3.5 Time-Outs Tuesday

Happy Anniversary, 3.5 TOT!!!

On this most solemn and distinguished of occasions, I feel it is my duty and honor to scrape together a full three and a half time-outs for Mr. Larry D, though my life is exceedingly uneventful right now. Happy one year anniversary to 3.5 TOT!!! To those who come to my blog, please head over to Acts of The Apostasy and offer Larry your 3.5 time-outs as well, in celebration of this wonderful first anniversary milestone!

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So Tori Amos, Jewel, and I walk into a bar…

And because it’s a Japanese bar, we’re considered total beauty queens – the cream of the crop. Why?

All them crooked teeth.

Me, upon discovering the ‘Yaeba’.

Say what?? Yep… apparently the hottest thing going in Japan for lovely young women is to have ‘Yaeba’, or a good ol’ case of snaggleteeth. They are literally paying for procedures to have their teeth made crooked and gnarly out in Japan because that’s the way their men like it. Japanese men reportedly find women with crooked teeth endearing and more approachable – evidence that said women are not perfect. Get that? Japanese women are so stunningly perfect and beautiful, they are literally getting their teeth jacked up so men will feel secure talking to them.

While I’m not Japanese, and definitely don’t need the help of ‘Yaeba’ to make me “approachable” or less perfect looking, I must say that having a gaggle of snaggle has never really bugged me. While I have always had very healthy teeth and no cavities, it wasn’t the financial priority, growing up, to get me braces – and now I really don’t feel the desire to part with a couple teeth (to make room, they tell me) for that perfect grin. Plus, my significant other rather likes my smile as is and tells me that perfect teeth on a woman can seem kind of generic. Nice save, baby.

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Now I know that I’m no fashionista, but I just wanted to share the nail look that I’m crazy about for the holiday season. Glittery, super-blingy nails are simply dazzling – especially in the low-lit ambiance of our Advent and Christmas occasions. Calling to mind the sparkle of candles and Christmas tree lights, your nails can take on the luster of your jewelry, and be coordinated with it as well! In several  different metallic shades and grains of glitter, these fun polishes are endlessly accessorizable, and really add a lot of warmth to the cold blah of winter.

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I really wish I had a corner of my blog devoted to favorite things. Like, you know how Martha Stewart has her “Good things” that features a bunch of random stuff she likes? I want that for my blog, but called something MUCH more creative, like “Good Stuff” or “Favorite Things” or even “Things I Like”. Thinking outside the box here.

Anyway, if I had this special category, I would most certainly feature my newest obsession: fondue at The Melting Pot. I love this place soooo, so, so much! The first time I actually went there was around 14 years ago with Pat – and he hated it. I think they had just opened and didn’t quite have all their ducks in a row. The food was kind of bland and uninteresting. But recently we tried it again, only to be delighted at how good it is. There are so many choices now for the four courses – the variety of cheeses, broths, meets, chocolates, and wines (salad’s technically a course – not wine, but so?) seems endless. And the one that we go to is in this surreal, very old building that used to be a Carnegie Library. So yeah, every occasion – girl’s night out, anniversary, birthday celebration, WHATEVER – is met with me suggesting, “hey, I say we go to The Melting Pot for that!”

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Do you like them real or fake? What’s your Christmas tree preference, and why?

3½ Time-Outs Tuesday: The Instagram Edition

I’m curious to know what your 3½ Time-Outs are this week, and so is Larry D over at Acts of The Apostasy. So please come up with something – anything, and then post it for the rest of us to see!

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I’m one of those people who uses Instagram routinely (though I forgo the photo-sharing, social media aspect of the app). Why? Because I realized a long time ago that unless I had a really nice camera and an understanding of how to use it, most of the pictures I take just aren’t that good. They never capture the moment as I recall it in my mind, anyway.

Until Instagram.

Whenever I use an Instagram filter on one of my pics, the result is sentimental. Every. Time. Sentimental! Like take these for example:

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And sometimes I’ll even take older photos that I really like, but that don’t seem quite sentimental-looking enough, and I’ll put a filter on them too. And the result… you guessed it. So SENTIMENTAL!!

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Instagram even makes completely random crap look totally sentimental. Like take this group of acorns:

BAM! Sentimental.

Or this poor old, lonely flip flop:

Awww, gotta have some sort of sentimental value…

Yep, that’s right. This lint roller is precious to me. You might even call it sentimental.

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But it’s true; there are images in this world that actually can’t be made sentimental – even by the likes of Instagram. Such as:

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3½ Time-Outs Tuesday

The Larry D, over at Acts of the Apostasy, wants your 3½ Tim-Outs too. So do it, I bid you. Now!!

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Well, I just recently graduated from the Denver Catholic Biblical School, which is a lay division of the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. It was four years of biblical study, lectures, and homework as part of what is known around the country as “the most in-depth and comprehensive Bible study in the United States.” Our diocese is incredibly fortunate to be able to offer this outstanding course – taught by amazing instructors. I really cannot speak highly enough of those who teach at the CBS, they are beyond excellent.

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3½ Time-Outs Tuesday: Fun Day Trips Edition

The Larry D, over at Acts of the Apostasy, wants your 3½ Tim-Outs too. So do it, I bid you. Now!!

Summer is nearly here, and in addition to the typical summer fun, I’m looking forward to doing a few touristy things right here in our own Colorado backyard!

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So somehow I’ve never gotten around to actually visiting Bishop’s Castle. Handmade in the San Isabel National Forest by one rather paranoid man, the three story structure stands as an ongoing build, open to tourists year round – provided they sign the guest book as a release of liability. As a person who sometimes dreams in MYST, words can’t really express my desire to visit this place. Continue reading

3½ Time-Outs Tuesday: The Chick-ish Edition

 The Larry D, over at Acts of the Apostasy, wants your 3½ Tim-Outs too. So do it, I bid you. Now!!

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Well, it’s that time of year again… you know, shoe shopping! Or sandal shopping to be more specific. Ladies, is there anything better than finding the perfect pair of comfortable, adorable, wear-all-summer sandals? Nope. But this year I’m having a hard time with the styles – as cute as many of the casual flip flops are, I’m in the mood for something less… gym-locker-room-chic, if you get me. Continue reading