Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturdays

I don't know about you, but I just love Saturdays.  Well, at least sometimes.  Today was one of those, well, today is one of those.  :)  We slept in a little, ate breakfast and got ready for the day.  Then, J got busy working on his various tasks around the home and that paper he's working on.  And I wrote and got other blog related things done.  All the while we've been listening, well more like jamming out to great country music.  :)  Like this new fave song of mine...


Cute huh?  Anyway, how you could you listen to that song and not have a great day?  I suppose it might also have to do with the fact that I've been writing out our love story lately too.  You may (or may not) have seen it on my cooking blog lately.  I'm going it in installations, or chapters and so far I've posted up to chapter 4.  It's a pretty great story, although I'm partial! ;)  Anyway, it's your choice whether you;d like to read it or not.  :)

Well, as for the rest of the day...we don't really have anything planned. Just getting some more stuff done that's work and home related and hanging out.  :)  Hope you all have a great day too!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What grad students say

You know how there used to be that program (and saying) "Kids say the darndest things"?  Well, that can be changed to grad students or even just people.  Anyway, I decided to start writing down some of the funny things that grad students at J's work say.

I will give a little background, as you already know J's doing a Post Doc here at a University in NC.  While he's in a pretty big department and all, they don't have separate offices for grad students, post docs and research staff.  So, that means that they just have all those people (I think about 16 of them) in one large office with cubicals that 4 people share.  Since everyone is in the same office though, J overhears a lot of interesting conversations.  (He doesn't hear those convos by choice, but he's a trooper, and some are just funny.)

Do you remember that baby shower that I went to a couple of weeks ago? Well, it was for one of the grad students at J's work.  So, naturally there were quite a few other {girl} grad students there too.  When one introduced the newest member of their group to me, she described my husband as "the one who only likes to talk about work at work."

And as if that isn't funny enough.  These same two girls were talking at work last week as they were walking through their office (you know, the big shared one).  As they walked by J, the same girls goes "he's the one who only likes to talk about work at work."  Of course J heard them.

I'd told J about what they said about him at the shower, and then when they said it again, it was just too funny.  I mean, they say that as if it's a bad thing.  Seriously?  That's what work is for.  Work.  But hey, if that's the reputation he has there, then that's a good thing!  He is a hard worker, and enjoys what he does!  :)

Ok, just thought it was funny what some people, or grad students, say!  :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

This journey of life

You know.  It's kind of funny.  When I created this blog and called it "The Journey of J2" I was thinking of a few things.  Mostly of the fact that we were about to move really far across the country...and even though that terrified me, it was exciting, and I wanted to kind of keep up an online journal of our lives.  You know, I guess it was just kind of on a whim that I came up with the name though.....  

Anyway, it struck me today just how perfect that title is.  This thing called life isn't a destination, it's a journey.  We start out as babies and grow up gradually making small steps before larger ones.  Then we learn to talk, write, drive and the list keeps going.  We go here and there, without even stopping to smell the roses sometimes.  We get so busy that sometimes we forget to be thankful to just have a day or weekend to relax and take a moment to be...thankful.  Thankful for our family.  Thankful for our country (we are SO blessed to live in!).  Thankful for our jobs, however big or small.  Thankful for our housing, etc.  And most importantly thankful for our lives that God has blessed us with.

So tonight, when I was thinking about what to share with you in this little update.  When I was thinking about the fact that we didn't really do much of anything this weekend.  My husband walked over to me and handed me a little note.  It had a sketch on one side depicting us roasting marshmallows on a campfire while camping in the mountains of Colorado.  Then on the other side it looked like a postcard.  It was short and sweet.  Straight to the point.  

"I love you so very much, and I'm so glad you're my wife, keeping me company in this journey of life."  

It brought tears to my eyes.  It was just so sweet.  So thoughtful.  So my sweet hubby's kind words, that I needed in that moment.  :)  I am so glad to be on this journey of life with you too!  Even though life isn't always perfect, I do know that we are perfectly where God wants us and He'll work out the rest of the details! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Decisions

I've  been faced with some questions lately and haven't really come to conclusions just yet....well totally at least.  I do know that I won't be going back for my Masters for a while at least.  I didn't realize that I'd have to take the GRE test for every single Graduate program I've been interested in.  So, that's where that is...  Which is just fine as far as I'm concerned.  I still don't know which program I'd like to do and which path would be best for me anyway.

