Mission Failed – NaBloPoMo Days 22-27

I gave up on NaBloPoMo last Friday after 21 days straight of blogging. I didn’t feel like writing, and I skipped day 22. Then, after I missed 1 day, I didn’t feel bad about missing another, and another, and another. Failing feels a little something like this:

But it’s okay. I was getting kind of burnt out and bored. And if I’m bored with what I’m writing, I’m pretty certain others are too. And that’s not good for anyone.

Last weekend was sports weekend. Friday after work we went to {one of my} favorite restaurants in Iowa City Wig and Pen. Saturday we tailgated in the sub-zero freezing temps {briefly} and then went to the Iowa/Michigan game and saw a great game! But wow those things wear you out! We came home, napped, and started watching Dexter on Netflix. It’s a pretty good show….can’t wait to keep going with it.

Now we are on the road to Fort Dodge to spend Thanksgiving with the Ivorys. Saturday Greg’s cousin {who was a groomsman in our wedding!} is getting married. So we’ve got a busy, family filled weekend ahead of us. I’m sure going to miss being with my parents and sister though!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!

I’ve Been on Facebook for Almost 10 Years – NaBloPoMo Day 21

I realized today that I’ve been “on Facebook” since 2004. For those of you who are counting….that’s ten {10} years next year. {Let that sink in} Ten. Years. Ten years of friending and defriending people, poking, posting and wasting time on a website.

I know I joined in 2004 because I remember when I first learned about Facebook pretty specifically. It was Halloween weekend, and I was visiting friends in Boulder at CU since I had just transferred to Iowa that year. In my friend’s Delta Gamma sorority house, the girls were talking about Facebook and showing me how it worked. They had JUST gotten “access” at CU, and I remember being jealous and hoping that Iowa would have access soon. For those of you who don’t remember, that was when your college or university had to be authorized to use Facebook, and you were required to use a school email address to sign up. When I first learned about it, it was called “The Facebook” and the login page looked something like this:


The Facebook….I bet these jerks got Facebook before we did at Iowa!

And the profiles looked like this:


Hey there Mr. Zuckerberg! Who knew you’d become a friggin’ billionaire!

It obviously didn’t take long before it really took off, and soon my friends at private colleges, and then community colleges could join, and BAM–my “friend” list just kept growing. Between transferring schools, being a sorority, and knowing a lot of people in high school, I had hundreds of “friends” in no time. I remember having to try REALLY hard to get my roommates to sign up. At first they weren’t interested…..then they gave in and we all became obsessed.  

Back in 2004/2005, the majority of what my friends posted was about bar crawls, finals, sorority rush, or part time jobs. Back then I was still using disposable cameras, so I’d have to get the CD-ROM disk add-on when I developed my camera at a drug store so I could post them on Facebook. There weren’t ads, or “suggested pages” or parents/grandparents/employers to worry about seeing your stuff. At one point I was even “married” to my best friend. For like two years. We thought we were hilarious…and even though we’re both married now {for real, to men}….the nickname “wifey” has stuck.

But Facebook evolved…..people complained when the site got it’s first “face lift.” People vowed to quit! Strike! PROTEST! But they didn’t. Then they opened the flood gates, and took away the college student requirement, and READY OR NOT HERE CAME THE REST OF THE WORLD.

Young, Old, Medium aged…..Facebook, obviously, is for everyone now. Around the country, around the world, people know Facebook. And people will post anything and everything on Facebook. These days, if I go a week without seeing wedding pictures, a proposal, or a pregnancy announcement I start to think my newsfeed is broken. And don’t even get me started on the amount of baby pictures that are posted on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong. I love babies. And I love staying caught up with my family and friends near and far. But there comes a point when the over-sharing can get to be too much.

I mean, It’s been 10 years next year. That’s for sure the longest relationship I’ve ever been in. And every once in awhile, I start to think it’s time to move on. Last week, someone at work wanted to add me to his Facebook friends. He searched my name while I nervously stood behind him, hoping my privacy settings would hold up and keep me anonymous. It worked, and he couldn’t find me. Bullet Dodged. 

I’m not cancelling my account yet {heck, maybe I never will}, but it sure crosses my mind from time to time…..

Are you sick of Facebook and over-sharing? Or am I the only one who gets tired of it?

A Glamorous Tuesday (Told in someecards) – NaBlaPoMo Day 19

It doesn’t get much more glamorous than my life today, folks. It started after I woke up and got ready, then took Dory out to pee and took out the trash. I started my work day around 8:04 with a cup of coffee and half of an old bagel for breakfast.


If all that hasn’t made you jealous, hold on. I spent my morning at work, reading and answering emails, taking and making phone calls, and just doing a whole lot of paper pushing in general. Whoaa, wild morning, I know.


Lunch time came, when I ran home to let Dory Dog out to go potty. I grabbed what was left of the bagged chopped salad in the fridge, and ate it with a coffee cup of tomato soup; I stripped my bed sheets and put them in the wash.


After that hour “break,” I went back to work, where I read and answered some more emails, had a conference call, and, oh yah, pushed some more papers. A few people annoyed me and I rolled my eyes a couple times.


