Friday, October 31, 2008

A Crafty, Boogity, Costumes for All Halloween

I got Boo-ed!!!! When I received this I thought Oh no! Tenakim of My Therapy thinks I am terrible so she has Booed me :( So I hopped on over to her blog and realized -Hello, Kally! Clueless, Party of One!!! -It's Halloween and this is a piece of bloggy goodness. A little something for us blog-aholics to spread around while also spreading some linky love. (Who doesn't LOVE being linked, I ask you?) So I am all for it! Here's how it works: Go to as many of your blog buddies as you want and tell them they have been boo-ed. Have them pick up this picture and add it to their blog and say with the link who boo-ed them. Happy Boo-ing!

Here is a little Happy Halloween card I made just for you guys. Soooooo Happy Halloween from me! Oh, wait....Why oh Why, you may ask, didn't I stamp a Happy Halloween at the bottom of this card??? -Well, after rummaging and sorting through both mine and Scrappy Girl's stamp collections did I realize neither of us own a stamp with the words "Happy Halloween" on it. I know that is the slacker in me showing. Oh, well.

Here are Miss B and Mr C dressed up. Probably not from Halloween since the Mr is wearing shorts but didn't you know everyday is Halloween at the Kally Casa. These two love to dress up! Can you tell?

Happy Halloween!
(and don't forget to watch out for those pumpkins :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

When Pumpkins Drink

The number 1 reason to hide the booze when pumpkins are around:

I know this should totally gross me out but for some reason it really cracks me up.
Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cards and Nothing More

Tonight I am going back to Scrappy Girl's to finish my holiday cards. Then I will have to choose the few who will receive them. I am only making 20 cards. I'm hoping to take some pics of my favorites before they make their way into the mail so keep an eye out.

On another note:
Miss B received a Halloween box from the MIL filled with candies and other assorted Halloween costume accessories. One of her favorites from the box? Grossing me out with this extremely large gummy. Blech! This is definitely something only a kid would find appetizing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Past

I have been inspired by all of the Halloween posts and pics to let you in on how we celebrate Halloween at the Kally Casa. I will begin with a Kally Halloween Past aka Trick or Treat.

Miss B was 3 years old and ready to hit the Halloween homes in her sweet little Tinkerbell costume and pumpkin head candy bucket. Somehow she convinced Mr C to wear a neon orange wig as his costume. I lucked out since we did not own anymore wigs or costumes. My costume of choice for the night was a pair of khakis and a long sleeved t-shirt. We paraded her around the neighborhood in search of candy. She wouldn't say "Trick or Treat" by herself so we were calling it out with her. B loved all of the attention and the candy was an extra perk for her. We did get a couple of odd looks and I began to wonder what was wrong. Did that many people think it was weird for us to take a 3 year old trick or treating? After walking around 2 more blocks we finally decided to end this night of bumming for candy. Miss B went up to the door, rang the bell and this Grizzly Adams looking guy answered the door and told B he just ran out of candy. Then all of a sudden he looked at me, started to smile and said he would give her a can of pop. He plunked it into her bucket and smiled as we walked off. Mr C and I kept wondering why the weird turnabout from Grizzly when all of a sudden I looked down and realized the zipper on my khakis was down and wide open giving good ole Grizzly a view of my underwear. I was so embarrassed but later laughed about all those crazy looks I was getting and wondered what the heck people thought when I came up to a house with my fly open yelling "Trick or Treat!"

