Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brewing up some mischief....

So Ubes and I are starting a brewery. We've talked about this for a while, but we are now in full force biz start up mode. Dude. This is not for the faint of heart. Starting a new business kinda sucks. We feel like we're totally bipolar. One minute we're like "THIS IS AWESOME!!!" And two minutes later we are all "OH MY GOD WE'RE GOING TO LOSE EVERYTHING!!!" Sigh.

But in the end, it will pay off. I know with one hundred percent of my heart, this is what we are meant to do. Getting all the money together has been the hardest part. We had a little money saved, nothing huge, but enough to get us started. We also have a couple of people who believe in us and our concept and are willing silent investors. But to bridge the gap, we have decided to use a fundraising platform called Kickstarter.

Kickstarter allows creative projects to see donations from friends, family and total strangers. You can check out our Kickstarter page here. There's a cute video of us talking about our business and how we will use the money. Please take a minute to check it out, and even more.... if you can... Please think about backing our project. We will take any amount. A $10 donation will get your name on our Wall of Mischief permanently! You will be a part of our hearts and history forever.

We only have THREE days left!! Our goal is $30,000. We have almost $10K right now, and a good friend of ours came forward and said he would give us the last $10K if we made it to $20,000. We need to make TEN THOUSAND in three days. I may be totally naive, but I know we can do this! So please help if you can.

I can't tell you enough how much we appreciate it. We've received donations from all over the world. More than half of the donations we have received are from total strangers. It's shocking. Overwhelming. Incredibly humbling and beautiful. These people are making our dreams come true. We are so thankful. We both have been moved to tears on numerous occasions. This experience has been so much more than fundraising. It has shown us what a community can do, and helped us realize what we want to do for a community.

We can't wait to make Mischief with you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Yes, I'm back." "So I smell." (Come on! Who can name that movie?)



Is anyone still here?

Well I guess I'll just start. I've been busy. And I absolutely HATE that excuse with the biggest burning passion. There is someone in my life who says that shit to me at least once a week and I want to take off my blinged out flip flop and slap her with it.

"Why didn't you text me back?"
"Oh, I'm sorry. I'm just so busy."
"Really? Too busy to send me a two second text that says 'OK'?"

Because no one is that busy. Right? So let's all just band together and stop using that lame ass excuse.

Here's the truth. I haven't written for many reasons.

1. The little time I've had to actually write has been spent watching Friends reruns, playing words with friends and scramble with friends, working on our new business, and the general day to day stuff I have to do like be a mom, a wife, a responsible dog owner, etc.

2. I haven't had a whole lot of nice things to say. I'm still super pissed about some stuff and I want to vent about it but one of my BFF's, Miss J Dubb, says I need to just let it go. And I hate letting stuff go. No really. I'm a hoarder.

3. I've been kinda sad.

There I said it. I'm struggling with sadness. Okay? I'm just sad about the way a lot of stuff is going. My job pretty much sucks. Ubes and I are trying to start this business and it's hard. I know no one said it would be easy, but it's really hard. I'm sick of thinking about money. Wouldn't you love to wake up and NOT have money be the first thing on your mind? And I'm not even talking about being rich or being comfortable. I'm talking about just being able to know there's enough to help you reach your goal. But that's a story for a different day.

So anyhoo.... Enough of all that. Let's focus on what is good and what is exciting. I have LOTS of stuff to tell you guys. LOTS! But we'll spread it out a little because who wants to sit here all day reading about my stuff when you have shit of your own to do, right? I mean we are all so busy! (Seriously, without sarcasm, I would have zero personality.)

So Ubes and I are in full force starting this brewery. I'll save that talk for another day because there is seriously so much I want to tell you! It's a very exciting and very heart wrenching process.

I have had this overwhelming desire to be creative lately. I've wanted to sew and craft and paint and cook. I'm dying to make jam! I just need to go get the damn strawberries and DO IT. Freaking Pioneer Woman and her obnoxiously addictive show and cookbooks and shit. If I didn't love her so much I'd hate her.

I've been saying 'shit' a lot. And a lot worse. Ubes is not happy. But my BFF Beth thinks it's hilarious when I swear. I have no idea why.

I have a new boss. My 5th in two years. I need a new job.

Last month I had the most amazing opportunity to meet my friend Sue in person!! Ubes and I were in San Diego for the Craft Brewers Conference and I had one whole day to myself while he was taking a yeast class (I know, right?) so Sue and I met for lunch and made a day of it. And I have to tell you, she's an absolute DOLL FACE. We had the best time! I felt like I had known her my entire life. We laughed and laughed and talked and talked. It was THE BEST DAY EVER! And I have missed her ever since I got home. I want to walk down the street to her house and sit at her kitchen counter and tell her all my problems and listen to hers. I love you Sue. Thanks for being my friend.

On Mother's Day I hosted a brunch for my girl friends and it was so wonderful we are making it an annual tradition. These girls are my life vest. Without them I would be rocking in the corner in the fetal position. I love you Erin, Brooke, Jess, Diane, Catherine, Kim, Wendy, Amy, Becky, Katie, Jovina, Flint! Thank you for putting up with all my shit.

That's it for now. I'm sooooooo busy. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We're not calling them resolutions.

Things I want to do in 2012:

Finish the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.

Read the Hunger Games series. Before the movie comes out.

Make strawberry jam.

Make some of these cute reusable grocery bags. Or these.

Find a new comforter for my bed. Possibly redecorate my room.

