Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
As soon as I got there I was really excited because there were a whole bunch of women that I'd never met and seemed really awesome. Over cookies and wassail we chatted and got to know each other.
We talked about our families and our jobs. We talked about their kids and my dog. We talked about the neighborhood and the schools. We talked and talked and talked.
I can't remember how it came up, but at one point in the conversation, one of the girls said, "oh, I know Replikate..." (except she used her full real name which I'm not sure she'd want me to share and link to her blog) or something. My jaw hit the floor and I excitedly interrupted and said, "I know her too, she's awesome! We just went to the best show together!" and then a bunch of other people said, "oh, Replikate, she's the best." One said, "we went to church together when she lived in Boston." At which point a general consensus was made when someone said, "Basically, Replikate knows everyone."
So thanks, pal, for being so awesome and helping me feel super cool for knowing you!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
1.Poles (any will do) 2.goggles 3.gloves 4.Gold watch 5.Sweater 6.Polka dot tights 7.Black flats 8.100 sq ft of hex tile 9.Rug for my bedroom 10.OXO pop-top containers 11.Immersion blender 12.Square griddle 13.Sea salt 14.Pepper mill
Sunday, December 12, 2010
“He whose birth the Christian world celebrates is indeed the Son of God, the Redeemer, the Promised Messiah. No message is more significant than the one He brought. No event is of greater importance than His atoning sacrifice and subsequent resurrection. And no mortal tongue can express sufficient thanks for all that Jesus has done for us” --Ezra Taft Benson
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5).
1.Thank journal $24 2. Gratitude necklace $24 3.Things I’m thankful for notecard $4 4.Be glad for this moment ceramic $22 5.Be thankful wall decal $10
Saturday, December 11, 2010
“We need not wait for Christmas, we need not postpone till Thanksgiving Day our response to the Savior’s tender admonition: ‘Go, and do thou likewise’” --Thomas S. Monson
“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. … But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, … and took care of him. … Which now of these … was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?” Luke 10:30–31, 33–34, 36
1.Everyone serves a porpoise print $18 2.Fleur de Lys serving platter $38 3.Wood and bone salad servers $19 4.Serve while you preserve print $12 5.Stainless pitcher $40
Friday, December 10, 2010
It's no secret that I love Christmas music. In fact, the other day I was walking my dog at 6:30 in the morning belting out tunes for the world to hear. I just love the way they make me feel and especially what they make me think of.
“Thoughts of Jesus … [should] be far more frequent and much more constant in all times and seasons of our lives. How often do we think of the Savior? How deeply and how gratefully and how adoringly do we reflect on his life? How central to our lives do we know him to be?” --Howard W. Hunter
Here are a few of my favorite Christmas albums:
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I remember a time just before I met the ear doctor and I felt so alone. Sure, I had some friends, but for some reason this overpowering feeling of loneliness fell on me and I felt a bit hopeless. I think being lonesome is the worst feeling in the world. It's just horrible. Whenever someone tells me they feel lonely my heart just breaks...it's such a tough thing to go through...especially at Christmas.
The thing that helped me most was relying on my faith and religion. It's maybe a little cliche, but it's true.
“Despite all we can do, we cannot have a fullness of joy in this world or through our own efforts. Only in Christ can our joy be full. This is why the angel proclaimed: ‘I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day … a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:10–11). We are able to have a fullness of joy only when spirit and body are inseparably connected in the glorious resurrection to celestial glory. That joy, of course, comes only through the mercy of the Holy Messiah” --Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Nov.
Reminders to seek more Joy in my life:
1.Plush Joy pears $38/3 2.Comfort and Joy cards $16/8 3.Joy to the world gift tags $4.25/6 4.Joy to the World wall decal $9.95 5.Find Joy in the unexpected bracelet $55 (benefits juvenile diabetes foundation!)
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Have I ever written about my next door neighbor? She's awesome. Her name is Eloise and she's a widow. She and her husband bought their house 45 years ago and she's been living there ever since. She is so active and healthy...just the kind of elderly lady I want to be.
The first night we spent in our new house we ordered take out. When the food arrived we realized they hadn't included any kind of silverware. We were both starving, so the ear doctor ran over to Eloise's house and borrowed 2 forks. Months later, after we'd finally moved in and had enough of our own I baked a loaf of banana bread and went over to return the forks. She was so warm and welcoming that I was overwhelmed with gratitude to have such a nice person for a neighbor.
