Sunday, January 29, 2012

Project 365, Weeks 3 and 4 (Beware, Photo Heavy)

My apologies. I haven't had internet for two weeks. It has been kinda hard :) But, it did not stop me from continuing with my daily photos. So here they are, Project 365, weeks 3 and 4.

[Project 365/15]
Browsing the greens at Charming Charlies.

[Project 365/16]
So many boxes, so little time.

[Project 365/17]
One shelf up, three shelves to go.

[Project 365/18]
The kitchen cupboards, all organized and pretty.

[Project 365/19]
Making headway.

[Project 365/20]
My New Toy - all so I can play Just Dance 3.

[Project 365/21]
The living room complete...the first room done.

[Project 365/22]
Ready to get back to work.

[Project 365/23]
Icy River

[Project 365/24]
Frost covered planes along the Missouri River.

[Project 365/25]
Two ceremonies in one day - awards and change of command - so good, but bittersweet.

[Project 365/26]
I grow concerned when my movie comes with a user manual.

[Project 365/27]
I see this almost everyday on my way home. Trains are so cool!

[Project 365/28]
Internet and cable - finally!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Project 365 - Week 2

Week two and still going...sorta strong! I started out taking several and constantly on the lookout for photos. This week I spent a lot of time thinking, "Oh, that would've been a great photo if I'd remembered to take it." However, I still did it! So, here are week two's photos.

[Project 365 - 8]
Not as good as "Pizza Hut, Now serving vegetables" but still pretty good.

[Project 365 - 9]
Fly the friendly skies!

[Project 365 - 10]
My new place.

[Project 365 - 11]
Spent all day like this catching up on the blogs I missed last year.

[Project 365 - 12]
Good morning, Snow!!!

[Project 365 - 13]
Twilight hairstyling Best Buy:/
I don't want to live on this planet anymore...

[Project 365 - 14]
Cheesecake - Heath Bar - Fudge deliciousness!

One week down, fifty left!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Place

I signed for my new apartment on this past Monday.

It's really cute and cozy and has so much potential! Too bad I won't be here long. After I signed for my apartment, I went on post to talk to the transportation office about getting my property released and delivered, but, because the same company is storing and moving a whole lot of Soldiers from Fort Riley right now, I can't get my stuff until this coming Monday. No Skyrim until!

Quick walkthrough of the new place. You walk in from either the outside or the garage into the stairway that leads up to the living area. I'm thinking a small bench so I can sit and take off my shoes and store them underneath? I have the coffee table my cousin gave me when she moved two summers ago that I used as a bench in my condo, but never actually re-purposed.

This is the kitchen view from the stairs. The sink and a little bit more counter space is on the right. I just didn't get it because the physical zoom for my iPhone (i.e. my ability to walk backwards) stopped at the wall behind me. Deciding what is essential to keep out on the counter could be fun (or frustrating...we'll see). Although, I think as long as I can fit my Keurig and my toaster oven up there, I'll be happy.

Here's the living room/dining area from the sliding door to the balcony. The dining area near the kitchen will have a table (either my glass dining set or my oak table with its one chair) and I'm back and forth about setting my IKEA 5x5 Cube EXPEDIT along the longer wall facing the stairs or in my guest bedroom.

And this is the living area from the top of the stairs. Since my oak table acts as my craft table and my guest room is my craft room too (and my guest room is really small), I figure that if I want an actual guest room where I can set up a real bed (or in my case, really nice blow up mattress), I can't have my oak table set up unless its my dining room table. I'm not particularly fond of my glass dining set, but the craft table only has one chair. And if I leave the oak table in pieces down in my garage, I'll actually do the whole refinishing thing (back to my OLW for 2012, right?).

The living area will have my couch, chair and either my coffee table or my steamer trunk. Although, if I leave the steamer trunk in the garage, it too may finally get refinished. I'm hoping my TV fits on the mantle. I also have three tall Walmart bookshelves and a small 3-shelf bookshelf that my grandfather made in shop class when he was in high school that need homes somewhere.

And because I like this view, you get to see it too!

