Friday, April 30, 2010

♫ Life's Like a Jump Rope!

I dare you to NOT bop your head to this song.

Remember how you used to say
You couldn't wait till tomorrow for a brand new day
no fuss when ya had to ride the bus
You just add a little blush
To paralyze your school crush

Now you're older and the weight is on your shoulder
Make the world a little colder
No more hidin in the old day
Be strong
Don't you give up hope
It will get hard
Life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
Cause it will get hard
Remember life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
It will get hard
Cause it will get hard

There'll be a bump and there will be a bruise
There'll be alarms and there will be a snooze
There'll be a path that you will have to choose
There'll be a win and there will be a lose and

You gotta hold your head up high and
Watch all the negative go by
Don't ever be ashamed to cry
You go ahead
Cause life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
It will get hard
Remember life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
It will get hard
Come on

I want to tell you that everything will be okay
That everything will eventually turn itself to gold
So keep pushing through it all
Don't follow, lead the way
Don't lose yourself or your hope
Cause life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah

You stomp your feet so hard you make it pound
Raise the bottom to the top
And now we're never coming down

Up down stomp your feet spin around
Clap hands to the rhythm
Then you slip down

You stomp your feet so hard you make it pound
Raise the bottom to the top
And now we're never coming down

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
It will get hard
Remember life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
It will get hard
Cause it will get hard

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah
Life's like a jump rope

Up down
Up down
Up down
Up down yeah

Whoa oh
Cause life's like a jump rope

Thursday, April 29, 2010

♫ Thankful Thursday: Yay for New Patterns!

I get completely geekdork excited about patterns. Like, I notice when tile goes Green, Blue, Green, Blue, Blue, Green, Blue, Green, and I love when my shampoo and conditioner and body wash make a trio, and then my shaving cream, face wash, and kid shampoo. I count the seconds between every single mile post marker, depending on how fast I'm going. I notice the patterns in the freckles on my hands...and the fact that I'm perfectly symmetrical, even freckle-wise!

So, to celebrate my love for patterns, and my "new frame of mind" we discussed yesterday, I'm starting Thankful Thursdays. Two reasons...because they both start with TH, and because we're Thankful on Thanksgiving with is always on a Thursday, which is a pattern of TH's.

Thankful Thursday: Chapter 1

*A great job.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or were anywhere near Parkway Pizza when I jumped up and down, then you know I had my review today. I came away completely challenged, encouraged, and raised...and couldn't be more thankful for a great job, and better boss.

*A great group of friends

I've shouted them out several times on this blog, but I want to say it again. Having a few bad experiences in the last year, I'm beyond grateful for the great friends in my life. The ones that create balance, the ones that make me laugh, the ones that sympathize with me even when I don't deserve it, and the ones that live to create words, blogs, closets, and inner jokes with me. They make me a better me.

*The Weather

Ok, honestly, I hate the weather this year. It hasn't been a rough year weather wise, but it's bipolar teasing attitude isn't appreciated. I do love that it's made things greener than I've seen it this early before, and I know this summer is bound to be great.

*My Family

My family doesn't come after the weather, that was not on purpose. FYI. My family is supportive. Makes mistakes. Loves me in spite of mine. Isn't perfect. Is mine all mine.

*My girls

My girls are actually first, before my job or anything else. I'd do anything for them. They continue to surprise the heck out of me with their brilliance. They're beautiful. If I am half the mom they think I am, life is perfection. My girls are my life, and always, always will come first.

*My passion

I was instilled with this strong passion to feel, and touch, and see, and be everything. I have a hard time settling on just one thing, because I want to do everything, take care of everybody, and get ahold of every single experience that comes my way. I get frustrated with this compulsive instinct...but it's taking me places while I'm not looking, I can feel it.

*My God

It's rare that you'll find me "preachy". It's rare that you'll find me in church these days. But you can bet that God and I talk daily, argue constantly, and love always. He's in charge people. Life's irony, isn't usually all that ironic. I thank Him for everything that has come my way, forget about Him when it's most important to lean, and have a terrible habit of putting him on the back burner. The thing is...He loves me anyway. I don't plan on trying to change the world with my beliefs, but I do plan believing. I'd rather believe in something then let the "big bang" get all the credit for the miracles in my life...including my freckles. <3

Yours Truly,

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

♫ A New Frame of Mind

The Soulmate Experience "When someone has a different perspective from yours today, try dropping yours for a moment and finding something valuable in the other perspective."

Here’s the thing. When I look at my girls sometimes, I wonder if I’m a good mom. I’m not looking for handouts, I’m telling you that I have doubts. Like any other normal person. And usually when I start thinking that, I try to think of how I want them to grow up, what I want them to be like when they’re my age. And then I self reflect, and try to figure out how to better myself, for not only their sake but for my own.

So there I was last night, trying to judge myself before I judge others. Deciding, that I need a new perspective. That when I look in the mirror, I don’t like where I’ve been the last few weeks, and I’m going to turn my life in a different direction. Join me:

Got somebody that hurt you?
Me too.

Got a friend that isn’t being nearly the friend that they should be?
Me too.

Got a close friend or family member that isn't doing things exactly how you would do them?
Me too.

Got somebody in your life that goes over the top to impress you, instead of working on themselves?
Me too.

Got a boss or coworker that gets on your last nerve, daily?
Me too.

Got somebody who seems to be making their entire goal to ruin what’s left of you?
Me too.

My new goal: To take the people that hurt me most, annoy me most, irritate me the most, and put myself in their shoes. Realize, that maybe they’re doing it because they love me, miss me, want to be more like me…or maybe, just have such an inner battle going on with all of their own issues, that the only way to escape them, is to drive me up one wall and down the other. I will find a way, some way, to take the people that I dislike most…and love them more. Appreciate something about them. Or be thankful for something they’ve done.

Sometimes, you do have to move on. Sometimes, you do have to let people go. But try to make it a good ending on your end. Never burn a bridge you may want to cross again someday.

A pretty song…almost certain it is about losing somebody. I took the chorus as a personal conversation between me and God, but take it how you want:

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

♫ Fans are better than likes.

Funny how you get on a roll about something with somebody, and it turns in to something completely different?

Question of the day: What is the point of just liking something on Facebook?

Reasons we came up with:

*It's laziness. It's easier to hit one button than it is to comment
*There's not enough substance in the photo/status/link/note to comment
*You want to see who comments and have a those little notifications tell you every time somebody does
*You want to make your mark. "I've been here, CHECK!"

Personally, I wouldn't mind at all if Facebook got rid of the "like" button altogether. If you're just zooming by, zoom. Or at least call it something cool like "High Five!" or "You're the smartest, coolest person ever for creating this status." Then again, you could just type that.

To clarify, I do LIKE stuff, sometimes. I'm not necessarily against it. I'm just curious where the value is, and why people do it.

On that note...Facebook, I preferred to be a fan. I don't like that I'm "liking" stuff now. I mean, look how cool fans are:

Yours Truly,

Monday, April 26, 2010

♫ Random Monday 4-26-10

I'm not sure how it's Monday, but it feels like a Thursday, and lawdy do I wish it was.

I don't think anybody is too new around here, but in case you are, I spill every random thing in my head every Monday. I'm sort of a clutter-phobe and tend to clean everybody's piles if I run out of my own, this is just a way of doing that with my mind. Your mind is next.

*After a roller-coaster of a weekend, I've seem to come out unscathed, clean...surprisingly, and feeling all overwhelmed with the taste of the future. Not in a bad way, just saying. It's like garlic...thought it's amazing, it can be overwhelming. See?

*Letting a tough situation just sit and pretend it's not there, is like watching a massive hole of standing water. It eventually grows things that are not welcome, smells worse than when it started, and gets cloudy and hard to understand. In a tough spot? Start getting rid of it by moving it.

*Got an awesome significant other? Make sure your family stays first, or that awesome 'other' won't be so awesome in the family's eyes.

*I have a ridiculous amount of cool friends.

*A friend of mine posted the following this week on Facebook, and I liked enough that I stole it. There are enough "quotes" in it, that instead of adding more, I'm making the font slant. Consider it quoted.

Instead of liking "How about we stop blaming NoBama for everything Bush did?" I think I'll like "How about we start holding NoBama accountable for all the crap he is doing?" And "CNN/MSNBC..the media arm of the Democratic Party."

-Confession: I hate politics.

*My boyfriend are in the midst of an epic argument. Not the bad kind, but the kind that I want to win, and I'm losing. So, I need your help. It goes something like this:

-Brandon: There is not a recognizable female voice out there that is equally appealing, as there are male voices. Example: Gerard Butler, Sean Connery, Sam Elliot.