All last winter Eloise always got out to shovel the snow off her driveway before anyone else on the block! One morning I beat her to it and decided that since I was at it I'd do her little strip of concrete as well as mine.
And all summer when our front lawn dried up and died she didn't complain at all, even though her grass was the thickest, bushiest and greenest on the block.
This year I'm going to make her some cookies and take them over to thank her for being such a great neighbor!
“Each of us has his own way of remembering. At Christmas time I take delight in visiting the widows and widowers from the ward where I served as bishop. There were 87 then—just nine today. On such visits, I never know what to expect; but this I do know: visits like these provide for me the Christmas spirit, which is, in reality, the Spirit of Christ” --Thomas S. Monson
Or I could always just buy some treats and put them on a paper plate like I made them myself...
1.Cheryl and Co cookies $30 2.Whoopie pies $15/doz 3.Vosges Caramel toffee marshmallows $27/9 4.Paulette macarons $19/12 5.Danish butter cookies…get them anywhere…I LOVE these…
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
With time I got much better and started doing fancy patterns like cablekit and adding flowers and stuff. I'm so grateful to my mom for teaching me how to do it because everytime I make something I think of her. It's pretty amazing to take a random ball of yarn and turn it into something you can actaully wear. How that single thread gets woven together and knotted up and eventually becomes a large piece of material that is so much stronger and more useful that what it used to be.
“To remain true and faithful through this mortal vale of tears, we must love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves. … We must gather strength from each other. We must also ‘succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees’” --James E. Faust
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. … Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” Matt. 25: 35–36, 40
To serve as a reminder of the power we have when each individual is cared for in a woven collective:
1.Woven ring $35 2.Mint chain circle scarf $50 3.Chalkboard pendant necklace $22 4.Farmer’s basket $80 5.Farrah indoor/outdoor rug $59-149
Monday, December 06, 2010
I once had a roommate who made a little note and taped it above her light switch. The note said the following:
The first time I saw it I thought it was kind of funny. But the more I saw it the more it bothered me. I never told her to take it down or made any kind of comment to her about it, but I was very tempted to.
It just seemed like such a pessimistic way to live life. Like she was constantly lowering her hopes so that she wouldn't be disappointed and simultaneously began viewing everyone and everything around her in such a negative light. All I wanted to do was rip that little note down and replace it with something happy and positive.
...although, come to think of it when she had that note on her light switch I had "STOP SHOPPING" scrawled across my full length mirror in dry erase marker, so maybe I'm not one to talk?...
“Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings;having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other” --Marvin J. Ashton
1.Just let it go print $12 2.Pardigm shift print $20 3.Filled with Joy print $15 4.Force for good wooden sign $20 5.Be happy dish towel $16
Sunday, December 05, 2010
"And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish” (Mosiah 4:16).
1. Microloans to entrepreneurs in poor countries 2. Small business loans to entrepreneurs in your community 3.Organize charitable donations 4. Donate time to local charity 5.Pick up an extra toy at Target and drop it in the Toys for Tots bin
Saturday, December 04, 2010
“I testify that Christ is the light to all mankind. He has pointed, marked out, and lighted the way. … But even to those who reject Him, He is ‘the light which shineth in the darkness’ (John 1:5)” --Ezra Taft Benson
Friday, December 03, 2010
Last time we went we saw two creepy women get in a fist fight over who got to stand closest to the corner. It was crazy. All this goodwill and peace-on-earth wishes floating around and then these two nut jobs totally loosing it over a parade-viewing spot.