Am I alone or do you have an embarrassing Halloween mishap to share?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Phones, Cards & Italian Food

Phones: We finally did it. Every member of the Kally Casa has new phones! Yea! For those looking for something for the Uber Geek in their life, I suggest the G1 (I think I have also heard this referred to as the android.) It is similar to the sidekick but smaller, sleeker and with more techy options. Four guys at Computer Co have purchased this phone and all owners rave about it. I overheard one saying something about having skype on the phone. Originally, Mr C was holding out for the Blackberry Bold to be released but was swayed by the G1 and I haven't heard a complaint about it from him yet. For those like me who want: email, a camera and for the phone to be pink, go for the Sidekick. I have the 08 which is a lot smaller than past sidekicks and it fulfills all of my above listed requirements....with the exception of the whole pink thing for the time being. It came with 2 shells: black & green. I am ordering a couple of pink shells for future use and have told everyone if they need to get me a gift to get me a new shell for the phone. You can't go wrong with pink. Miss B also got a phone. Before you guys freak out on me please realize this is NOT her phone. We always keep an extra cell for out of state family visitors to use since we don't have or need a land line. We let B pick out the phone with one stipulation: Non-techy Granny has to be able to easily use this phone. Granny is 80 something years old and needs a user friendly phone with a clear cut green-call button and red-hang up button. Done, Done & Done. The whole Kally Family is happily using new phones.

Here is my phone open and closed. Isn't it a cutie?

Cards: I attended a holiday card-making party this weekend hosted by Scrappy Girl BUT didn't finish with the entire set of cards sooooo I left them at Scrappy Girl's house to finish on Wednesday evening. Some very lucky friends of mine could be receiving a special Kally-made card. Just make sure I have your address. Really, some of these cards are so cute I will have a hard time parting with them.

Italian Food: After the card making party a bunch of us went out for dinner. We had decided upon Mama Mias. I was super excited to try this place out since I found out they have eggplant parm on the menu. Well, upon arriving I realized we were going to have a wait. Not a big deal. It was Saturday night after all I pretty much expected a wait anywhere I went. So I go up to the hostess to get my name on the list and tell her that I would like a table for a party of six. She looks at me like I am nut case since I don't have six people crowded around me and asks if I have a reservation. I kindly tell her no I do not. Then she proceeds to frown at me and shake her head. "Too Bad" she says. Too Bad?! What?!?! What kind of hostess tells a patron Too Bad? Then she tells me we will have to wait at least 45 minutes. (This wouldn't have been a big deal to me if the whole too bad thing hadn't happened.) I tell her never mind and walk out the door with the rest of the crew and we headed over to the Macaroni Grill. Service was good, the food was great and they had eggplant parmesan. Yum!

**Tonight I am going to attempt something I get at this place called Noodles. Easy cheesy and filling: Cavatappi pasta with greek olives and feta & mozzerella cheese. I think I'll have Mr C make the garlic cheesy bread. Sound good?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Something Fun

I took this quiz and thought it was funny that I am an Audrey since I have an ever growing collection of Audrey Hepburn movies. Even funnier is that this is pretty much spot on with how I am. Neat! If you decide to take the quiz let me know who you are and what you think.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are an Audrey!


You are an Audrey -- "I am at peace"

Audreys are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially don't like expectations or pressure

  • * I like to listen and to be of service, but don't take advantage of this

  • * Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit

  • * Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It's OK to nudge me gently and nonjudgmentally

  • * Ask me questions to help me get clear

  • * Tell me when you like how I look. I'm not averse to flattery

  • * Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings

  • * I like a good discussion but not a confrontation

  • * Let me know you like what I've done or said

  • * Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life

What I Like About Being an Audrey

  • * being nonjudgmental and accepting

  • * caring for and being concerned about others

  • * being able to relax and have a good time

  • * knowing that most people enjoy my company; I'm easy to be around

  • * my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good mediator and facilitator

  • * my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and now

  • * being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What's Hard About Being an Audrey

  • * being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive

  • * being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline

  • * being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch of the mouth personally

  • * being confused about what I really want

  • * caring too much about what others will think of me

  • * not being listened to or taken seriously

Audreys as Children Often

  • * feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant

  • * tune out a lot, especially when others argue

  • * are "good" children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

Audreys as Parents

  • * are supportive, kind, and warm

  • * are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today's Special: Mac & Cheese

I have been incredibly busy lately at work. Not a moment to spare. So I am copping out today and giving you a quick funny that happened at the Kally Casa the other night.

