Book of Lists

Her Sundays Book of Lists
I am a list maker. I make lists of groceries, lists of chores, lists of books I want to read, lists of places I want to go, and the list goes on and on! So naturally, I thought it would be super fun to join up with Kathleen's Book of Lists project over at Kapachino.



Happy Thanksgiving

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I have a thankful heart year round, but when the holidays roll around, I’m reminded even more of the wonderful things in my life. I have such fantastic friends and family who support and love me and are always there for me. I’m grateful that we get to spend time with some of them today.

I’m also grateful for the small space of internet that’s mine through Her Sunday and Bookmark To Blog. I love that I have a little platform in which I can blabber on about the little things that I like and think are important. I love that I have a small but loyal group of blogger friends who stop by here each week to see how I’m doing. This space of mine encourages me to be thoughtful and creative and gives me an outlet for whatever I feel like talking about.

Lately, life has brought me several awesome blessings in which I’m so so thankful for. This past year I’ve worked to notice the small things in life that I’m thankful for (like quiet time with a book) as well as the big things (like a new job and starting grad school.) So today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope your day is full of things to be thankful for. Have a great day!


The Evolution of Sharing

I brought Ash’s bed upstairs so she could get cozy in this chili winter weather. She loves her pillow.

There’s just one problem. Mauney loves her pillow too. She started stealing it. Every time Ash would go to lay down, Mauney would already be there.

mauney on ash's bed
Below is Mauney’s actual bed. She likes it quite a bit, but in the evening she prefers to be out in the living room with us and that’s where Ash’s bed is.

Mauneys bed
It took awhile, but they finally figured out that the pillow was big enough for the both of them. Now they begrudgingly happily share the space every evening.

sharingsnuggledMauney bed
But really Ash and Mauney have always been friends. They play fight with each other and Mauney likes to lick/groom Ash. It’s kind of funny to watch.

Mauney peeking
henry box
Henry has no interest in Ash’s bed. He just finds the nearest box and that suits him just fine.

This Happened

Lots going on around here! I’ve been accepted to San Jose State University. (The program is all online) I’ll be working on my Masters of Library & Information Science. I’m pretty stoked about it. Finally! I start in January and have to register tomorrow, so I’m also already feeling a little bit overwhelmed.

That’s not the only thing that’s new with me. I got a job offer on Saturday. I’m now the “Assistant Children’s Specialist” at a local library! Really excited about it. Finally! Job hunting (and writing a million cover letters) really sucks. The job should be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get started. 

I’ve done a bit of decorating around the house for Thanksgiving and also got some new curtains in our kitchen. That bookcase works as a make shift pantry for us. Not ideal, but the new curtains make me hate it a little less. We also got a blanket of snow the other day and I’ve been catching up on my Project Life album.

I went to a used book sale and came home with a haul for only $4. Afterwards I had lunch with a friend who I hadn’t seen in awhile. We got to the restaurant at 11:00 and although we finished eating around 12:00, we didn’t leave until 2:00. (Needless to say I left the waiter a good tip for keeping his table occupied so long.) We had a lot to catch up on and it was so nice to chat. 

Andy and I also went to see a musical comedy at the university called Lucky Stiff. It’s about a man who has to take the corpse of his dead uncle on a trip to Monte Carlo in order to inherit 6 million dollars from him. It was hilarious. We went to it not knowing that it was a musical and only having a vague idea of the plot. I’m glad we saw it.

Also, this weekend my family rode the train down town to have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory for my mom’s birthday. It was my niece’s first time on the train and she was loving it! She couldn’t stop grinning and saying, “We’re going to Salt Lake City!” So dang cute.

How have you all been?

A Day at the Park

So glad Ash and I were able to enjoy this fun day at the park before the weather got bad. (We woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of snow.)A few days ago I took Ash to one of her favorite parks. It’s huge and because it was a week day, we had the place to ourselves. She played frisbee for a while on the grassy field and then we walked down to the river. It was a warm enough day that she ran right in and waded around for awhile. 

