Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 things to do before I'm 30

So, I have just under 2.5 years until I turn 30.  So I decided to come up with a few (30) goals of things to do before I'm 30 years old.  I can't guarantee I can get them all done, but without writing them down I have no chance!  So here they are, some are bigger things and some are smaller...and they are in no particular order really.  :)

I actually started this list back in April after my birthday...and only could come up with 5 or items.  So now it's November and I still can't complete the list...but it's getting there.  I will just add as I think of things.  :)  And if you have any ideas, you should let me know!

1.  Visit Washington DC for the first time.  Completed May 2011.
2.  Climb a 14er.
3.  Do karaoke.
4.  Visit Disney World while living in NC.  (It's only about 8 hours away!)
5.  Regularly go to Farmer's Markets for produce.
6.  Take a cooking class.
7.  Run a half marathon.  (Or at least complete it.)
8.  Make Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, either on Thanksgiving or another day.
9.  Sell a piece of artwork.  Several times on Etsy, in person, etc.
10.  Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  (My sister gave them to me a few years ago and I still haven't actually seen them...with the except of falling asleep my sophomore year of college during the first movie.  So I think it's time to actually see what they are all about!:)
11.  Take a dance class with the hubs.  (We took a tango class when we were dating and had a blast!  Love to do it again!)
12.  Take an Anniversary trip, probably to the mountains.  Beach mini vacay, June 2012
13.  Go climbing outdoors.
14.  Hike in the mountains of NC.   April 14, 2012 Grandfather Mountain NC
15.  Walk/run/swim 3-5 times a week.
16.  Run a 5 k.
17.  Run a 10k.
18.  Sing with a band.
19.  Go to more Durham Bulls games.  (lots last summer, already 2 this summer with 2 more that we have tix to!)
20.  Learn more about the game of baseball.  Still learning but I know more now that i have before.
21.  Blog everyday for a month.  Pic blogs without words ok.
22.  Visit Wilmington's downtown. June 2012.
23.  Visit Asheville.
24.  Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (especially to see viaduct) April 2012
25.  Visit Mapleview Creamery, and eat ice cream on their porch.
26.  Watch Bull Durham.
27.  Start learning to play the Violin.
28.  Play more guitar with hubs. :)
29.  Start and hopefully finish my Scotland Scrapbook.
30.  Take on more voice students and become member of Nats.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our pumpkin

We still carve a pumpkin or two every year (even though we don't have kids) because it's fun and we both love the roasted seeds.  Plus I guess we are honing our skills as pumpkin carvers. ;)  (jk)  Anyway, since we did a musically themed pumpkin last year, I thought we should do a nerd science/math themed one this year.  Here it is...
Plus it's a real Pumpkin Pi!  :)  LOL

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 days of thanks

As you are aware, it's already November!  How can that really be?!?  I don't know...but alas 'tis true.  Since it is the month of Thanksgiving, I am going to verbalize to my hubby and friends on facebook one thing each day for which I am thankful.  I am thankful for so many things in my life, and I want highlight and pray about a different one each day this month.  But I also want to give God the glory and praise for each of these things, because I am thankful to Him for all He has blessed me with.

So, then I can come into this time of year with a thankful heart!  It wasn't originally my idea though.  So don't give me the credit, I've seen several people do this type of thing on facebook over the years.  If you'd like to join in either by blogging about it or putting up statuses feel free!  Spread the thankful heart!

Reminds me of one of my all time favorite songs...Give thanks...

"Give thanks with a grateful heart.  Give thanks unto the holy one.  Give thanks, because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son...And now, let the weak say "I am strong", let the poor say "I am rich" because of what the Lord has done for us.  Give Thanks."

BTW I will try to update this post daily this month ...


