26 November 2008

wishing you & yours...

a wonderful thanksgiving...have fun!


24 November 2008

william s. wannabe

today when i commented on a blog
the word verification i had to type in was:

is that someone who acts like they can write poetry?


20 November 2008

my favorite accessory...

paint on the fingers...


ps the ring is a favorite accessory too
i just started wearing it again after having to have it
cut off when i was pregnant with Q
(over 4 years ago, for goodness sake!)
i wore fakes for all those years...
i just kept waiting to get it fixed because i wanted
it to fit without having to add metal
(if you know what i mean)
but finally right before our tenth anniversary
i gave up the dream
(for right now, i'm still dreaming of smaller fingers & other parts)
& had it fixed...
i should have done it so much earlier
i love having it on
& brian was so happy, too:)
oh &
by the way
i'm the fourth generation (of the gulka fam)
to have this diamond
i love that:)
brian & i picked out the setting after he proposed...
it was a really blurry time for me
& sometimes i look at the ring & think
'did i really pick out this setting?
do i like this style?'
but most of the time i just think
i am so happy with the one who gave it to me...


(i know
the ring's a little fuzzy in this pic
i love this lens by the way
it makes such great detail shots
don't ask me what kind of lens it is
or i shall answer
'the one i love')

17 November 2008

double sweet...

great grandma & her 8th & 9th great grandchildren:)
& doesn't kate look so happy?
& so good?
(darn her she always does!)
(i'm not sure which boy this is
but kate says she can tell the difference
& you don't argue with a woman who had 12 pounds of babies in her)

so fun to see my little sister as a mommy:)
love you kate!
you are doing such a good job!


yell O!

(the contents of my pockets:postgame)

there are people who are college football fans
there are people who are not college football fans
& there are people not yet classified who do this:
(any resemblance to Q circa 2004 is purely coincidental...
that's his game face by the way)

maybe you would call them super fans
maybe you would call them crazy
or mr. & mrs too-much-time-on-their-hands
(we did put a temporary tattoo on our 6 month old, after all)
just don't call us late for kick off

i wouldn't say that brian & i are super fans
but then again how do you explain this:
i am an oregon duck fan
my boss is an oregon state beaver fan
(it's okay you can wince...)
i feel okay about it though because
my sister actually MARRIED a beaver fan...
i know! seriously!
(love you kate! love you ryan!)
one of the other people i work with i only know through work
she graduated from UofO last year
& i think she would say she is an oregon fan
but i would beg to differ because a few weeks ago
on a friday night while we were working she said
'i think we're going to lose tomorrow'
this simple statement caused something to rise up in me
something mean & overreactive (look! a new word!)
& i think it says something about
my maturity that i didn't say anything out loud
(no, i just saved it to post on the internet
very very mature)
but i wanted to say
'you're not a fan!
you're not a duck!
a real duck fan doesn't say 'we're going to lose'
they say 'it's going to be a tough one'
or 'it'll be close'
or 'i sold my tickets cause i can't stand the pain'
a real fan does not utter the word lose
unless it is in a sentence like 'i hope i didn't lose my giant foam finger'
(actually i think those are banned from autzen stadium
along with umbrellas
but why would we need umbrellas?
'because it never ______ __ ______ ________'
a real fan knows how to fill in those blanks)
or like brian said on saturday
'i wouldn't bet money on the ducks today'
(but oh baby, you should have!:)
why such venom & aggression?
isn't everyone entitled to their own opinion?
i suppose so
but then just don't call yourself a fan
maybe you could be a duck appreciator
or a duck observer
(or a fairweather fan!!!!
oops there's that aggression...)

