Thursday, March 31, 2011

Every girl needs it...

When I was in high school I had men follow me and my friend home one night. Thank God my parents were home and the car decided to leave once my mom came outside. I saw that hideous green car a few more times and they followed me around again. Then my mom bought me mace, and my grandparents bought me a cell phone. After this incident my mom helped me develop a plan. She told me to drive to the police station rather than home. They won't (God willing) pursue you into the station, and they won't know where you live. This piece of advice has always stuck with me. Unfortunately, I had to throw my mace away when I was at the Las Vegas airport and have never had any since.
Well I have never needed it... or wanted it, until today.
Today I had a man following me home after work. He honked at me initially and I thought he meant my right turn was too slow. Then we were stuck at the light together. He started making kissing gestures at me and when I reacted negatively to that (merely making a face) he started calling me a "Ho." He proceeded to follow me and honk at me and pull up next to me. Fight or flight kicked in.
Having just moved to a new area of town, I didn't know where the nearest police station was, and I sure as hell wasn't going to go home with this a-hole behind me. He was in the left lane, and as we neared an intersection I made a quick decision to turn right so he couldn't follow me. I watched in my rear view mirror the whole way down this road to make sure he hadn't found me again.
I don't think I have ever hit so many red lights, or called Mustang Man so many times... Panic rolled through my body still. I had to get home as quick as possible because my gas light was on, and there was no way I was going to run out of gas at a time like this. I checked my rear views again and made the essential turns. Pulled into my garage and closed it as soon as possible.

The moment I got home I researched where the nearest police station is and where to get mace. I came across some pretty fashionable items. Not that I need my mace to be fashionable... but why not?

Or, to really scare your potential attacker, check out this little number

Anyway, I guess this is just a reminder to be safe, be prepared and always have a plan. You never expect some psycho to act out against you.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


pityesh- n. feeling sorry for someone while envying them at the same time.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Music Monday! Joshua Radin

Quite some time ago, when I used to watch Grey's Anatomy religiously with my darling sister, I discovered one of my favorite artists of all time: Joshua Radin.

Mr. Radin initially wanted to be a different kind of artist, a painter. He studied at Northwestern University. But he later he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play. His folk music has been part of many television soundtracks, my life's soundtrack and many weddings too: Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding, my BFF's and, in the near future, mine as well! 

His music is smooth and easy to listen to, along the same lines as the early Ray LaMontagne, but clean shaven, and a little poppier than Damien Rice, but I would never hold it against him. There is something in his voice that makes my heart palpitate, and his looks too. It is the kind of music that links songs to your memories, and when you hear it again, it takes you back.

I picked up his first album, We Were Here, in 2006 at The Record Exchange and listened to it until it wouldn't play anymore. Well, that isn't entirely true, if it were a cassette tape that may have been the case. I absolutely love that album. Simple Times (2008) was equally delish.

Just this weekend I just picked up his new album The Rock and The Tide (2010) and, although some of the songs are very similar to his first two his albums, there are a few songs that are so far off from the Joshua Radin I have grown to know and love. It is an entirely new sound and personality. The first word that comes to mind is... "Electric," and the second is "Mature." Although, I am not sure if I am explaining it correctly. His voice sounds more mature (deeper maybe)... and I say electric because the songs are more up-beat than ever before. The first track on the album, "Road to Ride On" definitely sets the tone for the change that Joshua Radin fans need to prepare for. It almost seems like he is announcing the change through his lyrics.

"I'm always the last one
never ready for the fast ones,
well it's time to change
so we make our plans,
set our sites on a new land
one that's kind of strange."

I am sure the album will grow on me, as albums often do.

You can check out some of his music on his website, but I suggest picking some up and listening to it while you are preparing for a barbecue with friends this summer. You won't regret it.

In the mean time enjoy my favorite song by him...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday Blog Meet up

Mrs. B. Kim told me about this bloggers' Meet Up and she said we HAD to go. So go we did... and we walked our feet off. It was a good opportunity to meet up with some ladies that have the same interest as us. We discovered some great new Vintage shops and met a few pretty cool peeps.

We walked all over PHX and fortunately walked by a photo that I have been waiting to shoot for the longest time. I think this is one of the coolest murals I have ever seen, and PHX is covered in different murals that are great. (Forgive the terrible Vignette. It was a setting on my phone I wanted to test out.)

And this sweet painting was at a vintage shop... and I am blanking on the name, but I loved the painting.

I did pick up one stellar item at the Grow Op 

I got this sweet baby for $25. I think I may have paid a little too much for it, but it will bring me joy for years to come... even if it is locked and no key was included in the sale. Ah such a mystery!
As we were winding down the day's activities we went to Francis and Smeeks. I was on a hunger rampage at this point. I should have thought ahead and brought a sack lunch. I inhaled a Chick-o-stick in hopes of a little protein to liven up my spirit.

I have always loved the jewelry display at Francis. I would love to have this sitting on my dresser, necklaces included to complement my current collection.

Oh, and their soy candles... to die for... I wish this were a scratch 'n sniff blog so you could partake in the amazing fragrances.

