the big 3-0, people!

i have to say i’ve been looking forward to this for awhile. i have never been one to freak about entering a new decade, in fact, i’ve long thought my thirties is where life would begin.

i had an AMAZING day! here a few pictures.

i got to work and found an awesome zombie finger puppet compliments of karen soup chan. she is the best!! here is the zombie along with a singing birthday card from my parents, ha ha.

i also got lots of treats from ruby…some delicious bubbly among other things. woot! emmadog threw me a pizza party…i forgot to take any pictures of the delicious pies we enjoyed from east side pies, but here’s a really cute pic of emma in her festive scarf. (by the way,we also had COOKIE CAKE! compliments of buttersweet bakery!)

we have our small group for church on thursdays and we had signed up to bring snacks since, you know, it was going to be cinco de mayo and all…and we ended up playing pictionary and stuffing our faces with mexican fare. YUM!

AND camila made me this beautiful, delicious cake…and it was green!!! my fav. :)

dan and i got to go out to dinner friday night to manuels (downtown) for ceviche and margaritas.. it was incredibly wonderful to just sit and talk about life, while enjoying some amazing food. we had a lot to celebrate, because my birthday is also our first date-ing anniversary. YAY!

i’m feeling pretty strong about thirty. and i’m way excited to keep knocking out that thirty in 30 list!

thanks for reading.

pom-poms galore!

my nieces are turning two in the next two weeks, and this calls for the GREATEST of celebrations! they are actually having a petting zoo party this weekend that i am sooo bummed to miss, as dan and i are traveling to florida, for a wedding.

last saturday, amy (sister) and i had a total same brain idea on a decoration idea. tissue pom-pom balls!

here’s are a few finished ones, hanging in between paper lanterns:

and here are our lovely assistants, mary and amanda c:

i think we made about 12 puffs. totally awesome and easy. basically it takes three steps. here’s how we did ours.

1. lay the tissue flat and fold, accordion style.
2. tie the middle (not too tight) with a pipe cleaner or with floral wire.
3. spread and fluff each side to make an awesome pom pom!

it’s fun to mix different colors together, and cut the tissue paper to make smaller sizes, too. i saw a picture somewhere of someone who had made a lot of smaller ones and strung them together as a garland. totally rad!

you can also, before fluffing and after tying your pipe cleaner, take a pair of scissors and scallop or cut a point on the ends to create different looks.

enjoy! thanks for reading.

scout day and @mikejburke

scout day comes once a year, when my boss’s yellow lab turns one year older.

this year we had a party catered by rudy’s, for the entire office. yummo!

scout also had five cakes…one just for her, made of cat food and dog food. the other four were shared amongst the many thinkwell employees.

i’m really lame and didn’t take a single picture. all i have to offer is this gmail chat with @mikejburke.

me: hi bud! happy scout day.
mike: it’s merry scout day, don’t be stupid.
me: lol!
mike: i gotta go.
me: merry scout day.
mike: and also to you.
me: amen.
mike: amen.