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Monday, May 30, 2011

OHMYGOSHSTUFFCOSTSMONEY

Bryan and I have been talking about buying a sofa/love seat for a while now.  We've only owned secondhand furniture.  Wellllll, we bought a sofa and love seat set today!  Yikes!!!!

HOWEVER... it was 50% off (maybe more?) and came with pillows.  And it's cute and exactly the color I wanted (well, I wanted anything in a grey or bluish-grey) and it was a great deal.  And it's going to look awesome in our apartment.

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The color is called "Steel" and it's definitely a steel blue.  I'm really excited to see it in our apartment with all of our dark brown/black furniture and our gray rug.  I think it'll look really cute, and it's nice to actually have "adult" furniture.  I feel like we've been sort of college-y for a long time.  I get a bit jealous when I go to friends' houses that have been married for a shorter time than we have and their stuff if gorgeous and looks put-together.  So, I hope this helps out a bit.  I'd kill for the wood floors in the photo above, but I suppose slightly gross tan carpet will do for now.

And now I'm going to take an ibuprofen, because spending money gives me a headache. Still, very excited.  Now we just have to get it to Jackson....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

TMI again, because you love me.

Okay.  This is a really short post.

I've been AMAZED at how much I miss my Diva Cup since burning it.  I haven't gotten around to buying another one yet, so it's back to tampons and pads.  I've used my Diva Cup for the last year and a half, maybe more... and although people always say "ewwww that sounds gross!" when I tell them about the Diva Cup, let me tell you....

PADS AND TAMPONS ARE SO MUCH WORSE.  I feel disgusting.  Using a Diva Cup throughout your entire period is SO much cleaner than using pads and tampons.  With the Diva, you put it in, take it out to empty and clean it (about every 8-12 hours), and shove it back up there.  It pretty much lives in your vagina for your whole period.  Think of it as your vagina's happy little silicone period friend.

And tampons and pads are your vagina's angry, bitter friend that makes your vagina feel crappy about itself.  And you have to change tampons ALL THE FRIGGIN' TIME. 

BLECH.  Women are gross once a month.  Gah-ROSS. 

Seriously.  Diva Cup.  It will make you hate your period a whole lot less. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Most Popular Post

I just thought I'd tell you (according to my stats) that my most popular post was the Steve Zahn lookalike post here.

Kinda funny, huh?

Next popular is this post, where I explain I'm not a porn star.

Oh, and that Possibilities post, where I explain how I want to get this awesome property management job that pays well?  Yeah, still haven't heard back.  Called our friend who has an "in" since he works for the company, and he hasn't heard a peep either, which he thinks is annoying.  So it's not just us.  :-)

This weekend is Elkfest, so on Sunday there's a big chili cookout in town square apparently, which I am VERY excited to attend.  I love me some chili, and I'm ready to be discriminating (meaning I want to try every single one, thanks!)

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Madeleine L'Engle's Kairos Series

My absolute favorite author growing up was Madeleine L'Engle.  She wrote "A Wrinkle in Time," "A Wind in the Door," "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," "Many Waters," and "An Acceptable Time" among many, many other books.  Although most of these books were written in the '60s, when I was younger I felt like they spoke directly to me.  I love Meg Murray, Calvin O'Keef, and Charles Wallace.  I love the mix of fantasy and sci-fi, but also that the books were very easy to relate to, and not TOO out of this world.  I loved how Meg was insecure, awkward, but that Calvin still cared for her and saw her as beautiful.  I loved slightly weird Charles Wallace (who would now most likely be diagnosed with high-functioning Autism or Asbergers) and how he was so intelligent and kind.  I loved ALL of it.  And I still do.

I am SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING getting this boxed set:

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I do wish that they were hardcover... but I always said I'd get this series (also known as the Kairos series, or Time Quintet... she wrote another series on another set of families, and the characters from both series occasionally intertwine) so that my kids could eventually read them.  If you HAVEN'T read these, and you appreciate really good YA lit, I highly recommend these books.

