this has inspired me to break out the left over fondant in the back of my refrigerator.

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hmmm, this just might be the cutest thing ever.
(thanks alisha for sending! original source.)
i’ve always thought fancy-over-the-top birthday parties for babies were kind of silly. so imagine a birthday party for a dog?

will anyone still be our friend if we throw kingsley one?
(before you answer that, remember his birthday is ON HALLOWEEN. just THINK of the possibilities.)
besides already searching the web for “ninja costumes for dogs”
in my spare time, i’d love to try my hand at homemade fondant again.

rockstar giveaway!

this week we have a giveaway for you by the lovely artist samantha kelly!
the winner will receive a custom 8×10 painting
on a premium stretched canvas from a photograph of their choice!

sam is an art therapist and artist based out of utah
whose shop, can you hear me? offers both fine art prints and originals.
i think her work is rad. this print is my favorite.
if you aren’t the lucky winner, don’t fret!
email to get your very own painting!
and leave a comment below by friday, april 2nd to enter!
good luck!

the story of when i conducted an opera by puccini in my car and got rave reviews.

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these last 24 hours have been the weirdest, most upsetting and frustrating hours i’ve experienced. i make mistakes all the time, but the mistake i made with my medication this weekend has put a number of things in jeopardy.

i didn’t want to get out of bed this morning because i felt like such a loser. all day i just wanted to scream. i dread the day i have to see my doctor again (later this week) only because i am certain she and her entire staff at the hospital have been rolling today on the floor over my case. “did you hear about…” seriously. i wish i could tell you just how embarrassing all the facts really are.

i made a costco run this evening and on the way home puccini’s la bohème came on the radio. it was really nice to listen to and before i knew it, i’d put down my half eaten chicken-bake sandwich on my lap and was conducting musetta’s waltz with my right hand (something my sisters and i used to make fun of my mom for doing while she was driving us in the car….how ironic that i have inherited her “pretend conducting the opera” skills while driving.)

by the time i arrived home, i felt much better. they can laugh at me at the hospital. it’s really ok. hopefully someday i will be able to laugh at all this, too. and yes, i made a really big mistake, but i can’t go back and change anything, so i just have to move forward and stop beating myself up about it (which has proven to be a rather unproductive method of spending my time the past 24 hours).

and when all is said and done, i am so thankful for soothing car rides, beautiful music and for my husband josh. it’s crazy just how safe and loved these things (but mostly i’m talking about my husband now) make me feel…

also, it appears that kingsley still loves me, too. and not just because i carry dog treats in my pocket.

*i realize i am being vague in this post and i apologize for this. but somethings are just too personal and private to share on this blog.


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it was the first day of the cherry blossom festival in DC on saturday so we ventured out with kingsley to check out the events. our wedding photographer leo patrone was in town, so we met up with him for a bit and kingsley showed off his mad posing skills for the camera and crowds. we had lunch at rugby cafe in georgetown (the burgers are pretty good!) and i maybe waited in line far too long at georgetown cupcake (but leo had never had one so i had to wait in line!)

my sisters drove up with friends to the DC Temple on saturday so we got to meet up with them for a little in the afternoon too. aren’t they gorgeous? i am SO proud of these two.
this weekend i also realized i am stupider than stupid and had mixed up some medications i’d been taking since i have been pretty sick. who does that?! seriously. we talked with my doctor last night and sure enough, i messed up big time. i’m still kicking myself. i mean, who doesn’t read the labels?! the good news is i am still breathing today and hopefully will be breathing tomorrow too. i would also just like to say thanks to josh for taking care of me and not rubbing in the fact that i am a complete moron most of the time.
also, josh started teaching kingsley how to “shake” hands this weekend. and hopefully soon, we’ll be teaching him how to “wave.” i love.
how was your weekend?