Thursday, February 21, 2008

From Oprah - Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves for Women

I watched a few minutes of Oprah yesterday - Lloyd Boston, a fashion guru was on and gave the 11 essentials to any woman's wardrobe: (without further adeiu)
1) Trench coat - preferably a bright color
2) White Turtleneck/Black Turtleneck
3) Basic Black Trousers
4) Tunic Shirt
5) White Jeans....not overly excited about this idea personally, but I may give it a try if I ever find a pair that fit
6) Black Dress - not necessarily the "little black dress" but one that fits your body
7) Denim Jacket - dark blue or white one - NOT a stonewashed version from 1980
8) Black Skirt
9) Cashmere Sweater - they recommend J. Crew
10) Flat Shoes - in a bright color or leopard print
11) Oversized Bag - in white or a bright color (I won't be using this....I don't have a need to carry around that much stuff)

In final tally - I have 3 of the 11 things.....:) I have a black dress, denin jacket & black skirt. I assume this means I need to go shopping! :)

Total Lunar Eclipse

Tristan & I trekked to the top of the new Atwater/Henderson parking garage to see the Total Lunar Eclipse last night. The astronomy department had multiple telescopes/binoculars set up for viewing Saturn, as well as the moon. Though we froze our butts off (seriously, by time we left I couldn't feel my toes....:), the views of Saturn's rings and the moon were impressive. It was worth the cold! Especially since it won't be happening again until 2010.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sunday Drive to Brown County

Tristan & I decided to take a quick trip to Nashville, Indiana on Sunday (it's about 20 minutes east of Bloomington). We spent time at the local Brown County Winery, saw the historic covered bridge (see above), and did some window/looking & shoppping at the quaint little shops in Nashville. We had lunch at the Story Inn, a bed & breakfast/restaurant out in the middle of nowhere, which was pretty good (we had beef barley soup & artichoke dip), but by no means incredible (see above for photo of the Story Inn).

Monday, February 18, 2008

IU vs. MSU

The game Saturday night versus Michigan State was unbelievable. We played absolutely awesome. It was a great win for Indiana. I got Tristan seats on the floor for Valentine's Day and we lived it up in the Student Section (we've determined we're definitely too old for all of the hoopla on the floor in the student section....not to mention the stench of shirtless boys painted in red/white with serious beer+body odor issues is not all that enticing!) Regardless, we had a lot of fun and were glad to see an IU victory! Tristan even managed to get caught in a photo that was on late Saturday night (he's on the far right in the IU jersey).

IU Basketball Drama

Unless you've been living under a rock (or you just don't follow sports at all), you've undoubtedly heard of the IU coaching drama with Kelvin Sampson that's unfolding. I'm not going to say a whole lot about it, other than - how stupid (or maybe arrogant) do you have to be to do the SAME thing you got caught doing at Oklahoma. Regardless, I'm pretty sure he's toast at IU. It's a shame too, because we're having a great season. 21-3 to date and in the hunt for a Big Ten title. Very sad. I definitely don't support Coach Sampson, but I do support our players 100%.

A New Ring!!

Kudos to Tristan for a FANTASTIC idea. :)

I recently lost one of my wedding bands - I think it fell off somewhere in our house, but I have no idea where. We went to the local jewelry store (Rogers & Hollands) and I picked out a new "solitaire enhancer" for my wedding ring set. Wow. That's all I can say. It turned out really awesome. I had the enhancer, my enagement ring, and the wedding band I still had all sodered together. It looks great and was an awesome Valentine's day gift from my hubby. It looks quite different from my dual band look. I've had no success taking a picture of it, or I'd post one. It's got four diamonds on each side in decreasing size and is set in a swirl of white gold. :)

The past few weeks....

Let's see:
- Katie & Jon & Grace came to visit! We had a fun weekend with them of games, IU basketball & Bloomington restaurants. See photo above of Miss Grace!
- We went to East Lansing to visit the in-laws. It was freezing cold in Michigan! We did, however, see IU women's basketball beat Michigan State! Go IU!
- My parents come to Bloomington! My mom, dad & Bode came to Bloomington for the weekend in early February. We went to Indianapolis to Trader Joes, TJ Maxx & Homegoods - my mom's favorite store on Saturday. My mom - the great shopper that she is - found prints for our living room at Homegoods. We now have a Monet canvas print of Water Lilies (my favorite) and two map prints (Eastern Hemisphere/Western Hemisphere) gracing our living room walls (see photos above). I think that there is definitely an all time record now set for most pictures/photos hung on walls of a house Tristan & I have lived in. LOL. We went to the IU game on Sunday, watched the superbowl and of course, had my dad do some "fix it" things around our house - hung blinds, fixed the front door, etc. What are dads for? :) Also, it's important to note that I won the Superbowl bet with my dad and he now owes me a Quatro's Pizza. :)
- Tristan went to North Carolina for his Grandpa's 90th Birthday! He flew out for the weekend in early February and had a great time with his grandpa, aunt, uncle & mom in Swansboro/Morehead City, NC.

Slacking off.....

Yes, I know, I've been slacking off BIG TIME in regards to the blog. However, I think I have a valid excuse - Series 6 and Series 63 exams for work have been consuming my life! :) I passed the Series 6 on Friday with flying colors (90%!) and the Series 63 is in about 10 days. However, I'm about to post a GIANT update from the past month. Stay tuned.