Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label things and stuff. Show all posts

happy new year and all that jazz

Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year! 

I think that counts most of the holidays that have passed since I last shared anything here. So why, might you ask, have I been so MIA lately? Well, for many reasons. Life has been running at full speed lately. The holidays were a mess of parties, travel, Christmas shopping, work commitments with really no downtime in between. Also, I've just honestly lost some of my urge to blog. I still enjoy reading other blogs and I do miss using my creative side to share content here. I do think it's good for me to have a little hobby outside of family and work time. I honestly haven't had much time for anything else. This weekend is my birthday and I'll get to see some friends that I haven't seen in SO long. I have been a terrible friend lately and it's really all my own fault.

One refreshing conversation I had over the holiday break was with Chris's cousin, Jami. She said she really missed my blogging and wondered why I didn't share anything anymore? I told her about how busy I was and my recent hesitancy to share personal things with the internet. Her response was so Jami and so perfect, 'f*ck those guys'. I laughed. She's right. It's worth it to me to take the time to share things and there are a few people that enjoy what I do also. 

Maybe that's my new 2018 manta? 

F*ck those guys.

Also, just exposing myself to less hate/incompetance/ugly stuff. I need to unfollow @realDonaldTrump on twitter. I've tried to stop reading hateful/ignorant news articles that are written merely to inflame and not to educate or inform. 

There are exciting things coming up in 2018. I have a few thrilling announcements coming up soon. So there are some things to look forward to around here. Also, I'm so thankful that everyone is healthy and doing well in my family. So all of the important boxes are checked.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you've reflected a bit on 2017 and are ready to give 2018 the what for. 

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Happy Monday everyone!

It's a cold and snowy Columbus day here in Denver. I hope you are having a good day!  Nothing exciting to say here other than here are a few links I've been clicking lately.

- you're probably related to Neanderthals and those genes affect your behavior!

- I just read this book and it was amazing

- some great advice on saving money

- here is something I bought recently that I'm really excited about (also 30% off right now!)

- we all should really stop getting on Facebook #Russianmeddling

- are you into pins?

Hope you have a good week!

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Hey guys, how are you? I feel like it's been a few since we've caught up! I've been on such a constant run of sharing photos from our trip, that I haven't really checked in with you all lately (hope that's not getting annoying).

How has your summer been? Can you believe that it's September already? I feel like we were just planning Memorial Day festivities and now it's all back-to-school and pumpkins-for-sale at the grocery stores.

An aside: Ever wonder where Labor Day came from? Here is a great Drunk History explanation. That is one of my favorite shows, hilarious and you learn a little something along the way.

Life has been really great lately and at the same time it's been so heavy. The news cycle is particularly depressing these days. There are major fires in the western United States, record breaking hurricanes in the Atlantic, and flood waters still ruining lives in Texas and Louisiana. If we're not worried about nuclear war one week, we're worried about mass deportations the next. It's hard not to think about all the pain and worry that is going around without letting it seep into your own life. I'm so thankful that here in Colorado we haven't been affected by anything major besides smoky skies (well, and mass deportations).

I mean, it's not all roses and daisies around here either. We're still dealing with a torn up kitchen floor and missing some drywall and flooring downstairs from our dishwasher leaking for many days while we were on vacation. Dealing with insurance and trying to prevent splinters in our kids feet hasn't been the most pleasant experience, but it's understandably minor in the grand scheme of things.

I'll just end this with a quote from someone much more eloquent than I.

"It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars" - Garrison Keillor

a certain je ne sais quoi


If you hadn't noticed lately, my bio has sort of disappeared on this blog. I'm working on getting another page setup with some more info on who the heck is writing all this stuff, besides the brunette with the bangs (which I no longer have, hah) on the right-hand side of the page.

Until then, and actually in addition too, here are a few more things about me that you might not know already. Pretend we all sat down to drink a glass of wine and just decided to get to know each other better.

1 >  my degree is in Geological Engineering, which <1% of the world's population has ever heard of

2 >  I have never had a cavity (thank you, genetics)

3 >  I have an almost unhealthy interest in lighting and light fixtures and I have no idea when it appeared or why

4 >  I raised baby pigs for 4H while growing up in Idaho

5 >  did I mention I grew up in Idaho (another place that <1% of the world's population has ever heard of)

6 >  my two daughters were very close to being named Cora and Everly

7 >  my husband and I met in college and I'm mildly embarrassed to say he was my first real kiss

8 >  I really enjoy working with women because I so rarely do on a day to day basis and because I get inspiration on things to wear to work besides slacks and a sweater!

9 >  I played basketball in college at a tiny NAIA school and we were mostly terrible

10 >  tiny enclosed spaces give me the willies, my mother passed on her claustrophobia to me

11 >  I've always been mildly embarrassed to tell people in my real life that I blog and I'm not 100% sure why

12 >  I know a lot about fracking and would love to talk to anyone about if they want to understand the science/engineering behind it

13 >  I almost never wear heels because I'm 6'0 already and what would be the point, really?

14 >  I never drank alcohol until I was freshman in college

15 >  I wasn't allowed to chew gum growing up, so consequently, I very rarely chew it as an adult

Alright, was that random enough for everyone? I always like to learn a little bit more about the people behind the blogs, so I thought I would share some different things about myself. Feel free to leave an interesting tidbit about yourself in the comments below!

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Happy Monday (as if a thing really existed, but ya know, it's the thought that counts).

This week's a weird one for me. I've put in my two weeks notice at my current company and will be switching jobs in April. We're also having some childcare issues, so life is going through some change right now. At least I can safely say we aren't moving again, so yay for that! One thing can be constant!

My old Denver Homies book club is trying to get started again. I am hosting our first get together so I need to get on this book selection process. My favorite part of being in a book club is getting to read really good books that I wouldn't have normally picked out myself. Oh, and the wine and girl talk, of course. Since I'm the first host, I have a little extra pressure to pick a good book. Any suggestions? I'll be scouring the bestsellers list shortly, but let me know if you know of any worthy reads!

This weekend we finalized our summer travel plans. We currently are deep in the midst of planning our first overseas trip with our whole family. And by whole family, I mean 12 of us, including my parents, two brothers, my sister, and their families. We will definitely be renting those big passenger vans for our trip (or two). I think the plan is to fly into Amsterdam and explore from there. I have only been to France so far so I am really excited to explore more of Europe. I'm mildly terrified of bringing my two small children on long flights and dealing with time changes, but I think it will be wonderful for them too.

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Cheers to another week and being a feminist. :)