Nichole D.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

I currently live in New Mexico with my boyfriend and beautiful daughter in The Retro Palace. I'm currently a student double-majoring in Cosmetology and Architectural Drafting. I spend what little free time I have knitting, crocheting, sewing, and almost any other project I have time for. I do occasionally eat and shower, but only if there is no knitting to be done.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

NM State Fair

Lots of fun at the State Fair this year. I do wish I could go back, I missed most of the exhibits and didn't get any free crap! With the move, though, don't think I'll be going back. We'll see. Anyways, we had fun with what we did do! the Ferris Wheel whas the first request:

Ferrris Wheel 002

Ferris Wheel 001

After that we got some yummy funnel cakes and headed over to the petting zoo:

The Petting Zoo

The Monsterette had a lot of fun petting and feeding all the animals, and I'm always happy to pet a sheep! After a good handwashing, we took a break for some ice cream. Doc and I already finished ours:

Me & Doc 001

The Monsterette decided the best way to eat her cone was from the sides:

Ice Cream 001

Next was the Midway. I'll admit, I really don't care about the rides and games and all that crap. I generally avoid the Midway when I go to the fair, but Doc and his kids were all excited about it, so I took Joie on her first big kid ride:


The Tilt-A-Whirl was always my favorite when I was younger! She looked scared pretty much the entire ride, but was pretty excited about it after we got off. And even after half of a funnel cake, an ice cream cone, some cheese fries, and cotton candy she managed to NOT get sick! I was pretty happy about that! She went on a few more rides, and then her and I sat down for a few minutes to let the "big kids" go on a few rides. Mommy took pictures:

Midway in Motion

Midway 001

Well after bedtime and barreling into a major sugar crash, we all stumbled back to van to head home. All in all, a pretty good fair visit. I think my tummy is still recovering, though!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Quick Update

Hi again! Thought I would pop in before I headed off to class and started a busy, busy week. Feeling a little better now, I think the antibiotics are helping, yay! Still pretty tired, though, I just wish I could get caught up on sleep!

On Saturday me and Doc and The Monsterette and his two (teenage) kids went to the State Fair and had a blast- pictures of that coming soon!

We officially started moving our crap into The Retro Palace yesterday! There is still a TON of packing and stuff to be moved, but we'll get through it. It'll be nice to finally be settled in and not have to worry about moving for a few years!

Well, that's about it for now, I guess. I'll go through my Fair pictures soon and get those up!

Oh and who's still reading this? I have this odd feeling that everyone has given up on my blog...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Sick & Tired.

I went to the Student Health Services center on campus yesterday to get my nasty cough checked out. Apparently I have bronchitis. The nurse gave me a prescription for some antibiotics which I meant to pick up today, but of course The Monsterette barfed all over herself as soon as we got into the Wal-Mart parking lot. Joy. So, I'll pick that up tomorrow. Hopefully it will make me feel better. Today I was planning on catching up on some much needed R&R, but no go. Oh well. There's always next Friday. I haven't been sleeping well because of my waking up frequently with coughing fits, and some craziness going on in my life. Oh hell, let's skip to the good stuff.

My mom and dad are getting a divorce. Really, it's been a while coming, and it's for the better. But in the last week or so, a LOT of really messed up stuff about my dad has been coming into light. Apparently, he's been living a double life. I don't really want to get into the nitty gritty details, and most of you close to me already know them, anyways. But he's done some really hurtful stuff, not just to my mom, but to me and my siblings, as well. He's being a really big asshole, and I'm questioning if I really ever want to see or talk to him again. So that's been pretty rough. I'm not really sure how to deal with it all, I'm still in shock about a lot of it.

All in all, it's been a really long week. Hopefully I'll be able to muster the energy to go to the State Fair tomorrow.

On a more postive note, I did get new shoes today. Woot for new shoes!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Retro Palace

We have been looking for a house to rent to get out of our tiny little apartment. After some searching and one heartbreaking denial, we found it. A roomy 3 bedroom house in the NE Heights, 1 3/4 bathrooms, 2 car garage, great yard (needs grass, though- more on that in a minute), wood floors, a fireplace.. All around, a really great house. The house, though, was built in 1965, and that is a little bit apparent throughout. Take, for example, the original oven that (allegedly) still works:

Oven from 1965

All in all, though, the kitchen isn't bad:

Retro Kitchen

The counters are a not-too-bad golden yellow color, and all the cabinet hardware is copper colored. Really, though, not too bad, and with some cute curtains, I think it'll be a decent kitchen.

The living room is pretty awesome:

Living Room 001

The fireplace wall is the only wall with wood paneling, thank jeebus, and I think that the built-in bookshelves make up for that. The beautiful (insert eye rolling) orange velour curtains are going to get replaced with some nice blinds. On the wall opposite the window, which you can't see in this picture, is a big ol' chunk of mirror tiles. Totally fug, and must go. it looks like the installers of said gross mirrors at least had the common sense to put them on a board and then attatch it to the wall, so removal of that should be pretty painless. I think the mirror above the firelace is going to go, too.

The master bath is pretty small and just has a shower, but I love the colors:

Master Bath Shower

This is the shower, and is actually pale yellow and black. I'm planning on doing black bathroom accessories, which should make it look pretty cool!

And now, the grand finale, my favorite part of the whole house. Let me introduce to you what I have fondly dubbed The Pink Bathroom:

The Pink Bathroom 001

The Pink Bathroom 002

I love this little bathroom! The pink toilet makes me smile and giggle, all at the same time. I think it is so cute! Planning on getting rugs and towels and whatnot in a light grey color and stainless steel accessories. I think it'll look really great! Of course, I will take pictures of the house when it is all settled and little updated. There's lots more to show, too!

Anyways, we're moving into The Retro Palace in 10 days. Yaay! I'm really excited!

See you guys soon!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Try This Again...

I really miss blogging! I was thinking tonight that I really do have time to blog at least three times a week, if not more. And I like blogging. And I miss you guys, if there's anyone left out there! So, here I am. Blogging. Feels good. Hopefully I'll be able to peel myself away from Facebook long enough to start reading some of my favorite blogs again, too!

Well, let's see what's going on in my life. Still doing the whole college thing, that's going well. Still planning on getting a divorce, but me and the ex are getting along realy well, which is great. He's really a good friend. Me and Doc (the new beau) have been together 10 months as of today! Yay! We have been harmoniously coexisting for about 6 months now, and it's a really great relationship. He makes me happy. Now, I'd love to write lots about Doc, and I most likely will. I know that some of my readers out there (if they ARE still out there) are good friends of The Ex-Hubbster, so if you don't want to hear all about my new relationship, you might be better off not reading. Consider yourself disclaimed! Anywho. What, else... knitting! Have been getting my knitting mojo back, slowly. No photos yet, I need to try to buy my favorite photagraphy table bench thingy from The Ex-Hubbster. It was so perfect! Hmmm. Maybe I should call him and ask... OH! And Doc and I just signed a lease for an awesome house to rent for the next few years whilst we stick around here in Albuquerque. That's a blog post in itself, though! So, anyways, I'm back. And hopefully it's not a false alarm this time.