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Friday, June 4, 2010


Dawn, who cleans for me every other week, can cook.

She cooks like my mom cooks… without a recipe, throwing things together, tasting it, improving it, and calling it good.

And then… I CALLED IT GOOD. This, apparently, is some sort of leftover beef roast with barley and corn and YUM.

I mean, people. There are bits of cooked carrots in there and I still ate it. I asked for the recipe and then I remembered who I was talking to so I just shut up and grabbed a spoon.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010


In case anyone forgot about Padma, she’s still here. And isn’t this the most gorgeous background photo you’ve ever seen? It’s the Oregon coast… Josh took it when he went to Jenni’s wedding renewal.

I’ve decided that when I die and go to heaven, I’m going to live in a cottage on that beach. Only it’ll be heaven, so the air will be pure and I’ll totally get to go for a walk along the shore.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010


This shot is for Alece.

When she was here, she thought it was hilarious that Riley had, as she called them, bad fur days.

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Monday, June 7, 2010


So, I was on Twitter Sunday night when we were having a discussion about frozen Oreos.

Yes, I promote them wherever I go. Have you tried freezing a double stuffed Oreo and eating it frozen? No? Then go now and put them in the freezer.

You’ll thank me later.

Anyway, Cathi informed me that frozen grapes are the way to go.

Oh. My. Grapes. People. This is by far my new favorite snack.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to get through an entire summer without watching Glee, since the season finale was this past Tuesday. I watched. I rewound. I watched again.

My friend Amanda had sent me this Glee gum she found, though, so I’m hoping the cute packaging will distract me as I’m going through withdraw.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Last week, when Marla sent her daughter Nina’s artwork, she also included tiles for Riley so there would be no question about his status in our house.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


This photo tells you why the tiles weren’t really needed. He pretty much gets what he wants around here.

Which is why I think the tiles were really more for me than him. But don’t tell him.

It’ll just be our little secret.

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Thanks for once again sharing my week with me! Click on the button below if you want to go to Jessica’s site and check out the other participants showing off their weekly photos as well:



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Friday, May 28, 2010


Riley is always excited when a package arrives. Which is ridiculously optimistic because most of the time there is nothing for him in the box. But every now and then I’m a really nice dog owner and order a few little treats for him as well.

Lucky dog. 🙂

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Saturday, May 29, 2010


This has been my favorite stand-by lunch since I was a very little girl. Actually, it was the only thing I ever wanted for lunch growing up, and I would eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Mom every day before the bus picked me up for afternoon kindergarten.

For me, this sandwich is comfort food. I’m sure for my mother, this sandwich was what came directly before a few hours of peace and quiet in the house. 🙂

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Sunday, May 30, 2010


I could hardly look at this photo long enough to crop it and put it on this page. Imagine how completely freaked out I was when I took the picture.


I am still looking under pillows and blankets for fear it had babies.

There was HAIR on that thing.

You have no idea how much wadded up toilet paper it took for me to grab that sucker and flush it. But I wanted the photo so when I tell people I killed the largest spider known to man, I have proof.

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Monday, May 31, 2010


I know, you’ve seen pictures like this of Riley a thousand different times. And people are always commenting how well he poses for pictures. But what you never see is this:


He poses so nicely because the minute he hears that first shutter click, he is diving at me for the inevitable Cheerio that follows. There’s no free lunch around here, people.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010


On Tuesday, the girls and I had our rescheduled birthday dinner… and when I mentioned the word camera, it was met with a resounding “NO.”

I think they’re over the whole blog thing.

So before I went to bed I grabbed the camera and took a picture of the only evidence that they were here…


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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


And this… well, I may or may not have eaten this little bit of leftovers for breakfast the next morning.

We won’t even talk about all the Cushing’s weight I have yet to lose. I mean, it was mostly fruit, right???

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Thursday, June 3, 2010


Is there anything better than beautifully colored pictures from little people?

Marla’s sweet, lovely, youngest daughter Nina showed me her artistic side and sent me some new artwork for my fridge. I always say that life is just a little happier with Eyore around. 🙂divider blue

Thanks for once again sharing my week with me! Click on the button below if you want to go to Jessica’s site and check out the other participants showing off their weekly photos as well:


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Friday, May 21, 2010


*I* got this great new pillow for my birthday from my friend Shannon. *I* am thrilled with it because it makes laying on the couch more comfortable, and that means I’m not spending all day every day in bed. *I* can now prop up my legs and take pressure off my hips and *I* love it!

