Wednesday Wisdom: Three Little Birds


You guys, I think there is some serious universal cosmic magic happening right now. I don’t want to jinx any of this magic so I won’t, but if you have a minute could you please send Mister and I some good vibe feelings for success and good luck. Please? Thank you!

I promise to fill you in next week. Happy Wednesday!


Wednesday Wisdom: Habit

Recently I read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and it was crazy good. If you read it, and I think you should,  it will make you take a long hard look at why you do the things you do including how you shop at Target. Currently, I’m using the steps that the author gives to change some habits in my life right now. I’ll share some of them with you later. What habit do you want to change? For now, just re-read Aristotle’s quote. Then read it again. Those are some pretty powerful words.

Have a great rest of the week!

This is something else entirely.

Originally I was going to do a “weekend photo post” but then I got to Sunday and looked through my pictures and realized that would be so incredibly boring and I didn’t want to put you to sleep.  So this post may be a little random, a little chaotic, a little like how I am in real life. Real talk, real life, yo.

This weekend was pretty low-key which was really nice. I started the morning with a little blogging/computer time.


During the week I’m really good about eating breakfast, during the weekend I’m really bad about eating breakfast. My focus in the morning is usually Gypsy snuggles and coffee, not eggs and cooking them. This day I forgot to eat until around 11:30, which is technically brunch time, right? So I took my Carne Asada wet burrito from the night before, heated that baby up and put an egg on it. Personally, I think that anything with an egg on it will constitute as breakfast food.


The rest of the day was lazy, I took a nap, then we went to the grocery store. So exciting, I know.

Saturday I decided to purge and clean my bedroom. It took two and half Harry Potter movies, three cups of coffee, a large rum and coke and three Oreo’s to finish. Okay, it was probably more than three Oreo’s, whatever.


Half way through cleaning I got an alert that my friend Shannon had posted on her blog. She was one of my friends that I nominated for the Liebster, apparently since it’s a some-what made up award you can also make up your own rules. So Shannon nominated me back! Now I have 10 more questions to answer. I’m convinced it’s because she was upset that I told her she had homework during her summer break.  Here they are:

1. Why do you blog?

I love to write and I think there are at least three abandoned blogs that I started out there somewhere in the interwebs. I kept trying to fit into a niche that just wasn’t me. I finally decided that I was just going to write, I would share my life with whoever wanted to read it. Also, I’m pretty bad at keeping in touch with people, especially my family. I figured this could be a way for them to at least know that I was still alive and not in jail.

2. If you could own one thing off your Pinterest boards, what would it be?

Why would you ask this question? I can’t just choose one thing. That’s absurd. I love all my pins! But I guess if I had to choose one it would be this gorgeous collection of Pyrex:


3. What is the best plate of food you have ever eaten?

Honestly, I have no idea! The only thing that comes to mind is the massive Thanksgiving feasts that my group of friends put together. We go all out, and it has to be one of the top meals of the year. My friend Sean does things with Brussel Sprouts that should be illegal.

4. There are a lot of retro fashion trends coming back lately…which one do wish would have stayed in the past where it belongs?

Are booty shorts a retro fashion trend? If not I think they need to go away anyway. If I can see your butt cheek whilst walking behind you, they are to damn short. I mean how do you even sit down in those?

5. What fictional character is most like you?

Woah, this is pretty deep. Blame the fact that I just watched the first three Harry Potter movies but I’m going to go with Hermione Granger. At first she’s annoying with all her know-it-all-ness, but eventually she grows on you. She’s always there to have her friends back no matter what, and she doesn’t take any grief from anyone, except Ron, who she’s in love with. She’s smart, strong and witty. Three things I think I am too.

6. Who shot first?

I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re talking about Star Wars, and the change in the scene between Han Solo and the bounty hunter. Han shot first, and he was the only one who did. Some things shouldn’t be messed with. Han Solo is one of them.

If not, then it was definitely the other guy.

7. Umbrella, rain boots, waterproof coats or none of the above?

This is Oregon for goodness sake. You definitely need a waterproof coat. I just bought rain boots, but I never use them. Never use an umbrella. Ever. Unless you want people to think you’re from California, and nobody wants that.

