Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blast From The Past

Okay - so this post was supposed to be published like...a while ago. Sorry. Slacker? Yep - that's me.

How cool is this - last week a friend and I had lunch with our 11th grade weight lifting coach. Yep - an entire decade later and we're still good friends. I'm surprised that she didn't give up on us years ago! We were nuts in high school (and still are)! Hopefully we've grown up a little since then - though it's highly doubtful. It's always awesome to see her and no matter how long it's been, it feels like we just saw each other yesterday.

I didn't realize until recently just how much I have gained from Coach: weight lifting knowledge, a disdain for running, a love of (or tolerance of) Diet Coke, an insatiable desire for knowledge and learning, an understanding that learning is hard work but pays incredible dividends, an appreciation for great literature, a sense of self-confidence, and a deep respect and gratitude for those who dedicate their lives to quality education. So, here's to a decade of learning from a truly amazing teacher! Thanks Coach!

Monday, April 23, 2012

How I Painted My Puppy

For your sakes - I wish I had pictures. But, since I don't - a thousand words will have to do. :) Tuesday I came home to work on my house for the last time (insert slightly sad sigh here). It was warm and sunny. I needed to paint the outside doors and mow the lawn so I was extremely grateful for the sunshine. I opened the front door, put up the baby gate in the doorway so the tiny puppy couldn't escape and put a towel under the door so I didn't accidentally paint the carpet

Piper thought the towel on the floor was just for her and plopped herself right in the sun. She was far enough away from the door that I didn't think twice. So I started painting. As soon as I painted far enough down the door that Piper could reach the wet paint, she decided she needed to smell it. So, naturally, she got a little bit of paint on her face and ears. I scolded her and she returned to her spot in the sun. I finished painting the door, went to put the roller in the other room, and returned just in time to see her snuggle up next to the door. ON THE WET PAINT! I pulled her off (thankfully before the paint dried and she became a permanent fixture on the front door). But her entire side was matted with white paint. She looked ridiculous! I realize it was completely my fault for assuming she could handle wet paint (duh!) and for leaving her alone with said wet paint. But still...seriously? Stupid dog!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Of Heaven And Hell

Last week I think I experienced the ENTIRE spectrum of emotions. It was an amazing yet slightly traumatic week.

Monday: I listed my house for sale.

Tuesday: Someone called to look at my house. But I wasn't ready yet. So I took a half day and finished painting and yard work.

Wednesday: My closest friend at work was let go. And to make things worse, her job wasn't eliminated ... it's been moved to me. Talk about awkward. But Wednesday I also took my final for Lab - only one more to go!!

Thursday: Signed the contract to sell my house. We close May 21st. Kinda freakin' out.

Friday: Aced my last test of the semester for lecture. Just one more class and the final - then I'm free! And found out that I passed my Anthropology class. Whoo hoo!

Saturday: Had a fantastic time shopping, eating yummy food and hanging out with my whole family! Best day eva! Also found out someone very close to me has decided to move in with their significant other. Not so best news eva.

Sunday: Sacrament. Rejuvenation. Strength to keep going. How grateful I am that no matter how crazy emotional the week is - Sunday always comes. And how grateful I am for the restored Gospel which gives me such peace and perspective. God is good - all the time!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's My Birthday And I'll Blog If I Want To

A few weeks ago on fast Sunday one of the sisters bore her testimony ... it was her birthday. That was tender. And she cried. Then she said, "Well, I guess it's my birthday so I'll cry if I want to". Audible laughter. Awesome!

So, I decided since today is my birthday and I don't really want to cry, I'll blog instead. Cuz I want to. So thank you for joining me for this epic post. That is all.