. I hate the feel of cotton balls. It feels squeaky and yucky to me.
  9. I used to play D&D. I still want to play RPG’s, but I am not motivated enough to research all the shiny new ones.
  10. I have freckles in the shape of a sunburn I got six years ago. I fell asleep on a boat.
  11. I am a ginger with a ginger cat and I lean towards orange as my favorite color.

Questions From Christina

  1. What do you do when you aren’t blogging? – Work full-time as a secretary, take ballet classes, read other blogs, and daydream.
  2. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? – Dance movies/series, good or bad. Seriously I watched all 26 episodes of Dance Academy, an Australian tween show about the students of a ballet company. That and Pop Tarts.
  3. If money was no concern, where would you like to live and why? – The moment I stepped off the plane in Costa Rica I fell in love. LOVE THAT PLACE! The food, the people, the forest/nature, it’s all wonderful! I would miss my friends and family though.
  4. What cause is nearest and dearest to your heart? – Children’s cancer research, my brother is an infant cancer survivor. Also I think sexual abuse is horrendous, so cause geared toward helping survivors of said abuse.
  5. What’s your favorite way to relax? – Does a cat nap count? Otherwise, daydreaming, reading or watching a Disney/Pixar/animated movie.
  6. “Live” TV or Netflix/DVR? – I do not have local or cable TV so it is all Netflix, internet, or DVD’s for us.
  7. What book is currently sitting on your nightstand? – I am in between books right now. I had some books given to me a while ago and I started them, but could not get into them. I might read Great Expectations next.
  8. What’s your biggest fear? – Failure in general. I also fear that I am to cautious and will miss out on too many things.
  9. Are you a planner like me or do you enjoy being spontaneous?  – I am both, it just depends on my mood really. A bit less spontaneous lately with all my adult responsibilities.
  10. Why did you start blogging? – I was reading a lot blogs and sometime wanted to comment in length about this and that. It is also something I can do to connect to more people. It gets kind of lonely in the big city especially when you don’t have the money to put yourself out there. Wow, that sounded kind of dirty, but you know what I mean, right, right?
  11.  The classic question: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why? – Douglas Adams seems like he would have been a strange and wonderful bird. I love his books, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy being the most popular. Anyone who could write like him would certainly be interesting to have tea with.

Questions For Those I Tag

  1. What is one of your fondest childhood memories?
  2. What are some  of your favorite comfort foods?
  3. What would you love to try if there was no judgement and money was not an issue?
  4. What was you favorite game as a child?
  5. What is your geekiest trait/hobby?
  6. Where do you feel most comfortable?
  7. What is something someone taught you that had the most impact on you?
  8.  What is your most embarrassing “fashion” moment/style?
  9. Do you have a favorite beauty tip?
  10. Savory or sweet?
  11. Peanuts, Dick Tracy or X-Men?

People I Am Inviting To Participate

  1. Anyone who is interested.

Things that make me smile!

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Since finishing my gallery wall is taking longer than I thought it would I thought I would post a little about the random things that make me smile.

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  • I keep tallies on various things in the office and I love getting to five so I can draw a line across the others.
  • Being told I have a nice phone voice.
  • Crossing something off a To Do List.
  • The plop of oatmeal.
  • When people listen to my greeting when I answer the phone at work and get my name or the company name right.
  • Just the thought of sitting on a surf board between the breaks. So calming! (No I am not a surfer and have only been on a board twice, but I would like to be some day)
  • Doing something right in my ballet class, particularly when I do an attitude turn correctly.
  • Day dreams.
  • And SLEEP!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

 

The Distracted Blogger got distracted by life and has not posted much at all, but it happens even to the blogging pros. I am not a resolutions type of gal, but I have been taking time to evaluated the last year and what I need for the new one. My head may burst soon! I over think EVERYTHING, so this time of year can be particularly bad. You would not want to be in my head right now.

Hopefully, in a couple weeks I have some life changing news, so keep your fingers crossed for me! Before any big new news though I plan on posting about my gallery wall that I put up long ago, but am just now starting to add items to the frames.

Hope everyone has an adventures and wonderful new year. Now go do something silly, something ridiculous!

Happy National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day!

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December 30 is National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day, also know as baking soda, according to The Ultimate Holiday Site. Let us reflect on the this wonderful, powdery, white, legal substance that some many of us just can’t live without. Some of the many uses:

1. Use it and vinegar to make a volcano for the science fair.

2. Use it and vinegar to clean your pipes or unclog them. Combine the ingredients, cover with a wet cloth for 5 minutes and then flush with hot water.

3. Sprinkle on an oil stain in the garage and scrub with a wet brush.

4. Freshen the carpet with a sprinkle, wait a few hours, and then vacuum.

5. Sprinkle on a damp sponge to erase crayon, pencil, and ink from painted surfaces.

6. Rub tub stains with baking soda, cream of tartar and lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

The above tips derived from experience and Real Simple’ 869 New Uses for Old Things (one of my many great Christmas presents this year). There arec a great many uses for this simple powder. What are your favorite uses for Bicarbonate of Soda?

Batty Clause and Other Christmas Stuff.

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I guess since Christmas is in a few days I should share a little about my Christmas preparations, which really only consist of a tiny Santa hat and wrapping presents.

First thing first, Batty Clause. The Boyfriend bought me a bat for Halloween and I kinda like him, so instead of taking him down for the Christmas season I made him a Santa hat. By the way, Batty’s name is Bartholomew from now on. I think I need to make him a monocle next…. but I am getting off topic.

To make a tiny Santa hat all you need is red material (I just used an old shirt), a cotton facial pad thingy, tacky glue and paper. First make a template by drawing a triangle on the paper and then round the bottom of said triangle. Make the template a little taller than you want the hat and slightly wider than the head of the recipient depending on the stretchiness of the material. Place template on a folded piece of the fabric and cut. (I “hemmed” toward the end of the process, but it might be easier to do it at this point. )

Circle the fabric around on itself to form the hat and glue. This is where I tucked and glued the bottom into the hat to “hem” it. Then all I did was cut a piece of the cotton and glued it to the bottom. Lastly I pulled a piece of the cotton off, rolled it into a ball, added a little glue, rolled again, added more cotton, glue, roll, cotton until the ball was big enough and glued that onto the pointy bit. Let dry for a couple hours to make sure the glue has set and the tiny Santa hat is done! Awww…… isn’t he cute!

Next, how to wrap presents on a budget:

At work if you are asked to wrap 70 packages for employees do so and then to salvage your sanity  use paper clips and strips of paper to fancy one of the packages up for the boss man. (Really I enjoyed it, but I like a little harmless drama here and there) The cabinet I was wrapping has a space between sections of the cabinet that was a perfect scissor guide. Brilliant!

At home decide that you don’t want to spend money or waste space storing wrapping paper so dig out some old Christmas bags and a few old T-shirts (See boyfriend, those old shirts are coming in handy and I will actually use the ones I kept 🙂 ). Make bags out of the T-shirts by cut them under the arms and sewing the bottoms or just use fabric glue or iron on tape. Then just tie off with ribbon. I also had my designer boyfriend make little tags. Aren’t they cute!

Now all I have to do is finish the week at work and drive home for Christmas with the family. My brothers/sisters are even going to be in town, so YAY!!!

Have you made any tiny Santa hats, homemade holiday bags or monocles?

Happy Holidays sweet peoples!