Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I am...

My fathers daughter.

I have his thin curly hair,
his extra tummy fat,
his sometimes good, sometimes bad skin,
and his sweat glands,

I also have...

his passion for life,
his desire to do better, bigger,
his love for our God,
his pride,
his stubbornness,
his adventurous spirit,
and his desire to lead.

I am my father's daughter and that is what is making this so difficult.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Oh boy I am a little stressed.
Currently I am sitting in the engineering building listening to Eric and his group argue/talk/figure out why their project isn't working.
I'm not even working on the project but I'm feeling the pressure. We need this project to work for Eric to graduate.
I know we will put our faith in God and it will work out...but boy is it stressful.

Other things---today was our last Monday working!! WAHOO! Just two more full days of work for me and three for Eric. I am SO, SO ready. I was ready back in May.

I haven't been running a lot lately. Mostly because I HATE (with a burning passion) the routes to run around our apartment. You don't understand this level of hate people. It boils down to menever running because I hate it so much and that's saying a lot because I really like to run!

Here is a breakfast I had the other day and it was so amazing. I loved every bite and I wish it would have lasted longer.

Flax Seeds
Small spoon for little bites (making it last as long as possible)
Two glorious eggs
All together with a sparking water and a cherry juice ice cube. YUMMO!
(no, I am not channeling Rachel Ray)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Nothing really

I don't really have much to say. I feel like I should update...but I'm at a loss for words.

I only ran twice or was it three times this week? Either way, not a lot and I feel kind of bad.
But it's SO hot so I don't really feel that bad.

Eric has been gone this weekend visiting his family/Grandmother in KY and he is coming back tomorrow and I'm excited.

I will be working for the next 4 days straight. Good pay for me.
Friday is my last day of work and I am SOOO excited.

Eric got an iPhone because he loved mine so much.

I sat on my sunglasses the other day and broke them and I really need new ones before we leave.

We are moving in 2 weeks. Actually 2 weeks from yesterday so less then two weeks now.

I will REALLY miss my parents. I mean really. I will miss everyone but I will REALLY miss my parents. I love them. They have been probably the ONLY supporters of Eric and I's relationship from the beginning and I will miss their love and support and guidance.

I'm crashing and I need to go to bed. Yes it is only 10:45 but I am old.

I sat on a seatbelt buckle and it bruised my left butt cheek. It hurts a lot.

Does it bother you that I said butt cheek? Sorry.

I have lost ten pounds since I changed my life. (that means started eating differently, and exercising)

Here is a photo of the other night. I love it. and I love you all!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Two weeks and counting

Part of my afternoon was spent at starbucks working on moving related things. I needed to call and see if my last payment for a student loan was received so I could get my transcript sent to my new (hopefully) school.

Eric was on the phone with our bank changing our renters insurance and having our internet shut off after the end of the month.
I write this blog post.

Drink some coffee.

And changed our address!

I feel productive. Now if only I could get the house cleaned!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


We have been loving this new restaurant, Electric Eel.
They serve asian type foods. I don't want to classify them as Chinese or Thai because I'm not really sure where they fall into place...all I know it the food is out of this world good.
I love to get the vegetarian sushi. They have spicy asparagus and one called Killer Queen.
I'm also loving on their fried rice. You get to pick brown, white or black fried rice. It comes with three choices for sauce and then standard veggies. You can add on more vegetables if you want. I usually add on broccoli, bean sprouts and tofu!!!!
There are no words for how yummy this is. Oh my!!

If your looking for good food that isn't a chain restaurant and don't want that standard heavy chinese-go to this place. It will not let you down!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two things Tuesday

  1. One thing that is annoying me this week are people who drive waaay below the speed limit. Is it really that much safer? Your cause other drivers to slam on their breaks, traffic can back up, its dangerous on the highway and it's just really annoying. If you can't go the basic speed limits then maybe you shouldn't be driving.
  2. The other thing that is really annoying me is people who think they have the right to tell me when they think it's ok for us to start having children. Whether it be the argument about how waiting is good, and you don't want to rush into anything or about how you never get any younger so why not start kids now? It's none of your business. Seriously, do NOT come up to me and ask me about when we are thinking of starting a family and do NOT come up to me and tell me how you waited to have kids until you were 26 and how good of a decision it was. ALSO do not tell me that I need to graduate school/have a good job/have money in savings/have a house...blah blah blah-before I can have kids. We will have children when we are good and ready. And that's that.
Anything bugging you this week?

