My Twentysomething Life

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Snow Day! and a Link Up!

Good morning everyone, it is a beautiful snowy day here in Tennessee.  Yesterday my office closed at noon and today it is closed all day!  Today I’m going to be linking up with Lauren and Hayley and The Girl Between the Lines again.  I’m really excited about today’s prompt.

We all imagine what our lives would be like when we were “all grown up”…how does that compare to what your life looks like now?
mash-game
Everyone plans and dreams about the future.  I remember planning my future in a rather silly way when I was in elementary school.  I would gather around with a bunch of my friends on the bus or at recess, or during class when we weren’t supposed to, and play MASH.  Anyone else remember this game?  It was pretty complex and took a lot of time, but in the end, you would find out whether you would live in a Mansion, Apartment, on the Street, or in a House.  And you would know who you would share it with, how many kids you would have, pets, any number of things.  I know that my future was planned probably 100 different ways using the MASH technique.  Kids have all sorts of games like this that plague their time and thoughts.  We all want to dream about what our lives will look like in the future.

I have a book that I filled out when I was very little and one of the questions in it was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Do you want to guess what I wrote?
A window washer.  What? Yeah, that’s what I said.  A window washer.  Yeah, I don’t know where that came from either.

Our plans and dreams for the future are vast and changing by the minute.  I know that over the course of my (so far rather short) life I have had many plans and dreams about my future.  And while some of them come true, I have found that most of my dreams and expectations have not come true, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.  Some of the things I thought I always wanted are not really what are important to me anymore, so I am glad that they did not come true.

Am I where I always planned and dreamed I would be?  No.
Am I thankful for where and I am and what my life looks like? Yes.
Do I sometimes get wrapped up in the dreams and plans that didn’t come true? Yes.
Would I want to change it?  Sometimes I get caught up in discontent and think that everything should be different, and the way that I want it, but at the same time I know that the reason I’m am where I am is because God has directed it and placed me here, and he must have a reason for that.  So while right now I may not have or be doing everything I thought I wanted, I am where God wants me, and maybe one day he’ll let me see some of my own dreams come true.  I’ll just have to wait and see.

I may not be a billionaire window washer who lives in a Mansion with 5 kids, a red convertible, a basketball player husband, and a pet penguin, but I am a very blessed financial aid counselor, who has a roof over her head, a car that runs, an all star husband, with the promise of an amazing future, and an awesome God.  What more could I want?

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The Coen Brothers

I have come to the conclusion that the Coen Brothers are my favorite writers/directors.  I am always blown away by their films.  I really enjoy them.  I watched one this weekend called The Big Lebowski.  I really enjoyed it.  I have seen several of their movies and this weekend I decided that I’d like to try and watch them all–just add that to the list.  I was surprised when I looked up their filmography that I have already seen quite a few of these.  They direct almost all of the movies that they have written, but there were 5 that they have just written that I have also added to my list.  Here are the movies that they have made.  I have bolded the ones that I have already seen.  I have also requested a couple of books on them from the library because I want to learn more about this awesome duo.

Wrote the Screenplay
1985  Crimewave
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy
1998  The Naked Man
2012  Gambit
2014  Unbroken

Wrote the Screenplay and Directed the Film
1984  Blood Simple
1987  Raising Arizona
1990  Miller’s Crossing
1991   Barton Fink
1996 Fargo
1998 The Big Lebowski
2000  O’Brother Where Art Thou?
2001  The Man Who Wasn’t There
2003 Intolerable Cruelty
2004  The Ladykillers
2007 No Country for Old Men
2008  Burn After Reading
2009  A Serious Man
2010  True Grit
2013   Inside Llewyn Davis

I’m pretty excited about this list.
Do you have any favorites on this list?
Which one should I start with?

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My 2014 Reading List

My 2014 reading list is currently 128 books home, 1 of those I am currently reading, and three of them are at home waiting to be read.  I keep an ongoing reading list that will increase and decrease throughout the year, but usually I am adding more than I am reading.  I decided to share with you 10 of the books off my reading list that I am most looking forward to reading.

the one#1 The One (#3 in The Selection Series)–Kiera Cass
This is a young adult book series that I have really been enjoying.  I read the first two as soon as they came out and I have just been waiting for this one to come out.  It comes out in May, so I still have a while to wait.  I am so excited about the final book in this series.  I can’t wait to see how it will end.city of heavenly fire

#2 City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Series)–Cassandra Clare
Lucky for me when I started reading this series there were 5 books in this series already out, so I had quite a few books to hold me for a while, but this book, #6 in the series, doesn’t come out until May.  (May will be a good month).  This series was one of my favorites that I read last year.  The characters are awesome and the stories are so gripping.  I am so excited for this next book in the series.

surprised by joy#3 Surprised by Joy–C.S. Lewis
I read a biography on C.S. Lewis recently that focused a lot on this autobiography.  I am looking forward to reading it.labor day

#4 Labor Day–Joyce Maynard
This movie just came out in theaters and I only just recently found out that it is a book.  The movie looks really interesting, so I decided to add the book to my reading list, and I’m pretty excited about it.

chasing god#5 Chasing God–Angie Smith
I saw this book advertised in a magazine or catalog that I read and I thought it looked really interesting.  It is put out by Women of Faith, and I have read other books in their collection that I have really enjoyed.gone girl

#6 Gone Girl–Gillian Flynn
This book has been a bestseller for a while now, and I have heard that it is really good, I just haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet, but now that the movie is coming out soon I’m really going to have to read it.

MoG_Creative_PB#7 The Digital Diet–Daniel Sieberg
This book has been on a reading list since April 2013 when I heard the author speak at a conference.  I just haven’t read it yet, but I would really like to.
fear nothing
#8 Fear Nothing–Lisa Gardner
This is the next book in the D.D. Warren series and it just recently came out.  I read all the books that had been published so far last year and I have been anxiously awaiting this next book.  Hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

how to be interesting#9 How to be Interesting–Jessica Hagy
I just recently added this to my reading list.  I read a blog post and the author said it was one of her favorite books of the year.  So I am looking forward to this one.

#10 The Kinsey Millhone Series–Sue Graftona is for alibi
Just this last week I read book two in this series and I loved it.  You have probably seen these books around, I had before reading them, they are very good and I am excited to continue in the series this year.

If you have some books on your reading list this year that you are particularly excited about, I would love to hear about them!

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When I’m Sick

I hope you do not feel like I’m whining with all the talk of my being sick.  But I feel like I am sick all the time! 
I figured that since I am sick, what feels like all the time, I would let you know what happens when I am sick.

I sleep, all the time, and never feel like I have rested.
I lay on the couch, drink water, and eat oyster crackers.
I don’t do any housework.
I blow my nose so much that it becomes painful.
I watch the clock for when I can take more medicine.
My shoulder starts to hurt because I’m most comfortable laying on that side of my body.

And this has been going on for 2.5 weeks now.  So that means: there’s no food in the house, the house is a mess, I’m still worn out and want to sleep, but I need the money so I’m blowing my nose raw at work.  And it also means that this week I’m going to find a new doctor.  Hopefully the tides will turn and I’ll start feeling better.  I hope you all are healthy, rested, and that your homes are clean.

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You’re Probably Wondering

You’re probably wondering where I’ve been.
Well, I’ve been pretty busy at work with school starting and also with being sick.
I have been sick for two weeks now and I’m tired of it.  I am just worn out all the time.
Hopefully with this three day weekend I’ll start getting to feeling better.
It’ll be a pretty busy three day weekend.  We have a lot of plans, but hopefully it will be relaxing at the same time.
I hope all of you have a good three day weekend!

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DIY Desire

I did not get a chance to blog yesterday because I was in the car for 12 hours driving back from Illinois.  And boy was I worn out!

Today, I have an itch to craft!  I have been scouring my pinterest boards for the past month looking for a fun craft to do.  I have not had much luck.  How can it be so hard to find a craft?  Well let me tell you.

1-I have next to no wall space left in our apartment.  Just about every space is filled with a photo or a canvas or something.
2-I cannot make any more blankets, hats, or scarves, Adam and I both have more than we can use.
3-I do not have a sewing machine, but I do now have a hot glue gun after Christmas
4-It needs to be relatively inexpensive.  I’m not made of money.

After doing some more looking I found a couple ideas that interest me, but some seem expensive, and some just seem like I would be adding clutter to my house.  So I would love to hear your ideas.  Have you found a great craft that you’d like to share?  Because I want to see it!

What do you think of these ideas?

