Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Thinking about my little buddy and missing her already.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Do You Believe In Magic?

I do. I can't even begin to put it into words. I was so close it was incredible. My only regret was not having a camera with me. Number 2 on my 30 before 30 list... check.

Friday, June 12, 2009

30 Before 30

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


I'll admit it. I like the Hills. I like Lauren Conrad. I'll probably read her new book this summer. I don't think the Hills will be as good now that she's gone. I feel like I watched her grow up. I am, after all, 28 years old now. I first started following the drama on Laguna Beach, and would get SO mad at Stephen for how he treated her. By the way, Stephen is on One Tree Hill now and he should stick with breaking hearts on "reality" tv. Lauren's come a long way since then... especially her highlights.

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

Be Still My Heart

In case you're wondering, I'll be seeing this guy in Omaha this weekend. My heart is about as happy as it could be.