Day 1:  My best friend and hubby J.
Day 2:  My job.
Day 3:  Thankful for a place to call home, with virtually every convenience possible.
Day 4:  Thankful for 2 reliable vehicles.
Day 5:  Thankful for sunny days.  (Especially after a bunch of gloomy ones...and the sunny ones remind me of Colorado which makes me happy!:)
Day 6:  Thankful to live in America.
Day 7:  Thankful for law enforcement officers.  It's such a dangerous job, and I'm so glad they do it!
Day 8:  Thankful for firefighters.  The ones who willingly run into burning buildings to save lives.
Day 9:  Thankful for Paramedics, EMTs and 911 dispatch. 
Day 10:  Thankful for the CIA, FBI and state BIs. 
Day 11:  Thankful for Veterans, Soldiers and their families. 
Day 12:  Thankful I always have enough food to eat. 
Day 13:  Thankful for our Church and the great fellowship we have there every Sunday! 
Day 14:  Thankful for Jesse's job. Also thankful he gets to do what he loves. :) 
Day 15:  Thankful to have plenty of clothes and warm coats. 
Day 16:  Thankful for music. :) Don't honestly know what my life would be like without it!
Day 17:  Thankful for rain.
Day 18:  Thankful for great friends.
Day 19:  Thankful for my Grandparents and all of my extended family.
Day 20:  Thankful for my in-laws.
Day 21:  Thankful for all of my beautiful and sweet Nieces and Nephews.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It was an accident

I don't know if you all heard (I know my Mom and Dad know because they were visiting me when it happened) but I was in an accident on Monday evening.  I could go on to explain what happened but it really doesn't matter much how or what happened.  Because at the end of the day, it just doesn't matter.

I rear-ended a car (and obviously didn't mean to) and even though it was at super low speed it did a little bit of damage to the other car and quite a bit to mine.  I'm fine and so was the other person involved. (Thankfully!) We called the Police about it and no one was issued a citation--which was a blessing.

But I got the estimate of damage to my car, and it'll be at least $1300 to repair it...and....it could be more because once they open the hood they'll know more...  Anyway, I just feel so stupid and like such an awful driver now. It's just embarrassing. You know what I mean?  I obey the laws.  I always wear my seatbelt.  I am alert and attentive when driving.  I am a defensive driver.  I do my best not to speed, although sometimes I do go 5 over the speed limit.  I do my best to be the best driver I can be.  And, well, I failed.  I just wish that I could go back and change that mere second that it took to cause all that damage.  I mean, who wants to ride around in a vehicle with someone who just rear-ended someone else?  I don't even want to...but I don't have a choice because it's me. :(

I just wish I could wish it all away.  But alas, this is real life not a storybook and I have to deal with the consequences of my actions.  And no matter how "good" or careful of a driver I usually am...accidents happen.  And I caused one.  I should just be more thankful for the fact that I didn't injure anyone or hurt myself.  And I should also be thankful for the fact that my husband and I have pretty great insurance and will only have to pay a small deductible for all those repair bills for my car.

Although, I was informed but the insurance estimator that {pretty much guarenteed} my rates will go up because of the cost of the repairs (for both vehiciles) and because it was an "at fault" accident even though I didn't get a ticket......  So I suppose I will be paying for it for the rest of my life really...

I just need to make sure I take this experience and have it make me a better driver.

I'm so glad that I don't have to worry about measuring up for eternity.  Because obviously I would fail every time.  I can't even have a perfect driving record, let alone a perfect life.  Jesus did it all, for it is all to Him I owe.  For sin had left a crimson stain, and He washed it white as snow...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A visit with the newest member of our family

We've had a great (and quite busy) week!  Last Saturday we drove up to KY to visit my sis (and her fam) to see her newest addition!  A was just as precious as the baby we'd seen in the photos and such a joy to hold.  It was so nice to see my sister and her -now- family of 5!  My parents were also visiting, so it was nice to catch up with them as well!

One of my favorite things about newborns is their sweet little hands and feet.  Here's a snapshot of A's little feet. Love em.  She's really just the most beautiful baby I've ever seen--although I suppose I may be a little biased since she's related...but seriously, she's precious!  Congrats again to D &J!  And thanks again for letting us visit and share time with your family!!

J had to drive back down to NC on Monday for work, but I got to stay until Wednesday which was nice.  My parents were kind enough to bring me back to NC and also stay for a visit!  J flew out to give a seminar at a College in the middle of the week.  Then the four of us (J, my parents and I) went down to the Southport/Oak Island area of NC for the weekend and had a nice time too.....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We're an Aunt and Uncle again!!!

My sister (in KY) had her baby this afternoon!  She gave birth to a beautiful, sweet little girl who made her grand entrance 6 days late.  We're SO glad she's here!!!  And I, especially can't wait to hold her!!  Congrats D & J!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

So much to be thankful for...

