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I apologize for the “passcode protected” posts. I just had some things I needed to get out of my head. It definitely hasn’t been my favorite week….that I WILL say. πŸ™‚

In light of all the serious writing I’ve been doing, this is going to be a random fun post. I don’t want to worry about things being cohesive or particularly insightful. My brain (and my heart) just can’t take it! So I bring to you my very first blog post in the form of a list. πŸ™‚

1. I watched a couple excellent movies yesterday. The first was called Frost/Nixon. I will admit I never really knew much about Watergate or Nixon but I do now. The movie was about David Frost (a journalist/talk show host) who had the opportunity to interview Nixon after he left the White House. It’s a true story, and from what I can gather, very historically accurate. One of the special features on the dvd was part of the real interview. They did a really good job at re-creating it. This is one of those movies where you feel more intelligent after watching….you feel like you learned something. I would highly recommend it. The second movie was The Changeling. I really enjoyed it. It keeps you guessing. It too is based on a true story (I always love those kinds of movies!). It is about a woman who’s son is kidnapped. The LAPD end up returning a boy to her. She quickly realizes he isn’t her son but the police insist that it is him. Where it goes from there is simply mind-blowing. I also love movies set in the 1920s and 1930s.

2. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately having to do with home decor, baking, and such. Being that I don’t have a home of my own (nor will I anywhere in the near future), it’s kind of funny. Of course I dream of the day when I too will have a family and a home of my own to decorate. My current favorite is called Pink and Polka Dot.

3. I officially have two nanny positions for the fall, but I can’t help thinking there could be something better out there, so I haven’t stopped looking. I visit Craigslist daily to see if there are any new nanny positions listed.

4. I have taken SO many walks this past week. The weather has been so warm this week (for the Seattle area, anyway) and it has been a little miserable to be inside at times. I found myself wandering through the woods, enjoying nature, and listening to music. Being outside makes me feel alive. I’m aware that that sounds incredibly dramatic, but it’s quite true. There’s just nothing like sunshine, fresh air, and large bodies of water. It’s good for the soul, I think. πŸ™‚

5. I have begun a project for my mom’s 50th birthday (which is coming up at the beginning of August). It has been rather time consuming, but fun at the same time. It’s nice to be productive.

6. My boyfriend is going on a camping trip this weekend. You may think that would make me jealous (especially since I have been dying to go camping for the last, oh, few years), however I am not jealous in the slightest. See, it is a GUYS camping trip and I am content to be nowhere near it. πŸ™‚ They will have a lot of fun I am sure and I will enjoy hearing the stories when they come back.

7. Since said boyfriend is going to be out of town, I am considering going to Aquafest. I may ACTUALLY go. What is Aquafest, you ask? Well, it’s the festival the town I grew up in does every year. It is definitely a small town event….however EVERYONE in the Lake Stevens area seems to go to it. My little sister is marching in the parade, so it would be nice to go watch her….she would love it if I came.

8. I am debating whether or not I want to move out of my mom’s house first or buy a car first. So far, David and my mom think. I need to get a car first. I’m inclined to agree with them. If I buy a car FIRST, I won’t have to try to save up for one while I’m also paying rent….that would take a LOT longer. I am excited that it will most likely only take me 3 months or so to save up for one. I figure I can have about $2500-$3000 saved up by then. It won’t be a spectacular car, but I should be able to get something reasonably reliable. I can’t wait.

9. Me and David are stuck here today. They repaved the parking lot today so his car is stuck in the garage. Kind of annoying…. They seem to always be doing something around here. He insists this is the worst place he’s ever lived in regards to noise. I’m inclined to agree with him….I think the only place I’ve ever lived that was louder was Chicago….and that’s to be expected.

Okay, I think I am done now. I’m starting to get restless and I think a walk is in order.

