Friday, December 18, 2009

Call me Krickle ... or Kricka (if you are yelling for me!)

I got to see my favorite 2 people today: S & T.

G needed to finish up some grading and runs some errands so I stayed with Mr. S today. :) Oh my... he is perfection rolled up into a loveable package that is always running around in a whirlwind.

He doesn't stop until he falls asleep ... and today was no exception.

He's 2 now and loves imaginative play. Today we were lions chasing each other. We played with Rex and Pokey (his dinos) and with the pig and bear (odd friendship, but hey it works!). I chased him back and forth through the house. We played with his train set, and finally, we read books :)

S had chicken and carrots for lunch, and he fell asleep while eating them. It was adorable. I took pictures (of course!) and he just looks so sweet.

He was exhausted! He didn't even wake up when I changed his diaper and his pants.

It really was the best way to start off my Christmas Break. S always makes me happy... it never fails. I always leave there completely happy.

Oh I got to see T ... she is perfection, too. So beautiful.

I love those little ones. So incredibly much.

Oh! I almost forgot ... the title. S has finally decided to call me by name. I now go by Krickle ... or Kricka if you are yelling at me as S so often does. "Kricka sit down!!" "Kricka come mere!!" ... and of course, I oblige him.

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaack

So it's probably time to get back to this blogging thing, eh?

School has been ... well ... crazy busy and I was overwhelmed. So blogging took a backseat.
I will be back posting Project 52 & try to stay on it. (That's what she said. NO TIME!.. but she did... NO TIME!)

So I have a million things to do before we leave for VEGAS!!!!

So here's what I am .... or should be doing:
  • laundry
  • cleaning ... including living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathrooms, etc, etc,
  • packing
    • carry on
    • checked
  • sleeping (WE LEAVE AT 4AM! on Sunday!)
  • packing Aria ... she's going to stay with Nini!
  • dropping off Christmas presents (for S & T!)
  • baking muffins .... mmmmm
  • and the list goes on
  • and on
  • and on
So ... I'm off to watch TV instead ... or work on catching up on blogging

Life is wonderful and amazing... but so overwhelming.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

She's Here ... the newest love of my life

T has arrived!! 

I'm so excited and can't wait to meet her!!! I'm sure she's adorable just like her older brother!!

I can't wait to hold her and play with her! & kiss her little cheeks!


Oh and she arrived on her Daddy's birthday... what a present!

Also, I went overboard on the "!s" ... but this deserves it!

Friday, November 13, 2009


... is something I really love to do.

Unfortunately Josh doesn't much like to and I am stuck planning on my own.

Thanks to a very (very!) long nap by S yesterday I was able to plan out my entire 2010 school year. Ahhh! I love the feeling of a plan!

Spring 2010
  • EDSS 4553 - Foundations and Mentoring in Social Studies
  • EDSS 4563 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies
  • SOC 3533 - The System of Criminal Justice
  • SOC 3543 - Sociology of Deviance
  • HIST 2223 - British Empire
May Intersession?
  • SOC Elective - possibly Crime Scene Processing
Summer 2010
  • Study for LSAT!
September 2010 - LSAT!

Fall 2010
  • American HIST Elective
  • P SC 2603 - Governments Around the World
  • MUNM 3113 - World Music
  • SOC
  • SOC Elective?
Ahhhh isn't it beautiful??

Now back to S because really I'd just rather talk about him! He took a 3 hour ... 3 hour ... nap yesterday while I watched him. He woke up so incredilby happy and pretty much smiled and giggled the rest of the time I was there. We played in the tall grass out back, he handed me handfuls of dirt (thank you S!), he jumped and crawled and had the best time (and I did too!)

Of course, I had a wonderful time just watching him :) I really do enjoy staying with him...

::sigh:: that's the part of my plan I really don't like ... the part where I graduate and have to leave him :(

Monday, November 9, 2009

She Loves You ... Yeah, Yeah, Yeahhhh!

Weekend Wrapup ... yep... totally have fallen off the horse with that one eh? (I'm trying to be Canadian! yay!)