I learned an interesting piece of information about my supervisor aka Boss Man earlier in the day and decided to share it with Mr C.

Me: I just found out that Boss Man can cook. Really well. Do you know what his specialty is? -I pause for dramatic effect.- Macaroni and Cheese. You know, the good kind with milk and real cheese and is baked in the oven. Not the crap kind that comes in a box.

C: .....So you are saying my macaroni and cheese is crap, huh?

Me: Umm, no of course NOT Dear. Why would I do that? Your mac & cheese isn't crap. -I am back-peddling desperately here because he is kind enough to help out by making dinner some nights. The big problem here is that when he is in charge of dinner I know to expect to eat one of two things: pizza or ...yep, you've got it mac & cheese.
C: Well, my mac & cheese does come in a box. So you are saying it is crap.

-What can I do here?-

I smile as sweetly as possible and say...I love you, dear.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To Catch a Rainbow

Q: The upside of Portland rain?
A: Looking out the office window to see this.

I raced from my desk to capture this moment just for you. It only lasted a few minutes and quietly faded away. Isn't this a gorgeous view. What a wonderful way to brighten my work day. I hope it does the same for you.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bits of Randomness

The weekend was pretty laid back. I hung out with Scrappy Girl and played with stamps and stuff. No real cards came of this but a good time was had by all. Since nothing much is going on here I will leave you today with some simple thoughts of late.

For those who wanted to know: Miss B did bring home her sweater from the field trip and one that has been MIA for about a month. w00t!

What is up with these crazy Portland Drivers? I have barely lived here a month and I have seen 3 news reports of people driving cars into houses!

When visiting EVERYONE'S blog I noticed the cute little Follow This Blog thing in the corner. I decided I needed to get this myself and looked everywhere.....except under page elements and add a gadget. Wouldn't you know always in the last and most obvious place I would look. (This means you can follow me now!)

Just realized the neighbors two houses down have their wireless doorbell on the same frequency as our wireless doorbell :( This means when drunk girl comes to visit them at 3 o'clock in the morning my doorbell rings too. This totally stinks because this girl doesn't ring the bell once and wait. She repeatedly taps on it like she is sending out an SOS.

Mr C got a haircut this weekend. The lady screwed up and gave him a cut that is slightly longer than a military do. He also bought a hat. :)

Have a great day all.

Friday, October 17, 2008


I am heading over to Scrappy Girl's apartment tomorrow to hang out and get crafty with my new stamp set. It's called Perfect Princess and I am thinking it will make perfect birthday invitations for Miss B. I don't have any pics of the stamp set but I will try and get some pictures of the cards I make.

When crafting, I have a VERY BAD habit of pounding on everything I glue together, especially when using a glue stick. No clue why I do it. I know pressing firmly on the paper works just as well but for some reason I always resort to making a fist and pounding the paper together. I am sure this drives the other crafters at the table a little crazy and I apologize to them and warn them. What else can I do? I think it might be a tad contagious because at the last crafting opportunity I noticed one of the girls utilizing the Kally Pound. It can't be that bad since I was able to produce these two cards and I can proudly say they have not come apart.

I love monkeys and jumped at the opportunity to make this little guy.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

An Award!

What a happy surpise! Pixie at The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly thinks I am "kreativ!" Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much for the award.

What to do: 6 Things I Enjoy & Passing it on to 6 more Kreative bloggers.
6 Things I Enjoy:
1.) Lemon bars, lemon-lime bars, lemon pies & lemonade. If you put lemon in it, i love it.
2.) Listening to podcasts. Others have their ipods filled with music. Mine has podcasts. Tell me what your interests are and I can recommend a podcast for you.
3.) Sketching, drawing, painting. I love creating art. Someday I will post pics of some things I have done in the past.
4.) My latest addiction...Stampin' Up. I really enjoy making cards for birthdays, thank yous, you name it.
5.) Eggplant Parmesan! Yep, Back to food. I love a really good eggplant parm with a spicy marinara. Yum!
6.) Staying in with my family. I LOVE just sitting on the couch with B & Mr C to watch a movie. I will even watch their favorite show "Connections" with them to get my cozy couch time.

