Walk like a tiger


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I work in private banking, a very conservative hush hush environment. I’ve found that the longer I work there the more of a desire I have to show up to work in my usual all black outfit of pants, blouse and a pair of these. You know just a little pop of color. Surprisingly a few of these were actually walkable. Others were painful to stand in. Probably not such a great idea for such a hush hush environment.

Please don’t fire me for 5 inch tiger shoes.

Lets not buy the 5 inch heals


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Being stuck at the Vegas airport for over three hours is an interesting experience. There are hordes of hung over people, an Elvis impersonator (although I don’t think that was intentional) slot machines and cowboy boots. This was an interesting trip. I went with Andy man for his annual work conference and while he was working, I went shopping, gambled and went to the pool.


I realized on this trip that I may have a slight shoe obsession. I started my shopping with the intention of looking for cute summer dresses and stopped looking after 20 minutes and spent the next 5 hours looking at 5 inch heals. I found I liked the kind that I would have to build special shelves for in my closet. Just because they are so pretty and obnoxious. Also they are so expensive that if I were to wear them I would trip and scuff them. And let’s face it, when I wear heals and wedges I tower over Andy man. For some reason he doesn’t like that. I wonder why? Oh we’ll that’s a good thing considering how pretty they would look in my closet.


For the meantime I will stick to the pool and flip flops. And of course continue to try on 5 inch heals.

Playing hooky and cookie dough


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One of my favorite guilty pleasures is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. My Great Grandmother used to make Chocolate Chip Cookies for me and sneak me little bites of dough when no one was looking. One of the hardest parts of baking school and working in bakeries was not being able to eat it straight from the bowl. Now I can eat it whenever I want!

I left work early and had a free afternoon home alone before I joined Andy Man for a business trip. Of course I took advantage of this free time and caught up with paying bills, yard work, and errands. Which means I ate cookie dough from the mixing bowl and watched the entire season of Trophy Wife. Best Friday afternoon in long time! It felt like I was playing hooky this afternoon, definitely a much-needed afternoon and mini vacation!

House stupid #1


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Here’s a chronicle of us learning about our house. And what not to do.

#1 We should buy a leaf blower.

There is a large tree on the other side of our fence and the battle of leaves seems to fill up every Sunday afternoon. Now I understand why my parents would say “If you jump in the pile, you clean it up” The neighbor luckily stopped by and let us borrow his.


#2 Gardening

I love that there are vegetable planters in the yard. When I was cleaning up the bed I found carrots! I’m very excited for Springtime when I can plant lots of veggies and sweat peas!


Banana Marley


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The company I work for has thousands of employees and numerous locations. When clients call in, they are either so happy that a live person picked up the phone within two rings. Or irritated that I don’t know when Jen or John sits when you first enter on the left.

I’m not a chatty person, and by Thursday I’m a little tired of talking all day. Usually when I’m on the phone I like to doodle. This little banana incident is what happens after a day of listening to Bob Marley between constant angry callers. And inspired one of my favorite treats banana bread!


Burning sugar and strawberry fields


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On December 23′rd there was a rare lull between the volume of calls at work. I decided that I would listen to the Beatles and check the conference rooms. When Strawberry Fields came on I knew I had to make lollipops for a few of my co-workers. Forget being tired, and getting home late. I had to make lollipops.

Andy Man came into the kitchen that night and said “hmmm…Arn’t you tired and working tomorrow?….. Is it burning?” There is such a fine line with sugar work. It’s either burn the crap out of it, or make lovely strawberry lollipops for your co workers. Luckily they turned out and I didn’t burn the sugar. Silly Andy Man.

Monday Funday and house stupid


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Obviously I’m from California, I think it’s freezing cold when it’s 50 degrees outside. With the cold snap this week, it was 19 degrees when I woke up this morning! WHAT CRAZINESS IS HAPPENING HERE? The cold also didn’t wake me up, Andy Man came in to tell me that there was no water. Apparently we are a little house stupid and had no idea that the outdoor pipes need to be insulated, and all hoses must be detached. We spent the morning blow drying the main water lines and insulating exposed pipes. Lesson learned.B2

Besides having fun blow drying the pipes, and two trips to Home Depot I made some blondies. I thought a little blondie love was needed after this long day. And boy I miss Hawaii on days like today. Obviously I would not do will in places that snow for six months out of the year. :)




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Roar! Or according to Ariana, I say “haaaaarrrrrr” instead of “Roooaarr“. So “haarrrr” to you!

It has been a very busy three months since I last blogged. I started a new job, where I am happy and working with great people. And the best news of all, we bought our first house and moved in two weeks ago! Thanksgiving was our first full day in our house, that didn’t consist of figuring out where things are or constant trips to Home Depot. I was so excited for the day off because I could bake in my house!! The first thing I baked was pumpkin pie. And of course I added a little flair to it. HAARRRRRR!!! I’m looking forward to designing our house, and baking lots of goodies! HHAAAARRR!!!

The sweetness of doing nothing


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A week ago Friday was my last day at my job. The following Sunday I took off for Maui. I spent five days doing absolutely nothing. And by nothing I mean laying on the beach, reading all day, and drinking Margaritas. As I was staring up at the sky one afternoon watching the clouds drift by I had the funniest thought. If I had never quit, would I be constantly staring at my Blackberry trying desperately to keep up? No, I decided that I would chuck it into the ocean and see if it could skip water. Perhaps it was the Margaritas or the sun that got me thinking that? It was the best week I have had in months. Aloha.

I think you need a doughnut


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To my co-worker: I think you need a doughnut, you were a little meaner than usual  today. Perhaps, if you ate a doughnut covered in pretty sprinkles it would make you happy. And you wouldn’t DEMAND the following on a daily basis:

  • Three small ice cubes, not four large ones.
  • A latte made at 120 degrees, and not a smidgen colder or warmer.
  • Your lunch at 10:30, when the restaurant you want opens daily at 10:30. I sadly don’t have time machine powers. Did you not see my resume?
  • I love your text messages of “YOU NEED TO CALL ME NOW”. Only to find that you want a sandwich. I have been waiting in line for 20 minutes for your salad and just placed the order. LOVE YOU TOO.
  • No, Chipotle does not like it when you place an order for pickup in an hour, than leave 5 minutes later to pick up that order. They also LOVE IT when I cancel that order, stand in a lunch rush line, and order 15 orders at once.
  • Run 2 miles to get your presentation items for your Executives presentation which needs to be shipped in 30 minutes to make the FedEx deadline. The one you knew about a week ago, but found your Facebook page, and YouTube far more interesting.
  • Ignore my requests for what you and your executives would like for lunch, then demand that I call my vendors and tell them I need it in 10. These vendors save me on a daily basis because you like to ignore me. Shame on you.
  • And no, I still cannot walk and look at my Blackberry. Did you see me run into that wall?

Please know that when I smile sweetly, and listen to you talk about how hungry you are. I’m really thinking that you should have EATEN THE DOUGHNUT. Too late, I already did! :)


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