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Quotes

I read a lot of blogs. Some of those blogs are written by people I know in real life, but most are written by people I’ve never met. I love reading about people’s experiences. Blogs are kind of like reality shows (which I LOVE) in written form, so I guess it’s not too big of a surprise that I love them. One of my favorite blogs to read is called Bring the Rain. It is written by a woman named Angie, who lost her fourth baby girl shortly after birth. She knew a few months before the baby’s birth that, without a miracle, her baby would not live long….if at all….after being born. The blog takes you through her pregnancy and the aftermath of losing her baby girl. It’s incredibly heartbreaking, but also incredibly encouraging. If you’re looking for a good read, check it out. She wrote a post asking her readers to leave their favorite quotes in a comment. There were SO many good ones. I went through and copied and pasted my favorites, so I could keep them. I love quotes (and words in general) so I thought maybe every once in awhile, I will pick a quote I like (for whatever reason) and share my thoughts about it.

“Sometimes change is painful… sometimes its beautiful…..usually its both.”

The above quote is from Smallville….yes, Smallville. I must admit, I don’t watch the show, and I don’t really care for it….but I like this quote. I’ve realized that I only like change when I am the one initiating the change. For example: I decide to find a new job or move somewhere new. I LOVE change then and even thrive on it. It keeps life interesting and makes me feel alive. However, I don’t like change when I don’t get a say in it-like if I get laid off or have to move unexpectedly. I don’t like feeling like I have no control in my life. It’s times like those (and I’ve had MANY of those times lately….) where I definitely don’t view change as beautiful. But I’ve realized something….we can either embrace change or despise it, and be miserable. Life is ALWAYS changing whether we want it to or not. It’s all about how you choose to handle it….you can wallow in self-pity and misery….OR pick yourself up and make the best of it-and that is just what I have decided to do. When you change your mindset, it’s amazing how much better things look. Suddenly you see all the possibilities that you didn’t see when you were feeling sorry for yourself. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! πŸ™‚

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Insomniac Survey Time!

It’s 5:30 in the AM and I haven’t been able to fall asleep. Sigh. Hopefully I will feel sleepy soon…. In the meantime it’s survey time!

1. Where was the very last place you went besides your house?

Albertsons to get random grocery items and some dvds from the Red Box outside the store.

2. What did you do last night?

Went to Daverthump’s to play pool and eat. Then I went to the grocery store, got some movies, came home, and watched said movies.

3. Who last texted you?

David

4. Do you have a secret that you’ve never told anyone?

Nope

5. Do you get mad easily?

Nope. I’m incapable of staying mad for very long. I think for the most part, that’s a good thing.

6. Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?

I try to talk about them….my instinct is to hide them and that hasn’t always served me very well in the past.

7. Do you prefer warm or cold weather?

Warm. πŸ™‚ Though I do like snow in the winter of course!

8. Who was the last person you were in a car with?

David

9. What color are your eyes?

Blue

10. Have you ever given up on someone but then went back to them later?

Nope

11. Have you ever thrown your cell phone in anger?

I’ve thrown it in frustration, onto my bed or something.

12. Has anyone told you a secret lately that you aren’t allowed to tell anyone?

Nope

13. Honestly, if you could go back six months and change something, would you?

Probably

14. Are you wearing any clothes that don’t belong to you?

I am wearing a pair of David’s pj pants.

15. Do you have a lot on your mind at the moment?

Yeah….finances, school, living situation….fun times.

16. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

Usually the left.

17. What is your favorite thing to shop for?

Purses, clothes, coats, or books.

18. Who knows you better than you know yourself?

I’m not sure…David maybe….he’s seen pretty much every side of me….poor guy. πŸ™‚

19. What are you doing this summer?

Nothing too incredibly exciting, that I know of. I would like to go camping or something of the sort.

20. Do you miss your past?

Sometimes, but all in all, I wouldn’t change anything….or go back.

21. Did you ever have tea parties when you were younger?

I don’t remember any.

22. What is your favorite line from a movie?

The quote at the end of “Tears of the Sun”.…that’s not really a line FROM the movie….but I don’t usually remember actual lines from movies.

23. Would you rather be the opposite sex?

Not at all.

24. What would you never name one of your children?

I’m not sure….I wouldn’t want to name them anything too weird or too common….I’d like to find a balance in there somewhere. I also want them to have distinct boy or girl names

25. What is the coolest restaurant you’ve ever been to?

I tend to think of “cool” restaurants as being something other than chain restaurants like Red Robin or the Olive Garden…places like that. Going with that idea, I enjoy Fred’s in Snohomish, Rory’s in Edmonds, and that Thai restaurant in Ballard that I can’t remember the name of….. πŸ™‚

26. Where do you go when you want to get a really good sub sandwich?

Subway

27. What style of house would you like to live in?

Well, it kind of depends. Right now, I would want a cool place in the city. When/if I have a family someday I would like a traditional house (think Father of the Bride…that’s my dream house).

28. Do you flip the channel when commercials come on?

Sometimes

29. Have you seen any of the Saw movies?

Yes….they disturb me. I think I’ve seen two of them.

30. What was your favorite book as a child?

I was CONSTANTLY reading as a kid, so I had many favorites. I loved the Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, the Ramona books, books from the Mandy series, Little House on the Prairie. I also really loved a book called Addie’s Dakota Winter. I loved books about the pioneer days for some reason.

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“Love Who You Love”

I was having a bad night the other night, and couldn’t sleep. I logged on Facebook to discover that a man from my old church had died unexpectedly. He left behind a wife and four kids…the youngest being only 12 years old or so, the oldest being 19. That put everything into perspective for me. We need to not take those we love for granted. I discovered a song by Rascal Flatts shortly after that and it really fits. Shocking, another Rascal Flatts song….but I love them. Here it is.

Love Who You Love, by Rascal Flatts

I should have stolen every moment
Now there’s a page
With not enough on it
Where we belong
I guess I’ll never understand it
Why do we take it all for granted
Until it’s gone
‘Cause then it’s gone

[Chorus]
Love who you love
With all that you have
And don’t waste the time
That flies so fast
Love who you love
And say that you do
Hold on as tight as they’ll let you
Love who you love

Give all you’ve got
Like it’s your last day
Your heart and soul
Before it’s too late
And pull them in so close
Enough that they can feel it
With every single breath that
You’re breathing
Breathe it in again and again

[Chorus]
Love who you love
With all that you have
And don’t waste the time
That flies so fast
Love who you love
And say that you do
Hold on as tight as they’ll let you
Love who you love

Hold on, hold on

Yeah, love who you love
Say that you do — yeah

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Dream Vacations

I just watched “Nights in Rodanthe” for the second time, and all I could think about was how beautiful the scenery is. It was so pretty it almost made me cry. I am aware that that sounds a little strange. I did cry later on in the movie when Richard Gere’s character dies and the mom has a touching scene with her daughter. Anyways, I love nature so much. There’s nothing like being outside, in the middle of it all. If it’s sunny out I feel like I HAVE to be outside. The sun does wonderful things for me (though it definitely doesn’t give me a tan, sadly).

My favorite place to be is near a body of water of some kind (that’s why I love ferry rides so much). I wish so much that I could away from it all and go somewhere beautiful. I need a vacation so much it hurts sometimes. Okay, it might not HURT (wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been dramatic!) but it’s definitely something I feel on almost a daily basis. I thought I would share some of the places (in the United States) that I would love to go on vacation to, sometime in the future (the very distant future, perhaps).