-Me: There is too! There's...

--That's where it ends, and that's where I need your help.

*Because it's my job, I actually twitch when people do Facebook wrong. For real. If you're on there to shout about your personal problems, bicker with family, or gossip, please leave. You're giving it a bad rap.

*I came across this song today, and I love, love it.
Black Stone Cherry: Sunrise

*There is a new status update this week that people are copying and pasting:

People need to understand that children with special needs don't have an illness, so there is no cure and it's not contagious. They only want what we all want, to be accepted. Most of you probably won't copy and paste this. Will you do it and leave it on your status for at least an hour? It's Special Education week, and this is in honor of all the kids who need a little extra help and understanding.

Once again, Facebook won't donate anything to them because we post this, but raising awareness is a great start. Post that in your status, if you feel the need. Do more, if you can. ♥

I posted a blog about Special Needs Kids already: Special Needs Kids

We're (We, being the Young Farmers group of Front Range, Colorado) also having this awesome ATV competition to benefit Special Olympics in Erie, CO this coming Sunday. If you're interested, check it out here: ATV Competition

* "Holding to anger is like holding a hot coal with the intent to throw it. You are the one that tends to gets burned" I'm trying really hard to just let go of that coal...we'll see.

*My loves:

Yours Truly,

Friday, April 23, 2010

♫ Eat, Pray Love...a review that turned in to a blog.

I'll admit, I logged on here to post a video trailer of my favorite book, and "TaDa!" it turned in to an entire blog. Sorry about that. I do hope I've inspired you to read this book, and see this movie. Immediately.

Here's the thing. I'm divorced. And dating. And happy. That's my story in a nutshell. On a deeper note, I was so misplaced three years ago in my marriage, that I was lost. I was confused. I was depressed. And I wasn't me. All feelings I thought were completely normal. All feelings I assumed were part of the process. But they weren't. That's not it. Granted, marriage is supposed to be forever, and it's meant to be HARD, and you should try your damnedest to make it work. But I did. With everything in me, I did.

I can look at pictures of that place I was in three years ago, and not remember a thing. I was so lost when I was there, that I was in a haze. I was buried so deep inside myself, that the pictures aren't even OF me.

So, June of 2008 (Holy crap, it's been two years), after months of therapy, I moved out. We had been sleeping separately for several months, living completely different lives...and I left. I picked up this book, at the recommendation of my therapist, and underlined almost the entire thing, cried through most of it, and got inspired to take the steps to find myself again. Her words spoke my heart, and wrote the things that couldn't find a way to escape me.

If you're in any of those places, if you're unsure about what you want and need reassurance, if you want the inspiration and hope to find yourself, or just need a new beginning... to find the real definition of peace and love, pick up this book.

And, check out this movie trailer. I plan on crying.

Yours Truly,

**While this blog IS about that place I was has very little to do with him, and a lot to do with my personal issues. Please do not assume anything, or take things out of context, or think that I am attacking him...or that you should. kthxbai

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

♫ Hi God...

I'm here again.
In this place where I forget that the noise around me seems to require more attention than Your truth.
I forget so easily to be grateful for what you've given us.

The only way I can find peace in my life, is to stop fighting it.
The only way to see a good change in people, is to let change happen in me.
I need to stop judging and criticizing, and remember that that's your job.
I'm easily dizzied and frustrated with people's actions around me, and forget that I only have complete control over mine.
I've got to stop forgetting that it's easier to gripe, than it is to be thankful and open minded. Don't let this laziness continue.
It's hard to forgive others faults, and harder to forgive my own.
Help me accept the things I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can.
Before correcting others actions, help me better mine.
Let me be the best parent I can be, instead of reproving others.
Help me remember that it's not the end that is important, but the entire journey.
Remind me that I cannot be in complete control; nor can I fix every person that comes my way.

Ah, one last thing. Please help me get over this flu. It's been like 15 years, and I seem to have forgotten the art of throwing up. ;)

Give me patience. Give me peace.

Yours Truly,

Monday, April 19, 2010

♥What would you attempt?

It's a good question, though, isn't it? A fellow writer of mine: Greenbean posted this on her blog last week and before I even started to explore her rant on health, I was stopped dead in my tracks and punched in the face with this. What would I attempt? I have so many desires, ideas, dreams. Just filter out all the fickle things along the lines of "hunt down every pair of amazing shoes" or "kiss Gerard Butler" and I'd do this: start a non-profit coffee shop called International House Of Coffee (yes, IHOC). Picture it. We will serve amazing coffee with flairs from all over the world; pastries that induce drool; items for sale that go directly to supporting children and families all over the world. I would definitely travel to take loads of pictures which would be hung up and sold. Everything in the coffee shop would be for sale- the cool coffee mugs, the decor, the coffee paraphernalia. And, besides supporting myself and Malachi, I would send the majority of the proceeds to hand-picked "charities" or organizations which work to give life to those who need it. Yep, that is at the top of the list. Also, I'd like to backpack through Europe, like they did in the 70's. Also also, I'd probably quit my job and make a living by designing amazing jewelry.

Obviously, I'm addicted to Hobby Lobby. First, because hello they're amazing. Second, because they send amazing quotes like this with their marketing emails:
"Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before." -James Buckham
Which brings me to this Barlow Girl song. I has been stuck on repeat for the last few days. When I'm driving I listen to it and it gives me so much encouragement. Really, this could apply to anything- divorce, dieting, a math test...

A few years ago, a man of God spoke over my life. He said, "God will reveal your hidden secrets and inner talents." Seriously, I have never seen a word like that come to pass in such an obvious way. These little rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces I've begun to make are such a surprise to me! I knew I was creative and somewhat talented but I did not know I could do this. Let me share with you a few of my gems. And ZOMG I have so many "fans" already! Thank you, you lovely people!

Funny joke: What do you call a tired piece of popcorn? A poopedcorn. I laughed so big at this.

I absolutely cannot wait until Malachi starts talking in full and clever sentences. I don't care how embarrassed I may be at one point, I want to hear his thoughts and laugh at the amazing sense of humor that I know he has.

Who says Monday is a bad day? I have a list right here that proves how good my Mondays are:
1. Lunch with the best girls in this armpit of Wyoming.
2. An always random, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny blog by Nomz. It's like coffee, I get grumpy when I don't have it.
3. Catching up with FB friends after a two-day sabbatical.

Speaking of that blessed networking site, I'd like to share with you a few of the groups that you must join:
I was owning on mario cart, then i realised i wasnt the top screen....
I regularly open my fridge and stand gazing inside for no reason at all
I'd love to join your group, but I can't. It's improperly punctuated.
Those Who Enjoy + Partake In the Distribution and Acquisition of High Fives
"Can I have a coke?" Is pepsi alright? "Uh, Is monopoly money alright?"
Driving around the block again to listen to the song on the radio

♫ Random Monday 4-19-10

We aren't forgetting about our blog. Actually, we're just showing off our slacking abilities this month. Aren't you proud?!

Random Monday!

*I can't wait for summertime. Which, thanks to a friendly reminder, is officially the theme of this blog.

*List of things on my summer to-do list:

-a fantastic get away with my daddy
-a vacation with Brandon, something we're making a tradition. OMG GUYS MY FIRST TRADITION!
-ride in a big red truck, thanks to the power of bribery. ;)
-Horses. Somehow, some way, horses will come back in to my life this summer.
-the epic battle of yay kindergarten or nay kindergarten
-the best looking Nomz yet. True story, I'm gonna look amazing by summer.
-high hopes for at least one random road trip with a certain soul charger.

*Notice Sazaran's absence? She hates you.

*Not really. She's actually slaving at being amazing at something, something that you should all fan immediately: Sarah Michal

*It really bugs me when people gossip. Officially. Like, it's ok to talk to your close friends about random things about other people, but to talk to somebody else's friends about them? Not so much. People find out that way, and people get hurt that way.

*It bugs me that at the age of 26, I still have no clue what I want to do with myself. In a way, I hope I never completely figure it out.

*I'm working on trying not to focus on the doom, gloom, and negative things that are trying to rain right now, and refocusing on the people that matter most, the relationships that are actually healthy, and the friends that are true. I am surrounded by the most amazing group of friends, mama's, family, guy, and blog readers that a girl could ever ask for...something that will make even the worst storm; survivable.

*I do love pizza. All the time. It's totally my kryptonite.

