Jords & Mads

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Category: wish list

15 things I wish

I could do right now:

  1. Ride with Jords to the aiport pick up his sis, yay!
  2. Roadtrip to California, just for kicks
  3. Or Vegas. Or Italy. Wherever.
  4. Taste test these crispy southwest chicken wraps
  5. And these lovely strawberries
  6. Find and start reading Crossed (I liked Matched pretty well, but I’m excited to see if the sequel picks up a little)
  7. Shop at the new H&M
  8. Go to RIPPED
  9. Cheer at BYU’s bball game
  10. Buy a Jamba (I might actually do this one)
  11. Eat one of these lasagna rolls (Can you tell I’m hungry?)
  12. Watch an episode of “Once Upon a Time
  13. Skype my sisters
  14. Go jogging (maybe to buy a Jamba?)
  15. Be finished with homework

And three things I’m thankful for, to make up for my missed days:

My momma. And my dad. They’re lifesavers. (The “my” is cheating, but “momma” counts.)
November. Lovely weather, a favorite holiday, almost done with the semester, etc.
Optometry. I have cute glasses, it’s true.

I’m also grateful for Paris, and wish we could go back. Half-empty or half-full?


if I could have chosen

what I wanted to do for my Labor Day weekend, some possibilities might have included (ahem):

  • road-tripping to Yellowstone while the weather’s still nice
  • road-tripping to Vegas to go shopping for more clothes at H&M
  • road-tripping to Cali to check out the Redwoods in real life (despite feeling slightly turned off after the most recent Apes movie
Basically, I want to road-trip.  I seriously believe that to some degree, Jords & I fell in love on lots of mini-road-trips around Houston and San Antonio last last summer.  (There’s just something romantic about watching him burn tons of money in gas for you, ya know? Just kidding.)  All that driving just gave us a chance to really talk and learn more about each other.  I loved it, that’s for sure.
So hopefully we’ll get to road-trip again soon, but even without it, this weekend was a wonderful one.  Sunday we went to our rockin’ new ward (more on that later), skyped my family, and spent time with Jordan’s cousins and grandma in gorgeous Alpine.  Today we’ll hopefully get stuff done then hang with some of our besties. Even if we could trade our weekend, we wouldn’t.

just about a decade behind

*imaginary drum roll in my head*
Introducing the nerdy side of my husband:
(it’s much more prevalent than we typically admit)

Anyway (dramatic entrance over with) the nerdy side of Jords brings out the nerdy side in me. Probably because he’s so into this book he’s reading right now that I’m practically reading it, too. (You’ve had fair warning, feel free to run from this post.)

Anyway2, sharing pieces of this book has (unintentionally on Hubs’ part) humbled me a bit. The author, Malcolm Gladwell, talks about how it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert at it. He said it takes about ten years to clock those hours of practice.

His example? Bill Gates. (Told you I’m on a techie kick.)
“By the time Gates dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year to try his hand at his own software company … he was way past ten thousand hours,” (from Gladwell’s The Outliers).
His other example? Mozart. People talk about how good he was when he was six and then jump to his masterpieces in his twenties, because it took him all the years in between to practice.
Here comes the humility — I’m not sure I can think of anything that I’ve intentionally focused on for over a decade of my double-decade life. Have I even been shaving my legs for that long? I’m thinkin’ not. Maybe I’m lacking a particular passion in my life. Or maybe I need to pick up knitting, now. We’ll see.

On a similar nerdy note, who thinks Hubs should buy me a blackberry playbook? I like that they multitask.

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