Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fourth and Fourth...

The FOURTH and FOURTH tag... go to the fourth file in your pictures, then go to the fourth picture. Post that picture and explain! This is what I came up with...

This is my little sister, Natalia - I call her Bebe. She is a very nice creature, contrary to popular belief. This was taken last Christmas break when all the sisters got together and went shopping. HENCE, the Nordstrom's water cup. I just love her animation. Can't get enough of it!

Now, I tag: Heather, Ani, Brittany, Brandi

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


LATELY... I have been poor.
This may be due to the fact that I am currently out of a job.
Who knows.
However, I have never had such a hard time yielding to my own addiction: SHOPPING.
For example, I am in DIRE need of some winter things. This includes (but is not limited to) winter shoes, coats, shirts, scarves etc. Seriously, I have no winter shoes. It's a shame.
So today, I did a bad thing. I ventured to the mall. It took every fiber of my being, every ounce of my soul to not swipe that credit card.
BUT... even if I had the money I could not afford this absolutely GORGEOUS headband.

[I really want the black one... The other picture is there so you can see what it looks like on a human being... adorable right?]

OK... so this puppy is originally $60 people. I KNOW! That's highway robbery! How can anyone feel good about selling a HEADBAND for that much? Outrageous!

But, I still want it. And I'm poor. Sad life.

Monday, November 3, 2008

17 years ago...

... I used to be so festive. Hopped up on sugar and having a grand old time with my feet in the candy bucket. Oh, that was the life.

*can i just tell you... that's my mom with the wacky red wig... oh yes people, she knows how to get down and scary. seriously.

Monday, October 27, 2008

good idea. bad idea.

Lately, I have been feeling a little crafty. It might be the constant roaming and stalking on blogs... and seeing everyone's little ideas. There have been a few projects that I am very proud of and one in particular that I have deemed as a FAILURE.
One weekend, Ani and I decided to paint the frames of our mirrors. Ani, being the smarter Van Buskirk sister decided to go with her favorite color of all time, butter yellow. This color also matches her room decor. I on the other hand think I am really artsy and daring decided to go with my favorite color of the season ORANGE... Actually, I believe the actual color name is "Poppy Orange."
Now, I have my fair share of POPPY ORANGE in my closet. I Guess it looks better ON me than on my wall... Considering the fact that my room has the tranquil colors of mint green and teals, this ORANGE mirror was a BIG mistake. What was I thinking? The world may never know. I guess I was trying to give my room a face-lift if you will - A more modern spin of bright and wacky colors... Shoot.
You may ask, "Well Alix, what are some of the good ideas and projects you have done?"
Well, my fine friends, I am very proud to show you some of my best work. POST-ORANGE-DRAMA.
1. The MousePad Makeover:
I just purchased a plain mouse pad from one of my trips to IKEA. Seriously folks, these babies are ONE DOLLA. Then I went to the local fabric store and bought fabric adhesive and ironed on the fabric! VOILA! BEAUTISIMO! What a lovely accent next to my workspace. It surely brightens up my day.
2. The old Frame rev-up:

All I did was find some cheap old frames at the local thrift store and some acrylic paint at the craft store... and a nice little addition to my oh-so plain room appeared. I love this color too... ( as you can see on my shelves - I have a blue picture frame and blue boxes.) I really don't think you can get enough of this color. Seriously. I am a huge fan of painting things that are just looking a little dull or plain. If you just add some color and artistic flair - or maybe just a paintbrush, you can make seemingly ordinary - even UGLY things, into beautiful accents to a room.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

'Tis the season...

'Tis the season to feel slightly blue.

I don't know if anyone knows this, but the season has come. Summer is officially over. Summer is now a haze of golden-yellow memories. It really is. The nice weather. The knock on the door to come out and PLAY. The to-do list that consisted of: overdosing on vitamin D and UV rays, driving with the windows down - let a little wind in the hair, BBQ's, drive-in movies OH THE MAGIC of indoor activities moved to the great outdoors.

When will those golden-yellow feelings return?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Slightly Bored...