*A funny song, that we all sing sometimes. Admit it:

A few of my favorite lyrics from it:

I haven't been to church since I don't remember when
Things were going great til they fell apart again
So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do
He said you can't go hatin' others who have done wrong to you
Sometimes we get angry but we must not condemn
Let the good Lord do his job, you just pray for them

I pray your brakes go out runnin' down a hill
I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill
And knocks you in the head like I'd like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you're flyin' high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are, honey, I pray for you

***fine print: I wouldn't actually wish any of this on anybody for REAL.

*On that note...

Yours Truly,

Friday, April 16, 2010

♫ Sometimes, quotes say it best.

There are days, that quotes are how I make it through. There are days, that no matter how well I can write, quotes say it better. And there are more days that I am grateful for the people that pass them on to me, than for the words themselves. ♥

"Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands."

"We all lose friends.. we lose them in death, to distance and over time. But even though they may be lost, hope is not. The key is to keep them in your heart, and when the time is right, you can pick up the friendship right where you left off. Even the lost find their way home when you leave the light on." - Amy Marie Walz

“Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

“It’s weird, you know the end of something great is coming, but you want to hold on, just one more second, just so it can hurt a little more.” Unknown

"A true friend advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably."

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

♫ Men Will Be Men

Your attention please! Fine print: The picture above may or may not represent the average man. It was simply put there to capture your attention long enough to get you here to read something BY a man. TaDa!

You may have read my completely awesome post about how Girls Will Be Girls. It was mildly hilarious, totally entertaining, and 100% truth. Read it here if you'd like! Girls Will Be Girls.

That link should open a new window for you, so you can click right back to this one! Brilliant bloggers=we iz them.

One of our readers, a man I'm safely assuming, left a comment. And it rocked so hard I'm posting it as it's own blog. Little did you know, anonymous commenters, that you might be ghost blogs, eh?.

I'm still completely clueless who this was, but OH how I love thee.

Men Will be Men

*We love you, even when we forget to say it.
*We love sports, the outdoors, and bigger, more powerful (every) things.
*Having sex IS saying I love you.
*We forget. Every. Little. Thing.
*We like war, sports, blood & gore & action movies, and will never admit to crying at chick flicks.
*We will burp and fart at the most inopportune times.
*We'll always drive faster, better (in our own minds), to make up for the time waiting for you - even if we get lost getting there.
*We brag about you to our friends & co-workers, even if we forget to do it in front of you.
*We will forgive AND forget.
*We adore you.
*We'll protect you, and our babies.
*We can't live without you.
*We love you. Always. Forever.

I hope I can remember this tomorrow...

A man.

Monday, April 12, 2010

♫ Random Monday 4-12-10

Let it begin, let it begin!.

Have you ever seen Bolt? Brandon bought it for my girls last year and we've watched it so many times I've got every one of those cute little hamster lines memorized. On to the randomness...

*Do we run our life, or does it run us?

*It occurred to me this weekend that I'm in a relationship with amazing communication. It's one of those things that you don't appreciate, until you need it. #2 on the list of Why We Rock, is our ability to compromise. Coming from two of the most hard headed people on the planet, that's sort of a big deal.

*It's funny the order that your brain recognizes things. Example:
-Oh hey there's a convertible. Weird that there is a black sheet behind it.
-Oh HEY, a REAL fan!

*I'm not sure that I'll ever get chikin'd out. spelling error intentional

*My girls continue to amaze me. Kyanne went from playful to completely observant overnight. That whole "Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression." thing? Officially applies to four year old's. Probably all year old's, but especially them. Leyna is the most insightful three year old I've ever met. The other day she told me "Mamma, because I live with you, I'm going to be like you." ... That, and "I'm so proud of you for spending money on me, mamma!"

*My friend Amberlee is in the process of making the CUTEST BABY EVER, next to mine, of course. And it's her birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday Beautiful MAMMA!

*I'm going to try and get better at old fashioned mail. Check your mailboxes soon. It's a goal, for 2010. The internet has officially made our friendship efforts lazy. or at least mine. I'm sorry!

*I managed to light a stove on fire this weekend. For the first time ever. And my brain went in to immediate panic-mode. The dog hid, Leyna got really excited and my brain went from:

-PANIC!, because there is a 3 foot flame and a kid in the same room!


-Step 1: Turn Stove Off. Step 2: Don't use water just in case. Step 3: Remove pot. Step 4: Blow on it. Step 5: Pat yourself on the back for a short-lived panic.