I have so much I want to write here, but somehow it's already 11:09pm here and I am tired and at a loss for words.  (And great at run-on sentences tonight too...:)

So, I will let my words be few.  Here are a few pics from our trip (yes, another one) to the Duke Gardens yesterday after Church for a picnic!  We ran into my husband's sister's husband's best man from their wedding  (who lives in NC as well) at the Gardens too, which was nice to see him and his family.


Oh and I almost forgot to mention that they were giving away free tadpoles at the garden shop at Duke gardens.  So we brought home a couple.  I will post pics of their cute little set up soon.  :)

We thankfully didn't receive any damage or power outages from Hurricane Irene that ripped up the East Coast a couple days ago.  I have however made a shop on Cafepress with some items saying "I survived....an Earthquake and Hurricane in the same week."  I am donating some of the proceeds of the "I survived..." items directly to Hurricane victims.  So check out our shop here:  http://www.cafepress.com/J2Journey


On to the pics...

Sunbathing turtles. :)

Oh Day Lilies how I love thee.

So pretty...and random...and reminds me of fireworks and the 4th of July. :)

Anyone know what type of flower this is?  Sure is purdy...but funny how it hangs....

Monday, August 8, 2011

PTL

A lot has happened in the last week...so here's some of what happened...

 Last Tuesday I found out that the store I work at is going to be having a lot of good changes happening, and some already have!  When they sat us down for the meeting I got a little nervous that we might be losing our jobs or something...but as it turns out it's all great news for our store and the future of it!!  :)  PTL!

Then on Friday J finished his fellowship proposal and turned it in, even though it wasn't due until today.  They make these grants/fellowships pretty hard to apply for, but it was no match for my hubby.  He read every last word and detail and got it (and all the necessary info including letter of rec, etc.) together ahead of the deadline, which is apparently unheard of.  So kudos to him!  :)  If J gets this fellowship/grant it would mean that we would be here for another 3 years starting in April.  And getting this would also be a huge asset on his resume and would make it easier to be able to go back to CO when he's done with his Postdoc here. :)  PTL

And yesterday, I got to lead Worship, and also sing a solo, at our Church while the Worship Minister is on vacation.  It was such an honor to be able to lead Worship at Church.  I can hardly even put it into words.  I've never led a whole congregation all by myself before, and it was just an awesome way to be able to lift our voices to the Lord.  I sang Starry Night (by Chris August) as the solo and just love the lyrics.  Here are some below:

I'm giving my life to the only one who makes the moon reflect the sun, every starry night, that was His design.
I'm giving my life to the only son who was and is and is to come, so let the praises ring, cause He's everything.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Climbing and birds

You know, about two years (or maybe three) ago we joined a local gym.  We had to do a membership for a year, and the reason we chose the gym we did was because we could do a rock climbing package with it.  They had an extensive rock climbing wall equipped for lead rope climbing, top rope climbing and even lots of bouldering options.  We loved that gym and the membership...except not the cost so much.  So after that year was up we moved on without renewing it.

I don't think it was until last night that we realized just how much we missed that though.  Not the expense or the gym itself, but the quality time we'd get together working out and also climbing.  So, when I found a climbing gym in the area (there are actually quite a few in the area) we decided to try it out.  After I got off work last night we went over and did some climbing.  The place we went was good sized with lots of options for all those types of climbing.  We just did bouldering last night though, but had a blast!  Although...I did rip some skin (luckily not enough to bleed or anything) off my hand and both of us are sore today.  Totally worth it though!  Can't wait to go back!  :)

So, it turns out even though it's been ridiculously hot all week with extreme heat warnings everyday, we wanted to do another picnic lunch today after Church.  So, since last week was so pleasant at Duke gardens we ventured back.  I think we both had sorta forgotten that it was only about 85 last week when we were there...and it was around 100 or so today...but we did it.

We had a nice picnic lunch in the shade, by the lake again.  :)  We sort of melted...but it was totally worth it!  We got to see ducks, a swan and a cardinal!!!  We've seen plenty of cardinals since we moved here, but never close enough (or long enough) to be able to actually photograph one!!!!  So, this was a super exciting part of our little {HOT!} outing!  :)  I also got some pretty sweet pics of other stuff...check them out!  :)  Happy Sunday!

