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Thursday, June 30, 2011

What I Want You To Know

I recently clicked over & stumbled upon a series on rageagainsttheminivan.com called What I Want You To Know.
The posts are incredibly moving and I could. not. stop.reading. them.
I stayed up really late the other night reading every single post.

Taken from R.A.T.M.:
"What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions.  It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here."

What I think I gleaned after so much reading of various posts and comments can be said quite simply.
1.Do not jump to judgement/conclusions. You do not know someone's story or their situation. Or as one contributor wrote: "you haven't fought their fight."
Be kinder to frazzled moms with screaming children in very public places (i.e. the grocery store).

2. Everyone is different - we were created that way.

3. People make mistakes. I make mistakes. You make mistakes. People of every age/color/background/status/realm of influence makes mistakes. So learn to accept them and freely give grace to others when they mess up.

4. We were also created to be human. Not superhuman. Not perfect beings.
Therefore, have grace on people outside of the definition of 'normal'.
Welcome change.
And remember children will act like children sometimes- it says so by including 'child' in the very root of that word!


Also, I have a few thoughts of my own on What I Want You To Know.
Which may or may not include:
-being a twin.  &
-growing up with a family member with a chronic illness.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Yesterday, on the first official day of summer,
 there was a forecast of 110 degrees.

Which translated to icky-hot-YUCK heat.

Which also made me think that it would be a horrible, no good, very bad day.

However, after surviving said 100+ degrees of nastiness,
I can say.....
 I showed the first day of summer who was boss!

The happs:

woke up lazily, chatting w/the seester on ma bed

quick lunchy

frozen yogurt date w/the seester & lovely friend Alex
{where I had thin mint + strawberry yogurt + strawberries + watermelon}
*don't even get me started on how much I love watermelon + frozen yogurt
I kinda love it. and I'm not a froyo girl

went 'paint looking' with the seester
(aka looking at paint colors)

spent 30 minutes in Home Depot.
-that's a hardware store-
not exactly my main spot.
'twas lovely & fun!

spent 30+ min. in Michael's
....and didn't buy a single thing.
-major progress people-
left super inspired!

library'd it up for 1+ hour
got TONS o'books.
eep! : )

went to the 'f-market'aka Farmer's Marketbought lovely green beans for dinner
romaine for crisp salads
sugary sweet strawberries
-for reals. they taste like sugar!-

dinner w/seester & lovely friend Katie
kebobs + sauteed green beans + couscous

sadly the only picture taken all day since I forgot the camera : (

trip to grocery store for ice cream

speed scrabble w/seester & katie
-slowest round(s) ev.er.-

read 3/4 of a new library book

'twas a lovely day.
for sure!

Monday, June 13, 2011

June slumber

Last week I had a very realistic and very long dream.
It included making {2} DIY projects I've had my eye on.
And then I scored the supplies for said projects.
For free.
Do I have wild dreams or what? : )
The sad thing was that I was really bummed that I when I woke up, I didn't actually get to make those projects for free.
Oh, geez!

And then something I haven't ever had happen personally in a dream...

...I dreamed about a friend I haven't seen a few weeks.
And her husband- who I haven't met yet.
Which is strange, because, well, we've never even met.

And then we talked on the phone about 30 minutes after I woke up.
Which was even more unusual.
(We text more than talk.)

For some reason, the last few months my dreams have been more vivid, realistic, and impact-ful.

Have you ever had that happen?
Ever dream about something and then be sad when you wake up and it's not true in real life?
Or dream about someone you haven't seen in awhile and then you suddenly do?
Or do you wake up not remembering any dreams?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

libraries and such...

I went to two libraries today.
And I got a book at each library.
And I'm super excited to do some good summer reading of new-to-me-author's and titles
I've never even heard of!

Yay for books!
Yay for literacy!
Yay for libraries!
Yay for summer reading!

Also, I've been really into listening to children's books on cd during long car rides over the past few months.
But that is another story : )

My reviews :

The Tale of Despereaux = a must listen! Great reader = great voices. Great story!

The Secret Garden = super awesome readers and a classic story. Tres Bien!
Piper Reed = meh. not the best reader. Short, but well-written story.

If A Tree Falls At Lunch Time = story deals well with bullies and marital problems. But, hard to focus as each chapter switches from a girl to a boy = diff. reader (female vs. male) every few minutes.

The Penderwicks = good reader- fun story!

And in totally unrelated terms,
I found out once again that if I wait long enough, my sister will give in and make a late dinner before me : )

Friday, June 10, 2011

thoughts on being a 6 month old....

This week, silly old life got in the way of blogging. Which is totally fine with me.
If I'm writing about life, don't I have to live it too? : )

Anyways, in the past couple of days two very unusual things happened.
Sorry for that unnecessary alliteration.