on to the cheerleaders
first may i say
i have many friends who were cheerleaders
& they were good ones & cute & flippy & all that
i love them dearly
this is not a bash on cheerleaders
it is simply an observation about the oregon duck cheerleaders
i should start off explaining that phil knight
the founder of nike is an oregon alumni
this is like having oprah be your aunt
(or how i would imagine it...
'what's that room?'
'oh it's full of my aunt's favorite things.
she sends them to me after every episode')
& so since this man loves his alma mater (is that how you spell that?)
he showers us with gifts & new uniforms every few games
(by the way i loved the black on black & the feathers!
i loved the wings!)
& new libraries & locker rooms & such
you know trinkets...
& so our CL's are outfitted by one of the best
active wear design companies out there
when other teams CL's visit they wear traditional outfits:
sweaters with stripes, pleated skirts, sleeveless turtleneck things
our cheerleaders?
cute little halter tops, a-line mini skirts & the coolest white quilted puffy jackets ever
(i know they sound really weird but those jackets are so cool)
other CL's hair:
ponytails with coordinated ribbon tied in a bow
always down & either stick straight
or curly & crimpy
(much better to fly around when they do their crazy moves)
it's like if pac-10 football was gilligan's island
all of the other team's CL's are maryanne
& the oregon CL's are ginger
i think that is the perfect comparison...
the real question is
would coach bellotti be the professor, the skipper or the millionaire?
(answer D all of the above)

all of that to say
brian & i went to the game saturday
the usual duckie roller coaster ride
almost not winning
(notice i didn't say losing)
i love going with brian
we sit in the same place
high five all the same people when something good happens
the people we only see a few times a year
but it doesn't matter
because we all have something in common
we are oregon fans.
yes we are...

go ducks!

& that cool oregon necklace in that picture was made by erin reive
& she sells them
(she even makes oregon state ones but i don't recommend those:)
she has a blog & an etsy site
(the necklaces aren't on her etsy
but you could email her & she would help you out
she's really nice:)

14 November 2008

my favorite martian...

'mommy? i'll never say i don't love you'

& the 'ugh.' is gone...


13 November 2008

07 November 2008


one of my favorite blogs is posie gets cozy
oh my goodness i love that blog
alicia, the blogger in question
writes just how you would hope she talks in real life
(& actually i did hear an interview with her
& she does talk like that)
& she talks about
& movies
& knitting
& cooking
& dogs...
i don't cook or knit or have a dog
but it doesn't matter
she makes me want to read about it...
& even though one day i may cook
& i may have a dog
i will never ever knit
(don't take that as a challenge, susan)
& i know i'm gushing
but i don't even care if i am
that blog is just perfectly right for me:)
& if you go read it you will agree
& you will love it
& you will come back here & say
'you did not gush enough!
get back to it!'

she did this cool one word meme
& that is right up my alley
actually meme's are right up my alley
are you kidding?
a bloggie slam book?
but sometimes they just seem too...something
brain power using
but this one
this one is just right...
so read my answers
& then do it yourself
in my comments or on your own blog
& then link me to you in my comments
i want to see who you are in not so many words...

Where is your mobile phone? here
Where is your significant other? teaching
Your hair colour? dark
Your mother? kind
Your father? generous
Your favourite thing? color
Your dream last night? looking
Your dream goal? organization
The room you're in? sunny-ish
Your hobby? making
Your fear? fear
Where do you want to be in 6 years? ready
Where were you last night? nbc
What you're not? concise
One of your wish-list items? hot-tub
Where you grew up? small
The last thing you did? munch
What are you wearing? brown
Your TV? off
Your pets? nonexistent
Your computer? happy
Your mood? fine
Missing someone? much
Your car? good
Something you're not wearing? tutu
Favourite shop? target
Your summer? sweet
Love someone? always
Your favourite colour? yellow
When is the last time you laughed? kids
When is the last time you cried? kids

i must say that was challenging & probably took more time to do than other meme's when i had
all the words in the world to use...
& speaking of the world
i guess posie got this one from
someone british or canadian
which i like & approve of...

so go for it you!
lay it on me!


