Sunday, February 26, 2012

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #38 and #39

I have gotten quite behind in the 52 Lists, so catching up now...There were a few that didn't seem too exciting, so I had a hard time thinking of things for it a shot anyway.

#38 Music I Can't Stop Listening To:
*Adele-entire 21 album
*Bruno Mars- all!
*Fun-We Are Young
*Michael Andrews-Mad World
*Sia- Breathe Me
*"The Postal Service" Station on Pandora
*"Indie Hits" Station of Slacker Radio

#39 Songs and the memories they bring back:
I have been having a hard time thinking of these, which is one reason I didn't do this list sooner. Seems like the memories come when I actually hear the songs...but it's difficult to simply pull out of my (pretty bad) memory.
*Any songs by "The Postal Service" take me back to 2005 (?) when I was living in Boston
*Songs by BUSH, and old school Britney, BSB, N'SYNC, etc always brings back memories of high school and going in mass groups to the concerts in awesomely bad matching outfits or homemade t-shirts
*Bob Marley reminds me of my nephew Dereck and all of our jam sessions we'd have on pots and pans, and our reggae dance parties in the living room
*Ace of Base takes me way back...can't think of how long ago that was, but I remember going to a baby-sitter for the summer, and being WAY too old for a baby sitter. Fortunately, she had two daughters a few years younger than me and we would rock out to some "I Saw the Sign". Looking back I should just be thankful I didn't have to be the one babysitting my brother and sister, but at the time I was way too cool for that.
*Lots of heavy metal/rock music also brings back memories of high school and my wannabe tough girl days...I went to so many rock concerts (too many to count of remember), it's no surprise my hearing is so bad.
*Not that I ever hear this one...but I remember "Strawberry Wine" by Deanna Carter (?)...totally brings back memories of a family float trip. My best friend at the time came with us and we were so excited that my parents let us have some Boone's Farm Strawberry wine. We thought we were so awesome and we would belt that song at the top of our lungs.
*Eve6 "Inside Out" brings back memories of my first serious boyfriend...I'm really not even sure why. Memories are funny like that.
*There are some certain punk bands/songs (that I can't think of off the top of my head) that remind me of my baby brother and a Buzz Beachball concert we went to. I was so excited that he thought I was cool enough to take him, and he thought it was so cool to go with his cool big sister and without any parents. We had so much fun. I don't get to spend much time with my family, especially my brother, so this is a very fond memory :)
*Texas Rock (Pat Greene, Cross Canadian Ragweed, etc) reminds me of college and the days when Chance and I were just first dating. Awww.
*Any techno music takes me back to college too, especially freshman year living in the same hall with my dear friend Kate. Before we were suite-mates, we would both put on the same cd (yes, we had cds then, no such thing as Ipods yet!) and try to time it just right so we could both blast it and hear it at both ends of the hall! And we later became suite-mates and spent many hours having "girl talk" in our rooms or even just sitting on the sinks in the bathroom between our rooms.
*And of course, Edwin McCain "I'll Be" reminds me of my beautiful wedding to my wonderful husband. This was one of our favorite songs and our first dance as husband and wife. We had our good friend, Garrett sing and play it on guitar for us. So happy to have that special touch to our special day.

Well, I guess once I got started more just kept coming to me! What kind of music memories do you have?

p365: Week 7

Saturday 2/18/12: The most brilliant, full double rainbow I've ever seen. You could see the entire thing, end to end.

Sunday 2/19/12: Oh hey, whatcha doin? I'll help you study.

Monday 2/20/12: Honey glazed chicken and roasted broccoli for dinner.

Tuesday 2/21/12: Lucy's lucky day. New couch was delivered. Claws are gettin' clipped. (UPDATE: Only 2 claws were clipped. Lucy: 1, Humans: 0)

Wednesday 2/22/12: Love our new couch!

Thursday 2/23/12: Better than the ground. My temporary workbench.

Friday 2/24/12: My officemate got me sick just in time for her to be off for two weeks. Lots of Kleenex and sanitizer used today!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Our Love Story

Ok, fine, I'll do it.

