Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Extra Day

I am linking up over at my mom's blog today for the Hodgepodge. Since it's a leap year I had all this extra time to sit down and blog.

1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of February this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day?
Who really wants an extra day in February? And today is actually gloomy and rainy. Yuck! I would much rather it was an extra day in the summertime. Oh well. I will spend it much like the day before- at work.

2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part?
Last April I took a big leap of faith and moved up to D.C.. I had to put all my trust in God and the direction He was sending me. It's turned out pretty great!

3. We're one week into the season of Lent...are you marking these 40 days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How's it going so far?
One year I gave up soda, another year I tried to give up Facebook. This year rather than giving up a physical object that I'm slightly addicted to I've decided to give up some of my time each day to spend in quiet time with God. I picked up a copy of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and I am loving it!

4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire?
The other weekend Peter and I house-sat at this fabulous home and spent some time playing cards in front of one of the many fireplaces.

5. Surf and Turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak), or a menu so you can select another option?
I'm pretty sure I've never ordered Surf and Turf. I don't really like lobster (I LOVE crabs though) so I would likely ask to see a menu.

6. If you could have any television program back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what program would you choose?
Friends. Hands down. No questions asked. Has there ever been a better show? The answer to that question is no. I own all 10 seasons on DVD. I've seen every episode a dozen times. I still watch re-runs when they come on tv. I pretty much watch an episode at night when I'm trying to fall asleep. I own the Friends Scene It game. I remember watching the final episode. Pretty sure I cried. I quote it and I still think it's hysterical. Why, oh, why did you have to end??

(hehehe...)

7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat?
I would say I have a selective memory. For instance, I have selected to forget most of what I learned in school as it pertains to things like mathematics and science.

Click on over to post your answers too!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Write It Down

I write in my journal almost everyday. Pages of thoughts, dreams, musings, quiet times with God. I never have a shortage of things to write about. Words easily fill up the pages. Of course the difference here is that no one reads my journal and I can write truly about anything I want. Whereas on this little blog I sometimes hold back. I want to be an honest and personal blogger and let you all really get to know me and what goes on in my life. Keep it interesting but still keep some things just for me.
I'm challenging myself to just stop over-thinking each post. They don't have to be planned or even that entertaining. Life isn't always. I just need to start putting words on the page screen I'm plowing ahead. Just gotta write.

Yesterday I stocked up on cards. I bought 16 cards- went just a little bit crazy. Saint Patrick's Day cards, just plain pretty cards, Easter cards. Cards for family, for friends, and for no good reason at all. It is hard to find decent cards in my opinion so I buy them when I see them! Another challenge for myself, that I talked about in this post is to be more intentional in showing my family and friends that I am thinking of them! So, if I know you- keep an eye on your mail box this Spring.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Anywho...

Hello strangers.

I won't dwell on my absences. Just hop right in. Soo... anywho...

How was everyone's weekend?

Friday night was spent with my honey. We ate dinner in and went to a movie. Low key and lovely.

Saturday I popped in a movie and took a nap on the couch. Is there anything more restful than a Saturday afternoon nap? It was a good thing too, because that night my roommates and I did something we've never done before- all went out together.
Don't get me wrong, we frequent Chipotle and whole foods and spend a lot of time together drinking tea on our couch. But we're not really girls who hit the town. So we bucked up and got a little dressed up (a big change from my usual lazy weekend get up of sweat pants and Peter's t-shirts) and headed out for dinner and drinks.
We lasted until 12:30 am (the latest I've been out in a while). And we had a splendid time catching up on each other's lives without the distraction of our laptops and of course we spent a good chunk of time rolling our eyes and acting out our own version of Fashion Police (the things some people leave the house in).
After we were over the downtown crowd we headed home and I was planning to head to bed however we may or may not have stayed up till 3 am drinking tea on the couch and watching Justin Bieber's Never Say Never... and I never thought I'd admit this on my blog.... but, that boy is amazing!!! Peter- if you're reading this- don't judge.
Sunday I spent time doing a little bit of blog designing (which you may have noticed here). I can't wait to share what I'm working on for a sweet wife/mama's blog.

Every Sunday afternoon is spent with some of my favorite high school friends at bible study and from there I went to meet up with other leaders for our bi-weekly get together dinner, worship and intentional time spent thinking about and praying those special high school friends.

So... anywho... that's what happened this weekend. Hope you all have a lovely Monday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge Love

1. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln,Thomas Jefferson...who would you most like to meet and why?
Thomas Jefferson- he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, had a lot to do with drafting the Constitution and I think he'd have some choice words for the people in office today...