You know when you write for a long time and then you look at your pinky finger on your writing hand and there is a smeary-smudge of whatever pen's ink you were writing with?
Well that happened to me!
And it was weird.
And it made me think of fast-talking professor's, ruled paper, and hours of taking notes on lectures.
And it -almost- made me miss Blue Books. those pesky things.
And how I doubled spaced whenever I used them, which made me write bigger for some reason, which made me write on more pages.
And it kind of made me sad. It made me wish I was in school. And not done- forever.

Needless to say, since I'm now a 6-month-old college graduate, I haven't felt this inherently school feeling in a long time.
No, I haven't been feverishly taking notes in the last 6 months.
Or buying Blue Books.
Or even thinking about them.
Or ruled paper.
Or about schedules, classes, classroom numbers, tests, homework, printing papers, school supplies, finals, or just anything so very -school.-

When I started, I mentioned 2 things happened, here's numero 2:
Earlier today, I picked up a book I requested from the library.
It is a regular sized hardback book.
It seems like an interesting book so far, but it sure is, well.....academic.
Academic, how?
Well, it makes my brain hurt.
It is challenging.
Basically because I have to think more about what is actually in front of my face instead of just picking up on the meaning without any actual work. : )
I think another reason why it seems so academic to me is that it is almost the same exact size as an old textbook I had a year ago.
And then that reminds me of another textbook I had about the same size.
And that reminds me of how many long hours I spent reading both books because they were so very academic.
And about how hard those classes were hard. Not unfair professor hard, but 'my brain is being stretched so much just while reading this one paragraph that I don't know if I can wrap my head around one sentence, let alone the chapter' hard.
And then I remember how good I felt when I finally understood what the author and professor were talking about.
And how satisfied and good I felt when I knew I had really and truly earned that grade all on my own hard work.
And that makes me stop and smile.
Because although being a student brings out the neurotic side of myself (hello- I'm actually writing about ink smudges and book sizes!), I loved it -and it went well for me. because school wasn't that hard if I showed up every time, did the work, and put in effort to understand the material.
I learned really cool things when I really tried to.
And I for sure got those high grades when it mattered to me.
And they felt that.much.sweeter. when I actually worked for them- and didn't just do what I felt was mediocre work that would still get a high grade.

Maybe I was too hard of a critic of myself, maybe I set unrealistic expectations,
but maybe I knew that I didn't always do my very best and I regretted that.

Here, at the end, So what?
At the end, I can say that college taught me a lot about myself.
I learned how to do what I considered hard things  (going to 5 different colleges/universities) & I actually did those things.
I graduated from a 'big school' -something I never thought I would/could/want to ever do & I did it.
I worked several jobs where I learned a lot about myself, writing, and people in general, and also how to be a mediocre vs. a hard worker.
I figured out what I want to do for a career & started working my way towards it.
And I'm actually, maybe/possibly/kind of thinking about going to grad school for a Master's degree
-only maybe/kinda/sorta  -don't go jumping to any conclusions.
Basically, I grew up.

&  in the end, I wrote a long, twisty, disjointed blog that makes me think of "If you give a mouse a cookie...."   : )
Which makes me want to go eat all of that cookie dough in the fridge : )
pms-ing much? oh girrl, yes!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

random lately-s


....I'm kinda addicted to picnik....

.....and to staying up late doing nothing important. lame. ugh......

.....I had a super awesome time wrapping up my Life Group (Bible study) with my fun group of lay-dies on Tuesday....

....'twas fun...and we had the healthiest snack of pretty much the entire semester....ha!... you know we be fancy....

....I made a super yummy dinner on Wed. for just my mom & me.. fruit salad + steamed broccoli + grilled chicken sandwiches....yumm!

....I tend to write sandwiches with two 'h's....i.e.: sandwhiches....and I'm a pretty good speller.....

...I don't care for weird abbreviations.....i.e.: totally does NOT = totes   & obviously does NOT = obvs....

...I, um, 'left a rose' one day and totally let my dad blame it on Milo, my sister's dog...in his defense, he has pretty smelly roses...but I sure was giggling to myself though : )
....p.s. 'leaving roses' is a euphemism for, uh....farting/tooting

....I asked the seester to have ingredients on hand so we can make these yummy truffles!!!!!

....rocked out to this song while driving.....

....kinda freaked/geeked out when I stumbled upon this lovely site.......

....entered to win a Polaroid (fujifilm) Instax camera, & was reminded -yet again- of my wish for one of my own someday.....(july 2nd anyone?? : )

....oh, and some happy/washi tape.... preferably in a fun print/cute solid....

....like, ......duh...

....and a new comforter....mine is from at least a decade ago.....