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We never did get that last hike in before the snow, but this trip to the park was a great alternative. 

My November Playlist

I know some of you can relate when I say that I love music. It’s not just this little statement, but I love music. I love the way it makes me feel. I love that it so often makes me think. I love that it makes me smile and usually makes me either want to get up and move or stay quiet laying on my bed and just enjoying the moment.
I always listen to music with an open mind- I’ll listen to anything from screaming metal to bluegrass- and I love it all. Music is powerful and it’s always been a source of energy, comfort, and inspiration to me. I relate significant moments in my life to the music I was listening to at the time, and I love that connection.
I remember the first time I heard Shiver Shiver by Walk The Moon. I thought my heart was going to burst. There have been many songs and bands over the years that have elicited that response in me. Does music ever make you feel that indescribable way? Nine Inch Nails, The Last Goodnight, Mika, and even Brittney Spears has made me feel that indescribable way at one point or another. Every time a song does that to me, it’s always different- the emotions I mean. Sometimes it’s overwhelming excitement and joy, sometimes quiet sorrow. But one thing is certain- it’s always powerful and I crave it.
So as I said, my taste in music is pretty eclectic, but this is what’s on replay this month. Listen to the whole thing, you just might find something you like!

(If you’re reading via an RSS feed, you’ll need to click over to the blog to be able to see the playlist. )

PS_ You’ll need to scroll the playlist down to get it all.

Impromptu Day at the Zoo

On Sunday morning we took a drive to Salt Lake to have breakfast at Ruth’s Diner- up Emigration Canyon. We’d never been there before but several of our friends had told us we needed to try it. It’s your quintessential rail car diner. It’s been around 80 years- according to their menu- and had been built on to.

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We both got french toast- walnut banana bread f.t. for me and pecan cinnamon roll f.t. for Andy. Both were delicious- and also way too much food. Not to mention we had already eaten the complimentary melt in your mouth biscuits, so we were stuffed.
The plan after breakfast was to continue on to IKEA to make a return, but on the way down the canyon we drove by the zoo. “We should go to the zoo,” I said. So Andy flipped the car around and we went!

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It was the perfect day- not too many people there, sunny, warm, and most of the animals were out and about. The highlight of the zoo trip was the polar bear who was playing games (and having a grand time of it) with the little kids watching through the glass. It was a peek-a-boo sort of game that had the kids screaming and laughing. Both bear and kids kept coming back for more. Too cute.

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We did eventually make it to IKEA and also stopped at Scheel’s, just to see what all the fuss was about. We were not all that impressed. It’s a giant sporting goods store- big whoop, in my opinion. But all in all it was a lovely day! 
Do you have a zoo in your area?

October Photo A Day Roundup

This month I participated in Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day project. This project actually paired perfectly with the Project Real Life class I’m taking right now. Both helped me focus on documenting the every day things that make up my life- it’s not all just pretty pictures and perfect settings. It’s life like I see it all the time. I love this. So here’s a roundup of all the photos I took this month.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 1. Where You Stood– I walked out to the garden on this day to survey all the work we had to do in terms of cleaning it out for winter. You’ll rarely find me in shoes if I can help it. Bare feet on the grass are one of my favorite things.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 2. Lunchtime– Butternut squash soup, sliced tomatoes and an asian pear. Lunch is my hardest meal to eat. It’s always such a hassle for me to come up with something good. I often skip lunch.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 3. This Happened Today– On this day I canned pears with my sister and her friend.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 4. What You Read– This is my Google Reader on my laptop. All those are blog posts that I was catching up on reading.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 5. Shadow– Ashland sleeping as we sit nearby.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 6. I’m Thankful For– I knew this was the prompt for today but didn’t know what I would photograph. As I sat on the bed that morning while Andy sat next to me tying his shoes, Ash walked up for some loves. I realized that sweet interaction was the shot I needed and I took it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 7. Light-I took this photo as we sat at Jeremiah’s waiting for breakfast. I loved the way the light fixture hanging above our table looked and thought a picture from the table looking up might be interesting.

