Thursday, March 31, 2011

24 - a picture of something you wish you could change

i see a sweet, docile, doe-eyed, animal here. others just see dinner. i just don't see why it's ok to kill and slice up these beautiful, living, breathing creatures to eat it. they have thoughts and feelings, and feel pain, just like we do. not to mention its not very good for your body. there are plenty of other sources of protein and vitamins out there. if some of the largest, strongest animals out there (horses, cows, gorillas, pandas.. just to name a few) can survive on plant-based diets, then so can we. i've only been a vegetarian for about 3 years, and before i made the switch, i still felt weird about eating meat, especially red meat. i wish more people would go veg, or at least try it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

23 - a picture of your favorite book

this book changed my life. one day, about 3 years ago, when i was waiting to talk with the redmond red robin about going to work there, i went to borders and picked up this book. i read 70 pages of it there in the store. it did a great job of just getting down to the point on many reasons why you should and shouldn't eat certain things. never again have i consumed a piece of meat. and i feel great about that. i even lost 20 pounds after i learned a decent, non junk food diet. my fiancé has even adopted a "flexitarian" diet, and i'm so proud of him. (basically, he only eats meat once in a while, like, when we go out to dinner.) i've even decided to raise archer as a vegetarian, and i'm so thankful that i have jason's support. we'll let archer decide on his own if he wants to eat meat when he's an appropriate age.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

22 - a picture of something you wish you were better at

i wish that i had the balls to get up and rock out on stage. i sing at home all the time, but i'm not very good. it would still be pretty cool though i think. get the crowd pumped up, and give it my all. i sang karaoke once, but that didn't count. =)

Monday, March 28, 2011

21 - a picture of something you wish you could forget

this one is a weird one for me. why on earth would i want to keep a picture of something that i don't want to remember anymore? i thought about this one a lot... and mostly drew blanks. what is something i want to forget, but am ok with bringing up for the sake of this post? because the only things i really want to forget are secretive, and i don't want to share my secrets..
i've got it.

i wish i could forget that day when jason and i were driving and saw an oncoming car hit a deer on the highway by my house. the poor thing, got hit by a car going 60 mph, flew 20 feet in the air, landed on the ground, and hobbled into the bushes nearby. the worst part was, i saw the deer on the side of the road and knew it was going to happen, but there was nothing i could do about it except watch, and not hit it with my own car. that was the most devastating thing i've ever witnessed in my entire life.
thanks, 30 day challenge, for making me relive this.

20 - a picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

someday i'd love to travel to spain. i always hear good things about the place. but first, i must learn the language. i keep forgetting that jason got me rosetta stone. i need to get back to using that....

Friday, March 25, 2011

19 - a picture of when you were little

that is me sometime in 1986. not sure how old i was here. just a few months probably. how on earth did they get me to pose and stay like that? archer would have never gone for that.

18 - a picture of your biggest insecurity

... or should i say insecuritIES. i'm totally insecure with my boobs! i mean, look at those melons. when you're only 5'2" an weigh 110 pounds, you don't really need to naturally grow double d's. they just make me feel fat, and i'm not really sure how that happens when you're a size 0. i'm totally getting a boob job when i'm done having children.
(marisol looks beautiful though!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

17 - a picture of someone who has made a huge impact on your life recently

that would be this guy! becoming someone's mother impacts your life like nothing else does. he's my little buddy, and i'm so glad i have him in my life. he hasn't even been on this earth for a year, but he's definitely changed me. i look forward to watching him grow!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

16 - picture of someone who inspires you

this picture is like 4 or 5 years old. its a picture of my favorite little brother and i somewhere in washington. he is the raddest kid ever. plays the guitar, bass, and drums. i wish i had just one ounce of the talent he has! you're awesome diego, keep rockin' it!

Monday, March 21, 2011

15 - a picture of something you want to do before you die

for some reason i really, really want to restore an old VW bus. they are so awesome. not only do i want to restore it, but then i want to road trip it around the states with my family. :) i used to have a vw rabbit that i was in love with, and i just know that i'd feel right owning one of these too.

a short girl's best friend

a short girl can never have too many heels. but i've found that wedges are definitely the way to go. when you're as short as i am, flats just seem to make you look shorter, and also, a little like a child. i love the way pumps look but they are not foot friendly for long periods of time. so, wedges it is. especially because you can kind of "camouflage" wedges under a pair of flared pants so they look more like a normal (flat) shoe, giving the illusion of more height.
i'd love to have a pair of each of these shoes!

big buddha echo
canvas wedge loafer

Sunday, March 20, 2011

14 - a picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

i met jason when i was 12 years old. i've known him more than half my life! we've both had our separate ups and downs, but somehow always gravitated toward each other again. and i'm so glad. he's very loving and generous to me, and i don't know what i'd do without him.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

13 - a picture of your favorite band

my fave band of the moment is the yeah yeah yeahs. and they have been for probably the last two years. i love that chicks voice, and her confidence. and the two dudes in the band, look pretty geeky, but at least they still rock out.

