Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekend Update

Our weekend wasn’t exactly what we had expected, but it turned out to be wonderful nonetheless.

Friday we played our final regular season softball game and defended our league champ title by winning in the bottom of the last inning. Instead of going out like we usually do, Sean and I made a trip to urgent care (as though we haven’t spent enough time in doctor’s offices these past few months). Thankfully they gave him a shot and some medicine for an infection he had in his hand and sent us on our way (just in time to feed our rumbling tummies before Chipotle closed).

{One of the fish at the doctor's office - I had way too much fun trying to snap his photo while we waited!}

We spent the majority of Saturday at the ball fields, again, for our tournament. Unfortunately, it did not go as planned and we were very quickly eliminated. But, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we all needed some down time on Sunday. We grabbed a late lunch after our last game and then went home for a much-needed nap. Later, I headed to our high school reunion with 3 of my closest friends. We stopped for a couple drinks on our way, and then met up with everyone at the reunion. We had a great time catching up with people and reminiscing about years that feel SO long ago!

{Even though it doesn't look like it, we did a lot more than just sitting around}

{Pre-reunion cocktails}

Sunday was a nice, low-key day. We ran errands, enjoyed time around the house, and celebrated my mom’s birthday with a delicious dinner!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday's Letters - 7.27.12

One of my favorite link-ups - time for Friday's Letters!

Dear Sean, I swear I love you more and more every day. How did I get so lucky? So proud of your hard work this week!

Dear thundershirt, our vet says you’re worth a shot. I only have a 45-day money back guarantee, so here’s to hoping some storms roll through in the next few weeks and you work your magic on calming down my neurotic dog.
Dear softball peeps, I’m really excited for our first ever (in 8 seasons!) tournament this weekend. Some of these teams are going to be out of our league, literally. But remember how much we like to win? Let’s just try and bring our A-games and stay positive, mm-kay?

Dear mom, happy birthday (tomorrow)! I’m so blessed to call you my mom, and even more lucky to call you a friend. Thank you for always being there for us!
Dear kettle corn, why must my husband have introduced me to you? I was doing just fine when I thought I didn’t like you. Pretty sure now I could eat an entire bag in a single seating. Not ok!

Dear August, it feels like you’re showing up a little early to the party, but I think I’m ok with it. You’re going to be the beginning of a few VERY BUSY of months for us. The golf tournament, six weddings, a couple out-of-town trips, showers, parties, work stuff, and so much more. Bring it on!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

If you really knew me

I've seen this all over the place lately (most recently at Megan's blog), so I decided to join in!
If you really knew me…
You’d know that I can be super shy.

That I’m terrified of heights.

I get cranky when I’m hungry.

And  I tend to whine about going to bed early, but I’m almost always the first one asleep.

If you really knew me…
You’d know that I'm kind of an old soul. I'm 28 but am told I often act 40 (of course, I can still act 14, too). 

You'd know that I can't wait to be a mama (God willing). 

You’d know that I’ve never had a relationship with my dad, and that even though I like to pretend it doesn’t, sometimes it bothers me. (But I must qualify that by saying it doesn’t mean I’m not satisfied with the way I was raised or don’t appreciate the incredible mother I have—because I am and I very much do.)

If you really knew me…
You’d know that I spent the first several weeks of knowing my husband denying that I had a ridiculous crush on him, because he was 3 years younger and had a girlfriend. You’d also know that I didn’t let myself admit it until after he and said girlfriend broke up, for the record.

And you’d also probably know, and maybe tease me for it, that I went to his senior prom when I was a junior—in college!

You'd know that my list of regrets includes a short-lived tongue piercing, 2 tattoos, and stupid money mis-management in college. 

If you really knew me…
You’d know that I carry a camera with me almost everywhere I go. 

You’d know that I fight with myself daily over what I’m eating, when I’m eating, and how much I’m eating. I lost 60+ pounds 3 years ago (and have kept it off) but my weight (and self-confidence) will be a lifelong challenge.

