Meet My Owl: Spring Green

Today’s Meet My Owl reminds me of spring.  Maybe it’s his cheerful color.  You know how the first new blades of grass have that bright green color?  That’s this owl.

My bestie, Gretchen, gave him to me some time ago.  He is my second office owl.

Mr. Spring-y owl is super happy and holds my beauty essentials.  Again, note the hand cream.  I really am dry all the time in my office.

Another year better and a surprise Meet My Owl

Yesterday was my 35th birthday!  I can hardly believe it.  I remember when I turned 30 I felt an immense amount of depression at the loss of my “youth”.  Then, I had someone on campus ask me if I was a freshman, so I got over it pretty quick.

I thought that yesterday would be another depressing day, but it was just any other day.  I don’t feel any older and I had a great weekend with family and friends.

Of course, anytime I hit one of these “milestone” birthdays, I always reflect on the goals I’ve set for myself and where I see myself going in the future.  My biggest goal was to get the doctorate by the time I turned 35, so that was a major check-mark off my list.  Now, what the heck do I do with myself? 

I decided not to make any new goals.  I’m just going to focus on my health and make this year one that I make myself a priority.  I’m happy with my eating habits and I’ve been really consistent with the Weight Watchers.  Hopefully, the pills and drugs I’ve been put on will help my poor body level out on the insulin and hormone front.

This morning, my bestie, Gretchen, stopped by my office with a little birthday gift….this week’s Meet My Owl.  He’s a newborn owl!

Isn’t he cute?  He’s handmade and a combination of felt and cotton fabric.  The stitching on him is so clean and neat.  It speaks to my Type A crafting soul.   Plus, he’s purple.  My favorite color.

Don’t you love the heart embroidered on his butt?

Meet My Owl: An apple a day…

I’m behind on Meet My Owl!  After a very busy weekend, I realized I didn’t post my weekly owl- oops!

This week I bring you a cute little guy who carved out of wood to look like an apple.  So cute!  He’s another one who resides in my dining room.  You can’t tell from the picture, but he’s no bigger than a 5 inches tall.

Meet My Owl: Smartypants

In this week’s Meet My Owl, I am pleased to introduce you to Mr. Smartypants.  He’s an owl that sits on my bookshelf at home.  Kevin got him for me a couple of years ago from Starbucks (I think).  Isn’t he cute with his corduroy fabric and glasses?

He’s one of the first owls that Kevin got me when he realized that my owl obsession wasn’t temporary.  🙂


Meet My Owl: Bronzed

In this week’s Meet My Owl, I am sharing a recent gift from my sister, Beth.  She knows my owl obsession, so of course she got me this cute bronze owl for Christmas!  He’s currently on a small shelf in my dining room.  I think he may actually be a paperweight, but that’s okay.  He’s happy on the wall for now.

I love that he looks so substantial even though he’s small.  Plus, it’s pretty rare that you see metal owls.  Usually, they’re wood or ceramic.

Couldn’t you envision him atop a stack of old books in a dusty library somewhere?

Meet My Owl: Inked!

In a special edition of Meet My Owl, I am pleased to introduce “Owliver”.  He’s my newest owl.  And he’s permanent.

I love him!!!


(excuse the fading pedicure)


As some of you know, my first irresponsible thing I planned to do after finishing my dissertation was to get a tattoo.  You all thought I was joking.  Ha!  I just needed to wait for a week when I could go barefoot.   It’s spring break and I have the week off, so yesterday morning I headed to Rock Steady Tattoo in Hampton for my owl.

Unfortunately, the visit on Friday did not allow me to schedule an appointment and I was told to come first thing on Monday.  When I got there, only one person was there and he said he couldn’t get me in until Wednesday.  Well, I was willing to wait until then because I had heard such great things about the place.  I scheduled the appointment and headed home.  On the way, I got this weird feeling like I needed to do the tattoo now, so I called a couple of other places that I’d been looking at and one was open at lunch for walk-ins.

So, Mom (yes, my mom went and now she wants one too) and I headed to Virginia Beach Ink on Laskin Road.  I was a little apprehensive because I knew I was getting into a situation that may end badly, depending on who was at the shop when I got there.  Happily, Dwayne was there and able to get me in right away.  He was awesome!!!