12 - a picture of something you love

this one was a toughie. i love a lot of things! ultimately i have decided on my ring. i love it, and it also symbolizes my love for jason! corny, i know. but i'm ok with that.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


for those of you who don't already know. my son has microtia and aural atresia of the right ear. basically, his right ear didn't completely develop so it's small, has a different shape, and he has no ear canal. when he was born, and they placed him on my lap, after looking at his darling face, that was the first thing i noticed. my stomach sank. i feel so bad that i got so freaked out about it, because after that, i wondered what else was wrong with my child. turns out, he's pretty dang perfect.
for the first few months of his life, i was so paranoid that everyone was staring at his little ear, and that i'd have to explain it to everyone. people don't really seem to notice all that much anymore, and i'm much more comfortable talking about it. we know he can hear with his left ear, but we're still not sure about the right. we don't even know if he has all the proper parts in there! when he's a little older, we'll find out.
so, archer has been teething recently, getting his top central incisors, and he'll hold his normal ear when he's in pain. i gave him a bath the other night, and to avoid getting water in there (i don't want him getting an infection to add to his teething pain) i asked jason to get me a cotton ball. he brought me two. it kind of made me sad. i don't think he knew what i was using it for, or if he did, i'm sure it was just an extra, but it was sad to me that archer only had one ear that needed protection.
long story short, archer has permanent conductive hearing loss in his right ear, and mild mixed media hearing loss in his left. i know this makes him unique though, so i don't usually get upset about it. we even kind of want him to have a mohawk to showcase the little cuteness. we want him to be comfortable with it, and proud of it, just like we are.
i think it looks kinda like a goldfish cracker stuck to the side of his head. =)

11 - a picture of something you hate

i am absolutely freaked out by cockroaches. they are everywhere in hawaii too. when it's dry, they kind of retreat, but if you go walking down the street after it has rained, they are running wild all over the sidewalks. probably once every month we get a cockroach intruder in our condo. jason always has to come to my rescue. i can handle the baby ones, but the adults make scream like a little girl and i go jumping to higher ground. (ie: a chair or counter) i can't wait to get back to washington, where cockroaches still exist, but in much smaller quantities. (not looking forward to the massive spiders though. ugh!)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

10 - a picture of the person you do the most messed up things with

i don't really do "messed up" things... especially now that i'm a mom. but, i have partied pretty good. that's ali on the left. king of parties and fast cars. and marisol on the right. we're always getting into trouble. (we even randomly went to free tattoo day once!) this picture was from our vegas trip in november of 09. it was actually a pretty laid back weekend for marisol and i, since i was 2 months pregnant. so this trip was kind of like our last hoorah. ali has a baby now too, so i guess we'll all just have to graduate (or demote - however you want to look at it) to badass birthday parties for our babies. =)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

9 - a picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

a little cliché, i know, but this is my mom. she's been around for me my entire life, so obviously she's the one who has gotten me through the most. she's always there when i need her. i've been through a few major life altering obstacles, and she has stuck with me and never judged me. love you mom!

Monday, March 14, 2011

8 - a picture that makes you laugh

i don't know who this baby is, but whoever did this to it, is a genius. why didn't i think of doing this to archer? i mean, i would swaddle him up when he was tiny and he'd resemble a burrito, but i never took so far and added lettuce, tomato, and a mustache! super cute baby.

7 - a picture of your most treasured item

this is my bicycle. when i moved to hawaii, i left my car behind. i needed some type of transportation. a bike was perfect. kailua is so tiny and laid back, that a car is completely unnecessary. for me at least. (it is nice to have jason's truck around though if i ever need it) i ride this thing everywhere. i would even ride it to work when i was 9 months pregnant. people thought i was nuts. they were probably right. pretty sure i was even riding this thing earlier in the day when i went into labor with my son. i love my bike, and unlike my car, i won't be leaving it behind when i move.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

6 - a picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

i love kim kardashian. i'd love to have a day in her life. wake up beautiful, go have pictures taken of myself for oodles of money. go shopping with my oodles of money. also, she owns a candy shop in vegas, so i'm totally jealous of that. just one day i'd like to know what its like to have a ton of big, awesome, beautiful hair.

Friday, March 11, 2011

5 - a picture of your favorite memory

for today, i couldn't come up with a photo. i mean, i can't just go around photographing every second of my life. although, that would be pretty cool. so for today, i chose a song instead. because this song triggers some pretty great warm feelings and memories.

where is my mind - pixies

whenever i hear this song, i start daydreaming. i go back to december 09, in lake stevens, when i was driving in my white volkswagen rabbit with jason and this song playing. both of us in our pajamas. somewhere on this day i realized that we were in love again. even though it was cold and snowy then, in this moment, i felt warm and secure. one of the best days of my life. :)

well, here's a picture of the lake in the winter that i found on the internet. i miss that place.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

