testing … hello … is this thing on?

shaking the dust of the ol’ blog

I’ve update the “theme,” still going with a free one, maybe if I get back in the habit, I’ll be a big girl and design buy one

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2012 in review (canned, but pretty report)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Leroy, the top shelf elf for myself

Sooooo I started this thing … this “Elf For Myself” thing. I named him Leroy, I took him everywhere and he did silly and sometimes inappropriate things, mainly involving alcohol. He worked his creepy little hand magic into the hearts of many of my friends on facebook and instagram. People started requesting his presence at life events, they wanted to be sure I brought him everywhere.
What they didn’t understand is that Leroy is the elf for MYself… as in me. Get your own damn elf, but be warned, I tm’d “elf for myself” so don’t event think about making that new elf and elf for yourself. Leroy is my toy and he does my crazy ideas – not yours – I don’t share my toys – this is not new news.
Now it’s time for Leroy to hit the road for the next 11 months, just like all good elves do. I was hoping to have a grand send off in all that snow we were going to get, but that is currently a bust. He may ride off into the sky on all the fireworks we have in the garage, but again, the goal is not to get me arrested.

But don’t fear – Leroy will be back next year, in all his creepy, tiny glory. He’ll turn up when he’s least expected and probably scare the bejesus out of you – and that’s the true meaning of Leroy.

If you missed any of the Leroy shenanigans, you can find them all chronicled here: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/topshelfelf
A coffee table book will be available in time for Easter.

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NWA Boutique Show GIVE-A-WAY!!!!


Who has their Christmas shopping done? I sure don’t, I haven’t event started … and if you do … well, we can talk later.

If you need a little motivation to start or just an excuse to go shopping with some friends … I have a TREAT for you!

I have a pair of “Girls Night Out” tickets to give away to the NWA Boutique Show!!!

The show is November 9-10 at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale and the GNO event is Friday November 9th from 6 – 9 pm.
While you are shopping BEFORE everyone else, not only will there be music, food and drinks, you get a fabulous (and free) swag bag … and then there’s door prizes too! The pair GNO passes is worth $20 … but, really, how can you put a price on shopping on a Friday night with your bff!

Here’s how to ENTER TO WIN 2 Girls Night Out passes … all you have to do is leave a comment here with who the toughest person to shop for on your list is and of course your email so I can contact you when (if) you win!
I’ll pick a winner on Monday, November 5 at 9pm.

PS … I’ll bet you a Starbucks that you can find something for that hard to buy for person AT the boutique show!
Here are some of my favorite items I’ve seen so far!

Happy Shopping!

Baggies of white powder … for your hair

We all know baby powder and cornstarch are great for a quick fix to oily hair. You know that right? Well now you do. And I’ve read recently many people suggest to keep a little bit with you in a snack size baggie at all times.

But what happens when you have that little baggie of white powder in your car and you happen to get pulled over for maybe going 5 miles over the speed limit, or some other slight infraction of the law?
I don’t know either, but it’s something to think about!

Red Lips are not for me!

A few times every year I try a couple of new red lip items … gloss, matte, you name it, I’ve tried it. And every, single time, it’s a miserable and sad fail which no one should ever have to experience.

Thankfully over the years, I’ve just started trying the ones from Walmart, long gone are the days of testing out anything at Sephora and risk the fear in the eyes of the workers and shoppers alike as I scramble to find something, anything, to remove the awfulness that I’ve attempted to put on my face.

You see, not only does the color NEVER work for me, I just can’t wear lipstick – it ALWAYS ends up somewhere between my nose and left temple. No matter the amount of lip liner, the stuff is going to migrate just like geese do.

I can’t say I am going to stop, but I am at least admitting I have a problem – I hear that’s the first step.

Welcome to 2012

2011 was pretty fabulous and I am excited to say I really believe 2012 will be equally fabulous if not more so!

… a sad Hog bowl game, Amanda’s Birthday Bash on a Bus, Paint the Town Red, a little bit of snow and ended with my first trip to Disney World! a lot more snow and temperatures of negative 15 at times! It also brought Wine and Chocolate and Kiss a Pig events, always fun to play dress up! 24 inches of snow, a THSC pub crawl, the loss of a Fayetteville icon and a wonderful trip to NYC! Lady Gaga, the M&N Augustine Easter Feed, and a royal wedding, a very scary week of tornadoes, a Little Rock crawfish boil another fabulous trip to NYC and Mike’s birthday Red White and Baby Blue, too many days over 100 degrees and not enough days on the patio at Theo’s, we became lifetime members of Crystal Bridges, Lela’s book launch of “Blacklisted from the PTA”, a quick trip to Gulf Shores for some beach time, and Presley’s birthday, WE GOT ENGAGED at Tiffany in NYC, Staci’s bachelorette party weekend in Florida and my birthday, a stock the bar party for S&P, football season and wedding planning, more football, a Zei family wedding, more wedding planning, Staci and Preston’s wedding, Thanksgiving and more wedding planning, Christmas and (you got it) more wedding planning

Yep – 2011 wasn’t all that bad!

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