Now the fun part: Sharing with 6 Kreative Bloggers
1.) P at Life is Better With A...Cute Outfit

2.) Belle at Life of a Southern Belle
3.) The Lawyer's Wife at The Pink Clutch

4.) Monogramchick at Monogram Chick

5.) Veggie Mom at Eat Your Veggies!

6.) Kim at It's Just Me

Enjoy ladies! Here is a big ole WoooooHoooo! for you from me!

I love so many blogs. Sorry I couldn't give this away to all of you!


Today Miss B is making her way to a state we haven't yet visited. Her class has a field trip to Lelooska in Ariel, Washington and boy howdy has she been excited about it. When asked what she is going to see/do on this field trip she says "Indian artifacts." Ask her how she needs to prepare for this trip and you get an entire laundry list of things to do. She has been reminding me everyday for the past 2 weeks about how she needs to bundle up and wear layers for the trip since "it is FFFfffrrrRRREEEEEEZZzzING there!" I bundled her up this morning and booted her out of the car with a lunch and extra snacks. I hope she has a great time and doesn't lose her sweatshirt. -The child has an uncanny knack for leaving sweaters, sweatshirts & jackets behind, EVERYWHERE! It drives me batty and I am desperate to find a way to stop this forgetfulness. If any of you guys know some secrets, Please pass them along.-

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Comment JetLag

Well after the superb Blogathon hosted by SITS yesterday I have comment jet-lag. The Blogathon was a blast and I felt like I was going 90miles a minute checking out new blogs, entering the fantastic SITS hourly giveaways and of course leaving comment, comment, COMMENTS!!! It was so much fun meeting so many new people in the blogging community. I will totally be back to visit ya'll soon but I must rest from typing or I will be walking around with my hands frozen into some weird typing claw. Not pretty.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SITS Blogathon Baybee

See that cute little button above? I also have it on the sidebar too. For those of you not in the know, let me tell you. It is the coolest blog/comment love sharing/ supportive community in the blogosphere! The Secret is in The Sauce really opened my eyes to a new world FULL of bloggy friends and fun. Kudos to the two fabulous ladies Tiffany and Heather that came up with the idea of bringing together so many SITStas.

I look forward to the SITS morning roll call of Good Mornings and How-do-ya-do's. It's always awesome checking out the featured blogger of the day and sending them a comment to help celebrate their special day. The Saucy Blogs section has introduced me to many more wonderful ladies in the community I wouldn't know otherwise.

Of the many fantastic ladies I have met via SITS here are a few: Rhea of the terrific Texas Word Tangle ; the amazing Angie of 7 Clown Circus ; the ever inspiring and motivating Meaghan of Cancer Lost ; Money Saving Melody of Pennies In My Pocket ; and of course I couldn't forget the very 1st SITSta I ever met Veggie Mom of Eat Your Veggies! I have met and regularly read up on so many more.

If you haven't yet, you must check out the SITS site. They are hosting a blog-a-thon with many great giveaways! All you have to do is leave a comment.

Feeling Grrrrreat

Okay, really just feeling kinda great. The crud is making the rounds in my office and wouldn't you know I not only get bestowed with the cough but I get the head cold (runny nose) as a little something extra. Dayquill-the gel caps- are a life saver when it comes to the nasty nose.

On the upside, I recently purchased a new trench coat that I love! I have been wanting a nice trench for a while and recently came upon one that screamed "Kally." What kind of person would I be to ignore the insistant calls of the perfect trench? I grabbed that puppy up in a heartbeat and headed straight for the cash register. Smile with me now: This Michael Kors super cute trench only cost me $22.50 :o)

To make my day even better I found a long lost giftcard to Target. Yea!!! Things are definitely lookin' up.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Sorry I haven't been as up on the posting as I would normally be. I have just not had anything interesting going on.

