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3rd Birthday

My blog turns 3 today. I can’t believe it has been that long. FYI - I’m not a very good blogger.

Also, this is my 50th post!

Like a coin
I was tossed into a wishing fountain

I was only one of a thousand

Looking for a little fortune
And you, you picked me up and put me into your pocket

Nothing I could do to stop it

It started off full of promise

The shimmer of the shine that I’d never seen before

The bright lights, I was taken in by the spotlight
Coming from the stare of your wanting eyes,
like a Vegas screen glow
Yeah, grasping, wishing I could roll the dice again.
You can always love, but you can’t win
A heart is like no money you blow
Casino

Worthless, I didn’t even know I was losing
But I was just a card you were using
A trick that you were good at playing
Oh and luck, didn’t build up the Monte Carlo
Just like love never promised tomorrow
You are only looking to borrow
And I thought that I had a chance but I gave it away to

The bright lights, I was taken in by the spotlight
Coming from the stare of your wanting eyes,
like a Vegas screen glow
Oh, grasping, wishing I could roll the dice again
You can always love but you can’t win
A heart is like the money you blow
Casino

The bright lights, I was taken in by the spotlight
Coming from the stare of your wanting eyes,
like a Vegas screen glow
Oh, grasping, wishing I could roll the dice again
You can always love but you can’t win
A heart is like the money you blow
Casino

Casino lyrics from Nashville

Nashville Cast – Casino

Hello 2013!

I do apologize that things have been so sparse here lately. My life has taken some very different directions over the last year.

 

The job continues to morph and change and even turned into three of them! Crazy huh? The main one has me doing more and more but it excites me because I get a lot of new challenges and opportunities. I got a second job part-time at Kohl’s to help pay bills through the holiday season. My first day was Black Friday and it wasn’t as crazy as I expected it to be. The third job just is spare-time contract work for a friend of mine.

As I was reflecting on my blog I came across this post where I said “My house is no longer a home to me, it’s the place where I sleep and generally try to avoid spending long periods of time.”. I pondered this for a bit and while I still don’t spend much time at my house I now cherish the time I have here. I’ve gotten settled in. Most of my decorating is done. I bought a nightstand and finally cleaned out and decluttered recently. This is my sanctuary now and I actually wish I spent more time there.

 

Further busying my schedule are dual rehearsal schedules for my Choir and Symphony and I’ve also taken to a vocal studio to further my dreams and talents of singing. I’ve made a lot of improvements recently and am now being challenged with some Coloratura Soprano work that is so much fun!

 

The long hours and lack of sleep sometimes get me down but I just have to say that I’m in one of the happiest places I’ve been in my life. In fact this morning I keep catching myself grinning from ear to ear quite frequently. How are things shaping up for you as we embark on 2013?

How my morning was almost ruined…

This is a familiar sight to most of you, but mine is different. I daresay mine is better but most will disagree.

Mug

This my friends, is my hot cocoa mug. (yes it has a spoon with holder, it’s just that cool) I can’t have coffee, get over it. I dont’ care much for the taste anyway. Some mornings I require this little gem to get me through things. This morning was definitely one of those. I opened my drawer, grabbed my canister of Stephen’s Chocolate Mint Truffle, my Hazelnut Creamer (yes creamer, it’s so amazing), and then…panic. My drawer is missing something…where is my cocoa mug?!?! While I nervously try to drum up my memory of last week (queue 49 hour work week and doing my best to forget it) I think maybe I left it in the sink. (secondary thought of ewww gross, left in the communal sink all weekend) So I run to the break room with scrubby brush in hand and find my precious mug. YAY!

So, now I have my cocoa, all is well in the world. Hope you all have a fantabulous Monday morning!

Sometimes we need to be lazy

I’ve had a pretty hectic fall. I’ve spent more time in airports than I generally wish. I’ve followed some crazy dreams. I’ve rehearsed, rehearsed, rehearsed, and worked like crazy at the 9-5. (which is never 9-5)

To celebrate all this crazy and a random blizzard in my town I took the great opportunity this weekend to do nothing. Well not entirely nothing per se. But after doing chores and running errands on Saturday we cut things short due to the snow. So I went home, put on my pajamas, got my rice bag warmed up, and then I situated myself on the couch. My goal was to have a day to myself to do whatever I wanted. I did just that. I successfully couched until shortly before 11pm when I went to bed. 