....but probably getting closer to two...

...and because pictures are pretty....

Amber, Alison, Megan, Mirranda, Micaela, Janell, Rach, & me

LG = Life Group (aka: Bible study)

Monday, June 6, 2011

crazyjoy photo challenge

I stumbled upon the CrazyJoy weekly photo challenge last week and wanted to join.
recipe for crazy
This week's theme is fascinate.

I thought it was interesting that after seeing the theme, I then noticed it used in -two different conversations- the day after. Kinda crazy since I never really noticed it before : )

Here are some photos I have taken that make me think of the word fascinate.
2011 --> 2006

blurry silhouette '10

bottled water '10
spider webs '10
how do they multiply so quickly?
kitten pile '10
kitten w/sharp little claws '10

hills of rolling...velvet '08

<-- USA..Mexico-->  '08

Iowa '07
Hume '07
Jellyfish '07
Monterrey Bay Aquarium
otters '07
awe & wonder  '07
line & light '07
steamy miso soup '06
bowling '06

Sunday, June 5, 2011

today's prayer

this was my prayer for today :
God please help me to remember this and to live it out during my entire day :

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

{1 Corinthians 3:16}

Isn't that just awesome??

Isn't it kinda like, say whaaaa????!

I ask you this:
How can you not live differently after reading that?

I mean, really?!

That is just craziness!
And awesomeness!

If I'm really going to live like this is true in my life,
I must live differently.

I cannot live an apathetic, complacent, or lazy life.

I must live a life that honors God with and through my body
during every single moment of my day.

So Lord, please help me live this way today!
and tomorrow..
and the next day..
and the day after that..
and the next day after that.....

It makes me think of this song:
where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,
where the spirit of the Lord is, there is healing,
where the spirit of the Lord is, there is hope.

Vicky Beeching : Deliverer

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tidbits from my day.....

Earlier this afternoon, my mom and I were watching a tennis match between Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic.

Apparently, Federer has a really fast serve. Like 100+ miles per hour.

So, my mom asked me what I would do if a ball came at me going 100 miles per hour.

My reply? ........."I would duck."

I was sitting in my parent's family room on facebook on my laptop.
Meanwhile, my mom was on the main computer literally right behind me.

So what does she do?

She got on facebook and started chatting with me!

Because she didn't want to talk out loud or something.

So silly : )

I've been finding sooo many yummy looking recipes for deserts lately.

And I want to make



I'm either pms-ing or just feeding my visual (& hopefully eventually lip-smackin') addiction of sweets.

here are the deets:
Lazy Girl's Chocolate Chip Blondies
Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl well, .....that one's not actually desert : )
Chocolate Truffle Egg Ganache Tortes
No Bake Black Bottom Pudding Pie

I told you they look yummy!

I told my mom & dad (at different times) I wanted to make a chicken salad for dinner.

They both commented that we had chicken salad last night.

My reply?

It's a chicken. lettuce. salad.

I don't know why I didn't just say 'green salad'.

Cause you know, that makes way more sense.

Note to self : read entire directions fully before making a recipe!

While making dinner, I realized that in my haste to get everything cooked at the same time, I made my pasta all wrong.
I added ingredients too soon, made a mess of the seasonings, and didn't let it boil long enough before adding in ingredients.

Then, later this evening I was at the grocery store and walking down an aisle when I noticed a young guy.

The man was in his mid 20's, tatt-ed up, possibly had earrings, but looked like a decent guy.

He was pushing a full cart, had an infant carrier with a baby in it, and had two little girls running ahead of he and his wife.

They were talking noisily (not too loud though), saying "I want to show you something Mommy!"

The dad said (just loud enough for them to hear),

"Slow down ladies!"

"...Better manners please!"

So awesome : )
just goes to show you can't judge a book by it's cover : )
don't give into those stereotypes folks.

....And what happened to you today?

p.s. I do not care for the abbreviation totes for totally.
I mean, really?
can't you just spell out those .two.extra.letters?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

LLT for May 27th - June 2nd

*Warning: I got a little linky happy.....

Love this!!!
riflemade paper co.

**click on captions on all photos for links**


Um, YUM!
Making this tonight!

Freya etsy shop

3 strand crochet headband
3 strand crochet headband video

sailor knot headband

More tutorials from youseriouslymadethat!

sweet little headband   (double layered flower)

Another great site for crochet tutorials:

Granny stripe blanket

Super cute cork board:

Creating Really Awesome Free Things

I want to make this so badly!
I just might be going to OSH today & getting some paint chips : )
Paper punch garland:
grace and light studio
Doily Garland:
swoon studio

DIY Silhouette Wall:
caitlin wilson
heart-shaped ice cream sandwiches:

Thrift Share Monday
I'm linking soon!