*I love when businesses get on Facebook AND do it right. Two examples of awesome businesses that are doing it right that I've interacted with this week:

Tokyo Joes and Eat This Not That.

Keyword: interacted. When you post on their wall, a real live person actually responds. Plus, every post they make is actually valuable as a consumer. It's my job, people, bare with my Facebook rants. Dad? Maybe this Thursday? ;)

*I think there are three kinds of people: People that love change, people that hate change, and people that are not good at change but pretend to be.

*I'm naturally horrible before 10am. Every morning.

Picture time!

Things to notice about this old family picture:
-I had BLOND hair.
-My sister had LONG hair. And baggy clothes.
-My brother actually fit on our laps.
-My dad could actually sport the mustache. At least until Super Troopers came out and ruined that look for every single cop out there.
-My mom is buff.

Quote: Love is...

"Love does not envy or boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails"

I heard this at a wedding this weekend, and the pastor (Who made me almost giggle uncontrollably due to his Princess Bride voice), made the whole audience put their own name where Love goes. And it's amazing how much that quote changes, and makes you self reflect. Try it!

Nomz does not envy or boat. Nomz is not proud. Nomz is not rude, self seeking, or easily angered. Nomz keeps no record of wrongs. Nomz does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. Nomz always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Nomz never fails.

How can you expect somebody else, or your love, to do ANY of those things, if you can't seek them in yourself first?

Yours Truly,

Friday, April 9, 2010

♫ Every day may not be good, BUT...

I woke up and it was sooooo one of those days. I tweeted something along the lines of "I think my patience forgot to get out of bed with me this morning."

After texting a few friends, logging in to Facebook, and emailing a few more, I found I wasn't alone. A lot of people are feeling snarked at, grumpy, impatient, irritated, or behind on their work today.

I've got news for you. It's Friday. All the feelings listed above? Are actually illegal on Friday's. I checked. It's written in the book of "Rules about Days of the Week. For real."

An amazing friend of mine sent me this link, to deflate my irritation and turn my day around: 10 ways to let go and overcome a bad mood. Please read this article. And here I am, uplifting myself.

The Small Things...that I would have missed, had I stayed in a bad mood:

*The opportunity to call a friend for lunch, buy one of her treasures posted on a recent blog (go look!), eat chikin, and get some sunshine.

MY new treasure:

*Watch my youngest twirl and twirl and twirl to my new favorite song, and tell me "Mamma, this is why I want to wear a dress!". Only a few people got that video, but this IS the song she did it to:

*Get completely challenged at work, and actually get enthused to get a good run at a new goal!

*I would have missed the chance to laugh at my parents...sitting at the table, both on Facebook, talking about Facebook, and arguing....about Facebook. Funny, how Facebook is viewed so differently by every single person on it. It's like...our own little room. Don't you dare mess it up, get it dirty, or do it wrong in my room.

*...the smell of horse poop. <---not completely enjoyable but a smell that you actually miss it when you're not around it daily.

So, day, all in all you weren't nearly as bad as you tried to convince me that you were. Nice try. And please feel free to never try that again.

"Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” ~Unknown"

Yours Truly,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

♥Sorta Random, Not Really

I've been having these reoccurring dreams. Three, actually. And because I pretty much read in to everything, I'm wondering about these. Why they constantly pop up in my subconscious and what they could mean. They always play themselves out in the same way, every time.

The first is about a tornado. Or thirty. In the beginning I discover the angry twisters approaching and run around to warn everyone of impending doom. Then I begin to gather to myself everything that is precious to me (my son, books, my camera and inevitably the six new kittens that my cat just gave birth to) and seek shelter. The sucking feeling I get from this dream is so strong and usually stays with me long after waking. Usually, throughout the dream, I am praying fiercely for safety, dominion over the storm, or for protection. This last time? I was actually sucked straight up into the tornado. The dream ended there.