8. For a moment disregard that bills have to be paid or learning would have to be done…what is your dream job?

I always say I want to be one of the in-game reporters for a baseball team. Preferably the Giants, because they’re my favorites.

9.  Someone gives you $500, what do you do with it?

The responsible side of my brain says, pay your bills, put it in savings, open a CD!  The fun side says go on a massive shopping spree! Or buy a plane ticket to go see a friend or family member I haven’t seen in a long time. Eh, probably shopping. Most certainly shopping.

10. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Or you know…in college?

This is a joke between me and Shannon, you’ll have to read her post about being nominated. Basically I’m her imaginary friend, she has a vibrant imagination that one. But seriously, I’m an only child, so even if I don’t remember them, I’m about 95% sure I had an imaginary friend growing up.

Good questions, Shannon! I really had to think on most of those, thanks for waking up my brain during summer break.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet, we visited our wedding venue where I took a million pictures and mister finally got excited. Because I can’t resist and ya’ll have been so patient if you’re still reading this, so here’s a sneak peak:



That’s from the ceremony area looking up to where the reception will be. The place is beyond magical, it’s just plain perfect.

Have a happy Tuesday!

Liebster Award Nominations

Yesterday while I was still reveling in the fact that I only have a year before the wedding I saw that one of my new friends Michelle had nominated me for an award. I was like, whaaat?!? I’ve never been nominated for an award before!  I’ve really only spent a weekend with Michelle, but I can tell we’re totally meant to be friends. That girl is awesome and feisty. Two features I look for in new friends, well, and old friends too.

Anyway, awesome Michelle nominated me for a Liebster award. It’s for bloggers that have less than 200 followers and that’s all I know. Whateves I’ll take it.

There are rules, of course, and here they are:

1. First, link the blog that nominated you. Go check out Shape Up or Ship Out. She’s hilarious and her daughter could possibly be the cutest thing ever.

2. Answer 10 questions from your nominator. Is that a word? It is now.

3. Choose 10 bloggers to nominate. Now since they have to have under 200 followers I really only know two.

4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees. Get ready girls!

5. Tell the people you nominated, that you nominated them. Duh.

Here are my questions that Michelle asked:

1. What is your favorite cardio exercise?

Uhhmm…well since my mom supposedly reads this I’ll just go ahead and say walking Gypsy is my favorite. Or riding my bike. Yeah, those things. Fo’ sho.

2. What type of music do you listen to? Fave song? Fave band?

I listen to everything from country to R&B. I think my favorite band right now is Mumford and Sons, but The Beatles and Dave Matthews are always my go to. Favorite song? Well, that changes right? I’m totes obsessed with Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines right now, just like the rest of the country. Spare me the feminist remarks about this song. It’s fun, he’s hot, just dance it out.

3. Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games?


But Twilight is great for mocking and Hunger Games was a great book (the first one).

4. What is your favorite fashion trend right now?

I love all the stripes and pattern mixing. I have a pair of polka dot pants and a stripped tank that I don’t have the guts to wear outside my house, but maybe soon.

5. What’s one piece of advice that you would give your younger self?

Take more chances! I wish I would have been more courageous and done more cool things when I was in my 20’s. Instead I just played it safe, I should have been traveling and doing stupid things.

6. Do you wash your makeup off every night before you go to bed?

98% of the time I go to bed with a clean face, if I’m feeling lazy I use those cloths that take everything off for you. I can’t stand waking up with a dirty face.

7. Would you rather have no fingers or no toes?

Woah. Aren’t toes essential for balance? I think I could deal with no fingers, but I would still want to walk.

8. Favorite chapstick/lip balm/lip stick?

Burt’s Bees is by far the best chapstick around. For lipstick I really like Maybelline’s Color Whisper in “Rose of Attraction” it gives just enough color without taking over your face.

9. Do you think Brad Pitt is a slime bucket?

Brad and Jenn for life.

10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m pretty resilient which I think is kind of awesome. I haven’t always been able to just bounce back after something crappy has happened but I’ve learned to take things as they come and sift out the important drama from the needless drama.

Now, ladies I have nominated here are your questions!

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, and money were no option,  where would it be? What would you want to see?