I really needed a pick-me-up around 3:30, so I had another cup of coffee and an apple for a snack.


As 5 o’clock rolled around, I packed up my stuff, and got the heck out of dodge. I stopped by Good-Will on my way home, looking for something to sew with my new-to-me sewing machine, but I bought nothing. Then I stopped at the Dollar General near my house to buy a basket for my sewing stuff, and also picked up some clearance candy for my Zeta alumnae chapter’s fundraiser baskets.


I came home around 6 and G had dinner ready {burrito bowls, yum!} so that was a nice treat to not have to cook dinner and the highlight of my day. But I had JUST cleaned the kitchen last night, and guess what, it was already a mess. So I loaded up the dishwasher, pushed start, and wiped down the counters….again.


I threw the sheets in the dryer, started another load of laundry, followed by another load of laundry.


While the laundry was going, I quickly used my sewing machine to sew a hole that has been in my coat pocket for, oh, I don’t know, 3 years? It was so incredibly easy. And I’m laughing at myself for how long it took me to sew that. Thanks, sewing machine. And when the laundry was finished, I ironed 8 of G’s shirts, and 2 pairs of his pants. I folded the rest of the laundry, and have yet to put it away. Maybe I can make that along with picking up and vacuuming tomorrow’s wild and riveting tasks…Man, I hate laundry…..


And that brings me to now, 10 PM, when I’m finally done with as much as I can accomplish for today, and I’m sitting here finishing Day 19 of the blogging challenge. I’m so over today. Please, don’t be jealous of my amazing day!


Hey, on the bright side, at least I have clean sheets to look forward to….Anyone else have a glamorous day like me today???


I’m SEW Excited! – NaBloPoMo Day 18



I mentioned casually to my parents the other weekend how much I would love to get a sewing machine to try some sewing projects. My mom said she thought they still had my grandma’s old sewing machine in storage, and offered to let me have it. My dad took me to look at it, and I fell in love. It is old – a Singer Stylist Model 457 – which came out in 1969 {queue the music….It was the summer of ’69!}. But it even had thread still on the bobbin and a little square of fabric still on it that she must have practiced some patterns on. And I swear it still smelled a little like her even. It made me sooooo happy and miss her sooooo much!

I have had it for a couple of weeks now, and was planning on having one of my friends come over to help get me started since I had no idea how to thread it or anything {there is no manual, and it’s been a LONNNNG time since I took a home economics class!} My schedule has been crazy though, and we haven’t gotten together yet. So tonight I decided to try figuring it out myself. I watched some YouTube videos, looked at some online diagrams, even G helped me a little with some trial and error, and I am proud to say we are UP AND RUNNING folks! I just practiced tonight a little on squares of fabrics {just like Grandma!} and am slowly getting the hang of it. I am so excited to keep practicing and get better with time–and I can’t wait to feature some of my projects her on the blog. Watch out DIY section of Pinterest!

Oh, and having a little piece of my grandma in the house is a pretty amazing feeling, too. I swear I could almost feel her helping me when I was threading the needle, and could picture her exactly licking the thread to get it through when I was little. I miss her so much! Memories…..aren’t they amazing?

Any tips for my new sewing hobby??? Or blogs/sites I must check out for tips?

Candy Bar Cookies – NaBloPoMo Day 17

This weekend went way too fast! The weekend in Des Moines was a blast. It is always so fun to get back to my old stompin’ grounds and catch up with old friends!

When I got home today, I did wanted to do some baking so I made one of my all time favorite cookie recipes. One of my best friends from high school used to make them and bring them to school all the time, and people would basically fight over these things. And once I made them for my husband to take to work, and people were calling them “crack cookies.” They couldn’t get enough, so it’s safe to say you don’t have to be from Traer to know they are amazing. When I posted a picture on Facebook of the Candy Bar Cookies–I had a couple requests to share the recipe. So here it is!

Candy Bar Cookies – The Kupka Family Recipe

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. oleo (margarine)

1 c. peanut butter (I use creamy)

2 tsp.vanilla

2 eggs

3 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 bag of miniature candy bars (I used Snickers, but Milky Way bars are great in there, too.)

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream together sugars and margarine. Add peanut butter and mix well. Mix in vanilla and eggs. Sift and add dry ingredients. Take 1/8 cup of dough and wrap around 1 unwrapped candy bar. Flatten it out a little so it is not still in a ball. {It won’t flatten very much on it’s own during baking.}  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. They should be slightly under-baked. Keep on the cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before removing. Makes about 40 cookies.


The recipe makes a lot of cookies! But they won’t last long!


All the yummy goodness of the melty candy bar in the middle and peanut butter on the outside!


A Goal is a Goal and a Post is a Post – NaBloPoMo Day 16

Well, I’ll only be a few sentences, but a goal is a goal {a blog post every day this month} and a post is a post {no matter how short}! We are waiting for our table at D’Jango where they let you bring your own wine and there is NO corkage fee! Yeehaw! We’ve got 7 ladies, 2 bottles of Andre, 2 bottles of wine, and of course a bottle of champagne! Excited for a fun night….it’s already been a day full of laughs! Can’t wait to give you a recap tomorrow. Follow us and our shenanigans with #thirtyflirtyandthriving