Wednesday, September 30, 2009

5 Things I Love About Fall

1. Fall Clothes: Granted there is no need to wear fall clothes in SoCal, but I am looking forward to needing extra layers when I move back to Idaho. Ashlee took some pictures for me this morning of new items I'm excited to wear when it cools off.

Jacket: Forever21 $35
Hat: Forever21 $15
Boots: Payless $25
Scarf: Express $8




2. Pumpkin Roll: My grandma makes this for Ashlee and I every Thanksgiving. It is so delicious, pumpkin-y and cream cheese-y. Love it. I need to find the recipe and post it then you all can make it too.



3. Landon Pigg: I found Landon a few years ago and fell in love with his music. His new CD just came out yesterday and I HAVE to get my hands on it soon. I love his lovely lyrics and melodies.



4. Zucchini Bread: My mom just sent some zucchini bread down for Ashlee and I. This is a wonderful, healthy, fall treat. I'll have to find this recipe too.



5. Pieces of April: The girls and I checked this out from the library a few months ago. I LOVED it. This movie is centered around Thanksgiving Day. It has a wonderful mix of humor, drama and even a little action.

Monday, September 28, 2009

BIG NEWS


Painting by: Elsie Flannigan


So many things are changing and have been for awhile now.

One major change is finally official.

I am moving home.

At the end of November, Ashlee and I will be moving back to Idaho and Jenny will be moving back to Washington. It has been difficult to make this decision because living with my girls in California has been a fun and amazing adventure, but it is time to take the next step.

In some ways I almost feel like I'm taking a step backwards in moving home, but this really makes the most sense. Actually, many of my friends in their mid-20s are moving home, to get a grip on life and figure out their futures. And there is no shame in that.

In six months I won't be spending almost $3,000 on rent alone. This will help tremendously to get me out of debt, so I can save money.

Plus, I'm kind of over living in California. I do love many aspects of living here because there are so many things to see and do, but I have always known this isn't a forever place for me. I am a Pacific Northwest girl at heart.

I really don't know what my next move is career-wise, but I think that being home will be good for my soul and help me figure out what is next. This is a very bittersweet decision, but it really is for the best.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Five Loves

1. Biggest Loser: I always find this show so inspiring. It doesn't necessarily inspire me to go out and lose a bunch of weight, but it does inspire me to set goals and go after my dreams. This show meets people at their lowest lows and encourages them to live their lives to the fullest and not back down. It is probably THE best reality show their is.




2. Forever21: I may not always enjoy working here, but I love what this store is about! F21 is fashion forward meets unique meets affordable. At F21 you can put together you're own look that makes you feel stylish and one-of-a-kind, all while not breaking your credit card.
Headband: $4.80
Tank: $3.80
Blazer: $25.00
Skirt: $14.50
Tights: $4.80
Shoes: GUESS from Marshalls




3. Twitter: My sister MADE me get a twitter. In fact I think she set up my account for me without my consent. I was hesitant to have another account at another social networking site. Since I started tweeting at the beginning of the year I have come to LOVE it. Maybe it is pointless and narcissitic, but I find it a lovely new way to document my life and see what other people are up to.




4. Karen Kingsbury: Karen has to be my favorite author. My mom got me hooked on her books. Karen has written over 40 books and I'm in the middle of reading my 25th one. She isn't afraid to tackle tough issues and find God in the middle of them. Each story is unique, beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting and ultimately glorifying to God.




5. Pink Energizing Body Scrub, Wash and Lotion: I got these for $15 at Victoria's Secret. They are refreshing and smell GREAT! Go get some!




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dear Anonymous Friend,


When I checked the mail this afternoon I was surprised to find a card for me. I wondered who it was from, but there was no return address. I opened it to find $20 and a note that said,

"I read on your blog that you are missing your favorite magazine subscription this year. Though this might help cover the cost. Love, An Anonymous Friend :)"

I was shocked. I may have screamed. Wow.

