[twenty seven]

Happy 27th Birthday, Trask!!

Today my husband and very best friend turns twenty seven! If you know Trask, then consider yourself lucky. If you don't know Trask, you should, because boy are you missing out on one great guy! Here's a list of 27 random things that I love about the Birthday Boy. Please note that there are way more qualities/items to list, he isn't only 27 items worth of cool - he's much, much more!

Let's start backwards, it'll be fun...

27 - Trask is hilarious, always. Even when he's not trying to be. Sometimes that is when he is the funniest.

26 - He stands tall at about 6 feet 6 1/2 inches and this is convenient because he can reach things I cannot. He is also asked at the store by cute, short old ladies to get things off the shelf for them, a lot.

25 - To go along with the last point, he always helps others reach things, even strangers, with a smile. Yes, he's that nice!

24 - Trask is the best dad a son could ever wish for. He is so involved, so caring, so fun, and he works so hard to help raise Taylor with love and laughter - obviously Taylor and I both adore him for this. Taylor adores him and lights up even at the mention of Trask, and that makes me so happy.

23 - He also happens to be an awesome husband! I kinda knew he would be as soon as I met him that cold day in December of 2000. He is sweet and kind. He still gives me butterflies and I am still shocked he chose me. I feel like I conned him into this somehow. He's just a great husband, I am blessed. So is he. Ha.

22 - Funny things happen to Trask. You name it, and it's happened to him. Any socially awkward situation, weird sighting, strange phenomenon you could ever imagine - it's happened to Trask, he's been a witness. From crazy naked people on their hotel balconies that he can see from his office to a few hobos running down the street trying to urinate on a man, to having to chase cattle off of the putting green of a golf course in the city and being on the news, to browsing through a cart of someone else's groceries unknowingly (thinking it was a reduced-price cart) while the person just watched, everything happens to Trask or in front of Trask.

21 - To add to the previous, Trask is a great story teller. Not that he makes up stories, but the accounts that he tells of his encounters. They are pee-your-pants-and-not-just-a-dribble funny. I live for hearing about the things that happen to this guy. My favorite thing about Trask telling stories is watching him laugh and watching his eyes tear up from laughing too hard.

20 - Silly human tricks. Trask can blow air out of one of his eyes. Well, one of his tear ducts. And being so tall, he has a lot of extra skin. One wouldn't know it by looking at him, he does not look like a basset hound, but if you grab the skin by his jaw and pull out, he looks like the lizard from The Rescuers Down Under. Remember that movie?

19 - I love that Trask is left-handed. I am not sure why. It just makes me view him as more interesting and more intelligent. Could be wrong, but it feels right.

18 - Kids love Trask. They flock to him as though he's a piece of playground equipment. Kids who used to come running up to see me quit doing that and would run to Trask once he came into my life. He stole the kids who used to adore me and somehow a sort of fan-club started. Just ask Jordan and AJ!

17 - Trask is smart, and I love a smart guy. And he's more than just a smart-ass (although he very much is one!), he's intelligent. I love listening him talk about his work and projects - his brain is pretty dang sexy.

16 - Despite having such big feet - they don't stink at all! I love and appreciate that!

15 - He cooks! Perhaps he cooks because he wouldn't get to eat if he didn't, but despite that fact, he cooks. A bigger plus is that what he cooks usually tastes great! He even cooks after a long day at work. That makes me sound awful, right? Sometimes we cook together. He never wears my aprons.

14 - KIND. Trask has a sweet, pure heart. He is a caring guy that genuinely cares about the well-being of others, whether it's a family member, friend, stranger or just the community, Trask's heart is wonderful and caring. I love that. I love that a lot.

13 - He likes sports. I am not sure why I love this so much, but I really do. I enjoy sports, not as much as he does, but it's fun to watch games together and see him get worked up over bad calls or a team losing. It amazes me how much he can know about a team or a player, but he can't always remember things on a to-do list. Must be separate sections of the brain.

