Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oliver had a bad day...

Oliver was a little crabby today. Do you think it was because I dressed him in argyle and dressed him like a reindeer (Nicole bought him the antlers.)? Or maybe because it's -8 degrees and he's been shivering all day...or, it could be because I tried to trim his nails. Or maybe Oliver is crabby because Bob's flight was canceled and he is not in Denver yet!

Dachsunds like to burrow and makes nests - I get the quilt and Oliver gets this blanket. I'm going to use my heating pad tonight.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The next bestseller?

Let me start by saying that I have the best boss ever! She also happens to be brilliant. She's made me really interested in becoming an academic librarian. Her new book came in the mail today, so we all celebrated at work. I offered to bake her a cake in the shape of her book (a rectangular cake - that is radical, Mary). I worked with Debbie on her index and I read the book several times to look for publisher errors, etc. So, if you're bored click here and in the little box search "Mary Olson" and then click "Front matter" and you can read the little shout-out Debbie gave me. I hope no other Mary Olson's try to take credit for my work.

Speaking of Mary Olson's...I like my name of course, but I'm having the common names blues today -
1. I got an e-mail from a random person who found my e-mail on the Iliff website and thought I was a Mary Olson that he knew years ago. He was hoping for a reunion...sorry.
2. I went to the library and I couldn't find the books that were waiting for me because they were mixed in with another Mary Olson's books!

Don't forget your trunks, Bob.

I booked a nice little suite at the Embassy Suites for Dad's overnight in Denver. Here's a little preview. Hopefully that freaky pug-like dog doesn't come with the room! Yikes. But, since it's "pet-friendly," maybe Oliver would like to have a sleepover. (evil laugh).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa, I am so in love with these monthly journals from Pottery Barn. They almost made me faint. They are sooo pretty and I know I could fill them up with exciting stories from my exciting life in the big city.
I've been very good this year.
Love, Mary Ida

These remind me of dad's old date books - but girly.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Nutracker

Last night Marie & I ate at a cute new restaurant across my our apartment, Citron Bistro before we went to the Colorado Ballet's production of the Nutcracker! It was so stunning. The sets were gorgeous and the costumes were perfect. There were a lot of really sweet little girls that played the sugarplums. Only one thing really creeped me out - little kids wearing wigs - not just any wigs - old lady wigs. Anyway, it was great!

photo from the Denver Post

We took the light rail downtown to save time, money, hassle, etc. and I get a free pass for being a DU student. Well, on Thursday I noticed that my pass had expired and I needed to go to the parking office to get a new sticker, but it was storming so I decided not to get the pass and risk getting a warning. I've only had my pass checked a few times since I've lived here, but of course last night was one of them! The light rail was mass chaos! There was a Broncos game, tons of events at the center for performing arts and light parades, etc, which all happened to get done at the same time. There were guards checking each persons' ticket and I almost made it through, but he made me go back to buy a ticket.

Well, we finally made it on the light rail and three adorable little kids sat across from us. Their parents weren't really paying attention to them and Marie noticed that the littlest one had a little accident. The little girl looked at me and kept saying to her mother, "I don't feel very well...I don't feel very well." I was so terrified - I wasn't sure what was about to happen, but they got off at the next stop - Phew.

Check out this article about North Dakota in yesterday's New York Times called "North Dakota Asks, What Recession?" Click on the title to read it.

It was 60 degrees today! Oliver & I had a nice walk in the park. I LOVE Colorado weather!
Oh, and I am almost done with Katherine dress. yay!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Can you keep a secret?

I've been a busy bee preparing for Christmas, etc. and I have so many surprises up my sleeve that I just have to let one free. So, you can continue reading if you promise to keep my secret and not tell my little niece Katherine about this! If you cannot keep this secret, stop reading and check out another blog. Okay, that was harsh, but here goes. Meet "little mommy" (shown above). She is so cute and could pass as Katherine's baby, right? My plan is to sew Katherine a cute little dress and then sew a matching one for her new little baby.
I have a few different pattens that could be cute, but I think I've settled on the one below, but it needs a little something extra. I still am not sure about fabrics and I've included three below - I'm thinking about mixing and matching.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wish List of my Wildest Dreams...

Hello all - Due to popular demand, I've published a wish list of a few things I've had my eye on...just to give you some ideas...I've been doing a lot of sewing, but I can't post anything because Christmas is coming up and...well, that would just spoil everything, wouldn't it?

I've been sewing like a mad lady lately, and I'd love a machine with a few more features (or any features at all). The one I have is very basic and I have loved it, but I can't buy any attachments for it and the invisible zippers I make are anything but invisible. I'm not too picky, but I've found this Singer Curvy sewing machine that I really really like. I found it on and (home shopping network). There are a few features I'm in love with such as no-touch threading, zipper foot and other "feet", drop in bobbin, buttonhole maker. It's also available at Joann's, but for $100.00 more!

These sweater slippers look so amazingly cozy! They are from the Gap. I wear a size 8-8 1/2 shoe, but I don't know how that translates to Small, medium and large. Roey, you could test them out for me.. I really like the "dove white" color, but I also like red, green, etc, etc.! You can click here to see them better.

This sweater is from the Gap....size large in "ivory frost." It's perfect. click here. I also like the gray or honey brown sweater.

I love this watch! Very modern - It's a Fossil. You can get a better look at it by clicking here.

Finally, I am in love with this's from a UK designer Orla Kiely. I would love anything with this design..the journal is shown above, which of course, I would love, but this also comes in purses, wallets, mugs, light shades, etc. Her stuff is very pricey, but some aren't too unreasonable. You can see the journal by clicking here. And if you click on her name, you can see her whole website.

I love these leggings. They are from urban outfitters. You can look at them here.
I've wanted a (fully loaded) spice rack for awhile. I'm not picky, but I like the look of this one. It's the "Trudeau 16-Bottle Spice Rack - Chrome Accents" from Target.

Autumn in New York
Big Fish
Definitely, Maybe


Marie's birthday was on Monday and she has been reading the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers and really really wanted to see the movie. I'm taking a young adult literature class starting in January and since these books are cataloged YA, I've thought about reading them. Side note: I have to read 40 young adult books in 10 weeks, so I'm starting early!
Anyway, the movie was so great and I'm already almost done with the first book and Marie has book 2 on standby for me. I can't stand how much I want to read these books, but I have a lot of sewing to do before Christmas. I've read 2 hours already today, so I'm going to sew tonight and then read more before bed.