I just want to say thank you friend, whoever you are. You have made my day. Not only will I be able to afford a subscription to my favorite magazine this year, but you have made me feel incredibly blessed. Your small act of kindness has blown me away. I feel so cared for. Thank you. Each time I pick up a copy of Nylon I will think of you. You are the coolest.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Promise Tangeman's Reader Art Show



Today Promise posted the submissions for the Online Reader Art Show! Ashlee entered some photographs she has taken and I entered a couple collages and the painting I did this week. Promise picked one image from each person because there were so many. It was fun to be a part of and see how talented all these people are. So go check it out!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Through Painted Deserts

This is an excerpt from the Author's Note of Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller. Ashlee posted it on her old LiveJournal a couple years ago. I love it and find it thought provoking. Enjoy.

"It's a living book, this life; it folds out in a million settings, cast with a billion beautiful characters, and it is almost over for you. It doesn't matter how old you are; it is coming to a close quickly, and soon the credits will roll and all your friends will fold out of your funeral and drive back to their homes in cold and still and silence. And they will make a fire and pour some wine and think about how you once were....and feel a kind of sickness at the idea you never again will be.

So soon you will be in that part of the book where you are holding the bulk of the pages in your left hand, and only a thin wisp of the story in your right. You will know by the page count, not by the narrative, that the Author is wrapping things up. You begin to mourn its ending, and want to pace yourself slowly toward its closure, knowing the last lines will speak of something beautiful, of the end of something long and earned, and you hope the thing closes out like last breaths, like whispers about how much and who the characters have come to love, and how authentic the sentiments feel when they have earned a hundred pages of qualification.

And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?

It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.

I want to repeat one word for you:

Leave.

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Creativity

Lately I have been feeling as though I would die if I didn't cut/glue/paint/create something. In high school I took art classes every year. I never thought of myself as an artist, but I loved drawing portraits, painting and making collages. When I was home in June I found all of my old artwork. It was like I found a long lost friend. Who was the girl who did all this art? Did I even know her anymore? She was actually kind of talented. Obviously I don't want to be the person I was in high school. I have changed tremendously and am proud of who I have become. Unfortunately, in growing up and going to college I sort of left art behind.

Yesterday I took charge and went to the craft store with my roommates. We bought canvases, paint, glue, brushes, cards and paper. I spent more than a girl in credit card debt should, but it soothed my soul when I dipped my brush into the paint. I was able to go back and find that girl I used to be. The girl who would spend hours bent over a canvas with paint all over her fingers. I don't think I can begin to describe how refreshing it was. Because I can't afford more canvases right now I am going to start collaging again, maybe even make some greeting cards or something. With only working part time I feel like this will give me something to do in my spare time and help me feel like I have a purpose.

Below is my finished painting. I am by no means a professional artist, but it was sure fun creating this and I'm proud of it. It was inspired by Demi Lovato's song, "World of Chances."




Here is another picture of our finished paintings. (Ashlee, Jenny, Heather)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

500 Days of Summer





"This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for."






"This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, this is not a love story."

"Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin, and they end, with no lasting memories made in between. Most days have no impact on the course of a life. May 23rd was a Wednesday."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

5 Things I Love

I often read Promise Tangeman's blog. Promise is an amazing artist, photographer, designer and fashion junkie. I absolutely love her and I am always inspired by her. Recently she did a post called 5 Things I Love. I am taking a page from her book and doing a post of my own. She said that someone does a list of 10 things EVERY week. I guess that would be one way to count your blessings and be positive. Maybe I'll do this again!

Without further ado, here are my 5:


1. Air1 Radio: This has to be my favorite radio station of all time. Not to knock Christian stations, but sometimes they can be cheesy. Air1 is anything but cheesy. I know that when I listen to it I will always be encouraged and uplifted and I never have to worry about commercials.


2. Tension Tamer Tea: I used to hate tea, but a few years ago I gave it a chance. This is the BEST tea ever! I love having a cup of this before bed to relax.


3. Leggings as pants: My life has come full circle. I used to wear leggings in elementary school. Then I got older and laughed at how silly leggings were and swore never to wear them again. I can't believe that now I wear them whenever I have a chance. They are so comfy and look cute under big shirts.


4. Nylon Magazine: This is probably the only magazine I have had a subscription to besides American Girl when I was little. I love the uniqueness of this magazine. Just reading it makes me feel special, creative and fashionable. Unfortunately due to lack of money I can't renew my subscription. It's going to be a sad year without Nylon.



5. Making lists (Listography): Creating lists makes me feel accomplished and organized. Which is why I love the Listography books. They help me reflect and remember. Plus, some of the topics are just funny.