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I am nervous excited to report that my little blog is upgrading to bigger and better things.  I don’t know or understand all the details yet but I’ve put my sister (Sad Robots) at the helm and trust her completely.  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:

 The blog might be down for a while during the process, but hopefully not for long.

Thank you all for reading and for bearing with us while we redecorate!

When I have a group of photos I can’t build a post around, I file them under Random and call it a day.  Even people who are usually creative have to throw in the towel from time to time.  I hope you enjoy these all the same.

I took a vacation day a little bit ago made a trip to Cincinnati (West Chester to be specific) to visit some coworkers.  On the way back, my friend and I ended up at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets and this is a picture from Saks Fifth Avenue outlet and their very long table with a rainbow of denim.  If I were a few inches taller, I’d be all over this trend.  I just have this sneaking suspicion that I will look like a toddler in bright colored pants because I’m only 5′ tall.

This precious angel came to visit my workplace for an event.  The picture really can’t do justice to how humongous this guy really is.  If I were a criminal I would be terrified.  He let me pet him and didn’t mind that I think he’s adorable.

I debated whether or not to post this picture because it shows a mess in my house, but the power of cuteness prevailed.  Julia started sleeping on the pile of clothes next to my closet and I don’t have the heart to pick up knowing she likes it so much.  I pull a few items out of the pile to wash but I make sure to put something back so it’s still a doggie nest.

Here’s a group of photos I took on a recent date night with Husband.  We saw the Dark Knight Rises and because I haven’t been to this theatre in a long time, I forgot how cute all the neon was.

At my work, I have a little bit of control over the supply order and I try to make sure that every once in a while we get some fun Expo colors.  I didn’t know if anyone really appreciated this until I happened to be working in one of the classrooms and noticed someone had pilfered most of the fun colors!  It made my day.

Last weekend, my friends and I finally got to see the long anticipated Moonrise Kingdom.  What made it extra special was that we saw it at The Neon in Dayton – arguably the best theatre ever.  They have great prices and serve beer, snacks, and coffee drinks – and seriously, how many movie theaters serve anything that doesn’t come from some food processing plant or something?  I always love going to The Neon and if you’ve never been, you need to try it.  You’ll probably never go back to a traditional multiplex again.

The Neon
130 East Fifth Street
Dayton, OH  45402
For Showtimes: (937) 222-7469(SHOW)

Call this the clip show of my blog.

Here we have a Dilbert cartoon that completely describes my workplace.  It’s hanging up in my cube and it does make me chuckle even though I’ve read it 134 times.

Vulcan Tool Co. is close to my house so one day I decided to take a picture of it.  My husband says that he heard there was a fire there in the early 1900s and people died as a result.  So it’s most definitely haunted, of course.

So here I am getting ready for a meeting to start at work when I look up to find my name on the board.  So odd, yet it cheered me up.

One of the loveliest things about St. Anthony is that they light the Christmas star around Christmas each year.  However, I snapped this picture in June…

Like many girls, I’ve received flowers from boys for special occasions like my birthday, Sweetest Day, etc.  However, I realized the other day that the sweetest flowers are the ones I feel I earn after going through the event that takes place on the same week each quarter at my job.  I have a lot of pride putting these roses on my desk because they symbolize getting a lot of work done and the end of some very stressful times.  That is, until it’s time to start planning the next one…

Well that was fast.  It seems like just yesterday I was at my 200th post wondering how I got there.  This is a picture of me getting ready to wind down after a long day at work by watching my last episodes of Downton Abbey.  How sad I will be when that show is over.

Thank you all so much for reading my blog!  Writing for this is one of my favorite things ever – even more than shopping, cake, or Victorian-era period dramas.

I’m happy to report that I followed a lot of your advice from the last poll so let’s have another, shall we?

I never expected to fall so deeply in love with any show on PBS, but then earlier this week I was itching to watch season 2 (after devouring season 1 in a few days) but couldn’t get my hands on it.  I tried requesting it from the library but I was 169th in line.  Then I thought about buying it outright but that was too expensive.  My husband’s suggestion was the most absurd of all:  Just wait for it to come to Netflix.  Umm, I did that – I waited 24 hours and it’s still not there so waiting more is not going to happen.  I was about to start writing Downton Abbey fan fiction when I received a $25 iTunes gift card in the mail (one of the perks to one of my credit cards), which I took as a sign from the universe that I should buy season 2 from iTunes and watch them all back to back and call off work.  I only did the former – buy it – and I’m trying instead to take it slow and watch just one episode at a time because there are only ten after all.  Sigh.

Downton Abbey combines everything I love in a TV show:  Romance, intrigue, thinly veiled sarcasm, very dry wit, women with English stoicism, 1910s, sprawling country estates, women’s suffrage, and World War I.  You can see why I also love Glee and Mad Men.  Plus, after I’ve watched an episode, my inner monologue is in a British accent just like my GPS!

Since apparently you are just as likely to get struck by lightening, it’s a good idea to prepare for what you would do if you win the lottery (and while we’re on the subject, don’t hold up metal rods during thunderstorms).  I’ve also heard that statistically you are just as likely to win the lottery whether you play or not.  It’s nice to know that at any moment, someone could come in and inform me I’m now a millionaire.    At least that’s how I’m going to interpret that information.

A while back people wouldn’t stop talking about the Mega Millions because it was up to $650 million (so the person who won is now wealthier than some countries).  After hearing about it all day, I decided to buy my first lottery ticket – the only problem was that I had no idea what to ask for or how it worked (why doesn’t it have a scratch-off section?  Isn’t that how it works?).  The discussion with the nice lady at the lottery ticket booth at Kroger yielded a little bit of information about the lottery process and a whole lot of discussion about whether or not I would share the loot with my husband or send him packing.

It got me thinking, what would I do if I won the lottery?  Of course there’s the banal paying off of all debt, and maybe even buying my husband a new car (with a gas door that closes and a center console with the lid intact), but what beyond that?  Then I thought about charity because more than making generous donations, with that kind of money I could actually do whatever I want to create the change I want to see.  So I think I would want to improve the community of Dayton by buying houses and storefronts and remodeling them to make them attractive to people looking to settle in the Dayton area or start a new business.  I wouldn’t be working so I would need to create my own work to sustain my soul and this seems like the best way.  And really, it’s quite selfish because I’d be investing in the community to make it a better place to live for me and everyone else.

And I would be doing all of this in a killer new wardrobe…just sayin.

Yes, yes it does.  Want to know why I’m not a fashion blogger or a beauty blogger or a food blogger, etc?  Because I lack focus.  I was told that my blog lacks focus the other day and I just want to say that this is not news.  If no other facet of my life has focus, why should my blog?  That would be bananas.

As people who have ever had even one conversation with me will tell you, talking with me is like going on some sort of journey where the destination does not come near to resembling the origin. I can also tell you that although I love reading Vogue, my favorite magazines are always ones covering a more diverse subject base like Glamour.  These magazines are often called “lifestyle” magazines because they don’t really cover one main subject, but rather a variety.  Taken as a whole, they are very entertaining, as I hope my blog is to my readers.  So I guess I’m a lifestyle blogger.  I like that.

Did you know that butterflies can taste with their feet!?  That’s pretty neat, right?

Sorry, see what I mean?