That is, when *he* isn’t claiming it as his own. *He* may be just a little possessive of everything that enters *his* domain.

Don’t let that innocent look fool you. He’s a manipulator, that one.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010


I obviously didn’t take this photo, Josh the brilliant photographer did, but it perfectly represents my favorite part of Saturday. A ridiculous number of my good twitter friends, friends who are really more like family to me, all got together on the Oregon coast to witness Jenni and Brian renew their wedding vows.

Theirs is a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption, and for those of us who couldn’t make it to Oregon to be a part of it in person, they had a live video feed of the ceremony and reception afterward. So, Saturday night I was sitting in front of my computer watching them read their vows off of their iPhones [so fitting] and celebrating with all the people who love them.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010


And Sunday I sat in front of my television to say goodbye to that face.


Will I miss LOST or will I just miss looking at Sawyer? It’s a toss up.

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Monday, May 24, 2010


Have you seen a more pitiful look?

This poor pup is usually trying to peek his head between me and the iPad these days, but he’s obviously not above giving me the old, “You should feel guilty for depriving me of my God-given right to attention” look when I’m working at the computer either.

The poor computer is what has really been lacking in attention since Padma came to live with us, but it is still the go-to technology for all things photography. Which means when a photo gets put on the blog [especially on Mondays in preparation for Gitz Bits] and I sit myself down at the computer, Riley has no problem plopping himself in my eye line and staring me down until I show him proper respect.

It’s like living in The Godfather. Except without the horse head on my pillow.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


This photo probably seems random, but there’s something comforting for me to look out my window and see my neighbor Laura’s car sitting there. I don’t actually get to see her that often, but knowing she’s in the building is just a nice feeling.

And isn’t it a cute car? It fits her personality perfectly.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I often get asked by you all what I eat now that I’m allergic to whey. Because, as you all have come to realize, whey is in almost every freaking food on the planet. So I thought I’d show you some of my main dishes over the next few Gitz Bits.

This is my favorite salad to have for lunch… it’s coleslaw from a bag [I like it because it’s crunchier than lettuce], topped with craisins, sunflower nuts and a sweet red wine vinegar dressing I make myself.

I would let you all be impressed by the fact that I make my own dressing, but really it’s just a whopping three ingredients that I put in a jar and shake. I’ve often wanted to cut up a hard boiled egg to put in the salad, but I don’t really trust that I wouldn’t screw up hard boiling an egg… I leave those complicated things to the Becky Homeckies of the world.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010


This was a present from my friend Eliana, who is 5 1/2. She made the bracelet herself and it’s my new favorite accessory. I’m pretty sure she has a future in jewelry design, so I’ll let you all know when she decides to start selling them. But for now, I alone have an El-original and I love it. 🙂

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Thanks for once again sharing my week with me! Click on the button below if you want to go to Jessica’s site and check out the other participants showing off their weekly photos as well:


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Friday, May 14, 2010


Ok, so I was talking to Susie on the phone late Friday night, intending to chat away until it turned midnight and I could officially wish her a happy birthday. We were actually talking about a really serious situation when, I swear to God, I thought a snake slithered out between the pillows next to me and landed on my arm.

Imagine how ridiculous I felt when I realized it was just Riley’s paw.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010


The thing is, though, I had no idea the little… um… I’ll say “stinker” had burrowed his way in between the two pillows that were set next to me on the couch. The pillows that, at any time, I could have leaned back against and SQUISHED THE DOG TO DEATH.

He did alert me to the fact that the clock had struck twelve, so I wished Suz a happy birthday and kept talking to her in a soothing, even tone so I could grab my camera without him realizing. Because we all know that if he had been aware I was snapping these photos ahead of time, he would have jumped out from between the pillows and started posing like the model I trained him to be.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010


As many Sunday nights as possible [read: whenever Suz is healthy] she tries to come over and watch Brothers and Sisters with me while devouring a good amount of popcorn. This past Sunday was the season finale, so we curled up on my bed and watched while the lives of the Walker family dramatically changed forever.

And, somehow, Rob Lowe was hot even while dying in a car crash.

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Monday, May 17, 2010


Ah, my cute little Elias. This magnet was his St. Patrick’s Day greeting and hangs on my fridge where I can see him daily. Last Monday, Jessica wrote a letter to Elias on her blog and included in it all the words he can say now that he’s almost two.

I let her know in a super non-subtle way that a certain name wasn’t on that list, and maybe she needed to work on that.

