Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shopgirl

This morning I shared that I finished reading Catcher In The Rye yesterday. Well, today I brought Shopgirl by Steve Martin and my new issues of Nylon and Vogue to keep me occupied between calls. I finished Shopgirl by the end of my lunch break and both magazines with an hour left of work. Tomorrow I need to bring more to keep me occupied between calls. I may haul in the works of Jane Austen; that would certainly keep me busy.

I was pleasantly surprised with Shopgirl. I saw the movie years ago and wasn't fond of it, but I think that reading the book gave me a greater understanding of the meaning behind it and I have more insight into the lives of Mirebelle and Ray. I may even give the movie another chance. Below are a couple excerpts that I want to share.

"He doesn't understand the subtleties of slights and pains, that it is not the big events that hurt the most but rather the smallest questionable shift in tone at the end of a spoken word that can plow most deeply into the heart."

"So now they have had the Conversation. What neither of them understands is that these conversations are meaningless. They are meaningless to the sayer and they are meaningless to the hearer. The sayer believes they are heard, and the hearer believes they are never said. Men, women, dogs, and cats. These words are never heard."

"Just remember, darling, it is pain that changes our lives."

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The Catcher In The Rye

One thing that I enjoy about my job is that they allow us to read during the time in between the phone calls we receive. This could be any where from seconds to minutes and you'd be surprised how much reading you can get done in between calls. Yesterday I finished reading The Catcher In The Rye. I should have brought another book because I finished it with an hour left of work. I always go back to this book; it is probably my fourth or fifth time reading it. What can I say? I just love Holden Caulfield and his insight on phonies. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book. Click here to see what else I've been reading lately.


"I thought it was 'If a body catch a body," I said. "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around-nobody big, I mean-except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff-I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catch in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy."


"The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you anything to them."


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Music Monday: Adele

Okay, who ISN'T listening to the new Adele album?! That's all I've been hearing about lately! Luckily our library is incredibly quick at getting new music so we had this playing nonstop in our car. That girl is the real deal!

Today's Music Monday is dedicated to my bff, Jenny. I love you bestie! (And I will be sending you a copy soon. I keep forgetting!)



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Friday, March 25, 2011

Fashion Friday: Lauren Conrad

Isn't this the cutest?!

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Back in February I wrote about saying goodbye to fear. I have faced another fear of mine this month. I joined our church choir. I call this a fear because I am not confident in my singing skills. It's sort of funny because I did take a voice class in college and sang in front of 20 people by myself.

My parents asked if I wanted to come with them to choir practice as they prepare songs for Easter service. I asked myself what I would do if I weren't scared. The answer was, I would go to choir and sing. It has been a fun experience. We are singing every Sunday this month. I know that I'm not really a singer, but I am loving the chance to learn. Below are the lyrics to the song we will be singing on Sunday. The words are so powerful and moving.

Speaking of singing, stop over at Jennifer's blog and watch the video she posted. She is an amazingly talented woman and I loved listening to her perform her original song.


I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast."
I came to Jesus as I was, So weary, worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place, And He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, Stoop down and drink and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, And now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, "I am this dark world's light
Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise And all thy day be bright."
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I'll walk Till trav'ling days are done.

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Found in the Lutheran Service Book, 699
Text: Horatius Bonar 1808-89
Music: Amanda Husberg, b. 1940

Thursday, March 24, 2011

February and March Book List

Hello sweet friends. In January I shared my reading list with you. I actually ended up reading two more books after I posted that. It was a long list, more than I read in both February and March combined! I only got through two books in February and three in March. I want to share with you what I've been reading in my free time. I think you will start to see a pattern.

February

Radiant by Marian Jordan

I've mentioned Marian Jordan books in previous posts. Marian has amazing things to share about being a woman of Christ and she does it in such an honest and humorous way.


An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

This was the first Steve Martin book I have ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found this story intriguing and some what heartbreaking. I enjoyed immersing myself into this world of art, paintings and galleries.


March

Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin

This book is full of funny essays. I shared this essay earlier this month.


The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin

I'll just say that this is a short novel about a guy with some interesting quirks. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book.

"As much as I had resisted the outside, as much as I had constricted my life, as much as I had closed and narrowed the channels into me there were still many takers for the quiet heart."


Pure Drivel by Steve Martin

I just finished this today. I read it in between calls at work and it was cracking me up. Below are some of my favorite excerpts.

“You’re an a away from being a Martian.”

“The face reveals the heart, but sometimes it’s easier to change the face.”

“He fails to see that Los Angeles is a city of abundant and compelling almosts.”

