Monday, August 18, 2014

Turning 28 years old…

Today I turn 28 years old. For some reason this one is a hard one for me. I am in my “late 20’s” now and it feels strange to say that. Is there more that I should have accomplished by now? Am I doing an okay job at being an “adult”? These are the things I’ve been thinking about as this day got closer and closer.

But I found the answer in creating this list… my list of 27 things I learned at 27. I’ve done this every year since I was 17. That’s a decade of lessons learned and chronicled. You can see a few of my other lists here.

I’m glad again for the chance to stop and look back on the past year and pull all the truths out of the trials. To see that I did grow and learn and change and become a better person and step into being the adult version of myself, even though it feels strange.

So here is my list for this year…


  1. My favorite part of driving a bright yellow VW Bug is everyone else who sees it and smiles (or gives their friend a “slug-bug”).
  2. I am blessed to be part of a fabulous team of talented people at NICA and to have the chance to learn from them as we tackle projects and work together.
  3. I am still a poet and an artist.
  4. Jehovah always provides exactly what we need. I’ll never forget my hands shaking so badly as I tried to unwrap my new Bible and the amazing 3 days we spent at the International Convention in Seattle. #greyisthenewblack
  5. Clothes that fit right can make you feel how you’ve always wanted to feel, and CAbi does that so well.
  6. Sometimes the answer is to put a little purple in your hair.
  7. Sharing my home with my in-laws has been the biggest test I’ve ever faced, but it taught me endurance and patience and kindness.
  8. You should never binge eat Red Vines. Or Cool Ranch Doritos for that matter…
  9. Mobile offices are the best kind of offices.
  10. Life as a Platinum Blonde is as good as I hoped it would be.
  11. Brush scripting is a skill I learned that I will continue to use and develop because it brings me joy.
  12. Cabbage steaks are too delicious to describe. You’ll just have to try them for yourself.
  13. I love stovetop popcorn with lots of butter and salt!
  14. I can do 200 squats in one day! And it does wonders for my backside.
  15. My husband expresses his love for me by supporting my dreams and realized that to keep growing I need new equipment. I love my new camera so much! 
  16. The #bestjobever includes driving home with the top down after a satisfying day of work.
  17. A house full of music is my favorite kind of house.
  18. Boats make the best hotels.
  19. Death is a harsh reality of life.
  20. I love taking pictures of couples in love; especially those celebrating anniversaries.
  21. Camel rides are just about as fun as elephant rides.
  22. #transformationtuesday posts are so helpful to keep our weightloss journey in perspective and encourage us to keep going.
  23. Home is where Chris is.
  24. Glad to be an official “iPhone-ographer” with the purchase of my very first iPhone this year…it has become my main camera for capturing everyday life.
  25. Finding a tribe of like-minded people can be inspiring and motivational.
  26. The best thing is to do the kind thing.


Sunday, August 17, 2014



This is one of the bookshelves that I have in my office. It houses my complete Nancy Drew book collection. I even have a first printing edition of “The Hidden Window Mystery.” I have loved these books since I was a little girl. They were a big part of my childhood and something I will always cherish.

Along with my books, this shelf hold a bit of my other 2 collections: cameras and elephants. The bookends Chris got me as a wedding gift, and he found me the Polaroid camera too. I love my little treasures.

Saturday, August 16, 2014



This is my favorite little face to look down on. My mini schnauzer Gibson. He is such a bright spot in my days. I love when Chris leaves for the day and Gibson cuddles in bed with me. I enjoy doing our morning stretches together and slowly waking up. I talk to him while I’m making breakfast and share little bits of food with him while I cook. He loves tomatoes and lettuce and olives, and cucumber skin more than the cucumber itself. I like how excited he is to spend the day with me, whether we’re working from the couch or headed somewhere in the car. I love when he asks to go for a walk and decides he’s ready for his supper. It means so much to me when he greets me at the door if I’ve been away like I’m the most important thing in the world to him. I love looking into his eyes and rubbing his belly and sharing my life with him. He’s one of the best things in my life right now. My little furry friend.


Friday, August 15, 2014



I am learning to love the skies I’m under…

Thursday, August 14, 2014



Today I went to the Grant County Fair with my dear friend Nani. These hand chairs were all over the place and they’ve always made me smile. Who wouldn’t want one of these things? My favorite was seeing a guy sitting in a ticket booth who looked all professional from the front, but was totally sitting in one of these chairs. It was like a mullet: business in the front, party in the back. Oh yeah!

It worked out good for today’s prompt to find this chair, but what I really wanted to share when I saw “hands” on the list, was my love of something else hand-related: sign language.

I learned sign language a few years ago and I think it is my favorite language. I love it even more than English due to its completely different way of expressing emotions and thoughts. It touches my heart like nothing else. I miss using my sign as I don’t have regular interaction with the deaf much anymore, but I had the opportunity to meet a deaf man yesterday while at a class for work and it all came flooding back to me…my love of the language and my desire to express myself with my hands and my face and my whole body, which is what ASL is.

I was glad for the reminder, the chance to communicate and remember the beauty of this language that I love.