Black-necked Swan

Black-necked Swan again.  Pretty huh?

Muscovy Duck preening...

Close up of muscovy duck face.

Muscovy duck foot.  Crazy claws huh?



Muscovy duck swimming.  Don't they look a little silly when they swim?

Cardy the Cardinal!  :)

These were so interesting that I had to search to find what they were.  They are Sacred lotus or just lotus.  Here's a link... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelumbo_nucifera So interesting...
Maybe my favorite flower now....So textured....so pink and pretty in pink. :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

We love picnics!

As you probably already know, we love picnics!  :)  So, today after Church we took a picnic lunch over to the Duke Gardens.  We hadn't visited in July yet, so it was fun to see what was in bloom.  (Although it's always just beautiful there anyways...I love that place! :)  

They are {apparently} doing some construction in the gardens, so we were unable to walk done the main path (as you can tell from the photo) but they did have a temporary path next to it to go down.  
My favorite trees are in bloom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 A view of the terraced garden.  Notice anything different or off in the pic?!?
 A better view of the terraces.  You can still see what I was talking about in the above photo.  It's the pots of plants in the pond!  LOL  I thought they were funny....because in the other ponds the lily pads just grow in the ground...not in pots...  :)
 And I had some fun with my {still rather new} camera!  :)  Proof that you don't need a DSLR to get pics like this!  (I still want one, and am currently accepting donations though!)
 We saw some flutterbys...
 Some of my favorite flowers...  I didn't realize they sometimes hang upside down...
 More of my fav flowers.  Too bad the path went along their backside though.  Oh well, I hadn't really seen them from this angle before.  :)
 We saw some little frogs that made silly noises like rubber band guitars.
 And we even saw some tadpoles (that I couldn't get a pic of because they were too deep) and some tadpoles like this (pic below) undergoing metamorphosis.  Cool huh?!?!?!
We had a great picnic and time exploring more of the gardens and its creatures!!  :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A trip to the mall

Today was my day off and I had a few errands to run.  While I was out and about I decided to stop at the mall and look for a few things I have been needing/wanting.  (Need: more shirts and another pair of comfy shoes for work.  Want: a new tankini top)  So, I went to a few stores and tried on a few tankini tops without much luck.  I'd like the style and they wouldn't have my size, or vice versa....  I didn't manage to find any good deals on shirts or shoes for work at all though.  But at my last stop (JCPenney's) I found more options there than anywhere else for swimwear.  Plus they had the best deals!  So, I got a tankini top like this:  
I think my favorite part is that it can go with my black or coral skirted bottoms!  Well, that and the fact that I think it's cute!  Plus, it's a Liz Claiborne and originally like $50 and I got it for like $15!  That's Wally world prices for a brand name suit!!  :)

I also had a first today.  I ate lunch out by myself.  I have heard that it's something you're supposed to do at least once before you die.  And I never had...because it's kind of scary...  But today I ate lunch at the mall by myself.  I didn't exactly mean to do it either.  I just kind of got carried away runnign errands and shopping and before I knew it, it was 1pm and I was starving...and at the mall....and still not done looking around.  So, I did it.

I purchased some yummy pizza and a drink.

And sat down.

And ate.

And people watched.

And ate some more.

And before I knew it, I was done and ready for more shopping.  :)  The only think I regret is that I could have gotten Dippin' Dots (because I was shopping at Southspoint mall for once!) as a snack instead of eating lunch then...but didn't think of it until I'd already sat down with my pizza....  :(  Oh well, there is always next time!  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Great deals!

So, we recently visited A Southern Season for some shopping because it's their big inventory sale.  This year's theme is "the greatest sale on earth" and wow, it's great!  Everything in the entire store is on sale!  I think things are like 10-90% off too!  So there are really some great deals!  :) I found a few things that I couldn't seem to live without.
  
Like these adorable retro lanterns.  They had been $11 each originally but I got them for $2.75 each.  I just need to find a great spot for them.  I am thinking somewhere inside for most of the time and then we can take them outside if we're hanging out, out there.  :)
And we found this bottle sleeve by Built.  It was 1/2 price!  We'd been thinking of getting at least one of these (or something like it) because it'd some in handy for our stainless steel water bottles on hikes and stuff.  So, when I saw this half price we just had to get it!  Can't wait to get a chance to use it.  :)

Everything is going well here on our end.  J is busy as usual and still enjoying his research, and I'm still enjoying my --not so new anymore-- job!  Today, we're also reminded of how thankful we are for our Church home here in NC! :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A day trip to the beach!