2. Why do you blog?

3. What embarrasses you more than anything?

4. What is your favorite thing in your home?

5. You’re both awesome women, what’s your secret?

6. Best book you’ve read in the last year?

7. What is your favorite childhood memory?

8. What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

9. What is your plan for the zombie apocalypse? Do you stay home with hoards of food but little protection or hit the road with limited supplies but a full tank of gas?

10.  Describe your perfect Saturday. Or any day off for that matter.

Thanks again Michelle for the nomination! Please check out these great blogs by my friends. They’re all just marvelous.

A year from today….


I took this screen shot of my wedding countdown app as soon as I realized it was past midnight. I’m just a nerd like that.

OMGEEEEE you guys! Exactly one year from today I’ll be waking up and getting ready for what I can only hope will be one of the top five days of my entire life. I could say that it will be the best day of my life so far. I’m assuming I’ll have children and that could trump the day I finally get to wear that kick-ass vintage dress that is hanging in my closet. It’s possible, except that dress is ah-mazing so those kids better be pretty great.

Anyway, enough about the dress (for now).

Of course, I have a lot to do before this shin-dig. I have a marvelous friend that is helping me plan  and I honestly don’t think I would be able to pull off what I want to do without her. She’ll be my much needed voice of reason when my Pinterest crazed wedding brain says that I want everything wrapped in lace and burlap. What do you mean people don’t want to drink out of mason jars with real-life flowers on them? You mean we can’t make 100 different themed hand made place cards? To much? Not possible. These are the things she’ll keep me from doing, I already know I’ll be eternally grateful.

You know I have a list for this. This sort of thing was made for lists!

Getting this wedding started:

1. Visit the venue, sign the new contract, take millions of pictures (happening on Sunday)

2. Nail down what kind of budget help the parental units will be giving (hint, hint parents that are reading this. You are reading this, right?)

3. Find a photographer and book it, set up engagement photo time.

4. Connect with the most amazing Lenore (who is also my MOH) to nail down invite/website/overall awesomeness theme for everything paper related.

5. Finally decide who will be in the wedding party…and let those people know.

6. Get guest lists from parents (are you still reading?) and make a starting guest count.

7. Start gathering addresses

8. Find a seamstress that will not ruin the beading and lace on my dress.

9. Start gathering craft supplies for decor and other things.

10. Remember to have fun and not get stressed out about the little things (should this have been first? Maybe.)

Of course I’ll keep ya’ll updated with all the haps and projects we’ll be working on this next year.

Now I’m going to go try on my dress and twirl around for a little bit.

Wednesday Wisdom: Keep Moving

First, I want to thank everyone for all the love towards my last post about our love story. It was a great anniversary, one for the books. We bought new towels and went to a housewarming BBQ. Totally romantic, I know.

You know those days weeks months, eh…times that the world just throws it all at you? This is a reoccurring theme here, I apologize if you’re tired of hearing about it. This is my life right now and good for you if you can’t relate (to much snark?). But just like a bike, or a storm or whatever analogy you want to use, you have to keep moving. No matter what happens or how stressed out I get over silly life stuff I just keep planning the wedding and the graduation and all the other stuff that’s coming up. Crafting always seems to help me clear my head so I may get a start on my Christmas projects. I would like to lose some weight before the wedding so I’m starting a new diet and running plan. Once I realized that I had absolutely no control over the things that were causing me the most stress, since I was already doing everything I could to prevent those things from happening, I decided to make goals to distract myself.  It doesn’t mean that the panic attacks when logging into online banking have subsided. It just means that they’re a bit shorter and I have to get more creative with my problem solving. As long as I am moving forward I think I’ll be okay. Pretty sure. Almost positive.

Happy Wednesday! I promise next week will be different.

The story of us…

Family day at the coast, 2009.

Family day at the coast, 2009.

I can’t believe that it’s been EIGHT years that Mister and I started dating. It seems like just yesterday he was trying to get my number, and now here we are eight years and a different state (literally) later. It has been the best eight years of my life, no matter the up’s and down’s I wouldn’t take any of it back. Okay, well maybe there’s a few things I would take back. That awful attempt at beef stroganoff that one time, I would take that back. But thanks for eating it anyway. Note to girls (and guys): If your loved one will still eat an inedible meal that you made for them, just marry them.


Anyway, I digress. I promised you our story so here it goes:

When the two of us met I was unavailable for dating, off the market so to speak. I worked as a teller at a community bank in northern Idaho and he was a customer. I still remember the first time I helped him, he had to spell out his name for me and referenced one of my favorite childhood books as his spelling. He was just adorable and funny, always trying to make me laugh, such a flirt! Over the next year he would come in and we would chat. He seemed to lose his debit card a lot, which meant that we had to re-order him a new one at least once a month. Let me tell you, he was not giving off the most responsible vibe, if you know what I mean.

Ah, old pictures. Remember when the date was permanently etched in there?

Ah, old pictures. Remember when the date was permanently etched in there?

After much work on his part and some pretty big life changes on mine I was back on the market! It was summer and I was single and ready to mingle! One day he came into the bank and I overheard him say to a fellow teller that he was planning on moving to Portland for school. When he was done he came over to say hello and I mentioned how unfair it was that I was finally able to date and he was moving away. He mentioned that he was going to culinary school, so obviously I said he should make me dinner before he left. He gave me his number but didn’t ask for mine so of course, I didn’t call him. I thought if he was so interested he would have asked for my number, right?

About a week later he came in and was talking to the teller next to me and mentioned that he had given me his number and I had never called. The woman, who was like the head Momma at the bank, turned to me and said, “There’s no reason not to call him.” This juicy gossip circulated around that I had this guys number and hadn’t called him. My manager told me that if I didn’t use his number to give it to her for her daughter, she needed a nice guy.

So of course, I didn’t call him.

Baseball game, 2009.

Baseball game, 2009.

Yeah I made him wait two weeks before I called him. And when I did finally call him I only apologized for not calling earlier. He acted like he didn’t care, like it was no big deal. I for sure thought that the ship had sailed and I prepared to hand over the golden number to my boss for her daughter.

The next day he was in the bank. Ordering a new debit card.

He looked a little more polished than usual, like he hadn’t just gotten off work, but had put a clean shirt on and done up his hair. It was adorable. He asked me to join him at some bar that night for a party for one of his friends. I acted like it was no big deal, like maybe I had plans, we’d see. It was a school night and I had to work early the next day.

So of course, I dragged my only single friend out at 9:00 that night and made her come with me to the bar.

And the rest, as they say…is history.

Five years! 2010.

Five years! 2010.

A week later he was helping me move into a new apartment, a month later we were dreaming about running away together. Six months later he was moving me out of my scary apartment and into his house, where I found a drawer full of debit cards that weren’t activated. He had figured out that it took longer to order a new card, so he just kept ordering them so he could talk to me. Of course, I was positively oblivious.

We spent our first anniversary eating Mac & Cheese and Corn Dogs off of boxes in our first apartment here in Eugene. It was a whirlwind romance and I’m sure there are many times that my friends and family had to bite their tongues when I would tell them that I was moving to a new state with this boy I had been dating for less than a year.

Our first 4th of July, a week after we moved to Eugene.

Our first 4th of July, a week after we moved to Eugene.

I had found what I was looking for and I knew that this was the guy that I would marry and make a life with. It’s been a wild ride, these last eight years. Through all the ups and downs we’ve never left each other’s side. He’s my best friend and I know that no matter what life throws at us we’ll help each other get through it. And let me tell you, life has thrown us plenty of curveballs in the last eight years. Now we just look back at those times and laugh because we remember the good parts and shake our heads at the parts that caused any pain.


Next year we get married and I’m so excited that I finally get to call him my husband. We’re one of the last couples in our group of friends to get married, and one of the longest relationships of all our friends. I think everything happens in its own time, and next year will be perfect for a wedding.

Now I have to go find some tissues, have a great weekend everyone!


The worst summer list EVER!


She’s hiding from this summer chore list. Sneaky dog.