4 - a picture of a habit you wish you didn't have

as you can see by the picture here, i pick my nose. i've even employed my fiancé to help me. i don't know if its because i have kind of a big nose, but, i just can't help myself. i don't do it in public or anything. and i'm not one of those people you see in their car at a stoplight scratching their brain. i think maybe i need a 12 step program. i can see it now... "hello, my name is martina, and i'm a nosepicaholic."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

flippin' the bird to the birds

in the past week i've been trying really hard to get into better shape. i'm in decent shape already, but i could use some improvement. anyway, i've gone jogging a few days the past week, and i've been feeling great. so this evening, after the rain, archer and i went for a jog. unfortunately, i only got halfway to my destination thanks to a slight mishap. i got shit on by a bird. right on the head and chest... it's one of the most disgusting feelings in the world. i asked archer if i could barrow one of his wipes. but i still felt scuzzy and turned around and went home. i immediately showered.
then i got to remembering, this isn't the first time this has happened to me. it isn't the 2nd or 3rd time either. this is the 4th time - in my adult life, that i can remember - that i have been the target of a bird's butt. the first time i was driving my mom's car, and i had my window cracked a couple of inches for fresh air, and somehow, a birdpoop hit the steering wheel, dead center. it was an unexplainable phenomenon. the second time i was driving down 45th in the u-district of seattle. i had been stopped at a red light, and just as i began down the hill, about 7 birds moved their bowels into my sunroof. the third time, i was riding my bicycle to work when it happened. i had to call in late so i could go home and change.
i've heard that being the subject of a bird bomb is good luck. i better get at least one really big prize for this! until then, f*you birds. thanks for pooping on my parade.

since sliced bread

throughout pregnancy, you are subject to all sorts of advice, even when its not warranted. "make sure you do this... absolutely do NOT do that... etc." thanks for the advice, person-i've-never-met. they tell you raising children is hard, blah blah blah. i'm not saying it's easy, but it's not as hard as everyone was trying to make it sound. c'mon people, you're not protecting me.
but no one tells you how hard it is going to be to start feeding your child whole foods. i find this to be completely terrifying. my son is a pro at baby cereals, pureed fruits and veggies, and even the cheerio. but anything else i feed him, i get so nervous that he's going to choke to death. i get a cold sweat going on as i watch my child like a vulture and reach for the water cup at the slightest inkling of cough or gag face.
today we had half a piece of whole wheat bread for the first time, crusts cut off, cut into tiny little cubes. he thought it was awesome. i thought i was going to have a coronary. i probably scared the poop out of him with my crazy, wide-eyed stare on my face. i'd be scared if i were him. i hope he doesn't have nightmares... his dad on the other hand, would probably give him an entire slice of bread whole to munch on, and think nothing of it. sometimes i admire his techniques, but i'm too wimpy to try them.
anyway, a word to new or expecting moms; congratulations! being a mom is the best job i've ever had. with it comes risk, and with risk comes beautiful rewards. =)

3 - a picture of the cast from your favorite show

i realize that it was probably the mother in me that got me started watching a sitcom called "modern family" but this show is seriously hilarious. and i think this photo adequately depicts how delightfully dysfunctional this extended family is. it has a little bit of everything on the show, and it's so relatable in many different ways.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2 - a picture of you and someone you've been close with for a while

this is marisol. she's my soulmate. well, friend soul mate. i've known her for about 5 years and i don't know where i'd be without her. i love her. too bad we live 3000 miles away from each other now. i wish we were both living in seattle again. those were the times. maybe someday we'll be reunited there.

Monday, March 7, 2011

1 - a picture of yourself and 10 facts

1.  i'm left handed
2.  i love to dance, but never in public (unless alcohol is involved)
3.  i'm a vegetarian
4.  terrified of cockroaches
5.  i ride a bicycle as my main transportation
6.  my little brother is my idol
7.  i suck at math
8.  studying to be a dental hygienist
9.  i'm addicted to 90's grunge music
10.  i have a major sweet tooth

30 days of photos

ok. here goes. i decided on doing one of those 30 day challenges that everyone is doing on facebook. only, i'll do mine here instead. i think maybe it will help me to open up a little. enjoy.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


so, i kept thinking to myself that "mindofmar" sounds a lot like "Mallomar." and then it hit me; my body also resembles a mallomar these days. like a round, squishy, plump little marshmallow cookie. i need to do something about that. so i went on a 2.5 mile jog. too bad half of it was actually spent walking. just shows how out of shape i am. so, i'm going to really try and step it up, and get back into shape before the summer when i move. i'll even take it one step further and try to get my tan on. perhaps i'll post some photos of my transformation. ........who am i trying to kid here? i bet all this ambition will be lost as soon as my head hits the pillow tonight. it was a nice thought. =)


i decided i needed a blog. not sure why. maybe just to clear my head sometimes. i'm pretty much a stay at home mom, so, i do most of my talking to my baby, and he's not really much of a conversationalist. well, he thinks he is, but what the hell does that babybabble mean!? i love him. anyway, just wanted a place to talk randomly about what's on my mind, or the random events in my life.