You know, one of the coolest (and I mean coolest!) things about living in North Carolina, and specifically the Research Triangle, is that it's within a few hours of the beach.  And by beach, I mean the real kind of beaches -- the ocean beaches!!!!!!!  :)  So yeah.  It's pretty sweet.  So when I had to work almost the entire Holiday weekend of the 4th, it was handy that we live SO close to the beach, because we could just go there for a day! :)

We left around 6:30 in the morning on Sunday July 3rd and headed out to the Wilmington area of NC.  There are several beaches in that area and we found that Kure Beach is our personal fave!  (and one of the least busy!!:)  We had a great time at the beach and at lunch in a forested area of Pleasure Island (where Carolina, Kure and Fort Fisher beaches are all located).  Hope y'all had a great 4th too!  Here are some pics of our time at the beach!  :)

Our lunch spot at Carolina Beach State Park.

A boardwalk up to Kure Beach.
J placing our umbrella in the ground.


First dip.  The water was super warm and delightful!  :)

A little blurry...but it still shows some really tiny seashells kinda.

Does this ring any bells for anyone??!!??!!  Yep, it's the kite that J used to propose to me 4 years ago! :)  So naturally, we had to take it (and fly it) on our day at the beach! :)

Panoramic view from our spot on the beach.  Not too crowded.  And there was a pier pretty close that sold ice cream cones.  So, we got some cones later in the afternoon to help us cool off!  :)  

Pretty sand.  Pretty ocean.  Random people. Birdie flying. And a lifeguard. :)

Sea Oats.  You know, these are endangered.  I just found that out before we left...

We parked off of J Ave.   Quite fitting huh?  :)
 We had a great time and barely got sunburned!  :) We headed home around 6:30pm and rolled in about 10pm--but it wouldn't have taken that long had we not stopped for gas once and also some grub at Cook-Out.  :)  Overall, it's about a 2.75 hr. drive to Kure Beach from the Research Triangle and totally worth it.  I hope the word doesn't get out too much though...I like the fact that it wasn't too crowded!  :)

So, even though we couldn't spend the 4th with our family we had a nice time at the beach, and celebrated the birth of our Nation with some sparklers after we got home too!  :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

It's my sweet parents' 38th Wedding Anniversary today!!!!  I hope you two have a great day and another great year!  Thanks for being a great example of commitment, loyalty, love and respect!  We love you!!!  :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Don't Blink.

You know that song titled "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney?  Well, it's a good one.  It talks about how life is short, and if you blink you might miss something.  It's a sweet song, and so very true.  I'm not saying that we should go through our lives wide-eyed and ridiculous, but we should savor all the moments we have with family and friends.

Today I got off work about 35 minutes late, which was no big deal because I was happy to stay a little late to help out some co-workers.  I was super excited to get to the car sit down and have my quick 15 minute drive home and get to spend the evening with my hubby.  (Things I take for granted way too much.)

As I pulled out of the parking lot of my work I noticed there was a lot traffic.  I didn't think much of it though because it's almost a holiday weekend and it was also basically still rush hour.  To make a long story short, it took me 50 minutes to get home tonight.  5.0. instead of my usual 15. I was a little annoyed when I got home to say the least.  I hadn't run into road work, crazy accidents or anything along the way and I just couldn't fathom what the deal was...except for the fact that it was super congested and it was the volume of cars on the road that made it take SO long to get home.  I did get home safely though, and I hugged my hubs and proceeded to fix dinner, etc....you know go on as normal.

Then,  I was on my computer looking up firework displays for the 4th and saw a headline about a major accident that happened on an interstate in the research triangle this evening.  It turns out that's why the roads I was on were SO busy...and crowded...it's because they'd been routed off the interstate and onto other roads.  I guess the accident really was bad.  At least three vehicles, and one semi truck were involved.  At least three people were killed and I think more were injured.

I read that and my heart just sank.  There I had been, so frustrated with traffic and why it took me so long to get home, and there were three people who had just been killed on a road that close....  Who knows, if I had left work when I was supposed to, it could have been me in that wreck.  Or, I could have been stuck in traffic for even longer.  Or, I could have never found out about it and just gone on with my life as usual.