You’d know that I love to listen to music really loud in the car and sing along. Unfortunately for you, you’d probably also know that I’m a terrible singer.
If you really knew me…
You’d know that my grandpa nicknamed me “Dinghy” when I was a toddler, and several people in my family still call me that.

You'd know that Sean and I talk to our dog like he's a person, and talk for him (to each other), too.

You’d know that, if I had endless amounts of free time, I’d probably spend it taking photos, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

And you'd know that this barely scratches the surface!

Monday, July 23, 2012

In my head

Lots of random things going through my head today. But hey, it’s Monday—I’m allowed to be a little scatterbrained, right?
  • Why must it be so expensive to take the dog to the vet? Oliver and I paid a visit to the vet and were there a total of 7 minutes and the visit alone was $55 (not to mention the allergy cream, too, which costs more than anything I’d ever buy for myself!). I hate to complain because I really do love our vet (and Oliver, of course), but damn this dog can be expensive!
  • Today is our 1 month anniversary! Happy anniversary husband—more wedding photos coming later this week.
  • I’m on day 3 of a killer headache and in a bit of a funk. Is it pathetic that sometimes when I don’t feel 100%, I just want to stay home and cry? I worked from home before Oliver’s appointment this morning and was very tempted to take the rest of the day as a mental health day. You know I love a good cry every once in a while!
  • This weekend was our neighborhood’s annual festival. Sean and I made sure to uphold our tradition of going just for the shaved ice. Yep, we have weird traditions. But who doesn’t love some shaved ice drowning in sugary syrup? The perfect summer treat!
  • Speaking of needing a good cry…it’s Monday again, already?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend—here’s to hoping this week goes by quickly!  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday's Letters: 7.20.12

Dear wedding photographer, you made my week by dropping off our wedding photos this week. I pretty much can’t stop scrolling through all 576 of them. LOVE!  

Dear Friday, have I told you lately that I love you? Like really, really, really love you!

Dear Sean, I hate seeing you beat up and tired, but I’m incredibly proud of all your hard work. Hang in there baby. I love you!

Dear Ikea, you’re on my to-do list this weekend. Let’s try and just stick to the essentials though, ok?

Dear Aurora, Colorado, I just passed through your city earlier this year. My prayers are with you all in this horrible, tragic time. What a sickening, unthinkable crime!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

On repeat, lately

I have a sort of eclectic taste in music. It wouldn't be unheard of to find me at a rock concert, but you could just as easily find me at a country show. Well, honestly I don't go to a lot of concerts at all anymore, but you get what I'm saying. I'm often late to the party, too. My favorite tunes are often months, or even years, old.

The only thing more varied than my taste in music is the random groove I can get into with a certain set of music. I'm known for creating a quick playlist of my most recently downloaded music and listening to it on repeat everywhere I go. Then, before long, I get a little burnt out and move on to something new. And every now and again, I go scouring through the archives to revisit a few of my faves. It's kind of a viscous cycle.
Anyway, that's my long-winded intro to a few of the songs that I've had on repeat these days:
Wanted by Hunter Hayes on Grooveshark
This is a pretty popular country song, but again, I'm a little late to the party. I just love the sweetness of this song and thing Hunter Hayes has a really sweet voice.

I Have & Always Will by Dave Barnes on Grooveshark
Let me just tell you, I LOVE Dave Barnes. I actually fell in love with him after hearing his song "Graces Amazing Hands" on a TV show (go listen to it, it's absolutely one of my favorites). This is a song he wrote for his wedding day, and seeing as how I'm a newlywed and all, it of course sucked me right in.

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go by Miley Cyrus on Grooveshark
I know, you're probably thinking, "Miley? Really?" Call me crazy but I actually like some of her music. This song especially. She can't take too much credit though because it's actually a Bob Dylan song and is part of the Amnesty International anniversary CD where artists covered Dylan songs. It's a little old, but I've been listening to it nonstop. I just love it!

