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  • Dec. 3rd, 2010 at 1:54 PM
Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

the first moment that comes to mind is a recent one. we were at the amana colonies, which is basically a small german village with a lot of cute little shops and german restaurants. i was with chris and his family and it was around 6pm, so it was dark. we were there for a holiday parade but as it turns out, we were the parade. individuals could take candles and light them and walk down the street singing carols, with santa leading in the back of a struck. it seems (and seemed) really cheesy and ridiculous, but somehow i was able to overcome that. chris and i linked arms, both of us with our hands in our pockets to keep them warm. his parents walked holding hands in front of us and his sister next to us. we didn't get candles but strangers around us had them. we walked down the little german street with christmas lights everywhere. somone began singing christmas songs and we joined in. it was so cold could see my breath, and smell hearty food from the german restaurants. i said it at the time and i still feel like i was on the show of gillmore girls. it's weird because you wouldn't think stuff like that happens in real life but apparently it does. we didn't know any of the other people but somehow i felt like we were all together and singing christmas songs and happy. it just felt really nice.

Dec. 2nd, 2010

  • 12:54 PM

December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)

this question is weird for me because i don't consider myself a writer in the least bit. i like to blog to keep in touch with people, meet new people, and most importantly to get out my emotions. i feel a lot better after getting it all out, and i also enjoy when others chime in.

that's about all i've got. i don't think i can really BS my way through an answer to this question because it really doesn't apply to me.

Dec. 1st, 2010

  • 10:18 AM
reverb10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we'll do both.

i am going to give this a try and see how it goes.

day 1: Prompt: One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

love. i know it seems a little cheesy, but i think this year was about love for me. we got engaged in february and shortly thereafter began planning our wedding! we persevered in iowa through difficult times. we continue to struggle with making ends meet and being away from family (physically and emotionally) but through it all we are together and happy.

adventure. it's going to be an interesting new year, that's for sure. i anticipate the most difficult semester of grad school, with having practicum in the field 2 full days a week and also working on my thesis. meanwhile we will be planning a wedding, attending showers and bachelor/ette parties, and in may we will get married. in june we will take our honeymoon, our first major trip together (without family). sometime in that mix i will be applying for and interviewing for jobs, and hopefully i will find out i got a job before the wedding and honeymoon. who knows where we will end up, it could be anyhwere, and then we will be looking for a place to live and a new job for chris. it will be an adventure all right! here's to hoping i will continue to look at it as an adventure and not become too stressed or anxious.

shutterfly christmas cards

  • Nov. 30th, 2010 at 10:05 AM
i always look forward to sending out christmas cards every year, it is one of my favorite holiday things to do. i almost always buy cards on clearance after christmas to use the next year. the past few years, chris and i have been taking fun photos with our pets and putting wallet sized pictures in with our christmas cards.

here are some reminders of the past couple years.

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i can't find 2008, but i'm pretty sure we did one that year? so this year i am debating using shutterfly to order cards, even though we do have some cute cards we got on clearance last year. it would be fun to do more christmas pictures, but i was thinking about using our engagement pictures instead. shutterfly holiday cards and shutterfly christmas cards and more shutterfly cards

i think this is my favorite engagement picture, so i might use this.

here are some shutterfly cards that i like, and would consider getting. OH, by the way, the reason i am blogging about this is because shutterfly is offering fifty free holiday cards for bloggers. i am not sure if i qualify but i figured i'd give it a go.

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this one is really cute too!

when i was looking at the cards on shutterfly i was thinking our picture was horizontal so i picked cards that it would fit into, just to come back here and realize that the picture is vertical. oops! there are a ton of cute cards so i don't think i'd have any problem finding more that i like, and of course i will have to hear what chris thinks too.

turkey day

  • Nov. 15th, 2010 at 11:56 AM
anyone have any awesome thanksgiving recipes to recommend? we are hosting thanksgiving for the first time. it will be pretty small, just chris' mom, dad, sister, and us, but i kind of want to try some new recipes. my family has always been pretty traditional and also taken a lot of short cuts, like boxed stuffing, for instance.