 

All of these photos came from Pinterest.  Here are some links to the original sources if Pinterest still had record of them:
Makeup Board
Magnetic Scrabble Board
Nail and Thread Art
Letter Wreath
Kitchen Printables
Trivet

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Looking Back-Our First Year of Marriage

Today we are going to be attending our first wedding of the year.  This is going to be a year full of weddings for us.  We have some really good friends getting married this year and we are so excited to celebrate with them.  And I am excited to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of my best friends!  Today, Adam’s cousin Whitney is getting married and we are so excited to be in Illinois celebrating with her.  Thinking about all the weddings coming up this year make me remember our wedding and recently our first year of marriage.  Looking back, our first year of marriage was pretty crazy.  Let me clue you in to all the crazy things that went on.

weddingFirst, we got married, August 6, 2011.  It was a wonderful day.  We have so many great memories from our wedding day, and it started the next year off right.
We went on about a week long honeymoon, which was amazing.  We went to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin and stayed in a cute little bed and breakfast and had an amazing steak dinner.
honeymoonI feel like we look so young here!  And we’re both so skinny!
After our honeymoon, we packed up our things and we moved into our apartment at Milligan.  During one of the first days of unpacking, Adam stuck his hand in an immersion blender, while it was running, to see how it worked.  That resulted in a trip to the emergency room and several stitches in his finger.  Here is a memorable Facebook post from my sister after this fun event:
fingerAfter the stitches incident, we started our Senior year at Milligan.  Both of us were taking a full load and sometime it felt like we hardly saw each other.  Then, at fall break, we went home to visit our families in Illinois.  On this visit, we hit a dear and really banged up our car.  Luckily, my parents let us borrow their van to go back to school while our car was getting fixed.  It was only a week or two later that we found out that Adam’s grandfather in Florida was not doing very well.  We traveled with the rest of his family down to Florida to see him one last time, and then he passed away.  We traveled the next weekend up to Illinois for the funeral.  The next few months were uneventful and then we had our first married Christmas together.  It was a good time.  And then we started our last semester back to school.  In March, my great-grandmother passed away, and we went to Indiana for the funeral.  It was good to be with the whole family and to celebrate my grandmother.  She was a wonderful person and I miss her.  Not long after that I hurt my shoulder playing basketball.
shoulderThis injury plagues me still today.  We now know that I have a torn tendon in my shoulder.  And this is where it all started.
Then, in May, this beard happened (thanks to no shave last semester) and we graduated from college.
graduationNot long after that, Adam applied and was accepted to Emmanuel, I accepted a job at the Johnson City Medical Center, we saw our best friends get married, and we moved across the street to a bigger apartment.

Adam loves the bigger space!

Adam loves the bigger space!

And then, we spent our first anniversary spending time with friends.

It was definitely a crazy first year of marriage, but it was also a great year of marriage.
To all our friends and loved ones getting married this year we wish you the best and we want you to know that we’re hear for you on this wild ride.

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Movie Reviews

I’ve watched a few more movies off my list that I haven’t gotten a chance to review for you until today.  There is a wide variety of movies that I have watched.  Hopefully you’ll find something that interests you.

American Psycho  American Psycho  (2000 R)
This movie is on a lot of lists as being a very well done, very good movie.  Because of this I was expecting a lot and was excited to watch this movie.  I was, unfortunately, rather disappointed.  This movie has a very interesting way of telling the story and the story itself is intriguing, yet disturbing.  Christian Bale does a very good job of portraying this character and making you really believe it is a real person.  But the movie just didn’t live up to my expectations.  ***

Bonnie and Clyde (1967 NR)Bonnie and Clyde
I had heard good things about this movie and I was not disappointed.  This was a very well made, well acted movie.  I enjoyed the story and the action in this movie.  I highly recommend it.  ****

Charlie's AngelsCharlie’s Angels (2000 PG13)
This movie came out when I was ten.  And when it came out, I think all of my friends saw it, except me.  They were all doing Charlie’s Angels poses in pictures and sneaking around the playground karate chopping people.  I had seen bits and pieces of the movie in my life but never the whole thing, and I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about.  Well, the fuss was not about much.  I think I had very high expectations for this movie, since I had heard about it so much growing up, but I have concluded that I really wasn’t missing out on much.  **


Dr. Strangelove (1964 PG)
Dr Strangelove
If I would describe this movie to someone, I would probably describe it as just plain weird.  I’m not even really sure how to summarize the plot for you.  This is one of those movies that you just kind of sit there watching it for a while and then it starts to get funny.  Since I had no expectations for this movie it ended up being pretty good.  But I am not sure that it is one that I would end up ever watching again.  ***

