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girls weekend in seattle starts in 18 hours…


finally.  the end of the week.  been waiting all year for this weekend.

girls weekend starts in less than 18 hours by the time i post this.

i go away every year with 4 other girls.  sometimes it’s 3 of us.  sometimes it’s all 5 of us.

we’ve done this weekend trip for years.  and we’ve got some stories, i tell ya.

we’ve had lots of people hint they’d like to join us, but we’ve been doing it so long that nobody else would even understand our awkward traditions.  they took years to develop.

this year it’s just 4 of us because 1 is in florida at an expense paid trip to Kenny chesney.  we all agreed we’d be there too.  we will send her photos.

our only rule is we go somewhere we have never stayed before.  roll the dice.  pick a hotel.  hope it’s nice. bring pajamas and something to drink for wee hours when stores are closed.  we learned early on that we do not need to bring food.  one year we had to take two trips from the car to the room for all of our luggage, food, drinks, gifts and yes, a crockpot.  no valet.  one person in the group did not want to tip a valet when “we could do it ourselves”.  as we almost passed out doing so, we agreed, no more food.  seattle has lots of places to get food.  haha.  lesson learned.  oh boy, i wish i could tell you the lessons we’ve learned.  but sworn to secrecy of all “girls weekends away”.  pinky swear!

as usual i am unprepared.

well, maybe more prepared than last year though.

i did buy new pajamas and i got cash and i have my crown royal and diet coke all ready to go.  and got someone to drive my kid around in case he needs help.  and the husband will be home by evening to have guy time all weekend.

here’s my list….

of things i wish i’d bought.  but didn’t.

oh well.  maybe next year.


cutest charger ever.  my phone dies every year.  you’d think i’d learn.


money.  wish i’d saved a little bit more.  ha.  every year i say this.  i need to buy myself a cute little piggy bank for our weekend away and cash it in at the end of the year.  glad the atm was invented.  girls best friend in seattle!


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i saw this book at anthropologie in palm desert a year ago.  almost bought it.  thought it would be fun to find some of these old school places on my travels.  note to self… look for the book again.  and buy it this time.


i want!!!  i am a picture taking fanatic.  according to my family.  somewhere


the cutest weekender bag.  the girl in the photo looks so happy.  she must be on a vacation.  and not in seattle.  her outfit is certainly for the more sunny areas of the world.


forecast is rain.  all weekend long.  crap.


in case of rain.  and believe me it does every year.  hmmm… maybe we should try these weekend away trips in the summer.  make note of that for next year.  my crown and diet is packed.  i take no responsibility for my actions.  just kidding, kids.  i’m a good girl.  m hm.  trust me.  actually, funny thing is we spend more time in our pajamas, drinking wine and talking all night than anything else.  we just like to pretend we are gangster!  that is why i always pack warm cozy socks.  and how cute are these? +


coffee.  that is exactly what i will need when i wake up.

hot coffee.  one stevia.  a little cream.

and quiet everyone while i take a sip or two…

… then i’ m ready to roll for day 2 in the city.

can’t wait to get this weekend started!


happy Friday.


sunday. funday. time to chill…



thank God it’s sunday.

i think i’m gonna chill for a little bit.  well deserved.  trust me.

raining outside.  thunder and lightning.  seahawks on tv.

if only i wish i had these few things to help me…


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too bad mason and i have to hop in the car this evening and drive 2 hours for dinner tonight.  but i did hear there will be cake.

mmmmm.  cake.

better get chillin.  the clock is ticking.

happy sunday.


“f” is for friday and fudge (hot fudge, that is)…


a day truly deserved!




so, why not whip up some homemade hot fudge sauce.

ok, make some boozy caramel sauce too.

pick up some vanilla ice cream.

and a can of spray whip cream.

and a jar of cherries.

and wait for your kids to come home with their candy tomorrow night and top your sundae with their treats!

here are my personal recipes for ice cream toppings.

oh, and i like mine with gummy bears sprinkled on top.  just sayin.  in case you invite me over.



1 c. sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

2 Tblsp. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. boiling water

1 Tblsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

mix together the sugar, cocoa, flour and salt.  add 1 c. boiling water.  cook over medium heat until thick.  remove from heat and add vanilla.  serve hot, warm or cold.


1/4 c. butter

1/2 c. light brown sugar

2 Tblsp. light corn syrup

1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

1 Tblsp. Maker’s Mark bourbon

pinch of salt

melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cream in saucepan.  keep on medium heat for at least 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  if it starts to boil, turn it down.  once it thickens, add bourbon and a tiny pinch of salt.  stir.  cool.  refrigerate overnight.


happy friday.


art tells a lot about a person…


i love art.

i’m sure you’ve figured that out by now.

you can tell a lot about a person by the art they display in their home.

or the pieces they wish they had.

speaking of coveting art…

these are 7 pieces of art that i love.,,, and wish i had.

especially this one.  i love love love doughnuts.

as a matter of fact if i was given the chance to take one last bite of any food in the world it would probably be a voodoo doughnut from portland, oregon… definitely the maple bar topped with bacon.  sweet and salt.  yum.

and if i owned this piece of art, i would hang it in my kitchen.

and i’d put doughnuts under a glass dome for display… and an occasional tasting when friends stopped by.


“whatever” has been my word of the week.

it makes me giggle.


i love palm springs.

one day i will live there.  greg and the kids agreed.  hopefully soon.

and i want a cute little bungalow with a pool and a big blow up swan.

and lots of palm trees.


i’ve always loved this piece.

simple…  pedicure and pool.  really?  does it get any better than that?


and i want this sign to hang directly above my white leather king size bed.

and yes, i will occasionally eat a piece of cake in bed.


and this will hang over my bar cart on our patio.


that’s the way i want to roll.

i think my choice in art says it all.

happy wednesday.


ps… if you want to know where i found the art above… go to my pinterest page.  easy as that.




bet you didn’t know my aunt was friends with frank.  and his buddies.


frank sinatra had it right.

i love the old way of success.

which by the way… still works.

not sure some people will ever have to understand that one.

some buy it.  some get closer in relationships to get it.  some steal it.

the world is a different place now.

but in the end you will have to work for it to keep it.

just sayin.

happy tuesday.