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Let’s Go, Blazers!
February 27, 2011, 7:19 pm
Filed under: Life, Misc.

The Belgian and Dutch contingent joined forces again to rock the Rose Garden arena. We cheered on our local Trailblazers to victory, and saw history in the making.

The last nail-biting seconds led to the necessary 3 pointer that tied the game and sent us into overtime. Five minutes of back and forth action finished with an intense 1-point win over the Denver Nuggets, 107-106. Thanks to the overtime, we also topped the 100 point mark, which means we all walked home with a free chalupa from taco bell. Or well, a coupon for a free chalupa…

But that’s not all – the halftime entertainment included a member from the audience throwing a ball from half court, in hopes to win a Toyota Tundra. We were already fairly amused from him just launching that ball into the void, but then to our amazement….. swoOooOOosh. The ball didn’t even touch the backboard. After a second of silent disbelief, the crowd erupts into cheer. Screaming, fist-pumping, and jumping up and down. Who knows…maybe even a high five to a stranger or two. The stunned winner also begins jumping up and down, and hugging the mascot. To be a part of, what was probably, one of the best moments of that guy’s life was magical.

Dank je voor een geweldige en spannende avond. Volgende keer zullen we in Antwerpen samenkomen om het Belgische team te steunen.

My Last Year as a 20-Something Year-Old
May 23, 2010, 6:10 am
Filed under: Life, Misc.

To commemorate my last year as a 20-something year-old (yes, I REPEAT: 20-something year-old)….I am embarking on a new and challenging project:

Take two photos each day – one “daily” and one diptych – and upload them to my flickr set. There’s no limit to what I can capture, but the photos must be horizontal. At year’s end, I will create a book and all of my many fans can buy one :)

So far the project as been going well. 11 days down; 354 to go. And today I made a big step in purchasing a fast shutter fixed angle lens.

Baby Laura’s Blanket
May 9, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Life, Misc.

I think it’s time to get a sewing machine of my own. Amazingly, a friend has been willing to lend me his – but after accomplishing several crafty projects recently and really enjoying the fruits of my labor, I’ll keep my eyes open for a good deal.

My latest project was quilting a baby blanket for friends, Marian and Thomas, and their wonderful new addition, Baby Laura. Of course, when I first purchased the materials I didn’t know the sex of the baby, so I went with a fairly neutral look. I think, however, that despite the bright reds, blues, and greens, it is fairly feminine. Maybe it’s the pink strawberries? In the end, it turned out just perfect!

For the front, I sewed the patches together and then settled on a soft, velvety, bright red for the back. In fact, it was Nico that picked it out…all on his own! One day after work he stopped by JoAnn’s Fabrics and skimmed the shelves for the perfect color and fabric. Armed with a good sense of fashion and his cell phone, he did it! I was so impressed.

Baby Laura was born on April 21st at 3:06pm. She weighed in at 8lbs, 15ozs – the same weight I was! She’s sweet and adorable and I hope she loves her new blanket and will have many wonderful memories with it.

Nico’s very first Xmas stocking
January 4, 2010, 6:07 pm
Filed under: Misc.

After completing Stacey and Adam’s stockings, I was on a roll. I focused that energy toward doing one more stocking in time for Christmas. Not to mention behind Nico’s back! Again inspired by other people’s work I found online, this time I did a wise owl on branches. I especially got excited when the leaf-and-branch loop idea came to me. And this time I made sure to take photos of the lining, which turned out really well.

Handmade Christmas Stockings
December 18, 2009, 6:50 am
Filed under: Misc.

Last month I caught the craftiness bug, and was inspired to make Christmas stockings. Perhaps it was a means to distract me from my grad work, but I found it fun and therapeutic. Armed only with a needle and thread, however, I lacked some serious resources. But thanks to the internet and social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, I borrowed a sewing machine, taught myself how to thread it (it had been years since I last did!), and searched images of other people’s handiwork – saving my favorites for inspiration. Five separate shopping visits to craft stores and I was ready to start cutting!

Sans pattern, I drew some out and created as I went. Halfway into the project I decided to line the stockings, one challenge well worth the effort. I wanted to make it the cleanest and prettiest stocking yet. So, take a look for yourself – I’m really happy with how they turned out. And I can only hope that Adam and Stacey will enjoy them for many many Christmases to come!

Bloody Fantastic!
April 15, 2009, 3:24 am
Filed under: Misc.

A must-see. I had goosebumps the whole time! It was beautiful to hear, plus great memories since Les Miserables was the first Broadway play I saw (in NYC)…with my parents as a young teenager.

Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent