Monday, November 12, 2012


an iPhone. Whoa ... HOW and WHY did I wait so long to do this????

Monday, November 5, 2012

Too Early!!

     Today is a strange day. I woke up at 3:30am and was bored. I tried to go back to sleep, but failed. So finally, at 3:53am, I got up and got ready to go to work. I left my house at 4:40am and came to Starbucks to work on my NaNoWriMo novel (which is coming along quickly, and I've logged nearly 10K words!). I have never done this before. I can't decide if I like it or not. It's been nice to get my morning started off to a quiet and productive start, but I know that the rest of the day is going to be l-o-n-g. And I'm supposed to do Pilates with my sister tonight ... we'll see if I make it.

     I love NaNo. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it this year, but so far it's been ok. I think that has to do with the fact that last year my story was fantasy and I had to take a lot of time figuring out how things would work in an alternate world, and this year it's just a love story, which isn't that hard to imagine. It's kind of fun to live vicariously through a character I've created. 

     It's fall. So why is it scheduled to be 89 degrees today??? The red cups are out at Starbucks (too early!! Slow it down!!), lights are on the trees downtown, and Christmas commercials are appearing. I love this season! October-December are my favorite months. 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

[hashtag] NaNoWriMo2012!

It's here! NaNoWriMo 2012!!

Last year's NaNo was pretty successful, and I would love to be able to win two years in a row. HOWEVER, with a new job and more extra-curricular activities (i.e. AWANA, Bible study, softball, etc.), there isn't much time for literary abandon. *SIGH* BUT I am still going to try. And I am so excited!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Life is Good.

I wake up at 515am. It's still dark at that time, in case you were wondering. I drink at least three cups of coffee before 10am. And I am learning SO. MUCH. And I love it.

This week has been one of complete happiness. I love my job. I love where I live. I love spending so much time with my parents. I love my church and the activities at church that fill a few evenings a week. I love my friends. Of course, I wish that my friends from Southern California lived closer to me and that I was able to see them more, but I know that my close friends from down there will always be in my life.

I am feeling so grateful and blessed.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

This Week

This week started off just like any other week. Sleeping in. Visiting Grandma and Uncle Art. Having dinner with my parents. Being stressed about finding a job.

Then, on Friday, I got hired. Full-time. In an ideal location. With benefits. I start tomorrow and have to be at work at 7am!!! That means I'll need to get up before 5:30 so I will have time to have coffee, some food, and get ready to go. For someone who isn't a morning person, this will be hard! But I'm actually looking forward to it (so far).

Then, around 4:30 this morning, Uncle Art died.  
  (L=Grandma R=Uncle Art)

This man was pretty incredible. The above picture was taken last November at his 98th birthday party. He was a Marine, a contractor, a husband, a brother, an uncle/great uncle, an inspiration. Last Thanksgiving he was telling stories about being in WWII at Iwo Jima back when they first raised that flag. He was always smiling. And he loved the Lord with all his heart.

A few nights ago my aunt held his hand and told him that the Lord was going to come get him soon. His response was, "thank goodness." 

He was ready. And now he is in heaven, which is what he's been looking forward to. 

His presence will be missed, but there is such JOY and COMFORT and PEACE in knowing where he is now: in a better place than anyone can imagine! Praise the Lord!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Honey, I'm Home!

And it's aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing.
One of the three BEST decisions I've ever made.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Moving On

I'M MOVING HOME. I'm leaving this:


     This is a good decision. It's a happy and a sad time. 
     I first moved to Southern California almost 6 years ago, and have lived back at home for one summer since then. I've always known that I eventually want to go back there, but I didn't know that "eventually" would be so soon! I made the decision back in April, but kept it under wraps just in case it didn't work out for some reason. Now, my move is 8 short days away! I'm excited. I'm excited to be near my parents and sisters. I'm excited to see old friends. I'm excited to live in a place that is, on average, 20 degrees cooler than where I am right now. I'm excited for less traffic. I'm EXCITED.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Why No, I Did Not Fall Off the Face of the Earth

 ... I've just been busy. And, I don't post from my phone because it's tricky and my computer has not been cooperating. Thankfully (for you) nothing has been going on, so I don't have much to post about. But SOON I will have LOTS to post about!! Changes are coming, and I am SO excited!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


     I'm really good at being motivated .... for about 2 weeks. After that I lose it! This happens with a lot of things: hobbies, fitness, goals ... WHY is this??? No clue. But it's something I've become more and more aware of lately, and something that I really want to change. The two most immediate areas are: my quiet times with Jesus and fitness. In that order. The quiet times I've actually been doing very well on, and for more than two weeks! In fact, during lulls in my day (driving, doing dishes, folding laundry) I find myself talking to God rather than thinking about anything else. This has been AMAZING. I used to marvel at people who would talk about how they could just talk to God as a friend, and now I'm realizing more and more how that could be possible. God has also been showing me just how well He knows me, and knows what is best for me. I love my Jesus.

     Fitness is a totally different story. I am so BAD at staying motivated! For two weeks I'll do great, then I'll lose momentum for a day or so and I'll just totally lose focus! Why does that happen??? That's next on my list of things to figure out. I do have some ideas though.
     Usually I go to the gym with a buddy. On days when this doesn't happen I try and go to the gym by myself. This doesn't always happen, but when it does, it isn't as effective as it could be. This is because, primarily, I'm too intimidated by others to focus the way I should on myself. I've started using free weights (which I LOVE) and I haven't tried to do them by myself yet, but I don't know that I'll be brave enough! Isn't that silly? I get so nervous that someone will come up to me and say, "You're doing it wrong! What are you even doing here? Go use the elliptical. Oh wait, you can't, you fall off of that thing." So silly of me.
     Eating better is ALSO difficult, mostly because I don't have self control when it comes to food. I can't limit my intake of desserts and sweets, so I try to cut it out cold turkey. This works for two weeks, but then I eat a cookie and think, "Screw it. EAT ALL THE COOKIES!" And then it's just a downward spiral. On Monday I started my healthy eating and exercise routine, and then YESTERDAY (Tuesday) the 5 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I had ordered arrived. TALK ABOUT TIMING. So they're in my cupboard and the freezer, unopened, taunting me. Jerks.

     Anybody out there have any tips on staying motivated?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Catching Up

I've abandoned my blog. Oops, sorrynotsorry. Quick rundown of the past two months:

  • Christmas was wonderful. I was home for 6 whole days and it was so wonderful to be able to spend time with my friends and family back in Los Osos.
  • We had a party at our apartment for New Year's Eve, and we had a good turnout of about 25 people. Lots of fun, lots of food, definitely a night to remember.
  • I started going to the gym back in December with my gym buddy, and we've been able to go pretty regulary unless one of us is sick or otherwise inconvenienced (which happens more often than we should). While I haven't had any changes in my physique, it feels good to be active and to feel our endurance build up.
  • I got the stomach flu over the weekend. Around midnight one night I woke up and was    S-I-C-K in pretty much every way. It was miserable. I was waking up every 30-45 minutes rushing to the toilet, and ALL I WANTED was water, but even that was making me throw up. It was one of the worst nights I'd ever had. The next two days I could hardly do anything so I just laid low and didn't mind it.
  • Last night my brother and I went to a casting call for Wheel of Fortune. The event was at Morongo Casino, and it was l-oooooo-n-g. I realized a few things.
    • I HATE casinos. I'd never spent that much time in one before and it. was. gross. It smelled like alcohol, sweat, stale cigarettes, greed, and desperation. Don't think I'll be going to Vegas any time soon.
    • My flats from Target aren't good shoes to wear if I'm going to be standing for 4 hours.... OW.
    • ALWAYS carry a water bottle.
    • Brothers are good company.
    • Wheel of Fortune is a HARD SHOW TO GET ON. Everyone fills out an application and they draw names to pick people who get to try out. Neither my brother nor I got chosen, but we had fun, nonetheless. Hightlight: a woman named Candi Ham. Seriously. And there was an angry drunken gay cowboy who kept talking to us, a woman wearing a tie who likes to raft and drink beer, a wedding planner who talks so fast I don't think her sentences have words, and many other interesting characters. I agree with what Robert said when I asked him if he'd ever want to go to another audition: Well, maybe not TOMORROW.....

Maybe I'll keep this thing updated, maybe not.

"Two guys walk into a bar, the first guy says to the bartender, 'I'll have an H2O.' The second guy says, 'I'll have an H2O 2.' The second guy dies."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I just figured out Pinterest.