Day That I Die (feat. Amos Lee) by Zac Brown Band on Grooveshark
Zac Brown - another voice I absolutely adore. This is the single of his latest album. I also love Amos Lee, so how can you not love the two of them together?

El Camino by Amos Lee on Grooveshark
Speaking of Amos Lee....I might be the one on repeat if I tell you how much I love his voice, too, right? There's just something so calming about his music. 

So there you have it, just a few (very random) songs I'm loving these days. But, since I change my mind so often, I'm always looking for fresh stuff. Suggestions? I'd love to hear your favorites!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summertime and livin' is easy

The weekend rolled in on the tail of a beastly thunderstorm Friday night. We were sure it would mean softball was cancelled, but we drove to the fields in the downpour just in case. Sure enough, most of the clouds moved out just in time for us to get a couple games in. We were a wet, muddy mess by the time it was over, but we had fun all the same. Sean even tried pitching. (I’m sure he appreciated his crazy wife hollering from the bench when I realized he was seriously going to give it a go. He impressed us all, though, and did a great job!) We finished the night stuffing our (very hungry) faces with the rest of our team before heading home to crash after a long week.  
1: Love playing under the lights! 2: Oliver and I snuggled on the front porch to watch the storm before leaving for softball (who am I kidding, he was freaking out, not watching). 3: Sean's pitching debut!
Saturday morning was full of a little more laziness than I had anticipated, but I managed to squeeze in a few errands. And combined with an early rise on Sunday morning, I was able to make some small progress on getting our house back in order.

We also used the hot weather as an excuse to gather with friends around a pool. We enjoyed the refreshment of cool water (balanced, of course, by a roaring fire to keep us warm under the setting sun) and the company of friends, something that’s fallen victim to a busy summer a little too much this year.
1: My favorite babe - growing up too fast! 2: Aforementioned fire. 3: Love the pool at dusk.
And of course, I can’t forget the celebrations for 2 wonderful ladies this week. Each of them will be getting married very soon (September). It was so much fun to see the excitement in their eyes and shower them with love in preparation for their big days!

We topped the weekend off with a few of my favorite things—cruising around town running errands with Sean, a delicious family dinner, and lounging on the couch watching Big Brother.
1: Oliver and I snuggling on the couch. 2: Dinner! 3: Kind of creepy panorama picture I treid in the car - notice the disappearing black SUV in the middle? Weird!

Sad to see Monday is here already!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Letters

Dear Sean, I’m loving married life with you! How should we celebrate our 3-week anniversary? Ok, just kidding, I won’t be one of those girls. But I am pretty excited for a few days off together—to be lazy and pick out our bikes!
Dear first full week of work in over a month, I was a little concerned about making it through you, but thanks to the new job and crazy-busy days, you actually kind of flew by. Thank you for that—and no offense, but I’m glad you’re over!

Dear baby fever, I’ve only been married THREE weeks. Please chill out just a little, mmkay? Give a girl some time to enjoy being newlyweds!

My friend's adorable baby (born 2 weeks ago)!

Dear shopping mall, I’m itching for some new clothes—big time. But I have no business going on a shopping spree right now, so you and I might need to go on a break for a little while. Don't take it personally.
Dear nice man who helped me at the bank today, did you know I was trying to Facebook-stalk you from across the desk? Sorry, I couldn’t help it. You looked so familiar and I just had to know if I knew you somehow. Unfortunately, Facebook failed me this time. (And don’t worry, I only did this while he was on the phone getting some answers. I wasn’t rude enough to do it while he was talking to me, since Facebook stalking him in the first place was rude enough.) 
Dear blogger friends, it’s Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cleaning house

True confession—sometimes I’m a messy person. Clutter tends to collect rapidly in our house, which seems a bit crazy considering there are only two of us.