Sunday, July 18, 2010


We'll do it all
On our own

We don't need
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That's bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes
They're all I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things
Will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

I'm ready to leave.

Friday, July 16, 2010


I'm a big list maker.
I love having a piece of paper with all the things I need to do on it and being able to cross some of them off.
Here is a short list of things we need to do in these next three weeks.
1. Cancel internet, netflix
2. Forward mail to new address!
3.Plan going away party that is in two little weeks
4. Repack big boxes for shipping stuff
5. Go through kitchen things and ELIMINATE
6. Finish working! Wahoo!
7. Figure out what we are doing with huge stereo
8. Eat up all of our huge amounts of grains/lentils/beans/frozen stuff
9. Clean apartment so we can get our security deposit back
10. Try to decide what art we are taking/leaving/giving away/throwing out
11. Try not to break down crying every time I think about moving away from my family
12. Try to enjoy these last few weeks

There are SO many more little things not on that list. It's almost intimidating. Three weeks to this day we are leaving. Whew.
Off to work I go!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


There are just 21 days until we leave.
21 short days. Wasn't it just yesterday that there was over 40?
I feel like there is so much we should be doing-but there's really not.
We got rid of all of our furniture last Sunday. Well everything but our bed which is leaving on Saturday. We still have a ton of dishes that we will probably start giving away here this weekend. Mom? Want some dishes?
I am starting a pile in the old bedroom of things that we are taking. So far it's really big and I'm getting worried.
The major things we are taking on our trip are...three bikes, cello, guitar, violin, bike stand, kitchen aid and blender, air mattress, bike trainer, cooler (with food for the road trip) oh and more small kitchen things, tons of clothes, blankets, and lots of little pieces of...stuff.
All in a VW Jetta. No, I don't know how we are going to fit it all.

Two weeks and two days until my last day of work.

I feel like three and a half weeks is SO long. 21 LONG days-but I know it's going to fly by so fast.
I'm dreading the goodbyes. Ugh.

Our new address!

2241 Hoyt St
Portland OR 97210

Send me mail in three and a half weeks!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Two things Tuesday

  1. The other night, I decided to do a lot of yoga. By alot I mean about a half an hour but for me that's a lot because I don't do it nearly as much as I would like. That much new yoga at one time left me really sore yesterday. I thought I would be a good idea to go for a run to loosen things up. That would have been a good idea, if I had kept things slow but I wanted to stay under 9 min miles. (Yes, I am a very slow runner) About two miles in I was ready to turn back. Of course turning around meant running back up this huge hill that I had just come down and also running into the wind. About halfway up the hill, I quit. I'm so ashamed of myself. I just gave up. I walked the rest and managed to convince myself to run/jog the rest of the way home.
Now, I am NOT saying walking is a bad thing, but for me to just quit halfway up a hill was a big deal. I'm not a super runner, in fact I really don't think I am very good at it, but I do NOT like to quit things. I just felt so upset with myself afterwards. I wish I would have pushed through and made it to the top. Lately, running has been very difficult for me. I don't know if it's because of the heat, or lack of motivation or what but I am having to work extra hard to get going everyday. I'm hoping to find a race sometime in Sept/Oct for some motivation. I think that would help a lot.

2. My husband has been amazing. He bikes next to me while I run, tries to come up with things to talk about, doesn't yell at me for quitting for make me feel bad. He encourages me while I am down and struggling. He tells me I look good all sweaty, (that one may be a lie! ;o) He gives me back massages and leg massages. He is just a really wonderful man and I am very thankful for him.

SOOOO these aren't really what two things Tuesdays are supposed to be but they are things that I have been thinking about. Sorry if I bored you. I'm headed to the beach tomorrow. I'll try to take some interesting pictures to share!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Glamour Shots

Eric took these shots of me while I was running on Saturday.

