Saturday, March 31, 2012

pah pah pah planner and da pilot

 Please take note of the web address change... I hope I didn't lose any of my 8 followers 
because of my spontaneous nature.


Hmm can you tell the difference?
The Capitol is closer than we think.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Mercury Lamp

Yet another craft...

 Their Version  $269.00                                                My Version $30.00
What You'll Need:

1.Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint. (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
2. A spray bottle full of water.
3. A glass lamp, vase, votive... etc.

I've been wanting to try this out for a while. 
I went to Walmart and bought a lamp and a shade,
you could also thrift it just as easy, for much cheaper.
then I brought it home, sprayed it with water and, while it's wet, 
sprayed it with The Looking Glass paint. 
You will have some drippings so dab it up with a paper towel and let it dry. 
Keep adding layers of paint till you get the Mercury look you want. 
(I added a lot after I took the picture above.)
If you put too much on, or want a bigger effect, 
randomly dab a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol on your lamp.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Some Things

Oh hey...

How are you?
I'm good. Just applying for a dozen jobs without hearing anything.
Such is life.

Here are some things I'm loving.

1. Blue Bell Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla. Blue Bell is probably the best thing about living in OK.

2. They finally came and mowed my grass patch today! It's deliciously short and soft...

3. Hunger Games Soundtrack, especially this song by The Civil Wars

4. These Double Chocolate Marshmallow Crispy Bars. Oh yeah.

5. Heejun Han. Most adorable Asian ever.

6. Draw Something. This is the beauty I got from sister Lauren last night. We're not going to talk about what the candle looks like. Because this is a family blog.

7. Biggest Loser's Weight Loss Yoga. It's kicking my bottom.

8. Chats with old friends. Who I miss dearly.

9. Ali and Christina's new music video, featuring my adorable siblings Brielle (pictured below) and Kendall.

10. Amazingly hot weather. It's in the eighties people... and I'm loving the brown skin I'm getting. In March. That's fine.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Momma's Shepherds Pie

My mom makes a wicked "Shepards" Pie. 
I've found that hers is very different than the rest.
There's no gravy.
No frozen veggies. 
Just a lot of goodness in a casserole dish. 
It was one of my favorite meals growing up, so I'm sharing it with you!

Hey mom, what's a Shepard? A retarded sheep?
So first you brown up a pound of lean ground beef. Momma uses lots of Lawry's. LOTS.
Spread it in a casserole dish and put some green beans on top. We like this flavor.
Spread it around and pour a can of tomato soup, Campbell's preferably. It just tastes better.
Squirt some ketchup on top of that, lots of it. Because it makes everything better.
Then some mashed potatoes. Mmmm. My mom uses the flakes but I prefer the real stuff.
Cover and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top then stick it back in for five minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and enjoy your warm and comforting meal. 
So easy. So delicious.
Get some girl. 
Put it in your belly.
Thank me later.

Monday, March 26, 2012

a piece in their games

I get a bad migraine every six months.

I started getting them when I was three or four.
I received a brain scan when I was fifteen.
They have been the bane of my existence.

What I can't understand, is why I never seem to get them while I'm sitting home doing nothing.
I always, always get them on important trips and vacations.
I've been waiting to see The Hunger Games for over a year and Saturday was my day.

I guess the excitement was enough to mindlessly take in too much sugar and not enough protein,
because by the time we got to the theater I could feel the headache coming to destroy my lovely day.
A few hours later, I'm throwing up on the side of the highway. Lovely. When we finally get home, we open the door to find our puppy had left us all sorts of presents in the house. Jake took her outside and after he brings her in, she piddles. On our bed. Awesome. That's when I curl up in a little ball on the shower floor and wait to die.

Despite the light sensitivity and nausea, I really enjoyed The Hunger Games. We were able to see it in the nicest theater in OK, complete with gold curtains and a massive screen! I thought the film was short and sweet, capturing all of important moments and emotions of the book. There were some small things that confused me (pit bull muttations killing Thresh? two HG hosts? Haymitch's small and overly sober role?) but over all I was content and pleased. I think I'll see again today.

Here are some photos from our weekend!

Friday, March 23, 2012


Last Christmas, my mother gave me the greatest gift I could ever ask for.

Home videos. On DVD.

This is one of my favorites. Probably because it's all about me.

Maybe I should write music after all...

 Someday in the future, when we move to California and become famous singers,

 you will show this to your friends and family and say, 

"I know her. Wasn't she an adorable baby?"

