dear husband,

Monday, February 28, 2011

Without further ado, my birthday wish list. Now please quit pestering me about making it every. single. night. I stayed up extra late just to finish this for you. Because let's face it... I never want to spend my time internet window shopping and compiling lists of my favorite things (!!!). 


(pink hunter wellies, but these will do the trick too; reusable produce bags; clinique black honey almost lipstick; l'occitane roses 4 reines eau de toilette; iTrip; the avett brothers on vinyl; and band of horses too; ae printed tote; any shirt from this store; the most amazing teakettle in existence; PGTs; Love146 merch)

PS. I also wouldn't mind this. Very important.

to our glittering futures.

I can't believe that it is Sunday night as I am sitting here writing this. This weekend went by entirely too fast and I have a much-dreaded week ahead of me. I sort of want to cry right now. But I won't. I will blog instead. As I sit on the couch, watching the Oscars with husband and G snoring at our feet, I will remember how amazing life is and that I will get through the week, one way or another.

We had the most enjoyable of weekends. I started off Friday with a little pep in my step with my new haircut. (I can't believe I'm posting this, but after many requests, alas here it is- in the form of the only picture of myself this weekend... please ignore the pissed off face, zit on chin, and slightly raised eyebrow - I honestly don't know what I was doing). But I do like the haircut. Very refreshing for me.  On Friday after work husband and I met at Verizon and walked out as new customers, digging my new employee discount and iPhone users. Crazy, right? We've been having fun setting up our new phones, face timing our friends and having timed Angry Birds competitions. Stacey and Andrew came over for a little stay-at-home double date action. And, after helping me set up my phone, we indulged in some fast food and settled in to watch The Romantics. I've been ridiculously excited to see this film with it's overflowing cast of brilliance and entanglement of romantically linked friends. I think that my expectations may have been a bit too high, because it wasn't quite as good as I was expecting, but still really very good. I would like to watch it again already and check my expectations at the door.

Saturday husband and I spent running all over town. Checking errands off the list one by one. We stopped into American Eagle and I scored this little ditty. I love it. It feels vintagey and feminine. I wore it on Saturday night and to work today... shhhh.  After the errands were finished we headed to a friends house for some drinks and visiting with visitors from out of town (it was great to see you Clint & Brie). Sunday was spent sleeping in, shopping for headboards (no luck), and eating really good pizza. Just how I like them. We did finally pick bedding for our new bed though, so that's progress.

Oh, weekend. Please come back again soon.


set fire to the rain.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Trent Dabbs' new album came out this week. He is astounding. stunning. amazing. moving. incredible. I love him. You must listen to the song above (even though it is from his previous album it is my favorite as I haven't a chance to listen to the new one yet) and then go run out and buy this album.

This week has been some week for music! Adele's new album dropped.... W O W doesn't even cover it. She blows my mind. It is forever blown. (Listen to this one.)

And there's really no need to discuss Radiohead's The King of Limbs now is there?? Is there??? I didn't think so. Masterminds.

Ahhhh. Good music makes the world go 'round.


man cold.

So, last night. Husband and I were watching dvr'd Southland (do you watch this show? So good. Any old fans of Third Watch will feel right at home) and on comes this commercial....

Just the first one. MAN COLD. I looked at husband. Husband looked at me. Both trying not to smile. For a moment I think he thought I would let the moment past… and then about 5 seconds later my body convulsed in uncontrollable laughter. This IS my husband. As well as most other men I’m told. But honestly, he was just sick a couple of weeks ago (the time that I shoveled 12 inches of snow by myself because he was :cough cough: too sick to move. What I never told you about that?!?!?!?!) and seriously that commercial IS HIM.

I think I’m still chuckling about this a little… a good 24 hours later. I will never let this go. Never.
Don’t worry honey. I will still be at your right hand, but I will continue to laugh at you while doing it. MEN.


you know you had a great weekend when it involves...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

grocery shopping on a Friday night. Subway. friends getting new tvs. sleeping in. spending the day with family. Sam's Club cherry cokes. GETTING A NEW BED. going out for sushi with friends. staying up until 5:30 in the morning playing Singstar and drinking grape vodka. spending all day Sunday in said new bed. getting a new dvr and still saving money at the same time....

THIS is my favorite song to sing on Singstar:

Makes me feel like I am 14 again. We also brought it home, literally singing Home.

And that is all for my weekend post on Wednesday. Back to doing the dishes ::ahem:: Modern Family ::ahem::


a shallow post.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pretty sure I am going to cut my hair. Let me back up...

Some days I love my long hair. When it's long and I take the time to curl it and it's flowy and glorious (this is not most days). But lately I just need a change. Most days I wash and blow-dry it (if that) and it's just sort of there. It's long and flat and sticks to my head. I'm just kind of over it. I may or may not battle with this decision for a couple weeks yet, but really I will just make an appointment and hope to be in the cutting mood when I go in. Eh, it's just hair. It will grow back anyway. Some of my inspiration.....

Keri Russell's is my favorite (shocker) but since hers is the one kind of hair that mine is not (read: curly) -sad face- mine will most likely end up looking like the others. I think I'm digging it.

So long frazzled, messy bun on the top of my head. I will miss you the most.


just push.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most days this is hard to remember.. and for the past couple of weeks this thought has been nonexistent to me. But you know what, it's true. And so what if I have to print this out and hang it in my cubicle, on my fridge, in my car.... I think that's it's very important to be reminded of this and to believe it. Which, let's face it, is usually the hard part. But when I think about all of the obstacles we have been faced with in life so far, and how we have overcome them, and where we are now... I know that this is true. And even if in that moment something seems impossible and that it will never be amazing, it will. It just will.

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-alice in wonderland

This email was sent to me in October of 2010... and it's still in my inbox. I go back and read it all the time. (This coming from a person who normally doesn't even open chain emails.) So I'm posting it here in hopes that it will help you to remember as it has for me.

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his
room filled with light, and God appeared.

The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed
him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that
the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled
from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against
the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with
all of his might.

Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out,
feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary
(Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into
the weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for
a long time, and i t hasn't moved."

 Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was 
impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and 
disheartened the man. Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this?
Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that
will be good enough."

That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to
make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts
to the Lord.

"Lord," he said, " I have labored long and hard in your service,
putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet,
after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a
millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked
you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task
was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which
you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected
you to move it. .........Your task was to push.

And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that 
you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are 
strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused 
from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard.

Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities
now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't
moved the rock But your calling was to be obedient and to push
and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have
done.Now I, my friend, will move the rock."

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our
own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what
God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all
means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is
still God who moves mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong. Just P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.!
When people don't react the way you think they should.
Just P.U.S.H!
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due just P.U.S.H!
When people just don't understand you .. just P.U.S.H.

P= Pray
U= Until
S= Something
H= Happens


i wanna feel like i wanna feel forever...

Monday, February 14, 2011

My favorite Valentine's song. I hope you liked it. I'll be listening to the lovely Meiko all day... so charming. We usually don't go crazy for Valentine's and this year is no exception. I believe our conversation went a little something like this....

Husband: What should we do for Valentine's Day this year?
Me: Go to Subway.
Husband: No really, wanna do something special?
Me: No really, I love Subway.

Alas, I have been super anxious all day today anticipating my lovely turkey, provolone, spinach, cucumber, tons of red onion perfection on a bun. Other things that have made this Valentine's day particularly special... eating hershey kisses all day, pretty pink blouses everywhere (even though I forgot and am sporting army green), love notes from husband, super sweet text messages, and getting valentines in the mail.

And getting an extra amount of kisses from my Mr. G today.

happy valentine's day!

Because I have a voice!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I can't remember the last time I saw a movie as heartwarming as The King's Speech. It is honestly a masterpiece. Brilliant performances, sad, quirky, and just about everything in between. It will warm your heart. Some other things that made my weekend perfect...

Going to bed at 9 pm on a Friday night; reading Never Let Me Go; finally purchasing Essie's ballet slippers; an all girls day including going to the movies and shopping for new bras; watching the snow melt; buying my new 'I <3 jake ryan' tshirt; and wearing it the entire weekend; cleaning out our file drawer (such a great feeling, especially for a dork like me); watching Because I Said So and PS I Love You in the same day; making pasta and drinking vodka with stacey; love notes from my husband on our chalkboard; mailing valentines; and the amazing, gave-me-goosebumps-for-twenty-mintues-straight performance by Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan at the Grammy's tonight (I found several videos, but they were all removed within mintues; hopefully soon it will be available though.... INCREDIBLE.)  Life was made tonight with that performance. Oh yea... and then Arcade Fire WON ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!  And just like that all of my faith in America was restored... too soon? Time will tell.

