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! :)