Although I was not tagged for this little questionaire, I found it intriguing. Thank you Brittany!
One Word Answers:
Where is your cell phone? HAND
Where is your significant other? HIDING.
Your hair? BUN
Your mother? ZESTY
Your father? DUTCH
Your favorite thing? SEXINESS
Your dream last night? NIGHTMARE
Your dream/goal? HAPPINESS
The room you're in? MAZDA
Your hobby? COOKING
Your fear? LONELY
Where do you want to be in 6 years? EAST (COAST)
Where were you last night? MALL
What you are not? CONTENT
One of your wish list items? $$$
Where you grew up? SAMMAMISH
The last thing you did? STARE
What are you wearing? GREEN
Your pet? SOMEDAY
Your computer? PEARLY
What do you think of tags like this? AWESOME.
Your mood? LUST
Missing someone? INDEED
Where would you rather be? ROMANCED
Something you're not wearing? NAILPOLISH
Favorite store? ANTHROPOLOGIE
Your summer? LAZY
Love someone? LUST - HAHA
Your favorite color? YELLOW
When was the last time you laughed? WORK
Who will participate? HEATHER L.

Maybe this was AWESOME or maybe it was lame. But it gave me something to do! Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


"I'm sorry you feel that way."

First of all, how can one be SORRY for the way another FEELS internally.
"I'm hungry."
"I'm sorry you feel hungry."
Makes absolutely no sense.

Usually, when ONE says that to another, it is usually in a rather tense debate or argument. It is generally used to calm the other down and to make them FEEL like you understand why they are upset or angry. When, in REALITY, it is a lie. It just means to me, "I'm sorry you are sitting in wrongland all angry while I'm here in RIGHT-land perfectly RIGHT and fine."


Monday, September 29, 2008

slight addiction

Ok, beside the obvious addiction to diet coke, chipotle, carrabbas, chips and salsa... (you get the idea.) Lately, I have been absolutely content with spending countless hours wasted by watching TELEVISION.
I especially love watching seasons of TV shows in succession. So far, I have fulfilled my deep void in my life of The Office... (my new favorite show ever... aside from Friends.) and I have just started falling in love with the comedic drama - House. Oh, it's sooo incredibly enthralling.
John and Kate PLUS Eight. A reality show on TLC that exhibits a REAL family in a lot of circumstances that may not always be perfect. I LOVE IT!
I also enjoy watching anything and ALMOST everything on the Food Network and um... call me a lame wannabe girly girl, but I cannot miss an episode of the Hills. I live vicariously through them, which translates to, I WISH I WAS THEM.
Now, I could almost guarantee that some therapist would tell me that I am trying to escape from my reality... this could be true because HELLO! Television is so much more beautiful... everything is much more GLORIOUS!

There is no cure.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Alright, Heather said I need to update my blog so here I am... Updating my blog.
Now, I vowed to make my blog a fun and enjoyable experience for those of you who would like insight in my life. However, SOMETIMES life is full of stuff that REALLY REALLY gets to you... you know? For example, I know that it can be very annoying when people never call you back... for months and months and months - and let me tell you, I am completely and 100% guilty of that charge. (Seriously, I have probably lost a few friends and jobs because of it.)
But, let me tell you what I HATE! My pet peeves if you will.
In no particular order:
1. When people you think are really awesome smoke... And this may be a shallow pet peeve but, common, who smokes anymore? I thought we weren't in the 1990's anymore.

2. When people have a problem with you and decide not to tell you about it and then you hear from some totally irrelevant person about the problem. For example, at work the other day I got in trouble for spending too much time talking to my dear coworker and friend, Heather. WHO SAID IT!?!?! I don't know. Apparently I'm still in high school. AWESOME. Grow a pair managers... grow a pair. (No, I am not bitter, I'm just a free spirit who HAS to work to maintain a lifestyle which does not include homeless.)

3. When people take FOREVER to text back. I understand a few minutes or hours if there is some sort of emergency, but if you are in a texting conversation (so to speak) I think it is RUDE to just stop. Let a sista KNOW!

4. When people think they know me and try to talk to me about my personal life. You don't KNOW ME!

5. When people are irrationally mean and unkind.

Does it seem like I am talking about specific outbreaks of these annoyances? Well, that's because I am. I am at my wit's end with these things. It's time to grow up people and face your problems like adults. Because that is what we are, after all.

I work with a bunch of 9th graders.

Monday, August 25, 2008

i want....

There are a few things that I really really really want... I know it is sinful to covet and desire such worldly items but, common... I am human.
These days I would enjoy a nice kitchen aid. I am currently setting money aside so I can purchase my very own BEAUTIFULLY colorful Kitchen Aid so I can mix and bake my very own confections which includes but is not limited to my DELICIOUS chocolate chip cookies... mmMMMmmm...

