Friday, January 7, 2011


-So first of all, LIZZY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY IS TOMORROW. Holy cow...where did the past year go? To be honest, I always kind of rolled my eyes when I heard other moms gush about how big their little babies were getting, but seriously, I get it. I don't think a year has EVER flown by so fast in my life!

-In regards to the above, I'm making Lizzy her own little cake, but for the adults, I'm making a Snickers Bar Trifle. I'm hoping there's not a revolt due to the lack of cake, but hello...that looks so yummy! I'm also making Leah's 3-2-1 Beef...which has seriously become my go-to recipe for family gatherings. With Black Butte Porter (yeah Deschutes Brewery!) it is delicious. 

-Doing better on the running in terms of shin splints and things, but I'm still struggling with those three minute runs. I feel like such a wuss saying that I'm struggling with running for three minutes. hard could that be? I even cover up the time, but by the 2:00 mark into the last 3:00 interval, I'm wheezing up a storm.

-My mom's group asked if I would talk about photography tips for moms at their next meeting. I'm excited, but also a little overwhelmed about where to start...there is such a diverse group of women, and I'm struggling with how much info and detail to go into. I want to give enough that they can actually make some good changes, but not so much that they just get totally overwhelmed and don't try anything.

-I just finished the book The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. I feel like most book people that I respect totally loved it, and I hated it. Big time. I'm okay with leaving some things unanswered, but with this particular book, I felt like I read and read, and at the end I knew nothing more than when I started, and had no more of a connection with any of the fact, I liked them even less. Not off to a great start with books in 2011! But, I just picked up the 4th Outlander book and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo from the library yesterday. Here's hoping that I have better luck with them!


  1. I've been using your 12 weeks photography series with a few of my coworkers - we meet for lunch once a week and go over the "lesson" - it's been great but is super overwhelming to me. I didn't realize how much I DO know about photography until I was trying to teach it to someone else!

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for having the series on your blog - it's been so helpful.

  2. I hear you on the "my baby is getting bigger" thing. I used to think, don't you want your child to grow and progress?! But now I get it. Even though I am so happy and proud of my daughter, and I want her to continue on her developmental path, it can be an emotional process watching her grow up.

    Have a very happy first birthday party!

  3. I just picked up the 4th book in the series too. I cannot put them down!

    Unfortunately, I accidentally bought another book (maybe number 6) and was several pages in before I realized I grabbed the wrong one. I think I may have ruined the next book or two. :(

  4. Wow! Happy Birthday Lizzy! And by the way, I'd be more than happy with that Snickers Trifle - it looks amazing!

  5. Hell, i can't quite believe your daughter is a year old and all i do is read your blog. Wooo!

    Running kills me. Even now that i've been doing serious cardio for six months. F that noise.

    And cake purist that i am, i would gladly forgo cake for a Snickers Bar Trifle.

  6. Happy almost 1st birthday to Lizzie! Seriously where does the time go??? I think this has been the fastest year yet and I have an almost one year old too! The snickers trifle sounds yummy.

  7. Happy Birthday party to your sweet girl! We also had Jillian's party on the 8th. I am still recovering this morning!!! I hope she had a great day, can't wait to see pictures.


  8. i LOVE your new blog look!! =)

  9. I can't believe Lizzy is almost ONE! :) And that recipe for Leah's Beef? I am totally going to have to try!

    this means I've been reading you for almost a year and a half now...
    and love your blog like the first day I've read it!
    Thanks for sharing bits of your life in such a sweet way with all of us.


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