Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Picture & thought found here
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes ..." Norman Schwarzkopf
"America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed." Allen Boyd
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I have to tell you, there's more pictures where that came from. When life has settled a bit, there will be plenty. I just wanted you to take note of the fact that on October 24, 2009, I fulfilled a New Year's Resolution. I wore red lipstick...oh well if I was also wearing a Halloween costume...I have to say, I kind of liked it.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Basically, my options were to be a witch or wear a man's costume. Neither of which will do. For two years now, I've just wanted to be a sailor -- a respectable, God bless America sailor. Not a slutty one. We're in the middle of a war here. Is that too much to ask?
I need more ideas and someone to help with the vision. Send help please!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I felt all those things where I'm at until Saturday.... when my Athena brought in unexpected visitors. Just a few, but enough to make me sick to my stomach. Then it got worse when I realized they came from the neighbor.
And I cried.
In the apartment.
At the laundromat.
On the phone.
At the vet.
Just like that, my house didn't feel like home. I was over apartment living.
Monday morning, I got pre-approved to buy a house. I was super excited, started looking, and had some strong possibilities in mind. So started the up and down cycle of deciding between buying my own house and renting.
Up and down.
Pros and cons.
Back and forth.
50 million times.
Every 5 minutes.
And the cycle continues.
It would be awesome, but I don't feel completely at peace (I've learned to listen to that voice, you know?) The timing isn't right.
Good news is, my house is more spotless than ever before (which makes sense when you vacuum every freakin' day...), and I haven't seen any of what I not-so-affectionately am referring to as the plague in 2 days. Also, I was encouraged to know I could actually get a house when I'm ready.
For the first time this week, I'm optimistic. And I'm hoping my house feels more like home very very soon.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Instead of sorrowing over all the things we don't have (Anthro, H&M, Ikea, the oceans, mountains...I could go on, but that's not the point), I'm thinking of all the things we do. Like, grass that is actually green, snow flakes at Christmas, charming brick houses, Von Maur, the Iowa State Fair (duh). Lest you think because I live in Iowa, I am a little bit country, I have never milked a cow, collected my own eggs, and once cried when I stepped in manure at a friends house. I did, however, listen and thoroughly enjoy the Journey concert at the Iowa State Fair...from a lawn chair...in my brother's backyard. WT maybe, country, not a chance.
So friends, come play with me. We've got some fun things to do off this list. Don't believe me? Check it out here.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This one should be fun. #15 -- Perfect a Cookie Recipe.
Here's the problem. I'm overwhelmed.
Overwhelmed by cookies? Yes, overwhelmed.
What kind should I start with?
Should I keep it simple?
Sugar Cookies, gingersnaps, snickerdoodle?
Or make something fancy like macaroons?
Help me decide. Please.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here's the story, I've been working hard to be the healthiest, most fit person I can be for the last 3 years. I joined Weight Watchers, and started going to the gym. I've been successful, but I'm not there yet. Actually, I'm about half way there. Let's be honest, I'm tired of half-way.
I can't tell you what that ultimate goal looks like. I think I'll know when I get there. If you'd be so kind to humor me while I document my journey, I'd love you to pieces. I can promise you, goals will be recorded, met, shattered, and failed, and I promise not to give up. I'm hoping for more shattering, less failing, please.
And for the love of all things, could someone tell the doctors to stop bringing the donuts??? Seriously.
P.S. Your thoughts, tips, and encouragement are always welcome. :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here's the thing. Everywhere I turn some one's talking about the Obama Health Care Plan and I'm sure it's no surprise that I am adamantly opposed. There are more reasons than I would ever want to get into. Trust me, there's a lot of them. But there is one reason I can not fight or ignore. From my understanding, his plan, as modeled after the one is Massachusetts, allows for late term abortions for a $50 co-pay. If that's true, that makes me sick.
I've been questioning whether it's insensitive to use Kane's story to prove the point I want to make. But you see, I got that call from my brother in the middle of the night, and I rushed to the hospital and watched his mom cling to a perfectly formed human being. At 23 weeks. A baby. Not just a fetus. And I just can't understand why someone would want to or could go through with an abortion after seeing what I saw.