The rest of the gals went to dinner later that night but I had guests coming over for dinner. I had to scoot home and get in Suzie Homemaker mode in a rapid fashion.
All in all it was a fun and a great way to spend a Saturday.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring in the Desert

There is something spectacular about Spring in the desert. We get amazing cactus blooms and succulent blooms, and if you drive down the road with the windows down you can still get a hint of the orange blossoms. It is amazing. We may not get all the blooms that the rest of the country gets, but I'll take these flowers and the sun year round.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Help with Style

Help Japan by purchasing this shirt for $20 from Respire Apparel. 100% of the profits go to Global Living Tsunami and Earth Quake relief. And, I think it is a pretty amazing design.

It's a science

The weather is getting hotter and hotter each day. I judge this by the temperature of my pool, which is nearly 70. What is one to do other than go get some fro-yo? So that's just what Mrs. b. kim and I did. It hit the spot... I think another trip is in order.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


today was a craptacular day. I decided I would finally iron those clothes that needed ironing. You know, the ones you hang in your closet hoping they will iron themselves, or at least gravity will help you out a little. I mean, I finally have an ironing board. But don't let that fool you. I never took home ec. I don't know how to iron. So, I got 2 pairs of pants done, then my white sailor pencil skirt had gathered too much dust (I think it is the fact that it had to be ironed #1 and a thong must be worn #2) so I stopped ironing it as it needed to go into the wash anyhow. Then it was my fire engine (maybe redder) red capris. DEVASTATION! Apparently there is a reason for the heat setting.
At this point I unplugged the iron and sulked in the front room with my glass of wine. Nothing Mustang Man could say would make this situation better. Even the idea for "water" didn't help, as it just made me feel more stupid. I didn't add water to my iron... is that the problem?

Now I have gone through my favorite blogs and Fashion Toast revealed to me that I have nothing to fret about, or sulk about as things are far worse in Japan and I should count my blessings. And I do...

Now, I am glad that I am here. I know that I need to professionally press my clothes and I would also like a mustard yellow cardigan that goes with everything... except pink.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Saturday

Nothing better than waking up, having a cup of coffee while mustang man makes breakfast so I can watch the cat bark at the birds.

This is my new favorite breakfast. Toast with jam and over hard eggs.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011


I think Wendy's frosty spoons are too deep.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Simple Cinnamon Dumplings

What you need:
2 Rolls of Pillsbury Pizza Dough
8 tablespoons of butter
1 cup of suga!
A few tablespoons of Cinnamon

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees!

Start by taking the Pillsbury rolls and tear pieces off and roll into a 1" ball and place on a plate

Then, melt your butta in one bowl, then mix your cinnamon and suga' in another bowl

Start dippin'! (Butter first then the sugar mixture)

Place on a baking sheet (I put parchment paper down to prevent sticking and a mess)

Dump the left over butter on the dumplin' and sprinkle some excess sugar mixture over the top.
Then toss in the oven for about 30 minutes. 

Put your cat in charge of keeping an eye on them...

Once they are delicious and golden brown, pull them out and let them sit for about 5 mins and start eatin'! 


Best salad ever! The Wendy's apple pecan salad (without the chicken) is the best thing I have found on a fast food menu! I only use half the dressing but all the pecans for some lunch protien. I am sure the delectable bleu cheese helps in that department as well. Yum!
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Monday, March 7, 2011

A dream

I am totally digging this outfit! You may think that the bottom portion of this ensemble is a skirt, but it is a pant with a skirt overlay to create an amazing mermaid effect! By Jil Sander
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Monday wind down...

After a morbid Monday I thought a little fashion and wine was a good way to wind down... along with a little easy baking. Today my green venture buddy and I nearly were killed in the HOV lane by a single driver in a truck. I don't mean his relationship status, but he was alone in his truck, and he shouldn't have swerved into the HOV lane and shoved us into the shoulder. Thank goodness Mrs. B Kim was driving because she safely got us out of the situation, but had I been driving I am sure he would have run me right into the cement barrier. For the remainder of our Green Venture we relived all the car wrecks we have been in.
Then, on our drive home we discussed all the funerals we had been to because Mrs. B. Kim's dear husband's grandmother passed away earlier today. I teared up a few times in the car today remembering all the ones we have lost.

Thus the morbid Monday title. A hard, sad day.
So, I decided cinnamon in the air and wine on the palette would be a good cure. Recipe and baking process to follow.

I hope everyone else had a great Monday! If not, I suggest picking up a Vogue and a bottle of wine.
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Friday, March 4, 2011

What were you born to do?

Mustang Man and I just picked up the "Born to Run" book by Christopher McDougall. We frequently read books aloud to each other, just a little break to get away from the boob tube. This book is amazing, hearing about his journey to become a better, healthier runner by running barefoot. This came from me trying on these bad boys... from Vibram.

I saw them a few years ago while I still lived in the Northwest, but never knew their true value until Mustang Man ran a marathon with his best friend and my sister. He had constant foot pain, very similar to what happened to author McDougall when he started his journey, realizing that his "running" shoes, could be what were injuring him all along.

Now that he is training again, I think we are both going to start with a barefoot approach. 
Here is to another marathon!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


"Things do not change; we change." Henry David Thoreau
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