I also love Madeleine's other work; she wrote on faith a lot, on marriage, on friendship.  Here are some fantastic quotes by Madeleine:

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." 

"If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation."

"I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly."
Madeleine died in 2007 at the age of 88.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Really Glad We Live in Jackson

A lot of my coworkers/friends live in Star Valley, about an hour south of Jackson.  It's not a commute that I would be remotely interested in, but they're able to afford homes there, and there's a bit more space.  However, there was a FRIGGIN HUGE mudslide yesterday that turned into a landslide (cue Fleetwood Mac) and now the road looks like this:

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Yeah.  So now if you want to go from Star Valley to Jackson, you normally would take this route:


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It takes just a bit more than an hour.

Annnnnnnd now you have to take this route:


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That's over 2 hours, WITHOUT traffic.  I'm super bummed for my friends who have to make this new commute... and really happy that we live in Jackson.

My commute?



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1 mile.


UPDATE:  This is the slide today, 5/18/11.  They're going to wait until it naturally stabilizes and then it will take up to a week to clean up.  So yeah.  May be closed for two weeks.  Right in time for tourist season.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Good Tuesday

Wonderful night with brand new friends.  Brew pub, Thai noodle dish, talks on theology, beer, mission trips to Peru, and why we still believe.  Just fantastic.  FINALLY feeling like I sort of belong in this wonderful place.  Finally.

Summer Sunglasses

Today I bought not one, but TWO pairs of prescription sunglasses. 

Yes, I am addicted to buying glasses.

I used Gimp (like Photoshop, but FREE) to give an idea of what the glasses I bought will look like as sunglasses. 

First, the super cute red ones:

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Yeah I didn't do that great at Gimping these.  Sorry.

And the ones that Bryan thinks are gross looking, but I think may turn out really cute:


They're slightly dorky and tortoise shell.  I think they'll turn out looking like a mix between these:

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and these:

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If you go to goggles4u.com, you can get a great deal on glasses with coupon code "SLICKDEAL."  The red glasses cost me $14 total, with shipping.  The tortoise shell cost $9 with shipping.

BOOYAH. 

The Marc Jacobs glasses above? $110.  Without a prescription.  Yep.  I think that's pretty awesome.

Summer Clothes!

Okay.  It's still fricking cold here in Jackson.  Yesterday it rained/snowed all day, and it was GROSS.  Today is rainy as well.  I cannot WAIT for warm weather.  Apparently it's supposed to warm up later this week, and then get cold and rainy again next week.  Boo.

BUT, I've been thinking about sunshine, maxi dresses, and sandals.  We're going on a cruise in January, so I'm looking forward to being able to wear pretty dresses during the summer AND for a week this winter.  Woohoo!

I wear a lot of sun dresses during the summer, often with a tank top underneath.  This summer I'm excited about sun dresses, but I'm leaning toward maxi dresses.  They're pretty, easy to dress up or down, and you don't have to worry about your legs being all pasty white.  AND Bryan thinks they're feminine and pretty.  Here's a Polyvore look at what I'm thinking:


Lace dress, $41
Dress, $41
Reef beach sandal, $29
BP faux leather handbag, $32
Beaded jewelry, $13
Engraved jewelry, $12
Cluster necklace, $18
Beanie hat, $17
Dorothy Perkins brown shade, 8 GBP

The sandals are Reef's "Ugandals" made with beads from 31 Bits!  If you don't know 31 Bits... you should.  They're an awesome company run by a bunch of 20-something gals in California that work with women in Uganda - they make BEAUTIFUL jewelry, and create jobs for women in Uganda.  Not only are they helping women in Uganda, they're actively involved in these women's lives. 


I'm also sort of in love with this dress from Forever 21, but I'm afraid it would make me look pregnant, as there isn't much of a waistline.

