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Five on Friday – Wildfires

It’s the end of the workweek (not that I work anymore), which means another Five on Friday! I wish I could say it’s been a great week, but for so much of the state, it has been a nightmare.

1.Mr. V was called up on Sunday to go help with the fires in Central Washington. He’s acting in an administrative role with the Washington National Guard, so he’s not in any danger, but I worry for all of the personnel who are battling these fires and the residents who are in the path of danger. So many homes have been lost, and now three firefighters have lost their lives: Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler. Daniel Lyon, the fourth crew member involved in what is thought to be a vehicle accident while escaping the fire, suffered third-degree burns on 1/2-2/3 of his body.

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More than 400,000 acres are burning across Washington, with gusty winds forecasted for this weekend. DNR is setting up a coordination center to handle offers of help or equipment. Omak City Hall and the state Department of Transportation office in Colville will organize training sessions for those not currently qualified to serve on the fire line.


To volunteer your time: For Omak, call 360-826-2546 or email CRC.Omak@gmail.com; for Colville, call 509-675-7847 or email CRC.Colville@gmail.com. Offers will be reviewed starting at 7 am Friday.

The Community  Foundation of North Central Washington is collection donations for victims of the fires through the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund. www.cfnce.org/fire or 509-663-7716

Okanogan County Community Action Council is providing aid for immediate needs such as gas, food, and shelter. www.occac.com 509-442-4041

Room One in Twisp is accepting donations. www.roomone.org/fire-recovery or 509997-2050

The Salvation Army office in Wenatchee is collecting money to supply fire victims with gas cards and thrift store vouchers. www.salvationarmynw.org or 1-800-SAL-ARMY (designate gift cards to “Northwest Fires”)

The Red Cross is accepting donations. www.redcross.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

The United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties is taking donations through its Sleepy Hollow fire relief fund. You can specify in comments a specific fire to direct donations. www.uwcdc.org or 509-662-8261

Vern is taking advantage of Mr. V’s absence to stretch out on that side of the bed. Since both Mr. V and Vern snore, it’s almost like I’m not alone in bed, although one definitely has worse breath than the other.

2.It’s hard for me to use the blow dryer anymore, so I went to my wonderful stylist and had her color and cut my hair. My scalp is still a little pink and I clearly don’t bother with more than running a comb through my hair but I’m happy with it ;p


3.I’m pet sitting this beautiful kitty once again while her humans are on vacation. Isn’t she just a gorgeous cat? She’s very cuddly and insists that I pet her while she eats.

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4.It’s been a good week for photos, for a change.


5.Still no word on my referral to the rheumatologist. I did a home sleep study  last weekend and that came back normal, which I expected. I’m surprised they learned anything from it – it’s not easy to sleep with a big chunk of plastic stuck to your forehead.

What I posted this week:
There were some amazing photos linked up at the Macro Monday Mixer.
Have you tried Lip Monthly? I posted my review of the monthly subscription service.

6.Bonus item, I guess?

Madonna quietly released a new video not too long ago. No waves were made, but it’s everything I wish music videos still were.

Linking up at: Friday Favorites, Momfessionals, Friday Favorites @ DofaRH

Gray and white striped cardigan find at Goodwill. www.allthevs.com

Five on Friday – Five Great Finds

—->>>In case you missed it, take 56 seconds to check out Vern the Dachshund hilariously rejecting the ocean<<<—-

I shouldn’t be allowed unsupervised inside of a Goodwill, but it happens from time to time anyway, and thanks to Goodwill, I’m in a very good mood and have four things to share today! I know these aren’t things you can run out and buy yourself, but think of this as my way of encouraging you to check out thrift stores. There was a lot of name-brand stuff there. Anyway, on to this week’s Five on Friday:

1.This awesome black cardigan (is that what you call it even if it has no buttons?). I didn’t have a black one, so of course, I needed this. Yes, that is sequins you see shining on it.

Black cardigan find at Goodwill. www.allthevs.com

2.It’s hard to tell in the photo, but it’s green and navy.

Green and navy cardigan find at Goodwill allthevs.com

3.Grey and white striped with pockets? Yes please!

Gray and white striped cardigan find at Goodwill. www.allthevs.com

4.A chair for my crafting desk. It’s the perfect height, is in awesome shape, and was only $8! I haven’t decided if I’ll give it a makeover, as it’s going in a room no one sees anyway, but I am thrilled with it regardless.

