Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Recently I'm...

Longing for: Spring. The real spring, not the "looks just like winter but we'll call it spring because it's April" spring. I've taken to wearing skirts and heels even though it's still in the thirties when I leave in the morning. It seems to help my mood, that is, until I exit my house. Then I silently curse my stubbornness and vow to wear pants and a sweater the next day so I don't freeze my buns off again.

Exited about: making my own shampoo!! I have officially crossed to another side I tell ya. I've caught the "make your own stuff and feel awesome because you know what's in it" bug and I can't wait to share how it goes with all of you. I'm really hoping it doesn't completely flop, but I told Andy that even if it does, it's still a fun adventure. I'll also be sure to do a cost breakdown like I did with the bread because currently it's costing me an arm and a leg to buy all the ingredients. You don't use all of each ingredient for one batch though, so I'm hoping once I have everything I can get a lot of good use out of the recipe before having to buy more.

Freaking out when: my phone rings. I feel like we could hear any day (or not) about an adoption referral, which is making me a little twitchy. I try not to get all crazy, but it's hard not to. Now whenever my phone rings I get all gladiator-like and dive to grab it to see who's calling. Imagine my dismay when it's Verizon telling me I'm over my texting limit. Or my doctor calling to confirm my appointment. Such a rapid rush of emotions.

Enjoying: grilling! Well, eating food from the grill. Andy grills, and it is soooo good. Now when I go to the grocery store I just buy things that need to be grilled, and then get home and load them into the refrigerator, and turn to Andy and bat my eyelashes and tell him I bought all this wonderful food to go on the grill and "your grilling is soooo good" (because it is) and hope that he is fine with making dinner for the rest of the week. ;)

Watching: this. Ugh. (GMO's, our food, etc.) You may not want to watch it if you're feeling especially stressed or agitated, because it's bound to make you more-so, but I think it's good information to have. I haven't quite figured out what to do with it yet, but for now I'm just doing a lot of reading and thinking.

Anticipating: the arrival of my Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit. I know, I've crossed to another side. Haha. I've been reading for over a year about essential oils and health, and how they can really be a help with treating common health issues naturally instead of with medication (because I cannot admit to you how much Advil I consume). Andy bought me the resource guide for my birthday and the go-ahead to purchase the kit to give them a try. I've been really struggling with headaches, and allergy season is upon us, so I'm hoping to try some oils and see if they help. I'll be sure to report back if I have any success :)

Getting ready for: a little family road trip soon! Chloe is coming with us which will thrill her to no end! I love little road trips, and the chance to see family members who we don't see often enough. 

I think that's all that's going on in our neck of the woods recently! Lots of tidbits and not too much earth-shattering to report, but all good stuff :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Adoption Update: Hopeful News

Yesterday we received a special update from our agency saying that the Federal MOWA in Ethiopia is starting to sign off on cases again! This means that if the regional MOWA is signing (of the two our agency works with, one is and one isn't), then cases can begin moving forward and our agency can start matching children with families. It's been 5 months since we've seen any movement, so we are so thankful for this update and hope that children who really need families can now start being matched with them.

Thanks for sticking with us friends! Hopefully we'll begin moving down the list again really soon! :)

Happy Friday! :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Silliness In Phone Pictures

^^Crochet Flowers: I decided the other weekend that I was sick of just crocheting in a straight line. Also, spring needs to be here, like, yesterday. So, armed with my crochet needle and random colors of yarn, I watched a bunch of YouTube videos over and over until I managed to squeak out something that resembled a flower. There was a lot of counting involved, however, so I would recommend finding a quiet, uninterrupted chunk of time (45 minutes maybe?), otherwise you're going to be ripping things out and starting over a bazillion times because *ahem* your dog *ahem* keeps wanting to go inside and outside and you get so frustrated that you throw your needle across the room like a toddler. (Not like that happened or anything.) Here is the video I watched (there's a series of 3) in case you're interested:

^^ St. Patty's Day Fun: I am so bad at celebrating holidays through my outfits. For one thing, I typically forget until I'm dressed and out the door for the day. However, Andy left for work today proudly supporting green and reminded me not to forget as well. I honestly didn't even think I owned green, but low and behold I do!! Also, I bought that necklace this past weekend with friends (see below) and when I looked at it again this morning I thought it was perfect to represent a pot of gold. Ha! Now I'm so giddy about my ability to pull together a respectable outfit that I feel the need to schedule extra meetings today just so I don't wear it in vain. ;)

^^ GGW Reunion: These two used to work down the hall from me and we became really close friends. I was so, so sad to see them go, but I am so happy we still keep in touch. We drove two hours this weekend to meet at a huge mall and topped off our visit with a ride on the carousel. Because, really, how could we not?! :)

Miss you girls like crazy!!