These are some colors and styles that I am thinking about. Buying a Kitchen aid is definitely an investment. I want to make sure it is something that I would like to have on my kitchen counter for a while. I don't want a black, silver, white or red one. I need a splash of color... one of these is a retro chic version... I just love these things!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Thanks Ramon... Thanks.

No, I am NOT pregnant.
I am only SLIGHTLY offended.
Last summer I bought this charcoal/brownish shirt from Banana Republic. I fell absolutely in love with it because it accented all of my favorite features while hiding my least favorites (namely, my stomach.) I went on this huge shopping craze last summer and consuming most of my money was Banana Republic. Actually, that really doesn't relate to the story at all.
ANYWAY, I decided to wear this shirt to work today with black pants and a pair of black flat shoes. I thought I looked pretty dang good... If I do say so myself. The shirt however, hugs my chest region while kind of bubbling around my stomach. I THOUGHT IT WAS CUTE!
Then, it happened. I was walking around down by the sales area at work and a salesman, RAMON, spanish young man, asked me if I was pregnant. WHAT.
Ok, FIRST of all, I'm not even MARRIED... which apparently doesn't really matter to ANYONE these days... all these celebrites having the baby first and then getting married. Or even excusing the whole marriage option altogether. HOWEVER, I am not like that. As much as I wish I could be famous, I'm not. And therefore, do not follow the crowds of Hollywood.
Maybe, I thought, there was some sort of language barrier that affected the outcome of his question... Either way, SOMETHING provoked this.
"No, I am NOT pregnant. " I told Ramon.
"But, thanks for noticing my really cute shirt."
Ramon replied, "No, I mean, I don't think you're fat. You are just really blessed with that area..." (pointing to his own chest.)
"HAHAHA! Thanks Ramon... now go sell a car or something."

I am never wearing this shirt again. Unless I am 20 pounds lighter and can NEVER NEVER EVER be confused for pregnant.

Does anyone want a new shirt?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

One of my MANY weaknesses...

One of my FAVORITE restaurants of all time is this great Italian place called "Carrabbas." It's delicious menu and rather romantic atmostphere makes me feel like I am actually dining in a quaint little town in Italy.
While enjoying our weekly Pollo Rosa Maria (only the very best thing on the menu EVER... especially if you get the fried zucchini appetizer.) our waiter came by to converse with Kirk and I. Normally, I would prefer not to be bothered while I eat my delicious food, and savor every single bite of my tasty chicken stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto; grilled to perfection and topped with lemon butter sauce and basil.... (My mouth waters just THINKING about it. Not to mention they have the best diet coke this side of the Mississippi. Seriously... I highly recommend this place.) Anyway, Kirk, being the social butterfly that he is, had sparked a conversation with our waiter who goes by the name Regan and has divulged information about his life such as BUT, not limited to, his marriage, midgets, and why he works at the heavenly restaurant. After our absolutely exquisite meal, Regan let us know that next time we come in we should ask for him and he will get us a FREE appetizer - namely the fried zucchini.
Excited we were when we left with the belief that we would get a free appetizer upon our next visit! haha...
So the story continues...
On Friday night, I was craving Carrabbas. Kirk and I decided it was time to go and we invited Ani and Nate to join us. When we got there I remembered that we could possibly recieve a free appetizer and that we should get Regan to come to talk to us. Kirk was slightly nervous because he thought that Regan needed to be our current waiter in order to get the deal. But, Ani assured him that it was not so and proceeded to ask our waitress to retrieve Regan for us. Once he came to our table, Kirk had worked himself into an awkard state of uncomfortableness and it took all he could do to ask for this free appetizer. While he spoke, I realized how awkward this situation really was. Regan explained to us that he was supposed to ask for Regan to be our WAITER and then he would get the good tips and so on and so forth. But, he said he would talk to our waitress and see what she could do.
Then our waitress came over and she became very short and on edge with us.
"How do you want this to be done? Do you want it to be just a free appetizer or would you like me to use an appetizer card for you... Either way you'll get a free order of fried zucchini."
Needless to say, we got our fried zucchini but it could not be fully enjoyed soley because we felt so cheap and out of place. Note to self: never ask for free stuff unless you know EXACTLY how to do it... especially at a restaurant.
HOWEVER, Carrabbas will still and always be my absolute FAVORITE Italian Restaurant or, dare I say, favorite restaurant altogether.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

the clear bra scandal.