“Have a joyous time in celebrating Christmas—for despite discouragement and disheartening conditions throughout the world, it is the happiest season of the whole year. But let us ever keep in mind that people are blessed whose daily conduct most nearly comports with the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, at whose birth was proclaimed: Peace on earth. Good will toward men” --David O. McKay
1.Peace on earth necklace $14 2.Peace paz print $35 3.Letterpressed peace cards $18/6 4.Classic Christmas: True stories of Holiday Cheer and Goodwill $13 5.Peace dove $26
Thursday, December 02, 2010
“Precious little is written concerning the childhood of Jesus. One might suppose that His birth was so revolutionary in its magnitude as to dominate accounts of His boyhood. We marvel at the mature wisdom of the boy who, leaving Joseph and Mary, was found in the temple, ‘sitting in the midst of the doctors,’ teaching them the gospel. When Mary and Joseph expressed their concern about His absence, He asked of them the penetrating question: ‘Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?’ “The sacred record declares of Him: ‘Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man’” --Thomas S. Monson
1.Canvas leather book $38-65 2.Brown leather journal $57 3.Honey leather journal $46 4.Red nosed reindeer journal $10 5.Modern handmade blank book $20
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
And not only because it's fun to see all the pretty sparkly things I could buy.
Mainly I like it because it reminds me that everyone out there is looking to make someone else feel special. To make someone else light up Christmas morning. To show someone else how much they are loved.
“Christmas means ‘giving,’ and the gift without the giver is bare. Give of yourselves; give of your substance; give of your heart and mind. … “Christmas means ‘compassion and love’ and, most of all ‘forgiveness’ … How poor indeed would be our lives without the influence of His teachings and His matchless example. --Gordon B. Hinckley
Print from persimmon and pink
Monday, November 22, 2010
...you're saying that only super nerdy-hardcore-harry-potter-lovin-crazies would do something like that?...
...I totally did NOT do that...
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
He won a fancy award and has to travel to Pennsylvania to receive it. I hate it when he's gone because I have no one to tell my dumb stories to after work. There's no one there to appreciate my awesome dining room dance moves.
It'll just be me, Roscoe and our basement dweller who I only see about once a week these days.
I hope they're ready for a ton of trashy girl TV and macaroni and cheese...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I love it.
But the ear doctor? He likes it when it's bright, sunny and warm. This morning? It was cold, dark and snowy...not is favorite combination.
But he got up and went with me because he's the best.
After our walk we got ready for the day. I was in the shower, and feeling very inspired by the weather, I started doing my best Zooey D.
"Baby it's cold outside" is practically always the first song I start singing when the holiday season begins to approach. However, it really is a duet....and try as I might I just can't sing both parts at once! So I started only singing the girl part.
But that song really does need another person to sing the other half of the lyrics or it doesn't make much sense.
I was just starting to think that I would have to switch my shower song when my man cracked the bathroom door and started singing the low boy's part!
I had my very own Christmas season duet this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And, luckily for me, the person on the other side of the shower curtain was my best friend in the world and not Will Ferrel in a crazy elf-man suit.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
1) I love this outfit...and so does Roscoe!
2) I've been waiting for the perfect day to wear this hat the ear doctor gave me
3) I'm a sucker for peer pressure and Leslie's been doin it
I just LOVE this hat!
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
The weather was a-freakin-mazing and things fell right into place.
Friday night I got to meet one of my favorite fellow bloggers IN REAL LIFE and see an amazing show. While the ear doctor thought they were too loud to really appreciate their harmonies and that the songs kind of sounded all the same, I thought they were incredible. Check out the Head and the Heart if you want to hear some rad new music.
Saturday I woke up early, and got my home improvement on. I filled all the holes in our brand new beadboard with wood filler. Then, we took off to Costco where I watched the ear doctor roam from aisle to aisle in bliss. He loves it there. Costco is his home away from home.
Kind of like Nordstrom for me.
Saturday night we went to see Megamind, which was cute and entertaining and all be-the-best-you-can-be.
Sunday not only did I bake the best batch of cinnamon rolls, but I also baked an awesome pecan/brownie pie with a dreamy crust. Yum! We walked the dog and talked as the last of autumn's leaves blew around us and the ear doctor made dinner! (Smoked tri-tip...the way my man cooks is a dream come true!)
And this morning what did I see?
The first Christmas tree lot being set up for the season! I love me some Christmas!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
One of my favorite bloggers, K8, is putting together a series of letters written by people to themselves at a different time in life. The results have been really awesome, and I hope my little submission doesn't pale in comparison...
Click here to enjoy!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad? Made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
I really like it for two reasons: 1) the message is, obviously, the bomb and 2) I can do a really cool jazzy version of it while singing in the shower.