12 - I love my husband's love of sweets. Rather than finding a phone number in Trask's pocket while doing laundry, I find candy bar wrappers. Yes. Often. The guy loves a Snickers or two, and loves to horde the wrappers away in his pockets. This can also include receipts, too. His pockets are like a fancy filing system that I will never understand.

11 - I love that Trask drives when we go on trips so I don't have to. I love that he lets me fall asleep in the car with my mouth wide open and he doesn't make fun of me that much. Some, but not too much.

10 - Trask talks in his sleep and that's very entertaining to me. I think it's cute and funny, and I love things that are cute and funny. When he was sleep-deprived with me after Taylor was born, oh man, he was hilarious. I will tell stories later, remind me.

9 - Trask takes our dog, Maddie, out every morning and each night. I love him for it. Man, he really does a lot around here!!

8 - I love how down-to-earth Trask is. He's practical, simple and teaches me so much about what's really important in life. He's not materialistic, and is never selfish, ever. Wonderful!!

7 - Trask has good taste in music. He introduced me to Jack Johnson and Amos Lee's music, and many others. I always pretend to hate it at first, because I get so mad he always finds the good stuff, and seems unimpressed when I sing Rhianna's 'Umbrella' song. What?! Is that not cool?! Trask ALWAYS finds the cool music.

6 - Trask is fun to play games and competitions with! He's the perfect amount of intense and relaxed. A deadly combination, but perfect when I am throwing a hissy-fit because I am losing. He's so relaxed, even at games. This must be where opposites attract. He's always calm enough to calm ME down so I don't get in fist fights with family members while playing Sorry or Apples to Apples. Thanks, honey.

5 - Trask gives great hugs. Great hugs. Not limp, dumb ones. Great ones.

4 - I love Trask's honesty and compassion. I love that he's helped me through so much and has never left my side. He is always here when I need him, always. He is the most dependable person ever and I can count on him for anything. I know I can trust that he will be with me forever and that my heart is safe with him. I love how important family is to him.

3 - Trask loves to camp, hike, fish and be outside. He keeps things fun. From road trips to Wyoming to annual camping at Suttle Lake to long, hot hikes on our honeymoon to drives to Oceanside to going to the park - he loves to be outside. I like almost all of that, too.

2 - His name is Trask. I like watching him tell people this. I like watching people get confused and call him Charles, or Travis, or other fun names. I like when people think that Trask is his last name and Rogers is his first name. I love hearing Trask explain his name when people ask, and they always do. 'It's the name of a river and mountain my folks grew up by' over and over and over. But he's still so nice about it. Until they call him Charles again, after he corrects them a thousand times.

1 - I love Trask because I wouldn't know what to do without him. He is so much a part of me and who I am that there's no way I couldn't love him. I adore him. There are no words for the love I have for him, but I kinda think he gets it. I love him for that, too!

Happy Birthday, Trask!! Enjoy today and every day. I love you with all my heart.


{dude cards giveaway}

My lovely and hilarious friend, Winn, of WendiWinn, is hosting a giveaway on her blog RIGHT NOW, yes, right now, featuring my Dude Cards, which, really, were inspired by Winn herself. A tribute, if you will. A tribute to a legend. (She is still very much alive, I am not sure if 'tribute' is the right word now.)

Please rush on over to her blog, here, and go enter yourself in to the giveaway of a lifetime, or of 2009, or whatever you want it to be.

It's super easy to enter. And while you're there, poke around her blog leaving her bits and pieces of love here and there. She's a gem and you'll quickly fall in love with her, plus she'll make you laugh more than I do. But don't forget about me, okay?! Good luck!

Shauna out!

PS: Tell all your friends - but don't waste your time telling me, I already know about the giveaway. But you knew that.



Trask and I have lived in the apartment that we are currently in since we moved up to Hillsboro from Eugene in July of 2005. Yes, we've been here for about 3 and a half years. That feels like a long time when we're now a family of 3 plus a pooch in our 950 square foot apartment.