The adventurous dream begins with a ginormous mansion. If I were an artist I could draw you the double-winding staircases, the cherry wood banisters and the red carpeted entry-way. It is stunning, elegant, alluring. As I step onto the short platform (feeling very much like Alice), I pass through the double doors into a room containing a grand piano and gasp, in awe. I never play the piano. From there I move through a series of boobie-traps, puzzles, tests, if you will. Right now, the only obstacle I can remember is a room that I must allow to fill with water before I pull a hidden handle. Said water and I are emptied out of the room as we rush into another. This room has a closet of some sort, with a trap door. The trap door is my ultimate destination because beneath it lies a vivid world of color and talking plants and animals. This is where the dream ends. I swear, I don't do drugs. The other version of this dream is a bit more sinister. It takes place within the same mansion. However, the feeling I have as the dream begins is not one of "Ooooh, this adventure, again!". I know that I have been called to the house because I am needed. I face the entry way as usual; however, rather than seeking out my fantasy land, I know that I must ascend one of the staircases to the top floor. There, a room awaits me that harbors an evil spirit. This spirit is not a happy, Casper-like entity. Rather is it violent and ready for a fight. I feel as if the air has been sucked out of the room and a gag has been wrapped around my mouth. It is a struggle just to speak the name "Jesus" and I pray in tongues, fervently and with determination as I prepare myself for battle. It never takes place only because I usually wake myself, groping in the darkness for the light switch and trying to calm my racing heart.

The last one is of epic-love-filled-proportions. I always dream of the same man; one I have known for a while. The dreams are not new- I have dreamed them before. However, they left for a while and now they're back; in fact, I've had this dream every night for the past three nights. Sometimes we're just friends and even the prospect of friendship is thrilling. Sometimes, we're together (always in the same place) and always I am so so so happy and so in love. This one, though, hurts the most. Is it because I miss what I could have had? Or because I am healing and open to new love? Is it my subconscious working out it's feelings or just allowing me to look forward to feeling love, if only fictionally?

Before I open the floor to interpretation I want to say that I believe in the power of dreams. I also believe that cheese pizza before bed can create some wild scenes. So, I really don't think anything of either dream in a sense of a "sign". Dreams, are tricky, aren't they?

Also, I'd like for you to share your re-occurring dreams and see if we can provide our own thoughts on them. :)

♫ Why McDonald's, Why?!

I could go on and on about how excited I am that me, and the rest of the world, is getting health-aware, finally. And will, just not today. For now, just read through this quick breakdown of the infamous McDonald's. Pretty interesting!

Everything You Need to Know About Fast Food

Yours Truly,

Via: Online Schools

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

♥Hi, it's me.

#Nowplaying is The Winner Is by Devotchka. It's from the soundtrack of Little Miss Sunshine (which I don't have to mention is an amazing movie). This song? It's seeping into all the pores of my soul and making me so happy. I don't know why, but I've listened to it about six times. Dear YouTube, please make a repeat button. Kthxbai.

Other songs that flood me with flittering thoughts and random sighs: Late Winter, Early Spring by John Denver, the song on this airplane video, The Gravel Road from the soundtrack of The Village, Theme from the soundtrack of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

You know, I really think I could be a good lyriacist. <---- I'm leaving that typo only because it proves my point. I create my own spin on words. :)

Last weekend my mom bought me a new journal. It's gorgeous. Metallic blue leather bound with perfect etching and silver lined pages. I can just feeeel my imagination crawling to get out and onto that amazing lined paper. I've given myself only one rule for this one: No.Rules. Actually, my first entry is right smack dab in the middle, I have a drawing of earings in the back and even turned it upside down to write a question I couldn't forget. I love the freedom of storing my ideas there.

I'm convinced that Spring and promised Summer are my two muses. Really. I've suddenly becoming brimming with inspiration, glee and creativity (see?! I'm even rhyming with out trying!). One drop of creative juce is the jewelry I've been making. And, so, upon the request of some friends and readers I'm announcing on our blog that I will be selling my stuffs. After mulling it over, I think I'll just call my collection 'Sarah Michal' and a darling friend of mine is working on a logo. It shall soon follow. In the meantime, I will quench your curious thirst with a few pictures of my work. Please, enjoy and do let me know if you're interested in owning a piece for a small fee.

Monday, April 5, 2010

♫ Random Monday 4-5-10

Holy Crap Monday is almost over! Anybody else miss most of it due to its speed of light-ness?

Random Monday really are my favorites. It's like a cleanse. Not always easy to write, read, or understand, but you feel better afterward, right?

*Friday night, I had all these plans to be a lazy bum. And then I got motivated to shoe shop (thank you, bad influence sister), then I got a text from a girl who can cook better than most crock pots for dinner, so we coupled dinner and BBQ'd. And? I rode in a tractor for the first time since last fall. I think. BBQ Season = Busy Season.