It's so easy to just forget about the fact that life is short, and can be over in just a matter of minutes.  I need to remember to be thankful for everything (and of course everyone) in my life in the here and now, instead of later.  Because who knows, later may never come.  I'm not trying to be depressing...just realistic.  So, I hope you my family and friends know that I love you!  Especially you my sweet, handsome, loving, caring, thoughtful and brilliant hubby of mine!  :)

Sorry if this is a little disjointed...I'm tired...and worn out...emotionally, physically and all.  It's sure been a day!  But I will still rejoice in the Lord, and I am still thankful for this day the Lord has made.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Perfect Chocolate Bar for my hubs

I found (and subsequently purchased) the perfect chocolate bar for J today at my work.  (Found it by accident because it was in the wrong spot...)

It's called Chocolove, comeplete with a Love Poem inside, and it actually has chiles in the chocolate bar.  Oh and it was made in Boulder, CO.

I suppose it goes to show it really is a small world afterall, huh?  :)

Just gave it to him, and he likes it!  :)

We went berry picking again this morning, and of course had a great time!  We got about twice as many blueberries as last time, and as many blackberries.  I already froze a few cups of blueberries just to make sure they don't spoil before we can use them!  :)  We're loving our (apparently) new Saturday morning date time.  :)  I'm also pretty impressed that we're able to get up early enough to show and be ready for the day and get somewhere by 7am!  :)  I suppose that's kind of like how it was never that hard to get up super early to get ready to spend the day skiing....but it was hard to get up to go to school, etc.....  Know what I mean?  Anyway, we're having another berry nice weekend here, hope you are too!  ;)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

We had a berry nice weekend.

Here are a few pics from our adventure berry picking over the weekend! We got lots of blueberries and some blackberries, and we'll definitely have to go back for more soon!  We had a great time, and have enjoyed the raw and cooked fruits of our labor!  ;)

Two words: Blueberry Muffins!  :)  Hope y'all are doing well!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Caution ...

Ok, maybe it's because my father and grandfather are Civil Engineers.  Or maybe because I grew up with a father and grandfather who both worked for a certain government agency who was in charge of building and maintaining highways...  Or maybe it's because I had an Engineering Internship with that same govt agency for a couple of summers.  But I get really offended whenever people take Road Construction for granted.  (ie:  get really mad about delays, etc...)  So here's a little rant I have to have on here because another one of our 'friends' on Facebook just posted a status about it, and it read:  "2 lane closures on I25 just for 4 workers and a Bobcat. That and stupid drivers = I'm done driving I25 through Denver. Also last time it took 3 hours to get from den to ft Collins."  

To this person it's all just one big inconvenience.  He doesn't seem to understand how dangerous it is to work Road Construction or to be on the side of the interstate, etc.  So, why should I ever get bothered by his comment?  I don't know...I just do because people just don't get it.  They'd rather complain about something they know SO little about, than just learn more about it.

Isn't it weird that people get so frustrated with road construction delays, instead of being thankful for the people out there risking their lives to make your drive safer, faster and easier?!?!  Plus it only happens a few months out of the year.

Give them a brake people--and quite complaining--because would you really want to be the one out there doing it?!?!?!?!!  I didn't think so.

Or would you rather have dirt roads to drive on?  With holes and crazy washboards?  No, I didn't think so either.

So, please, instead of getting so mad and frustrated when you are stopped for those few short minutes on the highway (or in town) just take it as a moment to relax and smell the roses--err asphalt.  k?  Because, in the end it's going to make your life easier, even if it takes a few minutes from your day now.

Plus, since you already know it's road construction season, just leave a few minutes earlier in the morning and you won't have to worry about possibly being late for wherever you're going.  That place that you think is so much more important than the lives of the people making that road better for you.  Then maybe there won't be so many death of flaggers and road construction workers--if we all just pay attention and have some patience for the work they are doing for US!   :)  (Whether you believe it or not, they are helping us out...and they are some of us for the record too.)