Organize my jewelry.

Cook and bake and have fun in the kitchen. Find at least 6 new recipes to make regularly for my family.

Get hooked on Mad Men. (Thank you Netflix!)

Give up something for Lent. Something really difficult. Like chocolate. Or sugar. Or Pinterest. Or Words with Friends. (I know, that last one had me laughing too. There is NO WAY.)

Write letters to people I love telling them why I love them. Real letters. That you send through the mail and not electronically. I know, right?

Make these bookmarks.

Start Christmas shopping early. Like in July.

Make a calendar of Items To Do each month. Things that need to be cleaned, organized or made.

Go to San Francisco with Ken and Dee.

Save money to buy myself a Le Creuset French Oven in Fennel.

Make these flowers.

Give up Grey's Anatomy.

Write more. Not just here, but finish projects I have been working on.

Get the kids' pictures taken. Nice ones.

Make more of an effort to spend time with our parents.

Figure out a way to grow herbs.

Get rid of a bunch of stuff I no longer want/need/use.

Forgive. Get over it. Move on.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Lucky 33 meme I stole from my friend Chris. Because I'm lazy like that.

Happy New Year!!! And who doesn't need a little luck to ring in 2012? I know I sure do. So thank you Chris! Not that I have not had any inspiration, I just haven't had a whole lot of time to sit and blog like the good old days (I started this post on December 20th. Yeah.). But never fear, I am not giving up. I am not a quitter. As long as you all want to keep reading my mindless word vomit, I will continue posting here. God help us all.

And away we go a-meme-ing (I totally just made that up on the fly. I am so clever....)

1. Can you cook? Both my grandmas were from the south. So that would be a resounding hell yeah.

2. What was your dream growing up? To get the hell out of Utah. Mission accomplished.

3. What talent do you wish you had? I wish I was a good dancer.

4. Favorite place? London England. Disneyland. My bed.

5. Favorite vegetable? Not much a veggie fan. I'll eat salad all day long, does that count? And I love artichoke hearts. That counts, right?

6. What was the last book you read? The Help. And sadly I have been reading Mini Shopaholic for a year. I put it down, I pick it up, I read a few chapters and put it down again. I miss reading.

7. What zodiac sign are you? Virgo. Shut up. I know.

8. Any Tattoos and/orPiercings? My ears are pierced a million times, but that's it. I want a tattoo on my foot but Ubes' says no. And I'm an obedient wife. I know! I couldn't even type it with a straight face! I'll be giggling at that all day. But really, he does say no. But I think I'm scared of the pain. And also Hepatitis.

9. Worst Habit? Swearing. It's so not lady like. I'm also a MAJOR procrastinator.

10. Do you personally know anybody who has a Blog? Yes, LOTS of people.

11. What is your favorite sport? Shopping. Specifically, shoe shopping.

12. Negative or Optimistic attitude? I consider myself a cynical optimist.

13. What would you do if you were stuck in a lift (elevator) with someone of the opposite sex? It wouldn't really matter what sex they were, because I would be FREAKING OUT and hyperventilating and crying like a baby and therefore, totally unattractive. I hate elevators, and this is one of my biggest fears.

4. Worst thing to ever happen to you? I hate this question. Because no matter what I say, something worse has happened to others. I'm just thankful for the strength God gives me to overcome life's battles.

15. Tell me one weird fact about you: When I'm reading a book, I always skip ahead a few chapters to see what happens, and then I'll go back and pick up where I left off. I can't stand the suspense.

16. Do you have any pets? Yes, do you want them? Because they are assholes. (I should have listened to you about the puppies Karen.)

17. Do you know how to do the Macarena? I'm proud to say NO. But I kick ass at the Hustle and I can Frug like there's no tomorrow.

18. Is the sun shining where you are now? I have no idea, I'm in a cubicle. But there's lots of God awful fluorescent light accentuating every pore, hair and imperfection in my face.

19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary? Neither. But I don't like them.

20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? Nothing. Once you start changing stuff, you never stop. If I could change anything about myself, it would be to stop picking myself apart and start accepting the way things are. Imperfections and all.

21. Would you be my good angel or bad angel? It would be depend on what you wanted to do. I'm not going to jail for anyone.

22. What color eyes do you have? Bluish-greenish. Are we talking about the dark circles too? Because those are a nice purpley-silver.

23. Ever been married? Yes. It's going well. But in my next life, I don't think I will. I think I'll just be a big whore.

24. Bottle or Draft? Draft. Mostly for economical reasons. I'm cheap.

25. If you won £10,000 today, what would you do with it? Hmmm, well let's see. 10,000 pounds is what? Like 6000 bucks? Not a lot you can do with that. I'd by my husband some brewing equipment.

26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew? Ice Breakers Cubes in peppermint.

27. What's your favorite bar to hang at? I don't hang in any bar. But in my next life, look out. Big whore coming to town.

28. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes. This is why.

29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Wouldn't you like to know. Actually, I like to sleep. I like to watch TV (currently loving Breaking Bad and can't wait for the return of The Walking Dead.)

30. Do you swear a lot? Duh.

31. Biggest pet peeve? This question could keep us here all day. So I'll just pick a few. I hate it when people make noises when they eat. I seriously want to hit them. And I don't enjoy it when someone wants to know your whole life story but they don't tell you a thing. That's just rude.

32. In one word, how would you describe yourself? Awesome.

33. In two words, how would you describe yourself? Confidently Awesome.