“Sometimes, it is true, agony visits the head of a writer. At these moments, I stop writing and relax with a coffee at my favorite restaurant, knowing that words can be changed, rethought, fiddled with, and, of course, ultimately denied. Painters don’t have that luxury. If they go to a coffee shop, their paint dries into a hard mass.”


So maybe I like Steve Martin a little. Haha! Yesterday mom and dad bought us all tickets to see him when he comes to Idaho in July! I am so excited!!

So what have you been reading lately? I am waiting for the library to get more books in for me. Next on my list is Shopgirl, by none other than Steve Martin and Crazy Love and Forgotten God, both by Francis Chan.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

thank you for calling. this is heather.

Hello darlings. I've been a bit absent recently. On Friday I received a call from the temp agency I tested with and they had a job for me! Praise God! I started yesterday at a freight company. I will be working there for 2-4 weeks, taking phone calls to schedule pick up times. This job is nothing glam and there is down time between calls that gets boring, but I have picked it up quickly and so many of the people that call in are extremely friendly. I don't really have a chance to get to know the other temps because we are all on the phone all day long, but that's okay. I'm still getting used to my schedule, but I am hoping that I'll be back to blogging regularly. I'll keep this short as I want to get to bed early; working wears me out! Thank you all for your prayers!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

above average

Hi lovelies! How has your Wednesday been? Is it really only Wednesday?

My meeting with the temp agency went well. I was there for HOURS and HOURS! I had to fill out paperwork, speak with the recruiter and take a LONG skills test on the computer. I was tested in math, English, filing (numerically and alphabetically), typing, ten-key, Word and Excel. I scored above average in everything except just average in Excel. And who knew that I rock at ten-key?! Apparently I was WAY above average on that. Cool.

I spoke with a second recruiter about a company that is looking for someone temporary to hire for an accounts receivable position. They are going to send my resume over, so hopefully I'll hear from them soon.

I'm praying that this temp agency is the right fit for me and will be able to help. I mostly just feel confused right now. This is nothing new, but I'm having a difficult time coming to terms with how I got here and why God doesn't have a ministry position for me. I just can't see the bigger picture right now.

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interview

Hi friends! I have an interview this morning with a temp agency. It is sort of nerve-wracking, but I am excited to see how they can help me. Please keep me in your prayers! I'll update later.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Music Monday: Taylor Swift- Back To December

I love this girl so much. I want to be her best friend.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

glorious birds

Dreyfus once wrote from Devil's Island that he would see the most glorious birds. Many years later in Brittany he realized they had only been seagulls... For me they will always be- glorious birds.
-Maude

Harold and Maude (1971)

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Friday, March 11, 2011

new day. new attitude.

So much has happened in the past couple days. I feel like I'm finally coming around to a place where discouragement can't keep me down. I shared on Wednesday my frustrations with job searching and I received some great feedback.

On Thursday morning my dad invited me to go with him to a Job Search Workshop that a church around the corner was holding. It was led by employees from the Department of Labor and despite my initial frustrations I learned quite a bit. With that and the feedback I've gotten from some of my friends and readers I'm feeling more confident in my job search.

One of the hardest parts of this was asking for help. I know that it is one of my goals for the month, but it is difficult to recognize that you can't do this on your own. Because I put my pride aside (like it was doing me a lot of good in the first place), I got some amazing tips and suggestions from friends who have been in this same situation.

So this is where I'm at:
I have contacted two temp agencies.
I signed up for LinkedIn.
I'm re-working my resume and learning how to tailor cover letters.
I'm finding out which sites to use for job searching (indeed and simplyhired) and which sites to avoid (careerbuilder and monster).
I'm searching for places to volunteer. (A guy stopped by our house last night and works with a non-profit who teach art to kids. God, was that you?)

This process is difficult and draining. It is hard not to feel like every rejection is personal; it hits your self-esteem and can make you feel worthless. How do you not feel desperate when you have no income and bills to pay? I'm learning that rejection from jobs is God protecting me and guiding me to just the right position. I am confident that God will provide for me. I only wish He would reveal His plan to me, but then again, that's what trust is for.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wild Thursday: Thai Pasta

I've been meaning to do this for awhile, but my good intentions got away from me. My sister suggested I start tonight. "Start what?" you ask. Start my new blog feature. For now I'm calling it Wild Thursday. This will be a feature of either a recipe or a Wiltree product or both. Tonight is both. For dinner tonight Ashlee really wanted to go out and my mom didn't want to cook so I offered to make Thai pasta using Wildtree's Thai Sesame Sun Butter Sauce (Wildtree Product Number 10738). This meal took less than 10 minutes to make!