The ear doctor loves hearing this version at 6:45 in the morning while he is still trying to eek out a few more minutes of sleep.
Most of the time I feel like my days may tend toward this definition of failure. I spend an annoying amount of time worried about my own world and making sure my own needs are met.
But last night was different. The girl who lives with us has been feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under prepared for her college classes. I remember feeling the exact same way my freshmen year of college. Between homework and social life and all the rest it seemed like everyone around me had things organized and figured out so much better! Then I remembered how I fixed that feeling. I got myself a huge desk calender and wrote everything down. So, I bough her a desk calender and showed her the glory of color coding.
After an hour of combing through sylabiiiii (how many i's are in that word?) and looking up airplane itineraries for the holidays we had everything written out. And there was a lot of things to write down. I'm not sure if she immediately felt better, but I could tell she was happy that we'd at least got it all down.
And so I'd probably consider that a successful day.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Here's what happened:
I went to Lake Tahoe with a few friends from undergrad. We decided to rent some kayaks and paddle around the lake. It was awesome until I realized that we were half way around the lake and had to get the boats back in 15 minutes or we'd be late and have to pay a fine.
I hate paying late fees.
So we turned on the juice and power paddled.
And then a brutal head wind kicked up.
It was hard, but we got the boats back in time.
Later that night as I was sleeping in a tent on the ground my arms started to scream at me:
"What were you thinking!!! you never work out! I don't think you've even attempted a chin-up in 8 years, you fool! You cannot rip us to SHREADS and just go on without hearing about it from us!!!!"
I was laying in my sleeping bag, tears pouring down my cheeks, stifling wracking sobs in an attempt to not disturb my friends. At about 1 am I'd had it. I got up out of the tent, hobbled to my car and started driving around the entire lake trying to find a hotel room.
Yep. It's true. I left my friends stranded at a campground without giving them any indication where I was because the pain was too much for my fragile body to bear. Turns out I just don't know my limits.
Which is the exact same thing I was thinking all day yesterday.
Saturday morning I woke up early and spent the entire morning turbo-painting our mud room. The excruciating agony I felt all day on Sunday was my reminder that it might be a good idea to occasionally work out the muscles in my upper body before I go on a crazy painting spree...
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
And to tell you the truth, most time I can't think of someone I'd like to eat dinner with more than the guy I already get to eat with every night.
But today if someone asked I know who I'd really like to sit down and talk with.
Have you heard of him?
He's a statistician.
And he totally gets that educating women all over the world is the very best thing we can do to make it a better place. And I like that.
Who would you choose today?
Monday, October 11, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
He almost always points his face away from me and watches out the door behind me. Part of me wonders if he thinks he's protecting me from intruders?
(please forgive the gross tile in our bathroom...that's the next major room up for renovation but it probably won't happen until next year)
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
When I got home I was shocked to see a beautiful bouquet of flowers for me on the bed! I was told to turn on Gossip Girl and relax while my man prepared an amazing dinner.
The food was amazing, and he even surprised me by making banana pudding! One of my faves! And he didn't just make instant vanilla pudding and top it with cool whip...the man made real vanilla custard (double boiler and all) and topped it with perfectly fluffy meringue which he broiled in the oven to make those perfectly browned peaks!
Life is good!
Friday, September 24, 2010
However, neither of my parents are night owls. They both pass out around 10, so whenever I got home from being with my friends the house was dark and quiet. I'd park my old, red' 83 Ford Ranger in the garage and had to tip toe by my parents bedroom door to get to my room.
All that was required of me to let them know I was home safe and sound were three authoritative knocks on their closed door. Three knocks, followed by a sleepy, grumbly welcome home were our nightly routines.
Which was why I wasn't really surprised last night when I heard three quick knocks on my bedroom door this morning at 2:30 am.
My sister, her rad husband and their adorable kids spent all night driving from St. Louis to Colorado to see us. We knew they'd be in late and I just couldn't see myself staying up to welcome them to the house and still function for work today. So I went to bed.
And how does my sister let me know that they made to my home safe and sound?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
(gray squirrel--martha stewart living at home depot)
I look around and say, well it took us 3 tries to get it right and I'm still not 100% sold.