May sound crazy but sometimes you just need to let yourself have a nothing day. I think it helped me out greatly . What do you do when you find your life particularly busy/overwhelming/frustrating?

Food: It’s a love hate thing

It’s that 4 letter F work coming out again. F-O-O-D.

It’s one of those things you can’t go through life without. Yet, it’s also one of those things many people stress about. I am one of those people. I love food. I love cooking. (caveat to follow) I love eating.

I do tend to fall into the category though of while I love cooking what I really love is making food for other people to enjoy. I was always the dinner on the table every night and elaborate Sunday dishes type of girlfriend. Now I’m the fridge is empty nearly 90% of the time living like a college freshman type of single person. 

I’d say a large majority of the blogs I follow are food blogs. I love seeing new recipes and ideas and have quite a very large physical and email stack of recipes I’d like to try. But all that time, money, effort just seems wasted on just me. So this is where my idea comes into play.

I need a dinner club. We’ve all heard of book clubs, people getting together however often and sharing in the same thing. Well, why can’t we have the same thing for food? I know they exist, my parents used to have them when I was young. You have a group of friends, you pick a theme, and everyone brings part of a dish. You get to socialize, try new things, share recipes, eat great food, and hopefully take home leftovers! Sounds like a win-win in my book.

So, if anyone out there also thinks this sounds awesome and would love to get on board, just let me know. I’m more than game to make this thing work!

Seattle Love

Oh hey there dear neglected blog of mine. Would you believe that lately there are times I go two weeks without even checking FB. Yup, that’s how busy I am. Why so busy? Work. New responsibilities. I actually love the new role but keeping all the existing with it is mighty hard. I promise I’m gonna come back out on top though!

So, Seattle.

I love it.

I think I’m moving there (in all my dreams at least)

Background: I’ve never been to Seattle. My parents used to go every year in September…never bothered to bring me though. But this time I got to go with them last weekend to one of my dad’s co-workers house right on the Sound. Gorgeous! Weather: Perfect. Got to explore the city a bit. Then had a day to hang out at the house for the big BBQ. 

Spent an entire afternoon/evening out on the water. Double kayak. Single kayak. Easy peasy after the camping trip where I kayaked for the first time. Then I saw something new: a Paddle Board. I can handle that right? So I got on my knees and took the kayak paddle and went around a bit. Then came back in for the real paddle…the stand up paddle…where you have to get on your feet. I finally stood up and that was about all I could do for 15 minutes. While everyone just watched encouraging me to move. Finally got out there and man it was the greatest. Think I did 3 tours out on it. The last one being the best, I had it mastered the water was perfectly calm, it was sunset and I didn’t want it to end.

Now I want a paddle board and endless water to play on. Hence the need to move to Seattle.

Oh yeah, here’s the proof. Hope everyone has an exciting weekend coming up.

PaddleBoarding

This guy is amazing!!! I’m really hoping that I can get one for me :)

samspratt:

Only one more week to enter, spread it around!

Sam Spratt’s SEPTEMBER Portrait Contest/Custom Portrait Giveaway!
It’s back. To show my appreciation for all of you following me here, As usual—I am giving one guy/man/dude AND one girl/woman/chick the chance to win a custom portrait from me. Free, no strings attached. Here’s the breakdown:
What You Get:
A Web-resolution (1100 pixel) custom portrait, tailored to your most bizarre of requests. You can get a very traditional portrait done or as outlandish as you can dream—so long as it remains in the portrait format. Zombies, Hipsters, Pirates, Ninjas, Superheroes, Robots, etc. are all fair-game themes in which you can have yourself transmogrified in painted form. Want to let me have free reign? That works too, but I want to make something unique to you.
How to Enter:
1. FACEBOOK: Simply comment on my facebook contest link!
2. TWITTER: Tweet this post by @mentioning my twitter handle @samspratt http://twitter.com/#!/SamSpratt This also counts as an entry.
3. TUMBLR: If you reblog this photo from me, that will enter you as well.
How to Increase Your Odds:
If you share this with yours friends on facebook by tagging this page with the “@” symbol before “Sam Spratt Illustration” on your wall it will “linkify” this page. This counts as an additional entry.
(If you enter all 4 ways, you will have 4x the odds of winning)
How long this will last:
I will keep the contest open through September with winners announced in early October.
You all are the best! Good luck and thanks again to all who follow my little slice of artwork on the web.