I chopped up a bunch of veggies while I boiled spaghetti noodles. Once the noodles were cooked I rinsed them in cold water and mixed them with the vegetables. I then poured about 1/2 cup (maybe more) of the Thai Sesame Sun Butter Sauce over it and mixed it together. Voila! A delicious, healthy and easy meal in under 10 minutes!

2 small zucchini
onion
1 head of broccoli
1 red pepper



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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

jobs.jobs.jobs.

I have endlessly been looking for the right job. You may remember one of my goals for the month is to apply to 10 jobs a week. That is SO not happening and I'm getting very discouraged. I find jobs that are career specific or don't pay enough or that I'm over qualified for. I've been searching online a lot: craigslist, simply hired, the department of labor, career builder, etc.

I wanted to lighten the mood and share with you twenty jobs that I DID NOT apply for today. I don't think they need any explanation.

1. Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor
2. Neurological Occupational Therapist
3. Security Guard
4. Dog and Cat Stylist
5. Karate Instructor
6. Taxi Cab Driver
7. Floral Designer
8. Meat and Seafood Manager
9. Taco Bell Restaurant General Manager
10. Middle School Vice Principal
11. Sprinkler Technician
12. Professional Tattoo Artist/Piercer
13. Hungry Neanderthal
14. Sous Chef
15. Easter Bunny
16. Country Bass Player
17. Wildland Fire Fighter
18. Asphalt Maintenance Laborer
19. RN
20. Dancer (not the ballerina kind if you catch my drift)


Here are five jobs that I DID apply for:
1. Office Assistant at a dermatologist
2. JCrew Sales Associate
3. Administrative Assistant at a law office
4. Pre-school teacher
5. Medical Receptionist

I'm saying lots of prayers that I will find just the right position. I know that I could work at the fire center again from May-November if I needed to, but I don't think I could physically or emotionally handle it. I need a real job that will move me forward.

Do you have any tips or tricks for job searching?

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

two's closet

Hi sweet friends! My sister and I have cleaned out our closets and want you to benefit from it, so we created a Big Cartel site. We'll be updating it as items sell out. Click here to see what we have.

hair inspiration and tutorials

I have seen so many great hair tutorials lately and I've been saving them all over the place. I decided to combine them all and share with you. I want to try every one! Click the links to go to the original pages for instructions!

Maiden Braids from crafty Elsie

Cascade Braid by Sarah Lockhart

Milkmaid Braids by lovely Danielle

Top Bun by sweet Sydney

Messy Side Ponytail featured on A Cup of Jo

Three Twisted Buns featured on A Cup of Jo

Holiday Hair featured on A Cup of Jo

Monday, March 7, 2011

What To Say When The Ducks Show Up

I, FOR ONE, am going to know what to say when the ducks show up. I've made a list of phrases, and although I don't know which one to use yet, they are all good enough in case they showed up tomorrow. Many people won't know what to say when the ducks show up, but I will. Maybe I'll say, "Oh ducks, oh ducks, oh ducks," or just "ducks wonderful ducks!" I practice these sayings every day, and even though the ducks haven't come yet, when they do, I'll know what to say.

Excerpt from Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

30x30 remix recap

Hello friends! I am officially finished with my first 30x30 remix challenge! To see my first 15 outits click here. Below are my last 15 outfits. (Click the photo to enlarge.)


This morning my mom asked me if I was done with the challenge and if I was glad that I did it. I said yes to both. From this challenge I have learned the following.

1. I feel better, prettier and more confident when I like my outfit.

2. Taking the extra time to plan an outfit is worth it.

3. My wardrobe is full of endless possibilities.

4. Don't be afraid to take risks with your clothes. Mix and match things you wouldn't normally.

5. You don't need to spend lots of money to look good. Use what you have.

6. Style is something YOU create.

I know many ladies are excited to start shopping again. One of the rules of this challenge is that you cannot purchase new clothes during the 30 days. I on the other hand am still on shopping probation. Being unemployed is really taking a toll on the small savings account I have. I would absolutely love to go shopping for spring! When I was in Target yesterday I about died over all the cute clothes. Instead of dropping money I don't have, I will be taking the lessons I learned through this challenge and applying them with the clothes I have. I am excited for the possibilities and hope that I will be able to look at my wardrobe with new eyes.

So here is to all the ladies that completed this challenge! Congratulations!

*EDIT*
I have been asked why I choose the 30 items that I did and how they worked for me.

Four pants: Jeans are a staple in my wardrobe, so I chose my favorite 3 pairs. If I'm not wearing jeans, you'll probably find me in leggings.

Two skirts: I don't wear many skirts, but wanted to challenge myself to incorporate them in more outfits.

One blazer: The blazer was actually included last minute; I believe I swapped out a flannel shirt for it.