(don't worry babe, I don't want to repaint it again...yet)
And then I tell them that the only color in the whole house that I really truly love is the gray we picked for our bedroom, which you can see from the front room. They usually turn around look at it and look back at me confused and then say, "well, I really like this front room color."
So I wonder if maybe my taste is off or something?
It's like when someone who has truly horrible fashion sense compliments your outfit. Is it a welcome compliment or are you secretly a little worried that THIS person thinks what you're wearing is rad?
(analogy courtesy of the ear doctor)
(I'm loving the parenthesis today...can you tell?)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
As we walked up the front steps to their house I realized that the ear doctor and I, having no kids of our own, completely forgot that this type of party usually requires a present brightly wrapped and topped with a huge pink bow. Oops. I'm pretty sure that we were the only adults who forgot. I was just starting to feel really bad about it when my girl friend spied our arrival and gave me the biggest, warmest smile in the world.
And then I realized that it would be totally fine that we forgot a gift for her daughter.
Because she's awesome.
She's the kind of person that when you enter the room you suddenly feel like she's been waiting like a kid on Christmas eve for your arrival. That you are the coolest person at the party and that she just can't wait to sit down next to you and make you laugh.
For the longest time I, narcissistically, thought that I was the only person who felt this way around her. That I actually WAS her favorite person to see and be around. But at this party I realized that she makes all her guests feel this way...special, unique, interesting, and wonderful.
I wish I could channel that kind of warmth as a friend.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Are you kidding me? A classic Disney movie that I am encouraged...nay...EXPECTED to sing along with in public? That has my name written all over it. Granted, Belle isn't my favorite princess in the Disney arsenal...I just couldn't connect with the brunette as well as her more red-headed, aquatic-lovin friend, but I'll still be over the moon for this kind of experience!
It'll finally be a chance to belt out some awesome Disney tunes without the usual sideways stares from strangers...
And, as a bonus, I'm pretty sure that's the week that my sister and 3.5 year old niece will be in town. It doesn't get any better!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
...Although if I was as stone as little Greggie is in this pic I'd probably have no problem being calm either...
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I went to a wedding of an old friend. It was the kind of wedding where I showed up and felt just the tiniest bit out of place. I hadn't really kept in touch with the old friend that well, and I didn't really know any of the old friend's new friends. Plus, there were really cool bloggers that I'd been reading forever and were about to meet.
Plus the old friend getting married was an old boy friend and I just wasn't sure how things would play out. I didn't want to come across like an outsider trying desperately to belong.
Clearly, I still have my fair share of insecurities.
But guess what...
...it was one of those weddings that are fantastic. Tons of cute personal touches, lots of great ambiance, cool quirky music and some of my favorite people in the world showed up to make me laugh. Before I knew it 3 hours had flashed by, the bride and groom had zoomed away on their vintage bicycle-built-for-two and I was left with the happy feeling of an occasion well celebrated.
And then the next day was spent soaking up the rest of the magic in the world at Disneyland.
For me, it doesn't get any better!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Last night we invited a newly acquainted family over to our house for dinner. They brought their three adorable little girls; ages 7, 5 and 2. And it was rad. Here is the evidence of our aunt-ly and uncle-ly awesome-ness:
- I made homemade chicken fingers from scratch because I've never met a kid who didn't like chicken nuggets
- I made sure there were 2 different fruits and veg...to make mom happy
- The bright red fruit punch was super sweet and sugar free...win win all around
- During dinner I took the older girls to the bathroom and showed them around so mom could enjoy the adult conversation
- The little 2 year old was on her second day of potty training and when she successfully asked and went at our house I was super excited and gave her a jelly bean
- I let the little girls spray down our dog, despite the fact that I'd just mopped the kitchen floor and muddy paw prints would be inevitable. The dog loves this and it's our favorite way to play with him.
- The ear doctor engaged all three little ones in an epic pillow fight complete with the toss-the-kids in the lovesac game
- Just as they were leaving I let them pick flowers from my garden to wear tucked behind their ears
- Fed the kids early enough so that mom could get them to bed on time and doesn't have to do a single dish at home!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Because at around 11:30, as I was drifting off into slumber land the ear doctor's phone rang. It was our 18 year old basement dweller asking him to come out to the curb and carry her into the house. I guess she'd spent the night messing around with some friends at a gymnastic gym. I was really jealous that she'd been able to play in the big foam pit...until I saw her sad little face.
