Temecula

28 12 2011

“Temecula is a place where natural beauty, historic traditions, and modern conveniences combine to offer entertainment for people of all ages.”

More importantly known for being wine country featuring parks, mountains, valleys, and golf courses. There’s actually a pretty neat video detailing such on their City of Temecula homepage.

Most importantly, it is home to our only Hobby Lobby.

This past weekend I drove up to Temecula for the first time. It’s a pretty decent set-up out there. And it was Xmas eve so not too much traffic. It’s about an hour NE of where I am. It’s an easy drive though, all highways.

I rediscovered some old cds I had in my trapper-keeper style cd case. Seriously it holds over 400 cds. What an invention. You know, albums like All Saints, Tech Nine, Limp Bizkit, some old Tim McGraw, Eve, Missy Elliot, Fergie (thank God she went single there for a while-great stuff), etc.

Oh I was jammin. You forget about all those oldies sometimes. I also discovered on my way that ol Highway 15 is having a bit of an identity crisis. It was labeled something something someone memorial highway. Also labeled “Avocado Highway”, which is awesome. But which is it?? I think we should pay homage to California’s favorite fruit. (I just googled it, it’s a fruit apparently..) But I know the state would probably disagree from changing “Highway 15” to “Avocado Highway”, so I guess those other posted names are merely suggestions?

Ok, so I made the trek to go to the Hobby Lobby. It’s those little things from home you miss. I’m still waiting on Taco John’s to set up shop out here. But we have Jamba Juice, Chipotle, Sonic, and HobLob, so I’m not complaining.

When I arrived, I learned that the Lobby just set up shop this past Halloween. So it’s a very new store. There seemed to be a decent amount of patrons, considering it was the Eve. Probably because that store is amazing. If you are a woman and you craft, decorate, scrapbook, draw, paint, arrange flowers, or do anything woman like or crafty, this is the place to be. And they always have amazing sales. If you haven’t been there, just imagine a Michaels but like ten steps up with newer things that will fit your exact taste.

SO, I had some Birthday spending to do, so I set out on an adventure. I found some frames that were half off, and I do have a wall that I needed something for, so it was the perfect excuse to buy some more stuff. And I got a rub-on wall thing that says “Live every minute with love in your heart grace in your step and gratitude in your soul.” Super cute. It has some feathers that stick up there with it. I’ll try to get a picture when it’s done. These rub-on wall things are the new thing I guess. They’re pretty easy, you just put them up to the wall, rub them on with a hotel-key card thing and they stick, voila! There’s tons of sayings and quotes or designs you can get. Pretty neat. I probably wandered up and down ever aisle for about two hours and decided that was all I needed. The vision of my jam-packed spare bedroom is still haunting me.

So, the project this week is getting the frames up! Hopefully I don’t fall…

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WTF Weds: Ed 014 Iowa

4 05 2011

When I was stationed on the oil platforms, we nicknamed the guy who roamed around doing the security/watch on the platform, “IOWA”. He though it was cause he was country. But it meant Idiot Out Wandering Around. Oh Sad.

Alright, I’m four days into vacation…and America and it is FLYING by like crazy! Mom and Dick have been keeping me busy though.

We ate at the bowling alley (the place to eat in town…and they had cheese curds, oh how I have missed you so!), gone on a bike ride on a lovely biking/jogging path that crosses the river, had a steak dinner (yum!), traveled to civilization Mason City to go to Wal-Mart (joy!), been grocery shopping at Hy-Vee, watched the TV show “The Voice” ( I may or may not have fallen asleep halfway through), picked up boxes from K-Mart for their upcoming move back to WI, been to Taco Johns (ole!), and been to church to make laundry detergent for the food shelf (more on that in a later post).

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Today is our “domestic day”, as the mums refers to it. We will be starting a baby quilt for a friend (if you are said friend, ignore this sentence), super cute little girl fabric! It should be an easy peasy pattern, it’s basically giant triangles all sewn together, and then with binding and a different print for the backing. I think Mista B will be surprised to learn that I can sew….and be domestic. I’m not much of a homemaker, I rarely cook, and never clean. Though I do like to organize and put things in their place, so I have the beginnings of wifery.

Sister and Gma get here today! Yay, it’s been nearly a year since I’ve seen them. Much to catch up on. Mom says we can stay in the downstairs den, me and sis, so we can “giggle”. lol, oh mother.

A couple things northeast IA does not have….Chipotle, Jamba Juice, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sonic (of all places, no SONIC!). WTF IA!