Four cardigans: I am obsessed with cardigans so I tried to pick a wide variety. I knew I especially had to include the green one because I would be lost without it.

Four dresses: The dresses I picked are ones that I have had a difficult time remixing in the past. I typically wear them one way every time and figured I needed to mix them up a bit.

Two sweaters: The green sweater I included because I hadn't worn it in months; the striped one was added because it is relatively new and I wanted to explore new ways of wearing it.

Nine tops: The tops were sort of random picks. I wear vneck tees like they are going out of style. I probably own six or more. So the gray tshirt was a must. The vintage top I had only worn once before and I figured it was important to find different ways to wear it. I included three button up tops because I like the versatility of dressing them up or down.

Five shoes: I tried to pick a wide variety of shoes that would cover most occassions. From super casual with the Converse to more dressy with the Jessica Simpson platforms.

Overall, I was really happy with the choices that I made for my first 30x30 remix challenge. I feel like I had a wide variety of options, it was just a matter of remixing what I chose.

Friday, March 4, 2011

walk me down your broken line

Last night's show was amazing! I mentioned yesterday that Ashlee and I were going to see Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers and Laura Jansen perform at the Knitting Factory. We arrived right before the doors opened and got a spot front and center. Besides the few obnoxious people who think it's cool to be jerks and talk through performances and get trashed, it was a great show!

Laura was adorable! I just love her music! Her album comes out March 22nd! This was our second time seeing Cary and he was better than last time! And then there is Joshua. :::swoon::: He was wonderful! It was so great seeing him perform.

After the show we hung around hoping to meet Joshua, with no luck, but we did run into a friend and we got to meet Cary and Laura. We learned that they are engaged and today is Laura's birthday! They are such sweet people. I think it is so wonderful when artists take time to meet and get to know their fans. I appreciated hearing Laura's story about going from waitressing three years ago to persuing her dream and making music. Below are two of her music videos.


Joshua Radin



Most kind of stories
Save the best part for last
And most stories have a hero who finds
You make your past your past


Cary Brothers, Me, Ashlee


Ashlee, Laura Jansen, Me




day thirty: you're the sweet to my mean

It is time to celebrate! I successfully completed my first 30x30 remix challenge! Hopefully, I'll have time this afternoon and evening to put together a wrap up post to share with you. For now, here is my final outfit. I have some sweet little guests in a couple of the pictures. My cats, Archibald and Blizzard, decided to join me!

Okay, I'm off to shred (day 4!), make some phone calls, send some emails and hopefully write a couple blog posts to share.

Happy Friday!

Oh, I almost forgot! My family got tickets to see Wicked in May! It will be my second time seeing it; the first time I almost cried when it started. Needless to say, I am SO excited! My family better be prepared to me listening to the soundtrack full blast for the next couple months!





Dress as a Top: FCUK
Belt: Forever 21
Jeans: dVb
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Mo' Funk Designs

Thursday, March 3, 2011

day twenty nine: i'd rather be with you

I am excited for two reasons today. First, tomorrow is the last day of the 30x30 remix challenge. Second, tonight I get to see Laura Jansen, Cary Brothers and Joshua Radin perform! I have been looking forward to this night for months! I adore Joshua Radin! Ashlee, Jessica and I were able to see Cary Brothers perform last November, when he opened for Sara Bareilles, so it will be fun seeing him again. I'll be sure to tell you how it is when I share my last outfit tomorrow. Also, I'm thinking about doing a little about me post for my new readers. Do you have any questions about me that you'd like me to answer?



Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Forever 21
Leggings: Papaya
Boots: Forever 21
Necklace: American Eagle (gift)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

day twenty eight: we need someone to deliver our silver lining now

Before the 30x30 remix challenge I only wore this dress one way. I never would have thought to pair it with the sweater. I'm anxious to see how else I can wear it once this challenge is over. Only two days left! I think I'll be overloaded once I'm able to utilize the rest of my closet. I'll have endless options!



Dress: Tucker for Target
Sweater: Forever 21
Tights: Target
Boots: Steve Madden
Necklace: Premier Jewlery

Brett Manning

I found Brett's work on Elisabeth's blog. His detail and texture is amazing.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

day twenty seven: i know that i'm not easy to handle

So today was a remix within a remix. My outfit started out how you see in the first two pictures. Right after my pictures were taken my mom told my sister and I that she'd treat us to lunch if we went with her to get groceries (which we all hate to do). I figured my platforms weren't exactly practical for grocery shopping, so I opted to pull up my hair, grab my boots and borrow my sister's faux leather jacket. I like how it progressed. What do you think?



Dress a Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Necklace: Premier Jewlery
Head scarf: from Forever 21 dress



Jacket: Forever 21
Boots: Steve Madden