In 2011 I want to…

I don’t want to make resolutions because I don’t want to hate myself if I fail. Instead, I want to just make a list of things I want to do!

1-I want to do everything I do because I want to do it. Not because someone else suggested I do it, or because I think someone else wants me to do it. This is going to be the year of me. (this is not directed at anyone…I realized after I typed it that someone might think I’m telling them to leave me alone, so not the point)

2-I want to finish the project I started in November. It was going to be a Christmas gift for someone, but I never got it finished. I want to finish it this year. I should have realized that getting it done between November and Christmas simply wasn’t going to happen. It is going to take more than a few weeks.

3-I want to cook more. This may have additional perks such as saving Jenn and I calories and money from avoiding take out. But I don’t want to to it because I want to lose weight. I want to do it because I do enjoy cooking. I would like to try 3 new recipes a month. I would say one a week, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen when we are super busy.

4-I want to finish the basement. I want to finish setting up my crafting area and I want to make myself a meditation corner. I’ve added some silly things to my Amazon wish-list so that I can have the worlds cutest meditation corner ever. I loved the acupuncture I did back when ttcing, and started to meditate then too. I loved it, but walked away from it for one reason or another. I want to run back into its arms.

5-I want to think about spirituality. This is not to say that I want to get back on speaking terms with the big guy, just that I want to have a spirit full of peace. This want has a lot to do with the above want.

6-Most importantly I want to make sure that the people I love don’t doubt for one moment how much I love them. I want to make sure I spend the entire year showering them with the love I feel. Well, most of them. I don’t forsee showering Chris with a lot of emotion. Although he did give me the world’s best hug on New Year’s Eve. I may have teared up!!

So those are my six wants for the year. I want much more, but these are the first six that I plan on focusing on. I will update ya’ll on how I’m doing with them all!!
(like, Jenn and I started deep cleaning the house the other night, if the rest of the house is perfectly clean I feel like I can go work in the basement without feeling guilty. I’ve also been printing tons of recipes I want to try!!)


My mouth runneth over

I know it isn’t quite the end of the year yet, but at the end of each year I use a program and save ALL of my Facebook Status messages for the previous year. They also give you a cute little sign with some of them, so I thought I would share that here.


Dumpster Diving

I am not a proud woman. I have no fear in taking other people’s trash and turning it into my treasure.

I need some shelving in my kitchen. Right now we have one of those cheap-o black metal shelves that you get at Kmart for $10. It is doing the job, but I wouldn’t mind something nicer looking. It holds my PINK Kitchenaid mixer, the blender, the food processor, etc. As well as all the other kitchen odds and ends that don’t really have homes anywhere else.

When Jenn got home from work tonight I asked her to take the trash out. She came back in with a huge smile on her face and said that there was a beautiful hutch out by the dumpster…just what I had been describing for that space in the kitchen. We journeyed out to look at it. I thought it looked pretty darn good. Four shelves and a cupboard at the bottom.

We spent the next 20 minutes getting it into the house. It was very very heavy. I had to stop every 15 feet. We get it into our living room so I could start emptying the shelf in the kitchen. I looked at the hutch and noticed the cat practically making out with it.

Yep, some other cat had decided that the bottom cabinet of the shelf was a kitty litter box. From the looks of it this did not happen out at the dumpster, but in someones house.

Moral of the story: Beware when dumpster diving in the dark!

And what is your current obsession??

Yes yes yes, I have lots of obsessions. I’m a collector (books, cookbooks, snow babies, salt dips, um, flamingos!!). I also pick a food and stick with it for awhile. Typically until everyone around me has turned into whatever that food is. Typically, that obsession lasts less than a month.

Oh not this time. I cannot get enough of slushie type drinks. I honestly don’t care what the flavor is, as long as it is slushie. Imagine my shock when my dearest Mrs. Spit pointed out that she was having a slushie the other night!?!?!? An alcohol flavored slushie.

So, my Christmas list has been amended. All I want for Christmas is:

So, is there anything on your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus list that is related to your current obsession??


And I’m just starting my post for today.

There are several questions about there about our life at BYU Idaho that I will get to on Tuesday.  Not tomorrow of course, that would be reserved for Mingo Monday.

Right now I’m cocooned in bed with my favorite movie on (Gone with the Wind in case you weren’t sure) and a book about how Gone with the Wind is made.  Can you tell Jenn is closing at work tonight?

I had a blast last night out with friends.   Tomorrow is Chele’s 21st (for the 19th time) birthday so us girls went out.  We had a wonderful dinner, filled with football and friends, then headed to a local dance club and continued our fun.  Want to know something amazing?  I drove Lyz and I.  Yep.  I drove several places yesterday and had no panic attacks at all!  Yay for me!

Today I puttered around and did nothing of any importance.  Just like the Sunday’s of my dreams!

Hope everyone else had as wonderful as a weekend as I did!!


Do you ever…

Sit in the quiet, pretending that you are going to meditate, but can simply not clear your mind?  I went to the used book store at the library today after work.  On my way I out stopped in the cafe and they had a delicious looking veggie platter, so I bought it.  As I loaded my books in the car I looked at the park that surrounds the library.  I sighed to myself remembering that Jenn is working until 1am and decided to go for a walk through the park (much more interesting than the walks I take though our apartment complex when Jenn is working at night).  I locked my car, grabbed my veggies and set off.

The park is beautiful.  The weather is beautiful.  The leaves were extra crunchy making the sounds of my footsteps all musical.

I found a park bench and sat down.  I decided to just listen for a moment.  I could hear kids laughing, the sounds of the skateboard riders gliding along.

I couldn’t make my head peaceful though.  Thoughts were running as fast as can be.

And then it hit me.

I’m happy.  All those thoughts running around are happy thoughts.  Well, there are of course the I miss Blue thoughts and other various typical sad thoughts, but the majority of them are very happy.

I love my wife.  I love our life.  Are there things I would change?  Sure, wouldn’t everyone.  I could use a few million dollars and a fertile womb, but in reality, what I have now is wonderful.

I have the worlds best wife.

I have the worlds best friends.

I have the worlds best family.

I have two rocking nieces who make me smile daily, even if I don’t see them.

Happiness is simple.  Sometimes we spend too much time worrying about what we want.

I’ll leave you with a simple quote:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

-John Lennon

I’m Stumped

Check it out. It is only the 4th of November and already I am stumped on what to write about. I mean sure, there is lots of nonsense that I could carry on about. Like:

  • Jenn’s insurance kicked in November 1st.  She had an eye doctor appointment yesterday, dentist today, and doctor next week.  Yay for health insurance!
  • My wonky period.  I started spotting sometime last week.  Haven’t progressed from that point.
  • That I spend half my day coming up with names for future CLAD members that would fit into CLAD.  Certain letters don’t work there.  Like M for Muffin.  CLAMD??  Sounds kinda weird.  And no, R for Rylee doesn’t make that any better.  Right now I’m working on names that start with D or S, E is a distinct possibility too.
  • Along the same note, it really warms my heart that CLAD refers to themselves as CLAD in real life.  Like Joni’s birthday card was signed CLAD.
  • The Library.  Oh how I heart you library.  No longer a smelly room in the back of an office building, you have moved to your own glorious place complete with coffee shop and a used book sale.
  • In the last three weeks I have borrowed 15 books from the library.  We’re having a love affair.
  • Figuring out if Jenn will want to go to the used book sale after her dentist appointment.
  • How I lost something REALLY important and was having a major panic attack, only to find it exactly where I thought it was even though I had already looked there 82 times.

Hmmm, I guess I did have a few things to say.  Hopefully tomorrows things are more interesting.