  • Oct. 4th, 2010 at 9:07 PM
friday afternoon we were on our way to chicago when our photographer called to ask if we could move our shoot to earlier in the day on saturday due to the weather forecast. we agreed.

friday night we went to see ricky gervais at the chicago theater. i was not amused by a section he did making fun of fat people but other than that i enjoyed the show. afterwards we stalked our old apartment. i still got tears in my eyes going by there! we also went to superdawg which was delicious.

saturday morning we got up early and started getting ready for engagement pictures. to give you a bit of back story i have been working for weeks on getting my hair and makeup perfect. chris and i both got haircuts a couple weeks in advance and i got my brows waxed. we also bought chris a new outfit and i obsessed over my outfit for weeks.

we set out to meet the photographer looking really good. an hour after we were supposed to meet her, there was no sign of her. she didn't answer any of our numerous calls or texts. bitch stood us up! she called around noon apologizing for oversleeping!!! she claimed she went to bed feeling sick and then completely slept through her alarm. i call BS but whatever. she also told us that she was too sick to talk and wanted to do the shoot on sunday. this didn't really fit into our plans of having breakfast with the family sunday morning and then driving the 5 hours home. we could have changed our plans around obviously but we both didn't feel we would be able to trust her after that. walking around looking for her for over an hour and running through all the possible scenarios was pretty frustrating. we didn't want to take the chance of her doing the same thing for our wedding. honestly i had developed a good email relationship wtih her and i felt totally betrayed. i love photo and wanted the best photographer ever and i took a lot of time and obsessing to pick her, so it is incredibly disappointing knowing that i failed, and it was because she failed me. so anyHOW, it is done now. she said she will send us our money back and we are on the hunt again. our 2nd choice photographer is still available but i am doing a little browsing around before comimitting. i'm gunshy!

saturday afternoon we we went to hot dougs. it was AMAZING. we haven't been in so long and it was so tasty and worth the wait. i got a gyro sausage with kalamata olive sauce, feta, and roma tomatoes. delish! saturday evening chris' parents made us yummy chicken-n-dumplings for dinner and we played cards. sunday morning we had breakfast with the family and headed home.

last night i woke up at 2:30am and couldn't get back to sleep. i was obsessing over picking a new photographer among other things. then today (monday) i got up at the butt crack of dawn and drove my hour and 15 minutes to practicum and had a hectic day. now i'm spent.

looking forward

  • Sep. 14th, 2010 at 6:24 PM
this weekend- going to my sister's for the weekend (cousin's baby shower and other fun family things)

oct. 1st- going to chicago to see ricky gervais at the chicago theater, and also to do our engagement pics

sometime in october- pumpkin farm(s)!

end of october- probably visit home again to celebrate my sister's birthday

november- thanksgiving- week off of school and yummy thanksgiving dinner

december- winter break!! christmas! !

january- my birthday ! the big 2-9 shawna's new baby

february- chris turns 30!! valentines day!

march- wedding SHOWER!! bachelorette party!!

april- possibly shower from chris' side of the family?

may- done with school!! hopefully have a job!? wedding!!

june- honeymoon in seattle!!

july- pack & move!! hopefully somewhere cool

august- start my new job ! (internship)

also somewhere in there we get to register for wedding/shower gifts. i'm super excited about that and have bugging chris to let me do it for the past month. also unfortunately i will be applying to jobs and interviewing- not so fun- and lots of wedding planning.

i'm behind!

  • Sep. 7th, 2010 at 8:46 AM
Day 05 - Your definition of Love

i actually wrote this one out but then didn't post it because i was trying to think of more to say. then it disappeared and now i have to re-think of what to say!

love is hard to put into words. love is thinking as a team- not just putting yourself first but putting the other person first too. love is making sacrifices. love is being able to feel like everything is going to be okay as long as you are together, no matter where you are or what the circumstances are. love is being able to cheer the other person up no matter what, and knowing he will do the same for you.

love is many more things i'm sure... but i'll stop there for now.


  • Jul. 31st, 2008 at 2:38 PM

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i'm bored so i've been using the "explore" feature on flickr. i have been finding some awesome photos.

I am colorblind
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Listen to the silence
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