Top 10 {beginning of the year edition}

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I didn't mean to start off 2010 without blogging. The start of this year has been insanely busy and I just haven't had a spare moment to do much of anything. Here is my top 10 for the beginning of 2010.

Also, I needed to take Christmas down, so I just threw this banner up there. I am hoping for something a little more winter{ish}, but just don't have time. And really -- it's always 70 degrees and sunny in LA anyway, so I guess this is fitting, for now...

10. At the beginning of last week, I was told that I could open up shop at Scrap Matters. I didn't want to wait, and stayed up very, very late working on previews, uploading my files to the site FTP, and setting up my shop {you need to upload previews and set up your shopping cart}.

It involved staying up until 4 or 5 am a few times, but so worth it! Between this and blog design, I have been extremely busy. Everyone at SM has been so sweet to me. So, you can now find me at Polka Dot Plum and Scrap Matters!

9. On New Year's Day, my sister and Angela came over to J's. We played Apples to Apples, they all talked about football, and I made a delicious pasta salad.

Here is the recipe.

1 (1lb) box of pasta. I prefer whole wheat (no surprise there) but the 3 color curly one looks prettier, so I used that.
1 cup Newman's Italian dressing
1 container fresh mozzarella balls
Spinach leaves
Chopped celery

Boil pasta, and let it cool down.
Add 1 cup dressing, mozzarella, some spinach leaves, and chopped celery. That's really it. Very, very easy, and a nice, light meal. It was recommended that you let it marinate for a bit, although I only let it sit an hour or two before everyone at it. I loved it, and made it again last week.

8. On January 6th, we celebrated my mom's birthday.

7. I started project 365. If you don't know what this is, I'll explain. You take one photograph every day for one year. Lots of people are doing a blog post every day to document each photo.

You can click the image below to visit my 365 blog. It has been really fun so far, so let's hope I can keep up with it. Is anyone else doing project 365?

6. I redesigned my site, and have been working on my wait list. This look is very clean/simple and graphic. I think I love it.

5. I started physical therapy for the car accident that I was in before I left for my big trip. I've been so busy that I hadn't had a chance to go until last week.

4. I've been working out. I went Saturday-Tuesday, then had a hair appointment Wednesday, and spent all of Thurs-Friday working on my shop at SM. Still -- I am very serious about my workouts. I cannot wait to get the ok to go back to spinning, rowing, and yoga!

3. I spent Saturday with J's parents and his sister {and her family}. We had a great time. The kids are so sweet. I especially love his niece {she's 4}. We discussed lots of girly things, & looked at photos and played on my iPhone. She wants me to bring my cat to her house. ;)

2. Brothers and Sisters & Housewives came back, and Big Love comes back tonight! Can't wait. But if you know me at all, you know that I really can't wait for Weeds. The only clue we have is that it returns in 2010. I am hopeful it will be back by this summer, but hopefully sooner.

Remember -- I watch quite a bit of TV, but Weeds is my favorite show. I think the fact that I speak so highly of Weeds means that you should all be watching it. You'll thank me. I promise.

1. I am bringing back Fab Fridays, only now, they'll be hosted on my design blog. If you have any great Fab Friday topics, please let me know!

And if everything else hasn't kept me busy enough, these four monsters sure do take up a lot of time. ;)

And because you can't really see his face in the photo above, I need to share the cuteness that is my kitten. He is such a love and fits in so well with his new friends, but really is a little monster. ;) Every time the front door opens, he tries to run outside. He has gotten out at least 5x. Fortunately, he is very easy to catch.

He has also not lost his obsession with licking my face in the middle of the night. Such a creepy little weirdo. That's what I get for naming him after a serial killer ;)


  1. Three cats and a chihuahua....

    That is my own personal heaven.
    Now I just need to convince my husband that we need 1 more cat and a dog.

  2. Congrats on your opening lady!! And I'm going to have to try that salad. :)

  3. I Love weeds!! and I seriously have to try that pasta salad.

  4. We don't have Showtime but we Netflix Weeds & Dexter. We do have HBO and I'm really excited about Big Love being back on. We'll probably watch it tonight on demand. I think I love TV just as much as you! It's been an especially cozy TV weekend with our freezing Florida weather!

  5. i NEED to make that pasta salad. i just got home from the gym and it's making me hungry. i'm going to bed.

  6. Congrats on getting your kits added to Scrap Matters! That is fantastic. The pasta salad that you made looks delicious and I may need to try that. I also wanted to wish your mom Happy (belated) Birthday!

    Good for you for working out so much. I need to get back into some sort of routine.

    That’s great you got to spend some time with J and his family. I may need to get into Weeds now that I’m going through Dexter withdraw.

    The photo of all the animals is really cute!