June 29, 2012

Turquoise, Purple, and White

I found this skirt at a thrift store, and was dithering over it (as usual) until I saw the tag.

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. It had to come home with me.

I finally got to wear it yesterday, to go out rummage saleing. Is 'saleing' a word? Well, it is now. In Wisconsin, we call 'em rummage sales, and therefore we go saleing.

The shoes weren't the best for the outfit, but the shoes I had planned on wearing decided to lose both heel taps, simultaneously, in the yard. So black sandals it shall be!

Skirt - thrifted
Top - Gap, thrifted
Shoes - Kohl's
Necklace - My Lavaliere, via Etsy

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June 27, 2012

Collections: Pyrex

One of the few things I collect: vintage Pyrex.

The mushroom-patterned bowl (I also have a smaller bowl that goes with it) were my grandmother's. The others I picked up at thrift stores or garage sales.

This set belonged to my husband's grandmother. The second-largest dish, the one on the right, is the perfect sized bowl to hold Julia Child's chocolate mousse. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...

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June 25, 2012

Miscellaneous Travel Photos - South Dakota and Wyoming

Photo by S.G. 

Dirt in Kirwin, WY. I have a real thing for photographing my own feet, apparently.

I cannot resist the Wall Drug dinosaur. I. Just. Can't.

In the Bighorns, Wyoming. 

And some more Bighorn country. I'm a sucker for snow in June.

Well, that's that. Bye-bye to vacationland, and hello real world. Sob.

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June 23, 2012

Did I Ever Mention That Time When...

I worked in Yellowstone? Yeah. Not for very long, as I came down with some sort of absolutely horrid and mysterious illness that turned out to be Lyme Disease. But hey! I was there for awhile anyway.

On our trip out West, I got to go back to YNP for the first time in 6 years. I shall not tell a lie, it felt like coming home.

Yes, that's a blurry grizzly. First day with a new camera, what can I say? But boy those branches look fan-tas-tic! 

Mammoth Hot Springs, where I done used to work. 

And the ever-present elk there.

(These photos are driving me batty. I'm still fiddling with the settings on the new camera, and am having difficulties with photo resizing. Hopefully I'll be able to make them bigger soon without them taking up half the darn screen.)

It was a good day - we had a picnic lunch in Mammoth, then turned around and looped back through Tower, the Fishing Bridge, and the East Entrance of the park.

Oh! And before I forget, we did see buffalo. Of course.

That one was a bit close for comfort, but thankfully he decided to stay where he was.

I'll do one more post of Zee Gratuitous Vacation Photos in a few days, and then it's back to regularly scheduled programming. (Insert sad noise here.)

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June 21, 2012

Kirwin, Wyoming

Main street, Kirwin

Kirwin, Wyoming lies outside of Meeteetse. It was once a mining town of around 200 people, with the first shipment of ore transported out in 1897. The town itself sits at over 9,000 feet, and is in a valley between 12,000 foot mountains. In the winter of 1907 a heavy storm dumped huge amounts of snow on the town, and then an avalanche killed 3 people and destroyed several buildings including the general store. Because the area turned out to be a bust, with only small amounts of poor quality gold and silver, most people packed up and left Kirwin when the roads cleared after the storm. They left behind their buildings and belongings.

In the early 1930s, a man named Carl Dunrud purchased the area around Kirwin and built a dude ranch several miles outside of town. Amelia Earhart (yes, that Amelia Earhart) was one of the guests, and asked Dunrud to build her a cabin near Kirwin. The cabin was never completed after she vanished in 1937. 

A corner of Amelia Earhart's cabin can be seen near the red-roofed building in this photo.  The cabin with the red roof is a forest service building. Earhart's cabin was never finished, and is nothing more than a few logs stacked on top of one another.
The dude ranch.

We rode into Kirwin on 4-wheelers, so we could travel a bit slower and see more of the country. And while 4-wheeler rides are not my favorite thing in the world, it was totally worth it for this trip. It is possible to drive a truck back into Kirwin, but that probably would have freaked me the hell out. 150 foot drops into rushing rivers have a tendency to do that.

If you ever find yourself in northwestern Wyoming, think about checking out Kirwin. I have a feeling you won't regret it. Things to keep in mind - it's grizzly country, and you have to cross the Wood River several times. No Smart Cars, people.

Sources: The info I included in this post came from plaques at Kirwin, and from the Meeteetse, WY web page. The article on Kirwin can be read by clicking here. 

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June 19, 2012

How to Pack for a Road Trip. Like a Boss.

Last week the Mr. and I were on vacation. Va-cay-shee-on. It was a visit-family-and-see-the-sights combo,  with a 20-hour-one-way-road-trip thrown in.