Bottom line, that's why I won't support the Obama Plan.
You want to talk about rights now?
Monday, August 10, 2009
1. Best friend reunions
2. The smell of my home after it’s been cleaned top to bottom
3. The first signs of Spring after a long, Midwest Winter
4. An American flag flying in the wind
5. A baby’s giggle (doesn't get much better)
6. Seeing the potential in others
7. The peace & security I have in my relationship with Jesus Christ
8. Post-it Notes & Mechanical Pencils
9. Diet Coke with a lime – the fizzier the better
And to add to my list of happy things getting me through this Monday...
11. A new cardigan to wear today
12. A trip to Hobby Lobby over my lunch hour for project supplies
13. Figuring out what menu item I LOVE at Jimmy John's and picking it up after Hobby Lobby
14. Matt Lauer looking extra dapper in his gray suit this morning (is that embarrassing to admit?) and Al Roker being on vacation (I'm sorry, but sometimes he is too much for me).
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I'm also thinking of friends, some close and some far away. I have to admit that I'm both sad and happy. I can barely see through the tears to type this. You'd probably laugh, if you could see me now. About the ones that are far away, I hope people who get to live near all them know how lucky they are. I'd give anything to put them all in one place and get to see them everyday. I would. And all their babies, ones just born and ones starting junior high this year. I'm praying for babies and overcome by how awesome it is to think of the potential in those kids and that God knew them before their moms ever felt them kick. That is so incredible. I'm thankful that I have a healthy niece because carrying a baby is not easy for everyone. She puts life in perspective.
As I write, and pray, and write, and pray I'm filled with peace. I know my steps are ordered of God, that He goes before me, that He chose me, and that there is no reason to worry.
And to all my friends facing your own trials, He thinks those things of you too. Isn't that humbling? It is for me.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
What my cake ACTUALLY looked like.
It wasn't the easiest of recipes and I followed it step by step. Everything was going good until I added the 3rd layer and it started to collapse. I thought, "nothing a little frosting can't cover..." So I continued on with the frosting and chocolate glaze. Then the cake literally started cracking and falling apart. I have no idea what happened and that picture above is what it looked like BEFORE it was cut. I almost had left it at 2 layers and I wish I had. Thankfully, my sister is good sport and we ate it anyway. It may of been ugly, but it tasted darn good! Maybe next time it will look good too.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Let's set the record straight. I love my city. I really do. D-town is where it's at for me... Atleast for now. But I'm boorrreeeddd. Sure, there's things I could be doing -- cleaning, walking the dog, going to the gym, working on some project. Heck, I could even be filling out my UoP application...Remember when you were a kid and thought you had nothing to do during the summer? We didn't know a thing. Today, summer is basically half over and I haven't got much to show for it. I'm glad you're coming to play this weekend. We'll have a fabulous time and won't be bored for one second. I promise.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Iwo Jima Monument for Marines
The White House
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I would like to think I'm a bit of dreamer. Always wanting just a little bit more -- not being completely satisfied with where I'm at. I think it's a bit of a generational thing -- always wanting more. I don't want to identify with the discontentment of my generation, I'm just hoping to be a little better, and leave the people I come in contact with a little better than before. I want to be wise enough and brave enough to seize the grand opportunities of this life, and be discerning and sensitive enough to take advantage of the quiet, every day occasions that make it all worth living.
I think I sort of lost the dreamer in me for a little while. Things kind of felt far off, unattainable, and overwhelming. I think I've got a handle on that now. What better way to jump back into it than my making my very own "30 before 30" list. At first, I thought it was impossible to think of thirty things, and then 30 didn't seem like nearly enough. I tried to make the list as tangible as possible, but there might be things you don't get, certain people I'm referring to, specific moments I'm hoping to make real life. Some may seem insignificant and some used to be secret -- until now. Some of it is about finishing what I started and doing what I've always wanted to do.
