Friday, January 30, 2009

A Needle in a Haystack

My first two caches were pretty easy finds. For my third I decided to be a little trickier. I went to Micheal's and purchased a fake cactus. I cut a hole out of the bottom and filled the thing with rocks (for weight). I then epoxied a small Glad container into the bottom and sprayed the lid with some rock/sand looking spray paint....

My Creative Cache

My Creative Cache

My Creative Cache

My Creative Cache

I think it turned out pretty good!

Here it is in its cache location......

Needle in a Haystack

Needle in a Haystack

Why do I feel so EVIL >:-)

Friday Flashback - When Sisters Attack

Thanks to Claire for the great title idea ;-)

My sister Sara is apparently trying to give me the Heimlich. I however, do not seem to be choking.

I'm pretty sure I am in fact thinking "WTF."

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'm A Hider

Ever since I started Geocaching I have wanted to hide my own cache. I managed to hide one a few days ago.... and another one last night. So it is with a great honor that I present to you... my two caches.

"A Hint Of Pink"

Original Contents:
My 1st Cache


An easy find on flat land. Rated a 1.5 because you may want to look where you are walking. Many prickly plants grow in this area. This cache is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

Cache description located in title. The cache contains some trash bags with buttons. Please feel free to trade for these items and "Cache In, Trash Out" here at this location or another cache today!

Please make sure the lid gets snapped back on all the way :-)


N 32° 22.472 W 111° 08.488

"My Mother Could Be Your Muggle"


Original Contents:

Log Book Only


Easy park an grab in an unused portion of a parking lot. Please park on parking lot side, as many people use the side road for a short cut to WalMart. Watch out for cars!

Beware of commuter muggles that catch the bus at this location (My mother being one of them).

Busses & people in numbers are in the area, 6-8am and 4-6pm, so these my be good times to avoid hunting for this cache.

Please let me know if the log starts to fill up!

Accessible to wheelchairs (with reach) and strollers.


N 32° 21.172 W 111° 05.495

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Monday, January 26, 2009


Stop Hammer Time
I've seen these online and always assumed they were photoshopped. I was wrong. They actually exist. I saw this one with my own eyes!

I would personally put "In the name of love!" after it but hey, I'm no criminal!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Is That A Threat?

Probably more of a statement...


While my sister was kind enough to send me my necklaces I left while visiting.... she will NOT beat me! I must catch up this week!

Current score: Lisa 54, Erika 39

Please enjoy some of her photos... (I found these two as well)

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Flashback - My Sister Shaves

May 4th 1994

"Above, it was a hands on history experience for these four young ladies at the Loveland History Museum's Heritage Weekend. Each had an opportunity to try their hand at shaving wood off of a piece of cedar destined to be part of a chair with the help of Loveland resident Ray Xxxx. Busy Shaving the wood is Lisa Xxxx. Watching her (from left) are Jennifer Xxxx, Jess Xxxx, and Erika Xxxx."

I'm on the far right in full out soccer uniform ;-) My little sister is shaving the wood and a couple childhood friends are pictured with us.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Get Your Inauguration On.


I kind of feel like.... no matter who you voted for, this should be something you should watch if you are able to. Not only because Obama is making history and because as a nation we are making history... but becuase a new person is LEADING YOUR COUNTRY. You should be down with the 411.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Winter Blues? I Don't Think So!

I woke up a bit thirsty this morning...Not knowing what I wanted yet, I looked out side to see what kind of day it was. I instantly knew what I would have to drink when I spotted the orange tree!

All those oranges for ONE tiny glass.... it was so worth it.

My mom made some grapefruit juice when I was done...

Can you believe this is WINTER?!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Trying New Things

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I've always been a doodler - especially in class. Recently I have been looking at Rick's doodles(aka works of art) and I have been inspire to try to doodle THINGS. I'm not too great but who knows... maybe practice will make perfect? I sure am a loooong way from even attempting a person ;-)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Summing It All Up

I spelled Phoenix wrong. Doh! I blame lack of sleep! (but I'm sure there are more errors... hehe)

Click here if it is too small for you to read ;-)

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Geocaching... Explained

Geocaching in Ohio

I've recently started geocaching and it has become a bit of an addiction. Since I'm sure I'll be blogging about it in the future I decided to explain it a bit more. I started doing it a few weeks ago, and since then I've had to explain it a billion times! Here is the explanation from the website:

"Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache."

Some geocaches are simply logs, where you write down your name as "proof" that you found the cache, while some are much larger containers that you can put little trinkets and what not in. The "rule" is that if you take something - you must replace it with something of similar value. There are also other "rules" that you learn... like not being seen while finding the cache! Some caches will warn you ahead of time that muggles are often present. A muggle being a non-geocaching person.

It is very fun and a great way to get out and moving! You might even see fun things along the way (like the Indian Pictographs above)!! It is also fun to hear that other people find what you leave behind!! This little girl found a neckalce I left in the first cache I found!

Check out the TINY cache my mom found today.

...And if any of you would like to add me as a friend on .... my name is ErikaJean on there ;-) Make sure you also have changed your settings to allow requests!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Holy Crap on a Cracker!

Trip update.

Today I wrecked the rental car. I didn't get the extra insurance because frankly - I think it's a scam. I mean my own insurance company covers me...... WHEN I GET IN A WRECK. Ugh I got in a wreck. Some one upstairs hates me.

I was coming out of the Super Wal*Mart parking lot and did some slipping and sliding down a hill. Both wheels on the driver side hit the curb with some force. The plastic hubcap broke off and the bumper popped out (looks really easy to snap back in). When I tried to drive it however it was all wibbily wobboly.

Good news is... at the MOST I will pay $500, which is my deductible. Bad news is It probably wont have a way around for the rest of my trip and my insurance will probably go up....

Do you remember my LAST ENCOUNTER WITH ICE? Apparently I have a knack for wrecking other peoples cars.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

And I'm Off.....

I am headed to the mid-west! You may not care to read this. It is utterly boring and you probably don't know half the people anyway!

It has been in the 70's the last three days... Who, in their right mind would want to leave Arizona weather for weather in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana? Me that's who!

Why? Because I desperately miss my friends and family!! I decided to go after the holidays because it's a bit cheaper in regards to airfare.

So I leave for Phoenix at 3am!! Good god. At least I'm not driving... THANKS MOM! I'm due to arrive in Dayton early afternoon, where my friend Steph will pick me up... THANKS STEPH! We will then probably hang out for a bit and then meet my lil' sis and friend Tiffany out for dinner!

The next day(Monday) I'm off to Michigan to see my grandparents with my dad. We may go see a Redwings game while in town... not sure yet. We will be coming back to Cincinnati late Wed and then I have a few days to chill - but not really (lots of geocaching, baking and partying planned). Then Tiffany's Bridal Shower Saturday! I'm excited about that! Then off to Indy With Steph to see Jess for the night. Back to Cincinnati Sunday then maybe Ashland to see Molly on Monday or Tuesday... then home Wed.

MY GOD. I should have planned to stay a full two weeks........but I'm sure I'll be exhausted and ready to come home! Blogging will be at a minimum do to lack of internet! But I will bring my computer with me so who knows!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday Flashback - Sense of Style

Who knew I has such a great sense of style?

You can't go wrong with a Smurf backpack and Bert and Ernie slippers.