As I've been on my fair share of long road trips, I thought I'd share a few tips for packing. I always overpack, no matter what. Never fails. The very idea of not overpacking nearly gives me an apoplexy, so I've discovered a few ways to cram a lot of stuff into just a little bit of space.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get thee to the nearest farm and feed or outdoor hunting and fishing type store. Thou shalt purchase:

A tackle box. I know it's strange, but bear with me. Instead of hair stuff, makeup, jewelry, and who-knows-what-else being crammed into 3 different bags, it looks like this:

Be still my beating heart. I loves me some organization. This particular box was around $8 and came with lots of little plastic dividers. Jewelry in one, makeup in another, etc.

Bobby pins and alligator clips?

Easy peasy. I actually store them like this all the time, not just for travel. Neat and tidy.

Tackle boxes come in all shapes and sizes (these are made by Plano) and this one works pretty well for me. It's small enough to fit into an overnight bag, but not so small that I can't fit most of my crap into it. When I travel, I do take the bare minimum in makeup and other toiletries; if you like to take everything but the kitchen sink a train case or larger tackle box would be a better idea for you.

A few other pointers:
- Duffel bags can be much easier to deal with than suitcases, as they can be smushed and fit into tighter areas.

- If you're staying at a hotel, PACK AN OVERNIGHT BAG! Instead of lugging all your suitcases and bags into a hotel room, just pack a small bag filled with only what you need - which is generally just a change of clothes and toiletries. That way, you grab one bag from the trunk and you're on your way.

-Stop at a dollar store and buy yourself a mesh laundry bag. It folds up flat and will fit right into your overnight bag. And then you're not standing in your hotel room wondering if a hotel-trash-can-sized garbage bag will hold all your dirty clothes.

- Do yourself a favor and pack a small cooler with snacks, healthy(ish) food and bottles of water. Stopping and eating all the time or eating gas station junk food can lead to all sorts of gastrointestinal upset. Ask me how I know this.

In a few days I'll put up some vacation photos...including some ghost town pics. Don't miss it!

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June 17, 2012

Carved Nightstand Redo

Summer is my busiest time. I'm a complete sloth in the winter, and then warm weather comes around and suddenly I'm split into 18 different directions. That may also be because I have ADD. Jury's still out on that one.

Anywho. So instead of taking photos of myself wearing clothes from the 70s, I've been doing small projects around the house non-stop.

My husband and I wanted a small nightstand or end table for our bedroom, so instead of buying a new one I dug out this old beast.

It sat in my parents' bedroom for years and years when I was growing up. While a lot of people would send this puppy to Goodwill post-haste, I thought I could turn it into something new. A few coats of paint later...

Me likey! I haven't actually put it into the bedroom yet, hence the deck photos. This project only took 2 days. I removed the hardware, slapped on a few coats of oil-based primer the first day, and a few coats of RustOleum's American Accents paint in Summer Squash on the second day. I replaced the handles with a few plain white knobs I had lying around, and she was all done.

On to the next project!

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June 14, 2012

How to Get Beachy, Wavy Hair (With No Heat!)

First of all, I do not understand why having wavy hair is now called 'beach hair.' Do all women at the beach have wavy hair? Is this a new requirement? Do you have to turn around and go home if you do not have wavy hair?

Second of all, this came about because of Pinterest. I kept seeing this one tutorial in particular on how to get beachy hair, and it made no sense to me. And the big 'after' photo was puzzling - to me, it looked more like bedhead.

So, in the name of Science, I give to you the lazy chick's guide to beach hair.

You shall need:

- Wet hair. Not soaking wet, but nice and damp.
- Mousse or other styling product is probably unnecessary, but if you love you some product, go ahead.
- 4 hair ties. Easy peasy. 

Grab 4 hair ties. 

Divide your hair into two big bunches. Then divide the bunches in half, for 4 sections of hair. 

Note: How many sections you have will depend on your hair. I have long, thick hair and did 4. If your hair is really thick, you could do 5 or 6. For thin hair, 2 is probably sufficient. 

Braid each section of hair and tie it off with a hair tie. As you braid each section, don't braid the hair tightly. Make sure it's loose and has plenty of slack. Tight braids = hair that looks crimped. Loose braids = waves. 

Because you're going to look like a whang-doodle with all those braids, wrapping your hair in a scarf is a good idea. Plus, the scarf helps to keep the ties in place.

And now go to sleep. Leave the hair in braids for at least 8 hours.

The next morning, undo the braids. Finger comb your hair. If you have any frizzies, apply a smoothing serum.

And there you have it. Beach hair.

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