A couple of my friends have posted this to their blogs, so I figure I'll go ahead and play along. I realize Valentine's Day has passed, but there is no reason not to celebrate love every day!
(You can find the original here)

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
Since December/January-ish my sophomore year of about 11 years. Neither of us were into celebrating "anniversaries" until the real one, and we never had an official first date.
2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
Well, it was surely not love at first sight. We had a class in which I was very talkative and social and totally digging on an older guy in class, and in which (now) hubby sat quietly in the back with his stocking cap pulled down low, trying to be a tough guy. We met on the first day of class due to an icebreaker game. We had to write an interesting fact about ourselves on a notecard and then the notecards were passed out randomly to someone else. We had to read the interesting fact and try to guess who it was and introduce ourselves to them and find out more information about that person. Lucky me, I got a notecard with the interesting fact. "I play football". At this point, I hardly knew our college had a football team, let alone did I think that was interesting. I was easily able to determine who the card belonged to and quickly did my interview where I learned his name was Chance and that he was from Palestine...and he was quick to correct my is Pales-teen, NOT Palast-eye-n. Whew! He was not trying to impress me, that's for sure. The semester goes on and little do I know that he is starting to take interest in me. At the end of the semester, we were matched up for a group project (which I did most of the work for), and he started flirting with me and we got to know each other a little more. We'd seen each other at some parties, and started hanging out...just in time for winter break. Many long-distance phone calls, a Little Mermaid snowglobe, and a $700 phone bill later, we were "us". Happy ever after.
3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
We have been married for 5 1/2 years...6 in July.
4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?
We were married in Kansas City, Missouri, where we were both living (together, much to his parents disapproval, and to my parents' request) after college. We had a pretty big wedding...about 200 guests. The ceremony was at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. I'm not a religious person, but it was important to Chance that we be married in the Episcopal church and I was happy to do that for him. We both became active in the church and made a few friends. And it was beautiful!!!
The reception was just a couple blocks down the street at the Marriott Country Club Plaza. It turned out to be the hottest day of the year, so there was no bubble-blowing getaway...but everyone was able to get a headstart on cocktail hour while we took some pictures. I loved my wedding and wouldn't have changed anything about it!

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
Mine: T, Hoover, (when he's not being nice) Aunt Linda His: Chancho Mutual: Buddy, Billy, Betty
6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
He is funny, hardworking, and very family oriented
7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
He took me out to dinner at Olive Garden (which was lovely) and convinced me that we had to go to Baldwin (the town where we went to college) for something that would just take a little while (of course, I was convinced this was an excuse to hang out with his football buddies). But we drive the 45 minutes out there and he parks on campus (where we never park) and says we should go for a walk (which we never do), and I still have no clue what's happening, and I'm thoroughly confused, but I play along. He takes me to the building where we had class together his freshman year (yup, see above, #2) and asks if I remember this place (of course I do)...this is where we met, and he was giving me another reason for me to remember it...all I remember next is one knee, shiny ring, tears...I don't think I even said yes, I was just in shock. But obviously I agreed at some point, and the rest is history.
8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
Neither really. I keep telling him he should be more romantic, but he thinks he already is. He's a flowers only kind of guy. He hates the strawberry thing is out of the question and probably too sappy for him. But he does surprise me with champagne on random occasions...I don't know...I think he just wants to get me drunk. Hmmm.....
9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
I'm an all-of-the-above kind of girl. Movie on the couch is more of a realistic date for us, but I love the dinner/beach thing too. I like variety...doing different things and trying new things together.
10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
Go on an African safari. I wanted to do that on our Honeymoon, but he was having no part of it!
11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
V-day has come and gone this year, but we had no plans. He sent me flowers on the 13th, and I gave him his gift on the 14th. He picked up take-out and we watched tv. I've been having killer back pain, so I think I drugged myself up on muscle relaxers and dozed off in the chair. So romantic.
12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
Nope. I never do. I'm always happy with the flowers he gives me.
13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
Learn each other's Love Language. Seriously. Do it.
14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
Growing old and still enjoying each other's company, being silly and laughing together!

What's your love story???

Sunday, February 12, 2012

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #36 and #37

It's a double day, since I skipped last week's list:

#36: What are your goals for (the rest of) this month?