So that night, I got a phone call from the cutest almost-two-year-old ever and heard him say, “Hi, Gitz!”

He’s officially in the will.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I wrote last week about getting to see my aunt and uncle after they heard the Dalai Lama speak, and my friend Mark [Susie’s husband] was nice enough to drop off an informational packet for me to look at as well.

My mom has asked me to stop referring to myself as an idiot when I do idiotic things, so I’m just going to say that I felt like a total dolt when I discovered, after the fact, that His Holiness’ talk was broadcast live on the internet.

And I missed it.

Because I’m something similar to, but not exactly, an idiot.

I’ll let you know when I figure out what exactly I am…

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Wednesday night was pretty remarkable as we all waited around on Twitter for Angie’s c-section to happen so we could welcome Miss Charlotte Olivia into the world. I was trying to keep Jessica busy tweeting about dumb things while she was in the waiting room, ready to be called upon to take photos like the ones you see above.

It was a full day and a late night for all of them… Jess called on her drive home and her voice contained an amazing mix of exhaustion, awe and love.

Which pretty much sums up all a new life should be.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010


That little hand resting in mine belongs to my sweet goddaughter, Bailey. She is in second grade and recently made her first holy communion.

Something a godmother should be on hand to witness.

It made me realize how many moments are to come for her that I will need to support and love her through from afar. So I gave her a very special present for her birthday [which was in February] so a piece of me could be with her on those special occasions.

When it was time to get my class ring back in high school, I had every intention of getting an emerald [my birthstone]. But when I walked into the jewelry store with Mom and Dad, the only ring that stood out to me was the one in the photo… an amethyst with tiny little diamonds around it. I think something in the universe must have known that my sweet Bailey would have a February birthday, and the amethyst birthstone was really for her.

So Jenny [her mom] is keeping it safe for those special occasions, and I’m looking forward to being the one she gets to come to and recount all the details of all her special days.

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Thanks for once again sharing my week with me! Click on the button below if you want to go to Jessica’s site and check out the other participants showing off their weekly photos as well:

As it turns out, when I received my new iPad [aka Padma] last Friday, I only had it in my hot little hands for less than an hour when my phone and internet went out.

Seriously, I felt like I was living out a verse in the Alanis song Ironic. Turns out, I was without phone and internet until Saturday night… which was only ok because I was able to mooch wireless off of my neighbor Laura.

Can you imagine getting an iPad and then not being able to use it?!?!?

But thanks to her wireless password, I was able to play with the iPad, download apps, send emails, etc. I even found a texting app that I downloaded so I could text my friends and let them know I wasn’t in an “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up” sort of situation since no one could get a hold of me.

I thought I had my bases covered since I texted both mom and dad but, as it turns out, they don’t really text. Or know how to check the one I sent. Which means when my phone finally started working Saturday night I had multiple messages from my mother, each one sounding more frantic than the one before.

I felt awful. I have since downloaded an app that lets me make actual phone calls from the iPad, so short of the power going out entirely and me having no internet in the area, I can now get a hold of them. I don’t know if they were planning on it before they panicked about my well-being or not, but they ended up driving to see me that next day on Mother’s Day. It turned out to be a great day as we watched The Blind Side and relaxed together for the afternoon.


Riley totally knew they were coming. I don’t know how he knows, but when company is coming he parks himself in front of the window in excited anticipation. He likes my mom and dad a little bit.


As a matter of fact, these next photos are in the exact order they were taken. He is nothing if not empathetic to the needs of others, and finds himself moving from one person to the other… and back again… in order to ensure everyone feels loved in equal measure.


Mom had her kisses, so he lounged with Dad and I on the bed for awhile.


But it wasn’t long before Mom looked a little lonely.


And since Mom had the chance to rub his belly, he promptly put himself right in front of Dad’s eye line to the TV… just to make sure Dad noticed that he was available to be petted by him as well.

IMG_9763Don’t worry, lady. I’m coming back to you next.”

Sigh. It’s a lot of work being the blog dog.


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Friday, May 7, 2010


Have you seen a more handsome graduate in your life? Me either.

Somehow, my oldest nephew has managed to grow up. I’m not sure who allowed it to happen, but my Alex is now an adult and headed to college. And I am so stinkin’ proud of him. I hated not being able to attend his party this past weekend, but am sure he got an appropriate amount of love nonetheless. 🙂

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Saturday, May 8, 2010


When I tell you all it’s been rainy around here, I don’t mean Seattle-like mist.

