Be Happy

27 06 2012

These pictures will make you happy. Yay.


Be Happy

20 06 2012

Decisions are tough, and exhausting and, sometimes just lame.  When you are in a place where you are making a lot of decisions it’s easy to think that each one is of monumental importance, and that it’ll be a Big Deal (capital B capital D).  I’m not sure if this line of scripture is making me happy, but it’s keeping me sane, which is a good first step.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Disclaimer: I have no idea about the historical context for this, or how biblical scholars interpret it, but it’s on the list.

What’s Been Going On

19 06 2012

Last week I did a lot of cleaning, painting and final stuff for the house.  The guy finished painting the back addition, and we organized some closets.

I celebrated my former roomie’s  successful taking of stage 1 of her boards (for medical school).  We gathered together to eat salad and catch up and celebrate a really awesome accomplishment.

I started off the weekend by going out to Urban Chestnut for ladies night, it was great to see some old friends that I don’t get to see often enough and just relax.  Saturday the guy was riding home from work and his bike got a flat, so I went to pick him up in his truck and thought a lot about partnership and being there for each other.  It made me really excited to be married. It’s been hot here, so we had a lazy weekend, we ate out, went to see a movie (Rock of Ages), we had father’s day brunch at his parents house, and went to the heritage beer festival.  We finished off the weekend by watching one of my favorite movies Disney’s The Three Musketeers. All in all, pretty great stuff.


Be Happy

14 06 2012

On Tuesday  my dear friend the Rockstar, turned in her dissertation draft to her committee!  AWESOME!  That does make me happy, but what makes me happier is this.

Within a month of meeting this amazing woman, I told my mom I thought I’d found a good life role model.  She had taken some time off between under grad and grad school, gotten married in her early 30’s, was about to become a mom to an ADORABLE little girl, and managed to be a funny, hip, cool, awesome and sassy lady through it all.  I immediately stalked her into being my friend (and it worked, yay!).  So when I got her email, sent at 5:23 am, I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate her accomplishment.  We get our hair cut at the same place, and I knew she was going in that day, so I called to pay for her appointment in advance.  Her happy thank you was the BEST thing ever.  Random acts of kindness are the bomb!

So I share this not in an effort to toot my own horn, but rather to remind myself (and maybe you), that sometimes doing something to make someone else’s day  will in fact make your own.

Hey Girl, I Think I Want to Marry You

7 06 2012

As previously mentioned, I got engaged a couple weeks ago.  Here is the whole story.

It was my birthday and the boy (guess he needs a new nickname now) told me earlier that he had plans for the day.  So we went to brunch at our favorite spot.  Then we went to Oak Knoll Park where we had one of our first dates.  As we were walking around the park he kept pointing out things, “Do you remember walking here and talking about whether we were exclusive?” and ” Do you remember sitting and talking on that bench in the garden?” (Both answers were yes.)  Anyway we walked down near the pond and he pulled out the scrabble board.  He reminded me of when I got sick about 6 or 7 weeks into us dating and he brought over soup and scrabble to cheer me up.  This was the first of our many scrabble/words with friends bouts.  FYI I still beat him that first time, even with a 101 degree fever.  But I digress.  He pull out the board and said we should play.  On his turn he played marry me, and then got down on one knee and asked.  Awwwww.

You’ll notice that one of the pictures has an extra word in it.  Well that’s because I drew getting to go first and so I played pants (for 20 points!) and he played off of mine.  Perhaps his new blog name should be Pants Lover, (Note: not Pants’ lover).

And yes, he cheated and had the letters pocketed all morning!

Ch Ch Ch Changes

4 06 2012

It’s been a while since I posted, but I’m going to try to be a bit better about posting updates.There is a lot that’s going on in my life right now, and most of it involves change.  I’ve been inspired by my awesome friend Kurt to be a bit more structured about my posts (also this will likely be the only way I can stick to updating).  Once a week I’ll post a general life update, three things I’ve learned, and a thing or things that made me happy that week. I’ll sometimes post other things too, but I’m going to try and stick to this schedule.

So here goes the update!

The first change is that I was accepted to the doctoral program at UNC!!  Come August I’ll be back in school learning all kinds of awesome stuff at the #2 school of public health in the country!  My mentor is awesome and I kind of can’t wait!

The second change is related to the first – I’m moving away from St Louis.  I’ve been here for 5 years, the longest I’ve lived anywhere other than Fairbanks.  I’ve bought a house, that I’m now selling, worked with amazing people, found a great church and small group, and some fantastic friends.  The boy is from here, so I’m happy we’ll have a good reason to come back here frequently for visits.

The third change is that I’m now engaged!  YAY!