Friday, September 7, 2012

Time For A New Tattoo

So I've had the urge to get my fourth tattoo for AWHILE now. I've been trying to think of a way to have my kids names made into something cool - and I've been stumped for AWHILE.

A friend had asked me to design a tattoo for himself involving two words and I thought maybe I could turn it into an ambigram (you read the word one way then turn it upside down and it's another word).

Here's an example of a very popular ambigram:


So it got me thinking and I decided to do this with my kid's names: Andrew & Alyssa

I researched many words to figure out how to do the letters just right and drafted it up (turn head left then right):

When I showed the hubby, he was amazed and decided he wanted it too. So we decided to go to the tattoo shop the next morning and see if we could get appointments.

Saturday morning we drove there 45 minutes before they opened and we were 3 and 4 in line - sweet!

The first guy in line was 70 and there for his first tattoo - that guy rocked! Here he is:

I wanted mine on my foot - why? - I don't know but I love it!

I tried to take video with my phone, I hope it works:

Here's the finished tattoo: 

Here's the hubby getting his on his forearm:

If you don't have a tattoo I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

30 Before I'm 30

So I was visiting Amanda at Hooked From Hello and found a post about 30 things you should do before you're 30 and it got me to thinking... I only have 5 months before I turn 30!! So here goes, here's my list (some of them I have completed already this year):
  1. Go whale watching
  2. Pay for a stranger's meal behind me while in a drive thru
  3. Run a 5K
  4. Learn to quilt
  5. Buy a matching pair of lace underwear
  6. Ride a subway
  7. Grow a small vegetable garden
  8. Get a bikini wax
  9. Go skydiving
  10. Start a blog
  11. Visit 2 different cities
  12. Lose 30 pounds
  13. Volunteer for a local organization who needs it
  14. Stay at a Bed & Breakfast
  15. Play in a Texas Hold'Em tournament
  16. Write 2 chapters of the book I've been dreaming about
  17. Witness the Northern Lights
  18. Go to the shooting range and shoot a gun
  19. Learn how to paint like Bob Ross
  20. Get up before sunrise to experience the "golden hour" with my camera
  21. Bake goodies for the neighbors
  22. Get the kids involved in church
  23. Start rock climbing
  24. Ride a mechanical bull
  25. Start to learn another language (Italian?)
  26. Learn how to salsa dance
  27. Play in the rain with my kids
  28. Swim with a dolphin, shark or manta ray
  29. Try kayaking
  30. Get another tattoo

Comment me your link to your list so I can check it out!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Boston Baby!!!

I went to Boston last week for a work conference. It's absolutely gorgeous there!! Here's my photos from lovely Boston!

Whale watching - we went out far in the ocean!