even before i became the feline-lover that you know & semi-tolerate today, i totally enjoyed stuff on my cat-- "STUFF + CATS = AWESOME"

it brings me a sick, twisted sense of well-being to witness that there are other delusional cat owners out there that like to "theme dress" (yes, i know.) their cats.

some spectacular examples--

d bag cat:

porn star cat:

coffee-table cat:

nkotb fan club president cat: (just for you, vanessa!)

gender-confused cat:

"working girl" cat:

drunk bum cat:

bi-polar cat:

founder, president, AND client of hair club for men cat:

have a great weekend!

thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

**a show that comes up with lines like the one at :27--

**a five year old girl:

**this magnificent and spectacular ginormous cupcake birthday creation:

**a loving & talented aunt megan, who creates our b-day masterpieces and saves us from the dreaded fate of an albertson's cake:

** catties. they will love you even when others think you suck:

**& for people with freakishly-extraordinary talents:

hb mia!

my baby turns 5 years old today. where has the time gone?

she has brought me so much joy. i love hers.

mia: stop growing older! stay my little baby girl forever!

just in case you were wondering.....

here's a map of the states where you can legally marry your cousin.

you NEVER know when this information will come in handy.

vegas escape: "tonight's the night we make hisssstorrrrryyyyyyy..."

we had a night out with some two of our favorites, and it involved ALL of the greatest things: lumberjack food portion sizes, vegas lounge-lizarding, almost-courtney love sightings, "sluts on a ship" performances, ginormous psychedelic snails, & the belting of classic styx songs. (who knew dennis de young looked like such a 70's porn star?)

we got to check off another swanky place on our 'vegas list' while staying at THEhotel--

we loved how 'sexy & grown-up' it was. too bad kami & i couldn't take advantage of said sexiness in our school-marm cardigans.....

seriously. NOBODY wears any clothes in las vegas! (which is why kyle & russ enjoyed their night SO.)

we were able to feel a bit of the vegas nightlife vibe whilst lounging on the leather couches in lavo and were completely thrilled when we were told that we could go on up to the nightclub section to see courtney love, who had just shown up.

we were equally just as bummed when we got up there and did not see hide nor hair on courtney's crazy little head. as well as feared for our lives when realizing that, in the event of a fire breaking out, we were SCREWED. we estimated approximately 1 bajillion people in a space that should have housed 150.

we also saw mystere. and we beheld it was unbelievable.

{want to see the better, cooler-blogger-version of this trip? go HERE.}

CRIBS: recession style

okay, i have always loved seth green--but i think i might just heart him a little bit more after seeing this little gem that made me laugh. OUT LOUD.

my favorite? that his car is sitting on the "14-inch rims" and that he is rocking the "27 inch tv screen". WORD!

russ & mindi: the search story

i loved the commercial above--i thought it was so clever.

now you can create your own google search story--since my man & i have been together nearly 20 years (!!!), i thought i would create our own version of a google search after falling for a handsome boy from a small, small town:

{courtesy of i *heart* you}

married to the sea always has something to make me giggle.


my parents left today for costa rica for 18 months and i'm feeling blue....

they are excited and i know that serving a mission for our church makes them so happy, so i am happy for them--i just wish that it was more like 18 days. i think that would be much more doable.

i love my parents and am so grateful for the wonderful example they are to me and everyone around them--i am proud of their lives and am grateful for their love.

so, today i give myself just a moment to be sad and to mope a bit and feel sorry for myself. and then it's onward & upward!

(being sad today included creating teen-angst broken heart collages. good stuff!)

thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

**the 2nd row (SECOND ROW!!!) tickets tiburon scored to john mayer in slc in august.

it's always nice to have somebody handle your business for you. AND score you the sweetest perks while at it. me so lucky.

**speaking of tiburon, she sent me the best surprise in the mail--and it was pink.

it went right the back of my car next to the depeche mode. it completes me. which is sad and somewhat pathetic to admit, but if you know me, then you know that i can be somewhat irrational about my music. as well as car decals.

unfortunately, it was time to say goodbye to my faithful pink girlie-skull decal. it had run it's course and served it's purpose. but i shed a tear as i peeled it's little corpse from my window--the end of an era.

**for my sweetest neighbor who works hard growing these beautiful roses. which then climb up her property and beautify mine. it's a total bonus for me--all the enjoyment and NONE of the upkeep. WIN/WIN.

**this card from vanessa, who enables my love for catties. she rules.

**this flower ring that is currently bringing me exceedingly great joy whenever i look down upon it. (but NOT my hands, which i had to treat with the 'SOFT FOCUS' option on picassa so you would be spared the horror.)

it sucks to get old.

**for this guy and his motorcycle, which take me on rides in this beautiful weather. there's nothing better in the whole wide world. i love him.

**for this video which brings out the 12 year old boy in me.

happiness is....

....getting a ride on your cousin's scooter.



i may or may not have allegedly watched this video of rachel & jessie st. james upwards of 30 times.


i'm not sure why it speaks to me so--because i freaking HATED the original version by sir lionel richie.

but, boy! this music video sure displays the majesty of lionel's acting skillz. and his impressive collection of bill cosby sweaters. (are those shoulder pads in there? just wondering...)

babysitting mia

this is mia & her little buddy from preschool, pierce. or, if you by chance speak mia, "PEAWSE".

they became friends and thought it might be a good idea to perhaps set up a play date--but poor pierce was in a quandary: mia was a GIRL.

so pierce pondered: how does one go about playing with an (eeeeewwwwhhh!) girl and still save face with the other four year old boys?

and then he came up with a brilliant solution--

he asked his mom if he could "babysit mia."


so, we set up a "babysitting opportunity" at the park with pierce & some additional buddies:

and they lived happily ever after with pierce on the clock and in control!

famous movie quotes: graph form

i like a good quote from a movie. but i like them even better in graph form.

1 down, 8 to go

yesterday i got in the car with mia to go pick up the kids from school.

i just happened to be on the phone with my bff kamari, who had pulled up down the street at my other bff's house. i told her i was pulling out of my driveway and would stop to see her for a moment.

i pulled up, she got out of her car, turned to face me and screamed, "YOU HAVE A CAT ON TOP OF YOUR CAR!!"

apparently "maaaahhhhhhtin" had been chilling on my car roof and hadn't really bothered to climb down when i backed out of the garage.

i'm wondering how far he would have made it......?