what i learned in august

Can you believe it?  August has just WHIZZED by.  And my oh my have I learned things this month!  Some are legitimately significant, and some, not so much.  But that’s okay with me.  Learning is learning.  Without further ado, I present, 13 things I learned this month (one more than last month – yipee!).

1.  My library card number.  Yes, I have memorized my library card number.  For most people, this is not something they would aspire to do, but for me, it makes a lot of sense.  I request books/movies/CDs/magazines almost every day, and knowing this arrangement of 9 numbers keeps me from having to get my wallet whenever I hear of a book I just have to get my hands on.

2. Speaking of books, I felt like I came to understand myself and my relationship with books better because of this article.

3.  Swimming, oh how I love you.  I finally got a new swimsuit, since the top of my old one was so stretched out that you couldn’t tell I had bottoms on (a.k.a. a major problem), and since it’s been so hot lately, I have been savoring having a pool just steps away from our apartment.  I’ve been swimming laps by myself during the day, but its most fun after Danny gets off of work and we can dive for rings or toss a ball around together.

4. I am not as tech-savvy as I once thought.  I tried to move my blog onto a new, self-hosted site this past month but am finally giving up and getting a refund and sticking with what I have here because it works for now.

5. Real relationships require honesty and openness.  I’ve had some incredibly raw conversations with people in the past month, and while they’ve been hard to start (and sometimes finish), they are good.  They’ve been with people I love and value deeply, and while going to the nitty-gritty and the not-so-pretty is not typically my thing, I’m learning.

6. When my husband is asked to do something he does it well – very well.  This past month, he officiated his brother’s wedding, and he blew everyone’s expectations out of the water (including my own).  His homily was excellent and well-written, and his words were truthful and from the heart.  I am SO proud of him.

7. While we’re on the topic of marriage and my husband, I learned that we need to go on a (very belated) honeymoon.  While at the aforementioned wedding last weekend, I had a chance to chat with our friend Nick and his fiance, Jessie.  It was the first time I’d actually had a conversation with her (Jessie), and while we talked, I mentioned that we didn’t get to go on a honeymoon, and I was (and still am) really sad about it.  She said that we need to save up and make it happen, even though we’ve been married for (a few days shy of) eight months, because otherwise I’ll be sad and bitter about it for the rest of my life.  I’ve been thinking about her words ever since and just can’t get them out of my mind.  I’ve decided that I think she’s right, and now we’re in the process of planning a trip to coincide with our first anniversary (01.03.14).

8. I do not recommend radish juice.  I got a juicer last week and thought putting a radish in it was a good idea.  More on this in a forthcoming post, but until then, don’t do it, I beg you.

9. Some children wear watermelons in China.  That’s right, they WEAR them, like as clothing.  Take a look here, and special thanks to my Aunt Becky for sending the article to me.

10. Hillsong United’s new album is awesome.  I checked it out from the library, and for the week that it was mine to listen to, it was on non-stop in the car.  I couldn’t get enough, and I highly recommend Oceans, Stay and Wait, and A Million Suns.

11.  Danny isn’t the only vegan I know (besides myself).  I found out that my friend, Aly, from college, is vegan!  She’s moving to Greeley in a few weeks, and I’m so excited to talk/eat all things vegan with her!!

12. Documentaries are my favorite kind of movie.  The library is a treasure trove of documentaries on any and every subject, and I have been going crazy lately!  Inside the State Department, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and my favorite so far, The President’s Photographer.

13. Danny and I have allergies.  I have suffered from them in the past, but the past couple of weeks have been awful.  We’ve been sneezing, sniffing, and itching (our eyes, that is).  Know any remedies that don’t involve medication?  I’d love to hear about them!

Want to hear what I learned in July?  Check it out here.



So…I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for quite some time again.  Boo.  Turns out WordPress (the site I use for this blog) has space limitations, and I have met them.  Which means I can’t add anymore pictures…which means what’s the point of blogging?  Until our budget finds a place for a space upgrade, I’ll be keeping busy with other endeavors.  (I did go back and delete a photo or two and that’s why there’s one picture in this post.  Because what kind of non-serious post doesn’t have pictures?!)

However, I’d say it’s about time for my monthly post of random updates…

  • We went camping this past weekend with my parents and Mysteridge.  Goodness gracious, I love my family and I love camping.  Best three days all month, hands down, even though it’s only August 13th.  And I found a tick-like creature in my scalp yesterday and it took us four hours to get home on Sunday.


  • Loved this article about getting married young.  So much of it resonates, as we got married (7 months ago) when I was 21 and D was 23.
  • It has rained almost everyday for the past 3 weeks.  Now that is my kind of summer!
  • So in love with this song.
  • My computer is still out of commission.  Just in case you thought I wouldn’t give some sort of wild and crazy announcement in caps lock when it was fixed.
  • Even though I’ve been to Denver a bajillion times, I’m still tempted to buy this Groupon for a SEGWAY tour.
  • Before she moved, my sweet Emily told me about this Facebook page for moms in the Colorado Springs area to buy and sell things (furniture, clothes, etc.).  Well, don’t freak out because you think this is how I’m announcing my pregnancy, because it’s NOT (and I’m NOT with child), but nevertheless, this site has changed my life.  In other words, I am now the proud owner of a polka dotted skirt.  And it cost me $3.  Plus like 4 brand new things from J.Crew for $9.   As if I didn’t already love you, Em…now I can be cute like you, too.
  • Back when I was an omnivore, I didn’t like sloppy joe’s.  However, I picked up a box of (vegan) sloppy joe mix at Natural Grocer’s last and y’all: this stuff is the best.  I could eat it everyday.
  • Remember when I mentioned that I came back from our camping trip with a bug under my skin and I have two strange, itchy bumps still on my neck?  Well, today I called a doctor’s office and told them what was up and asked for an appointment, the receptionist said, “Eww!  I would be SO freaking out if that happened to me.  Ugh!”  I asked (again) if I could come in and get it checked out.  She said sometime in the middle of next week would work well.  Umm…next week?!  For all we know, I could be harboring a horde of bug eggs under my skin right now, and you want me to wait until next week to get it checked out?  That being said, if you have any ideas on how I should deal with this situation, I’m all ears.
  • I’ve been reading China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know and boy, am I getting the bug again.  Especially when I saw that Groupon is offering this deal (not that I would actually go to China on a Groupon, but it was tempting since I have always paid more than that for airfare alone).
  • We found 90’s Trivial Pursuit at Goodwill for $2.50.  Obviously we bought it.  And obviously I will know just as many answers as usual (none) because I was between the ages of 0 and 9 in the 90’s.  But having this game makes Danny happy, so I am too.
  • This article, referred to me by my sweet sis-in-law, is excellent.  All of the questions listed are ones I should be asking myself often.  For reals.
  • Can we all agree that it is high time Kate Middleton makes a public appearance?  It has been three weeks since she had that child and some new pictures are in order, if you ask me.
  • I just really love Valentina Glidden and kind of wish we could be friends.

As far as I know, those are the most significant things going on in my life right now.  Thanks for reading!


For a couple of weeks now, Danny’s been asking me to cut his hair.  We’ve been putting it off and finding excuses not to do it…until today.  We had an entire Saturday with nothing going on, and so it seemed only logical to make it happen (I mean, I couldn’t even see his ears his hair was getting so long).  It went so well last time, how bad could it be?

Before we began, he told me he wanted it short on the sides and long on top.  I do not particularly like this style, and told him so.  Then he said, “It’s hot (the haircut, that is) right now!  Adam Levine has it!”  I figured Adam Levine must be Avril’s husband, or else some B-list celebrity I had never heard of.  Because I am obviously so up on the news and who’s hot and who’s not.

After I confessed to not knowing who this Adam fellow is, he (Danny, not Adam) showed me this picture …


I told him it was still a bad idea.  (Because there is no way I could ever make someone’s hair look like that.)

He insisted, and I finally gave in.  I started out with the clippers, then moved to the thinning shears, and was just pulling out our desk scissors when Danny decided things were not going as planned.  And then, he got a good look at my progress.  And his thoughts were not positive.  He had me watch a YouTube video, and then he gave me further instructions.  I kept cutting and shearing and buzzing…to no avail.

Finally, he told me to, “Just do it.”  I was to use the clippers on his whole head, because apparently at that point, the very best option was a buzz cut.  Uh-oh.  Even I know that a buzz cut is never the very best option.  I began to the sounds of whimpering.  “I worked so hard,” he said, “I’ve been growing it out for so long.  My hair…”

Both of us were having a horrible time.  He was distraught with his new hair (or lack thereof) and I was so frustrated that it had come to this.  If only he hadn’t asked for the silly style in the first place, I thought to myself.  Then he started talking to me about how he works in the business world and he could never move up with his buzz cut.  Umm…he wanted to move up?  We could’ve found the money for a professional haircut if I knew that’s what he was concerned about.

I told him he looked very handsome (true), vacuumed us both of (because that’s how we roll around here), and left the room.  I just had to escape the drama and self-pity.

And then…

“I made a mistake.”

“What?  I can’t hear you.”


I walked towards our bathroom, expecting him to have knocked a picture frame off the wall, or at the worst, accidentally dropped a clump of hair on my toothbrush while cleaning up.

Oh no.  It was much worse.  He had taken matters (or the clippers, in this case) into his own hands.  The buzz cut had reached a whole new level.  Danny said he needed my help.  I went over his head 6 more times with the clippers and he bemoaned the fact that he was now sporting a military cut.  Oh so far from the original (see above photo) idea.

And now, the official reveal…

(insert royal crier similar to the one used to announce Prince George’s birth)

I present…the one, the only, the handsome: Danny Everett!


P.S. Don’t let this story make you feel too bad for him.  We were playing paper football this afternoon and I was playing really poorly and wanted to pretend to hit myself in the head with a decorative vase.  Except I actually banged it into my head really hard.  So we’re both suffering today.

alaska: day 6

Thursday morning, we woke up in Glacier Bay.