Look how focused I am. ha. It was more of a, please let me get through this and come out alive.
I managed to squeak out 7 miles. My longest run yet. I know it's not a very long run compared to more serious runners but I'm pretty proud of it. Everytime I set out for a run, I am reminded of this girl back in Jan/Feb who swore she would never be a runner.

Look at me now.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Grand Rapids I love you.

Tonight we began our quest to discover the things we haven't ever seen in Grand Rapids.
We went on a long bike ride through some awesome neighborhoods in GR-places I have never been and it's been a while since Eric has been to them. Thought I would share the photos. =o)

Sorry. That was a lot of pictures but I am so in love with all the amazing architecture in GR. More adventures to come before we leave next month!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hot Hot Hot

Another sweaty, sweaty five miles tonight.
Remember those photos I put up earlier from last nights run?
Oh they are seared onto your brain because of how gross they were?
My apologies.

Anyways take those photos you know the ones, and add more sweat to them. Got it?
My wonderful sweet pacer (Eric) ran into a gas station tonight to get me some water because we both didn't think about bringing some (duh!). While I stood there waiting for him, sweat was pouring out of my body. Literally. It was running down my legs in streams, dripping off of my chin, back of the thighs and pooling around my collar bones. Have I established the sweating yet?

And that was only after 2.5 miles. Ugh. It's so hot out. I ran along the path that they built next to the highway by our house, and we didn't go until about 9:15 which means we didn't get home until a little after 10 so it was pretty dark. The bad thing about the path is its kind of nestled in between the highway and the woods. I discovered tonight why I will never run that path again at night. I think a picture will work best to explain.What are those black things you ask? Oh just bugs. Stupid little black gnats. They were in my eyes, my mouth, my hair and of course on my chest. Towards the middle of my run I took my tank top off and just ran in my sports bra so I had them on my stomach and back. SO disgusting!!

Now that your never going to read this blog again because of all the sick photos I have been putting up, I am going to end this and go beg my husband for a leg massage. He really is the best.


I missed two things Tuesday again.
I may have to discontinue that until I get to Portland. Just way to much going on!
Yesterday for example. I ran three miles in the a.m. Worked from 10-5, headed home and decided that I didn't want to slave over a hot stove in this heat wave we are having. (95+ and 90% humidity. Hello!)
So we went over the in-laws and has heavy greasy pizza. hmm..maybe I should have cooked?
Then I thought it would be a good idea to run 5 more miles.
8 miles in one day? Never done that before.
It actually wasn't that bad. I felt really strong and relaxed. BUT towards the end of mile 5, I was beginning to feel sluggish. When we (Eric biked along next to me to be my pacer and water carrier. He's the best!) got back, we thought it would be a good idea to take photos to show everyone how sweaty I was. Um, these are kind of gross so be where (wear? were?)
Hello sweaty back!

And now that I have grossed you all out, I am going to eat some lunch.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bad Blogger

I have been absent.
Mostly because we are trying to soak in as much family/beach/relax time as we can before we have to move. This weekend was no exception. All day Sunday at the beach, all day Monday driving up to my Aunts house and back. Here are a few photos from my iPhone.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

So much going on!

I don't even have time for a long post.

Let's see...where to begin.

I got my iPhone. Did I mention that already? I love it. I love just looking at it. I'm a freak I know.

We are planning Eric's graduation party/our going away party. Yes we are throwing ourselves a going away party. We are pathetic. Keep your calenders open for July 31st folks. You won't want to miss this.

We are moving to Portland. Oh, did you already know that? My bad.

I am looking into something SO exciting for Portland but I can't say what yet because I don't want to jinx it. I don't know if I believe in jinxing. But I'm still not saying.

I love my iPhone.

It's so nice out. I can't get over it. Sun, warmth, beautiful.

I have lost 10 pounds. Don't believe me? Sometimes I don't believe it either but I'm just going by what my scale says.

I am sitting in the engineering building and I feel very out of place. I should have worn my pocket protector.

I am really so exciting for this party. It's going to be HOT news people. Seriously.

Hello? Have I lost you all by now? Sorry about the ramblings-I am all over the place.

We put in our moving notice today at the apartment. We are moving to Portland.

I just dropped my iPhone. I need help.