This weekend was fun though... jammed packed with work and fun.
Friday I worked from 5-9 ... Saturday from 9-5 ... and Sunday from 12-5... but!

Dawn came up and we went out to eat... at Othello's! My favorite place EVER (besides El Tap in Ardmore)... mmm pasta stuffed with cheese and alfredo sauce poured all over it? gimme, gimme, gimme!!!... oh boy it was so good!
and sex on the peach? mmmmm good good good!
I heart food and drink.

Ok so then on to the movies ... Men Who Stare at Goats. Hilarious at parts, but I deign it a "rent" movie. ... no need to go to the movies for this one. It's funny.... but I couldn't find a compelling plot that hooked me in... I rooted for nothing.... there was nothing to root for.

Oh and Beatles Rock Band = love! yeah, yeah, yeahhhhhhh
I have confirmed that I have NO rhythm whatsoever. NONE

So then? talking, talking, talking until 4 am :) love

Overall it was a great weekend. I'm so happy I got to see her and spend time with her! She's awesome.

so.... onto this week.... ugh.
so ready for a BREAK

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Project 52 - Week 6

It's been unseasonably warm here this winter and I'm not sure if I like it or not.
I want winter ... I want cold, snow, rain... I want it to feel like the semester is coming to an end. I don't feel like Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away... I don't feel like Christmas break is only about 5 weeks away.

I need that feeling. I am getting so stale ... I don't want to do this anymore. I know that feeling comes around every semester, but I depend on the cues that it is coming to an end.
AND I AM NOT GETTING THOSE CUES! I'm dying here... I need a break... I need the end of the semester... ugh

oh but Aria loves it. Yep, LOVES it.

Yes, she's like Kristy :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I wish I could come up with creative titles

It's going to be a long, exhaustive day.

Butttt! I get to see my favorite little boy and my mommy and sister!!

I am way too excited.

I have no idea how I am going to get this paper written and study for my test though.
::sigh:: I hate being a procrastinator. Hate. It.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

School... is getting in the way of life

So I haven't been posting much and it's because I'm busier than imaginable.

Enjoy what I have here,... read the past posts if you need a fix.

I'm not sure when regular posting will be back... but if you want some funny visit
that is courtesy of my brother IT Geek...

Oops I forgot Want. Need. MUST HAVE. didn't I? I meant to bring that back this week.
::sigh:: oh well... it'll be here next week when I don't have homework coming out of all orifices and my fingernails.

back to your regularly scheduled life.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Project 52 - Week 5

Burnt Out.

This was pretty much my life this last week, and I burnt my toast too.

This will be my life this upcoming week too...


I am so looking forward to a break. A real break.

Friday, October 30, 2009

My "Job" is Awesome

Urza (whom I am thinking of renaming) has always argued with me that my job of taking care of S is not a "job" ... because apparently if you love what you do then you are not working.

Now, I love that little guy so very much, but sometimes taking care of a kid IS WORK!

(Ir)Regardless(haha) of if you love them or not.
Anyone who says taking care of kids isn't work,... well they haven't actually taken care of kids before.

So yesterday I stayed with S and we had an amazing time eating apples & bunny crackers, dancing to music, building with blocks, playing with trains, and drawing.

I asked S to draw me a particular picture and this is what he drew me:

Now that drawing is of a particular animal and I want to give you a chance to guess what it is before I tell you.
What do you think it is??

It is ....
A horse :)

All that to say that my "job" is awesome.
Purely and fantastically awesome.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Project 52 - Week 4

So yeah this wasn't posted last Sunday and I'm back-dating it. So sue me. Seriously. Five years from now I'll need the practice.

This last week - ..... we got a puppy!!
Isn't she freaking adorable?!
Probably the cutest I've ever seen. (besides Kristy)

Name suggestions??

UPDATE (11-03-09) after about 1 1/2 weeks she has a name ... Aria :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Weekend Wrapup

My weekends suck...

Work, work, work
That's what happened this weekend.
On the bright side I do love my job.