Our lease ends this summer, but we have decided that when the time comes, we are going to renew our lease again for another year. This will give us time to save money for a house and to get finances squared away. This leaves me in the apartment for longer than I hoped - but we're going to make the best of it!

I have started a list of projects to do around here that will help make the place feel fresh and new, organized and tolerable!!

I want to do some painting, at least in the kitchen, Taylor's room and our bedroom. I will take before and after pictures of all these projects, rest assured. Now to select colors...

I also want to reupholster our red chair tha looks very faded and sad. It's an old Ikea chair that we got for free, and it's old enough that I can't find a slipcover for it at Ikea, of course, and it's a funky shape, so a normal one won't do. I haven't decided if I am game for trying this myself or for having it done! Here is the chair I am speaking of, the poor dear.

I plan on making new curtains for Taylor's room, and for our small window in the living room.

I have been on Operation Declutter lately, but feel like I have a lot more to do! I have been getting rid of tons of clothes, extras and random things that are just taking up space. It feels good, but also makes quite the mess in the process.

I need to make fun throw pillows for the couch and larger ones to stack on the floor. I am hoping my mom will come up soon so we can do these projects together!! (or she does them while I watch and pretend to try to help!! - We don't call her Saint Grammie around here for nothing!).

Well, that's it for the list now. Just know it's much longer than this, but I can't list it all now. I'll get around to before and after pictures as the projects get finished, or started!

(Picture from Pottery Barn Kids)

Oh, and PS: how hard would this be to make myself?(see above picture). Is it worth just paying the $120? Let me know if you have ideas!!

lovely little lemon

I love, love, love getting things in the mail, whether it's a new catalog, a letter from a friend, a card or a surprise - it's so exciting to me. As soon as I wake up I start thinking about the mail. (is this sad?!).

Yesterday to my delight I found a lovely surprise from an Etsian friend, Amber. Looky! It's a lovely little lemon that Amber made for me. Is it not the coolest thing ever?! I am in love! I don't even want to let anyone else near it, I am feeling rather possessive at the moment.

I definitely think you should go check out Amber's shop, here, for great scarves, cat toys, hats, washcloths, java cozies and more.

Thank you, Amber, I think I love you. No, I know I love you!!


new trick

I just had to share with everyone what Marie taught me to make - isn't it lovely?! Yeah, I know, it is cute, fun and amazingly slimming. Thanks for noticing.

I just wanted to show it off. Thanks so much, Marie, for showing me some new tricks. To see some other fun goodies, go check out Marie's etsy shop, here. Have a lovely day!!

dear lane bryant

Dear Lane Bryant,

Thank you for hiring Kathleen at the Tanasbourne store. She is a gem and didn't make me cry while trying on jeans. In fact, she made me smile.

Thank you for making good looking jeans that fit me! And thanks for having jeans that aren't too long, making me look like a toddler wearing her mom's clothes. I appreciate that.

A big shout out for making me a size 2 in your store. I owe ya one. And crazy big thanks for not plastering 'Lane Bryant' on the back of my jeans. And hello - I love that the tag reads '2' and not '2 in big girl jeans'.

Thank you for hiding the muffin top!! And thank you for saying I have nice curves. I haven't heard that in a long time. Wait. Was I supposed to tip you for saying that? Sorry.

Thank you for dealing with me trying on all the jeans and doing power squats in front of the mirror. Thank you for not throwing me and my toddler out on the curb when we starting fighting over goldfish crackers.

Thank you for putting this great piece of denim over my curvy butt, and for making me feel like a rock star.

Thank you, Lane Bryant, thank you.


a must see + shop

My sweet friend Marie, who just made my dreams come true by starting a blog has now made my dreams come even truer. I know that sentence makes no sense and isn't grammatically correct, but there were just no other words.

Marie just started an etsy shop, Marie Lou, and I really think that you guys should go check her out, leave some love, pick up a fun pair of earrings and beautify and accessorize your ears. She also has a necklace and bracelet in there. Hands off the bracelet, I want it!