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I LOVE the colors, however.  So cute. 


Thanks to P90X, I'm actually starting to see definition in my arms and back, which will make me feel MUCH more confident in these dresses. 


Any other maxi dress fans out there??  Do you obsess about clothes and stalk them online, deciding if you REALLY need them?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thoughts on Mother's Day

My mom is friggin' awesome.  That is a fact.  She's sweet, compassionate, funny as heck, and adorable when snarky.  She's beautiful, strong, and independent.  My mom kicks butt.  Period.

My mom at my age
I was NOT a fan of high school.  I liked it for the first two years, and then was pretty much done with the whole thing.  I had similar experiences with middle school and college.  I like it for the first two years, and then I start getting all itchy-feet and bored.  One of the things that annoyed me the most about high school was the annoying videos.  I HATED it when teachers made us watch videos, especially if it was a movie I'd already seen, or a movie of the book we just read.  It seemed like a waste of time.  So, on those days, I'd call my mom and let her know we're watching a video, and she'd call me out of that class.  And I'd either go home or to Starbucks and study.  I occasionally skipped class as well, but it was awesome to have a mom who realized that I could make a decision about whether or not it was worth sitting in class or studying on my own.  I'm sure a lot of people think that's dumb but I was really thankful for it.

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I went to college at a university only one hour and fifteen minutes away from my folks, which was awesome.  When my folks drove me down to school freshman year, my mom pretended that she wasn't leaving me at school and was in denial until she actually had to go home... and then we both bawled like babies.

Mom and I a week before I left for Wyoming for the summer of 2006
When I got engaged, my mom took me dress shopping.  I had no idea what kind of dress I was looking for; we tried on dress after dress, looking for the perfect one.  I finally decided to try on a really plain dress that my dad and I had noticed online; when I tried it on, my mom though it was pretty but slightly boring.  Then she found a sash... and it was perfect.  And we cried. 

Picking out my wedding dress

As the wedding grew closer and closer, I realized more and more that I was THISCLOSE to moving out of my parents' house.  And it was incredibly bittersweet.  After the wedding and the honeymoon, as we got ready to move to California, I grew increasingly sad and was in denial about leaving.  One evening, Bryan saw my mom sitting in the living room, and said "You need to go be with your mom.  We leave in two days."  I'm not sure I ever cried as much as I did then, sitting in my mom's lap, feeling like a child who wasn't ready to grow up.

Mom and I in San Juan on a cruise in 2009
It's been almost four years since I left home for good.  And I still miss my mom and dad like crazy, but at least it's easier than when we first moved.  I talk to my mom two or three times a week, and I'm so thankful for our relationship.  She truly is my best friend (along with my husband). I remember so many days sitting on the kitchen counter after school, catching up with my mom.  I am excited for the day that we have kids and I can have a relationship with them like the one I have with my mom.  I think one of the biggest reasons I'm nervous to get pregnant is that I'm not sure I'm unselfish enough to be the kind of mom that my mom was to me.  That kind of love takes a LOT of time, effort, and energy.  I hope to be that kind of mom one day.

Mom and Dad in Humboldt County, California

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dry, Hypocritical, Agnostic Prayer

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My favorite poet of all time is Rumi, otherwise known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī.  He was introduced to me by my dear friend Kati, and I have loved him ever since.  Rumi was a Persian who lived in the 13th century and was a Sufi mystic.  Although he was Muslim, he was known in his time as person familiar and comfortable with other belief systems; he had a keen interest in Jesus Christ, toward whom he seemed to have affectionate feelings.  I am a Christian, but I have found some writings of Rumi which I gravitate towards; you can tell this is a man who devoted his life to searching for God and asking questions.  This is one of my favorite writings of his:
"If you haven't any knowledge and only opinions, have good opinions about God. This is the way. If you can only crawl, crawl to Him. If you cannot pray sincerely, offer your dry, hypocritical, agnostic prayer; for God in His mercy accepts bad coin. If you have a hundred doubts of God, make them into ninety doubts. This is the way. O, Seeker! Though you have broken your vows a hundred times, come again! Come again! For God has said, 'Though you are on high or in the pit consider me, for I am the Way.'"
 "If you cannot pray sincerely, offer your dry, hypocritical, agnostic prayer; for God in His mercy accepts bad coin."  I know that I have offered many of these prayers in my life; prayers that didn't come from a place of love and compassion and devotion, but a place of anger, confusion, and selfishness.  But God accepts these prayers, just as he accepts me.  And for that, I am incredibly grateful.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Possibilities...