So what is my dream job?  You may ask.  Well, my "dream job" is being a Mom.  I think education is definitely important and I'd love to be able to work at least some of the time once our kids  (who aren't in existence yet) are in school.  But for real, I think raising childrean is the most important job in the world.  I'd like to be a stay at home mom and raise kiddos.  So yep, that's what I want to do, and try to do it as well as I can.  :)

That may come as a shock to some of you...but that's where I am.  That's who God made me to be.  And also, not so coincidentally, that is something J wanted in a wife.  So.  There that is.  You may be wondering about the whole kid thing though, especially since that is my dream job.  Well, we are waiting on God's timing and hopefully that will coinside with our return to Colorado--so we're closer to fam.  :)

So, now that's out of the way, my other well quasi-dream job, would be to be a Photographer.  There are a couple of problems with that though.  1.  No Digital SLR (aka professional camera) and 2. Experience.  Although I don't have a DSLR I am trying to overcome the second problem by taking lots of pictures.  You probably already were aware of though.  :)  My skills are continuing to improve (even since we moved to NC) and I'm really becoming a photographer and loving it.  Now, I guess I just need to work on taking portraits and pics of people...and then well, hopefully, sometime soon we can afford a DSLR so I can really get that dream going!  :)  So, do I have any willing subjects?  ;)

The funny thing with all these decisions lately, is that we just started a new Bible Study in our Sunday School Class that's called "Decisions".  Do you think God's trying to tell me something?!  :)  The study goes through what the Bible says about decision making.   We can't wait to see what all we learn!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Shower, Movie and Explore

Well, we really enjoyed this long weekend around here.  We had a relaxing Saturday (still filled with work on Jesse's part tho.).  Then Sunday we went to Church, then I went to the baby shower I had mentioned before.  It was for a gal who J works with.  So, even though I was a little nervous to go {since I don't know the girls too well} it turned out being really fun! :)  Meanwhile, J worked away at a Starbucks down the road.  Aren't coffee shops great for that?!

Anyway, Sunday evening we used a gift card we'd gotten for Christmas (for the movies) to go to "Country Strong".  It was a really good movie.  A lot more serious and sobering than either of us expected, but it was really well done.  The only bad thing about it was the continuously talking teens a few rows behind us.  Nonetheless it was a great movie and a fun date!  :)

So then today rolls around, and we had some pretty great ideas of what to fill our time with.  Although our day didn't exactly turn out probably as we quasi planned, it was such a great day together, exploring more of North Carolina!  I think it turned out better than we could have expected in fact. :)   Here are some pics to show from our day...

 Driving to Pittsboro, NC.  I just love this pic for some reason... I suppose it's because it gives you a feel of where we live.  :)
 A view of Jordan Lake, while we are passing through it.  Well, I guess over it in all reality.  :)

While we were in Pittsboro there weren't too many shops open today since it was MLK Jr. Day, but the ones that we did find, were well worth it!  Like this one below...
 French Connections.  They have antiques, baskets, and fabric.  TONS of fabric.  The owner is French but from South Africa, so he specializes in French and African things.  It was sweet.  :)
 After we were through with Pittsboro we made our way up the 15-501 to Chapel Hill.  We found this a few miles North of Pittsboro.  It's called the Fearrington House Restaurant.  (Fair-ing-ton)  This is the only 5-star Restaurant to have been certified green, btw.  :)  The house itself is gorgeous and only open for dinner (T-S) and special occasions.  There is actually a whole Fearrington Village built up around the old House and farm, so it's quite the destination location.  I was joking with J that when we renew our vows, we'll have to do it there. It's just so pretty.  :)
 Some lovely cows on the Fearrington Farm.
Then our day was topped off with a trip to the store "A Southern Season".  It's an anchor at the Mall in Chapel Hill, and if you ever get the chance to go there, take it!  It's one a-m-a-z-i-n-g store!  They have everything you'd ever want in your kitchen and/or house there!  They even have a restaurant called "Weathervane".

The store is bigger, better and more full of beautiful things than any I've ever been to before. It's like a Williams-Sonoma meets The Great Indoors meets Whole Foods meets Everything this woman loves store.  Ok, maybe not quite all that...but it's just plain, wonderful! :)  I can't wait to go back!  Oh and I got the cutest fondue pot for two there today for half price too! :)

So, yeah, you could say that we had a nice day spending time together exploring more of this state we're living in, but that'd be an understatement.  We had a great time with each other and we had a great time exploring this--what seems to be getting more interesting than ever--state we live in!   :)  Don't they say everything's better with good company though?  Well, I for one, believe it!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

What do you think about

Reusable Gift Wrap/Bags?

I like the idea.  Or you know, the theory behind them and all...but they just have never seemed too practical.  I guess because the upfront cost is SO much great than just regular wrapping paper or gift bags.