Next weekend will have a better wrapup!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Project 52 - Week 2

Setting: Thursday afternoon - playing with S after his nap

We were playing and coloring. I started to draw shapes and had S name them for me (he's good at it!)

So I drew a rectangle...

Me: What is that S?

S: reckangle

Me: Good Job!!.... can you draw a rectangle?

S drew this (right under my square and rectangle)

Me: Wow S! Good job... you are so smart!

S: ..... I know!


I have a feeling that a lot of Project 52 will be about S.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cut it out!

work again today...
it was interesting - it always is at the library.
but today was extra weird. one of my co-workers checked in some books out of the book drop and they were CUT UP!! what is up with that?!?!

and it wasn't simply a page that was cut --- 15 pages or more were missing in every book - about 5 books!
It was crazy.

Who does that? Who defaces public property? WHO WOULD RUIN BOOKS?!? BOOKS?!?!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Parlez-vous français?

I've loved the French language for a long time. I guess I should have taken it as my foreign language in school, but I didn't ... and now I have a hankering to learn it.
I'd love to travel to France especially Bordeaux, Normandy, Brittany (the coastline!), and of course Paris :)
Oh! Honeymoon?!

So here's what I'm wondering ... Does Rosetta Stone actually work? Or would that just be a large waste of money?
I really want to learn the language and unfortunately I don't have the time left at school to do a few semesters...

so how am I going to go about learning French?!?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Places in a bucket

My Bucket List.. (of places I want to visit)

I'm sure you all know what a bucket list is right? Things you want to do before you die...

Well, this is a "places I want to visit" version

(and it'll probably be updated periodically as I learn of new places)

1. England
2. France
3. Greece
4. Italy
5. Alaska -- the NORTHERN LIGHTS!!!
6. Denmark
7. Australia
8. Ireland
9. New Zealand
10. Scotland (Isle of Skye)
11. Fiji
12. The Netherlands
13. Japan
14. Dubrovnik, Croatia
15. Morocco
16. The Azores
17. Antartica

and anywhere with CASTLES!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays

I skipped last week because I'm starting feel a little materialistic and it bothers me.
I'm not a person that focuses on things and I don't want to be viewed as such.

So Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays will be postponed for a bit ... maybe next week you will get another view into the type of things I like.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Weekend Wrapup

So it looks like these Weekend Wrapups are going to be a bit boring, but I'll keep with it.

This weekend: Work, work, work. It sucks.
Friday night: work
Saturday all day: work
Saturday night: babysit
Sunday: too sick to go to work and homeWORK all day

Baron was down again...

We hung out...

University lost :( ...

This weekend was uneventful and kind of sucked.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Project 52 - Week 1

I have a friend on facebook that is posting a picture from her life every day for a year - it is her Project 365 - she got it from another friend.
I'd love to do that, but unfortunately I don't have the time to post a picture every single day.

So here's what I am going to do instead:
Project 52!! One picture a week. It will be posted on Sundays and be about the previous week.

Here's Week 1!

S recently had a birthday and he got an awesome train set from his Grandmama and Pops. So when I watched him last Thursday he was sleeping when I got there and I decided to put homework on hold.
I designed this track and put the little people out. I had a lot of fun playing with the train ... (::embarrassed face::)
I never had a train set as a child ... so I had to play with his.
Once S got up we played with it together and had a blast!!
Thank you to Grandmama and Pops for the awesome present for S ;)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Weekend Wrapup

So here's the thing... I'm considering doing a weekend wrapup on Mondays, but let's face it... I'll probably never do it.

Buttt I'm going to try...

This weekend = work.

all weekend.


Oh and Baron came to see us ... and actually is currently here.

We also decided to get rid of the guineas :( because they make Urza sick --- he is allergic to their hay. He's had recurring sinus infections since we got Lola.

so ..... Puppy time!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays


So I can dance around in my underwear while I clean the house

Saturday, September 19, 2009


S turned two today and I cried (only a little).

I'm more attached to that little boy that I ever thought I'd be! I guess watching him since he was 3 weeks old does that though. He's adorable and has changed so much in 2 years (obvs). I'm quite simply in love with him... :)
oh and you should hear the conversations we have :) hehe it's amazing!

His mom and dad had a little party for him tonight and I was invited (thank you!). We had vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing (yummy!) and the best juice (which I am going out to buy tomorrow).

S got quite a few new (educational) toys from his mom, a bike seat from his dad, a train set, clothes, and a tiger from his grandparents ... and books from me. I'm the boring one eh? No, not really - S LOVES books. ... no, not just LOVES, but LOVES books and I got him a book of animals ... oh yeah! JACKPOT!

& I'm Bored

So I'm sitting here all alone while the guys are at the game (Go University!). I'm thinking about all the cleaning, organizing, laundering, and homework that I could be doing. However, I have no motivation. I just don't want to.

I want to take a nap. I want to be lazy.

"But as the philosopher Jagger once said, 'You can't always get what you want.'" (works cited: House)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays

Time for Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays... and guess what?! 2nd post on time!
I'm impressed with myself. ha.

Charmed. One of my favorite shows. Absolute favorite. I just want to watch it over and over again and that is why...
I need the complete series: (and it needs to be the one that is "Book of Shadows" size like that one is)

Also, I'd love to have this or this.

Oh oh oh! I want this too:

I have a huge list of movies that I want... but for some reason I can't remember them all right now ... so this will be a post that is periodically updated! or something.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One of my favorite things in the world are...


and now I get to work around them ALL THE TIME!

That's right ... I'm now employed at the library ... :sigh: I'm so happy.

I'm super excited and it's going to be so much fun.

I lead a charmed life!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays

UPDATE: 09-30-09 ... BACK IN STOCK!!

UPDATE: 09-09-09 .... FIIIINNNNE! apparently that one is "out of stock" ::said mockingly while rolling eyes:: ... so this one will do, but I don't quite love it as much.

I have a watch that I love, but it's getting old and scratched up. About a year ago I attended a Speed Reading Seminar (which didn't help me btw) and the teacher had on a watch similar to this one:

I really liked it. She told me it was a Fossil so I went online and found this one and fell in love with it!

It's gorgeous and unique.
It would make a great present.... :hint hint:......

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I'm special because....

I have one less saliva gland than you do.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays

Anne of Green Gables has long been a favorite series of mine!
However, I only have the first two books and I can't find the first one!

So I've been wanting this for a while now.

I loved these books as a young'un... and I have no idea when I will be able to read through them again (if ever), but I would love to own the complete series.
There is just something about keeping a part of your childhood with you.

In my advanced years I like to reflect ...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


So I'm a horribly bad blogger ... so sorry!

I'll be posting Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesday tomorrow... late again.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Smudge wishes to no longer be addressed as Smurdge.

He will now only answer to Smudge Bartholomew Higgenbothem III.

Thank you.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Twosday.

Sooo ... I don't have much time to update right now, but I thought I'd post this and edit later.

I am giving you two! items on MUST HAVE Tuesday.

I'm in love with Amy Giacomelli's paintings. They are simply Gorgeous. Night of a Thousand Stars is one of my favorites.
They are a little expensive :( buttt... she does have a print shop!! YAY

I Want. Need. MUST HAVE.
Setting Sun
Rising Sun
Lights in the Sky
Journeys Through Time

OK here is #2

I love this Infinity bookcase!
It looks like it would be too big for just about anywhere except a museum... but give me a smaller version and I'd gobble that right up!

I haven't forgotten about my 3 weekends I need to write about. That post is being worked on right now....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


So... yeah, I haven't posted in quite a while and I forgot yesterday's Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesday.

Ooops! ... believe me there is plenty out there that I want!
No excuse, but I worked all day yesterday. Then had to go to 3 stores afterward and I was plain exhausted ... so no update.
Please don't cry. I don't have the energy to console. ... and I hear that's a bad thing anyway.

I will be out of town for the next few days. But when I get back I will update on our Tulsa weekend, my Bricktown weekend, and this upcoming weekend - the last one of freedom before school starts. Sighhh. It better be a good one.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays

UPDATE (08-26-09) THIS DOES NOT WORK. UGH. So I recently had a chance to try it out ... no good :(

So I've a pretty nice collection of music going on now. And I really want to be able to listen to it in the car!

I don't want to use my earphones and I don't like putting my iPhone on high volume. It just doesn't work in the car.

So what do I need you ask.... I need this!

It is a handy little charger that also broadcasts your music through a static station! It sounds perfect...

Also, we just got back from vacation to Tulsa to see Urza's family. I was planning on writing a "Weekend Wrap-up" today (it's going to be a weekly blog), but I am so tired! I'll have to do it tomorrow ... my first day off! I started my job today and I have an ongoing headache ... the lovely reality of working at a major national chain store. It sucks. Already.

Friday, August 7, 2009


So I'll be out for a few days... doing something super fun! :)

I know you'll miss me, but you'll just have to get by somehow.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

More Sandwiches...

So I'm currently munching on some BBQ made by Master. Quite simply the best I've ever had.


Be jealous.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pot Sandwiches

So last night I chowed down on pot sandwiches. A few leaves between a couple of slices of bread with some mayo slathered on. They were delicioso.

No kidding.

It was the most interesting dream I've had in a while.
Urza, Barrin, Chace and I were all chowing down while my parents were away. They showed up and we had to move stuff in. Talk about not being able to walk or talk.

We were so out of it. It was nice.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Want. Need. MUST HAVE. Tuesdays

I am in love. With these earrings. I must have them.

I found them here.
ahhh Dooce. I love her too.
I'd marry her. If it were legal, she wasn't with Jon, and I wasn't with Urza. Get those little complications out of the way and she'd be mine. Oh and I guess make her fall in love with me too.

I'd wear the earrings to the wedding.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The "Players" in My Life

Here you go!

The "Players" in My Life - A Reference Page

**to be complete at a later time** (specifically my nephews - I need to ask them what they want to be called)
  • Kiki = me - also known as Aunt Kiki, Caterpillar, Sis, and Kiki Dawn
  • Urza Josh = My fiance', my best friend, and the love of my life - he makes my life fun, exciting, and full of never ending craziness (he was once referred to as Urza, but I can't do it. He's only Josh to me)
  • Mom = well you guess who this is - she is one of my best friends and my role model - I'm pretty much her clone -- she's the original (also known as Nini - pronounced knee-knee ... heheh)
  • Dad = again... you guess who this is - he is a wonderful person who I have so much respect and love for (also known as Grumpy)
  • Chace = one of my best friends and my sister - she's quite crazy like I am. And believe me I will probably not inform all of you of all our escapades (but she does look quite good in orange! hehe)
  • Jakob = Josh's best friend - a fun guy who I now consider one of my good friends. He currently lives about 2 hours away, but comes to stay with us pretty often
  • Comrade Lenin/Dad 2 = Josh's Dad - an awesome, supportive and caring man who is there to help - oh and he pretty much set up Josh and me ... thank you Comrade Lenin, you are a great dad!
  • M2 (Mom Two) = Josh's Mom - a lovely, caring lady who I am happy is my second mom
  • Master = my older brother - you know the saying "Jack of all trades, master of none" - he's pretty much the master of all & the coolest guy I know
  • BB = Master's wife - while we aren't thisclose I do think she's a wonderful person and know that she and I would be good friends given our lives weren't in the way and we could hang out more
  • IT Geek = my oldest brother - a geeky guy who is fun to hang around with
  • ? = my nephew - IT Geek's son - the sweetest, cutest little redhead you will ever meet - he's quite a geek like his father (knew how to turn on and play on the computer by 3) and a lot of fun to play with
  • ? = my nephew - IT Geek's son - a complete doll ... no other way to put it - he's super smart, fun to play with, and loves to go armadillo hunting with Grumpy
  • Dr. A = Josh's sister - an awesome woman who I'm glad is going to be my sister too - I just wish we had more chances to hang out
  • Boomer = Dr. A's husband - nice, cool, funny, smart ... oh and the best quality? A HUGE OU fan... enough said (probably bigger than Urza and I ... nah not quite) Boomer Sooner
  • Michael = Josh's brother - a super funny, kind, and generous guy who is willing to do anything for you - made me feel right at home when I first met Josh's family - oh and he collects money - coins, dollars, etc. - he has a nice collection - including a 1920 $2 bill
  • K = Josh's stepdad
  • S = the little boy I babysit a.k.a. the little love of my life
  • G = S's mom
  • J = S's dad
  • T = S's new little sister - to be born around Thanksgiving She's Arrived!!
  • Nenah = my grandma
  • Papa = my grandpa
Animals - they play a big part in my life
  • Aria = mine and Josh's new puppy who is freaking adorable - the most playful little thing you will ever see - she's a doll when she isn't peeing everywhere
  • Kristy = my parents' dog (really she's mine!) - the best dog you could EVER ask for
  • Reese/Reeser/Reese Piece/Reeser Piecer = my sister's crazy dog - a Yorkie who is hyper beyond all reason for about 8 minutes and then crashes for the next 23 hours & 52 minutes
  • Mercy Maurice = the cat that has adopted my parents, much to my mom's dismay "I don't need ANOTHER animal to take care of!" UPDATE: and now we have found out that it is a boy not a girl. My sister will no longer be naming animals
  • Summer = my sister's 3rd horse - she's a super sweet and loving horse - much nicer than the asses my sister had before (no she didn't have donkeys)
  • Bell = BB's HUMONGOUS Great Dane - she likes me or so Master says - she tries to give me hugs ... and looks me in the eye ... you know no small feat I am 5 ft tall afterall
  • Cooper = S's dog - he is so much fun to play with - he surprisingly puts up with all S's crazy antics

There you have it! Those are the people I converse with, see, and talk about on a fairly often basis.

Enjoy reading about them... and yourself!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coming soon.... to a computer near you

Update: Here it is!

To come soon:

a list of people in my life that I will be talking about regularly ... simply: a reference page

as soon as my unimaginative brain figures out names for everyone

My Curse

Quite simply I'm cursed.

Cursed with the need to be VERY organized. Today I have nothing to do. Absolutely NOTHING! Except for turn in our "notice to vacate," dropping off stuff for our new apt manager, finding a job, and breathing. But to me that is nothing considering how much crap I do EACH DAY during the semester and during my summer courses (due to my other curse to be productive and over achieving).

That brings us back to my curse. With nothing to do I decide to print off some pictures for my albums. I remember that I, of course, put all my pictures on an external hard drive. My computer's memory is all did that happen?!

Oh and about 6-8 months ago I stole pictures from mom and dad's computers. And let's face it they are NOT ORGANIZED! Much to the bane of my existence. I think my parents have it out for me. ... You would also think that they would be organized right? I mean I had to get it from somewhere!

I have to organize those pictures before I can print some off... right?
So for the last 2 hours I have been clicking on folder after folder trying to organize my parents' pictures. And each folder? HAS 459 SUBFOLDERS! and of course each of those has at least 4 subfolders with 985478 pictures in them. No exaggeration. None at all.
It's tedious stupid work, but I'm doing. Of course I am.

A sad extension of my curse? For the last few months (since we decided to move) every night before I fall asleep I have been decorating and organizing our new apt.
Yes, I'm that bad!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Launching of a Blog

I'm not really sure why I feel the need to blog, but I do. Maybe I'm just realizing my narcissistic nature? HA!

This blog will follow my life through wedding planning, school, applying to law school, and whatever my happen after ..... my general ups and downs.

I'll tell of school, my life with guineas, spending time with my guy, provide links to things I like ... (Christmas/birthday ideas!), tell of my crazy antics with my sister, and provide insight to what it's like being me ... I know you've wondered about this for many years.

I'm not sure how this will turn out or how often I'll post, but you (yes, you!) are invited to follow me along on my grand adventure!