I just typed up something and deleted every single bit. I guess I am feeling grumpy today. You ever have one of those days where the nicest thing you can say is: Please pass the Paxil */@*#? -That's me today.

Much love and hope to post something soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Picture This

Look what I got in the mail....

One day last week I opened my front door to look outside and whadayaknow? I had a box sitting on the front steps. What a great way to brighten up a rainy day. I felt like a little kid scrambling to open each and every little gift but somehow I managed to take this before pic.
(In the case you have forgotten...)
I participated in the Wicked swap and was partnered with Diary of a Skinny Fat Chick. I had so much fun shopping getting things I thought might match her new house with a bit of seasonal spice thrown in here and there. I haven't heard anything from her as to whether she has received her package but I really LOVE mine.

Here is what was inside.

Super cute!

Miss B had a half day off from school last week so she came up to the office. Below are two of the many pics we took during a short break.

What a ham!

Debates & Updates

Ack! Have I been bad about not posting or what? Really I have so many things I would love to share with ya'll but I need to put up pics to go along with my blurbs. I am going to attempt a camera heist from Mr. C and with a little hope I might have more up later.

Last night we had some friends and their little girl over to watch the debate. We ate yummy chinese and talked a little before it was announced by two little girls that what we were watching was Bo-ring. I knew Miss B did NOT want to watch more news/debates. (Mr. C is a news junkie. He would die without CNN or any of his other news channels he watches.)
So, I set up Cinderella 2 for the girls to watch. This was a hit and we were able to watch the debate without any disturbance aside from Mr C's blackberry buzzing every couple minutes from incoming Tweets. -Yes, the Mr's significant other is his Blackberry. Really there are times I want to chuck that thing straight out the window.

As I was watching the news this morning they reported a house slid down a hill!!! Now we have rain here but not that much. I was so worried about traffic since the area they had blocked off is near Miss B's school but thankfully somebody was looking out for me and traffic wasn't much worse. Whew!

Not much else is going on here. I am looking forward to my weekend pilgramage to Target on Saturday to pick up a few odds and ends. That's about it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cool Mommy Tip

I just heard the coolest tip evah!! This is for moms, babysitters, anyone within the vicinity of a toddler (or even a really creative older child).

Who doesn't have a story about a budding Picasso/Degas/Renoir? Hey the little artist in question might even be you!?! I was the little wall artist in the family growing up. I don't know how many "masterpieces" I left on the walls for my mom. Then, poor mom was left with crayon to clean off the walls. Oh yeah, one time I used her Cherry Red nail polish because I was in a painting kind of mood. Her screams were so high pitched she put Mariah Carey to shame.

BUT I digress back to the crayons here is what to do if your kiddo gets a little crafty: Put a dab of non-gel toothpaste on the spot and rub it in. The crayon will come right off. How cool is that?

The only tip I have for those with multi-media lovin' kids is to lock up the nail polish. Sorry Mom.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Rainy Season???

I have heard tales of this thing called the rainy season here in Oregon. Yesterday, when I switched on the morning news, the weatherman was welcoming October and added with a wink "welcome to the rainy season." Something like Spring showers but in the fall maybe? After a day of sunshine and happiness I assumed it was a funny weatherman joke. Ha ha...right? Yeah, notsomuch. I awoke this morning to....rain, rain and more rain. Not the insane downpours Oklahoma gets but a constant, steady, light rain. I haven't looked out the window in a while but I bet it is still raining. The crime of all crimes: I don't own a rain coat and neither does Miss B. Did you guys know I have naturally curly hair? Rain + curly hair (that has been straightened) = FRIZZ aka Bride of Frankenstein hair! Oh Nooooooooo!!!! Help me please. I must acquire a cute rain coat/jacket with a hood -for fending off the frizz.