While I wait (and because I need to figure out what furniture will fit upstairs and what needs to stay in the garage) I'm going to do some layouts with masking tape. I'm so excited about getting to decorate and set up a new place!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Project 365 - Week 1

I decided that I really really wanted to participate in Project 365 this year, especially since I have this wonderful new iPhone and it has Instagram. If you have an iPhone and don't have Instagram, you are so missing out. Even more so if you want to take those neat artsy photos but don't know how like me! Instagram makes it easy!!! It even makes it easy to share. I have mine linked to Facebook, Twitter and my Flickr account. I take a shot, apply a filter, decide where and who I want to share this with, and send it. Amazingly simple and it makes me look like I know what I am doing with my camera!

I loved the idea of sharing my Project 365 photos at the end of each week, I just happened to forget last Saturday evening - mostly because my girlfriends and I were crafting, playing games and enjoying a glass of wine (and, in my case, not really enjoying a can of wine - no really, it was wine in a can). Better late than never right? So without further ado, Shamrock Pie's 2012 Project 365 - Week One:

[Project 365 - 1]
My most adorable niece lined up her toy manger figures. Totally reminded me of Las Posadas - perfect ending for the holiday season! (Please note Tow Mater is there too!)

[Project 365-2]
This is what is known as "Big Texas Hair."

[Project 365-3]
Purse from Marshalls

[Project 365 - 4]
Wine bottle fountain at Copelands in San Antonio.

[Project 365 - 5]
I love cooking with wine...sometimes I even put it in the food!

[Project 365 - 6]
Got a free upgrade from tall to grande at Starbucks! My lucky day!

[Project 365 - 7]
These Christmas decorations at Mi Tierra in downtown San Antonio are the very essence of the culture here! Bright vibrant and wonderfully over the top! I love it and miss it so much!

That's it for week one! Here's hoping week two is a little more...on time?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Resolutions and One Little Word

I spent the first week of January trying to decide on what my New Year's Resolutions would be (you know in between trying to get back on an American sleep schedule, spending time with nieces and nephew, eating every chance I got and playing on my new iPad - Murphy). Then, instead of posting here (as one of my resolutions would have me do) I procrastinated. Lucky me, that procrastination led to a decision to change from set, defined resolutions to something I think I can handle better and will open up more opportunity for goals for me.

I decided in lieu of resolutions this year, I only wanted to participate in One Little Word given over at Big Picture classes by Ali Edwards. My word for this year:


I am a planner - a trait I'm pretty sure I inherited from my mother. I love to make lists and jot down ideas and make goals for things I want to do. I'm not great at the following through part though. I'm hoping this year, by focusing on one word, I can accomplish what I want to accomplish!


Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year and I'm Back!

So Happy New Year!!! Here's hoping the next one is wonderful and spectacular! This was going to be done when I got back from Iraq, but I a) got lazy, b) got busy and c) got sorta OCD. I didn't want to start a new blog in the middle of the last month of the year. Especially when the next one started on the first day of the week! I'm back! I'm back! And thank GOD I'm an American!!! I have missed the states and the people here!

I decided that I really wanted my Blog name and the address to match, thus the address change. I know its a little CDO, but it makes me happy and that is all that really counts. It's not like I have a slew (or any for that matter) followers. At least none who aren't close, personal family and friends. And I don't image they really care...especially since, I'M BACK!!! *Insert continuous row of faces with giant smiles*

I actually spent the last year reorganizing and working on the new blog design in preparation.

Okay, so I spent the last year planning on reorganizing and working on the new design in preparation...then got help from My Style Backgrounds. Someday I'll figure the whole blog design thing out. Honestly, it's on the list!

I read a lot of blogs and I still don't exactly get what keeps me engaged with some while others I subscribe to then never read again. I know the blog gurus all say that you must pick something to blog about, something definite - a niche if you will- and stick to it. The occasional off topic post is okay, but blogs full of randomness don't really fly with the blog-o-meisters. But I like the random ones. I don't always want to read the same thing over and over. And while yes, I get a LOT out of the blogs dedicated to organizing, homemaking, crafting, writing - whatever the genre - I still like the random ones better... So in lieu of picking a niche, I think I'm going to put in here whatever strikes my fancy and let it sort itself out, or not, at it will.
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