1. Get packed for this weekend's conference in San Antonio
2. Stick with cooking everynight
3. Buy Chance's birthday gift
4. Plan what to do for Chance's birthday
5. Finish books from October and November's bookclubs (oops!)
6. Get ahead at work to be prepared for Leslie being gone
7. Keep up with Boards study schedule

#37: I am currently:
listening to: The Grammy's
eating: nothing...probably about to pour some cereal for dinner
drinking: Diet Sunkist
wearing: Long-sleeved t-shirt and sweater, jeans, and socks...because it's FREEZING!
feeling: restless and bored
weather: sleeting (does this really belong on an "I am currently" list??)
wanting: furniture
needing: to get to bed's going to be a BUSY week!
thinking: about the day of dread (my birthday is quickly approaching)
enjoying: making progress on all my little projects :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

p365: Week 6

Saturday 2/4/12: It's a redbox kind of night. We watched Crazy Stupid Love.

Sunday 2/5/12: Crockpot Row. Superbowl Sunday

Monday 2/6/12: Ahh, crackle log, I love you.

Tuesday 2/7/12: Been letting paperwork pile up too long. Time to sort the filing cabinet.

Wednesday 2/8/12: New month=new contacts

Thursday 2/9/12: Norah, my daily welcoming committee. She has been sitting here everyday waiting for me to come in from the garage.

Friday 2/10/12: Two of my favorite boys

Monday, February 6, 2012

How to Talk to Little Girls

I ran across this post recently, and it really spoke to me and made me think about things that I want to teach my future children. As we are getting closer and closer to starting a family, I find myself considering these things more often. What values do we want our children to have? What are the most important things I want them to learn from me? How can I be the best role model for my own children? A quick look on my Facebook News Feed, and it's easy to see what this article is talking about. It really does sadden me to see these (very few, yet well-intentioned) mothers posting Glamour-shot-wannabe-photos of their little girls, and the influx of "oh, she's so beautiful" comments. And I'm not talking about your every-once-in-a-while-it's-totally-normal-to-show-off-your-kid-being-super-cute photos. I mean the daily postings of moms who truly appear to be fishing for the "cute comments" as if her own self-worth is also based on how many people think her daughter is the most adorable thing ever. While I think a certain amount of dress-up, fairy-tale, princess play is healthy, I want daughters who are intelligent, independent thinkers who value themselves for who they are and not how they look (although, who are we kidding, my kids are gonna be adorable). Food for thought...what do you think?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #35

People I Would Like to Meet:

Gordon Ramsay

Rachael Ray

Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana

Jake Brown

Gavin Rossdale

Billy Corgan

Barack Obama

Chelsea Handler

Bob Harper

Zooey Deschanel

Cat Deeley

Stacy London and Clinton Kelly

Charlie Hunnam

Denzel Washington

Who do you wish you could meet??

Friday, February 3, 2012

P365: Week 5

Saturday 1/28/12: Paint night. And Praying for Paxten.

Sunday 1/29/12: Valentines goodies for a few of our favorite little people

Monday 1/30/12: Catching up on Winter X Games

Tuesday 1/31/12: A borrowed picture of the balloon release to celebrate the life of Paxten. Wish we could have been there.

Wednesday 2/1/12: Lucy climbing in the blinds and turning around in hopes of being sprayed with water. Turns out that is not an effective punishment for her.

Thursday 2/2/12: After work snack time

Friday 2/3/12: Sporting my red shoes to "Go Red for Women"

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

X-Games 2012

Four of my favorite days of the year have come and gone. So many great events, new tricks, new records...I'm a bit tired of Shaun White, but I guess he deserves a bit of credit for the super-pipe 5-peat AND a perfect score. But one that I was anxiously waiting for...Heath Frisby takes gold for first ever front flip on a snowmobile! As soon as he landed, I said "he made it look so easy"...followed immediately by the announcers echoing back my words. But easy it is is unbelievably difficult and dangerous...pretty awesome if you ask me! I wonder what will be in store for another of my 4 favorite days...guess I will have to wait for summer to find out!

UPDATED: Hahaha! I just went back and found this old post. I could have almost copy and pasted some of it! The video has been removed from YouTube, but I think it was Levi Lavallee attempting the double back flip on the snowmobile....same trick was attempted by Justin Hoyer this year, but ended in a bad crash and probably a broken arm from the looks of it.