When it rains, it POURS!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010


Mom and Dad ended up making a trip to see me on Mother’s Day, and we chilled out watching movies for the afternoon. Riley was in heaven…

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Monday, May 10, 2010


Personally, I think I’ve been doing a little better with the whole burning-up-from-the-inside-out thing, but when mom and dad came they were quickly covered in blankets and trying to stay warm.

It made me wonder if I needed to keep things warmer for Riley, so as a test I turned on my little fireplace in the red room. He zoomed over and made himself cozy … not moving an inch until I got too hot and shut the thing off.

Apparently I am still warmer than most. Including my dog. Poor thing.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Ok, so I had this background on my iPad because I thought it mirrored what the weather is like outside. My Gmail screen on the computer does that and I think it’s kind of handy. Since I don’t go outside, it’s rather nice to have a visual to know what’s happening out there.

Here’s the funny thing: It’s been raining non-stop here, so I had the iPad for over a week before we had a sunny day. And I was confused because the background didn’t change. Yeah, apparently it doesn’t. This is the normal background. I just had no way of knowing that because it’s been raining constantly.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Once I realized my background error, I decided I didn’t really want to look at a dreary, rainy background all the time. So instead I put on a background of Riley. This is the exact look I’ve been getting from him since I put this miracle machine in my hot little hands.

He’s jealous, people. I thought this background might remind me to put Padma down every now and again so the pup gets a little attention, too. 🙂

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Thursday, May 13, 2010



Which pretty much made my birthday ideal. Thanks to all of you who made me feel so loved. I am ridiculously blessed.

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Thanks for once again sharing my week with me! Click on the button below if you want to go to Jessica’s site and check out the other participants showing off their weekly photos as well:


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Friday, April 30, 2010


Another week has come and gone, but our routine has stayed the same. As you can see, Riley has become quite accustomed to snuggling up on pillows next to me. I believe this exact expression is his way of saying, “Dude. Posing for pictures is not in the contract when laying in bed. Bed is for sleeping. And belly rubs. Enough already.”

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Saturday, May 1, 2010


In other exciting news, I got a hole in the bottom of my fluffy socks. The real question is how big I’ll let the hole get before I give up and throw them away.

I know, the suspense is killing you.

I’ll keep you informed.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010


Nah, my life isn’t actually that boring… I just couldn’t decide what to take a photo of on Saturday so I went with the sock. 🙂 I have plenty of fun things to take pictures of… like my my adorable card holder.

That lovely star container was given to me by Jessica two Christmases ago, and it contained the most delicious chocolate covered peanut butter balls you’ve ever had in your life. [Obviously that was in the days before whey became evil.] Shortly after the goodies were eaten, I converted it into a special card holder for all the correspondence I get from bloggers.

I love it!

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Monday, May 3, 2010


Speaking of correspondence with bloggers, I want to make sure you all know that I love our conversations on the blog and that is seriously all I ever need from any of you. Some of you send me cards that brighten my day or have done thoughtful things to bring your outside world into my home, and I love getting to put them on Gitz Bits because they are incredibly important to me. Not the card or the thing… but the connection and heart behind them.

I just want to make sure you all know, as I show you the random things that come in my mail basket, that I want for nothing and you should never feel like you need to do a thing for me other than show up here and be my friend. But I’m going to keep showing you these things in the same way that I tell you the stories of my every day… because every little thing holds weight for me. And I love getting to share it all with you.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Riley, on the other hand, is not so much into sharing. He will never share his doggie cookie with you. I just thought you should be forewarned.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010


This is one of those “bringing your outside to my inside” moments I was talking about. My friend Danielle and her sister went to Disney and sent me this little dude to keep me company, along with some adorable and crazy Mickey magnets for my fridge.

So I can now officially say I went to Disneyland because they took me along with them in spirit. I hear we had a fabulous time. 🙂

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Thursday, May 6, 2010


The best kind of “bringing the outside in” is when it involves a real life cute adorable sweet boy named Tyler. He came on Thursday with his Grandma Linda to bring my grocery delivery… it’s always the best kind of surprise when he or Jonathan are able to come visit. I asked if he’d like to be on Gitz Bits again, to which he said, “Sure!” and promptly went to pose by the groceries. Linda asked if he wanted to hold the bread or something, but he decided he’d look best if he put his hands in his pockets.

I think he was right. Not sure he could get more handsome than this.

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Thanks for once again sharing my week with me! Click on the button below if you want to go to Jessica’s site and check out the other participants showing off their weekly photos as well: