Monthly Archives: February 2012

I finished my first big work project today!

Today Hubs picture-messaged me a picture of his left hand while I was at work.

The caption:

“In case you forgot what it looks like to be married to me…”

He’s so clever.

And cute.

I’m a lucky lady.

Anyway, back to the project.

You guys know I’m doing my internship, and that it’s been okay.

I had a big project due tomorrow though, so I’ve been really busy making phone calls and taking notes and writing and rewriting and organizing and all that other awesome stuff.

I’m not kidding, I really do think it’s awesome.

It’s great to feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. It’s amazing to feel I’m growing and improving and learning.

Yes, I feel overwhelmed sometimes and that I have no idea what I’m doing, but this project made me feel a lot better about the whole thing.

Of course, there will probably be a change of feeling about all this because I’ll get the comments and questions back from the editors in a couple days. Yikes.

But I’ll worry about that later.

For now, I’m going to be proud and happy and content with the day of work I put in, thankful for the opportunity, and tired from all the phone interviews.

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Wedding season begins again

Today we received the invitation to my best friend’s wedding. (No matter what, I always think of that movie when I say that.)

It’s so exciting!

It’s also crazy that we’re old enough to get married. It seems like not that long ago we were riding the bus to math tournaments and talking during band class.

(It’s okay that I admitted we were a bit nerdy in high school. I’m not ashamed. She isn’t either, I’m sure.)

I can’t help but be a little jealous that she’s about to have the happiest day of her life and I already had the happiest day of my life.

Ok, just kidding.

I know I’ll have lots of other happiest days of my life. Finding out about pregnancies, births (minus the pain part there), buying a house, getting a real job, anniversaries, when our kids have big moments, grow up, and have the happiest days of their lives…

But I do sometimes miss all the beautiful, wonderful, fun things that go along with having a wedding. Of course, I’m her matron of honor, so I get to help, but I live two hours away, so I don’t get to help as much as I’d like…

And I can always look back on how amazingly special and awesome our wedding day was.

I know I shouldn’t be jealous of her special day. And really, I’m more happy than jealous. If I had to say, I’d say I’m 96.7 percent happy and 4.2 percent jealous. That’s not terrible, but I wish I wasn’t at all jealous. But I’m honest with you guys so I know you can handle it. (You might even have advice!)

Seriously though, I’m very, very, very happy for her! And proud of her. She and her fiance did the distance thing like Hubs and I did, though for them, it was a longer distance for a shorter amount of time. (It was long enough, though!)

We know what it’s like to learn to say goodbye and goodnight over the phone, and to wish more than anything you could have a real hug, and to count down the days, hours, and minutes until the next phone call, next visit, next moment alone for a sweet, special kiss…

Now, I can’t wait to watch her get married to her best friend. And it’s even more special to me because I know what it feels like to marry my best friend. And because I’m proud and honored to be a part of her special day! I know their marriage will be a happy one, and I’m so excited to see where the future takes us both.

So, in honor of her wedding, and my own wedding, and how life moves us on to bigger and better and happier and harder things, here’s some great memories to share with you.

This was about 6 years ago. We look pretty much the same though. Kinda.

We have lots of silly fun when we're together. Again, this was a long time ago...I still wear that hat though...

 

Aren't they cute and happy...four years ago!

We love dressing up. I think we both still have these dresses. We should wear them to the wedding! No? Ok...I won't wear white...and she won't wear black.

These two love birds are always into something.

Hard to believe we're all grown up now...

To all you other best friends of mine out there, I’ll be happy to post about you before your special day. So get on it, girls!

Just kidding.

But seriously, when your time comes, we’ll party it up for you, too! Woohoo!

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” Are you telling me you knew this whole time?”

You can't tell from this picture, but it was super loud and crazy all around us in this picture!

Hubs and I went to our first professional indoor soccer game on Sunday afternoon with some friends. It was fun! Did you even know there was professional indoor soccer? I didn’t before I moved up here to the city. I’m telling you, Kansas City has everything.

Anyway, so we were at the game and having a good time. However, it was pretty long, and the Comets won 21-6, so I downloaded a new game on my phone, based on the recommendation of a friend who was with us and also playing the game.

It’s called Draw Something, kind of a pictionary sort of thing. We were playing it last night on our phones while sitting next to each other.

No, I usually don’t do that because I think it’s a bit lame and I’d rather talk to him if he’s sitting next to me, but it was new and we were learning how to play, so we started in.

My first word was “UFO.” How do you draw a UFO? Is it a light in the sky? A comet? A spaceship?

I drew something that looked like sunshine or a star. No good. So I erased and drew something like that again. Dang it. so I erased and drew a spaceship. Keep in mind I only have 4 colors and I’m drawing with my finger on a fairly small touch screen. Needless to say, it didn’t look great…it wasn’t awful, but it was pretty bad.

Then I sent it to Wyatt’s phone.

He got it and pushed play so it started to play back my drawing…and it started with the first star-looking one. Oops.

So he watched all three drawings and still had no idea. I started to give hints.

“What color is the background?”

“Black?”

“And blue. What has black and blue backgrounds?”

“I don’t know.”

“A black background?”

“Uh…”

“Black and blue?”

“Uh…”

“What? You’re not even guessing!”

“I don’t know, sorry.”

“Ok, a black background that’s outside…”

“Black that’s outside?”

“Yes…”

“I don’t know.”

“Ok, well, it’s three letters and it gives you only like 10 to choose from…”

“I don’t know…”

“Come on! Just try! You don’t even have a guess? It’s a blue and black background…outside…”

“I don’t know!”

“There’s not many backgrounds outside…”

“Uh…”

“I mean, really, a blue and black background outside, how can you not know what that is?”

“Uh…”

“Come on!”

Hubs starts to laugh and type in UFO.

“I saw it when you started drawing…”

“WHAT??!!??”

“Well! You were sitting right there!”

“You knew this ENTIRE TIME!??!”

“…yea…”

“I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING THAT WHOLE TIME!”

And we were both completely lost in laughs while I playfully tried to shove him off the couch,  while he easily combated my efforts because he’s stronger and knows where I’m most ticklish.

 

Anyway, that’s how our most memorable conversation went yesterday. What about you?

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Friday’s Food for Thought: Way to go, Jim.

Last night, Hubs and I sat and watched the Office.

I wanted to post it but it’s not online yet, so here’s a brief description:

Jim is away on business. There’s a girl there that’s normal and fun and they hang out and get along. And at first it seems normal and fine. Until she shows up at his hotel room door saying the thermostat is her room is messed up and asking if she can hang out with him.

He does his best to keep his distance and get rid of her, but finally, he confronts her, saying he’s a happily married man. She insults his judgement and acts like he’s totally out of line for saying it. And then proceeds to be even more inappropriate.

And he finally tells her to leave, and gets Dwight to come drive her away.

As I watched, I couldn’t help but ask Wyatt what he would do if that happened.

He couldn’t help but laugh and laugh and laugh.

He assured me it would never, ever happen. But I pressed on, and we established that I would be totally fine if he went down to the lobby and reserved another room and locked her out of it. I wouldn’t care at all, no matter what it cost. Even if the only room available was the penthouse suite.

Marriage boundaries are something I’m super passionate about. Maybe because I’m old fashioned. Or maybe this never goes our of style…

Obviously, the show was a crazy example of something that will likely never happen in real life. But the principle is the same. Marriage is sacred and should be treated carefully and respected by all. If there’s a threat, it needs to be addressed.

And it’s not the first TV episode that’s inspired some good conversations. I may not like being lazy at night, but I enjoy any conversation that ends with laughter and smiles.

What do you think? Are there other examples that have inspired similar conversations in your marriage? I’d love to know your thoughts on this!

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In my head at 6 a.m.

Mornings when I go to my internship, I get up at 6.

It’s pretty unfortunate.

I hear my alarm, hit snooze, and roll over.

I grunt and moan a little bit.

Hubs pushes and shoves on me, tries to get me to be quiet so he can go back to sleep.

It helps me get motivated to get up, but sours my mood a bit because I know he does it mostly to make me get up and be quiet so he can go back to sleep, not because he’s making sure I’m not late.

This morning he was a bit sweeter. He said, “The hot water will feel good. Go shower.”

Really?

Oh, thanks, Hubs.

So I got up.

And took a shower.

I felt a little better, but not really.

I always feel sick when I get up early in the morning.

(No, I’m not pregnant, I don’t know why…)

I got half-way dressed and dried my hair.

I think my blow dryer is starting to smell really hot.

(Yes, I know, but it’s smelling extra hot. As in it’s burning a little bit.)

I turn the tea kettle on and get my lunch packed. (Usually I get it mostly packed the night before. My mom taught me to do that back in high school, and before.)

I get the rest of the way dressed, do my make-up, and try to not make too much noise so I don’t wake Hubs up.

Still, I’m a bit selfish this early in the morning so sometimes I secretly hope he’ll wake up and suffer with me.

It’s not that I’m not a morning person, I’m just not a morning person when everyone else is still sleeping and it’s dark outside.

So I grunt and complain a little bit.

And then I pack up and leave.

Usually when I walk outside, I get a bit more bitter because of the cold.

Driving in the traffic also makes me not a real pleasant person in the mornings.

Sure enough though, there’s usually something that shakes my mood.

Sometimes it’s a song, sometimes it’s prayer of thankfulness. This morning it was a sunrise.

And if I hadn’t been driving on I-29, I would have taken a photo to share with you.

Just know that it was purple and orange and blue, with a little bit of yellow.

And it was awesome.

Maybe getting up early isn’t so bad after all.

Until tomorrow morning that is…

 

P.S. Hubs said he pushes me out of bed so I’ll get up. I believe him, but my saltiness in the morning affects my ability to comprehend his message.

 

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Bills…

Maybe I’ll start by saying that we sometimes aren’t so awesome at bills. We have reminders set and notes and stuff, but sometimes, like the time Hubs forgot to tell me about the email account that had our at&t bills in them.

Well, now, we got the bills delivered to our apartment, and it’s been fine for awhile.

Until now.

So I called the service line and they were closed.

Awesome.

And now I have to call them tomorrow.

Awesome.

Why can’t things just be right and easy?

Oh yea, because it’s life.

Which is fine because life is good.

But bills are sometimes bad.

Or wrong.

 

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Today I ran 5 miles…

Why?

Well, because I got an email from a race that said my half marathon was less than 8 weeks away.

And I realized I needed to get my tushie in shape and start running longer distances than what was convenient.

After I got done, I saw Hubs’ car in front of our apartment so I knew he was home for work. I texted him and asked him to come down and walk with me, so we walked a mile together.

Then we came back in and got ready to make dinner.

Until Hubs realized we were out of milk and had to run to the store to get more.

I took that opportunity to shower the 6 miles worth of sweat off me.

I thought he would appreciate that.

Judging by the fact he hasn’t complained about how close I’m sitting to him right now, the shower must have helped.

But now we’re both tired and ready for bed. We’re so old and lame.

So tomorrow we can do it all over again, although probably not all of it. My body will probably need a rest.

I’m also assuming we won’t run out of milk again. That would be crazy.

Not at all unlike this random, about-nothing post.

Thanks for reading!

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Trying to do it all…

I’m trying to do a lot of things.

1. Be a good wife. I get emotional and sometimes I cry or snap at Hubs. I get annoyed at the piles of laundry he hides on his side of the bed. I get tired of doing dishes. I get frustrated that we don’t have enough storage for all the stuff I want to put in our kitchen cabinets. I also leave my makeup and stuff on his side of the sink. All that is true.

But, it’s also true that I love Wyatt intensely, and I’m passionate and excited about our future together, despite the fact that I sometimes mess up. Ok, I mess up a lot.

2. I’m trying to have a career I love.

Yes, I’m working three jobs right now, and I like each one for different reasons. Yes, Job#1 means not all of my “time at home” is “free time.” That’s okay because it gives Hubs some “TV/Video game time” and I love the work and am learning a lot. Yes, Job#2 makes me want to scream sometimes because there’s an endless amount of people that walk through the door, and the phone NEVER STOPS RINGING, but I enjoy the people I work with and I’m learning to let go of the things I can’t change and disconnect from work when I go home, things I’ve never been very good at. And yes, Job#3 is a drive, and pays not so much, and is frustrating, but I’m confident it will help me get where I want to go someday down the road. I’m learning a lot, and getting more and more practice.

They all have pros and cons, but overall, I wish I didn’t get tired and frustrated as easily as I do because  I’m really very thankful for each of them for different reasons.

3. I’m trying to plan a bridal shower for my best friend. This is such a fun task, but it’s harder because I’m no longer living in the town with the people I’m trying to work with. Thank goodness for the internet.

4. I’m trying to keep our apartment clean. I dislike dusting, and out apartment’s vents must be full of years of dirt because there is a layer of dust on our furniture only minutes after I wipe them down. I also try to stay caught up with laundry and dishes and mail and grocery shopping and…

I know I can’t wait to have a house, but it’s crazy to think how a bigger house will tend to mean a bigger mess. Good thing Hubs is helping me out more and more.