Anyway, I had this novel idea today to just make my own.  I don't think I will probably be doing this all the time or anything, but I wanted to finish this gift up for a friend's baby shower tomorrow.  And I since she's having a boy, and I had this fabric on hand, that also just so happened to coordinate with the card I made and the gift itself....so I had to make it.
I went ahead and fully lined the bag too, so she can use it later for toys, diapers or a gift.  I finished it off with a ribbon bow I whipped up and I'd say it all turned out pretty well.  :)

Meanwhile, J and I are just doing just fine.  We have a three day weekend, so we enjoyed a more relaxing Saturday than usual!  So that's been nice! :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

New and sweet things

 Ok, I forgot to mention these things in my eariler post...so here they are.  :)

I'm a youth leader at our Church now!  I just went to the training/mtg. last night and it's official!  I'm not gonna lie either, I'm stoked to be a youth leader!  I loved growing up in Church and going to Youth group when I got older.  So I think it's going to be a blast! :)

I think I may have the sweetest hubby ever.  (Ok, maybe not, because I'm sure everyone hubby's do sweet things.)   But mine has been especially sweet since I got back from Colorado last week.  He's been helping me around the house by:  taking out the trash, helping fold laundry, emptying the dishwasher (and sometimes filling/running it too!), making me breakfast and bringing it upstairs to me, and he made me a big batch of sweet tea just the way I like it too! 

I'm such a lucky (and blessed) girl!  And he's such a sweetheart!  I love you so much J!!  Thanks for all you do to help me, and show that you love me.  :) 

So many things...

J gave his first talk (at his Post Doc) on Friday.  He put a lot of work into it, and it paid off because it went really well.  (So I heard...I didn't see it or anything.)  So that's a relief to have done!  :)

I have been settling back into life on this side of the Mississippi.  I've again been applying {like crazy} to all the jobs I can, and praying that God's will be done in that situation.  I've also started to toss around the idea of going back for my Masters again.  So, if you have any thoughts on that for me...please do tell.  :)  And no...I'm not sure what I'd like to do it in...which is part of the problem.  Also the fact that I'm not sure I'd actually like to go to school anymore...at least at this point...

Anyway, if I did I think it would either be for something like...

~Music, because it is/was my passion and what my Bachelor's is in.

~School Counseling, because it's something I always wanted to do, and I did a minor in Sociology/Psychology.

~Teaching, because even though Subbing was really hard at time, I like teaching and know it would be a lot better to be a regular classroom teacher than just a sub.  (To be honest, I would love to be a Kindergarten teacher...best of all worlds with teaching, crafts, music and games in the same room...)

So the first option are the more creative side of me talking....but to be honest I'm not sure how practical that would be.  And then there are the two that have to do with schools, which would automatically make them more flexible for things like when we have children, etc....so...yeah.  I don't even know what I'd want to Graduate School for, let alone if we could afford it, etc....so....

I guess it's just a thought for now.  I suppose only time will tell.  I did get to thinking again that this is probably the best time in my life to do something like getting my masters.  We don't have kids yet, we're in a state that just so happens to have tons of options within about 45 minutes of where we live for colleges, and well, I'm still young with my whole life ahead of me.  So yeah.  I'm thinking about it.  And dreaming about it.  And of course, praying about it.  :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Colorado Christmas

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years!  We got to fly back to Colorado for a great time with family!  J was there for a week, and I got to be back for 2 whole weeks!  We had a blast visiting Northern Colorado as well as the Denver area.  (And getting to see the beautiful mountains!)  So here are a few pics for our time there! :)
My Mom, sisters, their children and I made goodies before Christmas.
 J helping our niece and nephew with their gifts.
Our littlest niece enjoyed pointing at all the pretty ornaments.  So cute!
 
 Our nephews played with a helicopter. :)
 It snowed about 6 inches while I was there, and one afternoon it was warm enough to do a little sledding in my parents' backyard.  Here's my mom and L sledding together!
 On 1-1-11 we ventured back down to the Denver area to do some shopping at Flatirons Mall, visit my Grandma K and Casa Bonita!  The interesting thing, is that Casa Bonita was just as awesome as I remembered it being during my childhood!  I feel like most things aren't as great once you grow up...you know, like they are as big, or wonderful, but Casa Bonita was just like I remembered!  The food isn't anything to write home about, but that atmosphere is great!

We hadn't been there for a number of years...well...to be exact, we hadn't been there for at least 10 years!  (Because my oldest niece K is going to be 10 in March and she'd never been there before!)  Crazy huh?  J was already back home when we went, and so was my sister D's hubby, so it's too bad they couldn't come.  But it was the rest of us...my Mom, Dad, A&J and their kids, D and her kids and me.  We had a great time and here are some photos....
 The bat cave seating area.
 The old mine seating area.
 Cliff Jumper/Diver about to make another splash!
video
Diving on video.
And....the outside of the building!  Isn't it just darling?!?!? :)  Love it....

It was so great to be able to be back in Colorado for the holidays and to get to spend lots of great time with our family!  We also were very blessed by all the great gifts we got this year!  Thanks! :)