Friday, June 29, 2012


So I've been seeing this little survey pop up on my google reader feed lately from several blogs I follow and decided it would be fun for Friday!
A. Age: 25
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore you dislike: I hate dusting because it gives me an instant headache...allergies suck
D. Dogs:  2 sweet beagles - Hunter & Lexie 
E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast - some kind of protein 
F. Favorite colors: Grey & Purple
G. Gold or silver: Silver/White Gold...and I have a new obsession with rose gold
H. Height: 5'4"
I. Instruments you play(ed): Played the oboe & flute in middle school
J. Job title: Global Product Data Management Advisor (is it sad I had to look at my e-mail signature to make sure I got it right??)
K. Kids: None...just 2 fur-babies!
L. Live: Pflugerville, Texas
M. Mom’s name: Deborah (Debbie)
N. Nicknames: Katiebug, Kate, Kata, Misses Katrina
O. Overnight hospital stays: None thank goodness
P. Pet peeves: When people give you a time to meet or say they are running 5 minutes late when they KNOW it will be longer, gum smacking, the sound of nail files
Q. Quote from a movie: If you know me at all you would know that I can barely remember the plot to movies, let alone quotes from them
R. Righty or lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: None, I'm an only!
T. Time you wake up: 5:45-7:00am
U. Underwear: um, yes? VS
V. Vegetables you don’t like: Canned anything, peas 
W. What makes you run late: Getting caught up in a good show or book or work-boo
X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, brain (but I guess that was actually an MRI), can't think of any others - I've never broken a bone other than my pinky toe *knocks on wood*
Y. Yummy food you make: Hmm...pretty much anything Mexican (tacos, enchiladas, casseroles), Coconut Cake, lots of desserts, BBQ turkey meatloaf..yum!
Z. Zoo animal you like: Chimps...they are SO fun to watch!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Alaska: Vancouver

May 18-21 Anchorage
May 21 Board Cruise in Whittier
May 22 Cruise Yakutat Bay | Hubbard Glacier
May 23 Cruise Glacier Bay
May 24 Skagway
May 25 Juneau
May 26 Ketchikan
May 27 Cruise Inside Passage
May 28-29 Vancouver

Vancouver! As excited I was to be in Vancouver, that meant our trip was almost over. After we disembarked the ship, we hopped onto a private tour (luggage and all) and took a tour around Vancouver. We stopped at the famous Stanley Park and walked around browsing the Totem Poles, crossed the Lions Gate Bridge and went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, spent some time on Granville Island and had lunch, city tour that ended in Gastown just in time to see the steam clock go off! Our tour dropped us off at the hotel by the airport and we settled in since our flight wasn't until the next morning. Then we had to kiss Canada (and vacation good-bye)! We had a wonderful trip, and even though I have been to Alaska twice...I would return in a heartbeat!

2010 Winter Olympic Torch
Canadian geese!
Totem Poles in Stanley Park
Justin keeping dry & admiring the totem poles
Downtown Vancouver
Lions Gate Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge - it was kind of pouring at this point
Crazy kayakers!!
Glass walkway on the cliffwalk
Capilano Suspension Bridge

Finally stopped raining!
Justin on the bridge!
We made it across :)
Pretty view from the bridge 
Lots of colorful flowers on the grounds

Lions Gate Bridge
Pretty flowers @ Prospect Point
Granville Island
Public Market on Granville Island
So many fruits, veggies & sweets
Olympic apartments
This sign cracked me up "Fact: Beer is cheaper than Jenny Craig"
Steam Clock in Gastown
So that wraps up our Alaskan Cruise Adventure! Next vacation on the blog will be Mexico :) We leave in less than 2 weeks!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Alaska: Ketchikan & Inside Passage

May 18-21 Anchorage
May 21 Board Cruise in Whittier
May 22 Cruise Yakutat Bay | Hubbard Glacier
May 23 Cruise Glacier Bay
May 24 Skagway
May 25 Juneau
May 26 Ketchikan
May 27 Cruise Inside Passage
May 28-29 Vancouver

We woke up to rain in Ketchikan which was disappointing but luckily our zip-line tour ran rain or shine so all was good. It stopped raining by the time we got into the rain forest (go figure!) so we had nice zip-lining weather! Justin, dad, Mark, Keith, Allison and I went on the excursion. There were 7 runs, including 2 over the water, as well as a mini-ropes course. Justin conquered his fear of heights!! He wasn't a fan of the ropes course but I think he enjoyed the actual "zipping." After our tour my mom and I walked around the town and shopped :) Luckily the rain held out until we returned to the boat!

Very ominous day
Lots of boats in the harbor
One of my favs from Ketchikan


We were in the Alaskan Rainforest!
Dad & Justin all harnessed up and ready to go!
So ready to zip!
Keith and Allison...ready or not!
Our first "obstacle" - we had to walk across this log
Pondering this first challenge...the ropes course was the scariest part!
Keith running across the beam...leaving Allison in the dust!
View from the platform in the water - so pretty!

Just try to tell me he didn't enjoy this!
Pretty blue flower :)
We cruised the Inside Passage on our way from Ketchikan to Vancouver. There was some pretty scenery but not too great weather.

Lots and lots of trees

Really calm water

Hair twins with their faux-hawks...courtesy of their on-board!

Next up: Last post of our Alaskan Adventure...Vancouver, Canada!

Monday, June 18, 2012

June Photo-a-Day Part I


Day 1: Morning
Pretty sunrise on my way to Round Rock

Day 2: Empty
No cage = No dogs = Empty heart :(

Day 3: On Your Plate
Burger & fries at Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Day 4: Close Up
My Hunter bear up very close :)

Day 5: Sign
One of my favorite purchases in Alaska

Day 6: Hat
My Camp Hervey hat...can't believe it's been 5 years since that amazing summer!

Day 7: Drink
Hot Passion Fruit Tea for my sore throat

Day 8: Six O'Clock
Workout time

Day 9: Your View Today

Day 10: Best Bit of Your Weekend
It was my birthday weekend so the whole thing was wonderful...this is just one of the few pictures I took - of my yummy dessert at PF Changs...but the best bit of my weekend was spending it with family and friends!

Day 11: Door
Front door

Day 12: From a Low Angle
Our pride of Barbados plant!

Day 13: Art
Some homemade art :)

Day 14: Time
Or should I say lack of time today??

Day 15: Yellow
My new yellow bedspread in the guest room!