*Speaking of shopping! I found a monokini this weekend! I've been searching literally far and wide for one. I've tried on a few, all lacking in purpose due to the amount of skin they show off. This one though? Ahhhhhmazing. Plus? It gives me shape AND hides the stretch marks. I'm so excited to wear it! (Phoenix, baby!) Look at it! Lust. And you can find it here, in case you want to match: Monokini. I should have known I'd find perfection in a skater store.

*It made me really, really sad to see bum's on Easter. It's going to be a dangerous thing, me living closer to a big city. I'm going to want to invite them all in. Sigh. While out on a hot date with my hot guy to the cheesecake factory, I happened to come across one brave enough to ask for a laptop. I suppose with standards like that, spare change would be better than nothing!

*My insanely shoe obsessed sister has a blog. If you're similarly shoe obsessed, you should read it. Especially on Wednesdays. Or mostly on Wednesdays, because that's when she blogs for the most part. What can we say? She's passionate about Wednesday's. Or shoes. Click here: Frolicking Frenzy. How can one resist such an adorable title, right?

*Life is like a stack of Jenga Blocks. That's all I'm going to say for now. More to come. ;)

*Things I always have in my desk: deodorant, tea, cookies, orange clorox wipes. Ah the life of a cubicle girl.

*I snapped some adorable pictures this weekend that I promise to post soon. One of which, happens to be my oldest Easter Egg Hunting in the lovely Wyoming wind. Can you imagine a 4 year old in an adult sized pea coat, a Vikings beanie, and a dress holding a basket and walking sideways? That's my Easter in a nutshell. Only throw in amazing food and a great family, with a side dish of spoiled-nomz-gravy.

*I am blessed with the coolest girl friends around. I'm not really sure how I got lucky enough to literally be surrounded by an army of them, but I am. Tonight? Over-the-shoulder-bolder-holder shopping, (see blog and laugh your boobs off: Over the Shoulder Bolder Holder ), the rest of the week? Epic lunch dates, jogging partners, and quite possibly mall walking. We live loudly.

*How was your Easter? What was your favorite thing about your day?

*If you could fly to the moon, would you?

*Song with amazing lyrics:

Yours Truly,

Friday, April 2, 2010

♫ Special Needs Kids

You know, all these opportunities to blog this have come and gone, and my lazy self hasn’t gotten around to it. It’s time, because there is actually a holiday for it today…that most people aren’t even aware of.

Today, April 2nd 2010, is World Autism Awareness Day.

The status going around Facebook is: “You don't know you are missing a big part of the world around you, until you know and love someone with Autism or Aspergers.”

Side note: I do love Facebook for raising awareness on things that people are passionate about, or that the world needs to take a step back and think about.

Growing up, I was raised in a home that didn’t allow us to view “mentally handicapped” people any different than anybody else. My mom has always played an active role in the community with special needs kids, tutoring in resource rooms, and having a bigger heart than most by loving on them and giving them more attention than most. In junior high school when a close friend encouraged me to get active in the Special Olympics program, my parents fully encouraged it. Making sure I had rides, money, and anything else I needed to participate.

That quote that’s going around Facebook today, couldn’t be more true. Until you’ve known somebody with Autism, Aspergers, or any other diagnosed mental or physical handicap, you’ve been blind. While a lot of the world sees them as retarded, or find them intrusive, intimidating, scary, or different…those that know them best know that they see the world in a way that we wish we could. They see the world with eyes that most children do…they never lose that magic that growing up puts on a “normal” person. They’re magical, they’re usually more intelligent than the average person, and though their communication skills might differ from yours entirely, being near them for a small amount of time can teach you more in mere minutes than you’ve learned over a lifetime.

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." <- - - that’s how they live EVERY DAY!

It is World Autism Awareness Day. But every day really should be. Get active in their community. Find ways to spend time with the Special Olympics in your community. And please, please teach your children how great they are, not how different they are. Expose them to them, don’t shelter them from them. Love on the parents that get to be challenged with a Special Needs child. That…is raising awareness. And it doesn’t cost you a dime.

Quotes to get you thinking:

"You've developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil ... you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability."

"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."

"If you've told a child a thousand times and he still does not understand, then it is not the child who is the slow learner."

Yours Truly,

**The picture at the top is actual silverware built for children with special needs. If you're interested, please see this link: Special Needs Cutlery

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