Then you'll look outside to see a baby unicorn playing under a purple polka dot sky.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Housewife's Lament

                                                                   Wish I didn't...
...honk and roll my eyes at the slow car in front of me, and realize ten seconds later that it was my housing manager who I chatted with five minutes before. So naturally I pretended like I knew it was her the whole time as I drove past her smiling and waving like an idiot. Damn my road rage.

...walk into the kitchen wearing my underwear and notice that the husband left the front door open and my neighbors are staring at me as they come outside. A small yelp escapes from my mouth and I'm forced to hit the floor, hoping they couldn't possibly see me through the glass door. Who goes on family walks this early anyway? Come on!

...go to Walmart while feeling bitter and irrational because thirty minutes later my cart is filled with a caramel chocolate egg, pudding, Fruit Loops, Toaster Strudels, ice cream sandwiches, and Gushers. My name is Courtney Kearns and I'm addicted to sugar.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Counting all different ideas driftin away...

Oh Birdy. You've done it again.

I'm enamored with this album.

She's fifteen and already a brilliant musician. 

You can also find her on the Hunger Games Soundtrack,

which I also bought this week... whoops! 

Just can't help myself. 

Sometimes I dream of writing music on the piano. 

 I'd love to dream up a melody then watch it come to life with my skinny fingers. 

Ten years later I'm kicking myself for quitting piano lessons.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

framed fabric

I was right.

It's rainy. 

That's okay though...

I've got Redbox and my endlessly cluttered house

to keep me busy. Plus I'm applying to be a substitute teacher!

That's right, Courtney's finally getting a job. 

Here's a really simple craft I've been meaning to post:

Framed Fabric.

Last month we had family come into town and I desperately 
needed to put something on the wall in the extra bedroom.
I took some fabric, put it in an extra frame and Voila! Art.
Basically the same as embroidery hoops just bigger and fancier.

 Anthropologie                                                        My Version

 It's easy and that's how I like it. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day of Drizzle

Never trust hair dye that comes out of a box.
Light ash brown my asssk.
My roots are honey blonde. Ugh.

So out of grief and extreme frustration, I snuck into the Easter candy reserve and planted myself on the couch to watch Breaking Dawn: Part One. Yep. Redbox was empty, okay?

Here are some pictures from our cloudy, windy, rainy weekend.

As you can see it consisted of many many old school movies. Amazon and Hastings are getting plenty of business from us. Jake had a day off on Friday, which was rare and lovely. We enjoyed some indoor swimming, crepes, and walks around base. It should be a rather wet week here in Enid, we are already seeing buckets of rain and some possible tornado warnings. Eek! I swear everyone but me is enjoying a vacation to Hawaii, California, Wilmington or Europe. And I hate them. I hate all of you! Why can't I have any rich celebrity friends who would want to take me to Tahiti for the weekend? Adele... I know we could be great friends. Give me a call. Until then, I'll continue to live my life through Edward and Bella, who are currently enjoying a honeymoon on Island Esme. What a pair of phonies.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday

Oh, hey...

It's been a while.

Things have been rather wonderful.
We've had consistent warm weather and I've made some great new friends.

Here are some things that make me happy:

Spring. I love waking up to sunshine and smelling the humid warmth in the air.
I long to spend evenings on the patio roasting marshmallows and sipping lemonade.
This weekend will most definitely be spent with a picnic and a bit of gardening.

Saturdays in The City with Jacob.
We read Hunger Games to each other as we drove
and ate bowls of comfort food at Panera. I walked slowly thru
Target trying to take in every shelf and every aisle.  A perfect day.

My last days with Ray Ray.
He's been my little buddy here in Oklahoma. 
I will miss him and his smiley blue eyes desperately...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Thanks for all of your loving comments on my video! 

We had a lot of fun reminiscing those four crazy days.

Things around here have been pretty laid back. 

For me at least! Jake does the best he can. Poor guy.

I've been having fun getting goodies at the antique and thrift shops 

with my friends Brooke and Ray Ray. They move this weekend :(

I'm rethinking beauty school... scholarships are proving to be much more 

difficult than anticipated. So a part time job might work more in my favor.

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a big red easy button for, I don't know, life?

Alas, there is not. So until then I'll search the classifieds for something that will occupy

my time better then Pinterest and Grey's Anatomy season three... 