This guy is amazing!!! I’m really hoping that I can get one for me :)

samspratt:

Only one more week to enter, spread it around!

Sam Spratt’s SEPTEMBER Portrait Contest/Custom Portrait Giveaway!

It’s back. To show my appreciation for all of you following me here, As usual—I am giving one guy/man/dude AND one girl/woman/chick the chance to win a custom portrait from me. Free, no strings attached. Here’s the breakdown:

What You Get:

A Web-resolution (1100 pixel) custom portrait, tailored to your most bizarre of requests. You can get a very traditional portrait done or as outlandish as you can dream—so long as it remains in the portrait format. Zombies, Hipsters, Pirates, Ninjas, Superheroes, Robots, etc. are all fair-game themes in which you can have yourself transmogrified in painted form. Want to let me have free reign? That works too, but I want to make something unique to you.

How to Enter:

1. FACEBOOK: Simply comment on my facebook contest link!

2. TWITTER: Tweet this post by @mentioning my twitter handle @samspratt http://twitter.com/#!/SamSpratt This also counts as an entry.

3. TUMBLR: If you reblog this photo from me, that will enter you as well.

How to Increase Your Odds:

If you share this with yours friends on facebook by tagging this page with the “@” symbol before “Sam Spratt Illustration” on your wall it will “linkify” this page. This counts as an additional entry.

(If you enter all 4 ways, you will have 4x the odds of winning)

How long this will last:

I will keep the contest open through September with winners announced in early October.

You all are the best! Good luck and thanks again to all who follow my little slice of artwork on the web.

Rant!

As the title suggests what follows is a rant…you have been warned.

Theft. Small word. Simple concept. I’ve had it with it. Since I graduated college my car was broken into and stuff stolen, my co-workers routinely stole me food at my last job, my family’s shed was broken into just two weeks ago and most of my stuff was stolen, and then this morning I finish my breakfast and go to wash my bowl and find my dish soap missing from the kitchen. I check every cabinet and sure enough it’s not there. It’s like the last straw, I’m totally fed up with people’s complete lack of regard for others. If it’s not yours, don’t take it, what a simple concept. I think we all learned that quite a while ago…

So, tonight I will get my hair done and then most likely have Froyo for dinner because hey, I find comfort in tasty frozen things…we all have our methods. All I can say is karma…what goes around comes around…and I sincerely hope that all of you thieves get what’s coming to you.

/endrant

Ten on….Wednesday!

Because I like to be different? Because I’m a slacker? Because I just needed a break from work and was too lazy to come up with my own idea? You choose!

1. How do you pronounce the word aunt? Does your pronunciation rhyme with ‘haunt’ or ‘can’t’?

I say it both ways honestly. Much like I do with either and neither. Just depends on my mood I suppose. 

2. Do most of the people in your life know you blog? Or are you partially or totally anonymous?

I would say not a lot of people in my life know I blog…would explain the low readership, but oh well. Not everyone needs to know everything about a person.

  3. When you grocery shop, do you prefer to bag your own groceries or do you like it when the store bags them for you? Paper, plastic, or reusable bags?

I don’t really have a preference. I’m happy to bag my own but the store usually just does it for me. Plastic - but in fairness I reuse them around the house for other stuff.

4. Do you have a green thumb?

I wish! I just barely mowed a lawn for the first time a week or so ago. I have a whole area set aside in my yard for flowers and shrubs and stuff and all it currently grows is weeds. I’m afraid of planting stuff that will die because I’ll fail at something.

5. If you watch the Food Network, which chef/show host is your favorite?

I watch a few shows. Out of the Food Network crew I’d have to say most of my favorite chefs are the men on Iron Chef. My all time favorite chef though is Gordon Ramsay. 

6. Do you like to take baths? Do you take them very often?

Indifferent I suppose and no. 

7. What color are the walls in your kitchen?

The same tannish color as the rest of the house. Though you can’t see much of it due to cupboards covering most of the space.

8. Do you prefer to dine outdoors or indoors?

If the weather is perfect I’d say outdoors. But I’m really fine either way.

9. Describe your ideal weather.

Upper 70’s and sunny. Preferably lying next to a pool

10. If you could learn any foreign language, which would you choose to learn?

Hmmm I always had the oddest desire to learn Aramaic. But since that’s not really practical I’d say Italian.

So there we have it, a few more insights into me. Care to share more about you?