First up is Maine. It looks beautiful and I’ve always heard such good things about it. I have a feeling I could definitely get some nature time in there! From there, I would want to head south to Boston. I have always wanted to go there as well. I love history, and would love to see all of the historic elements of the city. Keeping with the East Coast theme, I would love to go to New York City. I have always wanted to experience NYC. I even have a random dream of living there at some point in my life for a little bit. I think I blogged on my old blog about that. Anyways, ever since I lived in Chicago, I have a real appreciation for big cities. They have so much energy and so much going on. I absolutely LOVE it. New York is probably the place I would pick if I could go anywhere.

Moving away from the Northeast, I would love to visit the South again. I went there on a ministry trip when I was sixteen. It was a short trip (10 days or so), driving from Baltimore down to Florida. There’s a lot I missed, I’m sure. I loved North Carolina, and would like to go there again. We didn’t make it to Tennesse and I’ve always wanted to go there as well. I have a feeling, my extremely talented little sister will be there in the future, so maybe I’ll get to go there after all. πŸ™‚ The South is so different from any other place in the country I’ve ever been. The pace is so much slower, and the people are so friendly.

I would love to visit Kansas again. My mom is from Kansas and we went there when I was nine. It has a beauty all it’s own. It’s so different from the Northwest and I think maybe that’s why I like it. The wide open prairies are pretty beautiful. I have a lot of relatives there and it would be fun to see them as well. I’ve forgotten a lot and would love to make it back.

I want to go to Disneyland. Yes, I am 26 years old and I love Disneyland….I’ll admit it. I’ve been three times. The last time being when I was 16 or 17. Since that was about ten years ago, it’s definitely time to go back! I really don’t have much interest in going to Disneyworld (I’ve been to Florida, and much prefer California as far as climate goes….), it may be bigger, but Disneyland is all I need. Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are a couple of my favorites.

Lastly, I would love to go to Leavenworth….super exciting, I know. I LOVE it there though. I think it brings back good memories from my childhood. I always had relatives who lived in the Wenatchee area, and my aunt and uncle even lived in Leavenworth for a few years. It’s so quaint and different from anywhere else. I love it. It makes me feel a little bit like I’m going back in time. And for a girl who sometimes wants to get away from the constant onslaught of technology (though I love it) it’s perfect. They do a production of “The Sound of Music” every summer (outside in nature!!!), and I’m dying to go. Plus, it’s always sunny and warm….it’s my ideal weather quite honestly. I don’t like the dampness and humidity that this side of the mountains bring. This is probably the most do-able getaway I have listed, since it’s only a couple hours away. The others, I will have to do some saving up for. πŸ™‚

I almost forgot Chicago! I’ve been dying to go back and visit. I want to shop on the Magnificent Mile again, go to Lou Malnati’s (my personal favorite), and maybe go to another Cub’s game. It would be fun to do all the touristy things I didn’t do while I was living there.

I realize that this is a very random post, it’s just always fun to dream about vacations. I really think if I could, I would move to a new place every couple years or so. There’s just so many places to experience. It seems sad to stay in one place.

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Productivity

I cleaned up a STORM today! It felt really good to be so productive. The bathroom and the kitchen look amazing, if I do say so myself. I had a very appreciate boyfriend, I think! He’s supposed to have the place cleaned this week and was feeling a bit overwhelmed I think….he does have to work and all. It was just my way of helping him out….and I loved doing it for him.

I have a lot on my mind still. I’m not sure what’s going to happen….where I’m going to live or any of that. I am learning a real lesson in patience….and not giving up. A wise man once told me: “Sometimes you have to make things happen for yourself.” And that is exactly what I’m trying to do. I have a plan (a tentative one at least!) and I’m going to make it work. I’m just having to accept that I can’t accomplish it all at once-as much as I want to. I’m taking it one day at a time and trying not to freak out about the future. BUT that same wise man also told me: “Be thankful for what you have.” And I am. I’ve learned a lot over the last few months….like who and what are really important to me. I’m also learning what I believe and WHY. Sometimes those are not easy or fun lessons to learn, but they’re necessary lessons. I don’t think I’d really change anything about my unpredictable life. πŸ™‚

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