She told us, with tear-stained, mascara streaked cheeks that she'd twisted her ankle at the gym. And then she didn't want to seem like a wimp in front of her friends so she decided to play night games with them for a few hours until the pain was too much to bear and she asked someone to take her home.
By the time she got back to our house her ankle was swelling up like a grapefruit and the tell-tale signs of a sprained ankle reared their ugly head.
So we spent the wee hours of the night/morning calming her scared little heart, icing her squashy ankle and running for the border to get a #1 with baja blast.
Yuck! Have I ever mentioned that I really hate Taco Bell? I do. But I went to get it for her at 1:30 am because that's the only thing that brought even a hint of a smile to her sad, pathetic little eyes.
At 2 am as I rolled between the sheets I thought of the taste of parenting the ear doctor and I just had. We both reacted calmly; we got her ice, and ace bandage and some comfort food.
Oh, and we called my parents for advice in the middle of the night.
Awesome...we're totally ready, right?
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
To a girl who seems so out-of-this-world cool that I could not possibly be more excited for him!
I had an inkling he'd marry this girl when, 3 years ago, he sent me a link to her blog. He knew I liked blogging and he knew I'd probably like to read her blog and so, naturally he sent me the link. He was right...I loved reading what she wrote. However, after reading the first entry I knew he had a thing for her and I thought...oh boy, this girl doesn't know what's about to hit her.
Because, you see, my old flame is the quintessential wormer. The kind of guy who sees a girl he's interested in and just keeps worming his way into her heart. He's quirky and unique and totally original. Like no one you've ever met. You become friends and then, a few years later, without even realizing what has happened, you are amazed to discover you are totally head-over-heels crazy about this kid.
If I had $20 I'd bet that this is exactly what has happened over the past 3 years to this girl.
When I got their wedding invitation in the mail a few days ago, produced by the amazingly talented Jordan, I just held it for a second totally filled with joy and gratitude.
Joyful that he found someone who will love him forever.
But more than that I am grateful for all the lessons that he taught me...to be kind, to be unabashedly silly, to be proud of the nerdiest parts of my soul, to be a genuinely thoughtful gift giver, to value things that other people take for granted and throw away.
Getting to know him prepared me in so many ways for the real, true, love of my life. The ear doctor.
...and for that I will forever be in his debt.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
The ear doctor jumped out and went out to talk with them.
Turns out the driver was a previous owner of our cute little house. He'd been the third owner of the home from 1984-2004. Twenty years of owning and living in our little house.
I went out to join the ear doctor and we talked to them about the house. The changes they'd made, the life they'd lived, the happy times they had in our house. We invited them in to look at the house. As we walked through the house he told us stories about the improvements they'd made. He bragged about the "awesome" job of installing windows they'd done on the South side of my house, and I was able to politely bite my lip and just let it go.
When we got to the kitchen he was blown away by how different it was since we totally renovated it. And I was so excited and proud to see his admiration!
It was so cool to be standing in those rooms hearing stories about the people who'd previously been sheltered by our roof. How they'd had their two little babies between our four walls.
It made me excited to be a part of that legacy.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
- This week I bought a bunch of produce and spinach so we can make green monster smoothies...like GFF.
- I made pesto with the forest of basil growing in my garden and used it in this recipie because Stephanie said it was good. She was right and my man now likes pesto!
- Instead of balling it up into a messy knot on top of my head, I made an attempt to do something cool to my non-blow dried hair because Erica said she was doing it.
- I bought a bunch of young adult lit off Amazon because Janssen said they were good.
- I went to eShakti and filled my online shopping cart with amazing dresses because cjane looked so good in hers. I also exercised restraint and didn't any! Go me!
Monday, July 19, 2010
As the sales girl was wrapping up my purchase I exclaimed with great pride, "oh, my optometrist is going to be so proud of me!"
Did you know that fair skinned red heads are much more likely to develop macular degeneration? Which means that when I'm old I could go blind simply because I didn't wear sunglasses?
So not only does the sun quickly and mercilessly burn my skin to a crisp, it will probably make me blind in the long run!
I'm just not cut out for this global warming thing....