See ya and so long from the Sooner State!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Oh Ciz-ort, don't you know tags are for kids? Good thing I am the biggest kid of all...

here are the rules:
1. post these rules.
2. post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. go to their blog and tell them they've been tagged.

Get ready.

...My natural hair color is dark murky blonde.

...One time I gave my little sister a bloody nose over a cardboard box conflict.

...I wish I spoke with a British accent and lived in a Jane Austin book or a Downton Abbey mansion.

...Sometimes I kiss my puppy on the mouth. That's right, I'm one of those people.

...I try to plan everything. What my kids will be named. When they'll be born. The order of their birth.

...I'm terrified of my sewing machine.

...If I could relive a year of my life it would be my first year in high school. Life was so simple then.

... I wish I could spend every day at the beach drinking smoothies. Which is why I want to move to California.

...The smell of Tuna makes me gag.

...I am the queen of pranks. Fake blood, Oompa Loompa and wolf masks, toliet paper, window screeching. It gives me a high...

...Airports and politics give me anxiety attacks.

1. My all time favorite song would have to be Getting Into You by Relient K. It makes me feel mushy and youthful.

2. My five favorite celebs would have to be Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Julia Roberts, Adele, and Audrey Hepburn of course.

3. Carolyn and Bart originally wanted to name me Kelsey or Jennifer. Which is way worse than Courtney, but I still wish they would have named me something exotic and mysterious like Cosette or Isabella.

4. My least favorite chore would have to be laundry. Despite my best intentions, my clothes inevitably end up in a pile by my closet every night.

5. My least favorite celeb is Christina Aguilera. Dear X-tina. Your disgusting cleavage and dry bleached hair makes me want to scream and vomit all over my television.

6. The only celebrity I've been compared to is Shannyn Sossamon.

7. If I could choose someone from the Jersey Shore cast to spend the day with, I would simply choose not to. But I'd lay poolside with Khloe or Kourtney Kardashian any day.

8. My most beloved childhood memory would have to be Christmas Eve's spent with family playing White Elephant, going to movies, and sleeping in the Christmas fort.

9. If I could only bring two things on a desert island they would be my husband and my puppy :)

10. Justin Bieber, or Jesse McCartney? Hmmm Jesse McCartney. Reminds me of middle school and Ally.

11. My favorite restaurant would have to be Olive Garden... breadsticks and pasta are my biggest weakness. Plus I have many good memories there, some bad ones too... but mostly good ones :) Firehouse Pizzeria is pretty good too. So is Cafe Rio... ahhh!

Alright people.
1. What's your favorite thing to do on a sunny day?
2. Why do you blog?
3. How do you relieve frustration/anger?
4. Describe your perfect day.
5. What is your dream vacation?
6. What is your dream job?
7. Biggest Pet Peeve?
8. All time favorite TV Show or Movie?
9. Your worst fear?
10. Have you ever stayed in the hospital overnight?
11. Favorite quote. 

I choose.

Lauren Mary.
Allyson Doman.
Shauna Spencer.
Katie Perkes.

Wow. That was a lot of work.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Seven Months

 It's been two hundred and fifteen days 

since we crossed the plains to Enid, Oklahoma.

It has not been easy, in fact, it's been rather difficult.

We came to OK with a massive hematoma and no where to stay, 

but things worked out in our favor.

We've made some great friends and learned a lot 

about ourselves. 

I wanted to make a small video of our road trip here, 
the intention was to share it right after the fact, but I became
intimidated by iMovie and put it off until now.
The filming is pretty bad, which is my fault, because I didn't think of
 turning the iPhone in the right direction. Lame.
So try your best to ignore that and instead enjoy my frizzy hair,
 Jake's beard, and oodles of freeway shots :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sexy Sax Man

Student pilots have a tradition called the ‘dollar ride. 
After a student’s first flight he or she gives the pilot a dollar.
 The name goes back to the county fairs of the early 1900s
 when barnstormer pilots charged ‘a buck a ride’ to customers who sat up
in the front of the airplane and acted like they were doing the flying.
It's become a little more fancy.
These days you have to give the IP your dollar in the most creative way possible.  
Jake took this challenge very seriously.
His instructor pilot is pretty much obsessed with the following Youtube video,

so Jake decided to be extra creative and get his fellow classmate to 
perform this in the middle of their morning briefing.

 His happy IP with the Dollar Ride Gift
I am beginning to wonder if this is a military program or a sorority... :)