Kate and LeopoldKate and Leopold (2001  PG13)
I love Meg Ryan, and I love Hugh Jackman, so how had I never seen this movie before?  This movie was simply a really cute love story.  I really enjoyed it.  ****

Saturday Night Fever (1977 R)Saturday Night Fever
Okay, can someone please explain to me what the big fuss about this movie is.  I watched it and I did not like it at all.  I almost turned it off, but decided that it must have a really great ending.  The movie was alright, but I just did not enjoy watching it.  The only thing I enjoyed was the soundtrack.  **

The American PresidentThe American President (1995 PG13)
I really enjoyed this movie about the president falling in love.  It was a very well done movie and I enjoyed the acting and the storytelling immensely.  And let me just say that I really enjoyed Michael J Fox in this movie.  I thought he did a very good job.  This was just a good romantic movie.  *****

The Ladykillers (1955 NR)The Ladykillers
This movie was so much fun to watch.  I really enjoyed it.  This movie is about a group of bank robbers who are hiding out at an old ladies’ house and she gets too nosy for them, so they decide to kill her.  But killing this little old lady proves to be a difficult (hilarious) challenge.  This is a very good black comedy.  And I read somewhere that it is known as one of Alec Guinness’ best performances.  And for those of you who don’t know, that’s the original Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I really enjoyed it.  *****

 

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Nap Time?

snoopyI am whiped out.  It has been one of those days.  I have been sick and have been at home the last two days sleeping.  Today I went back to work and even worked through lunch.  And now I am ready for a nap.  I could sleep just about anywhere.
nap timeBut I can’t take one because I have to go work at my part time job in 30 minutes.  Doesn’t it always happen that the days you want a nap the most  you don’t get one?  And the days where you don’t want to take a nap are the days where you have time for a nap.  So today, if you have time, take a nap for me, and know that I am jealous.  Happy Napping 🙂basset nap

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Traits

Today I am once again linking up with The Girl Between the Lines.  I have to say, I have really been enjoying linking up with these ladies and having a lot more blogs to read.

Today’s link is “Tell us about a trait you look up to or admire about someone else in your life and tell us why.”

I had a very hard time coming up with just one person to brag on, so I chose three.  These three people are the people that I am closest to.  They are amazing, God loving people.  God created them all with amazing attributes, but here is just one thing that I admire about each of them.

amandaAmanda—Dedication
If you know my sister, you know that she is an amazing piano player.  But let me tell you a secret, she has to work at it.  Amanda practices more hours in a week than I do just about anything else.  She is always practicing.  Amanda is always saying “no” because she has to practice.  I admire that about her.  She is dedicated to playing the piano.  And I think it shows.  I have seen an amazing increase in her talents and abilities while she has been at Milligan, and that is because she is more dedicated to it than ever.  I wish I could be as dedicated to something as Amanda is to the piano.  This photo is from one time where I got her to go take a break and carve pumpkins with me, and what did she carve?  A piano keyboard.  Now that’s dedication.

adamAdam—Openness
When I say openness, what I really mean is ability to speak his mind in any situation.  And if you know Adam you know he always has an opinion, and you always know what it is.  That is something that I really admire about him.  Adam is not afraid to speak his mind, he is not concerned about what people might think of him.  Oftentimes I will not speak my mind because I am afraid that people will not agree with me, or I second guess myself.  Adam is sure of himself.  That is something I think is very admirable.  And he also knows how to control it.  He is not afraid to speak his mind, but he also realizes the power in that.  I really admire Adam for his openness.  I chose this picture of Adam because we were out looking at Christmas lights with my family and we saw this scary looking Christmas tree.  Adam said it was scary and so he went and stood next to it making this face.  To me that is openness.

laurenLauren—Joy
When I think of one attribute that I would use to describe Lauren, it would be joy.  She finds the good in any situation, which I think comes from having joy in your life.  I really admire Lauren’s ability to have joy in every situation.  She finds the good where others might see the bad.  And a great thing about this is that joy and that goodness comes from her love of the scriptures.  It is contagious when I am around her.  Along with that joy in her life, comes her ability to be an amazing encourager.  At the root of many of Lauren’s amazing attributes is her joy, which is what I admire most about her.  I chose this picture of Lauren because, while you might not see it here, you will never know the joy that Lauren gets from a Nerf war.  Joy in all things, even Nerf wars.

I don’t know about you, but going through this exercise today is going to make me look at everyone a little differently and appreciate the attributes that God has given them.

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