Monday, November 28, 2011

Is that cake??

I don't know about anybody else, but this about sums up my Thanksgiving weekend:

 Except it was more like, 
"Oh snap, is that stuffing??"
"Oh snap, is that pecan pie??"
"Oh snap, is that cornbread??"
"Oh snap, are those mashed potatoes, that I don't even like but am going to shove into my face anyway??"

All. Weekend. Long. 
But it's back on the bandwagon today.
The rest of my weekend consisted of our yearly Thanksgiving trip to the zoo, where my brother had me pose with the giant metal monkey for my family picture. (since I'm the only child without my own family unit. real funny, huh?)
Doesn't Marley look thrilled?

We saw The Muppets, and I pretty much giggled with delight the whole movie.
If you haven't seen it, do so immediately. 

I crafted with my friend, Tjanna.We hit up the local Goodwill, and made some necklace/scarves out of old men's t-shirts. I made this black and white one, and a grey, white, and mustard one. Thank you for the idea, Pinterest.
(If you attempt this project, either be smarter than I am, and Google a tutorial first thing, or have a bottle of Xanax ready.)

Time was spent with friends and family, shopping, meeting new people, having a fire, going out to dinner, sleeping in, dipping our feet in the hot tub, lots of visiting and laughing, cutting hair, and wishing that Monday would never come. 
But it did. And I may or may not have cursed my alarm clock this morning.

On a completely different note, one of my favorite traditions in my family is our Thanksgiving tablecloth. Each year, we lay out the same cloth tablecloth, with a handful of Sharpies, and whoever comes to dinner that year writes what they're thankful for. 
It's fun to look back and see what we were thankful for in the past 10 years since the tradition started. I just love it.
What's your favorite holiday tradition?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


 (*Disclaimer* This goes along the same lines of my last post. That was completely unintentional)

It's that time of year. The time of year where everybody in the blog/Facebook world post the things that they are grateful for. So, here goes.

This year has been the worst year of my life. I could say that there have been ups and downs, which would be true. But the downs have outweighed the ups by a large percentage. I've been trying to think so hard about what I'm grateful for this year. At first, I drew a huge blank. For days, I've struggled to find something about this year that I could thank my Heavenly Father for.

And then suddenly, it struck me how blessed I have been through, and because of this trial.

I'm grateful for parents who held me while I cried, packed up my things for me, drove me to Utah and back because I couldn't handle Mesa anymore. I'm grateful for a mom who, when I stumbled across wedding pictures or memories I hadn't destroyed yet, silently took them out of the room, and came back without them. I always knew that my parents loved me. But after everything they've been through with me, I have a better idea of just how much.

I am grateful for friends that talked to me on the phone for hours, even though they live states away.

I am grateful for Mallory, who doesn't hate me when I get mad at her because I'm hangry. (Angry hunger. it's the worst), who has completely different points of view than me, but loves me anyway and teaches me that it's ok to not see eye to eye, and who wears the same size clothes and dresses me when I feel less than cute.

I am grateful for Kelsey and Heather, who are my two biggest fans, and I am theirs. Without them coming to stay the night with me in my empty apartment, having dance parties and picnics in the park, I would have gone crazy.

I am grateful for my sense of humor.

I am grateful that I have things I'm passionate about, even though they're as silly as cupcakes and my favorite band. 

I am grateful for people who took me in-members of my ward who offered me a room to live in, my Aunt who selflessly let me move in with her after that, a hilarious group of friends who, without knowing it, helped me feel like myself again.

And even though I hate divorce, and still have a day every now and again where the word seems to weigh me down. I am grateful that it happened. And no, I'm not just saying that to seem like I'm so positive. I'm still cynical. I still wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. 

But I am grateful that I learned that I am stronger than I thought and that I have a Savior who loves me and has atoned for my sins. I am grateful that I don't have to be with somebody who doesn't want to be with me. I am grateful that I have the choice to be happy, regardless of my marital status, weight, or financial situation.

No, I don't always remember these things and feel this way, despite how much I try to.
But 'tis the season.

So today, I am grateful.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Well, hello there. As usual, long time, no see. What can I say, I'm a busy girl.

And I wish I could say that I was preoccupied with horribly exciting things, but I'm not.

It's just the usual-two jobs, church, church calling, gym, wishing I was eating sugar so that I could have hot chocolate, surfing Pinterest, learning to Zumba (and being bad at it), spending time with friends that need me, celebrating other friends birthdays, doing hair on nights I don't usually do hair, choir, etc.


But can we just talk about things that have made me super happy lately? Well, we're going to.

1. Last weekend, my friend Gage introduced me to Lolo's Chicken and Waffles. And I am forever indebted to him for that. Ok, I know it's not on my eating plan..but I only had half a waffle. And seriously, Kool-Aid in Mason jars??  Soul food at it's finest. If you live anywhere near Scottsdale, go. Now. Afterwards, we went to an improv comedy theater, which I was slightly skeptical about, but it ended up being hilarious. So good thinking, Gage.

2. Zevia and PerfectBerry Rockstar keep me sane now that I've been off of DP for a month. (feel free to applaud me.) They're both sugar/aspartame/carb free! Did you know I'm allergic to aspartame? Welp, I am. Which makes eating sugar free kind of hellish, because everything has aspartame. So when I found Zevia at a vitamin shop, I literally let out a squeal of joy. Now, I'm not going to lie to you and tell you it's taste is even close to the nectar of the gods (Dr. Pepper.). But if it's this or nothing, I'll take it. (And the Rockstar is delicious, and comes with a cute little straw. Win/Win.)

3. This girl is back!

My best friend moved back from Idaho. Let's be honest, I would too-I'm sitting here freezing and it's 60 degrees outside. Idaho sounds like hell right now. Mallory's the kind of best friend that gives me a present on her birthday (A cupcake coin bank. Hi. Love it.), listens to my rants about men, gives me advice I don't want to hear but usually need, eats healthy with me, cheats on diets with me (but we're being good now), and is always there for me, even when I go crazy and sometimes get frustrated with silly things. Hey, it happens. Moral of the story: I'm SO happy she's home.

4. Marley. Always Marley.

PS. If you're curious about how my journey to get healthy is going, go here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Happy November, friends.

I'm not going to lie, I've been dreading these holiday months. Last year I was married. The year before, I got engaged on Thanksgiving. And I never thought I'd be single this year.
So, I'm not sure how this season will go. I know I'll be happy to be with family and friends. I know I'll still enjoy giving gifts and decorating cookies.
But I already feel like something's missing. And being the only single one in my immediate family at all of the inevitable holiday events could prove to be a struggle.

But I'm going to hold my head up, and smile. Because if there's one thing I'm really good at, it's smiling.
I've decided to set a list of goals for the month of November to give me something positive to focus on and strive for.

1. Finish at least one awesome craft that I can be proud of. I already have several ideas. Thank you, Pinterest.

2. Take any opportunity I can to perform service.

3. Read some form of scripture every day.

4. Continue to eat healthy/work out at least 4 times a week. (down 4.3 pounds in the last two weeks, son!)

5. Read one new book. Suggestions, anyone?

6. Purchase plane ticket to Utah for my friends wedding in December. Yes, I'm accepting donations.

I think it shall be a great month after all.