distraction

We have filled our weekend with distractions and are glad for it. We went to our 15th (!) Cirque Du Soleil show yesterday, Dralion. While the travel shows are not as exciting as the resident shows we have seen in NYC, Orlando and Vegas we are still always amazed at the talent and music. And, we are so thankful to have something like this to go to in rural America!

IMG_20141207_132601 1206141554We are still riding the high from being able to actually successfully use these!

Usually EVERYthing in the store is listed in the fine print and these coupons are useless!

Usually EVERYthing in the store is listed in the fine print and these coupons are useless!

Sometimes I just stop and stare at this old dude. At 18, he sure is awesome, considering he is blind and deaf from a stroke in May. I love how he still walks along the walls to find his way and always seems to find the perfect place to sunbathe….

IMG_20141207_144743Occasionally if we have a distance to drive when we fill up on gas we’ll get a few lottery tickets to pass the time in the car. This was a nice treat!

IMG_20141207_151704We love Hy-Vee and each time we go we do two things. We pick out a new (to us) cheese to try (word to the wise….always check the exp dates; they aren’t the best about pulling them when expired) and we pick out a fruit we have never tried. Oh, and the BEST part of our trip to Hy-Vee this week is our 63 cents off of each gallon of gas the next time we fill up-now, that is like winning the lottery.

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Buddha's Hand. From Asia, it is a citrus fruit and it kind of sounds like it is used for it's smell and to look at mostly. It actually smells like a lemon....

Buddha’s Hand. From Asia, it is a citrus fruit and it kind of sounds like it is used for it’s smell and to look at mostly. It actually smells like a lemon….

Our happy room. We refer to this (my office/craft/project room) as our happy room. Our home is full of oak and beautiful….but sometimes you like bright and white and that is here. Sometimes we’ll just sit and visit in here with the dogs.

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I am thankful we laughed a little yesterday and loved on one another during our “date day” and that just 5 days after losing our babe we are somehow able to still see some beauty around us.

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livin’ on the edge

Adam and I are dare devils, I tell ya! We are just wild! We take risks and do all sorts of crazy things! Like drive fast….

 

Unbeknown to us my Mother-in-law’s speedometer acts up occasionally. We spent some time in Mississippi this past week and weekend and took Adam’s Pawpaw to the Carter cemetery and on our way home we were flyin’ I tell ya. Funny, it didn’t feel like 120mph. Pawpaw said he hasn’t lived that recklessly in years! Glad we could give the ol’ guy the ride of his life!

Rockin’ the 80s

 

Saturday night there was an 80s party to celebrate one of my partner’s wife’s 40th. It was awesome! There was a DJ and the only music played ALL night was from the 80s. Some of the outfits were outrageous. Guys tight-rolled their jeans, girls’ hair was BIG, heavy make-up was IN, leg warmers, neon colors-you name it!

Adam wore a “members only” jacket (courtesy of ebay), a Save Ferris t-shirt and some old jeans that we bleached the heck out of.

I wore a neon pink tank top under a GORGEOUS blue sweater and a knee-length jean skirt that I cut a few holes in and shredded the bottom a little, then bleached (all courtesy of Goodwill). Plus, some bling….pink gloves, ugly necklaces, earrings, jelly bracelets (all courtesy of Claire’s-the 80s is apparently coming back for young kids!). Oh! And, some awful ugly make-up courtesy of the Dollar Store.

One of my nurses and I (Renee)

While I do recall “ratting” my bangs a bit and wearing the occasional neon, I do not remember ever getting into this much make-up. Nor, did I crimp my hair. BUT-I ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS had a perm, baby! For Saturday, though I crimped it (courtesy of a crimper Adam found at goodwill for $1.95-and it was an additional 50% off!).

Gina-my boss' wife....came "pregnant and with her 80s glasses"!

These next two were a great pair….ALL night!

One of my partners, Kate & her Husband Matt. Surprisingly there were quite a few men in fairly short, fitted shorts. These men, I'd say, must be pretty secure with themselves!!

Rap-star, MC Hammer wanna-be....aka Tim, our awesome dentist (for real)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THEA! IT WAS GREAT CELEBRATING YOU!!!