I think that may be a bad title…who wants to read something when it says in the title that it’s the worst ever? Well, I guess you do if you’re reading this. Thanks for that. I’m sharing with you guys the second in my series of lists for this summer. The first one was all about having fun! Yay! The next one is all about the wedding that I’m planning (you have to wait, sorry). This one…this is like a big long chore list. It took forever for me to write it out on paper, I mean who wants to write a chore list? Well, I do. But that’s because I have a problem and I love to write lists. But even this one was boring for me to write. You see, we have so much going on next year that I think I should do something productive around the house during the summer. I get that summer is almost over, even if my denial about that is in full blown “it’s still June” mode. I know it’s not June, it’s the end of July (EEK!) and I have yet to get started on this list. Can you blame me? It’s been, like, really hot you guys! Like in the 90’s! I seriously don’t even know how I ever survived all those years in the desert, I’m such a wimp when it comes to heat nowadays. Anything over 80 and all I want is a fan and a glass of something cold. The last thing I want to do when I get home from work is clean the garage. Yuck! But I must. I either do it now, or I do it later when we’re in the midst of graduating and marrying each other and moving. Best to get started now, no matter how impossible it may seem. Hmm…there seems to be a theme here this week. Stick with me, or just stop reading here. Whatever.



1. Kitchen:

  • Go through all cabinets and pantry, anything not being used must go.
  • Reorganize drawers and lower cabinets (uppers were already done)

2. Bathroom:

  • Organize and clean cabinets, get rid of any product not used in the last six months

3. Bedroom:

  • Tackle the closet…again. Anything not worn since the last time get rid of.
  • Decide what should be stored in cedar chest
  • Store unused bedding somewhere not under the bed (oops)

4. Living Room:

  • Clean out desk
  • Fix furniture and reorganize drawers in buffet and entry-way table

5. Garage:

  • Make a drink, this is going to be awful
  • Go through ALL the boxes! Just throw all the crap away that you haven’t looked at since you packed those over 3 years ago. Seriously, you don’t need it.
  • Organize all craft supplies into armoire
  • Fix shelving to store totes of crap that is being kept.
  • Hang the bikes!

6. Have a garage sale. Sell it all. Who cares? Okay, there it is, my boring list. Tomorrow marks 8 long glorious years that mister and I have been together. I’m going to tell you all about our lovey-dovey story. Happy Friday!!

Wednesday Wisdom

Sometimes we have the opportunity to look at a task ahead of us and make the impossible seem possible. We can make a plan, set goals, write lists and envision our outcome. Sometimes we don’t get that luxury and we wake up one day smack in the middle of a situation that seems impossible to get out of. It can be like quick sand for your spirit. When these situations arise it’s best to panic and call your mom, because she’ll always know what to do. You can also eat a box of Oreo’s in one night, nobody’s judging here. But the next day you have to wake up and make a plan and remember that nothing is impossible if you try.

Thank you Walt Disney.

And Nelson Mandela.

Anyway, just get moving. Do your thing you think is impossible. In all reality what’s really stopping you?


How am I livin’? How my phone sees my life.

I was contaminated this weekend, I accidentally devoured cautiously ate a roll with butter in it. I couldn’t help it, it was delicious. I knew as soon as I ate it and so did Mister, he just looked at me, shook his head and asked where the Epi-pen was. He has this look he gets in his eyes when he thinks he may get a chance to use an Epi-pen on me, it’s kind of scary. Luckily there was no need, I didn’t go into anaphylaxis,  so I just drank more wine and hoped for the best. This was Saturday, so Sunday I felt the worst of it. The low energy, the nausea and  headache, it was all there. Monday I felt the residual effects where my entire body hurts down to my joints and it’s uncomfortable to even move.

All from one little roll! My addiction to carbs overruled my common sense, that stupid delicious bread.

While glued to the couch Sunday I noticed that I have over 900 pictures on my phone, mostly of Gypsy of course.

Here are some from the last few weeks:

IMG_1710^These two were just trouble. Onyx belongs to our friends and we took care of him for a few days^

IMG_1713^She’s really not a morning person^

IMG_1715^I got to work here last Friday, go ahead, be jealous.^

IMG_1718^My first piece of Fiesta ware. It was on bonkers sale and I couldn’t say no. It’s turquoise for god’s sake.^

IMG_1723^We went to a wedding this weekend, it was beautiful^

IMG_1730^This is Felecia, she’s simply wonderful.^

IMG_1732^This is Sarah, we take goofy pictures.^


^I love the #ABeautifulMess App.^

Speaking of A Beautiful Mess, I’ve decided to do their 30-Day-Self-Portrait-Challenge. Yes it’s narcissistic. No, I don’t really care (okay, I do a little. It’s pretty awkward actually).




^2/30 At least I can get creative with it.^

Okay, that’s it. No more pictures.

Enjoy your day!