The clouds, the mist, the ice floating in the water.  It was magical.  Oh, and did I mention how grateful I was that I packed my winter coat?!


By mid-morning, we approached Margerie Glacier.


The glacier is a mile wide, and about 250 feet high (above the waterline).  It’s one of Alaska’s most photographed features, and is quite a sight to behold.


Did you know that 250 years ago, Glacier Bay was all glacier and no bay?  Now much of the bay, carved out by a glacier and filled in with saltwater as the glacier retreated, is over 1,000 feet deep.


As our side of the ship ‘parked’ in front of the glacier, we crowded onto our balcony, along with everyone else with rooms around us.  Just another one of those moments we were oh so grateful for our balcony.  Or at least I was.  Danny and Mysteridge were swimming and soaking in the hot tub up on the top deck.  I was in my warmest clothes and they were shirtless.  Another thing to add to the list of things I will never understand.


In the afternoon, we participated in carpet bowling.  Mysteridge, on a team with Lucy (one of the cruise directors), captured the gold!


^^ Danny has a medal because Lucy gave Mysteridge hers, and Mysteridge in turn gave it to Danny. ^^

We came across clearer weather as we continued sailing in the afternoon and evening.


Thursday evening brought our final formal night, and a chance to celebrate my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (and the reason for our cruise)!


^^ Notice Lucy’s medal in D’s pocket?  Classy. ^^


^^ My dad with our two favorite servers.  They are saints for putting up with the 16 of us on four separate occasions. ^^


^^ All the grandkids celebrating half a century of marriage with a delicious cake, made by my cousin, Michaela, in the ship’s galley ^^

After dinner, we played movie poster trivia (epic fail) and Danny competed in Princess Popstar.  Good news!  He did very well and the audience voted him onto the final level of competition, which took place the next day.  After the competition, this precious old man asked to play his harmonica for the audience…


^^ Best. Ever. ^^

That about wraps up another stellar day on the Diamond Princess.  Stay tuned for our last day onboard, plus a week of travelling inland!

Read more about our Alaska adventures here (day 1 – arrival and embarkation), here (day 2 – at sea), here (day 3 – Skagway), here (day 4 – Juneau), and here (day 5 – Ketchikan).

P.S. In case you’re wondering, nothing has changed with my computer, except that some kind friends have offered to take a second look at it.  So I’ll keep you posted on that front.  Danny’s computer is up and running after almost a year of no power (crazy what a new battery and power cord will do), so I’m using it, along with the pictures that are still on my camera.  Wahoo!

what i learned in july

One of my favorite bloggers ever, Emily P. Freeman, has a fun tradition of writing a post at the end of each month where she shares  a few things she’s learned, and I really like it.  All the little tidbits are so very random, which makes me love it even more.  I figured this month, since I’m struggling with not having a computer and photos and all that good stuff, I’d join in.

So.  Here are 12 things I learned in July, in no particular order…

1.  Royal.  Baby.  As if I didn’t already love Kate Middleton a whole bunch.  I especially love this perspective.  And the beautiful blue dress she wore the day they left the hospital.  And I would also like to note that I am now reconsidering the name “George” as a baby (or maybe a dog) name.

2.   July in Colorado doesn’t have to be miserably hot.  In fact, the past week has been refreshingly cool with almost daily thunderstorms (what?!).

3.  Computer repairs are expensive.  And sometimes just not worth it.  So instead you have to save up and wait to buy a new one.

4.  Gold panning is hard work.  While in Alaska, we took a tour of a gold dredge and got to try our hand at panning for gold.  I failed miserably and had to ask the legit panners (aka college students from the lower 48 looking for a cool summer job) to finish up the task for me.

DSC07628^^ This photo was obviously taken early on in the process when it was still fun and not 5,000 times harder than it looks. ^^

5.  Homemade ice cream.  I don’t think I’d ever had it before, straight out of the ice cream maker, but this month D and I put our new favorite wedding gift to good use, and churned up three different batches (oatmeal chocolate chip, cookie monster, and cinnamon graham).  Vegan a la Mode, we love you and are very sad we have to return you to the library tomorrow.

6.  Using the business center at our apartment complex isn’t so bad.

7.  Danny gets motion sick very easily.  See my post on The North Pole for more information.

8.  Some of the most fun is in our own backyard (or across the street, to be more specific).  D and I toured the Air Force Academy together for the first time and had a bunch of fun, until they started making lightning announcements every five minutes over the PA system, requesting that we seek cover ASAP.  A short lived visit, but still fun.

DSC077129. I love love love reading.  This month I’ve read 10 or so books and it has been the best.  Carving out time to read is so worth it.

10.  Overnight flights are rarely a good idea if you want to get real sleep (or any at all, for that matter).  I was seated next to a young boy and his father who kept their iPads on the whole time.  Very bright screens within a foot of you in an otherwise dark ‘room’ = bad news for sleep lovers.


12.  Small groups can be really good.  I was a bit scared of joining a new one with people I didn’t know, but we’ve met together for the past four weeks, and it’s been the best.