5. I’m trying to get in shape to run a half marathon this Spring. Yikes. The cold and rain aren’t making this easy.

6. I’m trying to eat healthier. I know Hubs and I both can use more veggies in our daily meals. We can also use less excess sweets and salt. My how I love sweets and salt! (Not necessarily together, but together is also tasty!)

I know that eating salad at home would be a good way to do this. Sadly, I hate buying lettuce. The bagged lettuce is expensive, but the head lettuce wilts so quickly! I’m at a loss as to what to do. I wish there was a magic kitchen gadget that would make washing and storing lettuce easier.

7. I’m trying to adjust to life in the city, away from my family and friends. Don’t get me wrong. I love our little apartment. I like living in the city. It’s great that we have friends (and family) near us in the city. But there’s a lot of people that I find myself missing pretty often. I’ve lived in one place my whole life until now and it’s hard to adjust to not being around the same people and places.

8. I’m trying to save as much money as I/we can. I price match at Walmart. (Yes, I’m one of those but I do go as quickly as I can at the check out!) I also use coupons when possible. I look for deals and I don’t go in Hobby Lobby or Pier 1, ever. I also try to avoid shoe stores.

Hubs does a good job of this as well. He’s actually even thriftier than me.

With all this trying, it’s easy to see why I get discouraged when there’s so much “trying” and not as much “doing.” I wish things would move faster sometimes, but I don’t want to wish any time away from this first year.

This whole year of marriage has been a huge learning experience so far. And not because I’m learning to love Wyatt more or learning to live with him, thought that’s true, too. But I’m growing up a lot and learning a lot about what I want, what we want, what we need, and what our future will look like together.

But, I’ll keep trying. And right now I’m going to try to figure out a way I can take a nap, workout, shower, and get ready for work all in the next hour…

Wish me luck!

 

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Friday’s Food for Thought – Victoria Secret Edition

Ok guys, I know this might be a bit old news, (I wanted to post it last week but it was marriage week, so I post-poned it) but I thought it was worth mentioning because it caused me to think.

Here’s the back story:

Kylie Bisutti, formerly a Victoria Secret model, decided to leave her career as a lingerie model because she became convicted that she wasn’t honoring her husband, or the Lord, with her body in the way she thought she should.

I think she is brave for coming out to admit that in a world where the media is likely to judge her for her decision.

I also think she has the right to choose for herself what was best for her.

However, I think the main reason this is interesting is because the media made such a huge deal about it. She’s done interviews and had multiple news stories covering her decision.

But, I think it’s great that if she decided her career was harming her marriage, she did something about it.

What do you think? What’s the real story here?

I think her decision was admirable but I’m not sure it was right that she got so much attention.

Check it out, I’d love to know if you had heard this story or what you thought.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/02/victorias-secret-model-quits-to-reserve-body-for-my-husband/

P.S. I know I posted this on Saturday. Please forgive me?

Ok?

Good, thanks.

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Today, I locked myself out of our apartment…

Yes, friends, it’s true.

I did manage to lock myself out even when our door has to be locked from the outside with a key.

How?

Well, it’s actually simple, and quite silly.

You see, yesterday I went for a run when I got home from Job #3. Hubs pulled into the parking lot right as I was getting back to our apartment so I walked up the stairs with him and he used his key to let us both in.

Then I forgot to take my key out of my ipod armband, where it stays safely tucked away while I run.

Then, this morning, I left before Hubs so I didn’t have to lock the door.

You see?

There was a very reasonable explanation.

However, I didn’t notice until I got home from work today, loaded everything up in my arms, and walked up to our apartment that I had no key to let me in.

So I walked back to my car, put everything back in there, emailed Hubs, and went to the store to pass the hour or so until he was going to get home.

Perhaps this means I’m tired from working all week (and thinking about working this weekend). Maybe it means I was so excited to get home from work and run on this beautiful afternoon that I didn’t realize I was totally and completely locked out until it was too late and pretty embarrassing if anyone happened to be watching.

By the time I got inside and changed, there was no time for a run and a walk, so I ditched my plans for a run, and Hubs and I headed out on our planned walk together.

 

 

It was nice out, a bit chilly near the end, but it felt good to walk and talk.

Remember back when we resolved to take a long walk once a week? We haven’t done such a great job of that because it’s been cold and dark by the time we each got home after work. I’m excited for the longer  days so we have some daylight hours to spend outdoors.

But for now, we’re back inside.

Oh, and I did make sure to put my key back where it belongs.

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