Trying to somehow curb my excitement and go to sleep. Not going to happen. I don't want this weekend to end. Off I go to listen to some Mumford & Sons and try to fall asleep before After The Storm. And go.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

+ The new One Tree Hill this week was so good. They took a very fun approach to the issue of bullying and it was like a breath of fresh air. It reminded me why this has been my favorite show for eight years.

+ The temperatures are suppose to reach the 30s this weekend... hello, heat wave!

+ Currently addicted to Jana Kramer's new single, black cherry kool-aid, and my down comforter.

+ I had a bit of a scare at work yesterday. In the middle of a meeting, I had sudden sharp, stabbing pains in my head, followed by body tingling/numbness and a heavy feeling in my whole body. I was very shaken up and just kind of completely zoned out. I went to the clinic where they tested me for signs of a stroke (all good there), but I have to go back next week for a cat scan. Hopefully everything will come back normal, but in the mean time I am stressing myself out worrying that it is going to happen again... kind of walking around on egg shells. Not fun. 

+ I really need some techniques on handling my stress better. I'm not sure if it is related to what happened or not, but even now, my worrying about this so much. I wish that I just could only worry about the things that I could control. It is just never that easy. (Thank you all my twitter friends for your thoughts & prayers... it means a lot!)

+ My job has been going really well. I have a big day tomorrow; my first conference call with an author. I am a little stressed/nervous about it (hello Chelsea, read your previous ramble!!). Hoping that everything goes smoothly and I'm basically just ready for it to be over with and be Friday already.

+ With the help of Stacey, I have finally started a book club... been on my list for years. First up we are reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I can't wait.

+ I plan on doing nothing but relaxing this weekend. 

+ I want to cut my hair.


i'm not a stepping stone anymore.

After the week that we had, or perhaps the s n o w that we had last week, we were in desperate need of some r&r this weekend. We sure got it. Friday night I danced and drank and had a fantastic night in general with Stacey and Casey in the hen den. On Saturday, we did nothing. It was awesome. On Saturday night we went out for dinner & a movie with the gang. Ohhh... my favorite thing to do. We saw The Fighter and it was so flipping amazing. I can't believe how much I loved it. Highly recommend.  Sunday was spent eating and watching football and eating and eating and eating. It was great. I was pretty disappointed with the commercials this year however. My favorites were this one, this one and this one.

We also watched Catfish over the weekend. Wow. Have you seen this? Not only does it make you think about the world that we live in, but it was heartbreaking. And makes you fall in love with a real life character instead of a fictional one... Nev is an amazing person! I would love to meet him in real life.


the best gift i've ever given myself.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lucky me. I snatched up this baby with some of my Christmas gift cards and it was love at first sight. Stay tuned for my adventures....

Back to the Super Bowl commercials....


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Well, February decided to welcome us with a full blown B L I Z Z A R D. I'm not joking when I say that we are literally snowed right now. And it is NOT as glamorous as the photo above. Here's a better idea of the real thing from my local news. We got somewhere from 10-16 inches of snow... we can't even tell for sure because of the snow drifts. 50 mph winds plus that much snow equals BLIZZARD. The snow is as high as the windows all around our house. So, here we are. My office has closed for the day so no work for me, (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Oh the joys of a snow day came rushing right back to me. Husband thankfully worked most of his shift for today, yesterday, so thankfully we are both at home. He, however, is sick as a dog. So, thank you mother nature, for graciously granting me this amazing, amazing day at home, smack dab in the middle of the week. I am spending it...

+ taking of care of sick husband.
+ napping with G.
+ drinking hot cocoa all day.
+ shoveling (bleh).
+ folding laundry.
+ getting tax papers organized.
+ catching up on my dvr (Southland, Greek, Parenthood).
+ possibly watching OTH again.
+ cleaning.
+ reading.
+ did I mention napping?

Oh, joy.

+ I feel like the only person on the planet who is still not sick of winter. I have no idea why... and even after shoveling for 3 hours today (!!!!!) (did I mention how much it sucks that husband is sick today?) I'm still not sick of it. It's exciting and pretty and results in Wednesday's at home snowed in.
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