Monday, August 30, 2010

S'more Please

Camping this weekend was amazing.

I seriously LOVE my friends.

I honestly can't remember the last time when the clock didn't matter. We had nowhere to be and nothing to do. And it felt fabulous.

Some of my faves from the trip:

Seeing the dogs so happy. Hearty breakfasts - fresh French-pressed coffee included. Chatting with wonderful friends all day long. The cool breeze on the deck. Lack of technology (I couldn't believe I survived this one). Laughing so hard til I almost tinkled. Walking around with flashlights on our heads. Crazy campfire time with Miller and Jack. Crashing a bachelorette party (Yes, we joined a bachelorette party).

Friday, August 27, 2010


Today is the LAST day of camp.

I am 100% camped out.

No more bugs. No more sweating with misery in the sun. No more cheesy songs. No more kid-pee-infested lake.

I have been counting down the days until the end of camp.

But wouldn't you know. We decided to celebrate our last weekend of the summer CAMPING with friends.


Yes, we are heading camping with our fine group of friends. So technically, I have one more weekend of camp. ;)

Pics soon to come! Hope you all have a FANTASTIC weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Getting to know Mr. Ruby

I love my hubby.

Every darn thing about him.

But every now and then...okay pretty much all the time...I like to poke a little fun. ;) I always joke with him that if he weren't with me, he would be just like the character in Into the Wild or he would be the next Bear Grylls in Man vs. Wild. He is my wilderness man.

Top 5 reasons why my hubby is an authentic, nature-loving, granola-crunching, make-the-least-possible-carbon-footprint, crushing-hard-on-mother-nature, hippie-wannabe, wilderness man:

1). He bought a Toyota Prius (despite all of my George Jetson/Spaceship jokes).

2). He buys shoes made of recyclable goods. (Ok, AND they benefit charity. But he really likes how they look.)


3). He loves the Pacific Ocean...a lot. He has advised me on multiple occasions that when he dies, he would like to be cremated and spread across the Pacific.


4). He resembles that of a true wilderness man. Especially when he does things like explore cave-like structures barefoot and shirtless (oh, but he has his handy-dandy Camelbak).

5). He is ALWAYS barefoot. In fact, he has decided he wants to take up barefoot running, read Born to Run, and buy these DISGUSTING gorilla-esque shoes called "Five Fingers".


Even our friends poke a little funsies at Mr. Ruby. A friend sent him an e-mail with an article on the Barefoot Running Trend.

Mr. Ruby then forwarded the article to me with the following message:

"See babe. I'm not weird. I'm cutting edge and even trendy!"

And THAT, my friends, is why I LOVE my hubs!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I like reality TV. So sue me.

Mr. Ruby despises reality television.

But what does he abhor even more than trashy television? Anything having to do with celebrity gossip.

He makes no effort to hide his disgust with my choice of entertainment by making the following gestures: rolling of the eyes, sighing very loudly, and even confiscating my magazines or the remote. Or the other night, we were hanging out with a group of friends and we decided to sit down and watch Jersey Shore. Obnoxiousness level: A billion. But still, you can't help but keep your eyes glued to the addicting. But there was Mr. Ruby in the corner sighing and making faces of pure disgust.

Let me defend myself for one second. First of all, I watch one MAYBE two hours of t.v. TOTAL for the entire week. Secondly, life is stressful, and my brain is always working non-stop. Sometimes, I like to take a little breather and watch or read mindless/useless tv or magazines. I could be doing worse.

But no. I cannot simply enjoy my mindless trash. The other day, I sat down to read an US Weekly (which I hardly EVER buy) and this is what I saw:

Ok, Hubs. I can take a hint.

All I have to say is that I have a post waiting to be dedicated to Mr. Ruby's habits. All in good fun of course! ;)

Monday, August 23, 2010


I refuse to believe it.

I truly do not understand the phenomenon that is the passing of time.

Did the summer really leave just like that? He left without even saying goodbye. Didn't even give me a chance to take a deep breath, soak it all in, and truly appreciate him.

Don't get me wrong. I.LOVE.FALL. It may even be my favorite season. But for the summer to just leave like that? It's messed up.

Needless to say, we had a great weekend complete with dining al fresco, beach day, family dinner, ice cream, and lazy Sunday.

It's hard to imagine things are going to get even busier in the fall than they were this summer. I head back to the classroom to finish up my pre-clinicals (before STUDENT teaching in the spring) and I just got promoted at my after-school program to coordinator. I hear the kiddos are tough. Like punch-you-in-the-face tough. Hmm. Something to look forward to.

Any-hoo. I hope all of you had a FANTASTIC weekend as well. HAPPY MONDAY. (Only 4 more days til the weekend!!!!)

I'm SO excited about my new purchase for Cali. (You'll have to just wait and see what it is). ;)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Portrait of Yours Truly

One of my kiddos asked me to sit very still while she drew a picture of me.

Don't you see the resemblance?