Ok, I'm done ranting.  :)  Feels good to have gotten that out!  Have a great day!  And please be thankful for those risking their lives to make you get somewhere faster and safer!  :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Teenagers

So, today J and I got mistaken for teenagers.  Not, sort of mistaken either, but completely, literally mistaken for a couple of teens.  Funny huh?  Since we just recently turned 30 and 27.  I'm going to totally take it as a compliment though.  What else could I do?  So what if we look young.  It's probably because we are young!  :)

I'll give you some back story though too.  This afternoon we watched one of our good friends' child.  You may remember me mentioning them before, like in this post.  They have two kiddos, a girl and boy and the little lady had her dance recital this afternoon.  So, we watched the little man, so the parents and grandparents could all go to and enjoy the recital.  We got to their house around 3, and a couple of them were just out the door with the dancer to get her prepped.  We briefly met some (well, 3 of the 4) grandparents and said goodbyes.

We had a great time watching the little man.  We played with toys, played some Dr. Seuss inspired game, spent a little (would have been more but J and I were melting...) time playing outside and started working on a dinosaur puzzle model we brought for each kiddo.  Then, everyone got home.  The little dancer was glowing, as were her very proud parents and grandparents.

Then we all chatted a bit, and we were informed that we'd been mistaken for teens.  Then when we revealed our real ages, the grandma seemed surprised and in -somewhat- disbelief, that we were actually as old as that.  So, that's funny.  And made my day....and week....and month...so far at least! :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Eno River State Park

Well, we had another great weekend!  We went for a hike, with a picnic, after Church at Eno River State Park.  We'd never been there before but had heard great things about it, so we made the little trek up there to visit.  It certainly didn't disappoint either.  It's beautiful, peaceful and it's free.  (Which is always great right?)  And they have some sweet views, vegetation and campsites.  So, I'm pretty sure we'll be back quite soon!  :) Oh, and we finally just saw "The King's Speech" this weekend and loved it!  (Gotta love Redbox!)

Here are some pics from our trip...we've also been learning more about cicadas, their lives, cycles, etc...so I'll share some of that here too!  :)

A cicada.  More specifically a cicada that is part of "The Great Southern Brood", that only emerge every 13 years.  This one was a rather small one.  For the record they really still look a lot like a deformed and really large house fly to me...

A very large (GIANT!) daddy long legs...

Daisies.  Aren't they just the friendliest flowers?  I love 'em! :)

Just one of the many campsites.  They do cost about $15 a night, but just look at the nice tent pad along with bench and fire pit?

Pretty huh?  So jungle like....even equipped with vines.....for Tarzan....

There he is!!  We saw Tarzan!  He looked rather civilized though...  ;)

What's left after the cicadas molt.

Do you see what I see?

In the jungle...the mighty jungle...  Our first glimpse of the Eno River.  Beauty at it's best!  :)

'Nother trail flower.

AH!  Road block....we just climbed through though.  :)

Ok, here's some more pics of cicadas....I'll explain below.  :)
See the top left pic where there are a lot of holes in the ground?  Those are from the cicadas.  They just dug out from being underground (anywhere from 1' to 8' underground) for 13 years.  Once they reach the surface they find a tree and molt, leaving their old skin behind.  (As seen in the pic in the top right.)  Then they emerge with rather beautiful bodies and transparent wings like the pic in the lower left.  They can fly, sort of walk and most distinctly make quite a loud song as their mating call.

They fly around, sing their song and mate for only about one month.  Then the males die, and the females dig holes in trees (see pic in lower right) to lay their fertilized eggs.  The females can lay a lot of eggs, and as soon as they are finished they die too.  Then the larvae fall from the trees and borrow down into the ground where they feed on tree sap for the next 13 years until the cycle is repeated.  Pretty interesting huh?  You can read more about them here on Wikipedia.

Ok, so what...I'm kind of a nerd...and had to learn all about cicadas.  Well, we'd been hearing about them from people at Church this year and about how loud this brood was....  So, when J and I decided to go for a hike in prime cicada territory, the nerd in me had to come out and get educated about the little large insects!  :)  So, then I felt compelled to share it with J on our walk...and subsequently share it with you on here.  So thanks for listening reading.  :)

Anyway, we had a great hike and time in this State Park!  I think we logged 4 or 5 miles, and just had a great time!  :)  I love getting to spend time with this great man God gave me.  :)  And we're so thankful for our troops, past and present, today and always.  Thank you for all you do to serve and protect us!  Happy Memorial Day!