06 November 2008


i'm thinking about having our christmas tree on the porch
just having one there
welcoming us home with it's festive glow...
doesn't that sound nice?
i haven't mentioned it to anyone
except you...
but i'm just thinking about it


05 November 2008

& many more...

this month i had so much fun with the cocoa daisy kit
i mean i usually have fun with the kits
but something about this month...
i really like the layouts that came from it
maybe because they feature some of my favorite
& pictures
& subjects...

kate & her cute belly...november 2009
(i know it hasn't happened yet
but i can tell it's going to be a banner month:)
i love all of the numbers
(the pink ones were cut from a piece of patterned paper)
& just in case you were wondering if
i was so off that i thought it was 2009
or maybe that i found a time machine & you want in on it
come back in a few days...
i will tell you all about the calendar idea then

& my favorite first day of school picture
that one in the middle...
oh my he is so cute!
& how he's standing & looking over
& his hair!
i just want to eat him up
& i do try sometimes
but when i start sprinkling salt on him
just for flavor
he runs away...

this month is cocoa daisy's second anniversary
it seems like it was just yesterday
we were excited to see her first smile
& now look at her walking around & talking...)
& to celebrate tricia is giving lots of stuff away
so go check it out
you too may be a winner...

if you want to see more of my cocoa daisy stuff
& other scrappy stuff
check out my scrap blog
it's full of stuff
that's for sure:)

04 November 2008

just dodging the lightening...

you know there's this new thing on blogger
called followers?
so you can keep track of the blogs you read
& people know that you read their blogs
(i think those are the reasons why...)
but every time i see the section in a sidebar
i can only think of that time in the bible
when jesus said
'pick up your nets & follow me'
& they became followers of jesus...
it just seems funny
'hey, blog readers pick up your keyboards & follow me!
i have no idea where we are going
& we will probably be late
but it will be pretty fun'
not that i am comparing jesus leading people
to my blog writing
cause that would be silly...

it's over there on my sidebar now
so follow
don't follow
do whatcha wanna do...
isn't there a saying
'lead, follow or get out of the way'?
so many thoughts
(well, two anyway)
about following...
who knew?


ps pretty cool
how we all got to witness history tonight...
i think it is a step in the right direction
& i hope it is too...

03 November 2008

every leaf speaks bliss to me...

since my first job
(@ mcdonald's, thank you very much
i made the biscuits back when
they were actually made with a mix
not delivered in their hockey puckish state)
i have always had a few jobs at a time
or at least switched often
& i've only been fired once
(& that was because that dumb guy
didn't show up to cover my shift
& also
i hadn't gotten his signature that he would cover it
& also
when that happened i was in mexico)
i like the variety
& doing lots of different things at once
(yes, i have considered getting tested for adult adhd)

so right now one of my jobs is
doing seasonal displays for my friend
who owns a spa
she loves different & over the top
& she gives me lots of freedom to play around
tonight i'm going to do christmas displays
so i thought i would show you my fall stuff

(if you are morally against
tearing pages out of books
& painting them
& cutting them to look like leaves
you might want to just move along to
another blog
or go read my last post
there's new born babies in it!)

anyway i guess i just explained my process:
tear all the pages out of a book
(an extra copy of jane eyre that i had)
~paint them with watered down paint
so that the words show through
~let them dry
~cut out leaves free hand
~cut so many that you don't even care if they resemble leaves any more
~hot glue them to a tree
remember that originally you had wanted to
get a great looking branch
but then didn't find one
so you had to buy a fully green leafed ficus tree
& cut all of the leaves off
& then glue all of the fake book page letters to it
remember that the easy way is never quite as fun
& that if it had been easy & fast you wouldn't have been able to watch
7 episodes of gilmore girls while painting cutting & gluing

i also do things for the tables
& usually those have to do with things
& sticking out of
a vase or vessel of some sort
but this time i decided to make little
stand up quote decoration-ie things (official name)
brian made the wooden stand up part
& i did the quote decoration-ie part
i love doing this stuff
i go late at night
& listen to podcasts
& just enjoy some creative time
also i love fall
so playing with these colors
is really nice
& also
usually there are little treats
sometimes m&m's even
happy fall, friends...

& come play photos coming soon...