And if you buy something from her, come over and tell me (comment on this post) and I'll send you a little treat! Let's get her started with a BANG!!

That is all. You know what you have to go do now... not to be bossy or anything!! And while you're there, wish Marie luck, she's about to have her first baby any day now!! Yay!!


something happened

This weekend has been full of tummy flu and all the beauty and glory that comes along with having the tummy flu. What does this mean for me? It means I am a wreck in the shower department, my hair is insanely piled on the top of my head in a ponytail, I am wearing old navy yoga pants, I have hairy legs, and my shirt isn't mine. It's huge and it's Trask's. I am full of crumbs from saltine crackers and my breath smells of Gatorade and 7-Up. I am in dire need of a pedicure and my toes cannot get warm, instead they are a clammy mess. Do you have a mental picture now? Good, let's proceed.

Yesterday morning I ventured onto the couch with my barf bowl next to me to rest with a pillow and a fleece blanket. Trask and Taylor left me alone and went to help our family load a U-Haul and pack things for their move. (And no, I totally didn't get sick to get out of it!).

I curled up on the couch and turned on the TV and invited my dog up on the couch to keep me warm and keep me from shaking too much. I turned on ABC Kids and watched: The Emperor's New School, The Replacements, That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zach + Cody and an informational show about hearing loss on the community channel - and guess what... I loved them all. I was thoroughly entertained and even laughed out loud in between chugging my Kaopectate and Gatorade. I was in love.

And while I was watching those shows I kept wishing my laptop would hold a charge so I could blog about the shows right then! I was so excited to share this news with you guys. Creepy, right!?

Anyway, today the tummy is better, but the appearance is far worse. I felt like you guys needed to know all of that. Not sure why. But. You. Needed. To. Know.

There are no pictures of me in this state for a reason. You are welcome.


news breaking

So Marie, one of the coolest people in the world, or in my life, just started a blog, finally. Everything that comes out of her mouth is magic and stars. Perhaps not. But go check her out and bombard her with blog-love.


an apology

Dear Trask,

I am sorry that I laughed and laughed at you so hard last night while you had to clean up the poop on the bathroom floor that rolled out of Taylor's diaper. Actually, I am still laughing now, but I am pretty sorry that I just laughed and didn't help. Kind of. This isn't the best apology.


I {heart} this a lot

I was just checking out my Martha Stewart newsletter and BAM, I fell in love, like within seconds of opening up my email. That makes me sound easy. Perhaps this is true.

Look at this beauty! Isn't she classy and cute and sunshiney? It's like a best friend but made of wood. I just wanted to share. Someday when I have a house I'll have room for beauties like her.


card making tutorial

I just posted a great card making tutorial on my lemon drop blog - this was my first tutorial I have written, and it was really time consuming and trickier than I thought it would be, but lots of fun!! I really hope that people enjoy it, and I hope that those who use the tutorial send me pictures of their cards, I would just LOVE that!!

So, why are you still here? Shouldn't you be off checking out the sweet tutorial? Yeah, thought so. Check back later, we'll talk then!! Click here to experience greatness.



Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends, family and sweet Internet Stalkers. I love you all. I hope that 2009 has been wonderful so far, and if it's off to a rough start, it's not too late to turn it around! 2009 is going to be great, I just know it.

I have created a blog solely dedicated to my weight loss and life changes, so if you are interested in reading it, please let me know and I can get the information to you. The blog is marked 'private' and I'll give permission rights to those who wish to read it. Doesn't that make you guys feel really cool and very important?! It should. Just comment here or shoot me an email and I can grant you permission. Down the line I may make the blog public, but not yet. I like to be a tease like that, it's fun.

I will be posting a free Valentine Card Tutorial on lemon drop's blog soon, so stay tuned for that. I have never done a tutorial before, I don't think, so it should be fun. But first thing is first, I have to clean the house. Chores. Sheesh. Wish they stayed behind with 2008. I didn't invite them to join me in 2009.