IMG_20121008_105323, Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 8. Angle– I took this picture while waiting for Trax. I leaned out to try and get the train in the shot as it approached. Sometimes I ride Frontrunner down to Salt Lake and spend a couple of hours in the library.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 9. Red– These red apples made the perfect subjects for this prompt.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 10. Emotion– Andy, happy at dinner on his birthday.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 11. Something Close-Up– My coleus were still going strong. I wanted to snap a picture of them before the first freeze killed them off. Coleus is a favorite of mine.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 12. On The Table– Bowls of potato soup for everyone. Andy’s parents came down around Corey and Andy’s birthday and brought dinner.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 13. Landscape– The mountains are truly fantastic here. I love living so close to them. The sun hit them at and illuminated them with this bright orangey color. I had to take a photo.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 14. Makes You Laugh– Nellie was entertaining us with drawings of Andy when she stopped to go hug her brother and pose for a picture.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 15. Dinnertime– Squash has been on the menu a lot this month.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 16. Something You Wrote– I committed to paper journaling on a regular basis again. I never really stopped doing it but I wanted to try and write something every day like I used to. It’s been fun.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 17. Fruit– I was at the SLC library this day when I realized the prompt was fruit. I opened the first cookbook I could find and snapped this photo.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 18. Made You Smile Today– Read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. This book made me smile, laugh, and cry. Please read it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 19. Letters-My BOO letters set up for Halloween!

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 20. 4 O’Clock– At 4 O’clock I found Henry enjoying his view from atop the headboard.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 21. Calm– A pretty peaceful day spent enjoying time with Andy at home.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 22. In Your Town– We have this place called Slackwater. And it’s delicious.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 23. The View From Here– This had been my view most of the day as I worked on editing photos for Project Life. Messy crafting table! At least my calendar is organized. Sticky notes are my friend.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 24. Weather– We’ve already had our first snow here in Utah, but this shot was taken on a day when it was cloudy but still sunny and nice.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 25. People– Nellie with “Grandma Kathy” as she calls my mom. We were asking her to smile but keep her eyes open at the same time- good effort. :)

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 26. Listening To– Nellie sat and played on my mom’s piano for a while. This is the last photo taken of that piano. It was my mother’s grandfather’s. She couldn’t move it to her new apartment so she gifted it to a very sweet little family in her neighborhood that will hopefully get a lot of use out of it.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 27. Morning– Back to mat Pilates every morning. Gearing up to start a 30 day Pilates Challenge.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 28. Looking Back– Ash’s name should be Shadow. She’s never far behind and follows us everywhere.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 29. Moon– I ran out on the deck in my bathrobe to get this shot early in the morning. I was happy to see that the moon was still plainly visible.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 30. Clothes– This is what laundry day looks like at our house. I throw all the clothes on the bed to be folded and Henry promptly parks himself right on top of them. Who can blame him for staking claim on a warm pile of clothes, right?

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android AppDay 31. Whatever You Please– I love these knobs and their bright blue color. I got them from Anthropology and have been waiting for Andy to put them on our nightstands.

So I didn’t get all the photos taken on the exact day, but I did get to all the prompts and I found it to be a fun project. I have on my life list that I want to do a 365 project. This was good practice. It was hard to remember to pick up the camera every day!

Goodbye October

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October Goals Recap

~Try to determine what’s causing my back pain
Yes! I wrote about it here.

~Read more than I did in September
Yes! I had to go take a look at my Goodreads stats to see. I read 1 book in September and 6 books in October.

~Reorganize the pantry and draft up a new menu plan for the month
Yes! And I even sewed this cute new curtain for it.

~Make sure Andy has an awesome birthday
Yes! We celebrated with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory

~Boost my blog readership by networking more
Yes! I’m excited about the new blogger friendships I’ve recently made + the new blogs I’m reading now

~Decorate a pumpkin
No. But we did finally buy a pumpkin for our front porch