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

things and stuff

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!

things and stuff

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!

things and stuff

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. :)

the best of 2016








Here are some of my favorite memories from 2016:

1) our chickens! We're still missing our feathery friends. 2017 might be the year of a new pet or two.

2) all the hiking trips we went on in Wyoming and Montana, the views were breathtaking and the company was pretty awesome too

3) our visit to Tippet Rise, still the coolest art museum or installation I've ever been too (sorry Louvre)

4) all of our family time with our super spread out relatives

5) exploring NYC with two little kids, the double stroller made ALL the difference

6) camping!

7) watching our two little girls grow up and become the best of buds

8) weekending in Big Sky, even though most of us were sick the entire time...

9)  getting to meet these fabulous ladies and learn more about them

and last but not least

10) getting to write this blog! Thank you so much for following along on my adventures in mothering, designing, working, and figuring it all out. I really do appreciate anyone and everyone who stops by. I thoroughly enjoy creating and sharing new content on this blog, so thanks for reading!