More than accomplishing the list, I'm hoping to make some memories along the way. I'm going to enjoy the journey and have stories to tell my grand kids someday. Here's my list, in no particular order:
1. Finish school
2. See a really great concert
3. Go to New York
4. Run a race
5. Pay off my car
6. Invest some money
7. Plant a garden
8. Sew a baby blanket
9. Hand write 1 note per week
10. Work for a political campaign
11. Visit Washington DC
12. Make a new life friend
13. Overcome shyness – Be confident
14. See a horse race
15. Perfect a cookie recipe
16. Learn to play tennis
17. Give to something until it hurts
18. Know how to change a flat
19. Break 100 in bowling
20. Encourage someone’s dream
21. Stop drinking diet pop
22. Forgive quickly
23. Love unconditionally
24. Read Bible through
25. Write something worth reading
26. Live in the same city as life friends
27. Have a job I love
28. Start a book club
29. Go sailing
30. Be in love
I pray the next 2 years are better than I could ever imagine and that I can't even wrap my mind around what good things are next.
"Happy are those that dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." ~Leon Joesph Cardinal Suenens
Thursday, June 11, 2009
When I woke up this morning, more tired than usual from all the birthday partying I've been doing (uhh, something like that...) I just didn't feel like doing my hair. For some unknown reason I thought I could pull off Lauren's braid. Apparently I didn't look into the mirror until I got to work and it was too late... CRAP! Note to self: braids do not hide grease. Is that embarrassing to admit?
Then, I happened upon a quote by Coco Chanel on some one's FB.
"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
I hope today is not my day.
I should shower at lunch time.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Not our best shot, but I'll take Cheeseburger in Paradise with these ladies any day (and their husbands). Shannon's busy running the universe and Elisha's about to have a baby girl, but we converged in Omaha this weekend so I could see the belly one more time before it pops. Throw in a visit to Anthropologie, and some of my favorite shopping locations with Shannon to make life feel really good. The 2 hour drive between us may seem close, but it's just plain too far for my liking. Maybe someday they'll move here? I'm not holding my breath.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I just spent 5 days with this lady and her family--who really do feel like my family--in sunny Arizona! Nothing like warm weather, eating at some of my favorite places (Charleston's and Chik-fil-a), and good people, who have a similar heart, to make for an awesome vacation. Whenever I am with PW & Dana, I inevitably dream more (for myself & them) and am encouraged (whether they mean to or not) to be more. We don't have to talk every week, or even every month, and it's okay. Before I left, Alyssa gave me a necklace and said, "so you NEVER forget me..." Seriously Peenie, not a chance.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Rainer Maria Rilke
Monday, April 20, 2009
1. When you spill pop all over your new leather purse and ruin your phone... losing all your contacts.
2. Getting a new phone!
3. Almost a week headache free! That's HUGE for me, people.
4. Getting a really great workout with Megan...So "good" that your legs hurt 3 days later!
5. Someone standing up for what she believes in... even if she isn't the most eloquent.
6. Only 4 weeks until my Baby Ava is here! I can't tell you how much I want to snuggle my new neice. In 4 weeks... no earlier. My eyes may have welled up with tears at Babies R Us yesterday.
7. Going to Arizona next week!
8. Your camera breaking while taking this picture.
9. Your new phone having a decent enough camera to showcase your new bangs.
10. Finally deciding you like your bangs.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
She's creative, funny, an amazing cook, disciplined, thoughtful, a great mother, and just an all around good person and friend.
So, Happy Birthday, Megan. The world is a better place because you're in it! Hope your day is as special as you are. XO-Nikki
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I put them in Sunday before church and by the time I had driven the 3.67 minutes it takes to get there, I was like the Cowardly Lion. Just throwing it out there, but it could of been my sister's comment about me fitting in more at the earlier service (read: the one with mostly old people people). And then I remembered how the sales lady told me it looked like something you wear to a funeral. All this going through my mind in 3.67 minutes. And in those minutes, we had time to snap a picture. And then I took them out. Just like that, my courage had failed me.Fast forward to last night. My mom, sister, and me went to see Legally Blonde at the Civic Center. It was such a cool show, really funny, and we had amazing seats. I've seen a couple shows before, and it was by far my favorite. As I was getting ready, I remembered those feathers, but this time I was brave. I wore them with pride. And I was happy.