Wednesday, June 27, 2012


In response to a comment made about my skin, and me maybe needing to be in the Slytherin House at Hogwarts, I just want you all to know that I took the Sorting Hat quiz...not the official one at, but pretty close, and it turns out I would be in the Slytherin House.  Interesting.

And, I think my ears grew.  It's believed that your ears and nose never stop growing.  I have noticed my ears looking a little longer than usual lately, and it's worrying me.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I like to challenge myself to various things.
Usually I rock it, but oftentimes I learn that I have no will power.

Case 1: let's not eat sugar for the month of June.  With Sunday as a free day.  Made it through all of Sunday, and Monday until 5:30.  So I altered my personal proposal.  Just one treat a day.  Then, I decided that wouldn't really cut it.  So I said no pop.  That lasted for 1.5 weeks.  Noble.  Right?  And as I'm sipping on my Diet Coke, I'm not ashamed of myself.

Case 2: I found this diet thing on pinterest.  Love pinterest.  It was a 7 day challenge to lose 10 pounds.  Worth a shot, right?  Day one - only fruit.  Day two - only vegetables.  Day three - fruits and vegetables.  Day four - bananas and milk/yogurt.  Day five - fowl and tomatoes.  Day six - foul and vegetables.  Day seven - miracle soup.  Each day, I ate what I was supposed to, and then ate the wrong food late that night because I was so hungry.  The miracle soup...made it 4 days later, and it's all still sitting in the fridge.

Case 3:  here's a success story.  I decided to wear every single outfit in my closet.  Yesterday, I finished that challenge, and here I am, in a new outfit as a reward to myself.  I got a lot of questions about the sweaters I was wearing in 110 degree heat.  Luckily, the AC is so cold in my office, so I can handle the 3 minutes I might spend outside everyday in a sweater.

So ha!  I do have a little will power.

And what happens to the end of the plastic thing that you pull out with the tag on new clothes?  They always seem to disappear before I can retrieve them.  Makes me feel kind of sad for them.  Something to think about.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Every where we go, we leave a piece of ourselves.  I like that concept.  Our influence should be felt.  Whether that's good or bad, it happens.

Well, it just so happens, that I've been leaving a lot of myself everywhere lately.  I have been peeling, so bad.  It all happened on Memorial Day.  A group of us went to float the Salt River.  Now, I've floated many a body of water, so it came a surprise when there were roughly a million people on the river.  Shuttles were involved.  Payment was necessary.  And marshmallows were required. 

Arizonians don't mess around with their one body of water.  This is serious business. 
Party Islands are blown up and carried to the water entry point.  Beer is secured in coolers, and music is provided from water-proof containers.  All the tubes are tied together and cloth is secured on the tubes to prevent from burning.  Good call, that does hurt.

And we all floated down the 1.5 miles of river.  I actually have no idea how long it was, but it was a several hour adventure.  Oh, and the marshmallows.  You just throw them at fellow floaters.  Kind of disgusting.  And at one point, a piece of bread was stuck in my mostly deflated tube with me.  Ew. 

So, a lot of sun, no sunscreen, first real exposure to the sun for a while, gets Julie a wee bit fried.  Oh man.  It's been a really long time since this has happened.  So it was kind of fun. 

But secretly, and openly, I love it.  I love the end result of just peeling.  Disgusting?  Some of you may agree.  Others, feel the same way as me.  There is something satisfying about it.  There's probably some clinical word for it, or diagnosis for it. 

So I'm leaving my mark on this city.  Something fun to think about, eh?  :0)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Entry

First is really easy to start a new blog.  I start one every time I try to write a new post. 

Secondly, turns out I don't have much time to read books anymore.  Ultra sad.  Plus, I moved further away from the library, so the draw isn't there as much. 

But never fear, here are some books that I've recently read.

Immortal Series: City of Bones, City of Ash, City of Glass.  The first 3 books of the series.  It was a fun read.  Nothing too complex.  Vampires and Shadow Hunters.  A weird love story.  A few, actually.  The overthrow/struggle with the bad guy.  If you're looking for an easy read, this is it.  There are 2 more books in the series, but I just can't do it.  Kind of maxed out after a while with it.

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  Actually didn't finish this one.  It's still on my nightstand.  We read it for book club, and I just didn't get it finished.  Kind of an intriguing story.  A lot of made up words.  Which isn't a bad thing, but turns out I just don't really like alien kind of stuff.  Good to find out about myself.  The movie was kind of fun, but I did fall asleep.  No fault of the movie's...I always fall asleep.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  Another book club book.  It had pictures in it!  That was fun!  It's about a boy trying to discover his grandfather's past.  The pictures highlight the children he knew.  It was a fun book.  Since my parents will be in town next week for the actual meeting of the book club, they have the assignment to read it.  This makes me more excited.

The Night Circus.  I wanted to read this for book club, but got voted off.  It's about magicians in a competition where they don't really know the parameters of this competition.  But they create a pretty rockin' circus.  A few little love stories.  I was pretty intrigued the whole time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I don't get excited about too much, but Zupas is a restaurant that I go berserk for. There is just too much goodness going on.

I was discussing my love for this restaurant with my friend Marci, another huge fan of the establishment, and she enlightened me with a second restaurant in AZ opening up, and 50% off the bill promotion.  We made plans to go and partake.

We drove the 45 minutes there, complete with new tunes she burned for the drive, and found that the whole neighborhood was there.  We patiently waited in line, already knowing what we wanted without looking at the menu.  We found out that a drawing would be happening, every 15 minutes and the winner would get a $25 gift card.  I sized up the competition, judging, and knowing that I would beat all of them.  It's a drawing after all, there's a lot of skill involved. After ordering like the professionals we are, we filled out the form and got going on enjoying this delicious food.  Thai Peanut Chicken Salad and Tomato Basil Soup with orzo pasta.  Yum.

The time arrived for the drawing, and I may have said a little prayer, and they called my name!!  I yelled in happiness, Marci stood up and yelled in happiness, the entire restaurant went silent and stared at us and then I ran to claim my prize.  It was one of the happiest moments of my life.  They even took our picture.  We bragged to them about going to every single location, etc., and how it took us so long to get there.  And they gave us a mug with some soup to make.  Favorite customers?  I think so!

Then, they shared with us the best news of all.  They will be opening a location in the Dana Park Shopping Center.  Did I just hear angels start to sing again upon me recounting this?  If I could, I would live in Dana Park.  Barnes and Noble, Anthropology, Philosophy, Z Gallery, Sauce, Pei Wei, Costa Vida, plus the posh AJ's Grocery Store.  I could spend all day there, and I have.  And now to have a Zupas coming there!?!?  It's comparable to having a temple announced!  Bliss.  I really have found the promised land.

And I would like to give a shout-out to an awkward blind-date, who taught me that when entering drawings, to crumple the paper.  It's easier to grab and your likeliness of winning increases.  He also wanted to discuss what he would like to name his children on that date.  It was a great time.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Turns out I work with a bunch of really classy people.

What qualifies them you may ask?

A few days ago, we were requested to call the cops if the wife of one of our clients showed up.  There's a restraining order in place and she had attacked him earlier that day.  She came, alright, totally inebriated.  Wow.  She's been calling a lot, too.

The next day, I compliment a lady on her outfit looking nice.  Oh, she had court herself that day.  Why?  Oh, after spending the night in jail for domestic disturbance, she had 5 charges...4 of which were dropped.