I don’t know what everyone was talking about.  It did not hurt at all, not even a little.  I think it hurts worse to get flu shots than it did to get a tattoo.  It sort of felt like someone was scraping at my foot with something like a fingernail.  Maybe I have a high pain threshold.  Maybe Dwayne was the bomb.I was in and out in less than an hour.  I had a wrap over it for about three hours and then I removed it and washed it with mild soap.   I was expecting for it to get scabby or crusty.  Not a bit of bleeding, scabbing, or crusting.  It looks perfect.  The lines are a little raised up, which you can see in the photo, but I am to start putting Lubriderm on it four times a day now so it should smooth out.

I was instructed to avoid wearing shoes and socks for a few days, so I did my stretching DVD this morning.  That was fine with me because I did more than enough walking on Saturday and Sunday around D.C.

I’m 100% pleased with my new owl.  I had to get him a little bigger and a little more on the top of my foot because of the design and scarring from a surgery, but he’s exactly what I wanted.   Now I really feel like the dissertation is done!

Meet My Owl: String is Art

If you aren’t scared of my owl obsession yet, this week’s Meet My Owl may send you over the edge!

I am fascinated by the arts and crafts movement from 1950s-1970s.   I love looking through old magazines and books to see what people would do to save money decorating and to celebrate the seasons.  String art has always caught my attention.  It’s also known as pin art because artists would wind string, thread, or wire around pins to make shapes emerge.  People got pretty crazy with their string art back then.  You could buy kits and make your own art to hang on the wall.

Way back when, someone got that idea.  Someone who loved owls…

This amazing owl art is hanging on the wall of my study at home.  He’s bigger than a standard sheet of paper, maybe 12×14?  The black background is some sort of fabric, which anchors the pins.  They kind of look like little nails.

Can you imagine what it must have been like to create this owl?  Really look at how much string is on that canvas.  It’s nuts!  He gives me inspiration when I feel overwhelmed because it really puts things into perspective.  Feeling down because I don’t feel like reading a chapter of a textbook?  Check out Mr. Owl and suck it up.  Someone really gave 110% to make that creature!

I got him off of Ebay.  Apparently, that’s where owl fanatics go for anything owly vintage.  I found him by accident, I think around the same time that I bought Mr. Owl Door Knocker.  Sadly, he hangs on the wall alone.  I need to find him some friends.

In other news, I’ve been a busy bee today.  I woke up this morning and decided to try a new activity for exercise.  I had bought a ballet barre many years ago but never put it together.  It has been sitting in the garage ever since.  Armed with determination and motivation from the first day of Bikini Quest, I climbed up a ladder and retrieved my barre from the rafters of the garage.  Thankfully, Mr. Hall wasn’t around to yell at me for doing that by myself! 🙂

My barre is metal and comes apart really easily.  I like it because it has two levels to hang onto.  Growing up, my mom placed me and my sister in ballet classes so I enjoy barre work.  It makes me sad that I didn’t get this barre out sooner.
Here’s what it looks like (excuse the cheesy promo pic):

It came with a workout DVD, which has three levels of barre work.  This particular DVD focuses on cardio, which means that the barre work is there but it’s definitely not a “stretching” DVD.  My heartrate was up there from the movement and I definitely broke a sweat.  It also had floor work and ab work, which was a beast.  Here’s the cover of the DVD.  I hate it when people put “hottest workout” on something.  Just because it’s based out of a California studio doesn’t mean it’s “Hollywood’s Hottest Workout”.  Okay, so I just looked on the website, and there are a crapton of celebrities who go to the guy’s classes.  Maybe it is “Hollywood’s Hottest”.  Hmph.

45 minutes of Cardio Barre work earned me another 2 activity points.  I could have earned more, but I was thought I was going to die several times, so I had to take breaks.  I’d love to do this DVD at least once a week.

Eating has been good today too, mostly because Kevin hasn’t been home.  I eat better when I’m alone.

Breakfast: quinoa tabouli (7 points)

Lunch: Healthy Choice Pumpkin Squash Ravioli (8 points) and applesauce (0 points)

Snack: Sargento String Cheese Stick (1 point)

That leaves me with 13 points to eat today, plus the 4 activity points that I haven’t eaten, plus the 49 weekly points I can eat before next Wednesday.

Kevin gets home tonight and we’ll do a date night with a late dinner.  Maybe I’ll blow my points then. 🙂