Today was my last day...
Receptioning that is. I work at the Legacy Mazda dealership in Orem and I am moving up (in this world!) to accounting where I will be fully in charge of licensing, registering and maybe a few other things. I mean, I get my own extension number and cubical I can decorate and EVERYTHING! This is very exciting.
Well, on this my last evening, a scruffy (probably homeless) old man came through the front doors and asked for a sales person. When he realized he wasn't going to win anything let alone, BUY A CAR, he left with these last words:
"Are you the one who models for this Clear Bra?"
Ok, this may be slightly confusing for those of you who do not know what a "clear bra" is... ESPECIALLY in the car business. A clear bra is a plastic spandex-y liner that can be placed on the front of your car so you can't see it, but it will protect your paint from any damage from bugs, scratches etc. We offer it at Mazda.
So this poor, unfortunate old man tried to make a play on words (I'm assuming) and quite honestly, all I could do is laugh.I am perfectly aware that I am blessed with a sizeable chest AREA but common! The jokes are a little old... I have halted the wear and fashion of my nametag because every day someone manages to comment on my name...
"Oh! Van Buskirk... I never knew that was your last name... A-L-I-X? Wow, very original."
Same to you BUDDY! haha I'm not even that mad. I find it SLIGHTLY entertaining. Good or bad?
Conclusion: I definitely have a future career in the modeling industry.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

it's like summer... or something.

I'm blonde.

Upon turning 21 years old, I have decided that I am sick of people telling me what to do... for example, my mom firmly believes that I should NOT attend Culinary Arts school. (So, I shall be trying to enroll this summer.) I also have decided that I am the only person who has to live with my hair as much as I do... it's time for a change.

I didn't intend to have such a striking change in my hair style. Ever since I can remember, I have been a curly hair brunette and most of my life it has been exceptionally long. People would always compliment me on the color.
"The color is absolutely gorgeous... don't ever change it."
Now, granted, I did enjoy my hair color. It was multi-faceted and the perfect shade of brown. But, common... I want to experiment... LIVE A LITTLE!

I figured that since it IS summer, my favorite time of year, that I should pretend like the summer sun actually changes my hair color and so I got highlights... BLEACH highlights. What do you think? She said i could either go lighter or darker with a toner if I wanted but, I kind of like it like this. Scary thought though... I kind of want to go blonde blonde now... what the heck.

uh... thoughts?

Monday, July 14, 2008

i'm it!

My lovely friend and co-worker Heather Lively has politely tagged me in a personal survey... This is MINE!

8 Things I Am Passionate About

1. Church
2. My family
3. Fashion
4. Art
5. Being CLEAN
6. Living a Happy LIFE
7. Diet Coke
8. Good Food
8 Books I Have Read And Enjoyed
1. Skinny Bitch (excuse the language...)
2. Twilight.... still in the process of reading.
3. The Pig of Happiness.
4. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
5. My Sister's Keeper
6. ok... I don't read as much as I should...
8 Words/Phrases I Say Often
1. Thank you for calling Legacy Mazda, this is Alix, how may I direct your call?
2. Certainly
4. Sister!
5. It makes me so frustrated!
6. Not ok.
7. I miss you.
8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die (in no particular order)
1. Go skydiving.
2. Travel the world.
3. Have my own name brand...
4. Design my own house.
5. Get married to the man I love and have a family.
6. Become a really good public speaker.
7. Become a human sugar Glider... they exist for real!
8. Live my life to the fullest... happily and wonderfully. (cheesy?)
8 Things I Learned This Past Year
1. I can handle and sometimes even enjoy change.
2. I actually really love sushi.
3. You might not do it perfectly the first time... or the 20th time...
4. Cars are EXPENSIVE!
5. Growing up is not what I thought.
6. I miss my friends.
7. What a beta tester is.
8. How to get my whites whiter.
8 People I Want To Tag
1. Ani
2. Katie PWOATAH!
3. Mindy
4. Anna
5. Brandi
6. Juliana
7. Rachel
8. umm... I'm new... I don't know a lot of people

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

first timer.

Ok. I caved. I got a blog.

Here's the deal. I have a slight obsession with other people's blogs. I am pretty sure that while at work, I am constantly roaming around in blog world pretending like I am actually a part of it. Although there is a very HIGH percentage of blogs that belong to married couples (which I might add, are a lot more entertaining), I thought it might be a nice breath of fresh air to make my own and start the downhill process to addiction - to blogging.

Let me tell you: I AM STOKED!