Retro chair find at Goodwill. www.allthevs.com


5. I ordered this Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid a week or two ago from Amazon, and all I can say is: BUY IT. I’ve only used this like four times and holy crap, I’m already seeing results. My pores are finer, and my skin just looks fresher and clearer and even feels smoother. This is a freaking miracle product! There’s some slight tingling when I put it on (I use a cotton ball to apply it) but it goes away in like 30 seconds. I put it on, let it soak in for a few minutes, then apply my moisturizer. I wish I could remember which blogger reviewed this, but I don’t. So in case you are reading this, THANK YOU!

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. BUY IT. I've only used this like four times and holy crap, I'm already seeing results.

Honorable mention: FROGGIE! Remember my tadpoles? One of them has graduated to a full-fledged frog! He (or she) is a Pacific Treefrog and is just too adorable for words. I love watching it hop around, eating fruit flies. Pacific treefrogs come in many colors, and some even change colors. They don’t get much bigger than 2″, so they stay pretty small. I can’t wait to watch this little one grow up.
pacific treefrog allthevs.com
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What didn’t I love this week? Wet n Wild Megalast nail polish. I took the photos half a day after painting my nails. I used a base coat, two coats of polish, and a top coat. See how my thumb looks? Every nail looked like that, some worse than that. What a letdown. Maybe someone more skilled at polishing nails would have better results, but I’ve come to realize I really do not like that style of brush. It just globs the polish on, and this polish is really thick. The color is great, I love it, but it gets a poor score for cracking like 5 hours after application. It looked twice as bad the next morning. I’m going to try thinning the polish out and see if that helps.

Wet n Wild Megalast polish review from www.allthevs.com

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Faves of the week (Five on Friday)

This week has crawled by, but hey, it’s Friday! That means Five on Friday! Here’s five of my favorite things from this week:

1.This video of otters chasing a butterfly. I could watch this over and over.

2.This dress I bought from Retrolicious Clothing. It’s on clearance right now, along with some other awesome dresses. Get you some!


3.This awesome recipe I made. No more boring peppers. Promise!

Balsamic sauteed peppers from Janus Lane


4.These stuffed animals I found at Ikea for my daughter. It’s the Fox and the Hound. (Haha, get it? Yeah I know, it’s not a basset hound, but still a hound, and plus we are a Dachshund family.)

the fox and the hound


5.SparkPeople. I signed Paul and I up so we can keep track of our fitness and make sure what we are eating is healthy. It has a huge amount of resources and articles on staying healthy, and best of all, it’s free!

What was your favorite thing this week?




Five New Faves (Five on Friday)

This week was awesome for one big reason: My new macro lens, a Micro-Nikkor 105mm with vibration reduction, came in on Wednesday, and I’ve been learning how to use it. It’s a lot different than shooting with my stock Nikkor 18-55 lens. I didn’t expect the learning curve to be quite so steep. Additionally awesome is that I’ve applied for six jobs that I really think I’d like, so cross your fingers, toes, and eyes that I get a call back on at least one of them soon. I’ve also registered on SitterCity.com to be a pet sitter, which is right up my alley because animals are better than anything else, except maybe chocolate brownie ice cream.

Now on to my five new faves:

1.This eyeshadow palette, “Cafe Classics,” from Bonne Bell. The colors are shimmery and light, they stay on all day, and it was only $4 at Fred Meyer.

Bonne Bell Cafe Classics eyeshadow palette

2.These gorgeous flowers from Tacoma Boys. They were only $13! The tag says they are “Senetti, Magenta Bicolor.”

Senetti Magenta Bicolor annual from Tacoma Boys
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3.Tacoma Boys. Local to the Tacoma area, they have the freshest local produce I’ve ever seen at lower-than-box-store prices, and so many awesome locally grown flower, fruit, and vegetable plants. They also carry a lot of exotic foods, tons of flavored oils, and an insane variety of wines. The employees were so nice and helpful there, and as an extra bonus, it’s the closest grocery store to me. I’ve never had a store like that before, so it’s a pretty big deal. I scored a big container of organic spring mix lettuce for $2. $2 for organic!

4.Meal planning. I know, you’re like, “WHAT?!” but hear me out. It’s so nice to know what I’m going to make for dinner each day. I know how much time I’ll need in advance, which means no more 8 pm dinners.

5.Pureology Serious Color Care shampoo oil for red/copper hair. Any of you redheads will know how hard it is to keep red from fading.

Pureology Serious Color Care shampoo oil for red/copper hair


Did you find anything you loved this week?


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