Bryan and I were walking home the other day from church when a car pulled up next to us and my friend Kate's husband rolled down the window.  We've only really hung out with him once, but he saw us and thought he would say hello.  We chatted for quite a bit, and he mentioned his job and how he's taking on more responsibility.  Now, we know he makes a good amount of money.  He gave us an idea of HOW much he makes, though, and it's CRAZY.  Seriously.  He works really hard, it's true, but he's making over three times as much money as I do.  He works as a property manager over something like 10 different apartment complexes here in town.  The guy is busy but he makes up for it in his paycheck.

I jokingly said "Man!  You suck!!  Let me know if there are any openings..."  And then he said, "Actually... there's an opening at one complex.  You'd be in charge of 24 apartments, but it's free rent and you get another $500 a month.  And they pay utilities."

Whaaaaaaat?  So we applied this evening.  The apartment is a nice second story 2 bedroom apartment a half mile from the hospital where I work.  I'd work in the "office" (which would be a desk located in our living room) in the evenings and for about 4-5 hours on Tuesdays, and Bryan would do some maintenance, water the lawn, mow the lawn, and snow blow the walkways.  I'd only have about 4-6 hours of actual office WORK per week, but we'd need to be available for 2 hours on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and on Tuesdays from around 9am-2pm.  And we'd be saving about $1500 a month.

SERIOUSLY.

We talked about it for a few days, because it WILL be a change, and it will be more work for us.  However, we'd be bringing in another $18,000 a year or so.  WHICH IS AMAZING.

Apparently they're looking at a few couples at the moment, because they want someone who is experienced with office work, light maintenance, and is quiet.  So they should obviously hire us.

AND we'd be right across the street from Kate and her family, which would be really neat!  So, yes, I'm quite excited.  I really hope we get this position, I think it would be amazing.  I was planning on working at Solitude this summer on Tuesdays to help save for our cruise, but if we were able to pull this off, we'd be paid up in just a month and a half.  YEAH.  Friggin' awesome.

So if you could send happy thoughts/prayers/magic/donuts our way... that would be great.  :-)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama, War, Peace

Last night, as I was finishing watching "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (I'm making my way through the movies again) I got a text message from my friend Ashley who said, "Osama has been killed.  Turn on CNN, the president is speaking soon."

My first response?  "Awesome, thanks!"

My next thought?  "Did I just say awesome?  Is it really awesome when ANYONE'S life is taken?  I can't believe I texted that to my new friend Ashley... I hope she doesn't think less of me."

I dunno.  It's a hard situation.  As a Christian I don't think it's okay to rejoice in anyone's death.  Yet I recognize that Osama bin Laden was a man who killed MANY and who has SO much blood on his hands.  As do we as Americans.

Last night Rachel Held Evans tweeted, "“Trying to keep in mind that how I respond to the death of my enemies says as much about me as it does about my enemies."  And I totally understand that, and agree.

The Vatican released this statement:
Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions for this purpose.

In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred.
Yes.

My friend Trisha's husband has PTSD from him time in Iraq and Afghanistan, and she says this has really set him back; he doesn't know how to respond.  "Mission completed." He doesn't think this will change much.  He doesn't know how to feel.  He didn't sleep last night.

That's really all I have to say on the subject.  It's a weird day.