Sunday, December 9, 2012

Proof that my Mom is Crazy

Let me explain- my Mom is crazy! The summer after I graduated from high school, my parents went on vacation for a week. I stayed home by myself so I could work to save money for college. Keep in mind I was 18 and one month away from going to college. My Mom left me this "List of Being Responsible While We are Gone"- typed it and everything. I saved it because it was so ridiculous and funny. Now, six and a half years later I decided it was time to share it with others! (Does anyone else get the idea that she likes the dog more than she likes me?)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Up-Cycled Old Shelf

Hello All,

I haven't used this blog in FOREVER but I needed a place to share my most recent Pinterest project.

I took an old shelf that I purchased about five years ago from Walmart and turned it into something that looked a little more interesting. The shelf literally only cost about $30 so I wasn't too worried about ruining it if things didn't turn out.

Supplies needed: 
  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Modge Podge
  • paint brush
  • exacto knife
  • paper towels for cleanup
  1. Take everything off the bookshelf and dust it off. Lay it on the ground to make things easier.
  2. The shelf is about six feet tall so I used two yards of fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby (PS Use their weekly coupon to save 40%, you don't even have to print it because they can just look at it on your cell phone)
  3. Take all the shelves out and trim the fabric so that it is almost the correct size for the back of the shelf, make sure there is a little extra on each side. (My third row in the shelf doesn't come out so I had to cut the fabric into two sections)
  4. Take Modge Podge and pour a bit of it into the shelf (while the shelf is laying down of course). Then take a paint brush and spread it out evenly.
  5. Lay the fabric on top of the Modge Podge and use your hands to spread it out evenly so there are no bubbles or wrinkles. Make sure to get the edges and corners really good. 
  6. Let it dry. (I cheated and only let it dry about five minutes because I was too excited)
  7. Take the exacto knife and trim the excess around the edges.
  8. If you mess up cutting (like I did in one corner) just cut another small piece of fabric, match up the patterns and Modge Podge it in the mess up spot.
  9. You are done! Let it dry for a few more hours before putting the items back on the shelf.
This project literally took me less than an hour from start to finish and it was so easy. Below are links to a few other similar Pinterest projects that inspired me to make this one. Enjoy!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Utah State Racquetball Makes a Name for Itself

The Utah State Racquetball team has come a long way since its beginnings three years ago. Doug Holt, the team’s coach, organized the team in 2006 after being the only person to represent Utah State in the national competition the year before. This year the team has 16 members, 12 of which will represent Utah State in the National Competition held in Springfield, Missouri this April.

Last year, Utah State was ranked tenth out of the division one schools. Club President Mike Balaskey said that the outlook for the upcoming season is “pretty good, we hope to make the top ten again or move up.” They lost three players from their men’s team and only one from the women’s but they are well into the rebuilding stages. During practices held twice per week, they focus on technique and form and hold scrimmages.

The racquetball team shows their dedication by practicing and traveling to tournaments, all without scholarships or funding to pay for their expenses. Since the Racquetball team is a club sport, the team does their own fundraising to help pay for uniforms, equipment, and travel expenses, and then the University matches a portion of the money raised.

It is amazing what Holt has done for the team, just three years ago, one of his goals was to have three men and three women at nationals so they could “make a name for Utah State.” Now the racquetball team is nationally ranked and Holt is coaching for the first time rather than playing. According to Balaskey, “Doug sacrifices his time and a lot of our success comes from that. We work a lot harder as a team and a lot of growing comes from the responsibility put on our shoulders.”

The racquetball team usually participates in one competition per month. They mainly compete in Orem, Ogden, and the Salt Lake City area. The Utah State Aggie Open will be held October 16-17th and is the only home tournament this year. As a fundraiser, they will be having a USU student/faculty tournament in the beginning of November. Open to all skill levels, this is a great chance for anyone interested to come out and have a great time playing racquetball.

Katie Christiansen, who is a returning player for the women’s team says that “racquetball gives me a break from everyday life. It is a great work out and it is fun!” One reason that she enjoys playing is because if you work at it you can get better.

In the fast paced game of racquetball, having fun is what keeps these players going. The Utah State Racquetball team is improving with each year and is living up to the original goals of the team. Ward Cuff, who was the Vice President three years ago said, “I want people to say, ‘Hey, Utah State’s got a team, and they play pretty good.’” If anyone has doubts about the exceptional abilities of the racquetball team, all they need to do is look at how far the team has come and they will realize that racquetball is at USU to stay.

For more information regarding the Utah State racquetball team, please contact Mike Balaskey at


Katie Christiansen

Mike Balaskey

Sunday, January 3, 2010


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