Jords & Mads

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Category: let’s pretend

a working girl’s wishes

Today I’m pretending my biggest post-graduation dilemma will be what to wear to work. (Real dilemmas may include, but are not limited to, finding the right job, decorating an unfurnished apartment, cooking on a regular basis, etc.)

Today I also turned off all the lights in my apartment at 3:30 p.m., turned the heater on full blast and took a quick catnap on the couch. (Jords would make fun of me for saying, “catnap.” Go figure.) It was surprisingly refreshing — I always pretend those power naps work for me, but I usually wake up even more groggy.

Anyway, as part of my wishful, dreamlike state today

here’s 5 items I’d love to own before I graduate and start a real job:

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summertime

Butler

Today I’m reminiscing about summertime. Possibly because it’s a gorgeous day; sunny, light breeze, lovely temperature for a winter month. Possibly because I love and miss that beautiful dog. Also possibly because sometimes I like to think back and see how my life unfolded to bring me to this point.

Summer recap

Recap from summer of '11

If you count things in terms of summers, they never seem as long ago.

Summer of ’06 – 15; babysitting; friends, friends, friends; hangouts at malls; looking forward to high school, cell phone, driving, dating

Summer of ’07 – 16; moved away from friends; sister bonding; lots of lifeguarding; dreading high school; looking forward to graduation

Summer of ’08 – 17; more lifeguarding; loved babysitting; loved sisters; ACT/SAT; looking forward to yearbook staff, graduation, college

Summer of ’09 – 18; coaching swim team; private swim lessons; weekend park job; college, college, college; looking forward to roommates, busy social life, college classes

Summer of ’10 – 19; loved swim team; loved swim students; lots of dating; extra sister time; looking forward to reunion with roommate, starting Comms major, deciding how I feel about “this guy”

Summer of ’11 – 20; married; more coaching; super fun swim lessons; family time; baby(and dog)sitting; cooking attempts; looking forward to London/Paris honeymoon, college graduation, eternity

Isn’t that crazy to think about?

Just six (almost seven) summers ago, I was 15 and wishing I had a cell phone. This coming summer, I’ll be graduated from college, working full-time and living in Idaho with the man of my dreams.

Who knew?

A list

of “productive” things to do when I’m avoiding homework:

Cook. Or bake, or eat. I used to cook for just me all the time — why does it seem pointless now to make anything but Mac & Cheese when Jords isn’t home?  (Except we are completely out of milk, so looks like it’s Ramen for me.)

Clean. Organize, straighten, deep-clean, dust; the possibilities are endless and time-consuming. Our apartment’s more of a disaster than I think we’ve ever seen it — I guess that’s what we get for doing research papers (books everywhere), art projects (magnet boards and glue in the way), laundry (too awful to talk about), and not dishes (but we made a yummy peanut butter treat!) all in the same week that we both had work and lots of school.

Hit the gym. Or play Kinect sports. Or try to jog outside in the freezing cold air. I’ve been lacking in workout time (I miss you, Si!) since I started my new job so I got myself out of bed this morning with the determination to fit some exercise in.  Easily one of my favorite ways to start the day. (After cuddling, of course.)

Nap. Ranging anywhere from five minutes to a couple of hours, this is possibly my favorite and most flexible option. Weekends are especially good for catching up on sleep, right? I love when Jords calls me on his way home from work (in the middle of the afternoon, usually about 4pm) and says, “Oh sorry, did I wake you?” when I answer.  I need to develop a better non-groggy voice.

Read. Books, blogs, news. I recently checked out my first for-fun book from the BYU library — Matched, by Ally Condie. Reading is good for the brain and therefore counts as productive, right? Even if it’s young adult literature? And has nothing to do with my schoolwork?

Edit. Okay, this may be equivalent to doing homework. However, I’m doing a mini copy editing internship this semester for an academic journal, and I really love it — sometimes even cures writer’s block.

Laundry. Collecting, washing, drying, ironing, hanging, folding — Honestly, I’d probably pick homework over this one.  Luckily, Jords did laundry for us this week, or else it’d be all over the floor. (Oh wait, it’s still piled on the floor, but at least it’s clean.)

Blog. And here we are — I’m cold and I can’t focus on my research paper right now, so where do I turn? To some extra blankets, Ramen noodles, and my laptop. Love it.

Happy Saturday!  I wish you all tons of fun “productive” activities for the weekend.

maybe publicizing a to-do list will motivate me

but let’s be honest, really the handwritten to-do list is just a “productive” excuse to stall studying, and scanning it in and posting it online just helps it take longer.
Tomorrow morning I’m sure I’ll be all over this.  But today is still the weekend, and a little extra sleep sounds great …
In other news, the LDS Relief Society General Broadcast was amazing.  I’m re-inspired to read the lovely new “Daughters in My Kingdom” book cover-to-cover, and I’ll never look at forget-me-not flowers the same way again. So good!

I wasn’t born in Texas …

but I got here as fast as I could.

{Absolutely ancient photo. Like senior year of high school ancient.}
My family’s lived in Texas for about four years now, and we figure that qualifies us as Texans. After all, it’s about to take the lead as where we’ve lived the longest (ehh … in like two years). Close enough, right?
But what I figure qualifies us most isn’t how long we’ve lived here: it’s how fully we’ve embraced country music … Jords & I most often have Pandora playing Brad Paisley, and I don’t think my sister has any other kind of station programmed into her car. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t the-more-twang-the-better types, but really, who can get enough of that quaint southern drawl?
Anyway, I liked this article from Deseret News about the country music genre, its themes, and how they relate to American culture. One source calls it the “play-hard, pray-hard” genre, and I pretty much love that description — it’s true that it can sometimes be too real about people’s problems, but it also focuses on turning to a higher power for help. Popular music and contemporary culture have a chicken-or-the-egg relationship in my brain; check out the article to see which one they think came first.

Start a limbo line

You know that time at the very end of the day when you really should go to bed, you really want to go to bed, and sometimes you are even laying in bed but rather than sleeping you’re unwinding by reading the news online {him} or playing with photoshop {her}? Hubs nicknamed that time, “limbo.”

Well lately, rather than plaguing the internet with more wedding photo edits, I’ve used my limbo time to experiment with the digital scrapbooking phenomenon. I kind of love it, and it’s about a billion times easier and less expensive than the lovely traditional kind (although I have to admit, it is hard to say goodbye to papercuts and glued fingers and spilled glitter, I really do love those memory-preserving battle wounds).

But anyway, I made a bunch of simple 4×6 .jpg files, got them printed for nine cents and slid them into my scrapbooking refill pages — piece of cake way to tell the full wedding story amidst all my favorite photos (since I had to whittle my favorites down to only 65 with 15 alternates for the official wedding album).


This method is especially convenient for photos that aren’t the best quality, as demonstrated above, because they don’t have to stretch to fill the full 4×6.
Or it’s a nice alternative when trying to decide between getting every photo printed and demonstrating self-control (take that, shoulder angels).

My initial motivation was just to use it for journaling, and although this print is a bit gray, it definitely serves the purpose.

I’m for sure still learning how to make these look even a little bit decent, but it’s fun, and cheap! I’ve spent only $2.87 on digital scrapbooking supplies, and those were mostly papers. Everything else is free! (So even if these aren’t that cute, let’s pretend, eh?)

(Special thanks to Divine Digital‘s lovely designers for their D-A-D and to Shabby Princess for their free kits — I think that’s where most of these lovely embellishments came from.)