And let me tell you, our house is not big enough to take a lot of clutter. When we were looking for houses, we knew we’d be sacrificing some space by putting the neighborhood we live in on our “must-have” list. But we were ok with that. We are ok with that. It just happens to be another one of the reminders of the need for organization in our lives.

It used to be that messiness would build slowly over the course of the week, only to be tackled—and conquered—each weekend. But somewhere in the midst of preparing for the wedding, it started to feel unbeatable. There were piles of wedding stuff everywhere, so no matter how much we cleaned and tried to organize, it felt out of our control. Then the wedding came and went and it was a whole new species of clutter—wedding gifts, thank you notes, way too much leftover candy. Not to mention the corner of the living room that has become Sean’s command central for his work gear.

So I finally decided we can’t live like that anymore. Honestly, we just feel better when we live in an orderly house. Well, who doesn’t?

I’ve got big plans for ridding ourselves of unnecessary clutter and organizing everything else. In fact, I get a little giddy just thinking about it. It’s going to take more than a weekend to get to the level I’m thinking we need, but I’m up for the challenge. A little bit each day, a ‘lotta bit each weekend. We’ll have our home back in no time!

Any fun tips for organizing your home?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Weekend in review

Why is it that I can wake up at 7 a.m. on a Sunday, just shy of 7 hours of sleep, but when I wake up on a Monday after 9 hours I feel like a zombie? Proof that sometimes I let my mind control how I really feel?

Anyway…here we are again. Monday already!

This weekend was nice—a perfect blend of calm and productivity.

Without softball on Friday, we had some time to lay low. Sean and I grabbed a quick dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood cafes (compliments of a Groupon from his mom!) and spent some time with friends.
"Uncle" Sean and Miss C
Saturday we took care of some small projects around the house and spent the better part of the afternoon helping to sort through some things at Sean’s mom’s house in preparation for her move next month. It was kind of fun to see all sorts of things from Sean’s childhood, like his favorite stuffed dog, Pete.
Looking through his old toys
When we got home, we were wiped out. Even I took a nap—and I rarely take naps (most people think I’m crazy, but I’m not a big fan of them—I always wake up with a headache)! We decide to have an impromptu, casual date night, so we grabbed a quick dinner and saw the movie Ted. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but we both got a good laugh out of it.

Did you know that, until recently, I never liked Chipotle?!?
We spent most of Sunday running errands and taking care of some small projects around the house. We ended the weekend with a quiet night at home—homemade dinner, TV, and an early bedtime.

My kind of weekend!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sometimes & Always

Sometimes: I love thunderstorms.
Always: I get frustrated that they almost always come in the middle of the night. I guess being up all night with the dog is good practice for having babies some day?
{Please excuse the quality of the webcam photo, not to mention the things
that lack of rest - and makeup - can do to a girl!}

Sometimes: I’m really bad about drinking enough water (or any form of hydration, for that matter).
Always: I pay for it with a terrible headache by the end of the day.

Sometimes: I’m terrible about keeping up on my blog.  
Always: I find time to read all your lovely blogs – it’s one of my favorite pastimes!

Sometimes: I want to pack our weekends full of exciting activities.
Always: I forget how nice a relaxing night at home can be.
{Game night - what a fun wedding present!}
Sometimes: I have to stop and think about how to introduce myself or what name to sign (like in a meeting yesterday with a former executive from our company - not embarassing at all!).
Always: I make a fool out of myself because I look like I don’t know my own name. Hopefully once my name is legally changed I’ll have a better time remembering who I’m supposed to be!

Sometimes: I love finding new music to get me through the day.
Always: I get obsessed with certain (usually random) songs and listen to the same ones over and over again.

Sometimes:  I love summer.
Always: I forget how much I dislike feeling hot, sticky, and sweaty. I guess I shouldn’t complain; I know it’s even worse elsewhere.
{While these don't look TOO terrifying, the heat index makes them even worse}
Sometimes: I'm so happy I feel like crying.
Always: I’m an emotional roller coaster!