Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Making Me Happy

I walked outside my happy little apartment the other day and, overnight, my trees had burst into tiny, white flowers. I was glad I took the time to notice -- because sometimes I get preoccupied and am bad at that sort of thing. I took a picture to help me to remember to do that more often. Now, I'm reminding you.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Good Stuff

It seriously rained all freakin' weekend........
This is good stuff.

"I beg you...to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

Rainer Maria Rilke
Photo by Mark Boyle found here.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Let me tell you some things that are really awesome (or not).

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

A Bang Up Job

I had big dreams last night -- ones of change (not like Obama) and being trendy and edgy. I channeled Kate Hudson in Bride Wars (how cute is she???) and thought blunt bangs was the way to go. I even googled "blunt bangs" and it really is all the rage for Spring '09.

The fact that my sister cuts hair is not always a good thing. I have immediate access with no time to think things through. If I'd have been rational I would have reasoned that my face (or body for that matter) is not the same size as Kate's. I wouldn't want it to be. Then I would have remembered how I tried to have straight across bangs in elementary school when big hair was cool, and I have a cowlick in the front that does not cooperate. I didn't think of those things. What's done is done. Hair grows back. But, I can assure you, I don't look like Kate Hudson.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

If Greece is anything as awesome as Greek yogurt and Greek salad, sign me the heck up. I also had a surgeon named Konstantinos who saw me in my abashing state, and he was still nice. As if that weren't enough, I thoroughly enjoyed, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." It must be meant to be. A trip to the Mediterranean in my future. Not sure when, or with what money, but we will meet.

Monday, April 6, 2009

May Be the Best Man I Know

My grandpa passed away on March 28th and I don't think you can ever be ready for something like that. He's been sick for awhile, but I wasn't ready. Selfishly, I want him here, but I know he's so much better there. I think this may be the first funeral I have ever been to, with the exception of my nephew, that I was certain they made it to Heaven. That brings the most comfort.

I lived at my grandparents house from the time I was in 2nd grade until I graduated from high school. After moving away, my grandparents would come visit me often. I moved back to Des Moines 3 years ago, partially because he had gotten sick and I wanted to be closer. I know I'm the person I am today because of his influence. I can't imagine where I'd be without him.

There are so many things that I will remember my grandpa for. My grandpa was funny and stubborn and passionate. We used to argue about politics and would always say, "what's you hurry?" when I would get ready to leave after visiting. It didn't matter that I had been there all day. A few things I especially admire about him are his perseverance, sacrifice, and generosity. With only a 7th grade education, he has successfully provided for his family for many years. When I was growing up, I remember waking up in the middle of the night to hear him pray for each of the members of his family. He stood upon the promises of the Bible and did not rest until He saw God move. He has always sacrificed for others whether it is through his time, money, or talent. I have heard countless stories of how he gave to others, even if it didn’t seem he had it to give. There were times when he would help people on the side of the road, or a friend at work, or even a stranger who came to their door.

I will never forget the day in hospice that I watched grandpa mouth the words to “It is Well” because speaking had become too labored at that point. I believe that when he looked back on his life, he knew those words to be true. I read the other day,” it’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry. You must live up to it.” That's what I intend to do.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Falling behind

I'm behind on pretty much every aspect of life... on cleaning (especially laundry & dishes), on homework, on my running (more like jogging) for idiots plan, reading, buying birthday presents/cards, blogging. I'll get caught up one of these days. Not that you care.

I have an addiction. It's a bit embarrassing. I just want you to know I LOVE MTV "reality" shows. All of them. Or at least most. I can't bring myself to watch "G's to Gents." The shows suck me in, and I can't stop watching. I want to, but I can't. I know they've lost their original niche and don't play enough music videos. Did you know that the first music video ever to be played on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star?" That's a Cranium question... remember that for future reference. Anyway. The trouble with reality shows is that they end. Last night was the "Real World Brooklyn" finale. And I'm sad that I won't know what's going on in their lives anymore. Is that weird? Whatever.