2. What's your favorite chain restaurant?
I like Chili's and Peter and I go there every now and then. I dislike it more these days since they started adding the calorie counts to every item on the menu (who's idea was that?) which only makes me feel guilty for ordering their insanely tasty skillet queso.

3.When you look back on your life do you imagine you'll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say it was good?
My goals and plans for my life have changed countless times over the years. What I thought I wanted "back then" is drastically different from where my life has taken me but I have no regrets because I know that God is in control and he has way better plans for me than any goals I could set for myself!

4.Grapefruit-take 'em or leave 'em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice?
I'll take it anyway you serve it! I love the tartness of grapefruit cut with a little bit of sugar sprinkled on top for breakfast!

5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?
I actually cleaned out my bedroom closet not that long ago (before my mom came to visit-so she wouldn't see how messy I'd let it get). I will definitely be cleaning it out again as the weather gets warmer and chucking any winter clothes that I didn't wear this season. I actually love spring cleaning/ purging!

6. You get to have lunch with three famous people...who would you like to see round your table?
I never can come up with a good/original answer- Princess Kate (I think we would just be the best of friends), Giada deLaurentis (she makes yummy food and her husband works for anthropologie and I bet she could hook me up!), Jim Rayburn if he was still around today (founder of Young Life- aka the man!)

7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?
I give myself a 5. Which means it could go either way. Some days I can whip it into a spot in one shot. Other days....

8. Peter absolutely spoiled me yesterday. We don't really do the whole big Valentines experience but that didn't stop him from buying me beautiful roses (which I hauled into work today so I can enjoy them longer), and chocolate covered strawberries!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Heart Day Treats

I came home from work yesterday to find a sweet package from my mom spoiling me with valentine's day treats!

1. A sweet Valentine's card from my parents
2. A subscription to Relevant magazine
3. Sweet heart napkins
4. Candy, of course (my love language)
5. Fuzzy polk-dot socks
6. Conversation hearts- it's not Valentine's day without them!
7. Cute tissues to carry in my purse
8. A new bracelet
9. An iTunes gift card

My mom is the best at sending little holiday treats! She even sent goody bags for my two roommates. She is incredibly and consistently thoughtful and I want to be more like that- more creative and intentional on showing my family and friends that I am thinking of them! Is there anything sweeter than real mail, a real letter or little treat to unwrap? I don't think so! Thanks mom!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Be Creative

So I recently received a comment asking if I still do blog designs because she was looking for a revamp.

Well... I do!

Mostly just my own though, hehe. {but if you're also interested leave me a comment or head over here}

I am working on coming up with a design for this little ol blog of mine that I can live with for a long time. Something streamlined and simple that fits my [blog] style. I want to add some more features like a custom logo, tags, and a horizontal navigation bar, all that jazz. Basically this is me trying to fill the void left by art classes and designated time in my day to be creative! My "corporate" schedule has left me feeling absent from my artsy, hippie-ness and I'm trying to reclaim it any way I can. Oh, Pinterest. How you inspire me....

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Waiting Game

When I started this blog over 2 years ago it was a way for me to document my last year of university. To capture all the memories and the thoughts I had as I transitioned from college girl to whoever I would be in the "real world." There were so many big moments that I didn't want to forget, my camera was attached to my hip and I had no problem finding stories to share or words to express the roller coaster of emotions that comes with any shift in life.

That first year out of college was still full of newness. Nothing felt settled or permanent, I knew my situation was temporary and I was anxiously waiting for whatever was coming next. For me that would mean a job change, and a move to a new city.

Now I have been in this no-longer-new job in a no-longer-unfamiliar city for 10 months and for now I am settled. I'm settled but I feel oh so restless. For so many years I have had something big on the horizon. Starting college, graduation, getting a job- experiences ripe with blog posting material. Now I am waiting, again, and I have lost my blogging enthusiasm.

I think this is the curse of winter. I am at work all day and when I come out of my office it is dark and the day is over, nothing to report. I could tell you what I wore to work, or how many emails I answered, or what I had for lunch but that hardly seems fair to y'all. I like my job and I like having a job because it allows me to live here and it's providing me opportunities to do (more fun) things in the future. I have a fabulous summer on the horizon and I am working my tushy off to get there. Saving vacation hours and working overtime so I can afford to do all that I want to do. Is it too early in the year to start talking about summer?

I find myself comparing my blog to others. Why can such and such a blog make the everyday run of the mill stuff sound exciting and I can't? Why would people want to read about what I did yesterday? Why don't I have a niche? Where oh where has my blogging passion gone?

Maybe this time just has to be experienced. Maybe there isn't a way to put it to words or document it with photographs. I need to simply enjoy the day to day and the rest will follow. I want to relish this simple time of routine and stop waiting for whatever is going to happen next.