Those are some silly phone photo snippets from life lately :) What have you been up to? Tying any yarn together in cool shapes, wearing anything you're particularly proud of, or shenanigan-ing with friends?

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Other Woman

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you've already seen this gem, but I wanted to share it here too.

This dog. The head on Andy's shoulder, the front paw wrapped around him… Perhaps the best part is when Chloe settles herself in all cozy with Andy, and then turns her head towards me with this look that says, "I win."

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Few Ways to Add a Little Adventure to Your Day

1. Try a new hair product you've never used before on a Monday morning, and watch as the results go from fairly decent to slightly disastrous during your commute. Look in the mirror when you arrive to work and accept that today is going to be… adventurous.

2. Try to make cookies at 9 o'clock at night with only three ingredients and without really reading the instructions. Also, to amp up the adventure, promise 'amazing' cookies to your husband for a snack knowing that he gave up his usually nightly snack of chips for Lent, so these cookies need to be good. (Note: they were a fail.)

3. Make a succulent terrarium on a random Tuesday night, all while completely forgoing your other responsibilities. To make it even more exciting, break out the potting soil, plants, fertilizer and rocks in the middle of the kitchen when you're supposed to be making dinner.

4. Construct your weekly meal plan around a recipe from a foreign country that you've never tried before and with some ingredients you don't know how to pronounce. Get halfway into making it and realize you've made enough to feed an army, all while wondering what it is you're really making. Feed it to your husband and watch how he embraces your 'adventure'. Then realize you have to eat this for four days in a row because you spent most of the food budget on this and were relying on it to be a home run.

5. See if you can make it all the way to work (22 miles) while your tank is on E. Cheer and pat yourself on the back when you roll into the parking lot safely.

6. Wear stilettos in a snow storm because you're sick of winter. SICK OF IT. Then, walk up a steep hill to a new client's office without falling or appearing unsteady.

7. Buy a pair of bright red skinny jeans.

8. Pluck your eyebrows in the dark.

9. Walk your dog on an icy sidewalk.

10. Sign up to volunteer at your local animal shelter and burst into tears in front of 30 strangers when they show you the room of dogs. Note that no one else is crying. Proceed to work with the cats, because even though you're allergic, they do not elicit such a strong emotional reaction.

In closing:

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." – Theodore Roosevelt

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." – Thomas Edison

Happy Monday


Friday, March 7, 2014

For Your Friday

"In the confrontation between the river and the rock, the river always wins… not by strength, but by perseverance." – Louis Agassiz

(Thanks Lauren) :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gifts In the Desert {Succulents and Lent}

DIY Terrariums have been going around blog land a lot lately. I love seeing how other people build theirs, and how chic they can look. I've wanted to put together one of my own for a while now, but seeing as how my plant skills are about zilch, I wasn't sure I was ready to attempt it myself.

I'm not really a big research person (although I'm learning), so typically I just jump into a project and figure it out as I go. This time, after deciding I really did want to do a terrarium, I wanted to make sure I was a bit more prepared.

I learned drainage (pebbles at the bottom), soil (the kind mixed for cacti and succulents), water (not too much), and light (5-6 hours) are the key. So last night Chloe and I went on a little adventure to Home Depot and picked up all the supplies we'd need. I already had the glass truffle thing from a few years back (when I was convinced I would make truffles all the time).

I picked out four different succulents, all with a slightly different look to them. Then I got home and decided to set up the dirt, the pebbles, the plants… everything… right in the middle of the kitchen counter while I was making dinner. Imagine piles of cacti dirt with a side of asparagus and sausage ;) Andy loves me.

Besides a fun little project, this terrarium serves as a visual reminder to me as we enter the season of lent. We commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before his ministry and I am reminded that even though the desert can be a dry, long, difficult place, there are always gifts. These succulents survive without much water, yet bring a lot of beauty and life to their surroundings. This is my reminder, over the next 40 days and beyond, to look for the gifts in the middle of the desert.

I'll let you know if they're still alive at Easter. Either that, or both me AND the succulents succumbed to the elements ;)