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Proof that decency isn’t common anymore:  I had a lovely day today with a friend.  As we were walking out of a restaurant, a group of men on the patio started oogling us and one of them looked at me and said, “Hey ladies, come join us!  I’ll f**k the fat one!”

His stinging words hung in the air as I kept walking towards the streetlight stunned and mortified.  My friend walked back and told them off before rushing to my side, hoping I hadn’t heard them.   We crossed the street and got about a half a block before I caught my reflection in a restaurant window.  The damage was done and I stopped abruptly on the sidewalk.  Hot tears began to stream down my cheeks. Why would anyone say something like that?  I couldn’t make sense of it.  Burying my face in my hands, I broke down.

The world around me was frozen, and as I cried, my friend hugged me and said, ”You’re beautiful.”  In a moment like that, when you should be saying thank you for your support all I could do was sob more. Suddenly it felt like all the air had been sucked out of the world and as I struggled to catch my breath, the nasty voice inside my head taunted me. He just said what everyone else was thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

A Helping Hand

When I was about 14, I vividly remember my father coming home from work a little later than usual and sitting me down to tell me a story.  He drove the same route home every night from work, and often times he would see a homeless man resting in front of a church.  That night, he saw the same man and something made my father turn the car around.  He drove to the nearest gas station, bought a sandwich, some water, a pack hostess cupcakes and a carton of milk.  He drove back to the church, got out of the car and walked over.  He gently set the food down next to the man and smiled.  I’m not certain what words were exchanged but remember that he had quietly thanked my father as he walked back to his car and drove away.   After he told me this story, he reminded me that no matter what had happened during my day or whatever I might be upset by, that I should be aware of the blessed life that I had with a roof over my head and a loving family to come home to every night. Read the rest of this entry »

Cactus Night BlossomA guiding light near a prickly path

A shooting star, brilliant as you are

A moonlight blossom coaxed by a spirits wings

Small luxuries of time meant to be cherished

Neither friendship or love are taken for granted


Susan's Tree

Happy BirthdayFor some reason, 31 is stressing me out.  Last year, I embraced 30 with gusto, had a blowout pink birthday party with a sleepover and all.  I ran straight towards the edge and jumped with arms wide open.  It’s been a busy year, lots of work and travel, 7 weddings, and I hope a bit of personal growth.  I said to my husband the other day that I felt like I just haven’t accomplished enough yet to be 31.  I can’t put my finger quite on what it is exactly.
I’ve always struggled with math. (this has a point and I’ll get to it shortly)  It’s never been my strong suit and I vividly remember crying my way through Algebra ¾.  Over the years, this led to a belief that I’d never have a strong grasp of anything to do with finances, analytical information, or business.  I knew this irrational fear of numbers had to end, so a few years ago I forced myself to start play sudoko.  I’m good at visual puzzles and I like grid paper, so I decided that if I could genuinely have fun playing sudoko, a game with numbers at the heart of it, that I could get over this silly apprehension.   It worked, and as I became better at the game, I became more confident in tackling projects at work and at home that I normally would have shied away from.

So, to turn my irrational fear on its head, I’ve compiled a list of things regarding the number 31 to inspire my recreational activities for the year.

  • Starbucks TrentaEnjoy a Starbucks Trenta sized drink, which is 31oz of coffee goodness.   The Huffington Post declares that it is bigger than your stomach, but I say just stick close to a restroom.

This weekend, we celebrated a friend’s birthday and rather than cupcakes, a request was made for my potato stuffed poblano peppers.  I  had a version of this at the Rokerj in Phoenix, so I went home and whipped up my own version. It’s become a favorite and since it’s time for grilling season again I present to you with limited interruption:

Stuffed Poblano Peppers and other delectable items

they crackle and pop as they heat up!

Over high heat, sear the poblano peppers until the skin is blistered and charred. This takes anywhere from 2-5 minutes on each side of the pepper. Make sure the entire outside is well crisped. This part is best when done on a grill. If you can’t grill because it’s still snowing where you live, then you should move to Arizona.  It was 90 degrees yesterday!  Or you can also use a broiler on high setting. Read the rest of this entry »

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On my way to Atlanta for work. I’m traveling with my boss who is a Gold Level flyer so we get upgraded to first class. I’m giddy with excitement. My first time in first class! I’ll document it for those of you who either haven’t had the experience yet and for those of you whose luster it’s worn off on.

Of course there is a special speedy check in line and we got to board first. I got to experience the full body scanner at Sky Harbor (queue the Jimmy Eat World song) and can I just say to the people who have an issue with these things: Get over it! I’d rather stand with my hands over may head like I’m making a silly face at a 2 year old any day than get a special pat down.

I’m the 10th person on the plane. My boss is talking to another passenger about travel routines. I think to myself, I wish this felt routine.

Seat Pocket in front of you
I sit down and get situated. MY normal routine is a carefully orchestrated maneuvering of personal items. Pillow stuffed in my side while I transfer my iPod, headphones, gummy bears, magazine and lip gloss to the seat in pocket in front of me. Screw the space for the evacuation guide; I need my must haves readily available at all times. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, I usually say to the person next to me as I rustle about. Read the rest of this entry »

Laura & AliOur good friends Kevin & Laura Rupejko came to visit this week for a crazy 4 days of music and fun!  They moved to Colorado a few years ago so it’s always special when we are able to get together.

Laura is one of those amazing women who’s passion and artistry is truly inspiring.  As a songwriter and singer, she can craft a tune that will move you.  As a friend, she is loyal and caring, someone who will always have your back and your best interests at heart.

While Laura was here this week, she stopped in to Royal Jester Studios to record 5 new tracks.  Each was fantastic and I was fortunate enough that she let me record for a bit as well.  The song is called Fantasy Dream.  (Video after the break) Read the rest of this entry »

My husband Bobby has played with quite a few bands since we started out together.  I was first introduced to a few angels back in 2002 and we struck up a chord that would intertwine itself throughout our lives to this very day.  Music has a way of bonding people to each other in a way that can create the lasting bonds of a family.  And although times change and our lives may take us far away from each other, we always seem to find our way back home.

I’ll have to save the entire story of the Wild Angels for another time, as a few short lines here would never do it justice.  But out of that, came a new love and a new incarnation of music.

4321 The WatersThe Waters are the original-based duo, Krystal Baker and Sturgis Waters.  Krystal’s moving vocals are complimented with intricate and soulful guitar arrangements by Sturgis and together they are a dynamic pair.  Tuesday night at the Rhythm Room, they released their latest cd, 4321.  You can buy it HERE on iTunes and check them out at thewatersmusic.com.

It was an amazing show with incredible guest musicians.  Laura Rupejko made a surprise visit all the way from Colorado Springs to show her support and lend her beautiful voice.  Jay Allan shared the stage for a small set after the entire album of 4321 was played.  Then they took it to the next level showcasing new songs soon to be released.   I absolutely love “One Eye Open” and can’t help but smile and sing along.

They closed out the night with a jaw-dropping rendition of Damien Rice’s “Volcano” with every musician in stage.  The crowd went nuts, it was amazing! Such an amazing display of talent and inspiration.  Of course I was there with camera in hand to capture as much of the action as I could 🙂

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I don’t need much.  Just a beach, umbrella, coffee and an InStyle with my good friend Jane………

we can collect sea shells.  and sea shell things.  sea horses forever!

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